Daily Archives: May 4, 2018

Win-Win Cooperation Between CNMC Goldmine Holdings Limited and ...

YANTAI, China, May 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, CNMC Goldmine Holdings Limited (SGX:5TP) forged a strategic partnership with Shandong Xinhai Mining Technology and Equipment Inc. (NEEQ: 836079), in the hope of taking the development of mining industry to a new level through their cooperation.

Their cooperation for the first time brought win-win results in 2017, thus laying a solid foundation for their further collaboration. On the other side, building on its advanced technologies and equipment and professional services, Xinhai is able to help CNMC achieve maximum benefits.

At the signing ceremony, the executive president of CNMC said, “As a publicly listed company in Malaysia, CNMC has taken the lead in Malaysia’s mining sector for two consecutive years. To secure our leading position, we have set high standards for our partners in terms of the quality and quantity of products. With a high level of execution capability and customer-oriented awareness, Xinhai is an influential player in the mining industry and boasts global perspectives and pioneering spirit. Zhang Yunlong, chairman of Xinhai, is a senior mineral processing engineer who proves to be a specialist. He also serves as a fellow member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).”

Mr Zhang also said, “The cooperation between Xinhai and CNMC has brought fruitful results for us, with the project operating normally. Xinhai is delighted to continue providing services for CNMC. Thanks to its rich overseas EPC project experience, Xinhai is forging ahead with its strategy of expanding businesses to foreign markets.”

Their cooperation drew the wide attention of mass media. The event grabbed the headlines in Malaysia’s three largest Chinese newspapers-Nanyang Siang Pau Malaysia, China Press and Sin Chew Daily. It is expected that Xinhai will continue to offer tailored solutions and world-class services to its clients for years to come while adhering to the principle of “Optimal solutions for your mine!”.

Ministerial team visits North West

An Inter-Ministerial Task Team is currently visiting the North West to address challenges facing the province.

This follows a Cabinet decision to invoke Section 100 (1) (b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, to address the apparent crisis, particularly in the health sector.

President Cyril Ramaphosa directed the Inter-Ministerial Task Team to:

Conduct an urgent assessment of the state of governance in the province;

Advise Cabinet on potential risks facing the province;

Provide Cabinet with a comprehensive report on the state of governance in the province at the Cabinet meeting of 9 May 2018. The report should advise on steps to be taken in respect of the Task Team’s findings; and

Remain seized with the North West matter until all critical issues are resolved.

The Inter-Ministerial Task Team comprises the Ministers of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (Convener); Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi; Finance, Nhlanhla Nene; Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize, as well as the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster Advocate Michael Masutha.

The visit by the Ministers follows a series of engagements with the affected provincial departments by an advance Technical Task Team of national government officials.

The visit by the officials were to establish the facts and make proposals regarding the state of governance in the North West province over and above the health sector.

During the visit, the Ministers will prepare a report with recommendations, which will be presented to Cabinet on 9 May 2018.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Police condemn the continuous domestic related killings

The South African Police Service Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has condemned the ongoing domestic related crimes, especially the killings and assaults in some areas throughout this Province, with the most strongest terms.

This condemnation by the Provincial Commissioner follows the arrest of a 45-year-old man for killing his wife and attempting to kill another man during an incident which occurred at Matobole village in the Ga-Maja area outside Lebowakgomo.

It is alleged that Sana Kgwale (33) was shot and killed by her husband after a domestic dispute at their residential place and he later shot another man. After this killing, it is believed that the suspect wrapped the deceased’s body with a blanket to hide it in the bathtub before he handed himself over to the Police.

The motive behind this killing, is not yet clear at this stage but domestic violence may not be ruled out.

The injured man was taken to hospital with serious gunshot wounds for medical treatment.

The suspect will appear before the Lebowakgomo Magistrate’s Court soon.

Members of the community are once more advised and encouraged to consult with the relevant local professionals and authorities in case of any domestic related situation for intervention, rather than harming or killing each other.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

Source: South African Police Service

Communications Committee to Take SABC Employees’ Issues up with ...

Parliament The Portfolio Committee on Communications has received various concerns from labour unions representing employees within the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in relation to general challenges faced by employees in the organisation. The committee resolved to take the concerns and to raise them with the board, senior management team and the Department of Communications.

Of major concern to the committee is the allegation that the space for interaction between the board and management with the employees is constrained, leading to lack of information that trickles down to employees. It is concerning that a sub-committee of the board has had only one meeting with unions in order to find solutions to challenges faced by employees since appointment of the new board. The leadership of the organisation must create an environment that will enable consultation between the institution and its employees, said Mr Humphrey Maxegwana, the Chairperson of the committee.

The committee also raised its concern about the proliferation of unions at the SABC as this weakens the unions and employees. Furthermore, the seeming lack of interaction between the many unions deprived them of the necessary unity of purpose.

Another matter of concern that the committee said it will take forward with the board is progress in relation to the changing of the problematic organisational culture that had taken root within the previous board and management. The committee has always maintained that an organisational culture that must be cultivated is one that enables the SABC to deliver on its constitutional mandate.

The unions also highlighted the funding model that the SABC currently uses and its sustainability going forward. The committee highlighted that this matter will also be addressed with the Board together with the department.

The committee further said it will raise concerns in relation to allegations of casualisation of freelancers within the institution. Also, the matter of the 26 employees that were fired as well as allegations of medical aid fraud will be raised and a detailed report must be received from management.

The committee committed itself to continuously engage the unions in ensuring that the SABC functions. Furthermore, the committee will engage the board, management and the department to address the matters raised.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Committee on Auditor-General Supports AGSA Decision on KPMG and Nkonki

Parliament The Standing Committee on the Auditor-General has expressed its support of the decision made by the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) to terminate contracts with Nkonki and KPMG auditing firms.

The AGSA briefed the committee about its decision today, saying the decision was made in order to protect its reputation and those of state entities. It further said that the decision was in the best interests of the international standard on quality control (ISQC1).

Co-Chairperson of the committee Mr Themba Godi said that although the AGSA is a chapter 9 institution that is only accountable to Parliament, the committee still appreciates its prerogative to take independent decisions. In this case, the AGSA took the right decision, he said.

The committee said that until Nkonki declares its shareholdings, it should not conduct any business with state entities.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

SANDF makes a difference in North West health

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has managed to restore normalcy to the healthcare system in the North West.

The force stepped up to help the province after Nehawu-affiliated workers down tools last month in an ongoing strike.

SANDF officials took over the provision of healthcare services at the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital on 21 April, caring for in-patients and out-patients following the strike by healthcare workers.

According to SANDF, their health professionals saw 131 patients within the first 24 hours of the operation and successfully helped deliver nine babies in this period.

Other notable achievements since the deployment include security stabilisation within the hospital, secure access to the hospital by patients, local health care professionals being able to perform their duties and medical waste being collected by the contracted service providers.

Medical products are being distributed by the depot to healthcare facilities such as Ngaka Modiri Molema, Ramotshere Moiloa, Gelukspan Hospital, Mahikeng Provincial Hospital, Bophelong Psychiatric Hospital and surrounding clinics while radio communication has also been established to facilitate the transfer of information to advance the provision.

The Chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke, on Friday commended work done by healthcare practitioners and encouraged them to continue providing the vital healthcare services to the people affected.

The SANDF has stepped up to intervene in the situation in the province to help preserve lives of the most vulnerable who rely heavily on government healthcare services, said Shoke.

Source: South African Government News Agency