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SOUTH AFRICAN PRES ZUMA ATTENDS UNGA; TO SIGN TREATY ON ...

NEW YORK, South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived in New York to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA72).

UNGA, scheduled to take place on Sept 19-25, will be held under the theme Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for all on a Sustainable Planet.

This will be the first General Debate for the newly appointed Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who started his term on Jan 1, 2017.

Guterres said his major priority was the achievement of sustainable peace and security through conflict prevention by establishing a culture of prevention in the UN � which South Africa fully supports.

For South Africa, this General Debate coincides with the centenary anniversary of Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo. President Zuma will host an event on 20 September 2017, at the UN, in honour of this global icon of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, said the South African Presidency in a statement.

In addition to addressing the General Debate, Zuma will also sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on Sept 20.

The Presidency said the signing of the treaty reflects South Africa's continued commitment towards the achievement of a world free from the threat posed by nuclear weapons and ensuring that nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes only.

Zuma will participate in a number of high-level meetings including the open debate on the Reform of UN Peacekeeping Operations, which be convened by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, whose country is currently serving as a rotating President of the UN Security Council for the month of September 2017.

He will also participate in the high-level event entitled: African Union's Theme of the Year Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to Action, convened by the Chair of the African Union, President Alpha Conde.

Zuma is accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of State Security David Mahlobo; Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa and Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Northern Cape Government commemorates Heritage Month, 28 Sept

The Northern Cape Provincial Government is set to commemorate the 2017 Provincial Heritage Day by unveiling a monument in honour of Kgosi Galeshewe, Kgosi Luka Jantjie and Kgosi Toto on Thursday, 28 September 2017. The monument will be erected at Kuruman's tourism attraction site, the First Eye in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District. It will be commemorated under the theme: The Year of OR Tambo: Celebrating Our Liberation Heritage and Democracy. Premier Sylvia Lucas is scheduled to address the event.

During the month South Africans are encouraged to come together to share, celebrate and showcase their cultural heritage. Government will use National Heritage Month and the promotion of cultural institutions as a vehicle for nation building, social cohesion, national reconciliation, moral regeneration, economic and social development. It is also a platform for communities to showcase different aspects of South Africa's diverse heritage. South Africans are encouraged to take pride in the country's cultural institutions and play an active role in affirming, promoting and preserving it.

The unveiling of the monument will be preceded by cleansing of the Langeberg Rebellion on Tuesday, 19 September 2017. The cleansing ceremony will take place at Magwagwe Village in Kuruman. The Department will also showcase an exhibition on the 120th anniversary of the Langeberg Rebellion of 1896/7 at the Batlharos Tribal Office. The Langeberg Rebellion of Resistance also known as Ntwa ya Bana ba Mokgothu is one of several important African uprisings that occurred in the Southern sub-continent during the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

Heritage month kicked off in the Province with the annual Golden Shield Heritage Awards which was held on the 15 September 2017. The main aim of the awards was to thank the practitioners who contributed to the preservation, protection and promotion of African heritage. The Golden Shield Heritage Awards also seeks to celebrate excellence specifically in the heritage sector. It was also preceded by a cultural and heritage march through the streets of Kimberley on the 13 September 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

Public Service Commission briefs media on state of Public Service, 21 ...

Public Service Commission to report on the State of the Public Service for the period 01 April 2017 to 30 June 2017

The Public Service Commission (PSC) will brief members of the media on the State of the Public Service at a media briefing to be held on Thursday, 21 September 2017.

Aptly titled The Pulse of the Public Service, the report/bulletin that the PSC will release is based on the governance matters in the Public Service, relating to, amongst others, National Anti-Corruption Hotline, including nature of complaints and cases of alleged corruption reported; Management of Financial Disclosure Framework, including submission of registrable interest by members of the Senior Management (SMS) to Heads of Department; nature of grievances reported and handled as well as findings of the service delivery inspections conducted by the PSC for the period 01 April 2017 to 30 June 2017.

The report/bulletin will be released by the PSC on a quarterly basis with the view to keep stakeholders abreast on governance matters in the Public Service.

Source: Government of South Africa

SA participates in high level climate talks

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is in Canada, where she will participate in the Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action.

The meeting is a platform for participating countries to give their input on the political direction that should be taken on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

Minister Edna Molewa is attending the meeting at the invitation of the government of Canada, in collaboration with China and the European Union (EU). Dr Molewa will participate in this first meeting on climate change in 2017, following the announcement of the United States of America's intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, said the Department of Environmental Affairs.

The Paris Climate Accord is a legal framework that brings together both developed and developing countries together under the UNFCCC, with a view of collaborating in efforts to fight climate change impacts.

The Montreal meeting is a replacement of the Major's Economy Forum Meeting, which was previously hosted by the United States of America, while still actively seeking to resolve difficult negotiation issues under the UNFCCC.

The UNFCCC negotiations are currently focused on technical discussions, including the so-called 'Paris Agreement rulebook, which is key to the implementation of the Paris Climate Accord.

Minister Molewa will be participating in the meeting to share South Africa's views on the current UNFCCC negotiations.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Deputy President opens Eastern Cape HIV/AIDS Centre

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to those men and women who do all they can to look after children with HIV.

These are the good women and men of this community who make sure that children with HIV feel they belong and have a place under the warm African sun, the Deputy President said on Sunday.

He was speaking at the official opening of the Vuyo Mbuli Empilisweni HIV/AIDS and Orphans Centre in Ndevana in the Eastern Cape.

The centre is a community initiative which started operations in 1999 with the help of the late SABC TV presenter Vuyo Mbuli and was officially registered as a non-profit organisation in 2002.

The centre � whose main focus is on HIV and Aids orphans � also works with caregivers of people who are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and Tuberculosis (TB) treatment. The facility has been commissioned by the Department of Health to trace treatment defaulters in the area.

The Deputy President paid tribute to the caregivers who visit children in homes where there are no mothers and fathers.

They are there to close the eyes of the deceased and comfort the living. They refuse to let the soul of our nation to be corrupted by the cardinal sin of neglecting hungry and homeless children.

They feed, bathe, and clothe the sick and the weak. It is them who show our vulnerable children the door of the classroom, he said.

Deputy President Ramaphosa said the leadership of the centre had crafted grand plans to stimulate economic activity and create jobs.

They have internalised our National Development Plan and they have identified the areas that can yield positive results. We have been touched and moved by the vision you have crafted of achieving a community that is not haunted by poverty and shackled by injustice.

Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said the care centre will be supported with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services.

This, said the Deputy President, is a significant step in bringing this much needed service to the community.

He added that the computer centre at the clinic will be developed in partnership with the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), MTN and the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA).

He called for the initiative to be replicated in other areas to close the information technology gap and to prepare children for the knowledge economy and the fourth industrial revolution.

We also want to acknowledge and call upon past, present and future potential partners to continue strengthening the work of this remarkable care centre.

The Deputy President said it was pleasing for government to see companies stepping up to help the centre. This as Aspen Pharmacare has committed to provide the centre with solar water heaters.

In addition, government also applauded the National Lotteries Commission for being an excellent corporate citizen.

Through their generous contribution, today we have the awe-inspiring Empilisweni building. This is the type of tangible outcomes that will assist the Empilisweni Centre and community to be better equipped to manage its operations, he said.

The National Health Insurance (NHI) identify them as the bedrock of an efficient, inclusive, and equitable national health system. We thus applaud Empilisweni for being an artery that supports the ideal of universal health care for all South Africans.

Source: South African Government News Agency

President Zuma attends UNGA72

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in New York to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA72).

UNGA, scheduled to take place between 19 and 25 September 2017, will be held under the theme Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for all on a Sustainable Planet.

This will be the first General Debate for the newly appointed Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who started his term on 1 January 2017.

Guterres said his major priority was the achievement of sustainable peace and security through conflict prevention by establishing a culture of prevention in the UN � which South Africa fully supports.

For South Africa, this General Debate coincides with the centenary anniversary of Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo. President Zuma will host an event on 20 September 2017, at the UN, in honour of this global icon of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, said the Presidency in a statement.

In addition to addressing the General Debate, President Zuma will also sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 20 September 2017.

The Presidency said the signing of the treaty reflects South Africa's continued commitment towards the achievement of a world free from the threat posed by nuclear weapons and ensuring that nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes only.

President Zuma will participate in a number of high-level meetings including the open debate on the Reform of UN Peacekeeping Operations, which be convened by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, whose country is currently serving as a rotating President of the UN Security Council for the month of September 2017.

He will also participate in the high-level event entitled: African Union's Theme of the Year Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to Action, convened by the Chair of the African Union, President Alpha Conde.

President Zuma is accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of State Security David Mahlobo; Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa and Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane.

Source: South African Government News Agency

President Zuma arrives in New York for 72nd session of United Nations ...

President Zuma arrives in New York, USA for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

President Jacob Zuma has today, 17 September 2017, arrived in New York, United States of America, to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA72), scheduled to take place on 19-25 September 2017.

The theme for this year's session is Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for all on a Sustainable Planet.

This will be the first General Debate for the newly appointed Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres, who started his term on 01 January 2017. Mr Guterres identified his major priority as the achievement of sustainable peace and security through conflict prevention by establishing a culture of prevention in the UN � which South Africa fully supports.

For South Africa, this General Debate coincides with the centenary anniversary of Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo. President Zuma will host an event on 20 September 2017, at the UN, in honour of this global icon of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

In addition to addressing the General Debate, President Zuma will also sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 20 September 2017. Signature of the Treaty reflects South Africa's continued commitment towards the achievement of a world free from the threat posed by nuclear weapons and ensuring that nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes only.

President Zuma will participate in a number of High level meetings including the open debate on the Reform of UN Peacekeeping Operations, which be convened by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, whose country is currently serving as a rotating President of the UN Security Council for the month of September 2017, and the High-Level Event entitled: African Union's Theme of the Year Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to Action. Convened by the Chair of the African Union, President Alpha Conde.

President Zuma is accompanied by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo; Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, and Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane.

Source: Government of South Africa

ZIMBABWE: OPPOSITION LEADER TSVANGIRAI ILL AFTER MEETING, AIRLIFTED ...

HARARE, --Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai suffering severe vomiting after a party meeting and was airlifted from Harare to a Johannesburg hospital, a senior party source said on Saturday.

Tsvangirai's condition was currently stable, the source said, adding that the sudden illness did not relate to Tsvangirai's ongoing cancer treatment.

Highly-placed sources said Tsvangirai, 65, who last year disclosed that he was fighting cancer of the colon, reportedly started vomiting after lunch resulting in him excusing himself from the meeting before heading back to Harare. His condition, according to high-level sources, deteriorated further.

The sources told a local website NewsDay that his local medical doctor, Macdonald Alifazema, recommended that he be flown to South Africa for surgery as his condition had become dire.

Tsvangirai was reportedly airlifted around 2am on a chartered private jet to a medical facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"He is in South Africa on account of a medical cause. He is being attended to," a senior official from Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said.

"We are monitoring the situation. He will be fine, it's only that he was overwhelmed with work and his health deteriorated."

"He was on oxygen and drip and had been vomiting heavily," the paper NewsDay said in its report.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, Tsvangirai's rival for over a decade, regularly flies to Singapore, reportedly for medical reasons. Most details about his health have never been confirmed.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK