Monthly Archives: March 2018

Tip-offs result in success in Nyanga

An intelligence-driven operation conducted by members of the Nyanga Cluster COCC last night resulted in the arrest of a 52-year-old man from White City and a 32-year-old from Crossroads in Nyanga.

Members acted on a tip-off and arrested the 52-year-old during a search conducted in his house. Four thousand and thirty two (4032) mandrax tablets were found stashed under his bed, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash, 129 bank cards from various banks, identity documents and SASSA cards. The suspect is appearing in the Philippi Magistrates’ Court today for dealing in drugs.

A 32-year-old suspect was also arrested by the same team when he was found in possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition, as well as two flat screen TVs. This suspect is expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court next week for the possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition and possession of stolen property.

The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula, praised the members for their successful work and for their proactive networking expertise with the community. A word of appreciation is also extended to community members who continue to inform the police of criminal activities. People are encouraged to follow suit and report criminal incidents to the police by calling SAPS Nyanga on 021 380 3300/082 469 2470 or the Nyanga Cluster JOC at 021 935 9957. Alternatively Crime Stop can be contacted on 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service

Helenvale woman in court for fraud

Port Elizabeth: A 45-year-old Helenvale woman appeared in the Gelvandale Magistrates’ Court yesterday, 28 March 2018 on charges of fraud.

It is alleged that the Department of Health opened two cases of fraud in February 2018 after suspicious sick notes handed in by two employees were queried by their company. On investigating the authenticity of the notes, Livingstone Hospital noted the discrepancies in the notes. In one case, the employee ‘consulted’ the same doctor twice however different practice numbers were written on the notes and the signatures differed. In the second case, the practice number of the ‘doctor’ was not valid.

Investigations led police to a house in Reginald Street yesterday, where they confiscated 40 blank certificates and two stamps of Livingstone Hospital. The blank certificates are photocopies. Magdalena Chesney was charged on two cases of fraud and was released on a warning to appear again on 10 April 2018. The sick notes were sold between R80 � R150.

Anyone who may suspect that false sick certificates may have been handed in by employees on a Livingstone Hospital pad is asked to contact D/Const Ursula Smit at SAPS Gelvandale on 0837335800.

Source: South African Police Service

Committee Dissapointed by CPUT Council’s Conduct, but Vows to Keep Overseeing the Institution on Its Agenda

Parliament-The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has voiced disappointment over the non-attendance by the Council of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) of a scheduled meeting with the Committee.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Ms Connie September, said the conduct is unjustified, especially coming from senior people tasked with governance of such an important institution as CPUT. The committee does not take kindly to such behaviour, especially when it looks to impact on the education of the African child. The University Council missed an opportunity to benefit from insightful input from Members but also the benefit of being constructively critiqued. We are extremely concerned about reports received at the meeting that suggest that not all is well at the institution, Ms September said.

The committee had been concerned about instability at the institution as well as the absence of a Vice-Chancellor (VC) who resigned and to date there had been many acting VCs. Violence and torching of buildings during protests is a matter of concern, and the possible effects on learning and teaching, as well as the alleged negative outside influences that had been cited, Ms September said.

Ms September said there had been many attempts made to meet with all stakeholders but that had not been realized. The committee members expressed profound disappointment with the Council not doing a presentation when the committee had come to them, as well as the absence of the Council chairperson. This is such a critical period in our country where monitoring of universities needs to be scaled up, in ensuring smooth operations following the introduction of the fee-free policy aimed to benefit the poor child, she said.

On Wednesday, the committee undertook an oversight visit to CPUT with an intention to get an update on registration and operational challenges following the introduction of the fee-free policy among the first poor and deserving admissions.

The committee met with stakeholders, including the university management, Student Representative Council, and organised labour, and was briefed on university leadership, vacancies, and instabilities resulting from #FeesMustFall campaign. Other issues that the committee was briefed on were transformation, shortage of academic staff, student accommodation, and NSFAS funds.

Ms September said the Council will be summoned to Parliament, as accountability was not optional. CPUT is central to the education sector and the committee will spare no effort in ensuring that the university functions like any other, free of administration and governance challenges, she said.

We are extremely concerned about the instability that still persists at the institution, including students not completing the necessary applications since 2017 to apply for NSFAS funding. We will engage with the department and will have to keep CPUT in our oversight agenda, she said.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

XCMG Delivers Order of 70 Articulated Dump Trucks Worth USD 31.63 Million

XUZHOU, China, March 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG, the world’s leading construction machinery manufacturer, has delivered 70 units of its XDA40 articulated dump truck to customers in Central Asia and South Africa, completing an export order that is worth 200 million yuan (USD 31.63 million).

XCMG's USD 31.63 Million Order of Dump Trucks Are Delivered to Central Asia and South Africa.

Designed for use in major mining projects and capable of handling loads of up to 40 tons, the advanced and durable XDA40 articulated dump truck is XCMG’s flagship model. Highly adaptable so as to meet the needs of clients all around the world, the 70 units in this major order have been customized to client specifications and will see service in major projects located in varied climates and terrains across two continents.

“This RMB 200 million export order has set a new record for articulated dump trucks. It represents XCMG and China’s strength in high-end equipment manufacturing and is a milestone on China’s path to global dominance in the global mining equipment market,” noted Wang Min, Chairman and President of XCMG.

“In 2017, XCMG’s Excavator Machinery Business Department export volume grew by 150 percent year-on-year. Our mining equipment has amazed the global market with its brilliance and broken the monopoly of foreign brands. In the future, we will continue to strive to reach the peak of the industry and remain a world-class mining equipment brand,” added Wang.

As a pioneer and leader in the Chinese construction machinery industry, XCMG has adopted an innovation-driven strategy to achieve continuous breakthroughs in technology and product development.

The group has recently completed a high-end production line featuring 70-700 tonnage hydraulic mining excavators, 60-360 tonnage mining dump trucks and 30-60 tonnage articulated mining dump trucks, making XCMG one of the few manufacturers in the world and the only one in China that’s capable of developing and manufacturing large set mining equipment for open-pit mining.

About XCMG

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks eighth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 177 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Committee Calls for Stricter Policies Regulating Sexual Conduct at Tertiary Institutions

Parliament-The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has called on all institutions of higher learning to introduce stringent policies on sexual conduct. The Chairperson of the committee, Ms Connie September, said the committee is very concerned about the increase in reports of sexual misconduct.

This condemnable behaviour of forced sexual favours is unacceptable. Institutions need to start developing tough policy that will not only deal with sexual offences, but also serve as a deterrent, Ms September said.

She called on the University of South Africa (Unisa) to provide counselling services expeditiously to the victim of sexual violence at the institution. Reports on Tuesday indicated that a Unisa employee violated a female colleague and asked for sexual favours. The university said the alleged perpetrator has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation, which is ongoing.

Meanwhile, the committee applauds the tough sentence given to the former Walter Sisulu University student accused of rape. Institutions are places of learning, teaching and skills enhancement, not places of fear, Ms September said.

The committee will write to tertiary institutions to ascertain their policies regulating sexual conduct.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa