Daily Archives: September 12, 2017

Rezidor Hotel Group: RADISSON RED OPENS IN CAPE TOWN

Innovative hotel brand for the millennial mindset, inspired by art, music and fashion to shake up South Africa hospitality sector

The long-awaited Radisson RED Cape Town opens its doors today in the V&A Waterfront’s newly revamped Silo District. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s innovative global hotel and lifestyle brand that appeals to tech-savvy guests with a millennial mindset. Radisson RED’s bold, inspirational design and philosophy is set to shake-up South Africa’s staid and traditional hotel scene.

“Radisson RED is a completely new and different hotel concept. It is bold and alive, and provides an experience like no other,” says Mark Willis, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Senior Area Vice President for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “Radisson RED boasts a forward-thinking design and offers a new experience fueled by personal interaction and personal choice. Radisson RED guests are not defined by a certain age – they are united by an appreciation for unique but intelligent design, energetic social spaces, technology that makes their lives easier, and a customizable, personal experience.”

“Cape Town is the perfect city to showcase our first Radisson RED in Africa. We are confident it will spearhead a snowball effect on expansion for the brand in key territories across the continent.”

“For the City of Cape Town, developments such as this represent so much more,” says Dale Simpson, the hotel’s General Manager (also known as the ‘Curator’), who is in charge of bringing the brand’s bold experience to life by leading a staff of creative, expressive and service-driven people. He says that the opening of Africa’s very first Radisson RED will not only continue to drive local and international guests to the city, but will also serve to boost economic development through the creation of various job opportunities for locals in the newly revamped, trendy district.

“The recent restoration of the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District has created a major opportunity for Cape Town’s tourism sector, and we are thrilled to be an integral part of that,” says Simpson. “Furthermore, the opening of our new hotel will serve as a hub for local job creation and globally relevant skills development – especially as we focus on employing unique staff with more than just traditional qualifications and prior hospitality experience. This will open up the playing field to a much wider range of talented candidates.”

Radisson RED Cape Town features 252 rooms – ranging from the standard two-sleeper studio to the studio suites, with balconies and sea views and, of course, pet-friendly rooms. “Guests at the hotel are free to enjoy the fully equipped gym before popping down to the trendy OUIBar and KTCHN for a refreshing, local craft beer or cocktail and something to nibble on. We also look forward to welcoming members of the public to the famed RED roof, where we’ll be hosting regular ‘Call of the Loin’ barbecue events – so keep an ear out for the sound of our distinctive horn on Friday afternoons.”

The opening of the Radisson RED Cape Town follows successful global launches in Brussels, Minneapolis and the most recent addition in Campinas (Brazil) – with developments in various other parts of the world set to launch soon. “I believe that the raging success of this new brand is due to the fact that we have innovation at the heart of everything we do – product, service, people – we truly do dare to be different,” says Simpson. “From keyless entry and tech-driven design, to multifunctional social spaces and our pet-friendly policy, we’ve reinvented everything to perfectly suit an ageless, boundary-less, truly international clientele.”

The hotel’s location itself is the talk of the town and the RED-savvy world, concludes Simpson. “Located in Silo Six, right in the heart of the bustling Waterfront, and amidst the city’s vibrant nightlife, visiting locals and guests will experience Instagram-worthy views of both the city’s bustling harbor and its idyllic mountains.”

Visit: https://www.radissonred.com/cape-town/

For further media information, please contact:

Saadiyah Hendricks, Area PR Manager, Africa & Indian Ocean
saadiyah.hendricks@carlsonrezidor.com

Lucie Cardona, Director, Corporate Communications, PR & Reputation Management
lucie.cardona@carlsonrezidor.com

About Radisson RED
Radisson RED is a new hotel philosophy where lifestyle is the inspiration. Its design is bold, alive and inspirational. It connects with an ageless mindset and sets expectations of an open, articulate and impeccably delivered lifestyle select experience. RED’s flexible service concept includes staff that cater to the DIY attitude of guests, and believes that hotels can enhance their world via art, music and fashion. Radisson RED is open in Minneapolis and Brussels, and plans to grow in urban markets and major cities around the world.

Radisson RED is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites by CarlsonSM. For more information, visit raddisonred.com. Connect with RED on social media: @RadissonRED on Twitter and Instagram, facebook.com/RadissonRED and Snapchat: radisson_red.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel companies and includes 1,440 locations in operation and under development with more than 230,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 115 countries and territories. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes a powerful set of global brands: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. Guests can benefit from Club CarlsonSM, a program that redefines hotel rewards with a collection of exceptional benefits, services, and privileges at more than 1,000 hotels worldwide. Over 95,000 people are employed in Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group hotel systems and the company is headquartered in Minneapolis, Singapore, and Brussels.

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President Jacob Zuma: 5th anniversary of adoption of National Development Plan

Address by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the National Development Plan, Cape Town

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete,

The Minister in the Presidency and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Mr Jeff Radebe,

Ministers and Deputy Ministers,

Members of Parliament,

Members of the National Planning Commission,

Members of the diplomatic corps,

Fellow South Africans,

It is an honour for me to address you on this historic occasion, the fifth anniversary celebration of the National Development Plan.

Five years ago, on the 12th of September 2012, South Africans from difference political persuasions adopted our country’s socio-economic blueprint as the roadmap towards prosperity or our country, the National Development Plan. The adoption of the NDP was thus one of the most important achievements of our country.

Compatriots

We also meet on an important day in the history of our country. Forty years ago on the same day, 12 September, a selfless freedom fighter and leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, Mr Stephen Bantu Biko, died after enduring brutal torture at the hands of the apartheid police.

The callous murder of Steve Biko on this day should be a solemn reminder that our freedom was not free. It came at a huge price.

Steve Biko and other martyrs of our liberation struggle paid the ultimate price and made a supreme sacrifice so that all of us could live in a free and democratic society that we enjoy today.

May his spirit live on among us, reminding us that we are equal human beings as he advocated. His words live on, that whites are not superior and blacks are not inferior. We are equal human beings, equal South Africans.

It is that equal, inclusive and prosperous society that we seek to build when we implement the National Development Plan.

Compatriots,

The NDP has a rich history. One of the key objectives of the fourth administration when we came into office, was to ensure that we fill two gaps in government � planning as well as performance monitoring and evaluation. We needed these two functions to be mainstreamed within the administration.

It is for this reason that I established a Ministry responsible for the National Planning Commission, and also appointed a National Planning Commission.

I also established a Ministry and Department responsible for performance monitoring and evaluation.

This was one of the most important decisions for government.

The National Planning Commission was tasked with developing a long-term strategic plan for the country.

Instead of appointing government officials as members of the NPC, we decided that our Commission must be made up of experts drawn from the broader civil society.

The only criterion that I considered when appointing Commissioners was that they had to possess proven expertise and experience in areas that were critical for formulating the NDP.

We thought it was fundamentally important not to produce a government plan, or a plan associated with one political party. We wanted a national development plan that would be accepted and owned by all South Africans.

After an extensive public consultation process that involved multiple stakeholders, including state entities, the private sector, civil society and labour, the team developed a well-crafted plan.

I must take this opportunity to commend all those who contributed to the development of NDP. Most importantly, we applaud the members of the public who actively participated during the public consultation process and made the NDP a good plan that it is today.

The NDP covers a wide variety of areas, from the economy to security, from strengthening the capacity of the state to reducing the high levels of crime and corruption.

The NDP tells us and the world where our country should be in 2030. Our vision as contained in the NDP is for a South Africa in which those who seek employment will be employed.

It should be a country in which the youth will have access to quality education.

We are striving for a society in which citizens will live healthy, long lives, a place where there is no fear of criminals and where all live safely and securely. We are building a country with a capable state that supports citizens to fulfil their dreams and freely express their talents.

It envisages a growing economy that is responsive to the demands of a fast changing world, an economy that does not only benefit the few.

It should be an economy where all share in the country’s wealth.

Government has turned the NDP into a five year implementation plan, the Medium Term Strategic Framework. The current MTSF, 2014�2019, has fourteen outcomes, which include education, health, safety and security, inclusive economic growth, job creation, infrastructure development, nation building and social cohesion, amongst others.

In this manner, the NDP has been mainstreamed and is the government’s programme of action. The new National Planning Commission, also comprising experts from various fields, is tasked with ensuring the effective implementation of the NDP. They will advise us where there are deficiencies so that we can plan and implement better.

Since we started implementing the NDP, we have marked progress in a number of areas.

More people live longer than before, life expectancy has improved. A lot more children are at school getting the education whose quality is gradually improving.

The progress is however uneven across sectors. The reach of the basic services has not fully reached all citizens, especially those who live in the rural areas. Government thus continues to work daily, to expand the reach of water, electricity, roads, housing and other services to the people.

One key area in which the long shadow of apartheid has not fully retreated is the economy.

We have created a relatively large black middle class which is actively involved in the economic life of our nation. However, this achievement has not fundamentally transformed the structure and ownership patterns of the economy.

Too many people who need jobs to support themselves and their families are still unemployed.

The fruits of the economic growth that we have experienced since the advent of our freedom in 1994 have tended to be enjoyed by a few.

The fundamental challenge we face, which is the principal goal that is identified in the NDP, is to grow the economy in a manner that is inclusive.

To reiterate what we have said before, we need to fundamentally change the structure, systems, institutions and patterns of ownership, management and control of the economy in favour of all South Africans, especially the poor, the majority of whom are African and female.

Our collective prosperity depends on all of us working together to bring about this fundamental change. There can be no prosperity for some while the majority languishes in poverty. That is a reality we must all accept.

Given that approximately 75% of the economy is in the hands of the private sector, we need the commitment of both government and business to effect fundamental change.

For our part as government, we will utilise all the levers of power at our disposal to significantly enhance the level of ownership of the private sector by black people.

This will entail deploying the regulatory power of the state as well as targeted incentives to induce appropriate change.

We will use the budget to pursue the goal of inclusive economic growth.

Cabinet has directed the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation to work with the Economic Cluster of government departments to ensure that there is alignment between the priorities in the NDP and the budget. This is an important step because the NDP will remain an empty promise as long as its noble goals are not matched with budget commitments.

We are also taking other concrete steps to implement the NDP. Through the implementation of Operation Phakisa, our Big Fast Results programme, we have developed very specific interventions in the Oceans Economy, Health, Education, Mining and Agriculture sectors.

Operation Phakisa programmes in the Ocean Economy, for example, have since 2014, unlocked seven billion rand in investments and created more than six thousand jobs.

Government is also implementing incentives and support services for investors through the Special Economic Zones programme.

The six Industrial Development Zones established between 2002 and 2014 have attracted a total of 59 investors on site with an investment value of more than ten billion rand.

These achievements demonstrate that working together we can indeed do more. It is the same collective effort which made it possible for all of us to build a new nation from the ashes of apartheid.

It is by working together that our GDP grew in real terms from 1.6 trillion rand in 1994 to just over three trillion rand in 2015.

Employment has grown from 9.5 million people in 1994 to 16 million people at the end of 2015.

Access to housing and basic services has improved through the construction of four million new houses since 1994, increasing connections to electricity to 95% of the households and piped water to 85% of households.

It is by working together that we can build on the 2.5% economic growth that was recorded in the last quarter to a sustainable growth path that can create jobs for the millions who are unemployed.

Each one of us will have to play a role if we are to bring about a South Africa which is envisaged in the NDP.

Compatriots,

This year we also remember and promote the legacy of one of the most outstanding leaders of our country, Oliver Reginald Tambo whose entire adult life was spent trying to make South Africa a better place to live in for all. He would have turned 100 years old this year, had he lived.

Let us implement the NDP in honour of OR Tambo, and help achieve the society that he dreamed of.

We congratulate all who continue to make the NDP a living document, and to implement it in every sector of society.

I am happy to join you all, to say Happy fifth anniversary to the National Development Plan!

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

SARS intercepts chicken packages at Beitbridge

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has intercepted a truck carrying 700 chicken packages worth an estimated R711 000 at the Beitbridge border post in Limpopo.

SARS Customs officials intercepted a truck carrying 700 packages of chicken estimated at R711 000 from South Africa to Zimbabwe at Beitbridge border post on Sunday, 10 September 2017, said the revenue service on Tuesday.

The incident took place when the foreign registered truck was subjected to a physical inspection after the driver declared that he was carrying only plastic buckets.

The goods and the truck have been detained pending further investigation by the South African Police Service, said SARS.

Source: South African Government News Agency

The police condemnd acts of child neglect and safety including at schools

The South African Police Service in this Province is condemning acts of child neglect and poor child safety measures especially at Schools.

This condemnation is emanating from an incident which occurred in Seshego outside Polokwane where a six (06) year old boy Mohau Mamaregane was found hanged on Friday 2017-09-08 between 11:30 and 12:30 midday at Dorothy Langa Primary School in Zone 2, Seshego.

It is alleged that the deceased, who is a grade one (01) learner at this school, requested to go to the rest room and when he failed to return back to the class, another learner was sent to go and look for him and subsequently that is when this gruesome discovery was made. The deceased was transported to the local clinic where he was confirmed dead on arrival.

The motive and circumstances behind this incident is unknown at this stage but the Police investigations including the autopsy will tell.

Members of the communities including Educators are advised to put child safety first on the basis that their movement and whereabouts must be monitored at all times.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

Source: South African Police Service

SOUTH AFRICA’S RULING ANC PARTY FACING LIFE AND DEATH STRUGGLE, SAYS SECY-GEN

JOHANNESBURG– Gwede Mantashe, the Secretary-General of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), says the party faces a life or death situation ahead of its elective conference at the end of the year.

Delivering the OR Tambo lecture in Vosloorus, about 29 kilometres southeast of here Sunday, Mantashe said the ANC would need a certain calibre of leadership to help it transcend from being a party of corruption and State capture, the term used to describe the exercise of undue influence of the top leaders of the State by parties with vested interest.

Mantashe, who recently revealed that he declined a slate proposal that he succeed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, also poured cold water over the debate that as per ANC tradition, the party’s deputy president must become president.

He urged ANC branches to ensure that they thoroughly interrogate the attributes of each person they plan to nominate to leadership.

Mantashe outlined a number of attributes that branches had to use as a standard test. He said these include loyalty, and dedication to implementing the policies of the party.

He emphasized that the December conference was a choice between prosperity and disaster and said the conference represents a transition for the party, which must cleanse itself and choose the right leadership.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK