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CWP being up-scaled for bigger impact

Deputy President David Mabuza says government is working towards reconfiguring the Community Works Programme (CWP) to ensure that it has a bigger impact on reducing poverty.

The Deputy President said this when he fielded oral questions in the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town on Thursday.

This was his last questions and answer session before Members of Parliament go off on recess.

For as long as our economy is not generating sufficient number of jobs to absorb the majority of the poor and unemployed, government will continue to create work opportunities for the unemployed, especially the youth and women.

We are currently working on reconfiguration of our anti-poverty programme in order to improve better coordination, integration and synergies. Poor coordination and monitoring sometimes undermines the impact of this programme.

The extent of up-scaling this programme will be informed by the available budget, he said.

ANC MP from the Free State, Seiso Mohai, had asked the Deputy President whether there were any plans to expand the programme as a safety net for the poor, especially for the youth and women; and whether government was meeting the targets set out for the Community Works Programme to ensure it employs one million people by 2019.

The Deputy President said the programme is designed to alleviate poverty through the provision of work opportunities for poor and unemployed people, who are living in socio-economically depressed urban and rural areas including those under traditional authorities.

The programme, he said, forms part of the broad Public Employment Programme that is coordinated by the Department of Public Works.

The Community Works Programme has provided 729 257 work opportunities over the MTEF (annual, rolling three-year expenditure planning) period.

The programme has a footprint in all local and metropolitan municipalities and is being implemented in 226 sites.

As at end of March 2018, the female participation rate in Community Works Programme stands at 78%, far above the set target of 55%, and the youth participation rate at 37%, Mabuza said.

He said the programme was contributing to employment in sectors like agriculture, which includes the maintenance of community food gardens in schools, clinics, early childhood development centres and communal lands.

He said that the produce harvested from the community gardens helped feed the elderly as well as orphaned and vulnerable children.

The second most common work output is in the environmental and community services sectors where public spaces and facilities were cleaned or maintained such as schools, hospitals, sports fields, grave yards and parks.

Illegal dumping sites were cleared and recycling projects were undertaken at some of the sites. Blocked storm water drainage systems were unblocked, thus preventing potential flooding and saving lives.

Source: South African Government News Agency

SOUTH AFRICA: CABINET WELCOMES GOVERNMENT’S INTERVENTION ON ESKOM-LABOUR CRISIS

PRETORIA– The south Africa Cabinet has welcomed the intervention made by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan in the wage negotiations dispute between the Eskom management and labour.

Last Friday, Gordhan convened a meeting with the Eskom board and management and the three labour unions — National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and Solidarity — with the intention of getting all parties to engage on the issues around the employee salary negotiations.

Briefing the media on the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said a team has been assigned to deal with issues of wage negotiations, and they hope that all parties will appreciate the need to expedite the process and find an amicable solution towards the impasse at Eskom.

She said Gordhan will continue to update Cabinet, Presidency and National Treasury on any development that may arise.

Responding to criminal acts reported, including road blockades, attacks on staff, and wilful damage of electricity infrastructure, Mokonyane warned that nobody is entitled to destroy property, whether its organised workers or public.

There is a law in South Africa that has been passed in line with the Criminal Procedure Act, where there is an amendment that deals with destruction of public property as an act of crime, and it is within that, that even the destruction of property in terms of what we’ve seen at Eskom, must be deemed as an act of crime.

Nobody is entitled to destroy property It is an act of sabotage and it is going to cost the state. In this instance, it is economic sabotage and the amendment act must actually kick in and deal with these issues, the Minister warned.

She said several arrests have been made in connection with this.

Cabinet also strongly condemned the recent blocking of several highways by protestors in some parts of the country, warning that criminal acts of aggression and disruptions will not be tolerated.

Highways are a critical part of our transport infrastructure that supports the transportation of goods and services of the various sectors of the economy. Our constitutional democracy provides for platforms wherein people can raise their issues without causing any disruptions, Mokonyane said.

She further called on law-enforcement officers to take the necessary steps, within the confines of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996, to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Police condemn acts of violence after the torching of trucks and ambulance

The SAPS Acting Provincial Commissioner in Limpopo, Major General Jan Scheepers has condemned in the most strongest terms the violence which erupted in the Northam Policing area near Thabazimbi in the Modimolle Cluster after two trucks and an ambulance were torched and seven (07) people were also assaulted by a group of protesters along Northam and Brits road last night on 2018-06-20.

It is alleged that a group of community members went on a rampage and engaged on protest actions which obstructed the traffic flow along this road.

During the protests, one (01) ambulance and five (05 trucks where hijacked of which the drivers were attacked and assaulted.

Subsequently, two (02) of the five trucks and an ambulance were torched and some truck drivers were forced to offload sand which they were transporting in the middle of this road closing it for motorists to use.

The Police were summoned who reacted swiftly and intervened until the situation was brought back to normality.

The assaulted drivers were immediately taken to hospital for medical attention and some are still recuperating there.

The estimated damage caused during this incident is over R3 Million and the Public Order Police Unit members are still monitoring the situation.

The suspects involved in this matter are still unknown and there is no arrest.

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in this heinous act ,may contact Lieutenant Colonel Nditsheni Jeoffrey Ramatsitsi at 082 843 7129 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or SMS Crime Line at 32211 or the nearest Police Station.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

Source: South African Police Service

Hawks arrest alleged explosives king pin

PRETORIA � Concerted efforts to combat spate of cash in transit heists in the country is gaining momentum through a multi-faceted approach which centres on crime intelligence driven operations aimed at putting a stop to these incidents.

The Hawks’ Firearm Control and Priority Violent Crime Unit (NBIFCPVC), Technical Operations Management Section (TOMS), TRT, NIU and K9 conducted an intelligence driven operation in Barberton and arrested a 31 year old kingpin from Pienaar for the illegal dealing and possession of explosives.

At least 18 blasting cartridges, 15 detonators, ammonium nitrate pills and detonating fuses and a cash were seized during the operation. The suspect who is believed to be linked to the alleged supply of explosives in Mpumalanga, is expected to appear at the Barberton Magistrate Court on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Hawks in Cape Town have arrested and charged Vuyolwethu Xaso (31) for a November 2017 cash in transit incident.

Xaso who is in prison for other unrelated misdemeanours, housebreaking and theft, made a brief appearance at the Vredenburg Magistrate Court on Tuesday. He allegedly accosted and threatened a security officer with a pistol after he collected cash from a safe mounted on the outside wall of at food outlet in Vredenburg.

More than R100 000 was stolen during the robbery. Xaso is expected back in court on 18 June 2018 for bail application and it will be opposed.

Source: South African Police Service

Police arrest suspects alleged to be involved in series of house robberies

Police arrested seven men and one woman believed to be a syndicate that is behind a series of house robberies in Ekurhuleni. Two unlicensed firearms and ammunition were found in possession of the suspects when they were arrested in Boksburg today.

It is alleged that the gang collude with domestic workers who will provide the syndicate with information and valuables in the house.

The intelligent driven operation led to the arrest of the suspects who were also found with goods believed to been taken during the house robberies.

It is alleged that the woman would approach the domestic workers and convince them to give information about the house before it can be attacked.

The arrested suspects will appear at Boksburg Magistrate’s Court in due course.

Source: South African Police Service