General Arlindo Chenda Pena Unita


The Government of the Republic Of Angola would like herewith to inform the public that it has taken the initiative to formally request the Government of the Republic Of South Africa for assistance in repatriating the remains of the late General Arlindo Chenda Pena “Ben Ben”, ex-Deputy Chief of Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces, who passed away in South Africa on the 18th of October 1998.

The request by the Angolan Government received the highest attention from the Government of the Republic of South Africa.

In this regard, a senior Angolan Government delegation led by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights accompanied by several Generals of the Angolan Armed Forces will depart for South Africa on the 13th of September 2018.

The Government of the Republic Of Angola extends its gratitude to the highest authorities of the Government of the Republic of South Africa for having created all the necessary conditions which facilitated the realization of this request of the exhumation and repatriation of the mortal remains of the late General 20 years after his passing.


FEDUSA and PSA Slam Gauteng Government for Health Head Office Blaze

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) and its public sector affiliate, the Public Servants Association (PSA) have expressed shock at the death of an emergency worker who fell to his death from the 22nd floor of the Gauteng Department of Health Head Office building in the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday.

FEDUSA and the PSA slammed the Gauteng Government for the poor conditions of state buildings in the province that posed a serious health and safety risky to workers and members of the public.

“The PSA, which represents thousands of members in Gauteng, has over the past number of years been highlighting the poor state of Gauteng Government buildings. As recently as 17 August 2018, the PSA warned the Gauteng Provincial Government that none of the government buildings in the province meets the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

“The PSA specifically warned that the Gauteng Health Head Office was a hazardous environment. The GPG did not take these warnings seriously, resulting in today’s tragedy. The PSA puts the blame directly on the GPG as it ignored warnings and neglects the maintenance of departmental buildings to a stage of total dilapidation,” said PSA Acting General Manager, Tahir Maepa.

“A PSA official was on the 22nd floor of the building when the evacuation call came. There were no fire marshals to direct or assist people struggling down the stairs. There is no working fire alarm in the building and many people on lower floors did not know about the fire until they were alerted by people fleeing the building”.

Maepa said on many occasions, the PSA had warned the provincial government about the absence of trained health and safety teams in these buildings. 

“Government has neglected the maintenance of many buildings with dire consequences. The PSA is currently busy with a court application regarding the National Department of Health’s Head Office in the Civitas Building in Pretoria that also does not meet Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements. The Ministers of Health and Public Works attended a meeting with the PSA on 15 August 2018 where it was confirmed that Civitas Building should be vacated, and employees be provided with a workplace that is safe and free from health risks,” he said.

“On Wednesday the PSA was taken by surprise when the National Department of Health gave an ultimatum that employees must work under the same conditions of the unsafe building, instead of resorting to addressing members’ health concerns. It seems the Department is set on ignoring the health and safety of its employees in violation of their constitutional right. In view of today’s tragedy, the PSA demands that the Minister of Health immediately closes both the Gauteng Health Head Office Building and Civitas Building”.

the PSA has instructed its attorneys to institute an urgent application to compel the Department to provide a working environment that is not harmful to the Union’s members’ health and wellbeing, in an effort to protect the lives of employees and other people, concluded Maepa.

President Donald Trump

Senators Flake and Coons respond to President Trump’s tweet about South Africa

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement.

“President Trump’s unfortunate tweet in response to a Fox News broadcast should not distract the United States from improving relations with South Africa.  As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we care deeply about the United

States’ relationships with all African countries.  Constructive relationships require measured dialogue as opposed to arbitrary tweets.”


98% of Regional Non-Tariff Barriers Resolved

A total of 199 out of 204 non-tariff barriers to regional trade that have been reported among the COMESA Member States since the establishment of the Tripartite NTB Online Reporting Mechanism in 2008, have been resolved. This represents a success rate of 97.5%.

That notwithstanding, a disturbing phenomenon is that reports of NTBs keep coming to the COMESA Secretariat and this frustrates the efforts to enhance intra-COMESA Trade, says the COMESA Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe.

In her speech at the opening of the 34th COMESA Trade and Customs Committee (TCM) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, the SG observed that though member States had, upon signing the COMESA Treaty agreed to abolish all non-tariff barriers to trade among themselves, new ones kept cropping up thus affecting intraregional trade.

“Most Member States have taken long to remove certain NTBs and to operationalize the COMESA Customs Union and the launch of the Common Market,” she said in the statement presented by the Assistant Secretary General Dr Kipyego Cheluget.

The SG appreciated the progress made in implementing regional programmes with substantial support from International Cooperating Partners. However, she noted that little progress has been achieved in domesticating trade facilitation instruments at national level as Member States took their time to ratify and implement them.

Since the establishment of the Free Trade Area in 2000, intra-COMESA exports have increased from US$1.5 billion to US$ 7.9 billion in 2017. The global COMESA exports stand at US$ 86 912.7 million while the share of intra-COMESA exports to COMESA global exports remains low at 9.1%.

The trade and customs committee meeting considered the reports of the 3rd Trade and Trade Facilitation Sub-Committee and the 4th Heads of Customs Sub-Committee that met earlier in the week. The meetings were attended by a record 21 Member States including Tunisia and Somalia which were admitted to COMESA on 18 July 2018.

High on the agenda of the TCM was the implementation of the COMESA Digital Free Trade Area (DFTA) which is being rolled out in Member States. The DFTA has three aspects: e-trade, e-logistics and e-legislation. E-trade will promote online commerce by providing a platform for traders in COMESA region to do business online. E-logistics targets improvement in transportation of goods from suppliers to customers, while e-legislation address the readiness of laws in Member States to cater for digital transactions.

Other key issues in regional integration that were discussed were reports by Member States that are not participating in the COMESA Free Trade Area, Non-Tariff Barriers in the COMESA Region, the Kenya Sugar Safeguard and updates on the Tripartite FTA Negotiations and the African Free Trade Africa Free Area.

Speaking at the same forum, the Principal Secretary, State Department of Trade in Kenya, Dr Chris Kiptoo, called for scaling up and sustaining awareness campaigns of the COMESA protocols and the intended benefit of regional integration.

“Ultimately trade and investment are spearheaded by the private sector and this is the audience we need to sensitize for them to have the utmost confidence in the opportunities

created by regional integration,” Dr Kiptoo said in a speech delivered by the Director of Administration Mr. Samson Wangusi.

Dr Kiptoo cited the COMESA Yellow Card, the COMESA Customs Document, the Simplified Trade Regime, Non-Tariff Barriers Regulations, the COMESA Fund, and the Regional Customs Transit Guarantee as some of the most successful trade facilitation instruments which stakeholders need to know about.

Former United Nations (UN) secretary-general Kofi Annan

Brand South Africa statement on the passing of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan

This weekend, the world woke up to the sad news on the passing of the first African Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Kofi Annan. News headlines report that the 80-year-old advocate for the African continent, and seventh Secretary-General who rose through the ranks of the UN, suffered with a short illness before he died.

The Ghanaian diplomat, and one of the United Nations’ most high-profile and well-respected former Secretary-Generals was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the UN “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”. Annan served as the UN Secretary-General from January 1997 to December 2006 – and put development, human rights, the rule of law, good governance and peace at the top of the UNs agenda.

Commenting on the passing of Kofi Annan, Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said: “2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela – it is a year which has provided an opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his exceptional leadership. Kofi Annan too was such a great leader, and leaves behind a similar legacy as he dedicated his years in service of human development and peace. The world has lost yet another magnanimous and selfless model leader.”

Annan who delivered the 5thh Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 22 July 2007 which focused on the progress of Africa, also served as the Chair of the The Elders – an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmenpeace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. The goal Nelson Mandela set for the Elders was to use their “almost 1,000 years of joint experience” to work on solutions for seemingly insurmountable problems such as climate changeHIV/AIDS, and poverty, as well as to “use their political independence to help resolve some of the world’s most intractable conflicts.

