Category Archives: Politics

Film and Publication Board hosts media dialogue on culture and ...

In the recent South African film, Inxeba (The Wound), an unapologetic and fearless gay city boy journeys from boyhood to manhood while at initiation school in rural Eastern Cape, depicting vivid imagery of Xhosa culture and norms. The classification of this film caused a media storm and was often incorrectly reported as having been censored by the Film and Publications Board (FPB).

FPB is not a censorship agency � rather it provides consumer advisories on harmful content or what may be perceived to be harmful content, especially as it relates to the protection of our children.

Through the review of its classification guideline project, FPB provide South Africans with a voice to shape the next generation of guidelines.

FPB invites media to a dialogue to enrich the discussion and debate on Culture, as it reviews its classification guidelines.

Source: Government of South Africa

Gauteng Roads and Transport urges operators to convert permits to ...

Transport operators urged to convert permits to operating licenses

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, has appealed to all public transport operators to convert previously-issued, radius-based permits to route-based operating licenses.

The conversion process is a legislative requirement regulated by Section 47(2) of the National Land Transport Act and Sections 7 and 14 of Regulation 1208.

The old permits must be converted to operating licenses, said Vadi.

It must be noted that operating licenses will only be issued to operators who were previously issued with permits to operate within the public transport sector. This process is not applicable to new operating license applications, he explained.

The appeal forms part of a response to issues raised in the 2016 Report by the Ad-hoc Committee of Inquiry into Taxi Permits and Operating Licences in the Gauteng provincial legislature, which highlighted, inter-alia, the following matters linked to taxi conflicts:

Taxi violence between associations or owners fighting for commuter routes;

Illegal taxi operations;

Illegal acquisition of permits and licenses;

Unregistered associations; and

Unaudited taxi routes.

Through this conversion process the Department is empowered to verify and audit various routes by associations. This ensures operators and associations conduct operations on allocated and registered routes in accordance with conditions stipulated on operating licenses.

In its previous appeal to operators in 2016, the Department was able to convert and issue over 6300 operating licenses to various public transport applicants.

For conversions operators are required to submit the following:

Completed application form (Form 1B) obtainable at TOLAB offices;

ID copy/company registration certificate (CC);

Letter of appointment for persons submitting applications for companies;

Letter from association confirming membership (applicable to mini-bus taxi mode)

Original tax clearance certificate from SARS;

Original permit or certified copy/affidavit in the case of lost permits;

Vehicle certificates of fitness (CoF) and roadworthiness;

Vehicle certificate of registration (CoR); and

Fee of R300.00 per application (cash or bank-guaranteed cheques).

Source: Government of South Africa

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

Western Cape Government marks Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder ...

MECs Nomafrench Mbombo and Albert Fritz visit Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder facilities in Atlantis, 10 Sept

Today, 10 Sept 2018, the Western Cape MECs of Health, Nomafrench Mbombo, and Social Development, Albert Fritz, will conduct a joint oversight visit of facilities rendering services that treat and deal with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Atlantis.

The Ministers will be joined by NGOs, the TB/HIV CARE and specialist organization, the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR).

In light of yesterday being FASD Awareness Day, the Ministers will today visit the Protea Park clinic and join local Community Health Workers for a FAS home visit. The Ministers will then visit specialist ECD centre, the Orion Wilge Daycare Centre, which accommodates children with disabilities, including disability caused by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Source: Government of South Africa

Ministers Aaron Motsoaledi and Thulas Nxesi brief media on attempted ...

Ministers Motsoaledi and Nxesi to brief media on an attempted burning down of Civitas Building

The Ministers of Health and Public Works will brief the media on an attempted burning down of Civitas Building which house the National Department of Health.

Source: Government of South Africa

Eastern Cape SAPS sends off POLMUSCA team in grand farewell

Eastern Cape SAPS hosted a grand send-off ‘Prayer and farewell’ for all the teams going to National POLMUSCA Competition yesterday, 04 September 2018.

This police grand cultural event will be held in Kimberly from 19-22 September 2018.

The send-off were for the Choir, Traditional Dance, the Provincial band, Ballroom dancers, Stalls for potjiekos and cultural exhibitions. EC-SAPS is no stranger to participating in this competition and have hosted its 2015 edition in Port Elizabeth. EC-Provincial Choir, were champions in 2014 and 2016 while also making a mark in the competition in different categories like Exhibition, Band and Potjiekos in different years.

The farewell was attended by Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt-Gen Ntshinga accompanied by Deputy Provincial Commissioner: Assets Management Maj-Gen Dyantyi, Acting Deputy Provincial Commissioner: HRM, Brig Kunene and Provincial Head: HRD, Brig DeKlerk. The Commissioner invited and had the pleasure of hosting two special guests, namely former Chairperson of the House of Traditional leaders in Eastern Cape: Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima of the Abathembu as well as Deputy Regional Commissioner, Noziphiwo Dumbela-Correctional Services in the Province.

Speaking at the event, Provincial Commissioner acknowledged Chief Matanzima and members of senior management as well as everyone present including the POLMUSCA participants.

“We said on Friday in Mthatha when we were closing the National Women’s Management Week, we will meet in Kimberly. You will recall our Choir were the defending champions and that year (2016) was year of plenty. This time around we have Chief Matanzima magic. I won’t say much but will allow Chief to speak more. I was excited and emotional when you sang the Heroes song but disappointed to discover the composer is not a SAPS employee. As from today you will be SAPS employee, “said Lt-Gen Ntshinga.

She encouraged the team to go and have fun and boldly commanded, “Mesmerize them. Keep on doing well and keep that confidence.”

She also utilized this gathering to share her proverb of gees she regularly refrains whilst encouraging teamwork and cooperation in various components within the province.

Let the other provinces see you as one people with a common goal. One goal we have in Kimberly is to win. Remember ‘Operation Vat Alles’, she reminded everyone.

A video of the geese wisdom was played on big screens during the event, to encourage all those in attendance on the importance of working together. The Commissioner advised this as a key guide to achieving our mission and objective in Kimberly as she wished all the teams good luck.

Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima thanked the Provincial Commissioner and police management for inviting him to come and bid farewell to the teams.

“If you do research on musicians, farmers, leaders, you will than note that when we say this province is a Province of Legends, it’s a testimony of our association with success. Look at the first teachers like Tsotsi, in church, etc. It is why they say that back into time during 100 years long frontier wars and more back into time, our history reflects our resilience,” said Chief Matanzima.

He said he felt it was important to paint this picture, to remind the Provincial ambassadors that they come from the home of success and resilience as he wished all of them good luck in Kimberly.

“You must sing, perform and convince yourself,” concluded Chief Matanzima.

The Ballroom, Band and Traditional dancers continued to captivate everyone with sneak performances of what they will bring to Kimberly. Senior management and guest proceeded to sample delicious Potjiekos recipes to be unveiled in Kimberly. Brig De Klerk thanked all the participants and those in attendance.

Source: South African Police Service

Deputy Minister Buti Manamela visits National Student Financial Aid ...

Deputy Minister Buti Manamela will tomorrow 4 September visit the NSFAS offices to inspect the application process.

The visit will take place a day after the 2019 application process opened for prospective students who qualify for fee free higher education.

Deputy Minister Manamela will interact with students who will be at the centre to make applications.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Donald Grant on Naledi Bus Services bus crash

Tragedy strikes as bus crash claims ten lives

In the early hours of this morning a Naledi Bus Services bus crashed on Aberdeen Road, about 50 kms outside of Beaufort West, killing a total of 10 people (8 people on the scene and another two later) and injuring 30. The bus is said to have been coming from Cape Town on its way to various destinations in the Eastern Cape.

The injured were initially admitted to the Beaufort West hospital, and others to the George hospital.

Initial reports have suggested that the driver lost control of the bus after striking an animal that appeared on the road.

My sincere thoughts go out to the families and loved ones of those who have so senselessly lost their lives. I also wish those that sustained injuries in this horrific crash a speedy recovery.

This crash occurred on a stretch of road that has had a long history of public transport crashes, claiming lives and injuring many. These incidents have, however, decreased substantially in recent times since the introduction of various road safety interventions in that strip of road which include an Average Speed Over Distance (ASOD) camera enforcement system, and our successful fatigue management law enforcement operations.

I have asked my officials to assist law enforcement authorities in their investigations into the tragic crash, and plan to engage with the bus company involved on matters around general safety and practices to avoid crashes that take the lives of innocent passengers.

Source: Government of South Africa