Daily Archives: July 5, 2017

Minister Muthambi to meet Ratlou community

Pretoria � Residents of Setlagole in Ratlou Local Municipality in the North West will get an opportunity to interact with Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi on Friday.

The visit is geared at empowering communities through building strong social partnerships between government and citizens.

Minister Muthambi will use the imbizo to officially mark her department’s countdown to this year’s Mandela Day.

As envisioned in the National Development Plan (NDP), an informed and active citizenry is critical towards totally eradicating the triple challenge of inequality, unemployment and poverty by 2030.

We realised that there is no better way of keeping the legacy of our late President, Nelson Mandela, than to engage in dialogue of empowerment with residents of Setlagole and the surrounding areas, with the view of improving service delivery in their area.

The izimbizo approach promotes participatory democracy, where people can voice their concerns, opinions and suggestions to their representatives, which they elected into office. Through this community imbizo, we are hoping to solicit inputs on how to enhance service delivery at the coalface of the public service, said Minister Muthambi.

Minister Muthambi said izimbizo are one way government shows its dedication to bettering the lives of South Africans.

July is a significant month in South Africa. On July 18, South Africa and the world at large celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day. Everyone is encouraged to do something for the good of humanity.

In 2009, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former President Mandela’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

Mandela Day is an annual international day of humanitarian action in celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It serves as a catalyst for everyone around the world to realise that they have the ability to change it through action.

Mandela Day is particularly geared towards people doing work in their communities. It is not necessarily event driven, and it shouldn’t just be a one-day event or holiday.

Nelson Mandela spent 67 years of his life actively devoted to promoting and bringing about social change. On Mandela Day, people are asked to symbolically give at least 67 minutes of their time in service to their communities in whichever way they choose.

Source: South African Government News Agency

MEC Galaletsang Gaolaolwe hands over houses at Greater Taung local municipality, 6 Jul

MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements in Bokone Bophirima, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe will on Thursday, 06 July 2017 (10 am), officially handover houses in villages of Greater Taung local municipality. These areas are: Longageng, Mocweding, Mokasa 2 and Lokgabeng villages.

Later in the day, MEC Gaolaolwe will hand title deeds in Naledi local municipality and in

Matlosana local municipality on Friday, 07 July.

Source: Government of South Africa

Half of all countries aware but lacking national plan on cybersecurity, UN agency reports

Only about half of all countries have a cybersecurity strategy or are in the process of developing one, the United Nations telecommunications agency today reported, urging more countries to consider national policies to protect against cybercrime.

Releasing its second Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said about 38 per cent of countries have a published cybersecurity strategy and an additional 12 per cent of governments are in the process of developing one.

The agency said more effort is needed in this critical area, particularly since it conveys that governments consider digital risks high priority.

Cybersecurity is an ecosystem where laws, organizations, skills, cooperation and technical implementation need to be in harmony to be most effective, stated the report, adding that cybersecurity is becoming more and more relevant in the minds of countries’ decision makers.

The top 10 most committed countries include three from Asia and the Pacific, two each from Europe and the Americas, and one from Africa, the Arab States, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

They are, in order: Singapore, United States, Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia, France and Canada. Russia ranked 11th.

In addition to showing the overall cybersecurity commitment of ITU’s 193 member States, the Index also shows the improvement and strengthening of the five pillars of the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda: legal, technical, organizational, capacity building and international cooperation.

The threat is particularly worrying as in 2016, according to ITU, nearly one per cent of all emails sent were essentially malicious attacks, the highest rate in recent years.

Last month, a cyberattack crippled tens of thousands of machines around the world. It is unclear who was behind the attack.

While the impact generated by cyberattacks, such as those carried out as recently as 27 June 2017, may not be eliminated completely, prevention and mitigation measures to reduce the risks posed by cyber-related threats can and should always be put in place, said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

The findings show that there is space for further improvement in cooperation at all levels, according to the report, which advocates for encouraging governments to consider national policies that take into account cybersecurity and encourage private citizens to make smart decisions online.

Source: UN News Centre

Suicide Bombings Climb in Northern Cameroon

Suicide bombings continue to climb in northern Cameroon with deadly attacks in the communities of Fomeka, Mora and Kerawa near Cameroon’s border with Nigeria reported since Saturday.

Cameroonian military officials and the governor of the Far North region tell VOA the attacks killed at least 20 people, including nine suicide bombers.

Mabuwah Isaac, who heads the self-defense group in the village of Kerawa, told VOA at least 100 residents have fled since the attack there on Saturday.

He said members of his group managed to overpower one attacker disguised as a pregnant woman as she struggled to detonate her explosives. But two other female bombers blew themselves up, killing four people.

The failed bomber, a 17-year old, was handed to the military.

Suicide attacks have resurged in northern Cameroon since late May. The resurgence coincided with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which has ended; however, military officials also believe the incidents are linked to military operations across the border in northeast Nigeria.

Nigerian General Lucky Leo Irabor took command of the 7,000-strong multinational joint task force in May. Since then, he says they have organized ongoing raids on remaining Boko Haram strongholds as part of a plan to quickly eradicate terrorism.

“My priority is to build on the successes, ensuring that the partnership that has existed is increased to a higher level,” Irabor said. “And of course, as the threat is dynamic, for us to find newer ways of addressing those dynamic challenges.”

The commander of the Cameroonian troops fighting in the regional force, General Bouba Dobekreo, said suicide bombers have escaped the raids and entered Cameroon disguised as refugees or internally displaced persons.

He said authorities must do everything possible with Nigeria to stop the massive influx of refugees into Cameroon.

Dobekreo warned that while his forces have recovered equipment from the militants and destroyed ammunition and vehicles, the suicide attacks will continue. He added that officials are also concerned more female suicide bombers remain at large.

The Cameroon government says it has deployed more troops to the border area and given more communications equipment to local self-defense groups so they can report suspicious activity.

The Boko Haram conflict has displaced about 200,000 people in northern Cameroon and sent another 75,000 Nigerian refugees across the border into Cameroon. Nearly three-quarters of the displaced are women and children.

Source: Voice of America


PRETORIA, President Jacob Zuma will lead the South African level delegation to attend the Leaders’ Summit of the Group of 20 (G20) leading developed and developing economies to be held in Hamburg, Germany on Friday and Saturday.

The delegation will include International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi, according toa statement issued by the Presidency here Tuesday.

South Africa is one of the 19 member countries plus the European Union (EU) which make up the G20. They have been meeting regularly since 1999 to discuss global economic policy coordination.

South Africa’s primary aim in the G20 is to provide strategic foresight in establishing an economic and international policy platform that will drive and negotiate the best possible outcomes for South Africa, Africa and the developing world.

President Zuma said that given the current global dynamics on trade and climate change, the upcoming G20 Summit presents an opportunity for decisive leadership.

In this regard, South Africa supports calls for the G20 to show international leadership particularly, in the area of climate change and trade, in helping to achieve progress in multilateral institutions, on the understanding that the G20 is not a substitute for the UN system, but should support and add value to what is being done within the UN context, the President said.

South Africa’s participation in the G20 is guided by its national interest and the primacy of the African Agenda. As the only African member of the G20, South Africa utilises its participation to raise issues of concern to Africa with other G20 members.

South Africa therefore seeks to use its participation in the G20 to promote and strengthen the interests of Africa and the South on the understanding that if managed carefully, the G20 does present meaningful opportunities for advancing much needed global governance reforms and orienting the international development agenda, said President Zuma.

The summit will be held under the theme “Shaping an Inter-connected World” with the sub-themes of “Building Resilience”, “Improving Sustainability” and “Assuming Responsibility”.