Issue 198 | 19 November 2015
         
 
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PRESIDENT ZUMA CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACKS IN FRANCE

 
 
South Africa stands firmly with the rest of the international community in its condemnation of attacks targeting innocent civilians and reiterates its stance that terrorism, in whatever form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned.
 
The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris, France, on the night of 13 November 2015, which resulted in the deaths of scores of innocent civilians.

On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of deepest condolences to President Francois Hollande, the Government and people of France, particularly the families of the victims.
 
 
 
NETHERLANDS PRIME MINISTER VISITS SA
 
During their official talks, President Zuma and Prime Minister Rutte reviewed a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues.
 
 
 
 
   
 

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, paid an Official Visit to South Africa from 17 to 18 November.

South Africa and the Netherlands have a strong historical and cordial relationship. Dutch activists, and later the Dutch Government, played a critical part in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle.

“Since 1994, South Africa and the Netherlands have forged a solid partnership that transcends many fields including economic, trade, science and technology, education, judicial, multilateral as well as arts and culture,” said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

It said South Africa and the Netherlands enjoyed strong and growing trade and investment relations. Total trade in 2014 amounted to R48,34 billion.

– Source: SAnews.gov.za

 
 
PRESIDENT ZUMA ATTENDS G20 SUMMIT IN TURKEY
 
 
The G20 brings together the world's major advanced and emerging economies.
 
 
 
President Jacob Zuma travelled to Antalya, Turkey, to attend the G20 Summit, which took place from 14 to 16 November 2015.

Since the elevation of the G20 from a finance ministers forum to a Head of States and Government Summit level, the agenda and work of the G20 have expanded beyond financial matters to include a wide range of issues such as trade, climate change financing, energy, food security, commodity price volatility, employment, anti-corruption, marine environment protection and development.

The Antalya Summit agenda included sessions on: development and climate change; the global economy; growth strategies; employment; investment strategies (inclusive growth); financial regulation, international tax, anti-corruption and International Monetary Fund reform (enhancing resilience); trade; and energy. Moreover, the summit also sought to address current global challenges such as terrorism and the refugee crisis.

For South Africa, the G20 presents meaningful opportunities for advancing much-needed global governance reforms for promoting Africa's sustainable development agenda.

The G20 leaders discussed the G20 commitments made during the Brisbane Summit in 2014- to contribute an additional 2% to global growth in five years' time, above the levels prevailing at the time of the St Petersburg G20 Summit in 2013. To meet this commitment, the Brisbane Summit agreed on the need for member countries to develop national growth strategies. In 2015, the Turkish Presidency has put a lot of focus on implementation by member countries of their growth strategies.

South Africa seeks to use its participation in the G20 to promote and strengthen the interests of Africa and of the South, on the understanding that, if managed carefully, the G20 presents meaningful opportunities for advancing much-needed global governance reforms and orienting the international development agenda.
 
 
BRICS LEADERS CALL FOR COOPERATION IN ECONOMIC POLICIES
 
The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in the Turkish town of Antalya.
 
 
BRICS leaders have called on the Group of 20 (G20) members to implement their respective national growth strategies with more urgency, given that the global economy is still at risk.

The bloc of emerging nations said the G20 must also “strengthen the macro-economic policy coordination and cooperation among G20 members to avoid negative spill-overs and to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth”.

“They stressed their determination to continue to work together with other G20 members to make continuous contributions to a more rapid and sustainable recovery of the global economy and towards the reduction of potential risks,” the leaders said in a statement issued after their meeting.

They also noted that geopolitical challenges, including the politicisation of economic relations and the introduction of unilateral economic sanctions, continued to beset future prospects for economic growth.

They stressed the need to ensure that trade and economic blocs were consistent with World Trade Organisation norms and principles, and contribute to strengthening the multilateral trading system.

On current affairs, the leaders strongly condemned the abhorrent terror attacks in Paris and reaffirmed their support for the people and Government of France and the efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.

They recommitted to strengthen cooperation among BRICS countries and with other nations in the fight against terrorism. Source: SAnews.gov.za
 
 
PRESIDENTS ZUMA AND OBAMA DISCUSS BILATERAL AND GLOBAL ISSUES
 
The two presidents reaffirmed the warm bilateral relations between the two countries and governments and pledged to continue cooperating on various matters of mutual interest bilaterally and globally.
 
 
The Presidency recently confirmed the communication released by the White House about the telephone conversation between President Jacob Zuma and President Barack Obama.

President Obama called President Zuma on 11 November and the two leaders discussed, among others issues, the situation in Burundi, the upcoming 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Summit that will take place in Paris at the end of November through to mid-December, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as well as concerns about violence in the Middle East.

The two presidents exchanged messages of condolence on the tragic fatal shooting of the citizens of South Africa and the United States of America (USA) in Jordan recently.

With regard to AGOA, it was acknowledged that South Africa and the USA were close to concluding discussions regarding the meat imports into South Africa.

On climate change, both leaders agreed to contribute to ensuring a successful summit in Paris.
 
 
PRESIDENT ZUMA PARTICIPATES IN OPENING OF SACU HEADQUARTERS
 
The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) has been in existence since 1910, making it the oldest customs union in the world. 
 
 

President Jacob Zuma participated in the official opening ceremony of the SACU Headquarters, which took place on Thursday, 12 November 2015, in Windhoek, Namibia.

 President Zuma is the Chairperson of SACU for the period 15 July 2015 to 14 July 2016, and delivered a keynote address at this important occasion.

All other four heads of state and government of SACU member states (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland) participated in the ceremony.

The agreement establishing SACU provides for a common external tariff and a common excise tariff to the customs area, with revenue being shared among member states according to a revenue-sharing formula as described in the agreement.

SACU member states are currently in discussions with regard to a road map to take SACU from the revenue-sharing arrangement and a common external tariff to a developmental integration programme.

President Zuma was accompanied by the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, and the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies.

 
 
PRESIDENT ZUMA ATTENDS 40TH ANGOLAN INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY
 
 
Because of its history, South Africa and Angola enjoy solid political, economic and social cooperation as expressed through the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation.
 
At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Angola, José Eduardo Dos Santos, President Jacob Zuma on 11 November 2015 undertook a Working Visit to Angola to attend the 40th anniversary of the independence of Angola.

President Zuma’s visit was not only aimed at joining the people of Angola as they celebrated their 40th anniversary of independence, but also to re-affirm the historical and fraternal relations that exist between South Africa and Angola.

There is growing and noticeable economic cooperation between the two countries as evidenced by an increasing number of South African companies that have invested in the Angolan economy. Of significance is the growing trade cooperation. For example, in 2014 South African imports from Angola amounted to R21,8 billion while exported goods were worth about R2,2 billion.

Furthermore, South Africa, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have established a unique Tripartite Mechanism on Dialogue and Cooperation between them which is aimed at helping the DRC to consolidate peace and stability and thus foster regional stability and development.
 
 
 
SA, TURKEY ELEVATE BILATERAL TIES
 
 
The two leaders agreed to structure relations between the two countries at a Binational Commission (BNC) level to be chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on the South African side and his counterpart on the Turkish side.
 
South Africa and Turkey are to take their bilateral relations to the next level, with the setting up of a BNC, The Presidency said recently.

This emerged after talks between President Jacob Zuma and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the margins of the G20 Leaders’ Summit taking place in Antalya, Turkey.

President Zuma used the opportunity to congratulate President Erdogan on the success of the Turkish Presidency of the G20, which ensured that under Turkish leadership, development was placed at the centre of the G20's work.

– Source: SAnews.gov.za
MINISTER NKOANA-MASHABANE CONCLUDES WORKING VISIT TO SWEDEN
 

The visit to Sweden was aimed at reaffirming bilateral relations between South Africa and Sweden and the importance of the Binational Commission (BNC) as the structured bilateral mechanism to deepen cooperation between the two countries.

 
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has concluded a successful working visit to Sweden on Monday, 16 November 2015.

The BNC between South Africa and Sweden is at the level of Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister and is the only structured dialogue process of its kind, at this level, that South Africa has with any European Union (EU) member state. The Ninth Session of the BNC, which took place from 19 to 20 October 2015 in Stockholm, further strengthened cooperation in a broad range of areas, including the Blue Economy, skills development and training, climate change, waste management, renewable energy and science and technology.

While in Stockholm, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane held bilateral talks with her counterpart, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Margot Wallström. The ministers discussed issues of mutual interest on bilateral, regional and multilateral matters, particularly in the area of peace-building. The ministers agreed to enhance partnerships for increased collaboration in the training of female mediators in Africa and beyond in conflict resolution and peace-making.

The visit also included a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of the late former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anna Lindh, and meetings with the President of the Social Democratic Women in Sweden, Carina Ohlsson; the Director of the Swedish Foreign Policy Institute, Mats Karlson; and Swedish non-governmental organisations working with gender issues.

Sweden ranks among South Africa’s major trading partners within the EU. The overall trade between the two countries, despite fluctuations, grew from R13,1 billion in 2010 to R13,6 billion in 2014. South African exports increased from R2,3 billion to R2,4 billion between 2013 and 2014 due to an increase in demand for agroprocessed products and advanced manufactured goods such as grape wines, beverage spirits, vinegar, iron and steel.

Imports from Sweden on the other hand grew by 14% between 2010 and 2012 to R12 billion.
 
MINISTER NKOANA-MASHABANE UNDERTAKES WORKING VISIT TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
 
 
The Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) serves as a framework for economic and trade relations between South Africa and the Russian Federation and focuses on the following sectors: trade, investment and banking; mineral resources; energy; transport; agriculture, forestry and fisheries; water resources; education; justice and constitutional development; business; and tourism.
 
   
 
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, recently conducted a Working Visit to the Russian Federation where she co-chaired the 13th Session of the annual South Africa-Russia ITEC with the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Sergey Donskoy, on Thursday, 12 November 2015, in Moscow.

The ITEC takes place within the ambit of the bilateral agreement that was signed in 1999 to give impetus to the political commitment between the two countries to broaden and deepen their relations. These engagements are further guided by the Treaty of Friendship and Partnership, signed in September 2006, as well as by the Declaration of Strategic Partnership, signed in March 2013 in Durban, South Africa.

While in Moscow, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane also held bilateral talks with her counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The bilateral relations between South Africa and the Russian Federation are good with more impetus being given to this relationship through ITEC and at the multilateral level through BRICS and other multilateral fora.

South African exports increased from R1,4 billion in 2009 to R3,9 billion in 2014. Total imports from Russia reduced to R768 million in 2010 from a peak of R3,5 billion in 2009 and recovered to R4,9 billion in 2014.

There has been a substantial growth in total trade between the two countries from 2009 to 2013 (from R3,6 billion to R7 billion).
 
DEPUTY MINISTER LANDERS HOSTS HIS HUNGARIAN COUNTERPART
 
Full diplomatic relations between South Africa and Hungary were established in July 1991. South Africa maintains an Embassy in Budapest and Hungary maintains an Embassy in Pretoria and has also appointed an Honorary Consul in Cape Town.
 
 
The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, hosted his Hungarian counterpart, Dr László Szabó, on Tuesday, 17 November 2015, in Pretoria.

The objective of the visit was to enhance and strengthen bilateral cooperation between South Africa and Hungary, to deepen understanding on regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern and to encourage further trade and investment in key drivers of South Africa’s economy to create jobs, specifically in terms of promoting the export of value-added products to the Hungarian market.

The two deputy ministers discussed the possibility of forming a Joint Commission on Cooperation between South Africa and Hungary.

Bilateral trade between the two countries has grown considerably since formal diplomatic relations were established. South Africa is Hungary’s most important commercial partner with one-third of exports from Hungary to Africa going to South Africa.
 
