Author Archives: South Africa Voice

Le vol à thème « Forum sur la coopération sino-africaine » prend son essor

BEIJING, 3 décembre 2015 /PRNewswire — Le 1er décembre, CA867, le vol sur le thème « Forum sur la coopération sino-africaine » lancé conjointement par Air China, l’Industrial and Commercial Bank of China et la Standard Bank d’Afrique du Sud, a pris son essor de l’aéroport de la capitale chinoise Beijing et a atterri, le 2 décembre à […] read more

“Forum on China-Africa Cooperation” Theme Flight Takes to the Sky

BEIJING, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — On December 1, CA867, the “Forum on China-Africa Cooperation” theme flight jointly launched by Air China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and South Africa’s Standard Bank took off from Beijing Capital International Airport and, at 07:55am on December 2, it landed at OR Tambo International Airport in South […] read more

Statement from Omidyar Network Managing Partner Matt Bannick regarding the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

REDWOOD CITY, California, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire — “Omidyar Network congratulates the new Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. eBay and Omidyar Network founder Pierre Omidyar recognized early in his journey as a philanthropist that addressing big social challenges would require the use of multiple assets. His experience at eBay was that markets, in particular, are an incredible tool […] read more

Applications Open for TRACE Scholar Program; Georgetown University Joins University of Washington and King’s College, Cambridge; TeliaSonera Funds Additional Scholar

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — TRACE International, the globally recognized anti-bribery business association, invites applications for its prestigious TRACE Scholar Program, which fully funds students from developing countries to pursue an LLM focused on advancing commercial transparency and raising anti-bribery compliance standards. Fellowship recipients spend an academic year at one of three universities […] read more

Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla visits Mthatha as part of Imbizo Focus week, 3 Dec

As part of National Imbizo Focus Week from 30th November to 6th December 2015, the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Thabang Makwetla, will engage with offenders, community members and other stakeholders in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Thursday (3 December 2015).

Details of the Imbizo are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 3 December 2015

Venue: Mthatha Correctional Centre, Eastern Cape

Time: 09h30 for 10h00

Over the years, Mthatha has seen a record number of crimes reported to police. One of the major challenges in the area is criminal offences committed by street youth. It is reported that many street youth participate in various criminal activities including pickpocketing, shoplifting, burglary especially from business and public premises, theft from parked motor vehicles, rape and attempted rape, possession of dagga (marijuana), vandalism and assault.

Mthatha falls under the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality, which was formed before the local government elections in the year 2000 when the Mqanduli and Mthatha Transitional and Rural Councils were merged. It is one of the five local municipalities located within the OR Tambo District Municipality. The majority population of the municipality resides in rural areas, where they still practice cultural tradition. King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality still retains many of the earliest buildings of the neoclassical style that was popular during the colonial times. The main economic sectors include community services (48%), finance (21%) and trade (18%).

Izimbizo are two-way unmediated, and interactive, information sharing platforms; a dialogue between government and people giving credence to participatory democracy. Under the theme: “Together we move South Africa forward”, Deputy Minister Makwetla, together with senior government officials, will interact with citizens. Through such platforms, community members also have an opportunity to engage with government in order to address various challenges they are facing.

We wish to request media attending to please confirm attendance by sending their full name, ID or passport number and mobile number to Zama Feni at, or 082 5583 369.


Ntime Skhosana

Office of the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services

Cell: 082 496 6875


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Home Affairs to extend working hours at ports of entry

Pretoria: The Department of Home Affairs will extend operating hours at selected ports of entry, deploy additional personnel and extra resources to boost service delivery during the festive season.

This is according to the department’s Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni, who briefed media in Pretoria on Wednesday on operational and contingency plans that the department has put in place this festive season.

Apleni said the plans are meant to ensure smooth facilitation of travellers and goods.

He said selected ports of entry will operate on extended hours between 10 December 2015 and 14 January 2016.

“This will cater for the pre-festive season movement, the post-festive season period and the re-opening of schools in the New Year,” said Apleni.

He said the number of workstations will also be increased over this period to ensure that the ports of entry are not affected by the increase in traveller volumes.

He said the past festive season was one of the most successful periods as only a few incidents were reported.

Apleni said statistics showed an increase of movement of travellers on arrival at Maseru Bridge, Ficksburg, Oshoek and Kopfontein, while Beitbridge and Lebombo figures showed a decrease in comparison with the previous season.

“Two major land ports of entry, Beitbridge and Lebombo, continue to receive the majority of travellers during the festive period.

“We encourage people to travel gradually over the entire period rather than in a single day, so that we can all be and feel safe,” said Apleni.

Unabridged birth certificate requirement

Apleni said regulations specific to travelling with children have not changed and this is to protect children, ensuring that “we know who is taking them out of the country, lawfully and with permission”.

He said an unabridged birth certificate is still required for all children under the age of 18 years, including unaccompanied minors.

This is in addition to the requirement for valid passports, visas where applicable, as well as affidavits confirming parental consent to such travel in the event that one parent is not travelling.

He said it takes about eight weeks to apply and be issued with an unabridged birth certificate, which would be required for each travelling child.

“Those whose applications have exceeded eight weeks, and have not received certificates, are advised to visit Home Affairs offices where they will be given a letter to use in the place of the certificate in the event that they need to travel.

“I encourage our people when applying for a child’s passport to also apply for birth certificates. Details of parents will be printed in the passport so that parents, whose particulars are printed, will therefore not be required to carry birth certificates when travelling with their children,” he said.

He also said the department has been able to successfully carry out Live Capture System upgrades as announced last week. Full services are expected to be provided from Thursday.


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New Diepsloot police station brings hope

Pretoria: Residents of Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, say the new police station in their community has brought hope in the fight against crime.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Wednesday visited the police station. In his interaction with the community, the Minister apologised for the delay in the completion of the building. Construction started in March 2008 and it is expected to be fully completed early next year.

Minister Nxesi said R105 million was spent on the construction of the police station.

A member of the community who was present during the Minister’s visit, Vusimuzi Mthethwa, told SAnews that although the police station was a long time coming, they feel safer.

“I feel much safer because the police station is closer to us and that they will respond quickly when called to crime scenes,” he said.

Although construction is still continuing, police officers have already started serving the community from the building. The police started operating from the building from 1 September this year.

Upon his arrival at the station, the Minister met with the station’s senior officials and thereafter proceeded to conduct an inspection of the building.

His visit to the station was part of the National Imbizo Focus Week activities.

The construction of the police station came to a halt after the department had detected that the constructor was experiencing serious cash flow problems and the workers were not being paid.

“We would like to thank the contractors who have worked hard to finish this police station since they took over the completion contract in March 2013.

“We know that they had to fix a lot of problems that had crept on to the site since the stopping of work because of the problems of the previous contractor,” Minister Nxesi said.

He said the problems experienced during the construction of the police station had made the department more careful in applying stringent measures when appointing contractors.

The Minister appealed to the community to help look after the police station as it belongs to them.

“This is your police station. Look after it,” he said.

He called on the locals to work with police in the fight against crime. He cautioned that they should not take the law into their own hands.

Acting Station Commander, Lt Colonel Wilma Serfontein, said before moving to the new building, they were sharing a building with the Metro police in another section.

“We were crammed in seven offices,” she said.


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Population Services International And UNITAID Launch The Largest Effort Ever To Catalyze HIV Self-Testing In Africa

In advance of World AIDS Day, Population Services International (PSI) and UNITAID team up in a two-year project that will scale up HIV self-testing in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. WASHINGTON, and HARARE, Zimbabwe, Nov. 30, 2015 / PRNewswire – Today, on the eve of World AIDS Day, PSI joined UNITAID, the World Health Organization and […] read more