Daily Archives: December 10, 2015

Statistician General to receive honorary doctorate

Pretoria: Statistician General Pali Lehohla will today receive an honorary Doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch in recognition of his role in the development of statistics in the country and beyond.

“The university will honour Lehohla for his trendsetting approach to statistics, innovative leadership and his commitment to enhancing and developing human capacity. Through his leadership, various programmes were initiated in pursuit of statistical literacy within his organisation, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), the country and the region,” said Stats SA.

The Statistician General will receive an honorary Doctor of Commerce (DCOM) Degree from the university.

He was recently awarded a certificate of honour by the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) at the opening of the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) Conference.

Lehohla chaired the United Nations Statistics Commission as well as the Africa Symposium on Statistical Development.

He is also chair of the Friends of the Economic Commission for Africa, the Census Millennium Development Project aimed at the harmonisation of the SADC censuses, and STATCOM Africa.

“Through his engagement with national statistics offices in the region, he has been instrumental in encouraging, and providing support to, African countries to conduct their round of population censuses. A member of the UN Data Revolution Advisory Group, Lehohla continues to advocate that data should be used to make sound decisions in order to advance development in the country and in the region,” said Stats SA.

The Statistician General has been at the forefront in leading initiatives and creating partnerships for the development of statistics and its use in the development of the country and the African continent.

He initiated the Centre for Regional and Urban Innovation and Statistical Exploration (CRUISE) at Stellenbosch University which leads in the training of regional scientists on the continent, offering postgraduate degree up to doctoral level.

He has also supported summer and winter schools at the University of Cape Town’s Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, aided in the creation of the African Centre for Analysis of Population at the University of Pennsylvania, and established winter schools along with the University of Michigan.


Marginal decline in road fatalities

Pretoria: South African road fatalities have slightly declined for the period 2010 – 2014, according to the country’s mid-term report to the United Nations 2nd Global High Level Dialogue on Road Safety.

The report details the progress South Africa has made to reduce road fatalities since the adoption of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2010-2020.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) board chairman, Zola Majavu, said South Africa has been able to reduce road fatalities by 1.88% annually in the previous five years compared with the 0.52% for the period 2005 – 2009.

Speaking on Wednesday during the certification ceremony for National Traffic Police, Majavu said more still needs to be done for South Africa to reach the 50% target by 2020.

“To reach this target we have to reduce road fatalities by an annual rate of 6.7%. Fatalities currently stand at 12 702, which represents a significant reduction compared with 13 967 recorded in 2010.

“Fatalities per 100 000 human population now stand at 23.53 compared with 27.49 recorded in 2010,” he said.

A total of 130 members of the National Traffic Police have completed a four-month training course to improve their skills.

“We believe that this training has equipped our traffic officers with the necessary skills and expertise to help us embark on an intensified programme of road safety to save lives on our roads during this festive season and every day thereafter for the rest of the year,” Majavu said.

The men and women received training in the examination of vehicles, the use of firearms, the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act, the National Traffic Act and other legal aspects of law enforcement.


Blocs slam weekend Boko Haram terror

LAGOS: THE African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) have condemned the triple suicide attack the Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram, carried out on the island of Koulfoua in Lake Chad. The attack killed at least 30 people and injured scores others. Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, said the acts demonstrated yet again the brutality of the Boko Haram.

“The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. He reiterates his call for the countries affected by Boko Haram to address the root causes of this scourge in a holistic and integrated manner,” said a spokesperson. Ki-moon reaffirmed his solidarity with the people of Chad and reiterated UN’s support for the Government in its fight against terrorism, which must be conducted in full respect of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Commission of the AU, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, was appalled by the terrorist attacks. She condemned these attacks, and reiterates the AU’s total rejection of terrorism and violent extremism, which she said could not be justified under any circumstances. “The Chairperson of the Commission expresses the AU’s solidarity with the Government and people of Chad. She offers the AU’s heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wishes speedy recovery to the wounded,” AU stated. The Boko Haram sect has killed more than 20 000 people in series of suicide bomb attacks and onslaught on the militaries in the region.


Premier Ace Magashule meets Madeira President Miguel Albuquerue, 08 Dec

The President of the Autonomous Regional Government of Madeira Miguel Albuquerue will meet with Free State Premier Ace Magashule and his Executive Council on his official visit to the Free State Province on Tuesday, 8 December 2015. The meeting will deal with matters of mutual interest including but not limited to mutual cooperation between the Free State province and Madeira and economic development.

Both Premier Magashule and President Albuquerque will officiate over the business forum that will be held between the Free State and Madeira business people.

During his stay in Bloemfontein, President Albuquerque will also meet the Portuguesse community. Accompanied by a team of business delegation, his spouse and the Madeira Minister of Economic Development, they will meet the Portuguesse community in Free State.

Details of the meeting:

Venue: Emoya Estate

Date: 8 December 2015

Time: 15h00


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Okonjo-Iweala rebuffs latest links to arms deal

ABUJA: FORMER Nigeria Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has dismissed new accusations of corruption leveled against her. According to her, Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, and other powerful and corrupt interests, have initiated a baseless story in some online media linking her to graft.

“These evil elements have distorted the contents of a memo dated January 20, 2015 in which the former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala responded to a request by the former National Security Adviser, Col Ibrahim Dasuki (retired) for funds to prosecute the terror war against Boko Haram, her Spokesperson, Paul Nwabuikwu, said.

Dasuki is under probe for the alleged theft of US$2 billion theft and awarding of phony contracts in the controversial arms deal. “The attempt to link the former Minister’s name to any misuse of these funds for any purpose other than security as far as she understood it is totally false and cannot stand,” said the former minister’s spokesperson.