Daily Archives: July 13, 2018

Minister Senzeni Zokwana visits Phuthaditjhaba as part of Imbizo Focus Week, 16 Jul

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, will visit Witsieshoek in Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality on Tuesday, 16 July 2018.

This year, the Tata Mandela and Mama Sisulu Centenary celebration forms a big part of the focus week, under the sub-theme: Be the legacy and A woman of fortitude. Primarily, the activities will be a platform to engage face-to-face; deliver services; forge mutual partnerships with communities, especial civil-society organisations championing the course of building a better life for all and give credence to the vision of a nation bound by a common destiny, our National Development Plan.

The minister’s visit is part of the National Imbizo Focus Week that will give a platform for communities to conduct a dialogue on the living conditions of farmworkers in the Free State Province.

Source: Government of South Africa

8 Endangered Black Rhinos Die in Kenya After Relocation

Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya following an attempt to move them from the capital to a national park hundreds of kilometers away, the government said Friday, calling the toll “unprecedented” in more than a decade of such transfers.

Preliminary investigations point to salt poisoning as the rhinos tried to adapt to saltier water in their new home, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said in a statement. It suspended the ongoing move of other rhinos and said the surviving ones were being closely monitored.

Losing the rhinos is “a complete disaster,” said prominent Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu of WildlifeDirect.

Conservationists in Africa have been working hard to protect the black rhino sub-species from poachers targeting them for their horns to supply an illegal Asian market.

In moving a group of 11 rhinos to the newly created Tsavo East National Park from Nairobi last month, the Kenya Wildlife Service said it hoped to boost the population there. The government agency has not said how the rhinos died. Fourteen of the animals were to be moved in all.

“Disciplinary action will definitely be taken” if an investigation into the deaths indicates negligence by agency staff, the wildlife ministry said.

“Moving rhinos is complicated, akin to moving gold bullion, it requires extremely careful planning and security due to the value of these rare animals,” Kahumbu said in a statement. “Rhino translocations also have major welfare considerations and I dread to think of the suffering that these poor animals endured before they died.”

Transporting wildlife is a strategy used by conservationists to help build up, or even bring back, animal populations. In May, six black rhinos were moved from South Africa to Chad, restoring the species to the country in north-central Africa nearly half a century after it was wiped out there.

Kenya transported 149 rhinos between 2005 and 2017 with eight deaths, the wildlife ministry said.

According to WWF, black rhino populations declined dramatically in the 20th century, mostly at the hands of European hunters and settlers. Between 1960 and 1995, numbers dropped by 98 percent, to fewer than 2,500.

Since then the species has rebounded, although it remains extremely threatened. In addition to poaching, the animals also face habitat loss.

African Parks, a Johannesburg-based conservation group, said earlier this year that there are fewer than 25,000 rhinos in the African wild, of which about 20 percent are black rhinos and the rest white rhinos.

In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization.

Source: Voice of America

Treasury hosts media workshop on tender processes, 17 Jul

Deviations workshop

The National Treasury’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) will host a media workshop on the Department’s role in tender processes. The workshop is aimed at assisting journalists understand Treasury’s role in deviations, and under which circumstances departments are allowed to deviate from normal tender processes.

The workshop will also assist journalists to understand Treasury’s role in resolving issues around unlawfully awarded tenders and all other processes that have to do with state procurement.

Source: Government of South Africa

Spaza shop owner overpowers suspects during an attempted robbery in Humansdorp

Humansdorp – A brave spaza shop owner wrestled and overpowered suspects during an attempted business robbery in Humansdorp yesterday.

Yesterday at 18:30, it is alleged that two men entered a spaza shop in Vumazonke Street, Humansdorp. One of the men pretended to be a customer and bought cigarettes. While the spaza shop owner was assisting him, a second man took out a firearm and held the owner at gunpoint. In an act of bravery, a 38-year-old businessman grabbed the firearm and started wrestling with the suspect, and a shot went off. A bullet struck the owner on the left upper arm, but he managed to get hold of the firearm. The two suspects fled the premises on foot without taking anything from the shop. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment. At the scene, police seized a 9mm pistol with its serial number filed off and three rounds of ammunition. The firearm is going to be sent to the laboratory for ballistic investigation. Police are investigating a case of attempted business robbery. Anyone with information that could assist with police investigation is urged to contact the nearest police station or share information via Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service