Statement on the
Cabinet Meeting of 28 February 2018
Cabinet met on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, at Tuynhuys, Cape Town.
A. ISSUES IN THE ENVIRONMENT
1. National Budget Speech
1.1. Cabinet appreciates the overwhelming confidence expressed in the 2018 National Budget which was tabled in Parliament, Cape Town, last week. In the recent spirit of renewal that has gripped our great nation, Cabinet calls on all South Africans to partner with government to grow our economy and create much-needed jobs.
1.2. The reduction in expenditure of R85 billion over the next three years demonstrates government’s commitment to fiscal consolidation and the prudent allocation of resources to grow the economy.
1.3. The steps announced to slow the pace of debt accumulation and contain the budget deficit greatly improve our fiscal framework and give South Africans confidence in the future prospects of our economy.
1.4. Cabinet is resolute that the interventions will reflect in our country’s economic growth, affirm its economic standing and safeguard its investment grade status.
1.5. The 2018 National Budget supports the poor in our society through a comprehensive social assistance programme and fee-free tertiary education for students from poor households.
1.6. As a response to the concern raised on the Value-Added Tax (VAT) increases proposed, Cabinet is considering expanding the list of basic goods that are zero-rated on VAT.
2. Nelson Mandela Centenary
2.1. Cabinet joins President Cyril Ramaphosa in his call on
South Africans to reaffirm a shared commitment to serve people as we continue
to celebrate the centenary of the birth of former President Nelson Mandela.
Madiba is the first President of a Democratic South Africa and would have
turned 100 years of age on 18 July 2018.
2.2. Madiba is a global icon who is revered worldwide as a
Champion of Human Rights, non-racism and non-sexism. He played a critical role
in unifying South Africans, and inspiring democratic unity across Africa and
2.3. The first celebration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary
took place during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January
2018. A number of events will be held throughout the country this year to
reflect on the life of Tata Madiba.
2.4. Cabinet calls upon all South Africans to join in the
centenary celebrations in their workplaces, schools, churches and civic
organisations. It calls on each one of us this year to emulate the values of
Nelson Mandela by working in our respective ways to build a united, non-racist,
non-sexist and prosperous country.
2.5. The country also celebrates the centenary of one of the
great daughters of the African soil Mama Albertina Sisulu, who dedicated her
life to fight for the emancipation of women and the liberation of South Africa.
Cabinet will in the next meeting also outline a programme for the celebration
of the Centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu.
3.1. Cabinet appreciates the relentless efforts made by the
Inter-Ministerial Committee on Drought together with stakeholders in all
spheres of government and society in dealing with the persistent drought
conditions that have hit several parts of the country.
3.2. Apart from the fact that South Africa is a water-scarce
country, the effects of global warming continue to affect the rain patterns,
thus causing our dam levels to remain low.
3.3. The Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Drought continues to
facilitate work between national government, provinces and municipalities in
all drought-affected areas. This includes implementing short, medium and
long-term measures to address and mitigate the potential impact of this
3.4. Government has made funds available to provide
short-term assistance to affected provinces. It has provided a relief grant
worth R473 million and an additional R6 billion in the 2018/19 financial year
to augment water infrastructure in the Western Cape‚ Eastern Cape and Northern
3.5. Cabinet calls on all to continue to work with
government in conserving water by using it responsibly and sparingly. Cabinet
remains committed to making South Africa a country of choice for visitors and
potential investors alike.
4. Police killings
4.1. Cabinet expresses condolences to the families and
friends of the five police officers and a former soldier who were recently
brutally murdered in an attack on the Ngcobo Police Station in the Eastern
4.2. Cabinet strongly condemns any senseless killing of our
servicemen and women. The loss of one police officer, soldier or any other
person who serves to protect society and our people is unacceptable.
4.3. Cabinet has committed, through the Minister of Police,
to do whatever possible to capacitate our police stations to prevent such
attacks in the future.
4.4. Cabinet further appeals to parents and society at large
to ensure children are kept safe at all times and to partner with
law-enforcement agencies to protect the rights of our children. Any form of
abuse against a child must be exposed and reported immediately. By working together,
we can keep our communities safe and ensure that criminal elements have no
place to hide.
B. CABINET DECISIONS
1. Cabinet approved the Draft Revised White Paper on
National Transport Policy to be published for public comments. The
policy aims to provide a transport system that is integrated with other related
sector plans so as to reduce both the cost of commuting and doing business. It
also aligns the country’s transportation plans to the global transportation
2. Cabinet approved the Green Paper on Roads Policy
for South Africa to be published for public comments. The policy
provides the overarching framework that ensures South Africa’s roads are better
managed, safer and include all modes of transport to deliver a sustainable
approach to roads management. It guides the road regulations, infrastructure,
safety, road funding and non- motorised transport.
3. Cabinet was briefed on the findings of the 2015/16
National Survey of Research and Experimental Development (R&D Survey).
R&D is an integral part of the country’s socio-economic
development. This has been collective efforts of government, industry and
research institutions. The report is available on the Department of Science and
Technology (DST) website: www.dst.gov.za.
4. Cabinet approved the designs of the 2018 commemorative
collector’s coin series, which will be produced by the South African Mint
Company. The 2018 designs collection will be celebrating the Nelson Mandela
These collections were preceded by the 2017 commemorative
coins that celebrated South Africa under the theme of Freedom, Democracy and
1. Cabinet approved the submission of the Customary
Initiation Bill of 2018 to Parliament. The Bill seeks to protect, promote
and regulate the governance aspect of the practice of customary initiation.
It provides national norms and standards aimed at the
protection of life and the prevention of injuries and all forms of abuse
experienced by initiates.
2. Cabinet approved for the submission of the National
Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill of 2016 to Parliament. The Bill,
which amends the National Qualifications Framework Act, 2008 (Act 67 of 2008),
strengthens the Act by improving measures to deal with issues of
misrepresentation, imposes consequences on persons who misrepresent their
qualifications or organisations that issue invalid qualifications.
It also proposes regulations to ensure that fraudulent
qualifications are referred to the relevant professional bodies (database of
individuals who misrepresented their qualifications). It also addresses the
accreditation of foreign qualifications.
3. Cabinet approved the Railway Safety Bill of 2017 to
be published for public comments. The Bill seeks to improve railway safety and
create a governance structure to oversee the work of the Rail Safety Regulator
of South Africa. It is also aligned to the National Rail Policy regarding the
strengthening of safety monitoring, and the promotion and enforcement of safety
in our railways.
4. Cabinet approved for the Draft Economic Regulation of
Transport Bill of 2017 to be published for public comments and
consultation. The Bill addresses the regulatory and capacity gaps in respect of
provision of a cost-effective and efficient transport system.
D. UPCOMING EVENTS
1. South Africa will be hosting the Southern African
Development Community Ministers of Labour, Employment and Social Security, as
Chair, from 1 to 2 March 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The theme of the conference is: “Horizon decent work: Advancing connectivity,
coherence and inclusivity”. Participants will include social partners –
organised business, labour and community.
2. President Ramaphosa in his capacity as the Chair of SADC
will undertake consultative visits to Angola, Botswana and Namibia from 2 to 3
March 2018. He will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations
and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
Nosiviwe Maphisa Nqakula.
3. South Africa will co-host the 17th World Conference on
Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) from 7 to 9 March 2018 in Cape Town under the
theme: “Uniting the World for a Tobacco-free Generation”. This is the first
hosting in Africa.
The WTCOH calls for committed action and provides a platform
for governments, civil-society organisations, United Nations agencies,
international organisations, health workers and other stakeholders to discuss
shared knowledge and experiences, particularly regarding to youth and women who
are exposed to tobacco use.
Hosting the conference contributes towards addressing the
National Development Plan’s goals by creating awareness and education on the
harmful effects of tobacco use, and the need to intensify tobacco control
4. On the 10 and 11 March the IEC will open the Voting
Registration Centres for people to come and register and check their
Cabinet urges all eligible voters to visit their
voting stations to update the voters’ roll in preparation for the 2019 general
elections. Cabinet particularly calls on first-time voters to ensure they
participate in their constitutional democratic right to vote by going to
register to vote.
This registration weekend is a milestone towards the
culmination of a two-year project to obtain the residential addresses of all
The voting stations will be open between 08:00 and 17:00 to
assist new voters to register to vote, and allow registered voters who have
relocated to reregister in their correct voting district and update their
address details on the voters’ roll.
1. Cabinet commends all teachers who were honoured at the 18th
National Teaching Awards which took place in Johannesburg on Saturday, 17
February 2018. The awards recognised outstanding teaching and leadership in
several categories, including the Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award and
Professor Kader Asmal Award.
2. Cabinet conveys its condolences to Deputy Minister Obed
Bapela on the loss of his wife Constance Bapela, who served the country
as a councillor at the time of her passing.
3. Cabinet joins President Ramaphosa in conveying
condolences to the family, friends and associates of the political economist
and author, Prof Johannes “Sampie” Terreblanche, who passed on at the
age of 84.
4. Cabinet congratulates Minister Naledi Pandor on
her recognition by Leiden University in the Netherlands as an Oort Honorary
Visiting Professor of Astronomy and Development. This is in recognition of the
extraordinary accomplishment in harnessing science,
particularly astronomy, as a tool for global development and societal benefit.
All appointments are subject to the verification of qualifications
and the relevant clearance.
1. Ms Lerato Mataboge as Deputy Director-General (DDG):
Trade and Investment South Africa, Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).
2. Ms Shandokane Evelyn Masotja as DDG: Consumer and
Corporate Regulation, the dti.
3. Ms Vuyelwa Vumendlini as DDG: International and
Regional Economic Policy, National Treasury.
4. Mr Joseph Tebogo Leshope as Chief Operations Officer
5. Ms Vuyo Zitumane as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
6. Adv Seeng Catherine Ntsaba-Letele as Chief Ombud of
the Community Schemes Ombud Service.
7. Mr Edward Mamadise as CEO of the National Regulator
for Compulsory Specifications.
8. Dr Sagren Moodley as the representative from the DST
on the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.
9. Reappointments to the Patent Examination Board:
a. Ms Shanaaz Tiry Mahomed;
b. Ms Sandra Cleiland;
c. Prof Christiena Maria van der Bank; and
d. Adv Nhlanhla Paul Sibisi.
Enquiries: Ms Phumla Williams – Acting Cabinet
Cell: 083 501 0139
Date: Thursday, 1 March 2018
Issued by: Government Communication and Information
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