PSM 2015 September Edition

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An all new North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo repositions the province for success

It’s what we build

Planning for progress


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Contents September 2015




International relations A new strategy launched at the recent BRICS summit aims to boost economic cooperation between the five countries


Provincial focus Mpumalanga’s MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Eric Kholwane, explains his plans to maximise Mpumalanga’s beauty


Public Sector Forum Department of Communications Acting Director-General Norman Munzhelele recently unpacked digital migration to stakeholders


Financial fitness Court mediation for over-indebted consumers


Public Sector appointments Who is new persal


Book Reviews We review MJ Daymond’s Everyday Matters

Features 47

SA economy to grow against the odds Times may be tough but President Jacob Zuma has plans to steady SA’s growth over the next three years


Operation Phakisa: Fast-tracking development South Africa is already reaping the benefits of the oceans economy and health

Regulars 10

Conversations with leaders Premier Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo is taking the North West to new heights


Profiles in leadership Department of Women Director-General Jennifer Schreiner is passionate about women empowerment


Opinion Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa outlines the plans for Heritage Month


Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips


Community broadcasting in the spotlight Community radio and television stations to get more support

22 Upcoming events A look at local and international events for your diary and information 24

Women in the public sector Ekurhuleni Chief Financial Officer Ramasele Ganda has no regrets about choosing the public service over the private sector


Trailblazers Dr Carolyn Noel has a deep passion for her job


Management and Professional Development For the country to meet its development needs public servants need to be trained to become more capable


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MessaGe FroM the Minister


our rich heritage


eptember is an important month in South Africa as it is dedicated to celebrating our heritage, both tangible and intangible. Tangible heritage refers to buildings, historic

places, artefacts and monuments, while intangible heritage refers to the attributes that we have inherited from past generations such as language and knowledge. This month provides us with an opportunity to celebrate our common national identity and pride, showcase our museums, galleries and other tourist attractions. Some may ask whether it is still necessary to celebrate our

heritage 21 years into democracy. The answer is that heritage gives us a sense of identity and belonging. The advent of democ-

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

racy has brought about profound changes and ensured that our rich heritage and liberation history are used to draw visitors to

states, “South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united

South Africa. This in turn has created a myriad of opportunities

in our diversity�.

for South Africans, be it creating much-needed jobs, providing

As we plan our Heritage Month activities we should

skills or encouraging our budding entrepreneurs to start their

include a visit to Freedom Park. It is a memorial that

own business ventures.

acknowledges all those who contributed to the freedom

The Solomon Mahlangu Square in Mamelodi, which was officially reopened recently, is a case in point. The Memorial Square,

It was built to foster reconciliation, social cohesion and

as it is now known, offers economic opportunities to the com-

nation building, in line with the principles of freedom

munity of Mamelodi and surroundings. By serving as a tourist

and inclusive democracy. To help achieve this, Freedom

attraction, it will create jobs and ensure that the community,

Park and the Voortrekker Monument were connected in

renowned for its vibrant culture and heritage, benefit from an

2011 to promote mutual understanding and apprecia-

influx of visitors.

tion of various cultures and communities.

The renovated square now comprises a museum and theatre,

In addition, all South Africans should use this month to

among others. It will also ensure that people learn about the

explore our natural heritage by visiting national parks,

history of Solomon Mahlangu and many others from Mamelodi

heritage sites, memorials and buildings named after a

who contributed to the struggle for liberation.

number of our icons from South Africa and the African

For years, black people were denied an opportunity to speak


we continue to enjoy today.


openly and tell the stories of their heroes and heroines. The

We should also use this time to learn from our history

apartheid government attempted to erase this history and

and ensure that we never repeat the same mistakes.

coerce people to abandon their culture and assimilate into a

In our daily endeavours we must strive to entrench a

foreign culture.

society based on democratic values, social justice and

September is therefore not only a time to reflect on our pain-

fundamental human rights. Through our united efforts

ful past but to heal ourselves. During this month we also have

and living our heritage throughout the year we will

to take time to live the preamble of the Constitution, which

move South Africa forward.

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MessaGe FroM the aCtinG direCtor-General

Tourism, heritage at the heart of SA


t is easy to take for granted the diverse cultures as well as the

Tourism says it is a labour-intensive sector with a supply

beauty and history of our country, especially when we are ex-

chain that “cascades deep into our national economy

posed to these on a daily basis.

and across all communities”.

But in September, when we celebrate both Heritage Month and

Government’s planning and policy frameworks see

Tourism Month, we can take a step back and truly appreciate our

tourism as a priority sector. Minister of Tourism Derek

rich heritage and remarkable country.

Hanekom says growth in domestic tourism is critical

It’s the perfect pairing because visiting some of the historic, natu-

to our future. Tourism contributes 9.5 per cent to the

ral and cultural treasures that are integral to the South African story

Gross Domestic Product and supports one in every 10

is a way to appreciate them.

jobs in South Africa. “The facts speak for themselves:

During Heritage Month we celebrate our history, music and per-

tourism is a success story and is making a huge impact

forming arts, and our diverse languages and cultures, which find

on our country … tourism can do even more to reduce

expression in a wide range of culinary and other traditions.

unemployment and eradicate poverty”, the Minister

International visitors are attracted by our renowned and diverse

said recently.

natural heritage that includes eight World Heritage Sites as rec-

The SA Tourism Review: Report of the Expert Panel,

ognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural

June 2015, released in August, notes that the National


Development Plan identifies tourism as an essential

Other famous landmarks include Mapungubwe, the Voortrek-

part of our economy: “Tourism is a key sector contribut-

ker Monument, Constitution Hill, Liliesleaf Farm, Anglo-Zulu and

ing to decent employment through economic growth.”

Anglo-Boer War battle sites. We need not look, or travel, far to find

The Review says that to grow tourism we must es-

places that conserve, curate and research

tablish a tourism culture because a “vibrant local travel

our heritage.

market is needed to build the product base and lay the

Before 1994 our museums and

foundation on which the international market is built”.

monuments were not open to all

As public servants we can lead by example by be-

citizens and reflected the experi-

coming ambassadors of our country, singing its prais-

ences and political ideals of the

es to all we come across.

minority. Today, in line with our

We should welcome international visitors with

Constitution, such institutions

open arms, ready to offer a friendly smile, advice

recognise and respect people’s

and assistance.

culture equally.

We can also contribute by becoming travellers in

We should take full advantage of

our own country. Let’s tour and appreciate

this and take the time to discover our

our cultural, natural and historical treas-

heritage. In so doing, we will

ures. Ours is a special story with

also contribute to growing

an unfolding plot. All of us are

tourism, one of our most

the product of our shared

important and critical in-

history and co-authors of


what will become part of

The Depar tment of

our history. Acting Director-General Donald Liphoko.


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Conversations with the leaders

*Writers: Bonolo Mohlakoana and Gilbert Motsaathebe Photographer: Otukile Mosimanegape

Premier Mahumapelo takes

the North West to new heights

Premier Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo and MEC Tebogo Modise unveil the Mahika-Mahikeng Music and Cultural Festival logo.


orth West Province Premier Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo is ensuring a paradigm shift to

come obligatory as a result of this approach,” he says. A shared-service model has been put in place through-

put the province firmly back on the map.

out the province, from local and district municipalities to

Taking over the reigns as Premier of the province in May

national departments operating in the North West, state-

2014, he has already ensured that his administration is fo-

owned entities and provincial departments.

cused on the strategic vision of rebranding, repositioning

“The vision to rebrand, reposition and renew the North

and renewing the province. The driving forces of the strate-

West is a living one. Everything the province is doing is in

gic vision are de-conventionalisation, simplicity, dynamism

the context of its vision, which will be the main focus of

as well as being action-oriented and people-centred.

this administration,” he adds.

“Critical to this strategic vision is the need to address a package of subjective and objective negative perceptions

Face-lift for Mahikeng

that people within and outside the province have about

The Premier wants to put Mahikeng back in the spotlight

the North West,” explains Premier Mahumapelo.

and the launch of the Mahikeng Rebranding, Repositioning

“Improved service delivery and economic development

and Renewal Programme is expected to help achieve this.

are thus located at the heart of the strategy and integrated

“The programme aims to give Mahikeng, the province’s

planning, unified information management and performance monitoring, evaluation and intervention have be-


capital city, a major face-lift,” says Premier Mahumapelo. Projects include the Mahikeng Local Municipality, working

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with other provincial departments and strategic part-

vestments and position the province as a tourists’ destination

ners, to implement 23 infrastructure projects, including

of choice,” he says.

the construction of a new stadium for Mahikeng, the re-

Tourism is viewed as a critical sector in the overarching vision

introduction of passenger rail and international airline

to rebrand and reposition the province and various brand

services and the upgrading of the existing Mmabatho

slogans have been adopted, namely Destination North West

Convention Centre to the status of an International

and A Re Yeng Bokone Bophirima.

Convention Centre.

“In Tourism Month we will intensify our efforts in support of our adopted tourism, heritage and events strategies which

Key economic drivers

we believe, if fully implemented, will achieve the target of

Agriculture, culture and tourism have also been pri-

growing our economy and the North West will become the

oritised as the province’s key economic drivers and a

second most preferred province by tourists,” says Premier

policy to this effect has been put in place.


The target is to grow the economy of the province

“We invite South African and international tourists to visit

from the current two per cent to at least six per cent

the North West Province and enjoy its welcoming, embracing

by 2019, with agriculture being placed at the apex of

and hospitable environment.”

the economic development strategy, says the Premier. tage in the maize production industry as it is amongst

Developing villages, townships and small dorpies

the top-three maize growing provinces in South Africa,

Part of the provincial government’s radical socio-economic

hence our recognition as the country’s food basket. We

transformation agenda, expressed in the National Develop-

have resolved to focus our energies and strengths on

ment Plan (NDP), is to focus its attention on the development

what we do best and this is agriculture.

of villages, townships and small town economies.

“The North West Province has a competitive advan-

“We have taken a bold decision to do everything

The ultimate vision underpinning this approach is not only >>

in our power to empower our farmers to ensure that agriculture in the North West continues to contribute immensely to our gross domestic product.” Arts and culture also rank high on the province’s priorities. “The talent possessed by our local artists, coupled with rich heritage and uncontested Batswana history, is what we need to give precedence to and preserve,” says Premier Mahumapelo. The province is working on a radical programme to support artists with the necessary resources, such as the establishment of recording studios in all district municipalities. “The Mahika-Mahikeng Music and Cultural Festival, which will take place in the first week of December this year, will give real meaning to our vision to rebrand, reposition and renew our province. We are expecting thousands of music fanatics, from across South Africa and neighbouring SADC countries, to attend this unique and first of its kind festival. “We are thus embarking on an aggressive drive to

Premier Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo.

promote the North West, attract lucrative tourism in-

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Conversations with the leaders

where government services are needed the most. “Employees have swapped their formal wear for overalls, hats and working boots to deliver services to communities. This is due to Setsokotsane, an accelerated service delivery approach to fast-track the delivery of government services to communities, while responding to the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality at the same time,” explains the Premier. Setsokotsane is a Setswana word, meaning whirlwind, and describes the kind of service delivery approach that combines all available resources to make a meaningful impact in tackling difficult service delivery challenges that have plagued the province for years. Setsokotsane seeks to fast-track the delivery of government services to communities in the province; Premier Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo with MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development Manketsi Tlhape, who is also the Leader of Government Business.

strengthen integration and coordination of government programmes, through the adopted ‘Saamwerk – Saamtrek’ philosophy; speedily address service delivery

to develop the economies of these previously disadvantaged areas,

backlogs; and bring government closer to the people,

but to also address the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty

through consultations and accountability.

and inequality.

Before launching Setsokotsane, Premier Mahumapelo

Fundamental to this people-driven policy is for the provincial govern-

ensured thorough consultation took place with tra-

ment to deliberately focus its procurement spend on villages, townships

ditional leaders, ward councillors, community devel-

and small towns.

opment workers, extended public work programme

“We have thus ring-fenced 60 per cent of the current financial year’s

workers, mayors and government officials. Communi-

budget on these previously disadvantaged areas and will spend 70 per

ties were invited to participate at the launch in several

cent next year, followed by 80 per cent in 2017/18 and 90 per cent in

municipalities across the province.

the 2018/19 financial year. “This demonstrates our steadfast commitment to liberating people in the province’s rural areas from wounds of the past. “So far we are pleased by the extent of appreciation expressed by all sectors, business included, which have embraced the approach as a clear

The Setsokotsane programme is being rolled out to all municipalities, focusing on one district municipality in a two-month period. Through this approach, attention is paid to each local municipality where government services are rendered over a two-week period.

and basic move towards economic transformation,” says Mahumapelo.

“Setsokotsane is about doing more with less. Part of

Strategic meetings are now being held in these areas and big events

our strategy to rebrand, reposition and renew the prov-

are taking place in rural areas. Entrepreneurs are emerging as a result

ince is also to de-conventionalise it and Setsokotsane

and matching government’s service expectations and standards, thus

puts this theory into practice.

giving no reason to exclude them from the provincial government’s procurement plan.

“It is about putting people in the field to work and thus working towards achieving the objectives of the NDP. Since its implementation we have proven that the

Setsokotsane creates hope

services that our people had not received in the past

Working from offices is almost a thing of the past for executive authori-

could be delivered in one day.

ties and government employees in the North West. A typical day for

“In our view, as the provincial government, this peo-

employees now begins at 8am in the field, serving rural communities,

ple-driven and action-oriented approach to deliver ser-


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Conversations with the leaders

vices is the best model for improvement of our people’s

empowering communities with information about children’s rights

lives,” says Premier Mahumapelo.

and human trafficking.

More than 15 provincial and national government

Communities were also assisted with mediation services; training

departments, affected local municipalities and state-

social cooperatives; nutrition education; and inclusive education,

owned entities operating in Bokone Bophirima have

such as schools for children with special needs, learner transport

been mobilised to combine resources and render ser-

and learner teaching support material, the construction of new

vices to communities.

schools and road maintenance.

The first roll-out of Setsokotsane started in June in the

“We are pleased that this radical approach to delivering services

Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality, pro-

is continuing to receive the thumbs up from all sectors of society,

viding much-needed services to communities there for

who agree that Setsokotsane is bringing real changes to their

two months. In August, implementation began in the

lives and more impact in far flung areas of the province,” says

Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality. Next on the


list is the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality.

“Our approach to service delivery will be driven by Setsokotsane

Setsokotsane will focus on all local municipalities in the

for the next four years and we remain confident that our vision to

Bojanala Platinum District Municipality from December

rebrand, reposition and renew the people’s province of Bokone

to the end of the current financial year.

Bophirima will be realised though this approach,” he adds.

Services rendered include the vaccination of animals; free electricity registration for the elderly; healthcare

*Bonolo Mohlakoana is Senior Manager for Media Rela-

services; drug abuse awareness; certification of docu-

tions and Gilbert Motsaathebe is Manager: Media Relations

ments; legal advice and other legal-related services;

at the Office of the Premier, North West Provincial Govern-

assisting people to apply for child maintenance and


Community members getting information about government services during Setsokotsane activities.


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Writer: Noluthando Mkhize Photographer: Kopano Tlape

Profiles in leadershiP

Jennifer Schreiner

is all about women power


ennifer Schreiner has seen South African women progress immensely over the past 21 years but as Director-

The AU declared 2010 to 2020 as the “Decade of African Women” with various annual themes.

General (DG) of the Department of Women, she is under

The AU recently held a Summit of Heads of State, which

no illusions that much more must be done to advance the

included a high-level panel meeting of AU Ministers in charge

interests of women.

of gender and women’s affairs.

“We have made enormous progress in the empowerment

The theme of the meeting was “Make it Happen through

of women but we are not there yet. After all, we are only 21

the Financial Inclusion of Women in the Agribusiness Sector”.

years old. It takes time to transform society and we are mak-

Schreiner says the theme of the discussion is critical to the

ing good progress,” she told PSM during a recent interview.

development of women.

Schreiner served as a Member of Parliament between 1994

It is important that government departments and state en-

and 1997, and therefore appreciates the increasing number

tities dealing with the agricultural sector prioritise women’s

of women who now occupy seats in Parliament and are part

issues in their work, ensuring that the agricultural policy action

of Cabinet.

plan is in line with empowering women, she adds.

“The women who serve there are empowered and women

“We would like to see women’s cooperatives growing so that

of calibre; they are not just there because of their gender. In

the women involved in them are really empowered. This policy

the public sector we have made significant progress as well.

should also address the issues of women workers on farms.”

Gender mainstreaming is a focal point which has made an

She notes that many departments and state entities offer

impact,” she notes.

incentives to women who are interested in agriculture, and women to take full advantage of these.

Decade of African women Schreiner points out that economic empowerment must be at

Status of women in South Africa

the centre of efforts to improve the lives and status of women.

On National Women’s Day, President Jacob Zuma released

This is an issue the African Union (AU) is also cognisant of.

the first ever Report on the Status of Women in South Africa.

“We are in the midst of the AU Decade of Empowerment

The report indicates the progress made in areas such as legal

for Women and the theme is the economic empowerment

status, women’s involvement in decision-making, especially

of women,” she says.

at the political level, in employment, education, ownership


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of homes and businesses, the justice system and economic

mainstreaming in the work of other departments and the



Women representation in the National Assembly moved from a mere 2.7 per cent before 1994 to the current 41 per

Pressing issues


According to Schreiner, gender-based violence (GBV) is one

The representation of women Ministers in Cabinet after the 2014 national election stands at 43 per cent, with women

of the burning issues for women. “You can’t empower women when they will still be beaten up and attacked. If we are talking about real empowerment

Deputy Ministers at 45.9 per cent. Steady progress is also being made at local government

it has to be socio-economic, which cuts across everything, including educating and changing society as a whole, in-

level. After the 2011 local government elections, the representa-

cluding the boy child.

tion of women on local government

“We have a number of programmes

councils was 38.4 per cent compared

in government, the private sector

to 28.2 per cent in 2000. Women constitute about 33 per cent of all the judges in the judiciary. In 1994, there were only two white women in the judiciary. Currently there are 61 women judges in the country, of which 48 are black. There are also two women judge presidents and a woman deputy judge president.

‘We need to ensure that the principles of non-sexism, gender equality and nondiscrimination are embedded in government, private sector, labour and the community at large,” she stresses.

and communities aimed at addressing GBV but we have not, as a nation, turned that corner.” She says one of the department’s responsibilities is to find the stumbling blocks hampering progress in the fight against GBV. Last year, during the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, the

In the public sector about 40 per

Minister in The Presidency responsi-

cent of senior managers are women. Diplomatic appointments of women have also increased

ble for Women, Susan Shabangu, launched the 365 Days of

dramatically. In 2001, only eight women, constituting 17.4

Activism campaign aimed at highlighting the need to tackle

per cent of the total number, were serving as heads of mis-

GBV everyday of the year.

sions abroad.

“We can’t be dealing with GBV on particular days of the year

Since last year, women accounted for 29 per cent of ap-

and the rest of the year we pretend as if it does not take place.

pointed ambassadors, high commissioners, and consul-

We need to address it 365 days in a year,” explains Schreiner.

generals. Despite these successes, more work lies ahead for Schreiner and the Department of Women.

However, she is quick to point out that the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign is highly effective.

“We need to ensure that the principles of non-sexism,

“It’s a time of heightened mobilisation for the community

gender equality and non-discrimination are embedded in

and the nation. We need to strive to ensure that during those

government, private sector, labour and the community at

16 days there is such a level of mobilisation, information

large,” she stresses.

sharing and advocacy that by the time we get to the 10th of December no one in South Africa will think that they can

Building partnerships

abuse or rape a woman or child and the neighbours will

Schreiner says the department is working hard to build part-

turn a blind eye.”

nerships with these stakeholders to ensure that women’s issues are taken seriously. “My main role is to forge partnerships and integrate gender

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“The 16 Days campaign needs to be backed by an ongoing campaign debate. That is why we launched 365 Days of Activism campaign which, among others, uses the social >>



media primary hashtag #365Days and #CountMeIn with a message every day on Twitter and Facebook.”

Passion for the public service While her current role sees her advocating women empowerment, Schreiner, who holds a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Cape Town and a Masters degree in Security Studies from the University of Pretoria, has been serving the public for many years. Prior to joining the Department of Women, Schreiner was the DG of the Department of Economic Development from 2012 until March 2015. Her previous roles include Chief Deputy Commissioner in the Department of Correctional Services from 2002 to 2012, where she was responsible for core business policy, operations management, cluster management, elements of corporate management and strategic management. She also had a 10 month stint as Acting National Commissioner and was a member of the Council of Correctional Services from 2005 to 2012. After all that time in the public service, Schreiner has come to realise that South Africans need to use their talents to help create a better country. “My message is not only to women but men as well. We won’t achieve women empowerment if we don’t look at the position of men also. “Let’s do things to make South Africa better. If we want to build the South Africa envisioned by the Constitution and Bill of Rights it will require the talent of all South Africans. Use your talent to make a contribution for the betterment of your community and country.”

This and That?

What is your favourite food? I like curry – the hotter the better.

What is your favourite holiday destination?


What are your hobbies? Music, reading and gardening is my therapy.

What is your management style? I like to build teams of people. I like to empower people. I

Wherever my family is. I love game reserves, beaches and

am a workaholic and I expect people to be motivated by


their work.

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Compiled by: Irene Naidoo

vital stats

Fast facts at your fingertips Paving the way for development


ajor road construction projects valued at R2.2 billion in the Eastern Cape by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) are

expected to help prepare the region for integrated growth and development. PSM looks at some of the statistics and how these will benefit the region. • Currently, 32 engineering projects for 2015 with a combined value of R2.2 billion are taking place on the national road network in the Eastern Cape. • The programmes will benefi t local and regional economies by helping improve the attractiveness of the region for foreign direct investment, creating safer and

• R372 million is for special maintenance over a distance of 208km. • R460 million has been set aside for rehabilitation of the national road network covering 122km • R648 million is for special upgrading projects on 140km of the national road in the province.

sufficient walkway and road-crossing infrastructure for

• According to SANRAL, the value of conventional engineering

pedestrians, and improving road surface and safety condi-

and routine road maintenance contracts awarded to 625 small

tions for motorists.

companies between April 2014 and March 2015 was R805

• 1 070km or 23 per cent of the national road network of 4 544km in the Eastern Cape – the province with the most national roads – is being upgraded, preserved or rehabilitated and that the entire 4 544km was being maintained throughout the year. • SANRAL is busy on the N2, N6, R61, R63, R65 and R67 with a number of projects. • R750 million is being spent on periodic maintenance covering 600km of the national road network.

million. • The majority of these of benefi ciaries (69.76 per cent) were black-owned companies. • SANRAL is maintaining a 28km stretch of the N2 road between Bramlin Interchange and the Coega IDZ in Port Elizabeth. The project entails resurfacing, drainage improvements and localised repairs of existing pavement failures over an 18-month period. • In the interior, between Engcobo and Port St. Johns, the R61 road development and upgrading project is preparing the region’s catalytic socio-economic projects such as the proposed Wild Coast Special Economic Zone. • New roads will also stimulate tourism to a pristine but underdeveloped coastal region along South Africa’s Indian Ocean coast. • These projects will also improve the safety of pedestrians through several special walkways and pedestrian bridges, protect the assets of rural livestock farmers. To reduce motor vehicle accidents, several agricultural underpass culverts are being constructed. • This year SANRAL is also expected to spend R179 million on community development projects in the Eastern Cape.


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South African International Renewable Energy Conference 2015 4 – 7 October The South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) is an opportunity to demonstrate why Africa is the business destination for the renewable energy sector, given its current growth trajectory and need for investment in clean energy to underpin sustainable economic growth. The theme for the event, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, is “RE-energising Africa”. Comprising a conference, an exhibition and a series of side events, SAIREC is expected to attract 140 ministers from around the world as well as renewable energy leaders in government, the private sector and civil society. The conference will be the first International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) to be hosted on African soil. It provides Africa with a unique opportunity to showcase its developing renewable energy industry and gain experience

South African National Energy Development Institute and Renewable Energy

14th Biennial Groundwater Conference 21 – 23 September

Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

The 14th Groundwater Division of the Geo-

from those countries that are at the forefront of renewable energy deployment. The conference will be hosted by the Department of Energy together with the

SAIREC is the sixth in a series of conferences with the previous hosts including

logical Society of South Africa Conference

Bonn, Germany (2004); Beijing, China (2005); Washington, United States (2008);

aims to bring together students, academics,

Delhi, India (2010) and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2013).

specialists and decision-makers to discuss

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and showcase groundwater and related activities.

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The theme for the event, which will take place at Ekudeni Events Centre in Muldersdrift, is “From Theory to Action”. The conference will highlight the issue

The fourth annual AVI AFRIQUE Africa Aviation Innovation Summit, presented

of improving the uptake of existing knowl-

by Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC Limited (ATNS), will provide a plat-

edge and experiences to assist in solving

form for aviation industry influencers, innovators and professionals to meet,

environmental and societal problems.

network and discuss future industry trends in the aviation industry.

This conference aims to demonstrate

The summit encourages real debate and offers a unique mix of keynote

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The theme for this year’s event is “Innovation: The Key to Aviation Sustainability in Africa”. During the summit cocktail evening, the winners of the AVI Awards 2015, which honours those who are contributing to innovation and elevating aviation, will be announced.

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Public Sector Manager • September 2015

Writer: Albert Pule Photographer: Ntswe Mokoena

woMen in the PUBliC seCtor

Passion for the public service breeds success


amasele Ganda turned down a position at a Jo-

moving at a slow pace,” she recalls.

hannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed company,

Despite the frustrations, Ganda decided to change her

a big salary and share options to join the public

attitude and become more proactive, which also led to


her enjoying her work.

Ganda is the current Group Chief Financial Officer

“I love my job at the moment. It comes with its own

(CFO) of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and

challenges, tears and happy days but it is my journey to

it was under her watch that the municipality received

take and I’m soldiering on.”

an unqualified audit opinion with no findings from the Auditor General for the 2013/14 financial year.

Ganda’s interest in finances can be traced back to her

Gauteng that received an unqualified opinion with no

school days when one of her teachers asked her to sell

findings, a feat the municipality last achieved 14 years

sweets and snacks during the lunch break. She would


sell her stock to her classmates during lessons and by the

Eighteen months into her job, Ganda says although

time lunch break came around she would be out of stock.

she “reflects” on her decision to join the public service,

“That’s when the seed was planted. I realised that I loved

she does not have any regrets. “I used to reflect a lot especially when things were


Where it began

Ekurhuleni was the only metropolitan municipality in

working with money because it gave me energy. Seeing how money can change people’s lives made me excited.”

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It came as no surprise that after finishing matric at Rei-

“One of the things that we are going to implement and the

tumetse Secondary School in Soshanguve, she completed

mayor has already announced it, is a new automated system

a B.Com degree in Accounting at the then Vista University

that will eliminate a lot of manual interference.

(now merged with the University of Pretoria), B.Com Hon-

“We want people to register themselves on the system. In this

ours and a Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy from

way no one can come to us and claim that their file has gone

the University of Pretoria. She wrote her board examina-


tion in 1999 and did her articles at Delloite.

She adds that in the future tenders and bids for jobs for the municipality would be adjudicated publicly.


“The MMC for Finance indicated that we are opening up bids

Ganda credits teamwork as a major contributor to the

for public scrutiny, we are working on the modalities of opening

municipality getting its books in order.

up bids and adjudicating them in public.

She says a close working relationship with the legal and forensics departments played a huge role.

“All we are saying with this is that we are transparent; this is who we are. We will be implementing this soon.”

“Every time we got findings we interrogated them and looked at how we could improve.” Another contributing factor was the training the municipality provided to employees. The training targeted those in management, supply

Advice to heed Working as a CFO has its fair share of challenges. To keep on the right track Ganda says there are certain things a CFO should never do.

chain and project management. She says the training fo-

“Never forget who you work for, that is the citizens of the mu-

cused on the workflow and how the municipality should

nicipality. Also have them at the back of your mind as you go

run its affairs.

about your work. Also never stop reading and increasing your

“We went into the basics of how we do things. For example, when someone gets appointed as head of water service, we teach them how supply chain works; we teach them how to move from point A to point B.”

knowledge and the skills you need for your job.” She adds that it is important for public servants in particular to never compromise their integrity as they go about their work. Ganda says CFOs can increase their skills by sharing informa-

The training also included policies of the municipality.

tion with each other. As the head of a successful team, she also

“The training also helped us to eliminate mistakes be-

advises ensuring that the team develops.

cause all our managers were familiar with our policies.” Ganda adds that the Human Resources department wrote a manual to familiarises new employees with how things are done in the municipality. The municipality is also focusing on those who do busi-

“Respect the law and internal processes of the institution. Also have regular interactions with ratepayers and citizens of the municipality.” Looking out for the interests of people we serve is what public service is all about, she adds.

ness with it. Ganda says they are planning a consultation process with their suppliers. “The aim is to improve where we’ve got weaknesses so we will be engaging our suppliers to discuss issues that need ironing out.”

Introducing an automated system In an effort to speed up the registration of service providers on the municipality’s database, Ganda says the municipality is planning to introduce an automated system that will eliminate paper exchanging hands and in so doing, reduce the time it takes for a service provider to be registered.

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

Ramasele Ganda.





The Mayor of Waterberg District Municipality, Cllr Rosina Mogotlane; Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Ms Zoliswa Kota-Fredericks; MEC for CoGHSTA, Mme Makoma Makhurupetje surrounded by the SAWIC women during the sod turning and launch of the Women’s Build project.

A TOTAL OF 60 FAMILIES FROM GA-HLAKO AND TAUEATSOLA VILLAGES UNDER MOGALAKWENA MUNICIPALITYWATERBERG DISTRICT, ARE SET TO BENEFIT FROM THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SETTLEMENTS’ ANNUAL WOMEN’S BUILD PROJECT. The Women’s Build is a Letsema Project, which entails construction of housing units for vulnerable and marginalised women groups (i.e. elderly, women with disabilities, women caring for orphans and other vulnerable children). It is a partnership project of the Department of Human Settlements with SAWIC and sector stakeholders and is hosted annually in one or more provinces to commemorate Women’s Month. As this year marks the 59th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings; the Department of Human Settlements will partner with different stakeholders to contribute towards the empowerment of Women through the National Women Builds Programme. The focus is to promote socio-economic access and participation of women in the sector. The Department is implementing its Framework which, amongst others, seeks to ensure that each Province constructs 1 956 houses per annum; and that each

Provincial Department commits 30% of its Human Settlements budget for the allocation of projects to women contractors. The Build was initiated in 2006 and since its inception almost 500 housing units have been constructed across the country. Speaking during the Build’s bricklaying and sod turning event that was held at Taueatsoala village on 18 August 2015, Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Ms Zou Kota-Fredericks said the project indicates that government, at all three spheres, is determined to live up to the dictate of the constitution which directs the state to provide decent housing for citizens based on the availability of resources. Kota-Fredericks continued by saying that it is more important about that there is visible partnership between government, private sector and ordinary citizens who have invested time and effort to ensure the success of the project. “Our country has travelled a long way since the March, during which our mothers from across color lines and social divides, stood up to the apartheid government and voiced the need to do away with pass laws. It is important to note that the pass laws fueled the fire that was long burning inside our people’s hearts – our people were for freedom, equality, respect and democracy. It was a cry for prosperity and it was an unequivocal rejection of apartheid as a system.” KotaFredericks said that they are aware that the area of Taueatsola falls under the Municipality that has been experiencing problems and that many residents are unhappy about the pace of service delivery and



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The lives of Ramashala, year, Limpopo has allocated 900 housing in thevalue property industry, particularly the thethe dependents. The lives ofhouse Ramashala, ave s have value chain. chain. There There are are many many opportunities opportunities who who is an is aelderly antwo-bedroom elderly woman woman aged aged 70. She She dependents. The lives of 70. Ramashala, in the property industry, particularly companies companies which which culminate culminate in ainOur total a total ofa5intotal ofa expressed companies companies which which culminate culminate in total of of expressed R507 123 551. Our commitment in chain. the property industry, particularly lives in with seven R507 551. commitment s have lives in aThe two-bedroom house with seven have value There are many opportunities residential market,” said Makhurupetje. 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Moreana and the other 58 families have R507 R507 123 123 551. 551. Our Our commitment commitment is expressed is expressed residential market,” said Makhurupetje. dependents. The lives of Ramashala, R507 R507 123 123 551. 551. Our Our commitment commitment istotal is expressed through the number ofculminate housing through the number of housing opportunities dependents. The lives ofthe Ramashala, in the property industry, particularly the companies companies which which culminate in aopportunities in aexpressed total of of been changed for better. R507 123 551. Our commitment is expressed R507 123 551. Our commitment is expressed R507 123 551. Our commitment is expressed Moreana Moreana and and the the other other 58 families 58 families have have r Minister The 60 houses to be built at Ga-Hlako been changed for the better. Moreana Moreana and and the the other other 58 families 58 families have have y The 60 houses to be built at Ga-Hlako been changed for the better. companies which culminate in a total of residential residential market,” market,” said said Makhurupetje. Makhurupetje. dependents. dependents. The The lives lives of Ramashala, of Ramashala, through the number of housing opportunities ng event that through Moreana and the other 58 families have been changed for the better. been changed for the better. through the the number number of housing of housing opportunities opportunities we have created for communities. Over through through the the number number of housing ofcommitment housing we have created for communities. Over Moreana and the other 58 families have residential market,” said Makhurupetje. R507 R507 123 123 551. 551. Our Our commitment isopportunities expressed is expressed through the number ofopportunities housing opportunities through through the number of housing opportunities The 60 houses tobuilt be built at Ga-Hlako Ga-Hlako the number of housing opportunities and Taueatsoala villages in Mogalakwena The The 60 houses 60 houses to be to built be at Ga-Hlako at Ga-Hlako been been changed changed for for the the better. better. roject and Taueatsoala villages in Mogalakwena R507 123 551. Our commitment is expressed The The 60 houses 60 houses to be to built be built at at Ga-Hlako been been changed changed for for the the better. better. hat Moreana Moreana and thefor the other other 58 families 58 families have have Deputy Ministerwe we The beGa-Hlako built at been changed the better. we have created for communities. Over Vision ofand the Department: houses tohouses be built at 3.3 million opportunities were created Vision of the Department: Vision of the Department: 6060 houses totobe built atGa-Hlako Ga-Hlako 3.3 million opportunities were created The 60 The have have created created for for communities. communities. Over Over we we have have created created for for communities. communities. Over Over at been changed for the better. through through the the number number of housing of housing opportunities opportunities we have created for communities. we havewe created for Over and Taueatsoala villages in Mogalakwena ethe Municipality is to the 60 years have created for communities. 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Intergrated Human Settlements Intergrated Sustainable Human Settlements through government’s subsidised housing and Taueatsoala villages in Mogalakwena 3.3 million opportunities were created Integrated Sustainable Human Settlements through government’s subsidised housing Vision of of the Department: Department: and60 Taueatsoala villages Mogalakwena Vision Vision ofthe the Department: ster The houses to be built at in Ga-Hlako 3.33.3 million million opportunities opportunities were were created created Vision Vision of of the the Department: Department: 3.3 million opportunities were created 3.3we 3.3 million million opportunities opportunities were were created created we have have created created for for communities. communities. 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Writer: Ongezwa Manyathi Photographer: Siyasanga Mbambani


Dr Noel is driven by passion Dr Noel matriculated from Krugersdorp High School and enrolled at Wits University to study medicine. After her studies she moved to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, to do her internship and community service. “I really enjoyed the more rural environment of Nelspruit and working with the community there. I love the quality of life in smaller more rural towns. Also, as a doctor, I think your small interventions have a greater impact in smaller towns than big cities.” When Dr Noel had completed her internship and community service she moved to Canada where she worked as a general practitioner. After spending two years there, she moved back home. “I chose to come back because my heart was in South Africa and I wanted to follow my passion and love for obstetrics and gynaecology. This passion started while I was working in Nelspruit.” Dr Carolyn Noel.

On her return she started with her registrar training, which was another four years that would in the end


see her specialise as a gynaecologist. here are not many young people who would find joy

“I finished that in June last year and I have been work-

in working in rural or small towns away from the bright

ing here at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital as a specialist

lights and hustle and bustle of big city life.

since then,” she says enthusiastically.

However, Carolyn Noel, 33, is not an ordinary young person –

she is refreshing to say the least. She is a dedicated doctor who not only enjoys working in a state hospital, but would also rather be working at a small hospital in a small town. Dr Noel, a specialist obstetrician/gynaecologist at Charlotte

Dr Noel is also training to become a gynaecological oncologist surgeon. “This means that I will then be super specialised to deal with cancers such as ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and endometrial cancers.”

Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, has a deep passion for her job. Born in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Noel grew up in Kru-

Working in the public service

gersdorp, after her family moved to Johannesburg when she

Given the areas she specialises in, Dr Noel could have

was young.

opted to work in the private sector, but because of

“My parents were teachers in Soweto in the early 80s. My father

her passion to make a difference in people lives, she

was always quite the liberal. He worked in Soweto for many

chose to work in the public service. It is a decision she

years. He was a headmaster and tried to improve education in

does not regret.

Soweto at the time,” she says.


Dr Noel says she wants to help provide good qual-

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ity healthcare to patients who cannot afford to go to private clinics or hospitals. “I feel that just because you can’t pay for a service does not

become more compliant. However, when it comes to contraception, there are still challenges.

mean that you should not have access to good doctors. I don’t

“To expect a patient to go to a clinic every month and

see myself working in the private sector anytime soon, I want

take a full day's work off to fetch a packet of pills is not at all

to stay in the public service for as long as possible purely for

practical and as a result they are not going to be compliant.”

the benefit of the patients.” Her busiest days are on Thursdays, which include labour ward rounds, developing management plans for patients and teaching up and coming doctors. “This is another one of my passions – teaching junior doctors who are then going to go out and do community service in rural hospitals.”

She adds that a solution may be to establish after hours contraception clinics or find a way of making contraceptives much more accessible. “This will help with the many unwanted pregnancies or attempted terminations.” Dr Noel also feels that more should be done to educate women about pap smears and the importance of having them done regularly.

Career highlights Dr Noel will never forget the day she delivered her first baby. “It

“A pap smear can make a huge difference in trying to prevent cervical cancer in the long run.”

was at six in the morning on Mother's Day. I remember being so excited. The first person I called afterwards was my mom,”

What it takes to be successful

she says as her eyes light up.

To be successful in her field one needs to be compassionate

She adds that another highlight is delivering a baby to a mother who is genuinely happy about being a mom.

and patient, says Dr Noel. “I often cry with my patients and I make the time to

“We don’t see that all the time because in many cases the

address their concerns. My biggest passion is educating

babies are unplanned. It is always touching for me to hand

patients. If I need to spend an extra five minutes talking to

over a baby to an ecstatic mom.”

a patient about what is going on in their body then I will

The other highlight is to witness patients who have had challenges with their past pregnancies being able to carry full-term and deliver a healthy baby. “To help someone do that is a magical thing".

because I want them to be empowered.” She adds that a strong family support structure is also important. “You need parents who can motivate and encourage you, and you need a supportive husband.” Dr Noel adds that her husband is her biggest supporter.

Health awareness on the rise Dr Noel says patient health awareness is improving. “Mindsets are starting to change. In the past pregnant women would go to the clinic at six months for their first booking. This is changing and patients go for their antenatal check-up much sooner.” She adds that patients who are on antiretrovirals have also

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“He goes through all my experiences with me. He is my rock and my support.” In future Dr Noel sees herself still working at a state hospital, but at a smaller one. “I think that is where I can access communities better, train at grassroots level and improve care for a community,” she says.


ManaGeMent and ProFessional develoPMent

Writer: Stephen Timm


Preparing public servants for success


elping create a better trained and prepared public servant is critical if South Africa is to meet its pressing developmental needs.

The National Development Plan (NDP) says a more capable

state is key to the country achieving its 2030 targets of reducing poverty and unemployment.

to two years. “The programme is designed such that the learner is given up to 24 months to complete the programme. It’s only the first module that has be completed within six months to a year,” she explains. The first module covers issues such as the Batho Pele prin-

Leading the way is the National School of Government, which

ciples, government policies and the Constitution; case stud-

came into operation in October 2013, replacing the Public Ad-

ies on the expectations and needs of citizens; the purpose

ministration Leadership and Management Academy (Palama).

and vision of the state; structure of government, policy of

The school falls under the Department of Public Service and

employment and labour law, probation details, supply chain


rules and case studies about the expectation of citizens.

In June Professor Richard Levin, the former Director-General

The school had chosen to roll out just the first module so

of the Public Service Commission became the school’s new

as to guard against capacity issues, as trainers are still being

principal, taking over from former principal Professor Lekoa

brought onboard, she says.

Mollo after his five-year contract came to an end in April.

In addition, the school’s budget is limited at just R201 million for this financial year.

Induction training Key among the school’s offerings is the new compulsory in-

Overcoming challenges

duction training and special training for frontline delivery staff.

The school’s strategic plan for 2015-2020 notes that the

In the past financial year about 16 000 public servants passed

school has faced some capacity constraints in rolling out

the first of five modules of the induction training programme.

the programme, which was introduced first in 2012. The

A further 5 000 were trained in the school’s eight-day front-

school fell short of the target of putting 20 000 public serv-

line service delivery programme, which is aimed at those who

ants through induction training in 2014/15, even though it

interact directly with citizens at places such as clinics, Home

had far exceeded the target for training 1 000 frontline staff

Affairs offices and government call centres.

in the same financial year.

Mandisa Tshikwatamba, the school’s Deputy Director-General

To address these constraints the school has revised its

of Corporate Management, says compulsory induction train-

strategy in terms of the delivery of the programme, includ-

ing is aimed at national and provincial departments. Each of

ing revising training costs and the model of delivering the

the five modules runs for five days and carried out over up



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Management and Professional Development

Trainers are being sourced from officials in provin-

Alignment to the NDP

cial and national departments and Tshikwatamba says

Principally, the role of the school will be to ramp up the perfor-

those supervising learners would also have undergone

mance of the public sector, in line with the NDP’s goal of creating

an induction training programme.

a more capable state. It was this that necessitated the need for a

She acknowledges that there are concerns about

new institution.

the length of the programme. The fear is that the pro-

Tshikwatamba, who served in Palama previously, explains that

gramme might take public servants away from their

while the former took a more reactive approach to training – by

posts and affect the very thing it is geared at improving,

assessing the needs of departments and then customising pro-

service delivery.

grammes to their needs – the new institution has a more proactive

However, Tshikwatamba says the school will continue

stance to training.

to assess whether this would become a problem or not

The school provides unique offerings geared at developing the

and adds that public servants already are spending

kind of public sector that the country needs in a developmental

some time on training.

state, she says.

“The first analysis we have done at the school is that

One of its aims is also to instil a culture of continuous leading in

on average a public servant does spend 10 days on

the public sector, which means that some public servants would

training-related activities.”

be assessed on certain key competencies when they apply for a promotion.

Getting the basics right

Training programmes will be geared primarily to improving the

She says the induction training will ensure that public

performance of the entire public sector as whole and not just the

servants get a good grounding in the public service.

public service (as previously was the case under Palama).

“Before you go to other training programmes the

The school is also seeking to include local government in

basics have to be right,” she points out.

training programmes, along with public servants

Turning to the specialised training for

from provincial and national government

frontline service delivery staff, Tshik-


watamba says the programme teaches

She says the school is looking at

certain things that many people take

how to make use of those higher

for granted.

education institutions. It will also

“For example when we employ front-

still work with human resources

line officials we always assume that

officials in departments to assess what the respective training

they would be able to identify customer

needs are.

needs and the programme gives learners a framework within which to work from in

A positive start

meeting customer needs.

Things are going well and the school has begun to receive

“We assume too that frontline service delivery officials

recognition, she says.

would have the know-how on how to deal with difficult

Parliament, for example, has already requested the

customers,” she adds.

school to assist it with rolling out a legislative capacity

The programme deals with issues such as how to make communication effective, how to manage a ser-

building programme that would help enrich oversight

vice point and how to know when to escalate an issue

and includes induction training, as well as a certificate

to senior managers.


Tshikwatamba says the training is being provided by

She says the goal of improving the performance of the public

pre-approved service providers, who must have had

sector is a critical one and has rejuvenated training needs in gov-

previous government experience. The trainers are also


monitored at times in the classroom by an assessor from the school.


“We see this as a calling for the school. All eyes are on us,” says Tshikwatamba.

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IN OTHER NEWS Government gets tough on human trafficking

The extra-territorial jurisdiction is an important feature of the

President Jacob Zuma has signed the new Prevention and

Act and South African courts will have jurisdiction in respect of

Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act, 2013 (Act 7 of 2013),

acts committed outside the country if those acts would have

into law.

been an offence under the Act had they been committed in

The new law deals comprehensively with human trafficking in all its forms and provides for the protection of and assistance to victims of trafficking. Convicted traffickers will face a sentence of life imprisonment or a severe fine depending on the case.

South Africa. The Act also enables the state to prosecute traffickers and confiscate their assets. Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services John Jeffery says the finalisation of this new law will help government deal with traffickers decisively. “Government made the scourge of trafficking its priority in the National Development Plan and measures have been put in place to ensure that this Act is implemented effectively. “We have ensured extensive training of personnel of the National Prosecuting Authority, South African Police Service, social workers from the Department of Social Development, the Judiciary and officials from Immigration and Home Affairs has already been undertaken,” he said. The Act also provides for social service professionals to play a role in reporting, identifying and assessing a victim of trafficking. Once this is confirmed, the victim is entitled to be placed under an approved programme. Child victims are to be placed in temporary safe care.


committee to give an update on the progress that it had

A step closer to professionalising the public service

made in implementing the Act ever since it was signed into law.

The Department of Public Service and Administration is expected

The Act seeks to, amongst other things, provide a legal

to publish regulations that will enable it to implement the Public

framework across the three spheres of government to

Administration Management, 2014 (Act 11 of 2014), a new law

bring uniformity in accountability.

that prohibits public servants from doing business with the state.

The new law also provides for the: • Establishment of the integrity unit within the public service, which deals with ethics, integrity and disciplinary measures. • Prohibition of doing business with the state. • Introduction of minimum norms and standards in key dimensions of public administration for both the public service and municipalities. • Establishment of the Office of Standards and Compliance. • National School of Governance to be positioned as a

President Jacob Zuma signed the Act, which aims to professionalise the public service, into law in December last year. “Provisions of the Act have not yet been brought into effect. This will be done through a further proclamation that the department will facilitate to be signed by the President. “It is envisaged that the Act will be brought into effect once the draft regulations have been finalised as most of the sections require regulations,” said Lynette Sing, the department’s Chief Director for Integrated Public Sector Reform. Her comments came as the department appeared before the


higher education institution.

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

international relations


countries commit to new economic strategy


Writer: Stephen Timm

the bloc, the country’s trade with fellow BRICS countries had expanded “exponentially”, having grown to 43 per cent between 2011 and last year – from R268 billion to R382 billion. Together BRICS accounts for 43 per cent of the world’s population, almost 30 per cent of the world’s economy and produces a third of the world’s industrial products as well as half of all agricultural goods. At the summit the BRICS leaders said the new strategy would form the key guideline for expanding trade and in-

new economic strategy launched at the recent

vestment between countries.

BRICS summit aims to boost economic coopera-

It would also encourage cooperation in manufacturing and

tion between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South

minerals processing, energy, agriculture, innovation, finance,

Africa (BRICS).

and information and communications technology (ICT).

The Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership was adopted

Of particular importance, notes the strategy, is the need

at the latest BRICS Summit held in Ufa, Russia, in July. The

to promote value-added trade among BRICS countries by

same year a number of new initiatives to improve coopera-

focusing on the outcomes of a joint trade study undertaken

tion among members of the bloc were also introduced.

by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry and pre-

The strategy aims to further deepen trade and investment ties within BRICS, by among others, increasing value-added exports and promoting investments in each other’s economies.

sented at the 2014 BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. BRICS leaders have now directed the relevant ministries and agencies to take steps to implement the strategy. Following the summit, the Minister of International Rela-

Speaking at the summit, President Jacob Zuma welcomed

tions and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said a

the adoption of the strategy which he said would provide

road map for the period up to 2020 would be rolled out to

a platform for further intensifying economic cooperation

reflect joint collaborations in the area of economic trade

among member countries in all identified priority sectors.

and investment.

“South Africa is eagerly looking forward to working to-

The strategy notes it is key to develop cooperation on

gether with our fellow BRICS countries, to implement the

social, economic and competition

strategy for the benefit of our people,” he said.


President Zuma added that since South Africa joined


Public Sector Manager • September 2015

Ufa Declaration

They said they were in favour of an open, non-fragmented

According to the Ufa Declaration, the leaders of BRICS

and secure internet and added that it would be necessary to

also discussed issues of common interest on the in-

ensure that the UN plays a facilitating role in drafting interna-

ternational agenda as well as key priorities related

tional public policies affecting the internet.

to further strengthening and broadening intra-BRICS cooperation.

They also expressed support for the development of actionoriented economic cooperation and systematic strengthening

“We emphasised the importance to strengthen

of economic partnership for the recovery of the global econ-

BRICS solidarity and cooperation, and decided to

omy, resisting protectionism, promoting high and productive

further enhance our strategic partnership on the ba-

employment, reducing possible international financial market

sis of principles of openness, solidarity, equality and

risks and strengthening sustainable growth.

mutual understanding, inclusiveness and mutually beneficial cooperation. “We agreed to step up coordinated efforts in responding to emerging challenges, ensuring peace

“We will also continue to work to intensify our financial and economic cooperation, including within the New Development Bank (NDB) and the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement to build upon our synergies.”

and security, promoting development in a sustainable

They also reiterated that the NDB would serve as a powerful

way, addressing poverty eradication, inequality and

instrument for financing infrastructure investment and sustain-

unemployment for the benefit of our peoples and the

able development projects in the BRICS and other developing

international community. We confirmed our intention

countries and emerging market economies and for enhancing

to further enhance the collective role of our countries

economic cooperation between our countries.

in international affairs,” says the declaration.

In the declaration the leaders also spoke out against terror-

All five leaders also stressed that they remained com-

ism saying they were “determined to consistently strengthen

mitted to upholding the purposes and principles of

our cooperation in preventing and countering international

the UN Charter and international law.


They added that they would strive to achieve sus-

They also noted that corruption was a global challenge that

tainable economic growth through international

undermined the legal systems of states, negatively affected sus-

cooperation and an enhanced use of regional in-

tainable development and could facilitate other forms of crime.

tegration mechanisms to improve the welfare and

“We are confident that international cooperation plays a piv-

prosperity of their people.

otal role in countering and preventing corruption. We reaffirm

The leaders also backed the evolution of the internet

our commitment to make every effort to that end, including

governance ecosystem, which they said should be

mutual legal assistance, in accordance with the UN Convention

based on an open and democratic process, free from

against Corruption and multilaterally established principles

the influence of any unilateral considerations.

and norms,” says the declaration.

Public Sector Manager • September 2015


international relations

Writer: Stephen Timm

New Development Bank open for business


he New Development Bank (NDB), an initiative of

marking exercise of national development banks in

the BRICS (Brazil, Russian, India, China and South

order to tailor proposals of fees, rates and terms of loans.

Africa) group, will have $50 billion in starting capital

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the summit that

and focus mainly on infrastructure projects. The bank was opened for business in Shanghai on 21

print mapping out investment cooperation between

July, following the seventh BRICS Summit in Ufa, Russia.

BRICS nations, adding that the government had already

The first loan is expected to be made early next year by

placed about 50 projects and business initiatives on the

the bank.

roadmap. Among the proposals is one to establish an en-

One of several recommendations by the BRICS Business

ergy association and energy research centre.

Council’s 2014-15 report at the summit was that the NDB

South Africa’s vice-president at the NDB, Leslie Maasdorp,

cooperate with the World Bank and International Mon-

said during the bank’s launch that a lot of people were

etary Fund by using their risk analysis criteria, but adapt

already pressing him for details of the bank’s first loans,

this to specifically suit conditions in developing countries.

but that the bank only expects to release these in the first

The council wants to work closely with BRICS govern-

quarter of next year.

ments to recommend specific lines for financing private

Meanwhile, the bank’s next centre will be a regional one,

projects on sustainable development, infrastructure, skills

to be launched in South Africa. Minister of International

development and renewable energy.

Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that a tempo-

Among its other recommendations, the council said the bank should finance early stage feasibility and engineering

rary location for the regional office had been identified in Johannesburg.

studies for the development of infrastructure projects that

She said that as one of the main challenges to infrastruc-

foster regional development. It suggested that the NDB

ture development was the absence of bankable projects,

focus on existing regional physical integration projects

project preparation would be the main focus of the centre.

such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development

The bank will have a president (India’s Kundapur Vaman

in Africa.

Kamath) and four vice-presidents each chosen from one of

To advance cooperative learning and help the bank to

the BRICS countries. They will be based in Shanghai. Maas-

build investment processes, the council also wants the

dorp, the former vice-chairperson of Barclays Capital and

bank to carry out pilot projects in key pre-identified sec-

Absa Capital, will represent South Africa as vice-president,

tors such as energy and higher education.

while former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni was

It also recommended that the NDB carry out a bench-


Russia would, by the end of the year, put together a blue-

among the non-executive directors appointed.

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Mpumalanga’s beauty


n the eastern part of South Africa lies Mpumalanga - the land

with two other countries.

of the rising sun. This majestic province of 76 495 square kilo-

According to the SA Tourism Annual

metres is one of the most beautiful places in the country. It

Performance Report of 2013, the province

is situated north of KwaZulu-Natal and shares a border with the

recorded an increase in visitors from the

Kingdom of Swaziland and Mozambique.

two countries.

In the northeast part of the province, the land rises towards

“Mpumalanga is the gateway into the coun-

mountain peaks and then disappears into the rugged escarp-

try from both Mozambique and Swazi-

ment. In other places the escarpment plunges hundreds of

land. A large percentage of the

metres down to the low-lying area, commonly known as the

arrivals from the two countries


visit the province for shopping,

This is some of the scenery that MEC for Finance, Economic

leisure and medical reasons,

Development and Tourism Eric Kholwane wants to take advan-

and the top three towns that

tage of by attracting more tourists to the land of the rising sun,

get visitors are Nelspruit, Ha-

boosting the provincial economy, creating jobs and meeting

zyview and Malelane,” he ex-

the needs of the more than four million people in the province.


Before joining the Mpumalanga Provincial Government, he

In an effort to boost tourism

was the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communi-

in the province, MEC Kholwane

cations in the National Assembly, a role he says prepared him

says his department will work

for his position as MEC.

together with other role play-

“Being the chairperson helped me understand exactly what to

ers in the sector such as the

look for when going through departmental reports. When I was

tourism departments in both

in Parliament I used to interrogate reports from departments.

Swaziland and Mozambique.

Now, when my departments submit reports to me, it becomes

Three years ago, the de-

simple for me,” he says. MEC Kholwane took up his position in May 2014 and says it

partment signed an a gre e m e n t w i t h

has been a challenging task given the mandate of the depart-

both countr ies

ment. It is responsible for the provincial budget, developing the

called the Tri-land

economy and boosting tourism.

brand Project.

“It has been a challenging road given that we need to facilitate

The project is

the creation of much-needed jobs … Our role as government is

aimed at selling

to ensure that a conducive environment exists for the creation of

the province and

jobs because as jobs are created, people will become economi-

the neighbour-

cally active and this will lead to economic growth.”

ing countries as one

MEC Eric Kholwane.

destination that offers

Attracting tourists

tourists an opportunity

Turning to tourism, MEC Kholwane says the province is benefit-

to enjoy the envisaged

ing from its geographic position, particularly sharing a border

destination in one day.


Public Sector Manager • September 2015

While there were some challenges implementing the project due to financial constraints, efforts are underway to get it going again.

assistance in business and technical skills and also rent machinery for their businesses. The FURNTECH incubator situated in White River is a partnership

“Plans are underway to review certain elements of

between the department and the Department of Trade and Indus-

the project and more impetus will be put into imple-

try through Seda. The furniture technology incubator is aimed at

menting the project that has the potential to bolster

growing the skills base of those involved in furniture manufacturing

economic growth in the respective regions.”

across the province.

He adds that his department will also work closely

It offers business technology space for entrepreneurs, technical

with its other neighbour, KwaZulu-Natal, under the

expertise for furniture manufacturing and an accredited training

Mpumalanga KwaZulu-Natal Interprovincial Collabo-

programme presented by qualified facilitators.

ration agreement. It is expected to enhance the move-

The incubator does not only target able-bodied youth. “There

ment of people and goods between the two provinces,

are currently 20 people with disabilities who were identified and

and align long-term infrastructure planning and inter-

have commenced with the small-scale furniture and upholstery

modal facilities.

manufacturing programme.”

Economic development and job creation

Programmes targeting youth

Other key priorities of MEC Kholwane’s department

Like most provinces, Mpumalanga has a large number of unem-

are economic development and job creation. The

ployed young people. In his Budget Vote, the MEC said the fig-

department, in partnership with the Small Enterprise

ure stood at 30 per cent, but his department was working hard to

Development Agency (Seda) and Steve Tshwete Local

address this.

Municipality, has opened two incubators - Mpumalanga

“The province has, amongst others, created opportunities in the

Stainless Steel Incubator (MSI) in Middleburg and the

tourism sector for the youth of the province in different initiatives.”

Furniture Technology Incubator (FURNTECH) - to teach

This included 30 unemployed youth who participated in food

young people from the province skills.

safety programmes and were then deployed to tourism establish-

MEC Kholwane says the MSI will train young people in

ments in Ehlanzeni; 22 interns were recruited and placed at nature

stainless steel fabrication and is a partnership between

reserves across the province and 538 employment opportunities

government and a private company.

were created for young people through the Tourism Safety Moni-

“This is a Section 21 company and business incubator

tors Programme.

that offers an incubation programme for up to three

With various tourist destinations, incubators and programmes

years targeting start-ups, existing formal traders and

for youth, MEC Kholwane believes his department is helping cre-

potentially high-impact recruits.”

ate brighter days for those living in the land of the rising sun by

At the incubation centre, young people can rent space and receive mentorship in various entrepreneurial skills,

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

luring visitors the province, boosting the economy and creating jobs.



Writer: Noluthando Mkhize

Digital migration

creates a stir in Northern Cape


igital migration was the talk of the town and cre-

Munzhelele explained that the new technology would

ated much excitement during the Public Sector

create more space or digital dividend in broadcasting,

Manager Forum held in Kimberley, Northern Cape,

which would enable the SABC to broadcast more channels.


Acting Director-General of the Department of Communications (DoC) Norman Munzhelele was the keynote speaker

The DoC is working closely with community television stations by assisting them with licensing, since there is a reserved frequency for community television.

and his address about digital migration stirred interest in the hall that was packed to capacity.

Keeping up with global trends

Munzhelele said digital migration would open doors for

Munzhelele explained that the move to digital was impor-

community television stations and this would provide the

tant because South Africa must keep up with the interna-

perfect platform for the people of the area to tell their own

tional broadcasting community.

stories in their languages.

“We can’t be sticking to the analogue when we have

“There is an opportunity for the creative people of the

a lot of development challenges. For example, we have

Northern Cape to create content to tell the story of the

problems with the SABC not being able to provide content

Northern Cape in your own language. This opportunity

in all official languages.”

is for those who want to be in the production space,” he added. The Northern Cape is expected to be the first province in which digital migration will be rolled out.

The move to digital will help address this. Government is working hard to ensure that when the country is ready to go digital, the process is seamless. He added that Sentech, the state-owned enterprise operating in the broadcasting signal distribution and telecommunications sectors, had laid the foundation for a smooth, phased approach for the roll-out of digital migration. Sentech is responsible for delivering broadcasting and broadband infrastructure communication services to the furthest and most remote places in the country. It provides signal distribution services for most of the country’s broadcasters, including the SABC and commercial and community broadcasters.

Acting Director-General of the Department of Communications, Norman Munzhelele.


Public Sector Manager • September 2015

Delegates at the recent PSM Forum in the Northern Cape.

The organisation also provides terrestrial internet connectivity to government departments, municipalities and learning institutions. Munzhelele said that Sentech had put in place network towers across the country. “These towers are in the entire country and are able to transmit analogue and digital signals at the same time.”

The package they will receive will include a STB, an aerial and free installation. “There will be another market where people can buy STBs. It will be a once off payment. With your old television set you will still have signal, provided there is a STB.” The STBs will be manufactured locally and sourced from local suppliers. “We are doing this because there is a challenge of unemploy-

Analogue switch off

ment and instead of importing these devices we will give op-

Munzhelele said the switching off of the analogue signal

portunities to young people. The people who will be installing

would be done in phases.

the STBs must come from local communities.”

“We will not be irresponsible as government. We will try and do it in a phased manner and not disrupt people watching television. Currently, South Africa has about 13 million television households and 27 million viewers daily. Over the next 18 to 24 months the department is working towards rolling out dual illumination, which is

Locals will be trained on how to install the new technology. Munzhelele also warned that con artists were taking advantage of desperate individuals seeking employment, by allegedly offering training. According to him, these claim to provide training to install STBs. “They are not from government. Our training is free,” he stressed.

broadcasting digital and analogue signals at the same time.

Partnering with neighbouring countries

“We will continue to receive the analogue signal and

The DoC is also working with neighbouring countries such as

those who are able to buy set-top boxes (STBs) will be

Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique to

able to receive digital signals through these.”

prevent frequency interference.

“The date which the Minister of Communications Faith

“We need to ensure that there is no spillage that goes to

Muthambi will announce the switch off of the analogue

Namibia, for example, and that the country does not watch

signal is called the analogue switch off date. On this

our content and we don’t interfere with their content.

date, if you don’t have a decoder or STB in your house you will not be able to receive a broadcast signal. You will be cut off.”

Memoranda of understanding have been signed with neighbouring countries to address this issue. The department will also be embarking on a public awareness drive to educate South Africans about digital migration.

STBs for underprivileged households

The night ended with robust debate with Munzhelele chal-

The DoC will be providing STBs to five million underpriv-

lenging the youth of the Northern Cape to claim their space

ileged households earning less than R3 200 per month.

and tell the story of the province.

Public Sector Manager • September 2015



AN EXTRAORDINARY SOUTH AFRICAN HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE! Majestically reaching over 360 000 sq kilometers from the

world-renowned Kalahari Desert to the arid plains of the Karoo, the Northern Cape, South Africa, offers visitors an unique

experience. With its open spaces, friendly people, rich history and unique cultural diversity, this land of the extreme, promises an extraordinary tourism experience.

The Northern Cape has promoted itself as a mecca for outdoor

adventures and extreme sports. Major national and international

sporting events have found a home in the Northern Cape with its

THE CHAMPION OF MILLENNIUM INTERVENTIONS, PREMIER OF THE NORTHERN CAPE, MS SYLVIA LUCAS Her entry into formal politics saw Premier Lucas holding several positions for the governing party, namely Councilor, Member of the Provincial Legislature, MEC for Environment and Nature Conservation, Acting Premier and Premier of the Northern Cape. It is in the latter capacity where Premier Lucas has made and continues to make an indelible and positive impression on the people of the Northern Cape. In her resolute commitment to advance the social economic conditions of the Northern Cape, her achievements as the number one citizen of the province have been well documented. In her constant pursuit to improve on her personal capacity, the Premier has recently completed her post graduate Diploma in Governance and Public Leadership, and is currently enrolled in the Masters Programme of Governance and Public Leadership. The Northern Cape is a province that has tremendous opportunities. As part of our efforts to position the province we hosted a BRICS Expo to secure and attract investor to the province. The key sectors for investment include mineral and metal processing, agroprocessing, renewable energy, tourism, fishing, mari-culture and the knowledge economy.

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canoeing, water skiing, paragliding and skydiving to skateboarding

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establishing a Tourism Signs Visitors Centre in Carnarvon to advance science and new technology.

Kimberley International Diamond and Jewellery Academy: To

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Writer: More Matshediso

SA economy to grow

against the odds T imes may be tough on the global front and there may

growth. However, he noted that substantial progress

be challenges on the home front but President Jacob

had been made in resolving the energy challenges

Zuma is confident that the South African can rise above

since the inception of the five-point plan in Decem-

the odds to register steady economic growth over the next three years.

ber 2014.

“The operations and maintenance practices at Es-

The South African economy has been under pressure for

kom continue to improve, to ensure that the power

some time, as is a case with the global economy, and elec-

plants are appropriately maintained and provide

tricity shortages in the country, the threat of job losses in the

electricity within their capacity.

mining sector and drop in commodity prices are adding to the challenges.

“Eskom has signed Short-Term Power Purchase Agreements that bring additional supply of elec-

But regardless of these constraints in the energy and min-

tricity to cater for the shortfall due to maintenance

ing sectors, government remains positive that the country’s

and to match demand during peak periods. A further

economy will grow to at least three per cent over the next

800 megawatts will be added to the grid through

three years.

co-generation,” said President Zuma.

Recently, the President updated citizens on government progress in implementing its Programme of Action (PoA) in the first year of the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), as outlined in his State of the Nation Address in February.

A saving of 450MW has been realised through the energy efficiency programmes. Currently, various projects of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme supply 1 800MW to the grid.

Overcoming electricity challenges

Within the next two and a half years, 92 projects of

The President estimated that electricity shortages were cost-

the renewable energy programme will bring a total

ing the economy close to one percentage point in economic

of 6 327MW to the grid, he added.

Public Sector Manager • September 2015



The exploration of various other options for electricity gen-

Supporting the mining sector

eration is underway, including cross-border projects within

With regard to the mining sector, the President said the threat

the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region

of job losses in the mining and steel industries was of serious

that include hydro, gas and coal.

concern to government, and job losses would have a nega-

With regards to medium- to long-term electricity supply, the

tive impact on many families, communities and the economy.

President said the nuclear build programme is at an advanced

Mining remained a critical component of the South African

stage of planning and procurement should be concluded

economy and government wants it to remain the backbone

within the current financial year.

of the country’s economy, he added.

The updated Gas Utilisation Master Plan, which will

His comments follow recent announcements by several mining companies of their intention to retrench

stimulate development and investment in the


gas industry, will also be published.

To address this, the Minister of Mineral Re-

President Zuma noted that the South African economy, like many others in

sources Ngoako Ramatlhodi convened a re-

the world, continued to struggle to fully

treat of tripartite stakeholders in the mining

regain its pre- financial crisis growth

sector recently. Stakeholders identified a number of areas


to save jobs and find alternatives to job losses.

“We committed ourselves to a five per cent growth rate by 2019. The 1.5 per cent economic growth rate attained in 2014, is a distance from that National Development Plan ambition,” he said. To address this, government is looking inward for growth opportunities, hence the development of the Nine-




6 327


Point Plan announced in February, which

A task team was established and mandated to develop detailed proposals. This task team reported back to principals in August.

Special Economic Zones As part of the remedies to the current challenges, President Zuma said the roll-out of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) programme would continue, as there is a need to im-


prove regulatory efficiency and turnaround times to support

1. Revitalisation of the agriculture and agro-processing value-

investments in the country.


The SEZs are aimed at supporting a broader-based industriali-

2. Advancing beneficiation (adding value to our mineral wealth).

sation growth path in South Africa, while helping the country


achieve the objectives of the NDP.

More effective implementation of a higher impact Industrial Policy Action Plan.

4. Unlocking the potential of SMME, cooperatives as well as township and rural enterprises. 5. Resolving the energy challenge. 6. Stabilising the labour market.

“More importantly, the establishment of an investment facilitation centre or One Stop Shop is being implemented to support local and international investments. A pilot has been set up at the Department of Trade and Industry,” he said. The centre will improve the investment climate and enhance

7. Scaling-up private sector investment.

the ease of doing business by identifying bottlenecks, remov-

8. Growing the ocean economy.

ing administrative barriers, reducing regulatory inefficiencies,

9. Cross-cutting areas to reform, boost and diversify the econ-

setting up norms and standards, improving turnaround times

omy such as the following:

and coordinating and fast-tracking all investment enquiries.

Science, technology and innovation.

Water and sanitation.

New immigration regulations

Transport infrastructure.

President Zuma announced the establishment of an Inter-Min-

Broadband rollout.

isterial Committee (IMC) on Immigration Regulations, following

State-owned companies.

complaints raised about the new visa regulations.



Public Sector Manager • September 2015

Under the new immigration legislation amendments, which came into effect in June, South Africans and foreign nationals travelling to and from South Africa with children under the age of 18 are required to produce unabridged birth certificates.

• Developing SMART technologies for water and sanitation information management. • Ensuring an enhanced and integrated regulatory regime, for example water use licensing. “A review of both the Water Services and National Water Acts

The implementation of the

will be undertaken,” added the President.

new legislation is part of gov-

Focus on maths, science

ernment ’s commitment to safeguard the best interests of

Meanwhile, the President said the im-

children and prevent child traf-

plementation of the Mathematics, Sci-


ence and Technology Strategy would be

“The IMC will address the un-

strengthened in all schools.

intended consequences of the new immigration regulations on various sectors, including tourism and investment,” explained the President.

This follows the 2014 Annual National

"Children under the age of 18 are required to produce unabridged birth certificates."

Assessments results, which indicated that Grade 3 targets in both literacy and numeracy have been exceeded, as well as Grade 6 Home Language, but performance in Grade 6 and 9 maths and first

The IMC is chaired by Deputy

additional language was below par.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and comprises the Ministers of Tourism, Home Affairs, Trade and Industry, Social Development and Small Business Development.

Government would ensure improved teacher supply, training and development, he said. “The improvement of the qualifications of Grade R practitioners is also ongoing as part of the long-term investments

Preserving water

in quality education.”

In another development, President Zuma said he would officially launch a programme in Port Elizabeth which seeks

Health interventions paying off

to train about 15 000 artisans and plumbers in the country.

On the health front, President Zuma said South Africa had

The programme was expected to be launched in August

been praised by the United Nations AIDS programme for its

will not only create jobs but also save water.

successful response to HIV and AIDS.

He said 3 000 trainees had made the list of the first intake

“Among the achievements, access to antiretroviral treat-

recruited this financial year and they would fix leaking taps

ment for people living with HIV and AIDS was expanded.

in their communities.

To date, 3.1 million people are receiving treatment. This has

The recruitment process will be done through the Depart-

exceeded the 2014/15 target of three million.

ment of Water and Sanitation. The President added that this

“The screening for tuberculosis (TB) has been expanded,

would stop water wastages through leakages which cost the

with 15.2 million people reached, which exceeded the target

country R7 billion a year.

of six million. We thank all South Africans for their cooperation

“Government has identified water as a critical resource for economic development and work continues to implement the five point plan for water and sanitation,” he said. The plan entails: • Maintaining and upgrading existing water and sanitation infrastructure.

which is enabling the country to achieve a turnaround on HIV and AIDS and to improve our response to TB.” He also touched on issues affecting local government, and urged government entities and the private sector to pay their debts to enable municipalities to function effectively. To date, debt owed to municipalities is close to R100 billion,

• Building new dams and developing ground water.

which is almost double the amount since 2009, the President

• Improving water quality.


Public Sector Manager • September 2015


Writers: Albert Pule and More Matshediso Photographer: Elmond Jiyane


Operation Phakisa:

Fast-tracking development


year after Operation Phakisa was introduced to

estimated 316 000 jobs,” explained President Zuma.

South Africa the country is already reaping the

Further analysis in 2013 found that nine sectors of the

benefits of the methodology in the areas of ocean

country’s ocean economy could generate an estimated

economy and health. And soon the mining and basic education sectors will also get a shake-up when Operation Phakisa is extended to these sectors.

GDP contribution of R129 billion to R177 billion by 2033 and double the number of jobs estimated in 2010. The ocean’s laboratory phase was implemented in Durban last year.

Operation Phakisa is a good example of government and

It focuses on initiatives which are able to deliver signifi-

the private sector coming together to share views and im-

cant impact within the next five years and beyond and

plement plans to improve the South African economy, said

lays the groundwork for sustained longer-term growth, not

President Jacob Zuma, who recently updated the country

only in the four priority areas, but also across the ocean

on implementation of the various segments.

economy as a whole.

The methodology does not only bring government and

To increase the contribution of the ocean economy, the

the business sector together, but also invites South African

President said opportunities were being explored in vari-

society and academia on board, and that makes it unique,

ous areas, including the repairing of rigs and the servicing

he added.

of vessels.

Operation Phakisa is a South African Government initiative adopted from the Malaysian Government aimed at implementing priority programmes faster, better and more effectively. It is derived from Malaysia’s Big Fast Results Methodology,

“Thirty thousand vessels pass through South Africa’s waters every year and 13 000 dock in our ports every year. “South Africa only does maintenance on five per cent of the vessels. In addition, of the 80 rigs in the Western Cape, only four are serviced per year.”

which that country used successfully to achieve rapid eco-

Three hundred million tonnes of cargo on foreign-owned

nomic transformation. It also forms part of government’s

vessels are shipped and 1.2 million tonnes of liquid fuel

Nine-Point Plan to reignite growth and boost job creation.

pass along the country’s coast annually. “Significant investment is required in new port infrastruc-

Ocean economy

ture, including rig repairs. The establishment of a Small

The Ocean Economy Phakisa was the first segment launched

Harbours Development Authority is thus necessary,” noted

under Operation Phakisa and focuses on four major areas:

the President.

marine transport, off shore oil and gas, aquaculture, and marine protection services and ocean governance. A study conducted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University quantified the value of South Africa’s oceans.


The rehabilitation, upgrade and redevelopment of some small harbours as well as the identification and proclamation of new harbours and their integration with national coastal projects have already begun.

“In the initial study in 2010, the oceans around South Africa

“We have identified Gansbaai, Saldanha Bay, Struisbaai,

were estimated to have a potential to contribute about

Gordons Bay and Lamberts Bay for rehabilitation and de-

R54 billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and an


Public Sector Manager • September 2015

President Jacob Zuma updates the country on Operation Phakisa.

“A roadmap has also been developed for the proclamation of new harbours in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.”

of infrastructure, prolonged finalisation of leases and the limited tenure of the leases. All of these constraints are being addressed, the President said.

Offshore oil and gas exploration The aspiration of the offshore oil and gas exploration focus

Working towards ideal clinics

group of the Ocean Economy Phakisa is the drilling of 30

Operation Phakisa Ideal Clinic Realisation and Maintenance

exploration wells in 10 years.

was launched in November last year, a segment that aims

“In their view, this would produce 370 000 barrels of oil and gas per day. If this is achieved, it would mean the creation of

to transform all public sector clinics into ideal clinics that provide good quality care to all communities.

up to 130 000 thousand jobs, with an annual contribution

The Ideal Clinic work streams have been looking at eight

to the GDP of $2.2 billion, while reducing the dependence

areas: service delivery, waiting times, human resources,

on oil and gas imports during the production phase.

infrastructure, financial management, supply chain man-

Detailing some of the projects already underway, the President said R9.2 billion is to be spent to develop Saldanha Bay

agement, scaling up and sustainability, and institutional arrangements.

as an oil and gas hub and environmental authorisation has

Progress made thus far includes the implementation of

been approved for the Burgan Fuel Storage facility in the

the Central Chronic Medicine Dispensing and Distribution

port of Cape Town.

Programme. This is a medicine distribution programme for stable patients who do not need to see a doctor or a nurse,

Aquaculture industry

but are just coming to collect their monthly supply of medi-

The President noted that South Africa’s aquaculture industry

cation,” explained President Zuma.

was still emerging and as a result production levels were currently low.

The patients’ supplies are delivered to them at pick-up points agreed to by both government and patients.

“The team working on the aquaculture sector focus area

As a result of the programme, 210 840 patients who are

believes that when interventions to grow the sector are

stable and are on chronic medication no longer need to

implemented successfully, aquaculture projects will grow

queue for repeat medication.

the sector’s size from approximately R700 million today, to almost R3 billion by 2019.” However, the industry faces constraints such as the lack

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

The architectural designs for the ideal clinic have been finalised and will be used in the building or refurbishment of ideal clinics. > >



Using these designs, 216 new clinics are going to be built. At eight clinics in the OR Tambo District, in the Eastern Cape, contractors are already on site. In another eight–five in Vhembe District in Limpopo and three in Thabo Mofutsanyane District in the Free State–contractors are ready to go on site. “One of the biggest complications arising from running

So far six key themes or work streams have emerged for the Mining Phakisa Lab and will require further consultation.

the biggest Antiretroviral Treatment Programme in the

These include:

world is the logistics of supplying medicines to all the clinics

• Up-stream linkages and capital equipment sector that sup-

and hospitals. Sometimes some clinics will report a stockout of medicines when in fact our medicine warehouses are still full. “This problem is being solved through special cellphone technology whereby nurses are able to use a specially sup-

ports the mining sector. • Win-win resolution on beneficiation of both bulk resources and precious metals. • Social and community development with a particular emphasis on housing.

plied cellphone to scan the barcodes on the medicine bot-

• Increasing exploration activities, including enabling initia-

tles and packaging and learn immediately if there is stock-

tives by the state such as more detailed geo-scientific infor-

out or not,” said President Zuma.


This information is relayed electronically to the national, provincial or district office for urgent action. A total of 1 200 clinics in four provinces already provide

• Enhancing the research, development and innovation cluster. • Holistic modernisation planning and implementation.

this service, in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. A plan is in place to roll out to the remaining five

Improving basic education


The President said the aim of Operation Phakisa Basic Education is to further improve the quality of basic education by

Operation Phakisa Mining

introducing information communication technology into

President Zuma pointed out that the mining sector is ex-

the delivery and management of education.

tremely strategic to the South African economy but had been hard hit recently. “We need to work together to turn this around. The Mining


Phakisa has the objective of building partnerships between

With two segments of Operation Phakisa already launched

government and key stakeholders in the mining sector, so

and two more on the way, President Zuma is pleased with

as to unlock investment and optimise the sector’s positive

the progress so far.

developmental impacts on the economy and society.

“The implementation of Operation Phakisa and the Big

“As part of the Mining Phakisa process, we continue to

Fast Results methodology has certainly changed the way

implement a comprehensive stakeholder consultation pro-

government conducts its business and introduced a new

cess with government departments, the private sector and

approach of syndication to resolve issues.

labour.” More than 30 consultations have been held with business associations, individual mining companies, trade unions, civil society organisations and various government departments in preparation for the Phakisa. The actual Mining Phakisa Laboratory will begin in October 2015.


“Preliminary work has begun and the Education Phakisa lab process will begin in September-October this year,” he

“The respective government departments are being forced to rid themselves from the ‘silo mentality’ and work together towards a common goal.” Operation Phakisa has compelled government to engage with all stakeholders simultaneously to craft a vision and mechanism for unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans and other sectors, he added.

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SOUTH AFRICAN HERITAGE Veliswa Baduza, CEO of the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), is passionate not only about the Agency, but about the significance of the work it does and how this speaks to uniting our nation through the heritage of its people.

Ms Veliswa Baduza, CEO

Arniston Wreckage

Interviewed in SAHRA’s offices,

Veliswa Baduza outlined the history of the Agency and its roles and responsibilities:

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• Local authorities (Grade 3 heritage

techniques and the “why” speaks about

resources of local significance managed

their purpose. Buildings and building

by local authorities)

techniques vary over time and they also speak about technological history as well

Whilst the Agency operates at a

as social history.

“We are an administrative, statutory

national level, it works closely with the

body, established in terms of the National

provinces and local municipalities. For

Heritage Resources Act (25 of 1999)

example,when the remains of Moses


and have been in existence for 15 years.

Kotane and J B Marks eventually returned

South Africa’s important archaeological

The issuing of the 1996 white paper on

to the country, SAHRA worked with its

and palaeontological heritage includes

Arts, Culture and Heritage resulted in a

provincial counterparts to ensure this

declared national sites such as the Cradle

consultative process that led ultimately to

process was managed appropriately.

of Humankind (also a UNESCO world

the promulgation of the Act. “Our vision is to work towards building a nation united through heritage. To ensure

There are a number of heritage subsectors within the Agency:


heritage site), the Wonderwerk Cave in the Northern Cape, Mapungubwe in Limpopo, Kaditshwene in the North West and the West Coast Fossil Park in the Western

that this is done sustainably, we have had


to develop regulations and policies that

This is comprised of buildings, structures

Department of Tourism to promote these

inform the management of the country’s

(bridges, industrial warehouses, etc.) and

sites of significance in our midst. If sites

heritage resources by government and

landscapes of cultural significance that

are on private land, the Agency enters into

other state bodies. Our mandate is to

have heritage value for all across the

an agreement about their management

promote social cohesion while, at the

country. The Department of Public Works

with the landowner and management

same time, reflecting the diverse cultures

is the custodian of many of the public

authorities, which differ from site to site.

in the country. Heritage instils a sense of

buildings that form part of the national

If it is a UNESCO site, then UNESCO

pride and identity and is a powerful rallying

estate – such as Parliament, the Union

standards have to be complied with. If

point for nation building.”

Buildings, Groote Schuur and Robben

anyone wishes to engage in development


on or near the site, a heritage impact

The national estate is managed by three

Cape. The Agency works closely with the

assessment has to be carried out and an

spheres of government:

The structures within the built environment

• National (Grade 1 heritage sites for

represent the tangible aspects of our

archaeologist will then produce a report.

which the Agency develops regulations

shared intangible heritage. This is the


and policies to guide the custodians)

invisible value. Buildings and structures

Heritage objects include artefacts, such

also have an educational value, which

as the Broster beadwork collection at the

provincial heritage resources authorities

speaks to who designed and built

Walter Sisulu University, which tells the

under the provincial departments of Arts

them; and why and how they were built.

story of abaThembu and their culture.

and Culture)

The “how” teaches us about building

SAHRA works with other government

• Provincial (Grade 2 sites managed by

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Broster beadwork


Moses Kotane’s Monument

departments such as the Department

centenary commemoration of the loss of

during the centenary commemoration of

of Defence, the South African Police

the SS Mendi during World War I. The

World War 1 in July 2016.

Service, the Department of Public Works

Mendi was a troopship that sank with

and the Department of Transport to

great loss of life near the Isle of Wight

The Agency is erecting a memorial in

safeguard heritage objects in public

in the UK, while carrying black South

honour of the cadres who fell during


African soldiers to France. The centenary

the Matola raid in Mozambique in 1983,

of its loss will be commemorated in 2017.

which will be unveiled on 11 September

The Agency also works particularly

2015. We are also involved in the

closely with the Customs and Excise


Division at SARS to protect artefacts

As part of a Women’s Month project,

wherein all identified sites will be graded

and ensure that they do not leave

SAHRA has upgraded the grave and

and declared as heritage sites.

the country without the necessary

erected a memorial in Limpopo to

permission. In 2010, for example, a copy

commemorate Mme Makwena Matlala

of the Freedom Charter was saved from

– the chieftainess who opposed the

leaving the country to be auctioned in

‘betterment’ policies of the apartheid

“Heritage plays a significant role in

London (the Freedom Charter is now


unifying a nation and the community

being declared as a heritage object).

National Liberation Heritage Route

In conclusion, Baduza said:

needs to be at the forefront in terms of

Auctioneers have to consult with SAHRA

The Agency has also honoured our

identifying the spaces that have cultural

before auctioning any item that may be of

founding mothers and fathers, including

significance at national, provincial and

heritage value.

Sefako Makgatho, the second president

local levels. We have a long way to go to

of the African National Congress (ANC),

ensure that our national estate tells the

Robert Sobukwe and Steve Biko by

histories and stories of all the people of

upgrading their graves to commemorate

South Africa.


This subsector includes at least 2 400

their contributions to the struggle for

shipwrecks around our coastline and


other heritage sites associated with

“These stories must also be linked to the communities from whence they

South Africans’ long relationship with the

Concentration camps from the South

come and benefit those communities at

sea, such as pre-colonial shell middens

African War are also being preserved

a socio-economic level – through the

which can be as old as 100 000 years.

and the Agency is working with the

management and promotion of cultural

Some of the wrecks in our waters are Dutch

Department of Defence to manage the

heritage sites.

and the Agency is currently developing a

graves of other victims of conflict and

project with the Netherlands to audit and

those of traditional leaders (such as King

“Cultural heritage is a profound unifier

inventorise our wrecks using sophisticated

Hintsa in the Eastern Cape).

which should be celebrated and guarded

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

SAHRA is involved in the transformation

jealously by us all.”

technology. The Agency is also centrally

of the Delville Wood memorial and

involved in the national planning for the

museum in France – to be unveiled

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* Writer: Nathi Mthethwa

Living heritage:

Celebrating SA’s treasures

minister Nathi mthethwa with some south africa's legends at the launch of the Living Legends Legacy project and Heritage month.


cknowledging and promoting our living heritage will

a site near Groenkloof in Pretoria.

be the focus as the country commemorates Heritage

We are also working on the National Heroes Acre,

Month, this month, under the theme ‘Our indigenous

which will be developed by the Department of Arts and

knowledge, our heritage: Towards the identification, promotion

Culture (DAC), to pay tribute to South Africans and the

and preservation of South Africa's living heritage’.

international community who fought for our freedom

Living heritage is also known as Intangible Cultural Heritage. The 2003 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural

and laid the foundations for a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic country.

Organization Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible

This project will incorporate various themes, including

Cultural Heritage refers to it as: “The practices, representations,

the underground political movement, the international

expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments,

solidarity campaign, the mass mobilisation campaign

objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith

and the armed struggle – the four pillars of the struggle

– that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals

for a free South Africa.

recognise as part of their cultural heritage.

The Matola Memorial and Interpretative Centre in Mo-

“This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from genera-

zambique will also be unveiled during Heritage Month

tion to generation, is constantly recreated by communities

to celebrate the friendship and solidarity between the

and groups in response to their environment, their interaction

Mozambican and South African people and honour

with nature and their history, and provides them with a sense

the 13 people killed when the apartheid government

of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural

sent members of its military forces to ambush Matola

diversity and human creativity”.

residents in 1981, where exiled members of the African National Congress lived. This event became known as

Honouring heroes

the Matola Raid.

As part of promoting living heritage and paying tribute to


the stalwarts and heroes of the liberation movement, we will

African unity

launch the National Heritage Monument project, which is at

Heritage Month will also see the DAC embrace and instil

an advanced stage of planning, and will be implemented at

African unity as the popularising of the African Union

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

anthem and flag gains momentum with the distribution of African Union anthem, CDs and flags to schools and departments. It is only in this way that we can begin to ensure that, in the words of the anthem, ‘Africa is the tree of life’. This year Heritage Day celebrations will be held in Limpopo and will include a cultural fair that will showcase the country’s rich African traditions and living heritage. We also need to highlight the knowledge and intricate skills of those who have spent their lives honing their talents and skills in indigenous dance and craftwork, poetry and beadwork.

Today we preserve our cultural heritage through creating the enabling condi-

These artists are the guardians of our

tions in which this heritage can flourish.

cultural wealth and knowledge and they

We do so aided by oral history that docu-

are responsible for the dynamic trans-

ments information obtained from people

mission of this art for future generations.

and through digitisation.

They are grounded in the cultural ex-

This is important because our tradi-

pressions of our people. They unleash

tions, heritage and cultural expressions

the power of the arts in our daily lives

tell our collective South African story.

and our languages and extend the cul-

Through taking an inclusive approach

tural and spiritual imagination of our people.

and sharing our narratives, we are declaring ownership of

Pixley Ka Isaka Seme recognised this in April 1906 in his

this knowledge and asserting an African contribution to

essay, ‘The Regeneration of Africa’, when he said, “The Afri-

world culture. In this way, we will also contribute to bridg-

can is not a proletarian in the world of science and art. He

ing the knowledge divide.

has precious creations of his own, of ivory, of copper and of gold, fine, plated willow-ware and weapons of superior

Transforming the heritage landscape


Earlier this year, the outcry from students over colonial and

“Civilization resembles an organic being in its develop-

apartheid statues and monuments brought to sharp focus

ment – it is born, it perishes, and it can propagate itself.

the need for intensifying the transformation of the heritage

More particularly, it resembles a plant, it takes root in the

landscape in the country.

teeming earth, and when the seeds fall in other soils new varieties sprout up”.

In response to the growing debate, the DAC hosted a National Consultative Meeting on the transformation of

We know that we are an African people with a history of

the heritage landscape in April, in Freedom Park, bring-

which we can be proud because of all of this knowledge

ing students, academics, artists and activists together. The

that remains, grows like a plant and, despite centuries of

meeting called for a popularisation campaign about South

oppression and segregation, has been passed on as a legacy

Africa’s national symbols for greater civic awareness.

for us all.

Out of this robust engagement, 20 resolutions were adopted, including the creation of a dedicated task team

Preserving cultural heritage

to look into the transformation processes of the heritage

The current generation has been entrusted with the safe-

sector with emphasis on equity, culture, language and an

keeping of artefacts and precious texts, cave and rock paint-

understanding of the politics and economics of heritage.

ings and folklore that tell it about the worldview of the earliest inhabitants of the continent.

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

Provincial consultative meetings followed, which were completed in August. Participants included representatives >>



of political parties, community-based organisations, uni-

treasures’, across all arts disciplines, and engaging them in

versity students and other interested and affected groups.

programmes that promote the arts and transfer their knowl-

Provinces agreed to identify historical and political figures

edge and experiences to younger generations.

whose profiles are such that they cannot be displayed in

Through this initiative we will also document and archive

public spaces. They agreed that in the event that statues are

their contributions, enriching the telling of the South African

removed, it should be done within the parameters of the law.

story. Out of this interaction, we will support the production

Provinces will also look into introducing counter-memo-

of books and documentaries that honour the contribution

ries, through establishing counter-monuments and counter-memorials. The reinterpretation and rededication of

of these artists. Our libraries and heritage and cultural institutions should

monuments, memorials and

initiate ‘writers in residence’

museums to include previ-

and ‘artists in residence’ pro-

ously marginalised historical

grammes, whereby our great

narratives becomes crucial

living legends can travel to

to tell the whole story.

different parts of the coun-

The Chief Bhambatha Stat-

try and the rest of the Afri-

ue will be unveiled in Grey-

can continent to share their

town, KwaZulu-Natal, this

experiences, engage with

month to commemorate

new audiences and mentor

the rebellion of 1906 and

our youth.

the leadership role played

The department will also

by Chief Bhambatha who,

establish a Living Legends

together with his followers,

Inventory to recognise, ac-

engaged in a pitched bat-

knowledge and disseminate

tle against colonial forces in

the wisdom that is passed

protest against poll tax.

from one generation to the other. It will arrange master

Legacy projects

classes and lectures in which

In the arts and culture land-

these artists can share their

scape, the White Paper on

life’s journey and best prac-

Arts, Culture and Heritage,

tices with others.

together with related leg-

Let us encourage all our

Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa.

islation, policies and docu-

citizens to strive to make

mentation called for the

living heritage an important

establishment of legacy projects, including monuments, to ensure that the heritage landscape reflects the heritage of the vast majority in the country.

component of their children’s lives. We should heed the words of Ben Okri, the acclaimed Nigerian-born author, who said, “Education is also what is

The White Paper also highlights the importance of Living

passed on between parents and children. It is the stories

Heritage for the social and economic development of South

we tell the children, it is the stories we tell our citizens, it is

Africa and in finding ways and means to enable song, dance,

the stories we tell ourselves. A society can be transformed

storytelling and oral history to be permanently recorded and

by the stories it tells itself. But it has to be the stories we tell

conserved in the formal heritage structure.

ourselves in our everyday acts”.

In August 2015 the DAC announced a Living Legends Legacy Programme to recognise the role played by ‘living


*Nathi Mthethwa is the Minister of Arts and Culture.

Public Sector Manager • September 2015


*Writer: Robert Makatu

Scheme to promote community broadcasting


he country’s community broadcasting sector, which reaches millions of South Africans every week, it set to get more support from government.

economic development. This year marks 22 years since the first community radio station was licensed in South Africa. Currently,

The published Draft Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

there are more than 210 community radio stations and

(Government Gazette: Notice 676 of 2015) under the Broadcasting

five community television stations licensed and more

Act, 1999 (Act No. 4 of 1999) and Electronic Communications Act,

than 75 per cent of the radio stations and one com-

2005 (Act No. 36 of 2005), highlights government’s commitment to

munity television station have received support from

build a strong community broadcasting sector.

the DoC. The five community television stations reach

The Department of Communications (DoC) is currently consulting

an average of 12 million viewers weekly, carried both

on the Scheme to seek input from affected and interested parties;

terrestrially on local analogue frequencies; as well as

review the programme to align it with the entire community broad-

nationally on satellite subscription-TV platforms. The

casting value chain and ensure that both community sound and

210 community radio stations reach an average total

television services are provided for.

of 8.6 million listeners weekly.

The objectives of the Scheme are to: • Sustain community broadcasting services in the Republic for the rapidly converging digital broadcasting environment. • Attract investment, including strategic infrastructure investment in community broadcasting sector. • Strengthen the community broadcasting sector to contribute to support the local content industry so as to create jobs.

The DoC wants the community media sector to be the best tier of broadcasting it can be. If community broadcasting is to assist and contribute to the developmental agenda then comprehensive management, strategic and funding reforms are required. Hand in hand with greater empowerment is the need for more attention to governance by ensuring boards

• Promote the community broadcasting sector as a strategic vehicle

of the community media sector are both trained and

to advance socio-economic goals relating to access to information,

have the necessary skills. Among the challenges facing

media diversity, empowerment and youth development.

the sector, is the need to sustain it well into the future.

• Improve governance and stability in the community broadcasting sector. The South African Government has long identified the community

The DoC invites interested people and stakeholders to submit comments on the Scheme, which is available on the DoC’s website:

media sector and its support scheme/strategy as one of its key priori-

Comments should be sent to Robert Makatu or Kgo-

ties. The White Paper on Broadcasting Policy, National Development

motso Ngwenyama at and kgo-

Plan (NDP) and Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy all emphasise respectively. The closing date for

the need to support and sustain community broadcasting, both

inputs is 30 September 2015.

legislatively and materially. The DoC is also well aware that the development of the community television sector, with its potential to

*Robert Makatu works for the Broadcasting

unlock the local content industry, will contribute to job creation and

Policy Unit at the DoC.


Public Sector Manager • September 2015


*Writer: Mkuseli Apleni

Unite in the fight against corruption


ust over a year ago, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba directed the department to act against any official found to have participated in acts of fraud and corruption. This bold

prevent, detect and reduce incidents of corruption from oc-

action came after the department became aware of the existence

curring. In addition, new technology has been introduced to

of pockets of corruption and fraudulent activities in various offices.

reduce possible acts of corruption associated with the man-

These reports were of concern because the actions of a few

ual processing system, while at the same time improving

dishonest individuals have the potential to not only impair the

the services and efficiency with which they are delivered.

reputation of the department but also undermine our efforts to

While government is taking a firm stance against cor-

promote good governance. Furthermore, corruption damages

ruption, we should nevertheless remind ourselves that it

the trust people have in government institutions.

is a two-way street and that it has unfortunately become

Our commitment and efforts to eradicate corruption in the

prevalent in all sectors of society. It is incumbent on all of

department are paying off. As part of this, a public official and

us to resist offering or accepting bribes or participate in

a foreign national were arrested recently on charges of fraud

any other activity that undermines the principles of good

and corruption. The official has been charged with fraudulently

governance and public order.

providing people with passports‚ identity documents and marriage certificates.

Every time we offer a bribe, we also commit a crime and aid corruption, and by doing so we effectively fuel the prob-

He has been released on bail by the Specialised Commercial

lem instead of playing our part to root it out. On the other

Crimes Court while his co-accused was remanded for further

hand, when we opt to keep quiet when we have informa-

investigation. Investigations are continuing against at least 42

tion that can lead to a conviction, we allow corruption and

people who are suspected of being part of the syndicate.

corrupt activities to continue unabated.

The arrests follow a lengthy investigation by the department, in collaboration with various law enforcement agencies. The arrests and dismissals send a strong message that the department is committed to rooting out fraud and corruption, and

Government has created a number of institutions to investigate such crime and ensure that the guilty are brought to book. It is our collective responsibility to report corruption to law enforcement agencies.

addressing the underlying issues that contribute to the problem.

Incidents of corruption, wherever they occur, severely dent

Thirty other officials have also been dismissed for various offences

public trust in institutions and place our commitment to ef-

over the past two years.

fectively grow and develop the country and render services

Numerous mechanisms have been introduced to deter public

to fellow South Africans at risk. As a responsible govern-

servants from committing corruption. One of them is the launch

ment we cannot allow the actions of a few to jeopardise

of Operation Bvisa Masina, which in Tshivenda means “throw out

our hard won democracy and commitment to move the

the rot”. Its aim is to restore order and ensure that only service-

country forward.

oriented, professional, competent, ethical and incorruptible officials remain in our offices. Others include strengthening the Counter-Corruption Unit to


*Mkuseli Apleni is the Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs. Public Sector Manager • September 2015


*Dr Dovhani Mamphiswana

Ensuring the public service gets it right


s South Africa marks Public Service Month in September,

Service Commission (PSC) is busy with.

I’m reminded of the words of famous American admin-

Among other things we, at the PSC, are responsible

istrator and attorney Jack Lew who said: “I think there’s

for the implementation of the Financial Disclosure

no higher calling in terms of a career than public service, which is a chance to make a difference in people's lives and improve the world”.

Framework. In terms of the framework, all senior managers in the public service have to disclose their financial interests

This time of the year also serves as a reminder to us, public serv-

annually. Such disclosures promote both transparency

ants, on what it means to serve communities, improve the world

and accountability in order to detect and prevent con-

and make a difference in people’s lives. It also gives us an oppor-

flicts of interest.

tunity to reflect on the impact government has on the lives of ordinary South Africans. During this month, public servants should take heed of what more we can to improve the public service and change the negative perception that people often about us. We need to roll up our sleeves and clean various service delivery points, visit schools, hospitals, police stations and courts. We also need to talk to citizens and address the bottlenecks

The PSC has made a concerted effort to ensure that senior managers submit their financial disclosure forms timeously by advertising reminders in mainstream media. Due to 2014 being an election year in the country, the due dates for the submission of financial disclosure forms for the 2013/14 financial year were extended by the Minister for Public Service and Administration.

and red tape in the delivery of services. We need to ensure that

An electronic disclosure system (e-Disclosure) was

systems and infrastructure are working and use the limited public

introduced and senior managers were encouraged

resources efficiently to the benefit of citizens.

to submit their financial disclosures either manually or through e-Disclosure. As at 31 May 2015, a total of

Rooting out corruption

7 507 (76 per cent) disclosure forms were submitted

To ensure that citizens get the most out of the allocated resources,

via eDisclosure.

we must uproot corruption in the public sector, a task the Public


The compliance rate by the due date of 31 May 2015

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

was 82 per cent (72 per cent from national and 95 per cent

through the Complaints Rules has increased from 144 dur-

from provincial departments).

ing the 2012/13 financial year to 167 during the 2013/14 financial year.

Scrutinising financial disclosures

Furthermore, 2 160 cases of alleged corruption and 160

The PSC has commenced with the scrutiny of the financial

cases related to service delivery were reported through

disclosure forms submitted to identify potential and actual

NACH during the 2013/14 financial year.

conflicts of interest. The scrutiny focuses, among others, on

From 1 September 2004 to 31 March 2014, 5 856 cases of

the declaration of directorships and partnerships in compa-

alleged corruption were referred to national departments

nies, as well as ownership of properties.

while 5 777 cases were referred to provincial departments

Cases of non-compliance with the framework and the

and 2 503 were referred to public entities.

identified cases of potential conflicts of interests have been referred to the responsible executive authorities for appro-

Investigating allegations

priate action.

Overall, feedback was received on 7 505 cases and 5 150

Apart from implementing the Financial Disclosure Frame-

cases were closed on the CMS of the NACH after being

work, we are also responsible for managing the National Anti-

properly investigated by departments. During the 2013/14

Corruption Hotline (NACH).

financial year, the PSC referred 2 160 cases of alleged cor-

The NACH is an important mechanism that government has implemented to combat maladministration and corruption in the public service. The NACH has received a total of 235 590 calls and of these 20 254 case reports of alleged corruption were generated between 1 September 2004 and 31 March 2014. Of the 20 254 cases, 6 118 were closed on the Case Man-

ruption to departments for investigation. According to the CMS of the NACH, the total amount of money involved in the allegations of corruption reported for the 2013/14 financial year was R25 833 780. At the provincial level the total amount of money involved was R191 010 747, at national level R65 322 864 and R2 003 700 for public entities.

agement System (CMS) of the NACH and were not referred to

Through its body of work, the PSC will continue to influ-

departments due to lack of details or because the allegations

ence policy in the public service. The PSC will also provide

fell outside the mandate of the public service.

effective technical oversight over the public service at na-

In addition 14 136 cases of alleged corruption were referred

tional and provincial tiers of government.

by the PSC to relevant national and provincial departments as well as public entities for investigation. In relation to complaints, the number of complaints lodged

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

*Dr Mamphiswana is the Acting Director-General of the Office of the Public Service Commission.



*Writer: Thulani Nzima

SA: Local and international tourists’ dream destination


ourism is one of South Africa’s most important

omies and, indeed, to world tourists themselves. Tourism

sectors. Its contribution to economic growth, job

Month in South Africa serves the same purpose, inviting

creation and providing entrepreneurship oppor-

the nation to be tourists in their own country, and to

tunities for the nation is beyond dispute. It surprises many to hear that more than 70 per cent of

Tourism Month is a critical component of the larger do-

all tourists in South Africa are South Africans. The domestic

mestic tourism campaign that works 365 days a year to

tourism market is a critically important one. It’s the very

grow a culture of tourism in South Africa. There is height-

backbone of the tourism industry, providing jobs to tens

ened focus in September on strengthening consumer

of thousands of South Africans and keeping domestic

marketing, communication and partnerships with the

capital here at home to reinvest in our own national in-

travel trade and industry stakeholder collaboration.



reflect on the economic value of tourism in South Africa.

This year the theme of Tourism Month is “A Million New

Every September, South Africans celebrate Tourism

Experiences are a Sho’t Left Away”. The theme encourages

Month, taking the lead from the United Nations World

the emerging segment of the market to go out and take

Tourism Organisation that has declared 27 September

a leisure break away from home, appealing to the innate

World Tourism Day.

desire people have to be surprised and delighted by the

World Tourism Day gives cause to reflect on the myriad

fresh, new and novel. It also encourages those South Af-

benefits that global tourism brings to communities, econ-

ricans who already have a strong culture of holidaying to

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

go out and experience South Africa. In 2014 there were around 28 million domestic trips over the 12-month period by some 12 million people.

working with the tourism industry to craft and promote trips that are affordable, accessible and invite the nation to ‘Meet South Africa’.

Between them, these travellers spent about R230 a day

Narrowing the gap between the global and domestic tourism

whilst away from home, amounting to close to R27

marketing campaigns will give uniformity in messaging and the

billion over the year and more than 113 million nights

benefit of economies of scale. It will also help to turn South Af-

away from home between them.

ricans into powerful destination brand influencers, putting their

Much work is still required to embed a culture of domestic leisure travel among South Africans. As an

vocal patriotism into the larger global and South African marketing mix.

organisation, South African Tourism is currently revising

This Tourism Month you can participate in the quest to get the

the marketing strategy for the local market to bring it

nation travelling. Be welcoming to all tourists. Show them the

in line with the global Meet South Africa campaign

warm hospitality that South Africans are world famous for, and give

that has seen a surge in positivity of our destination

them the insider’s track on the best places to go in your town or

around the world.

city. And be a tourist in South Africa yourself this Tourism Month.

In mid-May 2015, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom in-

Pack an overnight bag and hit the road. A million new experiences

formed Parliament that a budget of R100 million would

are a sho’t left away and you will be doing your bit to contribute

be ring-fenced in the current financial year to stimulate

to the economic growth of the country.

more domestic trips. Tourism growth, the Minister said, was not only about increasing the number of domestic

*Thulani Nzima is the Chief Executive Officer of South Afri-

or foreign tourists. It is about growth that is sustainable

can Tourism.

and brings marginalised people into the mainstream of the economy. Domestic tourism growth is critical to the future of the tourism sector in South Africa. The South African market plays a major role in sustaining the tourism sector. A significantly enhanced marketing programme will combine awareness of travel with exciting destinations and affordable product offerings. Messages of how affordable a leisure trip in South Africa is will be a major component of the campaign for the South African market. Of those people who did not travel last year, a significant proportion – 41 per cent – said they stayed at home because travelling was too expensive. To address this perception, South African Tourism is

Public Sector Manager • September 2015




1. THE PROJECT VISION As a four-year long project, the Mangaung Wildlife Sanctuary and Zoo will become a world-class facility and a destination of choice, not only within the region and country, but within the continent as a whole. The current facilities are based on a classic Victorian design, which over years of research and responsible management have been proven to fall significantly short of an ideal enclosure environment for animals, guests and the forefront of wildlife research and rehabilitation. The project will move away from the concept of simple “people see animals” enclosures, to developing integrated habitat settings that focus on complimentary species integration (faunal and floral) within the habitat biomes. The facility will cater for edutainment tours, rather than simply focusing on the animals and vegetation and incorporate the rich history of the area. Indigenous cultural history will be incorporated with the geological and palaeontological characteristics of the area. Daryl Barnes, the current Manager of the Bloemfontein Zoo, has ensured that the project takes the best of the country’s extensive ecological and wildlife management experience and integrates it into a unique and worldclass development.

2. T HE PROJECT – A LEADING LIGHT IN ANIMAL RESEARCH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT LTE Consulting is entirely responsible for the consulting engineering, concept and detailed design, construction and contract management of the Wildlife and Zoological sites. LTE’s in-house architectural team has developed stand-out facilities. The look and feel is world-class and ultra-modern and complies with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (WAZA) and the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (PAAZA) guidelines. The LTE Civil and Structural team has used modern conservation, efficiency and design optimisation techniques to best preserve the scarce water and optimise energy demands. The region is a water scarce area and with the current focus on community service delivery, the design team has considered the present and future needs of the neighbouring partner communities and social setting in its water and sewer design.


3. DO YOU HAVE A UNIQUE SELLING PROPOSITION? LTE Consulting is a wholly black-owned, ISO 9001 certified, level 1 Broad Based Black Economic Empowered business with over 15 years industry experience. LTE has a footprint throughout the country with over 10 offices servicing the SubSaharan region as a whole. LTE has a series of working agreements with international companies in countries such as South Korea, China (mainland and Hong Kong) and Denmark. LTE’s innovation hub and strategic partnerships have developed key relationships with notable supplier partners such as European Energy (wind and solar), Alternative Technologies (solar) and CONTech (medical supplies).

4. DO YOU HAVE SPECIFIC SED INITIATIVES? LTE has several CSI initiatives encompasing a broad range of sectors. From skills development and skills transfer, community upliftment, and outreach programmes; LTE has ploughed back substantially into the communities within which it operates.

Writer: *Faith Muthambi


Media industry needs more women


ecently, the country celebrated Women’s Day, re-

Over the past 21 years government has also imple-

calling the courageous actions of about 20 000

mented numerous policies and initiatives to uplift

women of all races who sang “Wathint’abafazi,

women and help them reach the pinnacle of success.

Strijdom!” (You stike a woman!) as they arrived at the Un-

Today it is not uncommon to see women breaking

ion Buildings on 9 August 1956. Although the protest

through glass ceilings and excelling in every field, and

focused on discriminatory pass laws, it was a concrete

every time it happens we like to believe that it reas-

affirmation that the struggle for liberation would not be

sures a girl somewhere in South Africa that she too

won without women activism.

can reach the top.

The actions by this group of heroic women set the tone

One of the most important partners in spreading the

for gender equality and empowerment in a democratic

word about women succeeding is the media. However,

South Africa. Twenty-one years into our democracy their

too often only women’s publications report on these

bravery still echoes in every aspect of our lives and it

achievements while mainstream publications tend

is clear that we will never be totally free until there is

to give prominence only in supplements or so-called

gender parity at all levels of society.

pages dedicated to women.

Due to the sacrifices of these brave women we now

This is borne out by a Media Tenor SA report, “A Wom-

live in a country governed by legislation, which ensures

an in a Man’s World” (2013), which points to the fact

that women enjoy the same rights as their male counter-

that issues related to women are consistently under-

parts in education, employment, property, inheritance

reported across media.

and justice.


Media might have come a long way since being

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi together with MDDA Chairperson Phelisa Nkomo and Sanlam Limited Non-Executive Director Dr Rejoice Simelane, congratulate Samantha Traill, winner of Press Photographer of the Year at the MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards. Minister Muthambi has called for the participation of more women in the media industry.

unshackled in 1994 but its transformation process is far

because they are judged as women editors”.

from complete. This is confirmed by the State of the News-

Sunday Times editor Phylicia Oppelt confirmed this and

room South Africa 2014 report released by Wits University’s

insists on being judged on merit. “Interrogate my past per-

Journalism Department, which revealed that both gender

formance, the jobs that I have done. If what I have contrib-

representation in the boardroom and newsroom are still

uted to the newspapers I have edited does not merit this

far from reaching parity.

appointment, then I should not have got this job. I doubt

The report found that 12 out of 43 editors were female (28 per cent). A further breakdown shows that only six were black women (14 per cent).

my predecessors have been interrogated in the same manner,” she states. The other challenge is that a woman as an editor is often

It also notes: “The number of women who sit on the

a bigger story than her journalism skills. Ferial Haffajee once

boards of big media companies remains at a grim four per

stated that in 2004, when she became editor of the Mail

cent from the 2012 to 2013 period.”

& Guardian, “the novelty value surprised me as it was my

The latest Wits findings are in line with a Print and Digital

gender, not my journalism that caught attention”.

Media Transformation Task Team Report (2013), which at

As government we sincerely hope that transformation in

the time pointed out: “The position of blacks generally and

our media will also translate into more gender-balanced

black women in particular in the management and control

content and newspaper columns by women. We would

of companies as well as in the boardrooms is dismal”.

also like to see and hear more voices of women in media.

To turn this situation around various role players, includ-

As a country we are in dire need of women experts giving

ing the South African National Editors' Forum, partnered

their professional opinion in media about everything from

to launch a Women in News programme in 2014. This five

construction to physics.

month long educational programme aims to equip female

Our nation and media have come a long way since the

media professionals in middle management positions with

1956 Women’s March. While women enjoy equal rights,

strategic skills and support networks to take on greater

gender transformation and changing the attitudes towards

leadership roles within their organisations.

women in top structures are ongoing processes. Let us

Transformation is not only about numbers, but also attitudes towards women in top management structures.

move South Africa forward by empowering women in and through media.

Senior lecturer at Wits Journalism Dr Glenda Daniels highlighted in The Media that “women do not have an easy time

Public Sector Manager • September 2015

*Faith Muthambi is the Minister of Communications.


WOMEN RESEARCHERS HONOURED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO HEALTH, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING The mining industry may be dominated by men, but women also work in this sector. Research by Unisa’s Professor Lindiwe Zungu has contributed to the improvement of women’s working conditions, such as the redesigning of safety clothing and strategies to combat sexual harassment. Professor Zungu’s guidelines have been accepted as the national standard in the mining sector and she continues to receive

invitations to make presentations on the guidelines to stakeholders such as the Safety in Mines Research Advisory Committee and the Chamber of Mines. The interventionist thrust of her output has led to the improvement of the well-being of women

in particular (Millennium Development Goal 5) and has contributed to sustainable development in the country by increasing

women’s participation in male-dominated environments. Promoting gender equality and empowering women to benefit from job opportunities (Millennium Development Goal 3) and allowing them to sustain their families and communities to reduce hunger and poverty (Millennium Development Goal 1) are outcomes of her efforts.

“We have made progress. Yet there is so much more we still have to do. We have a gender balance in favour of women at universities, but a research balance in favour of men.” Prof. Zungu was among the top South African women

contribution made by women researchers towards the

ceremony held in Sandton on 13 August 2015. She earned

year 2015 marks the target date for achieving the Millennium

honoured at the prestigious 2015 Women in Science Awards the accolade of this year’s most Distinguished Female

Researcher in the Humanities and Social Sciences, one of

achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The Development Goals.

the two top awards.

In other categories, Prof. Marla Trindade, Director of the

Further outputs of Prof. Zungu’s research into safety and

the University of Western Cape, won in the category for

security challenges affecting women in the South African

mining industry, sponsored by the Mine Health and Safety

Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Biotechnology at Distinguished Young Researchers in the life sciences.

Council, assisted the South African mining industry to adopt

Her research portfolio is multidisciplinary, aiming to develop

of violence and sexual harassment faced by women in mining.

to benefit industries in the health and renewable energy

and implement effective strategies to prevent the challenges

The award in the Life Sciences category went to Prof.

biotechnologies from bacteria and their associated viruses sectors, among others.

Maureen Coetzee for her work in malaria research. Prof.

TATA Africa and the DST each sponsored two master’s and

in the major African malaria vector mosquitoes; biodiversity

ability and potential in research.

Coetzee’s research interests include insecticide resistance within the genus Anopheles; novel methods for controlling

three doctoral fellowships, which recognise outstanding

malaria vectors; and vector-parasite interactions. She has

The DST also sponsored two doctoral fellowships for

in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. She assists control

much to offer South Africa in the way of pharmaceutical and

played a pivotal role in guiding malaria vector control policy agencies, such as the US President’s Malaria Initiative

operating in Angola, Mozambique and Madagascar; and

commercial entities in Mali, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Tanzania.

These activities have contributed in no small part to the

World Health Organisation’s Roll Back Malaria initiative,

research in indigenous knowledge systems, which have nutritional benefits.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, said that South Africa had made some progress in encouraging women to choose science careers and continue to a doctorate level.

which has recently reported on progress made towards

“We have made progress. Yet there is so much more we still

since 2000, a 58% reduction in malaria mortality has been

universities, but a research balance in favour of men.”

achieving part of the Millennium Development Goal 6 –

achieved with more than 6.2 million malaria deaths averted

have to do. We have a gender balance in favour of women at

between 2001 and 2015.

However, the Minister said that government has a number

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) hosts

in the science, technology and innovation sector, such as

these awards annually to reward excellence among women scientists and researchers. The awards theme this year was Science for a Sustainable Future, highlighting the

of incentives to enable the progression of women and girls the research chair and centres of excellence initiatives and a number of bursary programmes.

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FinanCial Fitness

Writer: Maya Fisher-French


onsumers in Gauteng and

The court

the North West


who are unable to pay their

rules issued by the

debts and being taken to court by credit

DOJ&CD indicate that

providers can now request the magistrate to refer the matter for court mediation. Magistrates

you can opt for mediation at any stage prior to or after litigation but where no

will also encourage parties to go for mediation on any civil

judgment has taken place. It is important to note that if a

matter within the court’s jurisdiction.

credit provider has already obtained a judgment against

As part of a pilot project launched in February this year, to introduce mediation in the courts, the Department of



Court mediation for over-indebted consumers

you, you can still approach the National Debt Mediation Association for mediation assistance.

Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) estab-

Any settlement reached in the court mediation process

lished Therisano Centres and appointed Clerks of Courts

can, with the consent of the parties, be made an order

to manage requests for mediation in 12 courts in Gauteng

of court. If the agreement has been made an order of

and North West.

the court then it can be enforced through the Sheriff of

The designated district and regional courts in Gauteng are

the court in the same way as any order of a civil court.

in Johannesburg, Protea, Randburg, Krugersdorp, Kagiso,

If it has not been made an order of the court, then it is

Palm Ridge, Sebokeng, Pretoria North and Soshanguve. The

enforceable by law the same way as any other legally

designated courts in North West are in Mmabatho, Temba

binding agreement. During the pilot phase, mediation

and Potchefstroom.

will be voluntary.

The mediation service provides an alternative dispute-

To request mediation, you can approach the mediation

resolution mechanism, which allows for a negotiated set-

clerk in the civil section at the Magistrate’s Court which

tlement at a reduced cost. When there is a dispute between

has jurisdiction in respect of the dispute. The clerk will

you and your creditors, a court-appointed mediator will

arrange for you to attend a meeting to assess whether

facilitate discussions, assist in identifying issues and explore

your dispute can be submitted to a mediator. Mediation

areas of compromise at a cheaper and fixed tariff.

will be rendered at dedicated Therisano Centre rooms.

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Virgil Anzel Seafield Deputy Director-General (DG) : Labour Policy and Industrial Relations, Department of Labour Virgil Anzel Seafield has been appointed Deputy DG: Labour Policy and Industrial Relations at the Department of Labour with effect from 1 July 2015. He previosuly served as Chief Director: Statutory and Advocacy Services in the same department. He joined the Department of Labour in 2007 as an Executive Manager. Seafield was also previously Director: Labour Relations and Employment Standards, where he was responsible for strategy formulation for the establishment of plans of action on minimum wages and conditions of employment for industries; and managing the Child Labour Programme of Action and its implementation, among others. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of the Western Cape. He also obtained his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pretoria and has completed a thesis on the implementation of the Employment Equity Act. He was instrumental in the establishment of a provident fund in vulnerable sectors such as private and contract cleaning. Seafield has also been instrumental in a number of sectoral determinations, initiatives that deal with setting conditions of employment and minimum wages in vulnerable sectors.

Primrose Mtshali Regional General Manager: Johannesburg Regional Office, Road Accident Fund (RAF) Primrose Mtshali holds a B. Proc and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from the former University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal). She joined the RAF in Durban in 1998 as a Claims Assistant and later became a Claims Handler. Mtshali was promoted to Senior Claims Handler in 2001, responsible for the portfolio of claims exceeding R1 million. She rose up through the ranks to the position of Claims Manager in 2007, and later Senior Manager: Business Administration Unit at head office in 2011. More recently, Mtshali was the Acting Regional General Manager in Johannesburg before being appointed Senior Manager: Claims in Durban in January 2015. She has been admitted as an attorney with the right of appearance in the High Court of South Africa.


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Everyday Matters by MJ Daymond


veryday Matters is a book that combines the previously unpublished letters of Dora Taylor, Bessie Head and Lilian Ngoyi who each made a vital contribution to the southern African struggle.

These letters record the women’s ordinary domestic lives, while touching on the socio-political struggles which they conducted from within their homes. The relationship between the public and the private self is further explored by MJ Daymond in a biographical introduction to each writer, which asks the reader to reconsider what we know and most value in our everyday lives. Dora Taylor writes in the 1960s, Bessie Head from the late 1960s to the 1980s and Lilian Ngoyi in the 1970s, and each woman writes to a trusted friend or relative. These women did not know each other but are linked by their political compassions, their similar vocations and practices, and by the fact that each had to endure her own version of exile as a result of her activities. MJ Daymond presents letters as literary artefacts, not just sources of information and opinion, and invites readers to taste the intriguing and sometimes disturbing pleasures of reading personal letters.

Extracts from the introductions On Dora Taylor: “The connections with her scattered family and friends that Dora sustained through letters were her lifeline but she also felt that they were no

About the author

substitute for living contact with her children and grandchildren, saying that

Margaret Daymond is professor

she could achieve ‘only a shadowy contact through the pen’ (2 March 1961).”

emeritus in the English Department at the University of Kwa-

On Bessie Head:

Zulu-Natal and a fellow of the

“When Bessie Head left South Africa for Botswana in 1964, letters became her


lifeline. She had experienced rejection in South Africa and now she found

Most of her research has been on

herself a stateless, friendless refugee in her new world. With only the barest

women’s writing. She has edited

official recognition of her presence, and knowing no one in her new country,

fiction by writers such as Bessie

she had to rely on the exchange of letters for confirmation of her identity and

Head, Lauretta Ngcobo, Frances

her right to exist.”

Colenso and Goretti Kyomuhendo as well as major anthologies

On Lilian Ngoyi:

of women’s writing ( Women

“Being banned meant that Lilian’s Orlando house became her prison, no longer

Writing Africa: The Southern

her home … There must have been many days when she felt lonely and forgot-

Region, New York 2003) and

ten, so the letters from abroad from friends and admirers, like Belinda Allan,

feminist criticism (South African

were not only a source of material succour if they contained money, but were

Feminisms, New York 1996).

also an emotional lifeline.”


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My name is Dr Joe and together with GEMS, the medical scheme of choice for public servants, I have committed myself to making a difference to the lives of my patients, many of whom are members of GEMS.

It’s all about the patient As a family practitioner I have forged long-standing relationships with my patients built on trust and understanding. Because of this they benefit from a fully coordinated healthcare service, which has improved the quality of their lives.

With the introduction of the

nominated family practitioner system, GEMS has recognised the value of putting family practitioners where we belong, at the heart of the health of our patients.

With over 90% of members located within less than 10 kilometres of a GEMS family practitioner, this is

a positive and carefully considered development. More importantly, it means that care will be well coordinated, diseases will be

It’s just another way of showing that nothing is more important to GEMS than the health and wellbeing of their members.

better managed and the healthcare rand of members will go further.

GEMS, the choice of family practitioners If you are a government employee and are looking for a medical scheme that puts you first,

contact GEMS by dialling *120*4367# or visit When calling us, make sure you keep your PERSAL number handy. Please note that Ts&Cs and cellphone rates apply.

Working towards a healthier you

health and well-BeinG

Supplied by: Government Employees Medical Scheme

South Africans need to get ‘heart wise’ P otentially dangerous heart conditions, such as heart disease, are a growing problem not only in South

“Many people overeat fatty foods and become obese.

Africa, but also across the world. It has been esti-

Others smoke and drink too much alcohol. This has

mated that by the age of 60 a staggering one in three South

negative implications for the health of the nation. More

African men and one in four women will have some type

individuals than ever are suffering from conditions such

of heart condition.

as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol

With September being Heart Awareness Month, Dr Guni Goolab, the principal officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), warns that heart diseases are a leading cause of death in South Africa.

levels and type 2 diabetes, all of which are hazardous to our health.” It is not just the wealthy and elderly that are affected by these “diseases of lifestyle” as they are known.

“The tragedy is that in most cases heart conditions can be

Dr Timothy Armstrong of the World Health Organiza-

either avoided through the adoption of a healthier lifestyle

tion (WHO) says that 85 per cent of premature deaths

or at least effectively managed if they are identified early. It is therefore critical that more South Africans inform themselves about these diseases and seek medical assistance if they require it,” he adds. According to Dr Goolab, in the majority of cases heart conditions are caused by an unhealthy lifestyle including a lack of exercise and poor diet. He says South Africans of all income groups tend to exercise less and

eat more junk food than they did 20 years ago.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that 85 per cent of premature deaths from these types of diseases occur in developing countries such as South Africa.

from these types of diseases occur in developing countries such as South Africa in individuals between the ages of 30 and 70 years. They amount to no fewer than 11.8 million deaths. One of the problems is that people are often unaware that they are developing cardiovascular diseases or diseases of the heart and blood system. Heart disease and high blood pressure may develop with-

out any warning and can go on to potentially cause heart failure, stroke and other life threatening problems. For this reason, it is important to discuss the risks with your doctor and have the health of your heart monitored regularly. Dr Goolab recommends that blood pressure and cholesterol levels be checked at least annually, particularly if you are over the age of 30 or have a


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family history of heart conditions. There are a number of risk factors for cardiac or heart diseases. Knowing what your personal risk factors are can help you to take responsibility for your own health and take steps to reduce those risks. These risk factors •

Poor diet and obesity. Healthy eating habits can help you overcome problems with your weight and improve heart health. Adopt a diet that is low in saturated fats and rich in foods such as fish, raw nuts, vegetables and fruit.

• • • •

Sedentary lifestyle. Ask your doctor how you can go about getting regular exercise, which has great ben-

CHD. It is caused by the development of fatty deposits of cholesterol

efits for your health.

and other materials on the walls of the arteries. The arteries become

High cholesterol can damage the heart and blood

clogged with fatty deposits and diseased, restricting the supply of

system. Get yours tested.

blood and oxygen to the heart and other vital organs.

Diabetes needs to be well controlled to ensure it does

“When arteries and/or heart valves are diseased and become

not cause heart disease.

blocked, this places strain on the cardiac system and increases the

High blood pressure can damage the body’s organs

risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke. An unhealthy

and must be brought under control.

lifestyle, advancing age and a family history of heart disease can

A family history of heart disease could suggest that you may have a heightened risk of developing the condition.

image: :


Smoking and excessive alcohol can contribute to the development of heart disease and

greatly increase the risk of developing the condition,” says Dr Goolab. “GEMS focuses on keeping its precious members healthy, which we see as far more preferable to treating

high blood pressure. If you smoke, you

an individual who has already

should stop immediately. Heavy drinkers

become seriously ill. The early

should reduce their alcohol intake.

identification of potential health

One of the most common cardiovascu-

threats is an important part of

lar conditions is coronary heart disease or

this, as early intervention and treatment can assist in preventing certain medical conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure from getting worse, and keep our members strong and productive members of society.” “Don’t wait for your health to start failing before doing something about it. We can all take responsibility for our own heart health by monitoring our risk factors and adopting healthier lifestyles,” he advises.

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Food and wine


Writer: Nicholas Francis

up your life hicken or shrimp? From a hearty roast chicken to dele-


ctable peri peri shrimp or freshly baked ginger biscuits,


rub over the chicken, cover and chill for at least three

these delicious spicy dishes are quick and easy to prepare

hours or overnight.

and a delight to the taste buds. Peri peri roast chicken served with new potatoes.

Combine all of the ingredients together. Once combined


Preheat the oven to 180˚C.


Place the chicken in a roasting tray and pour the mari-

For the chicken

nade over the chicken. Bake for 80 – 90 minutes, basting

Serves 6


1/3 cup (80ml) peri peri sauce 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated

For the new potatoes

1 garlic clove, finely grated

500g baby potatoes, cleaned, cut in half or quarters

1 lime, juiced

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1-2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced

1 whole chicken.

1/4 tsp salt Freshly ground black pepper to taste


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Method 1.

Preheat the oven to 230°C. Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Sprinkle salt and pepper, olive oil, rosemary and garlic. Toss until potatoes are well coated with all the ingredients.


Layer the baking pan with baking paper so the potatoes don’t stick to the pan. Spread the potatoes out on a single layer in the roasting pan. Roast for 40 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through and browned.

Peri peri shrimp Serves 4 24 shrimp 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp olive oil (for sauce) 4 dried chillies (remove seeds) 2 medium onions, chopped

Ginger biscuits

6 garlic cloves, chopped

Makes 60 biscuits

4 large ripe tomatoes, diced

200 g butter

Salt and pepper.

1 cup sugar 1 cup golden syrup


3 cups flour


Prepare peri peri sauce first by sautéing the onions,

1 tbsp ground ginger (heaped)

garlic and dried chillies in oil until soft then add

1 tsp baking soda.

diced tomatoes. Stir to combine and simmer for


20 minutes on low heat, covered. After 20 minutes


add salt and pepper. Remove from heat and keep


Preheat the oven to 180°C.



Cream the butter and the sugar.

Bring olive oil to a hot smoke temperature and in


Add the golden syrup and the dry ingredients.

batches fry the shrimp until lightly crisp, but not


Mix everything together and roll into little balls. Put onto a greased baking tray, pressing the balls down very slightly with a fork.

overdone. 3.

Add shrimp to peri peri sauce and let simmer for


Bake at 180°C for 15 minutes.

10 minutes on medium heat.


Cool on a wire rack and keep in an airtight container once cold.


Serve with rice.

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School holiday fun


t will come as no surprise that the Mother City is good at keep-

to choose from when it comes to getting through the

ing youngsters entertained. With plenty of tourists of all ages

school holidays, so hopefully both parents and children

constantly invading the city and looking for things to do, there

can still be friends by the time the school bell rings again.

is a wide range of exciting activities waiting to be tackled. This

We take a look at some of the more unique, exciting

leaves families in the enviable position of having plenty of options

and educational attractions on offer in the beautiful city. There are plenty of attractions for younger children, such as bumper cars, a carousel, swings and a ferris wheel. Family fun includes challenges such as balloon darts, basketball and splatterball. However, if you have older children in tow, it won’t be long before they are rushing off to adrenaline activities such as the Cobra (a rollercoaster which sends its riders at speeds of almost 100km/h and four times the force of gravity)

Ratanga Junction Theme Park has plenty of rides for children of all ages.

and Monkey Falls (a ride which involves falling more than 18 metres while in a wooden log raft, with a wet splash at the end).

Ratanga Junction Theme Park

Where: Century City, Cape Town.

Ratanga Junction claims to be the wildest place in Africa and any-

Price: Tickets range from R65 for a fun pass to R172

one flying through the air on one of the many thrill rides would

for a full adventurer pass. Mini golf is separate and The

certainly agree. The park boasts 23 rides, ranging from children’s

Slingshot is also separately charged for (R55 per person

rides and family fun to all-out adrenaline rollercoasters. Other

per flight). Season tickets are available.

attractions include a world of bird shows, mini golf and an animal

Contact details:, and

petting zoo.

021 550 8504.

Cape Town Science Centre

A whole world of learning is waiting to be discovered at Cape Town Science Centre.

Anything that sounds too much like school probably won’t have your youngsters jumping in excitement, but this is one activity they really should be enthusiastic about. The Cape Town Science Centre has over 250 interactive displays and puzzles which will have everyone (parents included) scratching their heads in wonder and amazement. The Science Centre is a busy place. It offers science shows, workshops, holiday programmes, science camps, experiments, robotics tournaments, chess workshops and even a science theatre. Birthday parties can also be hosted at the Science Centre, with optional extras of a science show or a robotics party. This is one place where your child will have loads of fun and leave having learnt a whole


lot of cool stuff as well.

Contact details:,

Where: 370B Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town.


Price: Entry fees are R45 per person and R25 for pen-

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eyeing out some rare birds.The Environmental Education Centre offers a host of information on the flora and fauna. Guests can take a guided walk around the island, with the field ranger providing information on bird identification and the breeding habits of the roughly 120 species of bird that call Intaka Island home. A self-guided tour is also an option, with the one or two kilometre paths taking visitors around the

Intaka Island presents a taste of countryside in the middle of the city.

island. There is a bird hide for photographers and the Century City ferry rides offer a different way to navigate around the island (ride duration is roughly 35 minutes). Where: Parklane, Century City, Cape Town.

Intaka Island

Price: Entry fees are R8.50 for children under 12 and R14 for

Not many cities can boast a wetland in the midst of its

adults, while an entrance fee with a boat ride is R30 and R40

buildings and developments but this is exactly what Intaka


(isiXhosa for bird) Island is. The 16 hectare wetland and bird

Contact details:,

sanctuary is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing stroll while

and 021 552 6889.

Clay Cafe Looking out over the mountains and valley below, Clay Cafe in Hout Bay boasts a truly splendid location. The cafe consists of an old farmhouse that has been converted into a working pottery and each day it has the joy of unlocking the creative potential of some very excited children. Youngsters choose the item of pottery they would like to paint and then select their artistic tools from a wide range

The stunning views at Clay Cafe are only a small part of the attraction.

of paints, sponges and stencils. While the children are busy creating their masterpieces, parents can sit back and relax

Clay Cafe is open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week and for

with a coffee and a light meal. Best of all is that the cleaning

Thursday pizza and pottery evenings it is open until 9pm.

up is left to the friendly staff at Clay Cafe.

Where: Old Oakhurst Dairy Farm, Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape

Sitting still for long periods of time is not the forte of most children, so there is also a large playground and garden to

Town. Price: Prices range from R85 to R125 per child.

be explored. The venue organises children’s parties, kitchen

Contact details:, and 021 790

teas and corporate team building events for larger groups.


Two Oceans Aquarium The aquarium has many sights, which will fascinate the parents just as much as the children. The kelp forest is one such exhibit, with a gigantic display of kelp trees swaying hypnotically as if from an enchanted world. The penguin exhibit is always a favourite as is the microscope exhibit and the touch pool (children get to touch the shells, plants and animals). Extra activities include a penguin encounter (for children over eight years). There is also a children’s play centre as well as a café. A turtle saying hello at Two Oceans Aquarium.

Where: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Price: Tickets can be bought online. Prices are R57 (ages four to 13), R92 (children 14 to 17 and pensioners) and R118 for adults. There is no fee for children under four. Contact details:, and 021 418 3823. >>

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Some high-speed fun at Cool Runnings.

Cool Runnings Cool Runnings is designed for those who saw the movie by the same name and cursed the fact that South Africa does not have enough snow and ice to make tobogganing and bob-sledding possible. Fear no more, an alternative to hurtling down icy tracks at crazy speeds is now here thanks to this toboggan track in Cape Town. Riders are pulled up the hill by reinforced steel cables and then whizz their way down the 1.25 km track, speeding around 17 corners, S-Bends and a tunnel. The sled can fit one or two people and riders regulate their own speed down the track (top speeds of up to 40km per hour are possible for the speed machines!). Birthday parties can be arranged and it’s almost guaranteed you will have a lot of tired but happy faces by the end of the day. Where: Bellville, Cape Town. Price: Prices range from R35 for a single ride to R250 for a full day pass. Contact details:, ops@cool-runnings. and 021 949 4439.


It is worth noting that these are just a small taste of

Spier may be a short hop and a skip outside of Cape Town

the many activities on offer in and around Cape Town.

(roughly 45 minutes by car) but with attractions that will appeal

Hopefully moms and dads can find a way to provide

to both children and parents, this one was too good to ignore.

stimulating, fun and educational attractions, without

Spier has come up with a host of activities designed to make

needing to take off too much time from work or break

it a fun family day out. At the Eagle Encounters rehabilitation

the bank on exotic holiday trips. Good luck parents!

centre children can watch a falconry display as well as hold an owl or an eagle. The Tasting Room offers grape juice tasting for the youngsters (while the parents indulge in something a little stronger), and the Eight Restaurant has lawns, a jungle gym and a secret bamboo forest to keep the kids entertained. The farm organises family picnics with special items for the youngsters and those over 10 can also glide around the farm on a Segway PT tour. Where: R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch. Price: The Eagle Encounter is R60 per child and R70 per adult. Segway Tours are R250 per person for a one hour tour and tastings are R35 per child and between R35 and R90 per adult.

Spier has plenty on offer to keep the youngsters entertained.

Contact details:, and 021 809 1100.


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Car reviews

AMG GT delivers blistering performance


hen I received the invitation to attend the launch

concept with transaxle and the intelligent aluminium

of the Mercedes Benz AMG GT, I was as excited

lightweight construction form the basis for a highly

as a kid that was promised a trip to Disney

dynamic driving experience.

World. Very rarely do you attend a launch where the car in

The newly developed AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo

question gets your pulses racing, but here was Mercedes

engine underscores the hallmark AMG driving per-

Benz’s successor to the famous gull-winged SLS. Trust me,

formance. The first sports car engine with internally

pictures do not do this car justice.

mounted turbochargers and dry sump lubrication is

The Mercedes Benz GT is the second sports car developed

configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 340 kW

entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine

and GT S with 375 kW. The new GT combines driving

The supercar from Mercedes, the AMG GT, has what it takes to provide blistering on-track performance.


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dynamics and first-class racetrack performance

mental in traffic, this one relaxes you as if you’re

with superb everyday practicality and efficiency

in a C-Class.

that sets new standards in the segment.

The AMG Dynamic Plus package further aug-

It has everything you would expect from an

ments dynamism and agility. It is available exclu-

authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car – from the

sively for the GT S and includes dynamic engine

characteristic styling and thoroughbred motor-

and transmission mounts which adjust their stiff-

sport technology to the optimum weight distri-

ness continuously, and instantly to the respective

bution. The centrepiece of the Mercedes-AMG

driving conditions and handling.

GT, the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo, responds instantly

A specific engine application in the Dynamic

with extreme power from low revs and delivers

Select “Race” drive mode and in the manual “M”

outstanding performance.

transmission mode make the GT S even more

Top figures such as 3.8 seconds from zero to 10

dynamic. The package also includes tauter spring

km/h and a top speed of 310km/h, combined

and damper tuning, more negative camber at

with the outstanding driving dynamics will un-

the front axle as well as an adapted speed-sen-

doubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on

sitive sports steering system. The performance

the racetrack.

steering wheel in black DINAMICA micro-fibre

The two-seater is a straightforward, comfortable and reliable companion for everyday motoring

and yellow highlights in the instrument cluster round off the AMG Dynamic Plus package.

thanks to its practical tailgate, easily accessible

As standard, the GT has 10-spoke light-alloy

luggage compartment, high level of comfort on

wheels, 9 x 19 front and 11 x 19 rear, with 255/35

long journeys and the extensive range of Mer-

R 19 and 295/35 R 19 tyres. On the GT S the di-

cedes-Benz Intelligent Drive assistance systems.

mensions are 9 x 19 (front) with 265/35 R 19 tyres

The long bonnet with its pronounced power-

and 11 x 20 (rear) with 295/30 R 20 tyres.

domes, the greenhouse that has been moved far

The sportily designed cockpit in carbon-fibre

back, large wheels and broad tail end make up

look includes a performance steering wheel with

the distinctive looks. The trimmed cabin results

its three-spoke design sitting perfectly in the

in muscular shoulders, which lends the car its

hand. It comes with aluminium shift paddles, 12

extremely powerful stance.

o’clock marking and a steering wheel rim in black

Having driven it at the Gerotek Vehicle Test-

nappa leather with flattened bottom section.

ing facility as well as a Zwartkops Raceway, it is

The good all-round visibility and the high head-

abundantly clear that AMG engineers wanted

room demonstrate that sporty dynamism and

to and have successfully created a versatile,

comfort on long journeys are not mutually exclu-

dynamic and superlative sports car that can gun

sive. The luggage compartment capacity of 350

relentlessly around any racetrack while also be-

litres will hold two golf bags either lengthways or

ing happy tootling around town. Unlike other

crossways while the large boot lid makes loading

performance cars that are restless and tempera-

easy. Price available on request.

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Writer: Ashref Ismail

Defensive Driving

Na igating at

railway crossings


ailway crossings can prove to be dangerous places for

occupants), look carefully in both directions and,

drivers who are not cautious and alert.

irrespective of the speed and distance of the

Drivers tend to become complacent, especially when

they come across a railway crossing they encounter regularly. They foolishly think that they can outrun the oncoming

booms are in place it is even more foolish to try to outrun them.

behemoth, or that even though the train driver is blasting the

According to Transnet, the most dangerous

horn, they still have a few seconds to dangerously take a chance.

flashpoints are on rural farm roads where tractors and

Advanced Defensive Driving Skills is all about sharpening

heavy machinery sometimes cannot get over in time,

your concentration and enhancing your safety. A train, laden or

because the driver has panicked and found himself in

otherwise, weighs more than the average car and dicing with

the wrong gear and stalled the vehicle on the tracks.

one is very foolish. If you’re doing so everyday with your kids noisily distracting you, it’s a recipe for disaster.


approaching train, never risk trying to cross. Where

The other danger lies in cities where, because of the general low speeds of the approaching train or because

Remember, a train cannot stop as suddenly as a car. And, even

drivers have just become so used to the presence of a

at low speed, a train crashing into a car will almost always destroy

train, they become complacent and feel that they can

the car because the point of impact is at a right angle.

easily “make it”, often with disastrous results.

Also, depending on the point of contact, it can cause the tyres

As a rule, learner drivers and those who lack

to blow out, digging the rims into the ground and dragging

confidence using a manual transmission gearbox

the car, literally tearing it into pieces. Should the train “clip” the

should avoid roads where train lines pass. Should this

car on the front or rear extremities, it's possible that it will spin

be unavoidable, then do so with extreme caution and

out and hopefully away from the tracks, with a good chance of

don’t panic, especially if the railroad crossing happens

survival for the occupants.

to be on a slight incline and clutch control is critical.

The most important road safety tips when dealing

Rather use the handbrake and carefully release the

with level crossings is to be aler t, (radio switched

clutch to proceed forward without being intimidated

off, no mobile devices and no distraction from other

by impatient drivers hooting at the back.

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