Daily Archives: July 11, 2018

African Bicycle Contribution Foundation Contributes its 290th Bamboo Bicycle, at Girls Model School, in Nabdam District, Upper East Region, Ghana

NABDAM DISTRICT, Ghana, July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF), a U.S.-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, today announced that it has recently distributed 50 additional Ghanaian-made bamboo bicycles, in the Nabdam District, northeastern Ghana. Forty of the bicycles, manufactured by the Kumasi-based Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative (GBBI), were contributed to girls, ages 13-18, who attend the recently established Girls Model School in the District; an additional four were distributed to farmers, four were contributed to teachers, and two bicycles were given to healthcare workers. The Nabdam District event included ABCF’s 290th bicycle distributed in Ghana, since the foundation’s inception.

Map of Ghana with ABCF/GBBI icons marking bamboo bike distribution sites (July 10, 2018).

Ghana’s Nabdam District, which is bordered on the north by Burkina Faso, and on the east by the Republic of Togo, is the least urbanized region in Ghana. Less than 16 percent of the population resides in urban areas, and about 28.5 percent of adults in the region are classified as illiterate. Additionally, 84.9 percent of the employed population is engaged in skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery occupations, and 50.3 percent of the population is self-employed.

Notably, nearly one-third of the local residents live approximately 15 miles from the closest hospital, and the students at the Girls Model School travel a minimum of 9.3 miles each day, on foot, to and from school. Also notable is the fact that, in Nabdam, the proportion of males who have attended schools is consistently higher than that, for females, at all levels.

A UNICEF report on the impact that bicycles have for school-aged Ghanaian girls, found that 95 percent of rural girls attend school more regularly after having gained access to a bicycle, and 70 percent of those who received bicycles demonstrated higher academic performances, in their subsequent school work.

Headmistress of the Girls Model School speaking at the ABCF/GBBI bamboo bike distribution event.

Commenting on the Nabdam District event, the Foundation’s executive director, Patricia Marshall Harris, stressed the important role GBBI CEO Bernice Dapaah, and her leadership of her Ghana-based company, with a predominately Ghanaian female workforce, can play in inspiring young women at the Girls Model School to achieve Ghana’s national aspirations for academic, economic and social advancement for women across the country.

“While Ghana continues to make impressive strides towards building a globally respected democracy and a strong sub-Saharan African economic profile,” said Ms. Marshall Harris, “we at ABCF and GBBI join Ghana’s government and economic leaders in recognizing  that the full realization of the country’s potential can only be achieved when Ghana’s young girls and women are provided improved access to educational opportunity, and are challenged to join as partners and leaders in all that the country wants to achieve.”

At the event, which was held at Kongo, in the Nabdam District, remarks were presented by Mr. Timothy Naasal Yuornuo, district director of education; by Kongo-Sapaat-Nab Namaalteng, chief of Kongo; by Mrs. Meiri Seidu, director, Health Directorate; and by Mr. Amos Agyapong, production manager, GBBI. The event, which also included a Girls Model School Cultural Display, was moderated by Mr. Francis Sapaat and the opening and closing prayers were offered by Rev. Martin, a Roman Catholic priest.

A group of the 40 ABCF/GBBI bamboo bike recipients at Nabdam District’s Girls Model School, shortly after receiving their new ABCF/GBBI bamboo bicycles.

In his remarks, Mr. Sapaat, budget/NGO officer, Girls Model School, said, “The distribution of bicycles was timely considering the daily distance they cover to and from school. It is a high relief to pupils and parents, since students will now be early to school and back home.”

Who is ABCF?

The African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF) is a 501©3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to generate funding to underwrite the distribution of bicycles to under-resourced students, teachers, and transport-dependent small farmers and healthcare workers, in Ghana. The Corporation has made a commitment to finance the free distribution of 2500 bicycles in Ghana, over its first five years of operation.

Kongo-Sapaat-Nab Namaalteng, chief of Kongo, speaking to students, teachers and family at the ABCF/GBBI bamboo bike distribution, at Nabdam District’s Girls Model School.

ABCF works in partnership with the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, which produces the iconic Eco-Ride bamboo bicycle; the Bright Generation Community Foundation, the Respect Alliance, and the U.S.-Ghana Chamber of Commerce. Included among the foundation’s corporate and charitable non-profit sponsors are Independence Blue Cross, the Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Dr. and Mrs. Colon A. Romero.

For further information about ABCF, please contact the ABCF offices: info@africanbike.org.

Contact: A. Bruce Crawley
African Bicycle Contribution Foundation
Tel: 215-751-0140
Email: abcrawley@africanbike.org

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Deputy Minister Enver Surty takes part in National Imbizo Focus Week in North West, 12 to13 Jul

Basic Education Deputy Minister Surty joins National Imbizo Focus Week in Taung and Sekhing North West

The Deputy Minister of Basic Education will tomorrow, Thursday 12 July as well as Friday 13 July 2018 join a government delegation as part of the eighth National Imbizo Focus Week which has been underway since Monday 09 July 2018 under the theme Together we move South Africa forward.

National Imbizo Focus Week is aimed at fostering better relations with communities and ensuring that government creates opportunities to engage with and appropriately address challenges that communities. Government will also use the Focus Week to address various issues amongst others, the issues of poverty, unemployment, inequality and most importantly the increased level of violence and brutality against women and children in our society.

This year’s National Imbizo Focus Week takes place during the year in which we celebrate the centenary of two freedom fighters, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela under the theme: Be the legacy, as well as Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu under the theme: A Woman of fortitude.

Source: Government of South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa: 25th Anniversary Celebrations of African Export-Import Bank

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Abuja, Nigeria

Programme Director,

The President of Afreximbank, Dr Benedict Oramah,

HE Chairperson of the AU Commission, Mr Moussa Faki,

HE President of the Republic of Niger, President Mahamadou Issoufou,

Honourable Ministers,

Your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honour and privilege for me to be part of this occasion, which marks a remarkable milestone in the history of Afreximbank.

Allow me to congratulate you on this great achievement and for the important work the bank has done over the past 25 years.

I am very pleased to be sharing a platform with President Mahamadou Issoufou, who has been leading the African Continental Free Trade Area process.

Under his leadership, we have made significant progress towards making the AfCFTA a reality.

The 25th anniversary of Afreximbank coincides with two historic occasions in South Africa the centenary of the birth of former President Nelson Mandela exactly a week from today and the centenary of the birth of Mama Albertina Sisulu in October.

These two great Africans are synonymous with South Africa’s struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

The outstanding role they played in our journey to democracy will forever be etched in the annals of history.

As a country, we are today able to participate in such events as the 25th anniversary of Afreximbank thanks to their contribution not only to free South Africa, but also to ensure that it ties its future to the future of the African continent.

We continue to be inspired by these two icons in the work we do every day to create a better Africa and a better world.

We are guided by the words of President Mandela, when he said:

I am fundamentally an optimist… Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

We gather here in Abuja as optimists, our heads pointed towards the sun, our feet moving forward.

We are not daunted by the obstacles we face, nor discouraged by the setbacks we experience.

We are determined to build an Africa that is prosperous, that is at peace, that is inclusive and where all its people enjoy an improving quality of life.

We are encouraged by the progress that has been made in many areas of endeavour, from governance to trade, from education to technology.

We are encouraged by the ongoing work of the African Union and its organs.

We have seen significant growth and development in economies across the continent.

We have many success stories of companies and organisations that are making a great difference in the lives of the people of Africa.

Afreximbank is one such story, which serves as an example and an inspiration to many others.

We are optimistic about Africa’s future because of the momentous developments over the last few months in forging a free trade area across the continent.

The Extraordinary African Union Summit in Kigali in March was a watershed, with most of the countries on the continent signing up to the agreement on the African CFTA.

At the 31st Session of the AU Assembly in Mauritania just over a week ago, South Africa joined its counterparts in signing the agreement.

Agreement on the Continental Free Trade Agreement represents a new dawn for Africa.

This new dawn signals the unity of purpose among Africans and a quest to work together to achieve a common goal of a prosperous and independent continent.

The AfCFTA makes us a winning continent because it carries a vision that represents the aspirations of our forebears.

It encourages unity among us rather than division.

It gives practical expression to our long-held belief that the interests of any nation in our continent become meaningless if they are not pursued within the context of shared prosperity among African people as a whole.

It is a significant step towards the creation of an integrated and diversified market of approximately $3.3 trillion with a population of over 1 billion people.

In pursuing the CFTA, we seek to combine market integration with industrial and infrastructure development to ensure that we enhance Africa’s productive capacity, address supply-side constraints and alleviate the infrastructure deficit.

We have to have the means to produce the goods that will be freely traded across the continent and we need to have the roads, railways, ports and air routes that are going to carry these goods.

The CFTA will assist Africa as it works towards self-reliance and self-sufficiency.

By trading among ourselves, we will be able to retain more resources within our continent to be shared among our people, alleviating poverty and reducing inequality.

Integration, and the economic development that will accompany it, will also contribute towards the maintenance of stability, democracy, peace and development.

At the same time, we need to work with greater determination and urgency to end conflict and instability to create improved conditions for economic development.

Greater integration and inclusive growth provides greater possibilities to replace conflict with constructive dialogue.

Integration will assist in our efforts to silence the guns on our continent.

Programme Director,

This annual meeting is convened at a time when the multilateral trading system is under severe strain, largely due to an abandonment by some of the agreed upon rules of engagement.

It is important that this meeting considers the full extent of this strain because it carries the risk of reversing the modest gains we have made in placing development at the centre of the multilateral trading system.

Our response must be to consolidate and advance the integration of our continental market.

Under the leadership of President Issoufou, our collective priority should be to conclude Phase I and II of the negotiations of the CFTA, before commencing new preferential trading negotiations with third parties outside of the continent.

We have set ourselves a deadline of 2020 to conclude the CFTA negotiations and to ensure that the liberalisation of trade in goods is complimented by rules on investment, competition policy and intellectual property rights.

In this way, we will be able to unlock Africa’s full productive capacity.

I have no doubt that those of you gathered here have the requisite ability not only to deal with the economic challenges facing our continent but also to develop practical programmes that will accelerate the pace towards meaningful regional integration.

Let us spare neither effort nor strength as we work collectively to build and achieve the Africa we want, as articulated in Agenda 2063.

As I conclude, please allow me, once more, to congratulate Afreximbank for achieving this milestone, and wish that you grow from strength to strength in order to make a meaningful contribution in the development of the continent.

I wish you well in your further deliberations.

I thank you.

Source: Government of South Africa

SALGA launches seminars to inspire leadership in municipalities, 12 Jul

SALGA launches seminars to inspire leadership in municipalities

Over 100 municipal leaders to graduate from Wits

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) will convene the inaugural Local Links Leadership Conversations Lecture Series Seminar on Thursday, 12 July 2018, at the WITS School of Governance (WSG) under the theme Honouring the Legacy of Nelson Mandela Through Inspiring Thought Leadership in Local Government Sphere. Post the seminar, approximately 105 municipal leaders who have undergone an extensive LGSETA funded programme, the Leadership in Municipal Governance Programme (LMG) in partnership with WSG, will be certificated in a graduation ceremony.

Former South African Public Protector Adv. Thulisile (Thuli) Nomkhosi Madonsela will deliver the keynote address.

Panellists for the seminar:

Councillor Parks Tau: SALGA President and United Cited and Local Government

Hon. Dr Zweli Mkhize: Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Reverend Frank Chikane: Chairperson of the Kagiso Trust

Sello Hatang: CEO of Nelson Mandela Foundation,

Associate Professor, Professor William Gumede: WSG,

Dr Robin Moore: Gauteng City Region Observatory, Executive Director;, Tsakani Ratsela: Deputy Auditor General

Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa: Moral Regeneration Movement, Chairperson, steered by the lead panellists

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: 12 July 2018

Time: 08:00 -13:00 (Seminar)

Time: 14:00 16:00 (Graduation Ceremony)

Venue: WITS School of Governance, Donald Gordon Building-Auditorium

The Local Links Leadership Conversations is one of SALGA Centre for Leadership and Governance intervention programmes. As a continuous development programme, it is anchored on an approach of delivering seminar styled/lecture series driven leadership conversations, based on specific leadership conversations themes which reflect the everyday complexities faced by local leaders in the local governance sphere with the aim of inspiring good leadership.

As part of its strategic agenda, SALGA continuously formulates and implements a range of municipal leadership focused interventions aimed at enhancing the capacity of municipalities to adequately respond to the challenges they face in local government.

In 2017, SALGA in partnership with WSG initiated LMG, targeting the municipal leadership echelon. The LMG is a unique professional training and development programme for municipal leaders structured as a formalised certificated programme and created in response to the inherent needs of the local government, political and administrative leaders, with executive and oversight responsibilities in the development of their localities.

Source: Government of South Africa

Inter-Ministerial Committee on Comprehensive Social Security Services briefs media on implementation of the Constitutional Court orders, 12 Jul

The IMC on Comprehensive Social Security Services to hold a media briefing

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Comprehensive Social Security led by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will brief the media on the progress on the implementation of the Constitutional Court orders relating to the payment of social grants and the IMC readiness on achieving the objectives of its mandate.

Source: Government of South Africa