Daily Archives: November 9, 2018

Minister Lindiwe Zulu hosts South African Business Incubation Conference in Gauteng, 15 to 16 Nov

Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, will host the Second South African Business Incubation Conference (SABIC) from 15-16 November 2018 at the Emperors Palace Conference Centre, Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

The Second SABIC conference, which takes place under the theme: Creating inclusive entrepreneurial growth through innovation, is an initiative of the Department of Small Business Development and its agency, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).

The conference will showcase innovative accelerators and incubators together with their innovative start-ups. It will bring together both private and public incubators with the sole aim of improving the enterprise development ecosystem by sharing best practice from South Africa, Africa and across the globe.

SABIC brings together various role players in the incubation and acceleration space from South Africa and abroad. Approximately 500 delegates are expected to attend this year’s SABIC, representing local and international ecosystem builders, policy makers, entrepreneurs, government leaders, academia as well as organized business formations from various sectors.

Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, said: Following SABIC 2016, government and other partners have worked hard to bring key role players together. SABIC seeks to create a platform where all incubation-related matters could be addressed. Among other things, the conference will focus building a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem that creates jobs and reduces inequality.

As part of the SABIC conference, Minister Zulu will also be hosting the Second Incubator Awards which seek to recognise excellence in the incubation and acceleration space, by recognizing business incubators and accelerators that run impactful programmes and showing tangible contributions to the ecosystem. The awards also aim to recognise clients and start-ups that are performing well in the market and have growing potential to be meaningful contributors to the economy.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula attends Armistice Day and participates in Paris Peace Forum, 11 to 13 Nov

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will represent South Africa on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the centenary commemoration of Armistice Day to be held in Paris, France.

Armistice Day commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11 a.m. on 11 November 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This effectively ended World War 1 on the Western Front.

This year’s Armistice Day coincides with Remembrance Sunday for its centenary, the latter always held on the second Sunday in November, regardless of the date. Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in honor of those who died in the two World Wars.

Minister Mapisa-Nqakula will also participate in the first Paris Peace Forum to be held from 11 to 13 November 2018.

The South African delegation as led by Minister Mapisa-Nqakula is scheduled to be back in the country on Tuesday, 13 November 2018.

Source: Government of South Africa

Government welcomes Baby X mom sentencing

Government welcomes the 20 year sentence imposed on the mother who murdered her child who became known to the media as Baby X in 2014.

The mother has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The court found that the 35-year-old woman had murdered her three-year-old daughter, who had endured being beaten, starved, burnt with cigarettes, had chilli powder put in her nappy and tied to a bed at night.

GCIS Acting DG Phumla Williams said: As a nation, we must never tolerate any form of abuse against children. The law should continue to be harsh and show no mercy towards the perpetrators of child abuse. As a society we must expose these abusers and we must act to prevent abuse of children in our communities.

One cannot imagine the pain that poor baby suffered at the hands of adults who clearly displayed an inhumane behavior towards this little child. We will not stop speaking about these barbaric acts until we rid our society of such acts, said Williams.

Government has put in place child protection mechanisms such as legislation and international instruments that the country has ratified as a commitment to the protection of children’s rights. Key among these is Section 28 of the Constitution which specifically deals with and lays the foundation of children’s rights.

The baby’s grandmother who was also charged with the murder and assault died of natural causes this year while awaiting trial in Westville prison.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Naledi Pandor hosts Limpopo students imbizo and opens new Vhembe Clinic, 10 Nov

Minister Naledi Pandor to host an imbizo for Limpopo students and open a New Clinic at Vhembe TVET College � Makwarela Campus � Saturday, 10 November 2018

The Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor will host an imbizo for students in Limpopo and officially open a newly built Clinic at the Vhembe TVET College’s Makwarela Campus.

Organised in partnership with the Higher Education & Training Health, Wellness and Development (HEAIDS), the imbizo will focus on students and youth health, wellness and careers.

The clinic is an addition to the 18 similar campus-based facilities launched earlier this year as a result of a partnership between HEAIDS and the Limpopo Department of Health. Three of the clinics are operating at Vhembe TVET’s other campuses (Tshisimani, Mavhoi and Mashamba). Their sites were selected in order to benefit areas with limited access to other healthcare services.

Amongst the services the clinic will provide to students is the testing and screening for HIV, STIs, TB, blood-glucose and blood pressure measuring and family-planning.

About 1 500 students and learners from institutions of higher learning and Vhembe TVET College � Makwarela Campus are expected to attend the imbizo.

Other key stakeholders to attend and exhibit at this imbizo include, the Department of Health, Social Development, Limpopo LGBTI, Lifeline, Sonke Gender Justice, South African Police Service, University of Limpopo, Services Seta and University of Venda.

Source: Government of South Africa

Somali, Eritrean leaders in Ethiopia to Cement Regional Ties

The presidents of Somalia and Eritrea met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday to cement regional economic ties as relations warm between the once-rival nations.

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki arrived in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar for the summit. They also visited a university.

The meeting is intended to “cement the outcome of the Horn of Africa economic integration agreement,” Ethiopia’s state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.

The three leaders had in met in September to lay the groundwork for the agreement, the details of which remain vague.

“This is a testimony, this is a witness for everyone that the history of the Horn of Africa has changed,” the Somali president told officials during a speech in Gondar.

“Now we are moving for regional collaboration in economic development in order to be sure that we fight poverty in this region,” he added.

A former province of Ethiopia, Eritrea broke away in 1993 but was back at war with its southern neighbor five years later when a border dispute sparked fighting.

A peace deal ended the war two years later, but Ethiopia and Eritrea remained bitter foes after Addis Ababa refused to accept a United Nations-backed boundary demarcation.

Shortly after his April inauguration, Abiy reversed that policy, leading the two neighbors to sign a peace deal last July.

Abiy and Isaias have since met repeatedly around the region, and the speed of the rapprochement has surprised even veteran Ethiopia politicians.

“There are things you think are impossible like normalization with Eritrea,” Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde told the South African Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday.

“For Ethiopia, this normalization is helping a lot, not just for Ethiopia and Eritrea, but the region as a whole,” she said.

“Our vision is to have the same kind of relationship with all our neighboring countries.”

The peace deal with Eritrea unlocked a flood of diplomacy in the Horn of Africa, with Somalia and Eritrea establishing diplomatic ties after decades of animosity, while rivals Djibouti and Eritrea have also moved to ease long standing tensions.

Source: Voice of America