Jibu Announces Completion of $7 Million Series B Financing

Funds raised through impact investments will accelerate Jibu’s growth and drive social and financial returns DENVER, Feb. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jibu, a social enterprise that has reinvented the traditional franchise model to equip emerging market entrepreneurs to build solutions that close infrastructure gaps and ensure access to basic human necessities, announces the completion of its […]

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Motlhalo signs for Houston Dash in the USA

Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana midfielder Linda Motlhalo has landed herself a one-year professional contract at Houston Dash in the United States of America � they play in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Motlhalo, who is also the captain of the South African U20 Women’s National Team (Basetsana), joins Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk at the US club.

The midfielder earned the contract following her great performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she was part of the Banyana Banyana squad under Vera Pauw, who is now the head coach of Houston Dash.

Linda is one of the most promising talents of women’s football at this moment. Her qualities compliment the talent we have on our roster. She will bring variety in our attack and that will bring the best out of the other players. She can balance our team, said Pauw.

This move will ensure that South African players start to get recognised. Linda deserves this next step in her career. She has proven herself at the Olympics in Rio on a global stage. This contract opens doors for the world of women’s football to get to know her.

Motlhalo joins several Banyana Banyana players who are plying their trade abroad � Kaylin Swart, Amogelang Motau, Robyn Moodaly, and Kelso Peskin, among others.

The experience that the South African players bring in the country will not only add value to Banyana Banyana because of her growth in the game, but I am convinced it will also open the doors for others. Scouts will start to visit South Africa, whereas before not many knew about the high potential South African players can offer, added Pauw.

Motlhalo has just completed her matric and plans are afoot for her to continue with her studies abroad.

This just a perfect scenario, something we planned with her family back in 2016. Gratitude goes to her parents and uncle who have been instrumental in how we plan her success in life, their support has been phenomenal. I can only say the sky is the limit for her, said Pauw.

She is expected to leave for Houston Dash at the beginning of March � pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate, the club announced today..

Motlhalo made her debut with the South Africa’s Senior Women’s National Team at 17, scoring a goal in the 2-2 draw with Cameroon.

She joins Houston Dash after two seasons in the Sasol League where she was on the books of JVW F.C. Previously she was at the High Performance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria.

The South African international has scored two goals and earned 14 caps with the senior team.

Source: South African Football Association

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Council approval gets ball rolling for 15 000 housing opportunities

A resolution passed by the City of Cape Town’s Council yesterday, 31 January 2018, paved the way for the development of seven housing projects that will provide more than 15 600 housing opportunities across the city.

Following Council’s approval, the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) will now conclude the seven contracts for the appointment of multi-disciplinary teams tasked with overseeing the successful implementation of the housing developments.

Since the contracts will be in place for longer than three years, the TDA had to obtain Council’s approval before the signing of the contracts could go ahead.

‘Together, the seven contracts amount to approximately R72,9 million. Once signed, multi-disciplinary teams will oversee the planning, design, and construction of 15 664 housing opportunities across Cape Town.

‘The housing developments will be situated in Vlakteplaas in Strand; Blueberry Hill in Blue Downs; ACSA Symphony in Delft; Pelican Park; Mahama in Khayelitsha; Elsies River; and Bonteheuwel. The housing opportunities will become available within the next two to three years, depending on the type of development and the area where the development is taking place,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The teams will also be responsible for the statutory land use applications and the environmental processes that will precede the housing developments.

‘At this stage we foresee that the developments will include site-and-serviced erven, double-storey units, double- and single-story semi-detached units, as well as double- and single-storey free-standing units. Where possible, the developments will include community facilities, open spaces where residents can socialise, and commercial and retail opportunities. Thus, we are striving to create integrated and sustainable communities as far as possible so that the beneficiaries of these projects can have access to social amenities, work opportunities, and public transport,’ said Councillor Herron.

The contracts are funded from the Urban Settlements Development Grant, as well as the Housing Development Capital Fund. The purpose of these funds is to expedite the delivery of housing opportunities by making funding available for specialist services that municipalities may need.

‘I am grateful that Council approved these contracts. The demand for decent housing in Cape Town is acute, and is arguably one of the biggest challenges this administration is facing. We have to use all of the tools at our disposal to speed up delivery � be it from using longer-term contracts to ensure quality control to identifying well-located land for inclusionary and affordable housing,’ said Councillor Herron.

Source: City Of Cape Town

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Water management plans a key requirement for event and film permits

Statement by Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith

In recent weeks, some residents have raised concerns about the number of events being hosted in the city. The perception is that event participants will place an even bigger strain on the city’s scarce water resources than we are already experiencing, and that this limited supply should be saved for local consumption.

As the reality of Day Zero starts to take root, it is leading to a sense of unease and panic among many Capetonians who have now, more than ever, become increasingly protective of this precious resource.

Under these circumstances it is important that this perception is placed in perspective. I can confidently say that event organisers and the film industry have risen to the challenge and are pulling out all the stops to save our potable water.

While we must acknowledge the economic and social benefits that these industries bring to our shores, the City is also ensuring that they are operating sustainably and are not placing a burden on our scarce resources, especially water. It is important to get this balance right: ensuring the sustainable supply of water and balancing this against supporting our economy and creating employment for people. Nothing would worsen the water crisis more than reducing employment opportunities and the job losses which this will entail.

The City has introduced additional criteria for our events and film permit applications and each organiser has to state upfront what their plans are to make use of alternate water sources or minimise their use of the city’s potable water. As a City, we are asking the events and film industry to play their role in adapting to this crisis.

In addition, it must be borne in mind that events and film productions have long value chains. The hospitality industry has already implemented measures to reduce consumption at their establishments (hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and tourist attractions) that are frequented by locals and visitors to our shores, all of whom will be subject to the same water saving measures.

The events and film industries must also be acknowledged for their water saving initiatives. I would like to cite a few examples of how these industries have adapted their operations to meet the stringent requirements of the water crisis:

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Water for the race day has been sourced from a natural spring, allocated and approved by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This water will be used in the sachet and non-sachet water delivery system for all race participants.

The event organiser has engaged with runners to use hydration packs and to fill up at the start of the race instead of using their daily household allocation of potable water.

Of special note is the use of recycled water for ice to keep the race water sachets cool � kept in sealed bags and marked ‘not for consumption’.

All sponsors and sponsor partners have been requested to invest in similar strategies. A key decision has been taken to remove all showers for after the race. Caterers have committed to supplying their staff and crew with liquid refreshments that include bottled water. Water from the spring supply will be used in food preparation, and grey water will be utilised in clean-up operations after the event concludes.

All chemical toilets brought to the various sites will have certified recycled water from the respective service providers.

Participants will be bound by the water savings initiatives of the event’s venue partners and accommodation sponsors.

Cape Town Cycle Tour

Water will be brought in from outside the province for drinking and ice on the route. Locally produced desalinated water will be used for all cleansing purposes. The number of water stations along the route will be reduced to 14 essential stations, which are necessary from a medical point of view.

In addition, suppliers to the cycle tour will sign service level agreements that specify their usage and where their water will be sourced. Suppliers will not be allowed to use water from the city’s grid.

Film industry

As a labour-intensive industry that usually has a large crew, the film industry has implemented significant water savings initiatives that are yielding positive results:

Table cloths have been replaced with reusable plastic table covers that can be wiped clean. This has reduced water usage from 10 litres to 50 ml per table cloth translating into savings of 500 litres per day. Approximately 15 000 litres of water is saved monthly.

Biodegradable and disposable crockery and cutlery have replaced non-disposable items. This shift has cut consumption for washing dishes to about 250 litres per day from 1 500 litres which was used previously. Approximately 45 000 litres of potable water has been saved monthly.

Miscellaneous water saving measures include steaming instead of boiling and reusing boiled water to clean the kitchen and toilets. Kitchens are equipped with alcohol sanitizers for washing hands, and the grey water from frozen goods is used to clean floors. All of these measures have realised a saving of 30 000 litres per month.

The events and film industries provide enormous benefit to the local economy. Eight of the signature events hosted in the city annually contribute more than R3 billion to the local economy and create more than 20 000 temporary jobs.

The film industry contributes approximately R5 billion to the local economy annually and has created more than 35 000 jobs over a three-year period.

While some of the jobs related to these industries are temporary, they afford people the opportunity to gain experience and acquire skills for future permanent employment.

Given the scale of the City’s supply system, it is unlikely that tourists visiting Cape Town for sporting events will have any noticeable impact on overall consumption. They would only account for a tiny fraction of overall usage.

While the City appreciates the concern of residents, we cannot take a blanket decision to shut down these two industries that collectively contribute over R8 billion annually to the local economy that benefits small business owners. Being labour-intensive industries, there will be serious consequences that will be detrimental to many residents’ livelihoods if these sectors are curtailed.

The City would like to thank the many players in the hospitality industry who have gone to great lengths to minimise water consumption by guests. Some of their efforts include removing plugs from baths and placing signage at strategic points advising of the water crisis and encouraging guests to support the City’s efforts, for example by not having towels/linen changed daily, but rather only when necessary.

My call to visitors making their way to the city is to ‘save like a local.’

Source: City Of Cape Town

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