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La conférence TEDGlobal 2017 commence en Tanzanie

Dix ans après, TEDGlobal revient en Afrique pour un évènement en direct présentant plus de 45 interventions, entretiens et performances

ARUSHA, Tanzanie, 28 août 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TED, l’organisation à but non lucratif qui se consacre aux « Ideas Worth Spreading » (idées qui méritent d’être diffusées) inaugure sa conférence TEDGlobal 2017 aujourd’hui à Arusha, en Tanzanie. Placé sous le thème « Bâtisseurs – Révélateurs de la vérité – Catalyseurs », l’évènement va accueillir 700 participants au Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge pour un programme de plus de 45 orateurs et intervenants qui vont partager des idées dans le format caractéristique de TED de conférences courtes et percutantes, d’une durée maximale de 18 minutes. L’évènement, qui se déroule sur quatre jours, va aussi comporter les présentations et les performances de 27 membres de TED. Cela marque le retour en Afrique de TED après la mémorable conférence TEDGlobal 2007 qui s’est tenue au même endroit.

« Notre évènement qui s’est tenu ici-même il y a dix ans a débouché sur tant d’idées, connexions et collaborations significatives », a déclaré le directeur de TED, Chris Anderson. « Nous avons maintenant une occasion de rallumer ces étincelles. Les idées qui viennent d’Afrique ont le potentiel de créer un impact vecteur de transformations, non seulement ici sur le continent, mais aussi dans le monde entier. »

« Il n’est pas trop tôt que ce grand rendez-vous arrive ! », a déclaré Emeka Okafor, co-commissaire de TEDGlobal. « L’Afrique a connu une croissance économique, démographique et de la création spectaculaire, mais les opportunités et les risques augmentent à une vitesse exponentielle. Notre conférence va rassembler des catalyseurs d’idées, des personnes qui résolvent les problèmes et qui changent la donne, et qui s’efforcent déjà ici de tracer la propre voie de l’Afrique vers la modernité. »

Les orateurs et les intervenants sélectionnés pour la conférence TEDGlobal 2017 offrent des perspectives et des solutions uniques à un niveau international. Elles comprennent :

  • OluTimehin Adegbeye, écrivaine et activiste
  • Oshiorenoya Agabi, entrepreneur en neuro-technologies
  • Nabila Alibhai, spécialisée en fabrication des espaces (placemaking)
  • Alsarah & the Nubatones, popstars rétro d’Afrique de l’Est
  • Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, éditrice
  • Christian Benimana, architecte
  • Niti Bhan, fondatrice et propriétaire d’Emerging Futures Lab
  • Mahen Bonetti, commissaire de films
  • Augustus Casely-Hayford, historien de la culture
  • Natsai Audrey Chieza, designer
  • Llew Claasen, spécialiste de la stratégie
  • Tania Douglas, professeure d’ingénierie biomédicale
  • Touria El Glaoui, commissaire de foires artistiques
  • Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu, experte en connaissances sur les indigènes
  • Kamau Gachigi, technologue
  • Ameena Gurib-Fakim, présidente de l’île Maurice
  • Leo Igwe, militant des droits humains
  • Amar Inamdar, leader d’activités d’entrepreneurs
  • Joel Jackson, entrepreneur des transports
  • Tunde Jegede, compositeur, violoncelliste, virtuose de la kora
  • Paul Kagame, président de la République du Rwanda
  • Zachariah Mampilly, expert en sciences politiques
  • Vivek Maru, défenseur de l’autonomisation juridique
  • Kola Masha, responsable dans l’agriculture
  • Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, professeur au MIT, penseur et acteur citoyen, auteur
  • Thandiswa Mazwai, chanteuse
  • Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo, défenseuse de la langue et de la culture
  • Sara Menker, entrepreneur des technologies
  • Sethembile Msezane, artiste
  • Kisilu Musya, agriculteur et cinéaste
  • Robert Neuwirth, auteur
  • Kevin Njabo, scientifique de la diversité
  • Ndidi Nwuneli, experte en innovation sociale
  • Dayo Ogunyemi, développeur de médias culturels
  • Nnedi Okorafor, écrivaine de science-fiction
  • Fredros Okumu, scientifique spécialisé dans les moustiques
  • Qudus Onikeku, danseur, chorégraphe
  • DK Osseo-Asare, designer
  • Keller Rinaudo, entrepreneur de la robotique
  • Chris Sheldrick, co-fondateur et PDG, what3words
  • Sauti Sol, groupe de pop africaine
  • George Steinmetz, photographe aérien
  • Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, historien et philosophe
  • Pierre Thaim, chef
  • Iké Udé, artiste
  • Washington Wachira, écologiste de la faune et la flore et photographe de la nature
  • Magatte Wade, créatrice de marques
  • Ghada Wali, designer

Un certain nombre de marques et d’entreprises intéressantes ont fait un partenariat avec TEDGlobal 2017 pour aider à partager des idées et favoriser une atmosphère de curiosité et de découverte. Parmi les partenaires, on trouve : The Africa Center, Boston Consulting Group, Brightline Initiative, Gilead Sciences, Logitech, Omidyar Network, Sandstorm Kenya, Tommy Hilfiger, Westpac Banking Group et Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Allemagne.

Vous pouvez suivre TEDGlobal 2017 sur le blog de TED, Facebook, Twitter (@TEDTalks), Instagram (@TED) et LinkedIn. Le mot-dièse officiel de l’évènement est #TEDGlobal.

À propos de TED
TED est une organisation à but non lucratif qui se consacre aux « Ideas Worth Spreading » (idées qui méritent d’être diffusées), généralement sous la forme de courtes conférences percutantes offertes par les plus grands penseurs et acteurs du monde actuel. Un grand nombre de ces conférences sont données lors de la réunion annuelle de TED à Vancouver, au Canada, les conférences TEDWomen et TEDGlobal, et pendant des milliers d’évènements TEDx organisés de manière indépendante dans le monde entier. Elles sont ensuite mises gratuitement à disposition sur TED.com et sur d’autres canaux. Actuellement, il y a plus de 2 500 conférences TED disponibles gratuitement sur TED.com, qui sont visionnées environ un milliard de fois par an.

Les initiatives ouvertes et gratuites de TED pour diffuser des idées comprennent : TED.com, où de nouvelles vidéos de conférences TED sont publiées quotidiennement ; TEDx, qui fournit des licences à des milliers d’individus et de groupes qui accueillent des évènements locaux de style TED autoorganisés dans le monde entier ;  le programme TED Fellows, qui sélectionne des innovateurs du monde entier pour amplifier l’impact de leurs projets et activités remarquables ; l’initiative pédagogique TED-Ed ; et le prix TED annuel doté de plusieurs millions de dollars qui finance des personnes exceptionnelles ayant le « souhait » ou une idée capable de créer un changement dans le monde.

Eastern Cape Human Settlements on OR Tambo rural project winning best rural human settlements award

OR Tambo rural project wins best rural human settlements award in the province

A Human Settlements Development Project built for destitute families in Mqanduli and Coffee Bay within the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality has won the accolade of the Best Rural Human Settlements Development Project in the Province at the Provincial Govan Mbeki Awards.

The project will now compete for the National honours at the national Govan Mbeki Awards to be held later this year.

The project is spread over different rural villages, of Kwaaiman, Nothintwa, Mabehana, Twalikhulu, Twalimofu, Zidindi, Maqanyeni, Gojini and Nceduna villages. The scope of the project includes construction of 594 40m2 houses with external and internal plastering, painting, insulated ceiling, electrical tubing, 1 m aprons with tiled roofs. Each household received a VIP toilet and 2500 lt tank and tank stand. The department has spent of R74 million rands on this project to date.

MEC Helen Sauls-August said Human Settlements has a bigger responsibility of ensuring that its programme must also respond to the triple challenge of inequality, poverty and unemployment. The Govan Mbeki awards afford us an opportunity to take stock of the gains we have made and measure the impact of our community development programmes. This year’s awards are a showcase of the successful projects implemented during the 2016/2017 financial year, she said.

The awards were named after the late Govan Mbeki in 2006 based on the role he played and vision he had on the preservation of human dignity and provision of human settlements for all.

The purpose of the award is to showcase work done by the department with special emphasis to its programmes, promotes best practise in the delivery of the core mandate.

Last year, the Province won in the categories of Best Enhanced Peoples Housing Process in Needs Camp and runners up in Best Rural Housing Project for Ebenezer rural project (Mbizana Municipality).

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister distances herself from rape allegation story

Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, has expressed disappointment that her name was mentioned in a story about an alleged rape.

This story has absolutely nothing to do with Minister Zulu, the Department of Small Business Development said in a statement on Monday.

The City Press wrote a story about a man that is accused of raping a 25-year-old student.

The newspaper mentions Minister Zulu as a close friend of the man involved in the alleged rape.

It is obvious that the intention of the newspaper was to cast aspersions on the integrity of Minister Zulu generally, as well as on her commitment to women’s rights, in particular, the department said.

The department said the Minister’s record as a gender activist and passionate advocate for women’s rights speaks for itself.

Minister Zulu has never, and will never support any kind of abuse against women. In this particular case, Minister Zulu has confidence in the country’s law enforcement agencies and our justice system to handle this matter appropriately. The law must be allowed to take its course, the department said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

South African Revenue Service On Closing Date of Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme

There are seven days left before the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) closes on 31 August and tax authorities set to begin exchanging data on offshore investments automatically.

