President Ramaphosa concludes visit to China
President Cyril Ramaphosa returned to South Africa following his two-pronged visit to the People’s Republic of China where he was hosted on a State Visit and co-chaired the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit. During the State Visit, South Africa and China entered into several agreements, with one agreement alone worth over R14 billion, and signed a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), that pave the way for economic growth, educational opportunities and job creation in South Africa.
Overwhelming response for NSFAS funding
Cabinet welcomed the overwhelming response from prospective students since the opening of the 2019 National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) applications process. Applications for the student funding opened on Monday. “Over 45 000 potential and current students logged onto the NSFAS website on the first day. Progress has also been made to clear the backlog of outstanding payments to students,” Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Thursday. The application process is based on a new system which makes funding decisions quicker and applications are now easily filled in by students regardless of their location.
President Ramaphosa authorises new SIU investigations
President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate suspected wrongdoing by public servants and persons or entities in the private sector in the awarding of tenders or contracts by the national Department of Water and Sanitation and the Ekurhuleni and Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipalities. The latest proclamations signed by President Ramaphosa complement a number of investigations called for by the President since his undertaking in the February 2018 State of the Nation Address that “this is the year in which we will turn the tide of corruption in our public institutions”.
SA companies confident of accessing Peruvian markets
South African companies on a trade and investment mission to Peru are confident that their products and services will find a market in the South American country. The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is currently leading a group of local companies on an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to the South American country’s capital, Lima.
The local companies are impressed about the countless trade leads and valuable market information they have obtained in the first two days of the mission.