Daily Archives: September 13, 2018

Namibia Launches NDC Partnership Plan for Climate Action

The Namibian Government and development stakeholders came together to join forces in delivering on the country’s commitments to advance the Paris Agreement. A newly developed Partnership Plan connects international resources for climate mitigation and adaptation to five priority areas set by the government and builds a community around climate action in Namibia.

WINDHOEK, Namibia, Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Namibia today released its strategy to deliver its commitments to the Paris Agreement by fast-tracking climate action.  Building off progress already made through Namibia’s existing climate plans and policies, the Namibia NDC Partnership Plan identifies priority areas set by the government for implementation of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. The Plan takes ongoing action into account but, more importantly, looks to the future for development partners to deliver on their responsibility in supporting the global south to fight climate change. The priority areas set by the Government, and supported by the development community, private sector and others, include:

  • development of better framework conditions for effective climate change governance;
  • strengthening financing of projects that help reduce emissions and enhancing the country’s resilience against the effects of climate change;
  • tracking progress toward greenhouse gas emission reduction targets;
  • strengthening coordination across national and international stakeholders to fast track decisions and interagency collaboration.
Deputy Minister of Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism Bernadette Jagger

“We [Namibia] are aware that the implementation of our NDC presents several challenges, particularly in terms of financial and technological resources. We know we cannot tackle these challenges alone and that we need coordinated and concerted efforts of all our partners. It is for this reason that Namibia has joined the NDC Partnership and we believe that it will be a valuable partnership to assist us in attracting transformative projects to achieve our NDC targets and contribute to the overall goals outlined in the Paris Agreement,” said the Honorable Bernadette Jagger, Deputy Minister of Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

In its NDC, Namibia committed to ambitious mitigation and adaptation targets. In mitigation, Namibia committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 89 percent by 2030 through climate smart agriculture, reducing deforestation and renewable energy. Namibia is also highly vulnerable to climate impacts: half of Namibia’s population relies on subsistence agriculture, and water insecurity is a serious threat to the welfare of the Namibian people and its economy. To reduce this vulnerability, Namibia seeks a diversity of solutions, including improving water security, preventing desertification and increasing resilience to flooding, to name a few. To achieve these goals, Namibia has embraced the NDC Partnership’s integrated planning process to strengthen coordination, resource mobilization and transparency on NDC implementation.

Several members of the NDC Partnership have already pledged support to Namibia through the Partnership Plan, including the African Development Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the French Development Agency (AfD), the European Commission, the Federal Republic of Germany (through GIZ and KfW), the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank and World Resources Institute. Strong interest has also been expressed from several banks, including the Namibia Development Bank and NedBank, in investing in climate smart projects. A growing community of development partners, private sector and government institutions is quickly assembling behind an urgent call for action to address climate impacts to achieve global climate goals.

“According to the recent publication on the State of the World’s Food Insecurity launched 11 September 2018, hunger is on the rise thanks in part to extreme climate events. Therefore, now more than ever we need to accelerate and scale up actions to strengthen the resilience and adaptive capacity of food systems and people’s livelihoods through national commitments like NDCs to cope with the impacts,” said Resident Representative Farayi Zimudzi of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The NDC Partnership is a global coalition of countries and institutions committed to transformational climate action, co-chaired by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Morocco. The Partnership has grown to 83 member countries, 19 institutional members and seven associate members since its launch in November 2016. Namibia was one of the first countries in Africa to join the NDC Partnership and formalized its request for technical assistance in March 2018. The NDC Partnership is supporting more than 30 developing countries to enhance and implement their NDCs through technical assistance; capacity building; knowledge sharing and access to finance. Members give specific support to one another to strengthen policy frameworks; mainstream climate actions into national, sectoral and sub-national plans; develop budgeting and investment plans; share knowledge and resources and build more robust monitoring and reporting systems in line with country-driven requests.

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MoneyGram Launches Money Transfer Service to all Mobile Wallets in ...

Company expands digital offerings to offer consumers more choice in Africa’s fifth largest receive market 

ACCRA, Ghana, Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MoneyGram (NASDAQ:MGI) and Zeepay, a mobile financial services company, announced today a new partnership that enables customers around the world to send money directly to more than 11 million mobile wallets in Ghana. With this new service, MoneyGram becomes the only leading money transfer provider in the country to offer consumers three different options to pick up funds from over 200 countries around the world.

“This is an important milestone for MoneyGram in Ghana as we’re now offering real-time, seamless service to our customers and giving them more choices about how to receive their funds – at a physical location, directly to a bank account or a mobile wallet,” said Grant Lines, MoneyGram’s chief revenue officer. “Giving consumers the flexibility to choose between digital and cash pick-up is, and will continue to be, a competitive advantage for the company.”

Funds can be sent via MoneyGram online or at any one of MoneyGram’s thousands of locations in 200 countries and territories around the world into mobile wallets in minutes. Money can be accessed 24/7 and used instantly for purchasing goods and services online. The receiver may also pick up their remittance in cash at over 2,000 banking partners’ locations across the country or have it debited into a bank account.

“Together with MoneyGram, we are building the future digital payments ecosystem in Ghana. I look forward to seeing the launch of similar services in other African countries,” said Andrew Taki Appiah, managing director at Zeepay.

According to the World Bank, in 2017, $2.2 billion flowed into Ghana, mainly from the United States ($585 million), Nigeria ($395 million), the United Kingdom ($286 million), Italy ($145 million) and Germany ($115 million).

For more information about the service, please visit www.moneygram.com.gh

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About MoneyGram International
MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.

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SANY Heavy Industry Releases Its Performance Announcement in H1

CHANGSHA, China, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On August 26, SANY HEAVY INDUSTRY CO., LTD (hereinafter referred to as SANY Heavy Industry) released its performance announcement of the first half year of 2018. By June 30, the company achieved sales revenue of 28.1 billion yuan (4.09 billion USD), year-on-year growth of 46.2 percent; the net cash flow from operating activities reached 6.221 billion yuan (906 million USD),  year-on-year growth of 5.55 percent, the highest record in the same period of its history. The net profit achieved 3.389 billion yuan(494 million USD), an increase of 192.09 percent over the same period last year, reaching 161 percent of the net profit of year 2017.

SANY excavator

Rapid growth of the revenue from product line

Driven by infrastructure construction, the growing demand for the renewal of equipment and the increasing awareness for environment protection, the sales of the company’s excavating machinery, concreting machinery and hoisting machinery maintained rapid growth.

In the first half year, SANY Heavy Industry achieved sales revenue of 11.16 billion yuan for excavator machinery, year-on-year growth of 61.62 percent, which has been the domestic sales champion for 8 consecutive years; the sales revenue of the concrete machinery reached 8.549 billion yuan, year-on-year growth of 29.36 percent, ranking as the top brand in the world; the sales revenue of the hoisting machinery achieved 4.102 billion yuan, an increase of 78.47 percent over the same period of last year with steady promotion of its market position; the piling machinery and road machinery also achieved rapid growth, increasingly expanding their market share.

Benefiting from the significant growth of the sales revenue and the increase in profit making, the company’s gross profit rate is 31.64 percent, 1.57 percentage higher than that of 2017. The Net profit attributable to shareholders of listed companies is 3.389 billion yuan, reaching 161 percent of the full-year level in 2017.

Management quality greatly improved 

Cash flow hits record high

The company has been paying attention to management quality and risk control. Based on a perfect risk control system, the company has good control on the business risks. The company’s cash flow for operating activities is 6.221 billion yuan, a year-on-year growth of 5.55 percent, the highest level in the same period of the company’s history.

Business innovation and transformation

SANY Heavy Industry has taken great effort in business renovation and transformation since the beginning of this year. It has achieved remarkable efforts in digitization, intelligentialization and mass entrepreneurship and innovation platforms. The company is fully pushing forward the digitization and upgrading of marketing service, R&D, supply chain and financial affairs by implementations of the projects of CRM, PLM, SCM and GSP.

Additionally, SANY-SPARK incubator focuses on the incubation and operation of projects relating to AI, big data, internet, Internet of Things and new materials. It has won 14 honors, including the national innovative space for intelligent manufacturing and the national-level innovative space.

