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Contents: November 2018

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Conversations with leaders Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu outlines how government is providing support to small businesses

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Management and professional development The need for public policy review

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Appointments Who is new in the public sector?

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Financial fitness Have you considered debt counselling?

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Profiles in leadership Dr Rolene Wagner is taking Frere Hospital to new heights

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Women in the public sector Nomathemba Malvern helps ensure that victims of gender-based violence receive all the help and support they need

26

Trailblazer Flight procedure design specialist Mpho Chepape draws roads in the sky

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Vital stats Fast facts at your fingertips

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

34

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

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Provincial focus Eastern Cape MEC for Social Development Dr Pumza Dyantyi says the fight against gender-based violence must be backed by partnerships between government and civil society

Investment Conference bags R290 billion for SA Delegates at the inaugural Investment Conference have put their weight and money behind the country’s vision to grow the economy and create jobs

52

Reforms to steer SA’s economy The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement plots the way forward for the country’s economy

56

Jobs Summit – Mapping the path to a prosperous SA The much-anticipated Jobs Summit heralded a number of interventions that are set to boost employment and stimulate the economy

60

Opinion Working towards a disability-inclusive, barrier-free South Africa

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Ailing municipalities benefit from government interventions Experts are being deployed to distressed and dysfunctional municipalities to help them turn the corner

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International relations Working together to change the world

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Gender-based violence and the role of the media The media has a critical role to play in the struggle against gender-based violence

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MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

Protecting our women and children

I

n November and December, we

their positions of power (either

commemorate one of the most

physical power or a perceived

important events on our annual

higher status) to control women

calendar. Recognised across the

and children. Since the vast ma-

world, the 16 Days of Activism for

jority of abuse happens behind

No Violence Against Women and

closed doors, it often goes unseen

Children campaign tackles one of

and unheard, making it impossible

our most serious societal issues.

for the appropriate action to be

From 25 November to 10 December, governments, civil society

taken. The success of the 16 Days of

and members of the public commit

Activism campaign therefore

to take action against the evils

rests largely on the daily actions

of abuse against women and

of individuals. As government, we

children. In South Africa, a number

urge victims and those who are

of events are arranged throughout

aware of violence against women

these two weeks at local, provincial

or children to break the silence,

and national levels.

learn about their rights, take action

We have a strong framework in place to protect the rights of

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

against abuse and never ignore it.

are safe spaces for the victims

Non-reporting of such crimes is a

to turn to for the urgent support

women and children. The Domestic

major hindrance against the fight.

they need, without risk of being

Violence Act, Children’s Act,

Government recognises that some

victimised.

Maintenance Act, Promotion of

of this is due to the victims feeling

Equality and Prevention of Unfair

like there are insufficient specialised

Development has funded more

Discrimination Act and Criminal

services in place to support them.

than 120 shelters and safe houses

Law (Sexual Offences and Related

There has been an intense focus

to provide shelter for the victims of

Matters) Amendment Act are all in

on rectifying this over the past

domestic violence, while more than

place for this purpose.

few years. In the 2017/18 financial

1 000 victim-friendly rooms have

year, a total of 17 Sexual Offences

been established at police stations.

vigorously promoted by govern-

Courts were established around the

In addition, there are numerous

ment and non-governmental

country, bringing the total number

NGOs doing excellent work in the

organisations (NGOs) throughout

of these courts to 74. Thuthuzela

prevention of abuse.

the year. Unfortunately, the cycle

Care Centres at health facilities,

of abuse remains a huge problem.

as well as Khuseleka One-Stop

campaign, and let us collectively

Women are still seen as being lower

Centres, provide services for female

fight to eradicate violence against

in status in the home and in society.

and child victims of violence, and

the women and children of South

Abuse occurs when men abuse

are open 24 hours per day. These

Africa.

Awareness of this issue is

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The Department of Social

Join in the 16 Days of Activism

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MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL

Ensuring the rights of people with disabilities

P

eople living with disabilities face immense challenges. Apart from the physical or

and education. In terms of employment, South Africans with disabilities are still

psychological struggles they deal

far less likely to be employed than

with on a daily basis, they are also

the national average. A 2014

discriminated against in areas such

study from the University of Johan-

as finding employment and being

nesburg found that 68 percent

treated fairly and respectfully. Dis-

of working-age South Africans

ability Rights Awareness Month

with disabilities had never even

reminds us that people living with

attempted to seek employment.

disabilities should be afforded the

There needs to be an urgent

same human rights as any other

change in the tendency to view

member of society.

people with disabilities as less

According to Statistics South Africa, people with disabilities

competent than others. Currently, there are between

Phumla Williams, GCIS Acting Director-General.

make up 7.7 percent of South

500 000 and 600 000 children with

Africa’s population. South Africa

disabilities who do not attend

has committed to international

school. Some of these were turned

obligations to protect the rights of

away from mainstream schools,

the adoption of the Department of

these people. In addition, the Bill of

which contravenes legislation that

Social Development’s White Paper

Rights explicitly prohibits any unfair

states there should be no unfair

on the Rights of Persons with Dis-

discrimination against people on

discrimination based on disability.

abilities is being urgently prioritised.

the basis of disability. The rights of

Many schools are also failing to

This crucial document provides a

people with disabilities are further

provide facilities such as wheel-

much-needed framework for the

protected by the Employment

chair ramps and appropriate

norms and standards that should

Equity Act and the Promotion of

toilets. The same problem extends

be followed in order to mainstream

Equality and Prevention of Unfair

to universities. Policies such as the

disabled people into society.

Discrimination Act. But there are

Department of Higher Education’s

various challenges that still need to

Policy Framework on Disability

with disabilities face needs to be

be addressed.

(developed this year) will go some

challenged in no uncertain terms.

way towards solving this.

Existing legislation clearly states

Globally, people with disabilities are marginalised and excluded

Attention also needs to be paid

equipped to accommodate them. In order to address these issues,

Meanwhile, the stigma people

that all members of society are

from full participation in society.

to strengthening the healthcare

obligated to promote inequality.

In South Africa, they face multiple

system’s ability to provide services

This month, all focus should be

forms of discrimination in various

to people with disabilities, and en-

placed on promoting the rights of

social spheres, including access to

suring that all facilities and public

the most vulnerable residents of

healthcare services, employment

transport systems are adequately

South Africa.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS

Writer: Dale Hes

Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu takes a closer look at some of t he products produced by small businesses.

The drive to boost the informal sector T he informal sector accounts

erty and contribute to reducing the

The sector is experiencing lower

for the majority of employ-

high unemployment rate.

growth than in other developing

ment in the townships and

Small businesses in the infor-

countries, with many small busi-

rural areas of South Africa. But the

mal sector face many obstacles.

nesses remaining low-income,

country has barely scratched the

They often lack the training,

unstable enterprises. Minister Zulu

surface in terms of the potential the

knowledge, funds or equipment

explained that, after the oppres-

sector has to uplift people from pov-

needed to become sustainable.

sion of apartheid, democratic

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South Africa started with a smaller

noted Minister Zulu. “We are work-

as industrial stoves, freezers and

base of small-, medium- and

ing together with provinces and

tables and chairs,” pointed out

micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs)

local structures to look at what

the Minister.

than its developing country peers.

needs to be done to change the

While the department and im-

“Under apartheid, black people

economic situation of people in

plementing agents such as SEDA

were restricted from running busi-

townships, beyond people waking

are overseeing the process,

nesses and owning land. In other

up in the morning and looking for

developing countries, the infor-

a job. It is all about transformation

mal sector is thriving. We need to

of the economy.”

catch up and turn the situation around,” said Minister Zulu.

Minister Zulu acknowledged that the process is long overdue,

South Africa’s informal sector -

The informal sector con-

because of budgetary constraints

tributes between seven

Department of Small Business De-

and the identification of partners.

percent and 13 percent of

velopment was established to find

The initial implementing agent,

South Africa’s GDP.

solutions to these problems and

the Wholesale and Retail Sector

start implementing them on the

Education and Training Author-

workers are less than half

ground. Minister Zulu is currently

ity, experienced problems which

that of the formal sector. In

on a journey across the country,

resulted in the organisation being

2014 the typical worker in

to carry out the department’s

placed under administration.

the formal sector earned

Less than five years ago, the

-

Earnings for informal sector

Informal and Micro Enterprise De-

“We saw that SEDA has better

about R4 300 per month,

velopment Programme’s (IMEDP)

capacity and reach, as it has 50

while the typical informal-

purpose of providing support to

offices around the country. Since

sector worker earned

small businesses.

enlisting SEDA, we are seeing the

R2 000.

increased speed at which this

Uplifting the informal sector

-

In terms of poverty impact, the loss of 100 jobs in

process is working,” she said.

the informal sector is the

Apartnershipbetweenthedepartment

Training programme

equivalent of losing about

andtheSmallEnterprisesDevelopment

The IMEDP provides informal en-

60 to 80 formal-sector jobs.

Agency (SEDA), the IMEDP offers

trepreneurs with the training and

grants of up to R80 000 to informal

essential equipment they need to

informal food market alone

and micro enterprises.The goals are

run their businesses.

is R164 billion, representing

-

The estimated value of the

to improve their competitiveness and

“They go through a training

sustainability, and to transform them

programme and once they are

40 percent of South Africa’s

into formal businesses that are part of

finished we certify them. After they

total food spend.

the mainstream economy.

finish the course we provide them

between 30 percent and

-

The National Development

with the necessary implements

Plan projects that, by 2030,

areas must begin to do things for

they need for their business. For

no less than 90 percent of

themselves. But people cannot

example, there are many people

new jobs will be created in

be expected to do this when the

making and selling in the town-

small and expanding firms.

environment is not conducive,”

ships, and they need tools such

“Even people in the poorest

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

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CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS

small business development is part

we want to support. If an informal

country, and some of the requests

of a government-wide approach,

business can show that it can

we received were based around

whereby all departments are work-

make the money work, then we will

making changes to the legislation.”

ing towards a common purpose.

be able to provide that extra push

Despite amendments, the legisla-

“SMME issues cannot depend entirely on the Department of Small

it needs to sustain itself,” Minister

tion relating to small businesses is

Zulu said.

currently outdated. “The economic environment has

Business Development. Improvement of the environment in the

Policies and legislation

changed drastically from 1996.

townships is also about areas such

The Department of Small Business

For example, the entire definition

as infrastructure development

Development is one of govern-

of SMMEs needs to be changed.

and many others. All government

ment’s youngest departments, only

We are therefore in the process of

departments need to ensure that

established in 2014 as a result of

overhauling the legislation. This is

they are working towards the Na-

the urgent need to develop the

why we have established our own

tional Informal Business Upliftment

small business sector. The depart-

internal research unit that will help

Strategy,” explained Minister Zulu.

ment’s work focuses on both the

us to gather the facts and enable

Government has committed to

economic and legislative drivers

the development of interventions

setting aside 30 percent of its pro-

that will contribute to radical eco-

that make an impact,” said the

curement budget for SMMEs. But

nomic transformation, increased

Minister.

the Minister stressed that this can

employment, poverty reduction

only be achieved if these business-

and reduced inequality.

es produce high-quality products.

A number of agencies and organisations have been established to support small businesses,

This work is guided by a legislative framework that includes the

and an equally high number of

to buy linen, then it will not spend

National Small Business Act (1996)

small business development pro-

money on inferior products. Unfor-

and various amendments, as well

grammes are in place.

tunately, this results in the problem

as the Cooperatives Act (2005)

of returning to big business for

and the Cooperatives Amendment

process of ensuring that all of

products and services and that is

Act (2013). Meanwhile, legisla-

these programmes, policies and

a monopoly that we need to break

tion in the majority of government

implementing agents can function

through initiatives such as the

departments makes mention of the

effectively,” said Minister Zulu.

IMEDP.”

need to support the SMME sector.

“If, for example, a hospital needs

“We are now speeding up the

not rely entirely on government

needs to be increased focus on

Job Summit’s focus on small business

for assistance and to show some

altering this legislation, in order to

The vitally important Jobs Summit,

initiative.

make it more conducive to sup-

which was held recently, focused

porting small businesses.

strongly on the small business

Minister Zulu urged SMMEs to

“SMMEs must seek to understand their business and the environment

Minister Zulu said that there

“Many SMMEs feel that they

sector. As part of the Framework

in which they operate. They need to

are over-regulated and therefore

Agreement stemming from the

show some initiative and work hard

limited in terms of operating their

summit, special emphasis was

at building their businesses. These

businesses,” she added. “We have

placed on providing holistic sup-

are the types of businesses that

had consultations around the

port to SMMEs and in particular

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township and rural enterprises.

• Revitalisation of the township

One of the six main workstreams in the agreement is “SMME Interven-

economy. • Largescale youth entrepreneur-

tions”, which seeks to address

ship programmes.

many of the issues mentioned by

Among various other actions,

SMMEs is high on the agenda. We are also pleased that the issue of a trust deficit between government and the private sector is being addressed. All partners are agreeing

Minister Zulu, such as the failure

government will provide R1.5 billion

to the fact that the only way to in-

of small businesses due to inex-

for a new Smallholder Support

crease jobs is by working together,”

perience and limited access to

Fund and a further R1.5 billion for

she said.

funding.

the Township Enterprise Fund by

Interventions identified include:

March 2020.

• Expansion of the existing hubs

Minister Zulu said that the agree-

Minister Zulu added that the monitoring and evaluation of the agreement will be crucial.

and incubators in the public

ment contained many positive

and private sectors.

interventions that, if implemented,

monitoring of the progress made

effectively address many of the

on this agreement, as this has not

issues facing SMMEs.

been done at previous summits.

• Upscaling the implementation and monitoring of the 30 percent that has been set

“The Jobs Summit was preceded

“It is important that there will be

It is up to us to monitor, evaluate

aside for government spend for

by three months of work. We are

and ensure that we solve the is-

SMMEs and cooperatives.

happy to say that the issue of

sue of joblessness,” she said.

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PROFILES IN LEADERSHIP

Writer: Siya Miti

Dr Rolene Wagner c hats wit h a patient at Frere Hospital.

PICTURE: Bhongo Jacobs/ Daily Dispatc h

Wagner leads with

passion for public service

E

ast London’s Frere Hospital

employees; it provides specialist

gained international recogni-

care for a population of 2.8 million.

The results are reflected in the 79 percent increase in compli-

tion for its efforts to improve

Dr Wagner has an enthusiastic

the quality of healthcare it provides

demeanour that reveals passion

complaints and the drastic drop

when it was named one of the Merit

and drive, before she even utters

in infant mortality. This has helped

Awardees of the International Hos-

a word. She took over the reins as

Frere Hospital shake off poor public

pital Federation/Dr Kwang Tae Kim

CEO in December 2012 after a stint

perceptions and gain interna-

Grand Award at the 2018 World Hos-

at Medicross East London, though

tional recognition. The hospital’s

pital Congress.

the bulk of her career has been in

turnaround was acknowledged in

the public sector.

October when it was named one

It is a feat that Dr Rolene Wagner, the hospital’s Chief Executive

Dr Wagner believes in leading

ments, the 47 percent reduction in

of the merit awardees.

Officer (CEO), is proud of. Frere

“from the inside out” and said it is

Hospital is a 900-bed tertiary hos-

an honour and privilege to serve

gratifying. It means that the innova-

pital with an operational budget

in the public sector, where she

tions and quality improvement

of approximately R1.2 billion and a

believes her service has the most

initiatives at Frere Hospital to save

staff complement of around 2 000

impact.

more lives, improve patients' experi-

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“Receiving the award is extremely

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


ence of care and be more cost-ef-

cally, from over eight deaths per

prove the systems being deployed

ficient were worthy of international

100 to less than three deaths per

at Frere to support our clinical care

recognition as the best among 160

100 patients since 2014. The out-

teams. Government has invested

entries. Although there is much we

patient pharmacy has reduced

around R500 million in infrastruc-

can do better, this award dem-

waiting times from between four

ture alone to bring the facility up

onstrates that we are on the right

and six hours in 2013/14 to under

to international standards. This is

track,” said Dr Wagner.

60 minutes in 2016/17.

being done in phases,” said Dr

The award recognises innovation

“This was achieved through

Wagner.

and organisational excellence in

several interventions, over time,

several areas, including patient

that focused on reducing potential

to make diagnoses, initiate treat-

safety, quality of care and social

avoidable causes of death. We

ment sooner and treat patients

responsibility.

are still, like many countries in the

safely. We can monitor patients'

“We also improved our capability

world, grappling with stillbirths and

response to care and intervene

top six entries in the Dr Kwang Tae

patient-related factors, such as

where needed.”

