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Minister of Electricity to update on the implementation of the Energy Action Plan

The Minister of Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, will host the weekly media briefing to update on the implementation of the Energy Action Plan. 

The Minister will provide a status update on Tutuka Power Station.  

Members of the media are invited to attend the briefing as follows:

Date: Sunday, 27 August 2023
Time: 10h00
Venue: GCIS Auditorium, Tshedimosetso House, 1035 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield, Pretoria

Live Streaming details:




Media enquiries: Tsakane Khambane, Spokesperson to the Ministry of Electricity, on 082 084 5566

Issued by: The Presidency

Minister of Electricity to visit Ditsobotla

Minister in The Presidency for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, will tomorrow, 24 August 2023, pay a special visit to Ditsobotla Local Municipality in the North West. 

The town of Lichtenburg, which is the municipality’s economic hub, has been without electricity due to debt owed to Eskom and technical challenges on the distribution network. 

During this visit, the Minister will engage with the local agriculture and business sectors to assess the impact of the challenge and further explore short- to medium-term interventions that can alleviate the crisis. 

Date: Thursday, 24 August 2023
Time: 11h00
Venue: Ditsobotla Local Municipal Chambers

Media enquiries: Tsakane Khambane, Spokesperson to the Minister for Electricity, on 082 084 5566
Issued by: The Ministry in The Presidency for Electricity

Minister in The Presidency for Electricity to participate in Signing Ceremony with Chinese entities

Minister in The Presidency for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, will tomorrow, 23 August 2023, sign a Joint Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Chinese Entities on behalf of the Government of South Africa.

The MoC will be entered into during a signing ceremony in Johannesburg with eight Chinese Entities which are global leaders in the energy space.

The agreements are part of South Africa’s continued effort to strengthen partnerships to advance energy security and our energy transition.

The signing takes place on the sidelines of the 15th BRICS Summit, a day after China’s State Visit to South Africa where the Minister for Electricity signed a Framework Agreement on Cooperation in Green Energy and an Exchange of Letters between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China on the donation of emergency power equipment.

The Minister will brief the media on the planned outcomes of the MoC and take questions during the signing ceremony which will take place as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 23 August 2023
Time: 08h30
Venue: Old Mutual Place, Sandton

Members of the media who wish to attend should RSVP with Kutlwano Huma on 078 133 1482, by no later than 18h30 today, 22 August 2023.

Media enquiries: Tsakane Khambane, Spokesperson to the Minister for Electricity, on 082 084 5566
Issued by: Ministry in The Presidency for Electricity

Minister in The Presidency for Electricity to attend several strategic meetings during 15th BRICS Summit week

Minister in The Presidency for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, will on 21-23 August 2023 host and participate in various engagements as part of strengthening the electricity sector cooperation with BRICS Member States.

The engagements are aimed at enabling the development of new energy generation, forging support for a common position in advancing Africa’s energy security on the Just Energy Transition, and technical support for the transition and access to modern energy sources. The Minister's meetings will advance a call for a common BRICS position on the transformation of the global energy architecture and governance.

Amongst the engagements for the Minister of Electricity during BRICS Summit Week:

Monday, 21 August 2023

- Bilateral with China State Grid

- Meeting with TBEA and China National Electricity Engineering Company

- Meeting with CNG
Tuesday, 22 August 2023

- BRICS Business Forum
Wednesday, 23 August 2023

- BRICS Cultural Show

Media enquiries: Tsakane Khambane, Spokesperson in the Ministry of Electricity on 082 084 5566 /
Issued by: The Ministry in The Presidency for Electricity

Deputy President Mashatile to deliver the Annual Address to the National Council of Provinces

Deputy President Paul Mashatile will on Tuesday, 05 December 2023, deliver the Annual Address to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in Parliament, Cape Town. This is the last sitting of the NCOP for the year 2023.

The theme of this year’s programme is " The Indispensable Urgency – Accelerating the provision of social services, safety, and the advancement of economic reforms for economic recovery in the interest of the people”.

The Deputy President will, among other things, reflect on efforts undertaken to coordinate all spheres of Government in order to accelerate service delivery, economic transformation and beneficiation.

Details of the NCOP sittings are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 5 December 2023
Time: 14h00
Platform: Parliamentary channel on DStv 408. Live streaming links to be shared.

For more information please contact Ms Linah Ledwaba on 066 240 7635.

Media enquiries: Vukani Mde, Spokesperson to the Deputy President, on 081 307 9233

Issued by: The Presidency

Address by Deputy Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Ms Nokuzola Tolashe, to the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo visit to Chenzhou, China

Honorable Mayor of Chenzhou and your delegation,
Hon Members of the Embassy of Republic of Zambia,
Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry: Mr Chipoka Mule,
Ministry of Infrastructure Housing and Urban Development: Mr Charles Milupi,
United Party for Development: Deputy Secretary General: Ms Getrude Mulumemui Imenda,
Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet – FED: Mr Siazongo Davie Siakalenge,
Director Generals, and all delegations of Zambia,
Programme Director,
Distinguished guests,
All protocol observed,

On behalf of the Republic of South Africa, and the African continent itself, I am honoured to address this esteemed gathering today. South Africa has a long and persistent relationship with the People’s Republic of China. Some of our founding fathers, who stood in the treason trial with Nelson Mandela, such as Cde Walter Sisulu’s 1953 visit to China seems to have had the most pronounced effect on his political sensibility and historical consciousness.

From these experiences, it is clear to me that tremendous changes were being brought in this vast country and all was made possible by the  Chairman  Mao Tse-Tung Government, and Cde Andrew Mlangeni underwent their military training here in China in the early 1960’s. 

It’s no accident that we are here with the Zambian colleagues. President Kenneth Kaunda was the first president who played a pivotal role in the liberation of Africa from colonialism and apartheid.He opened Zambia to be our second home during the hardest time, we appreciate the initiative, and we once again meet in this liberated country that cares about its people.

We have just come out of the 55th Conference of the ruling party in South Africa. Our resolution on international relations was clear and unambiguous, it says: “The centrality of the ruling party’s international relations in advancing the National Democratic Revolution (NDR) is directed by its historical mandate of the principle of the Freedom Charter that “There shall be peace and Friendship”.

Since its formation, the ruling party’s political, economic, and ideological ethos has been progressive Internationalism, Pan-Africanism, and continental solidarity. Our historical mission is to contribute to the building of a better Africa and better world that is humane, just, equitable, democratic, and free. Africa and its development remain the central objective of the ruling party’s international perspective and policy, with the African Renaissance remaining a key policy objective.”

Africa has made progress in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment over the past few decades. There is much to be proud of on how far we have come as African women in terms of political, social and economic development and working towards sustainable development on the continent. However as African women, we have not been able to do this all our own, but through collaborative partnerships such as the China-Africa Initiative.

For this, as representatives of all women on the African Continent, we must thank His Excellence President Xi Jinping, President of China, for the fortitude, foresight and visionary role he played in November 2021 during the Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa collaboration, on the 65th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between China and Africa.

He was and still is a trailblazer, when he formally announced under his “Nine Programmes” for practical cooperation between China and Africa, the establishment of a China-Africa Women’s Forum. This indeed expressed how important women’s advancement and empowerment is for sustainable development to both China and Africa.  

The achievement of women’s empowerment and gender equality on the African continent is not without its challenges. African women continue to face, on a daily basis, persisting inequalities and inequities, growing unemployment, food scarcity and hunger, increasing poverty levels, violence against women and girls, negative impacts of conflict and strife, and lack of access to financial inclusion, land, educational opportunities, and health.

Furthermore African women continue to experience the negative impact of climate change and natural disasters. Having said that much still needs to be done in addressing these challenges on the continent, and the China-Africa Women’s Forum is indeed a platform to look at how we can further collaborate in this regard.

China is Africa’s biggest trading partner, and demands for products in China offers Africa an opportunity to be suppliers to this demand. Joint initiatives of pooling resources in this regard will help grow all businesses, provide the necessary skills and training required for this, and open markets and export trade opportunities. 

We note and appreciate that we are in the space of the local government that has exceedingly been doing well in the space of tourism and investment. As Chenzhou City held a successful promotion event for tourism and investment in the Greater Bay Area. This was an important measure for Chenzhou City to deepen economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation with the Greater Bay Area, as well as a key prelude to hosting the Second Hunan Tourism Development Conference.

Our partnership and commitment to further learn from these initiatives, will strengthen relationships and open extensive communication that may lead to the MOU between Chenzhou and South Africa.

Programme Director, I want to conclude by saying Honourable Mayor once again thank you for the opportunity to address this esteemed gathering and  the strides that Chenzhou and China have contributed in promoting tourism and investment will also enable us in South Africa  with the District Development Model to learn from this initiative.

I look forward to a strong collaboration between of China and Africa, in working together, pooling our resources and expertise, for comprehensive development and empowerment. 

I thank you!

Deputy President Mashatile to attend and address the Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo 2023 - Localisation Dinner

Deputy President Paul Mashatile will tomorrow, Tuesday, 28 March 2023, attend and deliver the keynote address at the Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo – Localisation Dinner, scheduled to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. 

The Localisation Dinner is organised by Proudly South African, an organisation that drives creative strategies to influence local procurement in the public and private sectors, to increase local production and to influence consumers to buy local in order to stimulate growth in our economy and create the much needed jobs.

This engagement is preceded by Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo which commenced on Monday, March 27, and Tuesday, March 28, at the Sandton Convention Centre and offering an informative, jam-packed programme under the theme “Growing the Economy and Creating Jobs through Localisation”. 

The event brings together captains of the industry in various economic sectors and also features more than 200 high-quality home-grown goods and service providers who are showcasing various products including, amongst others, pharmaceutical and health products; furniture and electronics; food and drink products; as well as jewellery and textiles.

Deputy President Mashatile will highlight the critical importance of stimulating our local procurement for growth in our economy, creating jobs, broadening markets and creating numerous opportunities for business expansion.

Government, working together with business and labour, is committed to develop and implement plans to attract investment in different sectors of our economy and to drive up productivity and create employment opportunities. 
The Deputy President will be accompanied by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi and senior government officials. 
The event is scheduled as follows: 
Tuesday, 28 March 2023 
Time: 18:00 
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Media queries: 
The Presidency – Sam Bopape: / 082 318 5251
ProudlySA - Dambisa Maqoga: 073 666 8270 

Issued by: The Presidency

Budget Vote Speech - Main address by Honourable Ms Nokuzola Tolashe, Deputy Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Honorable Chairperson,
Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities,
Ministers and Deputy Ministers,
All Chairpersons,
Honorable Members,

Honorable Chairperson, it gives me great pleasure to present here today, because this opportunity gives our Department an opportunity to solicit support of Provinces in the implementation of programmes such as the National Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence and Femicide (NSP: GBVF), the Gender Responsive Planning Budgeting Monitoring, Evaluation and Auditing Framework (GRPBMEAF) and the sanitary dignity project which is critical to keep young girls at schools.

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” Nelson Mandela.

 Young women and women with disabilities will never be free as long as this rage against them continues. Our mandate is clearly informed by the National Strategic plan on Gender Based Violence and Femicide. 

In order to ensure that the NSP on GBVF is a living document, the Department commenced the process of monitoring the integration of the NSP on GBVF from 2021/2022 financial year.

To date, the Department has reviewed the integration of the NSP on GBVF Priorities in the provincial departments’ Annual Performance Plans (APP) in North West, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. The Department also reviewed District Development Plans for some of the Municipalities in North West, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Northern Cape and the Western Cape. 

The Department is in the process of providing feedback to the Municipalities through their Integrated Governmental Relations structures and special feedback sessions, in order to give guidance on the integration of NSP on GBVF priorities to the plans. This exercise enables Municipalities to identify their leadership role in the fight against gender-based violence in line with their mandate and budget as such. 

Councillor Induction Programme on NSP on GBVF and Gender Responsive, Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring, Evaluation and Audit Framework

Working with SALGA the Department was involved in the induction programme of Councillors with the main objective of sharing information on the role of local political leadership in leading the fight against GBVF through the localisation of the NSP on GBVF. The role of the political leadership on the localisation of the Gender Responsive Planning Budgeting, Monitoring, Evaluation and Auditing Framework (GRPBMEAF) was also covered during the sessions. 

Rapid Response Teams in Six Provinces

As a result working with SALGA and COGTA, we have established Rapid Response Teams in 6 provinces, that is, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The function of these structures is to lead, coordinate and monitor the multi-stakeholder efforts within the Municipality to fight gender-based violence and ensure accountability. It is also to ensure that victims are provided with the coordinated support from all the stakeholders (including departments and Civil Society Organisations) whenever there is an incident of gender-based violence. 

We are in the process of building the capacity of these Rapid Response Teams in order to ensure that they effectively execute their function in leading the fight against gender-based violence and femicide. Ditebogo Enterprise and Development, will in partnership with Afrika Tikkun, place 43 unemployed graduates at the municipalities where there are Rapid Response Teams. 

Another project that the Department has been implementing in partnership with the provinces is the 100-Day Challenge in alignment with the NSP on GBVF, in this case each district had a specific focus based on the pillars. For example, the Frances Baard District Municipality aimed to reduce sexual offenses, while the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality focused on evidence-informed programs, safety audits, and actions to reduce GBVF.

In Mangaung, the goal was to reduce the maintenance case backlog by 75% within 100 days and increase the finalization rate of maintenance cases from 51% to 75%. Greater Tzaneen aimed to increase the reporting of rape cases by 80%, with a particular emphasis on rural areas. Lejweleputswa focused on increasing the referral of new Gender Based Violence cases reported by 300% to enhance response, care, support, and healing.

In Limpopo and Mpumalanga aimed to increase engagements on Gender Based Violence, Femicide and Sexual Harassment at Exxaro within 100 days and initiated a campaign to secure 10,000 pledges. These challenges fostered collaboration, innovation, and disciplined execution, leading to tangible impact in addressing Gender Based Violence.

We currently making follow-up in the Western Cape on serious case of GBV raised during District Development Model Presidential Imbizo at Drakenstein Municipality and at OR Tambo at Lusikisiki. We don’t leave any stone unturned on GBVF this time around. However, GBVF will not end until we all take responsibility to prevent it and report to law enforcements where it arises.

Disability: Advocacy and Mainstreaming

Persons with disabilities are the most affected by lack of access to quality education, economy inclusion, health and transport facilities, therefore it can be said that majority of them leave in poverty despite the social grants, because disability on its own is costly. Poverty, specifically, is not a single factor but rather is characterized by multiple physical and psychological effects. 

While they experience many challenges, there are positive developments that are worth celebrating, we welcome the approval by parliament on two important legislative mandates on the ratification of the AU Protocol on Disability which is due to be deposited to the African Union and the Constitutional amendment of South African Sign language as the 12th Official language of South Africa, as the Minister has already indicated.

Despite the Constitutional guarantee for equal access to opportunities in education, employment and health for all, including persons with disabilities, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, persons with disabilities remain disadvantaged amongst South Africa’s poor and undereducated.  

In response to this challenge, the department hosted, a National Summit on Access to Education for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, followed by a National Economic Summit on and for persons with disabilities to identify, gaps and challenges and limiting barriers to access into the mainstream economy by persons with disabilities. The summit sought to further maximise the active participation of persons with disabilities in all economic initiatives, interventions and opportunities created by government and private sector as employees and entrepreneurs. This year we will be hosting in collaboration with the Department of Transport, a National Summit on Access to Transport for Persons with Disabilities.
The data collected by the DPSA on employment of persons with disabilities in the public service show that only 1% on employment of persons with disabilities and therefore deliberate and concerted efforts should be made to reach the 7% target by 2023 in line with the National Development Plan.
The department has identified a number of barriers that limit access to employment of persons with disabilities. One of the barriers identified was the perception regarding provision of reasonable accommodation and to that end the department conducted a research on the cost of disability and also on the elements and economic costs for households with children with disabilities and adults with physical disabilities. 
The department has further developed a capacity building training program which is been delivered through the National School of Government to capacitate public servants on disability inclusion. We urge and encourage Provincial departments and local government to enrol public servants to capacitate them to become fully effective when delivering services to persons with disabilities.

