Daily Archives: November 17, 2016

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses Topisa Trust Fundraising dinner

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will, on Saturday evening, 19 November 2016, address the Topisa Education, Sports and Cultural Trust Fundraising dinner at the Lalaphanzi Hotel in Makhado, Limpopo.

The Trust was established in 2015 to inspire, promote and support the youth in the area through encouraging educational, sporting and cultural talents. The Trust provides financial assistance to full-time undergraduate students, sporting, cultural and artistic activities to the youth in the area.

Source:Government of South Africa.

North West Tourism on development and improvement of Tourism sector

Bojanala Lekgotla pushes for integration within the Tourism Sector

Tourism product owners across the Bojanala District agree with the department’s call to integrate and coordinate programmes for the development and improvement of Tourism sector in the province. Owners further agreed that through the hosting of major events and marketing of art and cultural products, the sector will assist in improving the economy of the province and further contribute in creating more jobs.

The agreement was endorsed during the district Bojanala Lekgotla held in Rustenburg on Tuesday where more than Hundred product owners gave a clear perspective on the Tourism environment in their area. The main objective of the district lekgotla was to foster integrated tourism planning and development across all spheres of Government.

The venture will in the final analysis ensure that Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT) become the biggest contributor in the economy of the district and the province.

Addressing delegates during the Bojanala district Lekgotla, Tourism MEC Desbo Mohono called on product owners to strive against all odds to make a positive contribution towards the economy of this province.

She said that her department will continue to support them. “Our gathering is about creating a communication platform on various tourism related aspects that includes partnerships, marketing, and advertising, funding models, the private sector, information centres and Tourism Hubs.

We have made many positive strides in the Tourism sector within the Bokone Bophirima Province at its entirety” said MEC Mohono.

MEC Mhohono further said that her department prides itself with Product owners and business people that continue to represent the province very well against whatever glitches they are faced with. “More recently the statistics showed that we have improved tremendously and that on its own shows that along the line we are on the right path” she said.

The Bojanala Mayor Fetsang Mokati-Thebe reiterated MEC Mohono’s statement that government cannot do business with people that are not on the same wave length with it. She said that it will be difficult for government alone to achieve its intended goals.

The department will host three more Tourism Makgotla across the province. After consultation in the Four districts the department will host the provincial tourism lekgotla that will finally come up with resolutions that will further map the way forward on coordinated services and programmes.

Source:Government of South Africa.

Free State Provincial Government on audit outcomes of Free State Province

The Free State Provincial Government has taken note of the consolidated report of the PFMA audit outcomes for the 2015/16 financial year as released by the Auditor-General, Mr. Kimi Makwetu, on 16 November 2016.

The regression in the overall audit outcomes of the Free State Provincial Departments for the 2015/16 financial year is a disappointing reversal of the steady progress made in previous financial years. We, however, congratulate the Free State Provincial Legislature and the Fleet Management Trading Entity on retaining the “clean audit” status obtained in the prior years.

The audit process of the 2015/16 financial year was characterized by rigorous engagements between provincial auditees and the Office of the Auditor-General. We are confident that our coordination of the audit process ensured the active participation and involvement of accounting officers, chief financial officers and other senior management members of auditees in the audit process. It has also ensured a consistency in approach to transversal audit-related matters.

The Audit Committees of four affected departments did not accept the report of the Auditor-General. After due consideration of the finalized audit findings and reports, the accounting officers of the affected departments declared disputes on the audit outcomes. These disputes were declared after due and careful consideration of the principles underlying the respective matters.

These disputes essentially relate to the interpretation of legislation and regulations as well as the Modified Cash Standards, including;

” Interpretation of the SITA Act (Provincial Treasury)

” Discretion of accounting officers to approve deviations (Department of Agriculture and Rural Development)

” Classification of expenditure resulting from the appointment of implementing agents / service providers acting on behalf of beneficiaries (Departments of Agriculture & Rural Development as well as Economic & Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs)

” Classification of expenditure relating to a national asset (Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation)

” Write-off of irregular expenditure deemed irrecoverable and classification of expenditure as accruals and/or commitments (Department of Human Settlements)

The Free State Provincial Treasury, on behalf of the Free State Provincial Government, has referred various matters in dispute to National Treasury for review and this process is currently unfolding. The recent Constitutional Court judgement in the matter of the Department of Transport and Others vs Tasima has also been noted and may have implications on the further resolution of these matters.

The Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation has referred another matter to the Office of the Auditor-General in terms of the Public Audit Act, 2004. This matter is also in the process of being addressed.

We have taken note of the progress reported by the Auditor-General in the areas of the reporting on performance information and the IT control environment whilst acknowledging the remaining challenges in these two areas.

The Free State Provincial Government remains committed to ensuring that it reverses the disappointing audit outcomes of the 2015/16 financial year. The Free State Provincial Treasury has strengthened its coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the audit action plans developed by all auditees to address the identified shortcomings. Additional emphasis has also been placed on improving and/or strengthening the internal control environment within the broader provincial government sphere.

The Free State Provincial Government has engaged with the Auditor-General and his extended management team on the consolidated findings as reported. The views and concerns shared have laid a foundation from which we will continue to work together to enable us to deliver on our respective mandates.

Source:Government of South Africa.

Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi: Announcement of financial support to Tshwane School of Music in Eersterust

Programme director;

CEO of Tshwane School of Music, Mr Freddy Arendse;

Tshwane School of Music Staff and Students;

Distinguished guests;

Members of the media;

Ladies and gentlemen;

Good afternoon,

It feels good to be back here at Tshwane School of Music. I made a commitment to adopt this school as a special project during the launch of the Mafikizolo Reunited Tour.

Tshwane School of Music like many other Community Arts Centres operates under very difficult conditions and resources are always insufficient for them to fully discharge their role in communities.

The Department of Arts and Culture remain committed to support and enhance programmes in Community Arts Centres in the current Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF). We understand that programming and efficient management of Community Arts Centres is key to the sustainability of these facilities.

Hence we are here to officially announce the R1 million financial support to Tshwane School of Music to cover the operations of the school.

The Department of Arts and Culture through the Mzansi Golden Economy strategic investment approach seeks to reposition the arts, culture and heritage sector as the key players in government’s programme of action towards creation of sustainable jobs, audience and skills development, social and economic development of the sector.

Through the Mzansi Golden Economy Open Call process we are establishing a Debut Fund that creates opportunities for young artists to publish their first book, produce their first play, cut their first album or host their first exhibition.

Music is one of the most powerful forms of art in the world, it can reach across time, language, culture and geographic location to tell compelling stories and spark debate. For many, music defines a generation, and our role in the Department of Arts and Culture is to create platforms for telling the stories that will record our journey.

President Mandela once said “Artists reach areas far beyond the reach of politicians. Art, especially entertainment and music, is understood by everybody, and it lifts the spirits and the morale of those who hear it.”

The Music School provides an opportunity for children who would never be able to access music programmes from their schools or at home.

The role that this programme plays include training, ensuring that young people do not loiter the streets, provide opportunities for participation in the arts for employment, income generation, arts education, recreation and cultural enrichment.

In order to nurture these centres in becoming vibrant spaces for the arts, the refurbishment of a number of centres has begun. Through a continued focus on community arts, more centres will be refurbished and programming supported across the country.

Tshwane school of Music is one of the few arts centres that are run professionally and its Music programme is accredited.

In October, I visited Kuwait for heritage celebrations and strengthening cultural collaborations. I was accompanied by crafters and visual artists and Joe Nina.

They further requested that I bring youth groups in 2017 as they will be celebrating youth. I have recommended Tshwane School of Music as one of the groups that will visit Kuwait and perform in 2017. They will cover all the costs. My office has already sent you the profile in Kuwait. We are waiting for their final approval.

I am looking forward to see best of the best artists in different genres brewed from Tshwane Music School competing nationally and internationally.

I thank you.

Source:Government of South Africa.