Daily Archives: June 6, 2018

Intelligence driven operation dubbed cease fire hits hard on criminals

The SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lt. General Nneke Jim Ledwaba and his management have declared war on criminals where in a relentless effort to eradicate incidents of TRIO crimes throughout this Province especially in the crime infested areas, the Intelligent led Joint operations are hitting hard on criminals involved in this crime category with fruitful results.

In the Waterval Policing area outside Makhado, the Intelligent led Joint operation intercepted a group of syndicate before they could rob the local petrol station and arrested two (02) suspects aged between 23 and 36 and recovered firearms and ammunition.

This operation was composed of the Waterval Police, Makhado Cluster k9 Unit, Makhado Cluster First Responder Team, the Public Order Police Unit and Makhado Cluster Crime Intelligence where they waited for a group of criminals inside the local petrol Station who were coming to rob this business and arrested them.

The operation continued at the Elim Mall resulting in the arrest of three (03) suspects aged 22 and 34 and the recovery of a firearm with ammunition and one suspected motor vehicle soon after they robbed a courier car. The preliminary Police investigations have revealed that this motor vehicle was reported stolen at Mondeo Policing area in the Gauteng Province.

These arrested suspects are believed to be a syndicate which was terrorising members of the community on TRIO crimes in and around the Makhado and Thohoyandou Clusters for some time.

During this operation in the Makhado Cluster, the following items were recovered:

* 03 x 9mm firearms

* 42 x ammunition

* 01 x suspected stolen motor vehicle

* Three (03) cell phones

* Three (03) magazines

Meanwhile in the Mankweng Cluster outside Polokwane ,three (03) suspects aged between 26 and 31 who were highly wanted for a series of business robberies in the area were arrested during a sting Intelligent led joint operation for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and the following items were recovered :

* Two (02) firearms

* Two (02) magazines

* 54 live ammunition

* Cash amount of R7800.00

* 07 A� 50ml of liquor

* 07 A� 20 packets of cigarettes

The arrested suspects during these operations will appear before the Waterval and Mankweng Magistrate Courts respectively soon.

The Provincial Commissioner has applauded the members of these Teams from various Units in the Makhado and Mankweng Clusters for cracking these crime syndicates through their hard work and dedication and their continuous successful effort in the fight against the mushrooming of illegal firearms in this Province.

All criminals out there who are still engaged in their dirty tricks of terrorising members of the Community including the business community, their days are numbered because we are going to deal with them mercilessly and without compromise, concluded General Ledwaba.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

Source: South African Police Service

Deputy Minister Obed Bapela addresses China-Africa Industrialisation Cooperation event, 8 Jun

Deputy Minister Bapela to Deliver Keynote Address at the China-Africa Industrialisation Cooperation event

The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Mr. Obed Bapela, will deliver a key note address at the research seminar on opportunities and challenges of China-Africa Industrialisation Cooperation on 08 June 2018. The main objective of the seminar will be to examine China � Africa industrialisation into the future. The seminar is jointly hosted by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa and the Human Science and Research Council (HSRC).

Due to many projects being implemented at the Provincial level, the address by the Deputy Minister is important as it will address Opportunities and Challenges of Driving Economic Growth in Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s) at Local Government Level.

Drawing from the White paper on Local Government, the National Development Plan maintains that for South Africa to meeting its development objectives, Local Government remains at the Centre of economic transformation, therefore it becomes imperative for South Africa’s local government to be globally competitive.

The seminar will address topics that will range from manufacturing, infrastructure, human resource development, to synergies that exist between China and Africa in ensuring implementation at the 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) industrial measures which will be held this year in Beijing-China.

The outcome of the seminar will provide long term industrial solutions for FOCAC 2018 and long term implementation strategies that are sustainable.

Source: Government of South Africa

Deputy Minister Obed Bapela addresses China-Africa Industrialisation Cooperation event, 8 Jun

Deputy Minister Bapela to Deliver Keynote Address at the China-Africa Industrialisation Cooperation event

The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Mr. Obed Bapela, will deliver a key note address at the research seminar on opportunities and challenges of China-Africa Industrialisation Cooperation on 08 June 2018. The main objective of the seminar will be to examine China � Africa industrialisation into the future. The seminar is jointly hosted by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa and the Human Science and Research Council (HSRC).

Due to many projects being implemented at the Provincial level, the address by the Deputy Minister is important as it will address Opportunities and Challenges of Driving Economic Growth in Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s) at Local Government Level.

Drawing from the White paper on Local Government, the National Development Plan maintains that for South Africa to meeting its development objectives, Local Government remains at the Centre of economic transformation, therefore it becomes imperative for South Africa’s local government to be globally competitive.

The seminar will address topics that will range from manufacturing, infrastructure, human resource development, to synergies that exist between China and Africa in ensuring implementation at the 7th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) industrial measures which will be held this year in Beijing-China.

The outcome of the seminar will provide long term industrial solutions for FOCAC 2018 and long term implementation strategies that are sustainable.

Source: Government of South Africa

MINISTER: SOUTH AFRICA’S HEALTH SYSTEM UNDER STRAIN, BUT NOT COLLAPSING

PRETORIA– Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says while South Africa’s public healthcare system is distressed and facing hard times, the system is not on the brink of collapse.

As far as we know, this healthcare system is still able to provide treatment to the largest number of HIV positive people globally. Our (HIV treatment) programme is the biggest in the world at 4.2 million people. In the next 24 months, we are poised to initiate an additional two million people on treatment, Motsoaledi said during a briefing on the status of healthcare here Tuesday.

Speaking from the Government Communications (GCIS) headquarters here, the Minister said he was not aware of any scientific method used to measure the veracity of the claims made about the breakdown of the health system.

I am not here to challenge that because I do not know the yardstick that was used to arrive at a conclusion of collapse. Surely healthcare systems are measured on some form of scientific yardstick to arrive at any conclusion.

Motsoaledi said that the country’s public health system is still able to treat all 300,000 patients who suffer from Tuberculosis, noting that South Africa is the first country to get to scale in the use of TB diagnostic and early introduction of the latest medication for TB, and, as a result of the interventions, South Africa has seen a drop in number of people dying from TB, from 69,251 in 2009 to 33,063 in 2015.

The number of babies born HIV positive has also dropped from a total of 70,000 in 2004 to 4,500 currently.

The Minister said the public healthcare system is still able to take care of 1.06 million pregnant women out of 1.2 million pregnant women.

To make sure that we are adequately taking care of them, we have them registered on a system called MomConnect, through which we communicate with them every single week. Cumulatively, since August 2014, we had registered over two million pregnant women on this system,” he added.

Out of this number, 1,620 lodged complaints about the healthcare system. But in the same period, a total of 15,440 sent us messages of compliments. This is unsolicited information. We do not then think that a collapsing or collapsed system is able to do this.”

The Minister admitted that his department is very worried about extreme overcrowding in public hospitals and that the situation could have been much worse if we did not take proactive steps.

One of these steps was to decant patients away from the clinics and hospitals to take their medication at selected pick-up points. These are pick-up points selected by the patients themselves. We have 2.2 million people on this system called CCMDD (Central Chronic Medication Dispensing and Distribution). We are poised to load one million more people on this system during this financial year.

The Minister, however, said the country faced a big human resources problem. He said sub-Saharan Africa carried 80 per cent of all infectious diseases in the world but only had 3.0 per cent of the health human resources. We are not exempted from that. We are actually very badly affected. We have decided to enter the battle robustly, he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

East London smart factory to create jobs

The launch of the Yekani Manufacturing factory at the East London Special Economic Zone (ELIDZ) is expected to create at least 1 000 new jobs for the community.

The R1 billion smart factory was launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Tuesday.

The 100% black owned Information and Communication Technology (ICT) electronics and manufacturing company is a beneficiary of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Black Industrialists Programme and the Special Economic Zone Fund.

What we are witnessing today is a company that is getting into this space, which is very important as we prepare ourselves for the 4th Industrialist Revolution. This is an example of what we can do if we put our minds to it. I think this an investment to celebrate at a number of levels in an industry that is of strategic importance and key to job creation, said Davies at the launch.

The dti provided R350 million for the construction of the factory that is located in the ELIDZ through the Special Economic Zones Fund. The company also received a R50 million grant under the Black Industrialists Programme for the machinery at the plant. Through the grant, the company will be able to employ a further 1 000 people.

Formed in 1998, the company currently manufactures DSTV’s Explora HD decoders, TEAC television sets, set-top boxes and tablets.

The launch, said the Minister, comes as South Africa has not been able to manufacture enough electronics products with a heavy reliance on imported tablets, cell phones and all kinds of electronic equipment.

Group Chief Executive Office of Yekani, Dr Siphiwe Cele, said the new facilities will allow Yekani to lead the way in technology innovation and to help Africa secure its rightful place among global technology leaders.

Cele said the company wants the world to know that Africans are capable of pioneering new technology and also nurturing young people.

The launch of the 28 000 square metre state-of-the-art smart factory comes at a time when the country commemorates Youth Month.

The timing of the launch is opportune. Youth Month allows Yekani to reaffirm its commitment to invest in the youth. Our new home is a stronghold where young people’s brilliance will be nurtured with an ultimate objective of forming a pool of entrepreneurs within this group, Cele said.

The new facility, which currently employs approximately 400 people, is kitted with 11 new surface mount technology (SMT) machines.

Funding for the project was an effort from various stakeholders that included the dti, private financial institutions as well as the company itself.

The Black Industrialists Scheme was announced in 2016 and at that time, government’s target was to support 100 Black Industrialists by the end of the 2018/19 financial year. This target was exceeded in March when 102 Black Industrialists were approved for financial support.

Source: South African Government News Agency