IMC on Social Security to Brief on Progress of the New Payment System for Social Grants

The IMC on Social Security led by Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, will hold a media briefing to update the country on the progress of the new payment system for social grants.

Members of the media are invited to a briefing as follows:
Date: Friday, 15 September 2017
Time: 10h00
Venue: 1035 Tshedimosetso House – Cnr Frances Baard and Festival streets in Hatfield, Pretoria – Gauteng Province.

Note: There will be a video link at GCIS Imbizo Media Centre – Parliament, 120 Plein Street in Cape Town.

Minister Bathabile Dlamini and SASSA will be filing their second report on the progress of the payment of social grants to the Constitutional Court on Friday, September 15 2017.

In March this year, the Constitutional Court ordered the Minister of Social Development and SASSA to file quarterly reports on SASSA’s progress to take over the payment of social grants.

Media RSVPs should be forwarded to Mr Justice Malapane- 079 497 7426 / JusticeD@dsd.gov.za or Mr Takalani Mukwevho on 082 227 9308 / Takalanim@gcis.gov.za.

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

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Gabon: stop clamping down the opposition

The serious post-electoral crisis following the 2016 presidential elections in Gabon is fuelling instability, say MEPs. They condemn the pressure and intimidation of the opposition in the country as its role is fundamental in a democratic society.

MEPs urge the Gabonese authorities to immediately overturn their decision “denying the right to leave the country to several leaders of the Gabon opposition, including the candidate in the 2016 presidential election Jean Ping”. An “independent and objective investigation into the election-related violence and the allegations of serious violations for human rights and fundamental freedoms” should be held, repeat MEPs.

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Foreign Minister Kono Pays a Courtesy Call on the President of Arab Republic of Egypt

On September 12, from 10 a.m. for approximately 40 minutes, H.E. Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, President of Arab Republic of Egypt, during his visit to Egypt. The overview is as follows.

  1. In the beginning, President El-Sisi welcomed Minister Kono on his visit to Egypt, and expressed his gratitude for supports from Japan in various fields. President El-Sisi expressed his hope for the expansion of the assistance for the Japanese method of education and for the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum including its management in the future. In response, Minister Kono said that he would work hard on them.
  2. Minister Kono welcomed the considerable development of Japan-Egypt relations, including the cooperation in the education sector, since President El-Sisi’s visit to Japan in February last year. Minister Kono announced that Japan is planning to provide yen loan of 18.6 billion yen as a financial assistance for the Japanese method education in which the Government of Egypt is promoting. Furthermore, Minister Kono also announced that Japan is planning to extend grant aid of approximately 1 billion yen for education and to provide research equipment at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST).
  3. Moreover, referring to the first-ever Japan-Arab Political Dialogue with Ministers of Arab states held on September 11, Minister Kono stated that Japan is willing to play more active role in stabilizing the Middle East and expressed his desire to continue working collaboratively with Egypt who is a leading power of the region. Regarding the situation in North Korea, Minister Kono explained the stance of Japan. Japan and Egypt agreed to work closely to tackle the challenges that the international community is facing, including North Korea.

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Sudan – Italy’s commitment to reintegrating ex-combatants in Sudan

A ceremony was held in Khartoum at the headquarters of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Program (“DDR”) to mark the occasion for putting into operation the computer equipment recently donated to Sudan organisations by Cooperation Italy, through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (“AICS”) in Khartoum.

Attendees at the ceremony included the General Commissioner of the DDR, the Planning Director for International Cooperation of the Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Ambassador in Sudan, Mr Fabrizio Lobasso, and the AICS Director in Khartoum, Vincenzo Racalbuto. A donation of about 25,000 euros enabled the purchase of crucial computer equipment for DDR planning and development, including portable computers, servers, printers, and more importantly, online programs to identify and register ex-combatants, whose reintegration into civil society and the work environment is an absolute priority for the Sudan government.

“This new project by Cooperation Italy in Sudan supports the Italian commitment to strengthening the capacity building of the DDR and local organisations. It directly contributes towards the stabilisation of the country and the long-term development of an inclusive strategy for vulnerable people and civil society affected by war” said the Ambassador, Mr Lobasso.

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