Daily Archives: December 18, 2018

XCMG lance la troisième phase de son projet de réservoirs à eau en Éthiopie

GUDURU, Éthiopie, 17 décembre 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG, le principal fabricant chinois de machine de construction, a annoncé la troisième phase de son projet de réservoirs d’eau potable en Afrique lors du salon bauma China 2018. Le don conjoint de la société,et de 26 fournisseurs stratégiques, d’un montant de 4,43 millions de yuans (643 119 dollars US), permettra de construire 80 réservoirs à eau en Éthiopie, 40 pour les familles et 40 dans des écoles.

Établi en 2016, le projet de réservoirs à eau de XCMG est l’un des 14 projets de la campagne mondiale d’utilité publique de la société regroupés sous de le nom de « For Better Life » (pour une vie meilleure) en partenariat avec la Fondation chinoise pour la réduction de la pauvreté. À ce jour, XCMG a construit 81 réservoirs à eau en Éthiopie qui bénéficient à 6 700 personnes, les 40 derniers ont été terminés à Guduru (Kombolcha), en octobre et fournissent déjà de l’eau potable et de l’eau d’irrigation aux populations locales.

« Pratiquement un Africain sur trois n’a pas accès à l’eau potable. Les maladies d’origine hydrique telles que la fièvre typhoïde et le choléra peuvent être mortels pour les enfants et c’est pourquoi nous voulons construire des réservoirs à eau pour les écoles. En tant que leader du secteur des machines de construction, XCMG engage durablement sa responsabilité pour tenter d’améliorer la vie des gens qui vivent dans le régions où nous travaillons, » a expliqué Xiaohui Xu, directeur général adjoint de XCMG.

En octobre, une équipe a visité des écoles primaires d’Addis-Abeba, la capitale éthiopienne, et a été étonné par le fait que 150 des 230 écoles ne sont pas équipées en eau potable, que 90 % des élèves boivent moins de 500 ml d’eau par jour et que les enfants tombent malades en buvant de l’eau non potable. Seuls 2 % des élèves se lavent les mains avec du savon.

Pour aider à remédier à cela, XCMG a construit 40 réservoirs à eau dans des écoles d’Addis-Abeba en plus des 40 réservoirs familiaux dans des villages soufrant de la sécheresse. Chaque école sera équipée d’un réservoir à eau en fibre de carbone de 10 000 litres, d’un filtre à eau VZN, de cinq fontaines d’eau potable et cinq lavabos, qui peuvent fournir à 1 000 étudiants de l’eau pour boire, cuisiner et pour l’hygiène personnelle pendant 2-3 jours.

À propos de XCMG

XCMG est une société multinationale de fabrication d’engins de chantier, forte d’une histoire de 74 ans. Elle se classe actuellement sixième à l’échelle mondiale dans le secteur des engins de construction. La société exporte ses produits dans plus de 177 pays et régions du globe.

Pour en savoir plus, consultez le site : www.xcmg.com, ou les pages de XCMG sur Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn et Instagram.

Governor Lesetja Kganyago briefs media on economic developments in South Africa, 19 Dec

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are to hold a joint press briefing featuring Governor Lesetja Kganyago and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

On December 19, 2018, at 16:00 SARB Governor Lesetja Kganyago and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde will briefly address the press on recent economic developments in South Africa. The event will take place soon after a joint meeting between the SARB Governor and IMF Managing Director. The Managing Director is in South Africa, as part of her annual tour of African countries. During the visit, she will pay a courtesy call on President Ramaphosa and meet with other stakeholders.

Venue: 373 Madiba Street � South African Reserve Bank Conference Centre, Conference Room B

A satellite feed will be available to all broadcast agencies to enable live broadcasting of the press conference.

The press conference can also be accessed via webcast on http://results.antfarm.co.za/sarb/mpc2018/

Source: Government of South Africa

Sudan Leader Visit Seen as Effort to Reintegrate Syria into Arab Fold

CAIRO Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir traveled to Damascus on Sunday, catching many observers by surprise. According to Arab media, the visit is part of a Russian strategy to rehabilitate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and reintegrate his government into mainstream Arab politics.

It was the first visit by an Arab head of state to the Syrian capital since the Assad government was expelled from the Arab League in 2011.

Saudi-owned Asharqalawsat newspaper reports the main purpose of the visit was to deliver a message that major Arab nations are willing to allow Damascus to rejoin the Cairo-based Arab League.

The fact that Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, traveled to Syria on board a Russian plane suggests some measure of Russian eagerness to rehabilitate both Bashir and Assad, who has been ostracized by most Western leaders.

University of Paris political scientist Khattar Abou Diab tells VOA the Sudanese president is flirting between the United States and Russia, to see what he can get financially, given Sudan’s current economic difficulties.

He says the irony of the Bashir visit to Damascus is that both the Sudanese and Syrian presidents are suffering from economic difficulties, but neither has much in the way of financial support to offer each other.

Abou Diab says Bashir is an “opportunist, who has been allies with just about everyone from Iran, to Saudi Arabia, and to Turkey and Qatar, with whom he shares sympathies with the Muslim Brotherhood.”

American University of Beirut political science teacher Hilal Khashan tells VOA he believes Bashir traveled to Damascus at the urging of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It is obvious to me that the Saudis urged Bashir, who is the recipient of their financial aid, to travel to Damascus to pave the road for Syria’s reintegration into the Arab League,” Khashan said. “Remember when Mohammed bin Salman visited Buenos Aires recently for the G-20 summit? The only guy who welcomed him warmly was Putin, so I think Putin convinced Mohammed bin Salman to do something about Assad in order to reintegrate Syria in the Arab League.”

Russia has maintained backing for the Assad government throughout Syria’s civil war.

Two years ago, Russia withdrew from the International Criminal Court, which it called “one-sided.” Bashir is wanted by the court for alleged crimes against humanity in Sudan’s Darfur region.

He has periodically defied the court by traveling abroad to countries that decline to arrest him.

Source: Voice of America

African Art Restitution Claims Gain Traction

PARIS When a private museum in Benin displayed artifacts from the ancient Dahomey kingdom a decade ago, roughly a quarter-of-a-million Beninese flocked to see the exhibit � a stunning turnout for the tiny West African country.

There was only one hitch: although the pieces were part of its heritage, they didn’t belong to Benin, but rather were on loan from former colonial power France.

The next time Benin exhibits Dahomey art may be under very different circumstances. France has promised to return 26 royal artifacts taken by the French army in 1892�a move that may prove a watershed for other African restitution claims.

“If Benin succeeds in showing its heritage I think everything will change,” says Marie-Cecile Zinsou, a French-Beninese who counts among Africa’s most vocal restitution advocates and whose Zinsou Foundation hosted the Dahomey exhibit in 2006. “Then you’ll have a real example of how African countries are getting their heritage back and showing it to the public. Then people will believe.”

Macron report recommends return

After years of rebuffing restitution arguments, France is now catalyzing new hope � and concern � that tens of thousands of artifacts taken from former African colonies might head back to their places of origin. The first signs of a turnaround came in Burkina Faso last year, when French President Emmanuel Macron promised to temporarily or permanently return Africa’s patrimony to the continent within five years.

The latest breakthrough came in November, when a pair of academics delivered a groundbreaking report, commissioned by Marcon, which recommended France permanently return objects acquired through “theft, looting, despoilment, trickery and forced consent.”

In a continent where 60 percent of the population is under 20, young people should have “access to their own culture, creativity and spirituality from other eras,” Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr and French historian Benedicte Savoy wrote. “The youth of Africa as much as the youth of France and Europe in general, have a right to their artistic and cultural heritage.”

Today, the report is sparking cascading restitution claims in Africa, although most are not yet official. Benin, which for years demanded its plundered artifacts be restored, is the first beneficiary.

But others include Ivory Coast and Senegal, where Senegalese Culture Minister Abdou Latif Coulibaly said “if we have 10,000 (objects in France), we want the 10,000.”

Museum directors in Mali and Chad have announced their countries were ready and able to house artifacts currently located in France and elsewhere. And in Democratic Republic of Congo, President Joseph Kabila said he would officially request former colonial power Belgium to return objects acquired during years of brutal rule.

The French report is also sparking some action in other western countries.

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution supporting returning objects to their countries of origin, calling on member states to create databases and step up the fight against art trafficking. The British museum has promised to return priceless bronzes to Nigeria. And Germany is helping Kenya track its valuable stolen artifacts that ended up in western museums, including German ones.

Powering restitution arguments is a sobering statistic: up to 90 percent of African antiquities are located outside the continent. That includes in France, where an estimated 90,000 African artifacts are housed in French museums, mostly the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac museum in Paris.

Where to house returned artifacts?

Meanwhile, new museums are sprouting or in the works across Africa, which � according to proponents � counters arguments the region cannot properly house its heritage. Senegal’s Museum of Black Civilizations opened its doors in Dakar earlier this month, while last year Ivory Coast reopened its national museum that had been shuttered during a protracted civil war. Gabon, DRC and Benin are also in the process of building or revamping art spaces.

“African countries will obviously deal with their heritage, that’s not a question,” says Zinsou, who notes Benin has announced it would open three museums and renovate six others.

Some are not so sure. “We know the shortage in African museums” of proper conservation, art expert Alexandre Guigello told Agence France-Presse news agency, reflecting concerns echoed in other European capitals.

France’s culture minister supports loaning artifacts to Africa rather than permanent returns, while Quai Branly museum head Stephane Martin described the restitution report as a bad answer,” telling Le Figaro newspaper there were “other ways to engage in cultural cooperation with Africa.”

Former French culture minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon offered a more dramatic response, predicting in a Le Figaro op-ed that returning the artifacts would “empty the museums,” leaving only copies.

Indeed, the report raises a slew of questions about the fine print of restituting African heritage� and suggests French law, enshrining the inalienability of public collections, must be changed to do so.

“It is also not clear what exactly Macron’s temporary or definitive restitution’ entails,” adds Charline Kopf, a doctoral researcher at the University of Oslo who has examined the debate.

Returning art to places whose borders have shifted over the years poses still other headaches. While current restitution claims are being made by African nations, “sometimes such claims are also made by indigenous communities and do not neatly correspond to boundaries on a map,” Kopf adds.

Robert Jonard, who sells African artifacts in Paris, says smaller dealers like himself aren’t worried they may lose ownership of their most valued pieces. “It’s mostly a discussion at a higher level, among leading experts and museum heads,” he says.

Like other skeptics, Jonard is worried about returning precious artifacts to places where they risk being looted or badly cared for. He claims many were originally crafted for purely practical purposes, and their original owners had few qualms about destroying or selling them when their use ran out.

“Consider what might happen to French museums if all the art Napoleon plundered in Italy was sent home?” Jonard adds. “What will remain in the world’s museums if each country asks for its art back?”

Source: Voice of America

MEC Wendy Nelson visits Sun City resorts

The North West MEC for Tourism Wendy Nelson recently visited Sun City Resorts after it experienced unfortunate hail storms which caused a lot of damage to the property. MEC’s courtesy visit was meant at assessing the extent of the damage and also get assurance that the resort will be able to render its services to the multitudes of tourists who will be flocking there this festive season.

MEC Nelson said that Sun City Resorts remains one the key stakeholders in the Tourism sector within the Province. She said that it plays a pivotal role in attracting tourists to the Province. Sun International is probably responsible for most of the tourists in the Province, which is a huge contributor to the economy of the Province. We deem this relationship as an important relationship this is why we thought it would be proper to pay a courtesy visit and see how the establishment is recovering from this unfortunate incident, said MEC Nelson.

MEC Nelson was accompanied by the Acting Head of Department Motsepe Moiloanyane and Chief Director for Tourism Growth, Development and Transformation, Sarah Manone when they met with the General Manager for Sun City Resorts, Raul De Lima who explained in detail the extent of damages and what the recovery plan was.

De Lima explained that there was a lot of damage caused by the hail storm and some damages will be fixed immediately while others will be fixed overtime. He said that his team has been working aroud the clock to ensure that things are back to normal as soon as possible.

We had rooms flooded, restaurants out of commission and ceilings collapsing, our team has been working hard to ensure that we put things back to operations. Thus far, the Lost City Golf course is now open and we will be opening the Gary Player Golf Course very soon, we are just giving it a day or two to recover further. All our Christmas activities are still in tact and will take place as planned, we are working around the clock to ensure that some of the damaged accommodation is fixed as a matter of urgency , said De Lima.

MEC Nelson was impressed that the property is recovering at the speed of lightning. She said over and above the unfortunate incident she also deemed it fit to introduce herself to the resort’s management as the newly appointed MEC for Tourism in the North West Province. She assured the resort that she will continue to maintain the same relationship they had with the former MEC and ensure that she takes it to greater heights.

Source: Government of South Africa