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Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane holds women’s dialogue in KwaZulu-Natal, 16 Aug

As South Africa celebrates women during the month of August, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has convened a number of events celebrating women, including the annual South African Women in Science Awards.

In the run-up to the prestigious women in science event, the Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will hold a women’s dialogue with young girls in the rural eDumbe region of KwaZulu-Natal.

Young women in this municipality bear the brunt of poverty, domestic violence and unemployment. The high school drop-out rate, particularly among young girls, is disturbingly high, and almost half of the young people in the area are unemployed.

The dialogue is aimed at inspiring young women to participate in local and economic development. The event also hopes to encourage girls to pursue subjects like mathematics and science. The Minister will also hand over dignity packs to the young girls.

The DST’s Women’s Month events are aligned with the government’s initiatives and held under the theme celebrating Mama Albertina Sisulu.

Source: Government of South Africa


PRETORIA– President Cyril Ramaphosa will launch an initiative aimed at improving sanitation at some of the country’s poorest schools on Tuesday.

The president is expected to join Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in launching the Sanitation Appropriate for Education (SAFE) initiative in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The SAFE initiative, led by the Department of Basic Education in partnership with the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the United nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) is in response to the significant school sanitation challenges facing some of the country’s poorest schools.

The department says the launch will not only unveil the government’s plans but will also bring together chief executives of big business as well as non-profit organizations and interested individuals.

They will come together to pledge their support for the initiative, which seeks to improve the dignity of all students across the country by eradicating pit latrines. This will be done in honour of former President Nelson Mandela, as we celebrate the centenary of this global icon, who valued education above all else.” the department says.

It will be a fitting tribute to our beloved former Statesman to eradicate pit latrines and restore dignity to South African children in his honour.


Young people urged to be agents of change

Young people have been urged to rise up and defend South Africa’s democracy, while also effecting change in their communities.

We, as the youth, need to rise up and defend democracy. We have a purpose to fulfil. We must decolonise our State, minds and live up to the democracy that was died for, said Zulaikha Patel on Sunday.

Patel, who fought against discriminatory hair policies at her school in August 2016, reminded the youth that many people died in the struggle for democracy that South Africans enjoy today.

Dressed in red and sporting her famous afro, Patel urged the youth to take up the baton of the youth of yesteryear. She said the likes of struggle hero Solomon Mahlangu did not die in vain.

He did not die for nothing, she said of the 23-year-old, who was executed in 1979.

Patel was speaking as the world today commemorates International Youth Day. The day is designated by the United Nations and draws attention to cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth.

She was at the inter-generational dialogue set up by the Department of Women, Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute (CMMI) and the National Heritage Council (NHC) at Freedom Park in Pretoria.

The teenager called on the youth to address issues like racism and sexism.

We need to be the change to address sexism. We need to stop accepting [it] and start changing [it]. We need to rise up and command our space in society. We need to push our continent forward.

Patel called on South African youth to know and recognise their identity.

We have forgotten our identity, she said, urging youth to stop focusing on social media and instead roll up their sleeves and move the country forward.

Also speaking at the dialogues, Leroy Tau urged men to learn to own their emotions.

We need to learn to own our emotions and who we are. This is not a competition between men and women. We ought to learn to complement one another, he said.

Tau’s comments come following the funeral of Rhodes University student Khensani Maseko, who committed suicide after being raped.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Heritage Council (NHC) urged communities to retain the spirit of Ubuntu, referring to struggle heroine Charlotte Maxeke as an example of someone who embodied ubuntu.

Minister of Women Bathabile Dlamini was among those who attended Sunday’s session.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Kusile power plant fire under investigation

Eskom is investigating a fire that broke out at its Kusile Power Station.

Friday’s fire at the Mpumalanga based power station started at the Unit 3 fabric filter plant.

[The fire started] between 5:30pm and 6:30pm, said Eskom, adding that the fire was extinguished immediately.

The power utility said no injuries were reported as a result of the fire, adding that the incident is under investigation.

In December last year, fire was detected in an area around the two conveyer belts that supply coal to the Kendal power station, which is also located in Mpumalanga.

At the time, Eskom said the fire did not impact the supply of electricity.

Source: South African Government News Agency


LUSAKA– South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Lusaka Thursday for a working visit during which he will hold talks focusing on political and economic development with his Zambian counterpart, President Edgar Lungu.

They will also engage on political developments, including security matters, within the southern Africa sub-region. Both countries are members of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc.

President Ramaphosa’s visit to Zambia comes amidst political tensions in Zimbabwe, where opposition leader Tendai Biti faces charges of incitement to violence among other things. Biti was denied asylum by Zambia.

After meeting with President Lungu here on Thursday night, he will be heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a meeting with President Joseph Kabila in a bid to persuade him to ensure a peaceful election coming up in December.

As the current chairperson of the SADC, Ramaphosa will table a report during the SADC summit in Namibia next week.