Daily Archives: June 5, 2016

President Zuma to visit Mpumalanga

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has been appointed to be the lead department to coordinate and ensure the success of the Presidential Siyahlola visit scheduled to take place on 10 June 2016.

As part of preparations for the Presidential Siyahlola Monitoring Programme, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Des van Rooyen visited the Kwaggafontein area under the Thembisile Hani Municipality in Mpumalanga Province, to check progress in the delivery of services.

The Minister was joined by Mpumalanga Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Refilwe Motshweni, who lauded the President’s hands on approach to on-site monitoring of government performance in the delivery of services to the communities.

The President’s visit to the municipality was necessitated by the walk-about and interactions with commuters on 08 February 2016, using the Marabastad station.

People, who interacted with the President raised a number of issues requiring government intervention. The President then committed that he will visit Kwaggafontein to see for himself the state of service delivery in the area.

Thembisile Municipality which is predominantly rural, has shown steady but recognizable progress in a number of areas compared to the some few years ago when it was placed under administration.

Although there is progress, the Executive Mayor of the Municipality, Ndaweni Mahlangu was upbeat that progress will be made in all other areas geared to improving the lives of the communities.

As part of the briefing with the Minister, the Municipality indicated that water is the major problem and needs to be addressed with immediate effect.

“The visit of the President in this municipality will assist to unblock all the blockages in terms of service delivery,” said Mayor Mahlangu.

The Thembisile Hani Municipality has four traditional councils and they also have a role to play as the leaders of various constituencies in the area.

As part of the interaction and engagement with leaders in the municipality, Minister van Rooyen also met with traditional leaders.

The traditional leaders also key issues like the challenges of water and local economic development. The meeting agreed to continued engagements and also engaging other government portfolios, who can come and assist the communities in Chris Hani.

Part of the Minister’s visit also included the assessment of the key projects that are currently being rolled out by the municipality with an intention to build a better life for all communities in Thembisile Hani.

The projects include

” � Project 1: The Water project which is a MIG funded projects that includes the construction of reservoirs, pipelines and drilling of boreholes in Boekenhouthoek

” � Project 2: The Energy project which is in the Sun City Section C/D that deals with the electricity connections

” � Project 3: The Human Settlements where the President will hand over 3 houses in Ezakheni area.

Minister Rooyen said the department will continue to support the municipality through the Back to Basics programme as ‘we do with the rest of the country to ensure development of communities.’

“It is only through these interactions with communities and other stakeholders that we will be able to find lasting solutions to address issues of service delivery,” said Minister Rooyen.

Source: Government Communication and information System

South Africa: Stevens and Macnab Fly SA Flag High At World Champs

Cole Stevens and Caitlyn Macnab grabbed top five finishes in the 13-14 age group at the Ciputra Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Golf Championship, while compatriots Symone Henriques and Hilmi Mallick both finished just outside the top 10 in the 15-17 age group at Damai Inda Golf in Indonesia on Friday.

Stevens from Gauteng saved his best for the last round at the Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) Course. The Parkview junior closed with a three over 75 to tie for third on 22-over-par 310 in the Boys B Competition with Seddhachoke Poompuay from Thailand.

The pair finished just two shots behind Malaysia’s Bryan Tan Wei Han and Dominikus Glenn from Indonesia, who shared the 72-hole lead at 20 over 308. Han denied the local favourite a wire-to-wire victory in a playoff.

On a day of high scoring in Girls B Competition, Macnab returned a final round 83 to secure a share of fourth on 20 over 236 alongside Viera Rosada from Indonesia.

Arpichaya Yubol from Thailand was in a class of her own as she closed with a 69 to complete a wire-to-wire victory on four-under-par 22, finishing 20 shots clear of her nearest challenger.

Gauteng’s Henriques carded rounds of 79, 78 and 79 to finish 11th overall on 20 over 236, while Nasa Hataoka from Japan claimed a 13 stroke victory on 14-under-par 202 with rounds of 69, 63 and 70 in the Girls A Competition.

Kousuke Hamamoto from Thailand defeated compatriot Atiruji Winaicharoenchai in a play-off for the Boys A Competition title after the pair tied at even-par 288 in regulation play. Mallick from Western Province closed with an 81 to finish 14th on 23 over 311.

‘Caitlyn had the opportunity to play the final round with the eventual winner and runner-up in her division,’ said Womens Golf South Africa vice-president Sally Greasley. ‘The trio had a very large crowd following them and she enjoyed the experience. Caitlyn said it was really inspiring to play with Arpichaya, who played phenomenally this week.

‘Although Cole was disappointed not to have done better, his overall performance was impressive given that he suffered with an eye infection that caused him much irritation this week. He refused to use it as an excuse and showed a lot of heart to tie for third.

‘Symone admitted that sloppy shots cost her dearly this week, but she also showed real character to fight back in every round and her 11th place finish underlines her fighting spirit. Hilmi’s final round started with a double bogey after he hit his second into the trees and his putter let him down, but once again he rallied to protect a top 15 finish.’

Greasley was impressed with the way the four juniors embraced the challenges this event presented.

‘It’s not easy to be confronted with so many foreign aspects, but they took to the task like real champions,’ she said.

‘When you take the language barrier, the foreign food and the pressure of a prestigious event like this into account and you add the heat and humidity, combined with a course that is nothing like we have at home, it could have been an overwhelming week, but all four juniors stepped up.

‘When asked how – with the benefit of experience – they would prepare in the future for overseas events, they said that they would prepare better for the conditions, like practicing wedge shots into hard greens with no spin and , and concentrate more on wedge shots into the hard greens.

‘They have made new friends. It was interesting to watch them communicate with players who speak little English and I was impressed how they all learned Indonesian phrases from their caddies. They carried the flag for South Africa with pride and were fantastic ambassadors for the country.’

Source: South African Sports

Israeli Military Courts Issue Actual Imprisonment Sentences against Palestinian Minor Detainees

Israeli military courts Monday issued actual imprisonment sentences and imposed fines against a number of Palestinian minor detainees incarcerated in the Israeli jail of Ofer, during the month of May, 2016, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

A PPS lawyer reported on Detainees representatives in Ofer prison, Abdel-Fatah Dawleh, as saying that the number of minor detainees who received actual imprisonment sentences, varying between three and 30 months, reached 48 in May alone.

He said the fines imposed by the courts on minor detainees reached at least NIS 88 thousand.

To be noted, there are 183 Palestinian minor detainees held in Ofer prison, 81 in Megiddo jail, in addition to at least 50 others who are held in detention and interrogation centers and under house arrests.

A military court watch progress report issued in April 2015 quoted a UNICEF report published in March 2013 and titled, ‘Children in Israeli Military Detention’, which stated that, “The number of Palestinian children detained in Israeli Prison Service (IPS) facilities has fluctuated between a low of 154 and a high of 236 per month.”

It said that while the annual monthly average has fallen slightly since the publication of the UNICEF Report from 199 children per month (2013) to 188 children per month (2014) – a decrease of 6 per cent over the course of two years there has been a 12 per cent jump in the last month. To be noted, Israel is the only state to automatically and systematically prosecute children in military courts that lack basic standards of due process.

The progress report also noted that, “In no other country are children systematically tried by juvenile military courts that, by definition, fall short of providing the necessary guarantees to ensure respect for their rights.”

According to UNICEF’s latest update in February 2015, “Reports of alleged ill-treatment of children during arrest, transfer, interrogation and detention have not significantly decreased in 2013 and 2014.”

Regarding the time period during which a Palestinian child is brought before a judge, UNICEF stated that “Military Order 1711 reduces the time period in which some children accused of “security” offences must be brought before a military judge following arrest,” noting that these new time periods are still twice as long as those applied to Israeli children living in West Bank settlements.

Following Israel’s establishment of a military Juvenile court in 2009 in the West Bank, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has expressed concern at this attempt to “incorporate juvenile justice standards within military courts” and recommended that children should never be prosecuted in military.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers stated that, “The exercise of jurisdiction by a military court over civilians not performing military tasks is normally inconsistent with the fair, impartial and independent administration of justice. This should even more evidently apply in the case of children.”

The human rights center, B’Tselem, has also concluded that the establishment of a military juvenile court has “failed to bring about meaningful change in the military system’s treatment of minors.”

The progress report also noted that, “As of April 2015 the military authorities have not released data on the number of children detained by the military in 2014.” In March 2015 and during a visit to minor Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails, Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society’s legal unit, Jawad Boulos, said that 33 minors are serving actual imprisonment sentences for different periods of time.

He said that children are treated like adults during their detention period, in a blatant violation of relevant children’s rights and laws, reported the International Middle East Media Center.

In a report filed on the last day of 2014, DCI Palestine says that “2014 brought no respite for Palestinian children, whether entangled in the Israeli military detention system, living in residential areas in the Gaza Strip, or simply on their way to school.”

The organization said that in 2014, “The average number of children held in Israeli military detention stood at 197 per month.” Around 500 700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12, are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military detention system each year.

Recent amendments to Israeli military laws concerning children have had little to no impact on their treatment during the critical 24 48 hours after an arrest, where most of the ill-treatment occurs at the hands of soldiers, policemen and interrogators, said the International Middle East Media Center.

Source: Wafa