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Ramaphosa applauds Home Affairs’ e-visa system
4 October 2019, 5:13 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has lauded the Home Affairs Department for introducing the e-visa system that is scheduled to be launched in November.

The President says the system is one of the best modernisation processes the country will see.

The system was demonstrated to Ramaphosa during his visit to the Department’s Pretoria headquarters earlier on Friday.

It will allow those wishing to visit South Africa from anywhere in the world to be able to apply for a visa online with validation of the visa taking place on arrival on our shores.

Ramaphosa says the e-visa will assist the economy.

Home Affairs is the first department that the President has visited following his promise during the 2018 State of the Nation Address to visit government departments and other key state institutions.

“They have been saying to us improve visas so that you can attract more tourists and they were saying and this was also told by the President of China who said improve your visa regime and improve your safety and security, many Chinese will come as tourists to South Africa and many other leaders have said the same thing.”

“Finally we are at a stage now we are going to implement the e-visa system that will put us on the map with many other countries in the world and modern economies.”

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Govt donates tablets and digital televisions to schools in Vhembe district
4 October 2019, 4:47 PM

The Communication and Digital Technology Department has rolled out tablets and digital television sets to schools in the Vhembe district.

The donation is part of the cyber safety awareness campaign that will educate learners and communities on cyber-crimes.

Deputy Minister of Communication and Digital Technology Pinky Kekana handed over Information and Communications Technology (ICT) certificates to 60 women from Vhembe district on digital literacy.

Kekana said the campaign will educate the learners and educators about cybersecurity and this is also part of the broadband distribution in the region.

Kekana said that by 2020 they would have connected all the schools, clinics and hospitals they have been working on as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and National Health Insurance (NHI).

The 60 women were trained by the department in partnership with the Siyafunda Foundation. The program started in 2018.

One of the trainees, Radzilani Mokgadi says the training will help them in starting their own businesses.

”The Siyafunda people have thought us how to use computers to grow our business and to save business data and other things. This will help us in our business.”

Mabuza meets Northern Cape farmers
4 October 2019, 3:50 PM

State farms in the Northern Cape have been earmarked for the production of fodder and lucern for farmers who are buckling under the strain of drought conditions.  This emerged after a closed meeting between farmers in the province and Deputy President David Mabuza.

Farmers have been dealing with drought conditions for at least six years, leading to rapid losses of livestock and crops.

Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Groenewald, who raised the plight of farmers in Parliament and accompanied Mabuza, says immediate action is needed.

“The most important thing now is to ensure that there is fodder and to feed the animals because they are dying.  Some of the farmers say that more than 50% of their livestock just disappeared. So that is an urgency.”

Mabuza’s visit to the drought-stricken area is part of the government’s Land Reform and Integrated Farmer Support Programme.

For at least five years, small scale and macro farmers in the Northern Cape have been bearing the brunt of unrelenting drought. Some areas in the province have been declared disaster areas with losses in cattle, crops, and farm workers losing their livelihoods.

Naidoo explains how state funds were looted
30 September 2019, 12:26 PM

Former Crime Intelligence official, Colonel Dhanajaya Naidoo, has told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Parktown, Johannesburg, that he met Tiso Blackstar’s associate editor, Ranjeni Munusamy, three times to arrange for her car to be fixed.

Naidoo says her vehicle settlement payments came from the Crime Intelligence secret service account.

He blew the whistle in the alleged looting of millions of rands meant for intelligence work, to purchase luxury vehicles for the unit’s former head Richard Mdluli and paying for overseas holiday trips for senior officials.

Naidoo who is under a witness protection programme, is testifying through an audio link from a secret location.

“I subsequently picked up the vehicle and handed it back to Munusamy, it was probably a week or two later that I got a call from commissioner Mphego, he inquired why I did not put run flat tyres on that specific vehicle referring to Munusamy’s vehicle.”

“I made arrangements again to pick up the vehicle from Munusamy to give back to New World motors I had those specific tyres fitted on in a silver BMW convertible.”

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Mpumalanga MEC concerned over road fatalities
30 September 2019, 10:51 AM

The MEC of Community Safety Security and Liaison in Mpumalanga Gabisile Shabalala has raised concerns on the number of people who died on Mpumalanga roads over the weekend.

Seven people were killed in different crashes. In the first crash, four people died when a bakkie collided with a bus on the N4 toll road.

The second accident happened on the N12 near Groenfontein in Delmas where the was a vehicle pile-up due to smoke and there was one fatality.

In another accident, two people died on the N4 toll road between Machadodorp and Belfast.

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