Daily Archives: June 9, 2017

XCMG achève un projet de caves à eau en Éthiopie, fournissant de ...

BAHER DAR, Éthiopie, le 9 juin 2017 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG a organisé une cérémonie d’achèvement à Amhara, en Éthiopie, pour célébrer la construction réussie de 41 caves à eau, qui fourniront un accès à de l’eau potable et à de l’eau d’irrigation à plus de 4 000 personnes.

Au cours des 11 derniers mois, les ingénieurs chinois ont uni leurs efforts avec les acteurs locaux afin de construire 41 caves à eau pratiques dans cinq villages de la région d’Oromia, dont l’une a été établie dans une école primaire afin d’aider plus de 300 élèves et professeurs.

En partenariat avec la Fondation chinoise pour la réduction de la pauvreté (CFPA, pour China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation), XCMG a investi 750 000 yuan (110 355 USD) des 1,85 million de yuan (268 743 USD) de la BlueDream Foundation afin d’apporter des solutions aux graves problèmes de sécheresse rencontrés en Éthiopie. Ce projet fait partie de la campagne mondiale de bien-être public de XCMG intitulée « For a Better Life » (Pour une vie meilleure), qui comprend 14 projets ciblés.

Anils Awon, directeur de l’irrigation auprès du ministère éthiopien de l’Agriculture et des ressources naturelles, a salué l’achèvement réussi du projet, et a exprimé sa reconnaissance pour cette aide opportune de la part de la CFPA et de XCMG.

« L’Éthiopie a accompli de grands progrès en matière d’infrastructures, d’éducation, et de culture depuis l’établissement des partenariats stratégiques avec la Chine. Ce qui est touchant c’est que de plus en plus de sociétés chinoises telles que XCMG endossent des responsabilités sociales en Éthiopie. Nous apprécions également le fait que des organisations chinoises comme la CFPA jouent un rôle influent en faveur du développement social de l’Éthiopie. »

Abebayehu Tarekchen fait partie des Éthiopiens qui bénéficieront de l’achèvement d’une cave à eau ce mois-ci. Il fallait autrefois à Tarekchen quatre heures de voyage en chameau pour aller chercher de l’eau dans une communauté voisine, où il dépensait chaque année 1 800 birrs (500 yuan, 73 USD) pour acheter de l’eau pendant la saison sèche. L’eau insalubre engendre également des risques de diarrhée et de dysenterie, plus particulièrement pour les enfants. Il a désormais plus de temps pour travailler à la ferme, tout en étant en mesure d’offrir un avenir meilleur à sa famille.

« Il s’agit de notre premier projet mondial de bien-être public aux côtés de la CFPA ; notre objectif consiste à apporter une contribution continue aux populations qui ont besoin d’assistance, et de transmettre de l’amour et de la chaleur humaine aux individus du monde entier, » a déclaré Wang Min, président de XCMG.

À propos de XCMG :

XCMG est une société multinationale qui fabrique de la machinerie lourde, et qui possède une expérience de 74 ans. Elle se positionne actuellement à la neuvième place dans le secteur mondial des machines de construction. La société exporte ses produits dans plus de 177 pays et régions à travers le monde.

Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur : www.xcmg.com, ou consultez les pages de XCMG sur FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn et Instagram.

XCMG Completes Water Cellar Project in Ethiopia, Bringing Clean Water ...

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia, June 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG has held a completion ceremony in Amhara, Ethiopia to celebrate the successful construction of 41 water cellars that will provide access to clean drinking and irrigation water for 4,000 people.

Over the past 11 months, Chinese engineers have joined hands with locals to build 41 practical water cellars in five villages in Oromia region, one of which is set in a primary school to help more than 300 students and faculty.

In partnership with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), XCMG invested 750,000 yuan (US$110,355) from the 1.85 million yuan (US$ 268,743) BlueDream Foundation to provide solutions to Ethiopia’s severe drought problems. The project is part of XCMG’s “For A Better Life” global public welfare campaign that is comprised of 14 targeted projects.

Anils Awon, director of irrigation for the Ethiopia Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, congratulated the successful completion of the project and expressed gratitude for the timely help from CFPA and XCMG.

“Ethiopia has made great progress in infrastructure, education and culture since strategic partnerships with China were established. What’s touching is that more and more Chinese companies like XCMG are shouldering social responsibilities in Ethiopia. We also appreciate that Chinese organizations like CFPA are playing influential roles in Ethiopia’s social development.”

