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South Africa South Africa: Limpopo will continue to Support Co-Operatives – MEC Sekoati
The MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism in Limpopo, Mr Seaparo Sekoati, says the provincial government is committed to supporting co-operatives as it believes that they have a critical role to play in changing the lives of historically disadvantaged communities for the better. Sekoati was speaking to members of co-operatives from various provinces in Polokwane last night. The event was hosted by the newly-established Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) in partnersh ...
South Africa South Africa: National Treasury Reviews Local Government Fiscal Framework
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says National Treasury is working around the clock to review its fiscal framework to ensure that it helps government achieve its objective of an improved service delivery. “…It is common knowledge that municipalities face challenges in delivering public services to our people. It has been suggested that the local government fiscal framework is not responding sufficiently to this objective. “Given these concerns, National Treasury, in collaboration with sector dep ...
South Africa South Africa: SA President Zuma to Launch Operation Phakisa
President Jacob Zuma will today launch the first phase of Operation Phakisa -- an initiative aimed at fast-tracking the delivery of the priorities outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP). President Zuma first announced Operation Phakisa during his reply to the State of the Nation Address debate, last month. The operation is modelled around the government of Malaysia’s Big Fast Results methodology, which they used to address their national key priority areas such as, poverty, crime and ...
South Africa South Africa: Child Welfare Receives a Helping Hand
Children at Child Welfare Tshwane, in Mamelodi, sang their hearts out in jubilation as Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor handed over boxes with food parcels and clothes to assist the centre. Minister Pandor’s visit forms part of the activities in commemoration of International Nelson Mandela Day. During her visit to the centre, on Friday, Minister Pandor commended the work done by the centre, saying she was sure that Mandela was smiling where he is.
South Africa South Africa: Minister Adopts Evuxakeni Hospital
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has taken the Evuxakeni Psychiatric Hospital, in Giyani, Limpopo, under her wing to help improve and make it a centre of hope for the patients living there. On Saturday, the minister led a clean-up campaign at the hospital, as part of Imbizo Focus Week and in honour and celebration of Nelson Mandela Day. After a walkabout at the hospital, which caters for 270 patients with mental disabilities, Minister Muthambi announced that her department is adopting th ...
South Africa South Africa: SA to Benefit from Economic Pact with EU
South Africa stands to benefit from the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries have negotiated with the European Union (EU), says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. “What we have obtained in this agreement is that there are more opportunities for us to [market] sugar, wine, ethanol and some fruit products than we had before, and that could create jobs in those particular industries. “It is some improvement and an improvemen ...
South Africa South Africa: Deputy Minister Thompson led the Commemoration of World Day to Combat Desertification
The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thompson led the commemoration of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) in Ladybrand, Free State Province on 27 June 2014. Ms Thompson was accompanied by the Executive Mayor of Manstsopa Local Municipality, Councillor Sello Denis Ntsepe. WDCD is the United Nations initiative commemorated on 17 June, with the aim to promote public awareness on the issues and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertificati ...
South Africa South Africa: Economic Forecasts Integral to Budgeting
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the credibility of economic forecasts is very important as the National Treasury considers them during the budgeting process. Speaking at Reuters' economist of the year competition, on Tuesday, the Minister said with the global economic picture, especially the slowdown in the Chinese economy having direct trade implications for South Africa, forecasting would become an integral part of the budgeting process despite several inaccuracies over the past five year ...
South Africa South Africa: Africa Looks to Youth for Future Development
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, says the vision outlined in the AU Agenda 2063 can only be achieved through involving African youth. The African Union (AU) describes Agenda 2063 as a global strategy to optimise the use of Africa's resources for the benefit of all Africans. Addressing the South African Youth Consultative Conference on the AU Agenda, Deputy Minister Landers said young people are the main players in the development of the continen ...
South Africa South Africa: Up Close and Personal with the Nation
National Imbizo Focus Week has officially kicked off, with government getting in touch with communities from Thohoyandou in Limpopo. Speaking at the launch of the week -- which gets underway on Monday, 14 July, and coincides with Nelson Mandela International Day on Friday, 18 July -- Communications Minister Faith Muthambi urged communities throughout the country to actively interact with government representatives. “As government, we felt it is imperative to interact with people and listen ...
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