Monthly Archives: November 2016

SOUTH AFRICA FORMS NATIONAL EMERGENGY RESPONSE TEAM FOR GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

The South African Department of Social Development has launched a National Emergency Response Team (NERT) to provide psycho-social support to victims affected by gender-based violence.Launched by Deputy Minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopan…

Press Conference Invite: The New Development Consensus on Aid Effectiveness

The Deputy Director-General of the European Commission, Klaus Rudischhauser, will on Thursday, 1 December 2016 at 10:00am address a press conference on the New Development Consensus on Aid Effectiveness.

The press conference will take place at the Senate Hall on the 1st floor of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on the side-lines of the Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development (GPEDC).

About HLM2

The Second High Level Meeting of the GPEDC being held in Nairobi, Kenya from 30th November � 1st December 2016 brings together high level participants to discuss the role of effective development cooperation in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in this context achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The EU Approach to Development Effectiveness

Development aid is a limited resource, which needs to be spent as effectively as possible in order to achieve results. Better policies in developing countries, coupled with improved aid allocation mean that aid is more effective today at reducing poverty than ever before. International aid increasingly acts as a catalyst to spur the change needed to create conditions in which people in developing countries are able to raise their incomes and live longer, healthier and more productive lives. The EU is committed to doing its utmost to help alleviate poverty, strengthen national resilience and empower local communities through more effective delivery of aid.

What is the EU doing to advance this?

The European Commission#39;s commitment to improving aid and development effectiveness through development cooperation is reflected in its endorsement of key international agreements. Following the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011, the GPEDC was established.The European Commission plays an active role in GPEDC and the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) represents the EU on the Steering Committee.

GPEDC is a unique global multi-stakeholder forum, which brings together all actors relevant for development cooperation, including traditional donors, developing countries, emerging economies, civil society, local government, philanthropic foundations and the private sector.GPEDC works to make progress on the commitments made in Busan as part of a shift from aid effectiveness to wider effective development cooperation.

The EU Council made commitments to make progress in the following areas:

Establish an EU Transparency Guarantee to increase accountability and predictability, strengthen democratic ownership and improve development results.

Implement joint programming at the country level to reduce aid fragmentation and promote harmonisation (a key flagship of the EU).

Strengthen delivery, accountability, measurement and demonstration of sustainable results.

Commit to a new approach to situations of conflicts and fragility.

Deepen Public-Private engagement for development impact.

Source: European External Action Service (EEAS).

Former police commander faces charges for assaulting journalist

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda welcomed the charges brought against the former police commander of Kampala District, Joram Mwesigye for assaulting a Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) TV journalist, Andrew Lwanga. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged the government of Uganda to serve […]

SOUTH AFRICAN POWER UTILITY REGRETS DOWNGRADING OF CREDIT RATING BY S&P

South Africa’s State-owned power utility, Eskom, has expressed regret at the decision of international rating agency Standard and Poor’s to downgrade its long-term corporate credit rating.

“Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. notes with regret the rating action announced by Standard and Poor’s to lower the company’s long-term corporate credit rating to ‘BB’ from ‘BB ‘, with outlook remaining negative,” said the power utility in a statement.

The rating agency had cited the increased financial pressure faced by Eskom as a result of the uncertain tariff path resulting from the ongoing court case against the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa).

The S&P had also expressed concern over uncertainty around the government’s decision to extend the current 350 billion Rand (about 25 billion US dollars) Government Framework Agreement (GFA) availability period extension. As it currently stands, the GFA will expire on March 31, 2017.

The Eskom statement said the power utility was confident that the current process to extend the GFA availability period would be achieved to address the rating agency’s concern.

“It is clear from this ratings announcement that regulatory and tariff certainty is critical for Eskom’s financial sustainability; therefore the conclusion of the ongoing court case against NERSA is imperative for the determination of an appropriate tariff regime,” the statement quoted Eskom’s Chief Financial Officer, Anoj Singh, as saying.

“Importantly, this 1-notch ratings downgrade will not have a material impact on Eskom’s funding plans for the financial year ending 31 March 2017. Eskom has secured funding of 86 per cent for this period and this we believe will mitigate possible liquidity risks.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

IOM, MOI Train Immigration Officers in Passport Examination Procedures

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Egyptian Ministry of Interior (MoI) organized a training of trainers for 17 government officials from 13 to 24 November 2016 on passport examination procedures in order to strengthen security p…

SOUTH AFRICANS MARK 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM

Hundreds of people are starting to make their way inside the Lebowakgomo Civic Centre where President Jacob Zuma is expected to launch the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.Themed “Count Me In: Together Moving a No…

Government notes Fitch, Moody’s announcements

Government has noted the recent Fitch Ratings announcement to change South Africa’s rating from stable to negative, as well as Moody’s Investor Service’s decision to keep South Africa’s ratings unchanged.Government Communication and Information System …

eRAD Expands Install Base in South Africa at Netcare Pinehaven Hospital

Full eRAD platform for radiology department of nation’s biggest hospital group GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eRAD announced today that it has successfully deployed its Radiology Information System (RIS) and PACS for Motshudi, Bergman and Ross Radiologists—an imaging practice that will serve as the in-house radiology department for Netcare Pinehaven Hospital in […]

‘Immediate action’ needed as millions in north-eastern Nigeria face food insecurity � UN

Warning that ongoing unrest and rising inflation have left more than five million people in restive north-east Nigeria facing acute food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency today appealed for $25 million through May 2017 to support irrigated vegetable production and micro-gardening in the dry season, as well as rebuild livestock systems.

In a situation update, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the urgently needed funds would tackle food insecurity among returnee, internally displaced and host communities. In addition, the agency is seeking funds now to provide critical agricultural inputs to farmers in time for the 2017 main rainy season.

We must act now to rapidly restore food security and combat severe hunger and malnutrition,rdquo; FAO said in the update, which notes that inflationary pressures in the national economy have pushed the prices of staple food crops extremely high across the three northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe; and these are expected to rise further, requiring immediate intervention.rdquo;

In other news, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (October 2016) shows for the first time since August 2015, a total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) below two million � 97 per cent of whom declared that their displacement was due to the Boko Haram insurgency. One-quarter of these were displaced in 2016, with the majority displaced in 2014. Almost half of those surveyed noted food as their biggest unmet need.

Since August 2015, a total of 958 549 returnees from within and outside Nigeria have been recorded, with an increase of about 48 000 returnees since August 2016. This further emphasizes the need for increased attention towards sustainable agricultural livelihoods support to the returnee process, according to IOM.

In addition FAO reports that the security remains volatile, particularly in Borno state, as Boko Haram activities continue to impact the security situation in some areas. In Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, there are currently nine local government areas (LGAs) categorized as #39;restricted#39; and 27 LGAs categorized as having #39;limited#39; access due to a high level of insurgent activity.

Source: United Nations (UN).