Daily Archives: August 6, 2018

WATCH: Dludlu talks about her passion for coaching

Head coach of the South African U17 Women’s national team and 2018 GSport4Girls coach of the year nominee, Simphiwe Dludlu shares with SAFA.net her passion for coaching and how it came about. The passionate former Banyana Banyana player is currently preparing her squad for the upcoming FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

Source: South African Football Association


NAIROBI– The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is not taking chances after securing the South African market for Kenyan avocadoes after ten years of negotiations to re-open that market.

It says Kenyan exporters wishing to ship avocadoes to South Africa will have to register, secure approval and have their processes audited by it in order to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the South African authorities.

Last year Kenya exported 461 tonnes of avocadoes worth seven billion shillings (about 70 million US dollars) with the figure expected to further grow after the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) secured the South African market after a decade-long ban.

Kenya lost the South African avocado market because of infestations of the fruit fly after various studies found the quarantine effect was negligible under standard export conditions. Since the ban came into effect, Kenya had been holding talks with the South Africa authorities to lift the ban, with inspectors from South Africa regularly visiting Kenya to assess the country’s progress in addressing the fruit fly.

The KEPHIS says that it has been spearheading the production and marketing of avocado to other markets as the fruit, particularly the Hass variety, is in demand internationally for its taste, oil content, texture and size.

The inspectorate plans to closely monitor shipments to ensure that what is exported meet the standards and expectations of the South African market. Avocado exporters will have their processes audited.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Kenya is the second largest avocado producer in Africa after South Africa and seventh globally with an average avocado production of 191,000 tonnes annually.


Women urged to reach for the skies

Transport Deputy Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga has called on women to take advantage of opportunities in the aviation sector.

Our government has done a lot since 1994 to ensure the empowerment of women in the industry through policy transformation, the Deputy Minister said.

Chikunga was speaking to the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) radio unit ahead of the first ever Global Aviation Gender Global Aviation Gender Summit that will be hosted by South Africa this week.

Globally there are also gender transformation policies that support women empowerment in the sector. There are many opportunities available now that I encourage women to take up in the aviation industry, she said on Monday.

The Deputy Minister said the aviation industry is white male dominated but progress is being made in some areas to transform the sector.

The summit, which is being hosted by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) in cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), will be held from 8 August until 10 August.

The Summit will see nearly 500 top-ranking representatives of governments and the aviation industry from across the world, including airlines, airports, and aircraft manufacturers gathered in Cape Town to jointly chart a new flight-path that will bring about meaningful gender transformation and equality in aviation.

Head of SACAA Poppy Khoza said South Africa’s safety record ranks extremely high.

We extremely excited to have a supportive government and responsive governmentas the government wants to ensure there is excellence in this sector. Untransformed as it is, it is one of the sectors that is doing extremely well in our country, she said.

Khoza said she expects the debates during the summit to be robust, and most importantly, the solutions to be pragmatic.

The line-up of speakers is noteworthy and the topics are pointed, making it impossible for the summit to turn into a banal talk shop.

Most importantly, if we do not emerge from this gathering with concrete goals, and start walking the talk, we would have failed the next generation of female aviators, she said.

The summit is also being held in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and through the contribution of among others, the SACAA, South African Airways (SAA), Transport Canada, Air Traffic Navigation (ATNS), Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), and Qatar Airways.

Source: South African Government News Agency