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African Palm Corp. signe un nouvel accord avec le Congo

Cet accord ajoute des millions d’hectares de palmiers à son portefeuille croissant d’Afrique de l’Ouest

– Les opérations d’African Palm Corp. s’étendront désormais en Guinée-Bissau et dans la République du Congo, conférant à la Société un accès à 4,5 millions d’hectares de palmiers au total.

– Le groupe ouest-africain de la Société est désormais en voie de devenir la troisième plus grande région dédiée à la production d’huile de palme africaine au monde, après l’Indonésie et la Malaisie. Grâce à sa croissance accélérée, la société devrait prochainement devenir le plus grand fournisseur mondial d’huile de palme.

– Dans le cadre du modèle d’affaires durable d’African Palm Corp., 10 pour cent des bénéfices de la société issus de l’opération au Congo seront investis dans des projets sociaux locaux, tels que des écoles, des hôpitaux et des infrastructures locales.

MIAMI, 8 mai 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Suite à un récent voyage à travers l’Afrique de l’Ouest, African Palm Corp. (APC) a annoncé aujourd’hui la signature récente d’un accord entre la Société et les représentants de Ngalipomi, groupe local basé au Congo. Cet accord conférera à APC un accès à trois millions d’hectares supplémentaires de palmiers en Afrique de l’Ouest. Ce récent ajout augmente significativement le portefeuille de la Société en Afrique de l’Ouest, qui inclut actuellement la Guinée-Bissau et le Congo, et positionne le groupe de la société en tant que troisième plus grande zone dédiée à la production d’huile de palme africaine à l’échelle mondiale, après l’Indonésie et la Malaisie.

African Palm Corp. prévoit de lancer ses opérations congolaises au premier trimestre 2019, avec le soutien de son partenaire local Ngalipomi. Les deux sociétés utiliseront les infrastructures existantes situées le long du fleuve Congo, deuxième plus grand fleuve d’Afrique après le Nil, afin de transporter leurs récoltes de fruits de palmier vers les installations de production d’APC. Ce projet devrait générer au total 120 000 nouveaux emplois directs et indirects, tout en améliorant de 22 % le PIB du Congo. African Palm Corp. s’engage à réinvestir 10 pour cent des bénéfices issus de ses opérations congolaises dans des programmes sociaux, tels que des écoles, des hôpitaux et des infrastructures locales, en fournissant de l’eau et de l’électricité aux communautés.

« C’est le deuxième accord que nous concluons en seulement quelques mois, et nous sommes ravis d’inclure le Congo dans notre nouvelle phase d’exploitation. Ceci renforce notre vision consistant à créer un modèle d’affaires durable, capable d’autonomiser économiquement les communautés locales africaines via la culture de fruits de palmier », a expliqué Oscar A. Faria, président et PDG d’African Palm Corp. « Nous sommes à la recherche de partenariats avec les pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest au sein desquels nous pouvons rationaliser nos forces respectives, afin de fournir à notre clientèle mondiale une huile de palme de haute qualité produite durablement. »

L’accord a été signé en présence d’un notaire public, de Juvely Ock, directeur général de Ngalipomi, d’Oscar A. Faria, président et PDG d’APC, ainsi que de la haute direction de la Société : Marielis Ontiveros, Marc Mesa et Carlos Gomez. Étaient également présents Loubaki Cyrille, ingénieur en agriculture, Ngoulou Prince, directeur d’exploitation, et Nkounkou Chérubin, directeur général de Doigts Verts Congo, qui fourniront des conseils techniques aux deux parties engagées dans l’opération.

À l’échelle mondiale, la demande en huile de palme a considérablement augmenté ces 20 dernières années, passant de 15 millions de tonnes métriques par an en 1995 à plus de 65 millions en 2015, l’Indonésie et la Malaisie produisant actuellement 85 % de l’huile de palme mondiale. À l’heure où la demande engendre une croissance substantielle à travers le monde, les acheteurs deviennent également plus soucieux de la qualité supérieure des produits, qui soutiennent des méthodes agricoles durables, ainsi que les communautés locales qui seront impactées par cette nouvelle activité.

Grâce au soutien et aux conseils d’un prestigieux courtier en assurance et syndicat de la Lloyd’s basé au Royaume-Uni, African Palm Corp. a bâti un modèle d’affaires solide, qui garantit aux investisseurs la viabilité et la rentabilité de l’entreprise. La notation A accordée à APC par la Lloyd’s garantit le total des bénéfices annuels, quels que soient les changements politiques ou les conditions climatiques susceptibles d’affecter la production et les ventes d’huile.

Engagement auprès des communautés locales

Cette plante originaire d’Afrique de l’Ouest pousse naturellement à l’état sauvage, ce qui n’est pas le cas dans certaines régions d’Asie, réduisant ainsi au minimum l’impact environnemental de la société. Avant de débuter ses opérations, African Palm Corp. a signé plusieurs contrats de travail avec des groupes ethniques locaux, en vue d’une collaboration dans la récolte des fruits issus du palmier d’Afrique. Parallèlement aux transactions commerciales, 10 % du bénéfice net annuel d’African Palm Corp. sera directement investi dans des projets d’infrastructures sociales, tels que des écoles, des centres médicaux, et des routes, en tenant compte des besoins spécifiques de chaque communauté locale. En outre, toutes les infrastructures techniques d’African Palm Corp. développées dans le cadre des besoins logistiques de la société, tels que l’électricité, l’accès à l’eau potable, les routes, et les quais, seront disponibles et accessibles pour les communautés locales. Enfin, la plupart des emplois directs et indirects créés grâce aux opérations d’APC seront attribués aux membres et dirigeants des communautés locales.

À PROPOS D’AFRICAN PALM CORP.  

African Palm Corp. est une société américaine spécialisée dans l’extraction, le traitement et la commercialisation de produits dérivés des palmiers d’Afrique (principalement l’huile de palme) sur les marchés internationaux. Les opérations de la société seront basées dans un groupe de pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, en partenariat avec les membres de communautés locales. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur  http://africanpalmcorp.com/ .

African Palm Corp. Signs New Agreement With The Congo

Adding Millions of Hectares of Palm Trees to Its Growing West African Portfolio

– African Palm Corp.’s operations will now extend into Guinea-Bissau and the Republic of the Congo, giving the Company access to a total of 4.5 million hectares of palm trees.

– The Company’s West African cluster is now poised to become the third largest region dedicated to the production of African palm oil in the world, following Indonesia and Malaysia. Through the company’s accelerated growth, it is set to shortly become the largest palm oil provider in the world.

– As a part of African Palm Corp.’s sustainable business model, 10 percent of the company’s profits from the Congo’s operation will be invested into local social projects such as schools, hospitals, and local infrastructure.

MIAMI, May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Following a recent trip throughout West Africa, African Palm Corp. (APC) announced today a newly signed agreement between the Company and representatives of Ngalipomi, a local group from the Congo. This agreement will give APC access to an additional three million hectares of palm trees in West Africa. The recent addition has substantially grown the Company’s West African portfolio, which currently includes Guinea-Bissau and Congo, and positioned the company’s cluster as the third largest area dedicated to the production of African palm oil in the world, following Indonesia and Malaysia.

African Palm Corp. plans on breaking ground on its Congolese operation in the first quarter of 2019 with support from its local partner, Ngalipomi. The two companies will use existing infrastructure found along the Congo River, the second longest river in Africa after the Nile, to transport its harvested palm fruits to APC’s production facilities. The project is expected to generate a total of 120,000 new direct and indirect jobs, while improving Congo’s GDP by 22 percent. African Palm Corp. guarantees a contribution of 10 percent of its profits from the Congolese operation back into social programs such as schools, hospitals, and local infrastructure, providing water and electricity for the communities.

“This is the second agreement that we have reached in just a few months and we are thrilled to include the Congo in our next phase of operations. This furthers our vision of creating a sustainable business model that can economically empower local African communities through the cultivation of palm fruits,” explained African Palm Corp. President and CEO Oscar A. Faria. “We are seeking partnerships with West African countries where we can streamline our respective strengths to deliver high-quality, sustainably sourced palm oil to our list of global clients.”

The deal was signed in the presence of a public notary, Director General of Ngalipomi Juvely Ock, along with President and CEO of APC Oscar A. Faria, and the Company’s Senior Management: Marielis Ontiveros, Marc Mesa and Carlos Gomez. Also in attendance were Agricultural Engineer Loubaki Cyrille, Director of Operations Ngoulou Prince, and Director General Nkounkou Chérubin from Doigts Verts Congo, who will provide technical advice to both parties engaging in the operation.

Globally, the demand for palm oil has increased drastically in the last 20 years, going from 15 million metric tons per year in 1995 to over 65 million in 2015, with Indonesia and Malaysia currently producing 85% of the world’s palm oil. As the demand has made substantial growth around the world, buyers have also become more conscious to high quality products that support sustainable farming methods and the local communities that will be impacted by the new business.

African Palm Corp., with support and advice from a prestigious UK based insurance broker and a Lloyd’s syndicate, has designed a solid business model that guarantees investors the viability and profitability of the business. APC’s A-Grade ranking from Lloyd’s ensures total annual profits, regardless of any political changes or climatic conditions that could affect the production and sales of the oil.

Commitment to Local Communities

This native West African plant grows naturally in the wild, as opposed to some regions in Asia, making the company’s impact on the environment minimal. Prior to the start of its operations, African Palm Corp. signed working agreements with local ethnic groups to collaborate in harvesting the fruit from the African palm tree. In addition to commercial transactions, 10 percent of African Palm Corp.’s annual net profit will be directly invested in social infrastructure projects such as schools, medical centers, and roads, reflecting the specific needs of each local community. Additionally, all the technical infrastructure that African Palm Corp. develops as part of the company’s logistical needs, such as electricity, access to potable water, roads, and docks, will be available and accessible to the local communities. Lastly, most of the direct and indirect jobs created because of APC’s operation will be assigned to local community members and leaders.

ABOUT AFRICAN PALM CORP.

African Palm Corp. is an American company dedicated to the extraction, processing and commercialization in international markets of derivative products of African Palm (mostly Palm Oil). The operations of the company will be based in a cluster of West African countries in partnership with members of the local communities. To learn more, visit http://africanpalmcorp.com/ .

Minister Mokonyane to destroy illegal DVDs

Close to 106 000 illegal pirated DVD’s and CD’s with the estimated street value of more than R106 million will be destroyed in Cape Town this morning.

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, with the Film and Publication Board (FPB), in partnership with the SAPS, City of Cape Town Informal Traders Unit, City of Cape Town Economic Development and Cape Town Metro Police will lead the destruction.

The illegal material to be destructed was seized at various raids conducted in Cape Town and Durban in conjunction with the law enforcement agencies, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said in a statement.

Most of the confiscated material was not classified and contained age-inappropriate content which should not be sold on the streets and taxi ranks.

This material poses the risk of exposing children and the vulnerable to disturbing and age-inappropriate content, the department said.

The DVD’s earmarked for destruction are exhibits of concluded court cases, conducted in Cape Town and Durban.

The destruction is conducted purely to prevent the confiscated DVD’s and CD’s from finding their way back to the illegal market, thus exposing children to undesirable and age-inappropriate content, GCIS added.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Basic Education Committee Commends DBE on Three-stream Model

Parliament The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has commended the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for implementing the three-stream model in the South Africa curriculum.

Committee Chairperson Ms Nomalungelo Gina said the committee is looking forward to seeing its implementation in the education system. We are excited about the plan of inclusivity in attempting to give each learner a chance, she said.

The committee received a progress update and plan on the three-stream model and the fourth industrial revolution. The Director-General in the DBE, Mr Mathanzima Mweli, told the committee that the various parts of the education system should work together, allowing learners to take different routes to learning.

The committee heard that South Africa is currently overwhelmingly focused on the academic pathway, to the detriment of technical vocational and technical occupational opportunities. South Africa is pushing learners towards universities at rates that exceed international trends. The DBE said the differentiated model attempts to prepare learners for the global world.

The objectives of the three-stream model are, among other things, to implement a curriculum that will meet the diverse needs of South Africa’s youth, to promote skills acquisition and empower creativity. The challenge is teachers’ teaching and assessment skills. We are already working with SACE [the South African College of Educators] and universities, as they are the ones training teachers to address these matters, said Mr Mweli.

The committee heard that certain provinces have seen an increase in learners taking particular subjects to ensure that they continue to obtain top positions in the National Senior Certificate examinations.

Ms Gina said: One matter stands out. The challenge of teaching and the need to invest. We have a vision, which is good, but if we do not sort out the quality of teaching, it remains a challenge. Ms Gina said the committee welcomed the DBE’s engagement with the Department of Higher Education to address these challenges.

The committee welcomed the three-model initiative, but cautioned for consideration regarding the readiness of teachers and communities affected by the programme.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Parliament Parts Ways Amicably with Its Former Protection Services ...

Parliament� Parliament today reached a settlement with former head of its Parliamentary Protection Services Ms Zelda Holtzman to part ways cordially.

The settlement involves Ms Holtzman’s withdrawal of her dispute lodged with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). It also involves Parliament withdrawing its charges against Ms Holtzman and a decision to dismiss her. In terms of the settlement, Ms Holtzman will be paid her gross salary equivalent to a period of eight months.

Parliament dismissed Ms Holtzman last year after a disciplinary inquiry found her guilty on several charges. However, she challenged the decision at the CCMA and it was there that the parties opted, instead, to settle amicably. Charges for which Ms Holtzman was dismissed related to her refusal to provide written responses and a report to her manager, as per a lawful instruction given to her. It also related to her failure to produce a strategic business plan � in line with and in support of Parliament’s strategic plan (a statutory requirement) � and to submit an annual budget.

Today’s agreement brings the long, drawn-out dispute to an end and also ends any relationship between Parliament and Ms Holtzman.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Committee Dissatisfied with Department of Arts and Culture’s ...

Parliament Highlighting its dissatisfaction with the manner in which the department responds to queries from the public, the Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture today called on the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) to revise its response strategies. This comes after the committee today received a briefing from the Robben Island Museum on the state of governance at the entity, among other matters.

The committee learnt that the DAC has yet to respond adequately to a letter received from ex political prisoners at Robben Island, which complained about the lack of maintenance and dilapidated buildings, amongst other things. This is because the DAC is waiting for information from Robben Island officials.

This delay raised questions about the DAC’s response time, the manner in which it responds to queries and also how it manages its entities. The committee called on the DAC to review its strategy on responding to queries, as the current method is not acceptable. The committee further said that investigations in response to letters of complaint should include on-site visits, not just waiting for information to be supplied.

The Director-General of the DAC, Mr Vusimusi Mkhize, said that discussions with the Department of Public Works (DPW) are underway to deal with the challenges relating to infrastructure at Robben Island. However, the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture, Ms Xoliswa Tom, dismissed this, saying that such entities receive 80 percent of the DAC’s budget. The department cannot continuously blame the DPW for its failures to monitor and ensure that entities actually do their work, she said.

Meanwhile, a DPW official who is also a member of the steering committee established in 2014 between the DAC, the DPW and the Robben Island Museum, Mr Dumisane Gqibela, explained that maintenance challenges are a result of communication breakdowns.

Ms Tom said that Robben Island is a global site and does not belong only to South Africa. A world heritage site has a deep and rich history that must be maintained. The committee will prioritise its site visit to Robben Island, to assess the various challenges associated with governance and maintenance.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa