Daily Archives: September 11, 2018

China Mobile International Limited Establishes South Africa Office

DURBAN, South Africa, Sept. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — China Mobile International Limited (CMI) hosted the opening ceremony of its South Africa office in Durban, and the office is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Chen Zhaoxiong, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China; Mr. Zhao Zhongyi, Economic & Commercial Counsellor of Chinese Embassy in South Africa; Mr. Godfrey Motsa, CEO of MTN South Africa; Mr. Jian Qin, Executive Vice President of China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd.; Mr. Shen Weizhong, Director & Executive Vice President of China Mobile International Limited, as well as representatives from Chinese and African governments, enterprises and telecom operators attended the ceremony.

China Mobile International Limited Establishes South Africa Office

Mr. Chen advised that South Africa is one of China’s important partners, the cooperation between two countries in terms of information communications has been continuously improving in recent years. The “eight major initiatives” announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation has opened up broad opportunities for China and Africa to expand cooperation in various fields. China Mobile is expected to adhere to the concept of win-win cooperation and compliance management, to provide high-quality and convenient services that will better benefit local people. Starting from this, China Mobile should continue to promote cooperation with other countries and contribute to the development of China-Africa relations. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will further strengthen cooperation with communications authorities of South Africa, and jointly bring the information and communication cooperation between China and South Africa to a new level.

Mr. Godfrey Motsa, CEO of MTN South Africa said he believes that with the partnership between MTN Group and China Mobile International, the cost of telecom services will be significantly lower, especially roaming, leveraging the shared technology and innovation of MTN and China Mobile, it will be easier to everyone to do business without boundaries for the future.

Mr. Zhao indicated that, as the top mobile operator in China and the world, China Mobile’s decision to enter South Africa will undoubtedly add new power to the facility construction between two countries. It is hoped that South Africa can the gateway for China Mobile to strengthen the southern African market while further influencing the entire African market. At the same time, the Chinese Embassy in South Africa will continue to provide support to Chinese enterprises to invest in South Africa, and work together to build a monument and model for China and Africa cooperation!

Mr. Jian mentioned that in response to the “eight major initiatives”, China Mobile will enhance infrastructure interconnections between China and Africa. The establishment of South Africa office represents a new milestone for CMI’s development in South Africa and Arica. China Mobile will enhance technical exchanges in terms of 5G networks and IoT etc., thus providing high quality telecom services for customers in China and Africa, and make due contributions to deepening cooperation between China and Africa.

On the same day, CMI also signed a MoU for strategic alliance relationship with MTN Group, the multinational mobile operator in Africa with up to 230 million subscribers and 23 operating companies across Africa and the Middle East. The two companies will collaborate on international business expansion, international transmission interconnection and network resources sharing etc. The MoU takes CMI one step closer to meeting its goal of an interconnected world that includes Africa.

With increasing abundant submarine and terrestrial cable resources and professional competence and products, CMI plans to partner with African operators to create an open and cooperative platform while further deepening the partnerships to provide comprehensive international telecom services and solutions for customer.

About China Mobile International Limited

China Mobile International Limited (CMI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Mobile, now the largest telecom operator by network scale and subscriber base. In order to provide better services to meet the growing demand in the international telecommunications market, CMI was established in December 2010 in Hong Kong, mainly responsible for the operation of international business, and has expanded its footprint to 21 countries and regions around the world. To date, CMI owns 40+ terrestrial and submarine cable resources worldwide, with total international transmission bandwidth exceeding 30T as well as 138 POPs covering 91 hotspot cities worldwide. With Hong Kong as a starting point, CMI has significantly accelerated core IDC development globally, enabling a strong network for cloudification of data centers.

Leveraging the strong support by China Mobile, CMI is a trusted partner that provides comprehensive international telecom services and solutions to international enterprisers, carriers and mobile users.

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Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism on significant growth in blueberry production

Labour-intensive blueberry production has huge potential for the Cape

Blueberries, hailed for their health benefits and anti-oxidant properties, have soared in popularity around the world in recent years. In the Western Cape, production and exports of this berry have increased drastically from a low base, and the tiny berry holds the potential to add significant value to the economy and create additional jobs.

The blueberry world market has experienced significant growth in recent years, expanding from R8.8 billion in 2011, to R33.7 billion in 2016- translating into annual average growth of over 30%. All indications are that the global market is still growing to meet the demand that is still much higher than supply.

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde said: This is a growing market, and coupled with the fact that blueberries are a labour intensive crop – with the ability to create 2.96 jobs per hectare – means that there is real potential here for the Western Cape to grow our blueberry exports, expand our economy and create new jobs in the agricultural sector.

We’ve seen exceptional growth in a number of our berry crops and this is one of the reasons the Department of Agriculture has been investing in the Alternative Crops Research Fund, which is aimed at boosting crops like berries, cherries and pomegranates which are water-wise and highly labour intensive, he said.

In South Africa, the strong global growth has initiated substantial investment into blueberry production, and market share has increased from just 0.19% in 2008, to 1.1% in 2016. According to data from Hortgro and the South African Berry Association, 68% of all South Africa’s berries are grown in the Western Cape.

About 70% of all South African blueberries are exported, 16% are sold as fresh in the local market and the remainder enter the agri-processing chain.

Blueberry exports from South Africa have shown annual average growth of about 44%, and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s fly-over data also indicates that the hectares under production for blueberries has shown good growth.

Consumption trends in the USA, which is both the world’s largest consumer and producer of blueberries, show interesting data. Between 2005 and 2012, consumption trebled- partially as a result of a significant rise in the number of products which added blueberries as an ingredient. In the year 2000, approximately 300 products on the American market contained blueberries, by 2012, this had risen to more than 1000. Products including blueberries range from baked goods, to breakfast cereals and yoghurts.

Minister Winde remarked: We’ve seen from the USA, that there has been a rise in the number of products using blueberries there, which shows the opportunities available in the agri-processing space too. One of the pillars of our Project Khulisa strategy is to develop agri-processing, and berries as a whole, and blueberries in particular have many uses ranging from jams and juices to baked goods, breakfast cereals, health bars and even freeze-dried and frozen options.

Currently, South Africa and the Western Cape’s biggest export market for its blueberries is the United Kingdom, with import values for 2016 reaching R228 million. The Netherlands is the second biggest market, however, market attractiveness data indicates that there are a number of markets that have strong potential for development and growth including Ireland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Germany and Belgium. Asian markets in Singapore, Malaysia and China also hold real potential.

While the USA is the world’s largest consumer of blueberries, this market would be a difficult one to tap into primarily because of its proximity to other major producers like Mexico and Canada in the North, and Chile and Peru in the Southern Hemisphere.

However, other northern hemisphere countries are willing to pay premium prices for blueberries in their production off-season. As a Southern hemisphere producer, South Africa is presented with opportunities in this regard, however, would be competing with Chile and Peru, who are some of the largest exporters of blueberries in the world.

Peru in particular has shown massive growth in blueberry exports since 2011- with an annual average growth rate of over 300%. While South Africa would be competing with these Southern Hemisphere producers, we believe that there is still a lot of untapped market potential, and we see the continued growth of these Southern Hemisphere producers as a positive indicator of growth. At this point it is essential that new markets be opened and explored through bilateral engagements for continued growth of the industry, Minister Winde said.

Source: Government of South Africa

WATCH: Outsurance, SAFA Partnership Announcement

OUTsurance today announced a new partnership with SAFA which will see the insurer invest over R50m over a five-year period as the sponsor of the match officials.

This unique partnership will afford OUTsurance high visibility on-field at all ABSA Premier Soccer League, National First Division, ABC Motsepe League, SAB League, SASOL Women’s League and all cup matches. The sponsorship extends beyond branded apparel. At the core of this sponsorship is the development of refereeing in South Africa, to the benefit of both players and supporters.

Source: South African Football Association


PRETORIA– Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and and Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders has declared his country’s full backing for South Africa’s ongoing land reform efforts whihch involves expropriation of land without compensation.

Speaking at a joint media briefing with South African International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu at the conclusion of a working visit here Monday, he said: We are sure that we need to be firm on the issue of land reform because from the beginning of the reconciliation process, land reform was the focus.

He acknowledged that Section 25 of the South African Constitution was being reviewed through a parliamentary process. There is an importance of the process to be smooth, Reynders said.

He added that Belgium’s position was that the process needed to be balanced. We don’t want to [later] express extreme views. We have already seen so many views across the world. We have to try to work together to better understand and be sure that it’s a balanced process with the capacity to take into account all the interests of the citizens, he said.

Sisulu said she had during discussions assured Reynders that South Africa was educating the world about where the country stood on land as the position had been misunderstood. I assured him that we are doing something about it. We are educating the world about what we are doing to redistribute the land, she said.

The two Ministers signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance co-operation between the two countries.

As South Africa we enjoy good bilateral relations with Belgium. These relations are based on shared commitment to the values of freedom, democracy and similar approach to a number of international issues, particularly peace and security, Sisulu said.

South Africa and Belgium occupy a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2019- 2020 term.

We used this meeting to among other things deepen our bilateral ties and to enhance continuous cooperation on peace and security issues, particularly those on the agenda of the UNSC. We also exchanged views on issues of mutual interest, such as the fight against racism, human rights, migration, climate and ecological changes, amongst others, Sisulu said.

The Minsters said the main objectives of the meeting was to expand and strengthen bilateral relations, revitalize economic relations with a focus on Trade, Foreign Direct Investment and Tourism.

Belgium invested 10.11 billion Rand (about 665 million US dollars) into the South African economy in 2017, creating more than 1,000 job opportunities for people.

As we prepare for the upcoming Investor Conference in October 2018 which is aimed at attracting 1.3 trillion Rand investment into the country, we are certain that Belgium is already part of the investment drive and will send its business representatives to the conference, she said.