Daily Archives: July 8, 2016

STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF NORTH WEST MEC OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the Department of Social Development, wish to send their condolences to the family and friends of Kgakgamatso Morwagaashe-Nkewu on her passing. Ms Morwagaashe-Nkewu who was recently appointed as the MEC for Social Development died in a car accident outside Vryburg on Thursday.

Minister Dlamini said she launched this year’s Child Protection in May with the MEC and she was a dedicated colleague and comrade. The country has lost a committed servant who showed dedication to serve the most vulnerable people of South Africa.

“I feel that we have lost a dedicated comrade of the movement. Her genuine interest in the less fortunate of our country and what she did to try to improve conditions of the poor was inspirational to me and many others in government and in the African National Congress which deployed her to the portfolio of Social Development.

“Her passing therefore is a loss to the country and to all those who continue to contribute in the national effort to develop and transform our country for the benefit of all who live in it. May her soul rest in peace,” said Minister Dlamini.

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Source: Department of Social Development

Public-private partnerships changes lives of pupils and students

According to the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, “Constructivepartnerships need to be built between the government and the corporate sector, as the corporate sector has a role to play in development.”

The Minister was speaking at the Sasol Inzalo Foundation graduation ceremony last night. “You know all too well the devastating consequences of the under-investment that was the dominant feature of the education system we inherited,” she added.

More than 100 science and engineering university graduates, mostly women, were recognised for successfully completing their respective degree courses, ranging from undergraduate to doctorate level. The students are participants in the Sasol Inzalo Foundation (SaIF) Science and Engineering Undergraduate Bursary Programme and the Science Fellowship Programme.

These two programmes, run under the auspices of SaIF, have seen 105 black students graduate in the past year. Of these, 70 students are from the Science and Engineering Undergraduate Bursary Programme and 35 are from the Science Fellowship Programme.

Minister Pandor said public-private partnerships such as these play an integral part in changing the lives of pupils and students.

“In other words, it is through projects and partnerships, such as this bursary fund programme, that education opens the door to a brighter and more prosperous future. I therefore extend a special word of gratitude and congratulations to the Sasol Inzalo Foundation for this initiative,” said Minister Pandor.

Minister Pandor said it is through sustained educational development that we will create the intellectual base and the skills needed for social and economic transformation. “It is vital that South Africa continues to build a strong and productive skills base that will enable us to expand our economy and compete in a globalising world.”

The Science and Engineering Undergraduate Bursary Programme invests in students pursuing studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Over and above financial support, the programme offers students additional non-financial support, such as social support and access to Sasol’s wellness programme, including optometry, if required. Since 2010, the programme has funded 510 students, with a focus on promoting women.

The Science Fellowship Programme aims to groom and graduate skilled master’s and PhD chemistry and environmental chemistry researchers to expand the pool of such researchers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa and to build research capacity at historically disadvantaged universities. These include the University of Venda, the University of Limpopo , the University of Zululand, the University of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu University, North-West University (Mafikeng campus), and the University of the Free State (QwaQwa campus). Through this programme, Sasol leverages its technical expertise by encouraging scientists from its Group Technology function to mentor students in the programme and present lectures in specialised courses at the universities that need them. This is also in line with the aims of the National Research Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology.

Dr Yvonne Muthien, the Chairperson of the Sasol Inzalo Foundation, further expounded on the aims of the organisation: “The Foundation leverages strategic partnerships to make a tangible difference to the lives of hundreds of students, while contributing to entrenching South Africa as a destination of innovation.”

Source: Department: Science and Technology

Address by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of South Africa-India Business Forum

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Namaste

It gives me a great pleasure to address this august occasion that further marks the advancement of relations between South Africa and India.

Our two countries enjoy deep ties dating back to many years. We pride ourselves for having hosted Mahatma Gandhi, whose political consciousness was largely forged here in South Africa.

The friendship of the Indian people was ably demonstrated during our struggle against apartheid where they stood shoulder to shoulder with us.

Let me once again take this opportunity to express a word of gratitude on behalf of our government and the people of South Africa to the people of India and many friends in the international community who played a critical role in the liberation of South Africa.

Ladies and gentlemen,

South Africa and India face the common challenge of turning the legacy of underdevelopment and poverty into sustained economic growth and socio-economic improvement. We have to do this in a world in which economic power is still very unevenly balanced between developed and developing countries.

Our engagement through forums of this nature reflects our common determination to take our destiny into our own hands.

Our two countries hold enormous trade and investment potential that needs to be unleashed through closer strategic cooperation. The South Africa – India Business Forum will serve as a platform to achieving our goals.

We need to explore ways and means of continuing, increasing and diversifying our trade and investment initiatives in the respective economies.

Our countries are major players in the global economy and share a common vision of shaping the development agenda through IBSA, BRICS and other related platforms.

In this vein we have set ourselves ambitious goals, including a bilateral target of advancing trade to the level of eighteen billion US dollars by 2018. Achieving this target will require an increase in private sector deliberations as well as government focusing on the resolution of barriers that are impeding the expansion of trade amongst others.

The government of South Africa continues to play its part in advancing our socio-economic blueprint, the National Development Plan (NDP).

The NDP provides for a coherent and pragmatic framework for the transformation of our economy. Through the NDP we aim to boost economic growth, especially through improving the education system and through skills development.

We are also aiming to improve our performance in productive sectors of the economy such as manufacturing.

The NDP is complemented by the 9 Point Plan for reigniting economic growth, which focuses on areas such as growing the oceans economy through Operation Phakisa, support for SMME’s, building the agriculture and agro – processing value chain and encouraging private sector investment.

To attract further investment in value-added manufacturing sectors in close proximity to the source of raw materials, South Africa has established Special Economic Zones which offer unparalleled opportunities for Indian investment. A number of these (SEZs) have been established across the country in various provinces and they are complimented by a range of new support measures over and above the measures provided for generic investment.

Coupled with these, is the development of an urgent plan to increase the level of beneficiation in the following areas: iron ore and steel; platinum group metals; polymers; titanium; upstream mining inputs and the energy value chain.

Ladies and gentlemen,

These areas offer numerous opportunities for synergies and complementarities between our two countries and I encourage you to optimise on the possibilities that exist.

Furthermore, the Department of Trade and Industry has recently launched our 8th Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) which is a significant step towards strengthening our efforts to promote long term industrialisation and diversification beyond traditional commodities.

It is in this vein that I invite Indian companies to partner with us in advancing our investment initiatives across a number of sectors that offer high employment and growth multipliers.

Within this context, we recognise the level of Indian investment in the South African economy which amount to a capital expenditure of sixty-two billion rands.

South African investment into India has been growing steadily with investments in financial services, agro processing, hospitality and ICT.

We however need to explore measures for increased investment in a manner that will allow for enhanced trade in respective economies.

Distinguished guests,

As of 2015 our level of bilateral trade stood at ninety-four billion rands and we have not reached our target of one hundred and fifty billion rands of 2010 as set in New Delhi, during my visit and as such we have to intensify our efforts and enhance value added exports.

These efforts should also consider us partnering with regards to the vast opportunities that the African continent has to offer.

Africa is generally regarded as the second fastest growing region in the world with a population of around one billion people.

According to the 2015 World Bank Report, six of the 10 fastest growing economies globally in 2014 emanated from Africa, while the African Continent became the second most attractive investment destination in the world – ranking just behind North America.

Looking ahead, a Mckinsey Report estimates that by 2020 the Continent is projected to have a collective GDP of 2.6 trillion US dollars, over two hundred million consumers, and a working-age population of 1.1 billion.

In support of these indicators and working towards an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, African countries in 2015 adopted the Agenda 2063 continental plan for the next fifty years, to ensure transformation and sustainable development. A key priority that has been identified is market integration, represented by initiatives such as the Tripartite Free Trade Area and the Continental Free Trade Area.

The Continental Free Trade Area will see an integrated market of one billion people.

Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen, these commitments present us with numerous opportunities for cooperation in critical sectors that will drive Africa’s industrialisation and create the so much needed jobs as well as intellectual capital.

It is within this context that I encourage cooperation between South African and Indian business for mutual benefit.

My government will consider appropriate instruments in advancing this initiative including the envisaged launch of the South Africa- India Joint Trade Committee.

Beyond bilateral cooperation, our partnership extends to the BRICS and IBSA fora. In this context active processes are underway to facilitate and implement plans on expanded trade and investment flows and to identify and address barriers to trade and investment among others.

A particular area of interest is the New Development Bank which is operational and has already approved its first tranche of projects in each of the member countries.

In this vein we look forward to India hosting the 8th BRICS Summit which, amongst others, will include Ministerial interactions, the meetings of the BRICS Business Council and the hosting of the first BRICS Trade Fair.

It is clear that we have various areas in which we are co- operating on and there are substantial and concrete opportunities that we can develop further.

We wish the business forum well.

You have an enormous responsibility to put all the ideas into action, and help us achieve our goals with regards to expanded trade relations.

Shukriya!

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Remarks by President Jacob Zuma at the Media Conference, following the Official Talks with Prime Minister Modi of India,

Your Excellency Prime Minister Modi,

Ministers,

Media representatives,

It is a great honour for South Africa to host His Excellency Prime Minister Modi of India.

This is a very important visit for our country, given the relations between South Africa and India.

The visit has certainly further strengthened the already warm historical relations between the two countries, and has taken cooperation to a higher level.

South Africa and India enjoy strong relations dating back to the struggle against apartheid. India was a vociferous campaigner against apartheid colonialism.

Our two countries also share the honour of having produced two liberation icons, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

This visit is also important at a cultural level for our country. The arrival of the first Indians in South Africa over one hundred and fifty years ago and the considerable contribution of this community to shaping modern day South Africa, is another reason for the deep bonds between our two countries.

Our countries enjoy strong relations and cooperation in social, economic, political and global cooperation.

With regards to trade, there are over one hundred Indian companies operating in South Africa and they contribute significantly to economic growth and job creation in our country.

The visit enables us to further enhance trade, investment and commercial relations with India.

We are looking to increase and diversify South African exports to India. We have identified new areas for market access including the Defence; Deep Mining; Renewable Energy and Health Sectors.

Future sectors identified for possible cooperation include:

” Agro-processing

” Pharmaceuticals

” Mining

” Water and waste management

” Retail

” Financing

” Infrastructure development

This afternoon we will be addressing the South Africa-India Business Forum which will add further momentum to the ties that exist between the private sectors of our respective countries.

South Africa values cooperation with regards to skills development. A number of our youth study in India. We are keen to explore further opportunities for training opportunities from India as part of youth empowerment and development.

We have agreed to expand and improve people to people contact through promoting tourism between the two countries.

We would like to assure the Indian side that South Africa is a wonderful tourism destination, and that a simplification of South Africa’s visa regime with India is underway. This will promote ease of travel to South Africa.

Together India and South Africa play a leading role in the Global South, in order to influence the world we live in.

At a multilateral level, the two countries have agreed to enhance cooperation with India in international fora, specifically within the context of BRICS, India Brazil South Africa forum (IBSA), the G77 plus China, Commonwealth and the G20 among others.

Your Excellency Prime Minister

Both countries play an instrumental role in shaping the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) into a vibrant organisation.

This organisation is on the ascendancy, owing most immediately to the dynamic leadership of India.

During South Africa’s impending chairing of the Association in 2017, we will build on the priority areas begun by India to ensure the sustainable use of the oceans for the benefit of our people.

Indeed we have identified the oceans economy as a major driver for sustainable economic growth and employment generation under South Africa’s Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy initiative.

Within BRICS, South Africa and India cooperate closely and we are excited by the initiatives proposed by India during its current chairship, aimed at deepening cooperation and the building of institutions.

India, through its representative, Honourable K.V. Kamath is shaping the New Development Bank (BRICS BANK) to be a formidable player in financing much needed infrastructure in Africa and the rest of the developing world.

As South Africa, we hope to open the first regional centre of the New Development Bank dedicated to infrastructure projects in Africa, in Johannesburg, later this year.

We continue to work closely with India on the reform of the United Nations and its organs, specifically the Security Council, as well as the international financial institutions.

Considerable interaction and cooperation also exists in areas such as sustainable development and climate change.

It is important that our two countries continue to work together in the quest for peace and security on the Continent and we acknowledge and commend the leading role that India is playing in the peacekeeping efforts on the Continent.

We have also agreed to continue working together in the reform of global governance institutions, notably the United Nations Security Council.

We have also taken the opportunity to congratulate India in respect of positive outcomes and concrete proposals reflected in the New Delhi Declaration and the India-Africa Framework for Strategic Cooperation of the Third India-Africa Forum Summit.

We also wish to congratulate India for her active participation in United Nation’s sponsored peace missions in Africa, and for the continued role of India in peace, security and development on the Continent.

Your Excellency Prime Minister, welcome to South Africa indeed.

We are truly honoured to host you, and trust that you will have a wonderful stay in our country.

I thank you.

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of South Africa

Justice Department to normalize justice services in Mqanduli

Our court officials immediately contacted the Fire Brigade Services from the Local Municipality who with assistance from their Mthatha counterparts as well as court officials managed to extinguish the fire and rescue some maintenance files and records in the prosecutor’s office. All other documents that were inside offices, Cash hall, Clerk of the Court and Registry have been destroyed including the furniture and office equipment.

The court is about 85 percent burned and all cases that were scheduled for today have been postponed.

An investigation is currently being conducted to determine the cause of fire. In the meantime, court officials will be stationed at the Mqanduli Police Station where they will operate from and put working structures into place to ensure the smooth running of justice services.

The community of Mqanduli and surrounding areas may visit the Mqanduli Police Station (which is next to the court) for assistance and justice services.

The Department will soon communicate a sustainable plan to ensure that communities that are served by this court continue to receive services.

Source: The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development