Free Entrance at Freedom Park on National Heritage Day 24 September 2017

In line with this year’s theme “The Year of OR Tambo, Celebrating our Liberation Heritage” entrance to Freedom Park will be free of charge on National Heritage Day.

Freedom Park, is a post–apartheid national and international iconic monument for humanity and freedom, a people’s shrine, a monument dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives for humanity and freedom. Its core objectives are aimed at contributing to nation building, reconciliation, social cohesion and unity. It is also tasked to establish mechanisms to promote, protect and preserve Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

In representing South Africa’s heritage, Freedom Park is inclusive of all South African people, placing the country’s history, unique culture, heritage and spirituality in context that is respected nationally and internationally. A unique monument which has inscribed names of heroes and heroines across eight conflicts that shaped South Africa.

The Gallery of Leaders, is an element within Freedom Park, in which iconic leaders who fought for liberation, freedom and humanity are celebrated, leaders like OR Tambo, a nation’s icon and hero of the liberation struggle who shaped the country’s vision, mission and value system. Also standing shoulder to shoulder with Oliver Tambo are Kwame Nkrumah, Samora Machel, Julius Nyerere, Helen Joseph and many more.

Come one come all. Happy National Heritage Day.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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AUC holds Annual Meeting of the Civilian Strategic Support Group

The African Union (AU) Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD), in its capacity as the Civilian Strategic Support Group (CSSG) Secretariat, convened the CSSG Annual Meeting under the theme: “The Role of Civilians in AU Peace Support Operations: Operating in High-intensity Contexts from 19-20 September 2017, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The decision to establish a CSSG was taken by the 8th Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence Safety and Security (STCDSS) held in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, from 13 to 15 May, 2015. The CSSG was established as an advisory platform and coordination structure to support the operational effectiveness of the civilian component in African Union Peace Support Operations (AU PSOs). It seeks to promote a common understanding of the roles, functions and responsibilities of civilian personnel in AU PSOs.

Participants included representatives from the AU Commission, current and past AU missions, Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs), Training Centres of Excellence (TCEs), research institutes and partners.

The meeting created a platform for critical reflection and discussion around the role and contribution of civilians in high-intensity operations. Additionally, the meeting generated recommendations on how to enhance existing support structures to ensure required civilian dimension in high intensity operations as well as to facilitate deployment, management and effective use of civilians in these contexts. Furthermore, inputs were made to the draft Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) of the CSSG on the scope, modalities and role of the CSSG in providing required support to the AU PSOD on how the civilian component could be more effectively employed to better contribute to the successes of AU PSOs.

Distributed by APO on behalf of African Union Peace and Security Department.

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UK funding empowering Somalis to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers

The UK has funded a training course on the prevention of the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict, delivered by Somalis to their fellow countrymen. The three day course brought together 60 participants from the Federal Government of Somalia, Federal Member States and Somali Security Sector.

This was the first time a UK-funded “training of trainers” course was delivered by Somali trainers. The British Embassy in Mogadishu worked with African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and advisers from the Federal Government of Somalia to develop content and to empower Somali trainers to deliver training to other Somalis.

British Ambassador to Somalia David Concar said:

“The recruitment and use of children in conflict is a vile practice and a threat to lasting peace in Somalia but more and more Somalis are stepping forward to tackle the problem. The UK is proud to be empowering them to train fellow Somalis in the skills and understanding needed to build a future in which no Somali child ever has to carry a gun.”

Somalia’s long conflict has witnessed much recruitment and use of child soldiers. Robust training, outreach and advocacy are key to ending this and achieving compliance with international laws. Working with Somali Security Forces is an important first step as they are the first point of contact with children associated with armed conflict.

The participants and facilitators approached the training with enthusiasm and demonstrated a high level of commitment to serve as ambassadors to eradicate the use of child soldiers and promote children’s rights throughout Somalia. Previous training courses have been delivered in Somalia, but never before with Somalis running the training.

The training methodology and course content were developed by the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and managed by the AMISOM Child Protection Office. The initiative is a good example of collaboration and coordination between the African Union, British Embassy Mogadishu and the Federal Government of Somalia.

Acknowledging the efforts and professionalism displayed by the Somali facilitators, Mr Musa Donald Gbow, AMISOM Child Protection Advisor said:

“It is a significant development to see Somalis training their own. This is an indication of the tangible progress made towards improving the mainstreaming of child protection across Somalia. We are looking forward to witnessing the integration of child protection training for the Somalia Security Forces.”

Thirty of the 60 participants will progress on to a two-week ‘training of trainers’ course in October.

Distributed by APO on behalf of British Embassy Mogadishu.

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The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and Liquor Industry Role Players Commit to Pursuing an Inclusive and Transformed Liquor Industry Agenda

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) together with liquor industry role players have committed to pursuing an inclusive and transformed liquor industry agenda that will ensure the achievement of meaningful and accelerated participation in the sector. This momentous agreement was agreed to during the inaugural Liquor Industry Transformation Seminar that was hosted by the dti in Midrand yesterday.

The seminar was part of the dti‘s initiative to interrogate compliance regarding Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) as outlined in the B-BBEE Act and sector codes, the disparities and challenges encountered within the liquor industry regarding transformation, the challenges experienced by Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises within the liquor industry, and ways in which government and the liquor industry could work together to increase participation of black people in the industry.

Speaking at the seminar, the Chief Director of the dti‘s National Liquor Authority (NLA) Ms Prea Ramdhuny said that while much has been accomplished to deracialise the economy, the extent to which the majority of black people participated meaningfully in the economy had to be accelerated.

“From today we will make a commitment, and the commitment is that the agenda shall change. We have an obligation as leaders in government and industry to make a difference, to remove structural economic barriers that will facilitate new entrants in the future. Let us focus on ownership, control and value-chains to facilitate change and make meaningful participation. We have had the conversations and our focus should now be on implementation,” said Ramdhuny.

In addition, Ramdhuny said government and the industry working together would contribute to building an equal society through sustained and inclusive growth.

The President of the South African Youth Chamber of Commerce (SAYCC), Mr Thapelo Maleke added that while his organisation welcomed transformation within the liquor sector, the effectiveness of liquor regulations had to be debated in the same breath.

“There is very little SMME activity in the liquor industry because most of the big players choose to conduct most of their manufacturing to distribution activities in-house. Some of the few SMMEs appointed as distributors are allowed to handle the products of that producer only, which affects their ability to grow their business and achieve operational independence,” he said.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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