Daily Archives: May 2, 2019

the dti and Langeberg Municipality to Lead a Safe Paraffin Appliances Awareness Campaign in Ashton

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) together with Langeberg Municipality, National Consumer Commission (NCC) and the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) will lead a safe paraffin appliances awareness campaign that will take place at the Cogmanskloof Sport Fields in Ashton, Western Cape on Friday, 3 May 2019.

According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the usage of safe paraffin stoves and to eliminate poor quality stoves that contribute to fires that often devastate informal settlements across the country.

The campaign is also aimed at improving inter-governmental cooperation and facilitates service delivery where the provision of safe consumer goods is concerned, and enable further face-to-face community engagements to make them aware of the risks posed by non-compliant products with regards to safety, health and matters of environmental protection as well as the rights of the consumers, says Davies.

The Municipal Manager of Langeberg Municipality, Mr Soyisile Mokweni says Langeberg Municipality is committed to improved service delivery, which does not stop at merely providing basic services to our communities.

We are constantly striving to find ways to address pressing community issues and to get everyone involved, active and prepared. The safety and protection of our residents is one such issue which the Langeberg Municipality does not take lightly. Vulnerable communities are often left exposed and exploited, especially during winter months when resources become scarce, forcing them to use cheap appliances to cook and keep warm, says Mokweni.

Mokweni adds that the campaign is a combined government effort, aimed at assisting communities to be informed and educated about their safety, protection and their rights as consumers.

Valuable information will be shared and I trust and encourage residents to take full advantage of this opportunity, because nothing is more rewarding than to have the knowledge and ability to actively protect ourselves, he says.

The Commissioner of the NCC, Mr Ebrahim Mohamed says that in terms of the Consumer Protection Act, consumers have a right to fair value, good quality and safety when it comes to transactions for goods or services with a supplier.

According to Mohamed, consumers must know about and understand their consumer rights because it will enable them to be active citizens that insist on quality, and legally compliant products.

The knowledge and information that we will impart through this campaign will empower our people to key among others things, avoid unsafe and non-compliant paraffin stoves in the marketplace. It is very often than not, such products that trigger large scale fire devastation in communities around the country, during the cold seasons of the year, added Mohamed.

Source: Department of Trade and Industry

Minister Bheki Cele inspects law enforcement parade prior to deployment, 3 May

Police Minister General Bheki Cele together with the MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mr. TM Kaunda and Acting Provincial Commissioner General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi will tomorrow Friday, 03 May 2019 address and inspect the law enforcement parade prior to deployment in various voting stations for the duration of the elections in the province of KZN

Source: Government of South Africa

Deputy Minister Phathekile Holomisa launches training programmes, 3 May

Deputy Minister of Labour, Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa to launch training programmes for unemployed in the Western Cape

The Deputy Minister of Labour, iNkosi Phathekile Holomisa, will, on Friday 3 May 2019 launch training programmes worth an estimated R120 million aimed at creating jobs and up-skilling the unemployed in the Western Cape.

The training programmes follows the signing of partnership agreements between the Department of Labour’s Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and the following institutions: False Bay TVET College, Northlink TVET College, National Student Financial Aid Scheme, Western Cape Community Education and Training College and the Boland TVET College. Through the partnerships, more than 995 learners will undergo training in various skills disciplines, including Building and Civil Construction, Office Administration, Wholesale and Retail Operations, Help Desk and Merchandising, Accounting Technician, Welders, Panel Beaters, Plumbing, and Hospitality.

The majority of learners are youth and UIF beneficiaries, particularly from the Cape Metro. The UIF will fund the training programmes through its Labour Activation Programmes (LAP) unit, which focuses on mitigating the negative effects of retrenchments, enhancing employability, enabling entrepreneurship and job preservation.

Source: Government of South Africa

THE ROAD TO THE SIXTH DEMOCRATIC PARLIAMENT

Parliament, On 8 May the people of South Africa will cast their votes in South Africa’s sixth non-racial democratic election and determine which political parties should represent them in Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures.

The important election coincide with the 25th anniversary of our constitutional democracy.

As the legislative authority of our democratic republic, Parliament must ensure there is government by the people, under the Constitution.

The National Assembly must ensure this by choosing a President, by providing a national forum for public consideration of issues, by passing legislation and by checking and evaluating executive action of government.

The National Council of Provinces ensures that provincial interests are taken into account in the national sphere of government. It does this mainly by participating in the national legislative processes and by providing a national forum for public consideration of issues affecting the provinces.

In terms of the law, within 14 days of the independent Electoral Commission of South Africa declaring the results of the election, the Houses of Parliament must be established. This happens at the first sittings of each of these Houses � the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.

The Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa has the powers, under the Constitution, to determine the dates and times of these first sittings and presides over key aspects of them.

Following consultations between officials of the Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) and Parliament, the first sitting of the National Assembly is provisionally set for 22 May. The Chief Justice will officially declare the date of the first sitting in due course.

At this sitting, the Chief Justice will preside over each Member of the National Assembly’s swearing in or affirmation of faithfulness to the Republic of South Africa and obedience to the Constitution. The National Assembly may be constituted of no fewer than 350 and no more than 400 members.

The Chief Justice will also preside over election of the Speaker of the National Assembly, who will preside over the election of the Deputy Speaker.

The Chief Justice will then preside over the election of the President, selected from amongst the Members of Parliament in the National Assembly. The President, once elected, ceases to be a Member of Parliament and must take up office within five days of being elected.

This happens when the President-elect, at the presidential inauguration, swears or affirms faithfulness to the Republic of South Africa and obedience to the Constitution and later announces the composition of the Cabinet.

For the first sitting of the National Council of Provinces to take place, each of the Provincial Legislatures must have held their first sittings and swearing in of Members of the Provincial Legislatures.

As is the case with the National Assembly, the first sittings of the provincial legislatures are provisionally scheduled for 22 May. The Chief Justice will, in accordance with his constitutional prerogative, announce the appropriate date in due course. Additionally, the Chief Justice has also designated the Judges President of the Divisions of the High Court to preside over the first sittings of the Provincial Legislatures. Provincial Premiers and Speakers will be elected at these sittings and the swearing in of Members of the Provincial Legislatures will also take place.

The Provincial Legislatures must appoint their permanent delegates � the National Council of Provinces is composed of a single delegation of ten delegates from each province. Four of the ten are special delegates and six are permanent delegates. Political parties are entitled to delegates in proportion of their representation. If a person who is a member of the provincial legislature is appointed as a permanent delegate, that person ceases to be a member of the legislature.

At the first sitting of the National Council of Provinces, provisionally scheduled for 23 May, following consultations between OCJ officials and parliamentary staff, the Chief Justice will preside over the swearing in or affirmation of faithfulness to the Republic of South Africa and obedience to the Constitution from the House’s permanent delegates.

The Chief Justice will also preside over election of the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, who is selected from the permanent delegates. The Chairperson will then preside over election of the Deputy Chairperson, House Chairpersons and the Chief Whip.

The President is expected to deliver the State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of the Sixth Democratic Parliament in June.

By then, the parliamentary committees, which focus on specific government departments and entities, are expected to have been established.

The work around the wrapping up of the Fifth Democratic Parliament and the transition to the Sixth Democratic Parliament is at an advanced stage.

Source: Parliament