Monthly Archives: August 2012

Parents urged to register children early for 2013

Mbombela: Parents in Mpumalanga have one month left to register their children early for the 2013 school year.

Registration started at public schools across the province in July and ends on 28 September.

“The early registration of all learners in Mpumalanga will help our schools plan better for the coming year,” says provincial education MEC Reginah Mhaule.

The department has set strict deadlines to ensure proper planning is in place for the 2013 academic year.

Mhaule said the early registration and finalisation of pupil numbers at each school will help the department plan their budget better.

Schools will also know how many teachers they need for the 2013 school year. “This makes it easy for schools to prepare plans in advance,” she explains.

District managers have been instructed to finalise their registration reports by the end of October.

Circuit managers have until 16 November to iron out all problems with registration. “A final report on the admission of learners must be submitted to the head of the Department of Education by the end of November,” said Mhaule.

The MEC stressed that pupils may not be denied admission if their parents haven’t paid school fees or if the children have a different home language to the school’s medium of instruction.

She said circuit managers in the department must ensure that there are “no glitches” on the first day of school next year. “Learning (must) take place smoothly,” Mhaule says.

Meanwhile, the department has promised that all learner, teacher support materials and textbooks for 2013 will be delivered to schools in the first week of Decembers.

Principals were instructed to place their orders for stationery, textbooks and other goods by 3 August.

“According to the agreement with our service providers (EduSolutions), we must expect deliveries in November 2012. Our expectation is that all our schools must have received their materials by the first week of December 2012,” said Mhaule.

Mpumalanga will replace textbooks for all Grade 4, 5, 6 and 11 pupils for the coming academic year.

Gender Equality Bill out for public comments

Pretoria: The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill, which was approved by Cabinet last week, has been published in the Government Gazette and is ready for public comments.

The Bill provides for the elimination of all practices that violate the rights of women to social, political, economic and cultural freedom and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and girls.

It strongly calls for equal participation of women in the economy and for equal representation of women in positions of decision-making (50/50) in both private and public sectors. It also provides for the monitoring of all legislation that address inequalities, discriminations against women, violence against women, access to services and economic empowerment.

The Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities said it had always been of the view that the empowerment of women and gender equality could not be left to market forces.

“We are confident that through this Bill, we will be responding to the calls made by many women of our country, who find themselves discriminated against on the basis of their gender,’ the department said.

It further highlighted that South Africa has made commitments through the Constitution, various pieces of legislation and international conventions to respect, promote, protect and advance the rights of women, and everyone has a collective duty and obligation to honour these commitments.

Any person wishing to comment on the Bill is invited to submit written comments within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Gazette to the following addresses: The Director General: Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Attention: Adv Carien Pienaar; Private Bag X931; Pretoria; 0001 or faxed to 086 765 9905; or emailed to Natalie@dwcpd.gov.za or hand delivered at 36 Hamilton Street, Arcadia, Pretoria (Office B103).

Enquiries in connection with the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill can be directed to Adv Carien Pienaar at 012 359 0211 or Ms Nondumiso Maome at 012 359 0209 or nondumiso@dwcpd.gov.za.

Chabangu included in Bafana squad to face Brazil

Pretoria: Bafana Bafana’s new coach, Gordon Igesund included Moroka Swallows on-form striker Lerato Chabangu to his squad to face Brazil and Mozambique in two international friendly matches.

Igesund announced his first squad, since he was appointed as Bafana head coach, at SAFA House on Thursday.

Bafana will take on Brazil at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paolo on Friday, 7 September before they host Mozambique on Tuesday, 11 September at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

The squad announced by Igesund includes Goal keepers: Wayne Sandilands (Sundowns), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs).

Defenders: Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates), Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United), Bongani Khumalo (Greek club PAOK), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Anele Ngcongca, Punch Masenamela (Sundowns), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates).

Midfielders: Kamohelo Makotjo (Dutch club Feyenoord), Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United), Steven Pienaar (Everton), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam), Katlego Mashego (Free State Stars), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic) and Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

Strikers: May Mahlangu, Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows), Siyabonga Nomvethe (Moroka Swallows), Dino Ndlovu (Maccabi Haifa) and Thamsanqa Gabuza (Golden Arrows).

Meanwhile, Brazil coach Mano Menezes has already announced his 22-man squad. Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Diego Alves (Valencia/ESP), Cassio (Corinthians). Defenders: Alex Sandro (Porto), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Adriano (Barcelona), Thiago Silva (PSG), David Luiz (Chelsea/ENG), Rever (Atletico Mineiro), Dede (Vasco).

Midfielders: Sandro (Tottenham), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Romulo (Spartak Moscow), Ramires (Chelsea), Paulinho (Corinthians), Oscar (Chelsea), Arouca (Santos). Strikers: Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Neymar (Santos), Jonas (Valencia), Hulk (Porto).

Mothers must support young inmates: Ndebele

Pretoria: Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has called on mothers to support young inmates.

“We are calling upon our mothers, in particular, to help us focus on the vast bulk of inmates – young Black men. We have approximately 53 000 youth in our remand detention facilities and correctional centres, and a large number of inmates who, while not under 25, are still in the prime of their life. We must change this,” Ndebele said.

“We need to accept that crime and criminality is entirely about failures in society, and not a direct consequence of the failures of the system of Corrections.”

Ndebele said preventing a life of criminality begins with the family unit, the social fibre and the opportunities for growth that children get access to.

He said it is an extremely concerning that children, who normally should not be at the correctional facilities, have committed serious crimes ranging from murder, rape and theft.

“The fact that these children, as young as 17 years of age, have committed serious crimes should make society question where we have failed in protecting our children from a life of crime,” Ndebele said.

Ndebele said the manner in which children are brought up determines the kind of society in the future, including the individuals living in such a society.

“Many children start a life of delinquency at a tender age, running away from school and committing petty crimes.

“Many of our offenders are young people who have never experienced proper upbringing, and family life, themselves. It is for this reason that the department has introduced training of offenders in Early Childhood Development (ECD) skills so that they can become ECD practitioners,” Ndebele said.

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) Women’s Month programme is being celebrated under the theme, “Addressing Inequality and Empowering Women Officials and Offenders in the DCS: Together Contributing towards the Progressive Future for Women.”

SA concerned over Syrian conflict

Pretoria: The current situation in Syria is a major concern for South Africa, says International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman.

“We continue to call for the resolution of the conflict through diplomatic and peaceful means. We reiterate our view that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Syria,” he said.

Speaking at the Ministerial Interactive Debate of the XVI Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Teheran, Iran, Fransman also reiterated South Africa’s support at the appointment of Laktar Brahimi as a Joint Special Representative for Syria and called on all the parties to the Syrian conflict to cooperate with Brahimi.

On the issue of the Middle East, Fransman said the situation there and in particular the plight of the Palestinians and their “struggle for self-determination” should remain at the core of the movement’s efforts for global peace and security.

“The Palestinian struggle remains and continues to be a legitimate struggle for freedom, justice and equality. We should continue to be vocal about our condemnation and disapproval of the Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territories. It is regrettable that until today the UN Security Council has failed to act on the Palestine/Israeli conflict due to the veto of one permanent member,” he said.

The summit should send a strong message to the Israelis that the continued occupation of Palestine and construction of settlements would not be tolerated, Fransman added.

The effectiveness of the movement needed to be enhanced to ensure lasting peace through joint global governance. “To achieve this we should be open minded to constructive criticism. We must be able to look at ourselves critically where necessary,” the deputy minister added.

There could be no lasting peace without addressing the needs of people which included democracy, human rights, poverty eradication and sustainable development.

“South Africa firmly believes that development and security are inextricably linked. Therefore the key challenge for our Movement in the pursuit of lasting peace must be how it amasses its collective strength to rise to the challenges of sustainable development,” he said.

The Movement should be repositioned to be at the centre of global governance where the needs of people are addressed – bearing in mind that freedom, justice and equality are meaningless in the face of persistent poverty, Fransman noted.

Members of the Movement should strive for unity across the UN bodies and not to allow national interests to take precedence over collective objectives, he added.

He called for the Movement to redouble its efforts towards the reform of the UN and its main bodies.

“The anachronistic configuration of the UN Security Council is untenable in today’s world. We must also improve the effectiveness of the General Assembly,” he pointed out.