Monthly Archives: August 2014

Commission to Speed Up KZN’s Infrastructure Backlog

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu says the Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission, established by the province, will help speed up the delivery of basic services such as houses and the eradication of the bucket toilet system.

The commission, which would facilitate the speedy collective co-ordination of all infrastructure programmes and projects in the province, was adopted by the Provincial Executive Council in their recent Lekgotla.

It will also seek to provide a platform for all national, provincial and key municipal infrastructure delivery agents to share information on and align long term infrastructure planning for the province.

Premier Mchunu said the commission will speak to a Statistics SA report released recently which showed that the use of the bucket toilet system had increased in three provinces between 2012 and 2013.

According to the report, the Non-Financial Census of Municipalities of June 2013, the Eastern Cape, North West, and KwaZulu-Natal reported increases.

Premier Mchunu said in the next five years, the provincial government will focus on the creation of comprehensive human settlements and eradication of slums and informal dwellings in the long term.

South African, Premier Mchunu said, has made significant aances in the delivery houses which currently stands at of 3.3 million houses nationally of which 514 604 were built in KwaZulu-Natal.

With regards to the bucket system, the Premier said he was concerned that despite the fact that the bucket toilet system had been eradicated in 2012, the Stats SA report shows that by June 2013 there were 1 585 new households using this system.

“This is the most humiliating system which we are determined to eradicate whenever and wherever it is reported.

“We are committed to ensuring that all spheres of government work with tighter co-ordination and sharper timetables to fast-track the construction of quality housing on suitable land, particularly in urban areas.”

He also committed to resolving challenges such as the protracted delays by the local, district and metropolitan municipalities, regarding the provision of bulk infrastructure water, sanitation and electricity.

He said they were moving with speed with the slums clearance project because they have realised that slums makes it possible for people to use the bucket toilet system.

To date, there are 114 slum clearance projects in the province, located mostly in urban areas.

Twenty-nine projects are currently under construction and 85 are undergoing various town planning and related planning activities.

Seventy seven of the 114 slum clearance projects are located in the Ethekwini Metro, of which most are in the Northern Region, under town planning and related planning activities.

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Amajita Make History

The South African National Under-20 side, Amajita are through to the finals of the CAF Youth Championships after beating Cameroon 2-1 at Peter Mokaba Stadium to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Despite falling behind to an early strike by the visitors, Shakes Mashaba’s boys never lost their nerve and their 2-1 victory was true value of their historic efforts.

Cameroon took an early lead (1-0) in the 3rd minute when Noubissi Marius’s low shot gave Jethren Barr no chance. Barr looked jittery in the opening minutes and could have been punished further moments later.

Pierre Kunde then saw his powerful shot fly over the bar as the visitors upped the antic.

Amajita had to again defend in numbers in the 25 minute as Cameroon threatened but a timely tackle by captain Ayabulela Maqwaka saved the situation.

Siyanda Ngubo then saw his shot blocked inside the box as Amajita pushed men upfront searching for the equaliser.

They finally got the equaliser with seven minutes to go to half-time when Fagrie Lakay went on a solo run before burying a thunderous shot into the roof of the net.

Moments later Ngubo could have given Amajita the lead but decided to pass the ball inside the box when taking a shot could have been a better option.

Cameroon then hit the crossbar on a sweeping counter-attack through Tabekou Ouambe.

Lakay then got a second in the dying minutes of the second half to give the home team a 2-1 aantage.

The second half began at the same frantic pace as the first half with Cameroon looking to quickly hit back.

But they were pegged back as Amajita hit the bar from a free kick soon after through Lakay.

Pule Maraisane then saw his chip tantalising over the bar after being set up by Ngubo.

Amajita v Cameroon line-ups:

South Africa: Jethren Barr, Madisha Motjeka, Bongane Mathabela, Ayabulela Maqwaka, Siyanda Ngubo, Pule Maraisane, Aubrey Maphosa, Denwin Farmer, Fagrie Lakay, Tshepo Chaine, Morne Nel.

Subs: Khumbulani Mkhize, Tebogo Moerane, Hashim Domingo, Tioto Leepile, Siphelele Luthile, Mpho Mathekga, Dikgang Ngcobo

Cameroon: Joseph Ebogo (GK), Bana Moussa, Thomas Libih, Pierre Kunde, Tabekou Ouambe, Christian Bassogo, Tah Anunga, Andoulo Serge, Noubissi Marius, Jean Abanda Koa, Franck Bagnack

Subs: Ngah Frabrice, Anselme Bigna, Alain Ebwele, Achille Adamou, Emmanuel Dokongue, Zang Gayene Bassama Ntsole

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AG to Probe Corruption Allegations in Bekkersdal

The Auditor-General’s (AG) office will on Monday commence with its work to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration at the Westonaria Local Municipality.

Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo made the announcement at the weekend.

The municipality is among others responsible for Bekkersdal, which has been engulfed in service delivery protests, which led to the destruction of public property that runs into millions, in recent months.

The announcement follows the meeting on Friday between the provincial and national Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), the provincial Department of Human Settlements, Westonaria Local Municipality, office of the Auditor-General and the Greater Westonaria Concerned Residents Association (GWCRA) to discuss allegations of impropriety against the Westonaria Municipality and the Bekkersdal Urban Renewal Project (BURP).

“The Auditor-General will be commencing with its work on Monday and the whole process will take three months to complete,” MEC Mamabolo said.

MEC Mamabolo said all the affected parties will be interviewed and necessary documents will be obtained in order to get to the bottom of the issues raised by the residents’ association.

“The Westonaria Local Municipality has also committed to make results of the Auditor-General findings available to the Bekkersdal community,” MEC Mamabolo said.

He also committed to further engagement to find lasting solutions and to create a platform of dialogue which has saw protests declining in the area.

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Women in Leadership Urged to Uplift Others

A Tshwane businesswoman has challenged women in leadership positions to act as a channel of uplifting other women who are less fortunate by creating opportunities for employment.

“Women in leadership positions, industry, academia and politics should act as conduit of the upliftment of other women by creating opportunities and initiatives for employment, as well as creating and supporting meaningful corporate social responsibility programmes, which ultimately touch on enterprise development, socio-economic development projects which further the cause of gender parity,” said Tshwane businesswoman, Dr Anna Mokgokong.

“Under these circumstances, there is no room for failure and there is no mediocrity. We need to create more female industrialists because if they are at the top, they can be role models for our young people,” she said.

The doctor-turned-entrepreneur, who is the executive chairperson of Community Investment Holdings Company, was speaking at a ‘Women in Business’ luncheon, hosted by the City of Tshwane in partnership with Proudly South Africa, on Friday.

Themed, “Women of Destiny: Tshwane Investing in Business Women 2055”, the luncheon aimed at discussing gender equity and economic growth.

Mokgokong, who stopped practicing as a doctor two years before the dawn of democracy, encouraged South African women to be assertive and stand up for their rights.

“You don’t just arrive at success it’s a careful and meticulous calculated move. You must ooze with confidence as the City is open to uplift businesswomen. We need activists in the boardrooms because corporate South Africa is appalling in terms of transformation… numbers don’t lie.

“The courage, strength, spirit, innovation and leadership displayed daily by South African women are truly inspiring,” she said.

Dr Mokgokong said the 20 years of democracy brought about meaningful change in such a way that even the City of Tshwane is hoping to have the most number of successful entrepreneurial women and industrialists in the next 20 years.

“Remember, we have just gone through the first 20 years, where we were levelling the fields to plant and the field is levelled, now we are ready, so let’s go and work.

“If you set your mind towards success, there is no way that you can fail. We all have the propensity to become business leaders, but this can lie dormant within us. You can even go to your grave with the seeds of greatness in you, hence it needs to be ignited,” she said.

With a smile, Mokgokong told SAnews before she qualified as a medical student she had a four-month business in Ga-Rankuwa shopping centre selling handbags.

“When I started I had nothing, but today government is creating a lot of opportunities for us as women. The City has rolled out the red carpet for us with the view of driving radical economic transformation, but all these opportunities need innovative women.”

The City’s Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said: “As women, you must generate ideas that are beginning to foreground the work that we are doing of enhancing the prospects of resolving the social-economic conflict in our society. There must be some effort from you to help us to respond to the challenges that are facing society.”

Proudly South African Chief Executive Officer A Leslie Sedibe said a lot of negative stories about the country come from South Africans themselves.

“Very sadly, some of the negative things said about South Africa, actually come from South Africans, if you think that there’s something wrong with society, watch your heart and watch your mouth because out of abundance of your heart, your mouth will speak, that’s what we need to be careful of.

“We believe in partnership and productivity. We need to be productive as South Africans and re-industrialise South Africa,” he said.

In order to grow the economy through fighting inequality, unemployment and poverty, Sedibe urged business women to buy South African products. “You must watch what you buy and where it was made because the more you buy products that are not made in South Africa, you are creating job opportunities elsewhere,” he said.

National President of Junior Chamber International (South Africa) Angel Kgokolo said: “The youth unemployment rate is very high, but if we can collaborate as business women and desist from blaming government, we can be able to find a sustainable solution facing the current generation”.

Barclays Head of Business Banking in South Africa, Happy Ralinala, said for them, it is an undeniable fact that the solution to unemployment lies in the development of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, today marks the close of Women’s Month. South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. The Government of South Africa declared August women’s month and 9 August is celebrated annually as Women’s Day.

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President Zuma Orders Ambassadors to Market SA

President Jacob Zuma has told South African ambassadors and high commissioners stationed abroad to continue telling the country’s good story of success, while marketing the country’s goods and services.

Given all the global and national economic complexities, he said, the country needs its ambassadors to work harder as Heads of Missions to ensure that South Africa becomes a preferred destination for any prospective tourist and also for business.

“We want more markets for South African goods abroad and we want more investments to flow towards South Africa. We want you to play your role in this regard,” he said on Sunday at the 2014 Heads of Mission Conference.

The new government, he said, has continued to put the economy as the apex priority in the next five years with the growth target set for five percent by 2019.

The efforts, he said, would be promoting a positive environment for economic growth and development in order to address poverty, unemployment and inequality.

He said missions should gear themselves to support the economic cluster and the country’s business community in opening up opportunities for engagement.

“Our Heads of Mission should prepare themselves for vigorous marketing and trade promotion over the next five years,” President Zuma said.

“We want to open more opportunities abroad for our goods and services and also want to attract more investment towards our country in the next five years.”

The President said he intends meeting with business soon to discuss this matter. “Nothing is impossible if we work together, putting our country first.”

The Department of Trade (dti) and Industry has started marketing South Africa and has set a target of creating 15 government to government trade platforms, to hold 19 Trade and Outward Investment Missions, facilitate the signing of 11 Enabling Agreements.

The dti also wants to address market access barriers in some countries in the continent and provide training on Standards and Quality Assurance in some countries, while it continues to explore trade and investment opportunities within BRICS countries.

As part of rebranding South Africa, government has also established an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Information and Publicity led by the Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. They will work with other departments to promote strategic communication campaigns to keep South Africans informed and also to promote economic and commercial diplomacy.

The President has also ordered the ambassadors to promote the National Development Plan Vision for 2030 and continue to promote the African Agenda, saying it remains the anchor of South Africa’s foreign policy.

“We should thus continue to work closely in support of the African Union, and its agencies to build a credible, prosperous and peaceful Africa.”

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