Daily Archives: June 15, 2016

Marken Expands Network In Africa And Middle East Region

Marken Operates in More African and Middle Eastern Countries than Any Other Provider

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Marken announced today that their fully certified supply chain partner network in Africa and the Middle East now provides the most comprehensive and experienced time and temperature solutions in the region.

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Africa and the Middle East continue as emerging preferred locations for new clinical trials because patients previously had limited options to quality healthcare. This diverse population of patients is now able to more easily enroll in clinical trials which are targeted for diseases prevalent in the region.

There is a further logistics benefit to sourcing patients in Africa. European pharma companies and their supply chains are in closer geographic proximity to Africa than Latin America. US-based pharma companies and their supply chains can benefit by supplementing patients in Africa over Asia. This expanding pool of new patients has translated into almost 12,000 active clinical trials running in 72 African and Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Israel, Uganda, Jordan,and Kenya. *

Marken has a long and extensive experience in Africa and the Middle East. As a leader in the transport of biologic samples in the region, Marken has expanded its regulatory and compliance expertise to offer new services including drug and ancillaries shipments using the latest packaging innovations, state of the art GPS tracking, lane verification and risk mitigation to avoid catastrophe in countries with a still-developing infrastructure.

Wes Wheeler, Marken’s Chief Executive Officer, noted, “Marken’s dedicated team of Customs and Trade Compliance experts understand the regulatory requirements for every Health Ministry across the entire African continent and the Middle East. Clients tell us that they need Marken as their strategic partner to ensure a consistent level of performance, offer a single point of contact and, most importantly, to provide time and temperature compliant deliveries with reliable service.  Marken has already managed nearly 3,000 shipments into the region this year, a 25% increase over 2015. We will continue to expand our reach and capabilities as the region evolves.”

Marken is conducting a survey with a short series of questions regarding expanded supply chain solutions in Africa and the Middle East. Participants may share thoughts and provide valuable insight and suggest new services. To participate, visit www.marken.com and click on the survey link.

About Marken
Marken is the only patient-centric supply chain organization 100% dedicated to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. Marken maintains the leading position for Direct to Patient services and biological sample shipments, and offers a state of the art GMP-compliant depot network and logistic hubs in 43 locations worldwide. Marken’s 630 staff members manage 50,000 drug and biological shipments every month at all temperature ranges in more than 150 countries.  Additional services such as biological kit production, ancillary material sourcing, storage and distribution, shipment lane verification and qualifications, as well as GDP, regulatory and compliance consultancy add to Marken’s unique position in the pharma and logistics industry.

*Source: clinicaltrials.gov

APR Energy étend l’équipe commerciale en Afrique avec concentration industrielle, service public

JACKSONVILLE, Floride, 15 juin 2016 /PRNewswire/ — APR Energy, un leader mondial des solutions d’électricité rapide, annonce aujourd’hui la nomination de trois nouveaux directeurs commerciaux basés en Afrique du Sud qui poursuivront des opportunités émergentes dans la production d’électricité au service des secteurs industriels et de service public à travers l’Afrique subsaharienne.

APR Energy.

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Parmi les nouveaux directeurs commerciaux de l’équipe commerciale d’APR Energy en Afrique, on compte :

  • Mark Makanda, projets stratégiques
  • Colm Quinn, services publics d’Afrique du Sud
  • Clayton Marsland, industrie

« Nous sommes ravis d’ajouter trois membres à notre équipe commerciale qui grandit à l’échelle mondiale, élargissant considérablement notre présence en Afrique subsaharienne et tirant profit de l’expérience d’APR Energy dans la distribution de près d’un gigawatt d’électricité à travers 10 pays sur le continent », a déclaré Silvio Cavaceppi, vice-président du développement commercial et marketing. « Mark, Colm et Clayton apportent près de 60 ans d’expérience combinée en Afrique subsaharienne et occupent des rôles décisifs alors qu’APR Energy intensifie son orientation commerciale afin de répondre au besoin immense de production d’électricité fiable à travers le continent ».

Makanda rejoint APR Energy après deux décennies d’activité dans le financement de projet et d’infrastructure dans les secteurs de l’électricité et de l’eau. Plus récemment, Makanda a travaillé en qualité d’associé dans le bureau de Dentons au Cap, en Afrique du Sud – le plus grand cabinet d’avocats du monde – se concentrant sur les fusions et acquisitions, les opérations bancaires et financières, pétrolières et gazières. Précédemment, en qualité de spécialiste de projet à Eskom Holdings, il était responsable du développement commercial des projets de production et de transport d’électricité dans la région de l’Afrique australe couvrant la Zambie, le Zimbabwe, la République démocratique du Congo, la Namibie et le nord du Mozambique. Avant de rejoindre Eskom, Makanda a travaillé sur des projets de développement commercial et financiers axés sur l’Afrique chez Ernst & Young, le nouveau Africa Opportunity Fund et la Banque mondiale.

Quinn apporte une vaste expérience dans l’énergie et les infrastructures à l’équipe commerciale d’APR Energy. Avant de rejoindre la société, il a été expert-conseil auprès des entreprises de capital-risque et de capital-investissement dans la production électrique/énergétique et les secteurs d’infrastructure/construction en Afrique australe. Précédemment, il a occupé le poste de directeur commercial chez Abengoa Teyma en Afrique du Sud, où il était responsable de la stratégie et de la mise en œuvre de ses projets solaires, de dessalement et de distribution des eaux à travers l’Afrique du Sud. Quinn a également travaillé en qualité de gestionnaire de pétrole et d’électricité chez Caterpillar en Afrique australe, ayant la responsabilité pour toutes les activités commerciales liées à la production d’énergie mobile.

Marsland arrive chez APR Energy avec une profonde expérience dans les industries industrialisantes et minières d’Afrique. Avant de rejoindre APR Energy, Marsland a occupé le poste de responsable du développement commercial en Afrique chez Renttech, où il s’est concentré sur les secteurs miniers, pétroliers et gaziers, pétrochimiques et des infrastructures à travers l’Afrique subsaharienne. Précédemment, en qualité de responsable des grands comptes dans la division African Cables de Ruenet CBI, il était responsable de la pénétration du secteur minier en pleine croissance de l’Afrique subsaharienne. L’expérience de Marsland dans la région comprend également l’occupation du poste de directeur des ventes et du marketing chez Scamont Engineering et de directeur commercial chez John Deere Industrial Power Products.

À propos d’APR Energy
APR Energy est le premier fournisseur mondial d’électricité rapide par turbines mobiles. Nous fournissons de l’électricité rapide à grande échelle, offrant à nos clients un accès rapide à une source d’électricité fiable quand et où ils en ont besoin, et pour aussi longtemps qu’ils en ont besoin. Combinant une technologie de pointe, économe en carburant, à une expertise sans égal, nous fournissons des usines électriques clés en main au service des villes, des pays et des industries à travers le monde, tant sur les marchés développés que sur les marchés en voie de développement. Pour de plus amples informations, consultez le site internet de la société : www.aprenergy.com.

Address by the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba MP on ‘Re-imagining Home Affairs: a critical enabler of Vision 2030’ to the Vision 2030 Summit on 09 June 2016

I wish to thank you most sincerely for the privilege and opportunity to make some remarks at this important occasion of the Vision 2030 Summit.

On such an occasion as this one, I am reminded of the speech made in June 1944 by the late Mr. Anton Lembede, arguably the father of African Nationalism in South Africa and founding President of the ANC Youth League, who died tragically in 1947, when he said then of the effort to build the ANC Youth League, that:

“We are drawing up plans and laying foundations for a longer future than we can imagine.”

Indeed, little did that distinguished generation of youth know that their efforts would over the course of time lead South Africa towards her liberation from the yoke of racial-colonial oppression and ultimately hand us the possibility to unite our country which had been so devastatingly divided along racial and ethnic lines and begin a constructing, together as a people, a non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous alternative.

In the same vein, an article first published in Sechaba in June 1976, entitled, “Drawing up the demands of the Freedom Charter”, started by saying:

“The time comes for every revolutionary movement when to talk of ‘freedom’ is not enough. One has to paint a picture of it, give it substance, fill in the details.”

Accordingly, it can be said, it is incumbent upon human society at every moment not only to have the clearest appreciation of what they are opposed to at the moment and what they are fighting to change, as well as what are the limitations of the present situation, but above all else, to define even more clearly the type of the future we seek to live in, the best to capture not only the vision thereof, but also the milestones towards that vision and then define what institutions must be established, resources harnessed and social forces mobilised as we strive towards this vision of the future we seek.

In this regard, the famous African and Nigerian author, Ben Okri, says:

“When you can imagine you begin to create and when you create you realise that you can create a world that you prefer to live in, rather than a world that you are suffering in.”

In this way, therefore, as the Dubai Ruler, Sheik Mohammed bi Rashid Al Maktoum says in his book, “My Vision: Challenges in the Race for Excellence”, a vision “allows you to capture the future”, and might I add, today!

He says further that:

“While vision is not a science, it is not an abstract idea either. It is a living extension of the visionary, pulsating with life just like him, growing and maturing with him, widening its horizons and deepening its experience along with him, jumping for joy when celebrating a success and feeling sadness with every failure.”

Of course, in our case, ‘him’ could be assumed to be reference to our people as a whole since the National Development Plan has been so overwhelmingly supported by our people and can safely be presumed to represent the collective will of the future of all South Africans.

Accordingly, the National Development Plan enjoins us to aim to,

“eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadershipand partnerships throughout society.”

One of the most valuable aspects of the National Development Plan is that it forces us to step back from the daily responsibilities and challenges of government, indeed from the suffering and limitations of the present, to think about the future and capture it.

At the time of formulation, it asked us to look forward 20 years, and imagine the best possible version of our country.

Vision 2030 is the result.

Having agreed on a common vision, government stakeholders in particular had to look at our strategic plans and operations to see how they could best contribute to the Vison.

This has been a great opportunity for our Department, as it comes at a time when we are re-imagining Home Affairs.

The Department of Home Affairs has long been perceived as a slow, moribund department offering low-value services.

We have been perceived as a department of omabhalane, clerks, producing and issuing civil registration documents in the most resentful manner imaginable.

Over time, South Africans resented this Department that came to epitomise government as we knew it of an indifferent institution that resented the people by whom it was established, the very people it was established to serve, and its modus operandi of a shallow and narrow definition of its mandate, seeking to do as least as possible, in the quickest way possible, and in as indifferent and resentful attitude as possible.

This philosophical culture of the organisation, brutally implemented by its leadership through decades, reflected on its officials and systems and was even more brutally replicated by them as they discharged their responsibilities.

However, we have come to believe that Home Affairs is much more than the issuing of documents, and certainly much, much more than the sum-total of these low-value services we have come over an extended period of time come to associate with it.

Our formal mandate is twofold, that is, to efficiently determine and safeguard the identity and status of citizens, and to manage immigration for development, security and fulfilment of our international obligations.

In practical terms this means that we have two major branches in terms of services delivery, that is,

Firstly, we have civic services which offers civil registration services to South African citizens and permanent residents, registering birth, citizenship, marriage and death.

Secondly, we also have immigration management which regulates all movements in and out of the country, as well as the entry into and stay of foreign nationals in South Africa for short visits, temporary residence and permanent residence.

Defining its mandate broadly in terms of the National Development Plan, the Department of Home Affairs can make four critical contributions to Vision 2030, namely, as,

  • an enabler of economic development;
  • a contributor to national security;
  • an enabler of the capable state; and
  • a contributor to nation-building and social cohesion.

In this regard,

  • DHA enables economic development in several important ways.

The NDP envisions an industrialised and knowledge economy, with a high level of economic participation.

Our issuing of birth certificates, identity documents and passports enables citizens to gain employment, conduct business, study at our universities and colleges towards the skills critically needed by our economy, travel internationally to seek investment opportunities that bring foreign currency to our country and helps increase our GDP, open bank accounts and even enter into all forms of economic transactions, as well as to even earn social grants that help to empower both poor individuals as well as the economy itself with some useful disposable income that can circulate in the market again as they procure goods and services they otherwise would not be able to.

Just a few years ago, South Africans were used to waiting 4 months for an ID book or passport.

Now, 90% of smart ID cards and passports arrive within two weeks, and most often in less than one week.

Our identity documents provide the platform of trust which underpins our country’s sophisticated financial system, for example, by simplifying ‘know your customer’ (KYC) processes for financial service providers.

The fact that our financial services institutions trust our national identity document is a key factor in their ability to offer sophisticated transactions remotely and online, in contrast to many other developing countries.

Our online fingerprint verification partnership with banks and insurers, through SABRIC, has been successful in combatting fraud and identity theft.

The industry recently estimated that this system prevents as much as R322m in losses per month, approximately R3.8bn annually.

Our management of immigration and efficient processing of millions of regular travellers entering the country annually facilitates tourism and conferencing revenue, inward investment and the entry of skilled workers all of whom are critical to our economic growth and development.

  • DHA contributes to national security.

The NDP stresses the importance of safety, security and good border management.

The National Identity System is critical to the nation’s security, as is effective immigration management, underpinned both by an effective border management authority (BMA) soon to be established as well as the management of entry into, stay in and exit from our country through the system of visa management.

For these reasons, Cabinet decided to fully integrate Home Affairs into the Security Cluster.

Home Affairs is mandated to regulate the entry and exit of persons across our borders.

In other words, we are responsible for deciding whether all prospective visitors to our country are allowed to enter, a responsibility we take very seriously.

The vast majority of travellers to South Africa, mainly those from our neighbouring countries, do so regularly, in accordance with our laws, with goodwill and in good faith.

A small minority do so irregularly, and a small minority still, are criminals or otherwise dangerous people involved in crime, terrorism and human trafficking among other ills.

Thus far, the greatest security challenge faced by our country, besides international criminal activities, is radicalisation and recruitment of the youth by the radical elements elsewhere in our world, as well as the use of our country by sleeping cells of these organisations in order to raise, traffic or clean their ill-gotten money.

We have the unenviable task of proactively preventing these few from entering SA, without barring or overly inconveniencing the entry of regular travellers.

The nature of a security department such as Home Affairs is that we are criticized by those who have the luxury to worry only about their own inconvenience or economic concerns.

We receive deserved criticism for the few criminals who slip through our net – such as with the White Widow several years ago – but receive no praise for the many we prevent.

It is often said in security circles that we have to get it right all the time, whereas the bad guys only have to get it right once.

We take it for granted in South Africa that we do not have to worry about terrorism.

I do not mean to sound overly ominous when I suggest that most countries probably feel the same way until they do suffer an attack.

Unfortunately, terrorism and instability is still a reality in many places on our continent and our world.

Countries in North, East and West Africa have suffered terrorist attacks in recent months and years and certainly, like us, at once they did not expect this.

Devastating as the loss of life is, incidents of terrorism also cause fear and economic disruption from which it takes long to recover.

We cannot assume that just because we do not have obvious enemies, or enemies we know of, we will be forever immune or that there are no groups or individuals intending to cause malicious harm to our nation and people.

We must also be concerned, as a relative safe haven and host country of refugees from all over the world, that combatants may try to settle scores against foreign nationals residing in South Africa.

We have seen such assassinations and plots and must ensure they do not become a feature of life here.

So we should be cognizant that security is a factor of economic competitiveness.

One of the factors which encourages businesses and organizations to trade, invest and base themselves in South Africa, is that they know it is peaceful and stable.

Long may this be the case.

Thus, it is and must be our responsibility to balance national security and economic, social and moral imperatives.

  • DHA enables the capable state envisioned by the NDP.

The NDP envisions a capable and developmental state, which provides the institutions and infrastructure necessary for the economy and society to operate.

To provide effective governance and administration, this capable state must plan proactively, and make intelligent use of technology.

The NDP stresses the need for government to have accurate demographic data.

Excellent civil registration, underpinned by universal early birth registration, is a critical tool for government to have accurate, real-time data on the total number of citizens and their age profile.

This is of enormous importance to government planning, particularly in areas such as education, health and labour.

We have made great strides on early birth registration in recent years. From registering 39% of all births within 30 days in 2010/11, in 2015/16 we registered approximately 67% of all births within 30 days.

The main challenges preventing universal early birth registration are: parents who do not bring their ID to the hospital; who do not bring two sets of names for the baby for each possible gender; mothers who are too young to have an ID themselves; and mothers who do not register the baby because they are waiting for the child’s father to acknowledge paternity.

These are human factors that can only be addressed if all citizens are conscious of their importance and act to change them.

Home Affairs will continue working with the Department of Health, community stakeholders and the media to address these challenges, in order to reach 100% early birth registration.

E-Governance – for which the Smart ID Card is an important enabler and platform – enables simpler and more convenient interaction between citizens and government.

We would like to see the smart ID card, and eventually also your fingerprint, become the universal passport for interacting with other government departments.

It has the capability to carry the driver’s license, verify you as a social grant recipient, help you collect medicine from a clinic, and any number of other applications.

These are significant opportunities that our local ICT sector to leverage the capabilities of the smart ID card, just as local companies were involved in its development.

By determining and identifying the citizenship status of all South Africans, DHA helps government departments and agencies know who is entitled to which services.

It helps the Department of Social Development know who is entitled to social grants.

It helps local and provincial authorities, and the Department of Human Settlements, know who is entitled to housing assistance.

As a country with a unique constitution guaranteeing basic and socio-economic rights, our government carries significant obligations to citizens.

DHA’s ability to both correctly determine identity and citizenship and provide documents which definitively confirm these, ensures that our scarce national resources go only to the people that are entitled to them.

Re-imagining Home Affairs consequently means we must not only modernise the Department, but must re-package and position it firmly as a pivotal pillar for the pursuit of these four critical areas, and a reliable partner for ordinary people, government departments and the private sector in pursuit of these goals that are so central to our dreams as a nation.

This extensive view of Home Affairs will enable critical partners in the public and private sector to identify their needs and partner with us to fulfil them in the national interest.

  • DHA contributes to nation building and social cohesion.

Our first and primary contribution to nation building and social cohesion is through our custodianship of single citizenship for all South Africans.

We ensure that all South Africans’ have their identity and citizenship status recognized.

We take this for granted, but challenging the citizenship status has been an issue of division which has played a divisive role in presidential elections in countries as diverse as Cote D’Ivoire and the United States of America.

Of course another major area where we contribute to nation building and social cohesion is in the management of international migration.

This month we will release for public comment a new Green Paper on International Migration.

It will provide the country with a new vision for managing international migration as a largely positive phenomenon.

It will form the basis of a new national dialogue on our connectedness with our region and continent and integration of foreign nationals.

We will need to reframe our discourse on nationhood, from one which seeks to unite Africans, coloureds, Indians and whites, to one which expands to include those new South Africans from all over the African continent and world.

These are some of the critical contributions Home Affairs will make to Vision 2030.

To do so, will need to re-imagine ourselves as not just a bureaucracy churning out identity documents, visas and permits, but as a key engine of the capable state, which contributes to development, security, nation-building and social cohesion.

I am sure that using what I have enunciated above regarding how Department of Home Affairs sees its role in relation to the pursuit of the NDP, we can already begin to imagine the work every department needs to do in order to position itself as a critical enabler for the successful implementation of this vital vision.

In this regard therefore, perhaps Ben Okri was writing of us at the moment we adopted the NDP, when he wrote in his book, “Astonishing the Gods”, that:

“It was the day when the people promised to the heavens that out of their agony they would make a wonderful destiny. With the sweetest and solemn vows, they pledged to create a civilisation of light and justice. They pledged to initiate on earth the first civilisation where love and wisdom would be as food and air… To realise a little heaven on earth, that was the glory of their promise.”

Indeed, as the NDP enjoins us to imagine, to realise a little heaven on earth, that is the glory of our promise!

I thank you.

Source: Department of Home Affairs

Minister Faith Muthambi hands over mobile library in Mannini

Minister of Communications Ms Faith Muthambi, together with the SABC Foundation, will on the 17th of June 2016 hand over a mobile library to the community of Mannini, in Thohoyandou, Limpopo. This mobile library adds a unique element in that it can service several schools in and around this this village.

“This is an initiative by the SABC Foundation to provide children who have no access to books in their schools and homes with the opportunity to improve their literacy skills.  The objective is to bring information and knowledge to where people are. Information is essential to any society, and through this library the people and children of Mannini can be able to use it to improve their lives, have access to life-long learning opportunities and also access the support they need,” said Muthambi.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Minister Derek Hanekom addresses National Youth Chefs Youth Programme Graduation Ceremony

The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, will deliver a keynote address at the National Youth Chefs Youth Programme Graduation Ceremony, to be held in Orlando, Soweto on Friday 17 June 2016.

The Department of Tourism, has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the South African Chefs Association (SACA), to be its implementing partner of its Extended Public Works Social Responsibility Implementation Programme, in the field of Professional Cookery for the selected beneficiaries nationwide.

This programme aims to, among others:

  • address scarce and critical skills in the sub sector as reflected in the Tourism and Sport Skills Audit Report 2007;
  • provide the hospitality sub sector with the much needed chef / cookery skills in response to the demand;
  • provide unemployed youth with skills and enable them to take up employment opportunities available in the industry; and
  • contribute to poverty alleviation through payment of stipend whilst capacitating young people with skills to make them employable.

Source: Government of South Africa.