Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

Five suspects arrested by Nemato Detectives

Nemato detectives conducted a day to day contact crime operation led by the Detective Commander. Five suspects were arrested.

A 34-year-old male was arrested for the breach of a protection order. Four suspects aged 18, 19, 24 and 28 were arrested in separate unrelated cases for serious assault. The incidents took place during October 2017. All suspects will appear in the Port Alfred Magistrates' Court later this week.

Source: South African Police Service

MEC Ismail Vadi launches R48 million P-243 Road rehabilitation ...

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi will on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, officially launch the rehabilitation project of P-243 Road from Vereeniging to Balfour.

The R48 million project - situated between Gauteng and Mpumalanga borders - entails light rehabilitation of P243 Section 2 from Vereeniging (km 9) to Balfour (km 18.13).

The rehabilitation is envisioned to improve safety to motorist as well as extend the lifespan of the road by 20 years.

The scope of work includes recycling existing base and sub-base; reconstruction of existing gravel shoulder; asphalt surfacing; undertaking drainage improvements; repairs or replacements of ancillary elements as well as finishing of the road reserve.

Upon completion, the road is expected to reduce travel times as well as provide improved transportation of people, goods and services across the two provinces.

It will also provide opportunities for skills development as well as provide economic empowerment to various small and emerging contractors in the region.

Source: Government of South Africa

Eskom refutes allegations against acting new group executive

Eskom has expressed concern at media reports on its newly appointed interim Group Chief Executive, Sean Maritz.

We have noted with concern recent media reports with unsubstantiated allegations against Mr Maritz. We plead that he be given a chance to lead Eskom, said the power utility on Sunday.

The media reports come after Eskom's announcement on Friday that it had appointed Maritz to the top post. The Eskom Board announced that it has decided to rotate the current executives for this role to ensure exposure.

Previously, Maritz was the utility's Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Group Executive for Information Technology.

The decision to rotate the interim Chief Executive position was taken with the approval of the shareholder [Department of Public Enterprises] to, inter alia, give exposure to another member of the executive team without compromising organisational stability, said Eskom on Sunday.

In June, it was announced that Johnny Dladla had been appointed to occupy the interim Group Chief Executive role. On Friday, the power utility announced that Dladla would resume his role as the Chief Executive Officer of Eskom Rotek Industries (ERI).

Source: South African Government News Agency

Pakistan Nabs Suspect Distributing Pamphlets Allegedly Linked to ...

Authorities in Pakistan say a terror suspect is in custody on charges of distributing pamphlets on behalf of banned Islamic extremist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir, or HuT, and that a case has been opened against him under anti-terrorism laws. VOA could not independently verify the authenticity of the pamphlets.

According to officials, the man was one of five people seen circulating the pamphlets outside a busy mosque in Islamabad after Friday prayers last week. The leaflets read, "Get rid of this weak leadership which seeks honor in subservience to and alliance with America." The other four men fled when security personnel arrived, authorities said.

"The government is vigilant and there have been instances in the past where HuT's members were taken into custody by the security authorities," Rasul Baksh Rais, a political analyst from Pakistan, told VOA.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which translates to the "party of liberation," is an international political organization created six decades ago with a charter to re-establish a caliphate across the Islamic world through a bloodless revolution.

The organization has a global and prominent existence in the European, Middle Eastern and Central Asia region. The group operates freely in many Western countries where free speech laws provide them protection.

In Pakistan, the group has been active since the '90s, and tried to propagate its message of bringing an Islamic revolution through Sharia, or Islamic law.

The government placed a ban on Hizb-ut-Tahrir in 2004, but it has been operating as an underground movement since then. Pakistan considers members of the proscribed outfit as terrorists, although their non-violent ideology makes them unique from other militant groups active in the country.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir works in complete secrecy and it is hard to assume or estimate the number of members linked to the terror group, but analysts say they have a clear policy of targeting the highly skilled and qualified youth belonging to well-to-do families to form a caliphate in the country.

"I believe HuT has a relatively small presence in Pakistan, but they are certainly targeting the educated youth," Rais said. "Hizb-ut-Tahrir doesn't believe in any constitution or government other than the caliphate. In a way, HuT's ideology is not different than the Islamic State's ideology and their pattern of targeting youth is similar to the IS as well."

In 2016, Islamabad police arrested a software engineer as he was distributing HuT's pamphlets in one of the busiest markets after Friday prayers.

In 2011, a military court convicted five high-ranking officers, including four majors and a brigadier, after establishing their sympathies and allegiance to HuT.

Pressure on Pakistan

In the past few years, Pakistan has faced mounting pressure from the international community for not being able to crush the militant groups active in the country.

Last month, the economic bloc known as BRICS, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, expressed concern over Pakistan-based militant groups, including Hizb-ut-Tahrir, citing them as a threat to the region.

"We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates, including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb-ut-Tahrir," said a joint statement released after the BRICS annual summit, which was held in China.

Back in August, while outlining his South Asia policy, U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Pakistan for allegedly harboring terrorists and said Pakistan has havens for militant groups which plan attacks on Afghan and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Pakistan denies the allegations and says it has a zero-tolerance policy toward extremist and militant groups. Pakistan maintains it has cracked down on all the terrorist groups, regardless of their ideologies, affiliations and allegiances.

Source: Voice of America

MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo briefs media on future of St Mary’s ...

KZN Health MEC to make big, final announcement regarding the future of St Mary's hospital

Hon. KZN MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo hosts media briefing to be held on Monday, 9 October 2017, where he will make an important announcement regarding the future of St Mary's Hospital. The announcement will be about the future of the physical building, employees and the land on which the hospital is situated.

Members of the Media are invited to be part of the walk-about as the MEC assesses the hospital � buildings and equipment. Thereafter there will be a media briefing and question and answer session.

Source: Government of South Africa


JOHANNESBURG, Personal care products brand Dove, a unit of Angola-Dutch mulitinational Unilever, has apologised for an advertisement which shows a black woman turning white after using their lotion.

The advertisement has received backlash on South African social media and has since been removed.

An image we recently posted on Facebook missed the mark in representing women of colour thoughtfully. We deeply regret the offence it caused, says Dove in a tweet.

This is not the first time Dove has found itself in hot water. In 2015, they were found classifying their body lotion as normal to dark skin. They apologised and rebranded the lotion bottle.