Daily Archives: June 17, 2016

DEA launches Working for the Coast projects and celebrates World Oceans Day with a beach clean-up

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) launched the new cycle of the Working for the Coast (Wftc) project earlier today, 17 June 2016, during the World Oceans Day celebrations in Durban.

The Wftc programme is one of DEA’s Expanded Public Works Projects (EPWP) which is implemented in order to clean and rehabilitate the coastline, while at the same time creating jobs and skills development in coastal communities.

The launch introduced a new Working for the Coast project cycle which will run for the duration of two years, covering the entire South African coastline from Alexander Bay to Kosi Bay. These projects will generate approximately 2 407 work opportunities as well as 5 526 Fulltime Equivalent over two years. The project has managed to employ thousands of unemployed youth whilst giving skills to the beneficiaries through both non-accredited and accredited training.

The cleaning and rehabilitation of the coastline, the development and maintenance of coastal infrastructure have been an integral part of the Working for the Coast focus area under which a lot of temporary jobs and skills development have been achieved.

Since inception, the programme has had numerous achievements, some of which include but not limited to beaches being awarded the internationally renowned Blue Flag status, availability of beach facilities, creation of access to pristine beaches and a well conserved coastline. The number of blue flag beaches has since increased form 3 in 2001 to 69 in 2014/2015 season.

These achievements do not only contribute to the country being a coastal tourism destination of choice worldwide, but have brought about the much needed revenue to coastal towns and communities whilst creating job opportunities in the tourism sector.

In conjunction with the launch, the Department also hosted an eventful beach clean-up in celebration of World Oceans Day, this was led by various dignitaries, DEA officials, community members, organizations, schools from surrounding areas, and the beneficiaries of the Department’s Working for Water and Working for the Coast Programmes. The total mass of the waist collected today was 729,5 Kilograms.

The most common litter was plastic bottle caps, metal bottle caps, polystyrene pieces and cigarette butts.

Statistics reported by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) stated that they were over 13 000 pieces of litter floating on every square kilometer of ocean in 2005. South Africa is not immune to the problem as the presence of litter, particularly plastic items, are a common sight along our recreational beaches and estuaries – especially in urban areas. During the 2015 International Coastal Clean-up Day celebrated in September 2015, a total of 16 141 volunteers collected over 109 000 litter items in just over 77 kilometers of coastline.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has stated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. Therefore celebrations such as World Oceans Day should be utilised to raise more awareness about the problem of plastic litter and to encourage the public to make a practical contribution by participating in clean-up campaigns.

Source: Department of Environmental Affairs

Justice Department observes World Refugee Day

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) joins the world in observing the World Refugee Day, which is observed on 20 June annually to raise awareness of the challenges faced by refugees, which include discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.

In addressing these challenges, the Department together with other role players spearheaded the development of Draft National Action Plan to combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerances (NAP). The draft NAP seeks to provide basis for the development of a comprehensive public policy at both private and public level.  The NAP is not intended to replace existing laws and policies but rather to be complimentary to the existing legislation, policies and framework which address equality, equity and transformation.

The draft NAP was approved by the Cabinet on 09 December 2015 and has been made available on the departmental website for public comments since 18 December 2015.

The Department is currently embarking on provincial consultations as the last phase of the public consultation process up until the end of June 2016 where the department and members of the public interface.

Once finalised the NAP will be valid for five years and renewed on an annual basis. This means that those who could not make input will still have an opportunity as the document is reviewed on annual basis.

As we celebrate World Refugee Day, the Department calls on all sectors of society to respond to the challenge of intolerances that still persist in relation to refugees, by making inputs in this regard to the draft NAP by 30 June 2016.

This year’s World Refugee Day coincides with the Gauteng provincial consultation on the draft NAP, which will be hosted by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr. John Jeffery.

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The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) joins the world in observing the World Refugee Day, which is observed on 20 June annually to raise awareness of the challenges faced by refugees, which include discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.

In addressing these challenges, the Department together with other role players spearheaded the development of Draft National Action Plan to combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerances (NAP). The draft NAP seeks to provide basis for the development of a comprehensive public policy at both private and public level.  The NAP is not intended to replace existing laws and policies but rather to be complimentary to the existing legislation, policies and framework which address equality, equity and transformation.

The draft NAP was approved by the Cabinet on 09 December 2015 and has been made available on the departmental website for public comments since 18 December 2015.

The Department is currently embarking on provincial consultations as the last phase of the public consultation process up until the end of June 2016 where the department and members of the public interface.

Once finalised the NAP will be valid for five years and renewed on an annual basis. This means that those who could not make input will still have an opportunity as the document is reviewed on annual basis.

As we celebrate World Refugee Day, the Department calls on all sectors of society to respond to the challenge of intolerances that still persist in relation to refugees, by making inputs in this regard to the draft NAP by 30 June 2016.

This year’s World Refugee Day coincides with the Gauteng provincial consultation on the draft NAP, which will be hosted by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr. John Jeffery.

Source: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

Home Affairs to offer young unemployed graduates work experience

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will today officiate over the intake of an additional group of cadets as part of the Department’s contribution towards the fight against youth unemployment.

The event forms part Youth Month celebrations in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprisings. 80 new cadets will join 80 unemployed graduates who were taken in at the beginning of the year.

Source: Department of Home Affairs

 

 

MEC Dan Plato hands over two Safety Kiosks in Swellendam

Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will officially hand a Safety Kiosk in Swellendam.

The Safety Kiosk will be utilised for crime prevention by increasing visibility in hotspot areas and through daily operations and blitzes in partnership with the Swellendam Municipality.

The handover of the kiosks in Swellendam today forms part of the delivery of the Safety Kiosks under the new Safety Partnerships which will see the roll out of 40 Safety Kiosks by the Department of Community Safety and relevant safety stakeholders and will enable communities to play an active role in identifying and resolving safety concerns that exist within their neighbourhoods.

Source: Government of South Africa.