SASSA congress way forward for sustainable agriculture

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Port Elizabeth- South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) kicked of its 50th annual Congress themed “Golden Innovations for Sustainable Animal Agriculture” at the Boardwalk Conference Centre.

The three day congress which began today (18 September 2017) conference will end on the 21st of this month. Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Mlibo Qoboshiyane welcomed and introduced guests which came from as far as the United States  and students to the province.  He further highlighted the importance livestock farming and agriculture in general is to the Eastern Cape and South Africa.

“Agriculture is the most important industry each country has and indeed for the great Province of the Eastern Cape. Agriculture contributed to pulling our nations’s economy from a recession to a positive trajectory during the last quarter.”

MEC Qoboshiyane further stated how the communal farmers from the Eastern Cape have the most animals in comparison to other provinces but they are not making a substantial ruminant livestock offtake in these areas. He added that an increase in the Eastern Cape ruminal offtake can only be achieved if there are more government and private sector partnerships like the SASAS. 

“The Eastern Cape has a new agricultural economic strategy, the overall strategy is to make agriculture in the province’s economic circumstance, while developing agriculture to make the Eastern Cape the breadbasket of South Africa.”

Keynote address was delivered by Prof J.B.J van Ryssen   who spoke about Animal Science and the history of SASAS since it was founded in 1967. Prof Ryssen spoke of highlights of the past years and significant changes in the society for it to become what it is today.

“In the past, the proceeding of this congress used to be published and printed in hardcover books up until the 1970s.  They have contributed to the knowledge and research that has assisted the growth and development of livestock in South Africa.”

Exhibits were also present from students to showcase their research topics for the duration of the congress followed by presentations from the different universities.

Naziziphiwo Buso

SAPS INITIATES YOUTH EMPOWERMENT CAMPAIGN IN MOTHERWELL

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Port Elizabeth – It is important to educate the future generation on the dangers of alcohol, drugs and other problematic social factors as to help reform our communities for a safer future environment.

South African Police Service (SAPS) On Saturday [16 September 2017], held a Youth Empowerment and Educational Empowerment Campaign at the Saint Marks Church in Tyoksville, Motherwell.

SAPS Sector Managers, Community Police Forum Members and the Department of Safety and Liaison joined hands with the clergy of the church to educate the youth on the dangers of alcohol, dagga, tik, and mandrax. Other topics included teenage pregnancies, the dangers of social media, the effects of bullying and the consequences of having a criminal record.

According to Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge, “The education of our future generation in terms of the dangers of alcohol, drugs and other problematic social factors is vital in the process of reforming our communities into a safer future environment”.
Conducting these joint campaigns strengthens the bonds of community and the partnership it shares with the South African Police Service

Lwando Nomoyi

 

STOLEN GOODS RECOVERED AFTER TRUCK HIJACKING, ZWIDE

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Port Elizabeth – South African police Service (SAPS) have made yet another Swift action by alert police to uncover stolen goods from a hijacking when a Big Bucks Furniture truck was hijacked in Ralo Street, Kwamagxaki on Monday [18 September 2017]. 

Two armed males demanded the truck which was loaded with a bedroom suite from the driver at gun point, the truck was found abandoned in Mbulelo Street in Zwide shortly after. The furniture was already offloaded. Police officials of the K9 Unit traced the tracker of the truck indicating a stop at Maya Mini Market in Maya Street, Zwide, less than 300 metres from where the truck was found abandoned.

The members searched the premises and recovered the bedroom suite which is valued at about R15000. Police also found new clothing items in one of the rooms, which is strongly suspected to be some of the items robbed yesterday at Bay West Mall.

A fire arm was confiscated after being found hidden inside an electricity utility box of the house. Other electric equipment such as hi-fi TV, and DVD players were also confiscated as suspected stolen property.

The owners of Big Bucks Furniture praised SAPS the swift recovery of their truck and goods.

No arrests have been made, and police are still investigating.

Members of the South African Police Service are urging anyone with information to report to the nearest police station.

Lwando Nomoyi

SHOT SPOTTER TO CUT GUN VIOLENCE

Port Elizabeth- Just days after the first official Metro Police foot patrols put boots on the ground in gang-ridden Helenvale, a memorandum of understanding has been signed to deploy shot spotter technology in the Bay.

