Daily Archives: November 26, 2018

Government activities for the week, 26 Nov to 2 Dec

Government has scheduled the following briefings/activities for the week: 26 November � 02 December 2018. The activities, which are aligned to the National Development Plan and outlined in the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019, are undertaken to build a better South Africa.

From 26 to 27 November, The Department of Social Development will host the National Human Trafficking Indaba at Premier Hotel – The Winkler, White River in Mpumalanga Province. The Indaba is part of this year’s #16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.

From 26 � 30 November, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will lead a business delegation on a Trade and Investment Mission scheduled to take place in the provinces of Pemba and Maputo, Mozambique. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, will on Monday, 26 November, launch the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies in Durban. The dti agencies will also present opportunities and compliance procedures to Small Medium Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) and large enterprises.

Minister of Small Business Development, MsLindiwe Zulu, MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, MrSihleZikalala and the Executive Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, will, on Monday, 26 November, hand over tools and equipment to informal business owners in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal at 12h00. Minister Zulu, will also on Friday, 30 November, launch the revised definition of small enterprises in South Africa and also release the Annual Review of Small Enterprises and Co-operatives at Riversands Incubation Hub in Fourways.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, will on Thursday, 29 November, host a World Fisheries Day celebration in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. The theme of this event is focused on Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture under the Operation Phakisa initiative.

The Deputy President Mr David Mabuza and Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, will lead the World AIDS Day commemoration activities to be held in Dobsonville, Soweto on Saturday 01 December. The 2018 World AIDS Day will be commemorated under the theme: “Know your health status” which seeks to encourage people to know their health status by going for regular health screening and testing in order to live healthy lifestyles.

All members of the media are advised that the media briefings/activities are subject to change. However, the GCIS will update the media through advisories.

Source: Government of South Africa

Militant Attacks Kills 22 in Somalia

At least 22 people were killed in two separate militant attacks Monday in Somalia, witnesses and officials said.

In the first incident, al-Shabab militants attacked the compound of a controversial cleric in the central Somalia town of Galkayo, killing him and at least 14 other people.

Residents in the town said they woke up Monday to huge explosions, followed by heavy, sustained gunfire at the compound in the southern half of the town.

Witnesses said a car bomb rammed into the gate followed by insurgents who stormed the compound.

The compound has been the headquarters of the Sufi cleric Sheikh Abdiweli Ali Elmi and his congregation.

Al-Shabab accused him of committing blasphemy last year and threatened to kill him after he posted controversial videos on YouTube. Religious leaders criticized him for posting videos that showed the cleric pointing to a picture some thought represented the Prophet Muhammad. He was also condemned for using music in his worship services.

Elmi had denied the blasphemy accusations against him and insisted music is not contrary to Islamic teachings.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for killing the cleric.

Security forces launched an attack on the militants, killing two of them. A third militant reportedly has been apprehended.

Commander of the security forces who fought al-Shabab militants in the compound AbdulazizAbdullahiHogolof told journalists that four militants were behind the attack including the driver of the suicide car bomb.

Police say eight people were killed by a car bomb just after mid-day in Mogadishu.

Commissioner of Wadajir district Omar Abdullahi Hassan told VOA that security forces intercepted the car after the driver showed suspicious behavior.

He said the driver was taken away for questioning and the search of the car started when the explosion occurred.

Al-Shabab often takes credit for these types of explosions in Somalia.

Source: Voice of America

Chinese Officials Arrested for Bribery Amid Kenya’s SGR Corruption Inquiry

Kenyan authorities have arrested seven officials with the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) for bribing investigators looking into corruption tied to the Standard Gauge Railway, the Daily Nation, one of Kenya’s largest newspapers, reported Sunday.

The arrests mark the first time Chinese officials have faced charges linked to the SGR, which has garnered controversy since the inaugural run between Nairobi, the capital, and Mombasa, a major coastal city, in mid 2017.

Agents with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) arrested three Chinese nationals and four Kenyan officials, all of whom work for the CRBC and will face charges in court Monday, according to The Nation.

The EACC said on Twitter the bribe totaled 500,000 Kenyan shillings, or about $4,850.

The Nation cited unnamed sources with the railway who claimed the fraud under investigation amounts to about 1 million Kenyan shillings a day, or about $9,700.

Based on an estimated 4,000 daily ticket sales and an average ticket price of $15.50, more than 15 percent of daily revenue may be subject to fraud.

The more than $3 billion SGR launched in May 2017 amid much fanfare, but has been tarnished by allegations of corruption and racism, and concerns about its economic viability.

Nicknamed the Madaraka Express, the Nairobi-Mombasa line connects Kenya’s two largest cities and was billed as a way to cut travel time and bolster the economy.

But project costs ballooned as the work progressed, and some observers say the Kenyan government overpaid for the project, which replaced the colonial-era, British-built Lunatic Express line.

Sunday’s arrests aren’t the first corruption charges tied to the SGR.

In August, two top Kenyan officials were charged with corruption tied to land acquisition for the railway. At the time, the prosecutor’s office identified more than a dozen other Kenyan officials and businesspeople who had been arrested.

Source: Voice of America

SEARCH STILL GOES ON FOR A MISSING BABY IN KUNENE, NAMIBIA

WINDHOEK– A year and six months have gone by without inroads being made by police to find a six-month-old baby stolen from her mother in early May 2017 at Epupa village in the Kunene Region of Namibia.

Namibian Police crime investigations coordinator in Kunene, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu told Nampa on Monday the baby has not yet been found and that the search by police is still on.

“We are still urging members of the public who may have information that can assist the police to find the baby to come forward,” he said.

The baby reportedly went missing while sleeping next to her Angolan mother, 20-year-old NdjinavevaKauyekua, who was visiting relatives in the village at the time of the incident.

The mother allegedly discovered the baby was missing when she woke up to breastfeed her. They were sleeping outdoors.

Three people, namely Dirk Rinovita, 39, NgombeTjambiru, 27, and TjiposaTjikundi, age unknown, have since been arrested in connection with the missing baby.

They were denied bail after their appearance in the Opuwo Magistrate’s Court in May last year on charges of theft, kidnapping and human trafficking.

The community of Opuwo staged a demonstration on 26 June last year before the second appearance of the accused persons demanding that they be denied bail.

State Prosecutor ObertMasendeke on Monday told Nampa that the accused are expected to appear in court on Friday for a bail application.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SUDAN AND EGYPT SET UP JOINT PATROLS AGAINST CROSS-BORDER THREATS

KHARTOUM — Sudan and Egypt, which face cross-border threats from militias operating in Libya, agreed to set up joint military patrols on their border, Sudan’s chief of staff said following talks between the countries’ defence ministers.

Libya, with which Egypt and Sudan have a joint border, has been riven by internal strife since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011 and a power vacuum has grown that has allowed rival militias and armed groups to grow.

“It was agreed to establish joint military patrols between the two countries’ borders, establish mechanisms to control the border and establish future joint forces on the border to combat terrorism, cross-border crimes, control the border and combat all manifestations of evasion,” Sudanese Chief of Staff Kamal Abdul Maarouf told reporters.

He said the two militaries would form a strategic partnership in all fields, especially intelligence and operational cooperation and training.

Joint investments were also agreed, Abdul Maarouf said, as well as allowing Egypt to establish agricultural and animal production projects in Sudan.

Relations between Egypt and Sudan have improved markedly over the past year despite persisting tensions over a Nile dam which Ethiopia is building. Egypt sees the project as a threat to its water supply but Sudan backs it because of its need for electricity.

The two countries have also long been in a standoff over the disputed “Halayeb Triangle,” which they both claim as their territory but Egypt controls. Sudan renewed a complaint at the U.N. in January demanding Egypt hand over control of the border area.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK