Five Ugandans and one Malawian national arrested in government order scam syndicate

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A Hawks sting operation has landed a government order scam syndicate behind bars. The five Ugandans and one Malawian nationals John Agaba (29), Simon Kintu (22), Rogers Kiyimba (25) Japhari Seupara (26), Hussal Lukwago (36), Elizabeth Katukumala (31) and Masebolelo Lebuso (26), Mamela Mnyaka (24), Sewela Letlalo (23), all locals, were pounced on by members of the Hawks' commercial crime unit at a house in Sandton Tuesday evening. The nine made a brief appearance at the Johannesburg Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday, facing charges of fraud and theft.  They were remanded in custody until next week Thursday.

The syndicate was cracked through collaboration between Hawks and SAPS' Crime Intelligence members who toiled for months tracking the illegal activities of the syndicate. They have been linked to more 104 illegal transactions in Gauteng alone and more of their shenanigans are expected to be uncovered as investigations continue. When the arresting team arrived at 1st Street, Parkmore, they found laptops, computers, different government documents as well as a shrine in one of the rooms. Preliminary investigations revealed that the syndicate had access to government registered supplier database.  Their modus operandi was to contact suppliers with urgent orders.  They would then send the order forms to unsuspecting victims as well as details of a specific company from which the required items should be purchased.

The victim will then be asked to pay a deposit or full amount before delivery.  In order to convince the victim, the syndicate had also created a virtual store website. The syndicate also duped individuals claiming to have super powers to multiply their profits. Acting Hawks Head Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza has hailed the operation and warned that Hawks are on the prowl of similar syndicates nationwide. “To think that that syndicate operated from a house and able to use two different telephone codes to steal from innocent victims is worrying.  We are however happy that we have finally broken the back of a major syndicate which has been giving us sleeplessness nights. Fraudsters will remain a target, and it’s only a matter of time before we come calling on others,” said Major General Ntlemeza.

Meanwhile individuals who might have fallen victim to the scam are encouraged to contact the Hawks offices on 011 870 5300.

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Eleven years imprisonment for rhino poachers

rhino hornTwo suspected rhino poachers have been sentenced to a total of 11 years imprisonment for their crimes. Phinias Sithole (23) and France Nkuna (22), who are Mozambican nationals, were convicted and sentenced at the White River Magistrate Court on Monday, 31 August 2015, after being arrested in the Kruger National Park on 27 October 2014.

The pair was discovered by field rangers in the Lower Sabi section of the Kruger National Park.

They were armed with a hunting rifle and an axe and were apprehended on the scene and taken into custody where they were charged with possession of unlicensed firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition as well as trespassing.

They have been sentenced to five years imprisonment for possession of unlicensed firearm, five years imprisonment for unlawful possession of ammunition and one year imprisonment for trespassing; totalling 11 years for each.

Protecting the country’s wildlife is a priority crime for the South African Police Service and this conviction is indicative of how our members work tirelessly to ensure that criminals pay for their crimes.

This conviction will serve as a deterrent to other would-be poachers; they will know that the task teams will stop them in the tracks even before committing the crime.

Just this year, the country has already lost 749 rhinos due to poachers and 544 of those are from the Kruger National Park.

The number might have been higher had it not been for the work that the task teams perform around the clock to protect our wildlife.

Many poachers are apprehended before committing the crime and because of such arrests and convictions many more will be deterred.

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70 Bank cards recovered after police chased and arrested suspects from ATM

11990499_1180924181934522_2657550698693510762_nThis morning at about 00:05, Bronkhorstspruit police officers received a complaint about a suspicious vehicle at an ATM in Church Street.

When officers approached, the driver sped away.

Police managed to stop him at a garage and escorted him back to the ATM where they found the other three suspects.

70 bank cards with pin codes were found in their possession as well as money to the value of R11 880-00.

All four suspects were arrested.

Business robbery foiled by Police in Newcastle

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Today at 09:30 a business robbery was foiled due to the quick reaction of the Newcastle K9 Unit, Public Order Police and Newcastle police.

A factory situated on Schonland Street in Newcastle was robbed by four suspects who entered the premises and assaulted their victims. The suspects, aged between 30 and 40, robbed them of cash and cell-phones at gunpoint before fleeing the scene in a white VW Polo vehicle. Police were alerted to the incident and due to their swift response the suspects were arrested a short distance away from the crime scene.

Four pistols, four cell-phones and an undisclosed amount of cash were recovered. The vehicle was impounded since it was used in the commission of a crime; the ownership of the vehicle still needs to be confirmed.

The firearms that were seized will be subjected to ballistic testing to determine if they were used in the commission of any other crime.

The suspects will be detained at the Newcastle police station and charged for robbery as well as possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition; they will appear in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court soon.

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Business robbery suspects arrested by Mthatha K9 Unit and Mthatha Flying squad

11899768_1178110052215935_7004161334108049470_nMembers from Mthatha K9 Unit and Mthatha Flying squad arrested five suspects wanted for business robbery cases in Butterworth, Stockstroom and Idutywa.

They were found in possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol with ten live rounds of ammunition in the boot of a polo classic they were traveling in. They were detained at Mthatha Central SAPS and will appear in court on Monday, 31 August 2015.

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No reason to get lost… not even on the golf course!

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Some great ideas for the upcoming festive season - One of the devices is the TomTom Golfer GPS Sports Watch.

TomTom has always been an avid supporter of the golfing community and in a recent partnership with the South African wing of the PGA (Professional Golfers Association), TomTom are pleased to announce that the TomTom Golfer GPS Sports Watch will be on the arms of passionate golfers around the country.

The Golfer allows users to:

  • Intuitively designed to make it easy for golfers to improve their game
  • The device shows course graphics that clearly display accurate distances to hazards and layups, and the best approach to the green
  • It also provides key golf course data from more than 34,000 golf courses across the globe on its extra-large screen
  • Course updates are delivered wirelessly via a unique smartphone app, so golfers can trust they are playing with the most up-to-date course information

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KIA reveals all-new Sportage

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KIA Motors has today revealed the first official exterior images of the all-new KIA Sportage, featuring an attractive new design. The all-new Sportage will make its global debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on 15 September 2015.

Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new KIA Sportage features a bold, progressive design, with the vehicle’s designers creating a sense of power and agility from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, the Sportage creates visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing.

The ‘face’ of the all-new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car’s design, with the car’s headlamps no longer integrated with the grille for the new model, instead sweeping back along the outer edges of the more sharply-detailed bonnet and bolder wheel arches. Immediately recognisable as a KIA, the Sportage’s lower, wider ‘tiger-nose’ grille adds more volume to the lower half of the Sportage’s face, resulting in a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance.

The all-new Sportage is characterised by its sportier, more raked profile. From the side, the all-new Sportage retains the swept-back silhouette of the outgoing model, with a roofline that tapers slightly towards the rear of the car, longer front overhangs, shorter rear overhangs and longer wheelbase. Smooth bodywork, bolder wheel arches and sharp lines endow the Sportage with a more dynamic, muscular look.

At the rear, the horizontal forms and surface volume emphasise the car’s width and give the compact SUV a more stable appearance. Inspired by the 2013 KIA Provo concept car, the slim combination lamps are joined by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while turn signals and reversing lights are separated, relocated lower down to add more visual weight and a greater sense of stability to the lower half of the car.

The design of the new Sportage has been led by KIA’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand’s Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres.

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Casual Day ambassadors to be honoured

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Casual Day ambassador Lois StrachanFour Casual Day ambassadors will be honoured at the upcoming Tributes Excellence Awards, which honours women with disabilities. Lois Strachan, Jabulile Ngwenya, Terry Ann Adams and Bongi Mdluli have been selected as some of the extraordinary women with disabilities whose achievements will be celebrated at the three-day event to be held in Mangaung from 26 to 28 August 2015.

Strachan is a well-known personality on the speaking circuit and has written a series of children's books, “The Adventures of Missy Mouse”, about a blind mouse who uses her other senses to engage with the world around her. Lois became blind at the age of 21, as a result of childhood onset diabetes. She used her love of music to help her cope with her blindness and is now an inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator and author.

She says: “When I became blind I realized I had a choice – I could go home and give up, be angry and depressed for the rest of my life, or I could go out there and see what life still had to offer me as a blind person.”

She will receive the Tributes statuette in the Literature/Education Category, says Musa Zulu, creative director of Valhalla Arts, the organiser of these national awards.

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Ngwenya, a screenwriter and journalist, will be honoured in the Creative Arts Category. She was born deaf but attended mainstream schools - she matriculated from The Wykeham Collegiate in Pietermaritzburg, KZN - and now holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University where she specialised in writing and editing, and in multimedia. Only much later, in her thirties, did she receive two cochlear implants which allow her to hear sound clearly. She will receive the statuette in the Creative Arts Category.

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Terry-Ann Adams grew up the only albino in her family, in her school, in her suburb and in her community. Born and raised in Eldorado Park in Johannesburg, she had to endure a lot of prejudice and discrimination. “I was born into a Coloured family. As the only albino, not only in my family, but in my community as well, it was a bit challenging for people to understand me,” she says.

“I was lucky my mom and grandparents went to support groups. And took me to treatments and specialists so that I could be the best that I can be. Unfortunately, my dad and his family did not wish to be a part of my life because of my disability. This was hard, but I have come out stronger. As a disabled woman, who is also Coloured, I have learned that support from people who care for you is the most important thing.” Adams will be honoured in the Media & Communications Category.

