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August 17, 2017

President Zuma to launch BRICS African Regional Centre

President Jacob Zuma will preside over the official launch of the African Regional Centre of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). The launch of the regional centre will take place in Sandton, Johannesburg.

“The BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] bloc of countries signed the agreement establishing the New Development Bank at the sixth BRICS Summit in July 2014 in Brazil,” said the Presidency on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the seventh BRICS Summit marked the entry into force of the agreement on the New Development Bank. The NDB headquarters were officially opened in Shanghai, China, in February 2016.

Another key resolution taken at the summit was to [...]

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August 17, 2017

Madiba’s centenary to be celebrated

The Presidency has announced plans to host centenary celebrations of the late international Statesman and first President of a free and democratic South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, which will take place next year.

President Jacob Zuma has appointed an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), which will plan and coordinate the historic centenary celebrations of Tata Madiba.

President Nelson Mandela would turn 100 years old on 18 July 2018, had he lived.

The IMC will coordinate the country’s commemoration programme to ensure that the legacy and heritage of the great Statesman is celebrated in a befitting manner in 2018.

The IMC on the President Mandela [...]

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August 17, 2017

Department evolves to improve housing delivery

The Department of Human Settlements is changing the way it does things to deliver houses more efficiently to communities in need.  The department has put together a “3C protocol”, which will see better coordination, cooperation and collaboration in human settlement projects.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Tuesday said the 3C model will be used in the development of mega projects of no less than 15 000 rental, subsidised and mortgaged housing units.

“These projects will each provide housing for an estimated 45 000 to 60 000 individuals,” the Minister said at the UNISA Human Settlements Seminar held in Tshwane on Tuesday.

Held under the theme ‘How the [...]

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August 15, 2017

South Africa and Canada explore immigration matters

South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, Hlengiwe Mkhize, has met with her Canadian counterpart, Ahmed Hussen, in the capital of Tshwane. The Canadian Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship is visiting South Africa to acquaint himself with Canada’s visa services provided in South Africa.

Addressing the media after the two Ministers had toured the Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Centre in Tshwane; Minister Mkhize said the bulk of their time was spent focusing on immigration.

“We spent a lot of time discussing issues of immigration involving the two countries and that can be used to assist vulnerable groups,” Minister Mkhize said. Minister Hussen said he is in [...]

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