President Ramaphosa signs three bills into law


President Cyril Ramaphosa has in terms of Section 79(1) of the Constitution assented to and signed into law the National Land Transport Amendment Bill, the Economic Regulation of Transport Bill and the Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill.

This in accordance with Section 79(1) of the Constitution.

The National Land Transport Amendment Bill

According to the Presidency, the National Land Transport Act was brought to the President’s desk in 2020 but was sent back to the National Assembly for reconsideration.

‘The revised Bill amongst other seeks to amend the National Land Transport Act, 2009, to insert certain definitions and amend others and provide for non-motorised and accessible transport.

‘The amendments bring the Principal Act up to date with new developments and provide for certain powers of provinces and municipalities to conclude contracts for public transport services. It further expands the powers of the Minister to make regulations and introduce safety measures,’ the Presidency s
aid.

The Economic Regulation of Transport Bill

The Economic Regulation of Transport Bill seeks to create economic growth and welfare in South Africa ‘by promoting an effective and productive transport sector’.

‘That includes establishing a Transport Economic Regulator responsible for regulating prices in the transport sector, investigate complaints, monitor and enforce compliance in the transport sector.

‘The Bill further seeks to establish a single regulatory body to focus on the economic regulation of the transport industry,’ the Presidency stated.

The Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill

The Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill according to the Presidency, ‘seeks to regulate the power of municipalities to levy development charges’.

‘It also establishes a system for the municipalities to impose levies for land development applications as a condition for granting or approval of such an application for persons to use or develop land in a municipality.

‘The Bill empowers
municipalities, where authorised by national legislation, to impose taxes, levies and duties appropriate to local government,’ the Presidency concluded.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Earthquake in Morocco: Tunisia offers condolences to Moroccan people


Tunisia on Saturday offered its condolences and sympathy to the Moroccan people and their bereaved families following the violent earthquake which struck several regions of Morocco on Friday night, killing and injuring several people.
Tunisia stands by the side of the brotherly Moroccan people and shares their feelings of sadness at this painful ordeal, beseeching the Almighty to bestow a prompt recovery on the injured and mercy on the victims and welcome them into his vast paradise, reads a Presidency of the Republic press release.
Tunisia also expresses its full and total solidarity with the brotherly Moroccan people at this painful time and its willingness to support Morocco’s efforts in the search and rescue operations.
President of the Republic Kaïs Saïed gave instructions to coordinate with the Moroccan authorities to send emergency aid and civil protection teams to support rescue and relief operations, the same source added.
A delegation from the Tunisian Red Crescent is also expected to go there to take part in operations to care for the injured, on the instructions of the President of the Republic.
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck several regions of Morocco on Friday evening, killing 820 people and injuring a further 2,000.



Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

President Ramaphosa saddened by MEC Makgoe’s passing

President Cyril Ramaphosa is deeply saddened by the passing of Free State MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe and a member of his security detail in a vehicle accident near Winburg, in the Free State early today.

This was announced by the Presidential Spokesperson Vincent Magwenya during a media engagement on relevant topical issues of public and media interest on Sunday.

“The President’s thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of the MEC and his protector and we wish the surviving driver a speedy and full recovery,” Magwenya said.

Makgoe died on the N1 outside Winburg around 01:30am when their motor vehicle collided with two cows. Upon arrival at the scene, the Free State Emergency Services crew found three occupants of the vehicle trapped and they used the Jaws of Life to free the occupants and unfortunately, two were declared dead on the scene.

Makgoe has served as the Free State MEC for Education since May 2009. He was sworn in as a member of the Free State Provincial Legislature in May 1994.

The President also expressed his condolences to the families of the 19 people who died in incidents on roads in Limpopo on Friday the 3rd of March.

Magwenya urged everyone to do what they need to do, to stay safe on the country’s roads.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Les équipements phares de XCMG, fusion de la science-fiction et de l’innovation dans l’industrie lourde, figurent dans le blockbuster de science-fiction « The Wandering Earth II »

XUZHOU, Chine, 29 janvier 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Une flotte d’équipements personnalisés phares de XCMG (« XCMG », SHE:000425), fusion de la science-fiction et de l’innovation dans l’industrie lourde, figurent dans le blockbuster chinois de science-fiction « The Wandering Earth II », réalisé par Frant Gwo et sorti dans les salles de cinéma le jour du Nouvel An chinois. Le film sera diffusé à partir d’aujourd’hui dans les pays et régions suivants : Amérique du Nord, Royaume-Uni, Irlande, Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande, etc.

A Fusion of Sci-Fi and Heavy Industry Innovation, Flagship XCMG Machinery Equipment, A Fleet of 61 Units Equipment of 42 Models, Features in Sci-Fi Blockbuster “The Wandering Earth II”, which to be Released on Jan. 28th, 2023 in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc.

De « l’ascenseur spatial » s’élevant à travers la terre et le ciel au palpitant « combat aérien », les équipements XCMG voyagent des coulisses à la scène dans la préquelle du film « The Wandering Earth ». Sorti en 2019, celui-ci est devenu l’un des films non-anglophones les plus rentables de tous les temps. S’appuyant sur sa gamme complète de produits et de solutions dans les domaines du levage, du terrassement, de la route, du travail aérien, de l’assainissement, de la sécurité et des secours d’urgence, XCMG a fourni à l’UEG (United Earth Government) du film une large gamme d’équipements et de machines opérationnelles et transformables.

« En tant que première entreprise de conception industrielle en Chine, nous avons présenté plusieurs propositions de conception de produits deux jours après avoir reçu cette mission, puis nous avons sélectionné la meilleure solution avec les réalisateurs. Nous avons obtenu un résultat idéal, comme vous pourrez le voir dans le film. Ces incroyables pièces d’« équipement du futur » ne sont pas uniquement destinées au cinéma. Elles ont été inspirées par nos produits réels qui innovent chaque jour », a déclaré Zhang Han, le designer industriel de XCMG.

XCMG a fourni 61 unités d’équipement et 42 modèles, plus de 400 ensembles de pièces détachées et d’accessoires d’atelier et 61 ensembles de modèles 3D au cours de la production du film, de la planification à l’opération sur place en passant par la peinture, l’équipement, le personnel et la logistique. Un total de 319 membres du personnel de XCMG ont travaillé sur ce projet.

L’une des pièces d’équipement les plus prisées du film est la pelle-araignée ET120, aussi connue sous le nom de « Mante d’acier ». Conçue pour les opérations de secours d’urgence en environnement difficile et sur des sites sinistrés, la ET120 peut « marcher » sur les plateaux, les bois, les ravins, les marécages et la haute montagne comme s’il s’agissait d’un sol ferme, tout en étant équipée pour installer divers outils permettant d’effectuer différentes tâches telles que l’excavation, le levage, l’abattage, l’extinction d’incendie, le concassage, la saisie et le forage à des altitudes allant jusqu’à 4 500 mètres et des températures descendant à moins 40 degrés Celsius.

En outre, le film présente des dizaines de technologies innovantes que XCMG a développées pour des utilisations dans des conditions extrêmes. Plus d’un tiers des équipements présentés dans le film sont des modèles sans équipage et à énergie nouvelle, comme l’AGV.

« La « Mante d’acier » du film est un vrai « Transformer » et, comme vous pourrez le voir en regardant le film, XCMG transforme la science-fiction en réalité grâce aux merveilles de notre ingénierie industrielle. Je suis très fier de ce que nous avons créé », a déclaré M. Gwo.

De l’introduction de technologies de produits provenant de l’étranger à la maîtrise de technologies fondamentales d’une importance capitale, XCMG a mis en place une R&D redoutable grâce à la collaboration mondiale, afin de devenir l’un des trois premiers fabricants d’engins de chantier au monde.

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Public urged to refrain from sharing video of policewoman sexually violating son

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has appealed to members of the public to refrain from sharing a video of a policewoman allegedly forcing her son to have sex with her.

The video, which was widely shared on social media, showed a Limpopo police constable forcing her 10-year-old son to have sex with her.

The policewoman, who cannot be identified to protect the boy’s identity, was arrested on 20 January 2023 and charged with rape of a minor child, with additional charges of creating and distributing child pornographic material and sexual grooming of a child.

She appeared in court last week and the case was postponed to 30 January 2023.

Commission spokesperson, Javu Baloyi, said CGE is saddened by all forms of sexual violence against children and called for harsher sentences against the perpetrators.

“Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa stipulates that every child has the right to be protected from neglect, abuse, or degradation.”

Baloyi said the commission will be monitoring the case, as per its legal mandate to ensure that the matter is treated with urgency.

“We are calling upon the citizenry to report gender-based violence cases to our nearest offices in all provinces or alternatively call our toll-free number 0800 007 709,” Baloyi said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Uncle gets life sentence for rape in Victoria West

The SAPS welcomes the life sentence that was handed down to a 24-year-old uncle for raping his five-year-old niece in Victoria West.

On 27 October 2017 the five-year-old got a lift with the uncle from the farm to her home in Victoria West.

On their way to town the uncle suddenly stopped the donkey cart. He forcefully undressed the girl, raped her and dropped her off at home.

The girl told her mother about the rape and the suspect was arrested by police on the same day.

Police successfully opposed bail and the accused was sentenced to life imprisonment on 17 January 2023 in the Victoria West Regional Court.

The Acting Provincial Head for Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit, Col Sipho Kheswa commended Sgt Monique Fan of the De Aar FCS unit for her meticulous investigation that led to this outstanding sentence.

Source: South African Police Service

Man sentenced to 15 years for rape in Kuyasa

The SAPS Management welcomes the 15 year prison sentence that was handed down to Phila Manzi for raping a 21-year-old female in Kuyasa.

On 4 September 2021 at about 23:30 the victim was on her way home to Kuyasa in Colesberg when an unknown man grabbed her from behind and forcefully took her to a vacant house. The suspect raped the victim twice and later allowed her to walk home. The victim reported the case and police arrested the suspect 10 days later.

Police successfully opposed bail and Phila Manzi was sentenced to 15 years direct imprisonment in the Colesberg Regional Court on 26 January 2023.

The District Commissioner for Pixley Ka Seme, Major Gen Nomana Mtukushe commended Sgt Moses of De Aar Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit for the hard work that ensured no impunity was granted to the perpetrator of this heinous crime.

Source: South African Police Service

A suspect has been arrested for the robbery of SAPS Gauteng’s Senior Manager

PARKTOWN – A suspect linked to a robbery of an SAPS senior manager was arrested by the police on Saturday, 27 January 2023. The suspect’s vehicle which is believed to have been used during the robbery while fitted with false registration numbers, was traced to Johannesburg.

He was arrested on the M1 South, Joe Slovo Drive. The team involved comprises of members from Crime Intelligence, Provincial Cold Case Unit, Johannesburg Metro K9 Unit, Vision Tactical SIU and Tracker Connect. The vehicle, which belongs to his girlfriend, has been seized as it was used during the commission of a crime.

On Thursday, 26 January 2023 at about 11:00, a senior manager from Gauteng Provincial Office was robbed at gun point. The Senior Manager was running errands with a friend in Midrand and he was not in uniform. The suspects fled the scene with his private firearm and personal belongings.

The 39-year-old suspect is currently on parole for robbery which was committed in Sandringham in 2007. He was released from prison in 2018.

The suspect will appear before court on Monday, 30 January 2023. The investigating team is searching for his two accomplices.

Source: South African Police Service