Monthly Archives: February 2017

Social grants will continue to be paid beyond March

Cape Town – Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has assured South Africans that government will continue to pay social grants to beneficiaries beyond March 2017.

The Minister briefed journalists in Cape Town on the Social Protection, Community and Human Development Cluster’s programme of action on Tuesday. The briefing follows the State of the Nation Address earlier this month.

“It has been reported that government will not be able to pay social grants after March this year. We would like to take this opportunity and reassure South Africans, in particular, social grant beneficiaries that government will through SASSA continue on its constitutional mandate to administer and pay social grants after March 2017,” she said.

The South Africa Social Security Agency’s (SASSA) current contract with Cash Paymaster Services, which currently pays social grants to almost 17 million beneficiaries, is set to expire at the end of March.

The Constitutional Court had previously made a ruling that the contract between SASSA and Cash Paymaster Services was invalid and ordered a re-run of the tender process.

But Cash Paymaster was allowed to continue to fulfil its contractual obligations so that social grants payments would not be disrupted.

SASSA recently appeared before Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Social Development and said it would approach the Constitutional Court as a short-term measure to ensure that beneficiaries will receive their payments on 1 April 2017.

The Minister said, meanwhile, that R457.5 billion will be paid to the social development sector from the national fiscus for the next three years. She said social grants now reached close to 17 million people, mainly older persons and children.

“Many families would not be able to put food on the table if it were not for social grants.”

A total of 9 313 511 learners in 20 744 schools benefit from the National School Nutrition Programme. “No-fee paying schools comprise 87.52% of schools nationally, which means that over 9.7 million learners (78.97%), attending 20 760 schools do not pay school fees,” said Minister Dlamini.

EPWP programmes alleviating poverty

The Minister said expanded public works programmes (EPWP) were providing communities with sustainable livelihoods.

She said government had partnered with various SETAs and private sector companies to provide EPWP participants with skills in various trades such as artisans, pharmacy assistants, small business development as well as community care giving.

The type of training provided to participants is aimed at ensuring that they are armed with skills they can use to enter the mainstream economy.

“Over 67% of people who found opportunities in the EPWP between April and December 2016 were women while 44.73% were youth.

“Most work opportunities were created in the Infrastructure Sector at 199 196, followed by Environment and Culture at 126 183.

“The social sector created 97 852 work opportunities while non-state sector created 74 393 work opportunities.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Alcatel lance l’A5 LED, premier smartphone interactif recouvert de DEL dans le monde

Une promesse de moments éblouissants pour les amateurs jeunes et énergiques de divertissements

BARCELONE, Espagne, 27 février 2017 /PRNewswire/– Alcatel a annoncé aujourd’hui le lancement de l’Alcatel A5 LED au Congrès mondial de la téléphonie mobile. Premier smartphone interactif revêtu de DEL dans le monde, l’A5 LED promet sur enjoy.now d’Alcatel des innovations pour les jeunes consommateurs énergiques.

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« Avec l’A5 LED, Alcatel apporte de nouvelles fonctionnalités amusantes, comme les notifications qui s’enluminent ou les thèmes et motifs que vous créez vous-même sur sa couverture unique en DEL. Votre expérience multimédia est renforcée et vous pouvez prendre et partager vos selfies de multiples façons, ce qui est idéal pour ceux qui veulent avant tout s’amuser et faire briller leur personnalité », a commenté William Dowie, directeur de la gestion du portefeuille chez Alcatel.

Démarquez-vous de la foule

Offrant une expérience interactive unique que vous trouverez seulement dans l’A5, Alcatel vous laisse décider de la façon avec laquelle vous voulez montrer la personnalité de votre téléphone intelligent grâce à un affichage d’une éblouissante gamme de lumière DEL :

  • Illuminez vos notifications avec des éclairages différents selon l’importance des appels reçus, les messages, les alarmes et les alertes de médias sociaux.
  • Illuminez votre vie avec Color Catcher 2.0 en créant des motifs et thèmes uniques de DEL sur votre couverture pour un look différent chaque jour.
  • Illuminez votre imagination en attirant le regard vers des effets personnalisés de lumière.
  • Illuminez votre musique, avec des spectacles de lumière qui se déplacent au rythme de vos mélodies d’une simple secousse de l’appareil.

Performance solide et plaisir des fonctionnalités des selfies

L’A5 LED vous offre également une expérience multimédia splendide. Grâce à sa connectivité LTE 4 G rapide et son processeur octacœur, il vous assure un chargement sans à-coups de photos, films et jeux sur le grand affichage HD de 5,2 pouces.

