Tito Mboweni announced as new Finance Minister

Former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni has been sworn in as South Africa’s new Finance Minister.

This comes after outgoing Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, submitted a letter of resignation on Tuesday morning to President Cyril Ramaphosa, requesting to be relieved of his duties.

President Ramaphosa made the announcement in Cape Town on Tuesday.

“Over the course of the last few days there has been much discussion among South Africans on matters that arose in the course of the testimony of Minister Nhlanhla Nene at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

“As a consequence of these developments, Minister Nene submitted a letter of resignation this morning in which he requested that I relieve him of the position of the Minister of Finance,” the President said.

He said Nene had indicated that there is risk that the developments around his testimony will detract from the important task of serving the people of South Africa, particularly as government works to re-establish public trust.

The President’s announcement comes after Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko told journalists on Tuesday that there had been engagements between the President and Nene following his testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice, Judge Raymond Zondo.

Following his testimony to the commission last week, Nene released a statement apologising to South Africans for his lapse in judgement after his earlier statement during a TV interview that he had not gone to meet members of the Gupta family, except for at public functions.

Briefing journalists on Tuesday, the President said after due consideration of the evidence presented by Nene at the Commission, and in the interests of good governance, he took a decision to accept Nene's resignation.

The President took some time to thank Nene for having served the people and the government of South Africa with “diligence and ability”.

He said that under difficult circumstances and often under great pressure, Nene consistently defended the cause of proper financial management and clean governance.

“It is a measure of his character and his commitment to the national interest that he has taken this decision to resign in the wake of errors of judgment, even though he has not been implicated in acts of wrongdoing,” he said.

Mboweni returns

After a brief stint as advisor to the Reserve Bank Governor between July 1998 and July 1999, Mboweni was appointed as the Governor in August 1999.

Mboweni was appointed to several positions during his tenure. This includes his appointment as the honorary Professor of Economics by the University of South Africa between 2000 and 2003 as well as being elected Chancellor of the University of the North West and he was installed as Chancellor in February 2002.

In April of 2002, Mboweni was appointed as the Governor Professor Extraordinary in Economics and served in that capacity until 31 March 2005.

On Tuesday, the President said that having served as a Minister of Labour before being appointed as a Governor of the Reserve Bank, Mboweni brings a wealth of experience “in the areas of finance, economic policy and governance”.

“Mr Mboweni takes on this responsibility at a critical moment for our economy, as we intensify cooperation among all social partners to increase investment, accelerate growth and create jobs on a substantial scale.

“This moment calls for strong, capable and steady leadership that will unlock new opportunities as we grow and transform our economy.

“I am confident that Mr Mboweni will provide that leadership.”

Commission of Inquiry on State Capture

The President said, meanwhile, it was critical the Commission has the means and opportunity to effectively fulfil its mandate.

He said during this process, no person should be above scrutiny, and all relevant and credible accusations of wrongdoing should be thoroughly investigated.

“It is incumbent upon any person who may have knowledge of any of the matters within the Commission’s mandate to provide that information to the Commission, to do so honestly and to do so fully.

“For the country to move forward, we need to establish the full extent of state capture, identify those responsible for facilitating it, and take decisive steps to prevent it happening again.

“Throughout this process, we need to be guided by the values and principles of our Constitution, mindful of the importance of due process, committed to good governance, and determined that, with the support of all South Africans, the Commission of Inquiry will succeed in fulfilling its critical mandate,” he said. – SAnews.gov.za

ASHA Trust celebrates 10 years of excellence and changes name

ASHA Trust hosted representatives of foreign governments, government officials and private sector donor partners on 28 August to showcase the organisation’s achievements in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector over the last 10 years.

The occasion, which took place in Sandton, was also used to announce the organisation’s name change to The Early Care Foundation.

The Trust, which has uplifted a number of crèches in disadvantaged communities, has a 70 year history of excellence in ECD in Gauteng. Speaking during the occasion, the First Lady of South Africa and Chairman of the Early Care Foundation expressed her passion to continue uplifting children.

“We have a reason to celebrate as we are giving birth to the Early Care Foundation,” she said. “ECD has become an area of national importance and we as an organisation aim to extend our part in the national initiative. As we move into our next phase of growth, the organisation needed a name that more accurately reflects the organisation’s broadening vision.”

The First Lady added that new brand name talks to the organisation’s aim to be instrumental in the systemic improvements of the quality of early care for pre-school children.

“At the same time The Early Care Foundation encompasses our passion for opening up career paths for the women who care for the children,” she concluded.

Over the last 10 years the organisation managed to successfully develop and facilitate ECD training programmes for under skilled practitioners and owners of home based crèches. The raining equips beneficiaries with the necessary skills to provide a stimulating educational environment.

The organisation has also managed to assist crèches to develop their facilities in order to comply with the standards prescribed by the Department of Social Development to help them register their ECD centers. Tlangeni Day Care of Cosmo City’s extension 6 is one of the pre-schools which have benefited from ASHA Trust programmes.

Statistics indicate that approximately 4,5 million South African children between the ages of 0 – 4 years have no access to quality early childhood care and education facilities. Children exposed to the risk factors associated with poverty and face a greater risk of impaired brain development. Research proves that quality day-care improves the physical and intellectual development of poor children.

 

 

 

City opens fourth Community Based Substance Abuse Treatment Centre at River Park Clinic

The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Councilor Herman Mashaba and Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development, Dr Mpho Phalatse invite you to the official opening of the River Park Community Based Substance Abuse Treatment Centre.

 

The centre is the fourth of the five that will be rolled out by the City. As part of the Integrated Substance Abuse Strategy, the City of Johannesburg’s Health and Social Development Departments adopted a Community Based Model as advocated for by Chapter 5 of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act. This model advocates for the provision of treatment and psycho-social, as well as medical services within the community environment in a registered facility. It also requires that a centre be established or that an existing facility and infrastructure, including primary health care centres be utilized to provide integrated community-based treatment programmes.

 

For these reasons, there was a great need for the establishment of Community Based Substance Abuse Treatment Centres to compliment services rendered by both private and state owned rehabilitation centres, due to their inaccessibility and unaffordability to our indigent residents.

 

Event details are as follows:

 

Date:               Thursday, 23 August 2018

 

Venue:             River Park Clinic, Corner Sandlana and Azikwelwa Streets, River Park

 

Time:               10:00 - 12:00

 

 

For media queries or interview opportunities, please contact:

 

Lesego Mathibela

Stakeholder Manager

Office of the MMC – Health and Social Development

Tel: (011) 407 6725

Mobile: 061 497 8286

E-mail: LesegoMat@joburg.org.za

 

OR

 

Dominic Mahlangu

Strategic Advisor

Office of the MMC – Health and Social Development

Tel: (011) 407 6832

Mobile: 081 230 3299

Email: DominicM@joburg.org.za

 

Gauteng adopts smart measures to fast track infrastructure projects

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo on Tuesday unveiled the province’s multibillion rand project portfolio to be delivered in the next three years.

The portfolio is made up of 340 projects valued at about R4.5 billion, with R1.7 billion being allocated for the 2018/19 financial year.

Speaking at a media briefing to unveil the project portfolio, MEC Mamabolo warned that during the delivery of the projects, under-performance and poor quality will not be tolerated.

To ensure that projects are carried out, MEC Mamabolo said his department will use drones to monitor progress at the various sites of construction.

MEC Mamabolo said the pressures posed by rapid urbanisation and migration have resulted in the escalation of demand for social infrastructure services such as schools, libraries, health facilities and community centres.

“As the Department of Infrastructure Development, we are proud to say that the last two years have been the most testing as we laboured to explore long term solutions to resolve construction and implementation challenges.

“We have had to roll up our sleeves and put down systems and processes that would prepare us for the future,” MEC Mamabolo said.

How the pipeline works

The Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) has introduced the most innovative project pipeline portfolio. The pipeline, described as a multi-billion, multi-year infrastructure project portfolio (MMIPP) is planned for implementation over a period of three years.

The project pipeline will be used to prioritise projects that are ready for implementation. They will be tracked and monitored to improve project management processes, and to speed up delivery to Gauteng communities.

MEC Mamabolo explained that all the pipeline projects were subject to the Project Readiness Matrix (PRM), an innovative tool designed by the department to assist in the assessment of all the critical and stage specific Infrastructure Delivery Management System (IDMS) requirements, before projects are considered for inclusion in the pipeline.

“The project pipeline profiles projects according to their various stages of development, enabling the department to better prioritise and manage its portfolio with greater efficiency,” MEC Mamabolo said.

According to the MEC, all the identified pipeline projects are classified into three categories, with the first known as ‘Platinum,’ which is a list of 63 projects planned for delivery during the current 2018/19 financial year.

The 63 Platinum Projects are valued at R459 million. They have been vetted against the IDMS guidelines to ensure their delivery period is not delayed or extended.

The second category is ‘Silver’ consisting of 188 projects, with projects planned for delivery during the 2019/20 financial year. The projects have an estimated allocation of about R966 million.

The last classification is ‘Coal’ and consists of 89 projects that are planned for delivery in the 2021/22 financial year, with an estimated allocation of about R260 million.

MEC Mamabolo said the classification and profiling will greatly enhance transparency and accountability of project performance for both management, client departments, other key stakeholders as well as communities.

“The department will also be in a position to improve its reporting by ensuring that all information is gathered from one source.

“Most importantly, the monitoring of project performance will further enable the department to proactively manage compliance issues largely residing in other spheres of government, such as local municipalities,” MEC Mamabolo said. – SAnews.gov.za

 

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