 
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ON LAND ACQUISITION FOR SKA CONSTRUCTION
 
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa Office has begun the process of acquiring 118 000 ha of land for the construction of the world's largest radio telescope.
 
 
 
 
The design of the first phase (SKA1) was finalised in March and this enabled the planners to determine the extent of land needed to ensure that no radio frequency interference would affect the telescope. SKA1 includes 64 MeerKAT antennas, with an additional 133 antennas, construction of which will commence in 2018 and be completed by 2023.

Owing to South Africa's commitment to host the SKA, additional land must be acquired in the Karoo. This includes the acquisition of 36 farm portions.

The land requirements for the SKA instruments include farms in the Losberg and Meysdam regions, which have been declared Astronomy Advantage Areas in terms of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, 2007, to ensure that the MeerKAT/SKA telescopes are protected from harmful radio frequency interference.

The Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act, 2007 requires the Minister to declare certain parts of the Karoo as core Astronomy Advantage Areas. In 2010, Minister Naledi Pandor declared certain areas around the Karoo as core Astronomy Advantage Areas, and on 12 March 2014 she declared more areas as Astronomy Advantage Areas.

Minister Pandor is in the process of notifying affected residents and property owners of the intention to protect the area by publishing regulations in this regard. The regulations, among others, restrict the use of certain radio frequencies and certain activities around the site and give details of financial compensation measures for affected parties.
 
 
SA-GERMANY COOPERATES ON MEERKAT, PRECURSOR OF SKA PROJECT
 
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international enterprise to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world.
 
 
On 11 November 2015, South Africa's National Research Foundation and the Max Planck Society signed a collaboration agreement in respect of the MeerKAT radio telescope, a precursor of the SKA.

South Africa and eight other African countries are contributing to the project, which will be located partly in Africa and partly in Australia. In Africa, the core site is near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, which has unique geographical advantages for astronomy.

The President of the Max Planck Society, Prof. Dr Martin Stratmann, has promised an investment worth €11 million in the MeerKAT, which will include receiver systems developed in Bonn. German scientists and engineers would also be involved.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, attended the signing at the South African Embassy in Berlin. She spoke of the good relationship between the two countries, and expressed her hope that Germany would recognise the value of investment in the SKA project.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr Bernie Fanaroff, Director of the SKA South Africa project, and Prof. Stratmann.
 
 
SEVENTH AFRICAN MEDIA LEADERS FORUM HELD IN SA
 
The forum was the first to be held in southern Africa.
 
   

 

 
 
The Minister in The Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Jeff Radebe, delivered an opening address at the Seventh African Media Leaders Forum on Thursday, 12 November 2015, at the Birchwood Hotel, Benoni, Ekurhuleni.

Under the theme “Media and Development: Shaping Conversations in Africa”, the forum was the first to be held in southern Africa and brought together the best professionals and intelligentsia in the industry to deliberate on the future of media in Africa and to engage meaningfully around the fourth estate and issues of development.
 
 
COMPETITION COMMISSION OF SOUTH AFRICA SIGNS LANDMARK MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) WITH NAMIBIAN COMPETITION COMMISSION
 
Namibian Competition Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mihe Gaomab, said that the signing of the MoU was a historic moment for them, and that that would improve cooperation between the authorities, especially on multijurisdiction projects, such as mergers.
 
On 11 November 2015, the Competition Commission of South Africa signed a historic MoU with its Namibian counterpart, which will solidify their relations and cooperation on competition policy. The MoU between the two nations is the first of its kind in the African competition landscape. The MoU is aimed at promoting cooperation in the field of competition law and policy enforcement.

“We thank the Namibian Competition Commission for their cooperation. I’m grateful we’re able to formalise our relations. Our laws tend to be similar which makes cooperation easier,” said South African Competition Commissioner, Tembinkosi Bonakele.

Earlier in the day, the Commission and the Competition Tribunal successfully hosted the Ninth Annual Conference on Competition Law, Economics and Policy, as part of the pre-BRICS conference events. The conference is an annual academic platform to discuss cases and developments in competition law enforcement.
 
 
 

MINISTER MOLEWA OPENS 2015 LIGHTS ON LIGHTNING CONFERENCE

 
The Lights on Lightning Conference is hosted by the South African Weather Service in association with the Lightning Interest Group for Health Technology and Science.
 
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, officially open the 2015 Lights on Lightning Conference on Thursday, 12 November in Pretoria.

This annual conference aims to bring together researchers, students, government and various industries to engage on the multifaceted impact of lightning on socio-economic imperatives. The conference further serves as a platform for lightning researchers to share their relevant research within the broader African lightning community.

The 2015 Lights Conference came at an opportune time on the environment calendar as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change gears up for the Conference of Parties (COP21), which will take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015, in Paris, France. With climate change, the country is likely to experience an increase in severe weather, including lightning.

South Africa is adversely affected by lightning. It is noted that the country holds one of the highest lightning death rates in the world, with approximately 100 people perishing and 700 people being injured from lightning-related incidents on an annual basis.
 
 
 
MINISTER GIGABA GRANTS WAIVER TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
 
This intervention by Minister Gigaba seeks to assist international students who are negatively affected by the recent student protests and the subsequent decision by universities to postpone their examinations.
 
The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, has granted a waiver to international students who currently have study visas expiring from the end of October and November 2015, following consultations with the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA).

These students would have been declared undesirable when leaving the country on expired visas. The students will now be allowed to stay in South Africa until 31 December 2015 and will not be declared undesirable if they exit before the extended date. Any student who intends to return to South Africa in 2016 for study purposes will have to follow the usual process of either applying for a renewal of their visa or applying for a study visa in their country of origin, whichever is applicable.

The IEASA is currently liaising with the affected universities to compile a list of such students. Once received, the list will be communicated to the Department of Home Affairs to ensure that only bona fide students are covered by this provision.
 
 
FREEDOM PARK HOLDS SEMINAR ON ZAMBIA’S ROLE IN PRESERVATION OF HERITAGE
 
The seminar aimed to act as a platform to set the scene for the establishment of a number of projects whose objective is to, at a local scale, strengthen relationships through promoting educational programmes to rekindle the liberation struggle memories.
 
The acting CEO of Freedom Park, Jane Mufamadi, on Wednesday, 11 November, presided at the seminar on Zambia’s role in the preservation of heritage in southern Africa.

“Freedom Park aims to uncover untold stories, store relevant histories and present to the public knowledge which will be of immediate value to its visitors and contribute to making Freedom Park a space for humanity and freedom,” said Ms Mufamadi.

It is in this vein that Freedom Park hosted a seminar on the sterling role that Zambia played in the liberation struggle on the African continent. Particularly in the liberation of South Africa, Zambia is renowned for orchestrating and championing the downfall of one of the last bastions of colonialism.

Guided by the theme, “The Lusaka Influence: Zambia and its Role in the Liberation Struggle Agenda in Southern Africa”, the seminar sought to understand how the Zambian community, despite stern opposition and vengeance from the imperial powers, stood firm in its resolve to ensure that Africa’s dignity was restored in the global political landscape.
 
 
“MOON DIAMOND” SELLS FOR RECORD R686 MILLION
 
 
 
The blue diamond stone was found in South Africa's famed Cullinan mine in January 2014. The seller was New York-based jeweller Cora International, according to Sotheby's.
 
 
The rare and flawless "Blue Moon Diamond" sold for $48,4 million (R686 million) to a Hong Kong buyer recently, setting a world record for a gemstone at auction, Sotheby's said.

The distinctive blue colour in diamonds is attributed to trace amounts of the element boron in the crystal structure.

The cushion-shaped diamond, mounted on a ring, has the top grading of fancy vivid blue and weighs 12,03 carats. It had a pre-sale estimate of $35 million to $55 million.

"It is a new record price for any gemstone and per carat," David Bennett, worldwide chairperson of Sotheby's international jewellery division, told a packed showroom in Geneva.

The Hong Kong buyer promptly renamed it "The Blue Moon of Josephine", Bennett told reporters, noting that it had also set a world record for any jewel at more than $4m per carat.

–   Source: news24.com
 
 
MCDONALD'S CREATES 11 500 SA JOBS IN 20 YEARS
 
Global fast food giant McDonald's celebrated its 20th anniversary in South Africa on Wednesday, 11 November.
 
 
On average about 20 new McDonald's restaurants have opened in South Africa each year and there are currently 234 in the country.

Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald's South Africa, told Fin24 he was proud of the many highlights the company had in the South African market. These include initiating the drive through ("drive thru") restaurant concept in the country, operating 24/7 and introducing a hand-held breakfast. Today, hand-held breakfasts make up 11% of the company's business in South Africa.

Currently, McDonald's SA serves just under eight million customers monthly. The company employs 11 500 people in South Africa.

Solomon said he was also proud of the charity involvement of the company. This includes two family rooms at the Baragwanath Hospital, raising of funds for the Nelson Mandela Hospital and having over 326 400 children reached via the McDonald’s Under 14 Schools League a 2010 FIFA World Cup legacy project.

–   Source: news24.com
 
 
DENEL SECURES R900-MILLION CONTRACT
 
 
The contract is one of the largest received by Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) in recent years and will provide work for two of the company’s major divisions for the next 24 months.
 
DVS has concluded a contract of more than R900 million with NIMR in the United Arab Emirates for the development and supply of advanced mine-protected vehicles.

Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Group Executive Business Development at Denel, says the new contract confirms Denel’s leadership role in landward mobility and mine-protected vehicles. It is one of several contracts awarded to DVS since it joined the Denel Group earlier this year.

“We are delighted to work with NIMR, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wheeled armoured vehicles.

“There is a strong synergy between our companies and products and we are confident that we can, together, develop and improve the N35 to be among the best in its class,” Ntshepe said.

The N35, formerly known as the RG-35, is an armoured vehicle with superior mine protection and combat capabilities and can be used in command, ambulance and recovery roles.

Ntshepe said the contract with NIMR followed on the awarding of several other contracts to Denel’s landward defence business in recent months. – Source: SAnews.gov.za
 
 
SOUTH AFRICAN BREAKTHROUGH FOR CANCER DIAGNOSIS
 
The R30-million device, funded by the Industrial Development Corporation, allows for the instant detection of even the most microscopic cancer cells.
 
 
The Aceso machine, designed and developed by Cape Town medical technology company Cape Ray, was officially launched by the Department of Science and Technology at the city's Groote Schuur Hospital on Thursday, 5 November 2015.

The machine, which is undergoing a testing phase at the hospital, is a world-first imaging system that combines mammographic and ultrasound technologies. This does away with the need for multiple screening tests, particularly when analysing dense breast tissue.

Speaking at the launch of Aceso, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel and Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor agreed that the multimillion-rand innovation was a huge gain for not only South Africa, but also the global medical fraternity and for women, in particular.

"This machine will not only provide opportunities for better healthcare," Patel said, "but it will provide employment opportunities for the country. I'm excited about the potential this holds for economic development. This shows that innovation can address healthcare problems and is a demonstration that South Africa has smart ideas for the world."

–     Source: CapeRay
 
 
DINOSAUR LARGER THAN T-REX FOUND ON SA SOIL
 
 
 
The thigh bone of a 200-million-year-old dinosaur has been revealed by Wits researchers, who say it is the largest animal ever found in the Karoo.
 
 
The remains of the largest dinosaurs to ever be found on South African soil were revealed at the Wits University Origins Centre recently.

Dr Jonah Choineire, a senior researcher at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, said the remains of the plant-eating creature were found between the border of Lesotho and South Africa just outside of Clarens.

"For those of you that know T-Rex, it was about 50% heavier than T-Rex," he said.

The dinosaur, which is yet to be named, was estimated to have weighed about 14 tons.

Over the years, only several parts of the species, which is currently nicknamed the "Highland Giant", have been found.

To date, the greatest part of the Highland Giant to be discovered was a thigh-bone.

A complete femur of the Highland Giant would measure a metre long.

Choineire said over the years a large ulna, vertebrae and claw pieces belonging to the animal had also been found.

"This is the stuff we haven't published yet and it will be coming out in a year or two," he said.

He said the discovery of all the bones was due to the work of hundreds of people, including students.

–     Source: www.news24.com
 
 
SOUTH AFRICAN RHINO FILM WINS AWARD IN NEW YORK
 
"Horn", the documentary made by a South African-born filmmaker won the award for Best Conservation Film, in New York City, on 23 October 2015.
 
 
She was honoured with the award for Best Conservation Film, said South African filmmaker Reina-Marie Loader, because it meant the message in her documentary was reaching a variety of people.

South African-born Loader won the 2015 award at an international film festival in New York City. She is the owner of the Cinéma Humain production company in Vienna, Austria.

Her documentary, Horn, has received many accolades, including a nomination for the Rhino Conservation Awards 2015 in July in the category Best Awareness, Education and Funding. On 23 October, the film won the award for the Best Conservation Film in the United States of America.

Horn focuses on a side of rhino poaching that is usually neglected. It highlights the social causes that drive people to poaching and shows that the conservation of rhinos can be a problem-solver for disadvantaged communities living on the borders of game reserves. –   Source: www.southafrica.info
 
 
SOUTH AFRICAN CLASSIC JAZZ REVITALISED
 
Some of the legendary musicians featured in this end-of-year musical celebration will include jazz greats Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Gibson Kente and many more.
 
 

Old and new musical worlds, jazz and hip-hop, will come together in Songs from Jazztown, a musical tribute to South Africa's iconic jazz artists.

Directed by James Ngcobo, Songs from Jazztown will run from 17 November to 20 December 2015 at Joburg's Market Theatre. Brand South Africa has partnered with the Market Theatre for this production to highlight the role of South African music in building the country's nation brand, and encourage young citizens to play their part and honing their artistic skills.

According to the Market Theatre website, the production premiered in the Eastern Cape in 2014 with support from the Department of Arts and Culture, Touring Venture Fund. "It received a great reception by tapping into the old sound that was such a hit in the 50s."

The show has now been refreshed with hip-hop artists narrating the story, encouraging younger audiences to experience classic jazz music in a reinvigorated format.

"We want to immerse ourselves in the beautifully haunting sounds they orchestrated and to say we remember them and their contribution to the South African songbook," said Ngcobo.

"In musical departments around the country, young people sit in lecture rooms and witness the brilliance of these composers, which is why we also want to give these young singers that we have cast a chance to sing the songs of yesteryear.

"We are making theatre in South Africa and that means we have a deep well that we drink from, which inspires us to forge new and exciting narratives."

Performing these classic numbers will be Asanda Bam, making her debut at the Market Theatre, as well as Gugu Shezi, Tshepiso Mashego and Nomfundo Dlamini.

–      Source: www.southafrica.info

 
 
BLITZBOKKE PREPARE FOR HSBC WORLD SEVENS SERIES
 
 
The large training squad that assembled at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport consisted of several Springboks from the 15-man code, who have been included in the Blitzboks’ training squad for the upcoming season.
 
The Springbok Sevens rugby squad recently held their final preparation camp in Stellenbosch for the upcoming HSBC World Sevens Series.

The World Series kicks off in Dubai on 4 and 5 December and will be followed by the first-ever HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament a week later.

Among those who joined the regular Sevens group were Springboks Lwazi Mvovo, Cornal Hendricks, Warren Whiteley and new Sevens contracted player Francois Hougaard. Other invited Springboks such as Bryan Habana, Damian de Allende and Ryan Kankowski are presently busy with overseas club commitments and will join the squad at a later stage.

Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, said he was relieved to get the camp going in preparation for the start of the season.

–             Source: Africa News Agency
 
 
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