He said the need for the cancer treatment comes as a result of Mpumalanga patients finding themselves forced to travel long distance to Gauteng in order to be treated at the Steve Biko academic hospital in Tshwane.
“The launch will mark the beginning of the end of suffering to the majority of cancer patients who used to travel long distance to Steve Biko academic hospital in Gauteng, which is more than 300km away to get oncology services,” said Malamulele in a statement.
Mtshweni-Tsipane and Manzini are expected to arrive at the hospital at 9 in the morning to officially open the cancer center.
She says the cellphones can assist the kids to communicate with others of their age across the world.
Deputy minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya is not one of those who believe pupils should begin owning cellphones once they are in matric or have finished their Grade 12.
She wants ownership of cellphones to begin at secondary school levels to encourage the kids to have access to the broader communication system and “be patriotic South Africans”.
She addressed Grade11 and 12 learners at the Bongisimbi Comprehensive School in the eMalahleni township of Ackerville on Saturday midday.
Her department said the deputy minister had been at the school to have a little chat with the pupils to “emphasize the importance of active citizenship with a focus on how young people can support their communities”.
“The conversation on PlayYourPart.co.za seeks to identify innovative solutions and opportunities, big or small, for the community,” the department said.
Siwela on Saturday urged the kids to not use their cellphones for wrong reasons, like sharing nudes or porn, in contravention of the laws governing video broadcasts.
“You must use your phone to google things that will get you to pass, like googling information and getting knowledge and communicating with others across the world,” said Siwela while on stage at the Ackerville high school.
“You will find that one-day you are having a boyfriend or girlfriend and when you break up he or she distributes wrong pictures or videos and that’s not what you should use your phone for,” said the deputy minister.
She asked the school principal to arrange officials from the Film Board to come teach the kids about how “circulating nudes is a punishable crime”.
She said cellphones will assist the kids because “when the world advances you are able to talk with a young person from Kenya, Ghana and so on,” she said.
Also eMalahleni mayor Linah Malatjie attended the event as did the Youth Economic Alliance. The event is part of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part outreach programme, and was themed “Turn Your Ideas into Currencies”.
The Youth Economic Alliance is a non-proﬁt company that was established to drive the development and advancement of youth entrepreneurship.
Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has announced the department of traditional affairs is currently working on what is called a ‘Rural Development Chapter’ that will focus much attention on people living in rural areas for serious empowerment.
The Premier said the Chapter will be inserted into the Intergrated Development Plan (IPD) of municipalities and will work to allocate funds to communities in areas of traditional leadership.
She addressed the official opening of the 5th Mpumalanga house of traditional leaders at the legislature Wednesday 31 July 2019, speaking rural development.
“These communities also deserve to be uplifted equally in line with the Bill of Rights enshrined in Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic,” she said.
She said government should avoid a situation where “the loudest voices in municipal councils determine what type of development must be prioritised for the communities in the rural areas”.
She said such programmes should be given thorough consultations and proper planning with the involvement of Amakhosi.
The Mpumalanga house of traditional leaders is led by Inkhosi Sandile Ngomane as chairman, elected in 2017 and succeeding Kgoshi Lameck Mokoena.
“We must ensure that the development of our communities is premised upon proper
consultation and dedicated planning,” the Premier said, adding the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs is putting the Rural Development Chapter in the IDPs during the current term of office so that it starts working in next term beginning in 2021.
“Chairperson, the question of land ownership lies at the centre of our liberation struggle. Our struggle for freedom was informed by, among others, the need to expedite the restitution of land,” she said.
She urged traditional leaders to work closely with their municipalities in order to
determine and agree on the land use spatial programme that was approved by government and now needs implementation.
“Such cooperation,” Mtshweni-Tsipane said, “will reduce tensions and avoid unplanned human settlements that becomes a burden to municipalities when it comes toplanning for basic service delivery.
“We further appeal to our traditional leaders not to use arable land for human settlements because this has a potential of discouraging new agricultural investments in their areas and bears the risk of adversely impacting our food security,” she said.
She said special attentions will be paid to areas like eMalahleni, Secunda, Middelburg and Bushbuckridge.
Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has promised her government will construct 100 000 houses in the next 5 years of her term.
She said areas like eMalahleni, Secunda, Delmas, Middelburg, Mbombela, Lydenburg, Nkomazi and Bushbuckridge will soon be gazetted as Priority Housing Development Areas.
She delivered the State of the Province Address on Friday 5 Jul 2019.
Mtshweni-Tsipane said it was government’s plans to “break the legacy of the apartheid spatialpatterns” before 2030.
She said her government in the province will therefore ensure that settlements are built closer to work – unlike in the Apartheid times when these black people’s homes were far away from economic opportunities or business central districts.
She said this though depends on “the success” or the effectiveness of “Inter-Governmental and Inter-Departmental Relations which is central in ensuring properly coordinated planning, improved spatial, social and economic integration in new developments”.
“New human settlements initiatives will focus on up-scaling the upgrade of all informal settlements that are within the targeted towns,” she said.
She added the government was committed to dealing with challenges of social infrastructure, amongst them issues of water shortages, sewer spillages, unsafe pit-toilets and poor road infrastructure.
“We have listened to the concerns our people raised and we are taking them very seriously,” said Mtshweni-Tsipane.