Daily Archives: February 7, 2018

SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMBER OF MINES DETERMINED TO HAVE MINING CHARTER REDRAFTED

CAPE TOWN–The South African Chamber of Mines says it will not withdraw its court case against the Department of Mineral Resources even if a new Minister is appointed to lead the department.

It said here Tuesday that it is not satisfied with the revised Mining Charter and demands that the whole thing needs to be scrapped and redrafted.

Chamber of Mines Chief Executive Officer Roger Baxter and his team was briefing the media here on the legal challenge of the Mining Charter at the Africa Mining Indaba being held this week in Cape Town.

The Chamber says it has also written to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in the matter.

This mining charter that was put by the minister, we made it clear that this mining charter does not drive transformation but it drives the interest of a few,” said the Chamber’s Senior Executive for Public Affairs and Transformation, Tebello Chabana.

“We have said ‘No, we want a different charter’. We are pro-transformation. If you look at how we have complied in the first and second Mining Charter and we have demonstrated as an industry that we are willing to transform.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

HEALTH OF ZIMBABWEAN OPPOSITION LEADER MORGAN TSVANGIRAI CONITNUES TO DETERIORATE

JOHANNESBURG– The health of Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who is receiving medical care at a hospital in Johannnesburg, has deteriorated, according to sources within the political party he leads, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

The former Zimbabwean prime minister is reported to be critically ill. He is suffering from colon cancer.

The 65 year-old has been in and out of hospital and returned to South Africa in early January for medical care.

Tsvangirai’s illness has divided the MDC, a number of party officials are racing to succeed the former trade union activist, raising concerns about the party’s political future and its chances of unseating the ruling Zanu-PF party in presidential elections expected within six months.

In 2017, Tsvangirai hailed the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe, expressing hope that Zimbabwe was on a new trajectory which would include free and fair elections.

He said Mugabe, who was forced to quit after ruling the country for 37 years, should be allowed to go and rest during his last days.

Tsvangirai also expressed hope for a new Zimbabwe after meeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa who succeeded Mugabe after a military coup.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

JAPANESE CARMAKER SUBARU TO RECALL MORE THAN 2,000 VEHICLES IN SOUTH AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG– The local unit of Japanese car maker Subaru has annopunced that it is recalling more than 2,000 of its vehicles sold in South Africa to fix a defective airbag.

Subaru South Africa announced Tuesday the recall which affects Subaru models produced and sold between 2004 and 2014 in South Africa. This new recall affects a total of 2,098 vehicles purchased in South Africa during this period.

The decision to recall these vehicles is part of a global recall which involves a number of car manufacturers.

This recall only relates to the front passenger airbag, and does not affect any other airbags within Subaru vehicles.

In 2016, the manufacturer announced a recall of 2004 to 2007 Subaru Impreza and WRX models because of defective or potentially defective Takata airbags.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Minister Senzeni Zokwana visits Ngalonkulu Senior Secondary School as part of back to school programme, 9 Feb

Minister Zokwana to encourage learners to consider careers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Young people are a vital key to unlock food security challenges said Minister Senzeni Zokwana (MP). Minister Zokwana is on a nation-wide drive to encourage learners from various backgrounds to consider careers in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ sectors.

Following from the Minister’s visit to Magukubjane Secondary School in Limpopo on Monday, 5 February 2018, where bursaries and school supplies were awarded; the Minister will on the 9 February 2018 visit the Ngalonkulu Senior Secondary School in Bizana (Eastern Cape). This is part of his department’s school outreach programme.

The Minister will advise learners on the importance of maths and science subjects as a pathway to becoming the next generation of farm owners and scientists.

Source: Government of South Africa

Tourism launches initiatives to celebrate President Mandela’s Centenary, 10 Feb

The Department of Tourism in collaboration with the National Heritage Council (NHC), South African Tourism (SAT) and the Nelson Mandela Museum will host the following activities in Mthatha Eastern Cape as part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations:

Launch of the ‘Release Mandela Historic Memories’ initiative to Commemorate the 28th anniversary of the release of Former President Nelson Mandela and various political prisoners from custody on the 11th of February 1990;

Minister Tokozile Xasa will announce the 100 places and spaces App developed by South African Tourism (SAT) to encourage tourists to have an experiential interaction with the sites that have a connection with former president Mandela; and

Minister Tokozile Xasa will announce the tourism programmes of the Department aligned to the celebration of the Nelson Mandela Centenary, which include the hosting of the annual World Tourism Day Celebrations by the Eastern Cape provincial government on 27 September 2018.

Source: Government of South Africa