Daily Archives: March 9, 2014

Limpopo youth embrace Vision 2030

Pretoria: Limpopo youth have pledged their commitment to the country’s Vision 2030, which seeks to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality throughout the nation.

Learners and youth from across that province met on Saturday at Merensky School in Tzaneen, to take part in an outreach programme held by Brand South Africa, in partnership with The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment.

The Play Your Part – National Development Plan (NDP) outreach programme saw youth discuss the role they should play to ensure South Africa realises its Vision 2030.

“It is vital that young people become part of the conversation about South Africa’s development so they are able to contribute to the implementation of Vision 2030, which is our blueprint for social and economic development that will ultimately reduce the levels of inequality in our country,” said Brand SA.

Youngsters, who are already making a difference in their communities, participated in the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment initiative.

Goitse Konopi, assistant researcher at the National Planning Commission (NPC), made a presentation to the young people before discussing their views on the NDP.

Thabiso Magodielo, Manager: Stakeholder Relations at Brand South Africa, said: “As citizens continue to reflect on the gains of our political freedom since 1994, with South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy this year, the NDP … firmly asserts the importance of owning the plan to change our country for the better.

“It is inspiring to see young people giving up their Saturday and coming together to talk about our collective future with their peers. Government agencies and other stakeholders should continue to provide platforms for the young champions in our society, with the hope that more young people will be inspired to be the change they wish to see in their world.”

The President’s Award coordinator, Palesa Matuludi, said: “On a daily basis, we see and work with young people who are not waiting for government to make things happen. Instead, they initiate community development through our interventions.

“With government’s support, through Brand South Africa and the NPC partnership, these young people can only be encouraged to do more and embrace the NDP as their own because they now get why they should be involved from wherever they are.”

Similar dialogues and workshops will continue to be held around the country, with the aim of highlighting the objectives of the NDP and the role young people can play.


SA participates in SADC council meeting

Pretoria: International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman will lead a South African delegation to a two-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers meeting, which starts on Monday in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Malawi is the current chair of SADC.

“The SADC Council of Ministers meeting is a statutory meeting of the regional body, which convenes twice annually, usually in March and in August.

“The meeting usually considers matters from different sectors for decision and for noting. It also examines the performance of SADC institutions and approves its work programme and budget for the next fiscal year,” said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).

SADC is the primary vehicle for South African foreign policy to achieve regional development and integration within the region. It strives for a balanced and equitable regional integration, as a condition for sustainable development in the region.

South Africa is one of the 15 Member States of SADC, which includes Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Relocation of Coligny flood victims begins

Pretoria: The North West government has started relocating 16 families from the wetland in Monotomosetlha informal settlement near Coligny.

Though the delayed relocation had caused some residents to blockade the N14 in protest on Friday, the North West government said it expected things to proceed smoothly after residents were assured that a farm, bought by the Department of Human Settlements for a housing development project, is still available.

“Residents of Tlhabologang township felt that the new arrivals, some of whom [have spent] less than a month in the area, were jumping the housing queue.

“They calmed down and dispersed after the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Desbo Mohono, and the mayor of Ditsobotla, Lesego Holele, explained to them that the relocation is part of relief efforts to ensure that all families who are affected by floods are assisted, and that those who are displaced and temporarily accommodated at churches are relocated to a habitable area,” said spokesperson in the office of the premier, Moses Kgwele.

Premier Thandi Modise has urged municipalities to alert the Provincial Disaster Management Centre of all flooding incidents to ensure that relief efforts and support reach those in need quicker.

“Communication and proactive engagement among role players is key to mobilise capacity and support to manage all disaster incidents,” she said.

An inter-governmental task team is doing a door-to-door impact assessment and distributing food parcels, tents and processing of social relief of distress grants to those affected by the floods.


Premier Modise welcomes disciplinary action in Nazi salute incident

Pretoria: North West Premier Thandi Modise has welcomed confirmation that disciplinary action is being taken against those responsible for the reported Nazi salutes at North West University’s Potchefstroom Campus.

“It is encouraging to hear that action is being taken to ensure that these kinds of practices are not repeated. There is no place for practices that undermine the strides we have made towards building a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society.

“The sceptre of racism and ethnicity in all its manifestation should remain buried in the ugly past we are all struggling to forget,” said Premier Modise.

The salute was allegedly performed during an initiation ceremony at the campus.

Earlier, Premier Modise had strongly condemned the incident. She also echoed President Jacob Zuma and Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande’s call for the university to get rid of any racial practices.


Equal rights key to thriving societies – Premier Modise

Pretoria: North West Premier Thandi Modise says equal rights and opportunities for women are crucial to building healthy economies and societies.

The premier’s comments come as the country joined the world in celebrating International Women’s Day on Saturday.

“Women’s full and equal participation in the political and economic arena is crucial to democracy and justice, because equal rights and opportunity underpin healthy economies and societies,” she said in a statement.

Premier Modise said the celebration of International Women’s Day should remind everyone that the mission of transforming South Africa fully and reversing the legacy of apartheid could not be done by government alone.

She said it was the responsibility of all South Africans, “black and white, rich and poor”.

She commended everyone who advocates for women’s advancement.

“We thank and salute women’s groups, churches, faith-based organisations and non-government organisations that have awoken to embrace our partnership to challenge the status quo for women’s equality. Working together, we have done more and have a good story to tell,” she said.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated annually on March 8 since 1911.