Gauteng Legislature holds a clean-up campaign as part of Men’s month activities in Johannesburg, 20 Jul

Two major Joburg taxi ranks to receive much-needed cleaning work

Two major taxi ranks in Johannesburg (Bree & Noord) will receive the much needed clean-up from the Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s (GPL) Men’s Forum. The Forum consists of all male Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) as well as male staffers.

As part of Men’s month activities, the Forum will drive a clean-up campaign, which aims to encourage Gauteng residents (particularly males) to be agents of the change they want to see in society. The clean-up drive will start at 10am at the Bree Taxi Rank, and proceed to Noord Taxi Rank � calling on men to dispose waste appropriately, thus contributing to cleaner and healthier public spaces.

The campaign also aims to create public awareness among taxi drivers and general commuters about general hygiene, environmental preservation and health benefits of maintaining clean environments.

The GPL Men’s Forum envisages reaching out to all men in every corner of the province, urging them to be agents of social change.

Source: Government of South Africa

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Gauteng Legislature meets with Community Development Workers in Germiston,19 Jul

COGTA & Human Settlements Portfolio Committee engages Gauteng community development workers

On Wednesday, the Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on CoGTA & Human Settlements will meet with the Department and Community Development Workers (CDWs) from all corners of Gauteng. Led by Honourable Chairperson, Mohatla Phutas Tseki, the Portfolio Committee has scheduled this engagement in response to challenges within communities, with the aim of strengthening working relations with CDWs.

CDWs are tasked to address the gap between government’s service delivery programmes and the people who should benefit from these services; and assist communities to identify and communicate their needs and concerns to government. Their work involves connecting communities with government and identifying issues that pose serious service delivery challenges.

Visibility of CDWs in communities; their role within the assigned communities; and the quality of capacity given to CDWs will greatly assist to make government more responsive and advance confidence to the people of Gauteng.

Source: Government of South Africa

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UNITED NATIONS, July 15 (NNN-UNNS) — The United Nations Security Council expressed concern at the ongoing clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and deplored that civilians from some communities, UN peacekeepers and aid workers continue to be targeted.

In a Presidential statement read out at a formal meeting, members of the Security Council said they believed this violence continues to destabilize the country, cause many civilian casualties and cause large displacements of the population, even though the parties to the conflict have agreed to put an immediate end to hostilities.

The Security Council deplored all attacks against civilians, human rights violations and violations of human rights and reiterated the urgent need to bring to justice all perpetrators of these violations or abuses, their status or political affiliation.

The Council reaffirmed that some of these acts may constitute crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and recalled that, at the request of the national authorities, the Prosecutor of the Court opened an inquiry in 2014 on crimes allegedly committed since 2012.

Clashes between the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, have plunged the country of about 4.5 million people into civil conflict since 2012. In addition to those displaced within the CAR, more than 484,000 people from the country have been forced to seek refuge in neighbouring nations.

In its Statement, the Council stressed the importance of combating impunity, and called for the Special Criminal Court to be operational and for the judiciary, the penitentiary system and the criminal justice system to be restored throughout the country.

The Council also expressed its deep concern about the humanitarian situation in CAR and once again called on all parties to authorize and facilitate the safe and timely passage of humanitarian assistance for to those who need it.

Reiterating support for the President of the CAR, Faustin-Archange Touadera, the Council welcomed his efforts to advance dialogue with armed groups and extend the authority of the State throughout the country. It also encouraged the authorities to carry out without delay an open political process.

The Statement went on to strongly condemn the violence perpetrated by armed groups and called upon all leaders of these groups to make the provisions of the agreement � signed in Rome on 19 June 2017 under the auspices of the Sant-Egidio community � known to their members so that they immediately implement the cessation provisions and to honour, without any restriction, their commitment to the process of disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation.

Finally, the Council called upon all partners in CAR, particularly the African Union and neighbouring States, to adopt as a matter of urgency the Joint Action Plan concluded on June 21 in Brussels on mediation with armed groups, and to support its implementation, with a view to achieving a lasting cessation of hostilities throughout the territory.


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Define your own destiny, Manamela tells youth

Pretoria � A generation of young people who know who they are and where they are going � that is Deputy Minister Buti Manamela’s hope for today’s youth.

Manamela, who is the Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Youth Development, said youth must take the lead in defining their own mission and ask hard, important questions to reach their goals.

We need to ask important questions and challenge the status quo. If we don’t change the whole question of ownership and control of land and the economy, people will still feel that they are not liberated. We need to probe how certain things have not been done, said Deputy Minister Manamela.

He threw this challenge to the youth during a wreath-laying ceremony at Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu’s grave in Mamelodi West Cemetery, as part of Mahlangu’s birthday celebrations.

Other officials present included the Deputy Ministers of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu; Communications, Tandi Mahambehlala; Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga and Justice and Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla.

Born on 10 July 1956, Mahlangu was sentenced to death on 2 March 1978 and executed on 6 April 1979. He was the first young operative of uMkhonto Wesizwe to face the death sentence.

Deputy Minister Manamela said over the last 24 years, the blood of Mahlangu has nourished the tree of freedom.

A lot has been done to improve the lives of millions and this progress should never be taken for granted. Government has committed to taking forward what Kalushi fought for.

Speaking at the main programme held at Mahlangu’s home in Mamelodi West, Deputy Minister Makwetla said South Africans cannot talk about Solomon Mahlangu without asking themselves what they are doing to make people’s lives better.

It is important that we remind ourselves of where we come from and what Solomon Mahlangu was about.

Prince George Mahlangu, who spoke on behalf of Mahlangu’s family, thanked government for celebrating the day with the family, saying South Africans should embrace what Mahlangu stood for.

He was brave and his bravery was not made by what he sought to get. To us, he is still alive and we will never forget the role he played. It is part of history. We will remain grounded because he was everything to us and the country.

After the main programme, government officials were joined by young people from Gauteng to watch the Kalushimovie at Nu Metro cinema in Menlyn Mall.

The youth will later in the day engage in a dialogue to highlight the challenges they face, and what they have learned from the story of Solomon Mahlangu.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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