Daily Archives: October 24, 2016

National Library closed temporarily

The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) in Pretoria has temporarily closed due to student protests.

The NLSA’s Pretoria campus remains closed due to the protest action which directly threatened the Library, its collections and library users in the past week, the national library said on Monday.

Students in the country have been protesting as they raise their call for free higher education.

The NLSA’s assessment of the situation is that we cannot risk opening the Library under the current situation.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate any change of decision, should we be convinced that the threat of damage to the Library has been averted, Professor Rocky Ralebipi-Simela said.

While the NLSA respects the right to protest it has condemned acts of violence, including the burning of the libraries and institutions of higher learning.

When the libraries and institutions of higher learning go up in flames, the knowledge meant to be preserved for posterity is destroyed, Professor Ralebipi-Simela said.

She said the NLSA remains resolute and adamant in its course to provide access to information to the people of South Africa and the world.

The NLSA wishes all students writing their end-of-year examinations, all of the best.

Source: South African Government News Agency.

TWO NGOS SEEK TO HAVE CHARGES AGAINST SOUTH AFRICAN FINANCE MINISTER WITHDRAWN

JOHANNESBURG, — Lawyers acting for two South African non-governmental organizations (NGOs) — Freedom Under Law (FUL) and the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) — have served an urgent application to have the recent criminal charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan set aside.

This is after we invited NDPP (National Director of Public Prosecutions) Shaun Abrahams to furnish us with more information about the charges, or to withdraw them voluntarily. He failed to do this, despite being given a week’s notice, the two organizations said in a joint statement here Sunday.

They say the charges, relating to the early retirement and subsequent re-employment of Ivan Pillay, a former Deputy Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) at a time when Gordhan headed the SARS, are obviously without foundation. They are completely invalid, both legally and on any plausible reading of the facts, the two NGOs say in a joint statement.

At best, the charges reveal dizzying incompetence at the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) and the Hawks (special investigations unit of the South African Police Service). At worst, they confirm our suspicions — that the criminal justice system is being undermined to serve particular political interests.

The application by FUL and the HSF do not seek to protect particular individuals or to take any side in factional battles. They say that it is about protecting the machinery of the State from being undermined for nefarious purposes, thus also preventing further damage to the fragile economy at a sensitive time.

The says tje people of South Africa have a right to a criminal justice system which works for, not against, them. We are going to court to vindicate that right, FUL and the HSF say.

Source: Nam News Network

MEC Mathabo Leeto congratulates Cheetahs on winning Currie Cup

The Free State MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mrs. N.S. Leeto would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Toyota Free State Cheetahs for winning the Nashua Currie Cup Final following their 36 – 16 victory over the Blue Bulls over the past weekend. The team dominated all aspects of the final match, and converted almost every opportunity into points to ultimately be crowned the 2016 Currie Cup champions.

The Free State Cheetahs have won all 8 of the round robin matches and have earned a 4 try bonus point in 7 of the 8 round robin matches � the only match where they did not score 4 tries or more was against the Western Province in Cape Town. To this, they have added the semi-final victory of 55-17 over the Lions and the final victory over the Blue Bulls, making the 2016 season a 10 out of 10 season.

Due to the team’s performance, the team as a collective is one of the nominees for team of the year and individual players like Ox Nche and Nico Lee are also nominated as players of the tournament.

Free State Cheetahs’ performance also ensured that captain Francois Venter, winger Sergeal Peterson and flanker Oupa Mohoje were named in the Springbok squad to tour Europe in November. In addition, Cheetahs flanker Usair Caseem has also been named in the Springbok squad to play the Barbarians in a non-official test match.

The Free State Cheetahs has won the title in 1976, 2005, 2006 (Shared with the Blue Bulls), 2007 and now 2016. The Free State Cheetahs has secured several records in their victory, which are as follows:

Most converted penalties in a final (7 by Niel Marais)

Second largest winning margin in history

Coach Franco Smith the only coach to have secured a Varsity Cup title as well as a Currie Cup title.

Coach Franco Smith winning the title as player (playing for the Blue Bulls), as assistant coach (Cheetahs) and as head coach.

Congratulating the Free State Cheetahs MEC Leeto said, The department is responsible for the conditioning of the team at the FSSSI and our support for the Free State Cheetahs as a department continues to yield positive results. The department also supports the team financially each year. We are proud to once again be associated with champions. We urge all our people to show their unwavering support for the Free State Cheetahs as the team will, after a short rest, start preparations for the Super Rugby tournament starting in February 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Mildred Oliphant addresses inaugural Essential Services Committee Social Dialogue, 27 Oct

The Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant will address the inaugural Essential Services Committee (ESC) Social Dialogue

The Minister of Labour will deliver a keynote address to the inaugural ESC Social Dialogue Conference under the theme: Balancing the Right to Life and the Right to Strike. This inaugural conference is convened against the backdrop of recent legislative changes in the labour law environment that seeks to improve the level of compliance in those services designated as essential.

The conference will be attended by drawn from a cross section of sectors such as organised labour, organised business, public sector representative organisations, nongovernmental organisations, community based organisations and international guests. The conference will culminate on the signing of an essential services compliance pledge to underscore the importance and significance of compliance with essential services legislation, regulation and designations.

Source: Government of South Africa

South Africa: North West Legislature Meets Municipalities Under Dr. Ruth Mompati District Over 2014/15 Annual Report, 25 Oct

North West Legislature Local Government Committee calls municipalities under Dr. Ruth Mompati District to account Annual Reports 2014/15 in Vryburg

On Tuesday, 25 October 2016, the North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Local Government and Human Settlements will hold an oversight meeting with Naledi; Kagisano-Molopo and Greater Taung Local Municipalities, and Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality over their Annual Report 2014/15 in Huhudi Community Hall in Vryburg at 08h00.

Representatives from the Department of Local Government and Human Settlements, Department of Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development and Office of the Auditor General’s will be present.

Source: South African Government