Monthly Archives: March 2018


PRETORIA– Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be the leading cause of death among black South Africans while most whites die of heart diseases and diabetes is the leading cause of death for coloured people and Indian, according to the latest data.

Tuberculosis remains the number one killer disease in South Africa, followed by diabetes, according to the Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) 2016 mortality and cause of death report released here Tuesday. HIV is the third leading cause of deaths in men while it ranks sixth among women.

TB remains an underlying leading cause of death for males, accounting for 7.6 per cent, and for females TB is a lot lower as opposed to men. It ranks at position number five. The leading cause of death for females is diabetes. But when we look at men, diabetes is sitting at position number six, Statistician General Risenga Maluleke said here Tuesday.

In 2016, a total of 456,612 deaths occurred, marking a decline of 3.5 per cent from the 473,266 death occurrences for 2015 which have been updated for late registration, the report indicated.

It says that mortalit, overall now occurs at older ages for both sexes, which is an indication of a decline in premature mortality.

In 2016, male deaths peaked at age group 60-64 years (8.6 per cent), while female deaths peaked at a much older age group (75-79 years [8.3 per cent]).

StatsSA said most 2016 death occurrences occurred in the most populous provinces — Gauteng (21.3 per cent) and KwaZulu-Natal (18.6 per cent).

It is worth noting that a high proportion of deaths continue to occur at home instead of health care facilities and this may impact on the accuracy of the certification of causes of deaths, it added.

The report shows that based on provincial differentials diabetes mellitus in Western Cape Province, other forms of heart diseases in Gauteng and influenza and pneumonia in Limpopo Province were the leading underlying natural causes. For the rest of the provinces tuberculosis was the top-ranked natural cause.


Electronic SA VISA applications to curb fake permits

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department will this year introduce an electronic VISA application system in order to curb fraudulent permits from foreign nationals.

The Minister said this when Ministers in the Peace and Security Cluster fielded oral questions at the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday.

He was responding to Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape Member of Parliament Leon Magwebu, who had asked what the department was doing to address the weaknesses that lead to foreign nationals being in the country on fraudulent permits.

During the course of the year, we are going to introduce a number of initiatives. One of them is the electronic applications for VISAS and for a number of other permits to the country.

That will enable the applicant to obtain information electronically and submit their applications and the documentation to support their applications electronically, he said.

The Minister said the initiative would remove the need for the department to provide frontline services that tend to stretch government’s capacity. He said the initiative would also pave way for a centralised adjudication system to enable the department to take decisions quickly in terms of people’s applications.

But we further intend to introduce an amendment to the legislation which is going to enable the department to have an independent citizenship advisory board.

But this is only for those who are applying for citizenship once all other processes have been followed in terms of the latter of the law. So all of these initiatives are going to be introduced during the course of the year, he said.

Initiatives underway to enhance border law enforcement

Meanwhile, Minister Gigaba said several initiatives were being implemented to address border line enforcement and to deal with the number of undocumented foreign nationals.

He said that the current model of cooperative border management contributes to a lack of effective and efficient border management.

In future, the Minister said that the border management authority that will be established will improve border law enforcement based on a model of integrated border management and the establishment of a single line of command and the control structure in the border environment.

Corruption at ports of entry – which leads to the facilitation of some undocumented foreign nationals entering the country � was also a challenge. The department is dealing with corrupt officials on an on-going basis, the Minister said.

To address the key challenges facing border management and border law enforcement as reflected above, there has been measures put in place, this includes:

A multi-party agreement on enhanced border management signed by 17 organs of state to strengthen border management and cooperation as a transition period towards the establishment of the Border Management Authority;

An integrated border management strategy approved by the JCPS structure aimed at better coordinating and implementing high-level border management interventions across government in incremental manner;

A border infrastructure capital and maintenance programme and a registered public-private sector project in the developing key six land ports of entry to address the lack of integrated systems supporting migration management;

The establishment of a community crossing point at Tshidilamolomo � the pilot project between South Africa and Botswana – to enable the legal movement of local community members;

In the transition period towards the establishment of the Border Management Authority, the department continues to work closely with all border management stakeholders on various matters such as the maintenance of border fences, increased security patrols at our border line, joint operations � especially over the festive periods � and strengthened bilateral agreements on border management and migration matters to enhance border cooperation.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Ntseki announces Amajimbos squad for training camp

The South African U17 Men’s National Football team (Amajimbos), will report back into camp over the Easter period and national school holidays, to continue their training camp for 2018.

Amajimbos head coach, Molefi Ntseki is building a squad in preparation for the 2018 COSAFA Youth Championships, CAF U17 African Cup of Nations and aiming to qualify for the 2019 FIFA World Cup.

Ntseki has called up 30 players for this camp and will be looking to build on the work done over the last eight months.

We have invited a few new players to this training camp and also looked into a few that we spotted last year but failed to use due to them not having travel documents.

I believe that following our first training camp in January 2018, we are on course with the core of the squad and players now need to show the hunger to be in the National set up as we get closer to the qualifiers. We are hoping to make good use of these school holidays and hopefully get an international friendly match or two within this period; just to ensure that we maximize the time spent with the boys; said Ntseki.

Amajimbos will report for camp on Friday, 30 March until 8 April at the SAFA Technical Centre in Johannesburg.

Source: South African Football Association

Pulse Larsen celebrates its HTC ceramic antenna platform ideal for IOT embedded designs.

Available in various form factors, and for any frequency bands, this compact demo board helps engineers to select some of the most popular HTC ceramic antenna for their designs (WIFI, IOT, SIGFOX, LORA, ISM, Cellular, DECT, GPS, BEIDOU, GNSS, GALILEO, IRIDIUM).

Vancouver, WA, March 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Source: Pulse Larsen Antennas

March 26th, 2018

Vancouver, WA – March 26th, 2018 – Pulse Larsen Antennas, a business unit of Pulse Electronics, Inc., is celebrating his 2 years launch of its HTC ceramic antenna platform. Ideally displayed in a compact business card form factor, fourteen of the most popular HTC antenna types and their associated clearance areas are exhibited. PulseLArsen is one of the last global antenna company manufacturing its own ceramic antenna product line, from compound powder to automatic precision laser tuning, testing and packaging.

“This successful kit helps worldwide engineers to quickly select, which is the best antenna for their needs on the fly and the associated space needed to fully embed the antenna in their product and makes it the perfect tool for the IOT World.” says Olivier Robin, General Manager of the Business Unit.

The popular W3010 can accommodate all GNSS frequency bands (GPS, BEIDOU, GALILEO, GNSS), and the W3009 or W3011 show a simple solution to get GPS signal. The W3008, W3008G show different 2.4GHz solutions. The W3000 can be tuned at various frequencies like ISM, WIFI or GPS. The W3013 is ideal for ISM868 band. The W3006 will help getting a better signal strength on your dual band wifi antenna system. The W3047a is a dual band 850/1900MHz antenna solution. PulseLarsen also offers HTC ceramic patches 13×13, 18×18 and 25×25 passive (W3213, W3099, W3207, W3216, W3223, W324, W3225) or active (GPSGB1315, GPSGB1330, GPSGB2515, GPSGB2530).

Engineers can now download in one click, all associated files for each embedded antenna product from this link: . Each ZIP file contains the step file, the PCB layout and the datasheet of the chosen product.

Engineers can ask for technical support by dialing the +1.800.ANTENNA or send a request on each continent at,, to receive our selection tool guide selector for your given application.

Buyers can find the products on our Stock check page from our loyal distributors:

About Pulse Electronics

Pulse Electronics is a leading provider of electronic components that help customers build the next great product by providing the needed technical solutions. Pulse Electronics, including the Larsen brand of antennas, has a long operating history (celebrating 70 years) of innovation in antennas, power and signal magnetics, as well as the ability to ramp quickly into high-quality, high-volume production. The Company serves the wireless and wireline communications, power management, military/aerospace, and automotive industries. Pulse Electronics is a participating member of the IEEE, SFF, OIF, HDBaseT Alliance, CommNexus, NFC Forum, MoCA, and IWPC. Visit the Pulse Electronics website at

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Contact: Olivier Robin, Wireless Infrastructure Division +1-858-943-8008


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Olivier Robin

North West Legislature holds public meeting in Rustenburg, 28 Mar

O re bone, re go bone � Legislature takes Parliament to Bojanala District

On Wednesday, 28 March 2018, the North West Provincial Legislature will be holding the O re bone, re go bone � Taking Parliament to Rustenburg and Moses Local municipalities. The Portfolio Committee on Education, Sports and Recreation will conduct an oversight visit at Bersig High and LM Mangope Technical Schools at 09h00 and the Portfolio Committee on Tourism, Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development will conduct Agriculture Sectoral Parliament at Mabeeskraal Community Hall at 10h00.

The O re bone re go bone which literally means You see us and we see you, is a programme aimed at taking Legislature to the people to strengthen oversight and public participation and to promote accountability and transparency in government. During the campaign, Members of the Legislature will also interact with different provincial departments and their MECs; Mayors, members of the Municipal Public Accounts Committees, ward committees, traditional authorities, farmers and their respective organisations, organised structures and members of the public on issues affecting them.

The public is invited to a public meeting that will be held at Rustenburg Civic Centre at 15h00.

This is the year that the North West Provincial Legislature is celebrating the lives and times of Nelson Mandela and Mma Albertina Sisulu under the theme: Making Your Future Better- Learning from Tata Madiba and Mama Sisulu.

Source: Government of South Africa