Daily Archives: October 7, 2016

Boloro And BanQu Win ‘Innovate for Refugees’ MIT Enterprise Forum Global Competition

AMMAN, Jordan, Oct. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Boloro and BanQu are pleased to announce winning the ‘Innovate for Refugees’ global competition held by MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab and sponsored by Zain Group, MBC Hope, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah.

The Boloro and BanQu solution for refugees is a strategic partnership between Boloro Global Limited, a USA-based global payments gateway platform and BanQu, Inc., a leading blockchain economic identity platform company. The solution is being implemented by Boloro MENA, based in Amman, Jordan.

The winning project leverages the strengths of BanQu and Boloro, enabling the ‘first-ever’ portability of critical data needed by refugees and people living in poverty across organizations, across borders and across economic opportunities. In collaboration with Payment Service Providers (PSPs), licensed by Central Bank of Jordan, the holistic solution will create a full payment ecosystem throughout Jordan, allowing the end user to have a unique identity, a legal source of funds & enable usage for purchasing goods and services, online and offline. The solution allows international NGOs (such as the United Nations) to transfer grant funds to refugee wallets in a secure and transparent way. Thus providers of financial and development resources can drive stronger data-driven insights on the outcomes of their programs.

“The BanQu and Boloro partnership fills a huge gap that is preventing refugees and people living under $2 a day a long-term and stable path towards dignity and economic resilience. We are excited that the award recognizes this value add,” said Ashish Gadnis, Founder and CEO BanQu.

“Boloro is honored and excited to be selected as a winner of the MIT EF Pan Arab global competition to bring innovative solutions to the refugee crisis. Our solution brings true financial inclusion to those who have been marginalized from financial services in Jordan and is being replicated across the world,” said Karim Rammal, Founder and Chairman Boloro Global Limited.

Together, Boloro and BanQu are bringing this award-winning solution of financial inclusion and economic opportunity to refugees and extremely poor populations across several markets.

About Boloro Global Limited:

Boloro is a unique, patented, handset neutral two-factor authentication technology and payments network that offers users the ability to securely transact using any kind of mobile phone and account without the need to download any app. Boloro replaces cash and offers financial services to the many unbanked in emerging markets thus accelerating financial inclusion and access. Boloro delivers financial dignity to the population at large.

Having processed over 40 million transactions in the last two years, Boloro Global Limited is headquartered in New York City, and currently operates in South Asia, Middle East and Africa, with expansion into the United States, India and other markets already underway. For more information, visit www.boloro.com.

Media Contact:
Marc James
Marc.James@Boloro.com

About BanQu:

BanQu, Inc. was founded in 2015 to aid in the fight to end extreme poverty by bringing everyone into the global economy through its “Economic Identity” Platform. At BanQu, we’re on a mission for good. This may be a grandiose statement, but consider that all problems have a solution and consider further, that many problems are self-created. Stepping back and looking at problems differently, allows for new approaches to age-old problems. At BanQu, we believe in this motto and hope you do, too. Visit us at www.banquapp.com.

Media Contact:
Hamse Warfa
hamse.warfa@banquapp.com

Minister Derek Hanekom on launch of Blue Flag Project

Beach project to provide jobs for local youth

The Department of Tourism has entered a three year partnership with Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) to train 200 beach stewards to enhance tourism facilities and services at 50 mostly Blue Flag beaches in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

Speaking at the launch event at Marina Beach on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal today, Minister Derek Hanekom lauded the R40 million programme which will advance responsible tourism along the country’s approximately 3 000km coastline.

I would like to congratulate the 200 beach ambassadors. We see the programme as a start to make our attractions even greater. We aim for this programme to help us double our number of Blue Flag beaches and in the process create more jobs opportunities, stated Minister Hanekom.

The Blue Flag Project will train 200 youth from low-income, coastal households in the National Certificate in Environmental Education Training and Development Practices NQF 5 specialising in Tourism. The training will run over a 28 month period and will be complemented by practical work experience.

The beach stewards will provide local member municipalities with adequate infrastructural support to maintain the required high standards of safety, environmental management, water quality and environmental education at Blue Flag sites, as well as assist other beaches to attain this prestigious status. As part of this, they will keep beaches clean and safe, provide beach goers with information and protect the coastal environment.

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environment Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala emphasised how critical Blue Flag sites are to tourism. If you are a province such as KwaZulu-Natal which is blessed with tourism and are preferred by both international and local tourists, then you know what is at stake to uphold a Blue Flag status, said MEC Zikalala.

The Mayor of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Ms Nomusa Mqwebu, welcomed the initiative that will provide opportunities for coastal youth. Blue Flag status is the ideal catalyst to improve tourism, both domestic and international. A number of studies indicated, travellers are no longer content with sunshine and fun at the beach; they also want to know that they are getting value for money by placing a premium on those beaches which are of the highest standard, stated Mayor Mqwebu.

Source: Government of South Africa

SA, Singapore must strengthen bilateral relations

Singapore and South Africa must work towards strengthening bilateral relations and improving trade, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

In his address at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, the Deputy President, who is on a working visit to the country which began on Wednesday, called on Singapore to take advantage of opportunities available in South Africa.

We invite this industrious nation to expand its role in South Africa to help grow our economy and skill our people. Singapore is well positioned to take advantage of rewarding investment opportunities offered by our country as we re-ignite economic growth to defeat poverty, unemployment, inequality and underdevelopment.

South Africa is a nation hard at work building an inclusive society from a divided and unequal past and to overcome this government is implementing the National Development Plan.

It is a social compact that unites all South Africans in reducing poverty and inequality through investment, employment creation and skills development.

South Africa, given its long history of racial division and social exclusion, sees a developmental state as a critical instrument to achieve socio-economic transformation.

We recognise that more effective state provision of education, health, municipal services, public transport and social security is needed to improve the living standards of the poor. We are constantly improving the ability of the state to deliver quality services better, said the Deputy President.

South Africa can learn from the efficient management of Singapore’s state owned companies.

We hope to understand how you have developed these companies to be at the forefront of economic development and inclusive growth, he said.

When coming to the African continent, South Africa is an integral part of the continent, which is seeing significant economic growth and social development.

The continent has several strategic advantages, including abundant mineral resources, significant agricultural potential, expanding cities, a young population and growing middle class.

Africa needs to diversify

Deputy President Ramaphosa said while the continent is widely acknowledged as the next growth frontier, the continent needs to address the legacy of colonialism and underdevelopment if it is to achieve its full potential.

The continent needs to diversify its economies, improve its transport networks and energy supply, educate its youth and increase intra-African trade.

Through the African Union, the continent has chosen an industrialisation path driven by regional integration, infrastructure development, mineral beneficiation and developing the agricultural value chain.

Having a strategic position in the continent, South Africa offers an advantage for international companies.

We are a leading investor in the continent. Together with Singapore we can explore commercial opportunities which will benefit our countries and the people of Africa, said the Deputy President.

South Africa is an attractive place to do business as it boasts a sophisticated financial and business services sector and has extensive mineral resources and a modern, productive agricultural sector, among others.

The Deputy President’s second leg visit to Singapore concludes today. The Deputy President’s two nation visit kicked off in Vietnam on Monday.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Basic Education celebrates National Nutrition Week, 11 to 14 Oct

The National Nutrition Week is celebrated with schools in Limpopo and Eastern Cape

The Department of Basic Education in partnership with Nestle South Africa will celebrate National Nutrition Week (NNW) in Limpopo and Eastern Cape on the week of 09-15 October 2016 under the theme for 2016 is Love Your Beans-Eat dry beans, peas and lentils.

This theme in line with the 2016 ‘International Year of Pulses: Nutritious Seeds for a Sustainable Future’ theme and is also reinforcing the message which promotes consumption of legumes: Eat dry beans, split-peas, lentils and soya regularly as an integral part of the South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines (FBDGs) – also known as the Guidelines for Healthy Eating.

Makgane Primary School was identified to host the celebration by department of after the incident of food poisoning that happened at the school in 2015. The main focus of the celebration will also be creation of awareness in food handling by all stakeholders.

Nestle Healthy Kids programme contributes to wellbeing of learners by promoting healthy lifestyles and physical education as well as highlighting education enhancement programmes for learners, teachers and parents.

The National Nutrition Week is celebrated annually with the aim of raising awareness and supporting the school community by eating healthy and making lifestyle choices. There is also a need to strengthen advocacy in the school community on proper handling of food and the NNW aims to encourage healthy eating and activities to avoid non- communicable and lifestyle diseases at a young age.

Learners will play fun games and participate in physical activities and demonstrations which will include basketball, soccer, netball, hoola hoop, skipping rope, volleyball and rumba dance in an effort to promote physical education. There will also be a Young Chef demonstration where learners will be taught about different food groups.

The plan for this year is to start the celebration with an awareness campaign that will include the neighbouring schools and Tetra Pak South Africa. The campaign will be held on Monday 10 October 2016 and tuck-shop operational guidelines will be introduced to schools and hawkers. The District has assisted with identifying neighbouring schools that will also attend the celebrations as the aim is to widen the campaign and teach more learners about the theme.

The Limpopo leg of the National Nutrition Week will take place on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 at Makgane Primary School in Jane Furse, Gamogasho Tshehlwaneng Village in the Sekhukhune District. The Eastern Cape will be at Zanengqele Junior Secondary School in Nkondlo Village in the Ngcobo District on Friday 14 October 2016.

Source: Government of South Africa

South Africa: Basic Education Celebrates National Nutrition Week, 11 to 14 Oct

The National Nutrition Week is celebrated with schools in Limpopo and Eastern Cape

The Department of Basic Education in partnership with Nestle South Africa will celebrate National Nutrition Week (NNW) in Limpopo and Eastern Cape on the week of 09-15 October 2016 under the theme for 2016 is “Love Your Beans-Eat dry beans, peas and lentils”.

This theme in line with the 2016 ‘International Year of Pulses: Nutritious Seeds for a Sustainable Future’ theme and is also reinforcing the message which promotes consumption of legumes: “Eat dry beans, split-peas, lentils and soya regularly” as an integral part of the South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines (FBDGs) – also known as the Guidelines for Healthy Eating.

Makgane Primary School was identified to host the celebration by department of after the incident of food poisoning that happened at the school in 2015. The main focus of the celebration will also be creation of awareness in food handling by all stakeholders.

Nestle Healthy Kids programme contributes to wellbeing of learners by promoting healthy lifestyles and physical education as well as highlighting education enhancement programmes for learners, teachers and parents.

The National Nutrition Week is celebrated annually with the aim of raising awareness and supporting the school community by eating healthy and making lifestyle choices. There is also a need to strengthen advocacy in the school community on proper handling of food and the NNW aims to encourage healthy eating and activities to avoid non- communicable and lifestyle diseases at a young age.

Learners will play fun games and participate in physical activities and demonstrations which will include basketball, soccer, netball, hoola hoop, skipping rope, volleyball and rumba dance in an effort to promote physical education. There will also be a Young Chef demonstration where learners will be taught about different food groups.

The plan for this year is to start the celebration with an awareness campaign that will include the neighbouring schools and Tetra Pak South Africa. The campaign will be held on Monday 10 October 2016 and tuck-shop operational guidelines will be introduced to schools and hawkers. The District has assisted with identifying neighbouring schools that will also attend the celebrations as the aim is to widen the campaign and teach more learners about the theme.

The Limpopo leg of the National Nutrition Week will take place on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 at Makgane Primary School in Jane Furse, Gamogasho Tshehlwaneng Village in the Sekhukhune District. The Eastern Cape will be at Zanengqele Junior Secondary School in Nkondlo Village in the Ngcobo District on Friday 14 October 2016.

Source: South African Government