The Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry, (the dti), Mr Lionel October says industrialisation and transformation will play a big role in driving the economy especially in less developed provinces where jobs are scarce. October was briefing the select National Council of Provinces Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the dti’s Annual Report of 2016/17 in Parliament yesterday. The report focussed on industrial developments in different provinces and the implementation of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ), Industrial Parks and Black Industrialists programmes. “In pursuit of driving economic transformation and increasing participation in industrialisation, the dti has approved six industrial parks for revitalisation under the Critical Infrastructure Programme. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.
October 19, 2017 05:15 UTC
Muslim rivals have killed dozens in CARFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRCKINSHASA, (CAJ News) – RIVAL Muslim armed groups have killed over 130 civilians, including children, at the peak of their infighting in the Central African Republic (CAR). The clashes have been widespread since November 2016 when fighting broke out between the ex-Seleka grouping-Popular Front for the Renaissance of CAR (FPRC) and Unit for Peace in CAR (UPC) – in the northeastern Bria. The attacks against civilians, United Nations peacekeepers and humanitarian actors subsequently spread to other parts of the region. The UN has reported the armed groups killed at least 133 civilians or other protected people, including 82 men, 16 women, ten children and 25 persons of unknown sex and age. It urged the armed groups to cease violations and abuses of international human rights law.
October 19, 2017 05:03 UTC
Gunmen kill 22 in Nigeria ethnic clashesFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, NigeriaABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian government has condemned the killing of at least 22 civilians by suspected herdsmen in the central Plateau State. Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports, lamented that such attacks were becoming more rampant despite the presence of armed personnel, including a Joint Task Force deployed to deal with ethnic clashes. A fortnight ago, gunmen thought to be herders killed over 20 people in Bassa also in the state. “We cannot afford to joke with our human resources, which is the strength of Nigeria as the giant of Africa.”With hundreds of ethnic groups and a population of over 190 million, Nigeria is Africa’s biggest nation. It is estimated 10 000 civilians have been killed in Plateau over the past decade.
October 19, 2017 04:41 UTC
The PeopleThe people of Uganda are some of the world’s population that has gone through some very harrowing experiences. They took jobs as teachers, farm hands, maids and any and all kinds of jobs that were available to make ends meet. For those left behind in Uganda, HIV/Aids soon took over where Idi Amin left off and whole villages were almost wiped off. You just need to meet the Ugandans to fully appreciate what a special people they are. It makes no sense to visit a place, admire its animals and landscape and not take the time to know the people who own the place.
October 19, 2017 03:56 UTC
The U.S. military is still searching for answers on what happened in Niger two weeks ago when four U.S. soldiers were killed during an ambush, apparently by a branch of ISIS. Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain of Arizona told reporters this week that the Trump administration was not being forthcoming about what happened in Niger. Some of the facts the AFRICOM team needs to collect, said one defense official, are: Where were U.S. forces when the attack occurred? Special Forces soldiers often conduct "key leader engagements," making contact with local leaders. There was a platoon of Niger soldiers nearby but U.S. defense officials cannot confirm reports that any of them were wounded or killed.
October 18, 2017 23:48 UTC
The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, on Wednesday commended Morocco for its “great” presidency of the COP22, begun in Marrakech in November 2016. The UN official deemed that the Pre-COP in Nadi was “successful with the involvement of all delegations who came with an open mind and a constructive attitude”. She noted however that “negotiations will be complicated in view of the nature and diversity of the issues to be raised” in Bonn, during the COP23, next November 6 through 17. The ministerial meeting, co-chaired by Salaheddine Mezouar and the Prime Minister of Fiji, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, respectively presidents of COP22 and COP23, served as a platform for high-level political discussions on the main issues of the COP23 negotiations. It also discussed the operationalization of the Paris Accord and reaffirmed the signatory countries’ commitment to take significant steps to advance the implementation of the Marrakech roadmap.
October 18, 2017 21:56 UTC
Landmapp, an Accra-based agri-tech start-up, provides landholders (particularly smallholder farmers) with a one-stop-shop land documentation service, allowing them to register their properties under their name. The documentation is compliant with Ghanaian regulations and customary traditions, and can be used as collateral for accessing agricultural loans. Selling our first 10 land documents to smallholder farmers and asking them why bought it. We were too eager to go to a second market before having proved the first one fully. So instead we made Ghana our main focus and expect to launch our second market later than planned.
October 18, 2017 18:33 UTC
This Nivea Ad Promising "Visibly Lighter Skin" Is Reigniting a Conversation About Skin Bleaching On the ContinentNivea has come under fire for an advertisement promoting skin lightening, but the incident also opens up a broader discussion about marketing trends and consumer demand on the continent.
October 18, 2017 17:15 UTC
Khalid Al-Zaidi said his client is also preparing his political comeback, adding that Libyans still support him. Head of the UN Special Mission in Libya last month said all Libyans including Saif are allowed to take part in the new political plan of action with presidential and general elections as climax next year. Zaidi noted that Saif will soon erect an international organization to sue Qatari senior officials, including former Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, before the ICC. Doha leagued with NATO to ouster Gaddafi in the 2011 revolution, which has left the country with no central administration. A decision to hand over Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani has to be made by the UN Security Council.
October 18, 2017 14:26 UTC
King Mohammed VI received on Tuesday at the royal palace in Rabat the personnel envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, who visited Morocco as part of a regional tour including Tindouf, Algiers and Nouakchott. Horst Köhler, a former president of Germany, also met Prime Minister Saâdeddine El Othmani and Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. Köhler’s tour, his first since he took up his functions early September, seeks to unlock talks on the regional dispute over the Sahara. After his tour and contacts in the region, the UN envoy will report back to the UN Security Council on October 24. He was appointed last August by UNSG Antonio Guterres as his new personal envoy for the Sahara in replacement of Christopher Ross, whose tenure failed to score any breakthroughs in negotiations on the Sahara issue.
October 18, 2017 11:03 UTC
Morocco recorded “significant progress” in the field of human rights in conformity with its constitutional commitments, said the EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016. The report points out to the legislative reforms undertaken by Morocco to protect human rights, strengthen the rule of law and promote democratic practices. In this regards, the report highlights the legislative activity undertaken in Morocco in support of key fields such as migrant rights, women’s rights, the reform of the judiciary and the penitentiary system. On women’s rights, the document indicates that Morocco approved in 2016 the setting up of the Authority for Equality and Fight against Discrimination (APALD). It also recalled that in 2016, Morocco has launched the second phase of regularization of illegal migrants.
October 18, 2017 11:03 UTC
The Moroccan government announced the upcoming setting up of a ministerial committee to review the current development model, which has so far failed to curb regional disparities. The launch of the committee was announced by Head of the Government Saad Eddine El Othmani at the Weekly Government Council. He explained that the new body will be tasked with putting forward proposals and new ideas to address shortcomings in terms of managing public affairs as the current model has reached its limits. The creation of the new committee comes less than a week after King Mohammed VI’s speech at the opening of the Parliament autumn session in which he lambasted local officials for failing to meet citizens’ aspirations and called for a new development model. “Although Morocco has made tangible progress, which is recognized throughout the world, we have to admit that our national development model no longer responds to citizens’ growing demands and pressing needs; it has not been able to reduce disparities between segments of the population, correct inter-regional imbalances or achieve social justice,” the King said in the speech.
October 18, 2017 10:52 UTC
Huawei and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services are sending a second batch of 10 South African students on a two-week study and cultural exchange trip to China. For the second year running technology giant Huawei’s CSR programme, Seeds for the Future, is sending 10 South African students on a two-week study and cultural exchange trip to China. This was made possible by the partnership between Huawei and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, with the support of the Chinese embassy. Like South Africa, China has a rich and diverse culture, along with a colourful history. See Using Brand South Africa material.
October 18, 2017 08:03 UTC
Virtual teaching to transform SA education standardsBy STAFF REPORTERJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – LEARNING outcomes at rural and underperforming schools in South Africa are set for a major improvement as virtual teaching becomes a reality through new education technology. Vodacom, the mobile network operator, and the Department of Basic Education, on Tuesday took the digitalisation of education national a step further through the demonstration of the ‘Virtual Teacher’ platform in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. Speaking at the event, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, said government was working with Vodacom to address some of the challenges facing the country’s education system, particularly in remote and underachieving schools. The technology enables live interaction with the remote audience through a texting question-and-answer facility for written responses during the lesson. Vuyani Jarana, Chief Officer at Vodacom Business, said the Virtual Education offering marked a major restructuring of the economics of the higher education system.
October 18, 2017 06:33 UTC
EU anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove on Tuesday called for a boosted exchange of information with Tunisia, which has seen its nationals involved in deadly attacks abroad and on its soil. During a visit to Tunis, for talks with Tunisian ministers, the EU official said that the flow of information across the Mediterranean “is functioning well” but could be improved. Tunisians have also carried out deadly attacks in Europe, including Berlin and the French towns of Nice and Marseille. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group, but French investigators have not found any evidence linking it to the jihadists. “One of the main subjects is to become more and more precise in the detection of the tipping point,” the EU commissioner told a press conference in Tunis.
October 18, 2017 03:00 UTC