Daily Archives: July 1, 2016

IJM Announces Deaths of Two Individuals Associated with its Kenya Operations Following Their June 23rd Disappearance

WASHINGTON and NAIROBI, Kenya, July 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — With deep mourning, International Justice Mission (IJM) today announced that two individuals associated with the organization, including staff member, Willie Kimani, and taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, were killed following their abduction in Nairobi on June 23rd. IJM client Josephat Mwenda, also abducted, is still missing.

The bodies of the deceased were found in the Ol-Donyo Sabuk River to the northeast of Nairobi on July 1, following an extensive search led by Kenyan police and IJM staff.  The group went missing on Thursday, June 23, as they were returning to their homes following a court hearing.  No arrests have been made.

“We are deeply mourning the loss of our colleague, Willie, and taxi driver, Joseph, and strongly condemn the perpetrators of these murders and the horrific violence inflicted upon these men,” said Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission. “IJM exists to protect the poor from violence, and Willie’s life was taken while courageously pursuing that mission. As we work to provide comfort and support for the families of Willie, Josephat, and Joseph, we are grateful to the U.S. embassy, the local Kenyan police, and our partners globally and on the ground who responded swiftly and professionally to our requests for help.  We are deeply grateful to our colleagues on the ground who bravely worked in dangerous conditions to try to locate these men, and we are as committed as ever to our IJM Kenya team and to their struggle for justice in their nation. We will seek justice for Willie, Josephat, and Joseph, and will not cease in pursuit of this case until that end is secured.”

IJM is closely collaborating with Kenyan local and national law enforcement officials who are leading the ongoing investigation.

Within hours of learning of the incident, IJM leadership activated crisis response teams in Nairobi as well as Washington, DC, to work closely with police officials on the ground and to support the families involved.

IJM’s focus moving forward is to ensure the safety of the families and staff affected by this crime and provide necessary support to law enforcement officials during this critical time.

International Justice Mission is a global organization that partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen public justice systems.

For global media inquiries:
Contact: Julie Kilcur
jkilcur@ijm.org
+1-443-878-5996 (m)

For local Kenyan inquiries:
Contact: Sanjay Sojwal
ssojwal@ijm.org
+254-079-072-3475

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla releases Formal Sector Employment Statistics, 4 Jul

The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) for the first quarter of 2016. The QES measures changes in employment across all industries in the formal sector of the economy. It collects data from value-added tax (VAT)-registered businesses (excluding agriculture).

The survey also provides earnings data (such as salaries, wages, overtime and bonuses) by industry, and the change in average earning received by employees in the formal sector of the economy.

Source: Government of South Africa.

MEC Helen Sauls-August attends graduation ceremony of public officials, 7 Jul

Traditional Leaders, councillors and municipal officials who have completed Human Settlements Short Learning Programmes are set to graduate from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on the 7th of July 2016. MEC Helen Sauls-August will attend the graduation ceremony.

The Short Learning Programme was launched last November as part of Hands-On-Support provided to all Municipalities, Traditional Leaders and officials. It forms part of professionalising the Human Settlements Sector to create better planning that will result in better cities and villages in the Province.

The community representatives learned in various fields such as sustainable human settlements, land policy and legislation and construction management.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Electoral Commission on parties and candidates contesting 2016 Municipal Elections

A record 200 parties and 61 014 candidates will contest the 3 August 2016 Municipal Elections following the certification on 27 June 2016 of parties and candidates contesting the elections.

This is approximately 65% more parties and approximately 12% more candidates than the previous municipal elections held in 2011.

As part of the verification of compliance process 8 350 candidates were disqualified. Of the candidates disqualified, the vast majority were disqualified for non-submission of documentation (46%), non-payment of deposit (38%) and not being registered voters in the municipality in which they wanted to contest (15%).

However, two issues could still see the final numbers of parties and candidates subject to minor amendments.

The first relates to 73 payments which the Electoral Commission received on time but could not link to a party or candidate as the payment did not contain the correct deposit reference number.

An unlinked deposit is not of itself anomalous to compliance and where the relevant parties and/or candidates can show a link to a payment received on time they will be allowed to contest. Parties and candidates who were disqualified have been notified and it is hoped those whose electronic payments form part of the 73 will contact the Electoral Commission urgently.

A second issue relates to any court challenges of disqualification by parties or candidates. The Electoral Commission is aware of at least one party which has approached the Electoral Court to overturn its disqualification for non-payment of deposit.

The court process is outside of the control of the Electoral Commission. However, resolution of final candidate and party lists is of the utmost urgency as the Electoral Commission must commence the printing of ballot papers by 4 July in order to ensure they are ready for the 3 August election.

There are a total of 4 649 unique ballot papers for the 2016 Municipal Elections:

” 4 392 ward ballot papers

” 205 local council Proportional Representation (PR) ballot papers

” 8 metro council PR ballot papers

” 44 District Council ballot papers

Voters in metros will complete two ballot papers and voters in all other municipalities will complete three ballot papers. The Electoral Commission plans to print approximately 80 million copies of ballot papers to ensure sufficient ballots for all voters.

The following is a breakdown of the growth in parties and candidates contesting municipal elections since 2000:

Election Party PR Party Ward Independent Total % change for total

2000 16 156 13 236 689 30 081 n/a

2006 21 498 23 028 663 45 189 +50%

2011 23 303 29 700 754 53 757 +19%

2016 25 890 34 293 831 61 014 +12%

The provincial breakdown is as follows:

Province PR Ward Independent Grand Total

Eastern Cape 4,024 4,210 160 8,394

Free State 1,721 2,193 82 3,996

Gauteng 3,287 5,539 71 8,897

KwaZulu-Natal 4,099 6,075 201 10,375

Limpopo 3,946 5,046 95 9,087

Mpumalanga 2,498 2,889 41 5,428

North West 2,463 2,706 78 5,247

Northern Cape 1,159 1,124 44 2,327

Western Cape 2,693 4,511 59 7,263

Grand Total 25,890 34,293 831 61,014

Of the candidates contesting the elections approximately 60% are male and 40% are female. However, gender parity is more closely achieved on party PR lists where the gender ratio is 52 men to 48 women. When it comes to ward candidates, the picture is different with 66% men versus 34% women. Of the 831 independent candidates, 86% are men and only 14% are women.

The province with the highest percentage of women candidates is Limpopo province (43%) followed by the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces (both at 42%) and then the Free State province (41%). The province with the lowest percentage of women candidates is KwaZulu-Natal province with 34%.

In terms of age, the average age of candidates is 44 years old (compared to 43 years in 2011). The youngest candidate is an 18 year old first-time voter who is standing for election in Ward 5 (EC 153) in Ingquza Hill Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape. The oldest candidate is 90 years old and is standing for election on the PR list in EC 443 in Mbizana Local Municipality, also in the Eastern Cape.

The number of candidates contesting per province is as follows:

Province Total number of candidates (incl. independents)

2016 Municipal Elections 2011 Municipal Elections

Eastern Cape: 8 394 7 239

Free State: 3 996 3 284

Gauteng: 8 897 9 034

KwaZulu-Natal: 10 375 10 412

Limpopo: 9 087 6 660

Mpumalanga: 5 428 4 378

North West 5 247 4 045

Northern Cape: 2 327 1 600

Western Cape: 7 263 7 105

Total: 61 014 53 757

The list of candidates contesting the elections in each municipality is available for inspection at the relevant municipal office of the Electoral Commission.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Water and Sanitation on Baswa le Meetse National Competition

Injongo Primary School from Khayelitsha reigned supreme yesterday in Port Elizabeth as the Department of Water and Sanitation wrapped up the Baswa le Meetse (BLM) National Competition. The school took position one in the music category as well as position two in the drama category.

The Baswa le Meetse Awards (Youth in Water) are aimed at recognising the role of learners in awareness campaigns related to water and sanitation.

This competition promotes health and hygiene, stimulates the interest of youth in water related careers, and promotes cultural diversity.

All nine provinces communicated their messages under the theme: “Washing of hands, use and care of sanitation facilities for a healthy lifestyle, and Water Conservation”.

This competition is targeted at grade six learners to convey health and hygiene messages through the arts medium, i.e. drama, traditional music, poetry, praise singing and posters under the identified theme.

Injongo Primary School walked away with a media classroom that consists of 21 computers and a cash prize of R11 000.

Source: Government of South Africa.