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"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 International Fund for Agricultural Development's Rural development report 2016 : fostering inclusive rural transformation "focuses on inclusive rural transformation as a central element of the global efforts to eliminate poverty and hunger, and build inclusive and sustainable societies for all. It analyses global, regional and national pathways of rural transformation, and suggests four categories into which most countries and regions fall, each with distinct objectives for rural development strategies to promote inclusive rural transformation: to adapt, to amplify, to accelerate, and a combination of them."
'Youth Day commemorates the Soweto youth uprising of 16 June 1976. 2017 theme: “The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment”'
The Guidelines for the licensing of residential and day care facilities for people with mental and/or intellectual disabilities have been published by the Department of Health for comment. "Previously, licensing procedures have been determined by Provinces, based on their interpretation of relevant legislation. This guideline serves to provide norms and standards for the licensing and monitoring of licenses issued to residential and day care facilities and/or services for mental health care users."
The purpose of the National Framework for Marine Spatial Planning in South Africa "is to provide the framework for Marine Spatial Planning in South Africa’s ocean space. It provides high-level direction for undertaking Marine Spatial Planning in the context of the South African legislation and policies as well as existing planning regimes. It describes the process for the preparation of Marine Area plans and their implementation, in order to ensure consistency in Marine Spatial Planning across the South African ocean space."
The Guideline : development and structure of a disaster management plan "developed in terms of Section 19(a) of the DMA and section 3.6 of the National Disaster Management Framework, 2005 (NDMF) provides a uniform structure5 and checklist to organs of state to prepare a DMP. ... this guideline provides concept guidance to organs of state to progressively develop a compliant DMP in line with the phased approach put forward by the NDMF."
The Guideline : minimum infrastructural requirements for disaster management centres, "developed in terms of paragraph 1.5 of the National Disaster Management Framework, 2005 (NDMF) read with paragraph 220.127.116.11, sets out the minimum physical infrastructure requirements of a DMC, a satellite DMC and disaster related support Centres. This guideline provides guidance on the minimum physical infrastructure requirements for a DMC to effectively implement its legislated mandate."
The "Policy on White Shark Cage Diving (“WSCD”) is intended to provide guidance to the processing and decision making on permit allocations for WSCD operating permits. This policy must be read with the WSCD Regulations. The aim of this policy is to outline objectives and criteria for the permit allocation process which will guide the evaluation and allocation of permits in the WSCD industry."
The Policy on boat-based whale and dolphin watching "(“BBWW”) intends to guide the process and decision making for the second permit allocation process for boat-based whale and dolphin watching permits. The policy must be read with the BBWW regulations. Objectives and criteria as set out in this policy will guide the evaluation and allocation of permits in the boatbased whale watching industry to ensure that all eco-tourism related activities related to whales and dolphins are sustainable and effectively managed."
"The United Nations designated 5 June as World Environment Day (WED) to deepen public awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment. That date recalls the opening day of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm, 1972), which led to the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)." The theme for 2017 is Connecting People to Nature.
"The South African Human Rights Commission recognises that people with disabilities can make up a significant portion of South Africa’s productive workforce – if barriers preventing them from actively participating in employment are identified and removed. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has worked with a small team of dedicated employers and research specialists to develop this quick reference resource guide, Disability toolkit : a quick reference guide & monitoring framework for employers, to assist employers to harness the potential of their diverse workforces and to equip employers with the knowledge and tools to make South Africa’s workplaces more accessible, more inclusive and more productive for people with disabilities."
The National Defence Industry Council has published a draft Defence industry strategy. "This defence industry strategy is based on the defence industry policy and strategy guidelines set out in the 2015 Defence Review, and is intended to serve as the framework for sustaining and further developing the defence industry. It will be supported by the Implementation Master Plan, which will detail the steps and mechanisms for implementing the defence industry strategy."