Africa ‘open for business’: Motlanthe

first_img29 March 2011Delivering a public lecture at New York University on Monday, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe dismissed negative perceptions of Africa, saying the continent was ripe with opportunities for those willing to make investments.Motlanthe is on a four-day working visit aimed at boosting relations between South Africa and its second-biggest trade partner, as well as getting US buy-in for South Africa’s new economic strategy.Africa’s ‘Lions on the Move’In his lecture on Monday, Motlanthe cited a June 2010 report by the McKinsey Global Institute entitled Lions on the Move, which reflected the shifting wisdom on Africa in finding that:Africa’s collective gross domestic product (GDP) reached US$1.6-trillion in 2008.Africa’s combined consumer spending topped $860-billion in 2008.Africa’s mobile phone subscribers grew from 184-million in 2000 to 500-million in 2010.At least 20 African companies now enjoy annual revenue of $3-billion or more.Foreign direct investment in Africa reached $514-billion in 2009, up from $154-billion in 2000.“These developments are encouraging as Africa strives for greater regional integration, fair trade and a reformed international financial system,” Motlanthe said.For its part, South Africa – which accounts for only 5% of Africa’s population, but 50% of its trade – recognised that its own development and security were intertwined with the reconstruction and revitalisation of Africa, and thus supported the continent’s efforts to diversify and strengthen its economic capabilities.Motlanthe challenged the government and people of the United States, especially Africans in the Diaspora, to contribute towards building the African continent, particularly in the areas of education, capacity building and skills development.Call to Africa’s DiasporaWhereas in the past skilled Africans migrated to other countries across the world, the need to “reverse the emigration of much-needed and strategic skills is a critical issue for our continent,” Motlanthe said.“Ironically, in every developmental problem in Africa lie new vistas of opportunities which have the potential to absorb African skills that reside abroad.”South Africa, Motlanthe said, was investing in its human capital “in the knowledge that a skilled citizenry drives research, development and innovation, and ultimately spurs the economy to higher rates of growth”.Universities and colleges play a critical role in this, and “a university such as the University of New York can help us with the necessary intellectual apparatus to manage our developmental challenges.“We call upon the American people in different fields of human endeavour to once again join hands with us, so that together we can contribute to the achievement of these important goals of reconstruction and development.“In effect, challenges of development in Africa offer opportunities for academics and intellectuals in the United States and elsewhere in the developed world to make a meaningful contribution in this regard.“The partnership we are calling for works out to a win-win situation in that Africa is ripe with opportunities,” Motlanthe said.“What this means is that while the American partners bring invaluable capital investment, they also stand to gain in terms of healthy returns.”New growth path to address inequalityAlso on Monday, during a visit to the New York Stock Exchange, the Deputy President said that, although South Africa was battling inequality, its New Growth Path aimed to set the economy on a road of inclusive and equitable growth.“The biggest challenge for South Africa remains the deep inequalities left by apartheid,” Motlanthe said. “Despite the strength of our economy, it is still one of the most inequitable in the world.”Motlanthe said South Africa faced high structural unemployment and deep disparities in access to infrastructure and market institutions. “This kind of inequality and division is not sustainable,” he said.The country’s New Growth Path aims to create five-million new jobs by 2020.“Like other emerging economies, we need international investment to support productive activities that increase the overall competitiveness of our economy. We are of course most interested in direct investment that brings with it skills, cutting-edge technologies, and access to global markets.”South Africa plans to invest over R700-billion in infrastructure over the next three years, mostly for power generation and to upgrade rail and road networks.“We will seek to support infrastructure and productive investments across Africa, especially to build logistics infrastructure linking southern and central Africa,” Motlanthe said.Motlanthe is being accompanied on his trip by the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, and Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim.Motlanthe will hold talks with US Vice President Joe Biden in Washington DC on Tuesday, before meeting the American Chamber of Business and speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations. He will end his trip in Chicago on Thursday.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African victims of Lagos tragedy return home

first_img17 November 2014 Families grieve for their departed relatives at a moving reception ceremony to welcome home the victims of the collapsed church guest house in Lagos, Nigeria. (Image: GCIS)Two months after the fatal collapse of a church guesthouse in Lagos, Nigeria, the bodies of 74 of the South African victims returned home to an emotional reception ceremony.The ceremony, held at a hangar at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Sunday 16 November, was attended by the victims’ families, military officers and government officials. The formal proceedings included a prayer, a reading from the Bible, the singing of the national anthem and a moment of silence. The names of the dead were read out by Cassius Lubisi, the director-general of the presidency. The ceremony was broadcast live across the country on state television.On 12 September this year 116 people, 81 of them South African, died when a guesthouse belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos collapsed.South Africa agreed to repatriate the remains of three Zimbabweans and one DRC national who were using South African travel papers, bringing the total number of bodies to be repatriated to 85.‘We share in your grief and sorrow’Speaking at Sunday’s ceremony, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the return of the bodies was “a sombre moment for the people of South Africa”.“The people who perished in that tragic event in Lagos, Nigeria on 12 September were not mere statistics,” he said. “These were people who lived among us. They are South Africans. They are a part of us. These people were our colleagues and friends.“They were beloved wives, husbands, sons and daughters. They were our brothers and sisters. To the bereaved, we wish to say that, as a nation as a people, we share in your grief and sorrow. We understand that the loss you have suffered remains unbearable and incalculable.”Ramaphosa said the families should take solace from the fact that all South Africans shared in their bereavement and the dead could now rest in peace in the land of their birth.After the ceremony, uniformed military officers played the Death March as four forensic pathology trucks carrying the bodies left the airport en route to provincial mortuaries.Uncontrollable cries could be heard from the families, with some people collapsing. Counsellors were on hand to console grieving relatives.Earlier on Sunday, a cargo plane carrying 74 of the 85 who will be repatriated landed at the airforce base under strict security. The plane was met by justice minister Jeff Radebe, who chairs the interministerial task team set up to oversee the repatriation process, along with health minister Aaron Motsoaledi and social development minister Bathabile Dlamini.A total of 12 victims were from the Eastern Cape, two from the Free State, 22 from Gauteng, 23 from Mpumalanga, 13 from Limpopo, six from North West, five from KwaZulu-Natal and two from the Western Cape. The only one province not affected by tragedy was the Northern Cape.DNA testing to identify victimsOn Saturday, when the cargo plane carrying the victims left Lagos, Radebe thanked Nigerian authorities for their help and said the identification process had been difficult.“Over the last six weeks, the focus has been preparations to repatriate the deceased,” he said. “The verification of the mortal remains has been the most difficult part. This was because of the gruesome nature of the accident, which made the identification process difficult. The verification process resorted to the DNA tests at the laboratory.“Our medical team working with the Nigerian medical team has done a sterling job in this regard. Today we still sad about the tragedy but somehow relieved that the long wait for a number of the families will finally end.”SAinfo reporter and SANews.govlast_img read more

Do you have access to Social Media at work?

first_imgReading from news ( today, a survey has shown that 54% workplaces block social networks completely. I’m glad to be in a company which is the 10% which allow social-network use at work so I can stay connected with my external partners and industry peers. It seems the debate on whether social media is a effective business tool or a productivity drain is still going on.In Intel, we are embracing social media as a mean to transform collaboration in Intel. We see the opportunity out weights the potential risk. We are deploying a social media platform for our employees. You can find out more about our social media strategy from our recent white paper (/javascript:;) and the blogs from Laurie Buczek (/javascript:;and /javascript:;).Personally, I think social media is going to repeat the history of email and instant messaging (IM) at work. Few years ago, there were skeptics about IM at work. Our CIO at that time, John Johnson, took the risk and deployed IM in Intel. Today, it’s a productivity tool that I cannot live without. This morning I was troubleshooting a problem with a colleague waiting to broad a plane 16 hours away thru IM. I frequently talk to my colleagues around the world. They could be anywhere in office, at home, or on the road, when I need to connect with them. Whenever they pop up online, I can get hold of them. Without IM, life will be much more difficult and less productive.I have been participating in a IT pilot program testing out Windows 7 in our environment. We have a Windows 7 group setup in our social media platform where we share BKM and help each other. I got workarounds from the forum for issues I ran into with the beta version of the operating system. I also contribute my findings and solutions back to the group. Together we are creating a rich knowledge base for the Windows 7 program team. The pilot users around the world were helping each other and saving each one of us a lot of time learning about the new OS, troubleshooting and finding workarounds. This is an excellent success story for social media at work. (Find out our Windows 7 experience here: /javascript:;)What is your view of social media at work? Is your company putting up a strategy to adopt the technology?last_img read more

Facebook executive and exLiberal adviser defends his access to Trudeau cabinet

first_imgOTTAWA – A Facebook executive with ties to the ruling Liberals was grilled Thursday about his preferential access to senior members of the Trudeau cabinet, even though no one from the social-media giant, including himself, is a registered lobbyist in Canada.In his appearance before a parliamentary committee, Facebook Canada’s public policy head Kevin Chan was questioned by New Democrat MP Charlie Angus on why he had yet to register as a lobbyist, given the fact he’s met senior cabinet members, including Finance Minister Bill Morneau.Chan, ex-policy director for former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, defended himself by saying it was unnecessary for him to register since the proportion of his lobbying activities falls well short of the Lobbying Act’s 20 per cent minimum threshold.His testimony came as policy-makers and regulators around the world examine how to better protect online data following a scandal that allegedly saw the personal information of some 87 million Facebook users — including more than 620,000 Canadians — improperly accessed for political purposes.The House of Commons ethics committee held hearings this week to take a closer look at the breach that involves Facebook and, allegedly, the political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.The companies are at the heart of an international controversy triggered by allegations that data was inappropriately harvested to help political campaigns pull off electoral wins in the U.K.’s Brexit referendum and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.During a tense exchange with Angus about lobbying, Chan insisted, for instance, that his meeting with Morneau strictly involved him showing the minister how to broadcast his budget speech on Facebook.“This question does go to the heart of the company’s integrity and, quite frankly, my integrity personally — so, I appreciate the opportunity to address this head-on, if I may,” Chan said.“To be very, very, very clear, the meeting you’re referring to with minister Morneau, again, with all due respect to all parties involved, his office reached out to Facebook. He wanted some advice on how to do Facebook Live for his budget speech.”Angus responded by arguing that Chan’s role as the company’s leading public policy person in Canada means he’s in charge of engaging with government on a wide range of business issues that affect Facebook, which has 23 million users in the country and more than two billion worldwide.“I mean, my light bulb breaks, I don’t call the head of General Electric to come and fix it, and yet, you show up to help him figure out how to get more ‘likes,’ ” said Angus, who insisted Chan has “enormous access” to the Liberal government.“Isn’t that a waste of your time?”Chan replied: “If you play it out that way, that is what I spend my time doing, sir. I’m proud of it.”Following Chan’s appearance, the founder of ethics advocacy group Democracy Watch said he plans to file a formal complaint with the lobbying commissioner.Duff Conacher also said in an email he intends to call for an investigation because — unlike other online giants like Google — none of Facebook’s employees are registered. He added that none of the company’s registered consultant lobbyists have disclosed any monthly communications.Fenwick McKelvey, an assistant professor in information and communication technology policy at Concordia University, said it’s intriguing Facebook is not registered as a lobbyist, given that it’s the most-popular social network.“It occupies a very curious position in Canada,” McKelvey said. “If it’s not engaging in lobbying, then what is it doing, given its peers seem to be engaged in lobbying?”On Thursday, the committee also heard testimony from Robert Sherman, Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer, who estimated that just 272 people in Canada installed an app that enabled outside firms to access information from another 622,000 Canadians.Under questioning by MPs, Sherman said by video link from California that it’s possible a “small amount” of users’ private messages may have also been inappropriately shared as part of the breach, without their consent.Chan echoed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s acknowledgment this month that the company accepts responsibility for not doing enough to secure the platform and, despite recent changes, that more work needs to be done.“I want to begin by sharing that, while we do not yet have all of the facts surrounding the situation with Cambridge Analytica, what is alleged to have occurred is a huge breach of trust to our users,” Chan said in his opening remarks.“For that we are very sorry.”Next month, the European Union will begin enforcing strict data privacy standards known as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. It aims to help increase privacy protection for EU citizens and includes strengthened guidelines to make it easier for people to give or remove consent on firms may make use of their data.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked by reporters in London on Thursday whether he would consider adopting similar rules. He said Canada “would certainly be informed by friends and allies around the world” as his government explores ways to better protect the data of individuals.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Prep your skin for summer heat

first_imgThe harsh summer heat can spoil your skin. Don’t forget to moisturise and keep yourself hydrated, say experts. Here are few pointers to save your skin this summer. Don’t forget to moisturise: You need to use a light moisturiser when the weather is warm. Pick a non-greasy and lightweight moisturiser (pick one with SPF for daytime use) that will help to lock in the essential moisture of your skin. -Tone your skin: Toners are a must-have during the summer months. A good toner keeps your skin oil-free and clean. It also reduces the appearance of pores. When applying toner, pay attention to your T-zone as it is the part of your face that secretes the maximum oil during summer. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain-Keep yourself hydrated: Drink lots of water and don’t forget to carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. Keep sipping from your bottle. This is important to keep your skin hydrated, flush out toxins from your body, and feel refreshed during the hot summer days. – Exfoliate: Regular exfoliation should be a part of the skincare routine irrespective of the season. Those with sensitive skin need to be careful while exfoliating as compared to those with a combination or normal skin. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award-Minimal make-up: Bare minimum make-up should be preferred in summers, as too much make-up would clog the pores and result in breakouts. Products with SPF should be used. -Summer friendly lotion: One needs to use a lotion which absorbs fast into the skin as compared to the greasy body butters for winter. Winter lotions would provide the skin an oily look therefore they need to be changed with time.Since the sun can be extremely drying, keep them soft and smooth by using a rich lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. Use a bottle of mist packed with a antioxidants and nutrients to soothe and hydrate the skin on your face and body, especially when you are outdoors and in the sun.ianslast_img read more

PM did ‘injustice’ with people in 5 yrs: Rahul

first_imgJalore/Ajmer/Kota: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of doing “injustice” to the people of the country in the last five years, saying the ‘acche din ayenge’ slogan has now been replaced by ‘chowkidar chor hai’.He said there will be only one ‘Hindustan’ where justice will be done when the Congress is voted to power. During the day, Gandhi addressed election rallies at Jalore, Ajmer and Kota in Rajasthan. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”If rich people are not jailed for not paying off loans then farmers too will not be jailed. If lakhs and crores are given to them then the same will be given to farmers, labourers, tribals, Dalits and small traders. There will be no injustice in Hindustan. The country will not be divided in two Hindustans. There will be one Hindustan where justice will be done,” the Congress president said at a rally in Jalore. “PM Narendra Modi did injustice with people of the country in the last five years. Demonetisation and GST were ways to rob poor, labourers, small traders of their money, NYAY scheme will benefit them,” he alleged. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe said the Congress government will listen to people’s ‘mann ki baat’ and run according to them. “Five years ago, there was a slogan ‘acche din ayenge’ (good days will come). Now people say ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (watchman is a thief) everywhere in the country,” he said. Addressing a gathering in Ajmer, Gandhi said, “On one side there is Narendra Modi who speaks lies one after the other wherever he goes and on the other side, there is truth. Depositing Rs 15 lakh in bank accounts, two crore jobs every year, reasonable price for farmers’ crops were all lies.” He said the Congress had done brainstorming with eminent economists for minimum income guarantee ‘Nyay’ scheme to deposit Rs 72,000 annually in individual bank accounts of 25 crore poor people. The Congress president said that people of the country heard ‘Mann ki Baat’ in the past five years but the Congress’ think-tank has done ‘kaam ki Baat’ by formulating the NYAY scheme. “I want to thank Modi Ji for opening bank accounts. I am going to deposit money of NYAY scheme in the same accounts. The money will be deposited directly in bank accounts of women of the families,” he said at an election rally in Kota. Gandhi stressed that the money deposited through the NYAY scheme will move the wheels of the economy and create job opportunities for the youth. He said the Congress government, if voted to power, will fill 22 lakh government jobs in one year, separate budget for farmers, reservation for women in state assemblies, Parliament and in government jobs. He alleged that the prime minister is “protecting 15 rich people”, including Mehul Choksi, Anil Ambani, Lalit Modi and Nirav Modi, who took bank loans worth several crore and did not pay back. Modi waived off loans of Rs 5.55 lakh crore of these people, Gandhi alleged.last_img read more

Caldara Milan will be exciting

first_imgMattia Caldara who is on the verge of joining Milan is ‘happy’ and ‘excited’ at the plan of forming a defensive partnership with Alessio Romagnoli.We had reported earlier that the 24-year-old has arrived in Milan in attempt to completing his transfer to the Rossoneri from Juventus. In a brief airport exchange with reporters, the former Atalanta loanee said he has already spoken to Diavolo Coach Gennaro Gattuso.“I’m happy to be here. I’ve already spoken to Gattuso and with some of my ex-teammates at Atalanta,” Caldara told reporters as quoted in Football Italia.“The number of my shirt? I still need to think about it.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Caldara when finally signed to Milan will form a partnership with Romagnoli as they are widely seen as two of Italian football’s great young defenders.“Pairing up with Romagnoli will be exciting,” he added.The centre-back is currently undergoing medical at Milan’s Madonnina clinic before he will finally be officially unveiled as a Rossoneri player.He will be with Gonzalo Higuain in making the move from Turin to San Siro, with Leonardo Bonucci moving in the opposite direction.last_img read more

Pochettino laments on strange season after Cup exit

first_imgMauricio Pochettino is overwhelmed by Tottenham’s struggles this season after seeing his side knocked out of two cup competitions in the space of four days.Spurs penalty shoot-out defeat to Chelsea in the EFL Cup semi-finals was followed up with a 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup fourth round at Crystal Palace on Sunday.Pochettino made eight changes to his side, with only Paulo Gazzaniga, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente retained from the side that lost to Chelsea.But goals from Connor Wickham and former Spurs winger Andros Townsend wrapped up the win for the Eagles, meaning the only hope for silverware lies in the Champions League and the Premier League.And manager Pochettino offered no excuses for his side’s below-par performance.“It was a fair result,” Pochettino told reporters via FourFourTwo.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They scored and we didn’t. I can’t say anything about that.“We can talk about possession and shots but if you don’t score you don’t deserve to win games.”Pochettino said: “We came from a crazy fixture schedule and we were forced to make some changes. This season is tough and it’s going to be a massive challenge for us.“We knew it would be a tough season for us but not as tough as it has been.“We’re out of two competitions since Wednesday and we’re disappointed.”last_img read more

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore pays Courtesy Call on British Navy Captain

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – Commander Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel recently paid a courtesy call on Captain Stephen Morris aboard the British Royal Navy support vessel MOUNTS BAY. The British Officer and Commodore Bethel discussed matters of mutual interest during the brief visit.After completing Staff Course at Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1988 Stephen Captain Norris served as a Navigator prior to attending the Principal Warfare Officer (A) course in 1989.   Since then, he has been assigned to numerous fleet in several command positions and also in the Warfare Staff at Fleet HQ Portsmouth where he held positions as the Fleet Seamanship Officer.More recently, he was appointed command of RFA MOUNTS BAY in August 2017.  That vessel provided relief and humanitarian aid to the island of Dominica during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in November of last year.The visit concluded with an exchange of pleasantries by Commodore Bethel and Captain Morris.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website:, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePhoto caption:  RBDF Commodore Bethel and Captain Stephen Morris sharing pleasantries aboard the British Royal Navy support vessel MOUNTS BAY.last_img read more