Daily Archives: March 18, 2016

17th Annual FPSO World Congress Announces Advisory Board for 2016

SINGAPORE, March 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The 17th Annual FPSO World Congress has announced its advisory board for 2016, as global oil companies, FPSO contractors and shipyards prepare to gather once again in Singapore on 20-21 September 2016 for the world’s largest FPSO industry forum.

Distinguished members of the FPSO World Congress advisory board for 2016 include:

  • Curtis Lohr – Stones FPSO Project Manager, Shell
  • Don Raith – FPSO Delivery Manager, Premier Oil
  • Jack Castleman – Senior Economist, Premier Oil
  • Thyl Kint – President, Ulenspiegel Pty Ltd
  • Chris Brett – President, Teekay Offshore
  • Jerry Joynson – Technology Director, SBM Offshore
  • Jeffrey Sim – COO, Rubicon Offshore
  • Kelvin Sam – Principal Researcher, IHS Petrodata
  • Duncan Peace – Managing Director, Crondall Energy

Driven by FPSO industry stakeholders and developed in conjunction with the advisory board, the FPSO World Congress 2016 will explore “The Road Ahead: Finding Opportunity in the Downturn” as senior industry players assess how to reduce costs, push projects forward and take a back-to-basics look at the fundamentals of FPSOs as the preferred cost-effective offshore development solution, despite the current low oil price environment.

Recognized globally by the industry as the definitive platform for FPSO professionals to obtain critical market intelligence, network and brainstorm solutions, the 17th FPSO World Congress remains the largest global meeting point for the FPSO community, covering every aspect of the FPSO lifecycle in four separate streams over two days: from new FPSO development opportunities, integrating technology and design simplifications to transform project execution and deliver lean, profitable FPSOs, and balancing CAPEX and OPEX in the operation and redeployment of existing FPSOs. The agenda and full list of speakers are to be published shortly.

Set to attract over 600 delegates and 70 exhibitors, the 17th FPSO World Congress remains the world’s largest meeting point for the FPSO community, covering every aspect of the FPSO lifecycle through four separate streams over two days.

For more information please contact Rani Kuppusamy at rani.kuppusamy@fpsonetwork.com or Tel: +65 6722 9399

Work gets underway on Human Settlements White Paper

Pretoria – The North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements says it is optimistic that the White Paper on Human Settlements will help it to improve its provision of integrated human settlements in the province.

The department held a two-day policy consultative workshop, which will contribute towards the creation of the Human Settlements Act.

The objective of the provincial workshop is to reach consensus on the human settlements policy and legislative proposals, determine what requires improvement and develop new proposals where necessary.

The North West department, along with other provincial departments, is making proposals to the national Department of Human Settlements for the development of policy and legislation on human settlements.

The workshop was attended by the national department, sector departments and local municipalities. Other targeted structures for consultation include government agencies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, academia, civil society and professional bodies.

Speaking at the opening of the workshop on Thursday, Chief Financial Offficer of the department, Mandla Magwetyana, said: “Twenty-one years into the development and implementation of housing and human settlements reforms, the legislative framework, policies and programmes require new thinking and strategies that respond to the latest and emerging challenges while addressing future needs.”

Various investigations, research, reviews and evaluations on human settlements policy and programmes have identified numerous shortcomings in policy and divergence in the programmes implementation.

Among the challenges identified are the high cost of well-located land for human settlements development; inability to adequately respond to the diverse needs of low-middle income households; escalating costs of development for government; poor quality of construction and lack of civil society involvement.

Other matters to be considered in the drafting of the act are dolomitic areas, remote rural areas, economic sustainability in the mining areas, bulk infrastructure, the role of municipalities and lessons from other countries.

The Human Settlements Act is envisaged to come into effect in 2017.


President Zuma to address COSAS Convention

President Jacob Zuma will today 18 March 2016 address the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) Learn Without Fear convention rally at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.

The campaign is aimed at promoting safety in schools to contribute to an improved teaching and learning environment.

Violence, drug and substance abuse, bullying and corporal punishment continue to be a problem in many schools. A School Safety Summit was convened on 09-10 December 2015 to allow for an honest conversation between the Basic Education stakeholders, including teachers, learners and parents through their organizations. Stakeholders committed to work together to root-out violence, drug and substance abuse and other anti-social behavior in our schools.

The event takes place during a critical year which marks the 40th anniversary of the June 16 1976 student uprising in protest against Bantu Education and the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in black schools by the apartheid government.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Friday, 18 March 2016

Time: 12h00

Venue: Orlando Stadium, Soweto

Enquiries: Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 or bonganim@presidency.gov.za

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa