Daily Archives: November 25, 2017

Joint Communique on State Visit by His Excellency Mr JoAPound o Manuel Goncalves Lourenco of Angola to South Africa

At the invitation of His Excellency Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr. JoAPound o Manuel Goncalves Lourenco, President of the Republic of Angola, paid a State Visit to the Republic of South Africa from 23 -25 November 2017.

H.E., President JoAPound o Manuel Goncalves Lourenco was accompanied by a delegation consisting of Ministers, Senior Government Officials and business representatives.

During the Official Talks, the two Heads of State exchanged views on a wide range of bilateral, regional, continental and international issues of mutual interest.

The two Presidents reaffirmed the strong historical and fraternal bilateral relations between the two countries, based on political, economic and cultural ties that date back to the years of the freedom struggle against colonialism and Apartheid.

The two Heads of State noted the existing 33 Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding covering a wide spectrum including trade and investment; energy; defence and security, immigration; infrastructure development; arts and culture, mining, tourism, etc.

The Presidents agreed to elevate the current Joint Commission for Cooperation to the Bi-National Commission at the level of the Heads of State. In this regard, the Agreement establishing the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between the two countries was signed during the State visit.

The Heads of State expressed satisfaction with the decision to abolish visa requirements for ordinary passport holders of the respective countries with effect from December 2017. This will not only add significant impetus to tourism between South Africa and Angola, but will also facilitate the free movement of people and further promote people-to-people exchanges.

The two Presidents witnessed the signing of a Protocol on Police Cooperation. This Protocol not only recognises the importance of the promotion and development of police cooperation, but also establishes a framework for the exchange of information, experience, best practices and knowledge between the respective law enforcement agencies.

Adding further momentum to the relationship, the Heads of State also witnessed the signing of the Agreement on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters. This Agreement will ensure greater cooperation between the respective customs authorities.

The Presidents addressed the South Africa-Angola Business Forum on 24 November 2017, where they underscored the importance of increasing economic cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

President JoAPound o Lourenco delivered a Public Lecture on the theme of Angola: Regional Integration and Development to a wide and diverse audience including distinguished South African Government entities and Parliamentarians, ANC Veterans and academics amongst others.

The two Leaders, in their respective capacities as Chair of SADC and as Chair of the Organ for Politics Defence and Security Cooperation, also reviewed the political, security and socio-economic situation in Southern Africa and the Great Lakes Region. They reaffirmed their commitment to working together in pursuit of sustainable peace, stability and economic development in Southern Africa and on the African Continent in general.

The Heads of State reaffirmed their commitment to the continental integration processes and called for implementation of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and it’s Action Plan.

The two Leaders expressed their support and commitment to Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. They also reiterated the call for the reform of the multilateral system and in particular the United Nations Security Council.

The two Presidents reviewed the current political developments in Zimbabwe and expressed the hope that all processes will proceed within the framework of the Constitution and always in the best interest of the people of Zimbabwe.

H.E. Mr JoAPound o Manuel Goncalves Lourenco, President of the Republic of Angola, expressed his gratitude to H.E. Mr Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation.

Done at Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, 25 November 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

President Zuma to launch 16 Days of Activism campaign

President Jacob Zuma will today launch the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign at the Nelson Mandela University, Missionvale Campus, in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

The theme for 2017 is, Count me in: together moving a non-violent South Africa forward. 2017 being the Year of OR Tambo, the Sub-theme is: OR Tambo and the emancipation of women.

According to the Presidency, this year marks the 19th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign in South Africa.

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign focuses on raising awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children, as well as on society as a whole.

It is also focused on seeking prevention interventions to the on-going violence perpetrated on women and children, the Presidency said.

Meanwhile, in Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane together with the Film and Publication Board (FPB) will also lead a 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign.

While the campaign involves various government clusters, such as safety and security, health and social development, it is headed by the Ministry of Women.

Namola app

On Tuesday, the Minister for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu announced various initiatives undertaken by government to curb gender based violence. She announced the decision taken by the Men’s Parliament to host sittings every two years at national level that seek to encourage men to engage on their role in violence against women and children.

Minister Shabangu also highlighted the roll-out of a crime response app called Namola. It allows users an opportunity to share their GPS co-ordinates, name and nature of the emergency with a 24/7 response call centre.

The Minister said while government champions the fight against violence of women and children, it could only be eradicated if government joined hand with the private sector and civil society.

About 16 Days

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day.

South Africa adopted the campaign in 1998 as one of the intervention strategies towards creating a society free of violence. The campaign continues to raise awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children (VAW&C) on all members of the community.

At the launch of the 16 Days Campaign on 25 of November 2014, President Jacob Zuma said that activism against gender-based violence should be a year-long campaign and not limited to 16 days. The Department of Women heeded the President’s call and launched the 365 Days for No Violence against Women and Children (#365Days campaign) and #CountMeIn.

Minister Shabangu called on victims to report these crimes and seek assistance.

Victims can seek help on:

SAPS Crime Stop

08600 10111

Gender-Based Violence Command Centre

0800 428428/0800 GBV GBV

STOP Gender Violence Helpline

0800 150 150/ *120*7867# from any cell phone

Childline- Report child abuse

0800 055 555

Further assistance for those affected can be accessed on Service contacts.

Source: South African Government News Agency

President Zuma to launch 16 Days of Activism campaign

President Jacob Zuma will today launch the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign at the Nelson Mandela University, Missionvale Campus, in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

The theme for 2017 is, Count me in: together moving a non-violent South Africa forward. 2017 being the Year of OR Tambo, the Sub-theme is: OR Tambo and the emancipation of women.

According to the Presidency, this year marks the 19th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign in South Africa.

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign focuses on raising awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children, as well as on society as a whole.

It is also focused on seeking prevention interventions to the on-going violence perpetrated on women and children, the Presidency said.

Meanwhile, in Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane together with the Film and Publication Board (FPB) will also lead a 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign.

While the campaign involves various government clusters, such as safety and security, health and social development, it is headed by the Ministry of Women.

Namola app

On Tuesday, the Minister for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu announced various initiatives undertaken by government to curb gender based violence. She announced the decision taken by the Men’s Parliament to host sittings every two years at national level that seek to encourage men to engage on their role in violence against women and children.

Minister Shabangu also highlighted the roll-out of a crime response app called Namola. It allows users an opportunity to share their GPS co-ordinates, name and nature of the emergency with a 24/7 response call centre.

The Minister said while government champions the fight against violence of women and children, it could only be eradicated if government joined hand with the private sector and civil society.

About 16 Days

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day.

South Africa adopted the campaign in 1998 as one of the intervention strategies towards creating a society free of violence. The campaign continues to raise awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children (VAW&C) on all members of the community.

At the launch of the 16 Days Campaign on 25 of November 2014, President Jacob Zuma said that activism against gender-based violence should be a year-long campaign and not limited to 16 days. The Department of Women heeded the President’s call and launched the 365 Days for No Violence against Women and Children (#365Days campaign) and #CountMeIn.

Minister Shabangu called on victims to report these crimes and seek assistance.

Victims can seek help on:

SAPS Crime Stop

08600 10111

Gender-Based Violence Command Centre

0800 428428/0800 GBV GBV

STOP Gender Violence Helpline

0800 150 150/ *120*7867# from any cell phone

Childline- Report child abuse

0800 055 555

Further assistance for those affected can be accessed on Service contacts.

Source: South African Government News Agency