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Contents: November 2017

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Conversations with leaders Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is leading the country’s scientific revolution

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Profiles in leadership Dr Thulani Dlamini unpacks why the CSIR is at the forefront of industrial development

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Women in the public sector Major-General Tebello Masikili and her team are leading the fight against women and child abuse

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Trailblazer Dr Vhutshilo Netshituni is helping save the lives of children in Limpopo

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

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Vital statistics Fast facts at your fingertips

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Provincial focus KwaZulu-Natal unites in the fight against genderbased violence

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International relations SA cements ties in Africa Public sector appointments Who is new on Persal?

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Book reviews Books that will help boost your skills as a manager

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Financial fitness The Public Service Commission is assisting those with missing pension records

Features 42

DTT to benefit all South Africans Digital television is set to bring a whole new broadcasting experience for South Africans

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Government prioritises spending on social programmes The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement unpacks how government will protect spending on social programmes that benefit the poor

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Fighting crime is a national priority All South Africans must work together to fight crime

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Huge investment in local enterprises The largest Equity Equivalent Investment Programme in the country was launched recently

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Oceans Economy delivering results Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy is creating waves of investment and employment

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OR Tambo: Remembering an icon Thousands of South Africans celebrated the centenary of struggle icon OR Tambo

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Innovation in the public sector celebrated The Centre for Public Service Innovation recognised public servants who are going above and beyond the call of duty

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Opinion More must be done to create inclusive workplaces

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Elevating tourism in Graskop One of Mpumalanga’s gems is about to boost the province’s economy further SA helps fund African oceans economy project South Africa to make a massive investment in oceans economy projects on the continent

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Lifestyle 70

Health and well-being It’s time to rethink your drink and choose water

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Grooming and style Summer handbag essentials

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Food and wine Festive season loading…

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Nice-to-haves Local fashion looking good

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Travel Lowveld leisure – enjoy the best of Timbavati

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Car reviews Mazda SUVs raise the bar

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Turning the tide against abuse

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Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.

t is often said that the true test of any society is in how

Other government departments, including Police

it treats its most vulnerable members. In South Africa,

and Justice and Constitutional Development, also

there are none more vulnerable than our women and

lead the fight against women and child abuse daily.

children.

While government is doing its bit, our work will never

Every day we read and hear of the horrific abuse en-

be done until we rid our country of the horrors of

dured by women and children from across the country,

abuse. Such an effort goes beyond government.

of all races, ages, backgrounds and social standings. And these are just the incidents that make it to the media and are reported on – there are many more that we will never hear about. Much focus will be placed on women and child

Let’s not forget the responsibility each of us has, outside our work in government – as individuals and human beings – to take a stand against abuse. The abuse of women and children occurs in homes, families and communities. This means that someone

abuse this month and next, as the 16 Days of Activism

– a neighbour, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, colleague,

for No Violence Against Women and Children Cam-

teacher or priest, the list is endless – has some idea

paign, from 25 November (International Day for the

of the abuse a woman or child is being subjected

Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 Decem-

to. Someone sees the bruises and tears or hears the

ber (International Human Rights Day), gets underway.

cries.

The campaign is led by the Department of Women

We cannot turn a blind eye to the pain inflicted on

and was adopted in 1998 as a concrete intervention to

those around us. We need to speak up and help out

create a society free of violence.

when the opportunity arises.

We are well aware that interventions to curb women

Contact the authorities to report the abuse and

and child abuse need to go beyond the duration

make the victim aware that they are not alone and

of this campaign, as the abuse suffered is a reality

that help is available. There are a number of govern-

throughout the year.

ment and non-profit organisations that are willing and

It is for this very reason the Department of Women also launched the “365 Days for No Violence Against Women and Children” initiative. National and provincial dialogues that assist the

ready to assist. The Department of Social Development, for instance, has a 24-hour toll-free Gender-based Violence Command Centre that provides telephonic counselling

Department of Women and government to best under-

to victims of gender-based violence. All a person

stand the nature and causes of the scourge of femi-

has to do is call the centre on 0800 428 428 or dial

cide, rape and violence against women and children,

*120*7867# from a cellphone to be contacted by a

in order to inform government’s response and course

social worker.

of action form part of the initiative. The cleaning of crime hotspots, social media cam-

We need to make the women and children of South Africa aware that they are not alone in their situations,

paigns and partnerships with various sectors of society

there are people who care and want to help – you

are other elements of the campaign.

and I need to be counted among them.

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feature conversations with leaders

Writer: Nolut hando Motswai

Minister Pandor

dissects the science of success

S

outh Africa’s investment in science and technology

telescope, and South Africa is building the MeerKat, a 64-

is bringing it international renown and will ultimately

dish medium frequency range radio telescope that will

lead to innovations that will improve the lives of

be used by scientists for research.

South Africans. From the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) to renewable

International interest in Meerkat

energy and growing the number of researchers the coun-

“We have over 55 research groups from different coun-

try produces, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi

tries that have booked to use the MeerKat. There is a lot

Pandor and her department are ensuring that South

of excitement out there and researchers are asking us

Africa makes the most of science as it looks to the future.

about our visa arrangements for skilled scientists.

Speaking to PSM, Minister said the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is all set to launch the 64-

“On completion, we will begin SKA phase one. We have purchased more land from land owners in the Northern

dish MeerKat radio telescope in preparation for the first phase of the SKA. Once complete, the SKA will be the world’s largest radio telescope with a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area. It will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky thousands of times faster than any system currently in existence. The SKA telescope will be co-located in Africa and Australia. Minister Pandor is confident that the DST will meet the deadline of 31 March 2018 for the launch of the MeerKat. “I have told my department that 31 March is the date and it will not shift. On that date we intend to launch. From all reports to date, we are on course,” she said. The SKA project has entered its final pre-construction or detailed design phase before construction of SKA phase one commences in 2018. Minister Pandor explained that when South Africa won the bid to build the SKA, part of the obligation for South Africa and Australia was that they had to demonstrate their scientific competence by building a precursor to the SKA. Australia is building the ASKAP, a low frequency range

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Cape and acquired various land which will make up SKA phase one,” she explained. In SKA phase one 94 additional telescopes will be built to add to the 64 that are currently being built. This will substantially increase the range. “The really exciting part is post-2022, when SKA phase two comes into being and we talk about the 3 000-telescope built programme, we will become a Star Wars

teaching these subjects. “We now have young people, who are recipients of SKA bursaries, studying technology and engineering throughout South Africa,” she said. The DST also created a science centre in Carnarvon, in the Northern Cape, not only for schools but also for the community to get information about the SKA. The centre provides hands-on experience to help young

country. It’s exciting that our country can handle such

people learn more about science. It’s also used as a

a mega project. I have met with ministers from partner

maths and science training centre.

countries and they are very impressed with South Africa.”

In addition, young people in the area will also be given the opportunity to develop skills and eventually work on

Benefits for local communities To commence building the Meerkat, infrastructure had to

the projects. “The project team took 300 young people from towns

be provided. This meant bringing in engineers, scientists

surrounding the site and placed them at an FET college

and others to the site.

in Kimberley, where they are training to be technicians

“We had to construct roads and the local community had to work on building these roads,” said the Minister. The DST also provided young people with scholarships.

and technologists. They will work as technicians on the site once the project has been completed,” said the Minister.

“When we were trying to identify young people for scholarships we discovered that schools in the area did

Opportunities in astronomy

not offer mathematics and science because they did

Minister Pandor says astronomy is one of the oldest sci-

not have teachers. We ensured that we got mathematics

ences and young people need to be made more aware

and science teachers employed by the Department of

of the opportunities that it can bring.

Basic Education.” The DST also helped to train teachers who were

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She explained that astronomy helps us to understand the universe and earth.

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feature conversations with leaders

“It was astronomers who needed processing capabilities and came up with the idea of the internet, developing web-based products and using radio waves

to benefit from our research capabilities we need to catch you early.” According to Minister Pandor, the number of re-

to build great communication capabilities. In the process

searchers that have been produced has remained

of carrying out an old science, exciting discoveries have

static because of resources, but the department is

emerged.”

working hard to address this.

Minister Pandor encouraged the youth to enter into

The department and all of its entities are currently

astronomy as it’s also a doorway to engineering, math-

producing over 2 400 PhDs annually. Its target is in line

ematics, physics and information technology.

with the National Development Plan, which states that South Africa should be producing 5 000 PhD graduates

Producing more researchers The Minister said that every time she meets young

annually by 2030. “This is a big ask and we are working hard to try

people, she is amazed by the level of talent that the

and meet these numbers to meet the target. We have

country has and this needs to be capitalised on.

around 3 000 masters, but not all masters graduate to

Science and technology is a major driver of innova-

PhDs. We also have a large number of honours.”

tion in a society as it creates new ideas and products and services. Science is a way of introducing elements that will change a society and address its difficult challenges. “To promote innovation, you need what I call ‘knowl-

Support for researchers The department invests about R1.2 billion in grants annually for post-graduate students. It spent R495 million in the 2016/17 financial year

edge workers’. These are young people who are

for emerging and established researchers, including

trained in processes and methodologies. Science is a

post-doctoral academics, which resulted in over 4 000

process; it’s not a subject matter, it’s investigative think-

researchers being supported.

ing and following stages of investigation very carefully.

“Of these researchers, 35 percent are black and 39

“The reason we invest in human capital is to develop

percent are women. We are worried about transforma-

young people who will generate ideas for South Africa and for the continent. This is vitally important to our country. They say all of us have creative abilities but

tion, but we are seeing change.” Added to this is R550 million which is a strategic investment in the Research Chairs Programme and the 14 Centres of Excellence. “Then we have awards we provide for research equipment and infrastructure. In the last financial year R340 million was devoted to this.” The DST also provided R630 million to the country’s research facilities that are recognised as national research facilities, such as iThemba labs in Cape Town. The size of the investment in these facilities is substantial. “In addition, R400 million is invested into SKA, a big infrastructure programme in our country.” The Minister says that some of the challenges the department faces are a lack of resources and the fact that South Africa has set itself a target of one percent of GDP in research and development by 2018.

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conversations with leaders

“At the moment we are at 0.78 percent of GDP funding, which is a huge challenge.” Another challenge that the DST faces is a lack of human capital in the research field because the majority of black people were not allowed entry into the fields where numbers are lacking. The department is working hard to increase the num-

Renewable energy key Minister Pandor added that renewable energy is very important in South Africa. The country has one of the best solar radiations and should be using these rays to good effect. “We should be a leading country in solar energy because we will meet our reduction of emission

ber of PhDs, however, a major problem is where they

target. Coal has bad emissions. Developing solar

will be employed.

energy also means that we will make new discover-

“We need to expand the architecture for innovation in South Africa. We cannot rely on seven entities, 31 universities and eight institutions. I want to see more

ies in more appropriate technology because the panels we have now tend to be big. “People want smaller panels which can also store

centres of biotechnology and institutes for cancer

energy. There are loads of opportunities in renew-

research. I want to see investment in centres that look

able energies.”

at non-communicable disease to understand why

The Minister stressed that South Africa has vast

we have diabetes and several cancers in women, for

potential in the science sector and that the coun-

example.

try does not fully understand the scientific talent it

“My department has a strong view that we need to expand and make a national system of innovation.

has. “The capacity that we have in the country is

While we have made a number of new interventions in

amazing. I hope to change the conversation and

science since 1994, the system has stayed the same.”

celebrate some of our success through science.”

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Profiles in leadershiP

Writer: Nolut hando Motswai Photographer: Kopano Tlape

CSIR at the forefront of industrial development “As we look into the future, we are looking at building a science council that plays a more visible role in industrial development, underpinned by a strong scientific and innovation capability.”

A

s the Chief Executive Officer of the

strong emphasis on industrial develop-

Council for Scientific and Industrial

ment if we are to live up to the expectation

Research (CSIR), Dr Thulani Dlamini

of our mandate – to contribute towards

has a clear understanding of the roles sci-

improving the quality of lives of the people

ence and technology should play to support

of South Africa – which can be interpreted

industrial development in South Africa.

as addressing the triple challenges of

The mandate of the CSIR is to foster industrial and scientific development, through multidisciplinary research and technological innovation, to contribute

poverty, inequality and unemployment,” says Dr Dlamini. He is no stranger to the CSIR, having joined the organisation in 2005 as the

to the improvement of South

Head of the National Laser Centre. He

Africans’ quality of life.

was appointed as the Group Executive

The organisation is guid-

for Research and Development in 2008,

ed by government policy,

a position he held until 2011 when he

chiefly the National Development Plan, which

left the organisation to join Sasol as the Executive Manager of Research and De-

sets out the long-term

velopment. He was later appointed as the

development frame-

Vice-President of Strategic Research and

work for the nation.

Technology.

“Over the years,

“As we look to the future, we are looking

the CSIR has made

at building a science council that plays a

significant progress

more visible role in industrial development,

in strengthening its

underpinned by a strong scientific and in-

scientific develop-

novation capability,” says Dr Dlamini.

ment capability. However, as we

The CSIR is working on its industrial development strategy which will see its work in

look to the fu-

scientific and technological developments

ture, we realise

supporting the endeavours of public and

that we ought to place an equally

private sectors in developing industries. “Our innovation programmes need to be more aligned with the needs of business,

CEO of t he CSIR Dr Thulani Dlamini.

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addressing the challenges of today

in driving industrial development and

but also developing innovations that

economic growth. The world that we

Real contribution to industry

will ensure that our industries remain

live in today is competitive, dynamic

There are over two million formal and

competitive in the future. We can only

and complex. We are seeing an

informal small, medium and micro

achieve this by working closely with

unprecedented accelerated pace of

enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa.

our partners in the public and private

technological change, driven primar-

Many new enterprises fail within the

sectors to ensure that our innovations

ily by the convergence of technolo-

first few years of establishment, often

are indeed directed by the needs of

gies.

due to insufficient feasibility projec-

our stakeholders,” he adds.

Impact through innovation

“The 4th industrial revolution has ar-

tions, poor business planning, a lack

rived and the question that we have

of skills and poor access to funding,

to answer is whether South Africa is

expertise, technology and infrastruc-

ready for the disruptions and shifts

ture.

The CSIR conducts directed research

that will be brought about by this

that is aligned to the country’s priori-

revolution. How do we ensure that this

manufacturing Industry Development

ties, the organisation’s mandate, and

revolution benefits all sectors of our

Centre (BIDC), which provides labo-

its science, engineering and technol-

society, especially the marginalised

ratory and pilot-scale infrastructure

ogy competencies.

and the poor?”

and skills to catalyse the growth of

It has applied its multi-disciplinary

One of the challenges with reduc-

The CSIR has established a Bio-

natural products and the biomanu-

expertise to strengthen primary

ing South Africa’s infant mortality

healthcare in the country, including

rate is improving access to specialist

“To date, the BIDC has supported

the strengthening of information and

obstetric care for those who need it,

23 SMMEs, of which 78 percent are

communications technology systems

while reducing unnecessary referrals.

black-owned. The support has led to

and the development of point-of-care

The CSIR developed a Doppler

facturing industry.

the creation of 177 permanent and

Ultrasound Device, which has the

201 temporary jobs, with a further

potential to significantly reduce the

73 graduates trained in relevant

ics and a record of patient move-

perinatal mortality rate. A trial con-

industrial skills through an internship

ment through health facilities are

ducted in Kraaifontein, in the Western

programme.

fundamental to delivering integrated

Cape, indicated that patient referrals

healthcare services and are required

with suspected foetal growth restric-

ucts into the market, it is projected

for planning aspects of the national

tion can be reduced by 55 percent if

that the CSIR’s initial support will lead

health system.

Umbiflow technology is made avail-

to an estimated R250 million contri-

able at the level of primary health-

bution to the bio-economy sector,”

care.

says Dr Dlamini.

diagnostic devices. Knowledge of patient demograph-

The CSIR and the national Department of Health have partnered to develop the National Health Patient

Umbiflow is proving to be an effec-

“With the transfer of 79 new prod-

Another successful initiative is the

Registration System, which enables

tive technological bridging device

CSIR-hosted Aerospace Industry Sup-

the registration and identity verifica-

capable of detecting foetuses at

port Initiative (AISI). It is an initiative of

tion of patients at public health facili-

risk of death. The perinatal mortality

the Department of Trade and Indus-

ties. The system has been deployed in

rate for women who had access to

try that aims to assist the aerospace

1 859 facilities and 6 355 759 regis-

Umbiflow testing was 11.3 per 1 000

and defence industry to improve its

trations have been captured on a

deliveries, and among those who did

competitiveness, productivity and

central database to date.

not use Umbiflow, the mortality rate

quality management systems to op-

was 20 per 1 000 deliveries in the first

timise operations to ensure the inte-

six months of the study.

gration of the South African industry

“There should never be any doubt about the catalytic role of innovation

Public Sector Manager • November 2017

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Profiles in leadership

into global supply chains. In the 2016/17 financial year, 12 AISI projects benefited 23 organisations, of which 15 are SMMEs. An industry set to benefit from the CSIR’s novel inventions in nanotechnology is the plastics industry. Nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionise advanced manufacturing industries where lighter, smarter, more efficient and greener materials are needed, for example, for products

authenticating individuals and play a

matics (STEM) outreach programmes

in the packaging, automotive and

key role in crime scene forensics.

for the youth.

personal care markets.

The CSIR has developed an opti-

The organisation regularly hosts ca-

cal coherence tomography-based

reer days and takes part in national

ment of Science and Technology

system to acquire high-quality, latent

science talks and exhibitions, such

(DST) and the DST-CSIR National

and exemplar fingerprints and pro-

as the National Science Festival and

Centre for Nanostructured Materials

cess them. A latent fingerprint is one

National Science Week. These are in

have undertaken research into the

that leaves an impression at a crime

partnership with the DST and aim to

development of nanocomposites that

scene; while an exemplar fingerprint

expose young people in rural com-

can be used in the plastics, cosmet-

is volunteered to a fingerprint recogni-

munities to different careers in these

ics and paint industries.

tion system.

fields.

“Over the past 10 years, the Depart-

“To close the gap between raw

“The CSIR-developed fingerprint ac-

The CSIR also continues to invest in

nanomaterial produced at labora-

quisition device uses a non-destruc-

pipeline development programmes,

tory-scale and commercial prod-

tive method to lift latent fingerprints

such as bursaries, studentships

ucts produced at industrial scale, a

from crime scenes. It yields high-res-

and internships. The CSIR bursary

Nanomaterial Industrial Development

olution latent fingerprint images and

programme financially supports

Facility was constructed.”

minutiae for use by forensic experts.

full-time, unemployed students to

The facility features a comprehen-

The technology also acquires exem-

obtain qualifications in areas that it

sive set of equipment and facilities to

plar fingerprints without contact, to

deems a priority. Internships are of-

develop, test and produce enough of

address challenges associated with

fered throughout the CSIR, across the

a given nanomaterial to be commer-

conventional acquisition systems,” he

spectrum in various fields of expertise,

cially useful.

adds.

affording students exposure to sci-

Typically, it involves taking processes

Using optical coherence tomogra-

ence in a research environment and

that produce 200g samples in the

phy for exemplar acquisition provides

access to equipment and state-of-

laboratory and scaling these up to

undistorted, high-quality fingerprints

the-art facilities.

more than 200kg quantities.

that will inspire confidence in authentication and identification.

The combination of excellence in research, highly-skilled staff and

World-class technological innovations

Investing in STEM for the youth

Fingerprints have long been the most

The CSIR invests in various science,

sure a better future through science,

important biometric in identifying and

technology, engineering and mathe-

says Dr Dlamini.

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world-class infrastructure has put the CSIR at the cutting edge of research and technological innovation to en-

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women in the Public sector

Writer: Nolut hando Motswai

Major-General Tebello Mosikili and her team are ensuring t hat abusers are put behind bars.

FCS Unit bringing abusers to book M

ajor-General Tebello Mosikili,

and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit, and

together with her team of

has dedicated her life to combat-

about 2 500 detectives,

ing abuse and bringing criminals to

is leading from the front in the fight against women and child abuse. She is the woman in charge of the

book. The FCS Unit was established in

The unit was disbanded at one point, but reinstated in 2010. Being a detective within the FCS Unit requires time with the victim, to interview and extract information and

1986 due to the need for a more fo-

ensure that all of the facts that will as-

South African Police Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (SAPS)

cused group of investigators to focus

sist the detective with the case going

Family Violence, Child Protection

on gender-based violence.

forward are captured.

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“These cases require time to get into

fective and efficient investigation of

non-governmental organisations and

the mind of the victim. Remember,

crime emanating from child pornog-

other stakeholders. We also work with

this is a person whose spirit has been

raphy.”

the Department of Health and Social

broken. If a child has been abused

Major-General Mosikili is actively

Development.”

they sometimes are not sure if what

involved with Interpol, the world’s larg-

happened to them is wrong or right,”

est international police organisation,

paigns at provincial and local station

Major-General Mosikili explains.

with 190 member countries. Interpol’s

level, particularly to support calen-

“This job also requires a person who

The SAPS conducts awareness cam-

role is to enable police around the

dar events, such as Child Protection

will assist the victim to gain back their

world to focus on making the world a

Week, Youth Month, Women’s Month,

spirit, with the assistance of a social

safer place.

Victims’ Rights Week and 16 Days

worker. We have to remind victims

“I partner with Interpol because the

that there is hope and encourage

internet is not regulated. This is a way

them to be become victors, rather

of making our unit more relevant.”

than victims.” There are forensic social workers

She recently visited Switzerland for

of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. “The unit believes in talking with communities around the country

an Interpol meeting where the inter-

and informing them about their rights

within the unit who focus on the inter-

national community was investigat-

and what the law entails regarding to

face between the legal and human

ing ways to fight child pornography.

domestic violence.”

service system by means of assess-

“During this meeting we dealt with

ments, compilation of court reports

46 000 pornographic images, which

and providing expert testimony in

means that there are at least 46 000

Protecting women and children

court.

incidents on the internet. They are

Major-General Mosikili says society

also on Interpol’s database.”

needs to understand the importance

She is encouraged that the tide is slowly turning, as the unit is working hard to fight abuse.

Major-General Mosikili explains that pornography is picked up when

of protecting women and children. “Women and children are regarded

detectives get hold of a laptop or a

as vulnerable and crimes against

more than 182 000 cases related

gadget that has been reported to the

them are considered priority crimes,

to women and children have been

unit as containing pornography.

hence the importance of effective

Major-General Mosikili says that

opened since 2010. There are about 183 FCS units

“We get a court order, confiscate the device and download the im-

across South Africa, and detec-

ages, which leads to the perpetrator

tives work around the clock to fight

being charged.”

abuse. Their work has helped obtain

In other instances, the unit comes

investigations.” Access to guns is also an issue that the unit is trying to address. “The unit is working hard to strengthen South Africa’s gun laws because

life sentences for more than 3 000

across pornographic material when

91.5 percent of intimate femicide-

perpetrators.

suspects are arrested for other crimes.

suicides could have been averted had there been no access to a gun,”

Tackling child pornography

Working together The unit works with other depart-

The unit is also strengthening

To crack down on child pornography,

ments and runs awareness cam-

advocacy and public education

the FCS Unit is partnering with the

paigns to inform South Africans of

interventions.

international community doing work

their rights.

in the cyber-crimes field. “There is also a newly established leg within the FCS to ensure the ef-

Public Sector Manager • November 2017

“The FCS Unit does not work alone.

she explains.

“We are also improving the trauma debriefing programme to reduce and

We have various partnerships with

prevent the incidence of vicarious

other government departments,

trauma at service points.’’

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women in the public sector

Work is being done to improve

and by the time they eventually

should report it and make it their

victim-support services, particularly at

decide to come to us, they have suf-

business to stop it from happening.

police stations and courts.

fered the abuse for a long time.”

Let us protect women and children,

Major-General Mosikili explains that

safety must be our first priority.”

themselves is by applying for a pro-

16 Days of Activism Campaign

stand up against abuse, Major-Gen-

tection order and laying a charge

The 16 Days of Activism for No Vio-

eral Mosikili and her team will con-

against the perpetrator should they

lence Against Women and Children

tinue ensuring those responsible for

become victims of abuse.

Campaign runs annually from 25

the abuse suffered by women and

November to 10 December.

children are put behind bars.

the best way that women can protect

“Women should also carry a list of

While others get on board and

She is proud of her team because

emergency numbers, or have them

As the campaign raises aware-

on speed dial, and have a copy of

ness about the abuse of women

the protection order and warrant of

and children, Major-General Mosikili

arrest with them. They should give

has urged all South Africans to en-

that have been brought to book

copies of these to people they trust.”

sure the safety of these vulnerable

and given multiple life sentences.

groups.

Every month we hear about the

She emphasises the importance

of their commitment to their work. “Every day we hear of criminals

of reporting crimes as soon as they

“It is my plea that all South Afri-

happen so that the police can work

cans stand up and fight this prob-

I take my hat off to all of those

swiftly.

lem and ensure that the country is

men and women who stand up

a better place.

and fight the scourge of domes-

“Some women do not report incidents immediately. Some blame themselves for what is happening

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“Communities should not keep quiet when they witness abuse. They

success of FCS Units in the media.

tic violence,” says Major-General Mosikili.

Public Sector Manager • November 2017


Writer: Nolut hando Motswai Pictures: Ntswe Mokoena

trailblaZer

Paediatric oncologist

makes her mark in Polokwane

D

r Vhutshilo Netshituni (36) is

from dreaming of becoming a doctor.

living up to her name and

After completing her matric she went

breathing life into Pietersburg

on to obtain her medical degree from

Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology Depart-

the Sefako Makgatho Health Science

ment in Polokwane, Limpopo.

University.

Vhutshilo is a Venda word meaning

can do for them.” Wednesdays are the best days for Dr Netshituni and her team. “On this day I see about 30 children at the hospital’s day clinic. We are very busy but there is a buzz and excitement

oncologist in the country, the doctor is

Rising above circumstances

doing all she can to save the lives of

“II never allowed my circumstances to

children with cancer admitted to Piet-

determine who I would become. I had

ersburg Hospital.

an interest in medicine and in helping

ficult the situation

Dr Netshituni is the only paediatric

people, that is why I became a doctor.”

is in the ward Doc-

oncologist running the province’s only

hile working as a student and conWhile

tor Netshituni says

ward that caters for children under the

ducting routine hospital visits, Dr Netshi-

that Wednesdays

age of 15 who have cancer. The ward

tuni discovered that she loved working

put a smile on her

accommodates about 30 patients at

with children, which swayed her deci-

face when she sees

a time.

sion to specialise in paediatrics.

positive signs of re-

A love for children

doing her rounds, examining patients

Armed with passion for what she does,

who have just been admitted and

Dr Netshituni says she has always had

those who are undergoing chemo-

a special place in her heart for children

therapy, and mentoring junior staff.

life, and as the first black paediatric

he says that her average day entails She

and she was drawn to oncology. “I always had an interest in oncology. tal and I fell in love with the work that I

but they always keep smiling. Whether

was doing. I literally ran the ward as an

they are getting chemo or not they are

intern, when my mentor was on leave,

so brave. I just want to help them.”

and I enjoyed it. I then attended an

ne of the hardest things that she One

oncology workshop at the University of

sees in her job is when children seek

Cape Town and I decided to specialise

help when it’s too late.

Dr Netshituni originates from Tshel-

No matter how dif-

covery.

The most difficult part is that if they “The had come earlier they could have been cured completely. When they

ephfene Village, located just outside

come to you when the cancer has

Thohoyandou, but growing up in an

already progressed to stage four

impoverished home never stopped her

there is nothing much that you

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recovering well.”

of 15 for all types of cancer.” Kids are given the worst diagnosis, “Kids

love with it.”

have completed their chemo and are

“II treat children from birth to the age

I completed my internship at this hospi-

in paediatric oncology because I fell in

because we see follow-up patients who

Public Sector Manager • November 2017


Dr Vhutshilo Netshituni is t he f irst blac k paediatric oncologist in t he countr y.

Job challenges

a lucrative career in the private sec-

This is low compared to other prov-

Dr Netshituni experiences various

tor, but the private sector is for the

inces, mainly because patients visit

challenges, including when patients

minority. Who is going to help the

the paediatric oncology ward when

miss their appointments when they

majority of the population if we all

it’s too late. Getting a new ward would

start to feel better.

go into private practice?”

be a dream come true.

“Patients don’t complete their treat-

“Doing the job that I do is some-

“This ward is old. It was given to us

ment. They abscond when they start

thing that is within me. It keeps me

because we needed space. If I could

feeling better and this is really trou-

alive knowing that I can make a differ-

get a new, beautiful ward I would be

bling,” she says.

ence and see the impact, especially

the happiest person,” she says.

Another challenge she faces is

in the area which is my home.”

patients who have to travel long dis-

“We are always full and it shows that we have a lot of kids who have can-

tances and don’t have transport to

Looking to the future

cer in the province. Many people still

get to the hospital. “At times they are

Dr Netshituni would love to have a

think that only adults get cancer, but

also misdiagnosed at clinic level.”

bigger ward that could provide assis-

there are a lot of children.”

She advises the community to keep

tance to more patients and increase

Dr Netshituni would also like to run

trying to get help if they can see that

survival rates, which have been sitting

awareness campaigns to make com-

there is something wrong with their

at 35 percent for the past three years.

munities more aware of cancer.

child. “Continue to go to the clinic. Don’t sit at home hoping that the situation

This and that How do you relax?

Anything by Joyce Meyers.

I love going out with friends, hik-

I also love Robert Kiyosaki.

ing and going to church.

What is your favourite holiday

What is your favourite food?

destination?

Dr Netshituni continues to face she

I adore bread.

I love Italy, France and Amster-

loves what she does.

What are you reading?

dam. I really enjoy travelling.

will change. Don’t do doctor shopping. Stick to one doctor until you can find out what is wrong with your child.” Irrespective of the challenges that

“I love what I do, and I want to help

I enjoy Christian books.

these children. I could have gone for

Public Sector Manager • November 2017

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Over 30 000 vessels pass through South Africa’s coast on an annual basis with 13 000 vessels docking in our ports, providing opportunities for job creation. Around 80 oil rigs are estimated to be in the range of Western Cape, offering significant potential for repairs in our ports, as well as land based operational support. South Africa has potential resources of approximately 9 billion barrels of oil which is equivalent to 40 years of oil consumption. We also have 60 trillion cubic feet of gas which is equivalent to 375 years of gas consumption.

The Aquaculture sector has the potential to grow sector revenue to R3 billion, and produce 15 000 jobs by 2019. These are real opportunities for local and rural economic development. The implementation of Marine Spatial Planning legislation will greatly enhance the orderly and coordinated use of the ocean space to the benefit of all. Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy initiative undertakes to protect at least 5% of our ocean space by creating a network of Marine Protected Areas. 300 million tonnes of cargo and 1.2 million tonnes of liquid fuel are transported along South Africa’s coast, providing economic opportunities around our ports. Coastal and Marine Tourism has the potential to further enhance economic activities and create jobs along the coast. A coordinated Oceans Economy skills development and capacity building plan will equip potential entrants into the priority sectors of Marine Transport and Manufacturing, Aquaculture, Offshore Oil and Gas and Marine Protection and Governance.

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In other news

Source: SAnews

Robben Island goes green The launch of a R25 million solar-

“This project is the first step in a

The renewable energy system

powered mini-grid plant at Robben

longer term initiative of greening the

means that the Robben Island Mu-

Island is the first step towards turning

island and discussions are already

seum will not only become a more

the world heritage site green.

underway with the management

competitive and sustainable tourism

of Robben Island Museum on the

attraction, but will also save a signifi-

Tokozile Xasa who recently unveiled

implementation of a range of ad-

cant amount in operational costs.

the solar photovoltaic (PV) power

ditional energy efficiency projects,”

plant, which has the capacity to

she said.

This is according to Tourism Minister

generate 666.4 kilo Watt peak (kWp)

Robben Island was selected as

“It is estimated that the system will reduce the use of diesel generators by almost 45 percent, which means

of clean energy, reducing the island’s

one of the eight government-owned

that the annual diesel usage will

reliance on the existing diesel gener-

attractions in the pilot initiative to

drop from around 619 000 litres to

ating system.

retrofit tourism facilities with solar PV

344 000 litres, saving the island about

energy generating systems.

275 000 litres of diesel per annum.

The integrated system carries the entire daytime electricity load and

The other seven sites include the

“What we are therefore looking at

prioritises solar PV energy generation,

Hantam, Karoo Desert, Free State

is that this project will save the fiscus

which is supported by an 828 kilo

National Botanical Gardens, the

an estimated amount of almost

Watt hours (kWh) battery storage –

Skukuza and Lower Sabie rest camps

R5 million per annum, which means

enabling the use of solar energy on

as well as the Tshokwane and Nkuhlu

that this project will pay itself within

cloudy days and at night.

picnic sites in Kruger National Park.

five years,” she said.

Swaziland Rail Link project on track More than 9 000 direct jobs are set

at a time and will be operated as a

to be created in South Africa and

seamless service without stopping at

objective is to reduce rail and road

Swaziland during the construction of

any of the borders either into Swazi-

traffic congestion based on realistic

the Swaziland Rail Link project.

land or out of Swaziland,” Nair said.

and achievable system capacity.

“Approximately 3 000 and 6 500

Progress on the project includes

Transnet said the project’s primary

Swaziland Railway Chief Executive

jobs will be created in South Africa

approval for the purchase of the 506

Stephenson Ngubane said the joint

and Swaziland individually during

hectares of land required on the

project is going to bring many ben-

the construction of the Swaziland

South African side.

efits to Swaziland and South Africa.

Railway line,” said Transnet Rail

Negotiations with the land owners

“For many years we did not have

Freight Chief Executive Officer Ravi

are being finalised to purchase the

a direct link and yet Swaziland

Nair during a recent update on the

impacted land.

trades… in Mpumalanga and

project.

