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South Africa:Deputy Minister Thembisile Majola – Annual SAYNPS Nuclear Youth Summit


Keynote Address to the Annual SAYNPS Nuclear Youth Summit by Ambassador Thembisile Majola (MP), Deputy Minister of Energy Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape

Programme Director

SAYNPS Executive Chairperson Mr Gaopalelwe Santswere

The MMC for Local Economic Development, Cllr Bryan Dhludhlu

Our Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo

Our special guest from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ms Kate Rojkov

The residents of Kouga, particularly the young students and the Youth

Members of SAYNPS

Ladies and Gentlemen

I am pleased to be here with you in Jeffreys Bay to be part of this strategic and visionary conference. A special word of thanks goes to the South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society for inviting me to the Summit and to allow me to deliver my remarks this morning.

This being my first interaction with SAYNPS let me take this opportunity to commend you for establishing an organisation that truly serves as a “home” for young nuclear professionals in our country. Indeed since your formation in 2006 you have actively championed the interests of all young professionals in the nuclear sector, not only influencing 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.

Programme Director,

It is significant that this Summit is taking place in this Province of the Eastern Cape. This Province has traditionally been a thriving hub for the automotive sector. However, most recently the Province has been diversifying into other sectors such as infrastructure development as well as gearing itself to taking advantage of the enormous potential in the ocean economy, such as oil rig maintenance; aquaculture and expansion of port facilities.

However, without access to affordable, sustainable and reliable energy, all these positive developments will not be fully realised. It is in this context that our Government has created 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.

Our country 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.

The Eastern Cape Province, and Thyspunt specifically, is a possible site for the envisaged nuclear expansion programme. This development will serve as a catalyst for major growth of the economy of the Province. In order to harness and optimise the benefit of this programme, we would require a sustained supply of skilled workforce across a broad spectrum of expertise in various engineering fields, technical and social sciences, artisans and technicians amongst others. This will create massive possibilities for this region to be a hub for research and development, innovation, technology development, training and skills transfer. Needless to say this would be a major boost for the development of local business and employment opportunities.

Programme Director,

This SAYNPS Annual 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. 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 our country. As the late president of the ANC OR Tambo said: “The Children of any nation are its future. A country, a movement, a person that does not value its youth and children does not deserve its future”.

As I conclude may I invite to ponder on the following matters:

Firstly, what is the role of SAYNPS in facilitating and enabling the youth in meaningfully participating in the nuclear sector;

Secondly, how does SAYNPS leverage international partnerships for the benefit of the youth of South Africa.

I hope that during this Summit you will find an opportunity to reflect and exchange views on these and other important matters that face the youth of our country. I hope you will take advantage of the attendance of the presence of the Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as our Representative to the IAEA.

I would like to leave you all with some food for thought. We all know the generation of the young leaders from the 1930s who have dominated our political lives for over six decades amongst them Anton lembede, Yusuf Dadoo, Albertina Sisulu, Walter sisulu, Lillian Ngoyi, Ray Alexander and Nelson Mandela amongst others. These leaders changed the face of the national liberation struggle. These leaders were followed by the generation of the 1970s such as Steve Biko and Rick Turner who inspired multitudes of young people to play an active role in the Durban strikes of 1973 and student uprisings of 1976, events that brought about the changes that led to our freedom.

What is common about these leaders that are from different generations, and at different times is education. Many of them received education at a time when education was not necessarily considered a key to a better life. Yet the parents of these young people had the foresight to invest in the education of their children. They had already grasped the fact that the times had changed, and that their traditional ways of living had been affected irreversibly, and that their children’s successes in futures would largely influenced by their level of education and skills. I am therefore confident that with the educational opportunities and possibilities that you have access to today, many of you will play significant leadership roles in our society tomorrow and help shape your own destiny. I leave this meeting confident that our goal of a secure energy future is in good hands.

Unlike during my student and youth days, the sky is not the limit for you – it is just the beginning! There are opportunities out there for those who are curious, who are thirsty for knowledge, who believe that they can make a positive contribution to our country, our continent and the word. I urge you to grab these opportunities and be trailblazers. As OR Tambo said: ‘The future belongs to the Youth of our country.’ Take responsibility for that future.

I thank you.

Issued by: Department of Energy

Magufuli Skips UN General Assembly, Once Again

By Deogratius Kamagi

Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli has skipped another high profile United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held in New York in the US between September 18 and 20, this year.

In the meeting, Tanzania is represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Dr Augustine Mahiga.

The meeting which started today, September 18, was addresses by the US president Donald Trump who among other issues spoke about the North Korea’s nuclear threat and UN reform agenda.

Recent reports said that Tanzania was among several African countries being investigated by the United Nations for violating the sanctions imposed on the Asian country.

Addressing reporters in last week before his departure, Dr Mahiga said among others, he would meet with the five UN permanent members to assure them that Tanzania had ceased relationship with North Korea.

This is a second UNGA that President Magufuli has skipped since he came into power in November 2015. The first UNGA skipped was held in September last year.

Dr Magufuli has also escaped key international events where he was expected to meet with other leaders in Africa and at the UN.

Instead, he has been sending representatives, including the Vice President, Ms Samia Hassan Suluhu, and Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa and the Foreign Affairs Minister.

Some of the meetings he escaped were the forum on China-Africa Co-operation in Johannesburg held in South Africa in December 2015. He sent Ms Suluhu to attend.

President Magufuli also delegated Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa to represent him at the Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which was held in Gaborone, Botswana on January 18, 2016.

Another one was the 26th meeting of the heads of state of the African Union (AU) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in 30 January 2016.

He also skipped the high profile continental meeting, the 27th African Union Heads of States Summit held in Rwandan capital, Kigali in July 2016.

The recent one was the 37th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government held in last month in South Africa where he sent his vice, Ms Suluhu.


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Sudan: First OIC Summit On Science and Technology Kicks Off in Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana — The first summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Science and Technology, at the level of head of states and governments kicked off Sunday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his capacity as the current chairman of the 13th OIC Summit Conference, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, and OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen were among the leaders who attended the opening session.

The Astana Summit marks a historic milestone as it will evolve a unified collective position at the highest level of decision-making in the OIC member states with a view to advancing the different fields of science, technology and innovation, while emphasizing the Muslim world’s resolve to promote scientific and technical development.

The summit is important as it underscores the member states’ support for scientific fields by demonstrating the Muslim world’s knowledge contributions away from the negative stereotypes that have become widespread recently.

The two-day summit is also of significance considering that Muslims make up a quarter of the world’s population, and their countries possess abundant natural resources, although many Islamic countries still suffer poverty and diseases. It is therefore imperative to address these challenges using available resources, especially as this summit is only the starting point for finding solutions to the countless problems facing the Muslim world using science and technology.

Statistics have shown that OIC countries are below the 2016 Innovation Index general rate standing at 36.9, particularly in the areas of space, information technologies, pharmaceutical industries and electronics. Muslim countries, however, have a large youth population; a situation that imposes more challenges but also offers greater opportunities. The Summit could contribute to combating extremism and terrorism by reducing unemployment rates and attracting the youth to work in scientific and technological fields.

It is worth mentioning that member states’ interest in the areas of science and technology started since the 10th Islamic Summit held in Malaysia in 2003, the 3rd Extraordinary Islamic Summit in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, which adopted the OIC 10-Year Program of Action, and the 13th Islamic Summit Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2016, which launched the 2nd 10-Year Program of Action (2016-2025). The 12th Islamic Summit held in Cairo, Egypt, in 2013 had mandated the OIC General Secretariat and the Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) to organize the first Islamic Summit on Science and Technology in the history of the OIC. All those summits emphasized the need to attach importance to the areas of science, technology and innovation for the development of socio-economic sectors in OIC countries.

It is worth noting that the Minister of Communications and Information Technology and representative of the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir, Dr. Tahani Abdalla Attiya, is leadins the Sudan’s delegation participating at the Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Science and Information Technology.


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Sudan: Kazakhstan Summit On Science and Technology for Leaders of the Islamic Cooperation Countries Starts

Astana — The Kazakhstan Summit on Science and Technology for leaders of Islamic Cooperation Countries started sessions, Sunday, in Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Sudan’s delegation to the summit led by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Tahani Abdulla who represents the President of the Republic.

The two day-summit aimed at taking a unified and collective position of the ICC decision- makers towards promotion of science and technology to affirm the Islamic world desire to encourage scientific and technological development.


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Nigeria: Naccima Agro Summit to Focus On Incentives for Commercial Agriculture

In efforts to boost self sufficiency and food security, the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), is encouraging the provision of more incentives for investments in commercial agriculture.

This, the Chamber believes will foster the achievement of the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which implementation is widely regarded as key to the economy’s full exit from recession.

To this end, NACCIMA, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), are set for the NACCIMA Agri-Agro Summit 2017.

To streamline such incentives, the Chamber has also identified high-impact yield agricultural projects that should qualify for foreign loans, with capacity for job creation and foreign exchange earnings, and positively enhance Nigeria’s non-oil export commodities.

The Summit to be chaired by Dr. Pascal G. Dozie, CON; and organised by Kunoch Limited, will focus mainly on ways and means for policy clarity, and government’s support for stakeholders interested or already involved in commercial farming.

Policy dialogue between the private sector and the Federal Ministries of Agriculture; Water Resources; Trade and Investments and related departments and agencies, will also attract the heads of financial service providers for guidance on how to access foreign and local financial windows for farmers.

The Summit will set the tone for the utilisation of agriculture as an engine for economic growth, and job creation through innovative business models, new technologies and key foreign partnerships.

Furthermore, the organisers said the post-Summit coalition secretariat will provide a platform to explore new markets agricultural produce including cotton-textile-garment, and integrated projects in the areas of piggery, cow-dairy, cow-beef, poultry for eggs, poultry meat processing, turkey-poultry for meat processing, oil palm, tilapia fish, and banana.

Others are commercial corn and soybean, and commodity market for fresh vegetables and fruits, adding, “These Greenfield projects shall collectively revamp the Nigerian economy from its present state, over the next five to seven years, with enormous opportunities.”

Ahead of the October 26 to 28 gathering at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, the Summit will also host a breakfast meeting with diplomats in Lagos on September 12th at the Eko Hotel and Suites.

Kenya to Host Africa-France Business Summit

By Kennedy Kangethe

Nairobi — Kenya is set to host the second edition of Africa-France Summit next month that is expected to bring over 200 French companies in the country for investment opportunities.

The business meet set for October 5 and 6 is projected to bring together over 2500 investors from Kenya, France and other African countries.

Dubbed ‘The Encounters Africa 2017’, the event is already attracting strong interest from French companies, as well as from Francophone countries.

Event Coordinator Annemijn Perrin says they expect to connect businesses with the aim of closing deals at the summit.

“Most companies are coming here to find partners to work together with Kenyan companies, either to set up in these countries, or to find a partnership to develop their business. Over 100 French companies have already signed up to come, dealing with agriculture, manufacturing, energy, education among others,” Perrin told Capital FM Business.

The first edition was launched in 2016 in Paris, bringing together 2700 decision makers from 30 countries.

Bilateral trade between Kenya and France remains heavily skewed in favour of France as it’s the is the third largest source market for Kenya’s imports in Western Europe, and the sixth largest market for Kenya’s exports in the bloc.

Official data shows that Kenya’s exports to France grew 12 per cent to Sh5.6 billion between 2010 and 2014, while imports rose 20.4 per cent to Sh22.4 billion in the same period.

Business France opened its office in Nairobi in 2013 to assist French firms interested in investing in Kenya and neighboring East African nations.


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By Victor Kiprop

Kenya has rolled out the East African Community (EAC) electronic passport, 17 years after discussions to develop the document began.

The new generation e-passport, which conforms to the international civil standards, replaces the existing national document, set to be phased out by September 2019.

“The Immigration Department will no longer process and issue the current ordinary, diplomatic and East African passports,” said Director of Immigration Gordon Kihalangwa.

The e-passport is embedded with a machine readable computer chip which contains the holder’s biometric information on a tamper-proof page, and has been touted as a major step in curbing fraud and easing clearance at international airports where e-readers are installed.

“The database is enhanced with automated fingerprint verification system that guards against multiple passport issuance to the same person. This minimises theft of data and passport forgery,” said acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

The 35th EAC Council of Ministers meeting in April directed member states to start issuing the regional e-passport by January 2018.

Initially, the rollout had been scheduled for January 1, this year according to a directive of the 17th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of States, but the plans crumbled due to different levels of preparedness by member states.

Kenya was to begin the process in April but the launch was pushed to September to allow other countries to prepare for a simultaneous rollout as spelt out in a directive of the Heads of State Summit in March last year. The launch effectively means Kenya has decided to go it alone.


During the Council of Ministers Summit, Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda indicated that they were ready to start rolling out the e-passport but Tanzania and Uganda asked for more time to finalise preparations.

