Daily Archives: November 1, 2017

CellPoint Mobile Granted Full Member Status in the African Airlines Association Partner Program

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CellPoint Mobile has been formally recognized as a full member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) partner program. For more than a decade, CellPoint Mobile has provided mobile-first technologies for both the sell side and the payment side of the digital travel channel that enable airlines and travel companies to keep up with the pace of digital innovation, maximize revenue opportunities and enhance customer experiences.

“African carriers are poised to expand their share of the global travel market,” said Noel Connolly, CellPoint Mobile’s SVP Global Head of Sales, Airlines and Hospitality. “Through our dedicated MEA unit, CellPoint Mobile is committed to assisting the region’s carriers in leveraging the competitive advantages associated with implementing mobile-first commerce strategies and solutions.”

“Digital transformation ranks alongside changing demographics and increasing customer expectations as one of the major factors shaping the future of Africa,” Connolly said. A recently released United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) study reports that in Kenya, mobile money is more common than credit cards for e-commerce. Throughout the continent, mobile phone penetration is expected to reach 85 percent by 2020 with more than 498 million smartphones in use. Globally, online, mobile and digital currency payment systems are set to overtake credit and debit cards as the most popular ways to pay in e-commerce worldwide by 2019.

Streamlining the Path to Profits

Answering the need for travel merchants – whether they are in the airline, ground transportation, or hospitality industries – to capture the full revenue potential of mobile-first commerce, CellPoint Mobile offers a seamless process for passenger booking and ticket payment, while simultaneously supporting revenue enhancing up-selling and cross-selling opportunities, including loyalty programs. With CellPoint Mobile’s solutions in place, airlines, and other travel merchants, can capture revenues and streamline their path to profits.

CellPoint Mobile’s products and tailored business services connect the sell side and payment side of travel transactions in a way that is unrivalled in today’s marketplace.  These flexible, scalable solutions can be deployed to help clients overcome specific obstacles, or to serve as an enterprise-level commerce platform for travel companies.

CellPoint Mobile’s feature-rich solutions work alongside legacy infrastructure with minimal disruption to existing operations. A modular approach to product implementation helps customers to start at the pace they need and scale as their business grows.

Fintech and Travel Tech – Bridging the Divide

On the pay side, CellPoint Mobile’s Velocity payment platform enables airlines and other travel merchants to reduce time to market with new payment methods and digital wallets, quickly expand their acquirer network, and increase conversions.  The merchant-side payment platform provides everything a travel merchant needs to control its payments environment, with features including pay by link, stored payments, advanced fraud and transaction monitoring, and more.

On the sell side, Voyage, CellPoint Mobile’s travel booking engine, enables airlines and travel merchants to increase revenues in both the mobile and online channels.  Voyage provides out-of-the-box integrations with an airline’s PSS to offer booking, ancillary purchases, MYB and check-in functionality, while also integrating seamlessly with the CellPoint Mobile Velocity payment platform and alternative forms of payment such as points, vouchers and staggered/installment payments.  Voyage Mobile is built on the leading mobile native platforms (iOS and Android), making it available to more than 99.6% of the mobile community in any geography.

Vantage, the company’s campaign management tool, enables airlines and travel companies to amplify their message to their customers.  Vantage enables travel companies to create and execute targeted promotions and campaigns across their entire customer base, and build an interactive communications channel with their customers through personalized notifications and SMS messages.

“We are honored to participate in a strategic alliance with AFRAA. The organization’s reputation as an industry leader and catalyst for the growth of a globally competitive African airline industry mirrors CellPoint Mobile’s business objectives for the region,” Connolly said.

As part of the 49th AFRAA Annual General Meeting in Rwanda (Nov. 12-14), Connolly will be exploring “Strategies to Drive More Revenues and Reduce Costs Through E-Commerce” and is available to discuss how airlines, when moving to add mobile-first commerce capabilities, share common challenges around costs, integration complexity and outdated underlying technologies, yet are able to overcome those obstacles. To arrange an interview with Noel Connolly or for more information about CellPoint Mobile, please contact Liz Gamble at egamble@thinkinkpr.com or Vanessa Horwell at vhorwell@thinkinkpr.com.

CellPoint Mobile: We Make Travel Easier™ for airlines, travel companies and their customers .  

CellPoint Mobile provides airlines, ground transportation providers, hospitality firms and travel companies across the globe with flexible, configurable solutions that help them collect revenues from the mobile channel and profitably manage interactions and transactions from both the selling side and the payment side. Dedicated to a client-first, mobile-first culture since 2007, CellPoint Mobile provides companies with the fintech and travel-tech solutions they need to get to market quickly:  booking, payments, alternative payment methods, ancillary sales, loyalty transactions, communications, stored payment capability, real-time reporting, reconciliation, connections to payment service providers (PSPs) and acquirers, and more. Serving companies on five continents, CellPoint Mobile has locations in Miami, London, Copenhagen, Dubai, Pune and Singapore. Visit www.cellpointmobile.com to learn more.

Sanya Serenity Coast promeut avec succès la ville de Sanya à l’université du Cap

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 1er novembre 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Le 27 octobre, les représentants du comité de Sanya, qui prend part à la course à la voile « Clipper Round the World » 2017-18, se sont rendus à l’université du Cap (UCT) et ont fait la promotion de la ville de Sanya. Les professeurs et les étudiants des programmes universitaires internationaux de l’UCT sont venus et ont écouté la campagne de promotion. Celle-ci englobait le légendaire voyage à la voile du célèbre yacht – Sanya Serenity Coast.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_fqfhnt91/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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Pour ouvrir l’acte promotionnel, un film publicitaire sur Sanya a été présenté, qui a donné au public un bon avant-goût de Sanya. A aussi été interprétée une chanson intitulée « Welcome to Sanya ». La chanson, tout comme le film, ont impressionné le public, qui a également pu voir le paysage côtier tropical sur l’écran. Une impression de « Hawaï Oriental » a été créée parmi les membres du public, qui ont manifesté leur intérêt et leur désir de voyager vers cette destination.

Un étudiant du Programme académique international a déclaré : « Sanya est une très belle ville, elle sera certainement ma destination préférée pour voyager à l’étranger. Il y a aussi des boutiques hors taxes. Ça sera un paradis du shopping pour moi. »

Après avoir présenté Sanya, Law Feng, le skipper qui est un bon ambassadeur de Sanya, a continué à partager sa propre histoire de navigation. « Ce n’est pas facile qu’une vingtaine de personnes navigue sur une mer forte avec un voilier de 70 pieds (21 mètres). La coque est souvent inclinée de plus de 45 degrés, et il faut résister à des vagues de 10 mètres de haut ».https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_wyy21i2b/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

A ensuite été présentée une vidéo du voilier pendant sa traversée de l’Atlantique. Elle a fait des remous dans le public. Celui-ci est resté impressionné et sans voix face aux images du voilier fendant les vagues. Wayne, un professeur qui travaille sur les Programmes universitaires internationaux, a appris qu’il y aurait une journée portes ouvertes pour le voilier de Sanya, et a demandé avec enthousiasme comment y participer, avant d’ajouter : « Mon fils a 8 ans, je voudrais l’emmener voir le magnifique voilier de Sanya, en Chine ».

Fondée en 1829, l’université du Cap est la plus ancienne université d’Afrique du Sud. Le premier cas de transplantation cardiaque humaine dans le monde a été réalisé par le professeur Chris Barnard de l’UCT. Jusqu’à présent, deux diplômés ont remporté un prix Nobel.

La campagne de promotion de la ville de Sanya espère prospérer dans le monde entier, en particulier à l’intention de la jeune génération et des jeunes talents de demain.

COGTA COMMITTEE INTERVENES TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO MUNICIPALITIES’ FINANCIAL CHALLENGES

The Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs will, in January next year, summon all municipalities, provincial treasuries as well as the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) departments from the provinces to discuss the poor state of finances in municipalities, and possible solutions to the problem.

The move to invite all these institutions to appear before the Committee in Parliament to seek solutions to the financial challenges in municipalities, was made by Committee member Mr Kevin Mileham, and endorsed by all members.

Today the Committee was briefed by the National Treasury and the National Department of CoGTA on the Municipal Finance Recovery Services.

Mr TV Pillay, Chief Director for Municipal Finance Management Act Implementation, in the National Treasury, told the Committee that the root cause of the financial problems in municipalities is poor governance.

The first problem that resulted in financial management challenges in municipalities is governance, that’s what we need to fix and we would not have financial problems, Mr Pillay.

He also suggested that the separation of administration from the political body in municipalities will be the beginning of solving a lot of governance and financial management problems.

CoGTA Director-General, Dr Charles Nwaila, said the implementation of Sections 100 and 139 in struggling municipalities did not yield good results.

This shows that there is nothing is wrong with the laws and policies, the big thing is the governance problem and in most instances it is political in nature, our municipalities need to be helped, the Director-General said.

The amalgamation of municipalities through re-demarcation was also a contributing factor to municipalities’ financial management, especially when both merged municipalities are financially non-viable.

Though the responsibility to avoid, identify and resolve financial problems rests with the municipality itself, the Constitution and the Municipal Finance Management Act place obligations on the national and provincial government to assist in resolving financial problems in municipalities.

The Municipal Financial Recovery Service was established in 2007 as a directorate in the office of the Accountant-General in the National Treasury, as required by Section 157 of Chapter 13 of the Municipal Finance Management Act. Its functions include, among other things, preparing and monitoring the implementation of financial recovery plans for municipalities, assist the municipality to identify the causes of and potential solutions to the problems.

Committee member, Mr Jabulane Dube, said politicians must also take responsibility for the financial challenges in municipalities. The problem also lies with politicians in not taking decisions, whatever mechanisms we can apply or recovery plans, if there is no political decision-making, we won’t achieve any good results, Mr Dube said.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

WE MUST TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM THE CRIMINALS THAT ARE CRIPPLING IT – ZAKHELE MBHELE

A marked increase in organised and violent crimes was the main feature of the South African Police Service’s annual Crime Statistics Report that was presented by the Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula, to the Portfolio Committee on Police at Parliament recently. It instigated calls for a dedicated strategic focus, integrated intelligence, private and public partnership that will prioritise the arrest of this scourge.

These alarming stats evoked a heated motion in the National Assembly centred on the theme: The Scourge of Murders Affecting All South Africans On a Daily Basis, which was proposed by Mr Zakhele Mbhele. This motion highlighted the current shortcomings in the management of police intelligence and criminal justice system in arresting the rise in violent and organised crime in this country.

According to Mr Mbhele, the current statistics, which brought the crisis of rampant criminality to the fore of the public mind, are a true reflection of the ineffectiveness of our police service. The recent crime statistics showed that all South Africans, irrespective of race or background, can become targets of violent crime.

He referred to the rise in violent crime as a trauma and tragedy to which he could not only personally relate, but that he still bears emotional wounds of. This is a trauma and tragedy that has been known and felt by many families, including my own. In about two weeks, on the 15th of November, we will be marking seven years since my mother was brutally murdered with multiple stab wounds.

In our case, we were luckier than many other South Africans, the perpetrator received a maximum sentence for that murder, he said.

Anticipating the correlation that would be drawn between murder and the violent nature of the history of our country by successive speakers, he said as one could not deny that much could have been done to minimise the intensification of the problem. Enough is enough, genoeg is genoeg, kwanele kwanele. We need to take our country back from the criminals that are crippling our society.

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Mr Francois Beukman, did not mince his words regarding the rise in violent crime. The increase in the murder rate is totally unacceptable and society must find ways to deal with it head-on.

If that could not be achieved, it could threaten our right to life. The right to life as enshrined in Section 11 of our Bill of Rights must be protected at all times. Personal safety is a human right. When communities do not feel safe and live in fear, the country’s economic development and the people’s well-being are affected.

The responsibility to deal with this scourge lies with the South African government, the community and individuals. But also it needs a change in lifestyle, he said. There is clearly a huge responsibility on all individuals, families and communities to alter their lifestyle, behaviour and social patterns that may escalate to murder.

But he is of the view that organised crime brings its own set of problems and demands on the part of the police service. The degree of organisation involved in organised crime poses challenges regarding its policeability; it determines the scope for crime intelligence tools. And that needs urgent attention of the Crime Intelligence Division.

To him, the solution to this crisis lies in the professionalisation of our police service. Professionalise the police and strengthen the national leadership, appoint a new permanent National Commissioner as soon as possible. Fill the positions of the Head of Crime Intelligence.

In her speech, Dr Sophie Thembekwayo attributed the rise in criminality to unemployment and poverty instigated by the insatiable greed of capitalism. Murder and crime is the outcome of rising unemployment which has left many people lost in the harsh world of insensible and oppressive capitalist system. As things stand, more than 30 million South Africans are poor, living on less than R1 000 a month. More than 9.3 million of them cannot find work, and those that work, more than 54% of them earn what we call a ‘working poor’ wage.

Prof Themba Msimang could not agree more with Dr Thembekwayo. He stated that our country’s failure to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots and rampant income inequality are some of the contributing factors to the spike in crime. That our country has the highest Gini ratio (Gini coefficient) in the world and higher inequality index does not help the situation. Poverty, inequality, unemployment, social exclusion and marginalisation are all contributing factors and the ones that we are not making headway on as government.

We often talk about radical economic transformation, it is time to be radical, be bold and take decisions that will be in the interest of the poorest of the poor, said Mr Ahmed Shaik Emam. With a few privileged getting richer, the poorest of the poor continue to digress with very little hope that their lives can ever change. All they do they drown themselves in alcohol, drugs and they steal to survive, they live for the hour or moment. Is this what liberation means?

The primary focus of police should be on crime prevention, and must develop an array of social crime prevention strategies to address that, said Mr Mncedisi Filtane. Police must develop an array of strategies to address the root cause of crime and drug addiction. And police must work with other government departments to create a safe and productive environment as part of their social crime prevention strategy.

How many more people must die violent, senseless deaths before government takes strong and effective action? It is time for government to consider the reintroduction of capital punishment, suggested Rev Kenneth Meshoe. He urged the South African Police Service to do all it could to win back the confidence of South Africans.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

WORLD RUGBY RECOMMENDS SOUTH AFRICA AS HOST FOR 2023 WORLD CUP

CAPE TOWN, World Rugby has recommended South Africa as the preferred country to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup tournament, according to South African Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi.

World Rugby made the announcement of the Rugby World Cup (Ltd) board’s recommendation for the host candidate on Tuesday, following the assessment of a team of 10 World Rugby, Rugby World Cup Limited relevant-area managers and independent area experts, working since June 1, 2017.

Other countries bidding to host the tournament included Ireland and France. World Rugby will announce the final decision on the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup on Nov 15, 2017.

Welcoming the announcement, Nxesi described Tuesday as a great and historic day for South African rugby. This was packaged as an economic bid. It largely pays for itself; it boosts sports tourism and economic activity and it creates jobs. We also said that the bid was a ‘triple win’ for the players, for World Rugby, the fans and indeed for our country, Nxesi told a media briefing here Tuesday.

The Minister said much of the credit for this success must go to the professionalism of the South African Rugby Union bid team, government, which gave full support to the bid by providing guarantees and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who went to London last month to head the bid team.

Nxesi said the government would be working closely with South African Rugby to communicate the message around this tournament and to build the kind of energy and enthusiasm that we saw in the build up to the FIFA World Cup in 2010.

We will be organizing public viewing sites in the proposed host cities -� in the same tradition as we established for 2010. We are almost there -� one final push.

South African Rugby Chief Executive Officer Jurie Roux pledged that South Africa would deliver a “triple win” Rugby World Cup in 2023.

We told the World Rugby Council that we would deliver a triple win tournament when we presented to them last month -� a win for the game with record receipts; a win for the fans with an unforgettable tournament at a bucket-list destination and most importantly, a win for the players with the most athlete-centric event in the tournament’s history, Roux said.

South African Rugby also thanked the government, including the Cabinet, for the support they gave during the bid process.

Speaking at the presentation of South Africa’s bid to host the 2023 World Cup in London in September, Ramaphosa had said that rugby is more than just a sport in South Africa as it has helped to transform the country. It is an important part of our political, social and cultural identity, the Deputy President said at the time.

South Africa successfully hosted the 1995 World Cup Rugby, the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The country has excellent sporting venues, including world class transport and communications infrastructure.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK