Hong Kong protesters must accept city is part of China

By Raquel Carvalho

Leaders should find a vision for Hong Kong and bring the youth into the prosperity path, says South African businessman and former political activist.

Saki Macozoma, 58, South African businessman and former political activist, saw with his own eyes protests, riots and police abuse. From his time as a student leader, he learned what it is like to be under constant police surveillance and also how it is to be confined to a prison cell.

The 1976 school protests against apartheid in South Africa led to Macozoma’s imprisonment. He was arrested following a major outbreak of violence in Port Elizabeth, his birthplace. Along with 32 other students, Macozoma was found guilty of terrorism for planning a march in the city centre, which the government said would damage society. He spent five years on Robben Island, the same prison where Nelson Mandela was confined.

Today, Macozoma is one of the most prominent South African businessmen with an extensive portfolio ranging from banking to mining and other ­investments.

He was in Hong Kong for 10 days as president of Business Leadership South Africa, an association that gathers the country’s major business leaders. He was invited by the Hong Kong government to get to know the region.

And unlike what many might think, the political situation in Hong Kong and recent protests – some led by students – didn’t scare a businessman like ­Macozoma.

“I don’t think that the political system in Hong Kong is such a concern. The world is a quite difficult place out there … I tell investors in South Africa: students must protest and any society that doesn’t have students protesting, something is wrong,” he said.

“I don’t think that student protests in Hong Kong are something that turns me off. What would turn me off is how they are dealt with, and I don’t have reasons to believe that the response has been overly repressive,” he noted.

“The issues that students are protesting about are very valid issues but they are also very difficult issues to resolve,” Macozoma said.

Major civil disobedience movement Occupy Central, which began in September 2014, followed a week of class boycott and the detention of several students. During the protests that mobilised thousands of people over more than two months, police used tear gas and pepper spray to suppress protesters who were pushing for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

South Africa has seen in recent months a student’s revolt that started to be against university fees, but it has grown into other issues. “What I see in Hong Kong is not very different from what I see in South Africa. Obviously the situation of Hong Kong is a kind of a special case, as the relationship between Hong Kong and [mainland] China is an interesting case of decolonization,” he noted.

In his opinion, “people have to accept they are part of China. The question is what kind part of China do they want to be.”

Although many might think that the real issue is “localism” versus Beijing loyalism, Macozoma observed “that’s a manifestation of other deeper problems.” He said that Hong Kong should reintegrate young people into the prosperity path. “What it really needs to be resolved is how everyone becomes a winner,” former political activist said.

“I think pro-democracy people will continue to agitate for that and they should do it – it keeps things in balance. But I think there are choices in life that have to be made,” Macozoma said, establishing a parallel with South Africa. “We were facing a choice: should we be concerned about all the crimes that were committed under apartheid… Or should we be saying: Where we are, we have these grievances. However, to take the country forward we have to make these compromises. This is where the genius of Nelson Mandela is and quite often people don’t get it,” he noted.

In this is a period of transition, “all the leaders need to find a way to which I would call the ‘Hong Kong first’,” he said. “That ‘Hong Kong first’ has to be predicated on the fact that they must accept that this is a decolonization context and that now Hong Kong is part of China…What Hong Kong has to do is to find its niche within China and defend its freedoms in that context,” he noted.

Saki Macozoma: who is the man who walked beside South Africa’s great Mandela?

By Raquel Carvalho

The former political leader and business man spent three years along side Nelson Mandela and argued over speeches as his press representative.

“Friends, comrades and fellow South Africans. I greet you all in the name of peace, democ­racy and freedom for all. I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the ­people.”

To hear these words we would have to go back in time and land in the hot afternoon of February 11, 1990 in the main public square in Cape Town, South Africa, standing elbow to elbow with thousands of people eager to see the man who would become the first black South African president. Read more

Announcing Launch of New TLX Searchlight with Dual Day/Night Camera Option

Moorabbin, Aust – Trakka Systems announces the launch of its new TLX searchlight with dual sensor TV/Thermal Imaging camera option which will be displayed for the first time at the HAI Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky 1-3 March 2016.

Trakka Systems is the leading brand in searchlight technology and also a leader in the supply of fully exportable gyrostabilised camera systems. Applying the innovation and engineering skills for which it has built an enviable reputation, Trakka Systems is proud to announce the option for a dual sensor TV/TI payload colocated with the TLX searchlight. The TLX already offers a 25% brighter beam using less power draw, combined with expanded 6-position multispectral internal filter wheel and improved digital control with Geo-Axis Lock. These improvements are now expanded by a dual sensor payload option which allows for improved situational awareness and recording either by day or night, with the searchlight beam on or off.

“At Trakka Systems, we are 100% committed to on-going innovation and customer satisfaction” says Andrew Phillips, EVP Global Sales. “Yet again Trakka Systems has set the bar higher, with the world’s first searchlight/camera combination. The new dual camera option for the TLX opens up exciting new possible applications for users across our traditional market sectors. It goes about safety and situational awareness, especially for EMS and SAR operations – to help the crews to see, to save and protect.”

About Trakka Systems

Trakka Systems is a privately held Global Aerospace Group, whose primary focus is to design, manufacture, market and distribute innovative high powered DO-160-certified critical vision solutions for airborne, marine and land based operations around the world. Trakka Systems offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, accessories, spare parts and services for civil and military operators, all major rotorcraft OEMs, completion centres, and MR&O facilities. Trakka’s extensive engineering capabilities, AS9100C and FAA-PMA manufacturing facilities, and FAA/EASA 145 repair stations deliver fast time-to-market solutions with superior customer support worldwide. To find out more visit www.trakkasystems.com

Trakka buys Swedish gimbal camera maker

Safika partner company Trakka Group is pleased to announce that they have acquired a controlling interest in the Swedish Airborne Gimbal Camera manufacturer, Swesystem.

Trakka Corp has in recent years been established as the leading brand in searchlight technology. Capitalizing on Trakka’s position in the market as well as their management’s vast knowledge of camera systems, the Trakka Group has now expanded its capabilities and product offering with the recent acquisition of Swesystem. This allows the Trakka Group to introduce a world class range of cost-effective, exportable, high-end gyro-stabilized camera systems and has positioned the Trakka Group to provide a broader-based surveillance offering with both active and passive critical vision technology.

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Safika has acquired a significant shareholding in Kemtek Imaging Systems Holdings Limited (Kemtek), the leading supplier of product and solutions to the sub-Saharan printing, bar coding and labelling industries.

Kemtek represents many major international brands including:

  • Hewlett-Packard (HP), – Digital print solutions
  • Komori – Conventional printing presses
  • Scodix – Digital print enhancement
  • Duplo – Coaters, Booklet Makers, Binding Systems, Collators, Cutters, Creasers, Folders
  • Fujifilm – Plates and Film
  • Durst – Ink-Jet presses
  • Epson – Proofing Systems
  • Datalogic, Honeywell, Argox, Cipherlab, Brother and Epson – Barcode Printers and Scanners

Kemtek’s principal customers in the printing industry are newspapers, commercial and packaging printers, retailers, packaging companies and medium-to-large manufacturing companies.

Kemtek’ Bacoding and Labelling are universal in distribution and use in South Africa, from the supermarket to the factory floor, throughout the supply chain and even on ID books and car licences.

The company is also active in the emerging 3D printing sector, forecast to be growth areas for Kemtek.

Noting that digital and 3D markets are growing strongly around the world, Mr. Moss Ngoasheng, Safika’s Chief Executive, said Safika’s involvement would provide additional energy to grow Kemtek’s various South African market segments and would also assist the expansion into the African export markets. . “In the short to medium term the future of growth at Kemtek will be through digital printing, while 3D printing will be more of a feature in the longer term,” he said.

Mr Leon Kruger has recently been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Kemtek.


Safika Holdings would like to advise that it has no association of any nature to the company “Safika BSS” with the business website www.safikabss.co.za. Safika Holdings would like to confirm that the truck with the name “Safika” and the website address www.safikabss.co.za written on it’s side, shown in a photograph posted recently on Facebook, which was allegedly illegally dumping, is not owned or associated in anyway with any subsidiary or company in the Safika Holdings portfolio of companies.

Safika Holdings is of the view that the confusion that has arisen due to the similarity of it’s business name with that of Safika BSS is unfortunate and Safika Holdings is taking the necessary steps to try to prevent any such confusion in the future.

Tshipi donation to uplift local communities in the Northern Cape

Safika’s Tshipi é Ntle manganese mining company consistently works to uplift local communities in the Northern Cape, where the mine is situated.  Tshipi’s most recent contribution of equipment and bursaries was reported by Boipelo.Mere in this article for The Northern Cape Express newspaper.

The Itsoso Waste Management Company, a local company consisting of six members from Cassel Village in the Joe Morolong Local Municipality, received an opportunity to make a mark in the competent business space.

Established in 2009, the company got a boost by receiving a waste truck from the Joe Morolong Local Municipality in conjunction with Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining.

The handover was made on Tuesday (26/01) and was part of Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining’s Social Labour Plan (SLP) for Local Economic Development.

Itsoso formed part of the municipality’s integrated development plan (IDP) that was proposed and approved by the council of Joe Morolong.

As part of their support to this project, Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining’s handover also included a 10-ton trailer, 12 ton skips, office space with equipment and mentorship and training.

Further commitment to the package included a one-year contract which runs concurrently with six months’ mentorship. It depends on the performance of the company whether their contract will be renewed by the mining company at the end, as the business will be treated the same as any other waste company and has to independently compete on the waste management market.

Mayor Dorcas Moremi and the general manager of Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining also awarded bursaries to four students in the Joe Morolong Local Municipality.

One of the bursary beneficiaries, Dilanah Motshabi, who comes from an underprivileged background in Madularanch Village, is looking foward to studying for a Bachelors of Education at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley. Her aim is to specialise in teaching Maths and Science.

Motshabi prides herself on being one of the best performing students in Maths and Science.

Safika is helping to provide books to poor African children throughout the continent by supporting Australian books for Children of Africa (ABCA)

Safika is helping to provide books to poor African children throughout the continent by supporting Australian books for Children of Africa (ABCA) So far, ABCA has distributed over 160 000 books to more than 100 schools and institutions in Africa.  The Nkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa was the 100th recipient of ABCA […]

Trakka is going from strength to strength.

Safika partner company, Trakka, is going from strength to strength. It’s searchlights form an essential part of search and rescue missions in this part of the USA. Watch the video. Read more

Italian Air Force is uses TrakkaBeam A800 searchlights supplied by Trakka

The Italian Air Force is now using TrakkaBeam A800 searchlights supplied by Safika partner company Trakka. The A800 is a fully automated multi-mission searchlight system, with an integrated pan and tilt that can be remotely positioned in both elevation and azimuth. Read more