Daily Archives: March 26, 2018

Four nabbed for fraud by RTMC Anti-Corruption Unit

Four suspects, alleged to be involved in the fraudulent issuing of vehicle roadworthy certificates, will appear in the dock this morning on charges of fraud.

The four – two men and two women aged 60, 57, 38 and 24 respectively – were arrested at the Lincoln Vehicle Testing Station by a team of corruption busters, said the Road Traffic Management Centre (RTMC).

They were held in custody at the Johannesburg Central Police Station over the weekend.

The four suspects are employees of a private vehicle testing station. Their arrests come as a result of the joint efforts of the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit, the South African Police and the Gauteng Traffic Police’s compliance unit.

The arrests followed months of investigation in which the four were observed issuing roadworthy certificates for vehicles that they were not physically presented to the station for inspection.

According to the RTMC, more than 60 people, including traffic officers, SAPS members and vehicle examiners have been arrested in different provinces on fraud and corruption charges since the start of the year.

The success of the corruption busters in investigating underhand and unacceptable conduct in vehicles testing station has led to the total shut-down of at least two privately owned testing stations.

The Department of Roads and Transport has given notice of cancelation of registration to Hercules and Innovative testing centres. The owners of these centres were ordered to hand over the certificates of registrations to the department and cease further operation, said the RTMC.

The owners were warned that should they continue operating, they shall be committing an offence in terms of the National Road Traffic Act.

The corporation urged members of the public to join the effort to fight corruption by reporting incidents on 0861 400 800.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister LindiweSisulu: SADC Council of Ministers meeting

Welcome Remarks by the Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers, Ms L.N. Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa

Your Excellencies, Ministers and Deputy Ministers;

SADC Executive Secretary, DrStergomena Lawrence Tax;

SADC Deputy Executive Secretaries;

Heads of Senior Officials’ delegations;

Officials from our Member States

Officials from the SADC Secretariat;

Members of the media here present;

Ladies and gentlemen;

It is my singular honour and privilege to welcome you all to this the SADC Council of Ministers’ Meeting. As I welcome you, allow me to extend a special word of welcome to the following Foreign Ministers who are, like me, attending the Council meeting for the first time:

1. Hon Minister, Mr Manuel Augusto of the Republic of Angola;

2. Hon Minister, Mr Jose’ Pacheco of the Republic of Mozambique;

3. Hon Minister, Mr Joseph Malanji of the Republic of Zambia; and

4. Hon Minister, Retired Major General DrSibusisoMoyo of Republic of Zimbabwe.

I am also pleased to welcome to the SADC family, our 16th new member, The Union of Comoros represented by the Honourable Minister, MrSouf Mohamed El-Amin: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

I hope that those of us who are new to the Club will find this meeting refreshing and fulfilling. I can at least attest that in my previous engagements with the Council as Minister of Intelligence and Minister of Defence, I always found our SADC meetings focused, result-orientated and very fulfilling.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I believe it is important to start from the beginning. What is the beginning? The beginning is the founding Treaty establishing our own Southern African Development Community (SADC). The 1992 SADC Treaty correctly outlines foundational principles under which we as member states ought to act. For purposes of emphasis, it is important that I lift these principles:

1. Sovereign equality of all Members States;

2. Solidarity, peace and security;

3. Human rights, democracy and rule of law;

4. Equity, balance and mutual benefit; and

5. Peaceful settlement of disputes.

These are the principles that guide us all the time in our journey towards regional economic integration. We gather here this morning to think and strategise together on how best and how fast we can improve the lives of all our peoples. We have clear and common objectives towards regional economic integration and sustainable development. Our experience in Kigali was truly uplifting. We should therefore continuously seek to unlock our regional potential and opportunities to effectively address the core issues of unemployment, underdevelopment, and poverty alleviation and contribute fully to the upliftment of the continent.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am exceptionally pleased that this Council meeting takes place in the year that we celebrate the centenary year of the birth of one of the fathers of our nation, Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. To our people and I am sure to many in the region, he will always be affectionately known as Madiba!

Former President Mandela stands out as one of the most notable leaders of our liberation struggle who mobilised international solidarity against Apartheid and contributed to establishing and shaping a post-apartheid democratic South Africa. As we celebrate the centenary of Madiba, we draw inspiration from his exceptional wisdom, humility and resilience and ability to rise above his circumstances and chart the path toward a free, non-racial democracy. He was a true international statesman and we will continue to draw invaluable lessons from his outstanding leadership and compassion, for decades to come.

When South Africa joined the SADC community in 1998, President Mandela shared with us the following words: Our vision for the SADC region is therefore the highest possible degree of economic integration, consistent with our socio-economic and political reality. Our tasks as governments are to provide the environment that will release the creative abilities of our people to produce wealth to create development.

As we enter our twenty sixth year as a SADC family, we must continuously reflect on our progress. Our objectives in SADC are informed by the SADC Common Agenda which seeks to advance peace, stability and sustainable development in our region. It is important to note that the political and security situation in the region remains stable, though there are some political and security challenges which the region must continue address.

As you are aware, the SADC Common Agenda has also guided us to develop economic blueprints such as the Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan, the Regional Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap 2015 -2063, the Strategic Indicative Plan of the Organ and the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan.

In our pursuit of a common SADC future, it is clear that in our region there is a critical need for industrial development underpinned by a sound infrastructure. As SADC Chair, South Africa is working towards ensuring the practical implementation of the SADC Industrialisation Plan as adopted by the SADC Extra-Ordinary Summit in March 2017. As a result, South Africa’s theme for her Chairship year titled Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains, further emphasizes the importance of regional industrialisation.

Industrialisation remains a core pre-requisite for prosperity in the region and has to be achieved through a strong partnership with the private sector. It is therefore, clear that all SADC Members should focus on the need to strengthen the region’s capabilities both inside and outside of government in order to advance regional industrialisation. It is our belief that SADC Governments should identify priority value chains and take steps to attract the private sector into these specific sectors.

As part of our regional strategy, South Africa is also working on a set of deliverables which will focus on some high-impact cross border projects in order to support manufacturing and the creation of new regional value chains. We will report back to the next SADC Summit in August this year on progress in this respect.

Our vision for our Chairship is to provide for ourselves policy direction and for all of us an enabling environment for a sustainable programme that prioritises the preparation of high impact cross-border projects that are pragmatic, that enhance skills, create jobs and boost regional trade.

As indicated, we have all committed to improving the quality of life for our people to advance sustainable economic development. To this end, we have a long journey to travel and we cannot be found to be wanting or to have failed. It is therefore, fundamental that we unleash the appropriate resources and make a concerted effort to work together towards the SADC our people deserve and a SADC we can be proud of. Our gratitude to the SADC Secretariat, ever so passionate about their work. We pledge our continued support as it delivers on its annual work programme and mandate and to strengthen its governance and institutional capacity in order to enhance its effectiveness.

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen

We have an extensive agenda ahead of us. Let us accord the work before us the required attention and provide the necessary political direction on the way forward.

I welcome you once more and trust that you will find the arrangements put at your disposal conducive to our successful deliberations.

Thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

News: Police official escapes unharmed after shootout with criminals in KwaMakhutha

This morning at 09:45, an off-duty police official was driving his vehicle along Dazi Meyiwa Road, Section 10, KwaMakhutha, when a group of suspects armed with firearms hijacked a white Nissan Tiida. While at the stop street, the suspects bumped into his vehicle at the front and cut him off. At gunpoint, one of the suspects ordered him out of his vehicle and a shoot-out ensued between the police officer and the suspects. Two suspects believed to be in their thirties died at the scene. Investigations revealed that the suspects committed a robbery at a local tuck-shop and took an undisclosed amount of cash. They also robbed the owner of the shop of his vehicle and attempted to hijack the vehicle of an off-duty police official. An unlicensed firearm with five rounds of ammunition and a toy gun were recovered from the suspects. Cash that was taken during the robbery was also confiscated from the deceased suspects.

A few kilometres away from the first scene, another body of an unknown man was found with gunshot wounds. A toy gun was also found in suspect’s possession. It is also suspected that he was among the group of suspects that committed the robbery. Charges of armed robbery, carjacking, attempted murder, and attempted carjacking, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition as well as an inquest are being investigated by KwaMakhutha SAPS. It is alleged that the same group of suspects entered a house on Friday, 23 March 2018 at 02:55 where the occupants were tied up before they were assaulted. The suspects took a laptop, tablet, cellphones and other belongings before fleeing the scene in their getaway vehicle. The victims sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for medical attention. A case of armed robbery is being investigated by KwaMakhutha SAPS.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the police official for his bravery and for risking his life to protect the community. I am pleased that the police official escaped unharmed during the shooting. We will not rest until all those involved are locked behind the bars, he said. The KwaMakhutha community also commended the police official for his bravery. We want more police officials of this calibre to fight crime in this area, said a community member.

Source: South African Police Service

Statistics South Africa releases Tourism Satellite Account report

Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa, final 2014 and provisional 2015 and 2016

The Tourism Satellite Account report released by Statistics South Africa today indicate that the tourism sector directly employed 686 596 persons in 2016, an increase of 2,7% or 17 945 employees compared with 2015. The tourism share of total employment increased from 2015 (4,2%) to 2016 (4,4%).

There were 15 121 328 non-resident visitors to South Africa in the year 2016 compared with 13 951 901 in 2015 and 14 529 542 in 2014. Of the 15 121 328 non-resident visitors in 2016, 5 077 165 (or 33, 6%) were same-day visitors and 10 044 163 (or 66,4%) were tourists.

The report further shows that tourism direct gross value added (TDGVA) increased from R99 348 million in 2015 to R114 850 million in 2016 (15,6% increase). Tourism direct gross domestic product (TDGDP) increased from R108 683 million in 2015 to R125 136 million in 2016 (15,1% increase).

Inbound tourism expenditure totalling R121 400 million was recorded in 2016. The main expenditure items were non-specific products (28,1%), accommodation for visitors (15,0%), connected products (13,4%) and road passenger transport services (11,9%).

Domestic tourism expenditure totalling R144 358 million (including the domestic portion of outbound tourism expenditure) was recorded in 2016. The main expenditure items were road passenger transport services (27,8%), non-specific products (17,3%), accommodation for visitors (14,8%) and air passenger transport services (14,3%).

The total internal tourism consumption in cash for South Africa in 2016 was R265 758 million (inbound tourism consumption R121 400 million [45,7%] and domestic tourism consumption R144 358 million [54,3%]). The main expenditure items for internal tourism were non-specific products (22,2%), road passenger transport services (20,5%), accommodation for visitors (14,9%) and air passenger transport services (13,2%).

For tourism consumption (expenditure), the trends in 2016 (compared with 2015) were:

Tourism exports (inbound tourism expenditure) increased by 11,6 % to R121 400 million compared with 1,9% growth in the previous period;

Tourism imports (outbound tourism expenditure) increased by 8,0% to R78 493 million compared with 6,3% growth in the previous period;

Domestic tourism expenditure increased by 17,6% to R144 358 million compared with an 8,4% decline in the previous period; and Internal tourism expenditure increased by 14,8% to R265 758 million compared with a 3,8% decline in the previous period.

Source: Government of South Africa

North West Legislature debates on Violence Against Women and Children abuse, 27 Mar

North West Legislature Speaker to Hold a House Sitting for a debate on Violence Against Women and Children Abuse

On, Tuesday, 27 March 2018, the Speaker of the North West Provincial Legislature, Hon. SussanaDantjie will hold a House Sitting where Members of all Political Parties in the Legislature will debate on Violence Against Women and Children Abuse (Role of Courts in Abuse Cases) in the Legislature Chamber at 09h00.

Premier Supra Mahumapelo will also respond to questions asked in the Chamber by Members of the Provincial Legislature.

North West Provincial Legislature: Making Your Future Better � Learning from Tata Madiba and Mama Sisulu.

Members of the media are invited to attend. For more information contact NamhlaLuhabe on 079 527 0628 or Mr. Dodo Baloyi on 082 895 5780.

Source: Government of South Africa