We have conducted awareness and capacity-building workshops across three spheres of government for persons with disabilities. The framework of the workshop was based on raising awareness, access and reasonable accommodation. The plans for mainstreaming inclusive approach on disabled people in programs of service delivery.

Gender-Responsive Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring, Evaluation and Auditing Framework

The department in collaboration with SALGA conducted Capacity Building for Councillors on the above-mentioned framework during induction five out of nine provinces were in attendance. We are satisfied with the progress as we were able to train the urban and rural councillors and the workshops will still continue.

The most strategic intervention on the Gender Responsive Planning Budgeting Monitoring, Evaluation and Auditing Framework (GRPBMEAF), is taking place today where the DWYPD together with the DPME, National Treasury, the International Monetary Fund and the EU are hosting a Special FOSAD meeting to workshop Directors General on Gender Responsive Budgeting. This will have far lasting impact because when the National Treasury instructs all spheres of government, including municipalities to implement the Gender Responsive Budgeting, they will or risk losing their budget.

Further, the Department met with the Office of the Auditor General of South Africa to ensure that this framework is part of the annual audits.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the socio-economic empowerment and development of Women Youth and Person with Disabilities throughout 2023/24. We maintain as this department that “There can be no greater gift than that of giving ones time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return” - Nelson Mandela!

I thank you!

Deputy President Mashatile to witness the breaking of the fast in Ramadhaan (IFTAAR)

Deputy President Paul Mashatile will on Saturday, 01 April 2023, at the invitation of the Masjidul-Quds Institute, witness the breaking of the fast in Ramadhaan, or the IFTAAR, at the Gatesville Mosque in Cape Town.

This is in line with the Deputy President’s delegated function of promoting social cohesion initiatives and nation-building across all sectors of South African society.

Muslims in South Africa and across the world are currently observing a month-long period of fasting which occurs in their Holy Month of Ramadhaan (according to the Islamic calendar). They fast from dawn till dusk, and this involves abstaining from food, drink, and marital intimacies during the day. At the end of the day (dusk), they break their fast also known as Ifar, an occasion that usually brings families and members of the Muslim community together. 

The breaking of the fast during Ramadhaan is an important occasion in the Muslim calendar and signifies the end of an intense period of worship and devotion during Ramadhaan that produces the necessary warmth in humankind and expressions of human solidarity.

The historical Masjidul-Quds Mosque in Gatesville is one of the largest in South Africa, which hosts a special Inter-Faith IFTAAR every year to spread the message of unity in diversity among leading South Africans. Among the many world-renowned dignitaries who have graced this much revered event, was the beloved late Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Details of the IFTAAR are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 01 April 2023
Time: 16h00 (Media to arrive at 15h00)
Venue: Masjidul-Quds Mosque, Gatesville in Cape Town

Media enquiries: Bongani Majola (The Presidency) on 082 339 1993 or Faizal E Royker (Masjidul-Quds Institute) on 083 661 1664.

Issued by: The Presidency

Deputy President Mashatile mourns the death of his long serving speechwriter, Percy Sibusiso Mthimkhulu

We have learned with shock, the sad news of the passing of Percy Mthimkhulu and wish to convey sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Mthimkhulu family on the passing of Percy. 

I have worked with Percy for more than 20 years as my speechwriter and at times, my Spokesperson. Percy was a wonderful and resourceful mandarin.  

Percy distinguished himself from his peers by his unwavering commitment by always going beyond the call of duty. He possessed great wit and was immensely talented in his craft. 

Percy was definitely one of the most prolific speechwriters in both the ANC and government. His ability to use words creatively to tell a story was exceptional. 

He captured audiences and provoked conversations through the many speeches and documents he authored throughout his career. 

His most recent and most memorable outstanding contribution was the drafting of South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan; and the South African Tourism Recovery Plan.

We are grateful to the Mthimkhulu family for lending us their son over the years. His legacy lives on. 

May his daughter Tatyana, sister Jabu, the entire Mthimkhulu family and friends be comforted as we all try to come to terms with this monumental loss. 

May God grant his soul eternal rest! 

Paul Shipokosa Mashatile 
Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa 

Issued by: The Presidency

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