Daily Archives: December 14, 2016

International stability operations company Janus Global Operations provides full sponsorship for “The Bigger Picture” African anti-poaching project

LONDON, Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Janus Global Operations (JGO), an international stability operations company, has become a full sponsor of The Bigger Picture, a United Kingdom-based project to help combat the poaching of African animals.

Janus Global Operations

The Bigger Picture is an anti-poaching project being conducted by wildlife artist Freddy Paske and photographer David MacKay. Paske and Mackay, who both served in the British Army, are using their post-military professions of art and photography, with their newly appointed documentary filmmaker Dieter Deswarte to spend a month working with a Zambian anti-poaching team in the field. Through their respective mediums of art, photography and film, they will create an impartial documentary of what life is like on the front line of conservation. If the carnage caused by poaching isn’t stopped, says the African Wildlife foundation, “At current poaching rates, elephants, rhinos, and other iconic African wildlife may be gone within our lifetime.”

The Bigger Picture project will begin in Feb. 2017 and take a year to complete. During the project Paske, Mackay, Deswarte will travel to Zambia to visit Kafue, one of Africa’s largest national parks, where it will chronicle the poaching problem and the work and dangers faced by Africa’s anti-poaching units.

Money raised through the team’s artwork, film documentary and donations will go towards keeping those involved in anti-poaching safe through the provision of professional training and equipment.

“JGO is delighted to provide a full sponsorship to ‘The Bigger Picture’ project,” said Dale Allen, JGO vice president of commercial operations. “Janus has nine offices in Africa, so a natural cohesion of interest exists between JGO and the dedicated team working on The Bigger Picture.

“We at JGO understand the necessity of protecting Africa’s wildlife and are pleased to play a role in what The Bigger Picture will accomplish to help counter the threat poaching poses to Africa’s future,” Allen added.

“One of our corporate goals is to help improve the quality of life in the places where JGO works,” Allen said, “and we’re very pleased with the opportunity to make such a contribution through sponsorship of The Bigger Picture.”

To support this project visit http://bit.ly/TBPDonate or https://tbp2017.com.

JGO is an integrated international stability operations company with more than 7,000 employees serving clients in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Janus’ services include munitions response; demining; intelligence support; logistics; life support; risk management; communications; and other services in some of the world’s most challenging and hostile environments. The company’s website is www.JanusGo.com.

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Gauteng Legislature on infrastructure delivery

Committee Chairperson welcomes agreement between GDID and contractors to improve infrastructure delivery

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Infrastructure Development Hon. Lindiwe Lasindwa has welcomed the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development’s (GDID) agreement with contractors to adopt radical measures aimed at improving efficiency and accountability in infrastructure development projects in Gauteng.

The Portfolio Committee on Infrastructure Development led by Hon. Lasindwa is responsible for providing oversight on the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development and oversees the department’s programmes, expenditures and implementation of policies.

The Committee has in its assessment of the performance of the Department for the 2015/16 financial year, raised concerns about weaknesses in the Department’s project management culture and the continuous appointment of poor performing contractors which has a negative impact on some projects being completed on time.

On Friday, 9 December 2016, the department signed a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with its contractors to pave a way for the creation of an effective working relations.

The signing of a Service Level Agreement between the department and its contractors gives us as the Committee much needed comfort that the department is beginning to move in the right direction in addressing concerns we have raised with them said Hon. Lasindwa

We are pleased that the Department charged with the responsibility of delivering adequate infrastructure to client departments in order for them to execute their service delivery mandates is now adopting measures to strengthen its capacity to deliver and manage its projects efficiently add Hon. Lasindwa

Some of the measures contained in the agreement include:

The adoption of a Project Readiness Matrix. A tool designed to ensure that projects comply with, and meet, minimum standards at each stage of project implementation.

The adoption of a Service Level Agreement (SLAs) to eliminate wasteful and irregular expenditure.

The enforcement of quality control on all aspects of construction and ensure projects are completed on time and within the allocated budget.

The payment of invoices within 30 days.

Ensuring that job creation, through the Extended Public Works Programme, become a critical area of compliance and performance for every project entered into with the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID).

Meetings on a quarterly basis to review progress and to allow contractors to engage with the MEC.

Hon. Lasindwa applauded MEC Jacob Mamabolo for initiating such an agreement which demonstrates commitment to drive sustainable infrastructure development in Gauteng.

As a Committee we would like to see this initiative bearing fruits for the people of our Province, while simultaneously creating significant number of jobs and strengthening the Department’s capacity to deliver on its mandate.

We will as part of our responsibility monitor the implementation of the commitments contained in this Service Level Agreement and will not hesitate to call the Department to account should the need arise concluded Hon. Lasindwa.

Source: Government of South Africa

Premier Supra Mahumapelo unveils provincial RHR logo in Mmabatho Convention Centre

Launch of Provincial Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal logo

Members of the media are invited to the launch of the Provincial Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal (RHR) logo, which will be unveiled by North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo on Thursday evening, 15 December 2016.

The logo to be unveiled was chosen from the many proposals designed by members of the public; the adjudication process of which was carried out by the Premier’s Advisory Committee on RHR. In selecting the suitable logo, the committee looked at the design that symbolised and reflected what RHR is about.

This launch will also serve as a culmination of the national Reconciliation Day, which will be commemorate in the North West Province, Gopane village, on Friday 16 December 2016.

Source: Government of South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA TO CONTINUE PRESSING FOR UNITED NATIONS REFORMS

PRETORIA, — South Africa says it will continue to advocate for the reform of the United Nations, in order to make it more inclusive, democratic and representative, says the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Briefing the media here Tuesday on the work of the International Co-operation, Trade and Security (ICTS) cluster of ministries, she added that calls for the reform of the UN were continuing at South Africa’s UN mission in New York.

Political leaders, whenever we meet, particularly African leaders and those from the developing world, we do not shut up. We continue to say to the global community and leaders — in particular to the five permanent members (of the UN Security Council) — our experience in the past years has taught us that when they disagree, that’s when the lack of peace rears its ugly face. It is about time that the world democraticises to change things, she said.

Africa, supported by other developing nations in Asia, have been calling for the reform of the UN, and its entities like the UN Security Council, which has since World War II accorded veto rights on substantive resolutions to five permanent members — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States while the 10 non-permanent members are elected by the General Assembly for a two-year term.

Of Africa’s 54 nations, the continent has only three non-permanent members who do not influence major decisions. It is for this reason that African leaders have repeatedly called on the UN to consider offering a permanent seat to Africa citing that it will be the only way it will acquire legitimacy and unconditional acceptance of its decisions, which have often been questioned in the past as they tend to protect their own national interests.

Nkoana Mashabane said Pretoria will continue raising the matter on all platforms that it finds itself in. We now want to see action. The UN cannot pretend that the world has not changed since 1945, she added.

Turning to Pretoria’s intention to withdraw from the Roman Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Nkoana Mashabane said South Africa remained committed to upholding human rights despite that.

South Africa’s commitment to the protection of human rights and the fight against impunity remains unshaken, despite this decision to withdraw. South Africa has always and will always condemn in the strongest terms human rights violations and international crimes wherever they may occur and call for accountability from those responsible, she said.

Pretoria is expected to send an ‘instrument of withdrawal’ letter to the United Nations Secretary-General explaining its intention after it found its obligations, with respect to the peaceful resolution of conflicts, at times incompatible with the interpretation given by the ICC.

Source: Nam News Network