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President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives for Working Visit in Kingdom of Lesotho

President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning, 04 July 2019, arrived in the Kingdom of Lesotho for a Working Visit during which the President and the Right Honourable Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will discuss bilateral, regional and continental issues, as well as international developments.

President Ramaphosa will also have an audience with His Majesty, King Letsie III, and engage with civil society groupings.

South Africa and Lesotho enjoy strong and cordial relations which are predicated on historical ties dating back to the struggle against colonialism and apartheid in South Africa, shared language and close geographical proximity.

The structured bilateral relations between the two countries are conducted through the Joint Bilateral Commission for Cooperation (JBCC) which was established in 2001, and is convened at a Ministerial Level. In this regard, the Working Visit takes place in the context of strengthening bilateral, political, social and trade relations between the two countries.

Bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Lesotho spans a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, trade and investment, security, energy, transport, agriculture, tourism, water as well as environment.

President Ramaphosa,in his capacity as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator to Lesotho, will receive an update on the progress of the reform process in the Kingdom of Lesotho with Right Honourable Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and relevant stakeholders.

President Ramaphosa was appointed the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) facilitator to Lesotho in September 2014 when he held the position of Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa.

After assuming the position of President of the Republic in 2018, President Ramaphosa appointed former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke to lead the SADC Facilitation Team to Lesotho.

President Ramaphosa is due to present a report on the facilitation process to the SADC Heads of State and Government in August 2019 in the United Republic of Tanzania where regional leaders will particularly assess progress in constitutional and security reforms in Lesotho.

The President will be accompanied by the the Minister of State Security, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo,Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Mr Thabang Makwetla and the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Gwede Mantashe announces adjustment of fuel prices effective from 3 July 2019

The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe, announces the adjustment of fuel prices for July 2019 based on current local and international factors with effect from the 3rd of July 2019.

South Africa’s fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by international and local factors. International factors include the fact that South Africa imports both crude oil and finished products at a price set at the international level, including importation costs, e.g. shipping costs.

The main reasons for the fuel price adjustments during the period under review include local and international factors.

On the international front, during the period under review, the Rand depreciated on average against the US Dollar from 14.41 to 14.62 Rand per dollar during the period under review compared to the previous one. This led to a higher contribution to the Basic Fuel Prices on petrol by ten comma six cents per litre (10.60 c/l), diesel and illuminating paraffin by eleven comma six cents per litre (11.60 c/l).

The main reason for the decrease was the fact that the Brent Crude Oil Price decreased from 71.29 US dollars (USD) per barrel to 63.60 USD per barrel during the period under review.

The drop in the oil prices were due to the high level of U.S. stock inventories which resulted in more supply in the markets and uncertainty surrounding the conclusion of trade deal between the United State of America and China.

This led to lower prices of all the petroleum products in the international markets.

The Slate Levy will be reduced by eight comma seven eight cents per litre (8.78 c/l) from thirteen comma one six cents per litre (13.16 c/l) to four comma three eight cents per litre (4.38 c/l) in line with the Self-Adjusting Slate Levy Mechanism Rules.

Effective from 3 July 2019, the Slate Levy on Petrol and Diesel will be four comma three eight cents per litre (4.38 c/l) cents per litre. At the end of May 2019, the combined cumulative Slate Balance on Petrol and Diesel amounted to minus R555.90 million.

Based on current local and international factors, the fuel prices for July 2019 will be adjusted as follows:

Petrol (93 ULP and LRP): ninety six cents per litre (96.00 c/l) decrease;

Petrol (95 ULP and LRP): ninety five cents per litre (95.00 c/l) decrease;

Diesel (0.05% sulphur): seventy four comma seven eight cents per litre (74.78 c/l) decrease;

Diesel (0.005% sulphur): seventy five comma seven eight cents per litre (75.78 c/l) decrease;

Illuminating Paraffin (wholesale): fifty seven cents per litre (57.00 c/l) decrease;

SMNRP for IP: seventy six cents per litre (76.00 c/l) decrease;

Maximum LPGas Retail Price: one hundred and thirty three cents per kilogram (133.00 c/kg) decrease.

Source: Government of South Africa

Two hijackers arrested by flying squad

Shortly after a taxi driver was stabbed and robbed of his silver Renault Duster, our Flying Squad members arrested the two perpetrators. Yesterday afternoon the taxi driver was attacked in his vehicle by his two passengers in Goodwood.

They fled with his vehicle towards Parow where Flying Squad members intercepted them in Fransie van Zyl Drive. The two suspects aged 17 and 19 were detained on charges of attempted murder and the possession of a stolen vehicle, and are due to make their court appearance in Parow once they have been charged.

In an unrelated matter, members of the same unit arrested two suspects aged 28 and 29 in Riebeeck Kasteel on Friday evening for being in possession of 2.8kg dagga. The suspects were apprehended during an intelligence driven operation and will make their court appearance on Monday.

Source: South African Police Service

Two hijackers arrested by flying squad

Shortly after a taxi driver was stabbed and robbed of his silver Renault Duster, our Flying Squad members arrested the two perpetrators. Yesterday afternoon the taxi driver was attacked in his vehicle by his two passengers in Goodwood.

They fled with his vehicle towards Parow where Flying Squad members intercepted them in Fransie van Zyl Drive. The two suspects aged 17 and 19 were detained on charges of attempted murder and the possession of a stolen vehicle, and are due to make their court appearance in Parow once they have been charged.

In an unrelated matter, members of the same unit arrested two suspects aged 28 and 29 in Riebeeck Kasteel on Friday evening for being in possession of 2.8kg dagga. The suspects were apprehended during an intelligence driven operation and will make their court appearance on Monday.

Source: South African Police Service