Monthly Archives: August 2017

Environmental Affairs concludes AFRIMAB Southern Africa Sub-Regional ...

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has today, 29 August 2017, concluded a two day African Network of Man and Biosphere Reserves (AfriMAB) sub regional workshop, in Saldanha Bay, Cape Town.

South Africa was elected for the second time to coordinate AfriMAB Southern Africa sub-region workshop during the AfriMAB General Assembly held in Ghana in November 2015. As the coordinator, South Africa seeks to strengthen the Southern African Biosphere Reserve network through facilitating capacity building and sharing of good practices and lessons learned in effective nomination process, implementation to derive maximum benefits while conserving biodiversity, natural resources and management of the Man and Biosphere Programme.

The Southern African region, has suffered considerably from the impacts of climate-change/ variability, among them floods and droughts that are threatening economic growth/development and jeopardising livelihoods. As a result the region is grappling with poverty, water, food and energy security issues.

The MAB strategy 2015-2025 and Lima Action Plan 2016-2025 offer opportunities to member states and stakeholders to urgently meet the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular through exploring and testing policies, technologies and innovations for the sustainable management of biodiversity and natural resources, as well as mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The workshop also responded to the objective of AfriIMAB created by the “Regional Conference for forging cooperation on Africa’s Biosphere Reserves for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development” in Dakar, Senegal in 1996, to promote regional co-operation in the fields of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable development through trans-border projects, which are primarily based in biosphere reserves.

Over 40 participants comprising of high level policy makers from the Ministries of Environment in the sub-region, UNESCO National Commissions, National MB Committee members, SADC Secretariat, UNESCO-ROSA, AfriMAB continental, local governments, community representatives, universities, private sector and NGOs from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Tanzania are attended the two day workshop.

Delivering the key note address on behalf of the Minister of DEA, Ms Skumsa Mancotwya, Chief Director of Protected Areas System Management, said the workshop was a significant milestone for the country as a coordinator of the sub-region.

We created a platform for stakeholders from government, private sector, non-governmental organisations and community representatives, as well as business community to share information and good practices on the establishment and management of Biosphere Reserves in the sub-region, by using existing functional biosphere reserves in the sub-region to explain the programme.

For more than 40 years, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves have added value to sustainable development and conservation in many countries. As we celebrate 72 years of UNESCO’s existence, today we are proud that the World Network of Biosphere Reserves enlists 669 Biosphere Reserves in 120 countries. As we are all aware, despite limited resources which continues to define life in our region, AfriMAB is responsible for 74 Biosphere Reserves in 28 countries, representing approximately 13% of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, she said.

The AfriMAB Southern Africa Sub-regional workshop will also serve as preparatory meeting for the AfriMAB General Assembly meeting scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria from 11 – 15 September 2017. Recommendations and action plan will be made to AfriMAB General Assembly to enhance effectiveness and impact of Biosphere Reserves in the region.

Source: Government of South Africa

Women artisans, apprentices saluted

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has saluted women artisans and apprentices for venturing beyond social stereotypes and debunking the myth that certain skills and occupations are the preserves of men.

Minister Nzimande paid tribute to women artisans and apprentices during a ceremony held on Tuesday at Ekurhuleni West Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College to honour women in artisanship.

In his address, Minister Nzimande said women artisans and apprentices must be empowered economically so that they can win the war against poverty.

Income inequality based on gender bias also needs to be confronted and reversed wherever it shows its ugly head. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world, the Minister said.

He said providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

The Minister also acknowledged that the numbers of females registered for artisanal trades are still low at below 25% for the 2015/16 financial year.

He said the department will continue with the Decade of the Artisan Programme, which is the department’s artisan advocacy programme aimed to showcase young women that it is cool to be a woman artisan.

The National Development Plan directs us to produce 30 000 artisans per annum by 2030, we will endeavour to encourage women, especially young women to join artisanal trades, if we are to succeed in our fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality. � SAnews.gov.za

Source: South Africa Government News Agency

South Africa deplores the launch of ballistic missile by Democratic ...

The South African Government deplores the latest launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the territory of Japan, which again violates the obligations of the DPRK under various UN Security Council resolutions, including 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013) and 2270 (2016). This most recent ballistic missile launch over the territory of Japan represents a serious and unacceptable escalation of an already complex security situation in the region.

South Africa shares the concerns of the international community regarding the nuclear weapon and delivery system-related activities of the DPRK, which undermines regional and international peace and security. We reiterate our call on the DPRK to adhere to its Security Council-mandated obligations, to return to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and to fulfil its International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards obligations. South Africa also calls upon the DPRK to fulfil its commitments under the Six-Party Talks with a view to achieving the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

We strongly urge the DPRK and all States involved to refrain from any further action which may undermine the pursuit of such a negotiated solution or that could further increase tensions in the North East Asia region and beyond. It is only through a negotiated solution that the issues affecting the Korean Peninsula can be resolved.

Source: Government of South Africa

SIX PEOPLE, INCLUDING ONE BYSTANDER, KILLED IN FOILED ROBBERY IN ...

DURBAN, Five robbery suspects and a bystander have been killed during a shootout with police at two scenes in Durban Monday as a group of armed men robbed a cash-in-transit vehicle, the police say.

One other suspect is in critical condition in hospital and two other suspects were arrested at the scene, said KwaZulu-Natal Province Police Spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele. One bystander, who was wounded during the shootout, died later in hospital, while three other bystanders are in critical condition.

In what was described as the deadliest robbery the city has seen in the last few months, one suspect was shot dead at the scene of the robbery in Springfield, Durban, and his accomplices fled the scene in a getaway car. They were confronted by police after a high-speed car chase at Parlock, north of the city, where a further bloody shootout ensued, leaving four suspects dead and four bystanders wounded.

Col. Mbhele said investigations into the incident were continuubg. One suspect was shot and killed at the scene and one was taken to the hospital. A police officer was also injured whilst at Springfield and then the chase carried on to Parlock where four suspects in a Mercedez Benz car, which was later discovered to be hijacked yesterday (Sunday) in Sydenham,” he said.

“A number of firearms were also recovered from the suspects and also the box with cash was also recovered at the scene. We are waiting for the local fingerprints record centre to come and attend the scene where they are still going to do investigations. It’s not clear for now whether it’s police that shot the bystanders or it’s the suspects because it was a crossfire. That will be determined by ballistics after the firearms have been tested.

One of the bystanders wounded during the shootout has since died in hospital while three others are in a critical condition. They are employees of a nearby firm and were on their tea break at the time of the incident.

We heard gunshots and saw a vehicle involved in a shootout with police. We ran for cover and lay down on our stomachs on the floor. They even arrested a colleague thinking he was one of the suspects. Three of my colleagues who were going to buy food during tea time sustained gunshot wounds during the shootout, said one bystander.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICA LOOKING TO CAPTURE ALL SIX POINTS IN FIFA WORLD CUP ...

JOHANNESBURG, South African national football coach Stuart Baxter says if his team reproduce the same approach and mentality in this Friday’s Fifa World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde which they displayed in the 2-0 away win over Nigeria in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in June, there is no reason why South Africa get another positive result.

South Africa take on Cape Verde on Friday evening before meeting the same side in a return leg at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Sept 5, which, if South Africa manage to garner all six points, will put them in commanding position for a place in the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018.

On paper, we are supposed to beat Cape Verde easily, but I will be honest with you, this match won’t be that easy. I, however, believe if we have the right approach, we should come back with all three points, Baxter said Monday.

The Bafana coach, who announced that SuperSport United defender Clayton Daniels had replaced injured Rivaldo Coetzee, said he had gone for the tough-tackling Daniels because the imposing defender was strong and experienced.

I went for Daniels because I wanted someone who would hit the ground running. We are going to Cape Verde not to experiment but for a result. We need two good results in these two games and that is of paramount importance, insisted Baxter.

The coach said the Islanders had nothing to lose in the two games against South Africa apart from spoiling the party. They have absolutely nothing to lose but that is a side that can cause a lot of harm; they can be dangerous because they will play with freedom. But I honestly believe if we put our all into this game, we should win.

Bafana will have three training sessions in Cape Verde and Baxter said although the surface in the Atlantic Ocean island nation was not the best of surfaces; the most important thing was for the players to gel quickly.

Baxter said midfielder Thulani Serero was said to be carrying a hamstring injury by his Dutch club, SBV Vitesse, but the Bafana medical team needed to asses him first to see the extent of that injury. If the injury needs a few days rest, he will miss the away game and will then most probably play in the second one in Durban. That is a call we have to make, he said.

Meanwhile, defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele said Bafana were in a very good position to qualify for Russia 2018 and must take complete control of their destiny by winning the two games against Cape Verde. We need to consolidate our position by winning the two matches. It has been long since South Africa last qualified for the Fifa World Cup and this is one good opportunity we shouldn’t throw away, said the defender.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

La conférence TEDGlobal 2017 commence en Tanzanie

Dix ans après, TEDGlobal revient en Afrique pour un évènement en direct présentant plus de 45 interventions, entretiens et performances

ARUSHA, Tanzanie, 28 août 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TED, l’organisation à but non lucratif qui se consacre aux « Ideas Worth Spreading » (idées qui méritent d’être diffusées) inaugure sa conférence TEDGlobal 2017 aujourd’hui à Arusha, en Tanzanie. Placé sous le thème « Bâtisseurs – Révélateurs de la vérité – Catalyseurs », l’évènement va accueillir 700 participants au Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge pour un programme de plus de 45 orateurs et intervenants qui vont partager des idées dans le format caractéristique de TED de conférences courtes et percutantes, d’une durée maximale de 18 minutes. L’évènement, qui se déroule sur quatre jours, va aussi comporter les présentations et les performances de 27 membres de TED. Cela marque le retour en Afrique de TED après la mémorable conférence TEDGlobal 2007 qui s’est tenue au même endroit.

« Notre évènement qui s’est tenu ici-même il y a dix ans a débouché sur tant d’idées, connexions et collaborations significatives », a déclaré le directeur de TED, Chris Anderson. « Nous avons maintenant une occasion de rallumer ces étincelles. Les idées qui viennent d’Afrique ont le potentiel de créer un impact vecteur de transformations, non seulement ici sur le continent, mais aussi dans le monde entier. »

« Il n’est pas trop tôt que ce grand rendez-vous arrive ! », a déclaré Emeka Okafor, co-commissaire de TEDGlobal. « L’Afrique a connu une croissance économique, démographique et de la création spectaculaire, mais les opportunités et les risques augmentent à une vitesse exponentielle. Notre conférence va rassembler des catalyseurs d’idées, des personnes qui résolvent les problèmes et qui changent la donne, et qui s’efforcent déjà ici de tracer la propre voie de l’Afrique vers la modernité. »

Les orateurs et les intervenants sélectionnés pour la conférence TEDGlobal 2017 offrent des perspectives et des solutions uniques à un niveau international. Elles comprennent :

  • OluTimehin Adegbeye, écrivaine et activiste
  • Oshiorenoya Agabi, entrepreneur en neuro-technologies
  • Nabila Alibhai, spécialisée en fabrication des espaces (placemaking)
  • Alsarah & the Nubatones, popstars rétro d’Afrique de l’Est
  • Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, éditrice
  • Christian Benimana, architecte
  • Niti Bhan, fondatrice et propriétaire d’Emerging Futures Lab
  • Mahen Bonetti, commissaire de films
  • Augustus Casely-Hayford, historien de la culture
  • Natsai Audrey Chieza, designer
  • Llew Claasen, spécialiste de la stratégie
  • Tania Douglas, professeure d’ingénierie biomédicale
  • Touria El Glaoui, commissaire de foires artistiques
  • Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu, experte en connaissances sur les indigènes
  • Kamau Gachigi, technologue
  • Ameena Gurib-Fakim, présidente de l’île Maurice
  • Leo Igwe, militant des droits humains
  • Amar Inamdar, leader d’activités d’entrepreneurs
  • Joel Jackson, entrepreneur des transports
  • Tunde Jegede, compositeur, violoncelliste, virtuose de la kora
  • Paul Kagame, président de la République du Rwanda
  • Zachariah Mampilly, expert en sciences politiques
  • Vivek Maru, défenseur de l’autonomisation juridique
  • Kola Masha, responsable dans l’agriculture
  • Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, professeur au MIT, penseur et acteur citoyen, auteur
  • Thandiswa Mazwai, chanteuse
  • Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo, défenseuse de la langue et de la culture
  • Sara Menker, entrepreneur des technologies
  • Sethembile Msezane, artiste
  • Kisilu Musya, agriculteur et cinéaste
  • Robert Neuwirth, auteur
  • Kevin Njabo, scientifique de la diversité
  • Ndidi Nwuneli, experte en innovation sociale
  • Dayo Ogunyemi, développeur de médias culturels
  • Nnedi Okorafor, écrivaine de science-fiction
  • Fredros Okumu, scientifique spécialisé dans les moustiques
  • Qudus Onikeku, danseur, chorégraphe
  • DK Osseo-Asare, designer
  • Keller Rinaudo, entrepreneur de la robotique
  • Chris Sheldrick, co-fondateur et PDG, what3words
  • Sauti Sol, groupe de pop africaine
  • George Steinmetz, photographe aérien
  • Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, historien et philosophe
  • Pierre Thaim, chef
  • Iké Udé, artiste
  • Washington Wachira, écologiste de la faune et la flore et photographe de la nature
  • Magatte Wade, créatrice de marques
  • Ghada Wali, designer

Un certain nombre de marques et d’entreprises intéressantes ont fait un partenariat avec TEDGlobal 2017 pour aider à partager des idées et favoriser une atmosphère de curiosité et de découverte. Parmi les partenaires, on trouve : The Africa Center, Boston Consulting Group, Brightline Initiative, Gilead Sciences, Logitech, Omidyar Network, Sandstorm Kenya, Tommy Hilfiger, Westpac Banking Group et Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Allemagne.

Vous pouvez suivre TEDGlobal 2017 sur le blog de TED, Facebook, Twitter (@TEDTalks), Instagram (@TED) et LinkedIn. Le mot-dièse officiel de l’évènement est #TEDGlobal.

À propos de TED
TED est une organisation à but non lucratif qui se consacre aux « Ideas Worth Spreading » (idées qui méritent d’être diffusées), généralement sous la forme de courtes conférences percutantes offertes par les plus grands penseurs et acteurs du monde actuel. Un grand nombre de ces conférences sont données lors de la réunion annuelle de TED à Vancouver, au Canada, les conférences TEDWomen et TEDGlobal, et pendant des milliers d’évènements TEDx organisés de manière indépendante dans le monde entier. Elles sont ensuite mises gratuitement à disposition sur TED.com et sur d’autres canaux. Actuellement, il y a plus de 2 500 conférences TED disponibles gratuitement sur TED.com, qui sont visionnées environ un milliard de fois par an.

Les initiatives ouvertes et gratuites de TED pour diffuser des idées comprennent : TED.com, où de nouvelles vidéos de conférences TED sont publiées quotidiennement ; TEDx, qui fournit des licences à des milliers d’individus et de groupes qui accueillent des évènements locaux de style TED autoorganisés dans le monde entier ;  le programme TED Fellows, qui sélectionne des innovateurs du monde entier pour amplifier l’impact de leurs projets et activités remarquables ; l’initiative pédagogique TED-Ed ; et le prix TED annuel doté de plusieurs millions de dollars qui finance des personnes exceptionnelles ayant le « souhait » ou une idée capable de créer un changement dans le monde.

Minister Ayanda Dlodlo: Young Women Leaders in Conversation Breakfast

Programme Director,

Young leaders,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen

It is indeed an honour to have been invited to be part of the Young Women Leaders in Conversation Dialogue. I take inspiration from being in a room full of vibrant and inspiring young women.

As we close the celebrations for Women’s Month it is important to acknowledge the role that women played in bringing about a free and democratic South Africa. We should never forget the women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in defiance of unjust pass laws. Or overlook the bravery of Charlotte Maxeke, who in June 1914, along with 700 women marched in defiance of the pass system in Bloemfontein.

Our history abounds with fierce women who refused to take a step backwards. Queen Mantatisi, the leader of the Tlokwa people was known as a strong, brave and capable leader, who defied all gender stereotypes.

We, together with all South African women are the descendants of these and countless other powerful women.

Programme director,

When I received the invitation to speak at this event, I read up on Activate!

I must say that I am immensely impressed by the brave and inspiring vision of getting young leaders to drive change for the public good across South Africa. I further agree with the assessment of Activate that there are many young South Africans who are talented, motivated and committed to transforming their communities.

Legendary musician Diana Ross once said: Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.

These words are so simple, yet so powerful. The journey to the change we want to see begins today, and must continue every day. Our own National Development Plan, the blueprint for a more prosperous and equitable society, also looks ahead to a vision of a much changed South Africa by 2030.

Achieving this vision will require the hard work and dedication of young and committed South Africans such as yourselves. When I look at the vibrant and optimistic faces here today I see the future of our country; I see talented and committed young South Africans who are determined to make a difference in our communities.

I can assure you that you are not alone in this endeavour. Every day I encounter young women in South Africa, who are breaking new ground by challenging the status quo and succeeding.

Friends,

Since 1994 South Africa has strived to ensure that women enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts in relation to education, employment, property, inheritance and justice. We have also made significant progress in putting in place legislation and policy frameworks for advancing equality and empowerment for women.

I am heartened that the participation of women in the economy continues to grow. More women are now also at the helm of companies and entities in both the public and private sector.

However, this change has not come easy and in many cases it is still too sporadic. Government has therefore introduced the Gender Equality Bill to accelerate the empowerment of women. This far reaching piece of legislation aims to transform the economic and social landscape by advancing 50/50 gender parity for the country. Existing protection and empowerment ideals are also safeguarded by the Commission on Gender Equality, which is mandated to monitor, evaluate and research women’s rights and gender equality.

Programme director,

While these achievements are laudable we still live in a society where women and children are among the most vulnerable in society.

Even as we celebrate Women’s Month we are greeted with horrifying stories in the news of women who are abused, raped and murdered. This is simply not good enough, and I ask that you join me in saying, enough is enough!

I find it disturbing that in many cases of violence and abuse, the attacks occur at the hands of family members or intimate partners. We simply cannot allow this to continue, and we also cannot continue to turn a blind eye to abuse which often happens within our communities or in the homes of our neighbours.

By acting together we can forge a united front with law enforcement authorities in fighting this appalling scourge. Outcome 3 of our Programme of Action is built around the notion that All people in South Africa are and feel safe. By working together we can make our communities safe places for women and children to live. Under the outcome, government has specifically targeted reducing levels of serious crime including crimes against women and children.

Fellow powerful women,

We are also working hard to ensure that women are empowered to walk out of abusive relationships.

Enabling all women to reach their potential must therefore be a priority for our society. It is well known that when more women work economies and society prosper. United Nations Women, an organisation which champions gender equality and empowerment of women says that when more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labour force participation � or a reduction in the gap between women and men labour force participation � results in faster economic growth.

It goes without saying that our economy needs to grow at a faster and more sustained pace. It is also imperative that growth is inclusive and provides economic opportunities for the youth and women to thrive.

Dr. Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi banker and economist is one of the foremost advocates for providing opportunities to all in society. He is famous for granting small loans to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. Once empowered, these individuals who were once shunned by society have gone on to drive thriving enterprises.

This is an example of one small action leading to overwhelming societal change.

This is the sort of revolutionary thinking and attitude needed in our country. But it would be a fallacy to think that government has all the answers or can achieve this alone. Concrete and lasting change can only occur with the help and commitment of all in society. Therefore I am excited by interventions such as Activate! � which seeks to empower the youth to play their part in driving economic and social change.

Empowering women and the youth is a priority for government, and our approach to this matter is multifaceted. It rests on the pillars of providing both the required skills and opportunities.

Our country needs entrepreneurs, engineers and a multitude of other skills that will power our economy into the next decade. It is therefore incumbent on government and industry to ensure that our youth acquire the right skills and education needed to grow the economy and productively contribute to our society.

Our National Development Plan calls for a country where everyone embraces their full potential. Often the only thing that prevents people from flourishing are opportunities. Allow me to reassure you that government is committed to providing platforms for people to seize the moment.

I encourage the young go getters, and inspiring women here today to explore the opportunities which are available for funding and mentorship through the Industrial Development Corporation, National Youth Development Agency and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency.

The Small Business Development Ministry is also supporting the aspirations of women who want to enter the economy. Programmes are in place for their greater skills development and re-skilling. We want women to take advantage of these programmes.

Our arsenal of interventions also includes the Youth Employment Accord. The Accord makes several commitments to improve education and skilling of young people; helping them to find jobs and start businesses. While the Youth Employment Tax Incentive is encouraging employers to hire young and less experienced work seekers. At the same time we are actively encouraging businesses to open their workplaces through learnerships and internships for young people.

Programme director,

The workplace and by implication the skills and competencies required for success are rapidly changing. Every young person who has ever applied for a job knows that inevitably the question of experience will arise.

Through the various Technical and Vocational Education Training colleges throughout the country we are actively trying to provide education, training and skills which match the needs of employers. These colleges are giving young people the opportunity to reskill themselves and receive practical experience for life at work, or as entrepreneurs.

The latter especially is sorely needed in our country. We still sit with the phenomena of people searching for work, rather than seizing opportunities to build their own enterprises.

Throughout the world entrepreneurs are viewed as national assets. I strongly agree with this view, and believe that we must create an environment for entrepreneurs to grow and thrive.

Entrepreneurs are big dreamers who see no obstacles; instead they only see opportunities. Every person who succeeds as an entrepreneur typically not only creates economic wealth for the country, but also create jobs and ultimately contribute to building a more prosperous society.

I therefore ask you to think big and act bigger. The opportunities are there but they have to be grabbed with both hands; ultimately it is up to you to step forward and claim your future.

Friends,

It would be remiss of me to conclude without touching on some of the exciting developments in my sphere of influence.

Through the MDDA we are breathing new life into the television, radio and print media space. With the assistance and support of the MDDA new players and new voices have successfully entered the media space.

I am glad to say that we are also making progress in the digital realm, and the process of migrating from analogue to digital is on track. The primary aim of digital migration is to release valuable spectrum which will be used to provide new services such as wireless and other broadband services.

Digital broadcasting will bring more television channels, more content and allow more choice for consumers. The migration will also result in better quality sound and visuals on television.

In all respects digital is a game changer that will connect rural and urban, rich and poor. It will ensure that South African citizens are able to communicate more effectively with the use of technology.

More importantly it will also create new opportunities for young people such as yourselves. It will breathe new life into the electronic manufacturing industry, and once fully implemented there will be boundless opportunities in the media, ICT and broadcasting space.

Before I close, I would like to share a final thought with you from OR Tambo, the fearless freedom fighter, acclaimed statesman and one of the architects of our Constitution and our democracy.

Later this year in October the nation will celebrate the centenary of the life of this remarkable man. Please follow #ORTambo100 on Twitter for the latest news and developments around the centenary celebrations.

I believe OR was a visionary who instinctively knew what was required, often long before others came to the same realisation.

During his speech at the concluding session of the Conference of the Womens Section of the ANC in Luanda on 14 September 1981 he made several profound statements on women empowerment.

I will share two with you. While referring to a case where Lindiwe Mabuza was appointed as ANC Chief Representative to the Scandinavian countries, he made a telling statement on power relations between men and women.

He said: They (women) have a duty to liberate us men from antique concepts and attitudes about the place and role of women in society and in the development and direction of our revolutionary struggle.

In this short sentence he cut down the notion that women should ever take a backwards step, and encouraged us to take up the fight for our rights and our empowerment.

A bit later in the same speech he said: It remains true that the burden that women carry is seldom recognised. Their silent fortitude as they toil under the weight of manmade hardships often passes unnoticed and unsung.

These words were said in 1981 and although South Africa is now a very different place, we still carry a heavy burden. Everyday millions of unsung women do extraordinary things. We, the mothers, sisters, aunts and daughters of the nation must never forget that we are the brave and inspirational women who will ensure that we move South Africa forward.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

ETHIOPIAN TEKLETSION MASSHUN WINS NELSON MANDELA MARATHON

PEITERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Aug 28 (NNN-SABC) — Tekletsion Kassahun from Ethiopia has won the 2017 Mandela Day Marathon while Mamorallo Tsoka from Lesotho won the women’s race here Sunday.

The 2017 Mandela Marathon started at Imbali township in Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal Province midlands with more than 15,00 runners braving the low temperatures to participate in the event whose route

traces the footsteps of the legendary icon.

It begins at the site where Mandela held a meeting and ends in Howick where Mandela was captured by the apartheid authorities.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK