Monthly Archives: April 2016

“The Coexist Initiative,” Based In Kenya, Receives Fourth Prize At The Intercultural Innovation Award Ceremony

BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Coexist Initiative from Kenya received the 4th prize at this year’s Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) Ceremony for their “Girls Education Promotion Program.”

“Any girl who is able to finish school is a reward to the world,” says Wanjala Wafula, founder and CEO of the Coexist Initiative. “We are grateful that the IIA has acknowledged our efforts to involve men and boys in breaking down the social and cultural impediments to girls’ education.”

The organization has established itself as a pioneer in promoting gender transformation and advancing human rights, by encouraging men and boys to be champions for girls’ education. Rather than narrowly defining or sidelining the role of men in gender equality, the Coexist Initiative engages men, boys and communities to address complex socio-cultural barriers such as customs of male dominance and the traditional roles of women.

The Intercultural Innovation Award, a partnership between UNAOC and the BMW Group, supports grassroots initiatives that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, thereby contributing to peace, cultural diversity and more inclusive societies. Close to 1000 applications were received from more than 120 countries, from which ten awardees were selected across five continents. This underlines the award’s importance and commitment to the worldwide promotion of intercultural diversity and understanding.

The award was presented at a dedicated ceremony on 26 April during the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), chaired by H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, and Mr. Bill McAndrews, Vice President BMW Group Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications

In addition to monetary support, the Coexist Initiative will receive mentoring from UNAOC and BMW Group to help their projects expand and replicate in other contexts. This includes the opportunity to participate in training activities and workshops, as well as to become part of the exclusive “Intercultural Leaders” network. Project support is customized based on the individual and specific needs of award recipients.

In case of enquiries please contact:

Milena Pighi, BMW Group, Spokesperson BMW Group Corporate Social Responsibility
Telephone: +49-89-382-66563, Fax: +49-89-382-24418,

Alessandro Girola, UNAOC, Programming Coordinator
Telephone: +1- 929-274-6217, Fax: +1-929-274-6233,


South Africa: Freedom Park Host Intergenerational Dialogue As Part of Freedom Month, 30 APR

As part of Freedom Month events, Freedom Park will host an Intergenerational Dialogue on the 30 April 2016. It will present a platform where young people will interface directly with freedom stalwarts. The dialogue will endeavour to reaffirm the role of the youth in building a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.

Through this dialogue young people will learn what it took to attain the freedom and how they can confront challenges and nourish the hard won freedom we now enjoy today.

The dialogue will explore and unpack the values of freedom by the leaders throughout the different epochs of the struggle for humanity and freedom. The youth will also be exposed to history, in particular, the role played by heroes and heroines in the struggle for national liberation.

It will provide an opportunity for the youth of all races to talk about their understanding and experience of freedom, encouraging them to air their views on the question of freedom vs race while also providing recommended solutions.

The dialogue will also afford an opportunity for all South Africans to rally together to fight against poverty and xenophobia, taking into account lessons learnt in the recent past where several foreign nationals where attacked in some townships.

Furthermore, the dialogue will strive to provide an opportunity for the youth to look closely at themselves and their role in promoting social cohesion and nation building.

The dialogue also aims to motivate the youth to heighten their passion and patriotism for their country and to inspire them about the need for quality contribution towards a common national vison for the development of the country.

The Intergenerational Dialogue is in-line with the values espoused in the Freedom Charter and the Constitution, which give direction to the achievement of freedoms and transformation of our country into one which is truly shared by its entire people – black and white – a free country which in its fullest sense belongs to all those who live in it, black and white, women and men.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 30 April 2016

Time: 10h00

Venue: Freedom Park, Pretoria

Enquires should be directed to:

Pamela Singh

Tel: 012 336 4032

Cell: 082 303 4551


Naomi Madima

Tel: 012 336 4006

Cell: 060 961 3851


Event Category:

Government activities

Source: South African Government.

Companies Invited to Participate in the Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites companies to participate in the Trade and Investment mission to Ghana and Nigeria. The mission will take place on 8-12 August 2016.

Companies in the sectors of Agriculture and Agro-processing, Built environment professionals, Automotives and Auto-components, Energy (Oil and Gas), Electro-technical, Infrastructure (rail, road and telecoms) as well as Mining and Capital Equipment are encouraged to apply to the department before 8 June 2016.

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mr Mzwandile Masina says the objective of this mission to Nigeria in particular is to build on the commitments made during the recent State Visit by President Jacob Zuma in March 2016.

“The visit to both countries provides an ideal platform for South African companies who would like to export value added products and services and for companies who are looking for investment opportunities in West Africa region,” he adds.

Masina says Ghana and Nigeria are important role players in African economic performance and thus present a long term export potential for South Africa in terms of investments and trade.

Bilateral trade between South Africa and Ghana experienced an upward trend between 2011 and 2015, growing from R3.1 billion to R4.6 billion respectively, while bilateral trade between South Africa and Nigeria has experienced steady growth with total trade increasing from a total of R28.4 billion in 2011 to R46.1 billion in 2015.

Participating companies will be assisted through the dti’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA).

SOURCE: The Department of Trade and Industry


By Joseph Mosia

CAPE TOWN, South African Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says the government has no intention of off-loading State-owned enterprises (SOEs).

Speaking during her department’s Budget vote debate in the National Assembly here Wednesday, Brown said these companies contributed to South Africa’s job creation, infrastructure development and industrialisation.

“We must maintain ownership of these SOEs, given their size and contribution to our economy. This will be done with private sector participation,” she said.

“They are key and strategic assets that we need to keep intact and continue to grow in order to guarantee the future of our children and create viable, sustainable and dependable future employers to reverse the current economic cycle.”

She added that these companies were critical in the quest to meet the country’s developmental goals and to create jobs for South Africans.

Brown outlined some of the achievements these companies had made in cushioning the country during the current tough economic times.

Following serious problems and constant requirements for government bailouts at some SOEs, calls have been growing for the privatisation of certain of the companies, but the government has so far insisted it will hold on to all strategic SOEs.

Brown said these companies were actually doing a lot to contribute to economic growth. As an example, she announced a new development from State armaments manufacturer Denel which could see it become a major player in moving the people of Africa.

However, opposition parties took issue with the Minister and the way she oversees these companies. Denel came in for special criticism as one of the main transgressors.

Members of opposition parties pointed to several incidents, including its joint venture with VR Laser Asia, which is linked to the controversial Gupta family, to help sell the company’s products in Asia.

Democratic Alliances Member of Parliament Natasha Mazzone said: “It has now come to light that Denel did not apply for the conventional arms permit as envisaged by the Act. The deal has not been approved by Minister Brown or the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, as is required by the PFMA. In the absence of Denel’s permanent Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer and company secretary, all three of whom are on suspension, there is a strong suspicion that they were removed to clear the path for this deal.”