Daily Archives: December 9, 2016

Guangzhou Award boosts collaboration

Cities learn from each other’s sustainable development experience

GUANGZHOU, China, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Co-hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the World Association of Major Metropolises (Metropolis) and Guangzhou Municipal Government, the 3rd Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (the Guangzhou Award) and 2016 Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Conference were held in Guangzhou from December 5 to 8. Together with the concurrently staged Guangzhou International Innovation Festival, the series of events were abbreviated as One Award, One Conference and One Festival.

This year’s conference is themed on Global Wisdom for Local Solutions and the series of events were attended by some 800 guests.

The biennial event recognizes the top five urban innovation projects from around the world. It aims to facilitate the exchange of urban innovation experiences, learning from successful cases, and advocating scientific ideas to drive sustainable development.

“The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation has made a very positive impact,”  said Parks Tau, President of United Cities and Local Governments, a co-organizer of the event.

Selected from 301 innovation projects submitted by 171 cities, the winners were: Songpa-gu in South Korea, Qalyubia in Egypt, Copenhagen in Denmark, Boston in the United States and La Paz in Bolivia.

The event is expected to enhance the communication between cities and countries, set examples for local governments and to seek solutions to global challenges such as climate change, poverty and gender inequality.

“In the past, people thought the national government could change things, but now we realize it is communication between national and local governments that makes changes,” said Beate Weber-Schuerholz, Co-Chair of Guangzhou Award Jury, former mayor of Heidelberg.

Ma Peihua, Vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, participated in the conference. He gave high praise to the Guangzhou Award and highlighted the profound influence of the event.

“This event has brought the wisdom of the world together and it will help our province to better implement the innovation-driven development strategy and make Guangdong an innovation hub in China,” said He Zhongyou, Deputy Governor of Guangdong.

“We are focusing our efforts to make Guangzhou a hub-based networked city that can gather the global innovation resources and elements to establish a sophisticated open economic system,” said Wen Guohui, Mayor of Guangzhou & Co-president of UCLG and the Metropolis.

2017 International Signs and LED Exhibition to Open in Guangzhou in February, Bringing Focus to Fine Pitch LED Display

GUANGZHOU, China, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The 2017 International Signs and LED Exhibition (ISLE), one of the largest advertising and LED exhibitions in China, will open at area B of the Canton Fair Complex during February 15-18, highlighting Fine pitch LED display products in the LED Display and LED Lighting zones.

The “fine pitch” LED display is among the most advanced LED display technologies in the world, which includes P2.5 indoor LED displays (pixel spacing below 2.5mm), taking advantages of higher brightness level, better splicing effect and lower cost compared with DLP (digital light processing) and LCD (liquid-crystal display) products.

Most fine pitch LED displays adopt the pixel-level point control technology to achieve control on the display’s pixel units, color rendition and picture unity, providing better long-time viewing experience and extending the average service time.

According to Mr. Lee Yingjie, Director of ISLE, consistent development of semiconductor production and chip technology will lower package component cost and decrease the size of them, thus decrease pixel spacing accordingly while improving resolution, showing more advantage to fine pitch LED.

The 2017 ISLE will gather leading companies specializing in fine pitch display from around the world, such as Absen, Leyard, LianTronics and Chipshow, to bring the latest LED products. Signature products including Leyard’s TW series, TVH display wall and TWA ultra power efficient series, LianTronics’ V.Me series, education LED products with VR+, new fine pitch LED display VL1.6 and VH1.4 platform, Chishow’s most famous leopard series and Absen’s fine pitch product N2 that has won the InAVation Awards at 2016 ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) in Netherlands.

“Fine pitch LED display is mostly applied in high-end commercial context such as advertising media, sports stadium, stage background and municipal engineering and presents greater potential in the future,” said Mr. Lee Yingjie. “It is expected to cover more area like conference centers, hotels and public place security. We hope this time ISLE will share more inspirations for industrial members to find more business opportunities as well as to discover industrial progress.”

About ISLE

The 2017 International Signs and LED Exhibition (ISLE) will be held by Canton Fair Advertising Co., Ltd. and China Foreign Trade Guangzhou Exhibition General Corp (CFTE). It is dedicated to building a fully integrated LED industry chain solution platform of professional, charismatic and intelligent advertising signs.


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Minister Davies to Appeal the Judgment of Micro-Finance South Africa

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies will appeal the recent North Gauteng High Court judgment in which the court set aside the Regulations on 6 November 2015 relating to short term credit transactions that Davies issued on the 6 November 2016. The court set the regulations aside on the 21 November 216 after the Micro-Finance South Africa (MFSA) disputed the reduction of the maximum prescribed interest rate from 5% per month on the first loan to 3% per month for subsequent loans in the same calendar year.

The MFSA and the Judge are of the view that the reduction of interests’ rate from 5% to 3% does not take the interest of the credit market into account at all. Accordingly the Regulations were set aside.

Minister Davies is of the view that the appeal allows an opportunity to clarify issues raised in the judgment, as the reduction is informed amongst others, by the fact that consumers are not able to repay the debt in one month and often go back for another loan on top of the unpaid debt and interest. This debt spiral is the one that informed the Minister to issue the Regulations

The Minister is of the view that the Judge did not take into account the facts and evidence submitted by the dti. As a consequence the Minister is appealing this decision, as he believes that a different court will come to a different conclusion.

Source: Department of Trade and Industry

Minister Naledi Pandor congratulates team on winning national Student Cluster Competition

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has applauded a team of six students from the Universities of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch who will be representing South Africa at the International Student Cluster Competition to be hosted at the 2017 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Germany.

The team was selected from 10 teams from various universities in South Africa, who this week battled it out to demonstrate their cluster building and high performance computing skills.

At the National Student Cluster Competition level, the students compete to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of-the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software. In a real-time challenge, teams of undergraduate students build small high performance computing clusters on the exhibition floor, using hardware provided by CHPC and its industrial partners, and race to demonstrate the best performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.

The awards ceremony took place on 8 December 2016 at the 10th National Conference of the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), held in East London, under the theme “The Last Decade of Accomplishment, the Next Decade of Opportunity”.

The CHPC is a key component of South Africa’s national integrated cyberinfrastructure system, implemented by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology.

Dell EMC generously sponsored the hardware for the national competition, and Eclipse Holdings, Mellanox and Bright Computing sponsored the prizes. For the international competition, Dell EMC will provide the team with equipment, travel, accommodation, meals and training.

The CHPC is not a newcomer to the ISC Student Cluster Competition, having won the top prize in 2013 and in 2014, and taking second place in 2015. This year the centre entered a team of undergraduate students chosen in the 2015 National Student Cluster Competition, and took the overall prize once again, beating 11 other contenders from across the globe.

The International Student Cluster Competition is regarded as the premier international high performance computing student competition, involving teams from prestigious universities around the world, such as Purdue University, the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Centre (USA), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), the University of Science and Technology of China (China) and the University of Hamburg (Germany).

The winning team members are

Mishka Mohamed (University of the Western Cape);

Kyle Jordaan (University of the Western Cape);

Tyrone de Ruiters (University of the Western Cape);

Liam Doult (University of the Western Cape);

Phillip Goosen (Stellenbosch University);

Lydia de Lange (Stellenbosch University).

The reserves are Emma Clark (University of the Witwatersrand) and Ella Wilby (Rhodes University).

Congratulating the winners, the Minister Pandor wished the team every success in taking on the competition next year.

“With South Africa having come first three out of the four times the country has competed in this international competition, there is naturally some pressure on the team, but I am confident that the CHPC will once more provide excellent support to our team, and that we will be proud of the outcome. We are very happy to see our investment in e-infrastructure programmes yielding such exceptional results, and are excited about the promise they hold for the future,” said Pandor.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Desbo Mohono calls for local Tourism support

People from all walks of life including thousands of music, arts and culture fanatics are expected to flock into Mahikeng for the 2nd Annual Mahika Mahikeng Cultural Festival. MEC for Tourism in the North West Desbo Mohono is therefore appealing to all patrons who will be descending to the Festival to explore various local tourism products during their stay in Mahikeng over the weekend.

MEC Mohono made the call during her departmental festive campaign called Shapa Raondo mo Bokone Bophirima campaign to encourage locals to explore tourism products within the platinum province during this festive season. The campaign which started in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati and Bojanala districts is now continuing in the Ngaka Modiri Molema district and mainly focusing in villages, Townships and Small Dorpies of the province.

Amongst others the venture seeks to promote festive packages in the entire province as provided by participating products, to showcase the province as the preferred Holiday destination of choice, to increase lengthy stay in Bokone Bophirima and to ensure that local economy is boosted.

The Shapa Raondo mo Bokone Bophirima campaign is part of the implementation of the domestic tourism strategy. We are expecting thousands and thousands of music patrons to attend Mahika Mahikeng activities. Therefore out guest houses and hotels are ready to accommodate them. We are also expecting to see major contribution towards the local economy as many will be spending while enjoying their stay here.

I am sure that during their stay in the provinces they will get to experience, the beauty, quality service and the warm welcome by the people of the North West. We want to expose other hidden treasures within the province especially in Mahikeng. In so doing we are sure that locals will know tourism products in their periphery, said MEC Mohono.

The campaign is also geared towards marketing the upcoming festive events such as the Mahika Mahikeng Cultural Festival, DJ Nation Annual Bash and many other festive events taking place during this time of the year in the North West.

The month long campaign will run in all the four districts of the province. MEC Mohono together with well known artists from the North West Province, Mo Molemi and Stoan Seate will continue to lead the tourism team throughout the festive season campaign.

Source: Government of South Africa