Nair said the Swaziland Rail Link

Gauteng, most of the flow of trade

The Swaziland Rail Link entails the

project will have positive spin-offs

in import and export comes from

construction of a 150km new railway

such as improving people’s lives,

[those provinces].

line from Lothair in South Africa to

supporting regional integration

Sidvokodvo in Swaziland and the

in the South Africa Development

port will be reduced as it is more

revamping of two existing lines in

Community and accentuating the

direct through Swaziland and more

both countries.

promotion of intra-Africa trade and

direct to the Port of Richards Bay also

economic sustainability throughout

including Mozambique at a later

the infrastructure investment.

stage,” Ngubane said.

“This line has been designed to carry 150 general freight wagons

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“With this project the cost of trans-

Public Sector Manager • November 2017


MyIEC campaign to capture voters’ addresses The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has launched its online address campaign

fill in their address manually. Urging voters to make use of the

platform, the newly

always updated,” said IEC Business Systems ICT Manager Melanie du Plessis.

which will assist it

appointed Chief

in meeting the 30

Electoral Officer Sy

is registered will be verified and a noti-

June 2018 target

Mamabolo said: “The

fication sent to them. If it is found that

to capture the

MyIEC platform is

the voter is registered in the wrong

addresses of all

secure, easy to use

ward, according to section 11 and 12

registered voters.

and providing your

of the Electoral Act, the Chief Elec-

address will only take

toral Officer can allocate the voter to

The MyIEC online campaign allows voters to log onto the IEC

a few minutes”. To assist voters, the IEC revived

The ward or district where the voter

a ward. Voters would also need to sign a

website via www.elections.org.za/

its Contact Centre on 0800 11 8000

declaration included on their profile

MyIEC to update and capture their

and a short demonstration video has

as acknowledgement that their

addresses.

been included on its website.

details are accurate. If information

Once voters have created their pro-

“The system allows for voters to

provided is found to be false, the

file on the site, they can easily locate

change addresses as often as they

Commission would take the neces-

their address on the map provided or

move to ensure that voters’ details are

sary steps against the voter.

Report your SAPS complaints online South Africans can now report ser-

dealing with personal matters,

vice delivery complaints regarding

while ignoring people waiting to be

the police directly to Minister Fikile

helped.

Mbalula. Known as #MyPoliceStation, the Police Minister said the campaign is

Disciplinary processes have since been initiated against her. “We will not tolerate rogue elements

report old cases or hoax cases. “People must report genuine cases as scarce resources will be used to resolve these complaints. Therefore, people must not abuse this campaign by reporting false

critical, as many people visit police

within our ranks. We must name and

or hoax cases. We need accurate

stations in distress.

shame them,” said Minister Mbalula.

information, the address of incident,

The Minister hopes the #MyPoliceS-

police station, town and province to

“This campaign has been motivated by many cases reported to me,

tation campaign will strengthen the

in particular, the case of Constable

partnership between police and

LC Phaswane of Sandton police

communities.

station, who used state resources to

Minister Mbalula, who has over one

optimally respond.” Minister Mbalula said the campaign does not replace a police station but allows the public to inform

deal with her personal issues while

million followers on the social media

him about service delivery failures of

ignoring our people who came for

network Twitter, instructed all South

specific police stations.

service,” Minister Mbalula said in a

African Police Service generals in dif-

statement.

ferent provinces to respond to these

station. When you experience bad

complaints and take them seriously.

service, report the police officer, the

However, the Minister also warned

police station and the province,” he

In a video that has been shared on social media, Constable LC Phaswane can be seen on the phone,

Public Sector Manager • November 2017

people not use this campaign to

“Cases get reported at the police

added.

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Deputy President Ramaphosa and Premier Mathabatha greeting the children at ECD Mookgophong

LIMPOPO PROVINCE – INVESTING IN CHILDREN “The children of any nation are its future” - OR Tambo The Premier of Limpopo province, Chupu Stanley Mathabatha

In pursuit of its Constitutional mandate and the key sector

and his executive council are committed to providing

priorities for MTSF 2014-2019 the department continues to

comprehensive social development and protection services

make strides in support of community development nutrition

as enshrined in Section 27 of the Constitution and further

centres, drop in ECD centres and household vegetable

elaborated in Chapter 1 of the National Development Plan and

gardens.

Outcome 13 of the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014–2019.

Early Childhood Development remains a key priority as emphasised by the adoption of the National ECD policy by

Through its Social Development Department, the province

the Cabinet of the Republic of South Africa. The department

has the following key sector priorities for MTSF 2014–2019:

has also planned to vigorously roll out the provisions of the

• Reform the Social Welfare sector

National ECD policy in order to address the plight of children,

• Early Childhood Development (ECD) provision

particularly those living in the poorest communities and the

• D eepen social assistance and extend the scope for social

most vulnerable households.

security • Strengthen community development interventions

The department has a number of interventions to carry out its

• E stablish social protection systems to strengthen

mandate to ensure the socio-economic welfare of children in

coordination, integration, planning, monitoring and evaluation of services Furthermore the budget of the department goes to the

the province.

IMPORTANCE AND BENEFITS OF ECDs

funding of Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) for the provision

ECD

of comprehensive social development services. To maximise

investments a country can make in the human development

interventions

are

among

the

most

cost-effective

the benefit for our investment in NPOs, the department has

and capital formation of its people. ECD is a national

recently held an NPO monitoring retreat as part of capacity

priority programme under Outcome 1 – Quality Education

building.

as government has supported the principle of investment in children. The National Planning Commission in the National


ADVERTORIAL

STATISTICS OF CHILDREN 0-5 YEARS IN THE PROVINCE DISTRICT

MALE

FEMALE

TOTAL

MOPANI

82 268

82 313

164 583

98 285

97 427

195 712

92 521

91 661

184 182

46 365

46 086

92 452

86 582

85 430

172 012

VHEMBE

CAPRICORN

WATERBERG

SEKHUKHUNE TOTAL

406 025

402 917

808 942

Source: Stats SA 2011 Census

childhood development service to provide learning and support appropriate to the child’s development age and stage. Currently, 3 465 ECD centres have been registered in the province benefitting 186 202 children as at 30 September 2017. The department is funding children who qualify for the subsidy at an amount of R15 per child per day. The subsidy is transferred to the centres on a quarterly basis. A departmental plan is in place to increase the number of children accessing Premier Mr Chupu Mathabtha addressing and giving a message of support to Refilwe High School learners

Development Plan (NDP) indicated that action was needed to improve ECD services and at the core of the NDP is the focus on capabilities of the people and of the country. ECD is critical to ensure better performance in formal schooling which will later result in improved levels of employment. They provide parents, especially women, with an opportunity to continue with full-time education, to take up employment and to advance in their work and professional lives. In turn, parental participation in work benefits household economic status and improves financial security for children. Early nutrition and stimulation are central to development in this early phase and present an opportunity for external support to avoid and compensate for delays or deficiencies. Furthermore, the nutrition provided to children during their ECD years is a significant contributor to their healthy development. Food for children in registered ECD centres and programmes is funded mainly through subsidies made available by the Department of Social Development. The MTSF for the provincial Department of Social Development states that there should be improvement in the provision of ECD, where all children should enjoy services and benefits aimed at facilitating access to nutrition, healthcare, education, social care and safety. An ECD

the registered ECD programme through a non-centre based ECD programme. However, the mobile ECD programme, as non-centre based, has been introduced within the province from the 2016/17 financial year, benefitting 1 300 children.

ECD TYPES, TEACHERS AND CURRICULUM There are two types of ECD programmes: centre based and non-centre based. The centre based type can be offered at an ECD centre, child and youth care centres and non-centre based ECD programmes can be offered at home. The following are non-centre based ECD programmes: • Child minding, play groups • Home and community-based ECD programmes • Outreach ECD programmes • Toy libraries • Mobile ECD programmes These programmes are geared towards providing stimulation, early learning care and protection for younger children, but there is no meaningful funding for non-centre based ECD programmes as the current provision of ECD programmes is still geared towards the centre based ECD programmes. The department is thus in the process of implementing these different types of ECD programmes, aiming at expanding the number of children accessing the ECD service.

programme means a programme structured within an early Continues on page 33


vital stats

Source: Statistics Sout h Africa

Fast facts at your fingertips Y

ou can consider yourself one of the lucky few if

translates to R3 332 spent per person for the 45 million

you have medical aid. According to the latest

who do not have medical cover.

General Household Survey, only 17 in 100 South

By province, the Northern Cape government comes

Africans have medical insurance, the essential key that

out as the top healthcare spender, setting the bar at

opens the door to private healthcare. As many as 45 mil-

R4 082 per person in 2015/16. Western Cape takes sec-

lion, or 82 out of every 100 South Africans, fall outside the

ond spot, followed by Free State and KwaZulu-Natal

medical aid net, and as a result are largely dependent on public healthcare. The lack of medical cover is expressed in the deci-

These figures are averages. They don’t take into account the finer details of healthcare spending within each province, those instances where a person with

sions that families make. When asked, seven in every 10

medical aid uses a public hospital, and the extent to

households choose to go to a public clinic or public

which public healthcare facilities are used (e.g. the

hospital as their first point of access if a household

number of patients).

member becomes ill. Only a quarter of households opted to go to a private institution. It’s no wonder then that healthcare is a high priority

What is this money spent on? Using the functional classification outlined in the Government Finance Statistics Manual, the main expenditure items were hospital

for public sector spending. For every rand that the South

services (62 percent of the R150 billion), public health

African government spent in 2014/15, 11 cents went to

– which includes services such as family planning and

healthcare, totalling R157 billion. This makes healthcare

disease detection (33 percent) – and ambulance ser-

the fourth largest item of government expenditure, su-

vices (four percent)

perseded by education (19 cents), social protection (13

Another way to look at expenditure is to classify it

cents), and executive and legislative organs (13 cents).

economically. This shows that the public healthcare

Who spends this money? The bulk, 86 percent in fact,

system spent two-thirds of the R150 billion on paying its

was spent by provincial government, which is tasked

employees, and almost a third on purchasing goods

to manage the nation’s public healthcare system,

and services.

comprising 422 hospitals and 3 841 clinics and health centres. Updated information in Stats SA’s latest financial statis-

With slow economic growth, and recent news reports of possible budget cuts in public healthcare, it remains as important as ever to ensure the effective allocation

tics of provincial government sets the healthcare bill for

of resources within the healthcare system to provide ad-

provincial government at R150 billion for 2015/16. This

equate services for those without medical insurance.

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ADVERTORIAL

There were 3 075 ECD trained practitioners as at 31 March 2017, responsible for learning in all the ECD programmes. The National Curriculum Framework, approved by Cabinet in 2014, is being implemented in conjunction with the Department of Basic Education.

DROP-IN CENTRES (DICs) DIC is a community-based facility providing basic services aimed at meeting the emotional, physical and social development needs of vulnerable children. DICs must be registered with the provincial DSD in accordance with the Children’s Act no. 38 of 2005.

SERVICE RENDERED BY DROP-IN CENTRES Drop-in centres provide services that meet the basic needs of vulnerable children: • Guidance, counselling and psychosocial support • Social skills and life skills • Educational programmes • Recreation • School holiday programme • P rimary healthcare in collaboration with the local health clinic • R eporting and referral of children to social workers or social services professionals • Promotion of family preservation and reunification • Computer literacy

DICs are providing parental guidance, support and love to the orphans and vulnerable children. As a result they have prevented abuse, neglect, school drop-out and have kept children away from streets.

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE CENTRES (CYCCs) CYCCs offer residential care to children outside their family environment. The centres offer safety, security, protection and care to the children. Children are exposed to developmental, therapeutic and recreational programmes. The province has 19 CYCCs which house a total of 1 068 children who were place in the centres due to:

• Outreach services

• Abuse (sexually, physically, emotionally)

NUMBER OF DICs

• Orphaned

• There are 356 DICs in the department’s database • 3 20 have been registered in terms of the Children’s Act no. 38 of 2005 • 3 01 of the DICs are funded by the Department of Social Development. IMPACT OF DROP-IN CENTRES DICs are providing care and support services to 47 189 orphans and vulnerable children in the five districts. All these children are receiving services listed above and this has brought developmental, educational, recreational, parental support and food security.

Contact Details Mr Phuti Seloba Government Spokesperson 015 287 6060 segooar@premier.limpopo.gov.za

• Abandonment • Children living and working in the streets • C hildren who have been exploited or lived in circumstances that exposed them to exploitation • U naccompanied and separated minors (from neighbouring countries) • Children who committed crimes. Success stories Some children complete their tertiary studies and become professionals. There is a child from one of the centres who has qualified as a social worker. There is a marimba band in one of the facilities (Thabang) that recently competed in the Eisteddfod competitions.


provincial focus

Supplied by: The Of f ice of t he Premier

KZN unites against gender-based violence

A

s the fight against women and child abuse gains

Men taking responsibility

momentum across the country, KwaZulu-Natal

He noted that his government had formed the Men’s Forum

(KZN) is placing strong focus on the role of men

a few years ago, with the aim of bringing men together to

and civil society in dealing with high levels of violence.

rekindle the values of manhood.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu called on the men

“This includes taking responsibility for their families and

of the province to ensure that women are given the neces-

protecting the vulnerable members of society in general.”

sary support to nurture responsible citizens of the future. Highlighting the important role played by women, he said: “Women continue to contribute to nation building by being

Since August, the provincial government has been intensifying the implementation of the 365 Days of Action Plan against the Abuse of Women and Children.

actively involved as professionals in government, the private

According to the plan, the KwaZulu-Natal government has

sector, as entrepreneurs and in many other sectors which

committed to preventing and responding to gender-based

were previously dominated by men.

violence by:

“We do not overlook the women who continue to work

Addressing the root causes of violence.

as domestic workers, farm labourers, on the factory floor, as

Improving violence prevention and victim protection services.

street traders and several other occupations which help them earn a living and raise their children.”

those affected by gender-based violence.

The Premier described these women as a beacon of hope for the future of the country. “Even though they are economically active respectively,

Responding to the health and economic needs of

Supporting legislation (and its enforcement) against gender-based violence.

they continue to play the role of home makers; bringing

The plan has been translated in four District Municipalities'

up children under trying circumstances, building families

plans. The District Municipalities have been trained and

which are the future of this province and this country.”

assisted to set up Gender-Based Violence Committees to

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create a 365 plan in fighting gender-based violence. A Provincial Gender-Based Violence Committee has also been created that sees all stakeholders meet at least four times a year to come up with viable solutions in the fight against this scourge. This includes the Provincial Men’s Forum.

view is that the normal socialisation is about creating a human being capable of showing and sharing affection,” Premier Mchunu pointed out. He urged community leaders, especially men, to double their efforts and build strong family structures. “Family structures are the first lines of protection and the

“The involvement of men through the Provincial Men’s Fo-

source for defensive justice. This role is invaluable. We say

rum and District Men’s Forums has been prioritised.There are

relatives and neighbours must not collude with perpetrators

currently 17 District and Local Men’s Forums in the province,”

of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse and other

said the Premier.

crimes committed indoors for fear of disgracing families.”

Intensifying the fight

Taking a stand

He also urged leaders of society from across the province

The Premier expressed concern at the increasing incidence

to intensify efforts against gender-based violence.

of rape of women and children in the province.

In the months leading up to 16 Days of No Violence Against

“What kind of man sets out to rape our most precious

Women and Children Campaign,

assets, the budding lives with a brighter

the provincial government organ-

future ahead of them?”

ised a series of activities aimed at

“As citizens of the Republic and the beau-

uniting communities in the fight

tiful province of KZN we must not stand by

against women and child abuse.

and watch this terrible scourge tear apart

Religious leaders were among

the fabric of our communities and society.”

those who took part in two march-

He said that the provincial government

es held in Durban and Nquthu.

had placed law enforcement agencies

“As the provincial government

on high alert to act decisively in dealing

we want to reiterate our position

with the perpetrators of rapes and also en-

that religious leaders have an

couraged the judiciary to mete out the

important role to play in nation

harshest punishment possible to those found guilty.

building and moral regeneration. “It is the leaders of faith that can

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mc hunu.

reach the consciences of all people, especially men, to make them

“We also invite members of the communities to break the culture of silence in the face of this scourge and open up and

honest and avoid committing any form of crime, such as

report the perpetrators. We must do that in order to set the

the abuse of women and children,” he added.

wheels of justice in motion and expose all these despicable

During the Social Cohesion and Moral Regeneration Summit held in KwaMashu, in June, the provincial government

elements so that we as society can get rid of this terrible pestilence once and for all.

and civil society undertook to work with religious leaders

“Rape and its inherent violence are indeed among the

in all programmes of social cohesion and moral regenera-

most despicable breaches of the human rights and dignity

tion across all communities. It was stressed that churches,

of their victims. We call on communities to stand up and

mosques, synagogues and other religious and community-

unite in a public display of disapproval of any form of abuse

based organisations are critical in promoting family values.

of women and children,” said the Premier.

“We say this because the family is central to the teaching of human values of respect for the fellow human being. Our

Public Sector Manager • November 2017

He called on families and communities to expose abusive fathers, uncles, brothers and boyfriends.

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Highlights from the 19th Public Sector Trainers’ Forum Conference Awards at Gallagher Convention Centre.

Professor Richard Levin announces the Public Service Training & Capacity Building Programme in partnership with the European Union.

THE NATIONAL SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT ON A MISSION TO EXCEL

T

he National School of Government (NSG) was

that there are no material findings on reporting on

established in terms of the Public Service Act,

performance

with a legal mandate to provide and facilitate

legislation. One of the initiatives that contributed to this

the provision of training in the public service. Under

exceptional milestone was the introduction of quarterly

the leadership of Professor Richard Levin, Principal of

training sessions on procurement by the CFO, Phindile

the NSG, the school is being transformed into a leading

Mkhwanazi. The strategy was aimed at ensuring that all

institution for public sector learning and development,

users are aware of finance processes and that all staff

as well as a centre for thought leadership between the

are educated on budget management, procurement

public and private sectors in support of the objectives

processes and any new developments such as cost

of a capable and developmental state.

containment and the impact thereof.

The school is moving from strength to strength and has

The office of the CFO also ensured that good relationships

reflected pleasing achievements during the 2017/18

with all units were maintained and took special interest

financial year. Among the achievements were the

in units that were prone to irregular expenditure. This

clean audit award and a successful 19th Public Sector

assisted in ensuring that the office provided extra

Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) which was held at the Gallagher

support as they gained a deeper understanding of

Convention Centre from 16-18 October 2017.

the units’ needs and challenges they faced regarding

objectives

or

non-compliance

with

procurement processes. As a result, focused guidance The NSG was awarded a clean audit on the Vote

and support was targeted at the necessary units and

Account by the Auditor General (AG) for the 2016/17

this impacted immensely on achieving the clean audit.

financial year. The award means that the NSG’s financial statements are free from material misstatements and


ADVERTORIAL

The NSG was awarded a clean audit on the Vote Account by the Auditor General (AG) for the 2016/17 financial year.

Another highlight post Quarter 2 was the 19th PSTF. Since

other human resource development practitioners and

its inception in 1997, the PSTF conference has provided

to encourage team work.

an opportunity to government training facilitators to reflect critically on their role in the context of building

Beyond the borders of the country, the school has

a capable and developmental state. More than 580

various bilateral agreements on capacity development

human

from

with national schools of government of other countries.

the three spheres of government converged at this

The NSG has also increased its reach and interaction

conference to ponder on important developments and

within the continent through the African Management

how to improve the HR landscape taking future trends

Development Institute with discussions and information

into account. Topics that were discussed included

exchange on the common challenges faced by African

the Recognition of Prior Learning, which is often a

countries.

resource

development

practitioners

difficult policy to implement, but fundamental to the transformation of the South African workplace and

Moreover, in September 2017, 21 public servants

society; the role of human resource development in a

from national and provincial departments were sent

declining economy; the effects that may be caused

to the Chinese School of Governance to attend a

by the Fourth Industrial Revolution; and how specialist

seminar on public administration. In November 2017,

and professional skills could be developed using the

two public servants were sent to the Ecole Nationale

graduate recruitment schemes within the public sector.

d’Administration France to attend communication and

Speakers from Uganda, Ireland and France shared their

local government courses respectively.

countries’ experiences on these topics. The NSG strives to excel in capacitating public servants The conference boasted the Excellence Achievers

with skills relevant to achieving the NDP Vision 2030.

Awards in training which were conferred on individuals,

It is the school’s mission to create a responsive public

departments

who

service that is caring, considerate of the needs of

delivered exceptional training. The awards are aimed

citizens and committed to serving the South African

at promoting a positive attitude among trainers and

public.

and/or

units

in

departments

Physical Address: ZK Matthews Building, 70 Meintje Str, Sunnyside Switchboard: +27 12 441 6000

General facsimile: +27 12 441 6030

Contact Centre: +27 86 100 8326

Website: www.thensg.gov.za

E-mail Address: contactcentre@thensg.gov.za


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Source: SAnews

SA cements ties in Africa

P

resident Jacob Zuma recently met with his coun-

in Africa − and directed the relevant ministers to fast-

terparts from Senegal, Zimbabwe and Zambia fur-

track its operationalisation.

ther strengthening South Africa’s relations with these

countries.

Benefits for SA and Zimbabwe

South Africa and Zimbabwe signed several agree-

The two countries stand to benefit immensely from the

ments during the Bi-National Commission (BNC), co-

smooth movement of people and goods, harmonised

chaired by President Zuma and Zimbabwean President

processes and improved infrastructure, which will come

Robert Mugabe in Tshwane recently.

with the introduction of this project.

The agreements are in the areas of energy, environ-

They also committed to use their bilateral relations to

ment, information communications technologies and

push for the economic emancipation of their people.

sports and recreation.

President Zuma said to achieve this both countries

These are in addition to the 40 bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoU) between the two countries. In a communique issued after the bilateral talks, the two Presidents directed that these agreements be fully implemented and outstanding ones be finalised. The BNC also saw the establishment of a Joint Techni-

must focus on the transformation of the economy. “The diversification of our economies and industrialisation will ultimately put the region on the right path as the global economy continues to play its own role,” he said. The two heads of state reiterated their commitment to improving and strengthening the economic relations

cal Committee whose mandate, among other things,

between the two countries by facilitating trade and

will be to develop the necessary legal framework for

removing impediments constraining bilateral trade and

the establishment of the One Stop Border Post at Beit-

investments.

bridge border post. The two heads of state reaffirmed the strategic importance of the project − at the busiest road border post

President Mugabe said he was happy to join hands with South Africa to ensure this transformation. “This strategic partnership is an instrument for

President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwean President Rober t Mugabe recently co-c haired t he Bi-National Commission.

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President Jacob Zuma and Zambian President Edgar Lungu exc hange greetings during a state visit to Lusaka.

achieving the profound transformation of our countries’

the establishment of related industries and supportive

economies, so let us join hands.”

infrastructure development. President Zuma and President Lungu also addressed

Fruitful talks with Zambia

the Zambia-South Africa Business Forum held on the

President Zuma also had fruitful official talks with

sidelines of the state visit to bolster economic relations

Zambian President Edgar Lungu during his state visit to

between the two countries both in the public and

Lusaka.

private sector.

“It was an important visit for South Africa as our aim

“As we elevate our relations at government level, it is

was to review and strengthen the existing strong bilat-

very important for the business sector from both coun-

eral and economic relations between the two nations

tries to enhance cooperation to ensure inclusive eco-

and we are all pleased with the outcomes of our talks,”

nomic growth that will liberate our people from poverty,

said President Zuma.

unemployment and inequality.

An important highlight of the visit was the elevation

“I was happy to have an opportunity to address the

of the structured bilateral mechanism between South

Business Forum earlier and we gave the private sector

Africa and Zambia from the Joint Commission for Co-

a clear directive that both countries are open for

operation to a complete BNC.

business.”

The BNC will now be chaired by the two heads of state. President Zuma said the BNC would ensure that the two countries meet annually at the level of heads of state.

During the visit, President Zuma officially launched the Oliver Tambo National Heritage Site to honour and celebrate the legacy and centenary year of Oliver Tambo. While exiled from South Africa during the apartheid era, Tambo lived in Zambia from 1965 to 1991.

“We believe that this would put the required impetus to the implementation of agreements. “We have also, over the years, seen progressive expan-

Senegalese President visits SA Senegalese President Macky Sall and President Zuma

sion and deepening of our bilateral cooperation. To

discussed ties between the two countries during Presi-

date, we have concluded over 20 agreements and

dent Sall’s state visit to South Africa.

MoU covering a wide range of areas.” The visit also provided an opportunity to discuss and

Speaking after a meeting with President Sall in Cape Town, President Zuma said the main objective of the visit

agree on various issues, particularly economic coop-

was to review the bilateral relations and cooperation

eration in priority sectors such as agriculture and agro-

between the two countries, reflect on the progress made

processing, mining and mineral beneficiation, energy,

and discuss new areas of cooperation.

ICT connectivity, tourism, arts and culture, as well as

Public Sector Manager • November 2017

“During our discussions we focused on a wide range of

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Senegalese President Mac ky Sall and President Jacob Zuma discussed a wide range of issues in Pretoria recently.

bilateral, continental and global issues of common in-

other’s beautiful countries,” he said.

terest. We have noted the dynamism that characterises

Addressing the South Africa-Senegal Business Forum,

our relations as evidenced by our regular consultations

President Zuma said the forum needed to actively seize

on issues of mutual interest, particularly issues affecting

the opportunities created by the bilateral relations

the wellbeing of the beloved continent.

between the two countries to increase trade opportuni-

“The dynamism we are talking about relates but is not limited to the progress made in strengthening the rela-

ties. Total trade between South Africa and Senegal had

tions between our two countries, especially in the field

reached R1.8 billion by the end of December 2017.

of arts and culture,” President Zuma said.

Trade between the two countries takes place mainly in

Considering the strong historical bonds between the two countries and the collective desire to forge closer

machinery, vehicles, plastics and chemical products. “While we welcome the growth, it is important to add

cooperation and partnership, the two heads of state

that this trade pattern does not reflect the excellent

decided to elevate their Joint Commission for Bilateral

political relations that our two countries enjoy. It is my

Cooperation to the level of ministers.

sincere hope that this forum has set in motion the work

“We believe that this will give the required push to enhancing our cooperation,” President Zuma added. The two leaders also committed to ensuring that all

that needs to be done to make our bilateral trade more equitable,” said President Zuma. He encouraged officials to speedily conclude the

14 signed sectoral agreements and MoUs were fully

terms of reference, which will pave the way for the

implemented.

launch of the Joint Trade and Investment Committee.

“We have just witnessed yet another signing of a legal

This committee will preside over and implement pro-

instrument, in this case the MoU in the field of tourism.

grammes that are aimed at the facilitation of technical,

We welcome this MoU, which will foster cooperation

industrial and investment cooperation.

and the sharing of expertise in exchange of tourism

“If both the private sector and government, through

information, tourism promotion and partnership invest-

state-owned enterprises, begin trading more intention-

ments in the sector.

ally with each other, then we would be making pro-

“We believe that both countries stand to benefit a lot

gress towards realising Africa’s ambition of growing and

from the agreement and hope that not only will it be

developing through regional integration. Our efforts to

beneficial to the people working in the tourism sector,

boost intra-Africa trade must be more deliberate,” said

but also for the average citizen wishing to explore each

President Zuma.

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G O

G

ITAL IG D

DIGITAL

SOUTH AFRICA

5. How do I get an STB? Two options are available: (1): The government will subsidise households that depend on social grants and those with a monthly income of less than R3 200. Such households must register at their nearest Post Office in order to qualify for the STB subsidy. (2): Households earning more than R3 200 per month are expected to purchase their own STBs. 6. Who qualifies to receive a subsidised STB? The government will provide free STBs to five million poor TV-owning households. The following groups may qualify to receive a free STB: • Poor TV-owning South African households earning less than R3 200 per month • Households with a functioning TV set • Households already covered by the SABC’s conces- sionary TV licence scheme • South Africans living around the border region areas and the Square Kilometre Array in the Northern Cape.

BROADCASTING DIGITAL MIGRATION (BDM) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

7. How much will the STB cost? Prices will be announced once the STBs are available in the market.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

9. Will I need a new TV aerial? Probably not. The installer will advise you if need a new TV aerial or an adjustment to your existing aerial.

1. What is Digital Migration? It is a process of moving from analogue to digital broadcasting. 2. What is the difference between Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and Direct-to-Home (DTH) services? DTT refers to the use of a land-based network of television (TV) transmitters to broadcast digital signals. DTH is a digital satellite service that provides TV services direct to subscribers. 3. The benefits of digital TV include: • Clearer sound • More channels • A digital TV guide with accurately updated schedules • Superior picture quality on a standard definition or high definition (HD) TV.

8. Do DStv or TopTV subscribers still need an STB? No. DStv and TopTV are already in digital format.

10. Do I need to buy a new TV set to receive DTT? No. All analogue (old) TV sets will be able to receive DTT services. No TV currently in the market will be able to receive the DTT channels without an STB. Even when a TV is “digital ready” or “HD ready”, it will not receive a digital broadcasting without an STB. 11. Will I need to pay a subscription every month? No, DTT is free for those who qualify for a subsidised STB. Those who do not qualify will be expected to pay a once-off fee. However, everyone must continue to pay their TV licences as required by the law.

4. What do I need to switch to Digital Migration? You need a Set-Top Box (STB), also called a decoder, which is a device that will decode the digital signal to enable the channels to be displayed on your TV set.

For more information contact: Department of Communications: 012 473 0000 Webpage: www.doc.gov.za

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FEATURE

Source: SAnews

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has encouraged Sout h Africans to register for t he set-top boxes required for digital migration.

DTT to benefit all South Africans T he Department of Communications is forging

He loves watching sports on television and looks

ahead with the digital migration process, ensur-

forward to watching his favourite soccer teams play

ing all South Africans enjoy a better broadcasting

every weekend.

experience.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-

But a poor television signal at his village means Ma-

sondo is unable to fully enjoy his television viewing. He

Ngubane is spearheading the department's flagship

is one of many South Africans living in remote parts of

programme and wants to make everyone aware of

the country where broadcasting signals are weak.

the positive changes digital terrestrial television (DTT) will bring. “It’s a whole new experience that we want South Africans to enjoy. We need all South Africans to know that digital migration is here, the project has not stalled.

One of the reasons South Africa has joined hundreds of other countries in moving towards more efficient digital radio and television is to allow people like Masondo to enjoy quality TV and radio. From the 1970s, when TV was first introduced to South

We are going to make sure that we migrate everyone,”

Africa, the country used analogue signals and some

said the Minister during a visit to Bizana, Eastern Cape,

broadcasters, such as SABC TV and radio stations, still

where she led a DTT awareness campaign.

use this technology to this day.

Sibonelo Masondo, a 68-year-old pensioner, is one of the many South Africans who will be exposed to this "whole new experience".

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Government now wants South Africa to make the transition to digital broadcasting. The Department of Communications has been

Public Sector Manager • November 2017


tasked to roll out a process of migrating all South

has been slow. “The numbers are actually quite low, that is why

African households to DTT. The migration will allow users to experience the

we are constantly on the road to raise awareness

many benefits of digital television which includes,

and register people. We want people to understand

clearer pictures and sound as well as more channels.

that they need to go and register for them to receive

It’s similar to the movement away from record

these decoders,” Minister Kubayi-Ngubane said. She

players to CD players – which made music listening

visited several households in the Bizana area where

experience a whole lot better.

she took it upon herself to register beneficiaries. The Minister also delivered new laptops to Vukuzen-

One of the concerns raised by Minister KubayiNgubane is the slow pace in registering for the set-

zele Intermediate School. Children at the school live with disabilities and

top boxes required for digital migration. Low-income South African households qualify for subsidised set-

most rely on wheelchairs to get around. Unlike their peers, the children are unable to travel

top decoders. The set-top boxes will give access to more than 18

to community libraries or internet shops where they

television channels, including the SABC, e.tv and

can access the internet. The new laptops, which are

community channels.

fully connected to the internet, will help them in their

These set-top boxes will be necessary to continue

studies and research. “There will be training that will be provided for both

watching television when South Africa switches to digital television transmission. The registration of

learners and teachers so that these laptops don’t

households for digital television decoders started a

become toys that are just standing there. We want

year ago in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) tel-

this equipment to be utilised optimally,” Minister

escope area of the Northern Cape but registration

Kubayi-Ngubane said.

Did you know?

release spectrum that is needed

the SKA have been switched off

DTT refers to the terrestrial, or

for a variety of telecommunica-

to make way for the new digital

land-based, broadcasting of

tions services.

signal.

digital television. South African

Radio spectrum is a scarce

television is currently broadcast

and valuable resource which

cess to information and services,

in an analogue format with the

means all countries need to use

and create new job opportuni-

country in the process of switch-

it more efficiently. The move from

ties in content development,

ing over to DTT.

analogue to digital TV is one

production and editing to ac-

Analogue TV signals are trans-

vital part of the global strategy

celerate economic growth.

mitted in the form of electromag-

to properly manage spectrum.

The roll-out of the programme

Every country on the planet is

brings tangible benefits that will

netic waves whereas digital TV

DTT will ensure increased ac-

signals are digitally compressed.

committed to completing the

have a lasting impact across

This means at least eight new

switch to digital TV.

society and the economy.

digital TV channels can be

These include the revitalisation

provided with the same amount

Progress in SA

of the electronic manufactur-

of electromagnetic frequency as

Significant progress has been

ing industry through the local

one analogue TV channel.

made in the implementation of

manufacturing of set-top boxes,

DTT locally. To date 18 analogue

DTT aerials and satellite dish

transmitters in the core towns of

installations.

