Category Archives: Food and Beverages

Cofimvaba man fatally stabbed in Hankey

Hankey – Police are appealing for the assistance of the public in solving the murder case of a 21-year-old man, who was found dead near the taxi rank in Hankey today.

Today, at around 6:00 police were summoned to a scene of a man lying at Chris Hani Street near the taxi rank in Hankey. At the scene, the deceased, Maliviwe Tile (21) from Cofimvaba had a stab wound in the upper torso. Police are urging anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect (s) to contact the investigating officer, Sergeant Franshua Kammies at 082 441 7917 or 042 284 8100.

Source: South African Police Service

Two arrested for school burglary

KING WILLIAM’S TOWN: Dutywa Police Detectives arrested two (2) men aged 22 and 24 for burglary in business. Both suspects were arrested on Thursday, 06 September 2018. It is alleged that a Junior Secondary School was broken into on the 24th August 2018 during the night at Laza Locality, Nqabarha Village, Dutywa.

The Computers and the CPUs of the school were stolen. The Computers and the CPUs were recovered from the suspects. They are valued R17 000. The suspects will appear before the Dutywa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 10 September 2018 on charges of burglary in business.

Source: South African Police Service

Shop looting amid fake food frenzy condemned

Attacks on and looting of shops as a response to the sale of suspicious foods has been condemned by Cabinet.

Such criminal acts will not be tolerated and law-enforcement agencies will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute persons found inciting or carrying out these criminal acts, said Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on behalf of Cabinet at a post Cabinet briefing on Thursday.

Cabinet’s remarks come amid a wave of attacks on shops who are accused by communities to be selling fake and expired food.

A week ago, the Department of Health said it received a high volume of complaints and noted concerns about unauthenticated food-related videos circulating on social media.

Following the complaints, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi issued a notice to municipalities to conduct inspections at various food outlets.

Since August, inspection blitzes have taken place at various food premises and they continue in different parts of the country.

In addition, the food industry has been requested to confirm the authenticity of potential counterfeit foodstuffs while other government regulatory authorities from the Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Trade and Industry, including the National Consumer Commission, are involved in confirming public claims of compromised quality standards.

Cabinet commended the swift action taken by the Health Minister to look into the allegations.

Reiterating the NDoH’s call, Cabinet appealed to members of the public to assist the department by producing tangible evidence of foodstuff made from potentially harmful substances and chemicals.

Cabinet urges members of the public who are aware of suspicious foods to call the DoH hotline on 011 386 2003/6 and the National Consumer Commission hotline on 012 428 7000, said Mokonyane.

A further appeal was made by Cabinet to the public, to be vigilant in differentiating terms related to food:

The best-before date refers to the long shelf life of dry and canned products, and is not an indicator of safety.

The sell-by date is used for perishable food usually stored in a refrigerator and from July this year became no longer relevant, according to global authorities.

The use-by or expiry date is the expiry date and means that food bearing this mark is no longer palatable after this date. For perishable food, this means it can no longer be consumed.

Counterfeit goods are typically goods sold under another company’s brand name while the term fake food has been used by social media to refer to food that does not contain food substances.

Listeriosis outbreak declared over

Meanwhile, Cabinet welcomed the declaration that the Listeriosis outbreak is over.

Cabinet noted that the end of the outbreak strongly demonstrates the impact of the emergency collaborative response plan by the Health Department and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, supported by the World Health Organisation.

The department has since put in place a surveillance system to prevent a recurrence.

All factories that make ready-to-eat processed meat and chicken need to have food safety management systems in place, according to Regulation R607 published on 14 June 2018. Inspections of factories remain ongoing, according to the updated hygiene regulations, said Mokonyane.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Parliament Hosts Local Launch of Global Tuberculosis Caucus

Parliament this week joined the global fight to eliminate tuberculosis (TB), when the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA), Ms Baleka Mbete, led the launch of the South African TB Caucus � a local chapter of the Global TB Caucus. The global caucus rests on a commitment by Members of Parliament across the world to raise TB awareness and support efforts to eliminate the epidemic by 2030.

Members of Parliament from both the NA and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) became patrons of the TB Caucus and joined TB ambassadors and survivors, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organisation for the launch of the South African chapter of the Global TB Caucus.

Activities started with debates in both houses of Parliament, where parliamentarians across party lines declared their undivided support for the fight against TB and resolved to establish the South African Chapter of the Global TB Caucus.

On Tuesday night, Speaker Mbete was the first to sign a declaration that makes several commitments, including using MPs to raise awareness of TB by engaging with the media and in their constituencies on the subject, monitoring the performance of government health programmes and the TB control programme, and developing policies to reduce the prevalence of the disease and legislation that will create an enabling environment for the provision of healthcare services, and TB services in particular.

In the declaration, MPs also made a commitment to advocate for the necessary resources to accelerate progress to end TB, and support the voices of TB patients and vulnerable groups in order to lift the burden of stigma from TB patients and their families.

The Speaker called on Members of Parliament to be at the forefront in fighting TB, to save the lives of the thousands of people who needlessly and prematurely die each year in South Africa from the epidemic.

The Deputy Speaker of the NA, Mr Lechesa Tsenoli, was diagnosed with TB in 1984. He said he did not consider himself a survivor of TB, but rather as somebody who had TB and got cured after successfully taking treatment. As public representatives often fail to recognise how our own stories can impact on the people we represent; I am happy to add my word in the campaign to increase TB awareness in our country and the world, said Mr Tsenoli.

Long-time TB ambassador and programme director at the launch, Ms Gerry Elsdon, said that through the launch of the caucus, Parliament is finally recognising the work of TB campaigners. We are making a historic jump by joining the world in championing the response to TB and efforts to eliminate TB by the year 2030, she said.

The House Chairperson for Committees, Oversight and Intergovernmental Relations in the NCOP, Mr Jomo Nyambi said the fight against TB should become an integral component of MPs’ constituency work and should feature regularly in Parliament’s programme.

Dr Brian Chirombo, a representative of the World Health Organisation said a TB-free world will only be achieved when leaders spearhead awareness campaigns and efforts to eliminate TB in their countries and regions.

The launch was also attended by, among others, the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health, Ms Lindelwa Dunjwa, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Miss South Africa 2018 Ms Tamaryn Green, and musician and New Partnership for Africa’s Development Agency Goodwill Ambassador for TB and nutrition, Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Parliament Establishes South African Chapter of Global TB Caucus

Parliament� Both Houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces, today resolved to establish a South African Chapter of the Global TB Caucus.

The Global TB Caucus was established in October 2014. It is a worldwide network of parliamentarians which Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi co-chairs and which galvanises parliamentarians to become champions in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). TB is the world’s leading infectious disease killer, although it can be treated and cured.

At their plenary sittings this afternoon, the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces resolved to establish a coordinating body for the Caucus. The Caucus, itself, is open to all parliamentarians and legislators and membership is completely voluntary.

In their resolutions, the two Houses noted that TB is the leading cause of death in South Africa and that a South African Chapter of the Global TB Caucus was intended to raise awareness and would support efforts to accelerate the elimination of the disease by 2030 � in line with targets set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Caucus would also provide a platform to Members of Parliament and of Legislatures to champion the response to TB in their constituencies and drive political action to end the disease.

The South African Chapter of the Global TB Caucus of Parliamentarians is being launched this evening from 19.30 at The Westin, Convention Square Lower Long Street Cape Town. Media are invited to attend.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa