Daily Archives: November 15, 2015

Minister Senzeni Zokwana visits farmers in Mafube Frankfort, 14 Nov

The Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Honourable Senzeni Zokwana will visit farmers in Mafube Local Municipality, Frankfort on Saturday, 14 November 2015.

This community imbizo will provide a platform for farmers to interact with the Minister and the provincial leadership on service delivery issues as part of government’s ongoing National Imbizo Focus Week.

Details of the imbizo:

Date: 14 November 2015

Time: 10h00

Venue: Frankfort Sports Grounds, Mafube Local Municipality, Frankfort

To RSVP please contact Piwe Mbiko on 072 937 2337 or Innocent Mhlanga on 082 819 1808.

Enquiries:

Bomikazi Molapo

Minister’s Spokesperson

Cell: 078 801 3711

World’s advanced, emerging economies to meet at G20

Pretoria: President Jacob Zuma will on Friday travel to Turkey to attend the G20 Summit, which brings together the world’s major advanced and emerging economies.

For South Africa, the G20 presents meaningful opportunities for advancing much-needed global governance reforms for promoting Africa’s sustainable development agenda, according to the Presidency.

This year the summit is being held in Antalya, Turkey, with an agenda that includes sessions on development and climate change, the global economy, growth strategies, employment, investment strategies, financial regulation, international tax, anti-corruption and trade.

The summit, which takes place at the weekend and ends on Monday, will also seek to address current global challenges such as terrorism and the refugee crisis.

South Africa will use its participation in the G20 to promote and strengthen the interests of Africa and of the South, on the understanding that, if managed carefully, the G20 presents meaningful opportunities for advancing much-needed global governance reforms and orienting the international development agenda.

“South Africa’s priorities in the G20 for 2016 include strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth, decent employment, efficient and responsive economic infrastructure, increased investment in infrastructure, reducing illicit financial flows through coordination in the international tax regime, coordination of international financial regulatory developments and international coordination on development (including in the context of domestic resource mobilization (DRM) and ensuring synergy with the UN processes on the post-2015 development agenda and financing for development),” said the Presidency.

South Africa also supports calls for the G20 to show international leadership in helping to achieve progress in multilateral institutions, on the understanding that the G20 is not a substitute for the UN system, but should support and add value to what is being done within the UN context.

The G20 leaders are expected to discuss the commitments made during the Brisbane Summit in 2014 – to contribute an additional 2 percent to global growth in 5 years’ time, above the levels prevailing at the time of the St Petersburg G20 Summit in 2013.

“To meet this commitment, the Brisbane Summit agreed on the need for member countries to develop national growth strategies. In 2015, the Turkish Presidency has put a lot of focus on implementation by member countries of their growth strategies,” said the Presidency.

The summit takes place against the background of a gloomy global economic climate, which has affected the South African economy immensely, in addition to domestic constraints.

South Africa’s economy is expected to expand at a pace of 1.4% this year and around the same rate next year. Key risks to higher growth levels for the economy are electricity constraints, lower commodity prices and the slowdown in China.

“To support growth, South Africa remains committed to pursuing prudent macroeconomic policies as well as implementing structural reforms set out in the National Development Plan (NDP),” said the Presidency.

Progress has been made by government in taking steps to reduce the binding constraints to long term growth.

At the margins of the summit, President Zuma is expected to attend a meeting of the BRICS leaders. They will take forward the programme agreed to at the last summit in Ufa, Russia.

“The BRICS leaders meet customarily on the margins of the G20,” said the Presidency.

The President will be accompanied by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.

Burst water main at Grootvlei prison

Pretoria: Water tanks and buckets have been provided to the Grootvlei Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein, to meet the minimum water requirements of offenders, following a burst main water supply, last night.

The Department of Correctional Services said on Friday the water shortage had caused a limited impact on the normal functioning of all correctional centres in Grootvlei Management Area.

The facility currently accommodates over 2 200 inmates and the amount of water supplied can only be used for basic hygiene, food preparation, drinking, taking medication and for remand detainees that have to appear in court until the situation is rectified.

The management had briefed offenders and appealed for their understanding and patience during this period.

“The Department of Public Works is on site, assessing the damage and facilitating the repair of the burst pipe. The Fire Department of Mangaung Municipality is also assisting by providing water tanks for the duration of the repair period,” said the department.

Deputy Minister Landers to host Hungarian counterpart

Pretoria: The strengthening of bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Hungary will take centre stage when International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers hosts his Hungarian counterpart, Dr. László Szabó.

Deputy Minister Landers will host Dr Szabó in Pretoria on Tuesday.

In a statement on Sunday the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said the visit will deepen understanding on regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern.

The visit will also encourage further trade and investment in key drivers of South Africa’s economy to create jobs, specifically in terms of promoting the export of value-added products to the Hungarian market.

“The two Deputy Ministers will discuss the possibility of forming a Joint Commission on Co-operation (JCC) between South Africa and Hungary,” said the department.

Full diplomatic relations between South Africa and Hungary were established in July 1991.

South Africa maintains an Embassy in Budapest and Hungary maintains an Embassy in Pretoria and has also appointed an Honorary Consul in Cape Town.

Bilateral trade between the two countries has grown considerably since formal diplomatic relations were established. South Africa is Hungary’s most important commercial partner with one-third of exports from Hungary to Africa going to South Africa.

Minister Mbalula launches National Sports Week

Pretoria: Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has launched the inaugural National Sports Week.

National Sports Week will be observed from 16 to 22 November.

The Minister said the campaign was important because sport is a significant part of the nation’s culture.

“Sport is a significant part of any nation’s culture, leisure time, health and education. When integrated into the broader framework of development, sport constitutes an important tool for advancing sustainable development in the different sectors of society,” said the Minister.

In the National Development Plan (NDP), sport is recognised as an important pillar in promoting social cohesion and nation building in South Africa.

Sport, said the Minister, has gained the attention of countries as a key contributor to several priorities of government, with world leaders increasingly acknowledging that sport touches every aspect of a nation’s ethos.

“Over the past decade, UN agencies, international sports federations, international non-governmental organisations and grassroots organisations have been using sporting events as tools for social development and peace,” he said.

Minister Mbalula said the intention of the National Sport Week is to inculcate the development of sports; driving business through sport and to foster open communication as a way to overcome the challenges confronting the sporting fraternity.

The activities lined up for the week include the International Sport Exchange Conference that will take place from 15 November to 19 November. The conference will be under the theme ‘Advancing Development and Business through Sport’.

The department will also host the National Sports Industry Exhibition, which will take place from Sunday, 15 November to Wednesday, 18 November. It will showcase the products and programmes available within the sporting fraternity.

“It will further expose the youth and all stakeholders to the entire value chain within the sporting industry and encourage collaboration and maximise networking opportunities,” said the Minister.

The department will hand over equipment to local sport clubs and various schools in the Free State areas of Welkom, Hanover, Botshabelo, Kroonstad and Thaba Nchu.

A ministerial golf day will take place on Friday. The platform is intended to annually provide an opportunity to identify a worthy cause for which the players on the day can help raise funds.

The department will also host the South African Sports Awards, which will take place next Sunday.

“The National Sports Week will culminate in a spectacular showcasing of the best sportsmen and women in South Africa at the South African Sports Awards,” said the Minister.