Daily Archives: August 24, 2017

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the NCOP as part of Taking Parliament to the People programme, Bloemfontein, 25 August 2017

Bloemfontein � Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday, 25 August 2017, address the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) during the Taking Parliament to the People programme in Boshabelo, in the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Free State.

Taking Parliament to the People is aimed at deepening oversight between the executive and the legislature to strengthen and ensure quality service delivery to communities.

The theme of this year’s programme is Deepening Parliamentary Oversight for the Delivery of Quality Services to the People, and it coincides with Parliament’s annual theme: “Celebrating 20 years of the Constitution and 20 years since the establishment of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)”.

This week, the NCOP is meeting with stakeholders ranging from national and provincial departments, local municipalities and various entities to assess progress in the provision of service such as health, education, electricity, water and sanitation, among others.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will receive a report on sites visits and public hearings that enabled interaction between the public, Members of the NCOP, the Free State Provincial Legislature and national and provincial leadership.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will be supported by members of the NCOP, Cabinet Ministers and members of the provincial legislature.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Visiting US Lawmaker Urges Aid to Central African Republic

BANGUI, C.A.R. � A member of a U.S. congressional delegation on Thursday called for urgent aid to Central African Republic during a visit to the impoverished country, where deadly sectarian violence is surging again.

Hundreds of people have been killed this year and more than 600,000 have been displaced.

Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island, a Democrat who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Associated Press that the international community “has to think about the long-term implications of abandoning our efforts to stabilize this country.”

Cicilline criticized the recent withdrawal of U.S. special operations troops and said it created a “void” in the country’s southeast. The U.S. military this year ended operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group in the region. The LRA has continued attacks against civilians since then.

An estimated 60 percent of Central African Republic is controlled by armed groups, according to the aid group Oxfam.

Cicilline praised the U.N. peacekeeping mission for preventing “significant armed conflict,” though the mission has acknowledged it doesn’t have enough personnel to sufficiently protect civilians throughout the country.

The U.N. Foundation funded the delegation’s visit. Peter Yeo, the foundation’s vice president of public policy and advocacy, said he was “very concerned” about President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts for U.N. peacekeeping but noted that the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations had not taken a “slash-and-burn approach toward peacekeeping funding.”

Requests for additional peacekeeping support could be discussed when the mission’s mandate is up for renewal by the U.N. Security Council in November.

Source: Voice of America

SOUTH AFRICA: RULING PARTY ANC CONDEMNS ALLEGED CANNIBALISM INVOLVING TRADITIONAL HEALERS

CAPE TOWN, Aug 24 (NNN-Xinhua) — South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday condemned the recent crime acts involving cannibalism in the country.”We are saddened and shocked that our people could lose their lives in such a mann…

SA pledges R8 million for Sierra Leone

South Africa has pledged R8 million to assist Sierra Leone following deadly mudslides, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Wednesday.We are announcing an initial financial contribution of R8 million for human…