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Deputy President Mashatile to deliver remarks at the House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders Dialogue in Pretoria

Deputy President Paul Mashatile, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on matters of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders, will on Tuesday, 16 April 2024, participate and deliver a keynote address during a Dialogue convened by the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders (the House) at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House, Pretoria.

The Dialogue is a follow-up session to the address by President Ramaphosa during the official opening of the House in February 2024. The Dialogue marks the last engagement with the 6th Administration.

It is expected that during the Dialogue, representatives will discuss the work of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team which was established to address pertinent issues raised by the institution of traditional leadership such as the transfer of land, rural development, tackling substance abuse, the fight against gender-based violence and femicide.

Additionally, the Dialogue presents an opportunity to take stock of the progress of the Institution, to celebrate some of the milestones achieved thus far, to reflect, to account and to chart the way forward.

During his keynote address, Deputy President Mashatile will highlight the significance of the partnership between the House and Government in working together to address the socio-economic challenges facing the country.

Members of the media are invited to cover the Dialogue as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 16 April 2024
Time: 09h00 (Media to arrive at 08h00)
Venue: Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House, Union Buildings, Pretoria

Members of the media covering the Dialogue are requested to confirm their attendance for accreditation purposes, with Ms Khanya Ngwenya on / 082 619 9280 (The House) or Ms Tshiamo Selomo on / 066 118 1505 (The Presidency) by Monday 15 April 2024 at 16:00.

Media enquiries: Mr Keith Khoza, Political Advisor and Acting Spokesperson to the Deputy President on 066 195 8840

Issued by: The Presidency

Deputy President Mashatile to undertake an outreach visit to eThekwini Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal

Deputy President Shipokosa Paulus Mashatile will tomorrow, Friday 12 April 2024, as part of his Delegated Responsibility to intervene in the service delivery hotspots across municipalities, undertake an outreach programme to eThekwini Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal in order to engage the leadership on responses to challenges in the municipality and discuss urgent solutions.
The Deputy President will also visit water and sanitation sites in Durban and surrounds as part of providing feedback to the communities on Government's interventions to resolve the water and sanitation challenges being experienced in the municipality.
This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s mandate to the Deputy President to head the Water Task Team at Cabinet level which is aimed at addressing water challenges in the country.  
Details of the outreach visit are as follows: 
Date: Friday, 12 April 2024
Time: 08h00 
Venue 1: Northern Wastewater Treatment Works, 01 Johanna Rd, Sea Cowlake, Springfield Park, Durban. 
Venue 2: Adams K5 & K6 Water Reservoir, Amanzimtoti, eThekwini Municipality.
Time: 09h30
Venue 3: Mpumalanga Stadium, Hammarsdale (eThekwini Draft Budget and IDP Consultation Roadshow)
Time: 10h30
Media wishing to cover the visit must please send their RSVPs to Bongani Majola in the Presidency on 082 339 1993 or Simphiwe Dlamini from eThekwini Municipality on 068 149 3550.
Media enquiries: Mr Keith Khoza, Spokesperson to the Deputy President on 066 195 8840.
Issued by: The Presidency

President wishes Muslim communities a blessed Eid ul Fitr

President Cyril Ramaphosa wishes Muslim communities around South Africa a blessed Eid ul Fitr today, Thursday, 11 April 2024.

The President said: “The Holy Month of Ramadan encompasses spirituality, personal introspection and good deeds that contribute to the wellbeing of Muslims and people other faiths alike.

“At a time when there is so much wrong with the world, at a time when human suffering, hardship and injustice is laid bare, the spirit of Ramadan inspires us all.

“May today be a joyous celebration that will sustain the faithful for another year of devotion and social upliftment.”

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President - 

Issued by: The Presidency

Media accreditation call for the 2014 National Orders Awards

President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Grand Patron of the National Orders, will later this month, bestow the 2024 National Orders Awards on distinguished citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed towards the advancement of democracy and have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans. 

National Orders are the highest awards that a country, through its President, bestows on its citizens and eminent foreign nationals.

The National Orders will take place at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria

Media Accreditation

Media interested in covering the National Orders ceremony are kindly requested to submit their accreditation details using the provided form, NATIONAL ORDERS MEDIA ACCREDITATION.xls, to cc


Please note that no late submissions will be accepted beyond the stated deadline.

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President - 

Issued by: The Presidency

President Ramaphosa to visit the Limpopo bus accident site with President Masisi

President Cyril Ramaphosa will along with President Mokgweetsi Masisi of the Republic of Botswana on Thursday, 11 April 2024, visit the bus accident site that tragically claimed 45 citizens of Botswana at the Mmamatlakala Bridge along the R518 in Limpopo Province. 

The Heads of State and Government will commence the visit in Limpopo Province with a closed briefing by officials in Mokopane before visiting the accident scene along the R518. 

President Ramaphosa conveyed condolences on behalf of the government of South Africa to the Republic of Botswana following the tragic accident of a bus transporting Easter pilgrims to Moria. 

The visit to the Limpopo Bus accident site will take place as follows: 

Closed Session Briefing by Expert Officials

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2024
Time: 10h30
Venue: Mokopane, Limpopo Province 

Media Note: Official media to share images of the closed session. 

Visit to the Bus Accident Site by the Heads of State and Government 

Time: 13h00
Venue: Mmamatlakale Bridge, R518 Road, Limpopo Province

Media advised to congregate at the bus accident scene for a possible doorstop media opportunity  following the inspection of the site. 


Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President - 

Issued by: The Presidency

Distinguished Special Public Lecture on 30 Years Celebration of South Africa’s Democracy by Deputy President Shipokosa Paulus Mashatile at the University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

Programme Director, Prof. Ben Marx, Acting Executive Dean, College of Business and Economics;
Prof. Mpedi, the University of Johannesburg's Vice-Chancellor and Principal, as well as the university's senior leadership;
Our Premier, Panyaza Lesufi and your executive;
The leadership of the unions and students here present;
The leadership of various political parties here present;
Distinguished guests;
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to join you as a speaker in the series of public lectures that the University of Johannesburg hosts. 

Public lectures have an important role to play in public discourse, as they provide an opportunity for the public to engage with leaders in academia, governance, business, and many other sectors.

Notably, this lecture is being held during Freedom Month, a time when South Africa celebrates 30 years of democracy. This remarkable milestone was attained by the unwavering determination of the people of our nation.

The reality is that for us to attain and enjoy this democracy, countless South Africans have paid the ultimate price. Many of the freedom fighters who gave their lives for a non-racial South Africa did not live to witness its realisation.

The month of April also evokes memories of the iconic Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, a young activist who was unjustly executed by the evil apartheid regime on April 6th, 1979. His death was and remains a symbol of the injustice and cruelty of the apartheid regime, which could arbitrarily execute innocent individuals. 

We will never forget, nor will we undermine the potency of his last words when he said, ‘Tell my people that I love them and that they must continue to fight; my blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom’.

These words have carried us as a nation on the path of social justice and equality. They have transcended decades and still echo through the current hopes and aspirations for a better South Africa.

In thinking about the theme of this lecture, which is ‘Inspiring the youth in South Africa to imagine a better and prosperous future’, I cannot help but remember the role that young people played during the 1976 uprising.

Young people in South Africa have always been at the forefront of struggle, playing key roles in the African National Congress, the United Democratic Front, uMkhonto weSizwe, Youth Congresses across and student organisations and many other formations that served as platforms for change and social justice in our country.

Equally in April, we remember Chris Hani, who was gunned down on the eve of the elections in 1993. His death sends shocking waves and almost jeopardises our transition. However, under the leadership of President Mandela the ANC prevailed and brought calm to our nation at the most critical time. This underscores the significance of leadership, as difficult times test leaders and define them by their ability to make decisions.

As we commemorate thirty years of freedom and democracy, we must emulate our predecessors by steadfastly pursuing and safeguarding the achievements of our freedom and democracy.

For this reason, we must invest in building a nation that has the necessary capacity and skills to contribute to our developmental paradigm. In this regard, working through the Human Resource Development Council together with the private sector, universities, and civil society, we have recently cemented various compacts that are aimed at ensuring that, as partners, we deal with our agreed programme of development. 

The importance of investing in knowledge is also because we find ourselves in a modern, developing knowledge economy driven mainly by artificial intelligence.

Professor Mpedi, your institution has been one of the leading institutions in AI. I commend you for investing in this important development, and I believe the rest of us should follow suit. We, too, have decided that we must teach robotics and coding at the early childhood development stage so that the children are ready for the future, but more importantly, they must be globally competitive in this era of digital economy.

I equally want to acknowledge the good work that the Premier of Gauteng and his executive are doing to create much needed opportunities for the youth. As they say, siphiispani and overwhelming the youth of Gauteng respond to say nasispani. These and many similar initiatives in Kwazulu Natal, Easter Cape and the rest of the country are a demonstration of the commitment of the ANC government that we care and we are willing go and extramile to build a better life for all.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Over the past few decades, the South African government has taken significant steps to address historical injustices and strive towards achieving social cohesion and socio-economic empowerment for all its citizens.

Equally, the government has made significant progress in addressing socio-economic inequalities through social welfare programs in housing, healthcare, education, and social services.

The implementation of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) policies has also promoted economic transformation because our goal is to ensure that those who were marginalised become part of the mainstream economy.

To demonstrate our commitment to building an inclusive and growing economy, we have raised R1.5 trillion in new investment commitments, of which over R500 billion has already flowed into the economy.

We have made further strides in addressing load shedding, ensuring energy security, enhancing logistics systems, and improving ports and rail networks.
We are on track to accelerate land redistribution, so that black South Africans now own around 25% of farmland and have supported 1,000 black industrialists in black-owned firms.

Despite these achievements, challenges remain in achieving a more inclusive and equitable society. For example, the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment, and inequality, as well as corruption, continue to pose obstacles to the nation's progress.

In addressing these challenges, we are conscious that, as government, we must strengthen social compacts by working together with all sectors of society.

Ladies and Gentlemen
As I stand before you today, as a nation, we are looking forward to the general election on 29 of May 2024. Given that many have registered political parties and aspire to serve in parliament and the legislatures, I believe many will agree that this election is arguably the most important.

We are not surprised that there are so many political parties. The party that I have the honour to serve indeed fought for the idea that we have a flourishing democracy wherein everyone, without fear, should be allowed to participate in the elections in our country.

I am confident that we will have a successful election and that the people of South Africa will continue to place their hopes and inspiration in the organisation and movement of their choice - the African National Congress.

As we embark on the election campaign, we urge universities, political parties, labour unions, civil society, faith-based organisations, and student bodies to protect and secure our democracy, not only for the current generation but for generations to come.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
As it stands, as a people, we must be proud of some of the achievements made over the past 30 years. To mention a few, these include investment in transport infrastructure, which includes the Gautrain, Freeway Improvement, and Bus Rapid Transport, the agricultural sector, the financial services sector as well as a thriving automotive sector. 

We know for a fact that to grow, we need to invest in infrastructure; hence, we have projects worth about R21.4 billion that have been completed. These projects are part of the Infrastructure Investment Plan, which articulates the country’s need for infrastructure-led economic growth and recovery.

Further, they include the Welisizwe Rural Bridges programme, which was launched with additional urgency following the devastating floods that ravaged KwaZulu-Natal and sections of the Eastern Cape and North West in April 2022. Through this project, there are now 58 rural bridges under development around the country, with 11 finished in KwaZulu-Natal.

I would like to see more young people and women business-led being involved in these projects because young people are the future of our country and women carry the hardest burden of communities.

In my early years as a leader in government, I had the opportunity to be part of the team that delivered the Gautrain. I am grateful to those who gave me the opportunity and proud to have played a role in this development. Having been afforded the opportunity to serve at an early age, I too have come to believe in the potential of our youth. I know you, too, can be great. I know you have Solomon Mahlangu's spirit of tenacity.

However, we are aware of the challenges that the youth face in our country. Hence, over the years, we have been investing in initiatives for the development of our youth and our future.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The President has tasked me with accelerating execution and implementation across the government, particularly in relation to enhancing service delivery. We are determined to speed up execution and implementation. In this regard, over the next five years, we will focus on six critical areas.
* The first is to put South Africa to work through public employment programmes that create work opportunities in the public, small businesses, and social sectors. In this regard, we want to create and sustain 2.5 million work opportunities delivering public goods and services in communities. 