Tanzania said it was upgrading its systems and was sourcing for a contractor to install the additional infrastructure, while Uganda said it was planning a public-private mode of financing for the production of the booklets.

The installation of new technology to print the e-passport and the phasing out of the old generation passports will cost the Kenyan government about $5 million.

The technology installed by the Pakistani government will print a maximum of 2,000 passports per day, up from the current 800.

The launch fulfills one of EAC’s mandate which is to integrate members of the region in line with the requirements of the Common Market Protocol which includes the free movement of goods, persons and labour to accelerate economic growth and development.


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Nigeria: How Nigeria Can Achieve Digital Migration – Multichoice MD

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In a keynote address delivered at the 3rd Digital Migration Summit in Lagos, last week, The Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe, said Nigeria needs adequate regulatory and legal framework, as well as a buy-in from among all stakeholders to make a successful transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting. The summit was organized by Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON).

While noting that the country is a late starter on the migration journey, Mr. Ugbe said it can learn from the experiences of countries that have achieved digital migration and avoid the mistakes from previous exercises. According to him, using the United Kingdom, Kenya and Rwanda as case studies, one common denominator is that they all opted for make Free-to-Air (FTA) cost-free in each country internet access in their countries.

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South Africa: President Jacob Zuma Launches Brics New Development Bank, 17 Aug

press release

President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, 17 August 2017, preside over the official launch of the African Regional Centre of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) in Sandton, Johannesburg.

The BRICS bloc of countries signed the Agreement establishing the New Development Bank at the Sixth BRICS Summit in July 2014 in Brazil, and the Seventh BRICS Summit marked the entry into force of the Agreement on the New Development Bank. The NDB headquarters were officially opened in Shanghai, China in February 2016.

Another key resolution taken at the Summit was to establish regional offices that would perform the important function of identifying and preparing proposals for viable projects that the New Development Bank could fund in the respective regions.

President Zuma will be joined at the launch by the President of the NDB, Mr Kundapur Vaman Kamath, Ministers and other dignitaries.

Members of the Media are invited to the launch as follows:

Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017

Venue: 135 Daisy Street, Sandton

Time: 08h30

Members of the Media must please send their details to Jabulani Mulambo at / Patience Mtshali at / Vukile Mathabela at

Issued by: The Presidency

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Photo: Pixababy

Passport visa travel migration (file photo).

By Frederic Musisi

Kampala — Migration of people, if managed well, has been known to be the oldest remedy to poverty so countries should stop closing their borders to new arrivals, President Museveni has said.

In his address read by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda at the third Pan-African Forum on Migration at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Mr Museveni argued that since most migrants are of working age, they can represent an expansion of labour notwithstanding challenges of support services and respective national security.

“It is, therefore, incumbent upon governments to design evidence-based migration policies that seek to maximise positive impacts, especially in the areas of investment, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, education and trade.”

The President said Uganda is currently hosting more than 1.2 million forced migrants (refugees), the largest population in Africa and third largest in the world, which has had adverse impacts on, among others, socio-economic, security, and environmental aspects, which “calls for concerted effort to address the causes and effects of this forced migration.”

“Africa has abundance of resources and our people should not be dying on dangerous journeys on the Mediterranean in hope of better opportunities. This means that we need to create conducive environments for our people to prosper and live a good and peaceful life,” he said.

The summit, which ends tomorrow, under the theme “Towards a Common African Position on the Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees”, is part of the regional consultations for the Global Compact on Migrants and Refugees, which was adopted last September by the 193 UN member countries to start dialogue on the migration crisis.

Speaking at the summit, the Head of the European Delegation to Uganda, Mr Kristian Schmidt, said Uganda’s commitment to host such a large refugee population needs to be urgently bolstered by the international community.

“We need to work together to arrive at a win-win situation for both the migrants and their host countries and communities, as in northern Uganda. EU and Africa work together and have dialogues on migration at continental, regional and national levels,” Ambassador Schmidt said.

New Summit

Overwhelmed by refugee numbers, government and the United Nations, agreed to organise a solidarity summit in Kampala next month in an attempt to raise at least $2b (Shs7 trillion) to fund relief operations. The summit to be attended by a dozen heads of state and delegates from key international organisations, will be co-chaired by President Museveni and the UN Secretary General, Mr António Guterres.

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