Daily Archives: September 6, 2016

Chemex Modular Selected by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources to Expand Leading Nigerian Refinery

NEW WAVERLY, Texas, Sept. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Chemex Modular, LLC is pleased to announce it has reached terms in principle with its longtime client and business partner Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Ltd (“NDPR”) to expand NDPR’s existing refining capacity from 1,000 barrels of crude per day to 11,000 barrels per day. In addition to its existing diesel only (automotive gas oil) production capacity, the expanded refinery will allow NDPR to supply increased diesel capacity, jet fuel (aircraft turbine fuel), gasoline (premium motor spirits), and marine diesel oil.

Chemex Modular designed and fabricated the existing NDPR refinery, which was commissioned in 2012 and has been utilized at full capacity since 2012. NDPR currently operates the only privately-held petroleum refinery in Nigeria, and does so profitably.

Chemex Modular is proud to have been selected to provide the additional expansion equipment and technological services. The new units will include additional crude distillation units, a naphtha hydrotreater, a naphtha splitter, and a catalytic reforming unit for the production of gasoline. The expansion will provide numerous additional local jobs for skilled operators, technicians, and plant maintenance personnel.

Chemex Modular and NDPR expect commissioning of the expansion to occur in early 2018.

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South Africa: CCMA Ruling Underscores Need for Parliamentary Budget Oversight

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has dealt Secretary to Parliament, Mr Gengezi Mgidlana, a major blow after ruling that the legislature should pay researchers salary increases for the last four years, retrospectively.

The failure to pay researchers in accordance with a pay scale agreement signed in 2011 but never implemented could cost as much as R38 million.

I will again appeal to the Speaker of Parliament to request that she instruct the Co-Chairpersons of the Joint Standing Committee on Financial Management of Parliament to schedule a meeting as a matter of urgency so that Mr Mgidlana can be called to explain.

The CCMA findings against Mr Mgidlana not only threatens Parliament’s budget and, possibly, the effective functioning of our legislature, it also undermines his ongoing engagement with disgruntled parliamentary staff.

Mr Mgidlana’s office finds itself at a protracted impasse with labour union Nehawu over performance bonuses. The CCMA ruling raises concerns over a repeat of the crippling strikes at Parliament which caused parliamentary sittings to be suspended at the end of 2015.

At a time when National Treasury is called upon to bail-out dysfunctional state-owned enterprises (SOEs), we cannot allow the very institution tasked with Executive oversight to join the begging line outside Treasury.

Source: Democratic Alliance.

Some South Sudanese Want Restrictions on Troop Deployment

While most South Sudanese lawmakers say they welcome the government’s decision to accept the deployment of a regional protection force, some say the government has the right to place conditions on that deployment, including the number of troops, their types of weapons and which countries they should come from.

After initially opposing the troop deployment, the government caved to international pressure following a visit from U.N. Security Council members last weekend, saying it no longer opposed a regional protection force.

But on Tuesday, that position shifted again. Member of Parliament Zachariah Matur, who represents Rumbek in Western Lakes State, said the government must have a say in choosing which troops are deployed to South Sudan.

It seems we are surrounded by quite a number of hostile nations that have a vested interest in our country,” Matur said in Juba. “They would like to get a chance to get in and exploit us. So our government will negotiate on those things to see which countries are going to contribute to this force and also the kind of equipment they are going to bring to the country.

Protection of women’s rights

Flora Solomon, another member of parliament who represents Imatong State Assembly, said she hoped the protection force would focus on protecting the rights and dignity of women.

I think this force, when they come, they will be helping us more because we are now tired,” Solomon said. “Since 2013, women are the victims of this senseless trouble which has come to South Sudan, and I hope these forces will help the situation of prevention of violence against women.

The leader of the minority in the National Assembly, Onyoti Adigo, said if the protection force is to effectively discharge its mandate, the troops must be well-armed, and he noted the current peacekeeping force is not well-armed.

They were overpowered by the equipment of the government,” Adigo said. “So if you have balanced power, then it can be OK. But it is not for fighting. The whole issue is: How do we come to cooperate?

Thomas Wani Kundu, who represents Lainya County in the South Sudan National Assembly, said he was hopeful that the country’s security would improve after deployment of the regional protection force, which is expected later this month.

We expect a positive impact after the additional forces [are deployed] under UNMISS to South Sudan,” Kundu said, referring to the U.N. Mission in South Sudan. “With the new mandate, we are also optimistic that they will protect the civilians and protect the people in UNMISS and eventually will encourage people from the camps, whenever there is a peace, to come out and go to their houses to resume their normal life.

Too late to negotiate?

At least one South Sudanese analyst said Juba could not negotiate the number of troops, types of weapons or where the troops come from because a U.N. member country cannot negotiate with the Security Council after it has already agreed to the deployment of troops.

Political science professor James Okuk of Juba University said the council may change the mandate of the protection force to one of peace enforcement if it determines that the government is not cooperating.

Since they have given their consent and it is written, that’s what the U.N. Security Council will follow when they start deploying the regional protection force by the 30th of this month. So nothing is going to stop them, Okuk said.

Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter states that U.N. peacekeepers are allowed to use force to ensure the peace and protection of civilians in accordance with the U.N. resolution. It allows the council to “determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace or act of aggression,” and to take military and nonmilitary action to “restore international peace and security.”

Cooperation urged

Okuk said the international community won’t tolerate a volatile situation that causes civilians or noncombatants in a foreign country to suffer. He warned that if the government insisted on trying to place restrictions upon troops, arms or contributing countries, the U.N. might feel it has no choice but to impose plan B.

What’s needed is cooperation, and what they can work for is to see to it that they do a joint venture to this cooperation, and it might turn out to be positive later. But if they refuse the cooperation, they might force the Security Council to go to plan B of what they have said, which is peace enforcement accompanied by arms embargo and sanctions, Okuk said.

The best course of action for the government, according to Okuk, is to implement the Intergovernmental Authority on Development-brokered security arrangements spelled out in the August 2015 peace agreement.

The priority now is to restore peace and trust � the trust from the people here and the trust from the international community � and that can be restored by committing themselves to the implementation of the agreement, so that it does not collapse, Okuk said.

Source: Voice of America

South Africa/Egypt: We Will Turn Things Around – Dolly

Bafana Bafana midfielder Keagan Dolly looks set to play a role against Egypt in the 22st Edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge tonight (6 September) at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Dolly missed last week’s (Friday, 2 September 2016) encounter against Mauritania in the final round of the 2017 Gabon African Cup of Nations qualifiers, which ended in a 1-1 draw at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

The Mamelodi Sundowns winger seems to have recovered from his injury as he managed to finish two grueling training sessions with his compatriots on Sunday (4 August) and Monday (5 August).

He had missed all training sessions in Nelspruit.

Dolly’s return to Bafana Bafana is a welcome boost as he scored two goals in the penultimate AFCON qualifier against Gambia in June this year.

But he knows they are facing a very tough customer in Egypt, who are ranked 43rd in the world and 5th on the continent while South Africa is 64th and 13th respectively.

“We know it’s going to be tough, they are a very good team. They have good individuals playing at the highest level and after our draw against Mauritania on Friday we want to impress our home supporters because we haven’t been doing so well at home. With all the chances we created in that game, which we controlled, we just want to convert them against Egypt and win the match,” said Dolly.

The two nations will be meeting for the third time in this annual event. They first clashed in 1998 in the 5th edition, which South Africa won 2-1.

In the second encounter, however, The Pharaohs of Egypt turned the tables and won 1-0 in the 12th edition played in England in 2006.

Dolly says they have taken some positives from the Mauritania draw.

“One thing we need to improve on is our form at home, especially converting our chances – the very same thing we struggled with in Brazil with the u23 National Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. We created more chances than Denmark but did not take them. They scored the only goal and we did not qualify,” added Dolly.

“That’s the problem we have in the country as a whole, and if we can look at the top goal scorer each season it’s like 14 goals – that’s something we need to work on in South Africa. We create chances, we have good build-ups, we keep the ball well but when we get into the final third we tend to rush. We just need to be composed and make the proper pass and that will help us going forward. I struggle from the same thing, we tend to get excited, but if we work on it we stand a good chance going into the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.”

Dolly believes they will turn things around.

“The technical staff believed in us and that is why they called us up, I don’t think they need to take the blame because we are the ones playing on the field, we are the ones not converting our chances. Hopefully things will change,” concluded Dolly.

The Nelson Mandela Challenge is a one-day event to raise funds for the building of a children’s hospital to continue with the legacy of the late State President of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

South Africa has won the Nelson Mandela Challenge nine times and has hosted nations like the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Zambia.

The clash against Egypt kicks off at 19h05.

Source: South African Football Association.