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RUSTENBURG PUBLIC HEARINGS ON TRADITIONAL AND KHOI SAN LEADERSHIP ...

Rustenburg residents will tomorrow (Monday, 23 January 2017) have an opportunity to make inputs on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill, during the public hearings that will be held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre from 10:00.

The Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is conducting the second phase of the public hearings on this draft legislation. The Committee will be visiting North West, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, from 23 January to 03 February 2017.

The Committee will also use this phase to revisit Kimberley in North Cape and Vredenburg in the Western Cape to reconvene the hearings that were supposed to have been held last year during the first phase.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

World Reaction to Trump Inauguration Mixed

WASHINGTON � Hundreds of thousands of people at the National Mall in Washington looked on Friday as Donald Trump became the 45th U.S. president, and a far larger audience around the country and throughout the world witnessed the event through live broadcasts. VOA reporters talked to people around the globe who said they are looking at the transition of American power with a mix of admiration and apprehension.

Russia

In Moscow, a Russian Army-brand clothing store flashed Trump's image on an electronic billboard and offered discounts to American citizens. On the streets, reactions were mixed.

We hope that relations between our Russia and America will improve, that they'll find a common language in relation to Syria, that they will find a common language to get rid of what is going on there, said Lidiya Voronova, a retiree.

A young editor at a newspaper who gave his name only as Sergey said Trump is quite a controversial president in the history of the United States, but I hope he will gain the trust of Americans.

Trump's inaugural address signaled a new America first policy for the country:

For many decades, we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; we've defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own, he declared at the U.S. Capitol.

Mexico

That attitude has unnerved some in Mexico, where the respected weekly magazine Proceso warns, The war is coming.

Jose Luis Lopez Aguirre, a media expert at the Pan American University in Mexico City, says Trump's use of Twitter and other social media to proclaim his views has widened divisions in America.

He [Trump] is creating a community that is very adept at his aggressive, confrontational speech that tries to polarize American society, Aguirre said, adding, Because not everything he says is true.

His university colleague, communication specialist Maria Lopez Gutierrez, has a different point of view: I think that this possible threat of Trump has been greatly exaggerated. We should be waiting, we are dedicated to communication, to give reality and not just the show.

West Africa

In West Africa, VOA spoke with residents of both Nigeria and Niger, who for the most part seemed encouraged by the new administration.

Muhammad Uba Musa of Maiduguri, Nigeria, said, Americans have so much to write about Barack Obama's administration. We are praying for him [and] also praying for President Donald Trump to succeed in his government.

Alhaji Bello Musa of Birnin Konni in Niger also was hopeful: Despite President Trump's heated campaign in the past year our prayers to him are that he should try to unify the world. We also hope he'll help Third World nations reach their potential.

Umma Issaka of the same region in Niger was more cautious: Donald Trump's statement [that he may] ban Muslims from entering the country, is our major problem. ... Most importantly, one cannot distinguish between Muslims and Christians; the relationship between the two has a long history, which has been since the era of the prophets. He should be very careful with his words as a leader of a great nation.

Afghanistan

In Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, Abdul Hadi Arez, a retired attorney, says he believes that Trump will face some grave challenges in foreign policy. Over the past 30 years, Afghanistan has been torn apart in a regional proxy war, he said, and this trend has become even more pronounced recently, Because we see Russia, China and Iran interfering in Afghanistan against the U.S.

Emran Khan, a student in Kabul, is concerned that with the arrival of the new president, Afghanistan will lose the aid we receive. He hopes the United States will not shift away from efforts to eliminate the Taliban, because U.S. commitment is necessary for our security.

South Korea

We have been hearing about [Trump's] America First' policies since his campaign, and his extreme attitude makes us worry about what the future holds, said Choi Seowoo, 22, who works at a finance company in Seoul.

However, I am hopeful � or at least I want to believe � that rather than simply abandoning the traditional U.S.-South Korea alliance, President Trump will open a new chapter in the alliance by making it into a more modern relationship that fits the ever-volatile global society and politics.

North Korea

A 50-year-old North Korean defector who lives in Chicago, and asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, told VOA he hopes Trump revitalizes the nation's economy, so that people here can have a better life.

And along with strengthening U.S. national security to protect Americans, the defector added, he should increase pressure on Pyongyang by slapping tougher sanctions against North Korea.

Another defector, 50-year-old Kim Chang Ho of Los Angeles, said, There are scores of North Korean defectors who have arrived here through third countries, and they do not have legal status. ... I wish the U.S. would give them a chance to settle here permanently.

Other nations

The inauguration attracted people of many different nationalities to Washington, both visitors and those who now live here permanently.

Nem Chhoeung is a Cambodian who lives in Clayton, Georgia. He told VOA he is very happy because in our country we rarely see this kind of event. He felt honored and privileged to be in the U.S. capital to watch the transition from one U.S. president to another.

Sen Son, a Buddhist monk who now lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia, shared the same joyous feeling of witnessing history.

For me, as a Buddhist monk living in this country, I am happy to be participating in this event. This does not mean that I support [Trump], but I am enjoying this inauguration.

Yehuda Glick, a visiting Jewish rabbi who also is a member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, told VOA he strongly hopes and prays � that's what I'm here for, to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the United States.

Source: Voice of America

Huit personnes arrêtées en Guinée pour la vente illégale de ...

Le Bureau de l’inspecteur général de l’USAID agit pour arrêter le vol de marchandises financées par les États-Unis

CONAKRY, Guinée, le 20 janvier 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cette semaine, une enquête du Bureau de l’inspecteur général (OIG) de l’Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international (USAID) a poussé les autorités locales de Guinée à arrêter huit individus pour la vente illégale de médicaments antipaludiques. Les arrestations interviennent après des semaines d’enquêtes communes menées par l’OIG et la gendarmerie nationale guinéenne pour obtenir des éléments de preuve de vol, de détournement de médicaments et de revente de marchandises antipaludiques financées par le gouvernement américain.

L’OIG a ouvert son enquête en s’appuyant sur des rapports du personnel du gouvernement américain indiquant que des marchandises financées par l’USAID, généralement mises à disposition gratuitement, étaient vendues illégalement dans des marchés publics de Conakry. Les mesures de répression criminelle de cette semaine ont impliqué près de 100 agents de police locaux qui sont intervenus pour appréhender des individus répartis dans cinq marchés séparés, avec le soutien logistique de l’OIG. L’enquête est en cours.

Le gouvernement américain lutte contre le paludisme par le biais de l’Initiative présidentielle de lutte contre le paludisme (PMI) qui est axée sur 19 pays en Afrique, y compris en Guinée. Le paludisme est endémique en Guinée et provoque plus de décès que n’importe quelle autre maladie. Le financement de la PMI dans le pays a dépassé les 72 millions de dollars depuis l’exercice 2011 et s’est élevé à 15 millions de dollars pour le seul exercice 2016. D’autres fonds américains soutiennent les programmes antipaludiques sous l’égide du Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme.

« Chaque dollar dépensé dans l’aide extérieure des États-Unis est primordial et le vol, le détournement de médicaments et la revente de médicaments vitaux signifient qu’ils n’iront pas aux Guinéens qui en ont le plus besoin », a déclaré l’inspectrice générale de l’USAID, Ann Calvaresi Barr. « La fraude en tous genres est inacceptable, mais réaliser illégalement des profits à partir des programmes de santé est particulièrement monstrueux. Nous poursuivrons ces affaires sans relâche et demandons à quiconque disposant d’informations concernant le vol de ces marchandises, en Guinée ou ailleurs, de contacter immédiatement notre bureau. »

En Guinée, l’OIG continue à rechercher des informations spécifiques sur la logistique, les méthodes opérationnelles et les procédures utilisées dans le vol de marchandises antipaludiques financées par le gouvernement américain et par les fournisseurs de médicaments contrefaits.

Toute personne disposant d’informations concernant ces activités est invitée à contacter l’OIG :

L’OIG mène des enquêtes et audits indépendants pour rendre les programmes d’aide extérieure américains plus efficients, efficaces et responsables. Les informations signalées à l’OIG sont traitées en toute confidentialité et l’OIG protège l’identité de chaque personne fournissant des informations, dans les limites prévues par la loi.

Récemment, l’OIG a intensifié son combat contre la fraude, le gaspillage et les abus dans les programmes antipaludiques soutenus par les États-Unis en Afrique. Ses campagnes « Make A Difference » (MAD -Changer les choses) au Malawi, au Bénin et au Nigeria demandent publiquement aux citoyens de s’opposer au vol et à la contrefaçon de marchandises antipaludiques et de reconnaître les dangers qu’elles représentent.  Les lignes d’assistance spéciales MAD Malaria dans ces pays offrent des récompenses monétaires pour toute information concernant des abus dans les programmes antipaludiques Quiconque disposant d’informations doit contacter l’OIG :

Malawi
Appelez le 800 00 847 (appel gratuit)

Nigeria
Appelez le 8099937319 (appel gratuit depuis le réseau mobile Etisalat)

Bénin
Appelez le 81000100 pour être connecté via un opérateur au 855-484-1033 (appel gratuit)

Monde
Adresse électronique : madmalariahotline@usaid.gov

Global Leaders Launch Council to Help End Malaria

Bill Gates and Ray Chambers convene ‘End Malaria Council’ to drive attention and funding to wipe out the disease for good

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria, today announced the launch of the End Malaria Council, a group of influential public and private sector leaders who aim to ensure malaria eradication remains a top global priority.

“The next chapter of the fight against malaria starts now,” said Gates, who co-authored a report with Chambers in 2015 called Aspiration to Action: What will it take to end malaria? “For the first time in history, we have a roadmap to a world without malaria – where no one has to die from a mosquito bite ever again. With renewed focus, innovation and new commitments of leadership and funding, we can be the generation to end malaria once and for all.”

The launch of the End Malaria Council comes just a month after the release of the World Health Organization’s 2016 World Malaria Report, which showed remarkable progress in reducing cases and deaths from malaria since 2000, but also underscored the urgent need for global leadership, new funding and innovation to stay on track to meet targets.

Members of the End Malaria Council will work in collaboration with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and other key partners to help countries and regions achieve their malaria control and elimination goals. Members of this unique group will use their voices and networks to support the work already underway by malaria field workers, scientists and experts by focusing on three areas: building political will, mobilizing resources and supporting the development of new tools to find, prevent and treat malaria.

The Council has nine founding members, a group of whom met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland to discuss strategies for filling critical financing gaps in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The End Malaria Council will grow to represent all of the key malaria-endemic regions. Inaugural members include:

  • Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ray Chambers, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria
  • Peter Chernin, Founder, Chernin Entertainment and The Chernin Group
  • Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive, Dangote Group
  • H.E. Idriss Déby, President, Republic of Chad (representing the African Leaders Malaria Alliance)
  • H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, Former President, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Graça Machel, Founder, Foundation for Community Development, Mozambique
  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
  • H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia

Thanks to strong leadership, smart investments and the hard work of the public and private sectors, the world has cut malaria deaths in half since 2000, saving more than 6 million lives from the disease. Malaria-related deaths are at an all-time low, especially among children under five in sub-Saharan Africa. This can be largely attributed to the unprecedented delivery of more than 500 million insecticide-treated bed nets over the last three years, along with significant expansion of diagnosis and treatment.

But malaria preys on the rural poor and the young, still killing a child every two minutes. It stunts productivity, burdens families with health care costs, limits educational achievement and slows overall economic growth.

“We have reached a critical juncture in the malaria fight,” said Chambers. “To end this disease we need a creative approach to financing – one that combines continued support from donor countries with new approaches to expand commitments, particularly from countries affected by malaria.”

Ending malaria is within reach, but the next few years are critical. Success requires maintaining the progress to date, achieving control in endemic countries and accelerating to elimination where possible. Leaders in Africa and Asia have adopted ambitious elimination agendas for their regions, and countries are working hard to achieve the reductions in cases and deaths to meet the bold goals.

“Ending malaria was once an impossible dream,” said H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, who lost a brother to malaria when he was a child and made malaria a key priority while in office. “It is now within our reach. It will take strong leadership and serious financial commitments, but I believe we can make history and end this brutal disease once and for all.”

For more information visit www.endmalariacouncil.org.

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8 Arrested in Guinea for Illicit Sale of Antimalarial Drugs

USAID Office of Inspector General Moves to Stop Theft of U.S.-Funded Commodities

CONAKRY, Guinea, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — This week, an investigation by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Inspector General (OIG) led local authorities in Guinea to arrest 8 individuals for illegally selling drugs to fight malaria. The arrests came after weeks of joint investigative work by OIG and the Guinean National Gendarmerie to secure evidence of theft, diversion, and resale of U.S. Government-funded antimalarial commodities.

OIG opened its investigation based on reports from U.S. Government staff that USAID-funded commodities, typically made available at no cost, were being unlawfully sold in Conakry’s public marketplaces. This week’s law enforcement action involved nearly 100 local police officers who acted to apprehend individuals in five separate marketplaces with OIG providing logistical support.  The investigation is ongoing.

The U.S. Government fights malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), which focuses on 19 countries in Africa, including Guinea. Malaria is endemic in Guinea and causes more deaths there than any other disease.  PMI funding in the country has exceeded $72 million since Fiscal Year 2011 and amounted to $15 million in Fiscal Year 2016 alone. Additional U.S. funding supports malaria programs under the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Making each U.S. foreign assistance dollar count is critical and the theft, diversion, and resale of life-saving drugs means they’re not going to Guineans who need them most,” said USAID Inspector General Ann Calvaresi Barr. “Fraud of any kind is unacceptable, but profiting illicitly from health programs is especially egregious.  We pursue these cases aggressively and ask anyone with information about the theft of these commodities, in Guinea or elsewhere, to contact our office immediately.”

In Guinea, OIG continues to seek specific information on the logistics, operational methods, and procedures used in the theft of U.S. Government-funded antimalarial commodities and by the suppliers of counterfeit medicine.

Any person with knowledge of these activities is urged to contact OIG:

OIG conducts independent investigations and audits to make U.S. foreign assistance programs more efficient, effective, and accountable. Information reported to OIG is treated in confidence and OIG protects the identity of each person providing information to the maximum extent provided by law.

Recently, OIG expanded its fight against fraud, waste, and abuse in U.S.-supported malaria programs throughout Africa. Its “Make A Difference” (MAD) campaigns in Malawi, Benin, and Nigeria publicly call for citizens to oppose theft and counterfeiting of antimalarial commodities and to recognize the dangers they present.  Special MAD Malaria hotlines in these countries offer monetary rewards for information about abuses in malaria programs. Anyone with information should contact OIG:

Malawi
Call 800 00 847 (toll free)

Nigeria
Call 8099937319 (toll free from the Etisalat mobile network)

Benin
Call 81000100 to be connected via operator to 855-484-1033 (toll free)

Worldwide
Email: madmalariahotline@usaid.gov

Minister denies approval of exclusive port of entry

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has denied newspaper reports that he approved the Oppenheimer family's application for them to have their own exclusive port of entry, to be situated at OR Tambo International Airport.

I wish to state categorically that at no stage have I ever approved such application as alleged by the family.

What actually transpired was that indeed a meeting between myself, some of my department's senior management and Mr Nicky Oppenheimer, accompanied by, among others, Mr Robbie Irons, was held on 28 January 2016, at their precinct at OR Tambo International Airport, Minister Gigaba said in a statement on Friday.

According to the Minister, the purpose of the meeting was to afford the family an opportunity to present its proposal to him to consider it after having consulted with all affected stakeholders.

Minister Gigaba said he has never shied away from engaging with various stakeholders, on any particular matter, as it is the responsibility of public servants within measure to be accessible to a variety of stakeholders.

I have noted from the newspaper article as well as the court application that the family produced a document (single page, not signed by anyone) which purports to be minutes of the meeting in which I allegedly approved their proposal.

Of significance is the fact that these so-called minutes were not adopted as is normal or standard process in formal meetings which process would have accorded authenticity to such minutes. I therefore, have the right to dispute the contents of such a document, Minister Gigaba said.

He said the family's request would not satisfy the test of rationality. He also considered the application exclusionary.

Furthermore, my view is that it is an improper use of public power to seek to privilege a private concern without an adequate benefit at large.

He said if he were to accede to the family's request, he would probably be acting unconstitutionally and in breach of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002.

Extensive reasons and further response to the family's accusations will be outlined elaborately in my answering affidavits to both the court application launched by the family to review my decision.

The matter is a subject of litigation, on which the courts should be afforded the opportunity as well as the decorum to decide, said Minister Gigaba.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane embarks on Back to School campaign in ...

nternational Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Friday, 20 January 2016, embark on a Back-to-School campaign in the Winterveldt. Government has identified education and skills development among its apex priorities, and the support of schools and learners, particularly those in rural and underprivileged communities, is of utmost importance.

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane will speak to parents, teachers and learners to offer them encouragement and donate several necessities.

Source: Government of South Africa

INAUGURAL UN WORLD DATA FORUM DRAFTS GLOBAL PLAN OF ACTION

The inaugural United Nations World Data Forum held here this week has drawn up a Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data for better data to improve people's lives, and new ideas and solutions to boost collaboration, resources and policies needed to put it into action.

The Global Action Plan, which will be adopted by countries at the UN Statistical Commission to be held in March this year, was prepared with inputs from the global statistical community and data experts from a wider range of stakeholders at the forum which ended on Wednesday.

The UN World Data Forum is the perfect place to launch the Action Plan and get all the major players behind it, UN Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo told a media conferencehere Thursday.

"To implement the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and build a better future for people everywhere, it is essential to have accurate, reliable, timely and disaggregated data."

The plan, which sets out a global vision and a to do list for better data, calls for a commitment by governments, policy leaders and the international community to undertake key actions in six strategic areas, including innovation and modernisation of national statistical systems, dissemination of data on sustainable development, building partnerships and mobilising resources.

Currently there are large data gaps that hinder policy makers from making informed decisions and more than 100 countries do not keep accurate birth and death records, and only 41 per cent of countries regularly produce data on violence against women.

The unprecedented scope of the UN 2030 Agenda, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has magnified the challenge to track progress and inform policies.

We cannot achieve what we cannot measure, said Pali Lehohla, South Africa's Statistician-General and head of Statistics South Africa.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK