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Scammer poses as transport minister

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters's name is being used by an impostor in a 419 scam, claiming the minister has US30.5 million (over R300 million) and needs help in moving the money.

Using e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the scammer says: “Firstly, let me start by introducing myself as Mrs. Elizabeth Dipuo Peters. I am visually impaired widow, a mother of two children and former Premier of the Northern Cape Province (22 April 2004 - 10 May 2009) under the auspices of the President of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, and now elected as a Minister of Energy of the Republic of South Africa since 11 May 2009."

Peters is actually minister of transport. The impostor said she had received the recipient's contact details through the "foreign information exchange in South Africa on a personal request" so they could find a reliable and trustworthy foreign individual. 
"After due deliberation with my children, I decided to contact you for your assistance in standing as a beneficiary to the sum of US30.5 million."

The e-mail is an example of advance fee fraud referred to as the 419 scam. The number 419 refers to the article of the Nigerian criminal code dealing with fraud. Victims receive e-mails claiming that their help is needed to access large sums of money. The helper is promised a slice of the money.

The impostor claimed that after being widowed in 1986, she discovered her husband had the money in an account with a security and finance institution in South Africa.  "I will divulge information to you when I get your full consent and support to go for a change of beneficiary and subsequent transfer of the funds into a comfortable and conducive account of your choice," the impostor said.

The funds had been invested for the further education of her children, the e-mail added. The money supposedly arose through an over-invoiced contract which was executed with the South African government. For changing your account beneficiary, the impostor claimed they would hand over 20 percent of the sum as a fee, plus five percent of any expenses incurred during the transaction. The e-mail listed a South African cellphone number as a contact number, and reminded the reader that the transaction had to remain absolutely confidential.

Hawks spokesman Capt Paul Ramaloko said the crime was common in South Africa.  "The crime is prevalent. The perpetrators take advantage of people who are less suspecting, and we basically say if it is too good to be true, then something is wrong. We have a unit within the Hawks focused on the plight of 419 scam victims. If anyone is defrauded by the scam, they should contact the police.

The transport department was not available for comment.   Sapa


R1 million scholarships for poor students

 Pretoria - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Adam Habib, have announced a R1 million scholarship programme to benefit poor students.

The Equality Scholarships, worth about R100 000 each, will be awarded to the top 10 matriculants from Quintile 1 and 2 schools who choose to attend Wits University. The announcement was made in Johannesburg on Monday night, the day Motshekga also released the official 2013 matric results.

The Scholarships cover all tuition and residence fees, textbooks, food and a cost of living allowance. The students who qualify for these scholarships will be supported for the duration of their undergraduate degree, provided that they continue to excel.

“The Wits Equality Scholarships in partnership with the Department of Basic Education have been developed to enable talented learners from disadvantaged communities to access quality higher education. This is one example of how government is partnering with higher education and other stakeholders to improve the lives of future generations, who in turn will help us to tackle the challenges of the 21st Century,” the minister said.

Motshekga said the Wits Equality Scholarships would help to transform the lives of talented learners who would otherwise not afford higher education costs. Habib said Wits already administered about R500 million in financial aid and scholarships annually on behalf of the National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme, corporates, private donors and other institutions. 
“Over half of Wits’ students receive bursaries or financial aid in one form or another,” said Habib.

The programme would supplement the current Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships, awarded to the 10 best learners from all schools, and will enhance Wits’ current suite of equity programmes which includes the Targeting Talent programme, the Bale Scholarship programme for young women, the Go to University to Succeed (GUTS) outreach campaign and the Leadership, Education and Development Programme (LEAD).


Sci-bono centre offers entertainment for kids

From the 4th - 15th January 2014, The Gadget Factory will entertain and enthral kids of all ages and sizes. This remarkable holiday programme will be offered daily and gives parents a chance to take a breath after a long year while the young ones spend hours building and exploring gadgets and gizmos of all kinds.

There will be parachutes and periscopes, kaleidoscopes and steam turbines, robots and bottle jets and that’s just to name a few! The programme and activities change every day so even if you come more than once you will always be entertained. Not to be missed is a science show that takes place every day between 1pm – 2pm.

If the holiday programme is still not enough to keep you and your kids busy for hours, there are more than 350 interactive science exhibits that can also be explored. “Don’t Touch!” are words that don’t exist at Sci-Bono and you are encouraged to touch, push and wind up the hundreds of exhibits that were built exactly for that purpose. After hours of fun stimulating young minds, feeding hungry tummies will be a priority but that’s easy to do at our coffee shop offering tasty snacks and light meals.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9h00 –17h00 and Saturday & Sunday between 9h30 – 16h30. Entry Fees are R20 a child and R35 an adult. Children under 3 are free. Pensioners & Students are R20 with a valid pensioners or student card. Some of the workshops have a minimal entrance fee while others are free and are offered on a first come first serve basis. Hurry up to secure your spot as these shows are very popular!
Download the full holiday programme by clicking here. For more information contact +27 11 639 8400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website on

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