Monthly Archives: April 2018

16 nabbed for taxi violence in KZN

16 nabbed for taxi violence in KZNKwaZulu-Natal police have been commended for the arrest of 16 people in connection with taxi violence and the recovery of a number of firearms.

A group of heavily armed men travelling in a Toyota Quantum minibus taxi stormed the taxi rank in Brook Street, Durban on Friday.

Police say they fired multiple gunshots and sped off. Three people were seriously injured and taken to hospital for medical attention and a 56-year-old later passed away.

The suspects fled towards Pinetown when a police officer from the Pinetown Task Team spotted the vehicle and gave chase. The suspects opened fire at him and he retaliated.

No injuries were sustained and the suspects abandoned their vehicle and ran into a building in Pinetown.

The National Intervention Unit was called in which led to the arrest of the 16 suspects and the recovery of 17 firearms which include nine rifles, a shotgun and seven pistols.

The firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in any other pending cases.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the swift response by police.

In this province, we will not tolerate any violence especially relating to taxi industry as members of the community are normally caught during the exchange of gunfire. We work diligently to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book, he said.

The suspects, who are due to appear in court soon, will be charged with murder and attempted murder, including the shooting of a police officer in Pinetown as well as for illegal possession of firearms.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Four to appear in court for possession of dagga

Potchefstroom: On Monday, 30 April 2018, four suspects aged between 24 and 70 are expected to appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court on charges of possession of dagga.

The suspects were nabbed during an intelligence driven operation conducted in Klipgat, Shakung and Jackalsdans on Friday, 27 April 2018 after information was received about suspected dealing in dagga activities. The suspects were arrested at different houses where the police discovered dagga with an estimated street value of R8000, 00 inside a plastic bags.

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane praised the community for working together with the police to ensure that drug dealers are exposed and brought to book. She further encouraged the community to continue working with the police in arresting those who ruin the lives of the young people.

Source: South African Police Service

Hanergy Launches CSR Campaign to Bring Accessible Solar Powered Lighting to Africa

Company’s innovative thin-film solar powered “Humbrella” to help increase access to clean and free electricity

BEIJING, April 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hanergy, a pioneering multinational clean energy company, today announced the launch of its “Lighting Africa” Project, under which the company will donate its first off line bath of solar-powered Humbrella, which is worth of a million RMB (US$160,000) to Africa through the China NGO Network for International Exchange.

Founder of Hanergy Li Hejun takes a group picture with NGO representative and African Ambassadors

The Hanergy 2018 Humbrella CSR Launch Ceremony was attended by ambassadors from 22 African nations as well as representatives from 8 NGOs, 10 multi-national companies and stakeholders from various circles.

Humbrella is the latest addition to the company’s growing roster of mobile energy solutions. Combining the world’s highest conversion efficiency thin-film solar panels with the common umbrella, the Humbrella integrates four functions including off-grid power supply, electricity storage, night lighting, and terminal charging. The Humbrella has a diameter of 2.7 meters and weighs only 8.8 kilograms due to Hanergy’s amazingly light & flexible thin film solar panels.

Currently, only 37% of Africans have access to a stable power supply and electricity shortages routinely prevent children from having enough time for study, seriously impacting their education. The Humbrella offers a practical solution to this problem by converting sunshine and store as much as 40000 mAh electricity, ensuring a 10-hour high quality reading time for children, or charging more than 10 3000mAh smart phones. In addition to lighting, the Humbrella is equipped with 4 UBS ports, which could be plugged for lamps, small fans, or electric insect repellent.

At a speech delivered at the launch event, Hanergy CEO Li Hejun said, “It is an honor for us to be able to use our unique mobile energy and thin film solar capabilities to contribute to public welfare in Africa. We hope that the Humbrella will light up the lives of many Africans and open up new possibilities for the future of African development.”

“I take this opportunity to invite Hanergy Group to consider the possibility of investing in the energy sector in Senegal by taking advantage of the many opportunities and incentives that my government offers to foreign investors,” said Mr. Mamadou Ndiaye, Senegal ambassador to China.

Although in the popular imagination Africa has a beautiful and clean natural environment, the fact is that air pollution is very serious in many areas due to the widespread use of diesel power generators. These generators emit toxic and harmful gases and cause respiratory and heart disease while also contributing to the occurrence of acid rain, which threatens food production and biodiversity. Because the Humbrella leverages thin-film solar power generation technology to directly convert solar energy into electricity, it can replace diesel generators and achieve “zero emission” energy.

The Humbrella launch event in Beijing also saw the establishment of Hanergy’s public welfare initiative, the “Lighting Africa Foundation.” Open to participants from all over the world, the foundation will match every purchase of a Humbrella sent to Africa with one US dollar to be invested in long-term poverty alleviation and public welfare activities, thus doubly contributing to the public benefit of local communities in Africa.

“As China’s largest NGO, we welcome more companies like Hanergy could contribute to African people’s welfare. Hanergy provides a good mobile energy solution to Africa and sets a good example of corporate social responsibility. Hopefully more organizations and companies could join the project in making the world a brighter place,” said Liu Kaiyang, Deputy Secretary-General of China NGO Network for International Exchanges.

About Hanergy

Hanergy, the world’s largest clean energy company, has a comprehensive clean energy solution, covering hydro-power, wind-power, and solar power. Since 2009, Hanergy focuses on thin-film solar power research and development, and is launching a series of products including solar roof tiles, foldable solar-paper power bank, solar backpack, Building Integrated Photovoltaics, solar roads and many others. With a worldwide staff of more than 16,000 and more than 2500 patents, Hanergy is devoted to providing the world a clean energy solution for a better life and sustainable world.

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Email: LUFENG@hanergy.com
Phone: +86(10) 83914567 ext 5259

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Laying the bricks for women empowerment

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has held a women’s roundtable as part of efforts to show its commitment to transformation in the human settlements and built environment sector.

Held in Gauteng, the session sought to address issues that relate to the advancement of equal opportunities for women in the built industry. It was a platform to continue the debate on the socio-economic transformation of the industry.

The roundtable was held following the launch of the NHBRC’s Transformation Charter, which was developed to empower designated groups (i.e. women, youth, military veterans and people with disabilities) through procurement, training and development, as well as employment opportunities.

More than 300 women have gone through the NHBRC’s flagship programme � Women Empowerment Programme, which was developed in conjunction with the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS), with the aim of developing leadership potential and boosting the business skills of women.

This was further boosted by an investment of more than R30 million in training and skills development programmes in the 2017/18 financial year.

NHBRC acting chairperson Julieka Bayat said while great strides have been made to bridge the inequality gap, a lot more still needs to be done in order to realise real tangible benefits on the ground and the NHBRC needs partners from the industry to accelerate this.

Through this event, we hope to broaden the scope by creating more opportunities for the sector. We would also like to encourage and challenge our sister human settlement entities and the private sector to come on board with us in order to drive this, as we contribute towards radical economic transformation said Bayat.

In keeping with the radical economic transformation agenda, the NHBRC set a target of 51% of procurement spend to be directed towards Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) companies.

This target has been overachieved, as more than 60% of the NHBRC’s procurement came from BBBEE companies in the 2017/18 financial year. The NHBRC committed itself to ensure that it excels in transforming procurement to the benefit of black business.

The NHBRC is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements, which is responsible for the protection of housing consumers and to regulate the home building industry.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Laying the bricks for women empowerment

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has held a women’s roundtable as part of efforts to show its commitment to transformation in the human settlements and built environment sector.

Held in Gauteng, the session sought to address issues that relate to the advancement of equal opportunities for women in the built industry. It was a platform to continue the debate on the socio-economic transformation of the industry.

The roundtable was held following the launch of the NHBRC’s Transformation Charter, which was developed to empower designated groups (i.e. women, youth, military veterans and people with disabilities) through procurement, training and development, as well as employment opportunities.

More than 300 women have gone through the NHBRC’s flagship programme � Women Empowerment Programme, which was developed in conjunction with the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS), with the aim of developing leadership potential and boosting the business skills of women.

This was further boosted by an investment of more than R30 million in training and skills development programmes in the 2017/18 financial year.

NHBRC acting chairperson Julieka Bayat said while great strides have been made to bridge the inequality gap, a lot more still needs to be done in order to realise real tangible benefits on the ground and the NHBRC needs partners from the industry to accelerate this.

Through this event, we hope to broaden the scope by creating more opportunities for the sector. We would also like to encourage and challenge our sister human settlement entities and the private sector to come on board with us in order to drive this, as we contribute towards radical economic transformation said Bayat.

In keeping with the radical economic transformation agenda, the NHBRC set a target of 51% of procurement spend to be directed towards Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) companies.

This target has been overachieved, as more than 60% of the NHBRC’s procurement came from BBBEE companies in the 2017/18 financial year. The NHBRC committed itself to ensure that it excels in transforming procurement to the benefit of black business.

The NHBRC is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements, which is responsible for the protection of housing consumers and to regulate the home building industry.

Source: South African Government News Agency