Cape Town Recognized as Top Opportunity City in Africa

Cape Town’s position as an opportunity city was confirmed in the latest labour force survey results issued by Statistics SA.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has recognised Cape Town as the top opportunity city in Africa and placed the city 6th among middle-income country cities, behind Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Shanghai, and Mexico City, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday.

“Today [Sunday], I am encouraged to see that Cape Town is recognised as Africa’s opportunity city, but in order for us to stay globally competitive we need to take the city to the next level and create opportunities for all,” De lille said.

A key intervention was for the city to decisively address apartheid spatial planning that kept the majority of residents away from opportunities to jobs, good education, and healthcare. “We also need to improve safety in these communities and support business development,” she said.

The city should be a catalyst for better integration of communities by speeding up release of the 11 identified pieces of land in Woodstock and the city centre while developing the Foreshore freeway project. More pieces of government-owned land should also be made available for the development of affordable housing. This would bring more Capetonians closer to opportunities, increasing the talent offering to international companies wanting to invest here.

Cape Town’s standing as an opportunity city was confirmed in the latest labour force survey results issued by Statistics SA.

The report found that employment in the metro grew 4.8 percent year-on-year. Cape Town was also the metro with the lowest expanded unemployment rate at 22.6 percent, far below the national rate of 37.2 percent, De Lille said.

However, PwC Africa’s head of cities and urbanisation Jon Williams was correct to say, “Cape Town is at a crossroads between African problems and global ambitions. Its future success will depend on its ability to solve longstanding problems at home while keeping up with a rapidly changing world.” These longstanding problems included access to opportunities for the majority of residents.

“We have shown innovation in the tech fields and Cape Town is home to over 20 tech incubators. But, as the report shows, many of these opportunities are based close to the city centre or along the Atlantic seaboard.

“If Cape Town wants to remain globally competitive we must bring residents closer to opportunities and be a catalyst for job creation and investment as outlined by the city’s organisational development and transformation plan (ODTP),” she said.

“The city’s support of catalytic industries has been one of the key successes and this sector is also showing growth as we attract more investment to Cape Town and more residents find employment and receive training in key skills areas.

“In the past three months, between April and June 2018, through the city’s support of Wesgro and our special purpose vehicles we facilitated almost R1.4 billion worth of investment, created 1 236 jobs, and trained 912 residents,” De Lille said.

At the end of the 2017/18 financial year in June 2018, the city, for the first time in its 18-year history as the metro government, exceeded its housing delivery target by 62 percent.

 

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Sources: Africa News Agency (ANA) via The Citizen [1], [2]. Image sources: Damien du Toit [1], [2].

SA’s New Acting Head of the NPA: Silas Ramaite

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Silas Ramaite as acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).

This follows Monday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court on the appointment of advocate Shaun Abrahams as the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The court found that former President Jacob Zuma’s decision to remove Mxolisi Nxasana was an abuse of power and unconstitutional.

It also ruled that Nxasana must pay back the millions he received as a golden handshake and re-affirmed the finding that Abrahams’ appointment is invalid.

In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, Ramaphosa says while he’s studying the judgment, he is committed to appointing a permanent NDPP well within the 90 days as ordered by the court.

Ramaite is the NPA Deputy National Director responsible for Administration and Office for Witness Protection. He has served as deputy director of the prosecuting organisation for 15 years.

The statement added: “He holds the degrees B.Proc (University of Fort Hare), LL.B; LL.M, specialising in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public International Law and LL.D, specialising in Constitutional Law (University of South Africa). He was admitted as an advocate of the Supreme Court in 1988 and was granted the status of Senior Counsel (SC) in 2001.”

Ramaphosa has wished Ramaite well in his new role.

The president also expressed his belief that the Constitutional Court judgment has set the NPA on a path that will restore its integrity and build the nation’s confidence in the criminal justice system.

 

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Sources: EWN [1], [2]. Image sources: [1], [2].

2018 Travel Around South Africa

By: Rene Stegmann (Director: Relocation Africa Group)

Each year our family and some friends venture into the wild, seeking adventure and getting to know the place I love the most; Africa. This year we decided to keep it local and discover more of South Africa, which allows us to avoid the border crossing and other, whilst adventurous, sometimes more stressful parts of a holiday. Our focus was also reaching warmer parts of the country, to escape some of the Cape Town winter.

Being an avid educationalist, Andrew, my husband, puts together incredible books to ensure the scholastic flavor remains entrenched during the “off season”, so we all get our dose of history, politics, and geography. Our first stop was just far enough out of Cape Town to get the flavor of the bush; The Karoo National Park. On arrival, our first sighting was a Lion – who-hoo, we are on holiday, and the adventures start.

Our next day was a 950km drive to The Drakensberg – the majestic eastern edge of the South African central plateau – with fortunately very little road works/road blocks; just the regular pit stops and stretches required to get us to our next destination. We could not get enough of the beautiful scenery – we walked/hiked/ran and just absorbed our surroundings.

We discovered a derelict building and started dreaming about how wonderful it would be to live there – only when you realise the practical aspects of no online delivery do you have second thoughts! But the fantasy lives on in our heads and hearts. We went to visit a monument representing a historical figure of the family we were traveling with; Die Kaalvoet vrou (The barefoot woman).

And as you guessed, a history lesson for the morning. On to the historic battlefields from the Anglo-Zulu War (Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift). At least that was on the agenda, but on arrival at our thatched cottage on the water, surrounded by hills and fields, and no-one else, we decided to enjoy the boat, birds, and the outside fire boma.

The overnight stops thus far were with the ultimate destination in mind, the sea! We ventured to a remote place which requires 4×4 access, and has no water and no electricity – not good marketing for most, but for us adventurous bunch ,we were up for the challenge. I guess it was not surprising that there were not many people around – there was also no Wi-Fi or cellular signal.

On our return, some of our friends had expressed concern about what would happen if something went wrong. I guess the answer is the same as the ways people dealt with those issues years back. We had the beach to ourselves. There were only 10 campsites, two of which we had, but you could not hear or see another soul. It was incredible; the stars and nature were our television/radio for 10 days.

Discovering parts of South Africa with the opportunity to “switch-off”, “change gear”, and completely tune out of the regular routine of life was wonderfully therapeutic. The scuba diving and snorkeling was fabulous, and pretty untouched, and the long beaches and warm water swims were enticing. A spot like this, where you can be in t-shirt and shorts, or mostly your swimming gear, is a treat. Especially since Cape Town is pretty chilly at thas time of year.

As I mentioned earlier we seem to include a diverse holiday, which includes the essential rest and recuperation, as well as education and even donation! The next stop was an overnight stay at Chimp Eden, which is the chimpanzee sanctuary overseen by Jane Goodall. They rescue previously abused chimps, and each of their stories is heart wrenching, and leaves you wondering how inhuman the world is.

After our night in pretty simple but pleasant accommodation, we had a lovely breakfast, and then a tour learning about each of the chimps at Chimp Eden. Our family was so struck by what the people at Chimp Eden do, and the expenses that they incur to run and feed these animals, that we have adopted Tamu.

Tamu’s mother was shot by poachers in the Congo, for bush meat, and Tamu was smuggled across the border into Sudan. The Sudanese military confiscated him and he was taken to a safe house. There he was introduced to six other infants (Marco, Mowgli, Mary, Bazia, Charlene, and Azzie). They were all transferred to the sanctuary together and quarantined in 2008. If you want to adopt one of these furry gals or guys, just go to this link.

Then it was time to head to the bush; the well-known Kruger National Park, where we expected a crowded experience, as it is pretty high up on most tourists’ to-do lists. We were pleasantly surprised at how efficient the entry process was, but it did mean a little queue each morning on arrival. The roads in the park are tarred, and this allowed some people to drive too fast. We are more accustomed to the adventurous African options like parks in Botswana and Zimbabwe, where the roads are far from tarred, and things seem a little slower and more connected to nature and the surrounds. We did have some wonderful sightings, and saw the big five on day one. We also had two close encounters with elephants, which just reminded us we were on their turf.

 We stayed with friends on their game farm just outside Kruger, but I believe the experience of staying in the park is better than driving in daily. Just to really connect with nature. #NoteToSelf

We spent 3 weeks road tripping around South Africa, from the Drakensberg, to the Coast in KwaZulu-Natal, to the Kruger, and lots of little stops in between. We returned well rested, and on reflection, we thought about how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful, diverse country with so much on offer. #AGreatPlaceToBeAdventurous #LoveSouthAfrica #TravelSouthAfrica #HeadingIntoZimbabwe2019.

Why not go out and explore some of this interesting country yourself?

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Let’s All Do Our Part for Mandela Day 2018

Happy Mandela Day!

Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. However, other groups began celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July 2009.

On 27 April 2009, the 46664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited the global community to join them in support of an official Mandela Day. Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former President, and his values, through volunteering and community service.

Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact.

The Mandela Day campaign message is:

“Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.”
“We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity,” according to a statement issued on Mandela’s behalf.

This year marks the Nelson Mandela centenary, and we will be getting our team together in our head office in Cape Town to make sandwiches, which we will hand out to those in need in the surrounding area.

There are so many ways to give back to your community, and even if your deed is small, it will make a difference. So encourage yourself, and others, to get out there and find a way to help this Mandela Day. Let’s all remember the amazing culture and diversity that makes up South Africa, and work together to build a better country for all, in the name of Mandela.

For more information about Mandela Day, visit https://www.mandeladay.com.

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New Process for Getting Police Clearance Certificate in SA

To mitigate identity fraud, the South African Police Service (SAPS) is introducing a new process for obtaining a police clearance certificate (PCC).

“SAPS has devised one such method to improve security measures to mitigate this risk,” SAPS said on Thursday.

A police clearance certificate is a document issued by the SAPS Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management stating whether or not any criminal offence has been recorded against the person.

It’s a document which provides confirmation of a person’s criminal status.

When and how the effects will take place

Members of the public are no longer expected to deliver their documentation to the Criminal Record Centre in Pretoria, as was previously the practice.

It is now the sole responsibility of the SAPS to compile and deliver the form to the Criminal Record Centre (CRC) on behalf of the applicant.

Costs involved

This service is rendered at R114 per application. The required tariff is payable in cash at the nearest police station, by bank-guaranteed check, banker’s draft or electronic payment in the SAPS account in favor of the National Commissioner.

Bank details

ABSA cheque account number 4054522787
Branch code 632005
Swift code ABSA ZAJJ
According to the SAPS, in the case of an electronic payment, the letters ‘PCC’ followed by the initials and surname of the applicant must be indicated as the reference.

The letters ‘PCC’ will indicate that the payment is for a police clearance certificate. Proof of payment must be attached to the application (SAPS 91(a), which will be provided to the applicant at his/her nearest police station.

What the process entails

The first step to obtaining a police clearance certificate is to visit your nearest police station in SA and notify a member of the SAPS that you wish to apply for a SA police clearance certificate.

The member will then guide you accordingly to the relevant member who will be responsible for the processing of your application. The applicant will be expected to subject himself/herself for a full set of fingerprints for the (SAPS 91a), which is the SA police clearance certificate form.

The applicant must ensure that he or she is in possession of a copy of his or her South African identity document or in possession of his or her official passport, a copy of which will be certified at the police station and attached to the application.

The applicant must provide a statement regarding his/her previous convictions and indemnify the SAPS against any liability which may result from furnishing information in this regard.

Finalized police clearance certificates will be returned to the station of origin and the applicant will be contacted for collection.

Upon collection, the applicant must again present the original Identity document or passport as confirmation of identity.

For full detailed information on this procedure visit www.saps.gov.za.

 

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Sources: SAnews [1]. Image sources: [1].