Daily Archives: September 19, 2016

The 120th Canton Fair Works with Qatar Airways to Provide Exclusive Special Airfare

GUANGZHOU, China, Sept. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The China Import and Export Fair (the Canton Fair) has announced Qatar Airways as the official partner airlines of the 120th Canton Fair. The raffle of round-trip tickets to Guangzhou has been drawn during the two remote video conferences in Jordan and UAE on 4th and 5th September, 2016 respectively.

The special fare offer mainly targets buyers from Middle East and Africa. Buyers who depart from designated cities could enjoy discounts on different Qatar Airways tickets.

This campaign covers 25 cities, of which 13 are in the Middle East and 12 African countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa, offering options of both one-way and round-trip in economy as well as business classes. Airfare concession depends on the cabin class and is up to 20% off.

To apply for the offer, buyers can log in to the “BEST” (Buyer E-Service Tool) platform on the official Canton Fair website at http://invitation.cantonfair.org.cn/en (Registration required for first time attendant), visit the Qatar Airways special airfare campaign page and fill in the required information. Then the promotion code can be obtained and applied when booking tickets via Qatar Airways official homepage at http://www.qatarairways.com/cn/cn/cugs/cantonfair-2016.page.

The team-up between the Canton Fair and Qatar Airways will extend the Canton Fair’s service chain. “The Canton Fair has a solid connection with Qatar,” said Liu Quandong, Deputy Director General of Foreign Affairs Office of the Canton Fair, “we are both committed to providing our guests with high-quality services. Our cooperation with Qatar Airways will offer more comfortable, convenient and economical visiting experiences for buyers all over the world.”

The crossover cooperation, according to Liu, is an implemented integration of the advanced business and tourism resources to establish an eco-system of exhibition services with global leading companies.

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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 120th 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.


The National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) has developed the draft Ghana Standard on Accessibility Designs (GSAD) to guide developers, designers and other persons involved in the built environment process.

Addressing the media in Accra, yesterday, Mr Kwamena Dadzie-Dennis, Executive Secretary, NCPD, said GSAD, if gazetted into law by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), would be incorporated into Ghana’s Building Regulations for the approving authorities to make accessibility designs part of the criteria for acceptance of plans for construction in the built environment.

Mr Dadzie-Dennis said GSAD would provide a tool for the measurement or auditing of universal accessibility and increase awareness on accessibility standards, and the need for barrier-free designs in the built environment.

In a welcome address, Madam Lilian Bruce-Lyle, Acting Chairperson, NCPD, stressed the need to provide an accessible built environment for Persons with Disability (PWDs) even as the 10-year moratorium provided for in the Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715) which states that “the owner or occupier of an existing building to which the public has access shall, within 10 years of the commencement of this Act, make that building accessible to and available for use by a PWD” had ended in August 2016.

Madam Bruce-Lyle gave the assurance that NCPD would continue to collaborate with MDAs, civil society and the private sector to roll out more programmes that would address the concerns of PWDs.

Section 6 of Act 715 and Article 9 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) require that buildings, roads, indoor and outdoor facilities, including schools buildings, medical facilities and all workplaces, are made accessible to PWDs.

It is, therefore, in compliance with this requirement that the NCPD, with funding from Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) and in collaboration with the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations (GFD), Ghana Blind Union (GBU), Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled, Ghana National Association for the Deaf (GNAD), Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and GSA, developed the draft Ghana Standard on Accessibility Designs (GSAD).

The Standard was developed after extensive consultations with a wide range of stakeholders as well as literature in the field of accessibility and disability.

The Standard is expected to serve as a useful tool for those involved in the design, implementation, supervision and decision-making on various programmes where accessibility is a component.

Special beneficiaries of the Standard include: wheel chair users, people with limited walking/movement abilities, people with visual impairment or low vision, people with hearing impairment, elderly persons, pregnant women, people with temporary disabilities and children, and people carrying heavy/cumbersome luggage.

Source: Government of Ghana


Three members of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona in the United States have been denied entry into South Africa, the country’s Department of Home Affairs has announced.

The three were denied entry due to a ban placed on their pastor, Steven Anderson, for his hate speeches and anti-gay sentiments.

He was banned from entering South Africa by the Minister for Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, on Tuesday (Sept 13) after he announced his planned visit.

“Mr Steven Anderson and members and/or associates of his church are prohibited from entering the Republic of South Africa,” Gigaba had said.

According to South African media News24, the Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete said one of the three was stopped at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, while another was prevented in Germany from travelling to South Africa.

He added that the third person was still trying to get into the country.

The church gained international attention in 2009 when Pastor Steven Anderson declared hatred for Barack Obama in a sermon and wished for his death.

He had gone on to attack France after the Paris attacks in 2015 and also the US after the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016 where he called the victims “pedophiles”.

Anderson is also reported to have been banned this month from entering the United Kingdom for praising the Orlando shooter.

Source: Nam News Network

President Jacob Zuma declares 27 December 2016 a public holiday

President Jacob Zuma has declared 27 December 2016 a public holiday throughout the Republic of South Africa, in terms of section 2A of the Public Holidays Act.

The President has declared the date as a public holiday following a request by the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA). The request by FEDUSA was motivated by the fact this year workers in the country will only have 11 public holidays instead of 12 due to fact that the 25th of December (Christmas Day) falls on a Sunday.

According to section 2(1) of the Public Holidays Act, 1994 “whenever a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be a public holiday”. However, this year the Monday following the 25th of December 2016 is another public holiday, being 26 December 2016, Day of Goodwill. This has resulted in the two public holidays overlapping.

The declaration of the 27th December as a public holiday will ensure that workers are not unduly disadvantaged because of this unusual event and are still entitled to their 12 paid public holidays.

Source: Government of South Africa

Labour puts spotlight on public health care facilities

The Department of Labour kicked off its two-day seminar on Hazardous Biological Agents (HBA) in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape today [19 September 2016]. The purpose of the seminar aimed to engage and capacitate Public Health Care stakeholders on the legislation and developments in the sector. Participants included shop-stewards, occupational health and safety representatives, nurses and doctors from health care institutions.

HBAs are infectious and toxic, but they can also cause allergic reactions such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic rhinitis, some types of asthma and organic dust toxic syndrome. In health care institutions, employees are exposed to HBAs because of their interaction with patients suffering from various infectious diseases.

Speaking at the seminar, Milly Ruiters, Senior Specialist Occupational Health and Hygiene, noted the non-compliance found during inspections conducted at hospitals. The inspections were conducted at both private and public hospitals.

“Public hospitals in particular, are of major concern to the Department, as many were found to be grossly non-compliant,” she said.

Some of the contraventions included instances where hazardous waste and clean linen were transported in the same vehicle, and also medical staff leaving controlled areas without the removal of contaminated clothing and/or equipment.

In accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers must provide and maintain a health and safety management system at work. This includes that every employee has to be made aware of the hazards associated with work and the precautionary measures that needs to be taken; that health and safety representatives are to be informed beforehand of any inspections or investigations to be conducted by an inspector; and, inform the health and safety representative of the occurrence of an incident in the workplace.

Underpinned by the theme of the seminar, “Towards Zero Tolerance”, the department petitioned stakeholders to work closely with it in ensuring that 100% compliance becomes a reality. In the present financial year, the Eastern Cape conducted 55 inspections at health care facilities, of which, 30 notices were issued to those who were found to be non-compliant.

The seminar also included presentations on the identification, evaluation and control of hazardous biological agents, chemicals and physical stressors in the health care sector and also a presentation on the reporting of occupational injuries in the work-place.

Similar presentations were held in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Source: Government of South Africa