Cabinet has urged South African parents to teach their children to reject racism and embrace diversity as part of the country’s drive to promote nation-building and social cohesion.

Minister in The Presidency Mondli Gungubele addressed a post-Cabinet briefing this week and said Cabinet strongly condemned the recent incidents of racism reported at two Western Cape educational institutions.

Gungubele says the incidents, at the University of Stellenbosch and the Good Hope Seminary High School, have no place in an independent and democratic South Africa.

Watch Gungubele’s full address here.

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Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has announced that the City has started fast-tracking social housing projects to provide urgent much-need housing opportunities to Mother City residents.

As part of this drive up to 6,500 social housing units are being built which would soon be made available in central Cape Town, the Voortrekker Road Corridor, and Pine Road and Dillion Lane in Woodstock.

Hill-Lewis says these different housing developments are in various stages of completion.

Read Hill-Lewis’ complete statement here.

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In an effort to ramp up its inspections, the Department of Employment and Labour’s inspectors will visit 839,000 workplaces over the next five years.

Minister Thulas Nxesi, delivering his department’s 2022/2023 budget this week, said these inspections play an important role in promoting a culture of equality and fair treatment in workplaces.

The Minister says enhancing social security for South African employees is one of his biggest priorities.

Read more on this initiative here.

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Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says several audits and other anti-corruption initiatives have been launched to recover funds stolen from State coffers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nxesi delivered his Department’s 2022/2023 budget vote this week and said corruption in state entities should be fought at all costs.

The Minister says Departmental officials, working with auditors and law-enforcement agencies, are hard at work to recover these stolen monies.

Nxesi says a lot of progress had been made in this regard.

Read more on the Minister’s budget speech here.

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Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says he has written to Minister Fikile Mbalula asking that a Working Committee be set up to spearhead and manage the rail devolution process.

Hill-Lewis says the task team would be comprised of officials from the City of Cape Town, the Department of Transport, and PRASA.

The Mayor says the Committee would be tasked with setting in action the details of the rail devolution process, which was outlined in the National Rail Policy White Paper gazetted by Mbalula in April this year.

Read Hill-Lewis’ complete statement here.

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