Friday, July 03, 2015

Home Affairs standing firm on unabridged requirement

Loyiso Langeni
03 July 2015

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said several child advocacy groups are in support of the new requirement specific to travelling with a child, saying it will go a long way in preventing child abduction and child trafficking.

The new requirement states that children travelling in and out of the country need to have an unabridged certificate.

Minister Gigaba said The UN Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on trafficking in persons 2014 says child trafficking, of both boys and girls, is commonly reported in Sub-Saharan Africa, whereas almost all victims detected in North Africa and the Middle East are adults.

Sub-Saharan Africa reports the highest share of child trafficking in the world, and girls and boys are more or less equally detected particularly girls. From Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria and South Africa reported high shares of female involvement, nearly 50 per cent, during the reporting period.

Meanwhile Minister Gigaba has requested that the Director General and other departmental officials to intensify stakeholder engagements, relating to the implementation of legislative amendments and regulations.

Minister Gigaba It should be clear that this is not about a review of regulations, but working together to ensure smooth implementation and to mitigate against any potential unintended consequences.


Gigab added that it is in working together, as government, non-governmental organisations, business, labour, and broader society, that we can strengthen our efforts in this area, ensuring smooth implementation in the interest of children, communities, SA’s economic goals and national security.

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Fedusa condemns violence in Mamelodi

Loyiso Langeni
03 July 2015

The Federation of Unions of South Africa has condemned the violence in Mamelodi which has resulted in a Putco bus driver shot to death.

Taxi operators have been protesting for two days now following a contract issued to Autopax to operate in certain routes in the area.

Fedusa’s Dennis George said violence undermines both social and industrial peace.

George said, from our side we believe its total unacceptable in a democratic South African that we have a situation that people want to use violence to resolve  their problems and issues.

“We firmly believe that government should act very strong towards these people.

The situation that is subtracting us is that drivers have to go every day and work for their families to receive a decent living and a decent income to provide for their families and for those drivers to be attacked by taxi owners and by their drivers is something totally unacceptable.” George added.

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Eskom: No decision made on re-application to Nersa

Lusanda Bill
03 July 2015

Eskom confirmed that they are still studying the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s determination and that no decision regarding re-application has been made.

This as Nersa rejected Eskom application for an additional 10.1% tarrif hike.

Acting Director General Donald Liphoko said Eskom will follow the relevant government procedures in this regard, and after deliberations will inform government the shareholder of its next step in this matter.

Liphoko said in keeping with the spirit of the public hearings and acting in the country’s economy, it is important that all parties are transparent and act timelessly. 

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Winter school programmes up and running in the WC

Lusanda Bill
03 July 2015

Western Cape MEC of Education Debbie Schafer visited Grade 12 winter school and WCED Safe Schools holiday programmes yesterday in order to check in on the youth during the winter break.

Schools across Cape Town are hosting programmes to keep the youth active during the time off.

Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said it is important to keep our learners safe and engaged over the holiday period. Each district arranged a safe holiday programme according to the need in the district concerned.

Shelver said MEC Schafer also visited the safe school holiday programme Edward Primary School.

“Educational programmes on offer include subjects such as peer pressure, moral value, substance abuse, HIV/Aids and other important topics such as gangsterism and bullying” Shelver added. 

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An accident claims the life of a woman in her 40’s

Lusanda Bill
03 July 2015

A woman died this morning after she lost control of her vehicle and it rolled on the R53 outside Potchefstroom in Gauteng.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said on assessment, paramedics found the lifeless body of the driver lying 20 metres away from her vehicle.

Meiring said unfortunately the woman had already succumbed to her fatal injuries when she was ejected from the vehicle.

“Nothing more could be done for the patient and she was declared dead on scene. The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation” Meiring added.

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Ramaphosa responds to possible charges for Marikana

Lusanda Bill
03 July 2015


Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said he has noted plans in the political circles to lay charges against him regarding the Farlam Commission of Inquiry Report.

This as the Economic Freedom Fighters has stated that it will today ask police to investigate the deputy president, the than police minister Nathi Mthethwa and Lonmin bosses.

The report found that Deputy President Ramaphosa had no part to play in the shooting dead of 34 striking miners almost three years ago.

Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said in this regard we wish to state that in respect of the findings of the Farlam Commission related to Deputy President Ramaphosa personally, the Commission’s findings are clear.

He added that accordingly, Deputy President Ramaphosa has nothing further to add.

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IFP calls on government to prevent underage drinking

Mbasa Gqokoma
03 July 2015

The Inkatha Freedom Party calls on the government, private sectors and individual communities to join together to prevent underage drinking following the deaths of eight young women at a tavern in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.

IFP believes it is the responsibility of all social systems to stop underage drinking.

IFP National Chairperson Blessed Gwala said we believe that scaffolding the national youth is the responsibility of all people from all social work groups, together work the common goal of preventing and reducing the drinking.

“Then they create the powerful synergy that is critical to be realisation of this objective” Gwala added.

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City of Cape Town urges residents to be aware of scamming con artists

Mbasa Gqokoma 03 July 2015

Due to several housing scams reported in the city, Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements Benedicta Van Minnen urges residents to avoid getting scammed by con artists.

Some residents have claimed they bought housing units from people who then disappeared with the money.

Mayoral Committee Member Benedicta Van Minnen said, City of Cape Town is greatly concerned about these reports of fraud artists pretending to be selling land or housing opportunities to residents of the City of Cape Town.

“This is nothing more than fraud and needs to be reported to SAPS as soon as it occurs”

The City would also see to it that, housing beneficiaries on our housing data base are not expected to make any financial contributions towards a housing opportunity, Van Minnen added.

 


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Minister Pandor launches casting simulation network

Loyiso Langeni
03 July 2015

The Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor launched a casting simulation network on Thursday which will provide South Africa’s foundry sector with advanced technology.

This technology will hopefully provide vital inputs in the manufacturing industry. The Minister believes this software will begin to fill a technology gap in the foundry sector.

Ministerial Spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said the Minister referred to the fact that since 2011 the Department of Science and Technology supported a programme to assist the foundry sector with Technology Assistance Packages.

Ngqengelele added that our manufacturing industry needs and is looking at how we can improve the service or the product that is being produced.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

NUM reaches a deal with Samancor


Loyiso Langeni
02 July 2015

The National Union of Mineworkers has reached a three-year wage deal with Samancor.

The wage agreement which will cover all Samancor mine operations in Rustenburg will also cover other conditions of employment, including medical aid, travelling rate, salary scales, job grades, allowances and skills.

NUM Chief Negotiator at Samancor Ecliff Tantsi the wage agreement ranges on the mines between 14% starting with A band and 10.75 for free falls.


“For Smelters it’s ranging from level 1 between 11% and the C upper 10% and we strongly believe that this is a good agreement under the circumstances in the mining industry.” Tantsi added.  

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Vincent Community Health Centre re-opened following a revamp


Loyiso Langeni
02 July 2015

The City of Cape Town officially opened the Vincent Community Health Centre in Belhar following much needed renovations.

The more than 25-year centre sees on average 585 clients on a daily basis who access a range of services relating to maternal and child health, HIV, STI’s TB and also deals with mental health issues.

Mayor Patricia de Lille Spokesperson Zara Nicholson said this investment of more than R8, 2 million was spent for the addition of a paediatric wing, an upgraded TB section, and the complete renovation and upgrade of the reception area.

“In addition, we constructed a staff room and new ablution facilities for clients, replaced the old asbestos roof as well as the seating in the waiting areas, and repainted and re-tiled the entire clinic.


The Mayor has appealed to the community of Belhar to take ownership of this facility and help in protecting it from vandalism and thieves,” Nicholson added. 

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Cope concerned by the lack of education and skills for the youth


Loyiso Langeni
02 July 2015

The Congress of the People is alarmed by the lack of education and skill training that youth in South Africa receive.

Due to the lack of schooling and high levels of unemployment among youth, recently reported on by Stats South Africa, COPE believes that the government is neglecting the youth.

COPE spokesperson Dennis Bloem said it is very clear that the government has abandoned our youth and it’s a very serious and dangerous thing because this thing will explode in the face of everybody in the country.


“We are saying that after the release of the Statistics, we are calling upon the president to stop with empty promises and start to do something in creating jobs for our youth. If he is not doing that he will pay dearly and the country will pay dearly for the unemployment of youth,” Bloem added. 

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Lesotho visit

Lusanda Bill
02 July 2015

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said his trip to Lesotho was a good one.

President Jacob Zuma as the organ in SADC of Peace and Security sent deputy Ramaphosa to Lesotho amongst tension over the murder of former army general, Maaparankoe Mahao.

Deputy President Ramaphosa said throughout Lesotho everybody is worried and concerned by the death of Lieutenant General Mahao.

Ramaphosa said we also took the opportunity to meet other stakeholders. We met parties in the opposition, we met the churches, we met the NGOs and we also saw the King. And no doubt everyone is very concerned about the passing of Lieutenant General Mahao.

Meanwhile South Africa will be sending a team of pathologists to do examination over the circumstances surrounding the death of Lieutenant General Mahao.

A special summit on Lesotho will be held in Pretoria tomorrow.
Deputy Ramaphosa said the summit of the Double Troika will consist of discussions in the presence and with the participation of Prime Minister Mosisili.

“I am sure that out of that discussion will come suggestions, proposals and solutions of how to take matters forward here in Lesotho” Ramaphosa added.

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IMATU negotiating for better wage offer from SALGA

Lusanda Bill
02 July 2015

The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union heads into a conciliation meeting in Durban today to continue wage negotiations.

IMATU hopes to negotiate a wage that matches the rising cost of other daily needs.

Research and Policy Analyst Anja Muller-Deibicht said we are looking at the employer SALGA to make substantial grounds in terms of its offers.


Deibicht said we have a mandate from our members to make sure that the wage increase is in line with inflation increases and the transport, food and petrol price increases. 

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Appointment of new SABC CEO welcomed

Lusanda Bill
02 July 2015

Communication Minister Faith Muthambi said she has confidence that newly appointed South African Broadcasting CEO Frans Matlala is a capable leader for the public broadcaster.

Since 2009 the SABC has had eight CEO’s.

Ministerial Spokesperson Mish Molakeng said the Minister believes the new CEO has the right skills to take the SABC forward in this period.

Molakeng said the Minister is happy with the appointment of Frans Matlala.


Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance has wished Matlala the best of luck for the challenges that await him. 

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One person died after a taxi and motor vehicle collided

Mbasa Gqokoma
02 June 2015

An accident late last night on the N12 in Johannesburg East between a taxi and a light motor vehicle left one person dead and three injured.

ER24 Spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said one person was killed in a collision and three other people were injured.

Rossouw added that ER24 paramedics treated and transported one critically injured patient to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The other patients were transported by other services.

The exact details of the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation


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WC MEC of Health launch mental health programs

Mbasa Gqokoma
02 July 2015

Western Cape MEC of Health Nomafrench Mbombo is launching programs in July to help address the growing number of mental health issues in South Africa.

The campaign focuses on prevention and early detection of mental illnesses.

Ministerial Spokesperson Colleen Smart, said in the Western Cape we have seen an increase on these cases and the majority of them is aggravated by the high level of substance abuse cases.


“This causes severe burden in our facilities and we need to obviously accommodate a large number of patients suffering from acute mental illnesses, and this is why the Western Cape government has priorities alcohol and substance abuse as a strategic goal going forward” Smart added.

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Government values process by NERSA in reviewing Eskom’s application

Jaimie-faith Poonah
02 July 2015

Government hopes to stablise the electricity network after the review process of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa.

The Government hopes that once South Africa’s energy needs and requirements are addressed the country will be able to move forward.

Acting Director-General Donald Liphoko said NERSA has again reiterated the key implementation requirements which are needed for the energy sector.

Liphoko said importantly NERSA has afforded everyone, stakeholder and members of the public alike, with the opportunity to participate in a public hearing during which citizens offer their comments and views on the Eskom application.

“This is in keeping with government’s commitment to the open, transparent and democratic society that we all envisioned at the start of our democracy” Liphoko concluded.

 

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A woman in hospital after she fell down an illegal goldmine in Nelspruit

Jaimie-faith Poonah
01 July 2015

A 51-year-old woman is currently in a critical condition in hospital, after she fell down an illegal goldmine on a plantation near the White River Sabie Road in Nelspruit earlier today.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics as well as SAPS search and rescue were alerted to the incident and immediately responded to the plantation.

Meiring said once on scene, ER24 paramedics were shown to the illegal mine shaft where the woman had fallen into.

“Er24 paramedics and SAPS began setting up their specialised rescue equipment that they would use to lower a paramedic down the 15 metre shaft. Once the paramedic was lowered into the shaft, it was found that the patient lying on her back was in a serious condition. Assessments showed that the patient had sustained serious injuries and fractures to both her upper and lower legs.” Meiring added.  

Meiring said paramedics treated the patient and provided her with advanced life support treatment and brought her to the surface where an awaiting ER24 ambulance had transported her to Mediclinic Nelspruit for further urgent medical treatment


The exact details of the cause of the incident will remain the subject of a police investigation. 

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Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District project yielding results

Jaimie-faith Poonah
01 July 2015

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato, MEC of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant together with Metrorail Regional Manager Richard Walker did a successful site visit to the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District project in Parow.

MEC Plato said when crime becomes a problem in a community it will inevitably spill over into train stations and trains.

Over the past six years crime in Bellville and Parow has increased dramatically.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said part of the programme as included pilot projects at both the Bellville and Parow transport interchanges in a bid to enhance the safety for the communities to reply on public transport to get to and from their various destinations.

Botha added that as part of this pilot project 50 graduates have been deployed to various stations in different ways of which they receive on the job training from the relative staff. 

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SACTWU satisfied with the 2015 wage negotiation agreement

Jaimie-faith Poonah
01 July 2015

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union have expressed its satisfaction over the 2015 wage negotiations agreement reached.

The agreement was concluded with the Southern African Footwear and Leather Industries Association.

SACTWU’s Nazir Armoed said the increase that was arrived at was 7.5% across the board with an additional one day time off for shops with training and an entry fee of R14.75.

“It is an increase that we can live with, we would have loved for it to be better, but we are quite happy with it.” Armoed added.

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Western Cape government working to make operating a business easier

Jaimie-faith Poonah
01 July 2015

The Western Cape government has partnered with municipalities to introduce initiatives that will make it easier to do business in the Cape.

The Red Tape Reduction interventions include reducing approval times for building plans and moving application processes online.

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said the Western Cape government Red Tape Reduction Unit has worked with municipalities to come up with a range of projects to make it easier to do business in the Western Cape.

Jooste said these initiatives have halfed approval time for building plans in some municipalities and in others it has resulted in business support services being offered to residents.

Jooste added that Minister Winde has commended the municipalities and he said this is a great example of their commitment to reducing Red Tape to grow their community.

 

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Police search for farm attackers in Buffelshoek


Loyiso Langeni
01 July 2015

Police in Mooinooi, Brits have not made any arrests as yet, following the attack of farm employees in Buffelshoek.

Police Spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said the employees were attacked by a group of unknown men who held them at gunpoint and stole electrical appliances, cash and a firearm, before fleeing the scene.

He added that a manhunt has been launched for seven suspects who attacked the farm employees in Mooinooi and broke into the farm’s house.


Ramaloko said no arrests has been made, a search for the suspect is currently underway.  

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Taxi drivers receiving business development training

Loyiso Langeni
01 July 2015

About 90 taxi drivers from Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha are receiving business development training.

This is part of the City of Cape Town’s project to provide the taxi drivers with greater business skills and knowledge.

Mayor Patricia de Lille said she is pleased to see that members of the different taxi associations have welcomed the training with optimism and excitement.

Mayor Spokesperson Zara Nicholson said the training represents an investment of R39 million with 90 taxi operators currently part of the training.


“The capacitation training consists of four courses and they are entry-level orientation to South African company law and foundations of corporate governance. Introduction to management, with specific focus on planning, organising, leading, control and people management. As well as an introduction to public transport planning and management. Introduction to bus operating contract models and the management of scheduled transport operations,” Nicholson added. 

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ATM bombing incident in KZN leaves one person injured

Loyiso Langeni
01 July 2015

An ATM bombing incident this morning at a shopping centre in Pinetown, KwaZulu Natal left one person critically injured.

It is believed that the woman was injured when she fell from running away following the explosion.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics, along with the SAPS, were alerted to the incident, and on their arrival at the centre, found that a large crowd of people had gathered at a nearby shop.

Meiring added that ER24 paramedics were ushered to a nearby patient and, on their assessment, discovered a female patient with minor injuries to one of her legs.

“Paramedics treated the patient for her injuries and thereafter transported her to St Augustines Hospital for further treatment. Fortunately no other injuries were sustained in the incident.” Meiring added.


The exact details of the cause of the bombing incident will remain the subject of a police investigation. 

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Cosatu opposed to the increase Metrorail fares

Loyiso Langeni
01 July 2015

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Western Cape opposes the fare increases announced by Metro Rail.

COSATU feels the increase is unfair, especially in light of Metrorail’s poor service.

The increase in ticket prices came into effect today.

Provincial Secretary Tony Ehrenreich said presently workers have to buy monthly a weekly ticket but the trains don’t run on time or don’t run consistently until workers have to spend more money on buses and taxis on those days.

COSATU is prepared to take action.


Ehrenreich added that COSATU is going to oppose any price increase until the train system is improved and the service more effective. Any attempts Metrorail could enforce on those price increases will see COSATU go strike to stop these increases that impoverish workers even more.  

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Missing Adult Alert: Annelise van Rooyen


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WC government officials to conduct a visit to a pilot safety project

Mbasa Gqokoma
01 July 2015

Multiple Western Cape Government officials are meeting today to conduct a visit to a pilot safety project implemented at the Parow Train Station.

The visit aims to highlight the progress of the project and to strengthen ties between everyone involved.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said, this pilot projects forms part of the safety partnership which MEC Plato launched in April this year and assisting the Voortrekker road.


Botha said the project has a particular focus on an enhancing the safety of commuters particularly at the Bellville and Parow transport interchanges. 

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MEC of Social Development highlights the importance of the role of children and youth care workers

Jaimie-faith Poonah
1 July 2015

The Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, will give the keynote speech today at the National Association of Child Care Workers Conference.

The conference serves as a platform for child and youth care givers to share ideas and lessons on how to improve childcare in South Africa.

The Department of Social Development has a program that focuses on children looking after themselves.

Lumka Oliphant said the Department of Social Development has a program where the children taking care of themselves, those that play an adult role, we are trying to make sure we celebrate this profession also to try and see what ways to can improve role of our child in the community.

 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A woman dies after she lost control of her vehicle on the R59

Jaimie-faith Poonah
30 June 2015

An accident this afternoon on the R59 near the Verwoerd offramp in Meyerton left a woman dead.

It is believed the woman in her 40s lost control of her vehicle which caused it to roll down the embankment multiple times coming to a rest on its roof.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said ER24 paramedics were alerted to the incident and upon arrival they found a light motor vehicle lying on its roof.

Meiring said on assessment paramedics found the critically injured patient lying motionless next to her overturned vehicle.

Meiring added that the patient had sustained severe injuries to her head, chest and abdomen.

“We began treatment of the patient to stabilise her vital signs. After 30 minutes of advanced life support treatment, the patient unfortunately succumbed to her injuries.”Meiring said


The details surrounding the exact cause of the incident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says Eskom must start cutting costs

Jaimie-faith Poonah
30 June 2015

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s decision not to grant Eskom a tariff hike.

The Chambers President Janine Myburgh said Eskom must now cut costs which would include introducing wage freezes and closing executive canteens.

The power utility said it needed the additional 9.5% increase to buy diesel and to try and curb load shedding.

Myburgh said the big problem is that Eskom is paying too much for coal and diesel it is buying, we need to see more transparently on these deals and Eskom will have to do some hard negotiations to get its procurements costs under control.
Myburgh added that the fact that the new power stations are so far behind schedule and over budget as well as the huge maintenance backlogs, is a clear indication that things have become relaxed and insufficient.


“It is wrong to expect your customers to pay for your insufficiency” Myburgh concluded. 

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Minister Gigaba says immigrants contribute immensely to the country

Jaimie-faith Poonah
30 June 2015

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba said the engagements the department has had over the past few months on international migration policy have been fruitful.

Minister Gigaba was speaking at the start of the Immigration Policy Colloquium in Pretoria today.

While addressing stakeholders Minister Gigaba said immigrants can contribute even more to the country under an improved and better managed policy framework.

Minister Gigaba said often public in our country focuses on the negative impact of international immigration in our society.

Minister Gigaba added that in the form of a brain drain the pressure of immigrants on social services or in poor areas, the impact of economic immigrants on the job situation the country and even the impact of cross boarder crimes as well as those who commit those crimes, often neglect the positive social and economic impact that both our expatriates as well as immigrants make in our society.

Meanwhile Minister Gigaba said the new policy will advocate the whole of government and society approach to managing international migration.

He added that international migration should not be managed by the Department of Home Affairs alone.

Minister Gigaba said after the colloquium we will digest the contributions you will have made through papers and the discussions over the next two days, and then begin to deliberate on policy issues which we will subsequently take through the cabinet process.

Minister Gigaba added that we will then come back with a draft green paper which you will test with yourselves and many other stakeholders.

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59 year old man killed in an accident in Germiston


Loyiso Langeni
30 June 2015

A 59-year-old man died after he was involved in an accident this morning in Germiston.

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said they found the lifeless body of a 59 year old man lying on the ground upon the arrival at the scene.

Steinmann added that they immediately started the resuscitation and continued for almost two hours, but sadly the man died due to the extensive injuries he had sustained. The man was declared dead at the scene.


The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation. 

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Metro Police taking a hard stance on drug-related offences

Loyiso Langeni
30 June 2015

Western Cape Metro Police together with the Gang and Drug task Team conducted several operations over the past week of which 61 arrests were made.

A Mongrel gang member was arrested in Parow and three other suspects were arrested for possession of and dealing in dagga.

Overall 22 additional suspects were arrested for drug-related offences as well as 33 drunk drivers.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said the operation led to the arrest of the 34 year old member of Mongrels gang in possession of dagga, tik and heroin. Some of which he had hidden in his rectum hoping that it could not be found.

Smith added that this is unfortunately another example of the gangster who continues to operate in spite of previous arrests and this is always frustrating for our staff to have to re arrest people who have been previously arrested.


“It’s essential that the Criminal Justice system ensures that these people stay locked up so that we don’t have to see them dealing in drugs in our streets continuously.” Smith said.  

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HETN condemns neglect of black learners by the SA Mathematics Foundation

Loyiso Langeni
30 June 2015

The Higher Education Transformation Network has raised its concerns regarding the alleged neglect of black learners from underprivileged communities by the South African Mathematics Foundation.

The HETN claims that the foundation only prioritizes white learners who come from affluent schools in suburbs and in the process neglect black learners from townships and rural schools.

HETN Director Henderick Makaneta said the South African Mathematics Foundation must take our call very serious, we want them to start ensuring that black learners are also taken serious.

Makaneta addd that they must go to townships schools because we have noticed that they are pre occupied with only those schools especially former models C schools, which are found in the suburbs.


“We are therefore saying that enough is enough now is the time to not tolerate the acts of racism in this country.” Makaneta said. 

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Eskom looking for alternative ways to avoid load shedding

Mbasa Gqokoma
30 June 2015

Power utility Eskom said it will now look at alternative ways to obtain the money needed to buy more diesel to avoid load shedding.

This as the National Energy Regulator of South Africa rejected Eskom’s application for a 25% tariff hike.

Eskom has already had a 12% tariff hike application approved by Nersa a while back.

Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phaiswe said for us, this simply means going back to the drawing board, we will have to revise our strategy and we will take it from there.

Meanwhile the Congress of South African Trade Union said in a statement that it does not want to see Eskom collapsing, but it wants to see Eskom management and the Board managing the important entity efficiently and effectively.

Cosatu’s Jonas Mosia said, since its inception, Eskom has been able to go back to Nersa to seek for additional tariff increase.

“We have also said that, the economy now doesn’t really need an increase in electricity tariffs because in the first quarter of 2015, the economy grew by only 1.3% and the job crisis is still a problem in South Africa” Mosia added.

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DA: Government lied on Al-Bashir’s exit from SA

Loyiso Langeni
30 June 2015

The Democratic Alliance said the ruling by the North Guateng High Court into the matter relating to Sundanese president Omar Al-Bashir, shows that government was simply in contempt of court.

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur.

He violated an interim court order which instructed him to remain in South Africa after he left the African Union Summit unannounced. Government said in a statement that it will review the judgement by the North Guateng High Court.

DA’s James Selfe said they believe that the full bench, which consists of the Judge President, the Deputy Judge, the then Senior Judge were very authentic in the judgement which found that government was in contempt of court by lying President Al-Bashir to leave the country.

‘We fail to understand on what basis it is now going to appeal it we await the affidavit that they will file and we will be advise it accordingly.” Selfe added.   

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