Issue 324 | 26 April 2018
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed confidence that the steps being taken by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) would result in the consolidation of democracy, peace and stability in the region. The President was speaking at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Summit of the SADC Double Troika, which took place on Tuesday, 24 April 2018, in Luanda, Republic of Angola.
President Ramaphosa said the Extraordinary Summit of the SADC Double Troika took concrete decisions in relation to the implementation of SADC resolutions in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the preparations for elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Madagascar.

Regarding the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Extraordinary Summit endorsed the Roadmap for Reforms and National Dialogue and urged the Government of Lesotho to prioritise the Constitutional and Security Sector Reforms, which should be completed by May 2019. The Extraordinary Summit agreed that the Facilitator, President Ramaphosa, would appoint a high-profile personality to support him in his role as the Facilitator. Furthermore, the Extraordinary Summit approved the extension of the mandate of the SADC Preventative Mission in the Kingdom of Lesotho for a further period of six months, from May to November 2018.

On the DRC, the Extraordinary Summit noted the progress made in the implementation of the December 2016 Political Agreement and in the Electoral Calendar for the elections, which are scheduled to take place on 23 December 2018. The Extraordinary Summit called on all stakeholders to remain committed to the implementation of the Electoral Calendar and ensure a conducive environment for the holding of peaceful and credible elections.

Relating to Madagascar, the Extraordinary Summit approved the urgent deployment of the SADC Special Envoy, Joaquim Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique, to be assisted by the Chair of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ, Angolan External Relations Minister Manuel Domingos Augusto, and the SADC Secretariat to facilitate a national dialogue aimed at the de-escalation of the political tensions and reaching consensus on the electoral process.

President Ramaphosa’s delegation at the Extraordinary Summit included International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Police Minister, Bheki Cele, and State Security Deputy Minister, Ellen Molekane.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the new President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Miguel Diaz-Canel, after the Cuban National Assembly of People’s Power announced on 19 April 2018 that First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel would replace President Raul Castro as the President of the Council of State and of the country.
Cuba’s election process, which takes place every five years, concluded with the nomination and voting for the Council of State in the National Assembly on 18 April and the announcement on 19 April 2018. President Diaz-Canel was elected unanimously by the 605 members of the National Assembly.

Outgoing President Raul Castro will still be a member of the National Assembly and the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba.

President Ramaphosa congratulated the Cuban Government and people on the successful conclusion of their election process and wished the new President of Cuba well with the task lying ahead. President Ramaphosa assured Cuba of South Africa’s continued support.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) partnered with the University of Limpopo for a public lecture on South Africa’s hosting of the 10th BRICS Summit on Monday, 23 April 2018.
Taking place under the theme: “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration, Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the lecture was presented by Prof. Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director-General for Asia and Middle East at DIRCO and BRICS Sherpa.

Prof. Sooklal was joined by Kenneth da Nobrega, Sous Sherpa for the Republic of Brazil and Pavel Knyazev, Sous Sherpa for the Russian Federation. The public lecture took place on the eve of the meeting of the BRICS Sherpas, which took place from 24 to 26 April 2018 at the Mabula Game Lodge in Bela Bela, Limpopo.
Somalia faces an ongoing and chronic drought, which has been exacerbated by the El-Nino weather phenomenon, and which has led to a severe negative impact on food security and nutrition in the country, resulting in an emergency humanitarian crisis.
South Africa’s humanitarian diplomacy is firmly rooted in the philosophy of Ubuntu (“we affirm our humanity when we affirm the humanity of others”), the indomitable spirit of pan-Africanism and international solidarity.

South Africa is fully committed to doing everything in its power and within its means to ensure lives are saved, suffering is alleviated by rendering the much-needed humanitarian support timeously and is, as such, proud to be seen to positively respond to Somalia’s humanitarian crisis.

The Government of South Africa, through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), contributed an amount of R7 million for food aid. The handover ceremony of the humanitarian assistance was held on 24 April 2018 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The ceremony was attended by, among others, Elmi Omar Ainsane, Acting and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Federal Government of Somalia; Ambassador NKM Seleka, Director: Humanitarian Affairs, DIRCO; and Laurent Bukera, Representative, World Food Programme (WFP), Somalia.

The contribution from South Africa will enable the WFP, through the Government of Somalia, to provide assistance to 730 in-need families (total of 4 300 individuals) in Somalia. The humanitarian assistance will comprise food aid, including maize, wheat, pasta, meat, tuna, fresh fruit and vegetables and milk.
Former United States President, Barack Obama, will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg in July, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Obama Foundation announced on Monday, 23 April 2018.
"For most of his life, Nelson Mandela fought for democracy and equality. His presidency was defined by his efforts to solidify the fragile democracy of South Africa, and by his lessons on the politics of 'bridge-building' over the politics of division," the two foundations said in a joint statement.

The lecture's theme will be "Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World".

The foundations said the lecture would take place on 17 July 2018 – a day before Nelson Mandela International Day – at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg.

The lecture will also be used to honour the centennial of Madiba's birth.

"The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will focus on creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines and resisting oppression and inequality," the joint statement said.

Previous speakers include presidents Bill Clinton, Thabo Mbeki, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mary Robinson and Michelle Bachelet.

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Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom, and his G20 counterparts have committed their countries to create more jobs and promote entrepreneurship in tourism, especially for women and the youth.
The G20 forum aims to strengthen cooperation between advanced and emerging countries.

The tourism ministers from the G20 countries form the T20 group, which held its annual meeting in Buenos Aires recently.

Minister Hanekom was invited by José Gustavo Santos, the Minister of Tourism in Argentina, the host country for this year's meeting.

"The global focus on creating jobs in tourism fits in perfectly with South Africa's strategy to tackle unemployment, poverty and inequality through inclusive tourism growth.

"The digital revolution and the sharing economy that it supports are changing the nature of jobs in tourism.

“We need to work together through platforms like the T20 to formulate policy and devise innovative strategies that create decent, meaningful work for the people who need it most," Minister Hanekom said.

The T20 statement notes that tourism accounts for 10% of the world's gross domestic product.

Tourism creates jobs within the sector and in many other linked sectors, and supports a higher share of employment for women and the youth, entrepreneurship and business opportunities in rural areas, compared to many other sectors of the economy. It also contributes to the preservation of natural resources and cultural heritage.

The statement committed all member countries to establish tourism innovation centres, incentives and programmes to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, and to linking start-ups, main companies, investors and governments.

The T20 countries agreed to create a global research network to track the changing demand for skills due to the technological revolution and to promote policies and initiatives that promote innovation in tourism.

The T20 meeting was attended by representatives of the European Commission, the International Labour Organisation, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

Minister Hanekom also attended the WTTC Meeting in Buenos Aires.

The WTTC, which includes business leaders in the travel and tourism sector and chief executives of the world's leading tourism companies, raises awareness of the economic significance of tourism, which now supports about 292 million jobs throughout the world.

Minister Hanekom participated in a panel discussion on tourism as an engine for employment. Tourism in South Africa now supports about 686 000 direct jobs (4,4% of total employment) and 1,5 million direct and indirect jobs.

"These discussions about global best practice are essential in devising appropriate policy to support inclusive growth in tourism and the jobs that will come with it.

"We are confident that we can achieve the National Tourism Sector Strategy's target of supporting one million direct jobs in tourism by 2026.
“We will learn from the experience of other G20 economies and continue working together with our partners in industry, in training institutions and in communities, to grow tourism inclusively," said Minister Hanekom.

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Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) member countries have agreed to strengthen cooperation and mutual assistance to facilitate trade between bloc countries and other developing countries.
BRICS customs administrations met recently in Durban for the 10th Annual BRICS Customs Experts Technical Working Group, hosted by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

One of the main focus areas of the high-level meeting was the establishment of an enabling legal framework for BRICS customs cooperation.

“Delegates from BRICS member countries … have agreed to strengthen cooperation and mutual assistance to facilitate trade between member countries and other developing countries. The BRICS countries have implemented various models of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programmes, which give preferential treatment to certain traders, importers and exporters,” SARS said.

While AEO programmes have demonstrated their effectiveness in strengthening supply chain management and economic competitiveness, the BRICS members are at different stages of development.

“The meeting agreed that it would be more beneficial at this stage to share information and identify priorities with the aim of working towards bilateral agreements. It was further agreed that certain areas of the Customs Mutual Administrative Assistance Agreement (CMAAA) should be improved before adaptation.”

The countries are also aiming for cooperation in human resource development, data exchange and addressing trade grievances.

The two-day meeting emphasised the need to finalise the BRICS CMAA by 2021.  The agreement will enable the seamless movement of goods among member countries and bring the reality of economic cooperation even closer.

The meeting deliberated on the value of an integrated risk management system as a key area in terms of risk identification, not only for customs but also for tax administration purposes.

“This will likely form part of the agenda in the upcoming BRICS tax meetings in June this year, to be hosted by SARS in Johannesburg. These annual gatherings have been beneficial for the BRICS bloc, which has seen enhanced collaboration over the last decade,” said the revenue service.

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South Africa has won three prestigious awards at the 10th Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), which was held in Istanbul, Turkey.
“The GEC gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other start-up champions from more than 170 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world,” the Department of Small Business Development said in a statement.

The department with its partner, 22 on Sloane, Africa’s largest start-up campus, picked up the Global Entrepreneurship Country of the Year Award.

Team South Africa also won the Brand Champions and Research Champions awards during the ceremony, which recognises Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) countries from around the world.

The Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, and her delegation attended the congress.

Minister Zulu commended Team South Africa on their commitment and dedication to advancing small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa.

“It’s a great honour for us to be able to bring home these prestigious awards. Team SA has done us proud as these awards are recognition of their commitment to advancing SMMEs,” Minister Zulu said.

Last year, South Africa hosted the annual congress, where then Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of SMMEs and cooperatives and their contribution towards the economy.

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The special tribute was presented by the Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Market Theatre Foundation.
The Minister of Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, honoured the enormous contribution of South Africa’s Living Legends to the arts, culture and heritage sector in a one-night special performance on Monday, 23 April 2018.

Hosted at the John Kani Theatre, the event honoured and celebrated both South Africa’s past and current legends with a compilation called, Re go rwesha dipalakataA Song for our Legends, which is a melting pot of the works that were created by Jonas Gwangwa: Fred Hagemann: Prof. Keorapetse Kgositsile; Abigail Kubeka; Joseph Louw; Peter Magubane; Miriam Makeba; Dorothy Masuka; Don Matera; Todd Matshikiza; Miriam Tladi; Dolly Rathebe; Caiphus Semenya and Adam Small.

A piece of the works of each of these legends selected from the body of work that they created over many years was included in the production.

This Night of the Legends compilation was a mixture of music, song, spoken word and dance complemented by projection and photography. The legends selected for this piece and their works were interwoven by various vignettes and montages that flowed seamlessly from one to the next in logical sequence to provide an entertaining 90-minutes performance piece.

“Since the Living Legends Programme was launched on 25 August 2015, the Living Legends have participated in more than 100 public participation programmes and impacted more than 2 000 participants, ranging from Master’s classes, colloquiums, guest lectures and incubator workshops at community art centres and public entities across the country.

"They have influenced, shaped and shared their skills, knowledge and African wisdom largely to the youth”, stated Minister Mthethwa.

Prior to the Legends Tribute, Minister Mthethwa also launched the Living Legends Legacy Trust Endowment Fund at the Market Theatre. The Living Legends Committee has concluded the establishment of the Living Legends Legacy Programme Trust and is overseeing a number of programmes that increase their socio-economic participation.
South Africa, an affiliate of the IAIA, will host the 38th Session of the IAIA Conference at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from 16 to 19 May 2018.
IAIA is the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision-making regarding policies, programmes, plans and projects. It was established in 1980 to bring together researchers, practitioners and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world.

South Africa became an affiliate in 1983 when International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa (IAIASA) was formally established and is one of the 17 affiliates across the world.

Affiliates operate separately and independently of IAIA and are responsible for their operating structures and activities, however, they share the same interest in improving the Impact Assessment (IA) capacity within their own countries. All affiliates individually sign agreed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with IAIA to keep their affiliate status and rights in effect. South Africa’s MoUs is renewed every three years.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will mark the 20 years of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in South Africa at this conference on 16 May 2018. The EIA process is a crucial mechanism used to regulate the impact of development activities. The DEA and provincial environmental departments are responsible for EIA processes and ensuring the timely and accurate execution of EIAs. EIAs have been compulsory in South Africa since 1997.

On 3 July 2006, the new EIA regulations, in terms of National Environmental Management Act came into effect. The regulations sought to streamline the process while addressing concerns raised by stakeholders over time frames, duplication and intergovernmental cooperation.

The IAIA18 theme: “Environmental Justice in Societies in Transition”, showcases that globally, societies are in transition due to environmental challenges such as climate change, shifts in political power as seen in Europe and the United States, and social changes such as mass migration.

All these changes and challenges pose a threat to the sustainability of the physical and human environment, and growing inequality threatens both the social and natural environment.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) recently introduced a new electronic cargo system that tracks the movement of cargo coming into and leaving the country.
The paperless cargo reporting system brings to an end one of the last remaining paper-based processes in the revenue service.

Chief Officer of Customs and Excise, Teboho Mokoena, said the electronic reporting system would expedite the processing of legitimate trade and improve the management of risk for goods coming in and leaving the country.

“Customs clients impacted by the new electronic reporting system include shipping lines, airlines, the national rail carrier, road haulers, freight forwarders, port and airport authorities, terminal operators, wharf operators, transit shed operators, licensees of depots and registered agents.”

One of the benefits to trade of electronic cargo reporting is that it will save on costs involved in paper reporting. For example, carriers can spend hundreds of thousands of rand a year just in the paper and administrative costs associated with submitting paper manifests to SARS offices.

The impact on land clients will be minimal, as most road carriers have already been submitting electronic reports since MPR was introduced in 2016.

However, for many sea and air modality clients, who have never submitted electronic reports before, the implementation may take more time to get used to.

In addition, South Africa will be following international trends with the introduction of “advance reporting of containerised cargo” destined for South African ports.

This reporting requires carriers and forwarders to submit “advance loading notices” to SARS Customs at both master and house bill of lading levels, 24 hours prior to vessel departure.

“The implementation of the electronic reporting requirements falls under Customs’ Reporting of Conveyances and Goods Project, which is one of three main pillars of SARS’ New Customs Acts Programme,” SARS said.

For more information, customs clients can visit the SARS website on:

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The Port of Durban will get a shiny new cruise terminal as part of the city's development of Durban Point Waterfront and the extension of the beachfront to the harbour.
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has signed the final agreement with KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT), a joint venture between MSC Cruises SA and Africa Armada Consortium. The new terminal is expected to be completed by October 2020 with a R200 million-plus price tag. The design phase will commence in April.

The new green terminal will be built with energy efficiency in mind and will host facilities that will allow simultaneous boarding and disembarkation of cruise passengers on multiple ships. Drop-off areas for 12 buses and parking for 200 cars will be built as well, and upgraded entry and exit points where passengers can wait in comfort to board. There will also be a retail component, as well as conferencing and event facilities.

The project is forecast to open up 10 000 job opportunities, with R3 million going towards training and development of more than a hundred people during the construction phase, while R1,5 million will go towards bursaries and scholarships for young people pursuing careers in the maritime and cruise tourism sectors.

KCT will also boost transformation in the sector, especially black women ownership, and will be employing black-owned enterprises for parts of the construction and roll-out phases.

The terminal will boost the number of cruises to Durban by about 60 to 150-plus calls and 700 000 passengers by 2040, which will boost the city's image as a top tourist destination. The additional facilities, including a training academy and office space, will keep the terminal going through off-peak seasons.

TNPA Chief Executive, Shulami Qalinge, says: “We are delighted to have concluded terms that will bring benefits to all parties, but most importantly to the City of Durban and South Africa as a growing cruise destination. In doing so, we will truly be positioning Durban as a ‘Smart Port City’ and a world-class cruise capital.”

MSC Cruises's executive Chairperson, Pierfrancesco Vago, reiterated similar sentiments and was excited about the socio-economic effects it would have on the city.

“This agreement represents a great development for MSC Cruises’ South Africa operation, we could not be prouder. It will also be a major stepping stone for Durban, paving the way for a bright common future for the cruise industry and the city."

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Last year, South Africa exported more than three million proteas to the world, with the European Union and Russia receiving half of the exports.
This is according to Cape Flora SA, a non-profit company that monitors and promotes sustainable exporting of proteas from South Africa. Cape Flora estimates that South Africa’s total fynbos market is estimated at R130 million, with some 4 200 tons of South African flowers exported last year.

Fynbos is indigenous to the Western Cape of South Africa, with its main season occurring from October to January. The most popular fynbos includes Protea, Leucodendrums and Leucospernums.

Recent floral consumption trends show that younger consumers are purchasing fewer flowers than two decades ago. But fynbos sales have remained strong because of a rising demand for sustainably harvested bouquets, and also because of their longevity, affordable price, size and striking colour.

This has contributed to the popularity of proteas in the European wedding market.

According to the United Kingdom wedding-focused online platform, Bridal Musings, "proteas have mythological associations with change and transformation, they symbolise diversity and courage".

Because proteas can be dried, they work for every season. "As a hardy, fibrous flower, they dry really well, making them a long-lasting option for your wedding day too," writes Bridal Musings.

"As a somewhat exotic and unusual bloom, with both bright and muted tones, this versatile flower will work for many styles of wedding."

South Africa’ most exported protea is the Blushing Bride, with 1,18 million stems.

The harvesting of protected fynbos is regulated, and a licence and certificate of registration from Cape Nature is required by the harvesters.

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The South African film and television industry continues to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and create employment for the services sector, despite the economic challenges that South Africa experienced.

Following a site visit to the Cape Town Film Studios recently, acting Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, Adrian Williams, said Hollywood’s major studios continued to use South Africa for their films.

Williams said the Portfolio Committee not only wanted to oversee the work done by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in the film and television industry, but also wanted to see returns on investment. This was through employment created and transformation achieved as a result of the incentive that the companies receive from the department.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) invited the Portfolio Committee to the set of the Warrior television series, which is currently shooting at the Cape Town Film Studios, in an effort to showcase their high-profile project.

The Chief Executive Officer of Cape Town Film Studios, Nico Dekker, said since December 2010, the direct investment and economic impact of productions hosted by the studios led to 47 044 jobs being created and South African production expenditure amounted to R2 billion in the same period.

“The overall contribution the studios made to the South African economy is R6 billion. The manufacturing process at the studios opened doors to a wide range of artisans that normally do not have access to the movie industry. This created significant empowerment to carpenters, painters, builders, garment workers, metal workers, landscapers and horticulturists,” said Dekker.

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Koketso Moeti recently became one of the first Obama Fellows ever. She founded civil engagement platform,, in 2014 to mobilise activists in South Africa.
The Obama Fellowship is an all-expenses-paid programme, which offers hands-on training, a personalised development plan and four multi-day gatherings in the United States (US).

She joins 19 people from 11 countries in the inaugural class.

“[The twenty fellows] understand that creating change often requires reaching out across the lines that divide us,” the Obama Foundation – founded by former US President Barack Obama – wrote in a statement.

“Their successes to date show how collaborative, community-driven work can lead to strong, imaginative and long-lasting solutions – even on some of our most intractable and polarising problems.”

Moeti launched when her community in the North West faced possible eviction from their land.

It aims to connect activists to come together at critical moments to take targeted, coordinated and strategic action to make real change.

The community today boasts more than 120 000 active users.

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South African comedian Trevor Noah has been named as one of "TIME" magazine's 100 most influential people of 2018.
TIME magazine unveiled its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world recently. The list has been split into pioneers, artists, leaders and icons.

The magazine paired guest contributors to write about each of the 100 people on the list.

Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong'o writes about Noah: "A fantastic storyteller, he has always been a defier of rules, which he broke simply by being born in his native country. At The Daily Show, which he has truly globalised, Trevor seeks out comedians of colour in every possible venue, no matter how small."

The Black Panther actress is set to play Noah's mother in the film adaption of his 2016 best-seller, Born a Crime.

Among others chosen this year are Roger Federer, Tiffany Haddish, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez.

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In its ninth weekend of release (13 to 15 April 2018), Marvel Studios’ "Black Panther" crossed R100 million at the local box office with takings of nearly R101,2 million to date, becoming the first film to achieve this record in South Africa.
This record builds on Black Panther’s list of achievements on the African continent. In its fifth weekend of release (16 to 18 March 2018), the film became the all-time top-grossing film in South Africa, adding to its previous records of the highest Saturday and February opening weekend and, of course, the biggest super hero film of all time. South Africa also joined East and West Africa in claiming the film as the highest grossing film of all time in these regions.

While Black Panther is currently in cinemas nationwide, fans need not wait long to see T’Challa in a brand new adventure on the big screen, this time in Marvel Studios’ hotly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, which releases in cinemas nationwide on 27 April.

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