L’ Alcatel A5 LED possède une caméra avant de 5 Mpx avec un flash pour des selfies plus brillants même en lumière faible. Il est disponible avec les logiciels FaceBeauty pour des images impeccables et FaceShow qui vous permet de transformer vos selfies en clips vidéos personnalisés pour plus de bonheur. Il existe également une caméra arrière de 8 Mpx avec flash en tonalité double. En outre, vous pouvez apprécier un mode privé où une connexion différente protège vos photos et applications cachées.

L’Alcatel A5 LED tient confortablement dans la main grâce à son dessin ergonomique qui se prévaut d’un profil ultramince et de bords arrondis.

Pour davantage d’informations sur l’A5 LED, veuillez visiter http://www.alcatel-mobile.com/.

Relations avec les médias

Joseph Haagensen, TCL Communication
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À propos d’Alcatel Mobile Devices

Société juridiquement constituée à Hong Kong, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited conçoit, fabrique et commercialise à travers le monde entier un portefeuille croissant d’appareils mobiles et de produits et services internet. La gamme de produits est actuellement vendue dans plus de 160 pays à travers l’Amérique du Nord, l’Amérique latine, l’Europe, le Moyen-Orient, l’Afrique et l’Asie-Pacifique. Selon le cabinet IDC de recherches sur les télécommunications et les données de la société, celle-ci est classée au troisième trimestre de 2016 respectivement en 7e et en 10e positions parmi les fabricants de téléphones et les fabricants de téléphones intelligents à l’échelle mondiale. La société est aussi classée n° 7 parmi les fabricants mondiaux de tablettes.

Les appareils de la marque Alcatel de chez TCL Communication offrent des expériences novatrices et riches en fonctionnalités simplifiant l’accès à la technologie mobile d’aujourd’hui, grâce à un éventail diversifié de produits abondamment équipés d’une technologie de valeur dont les gens sont toujours plus demandeurs. Avec leur approche simple, personnelle, authentique et ludique, ses produits et solutions trouvent un écho auprès des consommateurs enfants du millénaire et de la Génération Z. En combinant une connaissance des marchés locaux et un contrôle de bout en bout du processus de fabrication, les appareils de la marque Alcatel produits par TCL Communication offrent des expériences sur mesure à l’utilisateur grâce à ses appareils mobiles hautement performants apportant au grand public une satisfaction croissante de l’exploration au quotidien.

TCL est une marque commerciale déposée de TCL Corporation. Toutes les autres marques commerciales sont la propriété de leurs propriétaires respectifs. Alcatel est une marque commerciale d’Alcatel-Lucent utilisée sous licence par TCL Communication. Pour davantage d’informations, veuillez visiter http://www.alcatel-mobile.com.

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Alcatel Launches A5 LED, the World’s First Interactive LED-covered Smartphone

Offering dazzling moments for young and energetic entertainment s eekers

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Alcatel today announced the launch of Alcatel A5 LED at Mobile World Congress. The world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone, A5 LED delivers on Alcatel‘s enjoy.now promise with innovations for energetic young consumers.

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“With the A5 LED, Alcatel is delivering new fun features, like light-up notifications and unique LED cover patterns and themes you create yourself, as well as an enhanced multimedia experience and more ways to take and share selfies, ideal for people who value having fun and letting their personality shine,” said William Dowie, Portfolio Management Director, Alcatel.

Stand out from the crowd

Offering a unique and interactive experience found only in the A5, Alcatel puts you in charge of how you want to show off your smartphone personality with a dazzling array of LED light shows:

  • Light up your notifications with a different light show for important incoming calls, messages, alarms, and social media alerts.
  • Light up your life using Color Catcher 2.0 by creating unique LED cover patterns and themes for a different look every day.
  • Light up your imagination with an eye-catching personalized light show.
  • Light up your music, with light shows that move with your tunes, switching with a simple shake.

Solid performance and fun selfie features

The A5 LED also gives you a great multimedia experience. It has fast 4G LTE connectivity and an octa-core processor that ensures photos, games, and movies load smoothly to the large 5.2-inch HD display.

Alcatel A5 LED also has a 5MP front camera with selfie flash for brighter selfies even in low light. It comes with Face Beauty software for flawless images and Face Show, which lets you turn your selfies into personalized video clips for extra fun. There is also an 8MP rear camera with dual-tone flash. Plus, you can also enjoy Private Mode, with a different sign-in to protect your hidden photos and apps.

The Alcatel A5 LED fits comfortably into the hand, with an ergonomic design that boasts a slim profile and rounded edges.

For more information on A5 LED, please go to http://www.alcatel-mobile.com/.

Media Contact

Joseph Haagensen, TCL Communication
Email: globalpr@tcl.com

About Alcatel Mobile Devices

Incorporated in Hong Kong, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services worldwide. The company’s portfolio of products is currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. According to telecommunication research firm IDC and company’s data, the company ranked No. 7 and No. 10 among global phone manufacturers and global smartphone manufacturers respectively in the third quarter of 2016. The company also ranked No. 7 among global tablet manufacturers.

Alcatel branded devices from TCL Communication deliver innovative, feature-rich experiences that make access to today’s mobile technology simple; offering a diverse portfolio of value-packed products equipped with the technology people want most. Its products and solutions resonate with millennial and Gen Z consumers with a simple, personal, authentic and fun approach. By combining an understanding of local markets and control of the end-to-end manufacturing process, Alcatel branded devices from TCL Communication delivers customized user experiences with innovative, feature-rich, high-performance mobile devices that allow consumers to explore and amplify the joy in the everyday.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication.  For more information, please visit http://www.alcatel-mobile.com.

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Minister Lindiwe Zulu launches South African online platform to showcase craft and design products, 28 Feb

Minister Lindiwe Zulu to launch SA’s biggest online showcase of craft and design

Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, will launch a new online platform which is geared towards becoming South Africa’s biggest website dedicated to showcasing beautiful craft and design products made in South Africa. The launch takes place on the 28th of February 2017 at the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) in Cape Town, South Africa.

The new website www.peek.org.za is a search and connect website that is free to use and will open up access to new markets for the many small craft and design businesses in South Africa. The website has been piloted since August 2016 with small businesses and currently has over 100 businesses listed and over 450 products showcased. The site has already received over 35 000 views in its pilot phase.

This platform was spearheaded by the CCDI and funded through the Craft Customised Sector Programme of the Department of Small Business Development. The Craft Customised Sector Programme is a fund disbursed to provincial hubs and agencies to support and grow creative enterprises in the craft sector in South Africa.

The Programme has been in existence since 2007 and has been contributing to government’s commitment to rapid economic transformation.

The Peek website is an important addition to the physical market access opportunities on a global platform. It facilitates access for small businesses to local markets, key national and international trade and consumers.

Creative businesses can sign up for the Peek site by registering as a business member on the national database at www.ccdi.org.za – it’s free and once registered, businesses can directly access Peek to upload products.

Source: Government of South Africa

Youth urged to pursue careers needed by the economy

Pretoria – Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has urged the youth of Mkhuhlu in Mpumalanga to go into careers that the South African economy needs.

“We are here to urge you to get the results you need to enter the careers our economy needs. There is presently a critical imbalance. The unemployment rate is increasing, but we suffer from skills shortages. There are precious few jobs available, but lots of vacancies for those with a grounding in maths and science,” she said on Monday.

The Minister was on a National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 Back-to-School Imbizo in the area.

Through the New Growth Path Policy Framework, government and social partners at NEDLAC committed to improving the skills base of the country through initiatives including the Basic Education Accord and the National Skills Accord.

“These commitments are based on a frank recognition that while South Africa has made significant progress in establishing a stable market-based economy, it still faces critical challenges consolidating our democratic gains. We need to break down the hideously wide divide between haves and have-nots,” she said.

During her imbizo, Minister Brown, together with community leaders, handed over bursaries, mobile libraries and school shoes, among others.

The imbizo was the Minister’s second visit to the area after the electrification of the area in April 2016.

“I made a commitment to return with representatives of some of the state-owned companies to create a few engineers and medical doctors from your ranks. We need zoologists and botanists, geologists, vets, civil, mechanical and electrical engineers. Some of them should come from Mkhuhlu.”

As Minister of Public Enterprises, Brown is government’s shareholder representative of six State-owned companies namely Eskom, Trasnet, Denel, Alexkor, South African Express and Safcol.

The Minister said these companies must also help to develop the country.

“These companies have responsibilities above and beyond the responsibilities of private companies, whose only interest is the bottom line. Our companies must not just be profitable; they must also help drive the developmental needs of our country. They collectively employ tens of thousands of citizens.”

“They have the power, collectively, to drive transformation. But they can’t do it without you. The “you” that comes equipped with maths and science,” said Minister Brown to the community.

Between April and September 2016, State-owned companies collectively spent over R81 million on various Corporate Social Investment programmes to benefit more than 569 206 beneficiaries of various education, health and outreach programmes.

Source: South African Government News Agency