Daily Archives: May 11, 2014

UK Foreign Secretary congratulates South Africa on elections

LONDON, United-Kingdom, May 11, 2014 – Foreign Secretary welcomes South Africans’ determination to maintain Mandela’s legacy; UK to remain steadfast partner.

Speaking today, the Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

“I would like to congratulate South Africa on the conclusion of their successful elections. In this 20th anniversary year of the transition to democracy their commitment to democratic processes, demonstrated through the high voter turnout and conduct of the election, is testament to the South African people’s determination to maintain the legacy for which former President Mandela and others fought so strongly. The United Kingdom will continue to be a steadfast partner to South Africa as we strengthen our bilateral relationship across the broad links that exist between our two countries.”

SOURCE: United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Government calls for unity to move South Africa forward

Government commends all South Africans for making the 2014 national and provincial elections a resounding success. The sight of millions of South Africans queuing to vote demonstrated a vibrant and maturing democracy.

Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams said, “The elections have served to renew and strengthen our democracy. We are pleased by the great turnout in particular first time voters. Statistics from the IEC show that more people than ever before have chosen to exercise their right to vote”.

The remarkable turnout of young voters bodes well for the South African democracy. “We are inspired by the overwhelming number of young people who came out to vote across the country. This is a clear indication that the future of South Africa is in good hands”, Williams said.

Government applauds all the political parties for the spirit of national unity which prevailed during the elections. “During this time, government appeals to everyone to celebrate responsibly and within the law, “The future is now in our hands and we must all do our best to build a winning nation”, said Williams.

As the country begins to look forward to the next decade of freedom, South Africans should rightly be proud of what they have achieved in 20 Years of Freedom. As we move forward we need to inculcate the culture of activism and tolerance displayed during the elections period in the daily life of our country. Government recognises the facilitation role that was played by media and the public engagement through election debates and dialogue. This has assisted in mobilising and stimulated interest in the 2014 general elections.

The elections were hard fought and contested with remarkable political maturity and tolerance and now that the divisive political battles have come to an end, government calls on all South Africans to unite behind a common goal of moving the country forward in line with the Vision 2030 as mapped out in the National Development Plan.


SA U20 Captain Bullish Ahead of Ethiopia Tie

Captain of the South African Men’s Under 20 team, Ayabulela Maqgwaka is confident his side will do well in the second round, first leg clash against Ethiopia on Sunday in the 2015 African Youth Championships. The match will take place at the National Stadium in the capital Addis Ababa.

Kickoff is at 16h00 Ethiopian time (15h00 SA time).

“I am predicting a tough encounter but we want to go into the game with an open mind. We know what we want to achieve. We know very little about Ethiopia hence it is important to concentrate on our game. I believe every player called up for their national team is good enough to do the best for the country,” said the Ajax Cape Town defender.

Maqgwaka said winning the first game was very critical as it sets the tone for the remainder of the qualifiers.

“The first match is always very important because it will give us the direction so winning here is very critical. We obviously want to win here so that when we return home we have an aantage. And it will be much easier with our supporters and families on our side,” added Maqgwaka.

The defender played a key role in the squad that won the U20 COSAFA CUP tournament last year although some players that played a key role in that win are unavailable for this tie.

“Those new players in the team should take aantage and make their mark. The truth about the national team is that no one has a permanent position and we have to work hard when an opportunity avails itself,” added the captain.

The hard tackling defender however, admitted that there was pressure in playing for the national team in the sense that defeat brings disappointment to the whole country.

“This is a crucial match. Doing well here will take us a step closer to qualifying for the Africa Youth Championships and eventually the World Cup, and that is all I am thinking about right now.”

Source : South African Football Association

ANC Humbled By South Africans’ Confidence

The African National Congress (ANC) is excited and humbled by the confidence that South Africans have in the organisation, says ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

Speaking to SAnews on Saturday, ahead of the final announcement by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Mthembu said the confidence and trust South Africans have in the ANC is not misplaced.

“We will continue to double our efforts to work for the people of this country together with them so that one day, as the National Development Plan (NDP) says, we will be able to better the lives of all our people as we have started in the past 20 years,” Mthembu assured.

According to the preliminary results released by the IEC on Friday, the ANC received an overwhelming majority of the ballots with 62.16 percent of the vote.

The party received 11 436 654 votes, which was less than the 11 650 748 votes (65.9%) it received in 2009.

Except for the Western Cape, the ANC took the lead in all other provinces during this year’s national elections, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which secured 4 089 043 (22.22%).

Although the ANC could not seal the majority votes in Western Cape, an optimistic Mthembu said it’s not a lost case and promised that the party will try again to take the province in 2019.

“We have given it our best shot but the people of Western Cape have spoken, that’s democracy in action, and we respect their voice. We will try in 2016 during the local government elections, hopefully then our structure would have been solidified.

“Come 2016, 2019, we would be able to take the province again,” Mthembu said with confidence.

Mthembu said the ANC has also undertaken to double its efforts and look closer at working better with local government.

He acknowledged that while many ANC councillors were doing a splendid job, there were many more that were not, which results in service delivery protests in some areas.

“Where we have failed is that we have not spoken to our people in some municipalities. That’s why people take to the streets, unfortunately burn things and their own assets, which is something we decry every day,” Mthembu said.

The IEC will at 6pm today release the final results of the General Elections at its ROC in Pretoria.

Source : SAnews.gov.za

The DA Youth Salutes Lindiwe Mazibuko On Her New Venture [press release]

The DA Youth congratulates Lindiwe Mazibuko on her exciting new venture to take a place at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Lindiwe Mazibuko is everything that is good and right about our party. She espouses honesty, authenticity and a sheer drive for excellence. Her acceptance into Harvard is further proof of her focus and determination to be the best that she can possibly be.

As the the DA Youth we continue to be inspired and proud of Lindiwe who has undoubtedly given many of us the courage and inspiration to follow in her foot steps.

We wish her all the very best in her future endeavors and look forward to watching her career as she continues to contribute to South Africa upon her return.

On behalf of the DA Youth I say farewell qhawekazi lethu.

Mbali Ntuli , Leader of the Democratic Alliance Youth

Source : Democratic Alliance