Daily Archives: September 27, 2017

Statistician-General Dr Pali Lehohla releases Victims of Crime Survey, 2016/2017, 28 Sept

Statistician-General to release victims of crime survey, recorded live births and formal employment statistics

The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will on Thursday, 28 September 2017 release the findings of the Victims of Crime Survey, 2016/2017 as well as the Quarterly Employment Statistics, June 2017 and Recorded Live Births, 2016 reports at a media briefing to be held at Stats SA’s head office in Pretoria.

Source: Government of South Africa

C.A.R. Must Combat Impunity to Achieve Peace, President Says

GENEVA In a speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the president of Central African Republic told the 47-member body the road to peace for his embattled country lies in combating impunity and making people accountable for their crimes.

CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera says those who have caused the deaths of more than 4,000 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands since conflict erupted in 2013 must be punished. Fighting started when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the capital, Bangui. Anti-Balaka militias, mostly Christians, fought back.

The grave human rights situation in the country has weakened the authority of the state and the independence of the judiciary, he says, which has paved the way for people to carry out their own justice.

“This situation is unacceptable and it cannot go on,” Touadera said.

Zero tolerance of impunity is the way toward lasting peace, he says, adding that there is no contradiction between peace and justice. Instead, he says, they are complementary.

The president says the impunity, which has existed in CAR for decades, has led to new crimes. Now, he stresses, the government has an obligation to make sure those who have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity be held to account, and the victims of those crimes receive justice and recompense for their suffering.

Source: Voice of America

MEC Gwen Ramokgopa engages with facility management and patients at Bheki Mlangeni Hospital, 28 Sept

Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa will on Wednesday, visit Bheki Mlangeni Hospital to engage with facility management and patients alike. The MEC will also announce plans that are aimed at resolving challenges faced by the hospital.

Source: Government of South Africa

ACCRA TO HOST FIRST AFRICAN AIR SHOW IN OCTOBER

ACCRA, The first ever African Air Show will be hosted by Ghana from Oct 24 to 26 at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport under the auspices of the Ministry of Aviation.

The expo, which is being organized in collaboration with the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), is the first of its kind in West Africa and is expected to establish Ghana as an aviation hub in the sub-region.

Aviation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah told a media briefing here Tuesday that it was important and in line with the Ministry’s vision to establish Ghana as an aviation hub and to organize events like the air show, which will showcase the opportunities available in the sector, both in Ghana and Africa.

The air show will comprise two components — the exhibition and a conference — and is expected to attract about 100 exhibitors, who have already registered, and an estimated 3,000 participants.

The exhibitors include government departments, airport companies, airlines, flight school academies, ground handling services, military and defence institutions, security agencies, cargo handling services, and representatives of aircraft manufacturers, among others.

The main aim of the exhibition and Conference is to actively engage major players within the African and global aviation space, with the view of positioning the African aviation industry at the forefront of regional and global interest, Dapaah stated.

It is also expected to provide a forum for stakeholders to interact with prospective investors in the development of Ghana’s and Africa’s aviation infrastructure and services and bring stakeholders up to speed with the dynamics of the industry by sharing experiences.

Dapaah said President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo is the patron for the event and that organization of of the air show is being done in partnership with 4M Events of Abu Dhabi, the organizers of the Paris Air Show.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Klipspruit: Teachers agree to return to work

The Gauteng Education Department says it has reached an agreement with the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) leadership that all educators from Klipspruit-Wes Secondary School will return to their posts.

The department on Tuesday said this also includes those who were participating in a sympathetic withdrawal from about 30 schools in Eldorado Park.

Sadtu expressed its satisfaction on interventions implemented by the department to restore functionality at Klipspruit-Wes Secondary School, said the department.

The department has also put intervention measures in place to ensure safety at the school.

Security personnel have been deployed to the school for access control. No one will be allowed onto the school premises if they don’t have business at the school.

The department said community members will under no circumstance be allowed to prevent educators from accessing the school. Allegations of racism will be investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission soon.

Community protests were sparked after a black principal was appointed at the school. The department has now appointed an acting principal. A task team of three officials from Head Office will also assist the acting principal with school governance, curriculum and support on management issues.

According to the department, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has assured visibility at the school.

Education MEC Panyanza Lesufi said he is hopeful that the intervention will yield positive results and the department will continue to monitor the situation.

“We are happy that there is progress in our efforts to bring back normality at the said school.”

The task team has a responsibility to report on progress made at the school.

Source: South African Government News Agency