Daily Archives: September 26, 2016

G.O.A.L. Football Tournament to Kick Off in Guangzhou

MoneyGram brings customers and fans closer to their football passion

GUANGZHOU, China, Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — MoneyGram G.O.A.L., a new five-a-side football tournament, is launching in Guangzhou, China. MoneyGram Guangzhou Open African League (G.O.A.L.) will take place for the first time on October 22, 2016 at the Act Club, Tianhebei Road. The tournament will run for three consecutive Saturdays and culminate in the Grand Finals on November 5, 2016.

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MoneyGram G.O.A.L. brings a professional football tournament to Guangzhou, which is home to a large African community with significant populations from Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, Kenya and Uganda. The teams will have an opportunity not only to showcase their skills on a professional football field but also raise the trophy and win the Grand Prize of $2,000 USD for the best team and $1,000 USD for the runner up.

“At MoneyGram we constantly strive to ‘bring people closer’ through reliable money transfer services connecting families across geographies. As football plays such an important role in the everyday life of the African community, there is no better platform to bring those people closer across geographies,” says Sabrina Chan, marketing director, Asia and China at MoneyGram. “It’s our hope that our shared love for football can strengthen the connection between the African community in Guangzhou and their loved ones back home.”

“As China has become a new, key corridor for Africa, we want to engage with the communities we serve,” said Sabine Bauchau, marketing director, Africa at MoneyGram. “This tournament will showcase the best African football teams from the region for a chance to compete for the championship trophy.”

Registration for MoneyGram G.O.A.L. is now open and will last until 18 October, 2016. A maximum of 32 teams can enter the tournament. Each team can have 8 -10 players representing any African country. Registration will be available at Postal Savings Bank of China locations in Guangzhou or by phone 013544313238.


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African Banker Readies for Next Stage of His Career with the Help of CEIBS

ACCRA, Ghana, Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As Chief Financial Officer of FBN Bank Ghana, Semiu Lamidi has a lot on his shoulders. It is his job to enforce the regulations that keep the bank safe and, by extension, provide peace of mind to its clients, employees and shareholders. He began his career at the international auditing firm Pernnel Kerr Foster in Nigeria in 1999, and those skills have served him well over the last 16 years as he has steadily risen up the ranks of the banking industry. Now he has his sights set on even bigger goals, so he has enrolled in the China Europe International Business School’s (CEIBS) Global EMBA programme to make sure he is ready.

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The programme, offered from CEIBS’ European Campus, the Lorange Institute of Business in Zurich, will see Lamidi and other African nationals studying alongside 28 peers from Europe and China. Participants are about 39 years old, on average; almost 28% are females; 24% have Masters Degrees or above and they have decades of experience in a wide range of industries. There is a mixture of participants from private companies, state-owned enterprises and government. Classes will be available in Zurich, Accra and Shanghai. The Zurich class is the second cohort of the CEIBS GEMBA. Its curriculum is identical to the one offered to participants in Shanghai, ranked among the Financial Times Top 20 for the last six years, where the latest class began on September 4.

“At this stage of my career, I’m looking for an authentic platform that will catapult me to the next stage,” says Lamidi, “one where there is high-quality leadership, a connection to an Ivy League of international professionals, exposure to the latest management techniques and a holistic perspective of the business world.” As part of the wider FBN team, he will definitely need a global view. FBN Bank Ghana is a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria which, in addition to its Nigeria headquarters, has offices in the UK, Paris, Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

Lamidi knows that, with his hectic work schedule, the part-time 20-month-long course will be challenging; but he believes he is up to the task. After all, it will only require 60 days outside the office. “I just need to rely on my time management skills and make use of every opportunity to balance work with studying,” he says. “This course is important to me so I will give it my utmost dedication and full commitment. I am also looking forward to doing some classes in Shanghai.”

For more information on the CEIBS GEMBA Programme click here

Headquartered at its largest campus in Shanghai, China Europe International Business School is mainland China’s leading business school, with three programmes globally ranked by the Financial Times. CEIBS offers MBA, Finance MBA, Executive MBA, Executive Education and PhD programmes. Established in 1994 as a non-profit joint venture between the Chinese and European governments, CEIBS also has campuses in China’s political capital, Beijing, and Zurich in the heart of Europe. CEIBS also offers programmes from its facilities in Shenzhen to China’s south and Accra in Ghana.

North West Legislature on condition of Mphebatho Library

North West Legislature Education Committee to call Moretele Municipality to account on dire status of Mphebatho Library

The North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Education has resolved to call Moretele Local Municipality to account on the difficult conditions of Mphebatho Library in Dertig village near Makapanstad.

This follows the Committee’s oversight visit to the library where it discovered that Mphebatho library does not comply with the relevant library services’ norms and standards. The Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs officially handed-over the library project to the municipality for construction at R4,5 million and general administration after completion in March 2012.

Amongst some of challenges found at the library are; unavailability of ordinary library services such as reference services; free public internet connection; educational material; audio materials, outreach programmes, one photocopying machine is not functional due to lack of internet connection and toners; lack of maintenance and serious water and sanitation problems as ablution facilities are not working.

There is no electricity and building certificate to confirm that the library meets the norms and standards and there are continuous electricity cuts due to improper wiring; serious staff shortages as the six staff personnel as always overload with work without any incentives.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Boitumelo Moiloa said the Committee finds the conditions at the library appalling and unacceptable for library usage by the learners and community. “Whoever is responsible for the library services in the municipality must explain how our people can cope with the dreadful conditions at the library where there is no public internet access; air-conditioning; water and sanitation and security services and how the staff and community are not adequately supported as they are demoralised.

The conditions that the staff operates in are very inhumane and dangerous for their lives. Lot of services are not provided such as public internet access services; book preservation; the security system and there is no air-conditioning yet there are no consequences.

“The library cannot operate without clean water and toilets as it provides a very important facility to the community which includes learners and students for various education and recreational reasons. There is also no maintenance plan for the building which experiences flooding during rainy days and in some instance where a ceiling collapsed thus damaging study materials and electricity,” said Hon. Moiloa.

The Head of the Library, Ms. Rirhandzu Chuma said they have made many pleas to the municipality to no help. “We are working under unsafe and hazardous conditions where the municipality is not assisting us with anything including implementation of the proposed business plan and rely on the community to maintain the library.

Part of our proposed business plan was requests of pit toilets and clean water due to water and sanitation challenges but it fell on deaf eyes.

In the case of fire, we will have a serious problem as the fire extinguishers expired in 2013 and were never replaced. There are municipal water tinkering services in the area but we can’t access them due to unclean water tanks. We use our own money to access internet; buy water and cleaning material as the maintenance budget is not enough,” said Ms. Chuma.

She said the library is also struggling with storage of books and equipment as external stakeholders such as University of South Africa and community members are committed to donate books and library material.

Hon. Moiloa said the department should urgently address some of the challenges such as water and maintenance; internet connections, electricity and air-conditioning ,and provide a detailed report on the status of libraries in the province in seven working conditions. She also requested the Head of Library to submit a comprehensive report on all the challenges faced by the library.

Source: Government of South Africa

SA commits to a better tomorrow

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, says South Africa is committed to a better tomorrow by ending the practice of open defecation in the country by 2030 or sooner.

Minister Radebe announced South Africa’s commitment on behalf of South African President Jacob Zuma, on Saturday, at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival which was held in Central Park, in New York.

The Minister, who is also the Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, themed his address “South Africa’s role in the (Sustainable Development Goals) SDGs and achieving water and sanitation for all”.

But the festival theme was “water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)”. So far, over 1.3 million health actions have been taken by global citizens everywhere.

Minister Radebe said the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 is South Africa’s very own master plan to get citizens to a country that is significantly better off than it is today.

“It is about the long-term planning for the country that you want and the future you wish for generations to come. At the core of all our global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2063 and our very own NDP sits the urgency to address the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality to improve the lives of all our people.

“Through these initiatives, South Africa stands for employment, global water and sanitation, and a brighter future for our youth.

“Through our leadership on the High Level Panel on Water, our government also commits today to ensure the panel champions proper sanitation and waste management services in cities around the world,” said the Minister.

Minister Radebe said government supports a world in which children thrive instead of suffering from disease, malnutrition, and stunting. “A world in which everyone has the opportunity for a dignified and full life.” –

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister Derek Hanekom: Public Lecture held in Bloemfontein

Greetings to all of you,

Firstly, let me thank our partners for collaborating with the Department of Tourism to make this important event happen.

We are grateful to the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in the Free State, and to the Central University of Technology for your support and collaboration.

Today’s lecture is important to all of us here, and to all the people out there who are living with disabilities. They are looking to us to make Universal Accessibility happen for them.

I want to share with you some of the challenges we face, the opportunities that emerge in promoting Universal Access, and touch briefly on what the Department of Tourism is already doing in this area.

What problem are we trying to solve?

We want all our people and our tourists to have equal access to our attractions and facilities. We also want them to enjoy the dignity they deserve, so they are not kept closeted away from enjoying the things that most of us take for granted.

In South Africa, the problem has an additional dimension: how to create affordable access for marginalised people, like pensioners, those who have very little disposable income to travel, and the youth.

The Department of Tourism and SA Tourism are working hard at promoting domestic tourism. SAT has been allocated a ring-fenced budget of just over R100-million a year for the next few years specifically for domestic tourism. Success will depend on making domestic tourism more affordable for more of our people.

Our overall challenge is to provide for the specific needs of domestic and international tourists living with disabilities.

We need to provide accessible airport transfers, wheelchair-adapted vehicles, and appropriately designed streets and pavements.

Hotel rooms, restaurants and other facilities must cater to the needs of the blind, the deaf and people living with physical disabilities. Professional staff should be on hand to help customers with special needs, and to provide information about local attractions that meet their needs.

Facilities in public places, like washrooms and waiting areas at bus stations, should be designed for universal accessibility.

We have surveyed Provincial Tourism Departments and government-owned provincial parks, and found a lack of technical knowledge on what needs to be done to achieve compliance. More training is required to enable staff to serve people with special needs.

Compounding these challenges, many establishments cannot afford the cost of adapting or retrofitting their facilities with the correct equipment.

But costs can be recovered, along with many other opportunities in responding to these challenges.

South Africa will become even more competitive as a barrier-free global destination, when our infrastructure, facilities and attractions are suitable for use by all tourists.

There are obvious commercial benefits for operators, who can expect additional customers once they provide appropriate facilities and services for this niche market.

And there are not-so-obvious business opportunities for small enterprises and entrepreneurs to supply and fit equipment needed for Universal Access.

But the biggest opportunity of all is to make a positive difference in the life of that one person who will now have access to a place they could not visit before, to expand their experiences and open up their lives in fresh and exciting ways.

It’s an opportunity for those among us who are living with disability to also feel proud of our country, and a genuine sense of belonging to a nation that cares for them.

Many South African establishments demonstrate excellent compliance with UA principles.

Most SANParks camps provide ramped access, and many have accessible ablution facilities with selected accommodation units that have been adapted for use by tourists who have mobility or visual impairments.

The Department of Tourism is undertaking many initiatives to promote Universal Accessibility.

The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa provides tourism establishments with UA guidelines; tour guides and other staff at attractions are being trained to serve clients with special needs; a database is being compiled of UA compliant providers and suppliers, and South African Tourism is marketing our UA products to domestic and international tourists.

We are working with Cape Town and Durban to improve access, and have conducted UA audits on tourism businesses and public attractions, transportation and other places of interest.

The department has also engaged Blind SA, Deaf SA, the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa, and the South African Disability Alliance to improve access for all our people and our tourists.

This year, we will develop an Assessment Tool for government-owned provincial parks, and provide UA training for front office staff.

Next year, we will conduct audits at government-owned parks in four provinces to assess their UA compliance, identify gaps and recommend solutions. We will also develop guidelines on incentivising UA in the tourism sector.

These initiatives are starting to yield results. But we must acknowledge that we will all have to do much more, much faster, to make Universal Accessibility in tourism a widespread reality throughout South Africa.

Universal Accessibility is essential for responsible and sustainable development. It offers the tourism sector an opportunity to expand its market base. It is also an exceptional business opportunity. Most importantly, it is simply the right thing to do for our people.

As we build on what we have achieved so far, South Africa has an opportunity to become a world leader in this field, and we must make use of every bit of innovation and collaboration to achieve this goal.

I look forward to seeing how today’s lecture and panel discussion will take us further along the journey to leadership in Universal Access.

Thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa