The Presidency notes the judgement handed down today by the North Gauteng High Court in the application launched by two NGOs against the President of the Republic of South Africa, seeking the removal of the current National Director of Public Prosecutions, together with ancillary relief. The National Prosecuting Authority is an important institution in our constitutional democracy, appointments in respect of which are not made lightly. AdvertisementTogether with judges, who likewise are appointed by the President, the National Director of Public Prosecutions plays a vital role in the criminal justice system. Out of deference to the court and the judicial system, these grounds will be properly ventilated in the normal course in court proceedings. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.
December 08, 2017 13:18 UTC
The European Union has contributed nearly $35 million to fund projects to protect migrants and fight against smugglers and traffickers in Africa and the surrounding Mediterranean. Nearly $12 million will go to the International Maritime Organisation programme which supports the ongoing efforts of migrants’ voluntary return. It will enhance the protection of migrants and support sustainable reintegration systems in North Africa and provide assisted voluntary return. Some $18 million has been allocated to a programme which helps dismantle criminal networks operating in North Africa in migrant smuggling and human trafficking. This is a new action plan complementing the EU support to the implementation of the Moroccan National Strategy on Migration (SNIA).
December 08, 2017 13:07 UTC
PepsiCo has appointed Mike Spanos to the role of CEO Asia, Middle East and North AfricaPepsiCo has appointed Mike Spanos to the role of CEO for Asia, Middle East and North Africa (AMENA). The company said yesterday that Spanos, who is currently president of PepsiCo's Greater China region, will assume the position on 1 January. He replaces Sanjeev Chadha, who will become chairman of AMENA until his retirement in March. Both Spanos and Chadha will report to PepsiCo chairman & CEO Indra Nooyi. His continued support as chairman of AMENA until his retirement at the end of March will ensure a smooth transition."
December 08, 2017 11:15 UTC
IT graduate scheme tackles SA youth unemploymentby MTHULISI SIBANDAJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – EFFORTS to tackle unemployment and empower South African youth through skills development have received a major boost with the graduation of 75 students in a programme initiated by the country’s leading mobile network operator. The students graduated under the Vodacom Discover Graduate programme two years into enrolment. The Discover Graduate programme was launched in 2015 with the aim of investing in the integration of bursary students into permanent employment positions. Sphiwe Kabini, a Bcom Information Systems graduate from North West University, said the scheme unearthed leadership skills that she never thought she had. Takalani Netshitenzhe, Chief Officer: Vodacom Group Corporate Affairs, hailed the impact of the graduate programme.
December 08, 2017 11:15 UTC
John Casson has welcomed LOC Group, the independent marine, engineering consultancy and survey organisation, at the opening of a new LOC office in Cairo, Egypt to increase the company’s presence across North Africa and the Middle East. The new Cairo office will be staffed by local engineers and surveyors. Ultimately, the Cairo office will act as a bridge into the North Africa markets giving access to countries to the west and ultimately to be LOC’s regional hub for North Africa. Longer term, LOC plans to develop the Cairo office into a larger multi-function office providing marine warranty surveying, marine surveying, marine casualty response and engineering consultancy. John Casson adds, “I am happy to welcome LOC as the latest British company entering the Egyptian market which aims to create jobs for bright Egyptians and ultimately make Egypt’s office its hub to the North Africa region.
December 08, 2017 10:07 UTC
PepsiCo has announced that the current president of its Greater China region, Mike Spanos, will become CEO of its Asia, Middle East and North Africa (AMENA) unit, effective 1 January 2018. Both Spanos and Chadha will report to PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi. Spanos has had a notable career at PepsiCo, spanning 24 years with posts in the US, Europe and Asia. He previously held various sales and general manager roles, including country manager for Turkey and vice president of sales and foodservice for The Pepsi Bottling Group. Chris Turner, currently senior vice president of transformation for Frito-Lay North America, will become senior vice president and general manager of the global PepsiCo Walmart business, reporting to Al Carey, CEO for North America.
December 08, 2017 09:33 UTC
Egyptian human-assisted AI digital assistant startup Elves has secured a US$2 million seed round from investors that include Emaar, the Kauffman Fellows Syndicate, Dubai Angel Investors, and a host of other angels from the region and the United States (US). Launched last year, Elves is a tech-driven virtual assistant platform using a “human in the loop” methodology to drive machine learning and build AI. The chat-based platform allows users to talk to a “super human assistant” to do anything, anywhere in the world, for free. “Our main goal is to drive as much traffic as we can to our machine learner and recruit the best engineers to drive Elves forward,” said Karim Elsahy, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Elves. “We look forward to building Elves into the de facto, go-to-medium for millennials to get stuff done.”
December 08, 2017 09:22 UTC
News Britain and EU reach historic deal on Brexit divorce termsBritain and the EU reached a historic deal on December 8 on the terms of the Brexit divorce after the British Prime Minister rushed to Brussels for early morning talks. AFP PHOTO | EMMANUEL DUNANDBrusselsBritain and the EU reached a historic deal on Friday on the terms of the Brexit divorce after Prime Minister Theresa May rushed to Brussels for early morning talks. The European Commission said it "recommends sufficient progress" had been made by Britain on separation issues including the Irish border, Britain's divorce bill, and citizens rights. The EU had set a deadline of Sunday after the last talks on Monday broke down when May's Northern Irish allies objected to terms for future arrangements for the Irish border. The pro-British DUP party which props up May's government refused Monday's draft deal over a phrase suggesting there would be "regulatory alignment" with the EU after Brexit — effectively putting Northern Ireland under EU law.
December 08, 2017 08:48 UTC
The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival is screening a record 32 films at the Labia this year, running from Thursday, 7 December until Sunday, 10 December 2017, many of which are premieres. There is also the screening of the film Proximity – a series of conversations between the world’s top surfers. Proximity is the latest in the Taylor Steele stable, starring Kelly, John John, Rasta, Stephanie Gilmore, Albee Layer and Craig Andersen. To see the programme, synopses and trailers, go to the Wavescape website. Tickets for the Festival can be bought on Quicket.
December 08, 2017 08:48 UTC
This powerful upgrade adds Neustar’s state of the art WAF (web application firewall) solution to the award-winning Neustar SiteProtect solution to extend network protection to the application layer. “Years of experience and cybersecurity engineering capabilities have gone into the development of the SiteProtect NG defense network and operating portal,” said Barrett Lyon, Vice President, Research and Development, Neustar Security Solutions. The SiteProtect NG mitigation network combines innovative technologies and advancements from existing Neustar security solutions with powerful data traffic analytics powered by machine learning data analytics. About Neustar Security SolutionsNeustar Security Solutions defend against network threats, inform you of potential network vulnerabilities, accelerate online asset performance, and monitor client website performance through multiple services and offerings. Neustar will offer the largest, most distributed DDoS mitigation network in the world with over 10 Tbps of capacity, and our industry leading SiteProtect DDoS defense service ensures full coverage in an attack.
December 08, 2017 08:03 UTC
There are several reasons why the Africans who are not on the internet are not on the internet. The regulator (POTRAZ) collects money from mobile operators that goes into what is called the Universal Access Fund. Yes it made communication easier and cheaper but WhatsApp’s real power was giving Zimbabweans access to locally relevant content. This proves that if connectivity is already there and there is relevant content, people will solve all the other hurdles to get online. The most common model for internet content producers all over the world is to finance and sustain their operations through advertising.
December 08, 2017 05:48 UTC
Aviation15 airlines in the Middle East & North Africa sign a significant 10-year distribution agreement with AmadeusThe deal supports the airlines’ vision for distribution and reconfirms commitment to the travel agency channel – from airlines who flew 110 million passengers in 2016. Bangkok, Thailand - Recently, 15 airlines from the Middle East & North Africa have entered into a 10-year framework agreement with Amadeus for distribution services, negotiated and led by the Arab Air Carriers Association (AACO). The contract follows a previous 10 year agreement with 13 AACO airlines, signed in 2008. For the participating AACO airlines, the partnership will drive economies of scale, technological efficiencies and support the airlines’ vision for distribution in the future. Participating AACO airlines will work with Amadeus to explore how to further develop and maximise the potential of Amadeus’ travel agency network, including enhanced merchandising and retailing capabilities.
December 08, 2017 05:03 UTC
LOC Group has increased its presence in North Africa and the Middle East with a new office in Cairo. The office was officially opened on Wednesday and will be staffed by local engineers and surveyors. Over the longer term LOC plans to develop the Cairo office into a larger multi-function office providing marine warranty surveying, marine surveying, marine casualty response and engineering consultancy. “It now makes good sense to have a solid base in Cairo, employing local talent supported by our international specialist teams. We look forward to developing our client relationships and building new ones, while supporting positive economic growth in the region,” said Andrew Squire, LOC group chief executives.
December 08, 2017 02:15 UTC
The European Union has earmarked €29.6 million to fund new programs destined to protect migrants and fight against smugglers and traffickers in Africa and the Mediterranean region. Ten million Euros will go to IMO’s program for migrant protection & reintegration in North Africa. It will enhance protection of migrants, support sustainable reintegration systems in North Africa and provide assisted voluntary return to migrants wishing to return to their home from Northern Africa. This is a new very specific action complementing the EU support to the implementation of the Moroccan National Strategy on Migration (SNIA). He also said that the new programs will “help dismantle criminal networks in North of Africa, support migrants who wish to return to their home countries and facilitate access for migrants to legal advice.
December 07, 2017 23:48 UTC