Daily Archives: September 5, 2017

Mpumalanga Treasury on implementation of transversal term contracts

Provincial Treasuries share best experiences on term contracts

If you want to start a successful journey you must first ask those who have travelled it to avoid the challenges that they went through, said MEC Sikhumbuzo Kholwane.

Addressing a two day meeting of Treasury officials from Mpumalanga and Free State Province on Monday, 4 September 2017, MEC Kholwane emphasised the importance of learning from each other’s experience to expedite the implementation of the procurement reforms in the public sector.

Our Province is preparing to implement transversal term contracts as part of the procurement reforms. It is important, as we undertake this important policy assignment, to arm ourselves with the necessary knowledge and experience to perfect the implementation process of transversal contracts, said MEC Kholwane.

He said the Provincial Treasury took a decision to stop-over in the Free State because it is one of the Provinces that started implementing the term contracts a few years ago.

We have noted that Free State Province has walked this path before us. We are here to learn how you have done it, which items did you start with, the challenges that you went through, and importantly to exchange ideas on how best to respond to the dynamics of implementation of the current transversal term contracts in the country, said MEC Kholwane.

Both the Members of Executive Council for Finance in Mpumalanga and Free State agree that the transversal term contracts must respond to the socio-economic development agenda in their Provinces.

We share the same sentiment that transversal term contracts must respond to the provinces’ dynamics and the decision on the localisation of procurement opportunities, said Free State MEC Elzabe Rockman.

The Head Official of Provincial Treasury, Ms Bede Nkamba committed to ensure that the lessons learnt are incorporated in the current processes to speed up the implementation of the term contracts in the Province.

In his policy and budget speech earlier this year, MEC Kholwane said the transversal term contracts will improve efficiency, secure value for money, and ensure that the province benefits from economies of scale.

The Provincial Treasury has so far concluded the analysis of existing contracts on the identified commodities such as cleaning material, stationery, toiletries, furniture as well as events management to give effect to this policy injunction that Premier DD Mabuza announced in his State of the Province Address in March 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

CASH-STRAPPED SOUTH AFRICAN CONSUMERS FACE PETROL PRICE INCREASE EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY

PRETORIA, Sept 5 (NNN-SA NEWS) — Cash-strapped South African consumers will have to dig even deeper into their pockets from Wednesday when the petrol price in the country is set to rise by 67 cents a litre.

The Department of Energy announced here Monday that both grades of 93 and 95 petrol (ULP and LRP) will increase by 67 cents per litre. This means that consumers, who in August paid 13.05 Rand (one US dollar = 12.96 Rand) for a litre of 95, will now pay 13.72 Rand for a litre in Gauteng Province, while those in coastal provinces will pay 13.23 Rand a litre.

Meanwhile, both grades of diesel will increase by 44 cents a litre, while the price of illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will go up by 49 cents a litre. The cost of illuminating paraffin (SMNRP) will increase by 65 cents, while the maximum retail price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will go up by 86 cents.

The department said the average international product prices of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin increased during the period under review. The main contributing factors were the increase in crude oil prices and the weaker rand [as well as] massive floods caused by the storm, which forced several refineries to close along the US Gulf Coast, it added.

In addition, Hurricane Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, caused large-scale flooding and forced the closure of Houston port and several refineries. These resulted in a supply shortage in the market, which led to higher prices of petroleum products, said the Department.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Remarks by President Jacob Zuma during the Dialogue of the Emerging Markets and Developing Countries on the Margins of the 9th BRICS Summit

Your Excellencies, the BRICS Leaders

Your Excellencies, Leaders of Egypt, Guinea, Mexico, Tajikistan, and Thailand,

Distinguished delegates,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank President Xi Jinping for bringing together a new configuration of like-minded partners from amongst the group of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries (EMDCs) with whom the BRICS nations share common aspirations and challenges.

As the unfolding multi-polar world order takes shape, formations such as BRICS are indicative of the shared resolve to assume ownership of our development paths.

Such formations are intended as a conduit for addressing the needs of all global citizens.

Addressing common development challenges is integral to building a better future for all humankind, as evidenced by the collaboration that exists between the BRICS nations and their various international partners.

Our joint efforts were further manifested in the successful adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has the potential to eradicate poverty.

Revitalising the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development can only be fully achieved if supported by the concrete policies and actions outlined in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, also adopted in 2015; and which is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda.

The Means of Implementation is fundamental to the success of countries meeting their developmental needs, and achieving the SDGs, yet it is the one area that has received neither the appropriate attention, nor the requisite priority.

Excellencies,

African countries are implementing the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 of the African Union in an integrated manner.

This is to ensure that we secure and utilise natural resources sustainably.

In the lead up to the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, we are confident that international solidarity will prevail and that countries will encourage and support each other in the implementation of their various contributions and obligations.

Excellencies, the world has witnessed a number of terror attacks in recent times.

South Africa strongly condemns these horrendous acts and believes that, in order to fight this scourge, it is imperative for the global community to unite as one and to intensify its collective efforts to counter the challenges that this poses to the international community at large.

It remains our conviction that, given terrorism’s global reach, international cooperation in countering this threat is critical. South Africa, therefore, fully supports the global campaign against terrorism within the framework of the United Nations.

Excellencies,

BRICS partners have established their first financial institutions to notably address their own needs.

The New Development Bank is supporting its founding members.

Hopefully soon, it will also support our partners through providing development financing for infrastructure and sustainable development projects.

The leadership of the African Union engaged the BRICS leadership at an early stage indicating its strong support for this project and the recent launch of the Africa Regional Centre is a most welcome signal of an intensifying partnership for development.

As the Global South, it remains our collective responsibility to increase our role in agenda setting and rule formulation in relevant fora, notably in the United Nations.

In its current state, the United Nations has been unable to curb unilateral actions by powerful nations. These practices risk the reversal of gains made by the collective and we must continue to address its inherent biases.

Excellencies,

This dialogue with our fellow partners from the group of EMDCs has certainly created an opportunity for us to work towards finding solutions for our common challenges.

It provides an opportunity as well to craft a paradigm for mutually beneficial South-South cooperation, to positively impact on the lives of our people, and to constantly strive for justice, equity and development.

Each of the countries present here today enjoys comparative and competitive advantages in specific fields.

Cross fertilisation, the exchange of ideas, joint projects and skills training can go a long way towards promoting economic development and social progress for all. South Africa will continue to explore these mutually beneficial cooperation ties with all our partners.

I thank you.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Comments sought on Mine Water Management Policy

Members of the public have until the end of September to make submissions or comments on the draft Mine Water Management Policy.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane approved the gazette (vol 625 – no 40987) for the Mine Water Management Policy in July 2017, and opened it to the public for comments.

The Department of Water and Sanitation said Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) and related mine water impacts have in the past decade evolved to become major environmental challenges, hence the need to have a policy to regulate and protect water resources.

This is in line with the National Water Act, 1998 (Act of 36 of 1998), which provides a framework for the protection, use, development, conservation, management and control of water resources for the country as a whole, the department said.

On Tuesday, the department’s Western Cape branch hosted a Mine Water Management Policy consultation in Cape Town.

The Western Cape, like other provinces engages in mining activities, which include the exploitation of sandstone and building sand.

Given the prevailing drought in the Western Cape, regulation of mine activities is crucial, the department said.

The documents for Mine Water Management Policy can be obtained through the gazette notice: Mine Water Management Policy vol-625-no-40987.

Source: South African Government News Agency

SA takes local flavour to the world

South African cuisine will tanatalise the taste buds of the world when local companies exhibit their products at the World Food Moscow 2017 Mockba in Russia.

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) will lead a group of 20 companies from the agro-processing industry to the exhibition that is scheduled to take place from 11 to 15 September.

The participation of South African companies in the popular exhibition has been made possible by the dti, through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme, with the aim of increasing exports of South African manufactured products to Russia.

The objective of the scheme is to develop export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said South Africa’s participation in the exhibition is to promote the country’s agro-processing industry in order to consolidate and establish market presence of South Africa in Russia.

He said this will also generate greater returns for the South African agro-processing and related industries at the show and within the Russian market, in alignment to the dti’s Market Diversification Strategy.

Minister Davies said South African exporters are in a position to take advantage of the imposition of European Union sanctions and Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) relations by developing or maintaining a presence in this primary market.

The popularity and reputation of the World Food Moscow trade fair have grown significantly over the last 20 years. The fair has grown to become a major meeting place for the food and drinks industry and a vibrant source of products for the Russian market. This provides an opportunity for increasing export sales from the South African agri-food industry, food retail, institutional and commercial catering, said Minister Davies.

One of the dti’s strategic goals is to grow the South African manufacturing sector to promote industrial development, job creation, investment and exports.

The exhibition is an annual event held in Moscow and it is an ideal platform for South Africa to showcase the country’s products to a significant number of wholesalers, distributors, retailers and restaurateurs.

Total trade between South Africa and Russia increased from R5 billion in 2012 to almost R8 billion in 2016. Major South African exports include fruits and nuts, manganese ores, beverages, spirits and vinegar, wine, electrical machinery and equipment.

Source: South African Government News Agency