Daily Archives: May 15, 2018

OWC Will Support Sustainable Waters Photography Project in Africa

Photographer Florian Wagner will cross the continent documenting critical water systems.

WOODSTOCK, Illinois, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — OWC®, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, has announced their support for photojournalist Florian Wagner’s African Waters 360° project. The photo-film mission will see Wagner flying 18,000km via helicopter across ten African countries, capturing 360° panoramic images of diverse African cities located near bodies of water and river systems that are meaningful for ecological balance.

The project will kick off on Friday, May 18th at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, Florian Wagner and other environmental collaborators will showcase works that explore how water impacts the human condition in resource-stressed and changing environments.

The goal of Wagner’s African Waters 360° project is to document Africa’s beauty while creating awareness of the need for responsible water policy. The program will also serve as a fundraising project for clean water charities, with a fundraising goal of $250,000.

OWC Founder and CEO Larry O’Connor said, “We are thrilled to support Florian Wagner in this important project. Not only is his work significant from an artistic point of view, but he shares OWC’s commitment to examining the world around us, and finding ways to improve the environment on a local and global scale. We all share in that obligation, and OWC is dedicated to raising funds for organizations that provide local communities with access to clean water and improve the residents’ standard of living. We are happy to continue those efforts through this venture.”

OWC is supporting Wagner and his team with a line of workflow solutions that will ensure the images captured during their excursion remain safe and secure. Professionals and prosumers alike need assurance that the content they create can be backed up without worry, and the OWC Envoy Pro EX (VE) with Thunderbolt 3, OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini and OWC ThunderBay 4 with Thunderbolt 3 allow Florian’s team to keep their work securely stored. Wagner is a Leica Camera ambassador, and the African Waters 360° project is also supported by Garmin, Yeti, and Leatherman.

The event kick-off on May 18th is open to the public and will feature presentations on water and the environment as well as photographic exhibits, all hosted in the beautiful Two Oceans Aquarium. The event takes place from 6:30 to 9:00pm local time. Tickets can be purchased here.

About Florian Wagner
Florian Wagner is a photographer and helicopter pilot based in Munich, Germany. His work has been featured in such publications as National Geographic, GQ and Focus, and often explores wildlife and the environment. His trek across Africa can be followed at: African Waters 360°.

About OWC
Having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988, OWC has become the reliable manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts with its extensive catalog of accessories, storage, and memory upgrades for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, OWC provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world and comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos.

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Concurrent Nature of Governance of Health Services a Challenge Needing Urgent Attention

Parliament� The Select Committee on Social Services has urged the legislative sector to look at changing the concurrent nature of health services as it applies to the powers of national and provincial government, as this has presented challenges to the proper functioning of the health sector. The committee was today briefed by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, of various issues in the department, including the Annual Performance Plan for the 2018/2019 financial year.

Through its many oversight visits to provinces, the committee has witnessed first-hand the challenge presented by the inability of the Minister of Health to intervene in provinces, due to national government’s lack of legislative authority in provinces. It is concerning that the Minister can only intervene at a much later stage, which impacts on dealing with challenges effectively.

While the committee understands why the legislative prescripts governing the sector are the way they are now, it is of the view that amendments have to be made to ensure a system that is fit for purpose, said Ms Cathy Dlamini, the Chairperson of the Committee.

The concurrent nature of health services also poses a challenge in the standardisation of delivery of infrastructure. In some provinces this is affected by lack of capacity, which then impacts on the overall delivery of services.

Furthermore, the delegation of authority especially in finances and the recruitment of human resources continue to present challenges, especially at the coal-face of service delivery. The committee reiterates its position that the approval of appointments only at provincial department level is cumbersome and unsustainable. As a remedy, the committee has recommended that the authority to appoint, particularly medical personnel, be devolved to hospitals. Also, the Minister must play an advisory role in the appointment of provincial heads of health departments to ensure that people with adequate skills are employed.

The chronic skills shortage in the sector is another issue requiring the department’s attention. The department must continue to engage institutions of higher learning to find solutions within a cooperative framework to solve the skills shortage.

The committee resolved in future to invite the national department together with provincial departments and their MECs to account on concurrent issues affecting the two spheres of governance. This will ensure that answers are heard from both at one time and will strengthen oversight.

Meanwhile, the committee welcomed the work done in ensuring that the shortage of medicines is no longer at crisis levels. When this committee was instituted, this problem was endemic within different provinces, but we appreciate the fact that this matter has to a large extend been resolved, Ms Dlamini said.

The committee also welcomed the improvement in provincial health departments’ audit outcomes, despite the fact that the North West provincial health department has regressed, when it was one of the best performers in previous financial years. The support given by national government in this regard is welcomed, as good governance represents the first pillar of quality service delivery.

The lack of adequate equipment in hospitals needs attention at both national and provincial level. Similarly, provinces must share best practice on how some are able to maintain infrastructure while others continue to struggle.

The committee has called for the completion of the National Health Insurance Bill, as this insurance will ensure equal and quality health services to all the people of South Africa.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Young Natalians crowned 2017/18 Futsal Champions

The National Futsal League hosted by the South African Indoor Football Association (SAIFA) concluded its fixtures this past weekend with three matches in three cities around the country, namely, Proteaville Recreation Centre (Cape Town), Orlando Communal Hall (Soweto) and YMCA in Pietermaritzburg.

The focus was at the YMCA in Pietermaritzburg where Young Natalians FC were crowned the 2017/2018 National Futsal League Champions. On the day Young Natalians extended their lead at the summit by thrashing Maritzburg Hotspurs 9-3.

Young Natalians were in total control of the match and showed why they are the champions as they defended and attacked as a unit. With their number one choice injured, Gareth Simes stood in and did an excellent job and so did Kylen Pillay who came on late in the second half.

Other results: Western Province Eagles lost 5-6 to Cape Town Titans and OBC Chickens beat Tshwane City 6-2.

RESULTS:

Western Province Eagles 5 � 6 Cape Town Titans

OBC Chicken 6 � 2 Tshwane City

Maritzburg Hotspurs 3 � 9 Young Natalians

The knockout cup competition is scheduled to take place in Pietermaritzburg from the 19 � 21 July 2018. The Awards ceremony will take place in the evening of 21 July 2018. More details will be circulated closer to the event.

Source: South African Football Association

Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers: International Relations and Cooperation Dept Budget Vote 2018/19

Address by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers MP at the 2018 Departmental Budget Vote Speech

Honourable House Chairperson;

Honourable Chair and Members of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation;

Honourable Members;

Your Excellencies High Commissioners and Ambassadors;

Distinguished guests;

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour for me to address you on this important occasion which takes place during Africa Month. On 25 May we commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which is now the African Union (AU).

This year we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the mile-stone document in the history of human rights. The Declaration sets out fundamental human rights to be universally protected. Sadly whilst we are celebrating this document there are numerous countries who continue to violate the human rights of its citizens.

Honourable House Chair-

In 2018 South Africa assumed the Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). We will continue to focus on building our political and economic integration of SADC states. We will continue to strengthen peace, security, democracy and development.

South Africa’s membership of and role within international organizations that include IBSA, BRICS and IORA comprise an integral component of securing South Africa’s foreign policy objectives. They serve as a force multiplier in positively influencing the global economic and governance structures. They place people at the centre of the global development agenda and focus on addressing the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

South Africa assumed Chairship of BRICS on 01 January 2018 and will conclude this role on 31 December 2018. As such, the 10th BRICS Summit will be chaired by President Ramaphosa from 25 to 27 July 2018 in Gauteng under the theme: BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

South Africa’s approach to its Chairship is grounded in the intention to ensure programmatic continuity for BRICS, and is committed to executing approximately 100 sectoral meetings, reflective of the expanded BRICS architecture. It also intends to bring a specific focus to the challenges and opportunities presented by the 4th Industrial Revolution. Furthermore, cognisant of our national interests and priorities South Africa will once again seek to highlight the African Agenda during its Chairship.

In October 2017 South Africa assumed the Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and will continue to do so until October 2019. Thus we have been honoured to lead this pre-eminent regional body linking Africa, the Middle East and Australasia via the Indian Ocean.

Importantly, it is our intention to create and enhance the institutional mechanisms necessary to advance important priorities for South Africa and the Region, such as Women’s Economic Empowerment; Maritime Safety and Security; the Blue Economy; and Tourism.

Honourable House Chair-

Mindful of the significance of 2018, we will renew our commitment to the struggle against subjugation and deprivation of our fellow Africans, particularly the People of Western Sahara. Our continent cannot be free whilst these fellow brothers and sisters continue to yearn for their freedom and self-determination.

It was anticipated that the re-admission of Morocco into the AU would expedite the resolution of this dispute. On the contrary, the Moroccans are utilising their membership to undermine the people of Western Sahara by denying them a referendum to determine whether they are in favour of self-determination in keeping with several UN Resolutions. To this end we will continue to lobby all AU members and the broader the international community to expedite the resolution of the Saharawi question.

Honourable Members

At the AU High Level Committee meeting on Libya held April 2018 a report was received from the UN Secretary-General’s Representative to Libya. It was reported that there are at least twenty million illegal weapons and firearms in Libya that contribute to the on-going conflict.

It was also reported that a sea vessel had been detained in Greece carrying a cargo of weapons destined for Libya. This incident is evidence that outside forces that have absolutely no interest in seeing a peaceful, prosperous, democratic Libya emerge from the ashes of a devastating war. As members of the AU it is our responsibility to expose and stop these forces which undermines our approach and belief of dealing with conflict through multi-laterism.

Honourable Members

This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale which was a turning point in the struggle to free the continent and our own country from the colonialism and apartheid.

What come to mind when we recall this battle are the sacrifices of the Cuban Revolutionary Army officers and commanders who fought together with African liberation movements and people for our cause.

Madiba himself confessed that:

The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the people of Africa. The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom, and justice, unparalleled for its principled and selfless character.

Ladies and Gentlemen

The 2012 Health Cooperation Agreement with Cuba has reached its conclusion. Engagements are underway towards the renewal of the agreement.

Given our continued revolutionary friendship with the people of Cuba, we re-affirm our solidarity with Cuba and call for an immediate end to the Economic Blockade by the US.

Ladies and gentlemen

We will continue to explore more cooperation opportunities particularly increasing our bilateral trade with MERCOSUR states under the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) of 2016.

These endeavours will be complementary to our on-going beneficial trade relations with countries of the North such as the United States and Canada. Irrespective of the recent tariff regime announcement, we are confident that the principles of rule-based free trade multilateralism will prevail.

Equally whilst we remain committed to strengthening our trade relations with the US we will not be intimidated by the recent threats of the US to cut their aid to countries who vote against them at multi-lateral institutions. We remain committed to an independent and principled approach to foreign policy.

Ladies and gentlemen

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the 25th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA).

At the recently concluded High-Level Segment 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council we reiterated the call for the Council to take a balanced approach to human rights. We called for the observance of the Vienna spirit of indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of all human rights.

We advocated and will continue to advocate for the adherence to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in order to guarantee the right to life and people’s wellbeing in the world. As such, nuclear-weapon States must honour their undertaking to eliminate nuclear weapons rather than creating justifications for exploring further options in this regard.

Honourable Members

In conclusion, 2018 marks the centenary of the son and daughter of the African soil, Nelson Mandela and Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu. This budget vote policy priorities for 2018 attempts to pay tribute to their lifelong beliefs and principles. These priorities are underpinned by the principles of Pan Africanism, International Solidarity, Human Rights and multi-lateralism as a means to deal with conflict and build a safer world.

We will continue to build South-South Solidarity, whilst maintaining North South co-operation and the strengthening African political and economic integration, democracy, peace and security.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

Two police officers arrested for corruption

KWAZULU-NATAL � The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation unit arrested two police officers from Berea police station detectives for corruption on 09 May 2018. Msawenkosi Mabaso (45), and Sergeant Thulani Dlangalala (45), both sergeants, briefly appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court on 10 May 2018.

The pair allegedly offered to release an accused in a reckless and negligence driving case in exchange of a bribe after he was arrested near King Shaka International Airport during 2016.

The hawks were alerted and an undercover operation was conducted, resulting in the arrest and recovery of money taken from the complainant.

They have each been granted R2000.00 bail and the case has been postponed to May 21 pending further investigation.

Source: South African Police Service