Daily Archives: August 3, 2017

President Zuma to visit Zambia

President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday, 05 August 2017, undertake a working visit to Lusaka, Zambia where he will officially open the 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show as a Guest of Honour, at the invitation of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu of Zambia.

This show is organised under the theme The Promotion of Green Economy.

South Africa and Zambia have good bilateral political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back from the years of the liberation struggle.

The two countries have signed twenty one Agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over the past years. A Memorandum of Understanding concerning cooperation in the field of agriculture, which enables the two countries to share agricultural development experiences, capacity building and skills development programmes amongst other areas of cooperation is amongst the MoU’s signed.

President Jacob Zuma will be accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Minister Angie Motshekga visits injured MPs in hospital

The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga will, tomorrow (Friday) visit injured members of Parliament’s Basic Education Portfolio Committee in hospital.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Mrs Nomalungelo Gina and MP, Mrs Cynthia Majeke are still in hospital in a serious condition after Wednesday’s fatal crash that took the life of MP Timothy Khoza. MP, Ian Ollis has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.

The Minister will visit MP Majeke at Paarl Medi-Clinic in Paarl at approximately 11h00 after which she will visit MP Gina back in Cape Town at the Netcare UCT Private Academic Hospital at approximately 13h30.

Media will not be allowed into the wards of these hospitals as both MP’s are still currently in the Intensive Care Units (ICU), however the Minister will be able to speak to media at the Netcare UCT Private Academic Hospital after her visit.

Source: Government of South Africa

Attack on South Sudan Bus Convoy Kills 6

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Police say the death toll from Wednesday’s attack on two buses traveling to Juba from the border town of Nimule has risen. Daniel Justin Achuor, spokesperson for the South Sudan National Police Service, said Thursday 10 people were wounded and nine people were killed.

Two of them are soldiers and seven are civilians. All those who were wounded are taken to Nimule [civil hospital] and now the situation is calm, Achuor told South Sudan in Focus.

Achuor said commercial buses from Juba traveled to Nimule Thursday without incident.

The Juba-Nimule road is a major lifeline linking the South Sudanese capital with the East Africa region, via Uganda. The road carries most goods that South Sudanese traders import from Uganda.

Wednesday’s incident was the fifth deadly attack this year along the 200-kilometer stretch of road between Nimule, on the banks of the Nile River, and Juba.

Ambush attack

The SPLA spokesman, Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang, said one of the buses was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, and that the attackers also had heavy weapons. He blamed rebels loyal to First Vice President Riek Machar for the raid, but a spokesman for Machar’s SPLA-In Opposition group denied any involvement.

The attackers were repulsed, Koang said. He indicated government forces inflicted an equal number of casualties on the raiders who opened fire on the buses, but details were unclear.

A passenger aboard one of the two buses heading for Juba said a very serious ambush broke out after the convoy passed Moli town in Eastern Equatoria province, less than halfway along the route to Juba.

The passenger said he saw three people who had been shot to death, one woman and two men, before the buses turned around and headed back to Moli. Several people with gunshot wounds were taken for treatment to Nimule.

Each side blames the other

Koang told VOA he was convinced that rebels loyal to Machar were responsible for the attack. However, the deputy military spokesman for Machar’s SPLA-IO, Colonel Lam Paul Gabriel, was equally certain that his fighters were not involved.

We do not know exactly who is responsible for that, but we have sent an MI [military intelligence] team in search for the culprit, Gabriel told South Sudan in Focus. We are advising our civilians to be careful while traveling on this road.

He said SPLA-IO forces had received strict orders from Machar, making it very clear that civilian vehicles should not be attacked.

Before Wednesday’s ambush, the most recent attack on the Nimule-Juba road was in June, when 10 people including two senior army officers were killed in a raid on another convoy. That assault was believed to have been carried out by Machar loyalists.

South Sudan has been mired in civil war since the young nation’s first president, Salva Kiir, dismissed his deputy Riek Machar four years ago. After a peace accord was signed in April 2016 and backed by the United States and other Western nations, Machar returned to the capital to share power with Kiir, but the deal fell apart less than three months later, and Machar and his supporters left Juba.

Nearly 2 million residents have fled South Sudan since 2013, in Africa’s largest cross-border flood of refugees since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The exodus from South Sudan has become one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, according to aid groups.

Source: Voice of America

Environmental Affairs invites comments on draft regulations declaring Bettys Bay, Robberg and Goukamma marine protected areas

Draft regulations declaring Bettys Bay, Robberg and Goukamma marine protected areas

On 21 July 2017 in Government Gazette 40996, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, published for public comment draft Notices and Regulations for the expansion and re-zonation of the Betty’s Bay, the Robberg and Goukamma Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

In its efforts to protect marine biodiversity and contribute to national targets as recommended by the National Protected Area Expansion Strategy (NPAES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Department of Environmental Affairs has progressed with expansion and revision of regulations for three (3) existing MPAs managed by CapeNature (Bettys Bay, Robberg and Goukamma MPAs). The proposed expansion and re-zonation has been an ongoing process which was first initiated in 2012 and is supported by the Agulhas Bioregional Plan as a priority to meet national targets to protect intertidal habitats and to assist in linefish conservation.

Currently, Betty’s Bay MPA has no defined zones such as restricted or controlled zones in terms of the NEMPAA and is managed as a controlled zone in that certain activities are allowed, whilst others are prohibited. Thus, shore-angling is allowed between Stony Point and to the east of Jock-se-baai, extending two nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark. The draft gazette proposes that the MPA is zoned as a single restricted zone where fishing is completely prohibited.

In order for Betty’s Bay MPA to reach a state of ideal ecological functioning, all aspects of the ecosystem need to be protected. The MPA is intended to provide protection for the highly threatened abalone, their habitat and West Coast rock lobster (WCRL) but currently offers little protection to the line fish species found in the area. In order for the MPA to function effectively, the line fish species also needs to benefit from the protection.

Goukamma MPA is a popular shore-based fishing destination and angler effort is high. Goukamma MPA is host to a diverse fish fauna and boasts numerous resident reef fish. There has been substantial investigation on the residency of reef associated species and one of the most important of these is the Roman species. The stock of Roman has been in decline for many years and is now considered to be collapsed. The Gazette therefore proposes two restricted zones and one controlled zone where only fishing from the shore is allowed.

Robberg MPA is currently a no-take area for ski-boat angling and spearfishing but shore-based angling is allowed. It is suggested that the southern margin of the MPA be re-zoned as a no-take area where no consumptive resource use may take place. Thus there will be two types of zones in the MPA, a restricted zone where no fishing may occur, and three controlled zones where recreational shore-angling can take place. This approach will enhance the fisheries and conservation benefits of the MPA, especially considering the evidence of depletion of linefish stocks in the MPA and in the Plettenberg Bay area generally.

Thus, the Department aims to improve the holistic protection of marine biodiversity in these MPAs. Any person who wishes to submit representations or comments in connection with the proposed declaration is invited to do so within 60 days from date of publication in the Government Gazette 40996 and by no later than 16h00 on the 19th of September 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

National Youth Development Agency sends condolences on the passing of Dumi Masilela

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) expresses shock and dismay at the passing of former soccer player, singer and actor for Rhythm City, Dumi Masilela.

According to NYDA Executive Chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni The passing of Dumi Masilela has shocked all of us, as we were excited after receiving his confirmation to be part of our inaugural youth in the arts dialogue. We were looking forward to fruitful engagements with him.

The NYDA today hosted a dialogue with youth in the arts as part of its Board’s Programme of Action (POA). This dialogue aimed at understanding the opportunities and challenges faced by youth within the arts, culture and heritage sector.

We are shattered to lose such talent at the face of criminals who continue to rob society of its future. Performing arts continue to play a meaningful role and we must appreciate its positive influence in society. We send our sincere condolences to his wife, Simphiwe Ngema, family, friends and fans added Mtsweni

Source: Government of South Africa