Daily Archives: March 15, 2018

Gender Equality congratulates two women Premiers elect

The Acting Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), Ms Tamara Mathebula on behalf of the Commissioners and Staff sends her congratulatory message to Ms Sisi Ntombela and Ms Refiloe Mtsweni on their nomination as Premiers elect for Free State and Mpumalanga respectively.

The CGE is particularly pleased that the African National Congress (ANC) as the ruling party has come to a realisation of the necessity to implement its gender policy when nominating Ms Ntombela and Ms Mtsweni. It sends a strong message to society that Political Parties must lead in embracing equal participation of women and men in leadership and decision-making processes at all levels

The Commission urges and expect the two women Premiers elect to fundamentally fast-track gender transformation agenda in their respective provinces. We implore them to prioritise programmes that will promote women and rural women in particular to participate in the mainstream economy.

The CGE will at all times, if called upon give necessary advice in gender related aspects in ensuring that gender equality and equity within their respective provinces is attained.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu issues diplomatic demarche to Australian High Commissioner

Minister Sisulu issues a diplomatic demarche to the Australian High Commissioner following statements made by their Home Affairs Minister

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Lindiwe Sisulu today, 15 March 2018, issued a diplomatic demarche to the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa H.E Mr Adam McCarthy to demand a retraction of the comments made by their Home Affairs Minister Mr Peter Dutton related to the South African land redistribution process.

It was communicated to the High Commissioner that the South African Government is offended by the statements which have been attributed to the Australian Home Affairs Minister and a full retraction is expected.

The High Commissioner who was accompanied by his Deputy High Commissioner undertook to immediately communicate with the Australian Government to convey the message from the Minister and South African Government.

Source: Government of South Africa

North West Legislature debates motion of no confidence, 17 Apr

NWPL Speaker on the issue of the motion of no confidence

The Speaker of the North West Provincial Legislature, Hon Sussana Dantjie, has today announced that in the Special Rules Committee of the Legislature held on the 14th March 2018 and attended by all parties, it was resolved that the motion of no confidence to the Premier Of North West Province, Honourable Mahumapelo, tabled by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will be debated on the 17 April 2018 at 9h00.

The first motion tabled by the EFF received by the Speaker on the 08 March 2018 was based on Section 130 of the Constitution which relates to impeachment instead of motion of no Confidence. The Speaker reported that she could not consider this motion as it was not clear whether it was a motion of no confidence or motion to commence the impeachment processes on the Premier.

The Speaker then requested the EFF to clarify their position in this regard hence their tabling of the proper motion of no confidence to the Premier in terms of Section 141 of the Constitution. It is only after the EFF had tabled a proper motion of no confidence was the Speaker able to table the matter for debate.

Source: Government of South Africa

Labour hosts Local Employer Advocacy campaign,16 Mar

The Department of Labour’s Public Employment Services to engage employers

The Department of Labour in the Free State will be hosting a Local Employer Advocacy Campaign in Sasolburg. This campaign is aimed at informing and engaging employers on different services offered by the Department of Labour.

To that effect, Business Units of the Department of Labour such as Inspection and Enforcement Services, Public Employment Services as well as Unemployment Insurance Fund will present their service offerings to attendees. On the other hand, this campaign will see a number of employers in different sectors of our economy in the northern tip of the Free State province converging to deal with employment creation and placement of work seekers.

ESSA system will also be marketed to employers who are currently not making optimal use of this service offered by the Department. ESSA is a computerized system which has been developed to register work seekers and work opportunities that have been supplied by employers looking for workers. ESSA is therefore an automated matching platform where work-seekers are matched with available opportunities.

Source: Government of South Africa

Rural Development and Land Reform hands over farms to former farm workers

Former farm workers made proud owners of a farm

Owning a farm seemed like a distant dream to nine Belleview farm workers until the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform made them proud owners of a fruit farm located in Villiersdorp through a joint venture between farm workers and former owners.

The farm which was owned by Crookes Brothers at the time was acquired by Department of Rural Development and Land Reform through PLAS programme in 2012 to benefit eleven farm workers who worked on that very farm for many years. From the eleven beneficiaries, the two have since resigned due to involvement in other projects.

The farm which measures 59.87 hectares, exports its fruit produce to various countries overseas such as Asia, Europe, UK, Africa and Middle East. In this land, 20.31 hectares is planted with apples and 11.22 hectares is planted with pears.

The department held a media tour last week to showcase how the farm is doing and also for the media to experience the harvesting of apples and pears.

When speaking to media, Farm Manager Mr. Piet Davids who have more than 20 years’ experience working on that farm, said now they have a new venture called Bellcroo, where beneficiaries own 55% share of the farm and strategic partners, which are former farm owners, Crookes Brothers owns 45%.

The future looks better for us because not many farm workers get an opportunity to be farm owners. It is challenging because we don’t have any business training, we only know farming, but we are up for the challenge. This is once in a lifetime opportunity, that you must grab when government makes it available, said Mr Davids.

He added that as beneficiaries they decided not to take their profit share for 2 years, but to invest it back to the business, so that it can succeed.

Another beneficiary, Ms. Agnes Lekhori who is now in charge of the administration said I have gained a lot of skills here, as a former worker myself I know what is happening in the fields and all the process that must be done before the final product. I can always assist if there is a need.

The Belleview fruits are packed by Two A Day and Marketed via Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing (Pty) LTD for export.

Ms. Tsengelatsiwana Ntikana, Project Officer in the Overberg District Office said she is proud of Belleview Agricultural Cooperative, it is doing well and the department is making sure that the skills transfer is happening.

At the moment the strategic partner, Crookes Brothers are busy training Mr Davids in managerial and production side, while the department is sending him for managerial course. As the department we spent R4.7 million in this farm, said Ms Ntikana.

According to Deputy Director of Communication in Western Cape, Mr. Vuyani Nkasayi, Belleview farm is one of the successful farms in the province. He mentioned that there are 22 farms in the province that are doing well.

Our projects are not only developing the beneficiaries, but also the communities with job opportunities. There are 11 permanent jobs that were created by Belleview project and a number of seasonal workers, he said.

Source: Government of South Africa