Daily Archives: November 20, 2017

HNA Group Launches Global Partnership With The World Food Programme To Support Syrians In Need

BEIJING � A US$5 million global partnership to provide life-saving food assistance to Syrians in need has been announced by HNA Group and the World Food Programme (WFP). The contribution from the Chinese conglomerate will enable WFP to support vulnerable Syrians in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan over a three-year period.

An agreement confirming the partnership between HNA Group and WFP was signed today in Beijing by WFP Executive Director David Beasley and Vice Chairman of HNA Group’s Board of Directors Li Xianhua.

This contribution is additional confirmation of China’s longstanding commitment to helping people in Syria who have suffered so much and who continue to suffer because of the crisis in their country,” said Beasley. HNA Group’s leadership should service as an inspiration for others in the business community to join us in our quest for a world with zero hunger. WFP will continue to work to increase our cooperation with the public, private and government sectors so we can help more people.

WFP will use the funds from HNA Group to provide school meals and take-home rations for displaced children in Syria, as well as electronic food vouchers to Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

HNA Group is committed to using our global reach to improve child welfare, healthcare, education, and poverty alleviation around the world, said Li Xianhua, Vice Chairman of HNA Group’s Board of Directors. Our company’s three-year partnership with the World Food Programme enables us to leverage our resources in support of people in desperate need. We’re proud to work with our diversified portfolio companies to alleviate hunger in some of the parts of the world where it is most felt.

HNA subsidiary companies aim to raise awareness about WFP and HNA’s hunger partnership among the people of China and those who visit the country. HNA Catering and Gategroup will print and distribute custom-made meal boxes on domestic and international flights within HNA Group’s route network, which includes Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines, and Fuzhou Airlines.

WFP and HNA Group began their strategic partnership in 2013 with an HNA contribution of US$1.6 million over five years in support of WFP’s school meals and take-home-rations programme for nearly 4,000 schoolgirls in Ghana, West Africa.

Source: World Food Programme

President Jacob Zuma hosts President JoAPound o Manuel Goncalves Lourenco, 23 to 24 Nov

President Zuma to receive President Lourenco of Angola on a State Visit

President Jacob Zuma will host His Excellency, President JoAPound o Manuel Goncalves Lourenco, newly elected President of the Republic of Angola, on a State Visit to South Africa from 23 � 24 November 2017.

President Lourenco will be accompanied by several Cabinet Ministers and senior Government Officials as well as a business delegation that will participate in a Business Forum to discuss investment and trade opportunities between South Africa and Angola.

The two countries enjoy historical and political relations, dating back to the period of the struggles against colonialism and apartheid.

During the State Visit, the two Presidents will review bilateral, regional and continental issues of common concern.

Bilateral relations between the two countries are characterised by strong cooperation in various areas including trade and investment; energy; defence and security, immigration; infrastructure development; arts and culture, mining, tourism, etc.

Concerning economic cooperation, a number of South African companies are involved in Angola in a variety of sectors including construction, mining, housing, retail, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services (rescue).

Currently, Angola is one of South Africa’s major trading partners on the Continent. For example, in 2016 South African exports to Angola stood at R8.2 billion whereas imports from Angola amounted to R18 billion, largely consisting of crude oil.

President Zuma will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of Finance, Mr Malusi Gigaba; Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Energy, Mr David Mahlobo; Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana; Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr Mosebenzi Zwane; Minister of Home Affairs, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo; Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa; Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula, and the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa.

Source: Government of South Africa

Department commits to supply water to Emfuleni residents

The Department of Water and Sanitation has committed to continue supplying water to residents of Emfuleni Local Municipality through water tankers, until a permanent solution to the water shortage there is found.

The residents of Emfuleni Local Municipality are facing water shortages due to the municipality’s failure to settle a R400 million water bill owed to Rand Water. The debt owed dates over two years.

According to Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, Rand Water commenced with action to force the municipality to settle debts owed by restricting water supply to the municipal area by 40%, and increasing this to 60% from 12 November.

This 60% water restriction resulted in a number of widespread water shortages, with the high-lying areas being worse affected. Among the affected areas were a number of schools, clinics and the Sebokeng Hospital.

Rand Water has in the past held several engagements with the municipality in an attempt to conclude settlement terms for the debt. [However], all previous commitments to settle the outstanding debt have to date not been met, Minister Mokonyane said.

From 17 � 19 November, the department, together with Rand Water, conducted an assessment of the public institutions that urgently needed water supply.

On 18 November, Sebokeng Hospital was supplied with water tanks by Rand Water, and four clinics were also supplied with water to ensure that critical health services and functions are not negatively affected.

The Jojo tanks, including 4 x 5 000 litres, 2 x 10 000 litres and a further 2 x 10 000 litres will be delivered on 20 November 2017.

The department is owed R7 billion by municipalities for bulk water services and unlike electricity, a total shutdown is not possible, as access to water is a right enshrined in the Constitution.

She said the debt has a huge impact on the department’s finances and delivery of new infrastructure.

“As a department, we are in discussions with the MEC of Cooperative Governance in Gauteng to finding lasting solutions to the incapacity at Emfuleni Municipality and we will further engage National Treasury on a need to redirect the equitable share of the municipality to directly service the debt in order to guarantee uninterrupted future water supply for residents of Emfuleni.

The supply of water through the water tankers is costly and unsustainable. However, it is necessary to ensure that some water is supplied to the Sebokeng community. We will continue to supply water through these means until a permanent lasting solution is found, Minister Mokonyane said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Department commits to supply water to Emfuleni residents

The Department of Water and Sanitation has committed to continue supplying water to residents of Emfuleni Local Municipality through water tankers, until a permanent solution to the water shortage there is found.

The residents of Emfuleni Local Municipality are facing water shortages due to the municipality’s failure to settle a R400 million water bill owed to Rand Water. The debt owed dates over two years.

According to Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, Rand Water commenced with action to force the municipality to settle debts owed by restricting water supply to the municipal area by 40%, and increasing this to 60% from 12 November.

This 60% water restriction resulted in a number of widespread water shortages, with the high-lying areas being worse affected. Among the affected areas were a number of schools, clinics and the Sebokeng Hospital.

Rand Water has in the past held several engagements with the municipality in an attempt to conclude settlement terms for the debt. [However], all previous commitments to settle the outstanding debt have to date not been met, Minister Mokonyane said.

From 17 � 19 November, the department, together with Rand Water, conducted an assessment of the public institutions that urgently needed water supply.

On 18 November, Sebokeng Hospital was supplied with water tanks by Rand Water, and four clinics were also supplied with water to ensure that critical health services and functions are not negatively affected.

The Jojo tanks, including 4 x 5 000 litres, 2 x 10 000 litres and a further 2 x 10 000 litres will be delivered on 20 November 2017.

The department is owed R7 billion by municipalities for bulk water services and unlike electricity, a total shutdown is not possible, as access to water is a right enshrined in the Constitution.

She said the debt has a huge impact on the department’s finances and delivery of new infrastructure.

“As a department, we are in discussions with the MEC of Cooperative Governance in Gauteng to finding lasting solutions to the incapacity at Emfuleni Municipality and we will further engage National Treasury on a need to redirect the equitable share of the municipality to directly service the debt in order to guarantee uninterrupted future water supply for residents of Emfuleni.

The supply of water through the water tankers is costly and unsustainable. However, it is necessary to ensure that some water is supplied to the Sebokeng community. We will continue to supply water through these means until a permanent lasting solution is found, Minister Mokonyane said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, G. Katrougalos, attends meeting of EU General Affairs Council (20 November 2017)

In the context of his participation in the EU General Affairs Council, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Katrougalos, underscored the need to deepen the european integration process, stressing that it would be wrong to see the crisis of european ccitizens’ confidence in the European Union as having been overcome.

While a number of steps have been taken since the height of the crisis in 2016, Mr. Katrougalos added, the structural problems that led to the crisis, including the imbalance between the social and economic dimensions of integration and the democratic deficit in economic governance, remain unresolved. For this reason, he welcomed the establishment of the new Social Rights Pillar at the Gothenburg Summit, making the observation that it is vital we see its real implementation and the establishment of binding social rights for all.

Mr. Katrougalos welcomed the launch of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), calling it an important step towards strengthening the autonomy of the Common European Defence Policy for the protection of european citizens against external threats, and towards the enhancement of the Union’s global role.

Finally, the Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed the need to strengthen the European Union’s cultural actions for the promotion of the common European values. For this reason, he underscored the need to boost funding for the Erasmus+ programme and to promote new actions aimed at helping vulnerable groups and young people to gain easier access to culture.

Also discussed in the General Affairs Council was the progress in the Brexit talks and, during the luncheon, the Union’s budget.

In the afternoon there will be a vote on the relocation of the European Organizations based in the United Kingdom. Athens is a candidate city for hosting the relocated European Medicines Agency.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic