Daily Archives: September 27, 2016

ViVA Announces Release of $5 million Tier 1 Reg A+ Offering for Ugandan Property Rights

ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ViVA Consulting Group Inc. (DBA ViVA International) is pleased to announce a unique investment opportunity to secure the property rights of over 1 million landowners in the Kingdom of Buganda, Uganda.  The project provides greater land and financial security for the people of Buganda, biometrically registering landowners and providing 100% accurate identification for secure and fraud-resistant land registration and other land transactions.  The planned offering is being placed under the Tier 1 Regulation A+ rules of the SEC for up to 50,000 preferred share units of the Company and is priced at $100 per share, for a maximum gross dollar value of five million dollars ($5,000,000).  Shares carry a 10% fixed dividend for four years, and will be redeemed by the company at the end of the fourth year for the purchase price.  After redemption and recovery of initial capital, investors retain the right to a portion of project dividends for the 10+ year life of the project. The offering proceeds will be used to fund the completion and operation of the project.  ViVA is soliciting indications of interest under the SEC’s “test the waters” provision of Regulation A+ during the qualification period, and will only accept offers after final SEC approval.

Requests for more information, non-binding requests to reserve shares, or expressions of interest may be registered on our website athttp://www.vivagovsolutions.com/investment-opportunities/.

Alternatively, prospective investors may contact Andy Altahawi of Adamson Brothers by email at aadamson@adamsonbrothers.com, or by phone at 646-694-0051.

The following link contains the complete offering circular and supporting documents which are posted on the SEC website:https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1677331/000167733116000006/0001677331-16-000006-index.htm

Disclaimer:

No money or other consideration is being solicited for our Regulation A+ offering at this time and if sent in to ViVA will not be accepted.  No offer to buy securities in a Regulation A+ offering of ViVA can be accepted and no part of the purchase price can be received until ViVA’s offering statement is qualified with the SEC.  Any such offer to buy securities may be withdrawn or revoked, without obligation or commitment of any kind, at any time before notice of its acceptance given after the qualification date.  Any indications of interest in ViVA’s offering involves no obligation or commitment of any kind.

International Conference to be Attended by Sports Ministers from Japan and Abroad, Global Promotional Organization and Business Leaders, Next-generation Business Leaders

– International Conference to Be Attended by Sports Ministers from Japan and Abroad, Global Promotional Organization and Business Leaders, Next-generation Business Leaders from World Economic Forum, and Researchers of Renown –

– World Forum on Sport and Culture to Take Place in Advance of 2019 Rugby World Cup, Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Kansai World Masters Games 2021 –

TOKYO, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — For a total of the four days spanning Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20, in Kyoto and Thursday, October 20, through Saturday, October 22, 2016, in Tokyo, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will be holding the World Forum on Sport and Culture, an international conference that seeks to transcend the borders of sports, culture and business to deepen ties throughout Asia and the world. By positively using international reach with the support of the World Economic Forum, the event seeks to create new business opportunities.

The World Forum on Sport and Culture is an international conference to be held in advance of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Kansai World Masters Games 2021. The event will be held in Kyoto and Tokyo after the 2016 Rio Olympics Games as a kick-off event that transmits information and enhances discussion among people about the international contributions of sports, culture, economies and their tangible and intangible legacy while coordinating with tourism. The Forum has three pillars at its center: the “Enhancement of human qualities,” the “Promotion of exchanges among people from around the world” and the “Creation of new economies and cultures.” The conference is to be attended by sports ministers from Japan and abroad, global promotional organization and business leaders, next-generation business leaders from the World Economic Forum, and researchers of renown, who will carry forward the dialogue.

Overview of World Forum on Sport and Culture

– Dates and venues:

Wednesday, Oct. 19, and Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Kyoto (ROHM Theatre Kyoto, etc.)
Thursday, Oct. 20, through Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Tokyo (Roppongi Hills, etc.)

For the latest information please visit: http://wfsc2016.mext.go.jp/en/

South Africa: MEC Dan Plato Launches Bokmakierie Walking Bus Initiative, 27 Sept

Tomorrow, Tuesday 27 September 2016, Western Cape MEC of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will launch a new Walking Bus initiative in Bokmakierie.

The Walking Bus initiative aims to create a safe and supervised route for learners to and from school every day with the commitment and involvement of the community playing a central part to help create safer environments.

Since May 2016 MEC Plato has launched Walking Bus initiatives in partnership with communities in Wesbank, Lentegeur, Beacon Valley, Bishop Lavis, Scottsdene, Leonsdale, Blue-Downs, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Ocean View, Bonteheuwel, Belhar, Delft, Lavender Hill, Steenberg and Khayelitsha.

The Walking Bus launch in Bokmakierie tomorrow is the last Walking Bus to be launched before the upcoming school holiday. After the holidays, MEC Plato envisage further Walking Bus launches both inside the City of Cape Town Metro and in rural communities based on the demand from community members across the province who realise safety is everyone’s responsibility.

The Walking Bus initiative will see parents forming the ‘drivers’ of the ‘bus’ and supported by the Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), Community Policing Forum (CPF), the relevant school, Ward Councillor and Department of Community Safety to help safeguard learners to and from school.

The Bokmakierie Walking Bus will see parents volunteering their time to help improve the safety of learners on their way to school with the support tomorrow of the City of Cape Town Metro Police, Traffic, Law Enforcement, as well as the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Through the Walking Bus initiative, the parents, learners and educators of the Spes Bona High School, Hazendal-, Kewtown- and Bokmakierie Primary schools are making safety a priority in their community.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 27 September 2016, Western Cape MEC of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will launch a new Walking Bus initiative in Bokmakierie. The Walking Bus initiative aims to create a safe and supervised route for learners to and from school every day with the commitment and involvement of the community playing a central part to help create safer environments.

Source: South African Government

Free State Tourism hosts National Tourism Career Expo, 29 Sept to 1 Oct

Second round of National Tourism Career Expo in the Free State is on

The Free State Province will welcome more than 9 000 learners from all over the country, tourism students, unemployed graduates and educators during the second round of National Tourism Career Expo (NTCE) from the 29 September to the 01 October 2016. Under the theme: Tourism: Alive with Opportunities NTCE aims to position tourism as a valued and vibrant career of choice.

NTCE was initiated in 2008 by National Department of Tourism, Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and the Culture, Arts, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training (CATHSSETA) to expose learners to different tourism careers and opportunities from very early stages.

The three day event will be packed with interesting activities like exhibition for the three days and Hospitality Corner with Chefs presentation and Mixology. There will also be Youth Business Zone which is where young people will be given an opportunity to present their business proposition to a panel of judges.

Virtual Class Room which is a recruitment arena for unemployed graduates and students dealing with tips on how to prepare to find a job including compiling a CV and preparing for an interview will be one of the activities. Also as part of the programme, more can be learned about Aviation.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: 29 September to 1 October 2016

Time: 8h30

Venue: Sand Du Plessis Theatre (PACOFS)

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Sam Mashinini: World Tourism Day celebrations Gala Dinner

Minister of Tourism: Honourable Derek Hanekom

Premier of the Free State: Honourable Premier Ace Magashule

Executive Mayor of Fezile Dabi District Municipality: Councillor Mme Oumi Oliphant

Mayor of Ngwathe Local Municipality: Councillor Mme Joey Mochela

HOD Matilda Gasele

Management of the department

Honoured guests

Members of the media

Ladies and Gentleman, Good Evening. We may not have the sea, we may not have the Table Mountain, neither the Kruger National Park, nor Sun City or even Mapungubwe in Limpopo or God’s Window in Mpumalanga. But here is the heart of South Africa, not only the heart but also the pivot on which everything turns.

This beautiful province is the big sky country giving the traveller the opportunity to enjoy the solitude of travelling in the open country, breathe clean, crisp air and the sights and sounds of nature. It’s a gem waiting to be discovered. We could not have chosen a better destination for a tourism event of this magnitude than Parys this evening.

Parys is part of the Lion’s Route, one of the Big Five tourism routes includes northern parts of the Free State along the monstrous Vaal River which is a much sort after weekend getaway that includes: Parys, Sasolburg, Deneysville and Vredefort.

This beautiful town of Parys being on the banks of the Vaal River, has become a firm favourite for both art and adventure lovers. With so many attractions such as:

Restaurants and a wide variety of arts and crafts shops.

Round of golf on Golf Island in the middle of the Vaal River.

Various water sports.

Tumahole Township� birthplace of Free State Premier, Mr Ace Magashule.

Vredefort Dome � A world heritage site.

Once again Minister, we should thank you heartily for deciding that the World Tourism Day Celebration should be in the Free State. This effort is very much appreciated, our engagement with you when we launched Tourism Month on the Southern tip of the Free State at Gariep Dam, will for the long time remain a launching pad of all our tourism marketing initiatives. #TourismForAll

Earlier today, you further emphasised the importance of Universal Accessibility during the tourism lecture at the Central University of Technology. Universal access refers to the ability of all people to have equal opportunity and access to a service or product from which they can benefit, regardless of their social class, ethnicity, ancestry or physical disabilities.

On the international front, Universal Accessibility has taken the centre stage.

South Africa has followed suit and the tourism industry is slowly but surely adapting to the international trend by ensuring Universal Accessibility to this important sector of the market. In order to conform to Universal Accessibility standards, travelling packages and tourism products should be designed to meet and exceed the needs of people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling.

Our objective during this time is to encourage domestic travel throughout the province and South Africa as a whole. We encourage travellers and locals to Take a Short Left and explore the Free State. Research conducted recently by South African Tourism revealed South Africans are slowly getting to grips with touring their own back yards.

The negative mind set of yesteryears when travelling was preserve of the privileged few has been slowly wiped out.

Exploring the Free State will keep even the best of globetrotters spellbound because the Free State offers what you cannot find anywhere else. Your experience of the Free State will surely sound like the words of the French painter Henri Rousseau when he said when I go out into the country side and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself, yes indeed, all that belongs to me!

To give expression to Rousseau’s sentiments all tourism entrepreneurs in the Free State have to have one vision only, to make the Free State an inland tourism destination of choice. We will market the province, you should market your product. #FreeStatelikewildfire

Despite the ups and downs the local economy has experienced over the years, the tourism sector continues to offer stable business conditions for small business, especially now, as tourism figures continue to increase year on year. Recent study suggest that the international visitor numbers were up by 16% for the period January to April this year.

Statistics S.A reports that in 2014, 4.5% of the total workforce of South Africa was directly involved in the tourism industry.

Not only does this market offer huge growth potential for entrepreneurs but it also offers job creation, which is the country’s vital need. In deed the Free State plays a big role in this sector, we made an impressive growth in the recent past.

There has been a steady improvement over the last three years. In 2013 the Free State posted 3.1% growth and in 2014 growth was 3.7% and in 2015 growth was 4.3%. On international arrivals, the Free State posted 8.4% in 2014 and 8.9% in 2015 and an impressive 10.6% in 2015.

To help us live up to the challenge of the Minister and the tourism industry at large, we call upon tourists to discover and explore the Free State. In addition to our Lions Route in our Big Five tourism routes, we want people to explore some of the exciting routes.

Responding to these challenges, the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs has developed the Provincial Tourism Sector Strategy which has at its core:

Heritage and Culture tourism

Agri tourism

Edu tourism

Kasie tourism

Stokvel tourism and

Sport tourism

Our province is a melting pot of culture and heritage, ranging from historical graves, historical buildings and monuments, nationally acclaimed caves like Lekgalong la Mantsopa, Motouleng, Nkokomohi and Haheng la Wetsi, the rich political history of the African national Congress with the Waaihoek, Wesley Church, Maphikela House, Digarteneng.

These also include the women’s memoriam in Bloemfontein and the Monument in Winburg.

We believe we have the wherewithal to leverage the declining agricultural throughput and by successfully introducing agri tourism. Festivals like Nampo, Cherrie Festival, Witblits and others can attract new revelers and make a huge contribution. We believe that many urban dwellers can enjoy a trip to the farm where they can be introduced to all aspects of agriculture and the life on the farms.

Edutourism presents a huge opportunity to tour operators where school groups can be taken to different parts of our province like to the dams, resorts and reserves where they can learn about nature conservation.

We have also recently started with a very ambitious plan of introducing sections of our community to areas just around them where they hitherto never thought of visiting. This is Kasie Tourism where we introduce people who traditionally live in white suburbs into townships where they can chill and make new friends.

Our stokvell tourism is aimed at groups who do not have the culture of going on holidays or those who safe money and travel elsewhere than their own province. We would like to cultivate the culture of travelling among stockvel members and incentivize them to save and travel in the Free State.

Let me take this opportunity to mention just few of the major tourism promotion activities we have packaged for the province.

Stars and planets

Realising that the Free State’s open skies have the potential to become a playing ground for amateur astrology enthusiasts, we introduced the Stars and Planet project aimed at attracting what has become a big pool of astrology enthusiasts to Free State Reserves and Resorts to admire the wonders of the heavens through telescopes.

As part of our tourism routes, we also have the Maluti Drakensburg Route which is the longest signed Tourism Route in Southern Africa and it incorporates three provinces and one country, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Lesotho.

It introduces local and international tourists to a unique travel and cultural experience founded on generations of Xhosa, Basotho, Zulu, British and South African history. We also have a shepherds trail in the Free State, this trail takes the tourist into the life of shepherds, where a traveller can also camp and listen to their stories and experience their mysterious lifestyles.

As I conclude, I would like to congratulate Tourism Marketing South Africa (TOMSA) for their campaign of adding value to tourism during this tourism month. Their campaign of the Finders Keepers on Sunday Times not only also put the Free State on the tourism landscape but has created awareness of what the Free State has to offer.

Programme Director, our efforts to place the Free State firmly in South Africa’s most visited provinces we have to be inspired by the words of Mahatma Gandhi’s when he said, A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not depended on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption on our work.

He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider on our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so.

Thank You!! Siya Qhoba!!

Source: Government of South Africa