Daily Archives: December 3, 2016

President Zuma congratulates team SA on positive credit rating

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated government, business, labour and all South Africans after three major credit rating agencies kept South Africa’s sovereign debt credit rating status above junk status.

Rating agency Standard and Poor (S and P) on Friday affirmed South Africa’s sovereign credit rating at one notch above junk status and kept it at BBB with a negative outlook. This is investment grade rating.

“We congratulate Team South Africa particularly government, business and labour for ensuring that the country’s sovereign debt credit rating status is not downgraded to junk status. Unity in action and hard work have paid off against a very volatile global economic climate, President Zuma said.

“Working together as government, business and labour we can overcome the current economic challenges and we must continue working hard and creatively to reignite growth so that jobs can be created for our people, the President said

He assured international investors that South Africa remains an important and strategic investment destination.

The latest announcement by S and P means that all three rating agencies including Moody’s and Fitch have retained South Africa in an investment grade. The Fitch ratings firm last week kept South Africa one notch above junk, but dropped its outlook from stable to negative.

Source: South African Government News Agency

SOUTH AFRICA: LIFE LINE FOR DISABLED ABUSE VICTIMS

Women and children who are deaf or blind and are being abused now have access to the Gender Based Violence Command Centre � thanks to technology.

The Department of Social Development, in partnership with Vodacom, has launched the Gender Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) Disability Enhancement System to enable those who are deaf and blind to access the services of the centre.

The GBVCC, launched in 2014, employs social workers, who receive calls from members of the public and provide telephonic counselling 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Disability Enhancement System, which was launched on Friday by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, includes the use of a Skype line for deaf victims, where they can communicate with trained social auxiliary workers to send a message. The two social auxiliary workers at the GBVCC are proficient in the use of Sign Language.

Deaf people can also text a message to the centre number 0800 428 428 to report a crime.

Abused women and children, who are blind, can use a panic button with a siren light to make a call to the command centre. When the siren goes off, the centre gets the distress message. Police can also co-locate the person in distress. The co-location is made possible via Vodacom.

Dlamini said the Disability Enhanced System has given the department an opportunity to access people with disabilities, especially deaf and blind women and children.

Gender based violence amongst children and women with disabilities is also prevalent because they are part of South African society, which has a huge problem with the scourge of violence against women and children, said the Minister.

She said the department is committed to the National Development Plan, which says that we must be committed to sustainable development and end violence against women and girls.

It remains our responsibility to ensure that women and children with disabilities are not trafficked and exposed to harmful practices, said Dlamini.

Deputy Director General at the Department of Social Development, Mzolisi Toni, said the enhanced system is about making sure that people with disabilities benefit from the department’s services.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK