Daily Archives: April 6, 2018

PRETORIA ASSURES GOVT EMPLOYEES NO DELAYING OF WAGE NEGOTIATIONS

PRETORIA– Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has assured South African government employees and the public in general that the government has no intention of delaying the current public sector wage negotiations process.

On behalf of Government and the Committee of Ministers, which includes the Ministers of Finance, Defence, Health, Basic Education, Justice and Correctional Services, Police and Social Development, I would like to restate our commitment to this process and assure all stakeholders that we will not rest until a best possible outcome is found between the negotiating parties she said here Thursday.

Dlodlo said she had noted with concern media reports that the government was unnecessarily delaying the public sector wage negotiations process. The government and public sector unions are currently locked in a facilitation process under the guidance of the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).

The Minister said the current round of wage negotiations, which addresses both the cost of living allowance as well as the improvement of other conditions of service for public sector workers, was being undertaken under very difficult economic conditions.

She said this placed an additional responsibility on both parties, the State as an employer and the public sector unions, to ensure that the outcome of the negotiations contributed to improving the conditions of service of public servants as well as ensuring the sustainability of Government’s personnel expenditure.

She appealed for patience from all the public servants and the public at large to afford the negotiating parties sufficient time to reach an amicable negotiated settlement.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

President Cyril Ramaphosa attends coronation ceremony of Queen of Balobedu, 7 Apr

President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow, 7 April 2018, attend the coronation ceremony of the Queen of Balobedu at Mokwakwaila Stadium in Bolobedu, Ga-Modjadji, Limpopo Province.

The Balobedu Queenship was officially recognised in March 2016 after the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims (CTLDC) conducted research on the status of the Balobedu as per the claims submitted to the CTLDC. It is the first Queenship in the Republic of South Africa.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Zweli Mkhize on farewell arrangements of Winnie Madikizela Mandela

Minister of COGTA writes to provinces and municipalities on Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela farewell arrangements

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize has written to provinces and municipalities providing guidelines regarding the farewell arrangements in honour of Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The nation is mourning Mama Winnie who has been accorded a Special Official Funeral by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, and will be laid to rest on Saturday, 14 April 2018.

On behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on State and Official Funerals, Minister Mkhize is tasked with ensuring smooth coordination of the funeral arrangements with provincial and local government.

Provinces and municipalities as well as a wide range of public, faith-based non-governmental and civil society institutions have signalled their intentions of hosting memorial events.

As an IMC, strong lessons have been learnt from previous State and Official funerals. Amongst these have been the need to balance understandable grief and the need for urgent action, with the requirement of strict adherence to the rules and regulations of financial management policies.

It is the worst disservice democratically elected leaders can offer icons such as Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, to shroud her legacy with any act of impropriety either by omission or design”, said Minister Mkhize.

The Minister provided the following guidelines that must be adhered to:

The declaration of the national funeral category and mourning period by the President of the Republic does not constitute grounds upon which other spheres of government can decide to host memorial events of their own. It is incumbent upon provincial executive council and municipal councils to formally resolve and declare their own memorial or commemorative event, should the authority so wish to do. This resolution must be accompanied by a clearly defined decision of the financial resources assigned to this event and voted for by the relevant authority.

Any allocation of resources from provincial and local governments for memorial events should therefore be done with frugality and mindful of the country’s limited resources.

Any need for procurement for events should be done in strict compliance with the Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA) and Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) which are key drivers of financial reforms in the sphere of local government, and relevant Supply Chain Management policies. It must be remembered that where such issues are urgent, due processes and procedures to follow in such situations are indeed contained in the law and in policy. It must be observed that one of the five underlying principles of the MFMA and PFMA is Promoting sound financial governance by clarifying roles.

I urge the municipal councils as the highest authority in the municipality to continue exercising oversight and ensure approval of spending guided by the MFMA.

The approach of the MFMA is important and consistent with the Code of Conduct set out in the Municipal Systems Act, which clearly requires councillors to disclose conflicts of interest and prohibits councillor involvement in tender boards or the boards of municipal entities. I am confident that the councils will work hand-in-hand with the municipality’s management to ensure that there is financial prudence, said Minister.

Source: Government of South Africa

Government Communications on collection of media accreditation cards for official memorial service and funeral of Winnie Madikizela Mandela

Collection of media (only) accreditation cards for the official memorial service and funeral of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela Mandela

Members of the media who applied for accreditation for the official memorial service and funeral of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela are advised to collect their accreditation cards.

Each member of the media will be required to personally collect the accreditation card, no mass collection will be allowed.

Details are as follows:

Day 1: Monday, 9 April 2018, from 8h30 – 18h00 at Nasrec, Prasa station, Johannesburg

Day 2: Tuesday, 10 April 2018, from 8h30 – 18h00 at Nasrec, Prasa station, Johannesburg

Day 3: Thursday, 12 April 2018, from 8h30 – 18h00 at Nasrec, Prasa station, Johannesburg

Day 4: Friday, 13 April 2018, from 8h30 – 18h00 at Nasrec, Prasa station, Johannesburg

NB: You are required to bring your Identity documents, ID Book, passport and Press Card or letter from the editor when collecting accreditation and also at the event.

Source: Government of South Africa

Deputy Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks hands over housing units in Gauteng, 8 Apr

Human Settlements Deputy Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks and the MEC for Human Settlements in Gauteng, Uhuru Moiloa will handover more than 490 housing units at the Sokhulumi Rural Housing Project

Human Settlements Deputy Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks and the MEC for Human Settlements in Gauteng, Uhuru Moiloa will handover more than 490 housing units at the Sokhulumi Rural Housing Project in Bronkhorspruit, Gauteng.

The project was allocated to members of the South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) Gauteng Co-Operative in line with the department’s 1956 Women Contractor Development Program aimed at ensuring that all provinces allocate one thousand nine hundred and fifty six housing units to women contractors symbolising the 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings.

Source: Government of South Africa