Monthly Archives: June 2016

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on update of Chinese vessels

In May 2016 the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) joined forces with the South African Navy to conduct sea patrol within the South African coastline; where a Fishery Control Officer was deployed on board the South African Navy vessel. That joint operation resulted in capturing of three foreign vessels which were instructed to call to East London Port.

The vessels arrived at the Port at the night of 22 May 2016 accompanied by the DAFF vessel Sarah Baartman and the SA Navy vessel SAS Drakensberg. A thorough inspection was done on all three vessels by all law enforcement agencies in East London; South African Police Services, SARS Customs, Department of Home Affairs (Immigration), South African Maritime Safety Authority.

The foreign fishing vessels were found to have the following tons of fish on board:

” Fu Yuan Yu 7880 about 340 tons of squid with 36 crew

” Fu Yang Yu 7881 1about 60 tons of squid with 34 crew

” Run Da 617 about 200 tons of squid and other species of fish with 26 crew

Further investigations were conducted to establish, amongst other things, whether the fish on board was fished in South African waters and the outcomes of the scientific tests showed that it was not fished in our waters. We therefore had no legal grounds to confiscate the fish as it was not fished in our waters.

Charges and court outcomes

CAS dockets were opened and registered with the South African police Service and the Vessel Masters were respectively charged for contravention of Marine Living Resources Act 18 of 1998 and the charges included:-

” Possession of Gear on board without a Gear Permit.

” Not complying with the Lawful Instruction from the Fishery Control Officer.

On 15 June 2016 all the three Vessel Masters appeared in East London Magistrate Court and they were found guilty for possessing Gear on board without gear permit and were consequently fined R600 000 in total for that offense.

The vessel master of Fu Yuan Yu 7880 and the Vessel Master of Fu Yang Yu 7881 1 were also found guilty of non-compliance with the Lawful Instruction of the Fishery Control Officer and were fined R50 000 each. Additional to contravening Marine Living Resources Act, the three Vessel masters were also found to have contravened SAMSA legislation and were consequently fined R1.3 Million in total.

The SAMSA legislation related charges involved determined threats of environmental pollution and degradation.

The capturing of these vessels indicates our seriousness as a country to protect our Marine Living Resources in our territorial and exclusive economic zone. Plundering of those resources will not tolerating. In addition, South Africa takes seriously with determination its responsibility to ensure compliance with international and domestic environmental and safety laws designed and implemented to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all users of our oceans.

The Vessel Masters paid all the fines and they were authorised to proceed with their voyage to China and they departed from East London Port on 23 June 2016.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Rendeavour agrandit le développement de la Lekki Free Trade Zone

Le PPP avec le gouvernement étatique de Lagos développera un complexe urbain de 1000 hectares

LAGOS, Nigéria, 29 juin 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rendeavour et le gouvernement étatique de Lagos (Lagos State Government), représenté par Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited, ont annoncé une expansion de 1000 hectares du projet de développement urbain de Rendeavour dans la Lekki Free Trade Zone (Zone de libre-échange de Lekki) afin d’offrir plus d’espace de développement d’un plan directeur d’aménagement et à usage mixte pour les entreprises et les résidents.

La relocalisation et l’agrandissement du développement dans le quadrant nord-ouest, qui est situé à côté de la voie express de Lekki-Epe et le projet de l’aéroport international, intervient un an après l’accord de Rendeavour de développer un site de 250 hectares dans la Lekki Free Trade Zone.

« En augmentant la taille du site, nous démontrons notre engagement de développements urbains à long terme bien organisés pour Lagos et ses habitants », a déclaré Stephen Jennings, le fondateur et le PDG de Rendeavour, le plus grand promoteur immobilier urbain d’Afrique. « Le gouvernement étatique de Lagos a créé un climat d’affaires propice dans lequel des promoteurs internationaux tels que Rendeavour peuvent attirer des investissements supplémentaires dans les secteurs industriels, commerciaux, résidentiels et logistiques ».

Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, l’honorable commissaire du ministère du Commerce, de l’Industrie et des Coopératives qui parlait au nom de l’État de Lagos, a déclaré : « La combinaison de l’expérience éprouvée de Rendeavour dans la réalisation de plusieurs projets de développement urbain à grande échelle à travers l’Afrique et de leur travail sérieux dans l’engagement communautaire s’aligne complètement avec les objectifs de l’État de Lagos de collaborer avec des partenaires clés dans le développement de la Lekki Free Trade Zone ».

La Lekki Free Trade Zone a stimulé des investissements majeurs dans l’État de Lagos et au Nigéria. Dangote Industries et des sociétés nigérianes et internationales diverses construisent des installations à grande échelle qui stimulent davantage la croissance de la Lekki Free Trade Zone. La construction du port en eau profonde au sud de la zone est déjà bien avancée et le projet du nouvel aéroport international à côté de la zone de libre-échange permettra d’offrir un point d’entrée alternatif majeur dans le pays.

« L’expansion du développement de la Lekki Free Trade Zone de Rendeavour double effectivement nos investissements au Nigéria », a déclaré Rotimi Oyekanmi, le président de Rendeavour West Africa (Afrique de l’Ouest). « Le gouvernement étatique de Lagos et Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited ont montré une grande compréhension de notre travail. Nous sommes ravis de faire partie de la transformation commune de la péninsule de Lekki ».

À propos de Rendeavour ( www.rendeavour.com )
Rendeavour est le plus grand promoteur immobilier urbain d’Afrique avec plus de 12 000 hectares (30 000 acres) consacrés à des projets visionnaires pour la croissance des villes majeures du Kenya, du Ghana, du Nigéria, de la Zambie et de la République Démocratique du Congo. La vision de Rendeavour n’est pas simplement d’alléger une problématique basique, qu’est celle de la congestion urbaine extrême et du manque drastique de bâtiments de qualité pour l’habitation ou à usage commercial en Afrique. Au lieu de cela, nous visons à stimuler la création d’infrastructures (espaces de vie et de travail, espaces communautaires, écoles et hôpitaux) qui permettront de pérenniser et d’accélérer la croissance économique en Afrique, de répondre aux aspirations de la classe moyenne africaine naissante et de catalyser de futurs développements urbains.

À propos de la Lekki Free Trade Zone
La Lekki Free Trade Zone est un projet 16 500 hectares situé au sud-ouest de Lagos qui a été initié par le gouvernement étatique de Lagos par le biais de Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited. La Lekki Free Trade Zone est une installation à multiples usages avec des zones désignées pour le pétrole et le gaz, l’industrie, la fabrication, les affaires et la finance, la détente et le résidentiel. Le plan directeur d’utilisation du terrain divise la zone de la Lekki Free Trade Zone en quatre quadrants majeurs dotés de leur propre thème. Le site est conçu pour développer une zone de croissance économique, attirer des investissements étrangers, promouvoir l’exportation, créer des emplois et établir un havre économique international à guichet unique.

Contact

Tim Beighton
Adresse électronique : tbeighton@rendeavour.com
Téléphone : + 234 807 992 935
+ 234 809 000 065

Rendeavour extends Lekki Free Trade Zone development

PPP with Lagos State Government will develop 1,000-hectare urban development

LAGOS, Nigeria, June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rendeavour and Lagos State Government, represented by Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited, have announced an expansion of Rendeavour’s urban development project in the Lekki Free Trade Zone to 1,000 hectares, providing more development area for a mixed-use and master planned solution for businesses and residents.

The development’s relocation and expansion to the North West quadrant, adjacent to the Lekki-Epe expressway and proposed international airport, comes one year after Rendeavour’s agreement to develop a 250-hectare site at Lekki Free Trade Zone.

“By increasing the site size, we are demonstrating our long-term commitment to well-planned urban developments for Lagos and its residents,” said Stephen Jennings, Founder and CEO of Rendeavour, Africa’s largest urban land developer. “Lagos State Government has created a conducive business climate to which international developers like Rendeavour can attract additional investment in the residential, commercial, logistics and industrial sectors.”

Speaking on behalf of Lagos State, Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives Prince Rotimi Ogunleye said: “Rendeavour’s proven track record in delivering multiple large-scale urban development projects across Africa, combined with their solid work in community engagement, fully aligns with the goals of Lagos State to work with key partners in developing the Lekki Free Trade Zone.”

Lekki Free Trade Zone has stimulated major investment into Lagos State and Nigeria. Dangote Industries and other Nigerian and international companies are building large-scale facilities that further boost growth in the Lekki Free Trade Zone. The construction of the deep-sea port to the south of the zone is well under way, whilst the proposed new international airport close to the free trade zone is poised to offer a major alternative point of entry into the country.

“The expansion of Rendeavour’s Lekki Free Trade Zone development effectively doubles our investment in Nigeria,” said Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chairman of Rendeavour West Africa. “Lagos State Government and Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited have shown great understanding of our work, and we are excited to be part of the transformation of the Lekki peninsula together.”

About Rendeavour (www.rendeavour.com)
Rendeavour is Africa’s largest urban land developer with over 12,000 hectares (30,000 acres) of visionary projects in the growth trajectories of large cities in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo. Rendeavour’s vision goes beyond alleviating what is a self-evident problem – that of stifling urban congestion and a dearth of quality housing and commercial property in Africa. Rather, we aim to help create the infrastructure – the living and working spaces, communities, schools and hospitals – that will help sustain and accelerate Africa’s economic growth, meet the aspirations of Africa’s burgeoning middle classes, and serve as a catalyst for further urban development.

About the Lekki Free Trade Zone
The Lekki Free Trade Zone is a 16,500-hectare project southwest of Lagos, initiated by Lagos State Government through Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited. The Lekki Free Trade Zone is a multi-use facility with designated zones for oil and gas, industry, manufacturing, business & financial, commercial, recreation and residential. The land use master plan for the Lekki Free Trade Zone divides the area into four main quadrants, each with its own theme. The zone is designed to develop an economic growth zone, attract foreign investments, promote export, create job opportunities, and establish a one-stop global business haven.

Contact

Tim Beighton
Email: tbeighton@rendeavour.com
Phone: +234 8070 992 935
+234 8094 000 065

Media Statement on the extension of the closing date of applications for Lesotho Special Permits

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has acceded to a request by the Lesotho authorities to extend the closing date of applications for Lesotho Special Permits to allow more time for Basotho nationals to apply for permits. The last day for applications was 30 June 2016. The date has now been extended by three months to 30 September 2016.

Applicants will still be required to provide supporting documents while applying.

The request for an extension was among the recommendations made at the Consultation of Directors-General of Home Affairs held in Maseru on 01 June 2016 to assess progress on the implementation of the LSP. The South African and Basotho delegations were led by Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni and Home Affairs Principal Secretary Habokhethoe Sekonyela, respectively.

By Monday, 27 June 2016, close to 40 000 applications had been received.

“The extension to the end of September will assist in mitigating challenges making it difficult for people to seize the opportunity to regularise their stay in South Africa, but we urge people to apply without any further delay,” Minister Gigaba said.

Not all Lesotho citizens have Lesotho identity documents. Some applicants are battling to provide the required documents while others fear arrest relating to the amnesty process. Access and connectivity for applicants have also posed a challenge since registration is online.

Joint public outreach programmes are scaled-up to ensure applicants are informed and assisted to apply.All necessary steps are being taken to attend to these challenges to ensure people are assisted to apply. The Lesotho Government has deployed staff at various centres for birth registration and ID enrolment. The Lesotho National Identity and Civil Registry currently operates seven (7) days a week to facilitate the LSP process for its nationals. VFS will accept walk-in applications at its centres.

Lesotho authorities will continue engaging communities in Lesotho and in various parts of South Africa, with the aid of the Lesotho High Commission and Consulates in South Africa, to ensure as many Basotho as possible have necessary documents, including Lesotho ID cards. Additional application desks are being provided in Lesotho, at the borders and other strategic places. A mobile centre at Maseru Mall is already working.

The Lesotho Special Permit is issued under the special dispensation for Lesotho nationals who work, study or do business in South Africa and had been in the country in such capacity before 30 September 2015. Special permits are issued only to Lesotho citizens registered in the National Population Register of Lesotho. The LSP programme was launched on 1 February 2016.

South Africa granted an amnesty to Basotho in possession of fraudulently acquired documentation, so that they can surrender such documents, without the fear of arrest or deportation. Applicants receive amnesty letters as proof. For smooth facilitation, a moratorium on deportations was granted until 31 December 2016 on condition Basotho nationals surrender all fraudulently acquired documents, including fraudulent permits, South African passports and IDs.

Lesotho Special permits are valid until 31 December 2019. The LSP will strengthen close kinship ties South Africa and Lesotho share while allowing for Lesotho nationals to live in South Africa legally. Those with appropriate documents will contribute to the two countries’ economic development and growth, including through taxes in South Africa and remittances back home.

Source: Department of Home Affairs

President Jacob Zuma calls for 2017 National Orders nominations

The Grand Patron of the National Orders, President Jacob Zuma, invites members of the public to nominate persons from all walks of life that they believe deserve to receive the country’s highest honours, the National Orders, in April next year.

The next National Orders awards investiture ceremony will take place in April 2017, honouring South Africans and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed to the achievement of a free, united, non-racial, democratic, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa in various ways. Also honoured are citizens who have sacrificed life and limb to save others and those who have excelled in various fields.

The ceremony contributes towards unity, reconciliation and nation building.

There are six orders that are bestowed to deserving recipients. These are the following:

” The Order of Mendi for Bravery recognises South African citizens who have performed acts of bravery.

” The Order of Ikhamanga recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

” The Order of the Baobab recognises South African citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.

” The Order of Luthuli recognises South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.

” The Order of Mapungubwe recognises South Africans who have excelled and attained exceptional achievement to the benefit of South Africa and beyond.

” The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo recognises eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa. It is therefore an Order of peace, cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support.

Nominations forms are available on The Presidency website (http://bit.ly/294tes7). Members of the public are urged to attach a short motivation on the person nominated.

Self- nomination or the nomination of public servants is not permissible.

The deadline for the 2017 nomination is the 31 August 2016.

Source: Government of South Africa.