Kim Grand category and the only

late antenatal booking. In some

African finalist among 160 submis-

instances, moms do not come for

times for radiological interventions

sions.

antenatal clinic follow-ups and

for in-patients was reduced from 10

ignore reduced foetal movement.

days to under

results, even when compared to

To overcome this requires the

24 hours, as required. Out-patients

other hospitals in the public and

engagement of civil society and

who used to wait between four

private sectors worldwide. We are in

other partners in healthcare,” said

to six hours for medication now

step with the global movement of

Wagner.

receive their medication within

Frere Hospital was among the

“We have achieved significant

hospital quality improvement.”

As part of improving service delivery and performance, Dr Wagner

How Frere was turned around

A case in point is that the waiting

45 minutes. Costs have been reduced and

said the hospital went back to its

efficiency boosted. For instance,

basic mandates and examined

over 900 people have magnetic

Just over a decade ago, Frere Hos-

how it was performing in relation

resonance imaging scans (MRIs)

pital was grappling with a high rate

to these. It implemented a five-year

per year, as opposed to only 68,

of infant mortality, which generated

turnaround plan which Dr Wagner

and the cost has decreased from

negative media coverage.

said has been achieved.

R10 000 per patient to under

The negative public percep-

“We implemented cost-effective,

R2 000.

tion emanating from these tragic

quality improvement projects that

incidents required setting and

aimed to reduce possible avoid-

was driven by the hospital’s people.

adhering to performance indica-

able causes of death and improve

“We see ourselves as social entre-

tors and involving patients and

the patient experience of care.”

preneurs who are motivated not by

communities improving service

In addition, all clinical depart-

profit for shareholders, but by the

delivery in the maternity section

ments regularly conduct clinical

need to develop social capital, in

and generally.

audits which identify better ways of

this case the wellbeing of the com-

managing patient care.

munity,” she said.

The in-hospital child mortality level has been reduced dramati-

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

“Management’s role was to im-

Dr Wagner said the turnaround

Dr Wagner said that given the

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PROFILES IN LEADERSHIP

country’s financial constraints, pub-

tive efforts of several stakeholders,

lic sector managers must behave

from patients and communities to

prestigious accolades, such as

in an entrepreneurial way and be

government and business.

the Discovery Emerging Leader

able to adapt to change.

Wagner has personally received

She said the choice of working

Award in 2017, the Black Manage-

in the public sector versus private

ment Forum Manager of the Year

regularly using multiple platforms

practice was informed by her drive

in 2016 and the Businesswomen’s

such as performance dashboards

for social justice.

Association Businesswoman of

“We measure our performance

and intervene with relevant quality

“I believe that all citizens deserve

“It is natural to feel good that

find any deviation in performance. We are bound by common values; we each come to work to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our philosophy is that we lead from the inside out. Our actions are guided not only by the cognitive elements required, but also by our hearts and our guts” said Dr Wagner.

A proud and committed public servant Frere Hospital is an academic tertiary hospital and thus has three mandates: firstly, to provide specialist cover to 2.8 million

the Year in Government award in 2016.

improvement projects when we

one’s individual efforts are recog-

“I believe that all citizens deserve equitable access to the best possible quality of care, irrespective of their ability to pay for it.”

nised. However, with each of the individual awards received, I never forget that my personal achievements are only possible because of the support and efforts of those who nurtured me,” she said. “My wish is for Frere to be a place where each patient has the best possible outcomes and a positive experience of care rendered by a team of dedicated professionals who collaborate to provide care that is cost-effective and cost-efficient.” Dr Wagner said she and her team have identified the next

people who live in the central zone

phases of quality improvement.

of the Eastern Cape; secondly, it is

“We are excited to complete the

responsible for conducting teach-

equitable access to the best pos-

development of an innovative

ing, training and research that

sible quality of care, irrespective of

in-house hospital management

drives evidence-based practice;

their ability to pay for it.

system which will include an

and lastly, it must contribute to the

“It is a privilege and an honour

open-source electronic patient re-

developmental agenda of South

to be a civil servant and have

cord management system, which

Africa.

an opportunity to use whatever

we anticipate will reduce patients

knowledge, skills and experience

waiting times for folders and

these mandates and achieve

I may have gained to help those

mitigate against admin-related

good results requires the collec-

among us who need it most.”

medico-legal risk,” she said.

Dr Wagner added that to realise

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Where Wherethe themember memberor orpensioner pensionerpassed passedaway awayprior prior to tothe thedate datethe thenew newrules rulescame cameinto intoeffect, effect,the thebenefit benefit isiscalculated calculatedaccording accordingto tothe theorphans orphansformulas formulasuntil until the thecommencement commencementdate dateof ofthe theChild’s Child’sPension. Pension. The The remainder remainderof ofthe thebenefit benefitisiscalculated calculatedaccording accordingto tothe the Child’s Child’sPension Pensionrule. rule.

In Inthe thecase caseof ofthe thedeath deathof ofaacontributing contributingmember, member,the the Child’s Child’sPension Pensionisiscalculated calculatedas asaapercentage percentageof ofthe theannuity annuity amount amountwhich whichthe themember memberwould wouldhave havereceived receivedififhe heor orshe she had hadretired retiredon onthe thedate dateof ofdeath. death. In Inthe thecase caseof ofthe thedeath deathof ofaapensioner, pensioner,the theChild’s Child’sPension Pension isiscalculated calculatedas asaapercentage percentageof ofthe thestandard standardpensioner pensioner annuity annuityamount amounton onthe thedate dateof ofdeath. death. The Thebenefit benefitpercentages percentagespayable payableisisreflected reflectedininRules Rules14.5.4 14.5.4 and and14.6.3 14.6.3of ofthe theGovernment GovernmentEmployees EmployeesPension PensionLaw, Law, 1996 1996(Proclamation (Proclamation21 21of of1996 1996as asamended) amended)respectively. respectively.

What Whathappens happenswith withdisabled disabledchildren? children? Disabled Disabledchildren childrenwill willreceive receivethe theChild’s Child’sPension Pensionregardless regardless of oftheir theirage. age.The Thechild childmust mustprove prove(or (orassisted assistedto toprove) prove)that that they theyare arephysically physicallyor ormentally mentallydisabled disabledand andnot notcapable capableof of providing providingfor forthemselves themselvesfinancially. financially.

How Howmust mustaachild childapply applyfor forthe thebenefit? benefit? There Therewill willbe beaanew newChild ChildPension Pensionapplication applicationform form available availableon onthe theGEPF GEPFwebsite websitethat thatmust mustbe beused usedfor forthe the Child’s Child’sPension Pensionapplications. applications.The Theform formnumber numberisisCHP1. CHP1.The The existing existingZ143 Z143application applicationform formwill willnot notmake makeprovision provisionfor for the thenew newChild’s Child’sPension. Pension.

IfIfaachild childisisaamajor majorand andcannot cannotadminister administertheir theiraffairs, affairs, aacurator curatoror orguardian guardianmust mustbe beappointed appointedby bythe theHigh High Court Courtand andthe theMaster Masterof ofthe theHigh HighCourt Courtmust mustissue issuean an appointment appointmentcertificate certificate

What Whathappens happenswith withlate lateclaims? claims? IfIfaaChild’s Child’sPension Pensionhas hasalready alreadybeen beenawarded, awarded,and and another anotherchild childclaims claimsand andisissubsequently subsequentlyapproved approvedto tobe be aadependent dependentof ofthe thedeceased deceasedmember memberor orpensioner, pensioner,the the benefits benefitsdue dueto toall allthe thechild childpensioners pensionerswill willbe berecalculated recalculated based basedon onthe thenumber numberof ofchildren childrenqualifying. qualifying.The Thenew newchild child will willonly onlyreceive receivebenefits benefitsfrom fromthe thedate datethe theclaim claimisisreceived. received. IfIfthe thebenefits benefitsof ofthe theother otherchildren childrenhave haveto tobe bereduced, reduced,that that will willbe bedone donefrom fromthe thedate datethat thatthe thenew newclaim claimisisreceived. received. No Nooverpayments overpaymentswill willbe bededucted deductedfrom fromthe thechildren children receiving receivingbenefits. benefits.

Are Areenhanced enhancedspouse spousepensions pensionstaken takeninto into consideration considerationififaapensioner pensionerpasses passesaway? away? No, No,the theChild’s Child’sPension Pensionisiscalculated calculatedas asaapercentage percentageof ofthe the standard standardmember memberor orpensioner pensionerbenefit. benefit.The Thereason reasonfor forthis this isisthat thatthe thepensioner pensioneron onretirement retirementpays paysfor foran anenhanced enhanced spouse spousebenefit benefit––not notan anenhanced enhancedChild’s Child’sPension. Pension.

IsIsinterest interestpayable payableon onChild’s Child’sPension? Pension? Yes, Yes,subject subjectto tothe therule rulethat thatinterest interestmust mustnever neverbe bemore more than thanthe themonthly monthlypension pensionpayable. payable.

IsIstax taxpayable payableon onthe theChild’s Child’sPension? Pension? Yes, Yes,the thebenefit benefitisissubject subjectto totax. tax.IfIfthe thechild childdoes doesnot nothave have aatax taxnumber, number,the theGPAA GPAAwill willregister registerthe thechild childas asaatax taxpayer payer with withSARS SARSand andinform informthe thechild/guardian child/guardianof ofthe thetax taxnumber. number. Tax Taxcertificates certificateswill willbe beissued issuedannually. annually.

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Writer: More Matshediso

Help just a call away for

victims of violence

A

fter realising that people of-

ates 24 hours per day, 365 days

in need of psychosocial support

ten feel more at ease talk-

per year, as a national call centre

services and more.

ing about painful situations

facility that helps those who are

in a non-face-to-face setting, the

affected by GBV.

Department of Social Development

In an interview with PSM, com-

opened the Gender-Based Violence

mand centre manager Nomath-

(GBV) Command Centre.

emba Malvern said a group of

The command centre opened its doors in November 2013 and oper-

professional social workers was

The command centre provides immediate counselling and trauma debriefing telephonically, among other services. “We do not offer face-to-face counselling services,” she added.

hired and trained to assist callers

Encouraging victims to open up Having worked as a social worker for approximately 30 years, Malvern said her experience has taught her that sometimes people talk more freely about their situations when they are not in a faceto-face setting. “When they have to talk face-toface, they have elements of fear, embarrassment and self-blame,

Nomat hemba Malvern is t he manager of Gender-Based Violence Command Centre.

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Public Sector Manager • November 2018


phone and are able to open up,”

Reaching out to all in need

she explained, adding that this is

Malvern said it is not only women

what motivated the department to

who call to ask for help.

whereas they are freer over the

forward to ask for help from the centre. Over and above cases of GBV, the centre has recently found itself

“Since last year, we have noticed

dealing with cases that are not

that men are also starting to ask for

related to GBV, and this has led

with victims of gender-based

help, and this includes both victims

to more than 1 500 calls being at-

violence, you find that they keep

and perpetrators. The most unfor-

tended to per week.

quiet about their suffering. The

tunate part of it is that sometimes

thought behind the command

youth call the centre and prank

tre deals with include domestic

centre was that people would

us. This is unfortunate because we

violence, rape, child abuse, child

find it a bit easier to phone in,

have to take every case seriously

neglect, sexual harassment, forced

rather than to have a face-to-face

to determine if help is needed,” she

marriages, children abandonment,

intervention with a social worker,”

added.

forced prostitution and abortion,

start the initiative. “In most cases, when dealing

Malvern noted that men are still

Malvern added.

Common cases that the cen-

human trafficking, exploitation of

For most of her career, Malvern

scared of speaking out about

domestic workers, abuse of the

has worked for the Department of

being abused because of how

elderly, incest, xenophobic attacks

Social Development.

society looks at and treats them

and LGBTIQ-related issues.

She also worked for Johannes-

when they report such cases.

organisation that provides a range

discriminate; all callers are wel-

Referrals to other sources of support

of direct services to abused, aban-

come, whether male or female, or

She said when the centre receives

doned, neglected, orphaned and

part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,

non-GBV calls, it does what it can

vulnerable children, as well as the

transgender/transsexual, intersex

to help the caller or to refer the

Wits Council of Churches.

and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ)

caller to the appropriate organisa-

community.

tion.

The command centre does not

burg Child Welfare, a non-profit

Her main role as command

According to Malvern, there have

centre manager is to monitor the

“We are social workers. We can

overall work done at the centre to

been instances where men who

never turn our backs on anyone

ensure that it runs smoothly and to

are perpetrators have called to ask

who needs help because some-

ensure that the supervisors are do-

for help because they realised that

times people just need information

ing what they are expected to do.

they had a problem.

and not necessarily counselling

She said the centre has a good

Social workers at the centre work

services,” she explained. Malvern said victims can receive

on 12-hour rotational shifts, with 12

relationship with organisations

social workers and two supervisors

such as the Thuthuzela Care Cen-

up to three sessions each. After

working per shift.

tres, Brothers for Life, Sonke Gender

that they are referred to a local so-

Justice and many others which

cial worker in their area, wherever

deal with cases of GBV.

that may be in South Africa.

Since 2013, the centre has received 306 714 calls and 103 731 ‘please call me’ messages.

With the recent spate of violence

She said the centre works very

Between 2016 and 2018, it received

against women and children in the

closely with victim empowerment

2 014 SMS texts.

country, more people have come

coordinators who are based in

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

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WOMEN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

all provinces and have a better

psychologist, Malvern said she has

the police. Soon the neighbour

understanding of which social

realised that most victims of abuse,

was exposed and arrested. He is in

workers are close to the victims.

especially domestic violence,

jail as we speak,” she said.

In cases of emergency where the

With 16 Days of Activism for No

endure the pain of being abused

caller is not safe and is desper-

because they are somehow de-

Violence Against Women and Chil-

ate for help, she said the centre

pendent on the perpetrator.

dren around the corner, Malvern

connects them to a police station

However, as much as social work-

shared her message with all South

through 10111 or directly to the

ers are there to provide help and

Africans regarding the scourge of

nearest police station.

support to victims, Malvern said it

GBV in the country.

“All calls are geo-located so as

is not for them to decide whether

“Let us not treat GBV as some-

soon as a person calls, we are able

the victim should leave an abusive

thing that is remote. It is there, it is

to see their exact location and thus

relationship or stay.

real and it is happening. It is up to

locate the nearest police station,”

us to help decrease the number of

“Through the counselling sessions and conversations that we

incidents in our communities. We

have with the victims, they get a

need to work together as different

timeframe of 30 minutes to check

lightbulb moment and decide for

members of society to fight this

progress after linking victims to

themselves what to do about their

scourge because it is a national

police stations. Then we first call

future,” she explained.

problem. We must join hands if we

she said. “We have given ourselves a

the victim to check if they have

Malvern added it is easy for peo-

received the necessary attention

ple to confuse GBV with domestic

from the police, and then we call

violence.

are to see any change regarding this problem,” she said. Malvern added that the centre

the police station to check if a ve-

“Most of the cases that we deal

hicle has been released to go help

with are of domestic violence and

South Africa Social Security Agency

the victim,” she said.

these are cases of violence and

grants and substance abuse,

The command centre also calls

abuse within the family unit, where-

which often leads to violence.

the victim later on to find out if they

as GBV involves men and women,

still need help or if they were satis-

in which the female is usually the

fied with the help they received

target, and is derived from unequal

from both social workers and the

power relationships between men

police.

and women,” she explained.

referrals for further interaction and

Fighting a national problem

intervention and to refer victims

One of the centre’s success stories

to places of safety and shelters

relates to helping a victim who

if necessary. This is done to help

is living with a disability and was

victims avoid additional exposure

raped by her neighbour a couple

to violence.

of years ago.

Through her experience as a social worker and a qualified

24

The command centre can be reached in the following ways: Dial the emergency line for

Malvern said social workers at the centre are also able to make

also assists with enquiries about

“We referred her case to a social

free on 0800 428 428. Send a “please call me” to *120*7867# Members of the deaf community can use a Skype line (add ‘helpme GBV’ to your Skype contacts). SMS Help to 31531. Visit www.gbv.org.za

worker in her area, who contacted

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


TRAILBLAZER

Writer: Allison Cooper

Chepape flies high A young flight procedure design specialist is motivated by the knowledge that what he does for a living is a collective effort that ensures millions of travellers’ lives are in capable hands in any airspace across the globe.

M

pho Chepape, 29, a vali-

he worked as a junior air traffic

when I saw the advert I just knew

dated flight procedure

services officer and assisted senior

that this is what I wanted to do,”

design specialist at the Air

air traffic controllers with flight

said Chepape, who was born in

operations.

Alexandra and moved to Soweto

Traffic and Navigation Service Company Limited (ATNS), says that seeing

Always a technical and solution-

as a young boy.

families reunited and people arriving

oriented person, when he saw

safely at their destinations is what in-

a post about flight procedure

spires him to go the extra mile.

design specialists the word ‘design’

Improving airspace efficiency

caught his eye. “I had no idea that

Pilots have to use certain routes

flight procedure design specialist

someone could become a flight

and follow various procedures to

since February 2017. Prior to this,

procedure design specialist, but

ensure that they take off and land

Chepape has been a validated

Mpho Chepape is a validated flight procedure design specialist at ATNS.

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safely. The only way for pilots to

mental constraints become more

stances, Chepape graduated with

know which route to follow, from

stringent. A flight procedure design

a Bachelor’s degree in Computer

one airport to another, is through

specialist therefore has to ad-

Science (cum laude) from the

the services of a flight procedure

dress many issues and continuous

University of South Africa in 2017.

design specialist who designs

training is a key element when it

“This was the proudest moment of

airspace or route procedures lo-

comes to creating safe, efficient

my life,” says Chepape, who is now

cally and internationally to prevent

and economical instrument flight

studying towards an Honours de-

aircraft from crashing into obsta-

procedures.

gree in Computer Science, with the

cles, such as buildings and other structures. “It also improves airspace efficien-

It is vital that a flight procedure design specialist knows not only design criteria, but also other

option of big data analysis, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Chepape also completed an

cy, to accommodate more traffic

related topics such as database

extensive flight procedure design

and reduce aircraft traffic control

coding, geodetics and mapping,

course, at the Air Navigation

workload,” Chepape explained.

aircraft performance and aircraft

Institute (ANI) in Switzerland, and

certification standards. The quality

went through 18 months of on-the-

they ask me about my job is that I

assurance of designed procedures

job training thereafter. The ANI is

draw roads in the sky,” he added.

is also a mandatory element in the

renowned worldwide for its training

flight procedure process.

in the flight procedure domain.

“What I normally tell people when

In his position at ATNS, the home of expert air traffic control

Chepape joined ATNS in 2011

South Africa and 10 percent of

An exciting and complex job

the world’s airspace, Chepape

Chepape explained that when

an air traffic service officer. He is

is responsible for stakeholder en-

it comes to safety he constantly

now one of ATNS’ four flight proce-

gagement, procedure design and

analyses the environment where

dure design specialists.

reporting, obstacle analysis against

flights take off and land, to avoid

designed procedures, assisting the

any accidents. He also liaises with

Air navigation services

charting/cartography specialist

all stakeholders, including pilots,

In terms of Article 28 of the Chi-

and project management.

airport management, air traffic

cago Convention, the South

and management solutions for

after obtaining a bursary from the state-owned company to become

controllers and the South African

African government is required to

dure design specialist and being

Weather Service to ensure that

provide air navigation services and

entrusted with this responsibility is

he is able to design efficient flight

infrastructure in compliance with

the highlight of my career,” he said.

procedures. “My job is exciting, but

the standards and recommended

“Being a qualified flight proce-

Instrument flight procedure

complex, because the environ-

practices as promulgated from

design is a complex field of activity

ment is never the same. Every day

time to time by the International

in the aviation domain because

is different, so there is no routine

Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

things change constantly. Air

when it comes to designing routes

The convention makes provision for

traffic volumes continue to grow

for flights,” he said.

the state to delegate responsibility

After not being able to complete

worldwide, terminal airspaces are

for the provision of services, but it

increasingly congested, navigation

his civil engineering degree, due

remains accountable for ensuring

technology evolves and environ-

to financial and personal circum-

compliance with standards and

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

27


TRAILBLAZER

recommended practices.

engagement and development

try is to be passionate about what

fairness and consistency open

they do and to ensure that they

terms of the ATNS Company Act

and effective communication and

achieve good marks in maths and

(Act 45 of 1993), to provide air traf-

responsibility and care towards the

science.

fic management solutions and as-

environment and communities.

sociated services on behalf of the

As ATNS is a monopoly service

ent in all you do, accountable for

state. Its services accord with the

provider it is regulated economi-

what you do and remember that

ICAO’s standards and recommend-

cally by the Economic Regulat-

safety is the number one priority in

ed practices and the South African

ing Committee (ERC), a statutory

aviation,” he said.

Civil Aviation Authority's regulations

body formed and appointed by

and technical standards.

its shareholders - the Department

set on becoming a professional

of Transport. Through permission

data analyst. “I would like to come

vider, ATNS is governed by the na-

from the ERC, ATNS is authorised

up with new ways of interpreting

tion’s legislative and administrative

to levy air traffic service charges

aviation datasets, to improve the

framework. Its mandate is to pro-

on aircraft operators for the use

ways in which safety solutions are

vide safe, expeditious and efficient

of air navigation infrastructure

implemented. I believe there is al-

air traffic management solutions

and the provision of an air traffic

ways room for improvement when

and associated services, while en-

service. Some of its milestones

it comes to safety,” he added.

suring long-term economic, social

include founding the ATNS college,

and environmental sustainability.

to provide air traffic and naviga-

to do better daily, as he wants to

It does this by making sure that it

tion related training and Project

leave a lasting legacy for him, and

meets all of its mandatory regula-

Pronav, which saw the upgrade

he always tries to live by Jason

tory requirements, especially safety

and extension of terrestrial naviga-

Silva’s definition of a billionaire, “A

performance.

tion systems.

billionaire in the 21st century is not

ATNS was established in 1993, in

As an air navigation services pro-

“Always try to be fair and consist-

As for the future, he has his sights

ATNS’ strategic objectives include

Chepape’s son is his inspiration

a person with many zeros in their

accountability safety and cus-

Looking ahead

bank account, but someone who

tomer service continuous improve-

Chepape’s advice to youngsters

positively affects the lives of a bil-

ment and innovation employee

aiming to get into the same indus-

lion people.”

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SEEing a future of job possibilities The Department of Labour’s Supported Employment Enterprises (SEE) is helping to improve employment prospects for people with disabilities. Established after World War II to provide employment opportunities for veterans returning from the war, SEE now has 12 factories that operate in seven of the nine provinces and employs nearly 1 000 people with disabilities. Currently, 100 percent of the workers in the factories fit the profile of having

3 000 different product types and their customers

physical, emotional or psychological disabilities.

include hospitals, the police and schools. SEE’s

The factories have the capacity to employ at

mandate is to create employment with dignity for

least another 3 000 people, opening up opportuni-

people whose disabilities make it difficult for them

ties for those who are often overlooked by employ-

to find employment in the open labour market.

ees because of the nature of their disabilities. There are about 4.7 million people with disabilities in South Africa. About 10 to 15 percent probably require an environment such as the SEE.

SEE is a non-profit organisation and people with disabilities are its sole beneficiaries. In the rural areas, SEE has created another 1 100 jobs indirectly. SEE transports school desks and lo-

The ownership of SEE factories is vested in the

cal carpenters assemble them for the schools. This

state through the Department of Labour, with SEE

outsourcing framework has created a sustainable

trading under the name Service Products.

ecosystem where school desks are also repaired

The factories’ manufacturing capacity includes

by local craftsmen.

Dti workplace programme sustains jobs

gramme has made remarkable “These figures are a sure sign

tive of the dti and Productivity

The Department of Trade and

of progress and we must sustain

South Africa. It is implemented

Industry (dti) has sustained over

it and forge partnerships with

over a 24-month period, to

50 000 jobs and created a fur-

the WPC programme to sup-

encourage and support ne-

ther 250 jobs over the past two

port our flagship programmes,

gotiated workplace change to

decades, through its Workplace

such as the Black Industrialists

improve productivity and job

Challenge Programme (WPC).

Programme, Industrial Parks

creation.

Policy Action Plan,” she said. The programme is a joint initia-

progress.

Speaking at the 20-year anni-

Revitalisation Programme and

Majaja said that enterprises

versary celebrations of the WPC

Special Economic Zones Pro-

participating in the WPC have

in Botshabelo in the Free State

gramme.

been collectively funded to the

recently, the dti’s Chief

“We also see the WPC build-

tune of R151 million and have

Director of Space Affairs Nom-

ing a competitive manufactur-

generated more than R1.88 bil-

funeko Majaja said the pro-

ing sector within the Industrial

lion in total turnover.

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Hawks suspend officers arrested for corruption

former police constable Steve

ruin the reputation of the DPCI,”

Mangena (35), appeared in

he added, noting it was the

court along with the duo.

Hawks’ responsibility to build an

The national Head of the Direc-

“The three allegedly misrep-

organisation that people will

torate for Priority Crime Investi-

resented a businessman who

always trust and know that they

gations (DPCI, also known as

needed the services of a private

are safe from crime.

the Hawks), Lieutenant-General

investigator and they allegedly

Godfrey Lebeya, has called for

hatched a scam to defraud him.

within the ranks of the DPCI are

the immediate suspension of the

The victim had already paid a

equal before the law, regardless

two Hawks members who were

substantial amount of money for

of who you are. Corruption eats

arrested for alleged corruption

the services of the three sus-

away at our people’s opportu-

and fraud.

pects,” said Hawks spokesperson

nities and we will continue to

Hangwani Mulaudzi.

tackle it head on without fear or

Captain Kaizer Mohale (50) and

Lieutenant-General Lebeya

Colonel Emily Hlophe (44), both

“An organisation where all

favour,” said Lieutenant-General

attached to the Hawks’ Serious

said the arrests affirmed the

Commercial Crime Investigation,

organisation’s efforts to root

were each granted R5 000 bail by the

out criminal conduct by Hawks

the Hawks Serious Corruption

JohannesburgSpecialisedCommercial

members.

Investigation Unit investigates

“We cannot sit idle and watch

Crimes Court recently. Their alleged accomplice,

Lebeya. The case was postponed while

further.

while a few corrupt individuals

KZN community gets their land back

a ceremony to mark the suc-

District Municipality in KZN. The

President Cyril Ramaphosa

cessful transfer of land and

community’s successful claim

handed over 4 586 hectares

ownership to the community.

will see 1 656 regain owner-

The handover took place at

of land to the community of

The Presidency said the

tered by the King Cetshwayo

ship of their ancestral land,” the Presidency said.

KwaMkhwanazi in Empangeni,

KwaMkhwanazi community’s

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) recently.

land dispossession predates

The departments of Rural

“The KwaMkhwanazi com-

the Natives Land Act of 1913,

Development and Land Re-

munity received title deeds,

which formalised the aliena-

form; Agriculture; Forestry and

post-settlement packages

tion of black South Africans

Fisheries; Public Works; Public

and support that will assist

from land communities they

Enterprises; and Performance,

them to leverage the poten-

had inhabited historically.

Monitoring and Evaluation

tial wealth of the land and

“As part of government’s pro-

coordinated the successful

manage the land sustainably

gramme of land reform and

transfer and ownership of the

to create opportunities for

restitution, the KwaMkhwanazi

land to the community, in coop-

employment and alleviate

community submitted claims

eration with the stewardship of

poverty.”

for the return of land adminis-

Inkosi Mkhwanazi.

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

Council for Geoscience Conference 2019 11–12 February 2019

land use; geoscience for health, groundwater and the environment; geoscience innovation and geoscience diplomacy.

The annual conference of the Council for Geoscience

The conference will bring together nationally and

(CGS) will take place under the theme, “Merging

internationallyrenownedexpertpresenters,researchers,young

Maps for an Emerging Future”. It will provide insights

scientists and decision-makers who will exchange knowledge,

and discussion around the new “Integrated and

experiences and research innovations.

multidisciplinary geoscience mapping programme” of

The event takes place at the CSIR International

the CGS.

Convention Centre in Pretoria from 11–12 February

Within the broad geological mandate of the CGS,

2019.

special emphasis will be placed on geoscience for

For more information, go to https://geoscience.org.za/cgs/

minerals and energy; geoscience for infrastructure and

The Africa Energy Indaba Conference and Exhibition 19–20 February 2019

Cape Town Simulcast

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and Exhibition delegates will discuss,

The Design Indaba Con-

place in the Theatre

debate and seek solutions to enable

ference inspires and em-

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adequate energy generation across the

powers people to create

tion.

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a better future through

nents represent a combination of industry

design and creativity. It

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experts, project developers, financiers,

has become a respected

burg and Durban are live

energy users, government officials and

institution on the global

screenings of the main

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creative landscape, and

conference in Cape

is based on the founda-

Town and are initiatives

relevant to those who are actively involved

tion of its annual festival

of Design Indaba to

in showcasing solutions for the benefit of

that has attracted and

distribute the knowledge

Africa.

showcased the world’s

shared at the confer-

brightest talent since

ence.

The Africa Energy Indaba Exhibition is

This event will provide a platform for companies to demonstrate their commitment

1995.

will be screened as a live feed from the main conference and will take

The Design Indaba

The conference will

The 2019 event will

take place from 27 Feb-

services that will enable the African con-

include a selection of

ruary to 1 March 2019 at

tinent to embrace the challenges arising

international speakers

the Opera House of the

from current and future energy demands.

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ing insights and cutting-

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PROVINCIAL FOCUS

Writer: Siya Miti

Efforts to tackle gender-based violence must be intensiďŹ ed

E

astern Cape Social Develop-

lence directed at women ranges

lines, the rape charges levelled

ment MEC Dr Pumza Dyantyi

from assault to rape and, in some

against Pastor Timothy Omo-

wants more to be done to

cases, escalates to murder.

toso has received much media

keep the women and children of South Africa safe. Violence against women and

A report released by Africa

attention and has once again

Check earlier this year revealed

highlighted just how prevalent

that the femicide rate in South

the issue is in all sectors of South

children is a major concern in

Africa is higher than the global

Africa.

South Africa. MEC Dyantyi said

average. A shocking 9.6 out of

it is fueled by patriarchy, which

every 100 000 women were killed

charges relating to sexual exploi-

casts women in submissive roles

in 2015. By contrast, the global

tation, racketeering and human

and promotes men to the status

average was 2.4 per 100 000.

trafficking in the Port Elizabeth

of household head by virtue of their gender. The spectrum of vio-

36

While the abuse of women and children is always in the head-

Omotoso is facing over 60

High Court. MEC Dyantyi said churches were

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


once believed to be places of

to deal with rape and violence

healthy families and creating

safety which attracted salt-of-the-

against women but changing

environments that allow children

earth people, but of late, more

societal values and dealing with

to thrive.”

and more are being exposed

misogyny are challenges that still

as places where women and

need to be overcome.

children are made vulnerable to abuse.

“There are laws of government

She added that the beast of violence against women needs to be tackled from all angles.

that are strict against rape and vi-

“Society tends to focus solely on

“It’s not that we or anybody else

olence. I encourage women who

the women who are victims, but

are against churches, but we call

are being abused to stand up for

there are also perpetrators in

for the regulation of churches to

their rights and seek help from

the equation. They must also be

make sure that they are doing

social workers and the justice sys-

counselled and rehabilitated. We

what they say they are doing,”

tem. They must not keep quiet. If

must remember that there are

she added.

they are married, it’s a husband’s

boys who get abused and even

In October, MEC Dyantyi and

obligation to take care of them. It

boys who abuse and rape girls.

other high-ranking women led a

does not mean they must let their

“Recently, I visited a juvenile

march in protest of gender-based

husbands abuse them.”

violence (GBV) and called for churches to be regulated. She noted one of the most disturbing aspects of GBV is that

She confirmed that more wom-

centre and a girl who had been a victim of rape offered to take

en are in fact standing up and

me around. She was 16 and said

exposing abuse. “That is encour-

she had been raped by her uncle

aging,” said MEC Dyantyi.

from the age of seven,” said MEC

women often support the person

Dyantyi.

Don’t overlook the perpetrators

the juvenile centre revealed to

The MEC said government should

her that they had raped girls and

chy does to women. It pits them

also work with the Department of

expressed regret for their actions.

against one another in support

Justice and Correctional Services

of men.”

to rehabilitate perpetrators. She

being accused of rape, rather than the child or woman involved. “This is exactly what patriar-

Changing societal values “Patriarchy is that entrenched

said more men’s forums need to

Partnering in the fight against abuse

be established to help teach men

MEC Dyantyi said her department

what it takes to be a real man

is working closely with non-profit

who nurtures rather than hurts.

organisations (NPOs) to deal with

in our society,” she said, adding that more empowered women

She added some of the boys at

“More men must stand up and say: ‘Not in our name’.”

need to find ways to support

MEC Dyantyi said strong family

violence against women and children. Every year, the provincial social development department

other women made vulnerable

units must be at the core of efforts

calls for proposals, giving NPOs

through patriarchy. One platform

to curb violence against women.

an opportunity to demonstrate

is women’s forums which allow

“This is not just a social develop-

what they can do for victims.

women to support one another.

ment responsibility. Partnerships

MEC Dyantyi said the laws in

with other government depart-

meet our criteria get financial

the country are strong enough

ments are essential to building

support,” she said, adding

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

“Those that are registered and

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PROVINCIAL FOCUS

that this year’s application pro-

Social transformation

women from all over the world to

cess closed in November. “There

Foster said the most effective way

share experiences and ideas that

are some NPOs that we have

to deal with the current wave of

advance gender equality.

been funding for many years.

violence against women would be

The funding that we give them

to dismantle misogyny. “We have to

profit organisations are doing a

ensures that they can buy the

bring about social transformation

wonderful job in working alongside

supplies they need to support

in a political, social and cultural

various government departments

victims of violence. Likewise, the

context. Women have a low status

to support the survivors of abuse

relationship we have with them

in society and unless we change

as well as any children who may

is mutually beneficial because it

that and deal with gender inequal-

have been affected by domestic

extends our capacity in deal-

ity, unfortunately we will continue

abuse.

ing with these social issues,” she

to experience violence. There’s no

noted.

MEC Dyantyi affirmed that non-

Despite this, she said more

work being done to deal with how

needs to be done to minimise the

The founder of the Masiman-

masculinity is toxic and that is the

secondary victimisation of abuse

yane Women’s Support Centre,

root problem. The picture will only

survivors and to provide effective

Lesley Ann Foster, said her NPO

change when women are treated

counselling and mentoring ser-

empowers women who have

as equals,” she said.

vices so that they can break free

been abused. The organisa-

Foster’s work now has a global

from the shackles of their past and

tion regularly receives funding

reach though Masimanyane

embrace their future as empow-

from the Department of Social

Women’s Rights International

ered survivors who know their own

Development and works with

(MWRI), which offers a platform for

worth in society.

other government departments to support women. “The Department of Social Development gives us financial sup-

Eastern Cape Social Development MEC Dr Pumza Dyantyi (second from lef t) during an outreac h programme in East London.

port and they have supported us from the beginning. We are also supported by the departments of education, health and human settlements and have a brilliant relationship with the SAPS,” said Foster, who started Masimanyane in 1996. Masimanyane has shelters for women and children in East London and provides counselling services for rape victims at the Thuthuzela Centre, which is based in Mdantsane’s Cecilia Makiwane Hospital.

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS FEATURE

Writer: Dale Hes

Working together to change the world

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is one of the world’s most important gatherings, bringing leaders from 193 countries together to discuss the most pressing global issues. At the 73rd Session of the UNGA in September, President Cyril Ramaphosa participated as South Africa’s Head of State for the first time.

ment new global initiatives to address migration and refugees highlight innovative thinking around the future of work protect the environment; raise awareness on persons with disabilities, implement the reform of the UN systems and promote peace.

aking the United Na-

governments from around the

South Africa’s participation

tions (UN) relevant

world gathered for the 73rd Session

South Africa’s prominent involve-

to all people: global

of the UNGA in New York. UNGA

ment at the event extended from

leadership and shared responsibili-

President Maria Fernanda Espinosa

the opening of the General De-

ties for peaceful, equitable and sus-

Garcés outlined seven priority

bate, to President Ramaphosa’s in-

tainable societies.”

themes for the session, namely to:

augural address as Head of State.

“M

This was the theme under which

promote gender equality imple-

The centerpiece of the Assembly, the annual General Debate, is the occasion for world leaders to discuss the issues making the greatest impacts on their countries. South Africa was honoured to feature strongly at the opening, where a statue of former President Nelson Mandela was unveiled at the historic Nelson Mandela Peace Summit – a high-level meeting held in honour of the centenary of the birth of the iconic leader. PresidentRamaphosatooktothestage on 25 September for his first address at the debate,and he immediately took to questioning whether the UN was living

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Secretar y -General of t he United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres during a bilateral meeting at t he UN headquar ters in New York.

40

up to its ideals of peace and global unity.

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


“We are bound to ask whether

mination. With the support of the

the UN has met the needs of the

UN, we were able to bring an end

millions who stand at the gates of

to the nightmare of apartheid.”

hope. We are bound to ask what

President Ramaphosa said that

contribution the UN has made to

South Africa’s journey of transfor-

country. “We have started a comprehensive dialogue on the question of land reform, which is guided by our Constitution and the rule of law as

a more peaceful, more prosperous

we seek ways to ensure that the

and more equal world,” he said.

land is shared among all who work it, as set out in our Freedom Char-

Mandela’s legacy

ter. We are reforming our economy

At the Peace Summit, Mandela’s

and creating an environment that

legacy was cemented by a politi-

is conducive to investment, and

cal declaration committed to by

have embarked on an investment

leaders, to strive for a just, peaceful,

drive to attract US$100 billion dol-

prosperous, democratic, fair, equi-

lars in the next five years.”

table and inclusive world. President Ramaphosa said that the declaration, which recognises the period of 2019 to 2028 as the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace, was a landmark commitment. “This reflects a new and sincere commitment by the world’s leaders to comprehensively advance peace and security and resolve all conflicts and wars. To succeed in giving effect to this commitment, the UN must become what billions of people across the world want it to be – a representative and truly democratic global parliament of the people,” he said. The President added that the UN has been a source of hope for the oppressed, exploited and poor,

Nearly all call for global action countries called A The President said that the gathfor massive action ered leaders are responsible for creating a better world for all. to mitigate the “It is within our hands, as the impacts of climate leaders assembled here today, to forge a more representative, equal change and and fair UN that is empowered and to lead the struggle to stressed the need equipped end poverty, unemployment and for international inequality in the world.” President Ramaphosa stressed cooperation that the interests of the youth need to be prioritised. to achieve the “We are a young world, where 2030 Sustainable more than half the global population is under the age of 30 years. Development This is even more pronounced on our continent, Africa, where twoGoals. thirds of its people were not yet

including those in South Africa. mation is progressing well since

born when Nelson Mandela was

nialism and apartheid, we drew

Mandela led the country to free-

released from prison.

strength, inspiration and encour-

dom. The President also highlighted

agement from the UN and its

several of the most important

us, as leaders, not only to put the

Charter in our quest for self-deter-

developments taking place in the

interests of young people at the

“During the dark days of colo-

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

“This places a responsibility on

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

centre of our efforts, but also to empower women and young people

The role of the UN General Assembly

and women’s empowerment. “This UN must show leadership

• Established in 1945, the Gen-

to be more prominent in directing

in recognising the talents and

the course of global affairs.”

contributions of women to human

eral Assembly is the chief

civilisation and progress,” said Mia

deliberative, policymaking

need to be addressed through vari-

Amor Mottley, the first woman Prime

and representative organ of

ous measures.

Minister of Barbados.

the UN.

He added that African problems

“As the continent with the young-

• The Assembly comprises

African countries in particu-

est population in the world, Africa

lar called for the reform of the

all 193 members of the UN,

has the potential to be the next

15-member Security Council, which

providing a unique forum for

great frontier for global growth.

has legal enforcement status.

discussion of a full spectrum

With effective investment in educa-

It was argued that the Council

of international issues.

tion, improved healthcare, good

should be extended to include a

governance and greater eco-

wider range of UN member states.

to make recommendations

nomic integration, Africa has the

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika

to states on international

potential to develop its productive

said that all UN countries should

issues. It has also initiated

capacity on a scale and at a rate

be viewed as equal.

actions – political, econom-

that will lift tens of millions out of poverty.”

Other happenings at the General Debate

• The Assembly is empowered

ic, humanitarian, social and

“There are no minorities here ... there are no small nations here.

legal – which have affected

There are only nations in the United

the lives of millions of people throughout the world.

Nations,” President Mutharika said. •

At the end of the debate, UNGA

Each of the member states

The General Debate saw 199

President Espinosa Garcés said that

in the Assembly has one

speakers take to the stage, includ-

multilateralism – the alliance of multiple

vote. Votes taken on des-

ing representatives from all of the

countries in pursuing a common goal –

ignated important issues

UN’s member countries. The states

is the only way to address the problems

such as recommendations

had the opportunity to discuss the

facing humankind.

on peace and security,

issues concerning their countries

require a two-thirds majority

“If we added together all of the

and their hopes for the coming

discussions and speeches that

of member states, but other

years particularly as to how the

took place, we would have a

questions are decided by a

UNGA can assist.

‘global snapshot’ of the state of

simple majority.

Nearly all countries called for massive

the world today – of the successes

action to mitigate the impacts of climate

and the most pressing challenges

organisation,” she said. “To hear so

change and stressed the need for

facing our nations, and of the role

many times the calls to strengthen

internationalcooperationtoachievethe

that falls to this organisation and to

multilateralism fills us with satisfac-

2030 Sustainable Development Goals,

multilateralism.”

tion, and at the same time presents

which seek to eliminate everything from

“The representatives of more

an enormous challenge to ensure

extreme poverty to hunger,healthcare

than 7.6 million inhabitants of the

that each day this organisation

and education. Additional focus was

planet agreed almost unanimously

becomes ever more relevant to our

placed on the issues of gender equality

on the irreplaceable role of this

peoples,” she added.

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MANAGEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The need for public policy review

P

dering when garbage was last removed by the municipality. Crime and grime goes together, she wrote. •

Poor street lighting and uncut grass fertile which are conditions for crime.

• Prevalent alcohol and drug abuse ublic policy should be respon-

taking bribes from criminals.

• Serious and violent crime, inad-

sive to changing realities. The

Police Minister Bheki Cele immedi-

recent events in Westbury and

ately visited the area and held pub-

corruption and collusion with

government’s response to the public

lic meetings. He has since returned

criminals as well as gangsterism.

violence there prompted this reflec-

there twice and announced a num-

tion.

ber of measures, such as increasing

The unrest in Westbury was

the number of police officers and

equate policing, alleged police

• High levels of poverty and unemployment. In addition to these poor public

sparked by the murder of the

prioritising the detection and arrest

policy outcomes, the community of

mother caught in the alleged gang

of suspected gang members who

Westbury has lamented constant

violence crossfire. Her niece, also

terrorise the community.

water and electricity cuts, dete-

reportedly shot by a stray bullet, is

A colleague in the senior man-

riorating public infrastructure and

now out of hospital and is stable.

agement service of the Gauteng

limited access to public transport.

Provincial Government, Yoliswa

Schools in the area are not helping

lised street protests expressing their

Makhasi, shared chilling observa-

children break the cycle of inter-

anger at rampant gang violence

tions of Westbury after visiting the

generational poverty.

in the area which they attribute to

area as part of Minister Cele’s

high unemployment, poor delivery

intervention. Makhasi wrote that the

of municipal services and inad-

area has:

Sustaining policy direction

equate policing. They also high-

• Many (illegal) dumping sites

What is the point of this recitation?

The community of Westbury mobi-

lighted the fact that the police were

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throughout the community, won-

We recall these to make a point

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


that it is important for public policy

Cabinet which can approve, veto

to be responsive to changing reali-

or amend a departmental propos-

tions have not worked, hence the

Further, social cohesion interven-

ties and the needs of the people.

al. That is a constitutional provision.

sentiment of racial exclusion. And,

We learn from literature that public

Predominantly these departmental

as the story goes for many poor

policy should be reviewed every

submissions are influenced by rul-

and working-class communities,

three to five years. Such reviews

ing party mandates.

local government dehumanises

may result in sustaining policy

At the same time, a minister

people by failing to provide qual-

direction or making necessary

responsible for implementing

ity and consistent basic services.

amendments.

policy takes the flak or credit for

Consequently, social policy failures

the performance of policy that his

become policing issues, putting

choices, an adage goes. Some-

or her department is a custodian

pressure on the overstretched

times, with the best of intentions,

of. That is generally how ministers

police department.

these choices result in unfavour-

are judged – apart from the flair

Public policy is an art of making

Perhaps, as we move towards

able outcomes occasioned by

marking 25 years of democracy,

a confluence of factors such as

we should pause and think of

weak policy design, poor im-

creative and effective ways of

plementation capacity, limited

raising awareness about public

resources or some other exog-

policy-making processes, includ-

enous factors.

ing the role of the citizens in

Poor public policy and de-

shaping policy direction. Equally,

mocracy education is the reason

policy makers need to recognise

why there is sometimes confusion

the dehumanising conditions of

about changes to public policy.

citizens and take proactive steps

The extent of public participation

to change these. Meeting the

in policy making matters as much.

and personality they add into their

basic needs of citizens, like regular

portfolios.

refuse removal and teachers be-

Increasing public awareness

from both official feedback and

building blocks towards restoring

The state should take responsibility

public commentary that our broth-

the dignity of the people, stripped

for increasing public awareness on

ers and sisters in that locale are

away by decades of racial oppres-

policy-making processes, espe-

victims of poor policy implementa-

sion and post-apartheid structural

cially on how decisions are taken

tion and democratic indifference

unemployment which reproduces

(including decision-making struc-

or political neglect. Policies de-

poverty and inequality.

tures, enforcement mechanisms,

signed to address spatial injustice

feedback loops).

have not worked for the people of

In the case of Westbury, it is clear

For example, some in the public

Westbury as much as they have

don’t know that ministers have no

not worked for the people in the

sole authority to determine public

hostels in Alex, Diepsloot and many

policy. All decisions are taken by

other peri-urban neighbourhoods.

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

ing in class on time teaching, are

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FEATURE

Source: SAnews

Investment Conference bags R290 billion for SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa wit h representatives of t he National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of Sout h Africa, who pledged R40 billion in investments at t he Investment Conference.

T

he inaugural South Africa Investment Conference has secured nearly R290 billion

worth of investment for the country.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. The President was speaking at the recent Investment Confer-

securing US$100 billion over the next five years. Investment announcements

ence where he thanked the

were made by companies in

1 050 delegates in attendance

mining, forestry, manufacturing,

have now in our hands and this

for putting their weight and

telecommunications, transport,

is in addition to the R400 billion

money behind the country’s vi-

energy, agro-processing, con-

which was received during the in-

sion to grow the economy and

sumer goods, pharmaceuticals,

vestment drive by the special en-

create jobs.

infrastructure, financial services,

“This R290 billion is what we

voys and from various countries

The R290 billion investment

during state visits which we still

brings South Africa one step

need to button down,” explained

closer to achieving its target of

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energy, ICT and water. Among the investments are R9.5 billion pledged by the South

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


African National Roads Agency

by so doing, [we] are getting all

infrastructure and bulk services, it

Limited, R40 billion by the National

South Africans to participate in

is essential that they be restored

Association of Automobile Manu-

ensuring that this vehicle that is SA

as engines of growth and develop-

facturers of South Africa, Aspen

Inc. operates on all eight cylinders.”

ment.

with R3.4 billion, Vodacom R50 bil-

The conference took place under

lion, ACWA Power R9.6 billion and

the theme “Accelerating Growth by

ership in several state-owned

R29 billion from the New Develop-

Building Partnerships”.

enterprises, ensuring that we have

ment Bank.

In line with the theme, President

“We have replaced the lead-

people with experience, integrity

But the proof is in the pudding,

Ramaphosa noted that the bold

and the relevant skills who are now

said President Ramaphosa, who

target of $100 billion can only be

leading the development and im-

told the conference that govern-

achieved if everyone puts their

plementation of sustainable busi-

ment will track the impact of the

shoulder to the wheel.

ness models,” said the President.

investments and their ability to

“We have emphasised the need

Cementing the efforts of govern-

for more South African companies

ment to boost the economy, Presi-

to lead the investment charge,

dent Ramaphosa reminded del-

Seeking solutions

demonstrating that they have

egates of the recently–launched

He added that initiatives such as

confidence in this economy and

stimulus package.

the Investment Conference have

in its ability to deliver decent and

changed the tide in the country.

reliable returns.”

maximise job creation.

“Through these various confer-

To ensure ease of investment, the

The package, announced in September, includes initiatives around growth-enhancing eco-

ences, the gulf and the distance

President outlined government’s

nomic reforms, the reprioritisation

that has been there between busi-

work in addressing stumbling

of public spending to stimulate

ness and government, and busi-

blocks that impede investment

and support job creation, the

ness and labour is reducing. It is

- among them is Invest SA, a one-

establishment of an infrastructure

through these engagements that

stop shop that provides informa-

fund, key interventions in educa-

we have been able to talk frankly

tion, facilitation and aftercare for

tion and health, and investment

and discuss solutions openly.”

businesses and investors. Through

in social infrastructure in munici-

When he opened the confer-

this initiative, government aims to

palities.

ence, the President stressed that

fast–track investment projects and

the country has worked hard to

reduce red tape.

that is driven by enterprise and in-

attain an environment favourable to investment.

“We are here to declare that we are determined to build a country

Creating stability

novation, to develop an economy

President Ramaphosa also

that is diverse and resilient and

cies to promote black economic

highlighted that the restoration of

prosperous, and to create com-

empowerment to provide black

State-owned enterprises is key to

panies that achieve sustained

people, women and people with

clearing the path and creating

returns not only for their sharehold-

disabilities with assets and oppor-

stability for investors.

ers, but also for the workers that

“We have implemented poli-

“Given the crucial role of these

tunities they need to participate

drive them and the communities

more meaningfully in economic

state-owned enterprises in the

that support them,” said President

activity. It is a good thing because

economy, as providers of critical

Ramaphosa.

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

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FEATURE

Clearing the path for more investment In a bid to further draw invest-

for transformation in the agricul-

and the film industry have mas-

ture and fisheries sectors.

sive investment potential, the

With regards to land reform,

challenge of how to translate this

ment, delegates at the conference

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

entered into breakaway sessions

Minister Senzeni Zokwana said that

where a total of R10 billion was

the plenary session had stressed

thumbs up to the introduction of

raised collectively.

that land reform must be under-

an online application system and

taken in a manner that does not

announcement of visa waivers

affect food production.

with countries like Egypt, Morocco,

During the breakaway session on energy, R1 billion worth of investment in LPG (liquid petroleum gas) was pledged by Bidvest.

potential into numbers remains.

The need for collaboration be-

The plenary session gave the

Tunisia, Ghana, Cuba and Iran, as

tween the departments of Agri-

they will boost tourism.

Delegates not only pledged

culture, Forestry and Fisheries and

more money at the sessions but

Water and Sanitation, in an effort

birth certificate policy by Home

also looked for possible solutions

to assist farmers with access to

Affairs – that now exempts foreign

to bureaucratic challenges that

water, was also raised. Delegates

nationals from presenting docu-

might stifle investors.

lamented the time it takes to se-

mentation – was also welcomed

cure water-use authorisation.

as a step in the right direction.

During the plenary session on agriculture, funding for emerging

The revision of the unabridged

Giving feedback on the ple-

President Ramaphosa said

farmers was noted as critical to

nary session on tourism and film,

that government is in talks to

ensure growth in the sector. The

Minister Derek Hanekom said while

make the conference an annual

session also engaged on the need

delegates agreed that tourism

event.

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FEATURE

Source: SAnews

Reforms to steer SA’s economy government is proposing reprioritisation of R32.4 billion over the next three years,” it said as newly–sworn in Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tabled his maiden MTBPS in Parliament. Of this amount, R15.9 billion will go towards faster-spending infrastructure programmes (including R3.4 billion for school infrastructure and eradicating pit latrines), clothing and textile incentives, and the Expanded Public Works Programme. The remaining R16.5 billion will be allocated to various programmes, including recapitalising the South African Revenue Service (SARS), a minimum wage for community health workers, critical posts and goods and services in health, and streamlining the management of

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tables t he Medium Term Budget Policy Statement.

G

the justice system. In addition, changes to grant

overnment

has

an-

“These include creating policy

structures amounting to

nounced the proposed

certainty in the mining and energy

R14.7 billion will promote upgrad-

reprioritisation of R32.4 bil-

sectors by finalising the Mining

ing of informal settlements in

lion over the next three years as part

Charter and updating the Integrat-

partnership with communities.

of reforms to boost the South African

ed Resource Plan,” said National

economy.

Treasury in the statement.

Meanwhile, housing subsidies amounting to R1 billion will be cen-

It added that growth-enhancing

tralised to better support middle-

Policy Statement (MTBPS), National

policy initiatives are also underway

and lower-income home buyers.

Treasury said that the structure

in the telecommunications, elec-

of South Africa’s economy is not

tricity and transport sectors.

In the Medium Term Budget

conducive to high growth or job creation.

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“To support these reforms within a constrained fiscal framework,

“In the current year, R1.7 billion is added to infrastructure spending (including funding for fast-spending school building programmes) and R3.4

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


billion is allocated to drought relief,

plans to auction spectrum for 4G

building in local government by

mostly to upgrade water infrastructure,”

services by April 2019 and simul-

deploying skilled professionals to

said National Treasury.

taneously establish a wholesale

manage and recover revenue.

open-access network to lower the

Reforms Fleshing out the progress of Presi-

Meanwhile, the departments of

Reprioritising money from unspent funds

dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s stimulus

Energy and Public Enterprises, and

National Treasury will reprioritise

package announced in Septem-

the National Treasury, have begun

money from unspent funds and

ber, the MTBPS further announced

work to determine how a restruc-

tap into the contingency reserve to

a framework for financing infra-

tured electricity sector can support

recapitalise South African Airways

structure which will be developed.

long-term growth, a secure energy

(SAA), SA Express and the Post

National Treasury noted that a

supply, a sustainable electricity

Office.

decade of poor economic perfor-

utility and higher investment in

mance and high unemployment

electricity generation, transmission

three years provide an agreed-up-

has reinforced the urgent need for

and distribution.

on upper limit within which depart-

cost of data.

a comprehensive programme of

“Reviews of administered prices

Allocations made over the next

ments prepare their budgets. “In-year adjustments add

reforms to change the underlying

in other sectors, such as energy,

structure of the economy.

are underway. Such reforms can

R17.4 billion to spending, which

boost long-term growth,” it said.

includes [the] recapitalisation of

“Necessary structural reforms

South African Airways (R5 billion)

include modernising the energy, cations industries; lowering barriers

Rebuilding state institutions

to entry and addressing distorted

On state institutions, National

patterns of ownership through

Treasury said while the process of

Express will get an injection of

increased competition and small-

rebuilding these is underway with

R1.2 billion.

business growth and enabling

the Judicial Commission of Inquiry

growth in labour-intensive sectors

into Allegations of State Capture

drought relief and education

such as agriculture and tourism,”

among others, challenges remain.

infrastructure. These additions to

water, transport and telecommuni-

“While the scale of deteriora-

it said.

and the South African Post Office (R2.9 billion),” it noted. The National Treasury said SA

“Funding is also allocated to

spending are fully offset by the

tion in the public sector is serious,

use of the contingency reserve,

gests that such reforms can raise

key institutions established by the

provisional allocations, projected

Gross Domestic Product growth by

Constitution have proven resilient.

underspending and declared

as much as three percent over the

Parliament, the courts and the

unspent funds,” it added.

next decade.”

Reserve Bank have helped to un-

“National Treasury modelling sug-

The progress that has been made including the Department of

cover corruption, with the support

government’s guarantee portfolio

of a robust media.”

totals R670 billion, of which the

TelecommunicationsandPostalServices

National Treasury also highlight-

gazetting a proposed policy for the

ed its efforts to strengthen financial

licensing of high-demand spectrum.

management which include en-

The communications regulator

National Treasury said that

hancing public finance capacity-

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

largest facility has been granted to Eskom at R350 billion. By the end of June 2018, R334.2 billion of government

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FEATURE

guarantee facilities for state-owned companies had been used.

and interest payments.”

adequately financed.

Treasury said Eskom, which has a

“We are immediately reprioritising

R350 billion guarantee facility, has

R350 million to recruit in excess of

years, guaranteed debt redemp-

already used R255 billion and that

2 000 health professionals into pub-

tions are expected to average

R35 billion has been approved for

lic health facilities,” he said.

R26 billion.

specific funding instruments, but

Over the next three financial

“In recent years, access to credit has steadily declined for many

Minister Mboweni said a further reprioritisation of funds will avail

has not yet been borrowed. Despite its weak financial position,

R150 million to be used to pur-

state-owned companies, mostly

which remains a risk that could

chase beds and linen for hospitals

as a result of their weak balance

lead to a call on guarantees, an

where the need is dire.

sheets, poor corporate governance

improvement in the power utility’s

and liquidity challenges.

liquidity position has bolstered

VAT free items

investor sentiment and means

Government is also proposing that

ficult to refinance maturing debt

that it again has access to capital

as of April 2019, three items, includ-

as investors increasingly require

markets.

ing sanitary pads, be added to the

“These entities will find it dif-

guarantees before they will provide financing. “As a result, government’s contingent liability exposure is likely to remain high.”

zero-rated list.

Denel, on the other hand, has a

Earlier this year, government

five-year, R3.4 billion guarantee, of

increased value-added tax (VAT)

which R2.8 billion has been used.

from 14 percent to 15 percent.

“Denel will struggle to settle maturing debt on its own because

An independent panel of experts

its financial position remains weak.

to review the list of 19 zero-rated

– the latest year for which figures

While it implements a turnaround

food products was set up to

are available – the combined liabil-

plan, Denel will also contemplate

consider how best government

ities of national public entities and

the sale of non-core assets to

could mitigate the impact of the

state-owned companies totalled

improve its liquidity position,” the

VAT increase on poor and indigent

R1.6 trillion.

National Treasury said.

households.

National Treasury said in 2016/17

The interest-bearing debt of

The panel of experts has since

the 10 state-owned companies

A focus on health

released the report and recom-

that borrow most has grown from

In his speech, the Minister said

mended that six items be added

R266.7 billion in 2009/10 to

government will reprioritise funds

onto the list of zero-rated items.

R702.7 billion in 2016/17 – an

to make R350 million available to

increase of 163 percent in seven

recruit new health professionals.

years. This debt is expected to increase

Minister Mboweni said from 1 April 2019, sanitary pads, bread flour

“Access to healthcare services

and cake flour will be zero-rated.

is enshrined in our Constitution

“The revenue loss associated

to more than R1 trillion over the

and in our Bill of Rights. We will

with zero-rating these items is

medium term.

continue to work closely with the

estimated at R1.2 billion. However,

national Department of Health and

zero-rating these products targets

has largely financed capital ex-

other roleplayers to ensure that the

low-income households and

penditure, a growing proportion of

gradual phased implementation

restores the dignity of our people,”

debt is now financing operations

of the National Health Insurance is

he said.

“Although the increase in debt

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FEATURE

Writer: Dale Hes

Jobs Summit–Mapping

the path to a prosperous SA The much-anticipated Jobs Summit heralded a number of interventions that are set to boost employment and stimulate the economy. Now it is the task of government to put the plans into action. growth. So why was this summit so

from 13 million people to 24 million

sorely needed, and what resolutions

people by 2030.

were reached?

The summit’s main workstreams included:

Background and focus of the 2018 Jobs Summit

Economic sector-specific interventions.

President Cyril Ramaphosa an-

Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) support.

nounced the Jobs Summit in his

2018 State of the Nation Address.

He explained that the purpose of

Education and skills. Inclusive growth, transformation and inequality.

the summit would be to “align the

Public and social programmes,

efforts of all sectors and stakehold-

labour market and anti-

ers behind the imperative of job

corruption.

creation and to develop practical

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses t he Jobs Summit.

O

measures and initiatives to create

Key interventions

employment for millions of South

Stakeholders at the Jobs Summit

Africans”.

signed a framework agreement which outlines a series of measures

President Ramaphosa’s staten 4 and 5 October, mem-

ments came on the back of South

aimed at stemming the tide of

bers of the government,

Africa’s continuing struggles with

unemployment and job losses.

business, labour and com-

the high unemployment rate. The

Based on several months of

munity sectors gathered at the Gal-

summit came at a crucial time, as

intense engagement, the agree-

lagher Convention Centre in Johan-

unemployment in the second quar-

ment’s central theme is creating

nesburg for the vitally important Jobs

ter of 2018 rose to 27.2 percent.

ambitious but realisable plans,

Summit.The summit was billed as one

Part of the summit’s purpose was

of the key initiatives to identify ways to

to strive towards the goals of the

address South Africa’s high unemploy-

National Development Plan (NDP),

ment rate and stagnant economic

which aims to raise employment

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hinging on cooperation between all sectors. “Countries that have succeeded in tackling economic challenges

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


and social problems have had the

the clothing, textiles, automotive,

include improving the collaboration

benefit of getting all social partners

leather and footwear industries

between public and private sector

to reach agreement on what needs

are receiving special attention.

hubs and incubators. Government

to be done and to work together

President Ramaphosa stressed the

has committed to upscaling the

to ensure that it gets done,” said

need to support local producers.

implementation and monitoring

“The most direct way for South

of the 30 percent procurement

President Ramaphosa. “Yet, in South Africa, with low levels of trust, weak

AfricansandSouthAfricancompaniesto

funding set aside for SMMEs and

confidence and heightened social

create jobs is to buy only South African

cooperatives, encouraging others

tensions, we have neglected our

products.Government has undertaken

to adopt similar programmes.

greatest strength as a society – our

to simplify and speed up the process

ability to unite and work together.”

for the designation of products for local

ranks high on the agenda, with

Interventions have been devel-

procurement, and organised labour,

pilot projects such as Gauteng’s

oped under each of the work-

in partnership with Proudly SA, will

Township Economy Revitalisation

streams discussed at the summit.

proactively identify opportunities for new

Programme becoming a key focus

designations.”

area to support public–private

Development of townships also

Economic sectorspecific interventions

have committed to local procure-

township-based businesses. Gov-

Social partners agreed that it is

ment initiatives and will be the first

ernment is providing R1.5 billion for

imperative to secure faster growth

to be invited to join a Buy SA Circle,

a new Smallholder Support Fund

of the agriculture, mining and

in order to lead the charge in sup-

and a further R1.5 billion for the

manufacturing sectors. Through the

porting local businesses.

Township Enterprise Fund between

A number of JSE-listed companies

Aggressive promotion of South

programme of accelerated land

sector partnerships to develop

the end of 2018 and March 2020.

reform, President Ramaphosa said

African exports has also been

that South Africa will substantially

prioritised, with government aiming

programmes such as Bizniz in a Box,

increase the number of people

to capitalise on the establishment

which provides ready-to-operate

productively working the land.

of an African Free Trade Area, while

spaza shops or internet cafes for new

“Specific interventions include

eliminating barriers such as ineffi-

entrepreneurs, will be supported in

the procurement of new hectares

ciencies at ports and poor knowl-

order to equip young people with skills

under black ownership and redi-

edge of potential markets.

and business opportunities. A pilot

recting expenditure to black-owned

To stimulate transformation, the

Large-scale youth entrepreneurship

programme,the Finfind SMME Funding

and women-owned farmers, pro-

financial sector is investing

Readiness Programme, will also act as

ducers and processors. In addition

R100 billion over the next five years

an example of collaboration between

to government initiatives amount-

in black-owned industrial enterpris-

business,government and community

ing to approximately R600 million,

es. Meanwhile, government is con-

organisations.

Agbiz and the Banking Association

vening an Infrastructure Funding

South Africa have developed a

Task Team to support development

formal sector, priority is being given

blended finance model designed

infrastructure projects.

to the development of the BUSA/ CCMA Web Tool, which improves

to make additional funds available.” In the manufacturing sector,

To support and formalise the in-

Support for SMMEs

SMME understanding and compli-

Plans to stimulate the SMME sector

ance with labour legislation.

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

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FEATURE

In the early childhood develop-

management, including worker-

of a zero-tolerance approach to

ment (ECD) sector, focus will be

centred and productivity-driven

corruption in the business sector,

placed on supporting women to

relations and processes. The In-

was also committed to. In addition

establish and run their own ECD

ternational Labour Organisation

to lifestyle audits and financial

businesses.

and the Productivity and Training

disclosures, urgent legal action

Institute have been among the

against offenders was identified

first to support such objectives.

as critical to fighting corruption.

Education and skills interventions

In terms of equality, it was recog-

“One of the greatest barriers

In his address, President Ramapho-

nised that current legislation does

to investment, growth and job

sa highlighted the critical need for

not specifically address equity for

creation is corruption within all

quality education and training.

workers, and this needs to be rem-

spheres of government, state-

“Effective skills development on

edied in order to deepen transfor-

owned enterprises and compa-

a large scale will not only help to

mation and worker engagement.

nies. The social partners have

expand the opportunities and ca-

In addition, it was agreed that a

agreed to support the govern-

pabilities of young people but will

standardised methodology for

ment’s anti-corruption strategy

also assist in reducing the wage

calculating the wage differences

and to develop their own comple-

gap between the lowest and high-

between males and females will

mentary strategies,” said President

est paid due to skills scarcities.”

be developed, which can be

Ramaphosa.

Strategies in this area include expanding access to technical and

Through these interventions,

used by companies to close this

government estimates that an

gap.

vocational education and training

additional 275 000 direct jobs will

and unlocking workplace oppor-

Public and social interventions

stressed that only a new, collec-

tunities across multiple sectors,

Improving the efficiency of the

tive approach to growth will bring

through partnerships between

public service featured highly in

real change.

colleges and companies.

discussions during the summit.

(TVET) and community colleges,

be created per year. The President

“We are agreed that our country

Social partners agreed to work

cannot achieve meaningful pro-

with government towards improv-

gress without faster growth and

ing the impact of the Expanded

a great deal more jobs. And we

The framework agreement outlines

Public Works Programme, increas-

cannot achieve this if each of us

ways in which the workplace

ing the number of placements of

works alone. As we sign and imple-

can become more inclusive and

young people.

ment the framework agreement,

Inclusive growth interventions

we do so for those millions of South

equal. Social partners agreed

Government’s National Anti-Cor-

to explore ways to improve col-

ruption Strategy, as well as the de-

Africans who yearn to work,”

laboration between workers and

velopment and implementation

he said.

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OPINION

Writer: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu *

Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu visits households in Mpumalanga.

Working towards a disability-inclusive, barrier-free South Africa

N

ovember is Disability Rights Awareness Month in South Africa. But what does this

sulu, let us draw from their wisdom. In the words of Madiba: “A

ing philanthropy towards disabled people. They do not need the

democracy is an order of social

patronage of the non-disabled.

mean to ordinary public servants?

equality and non-discrimination.

It is not for them to adapt to the

Why is disability inclusion an issue

Our compatriots who are disabled

dominant and dominating world

for senior managers in the public

challenge us in a very special way

of the so-called non-disabled. It is

service?

to manifest in real life those values

for us to adapt our understanding

of democracy.

of a common humanity; to learn of

With 2018 being the centenary of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Si-

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“It is not a question of patronis-

the richness of how human life is

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


diverse; to recognise the presence

clear that duty-bearers (senior

of disability in our human midst as

managers, frontline workers and

an enrichment of our diversity.”

decision-makers in the public

institutional disability rights

service) could be deemed to have

coordinator can provide, not by

made in putting in place a legisla-

intentionally discriminated under

doing their work, but by guiding

tive and policy framework that

the Promotion of Equality and Pre-

and advising senior managers

advocates for the rights of persons

vention of Unfair Discrimination Act

on where to seek assistance.

with disabilities over the past 24

unless they can illustrate that:

years.

• They acknowledged that per-

Significant progress has been

abilities. • Recognise the role that their

• Ensure that their institution and/or programme has ac-

sons with disabilities experience

cess to disability inclusion and

necessarily change lives. It is by en-

barriers in accessing their ser-

universal design expertise,

suring that our policies are imple-

vices which constitute discrimi-

whether by building in-house

nation on the basis of disability.

capacity or insourcing. Note

But laws and policies do not

mented and our laws are enforced, that lives are changed.

• They consulted with organisa-

that consultation with disability

tions of persons with disabilities

organisations should never

on measures that should be

demand expertise for free, but

lives. Instead, it crushed the hope

taken to remove these barriers.

should be focused on obtain-

they shared with fellow South Afri-

• They budgeted for the removal

Persons with disabilities tell us that 1994 made little difference in their

cans that our newfound democracy would bring tangible change

of these barriers. • They implemented the measures with the money budgeted.

in their lives.

ing guidance and opinions on policies, programmes and participation in monitoring access to services.

• They can report on the impact

• Ensure that they disaggregate

Equitable access

that the implementation of

all statistics and administra-

Senior public servants and frontline

these measures had in improv-

tive data to reflect a disability

ing disability access.

workers often claim they do not

Claiming ignorance, lack of

know what measures to put in

dimension. Supporting disability inclusion,

place to provide equitable access

knowledge or skills is therefore not

The National School of Govern-

to customers with disabilities in

an acceptable reason for disability

ment will, over the next three years,

their programmes and services,

exclusion and disability discrimina-

roll out a number of courses and

or that it is the responsibility of the

tion.

workshops to support disability

This leaves senior managers in

disability focal point/coordinator in the department or institution. They therefore fail to take respon-

the public service with a number of options to remove disability dis-

inclusion in public services and implement the WPRPD. Disability Rights Awareness

sibility for earning 100 percent of

crimination from their programmes,

Month is an opportunity for public

their salary, by rendering a service

and:

servants to raise their own aware-

to all customers.

• Acknowledge their ignorance

ness, to share with the public what

The White Paper on the Rights of

and/or awkwardness with

measures they have put in place

Persons with Disabilities (WPRPD)

regard to disability inclusion

to make their programmes and

which was approved by Cabinet

and increase their time spent

services accessible to persons with

about three years ago, makes it

engaging with persons with dis-

different disabilities, and

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OPINION OPINION

to recommit institutions to do more

development of their communities

national event. Provincial and lo-

to change the lives of persons with

and release human capital and

cally organised events will therefore

disabilities.

change lives in disadvantaged

constitute the major focus for IDPD

communities.

activities.

The theme for this year is A Disability-Inclusive, Barrier-Free South Africa by 2030. Be the Legacy’.

Please support the events hosted

Members of the National Dis-

by national departments, prov-

ability Rights Machinery will be

inces, municipalities, disability

deployed to support provincial

23 November, Mandela Friday,

organisations and the corporate

and district activities, and central-

when the Impumelelo of the

sector throughout the month.

ised materials will be developed

One of the highlights will be on

Disabled Rural Community Project

for circulation and as entry points

The month closes on 3 De-

in Inanda, eThekwini will celebrate

cember, the International Day of

for discussions and branding. The

the graduation of over 100 young

Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). The

national event will be co-hosted

people – with and without disabili-

National Disability Rights Ma-

with Arts cape and Unmute Dance

ties – who have completed IT end

chinery plenary, consisting of all

Company’s Annual ArtsAbility

user courses at the MTN SA Foun-

national government departments,

Festival from 29 November to 3

dations donated disability-accessi-

nine provinces, South African Local

December.

ble multi-purpose computer centre,

Government Association, Chap-

on the organisation’s premises.

ter 9 institutions and 22 national

general – and senior managers in

The day will showcase how invest-

disability organisations took a

particular – to board the disability

ing in the abilities of people with

decision in 2017 that the focus for

inclusion bus.

disabilities and enabling persons

3 December be on provincial and

with disabilities to contribute to the

local events, rather than one large

We invite public servants in

We can guarantee you an exciting, albeit bumpy ride. Join the public discourse during Disability Rights Awareness Month by following us on @Disability_SA (twitter) and tagging us on your social media platforms using #DRAM2018 and #DisabilityRightsSA.

*Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu is the Deputy Minister of Social Development.

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FEATURE

Writer: Amukelani Chauke

Ailing municipalities benefit from government interventions

I

n March this year, Cooperative

palities regressing on their audit

the Minister said at the time of his

Governance and Traditional Af-

outcomes.

Budget Vote speech.

fairs (CoGTA) Minister Dr Zweli

Makwetu, among others, also

Mkhize announced that 55 munici-

flagged the increase in irregular

palities were dysfunctional and that

expenditure and stressed that inter-

Support for distressed municipalities

urgent intervention was needed.

ventions were needed in struggling

Following his announcement,

municipalities.

Minister Mkhize deployed 81 new

By May – when the Minister tabled his Budget Vote in Parliament

engineers, town planners and

The outcome of the Auditor-Gen-

– the number had gone up to 87.

eral’s report on municipalities was

project managers, among many

In some instances, the dysfunc-

also a reflection of the first year fol-

other experts, with the aim of help-

tional or non-viable municipalities

lowing the 2016 local government

ing distressed and dysfunctional

faced structural and systemic

elections – during which the rede-

municipalities turn the corner.

challenges, while others were be-

marcation of municipal borders

ing dragged down by human error,

led to the number of municipalities

roll–out an intervention programme

incompetence and corruption.

being reduced from 278 to 257.

focusing on three areas: govern-

The Auditor-General Kimi Makwe-

This also meant that services

ance and administration, service

tu’s report on municipalities for the

were stretched beyond the previ-

delivery and infrastructure, and

financial year 2016/17, released a

ous “boundaries of municipalities

financial management.

few days after the Minister’s Budget

which were defined in terms of a

Vote speech, painted an equally

concrete rates base that enabled

PSM at his parliamentary office

bleak picture, with most munici-

them to raise their own revenue”,

in Cape Town, the Minister said

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CoGTA also announced it would

In a wide-ranging interview with

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


more help is on its way to enable

road to assess the state of affairs

backed and checked by National

municipalities to return to being

at affected municipalities and

Treasury and CoGTA,” he said.

self-sustainable.

was pleased that some progress

“We also are focusing on service

has been made.

and infrastructure delivery,” he

He added that interventions

Infrastructure and service delivery

said, explaining that CoGTA’s

have been instituted under

The Minister touched on a few highlights

Municipal Infrastructure Sup-

Section 139 of the Constitution

relating to infrastructure and service

port Agent (MISA) appointed 81

and through Section 137 of the

delivery. In Makhanda [formerly

technical experts and engineers,

Municipal Finance Management

Grahamstown], for example, work is

including civil, electrical and wa-

Act.

being done to refurbish roads and the

ter; project managers; contract

“On the issues of governance,

sewerage system. In Lekwa, engineers

managers; construction manag-

we have got very strong and strict

have created reservoirs to absorb

ers and regional town planners.

processes in place now… if there

any sewerage spillage. He added that

“We spread them across the

is anyone who is appointed, they

engineers have created step-up pumps

municipalities where there was a

need to report to the Minister

to push the sewage to the central

shortfall.”

[and] municipal managers.

processing plant.

He said CoGTA found that only

[They] must be cleared [to en-

“We have also been to Mfuleni

55 municipalities had engineers.

sure that] they don’t fall into the

where we have got the private sec-

Now the newly–appointed

database of those who should

tor working with us to repair and

engineers have been deployed

not be allowed back because of

maintain sewage plants.”

mainly to district municipalities so

previous fraud and corruption,

He added that this led to talks

that they can oversee the smaller

and that their qualifications are

about raising additional money to

local municipalities.

also acceptable and appropri-

replace existing pumps with better-

“Now we are going to be hiring

ate. Where the qualifications are

performing, more modern ones.

an additional 75 or more experts

not appropriate, then they must

and then we are going to rein-

get a waiver signed by the Minis-

many other of the municipalities

force all of those areas.

ter and we are very rigorous with

under our wing, you will see that

that process as well.”

they have already started clearing

“The adverts are out and, of course, some more are planned.

Minister Mkhize said a memo-

“If you go to Madibeng and

the roads and repairing potholes.”

In fact, about 100 people were

randum of understanding has

absorbed into the structure of the

been signed with National Treas-

MISA alone and many of these

ury to collectively tackle issues of

Bolstering rural economies

will be sent into the field.”

financial recovery. He added that

The Minister added that he has

a basic revenue-generating plan

held talks with the National House

Positive results

has been formulated for strug-

of Traditional Leaders to discuss

He added that improvements

gling municipalities.

how support can be given to rural

have already been seen in areas

“We have already ensured that

that have benefited from CoGTA’s

municipalities don’t adopt un-

interventions.

funded budgets by ensuring that

The Minister recently took to the

the budgets they adopt are cash-

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development, especially through agriculture. With regards to agriculture, CoGTA has discussed with

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FEATURE

various departments the feasibil-

talks were under way on ways to re-

ity of establishing support centres

structure the debt and put in place

in every district, which will provide

mechanisms to ensure improved

they are in service; effectively, they

support to traditional communities

revenue collection systems. One of

are there to serve, therefore they

wanting to develop their agricul-

the things looked at was conven-

must be respectful to the commu-

tural footprints.

tional metering versus pre-paid

nity. They must be responsive and

meters.

accountable and they must be

“We have had a bit of progress on that issue,” he said.

“There is a huge focus on recreat-

ers – should be addressed. “Civil servants must know that

transparent in the way that they

ing the culture of payment for

do things so that people know that

with the Department of Small

services amongst communities,”

the municipality and its systems

Business Development and the

he said.

are dependable and predictable.

Discussions have also been held

Department of Trade and Industry

“They must be open, they must

of township economies, village

Achieving ideal municipalities

economies and the integration of

The Minister said that to avert

about and they must also be able

the rural economy into the main-

service delivery protests, public

to explain what they cannot do

stream,” he said.

servants should aim to be servants

so that there is always a clear

of change to ensure that an ideal

understanding between the two

municipality – one where there is

sides – the municipal team and

good governance, which can gen-

the community. This will help pre-

The Minister said the advisory

erate its own revenue and where

vent people acting on the basis

panel of experts appointed by the

corruption can be uprooted – is

of ignorance or feeling neglected

Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Elec-

realised.

or ignored. That is what my advice

and “we have raised the issues

Eskom debt recommendations

tricity Reticulation and Distribution

be able to explain things that the communities are concerned

He added the basics – fixing pot-

would be – they are employed to

to provide advice and legal clarity

holes, streetlights and adequate

think, to plan, to implement and

on the constitutional authority for

waste management, among oth-

serve,” he said.

electricity reticulation, has presented its report to joint clusters in Cabinet. He said on the issue of the mandate of energy generation, distribution, supply and reticulation between the municipality and Eskom, where the Constitution gives that authority to the municipality, there were discussions on the way forward. On correcting the huge debt owed by municipalities to Eskom – which at the end of May 2018 stood at R14.319 billion– he said

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Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Af fairs Zweli Mkhize and Deputy Minister Andries Nel during a visit to Mpumalanga where t hey met wit h engineers and communities involved in infrastructure development projects.

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FEATURE

Writer: More Matshediso

Gender-based violence

and the role of the media

T

to play in the struggle against

Gender-sensitive reporting

g e n d e r- b a s e d

“The media needs to be gender-

he media has a critical role violence

ary victimisation from the media through insensitive news reporting. Kubi Rama of Gender Links was

sensitive when reporting on cases

also part of the panel and said that

This is according to the Deputy

of GBV. Instead of saying ‘Pinky was

the media should be mindful of the

Minister of Communications, Pinky

allegedly raped by Thabo’, why not

questions they ask and suggestions

Kekana, who recently led a GBV

write ‘Thabo allegedly raped Pinky’,”

made when writing stories.

panel discussion with the Deputy

the Deputy Minister pointed out.

(GBV).

Minister of Justice and Constitu-

She said that when a child has been involved in a violent

Deputy Minister Jeffery asked the National Prosecuting Authority to

situation and the media asks

Discussions were held on the is-

consider helping the media with

questions like ‘where were the

sue of GBV and media ethics, and

guidelines on how to report on is-

parents?’ very important media

the panel raised concerns about

sues of GBV.

ethics considerations are raised.

tional Affairs, John Jeffery.

He asked the media to be careful

“What questions do we ask?

about how it reports on such issues

Whose stories are we telling?”

uty Minister said patriarchy and

and to avoid jeopardising court

asked Rama.

misogyny manifest themselves in

procedures.

how the abuse is reported on. In her opening remarks, the Dep-

subtle and persistent ways, and

Contextualising issues

“The media must also move be-

this deprives females of their right-

yond reporting about numbers and

Representing the media, Kaya

ful status in society.

give more analytical and critical

FM Editor Portia Kobue said it

She called on the media to try

coverage,” he said, adding that fo-

is important to contextualise is-

by all means to protect the survi-

cus should be given to the causes

sues when reporting stories and

vors of abuse, especially children,

and impacts of GBV.

that the information should be

from further victimisation when reporting on GBV stories.

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He said studies have shown that women often experience second-

analysed to explain what abuse really does to those who are

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victimised or who survived it.

violence and not as sex.

provide information to support

“How do I frame my story [as a

“We need to move beyond the

the survivors and often media sto-

journalist] to allow my viewers or

stereotypical images… stereotypi-

ries do not give enough informa-

listeners to walk away with some-

cal images of women still domi-

tion about where the survivor or

thing that will have an impact

nate the media. Whenever we

the readers can seek help.

on them in terms of transforming

see a story of a woman, and the

their perceptions of GBV. Always

story is about GBV, she always

ask yourself, ‘What is it that I want

has bruises. We definitely need to

Changing the narrative

my readers to take away from the

move away from that kind of im-

Social activist, feminist and Soul

story that I am writing’,” she said.

agery. We must not contribute to

City CEO Lebo Ramafoko noted

Latiefa Mobara of the Office of

sexist views and stereotypes and

the narrative that needs to be

the Press Ombudsman said the

under no circumstance should

changed is shaped by news, ad-

media should never mention the

the journalist suggest that the

verts, reality shows and fiction.

names of survivors without their

survivor is to blame.”

permission.

