Monthly Archives: October 2016

SOUTH AFRICA’S TRADITIONAL CHIEFS THREATEN TO WITHDRAW FROM RULING ANC PARTY

JOHANNESBURG, — As the rift in the South African ruling African National Congress (ANC) party leadership becomes more and more apparent, its support base continues to come under threat.

The Congress of Traditional Leaders South Africa (Contralesa) has decided to withdraw its allegiance to ANC should the party fail to meet its long list of demands before the year-end.

Contralesa which concluded its three day congress over the weekend is demanding, among others, that President Jacob Zuma grants convicted King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo of the abaThembu people a pardon.

Contralesa said that for the past 22 years, the ANC had failed to accelerate land redistribution and the Kings, Queens and Chiefs, want the party to restore their dignity, by signing into law the controversial Traditional Courts Bill. It has given the government a 60-day deadline to meet their demands.

Meanwhile, Contralesa has thrown its weight behind the decision of the government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Source: Nam News Network

Final unit at Ingula synchronised

Eskom on Saturday synchronised Unit 3 of the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme.

Unit 3 at Ingula, which is located on the cross-border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, is the final unit to be synchronised.

In a statement on Sunday, Eskom said Unit 3 was previously synchronised to the national grid on 6 March 2016 and supported the grid until 6 April 2016 when an electrical incident occurred.

After almost 500 000 man-hours of work without any safety incidents the team completed the repair and has synchronised the unit back onto the national grid, said the power utility.

Synchronisation is the process whereby the generator in the unit is electrically connected to the national power grid in such a way that its power is perfectly aligned with all the other generators to generate and deliver electricity into the national power grid.

Ingula’s Unit 4 went into commercial operation on 10 June 2016 while Units 2 and 1 were been put into commercial operation on the 22 August 2016 and 30 August 2016 respectively.

Ingula’s four units are located 350 m underground in the world’s largest machine hall in mud-rock.

To turn the more than 500 ton rotating mass of the generator rotor and turbine, water is released from Ingula’s upper dam, Bedford Dam, situated 460 m higher and two kilometres away.

Water rushes down to the turbines at around 60km per hour with enough water passing through each turbine to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in six seconds. Rotating at 428 revolutions per minute, each unit will produce 333 MW, a total for the station of 1 332MW.

Upon completion Ingula will be Africa’s newest and largest pumped storage scheme and the 14th largest in the world.

President Jacob Zuma visited the plant in July where he said progress made is evidence of the country’s democratic legacy that supports economic growth and development.

Source: South African Government News Agency

South Africa: State Capture Interdict – Jacob Zuma Lying Under Oath

The Democratic Alliance has today submitted our answering affidavit to the North Gauteng High Court to oppose two applications brought by President Jacob Zuma on Saturday, 29 October 2016 regarding the interdict of the Public Protector’s Final Report into State Capture.

In the first application, the President has sought to amend the relief he seeks and supplement his founding affidavit. In the second, he has sought to postpone the hearing of the matter on Tuesday, 1 November 2016.

The DA has argued that these applications to amend and postpone are best described as bad faith, technical manoeuvres that seek merely to delay the hearing of this matter, and thereby delay the release of the Public Protector’s final report into serious allegations of unethical and unconstitutional conduct by the President.

Indeed, the President’s conduct has been characterised by delays and non-compliance.

He did not file his heads of argument on 27 October 2017 as required by the order of 14 October 2016;

On Friday, 28 October 2016, the Deputy Judge President issued directions requiring the President, if he intended to seek a postponement, to bring the application by 18:00 that day. The President did not do so;

Instead, the President opted to ignore the deadline, and requested to bring his application for postponement by 11:00 on Saturday, 29 October 2016;

After the Deputy Judge President granted his request to do so, the President again did not comply. Instead he filed his application to amend at 13:50, and his application for postponement at 15:00;

The President has still not compiled with the Court’s direction that he answer the intervention application by Ms Vytjie Mentor.

The DA has also argued that the President has lied to the North Gauteng High Court.

In response to the DA’s founding affidavit, the President noted that should it later transpire that the report is final, then the report should be released. If necessary, he added, he would have a right to review the findings of the report.

The President has now claimed that the concession that the Report should be released if final is a “typographical error”. He apparently meant to say that “in that event the report should not be released”.

This is a blatant lie. It has been manufactured in an attempt to justify his attempt to abuse the court’s process by amending his relief. A number of factors substantiate this claim, including:

The DA wrote to the President on 24 October 2016. It pointed out that the President had conceded that the Report should be released if final, and that the Public Protector confirmed the report was final. The DA proposed an order by agreement to avoid further unnecessary costs.

The Public Protector responded the next day again confirming that the Report was final and clarified the uncertainty which the President was relying on.

The President, at this stage, filed a replying affidavit on 25 October 2016. He had, at this stage, has full sight of the DA’s letter. If there had been a typographical error, he could have pointed it out at this stage.

On 28 October, the President’s attorneys wrote a letter to the DA, replying to our proposal for an order by agreement, declining the option. Again, if there was a typographical error, this was the correct place to point it out.

His claims that it was an error is a blatant lie. It is a transparent and calculated attempt to justify the applications for postponement and amendment. It is telling that the President is willing not only to abuse court processes, but to lie under oath in order to prevent the release of the Report.

The DA is considering whether to lay perjury charges against the President for lying under oath.

The President’s conduct deserves the strongest condemnation. His attempt to prevent the report violates both the DA’s rights, in terms of the Public Protector Act, to have sight of the final report, as well as the Public Interest.

The DA has accordingly asked the Court for the following order:

Our application to intervene is granted;

The President’s applications to postpone and to amend his relief are dismissed;

The Public Protector is ordered to immediately release the Final Report into the complaint laid by the DA on 18 March 2016;

The President is ordered to pay the DA’s costs in his personal capacity;

The President is ordered to pay his own counsel’s fees in his personal capacity.

The DA will continue to do everything possible to ensure that the State Capture report sees the light of day, and the President is held accountable for his efforts to undermine the Rule of Law and the investigations of a Chapter Nine institution.

Source: Democratic Alliance

SOUTH AFRICA WINS RE-ELECTION TO 47-MEMBER UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

South Africa has been re-elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, an indication of the world’s continued confidence in the country’s commitment to human rights, says the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Jerry Matjila.

South Africa was re-elected Friday for a successive three-year team to the Geneva-based human rights body with the elections conducted through voting on separate slates for different regional groups.

Running on a clean slate, four African countries — South Africa, Rwanda, Tunisia and Egypt. In voting on the Eastern European slate, Russia lost out after receiving the fewest number of votes behind Croatia and Hungary.

Matjila said: “This is an indication that the world has confidence in South Africa’s commitment to human right but this (victory) goes to our government, our Parliament, our civil society, media, NGOs, to all South Africans.

“It has proved that South Africans collectively, we are dedicated to human rights issues. I think we have been vindicated, with 178 countries(voting for South Africa) just after the question of the ICC (South Africa’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court). I think it’s very good news for us but it’s (due to) our commitment, our record.”

The Asia Pacific Group had a clean slate ensuring China, Iraq, Japan and Saudi Arabia’s election. Guatemala fell to Brazil and Cuba in voting on the Latin American Group while the United States and Britain were confirmed on their clean slate for the Western Group.

Russia will be the other headline from the vote results, falling short to Hungary and Croatia in the competitive Eastern European group. The UN Director for Human Rights Watch, Lou Charbonneau, had raised concerns particularly about the candidacy of Russia and Saudi Arabia.

“Ten years after the creation of the HRC, which is the successor to the failed Human Rights Commission. we’ve seen some of the same problems crop up. One of the main ones is the fact that some of the worst human rights abusers in the world are running for election and they easily get in,” he said.

“There are mostly closed slates, there is not a competitive election, we see that three of the five regional groups in this election have closed slates ensuring that everyone get in. Two of the countries we’re most concerned about are Saudi Arabia and Russia. Both of them are involved in atrocity crimes, Saudi Arabia in Yemen with the coalition that it’s leading and Russia in Syria.”

Matjila believes countries with questionable human rights records benefit from a seat on the Council. “As part of the UN, even coming to the Human Rights Council is to help that country to assume certain obligations and it’s better if the country is inside the human rights council because of obligations,” he added.

“Secondly, it’s a view that nothing is permanent, society evolve, countries will learn and gradually they will begin to incorporate human rights, democracy in their own systems. It’s a learning thing to be in the UN Human Rights system.”

The term of the 14 newly elected members commences on Jan 1, 2017 through the end of 2019.

Source: Nam News Network

Le géant chinois des téléviseurs Hisense présente son activité B2B

QINGDAO, Chine, le 28 octobre 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Le président de Hisense Group, M. Liu Hongxin, a dévoilé la stratégie de marque et le symbole visuel de l’activité B2B de Hisense le 25 octobre à Qingdao. Sur la période de janvier à septembre 2016, le chiffre d’affaires des sociétés B2B de Hisense représente d’ores et déjà 27 % du chiffre d’affaires total de Hisense Group, tandis que la part des bénéfices s’élève à 38 %. Hisense bénéficie d’une structure industrielle plus équilibrée entre son activité traditionnelle B2C et sa nouvelle activité B2B. Ainsi, Hisense Group a enregistré un revenu commercial de 78,5 milliards RMB à la fin du mois de septembre, soit une augmentation de 6,53 %, et des bénéfices de 5,36 milliards RMB, soit une hausse de 53,31 %.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161027/433216

En tant que partenaire officiel de l’UEFA EURO 2016, Hisense est le premier sponsor chinois de l’UEFA depuis 56 ans. Grâce à ce partenariat, Hisense s’est fait connaître à travers le monde en tant que marque de téléviseurs numéro 1 en Chine. Les téléviseurs de Hisense se positionnent à la première place en termes de parts de marché pour la 13e année consécutive en Chine. En outre, les téléviseurs Hisense se sont positionnés cette année à la première place en termes de parts de marché unitaires à la fois en Afrique du Sud et en Australie. L’activité B2C de Hisense couvre entre autres les téléviseurs, les réfrigérateurs, et les climatiseurs.

Néanmoins, les formidables accomplissements de Hisense dans le cadre de son activité B2B sont moins bien connus que ceux de son activité B2C. L’activité de communication optique de Hisense se positionne d’ores et déjà à la première place en Chine, et son module de récepteur optique conserve sa première place mondiale pour la 5e année consécutive. Le système de transport intelligent de Hisense se positionne également à la première place en Chine en termes de parts de marché, pour la 7e année consécutive. De 2012 à 2015, Hisense a remporté 42 % des projets de transport domestique intelligent, d’une valeur unitaire de plus de 100 millions RMB. Tout en développant son propre système informatisé d’assistance à la chirurgie et son système intelligent d’affichage des opérations, Hisense a conçu une technologie destinée aux systèmes de guidage chirurgical qui a atteint un niveau mondial avancé en seulement 3 ans. À l’issue de 14 années de développement, Hisense se positionne d’ores et déjà à la 2e place en termes de parts de marché sur le secteur commercial des climatiseurs en Chine, grâce à l’appui de sa technologie DRV leader mondiale.

L’ascension de l’activité B2B de Hisense indique que la société n’est plus une entreprise exclusivement axée sur les produits électroniques grand public et électroménagers, mais également une société de haute technologie.

À l’avenir, Hisense utilisera sa technologie afin de connecter les communautés grâce à des produits de communication et à des appareils ménagers intelligents, et proposera en fin de compte des services à des villes entières.

L’activité B2B de Hisense se focalisera également sur le développement de ses opérations sur les marchés étrangers, ainsi que des opérations internationales existantes de Hisense en matière de téléviseurs, de réfrigérateurs et de climatiseurs.