Daily Archives: February 1, 2018

Jibu Announces Completion of $7 Million Series B Financing

Funds raised through impact investments will accelerate Jibu’s growth and drive social and financial returns DENVER, Feb. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jibu, a social enterprise that has reinvented the traditional franchise model to equip emerging market entrepreneurs to build solutions that close infrastructure gaps and ensure access to basic human necessities, announces the completion of its […]

XCMG Opens First Direct Spare Parts Center in Africa – Consolidating Local Support

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG opened its first direct regional spare parts center (“the Center”) on January 6 in Nairobi, Kenya to serve business in East Africa. The Center is a collaboration with TISCO Construction Ltd., and provides prompt services to clients in all the five countries in Eastern Africa. XCMG’s 4S […]

Public Enterprises Committee Encouraged by New Eskom Board and Acting Group Chief Executive Officer’s Swift Actions

Parliament� The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises is encouraged by decisions already taken by the new board and the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) in dealing with governance challenges at the utility company.

The basis of the challenges at the company has been the decline in governance systems and the Acting GCEO and the board has assured the Committee that they are well on track to deal with this challenge. The resignations and suspensions of senior managers that oversaw the decline at the company attest to the urgency that the board and the Acting GCEO have placed in dealing with these challenges.

The Committee remains concerned about the liquidity challenges at the company but is hopeful that potential investors will recognise the work already done by the new board and the new senior management as reassurance for a brighter future for the company.

The Committee is convinced that the new leadership at the institution is steering the company in the right direction that will ensure the future viability of the company. This is important for the growth and sustainability of South Africa's economy.

The Committee has for its part assured the board and the Acting GCEO of its support in turning around the institution. This support is based purely on the basis of ensuring the sustainability of the company, which is of strategic importance to the economy.

One of the issues that need urgent attention is about R20bn in arrears owed to Eskom by municipalities. The Committee will engage the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to find solutions to this challenge.

The engagement with the board and senior management will always be robust to ensure that the company is turned around.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Basic Education Committee Wraps up Schools Visit to Bohlabela District in Mpumalanga

Parliament� Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Basic Education yesterday concluded its visit to the Bohlabela Education District in Mpumalanga Province where it visited several schools over three days.

The Committee Chairperson, Ms Nomalungelo Gina, said the Committee is highly impressed by the resilient schools that continue to perform and in some cases outperform beyond expectations.

Ms Gina highlighted the case of Magigwana Secondary School which in last year's (2017) National Senior Certificate (NSC) obtained 100% pass rate in Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Business studies despite having a large enrolment. This is highly commendable. It is a best practice model that should be replicated by other schools said Ms Gina

Ms Gina also sang the praises of the educators and learners of Moses Mnisi Secondary school where four of the five grades obtained 100% pass rates and Grade 12 just missing out with 99.3% for 2017 NSC examinations with sizeable number of matriculants. In both cases strong leadership was demonstrated. This was coupled with good support from the Senior Management Teams at the schools, other teachers, the School Governing Bodies and involvement of parents. Learner discipline have also been found to be of a high standard at good performing school, emphasised Ms Gina.

The Committee also visited several schools that were not performing at the level that it is expected or have been having declining pass rates. Ms Gina said the Committee had stern messages for those schools and appealed to those schools's educators to put the future of learners first. It is important that teaching and learning should take place. All other issues are secondary but should be ironed out to ensure the existence of conducive environment for teaching and learning at schools.

These young learners are our future, the future of the country. We have to ensure that they are properly educated, said Ms Gina.

The Committee appealed to education authorities to assist and monitor those schools to ensure they are raised to a level of acceptable education. The oversight visit today moves to the Nkangala Education District.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

SAPS Turnaround Strategy Should Be Measurable – Police Committee

Parliament� The Portfolio Committee on Police has today told senior management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) that their turnaround strategy that was tabled before the Committee today ought to be measurable.

Efforts aimed at improving our policing and combating crime are always welcomed. However, the Committee and indeed the public must be able to assess the implementation of such a plan, said Committee Chairperson, Mr Francois Beukman.

Mr Beukman said the turnaround strategy as it is now, is not linked with the Annual Performance Plan (APP), adding that the Committee has asked SAPS to incorporate this plan in the APP. SAPS was also told to ensure its strategy is aligned to the budget.

Among the initiatives contained in the SAPS turnaround strategy, are programmes intended at asserting the authority of the state, ensuring a thorough and responsive investigation of every crime as well as an effective crime intelligence to support proactive and reactive policing. The strategy also makes provision for a collaborative and consultative approach to policing.

The Committee also emphasised that this strategy should also address basic policing issues such as ensuring that frontline police officers have tools of trade like pocket books and are trained to be able to take proper statements.

The Committee also received an update on the outcomes of the festive season strategy which recorded challenges and successes in some crime categories. A full report is still being consolidated and will be tabled in the coming weeks.

SAPS recorded a 12% increase in the crimes detected as a result of police action. SAPS also reported a decrease in crimes reported by community members such as contact crimes, property-related crimes, aggravated robberies, but saw a 0.8% increase in sexual offences.

The Committee commended SAPS where it has improved and said some of the successes are as a result of the heightened numbers of police that were deployed during the festive season. Where there has been increases, the Committee said more has to be done to address those.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa