Police have arrested a suspect who was caught ripping down elections paraphernalia of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic. The suspect is also accused of attacking the party’s supporters.According to Police on Friday, 38-year-old Mitra Mohan was in the company of three other PPP/C members at Westminister (White Shop Short Cut) Road mounting PPP/C flags on the utility poles when the man confronted him whilst he was on a ladder and pulled him off.The police said that the suspect then climbed the ladder and broke off the PPP/C flag from the pole then made good his escape. Police said the man was arrested at his Westminister, West Bank Demerara home after a report was made and is presently in custody assisting with the investigation.Last week, former parliamentarian Harry Gill, along with other members of the PPP/C were attacked while erecting elections campaign flags at Number 10 Village, West Coast Berbice.The incident, which was captured on caFlags that were ripped downmera, shows persons verbally abusing and physically blocking the team as it attempted to place the flags on the utility poles.In light of the recent attacks, the party had written to Police Commissioner Leslie James, asking for swift actions to be taken against supporters of the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition, who attacked Opposition members and destroyed the party’s impedimenta.The PPP strongly condemned the acts. More so, General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Bharrat Jagdeo has expressed dissatisfaction in the way the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) is dealing with the reported campaign attacks while calling on the body to implement stricter penalties. In 2015, a PPP/C rally was rudely interrupted by a band of supporters of the APNU/AFC – involving children in their nefarious activities, the supporters urinated on and burned PPP flags, and hurled missiles at the rally speakers, including party stalwart, Dr Roger Luncheon.The person reported to have urinated on the PPP flag and subsequently set it ablaze was Child Welfare Officer Abigail Baveghems, who is also the daughter of an APNU member.That incident has been widely criticised, given that it occurred on the same day that political parties had signed on to a Code of Conduct aimed at guiding the manner in which campaigning is conducted.
The finalists in the South African Premier Business Awards were announced by the Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies where he also confirmed that the fifth annual gala event will be held on 30 January 2018.Proudly South African Public Relations Manager Deryn Graham; Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies; and Rabia Metedad, Brand South Africa Activations Manager, are guests at the media launch. (Images: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThe finalists in the 10 categories in the fifth annual South African Premier Business Awards were announced in Johannesburg on Monday, 20 November 2017, at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).The awards are hosted in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, Brand South Africa and Proudly South African. The winners will be announced at a gala event to be held on 30 January 2018, which will take the theme “Rewarding Business Excellence”.“The awards seek to recognise and celebrate entrepreneurs and companies that invest in both human and technical resources in various activities that are producing quality products and services,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in his keynote address.They recognised and honoured local enterprises that promoted the spirit of success, innovation, job creation, quality and good business ethics in South Africa’s business community. “They will also showcase the best that South Africa has to offer in terms of products and services made in South Africa.”The awards were not about winning money, the minister stressed; rather, it was about prestige – which the department hoped to increase. The finalists should be proud that they had reached this level of the competition.Minister Rob DaviesSponsors and affiliate partnersThe sponsors of the South African Premier Business Awards are Tsogo Sun, the JSE (affiliate partner) and Wits Business School (academic partner).The prizes are:Wits Business School will provide executive development programmes to qualifying employees from selected winners to the total value of R1-million.The Investor of the Year will get JSE-accredited training for five of the company’s executives or staff members.Tsogo Sun will give weekend accommodation to select winners anywhere in South Africa.Thanking the sponsors, Davies said: “This is a sign that we can work together to make South Africa better.”There were 179 nominations this year.The finalistsInvestors AwardQK Meats SADefy AppliancesSumitomo Rubbers South AfricaCoega Development CorporationExporters AwardSumitomo Rubbers South AfricaSimplus InnovationQK Meats SAAerosud AviationGEW TechnologiesEnterprise Development Support AwardSumitomo Rubbers South AfricaNational Urban Reconstruction and Housing AgencyParamixedNampak ProductsSasol South AfricaManufacturers AwardNdokhulu Hydraulic and Mining SupplierExodusThekwini Wire & FastnersThata Ubeke ManufacturingBlack Industrialists AwardNdokhulu Hydraulic and Mining SupplierThekwini Wire & FastnersThata Ubeke ManufacturingShandos ConstructionBlessing ConnectSMME AwardMaid 4 ULulaway HoldingsMzwethembela TradingFloida Engineering ServicesBarui Briehoek CooperativeNdoukhulu Hydraulic and Mining SupplierKhuphulanani Training InstituteYoung Entrepreneur AwardIntercessor Army FranchingSikuphiwe TradingKreetiv CommunicationsGridbow Engineers and Technical ServicesMasifunde Training CentreIsimangaliso GroupMpiloSimplus InnovationTnM InnovationsWomen-owned Business AwardFloida Engineering ServicesKreetiv CommunicationBBD Steel SuppliesKhuphulanani Training InstituteExodusKhalalaProudly South African Enterprise AwardMaid 4 ULa Van Skin and Body Excellence SystemEkurhuleni Artisans and Skills Training CentrePlay Your Part AwardSihles BrewEkurhuleni Artisan and Skills Training CentreNampak ProductsLittle Green NumberClover Mama Africa TrustWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.