Daily Archives: August 10, 2017

Reminder for 2018 National Orders nominations

The Presidency wishes to remind members of the public to nominate persons from all walks of life that they believe deserve to receive the country's highest honours, the National Orders, in April next year.

The next National Orders awards investiture ceremony will take place in April 2018, honouring South Africans and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed to the achievement of a free, united, non-racial, democratic, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa in various ways. Also honoured are citizens who have sacrificed life and limb to save others and those who have excelled in various fields.

The ceremony contributes towards unity, reconciliation and nation building.

There are six orders that are bestowed to deserving recipients. These are the following:

The Order of Mendi for Bravery recognises South African citizens who have performed acts of bravery.

The Order of Ikhamanga recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

The Order of the Baobab recognises South African citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.

The Order of Luthuli recognises South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.

The Order of Mapungubwe recognises South Africans who have excelled and attained exceptional achievement to the benefit of South Africa and beyond.

The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo recognises eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa. It is therefore an Order of peace, cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support.

The selection process of the awards will be processed and administered by the National Orders Advisory Council appointed by the President of the Republic.

Members of the Advisory Council are the following:

Ms Brigitte Mabandla (Chairperson)

Mr Mandla Langa (Deputy Chairperson)

Dr Glenda Gray

Dr Molefi Oliphant

Dr Lindiwe Mabuza

Prof Malegapuru Makgoba

Mrs Sally Padayachie

Rev. Buti Tlhagale

Mr James Motlatsi

Dr Fazel Randera, and

Ms Nothembi Mkhwebane

Nominations forms are available on The Presidency website http://bit.ly/2eHfOZF. Members of the public are urged to attach a short motivation on the person nominated.

Self-nomination or the nomination of public servants is not permissible.

The 2018 National Orders nominations will close on 31 August 2017.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Kenya’s Electoral Commission: ‘We Are Now in the Final ...

NAIROBI � The results of Kenya's presidential election are expected Friday, as people continue to wait to learn the outcome of Tuesday's presidential poll pitting incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta against opposition leader Raila Odinga.

As of Thursday afternoon, election officials were waiting to receive about 170 forms from the country's 290 constituencies and about 1,000 forms from the 40,883 polling stations.

The chairman of Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Wafula Chebukati, said Thursday we are now in the final stretch.

"All presidential results from returning officers will reach the national tallying center by 12 p.m. tomorrow, that is, 11th of August, said Chebukati.

The expectation is that the announcement of the winner will be made soon thereafter.

Provisional tallies released by the electoral commission so far show Kenyatta with a nine-point lead on Odinga.

Opposition cries foul

The opposition is rejecting those results as fraudulent, however, saying the electoral commission's computer networks were hacked. On Thursday, the electoral commission chief confirmed that there was an attempt to hack the system after the vote, but he said that attempt failed.

The opposition says its calculations show Odinga beating Kenyatta by a margin of more than 600,000 votes. The leader of the opposition NASA coalition, Musalia Mudavadi, spoke to reporters Thursday.

We demand that the IEBC [Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission] chairperson announce the presidential election results forthwith and declare the right honorable Raila Amolo Odinga and his excellency Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka as the duly elected president and deputy president of the republic of Kenya, respectively, said Mudavadi.

Appeals for calm

Meanwhile, International election observers Thursday called for restraint as Kenyans await the announcement of the official results from the nationwide polls.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry led the election observation mission for the U.S.-based Carter Center, alongside former Senegalese Prime Minister Aminata Toure.

Kerry urged Kenyans to follow due process in challenging any results, including the allegations of hacking.

There have been pockets of unrest in the country, like in western Kenya's Kisumu, as well as Mathare and Kibera slums in Nairobi, where burned tires have been smoldering in the road since Wednesday.

But 37 year-old Kibera resident George Omondi Otieno says that no matter the outcome, people need to resist violence.

Even if I am celebrating, let me celebrate in a way that will not provoke the other person because if I celebrate in a way that provokes another person, that escalates that feeling of people fighting of which we don't want, said Otieno.

And as the electoral commission finalizes its work, the country continues to wait.

Source: Voice of America

Alleged car thief arrested on-board aircraft

A motor vehicle theft suspect was arrested on Wednesday on-board an aircraft at OR Tambo International Airport.

The suspect was arrested by the task team deployed to combat crime at Africa's largest airport.

At approximately 3pm, two detectives alerted International Airport Aviation Safety officers of a vehicle theft suspect that was on a flight to Harare.

The suspect had been sought since 2014 and had been put on the watch list after he allegedly rented a vehicle and never returned it.

The Airport Aviation Safety officers managed to make contact with the airline through the Airport Management Centre. The aircraft was towed back to the parking bay after all necessary protocols were adhered to.

An Airport Aviation Safety officer, together with SAPS detectives, then boarded the aircraft and the suspect was subsequently arrested, SAPS spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said on Thursday.

This arrest comes after at least five other notable successes in the past few weeks. The arrests are the result of intensified cooperation between the South African Police Service, Ekurhuleni Metro, airport management, law enforcement agencies and government departments.

Naidoo said the revised intervention for the airport is proving to be highly effective.

Criminals, as well as potential criminals, must know and feel the brunt of this improved intervention, which is mandated with the safety and security of this nation, said Naidoo.

Source: South African Government News Agency

South Africa: Labour On Review of 72 JSE Securities-Listed Companies ...

Department of Labour places 72 JSE Securities-listed companies on its beam of radar for compliance with EE legislation

The Department of Labour's Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch has initiated a National Director-General (DG) Review to inspect 72 JSE Securities-listed companies to ensure compliance with employment equity.

The initiative is part of achieving the department's outcome to promote equity in the labour market. The National Director-General Review team started with the inspections last month (in July) and these will continue until December 2017. The National DG Review involves a process of interrogating company's EE plans to assess whether the plan complies with legislation and is able to transform when put to test.

According to Department of Labour Chief Director Statutory & Advocacy Services, Advocate Fikiswa Mncanca the programme started with a review of the JSE Securities Exchange, which the department found it was wanting when it comes to EE implementation.

Mncanca said the DG review found that the JSE Securities plan was not complying in terms of Section 20 (2) of the Employment Equity Act and DG recommendations were issued and the CEO and her team signed the recommendations and agreed to address the shortcomings.

The JSE has been given 60 days to comply.

While the inspections and National DG review(s) are in progress, the department is also busy with EE workshops across the country. The department started EE workshops in July to engage with stakeholders nationally to ensure compliance with EE legislation. The workshop will end in September in Gauteng.

"It is our responsibility to educate our stakeholders on the expectations, conduct inspections to check compliance and for those employers that are not willing to comply refer them for prosecutions and enforcement compliance," Mncanca said.

Mncanca cautioned that if a company does not have a plan, it will be subjected to a fine of R1,5-million. Those failing to report on EE plans will also be subjected to a penalty of R1,5-million. She said if a company has reported on EE plans, but is found not to have an EE plan it will be taken to criminal courts for prosecutions and enforce compliance.

Source: Department of Labour