Daily Archives: April 6, 2018

MoneyGram Foundation Promotes Literacy in Ghana

Children receive reading books and school supplies

ACCRA, Ghana, April 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MoneyGram, a global provider of innovative money transfer services, is thrilled to announce that the MoneyGram Foundation has distributed books, notebooks and school supplies to about 1,000 students at Osu Home Primary & JHS School in Accra. The event reflects MoneyGram Foundation’s commitment to improving lives of children worldwide by providing equal access to early education.

MoneyGram Foundation Supports Literacy in Ghana

“As studies show, educational skills can improve over time when interventions start at an early age. I’m happy to be here today with my colleagues from MoneyGram to distribute school supplies and talk about the importance of reading. Through our donation and engagement, we hope to inspire the change that will improve educational opportunities for children across Africa,” said Patrick Appiah, MoneyGram’s regional head for West Africa.

The books are part of a global book distribution grant through First Book, a U.S.-based nonprofit social enterprise focused on equal access to quality education for kids in need. The donation is just one of many educational efforts funded by the MoneyGram Foundation in the region. In 2013, the Foundation awarded a $60,000 grant to Pencils of Promise to support the establishment of an e-reader program in four community schools in Ghana.

Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded over $600,000 in grants towards building infrastructure, supporting technology, and promoting literacy in Africa.

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About MoneyGram

MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.

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About MoneyGram Foundation

MoneyGram established the MoneyGram Foundation in 2012 to help children around the world gain access to educational facilities and learning resources. Its mission is firmly rooted in the belief that education is at the heart of better economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment. The MoneyGram Foundation is focused on inspiring minds and improving lives and grants funds to deserving organizations with this mission in mind. To learn more, please visit moneygramfoundation.org or connect with us on Facebook.

About First Book

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education—making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more—affordable to its member network of more than 350,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in North America exclusively serving kids in need.

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Environmental Affairs Committee Welcomes Signing of Contracts with Independent Power Producers

Parliament� The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs welcomes the signing of contracts with 27 independent power producers by the Minister of Energy, Mr Jeff Radebe. These contracts are worth R55.92 billion. This truly indicates South Africa’s commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions footprint, and hence transition to a low-carbon economy, as articulated in the country’s development blueprint, the National Development Plan.

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy presents a significant opportunity in that the commercialisation of low-carbon solutions, including clean energy technologies, can further catalyse an important emerging market and support the transformation of our energy sector.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Philemon Mapulane, says: This signing is also important in terms of the Paris Agreement, which we had both signed and ratified as a country. The Paris Agreement represents the first comprehensive climate change agreement in the world, designed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

What we are seeing here is a deliberate move by our country from intensive consumption of hydrocarbons to clean renewables that do not harm the environment and health or well-being of our people as set out in the Constitution of the Republic. We have certainly set the stage for an increase in renewable investments in our country, which could accelerate the decline of traditional energy and accelerate the adoption of alternative energies.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Suspect arrested in Muizenberg with a large quantity of drugs

A tip-off from the community led to the arrest of a 42-year-old female last night at her Seawinds residence for being in possession of a large quantity of drugs.

Members of Operational Combat pursued information of drug dealings in the area and conducted a search of the suspect’s residence. This search led to the confiscation of dagga and tik with an estimated street value of R 200 000-00.

The suspect is due to make a court appearance on Monday to face a charge of dealing in drugs.

Source: South African Police Service

Suspect arrested in Kuilsriver for the possession of an unlicensed firearm, stolen property and drugs

The vigilance of members attached to the K9 unit led to the apprehension of a 47-year-old suspect at a residence in Kuilsrivier during the earlier hours of this morning for the possession of an unlicensed firearm, stolen property and drugs. The members traced a vehicle, which was stolen in Milnerton and were led to a residence in Haasendal where the vehicle was recovered and seized. The residence was searched, which led to the discovery of a large quantity of presumably stolen property comprising television sets, computers and an assortment of electronic equipment, an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, mandrax tablets and two bullet proof jackets. The circumstances surrounding the discovery of the seized items are currently under investigation. The suspect is due to make a court appearance in Blue Downs on Monday, to face the charges against him. The arrest is regarded a remarkable breakthrough in the investigation of housebreaking cases in the Peninsula.

Source: South African Police Service

Update on court appearance of four suspects arrested for the murder of mine workers

Four suspects arrested for the murder of six mine workers at Driekop on Monday night after torching the bus they were traveling in, have appeared in Praktiseer Magistrates’ Court.

(1) Sipho Khumalo, 28 years old from Driekop village was arrested on 2018-04-04 at Driekop

(2) Aubrey Remos Tjie, 35 years old from Driekop village was arrested on 2018-04-04 at Riba Cross

(3) Thabo Mokgala, 33 years old from Sehlaku village was arrested on 2018-04-04 at Mandagshoek.

(4) Philimon Makwana, 34 years old from Leolo village was arrested on 2018-04-04 at Mohlake area, Leolo.

The abovementioned suspects are facing charges of six counts of murder, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

They were all remanded in custody until 12 April 2018 for formal bail application. All five suspects including Kgaogelo Moime who appeared alone on Thursday, will appear again at Mecklenburg Magistrates’ Court on 12 April 2018.

Source: South African Police Service