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SIBANYE HERITAGE RANGERS

intelligence communications unit ALTERNATEThe Sibanye Heritage Rangers  is a joint project between the Militia Trust and the Displaced and Migrant Persons Support Program(DMPSP)  which has been initiated primarily to cater for the youth projects of the organizations.  The Militia Youth Cadet Corps will now move over as the Youth Cadet Volunteer Corps under the Sibanye Heritage Rangers.

This project will primarily be run by the  DMPSP with its main focus on Heritage, Environment, Culture and Social Cohesion.

The project focuses on establishing ranger units in schools across the country, especially in areas considered to be volatile, and youth involved in such units will have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  •  To promote cultural diversity and acceptance of all people in Afrika as Afrikans and children of Afrikan Soil.
  • Ensuring social cohesion amongst people of all races creeds, ethnicity and religions backgrounds by promoting  the principles of Ubuntu
  • To fight all forms of Discrimination, Alienation, Racism, and Xenophobia.DSCF0338alt
  • To minimize human impact on natural environment through greener living conditions and promoting recycling.
  • Maintaining and preserving the heritage and environment on our continent.
  • Healthy drug and crime free environment for the development of our youth.

We urge all youth still at school to become involved in forming units across the country that will be proactively involved in tackling the issues which affect our society and environment.

The activities which the SHR will be carrying out can be followed on their website http://www.shr.org.za or on the facebook page (click SHR fb link on right) and the SHR mobile app can be downloaded from google play or scan the following QR code. sibanye-qr

 

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A TRIBUTE TO MADIBA

Tribute to Madiba

Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang’ uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph’ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph’ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)

Hey wena (Hey you!)
Hey wena nawe (Hey you and you as well)
Siyofika nini la’ siyakhona (When will we arrive at our destination)

2014 YOUTH CADET ENROLLMENT

cadet flash (1)Enrollment for the 2014 Youth Cadet intake:

The Following Conditions Apply:

  •  We expect youth to enroll themselves to participate in the activities of the Youth Cadet Volunteer Corps for minimum period of 1 year.
  • Must  have at least Grade 9, be between 18 and 21 years of age.
  • Youth must have a neat and proper bearing.
  • Must have good communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Must have a controlled approach with regards to aggression.
  •  Must be trainable, physically fit and have a healthy disposition with the ability to walk and run long distances.
  • Must have a keen sense of smell, hearing and eyesight.
  • We expect youth to have a natural love and keen interest in nature, animals, wildlife and living/working in the bush.  Please take note that youth must be prepared to leave all creature comforts behind and follow a lifestyle that involves being close to nature, rough and tough conditions and bush life.
  • Youth will fall under The Militia Disciplinary Code (MDC) and the Cadet Code of Conduct
  • Training is vocational in nature.

Enrollment forms can be downloaded on this page, or send an sms with your email address to 0813297521

This is not program of the SANDF/SANPARKS or an application to get into the SANDF/SANPARKS

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SERVICE DELIVERY, THE ROAD TO MANGAUNG AND ATTACKS ON FOREIGN OWNED SHOPS

The past few months have been characterized by increased political activities as ANC branches gear up towards Mangaung Congress at the end of the year.

Service delivery protests have been a day to day activity in the South African landscape and with these and other issues have come increased attacks on foreign owned businesses.  Approximately 400 foreign owned businesses in townships across South Africa have been attacked, looted or burnt to the ground by angry mobs or well organized criminal gangs in the last 2 months alone.

Local traders in townships have become increasingly frustrated and although forums were established by government to address the issue, no solution has been provided by government to date.  This has increased the tensions in townships as local business people resort to unscrupulous actions to eliminate competition of foreign owned businesses.  Police at station level report that 90 % of crime against businesses are targeted at foreign owned businesses.

It can be expected that tensions will increase as the road heads downhill  to Mangaung and with that attacks on foreigners in South Africa in general.

RISE IN XENOPHOC TENSIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Monitoring and investigating xenophobic tensions and incidents in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State and in the Eastern Cape as an operational partner of the UNHCR, Militia / DMPSP has predicted and taken note of the recent  heightened xenophobic tensions in the country.

A low Intensity Conflict (LIC) is gaining momentum towards foreign owned businesses, especially those owned by Somalian, Ethiopian and Pakistani/Bangladeshi traders.

In Gauteng an organization which sprung out of the tensions experienced last year in Freedom Park, calling itself the Greater Gauteng Business Forum (GGBF) has been established and is bringing together various local business forums together under one umbrella to oust foreign traders from townships.

This and other local business forums have been mobilizing and taking action against foreign shop keepers, forcibly closing, intimidating and even going as far as executing violent actions towards foreign traders.

However the main thrust of this LIC has been the constant criminal activities which is being executed towards foreign traders.  Approximately 90% of all business robberies and crimes on businesses in townships is being carried out against foreign owned shops.  Police response to such crime has been limited.

However police has taken action on several occasions against members of GGBF both in Soweto and on the East Rand, where arrests for intimidation were made, but these cases were withdrawn by the DPP.

General Government response has been moderate, and although they have taken note of the problem, their response has been to set up forums for discussion which are expected to have limited effect.

The indications have been however, that whilst the bureaucratic wheels are turning, the problem continues to fester and the xenophobic mobilization gains momentum.

In various incidents around the country foreign owned shops have been attacked, looted and even burnt to the ground.  In places such as Port Elizabeth Somalian traders are being killed on a weekly basis, and recently attacks on foreigners other than traders have begun to rise as experienced in Diepsloot – Gauteng and in Limpopo recently.

With service delivery and other civil unrest taking place daily, especially in Gauteng, it is expected that attacks on foreigners will also be executed during such protests as has been the case in the past.

The issue of xenophobia in South Africa cannot be ignored.  Although many of the local business forums have expressed that their issue is not xenophobic, it is nothing more than “grand standing”.  The attitudes that we have experienced are purely xenophobic.

The trading issue being brought up by business forums as specifically relating to foreigners is creating a perception of xenophobia which is being taken advantage by criminal elements, and which makes refugees / foreigners easy targets for criminal elements.

The fact is however, that most communities which have been affected are not xenophobic and the situation / conflict between traders has been taken advantage of by criminal and other petty political elements.

In some communities including in Port Elizabeth and in Ramaphosa communities have stood up against local shop owners attacks on foreigners.

The situation is a developmental issue.  Government needs to take serious heed before the situation explodes to something akin of the 2008 xenophobic attacks.

 

FICKSBURG RIOTS

Militia Recently deployed to monitor the situation in Ficksburg and Clocolan as part of the UNHCR outreach program.  The situation has become extremely tense, especially for the people of foreign origin and foreign traders in the area.

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More than 12 shops belonging to foreign nationals had been looted or burnt in Ficksburg and 17  shops in Clocolan.  75 Ethiopian traders in both Ficksburg and Clocolan were left displaced.  Issues were mainly related to service delivery, whereby criminal elements have taken advantage of tensions in order to carry out actions according to their own agenda.

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