Friday 20th Oct 2017

President Jacob Zuma has characterised the State Visit to the Republic of Zambia as a remarkable success as he had positive and fruitful official talks with his Zambian counterpart, His Excellency President Edgar Lungu in Lusaka.

The State Visit had provided a platform to both President Zuma and President Lungu to deliberate on various issues of mutual concern as well as to deepen and strengthen bilateral, political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries, underpinned by strong historical ties that date back from the years of the liberation struggle against apartheid and colonialism.

The most important highlight of the visit was the elevation of the structured bilateral mechanism between South Africa and Zambia from the Joint Commission for Cooperation to a complete Bi-National Commission (BNC) that will now be chaired by the two Heads of State.

“It was an important visit for South Africa as our aim was to review and strengthen the existing strong bilateral and economic relations between the two nations and we are all pleased with the outcomes of our talks,” said the President.

He added: “We have ensured that our structured bilateral mechanisms are operational and effective to lead us to the joint future we want.”

“Considering the strong historical and fraternal bonds that bind our sister Republics and Peoples, we have today decided to elevate our structured Bilateral Mechanism from the current Joint Commission for Cooperation to a fully-fledged Bi-National Commission.

The BNC would ensure that we meet annually at the level of Heads of State. We believe that this would put the required impetus to the implementation of agreements.

We have also over the years seen progressive expansion and deepening of our bilateral cooperation. To date, we have concluded over twenty agreements and memoranda of understanding covering a wide range of areas,” said President Zuma.

President Zuma added that the visit also provided an opportunity to discuss and agreed on various issues, most particularly economic cooperation including priority sectors include agriculture and agro-processing, mining and mineral beneficiation, energy, ICT connectivity, tourism, arts and culture as well as the establishment of related industries and supportive infrastructure development.

The two Heads of State also discussed peace and security issues in the continent, particularly in the SADC region and agreed on working together to advance regional integration agenda, in particular peace and security of the region.

“With regards to our Continent, we remain totally committed not only to the unity of the Continent but also to the implementation of AU Agenda 2063, especially continental integration and silencing of the Guns by 2020,” President Zuma said.

President Zuma and President Lungu also addressed the Zambia-South Africa Business Forum held on the sidelines of the State Visit to bolster economic relations between the two countries both in the public and private sector.

“As we elevate our relations at government level, it is very important for the business sector from both countries to enhance cooperation to ensure inclusive economic growth that will liberate our people from poverty, unemployment and inequality. I was happy to have an opportunity to address the Business Forum earlier and we gave the private sector a clear directive that both countries are open for business.”

“They should take advantage of this warm historical relationship to advance business opportunities. The forum further promoted business-to-business cooperation, aimed at diversifying the economies of the nations,” President Zuma said.

During the State Visit, President Zuma also officially launched the Oliver Tambo National Heritage Site to honour and celebrate the legacy and centenary year of one of South Africa’s most respected humanists, a liberation struggle stalwart and former President of the governing party, Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo.

Whilst exiled from South Africa during the apartheid era, Mr Tambo lived in Zambia from 1965 to 1991, where he was accommodated in various locations including Chelstone Green in Lusaka in a double storey house which was allocated to him by Zambia’s first democratic President, Dr Kenneth Kaunda. The house been declared a National Heritage Site by the Zambian government.

“The visit coincides with an important period in our country when we celebrate the centenary of our former President, Oliver Reginald Tambo. The hospitality, warmth and solidarity shown to President Tambo by the Zambian government and people will never be forgotten.”

“Although he would spend days and weeks traveling the world to mobilise the international community against apartheid, President Tambo would always return to Lusaka, the ANC Head Quarters and the home away from home that he had found for all of us.”

“We once again extend our gratitude for that unique solidarity and friendship and the official launch of the renovated Tambo home is one of the powerful symbols of the bond between the two countries and their peoples,” the President concluded.

President Zuma was accompanied by the Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa; Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies; Energy, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi; Mineral Resources, Mr Mosebenzi Zwane as well as Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana.

Address by President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the launch of the OR Tambo Heritage Site House, Chelston, Lusaka

Your Excellency, President Edgar Lungu,
Honourable Ministers,
Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners,
Distinguished guests,
Today the 13th October 2017 marks fourteen days before the Centenary Birthday Celebrations of the longest serving African National Congress (ANC) President Comrade Oliver Reginald Tambo, affectionately referred to as OR.

To honour his memory and principled leadership in the thirty three years he led the anti-apartheid struggle in exile, the South African Government has declared his centenary birthday year, ‘the YEAR OF OR TAMBO’.

Chosen by fate and history, OR left South Africa in 1960 on the singular mission to ensure the survival of the ANC through the establishment of the External Mission at a time when almost all the ANC leaders had been rounded up and put on the treason trial.

It was the determination to ensure the continuity of the liberation struggle against apartheid that kept OR strong for all those years despite all the hardships that the cold war and the lack of resources as well as separation from family imposed.

There is no doubt that his faith was a pillar of strength and a compass he used to navigate the complex environments he later found himself in.

OR began his mission in the United Kingdom and later proceeded to establish Umkhonto we Sizwe camps in Tanzania in 1961 before finally moving the headquarters of the ANC from Morogoro to Lusaka in 1971.

According to our knowledge and indeed as documented by one of his body guards, who later became South Africa’s Ambassador to Kenya, Ambassador Tony Msimang, the 1980s in Lusaka became very dangerous for the ANC because of the apartheid assassination agents that moved in and out of Lusaka rather frequently.

Comrade OR, like all other ANC members, had to move from house to house in order to escape kidnapping, arrest or assassination by the apartheid regime’s agents.

This house here in Chelston, became one of the many houses where OR spent his time particularly, in the garden where he found the vegetation as soothing companionship allowing him time to both think and pray as OR was indeed a devout Christian and a teetotaller.

The house was among the many safe houses OR lived in, and was OR’s favourite.

Distinguished guests

This house demonstrates the strong bond between the Zambian people and the South African people.

We have had a long history of association, and it is such a pleasure that finally there is physical evidence of that long historical association marked by the OR Heritage Site here in Chelston. We thank you Mr President for declaring this house as a heritage site.

From this house, which will be developed into an Interpretative Centre, our mutual bonds of friendship, intermarriage, history, culture migrations and heritage will be revisited and researched.

South African children born at the University Teaching Hospital, their parents and grand-parents who studied at the University of Zambia and at Evelyn Hone College to name but a few institutions, will have the opportunity to learn about the South African liberation struggle and Zambia’s role in it.

Indeed Zambia’s history of housing the liberation movements of Southern Africa is a rich heritage that should not be left to die.

It should be researched and celebrated as we do today in jointly recognising the significance of the OR Tambo Heritage Site and jointly launch it for the benefit of the young Zambians and young South Africans.

The youth has an opportunity in this OR Tambo Heritage Site to learn about Pan Africanism through the history of those who lived and promoted it.

We are indeed very pleased that the house of Zambia’s first Republican president Dr KK Kaunda and that of Comrade OR Tambo are now respectively heritage sites in Lusaka.

This provides a great opportunity for research and the writing of our own stories.

Let me thank you Mr President for this wonderful opportunity to jointly launch the OR Tambo Heritage Site with you today.

It is a powerful symbol of the bonds between our two countries and peoples.

President Zuma to visit Imo State in Nigeria

President Jacob Zuma will, on successful completion of his State Visit to Zambia, travel to Owerri City in the Imo State of Nigeria to strengthen socio-economic relations and further deepen existing cooperation in the field of education.

During the visit, the President will visit the Rochas Foundation and Hall of Fame as well as address a number of stakeholders in the Imo State including business and traditional leaders.

The Governor of the Imo State, His Excellency Mr Owelle Okorocha, will also confer on President Zuma, the Imo Merit Award, the highest award in the State conferred on distinguished personalities who have made a difference in the development of their communities.

President Zuma will proceed to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 15 October 2017, where in his capacity as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) he will hold discussions with President Joseph Kabila Kabange on the issues of peace and security in the Great Lakes region, particularly the situation in the DRC.

Issued by: The Presidency

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Cape Town – A total of 45 councillors have been killed since 2009, a parliamentary reply from the police minister revealed on Thursday.

Political murders have gained much media attention recently following a number of high-profile murders since the 2016 local government elections, including that of former ANC Youth League secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, who died in September.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Sibonakaliso Mhlongo asked Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, in a parliamentary question, how many councillors had been killed in each province from 2009 to the present day, effectively the period of President Jacob Zuma's administration.

Mbalula responded that, in the eight-year period ending August 31, five councillors in the Eastern Cape, one in the Free State, four in Gauteng, seven in Mpumalanga, three in the North West, one in the Western Cape, and an astounding 24 councillors in KwaZulu-Natal, had been killed.

Killings took place in at least 18 municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal alone.

A total of 62 arrests had been made in connection with these murders in the same period.

By province, three arrests were made in the Eastern Cape, three in the Free State, six in Gauteng, 15 in Mpumalanga, four in North West, and 31 in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mbalula did not elaborate on how advanced the investigations into these 62 cases were.

The Moerane Commission of Inquiry has been investigating political killings this year in KwaZulu-Natal.

They were urged in September to go to Umzimkhulu, where four of the 24 murders in the province took place, including that of 35-year-old Magaqa, who died at a Durban hospital in September following an alleged assassination attempt on July 13.

Also in the district, speaker Khaya Thobela was shot dead, former councillor Khaya Mgcwaba was gunned down in May, and councillor Mduduzi Tshibase was killed at his home, also in May.

In 2016, two other KwaZulu-Natal ANC councillors were reported murdered in July and December, while an NFP councillor was also killed in March in the province.

In Gauteng, an ANC councillor was shot and killed after attending a branch meeting in Freedom Park, Johannesburg, in February 2016.

Political analysts and witnesses who have testified at the Moerane Commission, led by Advocate Marumo Moerane, said most of the killings were related to competition over political positions.

This week, a former ANCYL regional secretary, whose name is known to News24, told the commission that he had tried numerous times to fight corruption, but "was let down by police".

He told mourners at Magaqa's memorial service in September that Magaqa was killed because he had documents that would have exposed corruption in the Umzimkhulu municipality.

He is expected to continue his testimony. DM

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ROMA - Per la prima volta l'Istat ha introdotto una serie di quesiti nell'indagine sulla sicurezza dei cittadini 2015-2016 per studiare il fenomeno della corruzione.
Si stima che il 7,9% delle famiglie nel corso della vita sia stato coinvolto direttamente in eventi corruttivi quali richieste di denaro, favori, regali o altro in cambio di servizi o agevolazioni (2,7% negli ultimi 3 anni, 1,2% negli ultimi 12 mesi).

L'indicatore complessivo (7,9%) raggiunge il massimo nel Lazio (17,9%) e il minimo nella Provincia autonoma di Trento (2%), ma la situazione sul territorio è molto diversificata a seconda degli ambiti della corruzione.

La corruzione ha riguardato in primo luogo il settore lavorativo (3,2% delle famiglie), soprattutto nel momento della ricerca di lavoro, della partecipazione a concorsi o dell'avvio di un'attività lavorativa (2,7%).

Tra le famiglie coinvolte in cause giudiziarie, si stima che il 2,9% abbia avuto nel corso della propria vita una richiesta di denaro, regali o favori da parte, ad esempio, di un giudice, un pubblico ministero, un cancelliere, un avvocato, un testimone o altri.

Il 2,7% delle famiglie che hanno fatto domanda di benefici assistenziali (contributi, sussidi, alloggi sociali o popolari, pensioni di invalidità o altri benefici) si stima abbia ricevuto una richiesta di denaro o scambi di favori.

In ambito sanitario episodi di corruzione hanno coinvolto il 2,4% delle famiglie necessitanti di visite mediche specialistiche o accertamenti diagnostici, ricoveri o interventi.

Le famiglie che si sono rivolte agli uffici pubblici nel 2,1% dei casi hanno avuto richieste di denaro, regali o favori.

