Daily Archives: December 4, 2015

Premier Supra Mahumapelo encourages communities to lead a healthy lifestyle and fight HIV and AIDS

The Premier of Bokone Bophirima Province, SOR Mahumapelo says the National Development Plan goal that envisions a health system that increases life expentancy by 2030 can be realised if communities can eat healthy food, participate in physical exercises, drink suffient water, rest enough, avoid stressful environments and abstain from substance abuse.

Mahumapelo said this yesterday while on a door-to-door campaign in Motlhabeng village, Mahikeng Local Municipality, where he was joined by Members of Executive Council in marking World AIDS Day and spreading messages of Zero Discrimination against people living with HIV and Aids.

“As we work towards an HIV free generation, we must consistently educate people about and promote healthy living. While we are content about the Provincial infection statistics that are generally steady, we encourage our people to act wisely and protect themselves and those close to them. We must also hasten to express our concern about the increasing number of young people between the ages of 15 and 35, who according to the national statistics, are continuing to get infected by this virus”, said Premier Mahumapelo, who also reminded villagers of an old adage, “it takes the whole village to raise a child”.

Premier Mahumapelo engaged local people around the village, including the elderly.

The Provincial World Aids day was commemorated at Motlhabeng village in Mahikeng, where health screening services were rendered, including voluntary HIV testing.

World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have died.

The UNAIDS World AIDS Day theme for 2011 to 2015 is: “Getting to Zero”. This year, South Africa is focusing on Zero Discrimination: zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS related deaths.

The aim of this campaign is to ensure that the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS are not violated, and that discrimination on the basis of HIV, AIDS and TB is reduced, and ultimately eliminated.

Enquiries:

Mr Brian Setswambung

Cell: 084 702 3775 / 076 012 4501

E-mail: bsetswambung@nwpg.gov.za

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

Africa, China talk business

Pretoria: Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina says Chinese and African countries are major players in the global economy and share a common vision of shaping the developing economies and the world at large.

He addressed the Business Forum held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, on Thursday.

The Business Forum was held under the theme ‘Cooperation for Common Development – Catapulting African Industrialisation as Part of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)’.

Deputy Minister Masina said there is currently an intense work programme for infrastructure development across the continent.

“I suggest that our economic cooperation agenda extend beyond trade and investment issues,” he said.

He said China and Africa should work towards capacity building, skills development, infrastructure development, knowledge exchange initiatives and increased foreign direct investment, among other things.

Deputy Minister Masina said trade between China and Africa is expected to reach about R300 billion this year.

He said China became the largest trading partner in Africa in 2009.

Assistant Minister of Commerce in China, Liu Haiquan, said China and Africa need to accelerate industrialisation, as it is vital for human development.

He said Africa has become a continent of growing development. The Assistant Minister said industrialisation can be developed through the new Information Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives.

“China will exchange skills with Africa in terms of industrialisation,” he said.

Business Unity South Africa President Jabu Mabuza said opportunities presented by China-Africa cooperation are immense. He said Africa is looking forward to industrialising and modernising.

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICAL NEWS

Labour organises a walk to highlight the scourge of HIV and AIDS, 4 Dec

In observance of World Aids Day and campaigns to fight the HIV/Aids scourge, the Minister of Labour Hon Mildred Oliphant and her Deputy Inkosi Phatekile Holomisa have organised a walk to commemorate the day on Friday (December 4).

Under the tagline “Play your part, Walk against Aids”, a walk has been organised to start at the Department of Labour’s Provincial Office in the Eastern Cape in East London to the Border Cricket Stadium. The walk will culminate with numerous activities including HIV Counselling and Testing and other commemorative events will be held in the Department.

Employees are encouraged to take part in these events in showing commitment to getting to Zero new HIV and TB infections; Zero HIV and TB-related deaths; Zero new infections and Zero discrimination.

The UNAIDS World AIDS Day theme for 2011 to 2015 is: “Getting to Zero”. In South Africa the scene was set during the official commemorative event held in KwaZulu-Natal on December 1 during the World AIDS DAY. South Africa marked World AIDS Day 2015 under a theme – “Towards an HIV-Free Generation: RISE. ACT. PROTECT. ZERO” – which is a call to action by communities.

The 2015 World AIDS Day is intended to further strengthen the dialogue around stigma and discrimination, and mobilise communities to respond to and expand access to prevention, treatment and support services.

Details are as follows:

Date: 04 December 2015

Time: 8h30 for the Walk

Main Event: 10h00

Departure point : Department of Labour (Eastern Cape), 3 Hill Street, East London to Border Cricket Grounds

Enquiries:

Viwe Maninjwa

Tel: 043 701 3036

Fax: 086 274 1674

Cell : 082 040 2826

E-mail: viwe.maninjwa@labour.gov.za

Mokgadi Pela

Cell: 082 808 2168

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

AU satisfied with FOCAC progress

Pretoria: African Union (AU) leaders say they are satisfied with progress made by the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) since its inception 15 years ago.

They remain hopeful that the collaboration of African countries and China will produce the desired economic and development results in future, which will improve the lives of African citizens.

Addressing the opening session of the FOCAC Summit held in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Friday, AU Chairperson and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said China and Africa’s relations have grown tremendously.

“China has become Africa’s premier investor and trading partner,” he said.

China wants trade to be scaled up to US$400 billion by 2020 from US$220 billion in 2014.

President Mugabe said Africa-China relations go much deeper than extraction of resources.

“We are committed to strengthen the current and multifaceted, multidimensional relations between African countries and China.”

He said the summit celebrates a milestone in the evolution of the platform on China-Africa cooperation. He commended efforts by FOCAC to deepen institutional ties with regional bodies such as the AU and its structures, as well as the African Development Bank.

President Mugabe believed that the deliberations in Johannesburg will emphasise the interdependence of Africa and China.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said when China and Africa work together, they can overcome challenges that face humanity such as poverty and the exclusion of Africa in the United Nations Security Council.

She said there is a need to enhance political dialogue between Africa and China and promote cultural exchange and tourism.

Dlamini Zuma said industrialisation is a requisite centre piece in the win-win collaboration and friendship that Africa has with China.

“Using our comparative advantages, we must work together in promoting key enabling sectors. There is a need for us to beneficiate our mineral and natural resources to create jobs for our young population.

“It is clear from China’s experience that it is indeed possible to modernise and develop rapidly following an endogenous part of development,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

She said the summit represents the hopes and aspirations of about 2.5 billion members of humanity, and through Agenda 2063, Africans will see an Africa that is integrated, prosperous and peaceful, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.

“We take into account that Africa has a young population in an aging world. By 2050 it will have the biggest labour force in the world,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

Africa currently spends $80 billion annually on food imports. Dlamini Zuma said working together, Africa and China can ensure that Africa becomes self-sufficient in food supply by modernising agriculture, increasing productivity, engaging communities and farmers in a full value chain, including agro-processing and agri-business.

With regard to skills development, Dlamini Zuma said the cooperation must focus on science, technology, engineering and maths as they are critical in supporting youth entrepreneurship, employment and innovation.

“We must also continue to work together to develop and improve our health systems in Africa,” she said.

Dlamini Zuma expressed gratitude to China for its timely response to the Ebola outbreak in African countries, and its cooperation with the AU towards the operationalisation of the African Centre for Disease Control.

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICAL NEWS

MEC Fikile Xasa visits Amabhuma in Buffal City, 4 Dec

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC FD Xasa will lead a delegation of traditional leaders, Ward Councillors and government officials to a monitoring visit of the initiation schools in the Buffalo City Metro Municipal area. In the last winter season one (1) initiate lost his life from NU2 in Mdantsane. Chief Stanley Makinana of amaNdlambe Traditional Council will also join MEC Xasa during the visit.

The visit will take place today (04 December 2015) at 14h00 focussing in Mdantsane and Amalinda areas. The delegation will assemble and depart from Cecilia Makiwane Hospital.

“Our emphasis is to save lives through constant monitoring visits to the initiation schools to root out abuse and ill-treatment of our kids. We encourage parents and family members to take the lead in visiting their sons for their safe passage to manhood. That is the essence of the back to basics to serve our initiates better,” said MEC Xasa.

MEC Xasa will brief the media on the latest update since the start of the summer initiation season. Members of the media are kindly invited to be part of the MEC’s visits.

Enquiries:

Mamnkeli Ngam

Cell: 071 685 7981

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICAL NEWS