WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: The members of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the policy advisory committee of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), have selected Mr. Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, as Chairman of the Committee for a term of three years, effective January 18, 2018. Mr. Kganyago succeeds Mr. Agustín Carstens, former Governor of the Banco de México, who resigned his chairmanship on December 1, 2017 to assume the position of General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Mr. Kganyago has been the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank since November 2014. He served as Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank from May 2011, and was resp
PRETORIA, South Africa: South Africa and India convened the Foreign Office Consultations on 18 January 2018 in New Delhi, India. The Consultations form part of the structured mechanism which governs bilateral relations between the two countries. This mechanism comprises a Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) and the Foreign Office Consultations (FOC). The FOC serves to reflect on matters of mutual interest within the global arena, as well as a review mechanism to take stock of progress in the implementation of the decisions of the previous Joint Ministerial Commission. The Consultations on 18 January 2018 were co-chaired, from the South African side, by Professor Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director-General within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, respo...
Gayaza,Uganda By Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates. South Africans in Ugandan recently celebrated Mandela day in Kiteezi Communities in Gayaza, a few Kilometers from Uganda’s Capital, Kampala. Led by their High Commissioner H.E Major General, Prof. Lekoa Solly Mollo,the staff of the South African Embassy in Kampala, decided to engage in 67 minutes Volunteer activities in Kiteezi Primary School along Gaba road. The activities were: -Planting of fruit trees by High Commissioner and the Headmaster. -Commissioning of Water by High Commissioner and the Headmaster -Handing over of donations to the Headmaster by the High Commissioner and Headmaster Lady teacher receiving Sanitary-ware for the girl Child. According to South Africa’s Ambassador to Uganda ,Major General
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, Ms. Connie September, has welcomed extra efforts the higher education and training institutions and the Department of Higher Education and Training were making in dealing with registration challenges. “Whilst taking issue with the short period within which they had to respond to the new policy, the institutions nevertheless welcomed the decision of free education for the poor. It is worth noting that these institutions are now working with each other in a coherent way due to the new policy,” Ms. September said. “We must also welcome the efforts made by the institutions to take the opportunity to make improvements in the manner applications are processed, as wel
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: The Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission (NPC) Jeff Radebe, MP, will visit Portia Shabangu Secondary School, in Mpumalanga as part of government back to school programme. The objective of the FSDM visit is to motivate and encourage learners in 2018 academic year, especially those in matric to focus on their studies and emphasize the importance of education in uplifting our society with the knowledge that government is behind them and wishes them all the success in attaining their goals. Education is identified as one of the key elements in creating a better and more prosperous South Africa by 2030. It is also the first priority outcome in the current Mediu...
PRETORIA, South Africa: The fight between the Congolese government and the political opposition over who is right and wrong continues to drive the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) electoral crisis, now entering its third year. This has been an important aspect of the battle to win the support of international, regional and continental forces – and has contributed to drawing the crisis out. The Congolese population has borne the cost of this dilly-dallying. By late 2017, the United Nations (UN) had elevated the DRC to the status of a category 3 humanitarian emergency. This category includes only three other countries – Yemen, Iraq and Syria – all of them in a state of full-blown war. The DRC has the highest rate of internal displacement globally, at 5 500 p
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: The Minister of Police, Minister Fikile Mbalula condemns the people who decided to take the law into their own hands and the threat that they will continue. This follows public violence incidents that took place in the afternoon (January 11, 2018) in Rusternburg. “No matter how justified people might think they are, taking the law into their own hands does not make them different to the people they accuse of being criminals. People must know we are a democratic state, with competent institutions that could resolve all concerns.” Minister Mbalula said. No matter how justified people might think they are, taking the law into their own hands does not make them different to the people they accuse of being criminals The Minister of Police
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has rejected allegations of claims of over R1 billion by Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) based on the alleged breach of the terms of the social grant payment services contracts. The said contracts in question were concluded in 2009 for the following regions: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Northern Cape and North West. CPS has recently confirmed that it is no longer proceeding with its claims for the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, and Northern Cape regions “Upon rejection of the claims by SASSA, the parties agreed that the matters be referred for arbitration as provided for in the contracts. The arbitration proceedings involved the exchange of pleadings, appointment of presiding officers, holdi