January, 2016


Top three fraud scams to take note of

Fraudsters are capitalising on consumers with a more relaxed attitude, warns Kevin Hogan, fraud risk manager at Investec Private Banking. To prevent becoming a victim of fraud, be aware of these three scams, he suggests: ATM fraud

Police facing critical shortage of dogs

While there was more than enough money to make up the shortage, the challenge was finding trainable dogs, the unit told Parliament on Friday. Component head Major General Michael Motlhala told Parliament’s police committee that they either got dogs through donations, their breeding section or they bought them for up to R30 000 each. Right now, there were 224 trained K9 handlers without dogs, and there were 215 old operational dogs to be boarded.

SA cities among world’s most dangerous

Four South African cities have been named among the world’s most dangerous places in a study released by the Mexico City-based Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The rankings are based on the number of murders per 100,000 inhabitants during 2015 in cities with a population of more than 300,000. These cities were not in war zones and also had statistics available. Cities without proper stats were excluded.

Eskom’s coal now supplied by the Guptas

Eskom has started buying coal for its Arnot power station from a mine that is being acquired by the Gupta family, friends of President Jacob Zuma, after a contract with Exxaro Resources was cancelled, said three people, who did not want to be named. Eskom Holdings did not renew Exxaro’s contract to supply Arnot from a nearby mine at the end of December because, it said, the prices were too high. Arnot was supplying 20% of the 2000MW power station’s coal needs, Eskom said.

New technology to help SAPS tackle crime

The launch of the TETRA Digital Radio Communication System and the state-of-the-art 10111 Command Centre will assist the police to respond swiftly to the needs of community members in distress. The Command Centre was officially opened on Wednesday in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan in the Eastern Cape as part of the annual celebration of National Police Day.   Police Minister Nathi Nhleko led the event.

SA is Africa’s top cybercrime target: Cisco

 South Africa has the highest rate of cybercrime on the continent‚ a report by Cisco revealed on Monday.  Cisco Annual Security report said that “today’s attackers launch more sophisticated‚ bold and resilient campaigns”. Greg Griessel‚ Consulting Systems Engineer Security Solutions at Cisco South Africa‚ said: “Cyber criminals are getting smarter and employing a number of personalised tactics‚ which places businesses at greater risk. 92% of business leaders agree that regulators and investors will expect companies to manage cyber-security risk exposure. These leaders need to essentially increase measures to secure theirRead More

Pushing heroin through South Africa

The telephone line distorts. “We need to hurry up man, seriously dog,” says Mark*, the American voice on the one end of the line. “If these people leave, somebody owes me money, dude, because I am not carrying that shit.” “Okay, there is no problem brother, just give us tomorrow,” Iddy replies.

Man admits to raping 7 of daughter’s friends

A George man who initially faced more than 3 000 charges of rape and child pornography has pleaded guilty to 67 of them as part of a plea agreement. Eyewitness News reported that the State agreed to the plea bargain in exchange for a life sentence after the 51-year-old man admitted to the 67 charges. They included drugging and raping seven of his daughter’s friends during sleepovers at his home between 2012 and 2014. The girls were aged between 10 and 12.

Clever app nails thieves

A student-developed community alert system could be the solution to home safety for millions of people who cannot afford the services of private security companies. The Jonga system, invented by three University of Cape Town students, was one of two winning concepts in the fourth annual Student Social Venture Programme, hosted by the Bertha Centre at the UCT Graduate School of Business. Jonga was selected, along with Farmdrive, a Kenyan development that expands access to credit for small-scale farmers, to compete in a competition in London next month.

More fish being caught than reported

A third more fish are being caught globally than is being reported, a new study says.  The new estimate, calculated by Sea Around Us, a research organisation at British Columbia University, places the annual global catch at 109milliontons, higher than the 77 milliontons that 200 countries and territories reported in 2010. This was because catch information was not collected correctly and difficult to track sectors like artisanal, subsistence and illegal fishing and discarded fish were not counted properly. South Africa is not exempt from under-reporting catch. John Duncan, WWF marineRead More

Commentators ‘forced to pay bribe’ to cop

Four BBC commentators were involved in a confrontation with a South African policeman who, they claim, took their cash. According to The Mirror website, Jonathan Agnew, who was driving the car, claims he was pulled over and asked to produce his licence – which he did not have – before being threatened with being cuffed and taken to the local police station. Agnew, 55, revealed in a series of tweets that fellow commentators Michael Vaughan, Henry Blofeld and Simon Mann had to dig deep in their pockets to pay offRead More

Allegations of match-fixing rocks world tennis

World tennis was rocked on Monday by allegations that the game’s authorities have failed to deal with widespread match-fixing, just as the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, kicked off in Melbourne. Tennis authorities rejected reports by the BBC and online BuzzFeed News, which said 16 players who had been ranked in the top 50 had been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) over suspicions they had thrown matches in the past decade. Eight of those players were taking part in the Australian Open,Read More

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