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Premier ChupuMathabatha delivers keynote address at Women’s Day celebrations in Limpopo, 9 Aug

The Premier of Limpopo Province, MrChupu Stanley Mathabatha will deliver a keynote address at the Limpopo Women’s Day celebrations on the 9th of August 2018 at Tibane Stadium, Polokwane Municipality, Capricorn District. The theme of this year’s Women’s Day is 100 Years of AlbertinaSisulu: Women of Fortitude, Women Unite in Moving South Africa Forward.

On 9th August 1956, over 20 000 women of all races and ages from every corner of South Africa marched together towards the Union Buildings in Pretoria. These brave women were marching in protest against the pass laws that proposed even further restrictions on the movements of women. Organised by the Federation of South African Women, the March was led by four brave women; Helen Joseph, RahimaMoosa, Sophie Williams and LilianNgoyi. The leaders delivered petitions to the then Prime Minister JG Strijdom’s office in Union Buildings, Pretoria with resounding success. Today, we celebrate women all over the country on this auspicious day thanks to the powerful women that took a stand for future generations of women in South Africa.

These celebrations commence following the launch of women’s month by the Provincial Government on the 1st August. MEC of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, Ms Nandi Ndalane unpacked the entire Women’s Month activities that will be taking place thought-out the province during August.

Source: Government of South Africa


MOSCOW– The Russian Investigative Committee, the country’s main probe agency, on Wednesday said it is investigating the murder of three Russian journalists in Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday.

OrkhanDzhemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko, were working on a film on a Russian private military company when they were ambushed and killed by unidentified men some 200 km northeast of the capital city Bangui.

The three Russian journalists were on their way to meet a local contact, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Russian online news organisation, Investigation Control Centre on Monday.

Their driver managed to escape and informed the local authorities of the attack.

However, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova expressed doubt over the presence of the three journalists in CAR, saying it is “an open question” to what they were actually doing in the African country.

On Wednesday.she wrote on Facebook that the three journalists had travelled to CAR on a tourist visa and had ignored warnings by the local law enforcement agencies not to leave the safety zone.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the Russian Embassy in CAR had not been informed of their presence in CAR.

It added that its staff were in close contact with the local authorities to find out the circumstances of the deaths. They were also making arrangement to send the bodies back to Russia.

Early this year, Russia sent small arms and ammunition and five military and 170 civilian instructors to CAR, the Russian foreign ministry said in April.

It was done with consent of the United Nations Security Council.


Minister GwedeMantashe on Implats retrenchments

Minister Mantashe says Implats demonstrate acting in bad faith

Today’s announcement by Implats that it will retrench thirteen thousand workers is a clear example of a company that is careless, and mindlessly committed to implement its pre-determined outcome; no matter how unworkable that might be. Their reckless actions add injury to insult.

The Department of Mineral Resources was still at the beginning of an engagement with Implats, wherein we encouraged them to consider different options of saving jobs and keeping their operations working.

In this regard, we proposed – to which Implats management agreed, that they should engage on the basis of a Section 52 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA). The team intended to undertake this process with the company is yet to be announced, and Implats has run off to announce retrenchments.

We have consistently maintained that only an industry that does not regard workers as a valuable asset behaves in this manner. This is worst disconcerting considering the high unemployment rate in the country, as reflected in the latest StatsSA survey.

Further, Implats’ actions are a display of arrogance, hence they can go against the grain at the time when – even – the President of the Republic is calling on all of us to put shoulder to the wheel in turning around our country’s economic fortunes. The Ministry, once more, urges Implats to reconsider its actions and return to the process we all agreed upon. Now is the time to work collectively and make our country prosper, and desist from behavior that is careless and without foresight.

Source: Government of South Africa

Zimbabwe Protesters, Security Forces Clash as Election Results Delayed

Zimbabwe waited Thursday for the results of its presidential election, a day after security forces clashed with protesters who were demanding to know who will be the country’s next leader.

The voting took place Monday and election officials were expected to have results by Wednesday, but they delayed the release at least one more day.

In the capital, Harare, the clashes between protesters and police left three people dead and afterward authorities invoked a law formally calling on the army to help maintain order.

