I received a memorandum from the African Farmers Association of South Africa who says that the year must be the year of the commercialisation of the black smallholder farmers. Indeed, government will implement a commercialisation support programme for black smallholder farmers. We encourage more women to consider farming. To date, an estimated amount of R2. Furthermore, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Land Bank availed funding of about R million to distressed farmers to manage their credit facilities and support with soft loans.
This is the freedom that heroines of the Struggle such as the late Dora Tamana of Gugulethu, here in Cape Town, fought for. I am pleased to have her son, Mongezi Tamana, as a guest today. They correctly pointed out that accumulated debt and fast rising fees were making it harder and harder for those who come from less-privileged households to enter and stay within the education system until they complete their studies.
At the time of tabling the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, our government announced additional measures aimed at making higher education accessible to more students from working class families. Government has provided funds to ensure that no student whose combined family income is up to R per annum will face fee increases at universities and Technical Vocational Education and Training TVET colleges for The university debt of NSFAS qualifying students for , and academic years has been addressed. In total, government has reprioritised R32 billion within government baselines to support higher education.
We are ensuring that our deserving students can study without fearing that past debts will prevent them from finishing their studies. In the remaining years of this administration, our policies will respond directly to the following concerns that the students have placed firmly on the table:. We will have to look into this matter with the view to raising the threshold on a phased basis in the period ahead. Secondly, the students have pointed out that the full cost of study at some universities is higher than the subsidy that NSFAS provides.
As a result, NSFAS students who study at some universities that charge higher fees end up accumulating debt. Our government-initiated processes are already looking at this issue too. Honourable members and fellow South Africans, students and their parents should understand that the needs for services such as water, sanitation, early childhood development and good public transport also have to be addressed, alongside access to quality higher education and training.
But our commitment to finding sustainable solutions to the funding of the social wage in general, and education, in particular, is unwavering. As the processes that we have set in motion draw to a close, such as the Heher Commission, the Ministerial Task Team, broader engagements with students, university and TVET leadership and civil society, we will find resources to give expression to our policies. I invite all stakeholders to participate in the processes that are underway so that no view is not heard.
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No great idea should be excluded. As soon as the broadest sections of our society agree on what to do, our government will take steps to reprioritise resources to implement it on a phased basis. Let us engage to identify the most pressing needs and allocate our limited resources accordingly. Let us build our self-reliance and move forward in the spirit of unity. The fight against crime is an apex priority. The police will increase visible policing, building on the successful pattern of deployments utilised during the Safer Festive Season Campaign.
They will also utilise certain specialised capabilities, such as the tactical response teams and national intervention units, to assist in addressing problematic high-crime areas. We received a message from Soshanguve last week that crime is rife in Block L and that hijackings and robberies are high.
It is such communities that need to build stronger partnerships with the police to ensure that criminals do not prey on residents. Other measures to fight crime nationally will include the establishment of specialised units, focusing on drug-related crime, taxi violence and firearms and the enhanced utilisation of investigative aids such as forensic leads. The police will also enhance the utilisation of the DNA database in the identification of suspects. We welcome the decline in rhino poaching incidents since October , which is for the first time in a decade.
This arises from intensive joint operations by law-enforcement agencies. One of the strategies of fighting crime is to ensure that those who are released from prison do not commit crime again. The Department of Correctional Services continues to work hard to turn prisons into correctional centres through offering various services. The country has also made good progress in reducing the numbers of children in correctional centres. The promotion of access to justice was given added meaning last year when the High Court Division in Limpopo was opened in November.
The Mpumalanga High Court will be completed during this financial year. The coming into operation of these two high courts means that we have now realised the goal of a high court in every province of the country. The fight against corruption continues. A total of R13 million was recovered in cases where government officials were involved in corruption and other related offences in the past year.
We will continue with our involvement in our mediation efforts, peacekeeping operations, and peace-making initiatives in Lesotho, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Somalia and Libya. Furthermore, trade with our traditional partners in the west remains a significant contributor to our economy.
We will continue to partner with the United States and work together on issues of mutual interest such as the full renewal of African Growth and Opportunity Act. We value our relationship with the PRC. At continental partnership level, the Joint Africa-European Union EU Strategy remains an important long-term framework for continued cooperation.
The Economic Partnership agreement with the EU came into force in September , thus providing new market access opportunities for South African products. The Southern African Customs Union Mercosur Preferential Trade Agreement has also entered into force, providing preferential access to over 1 tariff lines. This is an agreement that promotes South-South trade. Our cooperative partnerships with other regions are bearing fruits. We will implement off take agreements on the export of pulses, mangos and pork to India.
We will continue to pursue the reform of the international system because the current configuration undermines the ability of developing countries to contribute and benefit meaningfully. The expansion of Israeli settlements undermines global efforts aimed at realising the two state solution and the Oslo accord.
We wish to reiterate our support for the Palestinian course. Similarly, we hope that the readmission of Morocco to the African Union should serve as a catalyst to resolve the Western Sahara issue. Let me add that South Africa will use Armed Forces Day on 21 February to mark the centenary commemorations of the tragic sinking of the SS Mendi, which left soldiers dead in The Constitution accords equal rights and dignity to all South Africans. We should use this day to raise awareness and eliminate the discrimination or harm that compatriots with albinism are subjected to in some areas.
Siyagcizelela ukuthi abantu abanebala elimhlophe bangabantu, bafana nabo bonke abantu ezweni. Akuphele ukubahlukumeza. Aziphele nezinkolelo ezingekho ngabo. We also emphasise that people with albinism are also human beings like any other human being.
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Abusive behaviour against them should stop. The myth about albinism should also come to an end. I have the pleasure to introduce Ms Nomasonto Mazibuko, the executive director of the Albinism Society of South Africa, one of my special guests. The sports fraternity tragically lost one of its favourite sons, Joost van der Westhuizen earlier this week.
The music industry has lost popular gospel musicians recently, Sifiso Ncwane and Lundi Tyamara, as well as maskandi musician, Nganeziyamfisa. Skip to main content. I would like to provide a report back on the work done in some of these areas in the past year. Compatriots, The extension of basic services to the people continued in the past year as we pursued a better life for all. We call upon municipalities to support the War on Leaks programme. Compatriots, President Oliver Reginald Tambo was a maths and science teacher.
We are encouraged by recent international test results. This is very encouraging, as we do not want our children to be left behind. Our investment in science and technology is yielding results. All projects are proceeding well. Other than law enforcement, the provision of treatment and prevention services is also critical. Working together we will save our youth from drugs. The NHI will be implemented in a year period in three phases. We are in the midst of the first phase, which is the preparatory phase, which started in The scan establishes conclusively the ubiquity of the breadth of skills movement through education systems.
However, it is very much a work in progress. Many countries do not yet delineate how skills are expected to align with curriculum, nor do they include expectations for how these skills are to develop and mature, in the way they do for traditional subjects.
More detail about the scan is available in Care, Anderson, and Kim The context in which education and, more specifically, curricular change is occurring is both a practical and political consideration for education systems. Accordingly, it is important to understand the attitudes and perceptions of those who populate each of the learning environments.
To explore this issue, qualitative surveys were undertaken in Mexico, South Africa, Kenya, and the Philippines. Common to the countries is the recent extension of mandated years of formal education South Africa and the Philippines or inclusion of a more explicit focus on generic skills beyond the traditional academic ones Mexico, Kenya, and the Philippines.
Teachers and parents are key agents in stimulating the development of a broad range of skills in children. Large-scale education reform is led by the formal education system.
Therefore, the reform tends to be very visible and can be politically challenging. Where it has immediate economic effects, such as when additional years of schooling become compulsory or even where they merely become available, societal response can have political consequences. Where the reform implies a shift away from traditional academic achievement, those who have benefited from the traditional system in the past might push back against the change, again with political consequences. These are the contexts within which the survey of attitudes and values of stakeholders took place in the four countries.
Although a move toward breadth of skills might itself be similar across countries, the individual context of each influences responses to that move. Life is exponentially more complex than it used to be, and thriving in the 21st century requires a wider range of skills than what was regarded as sufficient in the past Dede, ; Kalantzis and Cope, Considering the societal and economic changes taking place globally, education needs to equip young people with the skills and competencies that will help them succeed Ananiadou and Claro, ; Trilling and Fadel, Such skills are not new; however, there is a need for mastery of different kinds of knowledge, ranging from facts to complex analyses.
Critical thinking and problem solving, for example, have been components of human progress throughout history, from the development of early tools, to agricultural advancements, to the invention of vaccines, to land and sea exploration Rotherham and Willingham, , but the extent to which these skills are valued and being made explicit is much greater today. At the same time, teachers and parents themselves are influenced by political and historical factors, cultural and community factors, and the physical environment.
Therefore, to understand how students can be equipped with a broad range of skills beyond the traditional academic type but within the formal education system, the attitudes and perceptions of key stakeholders from the community to the political level need to be explored. Including those stakeholders might open the doors to understanding attitudes and mindsets toward a broad development of skills. Interviewers and focus group facilitators used a series of probes to explore this question. They queried what types of skills should be enhanced through education and what types are necessary for life success.
According to stakeholder group responsibility, associated issues about appropriate strategies for teaching and development of skills were explored.
PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES OF STAKEHOLDERS IN THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
The following country sections are based entirely on the views expressed by study participants. Country context information is provided in order to situate these views. A qualitative research design with a phenomenological strategy of inquiry was employed Creswell, Using this strategy, the study contextualized the broad research question within the daily lives of the various stakeholders e. Reported health, lifestyle and clinical manifestations associated with HIV status in people from rural and urban communities in the Free State Province, South Africa.
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