Nelson Mandela statue and exhibition to honourMadiba’s links to the Western Cape

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN AND THE WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT

When Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cape Town in 1997, he said that ‘Cape Town’s greatness lies not only in its contribution to our economy but in its involvement in our country’s history.’

Former President Nelson Mandela is a global icon, but so much of his remarkable life story is tied to Cape Town and the Western Cape. To celebrate his life, his contribution to the country and his centenary, the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town will be unveiling a bronze statue of the great father of our nation at the City Hall on 24 July 2018.

This will be a fitting tribute to a man to whom we owe a great debt for the sacrifices he made in the journey to attaining our hard-fought freedom and democracy.

The statue must serve as a constant reminder of that historical day and the many years of sacrifice that led to that moment when he was freed and later addressed thousands of citizens from the City Hall balcony.

The statue will be positioned on the balcony where Nelson Mandela stood when he gave his first address as a free man on 11 February 1990. The sculpture has been created by artists XhantiMpakama and Barry Jackson.

Mpakama is a young artist who was born near to where Nelson Mandela grew up in the Eastern Cape, while Jackson is an experienced bronze sculptor who has crafted artworks of several historical figures for the National Heritage Project. Both artists worked on the Mandela bust which takes pride of place in front of the National Assembly at the South African Parliament.

Koketso Growth, run by Dali Tambo, was awarded the tender for the project.

This sculpture forms part of an initiative by the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town to share former President Mandela’s story with the world. As part of Project Khulisa, the economic development strategy for the region, a Madiba legacy route was envisaged. The route will allow visitors to follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps and visit key sites in the province such as Robben Island where he was imprisoned for most of his sentence, to Drakenstein prison and eventually to Parliament, where he was sworn in as our country’s first democratically-elected President in 1994.

The focus for the current year has been on developing the City Hall site and the linkage with Madiba House at Drakenstein Prison. This is where Mandela spent the last 14 months of his prison sentence, and where negotiations between the apartheid government and the liberation movement took place. It is also from here that the former president took his first steps as a free man.

In August 2017, the City of Cape Town Council resolved to approve a new memorial in honour of Tata Madiba on the balcony of the City Hall.

The City of Cape Town will also unveil an exhibition focusing on Mr Mandela’s life and times in Cape Town, the people and organisations involved in the liberation struggle in Cape Town and the events leading up to Mr Mandela’s release and his iconic address from the balcony of the City Hall on 11 February 1990.

‘Nelson Mandela is one of a handful of people whom we can really call a global icon. He selflessly gave so much of himself for the people of South Africa, but his message of peace and tolerance endeared him to the world. We wanted to celebrate him and pay tribute. For us, there was no better way to do that than by developing a route that would tell his story to the world, but also create opportunities for the people of this province,’ said MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde.

‘Mandela had a very close connection with Cape Town as it was here that he was imprisoned and here that he was finally set free and delivered his first speech as a free man from the City Hall balcony. It is therefore fitting that we honour him in this way in the Mother City as we commemorate 100 years since the birth of a world icon who sacrificed so much for our freedom and democracy. As we mark this momentous occasion this year, we must all do more to emulate his example and serve those who need our help most. In doing so, we can make greater strides in building a caring and inclusive city and ensuring that the work of Mandela in fighting for our rights and freedoms is felt by all,’ said Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille.

‘Nelson Mandela’s legacy can be seen all around us on a daily basis. We are honoured to see his spirit live on through arts, culture, sport and heritage. We continue to celebrate his life through our daily work and we encourage residents and visitors to the city to remember him as they enjoy everything that Cape Town has to offer. We will continue to follow his example in fostering social inclusion in all the communities that we serve,’ said Anroux Marais, Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sport.

Source: City of Cape Town

Nelson Mandela statue and exhibition to honourMadiba’s links to the Western Cape

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN AND THE WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT

When Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cape Town in 1997, he said that ‘Cape Town’s greatness lies not only in its contribution to our economy but in its involvement in our country’s history.’

Former President Nelson Mandela is a global icon, but so much of his remarkable life story is tied to Cape Town and the Western Cape. To celebrate his life, his contribution to the country and his centenary, the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town will be unveiling a bronze statue of the great father of our nation at the City Hall on 24 July 2018.

This will be a fitting tribute to a man to whom we owe a great debt for the sacrifices he made in the journey to attaining our hard-fought freedom and democracy.

The statue must serve as a constant reminder of that historical day and the many years of sacrifice that led to that moment when he was freed and later addressed thousands of citizens from the City Hall balcony.

The statue will be positioned on the balcony where Nelson Mandela stood when he gave his first address as a free man on 11 February 1990. The sculpture has been created by artists XhantiMpakama and Barry Jackson.

Mpakama is a young artist who was born near to where Nelson Mandela grew up in the Eastern Cape, while Jackson is an experienced bronze sculptor who has crafted artworks of several historical figures for the National Heritage Project. Both artists worked on the Mandela bust which takes pride of place in front of the National Assembly at the South African Parliament.

Koketso Growth, run by Dali Tambo, was awarded the tender for the project.

This sculpture forms part of an initiative by the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town to share former President Mandela’s story with the world. As part of Project Khulisa, the economic development strategy for the region, a Madiba legacy route was envisaged. The route will allow visitors to follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps and visit key sites in the province such as Robben Island where he was imprisoned for most of his sentence, to Drakenstein prison and eventually to Parliament, where he was sworn in as our country’s first democratically-elected President in 1994.

The focus for the current year has been on developing the City Hall site and the linkage with Madiba House at Drakenstein Prison. This is where Mandela spent the last 14 months of his prison sentence, and where negotiations between the apartheid government and the liberation movement took place. It is also from here that the former president took his first steps as a free man.

In August 2017, the City of Cape Town Council resolved to approve a new memorial in honour of Tata Madiba on the balcony of the City Hall.

The City of Cape Town will also unveil an exhibition focusing on Mr Mandela’s life and times in Cape Town, the people and organisations involved in the liberation struggle in Cape Town and the events leading up to Mr Mandela’s release and his iconic address from the balcony of the City Hall on 11 February 1990.

‘Nelson Mandela is one of a handful of people whom we can really call a global icon. He selflessly gave so much of himself for the people of South Africa, but his message of peace and tolerance endeared him to the world. We wanted to celebrate him and pay tribute. For us, there was no better way to do that than by developing a route that would tell his story to the world, but also create opportunities for the people of this province,’ said MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde.

‘Mandela had a very close connection with Cape Town as it was here that he was imprisoned and here that he was finally set free and delivered his first speech as a free man from the City Hall balcony. It is therefore fitting that we honour him in this way in the Mother City as we commemorate 100 years since the birth of a world icon who sacrificed so much for our freedom and democracy. As we mark this momentous occasion this year, we must all do more to emulate his example and serve those who need our help most. In doing so, we can make greater strides in building a caring and inclusive city and ensuring that the work of Mandela in fighting for our rights and freedoms is felt by all,’ said Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille.

‘Nelson Mandela’s legacy can be seen all around us on a daily basis. We are honoured to see his spirit live on through arts, culture, sport and heritage. We continue to celebrate his life through our daily work and we encourage residents and visitors to the city to remember him as they enjoy everything that Cape Town has to offer. We will continue to follow his example in fostering social inclusion in all the communities that we serve,’ said Anroux Marais, Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sport.

Source: City of Cape Town

Labour hosts “Taking Services to the People” campaign, 20 to 21 Jul

Department of Labour Taking Services to the People

The Department in partnership with Nkomazi Local Municipality will be hosting the Taking Department of Labour Services to the People campaign on the 21st July 2018 at Nkomazi Local Municipality.

The event will be preceded by a breakfast session to be held on the 20th July 2018 at Pestana Kruger Lodge, Malelane with Departmental stakeholders. It is positioned to create an engagement on how organisations/companies can work hand in hand with the department on employment creation, supporting and promoting creation of small businesses and co-operatives in order to develop and empower the community.

The objective of the event is to ensure that the Department assists companies to develop turn around strategies to increase productivity levels, absorb more workers, and pay better salaries. It will assist companies facing possible closures and lower employment levels and intervene through short term training lay-off measures in companies faced with retrenchments. The event will assist new entrants and retrenched workers with career information, counselling and placement, assist with Unemployment Insurance claims, provide information on labour legislations, and assist those injured or suffered occupational diseases through rehabilitation and re-integration into employment.

The Department of Labour has a vision to strive for a labour market which is conducive to investment, economic growth, employment creation and decent work. It is therefore mandated to play a significant role in reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality through a set of policies and programmes developed in consultation with social partners, which are aimed at improved economic efficiency and productivity, employment creation through its Public and Employment Services Unit, promoting sound labour relations, eliminating inequality and discrimination in the workplace through Inspections, compliance monitoring and Enforcement, alleviating poverty and providing social and income protection through Unemployment Insurance Fund.

The Taking Department of Labour Services to the People campaign will involve other government departments, educational institutions, Wholesale and Retail Sector, Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), and financial institutions rendering their services on the spot to the people of Nkomazi Local Municipality.

Media is invited to attend!

Source: Government of South Africa

Brand South Africa congratulates team South Africa for their achievements in their respective sporting fields

In commemorating Nelson Mandela’s centenary, the country is reminded of some of Mandela’s passions that unify citizens and contribute towards building a better world for all, one of which is sport.

In the words of the great statesman, Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.

Brand South Africa congratulates our sports women and men for their sporting achievements over the weekend. Sport has a great impact on the nation brand and its attractiveness on a global stage. The nation brand is not preserved by a single dimension, but rather through diverse dimensions.

It is with this notion that the importance of good performance in sport is acknowledged as a positive construct to position the nation brand for competitive advantage in business and investment sectors. Consequently, making sport a tool of nation branding.

Thank you team South Africa, the country’s prowess in sport is and continues to reach great stature because of your dedication, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret

Some of the weekend sporting achievements include;

Record-breaking tennis playoffs by Kevin Anderson, Raven Klaasen and KgothatsoMontjane at Wimbledon

In golf, Justin Harding carded a one-under-par 71 to secure his maiden Asian Tour victory at the Indonesia Open and Brandon Stone for winning the Scottish Open by four strokes

A first-ever win in motorsport, for Brad Binder at the Moto2 race in Germany at the Sachsenring circuit.

Caster Semenya set a new South African record in Athletics at Rabat Diamond League

It is truly best fitting that our sports men and women did us proud during Mandela month, when we are all urged to be the legacy. I believe there are many young people who have been enthused to persevere and chase their dreams. Brand South Africa hails all South Africans who represented us across the globe, adds MrsMagapatona-Sangaret.

Source: Government of South Africa

Up-date on the killing of six people died during a motor vehicle accident

The seventh person who was the driver of the motor vehicle involved in this accident, passed on while admitted in hospital this morning on 2018-07-16.

The Police in Sebayeng outside Polokwane are still investigating a case of culpable homicide which occured on saturday the 14th-07-2018-07 during the day when six (06) people perished during a motor vehicle accident.

It is alleged that a white Toyota Venture panel van was transporting passengers along the R81 road between Polokwane and Mooketsi. When it approaches a curve at ga-Makgoba village near ga-Dikgale, it lost control and overturned several times to the side of the road until it stand on its roof.

During this accident, five (05) occupants died instantly and the sixth one was certified dead upon arrival at the hospital. The deceased are three (03) children, one (01) man and two (02) women on which one of the women is believed to be pregnant.

The identification all the deceased is still unfolding and anyone who can assist the Police on this process, may go to Sebayeng Police Station. The cause of this accident is still not clear at this stage but the Police investigations will tell as they are still continuing.

Source: South African Police Service