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Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza unveiled as Cricket SA's new social justice ombudsman - News24
Cricket South Africa has unveiled Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza as the ombudsperson for its Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building project.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has unveiled Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza as the ombudsperson for its Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) project. The project seeks to address the issue of transformation in South African cricket, both in unpacking past failings and in identifying areas where significant improvements can be made in the future. Ntsebeza, who served as a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1995 and was appointed chancellor of the University of Fort Hare in January 2017, has been appointed for a period of six months. According to a CSA statement released on Tuesday, some of Ntsebeza's mandates include "wide-ranging engagements with cricket stakeholders including former players, current players, their representative body SACA, administrators, employees, educators, the media, sponsors and government. These will start in May with a planned meeting with the large group of 40 plus former players who last year made their statement during the world-wide #BlackLivesMatter protests in sport." Another key mandate from the CSA interim board is for the ombud to investigate how women can be brought into the cricket mainstream at all levels as soon as possible and at how CSA can work with different levels of government and the NGO and private sectors to create access in future for young people from communities historically excluded from opportunity. The process will reach its conclusion with the holding of a CSA National Transformation Conference to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cricket South Africa, followed by the presentation of Advocate Ntsebeza’s report to the CSA board in August. "This is not only significant for cricket, but for the entire nation," said CSA interim board chairperson Dr Stavros Nicolaou. "Advocate Ntsebeza is an outstanding South African and we trust this will be a national project, which helps those who have been hurt due to discrimination feel that they have been heard in cricket. What this means to all of us, to those affected, is that CSA is heading in the right direction. It is not enough just to talk, action is required, and I think this is a step in that direction." Rihan Richards, president of the members' council, added his fulsome support, saying he was glad the details of the process announced last year had been finalised. Advocate Ntsebeza will be managing an independent complaints system that will look at the healing, restoration and uniting process of cricket players, fans, and the nation, starting with the former players. "CSA is committed to a new path anchored on transformation and the SJN project. We owe it to the former players, coaches and administrators and the general public to act decisively. We need to ensure the ills that may have been inflicted on them are not extended to the next generation," he said. "My first task is to engage with the former players, coaches and administrators, who last year provided heart-rending revelations about their personal experiences of racial discrimination in cricket since unity. They have indeed done the game a service in speaking out the way they did. "This is no time for PR messaging; we have to be accountable and implement realistic and sustainable measures," he concluded.
Reports of national shutdown is 'rumour-mongering' - Mashatile - eNCA
ANC Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile says ANC members are disciplined and will follow the guidelines of the party's constitution.
"If anybody goes and plans a shutdown, it will be ill-discipline," says Mashatile. "The processes that are in place are now unfolding in a way we think it's fair," he says. LIVESTREAM: ANC commemorates Solomon Mahlangu Some ANC members believe the step-aside rule is targeting the party's Secretary-General Ace Magashule, who is facing fraud and money laundering charges.
South Africa got lucky with its taxes: CEO - BusinessTech
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) published its preliminary revenue outcome for 2020/2021, reporting that it managed to exceed revised budgets for tax collections.
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) published its preliminary revenue outcome for 2020/2021, reporting that it managed to exceed revised budgets for tax collections. However, a closer analysis of the data shows that this good news is likely more due to luck than good policy interventions, says Business Leadership South Africa chief executive Busi Mavuso. Mavuso said that the R1.25 trillion collection figure for the year is still R106 billion less than the R1.35 trillion collected last year (-7.8%) and R175.4 billion less than the R1.42 billion that had been budgeted for the year in February 2020 (-12.3%). The good news is that it was a far better outcome than the R300 billion collapse in revenue that had been expected at the time of the emergency budget last year, she said. The surprise positives were driven by higher provisional tax payments and royalties collections from mining companies on the back of a weaker rand and high prices for iron ore, platinum group metals and gold. Provisional income tax by the mining sector was 57% higher than the year before. But the much larger finance sector saw a 15.3% reduction in income tax payments as profits collapsed. Manufacturing also fell 16% and community social and personal services fell 28.7%. “The mining sector therefore saved us from a much worse outcome,” Mavuso said, noting that South Africa would be much better placed if it had appropriate policies in place to take advantage of the mining sector and other industries. “Imagine if the 5,000 mining rights applications awaiting approval at the department of mineral resources and energy had been processed on time. “Imagine if long-outstanding revisions to mining legislation and the mining charter had been finalised. The mining sector would have been much bigger than it is and the collections therefore even bigger.” Looking forward When looking at specific government interventions, Mavuso said that there is evidence of major blows to tax collection. “Excise duties were substantially constrained by the alcohol and tobacco bans, with R14.6 billion (-31%) less in collections compared to a year ago. “The biggest fall (-46%) was in cigarettes, even though several studies showed that cigarette consumption did not fall much during the ban as smokers just switched to illicit economy supply chains.” “The figures go to prove the point I have made often: we need to get companies in South Africa working better.” To achieve this, Mavuso said that businesses require a conducive environment reducing red tape and making it easier to operate. If companies find it faster and simpler to navigate government bureaucracy, they can become more responsive to opportunities, investing and growing the economy, boosting the taxes they pay as a result, she said. The list of things to be done is long but starts with some relatively easy interventions, she said. These are:
- Make it easier for companies to generate their own electricity and resolve the chronic energy insecurity that currently bedevils operations. “Let them create plants up to 50MW without a licence.”
- Make it easier to hire skilled foreigners to replace those lost to the skills exodus. “The reality is that many companies cant find the people they need to operate the expanded capacity they could be creating, so they dont invest.”
- Get the auctions of spectrum done so that network providers can invest in expanding capacity and increasing broadband availability in the economy.