Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

DoC donates to W Cape fire survivors

Entities that fall under the Department of Communications (DoC) will donate vouchers worth more than R50 000 to families in Kurland township, who survived the Western Cape fires.

Addressing community members in KwaNokuthula Community Hall in Bitou Municipality, Director in the Ministry of Communications, Peter Mofokeng, said this humble contribution is meant to help the families in their time of need.

It is an attempt to help them start [anew] in their lives. I will also be visiting some families who suffered this gruesome loss as part of our community work and relationship building in this area, Mofokeng said.

On Monday, the Department of Communications, together with its entities, visited KwaNokuthula, where they shared information about opportunities that exist for young people in the communication sector.

The entities included the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA).

The communications space has a lot of opportunities for career development and youth advancement in general.

We are working tirelessly to transform the sector, especially as it relates to patterns of ownership in media. It is imperative that in the process of dealing with media and diversity issues, we prioritize the skills development initiatives for the youth, Mofokeng said.

Opportunities for youth in broadcasting

ICASA Regional Manager Desmond Johns encouraged graduates to apply for opportunities to gain experience in the work place through its graduate programme.

The 24-month programme has a number of disciplines such as Human Resources, Marketing, Public Relations, Communication, Engineering as well Social Science and Humanities.

Johns said the programme provides an opportunity for newly qualified graduates as well as unemployed graduates to gain practical experience and theoretical training. The programme takes 15 candidates per annum.

MDDA board chairperson Phelisa Nkomo urged people who have an interest in the media industry to form cooperatives that can establish a community newspaper in Bitou.

Nkomo encouraged community members to understand how cooperatives work so that they access opportunities that are offered by her organisation, such as training in news writing and accessing funding.

Using internet responsibly

The Film and Publication board’s Dr Natalie Skeepers urged community members to avoid putting pictures of minors on social media, as there are paedophiles on the internet.

Skeepers warned the youth against taking naked pictures of themselves and sharing these.

Do not trust your boyfriend with rated pictures of yourself. If you are found with material with sexual content with minors, you can go to jail, she said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY IN TALKS TO CONTEST 2019 POLLS ON ITS OWN

JOHANNESBURG, The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it is still consulting its partners in the Tripartitate Alliance — the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) — about the possibility of launching an election campaign for the 2019 elections.

The SACP and Cosatu are reportedly in talks to launch their campaign without alliance leader, the ANC. It is the first time the partners are considering launching a campaign on their own as SACP and Cosatu members had contested previous elections on the ANC ticket.

The implementation of that decision is an on-going process through consultation. Those meetings with the ANC were postponed but last week we had the first meeting of the alliance which began to re-affirm the centrality and need of unity of the alliance and the necessity for us to meet as soon as possible,” says SACP Spokesperson Alkex Maxhilo.

“We are now setting up an agenda for the possibility of such a meeting. The notion doing it alone doesn’t necessarily mean us doing it on our own because we represent the working class, so it is a matter that we would discuss with working class formations in society, otherwise we would become an elitist party.”

Meanwhile, Cosatu President S’dumo Dlamini says the labour federation wants the next ANC leader, due to be elected this December, to be capable of uniting the Tripartite Alliance.

Cosatu and the SACP have both endorsed ANC and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s elective conference in December.

Speaking at the SACP’s launch of the Annual Red October Campaign in Johannesburg on Sunday, Dlamini said: When we sit down as the federation and analyse, scan the environment and identify a list of key principles and attach those that we think should lead us, we do it consciously, because we want a leadership that is capable of uniting the ANC and the Alliance as a whole.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY IN TALKS TO CONTEST 2019 POLLS ON ITS OWN

JOHANNESBURG, The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it is still consulting its partners in the Tripartitate Alliance — the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) — about the possibility of launching an election campaign for the 2019 elections.

The SACP and Cosatu are reportedly in talks to launch their campaign without alliance leader, the ANC. It is the first time the partners are considering launching a campaign on their own as SACP and Cosatu members had contested previous elections on the ANC ticket.

The implementation of that decision is an on-going process through consultation. Those meetings with the ANC were postponed but last week we had the first meeting of the alliance which began to re-affirm the centrality and need of unity of the alliance and the necessity for us to meet as soon as possible,” says SACP Spokesperson Alkex Maxhilo.

“We are now setting up an agenda for the possibility of such a meeting. The notion doing it alone doesn’t necessarily mean us doing it on our own because we represent the working class, so it is a matter that we would discuss with working class formations in society, otherwise we would become an elitist party.”

Meanwhile, Cosatu President S’dumo Dlamini says the labour federation wants the next ANC leader, due to be elected this December, to be capable of uniting the Tripartite Alliance.

Cosatu and the SACP have both endorsed ANC and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s elective conference in December.

Speaking at the SACP’s launch of the Annual Red October Campaign in Johannesburg on Sunday, Dlamini said: When we sit down as the federation and analyse, scan the environment and identify a list of key principles and attach those that we think should lead us, we do it consciously, because we want a leadership that is capable of uniting the ANC and the Alliance as a whole.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Trade and Industry on business delegation to Tunisia and Algeria

SA business delegation to Tunisia and Algeria excited about outcomes

The South African delegates who took part in the Trade and Investment Mission to Tunisia and Algeria have expressed gratification with the trade leads that they obtained during the week-long mission organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). The 22-member business delegation participated in business seminars, business-to-business meetings and site visits during the mission.

The owner and Executive Director of the Tshete QS & Engineering Consultants, Mr Rendani Makhomu says he is happy to have been part of the mission which was his first in North Africa. He says the mission afforded him the opportunity to learn and understand the business environment in both Tunisia and Algeria.

I had productive meetings with Tunisian and Algerian engineering companies during the mission, and as a result acquired leads that I will work on to have my services and offerings penetrate the market there, says Makhomu.

The Executive Director of the Built Environment Export Council (BEPEC), Mr Con Korsten says although BEPEC is an established entity, platforms like trade and investment missions are still relevant to the company and to the benefit of their members.

We had a very productive meeting with our Tunisian counterparts with possibilities of introducing our members’ services in their market. We also had successful meetings with Algerian construction companies in respect to exchanging of skills, technologies and possible cooperation in government construction tenders. The Algerian economy is going through a major transformation and as a result opens doors for South African construction companies to collaborate, says Korsten.

Reflecting on the trip, the Managing Director of Treated Timber Products, Mr Howard Holley says the mission was very successful from his company’s perspective.

We really had a very successful trip and are coming back home with serious trade leads that can see us exporting our products to Algeria and Tunisia soon. We specialise in the production of transmission, telephone, fencing and building poles. With our six treating plants strategically positioned near Durban and Maputo harbours, we are able to serve the local and export market with comparative ease. It is possible to penetrate the North African region via Algeria, says Holley.

For the Director of Mandalay Coatings, Mr Galliem Jacobs, the interest of a representative of an Algerian construction company in procuring coatings and similar products will turn his company’s fortunes around if he chooses to partner with him and result into a concrete deal.

He said that Algeria is in the process of building business and residential properties across the city and outer areas, and industrial coatings and architectural paints complying with highest international specifications and standards for different environments are what he wants. That is what we offer. This can be a win-win situation for both of us, says Jacobs.

The South African business delegation received financial support from the dti’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) to participate in the Trade and Investment Mission.

Source: Government of South Africa

RECOMMENDED DISMISSAL OF MS ZELDA HOLTZMAN FOLLOWING DISCIPLINARY INQUIRY

The Chairperson of the disciplinary inquiry into the matter between Ms Zelda Holtzman, suspended head of the Parliamentary Protection Services (PPS), and Parliament has announced recommended sanctions for charges on which Ms Holtzman was found guilty.

In his written recommended sanctions, dated 8 October, the independent chairperson recommended dismissal for three charges and a final written warning for one.

Recommendations for dismissal were for serious misconduct amounting to gross insubordination (alternatively insubordination). These charges related to Ms Holtzman’s refusal to provide written responses and a report to her manager, as per a lawful instruction given to her. This did not only amount to gross insubordination but a breakdown of the trust relationship between employer and employee, which is pivotal in the workplace.

Dismissal was also recommended for failing to produce a strategic business plan, in line with and in support of Parliament’s strategic plan (a statutory requirement) and to submit an annual budget.

A final written warning was recommended for failing to take steps to address divisions in the PPS, including between herself and her deputy.

The recommended sanctions, dated 8 October, follow proceedings on aggravation and mitigation of sanctions which started on 19 September.

Ms Holtzman was placed on precautionary suspension on 30 July 2015.

Parliament will consider the recommendations of the independent disciplinary inquiry chairperson and take a decision.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa