Issue 292 |07 September 2017
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President Jacob Zuma has concluded a successful Working Visit to Xiamen in the People's Republic of China, where he attended the Ninth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit with other BRICS leaders. The summit took place from 3 to 5 September 2017 under the theme: "BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future".
During the summit, the BRICS leaders discussed issues of mutual concern aimed at achieving development, economic growth and prosperity, as well as peace and security, which brought them together in the past 10 years. The leaders acknowledged that they had traversed a remarkable journey together on their respective development paths tailored to their national circumstances, devoted to growing their economies and improving people's livelihoods. The BRICS leaders also committed to building responsive, inclusive and collective solutions to the world economic challenges, including poverty and unemployment.

The BRICS leaders met with the BRICS Business Council where the efforts and contribution of the BRICS Business Council and Business Forum to strengthen economic cooperation in infrastructure, manufacturing, energy, agriculture, financial services, e-commerce, alignment of technical standards and skills development were discussed. "This year, we had the biggest business delegation which indicates the amount of interest BRICS has aroused," said the President.

They reaffirmed their commitment to BRICS industrial cooperation, including on industrial capacities and policies, new industrial infrastructure and standards, as well as small, micro and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs), in order to jointly seize the opportunities brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and expedite respective industrialisation processes. In this regard, they agreed to explore the establishment of the BRICS Institute of Future networks.

The BRICS leaders agreed to promote the development of BRICS Local Currency Bond Markets and jointly establish a BRICS Local Currency Bond Fund, as a means of contributing to the capital sustainability of financing in BRICS countries, boosting the development of BRICS domestic and regional bond markets, including by increasing foreign private-sector participation and enhancing financial resilience of BRICS countries.

In terms of global security, the BRICS leaders noted the challenges and threats faced by the international community and committed to enhance communication and cooperation in international fora on issues concerning international peace and security. "That is why we have considered urgent that the BRICS Security Cluster of Ministers meet to discuss these current threats to our security and that of the globe," said the President.

President Zuma and leaders noted with satisfaction the launch of the Africa Regional Centre of the New Development Bank (NDB) on 17 August 2017 in Johannesburg. The launch was welcomed and lauded as a major milestone for Africa as a whole, as it underlines BRICS' commitment to the development of the African continent and emerging markets. "The launching of the bank in Johannesburg recently is indeed momentous. The idea of having our own BRICS Bank is historical and a game changer, because it will handle matters of finance in a friendly way to the developing world.  The bank will first work with member countries and with time, will extend to the rest of Africa and other countries. The Umzimvubu Water Project and the Moloto Corridor are just two examples of the projects the NDB will work on immediately. We are also glad that the bank has gained acceptance globally," said President Zuma.

On the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, President Zuma held bilateral meetings with BRICS leaders, namely: President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China; President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation; as well as as the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who attended the Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries.

President Zuma also met with President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, whose country shares a border with China and also forms part of the Emerging Markets and Developing Countries. President Rahmon invited President Zuma for a State Visit to Tajikistan, to further strengthen bilateral economic relations between the two countries.

In continuation of a BRICS tradition of outreach that began during the Durban Summit, BRICS leaders held a Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the building of broad partnerships for development.

The dialogue was held under the theme: "Strengthening Mutually-Beneficial Cooperation for Common Development" in promotion of BRICS Plus cooperation.
The Ninth BRICS Summit concluded with the adoption of the Xiamen Declaration and Action Plan, which highlighted the strong foundation that BRICS had made in terms of establishing institutional mechanisms for tangible cooperation.

South Africa is the incoming Chair of BRICS and will host the 10th BRICS Summit in 2018. "We look forward to hosting the BRICS Leaders' Summit in South Africa to take further our programme of development and prosperity for our countries. We have taken from China in this summit, their incredible sense of organisation, the discipline as well as clear programmes and intended outcomes. We will build on these as South Africa next year," President Zuma added.

President Zuma was accompanied by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Finance; David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security; Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development; Mmamalolo Kubayi, Minister of Energy; Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister of Water and Sanitation; and Bulelani Gratitude Magwanishe, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.


  President Zuma has expressed his revulsion at the slaying of the Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, Lt General Khoantle Motsomotso, who was killed on 5 September 2017, reportedly by an army officer.
On behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), President Zuma condemned in the strongest terms possible the senseless and regrettable killing of Gen Motsomotso, especially because his killing happened two years after the killing of former Lesotho Defence Force Commander, Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, in June 2015, thus creating a dangerous pattern in the Kingdom of Lesotho. This unfortunate incident happened so soon after the Kingdom of Lesotho had conducted peaceful and democratic elections which SADC had thought would bring political normalcy and stability to the country.

True to one of its key objectives which is to consolidate, defend and maintain democracy, peace, security and stability in the region, SADC will on 7 September 2017 dispatch a Ministerial Fact Finding Mission to the Kingdom to assess the situation and determine the required intervention mechanism. In the meantime, President Zuma has called for absolute calm and restraint.

President Zuma extended his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, the Government and the People of the Kingdom of Lesotho.


China and South Africa have committed to deepen cooperation, while supporting peace and development in Africa.

  This follows a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, on Monday, 4 September.

President Zuma was in the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen for the Ninth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit and the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries.

President Xi said the China-South Africa relationship was "at its best in history". He noted the strong development momentum in the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides in recent years.

He said China was ready to strengthen coordination with South Africa and expand the partnership with more achievements in cooperation to pursue common development.
"China intends to work with South Africa to implement the Belt and Road Initiative and the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, and to deepen cooperation in an all-round way and advance bilateral relations to a new level," said President Xi.

President Zuma said South Africa stood ready to deepen cooperation with China. The two countries have seen positive outcomes in cooperation in economic, trade, investment, infrastructure and cultural areas and have maintained close coordination in multilateral issues.

The two leaders also emphasised the need to boost people-to-people exchanges, especially with the upcoming 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa next year. – Source: Xinhua

South African government's position on the reported sixth nuclear weapons test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of  Korea (DPRK)

We urge the DPRK and all parties involved to refrain from any actions that would further escalate tensions and exacerbate the volatile situation in the region. There are no military solutions to the conflict. Only through diplomacy and negotiations can lasting solutions be found to the challenges affecting the Korean Peninsula.

The South African Government unequivocally condemns the sixth nuclear weapons test conducted by the DPRK on 3 September 2017. The test was also strongly deplored by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) leaders on 4 September 2017 in the Xiamen Declaration. South Africa believes that the test constitutes a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions calling on the DPRK not to conduct any further tests. Nuclear weapons tests constitute a grave threat to international peace and security and undermine the global norm established by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty against such tests.

Recent developments in Northeast Asia once again illustrate that nuclear weapons and the pursuance of such capabilities do not enhance security, but rather constitute a source of international and regional insecurity. South Africa once again calls upon the DPRK to verifiably dismantle its nuclear weapons, to return to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) without delay and to place all its facilities under comprehensive International Atomic Energy Agency verification. We remain resolute in our view that for as long as some states, no matter the justification nor the historical reasons, continue to possess these weapons of mass destruction, other states may always aspire to acquire similar capabilities. The recently adopted Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons provides a significant legal framework for the total elimination of these weapons.

South Africa believes that the continued emphasis by some states possessing nuclear weapons on the alleged security benefits of nuclear weapons, together with the continued modernisation of nuclear arsenals, weaken the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation provisions of the NPT. We call on all states possessing nuclear weapons to fulfil their obligations and commitments towards the achievement of a world free from the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons.
Africa is the current frontier for growth and prosperity and the opportunities from an investment perspective are limitless, says President Jacob Zuma.
  The President was addressing the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Business Council Special Session for South Africa, held on the margins of the Ninth BRICS Summit, Xiamen, China, on Sunday, 3 September.

President Zuma reiterated that Africa remained a continent of great opportunity with lots of potential.

"Despite the recent challenges, Africa's household consumption and business spending are both growing strongly, offering companies a US$5,6-trillion opportunity by 2025 according to the latest Mckinsey Report.

"Africa's manufacturing sector today does not compare favourably with those of other emerging economies.

"However, Mckinsey predicts that output could expand to nearly one trillion US dollars in 2025 if Africa's manufacturers were to produce more to meet domestic demand from consumers and businesses, and work with governments to address factors hindering their ability to produce and export goods," said President Zuma, adding that these statistics could not be ignored.

The President further called upon the BRICS partners to collaborate with South Africa in a few areas, including investing in supply and development programmes in Africa; skills development and technology transfer; and also engaging in projects that would support inclusive development and equal partnerships.

According to President Zuma, within the BRICS context, South Africa has some primary goals, which are to see development and inclusive economic growth; promote value-added trade among BRICS countries; and promote investment in productive sectors.

The President further acknowledged the sterling efforts made by the BRICS Business Council in advancing the country's developmental objectives.

"To this end, I would like to applaud the initiatives championed by the council as it relates to small and medium enterprise development, skills transfer programmes, increasing collaboration with the New Development Bank, the discussions surrounding the establishment of a BRICS rating agency, e-commerce collaboration and the issuance of an Investment Guide, among others."

An important development is also the recent launch of the Africa Regional Centre of the New Development Bank in South Africa. – Source:
  Established in 2008, the Strategic Dialogue is one of several structured bilateral mechanisms between South Africa and China, which provides a platform for the review of bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries.
The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Nomaindiya Mfeketo, has expressed her satisfaction with the progress made under the South Africa-China Strategic Dialogue. The Deputy Minister recently hosted the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, Mr CHEN Xiaodong, for the Ninth South Africa-China Strategic Dialogue, held in Pretoria.

China is South Africa's top trading partner and the two countries are currently engaged in discussions on potential funding of key socio-economic projects in South Africa by China under the framework of the Forum of China Africa Cooperation, which the two countries currently co-chair.

The Strategic Dialogue further provided an opportunity for the two principals to discuss cooperation in multilateral fora such as the United Nations, the G20 and Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), among others. China is currently the Chair of BRICS and South Africa will take over from China as Chair of BRICS next year. The two principals also discussed preparations for the celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China in 2018.
President Jacob Zuma says the Operation Phakisa project has attracted billions of rands in investments since it was launched three years ago.
He said this when fielding questions in the National Assembly in Parliament recently.

Operation Phakisa was launched in 2014 to fast-track the implementation of key economic and social development projects through a unique service model adapted from Malaysia.

President Zuma said the programme was unique because it brought together sectors like business, labour, academia and government; sectors that traditionally did not plan together, to work out the most ideal plans to achieve growth and development.

"The Ocean Economy has attracted R24 billion in investments. The Department of Trade and Industry has provided incentives to the value of R428 million.

"The global amount of R24 billion consists of investments from different companies of the Ocean Economy Lab. The Maritime Transport and Manufacturing Delivery Unit has secured investments to the value of R5,6 billion while the oil and gas component unlocked a total of R18,4 billion," he said.

The President said the aquaculture leg of Operation Phakisa's Ocean Economy had so far raised R444 million while the marine protection services and governance raised R31 million. The coastal and marine tourism sector raised R40 million.

"Skills development is a core component of the Ocean Economy. A total of 614 women have been trained in the marine and manufacturing sector and 733 women in the marine transport sector. More than a thousand youth have been trained in marine manufacturing and close to 2 000 in marine transport sector," he said.

Meanwhile, President Zuma said over 1 000 clinics had to date achieved their ideal clinic status.

The Ideal Clinic Programme is aimed at improving the quality of care at primary healthcare facilities.

The President said an ideal clinic was one with good infrastructure, adequate staff, adequate medicine and supplies, good administrative processes and sufficient bulk supplies that used applicable clinical policies, protocols, guidelines as well as partner and stakeholder support.

He said these elements were important to ensure the provision of quality health services to the community.

"By the end of June 2017, a total of 1 188 clinics in the public sector had achieved their ideal clinic status.

"This performance translates to 32% of the existing stock of 3 477 primary healthcare facilities. The set target is that 2 823 primary healthcare facilities should reach the ideal clinic status by March 2019," he said. 

He said Operation Phakisa in the basic education sector, which promoted the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for teaching and learning, had reached milestones.

"Approximately 54% of the more than 25 000 schools had acquired connectivity through various technologies.

"A total of 31 800 teachers have been trained in various levels of ICT skills.

"In this way … the archaic methods of teaching and learning are being rapidly replaced as teachers and learners move towards 21st century approaches," President Zuma said. – Source:
South Africa is participating in the 13th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) in Ordos, People's Republic of China.
  South Africa is a signatory to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

The Department of Environmental Affairs said the UNCCD was one of the three Rio conventions, which included the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

This convention presents an opportunity to create synergies and leverage on ongoing activities in the areas of biodiversity and climate change.

COP 13 will bring together the 195 parties to the UNCCD to collaborate on the development and implementation of strategies or frameworks aimed at improving the living conditions of people, while maintaining and restoring the productivity of land and soil.

"Issues addressed through the UNCCD are at the heart of accelerating the attainment of the sustainable development goals, especially those dealing with poverty, food security, water and gender," the Department of Environmental Affairs said.
South Africa will work collectively with all countries in Africa to advance South Africa's positions and that of the region.

The department said the High-Level Segment of this conference will consider and provide political guidance on challenges to emerging issues in desertification, land degradation and drought. Such issues include, among others, land degradation in the context of sustainable development; drought resilience; responses and early warning mechanisms; gender and land rights; and the role of local government in addressing challenges of land degradation.

It is envisaged that the conference will finalise and adopt a new strategic framework for 2018 – 2030, organised under the theme: "Towards a Healthy Land for Present and Future Generations".

South Africa will advocate for an orientation that facilitates the translation of policy into action through transformative initiatives.

The UNCCD was established in 1994 as the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. Its objective is to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in countries experiencing serious drought and desertification, particularly in Africa, through effective actions. Such actions require international cooperation and partnership arrangements, with a view to contributing to the achievement of sustainable development in the affected areas.

The COP is the supreme body of the convention, which is mandated to make decisions that promote the effective implementation of the convention.

It holds its sessions on a biennial basis to agree on a programme of work and budgetary arrangements for the next biennium and consider guidance on a range of ongoing and emerging environmental issues.

COP13 is taking place from 6 to 16 September. – Source:
President Jacob Zuma is expected to officially launch Invest SA one-stop shop in the Western Cape this week.
In a joint statement, the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), Western Cape Provincial Government and the Western Cape Investment and Trade and Promotion Agency (Wesgro) said the President would launch the provincial office of Invest SA on Friday, 8 September.

The aim of the provincial Invest SA office is to provide strategic guidance, reduce regulatory inefficiencies and reduce red tape for all investors looking to invest in the Western Cape. 

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, said the value proposition for the provincial one-stop shop was the coordination and incorporation of the special economic zones, provincial investment agencies, local authorities and the relevant government departments involved in regulatory, registration, permits and licensing matters.

"South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa's burgeoning levels of international trade," said Minister Davies.

The launch of the first of three provincial offices of Invest SA will take place at Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town.

President Zuma launched the national Invest SA one-stop shop for investors at the premises of the dti in Tshwane in March. At the time, President Zuma announced that government would open three provincial one-stop shops later in the year. These will be known as InvestSA KZN, InvestSA Gauteng and InvestSA Western Cape. – Source:

Countries in southern Africa recently held talks around migration in order to come up with ways to improve the manner in which the movement of people is handled in the region.
South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, participated in the Ministerial Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA), which was held in the Kingdom of Swaziland from 2 to 4 September 2017.

"The overall objective of the event is to foster dialogue among Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to improve migration governance in the region. Issues to be explored include statelessness, migration, border management and labour migration," Cabinet said in a statement on Friday, 1 September.

The MIDSA conference was last year held in Gaborone, Botswana. Participants, mostly senior government officials responsible for home affairs and labour in the SADC member states, deliberated on regional efforts to improve the region's coordinated response to mixed and irregular migration. – Source:
The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) will lead a group of black industrialists on an outward trade mission to Uganda in efforts to help them market their products.
The trade mission that will also help the industrialists identify trade markets will take place from 18 to 23 September.

The mission will consist of export-ready black industrialists operating in the economic infrastructure, agro-processing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, electronics as well as textiles, footwear and leather sectors.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, said the mission formed part of the implementation of the Black Industrialists Programme (BIP).

The programme is one of government's industrialisation initiatives to expand the country's industrial base and inject new entrepreneurial dynamism in the economy as outlined in the Industrial Policy Action Plan.

"The BIP is specifically dedicated to supporting the growth and building the global competitiveness of majority black-owned and managed businesses in the manufacturing sector. The intention is to contribute towards shifting the demographic composition of South Africa's industrial sector by engaging with and nurturing emerging black Industrialists to tap into a reservoir of potential jobs, revenue, taxes and innovation," said Minister Davies.
  In addition, one of the dti's strategic goals is to grow the South African manufacturing sector in order to promote industrial development, job creation, investment and exports.

"In order to achieve this, the department embarks on international missions in order to promote exports of South African value-added goods and services to increase market share of the markets in various regions of the world," he said.

Uganda has been selected due to its geopolitical position within the East African region, as well as its economic size and importance for trade with South Africa and as a destination for South African investments.

The mission to Uganda will be the third that the dti has arranged for black industrialists, after trade missions to Nigeria in September 2016 and Namibia in June this year.

Fifty projects with an estimated grant value of R1,3 billion have been supported through the Black Industrialists Incentive Scheme since the inception of the programme in 2015.

This is matched by approximately R3,6 billion of private-sector investment across all sectors with 8 000 jobs supported. – Source:
South Africa was the centre of attraction and the envy of about 30 countries at the Mozambique International Trade Fair, commonly known as FACIM, on Saturday, 2 September, when it scooped two awards at a ceremony hosted by Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário.  
South Africa romped home with the Best Pavillion Award, while Kama Industries, a Johannesburg-based company producing audible and visual signalling devices, was voted the Best Exhibitor at FACIM 2017.

South African High Commissioner to Mozambique, Mandisi Mpahlwa, who received the country's award, could not contain his excitement as it was third time lucky for South Africa after coming third last year and second in 2015, the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) said in a statement.

"This award talks to South Africa's high regard for Mozambique in general, and FACIM in particular, and the seriousness with which we approached the exhibition. All of these are reflected in the number and calibre of companies that we bring here, and an effort that we make in putting up an aesthetically pleasing pavillion that stands out from the rest through its structure, branding, mix of sectors and calibre of companies," High Commissioner Mpahlwa said.

More importantly, what set the South African Pavillion apart from the rest and captured the imagination of the judges were the actual tangible products that were showcased by the 20 companies the dti assisted to exhibit at the trade fair.

"Most of the Pavilions contained very little in terms of the actual products but were dominated by posters of what their companies produce. The products on our stands did not only fascinate the judges but they also attracted a lot of attention and interest from the throngs of people who visited our Pavillion. The fact that they could literally see the products resulted in them spending more time at the various stands speaking to our exhibitors about their products which they could touch and discern," High Commissioner Mpahlwa said. – Source: African News Agency
  The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and the Department of Communications is hosting the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers Meeting, for ministers responsible for communications and information and communications technology (ICT) from 4 to 7 September 2017 at Fairmont Zimbali Resort, Ballito.
The overarching objective of the SADC Ministers for Communications and ICT Programme is to establish communications systems that are accessible, affordable, efficient, reliable, of a high quality and fully integrated to meet the diverse requirements and to ensure connectivity to the citizens of the SADC region.

Connectivity will contribute to the attainment of the goals for regional economic integration, poverty alleviation and industrialisation. The programme also aims to transform the SADC region into an information and knowledge-based economy.

The ministers meeting followed the 37th SADC Summit of Head of State and Government, held in Pretoria in August 2017, where South Africa assumed the Chair of SADC. This is in line with the foreign policy objectives of South Africa of playing a major role in the agenda of the SADC communications and ICT sector.

The SADC ICT Ministerial Meeting in South Africa is focusing on promoting access to affordable ICT infrastructure services, positioning South Africa as regional infrastructure hub and promoting SMMEs under the overall SADC industrialisation and regional integration agenda.

The SADC Ministerial Meeting is being hosted under the theme: "Preparing SADC for the Fourth Industrial Revolution through ICTs".
South African companies are showcasing their products at the Asia Fruit Logistica 2017, Hong Kong.
  The companies received financial support from the Department of Trade and Industry's (the dti) Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA).

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, said the trade fair would expose South African companies to exporting opportunities. "The Asia Fruit Logistica will expose South African companies to exporting opportunities and will be a good platform to promote South Africa's fresh produce products to potential new customers and for them to obtain new business partners and penetrate existing markets. Small, medium and micro-enterprises and emerging exporters were targeted for the trade fair. The exposure that they will obtain from participating in the trade fair is anticipated to result in export and investment opportunities."

The Minister said the objectives of the South African national pavilion at the fair were to attract and secure potential agents, buyers and distributors for the South African companies, and collect and obtain trade leads.
It is also envisaged to grow and sustain South Africa's fresh produce sector image in Hong Kong.

The trade fair also covers every sector of the international fruit and vegetable supply chain from production, distribution and marketing, through to the point of sale, including global players, as well as small and medium-sized suppliers from all around the world.

Two-way trade between South Africa and Hong Kong was valued at R30,2 billion in 2016, with the trade balance amounting to R21,8 billion in favour of South Africa.

South Africa's exports to Hong Kong were valued at R26 billion in 2016, a slight increase of 15% from R22,6 billion in 2015, whereas imports from Hong Kong were worth R4,2 billion.

Asia Fruit Logistica is the only annual international trade exhibition for fresh fruit and vegetable marketing in Asia, which focuses exclusively on the fresh produce sector and related value-chain for the whole Asian region.

Last year, the fair attracted more than 11 000 decision-makers from 74 countries to Hong Kong. Altogether, some 665 companies from 37 different countries exhibited their products and services at the trade fair, an increase of almost 100 on the 2015 edition.

The fair will conclude on 10 September. – Source:
Cabinet recently welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Flanders on promotion of the social economy in South Africa. The New Growth Path economic strategy adopted in 2010 identified the social economy as one of 10 job drivers.
  In terms of the MoU, the Minister of Economic Development will work in partnership with the International Labour Organisation and the Government of Flanders to document successful examples of social enterprises and will engage local stakeholders on the development of a policy framework to consolidate and strengthen work on the social economy.

Flanders will also partner with the Department of Environmental Affairs in a project on climate change and the green economy, which will focus on adaptation strategies.
Key economies in sub-Saharan Africa such as South Africa and Nigeria can expect strong growth in inbound trips, according to Euromonitor International.
Key international tourism markets in Africa like South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Mauritius and Tanzania account for 70% of international trips to the sub-Saharan African region, in its view.

According to new data revealed by Euromonitor International at the 41st Annual World Tourism Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, international arrivals to Africa grew by 6,5% in 2017, to reach 18 550 million – up from 16 351 million in 2012.

The growth can be attributed to increasing interaction between various travel industry players and digital integration, using platforms such as social media, meta-search engines and the penetration of online travel agents.

Other drivers include a growing short-term rental market, luxury travel, niche tourism, meetings incentives conferences and exhibitions and an increasing focus on domestic tourism.

"Many countries are moving away from only promoting Africa as a traditional safari destination, exploring other niche categories such as beach and medical tourism," says Euromonitor Research Analyst, Christy Tawii.

"The travel and tourism market continues to introduce products that suit different types of travellers, accounting for strong growth in major cities across sub-Saharan Africa."

Arrivals to Africa are expected to see continued growth, driven by increased interest from overseas visitors due to competitive rates in comparison to other destinations with a similar offer.

Aggressive brand marketing campaigns and the introduction of new and increased direct air connectivity to and from major overseas markets, is also expected to boost inbound arrivals to the region. – Source:
South Africa is set for its biggest maize crop harvest on record following improved weather conditions.
  At least 16,4 million tonnes of maize can be expected from the maize belt this season. The Crop Estimates Committee upped its forecast by 2,7 % from July.

Almost 60% of the yield will be white maize, which is the regional staple used for human consumption.

The rest will be yellow, most of which is used in animal feed. Overall, 2017's harvest will have doubled from the previous season.
Mthobisi Masinga, a young forward-thinking town and regional planner from Pretoria, has been invited to present his innovative research on rural land development to a high-level international city planning congress in the United States of America (USA).
Masinga, a junior town and regional planner with Pretoria-based firm, KENA Consult, will represent South Africa at the International Society for City and Regional Planners' Annual Congress in Portland, Oregon, in October 2017. He has been invited to present a study on rural land use management and regulatory guidelines for South Africa.

The study comes after his work in 2016 for the Limpopo province's Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Policy/Bill and Regulations, with its principal aim of creating a partnership between traditional leadership in the province and local and municipal government's spatial planning management.

Work on the project included a collaboration between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the House of Traditional Leaders and the Limpopo Office of the Premier.
Masinga says the project constructively addresses the often sensitive nature of land reform, adding that "the project's theme is to give power back to the people through activate citizenry participation, [and] the rights to the city movement and advocacy". While the research gathered from Masinga's work on the project can be easily applied to other regions in South Africa and the rest of the continent, it also has potential applications around the world, such as South America and Asia. . – Source:
An ecstatic Mrs Vietnam was crowned Mrs Universe during a glittering event at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday night, 2 September.
  43-year old Tram Hoang Luu burst into tears as last year's winner, Olga Tornor from Austria, handed over the crown at the 40th Annual Mrs Universe Pageant, held for the first time in Africa.

Mrs Vietnam triumphed over 84 international contestants to clinch the coveted title.

Luu thanked South Africa and particularly Durban for its warm hospitality saying the people are so friendly and she is going to miss being here.

Mrs Gabon, Gwen Madiba Moubouyi, was named First Runner-Up and Mrs Pakistan, Taiba Noorulian Sheheryar, was Second Runner-up.

Mrs France, Anastasia Gorshkova, and Mrs India, Shaveta Athwal, rounded off the top five.

South Africa was represented by Durban wife and mum, Trisha Poona, who was placed in the top 25. Poona was the audience's favourite, receiving huge applause and encouragement whenever she appeared on stage.

"Let tonight be the night that Durban remembers as being the night that brought the world to our doorstep. Let tonight be the night that Africa celebrates its women and women empowerment," says Tracey-Anne Aggett, the woman who was responsible for bringing Mrs Universe to Africa for the first time.

As Mrs Universe Hosting Director: Africa, Aggett had campaigned tirelessly to bring the event to South Africa and to use it as a platform to draw attention to the global scourge of violence against women and children.

Unlike other similar events, Mrs Universe is a women empowerment initiative that acknowledges married women between the ages of 25 and 45 who are doing phenomenal work to uplift and enhance their local communities through CSI initiatives, business development and global trade opportunities.

Guests at the night's event were entertained by proudly KZN performers, including the C-Live dancers, the Champions Pantsula Dancers, performers from the Kumari Shiksha Dance Institute, Indlondlo Zulu Traditional Dancers and Dangerous Curves dancers. Vocalists, Samantha Landers, Bongekile Mabaso and Nokulunga Ntuli, had feet tapping and heads bobbing. – Source:
South Africa once again shone at the World Transplant Games, this year's version having being held in Malaga, Spain.
  At 51 members, the team took on far bigger teams than themselves, but still managed to finish third overall with 76 medals.

Of those medals, 35 were gold, 23 silver and 18 bronze medals.

The World Transplant Games are held every second year and brings thousands of transplantees together on the sporting field to celebrate the second chance they received after a life-saving solid organ transplant.

This year, 2 200 athletes from across the world competed in a variety of sporting codes that included athletics, road running, petanque, tennis, squash, swimming, cycling, golf, badminton, ten pin bowling and table tennis.

Among the highlights for the SA team were winning the awards for most outstanding senior and junior female. These went to Lisa du Plessis in the senior ladies category, who won five gold medals and set five new world records in various swimming events.
The junior ladies category was won by Kristen Henry. She won five gold medals, achieved two world records in the swimming events, and collected a bronze as part of the South African women's 4x100m relay team.

The team went to Spain with a clear objective: finish in the top 10 and ensure that the message of organ donation is spread far and wide. In order to secure a top 10 finish, all athletes had to qualify twice for the World Transplant Games.

The first qualification opportunity was at the South African Transplant Games in 2016 that took place in Johannesburg. Athletes then had to qualify again before the start of the World Transplant Games. This qualification process and a training camp before the World Transplant Games ensured that South Africa sent the best possible team to the Spain.

The Transplant Games are unique, in the sense that all athletes have received a life-saving organ transplant. Although most athletes are in top form and fit, there is always the possibility that a medical emergency can occur due to the nature of some athlete's conditions. – Source: SASCOC
Anderson enters record books, makes US Open semis
  He is the first South African to make the semi-finals of the United States (US) Open in the Open era of tennis, which started in 1968.
South Africa's Kevin Anderson has reached the US Open semi-finals after beating America's Sam Querrey in their quarter-final clash.

It will be Anderson's first appearance in the last four of a Grand Slam, improving on his quarter-final run at the US Open in 2015.

Before that, Cliff Drysdale from South Africa made the final of the 1965 US National Championships, as the US Open was then called.

The last South African to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam was Wayne Ferreira at the 2003 Australian Open.

The 28th-seeded Anderson is appearing in his 34th major tournament.

"Getting through - it just feels absolutely fantastic," Anderson said. The 6-foot-8 (2.03m) Anderson finished with 22 aces; the 6-foot-6 (1.98m) Querrey hit 20. – Source:
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