Monthly Archives: February 2017

SCOPA TO CALL MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT TO ACCOUNT ON CASH ...

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) wants the Minister of Social Department, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, to appear before the Committee as soon as possible to give clarity on issues related to the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) contract. It is imperative that the Minister appears before the Committee to respond particularly to issues related to this matter as it is of grave concern to the national situation of our people.

The Committee is unhappy with the manner in which the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has handled this matter that affects millions of South Africans. This matter has been handled in a manner that is unfair to South Africans and the lack of accountability to Scopa today is unfair to Parliament and to the public.

What is also of concern to Scopa is the matter of the unavailability of the Chief Executive Officer of Sassa to this meeting at a time like this. The Committee is also not impressed with how the Department has sent an Acting CEO that was only appointed this morning who was unable to respond to any of the questions members of the Committee asked. The Committee is of the view that Sassa has created a situation of panic in society through the mishandling of the social security grants system. Scopa believes that this CPS situation is a ruse that is punted to South Africans to make the country believe that it is in an emergency situation, whereas Sassa had more than enough time to plan sufficiently.

Scopa will look at its programme and find a suitable time to request Minister Bathabile Dlamini to appear before the Committee.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

23 suspects arrested during weekend operation

Umgungundlovu North Cluster Crime Intelligence members conducted various operations in their policing area from 22 February 2017 until 26 February 2017. A total 23 of suspects were arrested for various crimes including possession of unlicensed firearm, possession of drugs, rape, house breaking, assault grievous bodily harm, theft, drunken driving, robbery and liquor related offences. The cases was opened at various police stations within Umgungundlovu Cluster for further investigation and the arrested suspects appeared at the different magistrates courts.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the members for their efforts made in the united fight against crime. "All stations within the cluster will also engage in daily and special weekend crime prevention operations in order to eradicate and minimize crime in our communities," he said.

Source: South African Police Service

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE DELIBERATE ON BILL

The Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology will tomorrow receive briefings from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission on the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act and possible areas of overlap with the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Duo in court for drug trafficking

Free State: Xandre Michaels (26) and Deon Cape (34) have appeared before Bloemfontein Magistrates' court on charges of dealing in drugs on Monday, 27 February 2017.

The Hawks along with Crime Intelligence and K-9 Unit swiftly responded to a tipoff about a vehicle transporting an assortment of drugs on Friday last week. A vehicle matching the description was stopped and searched near Verkeerdevlei plaza traveling to Heidedal, Bloemfontein from Klerksdorp.

The two suspects were arrested after police found 2363 units of drugs concealed in secret compartments within their vehicle. These drugs include 1915 Mandrax tables while 448 are said to be new and unknown drugs.

The drugs worth an estimated street value of over R200 000 including the vehicle within which they are carried, were seized.

The case against the duo was postponed to Wednesday, 1 March 2017 for bail application.

Source: South African Police Service

Alcatel lance l’A5 LED, premier smartphone interactif recouvert de ...

Une promesse de moments éblouissants pour les amateurs jeunes et énergiques de divertissements

BARCELONE, Espagne, 27 février 2017 /PRNewswire/– Alcatel a annoncé aujourd’hui le lancement de l’Alcatel A5 LED au Congrès mondial de la téléphonie mobile. Premier smartphone interactif revêtu de DEL dans le monde, l’A5 LED promet sur enjoy.now d’Alcatel des innovations pour les jeunes consommateurs énergiques.

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« Avec l’A5 LED, Alcatel apporte de nouvelles fonctionnalités amusantes, comme les notifications qui s’enluminent ou les thèmes et motifs que vous créez vous-même sur sa couverture unique en DEL. Votre expérience multimédia est renforcée et vous pouvez prendre et partager vos selfies de multiples façons, ce qui est idéal pour ceux qui veulent avant tout s’amuser et faire briller leur personnalité », a commenté William Dowie, directeur de la gestion du portefeuille chez Alcatel.

Démarquez-vous de la foule

Offrant une expérience interactive unique que vous trouverez seulement dans l’A5, Alcatel vous laisse décider de la façon avec laquelle vous voulez montrer la personnalité de votre téléphone intelligent grâce à un affichage d’une éblouissante gamme de lumière DEL :

  • Illuminez vos notifications avec des éclairages différents selon l’importance des appels reçus, les messages, les alarmes et les alertes de médias sociaux.
  • Illuminez votre vie avec Color Catcher 2.0 en créant des motifs et thèmes uniques de DEL sur votre couverture pour un look différent chaque jour.
  • Illuminez votre imagination en attirant le regard vers des effets personnalisés de lumière.
  • Illuminez votre musique, avec des spectacles de lumière qui se déplacent au rythme de vos mélodies d’une simple secousse de l’appareil.

Performance solide et plaisir des fonctionnalités des selfies

L’A5 LED vous offre également une expérience multimédia splendide. Grâce à sa connectivité LTE 4 G rapide et son processeur octacœur, il vous assure un chargement sans à-coups de photos, films et jeux sur le grand affichage HD de 5,2 pouces.

L’ Alcatel A5 LED possède une caméra avant de 5 Mpx avec un flash pour des selfies plus brillants même en lumière faible. Il est disponible avec les logiciels FaceBeauty pour des images impeccables et FaceShow qui vous permet de transformer vos selfies en clips vidéos personnalisés pour plus de bonheur. Il existe également une caméra arrière de 8 Mpx avec flash en tonalité double. En outre, vous pouvez apprécier un mode privé où une connexion différente protège vos photos et applications cachées.

L’Alcatel A5 LED tient confortablement dans la main grâce à son dessin ergonomique qui se prévaut d’un profil ultramince et de bords arrondis.

Pour davantage d’informations sur l’A5 LED, veuillez visiter http://www.alcatel-mobile.com/.

Relations avec les médias

Joseph Haagensen, TCL Communication
courriel : globalpr@tcl.com

À propos d’Alcatel Mobile Devices

Société juridiquement constituée à Hong Kong, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited conçoit, fabrique et commercialise à travers le monde entier un portefeuille croissant d’appareils mobiles et de produits et services internet. La gamme de produits est actuellement vendue dans plus de 160 pays à travers l’Amérique du Nord, l’Amérique latine, l’Europe, le Moyen-Orient, l’Afrique et l’Asie-Pacifique. Selon le cabinet IDC de recherches sur les télécommunications et les données de la société, celle-ci est classée au troisième trimestre de 2016 respectivement en 7e et en 10e positions parmi les fabricants de téléphones et les fabricants de téléphones intelligents à l’échelle mondiale. La société est aussi classée n° 7 parmi les fabricants mondiaux de tablettes.

Les appareils de la marque Alcatel de chez TCL Communication offrent des expériences novatrices et riches en fonctionnalités simplifiant l’accès à la technologie mobile d’aujourd’hui, grâce à un éventail diversifié de produits abondamment équipés d’une technologie de valeur dont les gens sont toujours plus demandeurs. Avec leur approche simple, personnelle, authentique et ludique, ses produits et solutions trouvent un écho auprès des consommateurs enfants du millénaire et de la Génération Z. En combinant une connaissance des marchés locaux et un contrôle de bout en bout du processus de fabrication, les appareils de la marque Alcatel produits par TCL Communication offrent des expériences sur mesure à l’utilisateur grâce à ses appareils mobiles hautement performants apportant au grand public une satisfaction croissante de l’exploration au quotidien.

TCL est une marque commerciale déposée de TCL Corporation. Toutes les autres marques commerciales sont la propriété de leurs propriétaires respectifs. Alcatel est une marque commerciale d’Alcatel-Lucent utilisée sous licence par TCL Communication. Pour davantage d’informations, veuillez visiter http://www.alcatel-mobile.com.

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Alcatel Launches A5 LED, the World’s First Interactive LED-covered ...

Offering dazzling moments for young and energetic entertainment s eekers

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Alcatel today announced the launch of Alcatel A5 LED at Mobile World Congress. The world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone, A5 LED delivers on Alcatel‘s enjoy.now promise with innovations for energetic young consumers.

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“With the A5 LED, Alcatel is delivering new fun features, like light-up notifications and unique LED cover patterns and themes you create yourself, as well as an enhanced multimedia experience and more ways to take and share selfies, ideal for people who value having fun and letting their personality shine,” said William Dowie, Portfolio Management Director, Alcatel.

Stand out from the crowd

Offering a unique and interactive experience found only in the A5, Alcatel puts you in charge of how you want to show off your smartphone personality with a dazzling array of LED light shows:

  • Light up your notifications with a different light show for important incoming calls, messages, alarms, and social media alerts.
  • Light up your life using Color Catcher 2.0 by creating unique LED cover patterns and themes for a different look every day.
  • Light up your imagination with an eye-catching personalized light show.
  • Light up your music, with light shows that move with your tunes, switching with a simple shake.

Solid performance and fun selfie features

The A5 LED also gives you a great multimedia experience. It has fast 4G LTE connectivity and an octa-core processor that ensures photos, games, and movies load smoothly to the large 5.2-inch HD display.

Alcatel A5 LED also has a 5MP front camera with selfie flash for brighter selfies even in low light. It comes with Face Beauty software for flawless images and Face Show, which lets you turn your selfies into personalized video clips for extra fun. There is also an 8MP rear camera with dual-tone flash. Plus, you can also enjoy Private Mode, with a different sign-in to protect your hidden photos and apps.

The Alcatel A5 LED fits comfortably into the hand, with an ergonomic design that boasts a slim profile and rounded edges.

For more information on A5 LED, please go to http://www.alcatel-mobile.com/.

Media Contact

Joseph Haagensen, TCL Communication
Email: globalpr@tcl.com

About Alcatel Mobile Devices

Incorporated in Hong Kong, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services worldwide. The company’s portfolio of products is currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. According to telecommunication research firm IDC and company’s data, the company ranked No. 7 and No. 10 among global phone manufacturers and global smartphone manufacturers respectively in the third quarter of 2016. The company also ranked No. 7 among global tablet manufacturers.

Alcatel branded devices from TCL Communication deliver innovative, feature-rich experiences that make access to today’s mobile technology simple; offering a diverse portfolio of value-packed products equipped with the technology people want most. Its products and solutions resonate with millennial and Gen Z consumers with a simple, personal, authentic and fun approach. By combining an understanding of local markets and control of the end-to-end manufacturing process, Alcatel branded devices from TCL Communication delivers customized user experiences with innovative, feature-rich, high-performance mobile devices that allow consumers to explore and amplify the joy in the everyday.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication.  For more information, please visit http://www.alcatel-mobile.com.

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SOUTH AFRICANS WITNESS SOLAR ECLIPSE

JOHANNESBURG, South Africans were able to see a spectacular solar eclipse Sunday.

A solar eclipse takes place when the moon passes in front of the sun. The eclipse is said to be the first of two which will occur this year. The next one will be on August 21.

The solar eclipse was visible from the Southern Hemisphere and covered the sun completely, causing what looked like a ring of fire around the moon.

Even though many South Africans were unable to see it because of cloud cover, some were and many shared the photographs they captured on social medial.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICAN INTERIOR MINISTER CONDEMNS XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

PRETORIA, South African Home Affairs (Interior) Minister Malusi Gigaba has called on South Africans and immigrants living in the country to respect each other's dignity and human rights and not to label each other indiscriminately.

Addressing a congregation at the Lighthouse Chapel International Church in Sunnyside, Pretoria, on Sunday, Gigaba said the vast majority of South Africans are not xenophobic and the majority of immigrants are not criminals..

Sunnyside was one of the hot spots where violence erupted after a march against illegal immigrants on Friday. More than 130 people were arrested after police had to intervene several times with stun grenades, teargas and rubber bullets to keep groups of South Africans and immigrants in Pretoria apart.

On Sunday, the scene took a spiritual turn with Gigaba addressing the church congregation.

Although the situation remained calm over the weekend, Gigaba said: "Just as we don't talk about black crime, white crime, Zulu crime or Tswana crime, let us not talk about immigrant crime"

He said the immigrant communities in the country contributed to the economy and added value to their societies. "Let us take action against crime, not immigrant crime, full stop. Crime is not better when committed by a South African, but only worse when an immigrant commits it," he said.

"A drug dealer who happens to be Nigerian does not mean all Nigerians do crime."

Gigaba said the authorities were in the final stages of developing a White Paper for international migration which would ensure the country remained open for a manageable number of immigrants without disadvantaging South Africans.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK