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CRIME STILL UP DURING THE DAY - VAAL AREA
Residents in the Vaal areas are once again warned to be vigilant during the day when crime levels are highest and theft out of motor vehicles is still a problem. Elizna Schulz, Branch Manager for Fidelity ADT says Sasolburg and Vaalpark have been identified as hotspots for break-ins during the day at a recent CPF/SAPS meeting. “Often during the day people are less vigilant and forget to set alarms and outside beams in their property.” “In our experience we have found that security measures like electric fences, detection beams and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) are still key deterrents to crime,…
DA-led City of Joburg hands over of 115 new specialised fleet vehicles to user departments
by Dalu Cele for CoJ It is without a shred of doubt that where the DA governs, there is rapid service delivery gain. On 31 July 2019, the Executive Mayor, Cllr Herman Mashaba and MMC of Group Corporate and Shared Services, Cllr Ntombi Khumalo, launched and handed over 115 specialised fleet vehicles to the front-line entities of the City of Johannesburg. This addition took the total number of new vehicles added to the fleet to 346. The other 231 were handed over to the relevant departments prior to yesterday Residents will now experience much-needed fast and efficient service delivery in…
Four suspects arrested in Westdene and Sophiatown
On Friday 19th July, the Sophiatown SAPS and Fidelity ADT Specialised Response Unit conducted a stop and search operation in the Westdene and the Sophiatown area in response to increased crime levels in the suburb. The operation was lead by Col. Govender and the new station commander, Brigadier Ndebele. Three suspects were apprehended and arrested – three for being in possession of dangerous weapons, and one for being in possession of illegal drugs. Natasha Springfield, Community Development Manager for Fidelity ADT says, “ “The operation was successful and showed the high level of collaboration between the SAPS and local security companies. “We…
The future of legal representation at the CCMA
It is well-known that in terms of the Rules for the Conduct of Proceedings before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) a legal representative is not permitted to represent a party in disputes pertaining to dismissals for misconduct or incapacity however, recent developments may possibly impact on the application of the controversial Rule 25 going forward. In a recent matter before the Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC) of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council, the Commissioner found that the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014, which came into effect on 01 November 2018, prevails over the Rules of…
The Western Cape Interim Provincial Council - Africa’s New Dawn of South Africa (ANDSA)
Africa's New Dawn of South Africa (ANDSA), founded by the Visionary Mpho Ramakatsa, held it's provincial meetings in Cape Town, on Saturday 6th July 2019 and Monday 8th July 2019 where the office bearers of the ANDSA Interim Western Cape Provincial Council were nominated and officially appointed. AS ANDSA we believe in a united South Africa, principled on the philosophy of UBUNTU that drives sustainable and inclusive economic change by empowering our people. We envision socially cohesive people that are conscious about the power within themselves and is community orientated.ANDSA is driven by ethical, moral, visionary and transparent leadership that…
New Procurement Bill and B-BBEE Regulations coming into effect
The Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, announced during his Budget Speech in parliament, that government will promulgate the new Procurement Bill in the near future, and it will coincide with the implementation of the Amended B-BBEE Codes regulating Joint Ventures in tendering. The Minister said, “During this financial year, the National Treasury will table a new Procurement Bill, as a single overarching legislation for public procurement in the country.” “We will introduce a procurement data transparency portal, where all procurement data will be easily accessible for the monitoring of government projects.” According to Gerrit Davids, Lead Advisor at tendering…
Spouses or children of South African citizens or permanent residents do not have to depart from South Africa when applying for a change in visa status
NANDUTU AND OTHERS V MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS AND OTHERS CCT114/18 28 JUNE 2019Source: The Constitutional Court of South Africa Case CCT114/18  ZACC 24 Date of Hearing: 21 February 2019Judgement Date:28 June 2019 Post Judgment Media Summary The following explanatory note is provided to assist the media in reporting this case and is not binding on the Constitutional Court or any member of the Court.On 28 June 2019 at 10h00, the Constitutional Court handed down judgment in an application for direct leave to appeal against a decision of the High Court, Western Cape Division, Cape Town (High Court). The applicants sought to have regulation 9(9)(a)…
Dog poisoning incidents on the increase in Springs
There has been a worrying spike in the number of dog poisoning incidents across our Fidelity ADT footprint in the Selcourt, Springs area recently and dog owners are advised to be cautious and take note of these life saving tips for their beloved animals. “Residents need to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious individuals or vehicles seen in the area to either Fidelity ADT or the SAPS. Just last night we saw two dog poisonings in Kafue Street. Usually we see a spate of house robberies following incidents of dog poisonings so we all need to work together to…
Three suspects nabbed in attempted housebreak
A quick two minute response from Fidelity ADT curbed thieves in Bryanston from breaking into a house this morning. At around 01:36 on 5th July three suspects gained access to premises in Clonmore Street. The dogs on the property started barking and the suspects activated the beams. Hearing the noise the client immediately pressed the panic button. Fidelity ADT response officers responding to the panic were able to apprehend three suspects on the property. One of the suspects was armed with a knife. The suspects were handed over to Constable Masuku from Randburg SAPS. Steven Bronks, Community Development Manager of Fidelity ADT…
The Difference between Copyright and Patents
If you’re unsure as to what the difference between copyright and patents, you may need to complete further research in order to understand how your work is, or should be, governed correctly. Using this guide on the difference between copyright and patents, as well as the advice from experienced IP lawyers in South Africa, you can determine how best to protect your work. Protecting your work through best-practice governance will ensure that you remain the original owner of your expression, or that others are excluded from making, using or commercialising your idea. Copyright What do copyrights protect? Copyrights protect your…