Daily Archives: March 1, 2018

Clements Worldwide Announces the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Expat Youth Scholarship

Theme for 2018 Entry: How Local Communities Impact You as an Expat

Washington, DC, March 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Clements Worldwide, a leading provider of international insurance since 1947, commenced its 10th anniversary edition of the Expat Youth Scholarship (EYS) today, which awards a combined scholarship prize of USD 10,000 to six expatriate students from ages 13 to 21 years old. This program, which has awarded scholarships to the youth expat community since 2009, will reach USD 100,000 awarded to young scholars to complete their educational goals this year.

“The EYS scholarship is another testament to Clements’ ongoing commitment to the international expatriate community and cultural diplomacy as a way to encourage global peace and understanding,” said Dan Tuman, President of Clements Worldwide. “Reading the entries always provides me with hope for the future and that is a gift.”

This year’s theme is “What Piece of Local Community/Culture Has Most Impacted Your Life in Such a Way That You Will Always Carry It with You, Regardless Of Your Geographic Location?which entrants will answer using any visual method chosen by the participant. All entries will be displayed at the scholarship Facebook page and a public voting will be held to choose the inspiring finalists from each of our two age-range categories – 13-16 years old and 17-21 years old.

“One of our past winners wants to major in Global Health having witnessed the devastation preventable diseases have caused in countries where her family was posted,” shared Tuman. “We are proud to support this young woman in achieving this life-saving goal.”

Clements Worldwide has been serving the growing and evolving expatriate community with personal and business insurance for 70 years.  Students entering the contest have parents who work in government, business, education, and humanitarian aid work, providing them a unique perspective and opportunity for community engagement. 

The deadline for entries is March 28 (11:59 p.m. U.S. EST), after which a public vote will take place to select the finalists. There will be six winners (first-, second-, and third- place winners in each age category), which will be announced on May 23. For more information on entry requirements and guidelines, visit: www.expatyouthscholarship.com.

About Clements Worldwide

Clements Worldwide is the leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organizations. Founded in 1947, Clements offers worldwide auto, property, health, life, disability, and commercial insurance with superior customer service and claims response to customers in more than 170 countries. For more information on Clements Worldwide’s programs and services, please visit www.clements.com.

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Patricia Loria
Clements Worldwide

Eskom executive resigns with immediate effect

Suspended Group Executive for Information Technology, Sean Maritz, has resigned from Eskom with immediate effect.

Eskom has today received a resignation letter from suspended Group Executive for Information Technology, Mr Sean Maritz, stating that he has decided to resign with immediate effect, said the power utility on Thursday.

The resignation comes against the backdrop of serious charges of misconduct that were levelled against him, that would have been adjudicated at his disciplinary hearing scheduled for 8 – 9 March 2018.

The disciplinary process to hold Mr Maritz to account for any proven wrongdoing can no longer be pursued in light of clear legal precedent that a resignation by an employee unilaterally terminates the employment relationship. Eskom has, as a result, accepted Mr Maritz’s resignation with immediate effect, said the power utility.

Eskom said it reserves all its rights to institute legal action in respect of any damages that the company may have suffered arising from Maritz’ actions and to enforce its legal rights under the Pension Funds Act.

The Board of Eskom remains committed to its mandate to root out malfeasance and maladministration as a critical foundation to restoring transparent and effective governance.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister Malusi Gigaba meets home affairs senior management, 2 Mar

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will on Friday, 2 March 2018 meet with the Executive Committee of the Department (EXCO) for the first time following his return to the organisation.

Members of the media are invited for a photo opportunity as well as the first part of the meeting where Minister Gigaba will make an opening address.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: Friday, 2 March 2018

Venue: Home Affairs Ministry, 909 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria

Time: 8h00 for 8h30

For media enquiries contact:

Thabo Mokgola

Cell: 060 962 4982

Mayihlome Tshwete

Cell: 072 869 2477

Source: Government of South Africa

Learners get their own wheels

There’s now a much faster way to get to school for learners who live in rural and remote communities.

Learners from Umfolozi District are now able to get to school much quicker and faster. This comesafter the Department of Transport and Umfolozi District Municipality donated 750 bicycles to 15 disadvantaged schools in the area.

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, who attended the handover, explained that the initiative aims to improve mobility for learners in rural and remote areas who have to walk 5km or more to school.

The National Bicycle programme was launched as a pilot project in 2001 and the initial target was one million bicycles by 2010.

The programme is an intervention to improve mobility and access to basic needs and social and economic opportunities for people, especially in rural, remote and poorly resourced areas, said Chikunga.

Bicycle maintenance shops were established in various provinces to maintain the bikes and ensure job creation and SMME development.

The project forms part of a road safety initiative that promotes non-motorised transport and road safety awareness.

As well as making travel easier for the youth Deputy Minister Chikunga said that government must also prioritise a future that enables them to develop and advance our country and secure their future.

The world demands more sophisticated products and services and there is a great need for skilled people to produce them, she said.

Asanda Fakazi (15), a beneficiary of a bicycle, is a Grade 10 learner at Ntongande High School. She said that walking the long distance to school resulted in her missing some of the lessons.

Life has changed. The bicycles will not only serve as transport to school, but will also encourage us to attend school regularly, she said.

The municipality’s Mayor, Smanga Mgenge, said they are very grateful for the donation. These bicycles are for learners, no one else. I urge you not to misuse them, he said.

Source: Vuk’uzenzele Government Newspaper

Measures to protect social grant beneficiaries from loan sharks

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will work on finalising measures to prevent loan sharks from preying on social grant beneficiaries.

The President said while land and food security will also be issues of priority in the period ahead, government will soon consult traditional leaders over the Mining Charter to ensure that their views and concerns are considered as moves are made to finalise a reviewed charter in the next three months.

He said this shortly after traditional leaders held a debate in the Old Assembly Chamber on his address to the House on Tuesday.

After a debate that saw traditional leaders from various parts of the country raising issues that affect their communities � from education and health to land reform and lack of resources for traditional authorities � the President said he was committed to work with traditional authorities to tackle their challenges and concerns.

He said, for instance, that newly-appointed Minister of Social Development Susan Shabangu would look into introducing measures aimed at protecting social grant beneficiaries from being targeted by loan sharks.

She [Minister Shabangu] is going to make sure that social grants are paid to our people.

One of the priorities for the Minister of Social Development is to work with you to finalise the appropriate measures to stop loan sharks from preying on vulnerable people, he said.

The President also said government concede that in some instances, consultation with traditional leaders has not been adequate.

He said that government, together with business and labour, will need to improve on their consultation with traditional leaders on issues like mining and infrastructure development.

With regards to mining, our new Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe has said that he is going to start a consultation process and he wants the Mining Charter to be completed within three months and that consultation is going to involve all our people, including traditional authorities where mining takes place, he said.

During the marathon debate, traditional leaders called for a basket of issues to be addressed to ensure there is adequate rural development. This includes:

Accelerated land reform and agricultural development linked to food security;

Improving conditions for education, from up-skilling educators to rolling out more ECD centres in rural areas;

Dealing decisively with social ills like old men kidnapping young girls and forcibly marrying them [ukuthwala] and hiding behind customary practises;

Calls for development Finance Institutions like IDC to be biased into creating industries in rural communities in sectors like agriculture; and

Ensuring that health services like clinics are open for 24 hours to improve access to the facilities for the most vulnerable.

The President said newly-appointed Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize told him that a plan to address the issues raised during the debate would be developed very soon.

He also said that he was prepared to work with traditional leaders on any issues they raised during the debate without equivocation.

Source: South African Government News Agency