Daily Archives: May 24, 2013

Energy Portfolio Committee to be briefed on Multi-Year Price Determination 3

_: The Portfolio Committee on Energy will today be briefed by ESKOM, the National Energy Regulator of SA (NERSA) and the SA Local Government Association (SALGA) respectively on the Multi-Year Price Determination 3 (MYPD3).

The meeting is subsequent to a decision taken by NERSA at the beginning of this year. The energy regulator approved an 8% per year average increase for the next five years.

NERSA reported that Eskom applied for an annual price increase of 16% over the MYPD3 period. The requested price increase translated into required revenues of more than R1-trillion over the MYPD3 period.

Details of the meeting are as follows:
Date: 24 May 2013
Time: 9h00
Venue: Old Assembly Building

For media enquiries or interviews with the Chairperson, please contact:
Yoliswa Landu (Ms)
Parliamentary Communication Services
Tel: 021 403 8203
Cell: 073 738 0182

Government hosts the 3rd annual Government Chief Information Officers (CIO) summit Friday, 24 May 2013

_: The 3rd annual Government Chief Information Officers Council (GITOC) Summit will be hosted by the Department of Public Service and Administration from 28 to 30 May 2013, at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town.

The Government Chief Information Officers Summit is an annual strategic event of the Government Information Technology Officers Council (GITOC) tasked with keeping government business abreast of the world of Information Technology for proper implementation and quality service delivery.

The annual event to be held under theme “towards reducing costs of doing business in government and contributing towards achieving clean audit” will provide an opportunity for delegates to strategise and discuss at length specific topical issues impacting on the function of the GITO Council members. The event is expected to host up to 200 delegates including ten international delegates.

The Council will be holding the CIO summit as part of a continuous drive to prioritise the enhancement of government’s ICT strategic business through knowledge sharing.

The summit will identify alignment opportunities to link the current strategies with the NDP. Other objectives include identifying ICT skills that will support proper implementation of government ICT frameworks; reviewing the impact of FOSS implementation within the public administration; positioning governance of ICT to enable public administration to achieve a clean audit; identifying measures to effectively monitor IT cost/spending in government; and mapping a forward looking roadmap until 2020.

Members of the media are invited as follows:
Date: 28 to 30 May 2013
Time: 08h30-17h30
Venue: International Convention Centre (ICC), Cape Town

To RSVP contact:
Olebogeng Kgasi
Cell: 076 793 4229
Tel: 012 336 1206

North West skills development initiatives empowers youth

_:Six hundred and six unemployed graduates have been appointed by provincial government departments across the North West Province in internship programmes for them to gain much needed workplace experiential learning, Premier Thandi Modise reported in the 2013/14 Departmental Policy and Budget Vote Speech for Office of the Premier she tabled in the provincial legislature on Thursday.

In announcing that 170 bursaries will be awarded to needy and deserving students to address the provincial priority skills needs, Premier Modise urged provincial departments to employ 35 beneficiaries of her department’s Talent Management Enhancement Programme. R11,9 million has been budgeted for provincial bursary scheme for the 2013/14 financial year.

Modise reported that universities have confirmed that 35 bursary holders have recently completed their degrees in the medicine, other health fields of studies, Engineering, Economics, Accounting, Social Work, Information Technology and Agriculture as their skills

“Twenty unemployed youth from Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District have completed their engineering learnership programmes, are qualified and permanently employed by various municipalities as artisan,” Premier Modise added

Modise further said that the milestone brings to 40 unemployed youth that benefitted from the partnership between the Office of the Premier, Anglo Gold Ashanti Limited and the District municipalities. Thirty-five of the 40 beneficiaries are also permanently employed.

The Office of the Premier is also hosting 18 graduates with disabilities who are part of the internship programme for People with Disabilities implemented in partnership with Disabled People South Africa and the Services Sector Education and Training Authority.

The programme is aimed at increasing the chances of employability and ultimately absorption of the graduates into the labour market.

Lesiba Moses Kgwele, Spokesperson
Tel: 018 388 3705
Cell: 083 629 1987

Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture conducts interviews for Languages Body

_: The Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture will tomorrow (Friday 24 May) start the three-day interview process for candidates shortlisted to replace the axed Board of the Pan South African Languages Board.

The process follows a decision made in June last year (2012) by the Minister of Arts and Culture to terminate the previous board’s term of office following a governance review and functioning of the organisation as well as persistent problems at the languages body.

The Committee is of the view that a proper functioning board will assist the languages body to deliver on its mandate of promoting the use of all South African official languages. Therefore the Committee aims to get the best candidates to fulfil this important role.

Details are as follows:

First day

Date: Friday, 24 May 2013
Time: 09h30
Venue: M514, 5th Floor, Marks Building

Second day

Date: Saturday, 25 May 2013
Time: 09h30
Venue: M514, 5th Floor, Marks Building

Third day

Date: Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Time: 09h30
Venue: M514, 5th Floor, Marks Building

For interviews or media enquiries with the Chairperson, please contact:
Malatswa Evans Molepo, Parliamentary Communication Services
Cell: 073 297 1914
Tel: 021 403 8438

Mpumalanga Department of Finance lead efforts to stem fraud

_: Mpumalanga is on course to stemming any incident of financial system fraud and corruption. This is according to the MEC for Finance, Mr Madala Masuku who, on Thursday, 23 May 2013 tabled his department’s policy and budget for 2013/14 at the Provincial Legislature.

MEC Masuku said his department is in the process of enhancing province’s fraud detection system in order to protect business and government from any unbecoming business practice.

“We will introduce fraud and banking system as part of the programme to improve the integrity of our financial management system.

“The system will assist in ensuring that payments are done to the right person and service provider, by eliminating the opportunity for fraud and corruption in financial transactions,” said MEC Masuku.

The provincial government is determined to fight crime and corruption hence these featured prominently in the State of the Province Address and Provincial Budget speech for 2013 that Premier David Mabuza and MEC delivered respectively in March this year.

The Department of Finance has also issued fraud risk assessment guidelines and assisted departments to intervene timeously to deal with any case of fraud in the system.

The total budget allocated to the Department of Finance for this financial year is R266 million. The budget allocation is tilted toward funding strategic support programmes; enhancing capacity of the officials in departments, public entities and municipalities and ensuring effective monitoring of implementation of financial policies and regulations in the Province.

For more information contact:
Letshela Jonas
Cell: 079 5000 154
Tel: 013 766 4323