Monthly Archives: July 2018

SA honours its rangers

The men and women who defend the country’s wildlife, sometimes paying with their very lives, have been honoured as South Africa observes World Ranger Day.

Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson on Tuesday led country celebrations at Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape.

Thomson delivered the commemorative message, highlighting the dedication and commitment of South Africa’s rangers as well as the importance of World Ranger Day, which is observed on 31 July each year globally.

It is a day to commemorate the many rangers killed or injured in the line of duty. It is also a day to celebrate the work they do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

This year, SANParks showcased the work done by marine rangers in the national parks at the Darlington Dam section of Addo Elephant National Park. The display showed how marine and terrestrial rangers work together to protect natural heritage.

South Africa is battling threats to its wildlife on many fronts and elephants and rhinos are not the only animals at risk of being poached. Species such as abalone are illegally harvested and sea turtles are snared, while illegal fishing and dumping of waste into the oceans is rife.

Sharks are caught for their fins, while whales and other ocean species are dying because of overfishing and the amount of plastic and other waste dumped into the oceans.

As a result, much of the ranger corps duties are being focused on anti-poaching operations. SANParks rangers undergo extensive training, supported by canine units, small air wing aircraft, as well as sophisticated technology as part of its anti-poaching operations.

Our rangers are facing daily hardships in their efforts to protect many of our species, such as the elephant, rhino, cycad, pangolin and abalone from poachers.

Our country’s natural heritage, derived from our enormous biodiversity, is a key income generator for tourism and thus an important contributor to our economy through job creation and tourism, Thomson said.

Supporting rangers and volunteers

She thanked SANParks for its significant role in providing the rangers with the necessary support in terms of specialised training and equipment to enable them to respond effectively to incidents.

Thomson said if it were not for these excellent individuals who risk their lives to protect the species, many species would face extinction.

She expressed sadness and condemned the killing of rangers, particularly in the Kruger National Park (KNP), which is mostly the target of poaching activities.

I would like to pay a special tribute to our departed rangers for dedicating their lives while protecting our wildlife, she said.

In the past weekend, Respect Mathebula, a field ranger based in KNP, was shot and killed while on a counter-poaching operation.

As part of World Ranger Day activities, 27 elephants were moved from the main Addo game viewing area to roam in the Darlington section of the park.

By expanding the range of the elephants, the pressure on the environment and on the herds roaming in the Addo region will be alleviated.

It is thanks to the sponsorship by the Network for Animals that this first group of elephants – comprising three family groups – is being relocated to the recently-fenced area.

Thomson thanked SANParks Honorary Rangers for offering their time to contribute to conservation and the elimination of wildlife crimes.

These volunteers do not get paid for the work they do assisting rangers out in the field. They volunteer their free time and resources out of their sheer love of conservation. Let us follow their example by committing ourselves to working together to protect our wonderful world, Thosmon said.

Members wishing to support ranger health and wellness are encouraged to donate funds as follows:

Bank: FNB

Account Name: SANP � Fundraising

Account Number: 62411915054

Reference: Ranger Support

Source: South African Government News Agency

SA honours its rangers

The men and women who defend the country’s wildlife, sometimes paying with their very lives, have been honoured as South Africa observes World Ranger Day.

Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Barbara Thomson on Tuesday led country celebrations at Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape.

Thomson delivered the commemorative message, highlighting the dedication and commitment of South Africa’s rangers as well as the importance of World Ranger Day, which is observed on 31 July each year globally.

It is a day to commemorate the many rangers killed or injured in the line of duty. It is also a day to celebrate the work they do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

This year, SANParks showcased the work done by marine rangers in the national parks at the Darlington Dam section of Addo Elephant National Park. The display showed how marine and terrestrial rangers work together to protect natural heritage.

South Africa is battling threats to its wildlife on many fronts and elephants and rhinos are not the only animals at risk of being poached. Species such as abalone are illegally harvested and sea turtles are snared, while illegal fishing and dumping of waste into the oceans is rife.

Sharks are caught for their fins, while whales and other ocean species are dying because of overfishing and the amount of plastic and other waste dumped into the oceans.

As a result, much of the ranger corps duties are being focused on anti-poaching operations. SANParks rangers undergo extensive training, supported by canine units, small air wing aircraft, as well as sophisticated technology as part of its anti-poaching operations.

Our rangers are facing daily hardships in their efforts to protect many of our species, such as the elephant, rhino, cycad, pangolin and abalone from poachers.

Our country’s natural heritage, derived from our enormous biodiversity, is a key income generator for tourism and thus an important contributor to our economy through job creation and tourism, Thomson said.

Supporting rangers and volunteers

She thanked SANParks for its significant role in providing the rangers with the necessary support in terms of specialised training and equipment to enable them to respond effectively to incidents.

Thomson said if it were not for these excellent individuals who risk their lives to protect the species, many species would face extinction.

She expressed sadness and condemned the killing of rangers, particularly in the Kruger National Park (KNP), which is mostly the target of poaching activities.

I would like to pay a special tribute to our departed rangers for dedicating their lives while protecting our wildlife, she said.

In the past weekend, Respect Mathebula, a field ranger based in KNP, was shot and killed while on a counter-poaching operation.

As part of World Ranger Day activities, 27 elephants were moved from the main Addo game viewing area to roam in the Darlington section of the park.

By expanding the range of the elephants, the pressure on the environment and on the herds roaming in the Addo region will be alleviated.

It is thanks to the sponsorship by the Network for Animals that this first group of elephants – comprising three family groups – is being relocated to the recently-fenced area.

Thomson thanked SANParks Honorary Rangers for offering their time to contribute to conservation and the elimination of wildlife crimes.

These volunteers do not get paid for the work they do assisting rangers out in the field. They volunteer their free time and resources out of their sheer love of conservation. Let us follow their example by committing ourselves to working together to protect our wonderful world, Thosmon said.

Members wishing to support ranger health and wellness are encouraged to donate funds as follows:

Bank: FNB

Account Name: SANP � Fundraising

Account Number: 62411915054

Reference: Ranger Support

Source: South African Government News Agency

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