KZN, Transnet Pipelines meet to discuss areas of support

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government is committed to supporting the Transnet Pipelines (TPL) in implementing interventions to address the challenges faced by the organisation.

KZN Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, made the commitment during a meeting he…


The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government is committed to supporting the Transnet Pipelines (TPL) in implementing interventions to address the challenges faced by the organisation.

KZN Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, made the commitment during a meeting held with Transnet Pipelines Acting Chief Executive, Sibongiseni Khathi.

The focus of the meeting was to provide the Premier with a comprehensive understanding of TPL’s operations, emphasising the strategic significance of the fuel pipeline in safeguarding energy supply.

TPL, an operating division of Transnet SOC Ltd, owns, manages and controls South Africa’s network of 3 114 kilometres of high-pressure petroleum and gas pipeline network in South Africa.

The meeting also familiarised the Premier with the upcoming capital projects scheduled for commencement in KwaZulu-Natal, specifically the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Richards Bay and TM1 Accumulator Tanks in Island View.

The two projects are poised to make a substantial economic impact in the provi
nce.

During the engagement, held on Friday, Khathi presented the challenges related to fuel theft from the organisation’s pipelines and encroachments along the pipeline servitude.

Khathi also underscored the importance of securing necessary licenses and approvals, including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) timeously for the upcoming projects.

‘Building strong relationships with the KZN government is fundamental to our commitment to sustainable development and community engagement. The discussions were insightful, and we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for collaborative efforts to growing the economy of the region.

‘TPL remains dedicated to fostering strong partnerships with key stakeholders, and the engagement with Dube-Ncube marks a significant step towards mutual understanding and cooperation,’ Khathi said.

The Premier said the collaborative spirit demonstrated during the meeting signifies a shared commitment to the success of TPL’s operations and the realisation of the upcoming
capital projects.

‘We have a vested interest in the resolution of these challenges because we appreciate that the province’s economic performance which translates to job creation and addressing unemployment, is determined by how well strategic entities like TPL operate,’ Dube Ncube said.

The meeting formed part of several engagements undertaken by the Premier with various stakeholders in different sectors, ahead of the State of the Province Address (SOPA) to take place on 28 February 2024.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Global leaders urged to reverse teacher shortage

Deputy President Paul Mashatile has called on global leaders to do whatever it takes to attract bright young minds to join the teaching profession and address the issue of teacher shortages.

‘To increase participation in this profession, we should pr…


Deputy President Paul Mashatile has called on global leaders to do whatever it takes to attract bright young minds to join the teaching profession and address the issue of teacher shortages.

‘To increase participation in this profession, we should provide competitive compensation and recognise teachers’ achievements,’ the Deputy President said on Monday.

The country’s second-in-command is of the view that this could be achieved through the promotion of excellence and creativity and cultivating a sense of pride and purpose among educators.

The Deputy President was speaking at the 14th Policy Dialogue Forum of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education in Illovo, Johannesburg.

The task force is a global platform for education stakeholders, which aims to foster advocacy, knowledge exchange, peer learning and monitoring progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on quality education.

‘As we gather here today, we are faced with a stark reality, which is a shortage of qualified and motiv
ated teachers across the globe.’

This shortage, the Deputy President said, not only jeopardises the quality of education but also undermines collective efforts to achieve the SDG 4 goal of inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

‘Instead of disregarding the situation and continuing as if everything is going according to plan, we need to acknowledge the problem and devise a solution that is both effective and efficient.’

The value of teachers

He also took the time to acknowledge the worth of teachers and the crucial role they play in shaping the future of nations.

Besides teaching and imparting knowledge to the future generation, Deputy President Mashatile said teachers play a crucial role in nurturing, fostering critical thinking, inspiring dreams, and pushing the limits of human potential.

‘We thus owe it to these titans of our society to recognise, honour, empower, and value them as well as the job that they do.

‘Most importantly, significant consideration must be made on how we should imp
rove their working conditions and remuneration as a way of appreciating their hard work so that they can be able to fulfil their important task without getting discouraged.’

Shifting his focus to the digital age, he believes that governments should ensure that educators can effectively utilise new technologies to remain relevant and efficient in the current digital age.

The Deputy President also expressed his gratitude to the task force for recognising South Africa as a key player in the journey to achieving quality education for all by the year 2030.

‘As South Africa, we feel privileged to have been allowed to co-chair the steering committee of the Teacher Task Force in collaboration with Germany.’

Finding solutions

He said he hoped his home country would learn from the good practices that will be shared at this forum.

‘South Africa is optimistic that this Policy Dialogue Forum will untangle solutions for addressing the contents of the report.’

He also highlighted the issue of teachers assigned grades
for which they have inadequate training and qualifications.

‘More teachers are produced for the Further Education and Training (FET) band than for the General Education and Training (GET) band. This situation has necessitated the FET band teachers to migrate to the senior phase and teach Grades 7 and 8 classes.’

However, he said the government is addressing this matter through the Fundza Lushaka Bursary Scheme which aims to attract young teachers into the teaching profession and improve teacher salaries and working conditions and use of contracted teachers to deal with immediate needs.

He also paid tribute to the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, who was selected to serve on a high-level panel convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, in 2022.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Mashatile to address Integrated Criminal Justice System conference

Deputy President Paul Mashatile is expected to deliver the keynote address at the official opening of the national conference on the implementation of the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) programme on Tuesday.

The Deputy President is expecte…


Deputy President Paul Mashatile is expected to deliver the keynote address at the official opening of the national conference on the implementation of the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) programme on Tuesday.

The Deputy President is expected to deliver the address on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The event will also review the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977. Set for 27 to 29 February 2024, the conference is organised by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

The discussion will focus on strengthening the criminal justice system to keep people safe and secure.

‘The objective of the conference is to take stock of, and critically reflect on the progress achieved in the implementation of the Justice Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) seven-point plan which is aimed at promoting an integrated and modernised Criminal Justice System,’ the Presidency explained.

The conference will provide a platform for robust engagements on the criminal justice system and the review of the
Criminal Procedure Act of 1977.

As Chairperson of the Cabinet Committee on the JCPS, the Deputy President will join delegates from different walks of life.

They include the public sector, organised business, community, civil society, the judiciary, and the legal sector.

The attendees will critically engage the preliminary findings and the proposals of the Criminal Procedure Reform Project and propose recommendations to address the identified gaps and challenges.

The Minister and Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services as well as senior government officials will support Deputy President Mashatile.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Budget 2024 geared at growth and driving developmental goals

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the National Budget presented by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana last week shows that the country is ‘heading in the right direction’.

The President was addressing the nation through his weekly newsletter.

‘[The] Min…


President Cyril Ramaphosa says the National Budget presented by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana last week shows that the country is ‘heading in the right direction’.

The President was addressing the nation through his weekly newsletter.

‘[The] Minister of Finance presented a National Budget that will help us to achieve more rapid and inclusive economic growth while supporting our developmental goals.

‘Over the last five years, we have taken several actions to get our economy back on track. We have implemented far-reaching reforms in the energy, logistics, water and telecommunications sectors to address the binding constraints on growth. We have created a stable macroeconomic environment to encourage investment. And we have expanded public employment and social protection to create jobs and provide an income for those who are unemployed.

‘This budget takes us further along the path of reviving our economy and rebuilding our institutions,’ he said.

The President set out three ways that the budget is help
ing to drive the economy.

In the first instance, according to the President, the budget is an indicator of government’s commitment to ‘a sustainable fiscal trajectory’.

‘Over the past 15 years, our debt burden has grown to a point where we are spending more on interest payments than we are on education or health care services. By reducing debt, we will create more space to spend on the things that matter – building our infrastructure, improving our schools and hospitals, and making our communities safer.

‘At the same time, the less the state borrows the more can be invested in the economy. This will help to create a virtuous cycle of investment and growth in the years to come,’ he said.

Second, the 2024 Budget protects critical services and social spending on important aspects like social grants.

‘We have allocated additional funds for service delivery. This year alone, we will spend more than R480 billion on education, R272 billion on health and R265 billion on other services like water, housing and pub
lic transport.

‘A further R7.4 billion will go towards the Presidential Employment Stimulus, which has already created more than 1.7 million opportunities for work and livelihoods over the last three years, ensuring that key programmes like school assistants will continue.

‘We are also increasing social grants to help the poorest households cope with the rising cost of living. Additional money has been allocated to the fight against corruption and state capture, following through on the commitment I made in the State of the Nation Address,’ he said.

The President added that in the third instance, the budget introduces measures aimed at supporting growth creating employment ‘while rebuilding infrastructure’.

‘A new R2 billion grant has been established to fund the rollout of smart meters in municipalities, which will help to modernise our electricity system and reduce load shedding.

‘A generous incentive will be introduced to support the manufacturing of electric vehicles from 2026 onwards, as part of our
commitment to position South Africa as a leading player in the green economy.

‘Innovative new funding instruments have been introduced for infrastructure projects, and the National Treasury has published revised regulations to make it easier to implement public-private partnerships. These measures will enable much greater investment in infrastructure,’ he said.

The President reflected on the challenges that the economy has faced over the last decade.

‘Our economy has been weighed down by more than a decade of low growth and rising debt, made worse during the state capture era as confidence was eroded. During the course of this administration, we have worked hard to change this and build a foundation for higher growth and more jobs.

‘The 2024 budget shows that we are heading in the right direction. We are determined to continue on this path, following through on economic reforms, getting our public finances in shape and protecting basic services for the poor. Working together we will ensure that better yea
rs lie ahead,’ President Ramaphosa concluded.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Government activities for the week 26 February to 1 March 2024

On Monday, 26 February, Deputy President Paul Mashatile will address the 14th Policy Dialogue Forum of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education.

Meanwhile, the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramok…


On Monday, 26 February, Deputy President Paul Mashatile will address the 14th Policy Dialogue Forum of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education.

Meanwhile, the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgops will brief the media on the implementation of the Energy Action Plan.

In addition, the Electoral Commission will brief the media on the state of readiness for the 2024 general elections.

On Tuesday, 27 February, the Department of Justice and Correctional Services hosts a conference the Implementation of Integrated Criminal Justice System programme.

On Wednesday, 28 February, the Department of Justice and Correctional Services’ conference the Implementation of Integrated Criminal Justice System programme continues.

On Friday, 1 March, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Thembi Nkadimeng, will host the Summit on Ethical Leadership in Local Government, marking the culmination of three years of collaborative efforts within
the Local Government Ethical Leadership.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Elections2024: Voter verifications underway

Following the proclamation of the election date of 29 May 2024 and closing of the voters’ roll, the Electoral Commission will today publish the provisional voters’ roll for inspection.

This is according to the Electoral Commission’s Chief Electoral O…


Following the proclamation of the election date of 29 May 2024 and closing of the voters’ roll, the Electoral Commission will today publish the provisional voters’ roll for inspection.

This is according to the Electoral Commission’s Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo, who briefed the media on Monday in Pretoria.

He said voter verifications as well as other validations are currently underway to ensure that there is compliance with the provisions of the law in respect of eligibility to vote.

‘An electronic version of the voters’ roll will be made available at all offices of the Commission for inspection purposes. Those who wish to object to the inclusion or exclusion of a voter on the voters’ roll must do so by the 4th March 2024.

‘The objections received on or before 4th March 2024 will be considered, investigated and determined by the Commission by 11 March 2024. It is important to remind roleplayers that objections to the voters’ roll are governed by the law,’ Mamabolo said.

Mamabolo said the procedura
l as well as the substantive requirements of Section 15 of the Electoral Act must be satisfied when lodging an objection.

He said the pertinent aspects in this regard include outlining the relief sought and establishing the basis for such relief as well as serving the objection on the person against whom the objection is raised.

‘Following the determination of voters’ roll objections, the Chief Electoral Officer will certify the voters’ roll on 12 March 2024. Electronic copies of the certified voters’ roll will be made available to contestants and a printed copy will be prepared for use in voting stations on Election Day,’ he said.

Mamabolo said the proclamation of the election date by the President at the weekend has certain legal consequences for the electoral process.

‘The first major implication is that the voters’ roll has now closed. This means no further voter registration may take place, either at a local office or online,’ Mamabolo said.

He said the second implication is that the Commission is e
njoined to publish an Election Timetable following consultation with the National Political Liaison Committee.

‘This political consultation was also conducted on 23 February 2024, paving the way for the publication of the timetable. Accordingly, the 2024 timetable was published on Saturday, 24 February 2024.

‘The timetable is the motive force in the intensive preparations for the delivery of the 2024 general elections. The timetable outlines all the key cut-off-times and dates for the performance of salient electoral activities. The timetable contains crucial performance dates for election contestants as well as the broad voting public.

‘As regards the voting public, the focal point is accessing the voting process through special arrangements, including dates for applications for special votes and notifications to vote outside of voting stations of registration,’ Mamabolo said.

