Daily Archives: July 24, 2018

Hanergy Kick-starts its CSR Project, ‘Lighting Africa’ in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hanergy Thin-Film Power Group, a pioneering multinational clean energy company, launched the “Lighting Africa” project at its first stop Tanzania on July 18th together with China Foundation for Peace and Development and Tanzania-China Friendship Association by promising to donate the first 100 Humbrellas this October.

Minister Song Tao and Dr. Salim. Salim lit up the solar umbrella from Hanergy

“Lighting Africa” is a philanthropic project initiated by Hanergy and joined by China Foundation for Peace and Development this April in Beijing, aiming to provide environmental-friendly lighting devices to African children to improve their reading time and help the electricity deprived populations in Africa.

The event had a fully lit Humbrella demonstration that was witnessed by: Minister of International Department of Communist Party of China, Song Tao, President of Tanzania China Friendship Association, Hon. Dr. Salim.A.Salim, Hanergy Kenya Sales Directors Li Chuan and Zhang Xu, and over 700 local residents from Kagera Region along with teachers and pupils from the Oysterbay Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that there are 880 million people who are living with insufficient electricity, power shortages have become an important factor that restricts the development of Africa.

Minister Song Tao said, “We hope more NGOs, enterprises, and individuals can join the cause of building a prosperous Tanzania, making the people’s lives better.”

“We hope ‘Lighting Africa’ Project will be a successful program at its first stop in Tanzania,” added Minister Song.

Donating the Humbrella, a path-breaking product from Hanergy, Mr. Li Chuan, Hanergy Kenya, Country Sales Director, said “At Hanergy, we’re steadfast to ensure the all-round development of Africa. We’re confident that the Humbrella will surely light up the lives of African children and facilitate the fast-paced development of Africa. Today’s step to donate Humbrella to Tanzania is a testimony of our commitment to helping the underdeveloped regions of Africa facing power shortages.”

“This is just the beginning of Hanergy’s philanthropy in Africa. We’re poised to bring more Humbrellas to Africa,” he added.

Humbrella is a new thin-film solar product developed by Hanergy. Weighing only 8.8 kilograms and a diameter of 2.7 meters, Humbrella is covered with thin-film solar panels, which is available for power generation on both sunny and cloudy days.

Equipped with integrated functions of off-grid power supply, electricity storage, night lighting and terminal charging, the newly unveiled product is expected to store as much as 40000 mAh, ensuring a 10-hour high-quality reading time for children, or charging more than ten 3000mAh smartphones.

About Hanergy

Hanergy, the world’s largest clean energy company, has a comprehensive clean energy solution, covering hydro-power, wind-power, and solar power. Since 2009, Hanergy has focused on thin-film solar power research and development, and is launching a series of products including solar roof tiles, foldable solar-paper power bank, solar backpack, building integrated photovoltaics, solar roads and many others. With a worldwide staff of more than 16,000, Hanergy is devoted to providing the world a clean energy solution for a better life and sustainable world.

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Government supports film industry

Government is committed to supporting the film industry to ensure that it continues to contribute to South Africa’s economic growth, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

Davies said the country has recognised the significance of the film industry which not only tells South African stories but also contributes to job creation.

As a department we recognise that like in other sectors, one cannot be a successful player in the film industry if there are no incentives to support the industry, he said.

The Minister was speaking at the launch of the revised guidelines of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) film and television production incentives which took place at the Durban International Film Festival.

In order to ensure that our incentives are competitive and relevant to the needs of the industry, we have conducted a review to see what revisions were necessary. Working with Industry and stakeholders in government we believe we have achieved the right balance to grow investment and foster transformation, he said.

He said the department assessed the incentive programme with extensive participation from industry and partner stakeholders in government.

[This was] in order to try to be competitive, and to ensure that the incentives support the development of sustainable value chains and inclusive ecosystems. We are looking forward to seeing more new productions including productions that will find their way onto the world stage, said Davies.

Amendments

Some of the amendments include those made to the guidelines of the Foreign Film and Television Production and Post-Production Incentive, South African Film and Television Production Incentive, South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive, and the South African Film and Television Co-Production Incentive.

The new guidelines will be effective from 1 September 2018.

The revised incentive facilitates growth of the sector, building on South Africa’s shooting location advantages as a quality service provider for both local and international shoots.

Key in this value chain is the post-production work in which the dti would like to see more players and significant investment.

Fostering transformation

We have also introduced a requirement for transformation which will be at different levels, in the actual film itself and also in accordance with the general architecture of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment, said Davies.

He singled out the South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive as particularly important for achieving transformation in the film industry.

To this end, the minimum investment required for qualifying for the incentive has been dropped from R1 million to R500 000 in order to allow more filmmakers to participate in the programme.

Under this scheme there will also be a once-off purchase grant of R2 million for the purchase of production assets.

We are looking at having a dialogue with stakeholders on the effects on the 4th Industrial Revolution on the film industry. We will engage on various interventions such as the establishment of relevant infrastructure like film studios, film schools and other facilities to support the long-term development and evolution of the film industry, said the Minister.

The dti said South African films keep attracting attention from international film festivals. This is demonstrated by productions such as Ayanda winning a Special Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Revolting Rhymes being nominated for an Oscar, Miner’s Shot Down being nominated for an Emmy Award and Tell Me Sweet Something winning an award at the Black Star Film Festival.

These productions have been funded by the South African Film and Television Production Incentives. Through this incentive, 530 productions with a total Qualifying South African Production Expenditure (QSAPE) valued at R15.8 billion were supported between 2013 and 2017.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Two vehicles recovered, Motherwell Cluster

Two vehicles were recovered by SAPS in the Kwazakele and Kwadwesi areas of Motherwell Cluster. This followed after a hijacking of a delivery truck in Kwazakele and a theft of motor vehicle in Somerset East.

In the first incident, a delivery truck of a courier company delivering clothing at Shoprite was hijacked at 13:00 in Maronga Street, Kwazakele. A suspect pointed the driver of the vehicle and demanded the driver to get out of the truck. The suspect then drove off with the vehicle. Clothing to the value of about R250 000 was missing from the truck when it was found abandoned at Mavuso Street, Kwazakele at 15:00.

In the second incident, a white Ford Ranger bakkie was stolen from the parking lot at Spar in Somerset East at about 18:30. The vehicle was found abandoned in an open space in the Westville area of Kwadwesi at 20:00. No arrests were made as the vehicles were both recovered after being left abandoned by the suspects, but any person with information that could assist police can contact 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service

President Cyril Ramaphosa: State Banquet in honour of President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China

Toast remarks by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa at the State Banquet held in honour of President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria

Your Excellency President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan,

Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers,

Ambassadors,

Senior Officials,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Your Excellency, I am privileged to have had the opportunity of extended bilateral talks with you on the eve of the 10th BRICS Summit.

Your visit to South Africa and Africa represents the essence of a partnership that is domestic, regional, continental and international in content.

Our relationship predates the official establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries on 1 January 1998.

We recall with great affection and gratitude the support and solidarity we received during our struggle for liberation.

Over the last 20 years, there has been a meeting of minds in almost every aspect of our relationship, whether party-to-party, government-to-government or people-to-people.

Along the road we have travelled, there are many milestones that have given structure and direction to our relationship, in particular the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which we deeply value.

Our resolve today to accelerate the implementation of the agreements we have reached points towards the future trajectory of our relations, an action-oriented approach.

We have undertaken to use whatever opportunities possible to expand trade and investment opportunities.

We are therefore looking to China’s International Import Expo in Shanghai and South Africa’s Investment Conference later this year.

We also celebrated our cooperation in science, technology and innovation today and I am heartened by the depth of the cooperation in cutting edge projects geared towards the realisation of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Your Excellency, the frequent high level visits by you and Chinese leaders to South Africa and the Continent is highly appreciated.

They underscore the deep commitment of the People’s Republic of China to the bonds of friendship and collaborative cooperation with our Continent and its people.

I would like to use this opportunity to encourage Chinese visitors to our shores and look forward to closer cooperation in the tourism industry.

Your Excellency, I would also like to express our gratitude to you and the Chinese Government for your devout support of South Africa’s industrialisation programme and our skills development strategies.

We were extremely pleased with the outcomes of our deliberations and I firmly believe that the bilateral relationship between South Africa and China has never been a stronger footing than now.

I would like to invite Your Excellency to consider South Africa as your home away from home, as we always feel at home whenever we have an occasion to visit China.

Once more, Your Excellency, thank you for accepting my invitation.

Your Excellency, distinguished guests,

In this spirit, I have the pleasure to request you to rise and join me in a toast to the good health and prosperity of His Excellency, President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan, to friendship, trust, peace and prosperity between the peoples of the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

Deputy President David Mabuza delegates Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to lead Team SA to 22nd International AIDS Conference

Deputy President delegates the Minister of Health to lead the South African delegation to the International AIDS 2018 Conference

Deputy President David Mabuza has delegated South African Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to lead a strong Team SA delegation to the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) taking place in Amsterdam in the Netherlands between 23-27 July 2018 under the theme Breaking Barriers Building Bridges.

The Deputy President will now be joining President Cyril Ramaphosa as South Africa hosts the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg.

Through Minister Motsoaledi, the Deputy President has conveyed his sincere apology to the conference and especially to more than 500 South African delegates consisting of AIDS activists, researchers, scientists, government officials, HIV/AIDS ambassadors as well as Premiers, Deputy Ministers and MECs that are in attendance.

South African Ambasador to the Netherlands, Mr Bruce Koloane has welcomed all members of the SA delegation to Amsterdam, urging them to be positive ambassadors for South Africa and to make a strong country impression to this global gathering.

South African delegates have already taken part in some of the AIDS 2018 Conference sessions including ones on HIV Prevalence and Prevention as well as on Key Populations in Africa.

The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world. First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, it continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Each conference is an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes that ensure an effective response to the HIV epidemic.

This AIDS 2018 provides 18,000 conference delegates with the latest HIV research, as well as an opportunity to reflect on key issues facing both the HIV sector and the broader global health community. The conference is hosted by the International AIDS Society (IAS), the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members from more than 180 countries. IAS members include researchers, clinicians, policy and programme planners, and public health and community practitioners.

At this AIDS 2018, South African researchers and programme leaders will be releasing new resources and announcements demonstrating South Africa’s strong commitment to end AIDS.

As South Africa and the world mark the centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu and Tata Nelson Mandela this year, South Africa’s exhibition stand that will be unveiled by Minister Motsoaledi tomorrow, 24 July 2018, will reflect and honour their significant contributions to the HIV and TB response.

The stand has been dubbed Vilakazi Street, the Soweto street where the homes of two Nobel Peace Prize laureates � South Africa’s first democratically elected president, the late President Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu � are found.

Source: Government of South Africa