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Government saddened by death of struggle stalwart, Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada

28 March 2017

Government is deeply saddened by the death of struggle stalwart, Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada and joins the millions of South African in extending its deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Government said that the passing on of the revolutionary was a great loss for South Africa. Kathrada was one of the accused in the famous Rivonia Trial and played an instrumental role in the fight against apartheid.

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Government notes media reports on purchasing of vehicles for Ministers and their Deputies

27 March 2017

Ministerial government vehicles purchase aligned to rules

Government has noted media reports about the purchasing of vehicles for Ministers and their deputies which creates a perception that government is wasteful, despite government’s efforts on various occasions to put the expenditure on road transport into perspective.

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President Jacob Zuma reconstitutes the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Communication

27 March 2017

President Jacob Zuma has reconstituted the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Information and Publicity.

The IMC is responsible for championing and coordinating the work of government with regards to communicating government programmes.

The IMC will now be called the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Communication and will be chaired by the President assisted by the Minister of Communications who will be responsible for the overall coordination of the communication function as per her portfolio.

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Portfolio Committee to conduct oversight visit to Department of Communications

24 March 2017

The Department of Communications will host the Portfolio Committee on Communications at Tshedimosetso House, the seat of Government communication and home to the GCIS on Tuesday, 28 March 2017.

The Committee will be conducting an oversight visit to the Department of Communications and its entities from 28 – 31 March 2017. 

The Portfolio Committee will engage with members of the executive, staff and unions.

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Government condemns violence against women

24 March 2017

Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, condemns the violence against women as reported in the media. Government is appalled and shocked by reports of horrific and unacceptable acts of violence and sexual assault faced by two women whilst commuting in taxis in Johannesburg. Further to this, women in Delft and Mthatha have been victims of taxi violence. We must work together to ensure that the public transport system is a safe environment for women who depend on this vital infrastructure to participate in the economy.

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Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster welcomes Ugochukwu sentencing

17 March 2017

The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster welcomes the Gauteng High Court’s land marking ruling in the case against Eke Ugochukwu. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on charges of trafficking a 15-year-old girl and forcing her into prostitution in Rosettenville two years ago.

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Government welcomes ConCourt ruling on the payment of social grants

Government welcomes the Constitutional Court’s ruling that allows Cash Paymaster Services to continue paying social grants to eligible beneficiaries for another 12 months.

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, expressed Government’s appreciation to the apex court. He said: “The South African government cares for its people and today’s ruling is indicative of a progressive democratic nation. Government accepts unconditionally the judgement and directives of the Constitutional Court.”

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Government calls on South Africans to play their part in raising awareness and promoting basic human rights

13 Mar 2017
Play your part by raising awareness and promoting human rights

In this month of March, Government calls on South Africans to play their part  in raising awareness and promoting basic human rights, in their communities, workplaces, government institutions and places of worship in line with the theme: The year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action in Advancing Human Rights.

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Acts of incitement will not be tolerated

22 Feb 2017

The JCPS Cluster has noted with concern inflammatory remarks currently circulating on social media. These inflammatory posts are made by South Africans and foreign nationals against each other on social media posts. The threatening posts have been escalating since the recent attacks on homes and property occupied by foreign nationals in Johannesburg and Tshwane. The Cluster calls for these acts that only seek to divide our communities to stop.

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