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SkyPower et le gouvernement ouzbèke annoncent la signature d’un ...

C’est le premier projet d’énergie solaire et le plus grand investissement étranger direct dans l’histoire de l’Ouzbékistan

WASHINGTON et TORONTO, 7 mai 2018 /PRNewswire/ — SkyPower, leader mondial de la production d’énergie solaire durable et à échelle industrielle, a annoncé un investissement direct étranger estimé à 1,3 milliard de dollars en Ouzbékistan pour construire 1 000 MW de capacité de production d’énergie solaire dans tout le pays. Ce projet va drainer l’investissement étranger direct le plus important de l’histoire de l’Ouzbékistan. L’Ouzbékistan et SkyPower ont également signé le premier contrat d’achat d’électricité (CAE) de l’histoire du pays, en vertu duquel le gouvernement achètera de l’électricité générée par une entreprise internationale et privée. Le président ouzbèke, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a signé un décret signifiant le soutien total du gouvernement au projet et les garanties souveraines que celui-ci apporte. SkyPower sera le premier producteur d’électricité indépendant de l’histoire de l’Ouzbékistan et il travaillera en étroite collaboration avec l’entreprise de services publics Uzbekenergo. Ce projet marque aussi le premier partenariat public-privé entre l’Ouzbékistan et une entreprise entièrement nord-américaine.

François-Philippe Champagne, ministre du Commerce international du gouvernement du Canada, a souligné : « Donner de l’élan au secteur des technologies propres et renouvelables du Canada et encourager l’exportation d’idées et de solutions élaborées localement qui profitent au monde entier sont une priorité pour notre gouvernement. Je suis heureux de voir des leaders de l’industrie comme SkyPower Global nous aider à atteindre cet objectif. Ce partenariat historique avec Uzbekenergo et le gouvernement ouzbèke stimulera la croissance dans la région et aidera à faire rayonner l’expertise canadienne dans ce secteur en plein essor. Je félicite l’équipe de SkyPower d’avoir vu les choses en grand ! »

Kerry Adler, président-directeur général de SkyPower, a déclaré : « À l’échelle mondiale, il y a encore plus d’un milliard de personnes qui n’ont pas accès aux services énergétiques. Nous nous sommes fixé comme mission d’apporter l’énergie solaire aux personnes qui en ont le plus besoin. Il s’agit d’un partenariat historique qui profitera à la fois au gouvernement ouzbèke et à SkyPower, et nous sommes heureux de construire la première installation d’énergie solaire en Ouzbékistan. La vision avant-gardiste du président Mirziyoyev pour l’Ouzbékistan, ainsi que l’engagement des vice-premiers ministres et le leadership du Bureau national de gestion des projets, ont véritablement contribué, de concert avec la direction d’Uzbekenergo, à faire avancer ce projet. L’Ouzbékistan est un pays qui offre de très grandes opportunités aux investisseurs étrangers dans le cadre de la vision du président Mirziyoyev en termes de croissance et d’expansion ».

Le président ouzbèke, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a été félicité pour son approche progressiste à l’égard de la croissance de l’économie nationale, et le projet SkyPower sera le tout premier relatif à la production d’énergie solaire en Ouzbékistan. Le projet contribuera à hauteur d’environ 2,9 milliards de dollars au produit intérieur brut de l’Ouzbékistan et créera des milliers d’emplois. Cela portera l’Ouzbékistan à produire environ 10 % de sa capacité totale de production d’énergies renouvelables et aidera donc le pays à remplir ses engagements sur le climat de Paris à l’horizon 2030, tout en apportant de l’électricité à la population ouzbèke.

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Ancrée dans le secteur depuis plus de 15 ans, l’équipe mondiale de SkyPower est très chevronnée et ses membres totalisent, à eux tous, plus d’un millier d’années d’expérience en termes d’énergie et de projets d’infrastructure à grande échelle.

Expérimentée et accomplie, l’équipe de SkyPower a construit, assemblé et acquis un vaste portefeuille représentant plus de 25 GW dans le monde entier. Certains de ces projets ont récemment fait l’objet d’annonces dans le cadre d’accords bilatéraux et de l’octroi d’autres contrats, et ils seront construits au Moyen-Orient, en Afrique et en Asie du Sud dans les cinq ans à venir.

Plus de 30 contrats d’achat d’électricité (CAE) solaire à échelle industrielle de SkyPower et contrats à divers stades de développement, construction et exploitation de l’entreprise représentent des milliards de dollars de ventes d’énergie renouvelable à long terme aux principaux services publics et gouvernements du monde entier. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur notre site www.skypower.com.

Pour tout complément d’information : contacts pour SkyPower : Shamini Selvaratnam, shaminis@skypower.com, (202) 660-8499 ; Maria Vorobieva, mariav@skypower.com, (647) 965-7187 ; pour les demandes d’information en russe : Eva Kazanskaia, evaepicurean@icloud.com, (971) 50 580 0842

Minister Davies Launches R1 Billion Aspen High Containment Facility ...

