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Deputy President David Mabuza: 23rd Annual National Economic ...

Address by Deputy President David Dabede Mabuza, on the occasion of the 23rd Annual NEDLAC Summit at Saint Georges Conference Centre, Pretoria

Programme Director;

Ministers and Deputy Ministers;

President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA);

Leaders of Organised Labour, COSATU, FEDUSA AND NACTU;

Leaders of the Community Constituency;

Distinguished guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am honoured to address this 23rd Annual NEDLAC Summit.

As this is my first engagement with you since our appointment to this position, I join all of you in this critical work of a partnership with a common objective to create a developed and prosperous nation.

As we work together going forward, you will have my unwavering commitment to bringing together Government, Labour, Business and Community organizations for this common-cause.

Working together in unison, we will seek full cooperation. We will work through problems. We will solve our challenges.

We need to creatively respond to how we balance domestic imperatives of transformation and configuration of the state on one hand, and creatively implementing our agenda of socio- economic transformation on the other.

Just as those who have come before us, our remit remains the sage wisdom of leadership and governance by consensus.

Together we will create a better life for all our people.

We will ensure that all who serve our people, all who lead, are empowered to make the best possible contribution for solving the economic, labour and development challenges confronting our country.

In you we see friends and reliable pillars that will hold and support us without end. We see fellow comrades and fellow travellers in the journey for a united, non-racial, non-sexist, just and prosperous South Africa.

The very foundation of NEDLAC, are founded on the vision of a pulsating participatory democracy� the heart-beat of which is a government that is not only based on the will of the people, but one that serves with dedication and commitment.

Ours is a nation founded on the values of Ubuntu that defines our very being. I am because you are, and you are because I am.

Inherent in our being, is the call to join labour, business and civic organisations to collectively make a difference, to make South Africa work.

It is those values and rich traditions of our people, which inspired our founding fathers to draft and craft this NEDLAC model that is the lode-star for our cooperation.

NEDLAC in its architecture envisions a country of opportunity. It envisions the cultivation of economic opportunities by working together as a people.

It is a system that cares little for race, creed, colour, wealth or class status. So long as we all put shoulders to the wheel, with all palms holding fast to a single ideal, we can achieve more.

At its core is a mechanism that will help us overcome the accumulated burdens of our divided past.

Here we will stand together, in-solidarity and march in-line to the cusps of a promised new dawn.

We may not all be elected representatives; we may not have large constituencies, but all of us can and will make a difference. We all make a contribution. This is the engine room from which we are sent to ensure that South Africa works – and it works for all her people.

It is from here that we must sow and plant the seeds from which we will reap the socio-economic advances necessary for inclusive growth and the creation of decent jobs and sustainable livelihoods.

It is from this engine room that we must craft the co-operation to make measures such as the National Minimum Wage to be an unrivalled success.

It is from this chamber, difficult and intractable as our challenges may seem, that we will cultivate the solutions to occasion hope and prosperity.

Here we will breed a system that gives workers a living wage. A system that creates jobs. A system that gives our people dignity. A system that helps them provide for themselves and live by the work of their hands.

This is a place where we can bring an end to exploitation and other forms of modern-day slavery.

It is from this cooperation that we must ensure the building of a country that is just and fair. A country that encourages prosperity in respecting labour laws and gives our people a fair chance at inclusive growth.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

When you met last, you met under the uncomfortable economic condition in the wake of the 2017 Sovereign Ratings Downgrades.

Today we meet at a time of great economic challenges facing our country. These challenges include sluggish economic growth leading to slow employment opportunities for our people and in certain sectors, job losses that further compound the challenge of poverty and inequality in our country.

As you are aware, we meet at a time when our revenues are declining. The Minister of Finance has budgeted for a VAT increase, with SARS indicating negative revenue collection outcomes.

We have also encountered an economic decline in the last two quarters showing successive decline. Our inflation outlook is increasingly perilous, the effects of a VAT increase, Rand-dollar exchanges and high fuel prices are beginning to impose their weighty implications. Both consumer and business confidence is showing strain.

In this environment, South Africans are standing cap-in-hand, facing us as NEDLAC social partners to coordinate all-round efforts to answer to their needs.

Working together with government, we all need to assist our National Treasury in the development of appropriate stimulus measures to cushion the poor and re-start the economy.

For our part as government, we have made significant progress in the past eleven months to identify and take key actions to mitigate the risk factors.

Understanding the depth of our challenges, we cannot wallow griped in a winter of despair.

We must all have the courage and conviction in lifting our country out of this economic challenges. We must stand together to engineer the path of unity of purpose.

This will at times require surgical and difficult austerity measures.

It will require that we work smarter, faster and with the requisite conviction to make do with the little we have.

As you are no doubt aware, our country is known for introducing world-class policies, but equally a notoriety for lack of implementing.

This must change.

Our inequality levels are far too high. The wage differentials, the historical disadvantages and low levels of education and skills, demand of us all to care more about the poor.

We are also acutely aware that this socio-economic pain, is borne most by young people in general and women in particular.

These conditions make urgent the need to cushion the poor from the effects of the economic decline.

We urgently need to complete our work on a comprehensive social security and retirement reform system, which is affordable, sustainable and appropriate for South Africa.

Most importantly, we have to graduate our people out of poverty by creating opportunities for young people and women. The other category in this regard that require attention and innovative responses, is the youth not in employment, not in education and not in training.

We will have to be innovative, efficient and effective. We are enjoined to use our scant resources wisely, with circumspection and with proper motive.

No longer can we afford malfeasances, greed and corruption. Nor can we afford to squander, pillage and decay our nation into any form of crisis.

All of us should take responsibility and become more accountable to what is best for society.

For our part as government we have made the commitment to root out corruption and governance failures in our system.

In the similar vein, we expect all NEDLAC partners to follow in good-turn. We must join hands in improving the lives of our people. Together we must build resilient institutions that would make our country to grow to higher levels.

Without your support and commitment, we cannot be able to defeat the corruption both in public and private sectors as well as price collusion.

We need business to close the taps of corporate greed, just as we need to ensure that public representatives do not use public resources for private interest.

What we need most is that our State-owned enterprises lead the way in the development of critical socio-economic infrastructure.

As you are aware, President Ramaphosa has called for investment of R100 trillion in our economy over the next five years. This should be investment from domestic and international sources.

To achieve this target, charity must begin at home. All our companies with cash reserves and growth potential must lead the way and invest in long-term growth. It is to them that outsiders are looking for the cultivation of confidence in the economy.

To encourage you, we too will do our part. We will ensure that we put in place the appropriate governance structures, structures that are fit for purpose, credible, efficient and effective.

But we must also ensure that we treat workers fairly.

In this connection, I am advised that The Department of Labour has tabled the much anticipated National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill and the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill to NEDLAC on 05 May 2017.

I believe that the relevant task teams have been established to engage on both pieces of legislation and that negotiation on the National Minimum Wage are on-going.

As a matter of principle, we understand that workers have struggled for these gains for decades over.

We will seek at all times to bring their realisation for workable policies that facilitate an appropriate balance between inequality and prosperity.

Committed to these ideals, the Department of Labour has drafted and tabled an enforcement Strategy.

We call on all our social partners, on business and labour to ensure that we do the right thing, ever and always, without long arm of the law hovering over us. We simply have to find our moral compass.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

The theme under which we meet demands that we rise to the occasion of structural change.

We must prepare our economy to be attuned to the necessities of the 4th Industrial revolution.

Yesterday we used water and steam power to mechanize production. We turned to electric power to engineer mass production. Today, we rely on electronics and information technology to automate production.

For a better tomorrow, we will need to ride the wave of a Fourth Industrial Revolution.

We must anchor our growth on a digital revolution, a revolution that will change the way we work, live and tame artificial intelligence.

For this future we will need to prepare workers, business and young people to see this change as pregnant with opportunity and infinite possibilities.

We will have to stand ourselves ever-ready to amass the benefits of technologies that will transcend the physical, digital, and biological spheres that hold us back.

As production methods change, we must not be complacent nor frightened by the lightning speed of change. Rather, we must keep up.

Innovation and science is always the function of necessity.

We must embrace the infinite promise of autonomous cars, drone pizza deliveries and new lifesaving medical technologies.

But we must build tomorrow, today. We must ensure that we improve our skills and training regime to note advantages of these developments.

As a country in the global South and on the periphery, we must pace ourselves appropriately to preserve jobs and our consumer markets for the benefit of our continent.

We must respond positively by arming ourselves for a future that is grounded in science, technology and innovation.

It is our young people that will hold this promise to the future.

For us who have come before, we will need to pay it forward by investing in education, skilling and training.

We, need to ensure that we unearth our national talents.

We, have to ensure that nobody is behind. We, must ramp-up our efforts for creating new opportunities for young people.

It is us who must feed their hunger for learning, creativity and unlocking their latent talents.

In conclusion, as announced by The President in the State of the Nation we will be convening a Jobs Summit and an Investment Summit during the course of this year.

The preparatory work on these two initiatives are at an advanced stage.

These interventions will once against test our commitment to working together to find the solutions to the challenges we are faced with.

In planning for the job summit, social partners have identified five focal areas. We will be identifying special economic sectors for specific intervention.

Instead of focusing only on industrialisation and large-corporate, we will be leveraging the potential of Small and Micro Enterprises and ensuring their integration into global value chains.

We will use them to provide a solid base for future industrialisation.

In this regard, I have convened the Ministers COGTA, Small Business Development and Public Works to create work-streams and an anti-poverty inter-ministerial committee. Our focus is to graduate people out of Public Works programmes into enterprises and sustainable businesses.

We will turn our focus towards the institutionalisation of initiatives such as Sukuma Sakhe and Nthirisano at a national level to ensure that we build on the successes at provincial levels.

This will ensure that we target inclusive growth, redistribution and transformation at a granular level. We are totally committed to this process as part of ensuring that we meet the demands for radical socio-economic transformation.

The road ahead of us is long. It is fraught with pitfalls and troughs. Yet beyond the horizon, there is opportunity and fountains of hope.

We are taking the war to poverty. We are determined to make poverty history, to free our people from want and to give them dignity through economic emancipation.

Let us inspire hope, let us withstand the labour pains of yesterday and today so that a thriving new dawn may rise tomorrow.

Sukumani sakhe isizwe! Saam werk! Let us build today what we broke yesterday.

With those few words, I wish you a successful summit.

I thank you!

Source: Government of South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the 19th Annual Steve Biko ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday, 14 September 2018, deliver the 19th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria.

Today, 12 September 2018, marks the 41st anniversary of the death in detention of Stephen Bantu Biko at the hands of the apartheid regime.

As an exemplary leader, Steve Bantu Biko championed positive self-esteem and pride among black South Africans in the face of discrimination, state-sponsored violence and repression.

The Steve Biko Memorial Lecture was first presented in 2000, with Former Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki among previous presenters.

The Memorial Lecture is the principal avenue through which the Steve Biko Foundation pursues its vision to be the premier, independent promoter of the values Steve Biko lived and died for: restoring people to their true humanity.

Source: Government of South Africa

Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism on significant growth ...

Labour-intensive blueberry production has huge potential for the Cape

Blueberries, hailed for their health benefits and anti-oxidant properties, have soared in popularity around the world in recent years. In the Western Cape, production and exports of this berry have increased drastically from a low base, and the tiny berry holds the potential to add significant value to the economy and create additional jobs.

The blueberry world market has experienced significant growth in recent years, expanding from R8.8 billion in 2011, to R33.7 billion in 2016- translating into annual average growth of over 30%. All indications are that the global market is still growing to meet the demand that is still much higher than supply.

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde said: This is a growing market, and coupled with the fact that blueberries are a labour intensive crop – with the ability to create 2.96 jobs per hectare – means that there is real potential here for the Western Cape to grow our blueberry exports, expand our economy and create new jobs in the agricultural sector.

We’ve seen exceptional growth in a number of our berry crops and this is one of the reasons the Department of Agriculture has been investing in the Alternative Crops Research Fund, which is aimed at boosting crops like berries, cherries and pomegranates which are water-wise and highly labour intensive, he said.

In South Africa, the strong global growth has initiated substantial investment into blueberry production, and market share has increased from just 0.19% in 2008, to 1.1% in 2016. According to data from Hortgro and the South African Berry Association, 68% of all South Africa’s berries are grown in the Western Cape.

About 70% of all South African blueberries are exported, 16% are sold as fresh in the local market and the remainder enter the agri-processing chain.

Blueberry exports from South Africa have shown annual average growth of about 44%, and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s fly-over data also indicates that the hectares under production for blueberries has shown good growth.

Consumption trends in the USA, which is both the world’s largest consumer and producer of blueberries, show interesting data. Between 2005 and 2012, consumption trebled- partially as a result of a significant rise in the number of products which added blueberries as an ingredient. In the year 2000, approximately 300 products on the American market contained blueberries, by 2012, this had risen to more than 1000. Products including blueberries range from baked goods, to breakfast cereals and yoghurts.

Minister Winde remarked: We’ve seen from the USA, that there has been a rise in the number of products using blueberries there, which shows the opportunities available in the agri-processing space too. One of the pillars of our Project Khulisa strategy is to develop agri-processing, and berries as a whole, and blueberries in particular have many uses ranging from jams and juices to baked goods, breakfast cereals, health bars and even freeze-dried and frozen options.

Currently, South Africa and the Western Cape’s biggest export market for its blueberries is the United Kingdom, with import values for 2016 reaching R228 million. The Netherlands is the second biggest market, however, market attractiveness data indicates that there are a number of markets that have strong potential for development and growth including Ireland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Germany and Belgium. Asian markets in Singapore, Malaysia and China also hold real potential.

While the USA is the world’s largest consumer of blueberries, this market would be a difficult one to tap into primarily because of its proximity to other major producers like Mexico and Canada in the North, and Chile and Peru in the Southern Hemisphere.

However, other northern hemisphere countries are willing to pay premium prices for blueberries in their production off-season. As a Southern hemisphere producer, South Africa is presented with opportunities in this regard, however, would be competing with Chile and Peru, who are some of the largest exporters of blueberries in the world.

Peru in particular has shown massive growth in blueberry exports since 2011- with an annual average growth rate of over 300%. While South Africa would be competing with these Southern Hemisphere producers, we believe that there is still a lot of untapped market potential, and we see the continued growth of these Southern Hemisphere producers as a positive indicator of growth. At this point it is essential that new markets be opened and explored through bilateral engagements for continued growth of the industry, Minister Winde said.

Source: Government of South Africa

Sibanda admits to tricky 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship draw

Zimbabwe coach Sithethelelwe Sibanda admits her side had received a tricky draw in the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championships as they prepare to battle for the trophy this year in Nelson Mandela Bay from September 12-22.

Zimbabwe were champions in 2011, but lost to South Africa in the final on home soil last year, and in 2018 have another tough first round draw.

The Mighty Warriors open their Group C campaign against Namibia on September 13, before a clash with Swaziland the following day and then a final fixture against East African guest nation Uganda.

It’s a very tricky draw just like the other groups. Believe me Namibia are a very good team, Sibanda told The Herald. This is a new game, it’s not about history, but about how prepared and how we will perform in the match.

The Uganda game is a very tricky assignment, they are fresh from CECAFA [Women’s Challenge Cup], the team cohesion is still there, we need to be at our best.

At the end of the day we just have to try and work with the time that we have and stay positive, Sibanda added.

The coach believes the field, that also includes Cameroon, ranked number three on the African continent, is a very tough one.

West African countries possess talent as shown by them having foreign-based talent, so it’s a tricky tournament. We just need to be positive and give it our best and let God lead the rest.

Only the top team in each group will advance to the semifinals, along with the best-placed runner-up.

Women’s football in Zimbabwe has seen a resurgence in recent years after the side won the Southern African championship in 2011 and also qualified for the Olympic Games football tournament in Brazil in 2016.

Zimbabwe preliminary COSAFA Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Shebba Rauli (Auckland), Chido Dzingirai (Correctional), Lindiwe Magwede (Cyclone Stars), Cynthia Shonga (Faith Drive).

Defenders: Sheila Makoto (Blue Swallows), Lynett Mutokuto (Black Rhinos), Sarudzai Chikowore (Harare City), Edline Mutumbami (Blue Swallows), Danai Bhobho (Harare City), Nobuhle Majika (M.S. U), Nobukhosi Ncube (Correctional), Sithembile Nyoni (Weerams), Diana Nyika (M.S.U).

