Daily Archives: May 29, 2016

President Zuma attending to defence matter

president Jacob Zuma has received a preliminary briefing from the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, on the circumstances surrounding her transportation of a Burundian national to South Africa in January 2014.

The President is considering the matter and there is no further comment from the Presidency at this stage.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

South Africa: SA Delegation to Participate in ACP Summit

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel is expected to lead a South African delegation to the 8th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

The summit will be held in the Independent State of Papua New Guinea from Monday to 1 June 2016.

According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, of importance during the summit will be the presentation of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) Final Report.

This report will focus on the “Future of the ACP Post 2020” under the theme: “Repositioning the ACP Group to respond to the Challenges of Sustainable Development”.

A key element of South Africa’s South-South and North-South engagement is the ACP, which is the largest tricontinental association of developing countries, said the department.

It was created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975 and its 79 members comprise 48 Sub Saharan states, as well as 15 Pacific and 16 Caribbean states, totalling 920 million people.

The current Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), signed with the European Union in 2000 expires in 2020 and unites more than half of the world’s nations. It is built on three pillars of trade and economic cooperation; development assistance and political dialogue that focusses on issues such as human rights and democratic governance.

Source: SAnews.gov.za.

LET US ALL PROTECT CHILDREN TO MOVE SOUTH AFRICA FORWARD

The Department of Social Development will launch the annual Child Protection Week campaign on Sunday at Braakspruit Farm, outside Klerksdorp, in the North West.

During the launch, issues of child labour and exploitation will be of top the agenda.

The campaign will run from Sunday to 5 June under the theme ‘Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward’.

Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) acting Director-General Donald Liphoko has called on all sectors of society to take part in this significant programme.

“The protection of children is everybody’s responsibility and government alone cannot eradicate this scourge. It is imperative that parents and society are cognisant of the roles they need to play in protecting children and exposing any suspected child abuse activities or child exploitation,” Liphoko said.

Since its inception in 1997, the Child Protection Week programme continues to raise awareness, educate and mobilise all sectors of society to holistically develop, care for and protect children.

“Children’s rights are enshrined in the Constitution and as society, it is our duty to uphold and protect them. Therefore, let us all familiarise ourselves with these rights as well as the Children’s Act,” Liphoko said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Poaching at Rietvlei Nature Reserve condemned

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa has condemned the poaching and dehorning of two rhino at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve on Thursday night.

“I am hopeful that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be arrested and brought to book soon,” said Minister Molewa in a statement.

She called all South Africans to bring any information they may have on rhino poaching, and wildlife crime in general, to the relevant authorities and encourage their friends, families and friends to do the same.

The Minister encouraged all communities in Tshwane to be vigilant and report suspicious activities that may related to rhino poaching

“No matter how small or insignificant you may think it is, it can help us.”

The Minister reiterated that the implementation of the Integrated Strategic Management Approach adopted by government to combat rhino poaching in a comprehensive manner is bearing fruit.

“While we are not yet able to declare victory, we are making progress,” said the Minister.

“We, as government, are not giving the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa, and will ensure that all resources necessary to bring about an end to rhino poaching in our country are utilised.”

The Rietvlei Nature Reserve has introduced additional security measures and the reserve will remain closed until further notice.

Source: Government Communication and information System