Daily Archives: April 22, 2019

New UN-Habitat Regional Office for Arab States and Egypt country office Inaugurated

H.E. Assem Al-Jazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, officially inaugurated the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) Regional Office for Arab states and Egypt country office.

UN-Habitat Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS), established in 2011, and generously hosted by the Arabic Republic of Egypt, has a mandate to provide policy advice, technical cooperation and capacity building for eighteen countries across the Arab region as well as providing tools and support for regional mechanisms to coordinate cooperation in the fields of urban development and housing in the Arab region.

Since its inception, the regional office of the Arab States has grown exponentially with programs spanning across the four Domains of Change of UN-Habitat: Reducing Poverty and Spatial Inequality; Enhanced Shared Prosperity; Strengthening Climate Action and Improving the Urban Environment; and Urban Crisis Prevention and Response, thanks to the generous support of partners.

During the opening, Dr. Assem Al-Jazzar expressed his appreciation for the partnership between the Egyptian government and the United Nations Human Settlements Program where the government of Egypt has been supporting UN-Habitat since the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, October 2016. Egypt, along with all other United Nations Member states, endorsed the New Urban Agenda and committed to work together towards a paradigm shift in the way we plan, build, and manage our cities; and reinforce the role of UN-Habitat in leading the way towards a sustainable urban environment for all, leaving no one and no place behind.

Ms. Zena Ali Ahmed, Regional Director for Arab States, expressed her appreciation for the generous support provided by the Government of Egypt to the United Nations Human Settlements Program and statedrdquo;We are truly grateful to the Arab republic of Egypt for hosting the Regional Office for Arab States since 2011, and to the government of Egypt for availing all support to UN-Habitat to achieve a better quality of life in urban areas and improve living conditions to all. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Egypt to support the region in their quest for achieving the Sustainable Development Goalsrdquo;

Ms. Rania Hedaya, director of Egypt country programme, stated thatrdquo; For over 10 years, UN-Habitat in Egypt has been able to build strong partnerships with the government, civil society, donors, and various stakeholders, while pushing forward its vision of piloting new planning approaches and technologies that can support a more sustainable urbanization processrdquo;.

In Egypt, with a high population growth rate (approximately 2%) and current population of 100 million, 43% of which live in urban areas and is expected to reach over 60% by the year 2050, it is imperative that Egypt further equip itself to face the challenges of urbanization and manage it in an efficient manner to maximize and capture the values created, optimizing the returns on investment, from the social and economic perspectives.

Ms. Rania added We commend Egypt for prioritizing investments in the urban sector since urbanization, if managed well, could be the driver for sustainable development. And we are very happy that UN-Habitat has been given the opportunity to support Egypt in its sustainable urbanization process on both the policy and implementation levels, with a people-centered focus.rdquo;

Source: United Nations Information Centre – Cairo.

Suspect arrested in connection with the fire at Cape Town railway station

Investigations into the circumstances of a malicious damage to property case where several train carriages were extensively damaged during a fire at Cape Town railway station yesterday afternoon led to the arrest of a suspect. The 30-year-old resident of Khayelitsha was detained by police after he was apprehended by PRASA officials earlier today. Surveillance footage was used to identify the suspect, who is scheduled to make a court appearance in Cape Town Magistrates’ Court once he has been charged. The possibility of more arrests is not ruled out.

Source: South African Police Service

Gauteng education department calls for police visibility across school zones

The Gauteng Department of Education has called on law enforcement agencies to intensify safety precautions across all school zones.

This follows the horrific shooting of a parent outside Newclare Primary School on Tuesday, 24 July

It is alleged that the parent was waiting to pick up his son, when unknown suspects shot him.

Detailing the ordeal, police spokesperson Warrant Officer Jerbes de Bruin said: the victim went to fetch his son from school, when a group of unknown men approached the vehicle and shot him. Community members managed to drive the victim to the hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival.

De Bruin said that the police were investigating the matter and that they since have launched a man hunt for the suspects.

Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson, Steve Mabona said that they were shocked by the shooting. We are quite saddened about the event because one of our pupils has lost their parent. The Grade 5 learner who is the child of the deceased, is too traumatised, said Mabona.

As part of a safety precaution and feedback session, the Department has since visited the school in effort to offer support and counselling services to learners.

Mabona said there was a need for more police visibility across communities, to curb the scourge of violence. These things normally happen outside the school environment. The only thing that we did is provide counselling services but our security team are in fact interacting with the police to make sure that learners are always safe when they go home.

So, it is a matter of police visibility and it is beyond us. We cannot separate a school from the community. Therefore, it is difficult for us to be hands on when it comes to security in the community, added Mabona.

Source: Gauteng Province

Police arrest a suspect for drugs in Florida

Police arrested a 34-year-old man today at about 13:00 and found drugs hidden in a stove. The intelligence driven operation by members of Johannesburg CIS and West Rand K9 Unit led to the arrest of the suspect in Florida at Belgrade flats.

It alleged that since police got the information early this month they have been doing observation until this morning when police launched an operation. Police searched the flat and found a plastic bag with Crystal and Rock worth of thousands of rand in the stove.

The arrested suspect will appear in Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 24 April 2019.

Source: South African Police Service