Daily Archives: July 12, 2017

Home sweet home for Tigane residents

Pretoria � It’s a dream come true for 71-year-old Jacob Motsoane who has been waiting for more than 20 years to become a home owner.

I am over the moon as I have been waiting for a house to call my own for more than 20 years but today, the house is in my name. I have long been waiting for this moment since we were the first to receive houses. Today my grandchildren have a place that they can call their own,” said an ecstatic Motsoane.

Motsoane was among the over 1 680 residents of Tigane and Alabama near Klerksdorp in Matlosana Local Municipality, who were recently handed title deeds by the North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements.

Handing over the title deeds, MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe, said the department is working around the clock to ensure housing, security and comfort for all housing beneficiaries, by issuing out title deeds.

Our intention as the provincial government is to prioritise giving housing to the elderly, indigent and child-headed households.

We can only restore the dignity of our people by providing them with decent houses that have proper sanitation, electricity and clean running water, Gaolaolwe said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Stratos Efthymiou’s response to a journalist’s question regarding a statement made today by the spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Stratos Efthymiou, in response to a journalist’s question regarding a statement made today by the spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, stated the following:

“Turkey continues to mock the international community, issuing statements that prove that its audacity knows no bounds. In fact, it has reached the point of dubbing the intransigence it exhibited in Crans-Montana “constructive spirit”.

The new cynical admission of the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mr. Cavusoglu, in the context of statements he made yesterday in CAte d’Ivoire � that it wasn’t possible, at the Geneva Conference, for Turkey to accept a “foolish proposal” that provided for the abolition of the “right” to unilateral intervention, abolition of the guarantees, and withdrawal of the Turkish occupation troops from Cyprus on a timeframe � is the greatest proof of Turkey’s clear responsibility for the impasse at the Conference on Cyprus and the collapse of the talks.”

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic

SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY WARNS THAT ANC MAY BE DEFEATED IN T 2019 ELECTIONS

JOHANNESBURG, The South African Communist Party (SACP), a partner of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the Tripartite Alliance, along with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has warned the that the ANC may face defeat in the 2019 national elections if strong action isn’t taken against corruption.

This was stated here by SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande, who is also the Minister of Higher Education and Training and a member of the ANC National Working Committee, at the start of the week-long SACP Congress currently underway in Boksburg, near here.

The SACP leadership had earlier announced that it had banned President Jacob Zuma, who is the ANC president, from addressing the congress. Instead, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, will address them on Wednesday.

The dire state of the country’s economy and alleged influence of the controversial Gupta family over leaders of State institutions are major issues being discussed at the SACP’s 14th national congress.

The congress entered its second day Tuesday with strong calls for an immediate end to State looting and corruption.

SACP national chairperson Senzeni Zokwana fired the first salvo as he lashed out at the ANC-led government.

We meet at the time when the President of the ANC has been advised to step down. Our main enemy … is corruption, factions, and leadership who did not listen to the structures.

Zokwana also launched a scathing attack on the Gupta family accusing it of unethical conduct.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Province ANC deputy chairperson David Makhura warned of declining confidence in the Tripartite Alliance.

We are losing moral authority as a result of being tolerant of crooks within our ranks. The SACP must be prepared to endure insults, intimidation, and threats because those who want corruption to thrive are going to fight back hard.

Nzimande used his speech to express regret at the role the SACP and he himself had played during the bruising pre-Polokwane national conference in 2007 which led to the recall of former South African President Thabo Mbeki as head of state in 2008 and triggered the formation of a breakaway party, the Congress of the People (COPE).

Nzimande says they feel betrayed by their support for President Jacob Zuma’s faction at that time. We want to say as the SACP we feel betrayed in the understanding that we had in Polokwane. Our trust has been broken and we must learn lessons. We can’t just freely give trust which when broken things go haywire. That’s how I feel.

Nzimande maintains that the collapse of key State institutions and the alleged capture of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are negatively affecting the ANC’s electoral support base.

Much of this popular decline is related to daily revelations of embarrassing scandals involving highly-placed ANC politicians entangled with the notorious Gupta empire, including the President’s own family unfortunately.

The SACP leader believes that the proceeds of alleged State capture have been used to fuel factions within the ANC-led alliance. “What State capture is also doing is corrupting our organizations because there is mutual dependence between these parasites and factions in our movement who want to capture our organizations so that they can accumulate money to drive factions within our movement.

Amongst those who attended the SACP national congress were former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and ANC stalwarts Sydney Mafumadi and Mavuso Msimang.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Deputy Foreign Minister I. Amanatidis has courtesy meeting with the new Finnish Ambassador to Athens, Juha Markus PyykkAl

Deputy Foreign Minister Ioannis Amanatidis had a courtesy meeting at the Foreign Ministry today, Wednesday, 12 July, with the new Finnish Ambassador to Athens, Juha Markus PyykkAl.

During the meeting, which took place in a friendly and constructive atmosphere, Deputy Minister Amanatidis and Ambassador PyykkAl agreed on the need to take initiatives for further enhancing and deepening bilateral cooperation in the sectors of educational/cultural diplomacy, which is in Mr. Amanatidis’ portfolio.

Mr. Amanatidis also highlighted to his interlocutor our country’s interest in participating, as an observer, in the Arctic Council, which Finland is chairing from 2017 to 2019.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic

SOUTH AFRICAN UNION STAGES PROTEST OUTSIDE ZAMBIAN EMBASSY IN PRETORIA

PRETORIA, The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have staged a protest outside the Zambian High Commission (Embassy) in Pretoria demanding urgent steps to foster democracy and respect for human rights and press freedom in that country.

Zambia is a country which was once a safe haven for South Africans fleeing oppression under apartheid. Numsa will not be silenced while that country degenerates into a dictatorial state. To be frank, it is our view today that the (President Edgar) Lungu government in Zambia is no different from what the apartheid government used to do in South Africa, Numsa President Andrew Chirwa said during Tuesday’s picket.

We have observed that since the elections of 2016, Zambia has deteriorated into an authoritarian regime. It is common knowledge that the elections in that country were not free and fair. Since Mr President (Edgar Lungu) contentiously assumed power, there has been a steady increase in brutality and tyranny, and an erosion of democratic freedom in that country, Chirwa said.

He said current day Zambia was effectively a dictatorship.

The world must not wait until mass murders take place to arrest the fast deteriorating situation in Zambia. The time to act is now. It is in the best interest of all Zambians, and the people of Africa that the current situation in Zambia is arrested and measures to restore democracy are taken urgently, said Chirwa.

Among other demands, Chirwa said Numsa wanted an end to violence and brutality being meted against Lungu’s opponents in Zambia.

We demand that the fake state of emergency which Mr Lungu called for, be immediately rescinded. We see this as an apartheid tactic to silence dissent and arrest opponents in that country. We demand the withdrawal of the trumped-up treason charges against the UPND (United Party for National Development) leader, Hakainde Hichilema. and for him and all other political prisoners to be released with immediate effect. This man has been arrested for months now, being charged with treason, for what is actually just a traffic offence, said Chirwa.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK