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Hariri receives Bruno Foucher, Joanna Azzi, FaridBelhaj

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri received today at the “Center House” the French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher.

PM Hariri also received the World Bank Group Vice President for Middle East and North Africa FaridBelhaj, the Regional Director of the Bank Saroj Kumar Jha and the Bank’s representative in Lebanon Mona Fawzi.

After the meeting, Belhaj said: “We had meetings today with President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker NabihBerri and Prime Minister Hariri. We discussed all aspects of the World Bank’s relationship with Lebanon, which is an old and rooted relationship in the history of the Bank and Lebanon. We discussed all the topics related to social and economic situations in the country, especially the various projects of the World Bank, which is the focus of study at the level of the Council of Ministers or the Parliament.

It was a positive meeting, and hopefully these projects will be implemented through the direct relationship between the bank and the Lebanese citizen.”

Question: Is there a real fear on the economic situation in Lebanon?

Belhaj: There is no fear, but the economic situation in Lebanon is delicate, so we have to have a point of view that is consistent with the government’s point of view, which is to embark on a new phase of reforms, especially for the energy, water and new technology sectors to attract investments.

Hariri also received the Ambassador of Lebanon to Hungary Ms. Joanna Azzi.

Source: National News Agency

Minister AyandaDlodlo calls on former public servants and their beneficiaries to claim their pension benefits

The Minister for the Public Service and Administration, MsAyandaDlodlo calls upon on all former Public Servants and their beneficiaries to come forward to apply for their unclaimed and unpaid pension benefits currently lying with the Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA).

The GPAA, which administers the pension fund on behalf of the Government Employees Pensions Fund (GEPF), has reported that by 31 May 2018, there were 17 271 cases of unclaimed benefits and during the same period, there were 26 919 cases of unpaid benefits. The combined total number of cases is 44 190.

In terms of section 3(5) of the Public Service Act, 1994, the Minister for the Public Service and Administration is, subject to the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and any collective agreement concluded in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), for the responsible determination of any conditions of services generally or categories of employees including salary scales and allowances for particular categories of employees in the public service. Pension is included in the definition of conditions of service.

Emanating from this responsibility to determine conditions of services, is also an obligation to communicate an awareness of the conclusion and/or existence of these conditions of services to employees in the public service and to former employees which include pension benefits and pay-outs.

Minister Dlodlo therefore encourages all relevant stakeholders including the GEPF, GPAA, Premiers of all the Provinces, Department of Home Affairs, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), traditional leaders and labour unions, to alert former Public Servants and their beneficiaries to apply for these unclaimed pension benefits.

Minister Dlodlo also calls upon all former Public Servants who have not yet claimed their pension benefits, to approach their closest regional Walk-In Centres of the Government Employees Pensions Fund in all nine provinces across the country, to apply for their unclaimed benefits.

The Minister also calls on family members and/or beneficiaries of a deceased former public servant to contact the GEPF to ascertain whether they are entitled to any unclaimed pension benefits.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister MalusiGigaba on appointment of MrThulaniMavuso as Home Affairs Acting Director-General

Minister Gigaba appoints Home Affairs Acting Director-General

The Minister of Home Affairs MalusiGigaba has announced the appointment of MrThulaniMavuso as the Acting Director-General of the Department with effect from 01 August 2018.

MrMavuso is currently the Deputy Director-General for Institutional Planning and Support as well as the acting Deputy Director-General for Information Services. In this regard, Minister Gigaba has appointed MsNthumeniNengovhela as the Acting Deputy Director-General for Information Services. Outgoing Director-General MkuseliApleni has commenced the handing over process to MrMavuso to ensure a smooth transition pending his departure.

Minister Gigaba said he believes these appointments will strengthen the management of the department while ensuring that there is continuity following the resignation of MrApleni.

The appointments of MrMavuso and MsNengovhela will ensure a smooth transition given their vast experiences in their respective fields. While we will commence with the recruitment processes for the new Director-General including vacant Deputy Directors-General, we needed to put in place a strong team to continue to steer the Department in the right direction as we seek to reimagine a new Home Affairs, he explained.

Source: Government of South Africa


PRETORIA– The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has refuted media reports that Customs officials discovered R4 and R5 rifles, 7.62mm light machine guns and ammunition on board an aircraft at WaterkloofAirforce base near here last Saturday.

The SARS wishes to state that the reports contain factual inaccuracies and that we were not afforded an opportunity to comment on the reports prior to release, it said said in a statement here Sunday.

It said the specific aircraft, a chartered flight, which was scheduled to depart from OR Tambo International Airport here on Friday, 22 July, was cancelled.

We can confirm that our Customs and Immigrations officials were informed by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) of the flight’s schedule to be able to conduct the necessary inspections as per normal processes, including inspecting the flight for prohibited and restricted goods, the SARS said.

Our Customs officials were working with colleagues in the SANDF to clear the aircraft, and we can report that neither weapons nor ammunition was found in the flight or passenger luggage during the inspection of the flight and documents presented to the Customs officials.

The SARS further pledged its full commitment to co-operating with the SANDF and other relevant government agencies at national points of entry in the effort to protect the interests of the country.



TOKYO, Japan — The Japanese government said Friday it will hold the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, (TICAD VII), in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Aug 28 to 30, 2019, Japan’s Jiji Press reported.

Through both public and private efforts, we will powerfully back development led by Africa itself,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

Since 1993, Japan has hosted TICAD meetings jointly with the United Nations, the U.N. Development Program, the World Bank and the African Union Commission.

The last TICAD meeting in Nairobi on Aug 27 to 28, 2016, was the first to be held outside Japan.