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e-Tolling is necessary - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma says the implementation of the e-tolling system on Gauteng’s main freeways is necessary for the economic development of the country. “We know that our people are affected by serious poverty and unemployment and the e-tolls are an additional financial burden but we plead for your understanding because at the end of the [...]

More calls for labour broking ban

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on President Jacob Zuma to reject proposed changes to labour legislation and introduce a widespread ban on labour broking. “We urge the President to reject the demand of business to relax ‘inflexible labour laws’ so that they can exploit their workers even more ruthlessly… We [...]

Zuma announces new ministers

Dina Pule, currently the deputy minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, has been appointed minister of Communications after President Jacob Zuma announced changes to Cabinet earlier today.

Deputy Communications minister, Obed Bapela, will be replaced by ANC Member of Parliament, Thembisa Stella Ndabeni. Bapela has been appointed deputy minister in the Presidency for Performance

Monitoring and Evaluation.

The announcements come after Zuma axed Public Works minister, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, and Traditional Affairs and Co-operative Governance minister, Sicelo Shiceka – after unfavourable reports by the office of the Public Protector.

Presidency pleased with hotline performance

In its second year of operation, the Presidential Hotline has achieved a 75% case resolution rate.

According to the Presidency, the hotline has received 111 751 valid queries, since it was first introduced in September 2009. Of these queries, 84 700 of the cases have been attended to and resolved.

“In its second year anniversary, the Presidential Hotline continues to support measures in place to improve service delivery through strengthening government planning and improvement of monitoring and evaluation,” the Presidency says.

Of all the calls logged 70% are complaints, 27% are enquiries, 1.8% are suggestions and compliments.

The hotline was introduced in September 2009 and registered over 4000 valid queries within the first week of operation. Introduced as a communication platform for citizens, the Presidency noted that its introduction was long overdue.

Public invited to comment on SOE review

As government searches for ways to increase the efficiency of State Owned Entities (SOEs), the Presidential Review Committee (PRC) on has called for public submissions on its review process.

In a statement, the review committee, led by Riah Phiyega, called for submissions from individuals, government departments, SOEs, organised business, labour, political parties, civil society, professional bodies, educational institutions, and industry associations.

SOEs under review will include Broadband Infraco, Transnet, Eskom, South African Airways and Denel amongst others. While high-profile entities such as Transnet and Eskom will receive more attention than others, the review process will also affect the ICT landscape as changes would affect Broadband Infraco.

2000 jobs for STB manufactures

Government hopes to create over 2000 jobs through the manufacturing of set-top boxes, as the country migrates from analogue to digital broadcasting. In his response to Jacob Zuma’s recent State of the Nation Address, Economic Development minister, Ebrahim Patel, highlighted the role that the digital migration process would play in job creation. He noted that [...]

Digital migration will create Jobs - Zuma

Government will create much needed jobs through the digital migration process, says President Jacob Zuma. Speaking during his State of the Nation Address, last night, Zuma noted the role that the migration to digital broadcasting would play in creating jobs for the country. Government previously announced hopes that the digital migration process would help revitalise [...]

Zuma backs labour broking review

While job creation is paramount, workers rights would also receive special attention through changes to the current labour legislation, says President Jacob Zuma.

Speaking during his State of the Nation Address last night, Zuma noted that worker security was key in government’s aim to create decent work.

Referring to the controversial amendment bills published on 17 December 2010, which are aimed at regulating labour broking in the market and increasing permanent jobs for workers – Zuma noted that a review of legislation was necessary.

DA, Cosatu welcome cabinet changes

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have welcomed the cabinet reshuffle announced recently by President Jacob Zuma. In a statement, the DA says the move is a positive indication of renewed focus on accountability and welcomes the changes to the executive. In particular, the DA hailed the removal [...]

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