Monthly Archives: June 2016

TshWi-Fi scores international award

The City of Tshwane has received international recognition at the World Wi-Fi Day Awards for Most Innovative City or Government Program to bridge the Digital Divide.

The award was bestowed during a ceremony in England at the Wireless Global Congress, currently being held in Liverpool. The awards celebrate the success stories across the world that are connecting the unconnected and contributing to global socio-economic development.

An award in this category recognises cities, governments and organisations that develop local and national plans to bridge the digital divide. Shortlisted projects must evidence the successful implementation of comprehensive Wi-Fi solutions, which innovatively overcome the challenges and complexities associated with these large-scale projects.

The Tshwane Free Wi-Fi (knowns as TshWi-Fi) has brought 1.8 million citizens in the Capital City online in the biggest deployment of municipal Free Wi-Fi on the African continent. The roll out has been made possible through the city's collaborative partnership with Project Isizwe. Together, Tshwane and the South African NGO have built relationships and developed innovative and feasible financial and technical solutions to make the roll out possible.

The City of Tshwane, with Project Isizwe as the implementing partner, was shortlisted in this category alongside Intersection and Liquid Telecom -- two internationally recognised providers in the deployment of Wi-Fi.

"Our free Wi-Fi project has radically undermined the adverse effects of unaffordable internet access by narrowing the hitherto glaring digital divide.

"We will continue to be a shining example of what it means to employ the use of technology to lead the way towards a South Africa that is democratic, inclusive, united and prosperous - ours will be the global Cyber Capital," said Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

"An award in this category showcases the need for relationship building and partnership with local government in the provision of Free Wi-Fi for South African citizens. Just like electricity and water, internet is a human right which we are working closely with municipalities to enable," said Project Isizwe CEO Zahir Khan.

Project Isizwe was also shortlisted in the category: Best Wi-Fi Deployment to Connect the Unconnected in Rural Environment for the organisation's Limpopo project. The prize in this category was awarded to Liquid Telecom for their Free Wi-Fi project in Nakuru County, Kenya.

Source: Government Communication and information System

SOUTH AFRICAN INVITAED TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES FOR HIGHEST NATIONAL ...

South Africans have been invited to nominate candidates from all walks of life who they believe deserve to receive the country's highest awards, the National Orders.

The next National Orders awards investiture ceremony will take place in April 2017, honouring South Africans and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed to the achievement of a free, united, non-racial, democratic, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa in various ways.

Also to be honoured will be citizens who have sacrificed life and limb to save others and those who have excelled in various fields.

The ceremony contributes towards unity, reconciliation and nation building and the Grand Patron of the National Orders, the South African president, has invited the nominations before the Aug 31, 2016 deadline.

The six orders which are bestowed are:

* The Order of Mendi for Bravery which recognizes South African citizens who have performed acts of bravery;

* The Order of Ikhamanga which recognizes South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport;

* The Order of the Baobab which recognizes South African citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation;

* The Order of Luthuli which recognizes South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict:

* The Order of Mapungubwe which recognizes South Africans who have excelled and attained exceptional achievement to the benefit of South Africa and beyond; and

* The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo which recognizes eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa. It is therefore an Order of peace, co-operation and active expression of solidarity and support.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

200 POLITICAL PARTIES TO CONTEST SOUTH AFRICA’S LOCAL GOVT ...

Two hundred parties and 61,014 candidates will contest the 2016 South African local government elections on Aug 3, the Electoral Commission announced here Wednesday.

The compilation and certification of lists of wards candidates contesting the elections was finalised and certified on June 27, Electoral Commissioner Glen Mashinini told the media at Centurion, near here.

As part of the verification of compliance process, 8,350 candidates were disqualified because of non-submission of documentation, non-payment of deposit and not being registered voters in the municipality in which they wanted to contest.

However, Mashinini noted that the final numbers of political parties and candidates was subject to minor amendments, because of two issues.

"The first relates to 73 payments which the Electoral Commission received on time but could not link to a party or candidate as the payment did not contain the correct deposit reference number," he added.

"The second issue relates to any court challenge of disqualification by parties or candidates. The Electoral Commission is aware of at least one party which has approached the Electoral Court to overturn its disqualification for non-payment of deposit."

There are a total of 4,649 unique ballot papers for the 2016 elections, including 4,392 ward ballot papers, 205 local council proportional representation ballot papers, eight metropolitan council proportional representation ballot papers and 44 district council ballot papers.

"Voters in metros will complete two ballot papers and voters in all other municipalities will complete three ballot papers. The Electoral Commission plans to print approximately 80 million copies of ballot papers to ensure sufficient ballots for all voters," Mashinini explained.

Approximately 60 per cent of the candidates contesting the elections are male and 40 per cent are female. However, Mashinini noted that the gender parity is more closely achieved in proportional representation lists where the gender ration is 52 men to 48 women.

Limpopo Province has the highest number of women candidates (43 per cent), followed by Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces, both 42 per cent and Free State Province with 41 per cent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Ithubalami: rehabilitation path to new beginnings

A documentary entitled Ithubalami: My rehabilitation path to new beginnings, which documents the offender rehabilitation programme, was launched on Wednesday evening.

The documentary, which was produced in partnership with the Department of Communications, Department of State Enterprises and stakeholders from the private sector, mainly focuses on youth in conflict with the law and further showcases the Department of Correctional Services' offender rehabilitation programme.

Speaking at the launch, Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams called on communities to give the inmates a second chance.

"As government alone, we cannot make it, we need all the help we can get," she said.

This was after the documentary was played to the guests who attended the launch.

Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams, who was wearing an outfit designed by inmates, appealed to communities to make use of services offered by the inmates.

Ithubalami further addresses social issues such as poverty, crime and unemployment amongst offender communities released on parole.

Additionally, the documentary examines the interventions put in place to increase the chances of employment and reintegration of released offenders.

SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng told the quests that he was impressed with the documentary.

He gave the documentary his full support, saying the public broadcaster will give its full support to the documentary including financial support.

"South Africa has talent, we want that to be exposed. We as the SABC, it is our duty that you succeed," he said.

One of the cast members, Andires Maphosa, who was sentenced to 16 years for armed robbery, told the audiences that he is now a new man.

"I committed a crime, I got arrested and now found my purpose while in prison," he said.

Maphosa encouraged those still in prison to not lose hope and to take the courses in prison seriously as they will depend on these skills upon their release.

"There is a second chance in life, don't lose hope," he said.

Another cast member, Tshepo Seakamela, still serving his sentence, was arrested when he was 19 and now he is 36, told the audience that he used his time in prison studying.

To date, he has completed a Diploma in Theology, Certificate in Business Management and he is currently a Communications student.

"The biggest crime that one can commit is reoffending," he said.

Seakamela thanked the Correctional Services' officials who have been supportive in ensuring that he succeeds.

The documentary also reflects the South African correctional system that has been transformed from prisons to corrections, where human rights and dignity are recognised and valued.

Through in-depth discussions with various role players, Ithubalami brings to the fore the thrust of offender rehabilitation and showcases correctional centres as places of new beginnings where education and skills development are the cornerstone of Corrections.

Source: Government Communication and information System

Government condemns incidents of looting during protests

Government has strongly condemned the recent incidents of looting and destruction of property that have been reported over the past weeks in areas that have been affected by protests across the country.

This follows the latest riots and looting that took place in Diepsloot on Tuesday night, where a police officer was killed, two others disarmed, an ambulance damaged and a fire department vehicle stoned.

The protests were reportedly as a result of the community not having power and water for the past three days.

Acting Director-General of Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko, said: "Government wishes to reiterate that although people have the right to protest, they should do so within the confines of the law and without infringing on the rights of others.

"Those found to be committing acts of criminality will be dealt with decisively by law enforcement agencies.

"As we approach the local government elections we also call upon the public to support government and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in ensuring the safety of citizens as well as free and fair elections.

"We cannot accept wrongdoing in communities in the guise of service delivery protest and will do all in our power to ensure the stability and security of citizens".

Members of communities are urged to report acts of criminality to the Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Source: Government Communication and information System

Grahamstown comes alive with arts

The university town of Grahamstown will once again play host to the National Arts Festival.

This spectacular is one of the biggest highlights on South Africa's cultural calendar. Over 50 000 people flock to Grahamstown each year for the festival, which is organised by the Grahamstown Foundation. For over a week, revellers are spoilt for choice with a range of productions in arts, music, theatre, dance and crafts.

This year, the festival will take place from 30 June to 10 July at various locations around Grahamstown.

This year is extra special though as South Africa commemorated 40 years since the landmark June 16 student uprising in Soweto.

Speaking at the media launch of the National Arts Festival, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said arts remain important because the National Development Plan advocates that "arts and culture open powerful spaces for debate about where a society finds itself and where it is going".

"Promoted effectively, the creative and cultural industries can contribute substantially to small business development, job creation and urban development and renewal," she said.

In its 42 years of existence, the National Arts Festival continues to attract more audiences both locally and internationally. The festival has a large and diverse programme, featuring all arts disciplines over an 11 day period.

In both its diversity and scale, the National Arts Festival is the only of its kind in the country and it seeks to unleash the economic potential of the arts sector towards job creation, nation building and social cohesion.

The Department of Arts and Culture supports a number of flagship projects and festivals in every province of the country. It provides funding for 22 national and regional festivals and over 80 other cultural events.

The Department of Arts and Culture has signed a three-year agreement with the National Arts Festival organisers and committed R17 million.

Mzansi Golden Economy

The National Arts Festival is one of many annual festivals supported through the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy across the country, which includes both small and large scale festivals such as Mangaung Cultural Festival (MACUFE) in Free State; Cape Town International Jazz Festival; Diamonds and Dorings Festival in the Northern Cape; Marula Festival in Limpopo and Buyela'khaya Festival in Easter Cape, among others.

Through the Mzansi Golden Economy Open Call process, the department is establishing a Debut Fund to create opportunities for young artists to publish their first book, produce their first play, cut their first album or host their first exhibition.

Source: Government Communication and information System

Rendeavour agrandit le développement de la Lekki Free Trade Zone

Le PPP avec le gouvernement étatique de Lagos développera un complexe urbain de 1000 hectares

LAGOS, Nigéria, 29 juin 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rendeavour et le gouvernement étatique de Lagos (Lagos State Government), représenté par Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited, ont annoncé une expansion de 1000 hectares du projet de développement urbain de Rendeavour dans la Lekki Free Trade Zone (Zone de libre-échange de Lekki) afin d’offrir plus d’espace de développement d’un plan directeur d’aménagement et à usage mixte pour les entreprises et les résidents.

La relocalisation et l’agrandissement du développement dans le quadrant nord-ouest, qui est situé à côté de la voie express de Lekki-Epe et le projet de l’aéroport international, intervient un an après l’accord de Rendeavour de développer un site de 250 hectares dans la Lekki Free Trade Zone.

« En augmentant la taille du site, nous démontrons notre engagement de développements urbains à long terme bien organisés pour Lagos et ses habitants », a déclaré Stephen Jennings, le fondateur et le PDG de Rendeavour, le plus grand promoteur immobilier urbain d’Afrique. « Le gouvernement étatique de Lagos a créé un climat d’affaires propice dans lequel des promoteurs internationaux tels que Rendeavour peuvent attirer des investissements supplémentaires dans les secteurs industriels, commerciaux, résidentiels et logistiques ».

Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, l’honorable commissaire du ministère du Commerce, de l’Industrie et des Coopératives qui parlait au nom de l’État de Lagos, a déclaré : « La combinaison de l’expérience éprouvée de Rendeavour dans la réalisation de plusieurs projets de développement urbain à grande échelle à travers l’Afrique et de leur travail sérieux dans l’engagement communautaire s’aligne complètement avec les objectifs de l’État de Lagos de collaborer avec des partenaires clés dans le développement de la Lekki Free Trade Zone ».

La Lekki Free Trade Zone a stimulé des investissements majeurs dans l’État de Lagos et au Nigéria. Dangote Industries et des sociétés nigérianes et internationales diverses construisent des installations à grande échelle qui stimulent davantage la croissance de la Lekki Free Trade Zone. La construction du port en eau profonde au sud de la zone est déjà bien avancée et le projet du nouvel aéroport international à côté de la zone de libre-échange permettra d’offrir un point d’entrée alternatif majeur dans le pays.

« L’expansion du développement de la Lekki Free Trade Zone de Rendeavour double effectivement nos investissements au Nigéria », a déclaré Rotimi Oyekanmi, le président de Rendeavour West Africa (Afrique de l’Ouest). « Le gouvernement étatique de Lagos et Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited ont montré une grande compréhension de notre travail. Nous sommes ravis de faire partie de la transformation commune de la péninsule de Lekki ».

À propos de Rendeavour ( www.rendeavour.com )
Rendeavour est le plus grand promoteur immobilier urbain d’Afrique avec plus de 12 000 hectares (30 000 acres) consacrés à des projets visionnaires pour la croissance des villes majeures du Kenya, du Ghana, du Nigéria, de la Zambie et de la République Démocratique du Congo. La vision de Rendeavour n’est pas simplement d’alléger une problématique basique, qu’est celle de la congestion urbaine extrême et du manque drastique de bâtiments de qualité pour l’habitation ou à usage commercial en Afrique. Au lieu de cela, nous visons à stimuler la création d’infrastructures (espaces de vie et de travail, espaces communautaires, écoles et hôpitaux) qui permettront de pérenniser et d’accélérer la croissance économique en Afrique, de répondre aux aspirations de la classe moyenne africaine naissante et de catalyser de futurs développements urbains.

À propos de la Lekki Free Trade Zone
La Lekki Free Trade Zone est un projet 16 500 hectares situé au sud-ouest de Lagos qui a été initié par le gouvernement étatique de Lagos par le biais de Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited. La Lekki Free Trade Zone est une installation à multiples usages avec des zones désignées pour le pétrole et le gaz, l’industrie, la fabrication, les affaires et la finance, la détente et le résidentiel. Le plan directeur d’utilisation du terrain divise la zone de la Lekki Free Trade Zone en quatre quadrants majeurs dotés de leur propre thème. Le site est conçu pour développer une zone de croissance économique, attirer des investissements étrangers, promouvoir l’exportation, créer des emplois et établir un havre économique international à guichet unique.

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Téléphone : + 234 807 992 935
+ 234 809 000 065

Rendeavour extends Lekki Free Trade Zone development

PPP with Lagos State Government will develop 1,000-hectare urban development

LAGOS, Nigeria, June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rendeavour and Lagos State Government, represented by Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited, have announced an expansion of Rendeavour’s urban development project in the Lekki Free Trade Zone to 1,000 hectares, providing more development area for a mixed-use and master planned solution for businesses and residents.

The development’s relocation and expansion to the North West quadrant, adjacent to the Lekki-Epe expressway and proposed international airport, comes one year after Rendeavour’s agreement to develop a 250-hectare site at Lekki Free Trade Zone.

“By increasing the site size, we are demonstrating our long-term commitment to well-planned urban developments for Lagos and its residents,” said Stephen Jennings, Founder and CEO of Rendeavour, Africa’s largest urban land developer. “Lagos State Government has created a conducive business climate to which international developers like Rendeavour can attract additional investment in the residential, commercial, logistics and industrial sectors.”

Speaking on behalf of Lagos State, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives Prince Rotimi Ogunleye said: “Rendeavour’s proven track record in delivering multiple large-scale urban development projects across Africa, combined with their solid work in community engagement, fully aligns with the goals of Lagos State to work with key partners in developing the Lekki Free Trade Zone.”

Lekki Free Trade Zone has stimulated major investment into Lagos State and Nigeria. Dangote Industries and other Nigerian and international companies are building large-scale facilities that further boost growth in the Lekki Free Trade Zone. The construction of the deep-sea port to the south of the zone is well under way, whilst the proposed new international airport close to the free trade zone is poised to offer a major alternative point of entry into the country.

“The expansion of Rendeavour’s Lekki Free Trade Zone development effectively doubles our investment in Nigeria,” said Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chairman of Rendeavour West Africa. “Lagos State Government and Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited have shown great understanding of our work, and we are excited to be part of the transformation of the Lekki peninsula together.”

About Rendeavour (www.rendeavour.com)
Rendeavour is Africa’s largest urban land developer with over 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres) of visionary projects in the growth trajectories of large cities in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo. Rendeavour’s vision goes beyond alleviating what is a self-evident problem – that of stifling urban congestion and a dearth of quality housing and commercial property in Africa. Rather, we aim to help create the infrastructure – the living and working spaces, communities, schools and hospitals – that will help sustain and accelerate Africa’s economic growth, meet the aspirations of Africa’s burgeoning middle classes, and serve as a catalyst for further urban development.

About the Lekki Free Trade Zone
The Lekki Free Trade Zone is a 16,500-hectare project southwest of Lagos, initiated by Lagos State Government through Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited. The Lekki Free Trade Zone is a multi-use facility with designated zones for oil and gas, industry, manufacturing, business & financial, commercial, recreation and residential. The land use master plan for the Lekki Free Trade Zone divides the area into four main quadrants, each with its own theme. The zone is designed to develop an economic growth zone, attract foreign investments, promote export, create job opportunities, and establish a one-stop global business haven.

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Tim Beighton
Email: tbeighton@rendeavour.com
Phone: +234 8070 992 935
+234 8094 000 065