Parliament will also need to debate and finalize the
Expropriation Bill, which deals with the modalities and the
circumstances in which expropriation will take place, he said.
"Expropriation is as an important land acquisition strategy"
which enables the country to conduct land reform in a proactive
and planned manner, Ramaphosa noted.
"This frees us from a wait-and-see approach dependent on
The country’s land reform agenda also includes recognizing
individual, family and community rights to land in accordance
with lived experience, he said.
"We want to make all rights visible and enforceable, and to
strengthen institutions of collective ownership," the president
South Africa will never resolve the social ills of the
country without addressing the land question, he stressed.
The land issue has been a focus of debate in South Africa
since 2018 when the ruling African National Congress (ANC)
stepped up efforts to amend the Constitution to pave way for the
exproriation of land without compensation.
Despite the government’s comprehensive land reform program,
the country has not made sufficient progress in addressing this
issue, because most of the country’s land still remains in the
hands of the few.
Tanzania national airline
spreads its wings to South Africa to bolster relations
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s state-owned airline on
Friday launched its maiden flight to South Africa’s business
capital Johannesburg, a move described by an official as aimed
at bolstering relations between the two countries.
Elias Kwandikwa, Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and
Communications, said the South African route was vital for
strengthening relations between two countries.
"Today is a very special day for Air Tanzania after we
managed to launch our new route and we shall soon launch other
flights to India and China," said the official.
He was speaking shortly before Air Tanzania Corporation
Limited’s (ATCL’s) newly acquired Airbus 220-300 left from the
Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in the commercial
capital Dar es Salaam for Johannesburg at 10.30 a.m. local time.
Kwandikwa said the new route will help in reducing the time
that was spent by passengers who were forced to connect through
either Ethiopia or Kenya.
Emmanuel Koroso, the Chairman of ATCL Board of Directors,
said South Africa was a very important market, especially in the
President John Magufuli prioritized investment in Air
Tanzania when he took office in 2015, vowing to revive the
loss-making carrier because of the potential to boost the vital
tourism sector, a top foreign exchange earner.
Magufuli has since then bought eight brand new planes for the
national airline, with six of them already delivered.
The airline had only one plane before Magufuli embarked on
the investment drive in 2016.
South African President
Cyril Ramaphosa stresses
role of state-owned enterprises in economic growth
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
Despite their financial woes and poor management,
state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in South Africa have a critical
role to play in driving economic growth and transformation,
President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.
"We disagree with the view that the most effective and
efficient way to provide services to our people is through the
private sector," Ramaphosa said, refuting growing calls to
privatize SOEs, some of which are on the brink of bankruptcy.
Every single day, public entities are providing water,
electricity, waste removal services, road maintenance and a
myriad other essentials to South Africans, the president told
Members of Parliament during a debate on his State of the Nation
Addressed delivered earlier this month.
Ramaphosa cited the example of the Post Office which took
over the payment of social grants last year.
Before taking on this responsibility, in April 2018, only
31,000 social grant beneficiaries were paid through the Post
Last month, 7.8 million beneficiaries were paid through the
Post Office, representing over 70 percent of all beneficiaries,
according to the president.
The successful takeover of the distribution of social grants
by the Post Office is a clear demonstration that government
institutions do have the capacity and capability to effectively
implement projects of this magnitude, said Ramaphosa.
Referring to concerns over poor performance of some SOEs, the
president said the government has done much to address
governance challenges at several SOEs and has been decisive in
tackling corruption and state capture.
The government, he said, is supporting companies like South
African Airways and weaponry manufacturer Denel as they seek to
manage their dire financial positions and work to implement
sustainable turnaround strategies.
"As we address challenges at specific SOEs, we are also
working towards a new SOE landscape in which state owned
companies have the expertise, leadership and appropriate
financial models to fulfill their respective mandates," said
In its recent engagement with the chief executives of some of
the country’s largest SOEs, the government has identified the
key challenges they faced and the impediments towards the
effective implementation of their respective mandates, according
"We have agreed that we will work together through the
Presidential SOE Council to address all the issues they raised,"
The government is also closely engaged with the situation at
cash-strapped electricity utility Eskom, assisting the entity
with the implementation of its nine-point-plan, putting in place
a world-class executive team, strengthening the board and
setting out in detail a comprehensive road-map for Eskom into
the future, Ramaphosa said.
The measures that the government announced in February to end
load shedding and place Eskom on a sustainable financial and
operational path have seen improvements, he said.
South African government
committed to restoring investor confidence: President
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African government is committed to
restoring investor confidence through greater policy certainty
and consistency, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.
"We recognize that there are several areas where we need to
move with greater urgency, unleashing the potential of sectors
like telecommunications, tourism, agriculture and mining,"
Ramaphosa told Members of Parliament (MPs) during a debate on
his State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered earlier this
This year the government is intensifying its investment drive
which has achieved good results, he said.
South Africa, he said, is going to hold its second investment
conference in November "because we have seen commitments made at
last year’s conference being implemented," the president said.
At last year’s investment conference, pledges of investment
worth 209 billion rand (about 14.7 billion U.S. dollars) were
These are the investments that will, in the months and years
to come, be creating new jobs, developing new supply chains and
reviving local economies, Ramaphosa said.
South Africa is seeking through its investment drive not only
to generate foreign direct investment, but also to encourage
local businesses to invest, he said, adding that his government
also intends to crowd in local investors into various subsectors
"We are working to become an entrepreneurial state that is
able to crowd-in local private sector investment in certain
sectors of our economy, collaborating on the development of
master plans for each one," said Ramaphosa.
Alongside the investment drive, much detailed work is being
directed towards reducing the cost and improving the ease of
doing business, according to the president.
This is a difficult task because it requires significant
coordination and integration among a wide range of government
departments, spheres and entities, he said.
"We are determined to achieve our goal of being among the top
50 global performers in the World Bank’s annual Doing Business
Report within the next three years," the president said.
South Africa tourism
operators encouraged to be innovative
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- South Africa’s tourism players were
advised to be technically savvy and innovative at The
Hospitality Leadership Forum in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Victor Tharage, director general of South Africa’s Minister
of Tourism, called on the tourism sector to be innovative and
always bring new things to spice up the customer experience.
"Most of our tourism sites and 3,000-kilometer coastline are
yet to be fully exploited and discovered.
"Customers need experience and we have to look beyond the big
lights and skyscrapers," said Tharage.
He pointed out that two of the country’s sites have been
added to the World Heritage sites list. The country’s tourism
looks bright with easing of visa regime, tourism promotions,
removal of travel hurdles and the welcoming of the South African
Gillian Saunders, former special advisor to tourism ministry,
called on the tourism role players to research about the
industry and know what is required.
She called on the focus on China to realize maximum benefits.
She said, "The Chinese are great travellers and their
millenniums are ready to travel into the world."
She pointed out that statistics show Chinese love traveling
and called for countries to ensure their travel do not have
Saunders said countries must research on what Chinese
travellers love and ensure they are lured to visit.
Food imports an
opportunity for Africa says South African government
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- A senior South African government
official on Monday called on African countries to increase
trade, particularly food trade, among each other.
John Rocha, chief director of Trade Invest Africa at the
Department of Trade and Industry, made the remarks at the Africa
Big 7 exhibition in Johannesburg.
He pointed out that the latest research on the
agro-processing sector indicates that Africa is estimated to
spend up to 50 billion U.S. dollars on food imports this year.
"We can no longer afford to lose this much-needed income and
opportunity to increase trade amongst us and to build stronger
developed trading partners," said Rocha.
He said research by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
shows that intra-Africa trade has great growth potential if the
continent matches supply and demand by replacing global
resources with the continental resources.
These efforts are part of many to implement the African
Continental Free Trade Agreement which aims to scale up the
levels of intra-Africa trade and investment "while we continue
to nurture our trade and investment relations with other
important regions of the world," Rocha said.
He encouraged African enterprises to familiarize themselves
with the trade agreement and take up opportunities it presents.
The Africa Big 7 is an annual event for food and beverage
professionals across the continent who visit to source, meet,
and gain insight into the latest developments in the industry.
South Africa red meat
sector suffers from livestock theft incidents
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- South Africa’s red meat sector has
recorded rapid growth over the years, but the industry’s success
is being threatened by rise in livestock theft incidents, said
Red Meat Producers Organization on Thursday.
CEO Gerhard Schutto told Xinhua that the sector lost 1.3
billion Rand (91.8 million U.S. dollars) last year due to
"Internationally, we’re competitive when it comes to repeat
reproduction, red meat is an 80 billion Rand (5.6 billion USD)
industry," he said.
He said red meat exported to other countries has been
increasing until the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
"We’ve been growing our exports, we can make a big
contribution to the economic growth, but livestock theft is a
big issue," he said.
Between March last year and April 2019, 29,000 cases of stock
theft had been recorded.
The organization believed that syndicates from neighboring
countries were involved in stock theft.
"Regions like the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal and areas
close to Lesotho, Mozambique borders are hot spots for theft.
"It’s a cross border crime, livestock theft has become a
white collar crime and an organized crime with syndicates,"
He said the syndicates attack farmers at night and steal
dozens of small livestock like sheep and goats and change their
branding before selling them at auctions or slaughtering them.
A number of farmers who stopped livestock farming due to the
Zweli Manzi, who lost a total of 98 sheep in one night last
month in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, told Xinhua,
"You work so hard to invest in farming only to have most of
your animals stolen at once.
"I think, this will discourage other small farmers like me
interested in it, remember there’s no insurance against stock
Agri SA recently announced that it would partner with a
private security company Fidelity ADT to clamp down on
in South Africa decline 22 percent in 2018
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- Cash-in-transit (CIT) robberies
decreased 22 percent in 2018 from 2017 while cyber crime is on
the rise, said South African Banking Risk Information Center (SABRIC)
on Wednesday in Johannesburg on behalf of South African banks.
"We are pleased that cash-in-transit robberies decreased by
22 percent from 376 to 292 incidents from 2017 to 2018.
Cash losses here also showed a decrease of 22 percent for the
same period," said SABRIC CEO Kalyani Pillay.
She said that the decrease in CIT was as a result of
collaboration between the police, CIT companies and the banks.
Pillay noted that cyber crime increased in 2018 compared with
the previous year.
Credit card fraudulent transactions across the country were
27.2 million U.S. dollars in 2017 and 32.4 million U.S. dollars
in 2018 which, an increase of 18.4 percent.
"To have any significant impact on the fight against all of
these crimes, the collective efforts of banks, bank customers
and law enforcement are imperative," Pillay said.
SABRIC advised clients not to click the links sent to them by
criminals purporting to be banks, constantly change PIN numbers
and be alert all the time.
South Africa and
Mozambique to meet over border killings
PRETORIA South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African government on Thursday said
they are investigating an incident in which two Mozambican
policemen were shot dead at the border between the two countries
South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu
said this at a media briefing in Pretoria.
He stated that a high level team wills meet their Mozambican
counterparts to discuss the matter.
The delegation comprises of South African National Defence
Force and South African Police Service.
"We remain committed to work with the government of
Mozambique as a neighbor in improving the well being of all our
citizens," said Mthembu.
Two Mozambican border policemen were killed in a shooting
incident at the border between the two countries on earlier this
It is yet to know what sparked the incident.