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Contents: April 2019

Regulars Conversations with leaders Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister John Jeffery looks back at how South Africa has evolved over the past 25 years



Profiles in leadership Ayanda Mafuleka is steering the finance and accounting sectors to success


Women in the public sector Lusani Mugivhi heads the legal team at the CSIR


Trailblazer Captain Veshalin Moodley is a scientific superhero who goes beyond the call of duty


Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips


In other news News you need to know when you are on the go


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


Provincial focus Provinces prioritise development in the State of the Province Addresses

Features Do Good Green Deeds for a better SA The Good Green Deeds campaign is set to mobilise South Africans to become conscious of their impact on the environment


Waste sector is a gem – President Ramaphosa The waste sector has the potential to create thousands of jobs and empower small, medium and micro-sized enterprises and cooperatives




International relations SA reiterates support for new Zimbabwe


Management and professional development Working towards a cleaner, greener SA



Cyclone Idai – SA lends a helping hand South Africa is providing much–needed assistance to Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe


Constitution's values forever etched in stone The steps of Parliament have been inscribed with several phases depicting the values of the Constitution


Opinion It’s time to start the #ReadingRevolution


Stop gender-based violence (GBV) Standing together to address GBV and femicide


Government and creatives chart 4IR path The creative industry is set to maximise on opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Celebrating 25 years of freedom and democracy F

reedom Day is undoubtedly the

Few other countries have had such

most significant date in South

tremendous adversity to overcome.

Africa’s political history. 27 April

We must recognise that our

will mark exactly 25 years since South

democracy is still in its fledgling

Africa held its first democratic nation-

years. In 25 years, we have made

al elections. The images of millions of

remarkable strides forward,

jubilant South Africans patiently lining

considering the extent of the

up in snaking queues to cast their first

challenges facing us. Access to

ever democratic votes will never be

electricity by households has

forgotten.The suffocating shackles of

increased from 36 percent in

apartheid had been removed and

1994 to more than 90 percent to

citizens experienced their first true

date. Access to potable water

taste of freedom.

and proper sanitation has also

The impacts of apartheid were,

increased significantly over the past

however, deep and far-reaching.

years. We are effectively combating

In order to eradicate a system that

AIDS, with the rate of new infections

had been enforced with an iron

per year being reduced by more

fist for almost 50 years, the new

than 50 percent since 2000.

democratic government had a

Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams.

Our social grant system is playing

unemployment. However, all public

steep mountain to climb. Amongst

a role in alleviating poverty for more

servants need to make a concerted

other changes, the entire legal

than 17 million South Africans. We

effort to implement the myriad of

system had to be overhauled,

have near-universal access to basic

government programmes and

a new Constitution had to be

education for children between the

projects aimed at eliminating these

instituted and hundreds of pieces

ages of seven and 14, whilst access

socio-economic ills.

of legislation had to be amended,

to higher education and training

scrapped or introduced.

has expanded massively.

Most of all, we had to start by

We all know that there is still a

It is imperative that we accelerate the upward trajectory of the past 25 years. Just as former President

reversing the terrible impacts of

long way to go before we fully

Nelson Mandela and his fellow

apartheid on the vast majority of

realise the vision of a prosperous

Struggle stalwarts courageously

South Africans, from deplorable

South Africa. We are making

fought to secure our freedom, let us

living conditions to a lack of

headway in addressing major

fight to make South Africa a better

education and work opportunities.

challenges such as poverty and

place for all who live in it.


Public Sector Manager • April 2019



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Let’s take part in the upcoming elections

of South Africa are immediately rekindled. The will of the people was exercised for the first time, as the then liberation movement, the African National Congress,

have been busy campaigning

was democratically elected as

and launching their manifestos,

the ruling party since 1994. South

while party signboards around

Africa’s first democratic elections

the country are building the sense

heralded the end of the apartheid

of excitement surrounding these

regime and its draconian laws.

milestone elections. As usual, the IEC is competently

in some way characterised

ensuring that everything, from

by the upcoming elections,

voting stations to ballot papers,

which are not only taking place

is ready for South Africans

during the quarter-century

in all nine provinces to cast

anniversary of our hard-won

their votes without hassles. This

freedom, but also signal a new

independent and strong South

dawn and period of renewal. We

Phumla Williams, GCIS

African institution has over the

are recovering from a period of

Acting Director-General.

past years been ensuring free

uncertainty and instability, and

and fair elections. We greatly

there is a sense of hope and

he date of the 2019 Nation-

appreciate the exceptional work

excitement for the future. We hope

al and Provincial Elections,

that the IEC has been doing in

that all the 27 million registered

8 May, is fast approaching.

protecting and promoting the

voters, including public servants,

South Africans will again have the

democratic principles enshrined

will join the excitement by

opportunity to decide who should

in the Constitution of the Republic

exercising their democratic right to

be given the responsibility to lead

of South Africa of 1996 and the

vote for their preferred candidates.

the country and provinces. These

Electoral Act.


will be the sixth elections since the

South Africa’s peaceful transition

Meanwhile, public servants should always remember that

dawn of democracy and they will

from apartheid to democracy is

elections are not about power

be marking an historic 25 years

regarded worldwide as one of

or influence. They are about

since the first democratic elections

history’s greatest achievements.

honouring the confidence and

in 1994.

Reflecting on the past 25 years,

trust that the public has shown by

Following President Cyril


The excitement of 1994 is

there have certainly been ups and

entrusting us with the mandate to

Ramaphosa’s announcement of

downs, and many highlights of

serve them efficiently. The lives of

the date of the elections in his

praiseworthy achievements spring

millions of ordinary South Africans

State of the Nation Address in

to mind.

depend on the patriotic actions

February 2019, political parties

When we reminisce about

and the Independent Electoral

1994, fond memories of former

the necessary services, and

Commission (IEC) have been

President Nelson Mandela

we must not underestimate the

zealously preparing for this

being inaugurated as the first

magnitude and importance of this

important event. Political parties

democratically elected President


of government officials to provide

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Freedom and justice affecting change


he South Africa we live in to-

Speaking to PSM about the

day is vastly different to one

significance of freedom to South

that existed in 1994. While

Africans, Deputy Minister Jeffery

many challenges remain, much pro-

said it means that all citizens

gress has been made in the past 25

became free from the

years of democracy.


This is what the Deputy Minister

and oppres-

of Justice and Constitutional

sion, mov-

Development John Jeffery says as

ing away

the country celebrates Freedom


Month this April. Every year on 27 April, South Africa celebrates Freedom Day, which is a public holiday dedicated to celebrating citizens’ freedom and commemorates the first democratic post-apartheid, non-racial elections that were held on 27 April 1994, which resulted in Nelson Mandela being the first democratically elected President. The 1994 elections were the first time everyone of voting age (over 18 years) from all race groups was allowed to vote. Under the apartheid regime, black people had

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jef fer y.

limited voting rights.


Public Sector Manager • April 2019

hatred, divisions and a painful

Small Claims Courts, providing

and protection from harassment.

history to build a common

legal aid at state expense or run-

We also tightened up mainte-

future together.

ning constitutional and human

nance … But it is still not enough.

rights awareness programmes,”

We need to do more,” he pointed

he explained.


He pointed out that this year’s Freedom Day and Freedom Month are very special as the

Reflecting on how the country

country celebrates 25 years

has evolved over the past 25

Access to justice

of democracy.

years, the Deputy Minister said

Deputy Minister Jeffery said the

things like legalised racism are

department would continue to

long gone.

make the justice system more

“This presents an opportunity for us to reflect on the Constitution; to re-examine the challenges

Zooming in on the justice

and consolidate the gains made

system, he said there has been

thus far in transforming the South

massive transformation on race

African society, especially the

and gender issues.

The mandate of the Deputy Minister’s department is to get justice for all in South Africa. He defined justice as the resolution of conflict within a community. The department also administers an efficient and responsive justice system. It seeks to provide

Our justice system has made the courts more representative and more accessible.

people-centred justice services that are accessible, reliable and

justice for all in South Africa. Reflecting on other areas of progress, he mentioned that there has been huge changes in terms

disadvantaged,” he explained.

Resolution of conflict

accessible because its vision is

of the provision of social wages, housing, water, sanitation, social grants, among others. “There is a lot of work that government has done that we can be proud of. I think South Africa has had one of the biggest social housing programmes in the world, if not the largest, over the past 25 years. However, there is still a housing backlog and that means

“In 1994, there was only one

there is still a lot to be done,” he

efficient, and also to promote

female judge, and also one black

said, adding that Rome was not

constitutionalism, human rights

judge in the whole of South Af-

built in a day.

and commitment to international

rica. Those things have changed

legal relations.

[over the years]. Our justice sys-

Fighting GBV

tem has made the courts more

Recently, the scourge of GBV has

portant part of our work, whether

representative and more

hit South Africa hard and caught

it be building new courts, help-


media attention, with cases alleg-

“Access to justice is a very im-

ing persons with maintenance,

“We have built courts in other

edly involving high–profile citizens. Deputy Minister Jeffery said the

assisting victims of crime, provid-

areas and rolled out Small Claims

ing support services to victims

Courts. We have also brought in

high levels of GBV, femicide and

of sexual offences and gender-

new systems to address chal-

sexual violence in the country

based violence (GBV), rolling out

lenges such as domestic violence

pose significant risks to the

Public Sector Manager • April 2019



health and well-being of those

fear is used to control the victim

within the country’s borders as it


affects not only the victims but also those around them. He said there is also a link

The Deputy Minister added that

those orders,” he explained. Government has put in place a number of priority interventions

most domestic violence is direct-

that seek to protect victims and

ed by men against women, but it

get justice for them. The Domestic Violence Act,

between GBV and domestic

can and does occur by women

violence as a large percentage

against men and in same-sex

1998 (Act 116 of 1998) is one of

of cases involve intimate partner


the ways that allows a com-

violence or harassment, incest,

“There is also high withdrawal

plainant to obtain a protection

assault, sexual abuse and sexual

rates in sexual offences cases and

order from the court to protect

violence within the home.

this mirrors the high number of

them from future abuse. People can also call the

“Abuse is generally carried out

withdrawals in domestic violence

with a purpose to control and in-

cases. Many victims of domestic

GBV toll–free helpline on

timidate the victim. There is usually

violence apply for a protection or-

0800 428 438 or request a social

a pattern of behaviour whose

der against their abusers but they

worker to contact them by dial-

repetition provokes fear, and

do not return to court to finalise

ling *120* 7867# for free.

Deputy Minister John Jef fer y speaking to par ticipants at t he 2018 National Sc hools Moot Cour t Competition.


Public Sector Manager • April 2019

In 2017, the department commenced with the Femicide

Courts every year. These courts offer a number of

victims, irrespective of age. He said the department is now

Watch project in partnership

victim-support services, including

extending such services to other

with Tshwaranang organisa-

court preparation services and

victims of GBV where possible.

tion and other stakeholders to

intermediaries who convey ques-

respond to the report compiled

tions and statements received

government continues to develop

by the United Nations Special

from courts to the victim in a

and implement policies that

Rapporteur on Violence against

sensitive and age-appropriate

bring about improved access to

Women, its Causes and Conse-

manner, among other services.

justice and make people aware

quences. “The Special Rapporteur considered the data collection and analysis on femicide as a global

“The main aim of these courts is to prevent secondary trauma to the victims,” he explained. An additional 17 court rooms

The Deputy Minister added that

of their rights. “As much as our Constitution has been lauded across the globe as being highly progressive

challenge, and requested all

were adapted in line with the

and transformative, a progressive

state parties to establish a Femi-

sexual offences model and this

Constitution alone is not enough

cide Watch to address this gap,”

brings the total number of court

– there must be proper implemen-

he said.

rooms to 75.


In November last year, a

“The improved conviction rate in

He said it is important to ensure

Presidential Summit against

sexual offences of 72.2 percent is

that the rule of law is upheld and

GBV and femicide was held to

an all-time high, reflecting a firm

that the courts make their judge-

develop a roadmap for a South

commitment to deliver justice for

ment free of fear or favour.

Africa free from any form of

the most vulnerable members of

power-based violence against


female and gender non-conforming persons.

“As we continue to implement

Active citizens Deputy Minister Jeffery’s message

these specialised courts, em-

to South Africans is to become

phasis will equally be placed on

active citizens, who instead of

important work in the areas of

ensuring that these courts con-

relying on government to do eve-

human trafficking and protec-

tinue to operate optimally in line

rything, look at what they can do

tion of lesbian, gay, bisexual,

with specifications,” the Deputy

personally to make the country a

transgender, queer or ques-

Minister added.

better place.

“We have also done very

tioning, and inter-sex persons,” noted the Deputy Minister.

Sexual Offences Courts Since 2013, the Department of

The victim-support services of-

“There is too much expectancy

fered by specialised courts are

that government should do eve-

also available for cases involving

rything whereas people can do

child witnesses with mental dis-

certain things for themselves.”

abilities. These courts also make use of

He pointed out that many opportunities have been created for

Justice and Constitutional Devel-

in camera testifying services for

the majority to participate in the

opment has been progressively

children, persons with mental

economy, although challenges

establishing new Sexual Offences

disabilities, and all traumatised

still remain.

Public Sector Manager • April 2019



APPOINTMENT OF HPCSA REGISTRAR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Chief Executive Officer. Between February and June 2006, he was the Acting Director: Clinical Services at the Johannesburg Hospital. In the same year, he was appointed Director: Clinical Services at Chris Hani Baragwanath. In February 2010 to April 2013, he was the acting Chief Executive Officer at Sterkfontein Hospital. Dr Billa, upon commencing his position, said: “I feel privileged and humbled by the confidence that the HPCSA has in my ability to lead and steer the HPCSA ship in the right direction. This is an ernomous task that I have been entrusted with in ensuring that the HPCA is one of the leading regulators in the country, Africa and the world. Despite some challenges, we have to ensure that the HPCSA maintains its HPCSA Registrar and CEO Dr Manyangane Raymond Billa.

mandate of protecting the public and guiding the profession.”

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Registrar and CEO Dr Manyangane

The Registrar’s focus will be to ensure that

Raymond Billa, who assumed the position at the beginning of the year.

Council’s processes are aligned in the realisation of its strategic objectives. He also emphasised

The HPCSA is delighted with the appointment of Dr Raymond Billa by

to maintain healthy working relationships with all

the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. The HPCSA is confident

the stakeholders.

in Dr Billa’s leadership capabilities to steer the HPCSA and to deliver and discharge its mandate as encapsulated in the Health Professions

The HPCSA also wishes to extend its sincere

Act 54 of 1974. The HPCSA believes that it has found an exceptional

appreciation to Advocate FP Khumalo for his

leader in Dr Billa. With sound management and organisational

support and efforts as acting Registrar for the

acumen, he has demonstrated the ability to effectively lead various

past two-and-a-half years. He resumes his role

organisations within the healthcare environment while developing

as Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs and the

strong, integrated teams to deliver on the mandate.

HPCSA looks forward to ensuring that it fulfils its mandate of protecting the public and guiding

Dr Billa obtained his degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

the professions.

(MBChB) from the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) in 1991. In 2010, he attained a MSc in Bioethics and Health Law from the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Billa has a wealth of knowledge and experience spanning over 17 years within the health industry. Prior to his appointment to the HPCSA, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Helen Joseph Hospital from May 2013. His management career commenced in 2002 where he was the Head of Medical Services at Tembisa Hospital. From 2005 to 2006, he moved on to Sterkfontein Hospital where he was the

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is a statutory

Physical Address:

body established by the Health Professions Act, 56 of 1974 (as amended).

553 corner of Hamilton and Madiba Streets

Arcadia, 0001to protecting the public and guiding The HPCSA Pretoria, is committed the professions. In order to safeguard the public and indirectly the Postal Address: PO Box 205, Pretoria, 0001 professions, registration in terms the Act a prerequisite for practising Tel: +27 (0)12 338 9300 | ofE-mail: any of the health professions registerable with Council. The HPCSA has a mandate to regulate the healthcare professions in the country is aspects pertaining to education, training and registration, professional conduct and ethical behavior, ensuring Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and fostering compliance with



Quality and Equitable Healthcare for Al



To enhance the quality of healthcare

policy frameworks for effective and guidance of the professions through:

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is a statutory body established by the Health Professions Act, 56 of 1974 (as amended). The HPCSA is committed to protecting the public and guiding the professions. In order to safeguard the public and indirectly the professions, registration in terms of the Act is a prerequisite for practising any of the health professions registerable with Council. The HPCSA has a mandate to regulate the healthcare professions in the country is aspects pertaining to education, training and registration, professional conduct and ethical behavior, ensuring Continuing


V ISION Quality and Equitable Healthcare for All



To enhance the quality of healthcare for all by developing strategic policy frameworks for effective and efficient co-ordination and guidance of the professions through:

Professional Development (CPD) and fostering compliance with


healthcare standards.

Setting contextually relevant healthcare training and practice standards for registered professions


Ensuring compliance with standards


Fostering on-going professional development and competence


Protecting the public in matters involving the rendering of health services

V §

Public and stakeholder engagement


Upholding and maintaining ethical and professional standards within the health professions

V ALUES In fulfilling its roles of regulator, guide & advocate and administrator, the HPCSA holds the following values central to its functioning

Contact Details:

Postal Address

553 Madiba Street

PO Box 205

Cnr. Hamilton and



(+ 27) 12 325 5120

Madiba Street





(+27) 12 3389300 (+27) 12 338 9301



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Steering the ďŹ nance

and accounting sector to success


bout 20 years ago,

opment in the finance and

Ayanda Mafuleka re-

accounting services sector.

ceived a bursary to

The SETAs were established

study for her B.Com degree

to influence the optimum

and today she is the Chief Ex-

operation of the labour

ecutive Officer of the institution

market through effective

that funded her studies.

skills to ensure the appropri-

She was recently ap-

ate supply of competent la-

pointed as the CEO of the

bour necessary to compete

Finance and Accounting

in the global economy.

Services Sector Educa-

The finance and ac-

tion and Training Authority

countancy services sector

(Fasset), which is one of the

includes investment entities,

21 SETAs that were estab-

trusts and company sec-

lished in terms of the Skills

retary services; stockbrok-

Development Act to cover

ing and financial markets;

all sectors in South Africa,

financial development

including government.

organisations; account-

It has been operational

ing, bookkeeping, auditing

since 2000 and it is mainly

and tax services; business

responsible for skills devel-

and management consult-


Ayanda Mafuleka is t he CEO of t he Fasset.

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

ing services; the South African

goals is to make sure that Fasset

Mafuleka said Fasset mainly

Revenue Service; national and

improves its overall performance

targets students from previously

provincial treasuries; and other

because it has regressed over

disadvantaged communities,

activities auxiliary to financial

the years.

whose parents cannot afford to

intermediation, such as debt collection.

“We are determined to achieve

pay for tertiary education fees

this and the board is assisting

and who do not qualify for the

management to ensure that we

National Student Financial Aid

Personal attachment

achieve our goals and perform


Now at the helm of Fasset,


Mafuleka shared her journey to success with PSM. She said she

Fasset is also entrusted with

Fasset funds students at universities and technical and voca-

developing and growing the skills

tional education and training

loves going to work because

required in the finance and ac-

(TVET) colleges.

working for an institution that

countancy sector and facilitating

paid for her university fees is

the transformation of the sector.


“The core of our mandate is to

Mafuleka said that moving forward, more focus will be put on TVET college students and more

“It is really unbelievable. I am

develop skills in the finance and

funding might also be given to

more purpose driven because I

accountancy sector. This is also

IT students. This is in line with the

have that personal attachment

in line with the National Develop-

Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

to Fasset. Effectively, I am a quali-

ment Plan: Vision 2030, which


fied chartered accountant (CA)

states that South Africa must

because of Fasset.

produce a skilled workforce,” she

various funding programmes


that cover young people from

“This job is really more of a social project for me. It allows me

Fasset not only produces CAs

to give back to society. I want to

but also accounting and finance

produce as many young Ayan-

professionals, as well as auditors

das as possible, because if it

across the spectrum.

wasn’t for this institution’s bursary initiative I would not be here,” she said.

She added that Fasset has

high school level until they are employed. The programmes and services offered by Fasset include learner employer grants, Higher

Focus on black professionals

Education and Training and National Senior Certificate youth

Having worked as a CA for 16

programmes, Fasset bursaries,

is to make sure that the SETA

years, Mafuleka has taken it

employer bursary schemes,

realises its vision of facilitating

upon herself to help the country

academic support for profes-

the achievement of world-class

produce as many black CAs,

sional bodies’ designations and

finance and accountancy skills

auditors and finance profession-

programmes like career aware-

in South Africa, as well as to

als as possible.

ness and lifelong learning.

Part of her responsibilities

increase the flow of new finance

“No black child with good

“Fasset partners with sector em-

and accountancy entrants to

grades should be out of univer-

ployers, professional bodies and

the market.

sity on the basis that they cannot

both public and private provid-

afford fees,” she said.

ers of education and training.

Mafuleka said one of her

Public Sector Manager • April 2019



Our services respond to the

help them get placed for em-

broader South African context

ployment through internships

where we focus on unemployed

and learnerships.”


She believes that the model currently being used by Fasset to get its services to prospective

youth and previously disadvantaged individuals,” Mafuleka

and auditing skills.

Learning programmes

beneficiaries was not that effective because most of its pro-

Fasset offers life-long learning

grammes or funds were execut-

cover learners from high school

programmes such as updates

ed through service providers.

level, starting from grades eight

on budgets and tax, presenta-

to 12, and focus on subjects like

tion skills courses and other

identify a specific number of

mathematics to help them per-

short courses.

students that we can fund and

She said the youth programmes

form better and to get ready for tertiary education.

According to Mafuleka, the finance and accountancy

“For example, universities would

send their details to us,” she said. She said this model has to be

“We also give bursaries to uni-

services sector is particularly im-

versity and college students up

portant because it is the largest

reviewed and there should be

to postgraduate level, and after

employer of people with finan-

a better way of getting funds to

they have graduated, we

cial management, accounting



Public Sector Manager • April 2019

Added to that, Mafuleka said

before I could pass it, but once

financial year in response to the

she sometimes receives emails

you qualify, no one will know

President’s YES Programme.

from students who are unable

how many times you failed un-

to further their studies because

less you tell them. You are at the

they do not have money for fees.

same level as those who passed

Accounting in the 4IR

their first board exams, and no

She said part of the SETA’s man-

said she will be starting a new

one can take that qualification

date is to research the current

bursary programme called the

from you,” she added.

skills needs in its specific sector,

To address this challenge, she

whilst considering the impact of

CEO Programme that will afford about 100 such students per

Success stories

global and local trends identi-

year an opportunity to study

Over the years, Fasset has man-

fied from other research sources.

through Fasset. This programme

aged to build strong partner-

In particular, Fasset has identi-

will formally start in the next aca-

ships with public higher edu-

fied a shift towards an increased

demic year.

cation institutions, not only in

need for IT skills in the finance

funding full bursaries but also

and accounting sector, which

about the services rendered by

in developing programmes and

corresponds with global expec-

Fasset, Mafuleka said it is time to

capacity to increase throughput

tations regarding the impact of

exploit social media to commu-


the 4IR on professions such as

In order to increase awareness

nicate with young people and

According to Mafuleka, in the

accounting and auditing.

stakeholders, and she also wants

public TVET college space alone,

to partner with youth organisa-

Fasset has managed to place

ally affected Fasset’s strategic

tions that will help to disseminate

approximately 1 500 students

and operational funding deci-

information to young people.

in internships to date and has

sions,” she said, explaining that

“In essence, the 4IR has gradu-

committed to partner with col-

funding will be focused on those

sion, but Mafuleka said she is a

leges to increase enrolment

areas that will have the greatest

philanthropist at heart who also


impact on unemployed youth,

She might be a CA by profes-

enjoys interacting with young people. “The first thing I tell them is that

“The TVET colleges have an important role to play in address-

sector, within the context of the

ing youth unemployment and


if I could do it, they can also do

countrywide skill requirement,”

it. I was not the smartest girl in

she said.

class. I was just a hard-working

employees and employers in the

Historically, Fasset has had

When the time comes for her to give the CEO baton to someone else, Mafuleka would love

girl from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal

great success in securing

to be able to look back and say

so all they need is commitment

placements for unemployed

that she steered the SETA from

and hard work,” she said.

graduates. Mafuleka said she

stormy waters to calmer waters,

“I failed my Certificate in the

is excited to increase efforts in

where it is able to perform to its

Theory of Accounting four times

that space during the 2019/20


Public Sector Manager • April 2019



ACCESSIBLE. EFFICIENT. SECURE The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) offers a

As a result of borderline surveys conducted in 2014/15

multitude of services to South African citizens as well

in the North West/Botswana village of Tshidilamolomo,

as foreigners who wish to visit, work or stay in South

a community crossing point was established to enable

Africa. By expanding these services to marginalised

movement of villagers separated by the borderline between

communities, the department is a key enabler in

the two countries. The crossing point functions as a one-stop

deepening democracy and social justice.

border with both South African and Botswana immigration

THE DHA’S MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS SMART ID S AND PASSPORTS Since its inception in 2013, the DHA has issued more than 12.8 million smart ID cards. A total of 193 offices have been equipped with the live capture functionality for the issuance of smart ID cards and passports. In 2016, the DHA launched the e-Home Affairs for processing online applications for these smart ID cards and passports, which can be finalised at 14 bank branches or a DHA front office. POLICY The DHA undertook a massive project of comprehensively reviewing South Africa’s outdated policy on international migration dating back to 1999. Out of this process, a new White Paper on International Migration was approved by Cabinet in March 2017. For the first time, South Africa now has an immigration policy that is Afrocentric, riskbased, strategic and linked to development and other national priorities. The white paper provides a new policy

officials processing travellers in the same structure. MANAGEMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES • A new refugee travel document was launched in 2017/18. The passport is fully compliant with the requirements of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the standards of the International Civil Aviation Authority. • The Marabastad refugee reception centre was renovated and renamed the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre. The centre was officially opened by the former President on 17 February 2017. An Automated Booking Terminal (ABT) was introduced. The ABT allows for clients to book a date and time of their choice. It was further enhanced to enable qualifying asylum seekers to self-extend their section 22 permits using biometric verification. • In October 2018, the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception

framework that will guide the comprehensive review of

Centre was reopened. The combination of human

immigration and related legislation.

capital and up-to-date technology will allow us to streamline our services and efforts to assist asylum


seekers and refugees.

In respect of the establishment of the Border Management Authority (BMA), a Border Management


Authority Bill was developed and approved by the

Over 42.5 million movements through ports of entry

National Assembly in June 2017, which assists the country

were recorded in 2017/18. This included 11 million

in delivering on some of the regional mechanisms vital

citizens and 31.5 million foreign nationals. The Advance

for the envisaged integration of the African continent.

Passenger Processing (APP) was expanded to include maritime conveyors. The DHA administers the APP

A five-year government-wide Integrated Border

system to ensure the pre-clearance of travellers.

Management Strategy (2017-2021) was developed with input and participation from various government


departments and organs of state. The strategy is aimed

There was significant improvement in organisational

at laying the basis for the preparation of detailed

performance – from 53 percent in 2013/14 to 86

thematic, sectoral and risk-based border management

percent in 2017/18. The 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial

strategies and plans.

years also led to unqualified audit outcomes, the first since the 2010/11 financial year.

NATIONAL SECURITY The DHA supports security operations to counter


illegal migration and apprehension of undocumented

In the 2015/16 financial year, the DHA established

migrants through its participation in Operation Fiela II.

its own in-house contact centre, with business


Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Siyabonga Cwele with the married couples at the Annual Valentine’s Day Mass Marriages 2019 at Robben Island

intelligence to integrate into and run on top of core

The objective is the facilitation of movement of low risk

departmental systems.

travellers through a self-service solution, hence freeing


capacity of an immigration officer.

Progress was made with regard to the modernisation


of immigration systems and the establishment of

South Africa’s position to facilitate travel, attract

a single view of a traveller to enable proper risk

investment and ensure ease of movement into the

management of travellers.

country is receiving priority through the simplification

• The Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), that will enable advance identification and verification through fingerprints and other selected modes of biometrics (palm-prints, iris, facial recognition and DNA), was launched on 16 May 2018. The ABIS will form the backbone of the future national identity system. • DHA commenced with testing of the new BMCS in 2018/19. Further rollout of the BMCS will be undertaken and scaled up in the 2019/20 reporting cycle. The BMCS will contain features that support integrated systems and as such will interface with the development of the e-permitting pilot and give way to the implementation of an introductory trusted traveller programme. • Development on the e-permitting system has been

of visa and permitting requirements. This will comprise of a relaxation of conditions that provide for biometrics to be taken on arrival, allowing for a visa application courier, issuing of a five-year multiple entry visa and undertaking a review of the critical skills requirements by April 2019. Continued implementation of long-term multiple entry visas to various categories of travellers like frequent travellers (for business meetings and tourism purposes), business travellers, academics for a period exceeding three months and up to three years; business executives from BRICS countries with a 10-year long-term multiple entry visa allowing executives to remain in the country for 30 days at a time; and to bona fide businesspeople and academics from Africa for a 10-year long-term multiple entry visas. In the 2017/18 financial year, a total of 9 454 multiple entry visas were issued.

completed with the exception of the electronic payment channel which is the next stage of development. Future functionality requires that all DHA systems should be integrated providing a single view of the traveller, their risk and any related incidents that may be of concern to their status in the country. • In 2017 the DHA approved the e-Gates project with the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA).


Writer: More Matshediso

Lusani Mugivhi heads the legal team at CSIR


fter finding her com-

involve managing legal and

mercial studies de-

contractual risks in compli-

motivating, Lusani

ance with the prevailing

Mugivhi switched to a law de-

legislative framework. This is

gree and in so doing, found

done by proactively con-

her niche in the world of work.

tributing to the mitigation of

Today, she is Senior Legal

legal risks as well as max-

Counsel and Acting Group

imising legal rights in the

Manager at the Council

protection of the organisa-

for Scientific and Industrial

tion and its brand.

Research (CSIR). Mugivhi’s job includes

She also has to ensure that the legal strategy relates to

managing the legal services

policies of the CSIR and fits

division of the CSIR, which

into the business model of

is South Africa’s central and

the organisation.

premier scientific research

She works closely with sen-

and development organisa-

ior management and legal

tion, responsible for col-

specialists to comprehen-

laborating with stakeholders

sively and effectively provide

nationally and globally.

legal advisory services to the

Her role comprises integrating legal strategy across the organisation and contribut-

organisation and its subsidiaries. Mugivhi spoke to PSM

ing towards meeting CSIR’s

about her career path and

strategic objectives.

what it means to be an

Mugivhi’s daily duties also


in-house attorney for an or-

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

ganisation that is respected both

my way of doing things very early

Mugivhi to enrol for a postgradu-

locally and internationally.

to ensure that I adapted to the

ate qualification in compliance

organisation’s needs and way of

management, which she com-

doing things,” said Mugivhi.

pleted in 2016.

“After completing matric, I enrolled at the University of Limpopo to study BCom (Economics), but

But before joining the CSIR, she

For most of her career, she

I got bored and demotivated

worked for Pikitup Johannesburg

worked within legal and compli-

half way through my first year of

(SOC) Ltd as a legal adviser for

ance divisions.

study… It might have been the

about five years, before moving

crowded lecture hall,” the 37-year-

to the South African Medical

property, legislative compliance,

old Mugivhi said.

Research Council (SAMRC).

corporate governance and pri-

One morning she woke up

“I was already married with kids,

and thought ‘why not try a law

so we had to relocate to Cape


“I have a passion for intellectual

vacy laws,” she expanded. Essentially, in-house lawyers at

Town. After three years on the

the CSIR look after all legal needs

“It was unplanned, but from

job, I felt the need to move back

of the organisation, including

the first moment I set foot in the

to Gauteng. Cape Town was no

issues relating to employment

Introduction to South African Law

longer happening for me. That is

and commercial work.

class I was hooked. There was no

when I applied for a job at the

looking back. I enjoy that law is

CSIR and I have been here since,”

human resources, assist with

a logical field, so a lot of discus-

she said.

projects and litigation, deal with

sions and arguments take place

She said her job at the SAMRC

They also advise on issues of

agreements, safeguard the CSIR

with my peers and I find that

prepared her for her current posi-

brand and ensure that its valu-

intriguing,” she explained.

tion at the CSIR.

able intellectual property and

Mugivhi completed her LLB

that of its scientists who have

degree and articles and later was

A good listener

invented or innovated something

admitted as an attorney of the

When asked what being an

is protected at all times.

High Court of South Africa. Today,

attorney means to her, Mugivhi

she has 12 years’ work experience

defined it as a job that requires

what I do and what my col-

under her belt which she uses to

one to be logical and a good

leagues in practice do is that I

good effect in leading the team


do not have multiple clients to

of legal experts at the CSIR. “I joined the CSIR in Decem-

“If you are not anything like that,

“The main difference between

look after but one main, complex

you can miss the critical aspects

and busy client. I use practis-

ber 2015. My journey has been

of what clients want from you

ing attorneys to assist me with

enjoyable and challenging at

and that can compromise you

litigation matters and to draft the

the same time. The CSIR is a very

and them. You need to pay

court papers on my behalf,” she

complex organisation with a lot

attention to detail, and you have


of interesting and highly–scientif-

to read a lot in order to stay

ic things going on, which some-

relevant to the law fraternity,” she

counsels, one legal counsel and

times seems to be rocket science


an administrator. It operates in a

for an attorney. I had to adjust

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

Her passion for compliance led

Her team comprises six senior

very diverse and multi-



and governance is concerned

seamless and almost instantane-

“We have to familiarise ourselves

to ensure that the organisation


with the laws of other countries as

is always up to date. We always

well,” she said.

need to be proactive and track

Striving for excellence

all legislative changes affecting

Despite the challenges, Mugivhi

the CSIR.”

said the work done by her team

jurisdictional environment.

“We do a lot of contracting. On average, we draft about 2 000 contracts per year and more

Mugivhi said this was not easy

was impeccable due to the calibre of people she works with.

than half of them require us to en-

given that the organisation com-

gage stakeholders outside South

prised about 12 operating units

“We have had zero commercial

African borders,” she added.

with specialisation regulated by

litigation for the past three years,”

a different set of rules.

she said.

This means that they encounter challenges from time to time be-

To address these challenges,

Mugivhi said her job enables

cause they have to understand

Mugivhi’s division is in the pro-

her to learn new things every day

the scientific part of what is being

cess of rebuilding its team, its

that improve her professional and

done at the CSIR in order to apply

operating model and business

social life.

the law.

offerings. She added that some of the

felt a need to give back to the le-

Business needs

best processes, tools and tech-

gal fraternity. This led her to taking

Her team has to keep up with

nologies would be employed to

up an opportunity to sit on the

business needs and accommo-

ensure efficiency and efficacy in

Corporate Counsel Association of

date those needs instantaneously.

support of the current team.

South Africa Board of Directors, of

“We need to be ahead of the pack in as far as compliance

This will ensure that the team interface with the organisation is

Apart from her day job, Mugivhi

which she is vice president. Mugivhi said if she could turn back time, she would pat her young-self on the back and say: “Girl, you did very well for yourself. Well done”. She said she never allowed the challenges that she faced as a girl from the rural Tshifudi village in Limpopo to stop her from attaining her dreams. In order to improve professionally and academically, Mugivhi said she would continue to study. Currently, she is doing a Management Development Programme with the University of Pretoria.


Public Sector Manager • April 2019


Writer: Dale Hes

Fighting crime in the lab headquarters in Silverton, Pretoria.

of illegal firearms. When a gun

In just four years of employment

is fired, traces of gunpowder are

with the SAPS, Moodley has won

often left at the crime scene, or

an incredible 11 awards. He was

on the clothes of victims or sus-

promoted to the rank of cap-

pects. These tiny traces often hold

tain in January this year, and a

crucial keys to solving the crime,

month later received the ultimate

especially when paired with

recognition by winning the SAPS

evidence from other forensic ser-

National Excellence Award for

vices such as ballistics analysis.

Forensic Science Laboratory Employee of the Year. Captain Veshalin Moodley is a scientif ic superhero.


“Evidence cannot be looked at in isolation, so everything must be looked at holistically, working with

Passion for science

other departments, in order to

The Durban-born Moodley has

piece together the puzzle,” Mood-

always had a passion for science,

ley explains.

but also wanted to find a way to

In the 2017/18 financial year,

he brave police officers on

serve the community. After gradu-

Captain Moodley completed all

the frontlines of protecting our

ating from the University of KwaZu-

of the 296 cases assigned to him,

communities often get all the

lu-Natal with majors in chemistry

with an error rate of zero percent.

recognition. But behind the scenes,

and microbiology, joining the

in the laboratories of the South Af-

police service as a scientist was a

of these cases were finalised

rican Police Service (SAPS), you will

natural career path for him.

within 10 working days. He is also

find scientists who play an equally

“I have always been passionate

An incredible 99 percent

the only police officer to have

important role in fighting crime.

about both science and serving

achieved over 90 percent for

Meet Captain Veshalin Moodley, a

the community. So after I got my

four consecutive courses pre-

scientific superhero who goes be-

degree, becoming a forensic an-

sented by the South African Paint

yond the call of duty every day.

alyst for the police was perfect for

Manufacturer’s Association. Paint

Moodley, 27, is soft-spoken and

me. It has allowed me to carry out

analysis is used in cases such

polite. You would never think that

my ultimate dream by combining

as hit-and-runs, where the paint

under this gentle demeanour,

my two passions,” says Moodley.

on vehicles and victims can be

you would find one of the police

Working in the lab, Moodley

service’s most tenacious and

analyses primer residue sam-

hard-working scientists.

ples collected at the scene of


serious crimes such as murders,

Aiming higher than awards

forensic analyst working from the

attempted murders, hijackings,

Moodley says that achieving

SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory

house robberies and possession

recognition for his hard work has

The talented young captain is a


Public Sector Manager • April 2019

been an honour, but this is not

high production in casework and

motivated, be ready to motivate

the main goal for him.

having a zero percent error rate,”

others and be an inspiration,” he

said the SAPS.


“Getting the awards is fantastic, but it goes much further than criminals prosecuted with my evi-

Exceeding expectations

dence, this is highly rewarding. It

SAPS national spokesperson

How is a crime scene analysed?

is also about being able to serve

Brigadier Vish Naidoo says that

 The forensic department’s

the country and playing a role in

it is important to recognise the

crime scene manager (CSM)

combatting crime – that is what

work of employees who always

takes control of the scene

is really important to me.”

strive to exceed expectations.

and assigns crime scene

that. When I have helped to get

Moodley’s motivation and

“The SAPS management strives

dedication have been key to his

towards perfection and profes-


sionalism within the SAPS. One of

technicians and an investigating officer.  The crime scene must remain

“This is not an easy field to be

the ways of doing this is to instil

undisturbed as the CSM

in. You’re looking at some terrible

a competitive spirit among our

decides which experts will

crimes, and you just have to be

workforce and reward those who

be needed for the particular

motivated, determined and carry

go above and beyond the call

on doing your best for your coun-

of duty and/or excel within their

try,” he says, adding that mentor-

respective work environments.”

ship and support have also been vital. “I work with some of the top sci-

Captain Moodley says that he is aspiring to play a greater role

case.  A photographer documents the scene before anyone touches anything.  Crime scene technicians or

in the management and mentor-

the investigating officer go

entists in the country and we all

ing of new scientists coming into

through the scene to col-

assist each other. You also need

the SAPS.

lect evidence such as blood,

a good support system. I could

“Because I was promoted to

fingerprints, hair fibres, primer

not have got where I am without

captain earlier this year, I am

residue, bullet cartridges or

the incredible support of my

already taking on more manage-

anything else of significance.

management, colleagues, family,

rial functions such as instrument

friends and fiancé.”

management and training. I

is taken to the morgue and

have more responsibility in train-

examined by a forensic

shown exceptional dedication.

ing analysts and the people who


“When comparing the perfor-

collect samples at crime scenes.

The SAPS says that Moodley has

 In murder cases, the body

 All collected evidence is pre-

mance of Captain Moodley to

I hope to stay within the SAPS,

served in evidence collection

the average performance of the

move upwards and continue

kits and sent to the forensic

employees within the section

fighting crime.”

science laboratory for analy-

it becomes evident how pro-

Captain Moodley reminds

ductive he is. His passion and

public servants to always be an

dedication has improved his

inspiration to others.

credibility as a forensic analyst in terms of a fast turnaround time,

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

“It is your ultimate goal to

sis by various experts.  All of the evidence and analysis is submitted to be presented in court.

serve the community. Always be



Source: Statistics South Africa

Spending habits of tourists


ancy a meal out or would you

billion), followed by non-specific

rather save up for accommoda-

products. These are products that

non-specific products, shifting from

tion when on holiday? We take

visitors buy that are not specifically

sixth place in 2005 to second spot

a peek into the spending habits of

related to tourism-characteristic ac-

in 2017.

domestic and international visitors

tivities. Retail (‘shopping’) products

who criss-cross the South African

fall into this category.


Air transport was ranked as the

The major mover, however, was

Non-resident visitors gracing our shores have slightly different spending priorities. The major

third most important item in the

spending item for international

lion rand every minute during the

domestic visitor’s budget, contrib-

visitors is non-specific products,

course of 2017. That amounts to

uting 15 percent to total spending

followed by accommodation and

R277 billion for the entire year, ac-

in 2017.

tourism-connected products. Road

Visitors spent just over half a mil-

A point to note about this analy-

passenger transportation was the

lite Account for South Africa report.

sis is that annual data is available

fourth-most important expenditure

Domestic visitors were the big-

from as far back as 2005, showing


cording to the latest Tourism Satel-

The spending habits of interna-

gest spenders, pumping

how domestic visitors have shifted

R156 billion (56 percent) into

their habits over time. Road pas-

tional visitors have remained more

the economy, while international

senger transportation was also

stable over time, with little change

visitors contributed the remaining

ranked #1 in 2005, but this item

from 2005 to 2017.

R121 billion (44 percent).

took up 36 percent of total domes-

A little digging into domestic visitor expenditure reveals that local explorers focused their spending

So next time you pack the car

tic expenditure then, higher than

or board a plane to go exploring

the 27 percent recorded in 2017.

our country on holiday, take pride

Accommodation was the second

in the fact that you are making

on road passenger transportation

most important item in 2005, falling

an important contribution to our

(taking up 27 percent of the R156

to fourth place in 2017.



Public Sector Manager • April 2019


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Source: SAnews

SA seals SKA Observatory deal

erlands, Portugal and the United

South Africa has signed the inter-

and Sweden, which also took part

Australasia and Europe have com-

national treaty establishing the

in the multilateral negotiations, now

mitted at inter–governmental level

Square Kilometre Array Observatory

have one year to sign the treaty.

to collaborate on a large-scale sci-

(SKAO) as an intergovernmental

These nine countries will then form

ence project as equal partners.

organisation tasked with building

the founding members of the new

“International cooperation in

and operating the world's most

intergovernmental organisation.

powerful radio astronomy telescope.

Kingdom – signed the treaty. India

It will come into force once it has

ter Kubayi-Ngubane. For the first time, Africa, Asia,

science plays a crucial role in fostering international friendship

been ratified by the legislatures of

and solidarity, and bolstering com-

Science and Technology Minis-

five signatory countries, including

mitment to multilateralism, which

ter Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

all three SKA hosts (South Africa,

will assist our world in addressing

signed the Convention Establishing

Australia and the United Kingdom).

global challenges like poverty,

the SKAO on behalf of the South African Government in Italy. The signing ceremony was

The treaty establishes the SKAO as only the second intergovern-

inequality and climate change. The signing of the convention

mental organisation dedicated to

puts science diplomacy into

presided over by Italy’s Minister of

astronomy in the world, after the

practice,” Minister Kubayi-Ngubane

Education Marco Bussetti and wit-

European Southern Observatory,


nessed by ministers, ambassadors

and will ensure strong governance

and other high-level representa-

of the SKA project.

tives of countries participating

“South Africa’s signature on the

In 2012, South Africa together with eight African partner countries, and Australia, were named as

in the SKA project. The treaty has

establishment of the SKAO as an

co-hosts of the SKA – a collection

been named the “Rome Conven-

intergovernmental legal entity to

of radio telescopes in the Northern

tion” in recognition of Italy’s role in

oversee the construction and op-

Cape. The SKA will be built in South

the negotiation process.

erational phases of the SKA project

Africa and Australia, with later

is a crucial milestone and one that

expansion planned for both coun-

should be celebrated,” said Minis-

tries as well other African states.

Seven countries – South Africa, Australia, China, Italy, the Neth-

NMW defaulters warned

into the enactment of the NMW

Government has reiterated its

Act, the amended Basic Condi-

204 employers failed to pay any

commitment to clamp down on

tions of Employment Act and

amount owing; unilateral chang-

the growing practice of deliber-

Unemployment Insurance Act

es to terms and conditions of

ately dodging labour laws, espe-

caseload at the Conciliation Me-

employment accounted for 34

cially the National Minimum Wage

diation and Arbitration (CCMA)

cases while dismissals related to

(NMW) Act of 2018.

has risen by eight percent.

the NMW Act accounted for 11

The NMW Act, which came into

However, about three months

The NMW Act alone accounted

Wilbur van Niekerk, said. In terms of the breakdowns,


effect in January 2019, stipulates

for 262 referrals since the begin-

that no worker should earn below

ning of the year, CCMA Legal

ance orders saw seven cases,

the R20 minimum wage per hour.

Researcher: Office of the Director,

dismissals for operational


Disputes relating to compli-

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

reasons relating to the NMW Act

tors in terms of new legislation

it is in the process of naming

were four cases, while the ap-

referrals include business and

and shaming employers who fail

plication to make Compliance

professional services, safety and

to comply by publishing them

Order an Arbitration Award saw

security, building and construc-

on the department’s website.

two cases.

tion, retail, domestic, food and

The department is also on a

beverage, contract cleaning,

national blitz to assess levels of

KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng,

transport, agriculture and farm-

the NMW Act at businesses with

Van Niekerk said.

ing as well as private educators.

over 1 300 inspectors assigned

The bulk of referrals come from

Some of the problematic sec-

SA, World Bank to boost investment climate

The Department of Labour says

to monitor compliance.

of Economic Development and

the annual Doing Business Report

National Treasury.

published by the World Bank

South Africa and the World Bank

World Bank support to South Af-

have signed an agreement that

rica will be provided in partnership

will boost the local business

with the Swiss State Secretariat for

ration (IFC), which is a member of

environment while also helping to

Economic Affairs and the Prosper-

the World Bank Group, expressed

enhance foreign direct invest-

ity Fund of the UK’s Foreign and

its commitment to help South

ment (FDI) into the country.

Commonwealth Office.

Africa in its efforts.

The Advisory Services Agree-

The project will deploy a Coun-

Group. The International Finance Corpo-

“IFC is committed to working

ment was signed between the

try Private Sector Diagnostic, a

across the World Bank Group to

Department of Trade and Indus-

standard World Bank Group tool, to

help South Africa achieve best

try (the dti) and the World Bank

identify industry sectors that can

practices and real impact in its

Group recently.

attract significant domestic and

reform efforts. The target set by

The partnership is aimed at

foreign investments and deliver

President Ramaphosa of generat-

improving the business environ-

positive development impacts in

ing investment of US$100 billion

ment for domestic entrepreneurs

the near term.

within five years is important. It sets

and undertaking policy and

Director-General at the dti Lionel

the tone for the policies needed

institutional reform to enhance

October said the department

to attract FDI,” said Kevin Njiraini,

FDI inflows.

would gain insight into best prac-

IFC Regional Director for Southern

tice from the partnership.


Business regulation, investment policy and promotion, and mar-

“Support from World Bank Group

British High Commissioner to

ket regulation and competition

and its development partners

South Africa Nigel Casey said the

policy are the focus areas of the

promotes South Africa’s growth

UK is keen on supporting South


agenda. The dti and InvestSA hope

Africa to attract an additional

to gain insights into best practice

US$100 billion of investment into

from the partnership,” he said.

South Africa.

The advisory agreement formalises the partnership between the Government of South Africa

Government has set the target

“The UK is the largest investor in

and the World Bank Group to

of improving its current rank of

South Africa, but we’re determined

support the national reform effort

82/190 to be, within three years,

to build on that here and else-

led by the dti, the Department

among the top 50 economies in

where in Africa,” he said.

Public Sector Manager • April 2019



Southern African Transport Conference 8–11 July

tive Transport Technologies - Is

papers that are strictly re-

South and southern Africa

viewed and selected by the


Technical Committee.

The annual Southern African

The conference is South

The conference is endorsed

Transport Conference (SATC)

Africa’s longest standing

by the Department of Trans-

brings together over 700 trans-

transport conference and

port with the Minister of Trans-

port professionals to discuss,

has become an important

port as its patron.

debate and learn about

contributor to and influencer

The conference takes place

relevant topics relating to the

in the national debate about

at the CSIR Convention Cen-

world of transport.

transport in southern Africa.

tre in Pretoria from 8–11 July

This year the conference un-

Sessions presented at the


folds under the theme “Disrup-

SATC are based on research

For more information, go to

Social Media Week Durban 9–12 June

Sustainability Week 24–26 June 2019

providing a channel for deal–

The 9th annual Sustainability

The event will facilitate a

Social Media Week Durban

Week, incorporated into the

southern African multi-

is a new social media and

2nd Sustainable Cities South-

sector dialogue on climate

digital marketing conference. It

ern Africa Conference, seeks

change and environmental

provides a space for new ideas,

to bring together key na-

and human health chal-

trends, insights and inspiration

tional and local government

lenges. Regional leaders and

to help people and businesses

and private sector leaders

stakeholders will engage in

connect with their clients and

to advance the sustainable

seminars focusing on sus-

industry peers, as well as insights

development of cities, econo-

tainable practices in waste,

to stay abreast of trends affect-

mies and communities in the

manufacturing, water man-

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able cities requires national

transport, mining and the

exclusive masterclasses and an

utilities to re-examine their

green economy.

area dedicated to networking.

own business models and

Partners include the City of

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Tshwane, the Department of

in-depth look at influencers and

ties for governments to set

Environmental Affairs and the

brands, digital TV and content

up their residents for low cost,

Department of Tourism.

curators, women in technology

low carbon futures. This forum

Sustainability Week takes place

and digitalpreneurship.

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at the CSIR International Con-

Social Media Week Durban

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vention Centre in Pretoria from

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Provinces prioritise development A

s part of efforts to better the lives of all South Africans, economic develop-

ment its apex priority. “As part of our infrastructure pro-

year,” said Premier Job Mokgoro. As part of its effort to bolster in-

gramme aimed at accelerating

dustrialisation, through the North

ment will feature high on provincial

economic growth and stimulating

West Development Corporation,

governments’ agendas in the year

development, as well as job crea-

the province has implemented

ahead. This was evident in recent

tion, we will prioritise the upgrad-

the Platinum Valley Special

State of the Province Addresses

ing of 60km of gravel roads to

Economic Zones programme. The

(SOPAs), delivered by Premiers in

surfaced roads, undertake the

programme aims to create a new

the country’s nine provinces. PSM

rehabilitation of 510 000km2 of

mining supply that will contribute

takes a closer look at some of the

surfaced roads, undertake road

to capital equipment manu-

highlights of the SOPAs.

resealing work totalling

facturing, renewable energy,

500 000km² embark on the re-

an agro-processing zone and

North West

gravelling of 97km of gravel roads

general manufacturing in the

The North West government is

and perform 62 472km² of black-

Mogwase Industrial Area.

making infrastructure develop-

top patching in the next financial


The Premier also highlighted the

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

R4 billion Matlosana N12 Develop-

drought, the two sectors have still

for Greentech. It is projected to

ment, which spans 1 114 hectares

created 10 000 jobs since 2015.

attract R3.7 billion in investment

on both sides of the N12 Treasure

“Back in 2009 we passed the

and create nearly 3 000 direct

Route Corridor. The project is situ-

sector’s first climate change

ated between the mining towns

response plan, compiled with the

of Stilfontein and Matlosana, in

industry. Since then some truly

range of bursaries, skills training,

the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District

innovative responses to climate

internship and learnership oppor-

Municipality. It is a fully–integrat-

change have evolved.”

tunities for young people.

ed, mixed-use development. “The project has attracted inter-

An example of a technological

jobs by 2030,” she said. The province has prioritised a

“We are working with local high

innovation is the satellite-driven

schools and colleges to create

est from a public equity invest-

Fruitlook, which has enabled

a skills pathway for our learners,

ment to the tune of R550 million,

farmers to cut water use by up to

and with employers to open up

for the acquisition of a 60 percent

30 percent,” Premier Zille said.

the workplace for apprentice-

shareholding which is expected

She added that over R200 mil-

ships and other training opportu-

to assist in kick-starting the infra-

lion had been spent on direct

structural backbone that will sup-

drought relief for farmers since

port investment into the area.”

2017, through a combination of

Northern Cape

provincial and national funding.

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia

The R1.2 billion Matlosana meat processing plant is “another

The provincial government

nities,” said the Premier.

Lucas says the province is inten-

bankable opportunity soliciting

has supported 357 land reform

sifying efforts to develop and pro-

for investors.

projects since 2014, with over

mote the province as a tourism

R500 million in funding. It also


“The focus of this business ven-

“To ensure an improved provin-

ture is the slaughtering of cattle

leveraged R80 million annually in

and pigs and the processing of

private sector support for emerg-

cial tourism industry, key infra-

red meat products. We envisage

ing farmers, including market

structure projects were supported

that the plant will slaughter and

access contracts and mentorship

in 2018/19. This included the

process approximately 500 cattle


facilitation of water supply to

On the economic front, the Pre-

Hakskeenpan, to make it attrac-

is increasing demand for red

mier noted that the province has

tive as an open air mega event

meat products in South Africa

unlocked R1.8 billion in provincial


and abroad,” said the Premier.

and private sector infrastructure

and 1 000 pigs per day, as there

In addition, coastal tourism infra-

funding for the Saldanha Bay

structure was improved in McDou-

Western Cape

Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)

gall’s Bay, including upgrades to

Western Cape Premier Helen

since 2014/15.

four tourism information offices.

Zille said drought recovery had

There are now eight confirmed

started, with the provincial agri-

major investors in the IDZ, with a

such as Riemvasmaak; Wil-

culture and agri-processing sec-

total investment value of

debeestkuil Rock Art Centre;

tors adding a combined 35 000

R3 billion.

the Mayibuye Precinct along

jobs between the third and fourth quarters of 2018. Despite the three years of

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

Heritage tourism attractions

“We were also instrumen-

the Galeshewe Activity Route;

tal in establishing the Atlantis

McGregor Museum; and the

Special Economic Zone (SEZ)

Magersfontein Anglo-Boer



War Museum were rejuvenated.

and the rejuvenation of the

steel and metal-related products

Tourism route signs were installed

Namaqualand 4x4 trail.

and ensure value addition.

on the Karoo Highlands Route

The Premier noted that the prov-

and Quiver Tree Route and the

ince has opportunities to grow its


Cape-to-Namibia Route was also

manufacturing base in a range of

The 15-year Infrastructure Master


sectors and industries.

Plan, worth R1.3 trillion, is set to

“In the 2018/19 financial year, 86

“Northern Cape is also rich in re-

transform and modernise the face of Gauteng.

tourism entrepreneurs were skilled

sources. A new zinc mine project

to improve quality assurance.

at Gamsberg is attracting large

Forty-three of these entrepreneurs

amounts of foreign direct invest-

over R80 billion on infrastructure

were youth. Through financial

ment (FDI), as are several solar

development on schools, clin-

support to tourism enterprises, 20

farms. The province’s huge iron

ics, hospitals, libraries, roads,

permanent employment opportu-

ore mines remain profitable.”

public transport, broadband

nities and 30 temporary employ-

In addition, the prospect of a

Gauteng has already spent

and industrial parks. This, Premier

ment opportunities were created,”

SEZ at Upington could boost the

David Makhura said, has had

said the Premier.

manufacturing sector, especially

massive socio–economic benefits

with regard to renewable energy

for the people and the province’s



A number of tourism infrastructure projects will be implemented

Through the Gauteng Infrastruc-

in the 2019/20 financial year,

Premier Lucas noted that the

including the development of

process is underway to establish

ture Funding Agency, Premier

mountain–bike trails on the prop-

the Metals Industrial Cluster to

Makhura said the province has

erties of the McGreggor Museum

promote the manufacturing of

also developed bankable


Public Sector Manager • April 2019


infrastructure projects worth

R40 billion in the various corridors

the provincial GDP grew from

US$6.8 billion from the commit-

over the next 12 months.

R9 billion in 2014 to over R10 bil-

ments made by private sector

The Premier added that Gaut-

companies at the Africa Invest-

eng is also leading the country in

ment Conference.

promoting intra-Africa trade with

the past five years run an im-

Gauteng-based businesses hav-

pactful enterprise development

and bus rapid transit (BRT)

ing over 300 FDI projects worth

programme for black-owned

systems in metros are part of the

R356 billion, across the major

tourism businesses. A total of 220

Infrastructure Master Plan.

regions of the continent.

emerging and small businesses

The building of the Gautrain

lion by 2018. “Tourism KwaZulu-Natal has in

“The full integration of the

These projects have created

Gautrain, BRTs and metro rail

and sustained over 45 000 jobs

ing Tsogo Sun Book-a-Guesthouse

into a modern, efficient, reliable,

in Gauteng, while contributing to

training programme, tour opera-

affordable and integrated single

Africa’s industrialisation.

tor training, tourism establishment

mass transit system is what we must now focus on.

received various training, includ-

grading assistance etc,” he said.


Reflecting on the importance

To ensure economic growth and

of the Dube Trade Port SEZ ,the

authority by the second half of

create jobs, the focus in KwaZulu-

Premier noted that between April

2019, which will be charged with

Natal is on agriculture, manu-

2015 and December 2018, 40 781

the responsibility to drive our vi-

facturing, tourism, freight and

tonnes of international cargo and

sion,” the Premier said.

logistics, and the development of

28 885 tonnes of domestic cargo

strategic infrastructure.

passed though the Dube Cargo

“We will have a single transport

He also detailed a key economic project that the provincial

“All other sectors of the econo-


government introduced – the

my are obviously important, but

Gauteng Economic Development

we believe that as much as we

produce to the value of

Plan, which has 11 key sectors lo-

would like to build a diversified

R190 million over the same period

cated in five corridors – northern,

economy, we have to focus on ar-

and the greenhouse facilities at

eastern, southern, western and

eas in which we can achieve the

the Dube AgriZone are now 100


best and fastest results for now,”

percent occupied.

This programme – jointly with

explained Premier Willies Mchunu.

The Dube AgriZone handled

The total value of private sector

industry leaders – has put a lot of

He added that the manufac-

effort towards the revitalisation of

turing sector has always been

Port, since April 2015, stands close

the manufacturing industry, focus-

one of the cornerstones of the

to R2.2 billion and public sector

ing on the automotive sector, ma-

province’s economy. The province

funding spent on capital infra-

chinery and capital equipment,

is encouraging participants in

structure over the same period

mineral beneficiation, aerospace

the mining sector to consider

amounts to R594.6 million.

industries, food and beverages

expanding the local value chain

and pharmaceuticals.

and to specifically target local

tracted 36 businesses operating

manufacturers as a preferred

within the SEZ’s designated areas


and has already generated reve-

Premier Makhura announced that six companies have committed to collectively invest over


The contribution of tourism to

investments in the Dube Trade

“This investment has since at-

nue to the value of R246.9 million,

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

will benefit people living with a disability.” The Premier said the provincial government would also undertake construction and maintenance of critical roads projects, which would be implemented in various towns. In addition to this, the province will develop six new roads, which are expected to create 5 000 jobs. “Not only will these projects contribute to skills development, [they will] also improve road infrastructure and access to basic services. It is expected that more than 5 600 jobs will be created through these projects,” Premier Ntombela said. The Free State Development Corporation concluded 18 new which makes it a very profitable

to help boost economic growth

commercial and industrial lease

investment,” he added.

and development.

contracts that are below R10 mil-

“Working closely with the Presi-

lion with various tenants, creating

Free State

dent’s investment team, the coun-

The Free State Provincial Govern-

cil will be made up of experts

ment will develop an Investment

and qualified individuals whose

and 52 percent of whites are

Book as a means of contributing

names will be announced soon,”

benefiting from the province’s

to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s

said the Premier.

commercial property portfolio.

investment drive. According to Premier Sisi

She added that special em-

900 jobs. Forty-eight percent of blacks

On average, this means that over

phasis would be placed on the

R9 million is paid to black land-

Ntombela, the book will provide

Expanded Public Works Pro-

lords in rentals monthly.

an analysis of the Free State’s

gramme (EPWP), which created

economy and detail investment

18 897 jobs in the province in the


opportunities. It will also include

2018/19 financial year.

Limpopo Premier Stanley

information on doing business in

“In the 2019/20 financial year,

Mathabatha says the provincial

we will create 52 000 job op-

government has acted boldly to

portunities. Of these, 28 600 will

attract investments into the pro-

ernment will establish the Pre-

benefit women. Another 28 600

vincial economy.

mier’s Economic Advisory Council

will benefit the youth and 1 040

the province. In addition, the provincial gov-

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

The Premier said his



government has over the past

operation by 2024. This mine is

water supply projects, which have

five years shown a commitment

expected to create well over

benefitted more than 158 959

to grow the economy and create

25 000 jobs,” he added.

households at a cost of over R239

jobs for residents, particularly young people. “We developed the Limpopo Development Plan as a blue-print to

The introduction of the MusinaMakhado SEZ has been the flagship project of the province. The Premier said the SEZ has

million,” the Premier said. The province has also completed and delivered 29 water reticulation projects, at a cost of R237 million.

guide our efforts towards a higher

attracted a total investment com-

trajectory of economic growth

mitment of around R150 billion

and development. Our guiding

to the province, and this will help

ticulation infrastructure projects

mandate has been the need to

to create job opportunities for

from the Municipal Infrastructure

speed up social development,


Grant, currently under construc-

create employment, promote eq-

“According to the existing plans

“We expect 38 bulk and 39 re-

tion, and seven implemented

uitable distribution of resources,

and programme, several plants

from the Regional Bulk Infrastruc-

and reduce the levels of poverty

will be constructed under these

ture Grant to be completed

in our province.”

SEZ projects creating over 21 000

soon,” she said.

He said mining is the biggest

jobs,” he said.

The province has also completed a series of much-needed

contributor towards the provincial economy at 24.5 percent of the


projects in an effort to fast-track

provincial GDP. Jobs in this sector

The Mpumalanga Provincial

the delivery of basic services,

have increased from 71 000 in

Government will prioritise the

including the rehabilitation of

2013 to 103 000 in 2017/18. With

provision of basic services in the

water infrastructure in 30 villages

the new mining projects in the

2019/20 financial year, as it ac-

in Bushbuckridge.

pipeline, these figures are expect-

celerates efforts to improve the

ed to increase by a further 3 000.

lives of its citizens.

Limpopo has 147 mining pro-

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni said

Premier Mtshweni expressed concern at the province’s rate of youth unemployment, which currently stands at 43.5 percent.

jects that are operational and the

her government has taken a

Premier envisages a further eight

conscious decision that the provi-

new projects in the Capricorn

sion of water, sanitation, electricity

and collaborative partnership

and Sekhukhune districts.

and roads take precedence over

with the social sector and the

other priorities.

private sector to craft a strategy

“These projects are expected to attract investments worth

The province has, over the years,

“This calls for a more innovative

that will be more responsive to

R2.5 billion and create around

made significant inroads in pro-

skills development, unemploy-

3 000 jobs,” he said.

viding the services.

ment and economic growth,”

“We are also excited about

“Today, over 85 percent of

she said. “Despite the current unemploy-

the new investments in the Ivan-

households in our province

hoe Mine in Mokopane. The cur-

have access to water, leaving us

ment challenges, it is imperative

rent investment in this mine is

with a backlog of just under 15

to note that we recorded a net

R4.5 billion. We are looking for-

percent. We have successfully

job creation of 107 350 between

ward to the mine going into full

implemented 23 high-impact bulk

2014 and 2018. This is an aver-


Public Sector Manager • April 2019

age of 26 837 jobs per annum,

manufacturing company BAIC,

provided to cooperatives and

achieving almost 40 percent

Goodyear South Africa, Yekani

SMMEs. Our progressive govern-

of the provincial job creation

Manufacturing, Mercedes Benz,

ment policy of a 30-day pay-

target,” the Premier added.

Volkswagen and South African

ment period has also been

Breweries,” the Premier said.

welcomed by the business com-

Eastern Cape

He added that various road

munity,” the Premier added.

The Eastern Cape economy has

network improvement projects

Premier Masualle conceded

made a positive contribution

also contributed towards creat-

that the province still has a lot

towards creating employment

ing jobs and benefitting small,

of work to do to monitor and

and improving lives. This is ac-

medium and micro enterprises

ensure that it is effective and

cording to Eastern Cape Premier

(SMMEs) in the province.

achieves its intended objectives

Phumulo Masualle. The Premier said the province’s

Premier Masualle said the province was also able to create

employment drive was boosted

jobs in the energy and tourism

by its two IDZs and the Eastern


Cape Development Corporation.

“In recognition of the crucial

of promoting business functionality and sustainability. “Augmenting all of the above efforts for job creation is the EPWP, through which we created

role of SMMEs in growing the

more than 430 000 temporal

ed investments of over

economy, through the Eastern

work opportunities, benefiting 61

R30 billion, creating over 29 000

Cape Development Corporation,

percent women, seven percent

jobs during the 2018/19 finan-

we have provided financial sup-

youth and one percent people

cial year.

port to the tune of

with a disability,” he said.

Combined, the entities attract-

“These investments clearly

R578.2 million. Furthermore,

The Premier added that since

demonstrate confidence in our

through the Jobs Stimulus Fund,

2014 the province has prioritised

economy. They include FDI from

we disbursed R26.3 million, thus

agriculture, which is regarded

a range of companies, includ-

saving 2 632 jobs,” he said.

as a significant economic game

ing the Chinese motor vehicle

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

“Non-financial support was




THABO MANYONI Chairperson of the Board and Chairperson of Governance and Social Ethics Committee

MBALI MYENI Deputy Chairperson

JANE THUPANA Board Member and Chairperson of Boundaries, Powers and Functions Committee

DR DAVID MOHALE Board Member and Chairperson of Knowledge Management and ICT Committee


GRETA APELGREN-NARKEDIEN Board Member and Chairperson of Human Capital Committee

MMATSIE MOOKI Board Member and Chairperson of Public Participation Committee




The new Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) was appointed on 1 March 2019. In light of its challenging past, the new Board is unequivocally inheriting a system that seeks to enhance and sustain local government delivery. In pursuance to deliver diligently on their governance and constitutional roles efficiently and effectively, the members attended an induction programme where insightful topics on corporate governance, finances, the process of boundary determination, ward delimitation and capacity assessments were comprehensively unpacked. Despite financial constraints, the Board remains committed to take the institution to greater heights through robust stakeholder engagement to ensure that the stakeholders fully understand its mandate and the processes involved. The MDB has on various occasions been at the receiving end of public onslaught. “We are often condemned on grounds of perceived inadequate public and stakeholder consultation. The Board will never change municipal and ward boundaries without engaging the affected communities first. We plead with the communities and encourage them to work with us and learn about the processes and timelines involved. This is a collective effort, we are duty-bound to serve our communities and are open to their suggestions to refine our work going forward’’, said Thabo Manyoni, Chairperson of the Board.



STEP 5: A final decision is then published in a Provincial

The MDB is an independent authority that derives its


mandate from the Municipal Demarcation Act (MDA), 1998, and Municipal Structures Act (MSA), 1998. The MDB’s role is to: • Determine and re-determine municipal boundaries • Delimit ward boundaries • Conduct municipal capacity assessments • Provide advisory services on related local government matters.

Gazette (Section 21(5)).

Wards are delimited every five years preceding the Local Government Elections (LGE). The next LGE will take place in 2021. Robust stakeholder awareness engagement will be the key strategic factor to ensure that the communities are aware and involved in the process. STEP 1: IEC provides the national voters roll STEP 2: C OGTA Minister determines the formula to determine the number of councillors


STEP 3: M ECs use the formula to determine the

When a proposal for a municipal boundary change is

STEP 4: B ased on the number of councillors,

number of councillors

received by the MDB either from the Minister, MEC or

the MDB determines the number of wards

on own initiative (Section 22 of the MDA), the following

e.g. 10 councilors = 5 wards, and delimit wards.

steps are taken:

Any aggrieved person can object in writing

STEP 1: T he MDB may decide to publish its intention to

within 14 days of publication

consider such a proposal in newspapers inviting members of the public to submit their views and representations in writing (Section 26) not less

STEP 5: M DB submits ward boundaries to IEC for Local Government Elections.

than 21 days of the publication. STEP 2: A fter the expiry of the submissions period,


the Board considers the submissions and

Address: Eco Origins Office Park Block C1,

decides either to not change the boundary

349 Witch Hazel Street, Highveld, 0157

or change the boundary or conduct public

Postal Address:

meetings and formal investigations. In

Private Bag X123, Centurion, 0046

an instance where the Board conducts

Telephone: 012 342 2481

investigations and public meetings, the

Fax: 012 342 2480

Board will consider results thereof and


decide whether to change the boundary as proposed or not (Section 27, 28, 29). STEP 3: If the Board decides to change the boundary, it publishes its decision in the Provincial Gazette, inviting anyone aggrieved by a decision of the Board to submit objections (Section 21), within a period of 30 days. STEP 4: After the end of the objections period, the Board considers all the objections and decides to either withdraw, vary or confirm its decision as published.

Web: SOCIAL MEDIA: Municipal Demarcation Board @MunicipalBoard


Photographer: Siyabulela Duda

President Cyril Ramaphosa being received by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at t he Sout h Africa-Zimbabwe Binational Commission.

SA reiterates support for new Zimbabwe


resident Cyril Ramaphosa

of 45 bilateral agreements

has reaffirmed South Af-

during the BNC.

rica’s commitment to work

In his address, President

He saluted the new administration for its efforts, through the Programme of Action, to take

with Zimbabwe in addressing the

Ramaphosa said he was en-

Zimbabwe out of its current

socio-economic challenges expe-

couraged that the two countries

difficulties and make it a viable

rienced by the two neighbouring

are both committed to adhering

partner for South Africa, the


to the BNC agreement signed in

region and other development

President Ramaphosa made

April 2015, which stipulates that


the commitment in his opening

the two countries should meet

remarks of the South Africa-


Zimbabwe Binational Commis-

“Although our BNC is only just

“In support of your commendable efforts, in February of this year at the World Economic

sion (BNC) in Harare, Zimbabwe,

over three years old, our relations

Forum, South Africa made a call


date back several decades.

to the international community to

Through steadfast servicing

assist Zimbabwe and lift sanc-

try for the third session of the

of this BNC, our two countries

tions. We are pleased that the

BNC with his counterpart, Presi-

will be able to consolidate the

European Union heeded the call

dent Emmerson Mnangagwa.

bilateral cooperation existing

and in February 2019 decided

between our countries and to

to lift sanctions on the current

strengthen mutual cooperation

explore other areas of coopera-

members of your administration,”

and deepen the implementation

tion,” the President said.

he noted.

The President was in the coun-

The visit forms part of efforts to


Public Sector Manager • April 2019

President Ramaphosa said this

“The two sides emphasised

is the first of many steps needed

the importance of expanding

to support Zimbabwe’s recovery.

trade and investment to drive the

“South Africa stands ready to

tee from the Zimbabwe Government,” it added. Zimbabwe also expressed its

strategic engagement forward.

appreciation to the South African

render support to Zimbabwe

In this regard, the Heads of State

Government for it calling for the

within our means in your quest for

directed their Finance and Trade

removal of sanctions which are

economic renewal. It is our wish

Ministers to work together to

stifling the country’s economic

that, using the BNC mechanism,

achieve these goals,” said the

recovery programme.

we should at our level strive to


provide the strategic impetus to

Zimbabwe also highlighted the

“The two leaders unequivocally called for the removal of

drive the bilateral relations to a

key initiatives taken by govern-

sanctions on Zimbabwe whose

significantly higher level.”

ment to improve the ease of

adverse effects have been far-

doing business in the country

reaching across the political and

at the conclusion of the com-

and further informed on the

socio-economic spectrums,” said

mission, it was noted that the

country’s efforts to simplify and

the communique.

discussions between the two

rationalise investment rules with

Heads of State related to further

the view to attract foreign direct

sa and Mnangagwa emphasised

strengthening and deepening


the importance of enhancing

In a joint communique issued

bonds of friendship and coop-

“The relevant Ministries agreed

In addition, Presidents Ramapho-

strategic bilateral engagements,

eration between Zimbabwe and

to consider options for expand-

particularly in defence and secu-

South Africa.

ing the standing facility arrange-

rity cooperation, to accomplish

ment between the respective

the common interests of the two

Mnangagwa noted the close and

central banks. Other financing

countries and their people.

friendly bilateral ties between the

options beyond this are also

two countries, that were deeply

being explored (for example a

comed the positive outcomes of

rooted in shared history, sustained

facility from South African private

the third BNC and directed Minis-

and nourished through growing

banks to the Zimbabwe private

ters and officials to implement

economic partnership, multifacet-

sector and guaranteed by the

the decisions taken to further

ed cooperation as well as vibrant

South African Government, with

cement the strategic bilateral

people-to-people contacts.

an appropriate counter-guaran-


Presidents Ramaphosa and

The two Heads of State wel-

Sout h Africa and Zimbabwe conduct t heir bilateral relations t hrough a structured BNC.

Public Sector Manager • April 2019



Working towards a cleaner, greener SA T

he right to live in an environment that is not harmful to our health and well-being lies with

all of us. We all have the responsibility to ensure our environment is clean, green and sustainable for current and future generations. One of the simplest ways to do this is by not littering or dumping. Too often we are guilty of assuming others will clean up our mess or others will act to bring about change. At times we excuse our irresponsible acts with the justification that dropping a piece of

air, streams, rivers and oceans

practices; it emphasises the need

paper or plastic does not really

have hit alarming rates.

to change behaviour on waste

contribute to increased levels of waste. Instead of putting litter into

The problem of waste and litter-

and littering, and calls on every-

ing knows no boundaries, and

one to adopt a recycling culture.

is prevalent across the nation.

The ultimate aim of the Good

waste bins, we toss it out onto the

The pile-up of waste in our cities,

Green Deeds Programme is to

streets. Instead of managing our

urban spaces and in rural areas

have a South Africa that is free of

waste, we dump it wherever we

has added to the littering prob-

litter and illegal dumping.

find an open space. These actions


This is a nationwide environmental programme that proposes a

on their own might not seem all bined with that of thousands of

Working together for change

others the scope of the problem

It is on this basis that government

ties and our nation to bring about

comes into startling view.

launched the Good Green Deeds

an environmentally sustainable

Programme to mobilise every


that devastating, but when com-

It is an undisputable fact that

simple but bold blueprint for individuals, organisations, communi-

waste generation has increased

citizen and social partners to act

with population growth. Illegal

together to bring about change. It

lies the understanding that

dumping and the pollution of our

aims to promote sustainable living

change starts with one small


At the centre of this campaign

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

action and that one small action

easy disposal. Alternatively, you

and economic growth. There is

can be the catalyst to inspire

could drop these off at a recy-

ample opportunity as our coun-

global change.

cling bin or facility or simply leave

try produces 56 million tonnes of

them with your rubbish bin for

waste annually. An average of

waste collectors.

2kg a day in every household.

Therefore, we should all be asking what we can do as individuals and as collective partners to

But it cannot stop simply at

Only a quarter of this waste

advance sustainability goals.

recycling, we need to be more

is recycled and 15 percent is

Every day each household

cognisant of the products we

incinerated. The majority of waste

discards a large amount of waste.

buy, and where possible only buy

remains unaccounted for and

Often this is simply thrown in the

products that can be reused or

ends up in the veld, in our gar-

bin without a second thought as


dens and storm water drains.

many people are not aware of

South Africa’s waste economy is

Even waste that ends up in

the need to recycle. Recycling is

estimated to be worth a minimum

landfills is steadily becoming

best described by making use of

of R15 billion and could become

a problem. The Johannesburg

the 4Rs – these are reduce, reuse,

a major source of new employ-

landfill is predicted to be full in

recycle and repurpose.

ment. Its growth has the potential

the next five years while Cape

to boost our gross domestic prod-

Town’s landfill will reach capacity

uct by 0.5 per cent.

in 10 years.

Most of us can easily begin to reduce by adopting a few simple behaviour changes. For instance,

By introducing more people to

These alarming figures are am-

consider using less plastic bags

the different ways of recycling

ple proof that our current trajec-

or alternatively carry your own

we can begin to create jobs and

tory is unsustainable. By commit-

reusable bag.

new opportunities. There is room

ting to recycling we will be able

for entrepreneurs to enter this

to divert waste away from these

usually thrown away can also be

space and often getting started

strained landfills. Diverting waste

reused or repurposed with just a

does not even require capital.

away from landfills also provides

Many household items that are

little bit of thought. The final and

Moreover, the waste sector is an

considerable social, economic

most important link in the chain is

important contributor to job crea-

and environmental opportunities


tion. It formally employs nearly

for our country.

30 000 people and more than

Our actions today are essential

Buying smart

60 000 waste pickers in the infor-

in determining our tomorrow. As

It is a well-known fact that many

mal economy with the potential

public servants it is important

products can be recycled more

to grow as more waste is recy-

that we lead the recycling revolu-

than once. For instance, plastic


tion, both at our places of work and at our homes.

can be recycled once or twice, several times. With just a little bit of

Potential for economic growth

should not wait for tomorrow.

effort anyone can recycle, and we

Recycling is one of the most ef-

Every public servant must start

can all get involved. This can be

fective methods of cleaning up

living the Good Green Deeds life-

as simple as taking the trouble to

our environment, and its holds tre-

style today and also encourage

sort plastic, glass and paper for

mendous potential for both jobs

others to do the same.

and paper can be recycled

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

Time is not on our side; we



the small enterprise development agency (SEDA), called the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubation (CFERI) – in line with the National Development Plan (NDP). The centre is aimed at developing, enticing and instilling the entrepreneurial acumen in the students and, most importantly, assist students and society

Vhembe TVET College is one of the 50 public Technical

in creating enterprises that will greatly aid in the

and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges

alleviation of the socio-economic challenges that

located in the northern part of Limpopo. Its geo-

plague our society. The CFERI establishment is equipped

location is predominantly rural with a reputation of

with an innovation space, the maker space (for

an academically inclined society. The district where

additive manufacturing) and the technical centre with

the college is located has a population of 1.3 million

all the latest machines.

and just over 370 secondary schools. At one stage, the college was the biggest in the country in terms of student enrolments, comprising 43 000 students. Due to infrastructure constraints and limited funding, the college had to cut down the enrolment figures in proportion to the funding.

The establishment of the CFERI almost coincided with parliament’s announcement regarding special economic zones (SEZs). In preparation of this economic boom, the college has organised and hosted the curriculum conference in collaboration with all the public TVET colleges in Limpopo, the University of

Established in 1963, the college was trade-specific,

Venda and the Department of Higher Education

focusing primarily on vocational engineering courses.

and Training (DHET). The conference was aimed at

It grew through a merger process with a business

ensuring that as institutions of higher learning, we

college in 2003 to form what was then called a Further

deliver a comprehensive and responsive curriculum

Education and Training (FET) college. The college has

that ultimately produces skills that will be used in the

since grown into six campuses with the seventh campus

establishment and operation of the SEZs.

to open in Musina.

The college continues to introduce programmes and

Vhembe TVET College is affectionately known as an

initiatives to enhance teaching and learning. This

engineering college, attributed to a considerable number

is being achieved through collaborations with TVET

of artisans who have graduated from the college and

colleges in London. The college has also recently

are significantly contributing to the local economy in

forged a relationship with Stellenbosch University where

many ways. Vhembe TVET College is one of the few

we will partner with a Dutch organisation called Nuffic.

public women-led TVET colleges in the country. Under

This partnership is aimed at enhancing our agricultural

her leadership, the Vhembe TVET College managed to

offering through the commercialisation of some of the

establish a landmark initiative through a partnership with

plants that grow locally.

INAUGURAL LIMPOPO CURRICULUM CONFERENCE LAUNCHED AT VHEMBE TVET COLLEGE Vhembe TVET College was awarded the opportunity to launch the first curriculum conference for all higher education training institutions in Limpopo. The conference was graced by all seven Limpopo TVET colleges, universities, the University of Technology and the Limpopo Community College. The event had an impressive turnout, which ensured in-depth discussions about problems that affect institutions of higher education and training.

Delegates attending the first curriculum conference for higher education and training institutions in Limpopo.


Minister Naledi Pandor at the launch of the clinic for students at the Makwarela Campus.


The aim of the conference was to foster a collaboration

The Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi

of all higher education stakeholders and industry

Pandor opened a newly built clinic at the Vhembe TVET

leaders to examine the current curriculum offerings. The

College’s Makwarela Campus. The clinic is an addition

collaboration was tasked with advising on how there

to the 18 similar campus-based facilities launched in 2018

can be a creation of a curriculum that can advance

as a result of a partnership between the Higher Education

the current skills set that is aligned with rapid industry

and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) and the

standards. The Musina Makhado SEZ was the centre of

Limpopo Department of Health. Three of the clinics are

the discussion, as the institutions must ensure that they

operating at Vhembe TVET’s other campuses (Tshisimani,

can produce graduates with the right skills. It is critical

Mavhoi and Mashamba). Their sites were selected in order

also to note the role that various Sector Education and

to benefit areas with limited access to other

Training Authorities (SETAs) play in skills development.

healthcare services.

SETAs have assisted the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) by providing students with bursaries, internships, funding for rural development projects and the promotion of small businesses.

The clinic will provide the following services to students: testing and screening for HIV, STIs, TB, blood-glucose and blood pressure measuring, as well as family planning.

CONTACT DETAILS Central Office: Site 203, Unit A, Sibasa, Limpopo, 0970 Tel: (015) 963 7000 Fax: (015) 963 3150/4 Email:


Site 203, Unit A, Sibasa, Limpopo

Writer: Siya Miti


Do Good Green Deeds for a better SA President Ramaphosa called for a change in behaviour in a bid to clean up the environment, saying that a clean environment would help boost tourism and ultimately the economy. “We have one of the most magnificent countries in the world, with a beautiful coastline, and on land, an abundance of plant and animal life, some of which are found nowhere else on earth. This is what draws millions of tourists to our country every year.” The President said littering by individuals and industries amounted to being “at war with our planet” and called on all to manage the environment better. He added this President Cyril Ramaphosa on a clean-up campaign at t he Highway Taxi rank in Mdantsane ahead of t he of f icial launc h of t he Good Green Deeds programme.

recklessness with the environment affects everyone and has negative consequences for the economy, the environment and the health


and safety of communities he Good Green Deeds cam-

MECs, national Ministers and Buf-

paign is set to mobilise South

falo City Metro council members

the pollution of our air, our streams,

Africans to become conscious

cleaned up the popular eBuhlanti

our rivers and our oceans have

Beach and estuary.

had negative effects on our health,

of their impact on the environment. Launched by President Cyril

Similar initiatives took place

“Littering, illegal dumping and

our quality of life and on the very

Ramaphosa in Mdantsane recent-

across the country, from Galesh-

appearance of our country,” said

ly, the campaign started off with

ewe to Mahikeng, Umsunduzi to La-

President Ramaphosa.

the President picking up rubbish

dybrand, Polokwane to Sharpeville

at a taxi rank while Eastern Cape

and Manenberg to Mamelodi.


“Instead of putting litter into waste bins, we toss it out onto the

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

streets. Instead of managing our

conception and it is really in her

cent to industrial areas where, in

waste, we dump it in places it is

honour that we see its realisation.

the absence of laws to protect

not supposed to be. Instead of

The late Minister was also a pas-

their rights, industries were free to

flushing dirty water into a sewer-

sionate climate change ambas-

pollute at will, resulting in devas-

age system where it can be treat-

sador. She worked very hard to

tating consequences for human

ed, we throw it into our rivers and

raise awareness not just locally but


streams, and even into the sea.”

internationally as well. “In your neighbourhood, school

Safety of people and wildlife

He added that the democratic government has been turning the

or municipality, you must be the

tide and introducing new envi-

agent of change we want and

ronmental rights and laws. Cur-

He called on everyone to be

need. We hope the Good Green

rently, the number of South African

conscious of their impact on the

Deeds campaign will be em-

households with access to waste

environment, as well as the safety

braced with vigour and enthusi-

services is close to 80 percent,

of others and wildlife.

asm in all municipalities around

compared to 55 percent in 2001.

“When we throw glass bottles

South Africa.”

Households that have refuse

Environmental Affairs Minister

removal at least once a week grew

same road unsafe for pedestrians,

Nomvula Mokonyane said the

from 56 percent in 2002 to approxi-

for cyclists and for other road us-

taxi industry would be roped in to

mately 66 percent in 2017 and “is

ers. When, as municipalities, we let

participate in the campaign.

on the rise”.

out of a car window it makes that

mounds of trash build up in illegal

“The increase is a step in the

illegally dump hazardous waste

Rapid urbanisation a waste management challenge

and don’t properly dispose of

President Ramaphosa said waste-

government to provide services to

water used in industrial processes,

management challenges mu-

our people.”

surrounding communities are

nicipalities face include the rapid

badly affected. All this makes our

rate of migration into cities and

planet sick, and it makes us sick. It

population growth.

landfills and dumpsites, it attracts pests and disease. When industries

makes our children sick. It is time

“This leads to more waste being

right direction; yet we know we can still do more. We must do more to build the capacity of local

Municipalities playing their part The President said that govern-

generated despite diminishing

ment would encourage munici-

space for landfills. Recycling rates

palities through initiatives like

green deed a day, President

remain extremely low. We are also

the Greenest Municipality

Ramaphosa said the Good

dealing with the effects of a bitter


Green Deeds campaign was the

legacy. Because of forced remov-

brainchild of the late Minister of

als and land dispossession, our

nesburg’s “A Re Sebetseng” (let us

Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna

people were squashed into areas

work) initiative, a mayoral clean-

Molewa, whom he described as a

that weren’t fit for human settle-

up initiative in the Rustenburg

true champion of the environment

ment at all.

Local Municipality, and com-

for change.” Calling on all to do one good

and the campaign. “She was active in driving its

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

“Many of our communities were forcibly relocated to areas adja-

“Examples are the City of Johan-

munity clean-ups in the City of Umhlathuze. There is also



impressive work under way right here in Buffalo City. The Adopt-

dent Ramaphosa. The Swedish Government,

President Ramaphosa said, was significant because women – espe-

a-Spot Project focuses on street

through its development agency

cially in developing countries – are

sweeping, gutter clearing, clear-

SIDA, has committed R8 million

most affected by climate change.

ing illegal dumps, awareness

towards the project.

campaigns, the erection of ‘No

“In many parts of the world, it is

“Better waste management

women who till the lands and the

Dumping Signs’ and the planting

practices also enable us as a

crops, and who walk long miles in

of vegetables.”

country to address climate change

search for water and firewood to

because landfills are a source of

sustain their families. Because of

also focusing on supporting the

emissions of gases that contribute

this, it is women who most feel the

recycling economy by upgrading

towards global warming.”

effects of a degraded environment

The Buffalo City Municipality is

buy-back centres, leading wasteseparation-at-source initiatives and street cleaning.

when these sources of sustenance

Clean environment is a constitutional right

disappear. “While the future of our planet

The President added that the right

lies in the hands of us all, I want to

built and refuse removal services in

to a clean environment is con-

make a call for youth in particular

rural areas will be extended. Also,

tained in South Africa’s Bill of Rights.

to be the champions of this cam-

“More buy-back centres will be

right here in Buffalo City, we are

“Our Constitution is clear that the

paign.” He urged the youth to be at

piloting a project for the environ-

environment should be conserved

mentally sound management of

and protected not just for current

the forefront of raising awareness

hazardous waste in partnership

but future generations as well.”

about protecting the environment.

with the Swedish Government.

He said it is for “those yet to

Under this partnership, we plan

come” that we are embarking

forefront of clean-up campaigns;

to develop a general household

upon a new era of consciousness.

and to gain exposure to municipal

waste management model that

The Good Green Deeds cam-

“We want you to be at the

environmental management func-

will inform waste service provision

paign was launched on Inter-

tions as a source of attaining work

in informal settlements,” said Presi-

national Women’s Day which,

experience. Let us all take ownership of this country that is South Africa, and of this planet that is our only home.” The President called on citizens to commit to each doing one Good Green Deed a day, “for the sake of ourselves, for the sake of others, and for the sake of our country. A clean environment is feasible and is necessary and, ultimately, will become an important source of national pride”.


Public Sector Manager • April 2019


Writer: Siya Miti

Phumeza and Thozamile Ceshemba give President Cyril Ramaphosa a tour of t heir recycling business, Afriwaste.

Waste sector is a gem – President Ramaphosa T

he South African economy

The President highlighted that

is on the cusp of unlocking

waste is a multi-billion rand indus-

at R426 billion, is another growth

the potential of a largely un-

try waiting to be tapped into.

area. OPCW has a number of de-

The chemicals industry, valued

exploited sector with the launch of

He said the National Waste

tailed action plans that need to

Operation Phakisa Chemicals and

Management Strategy aims to

deliver results by 2023,” he said.

Waste (OPCW) Economy.

increase the contribution of the

The OPCW action plans include

Speaking at the launch of

waste sector to the green econ-

increasing the total contribu-

OPCW recently, President Cyril

omy, in line with the objectives of

tion of the waste economy from

Ramaphosa said the country was

the National Development Plan.

R24.3 billion to R35.8 billion and

poised to create thousands of

“This is a sector that has the

businesses, which in turn would

potential to create 69 000 new

and indirect jobs, said President

create hundreds of thousands of

jobs and empower more small,


jobs directly and through waste

medium and micro-sized enter-

management spin-offs.

prises (SMMEs) and cooperatives.


creating 127 000 new direct

OPCW will support mostly youth and women-driven SMMEs.

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

projects coming to life. The plan

Private sector on board

heartening that local government

is to provide support to 4 300

President Ramaphosa said the

has embraced the initiative and

SMMEs, with 70 percent targeted

support of the private sector

has come up with a strategy for

at youth and at least 30 percent

would further cement the success

waste management.

targeted at women,” said the

of Operation Phakisa initiatives


and the Good Green Deeds

they are prepared to make it


work. We want more local govern-

“Today we are seeing Phakisa

He added that the current

President Ramaphosa said it is

“The BCM strategy shows that

He applauded partners and

ments to do that. When you come

municipalities is not sustainable

private sector companies such

up with a strategy, the private sec-

in the long run and that waste

as Coca-Cola and Samsung for

tor will come in and support you

should instead be recycled as far

coming on board.

because they see that you are

landfills system used in local

as possible. “Ultimately, we want to see more

Global electronics giant Samsung pledged R27 million towards

serious,” said Ramaphosa. “South African Breweries has

than 20 million tons of waste

e-waste management initiatives

also made a commitment to the

diverted from landfills. We know

while an investment of R227 mil-

tune of R3 million to support BCM

corporate citizens have been

lion over the next three years was

in waste management. We have

busy in labs for a long time and it

pledged by Coca-Cola Bever-

a number of other companies

has come alive through all these

ages South Africa and Coca-Cola

that have already made pledges

projects we’ve been detailing

Peninsula Beverages, to stimulate

to work with us in Gauteng and

today. This means indeed we are

recycling industries.


about to take off.”

“We are thankful for the pledges

According to Environmental

from the business sector. The

Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokon-

is a lot of scope for growth in the

R227 million pledged by Coca-

yane, a team from Swedish

waste industry, describing the

Cola will go towards stimulating

organisation SIDA committed

sector as a gem waiting to be

recycling industries and acceler-

R8 million to address household


ating formal community recycling

hazardous waste challenges.

President Ramaphosa said there

“When you talk about 140 million tons of waste, 25 percent of

projects.” He said a further R13.7 million

President Ramaphosa said cumulatively, the private sector

which is utilised and processed,

will be invested in the Eastern

and international partners have

it means we are sitting on a dia-

Cape, where recycling cam-

committed R1.4 billion towards

mond mine because along the

paigns have started in Buffalo

waste management initiatives in

way there are wonderful gems

City, and the other targeted big-

Buffalo City.

that can lead to the creation of

ger townships and towns in the

companies. SMMEs can be creat-


In his State of the Nation Address, the President said setting

According to Buffalo City Metro

up incubation centres was impor-

create an important sector that

(BCM) Mayor Xola Phakati, OPCW

tant to support emerging SMMEs.

can contribute enormously to the

is one of the biggest sustainable

GDP of our country,” he said.

projects launched in the metro.

ed in their thousands and we can

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“Now I’m even more convinced that we should have these



incubation centres and they

have arrived at this historic day

should focus on assisting those

in the life of our country. What we

begin looking at waste from an

SMMEs that are going to be cre-

are about to do here is launch a

economic perspective. “We would

ated in the waste management

massive campaign which I think

like to spread the message to all

sector,” he said, explaining that

should be all-consuming and go-

our citizens that when we look at

the waste sector offers a multiplic-

ing on around the country.”

a piece of paper on the ground,

ity of benefits and initiatives.

Inspiration from Africa and beyond “As we travel around the world to

He said citizens should become

He urged South Africans to

we should look at it as some-

more conscious of their impact

thing that can contribute to job

on the environment and take

creation and the success of our

measures to clean up the planet.


“We should look after our planet

places like Sweden, we are often

because climate change is

envious of how clean the cities

something that all of us as South

Waste recycling business creating jobs

are. One of the cleanest cities is

Africans must begin to deal with

Phumeza Ceshemba’s business is

Kigali, right here on our own con-

and to embrace much more

an example of the opportunities

tinent in Rwanda. They have em-

seriously. We must ensure that our

in the waste sector.

barked on this incredible journey

planet becomes cleaner, safer

of cleaning up their environment,

and more sustainable so that we

Fort Jackson on the outskirts of

led by President Paul Kagame.

can leave a country and a world

Mdantsane has helped Ceshem-

that we can bequeath to our

ba and dozens of other families

month where they all go out and

children and our great-grandchil-

make a living.

clean their environment. Now we


“They nominate a day in the


Her waste recycling business in

Ceshemba learnt about the

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waste recycling business from her

here are benefiting. However,

into the waste recycling busi-

mother and is driven by a pas-

there’s more out there. We’ve

ness when she was inspired by

sion to protect the environment

got over 100 beneficiaries. We

her mother’s drive to recycle.

from harmful toxins.

collect from the cooperatives

She started Afriwaste in 2017

“The initiative was inspired by

and waste pickers. They are

my mother, who was also into

and co-owns it with her hus-

also beneficiaries of this waste

recycling when I was growing

band Thozamile. The plastic

management initiative. We col-

up. She used to collect plastics

pelletisation plant is a beacon

lect from landfills as well and

and make drums out of that

for the Eastern Cape’s recycling

what is so impactful about our

waste,” she said, adding that

initiatives and currently has 17

business is the fact that we take

funding from the government

employees while dozens of other

even the dirtiest plastic since

made her dreams a reality.

families benefit through spin-offs.

we are the only company in

Afriwaste has been lauded as a beacon of success for not only the black industrialist

Ceshemba said it is important

the Eastern Cape that washes

to create environmentally con-


scious businesses to protect the

“We manufacture what we

environment. “Plastic toxins can seep into

programme, but also Operation

call pellets which are used in


recycled furniture, toys and

groundwater, which people

plastic bags. We sell to busi-

drink every day. On land,

nesses that are higher up in the

wind can carry plastic waste

value chain. We anticipate that

throughout the environment.

President Ramaphosa, Minister

one day we will have our own

The processing of waste plastic

Mokonyane, Cooperative Gov-

(end) products,” she said.

has a significant impact on the

Chemicals and Waste initiative

ernance and Traditional Affairs

Ceshemba said she first got

environment,” she said.

Minister Zweli Mkhize, Premier Phumulo Masualle and various government leaders visited the plant recently. Ceshemba said Afriwaste collects and sorts waste plastics, including carry bags and plastic, bottles. They are washed and turned into pellets, which are raw plastic that can be further processed and turned into other plastic products. Her business has a ripple effect on various SMMEs as well as their employees. “We’ve got a workers’ trust and 17 people employed

Public Sector Manager • April 2019


A study of the hake deep-sea trawl fishery conducted by independent economic consultants, Genesis Analytics, has revealed for the first time the massive economic contribution made by the fishery:

> 66% black-owned – Empowerdex R 6.7 bn / year

R bn / year total wage bill

R1.5 bn

R bn total investments

total economic contribution

domestic sales


R bn export sales

R 4.5 bn / year

7 300 employees

1.89 6.6


R million / year total spend with SMEs (of which 57% is with >50% black-owned SMEs)

The hake deep-sea trawl fishery is an industrial-scale fishery. It does not overlap with small-scale fisheries, nor does it compete for resources with small-scale fishers - the fishery targets hake in deep, offshore waters that are inaccessible to small boats. SADSTIA’s vision is a hake deep-sea trawl fishery that is sustainable, internationally competitive and delivering a full range of benefits to the people of South Africa for generations to come.

A transformed industry making a vital contribution to the ocean economy The hake deep-sea trawl industry adds substantial value to the Cape hake resource, with more than 50% of the catch being beneficiated in South Africa. Value-adding generates local economic benefits including on-shore investment, employment and supplier spend. Owing to a long-standing partnership between the South African Deep-Sea Trawling Industry Association, the University of Cape Town and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF), the trawl fishery for hake is sustainable and generates extensive benefits for the people of South Africa. SADSTIA, which represents the 33 rights holders in the hake deep-sea trawl fishery, is fully committed to supporting DAFF in the development of a policy framework for the Fishing Rights Allocation Process of 2020 (FRAP 2020).


South African Deep-Sea Trawling Industry Association


Writer: Dale Hes

Cyclone Idai – SA lends a hand During March, Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, wreaking a trail of destruction that has killed hundreds of people and left close to two million people destitute. In the wake of the tragedy, South Africa has stepped in to provide desperately needed assistance by saving lives, providing donations and creating a path to recovery.

or flooded, while around 128 000 affected people have had to find shelter in 154 sites.

South Africa responds immediately As with the similarly devastating floods in 2000, South Africa’s government responded immediately to the crisis faced by Mozambique – an impoverished country without sufficient resources to effectively manage the situation. President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the deployment of multi-departmental rescue teams for Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The teams consist of members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Department of Health. A total of 82 personnel, including SANDF members, healthcare workers and environmentalists, are providing disaster relief in Mozambique. Along with cargo planes carrying life-saving supplies, three helicopters were deployed to assist with search–and–rescue efforts for the thousands of people


stranded on islands and rooftops yclone Idai was the most

and heading westwards. By the end

surrounded by the raging flood

devastating cyclone to

of March, severe flooding and high

waters. In total, the SANDF and

strike Mozambique in

winds had claimed the lives of over

SAPS have rescued more than

modern history. After developing in

700 people, with officials expecting

400 people.

the Mozambique Channel, the cy-

to find more bodies as the flood wa-

“Using its air platforms, the

clone rapidly headed for land, strik-

ters begin to subside. Nearly 91 000

SANDF has been engaged in

ing the Beira region in mid-March

houses were destroyed, damaged

multilateral efforts to provide life-


Public Sector Manager • April 2019

saving and sustenance supplies to areas cut-off by the devastat-

the World Food Programme.

“It is inevitable that cases of

Government has committed

cholera and malaria will arise.

ing cyclone, which overran entire

R60 million to Mozambique from

In many areas we are already

villages, creating temporary lakes

the South African Renaisssance

fighting malaria cases. The

and islands in the process,” the

Fund, for rebuilding and agri-

government is already setting

SANDF said in a statement.

culture. A further R10 million has

up a cholera treatment centre to

been committed from the South

mitigate cholera. We should not

nesses and non-governmental or-

African Humanitarian Fund for im-

be frightened when cholera issues

ganisations (NGOs) also stepped

mediate relief.

arise,” said Mozambique’s Land

South African individuals, busi-

in to provide millions of rands

In addition, businessman Patrice

Minister Celso Correia.

worth of donations in food, medi-

Motsepe committed R30 mil-

cine and other supplies, which

lion from his companies, while a

139 survivors had already tested

were delivered to the country by

further R1 million was pledged by

positive for cholera, while health

International Relations and Coop-

media company Naspers.

workers, including members of

eration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. “South African companies have

Additional support has been

Lab tests have confirmed that

the South African relief team, are

provided by OXFAM, Vodacom

also dealing with 2 700 cases of

responded to the call. Some are

South Africa, Rivers of Living Wa-


on the ground in Beira, together

ters and members of the South

with the SANDF. The South Afri-

African diplomatic corps.

can Government would like to

World Health Organisation dispatched 900 000 doses of cholera

humanitarian organisations who

Battling the threat of disease

responded immediately after the

Apart from causing immediate

cyclone hit,” said Minister Sisulu.

loss of life and leaving hundreds

thank NGOs and United Nations

In response to the situation, the

vaccine to the affected areas.

of people still missing, the flooding

Assistance for Zimbabwe and Malawi

humanitarian relief efforts in part-

is already causing a rise in cases

Humanitarian SANDF teams have

nership with Gift of the Givers and

of cholera and malaria.

also been dispatched to Malawi

Government is implementing its

Public Sector Manager • April 2019



and Zimbabwe, where weather systems linked with the cyclone have claimed dozens more lives and left thousands homeless or stranded. In Malawi, the death toll from the floods stood at over 100, with a further 83 000 people displaced. “A team of 10 military health practitioners with search and rescue air assets were dispatched to Malawi. Front elements were also deployed to Mozambique to assess the situation with the view to assist on the ground for humanitarian purposes,” the SANDF said in

larger international community to

ing the flooding, with 245 members

a statement.

urgently step up their support for

presented with military honours.

A further R5 million has been

the crisis. The United Nations has

The most touching story from the

committed by the South African

also made an emergency appeal

disaster was that of Rosita Mabui-

Government for immediate hu-

for US$282 million for the next three

ango, whose mother gave birth to

manitarian aid in Malawi.

months, saying that some 1.8 mil-

her in a tree while stranded above

lion people in Mozambique need

swirling flood waters before the

urgent help after Cyclone Idai.

family was rescued by an SANDF

In Zimbabwe, where additional South African relief teams are working, the death toll from Cyclone


more people still missing. South

Comparison with floods of 2000

Chirindza had climbed a tree to

Africa has contributed R10 million

In early 2000, five weeks of heavy

escape the raging waters that

for immediate relief efforts, and a

rainfall caused catastrophic flood-

had submerged her family’s

further R50 million for rebuilding

ing that killed approximately 700


and construction.

people – the highest death toll

Idai has risen to 200, with dozens

Heavily pregnant Carolina

While holding onto the branches,

experienced in floods in Mozam-

Chirindza went into labour. Her

sies and diplomats to continue

bique for 50 years. The destruction

mother-in-law managed to deliver

to work with the three countries

left by Cyclone Idai is expected

the baby by catching it in a sa-

to assess the damage. We have

to surpass that of 2000, with the


received reports from our Missions

death toll forecasted to rise to over

Several minutes later, a military

and our teams on the ground who

1 000 as the full extent of the disas-

helicopter piloted by the SANDF’s

are working with authorities. What

ter is revealed.

Chris Berlyn arrived to winch the

“We have directed all our embas-

is urgent now is the provision of

South Africa also played a

newly-born child and her mother

humanitarian aid,” said Minister

crucial role in humanitarian relief

to safety, where medic Godfrey


efforts during the 2000 floods.

Nengovhela helped to cut the

The SANDF gained international

umbilical cord to secure the

respect for their brave actions dur-

baby’s survival.

The African Union has called on all its member states and the


Public Sector Manager • April 2019


Writer: Amukelani Chuake

Constitution's values

forever etched in stone

President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled inscriptions depicting t he values of t he Constitution on t he steps of Parliament.


resident Cyril Ramaphosa

oration of the centenary birthday

story resonate the world over

unveiled inscriptions of the

anniversaries of former President

– was honoured for his wisdom,

values of the Constitution at

Nelson Mandela and MP and

his unfailing humility, his abiding

Struggle stalwart Albertina Sisulu.

compassion and integrity.

Parliament on 19 March. Standing on the steps of the

During his State of the Na-

“The citizens of this country –

National Assembly and National

tion Address last year, President

and their representatives – who

Council of Provinces (NCOP)

Ramaphosa declared 2018 the

pass through these doors will be

buildings, he said the values “de-

year to commemorate these

reminded of the fundamental

fined the great national endeav-

national icons. While both were

principles upon which our

our of the last quarter century,

honoured for their relentless fight

society is founded.

inspiring our people, guiding our

for freedom and equality, MaSi-

“Each one of us will need to re-

actions and setting our destina-

sulu, as she was fondly known,

flect on whether our daily actions


was celebrated for her contribu-

advance or betray the cause of

The ceremony officially closed

tion towards gender emancipa-

freedom and democracy. Are

Parliament’s year-long commem-

tion. Madiba – whose face and

we contributing, each of us in


Public Sector Manager • April 2019

our own way, to forging a society

mental values of our democratic

co-operative governance, we

characterised by equality and

society, articulated in our Consti-

are reflecting on the social and

diversity, unity and reconciliation?

tution and celebrated every day

economic development of our

Are we building institutions that

in millions of different ways.

society and the well-being of its

promote openness and participa-

“These values have universal


tion, oversight and accountabil-

appeal. They are consistent

ity? Are we pursuing a national

with the Universal Declaration

as the right to healthcare, educa-

programme that advances re-

of Human Rights and find reso-

tion, shelter and social welfare,”

construction and development?

nance with the rest of progressive

he added.

“These are the principles for

“We are reflecting on rights such


and for which many lost their

only bind us together as a nation,

Madiba, MaSisulu’s values unmatched

lives,” he said.

but they bind us to the people of

The President said there are few

the world,” he said.

South Africans who have embod-

which many in our country fought

“These principles therefore not

Constitutional values have universal appeal

Of significance, the President

ied the values of the Constitution

said, was the fact that the princi-

with the consistency and integrity

ples were being inscribed on the

of Madiba and MaSisulu.

Accompanied by dignitaries that

steps of Parliament as the nation

He said the two icons were

included Rivonia trialist Dennis

celebrated 25 years of a free and

fearless champions of equality,

Goldberg, among others, the

democratic South Africa.

understanding that South Africa

President addressed guests be-

“We should use the opportu-

would never be free until the

fore unveiling a plaque ahead of

nity of this anniversary to deeply

rights, opportunities and material

cutting the ribbon and unveiling

reflect on whether we have given

conditions of its people would

the inscriptions.

effect to these principles. When

no longer be determined by their

we talk about freedom and


The steps were inscribed with several phases depicting the val-

democracy, equality and diver-

ues of the Constitution – Freedom

sity, unity and reconciliation, and

ways in which inequality was

and Democracy; Equality and

openness and participation, we


Diversity; Unity and Reconcilia-

are making reference in the main

tion; Openness and Participation;

to civil and political rights,” said

both the national liberation strug-

Oversight and Accountability;

President Ramaphosa.

gle and the women’s movement,

and Reconstruction and Development.

These include the right to life,

“They understood the other

“As an outstanding leader of

Mama Sisulu fought against the

equality before the law, freedom

triple oppression of black women.

of speech and the right to vote,

She fought not only against na-

that underwrite these inscrip-

among other civil and political

tional oppression but also class

tions are reflected in the Freedom


exploitation and gender inequal-

The President said the values

Charter, adopted in Kliptown in 1955. He said they were the funda-

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

“When we talk about oversight and accountability, reconstruction and development, and

ity. “These inscriptions give us confidence that – like Albertina



Sisulu – the women of this

advance and promote these

country will lead the Struggle


In addition, Parliament has passed budgets worth trillions of

“Despite our different political

rand that have shifted human

that patriarchy breeds – such as

persuasions, these values bind us

development – from increased

discrimination, the feminisation

together and give us our com-

life expectancy, improved access

of poverty and gender-based

mon identity as South Africans.

to education and tripling higher

and overcome the social ills


“Both Madiba and Mama Sisulu

education enrolments, to millions

held a deep respect for the will of

benefiting from housing, access

courage, fortitude and stoicism

the people, believing that democ-

to electricity, water and literacy

of Mama Albertina Sisulu will live

racy was not merely a mechani-


on among the women of this

cal process, but a dynamic and

country – young and old, black

vibrant engagement of people

on. A lot of introspection was

and white,” he said.

in all matters that affected their

done, she said, mentioning par-


liamentary inquiries into incidents

“Through these inscriptions, the

President Ramaphosa added that as public representatives,

“Parliament’s lows were reflected

of state capture, corruption and

up to these values and principles

Highs and lows of democracy

without deviation.

Ahead of the unveiling of the in-

cesses towards appointments

scriptions, the National Assembly

to state institutions such as the

dela opened the democratic

Speaker Beleka Mbete,said South

NYDA, the Public Protector and

Parliament on 24 May 1994, he

Africa’s democracy has gone

the SABC Board, to mention but a

laid the foundations of a new

through many highs and lows that

few,” Mbete said.

society that would be based on

have helped build the institution.

leaders are duty-bound to live

“When President Nelson Man-

the values and principles now inscribed here. “Thus to immortalise Nelson Mandela, Albertina Sisulu and many of their generation, we

Mbete said Parliament con-

serious maladministration. “Parliament held public pro-

She added that Parliament has sharpened its oversight, including

tinues to affirm the democratic

playing a key role in Section 100

values espoused by Madiba and


MaSisulu. She said Parliament has, over

The unveiling was attended by Ministers, MPs from various parties

have to etch these values on our

the years, made numerous

and members of the Mandela

collective conscience to push

defining decisions. These include

and Sisulu families. Dignitaries

the frontiers of human fulfilment

managing the smooth transi-

included ANC and DA chief whips

and of human freedoms,” he said.

tion from presidents Mandela to

Jackson Mthembu and John

Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe,

Steenhuisen, IFP leader Prince

fifth democratic Parliament, the

Jacob Zuma and now President

Mangosuthu Buthelezi, National

President also used the opportu-

Ramaphosa and the passing of

Assembly Speaker Mbete, NCOP

nity to thank all political parties

about 2 000 bills as part of build-

Thandi Modise and former

for having done everything within

ing a new nation from the ashes

Speaker to the National Assembly

the bounds of human ability to

of apartheid.

Max Sisulu, among others.

With the end of term of the


Public Sector Manager • April 2019


Writer: Dale Hes Photographer: Elmond Jiyane

It’s time to start the #ReadingRevolution Reading and literacy rates are important markers for the well–being of any society. In South Africa, the figures related to these indicators are concerning. Government is on a drive to improve these figures, kick–starting a nationwide network of reading initiatives that aim to turn South Africa into a literate nation.


eading for meaning is the

only 25 percent of adult South

the lowest literacy level among

cornerstone of a child’s

Africans actually read books.

the 50 countries surveyed. Urgent

basic education. Without

This means that many children

interventions are clearly needed

this basic foundation, there is lit-

grow up without the culture of

to address this dire situation,

tle scope for a child to learn, and

reading instilled in them.

which stems from a combination

subsequently little hope for them

The number of primary school

to gain employment beyond un-

learners who can read for mean-

skilled labour once they reach

ing is worrying low. Despite read-


ing being a core component of

of unequal schooling and a lack of reading culture at home.

the foundation phase curricu-

Importance of reading

literacy and reading rates are

lum, the Progress in International

Without exception, all countries

worrying. A 2016 study by the

Reading Literacy Study found

around the world recognise

South African Book Development

that as many as 78 percent of all

reading as a non-negotiable skill

Council found that 58 percent

Grade 4 learners in South Africa

for children to learn. Without the

of adults in South Africa live in

are illiterate. In the 2016 study,

ability to read their schoolwork

households with no books, while

South Africa was found to have

and improve communication

Statistics on South Africa’s


Public Sector Manager • April 2019

and language skills, children

they are of school-going age,

cannot be expected to succeed

even for just a few minutes per

in either their education or their

day, increases their exposure to

Read to Lead: what can schools do?

lives after school.

language, instils an early love of


Displays books in foyers,

The National Library of South

reading and makes the transi-

corridors, classrooms and

Africa identifies eight key points

tion to school books that much

principal’s office.

about the importance of


reading: • Fundamental to function in


Once children are in school,

Signs on display boards with quotes about reading.

teachers must make reading an utmost priority. They must know a


Notices of reading events.

• Develops the mind.

variety of ways to teach read-


Photographs of children,

• Aids in discovering new

ing, must be able to assess a

today’s society.


staff and role models

child’s individual progress and


• Develops the imagination.

must be role models that display

• Develops self-image.

a love for reading. The Depart-

• Improves vocabulary.

ment of Basic Education’s Read

• Vital skill in finding a

to Lead Campaign provides a

events such as National

set of guidelines for schools that

Book Week.

good job. • Reduces stress. Evidence suggests that reading

provides practical guidance to


Promotion of the public library.



Celebration of reading

Information in the school

teachers and principals about

classroom about reading

for pleasure, outside of school,

how to encourage reading (see

resources, professional

is also more likely to determine


development and reading

whether a child obtains good

Collaboration between teach-


marks than even their social or

ers, parents and community

economic backgrounds.

members is central to further

rytelling in the classroom

developing reading skills, both

every day.

Roles of parents and teachers

inside and outside the class-




Parents play as crucial a role

Reading aloud and sto-

A structured daily reading hour.


Opportunities for learn-

does. Parents should be expos-

Government’s role in the #ReadingRevolution

ing children to reading from the

Even before taking office, Presi-

library to instil a reading

very beginning of their develop-

dent Cyril Ramaphosa preached


ment – during the first 1 000 days

the importance of reading for

of their lives – as this has been

South Africa.

in developing the reading skills of children as any educator

recognised as a vital period for

“For an individual, reading

laying the foundations that will

opens up new worlds, reveals

determine future well-being.

new ideas and suggests new

Reading to children before

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

ers to share their reading through book discussions. -


Establishment of a school

Hosting of guest speakers, authors and reading experts.


Reading competitions.




“For a nation, reading is a gate-

it is expected the NRC will have

the impact that a dedicated

way to a different, better future,”

a wider reach than all previous

package of reading resources,

said the then Deputy President

reading initiatives combined.

expert reading coaches and les-

Ramaphosa during a library convention in 2015.

“It must reach every nook and

son plans can have on reading

cranny in our country – from

outcomes. We will be substan-

community organisations and

tially expanding the availability

education as a whole – has

individuals to government, social

of these early reading resources

been a prominent feature of

partners and civil society, all

across the foundation phase

Ramaphosa’s presidency. In

bound by a common goal to

of schooling,” said President

support of this, the past year has

improve reading in our society.”

Ramaphosa in his 2019 State of

This passion for reading – and

brought with it a number of new

The department has also been

the Nation Address.

initiatives introduced to improve

at the forefront of studies into

literacy and reading, particularly

the reading environment at 230

commitment to starting a

at primary school level.

primary schools in North West,

#ReadingRevolution. With the

in the form of the Early Grade

introduction of focused, proven

patron of the latest of these –

Reading Study (EGRS). Tell-

methods, there is much opti-

the National Reading Coalition

ingly, the study found that weak

mism about what the future

(NRC) – which was launched by

reading foundations are the

holds for our children.

Basic Education Minister Angie

major cause of weak academic

With collaboration between

Motshekga in February this year.

achievement later in school, and

parents, teachers, government

The initiative is a collaboration

in the subsequent drop out of

and community members, South

between the National Educa-

pupils between the ages of

Africa can transform into a read-

tion Collaboration Trust and the

16 and 18.

ing nation.

President Ramaphosa is the

Read to Lead campaign. The aim of the coalition is to

The project also included the comparison of three promising

improve coordination of various

interventions, namely a struc-

stakeholders to reduce gaps in

tured learning programme and

the numerous forms of support

centralised training; a struc-

for reading, and promote ap-

tured learning programme and

proaches that have evidence of

specialist onsite coaching; and


increased involvement with par-

The following areas have

ents. Coaching from specialist

been identified as critical in the

reading experts showed the larg-

improvement of reading: initial

est positive impact, with students

teacher preparation; access to

a remarkable 40 percent of a

relevant resources; continuing

year ahead in their learning

professional development; com-

rates than students at schools

munity support; policy, research

without such coaching.

and evaluation. Minister Motshekga said that


Government has shown its

“The department’s EGRS studies have demonstrated

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All South Africans must respond to


Gender- Based Violence (GBV) and femicide.

n 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa took a stand against this scourge by hosting the first GBV Summit in South Africa. This was a platform where all sectors of South Africa, including government, civil society and survivors of GBV were under one umbrella to find solutions on how the country can stop abuse. As a way of taking a stand and showing the country’s commitment to end GBV and femicide, President Ramaphosa signed a declaration which is also a plan of action of how South Africa will end this problem.

This is took place at the Booysens Magistrates' Court in Gauteng on 28 March. The declaration responds

to the key areas that were discussed at the GBV Summit. They are as follows:

1. Political and community leadership must support and champion the cause of eradicating GBV and femicide. 2. Political, community, family and business leadership should be held accountable through, amongst

others, a Code of Conduct. 3. Immediately set up an Interim Structure which is funded, with the eventual objective of establishing a national, multistakeholder Council. The composition of the Council must be inclusive and representative with consideration of at least 51 percent of civil society and

appointments must be transparent. 4. Adequate resourcing of Thuthuzela Care Centres, sexual offences courts and shelters that respond to the needs of all people including people, with disabilities and LGBTQIA. 5. A National Strategic Plan (NSP) on GBV and femicide is developed within the next six months. The NSP should be resourced, implemented, monitored and evaluated regularly. 6. Ensure that all laws and policies, programmes and interventions are adequately planned, costed and resourced in line with a genderresponsive planning, budgeting and monitoring evaluation framework across government. 7. Retain, resource, strengthen and reinvigorate the institutional mechanisms, including the national gender machinery. 8. Promote womancentred economic development. 9. Strengthen the information and research base to develop effective, coordinated evidencebased policy and programming. 10.A targeted, social behaviour change programme to address patriarchal values and norms and structural drivers of GBV is developed and implemented across all sectors of South Africa. 11.Evaluate existing education interventions with a view to strengthen them to ensure a comprehensive

What services does the Booysens Magistrate's Court offer?


NO response at all levels of education. 12.Convene a meeting of all communicators on GBV to adopt ethical guidelines, to cover language used, approaches for sensitivity (social media

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package) and social context training for the media sector. 13.Ensure ongoing capacity-building, specialisation and strengthened coordination informed by legislation, norms, standards and protocols on GBV. 14.Fast track the review of existing laws and policies on GBV to be victim-centred and ensure all other relevant laws respond to GBV. 15.Implement the recommendations that have been identified from reviews and address legislative gaps. 16.Consider creating a regulatory framework for religious institutions to curb sexual abuses and crimes under the guises of religion. 17.Revisit and fast track all outstanding laws and Bills that relate to GBV and femicide, including the decriminalisation of sex work.

• The Booysens Magistrate's Court at Oakdene in the south of Johannesburg, is making access to justice services more convenient for the community. • Prior to the construction of the court communities in this area were serviced by the Johannesburg Central Magistrate's Court which required them to travel up to 13 kilometres to be assisted. • The facility was built at a cost of just over R242 million.

• • • • • •

Maintenance matters Domestic violence matters Children’s Court Harassment Court matters Civil law services Small Claims Court and criminal law services.

What can I do if I am a victim of sexual violence? Visit a Thuthuzela Care Centre which offers the following services: • Comfort • Medical care • Access to the legal system • Counselling.

How to contact a Thuthuzela Care Centre in your area Contact the GBV Command Centre in your area by calling 0800 428 428 or send a ‘Please call me’ to *120*7867#

Are you based in the south of Johannesburg and need a Thuthuzela Care Centre? • Baragwanath Thuthuzela Care Centre − 011 933 9234/1206 • Lenasia Thuthuzela Care Centre − 011 211 0632

Khuseleka One Stop Centres The Department of Social Development has six Khuseleka One-Stop Centres in the country to provide psycho-social support services to survivors of GBV. Out of the six is the Ikhaya Lethemba One-Stop Centre established in Johannesburg.

If you are being abused or suspect that someone is being abused, call: • South African Police Service − 10111 • Childline − 0800 055555 • Stop Women Abuse Hotline − 0800 150 150 • Lifeline on 0861 322 322 or 021 461 1111

A PATHWAY TO OUR DESTINATION, A MISSION OF HUMAN EMANCIPATION The Free State Provincial Government, under the leadership of the Premier of the Free State, Sefora ‘Sisi’ Ntombela, treasures the value of education in improving the quality of life of people in the province.

ON BASIC EDUCATION The Free State Provincial Government has 1 198 schools teaching 713 516 learners. An additional 217 schools are farm schools. In the current financial year, the province will officially open the following schools: • Thembalihle Primary School in Vrede

Free State Premier Sefora ‘Sisi’ Ntombela

• Silindokuhle Primary School in Warden • GM Polori Primary School in Hoopstad • Malebogo Primary School in Hertzogville • Rehopotswe Primary School in Bethlehem • Ruang-Tsebo Primary School in Clocolan

• 161 in Lejweleputswa • 144 in Fezile Dabi • 61 in Xhariep.

• Thuto Ke Thebe Primary School in Bloemfontein

Of all the schools in the province, 973 have a school

• Grassland Primary School in Bloemfontein

nutrition programme benefitting 586 247 learners.

• Grassland Secondary School in Bloemfontein

Benefits of the programme include improvements in

• Thlolo Primary School in Botshabelo

learner attendance and learning. It also serves as a

• Mooifontein Primary School in Zastron.

mechanism to fight hunger.

In the current financial year, the province will build the following schools:

For 2016 and 2017, the Free State achieved

• A special school in Trompsburg

the number one position in the National Senior

• Dr Sello Primary School in Viljoenskroon

Certificate (NSC) examinations. In 2018, the

• Vogelfontein Primary School in Bethlehem

province achieved the second position with the

• Katlego Mpumelelo Primary School in Sasolburg

pass rate of 87.5 percent. This is an improvement of

• Tsehetso Primary School in Bothavile

1.4 percent from the 86.1 percent achieved

• Parys Primary School in Parys

in 2017.

• Tsebo Ulwazi Secondary School in Frankfort • Refeng Thabo Secondary School Hall in Tweeling.

A hundred secondary schools achieved a target of 90 percent National Senior Certificate pass rate

To date, the province has built 37 hostels. Construction of the following

and 40 percent Bachelor pass rate. Of these, 50 are

four new hostels will commence during the 2019/20 financial year:

township schools. The province’s Fezile Dabi district

• Leboneng Special School in Welkom

achieved a pass rate of 92.3 percent. This district

• Boitumelong Special School in Thaba Nchu

maintained its position as the best performing district

• Breda Primary Farm School in Fouriesburg

in the country for the second time running.

• New Special School in Trompsburg.


ON STUDYING LOCAL AND ABROAD Between 2009 and 2018, 9 976 young people

Since February 2018, the province has employed 716 temporary

benefited from the Free State Provincial

educators into permanent positions. Distribution of these appointed

Government bursary scheme. Of these, 782

educators is as follows:

completed their studies and are employed. A total

• 117 in Thabo Mofutsanyana

of 2 723 have completed their studies and are yet

• 176 in Mangaung

to find employment.


The province also has 921 students currently studying in

status. Ninety percent of those who know their status are

countries like China, Germany, India, Cuba, Portugal,

initiated on anti-retroviral medication. Another 90 percent of

Belarus, Bulgaria, Russia and Turkey. Many of these young

those on anti-retrovirals should be virologically suppressed.

people are studying medicine, engineering, agriculture and other fields that are crucial for the development of the Free State.

A total of 351 129 adults in the province are living with HIV and AIDS. Of this total, 227 934 know their status, with 245 000 being on anti-retrovirals. The HIV status of 141 267 is

HEALTH The province now has 32 hospitals and 223 clinics. These health facilities are managed by 884 doctors and 6 657 nurses. To improve its facilities, the province will conduct major improvements at the following hospitals: • Parys Hospital • Moroka Hospital. The province is preparing to officially open the following hospitals that have been upgraded:

• Fezi Ngubentombi Hospital in Sasolburg • Mafube Hospital in Frankfort.

virally suppressed. The province is proud of the decrease in the mother-tochild transmission rate, which dropped from 1.3 percent in 2014/15 to 1.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018/19. The frequency of antenatal visits by pregnant women before 20 weeks has improved from 58.6 percent in 2014/15 to 65 percent in 2018/19. The antenatal care visits rose from four to five, thereby improving the quality of health care provided to pregnant mothers. The death rate in children under one year has decreased from 14.4 to 10.9 per 1 000 live births in the 2014/15 financial

Similar major improvements will be done in the following

year and in the 2018/19 financial year, respectively. In the

clinics in the province:

same period, mortality due to acute malnutrition has fallen

• Dinaane Clinic in Thaba Nchu • Riebeeckstad Clinic in Welkom • Rheederpark Clinic in Welkom • Intabazwe Clinic in Harrismith • Rouxville Clinic in Rouxville. Upgrades will also be done in the following clinics:

• Tshepong Clinic in Verkeedevlei

from 12.2 percent to 7.4 percent. Cases of diarrheal fatality in children under five years have decreased from four percent to 1.6 percent. We also recorded maternal mortality decline from 192.2 to 178.2 per 100 000. The province promises to build a trauma centre in Villiers to take care of N3 road accident casualties in the current financial year.

• OR Tambo Clinic in Virginia • Kgotsong Clinic in Bothaville

The province aims to improve the provision of emergency

• Pax Clinic in Viljoenskroon

medical services. This will include the appointment of more

• Seeisoville Clinic in Kroonstad

staff and distribution of ambulances to towns where they

• Westdene Clinic in Bloemfontein

are not available. The province only had 86 ambulances

• Fauna Clinic in Bloemfontein

and last year, procured an additional 60. These 60 new

• Harry Gwala Clinic in Botshabelo

ambulances will be distributed as follows in the five districts:

• Bakenpark Clinic in Bethlehem

• 14 Mangaung

• Lesedi Clinic in Harrismith

• 7 in Xhariep

• Sekamotho Clinic in Qwaqwa

• 13 in Fezile Dabi

• Matlakeng Clinic in Zastron

• 10 in Lejweleputswa

• Phahameng Clinic in Frankfort

• 16 in Thabo Mofutsanyana.

• Bophelong Clinic in Allendridge.

attained by 2020. With this strategy, the province seeks to

“What we need is unity of purpose and belief in a better future that lies ahead of us.”

ensure that 90 percent of people living with HIV know their

– Premier of the Free State, Sefora ‘Sisi’ Ntombela.

The province has adopted the triple 90 Strategy to be

CONTACT DETAILS: Tel: (051) 405 5799 Email: Web:


Writer: Silusapho Nyanda

Govt, creatives chart 4IR path P

layers in the creative industry

create our own futures by embrac-

streams,” said Minister Ndabeni-

need to sing from the same

ing technology, but we must not


hymn book if they are to ben-

forget the human element,” she

efit fully from the Fourth Industrial


Revolution (4IR). In an engagement session

Deputy Minister Kekana said the creative sector is critical in acting as a mirror to society.

United front

She said the industry carries the

themed ‘Leveraging on digital

“It is imperative for the sector to

mirror which allows society to not

platforms for 4IR creatives’ be-

find expression in the 4IR conver-

only see itself, but to also reflect

tween members of the creative

sation,” said Minister Ndabeni-

upon itself.

sector and government, the mon-

Abrahams, adding that a united

etisation and ownership of crea-

front between the artists and

intents and purposes is like a can-

tive productions were discussed in

government is essential if this it to

vas upon which practitioners like

depth. Communications Minister

be achieved.

yourselves conjure up an interpre-

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams called

“Please walk this path with us so

“The creative arts industry for all

tation of your lived experience to

on those in the industry to work

that as we develop policies for the

which some in society can relate,”

with the department in making

4IR we are able to move from a

she said.

the 4IR a reality.

point of an informed view.

Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams, who

“Let us make sure that we work

Deputy Minister Kekana supported the need for those in the crea-

was accompanied by Deputy

together. Through the 4IR com-

tive business to make money from

Minister Pinky Kekana and Minister

missions we are developing work

their productions and to support

of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu, said creatives should come together so that when they engage government, they speak as a united entity. “The purpose of the engagement is to demonstrate and discuss the economic impact of digital platform optimisation by creative industries. When we unpack the critical components of the 4IR we, as South Africa, have committed to putting the people at the centre. We must own and


Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams gets moving wit h creatives during a meeting to discuss 4IR.

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

the economy. She acknowledged the importance of the creative

creation of disruptive industries. “I must indicate that the Depart-

and tired of being consumers, we want to be identified as the manu-

industry from a job creation

ment of Small Business Develop-

and business development

ment, the Department of Science


and Technology and the Depart-

the current legislation relating to

ment of Telecommunications and

creative arts rights needs to be

part of the modern economy

Postal Services are working on a

amended. The artists want the Bill

where critical information is pro-

special fund that will be there to

to protect their copyright, espe-

duced and distributed through

support start-ups in particular.”

cially where their music is used

“After all, this industry is a critical

industrial means, applying the

Minister Zulu said as a country

facturers,” he said. Another attendee said that


creativity of individuals and

we need to adapt the way in

groups to the generation of origi-

which we do things in order to

stakeholders involved in the indus-

nal cultural products, which may

meet the demands of the 4IR.

try need to form a structure that

have commercial value either

“As South Africans it is important

Deputy Minister Kekana said the

will speak in unison on the topics

through direct sale to consumers

that we embrace these techno-

they raised.

or as intellectual property,” she

logical shifts and it also becomes


important that SMMEs embrace

tlenecks,” she said, adding that

the relationships between the

funding systems must be reviewed

Product rights

technological capabilities and

to properly assist creatives.

Minister Zulu agreed that creatives

entrepreneurial opportunities

should find ways of monetising

that these can create. The 4IR is

the creative industry comes to-

their work and this was supported

redefining how we function, as

gether to develop a charter.

by those in attendance, who

governments, business and soci-

commented that the ownership

ety overall.”

“We have looked at all the bot-

She said it is perhaps time that

During the engagement session, other major players in the 4IR

of product rights is currently the

“We need to ensure that dia-

preserve of big broadcast and

logues are inclusive as they will

included Telkom, Google and

recording companies.

inform policy direction for the bet-

media houses.

“The new enterprise support

terment of all.”

also made presentations. These

Wits University’s Professor Brian Armstrong said people need to

incubators and accelerators in the creative industry, the South Af-


understand what the 4IR is all

rican Creative Industries Incuba-

Creatives in attendance raised

about. “We want everybody to

tor and the Media Incubator, have

issues that were of significance to

have a discussion and under-

been identified as the core drivers

them. Topics such as the owner-

stand the narrative about the

to pioneer a human intelligence

ship of content were discussed,

4IR. It will affect everyone and

and human sector technology

with many artists not happy that

the discussions therefore need

commercialisation model with en-

they do not own the rights to mu-

to be inclusive. We need these

terprises, start-ups and small and

sic they produce.

conversations to take coherent

medium sections at its core.”

Lungisani Mthethwa from the

shape; it needs to be structured

She said that incubators must

film industry said as young people

and diverse. It is important that we

focus on creating a new genera-

they want to build rather than just

involve industry, government and

tion of start-ups that will drive the

consume products. “We are sick

associations,” he said.

Public Sector Manager • April 2019


ABOUT PALABORA MINING COMPANY Palabora Copper (Pty) Limited is an incorporated operative subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company (PMC) – a copper mine that also operates as a smelter and refinery complex in Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality, Limpopo. The mine is 80% owned by the Chinese Consortium comprising HBIS, Tewoo, General Nice and CADFund through Smart Union Resources South Africa. The rest of the percentage is jointly owned by the South African Government through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), black empowerment consortium, PMC employees and communities. Since its incorporation in 1956, Palabora Copper (PC) has been South Africa’s sole producer of refined copper however, they also mine other byproducts like magnetite, vermiculite, sulphuric acid, anode slimes and nickel sulphate.

Palabora Mine eagle view


million to construct the floatation plant to improve


copper recoveries, operational efficiencies and lower

The Chinese Consortium acquired PC in 2013 when the

operational costs.

company was facing two ostensible scenarios: (a) the culmination of the life of the mine, and (b) no overhauling of the smelter which was outdated and facing shutdown. The result of the first scenario would have been the loss of employment for more than 3 500 employees (direct and indirect) while the second scenario would have resulted in more than 700 employees from off-stream (smelter) losing their jobs. Soon after the acquisition, the new owners fostered partnerships between PC and Chinese companies in various areas such as economic development, trade, and skills and technology transfers to achieve ground-breaking and substantive results in extending the life of the mine, refurbishing the smelter and building a floatation plant.

TRANSFER OF SKILLS TO LOCALS The smelter refurbishment project and construction of the floatation plant are implemented in partnership with China’s Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (BIGRIMM). In addition to technology transfer, BGRIMM has contractually committed to employ 90% of unskilled labour and 80% of the semi-skilled labour from Phalaborwa and transfer new skills to PC employees who work at the smelter to empower them to operate and maintain the refurbished smelter once completed. Before commissioning and the construction of the floatation plant, PMC’s executive and senior managers travelled to China for fact finding and comparative

To this end, the Chinese Consortium approved

analysis missions on floatation plants built by BGRIMM.

R10.4 billion to extend the life of the mine to beyond

As part of resource sharing, skills and technology transfer,

2033, R878 million to refurbish the smelter to ensure

BGRIMM has sub-contracted work to various South

that PC continues to produce copper rod and R261

African companies.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES The collaboration between Palabora Copper, Chinese Consortium and BGRIMM does not only extend tangible and considerable investment and technology transfer opportunities, but also benefits communities of Phalaborwa. Since 2013, the Chinese Consortium – through PC – has spent more than R186 500 million in socio-economic development initiatives in Phalaborwa. These include: • Construction and rehabilitation of roads In collaboration with the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality and other strategic stakeholders, PC established a road rehabilitation project which involves tarring of

Block C of Matome Malatjie High in Maseke Village during the renovation by PC

roads and streets in Namakgale. Namakgale is the biggest township in Phalaborwa and speculated to be amongst the biggest townships in Limpopo. This project was also in support of the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality’s IDP programmes. To date, Palabora Copper has collaborated with various strategic stakeholders, including the BaPhalaborwa Municipality, to rehabilitate Ackson Malatji road, Zakes Ngwasheng road and Maphutha Malatji road in the Namakgale township in Ba-Phalaborwa

Block C of Matome Malatjie High in Maseke Village after the renovation by PC

Municipality. The amount spent on the rehabilitation of these roads is in excess of R44 million.

collaborated with Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality and other strategic stakeholders to restore the deterioration of

The major scope of work for the project entailed the

roads in Ba-Phalaborwa but also in areas that form part

rehabilitation of approximately 21 km of Namakgale’s

of the routes used by our trucks. As part of this initiative,

roads. The work included upgrading drain structures

PC rehabilitated Plaston road, which is a 7 km stretch

such as side drains, underground storm water drains

from White River to the N4 highway.

and subsoil drains as well as the construction of roadside curbs. Palabora Copper believes that rehabilitation and construction of roads is symbolic as it signifies the company’s commitment to the socio-economic development of the town. On the symbolic level, roads are symbols of progress and development.

• Enterprise and Supplier Development Programmes Palabora Copper has implemented enterprise and supplier development programmes to empower Phalaborwa’s small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). • Renovation of schools Palabora Copper has renovated Block C of Matome Malatjie High in Maseke Village and painted Lepato

In addition, together with other strategic partners and in

High School in Makhushane to ensure that pupils

collaboration with Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality, Palabora

study in a conducive environment.

Copper established a Pothole Repair Project to re-seal streets in Phalaborwa. This repair project was also initiated

• Construction of shelters for bus passengers

in line with Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality’s IDP.

Palabora Copper has constructed 19 bus shelters

The major scope of work for the project entailed the

that commuters are able to wait for buses in the shade.

rehabilitation and sealing of 29 identified streets. The project was also recognised as part of the company’s social and labour plans for Local Economic Development (LED) projects as required by the Mineral and Petroleum Resource Development Act (MPRDA). In 2013, PC

around the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipal areas to ensure

• Instilling the love of soccer to the youth Palabora Copper understands the positive effects of sports on youth. As a result, Palabora Copper supports township sporting events and has hosted a soccer tournament.



sector, but has also emphasised their standpoint

Mining activities are inherently energy intensive,

regarding their environmental responsibility.

therefore PMC launched an Energy Management Programme in 2012 to curb the growing R500 million energy bill. PMC collaborated with a consulting company, resulting in the employment of 12 energy specialists and project managers that would, in conjunction with mining personnel, identify, implement and sustain energy cost-saving projects. As a result,

THE EMPLOYER OF CHOICE Since its inception, Palabora Copper has been at the forefront of employment practices in the local mining industry. Palabora, which employs an average of 3 700 employees, aims to remain industry competitive through its favourable conditions of employment.

117 initiatives were identified, and following stringent

The company has written and developed its code of ethics

technical and financial adjudication processes, 31

to follow strategic imperatives which include providing a

projects were implemented.

safe and healthy work environment for all employees and

The productivity approach in implementing the PMC Energy Management Programme is as follows:

contractor employees and practicing sound environmental management to ensure the sustainable biodiversity of the natural environment in which it operates.

STEP 1: Identify energy cost-saving opportunities/ideas through data collection and process analysis

Palabora Copper acknowledges and respects its stakeholders’ interests and concerns – striving to be a

STEP 2: Scope the ideas in terms of cost and return

leading corporate citizen within the mining industry and

STEP 3: Prioritise ideas based on ease of

both reliably and responsibly at national and global level.

implementation, highest return and least cost STEP 4: Develop an implementation plan for the suite

supplying a high standard of quality products and service Palabora Copper is certified as a top employer. GOING GREEN

of projects that is submitted to management

The company is a certified ISO 14001 business that

and board members for approval

subscribes to world leading practices. Located directly adjacent to the world renowned eco-tourism attraction,

STEP 5: Implement the approved plan

the Kruger National Park, Palabora Copper coordinates

STEP 6: Continuous measurement and verification of each project’s performance to ensure the sustainability of the programme.

several onsite wildlife management and cultural heritage programmes as part of its ongoing sustainability drive. Over the past years, Palabora Copper has retained a

As a result of their productivity approach over the past five years, the company has saved R232 million:

record of being one of the safest mines in South Africa and Africa. This is particularly due to our stringent SHEQ regulations and procedures in place and the effective

 Electricity savings worth R181 million

management of contractors on site.

 Coal and liquid fuels savings worth R43 million

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Palabora Copper is undertaking a life-of-mine extension

 Water savings worth R8 million.

project known as the Lift II. The project aims to extend

With the help of external funding mechanisms worth R28 million the Energy Management Programme had a net benefit of R173 million at the end of July 2017.

the life of the business up to 2033. The project includes the magnetite reclamation and beneficiation study aimed at creating additional revenue from the 250 million legacy stockpile. The company committed

Palabora Mining Company’s Energy Management

approximately R700 million to the pre-feasibility study

Programme has not only created a sustainable model

and approximately R10 billion is expected to be spent

making them energy efficiency leaders in the mining

throughout the development of the project.

CONTACT DETAILS Postal Address: PO Box 65, 1 Copper Road, 1389, Phalaborwa, Limpopo Tel: +27 (0)15 780 2911 Fax: +27 (0)15 780 2093


Writer: Jauhara Khan

Take care of your reproductive health U nderstanding and taking

He advised that women should

ment of Health raises awareness about at state health facilities. Tertiary hospitals such as Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria and Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town offer in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment for free. The IVF treatment is the process

care of your reproductive

use the morning-after pill only

of fertilisation by extracting eggs,

health is important and gov-

in special cases and not as a

retrieving a sperm sample, and

ernment is working hard to ensure

regular form of birth control, as it

then manually combining an egg

that South Africans are able to do

could have negative effects on

and sperm in a laboratory dish.

so easily.

the body over time.

Pretoria West Hospital Gynae-

Men on the other hand are also

“Patients first need to visit their local community healthcare

cologist Dr Samuel Motshelanoka

educated on the importance of

centre or clinic to be tested to

explained that reproductive

taking care of their reproductive

find out why they are unable to

health focuses on the healthy

health, with condoms being read-

fall pregnant.”

functioning of the male and

ily available at all government

female reproductive systems.

health facilities and circumci-

undergoing a vaginal swab,

sions, which reduce the risk of

blood test, pap smear, hormonal

women plan for their families, the

contracting STIs, being conduct-

profiling and a check of her medi-

prevention of unwanted pregnan-

ed for free.

cal history, while men will undergo

This includes the way men and

cies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Dr Motshelanoka said young

This is followed by a woman

sperm analysis. If the results show

couples should continue to use

they are candidates for IVF, they

birth control once they have

will be referred to secondary and

clinics and public hospitals offer

decided they no longer want

tertiary hospitals where they will

contraceptives, birth control,

children, or they could have a va-

be prepared for the fertilisation

check-ups, counselling and

sectomy (men) or tubal ligation


various reproductive health


“Community healthcare centres,

procedures for free,” said Dr Motshelanoka. “Women can make use of

Tubal ligation, also known as “getting one's tubes tied”, is a permanent method of birth

oral contraceptives, injectable

control. It involves the blocking

contraceptives and intrauterine

of fallopian tubes which prevents

devices [such as the loop]

eggs from reaching the uterus for

which are effective in preventing


pregnancy.” Dr Motshelanoka added that

A vasectomy blocks or cuts each vas deferens tube, keeping

intrauterine devices such as

sperm cells in the testicles which

Mirena, which is a T-shaped de-

are absorbed by the body.

vice inserted into the uterus, are also effective.

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

Dr Motshelanoka said infertility is also a topic which the Depart-


You can build, buy and improve your house with FLISP HUMAN SETTLEMENTS: CHANGING PEOPLE’S LIVES Seshego Community Residential Units, Polokwane, Limpopo.

The Department of Human Settlements has remained

The Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme

committed to addressing and eradicating the enormous

(UISP), where government will be working with various

shelter backlogs in South Africa. Its focus has remained

partners to invest in bulk services, roads and other

that of creating interventions towards shaping and

key infrastructure in well-located informal settlements,

building more human settlements. This commitment was

received a R14.7 billion boost. So far, more than one million

boosted by the National Budget, State of the Nation

serviced sites have been provided.

Address and the Treasury Budget Policy Statements, in which Human Settlements continues to be seen as a

A total of three million Breaking New Ground houses,

prominent government delivery programme.

commonly known as RDP houses, have been provided to

The department also celebrated the milestone of having provided more than 4.7 million housing opportunities since 1994, benefiting millions of South African citizens. In the October 2018 Mid-term Budget, Treasury announced that R1 billion was set aside to support the middle- and lower-end of the housing market. The plan sought to increase funding for the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP), which allows households with income of R3 501 to R22 000 the

cater for the poorest in the country, providing millions of South Africans with decent shelter. Later in the year, Statistics South Africa is expected to release its long-term demographic projections. These figures will assist the department in plotting where there is a higher demand for social housing units. These are government subsidised rental units built in urban areas to cater for families and individuals who wish to rent. These housing solutions are closer to work opportunities and

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opportunity to buy their homes through commercial

transport nodes. The department has built more than

banks with the support of a government subsidy.

127 000 social housing units over the years.

Do you earn between R3,501 and R22,000 a month? Then you can enjoy The department aims to replicate the successes of the security and comfort of your own home, theElizabeth), Finance-Linked areas likethrough Zanemvula (Port Lufhereng an entity of the Department of Human Settlements, (Johannesburg), N2 Gateway (Cape Town) and Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP). administers the FLISP. The Department of Human The National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC),

Settlements has produced nearly 13 000 FLISP housing

Cornubia (Durban) through its expansion of integrated

units throughout the country to date.

human settlements as it gears up for delivery at scale.


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Cornubia Integrated Human Settlements Project, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Lerato Park Integrated Human Settlements Project, Kimberly,

N2 Gateway Integrated Human Settlements Project, Cape Town,

Fairview Link Social Housing Project, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

Northern Cape.

Western Cape.


The department is on a continuous journey of

In her budget speech, Minister of Human Settlements

stakeholder engagements to identity strategic land

Nomaindiya Mfeketo emphasised that the department

parcels suitable for human settlement development.

“was structured to bring together three integrated

These include private land owners, state-owned

areas, namely spatial integration, housing and

companies, municipalities and national government who

infrastructure, and economic development. This is

own suitable land.

the human settlements mandate that we strive to implement.” As such, the success of human settlements expansion relies on four critical pillars of success: land assembly, formidable institutions, funding and cutting

Land expropriation is required to meet the wider and best interest of the South African society at large. The modalities of land expropriation were the only subject matter which required clear articulation and implementation.

edge expertise. The Housing Development Agency (HDA) is specifically


purposed by national legislation to spearhead land

The failure or success of the department’s expansion

assembly for human settlements. The role of the HDA

programme depends on accessing and releasing

is important – now more than ever. To this end, the

optimally located land. Houses can only be built on land

department will drive a robust campaign with the sole

that is suitable and well located.

intention of unlocking land to house South Africa.


FORMIDABLE INSTITUTIONS The institutions and entities charged with the responsibility of human settlements development ought to be capable and possess the necessary governance integrity and technical and operational efficiency. These institutions, ranging from the national department, provincial departments, municipalities and government

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entities, must rise up and enhance their capacity to discharge this important mandate.

Ministers, premiers, MECs, mayors and MMCs, must have the political courage and resolve to drive the massive task of human settlements expansion.

King Sabata Dalindyebo Rural Housing Project, uMthatha, Eastern Cape.

In the human settlements context, formidable institutions for human settlements development demand clear and simple contracting between spheres of government to ensure synergy of mandates, powers and functions. Human settlements inter-governmental relations must translate into human settlements planning and implementation, contracting with clear responsibilities and accountabilities between the spheres. The HDA, Human Settlements Development Bank (HSDB), the National Home Builders Regulatory Council (NHBRC), the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA), the Community Schemes Ombuds Service (CSOS), as well as the Estate Agencies Affairs Board (EAAB), are very strategic and important entities to drive the expansion programme. These are capable and continuously capacitated entities that help deliver on the mandate of the department as demonstrated over the years.

FUNDING OF THE EXPANSION PROGRAMME The South African economy has experienced growth and economic performance setbacks in recent years. This has unfortunately constrained the fiscus’ ability to fund some of the key programmes of the human settlements expansion. The human settlements budget has suffered a massive cut in the order of R10 billion over the 2018/19 financial year. Government funding is pivotal for subsidised housing and the BNG programme, which is the biggest housing

Walmer Enhanced Peoples Housing Process, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

There is a particular concern about the continuing reluctance of the major banks and the lack of product innovation to enable access to housing loans by ordinary people in ordinary jobs with ordinary incomes. The Human Settlements Development Bank is poised, by design, to lead and create financial instruments and packages that are attractive for the private sector.

CUTTING-EDGE EXPERTISE The department’s efforts will not succeed without cutting-edge expertise. The knowledge, skills and

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expertise of building major infrastructure programmes, the built environment and construction is crucial.

Do you earn between R3,501 and R22,000 a month? Then can has enjoy It is a common knowledge thatyou the country an abundance of expertise and currently these skills the security and comfort of your own home, through the Finance-Linked significant redistributive spin-offs. are misallocated. Acknowledging the country’s skills Individual Programme (FLISP). Funding low-cost and affordable housing is Subsidy a pressing base, combined with the current sector expertise, the delivery programme in the world. This programme has

need. Sadly however, the doors of financial institutions

department will search and deploy those with expertise

continue to be firmly shut in this area.

to drive key programmes.


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Writer: Ashref Ismail

Mitsubishi ruffles feathers with the Eclipse Cross

highly-capable Triton bakkie, with the little ASX and Outlander representing the cross-over categories. So the launch of what must be considered one of the best looking cars out of the Japanese stable is bound to raise a few eyebrows in the local market,


since the brand is desperately in espite its famous successes

sales success. This is despite the

need of a range that will not only

in the gruelling Paris-Dakar

fact that it is among the best-sell-

bring feet into the dealerships,

races, Mitsubishi Motors has

ing vehicles in its home country,

but also provide an alternative to

failed to ignite the local sales charts

Japan, and also in the rugged

the highly–established brands.

due to a limited model range and a

Australasian continent.

relatively small dealership footprint.

Considered locally as an

Enter the defiant all-new Eclipse Cross which offers a bold and

Since its separation from Mer-

eccentric and often misunder-

unique four-door coupé ap-

cedes–Benz, the marque, which

stood niche manufacturer, the

proach, fusing stylish design and

boasts excellent vehicles such as

brand boasts ranges such as

functionality for folks who would

the Pajero and the Outlander, has

the now truly aging Pajero, the

like an alternative to the likes

been battling to garner greater

swanky Pajero Sport, and the

of Nissan’s original funky Juke,


Public Sector Manager • April 2019

Toyota’s brave CR-H and Hyundai’s superb Kona. The all-new Eclipse Cross Continuously Variable Transmission will be available in 4x2 and all-wheel drive (AWD), both with a six-speed CVT gearbox with Sports Mode coupled to Mitsubishi’s 2.0-litre MIVEC petrol engine.

Outstanding stability Mitsubishi’s unique Super All-Wheel Control ensures outstanding stability in challenging road and driving conditions, ensuring excellent ride

ECI-Multi Point Fuel Injection with

enters its segment quite competi-

and handling characteristics.

an output of 110kW @ 6 000rpm


and 198Nm of torque at 4 200rpm.

A touch-screen radio comes

Eclipse Cross 2.0L CVT 4x2 – R399 995.

standard, while as an optional extra, connecting your mobile de-

Smooth ride

vice to a 7” touchscreen provides

Coupled to this engine, the

excellent connectivity. The screen

INVECS-III CVT with its six-step

Both models are covered by

extends or retracts when the igni-

Sports Mode delivers effortless

Mitsubishi’s Manufacturer’s War-

tion is turned on or off. Nice touch,

acceleration from any speed,

ranty of three years or 100 000km,


slick gear changes and a smooth

a five-year/90 000km service plan

ride. In the AWD version, the driver

and five-year/unlimited mileage

sive array of passive and active

can choose the AUTO, SNOW or

Roadside Assistance. Service

safety features, including seven

GRAVEL drive mode depending

intervals are every 15 000 km.

airbags, driver and front pas-

on road conditions to enhance

senger side and curtain airbags,

accuracy, straight-line stability

thing somewhat left of centre,

and a driver knee airbag, which

and manoeuvrability on slippery

something that is not a shrink-

provides an extra level of protec-


ing violet, then you are advised

The new model has an impres-

tion when the driver might need

The CVT with six-step Sports

Eclipse Cross 2.0L CVT AWD – R449 995.

So, if you are looking for some-

to take the Eclipse Cross for a

ssMode contributes to the 2.0l

test drive. You will be pleasantly

MIVEC engine’s outstanding

surprised. Given the reputation

is available in the two-wheel or

fuel consumption of 7.9l/100 km

for hardy drivetrains, the Eclipse

front-wheel drive version and the

(combined cycle) for the 4x2 and

should hold its value too.

AWD model.

8.1l/100km for the AWD deriva-

it most. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The 2.0-litre MIVEC DOHC 16-valve four–cylinder engine uses

Public Sector Manager • April 2019

tive.* The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

*Figures supplied by Mitsubishi (SA).



Writer: David Batzofin

A safari tale T

he sound of creaking wagon

ment that stood here some 400

wheels and the coughing

years ago. Is that the crack of an

and spluttering of those early

ox-whip that we hear? No, it is

car engines have been replaced

just a troop of baboons playing

with the quiet throb of modern trans-

overhead in the trees.

port. It is here that your mini safari

The game drives take place in

begins – not in a wagon, but in a

the early morning and late after-

modern game drive vehicle, as we

noon, depending on the season.

set off to explore the three private

The excitement and expectation

camps in the Mlutawi Concession

of what could be spotted cannot

in the Kruger National Park.

be too different from what the

Situated on the banks of the

early pioneers experienced. But it

Nwatswitso River and enveloped

is time to head off on the next leg

surroundings rather than stand-

by jackalberry and tamboti trees

of the adventure.

ing out. Guests are often welcomed with stunning elephant

is Imbali Safari Lodge. A long, drop-off point to the desk that

Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

serves as the reception area.

Coming around a corner, the

would be forgiven for thinking

Worn by time, this desk could

shape of traditional Tsonga bee-

the pachyderms are actually

have been taken off the back of

hive huts lets you know that you

inside the lodge, but upon closer

a wagon. The walkway is lined,

have arrived at Hoyo Hoyo Safari

inspection, visitors will find that

both on the walls and sunken into

Lodge. The terracotta coloured

the elephants are at a waterhole

the pathway, with implements

buildings sit comfortably in the

of the far side of the Mluwati

and memorabilia from a settle-

landscape, blending into their

River. The camp is protected by a

covered walkway leads from the

sightings. From the entrance to the main building, guests

fence to make certain that both humans and animals are safe. Like the wings of a bird, the huts can be found to the left and right of the main lodge building. The accommodation is only a short walk from the main public spaces. From the outside the traditional rondavels look small, but open the door and the high-ceilinged, spacious and brightly coloured room is a feast for the eyes. There


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is a bath as well as the ubiquitous

the first head warden. His Tsonga

visitors will discover the largest

outdoor shower, the use of which,

name was Skukuza meaning

and most southern baobab tree

no matter what the weather, is

“he who turns everything upside

in the park. It is said to be more

almost a rite of passage.


than 1 000 years old.

The time between game drives

The camp, made entirely of

can be spent relaxing at the pool

canvas, consists of six stunning

experience, it is not always about

or eating. All the lodges do break-

suites that are accessed via

the large mammals. Take some

fast, lunch and dinner as well as

raised walkways that lead off

time to smell the air, to observe

a “high tea” just before setting off

from the main lounge, recep-

the natural landscapes and,

on your drive. And if that is not

tion and dining area – much of

more importantly, become im-

enough, there are also snacks

which relies on the coverage of

mersed in what the African bush

provided during both the morn-

jackalberry and sausage Trees.

has to offer.

ing and afternoon drives.

The décor is definitely 19th cen-

By sitting still and allowing the

tury and is packed with steamer

past 120 years of history to wash

trunks, pith helmets and old

over us, perhaps we can, albeit


briefly, connect with those who

Hamiltons Tented Camp Back on the road again, we were

Set alongside the Nwatswitsonto

As each game drive is a unique

came before us – the trailblaz-

off to the final and probably the

River, the views as guests look

ers and the pioneers. Those

most memorable of the lodges,

down on the wildlife are stunning.

who fought hard–won battles so

Hamiltons Tented Camp. It was

Even though the waterhole might

that we, in the 21st century and

named in honour of James

look small, it has been known to

beyond, can enjoy all the beauty

Stevenson-Hamilton and the

accommodate elephant herds in

and splendour that days and

indelible contribution he made to

excess of 60 animals.

nights in the African bush can

the establishment of the park as

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Near Hamiltons Tented Camp



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