Daily Archives: April 1, 2019

Bombardier Signs Firm Purchase Agreement for Six Q400 Turboprops

TORONTO, April 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — March 29, 2019  Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that a customer, who has requested to remain unidentified at this time, has signed an order to acquire six new Q400 aircraft.

Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$ 202 million.high resolution

“The Q400 aircraft offers the perfect balance of passenger comfort and operating economics while maintaining its unmatched range and speed advantage versus other turboprops,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The demand for turboprop aircraft worldwide is tremendous and the Q Series aircraft are ideally positioned to meet the needs of regional airlines as they offer a unique ability to serve diverse and challenging environments. The Q400 offers the lowest seat costs amongst turboprops, with an enhanced passenger experience and a proven 99.5 per cent reliability.”

About Bombardier
With over 68,000 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. The company is recognized on the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Notes to Editors
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For Information
Nathalie Scott
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
+1-416-375-3030
nathalie.scott@aero.bombardier.com
www.bombardier.com

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Bombardier signe une entente d’achat ferme pour six biturbopropulseurs Q400

TORONTO, 01 avr. 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 29 mars 2019  Bombardier Avions commerciaux a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’un client qui souhaite demeurer anonyme pour l’instant, avait passé une commande d’achat de six nouveaux avions Q400.high resolution

Selon le prix courant de l’avion Q400, la valeur de cette commande ferme s’élève à environ 202 millions de dollars américains.

« L’avion Q400 offre le parfait équilibre entre confort des passagers et économie d’exploitation tout en conservant son autonomie et sa vitesse inégalées par rapport aux autres avions biturbopropulsés », a déclaré Fred Cromer, président, Bombardier Avions commerciaux. « Les biturbopropulseurs sont en forte demande partout dans le monde et les avions Q Series répondent parfaitement aux besoins de compagnies aériennes régionales, car ils ont la capacité unique de desservir des environnements variés et difficiles. L’avion Q400 est le seul avion biturbopropulsé à offrir le plus bas coût par place parmi les biturbopropulseurs, une expérience améliorée aux passagers et une fiabilité éprouvée de 99,5 pour cent. »

À propos de Bombardier
Avec plus de 68 000 employés répartis entre quatre secteurs d’activité, Bombardier est un leader mondial de l’industrie du transport, créant des avions et des trains novateurs qui changent la donne sur leur marché. Nos produits et nos services offrent des expériences de transport de calibre international qui établissent de nouvelles normes en matière de confort des passagers, d’efficacité énergétique, de fiabilité et de sécurité.

Avec son siège social situé à Montréal, au Canada, Bombardier possède des installations de production et d’ingénierie dans 28 pays, couvrant les secteurs Transport, Avions d’affaires, Avions commerciaux et Aérostructures et Services d’ingénierie. Les actions de Bombardier se négocient à la Bourse de Toronto (BBD). Pour l’exercice clos le 31 décembre 2018, nos revenus ont été de 16,2 milliards $ US. Bombardier fait partie des 100 entreprises les plus durables au monde de l’indice Global 100 de 2019. Vous trouverez nouvelles et information à l’adresse bombardier.com ou en nous suivant sur Twitter : @Bombardier.

Notes aux rédacteurs
Des images de l’avion Q400 sont affichées avec le présent communiqué à l’adresse www.bombardier.com

Pour en savoir plus sur les avions Q400, rendez-vous sur https://commercialaircraft.bombardier.com/fr/media.

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Bombardier, Q400 et Q Series sont des marques de commerce de Bombardier Inc. ou de ses filiales.

Pour information
Nathalie Scott
Bombardier Avions commerciaux
+1 416 375 3030
nathalie.scott@aero.bombardier.com
www.bombardier.com

Une photo accompagnant ce communiqué est disponible à: http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/17121c8f-f6f0-4e96-b712-977d46e0b998

Brand South Africa hosts BRICS Business Council mid-term meeting, 3 to 4 Apr

South Africa BRICS Business Council to host a mid-term meeting

The South African chapter of the BRICS Business Council will host the group’s Mid-Term meeting in Johannesburg, Montecasino’s Pivot Conference, on 3-4 April 2019. The meeting will also mark the handing over of the rotating chair of the Council to Brazil.

The two-day meeting will be held under the theme BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The meeting will be attended by approximately 300 delegates, government leaders from the BRICS member countries, including the economic bloc’s captains of industry and domestic and international opinion makers.

Delegates will participate in the nine working groups in areas of:

Infrastructure;

Manufacturing;

Financial Services;

Energy and Green Economy;

Skills Development;

Agri-Business;

Digital Economy;

Regional Aviation; and,

Deregulation.

During the announcement of the newly constituted South Africa BRICS Business Council in March, council chairperson Busi Mabuza said: We are looking forward to assisting in ensuring that the Working Groups are representative and inclusive of business organisations as well as relevant business entities and that they actively articulate business sector and organisational interest, in the interest of furthering trade and investment objectives of the nation.

She also said: We believe that this is pivotal to the success of the BRICS Business Council’s mandate.

Source: Government of South Africa

Electoral Commission launches online reporting platform for digital disinformation

Following a global rise in disinformation especially via digital platforms and its potential impact on elections, the Electoral Commission has launched an innovative online reporting platform for citizens to report instances of alleged digital disinformation.

Developed in conjunction with Media Monitoring Africa, an NGO focused on promoting independent, accurate and impartial reporting on elections, the platform will provide for the online submission and tracking of complaints relating to disinformation encountered on social media platforms.

The platform is hosted on a website called The Real 411 (www.real411.org) and can be accessed from the Electoral Commission website (www.elections.org.za).

411 is internet slang for information. Urbandictionary.com describes 411 as 1. slang for ‘the info’; 2. asking for the low-down on something; 3. information.

Disinformation is defined as false, inaccurate or misleading information designed to intentionally cause harm. Within an election context this includes false information intended to unduly affect participation in and the outcome of elections.

The digital disinformation reporting platform forms part of the work of the Directorate of Electoral Offences which was first established ahead of the 2016 Municipal Elections to investigate alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct and prohibited conduct.

The Directorate operates when the Code of Conduct is in relation to an election (i.e. from the date of proclamation until the announcement of results). It consists of a panel of independent attorneys appointed to investigate each complaint and make recommendations for possible further action to the Commission.

The purpose of appointing an external legal firm also facilitates the independence and the integrity of the Electoral Commission in relation to the investigation of such complaints.

Noting the power and speed of social media, the online platform will help to enable the rapid submission and consideration of any complaints received of alleged disinformation.

Complaints will be considered by a panel of relevant experts including those with expertise in media law and social and digital media. They will make recommendations for possible further action for the consideration of the Commission.

Such action could include:

Referring the matter for criminal or civil legal action

Requesting social media platforms to remove the offensive material

Issuing media statements to alert the public and correct the disinformation

The site will contain a database of all complaints received and their progress.

In addition to the online reporting platform, the initiative will also include a communication and education strategy to help educate voters about the dangers of disinformation and how to spot fake news.

Launching the platform today Vice Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Ms Janet Love said:

Digital media has the potential to be an asset in the promotion of democracy, transparency and informed decision-making that should underpin elections as it provides platforms for rapid and wide sharing of information. But it also comes with significant risks and we have seen disinformation posing a very real threat to free and fair elections elsewhere in the world.

This platform is South Africa’s innovative step to help channel any complaints to people with the relevant capabilities so that the Electoral Commission can take the necessary action quickly.

Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird said one of the core challenges surrounding disinformation is that it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction.

Without the necessary skills and techniques to distinguish real information from disinformation, the likelihood of members of the public being misled is increasing. While some efforts to build critical digital literacy skills have been made, it is essential, in the lead up to elections, that concerted efforts to develop digital literacy skills are rolled out. Not only will such skills have lasting impact but the more people who are equipped to combat disinformation the harder it will be to spread.

To help distinguish between official and fake adverts, political parties contesting the 8 May elections have been asked to upload all official advertising material used by the party to an online political advert repository.

This will allow anyone to check whether a poster or a digital banner is legitimate or has been digitally altered.

Commissioner Love said while false information was already covered by the current Code of Conduct, a supplementary Code of Conduct on Digital Disinformation had been drafted as part of the project.

The additional draft Code helps clarify issues around the new realities and risks associated with digital platforms and social media. The draft Code will be voluntary for the 2019 elections but it is our intention to formalize this for future elections depending on the success of this platform and what we learn.

The digital platform is intended for complaints related only to social media and is not intended to replace existing channels and processes for investigating alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct.

Such complaints can be submitted to the Electoral Court or the Directorate for Electoral Offences. The Secretary of the Court, Ms Samkelo Mgxekwa, can be contacted on email SMgxekwa@sca.judiciary.org.za or tel: (051) 412-7400 / 7494.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Lindiwe Zulu joins launch of People’s Housing Project, 2 Apr

Minister Lindiwe Zulu joins the Department Of Human Settlement for the launch and handover ceremony of the People’s Housing Project

Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu will be joining the Department of Human Settlement for the official launch and the handover of houses built through the Walmer Enhanced People’s Housing Project (PHP) in Port Elizabeth on the 2nd of April 2019.

The residents of Walmer in Port Elizabeth are amongst the first to demonstrate real transformation and inclusion of communities in the mainstream economy through their participation in the building of their own houses. We have been advocating for sector focused co-operatives and these Housing Co-operatives are proof that this model can directly empower our people socially and economically so said Zulu.

DSBD has been very instrumental in running workshops within the community to encourage skilled members of the community to establish co-operatives in line with their skills in building houses. After these training workshops, members who showed interest were linked to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to register their co-operatives. Further, these co-operatives were provided with governance and bookkeeping training through a partnership with a German NGO DGRV.

These primary co-operatives are ready to register a Secondary Co-operative in order to share construction infrastructure as well as equipment and machinery. An application for funding has been considered by the department and the infrastructure will be disbursed in due course. These houses are built by community members who made a conscious decision to register co-operatives in order to benefit from government contracts on human settlement. Over and above the revenue to be earned by these co-operatives, it is envisaged that 63 people will be employed over the period of building over 2000 housing units.

This is a partnership with the Department of Human Settlement which budgeted a total of R261 million to respond to lack of services from an informal settlement which is upgraded through the PHP. The informal settlement consists of two thousand two hundred and nine (2209) sites.

Co-operatives are legal entities formed by people with a common objective and create opportunities for members to provide for themselves whilst sustaining their communities.

We are particularly proud of this project because of skills transfer, jobs created whilst members of these Housing Co-operatives remained owners of the means of production, and that’s how you transform society, concluded Zulu.

Source: Government of South Africa