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Bongi Mdluli will receive the Young Role Model Award for her passion for using her disability to help others. The brave cancer survivor who agreed to have her left leg amputated to save her life, started the Confidence Driven Youth Club which uses storytelling, camps, speaking opportunities and events to raise funds.

Casual Day is on Friday 4 September and the community is asked to dress up in the theme Spring into Action for persons with disabilities. Sponsored by The Edcon Group, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA).

Says Therina Wentzel, director of the NCPPDSA: “Women with disabilities have massive challenges for accessibility, education, transport and everything that most of us take for granted, so we congratulate these women for their achievements.”

Get your stickers from your local participating organisation;

Or Edgars, Jet, JetMart, Boardmans, CNA, Red Square and Legit;
Game and DionWired stores;
Shoprite and Checkers stores.

The TRIBUTES initiative involves identifying, profiling and celebrating high-profile women with disabilities that have left lasting legacies in various fields of society.

To know more about the TRIBUTES Excellence Awards
visit Link: http://www.valhallaarts.co.za/tributes-gallery.html
visit www.tributessa.co.za

 

Jeep Team’s OCR athletes selected to represent South Africa at the OCR World Championships

TJSA_Thomas_van_Tonder_Warrior6Jeep Team’s OCR athletes, Thomas van Tonder and Dominique D'Oliveira, have been selected to represent South Africa at the OCR World Championships, which take place in Ohio, United States, from 17 – 18 October 2015.

The announcement was made on Saturday, 22 August, after Race#6 of the Jeep Warrior Series at Hobby Park, Krugersdorp. At the event, Van Tonder claimed his third Black Ops Elite win, in 1:14.36, ahead of second-placed Claude Eksteen (1:15.35), with Greg Avierinos (1:18.46) in third. Eksteen and Avierinos have also been selected for the SA team.

Jeep Team’s Jay Jay Deysel finished seventh, while Joshua Masudi, the newest member of the team and competing in his first Black Ops Elite race, managed a top 20 finish.

Said Van Tonder after the race and SA team announcement, “It’s an epic day – I’ve won my third Jeep Warrior Race and been selected for the SA team! I was fortunate to take today’s win.The race was hard but a lot of fun. Now the intense training begins ahead of the world champs.”

In the Black Ops Elite Women’s race, D'Oliveira was unable to make podium, finishing 4th in 1:43.21 behind Trish Bahlmann (1st in 1:33.07), Hanneké Dannhauser (2nd in 1:33.38) and Carina Marx (3rd in 1:37.25).

Said D'Oliveira, “In all the Jeep Warrior races I've completed since 2013, today was the first time I did not make it onto the podium. I'm not going to lie and say I'm not disappointed (what competitive athlete doesn’t want a podium finish?), but I'm not going to make any excuses. I'm honestly happy with my race today - I raced within my best capability – and am honoured to have been selected to represent South Africa.

Congratulations to the Black Ops Elite athletes – you are all amazing an inspiring! The competition gets tougher at each race yet the camaraderie out on the course is still so awesome.

The Warrior Race is great because each race has its own unique challenges and forces each and every one of us to work on our weaknesses to become better athletes, and better people - what a great metaphor for life!”

The OCR World Championships (OCRWC) is an annual event that unifies, promotes and increases participation in the sport of OCR, while also celebrating the athletes that are driving OCR’s growth across the world.

OCRWC competitors are required to qualify for the event at races designated by the OCRWC Competition Committee. The Jeep Warrior Series is South Africa’s largest obstacle course race and the only event in Africa that is an OCRWC qualifying event.

South Africa OCR Team Selection: WOMEN: Dominique D'Oliveira (Jeep Team), Trish Bahlmann and Hannecke Dannhauser. MEN: Thomas van Tonder (Jeep Team), Claude Eksteen and Greg Avierinos.

Other Jeep Team results…

Surfski

Jeep Team’s surfski paddlers, Hank McGregor and Barry Lewin, dominated the KwaZulu-Natal Surfski Championship over the weekend, with McGregor claiming the Men’s singles title and Lewin finishing second.

The championship took place between Ballito and Zinkwazi beaches as part of the annual Dolphin Coast Downwind Surfski Challenge. McGregor finished Saturday’s singles race in 2:04.23, with Lewin close behind in second place in 2:05.45 and Adam Nisbetin third in 2:05.59.

BMX

In Gauteng, Jeep Team’s BMX stars, Alex Dolman and Kyle Dodd, were back on the track competing in the fun Germiston Club Points event on Saturday, with Dolman placing 2nd in Under 16 category final.

This was Dodd’s first event after he fractured his arm earlier this year. The Germiston Club is also the same track where he sustained the injury.

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