Increased investment in R&D

In the first half year, SANY Heavy Industry invested 1.426 billion yuan in R&D, year-on-year growth of 73.12 percent. It developed a number of competitive products such as SY155H excavator for mining use, SAC2200T all-ground crane and SYM5230THB370C-8 truck-mounted concrete pump. Its new businesses in fire pumper and intelligent residue vehicle maintained steady development.

According to statistics, the company has applied for 7,609 patents and been authorized 6,253 patents by June 2018, ranking No.1 in China for the applied patent quantity.

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Australian clients: 1800 GO SANY (1800 467 269)
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Gauteng Roads and Transport urges operators to convert permits to ...

Transport operators urged to convert permits to operating licenses

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, has appealed to all public transport operators to convert previously-issued, radius-based permits to route-based operating licenses.

The conversion process is a legislative requirement regulated by Section 47(2) of the National Land Transport Act and Sections 7 and 14 of Regulation 1208.

The old permits must be converted to operating licenses, said Vadi.

It must be noted that operating licenses will only be issued to operators who were previously issued with permits to operate within the public transport sector. This process is not applicable to new operating license applications, he explained.

The appeal forms part of a response to issues raised in the 2016 Report by the Ad-hoc Committee of Inquiry into Taxi Permits and Operating Licences in the Gauteng provincial legislature, which highlighted, inter-alia, the following matters linked to taxi conflicts:

Taxi violence between associations or owners fighting for commuter routes;

Illegal taxi operations;

Illegal acquisition of permits and licenses;

Unregistered associations; and

Unaudited taxi routes.

Through this conversion process the Department is empowered to verify and audit various routes by associations. This ensures operators and associations conduct operations on allocated and registered routes in accordance with conditions stipulated on operating licenses.

In its previous appeal to operators in 2016, the Department was able to convert and issue over 6300 operating licenses to various public transport applicants.

For conversions operators are required to submit the following:

Completed application form (Form 1B) obtainable at TOLAB offices;

ID copy/company registration certificate (CC);

Letter of appointment for persons submitting applications for companies;

Letter from association confirming membership (applicable to mini-bus taxi mode)

Original tax clearance certificate from SARS;

Original permit or certified copy/affidavit in the case of lost permits;

Vehicle certificates of fitness (CoF) and roadworthiness;

Vehicle certificate of registration (CoR); and

Fee of R300.00 per application (cash or bank-guaranteed cheques).

Source: Government of South Africa

Tourism on cooperation between South Africa and Palestine

The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom together with his Palestinian counterpart, HE Rula Ma’Ayah Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of the State of Palestine today signed a land mark tourism cooperation agreement between the countries at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg

The cooperation agreement was preceded by a bilateral discussion between the two countries on the occasion of Minister Ma’ Ayah official visit to South Africa.

We encourage South Africans to visit Palestine. We know that there are obstacles, but we are confident that just like us, the people of Palestine will find peace soon. We stand in solidarity with the world in finding lasting solutions on the Palestinian question, said Minister Hanekom in his welcoming remarks to the State of Palestine delegation.

In her response to Minister Hanekom’s remarks, Minister Ma’Ayah expressed her gratitude on behalf of the people of Palestine for the continued support from South Africa including multilateral efforts in finding lasting peace.

Palestine is a holy place with a number of different religious sites. We have 2.7 million tourists visiting Palestine each year, despite the fact that we do not have a single airport. This agreement is therefore very important milestone towards increasing South African visits to Palestine, said Minister Ma’Ayah.

We are happy to visit on the centenary year of Madiba, because we regard him as a symbol of justice for the world, and justice is important to our people, concluded Minister Ma’Ayah, before the signing ceremony commenced.

The areas of cooperation as stipulated in the MoU are:

The exchange of tourism information;

Private sector cooperation, including mutual participation in tourism festivals, fairs, seminars, conferences and other tourism events held in the two countries;

Tourism investments, including public sector investments into the development and implementation of tourism; and

Capacity building.

Following the signing, both ministers undertook a tour of the iconic Constitutional Hill precinct, including its erstwhile Women’s Jail section and the Constitutional Court Chamber before proceeding for a working lunch and a tour of Vilakazi Street in Soweto.

Full diplomatic relations between South Africa and the State of Palestine were established in 1995, and this led to the opening of a Palestinian Embassy in South Africa in the same year. This gave expression to the strong and long standing ties of friendship and mutual support between the people of South Africa and Palestine.