South African Revenue Service (SARS) is appealing to taxpayers with undisclosed offshore assets to use the time available to submit their applications.

So far, SARS has received 606 SVDP applications of which 253 have been processed. The 253 processed thus far revealed offshore assets to the value of R6.5 billion.

There has been an increase in enquiries as a result of SARS widespread communication campaign and the increased use of the communication line it has established with financial institutions and advisors on SVDP matters.

SARS is also aware of applications that are in the process of being finalised via its efiling application process and would like to remind taxpayers to submit these on time. In line with SARS’ experience with previous deadlines, it is anticipated that the number of applications will increase significantly in the closing days of the SVDP window.

SARS is aware that offshore financial institutions are actively assisting their clients to access prior years’ financial information.

Where, in exceptional circumstances, a taxpayer is struggling to get financial information from an offshore institution or otherwise encountering difficulties in obtaining the relevant values of offshore assets, an estimation of the values of these offshore assets may be submitted for purposes of an SVDP application. In such a case, the application should be accompanied by:

a description of the efforts to obtain the information;

expected date by which the information will be obtained; and

the method used to estimate the values.

This is not an extension of the 31 August 2017 deadline and will be guided by strict conditions and timeframes, which if not honoured, will forfeit the application.

A total of 101 tax jurisdictions have committed to automatic exchange of information under the new global Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

The availability of this information will expose defaulting taxpayers to full taxation, full interest, no relief from penalties and no relief from potential criminal prosecution. Current lists of jurisdictions that have committed to implementing the CRS are available at https://www.oecd.org/tax/transparency/AEOI-commitments.pdf.

Taxpayers should note that two SARS-related disclosure programmes are running concurrently, which is one of the reasons why the comparison to the 2003 offshore asset amnesty programme, where only one programme was operational, should be treated with caution.

Taxpayers have the option to choose between the SVDP and the normal Voluntary Disclosure Programme (VDP), depending on which of the two programmes best fits their circumstances. Taxpayers with offshore assets that were funded with money that was already taxed in South Africa typically make use of the normal VDP. In such a case the value of the offshore asset would not form part of the SARS statistics, as with the SVDP.

It is also important to reiterate that the SVDP is a joint effort between SARS and the South African Reserve Bank. People who do not have an undisclosed tax liability in South Africa but who need to regularise their offshore assets with the Reserve Bank only have to apply to the Reserve Bank.

Thus far, the Reserve Bank has received 943 applications of which 440 have been processed thus far.

As was demonstrated in the 2016 Budget Review, where no revenue was budgeted around the impact of the introduction of the SVDP, it is difficult to anticipate the final number of applications or the final value of disclosures that the SVDP will yield.

SARS will gain a better appreciation of the extent of offshore assets held from September 2017 onwards when the automatic exchange of information under the CRS commences for early adopters and in 2018 when automatic exchange of information commences for additional jurisdictions.

While the normal VDP process can be used to declare undisclosed offshore assets, taxpayers should still aim to submit these applications before the automatic exchange of information under the CRS commences.

Details of both the VDP and the SVDP are available from the Voluntary Disclosure Programme page on the SARS website.

Source: South African Revenue Service

MINOR SOUTH AFRICAN OPPOSITION PARTY CALLS FOR NAME CHANGE FOR THE COUNTRY

BLOEMFONTEIN, Aug 28 (NNN-SABC) — The African People’s Convention (APC) which held its National Policy Conference here over the weekend has resolved that South Africa has to change its name to be truly free from its colonial history.

APC President Themba Godi reiterated this at the third national policy conference of the party, which was attended by about 200 delegates in Bloemfontein, the capital of Free State Province.

The APC, which has one seat in the 400-seat National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, will celebrate 10 years since its formation when it broke away from the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC).

Godi said the APC was fully satisfied that the party had established itself in order to carry out community responsibilities:

We are satisfied that the APC has stood the test of time and has proven itself in terms of work on the ground and things that we’ve done to assist our communities, but also in the very responsible way that we are leading the standing committee on public accounts in Parliament. All of these affirm to the superior ideas that the APC possess and affirms that the APC is here to stay.

Godi says the party wanted to see serious transformation to close the painful chapter of colonial humiliation. To close the painful chapter of colonial national humiliation, we know that these debates were there in the 1960s and 70s and ultimately there was broad agreement that Azania be the name that our country has after liberation.

Godi also sad the party wants the country to do away with provincial governments and district municipalities. He labelled provincial governments as nothing more than glorified homelands and a waste of money.

They are no more than havens of corruption and inefficiency.The money needed for critical developmental programmes are wanted in the administration of these entities.

The APC maintains that the only way to restore the dignity of African people is by returning land to its rightful owners.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK