JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa on Wednesday held a national
memorial service for the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela at
Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.
The service was
attended by the people across the political divide, faith based
organizations, labor and the general South Africans.
David Mabuza praised Madikizela Mandela for her bravery in the
face of torture by the Apartheid government. He said the late
Mother of the Nation’s death has been felt all over the world.
“In the past few
days, Mama Winnie’s sense of universalism was echoed by millions
across the world, and the visits to her home by various leaders
and people from different political persuasions is testimony to
her status as a global freedom fighter. She triumphed to lead a
life of reconciliation, and the reconstruction and renewal of
our society,” Mabuza said.
He said Madikizela
Mandela always tried to unite the ruling African National
Congress (ANC) and society at large.
was married to the late former South African President Nelson
Mandela who was incarcerated for 27 years for opposing the
spokesperson, Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima praised Madikizela
Mandela for raising the children single-handedly under difficult
situation. Matanzima stated that Africa is now bankrupt without
one of its loyal daughters in Madikizela Mandela.
He added, “We have
lost a negotiator and a leader. She unified the Madikizela and
Mandela family. We thank all South Africans who prayed for us.
We received a lot of support. When you have a bereavement, you
look for genuine support.”
ANC Deputy Secretary
General Jessie Duarte paid tribute to her departed comrade
labelling Madikizela Mandela a unifier, humble and principled
cadre. She stated that the late heroine never betrayed her party
(ANC) but pointed the bad things and openly spoke her mind.
Duarte said, “She
did not betray the revolution. She prayed for the unity of the
ANC. She spoke out against those that wanted more power.”
Zodwa Zwane, who was
a personal assistant of Madikizela Mandela since 2007, praised
her late boss. She spoke affectionately about the Mother of the
Nation’s humility who would greet everyone she met. To
Madikizela Mandela everyone was important, she stated. Zwane
described Madikizela Mandela as a “mother, friend and boss.”
passed away on April 2 in Johannesburg after a long illness.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a 10-day
mourning after her death. She will be laid to rest in a state
funeral on April 14.
wife to be remembered in Botswana
JOHANNESBURG South Africa(Xinhua) --
The South African High Commission in Botswana and
the Association of South Africans in that country will on
Wednesday hold a memorial service for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
South Africa’s North
West premier Supra Mahumapelo will address the memorial service
as well as the Botswana’s Minister of Nationality, Immigration
and Gender Affairs and the Mayor of Gaborone.
government spokesperson Brian Setswambung said, “The memorial
service in Botswana is part of the week-long mourning activities
organized worldwide to remember Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
for her role in the struggle for South Africa’s freedom.”
South Africa is
holding a nationwide memorial service for the fallen
anti-Apartheid activist. She would be buried in Johannesburg on
April 14, 2018.
South African SACP
wants to “reconfigure” tripartite coalition alliance
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African Communist Party (SACP) on
Tuesday called for drastic measures to reconfigure the
tripartite coalition alliance.
alliance should be an alliance characterized by adherence to the
principles of democratic consensus seeking consultation,
collective leadership and accountability, the SACP said.
The party warned
against a situation where one alliance partner through its
executives or an individual leader makes decisions without
consultation, or a faction becomes dominant and makes those
The SACP said such
situation is “completely unacceptable.”
“This is the general
situation we were faced with until recently. However, this
unacceptable situation continues at various levels. Rather than
build the alliance, arrogance and marginalization of alliance
partners will only serve to weaken and ultimately destroy the
alliance,” the SACP said as it marked the 25th
commemoration of the assassination of late SACP leader Chris
Hani who was shot and killed on April 10 in 1993.
The SACP took
advantage of the event to outline its relations with the ruling
African National Congress (ANC).
The SACP and ANC
form a coalition alliance which also includes the Congress of
South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
the SACP and ANC reached an all time low last year when then
President Jacob Zuma sacked SACP Secretary General Blade
Nzimande as Minister of Higher Education and Training in a
cabinet reshuffle. The SACP has been critical of the ANC for
making unilateral decisions.
As its rift with the
ANC deepens, the SACP has stated repeatedly that it will contest
the 2019 elections on its own. In previous elections, the SACP
stood by the ANC to win votes.
“In memory of Chris
Hani, we must combat all tendencies that will liquidate the
alliance. The best way to do so is to reconfigure the alliance,”
the SACP said.
In the same manner,
decisive action must be taken against the malady of corporate
capture within the ranks of the movement and corporate capture
of the state, the SACP said.
“We must deal
decisively with all other forms of corruption and wrongdoing,”
said the party.
refers to Zuma and a number of senior government officials who
have allegedly collaborated with the controversial Indian Gupta
family in looting from the state coffers.
A failure to succeed
in dealing with corporate capture and other forms of corruption
and wrongdoing, both within the liberation movement and the
state, will undermine the hard-won democratic hegemony of the
movement, the SACP warned.
within the ranks of our movement who lack personal discipline
for instance can compromise the movement. Their undisciplined
conduct is the route of entry for externally coordinated attacks
directed at our formations,” the SACP said.
sustainable use of ocean economy in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
Many countries on Tuesday recommitted to balance the economic
growth of the ocean economy and the environmental
This was said by
speakers at a workshop which was interrogating the social,
economic and sustainability in the national ocean strategies on
Tuesday in Johannesburg.
ambassador to South Africa, Trine Skymoen said 80 percent of
their citizens live less than 20 km from the sea. She said since
it is projected that by 2050 the global population would reach
9.7 billion there is a need to look to the oceans to find
solutions to future challenges.
“We will have to
cooperate closely at the international level if we are able to
exploit the potential of the ocean to the full. Good cooperation
mechanisms are needed at both global and regional level. The
potential gains are huge. For example if we manage our oceans in
an integrated manner, renewable resources like fish can be
harvested forever,” said Skymoen.
She called for the
respect for the UN Convention on the law of the sea, effective
organization and secure seas and oceans. Ambassador Skymoen also
noted that the UN is the most important forum for developing
international norms and determine the overall framework for
ocean based activities. She also said other international
organizations like the FAO, UNEP and IMO have a key role to
Skymoen said, “The
world needs countries that are willing to actively use these
fora. Countries that are willing to take the lead in the work to
protect the oceans and ensure that resources are used
sustainably. Together we must work to improve the sustainable
management of living marine resources, based on scientific
evidence and ecosystem approach.”
Andre Share, chief
director of Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa,
told Xinhua that his country is benefiting from the ocean
economy. South Africa in 2010 benefited an estimated 4.5 billion
U.S. dollars and created 316,000 jobs.
He said South Africa
have a potential to create one million jobs and 14.8 billion
dollars by 2033.
Environmental representative in the Tanzanian office of the
Presidency, told Xinhua that his country is committed to working
with other countries in the world to benefit from the ocean
He stated that
Tanzania and other marine countries face illegal fishing
pollution and the need to balance economic benefit and
sustainability. Salema said, “The future of ocean looks bright.
We have to collaborate, public private partnerships to ensure
that no one is left behind in this endeavor.”
program head of the governance of Africa’s resources at the
South African Institute of International Affairs, said if the
opportunities are exploited well by the countries there is a
great potential for the sector to contribute to the
socio-economic lives of the people.
appoints BRICS development bank head
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa’s national treasury on Tuesday appointed head of
the New Development Bank (NDB) for the African Regional Center.
The deputy director
general of Treasury’s economic policy department, Monale Ratsoma,
will take over as the head of the bank with effect from April
Ratsoma will manage
the bank’s African regional operations and lead the bank’s
African efforts in project preparation, implementation and
regional portfolio management,” the Treasury said Tuesday.
Treasury in 2011 as chief director of liability management. He
was appointed deputy director general of economic policy in
Duncan Pieterse will
act as deputy director general of economic policy until the
position is filled. Pieterse is the chief director of
microeconomic policy at South Africa’s treasury.
Last year, former
president Jacob Zuma opened the African Regional Center in
Johannesburg. The bank is expected to provide resources to drive
infrastructure development by accelerating investment in energy
and transport sector.
General Dondo Mogajane has given his support for Ratsoma.
Stating that Treasury will give him the support he needs to
achieve the bank’s vision.
This comes after the
expiration of Tito Mboweni’s term as Director of the NDB in