Daily Archives: June 1, 2016

Russell Cellular Selects Cellebrite Content Transfer to Offer Faster Service to More New Phone Customers

Single platform to support all phones and reduce complexity and service time at the point of sale

PARSIPPANY, NEW JERSEY–(Marketwired – Jun 1, 2016) –  Cellebrite, the leading provider of customer experience management solutions to ensure mobile lifecycle continuity, today announced a multi-year agreement with Russell Cellular to provide the Verizon Premium Retailer with the Cellebrite DeskTop platform, to quickly and securely transfer content directly between cellular devices without storing data externally or using store broadband and Wi-Fi resources.

The in-store platforms offer a single easy to use system that works with every combination of phone operating systems to eliminate potential errors and speed up transactions. This creates a smoother and more efficient experience for all customers, allowing them to “walk out working” faster. The Cellebrite DeskTop supports more than 7,000 models including smartphones and feature phones. Russell Cellular has already started rolling out the service to its more than 300 locations in twenty-five states.

“Our team needed a solution that enabled them to transfer customers’ content quickly in the background while they focused on the overall purchase experience and customer opportunities,” said Darin Wray, Vice President of Operations, at Russell Cellular. “Cellebrite’s DeskTop platform decreases overall service time across all customers and also provides support for our feature phone customers who value assisted transfers the most.”

The wired transfers virtually eliminate the chance of sensitive customer data being intercepted or hacked by never storing any data locally or in the cloud. This process also avoids the exposure of customer cloud passwords to store personnel-not to mention avoiding the time and effort to recover forgotten passwords.

Cellebrite’s Content Transfer allows Russell Cellular to expand beyond physically connected transfers at any time, as Cellebrite offers multiple deployment options-hardware, software, tablet-driven, and an on-device app. All of these options are pre-integrated to provide consistent, superior customer experiences with unprecedented flexibility in how the service is delivered. For example, Cellebrite DeskTop and Cellebrite Transfer App can be combined in a hybrid approach to content transfer to increase productivity by first transferring urgent content like phone contacts and apps over the wired connection, and then freeing the customer to transfer large volumes of photos and videos themselves with the app at their convenience.

“Industry-leading carriers and retailers demand flexible solutions that meet their customers’ needs without burdening operations. App-only strategies leave a great number of customers unserved and create logistical headaches for high volume stores,” said Jim Grady, CEO, Cellebrite Inc. “A single, integrated wired and wireless solution delivers the speed and flexibility retailers need to remain focused on efficient delivery of superior customer service.”

About Cellebrite
Cellebrite is a world leader in providing Operators, Retailers and Aftermarket Service (AMS) Providers, with advanced mobile lifecycle solutions to enhance the customer experience, improve satisfaction, reduce cost, and generate revenue. With delivery channels in-store, on-device, and over the web, mobile retailers can take advantage of Cellebrite’s full suite of mobile lifecycle solutions: diagnostics, phone-to-phone content transfer, backup, restore and wipe, automated phone buyback, and application and content delivery. In addition, Cellebrite offers retailers monitoring, statistics and analysis of all activities. Cellebrite’s global leadership is demonstrated through its deployment of over 150,000 units at more than 200 mobile operators and retailers globally, representing well over 100,000 stores and handling hundreds of millions of transactions per year.

Founded in 1999, Cellebrite is a subsidiary of the Sun Corporation, a publicly traded Japanese company (6736/JQ).

About Russell Cellular

Russell Cellular is a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer, established in 1993, and is headquartered in Battlefield, Missouri. Russell Cellular has locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, employing over 1100 team members. For more information, please visit www.russellcellular.com.

Jeremy Nazarian
CMO
+1(973) 941-7200
jeremy.nazarian@cellebrite.com

MPs called to advance the transformative work of Parliament

The disruptions in Parliament are undermining the ability of the legislature to hold the Executive to account, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by Deputy President Ramaphosa, he reflected on the current environment in Parliament and its impact on government’s programme of transformation.

“The Executive continues to take seriously its responsibility to account to Parliament. Ministers and officials regularly engage with Parliamentary committees and participate actively in plenary debates.

“Ministers appear in the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces to answer questions. Ministers have responded well to a substantial increase in the number of questions for written reply.

“In 2009, over 2 000 written questions were put to Ministers, while by the end of 2015, the total number exceeded 4 000. Even with this significant increase, the proportion of questions answered each year has exceeded 95%,” said the Deputy President.

He said Parliament’s committees in both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces have been effective in exercising oversight, promoting public participation and undertaking the detailed work of processing legislation.

A significant development, the Deputy President noted, has been the revision of the rules of the National Assembly as part of the ongoing effort to improve its effectiveness.

Despite the valuable work done in Parliament, recent events are a grave cause for concern, Deputy President Ramaphosa said.

“Proceedings have been disrupted on a number of occasions in a manner that undermines the proper functioning of Parliament. Of particular concern, is the violent nature of some of these disruptions.

“Refusal to adhere to the rules of the Assembly undermines the integrity of the institution and demonstrates disdain for the will of the people. The efforts of a small minority of MPs to impose, through force and intimidation, their will on Parliament reflects a contempt for the principles of democracy.

“While claiming to be exercising free expression, they are effectively denying the free expression of others. The ability of the Executive to account has been undermined, particularly by efforts to prevent President Jacob Zuma from addressing the House.

“Cabinet welcomes the determination of the majority of MPs to respect the rules, uphold the dignity and advance the transformative work of Parliament. Cabinet calls on all parties to work together to ensure that the rules and procedures are applied consistently, fairly, and without fear, favour or prejudice. As the Executive, we reject in the strongest terms any attempt, in whatever form, to suppress debate or silence dissent,” he said.

The Deputy President said the Executive is committed to play its part in ensuring that Parliament is a forum for all national debates amongst political parties elected by the people to represent them. Debates must advance the broad objectives of the National Development Plan, as this will ensure that South Africa has a government by and for the people.

Cabinet, Deputy President Ramaphosa said, will continue to work with Parliament to improve people’s lives.

“It will endeavour to improve communication with Parliament and all its committees and deepen accountability. Members of the Executive will remain open to constructive criticism, robust debate and strong oversight.

“We will continue to seek to resolve differences and problems through dialogue and collaboration, in the spirit of our Constitution and in keeping with our democratic traditions.”

Source: Government Communication and information System

Address by President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the celebration of International Children’s Day, Atteridgeville, Pretoria

Premier of Gauteng Province, Mr David Makhura, Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza and all MECs present,

Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa and Councillors present,

Leadership of the Kingdom Life Child and Youth Care Centre,

Fellow South Africans,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are very happy to join you today, to celebrate an important day, International Children’s Day.

International Children’s Day is observed annually on the 1st of June around the world to honour children’s rights as per the proclamation of the 1925 World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland.

In South Africa, the day coincides with the Child Protection Week Campaign which this year is observed from 29 May until 05 June under the theme “Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward”.

Today is also the beginning of Youth Month, which is very significant this year as it is the 40th anniversary of the 16th June 1976 student uprisings.

Siyajabula ukuba nani namhlanje, sizogubha usuku olubalulekile lwezingane olugujwa umhlaba wonke jikelele. Ngalolusuku sibeka izingane phambili, sikhumbule konke esikwenzayo ukuze impilo yezingane ibe ngcono ezweni lakithi.

Lolu usuku esiqhakambisa ngalo konke okwenziwayo ukuthuthukisa imfundo, ukuphepha kwezingane, kanye nenhlalakahle yazo ukuze zikhule kahle.

This is a very important day in our national calendar as it affords us the opportunity to reflect on the progress we are making to advance the rights and interests of children.

We are celebrating today because we have made tremendous progress since the advent of democracy to promote the rights and wellbeing of our children.

We are aware that there is still a lot more that we need to do to protect children and ensure a brighter future for them, but we have certainly achieved a lot in the past 22 years.

Government took a decision that poverty must not prevent children from living or achieving a better life.

To date, eleven million children receive the child support grant. We are very happy that there are young people who are studying to become doctors and other key professions who were recipients of the child support grant.

We also have qualified professionals who are grateful to the child support grant for giving them a good start in life.

This means we are achieving our goal of ensuring that poverty does not prevent children from obtaining education. To achieve this goal further, nine million children who come from poor households attend school free of charge as part of government’s no-fee schools policy for the poor.

In addition, nine million children receive free meals at school to improve their participation and performance in class.

We also prepare children to do well at school from an early age. In this regard, Government approved the Early Childhood Development policy in December last year.

All children between 0 and 4 years of age must attend ECD centres to receive quality education which is suitable for their mental and physical development. We encourage parents to send children to ECD centres. Government subsidises children from poor households so that they can also benefit from early childhood development programmes.

The number of children that are subsidised by government at Early Childhood Development centres currently is more than nine hundred and fifty thousand.

Indeed, South Africa is a better place to live in for children, especially those from poor households.

The democratic government is also doing well with regards to cushioning and supporting children in distress. Many children are orphaned at an early age or are taken away from their parents due to abuse and other social problems. Government provides for such children through the foster care programme.

There are more than four hundred and seventy thousand (470 000) foster children receiving foster care child grants from government in the country. They are cared for by more than three hundred and thirty thousand (330 000) foster parents.

We also have the phenomenon of households that are headed by children or young people in our country. Children are compelled to head households following the demise of their parents.

The Department of Social Development is in the process of compiling a Child and Youth Headed Household Register in all Provinces so that assistance to these children and youth can be formalized.

To date, three thousand two hundred and fourteen (3 214) Child Headed Households have been identified.

In addition, government has identified six thousand five hundred and twenty two (6 522) Youth Headed Households in the country. We urge neighbours to provide support to such households, working with social workers and government structures.

Government has also moved to ensure healthier lives for our children.

The policy turnaround on HIV and AIDS in 2009 has saved the lives of thousands of children, due to the supply of treatment to pregnant mothers, and also to all living with HIV, free of charge.

I mentioned earlier that eleven (11) million children receive the child support grant. They are part of close to seventeen (17) million South Africans who are beneficiaries of social grants.

The grants remain one of government’s most effective poverty alleviation mechanisms. They include the Child Support Grant, Disability Grant, Care Dependency Grant and Older Persons Grant.

Many of the recipients of the social grants want to earn a living or to augment their income.

In this regard, the Department of Social Development and its agencies, the South African Social Security Agency and the National Development Agency have launched a programme which enables unemployed women to earn an income through cooperatives which produce food and school uniforms.

During the last financial year, government spent more than R250 million to buying school uniforms and agricultural food products directly from cooperatives.

This initiative is part of Social Relief of Distress Programme which puts money directly into the hands of poor black people who were excluded from the mainstream economy before the dawn of democracy.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Government cares for children wherever they are, including children who are born in prisons or correctional centres locally and abroad. The Children’s Act of 2005 calls for the repatriation of distressed children from foreign countries. This is important because a child of a female prisoner must not be condemned with the mother. The child must be given a chance to lead a better life outside prison.

Between the period of 2008 and 2016, government managed to repatriate 18 South African children, who were born in prisons or correctional centres in foreign countries where their mothers are being held for drug trafficking and related offences.

Bakwethu mangigcizelele ukuthi impilo ingcono kakhulu manje ezinganeni seziphila eNingizimu Africa engcono kunakuqala. Uhulumeni uyazithanda izingane uzinika izibonelelo, zifunda mahhala ezikoleni zikahulumeni, zingena mahhala ezibhedlela kanti futhi nokudla kutholakala mahhala ezikoleni. Uyazama impela lohulumeni ukwenza impilo ibengcono.

We say life is much better for children in a free and democratic South Africa.

At the same time, while thousands of households provide positive and loving care and support for children, some children sadly still fall victims to abuse.

Government is working hard to address the scourge of child abuse, neglect and exploitation of women and children.

Cabinet established the Inter-Ministerial Committee which is led by the Department of Social Development, to Combat Violence against Women and Children.

Amongst its interventions, government, through the Department of Social Development, established a 24 Hour Gender Based Violence Command Centre which provides counselling and support services to survivors of abuse and violence.

More importantly, violence against women and children is a priority crime in South Africa.

The South African Police Service is under standing orders to act swiftly against those who abuse women and children. All our law enforcement agencies are also responding well and the conviction rates for perpetrators of crimes against women and children are encouraging.

Abantwana abaningi basaphila kanzima ezweni lethu bayahlukunyezwa. Lenkinga siyayibona nakwabesifazane. Masibambisane ke silwe nokuhlukunyezwa kwabantwana nomama. Amaphoyisa, abashushisi nezinkantolo basebenza kanzima, besiza ukulwa nale nkinga. Sicela umphakathi ungathuli, kufanele ubike uma ubona noma uzwa ngokuhlukunyezwa kwezingane.

To further protect children and prevent further abuse by molesters, government established the National Child Protection Register in terms of Chapter 7 of the Children’s Act of 2005.

Before employing persons who are to work with children, employers and individuals are urged to check the Register so that they do not endanger children by employing people who have been convicted for crimes against children.

There are four hundred and forty one (441) persons who have been found to be unsuitable to work with children in the past financial year who are in this register. Let us protect children from further abuse.

Life is indeed better for children in a free and democratic South Africa, dear compatriots.

But we know that some challenges still remain which government is attending to.

Our ultimate goal is for every child to live in a decent home, with all the basic necessities such as water, sanitation, good roads, clinics, schools and recreational facilities. They must live in safe, secure and loving homes free from abuse of any kind.

We also want our children to be protected from drugs and substance abuse. Those who are already addicted to drugs must be assisted to stop the habit.

In this regard, Government is building drug rehabilitation centres in all provinces, given the magnitude of the problem.

Communities must support law enforcement agencies to enable us to defeat this scourge. Drug peddlers and drug lords must be reported to the authorities so that they can be locked away to protect our children.

We urge you as well as the community to spare a thought for children living on farms during Child Protection Week 2016. We have to ensure that they access education and stand a chance to become leaders of the future.

The Department of Social Development will use Child Protection Week to highlight the rights of children living on farms.

Compatriots,

It takes a village to raise a child.

In this regard Government does not work alone in supporting children.

Government departments are supported by many non-governmental organisations and the faith based sector. We thank all of them for their good work.

We also thank all companies that invest in education and other social services to contribute to building a better life for our children.

More importantly, we thank all South Africans for looking after children, from neighbours to whole communities. Indeed it takes a village to raise a child.

Let me end with a message from the National Development Plan.

The NDP says we will know we have achieved the South Africa of our dreams if; “Everywhere we go in our country, we hear the laughter of our children”.

I urge you all to participate in Child Protection Week activities, so that our children can be able to laugh and play in a country where we are all united to protect them as we move South Africa forward.

Happy International Children’s Day to all!

I thank you.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

South Africa: There Should Be No Monkeying About With Hate Speech

In February 2016, the conservative American magazine the Weekly Standard had as its cover an image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump perched on the top of Trump Tower with a crushed plane in one hand and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the other. The caption read, “King Trump”.

In May 2016, South African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro, published a cartoon depicting National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams as a monkey dancing to the tune of an organ grinder, played by President Jacob Zuma. This was after Abrahams announced that the NPA was going to appeal a decision by a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria that found the NPA had made a mistake in April 2009 in withdrawing 783 charges of fraud, corruption and money-laundering against Zuma.

In each case, a public figure is depicted as a primate – the one destroying New York, and the other seeming to be a lackey for his master. Nowhere, as far as I can tell, has there been any outrage about the “simianisation” of Trump, yet Zapiro has come in for some serious criticism and has apologised publicly for his “mistake”. The difference then seems to lie in the fact that Trump is white and Abrahams is black.

Social commentator

This certainly seems to be the view of social commentator Eusebius McKaiser who responded to the Zapiro cartoon thus:

The cartoon is not written or depicted for a society in pre-slavery, white homogenous, mid-West America. He knows his context; he prides himself on his anti-apartheid credentials that he cites regularly.

So context matters … or does it? And when does a public figure’s depiction in the media become hate speech? It is instructive to re-look how the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg dealt in 2010 with what constitutes “hate speech”. The right-wing white lobby group AfriForum sought that politician Julius Malema, who was then the president of the African National Congress Youth League, be interdicted and restrained from publicly uttering words, or singing any songs that could reasonably be construed or understood as being capable of instigating violence. The complaint arose from Malema’s use of the well-known struggle song, “Dubul’Ibhunu” – translated, it means “kill the farmer”.

The court specifically excluded context, stating that “the true yardstick of hate speech is neither the historical significance thereof nor the context within which the words are uttered, but the effect of the words, objectively considered, on those directly affected or targeted thereby”. South Africa’s Equality Court declared the song hate speech in 2011.

Cartoon was a mistake

Zapiro himself has described the cartoon as a “mistake”. He writes:

I think it’s very much part of what cartoonists do and satirists do to have that licence to offend and even sometimes to push the boundaries beyond those that society often thinks of and really offend and take things further.

So a mistake – yes. Offensive – yes. Hate speech – really?

As legal academic Ryan Haigh pointed out in an article in 2006, there is a “tenuous balance” to be “struck between promoting rights and limiting freedoms. South Africa’s attempts to criminalise hate speech in an effort to rise above the inequities endured under the apartheid regime exemplify this difficulty.”

Haigh’s position is clear from the title of his article, which was published in the Global Studies Law Review: “South Africa’s Criminalisation of ‘Hurtful’ Comments: When the Protection of Human Dignity and Equality Transforms into the Destruction of Freedom of Expression”. He specifically uses the phrase “hurtful comments” as opposed to hate speech because he wants to challenge the clause in the Equality Act that excludes “the intention to be hurtful” from the constitutional protection of free speech in South Africa.

A puppet, a tool, a lackey

Did Zapiro intend to hurt? Absolutely. But his point was about the head of the NPA being a puppet, a tool, a lackey of the president. It was not about race (it is not clear what “race” the monkey in the cartoon is), but about the fact that both Zuma and the NPA are challenging a court ruling regarding his corruption charges being reinstated.

Writing in a different context – around religious hate speech – constitutional expert Pierre de Vos objected to the provision in the Equality Act that prohibits speech that can reasonably be construed as having the intention to be hurtful. He said it has led to people having a “tendency wrongly to invoke the hate speech provision in the Equality Act whenever somebody they do not like (or who they fear) says nasty things about them or about the group they belong to”.

I think he’s right and it applies here too. It’s a good tactic – we’re all focusing on Zapiro’s supposed racism rather than on the issue to which he was drawing our attention. NPA 1, Zapiro 0.

Hate speech is – or should be – about harm. Trump calling Mexicans rapists and Muslims terrorists is harmful: almost every rally he holds is characterised by violence between his supporters and his detractors. Yes, his utterances are protected under the US’s First Amendment. Some claim that there is in fact a “hate speech exception” but that this is limited to the use of face-to-face “fighting words” generally expressed to incite violence. Other commentators argue that US law does not even have a definition for hate speech.

Harm and offence

I’m not black so I can’t and won’t claim to know how black people feel. But as a woman and a member of a minority religious group, I too have had my share of hurtful comments tossed at me.

Legally and philosophically, we tend to distinguish between harm and offence – the former is considered much more significant and worthy of prohibition, the latter not so much. The same applies to the distinction between harm and hurt: it is argued that acts that hurt is too broad a category to restrict and doing so leads to unwanted – and unwarranted – reductions in freedom.

Ultimately, restriction of speech that does not incite violence and does not intend to cause harm is a restriction too far. It is a small step from restriction of hate speech to restriction of criticism and disagreement. We surely cannot make laws that prohibit criticism or disagreement.

Disclosure statement

Heidi Matisonn does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

Source: The Conversation.

Basic Education hands over Kosana Primary School in Eastern Cape

The Department of Basic Education’s ASIDI Programme will tomorrow, Thursday 2 June 2016, continue to provide sustainable change to rural education with the official hand-over of Kosana Primary School in Elliotdale, Eastern Cape.

Kosana Primary School, built at a cost of R 22 Million, will welcome its 132 learners to the school with its state of the art facilities including a science laboratory, media and resource centre as well as Grade R centre.

ASIDI continues to play a vital role in eradicating mud schools and restore the dignity to rural education.

Source: Government of South Africa.