Daily Archives: July 30, 2018

DIRCO studying Grace Mugabe’s ruling

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on Monday noted the judgement setting aside the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to the former First Lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe.

The International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu noted the judgement by the South Gauteng High Court to set aside the 2017 decision by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to grant former Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity, the department said in a statement.

Last August, DIRCO granted her diplomatic immunity in relation to an alleged case of assault.

On Monday, the South Gauteng High Court ruled that the decision was inconsistent with the Constitution.

The department will study the judgement and comment later if necessary.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister Zweli Mkhize invites candidates to apply for appointment to Municipal Demarcation Board

Minister Mkhize invites suitable candidates to apply for appointment to the Municipal Demarcation Board

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize, invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the appointment as members of Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) for a period of five years, beginning from 20 February 2019 until 20 February 2024.

The MDB, established in terms of Section 155(3)(b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act no. 108 of 1996) , provides for the establishment of an independent authority for the determination of municipal boundaries. The Local Government Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998 (Act no. 27 of 1998) further establishes the criteria and procedures for the determination of municipal boundaries by an independent board.

The MDB is South Africa’s municipal demarcation authority whose mission is to deepen democracy and facilitate socio-economic transformation of the country for the benefit of its citizens through:

Enabling and facilitating a system of developmental local government, through the determination of municipal and ward boundaries that enhances the quality of life of communities overall.

Providing advisory services in municipal boundaries matters to state entities and other stakeholders.

Being a spatial knowledge hub on all municipal and ward boundary matters.

The MDB board members consists of not fewer than seven or more than ten members appointed by the President of the Republic. They must be broadly representative of South African society, reflect regional diversity and collectively represent a pool of knowledge concerning issues relevant to municipal demarcation in each of the provinces.

Applicants must be in possession of relevant and appropriate qualification and knowledge as it relates to local government, with reference to municipal capacity; and local government politics, public participation and engagement; or any of the following:

(i) development economics

(ii) integrated development planning

(iii) community development

(iv) traditional leadership and traditional communities

(v) local government and municipal administration

(vi) municipal finance

(vii) municipal services

(viii) social and economic geography

(ix) town and regional planning

(x) legal and constitutional matters affecting local government

(xi) land survey, cartography and geographic information systems

(xii) public health care

(xiii) information and communication technology

(xiv) transport planning

Advanced knowledge of the relevant provisions in the Constitution; the Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998 and the Local Government Municipal Structures Act, 1998 is essential.

Source: Government of South Africa

Treasury receives draft Tegeta forensic report

National Treasury has received the draft forensic report on alleged irregularities in the awarding by Eskom of a coal contract to Tegeta.

Further to the announcement of 4 August 2017, National Treasury has received the draft forensic report on the alleged irregularities in the awarding by Eskom of a coal contract to Tegeta and in Transnet’s procurement of locomotives from China South Rail, said Treasury on Sunday.

The report has been given to the relevant parties for comment.

These parties have been given two weeks to respond. Treasury will make the report public once it has reviewed all the comments, said Treasury.

Last year, Treasury was instructed to undertake a forensic investigation into the Tegeta report which was handed over to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA).

Previously it was reported that power utility Eskom had asked for an extension to submit documents in National Treasury review of Eskom’s coal-supply contracts with Tegeta Resources and Exploration.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Pakistan’s Khan Tells Indian PM Wars Can Breed Tragedies

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Pakistan’s prime minister-in-waiting, Imran Khan, Monday evening, congratulating him for his election victory and calling for both countries to adopt a joint strategy for improving bilateral ties.

Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the largest political party in the July 25 parliamentary polls and appears set to lead a coalition federal government as well as in Punjab, politically important and the most populous of the country’s four provinces.

India desires progressive relations with Pakistan. Both countries must adopt a joint strategy to develop and strengthen better ties, Modi told Khan, according to a statement by PTI.

The statement said that Khan thanked the Indian leader for the congratulatory message and warm wishes, and stressed the importance of dialogue for resolving bilateral disputes.

Wars can breed tragedies instead of facilitating resolution of conflicts, Khan told Modi, according to PTI.

An Indian statement issued after Modi spoke to Khan said the Indian prime minister expressed hope democracy would take a deeper hold in Pakistan and reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighborhood.

Islamabad’s relations with New Delhi have deteriorated to historic lows in recent years, particularly since Prime Minister Modi’s government has taken charge.

The Indian leadership has been refusing to engage in peace talks with Pakistan, accusing the rival nation of covertly helping militants to plot attacks on Indian soil, including the 2008 Mumbai terrorist raids that killed over 166 people. Islamabad has rejected the charges and called for addressing mutual concerns through negotiations.

In his election victory speech on Thursday, Khan emphasized the need for the two countries to have a friendly relationship and invest in combating regional poverty. We need to have trade ties, and the more we will trade, both countries will benefit, he said.

Khan repeated Pakistan’s traditional stance that the divided Kashmir region was a core issue with India and called for leaders of the two countries to resolve it through table talks.

“It’s not going anywhere. We are at square one right now [with India]. If India’s leadership is ready, we are ready to improve ties with India. If you step forward one step, we will take two steps forward, said the Pakistani prime minister-elect.

Kashmir has been the issue that sparked two of the three wars between India and Pakistan. The territorial dispute remains at the center of bilateral tensions.

There are long-standing fears another war could escalate into a nuclear exchange now that Indian and Pakistani armies both possess nuclear weapons.

Source: Voice of America

SAPS Barkly – East successful arrests

During the weekend the SAPS embarked on several crime prevention activities to enhance police visibility. Members of Visible Policing, while busy with patrols, followed up positive information at Zola Township and arrested a 55-year-old suspect for possession of 14 parcels of dagga.

Between the 2018-7-28 and 29 a case of theft of sheep feed were opened at the CSC. Members from Crime Prevention and the Detectives then immediately started to investigate the case and managed to arrest two suspects. It is alleged that the first suspect 33-years-old was an employee on the farm and the second suspect 42 years, alleged to be from Sterkspruit assisted with transport his Isuzu bakkie to load the sheep feed. Eight half full bags of sheep feed were stolen from a farm in the Barkly-East area. The suspects will appear in the Barkly -East magistrate court on 2018-07-31.

The Cluster Commander Col Gezani commended the members on the successful arrests this is in line with our “Back to Basics priorities of enhanced police visibility and the thorough and responsive investigation of every crime. Keep up with the good work!

Source: South African Police Service