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R500m incentive for metals engineering sector

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has announced the establishment of the metals and engineering incentive aimed at stimulating investment in the sector.

The Minister said this when he briefed the media ahead of tabling the department’s Budget Vote debate on Tuesday afternoon.

The next issue that I think is covered in the speech is that we are making an announcement about the new sector specific incentive. You will recall that last year, the one that we announced was on agro-processing. This year, we are announcing the sector-specific incentive on the metal and engineering value chain. It will be a R500 million new incentive that will be rolled-out, he said.

The Minister said that in some respects, the department has seen that it gets better value for money in the sector specific programmes.

Malebo Mabitje-Thompson, the Deputy Director-General for Incentive Development and Administration, said similarly to the support that is being given to the auto sector, the incentive is aimed at supporting the purchasing of equipment as well as investing in competitiveness enhancing activities of an enterprise.

and where it also makes sense, we will partner with some of the enterprises for supplier development and the reason we are doing it is that we are looking at the sector more as a value chain rather than just individual companies without looking at the supplier relationships.

We are worried about the foundry sector. We are worried that if that sector continues to decline in the manner in which it is declining now, we will quickly de-industrialise. We want to stabilise the foundry sector and in doing so, also work with the engineering services, she said.

DTI to roll-out new-look black industrial programme

The Minister said, meanwhile, that under the Black Industrialist Programme’s incentive grant, as at the end of the financial year that ended in March this year, the dti supported 102 black industrialists.

He said that the programme has provided market access support to 48 of the 102 black industrialists and that the interventions have leveraged R8 billion in investments and led to the creation and the retention of 18 484 jobs.

We are also going to be announcing the shape of the new programme. Just to say we are setting the same target for the next two financial years � we want to support a further 100 black industrialists but we are also saying that we want to differentiate that support into different categories � the pioneers, the catch-up and the infant stage support.

Delivering his speech at the National Assembly later in the afternoon, the Minister said the pioneers consist of black industrialists that were approved during the inaugural window of the programme up to March 2018.

He said for this category, support would be provided through a post-investment office which will be established to troubleshoot any barriers including regulatory hurdles to fast track their development.

The catch-up category consists of the second wave of the Black Industrialist Scheme and will run between 2018/19 to 2020/21.

It will entail financial support for projects in-line with approved guidelines and the available non-financial support. Eligible projects will be expansion and green field projects with potential to grow fast in a relatively short time frame, he said.

He said the projects would be supported through a combination of grants, loans and market access interventions.

The Minister said the third leg will involve working with the Department of Small Business Development to align some of their programmes to support Infant Stage Black Industrialists.

The support will be targeted at small companies in the manufacturing sector (particularly those in the township and rural areas) to improve their performance and prospects of growth into black industrialists, he said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Young Natalians crowned 2017/18 Futsal Champions

The National Futsal League hosted by the South African Indoor Football Association (SAIFA) concluded its fixtures this past weekend with three matches in three cities around the country, namely, Proteaville Recreation Centre (Cape Town), Orlando Communal Hall (Soweto) and YMCA in Pietermaritzburg.

The focus was at the YMCA in Pietermaritzburg where Young Natalians FC were crowned the 2017/2018 National Futsal League Champions. On the day Young Natalians extended their lead at the summit by thrashing Maritzburg Hotspurs 9-3.

Young Natalians were in total control of the match and showed why they are the champions as they defended and attacked as a unit. With their number one choice injured, Gareth Simes stood in and did an excellent job and so did Kylen Pillay who came on late in the second half.

Other results: Western Province Eagles lost 5-6 to Cape Town Titans and OBC Chickens beat Tshwane City 6-2.

RESULTS:

Western Province Eagles 5 � 6 Cape Town Titans

OBC Chicken 6 � 2 Tshwane City

Maritzburg Hotspurs 3 � 9 Young Natalians

The knockout cup competition is scheduled to take place in Pietermaritzburg from the 19 � 21 July 2018. The Awards ceremony will take place in the evening of 21 July 2018. More details will be circulated closer to the event.

Source: South African Football Association

JOINT MEETING OF WATER AND SANITATION COMMITTEE AND SCOPA TO CONSIDER TERMS OF REFERENCE OF INQUIRY

Parliament, A joint meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) will tomorrow consider the terms of reference of the parliamentary inquiry into the challenges facing the Department of Water and Sanitation, focus areas and the draft programme for the joint committee.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Deputy President David Mabuza: Conferment of Honorary Doctorate to King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu

Remarks by Deputy President David Mabuza on the occassion of the conferment of the Honorary Doctorate to His Royal Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu by the University of Zululand, King Bhekuzulu Hall, University of Zululand

Our Guest of Honour, His Royal Majesty, Hlanga Lomhlabathi,

Ondlunkulu naba Ntwana bonke base Ndlunkulu,

Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Willies Mchunu,

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi,

Inkosi yesizwe sakwa Mkhwanazi and members of the Mkhwanazi Traditional Council,

Chairperson of Council, Ms Nomarashiya Caluza and Members of Council,

Chancellor of the University of Zululand, Deputy Chief Justice Zondo,

Vice Chancellor of the University of Zululand, Professor Xoliswa Mtose

Deans of Faculties, Academic and Non-Academic Staff,

Traditional and Religious Leaders in our midst,

CEO of the Bayede Trust, Ms Rhana Naicker,

Student Representative Council,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen

Today marks another historic day in the history of the University of Zululand and our country.

The conferment of the Honorary Doctorate in Social Work (Philantropy) to His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini ka Bhekuzulu, is a major recognition of the pioneering work that His Majesty is doing for the betterment of the lives of the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the entire South Africa.

It is thus a special privilege and honour for me to address you on this historic day that not only accords the highest academic honour to the recipient of the honorary doctorate, but also pays homage to the nature and magnitude of the work being recognised.

As is always the case, such conferment gets celebrated and the work being acknowledged, gains increased recognition.

Most importantly, because of the standing in society of the recipient, the great work being acknowledged, gains elevated attention.

Therefore, in essence when we celebrate the conferment of an honorary doctorate on His Majesty, we are recording in history books the social impact his work in changing the lives of the people.

On behalf of the President of the Republic, our government, the people of South Africa and all Africans at home and the Diaspora, we wish to extend a heartfelt congratulatory message to His Majesty for accepting this well-deserved honour.

We are united in applauding the leadership of the Bayede Foundation Trust and all the wise men and women who motivated to the University of Zululand for the conferment of this honorary degree.

And we are united in saluting the University of Zululand for its decision to recognise the outstanding humanitarian and developmental work that is at the centre of the work and leadership of His Majesty.

A special son of this province, Pixley ka Isaka Seme must have thought of a day like this when more than a century ago in his seminal work ‘The Regeneration of Africa’ said:

The brighter day is rising upon Africa. Already I seem to see her chains dissolved; Her desert plains red with harvest;

Her Abyssinia and her Zululand the seats of science and religion, reflecting the glory of the rising sun from the spires of their churches and universities,

Her Congo and her Gambia whitened with commerce;

Her crowded cities sending forth the hum of business;

And all her sons employed in advancing the victories of peace�greater and more abiding than the spoils of war.

Yes, the regeneration of Africa belongs to this new and powerful period!

Indeed, the story of a rising Africa is being recorded on daily basis as our continent defies all negative sentiments attributed to our continent by Afro-pessimists.

At the heart of this renewal, lies the determination of men and women of courage, to stand for something that is worthy of pursuit in changing the course of history.

The regeneration that Seme was referring to, demands that we see ubukhosi and government not as antithetical to democratic project of forging nationhood and development, but rather as complimentary.

It requires that we pay attention to indigenous knowledge systems to innovate and navigate our way into a future that caters for us all.

The heroic acts of African Kings and Queens have remained ingrained in our minds for generations. More especially when talking of their acts of bravery and leadership during wars of resistance.

Equally we note that men and women whose deeds have changed lives, tend to be forgotten or marginalised to the periphery of history and memory, only to be praised when they have departed our world.

As government, we are pleased that we are recognising the good work of the King while he is with us.

Speaking during the 50th birthday of His Majesty in 1998, our founding President Nelson Mandela was unequivocal in his praise of the role played by this great man as his leader and peacemaker.

Madiba said:

Your Majesty, I am honoured to have a King like you. I am certain that this is the feeling of all South Africans.

President Mandela also said of His Majesty:

Our king has been the most consistent voice and campaigner for peace and unity among his people. It is largely due to his ceaseless commitment to peace that relative stability and peace have come to the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Every day, Deputy President Mbeki and Inkosi Buthelezi are giving fresh meaning to the new South African patriotism. They bring hope of a stable, secure and bright future to all South Africans and the world.

In celebrating the centenary of Mandela’s birth, we thank His Majesty for remaining seized with efforts aimed at promoting peace and unity of his nation.

These efforts are not only limited to forging unity of brotherhood and sisterhood here at home, but across the entire Africa.

How can we forget the gathering of African kinships in Durban in 2007 to discuss the Global Perspective on Indigenous Leadership seeking among others, to facilitate cohesion and make a call for a united front to fight social ills and negative effects of conflict in our Continent.

How can we forget His Majesty standing up and condemning xenophobic violence and declaring that such shameful acts cannot be done in his name.

In honouring our King, we are also paying a special tribute to the generation of brave African warriors who fell in different battles defending our unity and land against those who sought to dehumanise us through oppression and marginalisation.

S’thuli Sika Ndaba, in honouring you, we are honouring our ancestors who long before us, were at the forefront of building unity of our people across the divide of clans.

They forged nationhood and instilled in us the values of Ubuntu that promoted individual responsibility towards the success of the whole.

On a day like this, we can only see amakhosi uJama, uSenzangakhona, uMpande, uCetshwayo noDinizulu filled with pride that our nation has been touched with your work.

Phansi KwaDukuza siyalibona iLembe eleqa amanye amalembe ngokukhalipha, lisina nombelelebele ngoba inkonyane kaNdaba iklonyeliswa yisizwe ngobuqhawe bemisebenzi yayo ebonakalayo.

Siyazibona iziNdlovukazi oMkabayi ka Jama noNandi behamba bezishaya izifuba nakhu impande ka-Zulu ilokhu ithele njalo izithelo ezinhle.

Namuhla sivukwa usinga kuthi asigiye nakhu sizwa i-Nkosi u Cetshwayo no Suthu behlokoma ehlathini laso Ngoye ngoba wonke uZulu namuhla uyaqheliswa njenga leyonkathi eguqisa isitha empini yase Sandlwane.

Ngawe Hlanga Lomhlabathi namhlanje siklomelisa amaqhawe abumba isizwe sakho afana no Mnyamana ka Ngqengelele, onoZishada kama Qhoboza, o Lugaju kama Tomela, no Bhambatha ka Mancinza.

Compatriots,

Only ignorant South Africans are oblivious of the extraordinary work performed by uHlanga loMhlabathi to improve the lives of our people.

Only those who deliberately close their eyes refuse to be witnesses of the progress driven by this great King.

Only those who close their ears cannot hear the testimonies of those whose lives have been changed for better by the works of His Majesty.

In His Majesty, we find an extraordinary South African torchbearer leading our nation and the people of KwaZulu-Natal to proscribe HIV and AIDS in the dustbin of history.

When we see umntwana u-Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu being an outstanding TB ambassador, we know what our ancestors meant when they said, ukhamba lufuza imbiza noma, ukuzala ukuzelula amathambo.

As the custodian and living embodiment of the culture and traditions of the mighty amaZulu nation, His Majesty was best placed to lead the campaign to get men in KwaZulu-Natal and hostels in Gauteng to circumcise to reduce the risk of spreading HIV.

Through him, we have come to value and appreciate indigenous ways and traditional wisdom to prevent unwanted teenage pregnancy, pre-mature sexual intercourse, and the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

As the guardian and sponsor of the ancient tradition of umkhosi womhlanga, we have seen many young girls in the province taking pride in remaining tintfombi nto, and abstaining from risky sexual relations until the right time.

His Majesty has led the fight against HIV and AIDS and as Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), I join him in reiterating our call to all our traditional leaders to work with us in finding ways to end AIDS by 2030.

Together with ubuKhosi, we must intensify our efforts to encourage people to test, to protect themselves, and to abstain from risky sexual behaviour.

Together we must inform our people that HIV and TB are no longer death sentences. TB is curable and with ARV treatment, our people can live healthy and productive lives.

We must all join His Majesty in fighting stigma and discrimination of people who have contracted HIV or TB.

It is stigma that kills our people because it discourages sick people from seeking help or disclosing their disease.

Hlanga Lomhlabathi,

Sikuzwile ukhuluma ngokubaluleka kwemfundo uthi umkhonto nesihawu sesizwe namuhla yincwadi, yipeni, nenhlonipho.

We applaud the Department of Education for asking you to be the patron of education in the province.

We recall that last year you slaughtered cows for principals and encouraged them to lead by example and improve the matric results.

We hope that our principals and teachers have not forgotten that, what will please you as a lasting gift for your 70th birthday, is for them to obtain a 100% pass rate.

As if the focus on education was not enough, you have relentlessly campaigned for heightened focus on agriculture to ensure food security.

We have heard your consistent call for agricultural revolution.

Your voice has almost been like those of biblical prophets who shouted in the wilderness, as you condemned having tracts of land lying fallow whilst those living on it, remain trapped in unemployment and poverty.

Hlanga lomhlabathi, uthe masibuyele sibe munye nomhlaba wokhokho, silime abantu bangabulawa yindlala.

You never stop to call on both local and international business to invest in our country and this province in order to create employment.

Even as you do this, you are fully aware that development cannot fully happen where peace and stability is either absent, weak or found wanting.

To you, democracy, peace and development are inseparable.

You have warned all of us to end politically motivated violence as you see this as a poisonous seed that will destroy black people and deprive them of development.

You have also never stopped to condemn violence against the most vulnerable amongst us.

We know you will not get tired in finding ways to end violence against women, children, and the elderly.

We thank you for taking a stand against the cruel murders and treatment of people with albinism.

We have seen you demonstrating the power of restorative justice through your work at correctional centres. You have been encouraging offenders to get skills and to make amends with those they have harmed.

You are known here at home and abroad to be a champion for nature conservation, especially the fight against rhino poaching.

We will continue to pay attention to the ancient wisdom that you carry on how we can protect our environment, our indigenous plants, and how best to conserve water as precious resource.

Recently, when the Zulu royal family offered cattle for the funeral of umama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, you reminded all of us of the importance of practically supporting those that are bereaved.

You did this during Madiba’s funeral, and you have also crossed borders to mourn on our behalf at our neighbouring countries.

Thank you for bringing honour and dignity to ubuKhosi by acting in ways that show great concern for the wellbeing of your people.

As we intensify the struggle to return the land to the people and to build an inclusive economy, we will continue to listen to you and to engage you on proposals that will benefit the nation that you hold dear in your heart.

Your Majesty, as this year marks your 70th birthday, a great feat in your family history, we join you and millions of your people in celebrating this milestone.

We truly consider ourselves fortunate to be in the company of the descendants of the mighty Zulu kings and warriors whose heroic acts of bravery, not only preserved this nation, but instilled pride to the black human race at home and the Diaspora.

To the University Senate and Council, this decision gives momentum to the continued pursuit of peace and development.

Your Majesty,

This conferment does not only recognise the pioneering work you do, but is a historic endorsement of what goodness of leadership and human spirit achieves, if aligned with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of ordinary people.

Once again, congratulations to you on this worthy recognition of your developmental work among our people.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

Alert Uitenhage police members arrest alleged car thief

UITENHAGE: In our relentless efforts to address property related crimes, which is in line with the strategy of the South African Police Service, and with our vigilant Back to Basics approach to policing by the members of Uitenhage SAPS, it resulted in the arrest of a suspect for the possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle. Due to the swift action by members of Uitenhage SAPS this morning, Friday, 4 May 2018, at 00:55, a red Nissan Sentra, worth R30 000 was recovered without the owner being aware that his motor vehicle was stolen.

Members from SAPS Uitenhage were busy conducting high visibility patrols in the Fairbridge Heights residential area this morning, 4 May 2018, when they noticed at about 00:55 a person driving suspiciously with a red Nissan Sentra in Lavender Crescent, Uitenhage. Police officials requested the driver to stop and they questioned him. The members tested the vehicle for ownership and it did not match the explanation that the driver gave to the police. Members went to the address of the rightful owner in Arum Street, Fairbridge Heights, which is very close to where the vehicle was found and woke the owner of the vehicle. The owner was not aware that his vehicle was stolen and confirmed that the vehicle was supposed to be stationary in his yard. Police officials arrested the 24-year-old male on the spot on a charge of theft of motor vehicle and he is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 7 May 2018 on the charge.

The head of Visible police at SAPS Uitenhage, Colonel Andre Swart commended the members for the excellent work and said: When operational duties are directed and coordinated, arrests are achieved to clamp down on property related crimes. The main objective of the SAPS is to remain focused, visible and to act with the intent to clamp down on crime effectively.

Source: South African Police Service