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JMPD releases crime stats

City of Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba Staff Reporter news@inner-city-gazette.co.za

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total of 800 motorists were arrested in November during crime-prevention operations by the City of Johannesburg’s Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD). Releasing its monthly crime statistics on 18 December 2018, JMPD Chief David Tembe said the biggest lawbreakers in the City were people driving under the influence of alcohol. ​ Some of the key statistics are the recovery of 121 stolen or hijacked vehicles and 16 firearms. Across all of the City’s regions, driving under the influence, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of or dealing in drugs were the biggest concerns. The JMPD conducted over 500 operations,

yielding 50 public drinking arrests, the discontinuation of 22 vehicles and over 100 arrests. With regards to bad buildings, in coordination with the Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) JMPD raided 28 such buildings and arrested 40 undocumented persons in November. Operations Buya Mthetho specifically saw to 5 896 enforcement of bylaws. These include the removal of illegal advertising, illegal dumping and illegal connections. A total of 312 raids were conducted under the ordinance of Operation Buya Mthetho. Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba commended the City’s law enforcement agency. “In just two years, the JMPD has been part of law enforcement efforts that have uncov-

‘Officers confiscated almost R80 million worth of counterfeit goods from one building alone in the Inner-City’ ered and confiscated counterfeit goods with a street value of R250 million. A couple of weeks ago, JMPD officers confiscated almost R80 million worth of counterfeit goods from one building alone in the inner city. Millions more worth of goods were confiscated in other buildings, also in the inner city.” “While this sterling work is pleasing, and believe me when I say I am absolutely proud of our officers, we must be concerned about the other counterfeit goods-producing factories that remain in operation across our City,” said Mayor Mashaba. Residents can report illegal activities on the following numbers: Anti-Corruption Hotline: 0800 203 712 JMPD Emergency number: 011 375 5911

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ccounting is our language, the language we speak in our industry. By making this language your own, you can enter the evolving world of finance, accounting, management, tax, auditing, innovation, technology and other forms of business with conviction! “The accounting and finance fields offer wonderful prospects for those who have a passion for numbers, detail and analysing information. “The industry expects that an accountant has integrity, killer time management skills, great organisational and communication skills and a strong sense of ethics. “I see an accountant as someone who is focussed, driven, committed, determined, and a go-getter. An accountant has a hunger for knowledge, continuously develops her/his skills and strives for success” says Charmari Wolmarans CA(SA), Academic and Quality Manager at Boston City Campus & Business College. We offer several top-class accredited qualifications in the finance

and accounting fields, starting with our Higher Certificate in Accounting Practice, our Diploma in Financial Accounting and our recently accredited Bachelor of Accounting degree. These three programmes speak to the three specific levels of matriculation endorsements achieved, thereby ensuring access for students to exciting careers in accounting, finance, business and more. It is widely accepted that economic growth is contingent on developing and training a significant number of professionally qualified

accountants. This supports a range of essential roles in the profession which strengthens the economy. These roles include accounting and external reporting, auditing and assurance, taxation, strategy, risk management and corporate governance, financial management as well as management decision making and control. And, with 80% of the credits in our Bachelor of Accounting degree focusing on these critical areas, the programme is well positioned to make a significant contribution to the South African economic land-

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#FestiveSeason: Safety tips nearest police station;

lDon’t drink and walk on public roads. lWhen calling the SAPS HOTLINES 10111 (EMERGENCY) 08600 10111 (CRIME TIP-OFFS):

lBe alert. Should you suspect that you

are being followed, drive to the nearest police station.

Staff Reporter news@inner-city-gazette.co.za

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he South African Police Service has, together with other security and government agencies, committed to ensuring a safer festive season to ensure that people are and feel safe. “We are focusing primarily on aggravated robberies, crimes against women, children and people with disability, proliferation of arms and ammunition, border security, liquor outlets and road safety enforcement, said National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole. The police chief has shared the following safety tips:

lJamming

lReport any suspicious behaviour/activity around your surroundings to your

lWhen

Regarding the use of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)

lDo not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.

suspicious looking persons/behavior;

are suspicious people in your surroundings.

lAlways

ensure compliance with road safety speed limits.

lBe aware of your surroundings and any

lDo not approach your car alone if there driving long distance, ensure that you check your vehicle at your nearest car dealership before your trip.

influence of alcohol or any dependency producing substances.

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hicle, be aware of your surroundings.

lBuckle up and do not drive under the

With regards to vehicles, sitole says;

General Khehla Sitole

lWhen approaching or leaving your ve-

night.

driving alone, especially at

devices are frequently used by criminals, so ensure that your vehicle is locked by physically checking it before leaving when parking.

lAlways use an ATM that is in a well-lit area and not secluded.

lPreferably use an ATM inside a shopping mall/complex or filling station.

lDo

not allow anyone to assist you while using an ATM.

lProtect

your PIN and do not share it with anyone When you are at home:

lBe extra cautious about locking doors

lAlways ensure that you inform family

and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.

lKeep all vehicle doors locked and win-

lDo not leave children unattended. lWhen leaving home for an extended

and friends of your whereabouts.

dows closed while in or out of your car.

time, have a neighbour or family member

lAlways park in a well-lit area. watch your house. lNever leave your vehicle unoccupied lDo not open the gate for strangers. with the motor running or with children lBe aware that criminals pose as municinside. lDo not leave valuables on the seat of

your car. This creates temptation for thieves. Always put your valuable items in the boot of your vehicle.

ipal workers.

“Remember to be extra cautious and vigilant and to share these safety tips with family and friends,” said Sitole.

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Man found dead on roof

Johannesburg - A young man was found with fatal injuries on the lower roof of a building in Marshalltown in Johannesburg on Saturday morning, paramedics said. Shortly before 8am, paramedics from ER24 and the Johannesburg Fire Department arrived on the scene at a block of flats, ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said. “Upon assessment they found that a man was lying on a roof near the ground floor of the building. The fire department had to assist to gain access to the man. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for him and he was declared dead. “A bystander explained that people near the top floor of the building saw the man lying on the roof below and called security to investigate. It appears that the man fell from one of the floors of the building. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are not yet known,” Vermaak said.

Weekend cime crackdown Johannesburg - At least 105 people were nabbed by the Johannesburg central cluster for crimes including fraud, possession of drugs, rape and murder, while 13 more were charged with drunk driving. In Randfontein, West Rand, police confiscated counterfeit goods with an estimated value of R8 million after receiving a tip-off about goods being offloaded from a truck, said spokesperson Kay Makhubela. At least 24 unlicensed firearms and various types of ammunition were confiscated. The arrested suspects will appear in various magistrates’ courts soon.


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overnment has on Friday launched a R2 billion fund to help small business startups that are geared towards creating employment opportunities and contribute towards the growth and development of the economy. The Project Development Partnership Fund (PDP) has been established through a joint venture between the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) – an entity of the Department of Labour. Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant, speaking at the launch of the fund recently, said the fund is expected to create and support over 10 000 jobs. “There is evidence that small business sector is the backbone of any economy and contributes significantly in the Gross Domestic Product of any country. SMEs represent a considerable 40% of all businesses in South Africa and it has been estimated that by 2030, 90% of the jobs will be in this sector,” said Oliphant. However, while an entrepreneur could come up with a ground-breaking new product, it is worthless if it is not converted into a commercial commodity that generates revenue. “The value of a thriving small business sector cannot be undermined, and that is why as govern-

A small business owner sells food at a stall at Market on Main in Johannesburg. ment we welcome the introduction of new ventures such as the Project Development Partnership Fund,” the Minister said. The PDP fund will be directed specifically at performing the following roles: Offering funding to create and grow small businesses, therefore creating new companies; Create companies in specific sectors such as agribusiness and bio-science, mining and beneficiation, manufacturing and ICT, social infra-

structure, water and related services, financial services, and youth innovation; and The fund will also be investing in PIC Youth Fund, affordable housing and infrastructure funding. The Minister said the fund will also be focused on investing in projects which are focused on addressing South Africa’s socio-economic challenges through technologically advanced value propositions which are aligned to 4th industrial revolution.

“New and transformed fund managers will also be created through this process. Through a transparent and competitive process; specialised black-owned fund managers will be selected to drive investments across the sectors. “This will create new black-owned fund managers in an industry where only 24% of players have a BEE score better than level 4. Furthermore, there will be an emphasis on black youth and women-owned businesses at the underlying invest-

ment level,” said Oliphant. The funding gap in the early stage venture capital space, limits the growth of innovative and high value businesses. The Minister said government recognises that closing this gap, requires all to work together as partners. The Labour Activation Programme (LAP) is designed to create real employment opportunities by offering training and upskilling to those who are unemployed or those at risk of losing their jobs. Support training programmes have demonstrable prospects of providing jobs. “We have long gone passed the stage where training was done for its own sake. Skills that we seek to create are those that are needed in the economy. Therefore, UIF seek to create synergy between the PDP and Labour Activation Programmes through among other things; establishing [an] incubation program through the LAP aimed at supporting and training entrepreneurs and small businesses. Entrepreneurs would be trained in different skills and key elements that are important for running a business. The PIC would assist the UIF in facilitating this program through the PIC Academy for incubation.” The Minister said the LAP also introduces a skills enhancement program for youth, in order to equip youth with relevant skills that are required in the economy; it further sourced business opportunities for those on the programme.


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Ford Donates R12-million worth of vehicles to charities Spreading the cheer this Festive Season

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ord is spreading the cheer this Festive Season with a donation of 26 brand new vehicles to 22 selected charity organisations in South Africa, worth a combined retail value of over R12-million. The fleet, which comprises 15 Ford Transit vans, seven Tourneo Custom minibuses, the allnew Fiesta and three locally-built Rangers, will be delivered to the registered charities over the next two weeks. “South Africa is a road-based economy, making vehicle owner-

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“We wish to thank Ford for the most generous contribution to our cause and for its commitment to making a difference to this marginalised sector of our community,” said Elsie Botha on behalf of Roodepoort-based Action for the Blind and Disabled Children. “This is huge for our organisation,” exclaimed Peter Chiveso from Tomorrow Today Foundation when he got the news about the donation. “Thank you Ford. The difference and benefit this will bring to our football program is immense. Ford listened to our plight and acted. Our football program will now

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