Daily Archives: February 21, 2018

Minister Fikile Mbalula condemns killing of five Police officers from Ngcobo Police station

The Minister of Police, Minister Fikile Mbalula today woke up to the most horrifying news, five (5) Police from Engcobo, Eastern Cape were attacked at Engcobo Police station. A group of armed suspects entered the police station in the early hours of this morning.

Three members were killed instantly, the suspects made off with a police van taking two other members. The two police officers were later found dead with gunshot wounds. Today Minister Fikile Mbalula will be visiting Engcobo, Eastern Cape.

I call for calm from our members, as I am aware how emotional this horrific incident is. Today I have instructed General Khehla Sitole to hunt those barbaric criminals and bring them to book. They must regret the day they sat and planned to attack the state. Mbalula said.

While the motive is not yet clear, the suspects has stolen firearms from the Police station. These are very dangerous criminals, I urge people to remain vigilant and calm and report any possible suspicion to the Police, Mbalula added.

This act further adds the number of guns in the wrong hands and reversing the hard work the Police have been doing to clean our streets of illegal firearms and keeping our country safe. The task team has been activated comprising of experienced detectives and DPCI (Hawks).

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize opens Richmond-Indaleni Community Skills Development Centre, 23 Feb

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, MP, will officially open the Richmond-Indaleni Community Skills Development Centre in Richmond, KwaZulu Natal on Friday, the 23rd of February 2018.

The Community skills Development Centre was launched in 2016 by the Department of Higher Education and Training in collaboration with the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA (FP and M SETA), UMgundundlovu TVET College and the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.

The state of the art Community Centre is fully furnished with modern day industry machinery, will offer training in footwear production, Woodwork and Carpentry, Fashion and Sewing and Information Technology (IT).

Source: Government of South Africa

National Commissioner Khehla Sitole condemns attack on Ngcobo Police Station

The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole,has strongly condemned the attack on the Ngcobo Police Station between Umtata and Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.

An unknown group of armed suspects entered the police station in the early hours of this morning and without warning, randomly opened fire on the members on duty. Three members were killed instantly in the Community Service Centre. An off duty soldier was also shot dead as the suspects were fleeing.

The suspects made off with a police van taking two other members. The bodies of both these members with gunshot wounds were later found along the roadside, six kilometers from the police station. According to preliminary investigations, it appears that members were shot execution style.

This callous and cold-blooded attack has been condemned in the strongest possible way by the National Commissioner. “I am appalled and deeply saddened by the cold and callous attack on our colleagues this morning,” said General Sitole.

“I have activated a task team comprising of experienced detectives of the South African Police Service and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation to investigate this attack,” said General Sitole.

This team will be supported by specialized medium to high risk teams with the added support of the Airwing. “We will not rest until we have tracked down these heartless killers and bring them to book”, added General Sitole.

The National Commissioner has also called upon the community to assist with any information that could help identify and bring these perpetrators to book as this is a heartless attack on the State.

While the motive for this attack is not clear yet we have established that the suspects have a robbed an ATM a short distance away from the police station, stolen 10 firearms as well as a police van from the station.

Information can be communicated to the SAPS Crime Stop number 086 00 10111. Callers may remain anonymous and all information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Source: Government of South Africa

Tourism hosts 5th sharing of best practices workshop, 19 to 22 Feb

The Department of Tourism hosts its 5th sharing of a best practices workshop

The Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development and Tourism, is currently hosting its annual sharing of best practises workshop for countries from the African continent in Nelspruit. The workshop is scheduled to run from 19 � 22 February 2018, with intended outcomes including strengthening regional integration and cooperation; exchanging and sharing knowledge and best practises on the management of Tourism Statistics; Tourism Policy and Strategy; Promoting of Tourism along the Heritage and Cultural site through the Kruger National Park as a case study; Grading and Classification; Sustainable Tourism and Social Media in Tourism.

The purpose of the workshop is to exchange information, experiences, and expertise in the tourism sector, particularly management and development of tourism related projects and policy initiatives aimed at growing travel and tourism in South Africa and the rest of the continent. The workshop is one of the instruments used by the Department of Tourism to implement Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) signed with the different African countries.

Following the number of requests for assistance we have previously received from the various countries in the continent for training in certain areas of tourism, our department took a decision to develop a programme which facilitated training in accordance with the needs as identified by the countries we have signed MOUs with, said Deputy Director-General Aneme Malan during her opening remarks.

The second day of the workshop will see countries representatives being given an opportunity to share their own tourism experiences and best practices. The aim is to provide them with an opportunity to highlight their country’s significant tourism practices and tourism attractions, product etc.

Delegates attending the workshop from Africa are, Ethiopia, Mali, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, the DRC as well as delegates from Brazil; Sri Lanka and the Palestine State.

The hosting of this year’s Sharing of Best Practices workshop is being held alongside the margins of the East3Route, an investment seminar which is being hosted by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency. This is an event hosted jointly with Swaziland, Mozambique, Seychelles, KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga provinces. The East3Route is aimed at driving economic and social development for the South East coastal areas of Africa within the four countries.

On the last day of the workshop, guests will be given an opportunity to visit some of best tourist attractions in the province of Mpumalanga. These are places that attract tourists from all over the world as they are some of the world’s natural wonders.

Source: Government of South Africa

Explosive Device Kills 2 French Soldiers in Mali

Two members of a French counterterrorism force in Mali were killed Wednesday when an improvised explosive device hit their armored vehicle in a border region with Niger, authorities said.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said a soldier and an officer were killed in the explosion. A statement by Defense Minister Florence Parly said those killed were part of a “vast operation” patrolling the border region with Niger. It did not specify the locality.

The minister identified the victims as Emilien Mougin and Timothee Dernoncourt, from an armored regiment based in Valence but members of Operation Barkhane, an anti-terrorism force operating in the Sahel region of west Africa.

Islamic extremists and traffickers frequently cross or hide out in border regions between Mali and Niger and between Mali and Burkina Faso. It was not known who planted the explosive device.

Operation Barkhane, the 4,000-strong counterterrorism force started in 2014, is meant to fight extremist groups in the west African Sahel region, which also includes Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania. About 1,000 French soldiers are in Mali. The Barkhane troops are backed by fighter planes, drones and helicopters. Barkhane replaced the troops of a 2013 intervention in Mali to rout an al-Qaida affiliate in the north. Surviving fighters spread out across the region.

Macron praised the “courage” of the French soldiers and their determination to continue their mission, “which allows them to strike serious blows against the enemy.”

Source: Voice of America