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Statement on the Cabinet meeting of 7 June 2017

1. Issues in the environment

1.1 Cabinet reiterates President Jacob Zuma’s call for South Africans to unite against violence and abuse of women and children, and calls on all South Africans to take urgent steps to eradicate this scourge in our communities. This follows the President’s visit to Elsies River in Cape Town in support of the Fight against Crime Imbizo. This visit once again highlighted the vulnerability of women and children in our society.

The President undertook to return to the area to look into the many challenges of crime and murder, especially of children and how law-enforcement authorities would improve their services to the community.

1.2 Cabinet welcomes the release of the General Household Survey (GHS) 2016, which continues to show progress in the implementation of government programmes to improve the lives of South Africans, especially the previously disadvantaged communities.

The statistics show that government is making inroads in providing housing, with South African households living in ‘RDP’ or state-subsidised dwellings increasing from 5% in 2002 to 13,5% in 2016. The survey also shows that government’s social-assistance programmes indicate an increase from 12,7% in 2003 to 29, and 7% in 2016.

There is also a marked increase in access to water, electricity and sanitation, which is an important marker for the South African Government’s ambition to redress the wrongs of apartheid and provide basic services to all the people.

Cabinet has, however, noted that while higher education enrolments are on the increase, albeit at a slow pace, only 3,3% of black Africans aged 18 to 29 years were studying as opposed to 18,8% of Indian/Asian individuals and 17,5% of the white population in this age group. Only 3,5% of the coloured population was studying during 2016.

The survey further indicated a decrease from 23, 8% to 11, and 8% of households that experienced hunger, which shows progress in addressing communities living in extreme poverty.

1.3 Cabinet noted the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the first quarter of the year that showed the economy adding 144 000 jobs. These numbers were offset by an increase in the number of job-seekers by 433 00 people. Cabinet reaffirms its commitment to continue partnering with the private sector and labour in its attempts to address the country’s unemployment challenges.

1.4 Cabinet welcomes the launch of the refurbished Babelegi Industrial Park in Hammanskraal as part of government’s plans to accelerate economic development and job creation in the area. The R42 million project is part of government’s Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme and one of six parks that are being revitalised across the country for broader economic and industrial development.

Cabinet encourages local industries and businesses to consider expanding operations to industrial parks to access the various support measures which are available to further develop their businesses.

1.5 Cabinet was briefed by Minister of Finance, Mr Malusi Gigaba, on the latest South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures, which contracted  by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2017. This worse-than-expected GDP outcome is significantly lower than the 2017 Budget Review, which projected 2017 GDP growth at 1.3%. This has been attributed to, among other things, the contraction of the manufacturing, trade, catering and accommodation industries.

The economy was nevertheless supported by growth in the mining and quarrying industry which increased 12.8%. The agriculture, forestry and fishing industry rebounded in the first quarter of 2017 with an increase of 22.2%.

There are green shoots that the country can leverage to boost its own economic growth outlook. These include improving global growth, stabilising commodity prices, more favourable climate conditions, reliable electricity supply and less volatile labour relations.

As a matter of urgency, Cabinet calls on business, labour and the broader society to partner with government to intensify our growth programme and improve confidence so as to arrest the decline and set the economy on a higher trajectory, to achieve inclusive economic growth. In this regard the Minister of Finance will meet with business leaders in a bid to formulate strategies to counter economic recession and achieve inclusive growth.

Cabinet endorsed a full media briefing by the Minister of Finance to share with South Africans the interventions government will embark upon within the current budget framework. Cabinet further reaffirms the adopted budget framework for the country.

1.6 The rating agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor’s affirmed South Africa’s long-term foreign currency debt ratings of ‘BB+’.

This comes amid the Minister Gigaba’s engagements with the private sector to ensure that the joint work of government, business, labour and the civil society continues, and that the pledges made are fulfilled.

Cabinet reiterates that South Africans must continue to act in unison, especially during difficult times and work even harder to ensure that the country reclaims its investment grade status.
1.7 Cabinet welcomes deliberations at the inaugural Joint Administration Committee (JAC) for the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) and the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) recently held in the country.

The parties agreed to jointly consider opportunities to promote the MERCOSUR-SACU Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) by including their trade promotion agencies, chambers of commerce, private sector, and their respective embassies and foreign missions. The MERCOSUR-SACU agreement provides local exporters with the opportunity to tap into a market of more than 280-million people.

Cabinet calls on all the country’s exporters to take advantage of the PTA as local products are now able to enter the MERCOSUR bloc at preferential duty rates.

1.8 Cabinet expressed regret at the decision of the United States of America (USA) to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Agreement, which will be fully operational by 2020, is premised on contributions determined by countries themselves towards collectively agreed global goals.

South Africa has called on the USA to reconsider its position and recommit to the multilateral process.

1.9 The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Novartis, the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Department of Science and Technology, paves the way to boost the volume and quality of clinical trials and build research capability on the continent.

The agreement will allow for joint research programmes in selected communicable and non-communicable diseases, improve South African patients' access to innovative medicines, and build the country and continent's research and development capabilities.

Cabinet believes that there is room for more public-private partnerships, and is convinced that these can lead the way in addressing the many pressing challenges we face.  

1.10 Cabinet welcomes the 2017 Report from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) which continues to rank South Africa as the top business events destination in Africa and the Middle East. The report was released in May 2017 in Frankfurt.

South Africa remains one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and continues to top the rankings also on the World Economic Forum Travel’s global travel and tourism competitiveness index as released in April 2017.

Cabinet would like to see more of South Africa’s smaller towns and cities bidding for smaller meetings where they can meet the hosting requirements. This will help to improve the geographic distribution of tourism beyond the major centres and spread the wealth generated by these events more equitably.

1.11 Cabinet calls on South Africans to be vigilant of fake news, in particular the increase in false posts on social media over missing, kidnapped and abducted girls and women. The recent outbreak of violence in KwaMashu over fake reports of children being abducted in the area and the alleged abduction of a girl in Naledi, Soweto by persons in a Toyota Quantum with registration number included went viral on social media, which was later found to be untrue.

These hoaxes, fake news and the dissemination of false information cause panic among our communities and waste time and resources of the police. We appeal to people not to repost and disseminate fake news on social media, until they have verified the authenticity.

1.12 Cabinet has noted with serious concern the media reports on the ‘leaked emails’ that are purported to implicate Ministers, officials and private individuals in alleged wrongdoing.

Cabinet remains fully committed to good governance and at the same time, it also notes that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in terms of our Constitution.

Cabinet urges all who have information about any wrongdoing by government officials or Ministers to inform the law-enforcement agencies so that investigations can be undertaken.

It is aware that some cases have already been opened, and the police are undertaking the necessary investigations. All who are affected by the emails are urged to cooperate with the law-enforcement agencies.

President Zuma has rebutted the allegation that was published by a Sunday newspaper that he owns a house in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

2. Cabinet decisions

2.1 Cabinet was apprised of the 4th performance quarterly progress reports for 2016/17 (January-March 2017) on the implementation of priority outcomes.

Cabinet’s oversight over the implementation of the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014 to 2019, results in improved service delivery. This takes us closer to the realisation of the NDP’s Vision 2030.

Government has made considerable progress in implementing its 14 priority outcomes and advancing the objectives of the NDP. Challenges affecting implementation and action required to improve delivery were also identified.

The GCIS is coordinating cluster media briefings, which are scheduled to take place from 9 to18 June 2017. An updated schedule will be posted to

3. Upcoming events

3.1 President Zuma launched Youth Month under the theme “The Year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment”, with a meeting of the Presidential Youth Working Group. This brought together government and leaders of youth organisations, who took stock of progress in the socio-economic advancement of young people.

Ministers and Deputy Ministers will engage in various activities aimed at promoting youth development and empowerment. The National Youth Day commemoration event will take place in Ventersdorp, North West on 16 June 2017. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Soweto Uprising and the commemoration serves as a reminder that young people in the country were at the forefront of our Struggle.

Cabinet encourages all young people to participate in Youth Day activities and to make use of all the support and resources that government has made available to improve their prospects and advance their participation in the economy.

3.2 Local Government Youth Conference

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Des van Rooyen, will convene the Local Government Conference from 19 to 22 June 2017, under the theme “Young people taking charge in development”. The conference will launch the Local Government Youth Development Forum.

This will enable young people to review the progress of local government against the achievement of the National Youth Policy 2020. It will also strengthen partnerships between government, business and civil society in developing young leaders in the local space.

3.3 Minister for Public Service and Administration, Ms Faith Muthambi will lead the South African delegation to attend the Africa Public Service Day (APSD) in Kigali, Rwanda on 21- 23 June 2017. The theme for this year is “Entrenching a Citizen-Centred Service Delivery Culture: Partnering with the Youth for Africa’s Transformation”. The theme offers opportunities to scrutinise on how the public service define and respond to a citizen-centered service delivery culture that is defined by the way things are currently done.

4. Condolences

4.1 Cabinet extends its condolences to the family and friends of the commuter who died when two Metrorail trains collided near the Elandsfontein station in Ekurhuleni and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured in the accident.

Cabinet calls for the investigation into the root cause of the accident to be fast-tracked to prevent a recurrence of such fatal accidents.

4.2 Cabinet joined the international community in strongly condemning the latest terrorist attack in the United Kingdom (UK). The attack, which took place on the night of 3 June 2017 in the city of London, claimed the lives of several people and left others injured.

The attack in London occurred within a fortnight of the one in Manchester, where many civilians, mainly youth and children, lost their lives.

Cabinet extended its condolences to the government and people of the UK, in particular the families and loved ones of the deceased, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

4.3 Cabinet extend its condolences to the family and friends of Professor Babatunde Osotimehin who passed away this week. Professor Babatunde Osotimehin was the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. He was key in driving the issues of sexual and reproductive health in Africa in recent years.

He worked tirelessly to promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people in Africa and worldwide. He campaigned actively for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTI) rights.

4.4 Cape storms and Knysna fires

Cabinet noted the storms that have affected most parts of the Western Cape and the subsequent damage. Cabinet sends its condolences to the families of those who lost lives and property during these disasters, the latest figure reported is eight (8). The Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Center is encouraged to do its best in saving lives and property, including in the Knysna area where there are raging fires. We call upon the people to adhere to safety measures.

5. Congratulations

5.1 Cabinet congratulates our athletes and sportsmen and women for being nominated in eight categories of the 2017 Regional Annual Sport Awards, which was hosted by South Africa.

The African Union Sports Council Region 5 is one of the five regions entrusted with the responsibility to develop sport under the African Union. Members of the region are: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Wayde van Niekerk won Sportsman of the Year
Caster Semenya won Sportswoman of Year
Anna Botha won Coach of Year
Mamelodi Sundowns won Team of the Year

5.2 Cabinet congratulate the people of Lesotho for the peaceful elections and further congratulate the Prime Minister-elect Mr Thomas Thabane and his party on winning the elections.

6. Appointments

All appointments are subject to the verification of qualifications and the relevant clearance.

6.1. Acting National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba
6.2. Director-General (DG): Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Ms Nompumelelo Zandile Mpofu
6.3. Director-General (DG): National Treasury, Mr Dondo Mogajane.

Ms Phumla Williams
Acting Director-General (GCIS)
Cell: 083 501 0139

Statement on the Cabinet meeting of 21 June 2017

Cabinet met on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 at Tuynhuys, Cape Town.

1.  Issues in the environment

1.1. Cabinet reflected on the recent announcements by the three major ratings agencies. All three ratings agencies raised similar issues such as the slow pace of growth-enhancing reforms, the performance of state-owned companies (SOCs) and political risks, among other issues.

Cabinet expressed confidence in its systematic interventions to address the country’s economic challenges as well as work undertaken to strengthen the performance of the SOCs.  Government remains on track in maintaining its fiscal framework, ensuring policy certainty, and working to ensure inclusive growth and economic transformation.

Cabinet reiterates that the foundation for a higher growth path and socio-economic development has already been laid.

It focuses on improving investor and consumer confidence by fast-tracking the implementation of the structural reforms for economic growth.

President Jacob Zuma convened the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Advisory Council workshop on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, which focused on radical socio-economic transformation.

The workshop, amongst others, addressed the systematic and structural implementation challenges of the Broad-Based BEE Act, 2003 (Act 53 of 2003) and the proposed recommendations to realise government’s objectives on radical socio-economic transformation.

The partnership between government, business, labour and civil society is critical to boost confidence levels, so that working together we can reclaim and maintain investment-grade ratings.

1.2. As Youth Month draws to a close, Cabinet thanks all sectors who participated in activities across the country. The participation of thousands of young people in the various Youth Month empowerment activities that were hosted by departments, government entities and the private sector is encouraging.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of the 1976 Soweto Student Uprising and the commemoration serves as a reminder that young people in the country were at the forefront of our Struggle.

Cabinet calls on youth to use all the support and resources that government has made available to improve their prospects and advance their participation in the economy.

1.3. Cabinet condemns the recent violence and intimidation of commuters during the protests by taxi owners. Such actions are out of place in a democratic society. Peaceful interventions on any matter will always be beneficial to all parties involved.

The subsequent agreement between the South African National Taxi Association and SA Taxi Finance Holdings is further confirmation that peaceful dialogue can resolve such issues without impacting on innocent people and disrupting the economy.

Cabinet welcomes this decision, which is in the best interest of commuters and the taxi industry.

Cabinet welcomes the dialogue currently taking place between the Department of Transport and the leadership of the taxi industry in finding a lasting solution. The department will be engaging development finance institutions to seek alternative taxi finance options. 

1.4. Cabinet conveys its deepest sympathy to all who lost loved ones during the recent disasters in the Western and Eastern Cape respectively. A number of residents also suffered displacement and loss of property.

Cabinet commends the prompt integrated approach and response from government, business and ordinary South Africans in assisting the affected families. Cabinet pays tribute to the heroic volunteer firefighter, Bradley Richards and the truck driver John Blaaw who assisted firefighters in transporting water who paid with their lives saving their community. 

Cabinet further extends a special appreciation to the Working on Fire team that bravely fought the raging fires. They are our pride! Cabinet wishes a speedy recovery to the two injured firefighters including Ian Barnard who sustained injuries whilst trying to save Bradley Richards.                                                 

President Zuma visited the communities of Wit Lokasie and Knysna Heights that were adversely affected by the fires. President Zuma attended the memorial service of Mr Richards. In the true firefighter team spirit, Mr Barnard was able to attend the memorial service of his colleague Mr Richards. 

The President dispatched humanitarian and other support to all the affected areas. This was coordinated through the National Joint Operations Centre Disaster Management structure, working with the Western Cape Provincial Government and Provincial Disaster Management teams.

Cabinet thanks all non-governmental organisations, the private sector, volunteers and communities who are supporting affected communities.

1.5. Cabinet urges communities in Limpopo bordering Zimbabwe to be vigilant and exercise caution with their chicken stock. This follows a report of an outbreak of a bird and chicken flu virus called H5N8.

The trade in birds and chicken products from Zimbabwe has been suspended. The H5N8 virus is highly pathogenic and extremely contagious, and leads to a high level of mortality. Commercial farmers are also encouraged to increase their biosecurity measures on farms.

1.6. Cabinet has welcomed the High Court ruling that declared Section 18 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act 51 of 1977) unconstitutional, lifting the 20-year limit to lay criminal charges against those accused of sexual abuse. This ruling will go a long way in strengthening our justice system’s capacity to act against those perpetrating violence against women and children.

1.7. Cabinet welcomes the recent Internet for All community session held in Kliptown, Soweto. The session – led by Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, private sector and civil society – resulted in the training of about 500 young people in basic information and communications technology (ICT) skills. The Declaration on Internet for All adopted the leadership structure and also identified targets for implementation within the next six months.

Cabinet further welcomed the intervention by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services through the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and the Economic Development Department through the Competition Commission, to look into the high data costs that continue to be an inhibition to increase access to ICTs.

1.8. Cabinet is concerned by reports of services being disrupted at mortuaries in Gauteng due to ongoing labour disputes. As a result, grieving families are unable to claim their relatives’ bodies.

Death in any family brings an element of vulnerability and pain to the surviving family members. As society no amount of dispute is worth such insensitivity. Cabinet appeals to all parties involved to find an amicable solution to their disputes without affecting the families of the deceased.

1.9. Cabinet welcomes the formation of the Local Government Youth Development Forum. The forum is set to be a progressive voice of youth in the implementation of various youth development initiatives within local government.  The Forum held its first inaugural conference on the 20 -21 June in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg.

2.  Cabinet decisions

2.1. Cabinet approved the White Paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI), to be gazetted as a policy document. The White Paper takes the country closer to ensuring all South Africans have access to healthcare, irrespective of their socio-economic status.

The NHI is a health financing system that allocates funds to provide access to healthcare.

This is consistent with the National Development Plan’s (NDP) objective that seeks to ensure everyone has access to healthcare, regardless of their income.

The Department of Health will hold a briefing on 29 June 2017 to fully unpack the elements of this White Paper.

2.2. Cabinet approved the Revised Human Resource Development Strategy towards 2030. The revised strategy addresses the weaknesses identified in the last five years in some parts of the education and training system and also identified the lack of coordination between different parts of the system.

The strategy is now aligned to the NDP and the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019.

It also focuses all the relevant stakeholders (government, labour, civil organisations and private sectors) on the needs of the economy and the importance of supporting an industrial strategy to achieve inclusive growth and development.

2.3. Cabinet approved the publication of the key findings of the 2015/16 survey on government funding for Scientific and Technological Activities. The 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology requires that the Department of Science and Technology monitor government funding of the science and technology sectors, and its contribution to South Africa’s growth and development.

The results of the findings of 30 national departments indicate that an estimated R23,4 billion was spent from the national fiscus in the 2015/16 financial year. Cabinet noted the nominal increase of 6.6% increase when compared with the previous year given the current fiscal constraints.

This total investment represents 1.7% of the total national budget for the year. Cabinet appreciated the fact that most of these funds were used in scientific services that support service delivery in core areas of government competency such as education, health, minerals, energy, agriculture and environment.

3. Bills

3.1. Cabinet approved the publication of the Customary Initiation Bill for public comment. The Bill seeks to protect, promote and regulate the customary initiation practices. Once approved, the Bill will provide acceptable norms and standards in conducting these customary practices. It will deal with the abuse of the initiation practice, which has seen a number of young boys dying in initiation schools.

Government and traditional leadership institutions have adopted a zero-tolerance stance towards the death of initiates as a result of initiation practices.

3.2. Cabinet approved the National Research Foundation (NRF) Amendment Bill of 2017 for submission to Parliament. The Bill has gone through its full public consultations. The amendments clarify the authority of the Minister of Science and Technology over the foundation and makes explicit the NRF’s responsibilities in respect of science engagement. These amendments will enhance the authority of the Minister to guide the NRF to improve efficiencies.

They will also improve the responsiveness and effectiveness of research, development and innovation provision to the quality of life of South Africans, through better alignment with government priorities.

3.3. Cabinet approved the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill of 2017 for submission to Parliament. The Bill strengthens aviation safety, security and environmental protection regulatory framework to ensure sustainability and stability of the civil-aviation industry.

The amendments include, amongst others, a provision for the operational independence of the aircraft accident and incident investigation; provision for the establishment of the Aviation Safety Investigation Board. It further amends and inserts certain definitions in the Act.

3.4. Cabinet approved the publication of the Sectional Titles Amendment Bill of 2017 for public comment.

The amendments update the working, functioning, application and administration of the Sectional Titles Act, 1986 (Act 95 of 1986). The current Sectional Titles Act of 1986 bestows certain rights on owners of sections in sectional titles scheme. The proposed amendment Bill proposes regulations of these rights in a meaningful manner.

3.5. Cabinet approved the Communal Land Tenure Bill of 2017 to be published for public comment. The Bill seeks to protect owners of communal land, particularly the vulnerable in rural communities.

4. Upcoming events

4.1. President Zuma will attend the 5th Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit to be held in Swaziland on 23 June 2017. The one-day summit will be attended by Heads of State and Government of the SACU member states, which include South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland.

The summit will discuss various issues related to regional trade and industrialisation and work programme. It will also review some aspects of the SACU agreement and its terms of reference, so as to facilitate development of SACU economies.

It is through SACU that increased markets for goods and services from the region can be secured through the various ongoing trade negotiations that are aimed at advancing greater regional and continental integration.

4.2. As part of the continuing crime-fighting Imbizo, President Zuma will undertake a Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring Programme visit in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape on Saturday, 24 June 2017.

4.3. Cabinet encourages South Africans to support the upcoming Knysna Oyster Festival and the Knysna Marathon. This is one of the most popular festivals with huge appeal to sports lovers and families. All stakeholders are working together to ensure Knysna is fully operational and open for business.

4.4. Mandela Day calls on all of us, every day, to make the world a better place. The theme for Mandela Day on 18 July, is #ActionAgainstPoverty.

Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.

5. Condolence message

5.1. Cabinet joins President Zuma in extending condolences:

To the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, and his family on the passing of his mother, Mrs Nozipho Nzimande. The much-loved Mama Nzimande turned 90 years old last month. She warmly received South African Communist Party and African National Congress activists in her home during the difficult period of the violence that engulfed Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal and surrounding areas during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
on the passing on of Lord Joel Joffe. Lord Joffe, who died at the age of 85, was a defence attorney in the Rivonia and Little Rivonia trials. He bravely defended anti-apartheid activists, making an immense contribution to the project of democracy in South Africa.

to the people of Namibia on the passing on of Mr Toivo ya Toivo, a revolutionary in the struggle for freedom in Namibia and an anti-apartheid activist. Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo will officially represent the government of South Africa at the funeral that will take place on Saturday, 24 June 2017.

6. Congratulatory message

6.1. Cabinet congratulates geologist Tshiamo Legoale who made history by being the first South African to be crowned the FameLab International Champion for a project that researched a method of using wheat to harvest gold from mine dumps. Legoale is a beneficiary of one of government’s bursary programmes and she recently won the award at the Cheltenham Science Festival held in the United Kingdom.

6.2. Cabinet wishes Team SA all the best for the upcoming 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas from 19 to 23 July 2017.

The Games, which are held every four years, saw Team SA take second place on the medal table, with a total of 35 medals, in the 2015 games in Apia, Samoa.

The Commonwealth Youth Games remains an integral event for our future stars. Team SA is an inspiration to youth to get involved in sport as a means to change their lives for the better.

6.3. Cabinet congratulates the Springboks who put in an impressive performance on both attack and defense to win in their three test matches with France.

6.4. Cabinet congratulates Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor for being awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Nova, Portugal.

6.5. Cabinet conveys good wishes to Muslims in our country and the world over on the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at the conclusion of Ramadaan. Ramadaan and the celebration of Eid-ul-fitr afford Muslims a unique opportunity to strengthen bonds of friendship and family ties amongst themselves and with their fellow South Africans.

Phumla Williams (Acting Director-General (GCIS)
Cell: 083 501 0139

Statement on the Cabinet meeting of 1 August 2017

Cabinet met at the Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria on Tuesday, 1 August 2017.

1. Cabinet Decisions

1.1. South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August, as a tribute to more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of pass laws to women.

The National Women’s Day celebrations will take place at Galeshewe Stadium, Kimberley in the Northern Cape. Cabinet approved the theme for this year’s celebrations as “Year of OR Tambo: Women united in moving South Africa forward.” Cabinet calls on South Africans to use the month of August to celebrate the role of women in our society.

1.2. Cabinet was briefed on the three-year programme to be rolled out by the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM). The MRM is mandated to facilitate, encourage and coordinate the programme that seeks to restore the moral fibre of our society. This movement seeks to revive the spirit of Ubuntu/Botho using both government and civil-society resources.

Cabinet approved the three-year operational programme of the MRM and a phased approach of mainstreaming the moral regeneration programme within government.

1.3. Cabinet approved that South Africa submits its bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup (RWC). This will once again afford South Africa an opportunity to showcase the country to the international community.

South Africa has previously hosted world-class events such as the All Africa Games, Cricket World Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup and many international conferences. As the country we have learnt from these past experiences particularly the costs overruns and collusion which accompanied 2010. As a result of this, government refused to sign an open-ended blank cheque  which led to South Africa withdrawing its bid to host the Common wealth Games

Cabinet was apprised on the spin-offs from such an event. South Africa already has the requisite infrastructure to host the tournament without allocating a budget for infrastructure development. Sports is said to be one of the most effective drivers of nation-building and the rugby sports programmes would enhance social cohesion. The programmes to be rolled out throughout the country leading to 2023 will leave a lasting legacy for the development of rugby in underprivileged communities.

Cabinet has approved the overall proposed package for this tournament which is an economic bid which would minimise  the demands on the fiscus as well as stimulate economic activity employment and empowerment

The tournament will contribute to stimulating our economy by supporting government priorities, especially as it relates to preferential procurement and adherence to the Sport Transformation Charter and the sharing of the profits derived. The event will further boost our tourism and hospitality sector.

Cabinet approved the establishment of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on WRC 2023. The IMC will direct the bidding process for the RWC 2023 and ensure the country benefits economically from this event. The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Thulas Nxesi, will hold a separate media briefing to unpack the bidding process.

1.4. Cabinet approved the Draft Intellectual Property (IP) Policy of South Africa – Phase I (2017) for publication in the Government Gazette for public comments.

This responds to the National Development Plan’s call for greater emphasis on innovation, improved productivity, more intense pursuit of a knowledge economy, and better exploitation of comparative and competitive advantages.

The IP Policy is an important policy instrument in promoting innovation, technology transfer, research and development, creative expression, consumer protection, industrial development and more broadly, economic growth.

1.5. Cabinet approved the Draft Green Transport Strategy to be published for public comments. This strategy will form the cornerstone of policy development within the transport sector regarding the lowering of the GHG emissions. The aim of this strategy is to minimise the adverse impact of transport on the environment while addressing current and future transport demands based on sustainable development principles.

Transport systems form the backbone of South Africa’s socio-economic activities by enabling the movement of people and goods. However, emissions from the transport sector account for 10.8% of the country’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with road transport being responsible for 91.2% of these GHG emissions. South Africa has pledged a GHG emissions reduction target of 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025.

1.6. Cabinet approved that the Department of Home Affairs can reopen the reapplication process for the current Zimbabwean Special Permit holders, under certain conditions. The initial Special Dispensation for Zimbabweans was approved in April 2009 to document Zimbabwean nationals who were in South Africa illegally.

Their permits expire on the 31 December 2017. The Minister of Home Affairs, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, will hold a separate briefing to explain the conditions and the process to be followed once the reapplication opens.

1.7. Cabinet approved the South African Mint Company’s designs for the 2017 commemorative colour coins series: Flowers and Birds of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve. This is an addition to the commemorative and circulation coin ranges to be issued in 2017.

2. Bills

2.1. Cabinet approved publication of the Deeds Registries Amendment Bill of 2017 for public comments. It amends the Deeds Registries Act, 1937 (Act 47 of 1937), so as to improve and enhance application and implementation of the Act. The Bill will also streamline and enhance the administration and registration of deeds.

3. Condolences

Cabinet expressed its condolences to the families of the two soccer fans who lost their lives during the stampede. The President has constituted a Ministerial Committee of Enquiry to investigate the circumstances that led to this tragedy. The Committee is headed by Minister of Sports and Recreation Thulas Nxesi.

4. Appointments

All appointments are subject to the verification of qualifications and the relevant clearance.

4.1 Mr Lefentse Cuitzen Radikeledi reappointed as National Treasury representative to the Board of the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa SOC Limited.
4.2 Extension of the term of office of Ms Thabang Charlotte Christine Mampane as the Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).
4.3 Prof Ntshengedzeni Alfred Nevhutanda reappointed as Chairperson to the NLC.
4.4 Ms Fadila Ethne Lagadien as a member of the Arts, Culture and National Historical, Natural, Cultural and Architectural Heritage Distributing Agency of the Board of the NLC.
4.5 Mr Sunrise Vusumuzi Mkhize as Director-General (DG) of the Department of Arts and Culture.  
4.6 Ms Thathakahle Jordan-Dyani as Deputy DG: ICT International Affairs and Trade at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
4.7 Reappointment and appointment of non-executive directors of the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa for three years (until 31 July 2020):

4.7.1 Ms Anuradha Sing (reappointment),
4.7.2 Ms Gugu Mtetwa (reappointment),
4.7.3 Prof Mark Swilling (reappointment),
4.7.4 Ms Zanele Monnakgotla (appointment),
4.7.5 Mr Lufuno Motsherane (appointment),
4.7.6 Ms Bulelwa Ndamase (appointment),
4.7.7 Ms Pinkie Nqeto (appointment),
4.7.8 Ms Letlhogonolo Meko (appointment), and
3.7.9 Mr Blessing Mudavanhu (appointment).

4.8 Appointment and reappointment of non-executive directors of the Board of the Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited for three years (until 31 July 2020):

4.8.1 Dr Xolani H Mkhwanazi (Deputy Chairperson) (appointment),
4.8.2 Ms Mathukana Mokoka (appointment),
4.8.3 Ms Dudu Hlatshwayo (reappointment),
4.8.4 Ms Sibusisiwe N Ngubane (reappointment), and
4.8.5 Dr Trueman Goba (reappointment).

Ms Phumla Williams 
Acting Director-General (GCIS) 
Cell: 083 501 0139

Statement on Cabinet meeting of 16 August 2017

Cabinet met at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

1. Issues in the environment

1.1. As we celebrate Women’s Month, Cabinet wishes Ms Getrude Shope well in her 92th birthday. MmaShope, as she is affectionately known, is a doyen of the struggle for liberation and for women emancipation in particular. She is a recipient of Isithwalandwe/Seaparankwe, the highest honour awarded by the African National Congress to those who made an outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the liberation struggle.

Cabinet also extended its well wishes to Ms Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe on her 90th birthday. South Africa is a better country through the sacrifices played by women of her ilk.

As the country celebrates Women's Month under the theme “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”, Cabinet joins all South Africans in honouring the brave women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956 to protest the pass laws.

In the spirit of OR Tambo’s ‘Flowers of the Revolution’ statement, we commemorate the role of women as pioneers of the women's movement in this country, recognising that when you empower a woman, you empower the nation.

As a country we have achieved a lot in the field of women empowerment. Prior to 1994 Parliament had a mere 2,7% representation of women, and following the first democratic elections, women representation in the National Assembly stood at 27,7%. In 1999 that figure increased to 30% and then to 32,7% in 2004. After the 2009 national elections women representation reached 42%. Women Ministries now comprise 43% of the Cabinet.

We have many women in leadership positions and government structures are in place to improve the status of women. We now have the Ministry of Women  in The Presidency.

1.2. South Africans across the board have worked very well to participate in this commemoration. Government’s progressive policies continue to prioritise the empowerment of women, particularly those living in rural areas, who often bear the harsh realities of poverty.

1.3. As we celebrate the progress we have made in the emancipation of women, Cabinet reminds the country of one of the woman anti-apartheid activists who was killed on this day in 1982. Ruth First was brutally killed by a letter bomb sent to her in Mozambique. She paid the ultimate sacrifice in her relentless pursuit of freedom for the people of South Africa.

Gender-based violencence

1.4. Cabinet has added its voice to the condemnation of a video showing a schoolgirl being attacked by a male pupil at a school in KwaZulu-Natal and welcomes the arrest of the suspect. The recent killing of a school teacher shot in front of her pupils by her partner reminds us of the challenges we still face of the abuse of women.

1.5. The harms and dangers of patriarchy which result in the violence against women and children should be fought by all of us as a society. The law-enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system must deal decisively against the perpetrators.

SADC Summit

1.6. South Africa, as incoming chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), is hosting the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government from 9 to 20 August 2017 under the theme: “Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains”.

South Africa will use its position to strategically advance the country’s national interests as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP), drive regional and continental industrialisation and integration to boost the implementation of Africa Agenda 2063 of the African Union (AU). Agenda 2063 is the strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It builds on and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.

Three potential growth paths, namely agro-processing, mineral beneficiation and downstream processing value chains, have been identified.

The summit will also pay tribute to the outgoing President José Eduardo dos Santos of Angola, who will be stepping down after 37 years as President and leading his country out of a protracted civil war.

1.7. Deputy President Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the SADC Facilitator to the Kingdom of Lesotho, will also table a report to the SADC Double Troika Summit taking place in Pretoria on 18 August, where the Lesotho Government is also expected to table a reforms roadmap. This follows the consultations between the Deputy President with the new government, leaders of opposition parties, the college of chiefs and civil society stakeholders in the Kingdom, charting the path for the full implementation of SADC decisions on constitutional and security sector reforms.

1.8. Cabinet welcomes the outcomes from President Jacob Zuma hosting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Republic of Liberia, during a State Visit. Both countries agreed to look into improving an enabling environment to ease the manner of doing business in our respective countries. Cabinet encourages more private sector companies to invest in Liberia.

The parties also agreed to finalise the signing of a Visa Waiver Agreement for Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports. They also agreed to speed up discussions and finalisation of other bilateral instruments on agriculture, tourism, health, energy water and sanitation amongst others.

1.9. Cabinet congratulates the people of Rwanda on the holding of a peaceful election that saw the re-election of President Paul Kagame. The conclusion of yet another successful poll in Africa is a clear indication that democratic advances continue across the continent.

1.10. Cabinet also joined the AU in congratulating Kenya for conducting successful elections. It is now incumbent on all citizens in Kenya to accept the results of the elections and to work towards national unity in the country.


1.11. President Zuma will today, 17 August 2017, preside over the official launch of the African Regional Centre of the Brazil, Russia,India, China and South Africa (BRICS) New Development Bank (NDB) at the Michelangelo Hotel, Sandton. The launch of the African Regional Centre will showcase the NDB’s service offering, highlighting the bank’s potential role in the area of infrastructure and sustainable development in emerging and developing countries.

1.12. South Africa is among the BRICS member countries that adopted a Seven-Point Action Plan focused on expanding industrial cooperation, at a BRICS Industry Ministers meeting held in Hangzhou, China. These countries will further cooperate in fields such as the development of new industrial infrastructure, technology development and innovation, and small and medium-sized enterprises.

1.13. Communication Ministers from the BRICS group also participated in a round-table, with the group publishing a Ministerial Declaration on Information Technology, that BRICS nations will step up cooperation on information security, as digital communication technology plays an increasingly important role in driving economic growth.

1.14. Cabinet thanks the former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Mr Tito Mboweni, for his professionalism and dedication during the two-year period that he served as a non-executive director of the BRICS NDB. National Treasury Director-General, Mr Dondo Mogajane, will take over.

Social cohesion

1.15. Cabinet condemns recent acts of racism by some individuals in our society. Such behaviour goes against the ethos of our constitutional rights, responsibilities and values, and has no place in our democratic society.

Cabinet commends the management of private companies that deal swiftly with racism, indicating that racism is a scourge in society, and has to always be fought in the quest to entrench social cohesion and heal the pains of the past.  

We all have a responsibility to act swiftly whenever racism and discrimination occurs within our society. We all have a responsibility to build a new nation as envisaged after the first democratic elections.

1.16. Cabinet raised its concern about the state of job losses in the country, particularly in the retail and mining sectors. However, it welcomed the efforts made by the mining sector to engage in dialogue that seek to save jobs. The recent approval of Lonmin’s application to acquire Anglo Platinum‘s 42,5% stake in Pandora – a joint venture between Lonmin and Anglo Platinum – is welcomed. This joint venture has in turn saved more than 3 000 jobs and is a relief, especially in the current global economic climate. Government remains committed to creating an environment that is conducive to economic growth and job creation.

1.17. Cabinet welcomed the court decision that reaffirmed the prerogative of the government to make policy decisions and directives by dismissing with costs an application by the Metal Recyclers Association of South Africa. The Constitutional Court dismissed an application by local exporters of scrap metal for leave to appeal the judgement of the High Court of South Africa and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The Court has upheld the State’s scrap metal export provisions known as price-preference for domestic foundries, mini-mills and secondary smelters scrap metal. It provides for a price discounted by 20% to international prices before qualifying for an export permit. This policy will help to reindustrialise the country’s economy and create jobs.

1.18. Cabinet welcomed the commitment by the Canadian Government to cooperate with South Africa in border management. This came after the Minister of Home Affairs, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, met with her Canadian counterpart Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizen Mr Ahmed Hussen this week. This exchange will further strengthen the existing relationship between the two countries.

2. Cabinet decisions

2.1. Cabinet approved the Mandate Paper for the 2018 Budget. This will further drive the implementation of the NDP. The paper strengthens the alignment of the budget to the Medium Term Strategic Framework. It establishes a systematic basis for making choices among competing priorities within limited resources. The Minister in The Presidency, Mr Jeff Radebe, will hold a media briefing at a later stage.

2.2. Cabinet approved the Coastal and Marine Tourism Implementation Plan, developed under the auspices of the Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy. The plan will uplift tourism in the ocean economy. It will grow a world-class and sustainable coastal and marine tourism destination that leverages South Africa’s competitive advantages in nature, culture and heritage. The Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa, will hold a separate media briefing to unpack this plan.

2.3. Cabinet approved South Africa’s participation in the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition for 2017 – 2020. The participation will  support South Africa’s Chairpersonship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association in 2017/18.

South Africa will use its research vessel SA Agulhas II to conduct marine research while training and building scientific capacity for South Africa and East Africa.

The gathering of basic long-term environmental data and information will place the developing countries of the Indian Ocean Rim in a better position to conserve the integrity of its ocean and to find ways to unlock their respective potential ocean economies to improve the lives of their citizens.

2.4. Cabinet was apprised on the Chemicals and Waste Economy Phakisa Labs initiative, which is scheduled to commence in August 2017. This forms part of the country’s intervention to manage the threats to the environment and human health caused by chemicals and waste.  

It will provide a further opportunity for the South African chemical industry to identify manufacturing niches that are associated with Green Chemistry (the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances).

2.5. Cabinet was briefed on a number requests to redetermine the provincial boundaries from communities in various provinces. Amongst the areas affected are Elias  Motsoaledi Local Municipality, Marblehall Local Municipality and Matatiele Local Municipality.

These communities have cited a number of reasons for these requests, such as the geographic location and access to services. The requests were received by the Municipal Demarcation Board and Department of Corporative Governance.
Provincial boundaries are provided for in the Constitution. Any consideration of such requests should be done within the constitutional framework.

Cabinet agreed that a process to redetermine the boundaries, which include Matatiele, be instituted. This parliamentary process will also include public participation as required by the Constitution and the law.  

3. Upcoming events

3.1. Cabinet reiterates President Zuma’s call, reminding members of the public to nominate persons from all walks of life deserving to receive the country’s highest honours, the National Orders, in April next year.

The ceremony honours South Africans and eminent foreign nationals who have excelled in various fields.

Nominations forms are available on The Presidency’s website (, Thusong Service Centres, municipal offices and constituency offices. A short motivation of the person nominated should be attached. The 2018 National Orders nominations will close on 31 August 2017.

3.2. The Department of Science and Technology will host the 2017 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA). The awards recognise the achievements of prominent scientists and create a platform for the motivation of women scientists participating in research.

The WISA will be hosted under the theme: “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”, which is in line with the United Nations Commission on the Status of women priority theme for 2017.

3.3. Cabinet thanks the members the Fifth National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) whose terms come to an end. The NHTL is a body composed of traditional leaders who are delegates from the provincial houses of traditional Leaders of South Africa, representing the provincial houses at national level. The group comprised of both outgoing members of the NHTL and members who have been re-elected to serve for one more term. They represent traditional leadership and their communities and promote the role of traditional leadership within the constitutional dispensation.

Cabinet joined President Zuma in thanking Kgosi PP Maubane (Chairperson),  Ikosi SE Mahlangu (Deputy Chairperson) and the entire membership of the House. Cabinet extends a warm welcome to the in-coming members of the Sixth NHTL and those of the seven provincial houses.

4. Messages

4.1. Cabinet congratulates Ms Senamile Masango who became the first African woman to conduct the first African-led experiment at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research laboratory in Switzerland. She was part of a group of student researchers from the University of the Western Cape studying the isotope selenium-70 to better understand how its nuclei shape relates to its energy levels.

4.2. Cabinet congratulates People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), who have developed an App that helps survivors of gender-based violence, in distress or imminent danger, to have access to integrated and coordinated services. With a link to the Department of Social Development’s Command Centre, the App can link to other services like the police and social workers, who can be able to identify the location where the message originates.

Through a press of a panic button on the mobile, a victim will be linked to the Command Centre. This collaboration between government and non-governmental organisations will go a long way towards fighting the scourge of abuse.

4.3. Cabinet congratulates Team South Africa for their outstanding achievements on the track and field at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in London.

Caster Semenya won gold in the 800m and bronze in the women’s 1 500m, in the process breaking her personal best record. Semenya has done the country proud and amidst the negativity, she remains strong and resilient. She follows in the footsteps of Zola Budd, Natalie du Toit, the paralympian, and Penny Heyns, the swimmer. Wayde van Niekerk won gold in the men’s 400m and silver in the 200m. A special word of gratitude to the coach, Ms Anna Botha. Luvo Manyonga won gold medal with his leap of 8.34m in the men’s long-jump final, Ruswahl Samaai won bronze in the men’s long jump, and Akani Simbine came fifth-place in the men’s 100m final.

Their performances showcased the sporting prowess of our nation, which is an inspiration and motivation to all South Africans, especially young budding athletes.

These athletes did our nation proud and carried our national flag with distinction. We call on South Africans to continue supporting all our national teams, as well as our sportsmen and women. They are an embodiment of our great nation, and we have no doubt that they will inspire other young people to follow in their footsteps.

5. Appointments

All appointments are subject to the verification of qualifications and the relevant clearance.
5.1. Mr AD Matseke as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Broadband Infraco, with effect from 1 September 2017 to 30 August 2022.
5.2. Extension of the fixed-term contract of the current CEO of Broadband Infraco, Ms PV Kwele, by three months, from 1 September to 30 November 2017.
5.3. Reappointment of Mr Ian van Niekerk as the Chief Financial Officer of Broadband Infraco.
5.4. Dr Moshibudi Priscilla Rampedi as the CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute.
5.5. Ms IL Mathenjwa as the Deputy Director-General (DDG): Monitoring and Evaluation  in the Office of the Public Service Commission (OPSC).
5.6. Ms Wilhemina Reshoketswe Tshabalala as the DDG: Social Transformation and Economic Transformation in the Department of Women.    
5.7. Mr Matome Emmanuel Malatsi as the DDG: Integrity and Anti-Corruption in the OPSC.

Ms Phumla Williams – Acting Director-General (GCIS) 
Cell: 083 501 0139

Statement on the Cabinet meeting of 30 August 2017

Cabinet met at Tuynhuys in Cape Town.

1. Issues in the environment

1.1. Cabinet welcomed the outcomes of the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government held in South Africa from 9 to 20 August 2017 under the theme: “Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains”.

The summit focused on the implementation of the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap to accelerate economic growth and development in the region.

The strategy seeks to change the structure of the economies of the region and promotes value-addition with focus on agro-processing, mineral beneficiation and pharmaceuticals. The summit emphasised the need to have concrete outcomes that leverage on our national endowments.

Cabinet joins President Jacob Zuma in thanking His Majesty King Mswati III, the outgoing Chairperson of the SADC, for his valuable contribution and leadership, as South Africa assumes the role of chair of the SADC from August 2017 to August 2018.

1.2. Cabinet salutes all women, and extends heartfelt thanks to those who participated in celebrating and commemorating women as we close Women’s Month, under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Arica Forward”.

Although women have made important gains in South Africa, more needs to be done and government programmes will continue to prioritise the involvement of women in developing our communities, the economy and country. Women still continue to face unacceptable levels of abuse and violence, poverty, unemployment.

1.3. Cabinet noted the Poverty Trends Report released by Statistics South Africa and will engage with it. Cabinet reiterated its commitment to its pro-poor programmes, particularly as it relates to children coming from poor households.

Over the last 23 years, government has increased the social grants programme to poor and vulnerable communities from 2, 7 million to 17 million people. This programme covers over 91% of eligible children and 95,5% of the eligible old age people. Over 20 000 schools have been declared no-fee schools, with over nine million learners benefiting from the school nutrition programmes.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has since 1999 disbursed more than R72 billion in loans and bursaries to students from poor households. This has resulted in more than two million students from poor communities accessing tertiary education. A total of 1,7 million children are accessing registered Early Childhood Development services, which is a critical foundation for education. In 2012 government also introduced a school health programme, which is an intervention to some of the barriers that hinder progress in some of the learners.

Additionally, government has a number of anti-poverty measures which provide free access to basic services to millions of indigent families such as free piped water, sanitation, free electricity and refuse removal. Government has also implemented public employment programmes and housing schemes to enable poor families to have houses.

Government will continue to find ways to strengthen some of the social security programmes that are designed to cushion the poor and vulnerable communities.

1.4. Cabinet commends the launch of the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory, by the Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor.

This is significant for Africa’s participation in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. The observatory in Ghana is the first other than South Africa, as one of the partner countries.

As SKA Africa partners, the SKA South Africa/Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory group collaborated with Ghana to harness the radio astronomy potential of the redundant satellite communication antenna at Kuntunse.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has funded a large part of the conversion project through the African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund, which is aimed at strengthening cooperation between South Africa and other African countries.

A vital part of the effort towards building the SKA on the African continent over the next decade is to develop the skills, regulations and institutional capacity needed in SKA partner countries to optimise African participation in the project.

1.5. Cabinet welcomes the announcement from the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa that South Africa is finalising in the outstanding three provinces, a verification and audits of all the existing privately owned rhino horn stockpiles.

The initial audit which was conducted by the provinces is being checked and verified by the national Department of Environmental Affairs.

This will assist in preventing the potential smuggling of illegally obtained rhino horns and will ensure that the country has full and accurate information on the number of horns in South Africa at any given time, as well as the registered owner of each one of such horns.

On the ruling by the North Gauteng High Court on the issuing of the permit on the selling of rhino horns to breeder Mr John Hume, which saw South Africa’s first online auction of rhino horn, Cabinet reiterates amongst several other operational conditions, that: the position permit holder, who must have acquired a sellers permit can only sell rhino horn to a person who has a buyers permit issued in terms of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act 10 of 2004), authorising him/her to buy rhino horn from a sellers permit holder, in this case being Mr Hume.

The permit does not authorise international trade in rhino horn. International trade on horn remains banned, in terms of the provisions on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

During the entire auction the department of environment must be granted access to the online auction to do the necessary compliance monitoring.

South Africa remains committed to a regulated process that manages the trade in threatened or protected species in line with the domestic legislation, as well as the legally binding provisions of the CITES.

1.6. Cabinet welcomes the High Court guilty verdict against the perpetrators involved in a case involving racially motivated violation of an African man by being put in a coffin.

The guilty verdict will serve as a warning to those who still continue to harbour racial prejudices in the country. Cabinet reassures South Africans that any form of racism or act of hate will not be tolerated. Social cohesion remains an imperative that all of us as a society needs to build and strengthen.

1.7. Cabinet welcomed the Constitutional Court Judgement that ruled that municipalities can no longer hold new property owners liable for previous owners’ historical municipal debt. The ruling is a relief to property owners, some of whom have been burdened with debt dating back 20 years. Such a ruling paves way for future new property owners. Cabinet calls on municipalities to align their debt collections system to the ruling.

1.8. Cabinet notes that National Treasury is overseeing a forensic investigation into alleged irregularities in the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) programme. Cabinet commends National Treasury for its robust internal audit controls, which identified irregular expenditure. It trusts that the appropriate lessons will be learned with respect to the challenges experienced, and any deliberate wrongdoing or negligence will be identified and the parties held accountable.

Cabinet has full confidence in the institutional strength of National Treasury and its custodianship of public finances. Cabinet further expresses its faith in the IFMS programme’s implementing agencies – National Treasury, the Department of Public Service and Administration, and the State Information Technology Agency – to implement the project successfully.

1.9. Cabinet condemns the leak of a Cabinet Memo proposing options for recapitalising the South African Airways. A Cabinet Memo is a classified document and leaking it contravenes the government’s information security framework, the Minimum Information Security Standards.

Cabinet has tasked the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster to investigate the leak of classified information and calls for relevant punitive measures to be applied to those responsible.

1.10. Cabinet welcomes the increase in funding by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for investment in productive capacity in South Africa, as reflected in its recently released financial results to March 2017. During the National Women’s Month, the IDC approved funding of R3,2 billion for women-empowered businesses, an increase of 178% compared to the previous year.

This included funding for a transaction that places control of a large manganese mine in the hands of a black South African woman. Funding for black-empowered companies amounted to R10,1 billion, of which R4,7 billion was for investment projects led by black industrialists. These numbers underscore the progress made with transformation of economic ownership in the country. A total of 20 881 jobs were created or saved in the full IDC funding for the year, which amounted to R15,3 billion, the highest level yet.

Over the past five years from 2013, the IDC committed R68 billions of funding to investment projects. Together with private sector co-funding, this facilitated investments worth R200 billion and created or saved 99 000 jobs. Cabinet congratulates the IDC and the Economic Development Department on this performance at a time when efforts to boost investment and job creation are critical.

1.11. Cabinet welcomes the setting up of a Market Inquiry into high data costs and notes the gazetting of the terms of reference by the Competition Commission. The Market Inquiry arose out of a request by the Minister of Economic Development in terms of the Competition Act. High data costs have serious economic effects, increases the costs of doing business and can limit the ability of South Africa to successfully utilise new information technologies. Cabinet supports the call on service providers in the sector to cut data costs.

1.12. Cabinet welcomes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Flanders on promotion of the Social Economy in South Africa. The New Growth Path economic strategy adopted in 2010 identified the social economy as one of 10 job drivers.

In terms of the MoU, the Minister of Economic Development will work in partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Government of Flanders to document successful examples of social enterprises and will engage local stakeholders on the development of a policy framework to consolidate and strengthen work on the social economy.

Flanders will also partner with the Department of Environmental Affairs in a project on climate change and the green economy, which will focus on adaptation strategies.

1.13. Cabinet is saddened by the loss of life on the country’s roads caused by persistent negligent, reckless and irresponsible drivers. Recently 13 children were injured after an alleged drunken driver crashed a taxi into a tree. Two weeks ago another incidence happened in KwaZulu-Natal, which resulted in 19 deaths and nine injured after a taxi crashed into a bridge.

Cabinet appeals to all those with children in their care to be extra vigilant about drivers transporting children and commuters. Cabinet calls on the law enforcement agencies to be more vigilant on our roads to ensure the safety of the road users.

1.14. Cabinet condemns violence, vandalism, and burning of public infrastructure such as the recent Rea Vaya bus station in Gauteng. Public transport Infrastructure is a national resource that is meant to serve the public. No amount of dissatisfaction by communities can justify the destruction of property. Cabinet calls on the law enforcement agencies to deal with such criminality.

1.15. Cabinet applauded the financial contribution by the National Disaster Management Centre to the Western Cape Provincial Government. More than R74 million was made available to address drought-related challenges, including recent ravaging fires and shortage of livestock feed.  Cabinet continues to call on South Africans to utilise water sparingly.

2. Cabinet decisions

2.1. Cabinet welcomed an increase in the uptake of locally developed technologies and innovations in South Africa. Science and technology is a key enabler in the multi-pronged national effort to secure higher economic growth rates in the National Development Plan.

According to the 2015 Science, Technology and Innovation Performance Report of the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) a technology expenditure nearly doubled as a percentage of GDP from 0.018% in 2005 to 0.033% in 2015. 

More departments, private sector and research institutions have invested a great deal of technology and innovation in their respective developmental programmes.

As a way of further strengthening these achievements, Cabinet approved three opportunity areas identified by Department of Science and Technology to support in the health technologies, defense and security related technologies and social infrastructure in respect of technology.

Cabinet also endorsed additional work of tracking and measuring the development of technology and innovation in social and economic development.

3. Bills

3.1. Cabinet approved for the introduction of the Overvaal Resorts Limited Bill of 2017 into Parliament.

The focus of the Bill is to repeal Aventura’s founding legislation, the Overvaal Resorts Limited Act, 1993 (Act 127 of 1993). This will enable the completion of the disposal of Aventura. Cabinet took the decision to dispose of Aventura after it considered it as a non-core asset in government. The Bill went out for public consultation in March 2017.

3.2. In aligning legislation with developments in the education landscape, Cabinet approved for the publication of the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill of 2017 in the Government Gazette for public comment.

The Bill is the outcome of the review of all basic education legislation with a view to enhancing organisational efficiency so as to improve school governance, leadership and accountability, transforming education services, and protecting vulnerable groups to ensure the well-being of learners.

Amendments were proposed to the South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act 84 of 1996), and the Employment of Educators Act, 1998 (Act 76 of 1998).

4. Upcoming events

4.1. In September we will mark Heritage Month, Tourism Month, Arbor Week, Public Service Month, National Development Plan (NDP) Month and Thusong Service Centre Week. Further details on these events will be communicated by the relevant departments.

4.2. As the chair of the SADC, South Africa has offered to host the SADC ICT Ministers Meeting from 4 to 7 September 2017 to discuss progress made on the implementation of the SADC Communications and ICT Programme.

Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and Minister Siyabonga Cwele will lead the South African delegation in this meeting. The meeting is to provide guidance on strategic communications and ICT issues and also track implementation of decisions made at previous meetings. South Africa will use the meeting to promote access to affordable ICT infrastructure services, thereby positioning the country as a regional infrastructure hub and promoting small, medium and micro enterprises under the overall SADC industrialisation and regional integration agendas.

4.3. The 9th Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit will take place in Xiamen, China from 4 to 5 September 2017. The theme of China’s BRICS Chairpersonship is: “BRICS: Stronger Partnerships for a Brighter Future”.

Total bilateral trade between South Africa and other BRICS countries amounted to US$29 billion in 2016. South Africa’s biggest export destination within BRICS remains China, followed by India, Brazil and then Russia. The same pattern is also evident in imports, with China remaining the biggest source of imports.

The 2017 BRICS Summit will feature five key priorities namely, deepening cooperation, strengthening global governance, undertaking people-to-people exchanges, advancing institutional improvements and building broader partnerships.

The strategic focus for South Africa in BRICS is to promote value-added trade, attract investment into the country’s productive sectors and enhance cooperation to advance our development objectives.

4.4. Cabinet noted the participation of South African companies in the 53rd edition of the Maputo International Trade Fair, commonly known as FACIM, which is taking place in Mozambique from 28 August to 3 September 2017.

FACIM is an international multi-sectoral trade fair held annually to showcase Mozambique as an attractive destination for trade and investment. Twenty companies were funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) while 10 were supported by the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency. The companies represented various sectors including chemicals, agro-processing, clothing and textile, engineering, mining and capital equipment, and electro-technical and built environment sectors.

Mozambique is South Africa’s third largest trade partner in the SADC region, after Botswana and Namibia. Trade between the two countries increased from R29 billion in 2012 to R43 billion in 2016. There are currently 300 South African companies operating in Mozambique.

The participation of the South African companies in FACIM received a particular recognition during last week’s Binational Commission as one of the platforms that business communities in the two countries can use for engaging on possible cooperation and partnerships for increasing trade and investment between our countries.

4.5. The Minister of Home Affairs, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, will participate in the Ministerial Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa to be held in the Kingdom of Swaziland from 2 to 4 September 2017. The overall objective of the event is to foster dialogue among SADC member states to improve migration governance in the region. Issues to be explored include statelessness, migration, border management and labour migration.

5. Messages

5.1. Cabinet expressed its deepest and heartfelt condolences to:

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and his family following the passing of his mother, Mama Emma Mbalula. May they find strength to cope with the difficulty and deep-seated pain that the passing of a mother brings to any home.

The loved ones of three mineworkers who have been confirmed dead following an underground collapse of the Kusasalethu Mine near Cartonville in Gauteng, due to seismic activity registering 1.8 on the Richter Scale. Cabinet is hopeful that the two other missing miners will be rescued by search teams currently on the ground and is relieved that dozens of miners were brought safely to the surface amid the incident.

The Government and people of the Republic of Sierra Leone following one of the worst floods in our continent. This natural disaster devastated significant parts of the country, resulting in massive loss of life, destruction of property and leaving behind a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. Through the DIRCO, South Africa pledged R8 million to assist in disaster relief.

5.2. Cabinet congratulates all Muslims who have successfully performed the Haj (pilgrimage) and wishes all Muslims a joyous ‘Eid-al-Adha.

6. Appointments

All appointments are subject to the verification of qualifications and the relevant clearance.

6.1. Mr Mziwonke Dlabantu as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Home Builders Registration Council.

6.2. Special Economic Zones Advisory Board:

Ms Lizeka Valerie Matshekga (Industrial Development Corporation designate member); and
Mr Sipho Reginald Zikode (Department of Trade and Industry alternate member).

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Statement on the Cabinet meeting of 13 September 2017

Cabinet met on Wednesday, 13 September 2017, at Tuynhuys, Cape Town.

1. Issues in the environment

1.1. Economy

1.1.1. Cabinet welcomes the positive growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 2.5% in the second quarter of 2017, which has moved the country out of a technical recession. Last week, Statistics South Africa released the figures, which represent a year-on-year growth of 1.1%.

1.1.2. Although cautiously optimistic, Cabinet is convinced the country is seeing the first positive signs of what is hopefully the start of the country’s economic recovery firmly built on the implementation of the Nine-Point Plan, which aims to grow the South African economy and create much-needed jobs.

This has resulted in the launch of four industrial parks and the rise in net exports of agricultural raw products on average by 14.6% a year since 2012.

1.1.3. The Black Industrialist Programme has supported 62 projects that have attracted R26 billion in private-sector investment and created 19 859 jobs to date. To support localisation, 21 products and sectors have been designated for local production.

Operation Phakisa has so far unlocked an estimated R24.6 billion in investment in the oceans economy, with Government contributing R15 billion of this amount. Although the investments are mainly in infrastructure development in ports, marine manufacturing in particular boatbuilding, aquaculture and scientific surveys in the oil and gas sector, several Government departments have made substantial contributions to ensure the growth of this sector. A total of 6517 jobs had been created in the various sectors.  

1.1.4. Cabinet reiterates calls to all sectors of society, particularly government, business and civil society, to build on the positive momentum gained during the second quarter to sustain higher rates of economic growth and development, and to help save jobs.

1.1.5. The Minister of Finance, Mr Malusi Gigaba, continues to engage with various sectors on the inclusive economic growth action plan, which is set to inspire confidence in the country. The Minister will further unpack this when he delivers the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament, Cape Town, on 25 October 2017.

1.2. InvestSA One Stop Shop – Western Cape

1.2.1. Cabinet commended the launch of the first provincial InvestSA One Stop Shop.

President Jacob Zuma officially launched the InvestSA One Stop Shop in the Western Cape and affirmed government’s commitment to improving the investment climate in South Africa, which is an attractive destination for potential investors.

1.2.2. The InvestSA One Stop Shop lowers the cost of doing business and eases doing business in the country by providing strategic guidance, reducing regulatory inefficiencies and cutting red tape for investors.

1.2.3. Government’s National InvestSA One Stop Shop was launched in March this year and through the dti, InvestSA One Stop shops will be established in all nine provinces – first in the Western Cape and followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng respectively.

1.3. 5th Anniversary of the National Development Plan (NDP)

1.3.1. Cabinet joins South Africans in celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the NDP, which was adopted by Parliament on 12 September 2012 as the country’s socio-economic development blueprint to tackle the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality by 2030.

1.3.2. As the country’s roadmap towards prosperity, the NDP belongs to all South Africans and represents the hopes and aspirations from all sectors of society, for a better South Africa.

1.3.3. Cabinet calls on all South Africans to rally behind the NDP Vision 2030.

1.4. BRICS Summit

1.4.1. Cabinet noted a successful 9th Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit, held in Xiamen in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) from 3 to 5 September 2017 under the theme: “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”.

1.4.2. The summit sets an important milestone towards building stronger solidarity and cooperation among emerging markets and developing countries to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

1.4.3. South Africa’s partnership in BRICS is premised on advancing the country’s national interests, promoting regional integration and advocating a more inclusive global governance system.

1.4.4. Total bilateral trade between South Africa and other BRICS countries amounted to US$29 billion last year. South Africa’s biggest export destination within BRICS remains China, followed by India, Brazil and Russia. The same pattern is also evident in imports, with China remaining the biggest source of South African imports. Even though South Africa has abundant natural resources, it is critical to implement beneficiation programmes to support our industrialisation policy.

1.4.5. The adoption of the BRICS Xiamen Declaration and Action Plan highlighted the strong foundation that BRICS has made in terms of establishing institutional mechanisms for tangible cooperation.

1.4.6. Cabinet is honoured that South Africa is the incoming Chair of BRICS and entrenches its aim at the forefront to build on the BRICS programme of development and prosperity for partner countries, as it prepares to host the 10th BRICS Summit in 2018.

1.5. South Africa and Russia sign agreement

1.5.1. Cabinet further welcomes the agreement signed between South Africa and Russia at the 9th BRICS Summit, which will yield an amount of US$400 million being invested in the development of South Africa’s oil and gas sector.

1.5.2. South Africa’s national oil company, PetroSA, and the Russian Federation geological exploration company, Rosgeo, have agreed to develop the exploration areas of blocks 9 and 11a off the South Coast of South Africa.

1.5.3. The search for oil and gas resources in South Africa is highly strategic for the country’s energy security.

1.5.4. Russia’s Rosgeo will conduct geological exploration work as well as drilling exploratory wells. The project could lead to four million cubic metres of gas being extracted daily and subsequently delivered to PetroSA’s Gas-To-Liquids refinery in Mossel Bay, on the South Coast.

1.6. South African export markets

1.6.1. Cabinet congratulates the dti in leading a group of 20 South African companies to the World Food Moscow 2017 exhibition, which is underway until 15 September 2017.

1.6.2. While promoting South Africa’s agro-processing industry, the participation of these local companies from the agro-processing sector, consolidates and establishes market presence of South Africa in Russia.

1.6.3. Their participation is made possible through the Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme of the dti, which is instrumental in developing export markets for South African products and services, as well as recruiting new foreign direct investment into the country.

1.6.4. Trade between South Africa and Russia increased significantly from R5 billion in 2012 to almost R8 billion in 2016. Major South African exports include fruits and nuts, manganese ores, beverages, spirits and vinegar, wine, electrical machinery and equipment.

1.7. Child labour

1.7.1. Cabinet is concerned about recent incidents of child labour in which children were found working on farms in the North West and Free State. Cabinet condemns this unacceptable abuse and exploitation of vulnerable children.

1.7.2. Cabinet commends members of the public who alerted the Department of Labour which, together with the Department of Social Development, acted swiftly to deal accordingly with this heinous form of child abuse.

1.7.3. Cabinet is pleased that the affected children have been relocated to places of safety and that the Department of Labour will intensify inspections and work together with law-enforcement agencies to bring perpetrators to book.

1.7.4. Our children are the future of the country. Cabinet condemns all forms of child labour and calls on all South Africans to remain vigilant at all times and report those violating the principles of our Constitution.

1.7.5. The South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act 84 of 1996), together with the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act 38 of 2005), clearly directs that all children between the ages of seven and 15 are compelled to attend school. According to the law, parents and guardians should ensure that learners of this age group are registered and attend school regularly or face implications of not abiding.

1.8. Drought

1.8.1. Cabinet is grateful to those in South Africa who have heeded the call to save water.

1.8.2. South Africa is a water-stressed country and the persistent drought conditions in parts of the country are a reminder to all people to save every drop by using water wisely and sparingly.

1.8.3. Although efforts to save water help ease the pressure on water source the lower than normal seasonal rain reported in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal is evidence that more needs to be done to conserve water.

1.8.4. The Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Drought, led by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, continues to monitor the drought conditions and offer the required support through relevant sector departments to mitigate the situation.

1.8.5. Government has allocated R74 million in relief funding to respond to the persistent drought in the Western Cape.

1.8.6. The Department of Water and Sanitation is also making progress with preparations for the implementation of the Berg River to Voelvlei Augmentation Scheme. The record of decision for the Environmental Impact Assessment should be granted by the end of September. The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, has since directed the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority to raise the finance and implement the project. They have already started engaging with major users and will shortly be approaching the Minister for concurrence with the Minister of Finance for borrowing limits for the project.

1.8.7. Cabinet reiterates calls to all in South Africa to ensure water conservation is exercised as part of their daily lives.

1.9. Lesotho

1.9.1. Cabinet joins President Zuma in condemning the senseless killing of Lesotho Defence Force Commander, General Khoantle Motšomotšo.

1.9.2. This latest incident of violence is unacceptable. It is now incumbent on the people and leadership of Lesotho to ensure that calm and normality returns to the Kingdom as a matter of urgency.  

1.9.3. We remain hopeful that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministerial Fact-Finding Mission will be able to assist Lesotho in determining appropriate interventions. The SADC remains resolute in its objective to consolidate, defend and maintain democracy, peace, security and stability in the region working with the leadership of Lesotho.

1.10. Libya

1.10.1. Cabinet welcomes the outcomes from the African Union (AU) High Level Committee on Libya at the Level of Heads of State and Government, which was held in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo.

1.10.2. President Zuma participated in the High Level Committee, which discussed and reviewed efforts towards finding a lasting solution to the prevailing conflict in Libya.

1.10.3. As a member of the High Level Committee on Libya, South Africa supports all efforts of the AU aimed at bringing about a peaceful resolution to the Libyan crisis.

1.10.4. Cabinet reiterates President Zuma’s assertion that South Africa is ready to assist Libya in Post-Reconstruction and Development efforts and to share our country’s experiences in reconciliation, constitution-building and the democratic transformation of the State.

1.10.5. Cabinet also reiterates the importance of coordinated and harmonised international engagement in Libya.

1.11. Conference of the Parties (CoP13)

1.11.1. Cabinet acknowledges that South Africa, as a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Convention to Combat Desertification, is participating in the 13th Session of the COP13 currently taking place in Ordos, PRC from 6 to 16 September 2017.

1.11.2. It is envisaged that the conference will finalise and adopt a new strategic framework for 2018-2030 organised under the theme “Towards a Healthy Land for Present and Future Generations”. South Africa will work to ensure that policies are turned into concrete actions.

1.11.3. South Africa will work with all countries in Africa in advancing the country’s positions and that of the continent. The High Level Segment of this conference will consider and provide political guidance on challenges to emerging issues in desertification, land degradation and drought.

1.11.4. Cabinet calls on all South Africans to protect and take care of the environment in order to conserve it for future generations.

1.12. Public transport operators

1.12.1. Cabinet condemns the acts of violence, torching of operators’ vehicles and acts of intimidation between the Meter Taxi Operators and the E-Hailing Partners that took place at Sandton, in Johannesburg.

1.12.2. Cabinet calls on law-enforcement agencies to deal with perpetrators of violence and intimidation within the confines of our Constitution.

1.12.3. These developments detract from the country’s concerted efforts in creating a climate of free trade and fair competition.

1.13. Councillors Cabinet condemns the attacks and killings of councillors in some provinces and extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those murdered. This goes against the ethos of the Constitution, and detracts from our developmental democracy and the right of people to elect their public representatives.

1.13.2. Since the beginning of the year, there have been several deaths in KwaZulu-Natal and recently, deaths have also been reported in the Eastern Cape.

1.13.3. This violence has taken the lives young activists, including the fearless former African National Congress Youth League Secretary-General Sindiso Magaqa, who still had much to contribute in building a prosperous South Africa.

1.13.4.  We call on political parties to promote tolerance amongst their members and call on communities to support the South African Police Service in their investigations.

1.14. Heritage Month

1.14.1.  Cabinet encourages all South Africans to continue to observe this year’s Heritage Month under the theme: “The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Celebrating our Liberation Heritage”.

1.14.2. This month coincides with the centenary birth of OR Tambo, an African Patriot, who showed an unwavering commitment to serve the people of South Africa, the continent and the world. We have also marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve Bantu Biko, who was brutally murdered  by the apartheid regime.

1.14.3. The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, has released a programme of celebration for this month.

2. Cabinet decisions

2.1. Cabinet was apprised on the 1st performance quarterly progress reports for 2017/18 on the implementation of priority outcomes for the period between April and June 2017.

2.2.Government continues to make considerable progress in implementing the 14 priority outcomes, derived from the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019, which brings us closer to realising the NDP Vision 2030.

2.3. Cabinet was also briefed on areas that experienced delays in the implementation and appraised on actions required to fast-track delivery. Cluster Ministerial media briefings will be held to brief on the outcomes of these reports during the week of 6 October until 15 October 2017. The schedule will be updated regularly and posted on

2.4. Cabinet has approved the proposal for South Africa to host the  International Telecommunication Union Telecom World Exhibition in September 2018. This is an annual exhibition and forum for government and industry leaders to explore challenges, partnerships and solutions, and identify investment opportunities and best practices for socio-economic development through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

This will be the first time this event is held in Africa. During this event, the South African ICT industry will be afforded an opportunity to showcase their respective products. The country’s tourism sector will also benefit during this period.  

3. Upcoming events

3.1. President Zuma will lead a South African delegation to the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly under the theme “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet” in New York, United States of America. South Africa will continue to work on achieving reform at the UN as it participates in the 72th Session.

3.2. President Zuma, as the Chairperson of the SADC, will convene an Extraordinary Double Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government on 15 September 2017 in Pretoria.

The Double Troika Summit is held as a result of the recent political and security developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

3.3. A high-level South African delegation will make its first bid presentation to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London on 25 September 2017. South Africa has a strong proven record of hosting such events. Cabinet wishes to reiterate its strong support of this Bid and calls upon South Africans to support this Bid that will contribute immensely to social cohesion and nation-building, and also serve as a catalyst for sport development.

4. Messages

4.1. Cabinet wishes the citizens of Germany every success in preparation for Federal elections on 24 September 2017 to elect members of the 19th Bundestag, which in turn will elect a Chancellor and form a new government. Germany is a prominent investor in South Africa, which looks forward to continued relations, cooperation and partnership.

4.2. Cabinet extends its sympathies to the Caribean as wells as parts of Cuba and the Unites Sates following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. Heartfelt condolences are extended to the loved ones of those who lost their lives and their belongings in this disaster.

4.3. Cabinet joins the nation in congratulating Kevin Anderson on making the finals of the US Open. He is the first South African player to make the final of a major tennis championship since 1994. We are confident that he will continue building on his glittering achievement and inspiring other young and talented South Africans.

4.4. Cabinet congratulates Trevor Noah on winning an Emmy Award in the category Best Short Form Variety Series for his YouTube special, The Daily Show: Between the Scenes.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 27 September 2017

Cabinet met on Wednesday, 27 September 2017, at the Union Buildings, Pretoria.

1. Issues in the environment

1.1. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

Cabinet welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s address to the 72nd Regular Session of the UNGA in New York, USA on 12 September 2017, under the theme “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet”.

Deliberations focused, amongst others, on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); climate change; peace and security issues and UN reforms, especially UN Security Council reform.

President Zuma also signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which reflects South Africa’s continued commitment towards the achievement of a world free from the threat posed by nuclear weapons and ensuring that nuclear technology is used for peaceful purposes only.

President Zuma hosted a centenary celebratory dinner in honour of the late former President of the African National Congress, Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo.
1.2. Heritage Month

Cabinet thanks all South Africans for celebrating Heritage Month in September and reiterates President Zuma’s Heritage Day message for all in the country to aspire for greater unity in diversity.

As the country concludes Heritage Month under the theme “The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Celebrating our Liberation Heritage”, South Africans are encouraged to build on the values espoused in the Constitution and strengthen efforts to build a nation free from poverty, hunger, homelessness and inequality.

In fostering a spirit of heritage, Cabinet welcomes the agreement signed between South Africa and Tanzania, which is aimed at preserving the history of the liberation struggle.

The UN has endorsed the implementation of the Roads to Independence in Africa Project. It is a celebration of the spirit of solidarity and cooperation amongst Africa’s liberation movements and will see the construction of a museum, library and archives.
1.3. World Tourism Day

South Africa, under the leadership of the Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa, participated in World Tourism Day (27 September 2017) and  the Tourism Month, under the theme “Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development”.

This provides a platform to support changes in policy, business practices and tourism consumer behaviour, towards a more sustainable tourism sector, which can contribute aggressively towards the attainment of the SDGs. During World Tourism Day, different countries and cultures celebrate a multiplicity of region-based activities such as the promotion of special tariffs and/or broadening access to facilities, mass-based free access to parks and gardens, and various engagements with stakeholders.

South Africa has been successful in promoting tourism through its various attractive facilities such as our parks, blue flag beaches, and the world accredited heritage sites. Tourism’s labour absorption capacity remains a great weapon against unemployment. As a tourist destination, South Africa faces the prospects of growing its transversal tourism sectors to enable massive economic potential through the so-called traditional dominant tourism economic sectors. These include rural, medical, agro and cultural tourism.
1.4. Antiretroviral pricing agreement

Cabinet welcomes the ground-breaking pricing agreement reached by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, in collaboration with a number of international organisations, to accelerate the availability of the first affordable single-pill HIV-treatment regimen.

It is estimated that the price reduction will result in savings of up to R11.7 billion over the next six years. This will enable South Africa to enrol more patients on treatment.

The pricing agreement makes the medicine Dolutegravir, which is recommended by the World Health Organisation, more affordable for governments in low and middle-income countries.

In light of the pricing agreement, the Department of Health plans to introduce the new fixed-dose combination of three drugs, Tenofovir, Lamivudine and Dolutegravir in April 2018.

Cabinet calls on all sexually active South Africans, especially youth, to continue to live a healthy life which adopts preventative measures such as continuously practising safer sex by abstaining, being faithful and condomising, and regularly testing for HIV.
1.5. Health

Cabinet welcomes the unveiling of the new wing of the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane, East London. It is a milestone towards the implementation of the National Health Insurance that will result in the provision of quality healthcare, particularly to poor communities.

This world-class tertiary hospital is an investment to realise the National Development Plan’s (NDP) vision and the UN’s SDGs of universal healthcare.
The 526-bed hospital is supported by an integrated system that will optimise delivery of quality healthcare. It applies technological innovation to reduce patient waiting times, improve diagnosis and enables a quicker health intervention in patients.

This R1 billion investment infrastructure will support local economic development in the townships. As we revitalise public health infrastructure, we are also expanding opportunities for local communities to improve their lives through job creation and local enterprise development.
1.6. Social Development Month

Cabinet calls on South Africans to continue to uplift those less fortunate than themselves ahead of Social Development Month in October.

Social Development Month is held annually to commemorate the many strides the country has made, in providing social assistance to the poor and the most vulnerable in South Africa.

President Zuma will officially launch the commemoration of Social Development Month on Friday, 29 September 2017.

Cabinet warmly wishes all senior citizens and older persons a happy Older Persons Day, which will be commemorated on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

South Africans are encouraged to use October month to recognise the role and prime sacrifice older persons made in attaining freedom in our country. It is the duty of all fellow citizens, not only government, to give extra care to our older persons and vulnerable groups.

The South African Government’s social-assistance programme is built on a firm belief that social-security assistance is a basic human right and is key to restoring the dignity to its citizens. Social grants bring financial relief to millions of households and working together with government uplifts the vulnerable so that their living conditions improve with dignity.
1.7. Examination preparations

Cabinet wishes all learners well, especially those in Grade 12, as they prepare for their final end-of-year examinations.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is on schedule for the matric exams starting on the 16 October 2017 that will be written by more than 798 000 registered learners.

The DBE is providing additional support to matriculants with onsite learning after school hours, and during weekends and school holidays.

Cabinet calls on parents and guardians to avail the necessary support to learners as they prepare for exams.
1.8. Annual Thusong Service Centre Week

Government successfully concluded this year’s Annual Thusong Service Centre Week, which took place from 18 to 22 September 2017 under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo – Advancing Small Medium and Micro Enterprises at Thusong Service Centres”.

This formed part of Public Service Month and promoted the Thusong Programme by showcasing the integrated mobile outreach programme and its effectiveness in responding to the needs of the citizens. Thusong Services Centres bring a basket of government services and information closer to the people.

The programme reaches approximately six million beneficiaries every year through the Integrated Mobile Outreach Programme, the Annual Thusong Service Centre Week and other Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) platforms.

Through this programme, government continues to redress the imbalances of the past by bringing quality public services closer to communities previously marginalised from the mainstream of socio-economic development.

Thusong Service Centres also empower communities with the necessary skills and training to better their lives, through existing partnerships with government, parastatals and the private sector.

Cabinet reiterates the call to communities to continue using Thusong Service Centres to access basic services such as Home Affairs, Labour, Justice, South African Social Security Agency and the Road Accident Fund.
1.9. Myanmar

Cabinet is concerned about the plight of Rohingya civilians who have fled their homes in Myanmar.

South Africa supports the statement by UN Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres, who emphasised the responsibility of the Government of Myanmar to provide security to all affected communities, and further request for humanitarian agencies to be granted access to communities in need of assistance and protection.

Cabinet urges all parties to end the violence to avoid further human suffering and appeals that situation in the Rakhine State be resolved with the ambit of the law.
1.10. Angola

Cabinet joins President Zuma in congratulating the Republic of Angola on conducting successful National Legislative Elections. President Zuma attended the Inauguration Ceremony of President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço in Luanda on Tuesday, 26 September 2017.

South Africa and the Republic of Angola share a common history of the struggle against colonialism and apartheid. Since 1994, the two countries have continued to grow and expand strong bilateral ties.

Angola is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners on the African continent and continues to grow its bilateral relations.
1.11. Attack on tourists from Netherland

Cabinet condemns the recent robbery of tourists from the Netherlands who were followed from OR Tambo International Airport. All South Africans should condemn such crimes which threaten our ever growing tourism sector. Cabinet further called on the South African Police Service to do whatever it can to apprehend the perpetrators of this crime.

Cabinet appeals to the public to come forward with any information that may assist law-enforcement authorities and calls for the full might of the law to be applied to those found guilty.
1.12. Launch of the Bakoena Ba Mopeli customary law book

Cabinet applauds the launch of the book, Bakoena Ba Mopeli Customary Law of Succession and Genealogy, as a milestone achievement for traditional leadership in South Africa.

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Des van Rooyen, and His Majesty King Letsie III, the Head of State of the Kingdom of Lesotho, attended the event on Monday, 25 September 2017.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs started documenting the history of 13 Kingships/Queenships in 2011. This book will assist in understanding the history of Bakoena Ba Mopeli and succession genealogy in order to preserve our history.
2. Cabinet decisions

2.1. Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol

Cabinet approved the ratification of the SADC Protocol on Environmental Management for Sustainable Development, by Parliament. The objective of the protocol is to promote sustainable use and transboundary management of the environment, which is of interest to SADC member states.

South Africa, as Chair of the SADC from August 2017 to August 2018, is committed to strengthening regional efforts to conserve transboundary natural resources and promote sustainable development within the SADC region.

This is aligned to the NDP, which prioritises the deepening of integration of the SADC region as well as ensuring environmental sustainability and an equitable transition to a low-carbon economy.
2.2. Partnership for Action on the Green Economy Ministerial Conference
Cabinet approved the hosting of the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy Ministerial Conference in September 2018. This platform supports countries and regions to put sustainability at the heart of economic policies and practices to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It is a UN programme which brings together expertise from five UN agencies namely; UN Environment Programme; International Labour Organisation; UN Development Programme; UN Industrial Development Organisation and the UN Institute for Training and Research.

Hosting the Ministerial Conference will advance the agenda, domestically and on the African continent, of inclusive growth in adopting a low carbon and climate resilient economic pathway.
2.3. Umngeni Water Board

2.3.1. In order to stabilise the governance issues of the Board Cabinet endorsed the appointment of the Interim Board whilst the Minister is expediting the process to appoint the fully fledged Umngeni Water Board. Cabinet was satisfied with the work that the Minister was doing in stabilising the Umngeni Water Board.

2.3.2. Cabinet was appraised on the situation at the Umngeni Water Board which is the second largest water board in the country with an annual turnover of more than R2,4 billion and its five year Capital Expenditure budget of more than seven billion rand. Cabinet was also briefed on the discussions the department of water and sanitation was having with its investors.

3. Bills

3.1. Land Survey Amendment Bill

Cabinet approved the publication of the Land Survey Amendment Bill for public comment. The Bill amends the Land Survey Act, 1997 (Act 8 of 1997).

The amendments enhance lines of accountability and governance and provide for the appointment of certain members of the Survey Regulations Board, so as to enhance the regulation of the survey of land in South Africa.

The Bill also seeks to regulate the survey of land in South Africa by empowering the Chief Surveyor-General to exercise national oversight and management over the geodetic, topographic and cadastral surveys, geospatial and land information services.

3.2. Science and Technology Laws Amendment Bill of 2017

Cabinet approved the publication of the Science and Technology Laws Amendment Bill of 2017 for public comment. The Bill proposes harmonising and standardising the provisions which regulate the operations and governance of the public entities reporting to the Minister of Science and Technology. This will ensure consistency in all requirements to be met and processes to be followed by the entities as they relate to governance.
4. Upcoming Events

4.1. Transport Month

As October 2017 marks Transport Month under the theme: “Together we move South Africa Forward”. Cabinet calls on all to work together to ensure the country’s transport infrastructure benefits all and encourages road users to take responsibility and apply road safety as part of their daily lives. By working together we can reduce carnages on our roads.

During Transport Month, government – led by the Department of Transport and its entities – will highlight the economic benefits of the sector by showcasing transport infrastructure services in aviation, maritime, public transport, roads and rail. The national launch is being held at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton in the City of Ekurhuleni on 29 September 2017.

Investments in the transport sector are stimulating development and creating jobs as part of South Africa’s Nine-Point Plan, which aims to grow the economy and create much-needed jobs. These investments will ensure the building of an integrated public transport network across the country.
4.2. South Africa to host the 2nd Session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission (BNC)

President Jacob Zuma will host his Zimbabwean counterpart, His Excellency President Robert Mugabe, who will be in South Africa on 03 October 2017 on the occasion of the 2nd Session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe BNC. The Agreement establishing the BNC was signed in April 2015 and inaugurated in October 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

South Africa and Zimbabwe have good bilateral political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back many years. The two countries do not only share strong historical relations but also economic cooperation. Zimbabwe is one of South Africa’s top five trading partners on the Continent, with trade statistics showing annual growth. In 2016, South Africa’s exports to Zimbabwe amounted to approximately R29.3 billion.

5. Messages

5.1. Birthday – Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Cabinet joins the rest of the country in wishing Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, affectionately known as the Mother of the Nation, a happy birthday as she turned 81 on Tuesday, 26 September 2017.

Mama Madikizela-Mandela is one of South Africa’s most celebrated liberation icons. Cabinet thanks her for her service to the Struggle for our hard-fought freedom and wishes her a blessed year ahead with her loved ones and family.

5.2. Banyana Banyana
Cabinet congratulates Banyana Banyana on winning the 2017 COSAFA Women's Championship after they triumphed 2-1 in the final against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. Banyana Banyana carries the South African flag with pride and their performances continue to inspire other young and talented South Africans to excel.

5.3. Earthquake in Mexico
Cabinet joins President Zuma in extending condolences to President Enrique Peña Nieto of the United Mexican States and to the people of Mexico following the devastating earthquake, tsunami and hurricane, which resulted in more than 225 deaths and severe destruction to infrastructure.
6. Appointments

All appointments are subject to the verification of qualifications and the relevant clearance.

6.1. Cabinet approved the appointment of the Interim Board of the Umgeni Water Board:

Ms Ziphozethu Mathenjwa (Chairperson);
Ms Nompumelelo Chamane;
Mr Visvin Reddy;
Mr David Dikoko;
Ms Zodwa Manase;
Adv Tshidi Hatashe; and
Mr Midiavhathu Tshivhase.
6.2. Members to serve on the Takeover Regulation Panel:

Mr Sandile Bubele Siyaka (second term);
Mr Ntshengedzeni Anthony Michael Tshivhase (second term);
Mr Christopher Ewing (second term);
Mr Ebrahim Aboobaker Moolla (second term);
Ms Nonzukiso Zukie Siyotula; and
Ms Nocamagu Nomfundo Mbulawa.
6.3. Non-executive directors to the Board of the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa SOC Limited:

Mr Dhevendren Dharmalingam (Chairperson);
Ms Vuyelwa Matsiliza (reappointment); and
Ms Siobhain O’Mahony (reappointment).

6.4. Mr Patrick Khulekani Dlamini reappointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Executive Director to the Board.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 18 October 2017

Cabinet met on Wednesday, 18 October 2017, at Tuynhuys, Cape Town.

A. Issues on the environment

1. Media Freedom Day

1.1. Cabinet joins South Africans in commemorating Media Freedom Day on Thursday, 19 October 2017.

1.2. Media played a critical role in the fight against apartheid, exposing atrocities and brutality committed by the apartheid regime. This year marks 40 years since the apartheid regime banned progressive newspapers such as the World, the Weekend World and the Voice.

1.3. Today, media freedom is firmly entrenched in South Africa’s Constitution and remains a fundamental feature of our developing nation.

1.4.  Cabinet further encourages South Africans to continue to promote access to information and use the right of media freedom responsibly to help build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa for all.

2. Oceans Economy

2.1. Cabinet commends President Jacob Zuma in delivering a progress report to stakeholders on the implementation of Operation Phakisa for the Oceans Economy and calls on all stakeholders to continue partnering with government to unlock the economic potential of our oceans.

2.2. The Oceans Economy has already contributed about 4.4% to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product and the President’s report to stakeholders strongly demonstrates the concerted effort and support of all government partners tapping into the vast potential.

2.3. Oceans Economy projects have so far unlocked a combined R24.6 billion in investment from government and the private sector, and have created more than 6 500 jobs.

2.4. The largest investment in the Oceans Economy, facilitated through government incentives, was directed to infrastructure development, mainly ports, manufacturing, boatbuilding, aquaculture and scientific surveys in the oil and gas sector.

2.5. Government plans to establish the single largest boatbuilding facility in southern Africa. The KwaZulu-Natal Boatbuilding Park in the Port of Durban will harvest potential from new investment, exports and job creation.

3. State visit to Zambia

3.1.Cabinet welcomes the outcomes from President Zuma’s State Visit to the Republic of Zambia from 12 to 13 October 2017.

3.2. Interactions between President Zuma and his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu strengthened existing good political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries, underpinned by strong historical ties dating back from the years of the liberation struggle.

3.3. The two Heads of State officially opened the OR Tambo National Heritage site in Chelstone, Lusaka, in honour of OR Tambo’s contribution to the liberation struggle of southern Africa.

3.4. Zambia remains one of South Africa’s top trading partners in the region and the continent. Economic cooperation between South Africa and Zambia continues to grow, with South African exports to Zambia amounting to approximately R30 billion in 2016. The two countries cooperate in a variety of areas, including trade and investment, science and technology, defence, agriculture, environment, energy and health.

4. Working visit to Nigeria

4.1. Cabinet congratulates President Zuma on being honoured with a statue and a street being named after him in Nigeria, during a working visit to strengthen socio-economic relations and other cooperations.

4.2. The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, conferred on President Zuma the Imo Merit Award, the highest award in the State conferred on those who have made a difference in the development of their communities.

5. 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of Ministers  (IORA) Meeting

5.1. South Africa assumed Chair of the IORA during the 17th meeting held in Durban from 14 to 18 October 2017.

5.2. South Africa’s theme for its tenure is “Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East through Enhanced Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Sustainable Development”.

5.3. Cabinet has reiterated its commitment through this chairpersonship to further regional cooperation in areas such as the blue economy; women economic empowerment; small, medium and micro enterprise promotion; youth empowerment, and cooperation in academics, science and technology.

6. Annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank

6.1. Cabinet was briefed by the Minister of Finance, Mr Malusi Gigaba, following South Africa’s participation at the 2017 IMF and World Bank annual meetings, which took place from 13 to 15 October 2017.

6.2. The meetings provided an opportunity to assess international progress on development issues and inform South Africa’s own initiatives for socio-economic development, inclusive growth, employment creation and poverty alleviation.

6.3. Cabinet was further briefed on the meeting Minister Gigaba held with sovereign credit rating agencies and investors to reaffirm South Africa’s current policies and approach to fiscal discipline.

6.4. Cabinet is satisfied with the reassurance given to investors on government’s plans to grow the economy and government’s commitment to address governance issues in our state-owned entities.

6.5. The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement will be tabled in Parliament, Cape Town, on 25 October and will outline government’s spending plans over the next three years.

7. Infrastructure development

7.1. Cabinet applauded the massive boost in government’s infrastructure development with the official handover of three bridges in Botlokwa in Limpopo by President Zuma on 17 October 2017.

7.2. The South African National Roads Agency constructed the Botlokwa bridges, which consist of one road bridge and two pedestrian bridges on the N1 between Polokwane and Makhado.

7.3. Cabinet is positive that this project will significantly improve travelling conditions and safety for all road users in the area.

8. Small and medium enterprises

8.1. Cabinet commends the Department of Small Business Development for co-hosting this year’s China International Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Fair, as it contributes to unlocking the Chinese market for South Africa’s small businesses and cooperatives. The SME Fair is taking place in Guangzhou, China from 10 to 27 October 2017.

8.2. Small businesses are the heartbeat of our economy and engine for economic growth and job creation in South Africa, and our participation in the trade fair promoted market access and opportunities to grow businesses.

8.3. Cabinet is confident that this demonstrates government’s commitment to the goal of promoting and sustaining entrepreneurship. Investing in small businesses will help the country respond to current socio-economic challenges.

9. Tourism

9.1. Cabinet welcomes the launch of the National Tourism Monitors Programme in Soweto, on Tuesday, 17 October 2017, which aims to enhance the visitor experience as well as improve the safety of tourists.

9.2. The Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Gauteng Tourism Authority, launched the programme in Vilakazi Street, which is the only street in the world boasting the residence of two Nobel Laureates – former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. 

9.3. This programme is aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP) goals and aims to create employment for 200 youth, who will be trained to become monitors at tourism destinations for a 36-month period.

9.4. Cabinet encourages business owners and communities in Gauteng to work with the tourism monitors to improve the safety of tourists and harness the economic potential from this industry.

10. Science and technology

10.1. Cabinet welcomes and congratulates the scientists who participated in the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) telescopes exploration. This resulted in an unprecedented international collaboration to investigate the origin of the first detection of gravitational waves produced by two colliding neutron stars. The collision also resulted in a kilonova explosion of light. A kilonova is an astronomical event that occurs in a binary system when two neutron stars or a neutron star and a black hole merge into each other.

10.2. The discovery marks the birth of a new era in astrophysics, the first cosmic event observed in both gravitational waves and light. SALT and other SAAO telescopes have provided some of the very first data in what is turning out to be one of the most-studied astrophysical events ever.

10.3. SALT and SAAO are among the 70 ground- and space-based observatories that observed the cataclysmic explosion of two colliding neutron stars, immediately after their gravitational shock waves were detected by the United States-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and the European-based Virgo detector.

11. World Festival of Youth and Students

11.1. Russia is hosting the 2017 World Festival of Youth and Students from 14 to 22 October 2017, which is being attended by more than 20 000 young people from 150 countries.

11.2. The purpose of the festival is to bring together the youth of the world community around the idea of justice, the strengthening of international relations, and the development of inter-ethnic and intercultural relations.

12. Child protection

12.1. Cabinet has expressed concern following disturbing reports of crimes against children, the most recent one being the alleged sexual assault of more than 80 pupils at the AB Xuma Primary School in Orlando, Soweto by a scholar patrol guard. The provincial department is commended for the prompt response by removing, with immediate effect, the senior management of the school, bringing on board social workers and instituting an investigation by an independent body.

12.2. Cabinet calls on all communities in South Africa to work together to protect all children from any form of danger and abuse, and to partner with local police to keep our communities safe.

13. Examinations

13.1. Cabinet is confident that end-of-year school examinations will proceed without interruption following this week’s mass demonstration led by the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU).

13.2. SADTU handed over a memorandum to the Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga, who has committed to resolving issues of concern as speedily as possibly. It is important that all stakeholders work together to create a conducive environment to better enable learners to focus on learning and their examinations.

14. Storms

14.1. Cabinet expresses sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who lost their lives during the recent storms in some parts of the country.

14.2. Cabinet also extends its gratitude to all volunteers, civil-society organisations, communities, relief-aid workers and the Disaster Management teams for assisting those affected.

14.3. The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Des van Rooyen, in his capacity as the head of the National Disaster Management Centre in South Africa, visited areas affected by storms and heavy rains in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal on 13 October 2017 and Mogale City Local Municipality in Gauteng on 16 October 2017.

As a result of the heavy rains and storms that battered many parts of the country, 19 lives were lost and over 20 people injured.  Minister van Rooyen also visited the recent incidences in Philippi in the Western Cape where six family members, including three children, lost their lives due to the fire that ravaged three informal houses and a tuckshop.

15. Life Esidimeni

15.1. Cabinet acknowledges the start of the Life Esidimeni alternative dispute resolution process as what could be the beginning of closure for families of patients who died.

15.2. Cabinet expresses full confidence in retired Constitutional Court Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who is presiding over the matter and sincerely wishes family members strength as they observe what must be a difficult account of this tragedy.

15.3. The investigation should not only assist in bringing closure to these affected families but also serve to provide lessons to government in general. Government is committed to providing quality services to all South Africans.

16. Avian Influenza

16.1. Cabinet has been assured that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is undertaking consistent surveillance on farms across the country in an effort to prevent the spread of the Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 outbreak.

16.2. The strain of avian influenza has been detected in birds. Cabinet urges the public to refrain from handling sick or dead birds and not attempt to feed wild birds but rather report birds suspected to be ill to local authorities.

17. Attacks on police

17.1. Cabinet condemns the attack on six South African Police Service members in Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng on 10 October 2017 by members of the community.

17.2. The law-enforcement agencies are mandated to protect society from any act of criminality. Therefore, no amount of anger can justify anyone attacking the law-enforcement agencies. 

17.3. Cabinet urges members of that community to work with the police to apprehend criminal elements and help make South Africa safer for all.

B. Cabinet decisions

18. Social Housing Programme

18.1. Cabinet was apprised on the findings and recommendations of the Impacts and Implementation Evaluation of the Social Housing Programme and the improvement plan, with a view of overcoming apartheid spatial patterns by improving spatial location and urban integration of housing projects.

18.2. The programme offers affordable rental accommodation for low and middle-income households in neighbourhoods where market conditions would otherwise exclude them or allocate inadequate housing.

18.3. This is the only programme that gears debt financing; considers long-term financial sustainability of projects; and creates a virtuous financial cycle with tenants paying rentals and social-housing institutions paying rates, taxes and service charges to municipalities.

