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Gariep Dam: heritage pride of the Free State

South Africans are invited to view the great sunrises over the biggest inland water mass in the country, the Gariep Dam, during September, writes Marcus Monyakeni.

Gariep Dam, formerly known as Hendrik Verwoerd Dam is a heritage site which prides itself as the largest water storage facility in the southern hemisphere and the second largest in Africa.

It covers a radius of 360 square kilometres and a wall height of 88m, crest length of 914m, including the capacity of 1000 cub.m. It is part of the Orange River Development Scheme situated on the Orange River between the Northern Cape and the Free State. The dam was constructed with the aim of irrigation, domestic, industrial and power generation.

It took the Department of Water and Sanitation six years, between 1966 and 1972, to construct the dam and its wall was raised in 1988 with the aim of supplying water to Free State, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. Downstream is Eskom’s four hydroelectric turbines which adds 360 megawatts to the grid – enough to supply 70000 households with electricity.

Gariep Dam wall tours can be arranged with officials from the Department of Water and Sanitation to explore the 13km of passages and halls within the walls of the Gariep Dam.

During Tourism and Heritage Month, marked in September, many flowers showcase their colours and beauty in the area.

The unique upper Karoo open fields, in combination with the largest dam in South Africa, surrounded by nature reserves with plenty of fresh air lots of flat plains and hills make for peaceful sunsets and breath-taking skies at night.

The scene creates the perfect combination for watersport enthusiasts, runners, hikers, mountain bike riding, bird watching and wildlife game viewing.

It is an experience to sleep at Gariep Dam, with many accommodation opportunities available from luxury units, guest houses, chalets, farmhouses, lodges, hotels, resorts to nice budget backpackers. It is also an ideal stop on long road trips – just eight hours to Cape Town, five hours to East London and a little over three hours to Kimberley.

Forever Resort in Gariep Dam is the perfect stopover between Gauteng and the Cape, 200km south of Bloemfontein in the Free State, just off the N1. The resort is situated on the banks of Gariep Dam, and borders the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve. It is home to many species of antelope and the Cape Mountain Zebra.

Perfectly posted halfway between Gauteng and the Cape, you’ll find this beautiful resort and watersport enthusiast’s paradise on the banks of the country’s largest dam, the 374sq km Gariep Dam.

Bordering a well-stocked nature reserve, this vast expanse of sparkling water offers equally sparkling attractions � game-viewing by boat, windsurfing, sailing, jet skiing, canoeing and rowing.

So next time you’re travelling through the country, take a sho’t left via the Gariep Dam, to see it for yourself.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Gupta Naturalisation Investigation to Continue

Parliament� The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs will today continue with the second phase of the investigation into the process followed in the naturalisation of the Gupta family.

The committee will listen to evidence by the following individuals;

1. Mr Cornelius Christians

2. Major Kobese

3. Mr Richard Sikakane

4. Minister of Home Affairs Mr Malusi Gigaba

5. Former Director-General Mr Mkhuseli Apleni

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Gupta Naturalisation Investigation to Continue

Parliament� The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs will today continue with the second phase of the investigation into the process followed in the naturalisation of the Gupta family.

The committee will listen to evidence by the following individuals;

1. Mr Cornelius Christians

2. Major Kobese

3. Mr Richard Sikakane

4. Minister of Home Affairs Mr Malusi Gigaba

5. Former Director-General Mr Mkhuseli Apleni

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

No threat of sanctions ahead of land expropriation

There is no reason to believe any country would impose sanctions against South Africa as it engages in a process to implement land expropriation without compensation.

Addressing members of the National Council of Provinces during a question and answer session on Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said there is increasing consensus among individuals and organisations � both within the country and internationally � that accelerated land reform is essential for inclusive growth and development.

He said this as the debate around amending the Constitution to pave the way for expropriation without compensation continues to intensify.

There is broad support for government’s position that the measures required to effect land reform must be guided by the Constitution, must affirm the rule of law, must enhance the property rights of all South Africans and should not undermine the economy, agricultural output or food security.

We have no reason to believe that any country would impose sanctions on South Africa for any actions that we take that are constitutional, lawful and consistent with international law, said the President.

He said he had discussed the land reform programme with the United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May when she came to South Africa on a working visit recently.

She welcomed the way in which we are approaching the land issue, and understood that land reform could unlock further investment opportunities, as long as it remained legal and transparent and was the product of a democratic process.

Last month, United States President Donald Trump took to Twitter to state that he had directed his Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to look into land expropriation and the alleged killing of farmers in South Africa.

Addressing Members of Parliament on Tuesday, the President said his office had not received any communication from the US government regarding the expropriation of land without compensation.

However, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation did meet with the Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy on 23 August 2018 regarding comments made on Twitter by US President Donald Trump.

The Charge d’Affaires was urged to convey to the Government of the United States, South Africa’s deep concern and to point out that the people of South Africa, of all races, are working together through Parliament and other legal platforms to find a solution to this historic challenge.

President Ramaphosa said South Africa remains ready and willing to engage with any country or international organisation on its approach to land reform.

He added that South Africa enjoys good political, economic and trade relations with the United States and diplomatic channels remain open to provide clarity on any issue of mutual interest, including land reform.

Source: South African Government News Agency

MEC Dan Plato launches new Walking Bus initiative in Grabouw, 11 Sept

Minister Plato launches Grabouw Walking Bus initiative

Tuesday, 11 September 2018, Western Cape MEC of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will launch a new Walking Bus initiative in Grabouw.

The Grabouw Walking Bus will see parents of Groenberg Secondary School, Umyezo Wama Apile Primary, Pineview Primary, Kathleen Murray Primary and Glen Elgin Primary volunteer their time to help ensure scholar safety of learners on their way to and from school.

The Department of Community Safety is committed to drive safety issues of children and youth at risk and this resulted in the walking bus initiative being piloted in May 2016. Since then, the department has been able to launch more Walking Busses in more than 75 areas with more than 220 participating schools.

The Walking Bus initiative is an example of a pro-active community who knows that safety is everyone’s responsibility and who have heeded the call from the Department of Community Safety to help address the various safety needs within communities. Active citizenship, such as participation in the Walking Bus initiative by parents or participation in a neighbourhood watch, is a necessary step in rooting out crime from within a community. Safety volunteers in any capacity have the potential to unite an entire community behind a common cause and take back ownership of a community from the criminal few hell-bent on institutionalising fear in our communities.

The success and longevity of any Walking Bus is dependent on the community volunteers’ commitment to helping to increase safety in the area. The Department of Community Safety remains a willing partner to any community who wishes to improve safety in their own area and assist with the necessary logistical support, training and equipment in order to launch a Walking Bus. We will be checking in regularly on the success of all the Walking Busses to help ensure that the programmes are sustainable and will continue to look for ways in supporting community based initiatives such as the Walking Bus, Better Together.

Source: Government of South Africa