Member: Nikki Wulfe
Ninja Name: Shiroh
Bio: Shinobi Bajutsu Specialist, Military Equestrian Combat Trainer.
1) A Regional Security Report on Wonderboom National Airport
Wonderboom National airport was built in 1937, 15km North of the capital city of Pretoria in South Africa. It has seen use in both Civilian and Military Training purposes.
Currently Wonderboom Airport is being considered for a National Key point due to its position and importance regarding a few factors.
The “W” in the name is pronounced as a “V” due to its Afrikaans origination and the Wonderboom is an Afrikaans word meaning Wonder Tree with regards to a local grove of trees that that has grown out 50m from a parent bole that is about a thousand years old.
The Pretoria Police air wing operates from Wonderboom, as well as being the base of operations for the Police Commissioner’s personal Jet, the citation sovereign ZS-SAP
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It is a major training airport with over 14 separate training schools for both aeroplane and helicopters. The largest training schools are “Blue Chip” and “Loutzavia”
A recent addition is a new set of hangers securely positioned on one end of the airport that is designated for construction and testing of a new experimental light reconnaissance and counter insurgency aircraft called the AHRLAC (Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft)
There is little to no Civilian Radar coverage in the Wonderboom area due to the southern mountain ridge blocking the Radar control stations abilities. Radar coverage in the area starts from about 6000 feet AMSL (ground is at 4100 feet AMSL)
The Wonderboom control airspace borders on the North the Rooivaal Military Testing area where live fire altitude weapons are employed, and on the South by the Waterkloof Military Air Force base, which is the main troop air deployment start point for South Africa’s Northern Military Response. Waterkloof is also the place that the South African Presidential Plane operates from when the president is in the Gauteng region. Also in the same airspace, the current president has a private Helicopter at his Silverlakes estate that flies him to the Venetia Mines that he owns and operates.
Waterkloof Air force base was also a seat of controversy when the Civilian Gupta Family, Linked to the previous president Jacob Zuma, used it illegally as a private international airport for themselves.
This concludes my report.
2) Regional Security South Africa Pretoria
It is most unfortunate that I report in my country, South Africa, for 2020, even though we were under stringent lock down since April and still are to date, we managed to make 4 of the top 10 most dangerous cities in the world.
Rank City Crime Index Safety Index 1 Caracas, Venezuela 84.68 15.32
2 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 82.04 17.96
3 Pretoria, South Africa 81.94 18.06
4 Durban, South Africa 80.84 19.16
5 Johannesburg, South Africa 80.65 19.35
6 San Pedro Sula, Honduras 80.04 19.96
7 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 79.73 20.27
8 Natal, Brazil 79.21 20.79
9 Fortaleza, Brazil 78.16 21.84
10 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 77.52 22.48
As you can see the region I live in is called Pretoria and managed to “win” third place in the world.
In July 2020 statistics revealed an increase in the countries already high murder rate peaking at 21 325 murders from 2019/2020 financial year.
On average 58 people are killed in South Africa on a daily basis placing the country second in the world to the Murder Capital El Salvador.
In the Pretoria Region the safety index places walking safely during the day alone as LOW and walking safely alone at night as VERY LOW
Safety in Pretoria, South Africa
Safety walking alone during daylight 33.45 Low
Safety walking alone during night 9.70 Very Low
The major problems are Violent assault and robbery and bribery and corruption in the region completely removing the capability of Police and security
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 89.55Very High Problem corruption and bribery 90.99Very High
The Most recent within a short distance of our area made news as the shocking 7 attacks within 24 hours in the Onderstepoort area. All instances people at home were attacked and violently beaten, suffering head injuries and defensive wounds. An 18 year old boy was shot in the neck and multiple cases of rape and attempted murder were opened at the local police station.
It is advised that people travelling to South Africa make sure they are guided by people familiar with the area and try to remain within the more secured and guarded privatised tourist areas. At all times remain vigilant.
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3) Highveld Horsecare Unit Outreach Program
The highveld horsecare unit is the largest equine welfare organisation in South Africa. They specifically involve themselves in equine welfare in the Northern and Central regions of South Africa.
The main stables are situated in Meyerton Gauteng, approximately 90km South of Pretoria and was established in 1991. The provide re-homing for horses and donkeys, owner education and medical assistance in underprivileged areas, investigating and resolving cases of cruelty, and assisting with treatment of horses when owners cannot afford it.
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On average Highveld Horse care Unit assists 6000 animals per year, and on average directly stable about 600 at their property during this time.
A main focus is their outreach program, specifically to do with with the working horses and donkeys in the rural township areas. Animals are often poorly treated here due to a lack of education and poverty. The unit sends trained inspectors here to educate and provide support in these areas.
Additionally the Unit sends inspectors to areas where horses are housed for sporting or recreational activities, while they rely on the public for reports of visible negligence or cruelty. Confiscation and prosecution is employed to save the animals from the abusive environment.
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They have continued to work through COVD19 restrictions as an essential service and all decent horsemen and women who care about horse welfare support them.
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Place of Interest Nan Hau Temple South Africa Gauteng
Nan Hau Temple is the Largest Buddhist Temple and Largest Buddhist Seminary in Africa. Nan Hau is the South African name for Humanistic Buddhist order Fo Guang Shan Order (Buddha’s Light Mountain).
Nan Hau acts as the central administrative and religious office for all Fo Guang Shan branches in Africa. They have temples in South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Congo.
Nan Hau is located approximately 50km East of the capital city of Pretoria, in an area called Cultura Park, a suburb of Bronkhorstspruit. It is also close to OR Thambo International Airport, the main Port of entry for international flights from the North.
Nan Hau operates on donations as a non profit charity/religious organisation, and works towards the spreading of Buddhist principles in South Africa and the drive to ease the suffering of people and promote a peaceful moral life. This is called Dana, or Generosity, and is part of the 2500 year old Buddhist tradition.
The teachings of Buddha are considered priceless and given freely. In keeping with this spirit, the monks and nuns and visiting facilitators at the temple do not receive payment for leading retreats. The give generously of their time energy and understanding
The last new years celebration was before COVD19 was in 2020
The Temple continues to do Meditations via Zoom and they continue with there outreach and training even though COVD19 has closed them down for 2020/2021
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5) Human rights and Africa – Female Genital Mutilation
At least 200 million women and girls in 31 countries around the world are living with the results of
the dangerous practice known as female genital mutilation.
Female Genital Mutilation is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and
adolescence, and occasionally on adult women. More than 3 million girls are estimated to be at risk
for Female Genital mutilation annually. The tools used are rudimentary and the process is wholly unsafe.
The practice is mainly concentrated in the Western, Eastern, and North-Eastern regions of Africa, in
some countries the Middle East and Asia, as well as among migrants from these areas.
Among some of the report’s statistics: in six African countries, there is no legal protection for
women against domestic violence. In 2013, African women and girls accounted for 62 percent of all
global deaths from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. An estimated 130 million
girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, mainly in Africa. If current
trends continue, almost half of the world’s child brides in 2050 will be African.
The Maputo Protocol was adopted on 11 July 2003 following advocacy efforts led by the Special
Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa and civil society organizations. The Maputo Protocol
contains almost identical provisions as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and expands legal protection for women. In particular, it
takes a more nuanced approach to culture and tradition and explicitly acknowledges the positive
role culture and tradition can play in women’s lives.
A number of countries have made reservations against certain Articles upon ratification of the
Maputo Protocol on the ground that certain Articles in the Protocol are incompatible with their
national law, tradition, religion or culture. Their believe that tradition overrides woman’s rights has
caused a massive stumbling block. These include Cameroon, Namibia, South Africa, and Uganda,
however these four countries have made no reservations to the implementation of CEDAW at least.
The States that have signed the Protocol but have yet to ratify are : Algeria, Burundi, Central
African Republic, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger, Sahrawi Arab Democratic
Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. Botswana, Egypt and Tunisia.
A big problem is the countries believes in Female Genital Mutilation as well as the rights of
ownership of woman.
It is interesting to note that slavery still also exists in some of these countries as well.