Media statements

Government commemorates World Press Freedom Day

3 May 2021

Government joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Press Freedom Day under the theme “Information as a Public Good”. The 3rd of May is a day set aside to realise and raise the importance of press freedom. The 2021 commemoration coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralistic Press. The seminar in 1991 served as a catalyst to encourage press freedom, independence and pluralism in Africa and in other parts of the world.

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Government on media arrangements for official memorial service of King Goodwill Zwelithini Kabhekuzulu

17 March 2021 

President Ramaphosa has accorded King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu a Special Official Funeral Category 1 status which includes elements of military honors. 

The logistical arrangements for the media pertaining to the official memorial services are as outlined below.  

1. Memorial service

The official memorial service will take place at the KwaKhethaomthandayo Royal Palace in Nongoma on Thursday, 18 March 2021 starting at 10:00am. 

2. Media accreditation

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Government provides update on arrangements for Special Official Funeral of The Late King Goodwill Zwelithini Kabhekuzulu

16 March  

Government informs South Africans on the details pertaining to the Special Official Funeral of the King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu.

King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu passed away in the early hours of Friday, 12 March 2021, after an extended illness. The national flags have been flying at half-mast as of Saturday, 13 March 2021.

The Special Official Funeral Category 1 is accorded with military honours.

1. Funeral Service and Burial

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President Cyril Ramaphosa mourns passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu

12 March 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Isilo Samabandla, King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu. 

His Majesty passed away in hospital on the 12th of March 2021.

“This sad news come at a time when we had all been hopeful that His Majesty was recovering well in hospital where he had been over the past few weeks,” the President said. 

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Media statement by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation on 2021 funding decisions for prospective students and the commencement of the 2021 academic year

11 March 2021
Programme Director;
Deputy Minister Bhuti Manamela;
Senior Management of the DHET;
NSFAS CEO, Andile Nongogo;
USAF leadership;
SACPO leadership
SAUS and SATVETSA leadership;
TVET College Governors Council
Leadership from Unions;
Members of the media;
Ladies and gentlemen;
To all prospective students, parents and South Africans at large, Good Morning.
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5 days to go before the closing of the 2021 SADC Media Awards competition

23 February 2021

With 5 days to go before the closing date, South African media are invited to submit their entries for the 2021 SADC Media Awards competition. 

The Awards were established following a decision by the Council of Ministers in 1996 to establish a sector that deals with matters relating to amongst others, information, culture and sport. These awards serve as part of ensuring a link, coordination and synchronisation between formal structures of SADC governments, civil society, academia, labour and the media. 

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Media arrangement for the first vaccination: 17 Feb

17 February 2021 

Government received the first batch of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine last night at the O.R Tambo International Airport. President Cyril Ramaphosa, Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize and Deputy Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla as well as the healthcare workers will be vaccinated this afternoon at Khayelitsha District Hospital in the Western Cape Province.

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Government on arrangements for Special Official Funeral service of late Justice Mthiyane

1 February 2021

Government would like to advise the public about details pertaining to the Special Official Funeral of the late Justice Khayelihle Kenneth Mthiyane.  Justice Mthiyane passed on Thursday, 28 January 2021.  Following his passing, President Ramaphosa has honoured him by designating his funeral as a Special Official Funeral, Category 2.  

1.    Funeral
The Special Official Funeral Service of Justice Mthiyane will be held at Natal Sharks Board in Durban, KZN  on Wednesday, 03 February starting from 09h00. 

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The Presidency honours late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu with Official Funeral Category 1

22 January 2021 

The late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu will be honoured with an Official Funeral Category 1 at his home in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, on Sunday 24 January 2021.

Minister Mthembu passed away on Thursday, 21 January 2021, from COVID-related complications.

The State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy accords Official Funerals Category 1 to serving Ministers.

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