Daily Archives: July 3, 2017

President Zuma appoints chairperson and deputy chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission

President Jacob Zuma has in terms of section 221(1) (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and section 8 of the Financial and Fiscal Commission Act, 1997, appointed Professor Daniel Plaatjies as Chairperson and Dr Sibongile Muthwa as Deputy Chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC).

Prof Plaatjies has served in various senior positions in the national and provincial governments. He is currently a part-time commissioner of the FFC since September 2013.

He has also served as a Deputy Director-General of Strategy and Business Development at the South African Social Security Agency and is a former Director: Public Finances at the National Treasury.

Prof Plaatjies is also a former Head and Director of the Wits School of Governance and is currently a visiting Professor at the University of Free State, School of Business Administration.

Dr Muthwa is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Support at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She served as Director-General of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government and in various positions at local institutions of higher learning. She has been a part-time Commissioner of the FFC since July 2014.

Their institutional memory and expertise as well as their experience as serving members of the FFC will add enormous value to the Commission.

The Commission’s primary objective is to make recommendations to Parliament, the provincial legislatures, local government and other organs of state on financial and fiscal matters as envisaged in the Constitution and other national legislation.

The chairperson serves full time while the deputy chairperson position is part-time.

President Zuma has congratulated Prof Plaatjies and Dr Muthwa and wishes them all the best in their new responsibilities.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Prof Plaatjies appointed head of fiscal commission

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has appointed Professor Daniel Plaatjies as chairperson and Dr Sibongile Muthwa as deputy chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC).

President Jacob Zuma has, in terms of section 221(1) (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and section 8 of the Financial and Fiscal Commission Act, 1997, appointed Professor Daniel Plaatjies as chairperson and Dr Sibongile Muthwa as deputy chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission, said the Presidency on Monday.

The commission’s primary objective is to make recommendations to Parliament, the provincial legislatures, local government and other organs of State on financial and fiscal matters as envisaged in the Constitution and other national legislation.

Professor Plaatjies has served in various senior positions in the national and provincial governments. He is currently a part-time commissioner of the FFC since September 2013.

The professor has also served as a Deputy Director General of Strategy and Business Development at the South African Social Security Agency and is a former Director: Public Finances at the National Treasury.

Professor Plaatjies is also a former Head and Director of the Wits School of Governance and is currently a visiting Professor at the University of Free State, School of Business Administration.

Dr Muthwa is the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Institutional Support at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She served as Director General of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government and in various positions at local institutions of higher learning.

She has been a part-time Commissioner of the FFC since July 2014.

Their institutional memory and expertise as well as their experience as serving members of the FFC will add enormous value to the Commission, said the Presidency.

The chairperson serves full time while the deputy chairperson position is part-time.

President Zuma congratulated Professor Plaatjies and Dr Muthwa and wished them all the best in their new responsibilities.

Source: South African Government News Agency

AFRICAN UNION MEDIATES POTENTIAL ELECTORAL DISPUTES IN DR CONGO, GABON

ADDIS ABABA,The African Union (AU) is mediating to resolve potential electoral disputes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and Gabon.

Speaking on Saturday at a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing 29th AU Summit being held from June 27 to July 4 in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, Minata Samate Cessouma, commissioner for Political Affairs at the AU, said resolving electoral disputes is at the heart of ensuring welfare of the continent’s youth.

DR Congo is facing a protracted political and military crisis mainly triggered by delay of presidential elections slated first to have been held in 2016 to replace outgoing president Joseph Kabila.

Meanwhile, parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in Gabon on July 29, with opponents to the current president Ali Bongo accusing his government of planning to rig the election.

“Electoral disputes which lead to violence create refugees with youth, children and women being the main victims,” said Cessouma.

Khabele Matlosa, Director of Department of Political Affairs at the AU, said that state bodies trusted with holding elections need to effectively work if violence is to be avoided.

In 2017, 18 elections are expected to be held in Africa, in particular like the DR Congo’s presidential elections to be keenly watched on whether the continent can move out of electoral violence.

With more than 60 percent of Africa’s 1 billion plus population being youth, both officials called for an inclusive political process in African countries or risk youth being used as electoral violence tools.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK