Daily Archives: August 18, 2017

LEAGOO Announces the Official Partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club from 2017 to 2022

LONDON, Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — LEAGOO signs a five-year Official Partnership contract with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in London starting from 2017 to 2022. Thus, LEAGOO becomes the first and exclusive mobile phone brand that sponsors Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Football is a game highly challenging in power, skill, and team work, and it always brings […]

Premier Magashule welcomes launch of BRICS regional centre

Free State Premier Ace Magashule has welcomed the launch of the BRICS New Development Bank's Africa Regional Centre (ARC).

In a statement on Friday, Premier Magashule said the centre's launch by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday is historic for the African continent.

The centre, based in Sandton, Gauteng, shall serve as an opportunity for Africa and other countries of the South to break away from the chains imposed by global institutions whose conditions on loans advanced often impede developmental objectives of many developing nations, said the Premier.

The NDB said the centre will be the face of the bank in Africa.

The BRICS Bank shall provide needed access to funding for African and BRICS countries to enhance infrastructure investment for growth and development, said the Premier.

At the launch, President Zuma said he was pleased with the progress the bank has made in the two years of its existence. This includes the signing of the founding agreement of the New Development Bank, which paved the way for the opening of the bank's head office in Shanghai, China. The issuance of the first set of loans � amounting to US $1. 5 billion dollars (approximately R20 billion) in total � to fund renewable energy projects in member countries is also a significant achievement.

President Zuma said government is confident that the NDB will build on these achievements and grow from strength to strength.

The NDB is a multilateral development bank to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects. The bank will start the process of considering new members and finalise the project pipeline for the second batch of loans to be offered in the 2017/18 financial year.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko on transformation of construction and property sectors

Set asides boosts transformation of construction & property sectors - Minister Nhleko

Historically marginalised women, youth and people with disabilities are benefitting from a mandatory 30% sub-contracting subjected to all tenders above R30 million with over R94,2 million already awarded in the current financial year, Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko announced on Friday.

This is in line with the new Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) on Set-Asides that we are implementing to promote socio-economic transformation, small enterprises, cooperatives, rural and township enterprises as well as local industrial development, declared Nhleko at the media briefing on his five pillar policy and transformation of construction and property sectors held at the Ronnie Mamoepa Media Centre in Pretoria.

Nhleko emphasised that in order to mitigate risks of underperformance, sub-contractors are required to possess relevant accreditation where applicable, be registered with relevant bodies.

They must possess capabilities to deliver the sub-contracted work, meet the requirements in terms of the stipulated designated groups and be geographically located at the place where the project will be delivered, he stressed.

A Property Empowerment Policy has also been developed to address the skewed patterns of ownership and break the inequitable access to property opportunities, actively direct the advancement majority black-owned, managed and controlled entities and create an enabling environment and support for black-owned property enterprises, he said.

The policy follows the Property Sector Charter launched in partnership with the Property Sector Council in June 2017 to deepen meaningful participation of the previously disadvantaged in the main stream of the South African economy while at the same time contributing to an equitable society.

It will also contribute towards government achieving its strategic goals of Black Economic Empowerment and alignment of transformation initiatives towards the realisation of the property sector codes,

In addition to hosting a transformation indaba together with the Council for the Built Environment on 29 August 2017, the Minster is putting in place a Transformation Coordinating Committee composed of industry players as well as government representatives to develop a policy document to address developmental challenges of the construction industry.

Source: Government of South Africa

MAVERICK ANC MP REMOVED AS CHAIR OF PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 18 (NNN-SABC) -- aFRICAN NATIONAL cONGRESS (ANC) Member of Parliament Makhosi Khoza has been removed from her position as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Service and Administration with immediate effect.The ANC ca...

Death Toll in Sierra Leone Mudslides Tops 400

The United Nations said Friday the death toll from mudslides in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has surpassed 400.

Another 600 people remain unaccounted for as workers seek to recover more bodies from the thick mud and debris of smashed homes. Those efforts are hampered by rain, which remains in the forecast in coming days.

The International Red Cross Federation says while it is unlikely anyone will be found alive, the search for survivors continues.

"There is hope that some people are missing because, maybe, they were not around exactly in the place where it happens and their families are still looking for them and will be lucky to find them," IFRC Secretary-General Elhadj As Sy said. "Some may be stranded in remote areas that are not accessible right away, but we may find [them] alive."

The government began burying bodies Thursday.

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma offered his condolences and support during a burial ceremony.

"As we mourn, let me assure you that we all support the bereaved families and the injured. We will continue to stand by you and share with you your grief and help those of you that are traumatized and depressed, and in the process we all are committed that even with this difficulty Sierra Leone will rise again. May the God and the good Lord have mercy on the souls of our compatriots that have departed. May they be granted eternal rest. Thank you."

The government warned of a new danger from a large crack that has opened on a mountainside where residents were told to evacuate.

The mudslide occurred after hours of heavy rains early Monday, while many Freetown residents were still sleeping. Witnesses described a particularly hard-hit area in the Regent district, saying roads became "churning rivers of mud."

International assistance

Sierra Leone has asked for international assistance and said it's doing all it can to stem the outbreak of deadly disease, while human rights organization Amnesty International issued a statement accusing the government of failing to learn from similar past incidents.

The U.N. is sending a team of seven experts to assess the damage and coordinate relief.

UNICEF called the scale of damage from the mudslides "unprecedented" and said its teams have been providing safe drinking water and sanitation to the large number of children affected by the disaster.

"Children have been left homeless, vulnerable and terrified. We must do all we can to protect them from disease and exploitation," said UNICEF Representative Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim.

The Red Cross is launching an emergency appeal for more than $4.5 million to help 4,600 people over the next 10 months.

People affected by the mudslides and flooding are vulnerable to outbreaks of cholera and other water-borne diseases, warns a World Health Organization spokesman.

"Flooding has damaged or can damage or cause overflow to sanitation facilities increasing the risk of water-borne diseases," said WHO's Christian Lindemeier. "Flooding creates breeding grounds for mosquitoes and can cause � or most likely does cause � an increase in malaria and other vector-borne diseases."

Source: Voice of America