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LISTEN: Thulani Hlatshwayo ahead of Libya clash

Bafana Bafana defender, Thulani Tyson Hlatshwayo took time out of the hectic national team training schedule to talk to the media and give an update about the team’s camp.

Bafana Bafana takes on Libya on Saturday, 8 September at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban at 15h00. Tickets are on sale for as little a R60.

Source: South African Football Association

Dagga trafficker remanded in custody

KWAZULU-NATAL: Yongama Zulu (30) was remanded in custody following his brief court appearance at Margate Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Zulu was arrested by Port Shepstone Hawks members and K9 unit on Tuesday, 28 August 2018.

Members received information about a vehicle which was transporting dagga from Eastern Cape to Durban. Observation duties were conducted on the N2 freeway and the said motor vehicle was spotted. Police tried to stop the vehicle but the driver sped-off and a high speed chase ensued.

The accused was cornered near Margate and his vehicle was searched. Sixty one bags of dagga were found at the back of the bakkie and Zulu was subsequently arrested. He was charged for dealing in dagga. The street value of the seized dagga is approximately R374 000.00.

The case was postponed to 5 September 2018 for a formal bail application.

Source: South African Police Service

Suspect arrested for clandistine laboratory

GAUTENG � A 42 year old suspect is expected to appear at the Krugersdorp Magistrate Court today following his arrest on Sunday for allegedly running a clandestine laboratory.

The suspect at a plot in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg by an integrated team comprising of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, and K9 unit. The Hawks received information of yet another drug and executed a search and seizure warrant at the premises and found the suspect processing Methcathinone or CAT. Members managed to seize drug manufacturing apparatus, chemicals and CAT worth over R5million.

The suspect will be facing charges of dealing and manufacturing drugs. Investigations continue.

Source: South African Police Service

Suspect arrested for clandistine laboratory

GAUTENG � A 42 year old suspect is expected to appear at the Krugersdorp Magistrate Court today following his arrest on Sunday for allegedly running a clandestine laboratory.

The suspect at a plot in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg by an integrated team comprising of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, and K9 unit. The Hawks received information of yet another drug and executed a search and seizure warrant at the premises and found the suspect processing Methcathinone or CAT. Members managed to seize drug manufacturing apparatus, chemicals and CAT worth over R5million.

The suspect will be facing charges of dealing and manufacturing drugs. Investigations continue.

Source: South African Police Service

Police launch manhunt for suspects involved in the killing of ...

The Police in Letsitele outside Tzaneen have launched a massive manhunt for the suspects involved in the killing of the three (03) lions at a farm in the Letsitele Policing precinct. The incident took place on Sunday, 26 August 2018.

It is alleged that the farm manager was patrolling around the camp when she noticed that the fence was cut. She went to the lion’s enclosure and discovered two (02) lion carcasses with their heads and paws cut off. The third carcass was found on same spot with no missing parts.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in this matter, may contact Colonel Alpheus Mokale at 082 565 6524 or the crime stop number 08600 10111 or the crime line sms 32211 or nearest Police Station.

The South African Police Service in Limpopo, strongly condemn the ongoing killing of the protected species, including lions, which is still prevalent in some areas. Those who are still perpetrating this crime, will be dealt with harshly and without compromise.

The Police investigations are still continuing

Source: South African Police Service

TOURISM COMMITTEE BRIEFED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM ON ...

Parliament, The Portfolio Committee on Tourism today welcomed the presentation by the Department of Tourism on the bilateral and multilateral engagements on tourism.

Currently, there are memorandums of understanding (MoUs) signed between South Africa and 25 other countries � and a further eight which are being negotiated. These MOUs take a number of years to be finalised. The Chairperson of the Tourism Committee, Ms Lusizo Sharon Makhubela-Mashele, said: There are definitely advantages for these MOUs as they promote tourism not only in South Africa but in the Southern African Development Community region, promoting heritage and cultural tourism, sharing best practices in tourism and the promotion of sector skills development such as language training. One of the best practices is the South Africa/Seychelles training of 20 chefs, which has resulted in Seychelles providing permanent employment to five young chefs.

The committee also heard that the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) will be dissolved due to governance issues and non-payment of membership fees by some member countries. The work of RETOSA will now be incorporated as a work stream of the Southern African Development Community Secretariat.

Ms Makhubela-Mashele said the Department of Tourism must continue to pursue its strategic alliances with regional and global partners, as tourism remains the key driver for the creation of labour-intensive jobs and local economic development.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

MEC Manketsi Tlhape addresses 19th annual DAFF Female Entrepreneur ...

MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development in the North West Province Ms. Manketsi Tlhape has encouraged female farmers to take a lead in the sustainable development agenda and to take full advantage of programmes offered by government and its entities aimed at empowering them.

Tlhape has also reassured female farmers of her department’s commitment to continuing supporting their agricultural businesses.

She said these last Thursday, 16 August 2018, during the 19th annual DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards (FEA) ceremony held in Rustenburg town.

FEA programme is a joint venture between the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, the provinces and key partners in the sector aimed at honouring female farmers, recognising their role in the sector and their entrepreneurial skills in the mainstream agriculture, forestry and fisheries.The major thrust of the programme is to underline the fact that women play a significant role in food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation.

This year’s competition saw hundreds of female farmers entering and competing in various categories including that of best female worker, best subsistence producer, top entrepreneur smallholder, top entrepreneur commercial and top entrepreneur export markets category.

The award for Best Female Worker went to Kedibone Elisa Itumeleng who works as a product packager at Bloemheuwel Boerdery Trust in Christiana. The farm specialises with vegetables production. Daily duties for this dedicated farm worker include packing of products for market, harvesting, grading products and record keeping.

The award for Best Subsistence Producer was won by Sis Ratos Business Trading from Ngaka Modiri Molema District. Sis Ratos Business trading is a mix farming enterprise. The farm produces sunflower, groundnuts, and maize. They also have livestock and they produce vegetables.

Top Entrepreneur Small Holder Award went to Healthy Life for Achievers Enterprise from Bojanala Platinum District Municipality. The enterprise specializes with production and supply of oranges.

Top Entrepreneur Commercial Award went to Thandolwabo Services (PTY) LTD from Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality. The enterprise specialises with cattle farming.

MEC’s special award was awarded to LMC Farms from Bojanala Platinum District Municipality. The farm specializes with sunflower production.

The main winner of the night was Lefakong Farming. The enterprise scooped an award for Top Entrepreneur Processing as well as the Overall Winner category for the 2018 provincial DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards.

Lefakong Farming specialises with Moringa. The cooperative is located in Moretele in Bojanala Platinum District Municipality.

The enterprise has a great passion for health and wellness and has invested in the quality assurance and true organic nature of Moringa which can be processed into tea, powder and many other forms of natural health foods.

The enterprise was established in 2015 as a family cooperative and they have been receiving extension and advisory services from the North West Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development and the national Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry.

The Founder and Director of Lefakong Farming Cooperative Ms. Maboang Matlou said she was happy to win both the awards.

I am glad that I have won, she said.

Elated Matlou further revealed that her cooperative uses 100% organic methods to produce moringa crop, harvest and agro-process the crop on-site at their farm in Bosplaas.

We currently supply large companies for export purposes and health nutritional stores in and around the province. Our long term goal focuses mainly on ways to value-add our product for introduction into sectors of businesses, she said

Next year, the DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards will be celebrating twenty (20) years of existence.

MEC Tlhape said if women participate in economic activity, own and control productive assets; it leads to development by helping to overcome poverty, reducing inequality and improving children’s nutrition, health, and school attendance.

If women and men have the equal access to land, technology, financial services, education and markets, the consequent 20-30 per cent increase in agricultural production on women’s farms could lead to 100-150 million less hungry people, Tlhape said.

The objectives of the FEA programme are consistent with the vision of the National Development Plan, which makes particular reference to the empowerment of women and their involvement in the country’s economic transformation.

The programme has been identified by the national government as a tool that will encourage female and new entrants, young and old, those with disabilities, small and medium enterprises to enter the agricultural sector.

The process for nominations and entries for provincial 2018 DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards kicked-off early in May this year and the closing date for entries was 15 July 2018.

MEC Tlhape encouraged emerging farmers and those struggling with finances are encouraged to visit the North West Agricultural Fund (NWAF) office which is mandated to provide funding to those aspiring farmers in respect of agricultural development with a particular emphasis on previously disadvantaged individuals who cannot access funding from the commercial banks.

Source: Government of South Africa

Tourism on highlighting World Tourism Month

Sho’t Left Travel Week Highlights World Tourism Month � Domestic Tourism to benefit from new exciting initiative

South Africans keen to explore the sights and sounds of their own country will have a great opportunity to get their hands on exciting local travel deals next month.

The Sho’t Left Travel Week was one of the key highlights announced at the launch of World Tourism Month this morning at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Eastern Cape.

The Eastern Cape will be the host province for World Tourism Month which falls in September with World Tourism Day taking place in Mthatha on 27 September 2018.

As for the Sho’t Left Travel Week, this ground-breaking initiative by South African Tourism will see a host of trade partners, airlines, hotel groups and tour operators offering generous discounts during the week starting 24 September 2018.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, expressed his delight at this initiative.

This initiative underpins the strategy to give South Africans access, in a bigger better way, to the breadth of South Africa’s tourism offering than ever before.

I encourage all South Africans to explore the variety of deals on offer. This will also go a long way to break the barriers that South Africans have to deal with when thinking about travelling within our borders, said Minister Hanekom.

The global theme as set by the UNWTO for this year’s World Tourism Month is Digital Transformation for Growth.

We also need to acknowledge that technology and digital disruption is changing the face of the travel industry. Throughout Tourism Month and beyond, we will take this opportunity to showcase the role of technology in our sector and how everyone should embrace and become a part of the digital revolution, added Minister Hanekom.

Minister Hanekom’s views were echoed by South African Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona.

With the recent decline in Domestic Tourism numbers , the Sho’t Left Travel Week presents a unique opportunity to address this challenge.

The Sho’t Left Travel Week is a robust and aggressive response to the challenges highlighted by South Africans as to why they don’t travel or explore South Africa often or at all, commented Ntshona.

It seeks to dismantle current perceptions, unlock access to the country and is further underpinned by the general call to all South Africans: It’s your country. Enjoy it!

I want to thank all the partners who have generously come on board with their offerings as well as those who are still to join in the Sho’t Left Travel Week for playing their part in #WeDoTourism, concluded Ntshona.

All Sho’t Left Travel Week deals can be found on www.shotleft.co.za

While the entire country will enjoy the festivities of Tourism Month with nationwide events and activations taking place, the focus will also turn to the Eastern Cape as the official host province for the month, taking over from last year’s hosts, Mpumalanga.

We are delighted to showcase the tourism landscape of the Eastern Cape and its contribution to the economic development of the province and the well-being of our people, explained Vuyani Dayimani, the CEO of the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency.

It is an honour for us to host especially as this year’s event falls on the centenary celebrations of late President Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, and more importantly, with the Eastern Cape being the province they were born in, we want to showcase their spirit through all our tourism offerings.

Source: Government of South Africa