Daily Archives: October 13, 2016

Laptop-sized Car “WALKCAR” to Be Available for Pre-order from Oct. 21

– Time Has Come to Carry Car in Your Bag –

TOKYO, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — COCOA MOTORS, Inc. (R) announced on October 13 that WALKCAR (R), the world’s smallest car, will be available for pre-order at Cocoa Motors Online Store (http://www.cocoamotors.com) from Friday, October 21, at 13:00 local time in Japan.

(Photo: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201610135259/)

WALKCAR is a 13-inch laptop-sized car that weighs only 2.8 kg, built with a carbon body. It reaches a top speed of 16km/h. One charge will give you one hour of riding time. There is no steering wheel or remote control device, but by simply shifting your weight on WALKCAR’s flat body, you can go in any direction. When you want to stop it, you just step off. It is available at US$1,280 and will start shipping from September 2017.

COCOA MOTORS inventor and CEO Kuniaki Sato, came up with the idea for the “Car in your bag” when he moved to Tokyo for university. He observed how people travel in the city by public transport and walking compared with how he used to drive his car everywhere back in his hometown. He wanted a form of transport that allowed him to go to all the places you can go on foot, whilst being able to go longer distances without getting exhausted by walking. Full of inspiration, he immediately began to design software from scratch and today, the benefits of his passion and creativity are available to everyone. Sato believes this piece of Japanese ingenuity can change the world — now there is no need to find a parking spot; you can just carry your car in your bag.

WALKCAR will be available for pre-order and purchase request worldwide. It will start shipping from September 2017 to 13 countries across Asia-Pacific, North America and Europe, with availability expanding to include more countries, upon request, in the near future.

For more details, visit our website:
“Walk” or “WALKCAR”
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MEC Ishmael kgetjepe leads delegation to signing of 2016 NSC examination pledge, 14 Oct

The MEC for education, Ishmael kgetjepe leads delegation to the signing of 2016 National Senior Certificate Examination pledge.

The Council of Education Minister approved that the candidates registered to write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination sign a pledge committing to comply with the Examination Code of Conduct applicable to all candidates. The rationale for the Pledge is to assist with the curbing and control of examination irregularities and is an attempt to adopt a more proactive rather than a reactive approach to the reduction of examination.

All schools will assist the grade 12 learners to sign the pledge on the 14th October 2016. It is anticipated that the signing will start at 10am in all the schools. The pledge demands learners to be honest, not cheating and avoid copying throughout the examination period.

Grade 10 and 11 learners are expected to sign the pledge on the 24th October 2016. All schools have been requested to make arrangements and to assure that all learners sign before they start with their examinations

The MEC for Education, Ishmael Kgetjepe will lead the delegation to assist learners to sign their pledges as follows:

Venue: Taxila Secondary School, Nirvana, Polokwane

Date: 14 October 2016

Time: 8h00

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Dan Plato launches Kleinmond Walking Bus initiative, 14 Oct

Tomorrow, Friday 14 October 2016, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will launch a new Walking Bus initiative in Kleinmond.

The success to date of the Walking Bus launches piloted in the Cape Town Metro area as well as the demand for proactive citizen-led safety initiatives across the province has seen the Department of Community Safety expand the pilot areas to include Knysna, George, Mosselbay, Bredasdorp and tomorrow, Kleinmond.

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.

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 Kleinmond Walking Bus will see parents volunteering their time to help improve the safety of learners on their way to school. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and the through the Walking Bus initiative, the parents, learners and educators of Laerkool Kleinmond and Kleinmond Primer are making safety a priority.

All media are invited.

Date: Friday, 14 October 2016.

Time: 7h00 � 10h00 � Minister Plato to join walking bus participants between 7h00 and 85; Volunteer appreciation ceremony starts at 9h00

Venue: Youth and Child Centre, Protea Road, Kleinmond (behind the Child Welfare Offices)

Source: Government of South Africa

North West Human Settlements hands over title deeds to elderly persons

Elderly persons in Christiana get title deeds

The Department of Local Government and Human Settlements in Bokone Bophirima in on a mission to ensure home ownership and this came into practice when 10 elderly persons in Utlwanang and Boitumelong near Christiana, were recently handed over title deeds. Over 1000 title deeds will be handed over to the rest of the beneficiaries in both areas.

Handing over the title deeds, MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe said the title deeds not only serve as proof of ownership but it can also be used as an asset to build wealth.

We have prioritised the elderly because they have been waiting for a while. By so doing, we want to show them we love, care and have not forgotten them, MEC Gaolalolwe was accompanied by the Mayor of Lekwa Teemane local municipality, Kagiso Palagangwe.

One of the beneficiaries, 91 -year-old pensioner Mtemi Mtshwawo said she could not sleep with ease knowing she has full proof of ownership of the house she is currently sharing with her grandchildren. ‘I am old and frail but I am now happy that my children have a place they can call home and have proof to that effect.

Source: Government of South Africa

Planned urbanisation can grow economy

If South Africa manages urbanisation well, it can reverse the apartheid spatial patterns and increase economic growth and social cohesion, says Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Andries Nel.

Speaking at the commemoration of International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) in Ekurhuleni, Deputy Minister Nel said South Africa is urbanising rapidly.

Already 63% of South Africans live in urban areas. This is projected to reach 71% by 2030 and by 2050, eight out of ten people in South Africa will live in an urban area.

If we manage urbanisation well, strengthen the linkages between urban and rural areas, and reverse apartheid spatial patterns, it has the potential to increase economic growth, prosperity and social cohesion, said the Deputy Minister on Thursday.

At the same time, Deputy Minister Nel said South Africa is not immune to an increasing magnitude of hazards. These hazards and disaster can be of natural or human induced origin.

The Deputy Minister said as more people and assets are concentrated in cities, an increasingly complex array of shocks and stresses can influence resilience, negatively or positively.

Factors that influence a city’s resilience include the range and severity of hazards; risk to lives and property; vulnerability and exposure of human, social, and environmental systems. It also includes the degree of preparedness of both physical and governance systems to any shock or stress.

Cities are increasingly expected to take concrete actions to adapt to risks associated with rising sea levels, floods, droughts and other natural disasters that are exacerbated by climate change and climate variability.

Reducing the risk of disasters helps to protect development investments and enables societies to accumulate wealth, in spite of hazards. South Africa has a well-developed legislative framework to guide and support disaster risk reduction, said the Deputy Minister.

The Disaster Management Act and the National Disaster Management Framework promote a holistic response aimed at reducing the likelihood of disasters and better managing disasters that do occur.

Despite progress made, said the Deputy Minister, several challenges remain, including capacity shortages and inadequate institutional placement of the disaster management function in provincial departments and municipalities.

Among other challenges is inadequate funding for proactive risk-reduction planning and activities.

Building urban resilience and ensuring sustainable development require a close interface and integration of urban governance, climate and risk-sensitive development planning, as well as coherent systems, services and resources.

The continuing drought has seen seven provinces as well as two municipalities, respectively declare provincial and local states of disasters.

It would appear that the drought is still persisting and its impact severely felt by our most vulnerable communities including farmers.

Our water sources are extremely strained with some water services compelled to ration supply to its users. It is our collective responsibility to use water wisely while we work on ways to mitigate the effects of the drought.

Source: South African Government News Agency