Bow Valley College President and CEO honoured with a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

Calgary, Sept. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bow Valley College is proud to announce its President and CEO, Dr. Misheck Mwaba, has been awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal. Dr. Mwaba graciously accepted the award from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and the Premier of Alberta at a ceremony in downtown Calgary.

“Receiving this medal in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is an honour and a privilege,” says Dr. Mwaba. “I am humbled by the distinguished meaning behind it and touched that it is in recognition of my service in post-secondary education, an industry I am passionate about and that continues to inspire me.”

Dr. Mwaba is one of 7,000 Albertans who will be awarded the commemorative medal celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the Throne. It is bestowed upon dedicated individuals who have contributed significantly to the province of Alberta.

Dr. Mwaba was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Bow Valley College in 2020, following his time as Vice President, Academic at the College. His contributions to the post-secondary system include finding innovative ways to make higher education more accessible. He has been recognized as a leader in implementing micro-credentials, including for his critical role in creating a national committee and a pan-Canadian College framework for micro-credentials.

In addition, Dr. Mwaba skillfully navigated Bow Valley College through the pandemic and was instrumental in developing cutting-edge virtual reality technology and a laboratory at the College. He has sat on many prestigious boards and committees at the federal and provincial levels.

“The Queen’s Jubilee Medal is acknowledgement of Dr. Mwaba’s dedication to post-secondary education, his enthusiasm for uncovering contemporary learning options, and removing barriers to students,” says Shannon Bowen-Smed, Chair of the Bow Valley College Board of Governors. “He continues to support economic development in the province of Alberta, helping thousands of students realize their skills and build successful careers.”

Dr. Mwaba is the first Black college president in Alberta history. Originally from Zambia, he is an inspiration to many, including the immigrant community.

About Bow Valley College  

Calgary and region’s largest Comprehensive Community College — with 14,000 full- and part-time students, Bow Valley College helps Open Doors – Open Minds to in-demand jobs in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. Our graduates contribute to the digital economy, TV & film production, and serve on the frontlines for healthcare and social programs. One of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, Bow Valley College invests in virtual reality (VR), Work Integrated Learning (WIL), micro-credentials, and foundational opportunities.


Shannon van Leenen
Bow Valley College

Manhunt launched after cash was robbed at gun point at Hennenman Post Office

The acting branch manager was at work with his female colleague when four armed suspects robbed them of cash and their personal belongings. Four suspects on the loose.

On Saturday, 03 September 2022 at about 11:30 a 36-year-old acting Branch Manager was with his female colleague behind the counter at Hennenman Post Office. Apparently there were no customers when the four suspects entered and two of them pointed them with handguns. They were instructed to open the aluminium door for them to enter. They were then tied up with cable ties and forced inside the bathrooms.

Undisclosed amount of cash was robbed from the safes and the victims’ personal belongings were robbed. No vehicle was seen and the suspects left the scene on foot.

A case of Business Robbery was registered for further investigation. Anyone with information leading to the arrests of these Business Robbery suspects to contact Detective Sergeant Lehlohonolo Ramaphiri of Provincial Organized Crime on 065 6296 409 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or using MySAPS app.

Source: South African Police Service

SAPS sends condolences to the family of a slain police officer

ENGCOBO: The South African Police Service management in the Eastern Cape has offered condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the deceased Sergeant Vakele Mark Mjoli aged 43 who was fatally wounded on Saturday morning, 3 September 2022 at about 9:00 in Engcobo.

Sergeant Vakele Mark Mjoli was part of a crime prevention response team consisting of four officers who received an emergency call of an armed business robbery that was in progress in one of the retail chain stores in town.

According to the information, as they arrived at the shop, Sergeant Mjoli approached a man who was standing in front of the door and clad in security gear. Believing that the man was a security officer, he enquired from him the whereabouts of the suspects. The man pointed and directed him to the door. As he was proceeding towards the door, the man who was later identified as one of the suspects, turned and started shooting at the police officer who died at the scene.

