Daily Archives: November 2, 2016

SANY étale toute la puissance de la fabrication chinoise avec le projet ferroviaire Addis-Abeba-Djibouti

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopie, 1 novembre 2016 /PRNewswire/ — La première ligne de chemins de fer électrifiée moderne en Afrique, Addis-Abeba-Djibouti Railway, est ouverte au trafic depuis le 5 octobre dernier. Le géant de la construction SANY Heavy Industry a pris part à cet immense projet.

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Au total, 43 ensembles d’engins SANY ont été utilisés pour la construction du chemin de fer, y compris des engins à béton, des engins à construction des routes, des excavateurs et des grues. La construction n’a duré en tout et pour tout que 25 mois, ce calendrier serré n’ayant toutefois en rien amoindri la qualité, grâce à la fiabilité des engins SANY et à la fourniture de pièces de rechange en suffisance.

Grâce à l’appui technique complet de SANY, pas un seul engin n’est tombé en panne, garantissant l’aboutissement du projet dans les délais impartis.

Les voies ferrées à écartement normal s’étendent sur 751,7 kilomètres, reliant Addis-Abeba, la capitale d’Ethiopie, et Djibouti, l’un des plus grands ports modernes en Afrique de l’Est, pour un investissement total de 4 milliards de dollars. Première installation ferroviaire électrifiée en Afrique, elle est conçue pour des trains se déplaçant à une vitesse de 120 km/h.

Il s’agit de la deuxième liaison ferroviaire transnationale en Afrique à être réalisée par une entreprise chinoise, après la liaison Tanzanie-Zambie. Il ne faudra désormais plus que sept heures pour se rendre d’Addis-Abeba à Djibouti.

SANY est entrée sur le marché africain en 2002, et les engins SANY ont été utilisés dans de nombreux grands projets sur le continent. La société n’est pas seulement devenue un partenaire fiable pour les clients locaux : elle a également participé à l’érection de grands bâtiments en Afrique.

Pour le projet ferroviaire Mombasa-Nairobi, le plus grand projet d’infrastructure du Kenya depuis son indépendance en 1963, SANY a fourni 120 engins lourds, d’une valeur estimée à plus de 15 millions de dollars. L’attachement de SANY à la qualité de ses produits et services a été salué par les acteurs locaux.

A propos de SANY

SANY Group (SANY) est un des premiers constructeurs mondiaux d’engins mécaniques avec des usines aux Etats-Unis, en Allemagne, au Brésil et en Inde, et des opérations dans plus de 100 pays régions à travers le monde. La société a été saluée comme l’une des plus innovantes et performantes au monde, et ses engins à béton sont classés au premier rang mondial.

Pour de plus amples informations, rendez-vous sur www.sanyglobal.com, ou suivez Sany Group sur Facebook et YouTube.

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Minister Siyabonga Cwele hosts send-off cocktail function for students who are going to China for ICT Training, 3 Nov

The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele to host a send-off cocktail function for the first 10 students who are going to China for ICT Training in China

The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele will host a cocktail function to send off the first 10 students who are going to be trained in China in various areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

The learners are from the Tshwane University of Technology, Central University of Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Cape Peninsular University of Technology and the Durban University of Technology. They are third year or B-Tech students in Communications Networks, Information Technology, Software Development and Business Applications.

The students are the first group of 1 000 young South Africans who will be trained over the next five years. The training is done in partnership with Huawei Technologies.

The initiative was announced in July, at the launch of the DTPS-Huawei Joint Innovation Centre that is based in Sandton.

The students will depart for Beijing on Friday, 4 November 2016 with representatives from the department and Huawei SA.

Members of the media are invited to attend.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane: Bi-National Commission between South Africa and Zimbabwe

Opening Remarks by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the 1st Session of the Bi-National Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zimbabwe, Harare

My Dear Brother, Honourable Minister Mumbengegwi,

Honourable Ministers

Co-chairs of Senior Officials

Your Excellencies, Mr I Moyo, Ambassador of Zimbabwe to South Africa and Mr M Mbete, Ambassador of South Africa to Zimbabwe

Senior Officials from our respective Governments

Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen

Good Morning

I would like to begin by thanking you, Honourable Minister Mumbengegwi, for your warm words of welcome extended to my delegation.

My Dear Comrade, your warm and kind words of welcome have made us feel at home in this beautiful country, Zimbabwe. It is absolutely important to reaffirm that Zimbabwe is a second home to many South Africans.

Comrade Co-Chair,

Allow me to convey our profound gratitude for the legendary hospitality which your Government has been accorded to our delegation. We also thank you for availing these majestic facilities to our meeting.

Honourable Minister

I fully concur with your opening remarks. Our two countries and peoples share the same history, geography and culture. We speak the same languages and share the same dreams, the dreams of an independent, united and prosperous neighbourhood. This is what informs our relations.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We speak of relations of a special kind. These are the relations that were forged during the difficult period, the period when we were fighting against colonialism and apartheid.

Informed and guided by this rich history, our two countries have made concerted efforts over the years to ensure that these historical relations are transformed into mutual cooperation that covers political and socio-economic spheres.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It bears noting that as early as 1995 our two countries established a Joint Commission for Cooperation which was a mechanism designed to promote political, economic and social cooperation between the two sister Republics.

This Joint Commission facilitated a process wherein our two countries were able over the years to sign 38 Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding. These agreements and memoranda of understanding cover a wide range of areas, including transport, tourism, trade and investment, immigration, health, science, labour, taxation, just to mention but a few.

The existence of this large number of legal instruments signifies the depth of the sectoral cooperation between our two nations.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It was in April 2015 during the State Visit to South Africa of His Excellency, President Robert Mugabe, that our two countries took a definitive step to elevate our bilateral cooperation to the level of Heads of State through the signing of an Agreement establishing a Bi-National Commission (BNC).

The BNC is the highest form of a structured bilateral mechanism whereby our two countries will meet annually at the level of Heads of State.

Principally, the BNC provides the required impetus to help us forge a closer strategic cooperation and partnership.

Co-Chair,

We are excited therefore that we meet here this morning on the occasion of the 1st Session of our important BNC. As we launch our BNC, it will be essential to identify the key areas of our cooperation. Key among those should be the promotion of a mutually beneficial economic cooperation not only for our respective countries but also for regional integration.

Infrastructure development to facilitate ease movement of goods and services cannot be overstated. In this regard, we need to pay a particular focus on the One Stop Border Post at Beitbridge.

We trust that we will utilise this Session to explore new areas of cooperation and most importantly to further enhance existing ones.

Ladies and gentlemen,

As we meet here today we also are mindful of the current regional, continental and global challenges. Our economies are currently under pressure due to global commodity prices, fluctuating currencies, shrinking GDP growth, including natural disasters such the El Nino drought phenomenon. We therefore need to work together to alleviate the negative impact of these challenges.

On the issues of peace and security in the region and the continent, we need to continue to work to play our part towards resolving these.

I hope the report of our senior officials who have been meeting for the past two days will begin to chart a clear path as we launch our strategic BNC.

Co-Chair,

Let me conclude by thanking you once more for your kind words of welcome.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

Pension Fund report shows growth in 20 years

Pretoria – In the 20 years of its existence, the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) has shown steady growth and a sustainable investment strategy.

In its annual report released on Wednesday, the GEPF said in addition to steady growth, the fund has seen continued dedication and service to its members and pensioners.

The 20-year anniversary marks an important milestone for the GEPF as we look back on our legacy and accomplishments, said Principal Executive Officer Abel Sithole.

In the financial year 2015/16, the assets of the fund grew to over R1.6 trillion. The GEPF achieved an overall investment performance return of 4% during this time. This enabled the board to grant a pension increase of 5.3%, which was above 100% of the consumer price index (CPI) of 4.8%, as at November 2015. This is higher than the 75% increase recommended by the rules of the fund.

The GEPF’s investment strategy uses a liability-driven approach that takes into consideration expected future benefit payments, the actuarial position, and other long-term objectives, as well as the risk to the overall solvency of the fund, said Sithole.

The GEPF was established in 1996 when various public sector pension funds were amalgamated into one fund. In that year, the GEPF started out with assets under management of R127 billion, which has since increased to more than R1.6 trillion.

The GEPF is currently the single largest investor in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed companies, with significant holdings in government bonds, listed equity, money markets, as well as investments in unlisted equity and property.

Accumulated assets have grown at an average rate of 12.09% over the past 10 years. This growth has been in tandem with an improvement in the GEPF’s funding level, an increase from 72% in 1996 to 100% in 2014 (according to the actuarial valuation of 31 March 2014).

The GEPF is proud of this achievement as it is currently one of very few large defined benefit pension funds in the world which is 100% funded after the 2008/2009 financial crisis. This reflects the Fund’s robust investment strategy and its ability to adapt to dynamic and turbulent market forces.

The total membership of the GEPF now stands at 1 693 078, consisting of 1 269 948 members who are still in service and 423 130 pensioners and beneficiaries.

The good news is that the benefits paid decreased by R3 billion in the current year, mainly due to a decrease in resignations from the fund. Looking back at the achievements of the last 20 years, the GEPF will continue to ensure the financial security and strive for superior levels of service for its pensioners and members.

It will be a catalyst for change in terms of securing investment opportunities locally, regionally, and globally to meet its pension liabilities, said Sithole. �

Source: South African Government News Agency

Wars and Dogs Complicate WHO’s Bid to Kill Off Guinea Worm

GENEVA � The World Health Organization’s battle to eradicate Guinea worm is being hampered by conflict and infections in dogs but cases have fallen to just 17 so far in 2016, the doctor leading the fight told Reuters on Wednesday.

The debilitating parasite afflicted 3.5 million people 30 years ago, but is now endemic in only four countries: South Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia and Mali.

“Globally, we have never been so close to Guinea worm eradication as now,” Dieudonne Sankara said. “It will be a colossal achievement.”

Victory over the worm, which grows up to a meter long before emerging through the skin and which lays its eggs in water, has been repeatedly delayed. But Mali has had no cases this year, while South Sudan has had five, Ethiopia two and Chad 10.

Although the decline in the global number of cases has leveled off, one worm can cause 80 new cases after its incubation period of 10-14 months, so keeping cases low signals the battle is being won.

But the security situation in the endemic countries is a complicating factor, as health workers and volunteers often venture hundreds of kilometers into lawless areas, said Ashok Moloo, a WHO information officer.

Another challenge was the discovery that dogs � mainly around the Chari river in Chad, but also in the other countries � were picking up Guinea worm infections, too.

That required a new fight, to control the disease among the dog population. In 2015, more than 500 dogs in Chad, 13 in Ethiopia, and one each in Mali and South Sudan, were reported with emerging Guinea worms.

Moloo said WHO was optimistic that the dog problem had peaked, although the incubation period meant it was premature to be sure, and the new challenges were unexpected.

“People warned us a few years ago: ‘You’re moving fast, but you will see,'” Sankara said. “And now we are seeing.”

Source: Voice of America