The Chief Electoral Officer said as it pertains to contestants, the timetable is equally crucial in that it contains key dates to
be complied with relating to the nomination of candidates and the payment of prescribed deposits.

Election Timetable

Notice of provisional voters’ roll available for Inspection

By 26 February 2024, the Chief Electoral Officer must give notice of the periods during which and the venues where the provisionally compiled voters’ roll compiled for the election shall be available for inspection in terms of section 14(2)(e).

Notice that list of addresses of voting stations is available for inspection

The Chief Electoral Officer must give notice by 12 April 2024, that from the date of the notice until the voting day, copies of a list containing the addresses of all voting stations will be available for inspection.

Notice of route of mobile voting stations

The Chief Electoral Officer must give notice by 12 April 2024, of the route, including the locations and estimated times of stopping of each mobile voting station.

Cut-off date for objections to the provisional voters’ roll

Any person, including the Chief E
lectoral Officer, may object to the inclusion or exclusion of a person on the provisional voters’ roll, or the correctness of any person’s registration details on that provisional voter’s roll, by 4 March 2024 in terms of section 15.

Cut-off date for notification and application to vote outside of the Republic

By 22 April 2024, a person who intends to vote outside of the Republic is required to notify the Chief Electoral Officer of their intention to vote outside of the Republic in terms of section 33(3) or (4), read with regulation 10.

Cut-off date for the commission to decide on objections to the provisional voter’s roll

By 11 March 2024, the Commission must decide any objection made in terms of section 15 in respect of the provisionally compiled voters’ roll for this election and notify the objector and the chief electoral officer and a person other than the objector whose name or registration details are involved.

Cut-off date for certification and publication of voters’ roll

By 12 March 2024, the c
hief electoral officer must certify the voters’ roll or the segments of the voters’ roll to be used in this election in terms of section 24(2).

Cut-off date for submission of list of candidates and nominations of independent candidates

Registered parties that intend to contest this election must nominate and submit a list of their candidates for the election to the Chief Electoral Officer in the prescribed manner by 08 March 2024. Nominators of independent candidates that intend to contest this election must submit their nominations to the Chief Electoral Officer in the prescribed manner by 08 March 2024.

The objector or the registered party who nominated the candidate may appeal against a decision of the Commission in terms of section 30(4) to the Electoral Court in the prescribed manner by 02 April 2024. (2) The objector or the nominated independent candidate may appeal against a decision of the Commission in terms of section 31E(4) in the prescribed manner by 02 April 2024.

Cut-of date for notice of no
n-compliance by contestants in respect of lists of candidates

The Chief Electoral Officer must notify a registered party that has submitted a list of candidates in terms of section 27 but has not fully complied with section 27(2)(a), (b), (cA), (d) or section 27(4), of that non-compliance by 18 March 2024.

The Chief Electoral Officer must notify the person nominated to be an independent candidate, who has not fully complied with section 31B(3)(c), (d), (e), (f) or section 31B(4), of that non-compliance by 18 March 2024.

If the party or person notified in terms of sub-item (1) or (1A) takes the opportunity to comply with section 27(2)(a), (b), (cA), (d), section 27(4), section 31B(3)(c), (d), (e), (f) or section 31B(4), that party or person must do so by 20 March 2024.

Cut-off dates for notification of contestants of candidates appearing on multiple contestant list

The Commission must notify a candidate whose name appears on more than one party list for an election submitted in terms of section 27 and all
the parties on whose party lists such a candidate appears by 22 March 2024. The Commission must notify a person who has been nominated both as an independent candidate and by one or more parties for an election; and all the parties on whose party lists such a candidate appears, of the multiple nominations by 22 March 2024. If the notified party decides to act in terms of section 28(3) or section 31C(3), that party must do so by 25 March 2024.

Inspection of lists of candidates and draft list of independent candidates and accompanying documents

The Chief Electoral Officer must give notice by 26 March 2024, that on 26 March 2024 and 27 March 2024, between 09:00 and 17:00, copies of the following documents will be available for inspection: The lists of candidates and accompanying documents submitted by registered parties in terms of section 27, as amended and supplemented in terms of section 28; and the draft list of independent candidates and accompanying documents submitted in terms of section 31B, as amended
and supplemented in terms of section 31C.

Cut-off date for objections

Any person, including the Chief Electoral Officer, may object to a candidate to the Commission in the prescribed manner by 27 March 2024.

Decision of objections

The Commission must decide an objection under section 30 or section 31E, and must notify the objector, the registered party that nominated the candidate, and the nominated independent candidate, if applicable, of the decision in the prescribed manner by 28 March 2024.

Cut-off date for appeals against decisions

The objector or the registered party who nominated the candidate may appeal against a decision of the Commission in terms of section 30(4) to the Electoral Court in the prescribed manner by 02 April 2024. The objector or the nominated independent candidate may appeal against a decision of the Commission in terms of section 31E(4) in the prescribed manner by 02 April 2024.

Deciding appeals

The Electoral Court must consider and decide an appeal brought under section 30(4
) or 31E(4) and notify the parties to the appeal, and the chief electoral officer, of the decision in the prescribed manner by 09 April 2024.

Application for special vote to Chief Electoral Officer

A person who wants to apply to the Chief Electoral Officer for a special vote in terms of section 33(1)(a),(b) or (c) or section 33(2) read with regulation 7,8 and 9, and section 33A(1)(a),(b) or (c) or section 33A(2) read with regulation 15,15A and 15B may do so from 15 April 2024 until 03 May 2024.

List of parties and candidates entitled to contest election and final list of candidates

By 10 April 2024, the Chief Electoral Officer must give effect to a decision of the Commission in terms of section 30(3), section 31E(3), or a decision of the Electoral Court in terms of section 30(5) or section 31E(5); and must compile a list of the registered parties entitled to contest the election, the final list of candidates for each of those parties, and the list of independent candidates contesting this election.

Issue
of certificate to candidates

By 12 April 2024, the Chief Electoral Officer must issue in the prescribed manner to each candidate on a final list of candidates, and to each independent candidate on the final list of independent candidates, a certificate stating that the person is a candidate in this election in terms of section 31(3) and section 31F(3).

Casting of votes at foreign missions

A person who wants to cast a special vote at a foreign mission in terms of section 33(3) or (4), may do so on 17 May 2024 and 18 May 2024, between 07:00 and 19:00.

Visitation for the purposes of casting a special vote

A person who has applied for a special vote in terms of section 33(1)(a), read with regulations 7 and 8 and section 33A(1)(a) read with regulation 15 and 15A, may be visited by voting officers on 27 May 2024 and 28 May 2024, between 09:00 and 17:00.

Casting of special votes at the office of the presiding officer

A person whose application for a special vote has been approved and who wants to cast a speci
al vote at the office of the presiding officer in terms of section 33(1)(b), (c) or 33(2) read with regulation 9, and section 33A(1)(b),(c) or 33A(2) read with regulation 15B may do so on 27 May 2024 and 28 May 2024, between 09:00 and 17:00.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Eskom ‘on the right path’ – Ramokgopa

Interventions at Eskom power stations have been able to slash load shedding by some 600 hours during the December and January 2023/24 period as compared to the previous year.

A further 3510MW of capacity has been clawed back into the system over the …


Interventions at Eskom power stations have been able to slash load shedding by some 600 hours during the December and January 2023/24 period as compared to the previous year.

A further 3510MW of capacity has been clawed back into the system over the past year as a result of interventions at power stations.

This was revealed by Minister of Electricity in the Presidency, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, who was updating the nation on Monday on the implementation of the Energy Action Plan.

‘Over the period…of January 2023 to January 2024, we have been able to get back 3510MW as a result of interventions. These interventions are not complete. There’s still additional work that we must do at Tutuka [Power Station]. There’s additional work that continues to be done at Kendal, Matla and the other power stations.

‘If you were to take December of 2022 to February of 2023 and then you take the period of December 2023 to February 2024…the period of the year that was, we have experienced load shedding of about 1800 hours.

‘When you see the period a year later…we have had about 1200 hours of load shedding. Essentially, we have been able to reduce the hours of load shedding by about 600 hours. We are going in the right direction,’ he said.

Despite improvements, the Minister insisted that load shedding – in any form – remains ‘unacceptable’.

‘We are going in the right direction. Ultimately, we want to go into a situation where I’m able to stand before the public and say we have not experienced any hours of load shedding. Load shedding in its totality is unacceptable.

‘But we have come to a situation where it has become a daily occurrence so gradually, we want to reduce that intensity of load shedding.’

The Minister added further that while maintenance of power stations has been ramped up – allowing generating units to work more at intended capacity and for longer – and load shedding intensity has slowed slightly, there will be setbacks like that which occurred over the past few weeks which plunged the country into Stage 4 and
6 load shedding.

‘We are going to have temporary setbacks; this was a setback. The team identified what was the root cause. These lessons will then be exported to other power stations so that we don’t suffer similar fates.

‘We remain on the right course. The trend line remains positive. We are confident about our ability [and] the intervention on Eskom.

‘If you were to add the new generation capacity which is now throttled by the fact that we’ve got challenges on the transmission side, once we resolve those issues, we are on the right course…to deliver on the Energy Action Plan,’ he said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Landmark election marks 30 years of electoral democracy

Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says the 2024 General Election is a landmark event as it marks 30 years of electoral democracy.

The President has declared 29 May 2024 the date for the National General and Provincial Elections.

‘The Commission re…


Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says the 2024 General Election is a landmark event as it marks 30 years of electoral democracy.

The President has declared 29 May 2024 the date for the National General and Provincial Elections.

‘The Commission reiterates its willingness and ability to deliver this mammoth national project. All staff of the Commission stand ready to fulfil their tasks and thus ensure that the Commission meets its constitutional duties pertaining to the 2024 general elections,’ said Mamabolo, at a media briefing in Pretoria.

He said this year’s election introduces novel experiences for the voters such as a third ballot in the National and Provincial Elections as well as the participation of independent candidates for the very first time.

For purposes of candidate nomination, he said the Commission promotes the use of the online Candidate Nomination (CNS) platform.

‘It is convenient and facilitates compliance with the requirements of the law as it provides a compliance dashboard for user
s. Furthermore, the online platform generates pro-forma invoices and a payment gateway for the payment of prescribed deposits,’ Mamabolo said.

He said all independent candidates and political parties who intend to contest this general election must submit nomination requirements by 17:00 on 08 March 2024.

‘The Electoral Commission will, after verifying the submitted nomination documents, issue notices on non-compliance where such are warranted. These notices will be issued on 18 March 2024 and those issued with such notices must rectify non-compliance by 20 March 2024.

‘In previous elections, there were candidates who were nominated by more than one political party. The law now obliges the Commission to notify affected parties and offer them an opportunity to either remove the said candidate and substitute or confirm their continued candidature.

‘Our electoral scheme acknowledges that it is a matter of immense national importance for the citizens to know who the nominated candidates are. The publication o
f the provisional lists of candidates goes to the heart of the vote based on informed choices,’ Mamabolo said.

Mamabolo said the provisional lists of candidates will be published for inspection on 26 and 27 March.

Mamabolo said interested parties may object against certain prospective candidates who are nominated.

‘Such objections must be lodged with the Commission on 27 March 2024. The Commission will decide on these objections on 28 March 2024.

‘Any person or political party or entity that is not satisfied with the decision of the Commission may approach the Electoral Court to appeal the objection decision. The Electoral Court’s appeals must be lodged by 02 April 2024. The Electoral Court will determine appeals relating to candidates on 9 April 2024,’ he said.

Mamabolo said the conclusion of the candidate nomination process will set in motion the ballot paper printing project.

According to Mamabolo, the official list of the 23 292 voting stations to be used in the elections will be availed for inspect
ion from 12 April 2024.

‘This list will include the addresses of voting stations as well as the stopping times of the 33 mobile voting stations. The project of contracting these voting stations well advanced,’ he said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Condolences for bus crash victims

Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga has expressed deep condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in a tragic bus accident on the R33 road in Paulpietersburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Nine individuals lost their lives, and several others we…


Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga has expressed deep condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in a tragic bus accident on the R33 road in Paulpietersburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Nine individuals lost their lives, and several others were injured in the accident on Sunday.

‘It is reported that the accident occurred when the driver lost control, leading to the bus overturning. The incident involved a passenger bus, which was transporting African National Congress (ANC) supporters from Durban back to Mpumalanga,’ the Department of Transport said on Monday.

Chikunga extended her heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families and wished a swift recovery to all those injured.

The Minister reiterated the department’s call for responsible driving on the roads and urged citizens to obey road safety precautions.

Law enforcement authorities are currently investigating the cause of the accident.

Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC, Sipho Hlomuka also joined the Minister in conveying his condolences
while wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

The MEC encouraged road users, especially public transport movers, to be extra cautious on the road.

Source: South African Government News Agency