Team probes pipeline theft which led to crude oil spill

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has assigned a team of environmentalists to work with Transnet after a pipeline theft incident resulted in the spillage of crude oil in the Bellair Area in Durban.

“As the department, we wish to indicate that at this stage, we are working with all role players to implement spill containment measures to prevent damage to the environment,” Dube-Ncube said on Tuesday.

The MEC has undertaken to visit Umbilo River and all other affected areas in Bellair to assess the damage to the environment.

“I will ensure that all spheres of government work in an integrated manner in order to strengthen measures undertaken by Transnet as part of cleaning and rehabilitating the source of the spillage and the harbour.

“Critically, we are calling upon communities to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that those who are responsible for vandalising Transnet pipelines are brought to book,” the MEC said.

Transnet has recorded over 80 incidents of fuel theft and incidents of attempted theft. They have also recorded cases of tampering with pipeline infrastructure with the intention to steal fuel. 

“As it has been pointed out in various platforms, Transnet operates and maintains a network of 3 800 km of high-pressure petroleum and gas pipelines from Durban to Gauteng across five provinces.  

“We have a responsibility as the people of this province to ensure that we protect this valuable infrastructure, which is critical for our economy,” Dube-Ncube said. – SAnews.gov.za

Motshekga wishes matrics good luck

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has wished the matric class of 2020 the best of luck as they prepare to sit for their final exams next month.

In a video posted on Twitter, Motshekga reminded the Grade 12s that they will be writing their exams under unusual circumstances as the schooling systems across the globe were disrupted due to COVID-19.

“But all has been done to ensure safety in the exam centres … remain focused, I know you can make it. Good luck, revise and just get ready for your exams,” the Minister said.  

Early this month, Motshekga said the combined examination, makes this the largest public examination that has been administered in South Africa with 1 058 699 candidates.

“We certainly have never had to manage a number that large before. It is going to be a huge task, but one that we will need to ensure it is managed and coordinated smoothly.”

The 2020 National Senior Certificate final exams officially commence on 5 November where learners will be writing their English first paper. The exams will be concluded on 15 December.

The provinces are also encouraging the learners to familiarise themselves with Woza Matric, a programme designed to help matrics catch up on their studies and to assist with learning materials and study tools via classes broadcast on TV channels, online platforms and radio.

SABC 3, Openview Channel 122 and DStv Catch Up broadcast matric lessons in six key subjects to help learners revise.

Also, the teachers answer the learners’ most urgent questions and provide tips to help them keep calm and focused during the exam.

Meanwhile, Northern Cape Premier, Dr Zamani Saul, acknowledged on Tuesday that the pandemic disturbed learning and teaching in many of their schools across the province.

Saul said the pandemic has placed great pressure on the provincial government to support learners.

According to the provincial government, the spring classes will start across all districts this coming weekend to help benefit learners.

In the province, there are 12 049 full-time matrics registered this year. – SAnews.gov.za

Dialogue to flesh out importance of buying local

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The economic benefits of buying locally made products, as well as the impact of buying fake goods, will be among the topics discussed at a dialogue hosted by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic).

“The dialogue also aims to educate consumers and manufacturers on the mandates of the dtic’s technical industrial institutions and to educate the public on the #BuyLocal campaign.

"We will also highlight the importance of buying products that comply with approved technical standards and regulations, and create awareness on fake goods illegally bearing Proudly South African’s logo, and the South African Bureau of Standards’ stamp of approval,” said dtic Deputy Minister, Nomalungelo Gina.

Thursday’s dialogue, which the department will hold in collaboration with Proudly South African, will highlight the economic benefits of buying local, as well as key sectors that can make a significant contribution to job creation and economic growth for the country.

Proudly South African CEO, Eustace Mashimbye, said the importance of supporting locally grown, produced and manufactured goods and services has never been more relevant than now.

“The reinvigoration of the South African economy and reversing the escalating unemployment figures will be a collective effort, starting with the commitment of the public and private sectors, as well as individual consumers to buy local,” said Mashimbye on Tuesday.

Several dtic agencies will participate in the dialogue, including the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), and National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA). - SAnews.gov.za

President Ramaphosa to address Heritage Day celebration

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

resident Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday virtually deliver the 2020 National Heritage Day keynote address.

This year’s Heritage Day will be celebrated under the theme ‘Celebrating South Africa’s Living Human Treasures’.

The theme is a recognition of the country’s living human treasures, who embody repositories of knowledge, customs and traditions.

This year’s Heritage Month is dedicated to the living human treasures, namely Dr Esther Mahlangu, Mama Madosini Latozi Mpahleni and Mama Ouma Katrina Letsau.

As part of the celebrations and in their honour, three books have been launched, which acknowledge the efforts of these great women, who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of artistic occupation, putting South Africa on the global cultural map.

Throughout the month, government has promoted South African indigenous knowledge holders, who have been producing goods and services within local communities but have not received national or international acclaim and recognition.

Curbing GBV

Heritage Month is also being directed towards highlighting the fight against gender-based violence and femicide in the country. As part of raising consciousness across society, government will continue to facilitate dialogues and hold panel discussions on GBV, aimed at engendering and sustaining positive behavioural change.

Heritage Month is a platform to promote the rich and diverse indigenous knowledge systems of South Africa.

It’s an opportunity to create awareness around the scourge of GBV and encourage the country’s living human treasures to champion the care of women and girl children within communities, and expose learners and youth to the richness of South African indigenous heritage.

It also seeks to advance the profile of South Africa’s outstanding indigenous knowledge holders as moral compasses in communities, promote the appreciation of and economic potential of products, goods and services made by indigenous knowledge holders, and enhance social cohesion and nation building through indigenous knowledge.

This year’s national day celebrations will also highlight the vastness and richness of indigenous knowledge systems represented by rites of passage, festivals, music, crafts, science, innovation, knowledge and our relations with the universe.

The celebrations will be televised on major news channels and streamed live across social media platforms.

– SAnews.gov.za

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