Managing Hijackings Be Aware

According to the latest SAPS crime stats released, car hijacking has increased by 14.5% across the country with Gauteng (+16.9%), Kwa-Zulu Natal (+21.5%) and Mpumalanga (+28.8%) provinces recording the highest increases. The statistics tell the story of 16 717 cars that were hijacked between April 2016 to March 2017, equating to a staggering average of 46 vehicles hijacked every day in South Africa.

“The key in mitigating crime risk is to be vigilant, understand how and when such crimes are most likely to happen and to take pro-active and preventative measures to mitigate them,” says Mandy Barrett of insurance brokerage and risk advisors, Aon South Africa.  “Most hijackings happen in the driveway of its victims so it is absolutely vital to stay alert, especially as we head into the festive season which normally sees an uptick in vehicle theft and hijackings.”

AON provides the following tips to help you reduce your risk:

  • Be observant of your surroundings and cognisant of anything or anyone who looks out of place. If you have any doubts, call your armed response company for assistance and don’t be afraid to ask them to check out any suspicious individuals or vehicles lurking about.
  • Be aware of vehicles that remain in your rearview mirror. Many criminals follow their victim’s home from public places such as a shopping centre, bank or airport.  If you suspect you’re being followed, drive to the nearest police station or a busy public area, but don’t stop at home.
  • You are most at risk when entering or leaving your property.  Turn down the volume on the radio well in advance, get off the phone and be alert.  If anything seems untoward when approaching your home, contact your security company for an escort services in and out of your property.
  • Never pull into your driveway while you wait for your gate to open – have your gate remote handy and stay on the road while the gate opens, and immediately close it after entering.

Gauteng investigates minor’s rape as care month closes

Addressing the Provincial Legislature today, Gauteng Social Cluster Chairperson and Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, in her Member Statement announced that the cabinet has launched an investigation into sexual violence claims against Emfuleni Mayor involving a minor girl child.

She said yesterday, a Cabinet Committee launched an investigation  against a Gauteng Mayor for allegedly sexually grooming a 14 year old girl he had a relationship with. This Committee was established by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in the wake of sexual abuse of 87 learners at a Soweto school. It comprise of MECs Panyaza Lesufi for Education,  Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane of Community Safety and Nandi Mayathula-Khoza of Social Development. Its brief is to act specifically on the prevention of abuse of girl children without excluding boy children and to strongly act against gender based violence.

“Yesterday, the special cabinet task team visited the home of the girl learner with the aim of getting facts and of supporting the girl learner and the family. The family has applied for a protection order to ensure that the alleged perpetrator stops contacting the girl learner. The community safety MEC has also appraised us that a criminal case has now been opened and is under investigation by the law enforcement agencies.

“The girl child is already receiving trauma therapy and our professional social workers will counsel the whole family. The special cabinet committee will continue to support the girl child and her family to ensure that there is justice. As part of the GP Campaign on investing, protecting  and empowering the girl child equally to the boy child, we call upon all the people of Gauteng, to pull from the depth of all our collective strengths to commit to put an end to this ugly plague of GBV  in our communities,” the MEC said.

She announced that the Gauteng Government was to lead a big march led by the Premier and the Special Cabinet Committee  to launch the 16 days of no violence on women and girl children on the 24th of November 2017.

Mayathula-Khoza said the Gauteng Government was paying attention to the care and abuse of children in the province.

“Two weeks ago, this committee was also able to save an eight year old girl from sexual abuse at school and at home in the farm areas of the Vaal. This, we later learned, has been happening to her since she was five-years- old.  We are pleased that we have moved this child to a place of safety and she is responding well to the new leaf of life,” she said.

Mayathula-Khoza told the house that today was the closing of the  social development month.

“Today brings to an end the Social Development Month which we observed under the theme: “Working Together to Build Caring and Sustainable Communities for All.” During this Social development month which also embraces other social transformation cluster programs such as the mental health and cancer month, we engaged community leadership including councillors and social service providers to inform communities of the various social security programmes available to them and how these can be accessed.

“Most importantly, we asked the community to tell us if these services are accessible or not, if not, we together put an action plan to ensure that our people know where to access social security services. These services include Social grants by Sassa, ECD program registration, Substance abuse treatment centres, Community Nutrition Development Centres for addressing hunger and poverty, Adopt a child, How to apply for foster care, How to register as community care giver for vulnerable older persons, children, women, youth, the sick and people with disabilities, and most importantly we informed communities about institutions such as Places of safety or Shelters for Victims of Gender based violence,” she said.

The MEC also used the occasion to make announcement of the achievement of her department during the Social Development Month. The Social Development is hosted by the national government to raise awareness about government services to citizens.

“We would like to acknowledge the contributions of thousands of participants, volunteers and  partners; both within Government; across all spheres as well as those in the NGO sector and other social partners. All these partners contributed immensely in increasing awareness of Gauteng government programmes in particular on accelerated social transformation.

“On a more positive note, as part of the Social development / Transformation month, we hosted the 2017 Cooperation Summit between Italy’s Romagna Province, the Reggio Emilia City and the Gauteng Provincial Government. The ECD Summit, themed “Exploring the best practice on pedagogical approaches for improving the quality of ECD Programmes,” produced an implementation programme towards achieving the Reggio Emilia Child Approach which encompasses children’s creative, sporting and academic natures in an inclusive policy that provides for children with special needs within the mainstream facilities, with additional human resources,” she said.

Mayathula-Khoza said as part of the summit, her department has identified opportunities to create new jobs for Cooperatives on the Early Childhood Development (ECD) support programmes such as cooking, cleaning, laundry etc. so that the ECD practitioner focuses on the child and put the child at the centre of his or her learning.

She also announced that Gauteng’s senior citizens have performed very well at the National Golden Games Tournament held in Durban in the past week. The Gauteng team came third on the national competition including male and female Soccer teams known as the Golden girls and golden boys.

“The results signify our achievement as a society in achieving the outcomes of our Active Ageing Programme. It means we are succeeding in spreading the message of graceful ageing,” said Mayathula-Khoza.

Issued by the Gauteng Department of Social Development

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O.R Tambo Statue unveiled

A statue of Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo was unveiled at O.R Tambo airport on the 19th of October, by President Jacob G Zuma. The President remembered, thanked and commemorated the event by reminding the nation of who Oliver Tambo was and by highlighting. “I am honoured today to be joining you on an occasion in honour of the life of Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo, an outstanding South African and selfless fighter for justice, freedom, human rights and equality, who sacrificed so much for his country”.

This occasion forms part of the O.R. Tambo centenary celebrations that are being held across the country under the theme “Life and Legacy of OR Tambo”. This morning I commenced by unveiling a bust and officially renaming the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) auditorium and tower in honour of this gallant revolutionary of our life time. Born on 27 October 1917 in Bizana, President Oliver Reginald Tambo would have turned 100 years old this year, had he lived. This selfless patriot dedicated his adult life to the tireless pursuit of the liberation of our country and its people. He left a lasting legacy for all South Africans, and not only for his organisation, the ANC.

In his honour, government has declared the year 2017, the Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo.
It is the year of unity in action by all South Africans as we move South Africa forward, together.
President Tambo was among the founding members of the ANC Youth League in 1944, and became its first national Secretary. Together with Comrades Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, Ashby Mda, Anton Lembede, Dr William Nkomo, Dr C.M. Majombozi and others - they were instrumental in the transformation of the ANC. They infused the organisation with new ideas and changed it to become a progressive and potent tool in the hands of our people in the struggle for liberation.

President Tambo bears the distinction of having been the longest serving President of the ANC.
When Chief Luthuli died, OR Tambo became acting President for a long period of time until he was formally elected to the position by the NEC at the time. He led the organisation during one of the most difficult and trying moments of the liberation struggle, most importantly at the time when the ANC had been banned and had gone underground.
Even though President Tambo would have lived for 100 years he would have been proud of the progress South Africa has made in just 23 years of liberation and democracy.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer awareness Month in South Africa, this is when people are encouraged to not only speak about Breast cancer but to get tested for it and support those that are affected by it and congratulate those that have beat it.
Cancer has claimed so many lives in South Africa these statistics in South Africa. 1 in 42 South African women get cervical cancer, 1 in 60 have scares with cancer of the uterus, 1 in 460 women are at risk of cancer at least once in their lifetime and 1 in 33 are at risk of breast cancer in their life time. So women everywhere are encouraged to get tested for them they can take charge of their lives.
The number one cancer that affects women in South Africa is Breast cancer; it is also the most common cancer amongst women. Many believe that just because men do not have large breast areas they cannot get breast cancer when in fact 1 in 922 men have a lifetime risk of breast cancer.
The top 5 cancers that affect women in South Africa; 1) Breast cancer, 2) Cervical cancer; 3) colorectal cancer; 4) Uterine cancer and 5) Lung cancer. Approximately 19.4 million women aged 15 years and older live at-risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer – the cancer affecting women in South Africa the most. In 2013, deaths from breast cancer and cancers of the female genital tract, accounted for 0.7% and 1% of all deaths in South African respectively.
Common systems of Breast cancer; 1) puckering of the skin of the breast; 2) A lump in the breast or armpit; 3) a change in the skin around the nipple or nipple discharge; 4) dimpling of the nipple or nipple retraction; 5) An unusual increase in the size of one breast; 6) one breast is usually lower than the other, nipple at different levels; 7) An enlargement of the glands and 8) an unusual swelling in the armpit.
Men and women are encouraged to call their nearest centres and finding out about their next drive through testing centre where they can test. The closest Cansa Care Centre is in the Vaal called the Vaal Triangle care centre, their contact number is 061 423 3506

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