Daily Archives: April 5, 2016

The Canton Fair Teams Up with Qatar Airways to Launch Special Airfare Offer

GUANGZHOU, China, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The China Import and Export Fair (the Canton Fair) has announced a new partnership with Qatar Airways to bring special airfare offers to all buyers from the Middle East and Africa flying to Guangzhou for the 119th and 120th Canton Fair. The promotion features discounts for both business and economy class travelers booking one-way or round-trip tickets.

“Qatar Airways is one of the most renowned airlines in the world and operates flights to more than 150 destinations on six continents,” said Mr. Liu Quandong, Deputy Director General of Foreign Affairs Office of the Canton Fair. “This special airfare offer is part of our support service package that aims to lower the cost of attending the Canton Fair and will make the experience more enjoyable, convenient and cost-effective for buyers from the Middle East and Africa.”

As the Fair’s designated official airline partner, the Qatar Airways special airfare offer will feature flights that cover 13 countries in the Middle East and 12 countries in Africa, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, Kenya and South Africa. The airline will provide buyers from these 25 countries with up to 20 percent discounts on their tickets in accordance with the cabin class.

The special airfare offer will also include a lucky draw of four round-trip economy class tickets for participants.

To register for the offer, log in to the “BEST” (Buyer E-Service Tool) platform on the official Canton Fair website at http://invitation.cantonfair.org.cn/en (new buyers please register first), go to the Qatar Airways special offer promotion page and fill in the contact information as required. Once submitted, you will receive a promotion code for the special offer which can be used on the official Qatar Airways website at http://www.qatarairways.com/cn/cn/cugs/cantonfair-2016.page.

Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. Registration and booking deadlines are as follows:

For 119th Canton Fair: March 1 to May 15, 2016
For 120th Canton Fair: March 1 to November 14, 2016

Departure times are as follows:

For 119th Canton Fair: April 5 to May 15, 2016
For 120th Canton Fair: October 5 to November 14, 2016

About Canton Fair

China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, is held biannually in Guangzhou during spring and autumn. Established in 1957, the Fair is a comprehensive exhibition with the longest history, highest level, largest scale and largest number of products as well as the broadest distribution of global buyers and the highest business turnover in China.

The 119th Canton Fair has launched a series of special offers and services to best accommodate global buyers. In addition to the Qatar Airways partnership, the fair also features exclusive sourcing services, Advertisement Reward for New Buyers (ARNB), VIP lounge and self-service online platform Buyer E-Service Tool (BEST) to create the most comprehensive and convenient experience.


JOHANNESBURG, April 5 South Africa is forging ahead with hydrogen and fuel cell technology as it opens its first hydrogen refuelling station at East Rand, about 30 kilometres east of here.

The project is a collaboration between the Science and Technology Department, miner Impala Platinum holdings Limited, and Hydrogen South Africa, a project of the University of the Western Cape.

It is another endeavour to make the country’s carbon footprint smaller, said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor at the opening of the refuelling station on Sunday.

A fuel cell converts chemical energy into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidising agent. Fuel cells require fuel and oxygen/air to sustain the chemical reaction (unlike a battery).

They have an anode, a cathode and an electrolyte that allows charges to move between the two sides of the cell and electrons flow from the anode to the cathode through an external circuit, producing a DC current.

Pandor added: “South Africa has started to make a number of bold moves that could well see it leapfrog into the leading countries in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies installations in the short to medium term.”


Seshego Industrial Park Receives R21m Facelift from the dti

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) is spending more than R21 million for the upgrading of the infrastructure at the Seshego Industrial Park based in Polokwane. The park’s infrastructure upgrading is part of the department’s Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme. The objective of the programme is to revitalise state-owned industrial parks across the country in order to promote industrialisation and increase their contribution to job creation and the country’s economic growth.

The Seshego Industrial Park will be one of the first parks to be launched following the completion of the first phase of revitalisation. The revitalisation is implemented in phases focusing on various areas. The first phase of the Seshego park’s revitalisation project, for which the dti is spending R21m, includes the upgrading and provision of security, electricity, road, bulk water supply and sewage treatment infrastructure.

the dti is working with the Limpopo Economic Development Agency on Investment and Export Promotion. The industrialists operating in the parks will benefit from various incentives offered by the dti.

According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the dti identified a need to revitalise industrial parks located in various parts of the country, mainly the former homelands, as part of efforts to promote industrialisation, manufacturing and job creation.

“This was motivated by the recognition that these industrial parks have the capacity to serve as catalysts for broader economic and industrial development in their host regions, mainly townships and rural areas. We would like to see them contributing to economic growth, diversification of economic activity, attracting investments to the areas they are located in, job creation and addressing the problem of inequality,” says Minister Davies.


Minister Davies adds that the Revitalisation of the Industrial Parks Programme is part of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) aimed at promoting industrialisation in the country and boosting our manufacturing capacity to increase the production of exportable goods. The programme is also in line with the department’s economic transformation initiatives aimed at ensuring that all regions of the country and enterprises based there participate meaningfully in the mainstream economy.

“The programme will go a long way in accelerating economic development in the lagging regions of the country by attracting investments from businesses that will be inspired to locate in the parks after they have been refurbished. It will also support job creation mainly in the manufacturing sector, assist in the development of the infrastructure and facilitate market access for companies operating from the parks. In this way, the regions will be able to build, strengthen and develop their strategic industrial capabilities,” says Minister Davies.

SOURCE: Department of Trade and Industry Republic of South Africa

Presidency corrects media reports on ConCourt ruling

reports on ConCourt ruling

Pretoria – The Presidency on Tuesday moved to correct media reports stating that the judgment by the Constitutional Court found President Jacob Zuma had broken his oath of office.

This follows last week’s ruling by the Constitutional Court that the President pay back some of the money spent on the non-security upgrades to his private Nkandla residence, in line with the remedial action contained in the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report.

“The Presidency wishes to correct media reports wrongly stating that the judgment by the Constitutional Court found that President Jacob Zuma had broken his oath of office.

“The Constitutional Court did not make such a declaratory order.

“In fact, whereas the counsel for the EFF, the Applicant, specifically asked for the Constitutional Court to declare that the President had acted in violation of his oath of office, the Constitutional Court did not grant a declaratory order in those terms,” explained the Presidency in a statement.

The Constitutional Court instead ruled that: “The failure by the President to comply with the remedial action taken against him, by the Public Protector in her report of 19 March 2014, is inconsistent with section 83(b) of the Constitution read with sections 181(3) and 182(1)(c) of the Constitution and is invalid”.

The Presidency said it requests the media to report accurately and use the precise words of the Constitutional Court judgment on the matter in order not to mislead the public.

President Jacob Zuma on Friday evening, in a televised address to the nation, said he “unreservedly” welcomes the Constitutional Court’s judgment.

President Zuma, who apologised for the frustration and confusion caused by the matter, said he respected the judgment and will abide by it.

He added that he never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the Republic.

“I wish to reiterate that any action that has been found not to be in keeping with the Constitution happened because of a different approach and different legal advice.

“It all happened in good faith and there was no deliberate effort or intention to subvert the Constitution on my part.” –