Daily Archives: September 27, 2018

China Mobile International Limited met en place un bureau en Afrique du Sud

DURBAN, Afrique du Sud, 27 septembre 2018 /PRNewswire/ — China Mobile International Limited (CMI) a organisé la cérémonie d’inauguration de son bureau sud-africain à Durban, le bureau en question étant situé à Johannesburg (Afrique du Sud). M. Chen Zhaoxiong, vice-ministre de l’Industrie et de la Technologie de l’information de la République populaire de Chine, M. Zhao Zhongyi, conseiller économique et commercial de l’ambassade de Chine en Afrique du Sud, M. Godfrey Motsa, PDG de MTN South Africa, M. Jian Qin, vice-président exécutif de China Mobile Communications Group Co., Ltd., M. Shen Weizhong, directeur et vice-président exécutif de China Mobile International Limited, ainsi que des représentants des gouvernements, des entreprises et des opérateurs de télécommunications chinois et africains ont assisté à la cérémonie.

China Mobile International Limited Establishes South Africa Office

M. Chen a indiqué que l’Afrique du Sud comptait parmi les principaux partenaires de la Chine, la coopération entre les deux pays en termes de communication d’informations s’améliorant en continu ces dernières années. Les « huit initiatives majeures » annoncées par le président chinois Xi Jinping à l’occasion du Forum de coopération sino-africaine ont ouvert de nombreuses possibilités de développement de la coopération dans différents domaines pour la Chine et l’Afrique. China Mobile devrait adhérer aux concepts de coopération gagnant-gagnant et de gestion de la conformité afin de fournir des services pratiques et de haute qualité qui seront plus utiles à la population locale. Partant de là, China Mobile devrait continuer à promouvoir la coopération avec d’autres pays et contribuer au développement des relations sino-africaines. Le ministère chinois de l’Industrie et de la Technologie de l’information renforcera encore la coopération avec les organismes de communication d’Afrique du Sud, et les deux pays œuvreront de concert pour amener la coopération entre eux en matière d’information et de communication à un niveau plus élevé.

M. Godfrey Motsa, PDG de MTN South Africa a déclaré être convaincu que le partenariat entre MTN Group et China Mobile International permettrait de réduire considérablement les coûts des services de télécommunications, en particulier dans le cadre de l’itinérance ; grâce au partage des technologies et innovations de MTN et de China Mobile, réaliser ses activités par-delà les frontières sera plus simple pour tout le monde à l’avenir.

M. Zhao a expliqué que, en sa qualité d’opérateur de téléphonie mobile de premier plan en Chine et dans le monde, la décision de China Mobile d’entrer en Afrique du Sud donnerait sans aucun doute un nouvel élan à la construction d’installations entre les deux pays. L’un des souhaits est également que l’Afrique du Sud joue le rôle de point d’entrée pour China Mobile afin que celle-ci puisse renforcer sa position sur le marché sud-africain tout en exerçant une influence plus grande sur l’ensemble du marché africain. Dans le même temps, l’ambassade de Chine en Afrique du Sud continuera à apporter son soutien aux entreprises chinoises afin que celles-ci investissent en Afrique du Sud et collaborent pour montrer l’exemple et inciter davantage à la coopération entre la Chine et l’Afrique.

M. Jian a par ailleurs mentionné que, dans le cadre des « huit initiatives majeures », China Mobile améliorerait les interconnexions infrastructurelles entre la Chine et l’Afrique. La création d’un bureau en Afrique du Sud correspond à un nouveau jalon dans le développement de CMI en Afrique du Sud et en Afrique. China Mobile optimisera les échanges techniques en ce qui concerne les réseaux 5G et l’Internet des Objets (Internet of Things, IoT), etc., fournissant ainsi des services de télécommunications de haute qualité pour les clients en Chine et en Afrique, et contribuera dès lors comme il se doit à l’approfondissement de la coopération entre la Chine et l’Afrique.

Le même jour, CMI a signé un protocole d’accord portant sur une alliance stratégique avec MTN Group, opérateur mobile multinational d’Afrique disposant de 230 millions d’abonnés et de 23 sociétés d’exploitation en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient. Les deux entreprises collaboreront dans le cadre de l’expansion internationale de leurs activités, du raccordement international des transmissions, du partage des ressources réseau, etc. Ce protocole d’accord permet à CMI de franchir une nouvelle étape vers son objectif visant à créer un monde interconnecté englobant l’Afrique.

Avec un nombre croissant de câbles sous-marins et terrestres à disposition et de plus en plus de compétences et de produits professionnels, CMI prévoit de s’associer à des opérateurs africains pour créer une plateforme ouverte et coopérative tout en approfondissant ces partenariats en vue de fournir des solutions et des services de télécommunications internationaux complets aux clients.

À propos de China Mobile International Limited

China Mobile International Limited (CMI) est une filiale en propriété exclusive de China Mobile, le plus grand opérateur actuel de télécommunications en termes de réseau et de nombre d’abonnés. Afin de proposer de meilleurs services visant à répondre aux demandes croissantes du marché des télécommunications internationales, CMI a été établie à Hong Kong en décembre 2010. La filiale est principalement responsable de l’exploitation des activités internationales et a étendu sa présence à 21 pays et régions dans le monde. À ce jour, CMI possède plus de 40 ressources de câbles terrestres et sous-marins à l’échelle mondiale, avec un total de largeur de bande de transmission internationale supérieur à 30 T, et dispose de 138 POP (points of presence) couvrant 91 villes « hotspots » dans le monde. En partant de Hong Kong, CMI a considérablement accéléré le développement des centres de données Internet (IDC) de base à l’échelle mondiale, permettant l’établissement d’un solide réseau de cloudification des centres de données.

Mettant à profit le puissant soutien de China Mobile, CMI est un partenaire de confiance qui fournit des solutions et des services de télécommunications internationaux complets aux entreprises, transporteurs et utilisateurs mobiles à l’échelle internationale.

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Gauteng Roads and Transport on improving R558 Road Corridor

Gauteng Roads Department Improves R558 Road Corridor

Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, has reported that significant road maintenance work is currently underway on the R588 between Lenasia and Finetown-Ennerdale.

Sections of the R558 are being rehabilitated due to the high traffic volumes on the road and the growing need for improved safety measure along the southern corridor, said Vadi.

He added that portions of the road had degraded over time with the regular incidence of potholes near the Trade Route Mall, the Ahmed KathradaLenmed Hospital and the Total Garage.

Vadi said that the routine maintenance works include the following:

cleaning of drains;

installation of new road signage and road studs;

grass cutting and cleaning;

installation of guardrails near Lenasia South;

potholes and road shoulder repairs; and

the milling and resurfacing of severely degraded portions of the road.

In addition, there has been an improvement in road markings and the introduction of compulsory stop signs, particularly at intersections near Naren’s Farm and Daxina Clinic, as road safety measures.

These measures are necessary to improve road safety on what is now an extremely busy road, emphasized Vadi.

He appealed to motorists to exercise patience and extra care while the maintenance work is in progress as there will be extraordinary traffic control measures in place. Motorists are advised to plan accordingly for any delays in travel times.

The road maintenance work is scheduled to be completed in October.

Source: Government of South Africa

Correctional Services hosts 9th FundaMzantsi Competition for offenders, 1 to 5 Oct

Correctional Centre book clubs ensuring offenders reach their full potential

Two hundred and forty (240) offenders from 24 correctional centre book clubs across the country will participate in the 9th FundaMzantsi Competition (FMC), in George from 1 to 5 October 2018, under the theme Building Creative Minds.

Sixty more offenders are participating this year, compared to last year (2017), confirming the growing interest in reading within correctional facilities as well as the important role of this initiative in the rehabilitation of offenders.

This annual championship is hosted by the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) through its outreach unit, Centre for the Book (CFB), in collaboration with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and George Municipality.

The project was in response to a survey, conducted by the South African Book Development Council in 2007, on general reading habits in South African communities. The report of the survey revealed that South Africa is not a reading nation. The Centre for the Book, therefore, decided to intervene by way of establishing book clubs in communities, schools and correctional centres.

At the same time, the process of taking part in the championship has assisted with the improvement of the Grade 12 pass rate of inmates because offenders are able to read with understanding, and analyse, as compared to reading for pleasure. Over the last four years, the inmate matric pass rate was 68.9% in 2014, 73% in 2015, 72% in 2016 and 76.7% last year (2017).

Book clubs in correctional centres ensure that offenders remain focused amid their circumstances so that they can reach their full potential. The education and skilling of inmates has been successfully implemented as a rehabilitation programme engineered to mould inmates to return to their communities as better, changed and law-abiding citizens. The FMC offers offenders the opportunity to refocus and channel their energies in mapping their destinies by means of educating themselves for a better future. DCS is committed to expanding these book clubs to involve even more offenders.

As Correctional Services, we have adopted FundaMzantsi, as part of our rehabilitation efforts, to enhance the massification of reading as well as to address the two fundamental issues of education and learning. Through this initiative, DCS is entrenching the culture of reading among inmates to increase their literacy levels. This programme is being utilized as a vehicle to stimulate greater offender participation in literacy programmes.

Learning in our correctional centres contributes to the elimination of illiteracy, and equips, especially young, offenders with the necessary skills to be self-sufficient upon release. In line with rehabilitation, major tasks undertaken by DCS include literacy, vocational training, basic occupational skills training, entrepreneurial skills training, business studies, engineering studies, basic and tertiary education qualifications.

DCS is mandated by the White Paper on Corrections to provide for the safe custody of offenders, and to ensure that offenders are exposed to rehabilitative opportunities, that may lead to their successful reintegration in order to lead a crime-free life. Initiatives such as FundaMzantsi are proving to be effective tools to empower offenders for successful reintegration into their communities.

This week, 24 to 30 September 2018, DCS is commemorating Corrections Week. Corrections Week is observed annually to promote awareness, and understanding, of the correctional system in South Africa.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC LimakatsoMahasa delivers on promises made to Refengkgotso community, 28 Sept

MEC returns to Refengkgotso to deliver on promises made

MEC LimakatsoMahasa will return to the small town of Refengkgotso, Denneysville in Metsimaholo Local Municipality to deliver on commitments and promises made during her first visit at this town after deployment as MEC for Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

High unemployment rate especially amongst young people was MEC Limakatsos main concern during her visit at Refengkgotso. To give hope to the people, ease the burden of unemployment and encourage economic activities, MEC LimakatsoMahasa will give four small businesses in this town equipment to grow and sustain their businesses.

The department will also assist municipality with the process of landfill site registration. About forty 40 community members have already been trained as waste pickers and will be assisted to register as a co-operative. After being assisted to register as a cooperative, they will be given baler machine, waste containers and protective clothing to ensure that they do their jobs properly.

The day will start with a cleaning campaign and planting of 100 trees at a revitalized park to celebrate arbor month. Information about various services provided by department will also be available at the event.

Activities will take place as follows:

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister GwedeMantashe on release of the Mining Charter 2018

Media statement by the Minister of Mineral Resources, MrGwedeMantashe, on the occasion of the release of the Mining Charter, 2018

Today’s gazetting of the Mining Charter,2018 is the culmination of seven months of intensive engagements with stakeholders in the industry; that includes mining companies, investors, mining communities, labour, financial institutions, the legal fraternity and, ultimately, the Cabinet. A variety of views, inputs and submissions were carefully considered. Therefore, this Charter represents a consensus among stakeholders we have been involved with in this process.

The Charter is an important contributory element to efforts aimed at stimulating the economy. It aims to create regulatory certainty, sustainable growth and a competitive and transformed mining industry. It is important to South Africa realising her long-term objectives of eliminating poverty, reducing inequality, and creating jobs.

The withdrawal of the MPRD Amendment Bill from Parliament is another step towards creating regulatory and policy certainty. In line with President Ramaphosa’s announcement on the decision by Cabinet to withdraw the Bill, I have submitted a formal request to the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces for the withdrawal. This would mean that the current MPRDA remains applicable. A separate regime for oil and gas is being developed.

I will now highlight the salient points of the Mining Charter, 2018.

Elements of the Mining Charter, 2018:

The elements of Ownership and Mine Community Development are ring-fenced, and they require absolute compliance at all times.

Ownership

To entrench regulatory certainty for investors, and provide security of tenure for investments, an existing mining right holder who achieved a minimum of 26% -including a right holder whose BEE partner has since exited – is recognised as compliant for the duration of the right.

This recognition is not applicable upon renewal, and is not transferrable to a new owner in the case of a transfer or sale.

The Mining Charter, 2010 will apply to all pending applications lodged and accepted prior to the coming into effect of the Mining Charter 2018. The right holder will be expected to increase their minimum BBBEE shareholding to 30% within five years.

A new mining right – granted after the coming into effect of Mining Charter, 2018 – must have a minimum of 30% BEE shareholding, applicable for the duration of the mining right. It shall be distributed as follows:

A minimum of 5% non-transferable carried interest to qualifying employees;

A minimum of 5% non-transferrable carried interest to host communities, or a minimum 5% equity equivalent benefit. Equity equivalent refers to 5% equivalent of the issued share capital, at no cost to a Trust or similar vehicle set up for the benefit of host communities.

A minimum of 20% effective ownership in the form of shares to a BEE Entrepreneur, a minimum of 5% which must preferably be for women.

The Charter further outlines requirements for Junior Miners � i.e. a mining right holder with a single or multiple mining rights, having a combined annual turnover of less than 150 Million Rands, as well as licenses granted under the Precious Metals Act, 2005 and the Diamonds Act, 1986; and thresholds for precious metals jewellers and beneficiators.

Beneficiation

To promote beneficiation in line with Government policy, a mining right holder may claim the equity equivalent mechanism against a maximum of 5 percentage points of a BEE Entrepreneur. A mining right holder must submit to the Department a Beneficiation Equity Equivalent Plan for approval, as outlined in the Mining Charter implementation guidelines.

Inclusive Procurement, Supplier and Enterprise Development

Procurement of South African manufactured goods and services provide opportunities for expanding economic growth, creating decent jobs and widening market access to the country’s goods and services. In this regard, the latest commitment of two billion Rand by Kumba is commendable.

To confirm local content, goods must be procured in line with a standardised product identification coding system being developed by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Mining right holders will be expected to provide proof of local content in the form of certification from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) or any other entity designated by the Minister.

On promoting Research and Development (R&D) capabilities, a mining right holder must spend a minimum of 70% of its total R&D budget on South African based entities, public or private.

Human Resource Development

Human Resource Development constitutes an integral part of competitiveness, transformation and sustainable growth. A mining right holder is therefore expected to invest a minimum 5% of leviable amount (excluding the statutory skills development levy) on essential skills development – including science, technology, engineering and mathematical skills, graduate training programmes and R&D initiatives.

Employment Equity

A mining right holder must achieve a minimum threshold of Historically Disadvantaged Persons that reflects the provincial or national demographics at Board, Executive Management, Senior Management, Middle Management, Junior Management, Core and Critical Skills, as well as Employees with Disabilities.

Mine Community Development

For purposes of implementing Social and Labour Plans and Mine Community Development projects, the term Mine Community refers to communities where mining takes place, major labour sending areas, adjacent communities within a local municipality, metropolitan municipality or district municipality.

A mining right holder must meaningfully contribute towards Mine Community Development, with a bias towards mine communities both in terms of impact and size, and in keeping with the principles of the social license to operate.

A Trust or similar vehicle which will oversee the implementation of the 5% equity equivalent detailed under the ownership element should have – at minimum – representation from host communities and mining companies. The Trust will:

Identify community development needs

Be responsible for developing a host community development programme, fund distribution, governance and organisation.

Use of funds for administration costs, project management and consultation fees of the Trust or similar vehicle may not exceed 8% of the total budget. A development programme shall not substitute Social and Labour Plan (SLP) commitments.

Housing and Living Conditions

A mining right holder shall be required to submit a Housing and Living Conditions Plan to be approved by the Department, after consultation with organisedlabour and the Department of Human Settlements.

Compliance

The Charter requires that mining right holders should submit annual compliance reports to the Department. In our engagements, stakeholders � in particular communities – were critical of the Department’s ability to monitor and enforce compliance. The Department is continuing with the process of filling key vacant positions to stabilise critical areas, including monitoring and enforcement of compliance. This is to ensure that we can adequately monitor and enforce compliance to the Charter.

Provincial visits

This past weekend we undertook visits to KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. We have established a team which will go back to kwaSomkhele, KZN early next week to deal in detail with issues raised by communities. Following the visit, the team will make recommendations with a view to finding sustainable solutions to the challenges there.

The team also visited Xolobeni village in Mbizana, to listen to concerns around proposed mining in the area. Ten organisations made presentations, namely: Mdatya Trust, Bekela Trust, Xolobeni Development Trust, Amadiba Development Forum, Mzamba Taxi Association, the Eastern Cape Contractors Forum, Xolco, Bizana Chamber of Commerce, Amadiba Crisis Committee and King ZanozukoSigcau. Of these, nine were for the development of both mining and tourism, and one, Amadiba Crisis Committee, made a presentation against mining development in the area. Ward 25 in Bizana, of which Xolobeni is part, is the poorest in the area with high levels of illiteracy and dependence on social grants. The community wants to use tourism and mining to develop itself further. It is important that consultation is allowed to proceed peacefully, so a final determination can be made on this matter, which is long-standing.

Conclusion

I thank and commend all stakeholders and social partners who journeyed with us over the past seven months of engagements on the Charter. The department has prioritised proactive engagement with all our stakeholders. It is in our collective interests to ensure a sector that is thriving and transformed. The gazetting of the Mining Charter, 2018 is a decisive step in that direction.

Source: Government of South Africa