Daily Archives: October 21, 2016

Ambassadors spurred to market SA abroad

Pretoria – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged South African Ambassadors to build strong alliances with other countries for South Africa and Africa’s development.

Addressing the Heads of Mission Conference in Pretoria on Thursday, the Deputy President said South Africa looks to Ambassadors to explain to international partners the country’s position on critical matters of national, continental and global importance.

“We must build alliances with fraternal parties and social formations across Africa to pursue the growth and development of our country and the continent.

“We must build alliances with other countries, political parties, international organisations and leading global figures in our effort to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society.

“In you, our global representatives, South Africa has a rich and irreplaceable repository of knowledge, experience, insight and capability.”

He urged missions to work with government to identify, facilitate and coordinate scholarships and training programmes for South African youth, and to connect youth development expos with global partners.

Profiling SA’s potential in business, tourism

On the business front, the Deputy President said the country is improving the ease of doing business, providing incentives and other forms of support to investors and investing heavily in its economic infrastructure.

“We need to ask what research, resources and technology our host countries can contribute to support industrialisation, mineral beneficiation and agro-processing in South Africa. We need to draw on the expertise of [other] countries and design programmes that will enable us to share knowledge and skills.

“We need to engage in the painstaking work of untangling the administrative impediments that often hold back the import of South African goods into our host countries. We need to find ways to expose businesses in these countries to the opportunities that exist in South Africa and facilitate their investment in our economy.”

Deputy President Ramaphosa said tourism is a significant area of potential growth and employment creation.

He said South African missions have a critical role to play in encouraging the citizens of their host countries to visit South Africa and experience its hospitality, natural wonders and rich cultural diversity.

“We have also identified the ocean economy as a growth opportunity. We are continuously looking for international partners who can contribute to the skilling of South Africans in areas like port management, aquaculture, oil and gas exploration and ship building.

“We are using our membership of the Indian Ocean Rim Association, which we will chair from October 2017, to unlock the potential of the ocean economy. This will further provide us an opportunity to enhance cooperation, build new enterprises and create jobs for our people.”

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister Derek Hanekom launches Tourism Enterprise Development Incubator, 28 Oct

The Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom, will officially launch the Provincial Tourism Enterprise Development Incubator, in Pilanesberg, North West on 28 October 2016.

The Tourism Enterprise Development Incubator will be a virtual vehicle used to facilitate the provision of business support interventions to tourism enterprises, clustered along a thriving tourism node in the country. This model will enable enterprises to obtain all business support services offered without being located in the incubator.

The programme will focus on a viable existing Small Micro and Medium enterprises (SMMEs), affiliated to a local tourism association, at the selected tourism nodes.

Source: Soutth African Government

FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN OMBUDSMAN TAKING UP ACADEMIC POST

CAPE TOWN, — The University of Stellenbosch near here has appointed former Public Protector (Ombudsman) Thuli Madonsela TO THE Chair of Social Justice in its law faculty, the prestigious institution says.

The public research university, located about 50 kiloemetres from here, said Thursday that Madonsela’s acceptance of the appointment was a tremendous honour and one which would “contribute significantly” to the faculty’s “continued commitment to champion the realisation of a constitutional vision for South African society”.

“Advocate Madonsela will take up the chair in 2018, after a sabbatical. The focus of the chair will be on issues of social justice, including administrative justice,” said the university.

“In her new role, Madonsela will be able to continue her work on those themes that became synonymous with her seven-year tenure as South Africa’s third Public Protector.

“These include ethical governance in public institutions and realising the Constitution’s mandate of a public administration that responds to people’s needs, is accountable and transparent and that promotes efficient, economic and effective use of resources.

“As part of her remit, Madonsela will not only engage in teaching and research, but will remain involved in civil society initiatives.”

Madonsela, who ended her term of office as Public Protector last Friday, has been praised for her knowledge of the law and successful investigations into use of public funds to renovate President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead and the controversial top official at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Hlaudi Motsoeneng, among others.

Madonsela she said she felt honoured by the academic appointment. “I am supremely honoured by the offer of the chair in Social Justice by the University of Stellenbosch,” said Madonesela, who was succeeded as Public Protector by Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

“I hope to work with my colleagues at the Law Faculty to play our part in accelerating the pace of achieving the constitutional promise of an inclusive society based in social justice, shared prosperity, friendship and peace.

“I am also looking forward to working with young people at the university and beyond on these matters.”

Source: Nam News Network

Treasury on Oakbay attacks on Treasury court application

Oakbay attacks on treasury court application

The National Treasury notes the numerous attacks launched by the lawyers representing the Oakbay Group of companies on the affidavit filed by the Treasury in the Oakbay litigation as well as the contradictions contained therein.

National Treasury has no intentions of conducting the case in the court of public opinion and will provide a comprehensive and appropriate response in court once the Oakbay respondents have filed their answering affidavits. We would also like to urge the Oakbay to respect the court process.

In a statement issued today, National Treasury said, “it is peculiar in the extreme for the aforementioned respondents to address the issues raised in the affidavit by way of media releases as these make no meaningful contribution to the case at hand. The Minister has presented his case under oath in an appropriate forum and it is incumbent upon the Oakbay respondents to do likewise should they wish to oppose his version.

National Treasury wishes to also point out that, the affidavit by the Minister has not made any pronouncement or interpretation on the FIC report and has sought solely to put the material facts before court.

‘We welcome the announcement by Oakbay respondents that, they intend to oppose the application after their unsuccessful attempt to coerce the Minister into withdrawing the matter. This will provide an opportunity for all issues to be properly ventilated in an open court’, National Treasury concluded.

Source: Soutth African Government

South Africa: Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Hosts Her Austrian Counterpart, Sebastian Kurz, 24 Oct

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will meet with her Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz, the Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, on 24 October 2016 in Pretoria. Minister Kurz is visiting South Africa from 24 to 26 October 2016, heading a 50-person strong business delegation, which includes the President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

South Africa enjoys good bilateral relations with Austria, focused primarily on economic exchanges. In 2015 total trade between Austria and South Africa amounted to R7, 76bn. South African exports were R0, 92bn and imports at R6, 82bn. South Africa ranks 6th amongst Austria’s overseas trading partners and is Austria’s major trading partner in Africa.

The top five key South African export categories to Austria in 2015 were Iron & Steel (22%); Gold, Platinum, Diamonds & Jewellery (21%); Ores (19%); Vehicles & Accessories (16%), as well as Beverages & Spirits (4%). The top five imports from Austria to SA in 2015 were Catalytic Converters, Computers & Mechanical Appliances (16%); Paper & Paperboard (12%); Cellphones, Electrical Equipment and Machinery (11%); Articles of Iron and Steel (10%), as well as Vehicle Components (8%).

Bilateral investment relations remain strong, with the South African Reserve Bank in 2014 recording South African direct investment in Austria at around R43 billion, against about R10 billion of Austrian total direct investment in South Africa. Major South African businesses in Austria include Mondi, SAPPI Ltd and NET1 Technologies.

Issued by: Department of International Relations and Cooperation

South Africa

Source: South African Government.