Daily Archives: November 9, 2016

Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster holds report back Imbizo programme in Nyanga, 9 Nov

The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) will embark on an Imbizo programme to report back to the community of Nyanga in the Western Cape Province.

The Community Imbizo will be led by Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, Deputy Minister of Police Maggie Sotyu as well as the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla.

The visit will be undertaken under the National Imbizo Focus Week theme Together we move South Africa forward: Our future � make it work.

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:

Media programme

Phase one: Walk about

Time:10:30-11:30

Venue: Phillip East Bus Station, Taxi Rank and Railway Station

Phase two: Community leaders meeting

Time: 11:45 – 12:00

Venue: Zolani Centre, Nyanga

Phase three: Community outreach programme

Time: 12:30 � 14:30

Venue: Nyanga Stadium

Source: Government of South Africa

President Jacob Zuma concludes a successful Working Visit to Ethiopia

President Jacob Zuma has returned to South Africa after concluding a successful Working Visit to Addis Ababa, in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia where he attended the African Union (AU) High Level Committee on Libya meeting to review and discuss the peace and security situation in Libya.

President Zuma has characterised the meeting as very productive and positive, as it discussed and agreed on a number of issues that would help find a lasting solution on challenges facing the people of Libya.

“As the African Union we want to see peace and stability in Libya and the committee agreed that as Africa we need to extensively persuade all involved parties in Libya to find an African solution to the problems facing the country,” said President Zuma.

“We have a strong common view that the security situation in Libya requires the AU to be more involved and that no amount of military action will address the current challenges in that country but only political dialogue and cooperation between the affected parties to ensure lasting stability, peace and security in the country and the region,” the President added.

President Zuma further said the committee also received a report on the situation in Libya from the AU Envoy to Libya, former President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and agreed that the AU will work closely with all stakeholders involved in the peace process, to ensure that Libyans are provided a necessary support to find an urgent solution that would end the the current humanitarian, social and security challenges in the country.

The efforts of the AU High-Level Committee in Libya are supplemented by those of other international organisations, in particular the League of Arab States, United Nations and Libya’s neighbouring countries who are as affected by the instability in Libya.

The members of the AU High Level Committee of Heads of States and Government on the Situation in Libya comprises of Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania, Niger, South Africa and Uganda as well as the Republic of Congo who was elected as new Chairperson of the High Level Committee.

President Zuma also participated in the Second Extraordinary Summit of the Volunteering Nations of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC). The aim of this Summit was to discuss the status of the ACIRC Force following the conduct of the UTULIVU AFRICA I and II Command Post Exercises (CPX) and the verification of the pledged capabilities from May 2014 to April 2015.

President Zuma also noted the success of that summit, as leaders of the volunteering countries discussed various issues that would enhance the work of the ACIRC.

“We have agreed that whilst discussions were underway to operationalise the African Standby Force (ASF), it was important that Africa capacitate the ACIRC to ensure that we have a capability to intervene rapidly in situations where there is conflict. Volunteering countries to the ACIRC, which include South Africa, resolved to take a lead in bringing about African solutions for African challenges without the intervention of external forces,” the President said.

The ACIRC, which was established in 2013, consists of the following volunteering nations: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Chad, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

It was introduced as an interim measure, pending the full operational capability of the African Standby Force (ASF), to provide the AU with a rapid military response capability with the specific objective of preventing emerging genocides, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

President Zuma was accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo.

Source: Government of South Africa

Home Affairs partners with IOM to foster social cohesion

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday announced that the department has partnered with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to run an essay and multimedia competition for young people at institutions of higher learning.

The essay competition is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 30.

Minister Gigaba said these young people should have a broad and extensive understanding of the concept of social cohesion, in particular the South African context.

According to Minister Gigaba, the participants will be required to write a 1000 words essay or present a multimedia project on the topic: ‘Why Social Cohesion is Important in Our Country.

The country must support and encourage the production of art work and stories that facilitate healing, nation building and dialogue, he said.

The competition will be held under the theme: Migrants’ contribution to our communities, country and continent.

Minister Gigaba said they believe that the competition will further advance government’s vision as enshrined in the National Development Plan as a cultural activity where it is boldly stated that cultural activities and art can also play a major role in facilitating the sharing of common spaces.

In addition art can foster values and facilitate dialogue and healing, thus restoring pride among African, Indian and Coloured South Africans. The country must support and encourage the production of art work and stories that facilitate healing, nation building and dialogue.

Fittingly, together with the IOM, we underpin our belief in how we envision that the occasion will reflect the aims of the African Union in its visionary document Agenda 2063, which details the African continent’s development trajectory for the next fifty years, he said.

Mkhaya Migrants Awards

Last month, the department announced the opening of the nomination process for the 2016 Mkhaya Migrants Awards.

The department launched the Mkhaya Migrants Awards on 10 May 2015.

He explained that the Mkhaya Migrant Awards are aimed at building a unified, inclusive and caring South African society and recognising outstanding migrants, residing in South Africa who make an immense contribution to South Africa’s development in their various fields of expertise.

Last year’s winners include: William Okpara, Orlando Pirates legend and Nigerian goalkeeping hero in the sport category, and Sephaku Cement in the business category.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister Edna Molewa leads South African delegation to Inter national Climate Change talks, 12 to 18 Nov

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, is to lead the South African delegation at the High Level Segment of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco, from 12 to 18 November 2016.

COP22 takes place only days after the Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted at COP21 in Paris, France in December 2015, entered into force on 4 November 2016.

Marrakech is thus a turning point in the international climate action, as this is the first meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement since its adoption and entering into force. The Marrakech Climate Change negotiations also mark the first meeting of the Paris Agreement’s governing body, the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1). The CMA meeting will take place in Marrakech in conjunction with COP22 and CMP12 (the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol) from 7 to 18 November 2016.

In addition, the 45th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 45) and of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 45), as well as the second part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-2) will take place during the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference.

The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, thirty days after the date on which at least 5 Parties to the Convention, accounting for an estimated 55% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, have deposited their instruments of ratification with the United Nations Secretary-General. This is ahead of the scheduled implementation of the Agreement by 2020.

South Africa ratified the Paris Agreement on 2 November 2016. The South African-led Durban international climate change talks in 2011 marked the beginning of the 4-year negotiating process that culminated in the Paris Agreement.

South Africa played a leading role at COP 21 in Paris, as the Chair of the Group of 77 and China, a group of 134 developing countries that are worst affected by climate change. South Africa was also the lead negotiator for the African Group as well as a member of the Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) configuration.

What South Africa seeks to achieve in Marrakech.

Morocco COP 22 is an action and implementation COP. It should send a signal to the world that global climate action is being accelerated. Specifically South Africa would like to see good progress in:

Operationalising the Pre-2020 implementation agenda (2016 to 2020 period);

Addressing the pre-2020 ambition gap; and

Making good progress in developing the rule book for operationalising the Paris Agreement post 2020.

In addition, South Africa looks forward to a successful first and historic meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties for the Paris Agreement, following the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on 4 November 2016

Source: Government of South Africa