Daily Archives: December 7, 2016

Premier Willies Mchunu visits family of Sfiso Ncwane

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has announced during the sitting of the executive council that the MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation Bongi Sithole-Moloi will today visit the family of the late music maestro Sfiso Ncwane in uMthwalume at 15h00. The MEC will deliver messages of condolences on behalf of the provincial government and will further discuss funeral details with the family.

Mchunu remarked: We bow our heads in honour of this young and committed son of this province. KwaZulu-Natal has been blessed with a rare breed of musicians too many to mention.

Sfiso represented a new generation of gospel singers that carried the aspirations and hopes of many of our people especially our youth.

He had the strength, stamina and respected his craft until his untimely death. He was highly driven and made a profound impact in the lives of millions of people. His influence and inspiring voice will remain with us long after his departure.

Source: Government of South Africa

Treasury calls for written submissions on corporate income tax

The Minister of Finance established the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) in 2013 to inquire into the role of the tax system in the promotion of inclusive economic growth, employment creation, development and fiscal sustainability.

In doing so, the committee will take into account recent domestic and international developments and, particularly, the long term objectives of the National Development Plan.

The DTC has adopted an approach that is participatory and consultative. This will provide for wide engagement with all stakeholders. Special dialogue sessions are arranged on an ongoing basis to take into account a diversity of interests and opinions.

The DTC will also, from time to time, call upon interested parties to make submissions on specific items in its Terms of Reference, which can be viewed on the DTC’s website, www.taxcom.org.za

As specifically mandated in its Terms of Reference, the DTC is required to conduct a review of the corporate tax system (CIT) with special reference to:

the efficiency of the corporate income tax structure;

tax avoidance (e.g. base erosion, income splitting and profit shifting, including the tax bias in favour of debt financing);

tax incentives to promote developmental objectives and;

average (and marginal) effective corporate income tax rates in the various sectors of the economy.

CIT issues pertaining to tax base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) (item 2 above) have been handled by the DTC BEPS Sub-Committee. Its second interim report has been submitted to the Minister of Finance for consideration and approval for publication on the DTC’s website for public comment.

The DTC would like to take this opportunity to thank all stakeholders for input on the first and second BEPS reports.

CIT matters pertaining to tax incentives (item 3 above) as a means of promoting developmental objectives are being handled by the DTC Tax Incentives Sub-Committee. CIT issues pertaining to the mining sector are being dealt with by the DTC Mining Sub-Committee.

A DTC CIT Sub-Committee has been established to deal with items 1 and 4 specifically. To assist this sub-committee, the DTC would like to invite written submissions on the following areas of CIT:

The efficiency of the CIT structure;

The average (and marginal) effective CIT rates in the various sectors of the economy;

Group restructuring;

Group taxation;

Dividends tax;

Any other South African CIT concerns that need to be addressed.

Source: Government of South Africa

Joint Senior Command and Staff Programme 15/2016 graduation ceremony

The SA National War College (SANWC) recently hosted a graduation ceremony in recognition of learners’achievements for a group of 84 learners who had successfully completed the Joint Senior Command and Staff Programme 15/2016 at Utopia Lynnwood in Pretoria.

The JSCSP is a 44-week residential programme aimed at preparing selected officers for senior appointments at the operational level of war by developing their command, staff and analytical skills through broadening their professional understanding of joint and multinational operations, defence management and the wider aspects of conflict.

The learners are further equipped to the complexities and convolutions of management of defence in peace keeping missions purviews and various aspects of disaster management and conflict.

Source: Department of Defence

Western Cape honours residents for food security contributions

Western Cape residents to be honoured for food security contributions

One quarter of South African households do not have access to enough food.

Improving food security is a top priority of the Western Cape Government.

Next week, the provincial Department of Agriculture will honour residents in the West Coast for their contribution to improving food security.

Proactive residents from Pella, Mamre and surrounding areas will be recognised for their contributions as a result of having food gardens, household chicken production operations and community gardens.

This initiative is linked to World Food Day, which is marked around the world to raise awareness around food security.

The judging panel included officials from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, the Western Cape Department of Education, the City of Cape Town and the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, will deliver the keynote address the event.

Source: Government of South Africa

SALGA calls for political parties to respect imperative of gender equality

SALGA calls for all political parties to respect and advance the imperative of gender equality

South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in partnership with Gender Links, the European Union , Commission for Gender Equality, SA Women In Dialogue, UN Women launched the SA Gender and Local Government Election Report ( post the Aug 2016 elections) yesterday in Pretoria, Menlyn, at SALGA’s National Offices.

Women’s representation in local government increased from 39% in 2011 to 41% in the 3 August 2016 local elections, falling short of South Africa’s regional and international commitments to gender equality.

The launch event was attended by former Independent Electoral Commission Chair Dr Brigalia Bam, gender experts and activists, and various political parties who participated in the recent 2016 local government elections. Political parties remain instrumental in the fight for equal gender representation for women in government and society at large.

Having emerged from a successful SALGA 2016 National Conference and as alluded to in the Johannesburg Declaration, SALGA has noted with concern failure to achieve the 50/50 representation of women in the local government sector.

SALGA has noted with concern the failure to address Gender Equality despite the much-vaunted call for 50:50 equality of representation, particularly at ward level. SALGA further calls for all political parties to respect and advance the imperative of gender equality.

SALGA re-commits itself to achieve gender equality through its new Strategic Plan 2017 -2022 which was adopted at the 2016 National Conference.

South Africa is a signatory of several United Nations conventions that were created to remove barriers that are faced by women. The South African government initiated a number of reforms aimed at ensuring greater women’s participation in politics and to support the 1996 Constitution that entrenches gender equality as a fundamental human right.

SALGA is commemorating the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children in partnership with Gender Links, Commission for Gender Equality, South African Women in Dialogue, European Union, and United Nations Women.

In this regard, parallel launch events will take place during 16 Days of Activism in order to lobby and advocate for multiple strategic efforts to empower women and end violence in South Africa.

Source: Government of South Africa