Daily Archives: August 4, 2017

Minister to meet Eldorado Park community

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she will meet the Eldorado Park community only if the disruption of teaching and learning, and the violent protests cease forthwith.

The department on Friday said the Minister has noted with appreciation, the resolution reached between the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and the community of Eldorado Park regarding matters affecting Klipspruit West Secondary School.

There has been ongoing community unrests after a black principal was appointed at the school, which had resulted in the shutting down of the school and subsequent violent protests in the area.

GDE and the community of Eldorado Park have been engaged in talks to resolve the matter.

Minister Motshekga has been monitoring the situation and expressed appreciation on the work done by the Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and his team thus far.

Minister Motshekga said she would like to meet with stakeholders and the Eldorado Park Steering Committee as early as next week to find solutions over the concerns that have been raised.

She is awaiting a report from the GDE in order to better understand the issues that have led to the protest. It is anticipated that the report will be given to the Minister on Tuesday.

The Minister has appealed to the community and those leading the protest in particular, to desist from violence and opt for dialogue towards resolving the impasse.

She has called upon everyone to focus on restoring teaching and learning in the affected schools while talks continue.

The department said it has noted many days of teaching and learning that were lost due to the ongoing disruptions.

The Province will need to put in place a catch up plan to recover the lost contact time.

Source: South African Government News Agency

UN Peacekeeping Chief: South Sudan Warring Parties Unwilling to End ...

JUBA � A top United Nations official visiting South Sudan this week called on the nation's warring parties to engage in a meaningful political process to end the fighting.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the new U.N. under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, said the continuing violence is causing the South Sudanese people to suffer needlessly.

Lacroix arrived in Juba on Tuesday to assess security and meet with South Sudan's leaders, including President Salva Kiir. Lacroix called a Thursday news conference in Juba to say both warring parties appear unwilling to end the violence.

"In spite of the unilateral cease-fire which was decided by the authorities, fighting is continuing in different areas of the country. And it is a matter of concern because the continuation of fighting seems an obstacle in the political track and it is also a matter of concern because this fighting obviously has a very serious impact on [the] population," Lacroix said.

He said the fighting has displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians from their homes, worsening the humanitarian situation across the country.

"The U.N. as a whole and the agencies and those that work with them are doing their best to help as many people as possible under difficult, sometimes dangerous situations," Lacroix added.

It is Lacroix's second visit to Juba. The U.N. peacekeeping chief met with Kiir, First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, and other senior officials to press them to restore peace and stability in South Sudan, revitalize the 2015 peace agreement, and deploy the Regional Protection Force.

Lacroix said 150 peacekeepers from Bangladesh have been deployed in recent months as part of the regional protection force aimed at protecting major installations across the country, including Juba International Airport.

"Things are now accelerating, which is a good thing. A number of units now have been deployed in Juba," Lacroix said, adding that more units will be deployed in the coming months, including four battalions from Rwanda.

Lacroix also visited Malakal, capital of the former Upper Nile State, which is one of several areas that has seen stepped-up fighting over the past year.

Source: Voice of America

Minister Tokozile Xasa hosts consultation session with industry ...

Minister Xasa to consult the industry over draft NTSS

Minister Tokozile Xasa will host a consultation session with industry leaders on the draft 2017 National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS).

The Minister's consultation session will provide an opportunity for the Department to solicit further inputs from stakeholders, and align the strategy to the needs of the sector.

Developed in 2011, the NTSS is South Africa's tourism development framework, and remains the sector's guiding document for economic growth and job creation.

The NTSS was reviewed in 2015, and aligned to the National Development Plan goals to drive transformation that will result in an inclusive and sustainable tourism economy. The draft NTSS was published for public comments in May of 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

CHILD PROSTITUTION, HUMAN TRAFFICKING ON THE RISE IN SOUTH AFRICA, ...

JOHANNESBURG, Human trafficking and child prostitution are on the rise in South Africa but it appears no one has the statistics. This emerged at an International Biennial Conference on Crime in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Thursday.

The conference is being attended by academics, scholars and practitioners and they are discussing issues such as migration, human trafficking, policing as well as terrorism.

The President of Criminology Society for Southern Africa, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, said a growing number of younger women were being lured by syndicates via social media, and these cases were not being recorded.

"We hear globally that one million children, 1.8 million adults, throughout the year, are being trafficked. We do not have those statistics. But we know people are being trafficked," he added.

"For example, during the soccer World Cup (held in South Africa) in 2010, people expected at up to 40 000 would have been trafficked into South Africa. And I think there was something like 14 to 15 cases which actually made headlines."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Nigerian Man Charged in US Phishing Scam

A Nigerian man who overstayed his U.S. visa has been arrested in connection with a phishing scam and charged with fraud and identity theft.

Police in North Carolina arrested Daniel Adekunle Ojo for his role in a cybercrime that sought the tax information of 1,600 school district workers in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Prosecutors said Ojo sent a bogus email to a school district employee, which appeared to be sent from another Glastonbury employee requesting the W-2 tax information of all employees. That employee then forwarded the information, which was used to file 122 false tax returns.

Officials said the Internal Revenue Service processed several of the fake returns and deposited nearly $37,000 in various bank accounts.

Prosecutors said they believe Ojo was also involved in similar email phishing schemes targeting school districts in Groton, Connecticut, and Bloomington, Minnesota.

A judge ordered Ojo to be detained and transferred from his home in North Carolina to Connecticut.

Officials said Ojo entered the United States in May 2016 on a visitor's visa and failed to leave the country the following month as required.

Source: Voice of America

South African Athletes in Action At World Championships

South Africa has seven athletes doing duty on day one of the IAAF World Championships in London on Friday.

Evening session (all times SA):

8.30pm: Long jump qualifying - Luvo Manyonga, Ruswahl Samaai, Zarck Visser

What they need to do: Jump 8.05 metres for automatic qualification, or be one of the top 12 performers from the two qualifying groups to progress to Saturday's final

9.20pm: 100m heats - Akani Simbine, Thando Roto

What they need to do: Finish in the first three in their respective heats to progress to Saturday's semi-final

9.45pm: Discus qualifying - Victor Hogan

What he needs to do: Throw 64.50m for automatic qualification, or be one of the top 12 performers from the two qualifying groups to progress to Saturday's final

10.20pm: 10,000m final - Stephen Mokoka

Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee

Minister Motshekga to visit injured MPs

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will today visit injured Members of Parliament's Basic Education Portfolio Committee in hospital.

The Department of Basic Education on Thursday said the Committee Chairperson Nomalungelo Gina and MP Cynthia Majeke are still in hospital in a serious condition after Wednesday's fatal crash that claimed the life of MP Timothy Khoza.

MP Ian Ollis has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.

The Minister will visit MP Majeke at Paarl Medi-Clinic in Paarl at approximately 11am after which she will visit MP Gina back in Cape Town at the Netcare UCT Private Academic Hospital at approximately 1.30pm.

The department said media will not be allowed into the wards of these hospitals as both MP's are still currently in the Intensive Care Units (ICU), however the Minister will be able to speak to media at the Netcare UCT Private Academic Hospital after her visit.

Source: South African Government News Agency