Daily Archives: October 11, 2017

CMIG Drawin Launches Its First Prefabricated Construction Project in ...

Prefabricated project improves local conditions with world-leading construction technology

EKURHULENI, South Africa, Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – China Minsheng Drawin Technology Group (CMIG Drawin), a unit of investment conglomerate China Minsheng Investment Group, has launched the John Dude New City project in South Africa’s Gauteng province, marking its initial entry into Africa’s affordable housing market, and the introduction of signature construction technology to the continent to help improving sustainable development of city construction in Africa.

Gauteng local residents tour around at the model houses at commencement ceremony.

CMIG Drawin will build 18,000 affordable homes, public leasing houses and commercial properties, and other public facilities in the John Dude New City, one of the 31 Mega City Projects launched in Gauteng that will improve infrastructure and create jobs for local residents.

The entire project will include properties built using CMIG Drawin’s ‘prefabricated construction’ technology in an area of 1,228 acres with total planned investment of US$ 2.45 billion. Except for a small number of technical management experts, 95% of the staff will be hired locally to provide more employment opportunities in South Africa.

‘We feel extremely honored to be able to participate in South Africa’s project to build more affordable housing,’ Jun Yin, CEO of CMIG Drawin said. ‘This feeds into our mission to build partnerships with BRICS countries, and is an affirmation of CMIG Drawin’s leading technology, which will be adopted in more projects in South Africa and in other overseas markets.’

Prefabricated construction allows standardized building parts to be made on production lines, before being moved to construction sites for assembly – a process that can be likened to building cars on an assembly line.

Compared with traditional construction methods, prefabricated construction is much more efficient, productive and eco-friendly, making it ideal for addressing South Africa’s housing shortages with the promise of greatly-shortened construction time.

‘The commencement of John Dude New City signified the officially activation of large scale urban projects in Gauteng’, David Makhura, the Governor of Gauteng Province, said. ‘which will bring even-increasing improvement to local residential district and space planning in order to achieve modernized and reindustrialized transition in our province.’

To better serve construction projects in South Africa, CMIG Drawin has signed framework agreements with subsidiaries of French construction group VINCI to jointly develop the prefabricated construction industry in South Africa, with John Dube New City being one of their first partnership projects. VINCI, ranked by Forbes in 2017 as the biggest listed construction firm by market value, will also adopt CMIG Drawin’s prefabricated construction techniques in other countries such as the Netherlands and New Zealand.

China Minsheng Investment Group

China Minsheng Investment Group (CMIG) is a leading international private investment group that utilizes its integrated resources and capital strength to prioritize and target emerging industries, build sustainable and strategic business models, and boost regional economic development. Headquartered in Shanghai, CMIG has outlets in major cities including Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and London. CMIG was jointly established by 59 renowned private enterprises with registered capital of 50 billion yuan.

China Minsheng Drawin Technology Group Limited

China Minsheng Drawin Technology Group Limited (CMIG Drawin), a unit of CMIG, is a world-leading construction service provider that is setting an example of high-quality, eco-friendly, and efficient construction. Having applied for more than 1,300 patents, CMIG Drawin has developed five leading technology systems for building industrialization, and is actively cooperating with countries along the ‘Belt and Road’ route, seeking to use its leading construction technology to help those countries upgrade their industries.

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Mdantsane police in the Eastern Cape honours loyal service

Today medals for loyal service were bestowed on members for 10, 20 and 30 years of loyal service. The recipients were pleased for the recognition they received for being loyal and dedicated police officers. The Cluster Commander Major General Henry Vos delivered the keynote address at the parade and said that SAPS members must ensure that our citizens are safe and secure. He encouraged the members to work together with communities to curb crime, as crime knows no boundaries and affects all. He further indicated that police work is a calling that requires total dedication. He concluded by thanking members for being available whether on or off duty and for their passion in fighting crime.

Source: South African Police Service

Gauteng Arts and Culture hosts Dance and Theatre Auditions, 14 Oct

Efforts to get the best of Westrand's Community dance and theatre groups continue this coming weekend, with Randwest getting its opportunity to host its regional Dance and Theatre Auditions on Saturday, 14 October, 2017 at Simunye in Westoneria.

Through its creative arts programme, the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation seeks to find dance and theatre groups from across the province to take to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2018.

Chosen groups from Rand-West, Mogale City and Merafong will compete among themselves at the Westrand Main Festival scheduled for early next year where five groups in each art-form will be selected for the provincial festival. At the provincials they will compete with groups from other regions including Tshwane, Johannesburg etc. for a R10 000 prize money and a chance to participate at the National Arts festival (in Grahamstown).

Interested groups can register upon arrival at the venue at Simunye Hall before 9am on the day of the event. Dance genres covered include contemporary, traditional, pantsula, hip-hop and many more.

The theatre art-form includes poetry.

Source: Government of South Africa

SA braces for more thunderstorms

The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) says disaster management teams will stay alert in all provinces as thunderstorms are expected to return to the country over the weekend.

Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces were the worst affected by the recent storms and rain, which have left numerous people dead, families displaced and people injured.

Severe rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms have resulted in major flash flooding in some parts of Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Gauteng, leaving a trail of destruction in some areas.

At least six people have been confirmed dead in KwaZulu-Natal as a result of the heavy rains, which resulted in flooding in some areas on Tuesday.

Cogta said the extent of damages in the two provinces required Joint Operations Centres to be activated immediately to coordinate and deal with crisis response holistically.

Cogta Minister Des van Rooyen has conveyed his condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. You are in our prayers.

The storms have regressed today and municipal and provincial disaster management teams are using this time to ensure that affected community members are taken to temporary shelters for safety.

Emergency service teams are conducting mop up operations to address emergency needs and restore critical services.

The National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) is in contact with provincial and local disaster management teams on the ground to monitor the situation and give support, especially in areas where more rains are expected.

Check weather updates regularly

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has indicated that more rains are expected on Saturday in some parts of our country.

These heavyrains can lead to flash flooding, overflowing rivers and dams, which affects low lying areas and bridges.

Members of the public have been urged to regularly follow weather forecasts on various media channels and platforms. They can also access updated information on www.weathersa.co.za and the SAWS Twitter account @SAWeatherService. The SAWS will continue to monitor further developments on the weather conditions.

Government will continue to make efforts to do everything possible to assist communities but we urge everyone to be extremely vigilant, especially in the coming days and beyond amid the heavy rains still expected, said Minister Van Rooyen.

The Department of Water and Sanitation will monitor the dams and rivers in the affected provinces where rains are still expected. The department said some dams and rivers have benefited from these rains, as many are showing signs of increase in volumes.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Draft gas amendment bill to be tabled in Cabinet

A draft Gas Amendment Bill will be tabled in Cabinet as South Africa powers on to enter the global gas market, Energy Minister Mamoloko Kubayi said on Tuesday.

Delivering her opening address at the International Gas Cooperation Summit in Durban on Tuesday, Minister Kubayi said gas is the fastest growing fossil fuel, adding that it is estimated that liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply will increase by 50% over the next five years.

She told those attending the three-day summit that South Africa has recoginised the global shift and has set itself the vision of entering the global gas market, as well as to promote the development of a gas market not only locally in South Africa but in the Southern Africa region also.

The process of amending the Gas Act of 2004 has commenced, to the stage that this year a draft Gas Amendment Bill will be tabled in Cabinet. The amendments largely relate to a licensing framework for gas infrastructure and mandating the Minister of Energy to make determinations regarding the required infrastructure, said Minister Kubayi.

She added that the country recognises the need to build infrastructure that's sustainable for the long term.

Minister Kubayi said Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) plants are cheaper to build and operate than conventional coal-fired plants and that there's a shorter construction lead time for CCGT due to its modular nature of construction and relative simplicity.

Benefits of gas

The benefits of gas are that it contributes to the lowering of CO2 emissions and supports renewable energy growth by compensating for its inherent intermittency.

Most importantly, the establishment of a gas market helps mitigate the decrease in coal production and use (e.g. power plant decommissioning) and fosters the creation of new job profiles and skills to develop, construct and manage new import, transport and consumption infrastructures and tertiary sectors, such as services.

In addition, South Africa's power, industrial and transportation sectors show great potential to contribute to a gas market development. The country has done a substantial gas demand analysis that indicates that the industrial and transport sectors represent four times the gas demand for power.

South Africa's introduction of gas into the energy mix, could also play a major role in regional development. The sourcing of gas from neighbouring countries such as Mozambique can result in a win-win situation, where piped gas will stimulate economic activity along the routing areas in both Mozambique and South Africa.

She said the country's National Development Plan (NDP) recognises the important role of gas in the energy mix, representing government wide commitment to a gas economy.

The LNG-to-Power Programme will be the main vehicle through which to stimulate this envisioned gas market in South Africa. It requires an all-inclusive effort by the general government and other stakeholders in South Africa.

Enabling framework

Minister Kubayi said over the past two years South Africa has been putting in place the enabling framework for private sector participation in the energy sector to enable gas industry development and growth.

The Department of Energy is working together with key stakeholders.

These stakeholders include national and provincial departments, state owned entities (SOEs), among others, on relevant legal, regulatory, infrastructure, environmental, societal, industrial, water and energy related aspects of a comprehensive gas industrialisation policy for South Africa.

With regard to infrastructure, we are planning for investment in LNG import terminals, storage and regasification facilities, primary high-pressure gas transmission pipelines and secondary distribution pipeline networks.

We have undertaken an extensive review of all legislation and regulation impacting on and required for the effective development of a gas industry in the country. Legislative and Regulatory amendments will ensure coordinated planning in respect of gas, ports and transport planning, coordinated regulation between regulators and exclude exclusivity in the infrastructure to be established.

Gas to revive economic growth

Minister Kubayi said the country views the gas industry as a major contributor towards reviving growth, protecting living standards and facilitating economic transformation.

She added that fiscal space is limited for investment and programme development.

We have to turn to the private sector and innovative private financing options to support our strategies and plans. We acknowledge that the private sector will respond positively only in the case of policy and regulatory certainty, she said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Safer School campaigns are still continuing in Limpopo Province

The police in Alldays have today embarked on a safer school campaign which started at around 07:45. SAPS members accompanied by the Community Safety Forum, Young Cop on patrol, Department of Education and Home Base Care, have visited about 300 learners at Alldays Secondary School and addressed them on the following:

* The danger and aftermath of alcohol and drug abuse.

* Reporting criminal activities and acting responsibly and lastly, pamphlets on drugs and alcohol abuse were distributed.

Source: South African Police Service

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa leads Cabinet Ministers on tour of ...

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday,13 October 2017, lead a government tour to various Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) projects in Thaba Nchu, Free State to highlight the contribution of the Programme in the socio-economic development of communities in the Free State. The EPWP site visit is part of the work of the government's Public Employment Programme Inter-Ministerial Committee (PEP-IMC), which the Deputy President leads.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by various Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, the Premier of the Free State and his Cabinet as well as various senior government leaders.

Media is invited to attend and cover the event as follows:

1. Visit to EPWP Thaba Nchu Bus Route Project

Venue: Thaba Nchu (Selosetsha)

Date: 13 October 2017

Time: 10h20

2. Visit to EPWP Thaba Nchu Ratlou Complex Renovation and Upgrade

Venue: Thaba Nchu (Ratlou Complex)

Date: 13 October 2017

Time: 11h20

3. Round-table discussion with EPWP Participants

Venue: Thaba Nchu, Methodist Church

Date: 13 October 2017

Time: 125

Brief background about PEP-IMC

PEP-IMC is a government structure aimed at achieving better synergy between the EPWP and the other poverty alleviation, employment, enterprise development and skills development initiatives. The Committee also ensures that the government scales up its Public Work Programmes to achieve the 6 million work opportunity target by 2019, as mandated by the President of the Republic of South Africa, honourable Jacob Zuma.

The Committee, which is chaired by Deputy President Ramaphosa, is composed by Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Director-Generals who are responsible for the implementation of the Public Employment Programme (PEP). In South Africa, PEPs are implemented under the auspices of EPWP which is aimed at creating short to medium term work opportunities for poor and unemployed South Africans.

Source: Government of South Africa


RABAT (MOROCCO)-- South Africa's Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says there must be outcomes on the outstanding issues of the Doha Development Agenda.

Speaking at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Informal Ministerial Gathering in Morocco, Davies said South Africa's priorities are aligned to those of the African Group and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group.

The priority for these groups is to finish the outstanding work of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA), including in agriculture, to address the trade distorting domestic support subsidies being provided by mainly developed countries.

These will remain high priorities for many developing countries and for Africa, and these priorities were re-emphasised at a recent Trade Ministers' meeting at the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, said Davies.

The meeting, which was also attended by Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe, provided an opportunity for the exchange of views between the Trade Ministers and for the Ministers to provide guidance to the officials in Geneva on the possible outcomes of the upcoming 11th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2017.

Davies noted that there were many proposals that were discussed but there seems to be little convergence. There are different views on how the outstanding DDA issues should be addressed, with some countries challenging the agreed development framework under the DDA.

We need to be realistic and make a call soon on which issues sufficient convergence has been achieved to be taken forward as possible outcomes at MC11, said Davies.

The DDA is the latest trade negotiation round of the WTO, which commenced in November 2001. Its objective is to lower trade barriers around the world to facilitate increased global trade.

South Africa and Africa's engagement in the WTO aims to, among others, conclude the DDA on the basis of its development mandate, advocate for a permanent solution for public stockholding, which aims to promote food security, and eliminate trade distorting measures, especially on agriculture trade. It also includes the elimination of trade distorting measures on cotton and to promote Africa's structural transformation agenda and the right to regulate in the public interest.

Davies reiterated the importance of the development integration agenda of the African continent. He said the outcomes of the multilateral level should not limit the policy space needed to industrialise and advance the developmental objectives of the continent.

The first day of the WTO Informal Ministerial Gathering follows the Informal Africa Ministers of Trade meeting that was jointly hosted by South Africa and the African Union Commission (AUC) on Sept 18 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The WTO's 164 member countries will be attending the Ministerial Conference, which is the highest decision making body in the WTO.