CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
A decision not to air footage of burning
public institutions was taken in the spirit of social cohesion
and nation building, not censorship as purported, Minister of
Communications, Faith Muthambi said Monday.
The minister was
speaking after the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
was criticised for making a decision not to publicise any
content displaying violent protests and the wanton vandalism and
burning of the infrastructure. Critics say the decision is
nothing but self-cesorship.
The Department of
Communications “respects the editorial independence of the SABC”
and “welcomes any positive action by the public broadcaster that
seeks to condemn the vandalising of infrastructure and the
destruction of schools, and public infrastructure,” Muthambi
South Africa has
been hit by a new wave of violent protests recently. In protests
over municipal demarcation in Vuwani, Limpopo Province, dozens
of schools were burned down along with other public properties.
condemn the destruction of public and private infrastructure. It
is our belief that the decision by the public broadcaster not to
show footage of people burning public institutions, such as
schools and libraries, in any of its news bulletins, will go a
long way to discourage attention seeking anarchists,” said
She said one of the
SABC mandates is to prioritise nation building and the promotion
of social cohesion.
It is therefore
important that the institution is supported in its endeavours to
promote social stability, national identity, patriotism and love
for the country, the minister said.
communities, and civil society organisations which continue to
work with the government and guard jealously against vandalism
of public infrastructure.
firefighters reach Canada to help fight wildfire
EDMONTON, Canada (Xinhua) --
Some 300 South African firefighters
arrived here Monday to help fight a wildfire that has ravaged
forests of more than 5,800 square km.
who arrived in Edmonton, capital of Alberta province in western
Canada, are from many regions of South Africa, Alberta’s fire
information officer Travis Fairweather said.
“We know that their
training matches our training and we’ve gone and given them
training in the past,” said Fairweather. “We know when they get
here they can just get off the plane and get right to work.”
firefighters have completed “Working On Fire,” a
government-funded, job-creation program focusing on implementing
integrated fire management in South Africa.
The wildfire, which
broke out at the end of last month and destroyed part of Fort
McMurray city in Alberta, continues to burn out of control and
has reached the neighboring province of Saskatchewan.
firefighters are currently battling the wildfire in Alberta.
Firefighters have been flown in from across Canada and the