Daily Archives: March 24, 2016

South Africa: Don’t Party Like It’s the End of the World, Warns Safety MEC

By Nkosinathi Sengwayo, News24 Correspondent

Mpumalanga community safety, security and liaison MEC, Vusi Shongwe, has warned members of the public against treating the upcoming Easter weekend like the end of the world was coming.

Speaking to a News24 Correspondent on Thursday morning, Shongwe warned that excitement could result in victimisation and crime.

“We are pleading with everyone these Easter Holidays not to behave like it is end of the world. They must know that there is still life beyond Easter holidays. Pupils have to return to school, workers have to go back to work and our lives must go back where they were before the Easter holidays,” he said.

Shongwe pleaded with motorists to spare lives on the road this weekend. “Our people must obey roads rules; they should not drink and drive and should not drive cars that are not roadworthy. “Don’t go spinning cars because of Easter excitement and showing off that you are the fastest driver. We are also pleading with everyone to be safe because criminals gain power during holidays,” he said.

The MEC said provincial law enforcement officers would ensure traffic laws were obeyed.

“We have operations targeting mainly the N4, N12, N17, Moloto road, R573, N11, R23, which are used by people from other provinces when passing here, including the R40, because others are going to Moria and so on,” he said.

Shongwe warned motorists who broke rules when in townships and villages, saying officers would be stationed in some of these areas too.

Source: News24

President Zuma back in South Africa after a successful Working Visit to France

President Jacob Zuma has this morning, 24 March 2016, returned to Pretoria after a successful Working Visit to the French city of Lyon where he co-chaired the official launch of the United Nations High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth (HLC HEEG).

The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, established the HLC HEEG following the adoption of United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/183, and invited President Zuma and President Hollande of France to co-chair the Commission.

The two leaders committed themselves to work with speed to realise the objectives of the commission. The key objectives are to come up with measures that will contribute to global inclusive economic growth, the creation of decent jobs and the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.

President Zuma said: “Health workforce shortages are growing in developing countries, including South Africa. There’s also the challenge of the brain drain. Highly trained health care workers from developing countries often migrate to advanced economies where they are readily absorbed, never to return”.

The President further noted that “by training millions of health care workers all over the world and creating employment opportunities, we will go a long way to address the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality faced by developing countries”.

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development forms the basis of the Commission’s work. It also speaks to the implementation of the 2063 Agenda of the African Union and South Africa’s own National Development Plan (NDP).

A second meeting of the High-level Commission is envisaged to take place in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly in September 2016, where-after the Commission is expected to submit its report to the UN Secretary-General.


President Zuma wishes all a happy Easter

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has wished all South Africans a pleasant, peaceful, safe and spiritually uplifting Easter weekend.

The Presidency on Thursday said Easter is a very important time of holy worship and related devotions for the members of the Christian faith. It is also the hallowed period of Passover among the Jewish people.

Easter is also an important period for family reunions after the busy first quarter of the year.

“We should also during this period show compassion and renew, strengthen and support the underprivileged in our communities,” said President Zuma.

He further called for safety on the roads.

“I urge all of you to take road safety seriously this weekend. The deaths on the road must stop. Drivers and pedestrians must obey the rules of the road. Drivers should not drink and drive. They must use roadworthy vehicles, rest at reasonable intervals, be patient and considerate for other road users, observe the speed limits and arrive alive,” said the President.