Daily Archives: May 19, 2017

XCMG Machineries Lends a Helping Hand to the Philippines and other Belt and Road Initiative Countries

CARAGA, Philippines, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Committed to bringing a better future to Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries through active participation in major infrastructure projects, XCMG’s concrete pumps and mixers have recently been put into use in a road bridge project in Caraga, Philippines that will benefit the local people’s livelihood, as well as the region’s economy.

“Just like this bridge project in the Philippines, XCMG’s equipment is playing an active and crucial role in various infrastructure projects in BRI countries across Asia and Africa including harbors, piers, railways, highways, industrial parks and public infrastructure facilities,” said Wang Min, chairman of XCMG.

XCMG has participated in a series of infrastructure projects since the BRI was launched in 2013. With its 30 years of experience, XCMG’s infrastructure projects are helping countries in northeastern Africa to advance the industrialization process and build the “African dream.”

In Kenya, XCMG’s ZL50G loaders and QY50K truck cranes have helped to construct the challenging Mombasa-Nairobi and Nairobi-Malabar railways. The QY25K-II truck cranes are now working on the Bole International Airport terminal expansion project in Ethiopia and the XE215C excavator has worked 6,000 hours in the Hassai Gold Mine in the Sahara.

“It has taken XCMG three years to plan, develop and carry out our projects as part of the BRI, and as an industry leader that firmly believes in its motto of ‘Advanced and Endurable,’ XCMG is proud to be part of the BRI that not only builds roads and bridges, but also improves lives,” Wang said.

About XCMG:

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks ninth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 177 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

SOUTH AFRICA RECOVERS 685 MLN RAND GAINED THROUGH CORRUPTION

CAPE TOWN, May 19 (NNN-SA NEWS) — As the government intensifies the fight against corruption, South Africa’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has recovered 685 million Rand (about 51 million US dollars) in relation to corruption cases, says Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha.

Briefing the media here Thursday ahead of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development’s Budget Vote debate in Parliament, he said the government’s fight against crime remained a key priority.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit continues to be a critical part of the State’s arsenal against this scourge. By the end of March 2017, the AFU recorded recoveries in the amount of 685 million Rand in respect to corruption cases involving 5.0 million Rand or more. Similarly, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) continues to play a critical role in government’s commitment to fighting corruption, he added.

He said for the 2016/17 fiscal year, the President approved eight proclamations and the SIU submitted five reports on completed investigations to the President. By the end of December 2016, the SIU had recovered 126 million Rand.

The SIU has commenced with the process to reactivate the Special Tribunal, as provided for in the SIU Act, to expedite the finalisation of civil matters, he said.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has maintained good conviction rates in the year under review, he said.

As at 31 December 2016, the NPA maintained good conviction rates in all court platforms, recording 91 per cent in the high courts, 80 per cent in regional courts and 95 per cent in district courts, he said.

He said the department remained committed to expanding access to justice to more communities. In this regard, we are in the process of building new courts in previously under-served areas such as Dimbaza (Eastern Cape Province), Mamelodi (Gauteng), Plettenburg Bay (Western Cape) and the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Office (KwaZulu-Natal).

We envisage that the construction of all these courts will be completed in this financial year. The people of Mpumalanga will now have a high court division, similar to the Limpopo High Court, which houses various justice services, he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Minister Joe Maswanganyi briefs media and tables Transport Budget Vote 2017

The Minister of Transport, Mr. Joe Maswanganyi, will table the National Department of Transport’s Budget Vote in the New National Assembly Chamber in Cape Town on Tuesday, 23 May 2017.

Minister Maswanganyi will be joined by Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms. Sindisiwe Chikunga, transport MECs, CEOs of transport entities and key stakeholders in the transport sector during the tabling of the budget vote.

In his budget vote speech, the Minister, will among other things highlight the achievements and progress made by the Department of Transport during the 2016/17 financial year.

Minister Maswanganyi will also inform Parliament and members of the public on how the Department of Transport intends to carry out its mandate using all modes of transport in the new financial year.

Source: Government of South Africa

JICA TO IMPLEMENT FOOD, NUTRITION INITIATIVE IN 10 AFRICAN COUNTRIES

ADDIS ABABA, May 19 (NNN-ENA) — The Japanese government has allotted a minimum of 3.0 million US dollars for the identification and assessment of the Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA) to be implemented in ten African countries this year by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

The initiative, which is guided by the principles of African ownership and knowledge, intends to accelerate nutrition actions and enhance policies and programs aimed at scaling up interventions to address the malnutrition challenges posed in all its forms in Africa, it was revealed at a two-day First Partners Meeting of the intiative hereThursday.

JICA Senior Vice-President Hiroshi Kato told the media: We are going to work in ten target countries to identify the specific needs of what should be done to improve the countries nutritional status. So far, IFNA has done survey in Ethiopia and Ghana and twards the end of this year we are going to come together and consolidate the working plan for individual countries.”

He added that after priority areas are identified and consolidated, IFNA will get off the ground and start working on individual projects of the targeted countries.

The Technical Assistant at the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, Dr. Belaynesh Yifru, said: Malnutrition is a global burden and this time it is not only under-nutrition, over-nutrition is also coming to Africa. So it is a problem on both sides.

The Ethiopian government has shown commitment to eliminate hunger among children by 2030, she added.

Referring to the multi-sectoral co-ordination in tackling malnutrition, she underlined that nutrition is not a problem of one sector. There has to be multiple sectors to overcome this problem.

This program has come to Ethiopia at the right time. We can work be it at policy level or down at the community level, Dr. Belaynesh noted.

Senior Advisor to the CEO of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Martin Bwalya, said within the next ten years, we should eliminate hunger. He stated that hunger is one of the major hindrances to integrated, comprehensive and socio-economic growth of African countries.

We will not reach the levels of economic growth we desire, we will not reach the prosperity that we desire if we do not get the issue of hunger out of the equation, Bwalya emphasized.

The ten target countries for the initiative are Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Sudan.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Minister Siyabonga Cwele briefs media ahead of Telecommunications and Postal Services 2017/18 Budget Vote

The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele and Deputy Minister, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams Will Host a Budget Vote Media Briefing On Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele and the Deputy Minister Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will brief media on the Department’s Budget Vote on Wednesday 24 May 2017.

The media briefing will take place before the Minister and Deputy Minister delivered their Budget Vote speeches in the National Assembly.

The department has made progress on key programmes that include the broadband rollout, National Integrated ICT Policy, corporatisation of the Postbank and partnerships to empower South Africans with digital skills.

Source: Government of South Africa