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KZN government boosts efforts to stimulate economy following unrests
17 August 2021, 4:53 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development and Environmental Affairs, MEC Ravi Pillay, says township and rural economy should also be prioritised to stimulate the province’s economic growth.

Almost 80 percent of businesses in these areas were affected by the recent sporadic unrest and looting.

Addressing various business stakeholders at the Dube Trade Port in Durban, Pillay said all spheres of the province’s economy need to be revived and promoted.

Efforts to revive the province’s economy are currently under way as government works around the clock to rescue businesses that were severely affected by the recent unrest.

The provincial government and private companies joined forces to come up with strategies to promote economic growth.

Preliminary reports indicate that the cost of the destruction is estimated at over R20 billion.

“I have to make a point that the capable state is a critical part of the economic recovery and international investors say look let the domestic investors take the lead and we will follow. Let the domestic investors say and act in a way that show that they have confidence and are prepared to put the money where the mouth is,” says Pillay.

Massmart chairperson, Kuseni Dlamini, says whilst the looting caused a strain on their businesses they’ll be able to re-open most of them.

“Our view is that most of our damaged stores can be re-instated and open quickly and indeed we have re-opened some of them. We continue to support and retain our staff while we rebuild our stores and facilities. Together with Wallmart Foundation, we have set aside R13 million to acquire tons of food to support the people of KZN.”

Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal together with relevant stakeholders have established the Township and Reconstruction Strategy which will prioritise businesses in townships.

“The informal traders have been hardest hit but what we are looking now is how we can extend our focus on that economy through packages of developing a small industry hub in the township. So far, roughly about R20 to R50 billion and the number includes the loss in terms of infrastructure that was destroyed or gutted, loss of stock and loss of time during that period,” says CEO Neville Matjie.

Small business owners are also positive that the government relief funds set aside to help them will make a huge difference.

“We are positive that the government will do its best in supporting us as small businesses and we are happy as they have set aside a certain budget to support us. We need experienced employees and expertise in the business, so funding is needed from the government in order to employ more people with experience,” says Director of Cool Kids Clothing Stores, Ntokozo Motloung.

Ithala Bank is one of the financial institutions that has committed to help resuscitate affected small businesses.

Ithala Bank spokesperson, Tozi Mthethwa, “We are working closely with both national and provincial government to protect various businesses in a form of funding and involvement of communities to secure businesses. There are many businesses that are at risk so people cannot go back and operate and people are facing being jobless. 16 out 21 shopping centres that are owned by Ithala were destroyed, so it is our priority to support the urgent rebuilding of the centres and trade.”

Many of the business organisations who were also part of the engagement say none of their staff will be laid-off from work following the devastation.

Economic recovery efforts in KwaZulu-Natal following recent unrest:

City of Cape Town presents strategy to revitalise tourism
17 August 2021, 3:54 PM

Mayoral committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management in the City of Cape Town, James Vos, has presented the City’s Ten Point Strategy to revitalise the tourism sector to the newly appointed minister in the portfolio, Lindiwe Sisulu.

 

Vos highlighted a campaign the city is spearheading to enact a remote worker visa to give South Africa more appeal to a bigger category of tourists.

He further told the minister of an urgency to remove the country from the UK’s “red list” that dissuades travelers from going to listed countries because of high quarantine costs.

Vos also told Sisulu to put pressure on the Transport Department to approve Delta Airlines from the US request to fly directly to Cape Town.

Boks go back to tried and trusted for second Argentina clash
17 August 2021, 3:49 PM

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber has rotated his team for their second Rugby Championship clash with Argentina in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday and has reverted to something close to a full-strength side.

The Springboks beat Argentina 32-12 in their competition opener at the same venue this past weekend with a much-changed team.

However, they have restored their regular backline with the return of flyhalf Handre Pollard, wings Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi, and the centre pairing of Lukhanyo Am and Damian de Allende.

The line-up is similar to the one that played the third test against the British & Irish Lions and clinched the series.

“A few players didn’t play last week after a physically demanding Lions series and are now back in the mix, while we also wanted to give a few players who have worked hard at training over the last two months a chance to get some valuable game time,” Nienaber said in a media release from South African Rugby.

“This is a long season, so we need to get the balance right between building consistency in selection and in our performances, managing the players in terms of their workload, and building depth within our squad.”

 

Props Thomas du Toit and Trevor Nyakane will partner hooker Malcolm Marx in the front row, with Marvin Orie to get a first test start at lock alongside Lood de Jager.

Captain Siya Kolisi, Franco Mostert and number eight Jasper Wiese make up the loose-forwards.

“Argentina will come hard at us, so we know we need to perform much better than last week to get the desired result,” Nienaber said.

“While we were pleased with the victory and to start our Rugby Championship campaign on a winning note, there was a lot of room for improvement in our performance.

“We’ve identified a few areas we need to work on if we want to defend our title successfully, and we will work on those aspects of our game at training this week.”

After this weekend, both sides will travel on the same chartered flight to Australasia for the remainder of the competition.

They will play two fixtures each against Australia and New Zealand.

Team: 15-Willie le Roux, 14-Cheslin Kolbe, 13-Lukhanyo Am, 12-Damian de Allende , 11-Makazole Mapimpi, 10-Handre Pollard, 9-Cobus Reinach, 8-Jasper Wiese, 7-Franco Mostert, 6-Siya Kolisi (captain), 5-Lood de Jager, 4-Marvin Orie, 3-Thomas du Toit, 2-Malcolm Marx, 1-Trevor Nyakane

Replacements: 16-Bongi Mbonambi, 17-Steven Kitshoff, 18-Frans Malherbe, 19-Nicolaas van Rensburg, 20-Kwagga Smith, 21-Dan du Preez, 22-Jaden Hendrikse, 23-Damian Willemse.

ANC IPC announces Bushy Maape as North West Premier-elect
17 August 2021, 3:06 PM

Bushy Maape has been announced as the Premier-elect for the North West province. This follows the removal of Job Mokgoro as premier.

The ANC Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) accused Mokgoro of not taking instructions from the party.

The IPC’s Hlomane Chauke made the announcement a short while ago.

“The African National Congress in the North West welcomes the decision of the NEC to deploy a veteran with intensive experience in both government and the movement. Keabetswe Bushy Maape as the Premier-elect of the North West province. The process to deploy comrade Maape followed the intensive interviews of the three candidates that were recommended to the national structure of the African National Congress.”

 

The ANC had submitted three names of preferred candidates to the party’s national leadership for Mokgoro’s replacement. They were current legislature speaker, Susana Dantjie, Finance MEC Motlalepule Rosho and IPC member, Bushy Maape.

Mokgoro tenure

After a three-year reign as the Premier of the North West Mokgoro vacated the office. During his tenure, there were many trials and tribulations both in public administration and the greater politics of the ruling party.
Our reporter Sentleeng Lehihi takes a look at the rise and fall of Job Mokgoro.

Mokgoro was born in the Northern Cape in May 1948. Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro obtained multiple academic accolades including a Master of Public Administration Degree in the United States of America, before his appointment as a lecturer at the University of Bophuthatswana, now called North West University.

He was married to former Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro. It was during the Bophuthatswana transitional period after former president Lucas Mangope was ousted, that Mokgoro rose to prominence and worked in the transitional government.

He was appointed Director-General in the North West Province’s first democratic administration as well as the 4th administration under Supra Mahumapelo’s premiership.

Mokgoro was hand-picked by a special ANC National Working Committee in June 2018 to stabilise the province after the party’s Provincial Chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo, resigned after public protests against his leadership following widespread allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

A month before his appointment, the entire provincial government was placed under administration after major financial, governance, and capacity challenges were recorded at provincial departments.

AfriForum to oppose IEC’s bid to postpone elections
17 August 2021, 2:38 PM

Lobby group AfriForum says it will be at the Constitutional Court on Friday to make sure that the local government elections are not postponed to 2022.

This as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC ) will be seeking to apply for the elections to be postponed as recommended by former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke.

During the hearings, conducted by Justice Moseneke, some political parties called for the postponement of the elections. While others felt the elections should continue on October 27, as set by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

However, AfriForum’s Manager of Local Government Affairs, Morné Mostert, says there is no basis for postponing municipal elections in South Africa.

“There is currently no way for the Constitutional Court to give an order of postponing the municipal elections past the 90 day period as mandated by the constitution. Furthermore, during the public participation process of the IEC, it was not clear that there is no large difference between holding the municipal elections on the 4th week of October versus February 2022.” 

 

Afriforum opposes postponement of local government elections:

 

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