Abebayehu Tarekchen is an Ethiopian who will benefit from a water cellar completed this month. Tarekchen used to travel four hours every day by camel to carry water from a nearby community and spend 1,800 birrs (500 yuan, US$73) annually to buy water during the dry season. The unclean water also poses risks of diarrhea and dysentery, especially for children. Now he has more time to work on the farm and can provide a better future for his family.

“This is our first international public welfare project with CFPA; our goal is to provide continuous contributions to those in need of help and to pass love and warmth to people around the world,” said Wang Min, Chairman of XCMG.

About XCMG:

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks ninth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 177 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Gauteng rescue teams on standby to assist with relief efforts in ...

Gauteng urban search and rescue teams on standby and ready to assist with relief efforts in Western Cape

The Gauteng Provincial Government has learnt with sadness the devastation that has been visited on the people of Knysna and Greater Cape Town through fires and floods.

"Our hearts go out to the many people affected by the devastating storms and floods that wreaked havoc in parts of the Western Cape over the past few days", MEC Mashatile said.

Many lives have been lost with property destroyed and hundreds of people left destitute as a result of these natural disasters.

The persistent bad weather conditions have left firefighters battling to either contain or extinguish the raging fires and this has led to scores of people to flee their homes.

"We stand in solidarity with our people in the Western Cape. Hence, the Gauteng USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) technicians are placed on standby for possible deployment to the Western Cape if needed", Mashatile added.

Urban Search and Rescue is a specialised emergency services' field that deals with the location, extrication, and initial medical stabilisation of victims. USAR teams conduct search and rescue operations in collapsed structures and provide emergency medical care to trapped victims.

Source: Government of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICAN INTERIOR DEPT TRYING TO MINIMISE IMPACT OF STRIKE BY ...

PRETORIA, South Africa's Home Affairs (Interior) Department is doing everything in its power to avert disruptions to service delivery during the looming strike called by its staff, says its director-general, Mkhuseli Apleni.

The department has been served with a notice to strike on Monday, June 19, by the unions representing employees at the department. Apleni said Thursday that if the strike were to take place, it would affect the mandatory services which the department provides to citizens.

Addressing the media here, Apleni said while the department was seeking a solution to end the stalemate with employees, the status quo regarding working hours remains.

Officials are expected to comply with the current opening and closing hours, including service provision on Saturday. Our people have no alternative for Home Affairs services. Therefore, there is a need for us to find a speedy and amicable solution, ensuring we become even more relevant, accessible and responsive to the needs of the people, Apleni said.

On Tuesday, the department and the unions sat for conciliation at the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC), in line with the Constitutional Court's directive that the dispute be referred for conciliation.

The department has been engaged in a protracted dispute with the Public Servants Association (PSA), the National Health Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) on the issue of implementing new opening and closing hours.

The unions objected to having their members working on Saturdays, which, according to them, mean that the staff would effectively be required to work for six days a week, as opposed to five days.

Apleni said the proposal the department tabled at conciliation that officials be granted a day off on Wednesdays for every Saturday worked, was intended to cure the challenge of limited personnel.

We are not in a financial position to consider and accede to the demand for overtime pay. Thus, we presented the alternative settlement proposal for officials to receive a day off on Wednesdays, so that they do not work for six days a week, and remain within (the weekly limit of) 40 hours, he said.

Apleni said if all else fails to avert the strike, the department reserves the right to act responsibly, in the interest of citizens.

The needs and aspirations of citizens define our very existence as public servants. They deserve better. We shall not intimidate anyone and have not, in this entire process, intimidated anyone, as alleged by unions. Neither will we be found wanting on labour rights and protection of all officials, those who are unionised and those who are not unionised, with all their rights and choices protected, as per the laws of our democratic country, Apleni said.

According to Apleni, Saturday work was implemented since 2004. Between 2004 and 2010, the department paid overtime, which was not sustainable. From 2010 to 2014, a day-off was granted for Saturday work, with officials allowed to take a day-off on any day of the week.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Minister Lynne Brown addresses Saldanha Bay Youth Summit, 12 Jun

The Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, will address a Youth Summit in Saldanha Bay on Monday (12 June 2017).

The summit is aimed at youth who want to go into and are already in business in the Saldanha Bay region.

Source: Government of South Africa

Over 250 000 TVET certificates ready for collection

Pretoria - The Department of Higher Education and Training says over 250 000 National Certificate Vocational NC (V) for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges have been administered and cleared by UmalusI.

Department spokesperson Madikwe Mabotha said the department has been working tirelessly in collaboration with college management, the State Information and Technology Authority (SITA) and the quality assurer Umalusi in a massive mop up project to clear outstanding NC (V) certificates for TVET colleges going as far back as 2007.

Since last year, the department has managed to process and release large volumes of pending NC (V) certificates on a weekly basis to colleges. So far over 250 000 certificates have been administered and cleared by Umalusi, said Mabotha.

Furthermore, Mabotha said, all the November 2016 TVET college examination results have been certified in accordance with national policy requirements for the issuing of certificates within three months of the publication of results.

These exclude additional certificates that are still pending due to procedural irregularities such as data capturing errors and authentication of identity numbers and other personal information.

All the backlog and current certificates have since been dispatched and distributed to individual TVET colleges. Students are advised to approach their colleges to verify the availability of their certificates and, if not available to immediately lodge queries with college management.

Colleges are expected to immediately report queries on certificates directly to the department for further investigation, where after affected students will be notified by their respective colleges on the outcome of their queries, Mabotha said.

Meanwhile, Mabotha said that the department has made substantial progress in a parallel project initiated to accelerate the issuing of outstanding National Diplomas, and it is expected that all applications received up until 31 March 2017 will be finalised no later than the end of July 2017.

Source: South African Government News Agency

SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER ADMITS SHE FAILED TO DECLARE BENEFIT OF PAID ...

PRETORIA, South African Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has admitted that she failed to declare to Parliament that she undertook a trip to Dubai in 2015 paid for by a private party.

Her admission follows media reports of leaked e-mails involving the Gupta family revealing that one of Diodlo's luxury shopping trips wa arranged by the Gupta-owned Sahara Computers while she was Public Service Deputy Minister.

This led to the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party requesting Parliament's Ethics and Members Interest Committee to investigate her for failure to declare her benefits to the Registrar of Members' Interests.

Dlodlo said she would subject herself to the Ethics Committee, which has confirmed her non-declaration during a media briefing in Parliament.

She said: "It's true I did not declare that benefit of accommodation but the accommodation did not go with all other things that are alleged. But anyway I will deal with that as well when I get to the Ethics Committee.

"Safe to say that I would like people to judge me on my work, people to judge me on the way I conduct myself and when there is wrongdoing, I admit to wrongdoing, and I will stand by whatever disciplinary action is taken against me if such needs to happen."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Syria: UNICEF warns 40,000 children in the line of fire in Raqqa

An estimated 40,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in Raqqa as fighting intensifies in and around the Syrian city, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning that many are caught in the crossfire.

Heavy violence in the city of Raqqa is threatening the lives of children, said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa Region, in a statement, which noted that at least 25 children were reportedly killed and scores injured in the city.

He explained that hospitals and schools have reportedly come under attack and that those attempting to flee are at danger of getting killed or injured. He emphasized that children are being deprived of the most basic and life-saving necessities and that little aid have reached Raqqa since 2013 due to violence and access restrictions.

He added that the conflict has resulted in massive displacements in and around the city, with some 80,000 children from Raqqa city now internally displaced and living in temporary shelters and camps.

UNICEF called on all parties to protect children inside Raqqa, provide safe passage to those wishing to leave the city and grant a protected environment to civilians who fled the city.

Vaccine-derived polio virus detected in children

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a vaccine-derived polio virus has been detected recently in two children in Syria, who have been paralyzed as a result.

Speaking at the regular briefing in Geneva, WHO spokesperson Oliver Rosenbauer said a third child was also detected with the virus, but has not been paralyzed.

He said these strains of polio detected in these children are rare but can arrive. The area affected is Deir-Ez-Zor Governorate in eastern Syria, which in 2013-2014 had been affected by a wild polio outbreak.

WHO is preparing an outbreak response to stop the virus' spread.

In New York, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, told reporters that UN humanitarian workers are alarmed that no UN convoys have moved to besieged and hard-to-reach locations in Syria in over two weeks, with the last such convoy on 22 May.

He said that the UN continues its concern for the safety and well-being of some 4,000 people who have reportedly fled from the Tel Safuk area and surrounding villages along the Iraqi border to Markada town in Al-Hasakeh Governorate, due to ongoing fighting in the area.

Also, as fighting advances into Raqqa City, we have reports that over 95,000 people have already fled the city. We remind all parties to the fighting of their obligations to protect civilians under international humanitarian law, he said.

Source: UN News Centre