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KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha has expressed her deepest condolences to the family of Shadrack Ngema popularly known as Magubane in an SABC 1 drama Emzini Wezinsizwa who died yesterday after a short illness.
“We were deeply saddened to learn about his untimely death. Ngema was a talented actor and a seasoned sport commentator. He has indeed left a huge void in the arts and sport sector,” said Sibhidla-Saphetha.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.
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Pretoria: Communities throughout the country had a chance to meet with government leaders during National Imbizo Focus Week, which ended on Sunday.
The week saw authorities interacting with citizens to inform them about progress made in implementing the Nine-Point Plan, which was announced by President Jacob Zuma earlier this year.
The Nine-Point Plan’s chief focus is on resolving the energy challenge. It also seeks to revitalise agriculture and the agro-processing value chain. It will also advance beneficiation in the country’s mineral wealth and ensure a more effective implementation of the Industrial Policy Action Plan.
The plan encourages private sector investment, moderating workplace conflict, unlocking the potential of SMMEs, cooperatives, township and rural enterprises, and boosting the role of state owned companies.
It also focuses on ICT infrastructure and broadband roll-out, water, sanitation and transport infrastructure as well as Operation Phakisa aimed at growing the ocean economy and other sectors.
Speaking at an event to mark the closing of the week on Sunday in Mthatha, Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams encouraged all South Africans to actively get involved in the Nine-Point Plan.
She said government remains committed to communicating with communities about developments in their areas.
“We have a collective responsibility to help grow South Africa and make our country a better place for all. Your contribution in this regard is very important. Every effort counts.
“The economy is everyone’s business and we all need to play our part to grow the economy. It is clear that both private sector investment and citizen engagement is critical to the successful implementation of the Nine-Point Plan.”
Government holds over 60 izimbizo
During Imbizo Week, over 60 events were held by Cabinet Ministers and their Deputies across the country to heighten communication on government’s programme of action.
The week is guided by the Cabinet-approved National Communication Strategic Framework’s five-year theme: “Together we move South Africa forward”.
It is a platform to provide feedback to communities and stakeholders on progress made in implementing government’s Programme of Action, particularly the Nine-Point Plan.
The first day of the week saw Communications Minister Faith Muthambi visit Ga-Seleka, Lephalale, in Limpopo where she conducted a number of door-to-door visits in the area, and heard the concerns of community members on issues such as service delivery.
The week also saw Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu and North West MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development Wendy Nelson awarding certificates to informal traders.
Certificates were also awarded to informal traders who received training on entrepreneurship through a partnership between the Department of Small Business Development, the provincial department and the Wholesale and Retail SETA.
The informal traders were trained in introduction to entrepreneurship; advertising and promotion; customer care and service; basic financial management; purchasing skills and legal issues including by-laws and compliance, among others.
The National Informal Business Upliftment Support was initiated by government to create a conducive environment for informal hawkers to participate in the mainstream economy.
The project aims to identify, train, mentor and provide infrastructure support to 1 000 informal traders, including capacity building for Informal Trader Organisations in all nine provinces over 18 months in partnership with relevant stakeholders.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana engaged the Humansdorp local fishing industry in the Eastern Cape on existing opportunities to fight poverty and create jobs.
All along the South African coastline, men, women and children have been living in coastal communities harvesting marine resources for consumption, their livelihoods and medicinal purposes, and as part of cultural and spiritual practices for thousands of years.
The week also saw Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini meeting with smallholder farmers in Winterveldt, Gauteng.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom visited Wupperthal, where the department has established amenities that tie in with the hiking and outdoor lifestyle of tourists in Cederberg.
Bridges and foot bridges were constructed to improve access for tourists. Campsites and backpackers lodges have been developed to provide overnight accommodation, and shaded picnic sites with fencing and animal gates were built
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Pretoria: President Jacob Zuma is expected to bestow the highest honour of the country on local citizens and eminent foreign nationals in Pretoria on Tuesday.
The National Orders will be bestowed on people who have contributed immensely towards the advancement of democracy, those who excelled in various endeavours, as well as those who have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways.
“The ceremony contributes towards unity, reconciliation and building the nation. It is also a way that government gets to recognise the contributions made by individuals towards building a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa as envisaged in the Constitution,” said the Presidency.
During the ceremony, President Zuma will bestow to deserving recipients the Order of Mendi for Bravery, the Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.
The Order of Mendi for Bravery recognises South African citizens who have performed acts of bravery. The order will be bestowed in Gold on Mpumelelo Washington Bongco posthumously for his exceptional contribution to the pursuit of equality and universal suffrage in South Africa.
“He never relented and paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and democracy,” said the Presidency.
The Order of Ikhamanga, which recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport, will be bestowed on Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane (posthumous) for his excellent contribution to the development of African literature and the upliftment of African languages on the global stage.
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 will be bestowed in gold on James David Lewis-Williams for his exceptional and distinguished contribution to the field of archaeology.
His research on the rock art of the ancient people of Southern Africa has contributed invaluable knowledge about their lives and times, according to the Presidency.
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 will be bestowed in silver to, among other recipients, William Frankel for his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheid. He helped raise funds for those detained by apartheid security forces and those charged under apartheid legislation.
The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo recognises eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa. It is an Order of peace, cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support.
The Presidency said the order will be bestowed in gold on General Hashim Mbita of Tanzania posthumously for his exceptional and gallant support of African liberation movements.
Brian Mulroney of Canada will also receive it for his exceptional contribution to the liberation movement of South Africa.
“His steadfast support for the release of Nelson Mandela and for imposing sanctions on South Africa’s apartheid regime led to a free, democratic, non-sexist and non-racial South Africa,” said the Presidency.
President Zuma postponed the National Orders ceremony which was scheduled to take place on Freedom Day, 27 April 2015 as the country was mourning the passing of four South Africans and three citizens of other countries who were killed during violent attacks directed at foreign nationals in Durban and Johannesburg.
SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICAL NEWS