South Africa: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa Briefs Ncop On His Key Responsibilities

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who is also Leader of Government Business in Parliament will tomorrow, Wednesday 9 November 2016, brief members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on some of his key responsibilities as assigned to him by President Jacob Zuma.

The briefing will take place against the background of oral replies to members of the NCOP which covers a wide range of issues of national importance including work around the efforts to combat the HIV and Aids epidemic; Human Resource Development Strategy; as well as expanding on reasons why South Africa is set to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Deputy President Ramaphosa chairs the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) charged with the responsibility of leading the fight against HIV and Aids epidemic. Through the Council which includes government departments and other civil society stakeholders, greater impact has been made in reducing mother to child transmission. South Africa today provides 3.4 million HIV positive people with antiretroviral treatment. In addition South Africa has launched the largest TB screening campaign to detect and combat TB infections.

In this regard, Deputy President will update members of the NCOP on the country's efforts to develop an effective vaccine to prevent HIV infection.

Deputy President Ramaphosa on the other hand leads South Africa's Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) tasked with the role of developing the country's human resource development strategy.

In this regard and in pursuit of the objectives of the strategy, Deputy President Ramaphosa this year visited Vietnam and Singapore to identify opportunities for South African students to study abroad in a variety of skills disciplines. Accordingly the Deputy President will brief the NCOP on the HRDCs five-point plan and recommendations of the Council's Technical Task Teams (TTTs) aimed at unlocking logjams in expanding South Africa's skills base.

The Deputy President will also reflect on the work between government, labour and business in efforts to continue to attract foreign direct investments to assist in growing the economy while pushing back the frontiers of poverty, unemployment and inequality while moving South Africa forward.

Deputy President Ramaphosa led a South African team to the World Economic Forum (WEF) held in Rwanda among others to assure global and regional investors that South Africa remains an attractive destination for investments and to underline that South Africa's institutions of democracy remain resilient.

On international relations, the Deputy President is expected to expand on reasons for South Africa's withdrawal from the ICC.

South Africa outlined that the Rome Statute establishing the ICC is incompatible with the country's domestic laws regarding immunity for visiting foreign heads of state and government that may be subject to investigations by the ICC. It is the view of the government that its continued membership of the ICC compromises South Africa's efforts to assist in the creation of peace and security in the continent.

Similarly the Deputy President is expected to reflect on the viability of having two separate education SETAS for Local Government and the Public Service.

Source: The Presidency.

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