Daily Archives: May 3, 2018


JOHANNESBURG– The next session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) sitting in Midrand, Johannesburg, beginning on Monday may have more life than usual as Julius Malema, the outspoken leader of South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), will be among the South African MPs joining the House.

Malema will be joined by other new members from South Africa who include the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, the uooer chamber of Parliament, Thandi Modise, and senior African National Congress (ANC) MP Thoko Didiza.

The PAP said here Wednesday that at least 80 Parliamentarians would be sworn-in as new Members during the opening ceremony of the 6th Ordinary Session of the Fourth African Parliament next Monday. This follows general elections in a number of African nation and rotation within national delegations and comes ahead of the election of new leadership for the PAP.

According to the Clerk of the PAP, Vipya Harawa, the assembly will also be electing a new leadership drawn from the continent’s five sub-regions.

Sittings of the Pan African Parliament often go unnoticed, but during the last session, the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu made his presence felt.

The next sitting of the House will see South Africa being represented by four MPs as Santosh Vinita Kalyan returns, and Modise, Thokozile Didiza, Mandlesizwe Mandela and Malema will be sworn in alongside other new parliamentarians from the continent

All eyes will be on the election of the new leadership for the parliament to replace current President Roger Nkodo Dang of Cameroon, and his four Vice-Presidents.

ANC member Dr Hunadi Matene says: Rotation is good for unity. Shivambu says: As the Southern (Africa) region we have put a motion to make it a rule for regions to rotate.

Any of the of the four South African MPs could be elected to the contested positions. The Pan African Parliament has 255 members representing the 55 African Union (AU) member States which have ratified the Protocol that established it.


Water dept attending to payment of trainees

The Department of Water and Sanitation has committed to fast track payments of stipends to the War on Leaks (WOL) trainees.

The department said that the delay was caused by an interruption in the transfer of funds to Rand Water as the implementing agent of the programme.

The situation is being corrected as we speak and Rand Water will effect these payments urgently. The department apologises to the trainees for the delay in payments, the department said in a statement.

The War on Leaks Programme is a flagship programme of government aimed at mobilising and training 15 000 young people to become water agents, artisans and plumbers.

South Africa loses R7 billion worth of water annually to leaks and this is the loss that government seeks to curb through the programme.

The programme is a national programme with a higher intake of learners in the areas and municipalities with the highest water losses and leaks.

The programmes is an integrated part of government’s efforts to promote water savings and preventing losses.

Rand Water and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) were appointed as the implementing agents of the WOL project on behalf of the department.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Search for suspects launched following cellphone shop robbery in Humansdorp

Humansdorp Cluster� The South African Police Service in Humansdorp are investigating a case of business robbery after three armed suspects, allegedly entered a cellphone shop and ordered the employees to hand over cellphones from a store in the Main Road of Humansdorp at about 11:00 today, Thursday, 3 May 2018. In our relentless fight to solve incidents of Trio Crimes in the Humansdorp policing area, detectives are currently following up on information and all possible leads in an attempt to apprehend the culprits. It is further alleged that the three armed suspects fled from the scene in a grey VW Polo with several cellphones.

The South African Police Service appeal to business owners to be more vigilant of any suspicious behaviour and to increase their security measures at their business premises. Anyone who might be able to assist with information, may contact SAPS Humansdorp at 042 200 4700 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service

Minister Jeff Radebe delivers Public Lecture on Energy Efficiency, 4 May

The Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe will deliver a Public Lecture on Energy Efficiency on Friday, 4 May 2018, at the University of Mpumalanga, under the Theme: Promoting an affordable and sustainable energy mix in support of radical socio-economic transformation.

The public lecture is the Department of Energy’s initiative to make a contribution towards active participation of students in energy related matters, career development and economic development as envisioned in the National Development Plan (NDP). The Department of Energy (DoE) recognizes that there is a need to educate students and other stakeholders on Energy as a driver and developer of the economy.

This lecture forms part of the department’s annual energy month activities held every year in May. During this month, the department profiles the work of the DoE by implementing initiatives aimed at promoting the department’s programmes internally and externally.

Source: Government of South Africa