This includes work done through the Presidential Employment Stimulus, funding for civil society through non-profit companies and organisations to provide work opportunities, institutionalising the National Youth Service in partnership with the SANDF, and expanding work opportunities for unemployed graduates.
* The second goal is to prepare our industries for an inclusive economy by implementing a cross-cutting industrial strategy that drives growth and creates opportunities for youth and other unemployed people. This will promote industrialisation as a driver of economic transformation by supporting localisation and high-growth, labour-intensive industries such as energy, transport, and logistics as vital network industries and strategic national assets for industrialisation, growth, and development. We will also guarantee the inclusion of small businesses, cooperatives, and enterprises owned by women, young people, and persons with disabilities—particularly in townships and villages—across all value chains by implementing set-asides in both the public and private sectors.
* The third is to tackle the high cost of living by taking steps to make everyday life more affordable for workers, unemployed persons, women-headed households, and the middle class by addressing availability and access to basic needs such as food, housing, health care, energy, transport, and wages.
* Fourth, invest in people by meeting all of their basic needs, investing in education, improving health outcomes, and improving service delivery.
* Fifth, there are ongoing efforts to defend democracy and advance freedom. This means that we will continue to promote and defend the rights of all South Africans against racism, sexism, gender-based violence, homophobia, discrimination, and other intolerances. Advance the rights and dignity of children, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI community, and continue the fight for women’s emancipation and a truly non-sexist society.
* Sixth is to build a capable and developmental state, strengthen links between governments at all levels and the people, rebuild and improve local government, build a professional and developmental public service based on Batho Pele principles, and strengthen cooperative governance through the District Development Model.

Through these priorities, we will put South Africa back on track to achieve the National Development Plan 2030 objectives to eliminate income poverty and reduce inequality.

To realise this work, we continue to invest in competent leaders who are trained to perform their responsibilities. Competent political leadership is critical because it influences the capacity of governments and political organisations to accomplish their objectives and carry out their duties.

Our commitment to developing effective leaders with the necessary skills for today's world, as well as progressive leadership, has resulted in the establishment of the OR Tambo School of Leadership.

Equally, we have decided to move with speed to professionalise the public sector. This includes investing in the creation of a competent national school of government that provides much-needed training in partnership with several universities in our country and abroad.

Ladies and Gentlemen, as I move towards conclusion, I would like to assure you and the people of our country that, as the government, we are committed to the delivery of quality services to our people. This includes dealing with increased water and sanitation issues, as well as the energy availability factor. 

In this regard, I have been appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to lead a task team on the water crisis in the country, and one of the urgent priorities is to fix ageing infrastructure. We have already started this work. 

Just this evening, we are meeting as the Water Task Team; on Friday, we will be visiting Ethekwini as well as other regions later to engage with the province as to how best we can resolve the eminent water challenge.

Since the announcement of the Water Task Team's establishment, my office has received numerous requests from individuals seeking to assist and collaborate with the government. 

Together with the task members, we will outline a process of engagement so that we do not leave anyone behind but ensure that we find a lasting solution to the water challenges in our country.

The Department of Water and Sanitation has already allocated R10.1 billion to municipalities through the regional bulk infrastructure grant, R4.6 billion through the water services infrastructure grant, and R1.4 billion through the municipal recovery disaster grant to address water challenges.

As I conclude I urge all of us to remain inspired by the words of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, 'Tell my people that I love them and that they must continue to fight...' .

We must continue to carry these words as a nation beyond the 30 years of freedom and democracy, towards the hundred years of the Freedom Charter in 2055, wherein we would have achieved a South Africa that belongs to all who live in it, black and white.

Thank you!

President Ramaphosa offers condolences on Mozambique boating disaster

President Cyril Ramaphosa offers his deep condolences to the government and people of the Republic of Mozambique following a disaster at sea in which nearly 100 people have perished.

At least 97 people reportedly died, and a small number of people were rescued in the incident which took place near Lunga in Nampula Province on Sunday, 07 April 2024.

On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, President Ramaphosa offers his condolences to President Filipe Nyusi and the government and people of Mozambique and especially families who have lost relatives.

President Ramaphosa said: “As neighbours, we are deeply saddened by this tragedy and we wish authorities and citizens well in the recovery effort and the search for missing persons.

“We also pray for a speedy recovery for survivors of this incident.”

Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to President Ramaphosa –

Issued by: The Presidency 

Deputy President Mashatile, CoGTA and Business to convene a Thought Leadership Dialogue to collaboratively strengthen local government

Deputy President Shipokosa Paulus Mashatile, with the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), in partnership with the National Business Initiative (NBI), will convene a Thought Leadership Dialogue to strengthen local government, as a convergence point of service delivery. The theme for the strategic dialogue is: “Co-creating a Functional and Effective Society: Public and Private Sectors Collaborating to Strengthen Local Government.”

The dialogue will be led by Deputy President Mashatile and CoGTA Minister Thembi Nkadimeng, and Deputy Minister Parks Tau. 

The dialogue will also see prominent government leaders across the three spheres of government, business leaders, non-governmental organisations, state institutions and international organisations come together to build a best practice forum, that will guide the public-private partnership model for a successful running of local government.

This engagement is an important step in the direction of realising a strategic partnership framework for the implementation of the District Development Model (DDM).

The Deputy President is tasked to assist the President in the roll-out of the District Development Model through effective coordination of the different spheres of government which will improve the functioning of municipalities and address community concerns.

In this regard, the desired output of the dialogue is a collective implementation plan anchored on the DDM.

It is within this context that a call for partnerships and collaborations is pursued, to harness all society’s efforts through the cooperation between the National Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG) and the National Business Initiative (NBI).

The dialogue will reflect on the achievements of the last 30 years of freedom and democracy as well as build on the good work going forward towards the seventh administration.

Details of the dialogue are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2024
Time: 08:30-13:00
Venue: Deloitte Offices,5 Magwa, Crescent, Waterfall City Waterfall, JNB

Media wishing to RSVP for the Dialogue must please send their confirmations to Legadima Leso of CoGTA on 066 479 9904 or Bongani Majola of Presidency on 082 339 1993.

Media enquiries: Mr Keith Khoza, Acting Spokesperson to the Deputy President on 066 195 8840

Issued by: The Presidency, Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and National Business Initiative

President Cyril Ramaphosa concludes working visit to the Republic of Rwanda

President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his working visit to Kigali, Rwanda.

This morning, 7 April 2024, President Ramaphosa, joined  fellow Heads of States and Government, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the President of the European Council, well as other dignitaries including Former Heads of States and Government and First Ladies, for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. This was followed by a National Commemoration Ceremony at the BK Arena. The ceremony marked 30 years since the Genocide against the Tutsi, which began on 7 April 1994. 

On arrival in Kigali yesterday evening, 6 April 2024, President Ramaphosa held a bilateral meeting with HE President of the Republic of Rwanda, Mr. Paul Kagame at the Kigali Convention Centre.

The two leaders held extensive discussions on rekindling the once very strong political and economic ties. 

The discussions also focused on the importance of joint efforts and cooperation in finding a peaceful solution to ending the conflict in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Media enquiries: Mr Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the

Issued by: The Presidency

Minister of Electricity to brief media on the implementation of the Energy Action Plan

The Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa will on Tuesday, 09 April 2024, brief the media on the implementation of the Energy Action Plan. 
Members of the media are invited to attend the briefing as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 09 April 2024
Time: 09:00 (media to arrive at 08:30 for setup)
Venue: Ronnie Mamoepa Media Centre, Tshedimosetso House, 1035 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield, Pretoria 
Live Streaming details:
Members of the media are required to RSVP by sending their details (name, surname, media house and car registration) to Kutlwano Huma – or 078 133 1482 by no later than 20:30, Monday, 08 April 2024. 
Media enquires: Tsakane Khambane, Spokesperson in the Ministry of Electricity - Cell: 082 084 5566 /
Issued by: The Presidency

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