Richieste di denaro o favori in cambio di facilitazioni da parte di forze dell'ordine o forze armate e nel settore dell'istruzione hanno riguardato rispettivamente l'1% e lo 0,6% delle famiglie. (Inform)

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BOLOGNA - Corso di italiano per profughi minorenni all'Ub Merlani di Bologna. Potranno svolgere lavori di manutenzione degli edifici pubblici e delle scuole, pulire piazze, strade e giardini, dare una mano nell’assistenza di anziani e disabili. Sono queste le principali attività in cui i profughi presenti nelle strutture di accoglienza dell’Emilia-Romagna potranno impegnarsi su base volontaria, offrendo il proprio contributo alle comunità che li accolgono e intraprendendo così un percorso di integrazione. È stato rinnovato a Bologna, nella sede della Prefettura che ne è una delle istituzioni firmatarie, l’accordo tra Regione, Forum del Terzo settore, sindacati, Cooperative sociali e Anci; a firmarlo, la vicepresidente regionale e assessore al Welfare, Elisabetta Gualmini, e per tutte le Prefetture dell’Emilia-Romagna il prefetto di Bologna, Matteo Piantedosi.

La precedente intesa, sottoscritta nel 2015, ha permesso di impiegare in attività di volontariato oltre mille persone in più di 1.500 interventi. Quella nuova, che rimarrà in vigore per due anni, potrebbe interessare potenzialmente oltre 13.000 “richiedenti protezione internazionale”, la maggioranza dei quali ospitati nei Centri di accoglienza straordinaria (Cas) e in parte nelle strutture del Sistema di protezione per richiedenti asilo e rifugiati (Sprar).

Le risorse messe in campo dalla Regione, 100mila euro in due anni, consentono la partecipazione di circa 4.000 persone e servono a coprire le spese per l’assicurazione contro gli infortuni dei partecipanti, l’organizzazione di percorsi di orientamento e formazione, oltre ad eventuali attrezzature e dispositivi di protezione individuale per l'esercizio delle attività di volontariato. (Inform)

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Vicenza - “So bene che occorrono programmi mirati, investimenti ben selezionati. Più investimenti di quanto non abbiano consentito in questi anni i limiti di bilancio a causa di una crisi economico-finanziaria di eccezionale gravità e durata, dalla quale siamo finalmente usciti”: lo ha affermato il presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella intervenendo alla 34esima assemblea annuale dell'Anci sul tema: "#cittàpuntozero. Immagina il domani, governa l'oggi", alla Fiera di Vicenza.

“Altrettanto importante – continua il presidente della Repubblica - è passare da una logica di emergenza, di interventi tampone, a una logica di medio e lungo periodo. Tenendo, naturalmente, conto che le risorse si recuperano anche evitando, a tutti i livelli, sprechi e migliorando gli standard di efficienza. In questa impresa, che è comune a tutte le istituzioni del nostro Paese, devono poter convergere risorse pubbliche ed energie private, finanza locale e fondi europei, mettendo in comune le pratiche migliori e gli esperimenti riusciti, restituendo dignità e ruolo di raccordo alla funzione pubblica”.

“La forza della nostra democrazia – ha sottolineato inoltre Mattarella rivolgendosi alla platea dei sindaci - sta nella capacità di rispettare la pluralità e di comprendere quando è in gioco il bene comune che richiede un impegno condiviso. Il senso più profondo delle istituzioni sta proprio nella coscienza dell'interesse generale, che mai va smarrita nel confronto, a volte aspro, sui cambiamenti da realizzare”.

Secondo il capo dello Stato, inoltre, quello di “ridurre le distanze tra centro e periferia, tra grandi aree urbane e aree interne, tra Nord e Sud, è un grande obiettivo a cui i sindaci d'Italia possono dare un contributo essenziale. Insieme è possibile. E' così anche sul fronte dell'immigrazione, questione controversa nella pubblica opinione. Si tratta di fenomeni inediti, di portata globale, che richiedono non di essere rimossi mentalmente ma di essere governati - come si sta cercando di fare - se si vuole evitare di esserne travolti nei prossimi anni. Questi fenomeni - aggiunge Mattarella - provocano difficoltà e diffondono timori, di cui tenere adeguatamente conto. Siamo chiamati ad affrontarli con intelligenza, con umanità, con capacità di visione, con fermezza nel contrasto delle organizzazioni criminali”. - (NoveColonneATG)

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