MEDIA RELEASE: CRIME STOPPERS INTERNATIONAL APPOINTS SOUTH AFRICAN TO HEAD UP COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crime Stoppers International (CSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of South African, Yusuf Abramjee as Chairman of CSI’s Global Media Communications Committee and Global Director of Communications.

As the Chairman of Global Media Communications, Abramjee shall be responsible for ensuring our global audiences become more aware of our partnerships with international and regional media such as CNN, BBC World, and our global law enforcement partners, Interpol, United Nations Office of Drug Crime (UNODC), and the leading NGO’s we work with such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The task ahead for Yusuf will also include developing further media partnerships within communities in Europe, Caribbean and the Americas, Canada, Africa, and Australasia.

CSI President, Alexander MacDonald, said: “We are delighted that Yusuf has accepted this very important role as our Media Chair and Global Communications Director. His experience and expertise are most needed at this time in our organization’s development. The appointment takes effect on 1 January 2016.”

MacDonald said Yusuf is a global anti-crime activist, known and respected for his work as the Head of Crime Line SA. He was chair of the CSI Conference hosted in Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. “We are on record as saying it was one of the best, biggest and most successful conferences CSI has hosted.”

CSI recently relocated its global headquarters to The Hague in the Nederlands. “While Yusuf will be based in Johannesburg, he will also travel between the two countries as required. We are also pleased that he will continue to undertake other tasks and responsibilities and continue to do good in communities and create a safer world. He is an active social cohesion advocate and also an Interpol #TurnBackCrime Ambassador.”

Yusuf said he was looking forward to the new challenge.

“CSI is continuing to grow and I look forward to taking the organization to the next level. This is an exciting new chapter for me and I am ready for the challenge. Crime Stoppers is critical to the success of law enforcement as law enforcement is critical in the fight against crime. We need to further cement this kind of relationship around the world.”

Crime Line Scoops Excellence Award

Crime Line has been rated first overall for its crime prevention initiatives, according to a PMR.africa survey of the City of Johannesburg.

The results of the survey were revealed during PMR.africa’s annual Business Excellence Awards Breakfast in Rosebank, Johannesburg where the 2014 Diamond Arrow Award was presented to the tip-off service. This is the fourth year that Crime Line receives this award.

Head of Crime Line, Yusuf Abramjee, welcomed the award: “We are humbled by this honour to be recognised for Crime Line’s work. This has been a big year for us as we successfully staged the first Crime Stoppers International Conference in Africa and plans to expand the anonymous tip-off model to Namibia and other African countries in the New Year are well underway.

“We know that this accolade is for the thousands of anonymous heroes in our country that blow the whistle on crime. Without your support and partnership we will not be able to do the work that we do.”

The annual City of Johannesburg survey focuses on companies and institutions that contribute to the economic growth and development of the city. Some 160 respondents that include CEOs, MDs, business owners, company directors, managers and senior government officials recognised Crime Line’s contribution to the City’s crime prevention initiatives.

“This award challenges us to raise the bar on our efforts. We have some exciting innovations in store for the tip-off service and we are confident that we will continue to offer the public a safe and effective way to report wrongdoing,” Abramjee added.

Crime Line also thanked the South African Police Service (SAPS) for their continued commitment to investigating tip-offs.

“We are particularly grateful to the Crime Stop team that we work with very closely. You will be hard-pressed to fund a more dedicated and  professional group of people. Thank you for helping us shine.”

Crime Line urged anyone with information about criminal activity to pass it on the 32211 SMS service, online at www.crimeline.co.za or by contacting Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

“Remember to be as detailed as possible. Crime Line protects you as a tipster, so we will not be able to follow up with you if any information is missing. Include everything you think could be helpful to police in their investigation,” Abramjee urged.

 

/ENDS.

PRIMEDIA BROADCASTING ANNOUNCES PRESTIGIOUS INAUGURAL HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD

Primedia Broadcasting, a division of the Primedia Group, have announced the inaugural Kuben Pillay Award which will be presented to its first recipient at the University of Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Law School graduation in March 2015.

The award will seek to recognise the top LL.M (Master of Law) in Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation student.

The award was named after Primedia Group Chairman, Kuben Pillay, as a tribute to his prolific law career and the tenacity with which he safeguarded Primedia Broadcasting’s right to freedom of expression during his tenure as CEO of the Group – a position he stepped down from earlier this year.

Roger Jardine has since been appointed CEO of the Group.

“Our ability to freely express ourselves is the cornerstone of our existence and is a must-have ingredient for our success now, and going into the future. It is therefore befitting that we honour Kuben’s legacy and contribution to our much-cherished human rights through the establishment of this award,” said Primedia Broadcasting CEO, Terry Volkwyn.

“Kuben’s relationship with Primedia Broadcasting has been a close one.  Whatever projects we embarked on, he was always there to support or give advice. His faith in our team and open door policy gave us wings to continuously nurture and grow our brands.

“He embraced Lead SA when we launched it in 2010 and made every effort to adopt its philosophy into the Group’s values. It is a privilege to honour his legacy of civil activism and exceptional leadership,” Volkwyn added.

Primedia Broadcasting has also committed to a R20 000 cash prize annually, over a period of five years, to accompany the merit award for a deserving student in this category.

Pillay has been with Primedia for over 20 years and will step down from executive to non-executive chairman of the Group.

“I’m still reeling from the occasion…my sincerest gratitude for the acknowledgement,” said Pillay. “I am humbled and this honour is most touching.”

Pillay did his BA and LLB degrees at Wits majoring in Politics, Law and International Relations. After Wits, Kuben went to Howard University in Washington DC where he studied for his Master of Law in Human & Civil Rights and Labour Law.

On completion of his studies in 1986, Kuben approached Cyril Ramaphosa at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  Author, Anthony Butler best describes the young Kuben in Ramaphosa’s biography, “a highly talented young black lawyer called Kuben Pillay”.  He successfully set up and ran the NUM’s legal team.

He later joined the public interest law firm of Krish Naidoo, Nicholls and Cambanis. In 1992, he joined Cheadle Thompson & Haysom as a managing financial partner. During his time in practice, Kuben was involved in many landmark labour law and policy decisions.

He left legal practice and became one of the founding directors of the Mineworkers Investments Company (MIC), which went on to acquire a strategic and controlling interest in the Primedia Group. Pillay played a key role during a successful bid for 94.7 Highveld Stereo (now 947) and 567 Cape Talk (now Cape Talk) in 1996. In 2009 he was appointed as CEO of the Group.

/ENDS.