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WCC fellowship prays for living together in peace

“We want to pray, work, and walk together with our member churches and ecumenical partners,” said Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC deputy general secretary. “Praying with others, we express our solidarity and promote peace and reconciliation. The power of prayer goes beyond church boundaries and national borders.”

The prayers for peace were shared during Monday morning prayers at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva and online, together with representatives from the conflict countries, including Cameroon, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Israel, the Korean Peninsula, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine.

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Spectrum: Telcos erecting next generation 5G networks

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says the release of high demand spectrum has paved the way for telcos, or telecommunications companies, to start building next generation 5G networks.

Ntshavheni said this when she tabled the department’s budget vote during a mini-plenary of the National Assembly on Wednesday.

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Support for young people to gain work experience

As part of supporting functional municipalities, young people have been exposed to opportunities that have given them practical experience, says Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

The Minister said this when she tabled the department’s budget vote during a mini-plenary of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

She said as part of the municipal support and intervention package during the past financial year, 50 civil engineers, 15 electric engineers, 15 town planners and nine assistant provincial managers from the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) were deployed to various provinces across the country.

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Pope: Tackle poverty to protect children from child labour

The 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour is taking place in Durban, South Africa from 15 – 20 May.

For the occasion, Pope Francis has sent a message extending his warm greetings and prayers to the participants in a letter addressed to Mr. Guy Rider, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization.

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Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly to focus on “Health for Peace, Peace for Health” for recovery and renewal

In a world threatened by conflict, inequities, the climate crisis and pandemics, the Seventy-fifth session of the World Health Assembly will stress the importance of building a healthy and peaceful planet by harnessing science, data, technology and innovation.

This year’s session of the Health Assembly will focus on the theme of “Health for Peace, Peace for Health” and will run from the 22nd until the 28th of May at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. It will include the  appointment of the next WHO Director-General. 

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WCC expresses grave concern over COVID-19 outbreak in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

“In a context in which the North Korean population is unvaccinated, and without adequate ventilators or other essential supplies, the risk of an unprecedented death toll is very high,” said Sauca. “The COVID-19 outbreak greatly compounds the pre-existing humanitarian situation in North Korea particularly related to food insecurity in the country.”

The WCC therefore calls for an urgent humanitarian response by the international community commensurate with the gravity of the crisis, Sauca continued. ”In particular, newly developed antivirals, such as Paxlovid, must be provided as a matter of urgency, as well as diagnostics, ventilators, PPE, vaccines and other medical needs, as well as essential food supplies,” he said.

“We call for a centralized and coordinated approach to the international response, through the UN, and for any obstacles presented to this response by the current sanctions against the DPRK to be lifted as a matter of fundamental ethical and humanitarian responsibility.”

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SA still an investment destination of choice

The NDP may not be perfect, but it continues to be a guide in our vision to tackle poverty, inequality and unemployment, writes Phumla Williams.

Oliver Dickson’s lopsided view of our country’s investment prospects cannot be left unchallenged lest it misleads Business Day’s readers.

For starters, Dickson should be reminded that when this democratic government appointed a panel of eminent persons to contribute towards the development of the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 (NDP) it did so fully cognisant of the enormous challenges it will face as it reconstructs our country in line with the constitution.

For more than 300 years, SA was ruled by a racially exclusive, discriminatory and exploitive system. The majority of the citizens — in particular Africans — were completely excluded from any economic development of this country. Undoing this was never to be as easy as some may want us to believe.

His myopic assertion that our country is a poor investment destination rings hollow and fails to appreciate what the government has done over this short democratic period and what it continues to do in taking the country forward. 

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Here is the expected petrol price for June

Mid-month data from the Central Energy Fund points to major fuel price pain for diesel and petrol vehicle owners in June.

The mid-month snapshot is as follows:

  • Petrol 95: increase of 198 cents per litre;
  • Petrol 93: increase of 193 cents per litre;
  • Diesel 0.05%: increase of 163 cents per litre;
  • Diesel 0.005%: increase of 160 cents per litre;
  • Illuminating Paraffin: increase of 215 cents per litre.

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SA braces for full week of power cuts

Eskom Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer, says Eskom may be forced to increase load shedding from Stage 3 load shedding to Stage 4 if the power utility fails to gather enough generation capacity to feed national peak demand.

According to Oberholzer, Eskom suffered at least eight major breakdowns at its power stations – exacerbating strain on the already fragile and constrained power system.

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DIRCO continues to consolidate foreign policy for “a better Africa and better world”

International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has reiterated South Africa’s position that the Russia and Ukraine conflict can only be ended through negotiations.

Pandor was speaking during a presentation of her department’s Budget Vote to the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation in the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon. The budget has increased by at least 1.3% from the 2021/21 financial year to about R6.6 billion in this financial year.

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