Mobara also said journalists

“If we are serious about [fighting] GBV, we cannot divorce all

should avoid using traumatic

these forms of media from the

to not put the survivor at further

language such as “defenceless”

narrative that we are shaping. We

risk,” she said.

or “subjected to a fate worse than

cannot talk about GBV without

death” as these stereotypes sug-

talking about the norms in which

of rape should not be glorified,

gest that women are gullible and

it exists. Before there is violence

adding that the survivor’s privacy

weak.

there is a belief about masculinity

“Journalists should try their best

Mobara added that the details

should always be respected.

“We must respect that women

and femininity, and both of them

“We must also be careful not to

are diverse and they deal with

are shaped by the various forms

include too many details; that will

the recovery of rape in different

of media that I am talking about.”

lead the reader or audiences to

ways and they should not be

speculate about the identity of

judged,” she pointed out.

the survivor. This is particularly es-

Mobara added that rapists

She said media people must own how violent they are before they respond to stories of violence, in the name of what sells.

sential when the survivor wants to

should not be referred to as ma-

remain anonymous,” she said.

niacs or monsters as they are no

Ramafoko was concerned that

different from any other perpetra-

most media content glamourises

tors. Journalists must be wary of

rape, abuse, misogyny and how

referring to a perpetrator as “a

women’s bodies are viewed.

Moving beyond stereotypical images Mobara stressed that journalists

family man” or using phrases that

should have an understanding

are likely to create a perception

need to include content creators

of the legal processes involved

that the perpetrator is unlikely to

and journalists,” she said.

and emphasised that journalists

be a rapist or an abuser.

should not downplay the sever-

“I think these conversations

The panel appealed to the

“Rapists and abusers come in

media and content creators to

ity of the assault. She said that

all guises. They are priests, com-

be mindful of how they narrate

they should use language that

munity leaders, politicians, etc.”

stories and report on cases of

describes sexual violence as

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Mobara said there is a need to

abuse.

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OPINION

Writer: Sifiso Moshoetsi *

Honouring SA’s and Botswana’s shared liberation heritage

Representatives of t he Sout h African and Botswana governments at t he site where t he ANC’s 1962 Lobatse Conference took place.

I

n his acceptance speech after

own citizen safety was threatened. I

mount Chief Gaseitsiwe and the

receiving an honorary doctorate

for one am forever grateful to them”.

Bangwaketse nation from Bechua-

from the University of Fort Hare,

The history of the people of Bot-

naland were represented by chiefs

Mandla Langa made a critical ob-

swana and those of South Africa

servation when he said: “We were

are closely intertwined. When the

deemed unworthy by the apartheid

African National Congress (ANC)

Instrumental role

state and granted refuge by neigh-

was founded in 1912 to fight for

Botswana is one of the countries

bouring countries, whose citizens

the emancipation of the people of

that played an instrumental role

were committed to stand in solidarity

South Africa, the traditional leaders

in the struggle against apartheid

in the fight for South Africa’s freedom

of Botswana were represented at

by providing refuge to many of our

as we were, even when it meant their

that historic conference. Para-

people who crossed the South Afri-

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Mokgalagadi and Chelenyane.

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can borders on their way to receive

Botswana was also home to the

While there were numerous deaths,

military training in order to return to

Medu Art Ensemble. Many artists

each and every one of them must

the country and pursue their strug-

from South Africa found a refuge in

be recorded and properly docu-

gle against the apartheid regime.

Botswana during their days in exile.

mented.

of many of our people who died

Brutal attacks

South Africa organised a visit to

while fighting for freedom. Many

Gaborone was the site of one of

Botswana, by invitation of the

Botswana nationals also lost their

the most gruesome and brutal at-

Botswana Department of National

lives in the fight against the apart-

tacks perpetrated by the apartheid

Museum and Monuments, to start

heid system, sacrificing their lives

regime against the people of

a process of memorialising the his-

for the freedom of South Africa.

Botswana and South Africa when,

tory of the two countries, through

on 14 June 1985, the South African

the establishment of the Liberation

Tiro lies in Gaborone. He was a

Defence Force crossed the borders

Heritage Route.

student leader and a Black Con-

of South Africa and illegally and

sciousness Movement leader who

indiscriminately attacked innocent

mental South African delegation to

had been expelled from Turfloop

people, leaving 12 South Africans

Botswana shows that the South Af-

University in 1972 for his outspoken

and Botswana nationals dead and

rican government is serious about

condemnation of Bantu Educa-

scores seriously injured.

acknowledging the past and cel-

In Botswana today lie the graves

The grave of Abram Onkgopotse

It was with this view in mind that

tion at a graduation ceremony. In

The recent visit by the interdepart-

Botswana is among the many

ebrating the role that neighbouring

1974, Tiro was killed by a parcel

Southern African countries that lit-

states played in the struggle for the

bomb sent by an apartheid agent,

tered with the remains of South Af-

freedom of South Africa.

Craig Williamson to be exact, in the

ricans who were brutally murdered

village of Khale in Botswana where

by the apartheid regime. The brutal regime attacked the

he was in exile. His family later

The government is serious about the memorialisation of the past so that future generations can grow

repatriated his remains to South

people of Lesotho during the

up knowing that once the people

Africa after liberation.

Maseru Massacre in 1982. The

of South Africa were oppressed but

apartheid regime also attacked

the people of the entire continent

aggression did not deter the peo-

the people of Mozambique during

and the world played an important

ple of Botswana from supporting

the Matola Raid organised the

role in the struggle for liberation.

the struggle for freedom in South

killing of Ruth First in Maputo and

Africa.

killed Joe Gqabi in Harare, Zimba-

Strengthening bonds

bwe, while Dulcie September was

The interdepartmental delegation

brutally murdered in Europe.

visited Botswana from 16 to 19

The apartheid regime’s act of

It was in Botswana where the ANC held its first conference outside

October, to discuss and engage

South Africa after it was banned in 1960. In 1962 members of the ANC

Memorialising history

with the government of Botswana

met during the Lobatse Confer-

All these people and events need

about how to strengthen the

ence in Botswana. It was an historic

to be remembered and honoured

bonds of friendship and people-to-

conference which allowed the

and South Africa needs to ensure

people relations, and deepen the

ANC to formally adopt the armed

that their histories are not erased

strong cultural and historical ties

struggle.

from the memory of our people.

that South Africa and Botswana

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OPINION

share. The joint team also visited

monuments.

and inspected some of the sites

These meetings were

which have been earmarked for

followed by both govern-

memorialisation and inclusion in

ments meeting with critical

the heritage route. These ties were

stakeholders who are

developed during the anti-apart-

part of the process. These

heid and anti-colonialism struggles

included struggle veteran

and were cemented in the blood

and stalwart Ntate Michael

of both South African and Batswa-

Dingake, who was impris-

na people.

oned on Robben Island,

The delegation was led by the

as well as representatives

Department of Arts and Culture’s

from the family of the late

Director-General, Vusi Mkhize. The

Fish Keitsing, who accom-

delegation also included members

modated many ANC exiles

of the ANC, Freedom Park Trust,

who crossed the border to

Department of Military Veterans,

join Umkhonto we Sizwe,

South African Heritage Resources

including Nelson Mandela.

Agency, National Heritage Coun-

There were constructive

cil, North West Department of Arts

discussions and South

and Traditional Affairs, as well the

African representatives

Government Communication and

presented a concept

Information System.

document, which was

“The main objective of the visit is

warmly received by both

The gravesite of Abram Onkgopotse Tiro in Gaborone.

to recognise the role, contribution

the representatives from

and sacrifices that the people of

the Botswana government as well

Botswana and proper preparations

Botswana played in the struggle

as critical stakeholders.

on how best we will memorialise

against apartheid and for the total

the heroic acts of the people

There is a clear commitment

liberation of the oppressed people

from the Botswana government to

of Botswana and South Africa

of South Africa,” explained Mkhize.

engage with all proposals con-

through monuments and record

tained in the concept document,

and document the history of our

ognise and mark the momentous

as well as a commitment from

two nations.

Lobatse Conference in Botswana

both countries to work together to

which was one of the significant

memorialise the Lobatse Confer-

turning points in the liberation

ence site and Gaborone Massacre

struggle.

site. The Botswana government will

It was also to acknowledge, rec-

Both governments also discussed

process the proposals through its

*Sifiso Moshoetsi is Chief Director: Human Development; Social Protection and Community Development; Governance and Admin-

how best to memorialise the peo-

Cabinet process and report back

istration Clusters at Government

ple and events that contributed

to South Africa.

Communication and Information

to the liberation struggle, with the construction of museums and

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We look forward to further

System.

engagements with the people of

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FEATURE

SA chairs the Trans Kalahari Corridor

T

ransport Minister Blade Nzi-

nity to congratulate Namibia for

mande commended the

having steered this organisation

Coast-to-Coast Corridor

strides made by the Trans

and for achieving so much dur-

The road network spans 1 900km,

Kalahari Corridor (TKC) when he

ing its chairpersonship,” Minister

across Botswana, Namibia and

took over as chairperson in Sep-

Nzimande said at the time.

South Africa. It starts in Gauteng

The TKC, a tripartite trans-

and continues through Rusten-

tember.

boundary corridor manage-

burg and Zeerust in the North

of the TKC during the meeting of

ment institution, was established

West; Lobatse and Kanye in

Southern African Development

with a political and economic

Botswana; the Mamuno and Trans

Community (SADC) Ministers of

vision to pursue deeper re-

Kalahari border posts; and Goba-

ICT, Transport and Meteorology,

gional integration programmes

bis, Windhoek and Okahandja in

which was held in Namibia.

of the SADC, Southern African

Namibia to the Port of Walvis Bay.

South Africa took over the chair

“South Africa is gratified to be

Customs Union and the New

The Port of Walvis Bay, on the

handed the chairpersonship of

Partnership for Africa’s Develop-

west coast of Namibia, strategi-

the TKC. I must take this opportu-

ment.

cally links to other corridors in

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the sub-region, namely the Trans

joint law enforcement operations

ibility and making it easier for the

Kunene Corridor, Walvis Bay-Ndo-

across the member states.

private sector to plan and invest

la-Lubumbashi (Trans Caprivi)

“I would also like to congratu-

in it,” Minister Nzimande said.

Corridor, Windhoek-Luanda Corri-

late Namibia on its port expan-

dor and the Trans Oranje Corridor.

sion in Walvis Bay. This will bring

to adopt unified positions on

Road network linkages cut across

more capacity to the western

issues of mutual interest, and

these corridors, creating a strate-

seaboard, which includes ports in

the development will help the

gic network. The TKC also con-

South Africa. We need to ensure

region to negotiate trade and

nects the Port of Walvis Bay with

that our ports complement each

international commodity agree-

the Maputo Corridor, resulting in

other, instead of competing

ments with third parties and assist

the Coast-to-Coast Corridor.

against each other, to improve

to safeguard common regional

the regional value chain,” he

interests.

The TKC is known for providing a short transport link across the

added.

southern african sub-continent.

He added that there is a need

“I would like to thank everyone for ensuring that the TKC has

Compared to traditional routes,

Growth challenges

been growing abundantly, with

via southern Namibia to Gaut-

The Minister highlighted the key

practical economic development

eng, the TKC cuts the distance

challenges that hinder growth

achieved along the corridor.

by 400km, making it a preferred

and trade within the SADC region

“However, as South Africa, we

route and providing cost-effective

as poor infrastructure, low-density

believe that more can be done

logistical advantages to users.

across transport networks, inef-

to exploit our unique characters

ficient border processes and frag-

and variant positions in advanc-

mented regulatory environments.

ing our common interests as

“The corridor plays a pivotal role in the economic development of

He said that if SADC is to attain

all of its member states and the

member states,” he said.

region, particularly in anchoring

its goal of creating a seamless,

the development of industries

cost-effective and fully–integrated

landlocked countries within the

and business along the corridor,”

region; road, rail and port sys-

region require efficient transport

said Minister Nzimande, who took

tems are required to secure the

links to and from the sea to enjoy

over the position of TKC chairper-

region’s future. “The TKC develop-

competitive prices for import and

son from Namibia’s Minister of

ment can serve as a good guide

export markets.

Transport Alpheus !Naruseb.

for the overall attainment of this

“I am happy with the strides

regional developmental goal. “This corridor should help us en-

that we have made. Among the

The Minister explained that

“Most ports within the region operate near capacity and experience delays due to poor integra-

milestones achieved the introduc-

sure that we trade among each

tion with other transport modes

tion of the Custom Single Admin-

other and replace imports from

and slow clearance processes.

istration Document, completion of

the rest of the world, especially

We therefore need to deepen our

the feasibility study on truck stops,

those coming from outside of our

integration so that we maximise

development of harmonised

continent. Equally important, the

our trade creation and trade

weighbridges, harmonisation of

corridor should help us beyond

diversion.

axle load limits from 8.2 to nine

trade liberalisation by reducing

tonnes and the introduction of

uncertainties, improving our cred-

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

“This will assist us to ensure that we have a shift in production

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national committee and we hope that other TKC member states will launch their committees soon. “I think we will all agree that robust economic transformation is key to shaping our ability to generate inclusive growth and tackle serious challenges, such as from the high- to the low-cost

will ensure that we are also able

poverty, inequality and unemploy-

countries and reduce the costs of

to deal with organised crime at

ment,” he said.

doing business amongst member

these centres,” he said.

Joint law enforcement

states,” he confirmed.

Fourth Industrial Revolution

Transformation

The seventh joint law enforce-

The Minister said that member

ment operation along the TKC,

states need to focus on trans-

which aimed to promote safety

Minister Nzimande said that we

formation policies, that include

and security compliance, was

are entering the Fourth Industrial

private sector participation, to

launched in Swakopmund in

Revolution and thus must be able

create quality jobs for communi-

September.

to capacitate our countries in line

ties.

with this global phenomenon. “We therefore need to modern-

“South Africa is looking forward

“This should include a key focus

to hosting the next joint law

on implementing decisions that

enforcement operation, which will

ise our transport infrastructure,

are taken at this level. In June

take place from 4 to 11 November

which includes working with our

2018 South Africa launched its

in Rustenburg,” the Minister said.

research institutions to find common solutions to common and diverse challenges in the region. “South Africa is exploring

TKC achievements Since its establishment the TKC has harmonised substantial cross-

the possibilities of establishing

border procedures consistent with regional integration and interna-

transport hubs throughout our

tional best practices, namely:

provinces. These hubs will serve as

• Fencing along the TKC.

centres of excellence on trans-

• Adoption of streamlined legislations, harmonised customs proce-

port-related matters and will assist

dures and implementation of a Single Administrative Document.

the region at large to better plan

• Adoption of a common transit procedure.

transport infrastructure.”

• Harmonisation of extended border operating hours and axle load

The Minister stressed that for the benefit of all TKC member states, the TKC must move swiftly to harmonise transport regulations and

limits at the Trans Kalahari border posts. • Reduction of border clearance to a maximum of one hour and a minimum of 30 minutes, if all required documentation is in order. • Increased commercial and passenger traffic, from less than five

ICT systems to ensure seamless

percent in 2000 to nearly 50 percent (commercial) and over 60

movement at ports of entry. “This

percent (passenger) to date.

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APPOINTMENTS Compiled by: Jauhara Khan

Neo Momodu Group Executive: Corporate Affairs and Marketing, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

Business School.

The SABC has appointed Neo

executive management team in

Momodu as Group Executive:

the positioning of the SABC as an

Corporate Affairs and Marketing.

authentic and world-class public

Momodu previously worked

service broadcaster to fulfil its

for the SABC in the Public

mandate of acting continuously

Affairs division and has over 20

for the betterment of society.

years’ experience in marketing,

She will also be responsible

communications and stakeholder

for enhancing the SABC’s

engagement.

engagement strategies with

She holds a LL.B (Hons) from the

its key stakeholders, acting as

University of Hertfordshire and a

the overall driver of corporate

Post graduate Diploma from Wits

communications and marketing.

Momodu also takes up the role of SABC spokesperson as part of her responsibilities. In her new role at the SABC, Momodu will work with the

Sibusiso Bukhosini Chief Executive Officer, iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority

in Environment and Development:

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park

also include dealing with restitu-

Authority has appointed Sibusiso

tion of state-managed protected

Bukhosini as its Chief Executive

areas, while with the then Land

Officer.

Affairs.

Bukhosini previously served as

Bukhosini later joined Ezemvelo

municipal manager of uMkhan-

KZN Wildlife and worked in a man-

yakude District Municipality and,

agement position for nine years

prior to that, municipal manager of

before moving into local govern-

Umhlabuyalingana Local Munici-

ment.

pality.

Bukhosini’s strategy is to synchro-

During his tenure at Umhlabuyalin-

nise the link between conservation,

gana, he obtained three clean au-

tourism and stakeholder relations,

dits, steering it from disclaimer and

and implement a transformation

insolvency status into a respected

agenda that seeks to be one of

municipality.

inclusive economic growth through

Bukhosini holds a Master’s Degree

expanding opportunities for all.

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Protected Area Management following his Bachelor and Honours degrees. His early work experience

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


FINANCIAL FITNESS

Source: National Credit Regulator

Have you considered debt counselling?

A

t times consumers may find

accounts in order to pay others.

themselves in a debt trap

■ Receiving letters of demand

and are no longer able to

and summonses from credit

pay their monthly debt repayments. Consumers who are in this situation

apply for debt counselling with your partner. ■ The debt counselling service is not free of charge. Visit the NCR

providers. “These are the signs that should

website (www.ncr.org.za) for

should not hide away or feel

immediately prompt one to seek

a fee guideline and request a

despondent as there is a debt-relief

assistance before it is too late,”

written disclosure of applicable

measure in terms of the National

advised Legodi.

fees prior to applying for debt

Credit Act (NCA) which can provide

“You should speak to your credit

counselling. ■ You have a right to request for,

relief.This debt-relief measure is called

providers and negotiate lower

debt counselling, which is offered by

monthly repayments. However, if

and to be provided with, rea-

the National Credit Regulator's (NCR)

this process is unsuccessful, you

sons if your application for debt

registered debt counsellors,explained

can approach an NCR-registered

counselling is rejected.

Kedilatile Legodi, Manager: Debt

debt counsellor for assistance.”

Counselling at the NCR.

■ Do not give/pay the debt counsellor money to pay your credit

To undergo debt counselling,

Through debt counselling, con-

a consumer must be employed

providers. You can either pay

sumers are given advice on how

and have an income which will

your credit providers directly

to budget. A debt counsellor will

be used to offer reduced pay-

or use a Payment Distribution

also negotiate with credit provid-

ments to credit providers.

Agent (PDA) that is registered

ers, on behalf of the consumer, for

with the NCR. There are currently

Important factors to note when

reduced payments and ultimately

considering debt counselling

only four NCR-registered PDAs

restructure their debts.

include:

whose details can be found at

“If your income is not enough to pay

■ Only make use of NCR-regis-

www.ncr.org.za or by calling the

for all of your living expenses and all

tered debt counsellors. Upon

of your debt the chances are that you

registration, the NCR issues the

couldbeoverindebted,”addedLegodi.

debt counsellor a registration

Signs that a consumer is over-

certificate and a window decal

indebted include:

(green sticker) as a means of

■ Being unable to repay debts

identification to consumers. If

on time, as agreed with credit

these are not visible, request

providers.

them from the debt counsellor.

■ Taking out loans to repay other loans. ■ Using a credit card and/or overdraft facility to pay debt and buy food and other necessities. ■ Skipping payments on some

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NCR on 011 554 2600.

■ Understand the debt counselling process, your rights and obligations prior to applying for debt counselling. ■ If you are married in community of property, you must jointly

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


1 lime cut into wedges.

salt, pepper, chicken seasoning

and diced

and squeeze one lime wedge over

1/2 tsp paprika

Directions

it. Add garlic to the pan and let

1 zucchini, diced

Before you start cooking, boil a ket-

it simmer with the butter. Add the

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

tle of water for the quinoa, preheat

chicken breast and turn occa-

2tbsp olive oil

the stove for the pot for the quinoa,

sionally until the breast is cooked

2tbsp tomato paste

and pan for the chicken breast.

through. Remove from the pan,

2tbsp lemon juice

In a fine mesh colander, pour in

slice and let it rest on a chopping

1tsp harissa sauce

the quinoa and rinse thoroughly

board.

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and

under running water to remove

In a bowl, add the lettuce as the

drained

any bitterness. Drain well.

base of the dish. Align the rest of

2 cups couscous

Pour the quinoa into the pot and

your dish around the bowl. Spoon

2 cups boiling water

bring to the boil over medium-high

the quinoa into the bowl, place

200g coriander, chopped

heat, season with salt and stir.

slices of chicken breast and avo-

Salt and pepper for seasoning

Reduce heat to maintain a gentle

cado alongside it, followed by the

simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook

halved tomatoes. Squeeze a lime

Directions

for 20 minutes until the quinoa has

wedge over the bowl and season

In a large saucepan, heat two

absorbed all of the water.

as desired.

tablespoons of oil. Add in the fish

Remove the pot from the stove and let the quinoa rest for five minutes. Remove the lid and fluff

Tangy couscous with fish

and let it brown. Season with salt and pepper and remove from pan. In the same saucepan, add the

Ingredients

remainder of the oil and add on-

In the preheated pan, add butter

500g hake cut into cubes

ions, garlic, zucchini, lemon juice,

and let it melt over medium heat.

1 onion, finely chopped

tomato paste, harissa sauce and

Season the chicken breast with

1 red bell pepper, seeded

paprika. Let it simmer on medium

the quinoa with a fork.

heat for two minutes, stirring constantly. Add the chickpeas and let it simmer for an extra two minutes. Remove from the stove and let rest. In a separate bowl, add the couscous followed by two cups of boiling water. Cover the bowl and leave to set for five minutes. Once the couscous has absorbed all of the water, use a fork to fluff the couscous and stir in the cooked vegetables, fish and chopped coriander.

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

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CAR REVIEWS FEATURE

Writer: Ashref Ismail

First new Suzuki Jimny in two decades A ttending car launches and

new vehicle from the ground up,

ladder-frame chassis for 1.5 times

test driving new models is

the new Jimny is the first major

greater torsional rigidity than its

a regular occurrence for a

new car in its 20-year history.

predecessor and with the addi-

motoring journalist and eventually

Much loved for its no nonsense,

tion of new coil springs and shock

one tends to become a bit blasé.

small-sized, highly competent off-

absorbers, the Jimny now has

Unless it’s the fastest, biggest, most

road vehicle, the Jimny punched

20mm more ground clearance.

expensive or boldest, very little ex-

above its body weight and could

cites one. Been there, driven the

run with the big dogs when it

petrol engine. This 1.5l four cylin-

cars, seen it all and enjoyed the

came to playing rough and wild.

der unit replaces the 1.3l, M13A

chow. However, there are occasions

The new Suzuki Jimny was an

Suzuki has fitted its modern K15B

engine of the previous model and

when one cannot wait for the arrival

immediate hit when it was unveiled

delivers 75kW at 6 000rpm and

of a particular car, to such an extent

in Japan. Bold, slightly larger, with a

130Nm at 4 000rpm. Lighter than

that even customers are willing to

bigger engine and looks that suggest

the previous puny 1.3l engine and

put down deposits so that when

durability and functionality,the Jimny

tuned for better performance, this

the first batch lands on our shores,

made an impression.People paid it a

engine claims to use 14 percent

all are already sold out resulting in

huge compliment when they likened it

less fuel than its predecessor in

long, initial waiting lists.

to a baby Mercedes Benz G Class.

both four-speed auto and five-

The imminent arrival of Suzuki’s new baby SUV, the Jimny, is one such car. Designed as a brand-

The all-new Jimny improves on its predecessor, in every respect. The model is built on a new

speed manual versions. All new Jimny models are fitted with a 4x4 system called AllGrip Pro®, which allows the driver to switch between 4x2 (front-wheel drive), 4x4 high and 4x4 low range with a secondary gear lever. This system is supported by both the vehicle stability control (ESP) and a new Brake-enabled Limited Slip Differential (LSD) system. The Brake LSD and ESP systems are further enhanced by the integrated Hill Hold Function and Hill Descent Control. Inside, Suzuki has included all the necessary driver and passenger

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Public Sector Manager • November 2018


comfort features found it many

and remote keyless access with central

venturer, or an ‘outdoorsy’ couple,

modern cars in its price range,

locking and front fog lights.

this little car with a big heart will

while not straying from its origi-

GLX models will feature the 7”

also tick many fashionable boxes

nal, value-for-money character. In

touchscreen with smartphone

for trendy folks, both young and

South Africa, Suzuki has added

connectivity and Bluetooth hands-

old.

its 7” SLDA – smart phone linkage

free operation, cruise control and

display – to the new GLX-specifica-

the 50:50 split rear bench with two

tion. This large touchscreen is fitted

headrests.

Suzuki Jimny 1.5 4x4 GA Manual: R265 000 (estimated).

with Apple Carplay, Android Auto

This go-anywhere, do-anything

Suzuki Jimny 1.5 4x4 GLX Manual:

and Mirror Link to accommodate

Jimny will now appeal to a wider

R300 000 (estimated).

most smartphones’ in-car features

audience. Ideal for a single ad-

Suzuki Jimny 1.5 4x4 GLX Auto:

and voice control functionality available on the market today.

Engine

1.5l, four-cylinder petrol

Power

75kW @ 6000rpm

both a GA and GLX specification

Torque

130Nm@ 4000rpm

level.The flagship GLX specification –

Transmission

Four-speed auto and five-speed manual

availablewiththechoiceofmanualand

Fuel tank capacity

40l

automaticgearboxes–includefeatures

Average consumption

Claimed 9l per 100km

suchasaleather-coveredmulti-function

Service plan

Four years/60 000km

Service intervals

15 000km

Roadside Assistance

Yes

Suzuki South Africa will introduce

steering wheel,electric windows,colour coded door handles and mirrors, 15’ alloy wheels,LED projector headlamps

Public Sector Manager • November 2018

Technical information provided by Suzuki SA.

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HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Source: KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health

What you need to know about prostate cancer

T

he prostate gland is a small or-

More than 80 percent of all

rectal examina-

gan that is found only in men.

prostate cancers are diag-

tion. The blood

The gland is located below

nosed in men over the age of

test measures

the urinary bladder and the urethra

65.

the level of

Family history/genetic factors:

a protein

the prostate gland is to make part of

If a man's father or brother

called

the seminal fluid or semen that is re-

had prostate cancer, he has

prostate specif-

leased during ejaculation.The semen

an increased risk of getting the

ic antigen (PSA)

carries and nourishes the sperm. The

disease.

in the blood. If

Unhealthy diet: There is a rela-

the blood test results show an

ous or non-cancerous enlargement

tionship between a diet high in

increased level of PSA, you will be

or infection.

animal fat and protein (espe-

referred for further investigation.

runs through it.The normal function of

prostate can be affected by cancer-

Cancer of the prostate develops in the

Any condition affecting the pros-

cially red meat) and prostate

prostateglandandthecancercellsmay

tate can cause the PSA level to

cancer.

eventually spread outside the gland

rise. A rise in PSA does not mean

The following cautionary meas-

to other parts of the body. Prostate

ures should be followed:

cancer is generally slow-growing and

that the person has cancer.

Annual screening from the age

A rectal examination can con-

of 50.

firm the presence or absence of

If there is a family history of

prostate cancer. This examination

the number two cause of cancer deaths

prostate cancer, annual screen-

generally discourages men from

among men in South Africa.

ing is advisable from the age of

seeking medical advice. It is vital

45.

to understand that this examina-

A diet that is low in animal fat

tion must be performed for your

and protein is advisable.

health and well-being.

progressive.Prostate cancer is one of the leadingcancersinmenworldwideandis

Although the actual cause of prostate cancer is not known, the following risk factors have been identified: ■

Age: Men over 50 are at risk.

A health professional will advise you to have a blood test and a

The early detection of prostate cancer greatly improves the success of treatment. It is your responsibility to look after your own health. You should seek advice from a health professional. Should you have any concerns about your health, please talk to a health professional at your nearest clinic.

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GROOMING AND STYLE

Writer: Nicholas Francis

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TRAVEL

Writer: Jared Ruttenberg

Kagga Kamma: A bucket-list African experience

A

s my Golf slowly wound her

in others, giant bands of folded rock

and arid landscape, but thanks

way through the folded

coloured the lunar landscape with

to the presence of some deep

ridges of the Cederberg, we

deep earthy tones.

ravines, a frequent wind tends to

quickly forgot all else that preceded

Still a Western Cape novice, I had

the trip. We had travelled from Fran-

only recently heard of Kagga Kam-

was particularly welcome since our

schhoek, an equally mountainous

ma, and the usual response when

visit coincided with a heatwave

terrain, but these rock formations

asking people who had visited

where temperatures were surpass-

were unlike anything else. In places,

was contented smiles and excited

ing the 400C mark only kilometres

slivers of finger-like rock reached up

gasps. The reserve is located in the

away.

in defiance of the blazing heat and,

Swartruggens mountains, a buffer zone on the fringes of the Tankwa Karoo to the

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temper the harsh summer sun. This

Historical significance At the heart of Kagga Kamma is a

southeast and

luxurious reimagining of early life in

the Cederberg

the Cape. The sight is of historical

mountains to

significance for the San, South Af-

the northwest.

rica’s earliest inhabitants, and this

It’s a notori-

focus is carried through from the

ously dry

accommodation to activities.

Public Sector Manager • November 2018


Of the various sleeping options,

artwork and

we chose the cave units. A series of

the mean-

artificial, but surprisingly authentic-

ings behind

looking, units stand camouflaged

them was an

before the towering rock band

unforgettable

which provides the backdrop to

part of the Kagga

the reserve. Even from a distance of

Kamma experience.

50m, they blend in effortlessly with the surrounding mountains.

Rock-art and nature tour

uncooked for you to braai, along

A night under the stars

with a selection of cheeses, snacks

From the minute I saw photos of

and bottle of bubbly.

the Star Suite, I knew I needed to

Arriving at 4pm means you have

visit. Depending on availability, you

enough time to enjoy the peace

There’s no better way to learn a

can spend a night under the stars

and tranquility before sunset. In

little more about the life of the

as an optional extra in one of two

the morning, when you’re ready to

San than an education directly

outdoor suites. No summer rain

leave, you simply jump onto your

from the 35 rock art sites scattered

means it’s available from October

quad and drive yourself back for

across Kagga Kamma. A nature

to March. The experience starts at

breakfast.

drive enroute to the sites gave us a

reception, where you’re given a

better idea of the size and layout

quad bike and, after a short lesson,

likely remain the most unique and

of the reserve. More freakishly odd

asked to follow the safari vehicle

memorable night I’ve spent in Af-

formations greeted us from the

ahead.

rica and is a bucket-list experience

roadside as we drove. Our new

A scenic 20 minute drive through

The night under the stars will most

of note. Falling asleep comfortably

favourite game became identify-

the reserve and you arrive at your

in my bed, with the last embers of

ing animals and a host of other

private rock suite. At the base of a

the fire still providing a small glow

familiar objects from the rocky

cluster of large rocks, an elevated

and only the stars to keep me

creations.

platform is built, housing a lapa,

company, I was possibly the happi-

bedroom and outdoor bath and

est person alive.

Kagga Kamma is a nature and not a game reserve so most of

shower. By private, I mean you can-

Famed naturalist and adventurer

the focus is given to the geology,

not spot another human, building

John Muir reminds us that “in every

fynbos and critters that make their

or light in the 60 to 80km of moun-

walk with nature one receives far

home there. Arriving at the first rock

tain vistas before you. This is the

more than he seeks”. A few days at

art site was a rather sacred experi-

ultimate bush escape, and with the

Kagga Kamma and you’ll certainly

ence, realising that the artworks

comforts of a plush bed, outdoor

receive more than you expected. I

so delicately safeguarded on the

bath (with hot water and spell

was particularly drawn to the fact

rocks have been there for up to 6

binding views), private rock-pool

that the reserve has several spe-

000 years and tell some of the sto-

and prepped fire, you could not

cials throughout the year, so with

ries of San life. Having a guide talk

ask for more. Supper is dropped

a little saving, it’s an experience I

us through the intricacies of the

off as you arrive, either cooked or

hope many will savour.

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