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President Ramaphosa to address the Presidential Plenary on Science, Technology and Innovation

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday, 12 December 2023, deliver an address at the inaugural Presidential Plenary on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to be held in Pretoria.

The STI Plenary will bring together leaders in government, industry, academia and civil society, to discuss progress of the National System of Innovation (NSI) and challenges in this sector, and will explore ways for STI and skills development to impact positively on the South African economy.

In November 2022, Cabinet adopted the STI Decadal Plan to guide the first 10 years of implementing the 2019 White Paper on STI.

The White Paper introduced the concept of an Interministerial Committee (IMC) on STI and a Presidential STI Plenary as instruments to enhance STI policy coherence, as well as programme and budget coordination in the South African national system of innovation. 

In this regard, the plenary will allow all role players to reflect collaboratively on progress with STI initiatives, and jointly commit resources for recommended STI initiatives.

An Inter-Ministerial Committee on STI established in March 2021 is led by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation and comprises Ministers of STI-intensive government departments.

The President will also visit an exhibition of locally produced, market-ready innovations in areas such as space science, health and energy.

Members of the media are invited as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 12 December 2023
Time: 10h00 (media to arrive at 09h00)
Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria

Media accreditation details:
Members of media should complete the Accreditation Template and send back to Thabang Setlhare, Department of Science and Innovation, at 072 659 9690 or by Thursday, 07 December 2023 at 16h00. No late submission will be accepted.

Media enquiries: Spokesperson to the President, Vincent Mangwenya on

Issued by: The Presidency 

President to attend African Peer Review Mechanism 20th Anniversary

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday, 12 December 2023, attend the 20th Anniversary celebration of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

This event at the Capital On The Park Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, will also entail the launch of the South Africa Second Generation Country Review Report.

The APRM 20th Anniversary is being celebrated through a series of meetings and events from 10 to 14 December 2023 under the theme “Accelerating and Deepening Governance Reform, Measures, and Intervention.’’

The review mechanism is an institution of the African Union voluntarily acceded to by Member States.

The Mechanism serves as an African-owned and African-led platform for self-assessment, peer-learning, and experience sharing in democracy and good governance.

The APRM was established on 9 March 2003. Since its inception, the mechanism has recorded a number of achievements including deepening democracy and good governance through its unique process of peer reviews and assessments.

The review processes have strengthened the participation of citizens in governance matters and fostered peer-to-peer engagements at the level of Heads of State and Government.

In this way the Mechanism has become a means of realising the sacrosanct principle of African solutions to African problems.

The Mechanism fosters the adoption of policies, standards and practices that enable political stability, high economic growth, sustainable and inclusive development and accelerated regional and continental economic integration.

This is enabled through the sharing of experiences and data.

The South African Second-Generation Country Review Report will give insights into the progress made by South Africa in various areas, highlighting its successes and identifying areas for improvement as per its recommendations.

The review process involves an in-depth analysis of a country's policies, institutions, and practices, conducted by a team of African experts.

The Mechanism promotes transparency, accountability and the sharing of best practices among African Union Member States in the following thematic areas: 
• Democratic and Political Governance.
• Economic Management and Governance.
• Corporate Governance.
• Socio-economic Development.
• State Resilience.

Tomorrow’s anniversary event includes the participation of current and former Heads of State and Government; the Chairperson of the African Union Commission; high-ranking officials from the African Union Commission; representatives of APRM Governing Structures, as well as delegates of African Union organs and entities, international organisations and civil society.

Media are invited as follows:

DATE: Tuesday, 12 December 2023
TIME: 18h00
VENUE: The Capital on the Park Hotel,Sandton, Johannesburg

RSVP: / Patience Mtshali on 083 3769468 before 12h00 on 12 December 2023.

Media enquiries:
Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President - 

Issued by: The Presidency

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the inaugural G77 + China Summit on Climate Change during the United Nations Climate-Focused Conference of Parties (COP 28) in Dubai

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez,
Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government,

I wish to convey my appreciation to Cuba for convening the Group of 77 and China at Summit level for the first time.

May I also take this opportunity to thank you, Mr President, for Cuba’s outstanding leadership of the Group over the past year.

Climate change is a threat whose effects are being felt across the globe with increasing intensity. 

Every region and country represented in this group is already experiencing the impact of climate change and its associated loss and damage.

This means that we need to stand together in solidarity, to support each other and to speak with one voice at COP 28. 

We need to contribute our best efforts and to act with urgency.

Transformative climate action is taking place alongside our efforts to eradicate poverty and inequality. 

We should therefore coordinate our positions on the transformation of the global financial architecture and reform of the multilateral development banks so that they can support sustainable development.

This COP28 must build on the breakthrough at the African COP in Sharm el-Sheikh last year, in which climate action was presented not only as an integral part of broader sustainable development, but also as part of a just transition. 

The vision of Sharm el-Sheikh is of a whole-of-society and all-of-economy transition to achieve more equitable and sustainable societies, within a more just world. 

Climate justice is premised on each Party having the sovereign right to choose its own developmental pathway towards shared objectives. 

This speaks to the right of developing economies to developmental space.

Since developing economy countries are the least responsible for climate change but the most affected, it is critical that the enabling means of implementation support is provided by countries with developed economies.

The G77 and China, representing the overwhelming majority of the world’s population who live in developing economies, has the opportunity to infuse this vision into the mandate and scope of the new work programme on Just Transition Pathways.

We have the opportunity at COP28 to secure a successful first Global Stock-Take under the Paris Agreement; to give an honest account of the successes and challenges experienced to date; and to provide forward-looking recommendations.

I would further suggest that the exporters of the strategic minerals and rare earths required to drive green development need to work together to ensure that the new economy is fairer, more equitable and offers equal opportunity for all. 

Our natural resources need to advance the sustainable development of our people. 

We need to address the issue of skills and technology transfer. Access to climate change adaptation and mitigation technologies should not be commercially driven but seen as a global public good.

We should forge a united platform against unilateral coercive and trade distorting measures under the guise of climate action. These include carbon border taxes that have the effect of reversing climate finance flows to the Global North.

We need to reframe the climate action narrative to better address the realities of developing economy countries, to give appropriate recognition to their rights and to acknowledge their contributions to the global fight against this existential threat. 

I thank you.

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the first Global Stock-Take High Level Segment of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 28), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Developing countries have borne the brunt of the adverse effects of climate change.
Yet, they have still not received anywhere near the required multilateral support to face the climate challenge, especially for building climate resilience. 
It is a serious concern that commitments by countries with developed economies have not been met and very little funding has been channelled through the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, including the Green Climate Fund and the Adaptation Fund. 
The Global Stocktake should send a clear signal that historical commitments need to be honoured and the financial mechanism we have collectively designed to address climate change should receive priority support.
Securing ambitious funding for the newly launched Loss and Damage Fund presents a clear opportunity for a course correction. 
I congratulate the COP 28 President for the adoption of the decision to operationalise the loss and damage fund and thank those countries that have already made generous donations.
At COP28, we need to recommit to multilateralism. 
It is our expectation that the Global Stocktake will signal a firm commitment to a real partnership between the global North and South that delivers concrete outcomes. 
The scaling of climate finance remains a critical enabler for developing countries to meet their climate commitments. 
While there is much focus on scaling climate funding through mobilising private sector finance, we must also ensure that public sector projects have access to the adequate levels of affordable finance. 
Finance flows in support of pathways towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development need to be guided by the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities. 
We need to avoid an untenable situation where the burden of responsibility for financing climate action is transferred to developing economies, which have contributed the least towards the global carbon stock.
Debt reform needs to be central in the finance discussions. 
We need a new partnership to substantively reform the Multilateral Development Banks, so that they can provide a significant and increased share of new investments in climate-resilient and low-emissions growth. 
The Global Stocktake presents an opportunity to correct the distorted narrative on technology and intellectual property. 
Developing countries need access to clean and green technologies at an affordable price. 
There needs to be financial support for technological innovation in developing economies and a willingness by investors to offer off-take agreements that will support local industrial production.
The Global Stocktake further needs to address the concerning trend of unilateral and coercive trade distorting measures taken in the name of implementing the Paris Agreement. 
Unilateral carbon border taxes that reverse financial flows from the Global South to the Global North and transfer the burden of climate action to the most vulnerable are unacceptable.
These measures undermine the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and capabilities and will damage developing economies, undermining progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Finally, we need a new partnership to support the just pathways chosen by sovereign countries towards low emissions and climate resilient development. 
Significantly scaled-up grant-based support is needed for just transitions, recognising that there can be no one-size-fits-all formula for the transition away from fossil fuels. 
Workers and communities currently dependent on the fossil fuel value chain need viable alternative livelihoods. They cannot live on promises.
We need to provide a sustainable and just transition path for all and ensure that no-one is left behind.
I thank you.

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the occasion of the High Level Segment for the Heads of State and Government during the UN Climate Change Conference 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

His Excellency António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
President of COP28, Dr Sultan Al-Jaber,

Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This World Climate Action Summit is taking place at a time when much of our world is in turmoil. South Africa is appalled at the cruel tragedy that is underway in Gaza. 
The war against the innocent people of Palestine is a war crime that must be ended NOW. South Africa has referred this matter to the ICC and we urge the court to act speedily to save lives.

The people of Palestine must have their own state and finally live in peace and security. 

Yet, even as we are beset by numerous challenges, we cannot lose momentum in the fight against climate change.

African countries are among the most vulnerable to the effects of a rapidly changing climate, and have to adapt and build resilience within the context of historically low levels of development and a severely limited capacity.

As South Africa, we applaud the landmark decision of COP28 to operationalise the new fund on Loss and Damage, and welcome the pledges that have already been made.

If this Fund is to effectively support those countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, we need to mobilise funding on a far greater scale.

We must launch the work programme on national and international just transitions that involve all in society and encompass all areas of the economy.

What is decided at COP28 needs to be guided by science, equity and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

Climate action is key to South Africa’s sustainable development agenda. 

The South African government has just approved the Implementation Plan for the country’s Just Energy Transition Investment Plan. 

This plan focuses on areas critical to a just transition, including investment in electricity infrastructure, new energy vehicles, green hydrogen, skills development, municipal electricity distribution, and interventions directed at communities most affected by the energy transition. 

South Africa has a successful renewable energy power producers programme that plays a key role in supporting our decarbonisation efforts.

There are also promising developments underway in our country to harness the potential of green hydrogen, and to beneficiate critical minerals and rare earths in support of development and driving the green transition.

Multilateralism must remain central to global climate action. 

Unilateral, coercive and trade-distorting measures, such as carbon adjustment measures are detrimental to developing economies. 

Innovative financing instruments, such as special drawing rights are needed to ensure that funding does not increase the debt burden of countries that are already struggling to service their debt. 

There can be no substitute for new predictable at scale and appropriate public finance to help developing economy countries build climate resilience.

Access to finance, skills transfer and technology is key.

Climate change adaptation and mitigation technologies should be regarded as a global public good.

We need to support the right of each country to determine its own developmental trajectory, and provide the necessary space to bring it to fruition.

Let us continue to work together in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation. 

I thank you.

Keynote address by Deputy President Shipokosa Paulus Mashatile on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, Z.K. Mathews Hall, Unisa, Pretoria

Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Professor Somadoda Fikeni;
Deputy Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Ms Zukiswa Mqolomba;
Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ms Noxolo Kiviet;
Vice Chancellor of UNISA, Professor Puleng Lenkabula;
Member of the House of the Lords of the United Kingdom, Lord Peter Hain;
High Commissioner of Singapore, His Excellency H.C. Mantaha;
Commissioners of the Public Service Commission, Ms N Ngwenya;
Chairperson of the National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council, Prof. F. Chalia
United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr Muffuh;
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a privilege to address you on this International Anti-Corruption Day regarding the pervasive scourge of corruption that affects every corner of the world.

I am particularly pleased that we are hosting this event at the University of South Africa (UNISA), which has made a significant contribution to the education of many South Africans and the professionalisation of public servants in particular.

It is imperative for the public sector and private sector to unite in their dedication to the principle of maintaining good governance, which is founded on ethical behaviour, accountability, and transparency.

These are the ideals that Nelson Mandela, whose 10th anniversary of his passing we commemorated on the 5th of December, believed in and adhered to.

Nelson Mandela played an integral role in advocating for a Constitution that is based on principles of social justice, inclusion, accountability, and decisive leadership.

It was through his leadership and those who led with him that we learned the values of selflessness and putting the people first. 

Corruption, on the other hand, is based on selfishness and a lack of concern for the majority that one leads.

It is on this basis, that we should be vigilant in how we address corruption, especially in the public sector. It is a persistent problem that inhibits development, fairness, and equality in our society.

Therefore, it is crucial that we all come together under the banner of this year's theme, "UNCAC at 20: Uniting the World Against Corruption: Anti-Corruption Policies and Programmes: How to Better Collaborate to Improve Implementation and Impact," which acknowledges the challenges we face in combating corruption and calls for a united front.

As Government, we are dedicated to eliminating corruption and dealing harshly with those who partake in it. 

As part of our commitment, South Africa signed the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 09 December 2003 and ratified it on 22 November 2004. 

The ratification of the Convention meant that South Africa, as a Member State, is responsible for the obligations to:
• Promote and strengthen measures to prevent and combat corruption.
• Promote, facilitate, and support international cooperation and technical assistance in the prevention of and fight against corruption, including asset recovery, and
• Promote integrity, accountability, and proper management of public affairs and public property.

Moreover, in the 29 years since the inception of democracy, South Africa has developed a framework of law, strategy, and institutions with a mandate to combat corruption.

We have enacted the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, which enhances measures to prevent and combat corruption in both the public and private sectors. 

In November 2020, we adopted the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2020–2030 with the objective of creating a South Africa that has:
• An ethical and accountable state, business, and civil society sectors in which those in positions of power and authority act with integrity.
• Citizens who respect the rule of law and are empowered to hold those in power to account.
• Zero tolerance of corruption in any sphere of activity and substantially reduced levels of corruption.

We are also striving to create a corruption-free South Africa through the National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council, an inter-sectoral partnership that fights fraud and corruption through advocacy and action.

The Council is an independent body that supports the anti-corruption and anti-crime initiatives of the various law enforcement authorities to enhance the nation's endeavours to eradicate corruption from both society and the administration, bolster investor confidence, and establish greater levels of public trust.

The Constitution, which incorporates the principles of social justice, human dignity, accountability, transparency, and the rule of law, is our most potent tool in combating crime and corruption.

As public servants and official bearers, we must safeguard the preambles of our constitution and constantly remind ourselves that our purpose is to serve the people, not to satisfy our stomachs.

Our priority should be those whom we have sworn to serve and protect.

Ladies and gentlemen, as Government, we have embarked on a wide range of measures to implement the recommendations of the State Capture Commission, which together should help ensure that such activities can never happen again.

We have also taken steps by amending sections of the Companies Act to require the identity of shareholders of companies and address concerns about tax avoidance and illicit financial flows. 

This includes actions taken against illegal imports and illicit cigarette sales.

As an organisation, the ANC has taken steps to fight corruption and strengthen integrity by requiring that members and leaders facing serious criminal charges step aside. 

The ANC Government has issued Guidelines on Conducting Lifestyle Audits, and provincial departments are being technically assisted in implementing lifestyle audits and discipline management.

However, the scourge of corruption persists, and we need to understand how corruption manifests itself. We need active citizenry, the people's participation in the transformation process, and fighting any form of corruption.

In this regard, we have introduced measures to tackle state corruption and patronage, including oversight visits by Parliament and legislatures, spot checks in departments, investigations by our Chapter 9 institutions, and measures such as lifestyle audits of public servants and stopping public servants from doing business with the government.

We have also strengthened the monitoring and evaluation function in government, including performance agreements and monitoring of Ministers and Premiers, as well as the monitoring and evaluation function in the ANC.

Our strategy to combat corruption includes not only the prevention and prosecution of illegal activities but also the reformation of institutional culture and systems that facilitate unethical conduct.

We will maintain our resolve to intensify our efforts in order to eliminate corruption. I am profoundly inspired by the fact that, notwithstanding a few intermittent setbacks, we have not shied away in despondency and retreat.

Our unwavering dedication to combating corruption is rooted in the principles of good governance, integrity, and the protection of public resources. We call on public servants, citizens, and anyone who witnesses any act of corruption to report it to the authorities.

Whistleblowing is an essential weapon in the fight against corruption.

However, it is more important that we develop strong mechanisms or strategies to ensure that whistle-blowers are protected from victimisation, prejudice, or assassinations. 

Failure to provide whistle-blowers with protection under our system will prevent us from ever reaching our goal of eliminating corruption in our nation.

It is crucial to highlight that the ongoing battle against corruption necessitates strategic collaboration across several sectors, including government, labour, civil society, academia, and business.

In conclusion, I agree with Professor J. S. H. Gildenhuys in his book, Ethics and Professionalism: The Battle Against Public Corruption, where he states that a possible cure for immoral and unethical conduct in the public sector and the prevention of corruption is to create a culture of public professionalism.

Building an efficient, capable, and ethical state free from corruption remains our top priority. 

This means that the Public Service must be staffed by men and women who are professional, skilled, selfless, and honest.

I am confident that the discussions we will have today will significantly advance our efforts to combat corruption.

I thank you.

Opening remarks by Deputy President Shipokosa Paulus Mashatile at the Citi Bank South Africa Macro Trip Donner, Saxon Hotel

Programme Director; Head of Equity Sales at Citi, Sibongile Mbongo;
Citi Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Taylor;
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening,

Allow me to begin by apologising for not honouring the recently organised working visit to the United Kingdom which also included a session with the investors hosted by Citi Bank. 

In a discussion with Citi Bank, my office agreed that we meet this way to converse about where we are as a country in the global context. 

You may be aware that our country, as part of its contribution to a peaceful world, has been involved in finding lasting peaceful solutions to the Russia-Ukrainian conflict. 

We have always taken a non-aligned stance because we are a nation that believes in dialogue and consensus-building. We oppose war! 

Ladies and Gentlemen, you are equally aware that we hosted a successful 15th BRICS Summit with its expansion representing new economic frontiers. It also represents an opportunity to appreciate the need for us to engage beyond the current global configurations, without undermining existing ones, hence, the recent hosting of AGOA, which remains a strategic platform for advancing our economic goals as a country, and Africa more broadly. 

Regarding some of your concerns on geopolitics, I maintain the contrary view that our relations with the United States have not deteriorated as you have suggested. 

South Africa will remain a key partner of the United States of America, and we will continue to engage in dialogue to find solutions in areas such as health, education, and the economy. The 20th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) agreement, which requires AGOA reauthorization before 2025, demonstrates strong trading relations between the U.S. and Africa.

The government is ready to collaborate with the Citi Bank on digital economy, trade facilitation, value chain development, and AGOA-related issues. 

We are committed to maintaining a stable macroeconomic environment, emphasizing fiscal restraint, low inflation, and a resilient financial sector, while also aiming to expand AGOA benefits to more African countries through the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement. Building connections with all countries that are founded on mutual respect and common interests is something we believe in and the AfCFTA serves as an effective mechanism to foster such links.  

Our approach to issues of the economy, trade, and politics has been one that puts our people first. We are therefore grateful that despite the investor roadshow being postponed in the UK, you have agreed to come and dialogue with us on critical issues to improve trade and investments in imports and exports.

I am aware that you are worried about the energy availability factor, logistics and freight, and visa regulations. These are high on our agenda. Despite the appointment of the CEO of Eskom, we are moving with speed to ensure that energy is available by bringing the private sector to invest in energy through Eskom. 

We are also working toward the unbundling of Eskom into three components so that we ensure energy availability. We are equally working on resolving the challenges at our ports, including sorting out the speed of movement of goods in our ports. 

I have recently returned from China where I have started the talks with relevant partners as mandated by President Cyril Ramaphosa to hasten the developments in this area. 

The concerns you have brought up are significant, and as a government, we are diligently working towards resolving them. We are certain that through partnerships with the private sector, we are better positioned to address some of the obstacles that exist. We thus value your input and encourage an open dialogue as we navigate through these challenges together. 

We have also met with the relevant stakeholders to understand the challenges concerning the visa application process, and I will be having a follow-up with the relevant Ministers to fast-track the processing of visas, especially for investors and other specialised skills. 

Our intention here is to foster relationships and engage in conversation about how we can partner in making South Africa an even more attractive investment destination. 

Together with the private sector we have already established joint oversight committees on all of these issues to find lasting solutions. 

We believe in the capacity of all of us hence we will continue to work with the private sector to find lasting solutions to improve trade and investments. 

Thank you.

Minister Ntshavheni to brief the media on outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on 1 November 2023

Minister in The Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni will brief media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on, Wednesday, 01 November 2023. 
The media briefing will not take place on Thursday as per usual, instead it will take place on Monday, 06 November 2023 due to two important events taking place-  President Ramaphosa welcoming the Springboks and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum.
The details of the briefing are as follows:
Date: Monday, 06 November 2023
Time: 10h00 
Venue: Ronnie Mamoepa Press Room, Tshedimosetso House, Cnr Francis Baard and Festival Streets, Hatfield, Pretoria
Live Streaming details:
Media enquiries: Nomonde Mnukwa - Acting Government Spokesperson Cell: 083 653 7485
Issued by: The Presidency and  Government Communication and Information System,

Minister Ntshavheni to brief media on outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on 30 August 2023

Minister in The Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, will brief the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, 30 August 2023.  

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

Date: Thursday, 31 August 2023
Time: 09h00  
Venue: Ronnie Mamoepa Press Room, Ground Floor, Tshedimosetso House, Cnr Francis Baard and Festival Streets, Hatfield, Pretoria

Live Streaming details:


Media enquiries: Nomonde Mnukwa, Acting Government Spokesperson, 083 653 7485

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System 

Minister Ntshavheni to brief media on outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on 16 November 2023

Minister in The Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni will brief media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Thursday, 16 November 2023.  

Members of the media are invited to cover the media briefing as follows: 
Date: Monday, 20 November 2023
Time: 10h00  
Venue: Ronnie Mamoepa Press Room, Ground Floor, Tshedimosetso House, Cnr Francis Baard and Festival Streets, Hatfield, Pretoria

Live Streaming details:

Media enquiries: Nomonde Mnukwa - Acting Government Spokesperson Cell: 083 653 7485
Issued by: The Presidency and  Government Communication and Information System,

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