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UCT Libraries will be closed for Women's Day on the 9th of August 2017. The Hlanganani 24/7 study space will be available for use during this time.
Please note that on Saturdays access to Government Publications is through Special Collections in the J.W. Jagger Library on University Avenue.
"South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and is also commemorated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day.
This year's theme is: Persons with disabilities : Equal participants in shaping a sustainable future."
The Draft Conservation Agriculture Policy has been published in Government Gazette no. 41432 for public comment. "This policy addresses the urgent need to adapt conventional farming systems which are compromising agricultural production and resulting in alarming natural resource degradation. This degradation is threatening food security, basic human rights and ultimately, national security. In addition, a lack of coherence in legislation within the agricultural production and rural development policy environment, is evident. This strengthens the argument for a CA policy."
A media briefing statement was issued on 9 February on the outcomes of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team meeting on Drought and Water Scarcity held on 30 January 2018. "The cases of all the affected areas are clearly an indication of the need for a national coordinated approach and response to this unfolding challenge. This will have to take into account the national drought forecast and indicators which point to the fact that summer rainfall areas have also not sufficiently recovered from the drought situation which started in 2014."
The Public Protector has released the Report on an investigation into complaints of maladministration against the Free State Department of Agriculture in respect on non-adherence to Treasury prescripts and lack of financial control in the administration of the Vrede Integrated Dairy Project. The Public Protector found that the department could not provide documents, policies or measures to demonstrate that proper financial control and risk management of the project had been in place. She could find no evidence or indication that the Accounting Officer invoked the provisions of the agreement in respect of the control over the Project and this raised a serious concern."
"The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department has released the Water Outlook 2018 Report. The summary contains details on the current water system status including the latest water system figures, recent water consumption trends, as well as the key risks to maintaining water levels."
The Department of Basic Education has published the Rural Education Draft Policy in the Government Gazette for comments. "This policy proposes rural education provisioning that capitalises on resources available in rural communities. The provision of quality education in rural schools requires not only targeted fiscal, but also civic agency, with the OBE working in collaboration with rural communities to mobilise resources (including socio- cultural, agricultural and natural resources, as well as indigenous knowledge systems.)"
Access to Government Publications on Saturday mornings is through Special Collections in the J. W. Jagger Reading Room on University Avenue.
"The National Treasury and SARS jointly publish tax statistics annually. These aggregated statistics are compiled from SARS’s registers of taxpayers and from tax returns. These statistics complement other published social and economic data." The 2017 Tax statistics publication has been released. "The 2017 edition of the Tax Statistics publication provides an overview of tax revenue collections and tax return information for the 2013 to 2016 tax years as well as the 2012/13 to 2016/17 fiscal years. This 10th edition also provides a snapshot of the key trends of the past decade and is accompanied by a companion volume of detailed tables on revenue collection and data pertaining to all the major tax types for the years 2007/08 to 2016/17."
The final National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) 2016-2026 has been published. It is the second NTSS for South Africa. "The first National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) for South Africa was published in 2011 as a ten-year Strategy, with targets from 2010 to 2020. It has recently been the subject of a review to determine what adjustments, if any, need to be made given the changing domestic and international environment and in light of lessons learned from the implementation process. The review has taken into account the emergence of important trends in global markets, as well as South Africa’s competitive strengths and weaknesses. An essential part of the exercise was an assessment of the potential and the identification of pathways for the South African tourism economy to play an enhanced role in the growth of the overall economy. The process has culminated in a second iteration of the NTSS."
The Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency has published the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency Catchment Management Strategy for comment. "This Catchment Management Strategy (CMS) has been developed taking into consideration the previous draft CMS for the then Breede-Overberg Catchment Management Agency (BOCMA), the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BGCMA) Annual Performance Plan and all other relevant studies that were used to inform the situation assessment and sub-strategies relating to reconciliation, water resource protection, water use regulation, monitoring and information management, financial aspects and importantly stakeholder engagement.
The Breede-Gouritz Water Management Area (BGWMA) falls into the category of being water stressed. The need for a Catchment Management Strategy to guide the management of water resources in the WMA, is therefore critical."