Minister Muthambi to engage community development workers in Kwazulu Natal

Minister for Public Service and Administration, Ms Faith Muthambi, will convene a provincial consultative engagement on the Community Development Workers Programme (CDWP), jointly with a briefing on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) second generation review process, in Kwazulu Natal province.

The joint consultative engagement will take stock of the current state of the CDWP, how the programme could be strengthened to ensure improved service delivery, and will empower CDWs on their role in the APRM second generation review process, which will commence in the 2018/19 financial year.

Since the inception of the Community Development Workers Programme, the CDWs have been the conduits of information between Government and the citizens, and have contributed immensely in the speeding up of service delivery. CDWs will also play an important role of engaging the communities during the upcoming APRM second generation review process.

The Minister will engage all CDWs of Kwazulu Natal Province during the event which is scheduled as follows:

  • Date: Friday 17 November 2017
  • Province: Kwazulu Natal
  • Venue: Umkumbaan Community Hall, Ridgeview (EThekwini Municipality)
  • Time: 10:00

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Engaging South Africa on FAO’s Internship, Volunteers and Fellowship programmes

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representation in South Africa and the Partnerships and South-South Cooperation Division of FAO Headquarters, with the support of the South African Government will convene a National Round Table Discussion on the FAO Internship, Volunteers and Fellowship programmes on 17 November 2017, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The aim of the one-day seminar is to raise awareness about the FAO Internship, Volunteers and Fellowship programmes and to identify modalities and opportunities for collaboration, within the framework of South-South Cooperation.

It will be attended by representatives from Universities in South Africa, students, the Government, FAO interns and development partners.

FAO’s Global Internship, Volunteers and Fellows Programmes provide opportunities for university students, researchers, experienced specialists as well as the wider community members to work with FAO to realize a world free from hunger and malnutrition.

  • What: Round Table Discussion on the FAO Global Internship, Volunteers and Fellows Programmes.
  • When: Friday, 17 November 2017, 8:0am.
  • Where: Southern Sun O.R.Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Who: A Representative of the Government of South Africa. Lewis Hove, FAO Representative in South Africa, a.i. Kazumi Ikeda-Larhed, FAO Deputy Director: Partnerships and South-South Cooperation Division.
  • Why: In the past five years, total 1 481 interns were recruited for FAO. However, the participation from Africa region is only ten percent on average. Moreover, there has not been any participant from universities based in South Africa. Given the prominent global standing of South Africa and its academic institutions, FAO seeks to significantly increase the number of diverse participation from South Africa.

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President Zuma to undertake a working visit to Botswana for the 4th Session of the SA-Botswana Bi-National Commission

President Jacob Zuma will undertake a working visit to participate in and co-chair the 4th Session of the South Africa-Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC) to be held in Gaborone, Botswana on 17 November 2017.

The BNC will be preceded by a Senior Officials meeting on 14-15 November 2017 and the Ministerial meeting on 16 November 2017, respectively.

South Africa and Botswana meet annually at the level of the Heads of State within the framework of the BNC to review bilateral cooperation and discuss issues of common interest.

South Africa and Botswana enjoy cordial relations which are informed by cultural ties and geographical proximity. The two countries cooperate on a wide range of areas including, transport, trade and investment, health, education, environmental issues, water, science and technology, agriculture, justice, immigration, energy, finance, culture, security, sport, etc.

Regarding economic cooperation, South Africa remains one of Botswana’s major trading partners. Many South African companies operate in Botswana in various sectors.

President Zuma will be accompanied by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans; Ms Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology; Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry; Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister of Water and Sanitation; and Ms Tokozile Xasa, Minister of Tourism.

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U.S. Embassy Trains Community Radio Journalists

On November 13, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer and Teresa Ndanga, Chairperson of the Media Institute of Southern Africa Malawi Chapter (MISA-Malawi), opened a four-day workshop in Lilongwe for 20 Malawian community radio journalists from across the country. The workshop, funded by the U.S. Embassy and led by American journalism trainer Daniel Brown, is designed to strengthen the capacity of community radio journalists to report effectively on the issues affecting their communities.

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