Daily podcast – July 22, 2014

22nd July 2014

Daily podcast – July 22, 2014

Rooibos Farm
Photo by: Bloomberg

July 22, 2014
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Motshabi Hoaeane.
Making headlines:
 

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation is expected to focus strongly on NDP implementation through its strategic framework.

Rooibos is protected in the EU trade pact.

And, emaciated children in South Sudan point to a looming famine.

 

The newly proclaimed Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation’s most important priority over the next five years will be to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the National Development Plan (or NDP), said Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe.

Delivering his 2014/15 Budget Vote in Parliament, Radede said the key instrument that would be used to do this was the 2014 to 2019 Medium-Term Strategic Framework (or MTSF). The MTSF identified the important actions required to implement the aspects of the NDP for which government was responsible over the next five years.

The 2014 to 2019 MTSF was much more detailed than the previous MTSFs and incorporated the outcomes-based planning methodology developed during the previous administration.

 

Rooibos tea has secured geographic indicator status in the long-awaited economic partnership agreement between southern African nations and the European Union, said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

"It will be the rooibos tea manufacturers of South Africa which would have ownership of that particular name and that term will be applicable only to products that come from and are approved by the country," he said.

Davies termed the designation significant, given the widespread popularity Rooibos had acquired in Europe in recent years. This comes after the South African Rooibos Council hurriedly managed to stop an attempt by a French company last year to trademark the name, fearing that it could secure exclusive use.

The same trademark protection given to rooibos would also apply to honeybush, another tea grown exclusively in the Cape region, and Karoo lamb – meaning that only products produced in those areas can be marketed under those trade names.

 

A surge in the number of emaciated children arriving at a feeding centre in Leer, a muddy rebel-held town in South Sudan's oil-rich Unity State, is fuelling fears that the world's newest nation is on the brink of famine.

Food stocks are running low across conflict-ravaged northern regions of the country, aid workers say. The onset of the rainy season has also dashed hopes that South Sudan's displaced subsistence farmers would plant enough crops to feed themselves.

The country is the size of France but has hardly any paved roads and the United Nations and humanitarian agencies are struggling to provide aid to remote regions. Even plane deliveries are dwindling as rain soddens dirt roads that act as air strips.

Aid agencies say South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of conflict, could be headed for the worst famine since the 1984 Ethiopian famine.

 

Also making headlines:

Gauteng MEC of Infrastructure Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza is optimistic that the Brics, development bank could be leveraged to roll-out infrastructure projects across the continent.

Wage talks between South African metal and engineering employers and the sector's main union will resume today in an effort to end a strike that is sapping Africa's most advanced economy.

And, a Boko Haram attack causes over 15 000 people to flee area around the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa after a spate of lethal assaults.

 

Also on Polity:

Be sure to read the report by Health Poverty Action on how development aid to Africa serves as a mere smokescreen to cover up illicit financial flows, unfair trade policies and costs of adapting to climate change that drain the continent of its resources.

Also, watch creative parenting expert Nikki Bush discuss child and parent development issues for the Internet generation.

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That’s a roundup of news making headlines today.