Daily Archives: June 7, 2016

Presidency on application for accreditation for Siyahlola Presidential Programme

The Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring programme will take place on Friday, 10 June 2016, at the Thembisile Hani Local Municipality in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga Province. Members of the media are invited to apply for accreditation ahead of the cut-off date.

The Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring programme is an initiative of the Presidency to provide a platform for government leaders to engage directly with community members on challenges of service delivery and the intervention that the government will undertake to fast-track concerns.

Members of the media covering the Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring Programme should please send their names ID/Passport numbers  to Ishmael Selemale on 061 790 5114 or ishmael@gcis.gov.za or Khutjo Sebata on 079 898 4621 or Khutjo@presidency.gov.za preferably by 08 June 2016.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, 9 June 2016 at 12h00.

Details for collection of accreditation cards will be communicated as soon as possible.



Source: Government of South Africa.  

Police arrest bogus doctor in Polokwane

19-year-old bogus doctor caught in the act

She is only 19 years old. She applied for a Cardiologist position at the Pietersburg Hospital in Polokwane, Limpopo and she was shortlisted. While she was sitting at the Department of Health offices in Polokwane waiting for her turn to be interviewed for the position, the teenager got more than what she bargained for when the Hawks pounced on her.

The Krugersdorp-born teenager allegedly used a fake American cardiologist certificate to apply for the position. Further investigations unearthed that the suspects did not have a Grade 12 certificate and that prior to her shortlisting for the post at the Pietersburg Hospital she had already been introduced to the staff at the Net Care Hospital also in Polokwane where she was supposed to start her job as a cardiologist.

The suspect will appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of fraud.


Source: Government of South Africa.

MEC Dan Plato launches Walking Bus initiative in Lentegeur, 8 Jun

Tomorrow, Wednesday 8 June 2016, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety will launch a new Walking Bus initiative in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain.

The Walking Bus initiative aims to create a safe and supervised route for learners to and from school every day with the commitment and involvement of the community playing a central part to help create safer environments.

The Walking Bus initiative will see parents forming the drivers of the ‘bus’ and supported by the Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), Community Policing Forum (CPF), the relevant school, Ward Councillor and Department of Community Safety to help safeguard learners to and from school.

The Lentegeur Walking Bus will see on average 100 parents volunteering their time to help improve the safety of learners on their way to school with the support tomorrow of the Western Cape Department of Social Development, Western Cape Education Department, the City of Cape Town Traffic, Law Enforcement, Metro police and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Safety is everyone’s responsibility and the through the Walking Bus initiative, the parents, learners and educators of Lentegeur High, Meadowridge Primary, Cornflower Primary, Lantana Primary and Hyacinth Primary are making safety a priority.


Source: Government of South Africa.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses Gauteng Economic Indaba, 8 Jun

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the invitation of the Gauteng Provincial Government, will tomorrow, Wednesday 8 June 2016, address the Gauteng Provincial Economic Indaba at Cedarwoods Office Park, Woodmead, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

According to the Gauteng Provincial government, the Indaba aims at providing a platform for various stakeholders, amongst others, business, organised labour, academics, economists and research institutions to finalise on the draft Gauteng City Region’s (GCR) Economic Plan.

In announcing the Indaba, Premier David Makhura said, “the province seeks to position the Economic Plan strategically, in relation to the SADC region, African continent, BRICS countries and major economies in the world which are compatible with the province’s own economy”.

“The Economic Plan gave concrete effect to the Nine Point Plan announced by President Zuma in his 2015 State of the Nation Address, but takes into account the unique features of our provincial economy” said Premier Makhura.

The Indaba is expected to be attended by the Gauteng members of the executive council, representatives of business, labour and other government agencies.


Source: Government of South Africa.

Trade and Industry attends breakfast session as part of World Accreditation Day celebrations, 9 Jun

SANAS to host a breakfast session in celebration of World Accreditation Day

The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) will host a breakfast session as part of the celebrations for World Accreditation Day (WAD). The breakfast session will be attended by stakeholders from business, government and regulators. The session will take place on Thursday, 9 June 2016 at Forever Resort hotel in Centurion from 8h30.

WAD is a global initiative, jointly established by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and International Accreditation Forum (IAF), to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says SANAS accreditation is a key element of the South African technical infrastructure framework and has a major role to play in the country’s economy.

“SANAS facilitates South Africa’s industrialisation efforts through the accreditation of a pool of accredited conformity assessment bodies to avoid expensive re-testing, re-certification or re-inspection in the manufacturing sector and facilitate the acceptance of conformity assessment results.

This will ensure measurement accuracy, verify compliance with specifications, grant access to international markets and give the sector a competitive edge,” he adds.

Davies also says SANAS supports IPAP sectors to comply with regulators’ health, safety and environment requirements such as workplace safety, occupational hygiene regulations and energy efficiency.

This year’s WAD theme which is Accreditation: A Global Tool to support Public Policy, focuses on how accreditation can be a tool to support public policy for all areas in the various public sectors, national and local government, regulators.

According to the CEO of SANAS Mr Ron Josias, during tough economic conditions it is imperative that the national accredited conformity assessment body network is on par with international requirements in order for international trading and exchange of services to continue with ease.

“This requires continuously updating new standards and acquiring the capability to conform to new regulations and technical requirements as advances are made in various fields. In the business environment, all market-based transactions centre around the assurance that a product or service will meet the agreed requirements,” he adds.

Key representatives from the Department of Labour, National Metrology Institute of South Africa and the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) International Trade and Economic Development Division will share their experiences of using SANAS accreditation in support of the implementation of public policy.

To help explain the use of accredited conformity assessment, the Public Sector Assurance website www.publicsectorassurance.org has been established to showcase different global examples where accreditation has been used to support public policy efforts.

As in previous years, SANAS will be joined by representatives from various government departments, Regulators and other industry bodies at this breakfast session.


Source: Government of South Africa.