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COSAFA U17 Championships: Zambia Profile

Zambia will be the defending champions at the 2018 COSAFA Under-17 Championships have stormed to the title in Mauritius last year. It was a welcome change in fortunes for the Young Chipolopolo, who had been disqualified from the 2016 tournament after being found guilty of fielding two ineligible players.

But they put that set-back behind them to show their quality 12 months ago as they came through a difficult pool that also included regional heavyweights South Africa to secure the crown.

Zambia beat hosts Mauritius 3-0 in the final as Lameck Banda and Martin Njobvu finished as joint top-scorers. The team’s goalkeeper, Kennedy Nankhaima, also won the award for best gloveman in the tournament.

Zambia had found success hard to come by in the regional competition before that, despite a steady history of providing excellent young players.

They have also, somewhat surprisingly, only made a single appearance at the African Under-17 Championships in the past when the competition was staged in Niger in 2015.

Defeats to Nigeria and Guinea sealed a first round exit, though players such as Patson Daka, Prosper Chiluya and Enoch Mwepu have developed well since then and become stars of the Under-20 and senior national team set-up.

The Class of 2018 will be coached by Oswald Mutapa.

Source: South African Football Association

Ethical leadership needed in local government

Concerned at the number of councillors being killed, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister ZweliMkhize says local government could benefit from a sensitisationprogramme on ethical leadership.

The killing of councillors and the violent nature of community protests could be indicative of a declining morality and ethical leadership. We need external perspective as CoGTA on how we can instil ethical leadership in local government, said Minister Mkhize.

Mkhize made the remarks during a meeting on Tuesday with the leader of Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) SmangalisoMkhatshwa to discuss possible collaboration to instil ethical leadership in local government.

The MRM seeks to share common societal values such as respect and concern for all people; respect for human dignity and equality; upholding honesty, integrity and loyalty; and promotion of responsible freedom, the rule of law and democracy.

Launched in 2002, the MRM aims to drive ethical transformation and exert positive influence on the behaviour of society in support of the Reconstruction and Development Programme agenda.

CoGTA and MRM agreed to explore ways that ethical leadership could be ingrained in local government leaders and integrated into the councillor induction programme as a social aspect of the Back to Basics programme.

The programme aims to promote good governance, financial proficiency, efficient service delivery and anti-corruption attitudes in local government.

CoGTA will engage the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) – which is already in a formalised partnership with MRM to determine how CoGTA’s objectives could be integrated in the existing relationship, said the Minister.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Firearms recovered and suspects in custody

Ilembe Cluster Task Team members with Public Order Police conducted an intelligence driven operation in the early hours of 15 June 2018 at Ndwedwe area and confiscated three unlicensed firearms and 25 kilograms of dagga. Police arrested two males aged 31 and 49 in different homesteads at Malangeni Reserve.

A 31-year-old male was found with a revolver and one round of ammunition. A 49-year-old male was found with a revolver, a pistol with three rounds of ammunition and dagga in his possession. Firearms had its serial numbers filed off and suspects were charged for possession of unlicensed firearms. Possession of dagga charge was added to a 49-yerar-old suspect. They appeared in the KwaDukuza Magistrates’ Court on 15 June 2018 and were remanded in custody until 22 June 2018.

Another operation was conducted on 16 June 2018 by EThekwini Inner and Outer West Cluster members where they arrested a 32-year-old suspect and recovered a homemade revolver with four rounds of ammunition at Ophuthwini area, Inchanga. He was charged and will appear in the Camperdown Magistrates’ Court on 18 June 2018. The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to determine if they were used in any crime in the country.

Source: South Africa police Service

PROVINCES BRIEF HEALTH COMMITTEE ON STATE OF HOSPITAL SERVICES

The Portfolio Committee on Health conducted hearings with the eight provincial departments of health. The committee was briefed on the state of public hospital services. The hearings follow the tabling of the annual inspection report of the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) for the 2016/17 financial year.

The OHSC reported that 696 routine inspections were conducted, surpassing the 649 inspections undertaken during the 2015/16 financial year. All the inspections were unannounced. The OHSC highlighted concern over the state of some hospitals and clinics in the country. The office encouraged the health sector to work on improving conditions at poor-performing facilities and to maintain the ones that are doing well.

Committee Chairperson, MsLindelwaDunjwa, said it is important to note that the results do not paint an entire reflection of health establishments, however, the report highlights the serious challenges that the health sector is facing.

The provincial departments acknowledged the report of the OHSC and the challenges that they are facing in the hospitals and clinics. Responding to questions from the committee on how the departments plan to address the issues of non-compliance that have been identified by the OHSC.

In their response the provincial departments made a commitment to improve the challenges that have been reported by the OHSC.

The committee expressed concern about the amount of accruals incurred by provinces, as this has a negative impact on the delivery of quality health services. The committee said the trend of accruals is very concerning as this implies that departments start each financial year on a deficit.

Provincial departments are failing to pay outstanding accounts on time. The Gauteng Department of Health told the committee that at the start of the 2017/18 financial year, accruals amounted to R6.9 billion.

The committee is concerned about the amount of medico-legal claims provincial departments are facing. The committee is of the view that this hugely affects the current and future budgets of the departments.

Among the challenges the provinces highlighted, is the difficulty in attracting specialist doctors, particularly in rural provinces. Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern and Northern Cape informed the committee how they are struggling to fill in specialist positions.

The committee expressed dissatisfaction over the huge amounts of reported irregular and wasteful expenditure. Coupled with budget underspending, the committee said this was unacceptable, since provincial departments are facing a huge demand for services.

On the outsourcing of support services such as laundry, catering, gardening and cleaning and security, the committee said provinces need to phase out outsourcing and begin to insource these services.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

South Sudan Wants New Site for Peace Talks

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, South Sudan’s government says it wants a planned meeting between President SalvaKiir and rebel leader RiekMachar to take place outside the countries of the East Africa bloc IGAD.

Kiir and Machar were expected to meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 20. But, speaking to reporters Friday, government spokesman Michael Makuei suggested South Africa as the site for the meeting.

Machar, who is Kiir’s former deputy, has lived in exile in South Africa since fleeing South Sudan in 2016, after the collapse of a peace agreement between the government and Machar’s faction, known as the SPLM-IO.

Makuei said there were “competing interests” among IGAD member states Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia, all of which have offered to host a Kiir-Machar meeting. “It seems that there is some sort of undeclared competition,” he said.

Makuei said South Sudan’s government now preferred to have Kiir travel to South Africa to meet with Machar.

“The best thing is to hold it in a neutral ground, so that none of these three [countries] takes it for anything other than a neutral place,” he said.

IGAD still involved

Makuei said any meeting between the two leaders would still be organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, even if South Africa hosted it.

MabiorGarang, head of communications for the SPLM-IO, was not available to comment on the government’s suggestion.

Colonel Lam Paul Gabriel, the faction’s deputy military spokesman, said, “We [are] only aware of the IGAD process or the invitation given to us by the prime minister of Ethiopia, that the face-to-face meeting will happen in Addis Ababa. Anything about South Africa or any other place, we are not aware about it.”

Gabriel said Machar was preparing to arrive in Addis Ababa for the June 20 meeting with Kiir.

South Sudan’s conflict began in 2013 as a power struggle between Kiir and Machar. The civil war has displaced more than 4 million South Sudanese.

Source: Voice of America