Daily Archives: May 31, 2018

Minister Jeff Radebe hosts Energy Sector Stakeholder engagement, 1 Jun

The Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe will host an Energy Sector Stakeholder Engagement on Friday, 01 June 2018, under the Theme: Working together towards an Economically Transformed and Sustainable Energy Sector.

The objective of the engagement is to provide a platform for all key stakeholders to participate, raise issues of importance and concerns that affect the sector as well as to contribute ideas to resolve energy challenges and unlock growth and transformation in the sector.

The energy sector will be motivated to reignite passion in the sector so that they can recommit themselves to the values and principles of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

Source: Government of South Africa

Operational successes nets several suspects in the Humansdorp Cluster

Humansdorp Cluster: In an effort to provide efficient and responsive policing in the Humansdorp Cluster, an integrated operation was conducted today, 31 May 2018, which yielded good results. Members from SAPS, Eskom, Home Affairs, Social Development, Health Department and the Fire Department played a vital role in the joined successes obtained today in the Storms River area. Various suspects were arrested for the illegal possession of drugs (dagga, mandrax and tik) and two illegal electricity connections were disconnected. Two undocumented persons were handed over to the Department of Home Affairs. The Fire Department educated communities on fire hazard concerns, especially during the winter.

The SAPS also wants to encourage the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime and they appeal to the community to provide valuable information that will lead to the arrest of suspects involved in crime which will ultimately lead to the conviction of these criminals.

Let us share information and support each other in the fight against crime. Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211.

Source: South African Police Service

SOUTH AFRICA’S ELECTORAL COMMISSION BRIEFS PRESIDENT ON PREPARATIONS FOR 2019 POLLS

CAPE TOWN — South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has briefed President Cyril Ramaphosa on preparations for staging the country’s sixth national and provincial elections due in 2019.

At the meeting in Cape Town Wednesday, the IEC indicated some of the areas which need to be addressed before the next election, including outstanding boundary disputes, the tabling of the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill and the capturing of outstanding addresses on the voters’ roll, presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko said after the meeting.

“The IEC is nevertheless confident of yet another successful, credible, free and fair election on the date to be proclaimed by the President,” Diko said.

Ramaphosa is encouraged by the work being done by the IEC and calls upon all South Africans to check their voter registration details, particularly their addresses on the voters’ roll, to ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast their vote in the next election, said Diko.

The next general election will be held in South Africa in 2019 to elect a new National Assembly and new provincial legislature for each province. They will be the sixth elections held since the end of apartheid in 1994, and the second election held since the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, the first black president in South Africa.

This election will result in the selection of the next President of South Africa, who is not directly elected by the voters. The president is elected by the National Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament.

Under South Africa’s Constitution, the National Assembly and provincial legislatures shall have a term of five years and elections must be held within 90 days of the end of each term. The last general elections were held on May 7, 2014.

Ramaphosa, who became president in February, succeeding Jacob Zuma, will lead the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the election to retain majority status and a full term in office as president.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), the main political opposition party, is potentially in a good position to become a challenger for power. The ANC is fighting to regain ground after it emerged quite bruised from the 2016 local government elections, losing the key metropolitan municipalities of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay where it dominated since 1994.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Brand SA lauds Nene’s appointment to NDB board

Brand South Africa has congratulated Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on his appointment as chairman of the Board of Governors of the New Development Bank (NDB).

The Finance Minister’s appointment was made at the third annual meeting of the NDB Board of Governors (BoG) and the 14th meeting of the NDB Board of Directors (BoD) was held in Shanghai, China, on Monday.

In its reaction on Thursday, Brand South Africa welcomed the appointment.

We welcome Minister Nene’s appointment, which comes in a period of an intensified investment drive to achieve the National Development Plan’s (NDP) investment objectives by President [Cyril] Ramaphosa.

“Through the BRICS New Development Bank, South Africa will be in a position to further expand infrastructure opportunities for trade, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research Dr Petrus de Kock.

The NDB, which is a multi-lateral development bank established by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), also signed a memorandum of understanding on general co-operation with the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Nene will serve in the position until the end of the next annual meeting of the board of governors, which will be held in South Africa next year.

Brand South Africa said the country’s BRICS membership has become a vital element of its global economic strategy and is viewed as a catalyst and enabling tool for the pursuit and achievement of foreign policy priorities, including the promotion of the African Agenda, sustainable development, global governance reform and South-South cooperation.

At Monday’s meeting, the bank approved loans to all five member countries totalling $1.6billion (R20.3billion).

The meeting also approved a $200m project for the reconstruction of the Durban Container Terminal berth. This was one of six projects from the five member countries that was approved by the board with loans totalling $1.6billion, bringing the bank’s total portfolio to more than $5.1billion. Total approvals for 2018 amount to $1.7billion.

Nene’s appointment comes as South Africa is due to host the BRICS Summit from 25 to 27 July at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The 10th BRICS Summit will be the second BRICS Summit to be hosted by South Africa under the theme ‘BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution.’

The bank is mandated to mobilise resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies and developing countries, complementing the efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions for global growth and development.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Media Release: Speaker Mbete Concerned about Reported Threats on Auditor General Staff

Parliament� National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has condemned the reported threats against officials of the Auditor General, saying they were an attempt to undermine the Chapter 9 institution’s constitutional powers and a threat to accountability.

As stated in section 181 of the Constitution, no person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of State Institutions Supporting Democracy. Chapter 9 institutions are independent, and subject only to the Constitution and the law. They must be impartial and must exercise their powers and perform their functions without fear, favour or prejudice.

The Speaker expressed her concern about reported threats against officials of the Auditor General’s office during a teleconference with Auditor General of South Africa Mr Kimi Makwetu, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Mr Zweli Mkhize and Chairperson of the Standing Committee on the Auditor General Mr Vincent Smith this afternoon.

Ms Mbete’s teleconference followed receipt of a letter from Mr Smith about the alleged threats. Ms Mbete welcomed the assurance from Minister Mkhize that the matter is receiving urgent attention by his office and that the police are investigating the allegations. Minister Mkhize said the incident was being taken very seriously and Parliament would be kept informed of developments.

The Speaker undertook to keep a close eye on the matter, stressing that Parliament regarded the work of the Auditor General as critical in improving governance. The National Assembly this week passed the Public Audit Amendment Bill, which will now go to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence. Once passed into law, the Bill will give the Auditor General of South Africa the powers to recover financial losses incurred through unauthorised, irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure, among others. It will grant the Auditor General the powers to take remedial action and to refer certain suspected irregularities for investigation.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa