Daily Archives: April 7, 2016

SA, Liberia cement ties

Cape Town – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa will use its long-standing friendship with Liberia to deepen cooperation.

The Deputy President said this when he received a courtesy call from Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai at Tuynhuys in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Deputy President Ramaphosa said the two countries were both endowed with mineral resources and that when it came to investment, there were areas in which they could both cooperate in a mutually beneficial way.

“In terms of investments, your country is well endowed when it comes to resources, just as our country is, and that tells us that there should be broad and deep cooperation between the two countries,” he said.

The meeting comes not long after Small Business Development Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Liberian Deputy Minister of Commerce and Trade responsible for Small Business and Administration, Andrew G. Paygar-Flangiah. This created a legal framework to improve trade and economic relations between the two countries.

Ebola crisis

On Wednesday, the Liberian Vice President said South Africa has always been a good friend to Liberia, and expressed his gratitude for the support his country received during the Ebola crisis.

He said beyond Ebola, and given the history between the two countries, it is time for Liberia to strengthen its relationship with South Africa.

“There is a lot we can gain from here. Most of our people who come here are getting education, are living comfortably in the African spirit and we believe that at this point in time, we can heighten this friendship that has existed for many years.

“There are a lot of discussions that we have had with the Industrial Development Cooperation yesterday. We are trying to explore some possibilities of the things that we could work on together. Our country is small but it is endowed with a lot of resources,” he said.

Cooperation in building skills

Liberia’s development has encountered obstacles over the years due to protracted civil wars. The Vice President said during the conflict, competent people left the country.

“Now we need all the skills and the knowledge to be able to rebuild the country,” he said.

Boakai said South Africa had the experience and the technology that could help Liberia turn the aftermath of the civil war around.

Deputy President Ramaphosa said South Africa would look at various ways to strengthen relations between the two countries.

“As South Africans, we have always looked at Liberia as a very good friend of South Africa. We are very pleased that the friendship between the two countries continued since we were free and we are in full support of Liberia. We would like to deepen our cooperation as much as we can.

“We have a lot to contribute to the development of your country and in many ways, so do you. We look forward to deepening the relationship that should be mutually beneficial to both Liberians and South Africans and it is in that spirit that we are happy and delighted that you are here.”

Source: South African Government News Agency

South Africa: Local Government Elections


Parliament, Thursday 07 April 2016 – The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs welcomes the announcement by the Presidency of the date of the 2016 municipal elections. These elections, which have been scheduled to take place on 3 August 2016, will entrench the democratic system within the country.

This announcement has been made in an opportune time, just a few days before the final voter registration weekend of 9-10 April 2016. This gives all eligible voters the opportunity to register to vote, thereby making a positive contribution in building the country and strengthening South Africa’s democratic order.

The Committee further welcomes the announcement by the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) of its readiness to roll out the voter registration weekend. The Committee is hopeful that no disruptions will occur during this registration weekend.

For communities that still harbour unhappiness due to varying reasons, the Committee continues to urge them to constructively seek avenues to solve their grievances. The Committee urges all to desist from any intention to disrupt the registration process.

As the IEC prepares for the 3 August elections, the Committee calls on all eligible voters, especially young and first-time voters, to register to vote. Furthermore, in light of the Constitutional Court ruling, the Committee urges all registered voters to visit voting stations and verify their addresses to ensure that the elections are deemed free and fair.


President Zuma declares Special Provincial Official Funeral for late Mr Makwetu

President Jacob Zuma has declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral for liberation struggle stalwart, former Robben Island prisoner and former President of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) Mr Clarence Makwetu, who passed away on the 1st April 2016.

Mr Makwetu will be remembered for his immense contribution and personal sacrifices to the liberation struggle and the establishment of the new democratic South Africa.

President Zuma, on behalf of government and all South Africans, has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the Makwetu family and to his organisation, the Pan Africanist Congress.

President Zuma has ordered that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at all flag stations in the Eastern Cape Province on the day of the funeral, 16 April 2016.


There are three main types of funerals in South Africa’s Funeral Policy. These are the State Funeral, Official Funeral and Provincial Official Funeral.

The State Funeral is divided into two categories:

State Funeral Category 1 is reserved for the President of the Republic of South Africa, the President-elect of the Republic of South Africa and Former Presidents of the Republic of South Africa.

State Funeral Category 2 is for the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa; Acting President of the Republic of South Africa and Former/Deputy Presidents of the Republic of South Africa

The Official Funeral is also divided into two categories:

Official Funeral Category 1 is for Serving Ministers, Speaker of the National Assembly, Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Premiers of Provinces, distinguished persons specifically designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa.

Official Funeral Category 2 is for the Spouse of a serving President, the Spouse of a serving Deputy President, Deputy Ministers, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Permanent Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa and The President of the Supreme Court of Appeal

The Provincial Official Funeral is divided into a Provincial Official Funeral Category 1 which is for the Speaker of the Legislature and Members of the Executive Committee. The Provincial Funeral Category 2 is accorded to the Deputy Speaker of the Legislature.

Distinguished persons can be granted a special Provincial Official Funeral Category. The Premier of a province sends a request to the President for consideration if they feel a resident of the province deserves such recognition.

Enquiries: Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 or bonganim@presidency.gov.za

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa