Final Draw is coming: Hisense invites footballing legend Ruud Gullit to takeover their Social Channels

MOSCOW, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, is proud to announce that it is inviting footballing legend Ruud Gullit to take over their Twitter and Facebook during the Final Draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. As a proud sponsor, Hisense have created the unique opportunity as part of […]

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Globeleq Increases Stake in South African Renewables

LONDON, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq, a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation projects in Africa, has increased its shareholding in the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, De Aar Solar and Droogfontein Solar power projects in South Africa, by acquiring Mainstream Renewable Power’s minority shareholdings in the three plants. Globeleq will fund the acquisition through […]

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Hawks seize over 3000 rounds of assorted ammunition, grenades, firearms and military radios

CAPE TOWN � Matthew Broderick Breet (27), and Sheldon Jaret Breet (31), the brothers who were arrested by the Hawks on Saturday in connection with the alleged murder of Brian Wainstein (45) are to face additional charges after further investigations uncovered a stockpile of ammunition, grenades, firearms and military hand radios.

Follow-up investigations on Tuesday afternoon resulted in a team from the Hawks’ setting their sights on a self-storage facility allegedly belonging to the elder brother in Kraaifontein, Cape Town. This culminated in the seizure of over 3000 assorted rounds of ammunition, 4 firearms, 4 grenades as well as two military radios, some of these finds ware made from a vehicle that was allegedly driven by Matthew before he was arrested.

Weinstein was reportedly shot and killed in front of his wife and child in the early hours of 18 August 2017 at their Constantia, Cape Town home. The gunmen allegedly took cell phones before they fled leaving the wife and child unharmed.

Investigations by the Hawks led to the arrest of Fabian Cupido (39), on October 10, for his alleged involvement in the murder. He remains in custody following a series of court appearances thus far, he is expected back in court on November 29.

The brothers appeared before the Wynberg Magistrate’s court on Monday. They are expected to appear again at the same court alongside Cupido today.

Source: South African Police Service

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Antalya: UN launches new initiative to empower and train young leaders in Global South

A new UN partnership that will empower young leaders in the Global South to become agents of change was launched Tuesday during the Global South-South Development Expo 2017 in Antalya, Turkey.

The initiative, known as ‘Scaling Up Southern Solutions for Sustainable Development Through Advanced Youth Leadership’ � or by the shorthand, ‘Youth for the South’ � will focus on tailor-made on-site learning and leadership development programmes.

Youth are not only on the receiving side when we speak about contributing to the Sustainable Development Agenda. With just a little helping hand, they can yield some beautiful results; they are proactive, they are innovative, they are full of energy, underscored Edem Bakhshish, Chief, Regional Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, of the Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), during the presentation of the partnership.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Financial Center for South-South Cooperation, the Union for the Mediterranean and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are among the initial funding partners of Youth for the South.

Through the programme, young leaders will learn to identify and adapt successful solutions in their areas of interest, as well as will receive hands-on training to bring transformational change to their own communities and countries.

This initiative is going to help young people for two fundamental reasons: first, it is going to bring young people to the table � it is very important that young people’s voice is heard in a national, regional and local level. Secondly, it will, at a personal level, really strengthen young people’s leadership by providing them with the skills and opportunities to build their own personal leadership, Alanna Armitage, the UNFPA Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, told UN News.

Initially, around 30 to 60 young leaders from six developing countries, chosen by their proven capabilities and strong potential to make a difference in their communities, will take part in an intensive programme that will consist of interactive sessions, on-site and on-the-job training, and distance learning.

The participants will travel to other Southern nations to learn about specific areas of interest related to sustainable development, including agriculture and rural development, social protection, sustainable energy and youth employment.

The programme will be overseen by a steering committee comprised of representatives of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, founding partners, and participating UN agencies.

People from Africa, Asia, America and Australia came here for the youth, and it is very important and powerful. I am very happy to be here. Youth is a very important moment in a person’s life. If we give [young people] everything they need, they will do everything for humanity, stressed Ahmed Malla, a young Syrian refugee living in Turkey, who now volunteers for UNFPA.

UNOSSC emphasized that with some 85 per cent of the world’s youth now residing in the Global South, it is fundamental to establish new partnerships and support young leaders. The Office urged strong support for the Youth for the South initiative by the international community and potential partners at the Expo.

Source: UN News Centre

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PASSES INSURANCE BILL, LABOUR LAWS AMENDMENT BILL, ADOPTS REPORT ON PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL ON MEDICAL INNOVATION, REPORT ON TRANSFORMATION OF FINANCIAL SECTOR

The National Assembly today agreed to the Insurance Bill and the Labour Laws Amendment Bill at its plenary sitting.

The Insurance Bill is part of several Bills giving effect to the new Twin Peaks model. This model seeks to transform the financial sector to reduce the prospects of negative consequences of the 2008 global financial crisis recurring, especially for financial customers. The Bill aims to promote maintenance of a fair, safe and stable insurance market. It seeks to do this by establishing a legal framework that enhances financial soundness through higher prudential standards, group supervision and stronger reinsurance arrangements. It also aims to increase access to insurance, to strengthen regulatory requirements on governance, risk management and internal controls for insurers and it aligns with international standards, while taking South Africa’s specific conditions into account.

In its report on the Bill, the Standing Committee on Finance observed that lower income earners usually suffered disproportionately when financial institutions failed and that, in South Africa, these were mainly Black people. The insurance sector plays an important role in supporting a sustainable inclusive economy, the Committee said, by providing necessary protection for households and corporates to take the edge off unexpected losses. In the absence of such protection, vulnerable households and corporates could be pushed into a vicious cycle of debt and poverty.

The Minister of Finance introduced the Bill to Parliament in January 2016 and the Committee then embarked on an extensive public consultation process. This included National Treasury responses to public submissions and further amendments to the Bill, based on these submissions.

Amendments to the Bill from the Committee included making transformation explicit in the Bill’s objectives. The Committee did not accept an argument that its amendments on transformation had changed the scope of the Bill substantially and, therefore, needed the Bill to be subjected to a fresh round of public hearings. If this were to occur, the Committee said, it would have the effect of discouraging Committees from making significant amendments to Bills, would seriously diminish the legislative role of Parliament and would subordinate Parliament to the Executive. The National Council of Provinces will now consider the Bill. To read the Standing Committee on Finance’s report on the Insurance Bill in the Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports parliamentary paper of 22 November 2017

Another Bill agreed to by the Assembly is the Labour Laws Amendment Bill, a Private Member’s Bill. The Bill deals with parental leave and also provides for adoption and surrogacy leave.

Reports which the Assembly’s plenary sitting today considered and adopted included the First Report on Transformation of the Financial Sector and the Report on the Medical Innovation Bill, originally introduced as a Private Member’s Bill.

The First Report on Transformation of the Financial Sector, from the Standing Committee on Finance and the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, was based on public hearings held this year. It makes a number of recommendations. Including an annual review of the report and a Financial Sector Summit. To read the First Report Transformation of the Financial Sector from the Standing Committee on Finance and the Portfolio Committee on Trade and IndustryThe Assembly also adopted, among others, the Portfolio Committee on Health report that the Private Members’ Bill on Medical Innovation was not desirable. In its report, published in the 22 November 2017 Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports parliamentary paper, the Committee said introduction of the Bill � to legalise use of marijuana for medical purposes � had already resulted in several achievements. These included legalising marijuana for medical use under the Medicines and Related Substances Act of 1965 (as amended), legalising commercial and industrial use of cannabis (through collaboration between the Departments of Health, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the South African Police Service), amending the scheduling status of registered cannabis products for medicinal use (published in the Government Gazette of 17 November 2017), guidelines for cultivating and manufacturing cannabis-related products for medicinal and research purposes and, as of 5 November 2017, the availability of licensing forms on the Department of Health’s website (Medicines Control Council) to cultivate, manufacture, export or import cannabis for medical and research purposes.

National Assembly Member Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini first introduced the Bill at the end of the fourth Parliament. After his passing, the fifth Parliament’s National Assembly adopted the Bill and it was reintroduced. Briefings on the Bill were held with several government departments, experts and medical researchers from September 2014 to 15 November 2017.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

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