Midfielders: Emmaculate Msipa (Black Rhinos), Marjory Nyaumwe (Correctional), Mavis Chirandu (Black Rhinos), Greater Bande (Cyclone Stars), Rumbidzai Zhoya (Auckland), Felistas Muzongondi (Black Rhinos), Peacemore Kenende (Inline Academy), Evermore Mutandwa (Weerams), Kudzanai Chiparausha (Blue Swallows), Concilia Madotsa (Faith Drive).

Strikers: Maudy Mafuruse (Faith Drive), Rutendo Makore (Black Rhinos), Erina Jeke (Correctional), Berita Kabwe (Correctional), Shamiso Mutasa (Harare City) Elizabeth Bvunzawabaya (Cyclone Stars), Susan Nyama (Herentals).

Source: South African Football Association

New licence online booking system gets thumbs up

Reports from the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) show a positive response to the new online booking system to obtain driver’s licences at the Centurion licensing station.

A total of 663 out of 3 128 persons have pre-booked on the system, which shows a 21 percent uptake over three days since the system went live, said Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi.

The Department of Transport and its agency, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), recently launched the NaTIS Online Booking Services at the Centurion Licensing Station in Pretoria.

Developed by the RMTC, the system will see motorists making pre-bookings online for the renewal of their driver’s licences and learner licences. For now, the service will only be available to Gauteng drivers.

The new online booking system has several advantages for the residents of Gauteng. It reduces the waiting times at the Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs). We know that currently people wait between four to six hours, if not more, to get through the process of applying for a learners or drivers’ licence, or to renew their driving licences, the MEC said.

On Tuesday, Vadi Tabled the Annual Reports of the Department of Roads and Transport in the Gauteng Legislature.

He said the online booking system allows for personal flexibility, choice and convenience.

An applicant can choose an appropriate date, time and place for conducting the various testing functions. Additionally the online service will reduce the possibility for corrupt practices.

The interesting fact is that we have had high interest in the online booking system from areas such as Kliptown, Temba and Mabopane. I have no doubt that this technological solution will have a very positive impact on reducing waiting times at the DLTCs, the MEC said.

According to the Infrastructure Report by the South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) for 2017, the Gauteng’s provincial road network has improved.

It is gratifying that 71% of Gauteng’s paved network has been rated in the ‘fair’ to ‘very good’ categories. This shows that the proactive approach of the department’s construction and maintenance units is yielding positive results, he said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister calls for evidence of fake food

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has called on members of the public to assist the department in providing evidence of fake, expired and counterfeit foodstuffs.

To date, the Ministry of Health has not received evidence of fake foodstuff made of material such as plastic. We appeal to the public, including the media, to bring to authorities, tangible evidence of food-stuff made of non-biological and potentially harmful substances and chemicals; including bringing to our attention the sales of expired food.

The public is requested to call the NDoH hotline 011-386-2003/6 during office hours, and the National Consumer Commission (NCC) hotline 012-428-7000, the Minister said on Monday.

The Minister’s call comes amid the flurry of videos circulating on social media alleging that fake and expired foodstuffs are being sold to the public.

Upon receiving numerous complaints, the health department said it decided to act swiftly and determine if there is any truth to the allegations.

On 8 August 2018, the Health department wrote letters to 52 district municipalities and metros asking them to conduct inspection blitzes in all food premises.

As of today, 12 districts and metropolitan areas out of 52 have handed in reports. A total of 102 joint operations with the South African Police Service (SAPS) were undertaken by environmental health practitioners. 454 premises were reached. The operation revealed that 281 premises were operating without valid health certificates. 100 premises were issued with notices to stop operations. 292 premises were found to be non-compliant.

To date, 2 151 foodstuff items were seized and 1 296 foodstuff items were detained for further investigation. Motsoaledi said work in this regard is still ongoing.

On 31 August, the NCC, together with the City of Tshwane, the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission, National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications, SAPS and representatives of the trade mark owners carried out inspections.

Six premises were closed down. Five of them for non-compliance with their zoning certificates and one for trading in counterfeit goods. We have removed and destroyed expired foodstuff in premises that have been inspected, said Motsoaledi.

Despite the social media frenzy, Motsoaledi said his department is yet to get a report of people falling ill following consumption of these fake foods.

We have not received any reports or notifications of human illness associated with such ‘fake’ food products doing rounds on social media, he said.

Motsoaledi said in the course of investigations, the department noted confusion amongst the public between counterfeit food, fake food, expired food, best-before date and sell-by date.

Best-before date: This is for long shelf life dry or canned products. It is used for stock rotation and is not an indicator of safety.

Sell-by date: This has been used for perishable food which is usually stored in a refrigerator. The meaning and implications of this date has caused so much confusion globally that in July this year the Codex Alimentarius Commission has discontinued the use of this date.

Use-by / Expiry date: this is the ‘expiry date’ as we know it. It means that food is no longer palatable after this date. For perishable food, this means it can no longer be consumed, explained the Minister.

Motsoaledi clarified that counterfeit goods, are goods manufactured and sold under another company’s brand name.

The term ‘fake food’ has been used by social media to refer to food that does not contain food substances � for example ‘plastic food’ or ‘bread that does not dissolve in water’.

The food industry has been requested to confirm the authenticity of potential counterfeit foodstuffs which include verifying the brands of their products such as soft drinks, tinned foodstuffs, etc. currently displayed on social media platforms, said Motsoaledi.

The department has roped in other government regulatory authorities from the departments of Agriculture and Trade and Industry, including the National Consumer Commission, to confirm allegations of compromised quality standards.

The public is encouraged to notify environmental health practitioners and the South African Police Services regarding any suspicious foodstuffs and provide evidence where possible, said the Minister.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Students to receive outstanding NSFAS funds soon

Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor says the National Student Financial Aid Scheme will, over the next few days, start disbursing outstanding funds that are due to students.

The Minister said this when she fielded questions from members of Parliament in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Pandor said according to statistics that she received from newly appointed NSFAS administrator Randall Carolissen, around 63 000 students � a majority coming from the TVET college sector, were affected by this challenge.

What is pleasing is that in the first seven days of the work of the administrator, we have received massive cooperation from institutions and I am really appreciative of that, as well as student organisations playing a role in ensuring that students do sign their statement of particulars because that then helps us to finalise the applications process and ensure that we have disbursements so within the next four days, we are going to see a significant disbursement of funding, she said.

The Minister said this before her announcement on Thursday that the NSFAS funding applications for 2019 would be open on Monday, 3 September. She said this after a meeting with the administrator in Cape Town.

In her oral response to MPs on Wednesday, Pandor said the department and NSFAS were working around the clock to ensure that they reach as many of the students that are currently not funded as possible.

You would have recognised that part of the difficulty here is as we process the applicationswe are finding that there is going to be a number of students who are receiving quite a significant sum of money. So we are looking at how we will address that as well because they have not been funded for quite a significant period, she said.

The Administrator’s priority areas

Pandor said, meanwhile, that the administrator would focus on several priority areas as a push is being made to fix current challenges on the system.

The first is to pay very close attention to finalise the close out of the 2017 and 2018 funding cycles. A number of processes are involved with that particular area.

For example, ensuring that students receive confirmation that they will be funded, if that has not been done already, that their details on particularly registration, is done, that they sign their bursary agreement forms and that their allowances are paid out. So that is the first priority.

The second is steps must be taken, in line with preparations that are already underway, to launch the 2019 application cycle in early September.

The third is supporting and developing an effective plan in consultation with colleges and universities to manage the funding of students in 2019 in order for students who apply when we open applications this year and those who are already beneficiaries know their funding status and response from NSFAS before their registration begins in 2019. So those are the three priorities that I have asked [the administrator] to focus on.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Hawks reaction to the Commission of Inquiry into State capture ...

Pretoria: The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, has noted with serious concern the alleged roles that are said to have been played by some members of the DPCI Hawks as presented at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Friday, 24 August 2018.

The DPCI is following the process closely and will apply the laws that are being invited. We support the work of the Commission and will allow the witnesses to complete the testimony without distraction before enlisting their assistance in visiting the matter.

Source: South African Police Service