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies launched the R1 billion Aspen’s high containment facility which will see the creation and additional 240 jobs to the site. The launch took place in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape today.

The High Potency suite, more correctly called, HCS � High Containment Suite � Unit 4, together with the investment in the sterile facility was a partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and ASPEN. Aspen benefited from the dti 12i tax with a tax credit of about R209 million.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Davies said today’s launch was a significant investment which is taking South Africa into a new level of manufacturing space and creating the necessary jobs that South Africa needs in the manufacturing sector.

If we look at the pharmaceutical industry, South Africa’s population is the largest consumer of pharmaceutical products. When we look at some of these statistics, I think we can see that there are huge challenges in that we have a huge trade deficit of around R20 billion rand. This means we import R20 billion rand of pharmaceutical products than we export, said Davies

Davies said the contribution of manufacturing in the pharmaceutical sector is about 0.48% of the GDP which plays a small part in the economy and employs about 9 600 people.

I think when we look at the manufacturing value chains in the world, South Africa will be better off if we are involved in the productions of value added products, even if it is just basic manufacturing than simply importing, he said.

Minister Davies congratulated Aspen for investing in South Africa and being part of the investment story. He said the company has become a multinational player that continues to retain its roots in South Africa and uses its global presence to constantly deepen its manufacturing capacity in the country.

Speaking at the same launch, the Group Chief Executive Mr Stephen Saad said Aspen is a serial investor in the South African pharmaceutical industry and that they are particularly pleased that its Capex investment into South African market over the past 2 years has out-stripped the investments made into the industry over the past decade.

We are pleased that over 90% of the jobs that will be created in the new facility will be local jobs, mostly drawn from surrounding communities such as New Brighton Township, these employees go on to become world class, highly skilled people, that can hold their own anywhere and in most facilities, globally. A further aspect of our DNA, particularly in pursuit of creating a better country, is partnering with government where possible, said Saad.

Source: Department of Trade and industry

Update: Further two suspects to appear in court following stadium ...

Please be advised that a further two (2) arrests have been made today with regards to the violence at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 21 April 2018. Both the suspects will be appearing in the Durban Magistrates Court tomorrow on charges of public violence. The first arrest is that of a 21-year-old scholar from Newlands West. A headphone and a cordless microphone was recovered from him. The second arrest is that of a 42-year-old gardener from Hillcrest.

We welcome that fact that suspects are beginning to contact the investigating officers in order for them to have their day in court and we are encouraging the outstanding suspects to do so immediately before police officers pounce on them.

Source: South Africa Police Service

SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT TO RESPOND TO QUESTIONS IN PARLIAMENT THIS ...

CAPE TOWN, The South African is set for a busy week ahead with both chambers expected to deliberate on major important legislative issues and the National Assembly (lower house) scheduled to host President Cyril Ramaphosa who will be responding oral questions as part of the legislative oversight.

Eleven Budget Vote debates of various government departments and regular plenary house sessions are among the ways in which Parliament will be overseeing the work of the Executive. The President is scheduled to appear once per quarter to answer questions in the National Assembly to deal with policy issues and matters of public interest.

The Departments of Basic Education and Science and Technology are some of the departments expected to present their Budget Votes to Parliament this week.

The National Council of Provinces, the upper house of Parliament, in conjunction with the South African Local Government Association (Salga), will host the three-day Local Government Week activities which will be conducted this year under theme, Land Use Towards Integrated Spatial Planning.

On Friday, the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General is expected to meet to consider the final version of the Public Audit Amendment Bill before its adoption.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Playing fields not quite level, despite progress

More than 50% of sport federations in South Africa have reported senior and underage representative teams that are well below the envisaged 50% representation target.

Despite this, some progress is being made in top codes such as cricket and rugby, which gives a glimpse into a future where transformation can be a reality.

Sport and Recreation Minister Tokozile Xasa on Monday released the 5th Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report on the transformation status for 2016/17.

The report is based on the analysis of data submitted by 19 federations.

The annual EPG audits to date have shown more than 50% of sport federations have reported senior and underage representative teams and high performance pipelines featuring demographic black African profiles well below 50%.

It is possible that some of these federations could be faced with longer term sustainability challenges if this issue is not more proactively dealt with, said Minister Xasa at a briefing in Tshwane.

The report showed, however, that at a governance and decision making level, 60% of federations audited have elected black presidents into position, and almost 70% have reported the election of boards that are more than 50% black.

Women representation at board level has also been shown to be improving in that seven out of the 19 federations have reported female representation at board level larger than that prescribed by the [transformation] charter, said Minister Xasa.

The good news

The Minister is optimistic that demographic representation in national senior male teams of athletics, cricket, football, volleyball, boxing and table tennis have all achieved the charter target with netball, chess, gymnastics, hockey and rugby moving in the right direction to achieve this interim milestone.

Year-on-year change in the black demographic profile of senior representative teams demonstrates the progress made over a short period, said Minister Xasa.

Cricket’s black profile has improved from 45% to 60%; hockey from 20% to 45%; rugby from 34% to 42% and netball from 37% to 56%.

Minister Xasa said transformation imperatives must respond to these five areas:

Demographic representation in key categories;

Access to participation and involvement in sport;

Skill and capability development and improvement;

Governance performance in selected areas and

Economic empowerment in the sports industry.

Hope for the future

Transformation in sport is one of the functions of the National Development Plan (NDP), which envisions a South Africa where all people are more conscious of the things they have in common rather than their differences across divisions of race, gender, space and class.

Minister Xasa said the NDP recognizes sport’s role in promoting wellness, social cohesion and fostering nation building.

The need for each sporting code’s participation profile to reflect the population demographic of the country by 2030 is on the basis of expanding sport participation opportunities for all. This will require national sport teams and structures to represent all sectors of society, producing results that mirror the country’s passion for sport, the Minister said.

Currently, there are about 55 million people in South Africa, with 80% of them black African, 9% white and 2% Indian. Black African birth rates are fast increasing, with the birth rate among whites declining, said Minister Xasa.

She said the country’s sports future is closely linked with gaining access to and successfully developing the 20 million under-18-year-old segment of the population.

In this group, 17 million � or 85% – are black African, and are projected to increase by 24% over the next 25 years. On the other hand, 1.4 million � or 7% – of the group is white, and is projected to decrease by 31% over the next 25 years, Minister Xasa said.

Therefore federations must bear in mind this reality, said the Minister.

Catching them young

Minister Xasa said efforts must be concentrated at school level.

Audit reports over the past four years have suggested that an effective school sport system � the ultimate source of sport’s human capital � will be the definitive platform on which to transform SA sport from a dominant minority representation position to a majority inclusive reality.

However, it has been shown that the existing school sport system has become the Achilles heel of South African sport for a number of complex reasons.

To address these and other issues, the existing MOU between the Sport Department and the Department of Basic Education is in the process of being reviewed to address the challenges preventing the establishment of a coordinated school sport system to improve access and delivery of school sport.

Source: South African Government News Agency

SELECT COMMITTEE ON LAND AND MINERAL RESOURCES CALLS FOR HARSHER ...

Parliament, The Select Committee on Land and Mineral Resources has called for harsher consequences on the Sibanye-Stillwater mine if the mine could be found to have neglected measures to avert fatalities and loss of life prior to the seismic events that occurred there last week.

Seven mine workers died underground las week and six more sustained injuries as a result of the seismic events. The committee has extended its heartfelt condolences to families of the deceased and wished for a speedy recovery to the injured workers.

Although seismic events are a course of nature, it is high time that mining companies face serious consequences for neglecting measures for detecting early warning signs. Investigations on the accident should seek to establish the extent to which priority was given to health and safety at the mine, said Mr Olefile Sefako, Chairperson of the committee.

The committee believe that the right technology for detecting early sings of seismic events could be found if sufficient resources to conduct research were to be made available.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

PARLIAMENT DELEGATION READY TO SERVE AFRICA AT THE PAN AFRICAN ...

Parliament’s delegation, sworn in at the Pan African Parliament (PAP) today, is looking forward to making a positive contribution to the advancement of the legislative sector on the continent.

The delegation, led by National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Ms Thandi Modise, was among 71 new Members of the PAP who were sworn in at the opening ceremony of the sixth Ordinary Session of the PAP this morning, in Midrand.

As the SA Parliament delegation, we are looking forward to continue adding value to the various committees and plenaries of the PAP so that we strengthen the PAP’s role in improving the quality of lives of the people in our continent, said Ms Modise.

A key issue Ms Modise identified was to continue to push for the PAP to have legislative powers. The continent’s legislative body currently has no law-making powers.

The theme for the Session, which takes place from today until 18 May, is: Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation. Among other things, the Session will discuss the state of the African Union (AU), HIV/AIDS plans of action, the Report on the AU’s Year of Combating Corruption and the report on action on albinism in Africa.

The PAP has 255 members, representing 55 AU Member States that have ratified Article 4 (2) of the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community relating to the PAP. This states that each State shall be represented by five members, of whom at least one should be a woman.

The full South African Parliament’s delegation comprises Ms Thandi Modise (National Council of Provinces Chairperson and delegation leader), Ms Thoko Didiza (the National Assembly’s House Chairperson for Internal Arrangements), Mr Julius Malema (leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters), Mr Mandlesizwe Zwelivelile Mandela and Ms Santosh Vinita Kalyan. They replace Dr Hunadi Mateme, Ms Thandi Memela, Mr Charles Nqakula and Mr Floyd Shivambu, while Ms Kalyan will serve another two-year term.

Parliament nominated them to serve on the PAP in October last year.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa