Daily Archives: March 1, 2019

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE EMPHASISES NEED FOR PSYCHO-SOCIAL SERVICES IN SCHOOLS TO MITIGATE SOCIAL ILLS

Parliament, The Portfolio Committee on Social Development has emphasised the need for the establishment of psychological and social services in schools around the country to assist in mitigating the social challenges affecting learners, which can lead to violence and other social ills.

The committee believes that social workers should be available in schools to look after the psychological development of learners, particularly to help learners deal with the pressures they experience when they are away from their parents. The committee believes that it is important for all the relevant government departments to work together to ensure the provision of psychological services to learners in schools, as this will further student development.

The committee also joins the nation in condemning the killing of the youth in our communities. The brutal killing of Mr Thoriso Themane by a group of school children in Polokwane in Limpopo earlier this week has shocked everyone. The committee would like to offer its sympathies to the family of Mr Themane and wishes the family strength during this time.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Government key in driving Green Economy Demand

Government is key in driving and creating demand for the green economy in order to create opportunities and sustainable jobs. This was said by the Chief Director of Green Industries and Energy Efficiency at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Gerhard Fourie. He was speaking at the Green Economy Investment Dialogue hosted in East London yesterday.

The dialogue which was attended by key players in the industry, was aimed at giving stakeholders a brief overview of the Green Economy success projects, funding initiatives and government’s policy direction on various sectors of the green industry.

The biggest support that is played by the dti and other government departments in the green economy is to create demand in order to assist supply measures. This will lead to the demand of critical infrastructure programme that will bring and promote investments in different regions of the country, said Fourie.

Fourie added that the dti is working closely with the Department Environment Affairs to align the Industrialisation and Environmental policy objectives in order to achieve larger environmental benefits that are acceptable on both sides.

The first sector’s that we looked at to optimise alignment was, the steel and petro chemical sector. We often find that instead of re-investing in new equipment and processes within the sector itself, significant benefits can be achieved by optimising the value chain (for example increasing the recycling of scrap metal). We are also looking at diversifying the local sugar market and working with CSIR’s Energy Centre to identify and model electricity generation and transport fuel solution to support this diversification. The aim is to put together sugar diversity strategy within the next six months or so, he said.

Fourie said the need to diversify the sugar industry started when the prognosis indicated that in the long term the industry might face a decline in local demand and challenging export market.

Potentially the biggest industry that can also develop especially looking at the infrastructure demand is the electric car market. Investment in smarter electricity grids will be a pre-requisite for a future electric vehicle roll-out. These smart grids will provide opportunity for private investors in infrastructure but can also address local government revenue challenges. The integration of information and telecommunications technologies and the electricity sector can be lead to a significant new growth in these sectors added Fourie. The Chief Director of Green Industries and Energy Efficiency at the dti, Mr Gerhard Fourie addressing stakeholders in East London.

Source: Department of Trade and Industry

Government key in driving Green Economy Demand

Government is key in driving and creating demand for the green economy in order to create opportunities and sustainable jobs. This was said by the Chief Director of Green Industries and Energy Efficiency at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Gerhard Fourie. He was speaking at the Green Economy Investment Dialogue hosted in East London yesterday.

The dialogue which was attended by key players in the industry, was aimed at giving stakeholders a brief overview of the Green Economy success projects, funding initiatives and government’s policy direction on various sectors of the green industry.

The biggest support that is played by the dti and other government departments in the green economy is to create demand in order to assist supply measures. This will lead to the demand of critical infrastructure programme that will bring and promote investments in different regions of the country, said Fourie.

Fourie added that the dti is working closely with the Department Environment Affairs to align the Industrialisation and Environmental policy objectives in order to achieve larger environmental benefits that are acceptable on both sides.

The first sector’s that we looked at to optimise alignment was, the steel and petro chemical sector. We often find that instead of re-investing in new equipment and processes within the sector itself, significant benefits can be achieved by optimising the value chain (for example increasing the recycling of scrap metal). We are also looking at diversifying the local sugar market and working with CSIR’s Energy Centre to identify and model electricity generation and transport fuel solution to support this diversification. The aim is to put together sugar diversity strategy within the next six months or so, he said.

Fourie said the need to diversify the sugar industry started when the prognosis indicated that in the long term the industry might face a decline in local demand and challenging export market.

Potentially the biggest industry that can also develop especially looking at the infrastructure demand is the electric car market. Investment in smarter electricity grids will be a pre-requisite for a future electric vehicle roll-out. These smart grids will provide opportunity for private investors in infrastructure but can also address local government revenue challenges. The integration of information and telecommunications technologies and the electricity sector can be lead to a significant new growth in these sectors added Fourie. The Chief Director of Green Industries and Energy Efficiency at the dti, Mr Gerhard Fourie addressing stakeholders in East London.

Source: Department of Trade and Industry

Taxi driver sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for kidnapping and theft

Today, the Durban Regional Court convicted and sentenced Zama Zakhe Zulu (35) to twelve years imprisonment for kidnapping and five years for theft. These sentences will run consecutively. It is alleged on 20 February 2018, at 22:30, a 21-year-old woman took a taxi from South Beach to Smith Street. When she asked the driver to jump off at Smith Street, the taxi did not stop instead the driver locked the door and was assisted by the other man who was in the taxi. The accused’s accomplice threatened the victim and took the complainant’s bag with her belongings.

The victim threw herself out of the moving taxi, sustained injuries and was taken to hospital for medical assistance. Charges of kidnaping and theft were opened at Durban Central SAPS. On 24 February 2018, the taxi driver was arrested in Point Road whilst driving another taxi. He made several court appearance and his bail was denied until his sentence. His accomplice is still at large and being sought by police.

Source: South African Police Service