Daily Archives: February 28, 2018

Prophet RAEL in support of President Ramaphosa’s policy of land redistribution in South Africa

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, Feb. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Rael, spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement (IRM), has expressed his full support to the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, for his decision to redistribute land to Black South Africans.

President Ramaphosa stated, “The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate the redistribution of land to black South Africans.”

In response to this statement, Rael commented: ”He is absolutely right! What was stolen by armed colonizers must be returned to Africa’s native people without any compensation.”

Rael went even further and declared: “The wealth of these white families should be seized as a compensation for centuries of pillages!”

In 2011, Rael expressed a similar support to Zimbabwe President, Mugabe, who initiated “the indigenization and empowerment policy and programs to ensure that resources are managed, controlled and exploited by Zimbabwe and that they benefit the majority of the people.”

At the time, Rael encouraged all African countries to do the same. “Africa belongs to Africans, not to ex-colonizers who continue their colonialist behavior under the guise of powerful multinational conglomerates,” he said.

Rael not only wishes African countries to take control of their lands, but he also encourages them to achieve a true independence by “rejecting all foreign structures that have been imposed on Africans by force, whether political, religious or cultural.”

He added then, “Africa must belong to the Africans, in particular the resources that continue to be plundered by the former colonial powers. Africa to Africans!!”

LINDIWE SISULU IS SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW FOREIGN MINISTER

PRETORIA, South Africa has a new Minister of International Relations and Co-operation with Lindiwe Sisulu named to the post in the Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night.

Sisulu, who moves fro the Human Settlements portfolio she has held since 2014, has been a Member of Parliament since 1994 and has been chairperson of the inaugural African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development since 2005.

She is a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party’s top decision-making organ, and a member of the National Working Committee of the ANC. She was a trustee of the South African Democracy Education Trust; trustee of the Albertina and Walter Sisulu Trust; and a member of the Board of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

She was born in Johannesburg on May 10, 1954 to struggle stalwart and ANC veterans Walter and Albertina Sisulu and completed her secondary school education at St Michael’s School in Swaziland in 1973.

She holds a Master of Arts Degree in History from the Centre for Southern African Studies of the University of York in Britain and an MPhil also from the Centre for Southern African Studies of the University of York obtained in 1989 with the thesis on Women at Work and the Liberation Struggle in South Africa.

As South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Sisulu is entrusted with the formulation, promotion and execution of South Africa’s foreign policy, taking overall responsibility for all aspects of South Africa’s international relations in consultation with the President.

She leads one of the biggest contingents of diplomats, with 125 diplomatic missions in 107 countries located in all corners of the world.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

South Sudan Rebels: Government Forces Killed Rebel Base Commander

YEI, SOUTH SUDAN A commander allied to South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar was killed during clashes in Yei River state on Monday.

A rebel spokesman said Felix Likambu Faustino, the SPLA-IO base commander for Yankonye village, was killed when government forces attacked his troops.

Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, the deputy military spokesman of the Machar faction, said government forces attacked their positions along the Yei-Maridi road, leading to clashes that lasted several hours.

Government military spokesman Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang denied that government forces attacked the rebels’ positions, saying the clashes were between rival opposition forces operating in the area.

There was no engagement between SPLA forces and different rebel groups. The reports we have been getting for the last three days indicated that the rebel groups loyal to [Thomas] Cirilo and Riek Machar have been fighting among themselves, Koang told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus.

Bishop Hillary Adeba of Yei Diocese of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan confirmed fighting occurred on the outskirts of Yei town.

We are very shocked and worried, because we have been hearing violations of the [recent cease-fire] through gunshots around Yei. The warring parties should observe the cessation of hostilities agreement because people in the rural areas are very tired throughout the four years [of war],” Adeba told South Sudan in Focus.

Adeba said the civilians need peace so they can begin rebuilding their lives.

Gabriel said the SPLA-IO is committed to adhering to the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in December at a conference aimed at reviving the collapsed 2015 peace agreement.

Kuong also said his forces are committed to the cessation agreement.

Source: Voice of America

President Ramaphosa to undertake Working Visits to Angola, Botswana and Namibia

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), will on Friday, 02 March 2018, undertake working visits to Luanda in the Republic of Angola and Windhoek in the Republic of Namibia to hold consultative meetings with President JoAPound o Lourenco of Angola and President Hage Geingob of Namibia respectively.

Angola is the current Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation while Botswana hosts the SADC Secretariat and Namibia is the incoming SADC Chair after South Africa.

President Ramaphosa will also travel to Gaborone in the Republic of Botswana, on Saturday, 03 March 2018, to hold a consultative meeting with President Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

The President will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Gauteng Legislature hosts debate on State of the Province Address and reply to State of the Province Address, 1 and 2 Mar

Debate on the State of the Province Address and reply to the State of the Province Address house sittings

The Gauteng Provincial Legislature will be hosting a Special House Sitting where Gauteng Premier Honourable David Makhura’s State of the Province Address will be debated. The SOPA debate has been scheduled to take place tomorrow,1stMarch 2018 at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. A Sitting on the Reply to the SOPA is scheduled for Friday, 2nd March.

These Sittings takes place after the delivery of the SOPA by the Premier at the Official Opening of the Gauteng Legislature this past Monday, 26th February.

Source: Government of South Africa