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Roodepan suspect tracing operation yield positive results

The Suspects Tracing Operation in Roodepan today had an impact when 16 wanted suspects were brought to book.

The tracing operation, which was carried out at pre-dawn earlier today, saw suspects wanted for offenses ranging from robbery, possession of drugs,malicious damage to property, contravention of protection order to burglary business behind bars.

Brigadier Dick De Waal from Provincial Crime Detection, emphasized that operations for tracing suspects are in full swing. He emphasized that similar operations will be the order of the day throughout the Northern Cape Province.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear before the local Magistrates Court on Monday, 17 September 2018.

Brigadier de Waal has appealed to members of the community to assist with information about wanted suspects by contacting the police on 086 00 10 111 or sms to 32211 or by contacting the local police.

Every information will be treated as confidential.

Source: South African Police Service

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS CREDIT BILL TO PREVENT OVER-INDEBTEDNESS

CAPETOWN– The National Assembly, the lower chamber of the South African Parliament, has approved the long-awaited National Credit Amendment Bill which aims to address and prevent over-indebtedness of consumers.

The Bill provides relief for over-indebted consumers earning less than 7,500 Rand (about 507 US dollars) with unsecured debt of not more than 50,000 Rand. It will directly address the plight of the poor and low-income workers who are over-indebted. It also intends to encourage and enforce responsible lending and borrowing, said acting Trade and Industry Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

The Bill was debated and adopted in the National Assembly Wednesday after it was adopted by the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry last Friday. It will improve the collection of bad debt among over-indebted low income consumers by credit providers.

In South Africa, approximately 879 million Rand of bad debt is collected by credit providers through debt counselling on a monthly basis. Approximately 38 per cent of 25 million credit-active consumers have impaired credit records.

During the second reading of the Bill, Zulu clarified that it is an amendment to the National Credit Act of 2005, which came into effect in 2007 with the aim to address and prevent over-indebtedness of consumers and ensure an accessible, consistent, responsible and equitable credit market.

Zulu said the Bill introduces a new effective and accessible debt counselling and personal insolvency framework for over-indebted low-income consumers.

The Bill provides a balance that addresses the needs of consumers and promotes responsible borrowing by credit providers. It also tackles concerns raised by some credit providers and distinguishes between secured and unsecured credit in accordance with the Task Team Agreements entered into in 2010.

The agreements were entered into by the National Credit Regulator and credit providers to limit the reduction for interest on unsecured debt. Taking the repo rate into account ensures that banks will not be unfairly prejudiced by a reduction. This will form part of the regulations, said Zulu.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

President Cyril Ramaphosa engages members of Diplomatic Community, 14 Sept

President Cyril Ramaphosa to engage the Diplomatic Corps

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, 14 September 2018, engage members of the Diplomatic Community accredited to South Africa led by its Dean, Ambassador Bene Lofongo M’poko.

The Diplomatic Corps comprise Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Consuls-General and Charges d’Affaires of 139 missions and international organizations represented in South Africa.

The engagement takes place ahead of the annual 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America set to take place from 18 September 2018 to 05 October 2018.

South Africa successfully campaigned to be elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve in the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019-2020 as a non-permanent member. This will be the third time that South Africa will be serving in the Security Council since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

President Ramaphosa has expressed his gratitude to the Southern African Development Community and the African Union for their endorsement and confidence in South Africa’s international cooperation policy informed by the goals and priorities of the African continent aimed at achieving a Africa and a world that is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and united and contributing to a world that is just and equitable.

The President will optimise this engagement to speak to the diplomatic corps about priority issues and programmes that the South African government is pursuing, which includes the International Investment Summit which will take place in October 2018 and the constitutional process of land restitution and redistribution.

South Africa is more committed than ever to work towards greater multilateral engagement by the international community with a renewed to commitment to the maintenance of international peace and security, inclusive growth, sustainable development and protection and promotion of human rights.

Source: Government of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS MULTI-PRONGED APPROACH TO TACKLE GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE – DP MABUZA

PRETORIA– The fight against gender-based violence (GBV) requires a multi-pronged approach to ensure that women don’t find themselves with no other choice but to stay in abusive relationships.

Deputy President David Mabuza said this when he responded to oral questions from Members of Parliament at the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Our response to violence and abuse of women and children calls for an integrated and a multifaceted approach.

As a society, we need to collectively deal with social and cultural root causes that breed gender stereotypes which continue to relegate women and girls to the bottom of the social hierarchy.

No nation can succeed if it socialises its young boys to disrespect their mothers and disrespect their sisters. All sectors of the society, including traditional leaders, must work together to inculcate a set of values that respect women as equal citizens who are entitled to all rights, to all freedoms and privileges and economic opportunities which men enjoy, he said.

He said government was implementing several interventions through several departments.

He said through the Department of Social Development Men’s Care and Men as Champions of Change Programmes, government is galvanising men to shift their attitudes, to change their behaviour and become change agents in communities.

We need men in society to stand up and become agents of positive change. As government, we are joining hands with the men’s sector to champion the change that focuses on building social values of respect and protection of women and children, he said.

The Department of Basic Education’s girls and boys education movement, Mabuza said, uses learners to promote positive values and behaviour, human rights, dignity for all as well as respect between girls and boys

To highlight the plight of young women who are in tertiary institutions, the Department of Higher Education embarked on its sexual and gender-based violence dialogue in institutions of higher learning and TVET campuses ‘to raise awareness and deal decisively with gender-based violence faced by students and staff members’.

Mabuza said the Department of Women continues to rollout social campaigns and community dialogues to promote and raise awareness on socio-economic issues that continue to keep women subjugated to violence and impoverishment.

As equal citizens, young girls must have access to quality education.

For women to be free, they must access economic empowerment opportunities so that they are not perpetually dependent on men, even if it means tolerating a burden of abusive relationships.

More importantly, our criminal justice system must provide the necessary protection to women and children who are subjected to violence and abuse. Young women must be empowered to make decisions that reduce their vulnerability to HIV infection and violence, he said.

He said victims of violence and abuse must receive protection psychosocial support.

For victims of violence, government has established Thuthuzela Care Centres to provide support provide assistance to victims of rape and gender-based violence.

These Thuthuzela Care Centres are multi-disciplinary in approach that pulls together a basket of services provided by various departments and agencies under one roof to ensure that victims provided with a holistic support within a short space of time.

These centres provide a one-stop hospital based package of services for survivors of sexual violence. Services provided include among others, medical assistance, legal and psychological management support. Across all provinces, he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

The dti to Lead Business Delegation to World Food Moscow

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will lead a delegation of businesspeople to World Food Moscow, Russia, scheduled to take place from 17-20 September 2018. The World Food Moscow is an annual international trade fair. It is an ideal platform for South African companies to attract the attention of wholesalers, distributors, retailers and restaurateurs.

The objective of taking companies to showcase their products at World Food Moscow is to promote South Africa’s agro-processing industry in order to consolidate and establish market presence of the South African products in Russia. The participation of the SA companies in the exhibition is also expected to generate greater returns for the South African agro-processing and related industries at the show and within the Russian market.

According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the World Food Moscow 2018 will also expose South African companies to available opportunities in Russia as well as creating awareness for their products. The export sales generated from South Africa’s participation last year amounted to R56 million.

South Africa’s exports to Russia increased from R4.1 billion in 2016 to more than R4.7 billion in 2017. Major South African exports include edible fruits and nuts, manganese ores, products of iron and steel, beverages, spirits and vinegar, vehicles, electrical machinery and equipment.

World Food Moscow 2017 hosted 1433 exhibitors from 65 countries specialising in food and beverage products with 78% of the exhibitors reporting that they had return of investment from exhibiting at the show. The fair attracted 28 922 visitors from 78 regions of Russia and 89 countries.

Source: Department of Trade and Industry