The world needs to migrate from analogue TV to digital TV to

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Writer: Irene Naidoo

feature feature

Govt prioritises

spending on social programmes In the face of 'real and binding' fiscal constraints, government must make every effort to ensure that no academically deserving student is excluded due to financial constraints, the Minister said, adding that further announcements in this regard would be made in the 2018 Budget.

Ensuring service delivery Turning his attention to the three spheres of government, he explained that over the next three years the proposed division of Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivers t he Medium Term Budget Policy Statement.

D

revenue allocates 43.2 percent of non-interest spending to provinces, mainly for health, education and

espite fiscal pressures, government will continue to protect spending on core social

increase. “We cannot hope to grow and develop without the skills and intel-

social services; and 9.2 percent to municipalities to support the cost of delivering basic services to the poor.

programmes that benefit poor South

lectual capabilities that our universi-

Africans.

ties and technical training colleges

on the social services that provinces

produce. The budget already makes

deliver – including health, basic

an enormous contribution.

education and social development

Over the next three years, consolidated spending will increase by an annual average of 7.3 percent, from

“The sector’s budget is the fastest

“The priority government places

services that account for nearly 80

R1.6 trillion in 2017/18 to R1.9 trillion

growing element of expenditure

percent of provincial spending – is

in 2020/21, said Finance Minister

over the medium term, rising from

reflected in the growth of provin-

Malusi Gigaba.

R77 billion this year, to R97 billion in

cial allocations by an average of

2020/21,” he added.

7.2 percent a year over the Me-

Tabling the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in the National

This includes the provision of

dium Term Expenditure Framework

Assembly recently, the Minister

financial assistance to subsidise the

(MTEF), well above projected infla-

noted that the allocation for higher

education of more than 450 000

tion.”

education, among others, would

students every year.

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The estimated infrastructure

Public Sector Manager • November 2017


A shortfall of R3.9 billion remains.” To ensure the expenditure ceiling is not breached, government has decided to dispose of a portion of its Telkom shares. Minister Gigaba stressed that this decision was not taken lightly and was a necessary one to maintain the credibility of the expenditure ceiling. “As a result of these developments, the consolidated budget deficit will widen to 4.3 percent of GDP in MTEF constitutes about 5.9 percent

Economic growth projections

of gross domestic product (GDP)

Minister Gigaba said National

over the same period, an important

Treasury has revised economic

ating on the best fiscal strategy to

contributor to growth and employ-

growth projections downwards to

ensure the programme of measured

ment.

0.7 percent for 2017.

fiscal consolidation is not derailed.

expenditure of R948 billion over the

2017/18, against a 2017 Budget target of 3.1 percent of GDP. “We have been carefully deliber-

“The lion’s share of economic

“We have had to revise economic

infrastructure is provided by state-

growth projections downwards from

owned companies, which are

1.3 percent, as tabled at the time of

The way forward

projected to spend a total of R402.9

the Budget, to 0.7 percent for 2017.

Detailing the way forward, the

billion over the MTEF.” Municipal spending is projected to be R197 billion, while provinces are anticipated to spend R208 billion over the MTEF. The education sector is expected

“Growth is subsequently expected

None of the options are free of pain.”

Minster said that to offset revenue

to increase slowly, reaching 1.9 per-

shortfalls and reduce borrowing,

cent in 2020.”

the contingency reserve has been

He added that sluggish economic growth has caused a significant reduction in the tax revenue outlook,

pared down to R16 billion over the next three years. In addition, a mix of expenditure

to spend R44 billion to build new

which has significantly eroded gov-

cuts and revenue increases will be

schools and refurbish existing

ernment’s fiscal position.

considered to address some of the

schools, libraries and laboratories.

“Tax revenue is projected to fall

revenue shortfall over the MTEF. An-

short of the 2017 Budget estimate by

nouncements will be made on these

a number of new initiatives in

R50.8 billion in the current year, the

fiscal efforts during the 2018 Budget.

infrastructure to improve the quality

largest downward revision since the

of infrastructure spending, the

2009 recession.

Government is embarking on

Minister said. This includes maintenance of

“At the same time, additional

Over the medium term, government will maintain the ceiling on non-interest expenditure.

appropriations of R13.7 billion to re-

“New spending priorities will have

existing infrastructure, improved pro-

capitalise South African Airways and

to be met by funds reallocated from

curement of infrastructure projects,

the South African Post Office [have

within existing limits. Any adjust-

better conditional grant terms to

been agreed to].

ments to the ceiling itself would

eliminate inefficiencies and underspending.

Public Sector Manager • November 2017

“These have been partially offset by use of the contingency reserve.

need to be matched by revenue increases.”

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He added that government recog-

ment between all spheres of

certain state-owned enterprises.

nised that the best way to ensure the

government and will include input

sustainability of public finances is to

from other stakeholders, such as

ruption and abuse of the supply

achieve higher economic growth.

provinces and local government,

chain management system is be-

before Cabinet approves the final

ing extended to cover both public

version of the budget.

and private sector corruption.

“We aim to kick-start inclusive growth by implementing the 14

“The fight against fraud, cor-

“This includes restricting compa-

measures to improve confidence, and accelerating progress on struc-

Fighting corruption

nies found to have contravened

tural and microeconomic reforms.

The Minister also noted some of

competition laws through collusive

the progress made in curbing

practices which rob government

will be complemented by a stimulus

spending and fighting corruption

and citizens of billions of rands,”

package, options for which are be-

within the public sector.

said Minister Gigaba.

“Delivery on these commitments

ing considered.”

“Since the introduction of ex-

The OCPO has strengthened

penditure ceilings and the imple-

initiatives to modernise public

is aligned to the National Develop-

mentation of specific cost contain-

procurement. This is being done

ment Plan (NDP), the Department of

ment measures in 2013, spending

through the use of technology to

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

on consultants, travel, accommo-

automate procurement processes

has prepared a mandate paper.

dation, catering, advertising and

to simplify and reduce the costs of

The paper contributes to better

conferences has declined by R2

doing business with government,

billion.

generate savings through cen-

To ensure that the budget process

alignment between planning and budgeting by providing a clear link

“The Office of the Chief Procure-

trally arranged contracts and the

between the NDP, the MTSF and

ment Officer (OCPO) has man-

implementation of a differentiated

budget choices.

aged to expose corrupt activities

procurement approach through

in certain government institutions

strategic procurement initiatives.

It also recognises that resources are finite and as a result, hard

and state-owned enterprises

choices will need to be made about

through the review of contracts

treasuries are also working with

which government programmes

above R10 million.”

relevant government departments

National Treasury and provincial

should continue and which should

The fight against corruption is

be postponed or shut down, as well

being accelerated and National

ties for potential investment by

as the need for more efficiency in

Treasury is currently working with

black industrialists to promote

the way departments deliver their

law enforcement agencies to

local industrialisation and local

programmes, explained the Minister.

investigate contracts which were

economic development for job

allegedly irregularly procured in

creation.

The paper also improves align-

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to identify sectors and commodi-

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feature

Source: SAnews

Fighting crime a national priority

T

ackling crime in South Africa requires a concerted

“We simply cannot fight against an enemy we do not

effort from all sectors of society as it is an issue of

understand. We get to understand the patterns, the

national interest.

occurrences and types of crimes through the statistics

This is according to Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, who

so that we may plan accordingly. The integrity of crime

recently released crime statistics for the financial year

statistics is very important and the public must trust that

2016/17.

no clever accounting has been done,” he explained.

“The public must be proactively involved in efforts to fight crime. Crime should be addressed by all of us as an issue of national interest and priority. We must not score political points over this issue.” He added that reducing levels of crime is in the country’s national interest as no one is immune to the impact of crime. “Crime knows no race, no creed, no religion and certainly no social strata.”

However, figures should not only be taken as raw data, as they represent "human lives and human emotions". “Crime involves high emotions. We must not see statistics purely as numbers. Behind the numbers are real feelings, real lives, real harm, real losses, hurt and feelings of [being unsafe]. “These statistics represent the memory of that gruesome rape or murder, the fearful home invasion. People are losing their children to heinous crimes and drug dens. Our people have no-go areas due to criminality.

Crime stats an important tool

I acknowledge that our people live under siege from crime.”

What the stats say In the financial year under review, approximately 2.1 million serious crime counts were recorded, of which 1 738 980 were community-reported serious crimes. The latThe Minister stressed that the crime statistics were an

ter decreased by 1.8 percent compared to the 2015/16

important tool to measure crime patterns and assisted in

financial year.

crime prevention strategies. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has entered

This decrease was driven mainly by reductions in all the broad crime categories, namely contact-related crime

into a partnership with Statistics South Africa to give the

(a decrease of 3.3 percent), contact crime (a decrease

statistics more integrity.

of 2.4 percent), other serious crime (a decrease of 2.0

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percent) and property-related crime (a decrease of 0.5

“We are appointing strategic thinkers in police man-

percent).

agement and stabilising our Crime Intelligence Division

In 2016/17, 19 019 cases of murder were reported to the

to enable intelligence-led crime prevention and polic-

police, which was an increase of 1.8 percent. In the previ-

ing. We have re-launched specialised units to focus on

ous year 18 673 cases were reported.

drugs, rape, violent threats and violent criminals. We are

Sexual offences decreased by 4.3 percent when com-

enhancing our technological capacity to match the

pared to 2015/16, while attempted murder increased by

evolved digital technology arena.

0.4 percent.

“Importantly, I have directed police to focus

Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm

on crime modus operadi to curb the multi-

decreased by 6.7 percent.

plier effect of crime.”

Robbery with aggravating circumstances, non-residential robberies, truck hijacking,

Innovative crime fighting methods needed

cash-in-transit robberies and bank robber-

In a later briefing with journalists, Minister

ies, increased by 6.4 percent from 132 527

Mbalula said the release of the annual crime

reported cases in 2015/16 to 140 956 cases

statistics must lead to efforts that will make a

in 2016/17.

dent in crime.

which includes carjacking, residential and

While the release of crime statistics was a

Carjacking rose by 14.5 percent during the period under review, robbery at residential

way for police to account, it must lead to in-

premises went up by 7.3 percent and rob-

novative methods for fighting crime, such as

bery at non-residential premises increased by five percent. Common assault and common robbery

6.7%

smart policing, he added. “I have told [the police top brass] that interventions like smart policing need to happen.

decreased by 5.2 percent and 1.3

We must go back to basics. We don’t

percent respectively.

need to be told by our people that we are in the era of digital migration. We

No time to waste

need to do that ourselves so that we

In light of these statistics, the Minister

can amplify policing and improve our

said there was no time to waste in

approach to crime prevention.”

efforts to fight crime and make

The Minister said a number of areas

communities safer.

needed addressing going forward.

“Yes, we have a 1.8 percent drop in

These include intensifying policing

crime, I do not feel it, and our people

and ensuring that the approach

do not feel it and they are correct. We

against crime is more “combative”.

have a drop in sexual violence, but

“I don’t want to give [criminals]

we have more and more pictures of our women going

space to breathe. If you are a criminal, you must know

missing. People must feel the drop in crime where they

that you are in a hot spot.

live. In an effort to boost the fight against crime, the SAPS is strengthening its capacity.

Public Sector Manager • November 2017

“Our combative approach must be intensified. The Tactical Response Team has gone for a refresher course,” he added.

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FEATURE

Writer: Lutando Ndamase

Huge investment in local enterprises years, in support of local enterprise

Africa, Chris Monge, said the com-

and supplier development.

mitment will help to develop South

“These agreements are also positive

Africa’s local industrial supplier base.

for the companies that participate in

“Our multi-year commitment will

the EEIP. I want to commend Caterpil-

help develop South Africa’s industrial

lar for embarking on this journey with

local supplier base, generate more

us as partners to stimulate and grow

inclusive economic growth, and

the South African economy. I look for-

support our goal to be a leading

ward to see these commitments be-

B-BBEE organisation in the industries

ing executed,” said Trade and Industry

we serve. We look forward to working

Minister Davies.

with the South African government

The company applied for participa-

towards transformation and industri-

tion in the EEIP to empower local and

alisation,” said Monge.

black-owned enterprises through

The Managing Director at Caterpillar

Enterprise and Supplier Development.

Industries (Pty) Ltd, Zakieya Parker,

In 2016, Caterpillar Southern Africa

said the company’s participation in

ocal and black-owned enterpris-

was granted exemption from selling

EEIP supports the development of

es can look forward to a massive

equity and instead to participate in

local suppliers and enterprises.

boost after the Department of

the EEIP.

“Our participation in EEIP supports

Trade and Industry (dti) and Cater-

The proposed programme is aimed at

the development of local suppliers

pillar recently launched the largest

contributing towards product localisa-

and enterprises, local content, skills

ever Equity Equivalent Investment Pro-

tion to increase South African indus-

transfer and development and job

gramme (EEIP) in the country.

trial base. The investment amount is

creation. The localisation opportuni-

EEIP is a dti initiative where multi-

R1.3 billion based on the 25 percent

ties we are looking at include sourc-

national companies are invited to

of the business value from the South

ing components locally to support

participate and contribute positively

African operation.

the mining, construction, energy,

towards Broad-Based Black Economic

The approved business plan seeks to

and transportation industries,” said

Empowerment (B-BBEE) in South Africa

promote localisation and industrialisa-

Parker.

and to do so under the ownership

tion and is expected to create about

Caterpillar has been in South Africa

element.

3 900 direct and indirect jobs.

since 1927, operating through inde-

Caterpillar is a leading manufacturer

Minister Davies said the company’s

pendent dealer Barloworld Equip-

of construction and mining equip-

commitment is one of its largest

ment.

ment, diesel and natural gas engines,

engagements in Africa to date. It is

The company recently invested in

industrial gas turbines and diesel-

also part of the previously announced

a new 60 000m2 parts distribution

electric locomotives.

plan of Caterpillar, its independent

centre in Johannesburg, which

The company has committed to

dealers and the Caterpillar Founda-

is improving customer service by

source components and related ser-

tion to invest more than $1 billion in

expanding availability of parts

vices to the estimated value of

countries throughout Africa over five

throughout the southern African

R1.3 billion in South Africa.

years.

region, including the islands of Mau-

The commitment is for a period of 10

Caterpillar's Director for Southern

ritius, Madagascar and Reunion.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has commended Caterpillar’s efforts to stimulate the South African economy.

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Source: SAnews President Jacob Zuma was impressed wit h t he specialised tugboats being built during a visit to t he Por t of Durban.

Oceans Economy delivering results T

hree years since its launch Oper-

Operation Phakisa is an adaptation

improvement of clinics, rolling out

ation Phakisa: Oceans Economy

of the Big Fast Results methodology

information and communication

is creating waves of investment

that was first applied by the Malay-

technologies in education as well as

sian Government very successfully in

the agriculture, mining and tourism

the delivery of its Economic Transfor-

sectors.

and employment in the country. The initiative has unlocked investments totalling R24.6 billion, with a

mation Programme and Government

government contribution of

Transformation Programme.

R15 billion. Over 6 500 jobs have been

South Africa renamed the pro-

Contribution to GDP Government predicts that by 2030,

created through the Oceans Econo-

gramme Operation Phakisa to

the oceans economy will contribute

my segment of Operation Phakisa, ac-

highlight the urgency with which

R177 billion to the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gross

cording to President Jacob Zuma.

government wants to deliver on some

Domestic Product (GDP). So far,

of the priorities encompassed in the

R444 million has been invested to

National Development Plan.

create jobs in aquaculture.

He recently hosted stakeholders in Durban, where he provided an update on the implementation of Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy.

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Operation Phakisa is being implemented in the ocean economy,

Speaking at the gathering attended by several Cabinet Ministers, stake-

Public Sector Manager â&#x20AC;˘ November 2017


holders in the maritime and environ-

In addition, the ocean sectors

the maritime vessel industrial complex

ment sector as well as local business,

contribute approximately 4.4 percent

President Zuma said the first imple-

to South Africa’s GDP, with the largest

mentation of Operation Phakisa had

contribution coming from the value

been recognised in government’s

focused on unlocking the potential of

chains.

strategic plans as a major oppor-

South Africa’s oceans. “We brought together in the Oceans

The President visited the Port of Durban and was impressed with

at Bayhead in the Port of Durban. The boatbuilding sector has long

tunity to stimulate new investment, exports and job creation.

Economy project representatives from

the specialised super tugboats that

The park is planned to be a world-

government, industry, labour, civil

were being built at Southern African

class space for the production and

society and academia to collaborate

Shipyards.

repair of leisure and commercial

in unlocking the economic potential of our oceans. “The largest contribution to the total

“This is a R1.4 billion project. This is a demonstration of South Africa’s capacity and capability to build special-

boats. It will be the single largest boat building facility in southern Africa. It will also accommodate emerg-

investment in the oceans economy

ised vessels locally. Seven of the nine

ing and Black-owned boatbuilding

was from infrastructure development,

tugboats have already been built as

companies and key suppliers, the

mainly in our ports, manufacturing,

part of this project and around 500

President said.

mainly in boat building, aquaculture

jobs have been created.

The project represents an invest-

and scientific surveys in the oil and

“The South African Navy seeks to

ment of more than R250 million and

gas sector, having been facilitated

build their complex and specialised

will have the capacity to produce up

through government incentives,” said

hydrographic survey vessel to map

to 150 boats annually, mainly for the

President Zuma.

the sea floor, an investment of ap-

export market.

South Africa is also targeting the

proximately R1.8 billion.”

The park will have a Marine Skills Development Centre to provide on-

Oceans Economy as it is one of the key drivers in the Nine-Point Plan

Ports of investment

the-job and practical training for the

to grow the economy, create jobs,

President Zuma added that govern-

unemployed and youth.

transform the economy and attract

ment intends to establish the KwaZu-

In the marine transport and manu-

investment.

lu-Natal Boatbuilding Park as part of

facturing focus area, the Port of Dur-

Public Sector Manager • November 2017

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ban has seen the completion of the Outer Dry Dock Caisson to improve safety. The upgraded Durban Dry Dock will be key to attracting ship repair business to Durban. At the Port of Cape Town, the Burgan Fuel Storage Facility, a substantial private sector investment of over R660 million, has recently commenced operations, to augment the fuel supply and energy demand in the Western Cape. A Cruise Terminal concession to

These projects include the marine

the skills development programme.

fund, design, build and operate has

species and inland freshwater fish

been awarded to the V&A Waterfront

and have empowered more than 15

cadet and seafarer training, marine

Company in the Port of Cape Town,

small, medium and micro enterprises.

engineering, various apprenticeships

which will see an increase in cruise-

The development of small harbours

“Our training programmes include

as well as specialised training.

liners docking in this port and bolster

has the potential to unlock economic

the tourism market.

opportunities along the coast and

Programme of the South African

stimulate local economies, said the

Maritime Safety Authority has also

President.

facilitated the training of 125 young

In the Port of Saldanha Bay, the new Sunrise Energy Liquid Petroleum Gas Facility, through a concession issued

“To exploit this potential, we have

“The Marine Youth Development

people from Orange Farm, Port St

by the Transnet National Ports Author-

commenced with preparations for

Johns and Buffalo City Municipality in

ity, has also commenced operation.

the planned National Small Harbours

hospitality and seamanship. This will

Development Laboratory. Investor

help them gain jobs on international

Supply Base berth at the Port of

conferences are being held in the

cruise liners,” he said.

Saldanha has been completed as

coastal provinces as a build-up to

part of the establishment of Saldanha

the national lab engagement.

The construction of the Offshore

Bay as an offshore oil and gas support hub.

“Already, critical capital and main-

In addition, many high schools now offer maritime subjects, including 18 schools in KwaZulu-Natal. The Depart-

tenance projects of approximately

ment of Basic Education is working

With regard to the offshore oil and

R400 million rand have been identi-

with the South African International

gas focus area, 14 exploration rights,

fied to modernise and develop the

Maritime Institute to designate dedi-

six production rights and two techni-

12 proclaimed fishing harbours.”

cated maritime schools.

cal cooperation permits have been issued.

“We have gone quite a distance

Developing skills

indeed in unlocking our oceans to

President Zuma pointed out that the

find economic value and jobs for our

Catalyst projects

country will not be able to grow the

people,” said the President.

Detailing the progress made in the

Oceans Economy without skills de-

aquaculture focus area, the President

velopment, research and technology

contribution made by all sectors,

said the initial target of 24 catalyst

and innovation.

including business, labour, academia

projects had been exceeded and

The newly launched South African

He expressed appreciation for the

and government, in making Opera-

there were now 36 aquaculture

International Maritime Institute at Nel-

tion Phakisa: Oceans Economy a

projects.

son Mandela University coordinates

success so far.

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OR Tambo: Remembering an icon

President Jacob Zuma addresses t he t housands who gat hered in Nkantolo to celebrate t he life of OR Tambo.

N

omahomba Nzima (78) was only 17 years old

said Nzima, who has retired to Nkantolo after years in

when Oliver Tambo married his wife Adelaide. Al-

Johannesburg.

though she was a young girl at the time, Nzima

She was one of more than 10 000 people who braved

cannot forget the “handsome and charismatic” Tambo

the cold weather to gather at Tambo’s birth place to

and his bright smile on his wedding day in 1956.

honour South Africa’s struggle icon in the year he would

“He was very handsome, spoke well and was friendly

have turned 100.

to everyone, I can never forget the day of his wedding to his equally beautiful wife,” she said. “He had this unassuming look and was always

A well-respected leader Although Tambo did not live long enough to witness

humble, there was no doubt he would one day be

South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, his

leading because he possessed leadership qualities,”

legacy lives on and the centenary celebrations at his

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home village of Nkantolo, Eastern Cape, proved that he

lasting friendship in and outside politics and had great

still wields immense respect among South Africans.

respect for each other as the first black lawyers to open

Government has devoted 2017 to the celebration of

a law firm in Johannesburg.

Tambo’s life and the work of the man after whom the continent’s biggest and busiest airport is named. Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-

A remarkable human being President Jacob Zuma, who spoke at the centenary

Ngubane, who was one of many Cabinet Ministers who

event in Nkantolo, described Tambo as a remarkable

attended the centenary celebration, described Tambo

human being, consummate freedom fighter and an

as a leader who kept the ANC together when the party

outstanding leader.

was at its weakest. “Without him and his ability to maintain the struggle

“Comrade Tambo undertook this enormous responsibility with the strength of an elephant, razor-sharp focus

and keep the liberation movement together, we would

and unequalled wisdom. He also remained humble,

probably never have arrived where we are today. His

treating everyone he interacted with as the most impor-

contribution is something all of us need to cherish and

tant people he had come across,” said President Zuma.

celebrate,” said Minister Kubayi-Ngubane. Long-time comrade and former Minister Pallo Jordan

Tambo earned the respect of his various audiences and, together with his comrades, they succeeded in

described Tambo as a disciplined leader who remained

building a formidable international movement against

humble throughout his life.

apartheid and support for freedom fighters inside South

“He remained humble in everything he did and he showed this at an early age in his life and kept at it throughout,” Jordan said.

Africa and abroad, he added. “Comrade Tambo’s leadership in mobilising the international community put our struggle on top of the

Although the majority of the people who packed a

agenda of international bodies such as the United Na-

large white marquee, where the celebrations were held

tions (UN) and also the Organisation for African Unity.

in Nkantolo, never knew Tambo personally, his well-docu-

The declaration by the UN of apartheid as a crime

mented contribution to South Africa’s struggle for libera-

against humanity is largely a tribute to his tireless ef-

tion was enough for them to take the time to celebrate

forts,” he said.

the icon’s birthday. As the longest serving leader of the African National Congress (ANC), Tambo’s resilience and contribution to the liberation movement is unmatched. OR, as Tambo was fondly known, commanded respect

The President said Tambo distinguished himself in leading the ANC when it faced some of the most intractable problems since its establishment in 1912. “During his leadership of the ANC thousands of young people left South Africa to join the ranks of the MK and

internationally and several African countries opened

the ANC. They were scattered in far-flung corners of the

their doors to ANC comrades due to his influence and

globe often under desperate conditions.”

leadership. His long-time friend and comrade, the late former

President Zuma added that sometimes the frustrations of living in exile under difficult conditions surfaced and

President Nelson Mandela, regarded him as a spiritual

morale often fell. But it was thanks to Tambo’s leadership

brother. Tambo was a devoted Christian, who was forced

skills that the liberation movement was kept together,

to abandon his love for preaching and teaching, to en-

and that the struggle continued in earnest.

gage in a struggle to free South Africa from the chains of an oppressive system. Mandela and Tambo forged a

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Tambo demonstrated his leadership when he convened the Morogoro Conference in 1969 to address

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President Jacob Zuma was joined by members of t he Tambo family when he recently unveiled a statue of Tambo at t he OR Tambo International Airpor t.

some of the challenges facing the ANC in exile and

vices. It depicts Tambo coming off an aeroplane with

to chart a way forward in the struggle for liberation, he

suitcases.

said.

Tambo’s son, Dali Tambo, said the statue is symbolic of the many travels Tambo conducted in his fight for

Welcoming visitors to SA

the liberation of South Africa. The statue also shows him

In an earlier event, government honoured Tambo by un-

coming down two steps which symbolises the steps he

veiling a statue in his honour at OR Tambo International

was taking not only into the country but into his last

Airport in Johannesburg.

days as he was not well at the time.

“The installation of this statue at the international ar-

“One of the greatest resources South Africa has is its

rivals hall of this airport is especially fitting as it was to

heritage and this statue is a piece of that heritage,” said

this airport that OR Tambo would return in 1990 after 30

Dali.

years in exile – finally, to be greeted by his own people,” said President Zuma at that event. The 2.5 metre bronze statue is situated at the inter-

Thanking officials, Dali said the statue was a great tribute to his father’s life and his contribution to the liberation struggle and South Africa. Transport Minister Joe Maswan-

national arrivals section of the airport, so international

ganyi said it was befitting that the statue was erected

visitors will be greeted by it upon arrival to South Africa.

at one of the busiest airports in the country. The airport

Domestic travellers will also be able to see the statue as they navigate to the domestic terminals. The statue was sculpted by Kgaogelo Mashilo, Paballo Majela and Zelda Stroud from Sculpture Casting Ser-

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received 21 million visitors in 2016. In addition to the statue, a bust of the struggle icon was unveiled and Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) was renamed after OR Tambo.

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Writer Pfarelo Maduguma

Innovation in the public sector celebrated

P

ublic Service and Administration Minister Faith

Ministry for Public Service and Administration, is tasked

Muthambi has urged public servants to move out

with entrenching the culture and practice of innovation

of their comfort zones, and come up with innova-

in the public service.

tions that will lead to an improved public sector. Minister Muthambi handed over awards to public serv-

ants during the 15th Public Sector Innovation Awards, which the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) recently hosted. The Annual Public Sector Innovation Awards pro-

Minister Muthambi encouraged public servants to work hard to dispel the notion that there is no creativity and innovation in the public sector. “These awards are indeed proof that public servants are creative and innovative, and through this CPSI programme we are encouraging them to continue to think

gramme is a platform that unearths, nurtures, rewards

creatively in order to improve the manner in which our

and facilitates the replication of innovation within the

government delivers services,” she said.

public sector. The awards target all three spheres of government,

Minister Muthambi added that the CPSI’s mandate directly supports the National Development Plan in

innovation practitioners, as well as partners from the

building an effective, efficient and development-oriented

private sector and academia. They promote and encour-

public sector and an empowered and inclusive citizen-

age best practice in public sector innovation and service

ship.

delivery and celebrate the successes of individuals and

“Tonight is a clear indication of how our public officials,

teams in all spheres of government in their quest to in-

moved by the plight of their fellow citizens, have decided

novatively improve service delivery.

to embrace innovation as a key enabler and a gamechanger in exploring better and more improved ways of

A culture of innovation The CPSI, which is an institution within the portfolio of the

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delivering services to citizens. “Our public officials are increasingly, boldly pushing

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boundaries to move beyond ordinariness to find new,

Department of Education’s online admissions applica-

extraordinary ways of delivering services,” she said.

tion system. The online system allows parents to apply for admission of entry grades and grade 8 from the comfort

Celebrating the winners

of their homes. It successfully registered more than

There were winners in four categories. Category A: In-

454 902 applicants in 2016.

novative solutions reducing the cost of delivering services

Winners from the four categories went on to vie for the

was won by the Mpumalanga emergency medical dis-

prestigious 2017 Innovator of the Year Award. Mpuma-

patch system. Very simple but effective, the system is able

langa emergency medical dispatch system emerged

to dispatch ambulances and also provides a 'bird's eye

victorious in this category.

view' of where any ambulance is at any given time. The

The special Ministerial awards went to the MIA sani-

system has improved the response time tremendously,

tary towel project, and to Mpumalanga Department of

saving lives in the process.

Health’s optical laboratory.

Category B: Innovative use of ICTs for effective service delivery was scooped by Companies and Intellectual

Recognising trailblazers

Property Commission’s modernisation of company regis-

Three public servants were specially recognised as public

tration system. This innovation means that with the click of

sector innovation trailblazers, namely Xolani Phakathi

a button a company can be registered at any day and

(Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal), Cosmos Dube

time without much effort. Turnaround times for company

(Department of Health, Mpumalanga), and Elijah Mzi-

registration have been reduced from 20 to 30 days in

yako (Department of Health, Mpumalanga). They were all

2011 to just a few minutes currently.

recognised for their contributions in providing ICT-based

Category C: Innovative service delivery institutions

solutions to service delivery challenges.

award went to the oncology service, Klerksdorp/Tshe-

All the winning projects walked away with R20 000

pong Hospital Complex, Department of Health, North

each, which will be used to expand or advance their

West. The establishment of the oncology unit has im-

projects, with the exception of the innovator of the year

proved the lives of cancer patients who used to travel to

project, which received R60 000.

Johannesburg to receive treatment. The unit has created

The Klerksdorp/Tshepong Hospital Complex oncology

a short treatment machine which has improved the wait-

project of the North West Department of Health also

ing time immensely.

scooped the GEMS Health Award which came with

Category D: Innovative enhancement of internal systems of government award recognised the Gauteng

R50 000 in prize money. Minister Muthambi was impressed by the number of youth who were part of the finalist projects. She said the public sector was becoming a conducive place of work for the youth, with their enquiring minds and their insatiable curiosity and passion to try new and better ideas. The Minister said through this project, more and more public servants would come forward with innovations, which would lead to an improvement in the

Public Ser vice and Administration Minister Fait h Mut hambi wit h some of t he winners at t he 15t h Public Sector Innovation Awards.

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Creating inclusive workplaces

F

rom 3 November to 3 December,

with disabilities can contribute

South Africa commemorates Dis-

valuable skills and abilities to every

ability Rights Awareness Month.

workplace and contribute to the

ously disadvantaged groups are fairly

economy of our society.”

represented in the workforce of a

This is in line with promotion of the democratic values of human dignity,

There are also a number of encour-

equality and freedom, as per the Con-

aging success stories of persons with

stitution of the country.

employees. The main aim is to ensure that previ-

particular employer. Other means of eliminating dis-

disabilities in both the public and

crimination in workplaces include the

The global community also marks

private sector, in support of this view.

auditing of employment policies and

International Day of Persons with Dis-

There is no doubt though that more

practices, information sharing, diver-

abilities on 3 December.

effort has to be placed on implemen-

sity training, and the establishment

tation of the policies.

of effective and appropriate internal

As we reflect on inclusiveness in workplaces for persons with disabili-

The Employment Equity Act of 1998

dispute resolution mechanisms.

ties, it is disturbing to learn of the low

(EEA), prohibits direct and indirect

representation of this group across

discrimination on the grounds of

also play a role by informing fellow

all occupational levels. The 2016/17

disability.

employees about their rights.

Annual Report of the Commission for

Examples of discrimination on the

Employees and trade unions should

Education and awareness initia-

Employment Equity indicates that,

grounds of disability include, among

tives are crucial in addressing the

“not only for this reporting period,

others:

stereotypes that are the basis for

disability representation across all oc-

cupational levels remained very low”. However, it is not all bad news. South Africa has progressive policies

Using selection criteria that would

discrimination against people with

screen out a job applicant who

disabilities. It is imperative for people

has a disability

to know their rights and responsibili-

Refusing to make reasonable

ties in the workplace.

formulated to protect the rights of

accommodation to the known

Unfair discrimination disputes on

persons with disabilities. The contri-

disability of a person, unless the

the grounds of disability may be re-

bution of persons with disabilities

accommodation would pose an

ferred to the Council for Conciliation

is not underestimated. The Code of

undue hardship

Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)

Good Practice on the Employment of

Denying employment of a person

for conciliation if they remain un-

Persons with Disabilities states: “When

because she/he has an associa-

resolved following the company’s

opportunities and reasonable ac-

tion with a person with disabilities.

internal grievance procedures.

commodation are provided, persons

In terms of the EEA, workplaces have to implement affirmative action and measures to promote equitable representation of em-

The CCMA has the power to arbitrate such disputes. Transformation in society and workplaces to accommodate

ployees from different races,

persons with disabilities requires a

gender and disability

multi-pronged approach including

groups.

enforced compliance and mind-set

Affirmative action aims

change.

to achieve equality at work without lowering standards and without unduly limiting the prospects of existing

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feature

Elevating tourism

in Graskop M

pumalanga is best known

by the Graskop Gorge Lift Company,

platform, there will be curio shops, a

for its natural splendour and

in a private-public partnership with

children’s play area, restaurants and

enchanting landscapes,

the National Empowerment Fund

a bar as well as an extensive network

making it the ideal tourism destination.

(NEF), and THALEDA − a develop-

of walkways.

One of the province’s gems is the town of Graskop, which is about to

ment agency of Thaba Chweu Local Municipality.

get a little more magical and, in the process, boost the province’s economy, thanks to the new Graskop Gorge.

The Graskop Gorge development will also offer educational tours that specifically talk about preservation

Inspired by natural beauty

by way of an elevated forest walkway that will be situated at the bottom

Oupa Pilane who, together with

of the gorge. Here two suspension

iconic God’s Window on the R533

James Sheard and Campbell Scott,

bridges will bring visitors even closer

towards Hazyview, the site is currently

owns the Graskop Gorge Lift Com-

to nature and feature interpretation

under renovation and promises excit-

pany said the project draws inspira-

boards with valuable information

ing new developments.

tion from the natural beauty of the

about the Blyde River Canyon, all

province.

organisms that reside in the area, the

Situated just 15 minutes from the

The first is a viewing lift that will cost R40 million to construct and will

“When we look around the country,

importance of the forest and how

offer tourists spectacular views from

we see the beautiful Table Mountain

an escarpment catches water that

different angles. The Graskop Gorge

in Cape Town and the beaches of

benefits the surrounding community

development’s viewing elevator will

Margate. Here in Mpumalanga, we

and wildlife.

not only be a first for the province but

want to give visitors a different experi-

also for Africa.

ence and the new glass elevator will

40-bed boutique hotel, will cost nearly

do just this,” he explained.

R100 million. It will also feature an

The development is being done

Viewing elevators have become an

The project, that also features a

adventure centre.

attraction the world over. In 2016, a truly terrifying 1 070 foot-tall glass el-

Catalyst for growth

evator was built in China’s Zhangjiajie

“What was previously an unused

Forest Park overlooking the Wulingyu-

piece of municipal-owned land is

an Scenic Area. The elevator is fondly

now going to be a catalyst for growth

known as ‘hundred dragons sky lift’

and development,” said Pilane.

and takes about two minutes to move up or down the cliff. The viewing elevator at the Graskop

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Construction of the lift base involved around 160 tons of concrete being poured down a specially-created

Gorge development will travel 51m

pipe system that ran down the cliff

and will transport visitors from the

face. The lift shaft weighs 88 tons and

ground level. It will accommodate

is 60m in length, with a total travel

26 people at once. At the viewing

distance of 51m, which is around 16

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An ar tist's impression of what t he exciting new Graskop Gorge development will look like.

storeys. It was assembled in 2.5m sec-

more visitors to surrounding tourism

through the implementation of this

tions, which were bolted one on top of

establishments,” added Mathebula.

project. Pilane said further perma-

the other. Sindiswa Mathebula, Thaba Chweu

Mpumalanga’s scenic beauty,

nent positions will be created once

wildlife, sunny climate, outdoor ac-

construction is finished. It is expected

Local Municipality’s Director: Local

tivities, foodie options and relatively

that 44 people will eventually secure

Economic Development and Plan-

close proximity to Johannesburg

full-time employment. BEE oppor-

ning, explained that in 2013 the

and Pretoria make it a prime tourism

tunities have been structured into

municipality did a hotel development

destination. Pilane hopes visitors will

the procurement of services and,

feasibility study that found that the

enjoy the site and think fondly of

where possible, procurement is done

occupancy rate at hotels and lodges

Mpumalanga.

locally. Companies appointed as

in the area was only 46 percent. It

“We want people to enjoy the view

suppliers or contractors must have

was then realised that activity-based

and learn about the beauty of our

a minimum BEE level 4 rating. Locals

developments were needed first to

province. This lift takes the province

are being trained to assist with the

increase the number of visitors.

and the country straight to the top

less technical construction jobs and

as we believe it will bring economic

are consequently gaining skills that

grades will be needed to support the

growth to the province. We believe

they can use in future to earn an

development of this tourism node,

that tourists from across the world

income.

most specifically the state of the ac-

will be tempted to have this amazing

cess road.

experience in Mpumalanga,” said

working on the project. The crew is

Pilane.

already working on the top walk-

She said that infrastructure up-

Job creation

Construction of the new site is well

Apart from the rates and taxes

on its way since it started in March

payable to the local council by

2017 and, if all goes well, will be fin-

the Graskop Gorge Lift Company,

ished in the final quarter of 2017.

she said SMME opportunities have already been created and the

Thus far, 120 temporary construction positions have been created

Currently, five local contractors are

way and the extensive network of walkways. “We are all very proud to be part of this groundbreaking project. This will take Mpumalanga to new heights,” said Pilane.

expected influx of people will have a great social impact on the area. “Tourism equals job creation. In addition, a development of this magnitude, which is expected to draw domestic and international visitors, has spin-off benefits for the region, including the preservation of cultural heritage, improved infrastructure and

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feature

Source: SAnews

SA helps fund African oceans economy projects

S

Dr Nokwe will succeed Ambassador KV Bhagirath of India, who will conclude his term as Secretary-General of the association at the end of the year. “I wish to thank Ambassador Bhagirath for his sterling leadership of the secretariat over recent years, and we wish Dr Nokwe the best in her new po-

outh Africa will allocate US$50 000

support of African oceans economy

sition. We assure her of our support,”

to projects in support of African

projects under the 2050 AIMS,” the

said Minister Nkoana-Mashabane.

oceans economy projects under

Minister added.

the African Union’s 2050 African Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS). South Africa recently assumed the chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), an international organisation consisting of 21 coastal

She was addressing the IORA 17th Meeting of the Council of Ministers, which was held in Durban in October. South Africa assumed the IORA chair during the meeting. The Minister said the meeting was

South Africa is one of the founding members of the IORA. Half of the world’s trade travels through this region and IORA’s vast coastline holds two thirds of world’s oil reserves, and one third of bulk cargo traffic and produces goods and ser-

states bordering the Indian Ocean.

successfully used to advance South

vices worth over

IORA’s aim is to promote trade lib-

Africa’s priorities for its time as IORA

US$1 trillion, with intra-IORA trade

eralisation and trade cooperation

chair from 2017 to 2019, including the

amounting to some US$777 billion.

between the member states, with ac-

AIMS and Agenda 2063.

tivities focusing on trade facilitation,

She noted that a country’s foreign

South Africa’s theme for its tenure is ‘Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia,

investment promotion and economic

policy is firmly premised on its domes-

Australasia and the Middle East

cooperation.

tic priorities, so South Africa expects

through Enhanced Cooperation

“As is the tradition when assuming

great dividends from linking the

for Peace, Stability and Sustainable

the IORA Chair, South Africa will make

IORA Blue Economy to its domestic

Development’.

a financial contribution of US$250

Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy

000, in the form of US$150 000 to assist

initiative.

in the implementation of the IORA

The council also appointed South

As chair, South Africa has committed to further regional cooperation in areas such as the blue economy,

Action Plan 2017-2021, particularly for

Africa’s Dr Nomvuyo Nokwe, the

women's economic empowerment,

the establishment of the new work-

country’s former High Commissioner

SME promotion, youth empowerment

ing groups and the core group,” said

to Mauritius, as the next Secretary-

and cooperation among academics,

Minister of International Relations and

General of IORA.

and in science and technology.

Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. The African agenda is a prominent feature of South Africa’s foreign policy, and as such the country will make US$100 000 available for the IORA Special Fund for pilot development projects aimed at improving the lives of IORA’s poorest people. “Half of this amount (US$50 000) will be allocated to projects in Africa in

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health and well-beinG

Source: SAnews

Rethink your drink – choose water

T

he Department of Health is encouraging South

the prevalence of obesity and non-communicable

Africans to consider making water their beverage

diseases in the country is alarming.

of choice every day, as it is essential for health

and the best way to quench thirst.

“The South African Demographic and Health Survey conducted in 2016 found that the prevalence of

The department said the simple but profound

overweight was 13.3 percent among children of zero

goodness of water has been somewhat left behind

to five years of age. About 67.6 percent and 31.3

as people are overwhelmed with the wide choice of

percent of South African women and men, respec-

beverages, most being sugary drinks.

tively, are overweight and obese. These findings show

Water is still the best beverage choice as it contains no kilojoules and hydrates the body.

that overweight and obesity among children and adults have increased from earlier surveys. Replacing sugary drinks with water can help,” said Ntsie.

Downside of sugary drinks

Ntsie added that it makes good sense to replace

There are a number of health dangers associated with choosing sugar-sweetened drinks as an alternative to drinking water. Sugary drinks spike the body’s daily kilojoule intake, degrade diet and lead to weight gain.

sugary drinks with water. “Drinking lots of clean and safe water is essential for one’s health. Besides keeping you hydrated, it helps with digestion, regulates your body temperature, and lubricates your joints. Furthermore, tap water is cheaper than any other drink.”

The Director of Nutrition at the department, Rebone Ntsie, said

Link between sugary drinks and heart disease The Chief Executive Officer of the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, Professor Pamela Naidoo, warned that the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke rises with an increase in body weight. “There is also a clear link between sugary drink consumption and heart disease. Indicators of heart disease such as blood lipids and uric acid also increase with an increase in consumption of sugary drinks,” explained Naidoo. The department said daily consumption of two or

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more sugary drinks has been found to increase the risk of developing diabetes by at least 24 percent compared to consuming less than one sugary drink per month. According to Statistics South Africa, diabetes was the second leading underlying cause of death in the country in 2015, accounting for about 5.4 percent deaths, and it is the leading cause of death in females, accounting for about 7.1 percent deaths. On average, commercially produced sugary drinks contain the following amounts of sugar per 500ml serving (two average-sized cups/glasses): •

Sweetened fizzy drinks: 13 – 17 teaspoons

Energy drinks: 13½ to 15 teaspoons

Fruit juice: 12 – 16 teaspoons

Sweetened milk or yoghurt-based drinks: 7 – 13½ teaspoons

Sweetened iced tea: 8 – 10½ teaspoons

Sports drinks: 4½ − 12 teaspoons

Sweetened drinks, such as sweetened flavoured water, vitamin enriched water and coconut water: 4 – 8 teaspoons of water.

years) should not be more than nine teaspoons. “To achieve more health benefits, the number of

Healthy intake of sugar

teaspoons of sugar from food and beverages per

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recom-

day for adult men and adolescents (14 to 18 years)

mended that the intake of free sugars, (such as

should not be more than six teaspoons, and for

sugars added by the manufacturer, cook or con-

adult women and children (5 to 13 years), not more

sumer or sugars naturally present in honey, syrups,

than five teaspoons,” she said.

fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates), should be

Carol Browne of the Nutrition Society of South Africa

less than 10 percent of the total daily energy intake

said most sugary drinks have a nutrition information

for adults and children and less than five percent for

label, which indicates how much of the carbohy-

further health benefits.

drate in the drink is found as sugar.

The President of the Association for Dietetics in

She said in milk-based drinks, some of the sugar will

South Africa, Nicole Lubasinski, said this means that

be the sugar from milk, and this is not classified as a

the maximum intake of free sugars from food and

‘free sugar’.

beverages per day for adult men and adolescents

“In these products, the total sugar content on the

(14 to 18 years) should not be more than 12 tea-

nutrition information label should be considered with

spoons, and for adult women and children (5 to 13

the ingredient list.”

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Steven Zwane Chief Executive Officer of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme Steven Zwane has been appointed CEO of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). He has more than 12 years’ executive management experience across banking, consulting, education and training, covering strategy, operations, technology, sales, and youth development programmes. Zwane holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Zululand and an MBA from Durham University in the United Kingdom. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Nelson Mandela Scholarship that enabled him to attain his Master’s degree. Before joining NSFAS, he was Chief Operating Officer at Barclays Africa and previously the Head of Performance Management and Strategy within the group. Prior to this, he worked as Head of Strategy, Manager of Channel Strategy, and Provincial Sales Manager, among other leadership roles at First National Bank. He has served as an entrepreneurship lecturer at the Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Programme (YLED) and Wits Business School since 2012. Zwane founded the award winning YLED, which is a youth skills development programme that gives selected young people an opportunity to hone their interpersonal, leadership, career and entrepreneurship skills to aid their chances towards better future. His role at NSFAS will be to ensure that it remains an efficient and effective provider of financial aid to students from poor and working-class families, in pursuit of South Africa’s national and human resource development goals.

Grace Molatedi Regional Commissioner for the Gauteng Department of Correctional Services Grace Molatedi has been appointed Regional Commissioner for the Gauteng Department of Correctional Services. Molatedi joined the Department of Correctional Services in 1996 as the Head of Social Work Services at Rooigrond Management Area. She has 17 years’ experience in different portfolios within the department. She served as the Area Commissioner of Grootvlei Management Area from May 1998 to February 2001. From March 2001 to September 2004 she was the Provincial Control Officer in the Free State and later became the Regional Head of Development and Care in the Free State and Northern Cape Region. She was appointed the Area Commissioner of Pretoria Management Area in October 2007 until July 2010. From August 2010 she served as the Deputy Regional Commissioner of Free State and Northern Cape until her appointment as the Regional Commissioner of Gauteng. Molatedi holds a Degree in Social Work and attended the Presidential Strategic Leadership Development Programme. Some of her responsibilities in her new role include spearheading compliance with supply chain procurement processes. She will also be responsible for finding creative ways to address challenges of over-crowding particularly in big centres such as Johannesburg to ensure compliance with the Saldanha Judgment on overcrowding.

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Local fashion looking good T

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he South African fashion industry continues seeing exponential growth every year. There are dozens of local designers creating uniquely South

African products and haute couture fashion that could easily feature on international runways. Why not acquaint yourself with some of these local designers, some of whom have been in the industry for years and others who are relative newcomers but are changing the game with hand-crafted products. Here are some great, local finds for your wardrobe.

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1. This Hlengiwe shirt dress by Amanda Laird Cherry is perfect for summer. Available at www.spree.co.za, R895. 2. We love these handmade black, charcoal and gold wrap bangles, Henriette Botha (henriette-botha.myshopify.com), R250. 3-4. Hallo Jane has a large range of sterling silver and bamboo accessories. We especially like this necklace for R380 and studs for R390. Go to hallojane.co.za.

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5. Cape Town-based designer Thalia designs and handcrafts accessories like this bucket bag in gold. Each piece is handmade and can take up to 20 working days to produce, Thalia Strates (thaliastrates. com), R4 150. 6. Another amazing Thalia 6

Strates design is this Mali clutch with fur, R3 500. 7. Another of our favourites is the fabric designs of these Babatunde bucket hats, available at babatunde.co.za from R290.

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financial fitness

Supplied by: Public Ser vice Commission

PSC assisting those with missing pension records

T

he Public Service Commission

The missing records, such as sal-

the pensionable years.

(PSC) has appealed to all pub-

ary advices, IRP5 forms or leave

lic servants employed by the

records which are required as

GPAA and the agreement was for

North West Provincial Government who

proof by the Government Pensions

the PSC to develop a database

have lost their pension records to reg-

Administration Agency (GPAA) to

of all affected employees so that

ister their names with the commission.

determine the contribution made to

the GPAA can look into alternative

According to Bully Sedibe, Provin-

the pension fund by members for

mechanisms that can be deployed

cial Director: North West, the PSC has

the periods under consideration,

in order to provide the necessary

embarked on a project to assist all

particularly prior to 1994, result in

relief to affected employees,” he

current and former employees who

retirees forfeiting valuable pension

explained.

have lost their pension records, par-

payouts for the period served in the

ticularly during the transition from

public service.

Bophuthatswana into South Africa in

A previous study undertaken by

“We had a meeting with the

The PSC is currently working with the Office of the Premier in North West as well as the GPAA and other

the PSC found that the Government

stakeholders to identify methods

Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) was

that could be considered to pro-

section 196 of the Constitution to

founded based on all previous nine

cess fair pension payouts.

investigate grievances of employees

pension funds. Some of the pen-

The PSC has started placing ad-

in the public service as well as moni-

sion funds which were integrated

verts in local publications in North

tor and evaluate the organisation

into the GEPF had better recording

West but also wants to reach out to

and administration, and the person-

systems than others, resulting in

those employees and former em-

nel practices of the public service,

disputes over pensionable years

ployees who may have relocated to

explained Sedibe.

from different pension funds as

other provinces.

the early to mid-90s. The PSC is mandated in terms of

From the grievances lodged with the PSC, it became apparent that most employees terminating their

data was migrated over to the new GEPF system. In addition, most employees in the

Those affected can phone Bully Sedibe on 018 384 1000 or email bullys@opsc.gov.za, as well as

employment with the public service

previous administrations were not

Lebogang Mautlwa on the same

had missing service records.

immediately admitted to pension

contact number or by email

funds and many officials do not

LebogangM@opsc.gov.za

have proof in their possession to support their claims that they con-

the PSC’s office at Shop No 112,

tributed to pension funds in earlier

Ground Floor, Megacity Shopping

years.

Centre, Cnr Sekame Street & Dr

Pension claims are processed as per GPAA records and evidence of

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In addition, they can also go to

James Moroka Drive, Mmabatho (Mahikeng).

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food & wine

Writer: Gilda Narsimdas

Festive season

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f you are looking for some new ideas for

your festive season feasts, look no further.

PSM recently attended a tasting where

eight of Tsogo Sun’s top chefs whipped up delicious dishes that are sure to be a hit during the holidays. Bookmark these amazing, mouth-watering, gourmet dishes for the festive season that are sure to delight your guests and taste buds.

Red snapper on mint and coriander purée with crayfish kedgeree quenelle (by Deena Naidoo, Aarya at SunSquare Montecasino and Silverstar)

Crayfish kedgeree quenelle

red chili flakes, coriander and cumin

Ingredients

powders and rice. Stir in crème frai-

150ml basmati rice

che. Leave in the fridge to cool and

400ml water

then shape in quenelle for service.

½ tsp turmeric powder

Ingredients

½ tsp salt

4 red snapper or cod fillet

30g split pea dhal

For the marinade:

1 tbsp butter

½ tsp cumin powder

¼ tsp black mustard seeds

35g mint leaves

½ tsp coriander powder

¼ tsp coriander

1 tsp garlic purée

½ tsp ground ginger and garlic

¼ cumin powder

½ tsp grated ginger

2 ml salt

Tail of one boiled crayfish chopped

½ green chili, seeded

20ml lemon juice

2 tbsp Crème fraîche

1 cup grated fresh coconut

Mint and coriander purée

Ingredients

20g coriander leaves

Juice of ½ lime

½ tsp turmeric powder

Directions

1 tbsp roasted cashew nuts

Boil pea dhal in water with salt and

¾ tsp sugar

Directions

turmeric powder for 10 minutes. Add

¼ tsp salt

Mix the marinade ingredients to-

the basmati rice and cook until soft,

gether and add in fish fillets. Cover

then drain and set aside. Add but-

for 10 minutes, remove and shallow

ter to the frying pan and then the

fry, skin first, until crispy.

mustard seeds and allow to fry. Add

2ml fenugreek powder

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Directions:

Blend all ingredients to a fine purée with a pouring consistency.

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Rudolph’s Black Angus soft short rib (by Chef Prenolan Naidoo, The Grill Jichana’s, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani) Serves six

Ingredients

1 tsp garam masala

Once the meat is soft, remove it from

1 tsp paprika

the pan and chill before trimming to re-

100ml honey

quired shape. Strain the pan juices and

Khoisan sea salt

reduce to obtain a jus of the required

Pepper

consistency to be served on the side as an accompaniment.

Directions:

Temper the curry powder, garam masa-

Pre-heat oven to 150°C. Rub the short

la and paprika in a dry pan before

100g onion, chopped

rib with the olive oil and then season

mixing in the honey and pan-juices

100g carrot, chopped

and brown well in a hot frying pan

to create a nice sticky glaze which is

100g celery, chopped

before placing in a roasting pan. Brown

brushed onto the short rib.

100g leeks, chopped

all the vegetables and herbs in the

Purée one tin of water chestnuts with

1 tsp garlic, crushed

same meat frying pan, add the tomato

sautéed onion, garlic and cream to de-

5 sprigs fresh thyme

paste and then deglaze the pan with

sired consistency before heating and

3 bay leaves

the wine.

plating as a base to the short rib.

1 tbsp tomato paste

Add the pan contents to the meat in

Pickle 100g dried cranberries in sherry

300ml red wine

the roasting pan, and then add the

vinegar and sugar for one hour

1 cup water

water and season. Cover in foil and

before straining and serving with

1 tbsp Durban curry mix powder

roast in the oven for 90 minutes.

the short rib.

6 x 150g short ribs, bone in 2 tbsp olive oil

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food & wine

Cannolis (by Chef Gareth Jordaan, Lucé, Southern Sun Hyde Park) Serves 4

sherry, water and vinegar. Mix the

on a low heat until the sugar has

ingredients together with a fork until

dissolved. Turn up the heat and al-

the dough forms a ball. Have some

low the sugar to boil. Using a sugar

flour available to dust your hands

thermometer, bring the sugar up

Blueberry Cheesecake filling:

and work the surface and knead for

to 115°C. In a mixer, blend the egg

Ingredients

five minutes. Wrap dough with cling

whites and the cream of tartar until

100g blueberries

wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

soft peaks are formed. This is the

250g Philadelphia cream cheese

Once dough is rested roll it out until

right stage to start adding the sugar.

120g icing sugar

paper thin and cut out circles with a

Slowly drizzle in the sugar syrup

1 tsp vanilla essence

cookie cutter (10 cm in diameter).

while the egg whites are mixing at

1 pinch ground nutmeg

Fold the cannoli dough around the

high speed. After two minutes the

cannoli tube for shaping and stick

meringue should have formed.

Directions:

the ends together. Carefully place

Add the cream cheese into a mixer

in your heated oil and deep fry for

with a whisk attachment on a low

one minute. Remove your cannoli

speed. Once cream cheese has sof-

from the oil and slip off the cannoli

tened, add nutmeg, vanilla essence

shell from the cannoli tube. Allow to

and icing sugar. Mix on a high speed

cool and then pipe in the blueberry

until mixture is incorporated and fluffy.

cheesecake filling from each side.

Cannoli

Coconut sorbet

Ingredients

1 can coconut cream

Ingredients

2 tbsp icing sugar

1 tbsp white sugar

Directions:

1 cup cake flour ½ tsp cinnamon powder

Ingredients

100g frozen berries 50g white sugar

Directions:

Place the frozen berries and sugar

Fold blueberries in with a spatula and put the mixture in a piping bag.

Berry Coulis

in a blender and blend at high speed to achieve a nice smooth sauce.

Pistachio Crumble 50g shelled pistachio nuts

Pour the coconut milk into ice cube

Directions:

1 tbsp butter

trays and freeze. Once frozen, place it

1 egg

in a blender with the icing sugar and

¼ cup sherry

blend on the highest speed. Transfer

ting board. Crush the nuts with the

1 tsp white vinegar

sorbet into a tub and place in the

base of a whisky glass.

1 tsp water

freezer until ready to use.

500 ml cooking oil for deep frying 1 dial stick or cannoli tube for

Italian Meringue

Place the pistachio nuts on a cut-

Assembly:

Start with the pistachio crumble on

Ingredients:

one side of the plate. Place the sor-

1 cup white sugar

bet over the crumble. On the other

Directions:

½ cup water

end of the plate, spoon on some

Add the flour, sugar and cinnamon

4 egg whites

Italian meringue and then place

together in a bowl and mix. Then

½ tsp cream of tartar

the blueberry cheesecake-filled

shaping.

add the butter and rub into the dry ingredients with your fingers. Make a well in the middle and add the egg,

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cannolis on top. Finish by dressing

Directions

Add the sugar and water in a pot

the plate with the berry coulis and add whole berries if you wish.

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nice to haves

Writer: Nic holas Francis

essentials

Summer handbag

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he summer sun is back, making it the perfect time of the year for the beach, outdoor music festivals and farmers’ markets. Your handbag needs to be ready

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so it can get you through the busy summer season with some of these essentials. Don’t forget to take along sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside and take along a lip care product, pair of sunglasses and hat.

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Pierre Cardin Gabriella shopper bag, R649.

2.

Clinique moisture surge face spray, 150ml, R395.

3.

Clicks hygiene waterless sanitiser, 50ml, R10.95.

4.

Woolworths pink ombre cat eye sunglasses, R99.95.

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Style Republic quilted detail trifold purse, R119.

6.

The Body Shop vitamin E moisture protect lip care, SPF15, R80.

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Coach Eau De Parfum, 90ml, R1 330.

8.

Clicks mini manicure set in a pouch, R78.95.

9.

Eucerin SPF50 Sun Lotion, 150ml, R220.95.

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Writer: Duane Stacey Photographer: Duane Stacey

travel

Lowveld leisure I

t had been some time since my last trip to the bush,

While I tried to make the link between ‘no key’ and

long enough for the memories to have faded and the

‘safety’, he continues casually, “In case wild animals enter

sentimentalities of those soul-stirring experiences to be

the camp, we can hightail it into the nearest room, but

banished by the brash busyness of life in the city. But as I descend upon Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, it does not take long for those recollections

the camp is fenced and suitable for small children, so you should be fine.” Well, if the lack of cellphone reception did not speak

of familiarities to kick-start a deep-seated excitement

to the remoteness of our location, those words and the

within me. This uniquely South African bush-themed air-

distant hum of an African drum calling us to the dinner

port in Nelspruit is one of my favourites and really sets the

table certainly did.

tone for an African bush adventure.

With the capacity for just 16 guests, intimate dinner settings are part and parcel of the experience that includes

Timeless Timbavati

a watering hole, a mere glance away from our dinner

We arrive in the dark to the flickering lights of Kambaku

table.

Safari Lodge and are afforded an impressive insight into

Dave’s passion for the bush is obvious from the stories

how this eco-friendly lodge, with 80 solar panels dis-

he shares so willingly. While the candles burn deep into

creetly placed throughout the camp, is able to operate

the night, the conversations turn to what adventures

entirely off the grid.

await in the morning.

Dave, our host, graciously guides us to our rooms and presents us with a torch, the only object we need to ac-

Something special

cess these private chalets. My perplexed stare at this key

A gentle 5am knock on the door is enough to jolt me

chain with no key prompts him to casually answer the

awake from a restful sleep. We meet briefly over some

question written on my face, “Oh, none of the rooms have

coffee and rusks before boarding our game-viewing

a key. It’s for safety.”

vehicle for the day. Our experienced rangers methodi-

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cally explain the usual safety guidelines, which I pay as little attention to as a frequent flyer would to the seatbelt

ties, the two lodges are different in character. Most notably, Kambaku River Sands lies completely

instructions from an air hostess. However, something the

unfenced, and its boma and pool overlook a dry riverbed

game ranger says catches my attention, “Timbavati is a

where guests can enjoy total relaxation. But be warned, it

private game reserve and we will be going off-road for

is not uncommon for a herd of thirsty elephants to send

certain sightings.” This is not an ordinary trip to the bush –

guests running as they dip their trunks into this chlorin-

this is going to be something special.

ated water source.

The first fuzzy murmurings over the two-way radio lead

From here we are privileged to share in a three-hour

us to a clan of playful hyenas enjoying the first rays of

guided bush walk where so much can be gleaned from

morning sunlight. This area is famously known as ‘white

the little insights – from the small treasures of the bush to

lion country’ and many tourists arrive eager to catch a

the protective techniques our guide needed to employ

glimpse of this rare cat.

as the thundering sound of elephants bypassed our

For us, it is a different cat that grabs our attention. Un-

frozen silhouettes on their walk towards the waterhole.

perturbed by our presence, a juvenile leopard elegantly saunters through the bush and past our vehicle. In com-

Rewarding game-viewing

plete awe, we follow this master of disguise for some time

One of the game-viewing privileges in Timbavati relies on

on his morning stroll along the riverbed until, in a manner

a common commitment by drivers to ensure a maximum

as gracious as his arrival, he vanishes in plain sight.

of three viewing vehicles per sighting. We were thus ac-

Not far from Kambaku Safari Lodge lies our next stop, Kambaku River Sands. Whilst their names suggest similari-

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customed to our trackers and rangers communicating over the two-way radios and arranging the viewing order,

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cleverly concealing the identity of any sightings by using

gorge at Mac Mac Falls in search of the pounding

an amalgamation of African names for the animals.

spray we had spotted from a viewpoint above. It’s not

However, this particular radio crackle was different. Not

every day you find yourself wading through rivers and

even the most experienced ranger could conceal his

scrambling behind a waterfall to appreciate the serene

excitement over the radio. A tangible anticipation creeps

tranquillity of a place undiscovered by most that pass

from front to back as we make our way towards an air-

through the area.

strip in the bush where a cheetah has just pulled down

Still keen for more excitement, we launch into what I

a steenbok and is doing his best to protect his kill as the

can only describe as one-man white-water raft without

setting sun brings with it hyenas keen for their share of

the chance to catch a breather. Before we can register

the spoils.

what is happening, we are flailing through rapids and

Few are privileged enough to catch a glimpse of this incredible teary-eyed cat in the wild, let alone witness the scene playing out before us. Driving back to camp in the

laughing uncontrollably at each other during the rollercoaster ride, which ends way downstream. “ In a holiday so varied; from relaxation in the bush and

dark, a contented quietness hovers over all of us as we

a wildlife experience that will take your breath away, to

reflect on an incredible few days.

heart-racing adventures on the doorstep of the Lowveld, this part of the country is well worth a visit.

Seeking adventure in Sabie For a change of atmosphere and pace, we head to Sabie for some adventure. Two-and-a-half hours whizz by while we wind our way through spectacular scenery and mountain passes that have become world renowned amongst the biking fraternity. We are met by Kestell Barnard from Kestell Adventures and are immediately bowled over by his enthusiasm and zest for life. One would think that these activities might become mundane for someone running them on a daily basis, but it’s hard to tell who is more excited as he explains the afternoon programme to us. It’s not long before we are bouncing down the river

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car feature reviews

Writer: Ashref Ismail

Mazda SUVs raise the bar

E

ver since Mazda and Ford filed

proximately one quarter of Mazda's

fering of new additional colours from

for divorce, the separation has

global sales volume. The outgoing

Mazda’s next-generation premium

clearly done both brands the

Mazda CX-5 has been South Africa’s

colour palette.

world of good. Just look at the suc-

best-selling model with an average of

cessful new models being launched

350 units a month.

South Africa’s power-train line-up comprises three engine options that

by both manufacturers and their suc-

Fully redesigned, the all-new Mazda

offer powerful, linear driving perfor-

cesses on the national sales charts

CX-5 crossover SUV refines every ele-

mance and outstanding environmen-

and you will understand. Needless to

ment of Mazda's design and technol-

tal performance, SKYACTIV-G 2.0l and

say, with greater focus on their respec-

ogy; raising the bar for the line-up’s

2.5l petrol as well as the SKYACTIV-D

tive brands, the results are significant.

combination of fuel efficiency, driving

2.2l diesel engines. All 2.0l engine de-

We take a look at the two Mazda SUV

fun, award-winning looks and top-

rivatives are available in both the man-

offerings.

class safety.

ual and automatic transmissions with

Launched in 2012, the Mazda CX-5

the Dynamic derivative now offering

was the first to introduce a remark-

Bold character

an automatic option. The 2.5l petrol

able new range of vehicles featuring

With a solidly sporty yet refined stance,

and 2.2l diesel engine derivatives are

SKYACTIV Technology and KODO Soul

a lower roofline, sleeker sides and

available with automatic transmission.

of Motion styling. It has since grown

minimalist styling; the CX-5’s exterior

Having driven the CX-5 for a week,

into a core model that is sold in over

exudes strength and maturity. Its bold

the dynamic performance is remarka-

120 countries and accounts for ap-

character is accentuated with the of-

ble while the newly refreshed front-end

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design was a head turner. If it was not

were of essence to buyers and pro-

The CX-3 is powered by the SKYACTIV-

for the bold Mazda logo many would

duced a brand new vehicle aimed at

G 2.0l petrol engine, a four cylinder

have confused it for a much more ex-

creating the standard for a new era.

engine delivering a sporty 115kW of

clusive brand. The quality is up there

With a combination of Mazda's latest

power and 204Nm of torque, using as

with some of its best competitors such

technology and design, maximised

little as 6.1l of fuel every 100km com-

as the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage,

fuel efficiency and the latest active

bined. The six-speed automatic trans-

Ford Kuga and dare it be said, Volk-

safety and connectivity technology;

mission combines the best aspects of

swagen’s Tiguan.

the compact cross-over is a suc-

conventional automatic, continuously

cessful combination of engineering,

variable and dual clutch transmis-

Mazda CX-3

design and a flexible driver-oriented

sions.

The Mazda CX-3 offers a design of

approach.

The compact SUV combines advan-

the finest quality and style thanks to

While sharing many KODO design

tages such as extra ground clearance

the KODO – Soul of Motion design

traits with other new-generation mod-

and rough road capabilities with easy

language. It adopts the full suite of

els, the Mazda CX-3 exterior clearly

city driving, confidence on the motor-

SKYACTIV Technologies and has been

expresses vitality that stands out.

way and fun in the curves thanks to

carefully crafted to match human sen-

a wide track and relatively low centre

sibilities to deliver performance that

New cabin

can be enjoyed without reservation.

Developers came up with a radically

Both cars are built to the highest

A fifth model in Mazda’s line-up of

new cabin echoing the CX-3’s exte-

standard of performance and relia-

new-generation vehicles, its size and

rior design, giving interior elements

bility and backed up by a three-year

packaging aim to make it easy to use

a handcrafted level of quality. The in-

unlimited kilometre factory warranty.

in a wide variety of situations.

terior wraps around occupants with

To provide complete peace of mind

The CX-3 boasts a boldly-inspired

character lines highlighting the CX-3’s

motoring, a three-year roadside assis-

exterior, a stylish interior as well as dy-

high beltline, while the glass and un-

tance, three-year service plan and a

namic performance and sporty han-

obtrusive pillar trim above also engen-

five-year Corrosion Warranty are also

dling. Mazda looked at what values

der openness.

included.

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of gravity.

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