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President Ramaphosa to officiate the 20 Years Celebration of the Expanded Public Works Programme

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday, 24 April 2024, officiate the 20 Years celebration of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and launch the Phase V of the programme in Buffalo City Municipality, Eastern Cape Province.

The EPWP is a nationwide Government programme to create work opportunities and income support to poor and unemployed people through the delivery of public and community assets and services, thereby contributing towards development.

The programme is one of Government’s flagship Public Employment Programmes and has been implemented for the past 20 years since April 2004.

The EPWP is implemented within four sectors, namely; the Infrastructure Sector and the Non-State Sector coordinated by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure; Social Sector coordinated by the Department of Social Development; and the Environment and Culture Sector coordinated by Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment.

Since its inception the programme has created more than 14 million work opportunities across all the EPWP Sectors through more than 300 public bodies and Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) implementing the EPWP.

The work opportunities were created in sectors such as road constructions, road maintenance, construction of schools and clinics, provision of Early Childhood Development Services, Environmental greening and clean-up projects, fire projects and removal of alien vegetation projects.

These also include training and skilling in construction skills in painting, brick laying, carpentry; Home Community Care skills and fire-fighting.

The launch of the Phase V implemented from 01 April 2024 to 31 March 2029 will be used to unveil millions of more work opportunities to benefit women, youth and poor households for inclusive growth, sustainable development, and community empowerment in the country.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 24 April 2024
Time: 10h00
Venue: Buffalo City Stadium, East London, Eastern Cape Province.

Members of the media wishing to cover the event are advised to complete the accreditation form in full and submit it to Takalani Mukwevho on or Itumeleng Mashaba on by no later than 16h00 on Thursday, 18 April 2024.

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President - 

Issued by: The Presidency

Deputy President Mashatile to officiate the official launch of Phase 2 of South Africa Connect project in Modimolle, Limpopo

Deputy President Shipokosa Paulus Mashatile will on Friday, 19 April 2024, lead the official launch of Phase 2 of the South Africa Connect project, a flagship programme aimed at bridging the digital divide by providing Wi-Fi access to communities and ensuring universal access to the internet.  

SA Connect Phase 2 official launch event is organised by the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies and will take place at the Ephraim Mogale Stadium, Modimolle Local Municipality, Waterberg District, in the Limpopo Province.

The programme is in line with governments commitment to meeting the  National Development Plan 2030 goals related to technology by creating an inclusive information society and position government to play an enabling role, in the provision of broadband to communities. It also galvanises the capability, resources, and energy of public and private sectors towards realising a bold vision to reach 80% connectivity by 2024.  

Phase 2 of the programme to be launched by Deputy President Mashatile, aims to connect in excess of 42 000 government facilities such as all schools, health facilities, post offices, police stations and government offices, in the eight rural district municipalities, to broadband services.

To date, the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, has successfully confirmed that more than 751 232 households and about 4 366 community Wi-Fi hotspots are connected in 11 district municipalities, inclusive of Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape, Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal, with other districts to follow.

In this regard, Deputy President Mashatile will during this visit to Modimolle, interact with members of the surrounding communities to witness progress achieved by government in providing core access to network infrastructure to enable broadband connectivity to community Wi-Fi hotspots that connect households.

Deputy President Mashatile will be supported by the Minister of the Communications and Digital Technologies, Mr Mondli Gungubele, Members of the Limpopo Provincial Executive Council, District and Local Mayors, as well as senior government officials. 

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: Friday, 19 April 2024
Time: 09h00
Venue: Modimolle Local Municipality, Limpopo Province

For more information and accreditation please contact, Hitekani Magwedze on 071 864 8664 or Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993


Media enquiries: Spokesperson of the Deputy President, Mr. Keith Khoza, on +27 66 195 8840

Issued by: The Presidency

President Ramaphosa arrives in South Sudan on a working visit

President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, Tuesday, 16 April 2024, arrived in Juba, South Sudan on a working visit to strengthen the existing bilateral relations between South Africa and South Sudan.  

President Ramaphosa will also receive a detailed briefing from President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and other stakeholders, on the status of implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) which was signed on 12 September 2018.

President Ramaphosa commenced his visit in Kampala in the Republic of Uganda where he met with HE President Yoweri Museveni. The two leaders discussed regional peace and security, including the situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. 

South Africa enjoys cordial bilateral relations with South Sudan and the two countries have a long-standing historical relationship that pre-dates South Sudan’s independence on 9 July 2011. 

An agreement establishing official bilateral relations was signed on 24 September 2012. 

Bilateral relations between South Africa and South Sudan are conducted through the General Cooperation Agreement (GCA) which was signed in 2013.

Media enquiries: Mr Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President -

Issued by: The Presidency

Remarks by Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Ms Maropene Ramokgopa, at the Job Fair 2024 of Chinese-Invested Enterprises in South Africa

Program Director,
Your Excellency, Minister Li Zhigang, Chargé D'affaires, of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in South Africa,
President of the South Africa-China Economy and Trade Association (SACETA),
Distinguished Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Senior officials of the South African Government in attendance,
Excellencies, Ambassadors, High-Commissioners and other Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Leaders and Captains of Industry,
Members of the media,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Nǐ hǎo, good morning.

Over the past 26 years, the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China have enjoyed strong bilateral and diplomatic relations.

These relations have over the years strengthened and have unlocked the potential between our two nations who share same desire for development, inclusive and equitable growth as well as increased commercial opportunities for our people.

The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between our nations is underpinned by a new 10-year Strategic Programme of Cooperation (2020-2029), and supported by key objectives of the BRICS Plus and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Over the years, our economic relations have grown, making China South Africa’s largest global trading partner. Trade grew exponentially from less than R1 billion in 1998 to R544 billion in 2021. In this regard, China has made over 25 billion US dollars’ worth of investments in South Africa, creating over 400,000 local jobs.

During South Africa's fifth Investment Conference in 2023, Chinese companies announced nearly 15 billion rand in intended new investment. In the same year, we witnessed the noteworthy signing of 2.2 billion US dollars’ worth of purchase agreements between businesses from both countries.

Therefore, our healthy trade relations remain instrumental in addressing poverty, inequality, and unemployment.

Ladies and gentlemen,

This month, South Africa commemorates 30 years of Democracy and Freedom under the theme; “Partnerships and Growth”, which is a clarion call to promote active citizenry and social compacts towards achieving development targets.

Therefore, institutions such as the South Africa-China Economy and Trade Association become a catalyst in facilitating partnerships and social compacts across the business communities of both countries to advance key targets including job creation.

In this context, we believe that South Africa-China relations must remain committed to closing the developmental gap by ensuring advancement is equitable and mutually beneficial.

In the words of President Xi Jinping, of the People's Republic of China, at the second session of the 14th National People’s Congress in Beijing, 2024:

“It is necessary to focus on high-quality development as the top priority, developing new quality productive forces according to local conditions”.

We are steadfast in building a South Africa that promotes high-quality development through an economic environment that enables economic opportunities, prioritises redistribution, promotes industrialisation and innovation, and attracts foreign direct investment opportunities.

On behalf of the South African government, we wish to thank the People's Republic of China for contributing to that vision.

I thank you.

Address by Deputy President Shipokosa Paulus Mashatile at the Dialogue with the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders, Pretoria

Chairperson of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders, Kgosi Thabo Milton Seatlholo, Rapulana!

Deputy Chairperson of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders, Nkosi Langa Mavuso;

Their Majesties, Kings, and Queens Present;

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms. Thembi Nkadimeng;

Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers, and MECs Present;

Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons of Provincial Houses of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders;

The Presidents and Deputy Presidents of CONTRALESA and ROLESA;

Mr Cecil le Fleur, Chairperson of the National Khoi-San Council,
The President of SALGA, Alderman Stofile, and the leadership of SALGA here present;

Esteemed Traditional Leaders;

All partners of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders,

Good Morning,

It is a privilege to address the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders on this significant occasion, which marks the end of the sixth government administration and the celebration of exactly thirty years of democracy on the 27 of April. 

Programme Director, while some will want to make light of this and undermine the work that government alongside Traditional Leaders, Faith-Based Organisations and other stakeholders, has played for us to be where we are, as patriotic people of this country, we must never allow opportunistic elements to deny us the moment to celebrate this milestone. The story of democracy in South Africa is beautiful, and we must continue to write our history and preserve our indigenous knowledge systems for future generations.

This dialogue is a crucial opportunity for us to share ideas, understand each other, and achieve meaningful solutions while also reflecting on the journey we have travelled since 1994. Your wisdom, resilience, and dedication to preserving our rich cultural legacy and democratic government have moulded our journey towards unity, progress, and healing.

As President Cyril Ramaphosa stated at this year’s opening of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders, "it is incumbent on us to consolidate these gains as we chart the course for a new, better future where there is shared prosperity, true freedom, and meaningful equality."

As an ANC-led administration, we remain committed, to leaving no one behind as we build a prosperous society. Our goal is to build a more equitable society where opportunities are not reserved for a certain race, gender, class, religion, or traditional group.

I believe that, while we have encountered obstacles along our path, significant progress has been made towards transforming the institution of traditional leadership and treating it with the respect it deserves.

As previously stated by the President, our Kings are now regarded as Kings rather than Paramount Chiefs, a name coined by the colonial and apartheid administrations to emphasise that in their minds, the only true Kings were found in Europe.

Furthermore, the establishment of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders serves as evidence of the government's dedication to recognising and valuing the viewpoints and contributions of our traditional leaders.

The legal recognition of traditional courts, their inclusion in local governance, and the protection of indigenous knowledge systems demonstrate governments respect for traditional authority and a growing understanding of their distinctive role in society.

The ANC government is dedicated to upholding the rights and dignity of Traditional and Khoi-San leaders while preserving cultural diversity and promoting prosperity, peace, and unity for all citizens. For this reason, we established the Inter-Ministerial Task Team to look into any issues affecting traditional leaders, including those from the Khoi-San community.

Despite the challenges this Inter-Ministerial Task Team still faces, working together with you as traditional leaders has resulted in notable progress as demonstrated in the presentations by different workstreams.

Esteemed Traditional Leaders, 

Government is committed to strengthening the Institution of Traditional Leadership because we value your role in South Africa's constitutional democracy and within our communities, particularly in light of the Rural Development Strategy. To achieve this goal, multiple pieces of legislation and programmes have been enacted to ensure that traditional leadership contributes significantly to societal progress and to develop long-term solutions.

As an institution located in rural areas, it is important that we collaborate to identify obstacles that are hampering community development, such as the killing of traditional leaders, especially in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. We encourage Amakhosi and Izinduna to continue working closely with the government to address this challenge effectively.

As government, we strongly condemn these acts of violence and urge the community to serve as the government's eyes and ears by reporting those who conspire or have committed such crimes to the appropriate authorities. Our law enforcement agencies are also working hard to hold those responsible to account.

We also learned from different interactions and discussions, including the Xivijo held in Free State last year, that some of the challenges confronting traditional and Khoi-San leaders are similar across the provinces.

We agree with you that we must move faster in our efforts to develop rural areas, including through the InvestRural Master Plan, to which we are all committed. The InvestRural initiative enables rural communities to unlock their potential and improve their livelihoods. Investing in local economies and land ownership are still critical for rural communities' development.

We all understand that land tenure and administration have been contentious issues. We will continue to work hard to build and sustain rural communities by transferring land ownership from the state to its legitimate owners. The government has also undertaken to divest itself of the communal land it holds in trust for communities.

We are prioritising land access for rural development and economic transformation. We are in the process of finalising the Draft Communal Land Bill and Policy, with consultations underway to solicit input from various sectors, including traditional leaders. The documents will be processed through government structures and the Cabinet for public comments during the 2024/2025 financial year.

We are confident that the Draft Communal Land Rights Bill will facilitate the transfer of government-held communal land to communities. It will also allow for communal land registration and dispute resolution mechanisms.

The important thing is that we optimally utilise the land. If we till the land, we can fight hunger and poverty through small-scale farming or agricultural start-ups. Since agriculture is the dominant economic activity in most rural areas, the chosen tenure arrangements must empower occupants to use their land rights as the basis for prosperous and sustainable agricultural enterprises.

Esteemed Traditional Leaders,

We are confident in your leadership within your respective communities, and we are willing to collaborate with you to address the serious issues confronting our society today. We must collaborate to address substance abuse, crime, Gender-Based Violence, and Femicide.

We know that Gender-Based Violence has a negative impact on socio-economic conditions, particularly for women and girls. Therefore, ending this scourge is urgent and critical for our nation's development.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your leadership and contribution in dealing with Gender-Based Violence, as well as in promoting gender equality in general. You, as traditional leaders, must never allow anyone to act violently and abusively against their partners in the name of culture. Together, we must stand firm and say no to all forms of abuse and violence.

Another cause of concern in our communities is the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and TB, particularly among adolescent girls and young women. As part of our prevention efforts, we must continue to communicate good and compelling messages to young people about delaying the commencement of sexual interactions as much as possible, and, when they do begin, having sexually safe relationships and living healthy lifestyles.

We must also intensify our efforts to address the pandemic of substance abuse in our communities. It is encouraging to note that this House is collaborating with the Central Drug Authority to support its work. I urge you, as this House, to encourage provinces and local houses to establish relationships with community organisations to fight the scourge of drugs.

In this regard, we congratulate Kgosi Seatlholo, Chairperson of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders, on his recent election as Interim Chairperson of the Southern Africa Network of Traditional Leaders in Drug Demand Reduction. As Government, we support the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders through Workstream 3 in establishing relations with traditional leaders and structures around the continent and in the region.

The government will continue to collaborate with traditional leaders to tackle rural issues, ensuring marginalised voices are heard and preserving the nation's cultural diversity for future generations.

We will also prioritise capacity-building programmes for traditional leaders in our partnership. We appreciate the institutions that offer training to traditional leaders in different areas. We are committed to expanding the reach of these capacity-building programmes so that more leaders can effectively contribute as agents for change in society.

As I conclude, allow me to take this opportunity to remind you that on May 29, we will, as a nation, hold the seventh democratic national and provincial election. In this context, traditional leaders should continue to encourage all eligible voters to participate in the elections. We urge traditional leaders to promote free and fair elections and ensure that all voters exercise their democratic right—a right that was hard fought for and must never be taken for granted.

Esteemed traditional leaders, we hope that today's dialogue will contribute towards the resolution of some of the issues you have raised that are integral to how you manage affairs as traditional leaders. I urge that we continue to engage not as adversaries but as partners in the leadership of our country and its people, with the sole purpose of uniting everyone, regardless of their background.

Ke a leboga, Ngiyabonga, Inkomu.

Minister of Electricity to undertake Outreach Programme in the Northern Cape

The Minister in The Presidency responsible for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, will on 18-19 April 2024 undertake a two-days Outreach Programme with Business Stakeholders in the Northern Cape (NC) with the Support of the Provincial and Local Government of NC.

The program seeks to forge partnerships between all spheres of Government and organised business/industrialists to achieve the Energy Action Plan’s target of ending load shedding and creating energy security. 

The programme focuses on localised solutions to energy supply to protect local economies and save jobs and livelihoods. 

On Thursday, 18 April 2024, the Minister, joined by the Premier of the Northern Cape, Dr. Zamani Saul, will be part of marking the reaching of commercial operation of one of the largest hybrid solar and energy battery storage facilities, Scatec ASA.

Scatec has now officially commenced producing and supplying electricity to the national grid from their three Kenhardt plants in the NC. 

With an installed solar capacity of 540 MW and a battery storage capacity of 225MW / 1,140MWh, this innovative and large-scale project delivers 150MW of dispatchable power to the grid.
This milestone is in fulfilment of the EAP’s pillars of enabling private investment in generation and  fast tracking the procurement of new generation from renewable energy sources, as part of South Africa’s energy mix. 
On Friday, 19 April 2024, the Minister, with the support of Provincial and Local Government, will host an interactive engagement with Business Representatives of the Province in Upington. 
Members of the media are invited as follows:

Scatec Launch
Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Time: 11h00
Venue: Scatec, Kenhardt, Northern Cape 

Media wishing to attend need to strictly rsvp with Martin Slabbert on 079 500 1503 / (for Scatec) and Kutlwano Huma on 078 133 1418 by no later than 10h00 on Wednesday, 17 April 2024.
Outreach Engagement with NC Business Stakeholders
Date: Friday, 19 April 2024
Time: 10h00
Venue: Protea Hotel, Upington
Media wishing to attend need to RSVP with Kutlwano Huma on 078 133 1418 by no later than 17h00 on Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Media enquires: Tsakane Khambane, Spokesperson in the Ministry of Electricity, on 082 084 5566 /

Issued by: The Ministry in The Presidency responsible for Electricity
The Presidency

Presidency update on the Presidential eThekwini Working Group

In February 2024, President Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Police Bheki Cele, Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa and Minister Public Works and Infrastructure Sihle Zikalala, met with the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and various social partners to discuss service delivery challenges in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. 

Challenges raised include interruptions to water supply, poorly maintained and damaged infrastructure due in part to the 2022 floods, a worrying decline in tourism numbers to the city, port efficiency concerns, and crime. The President and Ministers reiterated Government’s commitment to addressing these challenges through a collaborative approach with social partners in eThekwini. 

Following additional engagements with the Municipality, Provincial Government, and social partners including organised labour, the President has announced the establishment of the Presidential eThekwini Working Group to support and accelerate efforts by the eThekwini Municipality to improve service delivery, improve business confidence, and reposition eThekwini as an investment and tourism hotspot. 

The Presidential eThekwini Working Group is co-chaired by the Director-General in the Presidency and Secretary of Cabinet, Ms Phindile Baleni and former MEC of Economic Development and Tourism, Mr Mike Mabuyakhulu. The Working Group represents an intergovernmental collaborative approach to addressing challenges in local government, and will include active participation from all levels of government, the private sector, state owned enterprises, organised labour, and civil society. 

On the 8th of April 2024, Director-General Phindile Baleni and  Mr Mike Mabuyakhulu led a series of follow-up engagements with the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, organised labour in eThekwini, and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss the Working Group’s eight priority focal areas, namely: 

• Governance and Financial Sustainability  
• Water and Sanitation 
• Safety and Security 
• Tourism Revitalisation 
• Roads, Bridges, and Transport.
• Human Settlements
• Disaster Response
• Communication and Stakeholder  Management 

The focal areas are the outcome of a deliberate consultation process within Government and with social partners in eThekwini. The municipality, organised labour, and the business community expressed their commitment to leverage their expertise to support turnaround strategies across the identified focal areas. 

The Presidential eThekwini Working Group will be responsible for reporting progress on the implementation of turnaround strategies to the President and Minsters every 3 weeks. The intervention will last 24 months and focus on both short-term and long-term interventions.

The learnings and outcomes of the Presidential eThekwini Working Group will inform similar interventions in other municipalities facing service delivery challenges. 

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President

Issued by: The Presidency

Minister Ramokgopa safe after vehicle accident

Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, the Minister of Electricity, was involved in an accident this afternoon, 14 April 2024, while travelling  from the North West Province to Gauteng. 

The accident involved the car the  Minister was being driven in with two protectors, and another vehicle. 

All individuals involved in the accident received prompt medical attention, and after a thorough examination, the Minister has been discharged without hospital admission. 

The Minister is doing well and has expressed his heartfelt and sincere wishes for a speedy and optimal recovery to those injured in the accident. 

He also sends best wishes to all individuals affected by the incident.

Media enquires: Tsakane Khambane, Ministry of Electricity on 082 084 5566 /

Issued by: The Presidency

President Cyril Ramaphosa to undertake Working Visits to the Republics of Uganda and South Sudan

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on 15-16 April 2024, undertake a Working Visit to the Republic of Uganda to meet with HE President Yoweri Museveni. 

The two leaders will discuss regional security and stability, including the situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. 

From Kampala, President Ramaphosa will proceed to the Republic of South Sudan. 

The purpose of the visit, from 16-18 April 2024, will be to strengthen the existing bilateral relations between South Africa and South Sudan.  

The President will also use the visit to receive a detailed briefing from President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and all other stakeholders, on the status of implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) which was signed on 12 September 2018.

The R-ARCSS is coming to an end on 22 February 2025 and must be preceded by elections scheduled for December 2024.  

It is in this context that President Ramaphosa has designated Deputy President Paul Mashatile, as his Special Envoy, to provide practical and political support to the parties to the R-ARCSS and the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU), towards achieving the measures set to achieve a democratic and peaceful end to the transitional period.

To this end, Deputy President Mashatile has visited South Sudan and based on his engagements with stakeholders, recommended a follow-up visit by President Ramaphosa.

South Africa has always been walking with South Sudan on its path to reconstruction and development since the dawn of independence in 2011.  

South Africa has participated in various conflict resolution and mediation mechanisms, State building, capacity building of State institutions and programmes for post-conflict reconstruction and development. 

South Africa is also the Chair of the African Union High-Level Ad-hoc Committee for South Sudan (also known as C5), which has been mandated by the African Union to support South Sudan in its transitional process.

South Africa enjoys cordial bilateral relations with South Sudan and the two countries have a long-standing historical relationship that pre-dates South Sudan’s independence on 9 July 2011. 

An agreement establishing official bilateral relations was signed on 24 September 2012. 

Bilateral relations between South Africa and South Sudan are conducted through the General Cooperation Agreement (GCA) which was signed in 2013.

Media enquiries: Mr Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the Presidency

Issued by: The Presidency

President Ramaphosa to receive His Majesty King Mswati III for a working visit

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Monday, 15 April 2024, host His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of eSwatini for a working visit at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, the President’s Official Residence in Pretoria.

The visit follows a courtesy visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa to His Majesty King Mswati III in Lozitha, eSwatini on Wednesday, 03 April 2024.

South Africa and eSwatini share strong historical bonds as well as mutually beneficial political and trade ties.

Official media will deliver to all media platforms pictures and video footage.

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to President Ramaphosa -

Issued by: The Presidency

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