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Curios and Handicrafts Not the Way to Equality in Africa

Curios and Handicrafts Not the Way to Equality in Africa
By Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute In an interview earlier this year, Jessica Horn, director of programmes at the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) voiced concern about the type of work African women are involved in, or, rather, the type of work that is thought to be suitable for them and into which they are often drawn due to low education levels. Jessica Horn said that economic empowerment initiatives too often teach women to make handicrafts such as cheap beaded jewellery. The same may be said for men who make wooden carvings which they try to sell…


Fibre to the Home – What you need to know before you sign up with an ISP

Fibre to the home (FTTH) is rolling out in suburbs across South Africa at a rapid rate, promising lightning fast internet speeds, a world of connectivity and online in-home entertainment options not yet experienced since the Jurassic Park advent of copper lines and ADSL.  Once you get over the trenching, messy pavements and lumpy driveways courtesy of the fibre infrastructure provider, and you’ve done your homework on the best internet service provider (ISP) to provide the actual interconnectivity via your fibre line - Netflix binges become a reality, along with a veritable treasure chest of YouTube and Google knowledge, music…


Police Chairperson urges Matriculants in the Western Cape to apply to serve in South African Police Service (SAPS)

Police Chairperson urges Matriculants in the Western Cape to apply to serve in South African Police Service (SAPS)
Aspiring police members must have no links to criminality and fit the profile of a career law-enforcement officer CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 15, 2019/ -- The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman, has urged matriculants in the Western Cape who are interested in a career in law enforcement to apply at their nearest police station, before the Friday, 18 January deadline this week.Matriculants who wants to make a contribution to their community and serve to achieve a safer South Africa are encouraged to apply to become trainees within the South African Police Service (Saps).Mr Beukman…


Home Affairs to investigate Tongaat Cellphone Incident involving Officials

Home Affairs to investigate Tongaat Cellphone Incident involving Officials
The Department of Home Affairs has noted social media posts showing officials seemingly on cellphones while on duty, at the Tongaat office in KwaZulu-Natal PRETORIA, South Africa, January 14, 2019/ -- The Department’s policy is quite clear on this matter. The use of cellular phones by front office officials while performing their duties is prohibited.Officials at front offices are trained to refrain from using such gadgets when they are supposed to be serving citizens and other clients. Accordingly, the Department will investigate the matter, and, as informed by the outcome, appropriate actions will be taken, that may include subjecting the…


Critical Analysis of Racial Segregation at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke

By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute The first term of school this year has not gotten off to the best start for some children and their parents. At Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in North West Province, a teacher has been suspended over racial segregation of children in a class. A photo was sent to parents by WhatsApp by the teacher which clearly shows a large group of white children seated together, and a few black children separated from the group at another desk. That’s a red flag, and a political protest was held outside the school. But is this…


Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Organ Chairperson Statement- Results in DRC Presidential Elections

Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) urges all political parties, candidates, and their supporters to exercise patience, and refrain from acts of violence PRETORIA, South Africa, January 11, 2019/ -- The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) welcomes the release of the provisional results of the Presidential Election held under the combined Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Elections on 30 December 2018 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). SADC congratulates the Congolese people, the Government of the DRC, all political stakeholders and the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for conducting the elections. SADC urges all political parties, candidates, and their supporters to…


Police Chairperson commends Hawks on Port Elizabeth (PE) Drug Bust

Police Chairperson commends Hawks on Port Elizabeth (PE) Drug Bust
The committee welcomed the proactive steps taken by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) leadership to deal with international crime syndicates and the drug trade CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 9, 2019/ -- The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman, has commended the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI/Hawks) under the leadership of Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya for the confiscation of drugs valued at R720 million in Port Elizabeth (PE) yesterday.The committee welcomed the proactive steps taken by the DPCI leadership to deal with international crime syndicates and the drug trade. The committee has over time…


South Africa assumes Non-Permanent Seat on the United Nations Security Council

South Africa assumes Non-Permanent Seat on the United Nations Security Council
This will be the third time that South Africa will be serving in the Security Council since the dawn of democracy in 1994 BERLIN, Germany, January 3, 2019/ -- South Africa today officially assumes its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2019-2020. South Africa was overwhelmingly elected to serve on the Council by the United Nations General Assembly on 8 June 2018. As President Cyril Ramaphosa reflected at the time: “This will be the third time that South Africa will be serving in the Security Council since the dawn of democracy…


South Africa Government concerned about the growing number of South Africans detained abroad

South Africa Government concerned about the growing number of South Africans detained abroad
Minister stated that of the more than 800 South Africans who are in prisons across the world, around 21% of them are in South America detained for drug-related charges PRETORIA, South Africa, December 12, 2018/ -- More than 800 South Africans are in prisons across the world for visa-related violations, drug-related charges, as well as various other offences. As we approach the festive season, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has expressed serious concern about South Africans being arrested or detained across the world as a result of these offences. The Minister stated that of the more than 800…


Police Committee calls for Specialised Units and more resources to combat Port Elizabeth (PE) Gangs

Police Committee calls for Specialised Units and more resources to combat Port Elizabeth (PE) Gangs
This follows the one-day oversight visit by the Portfolio Committee on Police to the Nelson Mandela-Metropolitan municipality area CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 4, 2018/ -- The Portfolio Committee on Police is of the view that the strengthening of specialised units and more resources are critical to deal with gang violence and organised crime in the Eastern Cape.This follows the one-day oversight visit by the Portfolio Committee on Police to the Nelson Mandela-Metropolitan municipality area.The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Mr Francois Beukman said the committee believes that the Anti-gang Unit should be formally established in the Eastern Cape to…