Daily Archives: July 14, 2017

SOUTH AFRICA OPEN FOR BUSINESS: MINISTER DLODLO

PRETORIA, July 14 (NNN-SAnews) — – Despite a slowing global economy, and the recent downgrade, South Africa remains one of the most promising emerging markets especially for those who are risk averse.

We can boast that we are Africa’s most sophisticated and diverse economy. Offering a unique combination of highly developed first-world economic infrastructure with a vibrant emerging market economy and a young population, ripe for skills development and training, said Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.

The Minister was speaking at an annual Rainbow Push Coalition Convention in Chicago on Wednesday that seeks to promote education and economic justice around the world.

The Minister told the delegates that there are many reasons why global partners should invest in South Africa.

She said the country has sound economic policies; government has created a favourable legal and business environment, adding that it boasts a world-class infrastructure including a modern transport network, sophisticated telecommunications and superb tourism facilities.

The cost of doing business in South Africa is significantly lower and the country has industrial capability and cutting-edge technology coupled with global competitiveness.

We offer access to markets with our position at the southern tip of the continent. At the tip of the continent, we truly are a gateway to Africa. Our position allows easy access to the other markets of sub-Saharan Africa.

Our trade reform and strategic alliances means that South Africa has trading relationships with more than 200 countries and territories,Dlodlo said.

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) also provides a one-stop-shop for investors, offering a variety of services to those interested in conducting business in South Africa � ranging from details on how to do business in the country to the different forms that businesses can take.

In addition to these South Africa has a thriving tourism sector.

Our hospitality is world renowned, with eight UN World Heritage sites. Our cultural diversity is unparalleled. We invite you to South Africa whether for business or for leisure.

The Minister went on to market the African continent, saying Africa is changing and the world too has amended its outdated and myopic view of the continent.

She said the continent now has unlimited potential and a renewed hope for a better future.

Through Agenda 2063 we aim to drive social, economic and political rejuvenation on the continent. It envisions that in 50 years Africa will be a world leader, setting the standard for inclusive economic development, democratic governance and a just social order.

Dlodlo also received a Leadership and Humanitarian Award from civil rights leader and social justice activist Reverend Jesse Jackson Snr. This was for her outstanding public service to fight poverty in South Africa, which she said was a huge honour.

Founded by Reverent Jesse Jackson Sr in 1996, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change.

Their mission is to protect, defend, and gain civil rights by levelling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Three escaped Kruger lions killed

Pretoria � The three escaped Kruger National Park (KNP) lions have been shot dead.

A farm owner in Mara Valley shot one lion and wounded another after the lions killed his cattle.

Abe Sibiya, the Head of Biodiversity at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA), said a decision had to be taken to kill the other lions.

Unfortunately after all efforts were made and the risk of having a wounded lion roaming around, a decision had to be taken to destroy them, said Sibiya.

Sibiya said the MTPA and SANParks team worked under extremely challenging terrain during the operation, which made darting a difficult option.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Police investigate Umzimkhulu shooting

Police have urged anyone with information regarding the shooting incident involving ward councillors in Umzimkhulu Municipality in southern KwaZulu-Natal to come forward.Three councillors were attacked and shot in Ibisi on Thursday evening. They were r…

Map of the Day: Where You Can Find a Toilet

Where to find the nearest toilet is a matter of convenience in some of the world. But for millions of people it is a matter of profound consequence to their health and well being. A just-released report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization offers new data on the availability of sanitation services around the world and the prevalence of the dangerous practice of open defecation; that is, not even using a rudimentary toilet.

Water and sanitation are inextricably linked and the report finds that 2.1 billion people do not have safe drinking water at home, including 263 million people who have to spend over 30 minutes per trip collecting water from sources outside the home, and 159 million who still drink untreated water from surface water sources, such as streams or lakes.

On sanitation, the number of people in need of better toilets is exceedingly high. From the report.

Of the 4.5 billion people who do not have safely managed sanitation, 2.3 billion still do not have basic sanitation services. This includes 600 million people who share a toilet or latrine with other households, and 892 million people � mostly in rural areas � who defecate in the open. Due to population growth, open defecation is increasing in sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania.

Lack of access to proper toilets leads to all sorts of health problems, including contaminated drinking water. Every year 361 000 children under 5 years die due to diarrhea linked to poor sanitation and contaminated water. It is a major killer of children around the world.

The Sustainable Development Goals call for universal access to safe drinking water and suitable sanitation services�and an end to open defecation� by 2030. This new report shows that humanity still has far to go to make those goals a reality around the world.

Source: UN Dispatch