18.4. This report assists the relevant departments in further improving their respective operational plans. The full report will be placed on the website of the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (

19. National Youth Service (NYS)

19.1. Cabinet approved the revised and improved NYS Programme Framework as part of developing young people as active citizens of South Africa.

19.2. The NYS is an enabler for young people in South Africa to become active citizens of the country and contribute positively to the country’s development while achieving personal and professional development. This will involve young people participating in activities that benefit local communities while developing their abilities through service and learning so that their opportunities to successfully enter labour markets and become entrepreneurs are bolstered.

20. 3rd African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services Extension Week

20.1. Cabinet approved the hosting of the 3rd African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services Extension Week, which will be held in KwaZulu-Natal from 30 October to 3 November 2017.

20.2. The event is aligned to the NDP and identifies food security as a means to address the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

20.3. The theme is: “Scaling up climate smart agriculture: integrating youth, women, and the digital revolution”, and the event will be held under the leadership of the DAFF, in collaboration with the South African Society for Agricultural Extension and the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services.

20.4. This continental network for Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services (AEAS) in Africa provides a platform for mutual learning and innovation among AEAS providers across Africa and the world.

20.5. The NDP also advocates for an improvement in skills development and training in the agricultural sector, including the training of a new cadre of extension practitioners who will respond effectively to the needs of smallholder farmers.

21. World Wine Trade Group

21.1. In contributing to the removal of trade barriers, Cabinet was briefed on South Africa’s Chairship of the World Wine Trade Group from April 2017 to May 2018. As chair, South Africa will host the annual meeting of the World Wine Trade Group in Cape Town from 1 to 3 November 2017.

21.2. The group aims to facilitate international trade in wine through information sharing, discussion of regulatory issues in wine markets and joint actions for the removal of trade barriers. Emerging producers and exports of the South African wine industry benefit from South Africa’s participation.

21.3. This contributes to the Nine-Point Plan and the NDP, which seek to revitalise the agriculture and agro-processing value chain. In the wine sector, the aim is to increase the area under wine production, support smallholder producers and target certain markets for export growth.

22. 5th Annual Meeting of  ID4AFRICA Movement

22.1. Cabinet approved South Africa’s hosting of the 5th Annual Meeting of the ID4Africa Movement in 2019.

22.2. ID4Africa is a multi-stakeholder movement that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital identity for driving socio-economic development in Africa.

22.3. Discussions will seek to improve the way civil registration and vital statistics data is collected, coordinated and analysed, making available reliable information to policymakers.

22.4. Hosting this conference will assist South Africa to realise some of the objectives of the NDP and create awareness of the strategic value for the South African identity systems such as the live capture system for passport and smart identity document (ID) cards. It will also positively mobilise other countries in the region to appreciate the benefits of the smart ID card.

23. National crime statistics

23.1. Cabinet was briefed on the national crime statistics for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

23.2. The annual crime statistics enables government to monitor key crime fighting targets, as set out in the Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-2019. The crime statistics are used as an early-warning mechanism to strengthen the crime-prevention operations and strategies of various departments.

23.3. Cabinet has approved the release of the report by the Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula.

C. Upcoming Events

24. OR Tambo Centenary Celebration

24.1. Cabinet is pleased that preparations for the centenary celebration of the birth of OR Tambo are at an advanced stage and calls on all South Africans to continually familiarise themselves with the legacy of our Struggle icon, the role he played in our liberation, and his values which still guide us today.

24.2. President Zuma declared 2017 the Year of OR Tambo under the theme: “Life and Legacy of OR Tambo” and he will, on Thursday, 19 October 2017, unveil a life-size statue of OR Tambo at the OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

24.3. South Africans are encouraged to join in centenary celebrations, which will culminate on 27 of October in Mbizana, Eastern Cape, which was the birth place of this Struggle icon 100 years ago.

24.4. Government continues to build on OR Tambo’s legacy since 1994, and our many gains as South Africans must be celebrated and defended.

24.5. The Inter-Ministerial Committee tasked to prepare for the centenary celebrations, chaired by Minister Jeff Radebe, will on Friday, 20 October 2017, brief the media on the state of readiness.

D. Messages

25. Somalia attack

25.1. Cabinet strongly condemns the recent bomb attack outside a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia.  At least 300 people were reportedly killed and hundreds more left injured. Cabinet expresses condolences to the loved ones of those who perished in the heinous attack on innocent people.

26. Condolences to the Lubisi family

26.1. Cabinet also expresses its heartfelt condolences to the Director-General in The Presidency, Dr Cassius Lubisi, following the loss of his wife, Ms Lumka Lubisi, earlier this month. Cabinet wishes the family strength during this difficult time of grief.

E. Appointments

All appointments are subject to the verification of qualifications and the relevant clearance.

(a) Deputy Director-General (DDG): Training Management and Delivery, National School of Government, Mr S Manana;
(b) Chief Financial Officer, Department of Public Works (DPW), Ms R Sadiki;
(c) Divisional Head: Construction Management in the DPW, Mr B Mokhothu;
(d) DDG: Public Finance in the Department of National Treasury, Dr MP Modise;
(e) DDG: Hospital Tertiary Health Services and Human Resource Development, Department of Health, Dr WW Chitha;
(f) Executive Director of the Centre for Public Service Innovation, Ms TE Rabebe;
(g) Interim Board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa:

Advocate Tintswalo Annah Nana Makhubele (SC) – (Chairperson);
Dr Natalie Skeepers;
Prof John Maluleke; and
Ms Magdelene Cheryl Reddy.

(h) Board of the South African Airways:
Mr JB Magwaza – (Chairperson);
Ms Nolitha Fakude – (Deputy Chairperson);
Mr Geoff Rothschild;
Ms Tinyiko Mhlari;
Mr Ahmed Bassa; and
Mr Martin Kingston.
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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Cabinet met at Tuynhuys in Cape Town.  

A. Issues in the environment

1. Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) 2017

1.1. Cabinet welcomes the MTBPS delivered by the Minister of Finance, Mr Malusi Gigaba, in Parliament, Cape Town, last week.

1.2. The adjustment budget continues to drive inclusive growth and fiscal consolidation whilst protecting and promoting social expenditure in education, health, basic infrastructure and social security, which many fellow South Africans rely on to enjoy a better life.

1.3. In a constrained fiscal space, government’s commitment to meet challenges in South Africa is demonstrated by interventions to grow township and rural economies, strengthen good governance at state-owned companies, as well as the additional significant allocation of funding higher education.

1.4. Cabinet calls on all South Africans to join increased efforts to grow the economy.

2. Labour Force Survey

2.1. Cabinet appreciates the recently released Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the third quarter of 2017, which showed that unemployment remained unchanged from the previous quarter at 27.7%. The employment gains recorded in the formal sector of 187 000 over the quarter, the informal sector and agriculture sector recorded employment losses of 71 000 and 25 000 respectively. Government remains committed to doing everything possible to deal with the unemployment challenges and calls on the private sector to do their part.

3. Centenary of Oliver Reginald Tambo

3.1. Cabinet thanks all South Africans for celebrating the centenary of Struggle stalwart OR Tambo, which culminated in celebration on the Friday, 27 October 2017 at Nkantolo Village in the Eastern Cape.

3.2. As part of the centenary celebrations, President Jacob Zuma officiated over improvement projects, including:

The hand-over of the Ludeke Dam in Mbizana, which was built as part of the Greater Mbizana Regional Bulk Water Supply Scheme by the Department of Water and Sanitation;
A visit to the Nyameni family in Ludeke Village where the President switched on electricity, as part of the broader government rural electrification programme in Mbizana and surrounding areas;
Bicycles distributed to learners at OR Tambo Technical High School, as part of the Department of Transport’s Shova Kalula programme, which supports learners who walk more than three kilometres to school;
The donation of computers to learners in the Vukuzenzele Special School for children with disabilities, led by the Minister of Communications, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.
4. Crime Statistics

4.1. Cabinet appeals to all South Africans and communities to partner with law-enforcement agencies to combat crime. The crime statistics released recently by the Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula, have indicated some areas where we made progress in combating crime and some areas where crime levels remain high.

4.2. Cabinet is convinced that it is only through working together that we can all benefit from creating safer communities that are able to develop. 

4.3. The crime statistics assist government and the South African Police Service to monitor key targets and serve as an early-warning mechanism to strengthen the crime-prevention operations and strategies. It is part of the crime-prevention strategy to ensure that all people in the country are and feel safe.

5. Gender-based violence (GBV)

5.1. Cabinet reiterates its condemnation of the sexual abuse of women and children, irrespective of the alleged perpetrators’ societal positions.

5.2. Cabinet encourages victims to report these heinous crimes to law-enforcement authorities, who must investigate allegations of GBV and act firmly within the ambit of the law to ensure that justice is served.

5.3. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign is approaching and Cabinet has approved this year’s theme: “Count me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward”.

5.4. Cabinet also calls on citizens to educate one another on the rights of women and children, and on the various recourse mechanisms that exist to help victims of violence.

5.5. The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is a United Nations (UN) campaign, which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). 

5.6. South Africans are encouraged to actively join advocacy and awareness-raising programmes in their respective communities and sectors.

6. Tourism Transformation Summit

6.1. Cabinet calls on all stakeholders to support the tourism sector’s transformation initiatives as it potentially benefits the economy by empowering disadvantaged communities and driving employment growth.

6.2. The Department of Tourism hosted the National Tourism Transformation Summit on 30 and 31 October 2017 under the theme: “Tourism for All: Transform, Grow and Sustain”, which saw the release of the State of Sector Transformation Report and the launch of the Tourism Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Portal and Tourism Transformation Fund.

7. State Visit by President Macky Sall of Senegal

7.1. Cabinet welcomes the State Visit by the President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency Macky Sall on 20 October 2017. South Africa and Senegal exchanged views on critical regional and global issues and signed agreements in several areas.

7.2. The two countries enjoy cordial bilateral political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back to the years of the liberation struggle.

7.3. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the twinning of Robben Island (used by the racist apartheid regime to incarcerate freedom fighters) and Gorée Islands (the route through which African people were shipped out for a life of slavery) further cements our countries’ cultural and historic ties as the  1987 Dakar Talks is commemorated.

8. Visit to South Africa by Indonesian delegation

8.1. Cabinet welcomes the visit to South Africa by Sultan Husain Abubakar Syah of Tidore in Indonesia. The Tidore delegation included Muhammad Amin Farouk, a descendant of Tuan Guru, a freedom fighter who was captured by the Dutch and sent to Robben Island in 1780. Tuan Guru (Imam Abdullah ibn Qadi Abdussalam) and three of his companions were imprisoned for about 12 years and thereafter kept in exile in the Cape, where he contributed greatly to the development of the local community and the building of the first mosque. A number of South Africans trace their family history to him.

8.2. The delegation visited the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces where they were welcomed by the presiding officers, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

8.3. The visit highlighted the common history of colonial rule and the centuries-old fight for national liberation by the people of Indonesia and South Africa. Today we celebrate trade, tourism and other economic links between the two countries.

9. End-of-year examinations

9.1. Cabinet is satisfied that the end-of-year examinations currently taking place at schools and other learning institutions are going ahead unhindered.

9.2. Education is one of the key drivers towards a better future for all in the country. Parents and guardians are urged to continue to give the necessary support to learners during this period.

9.3. The Department of Basic Education’s catch-up programmes and other initiatives have assisted learners affected by protests during the year and a positive outcome is expected.

10. Social cohesion

10.1. Cabinet commends the law-enforcement agencies and the collaboration from the communities who helped secure the conviction of Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson. The two forced Victor Mlotshwa into a coffin and threatened to pour petrol on him.

10.2. The judgement demonstrates that South African laws are firm in protecting the rights of all citizens. 

10.3. Cabinet further affirms the right of all South Africans to engage in peaceful protest as part of our constitutional democracy. However, rights prescribed in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996 are not absolute and must not infringe on the democratic rights of others.

10.4. Cabinet condemns the blocking of public roads, displaying of symbols of past oppression and destruction of national symbols which are a reflection of our hard-earned democracy.

10.5. Cabinet is committed to its role to build a cohesive society for all and calls on all citizens to play their part responsibly and in the spirit of working together to build a united, non-racist, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

B. Cabinet Decisions

11.1. Cabinet approved the 2015/16 Report on State of Local Government in South Africa. The report outlines progress made in implementing the Back to Basics (B2B) Programme, a plan of action to ensure delivery of basic services, good governance and sound financial management.

The report highlights areas of challenges and provides a base for the implementation of the second phase of the B2B Programme.

The report will be tabled to Parliament.

11.2. Cabinet supported the proposed amendments of the three B-BBEE Sector Codes. The amendments address sector challenges and peculiarities on transformation that would otherwise not be addressed fully by the generic codes. The three sectors are in Agriculture, Finance and Construction. The proposed amendments have been canvassed with the relevant stakeholders. All the amended sector codes will be gazetted.

11.3. Cabinet approved the National e-Strategy and its publication in the Government Gazette. It was published in April 2017 for public comments. The e-strategy articulates a shared vision and paradigm shift from information society to a knowledge economy and society.

It addresses challenges, including a digital divide between the rich and poor, between racial groups, different geographical locations and gender issues.

It provides a platform for South Africans to integrate technology, which is relevant and related towards advancing development and economic prosperity for the benefit of society as a whole. The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services will provide more information on this strategy.

11.4. Cabinet approved the National e-Government Strategy and Roadmap, to be published in the Government Gazette. It will bring digital transformation to the public services and enable the provision of improved quality of services whilst tapping into digital technologies. The strategy targets, amongst others, fragmentation of e-government initiatives and duplication of processes, databases, large-scale system incompatibilities and inefficiencies. It will also increase the usage of information and communications technology (ICTs), foster innovation in technologies and applications for e-Government.

11.5. Cabinet approved the ICT Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMME) Development Strategy. This is a sector-specific intervention to address challenges facing SMMEs operating in the ICT sector.

The strategy proposes interventions to accelerate the development and growth of small enterprises in the ICT sector, while facilitating an increase in the levels of uptake and usage of ICTs by the general small business sector.

The strategy aims to support start-up ICT enterprises, strengthen existing enterprises and extend support to potentially viable SMMEs.

11.6. Cabinet approved the publication of the Report on the Evaluation of the National School Nutrition Programme. This a government programme with an annual budget of R5.5 billion resulting in nine million children from poor communities receiving a daily nutritious meal at school. The report provides areas of effective implementation and some areas that need improvement.

The report will be made available on the website of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (

11.7. Cabinet supports South Africa’s standing for re-election to the two-year membership of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council. These elections will be held during the 30th Regular Session of the Assembly from 27 November to 6 December 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

South Africa is a maritime nation with close to 80% of international trade done by sea. South Africa’s membership in the IMO Council contributes to employment growth derived from the Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy.

11.8. Cabinet approved the introduction to Parliament the ratification of the Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to include hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The amendment seeks to phase down HFCs (the Kigali Agreement), which are some of the greenhouse gasses contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer. South Africa is already a signatory to the Montreal Protocol. 

11.9. Cabinet also approved the introduction into Parliament the ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. It provides opportunities for the protection of vulnerable groups, especially those staying in areas where there is mining activity, against the adverse consequences of mercury on the environment and human health.

11.10. Cabinet was briefed on the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training in the Republic of South Africa. The Presidential Fiscal Committee will sit soon to interrogate financial implications. The Department of Higher Education and Training will have to review relevant policies and legislation, where necessary. President Zuma will release the report to the public soon and the President’s spokesperson, Dr Bongani Ngqulunga, will make an announcement regarding this matter.

C. Bills

12.1. Cabinet approved the National Minimum Wage Bill effecting the minimum wage to the lowest paid workers in the South African Labour Market. The Bill  calls for every worker to be paid a wage that is no less than the national  minimum wage. Once this Bill takes effect employers will be expected to pay  their workers no less than the national minimum, which is to be adjusted  annually.

12.2. Cabinet also approved the submission to Parliament of the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill of 2017. This amends the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act 75 of 1997) to ensure it provides for the Minimum Wage Bill.

12.3. Cabinet approved the submission to Parliament of the Labour Relations Amendment Bill of 2017. The Bill is a culmination of consultation with all  the relevant stakeholders. It addresses, amongst others, picketing procedures, the protracted strikes and arbitration advisory structures. 

12.4. Cabinet approved the submission to Parliament of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Amendment Bill of 2017. This amends the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998 (Act 117 of 1998).

The Bill seeks to strengthen intergovernmental and democratic governance arrangements. It also seeks to address issues around the administration and management of municipal elections, and to promote the effective and efficient implementation of the Act, as well as to strengthen oversight and governance in municipalities.

12.5. Cabinet approved for the submission to Parliament of the Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Bill of 2017. The Bill has already gone through public consultation.

It allows for the development of an electronic deeds registration system (e-DRS), for the processing of deeds, to effect the registration of large volumes of deeds as necessitated by Governments’ land reform initiatives.

12.6. As part of promoting the use of ICTs to build an inclusive economy, Cabinet approved the iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill of 2017 (iNeSI Bill) to be gazetted for public consultation and comment.

The iNeSI Bill provides for the establishment of iNeSI as a public entity with its own enabling legislation, to address the e-skills shortage that hinders investment, socio-economic development and capacity development in the country.

This will establish ICT production hubs in each province, which will then assist iNeSI to develop and design relevant programs and training material, promote and undertake innovative research, and provide research capacity to postgraduate students.

12.7. Cabinet approved the publication of the Postal Services Amendment Bill in the Government Gazette for public comment. This amends the Postal Services Amendment Act No. 124 of 1998.

The Bill provides for the restructuring of the postal sector in general to contribute to the provisions of universal access to innovative e-services while continuing to provide quality and secure traditional postal services.

This contributes to equality and human dignity through access to information and affordable postal services, which facilitate social development and improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.

D. Upcoming events

Cabinet also acknowledged some of the upcoming events in the government calendar.

13. Presidential Siyahlola Monitoring Programme

13.1. President Zuma is scheduled to visit the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Tshwane on Friday, 3 November 2017 to monitor the delivery of healthcare services as part of the Presidential Siyahlola Monitoring Programme.

The hospital is one of the best performing public hospitals in the country and is named after Steve Bantu Biko, the late liberation struggle hero and former medical student at the then University of Natal (now called University of KwaZulu-Natal).

President Zuma’s visit is part of the ongoing government monitoring programme that aims to address challenges facing public hospitals and to improve the healthcare system in the country, which is one of government’s key priorities.

14. National Disability Rights Awareness Month

14.1. Cabinet calls on all South Africans to support National Disability Rights Awareness Month between 3 November and 3 December 2017, which also coincides with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

South Africans are encouraged to raise awareness and protect the rights of  people with disabilities, while recognising the gains that have been made to address challenges faced by people with disabilities.

15. National Local Economic Development Conference

15.1. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Department of Small Business Development will convene the first National  Local Economic Development Conference on 9 and 10 November 2017 in Gauteng.

The conference is a strategic platform for dialogue between public and private sector on topical and critical issues relating to stimulating local economies by creating an enabling environment to achieve inclusive economic development.

E. Messages

16.1. Cabinet welcomes the announcement of over one billion US dollar to be invested over several months in the South African Economy in technology, education and agribusiness. This was announced by Ambassador Harold Doley, Jr, the Governor of the African Development Bank.

16.2. Cabinet congratulates Dr Nono Simelela on her appointment as World Health Organisation (WHO) Assistant Director-General. Dr Simelela will head the WHO Family, Women, Children and Adolescents Division from 13 November 2017. She is the first African woman to become a gynaecologist in South Africa. 

16.3. Cabinet welcomes the announcement by World Rugby that has recommended South Africa as the preferred country to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup tournament. Cabinet also commends the work of the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Thulas Nxesi, Deputy President Ramaphosa and the South African Rugby Union bid team. World Rugby will announce the final decision on 15 November 2017.

16.4. Cabinet congratulates all participants and winners of the 15th Annual Public Sector Innovation Awards. These awards recognise successful and effective service-delivery initiatives that have been achieved through the application of innovative approaches, methodologies and tools.

16.5. Cabinet congratulates SuperSport United FC for reaching the finals of the CAF Confederation Cup after beating Tunisian side Club Africa 3-1 and 4-2 on aggregate. The team generally known as Matsatsantsa will meet TP Mazembe in the second-tier continental club competition final next month.

16.6. Cabinet expressed its condolences to the family and friends of Ian McLeod, whose passing was a loss to South African football. He became the first South African to referee at a FIFA World Cup tournament, when he officiated in the 1998 global showpiece in France.

F. Appointments

All appointments are subject to the verification of qualifications and the relevant clearance.

17.1. Directors to the Board of the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa SOC Limited:

a. Ms Lerato Herriette Mothae; and
b. Ms Sisa Mayekiso.

17.2. Full-time members to the National Consumer Tribunal:

a. Ms Hazel Viloshni Devraj; and
b. Adv John Rinton Simpson.

17.3. Reappointment of two part-time members of the Competition Tribunal:

a. Prof Imraan Valodia; and
b. Mr Anton Roskan.

17.4. Board of the Human Sciences Research Council:

a. Prof Mvuyo Tom – (Chairperson);
b. Prof Lindiwe Zungu;
c. Ms Nasima Badsha;
d. Prof Relebohile Moletsane;
e. Prof Haroon Bhorat;
f. Prof Shireen Hassim;
g. Ms Precious Nompumelelo Sibiya;
h. Prof Mark Bussain;
i. Adv Roshan Dehal; and
j. Dr Abdalia Hamdok.

Ms Phumla Williams – Acting Director-General (GCIS)
Cell: 083 501 0139

Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 15 November 2017

Cabinet met on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at Tuynhuys, Cape Town.

A. Issues in the Environment

1. Investment 

1.1. Cabinet welcomes Ford Motor Company’s R3-billion investment into the Silverton Plant, Pretoria, Gauteng. This investment will result in the creation of direct and indirect jobs due to the expected increased production of its Ford Ranger model.

1.2. Such investments affirm the work that we continue to do as government in growing the economy and addressing the challenges of unemployment. Through government’s R7.8 billion incentive scheme in Automotive Production and Development Programme, R28.5 billion private investments have been unlocked. 

1.3. These include the announcement by Toyota to manufacture their new Toyota Hilux and Fortuner models as part of R6.1billion investment. Also, BMW plans to construct a R6 billion state-of-the-art body shop. The Beijing Automobile International Corporation plans to invest R11 billion in an automotive manufacturing plant in South Africa. 

2. 2017 Tax Season

2.1. Cabinet extends its gratitude to all taxpayers who have already submitted their tax returns for the 2016/17 tax year.

2.2. The revenue generated from income tax ensures government has the capacity to provide much-needed services and social support to millions of less fortunate South Africans.

2.3. Cabinet reminds taxpayers that the deadline for submission is Friday 24 November 2017 and encourages them to submit their tax returns. 

3. Inaugural National Local Economic Development (LED) Conference

3.1. Cabinet is pleased with the outcomes of the recently held National LED Conference. It was held under the leadership of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Des van Rooyen and the Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu. 

3.2. It presented an opportunity to craft a new South African Local Economic Development agenda guided by the National Development Plan (NDP) priorities. Its outcomes included the launch of the first Economic Development Council of South Africa (EDCSA), which aims to professionalise the economic development sector.  

3.3.As a professional body, the EDCSA will manage and monitor the professional conduct of the many practitioners who participate in the different development initiatives. 

3.4. Cabinet noted also the historic launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at 22 on Sloane, a new start-up campus, on the 10th of November 2017, in which the Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, hosted World entrepreneurship luminary, Sir Richard Branson. The campus is the first one opened by the Global Entrepreneurship Network – offering direct and virtual support services to entrepreneurs throughout Africa as well as access to an international network of mentors, investors and entrepreneurial support organizations.

3.5. During Global Entrepreneurship Week, roughly 10 million participants take part in 35,000 events, activities and competitions in more than 165 countries around the world. 

4. Heher Commission Report 

4.1. Cabinet noted the release on Monday, 13 November 2017 of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Feasibility of making High Education and Training Fee-free in South Africa. Cabinet calls on all South Africans to study the report and its implications for the country while the recommendations are being considered by government. 

4.2. The President will make a pronouncement on the report in due course after processing by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Higher Education Funding and the Presidential Fiscal Committee. Government remains determined to resolve the barriers to access higher education, and looks forward to concluding a sustainable solution for higher education funding.

5. Drought

5.1. The current dam levels in the country remain a concern as there is more evaporation than rainfall. The fact that South Africa has not received sufficient rainfall to recharge our water sources to adequate levels means that the country is not yet out of the drought situation. Forecasts predict that the country will only receive its major rainfall from the beginning of January 2018.

5.2. Cabinet wishes to assure the public that national, provincial and local government are cooperating and working together to ensure South Africa does not run out of water. Cabinet encourages everyone to play their part in saving and using water wisely and sparingly.

6. Zimbabwe

6.1. Cabinet supports the intervention by President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as Chair of SADC in response to the Zimbabwean situation. He has sent Special Envoys, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and State Security Minister, Adv Bongani Bongo. They are to meet with President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force. Thereafter proceed to brief President João Lourenço as the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.  Further updates on this matter will be communicated by the Presidency.

7. Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

7.1. Cabinet welcomes the economic and social development achievements derived from the focused investment in social development in the region of the SKA South Africa. Communities neighbouring the SKA area continue to benefit through better education and training projects, investment in small businesses and increased job opportunities.

7.2. The Department of Science and Technology, under the leadership of the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor, will hold a public-participation programme to celebrate achievements with the communities around Carnarvon, Northern Cape from 16 to 19 November 2017. 

B. Cabinet Decisions

8. Second performance quarterly progress reports for 2017/18

8.1. Cabinet was apprised on the second performance quarterly progress reports for 2017/18 (July to September 2017) by all the five clusters. This forms part of Cabinet’s broad monitoring and evaluation of the Programme of Action derived from the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014 to 2019. 

8.2. The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and the Ministerial Cluster Committees will conduct media briefings to unpack the progress of these reports.

8.3. The GCIS will coordinate the media briefings and publish the schedule on in due course. 

9. Update on address harvesting initiative and assignment of addresses

9.1. Cabinet was briefed on the progress report on the implementation of the Constitutional Court Judgement to assign addresses to the voters roll.  Cabinet appreciated the full compliance with the six monthly progress reports submitted to the Constitutional Court.

9.2. To date the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), working with other state agencies   has attained almost 75% success in collecting the addresses of potential voters. Cabinet was also briefed on the planned programme by the SAPO to assist those who do not have physical addresses.

9.3. Cabinet is pleased with the progress and the collaborative work conducted by SAPO, the IEC and other state agencies on the assignment of addresses project.

9.4. Cabinet further calls on those who have not updated their addresses to do so during the next voter registration week in March 2018. 

C. Upcoming Events

10. Fourth session of the South Africa-Botswana Binational Commission (BNC)

10.1. President Jacob Zuma will undertake a working visit to participate in and co-chair the Fourth Session of the South Africa-Botswana BNC to be held in Gaborone, Botswana on Friday, 17 November 2017.

10.2. South Africa and Botswana meet annually at the level of the Heads of State within the framework of the BNC to review bilateral cooperation and discuss issues of common interest.

10.3. The two countries enjoy cordial relations which are informed by cultural ties and geographical proximity. They cooperate on a number of issues including,   transport, trade and investment, health,   environmental issues etc.

10.4. South Africa is one of Botswana’s major trading partners, with several South African companies operating in that country.

11. Angolan State President visit

11.1. President Zuma will host his Excellency, the President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, for a historic State Visit to South Africa from 23 November 2017. This will be his first state visit to our country after his inauguration.

11.2. The two countries have  historical and fraternal ties dating back from the days of the liberation struggle when Angola housed and supported South African liberation cadres in various camps in that country. 

11.3. Trade and economic cooperation between the two countries has grown substantially, to the extent that South Africa is Angola’s number one trading partner on the continent. Many South African companies are conducting business in Angola in a variety of sectors including construction, mining, housing, retail, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services. 

During his visit João Lourenço will also host a Lecture on 24 November 2017 at OR Tambo Building in Pretoria.

12. 16 Days of Activism 

12.1. Cabinet joins all South Africans who are taking a stand against women and child abuse.

12.2. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign is taking place between 25 November and 10 December 2017. This is the 19th year of the campaign in South Africa and it will continue under the theme: “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward”.

12.3. President Zuma will launch the 16 Days of Activism campaign in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, 25 November 2017.  It will focus on the continued roll-out of National Dialogues, which encourage people to talk about the scourge of gender-based violence. This will be preceded by International Men’s Day on Sunday, 19 November 2017, which calls on men to play their part in building a safer and more socially cohesive society.

12.4. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will undertake the second community radio campaign under its Let’s Talk Justice series, which brings government services to people by providing listeners with an opportunity to engage with officials on topical issues. The launch of a Sexual Offences Court during the campaign will also ensure better access to the justice system.

12.5. Cabinet is confident that by working together we can end the cycle of abuse. Through our collective efforts we can act to prevent abuse while ensuring a safer society for women and children.

12.6. All people in South Africa are urged to wear a white ribbon as a symbolic pledge towards eliminating this scourge from our society.

13. Build up to World AIDS Day

13.1. Cabinet calls on all in society to participate in Red Ribbon Friday activations ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December and up until the end of that month. Wearing a red ribbon is a symbol of solidarity and commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS.

13.2. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have passed on. This year’s event will be held under the theme: “My Right to Know My Status, Prevention Is My Responsibility”, which links to the global theme: “The Right to Health”. 

13.3. This bolsters implementation of South Africa’s National Strategic Plan for HIV, Tuberculosis and Sexually-Transmitted Illnesses 2017 - 2022 (NSP), which is a key pillar in South Africa’s progress towards achieving universal healthcare as reflected in the NDP, which promotes a healthier, stronger and more equitable nation.

14. National Imbizo Focus Week

14.1. Cabinet calls on communities to join participation in the upcoming 7th National Imbizo Focus Week, expected to be held from 27 November to 3 December 2017.

14.2. Under the leadership of the GCIS, this platform promotes interactive engagements between members of the Executive and communities. It is taking place within the context of the centennial of Oliver Reginald Tambo, who advocated for gender equality. The activities are aimed to support the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

14.3. Events will be placed on the national calendar and shared on the government website ( 

D. Bills

15. Cabinet approved the publication of a notice in terms of section 74(5) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996. The aim is to initiate a national and provincial consultation process for purposes of effecting changes to provincial boundaries in respect of the Matatiele Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape and certain areas of Ba Ga Mothibi in North West.

The intended redetermination of the provincial boundaries emanates from the communities of the areas in question who wish to be relocated to neighboring provinces.

E. Messages

16. Cabinet congratulates France as the preferred host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup and thanks government’s delegation, headed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi and the South African Rugby Union, for the work done in promoting South Africa’s bid to host the event.

17. Cabinet congratulates Minister Pandor, who was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award. The award was presented to Minister Pandor by the Chancellor of the University of South Africa, former President Thabo Mbeki.

The Outstanding Educator Award, one of four categories, acknowledges the contribution of any outstanding educator who has excelled in or advanced teaching, learning, skills development and/or research in their area of expertise.

18. Cabinet commends the work done by the South African Astronomical Observatory, which is part of the Wide Angle Search for Planets consortium of planet hunters who have detected three new planets.

19. Cabinet congratulates the participants and winners of the 2017 Govan Mbeki Awards, which honour those in the construction sector who have excelled in the delivery of houses. The awards come as the country continues to celebrate the delivery of over 4.6 million houses and subsidies since 1994.

20. Cabinet extends its gratitude to the brave actions by emergency services, firefighters and all volunteers who assisted in dealing with the recent fires in the Western Cape.  

Enquiries: Ms Phumla Williams – Acting Director-General (GCIS) 
Mobile: 083 501 0139

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