Daily Archives: September 20, 2016

Oceanwide Logistics Opens In South Africa – Expanding Company’s Growing Global Network

Comprehensive Sea/Air/Land Freight and Logistics Solutions Offered Across South Africa from Durban Headquarters

DURBAN, South Africa, Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — OL International Holdings LLC (OL International) today announced the launch of Oceanwide Logistics SA (Pty) Ltd (OL South Africa) with the opening of its newest office in Umhlanga, Durban. OL South Africa joins the company’s growing global NVOCC network of 19 offices and more than 120 agents worldwide, many of which are part of the Oceanwide Logistics Global Network. This integrated network allows OL International to deliver powerful and seamless service to and from South Africa and ports around the world.

OL South Africa will be led by Managing Director Bruce Stephenson, a 30-plus-year industry veteran who previously led sales, marketing, trade lane development, and procurement efforts for OL agents in South Africa. A fixture in the industry, in the late 1980s he was a member of the team that launched Hellmann Worldwide Logistics in South Africa, and at the age of 34 was named Managing Director of Translogic Shipping, then the nation’s largest agent through the port of Durban.

“We are thrilled to be able to leverage the full power of the Oceanwide Logistics Global Network to deliver for our clients across all air and ocean ports in South Africa,” said Mr. Stephenson. “In a world where peak efficiency and accuracy are critical components of success, we are proud that industry-leading features like Track & Trace and EDI-fed reporting directly from carriers will keep clients updated in real-time. Advanced technology combined with decades of local logistical expertise make for a powerful package that we are very excited about.”

“Opening a company office to manage all of South Africa is a strategic part of OL International’s global expansion,” stated Alan Baer President of OL International. “The Port of Durban is the busiest shipping terminal in sub-Saharan Africa, and the 4th largest container terminal in the Southern Hemisphere. It acts as an essential gateway for ‘South-South’ trade, and connects Asia, Europe, and the Americas, as well as trade between East and West Africa.”

Mr. Stephenson and his team have built a track record of applying fresh thinking to overcome challenges and deliver superior service. Their ability to develop innovative solutions to any challenge has won the appreciation and loyalty of clients.

Shippers are encouraged to contact the Durban headquarters to learn more about our services at +27 (0) 87 357 9000 or southafrica@oceanwidelogistics.com.

About OL International Holdings LLC:
OL International Holdings LLC is a non-asset-based international logistics company headquartered in Westbury, New York. Serving primarily as a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC), the Company provides sophisticated ocean, land, and air freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and warehouse solutions. The Company operates through a network of company offices and 120 independent, agent-owned offices worldwide. OL International is a member of the Oceanwide Logistics Global Network.

For more information about OL International please visit: www.oliholdings.com

Media Contact:
David Kaiyalethe
+1 917 826 2824

Statistics South Africa releases Consumer Price Index, 21 Sept

Release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), August 2016

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for August 2016 will be released at a media briefing on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 in Pretoria. The CPI is the primary indicator for the measurement of monetary policy and changes in the cost of living.

There will also be an announcement regarding the next update of the CPI weights and basket of goods and services.

The media briefing will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Lock-up: 9h30

Embargo: 10h00

Venue: Tshedimosetso House, Cnr Francis Baard & Festival streets, Hatfield, Pretoria.

Source: Government of South Africa

Poor, ‘missing middle’ fee waiver welcomed

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, Connie September, has welcomed the waiver on fee increases for poor students and the category of students described as “missing middle”.

Making the announcement on the 2017 university fee adjustments on Monday, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said universities will individually decide on the fee increases for the 2017 academic year.

He also announced that all National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) qualifying students, as well as the so-called “missing middle” students will experience a no fee increase in 2017, as government will pay for the adjustment.

“Of particular interest to the committee is how the missing middle has been accommodated in the fee structure. Now more students are exempted from fee increases. We share the sentiment that students who can afford to pay should do so, because government cannot subsidise everyone,” September said in a statement.

September noted that the Presidential Fees Commission is still in progress and encouraged students to make submissions.

“Recommendations from that process will have a long-lasting impact on the funding models for the sector. We require stabilisation in higher education and training,” said September.

She also commended Minister Nzimande’s position that assists everyone, including students attending Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, adding that students can now focus on their studies and on building decent futures for themselves.

September emphasised the importance for universities to be considerate when deciding fee increments for 2017 and that commitment be demonstrated towards poor students, so that they do not face uncertainty and hardship.

She called on university management, students and other stakeholders to continue with engagements.

Minister Nzimande noted that although fee increments for 2017 would be decided by individual universities, it was preferable that increases be capped below 8%. –

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister Edna Molewa opens 7th People and Parks Conference, 20 to 22 Sept

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Honourable Edna Molewa will officially open the 7th People and Parks Conference at the Accolades Boutique Venue, Midrand on Tuesday 20 September 2016.

The 7th People and Parks Conference which is convened under the theme: “Unlocking Protected Areas Economic Potential”, brings together more than 500 role players from different spheres of government, representatives of communities living adjacent to protected areas, conservation authorities, non-governmental organisations, civic organisations, academic institutions, traditional leaders and land owners.

South Africa is home to more than 9 million hectares of protected areas network, which includes national parks, nature reserves and world heritage sites, equating to about 8% of the country’s land. These protected areas, among other things, serve as sites for conserving South Africa’s ecosystems, protection of high biodiversity value and provision of ecosystem services. Most of these protected areas are geographically located in rural areas, forming an integral system with rural communities whose livelihoods and cultures are closely dependent on.

The biennial conference provides a platform for stocktaking on progress being made in addressing land claims issues affecting protected areas and measures instituted to facilitate the contribution of protected areas in the enhancement rural livelihoods.

The hosting of this year’s People and Parks Conference forms part of the building blocks towards the 7th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) from 24 September to 5 October 2016. COP17 will focus its attentions on the future operations of the organisation, but also deliberate on the role of CITES in securing the livelihoods of people living with wildlife and ensuring communities are considered in terms of interventions implemented in terms of this Convention

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the conference as per the details below:

Date: 20 – 22 September 2016

Venue: Accolades Boutique Venue, 72 Dale Road, Midrand

Time: 09:00 – 16:00

To RSVP, contact: Ernest Mulibana – 082 26 37372 / EMulibana@environment.gov.za or Sibusiso Mkhulisi – 012 399 8992 / SMkhulisi@environment.gov.za

For media queries, contact:

Albi Modise

Cell: 083 490 2871

About People and Parks Programme

The People and Parks Programme in South Africa was born out of the World Parks Congress held in Durban in 2003. On the eve of this congress, The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) [the then Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT)] organised for communities from the Richtersveld, Khomani San, Riemvasmaak, Makuleke areas and communities from iSimangaliso (then known as St Lucia) to meet at Cape Vidal. They represented the people who had been removed or directly threatened with removals from protected areas to make way for wildlife and conservation.

The congress highlighted the important role protected areas play in sustainable development, conservation and fighting poverty. It also highlighted the importance of involving local people as equal partners in PAs, which should include decision making, management and sharing of benefits. The World Parks Congress and the Programme of Work on Protected Areas at the Convention on Biodiversity Diversity (CBD) showed strong commitment of the international conservation communities and governments to protecting and upholding the rights of communities affected by conservation programmes.

The People and Parks Programme has come a long way since the World Parks Congress held in Durban in 2003 and the first People and Parks Forum session held in Swadini in October, 2004. Since then the programme has gained momentum in identifying specific activities and processes that address issues at the interface between conservation and the communities.

At these conferences, all people with interests in protected areas, are invited to participate. They share their experiences, discussed the challenges they faced and highlighted best practice examples for everyone to learn from. These conferences are used to track the progress of the People and Parks Programme in South Africa.

Source: Government of South Africa

President Jacob Zuma extends condolences on passing of Allister Sparks

President Jacob Zuma has extended his deepest condolences on the passing of well-known veteran journalist, Mr Allister Sparks, who passed away on Monday after an illness.

Mr Sparks was an experienced journalist, author and political commentator. He developed and trained many journalists, especially during his tenure as an editor.

He was the editor of The Rand Daily Mail during the period of apartheid oppression, and the publication made its mark by exposing the evils of the system.

Mr Sparks continued to contribute columns even after retirement.

“He made his mark in the fight for a free South Africa and proved that the pen is mightier than the sword. We extend our deepest condolences to his family”, said President Zuma.

Source: Government of South Africa