Transport Portfolio Committee takes a closer look at the South Africa/Mozambique Border

Transport Portfolio Committee takes a closer look at the South Africa/Mozambique Border
Concerns have been raised by Umhlabuyalingana community about the cross-border vehicle theft that is rampant on the border between South Africa and Mozambique. This has prompted the Portfolio Committee on Transport to visit the planned project of the department which seeks to respond to this challenge.

“We are here to see how far and what plans have been established to respond to the cross-border crime as it remains our greatest concern as a Portfolio Committee”, said the chairperson of the Committee, Hon Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha.

Briefing the Portfolio Committee, the Department of Transport Project Manager, Mr Ndumiso Ndlovu, assured the Committee that the planned project, namely, the Jersey Barrier, includes the construction of the 8km wall along the border line as an initial construction. Responding to questions from members of the Committee, he emphasised that the project will be labour intensive with about 100 jobs to be created for the local people. Various stakeholders have been taken on board, and these include the local Council, Inkosi, suppliers and other relevant government departments.

It was also comforting for members of the Committee to learn that the Defence Force is present to minimise these crimes. However, it came to light that the Defence Force has numerous challenges in curbing these crimes. These include suspected information leaks to criminals regarding the movement of the members of the defence, flocking of civilians between borders and social activities that take place right in the border between South African and Mozambican civilians, the changing of personnel as Defence rotates the deployed of personnel in that area, the limited numbers of members on the ground as only about 47 to man a distance of 20 km etc.

In view of these challenges, the Portfolio Committee resolved to hold further meetings soon to establish amongst others, where the funding for this massive project will come from as was reported. The meeting will further seek to establish whether the funding is sufficient, and to interrogate other decisions that were taken which by the department, according to the Committee leaves it with more questions to ask.


WAR-ROOMS FUNCTIONALITY MONITORING PROGRAMME KWAZULU-NATAL LEGISLATURE 28-29 August 2018

KZN LEGISLATURE MONITORS THE NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS THROUGH INTENSIVE OVERSIGHT VISITS TO WAR ROOMS IN MUNICIPALITIES THIS WEEK (NDP & PGDP)

Over the next two days, 28 and 29 August 2018, the Legislature embarks on an intensive oversight programme to assess the impact of War Rooms in relation to service delivery in the entire KZN province. This move is in line with the constitutional obligation of the legislature as set out in Section 114 (2) of the Constitution which stipulates that, ‘provincial legislatures must provide for mechanisms to ensure that all provincial executive organs of state in the province are accountable to it.

In this regard, the Legislature oversees parts of the NDP and PGDP through the War-Rooms Programme, which remains a vehicle to facilitate quick response to service delivery needs, by profiling households in a ward and the level of service delivery per household. It seeks to achieve Goal Three: Human and Community Development of the PGDP, with specific reference to the eradication of poverty and the improvement of social welfare.

The Legislature considers War Rooms a multi-purpose, multi-sectoral and the involvement of various government departments at different layers makes this kind of oversight critical in the exercise of the legislature’s oversight role.

This oversight programme seeks to assess whether or not the War Rooms in the province are on track, and to assess whether what was set out in the design of the project is being accomplished within the time-frames required.  The Oversight Programme will assess the following:

 Composition of the War-Rooms; Frequency of meetings and participation by stakeholders; Cases dealt with and turnaround period; Data Management; Follow-up on issues; Processing of reports; Feedback to communities; and Overall percentage of functional OSS War-Rooms interventions on the spot.

War-Rooms, are a part of a broader programme, Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS). OSS is integrating all departments to focus on solving community problems from the grassroots level. The Programme aims at promoting human values, fighting crime, diseases and social ills, to ensure moral regeneration. As part of this programme, all government departments work together, visiting the poorest, most deprived households in the province to bring health, welfare and other services to them. OSS encompasses the “One Home One Garden Programme” and ensures that families are assisted to register for birth certificates and identity documents. It promotes education, skills development and youth development and emphasizes the delivery of service and infrastructure development.

All media representatives are invited to attend this programme.

Attached is the deployment of the Members of the Provincial Legislature across KZN.

For more information contact:

Wesley Canham

Senior Practitioner: Media liaison and PR

KZN Legislature

Cell 0833 767299

canhamw@kznleg.gov.za  



KZN Women United in Moving South Africa Forward

KZN Women United in Moving South Africa Forward

During the two-day Women’s Parliament held on 7 and 8 August at Vulindlela Stadium in the upper Edendale in Umsunduzi Municipality to commemorate the women’s month, women from all political parties represented in the KZN Legislature were unanimous in the fight against gender-based violence and all forms of women and child abuse.

The Women’s Parliament is an annual programme of the KZN Legislature to celebrate the women’s month and to commemorate the Women’s March of 1956 in which women demonstrated their solidarity across racial lines in a bid to end oppressive laws, in particular, the carrying of discriminatory passes which were forced upon them by the apartheid regime.

The commemoration was combined with the celebration of the centenary of the two struggle icons, Mama Albertina Sisulu and Nelson Mandela, who turn 100 years this year.

Delegates went into commissions to discuss and explore various topics which focused on issues affecting women in a society in which they bear the brunt of all forms of abuse and economic exclusion. Commissions which met on the first day until very late, made several recommendations which were tabled at the plenary the following day and later adopted as resolutions of the Women’s Parliament.

In a period where abuse of women is rife, this year’s Women’s Parliament focused on a range of issues affecting ordinary women. Amongst other issues that were up for discussion included the following:
• Eradicating the scourge of gender-based violence.
• The efficacy of current policies and interventions to combat femicide and abuse in general.
• Focus on child marriages and assessment of South Africa’s international obligations, national laws and cultural practices to protect young girls and deliberated on the effects these marriages have on human rights of young girls.
• Patriarchy within the South African Police Service – fact or fiction? This question was discussed against the background of challenges faced by women when reporting cases of rape or other forms of physical abuse at police stations throughout South Africa.

Women resolved that their economic exclusion in various spheres of society remains a challenge to economic emancipation of women, and they have called upon the government to accelerate Radical Socio-Economic Transformation (RSET).

A discussion which they hoped would contribute to the current question of land redistribution took place in which women called for greater access to, and control over economic resources, including land.

The resolutions adopted by the Women’s Parliament will be forwarded to the provincial government for consideration which may ultimately lead to new legislation passed by the Legislature.


KZN Legislature holds Women’s Parliament to commemorate Women’s Month

On 7 and 8 August 2018, at Vulindlela Stadium in the upper Edendale under Umsunduzi Municipality, women from all political parties represented in the KZN Legislature will converge for their annual women’s parliament. KZN Women, will again this year, commemorate the Women’s March of 1956 in which women demonstrated their solidarity across racial lines in a bid to end the carrying of permits which they were forced by the apartheid regime.

 

The commemoration will be combined with the celebration of the centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu and Nelson Mandela. There are a number of activities planned to mark the centenary of the two struggle icons.

 

In a period where abuse of women is rife, this year’s parliament will amongst other issues discuss and resolve on 1. eradicating the scourge of gender-based violence, 2. reflect on the efficacy of current policies and interventions to combat femicide and abuse in general, 3. focus on the child marriages and assess South Africa’s international obligations, national laws and cultural practices to protect young girls and deliberate on the effects these marriages have on human rights of young girls. 4. Patriarchy within the South African Police Service – fact or fiction? This is the question they hope to unpack against the background of challenges faced by women when reporting cases of rape or other forms of physical abuse at police stations throughout South Africa.

 

The Women have also resolved that their economic exclusion in various spheres of society remains a challenge to economic emancipation of women, and they have resolved to include discussion on Radical Socio-Economic Transformation (RSET), a discussion which they hope will explore ideas for women to expand access to, and control over economic resources, including land.

The Women’s Parliament remains one of many Legislature’s strategies to broaden public participation of the women’s sectors in order to achieve the legislature’s constitutional mandate, namely, involving various sectors of society in the legislative processes. Women will also use this opportunity to engage the executive arm of government, and articulate issues that concern them as women in society. These issues are forwarded to government in the form of resolutions which may ultimately lead to new legislation passed by the Legislature.

 

Media representatives are invited to this event.

For more information contact:

W Canham

Snr Practitioner: Media Liaison & Public Relations

KZN Legislature

Tel.    033-3557 559

Cell.   0833767299

Email: Canhamw@kznleg.gov.za

 


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Emotional scenes play out at the Pietermaritzburg #TotalShutDown march

Thousands of women have marched on the streets of the KwaZulu-Natal Capital City, Pietermaritzburg to hand over a memorandum demanding an end to gender based violence. This was the beginning of a month-long activities to fight against gender based violence during the women’s month.

They’re demanding government to establish a comprehensive process to address and reduce women abuse in the country. Some women taking part in Wednesday’s march have recalled their harrowing stories. A woman says she’s attended the march to stand in solidarity with all women, especially victims of gender-based violence.

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“I’m here today to support women, myself and all victims of sexual assaults by men, they are killing us, it’s too much now.” said UKZN SCR Deputy President, she also shared a horrifying story of the female UKZN student that was raped by a male classmate. The marchers said government needs to take more drastic steps to stop the scourge in the country. “We are here because we are seeing the rate of femicide and gender-based violence keeps on increasing. And all we ever get is ‘we condemn’ and ‘enough is enough”.

Women from all walks of life have taken part in Wednesday’s march, many wearing black and red – saying they want to send a strong message that “no means no”. Gender activists and groups around the world have pledged their support for Wednesday’s #TotalShutDown marches against women abuse.

The march brought the City of Pietermaritzburg to a standstill on Wednesday‚ as hundreds of women gathered to raise their voices against the scourge of gender-based violence in South Africa.

Among those leading the march was Hon Khoza,,chairperson of Premier and Royal Household Portfolio Committee and the Women’s Caucus, together with other MPLs from different political parties that are represented in the KZN Legislature. Among those in the forefront of the march was Bridget Dlamini a retired Legislature employee and champion of gender issues who is known for fighting against all forms of issues affecting women, children and people with disabilities.
Women marched to the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature in song‚ some holding hands as others hoisted placards above their head, chanting songs and painful slogans like ‘my body is not your crime scene’ – ‘I refuse to die with my hands up and my legs open’

One of the marshals, Hon. Khoza‚ said she hoped the government would institute a specialized court that will deal exclusively with issues of gender-based violence.

The memorandum of demands was read and handed over to Hon. Meshack Radebe, Deputy Speaker of KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, who also made an undertaking to look into all grievances , demands and proposals of the memorandum and committed government to not only listen but take concomitant action that will end this malpractice in our society. “I appeal again to all victims of gender-based violence to come up and not to be shy for fear of victimization and stigmatization and to speak out so that all the perpetrators will be brought into book”.

He also requested the marchers to observe a moment of silent to honour the passing of Mr Brian Thusi, the husband of Hon. Weziwe Thusi the MEC for Social Development, who passed on after a short illness.


WORKERS HOLD THEIR PARLIAMENTARY SITTING IN HLUHLUWE KZN

On Friday, and Saturday 18 to 19 May 2018 respectively, the three major Federations in KwaZulu-Natal, COSATU, FEDUSA and NACTU will hold the annual Workers’ Parliament at Makhasa Sports and Recreation Centre, KwaMduku in Hluhluwe. Workers’ Parliament is one of the Legislature’s public participation programmes, which allows the Legislature to involve the working class sector in matters of governance in the province. According to the Federations these matters for discussions will include,  challenges in accessing CCMA, the Department of Home Affairs, difficulties and challenges posed by Game Reserves for workers and communities in uMkhanyakude District and these are just a few areas of discussions to feature when various Commissions deliberate on the first day of the sitting of the sitting the Parliament Workers’ Parliament on 18 May.

 

On the second day, 19 May, intense discussions on the implementation of the National Minimum Wage, (which the Federations claim will engage on in honour of the struggle icons, Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu) will take place under the watchful eye of the Speaker of the day. These discussions will lead to the adoption of resolutions that will be forwarded to relevant Committees of the Legislature for further consideration and processing. A debate will also be held in the Chamber by Political parties when the relevant Committee presents the Workers’ Parliament report to the Legislature. For further processing and implementation of the workers’ resolutions, Members of the Executive Council will receive the report and relevant departments are expected to implement and provide progress report on such implementation to the Legislature. The progress report on implementation of this year’s resolutions will again be tabled in the next year’s Workers’ Parliament in a feedback session to the workers by the Executive. The theme to guide the discussions for this year’s Workers Parliament is: “ Implement the National Minimum Wage, in honour of the Centenary of our Struggle Icons, as we build ethical governance and stimulating economic growth”.

 

Media is invited to take in both the Commissions and the actual sitting on both days.

 

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For more information, contact:

 

W Canham

Senior Communications Officer:

Media Liaison and Publications

KZN Legislature

033-3557 559/ 0833767299

Canhamw@kznleg.gov.za

 


SPECIAL OFFICIAL FUNERAL FOR THE LATE WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

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On 2 April 2018, the country heard the sad news of the passing of struggle stalwart and former Member of Parliament Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She was among the great icons of the liberation struggle who sacrificed everything in the fight against the brutal apartheid state.

In her dedication to the people of South Africa during the darkest days of apartheid and her tenacity to create a society free from racial oppression, she was affectionately referred to as the “Mother of the Nation”.

Mama Winnie is revered by millions of South Africans and her role in our liberation is undeniable. While she was not without flaws, her life must be viewed in the context of the repressive conditions and apartheid brutality at the time.

Mama Winnie was born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela on 26 September 1936 in the village of Mbongweni in Bizana in the former Transkei. She attended the Shawsbury High School where she matriculated with a first class pass.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared ten days of mourning and a special official funeral. A memorial service will be held for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on 11 April 2018 at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto and funeral on 14 April 2018 at the Orlando Stadium.

Memorial Service 

The memorial service for Winnie Madikizela Mandela will be held on Wednesday, 11 April 2018,  Orlando Stadium, Soweto.

Funeral Service

The Funeral Service will take place on the Saturday, 14th April 2018, Orlando Stadium, Soweto.  The Burial will take place at Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery.

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the National days of mourning from 3rd April to 14th April 2018. In line with this declaration, the National Flag have been flown at half-mast at all flag stations countrywide & at diplomatic missions abroad. This will be observed until the evening of 14 April 2018

Media Accreditation

Members of the media who applied for accreditation for the official memorial service and funeral of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela are advised to collect their accreditation cards from 08 April 2018 at Nasrec Station.

Each member of the media will be required to personally collect the accreditation card, no mass collection will be allowed.

Details are as follows:

  • Day 1: Monday, 9 April 2018, from 8h30 – 18h00 at Nasrec, Prasa station, Johannesburg
  • Day 2: Tuesday, 10 April 2018, from 8h30 – 18h00 at Nasrec, Prasa station, Johannesburg
  • Day 3: Thursday, 12 April 2018, from 8h30 – 18h00 at Nasrec, Prasa station, Johannesburg
  • Day 4: Friday, 13 April 2018, from 8h30 – 18h00 at Nasrec, Prasa station, Johannesburg

 

NB: You are required to bring your Identity documents, ID Book, passport and Press Card or letter from the editor when collecting accreditation and also at the event.

Media accreditation enquiries:
Ishmael Selemale
Cell: 061 790 5114

Ireen Magwai
Cell: 082 440 5676

Condolence books

South Africans have been invited to pay their respects to Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela by signing the condolence books which will be placed at various sites across the country.

Condolence books will be placed at:

  • International Ports of Entry (airports)
  • DIRCO Head Office at the OR Tambo Building in Pretoria
  • Parliament
  • Tuynhuys
  • The Union Buildings
  • Department of Arts and Culture
  • Department of Communication (GCIS Head office)
  • All Provincial Legislatures
  • All Premier’s Offices
  • Masilonyana Local Municipality offices, Brandfort
  • Mbizana Local Municipality
  • KSD Local Municipality, Mthatha

 


Oversight visit to the Newcastle Road Inspectorate Unit of the Department of Transport

On the 6 February 2018 the Portfolio Committee on Transport led by its Chairperson Hon. Ntombikayise Sibhidla -Saphetha conducted oversight in the Newcastle RTI Offices and Driving license Testing Centre. The inspection covered how the centre functions and interaction with members of the members of the public who use these facilities took place to get the first hand information around treatment they receive, staff conduct, and the facility itself. Members of the Committee were quite happy with what they had seen and applauds the work done for instance to ensure that technology is installed to prevent any corrupt activities that may be associated with drivers’ licencing and bribery.

Later on the day at about 10h00 at the Newcastle Municipal Chamber, the Department of Transport and its MEC, Hon Mxolisi Kaunda delivered the department’s Annual Performance Plan to the Committee, which included amongst other issues the 2017/18 third quarter expenditure and performance report, Update report on the handover of Leaner Transport, report on the Vukuzakhe Turnaround Strategy, a report on uMnambithi Public Transport system. Members were taken through the facility by the senior official in the department Mr Victor Chetty.

Members of the Portfolio Committee concluded their oversight at the RTI offices.

Members of the Portfolio Committee concluded their oversight at the RTI offices.

 

The Chairperson makes a follow up question to Mr Victor Chetty, the Director of the RTI directorate at Head Office.

The Chairperson makes a follow up question to Mr Victor Chetty, the Director of the RTI directorate at Head Office.

 

Mr Chetty demonstrates the effectiveness of technology installed in the Centre.

Mr Chetty demonstrates the effectiveness of technology installed in the Centre.

 

Hon Duma, a Mmeber of the Committee had his eys tested during this visit and he scored 100% whe was presented with this machine, as he answered all the questions correct.

Hon Duma, a Mmeber of the Committee had his eys tested during this visit and he scored 100% whe was presented with this machine, as he answered all the questions correct.

 

The Department through its MEC Hon Kaunda tables its reports top the Committee at the Chamber in Newcastle

The Department through its MEC Hon Kaunda tables its reports top the Committee at the Chamber in Newcastle


CPA AFRICA REGION WOMEN PARLIAMENTARIANS PUSHING FORWARD GENDER EQUALITY AS THEY HOLD THE REGIONAL GENDER SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP IN KWAZULU-NATAL

On the 24-27 January 2018, the KZN Legislature hosted the CWP, an association comprising women parliamentarians from over 50 national and provincial parliaments from across the African continent. The gathering which takes place at Zimbali aims to develop strategies to increase Women’s role in Parliaments, Legislatures and other higher decision making bodies in societies in the African Region. The workshop is held under the theme: “Mechanism to Strengthen Gender Equality”.

Delegates and observers at the CWP Africa Region Workshop

Delegates and observers at the CWP Africa Region Workshop

The workshop whose programme director is Chairperson of the CWP Africa Region Hon.Thoko Didiza said the gathering is an opportunity for women parliamentarians to share best practices and experience on women empowerment, gender equality and emancipation as well as ideas on what can be done to increase women representation in parliaments and governments. “The discussion in this workshop will motivate and inspire us to achieve the goal of gender equality and women emancipation,” said Ms Didiza

CWP Chairperson, Hon Thoko Didiza, directing the programme of the day

CWP Chairperson, Hon Thoko Didiza, directing the programme of the day

Delegates were welcomed by the KwaDukuza Mayor, Councillor Ricardo Mthembu who described the District as the home of Inkosi Albert Luthuli and Inkosi Shaka ka Senzangakhona, whose aunt was Mkabayi ka Jama., all of whom had made this land a home to all. He felt it is befitting for all delegates to gather in this town which represents the hospitality the forefathers of this land had shown to visitors in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu Kingdom.

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“Come back and tour this beautiful province”, said Councillor Ricardo Mthembu

“Come back and tour this beautiful province”, said Councillor Ricardo Mthembu

The Mayor extends his invitation to the delegates by inviting them to come back to tour this beautiful province. He also acknowledged the marginalization of women and patriarchy that exists in societies, and pointed out the relevance of the topic being addressed by the workshop.

In her opening remarks as the host, Speaker Hon Lydia Johnson of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, reminded the delegates that the year 2018 is dedicated to the struggle icon Nelson Mandela who would have turned 100 years old this year.

She further encourages women to push forward and dedicate themselves to the ideals for which Mandela fought for, namely, gender equality

Speaker Johnson calls upon women to celebrate the achievements made by various communities in the name of women empowerment and cites the first woman president in Africa (Liberia), Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who stepped down this month. She commends the leadership of Her Excellency for steering the country to a period of stability which saw a smooth transition from her tenure to the newly elected president George Weah. She further acknowledges the late Kenyan Wanghari Mathaai, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Price for her contribution to “sustainable development, democracy and peace”.

“We should also celebrate and be encouraged by the countries such as Rwanda which, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Women, is ranked as the highest country in the world with most women in parliament as of January 2017”. The Speaker calls on women parliamentarians to increase women participation in developmental matters and ensuring gender equality.

Along the same lines the KZN Legislature was commended by the Hon Didiza for having made great strides in ensuring the placement of women in leadership positons. This Legislature has a woman Speaker, a woman Chief Whip and a woman Secretary.

Interestingly, the focus of the topics tackles directly the general emerging issues that we as CWP have always been raising and documented in the CWP Africa Region 5-Year Strategic Plan, and those issues are: women representation, factors that hinder the development of women, education of women, empowerment of women and non-implementation of International and Regional Instruments (SDGs, AU declarations, Beijing Plan of Action, etc) that speak to women empowerment.

“Many women in cities and rural communities are still marginalised”, said Speaker Lydia Johnson

“Many women in cities and rural communities are still marginalised”, said Speaker Lydia Johnson

The event was addressed by the Minister of Communications in South Africa, MT. Kubayi Ngubane whose speech was most appreciative of the KZN Legislature when she said, “it would be amiss of me if I don’t convey our deepest appreciation to Hon. Johnson and the entire KwaZulu Natal Legislature for going all out in ensuring that they did not just organize and host, but they ensured our comfort through providing the best hospitality since our arrival in this beautiful province. Thank you so much KwaZulu Natal.”

Right from the beginning the Minister’s speech highlighted milestones in the

history of women’s struggle. She said, “the struggle for gender equality and women emancipation is as old as the existence of mankind itself. It is for this reason that the struggle for gender equality and women emancipation has gained so much momentum to such an extent that it is no longer a women issues, but a human right’s issue affecting both men and women”.

She mentioned the the 1945 Founding Charter of the United Nations which had included a provision for equality between men and women (Chapter III, Article 8). The UN General Assembly which passed another resolution that 1976–1985 should be the “Decade of Women”.

The Second World Conference on Women held in Copenhagen, in Denmark, in 1980. The conference which agreed that the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was an important milestone. The Copenhagen conference thus acknowledged the gap between rights being secured for women and women’s ability to exercise those rights. It was also agreed that this right was based on three areas: Equal Access to Education; Employment Opportunities; and Adequate Health Care Services are essential to achieve the goals set out in Mexico.

The third World Conference on Women was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1985 set out areas by which progress in women’s equality could be measured, and these are, Constitutional and Legal measures; Equality in social participation; Equality in political participation; and Decision-making. The Conference also acknowledged that women need to participate in all areas of human activity, not just those areas that relate to gender.

“Considering all the milestone decisions taken at the global platforms since 1945, it is clear that a lot of progress has been made in reaching consensus about the importance of gender equality”, even though the Minister acknowledged a lot more need to be done.
The Minister commended the work of the CPA Africa Region in particular, for its commitment to gender equality as it ensured the nomination of Hon. Emilia Lefaka, the Deputy Speaker of Cameroon as the Chairperson of the CPA International.

Hon Lindiwe Maseko, the CPA Africa Region Chairperson began her presentation to the delegates by posing very interesting questions, Is Women`s political participation only a question of democratic representation and women’s rights? Or can women also contribute a new dimension in Politics? Lastly, can politics be engendered by an increase in women politicians?

In answering these questions, Hon Maseko said Women representation in Parliament should be seen as a catalyst for social change aimed at advancing democracy and development in society. Women continue to experience further marginalisation on rural development, economic integration, education and infrastructure development.

The Premier Hon TW Mchunu, who due to commitments could not attend, was represented by Hon R. Pillay.

The Premier Hon TW Mchunu, who due to commitments could not attend, was represented by Hon R. Pillay.

The CWP was founded to enable women parliamentarians with an opportunity to discuss strategies to increase representation in parliaments and work towards mainstreaming of gender considerations in all CPA activities and programmes.

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KZN MPLs conduct multiparty oversight visits in Umgungundlovu District

KZN Legislature MPLs conducted multiparty oversight visits in all municipalities under Umgungundlovu District in October ahead of the Taking Legislature to the People scheduled to take place in Umshwathi Municipality at Mpolweni Sport Field on 02 – 03 November 2017.

This innovative programme of the Legislature, enables MPLs to gain first-hand information on the level of service delivery in communities and to hold government to account where there is poor delivery of services.

Citizens have the opportunity to communicate directly with MPLs, Mayors, Councillors and high ranking departmental officials

Citizens have the opportunity to communicate directly with MPLs, Mayors, Councillors and high ranking departmental officials

The Speaker sent Multi-Party delegations to all municipalities in the uMgungundlovu District to listen to the community.

The Speaker sent Multi-Party delegations to all municipalities in the uMgungundlovu District to listen to the community.

On 5 -6 October, MPLs visited all local municipalities under Umgungundlovu District where public meetings were held with communities to give them an opportunity to raise service delivery concerns. On the next day, MPLs visited various projects and service delivery sites in each municipality to see how communities benefit from them.

Newly developed Tourism centre in Mphophomeni

Newly developed Tourism centre in Mphophomeni

New museum being built at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site

New museum being built at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site

The Legislature will hold the Taking Legislature to People in Umshwathi municipality to give a report back on the oversight visits and to allow the public to raise further service delivery issues. There will be a sitting of the House where MPLs will debate the oversight report and adopt resolutions to accelerate service delivery in Umgungundlovu District.


