Daily Archives: April 3, 2017

New appointments for Judicial Service Commission

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has appointed three persons as members of the Judicial Service Commission, the Presidency announced on Monday.

The new members are advocate Thandi Norman, advocate Thabani Masuku and Sifiso Msomi.

The appointments were made in terms of section 178 (1)(J) read with section 178(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and after consulting with the leaders of parties represented in the National Assembly.

President Zuma has congratulated the new members of the JSC and wishes them all of the best in the execution of their responsibilities.

Source: South African Government News Agency

MEC Albert Fritz signs memorandum of understanding with Saldanha Bay Municipality to boost service delivery

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has officially entered into an agreement with the Saldanha Bay Municipality to provide coordinated social services in Saldanha Bay and surrounding areas.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on Monday between MEC, Adv. Albert Fritz, and Executive Mayor, Cllr. Marius Koen.

This memorandum frees DSD to collaborate directly with the Municipality, and deliver greater impact with our budget of R142.4 million which we spend in the greater West Coast area.

The Department will implement expand on our programmes, and render services to:

Families and children (including child protection and Early Childhood Development and HIV/AIDS)

Persons with disabilities and older persons

People abusing harmful substances

Children in conflict with the law

Poverty reduction

Development of youth

Our relationship will focus on responding to the most vulnerable segments of society in the Saldanha Bay and surrounding areas, such as children, people with disabilities and older persons.

The MEC and Mayor were joined by the DSD Regional Director, Dr. Lynette Russouw, and the Saldanha Bay Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Eventhia Vaughan.

Source: Government of South Africa


JOHANNESBURG, An independent researcher on shale gas says the South African government’s plans to proceed this month with the fracking project at Beaufort West in the Karoo — the semi-desert inland region which covers the southern part of the country — will have a devastating impact on the environment.

A report released last year by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has also painted a bleak picture about the benefits of the project and its detrimental impact on the environment.

“The CSIR, on behalf of government, put out a report last month and in that report they say there’s an incredibly high risk of water pollution and chemical pollution, and there would be a low amount of jobs,” said researcher Triston Taylor.

“The CSIR said the only way you would be able to mitigate is if government implements regulations, and enforces them quite regularly over the next 30 years.”

Meanwhile, Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane, has given the go-ahead for shale gas development in the Karoo in Northern Cape Province.

He says after years of research, the government is confident that the process of shale gas extraction will benefit the country. He adds that a regulatory framework will ensure that shale gas can be safely developed through hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

A year ago, he government ended speculation by announcing that exploration for shale gas would begin in the current financial year.


President Zuma to host the President of the Central African Republic on a Working Visit

President Jacob Zuma will on Wednesday, 05 April 2017, host the President of the Central African Republic, His Excellency Professor Faustin-Archange Touadera at the Sefako M. Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.

The purpose of the visit is to strengthen bilateral relations between South Africa and CAR under the Framework Cooperation Agreement (FCA) signed in 2006. The FCA provides for political, economic, social, security, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation between the two sister Republics.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Time: 10h00 (media to arrive at 09h00)

Venue: Sefako M. Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, Pretoria

Members of the media should send their names ID/Passport numbers to Shadi Baloyi on shadi@presidency.gov.za or 072 571 6415. Members of the media are also requested to present their valid press cards at the point of entry to access the venue.

Note as well that nobody wearing jeans, T-shirts and takkies will be allowed into the venue. The dress code is strictly presentable in line with the decorum of the event and the venue.

Source: The Presidency republic of South Africa

Secretary-General, African Union Commission Chair Appoint Jeremiah Mamabolo of South Africa Joint Special Representative For Darfur

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki announced today the appointment of Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo of South Africa as Joint Special Representative and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

Mr. Mamabolo has been serving UNAMID as Acting Joint Special Representative since the departure of Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria on 4 January. He brings his new position first-hand experience in dealing with the situation in Darfur, as well as expertise from his distinguished career in the diplomatic service. Since 2016, he served the mission as Deputy Joint Special Representative for Pillar I, overseeing political, human rights and legal aspects of UNAMID’s activities.

Before his appointment as South Africa’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations between 2013 and 2016, Mr. Mamabolo served as High Commissioner to Nigeria in 2009, having previously helped to facilitate peace processes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi as Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region from 2006 to 2009. He was Deputy Director-General for African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2006.

Mr. Mamabolo has held other senior positions, including Permanent Representative to the African Union, accredited also to Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti (1999-2002). During that period, he led efforts to promote dialogue in post-war Sierra Leone in his capacity as Special Envoy of the African Union to Sierra Leone and the Mano River Basin (2001-2002). He also served as High Commissioner to Zimbabwe (1995-1999).

Holding a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Mr. Mamabolo also has a diploma in journalism from Harare Polytechnic College in Zimbabwe.

Born in 1955, he is married and has four children.

Source: United Nations