South Africa – Bungeni Fri, 01 Jul 2022 17:48:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 South Africa – Bungeni 32 32 Imprisoned South African Paralympic star Pistorius meets victim’s father Fri, 01 Jul 2022 17:48:00 +0000

JOHANNESBURG, July 1 (Reuters) – Former South African Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius, jailed in 2016 for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ​​met his father last week, a family lawyer said on Friday. Steencamp.

Lawyer, Tania Koen, said Pistorius took part in a process known as victim-offender dialogue – an integral part of South Africa’s restorative justice program which brings together parties affected by a crime in the purpose of concluding.

“(I can) confirm that Barry Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius participated in a victim-offender dialogue on June 22, 2022,” Koen said in a statement.

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She said she would not comment further due to her clients’ privacy.

The Department of Corrections said earlier that Oscar Pistorius had been moved to Atteridgeville prison near the capital Pretoria, from St Albans Correctional Center in the Eastern Cape, near where the parents of Steencamp.

He had been reunited with his family at the end of last year. Read more

Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” for his prosthetic carbon fiber legs, went from public hero to convicted murderer in a trial that sparked worldwide interest. He becomes eligible for parole after serving half of his 13-year sentence.

Singabakho Nxumalo, a Department of Corrections spokesperson, said in a statement that Pistorius would continue to serve his sentence because participating in victim-offender dialogue does not equate to an end of sentence or parole.

Gold medalist Pistorius, once a darling of the Paralympic movement for pushing for greater recognition and acceptance of athletes with disabilities, shot Steenkamp, ​​a model and law student, in his bathroom in 2013.

Pistorius said he believed she was an intruder, but was jailed in 2016, initially for six years. After an appeal from prosecutors who said it was too lenient, the sentence was increased to 13 years.

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Reporting by Anait Miridzhanian in Gdansk and Alexander Winning in Johannesburg; Editing by James Macharia Chege and Angus MacSwan

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South Africa to appeal EU decision to reintroduce orange import regulations Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:07:10 +0000

The South African Citrus Growers Association (CGA) has announced that it will appeal the decision of the EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed to reintroduce new import regulationsconcerning the entry of the false codling moth (FCM) pest.

Although the regulations were previously withdrawn on April 29, 2022, due to what the CGA called “inherent flaws”, member state ministers voted to reintroduce them at a DG Agri meeting in Brussels on May 3 and underlined the need for the new “necessary, justified, proportionate and practicable” measures.

However, in a newsletter, the CGA claimed that the measures imposed on South Africa, Eswatini and Zimbabwe “do not meet any of these criteria” and suggested that the decision was politically motivated, saying that “politics often trumps science”.

Firstly, the CGA pointed out that “South Africa applies a sophisticated systems approach to FCM risk management, which already includes various cold treatment protocols”, indicating that the new regulations were not “necessary”.

Second, the association suggested that the measures were unjustified, arguing that “there is no crisis regarding FCM interceptions relating to citrus imports”, given that there has been a decrease in reported interceptions over the past three years, the length of time FCM has been a quarantine pest.

Third, the CGA said that “the proposed measures would have a significant impact on South African exports to the EU”, implying that they are disproportionate. “Clearly there are less trade-restrictive and equally effective measures, such as the continuation of the existing systemic approach, which has been further strengthened ahead of the 2022 season,” he added.

Finally, the South African association suggested that the EU regulations were not “workable”, as “86.6% of South African oranges exported to the EU in 2021 were loaded under codes specified in the risk management system that do not require pre-cooling”.

“This does not mean that this fruit presents a particular phytosanitary risk: the use of these codes is only possible if the fruit meets the necessary specifications set out in the systems approach”, underlined the CGA.

The SCOPAFF decision is expected to come into force on July 14.

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Marizanne Kapp pulls South Africa out of trouble after England’s meteoric start Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:11:29 +0000

Marizanne Kapp played with the bat as South Africa recovered 45 for four to reach 284 all (David Davies/PA) (PA Wire)

Marizanne Kapp batted as South Africa recovered 45 for four to reach 284 all out on the first day of England’s only women’s Test match of the summer.

Kapp reached 150 from 213 deliveries as England ushered in a new era with four debutants, three taking their first Test wickets.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the opening day talking points.

Time of the day

England handed out four new selections at the start of the day, to Issy Wong, Lauren Bell, Alice Davidson-Richards and Emma Lamb, and the top three all took wickets on day one.

Statistics of the day

It was the first Test match between the England women and the South Africa women since 2003

Back then, the teams were playing a two-match series which the hosts won 1-0. The games were played at Taunton and Shenley, and England only struck twice in the series.

A new era

It was the first time since 2008 that England had been without their established opening partnership of Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole, but the new players held on and played well, particularly Bell and Wong.

Attract the next generation

Much of the crowd was made up of school children, accompanied by a giant star to represent All Stars cricket. A number also took to the pitch at lunch to show off their cricketing skills.

And after?

England will be hoping to bounce back as Matchday 2 begins after letting the afternoon and evening sessions drift slightly away from them. Heather Knight will also want to give her bowlers a rest after their first test match since Australia in January.

Zuma in South Africa slams corruption report as ‘irrational’ | News | DW Sat, 25 Jun 2022 19:07:00 +0000

Former South African President Jacob Zuma plans to challenge the findings of a court report into rampant corruption during his nine-year term, his spokesman said on Saturday.

Mzwanele Manyi, spokesman for the Zuma Foundation, told a news conference in northern Johannesburg that the ex-leader viewed the Zondo Commission’s 5,600-page report as “illegal and highly irrational”.

Manyi added that the investigation into an estimated $30 billion theft from state-owned companies was “full of innuendo, gossip and speculation” and “very poor in concrete evidence”. .

Zuma stayed away from the press conference on the advice of his legal team as he remains on parole.

Zuma’s son Duduzane worked for the Gupta tycoons

The 80-year-old former president had personally set up the inquiry committee in 2018. The inquiry, led by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, had been sparked by an earlier report which detailed the shocking scale of corruption in state enterprises.

The new report, which took four years to complete and published on Wednesday, accused Zuma of being “a key player” in a corruption plot that has seen public companies raided for private gain.

Companies affected include power utility company Eskom, rail, port and pipeline operator Transnet, and national airline South African Airways, among others.

According to the report, the beneficiaries included the Gupta family of business tycoons, which employed Zuma’s son, Duduzane.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (right) received the final report from Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Wednesday

Duduzane became the “conduit” in the graft scheme and Zuma “would do whatever the Guptas wanted him to do for them”, the results showed.

The Guptas are said to have influenced top-level cabinet appointments and struck business deals with giant state-owned companies on highly favorable terms.

Two of the Gupta brothers, who fled the country the same year the corruption investigation began, were arrested earlier this month in Dubai and are set to be extradited to South Africa.

Local media said the findings of the investigation will help prosecutors solve cases of fraud, money laundering and other financial crimes against several wealthy individuals.

The investigation incriminated 1,438 people and institutions, including Zuma and his party the African National Congress (ANC).

He also criticized the party once led by Nelson Mandela. If the ANC hadn’t protected Zuma, the Guptas probably would have fled the country sooner and wouldn’t have looted as much as they did, the survey found.

Ex-leader helped then obstructed probe

Zuma first testified before the commission, to rule out further cooperation.

He then ignored summonses and an order from the South African Constitutional Court to testify, which led to a 15-month prison sentence for contempt.

Last July, he was arrested to serve his sentence but released after two months on medical parole.

His conviction sparked riots that resulted in the deaths of more than 350 people – the deadliest unrest of South Africa’s democratic era.

With material from Agence France-Presse

Edited by: Darko Janjevic

International Test Preview: South Africa Vs. Wales Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:07:35 +0000

The next list of international Test previews is not to be missed, and after a successful summer last year, the Springboks are back to continue their warm-up to the World Cup.

Next up is Wales from July 2, with a three-game Test. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the first game.

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Where: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa

The truth : The world’s current number one men’s rugby team, South Africa, played much like them to close out last year’s Tests.

The Springboks beat New Zealand, Wales and Scotland in back-to-back matches – all away – before ending 2021 with a narrow 27-26 loss to England at Twickenham, a result that won hasn’t affected South Africa’s position among the best teams in the world too.

Reigning Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks are just over a year away from defending their title next fall in France, which makes every warm-up game all the more important.

Hosting Wales for a three-match Test series next month should be a solid barometer of South Africa’s standing. If the heavily favored Springboks dominate at home, they will only affirm their status as a formidable team. If South Africa stumbles, however, things could get dicey.

Wales, meanwhile, are desperate for a string of strong performances after a poor fifth-place finish in the Six Nations, a far cry from the 14 consecutive matches the country won between 2018 and 2019.

Coach Wayne Pivac’s side have never beaten the Springboks in South Africa but enjoyed a four-game winning streak against the rugby powerhouse from 2016 to 2018. Could this summer’s tour be the start of a new dawn in Welsh rugby? The first meeting in Pretoria will tell how much of a pipe dream this can be – or a reality.

South African millionaire politicians need pay rises to ‘meet cost of living’, parliament says Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:25:00 +0000

Parliament has issued a public statement in which it aims to ‘clarify’ and ‘put into proper context’ the latest salary increases for parliamentarians and other public office holders in South Africa.

“Some media outlets have suggested that the 3% salary increase for public office holders approved by the President earlier this month, on the recommendation of the Independent Commission for the Compensation of Public Office Holders, was muted. . Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.

He added that public office holders like ministers last had pay rises in April 2019 when the commission recommended a 2.8% increase.

“Due to the prevailing and difficult economic conditions, it was important that the remuneration of public office holders be adjusted to enable them to cope with the increased cost of living.

“The average consumer inflation rate has increased, and for 2021 it was 4.5%, which is higher than the averages recorded for 2020 (3.3%) and 2019 (4.1%) – which results in the purchasing power of disposable income becoming lower.

Full set

Another important factor that Parliament says needs to be highlighted – an issue that is sometimes misinterpreted, he said – is the fact that MPs’ salaries are published as total pay and not plus costs.

“For instance, if an ordinary MP earns, say, R1.1 million a yearwhich includes the base salary, a flexible part, a travel allowance, a political office allowance and a contribution to the pension fund.

“Other deductions which will be taken from salary include tax (Pay as You Earn), medical aid, party contributions, accommodation in the village and others authorized by the individual MP such as a surety or a down payment on the car.”

While it is understandable that the remuneration of public officials often sparks public debate given the transparency with which they are treated, the constant scrutiny of their work as well as the socio-economic challenges facing the country, it is to find that they do not determine their own remuneration, Parliament said.

“An independent commission is charged with this responsibility; he submits any decision to the president for approval before publication. Unlike other countries, parliamentarians have no role in the process of determining their salary or annual raises.

Good pay for a good job

It is also vital that public officials are fairly remunerated in accordance with their scale of responsibilities under the Constitution, Parliament has said.

“For example, there are a total of 341 parliamentarians (minus ministers, deputy ministers and the vice-president) in the National Assembly who are responsible for overseeing state institutions made up of hundreds of thousands of employees, including senior managers.

“Compared to the salaries of civil servants, parliamentarians earn at a level equal to that of junior cadres.”

Fair wage

“In analyzing and reviewing the compensation of public officials, we also need to compare it to that of their counterparts around the world, especially in similar developing countries,” the parliament said.

“A desk survey suggests that South African public officials earn nowhere more than those in countries with similar GDP and population, among other considerations.”

It should also be noted that, as an added safeguard, unlike several other countries, South African parliamentarians are not permitted to take on any other remunerative responsibilities outside of their parliamentary work. If they undertake such work, they are obliged to report it for review under the code of ethics, the parliament said.

“By subscribing to a system of checks and balances that prevents them from having a say in determining their remuneration, parliamentarians have shown that they understand that public service is not about personal enrichment or luxury.

“In this regard, public officials would be the last to insist on anything beyond fair, equitable and sustainable compensation independently determined and commensurate with their obligations under the Constitution and the law. .

Salary changes

President Cyril Ramaphosa approved the salaries of a number of high-level government and parliamentary posts in a gazette published last week (June 14).

The President announced that salaries will take effect retroactively from April 1, 2021, with compensation structured as follows:

  • A share of basic salary equal to 60% of the total package, which constitutes the insured salary;
  • An amount of R120,000 per year pursuant to Section 8(1)(d) of the Income Tax Act;
  • Employer contribution to pension benefits equal to 22.5% of pensionable earnings.
  • A flexible part for the remaining amount of the total remuneration.

Based on these latest salaries, Vice President David Mabuza will now receive R2,910,234, an increase of nearly R100,000 from his total compensation package last year.

