The professional team recommended that the New Assembly Building is not secure, it should be cordoned off and closed with immediate effect to restrict access.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 7, 2022 / APO Group / -
In consultation with the HAWKS, a professional in-house DPWI team comprised of highly qualified structural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers has conducted and completed a preliminary high-level visual assessment of the damage, including the safety aspect of the site due to the recent fire. in Parliament. The team arrived in Cape Town on Monday morning, January 3, 2022.
Parliament and SAPS provided access to engineers this week for the inspection of the interior of the old and new assembly.
Unfortunately, due to the high temperatures in the building on Monday, January 3, 2022 and the outburst from the National Assembly side around 5:00 p.m. that continued throughout the night, the professional team was only able to begin their evaluation on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. January 2022 in the afternoon.
The visual assessment of the professional team began with the Old National Assembly and then proceeded to assess the structural damage in the New National Assembly.
Based on preliminary visual inspections, there is evidence of severe structural damage (major spalling) to the slabs. The slabs affected by the damage are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. In addition to the above, there are large cracks in the walls of the second and third floors.
The professional team recommended that the New Assembly Building is not secure, it should be cordoned off and closed with immediate effect to restrict access.
The Department has activated the appropriate arrangements for the recruitment of a team of independent specialized engineers to carry out more detailed evaluations and tests of the strength of the material.
The National Treasury has agreed to speed up the process to hire the team of independent specialist engineers as quickly as possible.
The preliminary visual assessment report and photos were released to the HAWKS and we are unable to share it because it is part of the crime scene evidence.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday said the violent crime on South African farms poses not just a threat to the safety of the rural communities, but also to the nation’s food security.
The president refuted the claim that violent crime on farms is part of an orchestrated campaign by blacks to drive white farmers off their land.
Ramaphosa said in his weekly presidential newsletter that it’s wrong to think that farm attacks affect just a small part of the country’s population.
He reminded South Africans that the farming community produces the food they eat, adding that “the farming community is an integral part of our economy.’’
Ramaphosa was speaking as a new spate of farm murders gripped the country in the latest incident, when Brendin Horner, a 22-year-old farm manager in Senekal, Free State Province, was murdered.
“No matter our race, creed or language, we should be as deeply affected by the death of Brendin Horner as we are by the many other South Africans who die violent deaths each year.
“These crimes are a stark reminder of the levels of violence in the country.’’
He said numerous studies show that crime in farming communities is largely opportunistic.
Ramaphosa said rural communities are more vulnerable because of their isolated location and, as a result, the relative lack of access to security and other services.
The president said contrary to irresponsible claims of some lobby groups, killings on farms are not ethnic cleansing, adding that farm attacks are acts of criminality and must be treated as such.
“The success of our Rural Safety Strategy rests on greater coordination and better communication between the South African Police Service (SAPS), business, farming organizations and communities,’’ he said.
He called for more collaboration between farm watch organizations and Community Policing Forums, saying farming communities, including farm workers, must actively participate in these forums which “are the eyes and ears on the ground.’’
The president emphasised that traditional leaders need to be empowered to play a greater role in promoting safety of farming communities.
He called on farmers to provide access to their lands for law-enforcement officials and for private security companies operating in farming communities to work more closely with the SAPS, and at the same time ensure that arrests of suspects are done within the confines of the constitution.
According to the president, law enforcement agencies must continue to explore additional measures, such as integrated communications technologies, to step up rural safety.
He stressed the importance of improving the quality of life of all people living in rural areas “if we are to eliminate poverty, which is a major contributing factor to crime.”
Ramaphosa called for collective efforts to root out criminality and work with the police to keep communities safe.
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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has been hard hit by coronavirus, losing six members to the virus and having more than 600 others being infected, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Friday.
Of the six police officrs who succumbed to the virus, two passed away in the Western Cape province on Thursday, Cele said in his update on the levels of compliance and adherence to the COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
The Western Cape, the epicenter of the pandemic, has reported a total number of four police officers who have died of the disease, according to Cele.
So far, 611 SAPS members have tested positive for COVID-19, with 101 recoveries, Cele said.
The Western Cape led all the other provinces with 441 confirmed cases involving police officers, to be followed by the Eastern Cape with 47 positive cases, he said.
The SAPS has been proactive by intensively screening and testing police officers, and has sent hundreds of its members into isolation, and over 3,000 into quarantine, Cele said.
