Daily Archives: June 21, 2017

Deputy President wishes spokesperson a speedy recovery

Pretoria – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished his spokesperson, Ronnie Mamoepa, a speedy recovery.

Mamoepa took ill in the early hours of Monday and was transferred to hospital where he has undergone surgery, the Presidency said on Wednesday.

The Deputy President visited Mamoepa in hospital on Tuesday evening.

Deputy President Ramaphosa’s thoughts are with Mr Mamoepa’s family at this time and he wished Mr Mamoepa a speedy recovery, the Deputy President’s office said in a statement.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Mali Referendum on Constitutional Amendments Delayed

BAMAKO, MALI ´┐Ż Mali’s government said Wednesday that it was delaying a July 9 referendum on constitutional amendments that would reinforce presidential powers and create new regions under an accord signed in 2015 with northern separatists.

The changes have been the subject of protests in the capital, Bamako, and more marches were set for Thursday across the West African country. Crucially, three parties in the governing coalition asked for a delay.

“The council of ministers has decided to delay until a future date the referendum initially set for July 9,” a government statement said after the meeting headed by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. It gave no reason for the delay and set no new date.

Mali is struggling to contain militancy in its north, where rival militias frequently clash and Islamist groups carry out attacks on civilians, Malian soldiers, U.N. peacekeepers and French forces there.

Islamist militants, some linked to al-Qaida, seized northern Mali in 2012 on the back of a separatist rebellion before being driven out of major cities and towns by a French-led military intervention a year later.

The government signed the peace deal that aimed to end the separatist movement by parties including the Coordination of Azawad Movements, which is led by ethnic Tuaregs. Under that deal, new regions are to be created under the constitution.

Source: Voice of America

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the partners in Agri Land Solutions (PALS) Annual Meeting

Witzenberg – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will later today, Wednesday 21 June 2017, address the Partners in Agri Land Solutions (PALS) annual meeting at Kaleo Guest Farm in the Witzenberg Municipality near Ceres in the Western Cape at 19h00.

PALS is a private land reform initiative established by commercial farmers in the Witzenberg municipality, in partnership with local communities and all spheres of Government. The aim of the initiative is the creation of an enabling environment for the implementation of innovative land reform and economic empowering projects in line with the National Development Plan (NDP).

PALS also provides mentorship and training for emerging black farmers to become successful commercial farmers.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the partners in Agri Land Solutions (PALS) Annual Meeting

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will later today, Wednesday 21 June 2017, address the Partners in Agri Land Solutions (PALS) annual meeting at Kaleo Guest Farm in the Witzenberg Municipality near Ceres in the Western Cape at 19h00.

PALS is a private land reform initiative established by commercial farmers in the Witzenberg municipality, in partnership with local communities and all spheres of Government. The aim of the initiative is the creation of an enabling environment for the implementation of innovative land reform and economic empowering projects in line with the National Development Plan (NDP).

PALS also provides mentorship and training for emerging black farmers to become successful commercial farmers.

Source: Government of South Africa

Men urged to change

Pretoria – With the scourge of violence against women and children on the rise in the country, men have been challenged to change.

This was the overriding message at the national men’s dialogue against the murder of women and children and gender-based violence, which was hosted by the Department of Justice. Held recently under the theme ‘Change starts with me’, the dialogue looked into the development of a prevention strategy that will assist government in dealing with gender-based violence.

Speaking at the event, the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery, said researchers on the topic have shown that the issue of gender-based violence is very often social in nature.

It pertains to social issues such as the early socialisation of young boys, while patriarchy and sexism also play an undeniable role.

Other factors which play a role are poverty and unemployment, which can be detrimental to the self-image of men, with poor self-image then leading men to take out their anger and frustration on women, said Deputy Minister Jeffery.

Violence against women in South Africa is currently reported using either police reports or victimisation surveys.

Data from the recently released South Africa Demographic and Health Survey 2016 Key Indicator Report, which was compiled by Statistics SA, reveals one in five (21%) women aged 18 and older, who are in relationships, have experienced physical violence by a partner, and 8% had experienced physical violence in the 12 months prior to the survey.

Women, who are divorced or separated, were more likely than other women to have experienced physical violence (40% versus 14% – 31%).

The experience of partner violence varies by province, ranging from 14% in KwaZulu-Natal to a high of 32% in the Eastern Cape.

Further data shows that 6% of women aged 18 years and older have experienced sexual violence by a partner, and 2% experienced such violence over the 12 months before the survey.

Deputy Minister Jeffery said this needs to change.

We need a very specific focus on what we can do to get men to change their mind set and attitudes. We need to get the message out that women and girls are not the possessions of men.

We need to get the message out that there is no place for jealousy, possessiveness and violence in a relationship. We need to make sure that women know where to go for help.

Source: South African Government News Agency