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South Africa: Experts Talk Nuclear Reactors

Over 100 delegates from 18 countries and representing 52 organisations have gathered in the Kruger National Park to hold a conference on high precision analysis techniques which can be used in the fabrication of components for nuclear reactors.

South Africa is currently hosting the 9th International Conference on Mechanical Stress Evaluation by Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation (MECA SENS), the first to be hosted on the African continent.

Opening the two-day conference on Tuesday, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) Chairman Dr Kelvin Kemm said that in order for South Africa to be able to design, fabricate and export nuclear reactor components, it is necessary to be in control of the entire technology value chain from the fundamental mathematics to the factory fabrication.

“It is gratifying to see so many recognised world experts gathered together here in South Africa to examine, on an atomic level, such important technology as how minuet cracks move through metallic structures,” he said.

The conference, which Necsa is hosting in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will conclude on Thursday after which some of the delegates will visit the Necsa site near Pretoria.

Necsa, which is one of the state owned entities falling within the ambit of the Department of Energy, is mandated to undertake and promote research and development (R & D) in the field of nuclear energy and radiation sciences and technology and subject to the Safeguards Agreement, to make these generally available.

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Namibia: Public-Private Partnerships Sought for City’s Mass Houses

By Patience Smith

In line with cost-cutting measures in tough economic times, the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and the Keetmanshoop municipality are looking into public-private partnerships to complete 88 houses under the mass housing programme in the town.

The houses in question are in the Krönlein suburb, and are part of 287 houses built under the national housing scheme in this southern town.

In some instances, only foundations have been laid. The project was abandoned after the suspension of the programme nationally and the eventual departure of the contractor at the time.

Line minister Sophia Shaningwa halted the entire project in June 2015 because the National Housing Enterprise, which was mandated to implement the project, could not acquire the necessary funds to finance the programme that was meant to build 185 000 houses by 2030.

Construction resumed in February last year when money became available.

The Keetmanshoop municipality will now engage private developers to complete the houses.

The municipality’s public relations officer, Dawn Kruger, on Tuesday told Nampa that the main consideration is the affordability of the houses for lower-income residents.

The rest of the mass houses are in Tseiblaagte Extension 5, and out of these, 110 have been handed over to beneficiaries. Kruger said the costing of the remaining 89 houses has also been concluded.

“The houses are in various stages of completion, while some have been severely vandalised. We have estimated a cost of about N$5 million to finish the construction,” she explained.

The municipality will soon advertise for the services of three contractors who will be assigned the houses according to the levels of completion to ensure speedy delivery, Kruger said.

The houses are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. The municipality provided the land, and construction will be paid for by the ministry.

Kruger said a requirement will be for contractors to appoint around-the-clock security to prevent the vandalism of properties until construction is completed.

– Nampa

Namibia

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South Africa: Minister Congratulates Standard Bank’s First Black CEO

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has congratulated Sim Tshabalala on his appointment as the sole Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Standard Bank Group Ltd.

“As one of the leaders of the so-called Big Four banks, this is truly an affirmation of the capacity of black professionals, and a championing story for transformation in South Africa’s financial sector,” said Minister Gigaba on Tuesday.

Standard Bank announced on Tuesday that it had appointed Tshabalala as its sole and its first black chief executive. Standard Bank in 2013 appointed Tshabalala and Ben Kruger as joint chief executives after long-time head Jacko Maree stepped down.

“Along with the work that is currently ongoing in Parliament to address the slow pace of transformation in the financial sector, Mr Tshabalala’s appointment comes as a step in the right direction,” said the Minister.

Minister Gigaba wished Tshabalala well in his position. He also wished outgoing joint-CEO Kruger well as he steps down from the position.

South Africa

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South Africa: UCT Flag to Fly At Half-Mast to Honour Esidimeni Victims

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) flag will fly at half-mast from Friday to commemorate the lives of 94 patients who died after the Gauteng government ended its contract with Life Esidimeni.

Qedani Mahlangu resigned as Gauteng health MEC on Wednesday after the Health Ombudsman found that the deaths were a consequence of the transfer of the mentally ill patients from the Life Esidimeni facility to unregistered non-profit organisations as a cost cutting measure.

UCT communication executive director Gerda Kruger said in a statement on Thursday that the flag will fly at half-mast on top of Jameson Hall.

“[This is] an indication of our resistance to the negligence, the alleged corruption and the blatant indifference that seem to pervade the many parties that have the responsibility to ensure that this kind of tragedy never occurs,” Kruger said.

Kruger said students point to tragedies such as Esidimeni when raising awareness about mental health issues.

“Some see this happening at home to uncles and aunts, parents, brothers and sisters,” she said.