Countrywide, there are about 121 police stations and 40 police units where members have tested positive and the premises contaminated, according to Cele.
South Africa remains the epicenter of COVID-19 in Africa, recording a total of 19,137 confirmed cases and 369 deaths as of Thursday.
There has been a lot of debate online about how regulations, especially relating to what you can buy at the shops, are being interpreted
I want to make something very clear: All of us have one clear objective in mind - and one only: to stop the spread of COVID-19, and to collectively, as a country, help save lives.
We know that the regulations were created for this reason. And any clarifications or updates to them - which, considering how quickly we moved into Lockdown is entirely normal - needs to be done with that ultimate aim in mind - to continue keeping us all safe
I also want to emphasise this, because it wasn’t reported correctly:
The Western Cape Government does not have the power to change regulations. From the outset we have shown our full support to President Ramaphosa for the lock-down and we are doing everything we can to help ensure these regulations are enforced.
The regulations are however at times vague, and residents across the province are confused about what it means for them.
We have tried to help with this interpretation, after consulting our legal team, and SAPS. We have done this only to provide the clarity many people need – so that they can abide by regulations properly. Everyone wants to play their part.
This requires common sense but also an understanding of the objective of the regulations: to keep people from gathering and spreading the virus.
I see the debate has largely centred on cigarette sales. But this is actually only one of many questions we sought advice on from SAPS.
For example, can you buy a data dongle so you can access e-learning resources? Can learners buy notebooks and pens to study? This is so important for our learners right now who need an education while our schools are closed.
There are many more.
I take cooperating with national government towards achieving our goal of beating COVID-19 very seriously.
I therefore called President Cyril Ramaphosa this morning to make clear that our concerns relate to the proper interpretation of the regulations, which are at times vague. Together with the national government, we want to apply a common sense approach to them that stops the spread, but also assists us with things like e-learning, for example.
The President has agreed that we can submit a list of these issues that require clarification to the Minister of Cooperative Governance today, and that a special President’s Coordinating Council will be called tomorrow to discuss regulations in particular.
I thank the President for his willingness to help us and our residents get the clarity they need.
Our number one objective as a province is to stop the spread of COVID-19, and I look forward to meeting with Minister Mkhize today, and the President tomorrow to strengthen our collaboration.
Minister Mkhize and I will make statements following our meeting, during a Facebook Live session at 1pm.
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Police Minister, General Bheki Cele has welcomed the revisions by the National Command Council to the Lockdown Regulations, and has taken time to elaborate on those aspects of the Regulations that seemed to have caused confusion amongst the public.
With the second weekend of the lockdown around the corner, Minister Cele has contextualised the relaxation of the regulations in as far as movement between Provinces, travelling to and from funerals is concerned.
"We have been inundated with volumes of calls from families seeking clarification or intervention or sometimes even permits relating to travelling to the funerals of their loved ones. Most such calls came from the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape and two particular police stations mentioned were Arbedeen and Aliwal North," cited Minister Bheki Cele.
Amendments to the Regulations now allow certain individuals to move between provinces, metropolitan and district areas for purposes of transporting the body for burial.
Meanwhile, certain categories of individuals closely related to the deceased, are permitted to travel to funerals.
According to the regulations, persons travelling for the purpose of a burial/cremation may obtain a permit to travel, from a Magistrate or from a Police Station Commander or his/her designate, on provision of a death certificate or a certified copy thereof. It is important for the individual seeking a permit to also give their date of return that will reflect on the permit.
Furthermore, the limit on number of people in attendance at a funeral remains 50, to maintain the effort to curb the spread of the corona virus. Also, night vigil services are still strictly prohibited for the duration of the lockdown.
On the issue of "spaza shops", an instruction will be issued to the more than 24 000 members on deployment from the SAPS, SANDF, Metro Police and other law enforcement agencies, to understand that all spaza shops and informal food traders with the necessary permits from the relevant Municipality will be allowed to operate.
In response to another area of confusion, the Minister of Police clarified and emphasised that cigarettes are not an essential item and that the sale thereof is prohibited across the country.
"What has been a dampener since the beginning of the lockdown has been the consistently high number of people arrested for violating the lockdown regulations," continued Minister Cele citing 2 298 arrests just on 30 March 2020. By close of business on 31 March 2020, the total sum of arrests had reached over 17 000 since the kick-off of the lockdown.
Provincial breakdown of total arrests:
TOTAL - 17 209
Offences vary between transport related offences, liquor related and general non-compliance with the Regulations.
"Ideally," said the Minister, "we would prefer that our communities and all stakeholders cooperate and comply to minimise the risk of exposure of both themselves as well as our 24 389 law enforcement members to the COVID-19. We really do not want to arrest people but to contain the spread of the Virus."
Members of the SAPS, the SANDF, Metro Police Departments and all law enforcment agencies will remain on deployment throughout the lockdown period.
Minister Cele reiterated the need by Provinces to align themselves to the National Regulations, and not to unilaterally sanction their own unauthorised province-specific version of the Regulations as this ends up confusing the public and of more concern, confusing the law enforcement agencies who are expected to enforce the National Regulations.
There are avenues in place through with provincial governments can engage and give input in relation to the Regulations. Minister Cele is calling on all spheres of government to follow due processes in the best interest of the country at large.
The laws of the country must be upheld.
South African Police Service
We would like to thank all businesses in the province for the great sacrifices they are making during the lockdown to help us stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the Western Cape.
We know that times are tough, and so we continue to work hard to back businesses and to save businesses, jobs and the economy in the Western Cape.
Central to our strategy to support businesses and the economy in the Western Cape is helping businesses understand and adapt to the lockdown regulations so that as many businesses as possible can continue to operate during this challenging time.
And so, we’ve been in regular contact with stakeholders at national government and at the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape to get clarity on the regulations for lockdown and how they impact on businesses and workers in the Western Cape.
Clarity on the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) certificate
In the first instance it is important to inform businesses in the Western Cape that if you provide an essential service it is NOT a legal requirement for you to obtain a Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) certificate in order to operate.
The CIPC certificate, which can be obtained from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition on the bizportal.gov.za website, is not compulsory and is not a requirement of the lockdown regulations.
Furthermore, unless you and your staff can work from home during the lockdown, if your business continues to operate during the lockdown and is NOT providing an essential service you are committing a criminal offence. Law enforcement will close your business and may even arrest you, regardless of whether you have the CIPC certificate or not.
Further clarity on essential services selling essential goods
We realise also that there has been some confusion about what stores are able to remain open to provide essential goods. We can confirm the following (in alignment with SAPS Western Cape):
Grocery stores include large retail chains as well as smaller corner grocery stores, fruit and veg shops, butchers and convenience stores at filling stations.
Pet and veterinary stores are permitted to be open. They may ONLY sell animal food and animal medicines.
Health food shops that sell food, hygiene products and / or cleaning products are permitted to be open. If open, these stores may ONLY sell essential goods.
Cellphone shops are not allowed to be open. They would only be allowed to sell airtime, and this can be bought at any grocery store, spaza shop or online.
Money lending businesses are not permitted to be open.
Cigarettes may be sold during the lockdown, but only together with essential goods.
Businesses can deliver essential goods to people’s homes, but they can't deliver hot meals or any non-essential goods to people's homes.
Providing permits for your staff to travel to work
Secondly, it is critical that if your business provides essential services, you must provide each of your staff with a permit, in writing, in the prescribed form, which gives them permission to leave their home and travel to work.
Advise your staff that they must carry this permit with them whenever they travel, together with a recent ID, so that they can show enforcement officers who may stop them while they are travelling.
Your staff may only use these permits when they are travelling to and from work, as the purpose of the lockdown is to reduce unnecessary movement so that we can stop the spread of Covid-19 infection. Unnecessary travel risks their lives and the lives of others.
Please remember that the purpose of the lockdown is to stop the spread of Covid-19, so even if your business is allowed to operate during the lockdown, if your staff can work from home, please allow them to do so. And, if they must come into the workplace then please ensure that every safety and hygiene measure is implemented to ensure social distancing and stop the spread of Covid-19 in accordance with the requirements of the regulations.
Resources and support for businesses in the Western Cape, including a “Corporate Toolkit”
We know that you are doing your utmost to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in your business, and ensure the health and safety of your staff and customers.
To support you, we have created a “Corporate Toolkit” which includes posters, collateral and other resources for you to distribute across your business to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
Visit our website to download the Corporate Toolkit.
In addition, more details on lockdown regulations, the financial relief currently available to businesses, and the answers to many other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for businesses can be found on our websites:
Any businesses who need assistance can email their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are all in this together and every single one of us is responsible for stopping the spread of Covid-19 in the Western Cape.
We will all have to pull together, and we will all have to work together, in the coming days, and weeks, and months because, in the end, it is up to all of us to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the Western Cape.
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1. Law enforcement:
2. Compliance issues:
3. Internal issues:
4. Escalated issues
5. Resolved issues
Law enforcement: Law enforcement operations currently underway
Compliance issues: Instances where there is a lack of compliance to regulations
Internal issues: Nerve centre related issues that required urgent intervention
Escalated issues: Issues escalated to the dg for his attention & intervention
Resolved issues: Issues that occurred earlier but have since been resolved
Department of Transport
The South African government on Friday unveiled a tourism safety plan as rising crimes poses a serious threat to the tourism industry.
The plan was crafted after the tourism sector has raised great concern about safety affecting tourism.
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said in a statement that the number of international arrivals in South Africa has dropped.
“Without a doubt, the challenges around safety had negatively affected our major markets.’’
According to Kubayi-Ngubane, this plan, crafted jointly with the South African Police Service (SAPS), integrates proactive both preventative and responsive measures to potential incidents.
She said the plan would ensure quick and effective operational response, which includes an aftercare program that focuses on measures to facilitate and provide victim support after an incident has occurred.
Under the plan, private security would work under the command of police, advanced technology would be used to respond to the challenges; tourism monitors would be deployed at private establishments.
The interphase of operators to interact with various provincial joint operation centres for early warning; crimes must be reported timely, and information on potential risks would be shared.
Kubayi-Ngubane said “the strategy, to guide our response to the challenges of tourism safety which impacts on the country’s tourism potential, was developed in consultation with various structures.’’
She added that a forum has been established, which includes representatives from the various stakeholders in the industry representing airlines, rail operators and accommodation etc.
“In the long term, we will remodel the Tourism Monitors Program so that they are linked with SAPS Community Policing Forums and Community Safety Patrollers as part of SAPS Community Policing Strategy.’’
The tourism sector, she said, is immense as it occupies the number two spot in the list of government priorities.
The minister said the government understands the potential of the sector to economic growth and job creation.
She said she was confident of the plan’s implementation through this festive season and over the next six months as a pilot program.
“We want to emphasise the importance of collaborative effort in dealing decisively with the safety of our visitors and to ensure that South Africa remains a destination of choice.
“we are committed to bring in more partners into the fight against crime in general and tourism safety in particular.’’
South Africa has recorded a series of incidents of violence against overseas visitors in recent months.
According to the latest figures released by Statistics South Africa, total tourist arrivals fell 2.1 per cent from January 2019 to September 2019, compared with the same period in 2018.
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Police were partly to blame for a violent pitch invasion at a South African soccer match, where fans were caught on camera beating up security officials and destroying broadcast equipment, the country’s soccer boss said on Monday.
Hundreds of angry fans on Saturday evening leapt the perimeter fencing and went on a rampage at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, after the Kaizer Chiefs lost 2-0 to the Free State Stars in a semi-final cup match.
One security officer was hospitalised but was later discharged.
Television footage showed him being repeatedly kicked in the chest and beaten with a plastic chair by rioting fans.
Fan violence at soccer matches has a history in South Africa. Forty-three people died and 158 were hurt in a stampede during a match between Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates in 2001.
A commission of inquiry called by then President Thabo Mbeki blamed inadequate training for stewards and lack of coordination between police and stadium management.
It found no criminal or civil liability against the clubs, the league or stadium management.
Before Saturday’s match, police officials didn’t show up for a planning meeting on security, Premier Soccer League Chairman Irvin Khoza told a televised news conference in Johannesburg.
“You can’t implement what you don’t have plans for,” Khoza said.
Khoza said an investigation by the League’s disciplinary structure was underway.
The causes of the riot will be investigated, police spokesman Jay Naicker said.
“We will be probing if the deployments of SAPS, Security Personnel and other security agencies were in place according to the plan, and whether those that were deployed to provide security event reacted as they were expected to,” Naicker said.
One arrest had made and that others would follow, he said.
“From the league’s perspective, whilst crimes or unlawful acts of public violence are being committed in their presence, the South African Police Service is required to be properly prepared and to immediately act,” Khoza said.On Sunday, the minister of sports, Tokozile Xasa, called for answers and swift action by the league. SH