Monthly Archives: September 2018

Zoomlion Joins Kenya’s KES Road Project, Further Advancing ...

CHANGSHA, China, Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (Zoomlion), China’s top construction machinery manufacturer, has delivered an order of ZE360E and ZE230E excavators to Kenya’s Kitale- Endebess-Suam (KES) road renovation project, the company’s latest milestone in its decade-long history in the African market.

Located in Trans Nzoia County and expected to take 912 days, Zoomlion’s excavators will be used to upgrade and rebuild a 45-kilometer-long (27.96 miles) segment of the KES’s asphalt road.

“It’s an honor to join the KES road renovation project,” said Fu Hongsheng, General Manager Assistant of Zoomlion Overseas Company. “Zoomlion’s dedication to quality and understanding of the African market has enabled us to win the trust of clients across the continent and we are confident that our excavators will excel in the construction tasks ahead.

“China’s Belt and Road Initiative has given us new opportunities to expand in the African market. We have built a comprehensive operations network in Africa that emphasizes strong spare parts and service support as well as technician and talent training. Zoomlion’s equipment is now in active service in multiple infrastructure projects in Africa, making our brand a symbol of Sino-Africa friendship,” said Fu.

Since entering the market in 2007 Zoomlion’s thoroughly-tested equipment has participated in over a dozen construction projects across Africa, including the East-West Highway in Algeria, Kusile Power Station in South Africa, Central Railway project in Tanzania and the Hass Towers in Kenya.

In 2014, Zoomlion’s concrete mixing plant serviced Kenya’s Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway project, the country’s first railway since independence. Zoomlion’s highly efficient and reliable equipment as well as the professional service team’s dedicated work were praised by the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development.

Zoomlion now sells engineering, earthmoving, concrete and construction machinery products to 15 countries in Africa, including Algeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Namibia.

About Zoomlion

Founded in 1992, Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (Zoomlion) is a high-end equipment manufacturing enterprise that integrates engineering machinery, agricultural machinery and financial services. The company now sells nearly 800 cutting-edge products from 49 product lines covering nine major categories. Zoomlion is China’s first construction machinery company to be listed on both the Shenzhen and Hong Kong stock exchanges.

For more information, please visit http://en.zoomlion.com/.

Bombardier CRJ Series Certified for Higher Maintenance Intervals

MONTREAL, Sept. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has granted approval for the maintenance intervals escalation of the CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 aircraft. The line maintenance interval (A-check) is extended to 800 flight hours, and the heavy maintenance interval (C-check) at 8,000 flight hours.

“With the longest maintenance intervals on the regional jet market, the CRJ aircraft family continues to deliver more value to operators, along with its excellent reliability and its proven outstanding operational capability”, said Charles Comtois, Head of CRJ Series Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We are thrilled that our operators are benefitting from our continuous improvement mindset as with this evolution, the CRJ Series operators can now take advantage of 14 per cent less maintenance days, meaning more days of revenue flying.”

The maintenance intervals have doubled since the launch of the CRJ aircraft family. The new maintenance intervals are applicable for new production deliveries as well as all CRJ700, CRJ900, and CRJ1000 aircraft in service.

About Bombardier
With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Les avions Bombardier CRJ Series certifiés pour un accroissement des ...

MONTRÉAL, 24 sept. 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Avions commerciaux a annoncé aujourd’hui que la Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) a donné son approbation relativement à l’accroissement des intervalles de maintenance pour les avions CRJ700, CRJ900 et CRJ1000. Les intervalles de maintenance en piste (visite A) et de révision générale (visite C) sont prolongés à 800 et à 8 000 heures de vol respectivement.

« Grâce aux plus longs intervalles de maintenance de tout le marché des biréacteurs régionaux, ainsi qu’à son excellente fiabilité et son exceptionnelle capacité opérationnelle qui font sa renommée, la gamme d’avions CRJ continue d’offrir davantage de valeur aux exploitants, a dit Charles Comtois, chef du programme d’avions CRJ Series, Bombardier Avions commerciaux. Nous sommes ravis que les exploitants de biréacteurs CRJ Series tirent parti de notre approche d’amélioration continue. Cette évolution signifie une réduction de 14 pour cent du nombre de jours de maintenance, ce qui permettra d’avoir davantage de jours consacrés au service qui engendre des revenus. »

Les intervalles de maintenance ont doublé depuis le lancement de la gamme d’avions CRJ. Les nouveaux intervalles de maintenance s’appliquent aux nouveaux avions de production ainsi qu’à tous les avions CRJ700, CRJ900 et CRJ1000 en service.

À propos de Bombardier
Comptant plus de 69 500 employés répartis entre quatre secteurs d’activité, Bombardier est un leader mondial de l’industrie du transport, créant des avions et des trains novateurs qui changent la donne sur leur marché. Nos produits et nos services offrent des expériences de transport de calibre international qui établissent de nouvelles normes de confort des passagers, d’efficacité énergétique, de fiabilité et de sécurité.

Avec son siège social situé à Montréal, au Canada, Bombardier possède des installations de production et d’ingénierie dans 28 pays, couvrant les secteurs Transport, Avions d’affaires, Avions commerciaux et Aérostructures et Services d’ingénierie. Les actions de Bombardier se négocient à la Bourse de Toronto (BBD). Au cours de l’exercice terminé le 31 décembre 2017, nous avons réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 16,2 milliards de dollars. Vous trouverez nouvelles et information à l’adresse www.bombardier.com ou en nous suivant sur Twitter @Bombardier.

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Gates Foundation Report Says Demographic Trends Threaten Global ...

Bill and Melinda Gates say investing in young people could unlock productivity and innovation

SEATTLE, Sept. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched its second annual Goalkeepers Data Report, pointing to demographic trends that could stall unprecedented progress in reducing global poverty. While 1 billion people have lifted themselves out of poverty over the past 20 years, rapid population growth in the poorest countries, particularly in Africa, puts future progress at risk. If current trends continue, the number of extremely poor people in the world could stop its two-decade decline—and could even rise.

Despite the sobering projections, Bill and Melinda Gates express optimism that today’s growing youth populations could help drive progress. Investing in the health and education of young people in Africa could unlock productivity and innovation, leading to a “third wave” of poverty reduction, which follows the first wave in China and the second in India.

“The conclusion is clear: To continue improving the human condition, our task now is to help create opportunities in Africa’s fastest-growing, poorest countries,” Bill and Melinda Gates write in the introduction. “This means investing in young people. Specifically, it means investing in their health and education.”

Goalkeepers: The Stories Behind the Data 2018 was co-authored and edited by Bill and Melinda Gates and produced in partnership with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Using new data projections, the report reveals that poverty within Africa is concentrating in just a handful of countries, which are among the fastest-growing in the world. By 2050, more than 40 percent of the extremely poor people in the world will live in just two countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.

In the past, large youth populations have helped drive economic growth and poverty reduction. The report makes the case for leaders to invest in the power and potential of youth to continue progress. Through essays by experts and journalists, the report examines promising approaches in health and education, highlighting ways that young people could help transform the continent. According to the report, investments in health and education, or “human capital,” in sub-Saharan Africa could increase GDP in the region by more than 90 percent by 2050.

Each year, the report tracks 18 data points from the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, including child and maternal deaths, stunting, access to contraceptives, HIV, malaria, extreme poverty, financial inclusion, and sanitation. IHME projections provide three potential scenarios for indicators: better and worse scenarios based upon accelerating or reducing the rate of progress, and projections based upon current trends. This year’s report examines four topics in greater depth:

  • The Family Planning chapter includes an essay by Alex Ezeh, a visiting fellow with the Center for Global Development. The essay focuses on the importance of empowering women so they can exercise their fundamental right to choose the number of children they will have, when they will have them, and with whom. Ezeh notes that according to data from the United Nations, Africa’s population is projected to double in size by 2050 and could double again by 2100. If every woman in sub-Saharan Africa were empowered to have the number of children she wants, the projected population increase could be up to 30 percent smaller, from 4 billion to 2.8 billion. Most critically, this would enable more girls and women to expand their horizons, stay in school longer, have children later, earn more as adults, and invest more in their children. The chapter also explores how a novel family planning program in Kenya is providing young women with access to contraceptives.
  • The HIV chapter includes modeling by Imperial College London for what Zimbabwe’s HIV epidemic might look like in 2050 and, thus, what the nation’s overall future holds. Its large number of young people have the potential to drive economic growth, but only if they remain healthy. More than half of Zimbabweans are under 25 years old and reaching the age when they are most at risk for HIV infection. If Zimbabwe scales up currently available prevention tools over the next five years, it could see new infections among 15- to 29-year-olds drop by a third within a decade. The introduction of new prevention tools by 2030, including a highly efficacious vaccine, could further reduce new cases to approximately 400 per year. Together, these interventions could avert up to 364,000 new cases of HIV among young people.
  • The Education chapter includes an essay by Ashish Dhawan, chairman of the Central Square Foundation in India. Although more students in low- and lower-middle-income countries are enrolled in school today than ever before, many are not learning what they need to succeed. Unfortunately, the strategy for improving school outcomes is not as clear-cut as the strategy for improving school access. The chapter examines Vietnam’s success in achieving system-wide improvements. Though the country’s per capita GDP is only slightly higher than India’s, Vietnam’s 15-year-olds outperform students from wealthy countries like the United States and the United Kingdom on international tests.
  • The Agriculture chapter includes analysis by James Thurlow, a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, estimating that by doubling agricultural productivity, Ghana could cut poverty in half, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and drive economic growth. An essay by a local journalist follows the journey of a tomato from a field in rural Burkina Faso to a plate in Ghana, illustrating how many jobs it creates along the way.

Bill and Melinda Gates will produce the Goalkeepers Data Report every year through 2030, timing it to the annual gathering of world leaders in New York City for the UN General Assembly. The report is designed to highlight best practices and help hold the Gates Foundation, its partners, and leaders around the world accountable. It aims to document not just what is working, but where the world is falling short.

In conjunction with the report, Bill and Melinda Gates are once again co-hosting the Goalkeepers event in New York City during the UN General Assembly. On September 26, dynamic young leaders from government, business, technology, media, entertainment, and the nonprofit sector will discuss innovations and approaches to achieve the Global Goals. Participants include young leaders like David Sengeh, chief innovation officer for the government of Sierra Leone; Trisha Shetty, Indian lawyer, social activist, and founder of SheSays; King Kaka, Kenyan musician and activist; and Aranya Johar, Indian spoken word poet. Other speakers include Graça Machel, international advocate for women and children’s rights and co-founder of the Graça Machel Trust; Richard Curtis, writer, campaigner, and Project Everyone co-founder; and Stephen Fry, actor, writer, and presenter. Performers include British singer songwriter Ed Sheeran and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Additional speakers will be announced soon.

Co-hosted by Bill and Melinda Gates, the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards will be presented on September 25, the evening before the Goalkeepers daytime event. In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF, the awards will celebrate outstanding youth-focused work around the world that is directly linked to the 17 Global Goals. The four award categories include the Progress Award, Changemaker Award, Campaign Award, and Global Goalkeeper Award.

Notes to Editors

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

About Goalkeepers
Goalkeepers is the foundation’s campaign to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals). By sharing stories and data behind the Global Goals through events and an annual report, we hope to inspire a new generation of leaders—Goalkeepers who raise awareness of progress, hold their leaders accountable, and drive action to achieve the Global Goals.

About the Global Goals
On September 25, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, 193 world leaders committed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals). These are a series of ambitious objectives and targets to achieve three extraordinary things by 2030: end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.

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Report Link: http://gatesfoundation.org/goalkeepers/report

Deputy President David Mabuza: 23rd Annual National Economic ...

Address by Deputy President David Dabede Mabuza, on the occasion of the 23rd Annual NEDLAC Summit at Saint Georges Conference Centre, Pretoria

Programme Director;

Ministers and Deputy Ministers;

President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA);

Leaders of Organised Labour, COSATU, FEDUSA AND NACTU;

Leaders of the Community Constituency;

Distinguished guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am honoured to address this 23rd Annual NEDLAC Summit.

As this is my first engagement with you since our appointment to this position, I join all of you in this critical work of a partnership with a common objective to create a developed and prosperous nation.

As we work together going forward, you will have my unwavering commitment to bringing together Government, Labour, Business and Community organizations for this common-cause.

Working together in unison, we will seek full cooperation. We will work through problems. We will solve our challenges.

We need to creatively respond to how we balance domestic imperatives of transformation and configuration of the state on one hand, and creatively implementing our agenda of socio- economic transformation on the other.

Just as those who have come before us, our remit remains the sage wisdom of leadership and governance by consensus.

Together we will create a better life for all our people.

We will ensure that all who serve our people, all who lead, are empowered to make the best possible contribution for solving the economic, labour and development challenges confronting our country.

In you we see friends and reliable pillars that will hold and support us without end. We see fellow comrades and fellow travellers in the journey for a united, non-racial, non-sexist, just and prosperous South Africa.

The very foundation of NEDLAC, are founded on the vision of a pulsating participatory democracy� the heart-beat of which is a government that is not only based on the will of the people, but one that serves with dedication and commitment.

Ours is a nation founded on the values of Ubuntu that defines our very being. I am because you are, and you are because I am.

Inherent in our being, is the call to join labour, business and civic organisations to collectively make a difference, to make South Africa work.

It is those values and rich traditions of our people, which inspired our founding fathers to draft and craft this NEDLAC model that is the lode-star for our cooperation.

NEDLAC in its architecture envisions a country of opportunity. It envisions the cultivation of economic opportunities by working together as a people.

It is a system that cares little for race, creed, colour, wealth or class status. So long as we all put shoulders to the wheel, with all palms holding fast to a single ideal, we can achieve more.

At its core is a mechanism that will help us overcome the accumulated burdens of our divided past.

Here we will stand together, in-solidarity and march in-line to the cusps of a promised new dawn.

We may not all be elected representatives; we may not have large constituencies, but all of us can and will make a difference. We all make a contribution. This is the engine room from which we are sent to ensure that South Africa works – and it works for all her people.

It is from here that we must sow and plant the seeds from which we will reap the socio-economic advances necessary for inclusive growth and the creation of decent jobs and sustainable livelihoods.

It is from this engine room that we must craft the co-operation to make measures such as the National Minimum Wage to be an unrivalled success.

It is from this chamber, difficult and intractable as our challenges may seem, that we will cultivate the solutions to occasion hope and prosperity.

Here we will breed a system that gives workers a living wage. A system that creates jobs. A system that gives our people dignity. A system that helps them provide for themselves and live by the work of their hands.

This is a place where we can bring an end to exploitation and other forms of modern-day slavery.

It is from this cooperation that we must ensure the building of a country that is just and fair. A country that encourages prosperity in respecting labour laws and gives our people a fair chance at inclusive growth.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

When you met last, you met under the uncomfortable economic condition in the wake of the 2017 Sovereign Ratings Downgrades.

Today we meet at a time of great economic challenges facing our country. These challenges include sluggish economic growth leading to slow employment opportunities for our people and in certain sectors, job losses that further compound the challenge of poverty and inequality in our country.

As you are aware, we meet at a time when our revenues are declining. The Minister of Finance has budgeted for a VAT increase, with SARS indicating negative revenue collection outcomes.

We have also encountered an economic decline in the last two quarters showing successive decline. Our inflation outlook is increasingly perilous, the effects of a VAT increase, Rand-dollar exchanges and high fuel prices are beginning to impose their weighty implications. Both consumer and business confidence is showing strain.

In this environment, South Africans are standing cap-in-hand, facing us as NEDLAC social partners to coordinate all-round efforts to answer to their needs.

Working together with government, we all need to assist our National Treasury in the development of appropriate stimulus measures to cushion the poor and re-start the economy.

For our part as government, we have made significant progress in the past eleven months to identify and take key actions to mitigate the risk factors.

Understanding the depth of our challenges, we cannot wallow griped in a winter of despair.

We must all have the courage and conviction in lifting our country out of this economic challenges. We must stand together to engineer the path of unity of purpose.

This will at times require surgical and difficult austerity measures.

It will require that we work smarter, faster and with the requisite conviction to make do with the little we have.

As you are no doubt aware, our country is known for introducing world-class policies, but equally a notoriety for lack of implementing.

This must change.

Our inequality levels are far too high. The wage differentials, the historical disadvantages and low levels of education and skills, demand of us all to care more about the poor.

We are also acutely aware that this socio-economic pain, is borne most by young people in general and women in particular.

These conditions make urgent the need to cushion the poor from the effects of the economic decline.

We urgently need to complete our work on a comprehensive social security and retirement reform system, which is affordable, sustainable and appropriate for South Africa.

Most importantly, we have to graduate our people out of poverty by creating opportunities for young people and women. The other category in this regard that require attention and innovative responses, is the youth not in employment, not in education and not in training.

We will have to be innovative, efficient and effective. We are enjoined to use our scant resources wisely, with circumspection and with proper motive.

No longer can we afford malfeasances, greed and corruption. Nor can we afford to squander, pillage and decay our nation into any form of crisis.

All of us should take responsibility and become more accountable to what is best for society.

For our part as government we have made the commitment to root out corruption and governance failures in our system.

In the similar vein, we expect all NEDLAC partners to follow in good-turn. We must join hands in improving the lives of our people. Together we must build resilient institutions that would make our country to grow to higher levels.

