Daily Archives: February 12, 2018

Premier Supra Mahumapelo delivers State of the Province Address in Marikana, 23 Feb

Members of the media are hereby notified of the postponement of the Official Opening of the North West Provincial Legislature (NWPL) ceremony and the State of the Province Address (SOPA) which was scheduled for this week Friday, 16th February.

The new date for the SOPA to be delivered by Premier SOR Mahumapelo, is Friday 23rd February 2018.

The ceremony which will be presided over by the NWPL Speaker, Hon. Sussana Dantjie, will take place at Marikana, Rustenburg Local Municipality, from 9h00.

Source: Government of South Africa

Reserve Bank on withdrawal of Bank of Baroda from South Africa

The Bank of Baroda has notified the Office of the Registrar of Banks of its exit from South Africa. The Registrar, which is part of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), is in discussions with the Bank of Baroda to ensure its orderly withdrawal from South Africa so that no depositor is disadvantaged. At this stage, the SARB has no further comments on the matter.

Source: Government of South Africa

Media Development and Diversity Agency raises concern over crime wave hitting community media sector

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) notes with extreme concern the violent robberies that have plagued the community media sector in recent weeks. The latest attack, which occurred over the past week on Cape Town TV, followed a similar incident involving Radio Mafisa in Rustenburg, North West Province, at the end of January 2018. Both Cape Town TV and Radio Mafisa were robbed of expensive broadcast equipment, while the personnel were held hostage and subjected to abuse and violence.

Cape Town TV and Radio Mafisa are respected beneficiaries of MDDA funding. As community media projects they are non-profit organizations, owned and managed by the communities to whom they provide the communication channel necessary to raise the grassroots issues impacting on the areas in which they based.

The MDDA condemns any attacks on the entrenched right of media projects to work free from the threat of violence, irrespective of whether it be politically or criminally motivated, commented Musa Sishange, Acting Chairperson of the Board of the MDDA. The community media projects supported by the MDDA serve historically disadvantaged communities and operate on shoestring budgets, heavily dependent both on donor funding and volunteers to ensure they can continue their critical mandate of providing access to the media for all.

Community media projects such as Cape Town TV and Radio Mafisa provide an invaluable platform for the often-marginalized voices across our communities, regardless of race, gender, disability and economic class.

On behalf of all at the MDDA, we extend our sincere sympathies to these stations on what must have been a traumatic event, particularly for the staff directly involved in the attacks.

The MDDA is a statutory development agency, deriving its mandate, from Section 16 and 32 of the Constitution Act No. 108 of 1996, thereby providing for freedom of expression and access to information. As a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting companies, it promotes and assists in the development of community media and small commercial media in South Africa and the transformation of the media, by providing support (financial, capacity building, etc.) in terms of the MDDA Act No 14 of 2002. It also aims to raise public awareness with regard to media development and diversity issues, and to encourage media literacy and a culture of reading.

Source: Government of South Africa

Labour hosts Public Employment Services workshop in Ekurhuleni, 13 to 14 Feb

Department of Labour to host Public Employment Services workshop to address youth employment in the SADC region

The Department of Labour under the stewardship of its Public Employment Services (PES) branch, is to host on behalf of South African government which chairs the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a workshop on addressing youth employment in the SADC region.

The two day workshop of employment services practitioners is set to be held on 13 -14 February 2018 at Ekurhuleni, Birchwood Hotel under the theme: Addressing Youth Employment in the SADC Region.

Youth unemployment is defined by the United Nations as unemployed young people between the ages of 15-25 years of age who do not have a job but are actively seeking work. However, youth unemployment within the SADC region includes unemployed persons between the ages of 15-35 years old.

An estimated 71 million of youth in the SADC region are said to be unemployed. To reverse this situation from becoming dire, the regions Ministers of employment have been mandated to come up with solutions to the growing problem.

The objective of this workshop is to establish a platform or forum for Employment Services Practitioners within the SADC Member States to share experiences and challenges, as well as come up with best practices on how to approach the youth unemployment phenomena in the region.

The workshop will start at 9h00.

Source: Government of South Africa

Gauteng Health hosts Research and Innovation Summit in Boksburg, 15 to 16 Feb

Innovative health and research summit to unlock untapped potential: Gauteng Health

As part of ongoing initiatives and programmes to provide integrated patient centred services, the Gauteng Department of Health will on 15-16 February 2018, host inaugural Research and Innovation Summit at Birchwood, in Boksburg.

The summit themed, Evidence and innovation for long and healthy lives: confronting risks and unlocking the potentials aims to create a learning opportunity that will bring together academia, administrators, students, community representatives, oversight bodies, lawmakers, health service providers, exhibitors and leaders from across the Gauteng City Region.

The overarching objective is to increase awareness about the need to use evidence based research and improve stakeholder participation in the delivery of an effective health system. This is line with the priorities made by Gauteng MEC for Health Dr Gwen Ramokgopa in the Budget Vote Address last year to repurpose and modernise the department.

We have engaged the support of the National eHealth team, the Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Department of eGovernance regarding Transformation, Modernisation and Re-Industrialisation.

Already significant progress has been made in reducing waiting times in patient administration, improving availability of medicines, improving communication with pregnant mothers for antenatal and postnatal care as well as in saving costs due to inventory management.

Building on these successes an integrated interoperable system will, empower patients to understand their health and access to the health system, enable better care as well as improve the efficiency of the health system, said Dr Ramokgopa.

The Summit will cover various health disciplines such as Mental Health, integrated management of communicable and non-communicable diseases, innovative approach to health care services (preparing for roll-out of National Health Insurance), Improved health and well-being of children and woman and the sustainable development goals amongst others.

Source: Government of South Africa