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David Makhura
Makhura urges investors to continue investing in the continent
11 November 2019, 12:02 PM

Gauteng premier David Makhura has utilised the opening ceremony of the Africa Investment Forum underway in Sandton to showcase economic opportunities that the province has to offer.

Speaking to delegates, the premier has urged investors to continue investing on the continent, particularly in SMME sector and youth in business to unleash the power of the small micro enterprise.

More than two thousand delegates have registered for this year’s forum from 109 countries- 48 from African countries.

“As Gauteng province, it’s an honour and privilege to be the host of this premier investment platform on behalf of South Africa, and indeed on behalf of Africa. The Gauteng city region is the 26th largest urban area on the globe, with 15.2 million residents; we are South Africa’s economic hub. We are a prime destination for foreign Direct Investment. The Africa investment forum is making a direct contribution to South Africa’s efforts and drive on investments particularly in infrastructure investments.”

 

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Rugby team at parliament
Springbok fanfare hits Parliament
11 November 2019, 11:34 AM

Hundreds of Springbok fans have gathered in the Cape Town CBD where the team has embarked on the final leg of their World Cup trophy parade.

The Boks are also visiting Parliament before taking the bus trip to areas like Elsies River, Belhar and Langa. A large group of supporters have also gathered at the Grand Parade where the World Champions will gather later.

ANC Chief Whip in Parliament, Pemmy Majodina, says it’s an honour to receive team.

“I attended the quarter semi and finals in Japan. This today is a culmination of building one nation, tolerance and one country.  We’re looking forward to this welcome of springboks in parliament because we’re one South Africa, and when we’re doing good things we must all support one another,” says Majodina.


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Smoke from a large bushfire is seen outside Wytaliba
“Leave now”: Australians urged to evacuate as “catastrophic” fires loom
11 November 2019, 10:36 AM

Authorities declared a state of emergency across a broad swath of Australia’s east coast on Monday, urging residents in high risk areas to evacuate ahead of looming “catastrophic” fire conditions.

Bushfires burning across New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland states have already killed three people and destroyed more than 150 homes. Officials expect adverse heat and wind conditions to peak at unprecedented levels on Tuesday.

Bushfires are a common and deadly threat in Australia’s hot, dry summers but the current severe outbreak, well before the summer peak, has caught many by surprise.

“Everybody has to be on alert no matter where you are and everybody has to be assume the worst and we cannot allow complacency to creep in,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.

The country’s most populous city has been designated at “catastrophic fire danger” for Tuesday, when temperatures as high as 37 degrees Celsius are forecast to combine with powerful winds for potentially deadly conditions. It is the first time Sydney has been rated at that level since new fire danger ratings were introduced in 2009.

Home to more than 5 million people, Sydney is ringed by large areas of bush land, much of which remains tinder dry following little rain across the country’s east coast in recent months.

“Tomorrow is about protecting life, protecting property and ensuring everybody is safe as possible,” Berejiklian said.

Lawmakers said the state wide state of emergency – giving fire fighters broad powers to control government resources, force evacuations, close roads and shut down utilities – would remain in place for seven days.

On Monday afternoon, the fire service authorised use of the Standard Emergency Warning Signal, an alarm and verbal warning that will be played on radio and television stations every hour.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons urged people to evacuate before conditions worsened, warning that new fires can begin up to 20km ahead of established fires.

“Relocate while things are calm without the pressure or anxiety of fires bearing down the back door,” he said.

Authorities stressed that even fireproofed homes will not be able to withstand catastrophic conditions, which Fitzsimmons described as “when lives are lost, it’s where people die”.

More than 100 schools will be closed on Tuesday.

On Monday afternoon, rescue services were moving large animals from high risk areas, while health officials warned that air quality across NSW will worsen as winds blow smoke from the current mid-north coast bush fires south.

The fires have already had a devastating impact on Australia’s wildlife, with about 350 koalas feared dead in a major habitat.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE

Australia’s worst bushfires on record destroyed thousands of homes in Victoria in February 2009, killing 173 people and injuring 414 on a day the media dubbed “Black Saturday”.

The current fires, however, come weeks ahead of the southern hemisphere summer, sharpening attention on the policies of Australia’s conservative government to address climate change.

Environmental activists and opposition lawmakers have used the fires to call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a supporter of the coal industry, to strengthen the country’s emissions targets.

Morrison declined to answer questions about whether the fires were linked to climate change when he visited fire-hit areas in the north of NSW over the weekend.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack on Monday accused climate activists of politicising a tragedy at the expense of people in the danger zones.

“What we are doing is taking real and meaningful action to reduce global emissions without shutting down all our industries,” McCormack told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio.

“They don’t need the ravings of some pure, enlightened and woke capital city greenies at this time, when they’re trying to save their homes.”

 

 

 

 

Some of the people attended the forum last year.
Africa Investment Forum gets underway on Monday
11 November 2019, 8:44 AM

The African Development Bank will on Monday host the second edition of the Africa Investment Forum.

The 3 day event will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre north of Johannesburg.

The Forum launched last year in South Africa and will be attended by various African presidents, investors businesses and experts.

It is expected to attract more Foreign Direct Investment into the country- which will greatly benefit President Ramaphosa’s investment drive.

Last year, eight Heads of State attended the event, which closed 45 bankable deals on the continent worth $32 billion. A total of 6,8%of that was transferred into South African projects – mostly in energy and transport. This year the forum plans to secure the participation of more African Heads of States in an effort to attract more investment deals.

The 2019 African Investment Forum comes on the heals of president Cyril Ramaphosa’s South Africa Investment Conference which saw R365 billion worth of investment commitments made by big and small businesses.”

 

 

Rassie Erasmus
Schoenmaker, Kolisi wins big at SA Sports Awards
11 November 2019, 7:56 AM

Tatiana Schoenmaker and Siya Kolisi have won the big prizes at the SA Sports Awards, held in Durban on Sunday night.

Schoenmaker was named Sports Star of the Year, after establishing herself as one of the best swimmers in the world over the past 12 months. She couldn’t collect her award, because she’s writing her final exams at the University of Pretoria.

The other big prize, the People’s Choice Awards, went to Springbok Rugby Captain Siya Kolisi, who’s in the midst of a nationwide tour with the team after they won the Rugby World Cup.

Deputy Minister of Sport, Nocawe Noncedo Mafu, was delighted that so many sportsmen and women had brought joy to the people of South Africa over the past year.

“The winners and the people that have actually shone in this year, because what sport does for South Africa, because South Africa has got a very negative history, and things that are positive and need to be celebrated, we need to embrace them – and these sports awards came just at the right time. You will all agree that the positive vibe has actually been topped up by the hours themselves, so it’s been a good year,” says Mafu.

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