Daily Archives: December 3, 2015

Le vol à thème « Forum sur la coopération sino-africaine » prend son essor

BEIJING, 3 décembre 2015 /PRNewswire — Le 1er décembre, CA867, le vol sur le thème « Forum sur la coopération sino-africaine » lancé conjointement par Air China, l’Industrial and Commercial Bank of China et la Standard Bank d’Afrique du Sud, a pris son essor de l’aéroport de la capitale chinoise Beijing et a atterri, le 2 décembre à 7 h 55, à l’aéroport international OR Tambo en Afrique du Sud.

Air China logo.

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Ce vol à thème vise à promouvoir le prochain Sommet de Johannesburg du Forum sur la coopération sino-africaine. Air China, l’Industrial and Commercial Bank of China et la Standard Bank d’Afrique du Sud sont des acteurs importants qui encouragent la coopération économique et commerciale entre la Chine et l’Afrique. Pendant le vol, les passagers ont reçu les « 500 questions et réponses sur la Chine, l’Afrique et les relations sino-africaines », ont pu entendre une courte conférence sur le Forum, ont participé à un test de connaissances sur le sujet et ont eu la possibilité de gagner de magnifiques cadeaux, comme des maquettes d’avions d’Air China.

Le Sommet de Johannesburg du Forum sur la coopération sino-africaine se tiendra en Afrique du Sud les 4 et 5 décembre, pour la deuxième fois depuis que cet événement a été lancé en 2006, et pour la première fois sur le continent africain. Il pose un jalon pour le développement futur des relations entre la Chine et l’Afrique. Ayant pour mission de promouvoir « des consultations sur un pied d’égalité, une meilleure compréhension mutuelle, un plus large consensus, une amitié renforcée et une coopération plus étroite », le Forum, qui réunit la Chine et 50 pays africains qui ont noué des relations diplomatiques avec la Chine en tant que participants, a joué un rôle déterminant dans la promotion de la coopération politique, économique, sociale et culturelle entre ces deux parties du monde.

Le 29 octobre et le 2 novembre, Air China a ouvert deux liaisons sans escale vers l’Afrique : respectivement, Beijing-Johannesburg et Beijing- Addis-Abeba. Ces deux nouvelles liaisons ne favoriseront pas seulement l’amitié traditionnelle entre la Chine et l’Afrique, qui répond à une demande toujours croissante sur le marché du transport aérien, mais elles s’inscrivent également dans le cadre de l’initiative « Une ceinture, Une route » menée par le Gouvernement chinois. Elles permettront de rapprocher l’Asie et l’Afrique, d’offrir une garantie de transport aérien pour les entreprises chinoises qui souhaitent investir en Afrique, d’offrir une meilleure possibilité de transport pour les voyageurs de la région Asie-Pacifique, comme le Japon, la Corée du Sud et Singapour, qui sont prêts à découvrir les mystères du continent africain, et de proposer aux voyageurs d’Afrique du Sud et des pays voisins un meilleur accès à la Chine et à ses voisins pour des échanges commerciaux et culturels.

“Forum on China-Africa Cooperation” Theme Flight Takes to the Sky

BEIJING, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — On December 1, CA867, the “Forum on China-Africa Cooperation” theme flight jointly launched by Air China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and South Africa’s Standard Bank took off from Beijing Capital International Airport and, at 07:55am on December 2, it landed at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa.

Air China logo.

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The theme flight is intended to publicize the upcoming “Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation”. Air China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and South Africa’s Standard Bank are important players promoting the China-Africa economic and trade cooperation. On the flight, passengers received the “500 Questions & Answers on China, Africa and China-Africa Relations”, listened to a brief lecture on the Forum, participated in a quiz and had the chance to win wonderful gifts like Air China’s aircraft models.

The Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation will take place in South Africa from December 4 to December 5, the second time it will be held after its Beijing debut 2006 and also the first time it will be held in Africa. It represents a milestone in the future development of the relations between China and Africa. For the purposes of “consultation on an equal footing, better mutual understanding, expanded consensus, deeper friendship and closer cooperation”, the Forum, with China and 50 African countries which have established diplomatic relations with China as participants, has played an instrumental role in promoting the political, economic, social and cultural cooperation between the two parts of the world.

On October 29 and November 2, respectively, Air China started two nonstop routes to Africa: Beijing-Johannesburg and Beijing-Addis Ababa. The two new routes will not only promote the traditional friendship between China and Africa, meeting the ever increasing market demand for air travel, but also reflect Air China’s response to the Chinese government’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative. They will bring Asia and Africa closer, provide an air transportation guarantee for Chinese companies looking to make investments in Africa, offer an easier travel option for travelers from the Asia-Pacific countries like Japan, South Korea and Singapore ready to explore the mysterious continent of Africa and provide travelers of South Africa and neighboring countries with an easier access to China and neighboring countries for business and cultural exchanges.

Statement from Omidyar Network Managing Partner Matt Bannick regarding the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

REDWOOD CITY, California, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire — “Omidyar Network congratulates the new Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

eBay and Omidyar Network founder Pierre Omidyar recognized early in his journey as a philanthropist that addressing big social challenges would require the use of multiple assets. His experience at eBay was that markets, in particular, are an incredible tool for positive social impact. As a result, in 2004 he created Omidyar Network as a philanthropic vehicle that included a traditional foundation and an LLC so that he could invest in the right changemaker, regardless of whether it is a for-profit or nonprofit.

We look forward to the great outcomes the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will accomplish.”

Telkom hosts Southern African Regional CEOs Telecommunications Operators Roundtable Discussion, 3 Dec

Telkom will host the Southern African Regional CEOs Telecommunications Operators Roundtable Discussion on Thursday, 3 December, to discuss best practices in broadband access and infrastructure development.

The roundtable discussion will be attended by regional CEOs, SADC ICT Ministers, and international telecommunications experts, high level policy makers and regulators.

Dr Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa’s Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and Telkom Group CEO Mr Sipho Maseko will deliver keynote addresses.

Details:

Time: 9h00 until 18h00

Date: Thursday, 3 December

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton

Media enquiries:

Leigh-Ann Francis

Tel: 012 642 1728

Cell: 081 391 4780

E-mail: FranciLM@telkom.co.za

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

Basic Education hosts 16 Days of Activism information session

The DBE hosted a 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children event in Pretoria on 30 November 2015. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign.

It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day. South Africa adopted the Campaign in 1998 as one of the intervention strategies towards creating a society free of violence. The campaign continues to raise awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children (VAW&C) on all members of the community.

The information session, held on 30 November 2015 at 222 Struben Street, Pretoria, encouraged staff members and guests present to share their first-hand experiences of gender-based violence, thus highlighting the pervasiveness of gender based violence in all our lives and that we should “count us in”, to combat this scourge suggests. This is the aim of the 16 Days of Activism campaign to combat gender based violence.

Opening the session, Dr Shermain Mannah, Director for Social Cohesion and Equity in Education, reminded all participants that gender-based violence takes many forms and is not always limited to physical violence.

“It is a misperception that gender-based violence is only physical violence; it can often be invisible to the public eye and can take an emotional or psychological form. For example, patriarchy in the work place and in bureaucracies, in particular, is an insidious form of gender-based violence that is an orchestrated conscious effort of disempowerment and de-valuing of women; this type of violence is far more harmful than physical violence which is also common in our homes,” said Dr Mannah.

The audience also heard from Mr Willy Moako, from the victim support group Foundation for Victims of Crime, which assists victims of crime and gender-based violence in the Pretoria area.

“What our research indicates is that a large number of the people we work with lack faith in the criminal justice system and this leads to an underreporting of gender-based violence,” said Mr Moako.

“There is a feeling that while criminals receive support when imprisoned, the victims of their crimes are left to fend for themselves, with no support system in place to assist them.” Hence, the reporting of cases remains very low.

This was echoed by a young women survivor of gender-based violence, who recounted her experiences. The young woman had been abused by a relative and when she spoke out about it to her family and informed the police, she was not taken seriously and shunned.

Her moving story held the audience in awe as she recounted her lonely journey that took her to the brink of suicide. Fortunately, her passion for justice and to raise awareness carried her through to become an activist fighting against gender-based violence. Her story was inspirational as “she used her scars to become her stars”.

Many women in the audience also spoke about the complicity of culture, religion and family in protecting the perpetrators of such violence whilst ostracising the survivor. There was an overwhelming sense that more has to be done to create safe platforms for officials to share their experiences of gender based violence and to begin to unite and heal while raising awareness.

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICAL NEWS