As SAPS member’s colleagues advanced towards and inside the shop, they were also met with a hail of gunfire from other suspects who were inside the shop. Consequently, another member Constable Mfundiso Ndede aged 35, suffered serious injuries and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for medical care.

On the other hand, two of the suspects were fatally wounded during the exchange of gunfire. Two pistol firearms believed to belong to suspects were found at the scene. One vehicle also believed to have been a getaway car, was also found in the area. Two of the five suspects are still at large, whilst one was arrested by the police.

A murder case, attempted murder case and inquest are currently under investigation. No money was reported stolen during the incident.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene has immediately conveyed a word of sympathy and deepest condolences to the affected families. “It is really sad that on the eve of the National Commemoration Day for our fallen heroes, we woke up to yet another tragic and cold-blooded killing of our member. We shall not sleep, until the rest of those involved in this heartless act of brutality are found, to face the consequences of their actions in the courts of law. I also wish Constable Mfundiso Ndede a speedy recovery from the injuries sustained during this ordeal. Our thoughts and prayers as SAPS family in the Eastern Cape are with their families. May Sergeant Mjoli’s precious soul rest in eternal peace” Lieutenant General Mene concluded.

Source: South African Police Service

Two suspects bust in after robbing spree of gas stations

On Thursday, 01 September 2022 at about 20:15 a 25-year-old cashier was on duty at a gas station at Virginia when three suspects, one of them had a handgun, approached the cashier. An undisclosed amount of cash was robbed at gun point. The suspects used a silver Mercedes Benz with registration number JD 15 GB GP as a get-away car. No shots were fired.

In another incident, on the 01 September 2022 at about 19:15 a 42-year-old petrol attendant was at work when three suspects robbed an undisclosed of cash and petrol using two handguns. They were driving a silver Mercedez Benz C Class with unknown registration numbers. The suspects drove off from the scene with the same vehicle.

Cases of Business Robberies are been investigated by the Provincial Organized Crime Unit.

The police stations of Hennenman and Virginia circulated the silver Mercedes Benz and two suspects both aged 41-years-old were arrested in Ventersdorp on Friday, 02 September 2022 with the same silver Mercedes Benz. These two suspects will appear on Monday, 05 September 2022 in the Virginia Magistrates’ Court.

Source: South African Police Service

Police seek missing person in New Brighton

Gqeberha: SAPS New Brighton are seeking the community’s assistance in tracing a 31-year-old man who went missing on Friday, 17 June 2022.

It is alleged that on the mentioned date, at approximately 23:30 Mcebisi Blouw went to sleep in his shack that is at the back of his family home in Noxolo Street, New Brighton. Later the following morning when he did not come into the house, his sister went to look for him because he did not usually sleep late on the weekend. Mr Blouw was not in his shack. His sister followed up with family and friends which he frequently visited but were unable to trace him. On 21 June 2022 his sister reported him missing at SAPS New Brighton. All efforts to locate him by the investigating officer have proven futile.

Police are appealing to anyone who can assist in tracing Mcebisi Blouw to urgently contact SAPS New Brighton D/Sgt Phakamile Mndaweni on 076 771 6444 / 082 442 0964 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or their nearest police station or by using MySAPS app. All information is strictly confidential and callers have the right to remain anonymous.

Source: South African Police Service

Bethelsdorp police seek identity of woman found in drain

Gqeberha: SAPS Bethelsdorp detectives are urgently seeking community assistance in tracing the next of kin of an unidentified woman who was found in a storm water drain on Wednesday, 31 August 2022.

It is alleged that at about 17:50, municipal workers were working in the area of Kwanoxolo clearing blockages in storm water drains when they came across the body of an unknown female found inside the drain at the back of Nompumelelo Street. The woman is believed to be a coloured female between the ages of 20-30 years old. She had no visible injuries and her body was already in a state of decomposition. She was naked when found.

The deceased had several tattoos on her foot, arm and back. On her right foot, she had several sizes of hearts and her left forearm sported a bible with a cross and a crown above it. On her back the name VELENCIA RIP followed by the name/word PAILO written

At this stage police have opened an inquest pending the post mortem report.

Anyone who can assist SAPS Bethelsdorp in their investigation or may know of a female that has been missing for a while or may be able to identify the deceased woman through the tattoos, is urgently asked to contact D/Sgt Attie Knoetze on 084 660 8003 or 041 404 3064 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station or by using MySAPS app.

Source: South African Police Service

Manhunt launched after a couple was kidnapped in home invasion and husband fatally shot

Three murder suspects still on the loose after a family was attacked at their home, couple kidnapped and husband found fatally wounded on 23 August 2022 at about 21:00.

A 57-year-old Matjhabeng Municipality employee, was at his home watching TV in his lounge and his family at home when there was a knock at the door and three unknown suspect entered the house armed with handguns.

The victim and his wife were overpowered and tied up with shoe laces and forced at the back of the bakkie parked in the yard belonging to the Municipality. They drove with them to an old petrol station in Saaiplaas Virginia. Nothing was done to the wife but the husband was later found at a dumping site near the old garage. He sustained three gunshot wounds on his head, chest and cheek. His hands were still tied up. The bakkie belonging to Matjhabeng Municipality was found abandoned at Masimong shaft number 4 mine. Cellphones belonging to the couple were allegedly robbed.

The husband was declared dead by EMS personnel at the scene. A case of house robbery, kidnapping and murder was registered for further investigation.

Anyone with information leading to the arrests of these murder suspects, Detective Constable Khaya Matinisa of Virginia Detective Services can be contacted at cellphone number 082 301 3062 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or using MySAPS app.

Source: South African Police Service

FAO: Lower Food Prices Not Helping Consumers

GENEVA — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says consumers are not yet feeling the benefits of declining food prices. The FAO says world food commodity prices dipped for the fifth consecutive month in August.

Lower world food prices generally reflect better availability at the global level. However, FAO says, this time, lower wholesale prices have not led to better food access or lower prices for consumers.

FAO Director of the Markets and Trade Division Boubaker Ben-Belhassen said availability has improved, while access to food commodities has not. This, despite declining prices five months in a row.

“This is due to several factors including the persistent high cost of processing and transportation, logistics, and the exchange rate also of currencies of countries as against the U.S. dollar,” he said. “Also, the cost-of-living crisis has affected access. So, that is why we have not seen this decline in prices at the world level translating into lower prices for consumers or at the retail level.”

Ben-Belhassen cautioned that a drop in world prices does not necessarily result in market stability. He said that is subject to the uncertainties and volatility surrounding developments in the energy market and the price of fertilizer.

He said continued high energy and gas prices reduce profitability and increase production costs for farmers. He added that will pose a serious challenge for farmers in the coming year.

He noted the U.N.-brokered Black Sea grain initiative allowing Ukraine to export its grain and other foodstuffs has improved the availability of food on the world market. Prior to the July agreement, Russia had blockaded Ukraine’s three key ports triggering a global food crisis.

Ben-Belhassen said the better availability of food on the global level has not translated into greater access at the consumer level. He said the increased shipment of goods from Ukraine has not alleviated food scarcity in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing countries. He noted that is because most grain exports go to middle-income countries.

“So, it does not really go to those countries that are most affected or are most in need for better domestic supplies,” he said. “We hope the situation will improve with time. We hope that the shipment also will go to these countries.… We are still concerned about access, about the cost-of-living crisis.”

The FAO official says families in low- and middle-income countries tend to spend 50% to 60% of their monthly income on food. He warned the implication for food security could be very serious if consumer food prices do not drop significantly.

Source: Voice of America