In comparison, the country’s ministers and deputy ministers will now receive R2,473,682 and R2,037,129 respectively.

Position Total compensation
deputy president R2 910 234
Minister R2 473 682
Deputy Minister R2 037 129

MPs and other legislative figures also received raises, with National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula set to take home more than 2.9 million rand. Opposition leader John Steenhuisen received a R1.64 million pay rise.

Position Total compensation
Speaker: National Assembly R2 910 234
President: NCOP R2 910 234
Vice-President: National Assembly R2 037 129
Vice President: NCOP R2 037 129
Speaker of the Chamber R1 938 963
Chief Whip: Majority Party R1 648 481
Chief Whip: NCOP R1 648 481
Parliamentary Advisor: President R1 648 481
Parliamentary adviser: Vice-president R1 648 481
Leader of the Opposition R1 648 481
chairman of a committee R1 540 628
Deputy Chief Whip: Majority Party R1 386 619
Chief Whip: Largest Minority Party R1 386 619
Leader of a minority party R1 386 619
Whip R1 286 713
Member: National Assembly R1 172 071
Permanent delegate: NCOP R1 172 071

Read: Ramaphosa approves pay rises for government officials – here’s what they’re earning now

England women’s squad for one-off test against South Africa announced Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:21:02 +0000

The England women’s national cricket team have announced a 13-member squad for a one-off test match against the South Africa women’s national cricket team, to be played from June 27 at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.

Several new names have been included in the England women’s national cricket team for the test match against the South Africa women’s national cricket team and there are five potential test debutants including Emily Arlott, Lauren Bell, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies and Emma Lamb. .

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England, Sophie Ecclestone
England women’s team. Image – Zac Goodwin/PA

In addition to a single Test match, England and South Africa will play a three-match One Day International (ODI) series and a three-match T20 International (T20I) series with four points available for Test play and two points available for each white ball game.

Speaking of the England squad, head coach Lisa Keightley said the new faces in the team bring a “real level of energy and enthusiasm”. Lisa said:

“There are a number of new faces in the team which brings a real level of energy and excitement. We are at the start of a new cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship, which starts for us with the ODIs Indians, and naturally we’re looking forward to who could be a key player for us in 2025.”

We need our players to play cricket as much as possible – Lisa Keightley

England women's cricket team
England women’s cricket team. Image credits: AFP

Lisa Keightley further stated that a few spots in the bowling department have opened up with the retirement of a few players and new players are excited to fill those spots. Lisa clarified:

“Similarly with Katherine Brunt being removed from Test cricket and Anya Shrubsole from all forms of international play, a number of bowling spots have opened up which is hugely exciting for these players. I’m sure they will all be very eager to seize their chance.

“We need to balance having the right reinforcement for the senior team while providing playing opportunities. We need our players to play cricket as much as possible, so we deliberately have a small test squad. while the England women’s A team are in action against South Africa.

“It really is a massive summer, with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, and we can’t wait to get the red ball started in Taunton.”

Meanwhile, the England women’s A team have also been announced for the three-day fixture against South Africa, which kicks off on Tuesday, June 21. The England women’s A team will be managed by Georgia Elwiss and John Stanworth will be the head coach.

England women’s squads for the South Africa series

England Women’s Test Team: Heather Knight (C), Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver, Traveling Reserve: Issy Wong .

England Women’s A Team: Georgia Elwiss (C), Maia Bouchier, Danni Gibson, Sarah Glenn, Freya Kemp, Eve Jones, Ella McCaughan, Kalea Moore, Tara Norris, Grace Potts, Grace Scrivens, Alexa Stonehouse, Mady Villiers, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt .

England Women v South Africa Women Fixtures

LV = insurance test

Monday June 27-Thursday June 30: England v South Africa (Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton)

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Monday July 11: England – South Africa (The County Ground, Northampton)

Friday July 15: England – South Africa (Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol)

Monday 18 July: England – South Africa (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester)

IT20 Vitality Series

Thursday July 21: England v South Africa (The Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford)

Saturday July 23: England – South Africa (New Road, Worcester)

Monday July 25: England v South Africa (The Incora County Ground, Derby)

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Electric vehicles in South Africa: how to avoid making them the privilege of the few Sat, 18 Jun 2022 22:16:19 +0000

In the early 1900s, automobiles took to the streets of industrialized cities, quickly supplanting horse-drawn vehicles. Fiercely contested at the start, the internal combustion engine won the technological battle against electric vehicles which represented up to a third of the vehicles in circulation before declining.

After more than a century of dominance, the era of internal combustion engines is soon over. The tide is turning towards electric vehicles. Driven by environmental regulations, support programs and improving economy, electric vehicles are set to become mainstream in the coming decades. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has reminded us, we need to move aggressively to electric vehicles – as part of a broader movement towards sustainable mobility – to achieve our climate goals.

Yet the rollout of electric vehicles risks leaving many behind. Achieving a socially progressive development of e-mobility requires proactive government interventions. This is particularly true in South Africa, a country characterized by high inequality and unequal access to transport.

Unless ambitious public policies are taken, electric vehicles will remain the privilege of the few for the foreseeable future. A dual strategy is needed. The aim is to promote the purchase of entry-level electric vehicles on the private car market while promoting the introduction of electric vehicles in public transport.

I worked, with partners, to understand the implications of the global transition to e-mobility for South Africa. Our work also included the most appropriate interventions for the country to mitigate risks and maximize benefits.

An exclusive and elitist transition to electric mobility is one such risk. Yet, as explored in a recent policy brief on trade and industrial policy strategies, there is an opportunity to shape deployment more inclusively across private and public transport.

First, the dual strategy would be to promote the purchase of entry-level passenger electric vehicles.

Many, from politicians and government officials to civil society activists and trade unionists, will oppose this very idea. After all, why should the country support the sale of private vehicles? Only a third of South African households own a car, and only upper-middle and upper-income households would be able to afford even an entry-level electric vehicle.

The same argument would also be expressed as follows: can’t we just let the market evolve on its own?

The answer to this might be if South Africa did not have a car industry or if the vehicles produced in the country were all exported. But this is not the case.

South Africa has a well-developed automotive value chain, often touted as the crown jewel of the country’s industrial policy. And local industry is closely linked to national and European dynamics.

The local market matters. It accounts for 2 out of 5 passenger vehicles made in South Africa. Moreover, about half of the new car market is made up of entry-level vehicles below R260,000. But sales of electric vehicles are insignificant. There were only 6,367 electric vehicles on South African roads at the end of 2020. All electric vehicles, including hybrid models, accounted for less than 0.2% of new car sales in 2020.

Still, a transition to producing more electric vehicles is vital if South Africa is to keep up with developments in Europe. About 3 out of 5 passenger vehicles manufactured in South Africa are exported, mainly to Europe (three quarters of exports). Europe accounted (by value) for 60% of South Africa’s exports of vehicles and automotive components in 2020.

And the European trajectory is clear: no sales of thermal or hybrid engines by 2035 in most countries.

The cost of doing nothing would be disastrous for the sector – and South Africa’s environment.

Some Solutions

Electric vehicles are cheaper to own. But they are more expensive to buy than their internal combustion engine counterparts. This is a problem given that the domestic market is very price sensitive, especially in the entry-level segment.

Temporary support for the full range of electric vehicles is recommended to entice potential buyers. The support is expected to bridge the gap between electric vehicles and their internal combustion engine equivalents in the entry-level segment.

The promotion of electric vehicle sales at the national level could be achieved through a direct and fixed subsidy for the purchase and loans with extremely low interest rates, supported by development financing institutions for electric vehicles of entry level.

To minimize financial implications and keep up with global trends, strict conditions would be required. More importantly, support is set to expire in 2030 for mild hybrids and 2035 for all other electric vehicles.

The availability of entry-level electric vehicles in the local market is a fundamental condition for the incentive to be effective. For this, the tariff anomaly, which sees battery electric vehicles from the EU receiving a tariff of 25% (compared to 18% for all other vehicles) should be resolved.

Secondly, we must promote the introduction of electric vehicles in public transport. Almost three-quarters of South Africans used public transport as their primary mode of transport in 2019. Among commuters who use public transport for mobility, 66% used minibus taxis and 12% used buses.

So far, knowledge on the deployment of electric public transport vehicles is limited. Cape Town is the only municipality to have experimented with e-buses, with little success. The buses proved unsuitable for the city’s geography, and the bidding process was marred by allegations of irregularities.

Electric minibus taxis are another route worth taking. No experience exists for these, although a pilot is planned for Stellenbosch.

The roll-out of electric minibus taxis is expected to be supported by a temporary and enhanced scrapping allowance from the taxi recapitalization program for the purchase of electric vehicles.

In addition, reducing the cost of financing e-minibus taxis would further support the transition. Minibus taxis are considered high risk and face high interest rates when financed. Preferential financing terms for electric vehicles could be obtained through state-guaranteed loans or the granting of concessional debt. This is also offered for passenger vehicles.

For bus fleets, the deployment of electric vehicles would mainly go through public procurement programs, such as bus rapid transit systems.

Here, the public character of the bus systems would allow for great experimentation with innovative mechanisms and models. This could involve subsidies as well as innovative financial arrangements and business models, such as pay-as-you-go, battery leasing or bus sharing.

Additional measures could also be introduced. These include adequate charging infrastructure, differentiated electricity tariffs (to encourage off-peak charging), preferential access/parking or discounted licenses. As well as being critical to South Africa’s industrial development, boosting local manufacturing of all types of electric vehicles could also translate to lower cost vehicles in the long run.

More generally, the “electric revolution” can make transport more environmentally sustainable. It also offers a unique opportunity to make it more socially inclusive.

Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, Senior Economist, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), University of Johannesburg.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

“Without trucks, South Africa stops” Thu, 16 Jun 2022 22:03:54 +0000

The following open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa was written by Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly on June 16, 2022.

Mister President

The entire logistics supply chain is under attack. Still. All major areas are targeted.

Road freight companies (carriers) find themselves targeted, attacked and forcibly prevented from carrying out their activities on the pretext that foreign nationals are “taking jobs away from citizens”.

This results in damaged and utterly destroyed lives, businesses, employment opportunities, economic activities, property, vehicles, facilities, roads and foreign investments to move goods through South Africa. towards Africa.

The action discriminates against companies that comply with all legal requirements, or even come from foreign countries – while our calls for action against companies that continue to break laws, employ foreigners without proper clearances and refuse to register or submit to inspections by the Department of Employment and Labor [are unheeded and they] continue to operate and create the position that we as a country find ourselves in.

The N3 has been blocked for more than 24 hours. There are more than 350 trucks stuck in both directions of the N3 (this number keeps growing hour by hour). Our drivers (and other truck personnel) are exposed to severe cold, possible violent looting or other serious assaults and cannot afford to survive for days stranded in a truck in the middle of nowhere. go.

The N3 road connects one of the busiest ports in Africa to many countries that depend on a functional, safe and efficient corridor. A lot of goods travel and cross this road.

Other vital roads – from Mpumalanga across the country to the North Cape – the N17, N11, N2, R59, R74 – the list goes on – have experienced similar events and delays. This cannot go on.

The economic impact – initially felt and transported/absorbed by all haulers stuck on the various routes – is not only enormous (we have already lost around R25 million in truck operating costs), but will cripple many of our small operators (88% of our members are SMEs), will impact all other industry sectors (from manufacturing to retail), result in penalties for late delivery, damaged goods, breach of contract and even loss of business. activity and therefore unemployment.

Ships will sail to other ports – they won’t wait for us to “pull ourselves together”.

We will lose trade and business to and through South Africa. Our ports will become ghost towns – and surrounding businesses related to these trade and support activities will close. More unemployment [will ensue].

When you add up all the damages and negative costs to the economy, we are already well around R300 million.

Mr President, what is it really about? Besides the economic sabotage and total destruction of South Africa, there is a clear intention to prove that the control of the country (and its economy) now rests with gangs?

ATDF-SA management [All Truck Drivers Foundation South Africa], in particular the president of the organization, has openly stated on social media that they do not care about the effects of their actions and will continue until there is a change. Why did the various departments responsible for solving this problem (almost five years ago now) NOT address the main reasons and fix them?

You and your ministers promised to defend the country. To protect its people and ensure a better life for all. You broke that trust.

Act now – or we won’t have a country.

No house.

No place to educate and grow our children.

Mr President – instruct the Ministers of Police, Transport and Defense and Veterans Affairs to exercise their functions – to restore order and listen to the proposals made by representative and compliant carriers within the sector. Non-compliant carriers and the groups that “represent” them must be dealt with.

It is now.

End the sabotage of the country and its economy by the ATDF-SA and their allies. Clear routes. Arrest these complicit drivers [in] this activity.

Deal with the organizers of this sabotage, criminal activity and organized crime.

Open the logistics corridors.

Guarantee the rule of law and the right to free movement and operation of economic activity.

If you don’t do it now, South Africa will close. It will stop. Trade and business will go elsewhere.

We must protect the constitutional right of every citizen to safety, security, and the ability to live and work unhindered (provided they respect and abide by the same Constitution and the various legislative requirements of the country).

On behalf of all our fellow citizens, the Road Freight Association asks you to instruct your firm to act now. Act decisively.

Mr. Speaker, we look to your leadership.


South Africa’s Broomhead is qualifying medalist Tue, 14 Jun 2022 22:38:03 +0000

British Amateur: South Africa’s Broomhead is qualifying medalist

Jonathan Broomhead (photo courtesy of the R&A)

It was the same mark as England’s Barclay Brown, but Broomhead secured first place among the 288 international players thanks to countdown cards using the last six holes on both courses.

Broomhead, who has posted two top-30 finishes on the amateur circuit in Great Britain and Ireland in recent weeks, chipped in for an eagle at 17 to highlight his day as he led the top 64 and tied in with the match stages from tomorrow.

The South African commented: “This is my first time performing in The Amateur. It’s absolutely lovely. Walked in yesterday with no expectations and just went to play some golf and see what I could do.

“We’ve been here for four or five weeks, so we kind of got used to the conditions. I’m very happy with the way I’ve been playing the last two days and I can’t wait to continue.” in match play. »

Brown, the Stanford University student who finished the college season with two straight second-place finishes, kept up his form by signing for an under-65 seven at St Annes Old Links today.

He said: “Monday was a chore. I didn’t play very well, but I had a lot of ups and downs. It was a bit easier to come here today and luckily I played well.

“These are obviously great venues and great courses. Lytham are amazing and I’m looking forward to match play.”

Another Walker Cup player Mark Power also shone with a 65 at St Annes Old Links, finishing six under to secure third place in qualifying. After losing in the semi-finals of The Amateur in 2020, the Irishman is determined to succeed this year and seal a place at the 150th Open at St Andrews next month.

The Irishman said: “For us guys on this side of the pond, this is the one we all want. It’s a matter of not putting too much pressure on myself. I know I’ve been in this situation before where I could race and I felt pretty confident for this week.

“When you see people like Joe Long and Laird Shepherd going through the last two years, you watch those guys on TV playing in the Masters and the Open, that’s where we all want to be.”

Welshman Archie Davies was another to find his form at St Annes Old Links, signing for a 68 and five under par. He was joined on this mark by his compatriot Luke Harries, Nathan Legendre of France and Sweden’s Hugo Townsend.

Davies commented: “I got really hot in the middle of the round, from nine to 13. I contributed from the long, thick short straight nine that sparked a birdie charge. It was good to have some momentum because it wasn’t really great until that.”

This year’s Lytham Trophy winner John Gough is also safely in match play after finishing at three under.

Last year’s runner-up in Nairn, Monty Scowsill also fought bravely for a qualifying spot. After being seven over the 14th tee at Royal Lytham & St Annes on Monday, he responded by posting an even score for his 36 holes. After giving up an eight-hole lead after 17 holes to lose at 38 to Laird Shepherd 12 months ago, the Englishman is set for another offer.

He said: “Match play is definitely one of my strengths so to make this cut and I know I can beat anyone on my day. I’m going to take that mindset into the one I play tomorrow.

“Thinking of the bigger picture, it would be fantastic to be able to get some redemption from last year.” American pair Christian Banke, helped by another 65 at St Annes Old Links, and Sam Murphy also advanced.


The R&A will broadcast the quarter-finals and semi-finals live on Friday June 17 and the 36-hole final on Saturday June 18. This can be viewed on the R&A’s website as well as on its YouTube channel.

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ABOUT British amateur

This championship, along with the US Amateur Golf Championship, is considered the most important in amateur golf.

The first stage of the Championship involves 288 players who each play two rounds of 18 holes, one to play on each of the two courses. The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes and the ties for 64th place will face each other in the match play phase of the championship. Each match will consist of an 18-hole round except the Final which will be played over 36 holes.

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