This tragedy is a shameful occurrence that will haunt our history as a country, Kruger said.

Source: News24

South Africa

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Namibia: Nedbank Lands Deal With Mega Property Developer

Nedbank Namibia announced this week it has landed a deal worth more than N$250 million with mega property developer, Jimmey Construction. This is the bank’s biggest property deal to date. “At Nedbank Namibia, we are living by our slogan of Make Things Happen” said Christo Kruger, the bank’s Head of Property Finance, when he announced the N$252 million deal with Jimmey Construction, one of the largest property developers in the country. Kruger said this is the biggest mixed-use development in the history of Nedbank, following the Oryx Properties Limited deal of N$250 million back in 2013. Nedbank Managing Director, Lionel Matthews, said the landmark deal which took almost four months to conclude, positions Nedbank on par with other financiers who may already have a record in deals of this nature, and showcases us as a market player to be reckoned with.

“We continue to strive to become Africa’s most admired financial services provider, with successful deals such as this one serving as inspiration to us all along our way to achieve our goal. Getting this deal solidifies our capabilities as a bank and aptitude for significant property finance deals,” he said. Dr Jacko Koen, the Chief Executive Officer at Jimmey Construction said “We are extremely grateful to Nedbank who build on their ethos of ‘Make Things Happen’, and made this iconic landmark development possible. Am Weinberg Estate is the epitome of lifestyle orientated, mixed-use design. It is a first development of its kind in Namibia, making it a truly great partnership with Nedbank who are also known for their innovative products.”

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South Africa: Government Delivering On Nine-Point Plan

Pretoria — Government is making steady progress in the implementation of the Nine-Point Plan to reignite growth and create jobs, the Presidency said on Monday.

The plan, which was announced in the 2015 State of the Nation Address as part of implementing the National Development Plan, focuses on areas such as energy, tourism, agriculture, boosting SMMES, science and technology, industrialisation and transport.

Energy

In the area of energy, the drafting of the Integrated Energy Plan continues. The plan represents the overarching energy policy that has been under development since 2012 when Cabinet approved the commencement of the public consultation process.

“Once completed, it will provide answers to various questions our country has been grappling with regarding our country’s energy future,” said the Presidency.

The Department of Energy (DoE) is also making progress on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP), which is making strides towards youth development and empowerment. The country is currently commemorating Youth Month. According to the Presidency, 52% of job opportunities in this programme have gone to the youth so far.

The energy contribution of IPPs is expected to grow to approximately 7 000 MW in 2016, while private investment in the programme currently exceeds R194 billion.

The DoE will announce the preferred bidders from the first bid submission for domestic coal projects in July 2016. The bids will have a combined capacity of 900 MW at an investment of R45 billion, rolled over the next four years.

Meanwhile, the nuclear energy expansion programme remains part of the future energy mix. The procurement plan for 9 600 MW nuclear build programme will be implemented at a pace informed by what the country can afford.

Solar water heating has taken off, with contracts placed for the supply of the first 9 000 baseline systems. The next step is to commence with the training of local communities in the installation of the systems, with a specific target being the youth, women and other designated groups.

The electrification programme has made remarkable progress in increasing access to electricity in South Africa by connecting over 6.7 million households between 1994 and March 2016. As of February 2016, access to electricity stood at 88% since 1994.

Tourism

The travel and tourism sector in general attracted capital investment of R63 billion in 2015 and contributed R118.6 billion directly.

This primarily reflects the economic activity generated by industries such as hotels, restaurants, leisure activities, travel agents, airlines and other passenger transportation services (excluding commuter services).

The total contribution of travel and tourism to employment, including wider effects from investment, the supply chain and induced income impacts, was 1.5 million jobs in 2015, which is 9.9% of total employment.

Agriculture

With regards to financing for agriculture, the Presidency said the Land Bank is making progress.

Internal governance and control processes at the Land Bank have improved considerably, as reflected in unqualified audit opinions since the 2012 financial year.

The bank’s loan book has expanded from R16 billion in 2008 to approaching R40 billion to date. About R2.5 billion or 6.5% of the loan book is devoted to development loans compared to no investment eight years ago.

Science and Technology

The Department of Science and Technology recently launched the country’s first Bio-Manufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) in Pretoria.

The centre supports SMMEs involved in bio-manufacturing by enabling them to exploit market opportunities. Currently, the centre is supporting 19 enterprises. Sixteen of these are owned by black entrepreneurs, including 10 black women-owned enterprises.

At the same time, 55 permanent and 171 temporary jobs have already been created, with 54 interns trained.

Unlocking small enterprise potential

A total of 117 black women-owned enterprises have been supported through the Co-operative Incentive Scheme to the value of R35.9 million, while 325 women owned enterprises were supported through the Black Business Supplier Development Programme to the value of R45.2 million.

The Department of Small Business Development has provided support to 992 informal retailers and 45 informal trader organisations in the past financial year nationally. Of these, 559 were women-owned and 213 were young traders.

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) are now co-located in all nine provinces. For the 2015/16 financial year, 29 co-location points were established — a moved that is intended to greatly improve the ability of SMMEs and co-operatives to access the services provided by these agencies.

Industrial Policy Action Plan and investment promotion

President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the recent investments, which have been announced in the country. These include the investment by Toyota for a new Toyota Hilux and Fortuner manufacturing plant in Prospecton, Durban.

This was made possible through the support provided by the Department of Trade and Industry, which has attracted investments of over R25 billion in the automotive industry in the past five years. This investment will support more than 4 000 jobs, with total employment in the plant already exceeding 8 000 jobs.

Toyota injected R6.1 billion into South Africa’s manufacturing industry and the country’s local vehicle production.

BMW has also announced the construction of a R6 billion state-of-the-art body shop. The expansion will enable BMW to produce and export the next generation of the BMW X3.

This, said the Presidency, demonstrates that the Rosslyn Plant is highly competitive within the global BMW production network both in terms of cost of production and quality.

Meanwhile, the Investments Inter-Ministerial Committee, which is chaired by the President, continues its work, supported by business, to remove obstacles to doing business in South Africa.

Operation Phakisa boosts oceans economy

Within the oceans economy, government continues to ensure that it creates an enabling environment to promote and attract investments, either through an enabling policy regime and legislation or by providing incentives.

Over the last 18 months, approximately R17 billion in investments had been attracted, creating approximately 4 500 jobs. Within the marine transport and manufacturing focus area, substantial investments in port infrastructure had been committed by Transnet through the Transnet National Ports Authority.

In the aquaculture sector, 10 aquaculture projects have been implemented. This secured investments totalling R444 million from government and industry, creating around 521 jobs (23% women and 66% youth).

New rural development projects launched

Last month President Zuma officially handed over the Beaufort West Youth Hub to the Kwa-Mandlenkosi community in the Western Cape. The hub is part of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform programme of revitalising rural towns.

R52 million was invested in the project, which is now being used by the young people in the community to acquire skills training in various fields, as well for sports and recreational activities.

On 21 May 2016, the President handed over compensation for land as part of Phase 1 of the settlement of claims in the Kruger National Park. R84 million was awarded to six communities, three from Limpopo and three from Mpumalanga.

Due to the status of the Kruger National Park being a flagship of South African National Parks, Cabinet took a decision in 2008 not to restore any of the land within the park to claimants.

The claim is settled in two phases, with Phase 1 being the financial compensation and Phase 2 in the form of projects aimed at ensuring the communities continue to benefit in the longer term from business opportunities within the park.

South Africa: Dimension Data, Cisco Announce Project to Protect Rhino By Tracking People

Dimension Data and Cisco announced an initiative aimed at dramatically reducing the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa. The two companies have deployed technology in an unnamed private game reserve adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park to monitor and track individuals from the time they enter the reserve gates, until they exit.

The goal is to proactively intervene and stop people entering the reserve illegally – whether it’s cutting fences, being dropped onto the ground by helicopters, or simply driving in through the entrance gates.

Over time, the technology will be replicated in other reserves in South Africa, Africa, and globally, to not only protect rhino, but conserve other endangered species including elephants, lions, pangolin, tigers in India and Asia, and even sea rays in the ocean.

According to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs’ Report 2015, a staggering 1,215 rhinos were killed by poachers in 2014 alone. This equates to three rhinos being killed every day.

If the rate of poaching continues, rhino deaths could overtake rhino births by 2018, and the rhino could be non-existent in South Africa by 2025.

Dimension Data executive, Bruce Watson explains: “Every day, hundreds of staff, suppliers, contractors, security personnel, and tourists enter and exit game reserves. The human activity in these environments is not monitored because, typically, the reserve is in a remote location with basic IT infrastructure and access control, manual security processes, and very limited communication.

“With our Connected Conservation technology, we don’t touch the animals by darting them with tranquilisers to insert sensors into their horns, or insert a chip under their skin. This can be extremely stressful and risky for the animal and we’ve seen a number of rhinos either dying, or going blind, and having to be euthanased.

In phase one, Dimension Data worked closely with Cisco to gather information from the game rangers, security personnel, technology, and control centre teams. The first step was to create a highly secure Reserve Area Network (RAN) and install Wi-Fi hotspots around key points, which is completed.

Phase two of the Connected Conservation project will incorporate CCTV, drones with infrared cameras; thermal imaging, vehicle tracking sensors, as well as seismic sensors on a highly secure intelligent network. Dimension Data has also deployed the Reserve Area Networks (RANs) using Cisco technology which will be one of the first installations of its kind in the world.

Chris Dedicoat, executive vice president of Worldwide Sales for Cisco said: “South Africa is currently home to about 70% of the remaining rhinos in the world, most of which are located in the Kruger National Park, which drove the decision to pilot Connected Conservation. In close collaboration with Dimension Data, the teams moved rapidly to study and build a highly secure digital solution that provides those who are protecting the rhinos with the valuable insights, transparency and visibility they need to make effective and informed decisions against poaching.”

On-Form Randiek Shocks South African Ace Before Rains Disrupt Match

By Brian Yonga

Kenya’s Ryan Randiek will resume his boys’ under 14 first round match against South Africa’s Connor Kruger on Friday morning after heavy rains disrupted the first day of the African Junior Tennis Championships in South Africa.

Randiek had won the first set 7-6 before the heavens opened forcing play to be suspended at the Tuks Tennis Club in Pretoria on Thursday.

The first set was closely contested with the South African off to a blistering start going 3-0 up. However, Randiek eventually imposed himself in the game and rallied to level to three all after hitting 23 match winners and 10 aces.

His resurgence continued in the seventh game and he went 4-3 up capitalising on his opponent’s mistakes before winning the next game to move to within a match of taking the first set.

However, Kruger hit back to level at 5-5 after some brilliant exchanges. The next two games were shared between the players forcing a tie break to determine the set.

Randiek was not to be denied as his favourite backhand shot saw him break the home player and take the first set just as the rains started pounding.

“It was an excellent match and I can’t wait to continue,” Randiek told Nation Sport on phone from South Africa.

“The rains obviously disrupted my momentum but I will go with the same philosophy in the next set.”

All the Categories (under 14 and 16) will be played in a round robin format over a period of 10 days with pool winners proceeding to the knock out rounds to determine the best juniors on the continent.

Each category has a collection of eight pools with Randiek, who is seeded third in Pool six, alongside his current opponent Connor Kruger from the host nation, 12th seeded Egyptian Abdel Rahman Hassan and Togo’s Charles Alipoe.

In the under 16 boys’ category Albert Njogu is seeded eighth and is in Pool two with Christian Worst (South Africa), Kenyan-based Fabrice Tuyishime of Rwanda and Christopher Itodo (Nigeria).

Njogu is slated to play his first match against Tuyishime this morning. Kenya’s Sheil Kotecha is seeded 15th and is in Pool eight alongside second seed Yassir Kilani (Morocco), Fredrick Coulibaly (Ivory Coast) and Omary Hamis Sulle (Tanzania).

Angela Nyangweso Okutoyi and Sneha Kotecha will represent Kenya in the under 14 girls’ category. Sneha opens her campaign against Rwanda’s Grace Gisubizo Ndahunga while Nyangweso will tackle Finarita Andriamadison from Madagascar.

In the under 16 girls’ category, Kenya’s Esther Wahome and Faith Nyabera will be looking to come out on top. Wahome is pooled alongside defending champion Celestine Ayomo Ella of Gabon.

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South Africa: Drought – Farmer Commits Suicide a Day Before Rain Falls

By Jeanette Chabalala, News24

For Eastern Cape farmer Krisjan Kruger, 34, the consequences of the drought had simply become too much.

Faced with the possibility that he could lose everything, he took his own life on Tuesday, a close friend said. Kruger leaves behind his mother.

A friend, Jacques Roodt, told News24 that Kruger had been severely affected by the drought.

“We are currently experiencing the worst drought… in years and it was hard for him to wake up and see his dry land. He lived and gave his life for this land and he eventually crashed,” said Roodt.

Kruger was a commercial cattle farmer.

Roodt said he had spoken to him the night before the suicide.

“We spoke on Monday evening and he was just in a bad space, but I thought he was fine because he motivated me a lot and told me that we will eventually receive rain.

“If only he had waited a bit, because a day later it rained,” he said.

Water and animal feed were scarce in the area and many farmers were suffering, he said.

Kruger will be buried on Monday.

Meanwhile, a Facebook page called Boere in Nood (Farmers in Need) has been set up.

Free State businessman NC Schoombee, who is the founder of the page, said he was saddened to hear of the suicide.

Schoombee told News24 that so far they had provided animal feed to more than 245 farmers across the country and received more than 1000 requests for help.

He started the group when he came across dead and ill livestock on a farm.

They had so far received generous donations from the public, including people in foreign countries.

Source: News 24

South Africa

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