Without your support and commitment, we cannot be able to defeat the corruption both in public and private sectors as well as price collusion.

We need business to close the taps of corporate greed, just as we need to ensure that public representatives do not use public resources for private interest.

What we need most is that our State-owned enterprises lead the way in the development of critical socio-economic infrastructure.

As you are aware, President Ramaphosa has called for investment of R100 trillion in our economy over the next five years. This should be investment from domestic and international sources.

To achieve this target, charity must begin at home. All our companies with cash reserves and growth potential must lead the way and invest in long-term growth. It is to them that outsiders are looking for the cultivation of confidence in the economy.

To encourage you, we too will do our part. We will ensure that we put in place the appropriate governance structures, structures that are fit for purpose, credible, efficient and effective.

But we must also ensure that we treat workers fairly.

In this connection, I am advised that The Department of Labour has tabled the much anticipated National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill and the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill to NEDLAC on 05 May 2017.

I believe that the relevant task teams have been established to engage on both pieces of legislation and that negotiation on the National Minimum Wage are on-going.

As a matter of principle, we understand that workers have struggled for these gains for decades over.

We will seek at all times to bring their realisation for workable policies that facilitate an appropriate balance between inequality and prosperity.

Committed to these ideals, the Department of Labour has drafted and tabled an enforcement Strategy.

We call on all our social partners, on business and labour to ensure that we do the right thing, ever and always, without long arm of the law hovering over us. We simply have to find our moral compass.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

The theme under which we meet demands that we rise to the occasion of structural change.

We must prepare our economy to be attuned to the necessities of the 4th Industrial revolution.

Yesterday we used water and steam power to mechanize production. We turned to electric power to engineer mass production. Today, we rely on electronics and information technology to automate production.

For a better tomorrow, we will need to ride the wave of a Fourth Industrial Revolution.

We must anchor our growth on a digital revolution, a revolution that will change the way we work, live and tame artificial intelligence.

For this future we will need to prepare workers, business and young people to see this change as pregnant with opportunity and infinite possibilities.

We will have to stand ourselves ever-ready to amass the benefits of technologies that will transcend the physical, digital, and biological spheres that hold us back.

As production methods change, we must not be complacent nor frightened by the lightning speed of change. Rather, we must keep up.

Innovation and science is always the function of necessity.

We must embrace the infinite promise of autonomous cars, drone pizza deliveries and new lifesaving medical technologies.

But we must build tomorrow, today. We must ensure that we improve our skills and training regime to note advantages of these developments.

As a country in the global South and on the periphery, we must pace ourselves appropriately to preserve jobs and our consumer markets for the benefit of our continent.

We must respond positively by arming ourselves for a future that is grounded in science, technology and innovation.

It is our young people that will hold this promise to the future.

For us who have come before, we will need to pay it forward by investing in education, skilling and training.

We, need to ensure that we unearth our national talents.

We, have to ensure that nobody is behind. We, must ramp-up our efforts for creating new opportunities for young people.

It is us who must feed their hunger for learning, creativity and unlocking their latent talents.

In conclusion, as announced by The President in the State of the Nation we will be convening a Jobs Summit and an Investment Summit during the course of this year.

The preparatory work on these two initiatives are at an advanced stage.

These interventions will once against test our commitment to working together to find the solutions to the challenges we are faced with.

In planning for the job summit, social partners have identified five focal areas. We will be identifying special economic sectors for specific intervention.

Instead of focusing only on industrialisation and large-corporate, we will be leveraging the potential of Small and Micro Enterprises and ensuring their integration into global value chains.

We will use them to provide a solid base for future industrialisation.

In this regard, I have convened the Ministers COGTA, Small Business Development and Public Works to create work-streams and an anti-poverty inter-ministerial committee. Our focus is to graduate people out of Public Works programmes into enterprises and sustainable businesses.

We will turn our focus towards the institutionalisation of initiatives such as Sukuma Sakhe and Nthirisano at a national level to ensure that we build on the successes at provincial levels.

This will ensure that we target inclusive growth, redistribution and transformation at a granular level. We are totally committed to this process as part of ensuring that we meet the demands for radical socio-economic transformation.

The road ahead of us is long. It is fraught with pitfalls and troughs. Yet beyond the horizon, there is opportunity and fountains of hope.

We are taking the war to poverty. We are determined to make poverty history, to free our people from want and to give them dignity through economic emancipation.

Let us inspire hope, let us withstand the labour pains of yesterday and today so that a thriving new dawn may rise tomorrow.

Sukumani sakhe isizwe! Saam werk! Let us build today what we broke yesterday.

With those few words, I wish you a successful summit.

I thank you!

Source: Government of South Africa

Police appeal for information on missing persons

The Police in Lebowakgomo outside Polokwane have launched a search operation for two missing persons, 16-year-old teenager Keletso Mphahlele from Lenting village in the Ga-Mphahlele area and 75-year-old elderly man from Staanplaas village in the Ga-Chuene area.

It is alleged that the 16-year-old left her home on Monday 10 September 2018. She allegedly travelled together with her mother in a bus, going to school and her mother going to work. When the mother got home in the afternoon, her daughter was nowhere to be found. She was reportedly wearing school uniform, blue skirt, white shirt and a blue pull over.

In another incident, a 75-year-old man, Frank Rakgoroane, residing at Staanplaas Ga-Chuene also disappeared. It is alleged that the elderly man left home on Tuesday 11 September 2018 at about 14:00. He did not inform anyone where he was going.

The family tried to locate him, particularly at a usual place Sedimothole Seleteng where he regularly visit with no success. He was last seen by his daughter wearing a black cowboy hat, maroon jacket and black long trouser with light brown tekkies.

An attempt by the police and family to look for the two at relatives and friends did not yield any positive results.

Source: South African Police Service

Motshekga shocked at teacher stabbing

Following the alleged fatal stabbing of a teacher by a 17-year-old pupil, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has expressed shock and called for schools to be safe spaces for learners and teachers.

The death of the 24-year-old [teacher] can only be described as an abhorrent travesty.

It is heart-breaking to loose such a young teacher, who still had so much to offer and so much potential for greatness in such a pointless and tragic manner, said Motshekga.

Police have apprehended the learner, who was allegedly reprimanded the day before by the teacher, for a minor incident involving skipping the queue for the National School Nutrition Programme.

According to the department, the stabbing incident happened in full view of a class that was in the process of writing an examination in the North West.

The said pupil has been suspended.

Psycho-social services have since been deployed to the school to provide counselling.

This comes on the heels of another incident in Gauteng, where a learner was arrested for pointing a gun at a teacher.

We cannot and will not tolerate delinquency and lawlessness in our schools. We all need to ensure that our schools are safe spaces for learning and teaching. Parents, communities and law enforcement agencies all need to play their role to ensure that together we raise caring, responsible citizens, and that our schools are protected from evil elements that threaten to destabilise them.

At no time can it be acceptable to bring weapons or any other prohibited substances such as drugs and alcohol into our schools, said the Minister.

Motshekga urged parents to be vigilant and ensure their children do not leave home and come to school with weapons.

The department will continue to work closely with police to curb youth delinquency, violence and other social ills from taking hold of our schools. We all need to work together to ensure that schools are safe spaces for learners and teachers, said the Minister.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Motshekga shocked at teacher stabbing

Following the alleged fatal stabbing of a teacher by a 17-year-old pupil, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has expressed shock and called for schools to be safe spaces for learners and teachers.

The death of the 24-year-old [teacher] can only be described as an abhorrent travesty.

It is heart-breaking to loose such a young teacher, who still had so much to offer and so much potential for greatness in such a pointless and tragic manner, said Motshekga.

Police have apprehended the learner, who was allegedly reprimanded the day before by the teacher, for a minor incident involving skipping the queue for the National School Nutrition Programme.

According to the department, the stabbing incident happened in full view of a class that was in the process of writing an examination in the North West.

The said pupil has been suspended.

Psycho-social services have since been deployed to the school to provide counselling.

This comes on the heels of another incident in Gauteng, where a learner was arrested for pointing a gun at a teacher.

We cannot and will not tolerate delinquency and lawlessness in our schools. We all need to ensure that our schools are safe spaces for learning and teaching. Parents, communities and law enforcement agencies all need to play their role to ensure that together we raise caring, responsible citizens, and that our schools are protected from evil elements that threaten to destabilise them.

At no time can it be acceptable to bring weapons or any other prohibited substances such as drugs and alcohol into our schools, said the Minister.

Motshekga urged parents to be vigilant and ensure their children do not leave home and come to school with weapons.

The department will continue to work closely with police to curb youth delinquency, violence and other social ills from taking hold of our schools. We all need to work together to ensure that schools are safe spaces for learners and teachers, said the Minister.

Source: South African Government News Agency