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South Africa: Youth Encouraged to Take Interest in Nuclear

Energy Deputy Minister Thembi Majola has called on young people to acquire skills that will enable them to take up opportunities in the nuclear energy sector.

The Deputy Minister was addressing the annual South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS) nuclear youth summit on Wednesday.

She said with the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, there is a need for the youth to acquire the requisite skills, expertise and experience so as to be able to contribute effectively to the development and growth of the economy of the country.

“This Summit takes place at an opportune time in our country when unemployment especially amongst the young people is at its highest. Many of the unemployed young people lack the skills required by the knowledge economy,” the Deputy Minister said.

She said South Africa needs to take urgent action in order to ensure security of supply for the country for the next 20 years.

The integrated Resource Plan (IRP) sets out a path for South Africa’s long term energy future introducing new players and diversifying sources of energy.

“Importantly, the IRP envisages a balanced energy mix with nuclear as an integral part of our baseload, as is the case currently,” she told the summit taking place in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape.

She said government has created a conducive and enabling environment that has attracted massive investments in the renewable energy sector, with the Eastern Cape Province leading in the field of wind energy.

Deputy Minister Majola also paid tribute to the SAYNPS, saying that since its formation in 2006, it has actively championed the interests of all young professionals in the nuclear sector.

“[It has not only] influenced debates on the benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, but also practically providing a pool of dedicated practitioners in the entire nuclear value chain in our country. SAYNPS has been an ardent advocate for youth skills development, preservation and propagation of nuclear knowledge, expertise and its application,” said the Deputy Minister.

Eskom’s nuclear build

Also speaking at the summit, Eskom’s acting General Manager for the nuclear new build, Loyiso Tyabashe, said South Africa is at the centre of the energy revolution.

“As young people, we have to push ourselves to a point of readiness,” he said, adding that the power utility is taking steps to empower young people with the relevant skills, knowledge and opportunities to participate meaningfully in the energy industry.

“We anticipate the commencement of South Africa’s nuclear new build programme. We look at their participation across the spectrum from enabling them to follow careers to being entrepreneurs offering services and building a thriving business in the energy space,” he said.

Eskom has spent R3.7 billion towards black youth-owned businesses in the past three years. The power utility also provides support for small enterprise development through sponsorship for the New Generation Movement (NGM).

Last week, the power utility held a successful launch of a Schools Nuclear Debate programme in Port Elizabeth. The aim of the programme held in the Eastern Cape was to promote an open discussion around nuclear energy and encourage young people to engage critically as the country considers future energy needs and sources to support socio-economic growth.

“Furthermore, in June 2016, we launched the Eskom Nuclear Operator Pipeline project at the Koeberg Power Station in Cape Town as part of Eskom’s plans to beef up local nuclear resources to support the country’s needs.”

The project provides a platform for developing a robust nuclear operator pipeline for South Africa.

The programme, spanning five years, aims to build a path to ensure that there are sufficient local nuclear resources to service the country’s present and future nuclear needs. After the five-year period, trainees will qualify as nuclear plant operators or will enter related career equivalents,” said Tyabashe.

The summit will conclude on Friday.

Isles Reps Petition Govt On Rising Land Conflicts

By Abdallah Msuya in Zanzibar

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives have tasked the government to step up its efforts in addressing the persistent land conflicts among citizens and poor land use.

When asking his basic question, Chake Chake legislator Suleiman Said said that despite government efforts to develop land, the sector was still faced with a myriad of challenges, including lack of understanding of proper land use among the general public.

The lawmaker told the House that land conflicts remain a serious and persistent issue in Zanzibar and queried whether the government had ever educated the citizens on land ownership regulations and use.

Mr Said alleged that some corrupt government executives were fueling land conflicts, adding that there were also unscrupulous individuals who were issuing fake land title deeds.

He said that the presence of such unscrupulous people was contributing to persistent land conflicts and inquired about government action to address the vice.

His counterpart, Mr Jaku Hashim, went as far as accusing the Zanzibar Commission for Land, as the main cause of land disputes, arguing that the commission has been failing to discharge its duties efficiently.

Responding, the Deputy Minister for Lands, Water, Energy and Environment, Mr Juma Makungu Juma, conceded that land disputes were rampant on the Isles but defended the commission for land, saying it was doing a good job in addressing the conflicts.

The Deputy Minister also said that there was no evidence that a section of government executives were taking part in unlawful land acquisition or allocation and urged people to follow legal procedures in a bid to resolve disputes.


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Namibia: Youth Mining Week Under Way

By Tuulikki Abraham

Rosh Pinah — The Youth Mining Week is currently underway at Oranjemund and Rosh Pinah.

The event started on September 23 and will end on Saturday. It was officially launched and opened at a fully packed Rosh Pinah Stadium by Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Kornelia Shilunga.

The official opening was followed on the second day, September 24, by a panel discussion on how the youth can get involved in mining activities. On Monday, participants visited the mining operational areas to give the youth a basic understanding of the mining environment.

Youth Mining Youth Week continues at Oranjemund with various activities planned, including a discussion on entrepreneurship, an exhibition and music shows by Mining Youth Week ambassadors, musicians S-Man and Ann Singer.

The Miss Mining beauty pageant will be held on Friday in the Zacharia Lewala Hall. The Mining Youth Week is expected to grow into a national event to provide further opportunities for the youth.

Youth Mining Week is an initiative of the youth of Oranjemund and is coordinated and spearheaded by January Ivula, a member of the Oranjemund Constituency Youth Forum. It is aimed to encouraging the youth to be active in mining activities, thereby grabbing opportunities the sector offers to uplift themselves and their communities.


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South Africa: Deputy Agriculture Minister Speaks on Corruption in Department

An anti-corruption unit should be established to investigate corruption in the agricultural industry, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Bheki Cele said on Thursday.

Cele was speaking at an Agricultural Imbizo in Umlazi, south of Durban, aimed at promoting urban farming.

He said when he recently went to department’s offices in Cato Ridge, west of Durban, he discovered that new tractors bought by the government were “covered in grass” instead of helping developing farmers.

“They are just parked there without being utilised. They are covered in grass. We also discovered seeds that had become rotten,” he said.

Rotten seeds had also been discovered in Umhlabuyalingana, north of KZN, he said.

“Corrupt officials buy seeds in bulk in order to get their cut [illegal share]. They don’t care what happens to the seeds once they get their cut of the profit,” he said.


He labelled those officials as “corruption officials” who should not be called government officials.

“They belong in Westville prison.” Cele said the department had decided to manage all its tractors because of corruption in the industry.

“Government usually gave traditional leaders including chiefs and izinduna tractors as community representatives who would be able to control them. We’ve discovered that some traditional leaders charge a fee whenever a community member wants to use them. The department will now manage them,” he said.

He also lambasted the community for paying bribes to government officials when they needed help.

“Conduct business truthfully. Stop paying bribes to government officials because, by bribing an official, [it] also means you are corrupt,” he said.

He called for a corruption unit to be established, one that will investigate corruption within the agricultural industry.

Cele said the answer to fighting poverty was through agriculture.

“Three million people in KwaZulu-Natal go to sleep without food when 6 million people receive government grants. Stop wasting money on buying vegetables and fruits but get them from your own gardens. Stop planting roses and flowers, instead plough spinach and cabbages. It doesn’t need one to be in a rural area to plough but you can do it in urban areas,” he said.

Youth unemployment

He used vertical sack farming as one of the examples of urban farming.

“Through sack farming, you can have a spinach garden in your own kitchen without wasting space,” he said.

He said his department was in a drive to get the youth into agriculture.

“You can’t have 60% of the youth not working, it’s a recipe for disaster. We have to help them. Urban farming is one of the ways that will help,” he said.

Most people who interacted with Cele at the imbizo told him that they still had challenges such as funding when they wanted to start their agricultural projects.

Fencing, training and getting into the market were some of the other problems people often faced.

He advised farmers to use government schools, hospitals and jails as their markets before looking at established supermarkets.

Source: News24

Ex-Minister’s 6 Relatives Buried

Photo: Sharon Sauwa/The Citizen

Anglican Church of Tanzania Archbishop Dr Jacob Chimeledya, left, at the burial of six people who were killed in a road accident in Uganda last weekend as they were returning home to Tanzania from wedding ceremony in Kampala.

By By Sharon Sauwa

Sombre mood yesterday engulfed the residents of Mpwapwa Township during the burial of six relatives of former Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Gregory Teu, who were killed in a road accident in Masaka Uganda on Sunday.

The burial was held at All Saints graveyard after requiem mass at the Anglican Church.

Thousands of Mpwapwa residents and nearby suburbs joined Mr Teu’s family to pray for their souls.

Mourners were overcome with emotions, when Uvuke Anglican Church choir from Dodoma Municipal Council led the mourners to sing a special song for the six road accident victims.

The police, in collaboration with members of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF), had to intervene by removing mourners near the graveyard to ease the burial ceremony.

Coffins bearing the bodies of George Teu, Alfred Teu, Paulina Ndagala, Rehema Teu, Sakazi Teu and Ester Teu were transported from Dar es Salam to Mpwapwa for burial by TPDF vehicles.

Delivering a homily before the burial, the Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT) Archbishop, Dr Jacob Chimeledya, said the loss of Mr Teu’s 13 relatives should serve as “a lesson to the rest of us to be ready all the time”.

He added that the incident was God’s plan and there was no need to blame anyone on the loss.

“There is no need to speculate that either the bride is the cause of the death of the family members. What we can do is to pray for our beloved ones so that they rest in eternal peace,” he said.

“Since we don’t know, when will be our turn, let us leave everything in the hands of the God, who knows our future. Our responsibility is to live uprightly,” he added.

The burial was also attended by Speaker of the National Assembly Job Ndugai, Kibakwe MP George Simbachawene, Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled) Anthony Mavunde and Dr Susan Kolimba, he Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation.

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Tanzania: Former Minister Speaks About Accident That Claimed Relatives

Photo: Daily Monitor

Gregory Teu

By By John Namkwahe

Former deputy minister for finance Gregory Teu, whose relatives perished in a road accident in Masaka, Uganda, spoke about the loss of family members.

Mr Teu said he learnt the sad news, when he and his wife landed at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).

Mr Teu revealed that after a wedding ceremony which was held on Saturday, Sept 16 in Kampala-Uganda, he and his wife boarded the plane from Uganda to Dar es salaam via Nairobi while the rest left Uganda for Dar es salaam by a mini-bus on Sunday at around 4 PM.

“We left Uganda for Dar es Salaam by the plane at midnight and landed at JNIA at around 2 AM.” Adding “After landing at the Airport, I received the call from Uganda, informing about the deaths, we were very shocked and saddened by the reports.”

The 13 Tanzanians who on Saturday killed in a road accident in Uganda will be buried in Dodoma and Kilimanjaro regions.

This was revealed by the former Deputy Minister of Finance and Mpwapwa constituency MP Mr Gregory Teu when he spoke to journalists at his residence in Kaunda Drive street in Osysterbay on Tuesday, Sept 19.

Mr Teu noted the deceased bodies have been transferred from Kampala-Uganda to Dar es salaam- Tanzania today on Wednesday by a plane in which the deceased bodies will be received at Julius Nyerere International Airport today at around 8:40 PM.

“After receiving the bodies, we will keep them at Lugalo hospital where the final prayers for the deceased will be conducted in the hospital tomorrow on Thursday,” he said.

He added “On same day, we will transfer the bodies to Mpwapwa in Dodoma and Moshi in Kilimanjaro for funeral,”

Seven deceased bodies killed in a road accident are relatives of Mr Teu while the remaining six are relatives of the former Deputy Minister ‘s wife, Mrs Teu, confirmed Mr Teu.

“Funeral procedures will take place in Mpwapwa -Dodoma on Thursday where the six deceased bodies whom are my relatives will be buried there and on same day we will travel to Moshi -Kilimanjaro to attend another funeral procedure for the remaining seven, my wife ‘s relatives, ” he said.

He also noted that the six survivors of the accident will continue to receive medical treatment in Uganda, saying they will return to Tanzania after they fully recover from injuries they sustained in the accident.

“The survivors have been hospitalized in the hospital in Kampala-Uganda where they receive treatment,” he said.

Adding “One out of six survivors are my relatives while two are my wife’s relative and two survivors are my wife’s close friends,”

Mr Teu further thanked the fifth phase government under President John Magufuli administration and the government of Uganda for their support they have shown to his family during this difficult time.

“I thank the governments of Tanzania and Uganda for the support. Ugandan government funded the flight costs while Tanzanian government has provided us with two buses which we will use for transporting the deceased bodies from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma and Kilimanjaro for funeral procedures, ” he said.

South Africa: Nuclear Remains a Viable Option – Deputy Minister

The demand for nuclear power continues to grow, demonstrating that nuclear remains a viable option for countries around the world, Energy Deputy Minister Thembi Majola said on Tuesday.

“The report published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the ‘International Status and Prospects for Nuclear Power 2017’ indicates that there are 447 operational nuclear power reactors in 30 countries and 60 are under construction in 15 countries. It similarly illustrates that the demand for nuclear power is on a positive trajectory, demonstrating that it remains a viable option for member states,” said the Deputy Minister.

Speaking at the 61st Session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria, the Deputy Minister said energy security is central to economic development across the world.

She said South Africa — which forms part of the atomic energy agency’s member states — has an excellent track record for safely operating its nuclear facilities for over 50 years, as nuclear power is an integral part of the country’s energy mix.

“Through our nuclear power plant Koeberg, the country has demonstrated its ability for long-term, safe operation. This is currently the lowest operating cost station in South Africa. In order to ensure energy security and mitigate the carbon footprint, we are engaged in efforts to expand our nuclear programme,” said the Deputy Minister.

Deputy Minister Majola said South Africa is looking forward to participating in the forthcoming IAEA International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century. The conference will provide an opportunity for discussion and the exchange of views on the key issues related to the development and deployment of nuclear power.

She said South Africa remains committed to ensuring and maintaining effective nuclear security measures in respect of all nuclear and other radioactive material.

“[This is] in accordance with our national and international obligations, and we therefore welcome the entry into force of the 2005 Amendment to Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material. National efforts are at an advanced stage to ratify the amended convention.”

Deputy Minister Majola said nuclear security remains a global concern, which requires international cooperation. In this context, South Africa welcomes the outcome of the International Nuclear Security Conference, held in December 2016, where member states reaffirmed their collective commitment to nuclear security, while recognising that it must be addressed in a comprehensive manner.

“South Africa further wishes to underscore that measures to strengthen nuclear security should not hamper member states inalienable right to pursue the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

South Africa welcomes and supports the adoption of the IAEA Nuclear Security Plan for 2018-2021 by consensus at the recent Board of Governors meeting. Undoubtedly this Plan will go a long way in assisting the IAEA to support member states in their efforts to strengthen their respective nuclear security regimes.”

The Deputy Minister said South Africa will review its nuclear security plan to align it, where appropriate, with international best practice.

South Africa: Ex Finance Minister Urges Population to Be Informed About Energy Utility

By William Yoder

On Tuesday evening, the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business hosted a public talk on Eskom and state capture and launched a booklet – Eskom Inquiry Reference Book – a simply written booklet on Parliament’s public enterprise inquiry for use by civil society, journalists and citizens. The speakers were Professor Anton Eberhard of UCT’s Graduate School of Business and Pravin Gordhan, former Minister of Finance. The event was attended by about 200 people.

Gordhan spoke first. “If we put it bluntly, this is part of a story of R150 to R200 billion disappearing from our financial system” over the past three years, he said.

Gordhan said people need to be aware of the extent of the issue as the “cost is not to the middle class but to the poor”.

Both Gordhan and Eberhard referred to allegations of collaboration between the Zuma administration and the Gupta family. Eberhard said, “Eskom is now in trouble. Its revenues are stagnant, its costs are rising, and its debts need to be financed.”

Eberhard said: “The arguments for breaking up Eskom are becoming powerful.”

Referring to the booklet authored by Eberhard and Catrina Godinho, Gordhan said it is crucial that an informed South African public send the message that “you can’t get away with stealing all your life. One day, you will be held to account”.

“There is a whole industry masking the truth from South Africans,” said Gordhan, referring to fake news articles and twitter accounts dedicated to the denial of Eskom corruption.

Both speakers expressed hope that Parliament will begin to hold to account Eskom and those attempting to capture state assets.

Parliament’s inquiry into public enterprises has been postponed until October. Gordhan said the delays are unfortunate but people should not immediately condemn the inquiry.

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By Valentine Oforo

The government revealed in the Parliament today that it has prepared a special programme to repair and uplift status of all agriculture colleges in the country.

Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries deputy minister, Mr William Ole Nasha, told the Parliament that at the moment the country has a total of 14 agriculture colleges.

He was responding to a question from Mbozi MP, Mr Pascal Haonga (Chadema) who wanted to know when the government will open Agriculture College in Mbozi in order to allow standard secondary school graduates from the district acquire agricultural skills.

The MP noted that most of agriculture colleges in the country were in bad shape due to poor care. They were also facded with numerous problems such as shortage of trainers and training facilities.

In his response, Deputy Minister Nasha said the, through phase two of the Agriculture Sector Development Program (ASDP), will repair all agriculture colleges’, improve availability of teaching facilities and recruiting a good number of trainers.

He said that there were three agriculture college in Mbeya region that offer relevant education at diploma and degree levels.

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Pretoria — Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Des Van Rooyen has committed to work with his department’s stakeholders to bring an end to initiation deaths.

He said his ministry will work with role players including parents, traditional leaders, the Health Department, South African Police Service (SAPS) and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) during this winter initiation season.

Initiation season began on 24 April 2017, with many young men beginning this sacred cultural journey. With the winter school holidays about to begin, many potential initiates are expected to join the journey across the country.

Already, two initiates from KwaMhlanga and Gemsbokspruit in Mpumalanga province have passed on. Minister Van Rooyen expressed sadness that the two fatalities occurred right at the beginning of the 2017 winter initiation season, which he had hoped would be incident free.

He said leaders traditional leaders, working with other stakeholders, will leave no stone unturned to determine the cause of this fatalities.

Minister van Rooyen said understanding the cause of these two fatalities might assist to save the lives of many young men, who will be embarking on this sacred process countrywide.

Deputy Minister Obed Bapela called on communities to adopt a zero tolerance approach to initiation deaths.

“We therefore urge all communities and those leading the initiation schools to ensure that all initiates entering this sacred path are complying with all the stipulated requirements, have parental consent, underwent medical screening and ensure that initiation schools and traditional surgeons are registered”, said Deputy Minister Bapela.

The department has called on communities to report any wrong on 0800 111 166 or #InitiationDTA.

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