Source: Government of South Africa

Kekana wants coding to be compulsory at school

Communications Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana says coding should be introduced as a compulsory subject in schools in order to put the upcoming South African generation on par with international standards.

Once we start teaching our children coding from an early age, it will give them the skills to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Kekana said.

The Deputy Minister, together with the Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu and the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, joined other women in a high-level panel discussion on promoting information and communication technology (ICT) opportunities for women empowerment.

The panel discussion took place on Thursday at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference 2018 in Durban.

Kekana said South Africa needs to adopt deliberate and measurable targets to bridge the gender divide in the ICT sector.

We need to [teach] young girls to code at a young age

Does gender parity always translate into women empowerment because we can put women [in top management positions] but not be able to put [them in] an enabling environment that will allow them to pull up other women as they rise. This is a challenge that we need to address, she said.

Opportunities for women

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has committed to provide training to 100 women a year per province in digital literacy. It is also providing the Girls-who-Code programme, targeting 100 girls.

Ndabeni-Abrahams said she will launch a multi-stakeholder consultative forum in October to devise a strategy towards collaborating for the programme.

If we are to derive an effective economic spin-off in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we have to build a capable army. We realise that a capable army can’t be capable if there are no women, the Deputy Minister said.

Zulu said the role to narrow the digital divide related to gender equality requires a combined effort from government and the private sector.

Government, the private sector, academia and entrepreneurs themselves all have different roles in strengthening the ICT ecosystem for women.

There is a need for a centre where policymakers, entrepreneurs, financiers, academics, start-up communities, technology companies, State development agencies and civil society can come together to address the challenges and opportunities of the changing environment, Zulu said.

The Minister emphasised the importance of understanding the requirements that drives the need to create economic opportunities and provide solutions to the daily challenges faced by South Africans as paramount to bridging the digital innovation divide.

According to Zulu, her department has for the past three years exceeded the public service target of 50% women in Senior Management Service positions.

Given that our top portfolios are occupied by women, this suggests that when we plan and implement, there is a strong presence of capable women senior managers, she said.

The Department of Small Business Development, supported by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), has the women in ICT incubator called Bandwidth Barn.

The incubator assists women-owned ICT businesses to grow and build their contacts.

The South African Parliament has approximately 44% female Members of Parliament, ranging from Ministers to political party leaders, the Minister said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Pinetwon FCS Unit arrest man for raping children in Inchanga

A 35-year-old man from Hammersdale has been arrested by members from Pinetown Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) this morning for the alleged rape of two children in Inchanga area.

On 8 September 2018, two cases of rape were reported at Inchanga Police Station whereby two victims, a 10-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl were allegedly raped by the same suspect on different occasions.

It is alleged that in the first incident, a 10-year-old boy was walking from the tuckshop when he was called by a man who was driving a marked company vehicle, the man asked the boy to show him directions to the Roman Catholic Church. The boy got into the truck with the man and they drove to the direction, but when they got to the place he was asking for, the suspect drove past and stopped in a deserted area where he allegedly raped the boy. When he finished raping him, he drove back to where he picked the boy from. He then went to a certain house where two children were playing, he took a six-year-old girl and rape her.

Both victims described the same man to the police as the suspect who had violated them. Preliminary investigations led the police to a company in Hammersdale where they got all the details of the person who was driving that particular company car on that day. He was subsequently arrested and is expected to appear at the Pinetown Magistrate Court on 17 September 2018.

Source: South African Police Service

Hawks nab traffic official for alleged corruption

Northern Cape – A joint operation comprising of the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigating Unit, Local Criminal Record Centre and Tactical Response Team has led to the arrest of a traffic official and a driving school owner aged 46 and 61 respectively today at Prieska.

It is alleged that between the period 2014 and 2017 the pair worked in cahoots, wherein the driving school owner would recruit clients on weekends, outside of operating hours and bring them to the local Traffic Department and illegally issue them with learners and driver licences in exchange of bribes.

Several evidential material including paper work were confiscated during the operation.

Both suspect are expected to make their first appearance at Prieska Magistrate Court tomorrow, 14 September 2018.

Source: South African Police Service