Daily Archives: July 12, 2017

Water and Sanitation hosts 6th International Hydrology Programme Africa National Committees Meeting

Media statement by Deputy Director-General, Planning And Information, Ms Deborah Mochotlhi at the 6th International Hydrology Programme Africa National committees meeting in Port ElizabethThe Department of Water and Sanitation, on behalf of South Afric…

Water and Sanitation on South African Youth Water Prize competition winners

Limpopo’s SAYWP winners will be jetting off to Stockholm, SwedenAfter winning the South African Youth Water Prize (SAYWP) competition, the three learners from the Lebeko Senior Secondary School in Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province will be jetting off to Sto…

Top US Embassy Official in Havana Exits; Deputy Fills In


The U.S. Embassy in Cuba said Tuesday that its top official, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, had left Havana after completing his three-year mission and that his deputy would become interim charge d’affaires.

Scott Hamilton, a career diplomat who has served as deputy chief of mission in Havana for two years, will become chief until further notice, the U.S. Embassy spokesman in Havana said.

“[DeLaurentis’] departure is part of the normal rotation cycle of career diplomats,” he said, adding he could not comment on DeLaurentis’ next assignment.

Some Cuba onlookers had questioned whether DeLaurentis, who led the embassy during the historic U.S.-Cuban detente and restoration of diplomatic ties in July 2015, would stay on under U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump last month announced a partial rollback of that opening toward Cuba, ordering tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on U.S. business dealings with the Caribbean island’s military.

DeLaurentis had been U.S. chief of mission in Cuba since August 2014, his third posting in Havana.

Then-U.S. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, last year nominated the career diplomat to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than five decades, but his nomination got stuck in the Republican-controlled Senate.

“The president will decide when and if we nominate an ambassador to Cuba or any country,” the Havana U.S. Embassy spokesman said. “Should the president decide not to nominate an ambassador, a charge will be named in accordance with the department’s principal officer assignment procedures.”

Hamilton has previously undertaken overseas assignments in Botswana, Ecuador, Colombia, South Africa and Russia.

Source: Voice of America

North West Office of the Premier resumes working relations with North West SABC

NWest Office of the Premier restores ties with SABC NWPremier Supra Mahumapelo of the North West Province has welcomed commitment by the Chairperson of the interim SABC Board to probe recent media allegations that he, Premier Mahumapelo, was influencin…