Daily Archives: November 23, 2016

G4S plc UK DK : Kenyan primary school IT initiative supported by G4S

RH10 9UN, LONDON, Nov. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hundreds of thousands of laptops are set to be delivered to schools across Kenya by G4S in a government drive to boost IT literacy.

The Kenyan government plans to fund the computers for the country’s 22,000 primary schools, dubbed the ‘Digischool’ programme.

It believes that the initiative will be a major boost to not only education – putting Kenyan schoolchildren on a par with their global counterparts – but also the country’s economy.

G4S Kenya has signed an agreement with one of the two universities selected to supply and install the devices, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

Over the next two years, the business will distribute 365,737 devices to 8,600 primary schools in 21 counties, through its existing courier services network.

The equipment is being stored and secured at G4S Kenya’s main hub in Nairobi, where work has already begun to pack and deliver the laptops to an initial 75 schools.

“We’re delighted to be involved in such an important programme for Kenya, which will empower our young people with advanced IT knowledge and help secure the future of our country,” said Geoffrey Mwove, Director – Courier, G4S Kenya.

“We already have an extensive courier operation, with more than 600 vehicles and 141 offices nationally, which was one of the factors in the award of the contract to G4S.”

Announcing the government’s plans, Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, said: “We are now starting on a journey that will without a doubt transform not just the education sector but the entire economy.

“When we put these devices in the hands of our children, we are securing not just their future but that of the country and look forward to being a global IT powerhouse in a few years.”

Deputy President William Ruto added: “We have trained 80,000 teachers in all primary schools in readiness for this massive programme. We have also ensured that each school is connected to electricity.

“This programme will revolutionize the process of learning in this country and put our children on a par with their global counterparts.”

Notes to Editors

G4S Kenya is in talks with the government over plans to eventually extend the programme to Grade 1 and secondary schools.

Media contacts:

For all media enquiries please contact G4S Media Team at media@g4s.com or call +44 (0) 20 7963 3333

About G4S

G4S is the world’s leading global, integrated security company specialising in the delivery of security and related services to customers across six continents.

The group is active in more than 100 countries*, and is the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange with over 610,000* employees and has a secondary stock exchange listing in Copenhagen.

*Includes 44,000 employees in businesses in 15 countries that are being sold or exit

For more information on G4S, visit www.g4s.com

Minister Jeff Radebe addresses KZN Growth and Coalition Workshop

The Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Jeff Radebe will deliver the keynote address at the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Growth Coalition Executive Liaison Workshop banquet.

The Growth and Coalition Liaison campaign is described as an effective liaison platform for leaders in business and government to promote social economic development.

Minister Radebe will also interact with the leadership of the provincial government on the National Development Plan (NDP) and its interface with the KZN Provincial Growth and Development Strategy.

Source: Government of South Africa

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation hosts successful sixth frontline service delivery monitoring annual workshop

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) hosted the sixth Front Line Service Delivery Monitoring workshop (FSDM) on 21st and 22nd November 2016 at Protea Hotel, O.R Tambo Kempton Park.

The workshop served as a platform for knowledge sharing, learning and mutual engagement between DPME and its partners from offices of the Premiers and its counterparts from the ten (10) different sector departments that are currently being monitored through the FSDM programme.

The Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Jeff Radebe delivered the keynote address at the at the workshop under the theme: Institutionalisation of Frontline Service Delivery Monitoring to improve service delivery across all sectors of government including the participatory role in monitoring the implementation of the National Youth Policy.

In his address Radebe said about FSDM that, the integral part of the work of this programme in ensuring that citizen’s experiences of government improves and that our citizens receive quality services. The FSDM is at the coalface of service delivery as it is in direct service of the people.

The FSDM programme ensures that through government efforts, citizen’s experience frontline facilities of quality services as envisioned in the National Development Plan Vision 2030. Since the inception of the programme in 2011, more than 850 facilities were monitored.

The number could increase quite significantly the monitoring that Offices of the Premiers conducted without DPME can be included. DPME has continuously facilitated improvements in more than 150 facilities that were selected on the basis of poor frontline performance.

The purpose of the workshop was also held to review the implementation of the programme, communicate the evolving vision of FSDM, and assess the extent of the programme in catalysing service delivery improvements.

This year’s focus was on learning from current and emerging practices in sectors and provinces with deliberations on prioritising systemic interventions to catalyse service delivery improvement, maximising available resources for monitoring frontline services and monitoring the implementation of the National Youth Policy from a frontline point of view an emphasis that stem from the National Development Plan’s vision to improve coordination between departments for greater policy coherence and more effective implementation

Radebe concluded his address by saying that, service delivery improvements are an integral part of Frontline Service Delivery Monitoring. You must use this opportunity to efficiently and effectively forge a strategic focus for the Frontline Monitoring in our country bearing in mind that the key to tackling complex problems is through adaptive management with consideration to experimentation, feedback and adjustment.

Correctional Services on escape of two offenders at Witbank Correctional Centre

Two escape at Witbank Correctional Centre, one gets re-arrested

The Department of Correctional Services, working with the South Africa Police Services (SAPS) has launched a man hunt following a breakout of two offenders at Witbank Correctional Centre. Offender Nkosi Mduduzi Isaac has been apprehended and the other offender Cele Linda Michael (33) is still on the loose.

The two maximum classified offenders escaped when they managed to bend an iron bar on top of the courtyard opening through which they gained access through the roof. They then climbed over two security fences, equipped with razor wire and electric fencing by using offender’s jersey as well as homemade gloves made from blankets.

The Department of Correctional Services and SAPS have sent an appeal to everyone to assist with any information that could lead to the re-arrest of Cele Linda Michael. The public is advised to immediately contact their nearest police station and never attempt to institute a citizen’s arrest as the offender is regarded as dangerous. The photo of the offender is also circulated to assist the law enforcement agencies and the citizens to identify the escapee and help to bring them to face the full might of the law.

Although the escape rate is low, the department remains concerned about any escape and continues to strive towards the ideal standard of zero escapes.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Alan Winde addresses African Agri Investment Indaba in Cape Town

MEC Alan Winde addresses African Agri Investment Indaba in Cape Town

African Agribusinesses set to pitch for multi-billion rand investments

Agribusinesses will pitch for multi-billion rand investments at the African Agri Investment Indaba in Cape Town next week.

Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, said the event is Africa’s largest agriculture investment gathering.

It is a partnership between the Western Cape Government, Wesgro and the African Agri Council.

The event includes investment readiness workshops and sessions where agribusinesses will pitch to investors. Experts will also discuss trends and share innovative ideas to grow the continent’s agriculture sector. It takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between 28 November and 30 November.

MEC Winde will deliver the keynote address on Monday, 29 November at 100.

Over 600 investors, agribusinesses, senior government officials and industry experts will attend the Indaba to discuss how we can strengthen Africa’s agriculture sector. My goal is to see African agricultural products, innovated by African scientists on farms owned by African farmers, emerge as leading sources of food for the growing world population. We have vast untapped potential we must harness to achieve this.

Agriculture and agri-processing are a key part of our Project Khulisa growth strategy. We are seeking to add up to 100 000 jobs in agri-processing by boosting exports to key markets, including our partners in Africa. This conference will play an important role in reaching this objective.

Along with MEC Winde, the following speakers will deliver addresses on 29 November:

Senzeni Zokwana, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa

MEC Lebogang Maile, MEC, Gauteng Department of Economic, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, South Africa

Dr. Nigel Chanakira, Chairman, Zimbabwe Investment Authority, Zimbabwe

Dr. John Mutunga, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya National Farmers Federation (KENAFF), Kenya

Nhlanhla Nene, Resident Advisor, Thebe Investment Corporation and Non-Executive Board Member, Allan Gray, South Africa

Dr John Purchase, Chief Executive Officer, Agricultural Business Chamber (AgBiz), South Africa

Investors attending include the Public Investment Corporation, specialised agri funds such as the Agri-Vie Fund and Scibus Investments Pty Ltd, the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), Norsad Finance Limited, Scandinavia’s Swedfund and Deutsche Bank.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Dan Plato hosts 16 Days of Activism Campaign in Athlone

Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will take the Western Cape Department of Community Safety’s 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence Against Women and Children to Kewtown, Athlone.

This year, the Department of Community Safety is encouraging those who are suffering from abuse and those who know of abuse taking place, to break the silence around violence and abuse in our communities with the theme: Speak out- Silence to strength.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility and starting tonight, the Department of Community Safety is taking its awareness outreaches to the streets in support of 16 Days of Activism where Minister Plato will be facilitating awareness drives and victim related services in various communities.

The annual, internationally observed, 16 Days of Activism awareness campaign is officially observed between 25 November and 10 December.

If safety is important to you and you would like to know how you can help create safer environments for affected Women and Children in your community, Minister Plato invites you to join the Department of Community Safety, the local SAPS and key safety stakeholders at our next 16 Days of Activism focussed safety outreach.

There will be an opportunity for photographs and interviews.

Source: Government of South Africa