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Operation Fiela – Reclaim : Undermines Human Rights.

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The situation is ripe for government, to rid the country of illegal activities that are perpetrated by foreign nationals and leading to xenophobic attacks as reported by the SAPS.

In the early hours of the morning, the residents of one of the peaceful commune in the north of Pretoria were woken up by the sound of huge bangs and screaming, it was the presence of Operation Fiela. Considering operation fiela was aimed at ridding the country of illegal activities, all the residents of the commune were at alert and ready for a visit by the police to check their apartment.

Shockingly, the police officers were requesting only for Nigerian occupants in the commune. Many of the residents of the commune were shocked and came out of their block to witness the harassment and humiliation of citizens from Nigerians. Claims made by residents and victims of the attacks, many of their personal belongings, money and accessories were taken and unaccounted for during the raid.

Three of the victims were beaten, 2 were unavailable as they were taken to the hospital for treatment and the only injured victim that was around was short of words, shortly he gave into his emotions, as he sat on the bare floor and wept.

In the first string of operation fiela in Kwazulu Natal, the police and Soldiers storm a public hostel in search of illegal firearms from locals residing in the hostel. This raid was aimed at creating a vigilante presence that instigates a sense of fear in locals who are planning attacks on foreign nationals.

In resolving the recent Xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the country, Operation Fiela-Reclaim was launched by President Jacob Zuma, a special operation is focused on drugs, illegal firearms and other criminal activities. It has since seen the army and police searching and detaining hundreds of foreigners across the country.

However, since subsequent raids around the country conducted by the SAPS alongside the army, many of the foreigners who were raided believed the target of Operation Fiela appears to have turned from ending xenophobia to clamping down on vulnerable foreigners. It gives an outlook of attempting to solve the country’s migration problems through force, the operation is also reported as being used for extortion and other criminal activities.

Former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi also slammed the state’s “Operation Fiela”, insisting that it feeds public perceptions that migrants are to blame for social ills. “Xenophobia feeds on perceptions, and one of the commonest is that “foreigners” are taking jobs from South Africans.” Vavi said that a coalition of thought was needed to address the crisis.

This unprincipled, opportunist and populist Operation Fiela is not ideologically neutral, but seeks to pull wool on the eyes of the working class in South Africa,”.

“Its intention is to tell the 8.5 million unemployed, the 50% of African women who earn below R2,800 a month, the 60% of the youth that is unemployed, the 50% of workers earning below R3,033 a month, the women that are being raped and other victims of drugs and crime in Manenburg and elsewhere that all of these challenges would have not been there, if it was not the not documented migrants,” Vavi said.

Naming a police and army operation which arrests foreigners ”Operation Fiela”, which translates to ”clean sweep” implies that those arrested are ”rubbish” and is counter to government’s commitment to crack down on xenophobia, We are asking for a complete rethink of Operation Fiela’, says Stephen Faulkner from the People’s Coalition Against Xenophobia.

The coalition believes that instead of dealing with crime and social problems, government is ”harassing and arresting on a mass scale” and equating crime with the presence of undocumented people in South African society.

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Building bridges: better links to Sandton Central for everyone

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Big inroads are being made improving access for everyone travelling into, out of and around Sandton Central, South Africa’s financial hub. Some of the largest positive impacts have come from building new bridges.

Three new bridges will connect Sandton Central in a way that improves transport for the area and forges stronger bonds between different communities.

“Sandton Central is South Africa’s cosmopolitan centre of trade, ideas, interaction and lifestyle. Excellent accessibility plays a key role in this. Ensuring that people can easily come to work, visit, stay, shop, or be entertained in Sandton Central is something we take seriously. We strive to provide an exceptional experience,” says Elaine Jack, City Improvement District Manager of the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), which manages the public urban spaces of this leading city.

Over 10,000 people walk between neighbouring Alexandra and Sandton Central every day. The City of Joburg is bringing pro-poor high-quality public transport that is safe, affordable and reliable to the people of Alexandra and Sandton. Also, it is making walking and cycling easier, safer and more convenient.

“We are addressing the ill effects of the past and implementing programmes that are stitching the city together, ensuring that economic opportunities and services are closer to the people. This allows people to live, work, play and pray in a much more cost-effective and efficient manner,” says Cllr Nonhlanhla Helen Makhuba, MMC for Transport in the City of Johannesburg.

The Marlboro Rea Vaya bus and pedestrian bridge

Almost complete, this bridge is for exclusive use by Rea Vaya buses and pedestrians. It will launch in September/October 2017. The bridge is already open for pedestrians. Rea Vaya buses will have exclusive use of the bridge when the Rea Vaya Phase 1C(a) operations begin in October 2018. The bridge will make it possible for buses and pedestrians to move swiftly from Johannesburg CBD via Wynberg and Alexandra over the M1 and into Sandton Central.

The Grayston pedestrian and cyclist bridge

This non-motorist bridge for walking and cycling is under construction over the M1 highway at Grayston Drive. It will be completed by October this year. This bridge will provide a convenient and safe walking and cycling trip for people moving between Alexandra, Wynberg and Sandton Central daily. The bridge is part of a five kilometre dedicated walk and cycle route that starts in No 3 Square in the heart of Alexandra and ends in Sandton Central. The route also intersects with the Watt Street Rea Vaya station, which is right next to Pan Africa Mall. Thus, it helps people walk safely to this important station which connects Alexandra with the Joburg CBD (inner-city) and Sandton Central.

