Daily Archives: October 4, 2017

Radixx International Appoints John Elieson as President and CEO

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Radixx International, an industry-leading provider of tailored airline reservation, distribution and merchandising systems, today announced that it has appointed John Elieson as President & CEO. Ron Peri, Radixx’s Founder and former CEO, will continue to serve as Chairman of Radixx’s Board of Directors.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/1e4e5090-f5a9-457c-8e2d-b61664ed2a78

Mr. Elieson will be responsible for implementing the overall strategic direction of Radixx and will oversee the company’s daily operations. Prior to joining Radixx, Mr. Elieson spent 29 years at Sabre where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Global Accounts and Traveler Experience in their Travel Network division. During his career at Sabre, Mr. Elieson has had a variety of responsibilities including leading global sales for Sabre’s Airline Solutions division and leading Global Marketing and Corporate Strategy for Travelocity.  The majority of Mr. Elieson’s distinguished career has been spent in direct and indirect airline distribution, both offline and online.

“John is the ideal fit for Radixx as the company continues to make significant strides and grow its customer base,” said Ron Peri, Founder and Chairman of Radixx International. “We are confident that John’s background and relevant experience within the global travel industry, particularly as they pertain to airline solutions, will prove to be of tremendous value. We are very pleased to welcome John to Radixx and look forward to his future contributions to the company.”

“John is a talented leader with a proven track record for driving growth and building highly effective teams,” said Kurt R. Jaggers, a member of Radixx’s Board of Directors and a Managing Director at TA Associates, which completed a significant investment in Radixx in September 2016. “We believe that John’s management skills and travel sector knowledge will prove beneficial for Radixx. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to sincerely thank Ron Peri for his service, passion and dedication to Radixx and its customers, partners and employees, and we look forward to his continued contributions as Chairman.”

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Elieson said, “I am thrilled and grateful to have the opportunity to join Radixx, a company that I have followed and respected for many years. As a result of the hard work of both leadership and staff, Radixx is well positioned to take advantage of its leading technology and unique value proposition to significantly grow its customer base. I am impressed with the Radixx team and am eager to work closely with them to build upon the company’s strong reputation and momentum.”

John Elieson Biography
John Elieson is President & CEO of Radixx International. Prior to joining Radixx, Mr. Elieson served as Senior Vice President of Global Accounts and Traveler Experience for Sabre Travel Network, a technology provider to the global travel industry. He spent nearly three decades with Sabre and its former parent company, American Airlines, in a variety of functional areas including operations, training, software development, consulting, business development, sales & account management, marketing, product development, portfolio management, pricing & revenue management, business intelligence and strategy. During his tenure, Mr. Elieson successfully led several multi-billion dollar negotiations creating significant value for all parties. He earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University and has conducted business and managed staff all over the world. Mr. Elieson serves on several boards for businesses, universities, municipalities and non-profit organizations.

About Radixx International
Radixx International, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is now delivering its sixth-generation passenger service system, Galaxy PSS. Galaxy is the first fully web-native PSS system and can be deployed in any public or private data center. It has been certified to operate from the smallest cloud network to the largest most demanding environments. Galaxy provides a customizable, complete enterprise system that caters to the needs of hybrid, low-cost and traditional airlines, including support for interlining, code sharing and distribution through GDS. Founded in 1993 and now hosting 50 airlines on six continents, Radixx’ fully integrated, cloud-based solutions support all airline business models. Radixx recently partnered with TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm. For more information, visit www.radixx.com.

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President Jacob Zuma: Groot Marico Heritage Site launch

Address by President Zuma, at the launch of the Groot Marico Heritage Site, North West Province

Premier of the North West Province, Mr Supra Mahumapelo

Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa

Ministers, Deputy Ministers

MEC and Members of the Provincial Legislature

Mayors and Councillors

Our Esteemed Traditional Leaders

Leaders of our Faith-Based Organisations

Batho Ba Bokone-Bophirima

Dumelang!

It is an honour for me to address an important occasion that celebrates our heritage, particularly our liberation struggle heritage.

We have declared the year 2017 the year of Oliver Reginald Tambo, and it is the year in which we celebrate our liberation heritage and all that is positive about our country and our transition to freedom and democracy.

Today we have gathered to recall a part of our history, the launch of the Jacob Zuma Arrest Site, forming part of the Groot Marico Liberation Heritage Site.

The provincial government intends to make this site, the wall of remembrance to be built, the Batswana cultural village and everything related to the project, to become an important tourism site in this part of the province.

In this regard, the building and maintenance of the Heritage Site has a greater potential to stimulate economic activity and create much needed jobs in the communities of Groot Marico, Bahurutshe villages, Zeerust as well as surrounding areas in this province. It will also contribute towards cultural tourism both domestically and internationally.

That is what the democratic government seeks to achieve with the liberation heritage sites. We want to raise awareness of this rich legacy of our people’s struggle while also ensuring income generating projects for our people.

This particular site refers to a moment in our history in June 1963, when about 52 new recruits of the ANC’s military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) who were recruited by the Umkhonto Wesizwe structures were arrested in this area by the apartheid police. They were on their way via Botswana to undertake military training abroad.

These recruits were prepared to take up arms for the freedom of this country at a young age.

They were detained in Pretoria for 90 days, interrogated and severely assaulted, despite the fact that there was already what was regarded as enough evidence then to secure a conviction.

These young freedom fighters had their youth abruptly disturbed by long prison terms.

I am humbled and immensely honoured to have been part of such a courageous legion of then young freedom fighters.

Today’s event takes me back many years, to that fateful arrest with my comrades and patriots, leading to 10 years imprisonment on Robben Island.

This was during the highly repressive period in the country, after the banning of the liberation organisations in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre of 1960.

Liberation organisations were forced to operate underground or secretly, with the ANC establishing a military wing, the MK, which recruited young people for military training outside the country.

Realising that it can only arrest people who skipped the country for just having no valid documentation, which carried maximum two years’ sentence, the apartheid state came up with a new law which applied retrospectively.

This law made the penalties for undergoing military training to be the same as treason, and people who were sentenced earlier were retried and given heavy sentences.

We were among the first victims of the General Law Amendment Act of May 1963, commonly termed the 90 day law.

According to this law, people could be detained for a period of 90 days, as it happened in our case, and this period could be extended indefinitely. In 1964 this law included recruitment and incitement to political activism as well as undergoing military training in the country. These carried the sentence of between 10 and 12 years.

As if this was not enough, the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act doubled the 90 day detention to 180 days renewable on completion of that period.

The Terrorism Act of 1967, which also applied retrospectively from 1962, barred the courts from pronouncing on the validity of any action taken under this law and the courts could also not order the release of the detainees. They were placed at the mercy of the security police.

Such were the laws in the times of our arrest, which is why apartheid was regarded as crime against humanity.

It is for this reason that we value our victory and which is why we have to immortalise this past, so that we never forget what we went through.

Despite bearing the statue of one person, Jacob Zuma, this heritage site is a symbolic monument of the bravery of those courageous youth and others who passed successfully through this route before and after June 1963. They were prepared to die, not only for their own country, but for all the oppressed people of the Southern Africa.

We also believe that the significance of this launch is far bigger and broader than this site.

In the first place, it tells the story of our country’s liberation, mainly the immense contribution of this particular part of our country to our liberation.

It is a story of this important route in our struggle, its people and its character, without which our history could have perhaps turned out differently, or our freedom struggle becoming more complex than it was.

Just before and particularly since the anti-pass riots in Dinokana and Gopane in 1957, the Zeerust and Lehurutshe area became very much politicised, thanks also to the many migrants from the Witwatersrand, and local ANC activists who created greater political awareness here.

But it was the women’s refusal to take passes, starting at Dinokana, Gopane and other villages that ignited the protests and made this area one of the main hotbeds of rural anti-apartheid political activism in the country.

We commend Kgosi Abram Ramotshere Moiloa, who in March 1957 refused the orders of the Native Commissioner in Zeerust, Carl Richter, to instruct the women in Dinokana to take passes.

When he lost chieftainship as a result, he continued to be a valuable anti-apartheid activist, linking up with the ANC even during his exile years in Botswana and assisting young people to go to exile.

On this occasion, we also remember many activists, Kenneth Mosenyi, Nimrod Moagi, Joanna Pule, Pualina Keebine, Ruth Mompati, William and Simon Senna, the Bahurutshe Association and many committed activists we cannot name here, who made the Lehurutshe/Zeerust area the political hotbed it was from the late 1950s, and who mobilised women against passes.

With their staunch resistance against passes, women led the way, the Zeerust and Lehurutshe area was never to be the same.

The courage of these women and these activists is the fountain that inspired the famous student activist, Onkgopotse Tiro, who is also from Dinokana, to take the baton when he arrived in Turfloop and mobilise the students against racial oppression.

Comrade Tiro was later assassinated through a letter bomb in Botswana. We salute him for his courage and vision.

Being a huge stretch of land alongside and close to Botswana, this highly politicised area became an important route for our liberation because people were politically aware and could not easily sell us out to apartheid authorities.

One of the legacies of the Zeerust revolt is that many of the MK, intelligence and political recruits of the ANC came from this region, including some who became members of the Luthuli Detachment.

We therefore salute ordinary men and women on the two sides of the border, who took it upon themselves to face all risks to make this route passable, indeed a very important route in our struggle.

Traditional leaders, the government of Botswana and various other officials, international operatives and ordinary people collaborated on this delicate mission to help the liberation fighters use this route, also regarded and the liberation pipelines, from Lobatse via Gaborone, Palapye, Francistown and Kasane into Zambia.

This is the route that ferried many of our activists, such as our former leaders Presidents Mandela, Mbeki, Tambo, and many activists over many years during the struggle for freedom, on their way to Zambia and Tanzania.

One of the challenges of the struggle everywhere in the continent was finding politicised masses in the rural areas who could be allies in advancing the revolution. Here, the ground was already prepared. Our people were ready to do anything to support the struggle for their freedom.

This site also tells the important story of the role of Botswana in the freedom struggle not only of ours, but of Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, in essence, our sub-region.

Many Batswana in Botswana spared nothing to give us comfortable passage, refuge and exile in their country, to the point of paying the ultimate price of death, and we pay tribute to these selfless heroes.

They defined their total freedom by ours, and paid a huge price for that.

Liberation fighters from Namibia and Zimbabwe for example, also considered Botswana a very safe passage, due to its solidarity with the freedom fighters.

Botswana citizens such as Fish Keitseng in Lobatse, Klaas Motshidisi in Palapye, Anderson Tshepe in Francistown in the liberation pipeline route, Michael Dingake and many others have indeed been South Africa’s dearest friends and comrades indeed. Comrade Dingake served 15 years on Robben Island for his activities in pursuit of the South African struggle for liberation.

We sincerely thank the government of Botswana under successive late Presidents Sirs Seretse Khama and Ketumile Masire for their unofficial policy of turning a blind eye and allowing us to use Botswana as a transit point for political activists.

In this sense, when we create and launch sites such as this, we are reminding the people about the important and painful history of our country, the roots and importance of our regional alliances and preserving it for future generations.

We are reminding them of the many heroes and heroines in our country and in the neighbouring countries, who made a critical contribution to our struggle.

Far beyond paying tribute to individuals, monuments such as these elevate the bigger story of our struggle and the terrible apartheid past, and the lesson of unity that we have to embrace at all times in this country.

Today we are a democracy and our people are free.

We have a deeply entrenched culture of respect for human rights in this country, unlike in the past, particularly in the 1960s, the time when we were arrested in this area. We want to ensure that no South African every goes through the pain, humiliation and suffering that we went through when we are arrested in this area.

We call upon our people to support government’s efforts to rebuild our country and to promote unity equality and prosperity.

In memory of those who suffered for our freedom, let us work together to advance the next struggle, that of economic emancipation.

Together let us work to change the patterns of ownership, control and management of the economy so that the majority of the population can benefit from the wealth of the country.

Unless we gain economic freedom and make progress in the fight against inequality, unemployment and poverty, our freedom will remain incomplete.

Fellow South Africans,

It is my singular honour and privilege to officially open this Jacob Zuma Arrest Site, in memory of the role of the 52 who were arrested here, and many other brave and selfless men and women who enriched our country’s rich Liberation Heritage through their sacrifices.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

Another drug mule arrested at Cape Town International Airport

Our efforts to thwart the lucrative drug trade in our province have led to the arrest of another drug mule on Monday at Cape Town International Airport. The 37 year old suspect was under observation when he entered our borders on a flight from Brazil. He was taken to a medical facility where 122 parcels of cocaine wrapped in latex which he swallowed were extracted. His court date for today was postponed in his absentia until 6 October 2017 in Bellville as all the parcels have not been discarded as yet. The value of the drugs is yet to be established.

Source: South African Police Service

MECs Alan Winde and Donald Grant showcase developments in sustainable transport technologies, 5 Oct

Transport Month focus at First Thursday

Making it easier for residents to travel around the city is the focus of this week’s First Thursday.

October is Transport Month, and First Thursday at the Ministry of Economic Opportunities will showcase exciting developments in sustainable transport technologies.

It is a partnership between Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works, and GreenCape.

The official theme of the evening is Transport technology: exploring efficient, alternative mobility options to reduce congestion and ease commuter travel.

The programme will include:

Local and national providers exhibiting smart transport technologies and a subsequent round of elevator pitches on the various technologies displayed

A panel discussion featuring Minister Winde, Minister Grant and Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, City of Cape Town and Bonnie Horbach of the Dutch Consulate

Opportunities to test drive a Low-speed Electric Vehicle (pictured), a BMW I3 and an Ewizz Electric Scooter

Source: Government of South Africa

‘Kleptocracy Tour’ Spotlights Nigerian Corrupt Money Funneled Through Britain

LONDON � Anti-corruption activists hoping to shine a light on the hundreds of millions of dollars funneled through London every year are organizing tours of properties allegedly bought with dishonest money.

The “Kleptocracy Tour” is billed as a journey to the dark side of globalization. This is the first such tour which focuses on Nigeria.

“The international community, specifically the United Kingdom, the United States, other financial centers, are playing a huge role in facilitating elite corruption in Nigeria, through offshore corporate tax havens, lax banking and property laws,” said tour guide Matthew Page, a former U.S. State Department Nigeria analyst, now with Transparency International.

The tour’s first stop is the capital’s wealthy Belgravia district. Tax papers leaked from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca suggest two multi-million dollar properties are linked to Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki. He has denied the allegations.

Also among the several tour stops are lavish properties that have been subjected to asset forfeiture proceedings by a court in Houston, Texas. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations they were received as bribes by Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Nigerian Oil Minister and OPEC Secretary.

Nigeria analyst Clementine Wallop says Nigeria’s president is following through, though slowly, on pledges to crack down on corruption.

“It contributes to poverty. It contributes to poor education. It contributes to terrorism,” Wallop said of corruption. “You have communities where the young men are compelled to or driven into the arms of organizations like Boko Haram as a result of the depravation which results from corruption.”

Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, told VOA the West must do more to help repatriate corrupt money.

“The government will not relent in pursuing these people,” Mohammed said. “But we also need the cooperation of many foreign countries, because sometimes we are hampered by the foreign jurisdictions.”

An estimated $100 billion of corrupt money passes through London each year. Activists say fears over the economy in a post-Brexit world are stalling government efforts to clamp down on global corruption, an industry with the British capital at its core.

Source: Voice of America