Daily Archives: December 2, 2017

President Zuma to officially open the Dumisani Makhaye Drive

President Jacob Zuma will today, 02 December 2017, officially open for public use the new Dumisani Makhaye Drive (Main Road 577) in Clermont, Durban as part of Government’s nationwide programme of infrastructure development.

The completion of the R1.3 billion road infrastructure project makes it the biggest road infrastructure development in the country in five years and epitomises government’s service delivery excellence. For the first time, the road will connect, among others, the communities of Newlands, KwaMashu, Inanda, KwaDabeka, Clermont and Pinetown.

Significantly, the road will also be a new, alternative route to the King Shaka International Airport for traffic coming from the Pietermaritzburg and Pinetown areas, which will now ease traffic congestion on the N2/ N3 interchange.

The road is being named after the late struggle hero, Mr Dumisani Makhaye, who also served in various capacities including as MEC in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Executive Council.

The naming of the road is part of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government’s Roads Naming and Renaming Legacy Project, which is aimed at naming and renaming roads and bridges infrastructure in the province’s roads network to help communities reclaim their historical legacy, pride and heritage by giving new, meaningful names to new and existing provincial roads and bridges.

The completion of the main road works, which paves the way for the use of the road by members of the public, especially motorists, is a major step in the government’s drive to create easy access for communities for socio-economic development.

The Dumisani Makhaye Drive spans the uMngeni River and provides a strategic link between Duffs Road in KwaMashu to Dinkelman in New Germany. It cuts off a massive 16 kilometers for traffic using N3 to connect to N2, and will help eradicate the legacy of colonialism and apartheid-based spatial planning.

Source: The presidency Republic of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: GOVERNMENT, TRADITIONAL LEADERS JOIN HANDS TO DEFEAT HIV

MTHATHA (South Africa), Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle says as South Africa observes the 29th World Aids Day communities and traditional leaders are being mobilised to join the world in taking responsibility to defeat the HIV and Aids pandemic.

This year’s focus is on the institution of traditional leaders because traditional communities see the prevalence of this disease, particularly on young women where we see an increase in infections, said the Premier.

He was speaking to media on Friday at the Bumbane Great Place at the AbaThembu Kingdom in the Eastern Cape where the main World Aids Day commemoration is taking place.

The Premier, along with other government leaders, is there ahead of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s dialogue with Kings, Queens and other traditional leaders on issues around HIV and Aids.

The Premier said the commemoration is influenced by the National Strategic Plan which emphasises doubling efforts to prevent the spread of HIV. The NSP is a roadmap for united action to take the country’s HIV, TB and sexually transmitted diseases response to a new level and overcoming these major public health challenges

The Eastern Cape is ranked 6th in terms of HIV infection rates in the country. The Premier said there are a number of factors that led to the increase in the number of infections in the province.

Among them is the high unemployment rate that disempowers young girls from completing their education and gaining independence. These young women can end up falling prey to older men who believe that if they date young women they will be cured of HIV.

We are gathering here to raise awareness to make sure that people use protection and use preventative measures to stop the spread of HIV.

Hundreds of young girls, who are under the Inkciyo programme for virgins, sang and danced to greet the Acting King of abaThembu, Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo, and to welcome guests.

The Acting King donated a cow to the Inkciyo programme and encouraged girls to maintain their virginity, which will reduce their chances of contacting sexually transmitted diseases.

The official programme will take place later this afternoon at the Walter Sisulu University Stadium. Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the chairperson of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC), will address the occasion.

World Aids Day takes place on 1 December each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from Aids-related illness.

Founded in 1988, World Aids Day was the first ever global health day.

South Africa’s theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘It is my right to know my status. Prevention is my responsibility’.

According to SANAC, South Africa hopes to reduce new HIV infections by more than 60% from an estimated 270 000 in 2016 to below 100 000 by 2022.

The country also aims to reduce TB incidence by at least 30% from 450 000 to 315 000.

About 3.7 million citizens are on ARV treatment, which also helps to reduce the death rate, but it acknowledges that work is not so well done in protecting people from HIV infections.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

President Jacob Zuma sends condolences to the family of liberation struggle veteran Edward “Eddie” Daniels

President Zuma saddened by the passing of struggle veteran, Mr Daniels

President Jacob Zuma has expressed deep sadness and extended his condolences to the family on the passing of the liberation struggle veteran and former Robben Island prisoner, Mr Edward Eddie Daniels.

We have learned with deep sadness the passing of one of the dedicated and fearless liberation struggle veteran and political prisoner, Comrade Edward Daniels, who contributed immensely in the struggle for freedom and development of the democratic South Africa. We wish to convey our sincere heartfelt condolences to Daniels family and relatives, our prayer and thoughts are with them in this difficult period. May his soul rest in peace, President Zuma.

Mr Daniels will be forever remembered for his selflessness and self-motivated leadership he demonstrated during the struggle against apartheid. Born in District Six in Cape Town in 1928, Mr Daniels fought fearlessly for justice and human rights for all; an act that led to his 15 years imprisonment in 1964 in the Robben Island.

Source: Government of South Africa

President Jacob Zuma sends condolences to the family of liberation struggle veteran Edward “Eddie” Daniels

President Zuma saddened by the passing of struggle veteran, Mr Daniels

President Jacob Zuma has expressed deep sadness and extended his condolences to the family on the passing of the liberation struggle veteran and former Robben Island prisoner, Mr Edward Eddie Daniels.

We have learned with deep sadness the passing of one of the dedicated and fearless liberation struggle veteran and political prisoner, Comrade Edward Daniels, who contributed immensely in the struggle for freedom and development of the democratic South Africa. We wish to convey our sincere heartfelt condolences to Daniels family and relatives, our prayer and thoughts are with them in this difficult period. May his soul rest in peace, President Zuma.

Mr Daniels will be forever remembered for his selflessness and self-motivated leadership he demonstrated during the struggle against apartheid. Born in District Six in Cape Town in 1928, Mr Daniels fought fearlessly for justice and human rights for all; an act that led to his 15 years imprisonment in 1964 in the Robben Island.

Source: Government of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: TRADITIONAL LEADERS SHOW GREAT RESOLVE TO CURB HIV

MTHATHA (South Africa), Traditional leaders in the Eastern Cape have committed to assist government combat the spread of HIV in the province.

On Friday, traditional leaders including kings and queens, chiefs, and representatives of faith organisations, business and civil society gathered at the Bumbane Great Place at the AbaThembu Kingdom in Mthatha for dialogue that formed part of the main World Aids Day commemoration.

The elders raised various concerns that affect the future of the youth in the province. They alluded to high unemployment rates and poverty and asked government to support programmes that could help bring down the prevalence of HIV.

We have a programme for young girls called Inkciyo, which encourages young girls to preserve their virginity and to abstain from sex until they get married, said one of the traditional leaders.

Young girls who are part of the Inkciyo programme thought it would help if government paid social grants to young virgins instead of child support grants to young mothers. Because of poverty, young girls opt to have children so that they can have a monthly income. We encourage our peers who have not yet had sex to join us in preserving our virginity, said one of the girls in the programme.

But the issue of sex, one of the girls said, does not only involve girls, as young boys and men are part of the equation.

We need fathers to encourage their boys to join the Inkciyo movement so that it can have a bigger impact, she said.

The dialogue was led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was accompanied by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, a number of Deputy Ministers, leaders of business sector and civil society.

The Deputy President applauded traditional leaders for their contribution towards fighting the spread of HIV. He said he fully supports their efforts aimed at addressing HIV/Aids.

The focus must be on having dialogues with men and boys in order to address issues around HIV/Aids and gender based violence, said the Deputy President.

He spoke strongly against ukuthwala, a custom that allows men to forcefully marry young girls without their consent. It [ukuthwala] violates their [women and girls] human rights

He also said traditional leaders and parents must see to it that formal schooling becomes compulsory, until children complete grade 12.

The Deputy President said government is working on making access to higher education free for those who come from poor families.

Education still the key to a better life

Motsoaledi echoed the importance of education, especially for young girls. He encouraged young girls to join the She Conquers movement, which is a national programme that seeks to empower girls and young women holistically.

Globally, South Africa is leading the charts on HIV infections, and that is nothing to be proud of. What is it that we love so much that other countries do not love? said Motsoaledi, leaving the leaders to ponder.

He encouraged young women to go after economic empowerment and independence, and discouraged the phenomenon of ‘blessers’ – older men who lure disadvantaged young women with money and ‘the good life’.

Men do not want to use protection they don’t even want to get tested. They say ‘if my wife or partner has tested negative, then I am also negative’, which is wrong. On top of that, they prey on young girls and infect them, the Minister said.

He encouraged men to consider medical male circumcision, as it has proven to lower chances of HIV infection.

The Deputy President, accompanied by all who were at the dialogue, proceeded to the Walter Sisulu University Stadium to address the masses who gathered to observe the national commemoration.

He will later officiate at the handover ceremony of a cyber-lab to EN Seku Secondary School.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK