Officials Brace Themselves For Long Weekend Traffic Spike

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Traffic volumes are expected to start increasing on Thursday as thousands of motorists take to the roads ahead of the long weekend.

The N3 Toll Concession says that all its toll gate plazas will be operating at capacity to ensure minimised bottle necks and delays in travel time.

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande will be on the N1 highway in Pretoria on Thursday morning for government’s road safety activation.

Traffic police are expected to mainly focus on checking motorists’ blood alcohol level as driving under the influence has been flagged in previous years as the main cause of road crashes.

Nzimande’s spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi has been quoted as saying: “Law enforcement authorities and emergency services have been placed on high alert to enforce the law.”

Vision Tactical units will be on standby to assist the Johannesburg Metro Police Department and the South African Police Service in several joint crime prevention operations to ensure the safety and security of all during the upcoming Easter Weekend.

A few safety tips before you hit the road:

  • If travelling, obey the rules of the road and carry your driver’s licence with you.
  • Plan the route to your holiday destination and allow enough time to reach the destination – taking into account many road works and delays along the route!
  • Check that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure.

Media Enquiries:
Yaseen Theba
+27 64 400 0000
yaseen@visiontactical.co.za

 

 

Vision Tactical Units Prepare For A Busy Easter Long Weekend

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The Easter long weekend sees many people spending time away from their home.

What should be a time of fun and spending quality time with the family unfortunately turns into a nightmare for many, forcing almost all South Africans to worry about about their home and possessions during this period.

However, Vision Tactical, a security company in Gauteng are geared up for the busy long weekend and all the challenges that come with it.

Vision Tactical’s units will be on standby to assist the Johannesburg Metro Police Department and the South African Police Service in several joint crime prevention operations to ensure the safety and security of all during the upcoming Easter Weekend.

According to Yaseen Theba, Director of Vision Tactical, Easter weekend has become a prime opportunity for criminals to strike.

“These crimes are not always traditional house break-ins while residents are away but also include driveway hijackings and robberies.”

Theba encourages people to build a genuine trust with their security protection services and neighbours.

“These relationships become handy when one leaves their home during periods such as the Easter long weekend.”

He adds that Vision Tactical understands that customers rely on them to safeguard their homes as well as their businesses.

“Vision Tactical is firmly positioned among the most respected security companies in Johannesburg. We recruit trained specialists with the highest standards and accreditation offering our clients a unique range of security services.”

Here are a few additional tips to help alleviate any security risks to your family and property during the Easter Weekend as well as some road safety tips:

  • Cut back any bush or trees that may offer easy access over walls or gates to your property or provide places for criminals to hide.
  • Inform your neighbours and security provider of your holiday plans so that they can keep an eye on your property.
  • Double check that you have locked and secured all windows and doors before leaving your home.
  • If travelling, obey the rules of the road and carry your driver’s licence with you.
  • Plan the route to your holiday destination and allow enough time to reach the destination – taking into account many road works and delays along the route!
  • Check that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure.

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Media Enquiries:
Yaseen Theba
+27 64 400 0000
yaseen@visiontactical.co.za

[Press Release] Vision Tactical Units Assist In Nabbing Two Suspected Rhino Poachers

[Press Release] Vision Tactical Units Assist In Nabbing Two Suspected Rhino Poachers

A sting operation involving Vision Tactical, the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Endangered Species Unit, Special Task force and Tracker SA landed two suspects behind bars after information surfaced that a vehicle from a coastal province was carrying a considerable number of rhino horn.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) said that the two suspects were arrested in the North West province, following a tip-off that a car was transporting rhino horns, police nabbed the suspects and discovered 180 rhino horns.

Police add that the rhino horns, worth a substantial amount of money, were destined for the Southeast Asian markets.

In China and Vietnam, the Rhino horn is advertised by some traditional medicine practitioners as a wonder ingredient.

The driving factor for rhino horn poachers is the price tag attached to the horn.

The business is a lucrative one, creating a transnational crime network that has decimated rhino populations in recent decades.

South Africa, which is home to about 80 percent of the world rhino population, has been hit the hardest.

In 2018, 769 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone while more than 7 100 animals have been killed over the past decade.

The case of the two men arrested for the alleged smuggling of 180 rhino horn, weighing a total of 150kg, has been postponed for a bail application in the Brits Magistrates Court.


Media Statement from Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police ServicePRETORIA – Two suspects aged 57 and 61 will make their first appearance at the Brits Magistrate Court after they were intercepted with more than 167 rhino horns on Saturday in the North West.

An operation by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Endangered Species Unit, Special Task force, Tracker SA and Vision Tactical landed the two suspects behind bars after information surfaced that a vehicle that from a coastal province was carrying a considerable number of rhino horns.

The vehicle was intercepted in the Hartebeespoortdam area where the 167 rhino horns worth a substantial amount of money were seized. The rhino horns were destined for the South East Asian markets.

Rigorous investigations on the two suspects as well as the value of the horns are still ongoing. Further details on the incident will be communicated in good time.

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Two due in court for illegal trafficking of rhino stockpile

Rhino horn seized from poachers in Kruger National Park. File photo
Image: Saps

Two suspects will make their first court appearance on Monday after they were intercepted with more than 167 rhino horns on Saturday, in a sting operation executed in the Hartbeespoort Dam area in North West.

“Markings on the horns including weights and registration numbers would suggest that they originated from a stockpile of some kind,” Julian Rademeyer, author of the book Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade, tweeted at the weekend.

An operation by the Hawks’ serious organised crime endangered species unit, Special Task Force, Tracker SA and Vision Tactical landed the two suspects behind bars after information surfaced that a vehicle from a coastal province was carrying a considerable number of rhino horns, said Hawks spokesman brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

The vehicle was intercepted. The 167 rhino horns were seized.

The suspects, aged 57 and 61, will be brought before the Brits Magistrate’s Court, where they are expected to be charged with rhino horn trafficking.

“Rigorous investigations on the two suspects as well as the value of the horns is still ongoing,” said Mulaudzi.

The rhino horns were destined for the South East Asian markets, the Hawks say.

This is the second major bust in the illegal rhino horn trade this month.

Hong Kong authorities said on April 6 that they had seized 82.5 kilograms of rhino horn and cut pieces after screening cargo from South Africa with Malaysia as its destination. The cargo was declared as “auto parts”.

Seizures by Hong Kong authorities earlier this year also netted 40 kilograms of rhino horns and more than 1,000 ivory tusks.

In June 2017, the SA government said it had developed an electronic database to register rhino horns in private and government-owned stockpiles, as well as all newly-acquired horns.

It has been legal to buy and sell rhino horn within South Africa since that same year, when the Private Rhino Owners Association won a court case against the Department of Environment Affairs’ trading ban on a legal technicality. But there is a global ban on trading rhino horn so it cannot be sold to markets where there is demand, such as Vietnam and China.

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-04-15-two-due-in-court-for-illegal-trafficking-of-rhino-stockpile/

Vision Tactical Launches Security Portal for Instagram Users

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Vision Tactical, one of Johannesburg’s leading security companies, launched a ‘Mobile Security’ portal for Instagram users.

Available to all, Vision Tactical’s portal delivers access to all the protection channels users require when they are in an emergency situation, including links to the official website, emergency button linking users to the control room and Vision Tactical’s Green Team.

Vision Tactical Director Yaseen Theba says this is a first for the security industry.

“As we use our phones daily for both work and personal matters, it is more important than ever to make sure that your own personal safety is made a priority. The new security portal offers comprehensive features to cover all aspects of one’s safety.”

The link to the portal is attached to the Vision Tactical bio on Instagram.

(Instagram handle: @visiontactical)

Save this link to your phone: https://shor.by/VTAC


Media Enquiries:

Yaseen Theba

+27 64 400 0000

yaseen@visiontactical.co.za

Tips When Driving At Night During The April Long Weekend

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With the April long weekend approaching, some motorists will try to avoid holiday traffic congestion by driving at night.

According to the Automobile Association, statistics show that night time driving may be three times more dangerous than driving during the day because of additional risk factors such as poor visibility, drunken pedestrians, animals on the road, tiredness and lack of concentration.

Vision Tactical Director Yaseen Theba has cautioned motorists to be alert in heavy traffic.

Drive at a Safe speed – the speed limit may not be a safe speed. Be Proactive – Pay attention to heavy traffic in the distance.”

Theba says that weaving in and out of lanes trying to find the fastest-moving lane won’t save you much time and only increases the risk of road crashes.

“By slowing down, you can avoid potential collisions with jittery drivers who just don’t have the patience to deal with traffic delays. Follow the general flow of traffic – driving too slow can make other drivers around you impatient, agitated and lead to dangerous driving situations.”

Theba adds that motorists should follow the general flow of traffic and that driving too slow can make other drivers around you impatient, agitated and lead to dangerous driving situations

Motorists have also been advised to be extra cautious maintaining a safe following distance especially when driving at night.


Media Enquiries:

Yaseen Theba

+27 64 400 0000

yaseen@visiontactical.co.za

Vision Tactical Units Monitor Protest Action In Orange Grove

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Vision Tactical units were on standby in Orange Grove after reports of a protest in the area.

Together with the South African Police Service and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department, officials monitored the situation in the area after dispersing protesters who were blocking Louis Botha Avenue on Thursday morning during peak hour traffic.

Residents handed over a memorandum reportedly demanding that Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba allocate them houses and convert unused government buildings into RDP houses.

Is Vision Tactical’s Green Team Doing The Work Of The Municipality?

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Vision Tactical Green team’s ethos is that – “looking after our environment will ensure that our environment looks after us.”

For the past few months, Vision Tactical’s environmental initiative has grown leaps and bounds ensuring that Houghton, Norwood, Killarney and surrounds can proudly label itself ‘litter-free zones’ in an attempt to keep the area as clean as possible.

The primary challenge for the Green Team initiative is ensuring that all stakeholders have a common vision for the clean-up project and what is needed.

Where this is not the case, initiatives tend to get bogged down in ongoing disputes about key deliverables which can result in projects being delayed or falling away altogether.

Lending a helping hand is crucial in the metros, especially in Johannesburg, where urbanisation is increasingly resulting in service delivery backlogs, as local governments have the task of addressing these while simultaneously operating within budgetary requirements.

In South Africa, we know the challenges we are faced with on a daily basis and the core issue in most municipalities across South Africa relates to the lack or delay of service delivery.

However, the Green Team in no way looks to replace what the municipality or council is doing, the Green Team was created to assist and supplement clean-up efforts in the Houghton, Killarney and the Norwood area.

Vision Tactical Director and Co-Founder of the Green Team, Yaseen Theba says the reality is that residents, citizens and South Africans need to stop pointing fingers at those trying to make a difference.

“Yes, there are service delivery issues that need to be dealt with, and we find ourselves in a situation where politics is becoming the biggest hurdle that we have to overcome for basic services, some of which are basic rights.”

Theba says that the vision of the Green Team is an opportunity for those wanting to give back to their community.

“People who don’t have any political agendas so that individuals who don’t want any political association can make a difference in an area that they care about, I will say it again, we are tired of pointing fingers and then hope to make a small difference by doing something about the litter, mess, and poor service delivery. We must stop this culture of pointing fingers and blaming others and work towards a society of active citizens.”

Theba adds that people know their history and they ultimately need solutions from leadership to address the service delivery issues.

“The DA councillors blame the ANC government for the mess they inherited, yet they fought for the control and promised solutions. The ANC government blamed the apartheid government for what they inherited, and they also fought for control and promised solutions.

Theba says South Africans are tired of politicians pushing the buck.

“My point is instead of playing the blame game, we must all take responsibility. Herman Mashaba must go into Alexandra and address the needs of the people, instead of blaming the ANC for the mess he inherited. He should use this as an opportunity to address the needs of the people in Alex. People know their history, they need solutions from leadership to address the service delivery issues.”

“I say, Lets ALL work towards to a cleaner, safer, Joburg!”

The Green Team – Keeping it clean…

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Do Not Compromise On Safety & Security This Easter Weekend!

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With the large volume of traffic expected to hit South Africa’s roads over the next few weeks for the Easter weekend and other public holidays, motorists are encouraged to thoroughly plan and take steps to be safer on the road.

But before you embark on your journey, ensure the security of your home, this is of utmost importance.

Household burglaries are particularly frequent during the holidays as criminals view unoccupied houses as easy targets.

Below Are Some Tips From Vision Tactical To Keep In Mind:

  • Remove all post and newspapers from your post box and get someone you trust to continue removing them while you are away.
  • Do not leave lights on. Rather install a timer if you are able to.
  • Remember to activate your alarm system. If you do not have an alarm system, have one installed if you can.
  • Remember not to inform a lot of people that you are going away. Instead, tell someone you trust and also inform them when they should expect you back.
  • Always be alert while driving. Watch that you are not being followed. Be vigilant when stopping at traffic lights or stop streets.
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, go to the closest police station or to a busy area. Also remember to keep all valuables in the boot. Keep your doors locked and windows closed.
  • You should also leave ample space between you and the car in front of you in order to escape should you need to. Also remember to pay close attention to your surroundings when close to your house. If you see something suspicious, rather drive away instead of stopping at your house.
  • You can call and ask your security company to escort you home or alert the police. Be vigilant when stopping in front of your gate and waiting for it to open or be opened.
  • When driving, avoid speeding. Also ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy.
  • Do not stop on highways or areas that look unsafe. If something is wrong with your vehicle, try to get to a busy area if possible. Save roadside assistance numbers on your phone as well.

Media Enquiries:

Yaseen Theba

+27 64 400 0000

yaseen@visiontactical.co.za

 

Joburg’s MMC Engages With Communities Over Public Safety Issues

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The City of Johannesburg’s MMC of Public Safety – Councilor Michael Sun held an engagement meeting with the residents of Highlands North, Killarney, Houghton and Orange Grove on public safety issues.

At the meeting, traffic violations, noise, by-law contraventions, public disorder and drugs were some of the issues that were discussed extensively.

According to the Joburg Public Safety Twitter account, The Norwood community raised matters of noise pollution as well as drug dealing.

At the same time, MMC Sun met with Sandton precinct CPFs, South African Police Service (SAPS) in Sandton, JMPD regional representatives as well as the City of Johannesburg officials to discuss the safety issues around the area.

Sun said that they spoke about general safety issues relating to smash-and-grabs, hijacking, by-law enforcement and traffic management in the area.

“I will ensure that the progress is monitored and that we continue to address some of the shortcomings and immediate issues that we need to attend to.”

On Wednesday night, the MMC was in Lenasia where he addressed residents concerns related to drugs, crime and other public safety issues.

 

Helpful Tips For Motorists Driving In Wet Weather Conditions

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Bad weather affecting parts of South Africa will require extra vigilance from motorists, and a renewed commitment from all drivers to obey the rules of the road.

The Automobile Association advised that there are a lot of wet, even icy, roads out there meaning tyres may only have half as much grip on the surface as on dry roads. Motorists need to be aware that the conditions are different and must adapt their driving accordingly.

“They need to brake earlier, enter corners at slower speeds, and maintain focus on the road ahead at all times.”

The association said it is important that motorists check that their windscreen wipers are working properly (front and back) and that their brakes are sound. It said that motorists should also check the condition of their tyres to avoid aquaplaning.

Aquaplaning occurs where the tread on the tyres is no longer able to channel water away, and the tyre lifts off the road surface and starts to skim across the water like a speedboat.

“Now is not the time to take any chances with safety. Crashes in wet, icy conditions are common, and we advise everyone to heed the call to drive safely. Switch on your headlights, maintain a good following distance from the car ahead of you, and don’t speed. Importantly, always wear your safety belt and ensure all children and passengers are also strapped in,” the AA said.

Apart from ensuring their cars are in a good condition, the association also warned motorists not to take chances by crossing low-lying bridges as the fast-flowing water could cause them to be swept downstream.

Some tips from the association to keep safe in wet conditions include:

  1. Ensure your headlights and brake lights are working
  2. Switch on your headlights, especially when natural light is low. Remember this also alerts other drivers to your presence on the road
  3. Ensure your windscreen and wipers are in good condition
  4. Check that your tyres are in good shape
  5. Don’t speed, and maintain a safe following distance
  6. Buckle up
  7. Don’t cross low-lying bridges, even if you think your car can make it
  8. Slow down before entering standing water on the road as this may cause the car to “pull” to the side without warning, and it may be deeper than it looks
  9. Avoid areas where there are known to be adverse conditions
  10. Adjust your speed for the condition of the road. Just because a road is marked at 120 km, doesn’t mean it is safe to travel at this speed in all conditions
  11. Concentrate on the road, not on anything else such as electronic device
  12. If you are going to an area known to have bad weather, and there is a possibility you may be stuck for extended periods, remember to take extra blankets, appropriate clothing and refreshments, and ensure your tank has enough fuel for the journey
  13. Keep your cell phone charged in case of an emergency

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Media Enquiries:

Yaseen Theba

+27 64 400 0000

yaseen@visiontactical.co.za