The public are now well aware that the recent 8th May national election received the lowest voter turnout since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, with only a 66% turnout. Citizen Surveys, the leading South African marketing and social research consultancy specialising in national research studies, had estimated the lowest voter turnout scenario at 63%. This release unpacks and answers the below three important questions demanding answers following the poor voter turnout: How legitimate is the South African democracy if so many people did not vote? Do the voting age population (aged 18 and older) believe that political parties will keep the promises made during election campaigning? What role did unmotivated youth play in this low voter turnout? How legitimate is the South African democracy if so many people did not cast their ballots? The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) reported the voting age population at 35.9-million adults. The 2018 mid-year population estimates from StatsSA, however, estimate that there are about 37.8-million adult South Africans (aged 18 and older). Of this, approximately four in ten live in townships and three in ten live in the rural areas. Reza Omar, Strategic Research Director at Citizen Surveys, says, “Just under 17.7-million votes were cast in the election, indicating that an approximate 18.2-million South African adults abstained from the election altogether. Of these adults, just over 9.1-million didn’t register to vote and just over 9.1-million of the registered voters did not turn up at the polls. In short, only about half of adults voted in the election. I believe this level of abstention brings the legitimacy of our democracy into question.” The election results indicate that: The ANC garnered just over 10-million votes. This represents 28% of the adult population of South Africa. The DA garnered just over 3.6-million votes. This represents 10% of the adult . . .
Human Rights Day. Is it justified to celebrate this day? One of the founding provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa is human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms. We therefore ask if this provision is realized or perceived. This question is obviously posed in a post democracy South Africa and 23 years after the attainment of freedom except economic freedom which we still have a long way to attain. In post apartheid South Africa why do we still grapple with the issues of economical inequalities, why are certain sectors of society considered supreme to others? We must not deceive ourselves under the illusion that we have attained full freedom and human rights as provided by the Constitution of the Republic; we are far from attaining these constitutional imperatives. Freedom can never be celebrated while we are still confronted with reports of our kids loosing their very lives in improper pit toilets, not once but twice, thrice or more; some of the incidents relating to the loss of life due to improper toilet structures may have gone under our radar unreported. How can we celebrate human rights when our people get shot for peaceful protests? Peaceful protest is enshrined in our lovely Constitution but every time our people do so they are either killed or injured by the police; while they are fighting and advocating the very human rights we ought to celebrate. It is one thing commemorating the day and the other celebrating it; before we can celebrate the day and all those who were wiped off from our midst by the evil hand of apartheid, we first have to make sure that we advance the constitutional imperatives of human dignity, freedoms, equality and human rights. At the moment there is a national discourse in regards to land expropriation; this matter is very much inevitable and cannot be avoided any longer. Twenty three years into democracy the issue has now become more urgent than ever . . .
The Embassy of Japan will host a series of events to honour the 100th anniversary of the South Africa/Japan bilateral relationship. The events are aimed at raising awareness about Japan and its century-long ties with South Africa. Japan ambassador to South Africa, Shigeyuki Hiroki, says in the same year Nelson Mandela was born in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, the first Japanese official mission was dispatched to South Africa. “The Consulate of Japan was established in Cape Town in 1918, becoming Japan’s first mission on the African continent.” “I imagine those Japanese diplomats coming to South Africa, only about 30 years after the first democratic constitution of Japan, the Meiji Constitution, was established and a generation after the opening of Japan to the world, struggling with both the challenges of international relations in a new world, and learning about this new country they had been sent to.” “Each generation of Japanese diplomats posted here over the past 100 years has followed in their footsteps, learning a little more about this beautiful country and its people, with the objective of deepening the mutual understanding between South Africa and Japan. As part of this momentous anniversary, I have reaffirmed my commitment to further strengthening the bilateral relationship,” “We are honoured that Nelson Mandela visited Japan three times, including the official state visit in 1995. With great respect for Nelson Mandela’s great achievements and celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, we would like to continue working together with South Africa towards further prosperity and enhanced mutual understanding.” adds Hiroki The Embassy of Japan will host a Japan Cultural Expo Brooklyn Mall in Tshwane on 1, 2 and 3 March. Visitors will experience various aspects of Japanese culture, such as Ikebana (flower arrangement), bonsai (ornamental trees), Japanese traditional costumes and martial arts. In addition, the embassy has planned activities . . .
The annual Oliver Top Empowerment Awards has announced its first round of 2018 Awards category finalists. In its 17th year, the Oliver Top Empowerment Awards recognises companies and individuals for their contribution and commitment to empowerment in South Africa, acknowledging the efforts of businesses, civil society, the public sector and truly outstanding individuals. CONGRATULATIONS Amongst the first round of finalists are: • Ricoh SA – at the forefront of driving innovation • Stadium Management SA – SA’s premium stadium management group • AECOM SA – leading the way in delivering infrastructure and programmes • Nestle SA – inspiring people to live healthier lives • EnviroServ Waste Management – SA’s largest waste company who have been pioneers in the industry for 35years View the full list of the first round of Award finalists at www.topempowerment.co.za/awards/ This year’s empowerment winners will be announced to the nation on the 12 April 2018, at the highly anticipated awards ceremony, hosted at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg. Sponsors include Nedbank, North West Parks Board, 20/20 Insight, AVBOB, Saya-Setona, VBS Mutual Bank and the Department of Science and Technology. ACCOLADES OF DISTINCTION Becoming a finalist is an achievement in itself as the entries are reviewed by a panel of peers, captains of industry, esteemed judges who ensure the Oliver Top Empowerment Awards are true accolades of distinction. SECOND ROUND In anticipation of the second round of finalists, we will be making an announcement on 23rd February for all late submissions. If you are a leader in transformation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 086 000 9590 to enter. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Pretoria-The High Court in Pretoria is on Thursday expected to hear arguments in the Democratic Alliance’s urgent application to compel President Jacob Zuma to supply his record of decision for his Cabinet reshuffle in March. The Democratic Alliance filed an urgent application with the court on April 24, to force President Jacob Zuma to give reasons for reshuffling his Cabinet on March 31. DA chairperson James Selfe said in a statement that the party had asked the court to force Zuma to provide a written record of the decision, and reasons for the reshuffle. The Democratic Alliance filed an urgent application with the court on April 24, to force President Jacob Zuma to give reasons for reshuffling his Cabinet on March 31. DA chairperson James Selfe said in a statement that the party had asked the court to force Zuma to provide a written record of the decision, and reasons for the reshuffle. But State Attorney Isaac Chowe, in a letter responding to the DA, said the president was under no obligation to provide reasons to the DA for the Cabinet reshuffle. Selfe said the law required the president's decisions to be "rational". The president's decision to dismiss or appoint a minister of finance required an additional bar of rationality, Selfe said. The midnight reshuffling saw former finance minister Pravin Gordhan axed. He was replaced by Malusi Gigaba. Selfe said it is well known that the president was trying to get more control over the Treasury for his own gain. But State Attorney Isaac Chowe, in a letter responding to the DA, said the president was under no obligation to provide reasons to the DA for the Cabinet reshuffle. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The following motion submitted to Parliament by DA MP Terri Stander is adopted by the National Assembly: I hereby move, on behalf of the Democratic Alliance, that this House; Notes that South African Emlyn Culverwell and his fiancé sit jailed in Abu Dhabi for transgressing an United Arab Emirates’ morality law: being pregnant without a marriage certificate; Also notes that despite the UAE being a signatory to the treaty on International Human Rights Law, hundreds of women are arrested in the UAE every year for sex without a marriage certificate - whether consensual or rape; Further notes that tomorrow is International Women's Day; and that many countries still impose archaic laws that oppress women, and violate their international human rights. Call on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the South African Embassy and Consulate to answer the call of a desperate mother and do whatever possible to ensure the safety, and release of this couple; Condemn this practice in support of International Human Rights and our very own Bill of Rights as contained in our Constitution Convey our support to Mr. Culverwell's family during this terrible ordeal. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg 24 February 2017 - In a world filled with violence, terrorism and injustice, to many, the idea of peace has become merely just a vision as these unsettling acts continue to affect innocent people in communities around the globe. Violence serves as a reminder of how relevant and necessary peace is in today’s society. The Peace is Possible campaign encourages all individuals and communities to come together to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of peace. Youth-led organisation Junior Chamber International South Africa (JC1) believes that the collective actions of community coalitions will bring humanity closer to establishing an everlasting world peace. For this reason, JCI South Africa, through the Peace is Possible campaign chaired by Mr Tshepo Thlaku, seeks to foster an environment where shared collaboration and open dialogue occur between all sectors of society, making peace more than just a vision — but a possibility. The campaign mobilizes young people worldwide to create awareness, advocate, take action and commit to an everlasting world peace. The worldwide adoption of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development is just one step toward achieving this peace. As JCI, we believe that it will take the collaborative effort of active citizens everywhere, working to advance these 17 goals, to make peace possible. The dialogue – titled Peace, Equality and Justice - will take place at Regiment, 35 Ferguson Road, Sandton on the 28th of February, from 18:00 – 20:00. The dialogue will be moderated by Mr Thlaku, with JCI Secretary General – Mr Arrey Obenson as one of the panel members alongside Betreace Achaleka – Author of Follow me to Africa, JCI SOUTH Africa National President – Bridgett Majola, JCI Tshwane Local Treasurer – Kholisa Ngalo and Founder and CEO of Her Luxury Material - Ms Dorothy Amuah. JCI focuses on developing skills, knowledge and understanding among young South Africans. The purpose of the organisation is to empower youth to be . . .
In a prelude to the SPAR Wheelchair Wednesday campaign, disabled voters in Nelson Mandela Bay received an opportunity yesterday to ensure they contributed to the municipal elections. Thanks to a special dispensation approved by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), voting stations were set up at various points in the metropole, allowing people with disabilities to make their mark. The voting opportunity will help to raise awareness of SPAR's Wheelchair Wednesday campaign which is held annually in collaboration with the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD). "The voting process today (Tuesday) helped to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by about 100 000 disabled people in Nelson Mandela Bay on a daily basis," said APD executive director Brian Bezuidenhout. "We want to give those disabled people a chance to empower themselves, to make sure they have the right to vote, and we acknowledge the role the IEC played in making this possible." The SPAR Wheelchair Wednesday campaign was initiated five years ago to raise awareness of those who have physical disabilities. This year's campaign will be launched on August 10 when SPAR Eastern Cape and APD use the opportunity to demonstrate to able-bodied people the challenges faced by disabled people. The election process was appreciated by residents of Cheshire Homes, who had a voting station on their premises. "I would like to thank the IEC for making it very simple for the physically disabled to vote," said Cheshire Homes resident Rodney Lavin. "They have done a wonderful job on educating the people how to vote and also allowing it to be wheelchair friendly." Jackson Gqomo and Dan Mkele also used the opportunity to vote at the Cheshire station. "I'm glad to be able to vote and to put my cross for my party," said Gqomo. "I want to see them help us as a people who live with disability." Mkele also expressed his delight with being able to vote. "I'm feeling . . .
The time has come for Kouga residents to sit up and notice as the newly proposed ward candidates for ward 4 and 5 are made known. Since the adoption of democracy in 1994, the ANC has ruled this municipal region with the DA as the official opposition. However,things for the coloured communities of ward 4 and 5 has gone from bad to worse and as a result, these residents have lost their faith in the ruling party and thus, five years ago, they elected two DA councillors to serve in those two wards. Now five years later, they are at wits end as the DA councillors are equally as bad as their ANC counterparts. Just as the coloured people resigned themselves to yet another oppressive five years, a bright green storm came raging through Kouga and other regions in the form of Patriotic Alliance, a political party founded in 2013 by businessmen Gayton Mckenzie and Kenny Kunene. The regional executive leader in Kouga, Jerome Jacobs is contesting against the controversial ex-UDM MPL Tyrone Liberty of the ANC and the present ward councillor, Freddie Campher of the DA said that he is confident that the PA will make a significant impact in the coming local election, scheduled for 3 August this year. "Our coloured people might be kicked aside, beaten, trampled on but we are not out of the fight. We as the PA strife to rebuild our nation.we want to reclaim and restore our stolen dignity. We are here to stay and to serve our people," he said, "the PA chose their candidates from out of the communities that are most grossly marginalized because living with the challenges of the people and serving the communities will be a personal affair for them," concluded Jacobs. The candidates for ward 5 are Antheo Novem (PA), Pieter Hans (ANC) and current councillor, Desmond Pieterse (DA). Author: Jerome Jacobs CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, now Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) is in South Africa this week to discuss the commission’s evaluation of the current multilateral system and how it can adapt to address key global challenges. During his visit to South Africa, Mr Rudd will meet with President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss the country’s role in the multilateral system as a member of the international community. The ICM was established in September 2014 to lead expert-level discussions on how multilateral systems can increase impact and purpose in the 21st century. The ICM’s discussions focus on an examination of new global challenges, the evolution of organized violence, the current multilateral architecture, and recommendations for reform. The goal of the commission is to undertake a comprehensive review of multilateral institutions with a view of formulating proposals for change to increase global security and development within and among nations through open, responsive and effective collaboration. The ICM’s findings will culminate in a comprehensive final report by the end of 2016 with independent recommendations to inform the strategy of the new United Nations (UN) Secretary General, who will be elected this year to succeed Ban Ki-Moon. President Jacob Zuma and Mr Rudd will assess progress in key areas of transformation including inequality, terrorism, climate change, urbanization, pandemic disease, and migration. South Africa, a key political and economic player on the continent, is expected to add an important voice to the commission’s findings. Mr Rudd will be available for interviews following a press briefing on Friday, 27 May. Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am Place: Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, Alma Road, Sandton, Johannesburg. To confirm attendance, please email email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .