THIS WEEK IN THE ANC

Minister Bheki Cele: A safer SA is everyone’s business

Police Minister Bheki Cele lobbied sectors outside law enforcement to join hands with the men and women in blue to stem the tide of crime. Addressing day one of the two-day National Summit on Crime and Violence Prevention in Boksburg, Cele said fighting crime requires an integrated approach from all quarters of South African society, if decent inroads are to be made. Cele again decried the crime statistics which revealed that 57 people are murdered daily. “As the SAPS we urgently need to be seen to be doing something regarding the crime stats. But we want to walk with you; it can’t just be the South African police,” said the Minister, stressing that everyone must be mobilised to be “part of reversing the situation”. 

Labour conducts own investigation into sites after two fatal incidents

The Department of Labour said it will direct more energy in the efforts to improve enforcement of the occupational safety and health regulations. This follows the death of 8 people at the Somerset West Denel plant, following an explosion. It also follows the death of the 3 firefighters who lost their lives while responding to the fire that erupted at The Bank of Lisbon building. All these incidents were preventable. The department has assured workers that it will leave no stone unturned and all those who are found to have flouted the law will be dealt with accordingly.

Upcoming jobs summit to attract investment, tackle poverty

Deputy President David Mabuza said the up and coming jobs summit will ensure that South Africa continues to address the country’s poverty and income inequality. The Deputy President said this when he fielded oral questions in the National Assembly. The Deputy President said the most sustainable way to address the challenge of poverty and inequality lies at the heart of industrialising the economy in order to enhance greater levels of participation by historically disadvantaged economic citizens and marginalised regions of the country. In this regard, government has made significant progress in directing strategic investments towards targeted areas in order to support economic growth and job creation, Mabuza said.

Government committed to 4th Industrial Revolution

Government pledged its commitment to create an enabling environment where innovation geared at the Fourth Industrial Revolution is supported. Speaking at the opening of the South African Innovation Summit (SAIS) the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) Deputy Director-General of Special Economic Transformation, Sipho Zikode, said the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a phenomenon that should be embraced. “The world must embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution because it is a new way of doing business that will be with us for a foreseeable future, and as government and society we should collaborate in creating the enabling environment for entrepreneurs to adapt and adopt the 4IR technologies for the creation of a better life for all,” said Zikode. The South African Innovation Summit is an annual flagship event on the South African innovation calendar that nurtures, develops and showcases African innovation, as well as facilitate innovation thought-leadership.

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