Human Rights

Semenya, Van Niekerk nominated for top awards

Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has congratulated Olympic gold medallists Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk on their nominations for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Athlete of the Year Awards.

Our athletes continue to make the country proud, uniting us behind our common vision of a winning nation. It has been a year full of activities for athletics and our South African athletes represented us well, said Minister Mbalula on Wednesday.

At the Rio Olympics held recently in Brazil, Van Niekerk clinched gold for the country when he made world history by breaking the 17-year-old record set by Michael Johnson’s mark of 43.18 in the men’s 400m. Van Niekerk won the gold medal and set a world record of 43:03 seconds.

South Africa’s golden girl, Caster Mokgadi Semenya, won the 800m gold medal at 1 minute 55.28 seconds, making this the 25th gold won by South Africa in the country’s Olympic history.

Wayde’s record breaking performance and Caster’s thrilling run will be the highlights in sporting history. Both athletes affirmed us as a nation of champions. It is with pride and excitement to learn of their nominations. These prestigious awards present yet another platform to inspire more young athletes to represent our country with excellence, said the Minster.

Van Niekerk is nominated with nine other nominees, including Jamaica’s Olympic champion Usain Bolt. They were selected by an international panel of athletics experts comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.

Semenya is nominated among nine other nominees, including US hurdler Kendra Harrison.

Voting closes on 1 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, three men and three women finalists will be announced by the IAAF. The winner will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016 in Monaco on 2 December.

Minister Mbalula called on South Africans to use the IAAF social media platforms and website to vote for Semenya and Van Niekerk.

To vote for Semenya, South Africans can log onto Facebook ( and like Semenya’s picture. The same can be done for Van Niekerk by liking his picture on the Facebook page. �

Source: South African Government News Agency



Arts and Culture

Labour on Compensation Fund outreach campaign

Labour reaching milestones during outreach campaign

The Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund is making inroads in changing the lives of our people for the better. This has been observed during the on-going community outreach campaign the Compensation Fund is currently embarking on.

Yesterday, 17 October 2016, marked the start of this campaign which saw scores of Heilbron community members heeding the Department’s call and attending the event. No less than 286 clients and stakeholders of the Department of Labour came to get direct access to the services of the Department.

The main objective of this series of outreach programmes is to take services closer to the people and provide a one-stop-shop of all service offerings of the Department of Labour. The campaign is hosted in conjunction with other branches of the Department such as the Inspection and Enforcement Services, Public Employment Services, as well as the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Key highlights are provided underneath;

Key highlights for Compensation Fund:

92 of these attendees came specifically for Compensation Fund related matters.

4 injury on duty cases were adjudicated and accepted;

7 cases were confirmed as no permanent disablement;

11 medical adjudications were done;

3 pensions confirmed and clients to be paid for permanent disablement

3 unreported fatalities identified and inspectors to conduct thorough investigations.

Key highlights for UIF related cases:

A total of 134 cases were recorded for UIF related matters;

15 applications approved and to be processed by the pay masters;

6 clients’ applications were processed, finalised and paid instantly;

1 application rejected

Inspection and Enforcement Services cases:

20 non-compliance cases identified and recorded for further investigation

Public Employment Services:

60 CVs received from job seekers for possible placement

No less than 30 officials of the Department from different units inclusive of decision makers within the Department will physically be attending to clients during the visits to different towns.

Decision makers within the Department are roped in to ensure that clients with Injury on Duty, occupational diseases or fatality claims as well as Unemployment Insurance claims are assisted and decisions to approve or decline such claims, provided all the required documentation is available, are made right on the spot. Work seekers are also encouraged to bring along their CVs to be registered on the database of the Department of Labour for possible placement as and when job opportunities become available.

The campaign is used as one of many pro-active mechanisms the Department of Labour has adopted to try and speed up service delivery and ensure the livelihoods of our clients are improved at all material times.

The schedule for the remaining towns is as follows;

Date Town Venue Time

18/10/2016 Parys Mosepedi Hall 09h00 � 16h30

19/10/2016 Wesselsbron Monyakeng Community Library 09h00 � 16h30

20/10/2016 Marquard Moemaneng Community Hall 09h00 � 16h30

21/10/2016 Botshabelo Community Hall 09h00 � 17h00

Media is invited to attend, and for further details please contact the undersigned.

Source: Government of South Africa