Daily Archives: September 6, 2018

XCMG’s Excellent Operator Program Prepares Leaders Of the Future for Challenges Of Smart Manufacturing Era

XUZHOU, China, Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This summer, XCMG, the world-leading construction machinery manufacturer, hosted the seventh edition of its Global Excellent Operator program (the “Program”), where 90 trainees from China and six other countries participated in a series of training sessions led by industry experts and experienced instructors.

Based on the skill level and needs of each trainee, program managers have customized lesson plans that help each person master the skills necessary to succeed in a industry that is being revolutionized by advances in artificial intelligence and smart manufacturing. The program included work with three-dimensional simulations, a skills competition, mentoring sessions, operation and assembly training courses, and a visit to the smart manufacturing facility for XCMG’s large-tonnage excavators to learn about the future of the construction machinery industry.

“We have been excited by the talent and drive of all of the trainees from China and other countries around the world who participated in the Program,” said Li Ge, Deputy Party Secretary of XCMG. “The foundation for a successful career in the construction machinery industry is an ability to understand and adapt to the incredible changes that the era of smart manufacturing is bringing to our business. Learning about XCMG’s world-class, cutting-edge manufacturing processes is the best way for them to gain the skills that they need to become future innovators and leaders.”

The international trainees who participated in this year’s session hailed from Pakistan, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Qatar and Mongolia. Program facilitators conducted team-building and cultural activities to introduce participants to the history, culture and folk customs of Xuzhou.

Kuwaiti Sudhi Pushkaran said, “The Program offers an opportunity to meet operators from different countries as well as learn about XCMG’s transformation from traditional manufacturing to digital, networked and smart solutions.”

The Program is one of 14 projects that are a part of XCMG’s “For A Better Life” global public welfare campaign which has benefited more than 300 trainees worldwide since its launch in 2016.

About XCMG

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks sixth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 182 countries and regions around the world.

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Shop looting amid fake food frenzy condemned

Attacks on and looting of shops as a response to the sale of suspicious foods has been condemned by Cabinet.

Such criminal acts will not be tolerated and law-enforcement agencies will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute persons found inciting or carrying out these criminal acts, said Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on behalf of Cabinet at a post Cabinet briefing on Thursday.

Cabinet’s remarks come amid a wave of attacks on shops who are accused by communities to be selling fake and expired food.

A week ago, the Department of Health said it received a high volume of complaints and noted concerns about unauthenticated food-related videos circulating on social media.

Following the complaints, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi issued a notice to municipalities to conduct inspections at various food outlets.

Since August, inspection blitzes have taken place at various food premises and they continue in different parts of the country.

In addition, the food industry has been requested to confirm the authenticity of potential counterfeit foodstuffs while other government regulatory authorities from the Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Trade and Industry, including the National Consumer Commission, are involved in confirming public claims of compromised quality standards.

Cabinet commended the swift action taken by the Health Minister to look into the allegations.

Reiterating the NDoH’s call, Cabinet appealed to members of the public to assist the department by producing tangible evidence of foodstuff made from potentially harmful substances and chemicals.

Cabinet urges members of the public who are aware of suspicious foods to call the DoH hotline on 011 386 2003/6 and the National Consumer Commission hotline on 012 428 7000, said Mokonyane.

A further appeal was made by Cabinet to the public, to be vigilant in differentiating terms related to food:

The best-before date refers to the long shelf life of dry and canned products, and is not an indicator of safety.

The sell-by date is used for perishable food usually stored in a refrigerator and from July this year became no longer relevant, according to global authorities.

The use-by or expiry date is the expiry date and means that food bearing this mark is no longer palatable after this date. For perishable food, this means it can no longer be consumed.

Counterfeit goods are typically goods sold under another company’s brand name while the term fake food has been used by social media to refer to food that does not contain food substances.

Listeriosis outbreak declared over

Meanwhile, Cabinet welcomed the declaration that the Listeriosis outbreak is over.

Cabinet noted that the end of the outbreak strongly demonstrates the impact of the emergency collaborative response plan by the Health Department and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, supported by the World Health Organisation.

The department has since put in place a surveillance system to prevent a recurrence.

All factories that make ready-to-eat processed meat and chicken need to have food safety management systems in place, according to Regulation R607 published on 14 June 2018. Inspections of factories remain ongoing, according to the updated hygiene regulations, said Mokonyane.

Source: South African Government News Agency


LIMA– Myriad opportunities exist in the Peruvian economy, which go beyond mining and agriculture which South African businesses can tap into.

Speaking at a business-to-business session here Wednesday, the General Manager of the South African-Peruvian Chamber of Commerce, Itala Piaggio, urged South African business to look for opportunities that go beyond mining and agriculture.

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is currently leading a group of South African companies on an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to the South American country’s capital, Lima.

At the moment, there are few South African companies doing business in Peru but we are optimistic that the companies that are here will learn more about the myriad investment opportunities that exist in the Peruvian economy, particularly in the mining and agricultural sectors. In terms of trade, technological products …. Peru offers the biggest opportunity for South African companies as Peru imports big volumes of the products and the demand is high, said Piaggio Wednesday.

South African companies currently doing business in Peru include Anglo American, Gold Fields and New Concept Mining, which are members of the South Africa-Peruvian Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber, whose main objective is to promote and strengthen bilateral trade relations between South Africa and Peru, was established in 2015 with assistance from the South African embassy in Peru.

We are bringing together South African and Peruvian businesses closer to each other in order to exchange ideas on how we can stimulate bilateral trade and investment between the two countries, said Piaggio.

The session saw a high attendance of Peruvian business people.

I can say without fear that the outcome of this session is going to be a positive impact on trade and investment between the two countries. The Peruvians have shown today that they are eager to gather as much information as possible from the South Africans themselves, with the aim of doing business with them. This enormous appetite will translate into concrete deals, Piaggio said.

Piaggio expressed confidence that the number of South African companies who are doing business in Peru would increase after the trade and investment mission, as companies set up partnerships and joint ventures to operate in the Peruvian economy.

Trade between the countries grew from more than 800 million Rand (about 52 million US dollars) in 2016 to about 1.5 billion Rand last year.

Last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the mission was part of the dti’s efforts to strengthen bilateral trade relations and increase trade and investment between South Africa and Peru.

This week’s trade mission is the fourth mission to Peru the dti has organized since the technical scoping mission that the dti undertook to Peru in 2013.


Banyana Banyana can defend the COSAFA title – Ramalepe

Lebohang Ramalepe’s face beams with a wide smile when she reminisces about her first penalty goal for Banyana Banyana in last year’s COSAFA Women’s Championship semi-final clash against Zambia in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

In that epic penultimate game, South Africa had produced an impressive comeback in the last 18 minutes of the match to hold ‘She-polopolo’ of Zambia to an amazing, come-from-behind 3-3 draw.

Banyana coach Desiree Ellis selected the first four players who were going to take the pressure-cooker spot kicks. However, for the crucial fifth one, the coach instead asked if any player was keen on taking the penalty kick and up stepped Ramalepe.

I remember that moment very well, Ramalepe recalls. Coach Desiree asked who was keen on taking the last kick of the penalty shoot-outs and everybody just went dead quiet for a good five seconds.

I do not know what got to me. I just remember lifting up my hand to volunteer to take it. I do not know where that confidence came from. Never in my life had I scored a penalty in Banyana colours. That was my first and only goal. And that is why I went on my knees on the spot when I scored it. I could not celebrate. I just froze there (in disbelief).

That penalty goal by Ramalepe saw Banyana progressing to the final, where they went on to beat hosts Zimbabwe 2-1 in the final day of the tournament at Barbourfields Stadium.

The Banyana right-back concedes that winning last year’s COSAFA tournament was one of her proudest moments in her career since she started playing for Banyana.

Ramalepe said as for this year’s addition, they really need to work hard if they are to stand a chance of going all the way to defend their title.

It feels good to be going into this year’s tournament as defending champions, Ramalepe says. It comes with a whole lot of responsibility though. We know for a fact that as defending champions, opposing sides are going to come hard at us to deny victory.

But we are well prepared and motivated. We are doing this for our families, the country and the badge, she concluded.

Source: South African Football Association

UN: Human Rights Defenders in Malawi Under Threat

The U.N. human rights office warns human rights defenders and activists in Malawi are under increasing threat as pre-electoral politicking heats up before next year’s general election.

The run-up to next May’s presidential, parliamentary and council elections is becoming nastier and more dangerous for those trying to hold authorities in Malawi to account. The U.N. human rights office reports thugs attacked the offices of the Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation in the capital Lilongwe last week.

Reports say the attackers viciously beat up a guard and threw a gasoline bomb at the center’s offices causing an extensive fire. Human rights office spokeswoman Liz Throssell said over the past few weeks, an increasing number of human rights defenders have been intimidated and threatened.

She said one activist received death threats after issuing an anti-corruption press statement. When he went to the police, she said the police ignored his complaint and did not provide him with any protection.

And, she said, more women are being victimized.

We are also concerned about an emerging pattern of threats and violence against women members of parliament and electoral candidates. For example, one female MP’s car was torched in Mangochi in the south of the country in August, she said.

Throssell said the current pattern of pre-electoral violence is reminiscent of similar attacks that occurred in 2011 – a year that was marked with heightened attacks against civil society. She warned peoples’ rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association are at risk.

The U.N. human rights office is urging government authorities to investigate the threats and attacks against human rights defenders and to ensure they are able to carry out their crucial work in a safe and protected environment.

Source: Voice of America