• Bullying is a serious issue in schools. We remind about the relevant legislation and definitions in the first of three articles about dealing with school bullies. Read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Bullying is a serious issue in schools. We remind about the relevant legislation and definitions in the first of three articles about dealing with school bullies. Read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • The SAPS is adamant that they want to deal with police members who lead double lives and are susceptible to corrupt activities. All SAPS employees should read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus about what it being done to root out corruption.

    The SAPS is adamant that they want to deal with police members who lead double lives and are susceptible to corrupt activities. All SAPS employees should read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus about what it being done to root out corruption.

  • Are you a sucker for #FakeNews? We share valuable tips how to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Are you a sucker for #FakeNews? We share valuable tips how to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

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- A death sentence
Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

When we throw something into the garbage bin, we seldom think about its destination. All the discarded plastic bags, broken cellphones and televisions, used batteries and bulbs, glass bottles and old stoves contribute in some way to environmental pollution. When broken down, however, this waste is potentially hazardous since harmful toxins are released into the air and surrounding soil and ground water.

Waste covers a wide spectrum of discarded materials including municipal waste, electrical and electronic waste; industrial and agricultural waste; and new types of waste such as counterfeit pesticides. It includes anything ranging in size and scale from decommissioned ships, oil or liquid waste and millions of cellphones to billions of used car tyres.

Aldag (Nd) explains that dust from the remains of the World Trade Centre buildings that were destroyed during the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York were found to contain mercury, lead, dioxin and asbestos. Three Superfund toxic waste sites in and around New Orleans were flooded in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, and toxic waste was found in debris deposited throughout the flooded area. The devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of December 2004 stirred up and dispersed vast amounts of toxic waste, including radioactive waste, lead, heavy metals and hospital waste across the Indian Ocean basin. The tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 resulted in the Fukushima nuclear accident where vast amounts of irradiated water were released into the Pacific Ocean.

Types of waste

The National Environmental Management: Waste Amendment Act 26 of 2014 divides waste into two groups based on the risk posed, namely:

  • General waste - this does not pose an immediate hazard or threat to human health or the environment. It includes domestic waste; building and demolition waste; business waste; inert waste; or any waste classified as non-hazardous waste in terms of the regulations made under section 69 of Act 26 of 2014, and includes non-hazardous substances, materials or objects within the business, domestic, inert or building and demolition wastes.
  • Hazardous waste - this is any waste that contains organic or inorganic elements or compounds that may have a detrimental impact on human health and the environment. It includes waste that contains organic or inorganic elements or compounds that may, owing to the inherent physical, chemical or toxicological characteristics of that waste, have a detrimental impact on human health and the environment and includes hazardous substances, materials or objects within business waste, residue deposits and residue stockpiles. It includes:
    • Gaseous waste
    • Mercury containing waste (liquid and solid)
    • Batteries
    • Persistent organic pollutants (POP) waste
    • Inorganic waste
    • Asbestos containing waste
    • Waste oils
    • Organic halogenated and/or sulphur containing solvents/waste
    • Organic solvents/waste without halogens and sulphur
    • Mineral waste
    • e-Waste
    • Health care risk waste
      (www.iwmsa.co.za/frequently-asked-questions).

According to the Basel Convention (see below), hazardous waste is an umbrella term for poisonous by-products of manufacturing, farming, city septic systems, construction, automotive garages, laboratories, hospitals and other industries. The waste may be in liquid, solid, or sludge form and contain chemicals, heavy metals, radiation, dangerous pathogens, or other toxins. It even includes household-generated hazardous waste from items such as batteries, used computer equipment and leftover paints or pesticides (www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/toxic-waste). By throwing a broken/unused cellphone into a garbage bin, we expose the earth to lead, mercury and plastic, creating environmental problems.

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[This is only an extract of an article published on pp 24-30 in Servamus: September 2017. The rest of this article looks at the different types of waste and their impact; as well as electronic (e-waste) and how that is illegally trafficked. Have you thought that there could be a link between waste and organised crime or made recycling a priority? We give some tips. Contact Servamus’s offices to request the rest of this interesting article by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning (012) 345 4660/22.]

Servamus - December 2017

A Free State farmer responded to an OLX advert from someone selling animal feed. "I wanted to buy cattle feed, so I deposited the R21 000 immediately after I verified the seller's banking details," he said.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
During mid-October 2017, social media was awash with the news that approximately 30 million South Africans' personal information had been hacked.
By Annalise Kempen
There is no positive light in which to paint the latest crime statistics released by the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, on 24 October 2017.
By Annalise Kempen
Ben is a 14-year-old teenage boy who comes across the online game the Blue Whale. While playing this game, he has to complete one challenge after another.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - December 2017

Years ago, when General Motors “was still a sergeant”, the police’s motto was “Servamus et Servimus”, meaning “we protect and we serve”.
Read More - S V Phillips 2017 (1) SACR 373 (SCA)
Background Section 4(1) of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 (hereinafter referred to as Act 12 of 2004) provides as follows:
Read More - S V Setlholo 2017 (1) SACR 544 (NCK)
In this case the accused was, at the time of committing the two offences concerned, a constable in the SAPS.

Letters - December 2017

While participating in the SAPS National Half-marathon held in Rustenburg during October 2017, I decided that I wanted to run all the marathon races in the Bay during 2018.
On Wednesday 1 November 2017, at approximately 10:00, Capt B R Simpson and Const T E Ntuli from the FLASH Unit at SAPS Emanguzi were travelling along the R22 main road (Engozeni area) towards the Farazela Port of Entry at the Mozambican border.
South African communities are faced with various crimes and it has been a challenge to every citizen to play a role in bringing all perpetrators to justice by working hand-in-hand with the South African Police Service.
Members of the social crime prevention office of Emanguzi SAPS have been working hard to bring awareness to the local communities in an effort to protect the most vulnerable and youngest members in our communities.
December 2017 Magazine Cover

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