The Zandspruit bridge

Big improvements to this bridge have opened up a former bottleneck for private vehicles at a very popular access point to Sandton Central. Widening the Zandspruit Bridge and Katherine Street all the way to the M1 highway Marlboro Drive off/on ramp has already improved traffic mobility between Sandton Central and the M1 Marlboro off/on ramp.

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Excitement over the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch

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The long wait is over, with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ due to hit local stores, today, May 5.

The smooth, bezel-less Infinity Display of the new smartphone enables users to see and do more than ever before, while the smooth lines and ergonomic curvature of the device, ensures that the phone looks great and fits comfortably into your hand.

These latest designs are available with either a 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch display and come with an upgraded 8MP F1.7 front camera, complete with smart autofocus. In addition, there is a 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera, delivering enhanced multi-frame image processing, for sharper photos, even in low-light environments.  “The phone is also water and dust resistant, making it ideal for South Africans, as we tend to spend a lot of time outdoors.

This means users have the freedom to explore, stay connected and capture their adventures,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. Security is of paramount importance and the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with enhanced biometric capabilities, including an advanced iris scanner and facial recognition technology, as well as the advanced Samsung KNOX platform. The upgraded specs of the two phones offer both increased performance and efficiency thanks to the industry’s first 10nm processor, Gigabit LTE and Gigabit Wi-Fi compatibility and the first officially designated Mobile HDR Premium screen. Samsung’s key partnership with Google Play Music will continue with the launch of the Galaxy S8. Users will now have access to special features created specifically for Samsung customers. In order to qualify, purchase a Samsung tablet or smartphone from the 29th of March 2017 and it will come with a free three-month trial of Google Play Music. Consumers will also have double the storage in their Music Locker and can now store up to 100 000 songs, not mentioning the free storage space and easy access to all music.

“The launch of the Galaxy S8 is complimented by an expanded ecosystem that features impressive new services and devices, including: Bixby, the Galaxy S8’s intelligent new interface; Samsung DeX, which provides a desktop-like experience for the Galaxy S8; intuitive IoT device management via Samsung Connect; expanded healthcare solutions through Samsung Health; and so much more. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are designed to allow users to see and experience more than ever before and to do so safely and securely, while at the same time enabling consumers to project an image of stylish simplicity,” concludes Fleischer.Customers will be able to obtain their device in a range of rich colour palettes, including Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Maple Gold. Several more colours are also due to be launched later in the year.

The Galaxy S8 will retail at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of R15 499 and the Galaxy S8+ with a RRP of R17 499. Samsung Galaxy S8

Product Specifications:

  • Galaxy S8Galaxy S8+OSAndroid 7.0
  • NetworkLTE Cat. 16* *May differ by markets and mobile operators
  • Dimension148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 152g159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g
  • APOcta core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process*May differ by markets and mobile operators
  • Memory4GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB (UFS 2.1)*May differ by markets and mobile operators
  • Display5.8” (146.5mm)1 Quad HD+ (2960×1440), (570ppi)6.2” (158.1mm)1 Quad HD+ (2960×1440), (529ppi)1 Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners
  • CameraRear: Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7), Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)
  • Battery3,000 mAh3,500 mAhFast Charging on wired and wirelessWireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
  • PaymentNFC, MST
  • ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC,Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*) *Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.
  • SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • AudioMP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF
  • VideoMP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

 

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Only six Telkom Unlimited Movie Marathon contestants remains

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Another contestant has been disqualified in the race to set a new record, certified by Guinness World Records, for the longest time spent watching movies. Buhlebethu Hlatswayo fell asleep at 2:50am on Thursday morning for 24 seconds, having watched for 34 hours 51 minutes.

At 8:13am today, the remaining six contestants had clocked 40 hours 20 minutes.

The rules of the record attempt state that contestants may not sleep or take their eyes off the screen while watching the movie, and they are allowed only a ten minute rest break between movies. Movies have to be at least 90 minutes in length, and they must watch the entire film until the credits end.

On Wednesday morning, Aqeel Dockrat voluntarily withdrew after 13 hours 38 minutes due to ill health, while Tibor Donatus Kurucz, Tiberius Tjo and Louis Marx fell asleep for between seven and 20 minutes each, after they had been participating for 12 hours 42 minutes, 14 hours 22 minutes, and 14 hours 5 minutes respectively.

Thulisile Madyo declined her place shortly before the competition started on Tuesday afternoon and was replaced by Louis.

“We’re impressed by the grit and stamina our contestants have displayed thus far. Most of us love watching movies, but this record attempt requires tremendous physical perseverance from anyone attempting it,” said Jacqui O’Sullivan, Managing Executive for Group Communication and Public Relations at Telkom.

The current record stands at 120 hours 23 minutes, and the contestants are attempting to spend over 122 hours watching movies delivered via Telkom’s BOLTSPEED fibre. This is the first time the record has been attempted by streaming content over high-speed internet.

Suresh Joachim, an international endurance competitor who holds multiple titles, arrived in South Africa on Monday morning to compete against ten South African contestants backed by 94.7 listeners and chosen from over 100 local movie fans.

The contestants have been advised not to consume drinks containing caffeine, as this would affect their heart rates. As a result of sleep deprivation during the event, participants are likely to experience an increase in blood pressure, mood swings, nausea and vomiting. Existing mental health issues may be exacerbated.

Paramedics are on standby to check participants’ vital signs and an official Guinness World Records adjudicator will verify that all the requirements for the record breaking attempt have been met.

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