Monthly Archives: July 2018

Minister Senzeni Zokwana visits Phuthaditjhaba as part of Imbizo Focus Week, 16 Jul

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, will visit Witsieshoek in Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality on Tuesday, 16 July 2018.

This year, the Tata Mandela and Mama Sisulu Centenary celebration forms a big part of the focus week, under the sub-theme: Be the legacy and A woman of fortitude. Primarily, the activities will be a platform to engage face-to-face; deliver services; forge mutual partnerships with communities, especial civil-society organisations championing the course of building a better life for all and give credence to the vision of a nation bound by a common destiny, our National Development Plan.

The minister’s visit is part of the National Imbizo Focus Week that will give a platform for communities to conduct a dialogue on the living conditions of farmworkers in the Free State Province.

Source: Government of South Africa

8 Endangered Black Rhinos Die in Kenya After Relocation

Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya following an attempt to move them from the capital to a national park hundreds of kilometers away, the government said Friday, calling the toll “unprecedented” in more than a decade of such transfers.

Preliminary investigations point to salt poisoning as the rhinos tried to adapt to saltier water in their new home, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said in a statement. It suspended the ongoing move of other rhinos and said the surviving ones were being closely monitored.

Losing the rhinos is “a complete disaster,” said prominent Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu of WildlifeDirect.

Conservationists in Africa have been working hard to protect the black rhino sub-species from poachers targeting them for their horns to supply an illegal Asian market.

In moving a group of 11 rhinos to the newly created Tsavo East National Park from Nairobi last month, the Kenya Wildlife Service said it hoped to boost the population there. The government agency has not said how the rhinos died. Fourteen of the animals were to be moved in all.

“Disciplinary action will definitely be taken” if an investigation into the deaths indicates negligence by agency staff, the wildlife ministry said.

“Moving rhinos is complicated, akin to moving gold bullion, it requires extremely careful planning and security due to the value of these rare animals,” Kahumbu said in a statement. “Rhino translocations also have major welfare considerations and I dread to think of the suffering that these poor animals endured before they died.”

Transporting wildlife is a strategy used by conservationists to help build up, or even bring back, animal populations. In May, six black rhinos were moved from South Africa to Chad, restoring the species to the country in north-central Africa nearly half a century after it was wiped out there.

Kenya transported 149 rhinos between 2005 and 2017 with eight deaths, the wildlife ministry said.

According to WWF, black rhino populations declined dramatically in the 20th century, mostly at the hands of European hunters and settlers. Between 1960 and 1995, numbers dropped by 98 percent, to fewer than 2,500.

Since then the species has rebounded, although it remains extremely threatened. In addition to poaching, the animals also face habitat loss.

African Parks, a Johannesburg-based conservation group, said earlier this year that there are fewer than 25,000 rhinos in the African wild, of which about 20 percent are black rhinos and the rest white rhinos.

In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization.

Source: Voice of America

Treasury hosts media workshop on tender processes, 17 Jul

Deviations workshop

The National Treasury’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) will host a media workshop on the Department’s role in tender processes. The workshop is aimed at assisting journalists understand Treasury’s role in deviations, and under which circumstances departments are allowed to deviate from normal tender processes.

The workshop will also assist journalists to understand Treasury’s role in resolving issues around unlawfully awarded tenders and all other processes that have to do with state procurement.

Source: Government of South Africa

Spaza shop owner overpowers suspects during an attempted robbery in Humansdorp

Humansdorp – A brave spaza shop owner wrestled and overpowered suspects during an attempted business robbery in Humansdorp yesterday.

Yesterday at 18:30, it is alleged that two men entered a spaza shop in Vumazonke Street, Humansdorp. One of the men pretended to be a customer and bought cigarettes. While the spaza shop owner was assisting him, a second man took out a firearm and held the owner at gunpoint. In an act of bravery, a 38-year-old businessman grabbed the firearm and started wrestling with the suspect, and a shot went off. A bullet struck the owner on the left upper arm, but he managed to get hold of the firearm. The two suspects fled the premises on foot without taking anything from the shop. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment. At the scene, police seized a 9mm pistol with its serial number filed off and three rounds of ammunition. The firearm is going to be sent to the laboratory for ballistic investigation. Police are investigating a case of attempted business robbery. Anyone with information that could assist with police investigation is urged to contact the nearest police station or share information via Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service

MSL opens office in Turkey

Mehin Öner, CEO, will lead collaboration with other Publicis agencies in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MSL has brought its brand to Turkey, formally naming an existing Publicis-developed PR capability in Istanbul as MSL.  The new office is MSL’s 107th.  The MSL Istanbul unit, with 12 people, will be part of a strong integrated offering in Turkey that will feature the capabilities and expertise from Publicis İstanbul, Publicis Healthcare, Arc, Voden, Leo Burnett, Publicis Emil, Saatchi & Saatchi, Starcom, Spark Foundry, Zenith, DataWise and Performics all under the Publicis Groupe Türkiye umbrella.  Mehin Öner will lead the unit as its CEO, making Istanbul the 34th office in the MSL network led by a woman.

Mehin Oner, CEO, MSL Istanbul

Sebastian Hejnowski, Central and Eastern Europe CEO of MSL, said, “With Turkey’s anticipated economic growth and strong expectations for our business here, the time is right to put a stake in the ground in Istanbul.  In Turkey’s dynamic market, we expect to see success from the unwavering focus we place on clients and the strong value they gain from integrated 360-degree solutions anchored in Publicis Groupe’s ‘Power of One’ approach.”

Öner said, “The move links the PR capabilities in the Turkey to the MSL’s global practice and sectors as well as best-in-class strategic counsel and creative services and best practices that MSL provides around the world.  By working as part of the MSL global network, and closely with our local Publicis sister agencies, we offer our clients a distinct strategic, data-driven and holistic solution that meets their broadest communication and business needs.”

Guillaume Herbette, Global CEO of MSL explained, “The addition of Istanbul is strategically important to our global network as it is situated at crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Asia, all where the MSL network is exceptionally strong.  We have been eager to move into the Turkey market for some time now.  Clients across our global network will benefit from our presence in Turkey where we now have a solid on-the-ground team with deep understanding of the local marketplace and strong relationships, community ties and social connections.”

In the last two years, MSL has converted existing operations around the world from Arc Worldwide and Leo Burnett to the MSL brand.  These include Sri Lanka (Jan. 2016), the Philippines (June 2016), Thailand (Dec. 2016), Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE in the Middle East (September 2016), the Czech Republic (Nov. 2017), and Malaysia and Indonesia (both Apr. 2018).

About Mehin Öner, CEO, MSL in Turkey

Prior to taking on the role of CEO of MSL in Turkey, Mehin Öner served as reporter, editor, senior healthcare editor and news head at some of Turkey’s most influential publications — Hurriyet Daily and Forbes.  She served in strategic communication roles at global PR firms, Grayling and Weber Shandwick Turkey.  Before joining MSL, Mehin directed global media for more than 20 markets at Arcelik A.Ş., Europe’s third largest home appliances company.  She also managed global communications of Beko’s “Eat like a Pro” and Grundig’s “Respect Food” CSR projects globally.

About MSL

MSL is Publicis Groupe’s public relations and integrated communications network, one of the world’s largest. It provides strategic counsel and creative thinking while championing its clients’ interests through fearless and insightful campaigns that engage multiple perspectives and holistic thinking to build influence and deliver impact. With more than 3,100 people across more than 107 offices worldwide, MSL is also one of the largest PR network in Europe, and the fastest growing in China and India.
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