Daily Archives: February 26, 2018

Source: S. African Prosecutor to Announce Decision on Zuma Graft Charges in 2 Weeks

South African state prosecutors will announce in two weeks whether they will reinstate corruption charges against former president Jacob Zuma, eNCA television reported on Monday.

The 783 counts of corruption against Zuma relate to a 30 billion rand ($2.6 billion) government arms deal arranged in the late 1990s. They were filed but then dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority shortly before Zuma ran for the presidency.

South Africa’s High Court reinstated the charges in 2016 and the Supreme Court upheld that decision last year, rejecting an appeal by Zuma and describing the NPA’s decision to set aside the charges as “irrational.”

It then fell to NPA head Shaun Abrahams to decide whether or not the NPA would pursue a case against Zuma, who resigned as head of state earlier this month on orders of the ruling African National Congress.

NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku could not be reached for comment.

Source: Voice of America

The police are investigating two counts of inquest

MALAMULELE: The Police in Malamulele near Giyani are investigating two counts of inquest which occurred on 2018-02-25 after a car was swept away by heavy floods.

It is alleged that yesterday on 2018-02-25 at about 18:40 at Roadhuis village, the two deceased aged 46 and 64 years old from Mwadzekudzeku village outside Giyani were traveling with a bakkie and while crossing a stream full of water along Roadhuis gravel road ,their vehicle was swept away.

The Police were summoned, reacted immediately and the search operation by the Police Search and Rescue Unit ensued until a female passenger’s body was retrieved but the driver’s body and the car went deeper.

The search operation for the driver and the car continued until this morning on 2018-02-26 when they were successfully retrieved from the water.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

The South African Police Service is once more appealing to members of the community to be extra-cautious when crossing and swimming in dams, streams and rivers because of the heavy rainfall which is still being experienced in most parts of the Province to prevent and avoid this type of incidents from occurring.

Source: South African Police Service

Student’s space saving invention takes honours at Furniture Awards

A space saving invention has led to interior design student, Lwazi Mshibe, bagging top honours in the Student Category of the 5th Furniture Design Competition Awards.

Speaking on his award-winning design concept, Mshibe said his invention – the Songa (meaning to fold in IsiXhosa) – came as an inspiration during his study years when he had to leave home and stay in a flat.

It was during this period when I was introduced to the struggles many students encounter living in very limited space that often required flexible pieces of furniture. That is when I designed this multi-purpose concept that comes as one and can be stored for a variety of uses. The concept can be put together and tucked away when space is required, said Mshibe.

For the Durban University of Technology student, it was a case of second time lucky in the annual awards that are the brainchild of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).

The awards, which were held on Friday, 23 February, at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, seek to elevate South Africa’s furniture manufacturing capabilities, while also aiming to enhance the furniture industry’s competitiveness both locally and abroad.

Going forward, Mshibe aims to focus on developing his brand and making use of platforms and connections that will come his way to design affordable furniture that can be mass produced for local and international consumption.

Meanwhile, the winner in the Established category, Beaunard Jansen, from Desseign Pty Ltd, said his concept of his Snoose Cot, bed-side tables was inspired from the experience and knowledge gained when he was involved with baby and children products.

My concept is a baby cot that transforms into a junior bed with two bedside tables. The baby cot has the two bedside tables sitting on top of it that creates the internal space of the cot. When the baby grows to two years and older, the Snoose can then be transformed into a baby bed that has two bedside tables. The bedside tables have the support system for a young child and are safe because they do not roll off the bed, said Jansen.

Dti Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe said the furniture industry is pertinent to radically transforming South Africa’s economy.

It is partly because it is one of the most labour intensive and trade supporting sectors and if it is promoted correctly, it can significantly contribute to industry development and lead to the beneficiation of raw materials.

This initiative contributes to the development of design skills in the sector and supporting this kind of innovation is paramount to the conversation about the 4th Industrial Revolution, said the Deputy Minister.

Source: South African Government News Agency