Kofi Annan was a member of The Elders since its founding in 2007, succeeding Desmond Tutu as Chair in May 2013. Between February and August 2012 Kofi Annan temporarily recused himself as a member of The Elders during his UN and Arab League assignment as Joint Special Envoy on the Syrian crisis. Kofi Annan’s first engagement with The Elders came in November 2008 when, together with Jimmy Carter and Graça Machel, he drew the world’s attention on the humanitarian crisis affecting Zimbabwe.

ANC Veterans Leauge


ANC Veterans League met with members of the 101 Stalwarts task team at Luthuli House in Johannesburg yesterday.

This comes after the ANC Top Six led by President Cyril Ramaphosa met with the ‘101 Stalwarts and Veterans’ on Monday January 14th. At that meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa was informed that the 101 Stalwarts and Veterans and the ANC Veterans League had initiated a process to integrate the Stalwarts and Veterans into the structures of the ANC. The president appreciated the initiative and emphasised the importance of uniting all Veterans and fully integrating them into the organisation as they are the custodians of the ANC’s values and traditions. He requested that there be no parallel structures and that all issues affecting the integrity of the ANC should be addressed through the Veterans League as it is a constitutional structure of the movement.

Yesterday’s meeting was attended by ANC Veterans League NEC members who reside in Gauteng and the Deputy Secretary General of the ANC Jessie Duarte. The 101 Stalwarts and Veterans delegation was led by Wally Serote. The meeting resolved that the integration of the 101 Stalwarts and Veterans into the Veterans League should start immediately. It was agreed that an audit would be conducted and qualifying members of the 101 Stalwarts and Veterans would actively participate and be involved in all structures of the ANC. It was noted by all that the ANC Sub Committee structures would benefit substantially from the expertise and skills of all stalwarts and that this must be welcomed and utilised fully by the organisation.

The ANC Stalwarts and Veterans committed themselves to unite and build a strong Veterans League that will defend the values and traditions of the ANC and ensure the ANC win the forth-coming 2019 elections.

The ANC Veterans League was deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of the country’s struggle icons Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, the widow of late president of the PAC, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. May Her Soul Rest in Peace.

The Veterans League would also like to congratulate its stalwart Mama Gertrude Shope who celebrated her 93rd birthday yesterday. She is a pillar of strength and continues to promote the integrity of the ANC’s in all circumstances.


issued by

Snuki Zikalala

President of the ANC Veterans League

Department of Home Affairs


The Department of Home Affairs calls on all foreign nationals who have applied for citizenship through naturalisation to approach offices where they lodged their applications to urgently update their contact details.

The Department is concluding its adjudication processes to be followed by induction and naturalisation ceremonies scheduled to take place in Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng in August. The Department has noted that in some instances application processes take longer than expected, resulting in some of the applicants changing their contact details or even losing them. This has proven difficult for the Department to reach a number of the applicants.

Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa Calls for Strengthened Partnerships to Boost Job Creation

A key aspect of South Africa’s National Development Plan, the blueprint for creating sustainable growth and development in the country, is its emphasis on the power of public-private-partnerships (PPPs), says Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret.

Statistics South Africa recently released a quarterly labour force survey, which shows that the unemployment rate rose to 27.2% from 26.7% in the first three months of this financial year. Commenting on these statistics Magapatona-Sangaret said: “Economic growth, job creation and poverty alleviation are immense challenges that the government cannot meet alone. Public-private partnerships serve as one of the viable solutions in addressing this challenge as they are a catalyst for economic growth in South Africa”.

“Our country’s strong capital markets, vibrant economic policies, stable political climate, a competitive private sector, proud democracy and a robust economic outlook, put us in the ultimate position to enhance effective partnerships between public and private sectors for employment creation.”

Following President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel defined the four key areas which are addressed and inspired by PPPs; transfer of skills, exposure to work, job creation and entrepreneurial activity. 

In 2015, the World Bank commissioned a benchmarking study ‘The 2015 Infrascope’ carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit that evaluated the capacity of African countries to implement sustainable and efficient PPPs. South Africa scored highest overall in all. Factors favouring South Africa, versus its peers on the African continent, is that it has PPP-specific laws and policies, sufficient financial market depth to fully enable PPP financing and National Treasury as an established central unit coordinating and approving PPPs.

The unemployment rate was reported to have jumped 0.5% to 27.2% in the second quarter of 2018, which equates to 6.1 million unemployed South Africans who are looking for work. The jobless rate had remained unchanged at 26.7% in the first three months of the year and the end of 2017.

“We are all collectively responsible for doing our part when it comes to job creation in South Africa; the everyday citizen needs to prepare themselves with the appropriate education and direction to succeed when opportunity arises, the business owner needs check out the struggles of the people around him/her and be open to new business ideas, and the government and private sector need to strengthen collaborative efforts for the best interests of the South African people. We need to create an honest assessment of where we are and also where we want to be as a country.  From there, we can envision genuine economic progress for the future,” concluded Magapatona-Sangaret.

Stephen Pandula Gawe


It is with deep grief and sadness to inform the South African society about the untimely death of Comrade Stephen Pandula Gawe.

Comrade Stephen Pandula Gawe passed away on the 18 th July 2018 while he was visiting his daughters in Oxford, Britain.

Comrade Gawe is the off-spring of the late Reverend Walker and Regina Gawe who were the active Members of the ANC before it was banned. The former was the President of ANC in the Cape Province and one of the accused in the 1956 Treason Trial.

He was born 5 January 1938 in King Williams Town at St. Chad Mission House. He matriculated at St. Matthews School in 1955 before proceeding to the University of Fort Hare where his studies for BA Honours were abruptly disrupted when he was detained at Fort Glamorgan Prison, for ANC underground activities.

Shortly thereafter, he left the country to continue with his studies at Trinity College, Oxford; Edenburg and Nottingham Universities. His working career started in the ANC offices in London under the then Chief Rep., Cde Mendi Msimang. Later, he became the ANC Chief Rep. in Italy. He represented ANC in various international platforms as part of gaining international solidarity and isolation of apartheid racist minority regime.

Post- apartheid and after the democratic breakthrough, he became South African Ambassador in Norway and Director in the Diplomatic School of the Department of International Relations, respectively. His last posting before retirement was being the Ambassador in Denmark.

He was married to the late Tokie Mzamo-Gawe with whom they were blessed with two daughters, Nomtha and Vuyo. At the time of his death, he was married to Dudu Khoza- Gawe.

He is leaving behind his Wife, Dudu Khoza-Gawe; daughters Nomtha Gray and Vuyo Gawe and Grand- children, Jonas and


His Memorial/ Funeral Services will be held at Congregation Church, Peelton, King Williams Town on Saturday 11 August 2018.


COMESA Deploys Election Observers to Zimbabwe

COMESA has deployed a short-term election observer mission to the harmonized elections in Zimbabwe set for 30 July 2018. The advance party of the COMESA delegation, arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe on Saturday July 21, 2018.

The mission will be led by Ambassador Ashraf Gamal Rashed (left), a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders from Egypt. He is expected to join the team on 25th July 2018.

The observer team comprises of representatives from several COMESA Member States’ and is supported by members of staff from the Secretariat.

The deployment of the mission follows an invitation by the Government of Zimbabwe to COMESA through the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

As part of its mission in Zimbabwe, the COMESA delegation will conduct pre-election observation which will include consultations with political parties, the ZEC, security agencies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) the Media and other electoral stakeholders. The aim is to gather information on election-related issues and to assess election preparedness. The delegation will also engage with the Diplomatic Community as well as with other election observers on the ground in selected provinces.

In May this year, COMESA conducted a Pre-Election Assessment mission to enhance the understanding of the electoral process and state of preparedness by various stakeholders in Zimbabwe. The findings from that mission will be included into the detailed report that will be submitted to the ZEC and the Government within 90 days from the election date.

The overall, objective of the COMESA observer mission is to contribute to strengthening and consolidating the democratic processes in Zimbabwe.