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The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Total South Africa launched National Arbor Week under the theme “Forests and Water”, adopted from the United Nations Forum of Forests (UNFF) theme for the International Day of Forests celebrated in March.

The launch took place on Thursday 1 September 2016 at Nkowankowa Stadium in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality. This was an opportunity for the departments and Total South Africa to showcase an Agroforestry Project, the NTL Baraka Eco-Farming and Tourism Project that the Limpopo provincial department supports in the Letsitele area, located about 54KM from Tzaneen. Continue reading

The Law Enforcement Department’s Social Housing Unit is tasked with addressing crime and other social ills in City-owned rental stock and making sure that tenants toe the line. They responded to over 450 complaints and made 63 arrests during the first six months of 2016 alone. 

The City of Cape Town’s Social Housing Unit is making inroads in its bid to make City-owned rental stock areas safer.

The unit was established in 2012 to ensure that tenants comply with the conditions of their lease agreements – focusing specifically on crime and other social ills that affect the quality of life of tenants in rental stock units.

In the first six months of this year, the unit reacted to 458 complaints received via the City’s housing offices. The complaints included allegations of drug peddling and the operation of illegal shebeens as well as illegal occupation. They issued 430 compliance notices, made 63 arrests (the bulk of which were for drug-related offences), and issued 321 fines totalling R248 550 for various by-law transgressions. Continue reading

2 September 2016
Release: Immediate

Today the National Police Commissioner released the crime statistics for the year 2015/16 and the Western Cape numbers remain stubbornly high, but with some improvements.

The Western Cape continues to have a very high murder rate. The murder rate has constantly been on the rise since 2011/12 where there were 2293 murders in the Western Cape, 3186 in 2014/15 and the numbers released today indicate an increase of 1,2%, with a total of 3224 murders. Although the Western Cape fared better than almost all provinces and this murder rate increase is the second lowest in the country, this is hardly any consolation.

The South African Police Services must be commended for areas of improvement where we have seen decreases in crimes such as assault GBH and sexual offences. Although 25 539 cases of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (Assault GBH) in the Western Cape is a disturbingly high number, we welcome the decrease of 2.5% which is the biggest decrease in the country. We also welcome a significant decrease in the number of common robberies from 13 420 to 12 485 – a reduction of 7% in the Western Cape. Continue reading



Adriaan Strauss will retire from Test rugby at the end of the 2016 season.

Strauss, who became the 57th Springbok captain against Ireland in June, said he had been contemplating retirement at the end of the season since late in 2015, and that he had informed Springbok coach Allister Coetzee of his thinking on his appointment earlier this year.

“When Coach Allister approached me to lead the team, I was both humbled and honoured,” Strauss said. “The plan was for me to serve and lead a team in transition as well as I can and take things week by week, but back then I already told him that I was thinking of retiring at the end of the season.

“I’ve always accepted the pressure and the challenge of playing for and captaining the Springboks, I feel it’s the right time to let my team-mates and our supporters know of the decision I made, with a greater plan in mind.”

Coetzee lauded Strauss for the role he is playing in empowering a new generation of Springbok players and developing a new team culture.

“I’ve known since day one that Adriaan was planning to retire at the end of 2016, but he is a vital component in our team and his role has been part of our succession planning in any case,” said Coetzee. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town urges qualifying senior residents as well as beneficiaries of disability grants or pensions to register for a rates rebate. Read more below:

This year the City has budgeted R2,5 billion in total to help our more vulnerable residents with rates- and indigent relief.

R1,4 billion has been set aside for rates rebates alone. The City would therefore like to ensure that all qualifying property owners have the opportunity to make use of this form of financial assistance. Senior residents (60 years and older) as well as recipients of a disability grant or pension could qualify for rates rebates ranging between 10% and 100%.

The upper limit of total household income for these two categories has also been raised to R15 000 per month. Continue reading

1 September 2016
Release immediate

The high number of murders in Delft is cause for concern. The Delft police station has one of the worst police to population ratios in the metropolitan area. I will now take the matter up on a provincial and national platform.

Gang violence has reportedly claimed 31 lives in Delft during the month of August. There are severe shortages at police stations and officers on the ground are over-worked and overwhelmed by the violent crime that they must combat.

The national police to population ratio is 1:358 (in 2014/15) however, a reply to my recent parliamentary question shows that Delft has a police to population ratio of 1:706. This means that this station has the third worst police to population ratio of all police stations in the metropolitan area. Continue reading

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Los Angeles – A woman who accused Chris Brown of pulling a gun on her claims she was left in fear of her life.

Baylee Curran spoke to police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after fleeing the Fine China singer’s home in Tarzana, Los Angeles, barefoot following a row and admits she was genuinely frightened he would shoot her.

She explained to E! News that she was inside the rapper’s kitchen admiring some jewellery on display when things turned nasty.

She said: “I admired this one piece, a diamond cross necklace. I did not pick it up, I did not touch it, take it or grab it, anything to that sort.”

The 24-year-old beauty queen – who has hung out with Chris “several times before” – was then confronted by one of the singer’s pals, who said: “Get out, don’t touch the jewellery.”

She added: “[The friend] was calling me names and that’s when Chris Brown kind of went off, pulled out a gun and said, ‘Get the fuck out.'”

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12:49 PM PT — Chris’ entourage has started filing out of the house. They’re all lining up outside the front door with cops checking them for weapons. Still no sign of Chris yet.

At the same time … police are holding a news conference at the base of Chris’ driveway. 

12:30 PM PT — Chris’ attorney Mark Geragos just arrived entered the house. We’re expecting Chris to surrender sometime soon.

11:11 AM PT — We’re live streaming outside Chris’ house … where police are waiting for him to surrender.update_grey_gray_barPolice have retrieved at least one gun, other weapons and drugs from Chris Brown‘s home, after Chris threw a duffel bag out the window of his home … TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story … cops raced to Chris’ home early Tuesday morning after a woman called 911 and claimed he pulled a gun on her.

Police have been at the house since 3 AM and are in the process of getting a search warrant. Chris has not left the house, but multiple sources tell us he was defiant as he threw the duffel bag out the window, taunting cops and saying, “Come and get me.”

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The officers attached to the City’s Gang and Drug Task Team and Stabilisation Unit have arrested more than 700 suspects and confiscated 23 firearms in the first eight months of this year. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Gang and Drug Task Team (GDTT) continues to punch way above its weight class.

In the first seven-and-a-half months of 2016, the GDTT, along with the Stabilisation Unit, arrested 716 suspects in the city’s gang hot spots. Of those arrested, 542 were caught in possession of drugs.

Just more than half of all the arrests were made in five policing precincts, namely: Philippi (107), Manenberg (96), Steenberg (56), Bishop Lavis (55) and Delft (51).

Officers also confiscated 20 firearms, three zip guns, 350 rounds of ammunition, just over R180 000 in cash and 12 953 units of drugs. This is over and above the successes achieved during general patrols and operations by the City’s various enforcement agencies. Continue reading

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