Category Archives: Politics

Minister Malusi Gigaba: OECD launch of South Africa’s 2017 Economic Survey

Mr. Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-Generalthe esteemed delegation of the Secretary-Generaltop leadership of the National Treasuryladies and gentlemenGood morning. I welcome you all to this event in officially launching the 2017 Economic Survey of South A...

NMMU becomes NMU

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth has relaunched itself as the Nelson Mandela University.

The university says the new name affords them an opportunity to rethink the kind of university it can, and should become as it contributes to the resolution of the myriad of educational and developmental challenges �in line with late former president Nelson Mandela's legacy.

The launch of Nelson Mandela University will not only be a celebration of the efforts to be named after this great leader, but of the University's commitment to transformation and truly living out its values � which mirror those of Mandela � that includes Ubuntu, integrity and respect for diversity, the university said.

Speaking at the relaunch on Thursday, Deputy Presidency Cyril Ramaphosa said the university must strive to uphold all the values the struggle icon stood for. These inlcude non-racialismS non-sexismS honestyS truth and integrity.

This university must be at the forefront of efforts to make higher education accessible to the poor and marginalised. This university must be at the forefront of efforts to ensure that higher education is an instrument for the achievement of social equality � that it does not simply perpetuate privilege.

The launch was held at the university's Missionvale Campus and was attended by a number of other dignitaries, including former deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke.

The deputy president also called for the decolonisation of the higher education system.

We need an education system that will see Africans as worthy contributors to the development of curriculum content.

A university that associates itself with Nelson Mandela , the Deputy President Ramaphosa said, must necessarily review its curriculum, and examine the subtle layers of colonial and neo-colonial norms that underlie its thought systems.

It will have to liberate the minds of the oppressed and awaken them to the potential of African scholarship.

It will have to remove the cloak of institutionalised racism and sexism. It will have to promote an African renaissance and contribute, through teaching and research, to the making of the African Century.

The Deputy President added that the university must remain rooted in answering the challenges that confront our society in a global economy and that serves the continent and her people.

The institution will have to build partnerships for African scholarship through knowledge sharing and be deeply-rooted in its African identity.

When students walk onto the grounds of this university they should feel the humanism of Nelson Mandela. They should feel part of a people-centred university � where all are recognised and valued for their individuality.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Government commits to root out violence

President Jacob Zuma says government will continue to take positive measures and work closely with communities to root out the scourge of violent crimes against women and children.The President was addressing the 50th anniversary of the death of Chief ...

Deputy Minister Ben Martins leads Nelson Mandela Month refurbishment project at Phehello Primary School in Sebokeng, 21 Jul

Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises to lead the Nelson Mandela Month refurbishment project at Phehello Primary School in SebokengDeputy Minister of Public Enterprises, Dikobe Ben Martins, will on Friday (21 July) lead a team of more than 250 employee...

Nigeria Bolsters Security in Northern State of Kaduna Amid Violence

ABUJA � Nigeria is to deploy troops and police to reduce violence in the northern state of Kaduna, the acting president's spokesman said on Wednesday, as ethnically charged violence pressures a government already fighting Boko Haram in the northeast.

Clashes between Muslim herders and Christian farmers have killed hundreds in the region over the last few years. The violence is partly over land use in Nigeria's middle belt region and some northern areas, but also has religious overtones in a country almost evenly split between the two faiths.

Police said 32 people were killed on Tuesday in clashes between herdsmen and villagers in Kajuru local government area of southern Kaduna state. Troops were deployed to southern Kaduna in April amid an eruption of inter-communal violence.

"Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered further security reinforcements in Kaduna state following reports of communal clashes," presidency spokesman Laolu Akande said.

He said the strengthened security would comprise of troops and police special forces, adding that "the number of the personnel will be determined by the military and the police authorities."

The heightened tensions in Kaduna come as security forces in the northeast are contending with a series of attacks by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram that have killed at least 62 people since June 7.

Osinbajo is acting president in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari, who vowed to restore order in Nigeria when he came to power in May 2015.

Buhari handed over power to his deputy, Osinbajo, when he traveled to Britain on May 7 on medical leave for treatment of an unspecified ailment.

Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation with around 180 million people and around 250 different ethnic groups who mostly live peacefully side-by-side.

Source: Voice of America