Daily Archives: September 12, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the 19th Annual Steve Biko ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday, 14 September 2018, deliver the 19th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria.

Today, 12 September 2018, marks the 41st anniversary of the death in detention of Stephen Bantu Biko at the hands of the apartheid regime.

As an exemplary leader, Steve Bantu Biko championed positive self-esteem and pride among black South Africans in the face of discrimination, state-sponsored violence and repression.

The Steve Biko Memorial Lecture was first presented in 2000, with Former Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki among previous presenters.

The Memorial Lecture is the principal avenue through which the Steve Biko Foundation pursues its vision to be the premier, independent promoter of the values Steve Biko lived and died for: restoring people to their true humanity.

Source: Government of South Africa

Police warn of lawlessness by community

Police Management in the province are warning members of the community to stop unbecoming conduct during the airing of grievances and other related incidences. This is after the community of Machadodorp prevented the local police from attending to complaints yesterday morning, 11 September 2018.

The community stormed the local police station and blocked the way utilising their vehicles, so that police officers could not move out and attend to complaints. At the time another group was busy looting a local shop and by the time police could move out, the shop was already set on fire.

Section 205 of the Constitution states that the police are tasked with, inter alia, maintaining public order and enforcing the law. Any person who in anyway whatsoever, causes police to derail from this mandate shall be dealt with in the harshest possible way.

Late yesterday, the community blockaded the road and in the process burnt two trucks. No arrests have been made as yet and investigation continues.

All the commotion sarted after two men from a local security company allegedly assaulted a community member on Monday, 10 September 2018, an incident captured on video which has gone viral on social media. It seems that the problem started when the victim had a fight with another man employed by a local businessman (whose shop was later burnt) who alerted the security company, hence the assault.

Meanwhile the two men in question, Bruce Botha aged 29 and Wayne Swart aged 20, were arrested yesterday, charged with assault to cause grievous bodily harm and appeared at the Belfast Magistrate’s Court. They were remanded in custody and ordered to reappear at the same court on Friday, 14 September 2018, pending a formal bail application.

Management want to assure the community that the assault incident is receiving attention, therefore urge community members to be at ease and allow police to do their job. Furthermore members of the community are urged to refrain from destroying property and infrastructure when having concerns, no matter how strongly they may feel regarding any matter but vigilantism and violence are not a solution.

The allegation that police arrived at the scene during the alleged assault and did nothing is currently under an internal investigation. At this moment the police management are aware of allegations that police fear to intervene should a certain race be on the wrong side of the law but will act swiftly when the perpetrator is of another race, such narratives are baseless and false. Police in the province carry out their duties without any fear, favour or prejudice without looking at the colour, race or creed of the parties involved.

The complaint that police took the suspects to court without inviting the complainant, is because this was a first appearance, the complainant will be given feedback regarding the investigation and be summoned to court in due course.

Police are currently investigating following charges: two of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, arson, public violence and malicious damage to property. The situation around Machadodorp is being closely monitored.

Source: South African Police Service

Police warn of lawlessness by community

Police Management in the province are warning members of the community to stop unbecoming conduct during the airing of grievances and other related incidences. This is after the community of Machadodorp prevented the local police from attending to complaints yesterday morning, 11 September 2018.

The community stormed the local police station and blocked the way utilising their vehicles, so that police officers could not move out and attend to complaints. At the time another group was busy looting a local shop and by the time police could move out, the shop was already set on fire.

Section 205 of the Constitution states that the police are tasked with, inter alia, maintaining public order and enforcing the law. Any person who in anyway whatsoever, causes police to derail from this mandate shall be dealt with in the harshest possible way.

Late yesterday, the community blockaded the road and in the process burnt two trucks. No arrests have been made as yet and investigation continues.

All the commotion sarted after two men from a local security company allegedly assaulted a community member on Monday, 10 September 2018, an incident captured on video which has gone viral on social media. It seems that the problem started when the victim had a fight with another man employed by a local businessman (whose shop was later burnt) who alerted the security company, hence the assault.

Meanwhile the two men in question, Bruce Botha aged 29 and Wayne Swart aged 20, were arrested yesterday, charged with assault to cause grievous bodily harm and appeared at the Belfast Magistrate’s Court. They were remanded in custody and ordered to reappear at the same court on Friday, 14 September 2018, pending a formal bail application.

Management want to assure the community that the assault incident is receiving attention, therefore urge community members to be at ease and allow police to do their job. Furthermore members of the community are urged to refrain from destroying property and infrastructure when having concerns, no matter how strongly they may feel regarding any matter but vigilantism and violence are not a solution.

The allegation that police arrived at the scene during the alleged assault and did nothing is currently under an internal investigation. At this moment the police management are aware of allegations that police fear to intervene should a certain race be on the wrong side of the law but will act swiftly when the perpetrator is of another race, such narratives are baseless and false. Police in the province carry out their duties without any fear, favour or prejudice without looking at the colour, race or creed of the parties involved.

The complaint that police took the suspects to court without inviting the complainant, is because this was a first appearance, the complainant will be given feedback regarding the investigation and be summoned to court in due course.

Police are currently investigating following charges: two of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, arson, public violence and malicious damage to property. The situation around Machadodorp is being closely monitored.

Source: South African Police Service

Joint Constitutional Review Committee to Receive Briefing on Report ...

Parliament� The Joint Constitutional Review will tomorrow receive a presentation from the service provider on the report on written submissions on the desirability of amending section 25 of the Constitution to make it possible to expropriate land in the public interest without compensation. It will also receive draft reports on public hearings on the matter held in the provinces and oral presentations in Parliament.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICAN TABLE GRAPE INDUSTRY EXPECTS BETTER YIELD THIS YEAR ...

CAPE TOWN–The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) says farmers are expecting a positive yield this year despite a gruelling previous two seasons brought on by drought which has persisted in southern Africa for more than two years.

SATI Chief Executive Officer Willem Bestbier said Tuesday that a yield of 70 million cartons was expected this season after a reduction of nearly 10 per cent last year.

Two years ago, the drought nearly brought table grape farmers in the Olifants River region to their knees. For many, it was the worst drought in many decades and losses of more than 100 million Rand (about 6.6 million US dollars) were recorded.

Last year, production was down by 30 per cent in the five table grape-growing regions of the country, with the three in Western Cape Province and Olifants River in the northern part of South Africa, in particular, suffering the most.

Bestbier said it would take years for many producers to recover, but crop estimates for the whole industry this year looked very promising. If conditions continued to be favourable, this season could be record-breaking, he added.

Dam levels are just close to double what it was last year but now it depends on how the plant, the vine, responds a year after a severe drought. Remember, we’ve had three (years) of drought. So that’s the signs we don’t fully understand yet,” he said.

“But we are hopeful, the vineyard or the vine is a robust plant and the available signs are that it will recover fairly quickly.

While the rains are the most important factor, there was also an increase in the number of new vineyards planted. More than 5,000 new hectares will be coming into full production this season and the entire value chain will benefit from the improved situation.

Bestbier said: Growers tried to preserve the job opportunities as best as they could, and they’ve achieved pretty good in doing that but remember we’re also talking about expansion of hectares and with every hectare in our industry does provide new jobs so we’re projecting growth in the long run again.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Police are investigating inquest after the death of two kids

Katlehong North: On Tuesday, 11 September 2018 at about 10:05, two boys aged 10 and 5 years, died at Goba clinic after they feel ill at Khumalo Primary School, Ngema Section. It is alleged that the children started vomiting and complained about stomach pain. A third child, aged 7 years, is still being treated in hospital. The three children are brothers.

The matter still under investigation.

Source: South African Police Service

Team appointed to probe death of two pupils

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has appointed an independent team to establish the cause of death of two learners at a school in Katlehong.

The team is also expected to verify all available statements from the school and the parents of the learners.

The pair were pupils at Kumalo Primary School in Katlehong. The deceased pupils, a 10-year-old in Grade 4 and seven-year-old in Grade 1, were siblings.

It is alleged that on Tuesday, while in class, the Grade 4 pupil complained of experiencing stomach cramps and being nauseous. The pupil was taken to the local clinic.

Subsequently, the Grade 1 pupil also complained of similar symptoms as the older sibling, and was also rushed to the local clinic. Both pupils were unfortunately certified dead upon arrival at the clinic.

It is important to note that an educator sent by the school to inform the family about the condition of the two siblings, witnessed a five-year-old at the family home complaining of similar symptoms.

As a result, the five-year-old sibling was also rushed to the clinic, subsequently transferred to Thelle Mogoerane Hospital for urgent medical attention. He is in a critical but stable condition. The police are investigating this tragic incident, said Lesufi.

Lesufi sent his condolences to the family of the deceased pupils. The department’s psychosocial unit has been dispatched to the school to provide counselling and pastoral care to the family of the deceased, as well as the school community.

On behalf of the entire education fraternity in Gauteng, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased learners and wish them peace and comfort during this difficult time.

We hope that the family will find comfort in the knowledge that we too share their loss. No words are enough to express our sorrow at the loss of a child, said Lesufi.

Source: South African Government News Agency