Daily Archives: November 16, 2015

Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers hosts his Hungarian counterpart, 17 Nov

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will host his Hungarian counterpart, Dr. László Szabó, on Tuesday, 17 November 2015, in Pretoria.

The objective of the visit is to enhance and strengthen bilateral co-operation between South Africa and Hungary, to deepen understanding on regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern and to 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.

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.

Enquiries:

Mr Clayson Monyela

Cell: 082 884 5974

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane concludes working visit to Sweden

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has concluded a successful working visit to Sweden today, Monday, 16 November 2015.

The visit to Sweden was aimed at reaffirming bilateral relations between South Africa and Sweden and the importance of the Bi-national Commission as the structured bilateral mechanism to deepen cooperation between the two countries.

The BNC between South Africa and Sweden is at the level of Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister and is the only structured dialogue process of its kind, at this level, that South Africa has with any EU member state.The 9th Session of the Bi-national Commission, which took place on 19 – 20 October 2015 in Stockholm, further strengthened cooperation in a broad range of areas, including the Blue Economy, skills development and training, climate change, waste management, renewable energy, and cooperation in science and technology.

While in Stockholm, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane held bilateral talks with her counterpart, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ms Margot Wallström. The Ministers discussed issues of mutual interest on bilateral, regional and multilateral matters, particularly in the area peace-building. The Ministers agreed to enhance partnerships for increased collaboration in the training of female mediators in Africa and beyond in conflict resolution and peace-making.

The visit also included a wreath laying ceremony in memoriam of the late former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Anna Lindh and a meeting with the President of the Social Democratic Women in Sweden, Ms Carina Ohlsson, MP; the Director of the Swedish Foreign Policy Institute, Mr Mats Karlson; and with Swedish NGOs working with gender issues.

Sweden ranks among South Africa’s major trading partners within the EU. The overall trade between the two countries, despite fluctuations, grew from R13.1 billion in 2010 to R13.6 billion in 2014. South African exports increased from R2. 3 billion to R2. 4 billion between 2013 and 2014 due to an increase in demand for agro-processed products and advanced manufactured goods such as grape wines, beverage spirits, vinegar, iron and steel. Imports from Sweden on the other hand grew by 14% between 2010 and 2012 to R12 billion.

Enquiries:

Mr Clayson Monyela

Cell: 082 884 5974

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

Arts and Culture holds public hearings on revision of 1996 White Paper in Northern Cape, 18 Nov

Arts and Culture is currently looking at revising the 1996 White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage. As part of this work the department will be hosting public hearings on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 in Kimberley, Northern Cape province.

The public hearings are being held in various provinces to give the public and interested parties an opportunity to contribute to the revision of the White Paper. To this end the department has hosted public hearings in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Nelspruit and Mahikeng. The collated contributions will form part of wide sector, two – day’s indaba with discussions scheduled to take place on 26-27 November 2015 and finally the resolutions will be presented to Parliament early next year.

The White Paper provides the key policy framework for the department and the sector and has been used for the last 19 years. It has been a seminal document for the transformation and repositioning of the arts, culture and heritage sector broadly in the economic development. The policy has also contributed immensely in the promotion, protection and preservation of the sector including engendering social cohesion and nation building.

While this policy framework has achieved many of the objectives envisaged, new developments in the sector and in the country at large have necessitated its review. The review represents an effort to ensure that government policies respond effectively to the needs of the people.

It is for this reason that the Department of Arts and Culture invites representatives in the arts, culture and heritage sector as well as the public at large to attend the hearings to contribute in crafting a new vision for the sector. Members of the media are invited.

The Public Hearings are scheduled as follows:

Date: 18 November 2015

Time: 9h00 – 16h00

Venue: William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley

Media RSVPs:

Obed Makgoale

Tel: 012 441 3713

Cell: 079 311 8546

E-mail: ObedM@dac.gov.za

Media enquiries:

Teresa Magidela

Tel: 012 441 3626

Cell: 060 601 7724

E-mail: TeresaM@dac.gov.za

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

MEC Barbara Creecy presents 2015 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, 17 Nov

Gauteng MEC for Finance, Ms. Barbara Creecy, will present the 2015 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to the Provincial Legislature on Tuesday, 17 November 2015.

The 2015 MTBPS outlines how funding has been allocated to achieve the priorities, outcomes and outputs of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG). The publication takes into account the available fiscal resources, and demonstrates how the provincial budget is utilised to continuously improve service delivery to the citizens of Gauteng.

Key highlights include:

In-depth analysis of GPG financial expenditure trends and impact on service delivery,

Interventions made to ensure compliance with financial management regulations, and

Mobilisation of resources to fund provincial priorities in the medium term period.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: 17 November 2015

Venue: Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Crn Harrison & Market streets

Time: 10h00 (Media Briefing at 9h00)

Members of the media are invited to attend. To confirm attendance, please contact Joshua Ntimane on 072 065 0984/ Joshua.Ntimane@gauteng.gov.za

For more information please contact:

John Sukazi

Cell: 0837724885

E-mail: John.Sukazi@gauteng.gov.za

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson addresses China-South Africa Youth Volunteers Forums workshop, 17 Nov

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Barbara Thomson, will address the first China-South Africa Youth Volunteers Forums workshop to be hosted at the Tshwane University of Technology on 17 November 2015.

The first wildlife conservation forum between the two countries follows the signing on 23 March 2015 of the Wildlife Conservation related Implementation Plan in Pretoria by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, and the Vice Administrator of the State Forestry Administration of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Sun Zhagen. A Memorandum of Understanding was entered into between the two governments on Cooperation in the Fields of Wetland and Desert Ecosystems and Wildlife Conservation in 2013.

The implementation plan promotes cooperation between the Parties in the fields of law enforcement, compliance with CITES and other related/ applicable and relevant legislation, treaties and Conventions on the basis of equality and mutual benefit as well as technology transfer.

The Implementation Plan recognises that South Africa and China are facing common challenges with respect to wetland and desert ecosystems and wildlife conservation highlighting that both countries are aware of the urgency to find cost-effective and long-term solutions in addressing wildlife and ecosystem issues through international co-operation.

The delegation of youth volunteers from the People’s Republic of China will be led by the Deputy Minister of State Forestry Administration, Mr Fengxue Chen.

The forum on wildlife conservation aims to enhance communication and understanding between people in South Africa and China on conservation matters. In the forum, the volunteers from both countries will have the opportunity to share ideas, methods, as well as results in their practice of wildlife conservation volunteering.

Media are invited to attend.

Venue: FNB Auditorium, Building 6, Tshwane University of Technology, Staatsartillerie Street, Pretoria West

Date: 17 November 2015

Time: 13h30 to 18h00

To RSVP contact:

Dimakatso Tsutsubi

Tel: 012 399 9974

Cell: 084 809 4329

E-mail: dtsutsubi@environment.gov.za

Eleanor Momberg

Tel: 012 399 9948

Cell: 083 400 5741

E-mail: emomberg@environment.gov.za

For media inquiries contact:

Albi Modise

Cell: 083 490 2871

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS