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].

Ruling ZANU-PF Wins Majority in Zimbabwean Election

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party has won the majority of seats in Parliament after sweeping rural constituencies by huge margins, official results showed on Wednesday, setting the stage for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission results showed Mnangagwa’s ZANU-PF cruising to a big majority after picking up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Another 58 seats are yet to be declared.

Nelson Chamisa, of the MDC, and Mnangagwa, of ZANU-PF, were the main contenders in Monday’s vote, the first since former President Robert Mugabe was forced to resign after a de facto coup in November, after nearly 40 years in power.

The House of Assembly of Parliament has 210 seats and Zanu-PF would need to win 30 more to have a two-thirds majority that would allow it to change the constitution at will.
 
Voters in Zimbabwe pick a presidential candidate based on their party affiliation and the trend in the parliamentary election was expected to continue when results for the president are announced this week.
 
The opposition MDC, led by Nelson Chamisa, won in most urban centres, where it enjoys majority support. The MDC accused the election commission on Tuesday of deliberately delaying results of this week’s vote to favour the ruling party, reporting irregularities in the poll. Results of the presidential poll are expected by Saturday.
On Wednesday, foreign observers, who were barred from attending elections in Zimbabwe for almost two decades, including the European Union and SADC, issued verdicts yesterday, noting “misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behavior by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media”, and urging the Zimbabwean government to allow the country’s diaspora to vote in future elections, as they are currently not allowed to do so.

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Sources: [1], [2], [3], [4]. Image sources: [1].

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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Nigerian Ministry of Interior eCitBiz Record Migration Begins

The Nigerian Ministry of Interior recently announced a directive which seeks to move certain aspect of its services online. This is in a bid to deepen the e-governance initiative of the current administration. In furtherance of this directive, the Ministry of Interior is set to begin the migration of Business permit/Expatriate Quota and place of worship records to the eCitBiz online portal.

The Ministry of Interior by this notice has directed all affected companies and places of worship licenses by the Ministry to update and migrate into the new online portal.

Goals of the Migration

  • To provide online update for various Citizenship and Business Department
    Services.
  • To provide online payment platform for companies, places of worship, Marriage
    and Citizenship Processing of Applications.
  • To provide a centralized and interactive database for all services of the
    Citizenship and Business Department.

Timeframe

  • The update/migration process is set to run from 23 July 2018 to 31
    August 2018.
  • The time set to commence full automation of the online platform is 3 September 2018.

For more information about the process, contact the Nigerian Ministry of Interior here.

 

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Sources: Famsville Solicitors  [1]. Image sources: [1].