New information minister pledges to improve working conditions

JUBA, 14 August 2013 (NASS) – Hon Michael Makuei Lueth, the new minister for Information and Broadcasting has pledged to work hand in hand with staff at the ministry to improve the working conditions.

He also promised to explore possibilities of better compensation for staff working under risky conditions such television and radio technicians who are exposed to electromagnetic radioactivity.

The new minister made these pledges yesterday when he visited the South Sudan Radio premises currently under construction at Bulluk and the transmission station at Gumbo.


Hon Makuei being received by top officers at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

He also promised to work on plans to increase the manpower with qualified cadre to deliver quality services across the ten states of South Sudan. He said the plan for recruitment of the new staff would be executed once the ongoing construction projects of South Sudan Radio and Television are completed.

Hon Makuei also acknowledged the good work of his predecessors including the late Dr Samson Kwaje, Gabriel Changson Chang, Paul Mayom and Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin. He commended their efforts to develop media in South Sudan. He said he will work to ensure the establishment of a public broadcaster in the country.

Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)

“China has a strong position to influence relations with Sudan”, Chinese Special Envoy

JUBA, 14th August 2013 (NASS) – Owing to its influence on the oil industry in Sudan and South Sudan, China has a steady and strong position in repairing the relations between the two countries and facilitating progress towards lasting peace and prosperity, a Chinese diplomat has said.


The Chinese Special Representative for African Affairs Zhong Jianghua said his government is engaging the two governments in efforts to normalize cooperation and realize amiable neighbourly relations.


Dr. Benjamin chats with Mr. Jianghua
[Photo: Ajang Monychol]


The envoy disclosed this on Monday after a congratulatory meeting with the new minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin. 


He urged the government of Sudan to allow the flow of South Sudan’s oil through its oil infrastructure adding that “the two countries heavily need the oil revenues for development”.

Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)

“Embrace teamwork if we are to be achievers”, Gender minister

JUBA, 14 August 2013 (NASS) - The newly appointed national minister of Gender, Child and Social Welfare Hon. Awut Deng Aciul has urged the staff of her ministry to embrace teamwork if they are to record any meaningful success.

“Teamwork is the only way we can be able to achieve what we want for this ministry and the people of South Sudan”, Hon Aciul said on Monday while being officially received at the ministry.


She said the work at the ministry is massive and called for committment and dedication. One of the major tasks of the ministry, she said, is tackling the problem of street children. She said her ministry will have to work with all players and the ten state’s ministries of Social Development ino rder to team up efforts to address the issue.


Hon. Awut Deng Acuil 
[Photo: Simon Matip Akol]


Like many of her fellow ministers, Hon. Aciul was received at the ministry with ululations, dancing and singing. Headed by the Undersecretary Esther Ikere Eluzai, the staff members thanked the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit for appointing Hon Acuil as the Gender minister.

After the meeting, Hon. Aciul visited the Physical Rehabilitation Centre (PRC), Rejaf School for the Blind and the Deaf along Nimule roads as well as the proposed ministry building along Yei road.

Reported by Simon Matiop Akol News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)

“Kiir reshuffled government on people's will”, Toposa women group

JUBA, 13 August 2013 - President Kiir received in his office today a delegation of women group from Toposa Community of Kapoeta South, Kapoeta East and Kapoeta North in Eastern Equatoria State.


The group, which was accompanied by the Easteren Equatoria State Governor Luis Lobong Lojore and the minister of National Security Gen. Obutu Mamur Mete congratulated H.E Kiir for reshuffling his government according to the “will of South Sudan people”.


President Kiir and the Toposa women group. On his right is Gen. Mamur while on the left is  
Governor Lojore
[Photo: Thomas Keneth]

In a press statement, the head of the delegation Ms. Hellen Orasio called on the people of South Sudan to be united behind the President, discard tribal difference and work for peace and development.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth

President Kiir to visit India

Juba 9 August 2013 - President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit is set to visit India late this month on an official invitation by his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee.

India’s special envoy to South Sudan Mr. P. S Raghavan met President Kiir this morning where he delivered the invitation and President Mukherjee’s message of strengthening bilateral relations between his country and the Republic of South Sudan.

South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said President Kiir during the meeting, discussed in a very positive manner issues of bilateral Relations, economic development and capacity building programs.


President Kiir shakes hands with Mr. Raghavan. Looking on is Dr. Benjamin South Sudan's Foreign Affairs minister
[Photo: Garang Thuc]

He said the president on behalf of the people and Government of South Sudan expressed the regrets to Indian Government through the special envoy, for the UNMISS Indian soldiers killed in Jonglei state by the militia groups.

Meanwhile Mr. Raghavan described the relations between India and South Sudan as “traditional and of a very long standing”. He reiterated to President Kiir India’s determination to continue and intensify cooperation with South Sudan.

Reported by Thomas Keneth

Over 60,000 return to Abyei

JUBA, 9 August 2013 - Aid agencies say some sixty thousand (60,000) returnees displaced from Abyei region by the May 2011 Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) invasion have already returned home ahead of the much anticipated referendum exercise scheduled for October this year.

An Abyei return tracking report for June and July this year showed that about 16,000 people have been verified as having returned to Abyei since June 2012. While the verification process did not capture returns in and around Agok in the south of the Abyei area, food partners monthly registration records reportedly suggest that another between 5,000 and 8,000 people have returned and settled in Agok, an areas known to many as Annet.


“Overall, partners estimate that up to 60,000 of the over 100,000 people displaced from Abyei in May 2011 have returned” the United Nation’s weekly bulletin reported. According to the verification report, there are around 3,500 people living in Abyei town.

Aid organizations are said to be responding to the needs of those who have returned to their homes, including by providing communities with seeds, tools and non-food items to "strengthen their resilience".

Although a number of schools in Abyei town have been rehabilitated, school enrollment, education partners say is much lower than anticipated.

Reported by Matata Safi

US $5million earmarked for fighting TB and child mortality rate

JUBA, 6 August 2013 - The Korean Foundation for International Health Care (KFIHC) has earmarked five million (USD$5million), United States Dollars an equivalent of SSP20,000,000 for the fight against Tuberculosis (TB) and infant mortality rate in South Sudan.

The Undersecretary in the ministry of Health Dr. Makor Koryom, revealed this yesterday while signing a memorandum of understanding with the South Korean organization. Dr. Koryom said the three-year project aims at reducing “the already high infant mortality rates” as well as curbing the spread of Tuberculosis in the country.

The funding project, he said will help government to improve the health sector, while on the order hand he said it will open a door of cooperation between the government of the people of South Korea and the Republic of South Sudan.


Dr. Makor and Mr. Sire exchange copies of the signed MOU
[Photo: William Jufur]

Mean while Mr. David Sire, the Secretary General of KFIHC lauded the government, particularly the national ministry of health for its readiness to partner with his organization in improving the health sector in South Sudan.

He assured of his country’s commitment in working with the government of South Sudan to bring what he described as “positive changes” in the health care system in the young country.
Furthermore, he promised his organization’s commitment to continue funding more projects in the coming years.

Reported by William Jufur