Daily Archives: March 27, 2017

President Jacob Zuma reconstitutes the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Communication

President Jacob Zuma has reconstituted the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Information and Publicity.

The IMC is responsible for championing and coordinating the work of government with regards to communicating government programmes.

The IMC will now be called the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Communication and will be chaired by the President assisted by the Minister of Communications who will be responsible for the overall coordination of the communication function as per her portfolio.

This completes the transitional period during which the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation chaired the IMC. The location of the communication function in the Communication Ministry will centralise communication and should improve the management of GCIS which will now report to one Minister, the Minister of Communications.

The members of the IMC on Communications comprise the following:

Minister of Communications, Ms Faith Muthambi

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Jeff Radebe

Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr David van Rooyen

Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa

Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Minister of Police, Mr Nathi Nhleko

Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini

Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele

Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and

Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) is the Secretariat of the IMC.

President Zuma has thanked Minister Radebe for his capable management of the function until the hand over to its rightful department.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Gugile Nkwinti briefs media on Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill and Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Bill

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti will host a media briefing at Imbizo Centre in Parliament, Cape Town on Tuesday 28 March 2017. The Minister will unpack the Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill and Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Bill, both of these bills have been published for public comment.

Minister Nkwinti will also address issues related to land reform in South Africa.

Source: Government of South Africa

PRETORIA OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TITANIUM PIGMENT PROJECT

PRETORIA, The launch of a new 4.0-billion Rand (about 322 millio US dollars) titanium processing project to produce titanium pigment at the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in KwaZulu-Natal Province next month is a significant and commendable milestone in South Africa’s mineral beneficiation and industrialisation paths, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

The project would see Nyanza Light Metals, a South African company, extracting titanium from waste steel slag and processing it to produce titanium dioxide pigment which is a critical ingredient in paint manufacturing, A Trade and Industry Department (dti) statement says.

As government, we are delighted that our investment, both in terms of human and financial resources, will come to fruition when the titanium beneficiation project is launched in one of South Africa’s industrial zones,” the statement quotes Davies as saying.

“This is a significant milestone in the implementation of the country’s industrial policy action plan and the national beneficiation strategy. The dti pulled out all stops to make sure that the project is a success because we realised the huge impact that it would have on the country’s economy.”

The 4.0 billion Rand investment by Nyanza is good news for the country in general and the Richards Bay IDZ in particular, says Davies. The project will be the largest single investment at the Richards Bay IDZ.

About 550 permanent jobs will be created when the plant is operational, while 1,200 indirect and 800 direct jobs will be created during the construction phase of the plant, he said.

The construction of the plant will start next year, while production is expected to begin in late 2019. The dti has extended a grant of 17.1 million Rand to the company for feasibility studies from its Special Economic Zones Fund and has also approved an investment allowance of 900 million Rand and training allowance of more than 10 million Ramd from its tax allowance programme.

Last year, the dti conducted a scoping study to assess the economic viability of exploiting the bushveld complex magnetite deposits to produce iron-ore or steel and titanium through linking existing plants and projects. The outcome of the study included the identification of industrial opportunities to produce pig iron, vanadium redox batteries, as well as titanium pigment from the bushveld magnetite deposits.

Among the identified opportunities was the Nyanza Light Metals project, developed to produce titanium pigment utilising as feedstock the Evraz Highveld Steel waste slag which was dumped for over 45 years in the bushveld complex.

South Africa had the second largest titanium reserves in the world and produced about 19.5 percent of global titanium slag. The country exported most of the titanium in the form of titanium dioxide or slag to Australia and Europe where the value addition happened and then re-imported the final finished product.

South Africa consumed 35,000 tons per annum of titanium pigment, mainly in paint manufacturing. The Nyanza project will produce 50,000 tons per annum of titanium dioxide pigment which it will sell locally and export to the rest of Africa and the Middle East, the dti says.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

President Zuma pays tribute to Petrus Molemela

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has expressed sadness at the death of founder and former owner of Bloemfontein Celtic Football Club, Petrus Molemela.

Molemela, who had been at the helm of the soccer team since its inception in 1969, passed away on Sunday at the age of 83.

We have lost a legend who was dedicated to sport and who has made an immense contribution to South African football. We wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Molemela family. May his soul rest in peace, said President Zuma said on Sunday.

The President was joined by Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula who hailed Molemela for his contribution to the football fraternity.

“The history of football in South Africa is rich with contributions from legends like Dr. Molemela. His sad passing presents a huge loss in the football fraternity. We can draw lessons from his life that was an inspiration and motivation to work hard in the development of football, Minister Mbalula said.

In 2012, the Department of Sport and Recreation honoured Molemela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his immense contribution. Recently, the Free State Premier Ace Magashule opened an upgraded stadium in Bloemfontein named after him.

The Minister said these accolades demonstrate the legend that he was.

Source: South African Government News Agency

President Zuma reconstitutes the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Communication

President Jacob Zuma has reconstituted the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Information and Publicity.

The IMC is responsible for championing and coordinating the work of government with regards to communicating government programmes.

The IMC will now be called the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Communication and will be chaired by the President assisted by the Minister of Communications who will be responsible for the overall coordination of the communication function as per her portfolio.

This completes the transitional period during which the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation chaired the IMC. The location of the communication function in the Communication Ministry will centralise communication and should improve the management of GCIS which will now report to one Minister, the Minister of Communications.

The members of the IMC on Communications comprise the following:

Minister of Communications, Ms Faith Muthambi

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Jeff Radebe

Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr David van Rooyen

Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa

Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Minister of Police, Mr Nathi Nhleko

Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini

Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele

Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and

Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) is the Secretariat of the IMC.

President Zuma has thanked Minister Radebe for his capable management of the function until the hand over to its rightful department.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa