The Consul General and all elements of the Indonesian Consulate General in Cape Town convey regards, thanks and farewell to Mr. Herianda LatiefCAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 25, 2022/APO Group/ --
Monday (01/24) 2022, at the Consulate General of Indonesia in Cape Town, delivery of the protocol and consular functions of the Consulate General of Indonesia in Cape Town. The transfer of the position was made from Mr. Herianda Latief, Counselor to Mr. Faiez Maulana, Second Secretary.
The activity was witnessed by the Consul General of Indonesia in Cape Town, Mr. Mohamad Siradj Parwito and all elements of the officials and staff of the Consulate General of Indonesia in Cape Town.
On this occasion, a farewell ceremony was also held for Mr. Herianda Latief, who finished his term of service at the Indonesian Consulate General in Cape Town for two and a half years.
The Consul General and all elements of the Indonesian Consulate General in Cape Town convey regards, thanks and farewell to Mr. Herianda Latief for the kindness and unity thus far.
It is an increasingly worrying trend to note that since the beginning of the school year, incidents of violence, especially related to firearms, have manifested themselves in our school areas.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 25, 2022/APO Group/ --
The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, Ms. Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, has expressed her shock, dismay and sadness at the death of Tembisa Phomolong Secondary School deputy principal, Ms. Thembisile Ngendane, in a shooting outside from school on Friday.
Ms. Mbinqo-Gigaba said: “This is extremely sad. It is an increasingly worrying trend to note that since the beginning of the school year, incidents of violence, especially related to firearms, have manifested themselves in our school areas. This is the last place anyone should feel unsafe."
His comments follow reports from the Gauteng Department of Education confirming that a 50-year-old educator was allegedly ambushed just outside the school gate by three men on Friday, who fired multiple shots at her car at the school entrance. .
He reportedly tried to get out of his car to avoid the hail of bullets, but collapsed next to his vehicle. One of the gunmen reportedly followed her and shot her while she was lying on the ground. The man then fled the scene without taking anything.
Ms. Mbinqo-Gigaba said that the initial indications clearly point to a specific attack on the educator. "This is wrong. Educators are there to help students build a better future for our students, especially disadvantaged students in our country. Violence, especially on our school grounds, is totally unacceptable."
Mbinqo-Gigaba continued: “I urge the authorities to leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of this death of this educator and to deal harshly with the perpetrators. The authorities must also provide the necessary psychosocial support to all those involved. In addition, we will address the issue of violence in our schools with the educational authorities.”
Mbinqo-Gigaba called on communities to work with the authorities to tackle violence in schools, as the problem of violence stems from socio-economic circumstances. Furthermore, Mbinqo-Gigaba said that education is a social issue and everyone should be involved in ensuring that schools are always safe places.
Ms. Mbinqo-Gigaba expressed her deepest condolences to Ms. Ngendane's family, friends and school community. May his soul rest in eternal peace."
Tuesday's session will focus on the consequences of changing NCOP rules and regulations related to the appointment and duties of whips.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 24, 2022/APO Group/ --
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will hold a training workshop for permanent delegates to the Chamber on the application of the new Regulations from Tuesday to Thursday. The Chamber recently concluded a set of new rules to regulate its business and strengthen the fulfillment of its constitutional functions.
Tuesday's session will focus on the consequences of changing NCOP rules and regulations related to the appointment and duties of whips.
Wednesday's session will deal with a practical description of the rules that govern the practices and processes of the Committees. The workshop will also consider Whippery's role in the political coordination of NCOP business and effective coordination between the Provincial Delegation and the legislatures.
Thursday, the last day of the workshop, will cover capacity building and support systems for members of parliament and State of the Nation address arrangements.
The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy will continue its public hearings beginning Tuesday in the Northern Cape and Free State provinces on the Gas Amendment Bill. [B9-2021].
The Committee has already held hearings in the provinces of Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.
The bill is intended to amend the 2001 Gas Law to provide, among other things, for promoting the orderly development of the gas industry and providing for new products and changing technologies in the gas sector.
The Northern Cape stage will take place at Khathu on Tuesday and Kimberley the following day on Wednesday. The Committee will proceed to the Free State province on Friday in Bloemfontein and Sasolburg on Saturday.
Only one meeting of the Military Veterans and Defense Portfolio Committee is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:00. The Committee will receive a presentation from the Department of Defense on the findings of the Ministerial Task Force on the acquisition of the drug Hebron from Cuba.
It is hoped that in the future this cooperation can be achieved and the amount of Indonesian products on the South African market may increase.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 23, 2022/APO Group/ --
On January 19, 2022, the Economy Consul together with the Economy Staff met with the Managing Director of a local cookie producer, at the producer's office and factory in order to follow up on the interest in buying biscuit products. Indonesian desiccated coconut. .
The related manufacturer is a family business that produces various types of cookies and cakes, operating since 2019 and currently has 2 (two) factory locations in Cape Town (Wynberg and Athlone).
With sales figures continuing to rise, the manufacturers are expanding by expanding their factory location in Athlone and bringing in three machines from China to augment the automated production process, which is planned to produce healthy biscuits.
In the production of coconut cookies, producers have used Indonesian desiccated coconut obtained from local distributors. Seeing the quality they have, they want to buy directly from Indonesian growers.
As a follow-up, the Indonesian Consulate General in Cape Town asked manufacturers to send details on the price and specifications of the desired product, so that commercial comparison can be made with producers in Indonesia. It is hoped that in the future this cooperation can be achieved and the amount of Indonesian products on the South African market may increase.
The party requesting provisional interdictory measures has the duty to present its request with diligence and diligence.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 18, 2022/APO Group/ --
The Western Cape High Court removed from its list the urgent request from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) seeking an interim injunction to suspend the implementation of sanctions against its members of parliament stemming from a report of the powers and privileges of the National Assembly ( NA). Committee.
The report was adopted by the AN on December 7, 2021. It recommended that EFF deputies Mr. Nthako Matiase and Ms. Nokulunga Sonti not receive remuneration for a period not exceeding 30 days. It also recommended that the other 14 MPs be fined not to exceed one month's salary and allowances.
The sanctions emanate from the interruption caused by 16 EFF MPs during the budget voting speech of the Minister for Public Enterprises, Mr. Pravin Gordhan, on July 11, 2019. The EFF MPs repeatedly raised points of order, which were declared invalid by the Speaker of the NA House of Representatives, Mrs. Grace Boroto. The parliamentarians persisted in raising the same points of order and then rose, crossed the room and headed towards the Minister. Ms Boroto applied to the Parliamentary Protective Services to remove the EFF MPs, in accordance with NA rule 73(2).
The interim interdiction application was filed with the court pending the completion of the EFF's application for review, which began in December 2020. The EFF is requesting that the committee's report and the process leading to its adoption are declared illegal, reviewed and set aside. The review has not yet been registered for a hearing.
In March 2021, EFF MPs were notified of the committee's finding of guilt and were invited to make statements on both the findings and the sanctions. They chose not to accept this invitation.
In its ruling, the court said it found it difficult to understand why the EFF was seeking an interim injunction against the committee. The EFF launched the request for review in December 2020 and has been able to go to court for injunction measures against the committee since March 12, 2021, when they were notified of the findings of guilt and the intention to impose sanctions.
The court also said that it could not understand how slowly the EFFs processed the request for review. Since no evidence has been submitted to the court as to when the review is likely to be heard, the implication is that the EFF is asking the court to ban the committee indefinitely.
The court further emphasized that the party requesting interim restraining measures has a duty to submit its request conscientiously and promptly. If the EFF had done so, the request for review would most likely have already been decided.
The court held that the EFF created its own urgency in the case, adopting a tailor-made timetable, and failed to present all the relevant facts to the court to support a case of true urgency. The court ordered the EFF to pay the costs.
Parliament management met with NEHAWU leaders on Monday to share important information related to the security of buildings on the precinct.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 18, 2022/APO Group/ --
Parliament welcomes the wage agreement 2021/22 between NEHAWU and the South African Legislature Employers Organization, which represents the provincial legislatures and Parliament. The two bodies concluded negotiations on Friday and reached an agreement as follows:A 1.5% annual increase in the total salary package of all legislative sector employees for fiscal year 2021/22. A one-time payment of R22,000 (ie R1833.3 per month for the period 1st April 2021 to 30th March 2022) for all employees of the South African Legislative Sector, the negotiation team will start work on the harmonization process by March 2022. Implementation of 1 to 2 above shall be on or before February 15, 2022.
Parliament management met with NEHAWU leaders on Monday to share important information related to the security of buildings on the precinct. Parliament management reiterated its commitment to ensure the safety of all employees and other stakeholders on the parliamentary premises. Following these successful engagements, all employees expected to be at work on Monday returned to their workstations.
Parliament reiterates that only the buildings of the National Assembly, the Old Assembly and the National Council of Provinces were affected by the fire and are currently off limits to staff. The other buildings, including the Marks Building, 90 Plein, 100 Plein, and the Good Hope Center, are open and safe for officials.
Despite the devastation of the fire disaster that destroyed parts of the parliamentary premises, Parliament once again guarantees workers their safety in the buildings that were not affected by the fire.
The committee will compile a comprehensive report on your visit and submit it to the provincial and national education departments in order to address all issues.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 18, 2022/APO Group/ --
The Basic Education Portfolio Committee yesterday began its week-long monitoring visit to schools in the North West and Free State to assess the schools' readiness to begin the 2022 academic year.
The chairperson of the committee, Ms. Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, said that this is part of the constitutional mandate of the supervisory committee of provincial education departments. The committee engaged with district, provincial and national education officials, school governing bodies, unions and the South African Headmasters Association.
Non-placed students, school transportation, the Northwest Department of Education's continued placement under administration in 2019 under Section 100 terms, and rotating teaching stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic were some of the topics discussed yesterday. Ms. Mbinqo-Gigaba said that it is important for the province's education department to communicate and meet with the unions as they are an important stakeholder.
Later that day, the committee divided into two groups to visit six schools in the North West Province. The schools were Onkgopotse Tiro Comprehensive School, Reatlegile Special School, Makgwe Primary School, Boitseanape Technical Secondary School, Retlametswe Special School, and Sannieshof Secondary School.
Mbinqo-Gigaba said that the committee took note of all the concerns raised in schools, which included the lack of kitchens to cook for students, tensions within the governing bodies of schools and tensions between principals of schools and educational officials.
The committee will compile a comprehensive report on their visit and submit it to the provincial and national education departments in order to address all the issues highlighted. Mbinqo-Gigaba pointed out that it is the child who feels the consequences of any problem. He called on government bodies, directors and education officials to mend their tense relations.
The committee will continue its program of school visits in the Northwest.
I am pleased that international passenger arrivals rebound in January 2022 and are already showing signs of a rebound in January 2022 compared to December 2021.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 17, 2022/APO Group/ --
The Western Cape Government is concerned about the decline in the number of international passengers checked in at Cape Town International Airport since December 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
While domestic tourism increased markedly between 2020 and 2021, providing a welcome relief to the tourism and hospitality sector in the Western Cape, it also remains below 2019 levels.
On a positive note, the team at Cape Town Air Access, located in Wesgro, is expecting a better summer season with better passenger loads from January through Easter.
The report published by Cape Town Air Access showed that:In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, international round trips totaled almost 2.6 million. In 2020, this figure dropped to 810,811 and in 2021 it dropped further to 525,411. Between November 2021 and December 2021, we saw a decrease from 96,323 to 76,522 international trips due to detection of the Omicron variant and cancellation of flights and reservations. The international passenger recovery in December 2021 was 27% of the 2019 figures. This was lower than the 38% reported in November 2021. If we compare the occupancy from December 2019 to November 2021, we see a decrease of 70, 2% to 54.1%. In November 2019, occupancy was 76.7%.
Prime Minister Winde said: “It is upsetting that we are going through another summer season with so many missed opportunities for the tourism and hospitality sector and the jobs it creates. While we expect some growth this year, these statistics demonstrate the urgency required by the government to focus on the second unemployment pandemic and ensure we bring tourism jobs back to the Western Cape.”
The Cape Town Air Access report further showed that:In 2019, before the restrictions, domestic round trips totaled more than 8.4 million. In 2020, this number dropped to 3.2 million and in 2021 it stood at just 4.2 million, half of the pre-COVID-19 total. On the positive side, the recovery in domestic passenger arrivals grew to 65% from 467,159 in October 2021 and again to 457,599 or 66% in November 2021, and 520,508 in December 2020, a recovery of 76%.
Speaking about the impact on the tourism and hospitality sector, Western Cape Minister for Finance and Economic Opportunity David Maynier said: “The most recent international travel restrictions had a devastating effect on our peak season for international tourism in the Western Cape. Cape. I am pleased that international passenger arrivals are rebounding in January 2022 and already showing signs of an uptick in January 2022 compared to December 2021. I also want to thank my fellow South Africans for traveling to our province this festive season. This helped many of our tourism and hospitality businesses, which have had a difficult two years.”
“Tourism is a key driver of job creation and economic growth in the Western Cape, and we will continue to do all we can to support the economic recovery by addressing barriers to growth, increasing connectivity with the region and executing our award-winning tourism marketing. destination. campaigns that showcase the best that Cape Town and the Western Cape have to offer,” said Minister Maynier.
Prime Minister Winde concluded: “If we want to move forward, we must prioritize job creation this year with the same energy and passion that we showed in our fight against COVID-19. The Western Cape Government is committed to doing so."
Working on Fire had deployed 196 firefighters and management and 18 vehicles, 9 aircraft to assist the fire authorities in Overberg (Kleinmond) with firefighting.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 17, 2022/APO Group/ --
On Tuesday 18 January 2022, the Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms. Barbara Creecy, will visit the Kleinmond area following the fire that destroyed 5,417 ha of vegetation and left one structure burned.
Last week, Minister Creecy announced that, in the interest of public accountability, the Director General of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) has requested the Acting Director General of SANParks to carry out an assessment of the fire. Tomorrow's visit will allow Minister Creecy to glimpse the extent of the damage caused by the fire, while she awaits the report whose evaluation, once processed, will be made public.
Last week, the Department's Working on Fire deployed ground and air assets to assist with fire suppression efforts in the area. Working on Fire had deployed 196 firefighters and management and 18 vehicles, 9 aircraft to assist the fire authorities in Overberg (Kleinmond) with firefighting. A total of 134 additional firefighters and management from local municipalities and agencies (Overberg District Municipality, Overstrand Municipality and Cape Nature) were also deployed to douse the flames.
Minister Creecy will meet with firefighters to personally thank them for their efforts.
In this plan, we will prioritize the Air Access initiative and programs focused on boosting Cape Town's access to key source markets.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 14, 2022/APO Group/ --
The latest passenger arrivals figures from Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) are the clearest sign yet that the metro's trade and travel-related industries, and the broader economy, are poised to return. to grow in 2022. According to airport data, Cape Town received 869,119 air passengers between October and December last year, representing a 58% recovery of 2019 volumes in the same period. Read more below:
These numbers were largely driven by domestic travellers, of whom 733,207 headed to Cape Town in the three-month period. For the last two weeks of December, the average number of daily passengers at Cape Town International Airport increased to 20,339 and flight movements increased to 184 per day.
The figures would certainly have been much higher had international governments not imposed travel restrictions on South Africa, and indeed, as many of them began to lift their bans, flight bookings began to rise, data from the Association shows. International Air Transport.
'This latest information underscores the value of aviation for travel and commerce on the metro. Every air traveler who lands in Cape Town helps support our economy and creates more jobs,” said Councilor James Vos, a member of the Mayor's Committee for Economic Growth.
In 2019, the airport alone helped funnel just under R14 billion to Cape Town and created more than 28,000 jobs. In fact, a 2017 International Air Transport Association report reported that the industry funneled around $9.4 billion into South Africa's GDP.
'As such, my officials and I have already had discussions with Wesgro to promote investment and export possibilities. I'm determined to get the ball rolling on this.
"In this plan, we will prioritize the Air Access initiative and programs focused on boosting Cape Town's access to key source markets, which would allow more products made in the Mother City to be exported to the world," said Councilor Vos.
Air Access, which is facilitated by Wesgro and receives funding from the City, is tasked with promoting, developing and maintaining domestic and international air routes to and from Cape Town International Airport.
Despite the country's turbulent economy and several international crises, the initiative has helped boost passenger and cargo air traffic to Cape Town. Before the pandemic, Air Access helped establish 19 new routes and 23 route expansions and added 1.5 million passenger seats. International air cargo volumes through CTIA experienced a 10% compound annual growth rate between 2015 and 2019. In 2021, the initiative was instrumental in grounding flights from international destinations.
'In addition, we will work with Wesgro to expand programs that will connect Cape Town with more export markets. Exporting more goods means more production, which means more jobs and a stronger economy. There is no time to lose. Let us take advantage of these opportunities that await Cape Town,' said Councilor Vos.