Daily Archives: August 23, 2018

Agrandir le cercle en Côte d’Ivoire

Les participantes au programme SEPHIS d’émancipation des femmes en passe de devenir des tutrices

JOHANNESBURG, 23 août 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fondée par Sefora Kodjo Kouassi, l’organisation SEPHIS offre des compétences essentielles et une formation à l’entrepreneuriat pour les femmes âgées de 18 à 35 ans vivant en Côte d’Ivoire. En 2018, Kouassi a été reconnue par les Dirigeants de la Fondation Obama : Le programme Afrique pour son travail et son engagement pour l’élévation des femmes.

« La Tournée pour l’Émancipation des Femmes est un programme national créé par la SEPHIS pour les femmes vivant en Côte d’Ivoire. « Ces femmes bénéficient d’une formation théorique et pratique sur des sujets comme la promotion et la protection du genre, l’entrepreneuriat, le leadership, la responsabilité sociale, et la lutte contre le VIH/sida.  Au terme de cette tournée, nous avions formé plus de 1900 jeunes femmes et cette expérience fut pour elles l’occasion d’élargir leur éventail de compétences, de gagner en confiance et de développer un plan concret pour leur avenir individuel », ajoute Kouassi.

Elle est également à l’origine de l’African Women of the Future Fellowship (AWF), dédié à 24 jeunes dirigeantes. Elles effectuent une formation intensive sur une période de six semaines », explique Kouassi. Après le programme, les participantes sont encouragées à partager leur expérience et à faire profiter leurs communautés de leurs enseignements, mais aussi à former à leur tour les femmes de ces communautés. Dans le cadre de ce programme, chaque participante devient automatiquement une tutrice et a pour tâche de contribuer à l’organisation de la session de formation suivante.

Les participantes ont l’occasion d’effectuer un stage de trois à six mois dans une institution privée, publique ou non gouvernementale basée en Côte d’Ivoire et affiliée au programme SEPHIS. Au terme de la formation, les participantes sont évaluées sur la base de leur niveau d’engagement et sur l’impact de leurs actions.

« Nous faisons venir à ces sessions des femmes dynamiques qui ont réussi, afin qu’elles servent d’exemples pour les participantes », déclare Kouassi.  « Elles racontent leurs histoires et expliquent comment elles se sont hissées en haut de l’échelle et comment elles ont surmonté les défis auxquels elles ont été confrontées dans leur vie. »

beverley.bradley@mslgroup.com Laura Lucas Magnuson llucasmagnuson@obama.org

Africans selected for prestigious American fellowship program

Participants come from Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania

Cornell University, Ithaca NY USA, Aug. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Twenty-five Africans have been selected to participate in the prestigious Cornell University Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows Program, which begins Aug. 27 in the United States.

The Fellows are traveling from their homes in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania to attend the 12-week intensive training program, which is held on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York.

“The Fellows are an integral part of our mission to create a global network of science champions who are dedicated to helping smallholder farmers, reducing poverty and eliminating hunger,” said Sarah Evanega, director of the Alliance for Science.

The 2018 cohort includes Ghanaian farmer Evans Okomeng, who characterizes his country’s delay in adopting genetically modified crops as “an injustice to the ordinary farmer,” and Winnie Nanteza, who has conducted extensive public outreach around biotech crops as development communication officer with the National Crops Resources Research Institute-Uganda.

Many of the 2018 Fellows are also staunch proponents of environmental sustainability and social justice, including Chidi Okereke, who advocates for human rights, gender equality and youth participation in governance in Nigeria.

Others, like Louis Juma Baraka of Tanzania and Okon Odiong Unung of Nigeria, are working directly with farmers. Some, such as Veronica Zulu Mwaba of Zimbabwe and Verenardo Meeme of Kenya, are already active in promoting effective science communications.

Yewande Kazeem, a US communications professional who works extensively in Nigeria, has been named the Sathguru Fellow in recognition of the support provided by the Alliance’s main partner in India. The four Ugandan Fellows — Victoria Mbigidde, Alfred Namaasa, Winniefred Nanteza  and Jonan Twinamatsiko — are sponsored by the Winkler Family Foundation. Knowledge Chikundi of Zimbabwe is the Gazard Family Fellow.

The GLFP — now training its third cohort — is designed to build the skills of emerging international leaders who are committed to advocating for access to agricultural innovation in their home countries. The course includes training in strategic planning, grassroots organizing, the science of crop biotechnology and effective communications.

Upon completion of this certificate program, Fellows become members of an international professional network uniquely qualified to promote evidence-based decision-making around global issues such as food security, agricultural development, environmental sustainability and climate change. The network has partners on six continents.

The program graduated 28 Fellows in 2016 and 25 Fellows in 2015. Together, they represent 20 countries across South and Southeast Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the United States.

These alumni Fellows have successfully launched activities in their home countries that support science education and expand public awareness of the role that agricultural biotechnology can play in improving the lives of smallholder farmers and boosting food security. They have also worked to advance science-based policies related to agriculture in their own countries.

The GLFP is supported in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well donations from individuals and sponsorships by partner organizations. Tax-deductible contributions are welcomed.

Joan Conrow
Alliance for Science
joanconrow@gmail.com

Cabinet to announce details of stimulus package to reignite growth

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will, in the coming days, announce details of a stimulus package aimed at reigniting growth and creating jobs.

The President said this during a question and answer session in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

He said government has been approached by business leaders across the economy insisting that they want to play and they are playing their part in growing the economy and creating jobs.

They too see that the platform is burning. Instead of throwing their hands up in despair, they are determined to be part of the solution.

In the coming days, Cabinet will be announcing details of the stimulus package to reignite growth and to establish the foundation of a sustained economic recovery plan.

This package reprioritises funds towards initiatives that are labour intensive, addresses infrastructure needs and boosts local economies. This is the job of government. Government, in their management of the economy, has to take several initiatives, [and] has to take certain steps, the President said.

Investment Summit to take place in October

The President said, meanwhile, that creating employment, particularly for young people and women, is the most urgent and critical priority for the country at this juncture.

He said that the most recent unemployment figures are a clear signal that the country cannot continue at the current pace of economic growth.

Our unemployment figures are quite on the high side and they are quite worrying. A number of countries around the world are also experiencing precisely the same type of problem that we are experiencing.

We must treat unemployment as a burning platform, a challenge that requires extraordinary measures and exceptional efforts that we need to make to address this, he said.

The President said to succeed, it is essential that the causes of the massive unemployment rate in South Africa are understood.

He said the historical reliance on raw commodity exports and the deliberate underdevelopment and economic marginalisation of the majority of citizens has resulted in the structural unemployment that has been a prominent feature of the economy since the 1980s.

He said following the dawn of democracy, government was able to create jobs on a scale never seen before in the history of the country. In 1994, there were 8.8 million people working in the country. Today, there are 16.3 million people who are in employment.

In other words, in 25 years, we have doubled the number of working people in our economy, said President Ramaphosa.

Despite an absolute increase in the number of people employed, the President said, South Africa’s unemployment rate has remained stubbornly high as the population has grown and more people have entered the workforce.

Put simply, we have not been creating enough jobs to keep up with those people who enter the labour market on an annual basis seeking work. That is why government is working together with its social partners to address the immediate economic challenges and through far reaching reforms to place the economy on a new path of inclusive growth and job creation, he said.

Government has prioritised the task of significantly raising the levels of investment in the economy since it is essential for growth and job creation.

One of the ways in which we can increase job creation is through investment. We need to bring investment in our country. We need to get our local companies to invest in the economy and by so doing, increase the number of people who are employed.

There has been a significant response to the call that we have made by both South African businesses and international investors to our plans to hold an investment summit, which we are going to have on the 25th to the 27th of October, said President Ramaphosa.

South Africa’s economic development plans are guided by the overarching National Development Plan (NDP), which aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. It is a plan for the entire country aimed at ensuring that all citizens have equal access to quality services and sustainable livelihoods.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Government to train data scientists

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has committed to train one million young people to be data scientists between 2019 and 2030.

We want to produce people with skills, people who have knowledge and can find solutions to the challenges we are facing. Ours is to build a knowledge based society which is why we are training one million people, said Deputy Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Speaking at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on Thursday in Tshwane, she said government is partnering with the information and communication technology (ICT) industry in the initiative to train one million people.

We have criss-crossed the country we have also gone to Silicon Valley to learn crucial skills. We are in the process to make sure that we bring our own Silicon [Valley] here, to give South Africans an opportunity [to develop their skills]. In October, we will be meeting with the relevant stakeholders in the ICT field, she said.

The Deputy Minister said government has a responsibility to provide people with skills that will ensure that they can participate meaningfully in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Last week, the Deputy Minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to officially mark the her department’s five-year partnership with the TechnoGirl Trust.

The MoU seeks to facilitate cooperation and coordination of the efforts in the area of Information and communication technology (ICT), to promote and enhance the developmental needs and skills shortages of girl learners from rural and previously disadvantaged communities and to ensure their success as active participants in the economy of the country.

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services will provide support to 10 TechnoGirl beneficiaries on an annual basis, over a five-year period.

TechnoGirl is a flagship programme of the Department of Women, in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Department of Basic Education, State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and TechnoGirl Trust.

Ndabeni-Abrahams said South Africa will for the first time host the 2018 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World in Durban from 9 to 13 September 2018.

The conference will be hosted for the first time on the continent in order to increase the participation of other African countries, thereby increasing the possibilities of investment in ICT on the continent.

The Deputy Minister said the conference will be a gathering whereby the Ministers of ICT throughout the world get together to discuss the policies, regulations, spectrum and innovations.

As we talk about connecting people in our country, we also talking about our country being connected to the world. It is a gathering of sharing experiences, exposing the work that we are doing but most importantly trying to find each other in terms of the policy directives that must be issued, she said.

The conference is hosted at a time when South Africa is implementing key national projects through the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

These include the National e-Government Strategy focusing on digital transformation of government services and the National ICT Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprise (SMME) strategy which seek to unlock the potential of South African ICT Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) sector.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Two suspects arrested in Steenberg on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition

Western Cape: Committed to keeping the Western Cape communities safe, members attached to Operation Thunder’s K9 Unit were patrolling all areas with vigilance. Last night, Wednesday 22 August 2018 at about 22:15, these members arrested a 20 year old man for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Fawley Court, Lavender Hill. Members were busy with stop and search activities in the precinct because of ongoing shootings in the area, when they saw a suspicious looking person, and stopped and searched him. Members confiscated a 9mm Norinco pistol with no serial number and 15 live rounds of ammunition.

In an unrelated case, early this morning Thursday 23 August 2018 at about 00:40, the same members arrested a 34 year old man for the possession of ammunition at a premises in Sonata Street, Steenberg, after they had searched the premises. The members confiscated 44 rounds of ammunition.

The arrested suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates’ court, once they have been charged.

Source: South African Police Service