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The Nyanga Cluster Policing Precinct under the leadership of Major General Moses Memela has this morning embarked on a number of operations targeting crime hotspots in all the six cluster stations' precincts.Several SAPS members including newly trained...Read More »
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says government has ensured that residents of Rapotokwane in Bela-Bela, Limpopo, will be migrated from analogue to digital terrestrial television.
We are here to deliver to the people of Rapotokwane, with the full backing of the President, the message that you the people need improved broadcasting facilities so that you have access to quality information in the country.
The Minister said the residents were entitled to benefits from every technological development so that they can determine their own destiny.
I feel honoured to announce that government is targeting five million indigent citizens throughout South Africa to be beneficiaries of the government subsidised Set Top Boxes (STB). That is why we are here because we do not want Rapotokwane to be left out in these benefits from a caring government, she said.
Minister Muthambi was speaking to residents of Rapotokwane, a Limpopo rural village, bordering Mpumalanga, during her nation-wide digital migration campaign on Tuesday.
South Africa is changing the way it transmits terrestrial television � by moving from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT).This process is known as digital migration.
The Minister said offering citizens' access to state-held information is "one of the most effective ways of upholding the constitutional values of transparency, openness, participation and accountability.
Government should not have a monopoly of the dissemination of information. Access to information is not only fundamental to a properly-functioning participatory democracy, but a Constitutional right, she said.
Some of the benefits accompanying the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting are:
free access to more channels � with SABC now having up to 18 channels;
new free-to-air broadcasters will be licensed;
abundant choices and diversity of what to watch;
better picture and sound quality;
electronic TV guide that enables you to plan what to watch at a touch of a button;
descriptive video for the visually impaired people;
closed captioning facilities for hearing impaired; and
you can listen to radio via your television set.
Minister Muthambi also appealed to the community of Rapotokwane to go out and register for free STBs.
Poor households are urged to visit their nearest Post Office with the following documents:
South African Identity Document
Proof of Residence
Proof of possessing a TV set.
Proof of household income below R3 200 per month.
Representing the Mahlangu Royal house, Prince Barney Mahlangu said: We heard about digital migration for the first time when the Minister visited our area earlier this year. As traditional leaders, we like working with leaders like Minister Muthambi who go around promising something which they will deliver. We are so excited that what the Minister promised us in August is now a reality.it is indeed refreshing that in our village, we have poor people who are already enjoying the benefits of digital migration. With this digital migration programme, the village of Rapotokwane will never be the same again.
Source: South African Government News AgencyRead More »
Minister Edna Molewa engages Saldhana Bay Municipality to come clean on allegations of denial of access to and recreational use of coastal area
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr. Edna Molewa has noted the allegations regarding the denial of access to and recreational use of the coastal area by the Saldana Bay Municipality as reported in the media on the 19 December and 20 December 2016.
The Department is currently engaging with the municipality in resolving this matter. The ultimate resolution shall be that no-one is denied access to use any of our coastal areas for recreation," said Minister Molewa.
The National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 (Act No. 24 of 2008) (ICM Act), gives everyone the right to equitable access to the South African beaches and its public amenities. This Act further mandates that Coastal Public Property (CPP), as defined in the ICM Act, belongs to all citizens of South Africa. The State, in its capacity as the public trustee of all coastal public property, has a duty to manage, protect and enhance it in the interests of the whole community, and for the benefit of present and future generations.
Access to natural resources including the beach is a constitutional right enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996). This right provides for the utilisation of natural resources within the coastal zone in a socially, economically justifiable and ecologically sustainable manner.
In terms of the ICM Act, any natural person in the Republic has;
a) A right of reasonable access to coastal public property; and
b) Is entitled to use and enjoy coastal public property, provided such use-
Does not adversely affect the rights of members of the of the public to use and enjoy the coastal public property;
Does not hinder the State in the performance of its duty to protect the environment; and
Does not cause an adverse effect to the environment.
In terms of the Act, no access fee may be charged without the approval of the Minister to the public to gain access to the Coastal Public Property. Any person or organ of the state intending to charge access fees must apply to the Minister for authorisation. The access fee does not apply to fees for the use of facilities or activities which are located on, or in, coastal public property.
The Minister would like to state categorically that no such an application for charging fees has been received or processed by the Minister as per this Act. Thus no reason related to fees must be used to deny anyone access to this coastal area."
"It is thus unlawful in terms of the ICM Act to implement measures which prevent public access to the beach, remarked Minister Molewa.
It is only under certain strict circumstances that the public's access to the beach may be limited. Minister Molewa has emphasised that the Department is working tirelessly for the realisation of the Constitutional Principles of right to access to beaches across our coastline.
Given our nation's history, the rights of the public to access the beach in our Republic is seen as a fundamental constitutional right and principle upon which the ICM Act is based, the Minister said.
The consultative process as undertaken by the Department, aims to ascertain the nature and purpose of such actions allegedly embarked upon by the municipality and ensure the immediate correction of any anomaly or illegality that may be found.
The Minister is aware of local government's constitutional mandate under Part B of Schedule 5 of the Constitution of South Africa relating to the administration of beaches. While the municipality may take measures in terms of the Constitution to regulate beaches and amusement facilities, local amenities, traffic and parking, those measures may not undermine the lawful requirement of ensuring reasonable public access to the beach.
The Department will work with the Municipality and the Provincial Government to resolve this matter as expeditiously as possible and will not hesitate to take any urgent enforcement measures in the interests of securing the rights of our citizens' to access the beach.
Given that we already find ourselves in the festive season and that beach-going has already increased significantly, the Minister has been left with no option but to request that the Municipality remove any barriers which are preventing the public from accessing the beach in question.
I am not requesting that the Municipality should not regulate and control activities on the beach � my request relates strictly to the public's ability to access the beach, added Minister Molewa. Such access must be hassle-free and not inconvenience some of the people who may be required to carry their recreational equipment and walk long distances to access our beach.
The Saldana Bay municipality is urged to comply with these important transformation pieces of legislation of our country.
Source: Department of Environmental AffairsRead More »
Smanga Xulu (26), Bhekinkosi Xulu (35) and Themba Nzimande (43), appeared yesterday, 21 December 2016, in the Wentworth Magistrates' Court for possession of unlicensed firearms and possession of ammunitions and were remanded in custody until 29 Decembe...Read More »
The police at Lydenburg and Calcutta are requesting any person with information that could help them solve murder cases that took place in two separate incidents.The Lydenburg murder occurred yesterday, 20 December 2016, when a passer-by spotted a man ...Read More »