Monthly Archives: October 2016

Corban University Announces African Partnership with Teach Every Nation to Provide 100 Scholarships

SALEM, Oregon, Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Teach Every Nation (TEN) has announced a major partnership with Corban University to extend 100 scholarships to Christian young people in Africa interested in obtaining a degree from Corban.

With programs in the United States and Indonesia, Corban is continuing its global outreach with its strong commitment to promote Christian higher education in the Global South. The University is exploring other opportunities in Asia and Africa with its mission: “To educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.”

Corban will start accepting applications this week and allow students from Africa to start their studies as early as January 2017. The scholarship offer will extend to both online and residential studies on campus in Salem, Oregon. The initial 100 scholarships will be for all four years of undergraduate study and cover between $7,500 to $15,000 a year in tuition, depending on whether the student chooses to study online or become a residential student in Salem, Oregon.

“Our goal was to make Christian higher education attainable for highly motivated young people at a price point comparable to what families were already investing into their children’s university education,” said Janine Allen, Associate Provost for Global Engagement at Corban.

Dr. Matt Lucas, Provost of Corban, is “excited about this opportunity to work with TEN to further the gospel in Africa and prepare the next generation of leaders to bring positive change to their churches, communities, and countries.”

Martin Deacon, Chief Growth Officer of TEN, stated, “The partnership has been in development for the last several months. Senior administration and faculty from Corban introduced the vision for the Corban online degree program to more than 100 church leaders from 20 African countries in September at the TEN campus in Africa. Responding to their enthusiasm, we decided to introduce a bold scholarship program to attract high potential young people with a calling to serve God in the sphere of ministry, education, business, medicine, science or psychology.”

TEN founder Dr. Bruce Wilkinson commented, “Corban is a top-notch educational institution sharing our values and passion for global Christian education that is personally transformational and professionally competent, going far beyond traditional college outcomes. The TEN scholarship program is a game-changer for African students and makes a stable, quality education viable with an unprecedented scholarship program.”

About Teach Every Nation (TEN)

Teach Every Nation is a global ministry providing courses to train and equip leaders and teachers in the Global South. Founded by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson in 2013, TEN has over 30,000 students in over 30 countries in Africa and beyond.

About Corban University

Corban University is one of the top private Christian universities in the Pacific Northwest. Corban is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs in Salem, Oregon and online. Corban is a gospel-driven community of scholars and leaders who seek to bring a biblical perspective to all areas of study and practice. For more than 80 years Corban has offered deep scriptural rooting to students while training them for any of a wide variety of professions—from education to business and from counseling to political science. Why? Because we believe the best way to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ is sending biblically- and theologically-grounded graduates into a wide variety of fields.

Energy on fuel price adjustment for November 2016

Media statement issued by the Department of Energy on the adjustment of fuel prices effective from 2 November 2016

The Department of Energy informs the public of the fuel price adjustments for November 2016. South Africa’s fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by international and local factors. International factors include the fact that South Africa imports both crude oil and finished products at a price set at the international level, including shipping costs.

The main reasons for the fuel price adjustments are due to:

(1) The contribution of the Rand/US Dollar exchange rate. The Rand strengthened slightly against the US Dollar from R14.00 to R13.99, on average, during the period under review when compared to the previous one.

(2) The increase in the prices of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin, on average, in the international markets during the period under review. On the other hand the USA drew petroleum products from their inventory stocks and there were unexpected stock fall in Europe, particularly in middle distillates. The Basic Fuel Price (BFP) of petrol (95 Octane), diesel and Illuminating paraffin increased by 45.0cpl, 63.0cpl and 76.0cpl respectively, during the same period. These increases were in line with the increase in the price of crude oil.

(3) The increase in the prices crude oil, on average, during the period under review. A key factor that contributed to the increase in the prices of crude oil was the fact that OPEC talked publicly about the possibility of production restraint and together with the possibility of Russia also following suit. Although nothing concrete has as yet been decided and certain OPEC members, Iraq in particular, are looking to be exempted from any cuts.meeting in Algeria which was planned to take place on 28 September 2016.

Based on current local and international factors, the fuel prices for November 2016 will be adjusted as follows:

1. Petrol (93 ULP and LRP): 45.00c/l increase;

2. Petrol (95 ULP and LRP): 45.00c/l increase;

3. Diesel (0.05% Sulphur): 63.00c/l increase;

4. Diesel (0.005% Sulphur): 63.00c/l increase;

5. Wholesale price of Illuminating Paraffin: 57.00c/l increase;

6. SMNRP of Illuminating Paraffin: 76.00c/l increase; and

7. Maximum Retail Price of LPGas: 59.00c/kg increase.

The fuel prices schedule for the different zones will be published on Tuesday, 01 November 2016.

Source: Government of South Africa

South Africa: 13 246 Tourists Denied Visiting South Africa Due to Unabridged Birth Certificates

As a result of the contentious unabridged birth certificate (UBC) regulation, 13 246 people were denied boarding to South Africa for the period June 2015 to July 2016, according to statistics provided by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) presented in the Portfolio Committee on Tourism meeting in parliament today.

Taking into account that a tourist to South Africa spends on average R13 000 per day, our country has lost potential revenue of R7.51 billion because of this regulation, according to TBCSA.

This once again reinforces the DA’s call to the Department of Tourism to implement e-visas, which will streamline tourist facilitation, reduce turnaround time and make visa applications safer and more reliable.

Given that the festive season is around the corner, which brings thousands of tourists to our country, the DA will write to the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, to ask what short term measures he has in place to counter this problem.

As if the UBCs were not hindering South African tourism enough, TBCSA furthermore revealed the following worrying statistics caused by a lack for properly trained migration officers at OR Thambo for the period 1-18 October 2016:

Visitors stand in line at immigration at peak times for between 90 minutes to 4 hours;

800 passengers have missed connecting flights due to the delays;

24 domestic and 9 international flight were delayed; and

International Migration Services (IMS) counters are only manned at 40% on average.

Due to these missed connections, airlines have lost an estimated R1.6 million over the 18 day period. Clearly, our migration office is underequipped and understaffed, costing our tourism sector and economy millions.

The CEO of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), Mmatsatsi Ramawela, expressed her frustration in dealing with government on the handling of migration issues.

The Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, as Chairperson of the Interministerial Committee on visa regulations, has not responded to correspondence from TBCSA, and the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, has offered no engagement at all.

What is perhaps most shocking is that TBCSA and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) have offered financial assistance to the Department of Home Affairs to appoint immigration officers to assist with the processing of visa administration and the elimination of migration delays.

However, the Director General of the Department, Mkuseli Apleni, has not bothered to respond to this offer, causing our tourism sector to suffer due to a lack of political will from the Department of Home Affairs.

I will also request that the Tourism Minster intervene in facilitating the financial assistance offered by TBCSA, in doing so preparing our migration offices for the influx of tourists expected during the festive season.

According to TBCSA, the tourism industry is adding more jobs to the economy than mining, agriculture, manufacturing and trade. Yet the Deputy President and Minister of Home Affairs refuse to engage in exploiting this potential.

The DA will continue to push the Minister to act in the best interest of South Africa by ensuring that visitors our welcomed in an efficient manner.

Source: Democratic Alliance

President Jacob Zuma declares Special Official Funeral for late former Deputy Minister Ntuli

President Jacob Zuma has declared a Special Official Funeral for the former Deputy Minister of Social Development, Ms Bongi Maria Ntuli, who passed away on Saturday, 22 October in Pretoria after a long illness.

The Special Official Funeral Category 2 is for the Spouse of a serving President, the Spouse of a serving Deputy President, Deputy Ministers, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Permanent Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa and the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Ms Ntuli was a former Member of Parliament who also served as Deputy Minister of Social Development and of Trade and Industry. She was also an active participant at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa) talks that shaped the kind of democracy being enjoyed today.

We must celebrate her life and contribution to the struggle for the liberation of our country as well as her invaluable input into the rebuilding and reconstruction of post-apartheid South Africa. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family, relatives and friends. May her soul rest in peace, said President Zuma.

President Zuma has ordered that the National Flag at all flag stations in the country be flown at half-mast from today, 28 October 2016 until the day of the funeral tomorrow, 29 October 2016.

The Mpumalanga Provincial Government, together with the Department of Social Development, will communicate the details of the funeral.

Source: Government of South Africa


South Africa’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Jerry Matjila, has met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to explain South Africa’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

I have assured the UN chief that South Africa is still committed to upholding Human Rights and will continue to be part of the ICC until early 2017, Matjila said after the meeting here Thursday.

Earlier, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula affirmed South Africa’s sovereign right to withdraw from the ICC.

Her comments follows criticism from Botswana, a fellow member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which issued a statement this week saying South Africa’s decision is regrettable.

The Cabinet also faces a challenge to its decision to withdraw from the ICC in the Constitutional Court, brought by the Democratic Alliance (DA), the country’s main opposition party, which says South Africa has an obligation to uphold human rights.

Source: Nam News Network