Daily Archives: April 12, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University Africa Students Traveling to Facebook F8 After Winning Bot Party and Hackathon in Kigali, Rwanda

PITTSBURGH, April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Four students from Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa) will be traveling to San Jose, California to attend the Facebook Developer Conference F8 on April 18-19. The students–Lenah Chacha, Aimable Rwema, Joshua Ocero, and Davy Uwizera–were selected to attend the conference after they distinguished themselves during a Facebook Messenger bot party […]

Nedlac meets to discuss challenges facing SA

Pretoria- Challenges facing South Africa were discussed at a Special Executive Council meeting of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) on Tuesday

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa chaired the meeting that was held to assess and respond to the current challenges facing the country following the recent downgrades of the country's investment status.

The meeting expressed concern about the impact the downgrades would have on the economy in general and the quality of life especially for the poor and working class. It also discussed the impact of the downgrades on job creation, sustainability of business, including small businesses and the ability of big companies to grow and create jobs, infrastructure projects and social reforms.

According to the Presidency, the Deputy President chaired the meeting at the invitation of the social partners comprising senior leadership of labour, business, community and government.

In addition, Nedlac social partners agreed to establish a high-level task team to be briefed by National Treasury, on an ongoing basis, to co-ordinate all-round efforts to respond to the current challenges.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and his Deputy Sfiso Buthelezi as well as Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant attended the meeting alongside other senior government officials.

The social partners welcomed the new Minister and the Deputy Minister of Finance who were attending the NEDLAC Special Executive Council in their new capacities. The social partners also took the opportunity to acknowledge the sterling contribution of the outgoing Treasury Director-General Lungisa Fuzile, said the Presidency.

The meeting expressed hope that the transition to the appointment of the new Director General will further contribute to the stability of the Treasury.

The meeting received a briefing from the Minister of Finance on government's assessment of the context in which the two recent sovereign downgrades by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings occurred, including steps that should be undertaken to avoid a further downgrade and a return to investment grade.

Informed by the country's past experience in dealing with the 2008 challenges of the global economic crisis, the meeting expressed confidence in the ability of Nedlac social partners to act together and constructively assist the country to mitigate the impact of the downgrade.

The meeting agreed on the need for a consistent and confidence-building message that demonstrates South Africa's commitment to accelerated inclusive growth, said the Presidency.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Captain of Boat Seized by Somali Pirates Says Crew Held for 9 Days

The captain of an Indian boat hijacked by Somali pirates told VOA that eight of the crew were held on land for nine days before they were freed by Somali security forces in an operation near the village of Dugulle in the Mudug region on Wednesday.Capta...

Environmental Affairs strives to improve plastic bag recycling in South Africa

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has noted with concern an article reporting that millions of branded plastic supermarket carrier bags claimed to be recycled are not, as published in the Sunday Times edition of 9 April 2017.The article fur...

Minister Faith Muthambi calls for innovative measures for efficient service delivery

Minister for the Public Service and Administration calls for innovative measures for efficient service deliveryThe Minister for the Public Service and Administration Ms Faith Muthambi has today met with the Accounting Officers and Senior Managers of th...