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Namibia Namibia: Gawanas Wants to Transform UN-AU Relationship
NEWLY appointed United Nations special adviser on Africa Bience Gawanas said one of the things she would like to do is to improve the relationship between the UN and the African Union. Gawanas was appointed special adviser on Africa by UN secretary general Antonio Guterres on Monday. She succeeds Maged Abdelaziz of Egypt. Gawanas is the current special adviser to the minister of poverty eradication, and was also the special adviser to the minister of health and social services. She is know ...
South Africa South Africa: Dr George Mukhari Hospital Improves access to Cancer Treatment
The Gauteng Health Department says the launch of the new oncology facility at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital (DGMAH) in Ga-Rankuwa, Tshwane, will improve access to cancer treatment. “I cannot contain my excitement at the launch of this much needed biomedical equipment because to us, patient care and safety will always come first and today’s launch of the first-of-its kind PET-CT imaging system in Africa serves as a testimony of our unreserved commitment to improve patient care. “At a cos ...
Namibia Namibia: Namibia Switches to Electronic Passports
NAMIBIA has ceased the issuing of machine-readable passports and will start issuing biometric or electronic passports as from Monday, 8 January 2018. This was announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration's director for immigration and border control, Nehemia Nghishekwa, on Friday at a media briefing in Windhoek. Nghishekwa explained that electronic passports are highly secure travel documents with a chip which enhances security.
South Africa South Africa: Over 7 000 Military Vets and Dependents Given Educational Support
The Department of Military Veterans has provided education support to over 7 000 military veterans and their dependants in 2017. Mbulelo Musi, the department’s spokesperson, said this on Wednesday when he briefed the media in Hatfield on the progress made in supporting military veterans. The programme is one of the most critical benefits that the department provides, with the view to change the lives of military veterans and their beneficiaries for the better.
South Africa South Africa: Government Committed to Providing Reliable Transport Services
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has reiterated government’s commitment to provide reliable, cost effective, efficient, safe and modernised transport services following a train accident that happened at the Geldenhuis station, east of Johannesburg. “This commitment will be safeguarded, provided communities in their various formations partner with government to ensure that the rail network is a protected asset, which has the potential to yield maximum and reciprocal benefit for the economy and ...
South Africa South Africa: Gauteng Legislature Assesses School Readiness
Members of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) will embark on a school readiness drive from Wednesday until Friday to assess issues such as registration, teaching and the state of affairs in schools. “Presiding officers [of the GPL] will engage with the schools management to identify critical needs for speedy intervention. During this campaign, the presiding officers -- together with the Portfolio Committee on Education -- will each actively visit two identified schools, accompanied by th ...
South Africa South Africa: Home Affairs Aims to Increase Smart ID Rollout
Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni says talks with National Treasury for the approval of a public-private partnership, which could see more bank outlets issuing smart IDs and passports, are at an advanced stage. “We have agreements with banks and the Competition Commission, [and] we are now in talks with National Treasury because we need a public-private partnership (PPP). Treasury needs to give approval so that this relationship with the banks complies with the provisions of a PPP. O ...
South Africa South Africa: Deputy President Ramaphosa to Lead SA Delegation to World Economic Forum (WEF)
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the South African delegation to the 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting from 23 - 26 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The meeting will take place under the theme ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’, and will promote renewed commitment to international collaboration as a way of solving critical global challenges.
South Africa South Africa: Treasury Publishes Second Carbon Tax Draft Bill
National Treasury has published the second draft of the Carbon Tax Bill for it to be introduced in Parliament and for public comment. Parliament will host public hearings on the bill in early 2018. “Following that process, a revised bill will be formally tabled in Parliament, which is expected to be by mid-2018,” said Treasury on Thursday. The publication of the bill follows the announcement made in the 2017 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, which ...
South Africa South Africa: SA Committed to Sustainable Fiscal Framework
While South Africa has experienced a turbulent 2017, government remains committed to maintaining a sustainable fiscal framework going into the future. In a statement on Thursday on progress made in moving the country forward, the Presidency said South Africa, like many other countries, is facing severe headwinds and is facing challenging economic conditions. “This has, however, not stopped government from doing all it can to reignite economic growth,” said the Presidency, noting that the South ...
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