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Radiant Earth Foundation Releases First Earth Imagery Platform for ...

WASHINGTON, Sept. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Radiant Earth Foundation (formerly known as Radiant.Earth) announced today the release of its new open Earth imagery platform, fundamentally changing the way humanitarian aid workers, policymakers, researchers, journalists, and others use satellite images to understand and serve their communities. The platform is the first of its kind to offer instant, secure, and free access to Earth observation data on the cloud and help the global development community apply the data to real-world problems.

Today, there are more than 600 Earth observation satellites orbiting the planet, each one generating an estimated 6.4 terabytes of data each day. From seeing the scale of natural disasters to supporting Ebola outbreak responses, this data can measure global changes in near real time, leading to better-informed interventions and investments from the public and private sectors.

However, the current growing market for Earth observation data is highly fragmented and often cost-prohibitive for NGOs, multilateral organizations, government agencies, and others focused on social entrepreneurship. Working with organizations such as NASA, the European Space Agency, the Group on Earth Observations, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and private companies around the world, Radiant Earth Foundation’s platform brings together billions of dollars’ worth of satellite imagery and makes it available to the global development community. Additionally, the platform provides user-friendly analytical tools and support, empowering a range of users to consume and analyze the data in their everyday work.

“As global threats like climate change rapidly grow, observation systems and analytical technologies such as machine learning allow us to analyze landscapes and communities at a scale that was previously impractical and inaccessible to global development practitioners,” said Anne Hale Miglarese, founder and CEO of Radiant Earth Foundation. “And while satellite imagery offers a front row seat to humanity’s footprints, data alone doesn’t advance solutions. Our platform has been built by and for the development community, providing the best of today’s technology tools and insights to support the people who need it most—from a refugee camp in Myanmar to a small island nation in the Pacific.”

During its beta phase, Radiant Earth Foundation served more than 100 organizations including the World Bank and Catholic Relief Services and developed use cases that will be available to the public at large. The platform’s open API also allows users to integrate non-imagery data, including air quality, population, and weather statistics.

“I’ve been using drones to help low-income farmers across Botswana analyze crops, but I struggled with incomplete data, let alone data storage,” said Mmoloki Morapedi, a 2017 Mandela Fellow who uses Radiant Earth Foundation’s platform in his work as a drone designer, pilot, and analyst. “The platform allows me to streamline my drone data and help farmers better understand when and where to plant their crops—ultimately increasing their potential revenue and reducing food insecurity in Botswana.”

With funding from Omidyar Network and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Radiant Earth Foundation serves as a neutral, not-for-profit organization helping the growing satellite imagery industry balance bottom lines and higher purpose.

“The opportunity to create positive change through Earth observation data has never been greater,” said Peter Rabley, venture partner at Omidyar Network. “Radiant Earth Foundation is truly democratizing access to and use of satellite imagery, bringing clarity to an industry that has been confusing and costly for the global development community. The platform has the potential to spark solutions for some of society’s most entrenched issues—from rapid, unchecked urbanization to environmental degradation and more.”

Radiant Earth Foundation’s platform is now available to the public at app.radiant.earth through secure self sign-up or integrated social sign-on via Twitter, Facebook, GitHub, or Google accounts. Radiant Earth Foundation will host a webinar on September 26, 2018, at 11 a.m. EDT to demonstrate the platform’s unique features to users. To attend the webinar, please register here: http://bit.ly/REFPlatformWebinar.

About Radiant Earth Foundation
Founded in 2016, Radiant Earth Foundation (formerly Radiant.Earth) is a nonprofit organization committed to aggregating the world’s open Earth imagery and providing access and education on its use to the global development community. Radiant Earth Foundation’s open technology platform helps people discover and analyze the vast resources of Earth imagery, improving decision-making and fueling new solutions, discoveries, and innovations for society. Radiant Earth Foundation also offers a robust, integrated community development program to guide people in the use of Earth imagery, geospatial data sets, and tools. Visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Medium, and GitHub.

Media Contact:
Louisa Nakanuku-Diggs
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La vodka Belvedere s’associe avec le célèbre artiste Laolu ...

Le partenariat se distinguera par une suite mondiale d’expériences artistiques créées de concert et par des événements accompagnant la commercialisation de bouteilles cet automne

NEW YORK, 5 septembre 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Belvedere, la vodka originale de catégorie super-premium synonyme de goût et de personnalité a le très grand plaisir de faire part de son partenariat mondial avec Laolu Senbanjo, artiste visuel couronné de récompenses, musicien et activiste, en particulier dans une commercialisation limitée d’une bouteille superbe arrivant à l’échelle mondiale dans les magasins en septembre 2018. Avec une vision artistique qui révèle la beauté à l’intérieur de chacun de ses sujets, la nouvelle bouteille en série limitée anime l’interprétation de Senbanjo de la complexité, des nuances et du caractère du liquide offert par Belvedere.

Belvedere Vodka 2018 Limited Edition Bottle

Artiste de scène, artiste visuel, nigérian de naissance et basé à Brooklyn, Senbanjo a choisi la peau comme support artistique principal ; il est surtout connu pour sa peinture corporelle mise en lumière sur « Lemonade » de Beyoncé, album visuel distingué par les Grammy Awards. Il a été à la une du Washington Post et mis en vedette par The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, BBC, CNN et NBC. Outre Beyoncé, il compte parmi ses collaborateurs des artistes comme Alicia Keys, Swiss Beatz, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Alek Wek et Danielle Brooks.

Senbanjo applique aux concepts muraux, aux partenariats de la mode, aux événements artistiques en direct et aux installations sa devise « Tout peut être ma toile ». Aujourd’hui, il la met en pratique sur la nouvelle bouteille de vodka Belvedere de série limitée. La première bouteille de Belvedere est entièrement enveloppée en faisant appel à une technologie de gaine de haute qualité et elle se singularise par une conception aux bords très nets symbolisant l’eau et le seigle œuvrant ensemble pour produire à la fois dimension et goût. Une subtile texture dont le toucher rappelle la peau réagit à la lumière ultraviolette et sert à apporter une composante sensorielle supplémentaire à la bouteille. La couleur charbon et des formes distinctes créent des designs complexes, riches d’histoire et qui s’inspirent largement de son héritage yoruba.

« Lorsque Laolu peint un sujet, chaque concept est unique, propre à ce qu’il pense décrire le mieux sa beauté interne. Ce message phénoménal s’aligne de façon harmonieuse sur notre mission cherchant à révéler la beauté inattendue de la vie, » a souligné Rodney Williams, président de Belvedere Vodka. » « Laolu est aussi un défenseur des droits sociaux et un ancien avocat des droits de l’homme. Ses philosophies correspondent tout à fait avec notre engagement envers les communautés et la genèse d’actions positives dans le monde, en l’occurrence l’organisation (RED) et le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le VIH/SIDA en Afrique, cause que nous défendons depuis 8 années. »

« En tant qu’artiste, j’ai l’occasion de partager mon âme avec les gens qui m’entourent, mon environnement et le monde. Je suis ainsi à même de canaliser mes expériences comme mon parcours d’avocat des droits de l’homme et aussi en tant que nigérian, » a fait remarquer Laolu Senbanjo. « La conception de la bouteille de Belvedere provient de cette inspiration et j’ai aussi fait beaucoup de recherche sur ce qui est au cœur de Belvedere comme le seigle et la pureté de son eau. Cette bouteille est une fusion étonnante de mon art et elle fait vivre ce que Belvedere personnifie : je peux ainsi faire partie de la société et lui donner quelque chose en retour, ce qui veut dire beaucoup pour moi. »

La vodka Belvedere et Laolu dévoileront la série limitée de cette bouteille à l’occasion d’un événement prévu pour la Semaine de la mode printemps / été 2019 à New York en septembre. La bouteille servira à apporter un soutien au Fonds mondial contribuant à éliminer le VIH/SIDA en Afrique. Elle sera largement disponible à partir de septembre et se présentera sous des capacités de 70 cl, 75 cl, 1 litre et 1,75 litre.

À PROPOS DE BELVEDERE VODKA
Produite dans l’une des distilleries polonaises de vodka au plus long fonctionnement continuel dans le monde depuis 1910, Belvedere a été la première marque à générer une nouvelle norme d’excellence en établissant la catégorie de vodka super-premium. Aujourd’hui, le goût distinctif et l’intégrité sans compromis de Belvedere jouissent de la reconnaissance internationale des enthousiastes exigeants de vodka qui en apprécient la personnalité dynamique et complexe. Élaborée en faisant uniquement appel à une classe supérieure de seigle Polska et d’eau puisée dans sa propre source cristalline, Belvedere est purement naturelle, sans additifs ni ajout de sucre, et elle est produite conformément aux exigences légales de la vodka polonaise. La profil de sa saveur est structuré, élégant et équilibré, avec une douceur subtile, riche en bouche, et un fini onctueux et net. Pour davantage de renseignements, visitez https://www.BelvedereVodka.com.

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Belvedere Vodka Joins Forces With Acclaimed Artist Laolu Senbanjo For ...

Partnership to feature a global series of powerful co-created art experiences and bottle launch events this fall

NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Belvedere Vodka, the original super premium vodka that stands for taste and character, is excited to announce its global partnership with award-winning visual artist, musician, and activist Laolu Senbanjo, including a striking limited edition bottle available in-store globally September 2018. With an artistic vision to reveal the beauty within each of his subjects, the new limited edition bottle visually brings to life Senbanjo’s interpretation of the complexity, nuance and character of the Belvedere liquid.

Belvedere Vodka 2018 Limited Edition Bottle

A Brooklyn-based Nigerian-born performance and visual artist, Senbanjo’s main artistic medium is the skin; he is best known for his body-painting featured in Beyoncé’s Grammy Award-winning visual album, “Lemonade.”  He’s graced the cover of the Washington Post, and has been featured in TheNew York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, BBC, CNN, and NBC. In addition to Beyoncé, he counts artists including Alicia Keys, Swiss Beatz, Seun Kuti, Tony Allen, Alek Wek, and Danielle Brooks among his collaborators.

Senbanjo applies his mantra, “Everything is My Canvas,” to mural designs, fashion partnerships, live art events and installations, and now to the new limited-edition Belvedere Vodka bottle. The first Belvedere bottle with high-quality full-wrap sleeve technology features a flowing design with sharp edges that represent the water and rye working together to produce dimension and taste. Subtle skin-sense texture, which reacts to UV lights, is used to bring another sensory component to the bottle. The charcoal coloring and distinct shapes create complex, story-rich designs, which draw heavily from his Yoruba heritage.

“When Laolu paints a subject, each design is unique to what he believes depicts their inner beauty. This phenomenal message is seamlessly in line with our mission to reveal the unexpected beauty in life,” said Rodney Williams, president of Belvedere Vodka. “Also as a social advocate and former human rights attorney, Laolu’s philosophies align with our commitment to community and creating positive action in the world; in this case, the program supports the (RED) organization and the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, a cause we’ve been supporting for 8 years.”

“As an artist I get to share my soul with people around me, my environment and the world and I’m able to channel my experiences like my journey as a human rights attorney and as a Nigerian,” said Laolu Senbanjo. “The Belvedere bottle design came from that inspiration as well as doing a lot of research about what Belvedere is at its core, like the rye and the pristine water. The bottle is an amazing blend of my art and bringing to life what Belvedere stands for – and I get to be a part of giving back to society, which means a lot to me.”

Belvedere Vodka and Laolu will reveal the limited edition bottle at an event planned for Spring/Summer 2019 New York Fashion Week in September. The bottle will support the global fund to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa. Widely available beginning September, the bottle comes in 70cl, 75cl, 1L and 1.75L sizes.

ABOUT BELVEDERE VODKA
Produced in the one of the world’s longest continuously operating Polish distillery that has been making vodka since 1910, Belvedere was the first to generate a new standard of excellence by establishing the super-premium vodka category. Today, Belvedere’s distinctive taste and uncompromising integrity are recognized internationally by discriminating vodka enthusiasts who appreciate its dynamic and complex character. Crafted using only superior grade Polska rye and water from its own local pristine source, Belvedere is all natural, contains no additives nor added sugar, and is produced in accordance with the legal requirements of Polish Vodka. Its taste profile is structured, elegant and balanced, with a subtle sweetness, rich mouthfeel and smooth, clean finish. For more information visit https://www.BelvedereVodka.com.

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Oriental Yuhong Attends 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit

BEIJING, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The 2018 FOCAC Summit held on Sep 3rd and 4th, invited Oriental Yuhong to attend the summit. Representatives of the company attended the session between Chinese private enterprises and the delegation from Mauritius. Mr. Liu Bin, President of Oriental Yuhong Waterproofing Group, shared the experience of Oriental Yuhong’s waterproof project services in the African market, and revealed future service plans in Africa.

Africa is a key market of Oriental Yuhong. The company has successfully undertaken major projects, such as Mombasa-Nairobi Railway, Tanzania Kiggobni Sea-crossing Bridge and Angola Fevereiro International Airport. Africa has become one of the important markets for Oriental Yuhong as it continues to expand. Oriental Yuhong is looking forward to providing high quality products and internationally recognized services for more buildings in Mauritius.

Mr. Liu said that “over the past 20 years, Oriental Yuhong has adhered to the international high standards and self-discipline. The high-quality waterproof system service has been successfully used in the construction of Beijing’s new Airport, National Stadium and High-speed railways. Oriental Yuhong has become one of the world’s leading waterproof system service providers.”

Oriental Yuhong has been exploring and expanding in international markets for 13 years. The company has applied waterproofing system solutions to major industrial and civil infrastructure and commercial buildings. The company’s high-quality products have been exported to more than 100 countries and regions including Africa, Germany, the United States and Brazil.

For more information about Oriental Yuhong, visit http://en.yuhong.com.cn/

Sibanda admits to tricky 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship draw

Zimbabwe coach Sithethelelwe Sibanda admits her side had received a tricky draw in the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championships as they prepare to battle for the trophy this year in Nelson Mandela Bay from September 12-22.

Zimbabwe were champions in 2011, but lost to South Africa in the final on home soil last year, and in 2018 have another tough first round draw.

The Mighty Warriors open their Group C campaign against Namibia on September 13, before a clash with Swaziland the following day and then a final fixture against East African guest nation Uganda.

It’s a very tricky draw just like the other groups. Believe me Namibia are a very good team, Sibanda told The Herald. This is a new game, it’s not about history, but about how prepared and how we will perform in the match.

The Uganda game is a very tricky assignment, they are fresh from CECAFA [Women’s Challenge Cup], the team cohesion is still there, we need to be at our best.

At the end of the day we just have to try and work with the time that we have and stay positive, Sibanda added.

The coach believes the field, that also includes Cameroon, ranked number three on the African continent, is a very tough one.

West African countries possess talent as shown by them having foreign-based talent, so it’s a tricky tournament. We just need to be positive and give it our best and let God lead the rest.

Only the top team in each group will advance to the semifinals, along with the best-placed runner-up.

Women’s football in Zimbabwe has seen a resurgence in recent years after the side won the Southern African championship in 2011 and also qualified for the Olympic Games football tournament in Brazil in 2016.

Zimbabwe preliminary COSAFA Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Shebba Rauli (Auckland), Chido Dzingirai (Correctional), Lindiwe Magwede (Cyclone Stars), Cynthia Shonga (Faith Drive).

Defenders: Sheila Makoto (Blue Swallows), Lynett Mutokuto (Black Rhinos), Sarudzai Chikowore (Harare City), Edline Mutumbami (Blue Swallows), Danai Bhobho (Harare City), Nobuhle Majika (M.S. U), Nobukhosi Ncube (Correctional), Sithembile Nyoni (Weerams), Diana Nyika (M.S.U).

Midfielders: Emmaculate Msipa (Black Rhinos), Marjory Nyaumwe (Correctional), Mavis Chirandu (Black Rhinos), Greater Bande (Cyclone Stars), Rumbidzai Zhoya (Auckland), Felistas Muzongondi (Black Rhinos), Peacemore Kenende (Inline Academy), Evermore Mutandwa (Weerams), Kudzanai Chiparausha (Blue Swallows), Concilia Madotsa (Faith Drive).

Strikers: Maudy Mafuruse (Faith Drive), Rutendo Makore (Black Rhinos), Erina Jeke (Correctional), Berita Kabwe (Correctional), Shamiso Mutasa (Harare City) Elizabeth Bvunzawabaya (Cyclone Stars), Susan Nyama (Herentals).

Source: South African Football Association

Eastern Cape SAPS sends off POLMUSCA team in grand farewell

Eastern Cape SAPS hosted a grand send-off ‘Prayer and farewell’ for all the teams going to National POLMUSCA Competition yesterday, 04 September 2018.

This police grand cultural event will be held in Kimberly from 19-22 September 2018.

The send-off were for the Choir, Traditional Dance, the Provincial band, Ballroom dancers, Stalls for potjiekos and cultural exhibitions. EC-SAPS is no stranger to participating in this competition and have hosted its 2015 edition in Port Elizabeth. EC-Provincial Choir, were champions in 2014 and 2016 while also making a mark in the competition in different categories like Exhibition, Band and Potjiekos in different years.

The farewell was attended by Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt-Gen Ntshinga accompanied by Deputy Provincial Commissioner: Assets Management Maj-Gen Dyantyi, Acting Deputy Provincial Commissioner: HRM, Brig Kunene and Provincial Head: HRD, Brig DeKlerk. The Commissioner invited and had the pleasure of hosting two special guests, namely former Chairperson of the House of Traditional leaders in Eastern Cape: Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima of the Abathembu as well as Deputy Regional Commissioner, Noziphiwo Dumbela-Correctional Services in the Province.

Speaking at the event, Provincial Commissioner acknowledged Chief Matanzima and members of senior management as well as everyone present including the POLMUSCA participants.

“We said on Friday in Mthatha when we were closing the National Women’s Management Week, we will meet in Kimberly. You will recall our Choir were the defending champions and that year (2016) was year of plenty. This time around we have Chief Matanzima magic. I won’t say much but will allow Chief to speak more. I was excited and emotional when you sang the Heroes song but disappointed to discover the composer is not a SAPS employee. As from today you will be SAPS employee, “said Lt-Gen Ntshinga.

She encouraged the team to go and have fun and boldly commanded, “Mesmerize them. Keep on doing well and keep that confidence.”

She also utilized this gathering to share her proverb of gees she regularly refrains whilst encouraging teamwork and cooperation in various components within the province.

Let the other provinces see you as one people with a common goal. One goal we have in Kimberly is to win. Remember ‘Operation Vat Alles’, she reminded everyone.

A video of the geese wisdom was played on big screens during the event, to encourage all those in attendance on the importance of working together. The Commissioner advised this as a key guide to achieving our mission and objective in Kimberly as she wished all the teams good luck.

Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima thanked the Provincial Commissioner and police management for inviting him to come and bid farewell to the teams.

“If you do research on musicians, farmers, leaders, you will than note that when we say this province is a Province of Legends, it’s a testimony of our association with success. Look at the first teachers like Tsotsi, in church, etc. It is why they say that back into time during 100 years long frontier wars and more back into time, our history reflects our resilience,” said Chief Matanzima.

He said he felt it was important to paint this picture, to remind the Provincial ambassadors that they come from the home of success and resilience as he wished all of them good luck in Kimberly.

“You must sing, perform and convince yourself,” concluded Chief Matanzima.

The Ballroom, Band and Traditional dancers continued to captivate everyone with sneak performances of what they will bring to Kimberly. Senior management and guest proceeded to sample delicious Potjiekos recipes to be unveiled in Kimberly. Brig De Klerk thanked all the participants and those in attendance.

Source: South African Police Service

Committees Meets with Former Steinhoff CEO, Mr Markus Jooste

Parliament� The Standing Committees on Finance; the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa); the Portfolio Committees on Trade and Industry and; the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration met with the former Chief Executive Officer of Steinhoff, Mr Markus Jooste.

Today’s meeting is the fourth meeting held this year by the committees on the Steinhoff matter.

Mr Jooste’s overall statement and responses to questions made out that he was not aware of any financial irregularities, has done no wrong and cannot be held personally responsible for the collapse of Steinhoff shares.

The Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Mr Yunus Carrim, said the committees felt that Mr Jooste could have been far more forthcoming and answered

questions more precisely without incriminating himself or undermining his right to a fair trial in a court of law or a fair inquiry by a regulatory body. He said that, in a way, by not being open, Mr Jooste suggested he has much to hide.

His account to Parliament reinforces our call that the regulatory bodies and other state agencies should act swiftly and more decisively to deal with those who did wrong at Steinhoff, said Mr Carrim.

Mr Carrim said they recognised the complex and global nature of corporate scandals such as Steinhoff’s and the huge amount of forensic and other investigative work necessary to establish exactly what happened and who is responsible for precisely what failure, but surely there should be more progress, 10 months after the collapse of the Steinhoff shares.

More can and needs to be done, said Mr Carrim.

Mr Carrim said they also believe there needs to be far more concerted cooperation between the relevant state agencies in our country and Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere.

The committees’ particular concern remains the poor performance of the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority, and strongly believe that they need more forensic, auditing and other technical skills to effectively fulfil their responsibilities in regard to Steinhoff.

While there is considerable focus on public sector corruption at present, the private sector usually goes scot-free. We need to decisively deal with private sector corruption. After all, in most cases of public sector corruption there is a private sector hand at work, said Mr Carrim.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Committees meet with former Steinhoff CEO

The Standing Committees on Finance, Public Accounts, Trade and Industry and Public Service and Administration have met with the former CEO of Steinhoff, Markus Jooste.

Today’s meeting was the fourth meeting held this year by the committees on the Steinhoff matter.

Jooste’s overall statement and responses to questions made out that he was not aware of any financial irregularities, has done no wrong and cannot be held personally responsible for the collapse of Steinhoff shares, the Parliament Committees said in a joint statement.

I want to place it on record that when I left Steinhoff on the 4th of December, I was not aware of any accounting irregularities, what they refer to in the books of Steinhoff, Jooste said.

Headquartered in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, Steinhoff International, which employed 130 000 people worldwide, is a South African global furniture giant that is dual listed in Germany.

Its share price came tumbling down when Jooste resigned in December last year after allegations of accounting irregularities surfaced ahead of the company’s results being announced.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the company’s demise, his rare appearance before the joint meeting of oversight committees comes after he declined to appear before an inquiry into Steinhoff matters earlier this year, with his reason being that he had already left the company.

In a bid to get him to appear before the joint meeting, Parliament served a summons on the former CEO of a firm that has seen its share price reportedly plunge by 95% ever since his departure.

In his statement, Jooste said he personally lost R3 billion when the Steinhoff share price collapsed in December.

Giving a detailed sequence of events, Jooste said what led to the collapse of the Steinhoff share price started with his decision to form a partnership with Austrian businessman Dr Andreas Seifert in 2007, who led a huge retailer in Europe with a considerable footprint.

His vision with Seifert at the time, Jooste said, was to form a large retail chain that would be a competitive venture across the entire European Union.

At the time, Steinhoff was a manufacturer and sourced its furniture, and that the furniture giant needed a retail partner.

Unfortunately, it turned out that Dr Seifert was the wrong person to go into business with for various reasons and Steinhoff’s association with Seifert was terminated in March 2015 and that resulted in various litigations with Steinhoff and him, and that was on-going by December when I left Steinhoff, Jooste said.

The Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Yunus Carrim, said the committees felt that Jooste could have been far more forthcoming and answered questions more precisely without incriminating himself or undermining his right to a fair trial in a court of law or a fair inquiry by a regulatory body. He said that, in a way, by not being open, Jooste suggested he has much to hide.

His account to Parliament reinforces our call that the regulatory bodies and other state agencies should act swiftly and more decisively to deal with those who did wrong at Steinhoff, said Carrim.

Carrim said they recognised the complex and global nature of corporate scandals such as Steinhoff’s and the huge amount of forensic and other investigative work necessary to establish exactly what happened and who is responsible for precisely what failure, but surely there should be more progress, 10 months after the collapse of the Steinhoff shares.

More can and needs to be done, said Carrim.

He said they also believe there needs to be far more concerted cooperation between the relevant state agencies in our country and Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Jooste said in January 2015, German tax authorities carried out a search and seizure operation at the premises of a Steinhoff subsidiary in Germany. It emerged that former executive of the company, who had been fired over misconduct, had made allegations against the Steinhoff subsidiary to tax authorities, Jooste said.

He also said that in the same year, Seifert also made various statements to the German tax authorities to add to the investigation.

The Committees’ particular concern remains the poor performance of the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority, and strongly believe that they need more forensic, auditing and other technical skills to effectively fulfil their responsibilities in regard to Steinhoff.

While there is considerable focus on public sector corruption at present, the private sector usually goes scot-free. We need to decisively deal with private sector corruption. After all, in most cases of public sector corruption there is a private sector hand at work, said Carrim.

Source: South African Government News Agency