“Women United in Pursuit of Radical Economic Transformation”

The KZN Legislature together with women in the province celebrate the Women’s Month in Vryheid at Mondlo Sports field, Section B on the 10 and 11 August 2017.

Thus, the Annual Women’s Parliament will be held over these two days, under the theme “Women United in Pursuit of Radical Economic Transformation”. It is anticipated that the debate under this theme will be robust as women seek to ensure their participation and ownership of the economy as the country strives for an inclusive economy. “The programme is designed such that women come out of this parliament understanding fully the direction they are supposed to take in order to free themselves from poverty, unemployment and economic inequalities we see in our society”, said Hon VV Tambo, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Quality of Life at the Legislature.

The 10th August will begin with a Peace Walk in the streets of Vryheid, a walk that aims to celebrate the gains of women that were brought about by the Constitution of the Republic. These gains include the laws that were passed since 1994 in support of women, namely, the Domestic Violence Act, the Maintenance Act, and the Recognition of Customary Marriage Act etc. The march will proceed to the Police Station where a Memorandum containing concerns of women will be handed over to the Police.

This march will be followed by a visit to the Vryheid Prison as delegates of the Women’s Parliament wish to share their celebration with female inmates. A one hour programme has been planned where MECs, MPLs and delegates will interact with female inmates after which the entire delegation will proceed to the first day of the sitting of the Women’s Parliament at Mondlo Sport field, B Section.

Media representatives are invited to these events.

For more information contact:
Wesley Canham
Senior Communications Officer:
Media Liaison and Publications
KZN Legislature
033-3557 559/ 0833767299
Canhamw@kznleg.gov.za


WORKERS MARCH AS THEY CELEBRATE THE 20 YEARS OF THE CONSTITUTION

In this Workers’ Month, the Workers in KwaZulu- Natal will hold their annual Workers’ Parliament in Nombika Sports field in Ndwedwe Local Municipality on the 19 and 20 May 2017. The main focus this year is the celebration of the 20 years of the Constitution. Workers will specifically celebrate what they call are the gains of the working class post 1994. These gains are entrenched in the constitution and these are the rights to strike, the right to form and join a trade union of one’s choice, the right to organise, Entitlement to annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave and Family-responsibility etc. These rights are contained in various Acts which the working class pride themselves of as they are the results of what the workers of this country had fought for. These Acts include the Basic Condition of Employment Act of 1997, Labour Relations Act, Employment Equity Act, The Skills Development Act, Section 23 of the Bill of Rights, Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, the Unemployment Fund etc.
These rights are a reminder to workers, that not long ago a south African worker especially non –white, was subjected to various forms of discrimination in the workplace, for example, forced labour, job reservation, migrant labour system etc.

This year the Workers have decided to focus their debates and discussions on the Vulnerable Workers under a theme: “The Struggle for the Control and Ownership of the Economy in favour of Vulnerable Workers is On, as Workers Celebrate 20 years of the Constitution”. The three major Federations in the province, namely, Cosatu, Nactu and Fedusa have jointly embraced the theme and are convinced that discussions around this theme will deliver vulnerable workers from the hardships they face in the workplace. The Federations recalled in a meeting held last week at the Legislature that the exploitation of workers was a feature of life for a South African workers for decades. Apartheid thrived on cheap labour, as workers had to contend with the migrant labour system, passes and influx control, job reservation, and other oppressive laws. Today they celebrate the gains brought about by the scrapping of all apartheid laws in the workplace and society in general. The rights of the workers as entrenched in the constitution are the basis for these celebrations.

The Celebration is set to start off with a march on the 19th May 2017, at 8h30 from Ndwedwe Central Town, and proceed to Nombika Sportsfield. Hundreds of workers are expected to participate in this march, and marchers will display key messages in their placards as they celebrate their constitutional gains. Members of the Executive Council (MECs) and Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) will be part of this march.

Mobilisation of workers across the province has been initiated with Transport made available to ferry workers to the event. Attached is the Programme over the two days of the Workers’ Parliament. Media representatives are invited to cover the event.

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For more information , contact:
W Canham (Mr)
Senior Communications Officer:
Media Liaison and Publications
KZN Legislature
033-3557 559/ 0833767299
Canhamw@kznleg.gov.za


OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE KZN LEGISLATURE – ADDRESS BY THE KING AND STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS

22 February 2017

Embargo: For Immediate Release

Attention: News/Assignment Editors, Political Reporters, Reporters

From: KZN Legislature Communications Unit

 

RE: OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE KZN LEGISLATURE – ADDRESS BY THE KING AND STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS
It’s all systems go for the Official Opening of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
His Majesty Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will deliver a keynote address on the 28th February at the Royal Showgrounds.
The King’s address will be followed by the State of the Province Address which will be delivered by Premier Willies Mchunu on Wednesday 1st of March 2017.
Adding to the glamour and ceremony normally associated with the Official Opening of the Legislature, this year’s event will be characterised by the display of artefacts such as traditional beads, beer pots, shields etc.
This is to assist local craftsman to be able to showcase their workmanship to visitors who will be attending the Official Opening.
Notably, this year instead of having schoolchildren forming a guard of honour for His Majesty, this task will be performed by Zulu maidens and Amabutho on the first day.
Furthermore, His Majesty will be accompanied by his regimen drawn from local and other parts of Nongoma and it will be led by Induna Yezinsizwa, Mr Mgilija.
KZN Legislature endeavours to use this event to put the concept of “Unity in Diversity” into practice through involvement of the people of KwaZulu-Natal as the province remaina remarkable melting pot in the country and it fully subscribes to the notion of equal recognition of cultures.
The two-day event will be broadcast live in various media outlets including community radio stations, mainstream television stations and social media.
Members of the media are invited to attend.
Details of the Official Opening and State of the Province Address are as follows:

Dates : 28 February 2017 and 1st March 2017 (King’s Address and SOPA)
Time   : 9am
Venue : Royal Showgrounds (Pietermaritzburg)

For more information please contact Wonder Hlongwa at 0829083532 or Sina Nxumalo 082906 0449.

 

 

 

 

 

 


January 2017 Schools Opening Functionality Monitoring Programme

 

In the past six years in January, Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature including the Executive, have been embarking on a programme known as the Schools Opening Functionality Monitoring Programme, which aims to monitor and ensure that teaching and learning happen on the first day of the opening of all public schools in the province.The schools functionality monitoring programme, which took place from the 11th to the 13th January 2017, is part of the Legislature’s oversight exercise in which all Members of the Legislature visit public schools through the province to assess the state of readiness at the commencement of the academic year.

Members were deployed in all districts of the province to monitor the level of schools’ readiness for the 2017 academic year. They visited public schools that performed well in the 2016 senior certificate examination results and those that performed badly. The aim was to gain first-hand information on the challenges that face public schools especially those that perform badly in matric results.Members also got an opportunity to understand other challenges facing public schools such as poor infrastructure, shortage of teachers, incorrect quintile ranking, inadequate security and school vandalism to mention but a few.

During the visits, Members were accompanied by officials from the Department of Education who had to account on the challenges facing schools and the plans of addressing them. Other departments such as Social Development, Health, Cogta, Public Works as well as District and Local Mayors were part of the delegations. The visits also include meetings with stakeholders that comprise School Governing Bodies (SGBs), teacher unions, ward councillors, Amakhosi, Interfaith leaders, and other community structures.

 


Health Portfolio Committee performs oversight in Harry Gwala District

As part of its constitutional mandate, the KZN Legislature through its Health Portfolio Committee visited Usher Memorial and St Margaret Hospitals on Wednesday, 16th November 2016 to inspect the provision of health services in Harry Gwala District.

The delegation was led by Hon. Bhamjee, the chairperson of Health committee. This was a follow up visit after the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) had been to Harry Gwala District in September as part of the NCOP Provincial Week. NCOP Members had visited the district to track and evaluate the levels of service delivery in KwaZulu-Natal particularly in health and education.

The Health Portfolio Committee held a series of boardroom and site meetings where the district and hospital management reported on various challenges and successes in the provision of health services in the district. The state of the two hospitals was applauded in terms of cleanliness, staff compliment, as well as the standard of service that is provided to the people of Harry District. This is in spite of the challenges such as inadequate budget, human resources and medical equipment.

Several recommendations were made by the NCOP to the MEC of Health, Dr Dhlomo on matters of importance and how such challenges could be addressed. The committee was informed of the common challenges in the district which include the shortage of doctors in rural hospitals, lack of proper sanitation, infrastructure, shortage of EMRS ambulances, and the latest challenge of drought that is facing the entire country.

Health Portfolio Committee performs oversight in Harry Gwala District

Health Portfolio Committee performs oversight in Harry Gwala District

The Health Portfolio Committee visited the district to monitor the implementation of recommendations and short-term solutions that were proposed by the NCOP in September. However, the committee expressed its disappointment at the slow pace in implementing the recommendations of the NCOP, especially on short term solutions like the drilling of boreholes for water supply. The committee also noted that not much has been done on improving hospital infrastructure since the last NCOP Provincial week.

Hospital management made an undertaking to address these issues without any further delays and that the Department of Health would report before the committee on its intervention plan to address these challenge. Guided by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) the committee also scrutinised how hospital finances were being managed including budget allocations for short and long term projects as it was resolved during the NCOP week.


Community Safety Portfolio Committee joins the public to combat crime in Umkhanyakude

Members of Community Safety Portfolio Committee at the South Africa/Mozambique border

Members of Community Safety Portfolio Committee at the South Africa/Mozambique border

Crime levels in Umkhanyakude District have reached alarming proportions with cross-border crime, particularly car thefts between South Africa and Mozambique having reached alarming proportions.

This has prompted the Community Safety Portfolio Committee, under the leadership of the committee chairperson, Hon. Bheki Ntuli, to visit the district recently with an aim of holding meetings with communities, local leadership and members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to find solutions to the scourge of crime in that part of the province.

The committee started off its oversight work by visiting an illegal South Africa/Mozambique border post, notoriously known as Gate 6, where most cars stolen from South Africa are smuggled to Mozambique to be sold to crime syndicates.

At Gate 6, the committee held a meeting with commanders of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) who patrol that part of the border and SAPS top brass where they received a full briefing on the crime situation along Gate 6.

Committee members were informed that both the SANDF and SAPS lacked necessary resources to fight cross-border crime especially stealing of vehicles from South Africa. There were few members deployed along the border with insufficient equipment for intelligence gathering and that there was no proper fence along the border. That made it easy for criminals to remove the fence and smuggle vehicles across Mozambique. Even Mozambican people easily cross the fence to South Africa without any documentation.

The committee later held a public meeting at Umhlabuyalingana Municipality which was attended by local leadership including Amakhosi, councillors, members of CPFs, SAPS and other stakeholders. The meeting deliberated on a number of crime fighting initiatives and strategies which were aimed at bringing the levels of crime down.

It was noted that there was a lack of co-operation from the Mozambican authorities to stop cross-border vehicle theft once stolen vehicles reach the Mozambican side. Attempts to allow South Africa to build a base inside Mozambique have been obstructed in the past.

Committee members were unanimous in that there is a need for a high-level political intervention between South Africa and Mozambique that will find a lasting solution to the issue of cross-border crime. A bilateral meeting between governments of South Africa and Mozambique should be convened to resolve cross-border crime.

The committee also visited other police stations in Umkhanyakude including Mbazwana to get first-hand information on the issue of crime and how those police stations were dealing with it. On the last day, the committee visited Hlabisa police station and later held a public meeting with the community and other stakeholders. Committee members were informed that crime such as business robberies was on the rise in Hlabisa. The local police station lacks basic resources such as working telephones to enable the public to report crime as it happens.

Community Safety Portfolio Committee listens to a community member making input during an oversight visit to Umhlabuyalingana

Community Safety Portfolio Committee listens to a community member making input during an oversight visit to Umhlabuyalingana


Taking the Legislature to the People provides communities with direct access to their public representatives

 

 

 

 

Public interaction session at Durnacol Sport Complex

Public interaction session at Durnacol Sport Complex

Section 118 of the Constitution of the Republic places an obligation on all Provincial Legislatures to facilitate public involvement in their law making and oversight functions. The aim is to enable the citizens of this country to participate meaningfully in the governance of their lives. This also provides the citizens an opportunity to engage directly with their public representatives in order to raise their concerns and challenges which require government’s intervention.

In keeping with this constitutional obligation, the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, led by Speaker Johnson, held a two day sitting away from its chambers in Pietermaritzburg and took the Legislature to Amajuba District where ordinary citizens were afforded an opportunity to interact with their public representatives.

The sitting was held at Dunarcol Sport Complex in Dannhauser Municipality on 27 and 28 October 2016, where people of Amajuba District were able to raise issues that affect them directly in the presence of Members including the Provincial Cabinet. People were able to raise their concerns about service delivery ranging from water shortages, housing, agriculture (access to farming), poverty, unemployment, health facilities, social development programmes.
MECs responded to the issues raised by the community and provided plans to address them. On the last day of the sitting, Premier Willies Mchunu presented a detailed report which included the provincial government’s programme of addressing the challenges facing the community of Amajuba District.

The two day sitting was a follow up to the visits by the multiparty committee which conducted oversight on the level of service delivery in all municipalities under Amajuba. The multiparty committee, led by the Chair of Chairs Hon. Sipho Gcabashe, inspected various service delivery projects to assess their successes and challenges. The multiparty delegation had compiled a comprehensive oversight report which was presented to the people of Amajuba on the first day of the sitting.

The multiparty delegation inspecting a housing project in Newcastle

The multiparty delegation inspecting a housing project in Newcastle

The multiparty delegation inspecting a housing project in Newcastle
Since 2004, the Legislature has visited all districts of KwaZulu-Natal to give citizens an opportunity to engage directly with their elected representatives. The programme also assists Members to gain first-hand information on the level of service delivery in communities, in order to accelerate service delivery especially in rural areas. The Legislature will continue with this programme of taking the Legislature to the people to ensure that all citizens of KwaZulu-Natal benefit from the fruits of democracy.


Senior Citizen’s Parliament 2016 in Phongola

It is not all politics in the Senior Citizen’s Parliament, but the elderly have access to health services they need the most.  At the Senior Citizen’s Parliament, held in Phongola, staff from Intshelejuba hospital are hard at work rendering the health services to the most vulnerable members of our society, the elderly. The exhibition marquee set up has been of great benefit to the elderly who hardly have taxi fares to go to clinics or hospitals for their health needs. The long distances people have to travel to access health service is a challenge to elders like gogo Simelane who had an amputated leg.

 

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With these services the elders are assessed, others referred for specialised services if necessary, and these services include dentistry, dietetics, physiotherapy etc. Those with high blood pressure (and have their medical cards with them), are offered treatment on-site.

Senior citizens of Zululand district have praised the Legislature for providing the opportunity for them to not only express their views on service delivery issues in general, but also their specific needs for health.

 

 

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A considerable amount of work was done by Health Practitioners form Intshelejuba Hospital at the 
Senior Citizen’s Parliament 2016 in Phongola offering elders health services.

 

 


2016 Women’s Parliament

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2016 marks the 60th Anniversary of the historic march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria by women of all races against discriminatory pass laws

As we celebrate the Women’s Month, the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature will hold its annual Women’s Parliament on the 26th – 27 th August 2016 in eNdumeni Municipality, Mpumelelo Sports field under uMzinyathi District Municipality.

Women from all six political parties that are represented in the Legislature will participate in this event. The theme of the 2016 Women’s Parliament is: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”.

The Women’s Parliament is part of the Legislature’s strategy to broaden public participation in the oversight and law-making processes of the Legislature and to enhance participatory democracy in KwaZulu-Natal.

 


 

 

 

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2015 People with Disabilities Parliament

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People with Disabilities Parliament, which is an annual Sector Parliament, whose aim is to give disabled persons of KwaZulu-Natal a platform to raise issues which affect them daily, was held on the 4th December 2015 at Ezakheni TVET College in Mnambithi Municipality under Uthukela District.

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People with Disabilities Parliament was held under the theme “South Africa – a free and just society, inclusive of all people with disabilities as equal citizens”. Delegates who participated in discussions came from all districts of KwaZulu-Natal. The event followed the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, which was celebrated on 03 December at the same venue.

 


Transport Portfolio Committee intensifies oversight during Transport Month

Transport Month has seen the Portfolio Committee enhancing its oversight activities by paying visit to projects, transport facilities, and even schools across the province from eThekwini, Muziwabantu to Mnambithi Municipalities. PPRASA offices in Durban, Mdlangathi, Nkanyezi KaManchi and Colenso Combined Primary schools in Harding and Ladysmith respectively were part of the schools covered by the oversight visits, particularly to inspect learner transport.

Hon Moodley and Kaunda doing bus inspection in Ladysmith.

Hon Moodley and Kaunda doing bus inspection in Ladysmith.

Hon Kaunda gathering information from one of the bus drivers. Behind Hon Moodley carries on with the inspection.

Hon Kaunda gathering information from one of the bus drivers. Behind Hon Moodley carries on with the inspection.

The Committee expressed disappointment at the condition of buses used by learners to attend schools. Broken windows, defects in wipers, brake lights, were just a few of many faults found in the buses. However the buses at Colenso Primary schools seemed to be in better conditions compared to buses inspected in Harding. In both schools the Committee instructed the Road Transport Inspectorate to inspect the buses and provide a report as a matter of urgency, and these reports would be shared with the Department of Transport for speedy

Members of the Committee inspect road D911 and D912 KwaMachi after which they proceeded to the KwaMachi Traditional Council to a stakeholders meeting.

Members of the Committee inspect road D911 and D912 KwaMachi after which they proceeded to the KwaMachi Traditional Council to a stakeholders meeting.

A visit to a newly constructed permits center for taxi owners in Ladysmith has been welcome by all for the impact it has on the industry. “If you have forgotten any documents, you are able to go back home and come back immediately to finalise your application for a permit, and get back to business”, unlike when it was centralised in Durban, said the Chairperson of the Taxi Industry in Uthukela.

Delivering the opening remarks in Ladysmith where all stakeholders in the transport sector were present, Hon Kaunda said, “no solutions can be found through the barrel of the gun, why fight over taxi routes, this land cannot be stretched to accommodate more routes so why can’t we accept that”. This is a black run business that we can be proud of, however, this cannot be a lucrative business if we fight over routes”.

There are other business ventures that we can explore, workshops for taxis, you can go out and seek funding for such ventures. Let’s stop violence, and focussing on growing the business. He added that business owners must negotiate with commuters when they are to increase taxi fares so that communities feel part of the industry. “We would like to see that, dialogue takes place and ensure that there is good working relations between yourselves and your clients”, Kaunda concluded.

Hon Shelembe takes down finer details as he inspects the bus, capturing finer details from the bus driver.

Hon Shelembe takes down finer details as he inspects the bus, capturing finer details from the bus driver.


Health Portfolio Committee holds consultative meetings with communities

In keeping with its mandate of involving the public in the work of the committee, the Health Portfolio Committee has been holding a series of public meetings in various municipalities to consult with the people to seek solutions and strategies of dealing with health challenges facing the province.

According to the government’s National Strategic Plan on HIV and sexually transmitted infections, 39% of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 in South Africa, fall pregnant at least once. Almost half of the teenage mothers fall pregnant again within two years of giving birth, the report shows.

Through the Health Portfolio committee led by Hon. Lizzy Shabalala, the Legislature has been involved in campaigns that seek to create awareness on HIV/Aids and teenage pregnancy in poor communities in deep rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal. This multiparty committee, together with the provincial Health Department, has visited several communities holding public meetings with the aim of encouraging parents to take initiatives that ensure the safety and wellbeing of their children.

Hon. Shabalala seen here with some Members of the committee addressing the community on matters relating to HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy

Hon. Shabalala seen here with some Members of the committee addressing the community on matters relating to HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy

The partnership programme between the Legislature and Department of Health targets parents, social groups and other relevant stakeholders. The public is made aware of these social ills through presentations and one-on-one interactions.  Medical practitioners from Department of Health led by Dr Thami Mayise, focus on the issue of teenage pregnancy, child pregnancy, male circumcision as the contributing factor to the high increase in the number of HIV/AIDS infected persons in the province.

Dr Masiye, defined teenage pregnancy as a teenage girl, usually within the ages of 13-19, becoming pregnant whilst 12 years and less would then be considered as child pregnancy which is considered to be a worse scenario. Teenage pregnancy is a major public health concern in South Africa with more than 1/3 of SA women experiencing 1st birth by the age of 18years. Learner pregnancies are more concentrated in provinces that are mostly rural in nature like Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpompo.

 

“These social ills should not be a concern for government alone, but parents and the society at large need to join hands with government in fighting these social ills. The public is encouraged to do constant HIV testing, males to circumcise, and to make use of the A,B,C health precaution measures which reads: “Abstain, Be faithful and Condomise” said committee chairperson, Hon. Lizzy Shabalala.

The public was also afforded an opportunity to voice their concerns with regard to the health issues. The issue of lack of education about the epidemic came out very strongly during public interaction sessions. Access to ARVs and female condoms is still a challenge in rural communities. Shocking statistics have revealed that in the year 2014 alone, teenage/child/leaner pregnancy grew up to 19 000 in KwaZulu-Natal alone.

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The public was encouraged to go to police stations and report those who infect others with HIV intentionally, so that they will be charged with attempted murder. “Intentionally infecting a person with HIV is regarded as a gross criminal activity that is punishable in our law” said Hon. Linda Hlongwa, a member of the Health Portfolio Committee.

These meetings resolved to establish a team of volunteers called Operation Mukela which will be headed by Department of Health. Its aim will be to fight the stigma that is attached to HIV/AIDS.

 


A Multiparty delegation holds a consultative meeting in Amajuba District

A Multiparty delegation led by the Chair of Chairs Hon Sipho Gcabashe held a consultative meeting with all stakeholders in the employment / work sector in Amajuba District with a view to gain insight into challenges facing employers and employees in the that part of the province. This “scoping exercise will inform the issues to be discussed and debated during the Workers’ Parliament, taking place in the same district on the 21-22 May 2015”, said the Chair of Chairs.

Multiparty delegation in session preparing for the consultative forum meeting with Chair of Chairs Hon Sipho Gcabashe (far right wearing a jacket) chairing the meeting

Multiparty delegation in session preparing for the consultative forum meeting with Chair of Chairs Hon Sipho Gcabashe (far right wearing a jacket) chairing the meeting

The focus was on major sectors such as Textile, Steel, Farming and even Retail. Addressing the stakeholders Hon Gcabashe emphasised the need for workers and employees to adhere to legislation so that work environment becomes a better place for all. “We are not here to solve problems but we are here to provide a facilitative platform for problem areas to be identified so that all stakeholders are aware of their critical role in ensuring a working environment that is hassles free”.

Hon Gcabashe delivers introductory remarks and touches on the core mandate of the legislature, namely, Law Making, Public Participation and Oversight.

Hon Gcabashe delivers introductory remarks and touches on the core mandate of the legislature, namely, Law Making, Public Participation and Oversight.

When the Department of Labour Head of Inspectors Mr S. Nkosi delivered a talk, he shared with the meeting some of the challenges facing the labour sector in the District as follows: Failure of both employees and employers to comply with some of the labour legislations such a safety, adherence to Employment Equity, some Foreign Nationals who are employers fail to understand some of the legislations as they are written in English and often cannot read and understand English, failure of stakeholders to attend public hearings called by Labour when introducing a new legislation or seeking input into a new legislation etc.

Union Representatives and ordinary workers had an opportunity to ask questions and share their views on labour legislations.

Union Representatives and ordinary workers had an opportunity to ask questions and share their views on labour legislations.

Union Representatives were also present and made important input including citing a number of challenges for instance companies that hire staff outside of the district yet working in the district. The delegation had assured stakeholders that all the issues raised will form part of the report to be presented at the Workers’ Parliament in order to seek lasting solutions to the problems.

 


Enhancing service delivery through public participation

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Citizens of the Zululand District Municipality who attended the “Taking Legislature to the People” event held in Nongoma at the KwaGqikazi Campus on Thursday, 28 October 2015.

Legislatures are required by section 118 of the Constitution to ensure that the public they serve participates in their activities. This mandate to involve the public in the activities of the Legislature is entrenched in South Africa’s Constitution (section 118) which stipulates that Legislatures at national and provincial levels must facilitate public involvement in their processes. Hence, public participation is at the centre of the core business of KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.

 

Public participation mechanisms such as multiparty committee visits and Taking Legislature to the People (TLTP) initiatives aim to ensure that South African citizens actively participate in the legislative processes by raising concerns and challenges which need government’s intervention, and are educated and informed about the work of the Legislature.

 

In keeping with this Constitutional mandate, Members of KwaZulu-Natal Legislature (MPLs) conduct routine oversight visits in all districts of KwaZulu-Natal to gain first-hand information about the state of service delivery in the province. In doing so, the Legislature facilitates public involvement by giving ordinary people a platform to raise issues that affect them as citizens of the province. In many interactions with the public, issues of service delivery dominate such engagements. This is not surprising given the fact that KwaZulu-Natal is vast with its majority citizens living in rural areas which are under-developed.

 

Multiparty oversight visits

 

In October this year, Members of KwaZulu-Natal Legislature visited Zululand District in the Northern part of the province to inspect the state of service delivery in this vast rural district. It was a third visit to Zululand with the first one having taken place in 2010, and for a second time in 2012. The multiparty committee visited all five local municipalities, namely, Abaqulusi, eDumbe, uPhongolo, Nongoma and Ulundi to track progress on the implementation of various projects that were identified in 2012. During the visits, communities were given a platform to engage with the MPLs, departments and municipalities on service delivery issues and concerns. The visits were also used to hold departments and municipalities to account for the slow pace to implement service delivery projects in communities.

 

In Zululand District, the multiparty delegation visited almost 50 projects that were identified in 2012 as needing special focus in order to fast-track service delivery in communities. The projects include rural housing, roads, clinics, farming, electricity, schools, water and sanitation. Some notable improvements were identified in the implementation of these projects by departments and municipalities as most of them had started to benefit communities. However, a sizeable number of projects had not been completed as planned due to a number of reasons such as inadequate budgets, corruption, contractors leaving the sites incomplete, and lack of project management skills at local level.

 

Oversight visits also aim to resolve implementation challenges and to improve transparency and accountability regarding service delivery. The multiparty delegation comprises of representatives from various political parties in the Legislature, administrative support staff, departmental and municipal officials visiting selected projects in each local municipality. These public participation endeavors also include feedback sessions on issues raised during the previous multiparty delegation visits and Taking Legislature to the People.

 

Taking Legislature to the People

The multiparty oversight visits culminated with the entire Legislature holding a sitting in Nongoma municipality on 29 and 30 October, where a comprehensive report on the state of service delivery in Zululand municipalities was presented and debated by MPLs. The sitting was attended by thousands of people from Zululand municipalities, who got the chance of engaging with MPLs, MECs, and Mayors regarding service delivery concerns in their areas. As the province currently faces severe drought, it was not surprising that most people complained about water shortages in their areas. This has had a negative impact on farming resulting in the death of livestock and crops. They urged government to come up with short-term solutions and provide relief to drought-stricken communities in order to prevent famine and diseases.

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Members of the public eager to have their say. Citizens are given the opportunity to make their voices heard.

MECs, MPLs and local leadership of Zululand were present at the Legislature Sitting in Nongoma on 29 and 30 October 2015.

MECs, MPLs and local leadership of Zululand were present at the Legislature Sitting in Nongoma on 29 and 30 October 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Legislature holds successful Women’s Parliament in Maphumulo Municipality

The office bearers of the Women’s Parliament, held each year during Womens’s month, being led into the House by the Sergeant at arms carrying the Mace which is the symbol of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.

Legislature holds successful Women’s Parliament in Maphumulo Municipality

The 2015 Women’s Parliament held in Maphumulo Municipality under Ilembe District on the 13th and 14th August 2015 was hailed as a huge success by delegates and MPLs. Delegates who participated in the debates came from the six political parties that are represented in the Legislature.

The Women’s Parliament, which is an annual programme of the Legislature aimed at giving ordinary women a platform to engage with their public representatives, was held under the theme “Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”.

The first day started with the delegates breaking into commissions to discuss issues affecting women in general. Commissions were also attended by MECs and government official who noted issues that were raised and provided answers. They also presented departmental programmes that target women. Commissions came up with recommendations that were later presented to plenary on the second day.

The second day was attended by various MECs including the Premier who delivered a keynote address to the event. The MECs provided updates on the progress their departments had made in the implementation of resolutions that were adopted by the 2014 Women’s Parliament. In attendance was the Minister for Small Business Development, Hon. Lindiwe Zulu, who had been invited by women to make a presentation on the role of her newly formed department in driving economic empowerment of women. Her presentation was well received by all women.

The last day ended with a debate on the theme “Women United in Driving South Africa Forward” wherein delegates from six political parties represented in the Legislature participated. The debate was robust with delegates raising issues affecting them on daily basis in the presence of the Executive and MPLs. At the end of the debate, delegates adopted a set of resolutions which were forwarded to the Speaker for consideration by committees of the Legislature before their referral to the provincial government for implementation to advance women’s issues. Committees will monitor the implementation of resolutions through their regular oversight meetings with provincial departments.

Hampers as part of the Speaker’s Social Responsibility Programme
During the visit to ilembe district, hampers were given to needy people as part of the Speaker’s Social Responsibility Programme.


Take a Girl Child to Work – 2015

Girls who came to spend the day at the Legislature

Grade 9 and 10 girls who spent the day with managers at the Legislature.

Take a Girl Child to Work

In its sitting held on 30 September 2015, the Legislature invited girls who are doing grade 9 and 10 to take part in the activities of the Legislature and to gain first-hand experience of the legislative environment.

Girls who came to spend the day at the Legislature
Girls who attended received an insight into the functioning of the Legislature and a goody-bag from the Office of the Speaker.

In line with Cairo and Beijing Conferences, the Legislature considers girl child education as the most important instrument that empowers the girl child to lead an independent, healthier, and happier life. An African says, “If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family, and a whole nation”. It is for this reason that the Legislature has embarked on dedicating a day in its business to expose the girl child to the work of the Members of Provincial Legislature (MPLs), its senior Managers and other Legislature operations.

Girls who came to spend the day at the Legislature
Down to serious business with the Legislature’s Chief Operations Officer, Mr Bongani Sibisi.

It is hoped that this will instil interest in the work of the Legislature and greater insight into various careers to pursue in politics. The girls are invited to the sitting of the Legislature to observe House proceedings and are given an opportunity to engage with Members on various topical issues debated either in the National Assembly, the NCOP or Provincial Legislature. The programme is structured in such a way that the girls are guided through the day- to- day activities of the Legislature with greater emphasis on the importance of working together as different political parties in a democracy to ensure that the citizens have a say (through their elected representatives) in the legislative processes.

Girls who came to spend the day at the Legislature
Active engagement between eager learners with the Legislature’s Manager on Institutional Transformation, Ms Bridget Dlamini

In this way, the Legislature instils a culture of tolerance and helps the girl child develop an important trait, namely, the ability to make choices for one’s self. Thus, the Legislature prides itself for contributing immensely towards building future women leaders in politics, and for educating a girl child to build a nation.

Girls who came to spend the day at the Legislature
A well deserved break after a tiring day at the Legislature, the girls were treated to lunch and each also received a certificate.


NCOP week takes place in Ilembe and Ugu Districts

NCOP TEAM

Team consisting of NCOP Members, MPLs and SALGA executive visited Ilembe District.

NCOP week takes place in Ilembe and Ugu Districts

NCOP permanent delegates from KwaZulu-Natal were joined by their provincial counterparts when they visited Ilembe and Ugu Districts during the week of the 21st to the 24th July as part of their oversight work to monitor service delivery in the province. The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is constitutionally mandated to ensure that provincial interests are taken into account in the national sphere of government. This is done through participation in the national legislative process and by providing a national forum for consideration of issues affecting provinces.

The NCOP also plays a unique role in the promotion of the principles of cooperative government and intergovernmental relations. It ensures that the three spheres of government work together in performing their unique functions in terms of the Constitution and that in doing so, they do not encroach in each other’s area of competence. This ensures that synergy exists between the spheres on matters of concurrent competence. As part of the NCOP’s annual oversight plan, the KwaZulu-Natal permanent delegates in the NCOP together with Members of the KZN Legislature, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and Members of the Provincial Executive, SALGA representatives, and Municipalities met on the morning of the 21st of July in Durban for a briefing on municipal performance and also to outline a three-day oversight programme to Ilembe and Ugu Districts. The delegation led by Hon. Nzimande (Chief Whip of the NCOP) accompanied by Ilembe Municipal Executive met with KwaDukuza and Ndwedwe local municipalities during the overall visit, wherein Hon. Nzimande briefed the meeting about the programme of embarking on the provincial week. He informed the meeting that the provincial week was informed by a workshop that was held in 1998 whereby Legislatures expressed the need of finding space and time to interact with the provinces they represent, in a joint attempt to give expression to the spirit of the Constitution and co-operative governance of the local sphere in national government.

The visits themed “Advancing the developmental agenda of municipalities for a better life of our people ” has met with great appreciation by the communities and municipalities as it created a platform for ordinary citizens to voice out their concerns regarding service delivery issues and for municipalities to engage the national government directly on issues that needed intervention of national government. For example, National Department of Water and Sanitation has intervened in Ilembe District, as the whole district is faced with drought which has resulted in the death of 30 000 livestock, KZN agricultural production has plummeted and emerging farmers are now feeling the brunt. On the economic front, operations in the sugarcane industry have come to a halt and as a result many workers have been laid off while others are working few hours for less-than-normal pay. Dams are virtually empty.

A series of meetings and engagements were followed by site visits to inspect projects that were already underway and promised in the APPs of the Municipalities. The delegation well applauded the initiative by KwaDukuza Municipality to building government subsidy houses for low income workers. “This is indeed a good story to tell, to see our people living in such great conditions in accordance with their affordability and satisfaction. The dream of a better life for all is realised” said Hon. Gcabashe who is the Chair of Chairs in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.

NCOP TEAM
The delegation met with the community of Ndwedwe on the last day of the visit, where citizens were afforded an opportunity to speak for themselves.

On the last day of the visit the delegation met with the community of Ndwedwe the meeting that provided an opportunity for ordinary citizens interact directly with their representatives in raising concerns on how they want to be governed. As a way forward recommendations were raised pertaining, in particular, to drought. Both public and the delegation agreed on following undertakings to deal with shortages on water:
• To repair existing boreholes to produce water for domestic use
• To drill new boreholes to assist in the supply of water to affected communities
• To procure mobile water tanks for easy transportation of water to needy communities
• To develop medium and long term drought management plan
The issue of electricity/load-shedding was also on the table.

The NCOP will again visit Ilembe District in September to check on the progress made by municipalities on issues that needed special attention.


KZN Legislature hosted its annual Workers’ Parliament in Amajuba District

KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Workers Parliament Delegates

KZN Legislature hosted its annual Workers’ Parliament in Amajuba District

With the month of May being the Workers’ Month, the KZN Legislature hosted its annual Workers Parliament from the 21st to the 22nd May in Newcastle where workers from the three major federations in the province participated to discuss matters that affect workers as a sector. Delegates came from Cosatu, Fedusa and Nactu to deliberate on this year’s theme “Workers’ Struggle in Addressing Inequality, Creating Employment and Advancing Vulnerable Workers’ Rights”.

KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Workers Parliament Entourage KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Workers Parliament Speaker L Johnson

The Legislature, through sector parliaments, involves various sectors of society in matters of governance in the province. Workers’ Parliament is one of the sector parliaments initiated by the Legislature to give workers a platform to discuss and debate issues that affect them as a sector.

On the first day of Workers’ Parliament, delegates went into four commissions which were clustered along the lines of provincial government clusters. Commissions were attended by senior government officials and facilitated by chairpersons of Portfolio Committees.

In commissions, workers discussed issues ranging from economic development, job creation, education, health, social protection, rural development, safety and security. Commissions adopted recommendations which were tabled at plenary on the following day for adoption.

KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Workers Parliament Entourage KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Workers Parliament Speaker L Johnson

The second day of Workers’ Parliament was attended by the Premier, Hon. Senzo Mchunu, Speaker Hon. Lydia Johnson and other MECs. The Speaker welcomed delegates and the public and wished workers successful deliberations during Workers’ Parliament. The Premier addressed the gathering and thanked workers for their contribution to the liberation struggle as well as the transformation of South Africa. He also urged workers to play a bigger role in addressing the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment facing the country.

KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Workers Parliament Delegates

Delegates from all three major federations used Workers’ Parliament to raise various issues that affect workers in the country. The debates were robust and mostly centred on issues such as rising levels of unemployment, job losses, poverty, casual labour and eradication of labour brokers. Workers Parliament concluded the debates by adopting a set of resolutions that will be forwarded to the Speaker for further consideration by committees of the Legislature. Once considered by relevant committees, the resolutions will be forwarded to the Executive for implementation and action. The Executive will report on the steps taken to implement the resolutions of the 2015 Workers’ Parliament during the next Workers’ Parliament in 2016. Committees will monitor the implementation of resolutions as part of their oversight role over the Executive.


Moral Regeneration and social ills dominate discussions at the Inter-faith Symposium

The KwaZulu-Natal Legislature hosted its annual Inter-faith symposium on 14 April 2015 at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

Representatives of various faiths in the province converged in the Capital City to seek solutions and strategies to deal with issues of moral regeneration and the fight against all forms of social ills in our society.

Hon. Hon L Johnson; Speaker of KwaZulu-Natal

Hon Speaker, Mrs L Johnson (MPL) set the tone for the Inter-faith symposium at the Pietermaritzburg CIty Hall on 14 April 2015.

Speaker of the Legislature, Hon. Lydia Johnson welcomed all delegates to the event and explained the main theme of the symposium “Promotion of morality and ethics with special focus to the province of KwaZulu-Natal”. She emphasised the significance of the gathering given the spate of social ills such as rape of women and children, drug and alcohol abuse, murder, crime and corruption confronting society today.

She said that the importance of moral regeneration cannot be over-emphasised today in view of the surge of all forms of moral decay in our society. She called on the inter-faith community to work together to bring back moral renewal among the citizens of this province. She went on to condemn the recent spate of xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal which is being perpetrated against foreign nationals and urged the inter-faith leaders to take a stand against it.

14 April 2015 Inter-faith symposium

Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, Prof Luke Ngoetshane, Dr Nomagugu Ngobese, Prof RS Khumalo and MPLs at the Inter-faith Symposium

The keynote address was delivered by the Chairperson of the Moral Regeneration Movement, Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, who commended the Speaker for providing a platform for engagement in a discourse that is arguably the most critical today. Other speakers included Professor Luke Ngoetshane from the KwaZulu-Natal Council of Churches, Dr Nomagugu Ngobese who presented a perspective from the indigenous religious background, and Professor RS Khumalo who presented a perspective from the Christianity background.

Different commissions made up of inter-faith leaders that had met on the first day of the symposium to deliberate on the sub-themes presented their draft resolutions to plenary after the main presentations. The resolutions would be forwarded to the Speaker’s Office for processing by different Committees of the Legislature, thereby making a contribution


Speaker’s Social Responsibility Programme Donates Computers to Schools in Zululand District

On the 26th March 2015, the delegation comprising of senior Members of the Legislature led by the Deputy Chair of Chairs, Hon. Happy Blose, visited several schools in the Zululand District to hand-over computers as part of the Speaker’s Social Responsibility Programme. The delegation included Hon. VV Tambo, Chair of Quality of Life Standing Committee, Hon. YM Nahara, Chair of Social Development Portfolio Committee, and Hon. ZM Mlaba representing Education Portfolio Committee.

Hon. ES Mchunu Premier of KwaZulu-Natal

Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature and the school management team at the hand-over ceremony.

Computers were donated to the needy and under-resourced schools in the deep rural areas in the Zululand District in a bid to improve learning and teaching especially in the area of science and technology. The schools were identified during the multi-party oversight visits in Zululand in 2012.

Members of the Legislature conduct routine oversight visits in all districts to check the state of service delivery in the province. The schools that were identified as needing resources such as computers included Phikwase High (KwaCeza), Heshe Secondary (Nongoma), Ntabasuka Secondary (Ulundi), King Mageba Primary (Ulundi), and Zwelonke High (Mahlabathini).

Each school received two desk top computers and boxes of sanitary towels which will benefit young girls from poor households. The Members urged schools to take care of the computers and ensure that they are not stolen by criminals. Hon. Blose said “We are aware that two computers per school is not enough, but this is a head start, look after them and use these computers to improve teaching and learning including your administration”. She further said about sanitary towels “We are grateful to the Speaker who gave us sanitary towels to handover to schools to help young girls who are in need of this commodity. This will restore the dignity of our girls whose parents cannot afford to buy them sanitary towels”.

Most schools took the opportunity to raise numerous challenges which they are facing including among others: • Shortage of classrooms which causes overcrowding • Shortage of toilets which forces teachers and learners to use toilets in neighbouring homesteads • Lack of learner transport as most children have to travel long distances to get to school resulting in late coming and truancy • Lack of school security • Shortage of school libraries and laboratories

Hon. ES Mchunu Premier of KwaZulu-Natal

The Official Opening of the Legislature and the State of the Province Address

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) by the president of the Republic of South Africa on 12 February 2015, marked the opening of Parliament and the beginning of the business of government for the current year. This is followed by the opening of the Legislatures across the nine provinces.

Hon. ES Mchunu Premier of KwaZulu-Natal

King Goodwill Zwelithini, Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Premier, MECs, and all MPLs at the opening of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature on 26 February 2015

The KwaZulu-Natal Legislature as directed by its Standing Rules officially opened on 26 February 2015 by His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini. His Majesty has been a source of wisdom on many important issues ranging from development, social, economic and cultural in the province. His majesty has been a champion of peace, reconciliation and unity of all the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

Hon. ES Mchunu Premier of KwaZulu-Natal

The salute is part of the proceedings of the day.

The opening of the Legislature by His Majesty on 26 February 2015 was followed by the State of the Province Address delivered by Honourable Premier Senzo Mchunu on 27 February 2015. The Premier outlined the programme of action for the provincial government and set out key priorities for the province during 2015/2016. The Premier (as leader of the ruling party) demonstrated his commitment to servicing the social contract that he entered into with the people of the province.

Hon. ES Mchunu Premier of KwaZulu-Natal

King Goodwill Zwelithini, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker after the Salute

To demonstrate that, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has been transformed by the Executive Council led by the Premier into the peace haven and destination of choice for global investors and holiday makers from all over South Africa and the