Daily Archives: November 3, 2016

Gemalto pioneers SIM Reactivation solution to help operators seamlessly reconnect with lapsed prepaid subscribers

AMSTERDAM, Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces LinqUs SIM Reactivation, the world’s first solution for real-time reactivation of dormant SIMs that allows operators to seamlessly reconnect lost prepaid subscribers at a fraction of normal acquisition costs. Gemalto’s innovative platform is designed to support customer experience management strategies by easing the reacquisition process. Lapsed subscribers can simply reuse their old SIM to instantly rejoin a network, anytime and anywhere.

LinqUs SIM Reactivation automatically detects and reactivates customers trying to use an expired SIM. It also retains churned subscribers’ profile data, giving operators the opportunity to propose tailor-made offers, such as voice/data plans and phone number selection, based on detailed understanding of individual requirements. The whole process is performed in real-time via intuitive screen menus to ensure a smooth subscriber journey.

LinqUs SIM Reactivation is a solid and scalable platform that provides full customization and easy integration with operators’ systems and processes. It is built on a proven Gemalto-owned signaling platform successfully deployed across 135 countries – signaling platforms connect applications to the network to manage user communications. It is ideally suited to heavily prepaid markets such as Africa, Latin America or South Asia where users hop between operators and reacquiring lost customers is a costly exercise. According to a Gemalto survey, 76% of operators interviewed agree that real time reactivation of dormant SIMs with incentive offers is key to regain users1.

Improving subscriber retention through more effective customer experience management (CEM) is widely recognized as one of the key challenges facing mobile network operators. According to recent research by Ernst & Young, 68% of senior industry executives consider CEM their number one strategic priority2.

Faced with ever increasing competition, mobile operators need to leverage all available channels and customer touchpoints to forge stronger and more personal ties with users,” said David Buhan, Senior Vice President for Mobile Subscriber Services at Gemalto. “LinqUs SIM Reactivation sweeps away the barriers that currently exist between operators and lost prepaid subscribers and effortlessly restores lapsed relationships.”

1 Informa telecoms.com survey carried out in October 2016 among African operators

2 EY – 2015 Global Telecommunications Study: navigating the road to 2020

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2015 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 14,000+ employees operate out of 118 offices, 45 personalization and data centers, and 27 research and software development centers located in 49 countries.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

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President Jacob Zuma: South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission

Opening remarks by President Zuma, during the inaugural session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission, Harare, Zimbabwe

Your Excellency and Comrade, President Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe;

Honourable Ministers;

Your Excellencies, Ambassador of Zimbabwe to South Africa and Ambassador of South Africa to Zimbabwe;

Senior Government Officials from both Zimbabwe and South Africa;

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen;

Members of the media;

Good Morning to you all!

Allow me to begin by conveying to you, Mr President, my personal appreciation and delight for inviting us to this beautiful country, the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Let me also extend our profound gratitude to the people of Zimbabwe for their warm and colourful welcome extended to us on our arrival. I equally wish to convey to you, Mr President and to the people of Zimbabwe the warmest greetings of the Government and People of the Republic of South Africa.

Your Excellency,

As you welcomed us, you correctly touched on the historical and fraternal bonds between our two countries.

Indeed these bonds were cemented during the difficult time of our liberation struggles, when we fought in the same trenches till you got your independence. Soon after your independence, you gave shelter, education and unrelenting support to our sons and daughters.

The role played by individual nations, including your own, Mr President, in our struggle is already part of the tapestry boldly woven to display the special linkages between our countries. Every time we meet, we need to remember this rich history in case we forget where we come from and who we are.

This history defines us and it is a history that needs to be told and retold.

Your Excellency, Mr President,

We meet here today at a time the world is facing many challenges. Our own countries have not escaped these challenges. The global economic environment has been unforgiving and highly fluid due to declining commodity prices and volatile currency fluctuations, stifling GDP growth.

Our deliberations will be incomplete if we do not take a moment to also reflect on the global operational space we find ourselves in and its impact on our economies.

While still on the topic of external factors beyond our control, affecting our economies, it will be an omission if I do not mention that our region has been hard hit by the devastating El Nino induced drought, which has impacted negatively on livelihoods and quality of life.

An estimated forty million people are affected, of whom twenty three million require immediate emergency assistance. Many sectors have been affected, including food security, agriculture, livestock, livelihoods, nutrition, health and water, sanitation and hygiene.

The drought has also in some cases seriously eroded decades of hard-worn developmental gains, putting great strain on the fiscus of most governments.

Most recently, South Africa has experienced her first rains, but this in no way means the end of our woes and the economic crisis we find ourselves in.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Not all is gloom and doom, on a positive note in the multilateral arena we just returned from the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, where we welcomed the appointment of a new UN Secretary General, Portugal’s former Prime Minister, Mr Antonio Guterres.

He will assume his duties in January 2017, taking over from Mr Ban Ki-Moon, who served in the position for over a decade. Also of importance was the implementation of the new UN Development Agenda 2030 adopted by the United Nations and its synergies with the African Union Agenda 2063.

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a clear demonstration of the commitment of the international community to achieve a better world.

Also worth mentioning is the TICAD Summit that was held in Kenya in August 2016 where 30 billion US Dollars were pledged towards Africa’s development.

Also of note is the 8th BRICS Summit held in Goa, India, in October, 2016. The BRICS leaders reaffirmed their support for Africa’s implementation of its various programmes in pursuit of its continental agenda for peace and socio economic development.

In this regard, I am pleased to announce that the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) is establishing its Africa Regional Centre in Johannesburg. The NDB will begin operations with $50-billion, which will expand to the full $100-billion in the next five to 10 years.

This will go a long way towards continental development.

Your Excellency,

Closer to home, in August 2016, we completed a successful 36th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Mbabane, Swaziland under the theme “Resource Mobilisation for investment in sustainable Energy infrastructure for inclusive SADC industrialisation for Prosperity.

The Summit more importantly called for the implementation of the 2015 Harare decision on industrialisation and creation of vibrant economies to create jobs and fight the scourge of poverty in the region.

We need all resource mobilisation towards ensuring the sustainable development of our economies.

High on that list being Industrialisation, Infrastructure development and investing in diversification of our economies, also recouping our national development plans towards tangible benefits for our people who are looking up to us, with genuine expectations for sustainable solutions and better livelihood.

This, we will not achieve working independently and in isolation, there is therefore a need for concerted efforts, collaboration and synergies towards a collective vision of fighting the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality in our respective countries.

Jointly we need to pursue the creation of a stable, peaceful and prosperous region, our continent Africa and a better World. In this respect, Zimbabwe has been instrumental towards realising the dream of a prosperous African continent that is self-sufficient and able to assume its rightful place in the global arena.

This was evidenced during His Excellency’s Chair of the AU. Your contribution as Chair of both the SADC as well as of the AU has put the region and the continent on a different platform of economic and political stability.

Your Excellency,

At a bilateral level, I am encouraged that our two countries already have growing and very warm relations now managed under the Bi-National Commission which is being duly inaugurated.

It is my wish Mr President that utilising the BNC mechanism, we should at our level strive to provide the strategic impetus to drive this bilateral relationship to significantly higher level.

It is also our fervent wish that we should work together to explore a variety of issues to further deepen our cooperation driven by our historical ties. As we do that Mr President, we need to pay a particular focus on economic cooperation.

Our business communities stand ready to play their part, if as Governments, we create a conducive environment for ease of doing business, including but not limited to, the establishment of a one stop border post for facilitation of free movement of people, goods and services, policy certainty, among others.

Also important is the need to continue to promote the already existing people to people linkages, especially through tourism, sports and culture. Our two countries should continue to strive to become leading examples on the continent, in pursuit of a peaceful, politically stable and prosperous Africa.

We need to redouble our efforts to assist sister countries facing conflicts and security challenges.

In conclusion, our engagements must help to deepen bilateral political, economic and social cooperation between our respective countries, and contribute towards regional integration.

Your Excellency, thank you once more and we look forward to the report of the Ministers.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Kenya in Uproar After UN Blames General for S. Sudan Violence

UNITED NATIONS �Kenya’s U.N. ambassador said Thursday that the Kenyan general who was in charge of peacekeepers in South Sudan during a violent episode in July has been made a ‘scapegoat’ for systemic U.N. peacekeeping failures.

Ambassador Macharia Kamau told reporters that an internal U.N. investigation into events during July 8-11, was conducted with a preordained outcome in mind.

The investigation, we have come to conclude, is shameful, unfair and an exercise in scapegoating, Kamau said at a news conference.

An independent investigation team appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed a lack of leadership on the part of key senior mission personnel for the peacekeepers chaotic and ineffective response to fighting that killed some 300 people.

The U.N. announced Tuesday when the findings were released that it would immediately replace the mission’s force commander, Kenyan Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki.

Troop pull-outThe Kenyan government responded Wednesday saying it will immediately pull its 1,000 troops from the mission South Sudan, known as UNMISS, and cancel plans to contribute soldiers to a 4,000-strong Regional Protection Force.

The investigation was instigated and demanded by certain current and future members of the United Nations Security Council with vested interests in the political positions to protect in the contexts of what transpired in Southern Sudan during that particular incident that was under investigation, Ambassador Kamau said.

He did not directly point fingers at any country, but China, a permanent council member, has troops in Juba. Investigators singled-out one battalion for poor performance during the episode. A Chinese commander was also criticized in the report, but has so far not been fired.

Ethiopia, which will take a two-year seat on the council in January, provided the previous UNMISS force commander. Lieutenant-General Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam of Ethiopia led the peacekeepers from June 2014 until just weeks before the period under investigation.

‘Plenty of blame to go around’

We think there is plenty of blame to go around, from headquarters all the way down to the field commanders, Kamau said. It’s very difficult for us to imagine that it is possible that a guy who is in the job for three weeks can carry the full responsibility of events that transpired on his watch, he said. This to me is extraordinary, and really what we are challenging.

U.N. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric dismissed Kenyan accusations that the report targeted their general from the outset, telling reporters, there was of course, no pre-ordained conclusion to the investigation.

He said the decision to remove the Kenyan general was based on leadership and command decisions that the general took during the period under scrutiny. He indicated more heads could roll.

The decision to ask for his removal is an initial decision, other decisions may be taken, Dujarric said.

But it did not appear that the head of U.N. peacekeeping’s job is among those in jeopardy.

The secretary-general has full confidence in Mr. [Herve] Ladsous, Dujarric added.

Russia’s Deputy Ambassador Petr Illichev told reporters that the secretary-general acted too hastily in dismissing the force commander.

For us the decision was premature, it should be considered and reconsidered, he said.

Kenya was one of the TCCs [troop contributing countries] that was participating in UNMISS and was one of the core countries contributing to the Regional Protection Force; the whole structure is in ruins, he added.

Source: Voice of America

Premier Supra Mahumapelo on reduction of service delivery protests

Service delivery protests lessened in Bokone Bophirima � Premier Mahumapelo

The reduction of service delivery protests in Bokone Bophirima Province is a clear indication that there is improved dialogue between the provincial government and its community.

This was said today, Thursday, 03 November 2016 by Premier Supra Mahumapelo, while addressing a media briefing at Rustenburg Recreational Centre on issues discussed and resolutions taken by the recently held Bokone Bophirima Executive Council (EXCO).

Premier Mahumapelo says while the level of service delivery satisfaction is increasing, there is still a need for the provincial government to attend to some outstanding issues such as construction of roads, provision and accessibility of health care services, as well as creation of employment and skills development opportunities for especially the youth in the province’s villages, townships and small dorpies.

The EXCO attributes this positive development to amongst others, the establishment of Setskotsane Operation Centres in all the districts of the province and Bua le Puso platforms which afford the public the opportunity to regularly engage with the provincial leaders on issues of service delivery, said Premier Mahumapelo adding that this also boosts stability and social cohesion in the province.

Moreover, we expect that from this month, all ward councilors will start convening the compulsory monthly community meetings, to ensure that our people are kept informed of service delivery issues affecting their wards, highlighted Mahumapelo who urged communities to continue using available government platforms and community structures to raise service delivery issues.

Mahumapelo further said the Provincial EXCO has welcomed and supported the appointment of Cllr Fetsang Mokati, the Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality, as

Source: Government of South Africa.

Western Cape Social Development commemorates beginning of National Disability Rights Awareness Month

Department marks beginning of Disability Rights Awareness Month

Today the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) commemorates the beginning of National Disability Rights Awareness Month.

South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and is also commemorated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day.

DSD has allocated over R148-million in 2016/17 towards ever increasingly expanding services to persons with disabilities. This has allowed the department to assist 85 475 persons, up from 59 870 in the prior year. Our focus is not only on improving access, but also extending socio-economic opportunities to especially disabled youth, and increasing services for people with intellectual disabilities.

The department continues to notch up some key successes, including;

The launch of a fleet of disability-friendly government vehicles, to improve mobility for disabled staff,

The establishment a residential care facility in Maitland that accommodates 30 persons with intellectual disability,

An additional allocation of R30 million was spent to expand services in 2015/16,

Launch of the Kaleidescope Apple Training Centre in Worcester, which trains blind technicians in IT and Apple product repairs.

A key development has been the establishment of the DSD Disability Desk. This office is operational, and has already made a difference in improving disability access within the provincial government.

DSD has placed great emphasis on expanding services to people living with intellectual disabilities. In total, DSD has allocated R64-million, and funds 112 organisations working with people with intellectual disabilities.

We have gradually begun to focus on building specialisation in Autism Spectrum Disorder, and now fund 3 organisations in this focus area;

Autism Western Cape

Education & Training Hub for Autism Needs

Autism Connect

The Provincial Minister of Social Development, Adv. Albert Fritz, will be marking this period with numerous events across the province this month.

People with disabilities should have the same opportunities as everybody else, and DSD is committed to working with all our partners to expand services and opportunity. The public can seek more information by visiting any DSD local office, or by contacting the DSD hotline on 0800 220 250.

Source: Government of South Africa.