This measure could see the illegal use of firearms and associated violence drastically reduced in some of the City’s most dangerous areas. The technology will be deployed at secret locations over the next two months and will be jointly monitored by Metro Police and SAPS.

Piloted in the City of Cape Town, the gun shot detection technology immediately notifies nearby law enforcement each time a firearm is discharged, dispatching police to the exact location of the gunshot. Not only does this drastically reduce response time, but it allows for analysis of shooting patterns to inform policing operations.In its first three months, the establishment of shot spotter in Manenberg, Cape Town, saw the total number of incidents drop from 211 to 31.

 Safety & Security MMC, Cllr John Best, is hoping for similar successes in the Bay, particularly in our Metro’s Northern Areas, where gun violence is most prolific and devastating. However, it is still the responsibility and primary mandate of the South African Police Service to fight crime, investigate incidents and open criminal cases against suspects. The Municipality is extending itself to make this is a safe city, and we expect SAPS to meet us half way, at the least.

Having already written to the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, requesting increased policing operations and the long-outstanding construction of a third police station near Cleary Park, our city must surely be a priority for the national police service. Again, I request a visit by the Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, to witness first-hand the situation on the ground so that adequate planning and intervention can be actioned. The Minister’s 15 September 2017 oversight visit to the Glebeland Hostels in eThekwini was most necessary given the levels of violence seen recently. Equally a visit to Nelson Mandela Bay by the Minister is as necessary given the levels of crime in parts of the Metro.

This coalition government understands the importance of dealing with crime, evidenced by the opening of two new satellite police stations, frequent hot spot visible policing, the launch of a ghost squad and now the introduction of shot spotter.I am certain that Bay residents will soon again feel safe enough to leave their homes at night. Free from crime and violence. One City. One Future.

Media Statement By

Cllr Athol Trollip

Executive Mayor: Nelson Mandela Bay

 

 

 

Bay Residents say no to violence against women and children

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Port Elizabeth –  Residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay took to the Streets of NU3 and NU2 in an awareness campaign in support of No Violence Against Women and Children.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Womens Network of Ikamvelihle, Motherwell and Swartkops joined by the Motherwell Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit and the SAPS Mounted Unit united against gender based and domestic violence.

The women were well received by the community, this paves a way for women’s rights and their protection against domestic violence and abuse.

Naziziphiwo Buso

Life imprisonment for 53-year-old Bay rapist.

Port Elizabeth – The High court has sentenced New Brighton man to life in prison for the rape of an 11-year-old girl in 2011 today.

The 53-year-old man identified as Wellington Mboniswa was sentenced after 6 years of investigation for the rape of an 11-year-old girl in January of that year. Mboniswa captured the young girl as she was going to school in New Brighton.

An expert in Family Violence and Sexual Offences from Motherwell who headed the investigation ensured that the offenders name was recorded on the National Register for Sexual Offenders and that the justice was served for the now 18 year old victim.

Captain Andre Beetge had this to say, “The protection of women’s rights and children, and specifically where sexual offences are committed against them, is a national priority for the South African Police Service as well as our courts.”

Naziziphiwo Buso

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER SHOOT OUT WITH POLICE, KWAZAKELE

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Port Elizabeth – Police have arrested a notorious suspect wanted for house robbery cases on Wednesday, after shooting at police.

This follows after alert Kwazakele Crime Prevention Unit members spotted him as passenger in a white VW Polo driving in Bertram Road, Kwazakele. After attempting to follow this vehicle, it temporarily dissappeared, and when catching up with it, only the driver was in the vehicle.

At that point the 26 year old suspect was spotted walking on foot towards Missionvale at Uitenhage Road.

When the members appoached him, he produced a fire arm and started shooting at police while running away. The police members shot back at the suspect after which he complied by lying down and was arrested.

No persons were injured in the incident. A 9mm Z88 pistol and 6 rounds of ammunition was found in his possession.

The suspect will be appearing in the New Brighton Magistrates Court on Friday facing charges of attempted murder and illegal possession of a fire arm.

The suspect is wanted in connection with previous house robbery cases in both the Kwazakele area and Mount Road Cluster Station areas.

Lwando Nomoyi