Daily Archives: March 28, 2018

XCMG Delivers Order of 70 Articulated Dump Trucks Worth USD 31.63 Million

XUZHOU, China, March 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG, the world’s leading construction machinery manufacturer, has delivered 70 units of its XDA40 articulated dump truck to customers in Central Asia and South Africa, completing an export order that is worth 200 million yuan (USD 31.63 million).

XCMG's USD 31.63 Million Order of Dump Trucks Are Delivered to Central Asia and South Africa.

Designed for use in major mining projects and capable of handling loads of up to 40 tons, the advanced and durable XDA40 articulated dump truck is XCMG’s flagship model. Highly adaptable so as to meet the needs of clients all around the world, the 70 units in this major order have been customized to client specifications and will see service in major projects located in varied climates and terrains across two continents.

“This RMB 200 million export order has set a new record for articulated dump trucks. It represents XCMG and China’s strength in high-end equipment manufacturing and is a milestone on China’s path to global dominance in the global mining equipment market,” noted Wang Min, Chairman and President of XCMG.

“In 2017, XCMG’s Excavator Machinery Business Department export volume grew by 150 percent year-on-year. Our mining equipment has amazed the global market with its brilliance and broken the monopoly of foreign brands. In the future, we will continue to strive to reach the peak of the industry and remain a world-class mining equipment brand,” added Wang.

As a pioneer and leader in the Chinese construction machinery industry, XCMG has adopted an innovation-driven strategy to achieve continuous breakthroughs in technology and product development.

The group has recently completed a high-end production line featuring 70-700 tonnage hydraulic mining excavators, 60-360 tonnage mining dump trucks and 30-60 tonnage articulated mining dump trucks, making XCMG one of the few manufacturers in the world and the only one in China that’s capable of developing and manufacturing large set mining equipment for open-pit mining.

About XCMG

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks eighth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 177 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Committee Calls for Stricter Policies Regulating Sexual Conduct at Tertiary Institutions

Parliament-The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has called on all institutions of higher learning to introduce stringent policies on sexual conduct. The Chairperson of the committee, Ms Connie September, said the committee is very concerned about the increase in reports of sexual misconduct.

This condemnable behaviour of forced sexual favours is unacceptable. Institutions need to start developing tough policy that will not only deal with sexual offences, but also serve as a deterrent, Ms September said.

She called on the University of South Africa (Unisa) to provide counselling services expeditiously to the victim of sexual violence at the institution. Reports on Tuesday indicated that a Unisa employee violated a female colleague and asked for sexual favours. The university said the alleged perpetrator has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation, which is ongoing.

Meanwhile, the committee applauds the tough sentence given to the former Walter Sisulu University student accused of rape. Institutions are places of learning, teaching and skills enhancement, not places of fear, Ms September said.

The committee will write to tertiary institutions to ascertain their policies regulating sexual conduct.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa


PRETORIA– Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be the leading cause of death among black South Africans while most whites die of heart diseases and diabetes is the leading cause of death for coloured people and Indian, according to the latest data.

Tuberculosis remains the number one killer disease in South Africa, followed by diabetes, according to the Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) 2016 mortality and cause of death report released here Tuesday. HIV is the third leading cause of deaths in men while it ranks sixth among women.

TB remains an underlying leading cause of death for males, accounting for 7.6 per cent, and for females TB is a lot lower as opposed to men. It ranks at position number five. The leading cause of death for females is diabetes. But when we look at men, diabetes is sitting at position number six, Statistician General Risenga Maluleke said here Tuesday.

In 2016, a total of 456,612 deaths occurred, marking a decline of 3.5 per cent from the 473,266 death occurrences for 2015 which have been updated for late registration, the report indicated.

It says that mortalit, overall now occurs at older ages for both sexes, which is an indication of a decline in premature mortality.

In 2016, male deaths peaked at age group 60-64 years (8.6 per cent), while female deaths peaked at a much older age group (75-79 years [8.3 per cent]).

StatsSA said most 2016 death occurrences occurred in the most populous provinces — Gauteng (21.3 per cent) and KwaZulu-Natal (18.6 per cent).

It is worth noting that a high proportion of deaths continue to occur at home instead of health care facilities and this may impact on the accuracy of the certification of causes of deaths, it added.

The report shows that based on provincial differentials diabetes mellitus in Western Cape Province, other forms of heart diseases in Gauteng and influenza and pneumonia in Limpopo Province were the leading underlying natural causes. For the rest of the provinces tuberculosis was the top-ranked natural cause.


Electronic SA VISA applications to curb fake permits

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department will this year introduce an electronic VISA application system in order to curb fraudulent permits from foreign nationals.

The Minister said this when Ministers in the Peace and Security Cluster fielded oral questions at the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday.

He was responding to Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape Member of Parliament Leon Magwebu, who had asked what the department was doing to address the weaknesses that lead to foreign nationals being in the country on fraudulent permits.

During the course of the year, we are going to introduce a number of initiatives. One of them is the electronic applications for VISAS and for a number of other permits to the country.

That will enable the applicant to obtain information electronically and submit their applications and the documentation to support their applications electronically, he said.

The Minister said the initiative would remove the need for the department to provide frontline services that tend to stretch government’s capacity. He said the initiative would also pave way for a centralised adjudication system to enable the department to take decisions quickly in terms of people’s applications.

But we further intend to introduce an amendment to the legislation which is going to enable the department to have an independent citizenship advisory board.

But this is only for those who are applying for citizenship once all other processes have been followed in terms of the latter of the law. So all of these initiatives are going to be introduced during the course of the year, he said.

Initiatives underway to enhance border law enforcement

Meanwhile, Minister Gigaba said several initiatives were being implemented to address border line enforcement and to deal with the number of undocumented foreign nationals.

He said that the current model of cooperative border management contributes to a lack of effective and efficient border management.

In future, the Minister said that the border management authority that will be established will improve border law enforcement based on a model of integrated border management and the establishment of a single line of command and the control structure in the border environment.

Corruption at ports of entry – which leads to the facilitation of some undocumented foreign nationals entering the country � was also a challenge. The department is dealing with corrupt officials on an on-going basis, the Minister said.

To address the key challenges facing border management and border law enforcement as reflected above, there has been measures put in place, this includes:

A multi-party agreement on enhanced border management signed by 17 organs of state to strengthen border management and cooperation as a transition period towards the establishment of the Border Management Authority;

An integrated border management strategy approved by the JCPS structure aimed at better coordinating and implementing high-level border management interventions across government in incremental manner;

A border infrastructure capital and maintenance programme and a registered public-private sector project in the developing key six land ports of entry to address the lack of integrated systems supporting migration management;

The establishment of a community crossing point at Tshidilamolomo � the pilot project between South Africa and Botswana – to enable the legal movement of local community members;

In the transition period towards the establishment of the Border Management Authority, the department continues to work closely with all border management stakeholders on various matters such as the maintenance of border fences, increased security patrols at our border line, joint operations � especially over the festive periods � and strengthened bilateral agreements on border management and migration matters to enhance border cooperation.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Ntseki announces Amajimbos squad for training camp

The South African U17 Men’s National Football team (Amajimbos), will report back into camp over the Easter period and national school holidays, to continue their training camp for 2018.

Amajimbos head coach, Molefi Ntseki is building a squad in preparation for the 2018 COSAFA Youth Championships, CAF U17 African Cup of Nations and aiming to qualify for the 2019 FIFA World Cup.

Ntseki has called up 30 players for this camp and will be looking to build on the work done over the last eight months.

We have invited a few new players to this training camp and also looked into a few that we spotted last year but failed to use due to them not having travel documents.

I believe that following our first training camp in January 2018, we are on course with the core of the squad and players now need to show the hunger to be in the National set up as we get closer to the qualifiers. We are hoping to make good use of these school holidays and hopefully get an international friendly match or two within this period; just to ensure that we maximize the time spent with the boys; said Ntseki.

Amajimbos will report for camp on Friday, 30 March until 8 April at the SAFA Technical Centre in Johannesburg.

Source: South African Football Association