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15th Public Sector Trainers’ Forum Conference

The Free State Province, in conjunction with the Public Sector Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) and the Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA), is hosting the 15th Public Sector Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) Conference at the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS) from 26-28 September 2011 in Bloemfontein.

The Theme of the conference is 'Human Resource Development at the Centre of Service Delivery: Unleashing the Cheetah'.

ANC Will Change the Constitution if Need Be – Minister

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, says the African National Congress will change the constitution if it proves to be a hindrance to land reform.

Nkwinti argues that, "The Constitution has to help the community to advance. If advancement gets stalled then the Constitution has to be changed."

Nkwinti says that discussions around land reform and restitution needed to be re-opened, adding that the focus of government policy after 1994 was on reconciliation rather than equality and fixing the wrongs of the apartheid era.

Govt Has No Stats on Migrants - Maunye

The Department of Home Affairs says it has no statistics on foreigners in the country either legally or illegally.

Briefing the National Assembly's home affairs committee on the Zimbabwean documentation project, the committee chairperson, Maggie Maunye, pointed out that it will help establish how many Zimbabweans are in the country legally and illegally.

Maunye states that the project should be expanded to other foreign nationals, as some foreign nationals claim to be asylum seekers when they should be economic migrants.

Pressure on Secrecy Bill Working: Press Club

The National Press Club says that the delay of Parliament's vote on the Protection of State Information Bill proves that pressure on the government is working.

In a press statement, the club chairperson, Yusuf Abramjee, points out that, "We remain of the view that the Bill is unconstitutional. All clauses that infringe on our rights need to be withdrawn."

Abramjee states that the club will continue to express its views on this issue and work with related organisations against the Bill in its current form possibly being tabled in the future.

Secrecy Bill Put on Hold

The Right2Know campaign says that despite the African National Congress' (ANC) last-minute postponement of Parliament's vote on the Protection of Information Bill, it does not mean that the fight to stop the legislation had been won.

The Right2Know campaign marched with hundreds of supporters to Parliament to protest against the implementation of the controversial 'Secrecy Bill’, ahead of a planned debate this week.

Zuma Wants Judiciary Out of the Way: SAIRR

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that President Jacob Zuma wants to make sure the judiciary ‘doesn't get in his way’ or ‘scrutinise him too deeply’.

SAIRR chief executive, John Kane-Berman, said in a speech in Cape Town that a number of commentators had professed themselves ‘baffled’ and ‘in some cases stunned’ by Zuma's failure to appoint Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, as Chief Justice.

Secrecy Bill May be Delayed – Mantashe

The African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, says the tabling of the Protection of Information Bill may be delayed.

Mantashe could not confirm news reports that the Bill will be withdrawn as a result of a decision taken at the ANC's weekend national executive committee meeting.

He says it is a ‘difficult bill’ and that the media and the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) are exaggerating it by calling it a ‘media bill’, adding that it is actually a ‘security bill’.

Right2Know Warns Against Secrecy Bill

With Parliament expected to pass the ‘Secrecy’ Bill into law this week, the Right2Know campaign has warned against a loophole that could see cabinet ministers getting wide powers to classify information.

Right2Know coordinator, Murray Hunter, describes the wide classification powers given to ministers under the Minimum Information Security Standards (MISS) as an abuse of power.

Hunter argues that, "Unfortunately, the new opt-in clause means these abuses of power are likely to continue once the new secrecy law is in place."

Renewable Energy to Create Jobs - Magubane

The Department of Energy says the procurement of renewable Independent Power Producers (IPP) will create jobs in rural areas.

The department’s director-general, Nelisiwe Magubane, points out that most of the renewable independent power producers will be in rural areas, where there is limited economic activity.

Magubane states that the IPP procurement programme is intended to promote sustainable growth, job creation and the renewable energy industry.

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