Daily Archives: November 23, 2015

North West Government on brutal killing of Mr Wandile Bozwana

The Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government has noted with concern that some within the media continue make insinuations between the brutal killing of Mr Wandile Bozwana and the court processes that are currently underway. Such insinuations are condemned as they seek to dent the good image of the Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government.

The Provincial Government views these insinuations as unfortunate in view of the fact that the police are still hard at work in investigating the matter.

Premier Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo has congratulated the police in the recent arrest of two suspects on the killing of Mr Bozwana and urges all to support their work until all perpetrators are brought to book.

To this end, the provincial government calls on all and sundry to refrain from engaging in the court of public opinion and to respect due processes of the law.

Enquiries:

Mr Brian Setswambung

Cell: 076 012 4501

E-mail: bsetswambung@nwpg.gov.za

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

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Western Cape Government invites entrepreneurs to apply for multi-million rand investment funding

Entrepreneurs across the province are invited to apply for a multi-million investment to grow their businesses, as part of the Western Cape Funding Fair.

A partnership between the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, and Deloitte, the Funding Fair is open to any business seeking funding of more than R2 million.

To pitch for funding, entrepreneurs will have to present detailed proposals to investors during a series of closed sessions.

Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde and Deloitte Western Cape leader, Marius Alberts, today officially launched the initiative at Deloitte’s offices in Green Point.

Now in its second year, the Western Cape Funding Fair will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 25 May 2016. This initiative aims to stimulate economic growth by connecting businesses that require funding with suitable investors, as well as educate applicants on best practice to follow to turn ideas into bankable business plans. The Funding Fair is open to any Western Cape-based business seeking funding of more than R2 million.

Minister Winde said: “Since the start of this year an average of 300 new businesses have been registered each month in the Western Cape. It is vital that these businesses are supported in order to be successful contributors to the province’s economy.

“The Funding Fair is a unique public and private partnership that aims to unlock the economic potential of our province. Its purpose is to kick-start business initiatives across the Western Cape, providing impetus for job creation in urban and rural areas and ultimately contributing to the growth of the economy. This is a great opportunity for our entrepreneurs to step into our own version of the Dragon’s Den and convince investors and funders to make big investments in their business.”

Marius Alberts, Deloitte Western Cape leader, echoed Winde’s sentiments.

“We saw that growing and established businesses have different funding needs, so have added an additional funding category of R20 million plus this year so that we can accommodate funding for both medium-sized and large enterprises. By putting the right fund-seeking businesses in front of the right funders, we hope to pave the way for sustainable business growth in the province,” said Alberts.

Craig Whyte, founder of ArtLab, a digital printing company, successfully secured funding at the 2015 Funding Fair. He advised this year’s applicants to conduct proper due diligence on their business before pitching.

“The deal is in the detail. Always do your due diligence to ensure that you are prepared for the pitch, as you don’t want one small detail to jeopardise the potential of your business securing funding,” said Whyte.

Whyte also cautioned applicants against neglecting their business while trying to secure funding. “Never stop running your business because trying to secure funding can be a long process. You still have to account for profits during this time,” he said.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend a preparation workshop at Deloitte leading up to the Funding Fair, which will be followed by a 15 minute private pitching session with funders at the Fair on 25 May 2016. The Funding Fair will consist of various entrepreneur-focused presentations as well as an exhibit, open for free to the public.

To attend, register on the Western Cape Funding Fair website, or, to apply to pitch for funding, visit www.westerncapefundingfair.co.za and follow the conversation on Twitter via the hashtag #WCFundingFair. Applications close on 29 February 2016.

Enquiries:

Bronwynne Jooste

Tel: 021 483 3550

Cell: 060 970 4301

E-mail: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

Minister Naldei Pandor on science, technology and innovation in Africa

Science, technology and innovation (STI) have a key role to play in ensuring the successful implementation of development programmes, from basic data collection to the formulation of interventions and the development of innovative knowledge products that address energy, water, food and education needs.

This according to Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, who addressed the 13th General Conference and 26th General Meeting of The World Academy of Science (TWAS), hosted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna last week.

Minister Pandor said new technologies could be as transformative in energy as the mobile phone has been in telecommunications.

“Similarly, new technologies could transform African agriculture. Boost Africa’s green and blue revolutions and Africa will be transformed. Innovation can generate a much-needed improvement to Africa’s food and nutritional security,” the Minister added.

The best investment in Africa’s long-term sustainable development is an investment in the continent’s people and their skills. African countries have made a determined effort to increase research, development and innovation (RDI). The past 15 years have seen interventions in higher education, science councils, academies and universities.

The Minister said that many countries had begun to budget for STI, and that South Africa was trying to increase investment in research and development to 1,5% of GDP by 2019.

In spite of the positive shift in RDI, Minister Pandor said, “We have not yet begun to generate the levels of success we agreed to when we developed our first Africa STI Plan of Action. Last year we adopted our second Africa STI Plan and we are currently developing action plans. The new strategy prioritises research to drive economic and social development across the continent. It commits signatory countries to six goals, including tackling hunger, disease and unemployment, and will set up structures to pursue them.”

African RDI programmes are progressing in a number of disciplines. The African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) is one example. By establishing networks of centres of excellence in health innovation in Africa, ANDI is playing a critical role in helping to ensure better coordination of and efficiency in investments harnessing STI to fight disease in Africa. The centres of excellence focus on drug and vaccine development, diagnostics, and medical devices and technologies. With targeted interventions across the full innovation value chain, the goal is also to boost Africa’s indigenous pharmaceutical capacity for optimal impact on society.

African countries are also increasingly forming African partnerships on RDI. For example, South Africa and Uganda are collaborating on projects promoting science and sustainable livelihoods. Various Africa partnerships have been designed to increase access to technology and innovation resources. The UK/South Africa Newton Fund initiative is growing African participation in a major human capital development opportunities. Emerging links between the BRICS nations are also illustrating new South-South collaboration and offer the possibility of well-crafted responses to the needs of developing countries. Astronomy and related sciences have also given reinvigorated science in South Africa and other African countries.

The Minister said building effective, mutually beneficial global partnerships was a consistent theme, and a priority of the national strategy for STI in South Africa.

“Major research infrastructure should be located in developing countries to develop, attract and retain talent. An example of this is the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, which has campuses in Cape Town and New Delhi,” said Minister Pandor.

At a regional level, the Minister called for cooperation in STI to be intensified to address policy priorities such as public health. The Southern African Biosciences Initiative, a programme of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, which brings together several countries in the Southern African Development Community, is a good example of such cooperation.

The Minister emphasised that international partnerships should be co-owned and co-determined by all partners.

“Developing countries today are at the forefront of global scientific discovery, as highlighted for example by the pioneering work undertaken in South Africa in areas such as microbicides to prevent HIV/Aids, as well as drug and vaccine development for malaria and tuberculosis. This is shown by the full participation of several African countries, including as funding parties and equal partners, in the European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership.”

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

MEC Dan Plato launches 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children in Mitchell’s Plain, 24 Nov

Tomorrow, 24 November 2015, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will launch the Western Cape Government’s 2015 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children in Freedom Park, Mitchell’s Plain.

During the internationally observed 16 Days of Activism Campaign, which runs between 25 November and 10 December annually, the Department of Community Safety is reaching out to various communities where incidents of abuse, violence and the marginalisation of women and children in our communities places them at risk.

For the 2015 campaign, the Department of Community Safety will team up with the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province, together with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, SALGA, NICRO, Community Based organisations, local Community Police Forums (CPFs), the religious fraternity and other governmental departments to raise awareness about abuse, to provide intervention services where needed as well as to encourage all in our communities to take a stand against abuse behind the provincial theme: “Safety starts in Your family”.

Through meaningful partnerships, like the partnership between the SAPS, the Department of Community Safety in the Western Cape and the public, we are taking a united stand.

We challenge every person in the province to ensure that safety starts in your family and observe 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children towards 365 days of action to eradicate violence from our communities, Better Together.

There will be an opportunity for photographs and interviews.

All media are invite.

Details:

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2014

Time: 16h00 – 19h00

Venue: Meeting point for the march to start at 16:00: Corner Langeberg Road and AZ Berman Road, Freedom Park, Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain GPS coordinates: -34.060849, 18.638230

Assembly point for ceremony to follow the march: Freedom Park, open field off Drakenstein Street, ‘Real Madrid circle’, Mitchell’s Plain GPS coordinates: -34.060492, 18.644372

Enquiries:

Ewald Botha

Cell: 079 694 1113

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS