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  •   Between September 12 and 18 2022 Law Enforcement Promotion Plan LEAP agents seized 6 illegal firearms and arrested 123 people for a variety of crimes This means that in the space of two weeks from September 5 to 18 2022 13 illegal firearms have been removed from our streets and 302 people have been arrested LEAP is an initiative of the Western Cape Government WCG and is run in partnership with the City of Cape Town Confiscation of firearms occurred in Gugulethu Bishop Lavis Delft and Nyanga Minister Reagen Allen said LEAP officers along with their partners are to be commended for their continued effort to create safer communities Their constant visibility shows the importance of having extra boots on the ground as this helps ensure communities feel safer In this same period LEAP officers among others Searched 7 411 people Searched 293 houses Carried out 1 123 patrols in critical areas Carried out 122 roadblocks Searched 830 vehicles Of the 123 people who were arrested 1 was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm 6 for possession of illegal ammunition 5 for possession of an imitation firearm 77 for possession of drugs and 14 for possession of dangerous weapons While LEAP officers work with a multitude of law enforcement agencies they carried out 179 joint and integrated operations with other Cape Town law enforcement agencies and SAPS LEAP officers stem from the WCG Security Plan which was launched in September 2019 The Security Plan which is the brainchild of Prime Minister Alan Winde came about as a result of WCG s commitment to address the high murder rate in the province The main goal is to reduce the homicide rate by 50 by 2029 The Government of the Western Cape and the City of Cape Town are collaborating to offer LEAP The operational strategy and deployment of the various teams is based on available evidence and targeted data This approach is also used as part of monitoring and evaluation to determine the effectiveness of LEAP and inform a cycle of continuous improvement This includes our top 10 killing areas in the Western Cape such as Delft Gugulethu Harare Khayelitsha Site B police precinct Kraaifontein Mfuleni Mitchells Plain Nyanga Philippi East and Samora Machel Other high crime areas they are deployed to include Atlantis Bishop Lavis and Hanover Park along with Lavender Hill Steenberg and Grassy Park Minister Reagen Allen added The deliberate and strategic deployment of LEAP will continue as it is working directly in areas that require these additional resources The National Minister continues to fail the Western Cape by not providing the resources that are required but we are not resting on our laurels and instead he is going the extra mile for our citizens LEAP and the way they are managed is just an introduction to what SAPS could look like once they are transferred to a capable province like ours LEAP incorporates information from the WCG Security Dashboard This dashboard provides real time data to provincial security stakeholders and helps pinpoint exactly where LEAP officers are needed most This strengthens our hand in anticipating where new hotspots may appear so we can deploy the necessary resources to prevent crime and save lives Emergency Medical Services EMS data is set to integrate with the Safety Dashboard to give us a more comprehensive picture of violence and trauma in the province upon which we can launch our LEAP response We must never lose our appetite in our fight against crime Minister Allen concluded
    South Africa: Western Cape Police Oversight and Community Safety in Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) Progress
      Between September 12 and 18 2022 Law Enforcement Promotion Plan LEAP agents seized 6 illegal firearms and arrested 123 people for a variety of crimes This means that in the space of two weeks from September 5 to 18 2022 13 illegal firearms have been removed from our streets and 302 people have been arrested LEAP is an initiative of the Western Cape Government WCG and is run in partnership with the City of Cape Town Confiscation of firearms occurred in Gugulethu Bishop Lavis Delft and Nyanga Minister Reagen Allen said LEAP officers along with their partners are to be commended for their continued effort to create safer communities Their constant visibility shows the importance of having extra boots on the ground as this helps ensure communities feel safer In this same period LEAP officers among others Searched 7 411 people Searched 293 houses Carried out 1 123 patrols in critical areas Carried out 122 roadblocks Searched 830 vehicles Of the 123 people who were arrested 1 was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm 6 for possession of illegal ammunition 5 for possession of an imitation firearm 77 for possession of drugs and 14 for possession of dangerous weapons While LEAP officers work with a multitude of law enforcement agencies they carried out 179 joint and integrated operations with other Cape Town law enforcement agencies and SAPS LEAP officers stem from the WCG Security Plan which was launched in September 2019 The Security Plan which is the brainchild of Prime Minister Alan Winde came about as a result of WCG s commitment to address the high murder rate in the province The main goal is to reduce the homicide rate by 50 by 2029 The Government of the Western Cape and the City of Cape Town are collaborating to offer LEAP The operational strategy and deployment of the various teams is based on available evidence and targeted data This approach is also used as part of monitoring and evaluation to determine the effectiveness of LEAP and inform a cycle of continuous improvement This includes our top 10 killing areas in the Western Cape such as Delft Gugulethu Harare Khayelitsha Site B police precinct Kraaifontein Mfuleni Mitchells Plain Nyanga Philippi East and Samora Machel Other high crime areas they are deployed to include Atlantis Bishop Lavis and Hanover Park along with Lavender Hill Steenberg and Grassy Park Minister Reagen Allen added The deliberate and strategic deployment of LEAP will continue as it is working directly in areas that require these additional resources The National Minister continues to fail the Western Cape by not providing the resources that are required but we are not resting on our laurels and instead he is going the extra mile for our citizens LEAP and the way they are managed is just an introduction to what SAPS could look like once they are transferred to a capable province like ours LEAP incorporates information from the WCG Security Dashboard This dashboard provides real time data to provincial security stakeholders and helps pinpoint exactly where LEAP officers are needed most This strengthens our hand in anticipating where new hotspots may appear so we can deploy the necessary resources to prevent crime and save lives Emergency Medical Services EMS data is set to integrate with the Safety Dashboard to give us a more comprehensive picture of violence and trauma in the province upon which we can launch our LEAP response We must never lose our appetite in our fight against crime Minister Allen concluded
    South Africa: Western Cape Police Oversight and Community Safety in Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) Progress
    Africa5 days ago

    South Africa: Western Cape Police Oversight and Community Safety in Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) Progress

    Between September 12 and 18, 2022, Law Enforcement Promotion Plan (LEAP) agents seized 6 illegal firearms and arrested 123 people for a variety of crimes.

    This means that in the space of two weeks, from September 5 to 18, 2022, 13 illegal firearms have been removed from our streets and 302 people have been arrested.

    LEAP is an initiative of the Western Cape Government (WCG) and is run in partnership with the City of Cape Town. Confiscation of firearms occurred in Gugulethu, Bishop Lavis, Delft and Nyanga.

    Minister Reagen Allen said: “LEAP officers along with their partners are to be commended for their continued effort to create safer communities.

    Their constant visibility shows the importance of having extra boots on the ground, as this helps ensure communities feel safer.” In this same period, LEAP officers, among others: Searched 7,411 people Searched 293 houses Carried out 1,123 patrols in critical areas Carried out 122 roadblocks Searched 830 vehicles Of the 123 people who were arrested, 1 was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm, 6 for possession of illegal ammunition, 5 for possession of an imitation firearm, 77 for possession of drugs and 14 for possession of dangerous weapons.

    While LEAP officers work with a multitude of law enforcement agencies, they carried out 179 joint and integrated operations with other Cape Town law enforcement agencies and SAPS.

    LEAP officers stem from the WCG Security Plan, which was launched in September 2019.

    The Security Plan, which is the brainchild of Prime Minister Alan Winde, came about as a result of WCG's commitment to address the high murder rate in the province.

    The main goal is to reduce the homicide rate by 50% by 2029.

    The Government of the Western Cape and the City of Cape Town are collaborating to offer LEAP.

    The operational strategy and deployment of the various teams is based on available evidence and targeted data.

    This approach is also used as part of monitoring and evaluation to determine the effectiveness of LEAP and inform a cycle of continuous improvement.

    This includes our top 10 killing areas in the Western Cape such as Delft, Gugulethu, Harare, Khayelitsha (Site B police precinct), Kraaifontein, Mfuleni, Mitchells Plain, Nyanga, Philippi East and Samora Machel.

    Other high crime areas they are deployed to include Atlantis, Bishop Lavis and Hanover Park, along with Lavender Hill, Steenberg and Grassy Park. Minister Reagen Allen added: “The deliberate and strategic deployment of LEAP will continue as it is working directly in areas that require these additional resources.

    The National Minister continues to fail the Western Cape by not providing the resources that are required, but we are not resting on our laurels, and instead he is going the extra mile for our citizens.

    LEAP, and the way they are managed is just an introduction to what SAPS could look like once they are transferred to a capable province like ours.” LEAP incorporates information from the WCG Security Dashboard.

    This dashboard provides real-time data to provincial security stakeholders and helps pinpoint exactly where LEAP officers are needed most.

    This strengthens our hand in anticipating where new hotspots may appear so we can deploy the necessary resources to prevent crime and save lives.

    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) data is set to integrate with the Safety Dashboard, to give us a more comprehensive picture of violence and trauma in the province, upon which we can launch our LEAP response.

    “We must never lose our appetite in our fight against crime,” Minister Allen concluded.

  •   South Africa s commitment to ensuring the protection of its black and white rhino populations is clear from the partnerships that have been built over the years and the resulting collaboration to conserve the species says Minister of Forestry Fisheries and Environment Mrs Barbara eerie As the world comes together to mark World Rhino Day South Africa recognizes that despite pressures from rhino poaching habitat loss and vulnerability to the effects of climate change the country remains the state of the largest and potentially influential rhino range in the world The High Level Panel report has noted that the proportion of rhinos on private land has increased from around 30 in 2012 to around 60 today complemented by successes against poaching The Department of Forestry Fisheries and Environment has recognized the significant progress made in safety biological management and responsive legislation with some critical milestones remaining most notably in community empowerment demand management and Cabinet approval of the National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking Therefore we are entrusted with a great responsibility that requires all hands on deck In terms of the country s overall rhino conservation plan the private sector is playing an increasingly important role in South Africa and the rest of Africa Currently the private sector is keeping around 60 of South Africa s national herd For this reason the government assumes the construction of alliances and relationships of great importance in the conservation of this iconic species The Department in cooperation with provincial conservation authorities SANParks private rhino owners and SAPS has focused on a more proactive and integrated approach that builds on existing initiatives and blurs the distinction made between national provincial and private parks by time the situation escalates knowledge and information exchange Joint investigation teams are working on focused investigations with the support of the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Center EEFC ensuring the consolidation of information at the national level and the ability to provide analysis support not only at the tactical level but also to the teams research The goal is to strengthen our capacity not only at the tactical level to prevent and combat poaching but also our ability to disrupt activities throughout the value chain with a focus on integrated intelligence driven investigations including financial aspects Over the past year anti poaching and conservation efforts have intensified across the country as a joint effort by state conservation areas government and private landowners to reduce poaching rhinos in South Africa A more targeted deployment of resources is being implemented through the deployment of the CMORE situational awareness platform to integrated wildlife areas Through this single technology platform all actors can collaborate making use of real time insights and analytical capabilities linking for example camera traps and ranger patrols while integrating a range of other systems Information collected and communication flows through the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Center EEFC continue to support teams at both the tactical and strategic levels in the public and private sectors Our analytical capabilities have also improved resulting in a greater ability to identify individuals involved in rhino poaching and trafficking and improved and expanded investigations by multi disciplinary teams From a biological management standpoint the department in collaboration with the Rhino Management Group and all relevant stakeholders is in the process of reviewing White Rhino Biodiversity Management Plans BMPs and black respectively Another important measure of recent success in managing the rhino metapopulation has been the successful translocation of 27 rhinos from South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique This historic and pioneering reconstruction initiative is the result of a partnership between the National Administration of Conservation Areas ANAC of Mozambique the Peace Parks Foundation and Exxaro Resources in collaboration with the governments of South Africa and Mozambique Mozambique and South Africa Working on a two to three year timeline the project is already well on its way to relocating more than 40 rhinos in Mozambique in a series of highly coordinated and carefully managed rebuilding operations The first 20 white rhinos and seven black rhinos introduced to Zinave earlier this year are thriving
    South Africa: Forestry, fisheries and environment celebrate World Rhino Day
      South Africa s commitment to ensuring the protection of its black and white rhino populations is clear from the partnerships that have been built over the years and the resulting collaboration to conserve the species says Minister of Forestry Fisheries and Environment Mrs Barbara eerie As the world comes together to mark World Rhino Day South Africa recognizes that despite pressures from rhino poaching habitat loss and vulnerability to the effects of climate change the country remains the state of the largest and potentially influential rhino range in the world The High Level Panel report has noted that the proportion of rhinos on private land has increased from around 30 in 2012 to around 60 today complemented by successes against poaching The Department of Forestry Fisheries and Environment has recognized the significant progress made in safety biological management and responsive legislation with some critical milestones remaining most notably in community empowerment demand management and Cabinet approval of the National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking Therefore we are entrusted with a great responsibility that requires all hands on deck In terms of the country s overall rhino conservation plan the private sector is playing an increasingly important role in South Africa and the rest of Africa Currently the private sector is keeping around 60 of South Africa s national herd For this reason the government assumes the construction of alliances and relationships of great importance in the conservation of this iconic species The Department in cooperation with provincial conservation authorities SANParks private rhino owners and SAPS has focused on a more proactive and integrated approach that builds on existing initiatives and blurs the distinction made between national provincial and private parks by time the situation escalates knowledge and information exchange Joint investigation teams are working on focused investigations with the support of the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Center EEFC ensuring the consolidation of information at the national level and the ability to provide analysis support not only at the tactical level but also to the teams research The goal is to strengthen our capacity not only at the tactical level to prevent and combat poaching but also our ability to disrupt activities throughout the value chain with a focus on integrated intelligence driven investigations including financial aspects Over the past year anti poaching and conservation efforts have intensified across the country as a joint effort by state conservation areas government and private landowners to reduce poaching rhinos in South Africa A more targeted deployment of resources is being implemented through the deployment of the CMORE situational awareness platform to integrated wildlife areas Through this single technology platform all actors can collaborate making use of real time insights and analytical capabilities linking for example camera traps and ranger patrols while integrating a range of other systems Information collected and communication flows through the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Center EEFC continue to support teams at both the tactical and strategic levels in the public and private sectors Our analytical capabilities have also improved resulting in a greater ability to identify individuals involved in rhino poaching and trafficking and improved and expanded investigations by multi disciplinary teams From a biological management standpoint the department in collaboration with the Rhino Management Group and all relevant stakeholders is in the process of reviewing White Rhino Biodiversity Management Plans BMPs and black respectively Another important measure of recent success in managing the rhino metapopulation has been the successful translocation of 27 rhinos from South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique This historic and pioneering reconstruction initiative is the result of a partnership between the National Administration of Conservation Areas ANAC of Mozambique the Peace Parks Foundation and Exxaro Resources in collaboration with the governments of South Africa and Mozambique Mozambique and South Africa Working on a two to three year timeline the project is already well on its way to relocating more than 40 rhinos in Mozambique in a series of highly coordinated and carefully managed rebuilding operations The first 20 white rhinos and seven black rhinos introduced to Zinave earlier this year are thriving
    South Africa: Forestry, fisheries and environment celebrate World Rhino Day
    Africa2 weeks ago

    South Africa: Forestry, fisheries and environment celebrate World Rhino Day

    South Africa's commitment to ensuring the protection of its black and white rhino populations is clear from the partnerships that have been built over the years and the resulting collaboration to conserve the species, says Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, Mrs. Barbara.

    eerie As the world comes together to mark World Rhino Day, South Africa recognizes that despite pressures from rhino poaching, habitat loss and vulnerability to the effects of climate change, the country remains the state of the largest and potentially influential rhino range in the world.

    The High Level Panel report has noted that the proportion of rhinos on private land has increased from around 30% in 2012 to around 60% today, complemented by successes against poaching.

    The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment has recognized the significant progress made in safety, biological management and responsive legislation with some critical milestones remaining, most notably in community empowerment, demand management and Cabinet approval of the National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking.

    Therefore, we are entrusted with a great responsibility that requires all hands on deck.

    In terms of the country's overall rhino conservation plan, the private sector is playing an increasingly important role in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

    Currently, the private sector is keeping around 60% of South Africa's national herd.

    For this reason, the government assumes the construction of alliances and relationships of great importance in the conservation of this iconic species.

    The Department, in cooperation with provincial conservation authorities, SANParks, private rhino owners and SAPS, has focused on a more proactive and integrated approach that builds on existing initiatives and blurs the distinction made between national, provincial and private parks by time the situation escalates.

    knowledge and information exchange.

    Joint investigation teams are working on focused investigations with the support of the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Center (EEFC), ensuring the consolidation of information at the national level and the ability to provide analysis support, not only at the tactical level but also to the teams.

    research.

    The goal is to strengthen our capacity, not only at the tactical level to prevent and combat poaching, but also our ability to disrupt activities throughout the value chain with a focus on integrated intelligence-driven investigations, including financial aspects.

    .

    Over the past year, anti-poaching and conservation efforts have intensified across the country as a joint effort by state conservation areas, government, and private landowners to reduce poaching.

    rhinos in South Africa.

    A more targeted deployment of resources is being implemented through the deployment of the CMORE situational awareness platform to integrated wildlife areas.

    Through this single technology platform, all actors can collaborate, making use of real-time insights and analytical capabilities, linking, for example, camera traps and ranger patrols while integrating a range of other systems.

    Information collected and communication flows through the Environmental Enforcement Fusion Center (EEFC) continue to support teams at both the tactical and strategic levels in the public and private sectors.

    Our analytical capabilities have also improved, resulting in a greater ability to identify individuals involved in rhino poaching and trafficking and improved and expanded investigations by multi-disciplinary teams.

    From a biological management standpoint, the department, in collaboration with the Rhino Management Group and all relevant stakeholders, is in the process of reviewing White Rhino Biodiversity Management Plans (BMPs).

    and black, respectively.

    Another important measure of recent success in managing the rhino metapopulation has been the successful translocation of 27 rhinos from South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique.

    This historic and pioneering reconstruction initiative is the result of a partnership between the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) of Mozambique, the Peace Parks Foundation and Exxaro Resources, in collaboration with the governments of South Africa and Mozambique.

    Mozambique and South Africa.

    Working on a two- to three-year timeline, the project is already well on its way to relocating more than 40 rhinos in Mozambique in a series of highly coordinated and carefully managed rebuilding operations.

    The first 20 white rhinos and seven black rhinos introduced to Zinave earlier this year are thriving.

  •   The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements strongly urges residents to be aware of online housing scams asking you to pay for government housing assistance The Department recently became aware of a Facebook account RDP 2022 2023 House Application where scammers pose as officials facilitating the approval of houses keys and property titles A Cape Town resident was the most recent victim to discover that she had been scammed after arriving at the Department s office Anticipating receiving a housing opportunity she paid over R2 000 into a bank account to process her approval letter for a house in one of the Department s projects in Mitchell s Plain This particular Facebook account is just one of many online housing scams preying on vulnerable residents Residents should be aware that no payment is required to be placed on the housing demand database ie waiting list to apply for a housing subsidy or any related government housing services Fraudulent scams have been increasingly reported and appear on different platforms particularly social media asking citizens to pay a deposit or retainer fee to a government house pay to be approved for a government housing opportunity or to pay for the processing of an application for example In many cases vulnerable residents fall victim to these scams in hopes of being assisted or put on the waiting list for a government housing opportunity In most cases money exchanged due to fraudulent scams is not recovered said Ms Kahmiela August Acting Head of the Department The latest victim of whom the Department is aware was swindled out of more than R2 000 by a Mr Mashilo that he met on a Facebook account Mr Mashilo presented himself as an official from the Department of Human Settlements and provided several fraudulent documents as proof that the resident will receive help with a house Residents should be aware that no government official should ask them to pay any amount of cash for government housing services added Ms August To be considered for a government housing opportunity citizens must be registered in the housing database in their local municipality To qualify for a government subsidized house residents must Be a South African citizen or hold a permanent residence permit Being over 18 years Being married or living with a partner Be single or divorced and have proven financial dependents living permanently with them Earn a family income of R3 500 or less before deductions Not be current or previous owners of the property Not have previously received a housing subsidy from the government The Department also has various grants available to help residents earning between R3 500 and R22 000 gross monthly household income Inquiries can be made at any municipal housing office The Department urges residents to be aware of requests for money related to government housing and to know that You do not have to exchange money to get approved for government subsidized housing You do not have to pay to be in the housing database Residents are encouraged to contact the Department or any municipal housing office to verify and verify the legitimacy of a social media post or housing advertisement To report any fraudulent scams residents should contact the nearest SAPS office for assistance
    South Africa: Western Cape Human Settlements warns residents about online housing scams
      The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements strongly urges residents to be aware of online housing scams asking you to pay for government housing assistance The Department recently became aware of a Facebook account RDP 2022 2023 House Application where scammers pose as officials facilitating the approval of houses keys and property titles A Cape Town resident was the most recent victim to discover that she had been scammed after arriving at the Department s office Anticipating receiving a housing opportunity she paid over R2 000 into a bank account to process her approval letter for a house in one of the Department s projects in Mitchell s Plain This particular Facebook account is just one of many online housing scams preying on vulnerable residents Residents should be aware that no payment is required to be placed on the housing demand database ie waiting list to apply for a housing subsidy or any related government housing services Fraudulent scams have been increasingly reported and appear on different platforms particularly social media asking citizens to pay a deposit or retainer fee to a government house pay to be approved for a government housing opportunity or to pay for the processing of an application for example In many cases vulnerable residents fall victim to these scams in hopes of being assisted or put on the waiting list for a government housing opportunity In most cases money exchanged due to fraudulent scams is not recovered said Ms Kahmiela August Acting Head of the Department The latest victim of whom the Department is aware was swindled out of more than R2 000 by a Mr Mashilo that he met on a Facebook account Mr Mashilo presented himself as an official from the Department of Human Settlements and provided several fraudulent documents as proof that the resident will receive help with a house Residents should be aware that no government official should ask them to pay any amount of cash for government housing services added Ms August To be considered for a government housing opportunity citizens must be registered in the housing database in their local municipality To qualify for a government subsidized house residents must Be a South African citizen or hold a permanent residence permit Being over 18 years Being married or living with a partner Be single or divorced and have proven financial dependents living permanently with them Earn a family income of R3 500 or less before deductions Not be current or previous owners of the property Not have previously received a housing subsidy from the government The Department also has various grants available to help residents earning between R3 500 and R22 000 gross monthly household income Inquiries can be made at any municipal housing office The Department urges residents to be aware of requests for money related to government housing and to know that You do not have to exchange money to get approved for government subsidized housing You do not have to pay to be in the housing database Residents are encouraged to contact the Department or any municipal housing office to verify and verify the legitimacy of a social media post or housing advertisement To report any fraudulent scams residents should contact the nearest SAPS office for assistance
    South Africa: Western Cape Human Settlements warns residents about online housing scams
    Africa2 weeks ago

    South Africa: Western Cape Human Settlements warns residents about online housing scams

    The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements strongly urges residents to be aware of online housing scams asking you to pay for government housing assistance.

    The Department recently became aware of a Facebook account, “RDP 2022/2023 House Application,” where scammers pose as officials facilitating the approval of houses, keys, and property titles.

    A Cape Town resident was the most recent victim to discover that she had been scammed after arriving at the Department's office.

    Anticipating receiving a housing opportunity, she paid over R2,000 into a bank account to process her "approval letter" for a house in one of the Department's projects in Mitchell's Plain.

    This particular Facebook account is just one of many online housing scams preying on vulnerable residents.

    Residents should be aware that no payment is required to be placed on the housing demand database (ie waiting list), to apply for a housing subsidy or any related government housing services.

    Fraudulent scams have been increasingly reported and appear on different platforms, particularly social media, asking citizens to: pay a deposit or retainer fee to a government house; pay to be approved for a government housing opportunity; or to pay for the processing of an application, for example.

    “In many cases, vulnerable residents fall victim to these scams in hopes of being assisted or put on the waiting list for a government housing opportunity.

    In most cases, money exchanged due to fraudulent scams is not recovered,” said Ms. Kahmiela August, Acting Head of the Department.

    “The latest victim, of whom the Department is aware, was swindled out of more than R2,000 by a 'Mr. Mashilo' that he met on a Facebook account.

    Mr. Mashilo' presented himself as an official from the Department of Human Settlements and provided several fraudulent documents as proof that the resident will receive help with a house.

    Residents should be aware that no government official should ask them to pay any amount of cash for government housing services,” added Ms. August.

    To be considered for a government housing opportunity, citizens must be registered in the housing database in their local municipality.

    To qualify for a government subsidized house, residents must: Be a South African citizen or hold a permanent residence permit.

    Being over 18 years.

    Being married or living with a partner.

    Be single or divorced and have proven financial dependents living permanently with them.

    Earn a family income of R3 500 or less, before deductions.

    Not be current or previous owners of the property.

    Not have previously received a housing subsidy from the government.

    The Department also has various grants available to help residents earning between R3,500 and R22,000 gross monthly household income.

    Inquiries can be made at any municipal housing office.

    The Department urges residents to be aware of requests for money related to government housing and to know that: You do not have to exchange money to get approved for government-subsidized housing.

    You do not have to pay to be in the housing database.

    Residents are encouraged to contact the Department, or any municipal housing office, to verify and verify the legitimacy of a social media post or housing advertisement.

    To report any fraudulent scams, residents should contact the nearest SAPS office for assistance.

  •   At a cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria this week Prime Minister Alan Winde delivered the Provincial Police Needs and Priorities PNP report compiled by the Western Cape Ministry of Police Oversight and Community Safety for fiscal year 2021 22 As it was the first lekgotla to be held in person since all COVID 19 restrictions were lifted the prime minister had the opportunity to deliver the document directly to Police Minister Bheki Cele I hope that the Minister will take the time to study the report said Prime Minister Winde and seriously consider its content and urgently implement its recommendations The PNP is compiled annually to help the provincial government and the South African Police Service SAPS identify and address challenges It is based on the constitutional and legislative obligations imposed on the National Minister of Police and the Provincial Minister of Police Oversight and Community Security Minister Reagen Allen said Not only is the report a legislative responsibility of my Department it also helps ensure that we can alert the SAPS to what the real needs are in their domain You matter your safety and well being matter the Prime Minister stressed referring to the residents of the Western Cape This is why the report is compiled each year to measure successes and gaps in policing overall Among the most compelling findings of the PNP report are The continued biased allocation of police resources especially in the poorest neighborhoods Gender violence substance abuse and gangsterism continue to be some of the most serious problems affecting Western Cape communities Among the recommendations contained in the report to solve some of these problems include Renew and modify the formula used by SAPS to assign displays at the station level All SAPS members must be adequately trained on how to handle GBV cases A harm reduction policing approach is needed to address substance abuse The SAPS Anti Gang Unit must be better able to conduct intelligence driven operations Confiscated firearms must be destroyed more regularly Closer collaboration between the Police Service and other law enforcement entities such as the Law Enforcement Promotion Plan LEAP an initiative of the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town endorses all of these recommendations as well as basing crime fighting strategies on data and evidence The Prime Minister said As a Provincial Government together with the City and our other partners in the fight against crime we are doing everything we can to make communities safer and give citizens back their dignity and hope He added Our interventions are clearly working According to the latest quarterly crime statistics there was a drop of more than 8 in murders in the areas of Cape Town where LEAP was implemented Minister Allen continued This report provides SAPS with factual information so that as a national entity it can deploy resources where and how they are required The SAPS implementation cannot continue in the same way Sanity is required and the Minister of the National Police must act immediately Last month the Prime Minister had the opportunity to interact with members of the community as he accompanied a group of LEAP officers on a patrol in Bonteheuwel He recalled Several residents came out of their homes to tell us about the good work LEAP members are doing But more needs to be done Minister Cele must take the PNP s recommendations seriously More importantly he must listen to ordinary citizens affected by crime The provincial government has a constructive relationship with the Western Cape Police Commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekile Our problem is not with the working women and men of the South African Police Service who risk their safety on a daily basis the Prime Minister and Minister Allen emphasized we intend to build on this relationship in the interest of better policing Prime Minister Winde concluded The biggest impediment to this is Minister Cele who doesn t seem to realize that many communities continue to live in fear To date we have seen low compliance with the PNPs we issue and this must change We will continue to monitor closely in the interest of the safety of our residents
    South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde hands over Provincial Policing Needs and Priorities Report to Minister Bheki Cele
      At a cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria this week Prime Minister Alan Winde delivered the Provincial Police Needs and Priorities PNP report compiled by the Western Cape Ministry of Police Oversight and Community Safety for fiscal year 2021 22 As it was the first lekgotla to be held in person since all COVID 19 restrictions were lifted the prime minister had the opportunity to deliver the document directly to Police Minister Bheki Cele I hope that the Minister will take the time to study the report said Prime Minister Winde and seriously consider its content and urgently implement its recommendations The PNP is compiled annually to help the provincial government and the South African Police Service SAPS identify and address challenges It is based on the constitutional and legislative obligations imposed on the National Minister of Police and the Provincial Minister of Police Oversight and Community Security Minister Reagen Allen said Not only is the report a legislative responsibility of my Department it also helps ensure that we can alert the SAPS to what the real needs are in their domain You matter your safety and well being matter the Prime Minister stressed referring to the residents of the Western Cape This is why the report is compiled each year to measure successes and gaps in policing overall Among the most compelling findings of the PNP report are The continued biased allocation of police resources especially in the poorest neighborhoods Gender violence substance abuse and gangsterism continue to be some of the most serious problems affecting Western Cape communities Among the recommendations contained in the report to solve some of these problems include Renew and modify the formula used by SAPS to assign displays at the station level All SAPS members must be adequately trained on how to handle GBV cases A harm reduction policing approach is needed to address substance abuse The SAPS Anti Gang Unit must be better able to conduct intelligence driven operations Confiscated firearms must be destroyed more regularly Closer collaboration between the Police Service and other law enforcement entities such as the Law Enforcement Promotion Plan LEAP an initiative of the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town endorses all of these recommendations as well as basing crime fighting strategies on data and evidence The Prime Minister said As a Provincial Government together with the City and our other partners in the fight against crime we are doing everything we can to make communities safer and give citizens back their dignity and hope He added Our interventions are clearly working According to the latest quarterly crime statistics there was a drop of more than 8 in murders in the areas of Cape Town where LEAP was implemented Minister Allen continued This report provides SAPS with factual information so that as a national entity it can deploy resources where and how they are required The SAPS implementation cannot continue in the same way Sanity is required and the Minister of the National Police must act immediately Last month the Prime Minister had the opportunity to interact with members of the community as he accompanied a group of LEAP officers on a patrol in Bonteheuwel He recalled Several residents came out of their homes to tell us about the good work LEAP members are doing But more needs to be done Minister Cele must take the PNP s recommendations seriously More importantly he must listen to ordinary citizens affected by crime The provincial government has a constructive relationship with the Western Cape Police Commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekile Our problem is not with the working women and men of the South African Police Service who risk their safety on a daily basis the Prime Minister and Minister Allen emphasized we intend to build on this relationship in the interest of better policing Prime Minister Winde concluded The biggest impediment to this is Minister Cele who doesn t seem to realize that many communities continue to live in fear To date we have seen low compliance with the PNPs we issue and this must change We will continue to monitor closely in the interest of the safety of our residents
    South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde hands over Provincial Policing Needs and Priorities Report to Minister Bheki Cele
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    South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde hands over Provincial Policing Needs and Priorities Report to Minister Bheki Cele

    At a cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria this week, Prime Minister Alan Winde delivered the Provincial Police Needs and Priorities (PNP) report, compiled by the Western Cape Ministry of Police Oversight and Community Safety, for fiscal year 2021.

    /22.

    As it was the first lekgotla to be held in person since all COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, the prime minister had the opportunity to deliver the document directly to Police Minister Bheki Cele. "I hope that the Minister will take the time to study the report," said Prime Minister Winde, "and seriously consider its content and urgently implement its recommendations."

    The PNP is compiled annually to help the provincial government and the South African Police Service (SAPS) identify and address challenges.

    It is based on the constitutional and legislative obligations imposed on the National Minister of Police and the Provincial Minister of Police Oversight and Community Security.

    Minister Reagen Allen said: "Not only is the report a legislative responsibility of my Department, it also helps ensure that we can alert the SAPS to what the real needs are in their domain."

    "You matter, your safety and well-being matter," the Prime Minister stressed, referring to the residents of the Western Cape. This is why the report is compiled each year to measure successes and gaps in policing overall.

    Among the most compelling findings of the PNP report are: The continued biased allocation of police resources, especially in the poorest neighborhoods; Gender violence, substance abuse and gangsterism continue to be some of the most serious problems affecting Western Cape communities.

    Among the recommendations contained in the report to solve some of these problems include: Renew and modify the formula used by SAPS to assign displays at the station level; All SAPS members must be adequately trained on how to handle GBV cases; A harm reduction policing approach is needed to address substance abuse; The SAPS Anti-Gang Unit must be better able to conduct intelligence-driven operations; Confiscated firearms must be destroyed more regularly.

    Closer collaboration between the Police Service and other law enforcement entities, such as the Law Enforcement Promotion Plan (LEAP), an initiative of the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town, endorses all of these recommendations, as well as basing crime-fighting strategies on data.

    and evidence The Prime Minister said: “As a Provincial Government, together with the City and our other partners in the fight against crime, we are doing everything we can to make communities safer and give citizens back their dignity and hope.” .

    He added: "Our interventions are clearly working."

    According to the latest quarterly crime statistics, there was a drop of more than 8% in murders in the areas of Cape Town where LEAP was implemented.

    Minister Allen continued: “This report provides SAPS with factual information so that, as a national entity, it can deploy resources where and how they are required.

    The SAPS implementation cannot continue in the same way.

    Sanity is required and the Minister of the National Police must act immediately.” Last month, the Prime Minister had the opportunity to interact with members of the community as he accompanied a group of LEAP officers on a patrol in Bonteheuwel.

    He recalled: “Several residents came out of their homes to tell us about the good work LEAP members are doing.

    But more needs to be done.

    Minister Cele must take the PNP's recommendations seriously.

    More importantly, he must listen to ordinary citizens affected by crime.” The provincial government has a constructive relationship with the Western Cape Police Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile.

    “Our problem is not with the working women and men of the South African Police Service who risk their safety on a daily basis,” the Prime Minister and Minister Allen emphasized, “we intend to build on this relationship in the interest of better policing.

    .

    Prime Minister Winde concluded: “The biggest impediment to this is Minister Cele, who doesn't seem to realize that many communities continue to live in fear.

    To date we have seen low compliance with the PNPs we issue, and this must change.

    We will continue to monitor closely in the interest of the safety of our residents."

  •   The 8 2 drop in murders in LEAP deployment areas shows that more devolved police powers are working Today s Crime Stats release for the first quarter of 2022 shows that murders continue to decline in those areas where the provincial government and the city of Cape Town are deploying LEAP officers while murders continue to rise alarmingly nationwide national These localized declines in violent crime that we are intervening in are proof positive that the model of more police powers at the provincial and local levels is working The station level statistics reveal something very significant in the top 30 killing stations in the country every station except one in KZN where killings occur is a LEAP deployment area Statistics for individual areas are equally encouraging Mitchells Plain a 42 9 decrease in murders Kraaifontein a 16 4 decrease in murders Khayelitsha a 14 3 decrease in murders dropped out of the top 10 and now dropped to number 16 Harare a 13 8 decrease in murders While there is much more to be done and there is still too much violent crime these statistics show encouraging progress in favor of more police power for provinces and cities That is why we have asked Minister Bheki Cele to 1 empower the local Metropolitan Police and law enforcement officers with full investigative and crime fighting powers and 2 devolve the management of SAPS Today s statistics show that this should continue and the Minister should not stand in the way of this happening
    Western Cape Government on Quarterly Crime Statistics
      The 8 2 drop in murders in LEAP deployment areas shows that more devolved police powers are working Today s Crime Stats release for the first quarter of 2022 shows that murders continue to decline in those areas where the provincial government and the city of Cape Town are deploying LEAP officers while murders continue to rise alarmingly nationwide national These localized declines in violent crime that we are intervening in are proof positive that the model of more police powers at the provincial and local levels is working The station level statistics reveal something very significant in the top 30 killing stations in the country every station except one in KZN where killings occur is a LEAP deployment area Statistics for individual areas are equally encouraging Mitchells Plain a 42 9 decrease in murders Kraaifontein a 16 4 decrease in murders Khayelitsha a 14 3 decrease in murders dropped out of the top 10 and now dropped to number 16 Harare a 13 8 decrease in murders While there is much more to be done and there is still too much violent crime these statistics show encouraging progress in favor of more police power for provinces and cities That is why we have asked Minister Bheki Cele to 1 empower the local Metropolitan Police and law enforcement officers with full investigative and crime fighting powers and 2 devolve the management of SAPS Today s statistics show that this should continue and the Minister should not stand in the way of this happening
    Western Cape Government on Quarterly Crime Statistics
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    Western Cape Government on Quarterly Crime Statistics

    The 8.2% drop in murders in LEAP deployment areas shows that more devolved police powers are working.

    Today's Crime Stats release for the first quarter of 2022 shows that murders continue to decline in those areas where the provincial government and the city of Cape Town are deploying LEAP officers, while murders continue to rise alarmingly nationwide.

    national.

    These localized declines in violent crime that we are intervening in are proof positive that the model of more police powers at the provincial and local levels is working.

    The station-level statistics reveal something very significant: in the top 30 killing stations in the country, every station (except one in KZN) where killings occur is a LEAP deployment area.

    Statistics for individual areas are equally encouraging: Mitchells Plain: a 42.9% decrease in murders Kraaifontein: a 16.4% decrease in murders Khayelitsha: a 14.3% decrease in murders, dropped out of the top 10 and now dropped to number 16.

    Harare: a 13.8% decrease in murders While there is much more to be done, and there is still too much violent crime, these statistics show encouraging progress in favor of more police power for provinces and cities .

    That is why we have asked Minister Bheki Cele to (1) empower the local Metropolitan Police and law enforcement officers with full investigative and crime-fighting powers, and (2) devolve the management of SAPS.

    Today's statistics show that this should continue, and the Minister should not stand in the way of this happening.

  •   Monitoring visit to inspect the progress of DPWI s flood intervention projects in KwaZulu Natal In April this year following the devastating floods in KwaZulu Natal province Deputy Minister Noxolo Kiviet and I led a visit to the flood affected areas to inspect damage to state property and other areas of work where the Department Public Works and Infrastructure DPWI Assistance Needed Working in conjunction with other spheres of government one of DPWI s key interventions and forms of support was the provision of built environment professionals through the State Entities that fall within the purview of the Department as well as the support provided through from the regional office on behalf of national and provincial departments A volunteer database of 304 built environment professionals was developed to be part of the teams that were made available to COGTA to assess encompass cost design and implement critical reconstruction and construction work associated with bridges highways water pluvial and other critical infrastructure Internal departmental resources were concentrated on the 53 government owned buildings in KZN province and the 12 government owned buildings in Eastern Cape province that sustained damage due to both emergency facility management services and construction projects to make them fit for purpose and usable by client departments in the shortest possible time The department has also identified suitable parcels of land to be used for the resettlement of households that have been rendered homeless and is also focusing on alternative building solutions to mitigate climate change and provide safe living spaces Before resettlement the scientific information collected was applied to establish problems such as flood lines and identify soil types that are unstable and fail as a result of heavy rainfall to ensure that resettlement households and new housing development projects are not exposed to them risks of the past This process is carried out in collaboration with key actors in the development of human settlements The process of verifying the suitability of the land parcels by the Housing Development Agency HDA is currently in the final stages Durban Air Force Base One of the key sites that DPWI had to repair was the Durban Air Force Base This job is now 100 done Works at the Air Base included repair of damaged roofs floors walls downspouts and gutters Other work now completed included replacement of generators repair of blocked sewer drains and removal of mud sludge from the slurry room at the base Other critical construction work is being scoped to secure the necessary funding This process is anticipated to be completed by the end of August 2022 DPWI State Owned Assets Numerous other state owned buildings in KZN sustained flood damage where repair work was needed at 23 pitches 18 SANDF facilities and five facilities from SAPS Work has been completed on several courts including Pietermaritzburg Mtunzini and Glencoe Magistrates Courts where leaky roofs were repaired electrical faults were repaired pumps were repaired and water was drained Roof leaks were also repaired at Phungashe Msinga Ezakheni Pinetown and Port Shepstone magistrates courts among other court buildings All repair projects on 23 damaged pitches in KwaZulu Natal have now been completed by DPWI Work to repair leaky roofs at Msombomvu SAPS Mthatha Police Academy Bolotwa SAPS Cedarville SAPS Wellington Prison Mount Ayliff Prison and Mount Ayliff Labor Center has also been completed Land Parcels A desktop analysis conducted by HDA of 258 land parcels that underwent geophysical analysis in May 2022 Additional verification was conducted by HDA to determine the suitability of the land On June 1 2022 an application was received from HDA to process 14 parcels of land that were determined suitable for housing solutions including the availability of bulk engineering services Additional ownership verification conducted on June 3 2022 revealed that of 14 parcels of land 6 are under DPWI and 8 are under the KZN provincial government Further verification of the land parcels revealed that some of the DPWI owned parcels of land were allocated for the needs of government departments and three DPWI owned parcels of land are available for resettlement by communities HDA has identified five 5 additional DPWI parcels of land that may be suitable for relocation and support for housing solutions and verification has been conducted to confirm if these properties are available for release to accommodate residents displaced In total 5 available parcels of land were confirmed and it was noted that further commitments were needed with the DPWI Regional Office DPWI is currently processing 5 properties to be released in KZN and these will be finalized as soon as possible to allow the HDA and local authorities to start the processes to resettle the displaced communities Rural Bridges One of DPWI s key interventions is the coordination of the installation of modular steel bridges known as the Welisizwe Rural Bridge Program These bridges are installed mainly in rural areas with the experience and support of the SANDF soldiers the DPWI coordinates the project and the provincial Department of Transportation allocates the funds for the installation of the bridges The installation of the bridges also provides job opportunities for residents of the affected communities through EPWP while artisans are also designated through DPWI s craft development program For the 23 bridges to be installed in KwaZulu Natal the program will have 80 community members employed through EPWP for each bridge In the KZN province construction of 18 bridges is planned for the current fiscal year However due to severe flooding an additional 5 areas were identified as needing bridges This brings the total number of bridges to be installed in KZN to 23 for this financial year DPWI began preparations for the installation of the bridges and SANDF soldiers deployed in July this year Equipment was deployed to all 23 sites to allow for the simultaneous installation of all bridges at all 23 sites Preparatory work has begun at various sites including camp establishment site cleanup and the arrival of plant construction material The bridges will be built in the townships of Nongoma Abaqulusi Umvoti Ndwedwe eThekwini Msunduzi and Impendle in KwaZulu Natal The KZN Department of Transportation has approved a budget of just over R242 million for the 23 bridges Installation of the bridges will begin in the coming weeks as soon as funds are released from the provincial department Coordination at the national provincial and local government levels under the leadership of ministers MEC and local government office holders officials is very effective and efficient demonstrating the government s ability to provide various integrated solutions to disaster Additional construction projects are currently in the planning process for acquisition with funding anticipated to be complete by the end of August 2022 Work on all other work streams is progressing well The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is actively participating in the provincial and national reporting structures and the National Joint Flood Coordination Committee The Deputy Minister and I are pleased with the progress made in recent months however there are areas where more urgency is needed to complete the repair work faster especially the installation of the rural bridges We will continue to work with all spheres of government to ensure that projects are completed and that services are delivered to the many communities in need We continue to track the progress of these projects by receiving weekly reports but Deputy Minister Kiviet and I thought it important that we return to the province to see the progress of the various projects first hand We will return to the province in the coming months to deliver bridges to communities in need and ensure they have adequate access to schools workplaces and other services
    Public Works and Infrastructure on a supervision visit to inspect the progress of Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) flood intervention projects in KwaZulu Natal
      Monitoring visit to inspect the progress of DPWI s flood intervention projects in KwaZulu Natal In April this year following the devastating floods in KwaZulu Natal province Deputy Minister Noxolo Kiviet and I led a visit to the flood affected areas to inspect damage to state property and other areas of work where the Department Public Works and Infrastructure DPWI Assistance Needed Working in conjunction with other spheres of government one of DPWI s key interventions and forms of support was the provision of built environment professionals through the State Entities that fall within the purview of the Department as well as the support provided through from the regional office on behalf of national and provincial departments A volunteer database of 304 built environment professionals was developed to be part of the teams that were made available to COGTA to assess encompass cost design and implement critical reconstruction and construction work associated with bridges highways water pluvial and other critical infrastructure Internal departmental resources were concentrated on the 53 government owned buildings in KZN province and the 12 government owned buildings in Eastern Cape province that sustained damage due to both emergency facility management services and construction projects to make them fit for purpose and usable by client departments in the shortest possible time The department has also identified suitable parcels of land to be used for the resettlement of households that have been rendered homeless and is also focusing on alternative building solutions to mitigate climate change and provide safe living spaces Before resettlement the scientific information collected was applied to establish problems such as flood lines and identify soil types that are unstable and fail as a result of heavy rainfall to ensure that resettlement households and new housing development projects are not exposed to them risks of the past This process is carried out in collaboration with key actors in the development of human settlements The process of verifying the suitability of the land parcels by the Housing Development Agency HDA is currently in the final stages Durban Air Force Base One of the key sites that DPWI had to repair was the Durban Air Force Base This job is now 100 done Works at the Air Base included repair of damaged roofs floors walls downspouts and gutters Other work now completed included replacement of generators repair of blocked sewer drains and removal of mud sludge from the slurry room at the base Other critical construction work is being scoped to secure the necessary funding This process is anticipated to be completed by the end of August 2022 DPWI State Owned Assets Numerous other state owned buildings in KZN sustained flood damage where repair work was needed at 23 pitches 18 SANDF facilities and five facilities from SAPS Work has been completed on several courts including Pietermaritzburg Mtunzini and Glencoe Magistrates Courts where leaky roofs were repaired electrical faults were repaired pumps were repaired and water was drained Roof leaks were also repaired at Phungashe Msinga Ezakheni Pinetown and Port Shepstone magistrates courts among other court buildings All repair projects on 23 damaged pitches in KwaZulu Natal have now been completed by DPWI Work to repair leaky roofs at Msombomvu SAPS Mthatha Police Academy Bolotwa SAPS Cedarville SAPS Wellington Prison Mount Ayliff Prison and Mount Ayliff Labor Center has also been completed Land Parcels A desktop analysis conducted by HDA of 258 land parcels that underwent geophysical analysis in May 2022 Additional verification was conducted by HDA to determine the suitability of the land On June 1 2022 an application was received from HDA to process 14 parcels of land that were determined suitable for housing solutions including the availability of bulk engineering services Additional ownership verification conducted on June 3 2022 revealed that of 14 parcels of land 6 are under DPWI and 8 are under the KZN provincial government Further verification of the land parcels revealed that some of the DPWI owned parcels of land were allocated for the needs of government departments and three DPWI owned parcels of land are available for resettlement by communities HDA has identified five 5 additional DPWI parcels of land that may be suitable for relocation and support for housing solutions and verification has been conducted to confirm if these properties are available for release to accommodate residents displaced In total 5 available parcels of land were confirmed and it was noted that further commitments were needed with the DPWI Regional Office DPWI is currently processing 5 properties to be released in KZN and these will be finalized as soon as possible to allow the HDA and local authorities to start the processes to resettle the displaced communities Rural Bridges One of DPWI s key interventions is the coordination of the installation of modular steel bridges known as the Welisizwe Rural Bridge Program These bridges are installed mainly in rural areas with the experience and support of the SANDF soldiers the DPWI coordinates the project and the provincial Department of Transportation allocates the funds for the installation of the bridges The installation of the bridges also provides job opportunities for residents of the affected communities through EPWP while artisans are also designated through DPWI s craft development program For the 23 bridges to be installed in KwaZulu Natal the program will have 80 community members employed through EPWP for each bridge In the KZN province construction of 18 bridges is planned for the current fiscal year However due to severe flooding an additional 5 areas were identified as needing bridges This brings the total number of bridges to be installed in KZN to 23 for this financial year DPWI began preparations for the installation of the bridges and SANDF soldiers deployed in July this year Equipment was deployed to all 23 sites to allow for the simultaneous installation of all bridges at all 23 sites Preparatory work has begun at various sites including camp establishment site cleanup and the arrival of plant construction material The bridges will be built in the townships of Nongoma Abaqulusi Umvoti Ndwedwe eThekwini Msunduzi and Impendle in KwaZulu Natal The KZN Department of Transportation has approved a budget of just over R242 million for the 23 bridges Installation of the bridges will begin in the coming weeks as soon as funds are released from the provincial department Coordination at the national provincial and local government levels under the leadership of ministers MEC and local government office holders officials is very effective and efficient demonstrating the government s ability to provide various integrated solutions to disaster Additional construction projects are currently in the planning process for acquisition with funding anticipated to be complete by the end of August 2022 Work on all other work streams is progressing well The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is actively participating in the provincial and national reporting structures and the National Joint Flood Coordination Committee The Deputy Minister and I are pleased with the progress made in recent months however there are areas where more urgency is needed to complete the repair work faster especially the installation of the rural bridges We will continue to work with all spheres of government to ensure that projects are completed and that services are delivered to the many communities in need We continue to track the progress of these projects by receiving weekly reports but Deputy Minister Kiviet and I thought it important that we return to the province to see the progress of the various projects first hand We will return to the province in the coming months to deliver bridges to communities in need and ensure they have adequate access to schools workplaces and other services
    Public Works and Infrastructure on a supervision visit to inspect the progress of Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) flood intervention projects in KwaZulu Natal
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    Public Works and Infrastructure on a supervision visit to inspect the progress of Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) flood intervention projects in KwaZulu Natal

    Monitoring visit to inspect the progress of DPWI's flood intervention projects in KwaZulu Natal.

    In April this year, following the devastating floods in KwaZulu Natal province, Deputy Minister Noxolo Kiviet and I led a visit to the flood-affected areas to inspect damage to state property and other areas of work where the Department Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Assistance Needed.

    Working in conjunction with other spheres of government, one of DPWI's key interventions and forms of support was the provision of built environment professionals through the State Entities that fall within the purview of the Department, as well as the support provided through from the regional office.

    on behalf of national and provincial departments.

    A volunteer database of 304 built environment professionals was developed to be part of the teams that were made available to COGTA to assess, encompass, cost, design, and implement critical reconstruction and construction work associated with bridges, highways, water pluvial and other critical infrastructure.

    Internal departmental resources were concentrated on the 53 government-owned buildings in KZN province and the 12 government-owned buildings in Eastern Cape province that sustained damage due to both emergency facility management services and construction projects to make them fit for purpose and usable by client departments in the shortest possible time.

    The department has also identified suitable parcels of land to be used for the resettlement of households that have been rendered homeless and is also focusing on alternative building solutions to mitigate climate change and provide safe living spaces.

    Before resettlement, the scientific information collected was applied to establish problems such as flood lines and identify soil types that are unstable and fail as a result of heavy rainfall to ensure that resettlement households and new housing development projects are not exposed to them.

    risks of the past.

    This process is carried out in collaboration with key actors in the development of human settlements.

    The process of verifying the suitability of the land parcels by the Housing Development Agency (HDA) is currently in the final stages.

    Durban Air Force Base One of the key sites that DPWI had to repair was the Durban Air Force Base. This job is now 100% done.

    Works at the Air Base included: repair of damaged roofs, floors, walls, downspouts and gutters.

    Other work now completed included: replacement of generators, repair of blocked sewer drains, and removal of mud sludge from the slurry room at the base.

    Other critical construction work is being scoped to secure the necessary funding.

    This process is anticipated to be completed by the end of August 2022.

    DPWI/State Owned Assets Numerous other state owned buildings in KZN sustained flood damage where repair work was needed at 23 pitches, 18 SANDF facilities and five facilities.

    from SAPS.

    Work has been completed on several courts, including Pietermaritzburg, Mtunzini and Glencoe Magistrates' Courts, where leaky roofs were repaired, electrical faults were repaired, pumps were repaired and water was drained.

    Roof leaks were also repaired at Phungashe, Msinga, Ezakheni, Pinetown and Port Shepstone magistrates' courts, among other court buildings.

    All repair projects on 23 damaged pitches in KwaZulu Natal have now been completed by DPWI.

    Work to repair leaky roofs at Msombomvu SAPS, Mthatha Police Academy, Bolotwa SAPS, Cedarville SAPS, Wellington Prison, Mount Ayliff Prison and Mount Ayliff Labor Center has also been completed.

    Land Parcels A desktop analysis conducted by HDA of 258 land parcels that underwent geophysical analysis in May 2022.

    Additional verification was conducted by HDA to determine the suitability of the land.

    On June 1, 2022, an application was received from HDA to process 14 parcels of land that were determined suitable for housing solutions, including the availability of bulk engineering services.

    Additional ownership verification conducted on June 3, 2022 revealed that, of 14 parcels of land: 6 are under DPWI; and 8 are under the KZN provincial government.

    Further verification of the land parcels revealed that some of the DPWI-owned parcels of land were allocated for the needs of government departments and three DPWI-owned parcels of land are available for resettlement by communities.

    HDA has identified five (5) additional DPWI parcels of land that may be suitable for relocation and support for housing solutions and verification has been conducted to confirm if these properties are available for release to accommodate residents.

    displaced.

    In total, 5 available parcels of land were confirmed and it was noted that further commitments were needed with the DPWI Regional Office.

    DPWI is currently processing 5 properties to be released in KZN and these will be finalized as soon as possible to allow the HDA and local authorities to start the processes to resettle the displaced communities.

    Rural Bridges One of DPWI's key interventions is the coordination of the installation of modular steel bridges, known as the Welisizwe Rural Bridge Program.

    These bridges are installed mainly in rural areas, with the experience and support of the SANDF soldiers, the DPWI coordinates the project and the provincial Department of Transportation allocates the funds for the installation of the bridges.

    The installation of the bridges also provides job opportunities for residents of the affected communities through EPWP, while artisans are also designated through DPWI's craft development program.

    For the 23 bridges to be installed in KwaZulu Natal, the program will have 80 community members employed through EPWP for each bridge.

    In the KZN province, construction of 18 bridges is planned for the current fiscal year.

    However, due to severe flooding, an additional 5 areas were identified as needing bridges.

    This brings the total number of bridges to be installed in KZN to 23 for this financial year.

    DPWI began preparations for the installation of the bridges and SANDF soldiers deployed in July this year.

    Equipment was deployed to all 23 sites to allow for the simultaneous installation of all bridges at all 23 sites.

    Preparatory work has begun at various sites, including camp establishment, site cleanup, and the arrival of plant construction material.

    The bridges will be built in the townships of Nongoma, Abaqulusi, Umvoti, Ndwedwe, eThekwini, Msunduzi and Impendle in KwaZulu Natal.

    The KZN Department of Transportation has approved a budget of just over R242 million for the 23 bridges.

    Installation of the bridges will begin in the coming weeks as soon as funds are released from the provincial department.

    Coordination at the national, provincial and local government levels under the leadership of ministers, MEC and local government office holders/officials is very effective and efficient, demonstrating the government's ability to provide various integrated solutions to disaster.

    Additional construction projects are currently in the planning process for acquisition with funding anticipated to be complete by the end of August 2022.

    Work on all other work streams is progressing well.

    The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is actively participating in the provincial and national reporting structures and the National Joint Flood Coordination Committee.

    The Deputy Minister and I are pleased with the progress made in recent months, however, there are areas where more urgency is needed to complete the repair work faster, especially the installation of the rural bridges.

    We will continue to work with all spheres of government to ensure that projects are completed and that services are delivered to the many communities in need.

    We continue to track the progress of these projects by receiving weekly reports, but Deputy Minister Kiviet and I thought it important that we return to the province to see the progress of the various projects first-hand.

    We will return to the province in the coming months to deliver bridges to communities in need and ensure they have adequate access to schools, workplaces and other services.

  •   This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred around the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana North West Province on August 16 2012 which claimed the lives of miners security guards and members of the South African Police SAPS The government joins families friends and South Africans in remembering those who lost their lives in the tragedy Marikana Renewal The Government is committed to changing the painful legacy that came to define the Marikana community As a supportive government we firmly believe that Marikana s renovation interventions will not only contribute to the important healing process but will also result in the socio economic development of the area The renovation seeks to ensure a better future for the Marikana community and the families of those who lost their lives Together with Sibanye Stillwater the multinational precious metals mining company that purchased the Lonmin platinum mine in 2019 the government and other stakeholders are working directly with the Marikana community to find lasting peace and a positive legacy Minister to the Presidency Mr Mondli Gungubele said The Marikana tragedy was a turning point in the history of democratic South Africa and one that must never be repeated He exposed the gaps in South Africa s socio economic order and provided an opportunity for introspection The government continues to implement the recommendations of the Farlam Commission led by retired Justice Ian Gordon Farlam Minister Gungubele added Since that unfortunate incident the government has been working tirelessly to ensure that all the recommendations made by the Farlam Commission are implemented We use this day to also reflect on the progress we have made in improving the SAPS We also reflect on the progress that has been made in improving conditions for miners As part of the reparation between the mine and the Marikana community the government is encouraged that Sibanye Stillwater has employed some of the widows and relatives of the deceased miners to care for their families In addition the mine has established a Women in Mining Committee to address issues of gender based violence and women s empowerment The government will continue to work with all stakeholders to deepen their commitment to co create a shared vision The ultimate goal is to create a new legacy through healing and hope in collaboration with all stakeholders Revitalize the mining sector The country s economic growth continues to be intertwined with the mining sector The government continues to make a fervent call on the mining industry to develop the habitable areas of the mining towns including Marikana and its surroundings The Northwest province has unique minerals for the country and for export It currently has various mining investment projects that continue to develop the province economically and also support the creation of much needed jobs As a government we remain determined to create an enabling environment for the mining sector to continue to thrive in the country Since then Sibanye Stillwater has embarked on several comprehensive development projects in the area Some of the projects involve creating value for employees by sourcing goods and services locally and contributing to the government through taxes and royalties Compensation to families In terms of compensation more than R176 million has been paid to affected claimants According to the Attorney General Mr Fhedzisani Pandelani half of the remaining forty eight 48 cases have been resolved The pending matters before the courts will be finalized by the end of August 2022 as directed by Deputy Presiding Judge Aubrey Ledwaba who has instructed the parties to resolve each matter on a case management basis Those two cases related to the Marikana affair had been registered in the High Court of South Africa Northwest Division The third case is currently in the North Gauteng High Court In the first case General Mzondase Mpembe a former deputy police commissioner and three senior police officers Brigadier Jacobus van Zyl Brigadier Dingaan Madoda and Lieutenant Colonel Oupa Pule were charged with frustrating the ends of justice This was the charge linked to them for having concealed the murder of Mr Modisaotsile Van Wyk Segalala 60 who allegedly died in a police vehicle This matter ended in March 2021 after they were acquitted of this charge The second case currently before the court involves General Mpembe and five other police officers Colonel Salmon Vermaak Constable Nkosana Mguye Warrant Officer WO Katlego Sekgweleya WO Masilo Mogale and WO Khazamola Makhubela The agents are charged with the murder of three police officers and two miners who died during the confrontation between police and miners The third case is the State versus Anele Zonke et al The defendants are charged with the murders of police officers security officers and other employees who were not on strike attempted murder and malicious property damage to mining buildings cars and other property The case is before the North Gauteng High Court on a request for review by the accused The matter was referred to September 9 2022 pending finalization of the decision in North Gauteng Other matters before a court are the murders of Mr Isaiah Twala WO Tsietsi Monene WO Sello Lepaku Mr Hassan Fundi and Mr Frans Mabelane Regarding the events that occurred on August 16 2012 in what was known as Scene 1 and Scene 2 the investigations are still ongoing Health and wellness of mine workers during the coronavirus disease COVID 19 Sibanye Stillwater has made significant progress in working with the government to implement its COVID 19 vaccination programme with over 10 000 employees vaccinated from June 25 2021 in accordance with the guidelines and protocols of the Department of Health New schools Sibanye Stillwater in partnership with the Department for Basic Education DBE has built the Marikana Combined School in Marikana Marikana 1 and 2 primary schools were built by Lonmin and DBE for the students within the mining areas Marikana High School was completed in 2020 The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development donated 500 pairs of school shoes on June 20 2021 destined for Marikana Wonderkop Mogwase and Tlhabane High Schools A clinic and community hall have been built in Marikana to serve local residents Housing Development The Department of Human Settlements DHS has launched a R700 million housing project in Marikana with several housing units already built The housing project is for the struggling mining community around the informal settlement of Nkaneng in Marikana Massive infrastructure was also installed DHS had built 511 housing units in Marikana which unfortunately were illegally occupied before they could be released to qualified beneficiaries In late August 2020 Sibanye Stillwater handed over six newly purchased or renovated houses to Marikana widows in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho Another 13 houses were expected to be built or acquired in 2022 as part of an initiative launched by the Mine Workers Association and the Construction Union to furnish some of the widows homes Sibanye Stillwater has donated 50 hectares of land worth R80 million to the local municipality of Rustenburg to build houses for the residents of Marikana Memorial Site The Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality Cllr Matlakala Nondzaba in association with Sibanye Stillwater recently visited the Marikana koppie to assess the site where the memorial site for the miners who died in 2012 would be built memorial aims to heal families who lost loved ones and also bring closure Conclusion Minister Gungubele concluded by saying The tragedy that occurred in Marikana is unfortunate and as a government we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that it does not happen again Our constitutional democracy establishes the right of all workers those who choose to keep their jobs and those who choose not to engage in strike action without any fear or favor We will continue to build a tolerant society and a police force that respects these rights
    Government commemorates Marikana tragedy
      This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred around the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana North West Province on August 16 2012 which claimed the lives of miners security guards and members of the South African Police SAPS The government joins families friends and South Africans in remembering those who lost their lives in the tragedy Marikana Renewal The Government is committed to changing the painful legacy that came to define the Marikana community As a supportive government we firmly believe that Marikana s renovation interventions will not only contribute to the important healing process but will also result in the socio economic development of the area The renovation seeks to ensure a better future for the Marikana community and the families of those who lost their lives Together with Sibanye Stillwater the multinational precious metals mining company that purchased the Lonmin platinum mine in 2019 the government and other stakeholders are working directly with the Marikana community to find lasting peace and a positive legacy Minister to the Presidency Mr Mondli Gungubele said The Marikana tragedy was a turning point in the history of democratic South Africa and one that must never be repeated He exposed the gaps in South Africa s socio economic order and provided an opportunity for introspection The government continues to implement the recommendations of the Farlam Commission led by retired Justice Ian Gordon Farlam Minister Gungubele added Since that unfortunate incident the government has been working tirelessly to ensure that all the recommendations made by the Farlam Commission are implemented We use this day to also reflect on the progress we have made in improving the SAPS We also reflect on the progress that has been made in improving conditions for miners As part of the reparation between the mine and the Marikana community the government is encouraged that Sibanye Stillwater has employed some of the widows and relatives of the deceased miners to care for their families In addition the mine has established a Women in Mining Committee to address issues of gender based violence and women s empowerment The government will continue to work with all stakeholders to deepen their commitment to co create a shared vision The ultimate goal is to create a new legacy through healing and hope in collaboration with all stakeholders Revitalize the mining sector The country s economic growth continues to be intertwined with the mining sector The government continues to make a fervent call on the mining industry to develop the habitable areas of the mining towns including Marikana and its surroundings The Northwest province has unique minerals for the country and for export It currently has various mining investment projects that continue to develop the province economically and also support the creation of much needed jobs As a government we remain determined to create an enabling environment for the mining sector to continue to thrive in the country Since then Sibanye Stillwater has embarked on several comprehensive development projects in the area Some of the projects involve creating value for employees by sourcing goods and services locally and contributing to the government through taxes and royalties Compensation to families In terms of compensation more than R176 million has been paid to affected claimants According to the Attorney General Mr Fhedzisani Pandelani half of the remaining forty eight 48 cases have been resolved The pending matters before the courts will be finalized by the end of August 2022 as directed by Deputy Presiding Judge Aubrey Ledwaba who has instructed the parties to resolve each matter on a case management basis Those two cases related to the Marikana affair had been registered in the High Court of South Africa Northwest Division The third case is currently in the North Gauteng High Court In the first case General Mzondase Mpembe a former deputy police commissioner and three senior police officers Brigadier Jacobus van Zyl Brigadier Dingaan Madoda and Lieutenant Colonel Oupa Pule were charged with frustrating the ends of justice This was the charge linked to them for having concealed the murder of Mr Modisaotsile Van Wyk Segalala 60 who allegedly died in a police vehicle This matter ended in March 2021 after they were acquitted of this charge The second case currently before the court involves General Mpembe and five other police officers Colonel Salmon Vermaak Constable Nkosana Mguye Warrant Officer WO Katlego Sekgweleya WO Masilo Mogale and WO Khazamola Makhubela The agents are charged with the murder of three police officers and two miners who died during the confrontation between police and miners The third case is the State versus Anele Zonke et al The defendants are charged with the murders of police officers security officers and other employees who were not on strike attempted murder and malicious property damage to mining buildings cars and other property The case is before the North Gauteng High Court on a request for review by the accused The matter was referred to September 9 2022 pending finalization of the decision in North Gauteng Other matters before a court are the murders of Mr Isaiah Twala WO Tsietsi Monene WO Sello Lepaku Mr Hassan Fundi and Mr Frans Mabelane Regarding the events that occurred on August 16 2012 in what was known as Scene 1 and Scene 2 the investigations are still ongoing Health and wellness of mine workers during the coronavirus disease COVID 19 Sibanye Stillwater has made significant progress in working with the government to implement its COVID 19 vaccination programme with over 10 000 employees vaccinated from June 25 2021 in accordance with the guidelines and protocols of the Department of Health New schools Sibanye Stillwater in partnership with the Department for Basic Education DBE has built the Marikana Combined School in Marikana Marikana 1 and 2 primary schools were built by Lonmin and DBE for the students within the mining areas Marikana High School was completed in 2020 The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development donated 500 pairs of school shoes on June 20 2021 destined for Marikana Wonderkop Mogwase and Tlhabane High Schools A clinic and community hall have been built in Marikana to serve local residents Housing Development The Department of Human Settlements DHS has launched a R700 million housing project in Marikana with several housing units already built The housing project is for the struggling mining community around the informal settlement of Nkaneng in Marikana Massive infrastructure was also installed DHS had built 511 housing units in Marikana which unfortunately were illegally occupied before they could be released to qualified beneficiaries In late August 2020 Sibanye Stillwater handed over six newly purchased or renovated houses to Marikana widows in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho Another 13 houses were expected to be built or acquired in 2022 as part of an initiative launched by the Mine Workers Association and the Construction Union to furnish some of the widows homes Sibanye Stillwater has donated 50 hectares of land worth R80 million to the local municipality of Rustenburg to build houses for the residents of Marikana Memorial Site The Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality Cllr Matlakala Nondzaba in association with Sibanye Stillwater recently visited the Marikana koppie to assess the site where the memorial site for the miners who died in 2012 would be built memorial aims to heal families who lost loved ones and also bring closure Conclusion Minister Gungubele concluded by saying The tragedy that occurred in Marikana is unfortunate and as a government we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that it does not happen again Our constitutional democracy establishes the right of all workers those who choose to keep their jobs and those who choose not to engage in strike action without any fear or favor We will continue to build a tolerant society and a police force that respects these rights
    Government commemorates Marikana tragedy
    Africa2 months ago

    Government commemorates Marikana tragedy

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred around the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West Province, on August 16, 2012, which claimed the lives of miners, security guards and members of the South African Police (SAPS).

    The government joins families, friends and South Africans in remembering those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

    Marikana Renewal The Government is committed to changing the painful legacy that came to define the Marikana community.

    As a supportive government, we firmly believe that Marikana's renovation interventions will not only contribute to the important healing process, but will also result in the socio-economic development of the area.

    The renovation seeks to ensure a better future for the Marikana community and the families of those who lost their lives.

    Together with Sibanye-Stillwater, the multinational precious metals mining company that purchased the Lonmin platinum mine in 2019, the government and other stakeholders are working directly with the Marikana community to find lasting peace and a positive legacy.

    Minister to the Presidency, Mr. Mondli Gungubele, said: “The Marikana tragedy was a turning point in the history of democratic South Africa and one that must never be repeated.

    He exposed the gaps in South Africa's socio-economic order and provided an opportunity for introspection.

    The government continues to implement the recommendations of the Farlam Commission led by retired Justice Ian Gordon Farlam."

    Minister Gungubele added: “Since that unfortunate incident, the government has been working tirelessly to ensure that all the recommendations made by the Farlam Commission are implemented.

    We use this day to also reflect on the progress we have made in improving the SAPS.

    We also reflect on the progress that has been made in improving conditions for miners.” As part of the reparation between the mine and the Marikana community, the government is encouraged that Sibanye-Stillwater has employed some of the widows and relatives of the deceased miners to care for their families.

    In addition, the mine has established a Women in Mining Committee to address issues of gender-based violence and women's empowerment.

    The government will continue to work with all stakeholders to deepen their commitment to co-create a shared vision.

    The ultimate goal is to create a new legacy through healing and hope, in collaboration with all stakeholders.

    Revitalize the mining sector The country's economic growth continues to be intertwined with the mining sector.

    The government continues to make a fervent call on the mining industry to develop the habitable areas of the mining towns, including Marikana and its surroundings.

    The Northwest province has unique minerals for the country and for export.

    It currently has various mining investment projects that continue to develop the province economically and also support the creation of much-needed jobs.

    As a government, we remain determined to create an enabling environment for the mining sector to continue to thrive in the country.

    Since then, Sibanye-Stillwater has embarked on several comprehensive development projects in the area.

    Some of the projects involve creating value for employees by sourcing goods and services locally and contributing to the government through taxes and royalties.

    Compensation to families In terms of compensation, more than R176 million has been paid to affected claimants.

    According to the Attorney General, Mr. Fhedzisani Pandelani, half of the remaining forty-eight (48) cases have been resolved.

    The pending matters before the courts will be finalized by the end of August 2022, as directed by Deputy Presiding Judge Aubrey Ledwaba, who has instructed the parties to resolve each matter on a case management basis.

    Those two cases related to the Marikana affair had been registered in the High Court of South Africa; Northwest Division.

    The third case is currently in the North Gauteng High Court.

    In the first case, General Mzondase Mpembe, a former deputy police commissioner, and three senior police officers, Brigadier Jacobus van Zyl, Brigadier Dingaan Madoda and Lieutenant Colonel Oupa Pule, were charged with frustrating the ends of justice.

    .

    This was the charge linked to them for having concealed the murder of Mr. Modisaotsile Van Wyk Segalala (60), who allegedly died in a police vehicle.

    This matter ended in March 2021 after they were acquitted of this charge.

    The second case currently before the court involves General Mpembe and five other police officers, Colonel Salmon Vermaak, Constable Nkosana Mguye, Warrant Officer (WO) Katlego Sekgweleya, WO Masilo Mogale and WO Khazamola Makhubela.

    The agents are charged with the murder of three police officers and two miners who died during the confrontation between police and miners.

    The third case is the State versus Anele Zonke et al.

    The defendants are charged with the murders of police officers, security officers, and other employees who were not on strike; attempted murder, and malicious property damage to mining buildings, cars, and other property.

    The case is before the North Gauteng High Court on a request for review by the accused.

    The matter was referred to September 9, 2022 pending finalization of the decision in North Gauteng.

    Other matters before a court are the murders of Mr. Isaiah Twala, WO Tsietsi Monene, WO Sello Lepaku, Mr. Hassan Fundi and Mr. Frans Mabelane.

    Regarding the events that occurred on August 16, 2012, in what was known as Scene 1 and Scene 2, the investigations are still ongoing.

    Health and wellness of mine workers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Sibanye-Stillwater has made significant progress in working with the government to implement its COVID-19 vaccination programme, with over 10,000 employees vaccinated from June 25, 2021, in accordance with the guidelines and protocols of the Department of Health.

    New schools Sibanye-Stillwater, in partnership with the Department for Basic Education (DBE), has built the Marikana Combined School in Marikana.

    Marikana 1 and 2 primary schools were built by Lonmin and DBE for the students within the mining areas.

    Marikana High School was completed in 2020.

    The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development donated 500 pairs of school shoes on June 20, 2021, destined for Marikana, Wonderkop, Mogwase and Tlhabane High Schools.

    A clinic and community hall have been built in Marikana to serve local residents.

    Housing Development The Department of Human Settlements (DHS) has launched a R700 million housing project in Marikana, with several housing units already built.

    The housing project is for the struggling mining community around the informal settlement of Nkaneng in Marikana.

    Massive infrastructure was also installed.

    DHS had built 511 housing units in Marikana, which unfortunately were illegally occupied before they could be released to qualified beneficiaries.

    In late August 2020, Sibanye-Stillwater handed over six newly purchased or renovated houses to Marikana widows in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho.

    Another 13 houses were expected to be built or acquired in 2022, as part of an initiative launched by the Mine Workers Association and the Construction Union to furnish some of the widows' homes.

    Sibanye-Stillwater has donated 50 hectares of land worth R80 million to the local municipality of Rustenburg to build houses for the residents of Marikana.

    Memorial Site The Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality, Cllr Matlakala Nondzaba, in association with Sibanye-Stillwater, recently visited the Marikana koppie to assess the site where the memorial site for the miners who died in 2012 would be built.

    memorial aims to heal families who lost loved ones and also bring closure.

    Conclusion Minister Gungubele concluded by saying, “The tragedy that occurred in Marikana is unfortunate and as a government we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that it does not happen again.

    Our constitutional democracy establishes the right of all workers, those who choose to keep their jobs and those who choose not to engage in strike action without any fear or favor.

    We will continue to build a tolerant society and a police force that respects these rights.”

  •   South Africa is facing a big problem gender based violence While the statistics tell a disturbing story the lived experience of thousands of women who suffer violence reminds us all that we have to do more especially men to confront this scourge As the Western Cape Government WCG we are doing everything we can to address gender based violence But today Prime Minister Alan Winde officials from the Prime Minister s Office Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen along with Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill Lewis decided do a little more They lent a hand to give a new coat of paint to the Victims Empowerment Room at the Kraaifontein Police Station Such facilities offer survivors of crime particularly gender based violence safe havens where they receive emotional and practical support as well as more information about other support services It may just be a lick of paint but the important thing is to ensure that these rooms make people feel safe restore their dignity and offer a sense of calm and relief Hopefully giving this room a fresh coat of paint will offer a sanctuary to those left traumatized by violent crime The prime minister and his team arrived armed with paint brushes rollers and the like and rolled up their sleeves to do his part to make the Kraaifontein SAPS Station Victims Empowerment Room a place of dignity comfort and security Prime Minister Winde noted Those who sacrifice their time to help survivors of violent crime are heroes The least we can do is give some of our time on this Women s Day to fix up the Kraaifontein Police Station Victims Empowerment Room It s a small gesture but we do it with deep compassion However I repeat it the Premier emphasized it is not just about doing something to help women and girls one day of the year we have to do something 365 days a year More importantly we have to stop this scourge once and for all She emphasized We cannot sit idly by and expect law enforcement authorities and social workers to help people affected by gender based violence we all have to do our bit in any way we can Before turning to the job at hand Minister Reagen Allen told the Victims Empowerment Program volunteers and their police counterparts The work you do is very important It is just one aspect of helping women and girls who have been victims of crime to regain their dignity He also praised the Kraaifontein SAPS for its success in reducing the murder rate in the area Mayor Hill Lewis said Serving others with compassion is how we show our humanity Helping to paint this room is a small gesture to bring comfort and support to those affected by violent crime The City of Cape Town and WCG are also investing in crime prevention and other security initiatives to have a significant effect on making communities safer The WCG is tackling gender based violence and promoting gender equality and women s empowerment in a number of ways Cultural Affairs and Sports Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sports Anroux Marais said Our department is committed to support girls and women through the arts cultural activities and sports We believe we can open many doors to the future for women by empowering them through the activities we offer in our libraries through our arts and culture programs giving them a sense of belonging by participating in sports and learning more about themselves through of the narratives of history presented in our museums and archives Education Education Minister David Maynier noted that keeping girls in school was a social and economic imperative which is why the department maintains retention as a strategic priority We are committed to ensuring that our female students have every opportunity to receive a quality basic education that will improve their future prospects The Department offers several programs dealing with gender based violence and incidents can be reported to the Safe Schools hotline on 0800 45 46 47 Our schools have also implemented their own support and development programs for girls Environmental Affairs and Local Government Western Cape Minister for Environmental Affairs and Local Government Anton Bredell said there are direct links between the plight of women on the one hand and environmental challenges on the other We are working to achieve decent and safe access to water energy and sanitation for all our citizens in our municipalities I am proud of the work done by my department in the waste sector which has a dedicated focus on women We will host a Women in the Green Economy workshop and a Women in Air Quality event later this year CapeNature s Expanded Public Works Program has a special focus on women and youth beneficiaries to address the crippling poverty experienced by many rural households Finance and Economic Opportunity Although the Western Cape has the lowest unemployment rate in the country there are still too many people especially young women out of work in the province That is why it is our top priority to increase job creation opportunities Both the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development prioritize the empowerment of women through The Treasury aims to include more women in the hiring processes and DEDAT supports women owned MSMEs and provides training programs focused on upskilling women so they have the knowledge and support they need to succeed said Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger Health and Wellbeing In commemoration of Women s Month Western Cape Minister of Health and Wellbeing Dr Nomafrench Mbombo says her goal is to raise awareness of women s health issues to empower women women where the Health and Well being of Women are at the center We call on the entire society to highlight and continue efforts to support women s health and their need for protection safety and well being incorporating health as everyone s business Infrastructure Minister for Infrastructure Tertius Simmers said they will continue to look for innovative ways to further empower women in all facets of our society through economic opportunities in the built environment sector The Department of Infrastructure is implementing the following measures among others Reduce the distances that women must travel at night to access shared water and sanitation facilities in informal settlements with basic services Provision of public lighting whenever possible to improve visibility Consideration of blind spots and poorly lit areas where criminals could hide and where women could be unsafe such as street corners and open spaces and design to counter these blind spots Leadership training for inhabitants of informal settlements and training of leadership structures to incorporate elements of security and protection of women and children Police Oversight and Community Safety We advance and promote equality in the workplace secure training and scholarship opportunities and advancement for women through the Chrysalis program says Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen Many young women are given opportunities in male dominated fields such as firefighting welding electrical circuits law enforcement Social Development We promote the well being of women through a basket of services such as psychosocial support services We support the safety of women through the provision of shelter services for victims of gender violence We also provide specialized substance use disorder treatment and support tailored to the needs of women said Western Cape Minister for Social Development Sharna Fernandez
    South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde, MEC Reagen Allen and Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis help paint Kraaifontein SAPS victims’ empowerment room
      South Africa is facing a big problem gender based violence While the statistics tell a disturbing story the lived experience of thousands of women who suffer violence reminds us all that we have to do more especially men to confront this scourge As the Western Cape Government WCG we are doing everything we can to address gender based violence But today Prime Minister Alan Winde officials from the Prime Minister s Office Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen along with Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill Lewis decided do a little more They lent a hand to give a new coat of paint to the Victims Empowerment Room at the Kraaifontein Police Station Such facilities offer survivors of crime particularly gender based violence safe havens where they receive emotional and practical support as well as more information about other support services It may just be a lick of paint but the important thing is to ensure that these rooms make people feel safe restore their dignity and offer a sense of calm and relief Hopefully giving this room a fresh coat of paint will offer a sanctuary to those left traumatized by violent crime The prime minister and his team arrived armed with paint brushes rollers and the like and rolled up their sleeves to do his part to make the Kraaifontein SAPS Station Victims Empowerment Room a place of dignity comfort and security Prime Minister Winde noted Those who sacrifice their time to help survivors of violent crime are heroes The least we can do is give some of our time on this Women s Day to fix up the Kraaifontein Police Station Victims Empowerment Room It s a small gesture but we do it with deep compassion However I repeat it the Premier emphasized it is not just about doing something to help women and girls one day of the year we have to do something 365 days a year More importantly we have to stop this scourge once and for all She emphasized We cannot sit idly by and expect law enforcement authorities and social workers to help people affected by gender based violence we all have to do our bit in any way we can Before turning to the job at hand Minister Reagen Allen told the Victims Empowerment Program volunteers and their police counterparts The work you do is very important It is just one aspect of helping women and girls who have been victims of crime to regain their dignity He also praised the Kraaifontein SAPS for its success in reducing the murder rate in the area Mayor Hill Lewis said Serving others with compassion is how we show our humanity Helping to paint this room is a small gesture to bring comfort and support to those affected by violent crime The City of Cape Town and WCG are also investing in crime prevention and other security initiatives to have a significant effect on making communities safer The WCG is tackling gender based violence and promoting gender equality and women s empowerment in a number of ways Cultural Affairs and Sports Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sports Anroux Marais said Our department is committed to support girls and women through the arts cultural activities and sports We believe we can open many doors to the future for women by empowering them through the activities we offer in our libraries through our arts and culture programs giving them a sense of belonging by participating in sports and learning more about themselves through of the narratives of history presented in our museums and archives Education Education Minister David Maynier noted that keeping girls in school was a social and economic imperative which is why the department maintains retention as a strategic priority We are committed to ensuring that our female students have every opportunity to receive a quality basic education that will improve their future prospects The Department offers several programs dealing with gender based violence and incidents can be reported to the Safe Schools hotline on 0800 45 46 47 Our schools have also implemented their own support and development programs for girls Environmental Affairs and Local Government Western Cape Minister for Environmental Affairs and Local Government Anton Bredell said there are direct links between the plight of women on the one hand and environmental challenges on the other We are working to achieve decent and safe access to water energy and sanitation for all our citizens in our municipalities I am proud of the work done by my department in the waste sector which has a dedicated focus on women We will host a Women in the Green Economy workshop and a Women in Air Quality event later this year CapeNature s Expanded Public Works Program has a special focus on women and youth beneficiaries to address the crippling poverty experienced by many rural households Finance and Economic Opportunity Although the Western Cape has the lowest unemployment rate in the country there are still too many people especially young women out of work in the province That is why it is our top priority to increase job creation opportunities Both the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development prioritize the empowerment of women through The Treasury aims to include more women in the hiring processes and DEDAT supports women owned MSMEs and provides training programs focused on upskilling women so they have the knowledge and support they need to succeed said Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger Health and Wellbeing In commemoration of Women s Month Western Cape Minister of Health and Wellbeing Dr Nomafrench Mbombo says her goal is to raise awareness of women s health issues to empower women women where the Health and Well being of Women are at the center We call on the entire society to highlight and continue efforts to support women s health and their need for protection safety and well being incorporating health as everyone s business Infrastructure Minister for Infrastructure Tertius Simmers said they will continue to look for innovative ways to further empower women in all facets of our society through economic opportunities in the built environment sector The Department of Infrastructure is implementing the following measures among others Reduce the distances that women must travel at night to access shared water and sanitation facilities in informal settlements with basic services Provision of public lighting whenever possible to improve visibility Consideration of blind spots and poorly lit areas where criminals could hide and where women could be unsafe such as street corners and open spaces and design to counter these blind spots Leadership training for inhabitants of informal settlements and training of leadership structures to incorporate elements of security and protection of women and children Police Oversight and Community Safety We advance and promote equality in the workplace secure training and scholarship opportunities and advancement for women through the Chrysalis program says Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen Many young women are given opportunities in male dominated fields such as firefighting welding electrical circuits law enforcement Social Development We promote the well being of women through a basket of services such as psychosocial support services We support the safety of women through the provision of shelter services for victims of gender violence We also provide specialized substance use disorder treatment and support tailored to the needs of women said Western Cape Minister for Social Development Sharna Fernandez
    South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde, MEC Reagen Allen and Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis help paint Kraaifontein SAPS victims’ empowerment room
    Africa2 months ago

    South Africa: Prime Minister Alan Winde, MEC Reagen Allen and Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis help paint Kraaifontein SAPS victims’ empowerment room

    South Africa is facing a big problem: gender-based violence.

    While the statistics tell a disturbing story, the lived experience of thousands of women who suffer violence reminds us all that we have to do more, especially men, to confront this scourge.

    As the Western Cape Government (WCG), we are doing everything we can to address gender-based violence.

    But today, Prime Minister Alan Winde, officials from the Prime Minister's Office, Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen, along with Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis decided do a little more.

    They lent a hand to give a new coat of paint to the Victims Empowerment Room at the Kraaifontein Police Station.

    Such facilities offer survivors of crime, particularly gender-based violence, safe havens where they receive emotional and practical support, as well as more information about other support services.

    It may just be a lick of paint, but the important thing is to ensure that these rooms make people feel safe, restore their dignity and offer a sense of calm and relief.

    Hopefully giving this room a fresh coat of paint will offer a sanctuary to those left traumatized by violent crime.

    The prime minister and his team arrived armed with paint, brushes, rollers and the like, and rolled up their sleeves to do his part to make the Kraaifontein SAPS Station Victims' Empowerment Room a place of dignity, comfort and security.

    Prime Minister Winde noted: “Those who sacrifice their time to help survivors of violent crime are heroes.

    The least we can do is give some of our time on this Women's Day to fix up the Kraaifontein Police Station Victims Empowerment Room. It's a small gesture, but we do it with deep compassion."

    “However, I repeat it”, the Premier emphasized, “it is not just about doing something to help women and girls one day of the year, we have to do something 365 days a year.

    More importantly, we have to stop this scourge once and for all."

    She emphasized: “We cannot sit idly by and expect law enforcement authorities and social workers to help people affected by gender-based violence, we all have to do our bit in any way we can.

    .” Before turning to the job at hand, Minister Reagen Allen told the Victims Empowerment Program volunteers and their police counterparts: “The work you do is very important.

    It is just one aspect of helping women and girls who have been victims of crime to regain their dignity.” He also praised the Kraaifontein SAPS for its success in reducing the murder rate in the area.

    Mayor Hill-Lewis said, “Serving others with compassion is how we show our humanity.

    Helping to paint this room is a small gesture to bring comfort and support to those affected by violent crime.

    The City of Cape Town and WCG are also investing in crime prevention and other security initiatives to have a significant effect on making communities safer."

    The WCG is tackling gender-based violence and promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in a number of ways: Cultural Affairs and Sports Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sports Anroux Marais said: “Our department is committed to support girls and women through the arts, cultural activities and sports.

    We believe we can open many doors to the future for women by empowering them through the activities we offer in our libraries, through our arts and culture programs, giving them a sense of belonging by participating in sports, and learning more about themselves through of the narratives of history presented in our museums and archives.” Education Education Minister David Maynier noted that keeping girls in school was a social and economic imperative, which is why the department maintains retention as a strategic priority.

    "We are committed to ensuring that our female students have every opportunity to receive a quality basic education that will improve their future prospects."

    The Department offers several programs dealing with gender-based violence, and incidents can be reported to the Safe Schools hotline on 0800 45 46 47.

    Our schools have also implemented their own support and development programs for girls.

    Environmental Affairs and Local Government Western Cape Minister for Environmental Affairs and Local Government Anton Bredell said there are direct links between the plight of women on the one hand and environmental challenges on the other.

    “We are working to achieve decent and safe access to water, energy and sanitation for all our citizens in our municipalities.

    I am proud of the work done by my department in the waste sector, which has a dedicated focus on women.

    We will host a Women in the Green Economy workshop and a Women in Air Quality event later this year.

    CapeNature's Expanded Public Works Program has a special focus on women and youth beneficiaries to address the crippling poverty experienced by many rural households."

    Finance and Economic Opportunity Although the Western Cape has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, there are still too many people, especially young women, out of work in the province.

    That is why it is our top priority to increase job creation opportunities.

    “Both the Provincial Treasury and the Department of Economic Development prioritize the empowerment of women through/ The Treasury aims to include more women in the hiring processes and DEDAT supports women-owned MSMEs and provides training programs, focused on upskilling women, so they have the knowledge and support they need to succeed,” said Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger.

    Health and Wellbeing In commemoration of Women's Month, Western Cape Minister of Health and Wellbeing Dr. Nomafrench Mbombo says her goal is to raise awareness of women's health issues to empower women women, where the Health and Well-being of Women are at the center.

    "We call on the entire society to highlight and continue efforts to support women's health and their need for protection, safety and well-being, incorporating health as everyone's business."

    Infrastructure Minister for Infrastructure Tertius Simmers said they will continue to look for innovative ways to further empower women in all facets of our society through economic opportunities in the built environment sector.

    The Department of Infrastructure is implementing the following measures, among others: Reduce the distances that women must travel at night to access shared water and sanitation facilities in informal settlements with basic services; Provision of public lighting whenever possible to improve visibility; Consideration of blind spots and poorly lit areas where criminals could hide and where women could be unsafe, such as street corners and open spaces; and design to counter these blind spots; Leadership training for inhabitants of informal settlements and training of leadership structures to incorporate elements of security and protection of women and children.

    Police Oversight and Community Safety “We advance and promote equality in the workplace, secure training and scholarship opportunities and advancement for women through the Chrysalis program,” says Western Cape Minister for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen .

    Many young women are given opportunities in male-dominated fields such as firefighting, welding, electrical circuits, law enforcement.

    Social Development “We promote the well-being of women through a basket of services, such as psychosocial support services.

    We support the safety of women through the provision of shelter services for victims of gender violence.

    We also provide specialized substance use disorder treatment and support tailored to the needs of women,” said Western Cape Minister for Social Development Sharna Fernandez.

  •   The Minister of the Presidency for Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana Mashabane officially opened Women s Month 2022 under the slogan Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women building back better for the resilience of women women The National Women s Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government During her address to 1 000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year s theme is to advance the agenda for the socio economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030 The issue is in line with South Africa s constitutional vision and the government s political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan NDP and the Medium Term Strategic Framework MTSF 2019 2024 the minister said Nkoana Mashabane The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio economic empowerment and advancement of women girls and women with disabilities in South Africa At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing owning and controlling income generating assets within the economy We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met The recent floods in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change Now more than ever the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way We must explore the economic social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy women continue to be on the periphery of the country s development agenda The COVID 19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty rising food and fuel prices climate change unemployment and high rates of gender based violence and femicide GBVF We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve Not long ago young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal In the words of the stalwart of the struggle Mme Ida Mntwana Let us go out as a united force let us take our place in the fight for freedom If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women Let us unite let us move forward with courage and determination
    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal
      The Minister of the Presidency for Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana Mashabane officially opened Women s Month 2022 under the slogan Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women building back better for the resilience of women women The National Women s Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government During her address to 1 000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year s theme is to advance the agenda for the socio economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030 The issue is in line with South Africa s constitutional vision and the government s political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan NDP and the Medium Term Strategic Framework MTSF 2019 2024 the minister said Nkoana Mashabane The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio economic empowerment and advancement of women girls and women with disabilities in South Africa At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing owning and controlling income generating assets within the economy We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met The recent floods in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change Now more than ever the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way We must explore the economic social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy women continue to be on the periphery of the country s development agenda The COVID 19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty rising food and fuel prices climate change unemployment and high rates of gender based violence and femicide GBVF We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve Not long ago young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal In the words of the stalwart of the struggle Mme Ida Mntwana Let us go out as a united force let us take our place in the fight for freedom If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women Let us unite let us move forward with courage and determination
    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal
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    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal

    The Minister of the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, officially opened Women's Month 2022 under the slogan: "Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women: building back better for the resilience of women!" women!" The National Women's Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government, civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government.

    During her address to 1,000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop, the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year's theme is to advance the agenda for the socio-economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030.

    "The issue is in line with South Africa's constitutional vision and the government's political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2019-2024," the minister said.

    Nkoana-Mashabane.

    The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio-economic empowerment and advancement of women, girls and women with disabilities in South Africa.

    “At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women, youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing, owning and controlling income-generating assets within the economy.” "We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met."

    "The recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change."

    “Now, more than ever, the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way.

    We must explore the economic, social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality.” The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy, women continue to be on the periphery of the country's development agenda.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities, leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty, rising food and fuel prices, climate change, unemployment, and high rates of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF)”.

    "We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve."

    “Not long ago, young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video.

    Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable.” “We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon.

    We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal.” In the words of the stalwart of the struggle, Mme Ida Mntwana: “Let us go out as a united force, let us take our place in the fight for freedom.

    If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel, the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women.

    Let us unite, let us move forward with courage and determination.”

  •   A total of 259 rhinos have been poached for their horn in South Africa in the first six months of 2022 Recent trends in rhino poaching show a shift away from Kruger Park towards private reserves and KwaZulu Natal where most rhinos have been killed this year This makes it all the more important that the national government shift its focus to supporting provincial authorities and private reserves in the war against rhino poaching said Minister for Forestry Fisheries and the Environment Ms Barbara Creecy The number of rhinos poached between January and June 2022 is 10 more than the 249 poached nationwide in the first six months of 2021 From January to the end of June 2022 82 rhinos were poached for their horns in the Kruger National Park Poaching statistics for 2022 show a loss of 210 rhinos on state property and 49 in private parks As indicated the most affected during this period is KwaZulu Natal which recorded a loss of 133 rhinos This is more than triple the 33 rhinos killed in the first six months of 2021 The demand for rhino horn remains an ongoing threat to our rhino populations as crime syndicates continue to operate within our borders The number of successful arrests and prosecutions recorded in the last 6 months can be attributed to continued successful collaboration between law enforcement agencies including SAPS DPCI and Green Scorpions customs officials and the National Prosecutor s Office These efforts are supported by private security Partnerships between the public and private sectors remain key to combating wildlife trafficking In addition to the work being done within the seven Integrated Wildlife Zones the partnership now includes the financial and transportation sectors as well as transit and end user countries in Southeast Asia notably with the People s Republic of China Malaysia and Vietnam Between January and June 69 people were arrested in connection with poaching and trafficking in rhino horn Of these 13 suspected poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park As a result of the ongoing work of integrated enforcement teams at OR Tambo International Airport 4 suspected rhino horn traffickers were arrested between January and June of this year for trying to smuggle 56 pieces of rhino horn out of the country In one case cooperation between authorities in the Falcons Malaysia and Qatar led to the arrest of another suspected trafficker of rhino horn and his haul of rhino horn parts at Doha airport in Qatar This arrest demonstrates the success of cooperation between countries to combat wildlife trafficking internationally The Hawks are also working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on an investigation stemming from the discovery in June of a suspicious package at FedEx that was destined for the US The package contained 8 kilograms of rhino horn hidden like pieces of wooden art Several search and seizure operations were conducted across the country with the Hawks arresting one suspect and seizing 29 rhino horns during an operation at the storage and packing facility in Bedfordview where rhino horns are prepared and packaged for illegal markets in Southeast Asia In combined police operations two suspects were arrested in June when they were pulled over by Highway Patrol in Bedfordview and found to have two new rhino horns Two suspects one of them a former Ezemvelo KZN Parks ranger were arrested earlier this month after his vehicle was searched and two new rhino horns were seized One of the accused had previously been arrested for possession of rhino horn in the Kruger National Park An integrated operation to tackle money laundering and corruption related to rhino horn trafficking activities within the Kruger National Park was carried out on 23 April 2022 Various search and search warrants were authorized and executed in multiple properties in the Park and its surroundings with the aim of effectively dismantling the operations of some of the main objectives A multi dimensional team led by the Hawks was assembled supported by the Kruger National Park and Inventory Theft and Endangered Species in Skukuza and premises were searched in Limpopo and Mpumalanga during the operation Three suspects were arrested during the operation which included two rangers from the Kruger National Park The arrests and the success of this operation had a significant impact on rhino poaching activities within the Kruger Park and sent a strong message that corrupt and illegal activities will not be tolerated One of the rangers was fired during the departmental hearing on July 21 2022 The other ranger s departmental hearing is ongoing pending the outcome of the court process In total 51 cases have been completed in which 51 people were convicted The harshest sentence handed down was 34 years in prison while two Mpumalanga men were sentenced to 28 years behind bars for killing rhinos and being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition In the Skukuza court two Mozambican citizens were convicted of poaching a rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and being in the country illegally They were sentenced to 18 years in prison In a separate matter two Mozambican citizens were found guilty of poaching two rhinos in the Kruger National Park possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and sentenced to 19 years in prison In addition three South Africans were convicted of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park and firearms related charges and sentenced to 24 years in prison The global watchdog against money laundering and the financing of terrorism the Financial Action Task Force FATF completed an assessment in 2019 of the threats facing South Africa and the effort being made to combat these crimes During this process the contribution of wildlife trafficking to the generation of criminal proceeds was found to represent a medium to high risk to the country In response to the FATF recommendations earlier this year the National Prosecutor s Office obtained its first conviction on separate charges under Section 6 of the Organized Crime Prevention Money Laundering Act In this matter the individual was accused of laundering the money obtained among others from the purchase of rhino horn through a casino Ping Wu was sentenced to 5 years in prison The success of this prosecution demonstrates the importance of the government s integrated approach to combating rhino horn trafficking with an increased focus on the financial crimes involved We look forward to many similar successes in the near future To mark World Ranger Day Minister Creecy last week paid a special tribute to rangers working in conservation areas across the country for their continued commitment to protecting South Africa s iconic species from poaching Following the murder earlier this week of well known anti poaching ranger Anton Mzimba at his home in Timbavati we are reminded of the threats rangers face on a daily basis from poachers and their crime bosses These are men and women who deserve our respect and support as we join together to improve their security the Minister said In May Kruger National Park field ranger and dog handler Shando Mathebula was killed by a buffalo while on patrol in the Shangoni Ranger Section He has been remembered by his family and colleagues as a dedicated young man who served with discipline and distinction In recent years ranger work has shifted from a general focus on species conservation to a more militant way of operating against well armed criminal gangs that enter national parks and private and state conservation areas to poach rhinos elephants and others species Rangers often spend weeks away from home living in the jungle in an effort to protect the country s natural environment from looting Our rangers need all the support we can give them They are men and women who despite many challenges remain committed to the task at hand despite not knowing what the day will bring said the Minister Members of the public can report any suspicious wildlife activity to their Environmental Crimes Hotline which is 0800 205 005 or SAPS number 10111 Links to the Minister s audio visual recordings Audio https bit ly 3Js8Fqj link is external Video https youtu be Ifjmh8Fl8zY link is external
    Forestry, Fisheries and Environment on poached rhinos in South Africa in the first six months of 2022
      A total of 259 rhinos have been poached for their horn in South Africa in the first six months of 2022 Recent trends in rhino poaching show a shift away from Kruger Park towards private reserves and KwaZulu Natal where most rhinos have been killed this year This makes it all the more important that the national government shift its focus to supporting provincial authorities and private reserves in the war against rhino poaching said Minister for Forestry Fisheries and the Environment Ms Barbara Creecy The number of rhinos poached between January and June 2022 is 10 more than the 249 poached nationwide in the first six months of 2021 From January to the end of June 2022 82 rhinos were poached for their horns in the Kruger National Park Poaching statistics for 2022 show a loss of 210 rhinos on state property and 49 in private parks As indicated the most affected during this period is KwaZulu Natal which recorded a loss of 133 rhinos This is more than triple the 33 rhinos killed in the first six months of 2021 The demand for rhino horn remains an ongoing threat to our rhino populations as crime syndicates continue to operate within our borders The number of successful arrests and prosecutions recorded in the last 6 months can be attributed to continued successful collaboration between law enforcement agencies including SAPS DPCI and Green Scorpions customs officials and the National Prosecutor s Office These efforts are supported by private security Partnerships between the public and private sectors remain key to combating wildlife trafficking In addition to the work being done within the seven Integrated Wildlife Zones the partnership now includes the financial and transportation sectors as well as transit and end user countries in Southeast Asia notably with the People s Republic of China Malaysia and Vietnam Between January and June 69 people were arrested in connection with poaching and trafficking in rhino horn Of these 13 suspected poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park As a result of the ongoing work of integrated enforcement teams at OR Tambo International Airport 4 suspected rhino horn traffickers were arrested between January and June of this year for trying to smuggle 56 pieces of rhino horn out of the country In one case cooperation between authorities in the Falcons Malaysia and Qatar led to the arrest of another suspected trafficker of rhino horn and his haul of rhino horn parts at Doha airport in Qatar This arrest demonstrates the success of cooperation between countries to combat wildlife trafficking internationally The Hawks are also working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on an investigation stemming from the discovery in June of a suspicious package at FedEx that was destined for the US The package contained 8 kilograms of rhino horn hidden like pieces of wooden art Several search and seizure operations were conducted across the country with the Hawks arresting one suspect and seizing 29 rhino horns during an operation at the storage and packing facility in Bedfordview where rhino horns are prepared and packaged for illegal markets in Southeast Asia In combined police operations two suspects were arrested in June when they were pulled over by Highway Patrol in Bedfordview and found to have two new rhino horns Two suspects one of them a former Ezemvelo KZN Parks ranger were arrested earlier this month after his vehicle was searched and two new rhino horns were seized One of the accused had previously been arrested for possession of rhino horn in the Kruger National Park An integrated operation to tackle money laundering and corruption related to rhino horn trafficking activities within the Kruger National Park was carried out on 23 April 2022 Various search and search warrants were authorized and executed in multiple properties in the Park and its surroundings with the aim of effectively dismantling the operations of some of the main objectives A multi dimensional team led by the Hawks was assembled supported by the Kruger National Park and Inventory Theft and Endangered Species in Skukuza and premises were searched in Limpopo and Mpumalanga during the operation Three suspects were arrested during the operation which included two rangers from the Kruger National Park The arrests and the success of this operation had a significant impact on rhino poaching activities within the Kruger Park and sent a strong message that corrupt and illegal activities will not be tolerated One of the rangers was fired during the departmental hearing on July 21 2022 The other ranger s departmental hearing is ongoing pending the outcome of the court process In total 51 cases have been completed in which 51 people were convicted The harshest sentence handed down was 34 years in prison while two Mpumalanga men were sentenced to 28 years behind bars for killing rhinos and being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition In the Skukuza court two Mozambican citizens were convicted of poaching a rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and being in the country illegally They were sentenced to 18 years in prison In a separate matter two Mozambican citizens were found guilty of poaching two rhinos in the Kruger National Park possession of illegal firearms and ammunition and sentenced to 19 years in prison In addition three South Africans were convicted of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park and firearms related charges and sentenced to 24 years in prison The global watchdog against money laundering and the financing of terrorism the Financial Action Task Force FATF completed an assessment in 2019 of the threats facing South Africa and the effort being made to combat these crimes During this process the contribution of wildlife trafficking to the generation of criminal proceeds was found to represent a medium to high risk to the country In response to the FATF recommendations earlier this year the National Prosecutor s Office obtained its first conviction on separate charges under Section 6 of the Organized Crime Prevention Money Laundering Act In this matter the individual was accused of laundering the money obtained among others from the purchase of rhino horn through a casino Ping Wu was sentenced to 5 years in prison The success of this prosecution demonstrates the importance of the government s integrated approach to combating rhino horn trafficking with an increased focus on the financial crimes involved We look forward to many similar successes in the near future To mark World Ranger Day Minister Creecy last week paid a special tribute to rangers working in conservation areas across the country for their continued commitment to protecting South Africa s iconic species from poaching Following the murder earlier this week of well known anti poaching ranger Anton Mzimba at his home in Timbavati we are reminded of the threats rangers face on a daily basis from poachers and their crime bosses These are men and women who deserve our respect and support as we join together to improve their security the Minister said In May Kruger National Park field ranger and dog handler Shando Mathebula was killed by a buffalo while on patrol in the Shangoni Ranger Section He has been remembered by his family and colleagues as a dedicated young man who served with discipline and distinction In recent years ranger work has shifted from a general focus on species conservation to a more militant way of operating against well armed criminal gangs that enter national parks and private and state conservation areas to poach rhinos elephants and others species Rangers often spend weeks away from home living in the jungle in an effort to protect the country s natural environment from looting Our rangers need all the support we can give them They are men and women who despite many challenges remain committed to the task at hand despite not knowing what the day will bring said the Minister Members of the public can report any suspicious wildlife activity to their Environmental Crimes Hotline which is 0800 205 005 or SAPS number 10111 Links to the Minister s audio visual recordings Audio https bit ly 3Js8Fqj link is external Video https youtu be Ifjmh8Fl8zY link is external
    Forestry, Fisheries and Environment on poached rhinos in South Africa in the first six months of 2022
    Africa2 months ago

    Forestry, Fisheries and Environment on poached rhinos in South Africa in the first six months of 2022

    A total of 259 rhinos have been poached for their horn in South Africa in the first six months of 2022.

    “Recent trends in rhino poaching show a shift away from Kruger Park towards private reserves and KwaZulu-Natal, where most rhinos have been killed this year.

    This makes it all the more important that the national government shift its focus to supporting provincial authorities and private reserves in the war against rhino poaching,” said Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms. Barbara Creecy.

    .

    The number of rhinos poached between January and June 2022 is 10 more than the 249 poached nationwide in the first six months of 2021.

    From January to the end of June 2022, 82 rhinos were poached for their horns in the Kruger National Park. Poaching statistics for 2022 show a loss of 210 rhinos on state property and 49 in private parks.

    As indicated, the most affected during this period is KwaZulu-Natal, which recorded a loss of 133 rhinos.

    This is more than triple the 33 rhinos killed in the first six months of 2021.

    The demand for rhino horn remains an ongoing threat to our rhino populations as crime syndicates continue to operate within our borders.

    The number of successful arrests and prosecutions recorded in the last 6 months can be attributed to continued successful collaboration between law enforcement agencies, including SAPS, DPCI and Green Scorpions, customs officials and the National Prosecutor's Office.

    These efforts are supported by private security.

    Partnerships between the public and private sectors remain key to combating wildlife trafficking.

    In addition to the work being done within the seven Integrated Wildlife Zones, the partnership now includes the financial and transportation sectors, as well as transit and end-user countries in Southeast Asia, notably with the People's Republic of China, Malaysia and Vietnam.

    Between January and June, 69 people were arrested in connection with poaching and trafficking in rhino horn.

    Of these, 13 suspected poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park. As a result of the ongoing work of integrated enforcement teams at OR Tambo International Airport, 4 suspected rhino horn traffickers were arrested between January and June of this year for trying to smuggle 56 pieces of rhino horn out of the country.

    In one case, cooperation between authorities in the Falcons, Malaysia and Qatar led to the arrest of another suspected trafficker of rhino horn and his haul of rhino horn parts at Doha airport in Qatar.

    This arrest demonstrates the success of cooperation between countries to combat wildlife trafficking internationally.

    The Hawks are also working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on an investigation stemming from the discovery in June of a suspicious package at FedEx that was destined for the US.

    The package contained 8 kilograms of rhino horn.

    hidden like pieces of wooden art.

    Several search and seizure operations were conducted across the country, with the Hawks arresting one suspect and seizing 29 rhino horns during an operation at the storage and packing facility in Bedfordview, where rhino horns are prepared and packaged.

    for illegal markets in Southeast Asia. In combined police operations, two suspects were arrested in June when they were pulled over by Highway Patrol in Bedfordview and found to have two new rhino horns.

    Two suspects, one of them a former Ezemvelo-KZN Parks ranger, were arrested earlier this month after his vehicle was searched and two new rhino horns were seized.

    One of the accused had previously been arrested for possession of rhino horn in the Kruger National Park. An integrated operation to tackle money laundering and corruption related to rhino horn trafficking activities within the Kruger National Park was carried out on 23 April 2022.

    Various search and search warrants were authorized and executed in multiple properties in the Park and its surroundings with the aim of effectively dismantling the operations of some of the main objectives.

    A multi-dimensional team led by the Hawks was assembled, supported by the Kruger National Park and Inventory Theft and Endangered Species in Skukuza and premises were searched in Limpopo and Mpumalanga during the operation.

    Three suspects were arrested during the operation, which included two rangers from the Kruger National Park. The arrests and the success of this operation had a significant impact on rhino poaching activities within the Kruger Park and sent a strong message that corrupt and illegal activities will not be tolerated.

    One of the rangers was fired during the departmental hearing on July 21, 2022.

    The other ranger's departmental hearing is ongoing pending the outcome of the court process.

    In total, 51 cases have been completed in which 51 people were convicted.

    The harshest sentence handed down was 34 years in prison, while two Mpumalanga men were sentenced to 28 years behind bars for killing rhinos and being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

    In the Skukuza court, two Mozambican citizens were convicted of poaching a rhinoceros in the Kruger National Park, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, and being in the country illegally.

    They were sentenced to 18 years in prison.

    In a separate matter, two Mozambican citizens were found guilty of poaching two rhinos in the Kruger National Park, possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, and sentenced to 19 years in prison.

    In addition, three South Africans were convicted of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park and firearms-related charges, and sentenced to 24 years in prison.

    The global watchdog against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), completed an assessment in 2019 of the threats facing South Africa and the effort being made to combat these crimes.

    During this process, the contribution of wildlife trafficking to the generation of criminal proceeds was found to represent a medium to high risk to the country.

    In response to the FATF recommendations, earlier this year the National Prosecutor's Office obtained its first conviction on separate charges under Section 6 of the Organized Crime Prevention (Money Laundering) Act. In this matter, the individual was accused of laundering the money obtained, among others, from the purchase of rhino horn, through a casino.

    Ping Wu was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

    The success of this prosecution demonstrates the importance of the government's integrated approach to combating rhino horn trafficking, with an increased focus on the financial crimes involved.

    We look forward to many similar successes in the near future.

    To mark World Ranger Day, Minister Creecy last week paid a special tribute to rangers working in conservation areas across the country for their continued commitment to protecting South Africa's iconic species from poaching.

    “Following the murder earlier this week of well-known anti-poaching ranger Anton Mzimba at his home in Timbavati, we are reminded of the threats rangers face on a daily basis from poachers and their crime bosses.

    These are men and women who deserve our respect and support as we join together to improve their security,” the Minister said.

    In May, Kruger National Park field ranger and dog handler Shando Mathebula was killed by a buffalo while on patrol in the Shangoni Ranger Section.

    He has been remembered by his family and colleagues as a dedicated young man who served with discipline and distinction.

    In recent years, ranger work has shifted from a general focus on species conservation to a more militant way of operating against well-armed criminal gangs that enter national parks and private and state conservation areas to poach rhinos, elephants and others.

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    Rangers often spend weeks away from home, living in the jungle in an effort to protect the country's natural environment from looting.

    “Our rangers need all the support we can give them.

    They are men and women who, despite many challenges, remain committed to the task at hand despite not knowing what the day will bring,” said the Minister.

    **Members of the public can report any suspicious wildlife activity to their Environmental Crimes Hotline which is 0800 205 005 or SAPS number 10111.

    Links to the Minister's audio-visual recordings: Audio: https:// bit.ly/3Js8Fqj(link is external) Video: https://youtu.be/Ifjmh8Fl8zY(link is external)