President EmmersonMnangagwa called Thursday for an independent investigation of the violence while stressing the need for the nation to move forward together.

We believe in transparency and accountability, and those responsible should be identified and brought to justice, he wrote on Twitter. It is also more important than ever that we are united and commit to settling our differences peacefully and respectfully, and within the confines of the law.

Mnangagwa said his government has been in communication with opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to discuss ways to immediately diffuse the situation.

Chamisa and his opposition Movement for Democratic Change party have alleged cheating in the election and say Chamisa won the vote.

Results from parliamentary races have been announced, with the ruling ZANU-PF party winning a majority in that body.ZANU-PF is the party of longtime ruler Robert Mugabe who stepped down under pressure from the military in November, and the parliamentary result could signal a strong showing for Mnangagwa.

Election office protests

Wednesday’s violence happened after about 150 demonstrators gathered outside the offices of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Police tried to disperse the protesters using water cannon and tear gas. Protesters threw rocks in their direction and started fires in the street.

Then the army appeared, in armored personnel carriers on Harare’s main boulevard, and overhead in a helicopter. VOA saw five armored vehicles with mounted high-caliber weapons, navigating around large rocks that littered the road. Gunfire echoed in the distance.

VOA saw three soldiers beating a young man with batons; other witnesses reported seeing one man shot dead and a woman face-down on the pavement, a bullet hole in the middle of her back.

Protesters did not give their names, but had plenty to say.

You see, they are using military! How can a general be a president? That government is full of military personnel! shouted one young man.

Chamisa’s spokesman, NkululekoSibanda, rejected an accusation from Mnangagwa that the opposition was responsible for the violence.

President Nelson Chamisa has not ordered any guns on the street. So he cannot be accused of being violent, because he has put no guns on the street, Sibanda said.

He said the opposition has serious doubts about official results that show the ruling ZANU-PF party is winning control of parliament and has suspicions about the delay in the presidential results.

How do we have results from a place that has no telephone line first before we have results from Harare central? he said. Harare is an opposition stronghold.

Inside the headquarters of ZEC, international observers aired their concerns, with the EU and American observer missions voicing worry over subtle intimidation ahead of the vote and noting that the longer the results take, the more tense this wounded nation will be.

Former Ethiopian prime ministerHailemariamDesalegn urged ZEC to conclude the electoral process in a speedy manner in accordance with the law.

We also urge other stakeholders, particularly political party leaders and their supporters, to continue to maintain peace and refrain from acts that might undermine the integrity of the process or threaten the peace and stability of the country.

Mnangagwa has promised to restore the nation’s fractured international relations.

Difference for Zimbabwe

U.S. Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, who is in Harare, says this election could make a difference in Zimbabwe.

Shortly before coming here, we passed out of the House of Representatives a resolution really calling on the Zimbabwean people to have a peaceful, transparent and fair election, and raising the possibility of evaluating U.S. policy. So that hangs in the air, she said.

Source: Voice of America

Minister Mildred Oliphant: Fourth BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

Opening statement by the Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant, on the occasion of the fourth BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal Province: His Excellency; MrSihleZikalala

Honourable Mayor of KwaDukuza; His Worship, Cllr Njabulo Ricardo Mthembu.

Director-General of the International LabourOrganisation; Mr. Guy Ryder;

Minister of Labour of the Federal Republic of Brazil; His Excellency; CaioLuiz de Almeida Vieira.

Minister of Labour and Employment of the Republic of India, His Excellency; ShriSantosh Kumar Gangwar.

Minister of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China; His Excellency; Qiu Xiaoping;

Minister of Labour of the Kingdom of eSwatini, Her Excellency; Winnie Magagula;

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, Her Excellency; LiubovEltsova;

Deputy Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation of the Republic of Namibia; His Excellency; Tommy Nambahu;

Deputy Minister of Labour of the Republic of South Africa; His Excellency; InkosiPhathekileHolomisa;

Secretary-General of the International Social Security Agency, Mr. Hans-Horst Konkolewsky;

Representatives of Business and OrganisedLabour;

Esteemed delegates;

Distinguished guests, and resource persons;

Senior government officials here present.

Ladies and gentlemen;

On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, I welcome you to the Fourth Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting.

It is indeed an honour for the Republic of South Africa, to lead the BRICS formation during the course of this year. The 10th BRICS Summit held last week, was indeed an important as it marked the first decade of summits. It provided a strong testimony that our countries, indeed, walk the talk. Those who doubted our reasons for existence, are envious of the progress we are making.

It is significant that the Summit of our leaders took place against the backdrop of South Africa’s celebration of the centenary of the birth of our national icon, Nelson Mandela. His values, principles and dedication to the humanity and his immense contribution to the struggle for democracy, and the promotion of the culture of peace throughout the world, resonate perfectly with the core values of the BRICS formation.

We are particularly grateful of the various pledges by BRICS member-countries, to invest in our economy especially in the key strategic assets of our country and by extension our African continent. It will go down in history that when the multilateral trade system was under enormous threat, BRICS stepped up to the challenge.

BRICS has proven beyond any doubt, that real partnership, is the only way to deal with the global challenges facing the world nations.

Distinguished Members, South Africa is extremely pleased to host the Fourth Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting. We are also delighted to have successfully convened two meetings of senior officials to prepare and lay the ground for this meeting. On behalf of all my colleagues, please allow me to express our heartfelt gratitude for the job well done.

In the true spirit of tripartism, our Social Partners have participated fully in this work, and we appreciate their hard work in contributing to the vibrancy of the labour and employment stream. We recognise the support rendered by both the International Labour, and the International Social Security Agency, who are today led by their respective heads Messrs Ryder and Konkolewsky. Again, they will be making presentations in this meeting.

South Africa is humbled for being given the opportunity to lead this partnership of powerful nations, who continue to play an important role in shaping global agenda.

Distinguished delegates; The recent BRICS Summit of leaders has demonstrated that indeed this partnership is not just a talk-shop among friends, but a meaningful partnership founded on action. As we work diligently towards realising our vision for the betterment of our citizens, it is important to remember that we have a huge task ahead of us.

Meeting the needs and expectations of no less than 3 billion people, and/or 42 percent of the global population residing in our five countries, is by no means a small mission.

We are confident however, that by utilising different platforms at our disposal, sharing and exchanging views on regulations and policies to shape our labourmarkets, will provide the necessary impetus towards achieving our stated objectives. The wealth of experience and expertise in the BRICS countries, gives us invaluable competitive edge and the much-needed recipe to deal with the global challenges. It is our ambition to see BRICS Member-Countries lead in championing the global economic system that promotes inclusive growth and sustainable development, as an antidote to eliminate unemployment, poverty and inequality.

Ladies and Gentlemen; We recall that our presidency identified Youth Employment; Gender, Equal Pay for Work of equal value; Social dialogue; Tripartism, Collective Bargaining and Social Protection, as key priority areas going forward. The presentations on the technical areas in respect of these priorities, were shared with the BRICS Member Countries. We will also have an opportunity to comment on these topics tomorrow morning.

First and foremost, we are pleased to announce that the BRICS Network of Labour Research Institutes initiative, which was conceptualised in India and agreed in China, has finally come to life under our presidency.

The research met in the margins of the second officials’ meeting two days ago and crafted a way forward to deepen collaboration in research programmes on labour market matters. We look forward to hearing how the institutes will work with each other going forward.

We have put forward a three-year Working Implementation Plan for 2019-2021, to guide and ensure that all commitments taken at previous Labour and Employment Ministerial meetings, are not only implemented, but they also provide tangible outcomes for our efforts.

In this regard, we are very pleased that the Memorandum of Understanding regarding cooperation in the social and labour sphere, which was agreed on under the Russian Presidency, is also going to be signed during our Presidency.

We also want to underscore that the Labour and Employment track, is closely linked with other BRICS work streams such as finance, education, global economic realities, trade as well as science, technology and innovation. We are very pleased that these issues have been incorporated in the Draft Declaration for the Fourth Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting. It is our hope, that this will lead to more concrete projects to advance the mandate of the Labour and Employment track.

I look forward to your contributions as we deliberate on the issues on our agenda in the next two days.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa