Daily Archives: July 5, 2018

Ministerial team to engage traditional leaders on land concerns

Cabinet has appointed a team of Ministers to engage with traditional leaders on their concerns on land expropriation.

Cabinet has appointed a team of Ministers to interact with the traditional leaders to discuss and seek an amicable solution to their areas of concern, said Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at a Post Cabinet briefing on Thursday.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, is the convener of the ministerial team and is supported by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Mokonyane.

The establishment of the ministerial team is in response to the various concerns raised at the start of Parliament’s public participation process to review Section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996.

The review of Section 25 will allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Parliament set up the Constitutional Review Committee to conduct public hearings countrywide after passing a motion on the expropriation of land without compensation.

The public hearings on land expropriation kicked off on 26 June in the Namakwa District in the Northern Cape. The hearings will take place in all nine provinces until August 2018.

The last public hearings will be on 4 August in the Western Cape.

Cabinet calls on all interested parties to participate peacefully in these hearings and appeals to the public to remain tolerant of varying views that may be expressed, in order to ensure that all have a fair opportunity to participate in the hearings, said Mokonyane.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Ministerial team to engage traditional leaders on land concerns

Cabinet has appointed a team of Ministers to engage with traditional leaders on their concerns on land expropriation.

Cabinet has appointed a team of Ministers to interact with the traditional leaders to discuss and seek an amicable solution to their areas of concern, said Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at a Post Cabinet briefing on Thursday.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, is the convener of the ministerial team and is supported by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Mokonyane.

The establishment of the ministerial team is in response to the various concerns raised at the start of Parliament’s public participation process to review Section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996.

The review of Section 25 will allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Parliament set up the Constitutional Review Committee to conduct public hearings countrywide after passing a motion on the expropriation of land without compensation.

The public hearings on land expropriation kicked off on 26 June in the Namakwa District in the Northern Cape. The hearings will take place in all nine provinces until August 2018.

The last public hearings will be on 4 August in the Western Cape.

Cabinet calls on all interested parties to participate peacefully in these hearings and appeals to the public to remain tolerant of varying views that may be expressed, in order to ensure that all have a fair opportunity to participate in the hearings, said Mokonyane.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Kenya’s Digital Taxi Services Paralyzed, Strike Enters 4th Day

Drivers of Kenya’s digital taxis shut down operations Monday in protest of what they term as exploitative corporate practices. They say the firms are charging low rates to their clients, yet imposing high commissions on the drivers, leading them to work longer hours with little pay.

The Digital Taxi Association of Kenya, representing more than 2,000 digital taxi drivers, is in the fourth day of a protest that has seen drivers switch off their services, stalling transportation in the country.

The drivers say client charges have reduced over time as more digital taxi apps enter the market, but their commissions to the taxi firms have remained the same.

The drivers are demanding a review of their rates and working conditions. Through their association, they want the digital taxi services to double their client rates and reduce driver commissions to the companies so they can earn decent wages.

“The fare itself, it has been very low from the word go,” said Anthony Maina, an Uber driver in Kenya. “The percentage after they get their commission, we get very little returns.”

The main digital taxi services in Kenya are the American brand Uber and Estonian Taxify, as well as at least three others.

Uber charges a 25 percent commission on each ride, while apps like Taxify charge 15 percent. The drivers want rates at least doubled per kilometer, and commissions slashed to 10 percent.

Kenya Digital Taxi Services Director David Muteru is calling on Kenya’s Ministry of Transport to resolve the issue.

“All these things are happening where we have government agencies who can [take care of all these things] without having pressure from us,” Muteru said. “It is not our wish to come here and start demonstrating. Our demand is that we must have regulations. [The pricing] is very skewed in favor of the app companies to the detriment of drivers.”

Maina says Uber reduced the maximum working hours from 18 to 12 in an effort to better the working conditions, but drivers overwork to earn more to meet expenses.

“We cannot afford daily maintenance, he said. “An example, each and every day you have to fuel the vehicle, you have to wash the car, and if you happen to be in the city center, you have to pay the city council. All those expenses, when you put them together and maybe you do not own the vehicle yourself, you have to pay the partner and you know fuel has been going up every day and they are not adjusting their commission or fare. So that has been a big problem for us.”

Earlier in the week, Uber drivers in South Africa also went on strike to protest the 25 percent fee charged by Uber.

Digital Taxi Association representatives in Kenya are in negotiations with the taxi firms and Kenya’s Ministry of Transport as their strike continues.

Source: Voice of America

President Cyril Ramaphosa: Official talks with President Nana Addo ...

Press conference remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the end of the Official Talks with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana

Ladies and Gentlemen;

Good day to you all.

Let me begin by extending, once more, a very warm welcome to our esteemed Guest and Dear Friend, President Akufo-Addo and his delegation on his historic state visit to South Africa.

Mr President,

I also wish to express my gratitude to you for honouring our invitation to visit our country. Your visit has offered us with an opportunity to renew our fraternal bonds and friendship.

Ladies and gentlemen,

President Akufo-Addo and I have just concluded bilateral discussions which were characterized by renewed commitment to forge a closer partnership to deepen our bilateral cooperation in keeping with the historical ties that bind our two countries.

During our talks, we reviewed a range of issues of bilateral, continental and global nature. We have noted with great satisfaction the growing bilateral cooperation as demonstrated by the existence of twenty-one bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding. These agreements cover a wide range of fields including trade and investment, science and technology, defence, energy, transport, environment, arts and culture and tourism.

We have recognized that these agreements are at a different stages of implementation. We further noted that a number of agreements are still being negotiated. Determined to ensure fully implementation, we have directed our Ministers and officials to ensure fully implementation of all signed legal instruments for the mutual benefit of our respective countries and peoples. For the outstanding agreements, we directed Ministers to finalise negotiations in the shortest period of time.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Desiring to forge a strategic partnership, and informed by the historical ties that bind our two countries, we have today taken an important decision to establish a Bi-National Commission (BNC) which will be presided over by the Heads of State. The BNC will meet bi-annually alternating between Accra and Pretoria and will create the required momentum and impetus in our bilateral cooperation.

In our official talks, we noted the increased economic cooperation and trade relations between our sister Republics. We noted with appreciation the ever-increasing presence of the South African private sector in the economy of Ghana. In our efforts to increase economic cooperation, a Joint Business Forum has been organised comprising business delegations from both countries.

We will later this afternoon participate in the Business Forum wherein we will urge our business people to take advantage of the friendly and good investment environments existing in our countries and invest in each other’s territories. As Governments, we have committed ourselves to creating an enabling environment to ease the manner of doing business in our respective countries.

Both our countries have identified key sectors for investment to boost economic growth and development. These sectors include manufacturing, agro-processing, infrastructure development, mining, energy and tourism.

Ladies and gentlemen;

We could not complete our official talks without discussing regional, continental and international peace and security challenges. We have noted with concern the continued instability and conflict in some parts of our sister countries. In this regard, we have reaffirmed our commitment to working together in pursuit of peace, stability and development on the Continent. We have saluted the strides being made by the African Union (AU) Member States to advance continental integration. The launch and signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (ACFTA) is a practical example of the laudable continental strides. We urge fellow AU Member States to ensure that this important Agreement is signed and ratified within the shortest period of time. The Free Trade Area Agreement will facilitate the required intra-African trade and investment.

On the international front, we have correctly affirmed our common view on the need to promote multilateralism and South-South cooperation. Related to this, we have reiterated our call for the reform of the global system of governance in particular the United Nations Security Council to be more equitable and representative of all regions of the world.

Ladies and gentlemen;

In conclusion, we reaffirmed the importance of our historical relations, and further committed ourselves to working together to enhance close political, economic and social cooperation in keeping with our mutual desire to establish a strategic relationship between the two countries.

Your Excellency,

Let me thank you and your delegation for visiting us and hope that you enjoyed our warm welcome and the hospitality extended to you.

I thank you

Source: Government of South Africa

Committee Happy with Parliament and Nehawu Agreement

Parliament´┐Ż The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Labour Mr Lemias Mashile has welcomed the wage agreement between Parliament and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU).

This agreement will hopefully contribute to the betterment of relations at the workplace. It is exciting news that the agreement has finally been signed as drawn out negotiations had a potential to impact on functioning of the institution, Mr Mashile said.

A communique from Parliament indicated that the parties had concluded negotiations for adjustments of salaries and conditions of service for the current financial year.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Ministerial Task Team meets with traditional leaders, 6 Jul

The Ministerial Task Team appointed by Cabinet to engage traditional leaders on the land issue will meet with the leadership of the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) and leaders of provincial houses on Friday 6 July 2018 in Pretoria.

Cabinet appointed a task team of the following Ministers;

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize as convenor,

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mr Senzeni Zokwana

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Minister of Communications, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane.

The Ministers will meet with the NHTL delegation led by the Chairperson, Ikosi Sipho Mahlangu, accompanied by the executive committee and the chairpersons of the provincial houses of traditional leaders.

Source: Government of South Africa