Daily Archives: March 6, 2019

Minister Lindiwe Zulu leads Good Green Deeds campaign in Mamelodi, 08 Mar

The learners of Ramahlale Primary School and Matimba-Sinqcobile Community Centre as well as residents and the business community of Mamelodi will join Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, during the Good Green Deeds campaign on Friday the 8th of March 2019.

The Department of Small Business Development is responding to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for the entire country to be engaged in a clean-up campaign of a massive nature this Friday.

Minister Zulu will lead the visit to Ramahlale Primary School in Mamelodi to conduct a waste management programme and plant trees to promote green living open spaces for learners.

Later in the day, the Minister will also pay a special visit to the DSBD adopted home, Matimba-Sinqcobile Community Centre also in Mamelodi to donate four wheeled bins as part of encouraging an environmentally friendly culture and instilling best practices of waste management.

Source: Government of South Africa

Gauteng Roads and Transport on road closure of R24 Rustenburg Road

Public Advisory Notice: Road Closure of R24 (Orient Hills) Road

The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport advises motorists of the closure of R24 Rustenburg Road near Orient Hills in Magaliesburg.

The 24-hour repairs operation will take place from Monday, 11 March to Tuesday, 12 March 2019.

This as the department will be conducting emergency road works to repair three trenches dug up by protesting members of the nearby community a few weeks ago.

The full road closure will affect the R24 4-way crossing at R400 Maropeng Road as well as the soft lock closure at R24 Tarlton Crossing where residents and light vehicles will be allowed access as the road surface is not suitable for heavy vehicles or trucks.

Motorists are advised to use D400/N14 via Brandvlei as an alternative route and not to attempt to drive on the closed section of the road.

Other alternative routes are D400/R563 Maropeng towards Oaktree and the Waterval Road, which is a gravel road and suitable for light vehicles only. The department apologises for the inconvenience.

Source: Government of South Africa

Treasury briefs Parliament on 2019 Division of Revenue Bill and Public Audit Excess Fee Bill, 7 Mar

A joint meeting of the Standing and Select Committees on Appropriations will tomorrow be briefed by National Treasury on the 2019 Division of Revenue Bill, as well as the 2019 Public Audit Excess Fee Bill.

Source: Government of South Africa

Parliament welcomes new Acting IPID Head

Police Committee welcomes assurances from acting IPID Head

The Portfolio Committee on Police welcomes the assurance given by the Acting Executive Director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) that Ipid will continue implementing its mandate and that no cases will be abandoned as the result of a change in leadership.

While is it important to ensure that investigations are undertaken without fear or favour, it is also important to the committee that Ipid’s Acting Executive Director should focus, in the short term, on strengthening corporate governance and accountability frameworks, as well as financial management and professional investigative practice.

Another matter of importance is the speedy appointment of personnel in senior management positions, especially provincial heads, to assist in driving the strategic objectives of the institution. The committee has urged the acting director to work with the committee, which its commitment to supporting Ipid to deliver its mandate.

Despite this, the committee is concerned by the lack security vetting of 15 of the 29 senior managers at Ipid, including the acting Executive director and has called for this vetting to take place urgently.

Meanwhile, the committee has called for a stronger collaborative relationship between the South African Police Service, the South African Revenue Service and stakeholders within the tobacco industry, in efforts to eradicate the illicit cigarette market. The committee is concerned that the illicit trade in tobacco leads to the loss of revenue, which could be used to improve service delivery to the people, and may also lead to job losses, as competition is stifled.

The committee also welcomes the progress made by the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI/the Hawks) in fighting priority crimes, but emphasised the importance of fighting corruption. The Zondo Commission has proven invaluable in providing information that the Hawks can use in the investigation and prosecution of crimes of corruption, said Mr Francois Beukman, the Chairperson of the Committee.

To achieve this, the committee has called for skills enhancement within the commercial crimes section, to strengthen the ability of the DPCI to investigate and deliver prosecutable cases.

The committee has called for the establishment and finalisation of the structure of a fully-fledged National Bureau for Illegal Firearms Control and of the South African Enforcement Bureau, which are essential in fighting the proliferation of illegal firearms and narcotics. The committee remains of the view that specialised units are central to the fight against crime.

The committee has also highlighted that the DPCI needs a separate budget to empower it to do its work efficiently.

Source: Government of South Africa

Environmental Affairs holds media tour ahead of Good Green Deeds programme official launch, 7 Mar

The Department of Environmental Affairs will take members of the media on a tour to showcase one of the Operation Phakisa Chemicals and Waste Economy initiative ahead of the official launch by President Ramaphosa on Thursday 7 March 2019.

On Friday 8 March 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa will officially launch the Operation Phakisa Chemicals and Waste Economy at the East London International Convention Centre and the Good Green Deeds Campaign programme at the Sisa Dukashe stadium, Mdantsane.

The Operation Phakisa Chemicals and Waste Economy is anchored by the inputs and contributions of local, provincial and national government and their relevant agencies, business, Non-Government Organisations, Academia, Research institutions including higher learning institutions, and aims to unlock Africa’s largest chemicals industry valued at USD 30 billion, while reducing environmental footprint.

Source: Government of South Africa