Premier Willies Mchunu attends meeting of portfolio committee on Office of Premier, 30 May

Xenophobic attacks to come under spotlight: KZN Premier attends portfolio committeeAs he completes 365 Days in Office, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu will today attend the meeting of the Portfolio Committee on the Office of the Premier. The meeti…

Eastern Cape to reallocate unoccupied houses

Pretoria � The Eastern Cape is set to start a process to trace the missing beneficiaries of unoccupied government subsidy houses.

The Human Settlements Provincial Department has learned that some municipalities are struggling to trace beneficiaries, whose houses have been completed.

Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlements, Helen Sauls-August, has given the go ahead to all municipalities to reallocate unoccupied houses to other qualifying beneficiaries.

This will be done by following a process of deregistration of approved beneficiaries, who have not taken ownership of their completed government subsidy houses.

MEC Sauls-August said municipalities must undertake the process of deregistration, which requires that missing beneficiaries are traced through advertisement.

The missing beneficiaries must be given a period of 21 days to respond before the deregistration process commences.

If the legal processes is not followed to the latter, the process becomes illegal. Deregistration must be done correctly, MEC Sauls-August said.

She was speaking at a quarterly session with councillors responsible for the Human Settlements Portfolio.

Despite the provincial department’s continuous efforts to deliver housing projects in the province, housing units remain unoccupied and subject to vandalism.

The unoccupied houses also delay the transfer and issuing of title deeds to the correct beneficiaries. This year alone, the department’s plans to lodge, transfer and issue 10 000 title deeds to the correct beneficiaries, the provincial department said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Science and Technology on deployment of South African nanosatellite from International Space Station

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MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana sends condolences to Baiju family

MEC Dlungwana morns the passing of District Director Mrs Jennifer Baiju

It is with great sadness that the MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal Mthandeni Dlungwana have received the news of the passing away of Mrs Jennifer Ann Baiju, an outstanding administrator and leader. Mrs Baiju passed away today, 30 May 2017 after a short illness.

She served the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in various capacities for more than two decades.

Mrs Baiju, who committed most of her life in the education sector, was a district director of uMgungundlovu at the time of her passing. She was instrumental in promoting the transformation of education system.

Over the past few years the department of education benefited from her visionary leadership which portrayed her philosophy that teaching should make a difference in society � MEC Dlungwana remarked.

Her contributions and expertise in the field of education have been widely acknowledged by colleagues in the department.

As we mourn her passing away, the department appreciates her invaluable contribution, and she will be remembered as one of the most dedicated leaders the department has produced.

We take this opportunity to convey our sincere condolences to the friends and members of the bereaved family. We thank God for Mrs Jennifer Ann Baiju’s life during the past several decades.

Source: Government of South Africa

Nigeria’s Biafra Separatist Backers Mark 50 Years After War

ONITSHA, NIGERIA � Members of Nigeria’s Biafran separatist movement on Tuesday marked 50 years after civil war saw more than one million people die trying to create a state for the Igbo people.

Residents in Onitsha in the southeast staged a “stay home” to reflect on those who died fighting from 1967 to 1970. The action also was meant to disrupt economic activities in the commercial hub.

The Igbo are one of Nigeria’s largest ethnic groups but remain largely marginalized in politics. Some still call for a separate state.

“People are really suffering. We have been marginalized so much, so that is why we are agitating for the sovereign state of Biafra,” said one street trader, Elebo Nicholas.

Posters showed images said to be of starving children during the conflict. Hunger became a weapon, as the region long had relied on other parts of the country for food.

On Sunday, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of The Indigenous People of Biafra, spoke to cheering supporters in Umuahia city.

“The injustice is still there, the deprivation is still there, the subjugation is still there,” he said. “Unfortunately it’s not been addressed, so we wish to deal with it once and for all.”

Kanu’s arrest in 2015 led to protests. Amnesty International has said Nigeria’s military killed at least 150 peaceful protesters between August 2015 and August 2016 and detained hundreds demonstrating in support of the breakaway state.

The roots of Biafra came from a 1966 failed coup led primarily by Igbo army officers who killed the prime minister, who came from Nigeria’s north. Angry northerners attacked Igbos living there.

The declaration of the largely Igbo region that includes part of the oil-rich Niger Delta as the Republic of Biafra then sparked civil war.

Source: Voice of America