Residents of Khayelitsha, Stellenbosch and the Strand in the Western Cape will get an opportunity to influence South Africa’s future liquor and gambling legislation when they make their inputs on the National Liquor Amendment and Gambling Amendment Bills next week.
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will host three public consultation sessions on the two bills from 12-15 December 2016. The sessions are targeted at all stakeholders and the public in general. The sessions are the last stop of a national roadshow that has already seen the dti criss-crossing the country and visiting communities in all the other eight provinces to gather comments and inputs regarding the two bills.
According to the Acting Deputy Director-General of Consumer and Corporate Regulation at the dti, Mr MacDonald Netshitenzhe, the roadshow seeks to obtain public input on both bills and to conduct education and awareness on the benefits and problems associated with excessive gambling and liquor abuse.
“The two industries affect society both in positive and negative ways, but the negative always outweighs the positives. Government is constitutionally required to involve the public in policy formulation so as to ensure that the laws approved have considered views from all affected,” says Netshitenzhe.
He adds that the dti has since extended the deadline for written submissions and public comments on the National Liquor Amendment Bill for a further two weeks. The closing date is now 15 December 2016. Netshitenzhe says the extension will further give stakeholders an opportunity to provide more valuable inputs.
Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.
Three organisations tackling malaria in Tanzania are to receive grants worth TSh 7.6 billion (£2.8 million) from UK charity Comic Relief and GSK through their five-year partnership to help fight malaria and improve health in five malaria endemic countries.
They are: the Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA), the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the Tanzania Communication and Development Center (TCDC).
The grants – which are the first to be given through Comic Relief and GSK’s £22 million partnership – were announced at an event hosted by the British High Commissioner, Sarah Cooke, in Dar es Salaam attended by key Tanzanian stakeholders, as well as Comic Relief officials from the UK including Comic Relief Trusstee, Davina McCall.
Speaking at the event, the British High Commissioner said: We are marking the partnership here in Tanzania between a Great British Company – GSK- and a Great British Institution – Comic Relief. I’m delighted that we have representatives from the Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA), the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Tanzania (CHAI); and Tanzania Communication and Development Centre (TCDC). They are the first organisations to be awarded funding from this Partnership.
The High Commissioner said the Comic Relief/GSK partnership to fight malaria had special resonance with her for 2 reasons: Firstly, Comic Relief is an organisation that I grew up with. Since 1985, it has raised over £1bn through its fund-raising initiatives Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. It helps people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world – predominantly in Africa. And it was one of the organisations that gave me my first introduction to the realities of extreme poverty and the daily challenges faced by millions of people. It was by watching Comic Relief on TV as a young school girl – and wearing a red nose to school – that I realised I was incredibly lucky to have been born in the UK with all the opportunities that brings. It helped set me on a path to spending my adult life living and working in developing countries to help others have a better life. In fact, you could say that I’m living here today, in the British High Commissioner’s Residence, in part because of the inspiration of Comic Relief. It is certainly often seen as a barometer, showing the British public’s commitment to a fairer, more equitable world. And, just like me, it is often British school children’s first introduction to the realities of extreme poverty. There is a second reason why the partnership between Comic Relief and GSK has particularly resonance for me. Around 15 years ago, I was working in the South Pacific and I contracted malaria. I was one of the lucky ones – I was able to recognise the symptoms, get tested and get treated. Not everyone is that lucky.
The High Commissioner highlighted the tremendous progress made in the fight against malaria, including in Tanzania: Globally, death rates have declined by 60% since the year 2000, which resulted in 1.2bn fewer malaria cases and saving 6.2m lives. But the gains are fragile and more needs to be done, she said. Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, but it still kills a child somewhere in the world every two minutes. In Africa, one in five child deaths are still caused by this terrible disease. It slows economic growth and development, and perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty. Without sustained investment, there will be a resurgence of malaria and a reversal of the impressive gains.
Ms Cooke said the British Government was committed to helping bring malaria under control in Africa, working in partnership with others: In September, our Secretary of State for International Development announced a 3 year pledge of £1.1bn to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It will help fund 40 million bed nets to fight malaria. The British Government also has a strong and long-term focus on research and development for malaria. That includes working in partnership with companies such as GSK, a British company with an unrivalled commitment to tackling malaria – stretching back over the last century.
The High Commissioner congratulated Comic Relief, GSK and their partner organisations in Tanzania for their great work which aspires to reach over 2 million people: The Comic Relief and GSK partnership here in Tanzania will complement the tremendous work of the Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Programme. That is key to controlling malaria, to reducing its impact and to enabling families, communities and the economy to thrive.
The three grants will be awarded through Comic Relief and GSK’s partnership, which was launched in 2015 to fight malaria and improve health in five countries: Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and the Greater Mekong Sub Region. The organisations teamed up in support of global efforts to strengthen health systems’ capabilities to fight malaria – a disease which continues to claim the life of a child every two minutes. The £22 million partnership fund will provide targeted grants to organisations on the frontline tackling malaria in these countries. The grants, made and managed by Comic Relief, will complement current malaria programmes and help build sustainable ways to ensure people can access diagnosis and prevention at the right time and in the right place.
Comic Relief already focuses its grants on supporting a range of interventions designed to strengthen health systems. The UK charity has used its annual national fundraising campaigns, Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, as a platform to raise awareness of the devastating impact that malaria has on families and communities.
Although estimates suggest that the incidence of malaria deaths in Tanzania decreased by 73 percent between 2004 and 2014, Malaria remains the leading cause of death among children in the country. Tanzania has a National Malaria Strategic Plan which aims to reduce the average prevalence of malaria from 10% in 2012 to less than 1% by 2020. The work of the three grantees selected through the partnership complements this approach:
TCDC will use their grant of TSh 2.4 billion (£890,497) to engage and educate communities on malaria and promote positive care-seeking behaviours. Radio, print media and community events will be used to deliver these messages. Networks of community health workers will be trained on malaria prevention and treatment and on skills to facilitate dialogue and increase awareness of the disease in the communities they serve.
APHFTA will use their grant of TSh 2.7 billion (£995,675) to improve malaria healthcare services in the private and public sector in Geita, and increase malaria knowledge. The project will work to improve the availability and quality of malaria diagnosis, treatment and prevention services through training public and private health providers in national malaria treatment guidelines and the use of diagnostic equipment and appropriate treatment.
CHAI will use their grant of TSh 2.5 billion (£955,328) to train private providers in Rukwa, Ruvumba and Njombe districts to use rapid diagnostic tests to diagnose for malaria; screen for other common illnesses which cause fever; provide assured medicines to treat the diagnosed illness; refer people with complications to health facilities; and use their mobile phones to collect and use data to better track patients.
Distributed by APO on behalf of British High Commission Dar es Salaam.
The second Annual Workshop on International Economic Negotiations opened in Johannesburg on Monday under the theme, “Building Africa’s Negotiating Capacity for Improved Terms of Engagement with the Rest of the World.”
The event is part of activities led by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to promote policies and programmes that strengthen the process of African economic integration, as explained by Stephen Karingi, Director of ECA’s Capacity Development Division (CDD):
“We are basically assisting Member States in the development of common positions towards international negotiations as well as in enhancing the skills of African negotiators to get optimal deals for their countries and region from bilateral and international negotiations.”
During the five-day gathering, policy makers and experts on investment, taxation, natural resource contract negotiations and trade negotiations from over 40 African countries will exchange experiences, explore options and strategies for possible coordination of positions, and interact with globally leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of economic negotiations.
African governments have consistently called upon continental institutions to provide capacity building assistance in the field of negotiation. Also, the March 2015 Report of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows noted how Africa’s natural resources sector is prone to the generation of illicit financial outflows through secret and poorly negotiated contracts.
As part of its mandate on capacity development, ECA launched, in 2015, a series of annual workshops that respond to these calls by focusing on how member states can best protect their national interests from being undermined through international agreements.
Melaku Desta, Head of ECA’s Natural Resources and Sustainable Development section, expressed optimism about the outcome of the workshop.
“We expect this workshop to provide participants with a better understanding of the dynamics in negotiation, increase the number of trained participants, and contribute to the improved negotiation skills of continental experts,” said Mr. Desta.
The first annual Workshop on International Economic Negotiations took place in Dakar, Senegal on December 1 – 4, 2015.
Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
On 2 December 2016, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) released National Assessment Circular 03 of 2016, entitled, SPECIAL CONDONATION DISPENSATION FOR LEARNERS IN THE SENIOR PHASE (GRADES 7-9). The urgency of issuing the Circular arose from reports received from school principals and provincial officials across the country alerting the DBE of the extremely poor performance of Senior Phase learners due to the compulsory requirement of learners having to pass Mathematics at 40%.
The content of the Circular was foregrounded by a change in the promotion and progression requirements for the Senior Phase introduced in 2014 with the implementation of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS). This change resulted in raising the pass requirement for Home Language to 50% and including Mathematics as a compulsory pass requirement at 40%. This implies that it is compulsory for a learner to pass two languages, one of which is the Home Language and must pass Mathematics, in order to be promoted. Concern has been raised during the academic year from within the sector that the current CAPS promotion requirements need to be reviewed and policy review in this regard is underway.
However, in order not to disadvantage the current cohort of learners, a special condonation dispensation was urgently required to accommodate learners whose promotion to the next grade may be adversely affected by the compulsory requirement of passing Mathematics at level 3 (40%).
It should be noted that the decision to apply a condonation dispensation in view of the stringent pass requirements, was an administrative decision that had to be made within the limited time available. The Circular should only be considered as an interim measure for 2016 and is only applicable for Grades 7, 8 and 9.
The Circular does not undermine the policy intention of CAPS on raising the bar in terms of promotion requirements by having taken the bold step of making Mathematics a compulsory promotion/progression requirement. Nor, does it limit efforts to improve Mathematics attainment. However, in raising standards there is a need for a gradual transition from the current to the higher envisaged standards hence this policy review that is underway and this interim condonation dispensation.
Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.
The South African Premier Business Awards that took place in Sandton this week saw Ms Nana Sabelo being crowned the inaugural winner of the Black Industrialist Award in recognition of her business’ efforts to contribute in the country’s economic growth and job creation through manufacturing and economic transformation.
In a keynote speech that he delivered before the crowning of the winners, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies said the Black Industrialist Award recognised black-empowered enterprises with a high employment creation rate. The award, he added, was aimed at promoting transformation, broad-based participation and industrialisation amongst the historically disadvantaged individuals and communities.
Minister Davies said the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) had financially supported 24 black-owned companies since the inception of its Black Industrialists Programme last year. That Sabelo’s company, Thata uBeke (TUB) Manufacturing is not among the beneficiaries bears testimony to her determination to toil long and hard in order to earn her stripes in the cut-throat world of business in general and the manufacturing sector in particular.
TUB is 100% black, woman-owned company which started trading in 2008. It comprises of four divisions, namely electronics, electro-mechanical, design and quality assurance. The company, which is based in Ekurhuleni and has a staff complement of 190 people, including 50 interns from Denel, operates in the military, automotive, mining, agriculture, renewable energy and security industries across South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Europe.
“The award brings hope to black women in particular, and black manufacturers in general because we are always told that we cannot make it in the manufacturing sector. The fact that it is an augural award means that we are part of this pioneering process of getting black people to participate and contribute meaningfully in the economy of this country. We are proud of this achievement. I hope all black manufacturers will be inspired knowing that their hard work will be recognised and rewarded,” said Sabelo.
Sabelo expressed her support for the Black Industrialists Programme saying the financial assistance that government will be providing to black manufacturers will go a long way in speeding economic transformation.
Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.
Uber (www.Uber.com) is changing the way Lagos driver-partners access finance and grow their small businesses. The global ride-sharing platform has partnered with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) (http://LSETF.ng) who will provide access to finance for budding transport entrepreneurs at just 5% per annum. This is 15% lower than any other financial institution. Access to affordable finance is critical to the success of any entrepreneur, as it frees up the cash flow for them to focus on growing their business. The introduction of finance at a lower interest rate for driver-partners will help them thrive as they run their business on the Uber platform.
Uber has particular relevance in a city such as Lagos, where traffic congestion is an ongoing challenge. Nigeria is a booming African economy. With rapid urbanisation comes more people using the country’s roads. Lagos is an economic hub, which makes this challenge increasingly acute for those using the city’s roads. If more people take advantage of ride-sharing services like Uber, there will be less cars on the road and less overall congestion. For this reason, the platform has been welcomed and supported by the Lagos State.
Ebi Atawodi, General Manager for Uber in West Africa says, “We are encouraged by the Lagos State’s commitment to ridesharing platforms like Uber. Their support of local entrepreneurs not only fosters the growth of sustainable businesses, but strengthens a highly-viable transport industry in Lagos.”
Uber driver-partners in Lagos will also find it easier to buy their own vehicle. Driver-partners can now buy new cars that are locally-assembled in Nigeria by Stallion Motors (Hyundai i10 and Hyundai Grand Xcent). The partnership between Uber and LSETF has made this process simple. If they qualify for the financing provided by LSETF, Uber entrepreneurs can buy any new locally-assembled car up to a value of N3 million and only need to contribute 5% of the vehicle purchase price when they buy the car.
According to Akintunde Oyebode, the Executive Secretary of LSETF, partnerships like this provide a platform for sustainable job and wealth creation, and demonstrate a seamless collaboration between private capital and Government. “The partnership with Uber is proof of Lagos State Government’s willingness to support innovative solutions that solve social problems, in this case, transport, and also provide jobs to its residents.”
The option to purchase locally made vehicles gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to obtain the assets required to grow their business and contributes to the growth of the local economy. Local automotive production is a priority across the country, which has been emphasised in the Nigeria Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP). Nigeria is a promising automotive hub, given its large economy, growing urban population and a targeted drive by government to grow the industry.
Ridesharing trends and a refined automotive industry go hand in hand. Dr. Andrew S. Nevin, Advisory Partner and Chief Economist, PwC Nigeria says, “Already Uber driver-partners have made over a million trips in Nigeria in the last two years. This trend could fast-track Nigeria’s path to becoming an automotive hub potentially boosting sales of new and used vehicles as individuals take advantage of partnering with these companies to gain extra income.” These new cars on the road are likely to replace thousands of personal cars in Lagos, as more people use Uber to move across the city. Over time as people get used to the idea that you can always push a button and get a ride — the need to own a car, or buy a second family car, goes down.
The total offering to Uber Lagos entrepreneurs includes finance at a fixed interest rate of 5% per annum, with a loan period of 36 months. Lagos driver-partners will be afforded the opportunity to purchase a vehicle to the value of up to N3 million, with a 5% deposit required. Stallion motors are offering both the Hyundai Grand Xcent (N3m) and Hyundai i10 (N2.7m) for this deal – both cars are locally assembled and are in line with the NAIDP.
In order to qualify Lagos entrepreneurs will be required to have been operating on the Uber platform and their Uber rating should be 4.5 or higher.
The Uber and LSETF partnership begins in December with the hopes of expanding it to more Uber partners in the near future.
Distributed by APO on behalf of Uber.
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