Home Affairs ready to address Immigration Act problems

Home Affairs ready to address Immigration Act problems

Pretoria – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says his department is ready to deal with challenges arising from the new Immigration Act. The Immigration Amendment Act, No. 13 of 2011 (Immigration Amendment Act), together with the relevant Regulations, came into effect on 26 May 2014. Among others, the Act stipulates that every child should have his or her own passport. In addition to that, parents travelling with the child must produce an unabridged birth certificate showing the names of the parents, and where one parent…

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Police

SA Police implicated in Macia death fired

Daveyton, Springs – Eight of the nine Daveyton policemen implicated in the murder of Mozambican taxi driver, Mido Macia, have been fired. The eight police officers from the Daveyton police station were found guilty on various charges during an internal SAPS disciplinary hearing. The ninth member, who was charged with the other eight, was acquitted during the disciplinary hearing, after it was found that he was not at the scene. The police officers were arrested shortly after a video showing Macia, being tied to the…

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SA's mining strategy must unlock transformation, investment

Minister kan nie myne se lisensies terugtrek oor SEB nie

Die staat kan nie bloot arbitrêr mynlisensies terugtrek as myne nie voldoen aan die mynbou-handves se vereistes oor transformasie nie, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor minerale. Hy sê die dreigement van Ngoako Ramathlodi, minister van mineralebronne, om lisensies te onttrek, is nie die manier waarop ‘n verantwoordelike minister in die verband moet optree nie. Ramathlodi het luidens mediaberigte gister gesê die handves stel sekere transformasieteikens en mynlisensies is ‘n ‘wapen in sy hand’ wat hy sal gebruik indien nodig.…

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Nuwe Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging (SEB)-punteskok is onwettig

Vrye pers onontbeerlik in ‘n grondwetlike demokrasie

Die media in Suid-Afrika speel ‘n groot rol daarin om gesagstrukture verantwoordbaar te hou en is van die allergrootste belang in ‘n grondwetlike, demokratiese bestel, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor kommunikasie. Adv. Alberts sê die nuwe oproepe om die regulering van die pers deur lisensies vir joernaliste wat gemaak is deur Hlaudi Motsoeneng, bedryfshoof van die SAUK en dr. Blade Nzimande, minister van hoër onderwys, is ‘n herhaling van ‘n vorige, soortgelyke oproep deur die ANC. Hy sê die…

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Ehrenreich en Cosatu soos tandelose keffertjies wat al hoe meer irrelevant raak in ’n moderne wêreld

Tony Ehrenreich en Cosatu is soos tandelose keffertjies wat ‘n leë geraas maak terwyl hulle al hoe meer irrelevant en uitgediend raak in ‘n moderne wêreld met moderne uitdagings, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor sport. Hy sê Ehrenreich en Cosatu se uitsprake oor die Springbok-rugbyspan en Victor Matfield se skrumpet getuig van absolute intellektuele bankrotskap en is simptomaties van vakbondmentaliteit om eerder af te breek en te kritiseer as om by te dra en op te bou. “Cosatu bevind…

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IFP

IFP WINS IN KWAHLABISA BY-ELECTION

IFP WINS IN KWAHLABISA BY-ELECTION The IFP KZN Provincial Secretary and Municipal Mayor of Hlabisa, Velenkosini Hlabisa, today thanked members of the IFP and the public who voted for the IFP in Ward 6 in Kwa-Hlabisa yesterday. ‘Thank you for voting IFP. We are very humbled by your trust and we will continue to work to ensure service delivery in Hlabisa,’ said Hlabisa. The IFP has successfully retained Ward 6 in Kwa-Hlabisa by 945 votes, leaving the NFP and ANC behind. ‘I would also like…

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IFP

IFP CONGRATULATES FORMER CHIEF WHIP ON OBTAINING DOCTORATE

The Inkatha Freedom Party sends its heartiest congratulations to its former Chief Whip in Parliament, now retired, Mr JH van der Merwe. Van der Merwe, 76, who served as the IFP Chief Whip since 1994 and as an MP for 37 years, receives his doctorate in Political Sciences from the University of Free State later today. Ms Sibongile Nkomo, MP and IFP Secretary-General said ,”Our former parliamentary Chief Whip, Mr JH van der Merwe, continues to be an example to us all of what hard…

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Nuwe Swart Ekonomiese Bemagtiging (SEB)-punteskok is onwettig

Toespraak in die Debat oor die Openingsrede van die Premier van die Vrystaat

Meer werksgeleenthede sal slegs geskep kan word indien die ekonomie  groei. Om ‘n ekonomiese groeikoers wat welvaartsverbetering sal  verseker, te realiseer benodig Suid-Afrika ‘n dramatiese verhoging in  produktiwiteit. Die verhoging van produktiwiteit hang nou saam met  werketiek. Die kern van die huidige krisisse wat die Vrystaat in die gesig staar  lê by gefaalde regeringsbeleid en ontoereikende werksetiek. Anders as wat die agbare premier wil voorgee is ou toerusting nie te  blameer vir die totale in duie stort van die Vrystaatse  gesondheidssisteem nie. ‘n Tekort aan…

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VF+

Warrants for arrest of generals a shame

“The issuance of warrants for the arrest of the head of the Army (Major General Solly Shoke), head of the Air Force (Lieutenant General. Zakes Msimang) and the Secretary of Defense (Dr. Sam Gulube) is a disgrace to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). This is a poor example of discipline and creates the impression that the officers themselves as above the law, “says dr. Pieter Groenewald, chief spokesperson on Defence for the Freedom Front Plus. “The fact that the court, on 30 May…

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CDP

CDP welcomes SAHRC hearing on farm murders

“The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) welcomes the announcement that the South African Human Rights Commission is to hold a hearing on farm murders.” Says CDP leader, Rev. Theunis Botha. “The CDP plans to enter its own submission, which was previously prepared for the Commission for the Protection and Promotion of the rights of Cultural, Religious and Language groups, as it appeared that the SAHRC was not willing to address this matter. “We doubt whether any other subject matter has so often been addressed by the…

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SOUTH AFRICAN TENNIS STAR HONOURED BY DAVIS CUP

Cliff Drysdale, Wayne Ferreira and Frew McMillan receive Davis Cup commitment award FREE TO USE PICTURES Wimbledon, London – A trio of South African Davis Cup legends, including two former champions, have been presented with their Davis Cup Commitment Awards at this year’s Wimbledon Championships. Cliff Drysdale, Wayne Ferreira and Frew McMillan were given their awards, which go to players who have competed in 20 Davis Cup home or away ties during their career, by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Tennis South Africa President…

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National government spending breaks the R1 trillion mark

National government spending breaks the R1 trillion mark

National government spending breaks the R1 trillion mark The South African national government expenditure surpassed R1 trillion in the 2012/13 fiscal year, almost double the R567 billion spent in 2007/08. This was a finding from Stats SA’s Financial Statistics of National Government report, an annual release containing details of national government spending. Exploring expenditure trends over the last six years, the report shows that the increase in expenditure was mostly driven by increased allocations from national government to provincial governments. This increased from about R298…

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Labour Minister looking at national minimum wage

Highest inflation in almost five years

Highest inflation in almost five years Inflation hits 6,6% in May 2014, the highest rate in almost five years (6,8% in July 2009). The monthly increase is a modest 0,2%. The big jump in the annual rate is mainly as a result of a drop of 0,3% in the index in May 2013. This drop was mainly a result of a 73c/l drop in the petrol price and only modest changes in other groups in that month. Strong increases continue to be observed in food…

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Agricultural sector

9000 new employees in agricultural sector

According to Statistics SA, The number of employees in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy increased from an estimated 8 498 000 employees in December 2013 to an estimated 8 507 000 employees in March 2014. Statistics South Africa released the results of the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey for March 2014 which indicate that an estimated 8 507 000 persons were employed in the formal non-agricultural sector. This reflects a quarterly increase of about 9 000 employees (+0,1%) between December 2013…

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Mandela Day

Mandela Day

South Africa has seen a myriad of protests by communities particularly against municipalities. Some were dubbed service delivery protests for one reason or the other. President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation Address outlined a number of measures to address challenges in various municipalities. These measures have put a sharp focus on municipalities. One of these interventions is the exciting campaign to clean municipalities. The President also used the opportunity to remind the country of the need for all South Africans to devote…

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Police

Police express outrage

Pretoria – National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega has expressed outrage and concern about the rate at which police officers continue to be killed by criminals. Over the past five days, five police officers were killed – one in Gauteng, another in Limpopo and three in the Western Cape. On Friday, Lieutenant Colonel Knox Chauke, a training coordinator at the Human Resources Division (SAPS Head Office), was gunned down in front of his house in Kagiso. Nothing was taken from him. On Sunday, Lieutenant Yezindaba…

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Home Affairs ready to address Immigration Act problems

Home Affairs studying High Court ruling

Pretoria – The Department of Home Affairs says it is studying the judgement of the Western Cape High Court, regarding the implementation of the new immigration regulations. “The department is still studying the judgement and will provide comment in due course,” it said on Monday. The department was taken to court by Brent Johnson, whose Danish wife was denied entry into South Africa after the department declared her as an “undesirable person”, after a short visit outside the country. She wasn’t allowed back into the…

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Horrific crash in Swellendam claims eight lives

Government responsible for health, development

Pretoria – Governments have the responsibility to ensure that policies affirm the complicated link between health and development, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. “The right to the conditions necessary to achieve the highest attainable standard of health is a universal right and it is thus the duty of governments to respect, protect and fulfill this right,” the Deputy President said on Monday. He was speaking at the opening of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Forum, which is attended by industry expects and…

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Marikana Commission given more time

Marikana Commission given more time

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has given the Marikana Commission of Inquiry more time to complete its work. On Monday, he announced the extension of the Commission’s term from 31 July 2014 to 30 September. “After engagement between the President, the Chairperson of the Commission and the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, it became evident that the Commission would not be able to complete its investigation by 31 July 2014, hence the extension of the term of the Commission,” the Presidency said. The commission…

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Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

33-year-old Limpopo suspect arrested

A 33-year-old man, who has been linked to more than 30 crimes in Seshego, Limpopo, has been arrested. The suspect, Thomas Tshamano, who is originally from Makhado, has been terrorising the community by stealing valuable items from their vehicles since 2011, according to Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi. “He targeted his victims at night and broke into their vehicles parked inside or outside their yards and stole valuables including radios, cell phones, wallets, laptops and anything else he could lay his hands on.” According…

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New youth agenda soon

Johannesburg – Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, says a new agenda is needed to fight youth challenges over the next five years. Deputy Minister Manamela was speaking at the New Age Business Briefing at Fourways, on Monday morning. He said a lot of lessons have been drawn over the past five years and that going forward, all hands must be on deck, and all sectors of society should join government in helping young people receive quality education and training in order to help…

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Labour Minister intervenes in Numsa strike

Metal workers down tools

About 220 000 National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) workers in the steel and metal sector are downing tools in a nationwide strike that starts today. The workers are expected to march in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, George, Cape Town and East London, according to Numsa. The employers have tabled a three-year wage settlement offer of between 7% and 8% for different levels of workers in the first year and CPI-linked increases for 2015 and 2016. However, the union has rejected the offer,…

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26 DRUNK DRIVING ARRESTS OVER FIRST WEEKEND OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

26 DRUNK DRIVING ARRESTS OVER FIRST WEEKEND OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

With our schools on break for the next two weeks, Provincial Traffic law enforcement remains committed to ensuring safety across the province, and nabbing motorists that threaten the safety of others through their reckless and irresponsible behaviour. This weekend’s 22 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the Western Cape saw a total of 2 168 vehicles stopped as part of Provincial Traffic services road safety campaign. 962 drivers were screened for (being under suspicion of) driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in 26 arrests. The highest…

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REBURIAL CEREMONY OF NATHANIEL NAKASA

Limpopo police condemns police killing

Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Fanie Masemola, has condemned the killing of a police officer in Ritavi, in Tzaneen. “Any attack and the killing of our police officers will not be tolerated, and I have already formulated a task team by Hawks members to apprehend these cold blooded killers and ensure that they face the full might of the law. No stone will be left un-turned in our efforts to establish who was involved and bring them to book,” said Masemola. Masemola was reacting…

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Numsa strike deplored – CDP

Numsa strike deplored – CDP “The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) condemns the upcoming Numsa strike, but is not at all surprised that it is imminent”, says CDP leader, Rev.Theunis Botha. “It is clear that the annual strike season has commenced, which this year will be even more damaging than in the past, due to the relative success of the Amcu-strike. “Striking has now become a way not only to improve wages and working conditions, but has also become a battle field for political power amongst…

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