Daily Archives: July 4, 2017

PRESIDENT APPOINTS NEW CHAIR FOR SOUTH AFRICAN FINANCIAL AND FISCAL COMMISSION

PRETORIA, President Jacob Zuma has appointed Professor Daniel Plaatjies as chairperson and Dr Sibongile Muthwa as deputy chairperson of South Africa’s Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC), whose role is to make recommendations on the equitable distribution of the nation’s revenues to the national, provincial and local governments.

The Presidency said in a statement here Monday that Prof Plaatjies had served in various senior positions in the national and provincial governments and 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 for Public Finances at the National Treasury.

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

Dr Muthwa is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Support at 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 statement.

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

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

PRESIDENT APPOINTS NEW CHAIR FOR SOUTH AFRICAN FINANCIAL AND FISCAL COMMISSION

PRETORIA, President Jacob Zuma has appointed Professor Daniel Plaatjies as chairperson and Dr Sibongile Muthwa as deputy chairperson of South Africa’s Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC), whose role is to make recommendations on the equitable distribution of the nation’s revenues to the national, provincial and local governments.

The Presidency said in a statement here Monday that Prof Plaatjies had served in various senior positions in the national and provincial governments and 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 for Public Finances at the National Treasury.

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

Dr Muthwa is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Support at 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 statement.

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

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

BOARD OF PRASA ACKNOWLEDGES COURT RULING DECLARING ITS LOCOMOTIVES CONTRACT ILLEGAL

JOHANNESBURG, The Board of Directors of the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) of South Africa has acknowledged that Monday’s court ruling on its controversial tender for locomotives effectively renders the contract illegal.

The High Court in Johannesburg set aside the contract worth billions of rand awarded to Swifambo Rail Leasing by Prasa in 2013. Prasa had asked the court to review and cancel the contract after adverse findings by both the Auditor-General and the Public Protector (Ombudman).

The rail agency also wanted Swifambo to take back the trains, which were found to be too tall for the local railway system.

Prasa board member William Steenkamp said Monday: Whatever we had applied to in our affidavit, the court has given to us. So it was definitely in our favour. The contract is illegal. So you can’t legitimise it.

“Therefore they’ll (Swifambo) have to come and fetch their goods, and we’ll have to get our money back. That’s what it comes down to, so there’s no way you are continuing with the contract in light of the court ruling.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Cape Town warned to reduce water consumption

Pretoria – The City of Cape Town has called on all water users to reduce their consumption immediately in line with the new Level 4b water restrictions that have been implemented.

The call comes as the latest water usage figures show unacceptably high consumption at 634 million litres of collective water use per day.

Dam levels remain critically low and we must build up our reserves while we still have water. Dam storage levels are at 25.3% but usable water is only approximately 15.3%, which is very low for this time of the year and especially considering that a harsh summer has been predicted for 2018, said the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille.

She urged water users to note that the city’s dam storage levels have only increased by 0.8% this week.

The city requires all water users to use less than 87 litres of water per person per day in total, irrespective of whether you are at home, work or elsewhere. Level 4b restrictions, which came into effect on 1 July 2017, will be used to drive down water usage to 500 million litres of collective water usage per day, Mayor De Lille said.

She thanked all water ambassadors and encouraged them to think of more creative ways to reduce usage even further.

As for the bad apples who are clearly putting their own needs before the needs of our city, we will be engaging with you and clamping down on unjustifiably high water use.

This is part of the city’s ongoing proactive drought management interventions, along with increasing its large scale pressure reduction programmes across Cape Town to force down consumption. Other emergency interventions are underway, said the Mayor.

For information on how to adhere to the less than 87-litre usage requirement, residents should visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.

Residents can also contact the city via email at water@capetown.gov.za for queries or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the city’s enforcement efforts), or they can send a SMS to 31373.

The city also assured residents that the water supplied remains safe to drink and is tested in accordance with the most rigorous safety standards.

Source: South African Government News Agency

President Zuma signs an SIU Proclamation to investigate the Department of Rural Development and Land Reforms

President Jacob Zuma has, in terms of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996, (Act No. 74 of 1996), signed a Proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate certain matters relating to the affairs of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (the Department).

The Proclamation authorises the SIU to investigate, amongst others, the following allegations:

(a) The acquisition by the Department of certain farms and the identification, selection and appointment of the strategic partners and beneficiaries for such farms in a manner that was not fair, transparent, equitable and contrary to applicable legislation.

(b) Misappropriation of recapitalisation funds in terms of the Department’s Recapitalisation and Development Programme in relation to the allegations mentioned above.

(c) Any improper or unlawful conduct by the officials of the Department or any other person or entity in relation the allegations mentioned above.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa