Stevie® Awards Announce Winners in 19th Annual International Business Awards® from Across the Globe

3,700 Nominations Were Submitted from Organizations in 67 Nations International Business Awards Winners FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — High-achieving organizations and executives around the world have been recognized as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in The 19th Annual International Business Awards®, the world’s only international, all-encompassing business awards program. Winners were […]

3,700 Nominations Were Submitted from Organizations in 67 Nations

International Business Awards Winners

High-achieving organizations and executives around the world have been recognized as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in The 19th Annual International Business Awards®.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — High-achieving organizations and executives around the world have been recognized as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in The 19th Annual International Business Awards®, the world’s only international, all-encompassing business awards program.

Winners were selected from more than 3,700 nominations submitted by organizations in 67 nations.

A complete list of all 2022 Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners by category is available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

More than 300 executives worldwide participated on 11 juries to determine the Stevie winners.

The top winner of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards is HALKBANK of Istanbul, Turkey with 32. Other winners of multiple Stevie Awards include IBM Corporation (21), LLYC (20), Deutsche Post DHL (19), Abu Dhabi Ports Group (17), Viettel Group (17), OPET (15), Telkom Indonesia (13), ZER (13), Ayala Land Inc. (12), Ooredoo (12), Globe Telecom (10), PJ Lhuillier, Inc (PJLI) (10), Enerjisa Enerji (9), Wolters Kluwer (9), Strategic Public Relations Group (8), pH7 Communications (8), Tata Consultancy Services Inc. (8), Adfactors PR (8), Jeunesse Global (7), Bank of Montreal, (6), Canadian Tire Corporation (6), HeyMo The Experience Design Company (6), Octopus Energy (6), Sleepm Global Inc. (6), VUMI Group (6), and VNPT VinaPhone Corporation (6).

IBM, a multinational technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, NY USA won nine Gold Stevie Awards, more than any other organization in the competition.

All organizations worldwide are eligible to compete in the IBAs, and may submit nominations in a wide range of categories for achievement in management, marketing, public relations, customer service, human resources, new products and services, technology, web sites, apps, events, and more.

The awards will be presented during a gala event in London, England on October 15, 2022.

About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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Expereo acquires Breeze Networks, further enhancing its SD-WAN/SASE practice and presence in the UK market

AMSTERDAM, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The world’s leading provider of managed network solutions, Expereo, has announced the acquisition of Breeze Networks, a managed service provider of SD-WAN/SASE technologies. The acquisition fuels Expereo’s growth trajectory, further enhancing its SD-WAN/SASE practice, building on its expanding range of services to manage SD-WAN solutions at scale to […]

AMSTERDAM, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The world’s leading provider of managed network solutions, Expereo, has announced the acquisition of Breeze Networks, a managed service provider of SD-WAN/SASE technologies. The acquisition fuels Expereo’s growth trajectory, further enhancing its SD-WAN/SASE practice, building on its expanding range of services to manage SD-WAN solutions at scale to partners and multinational enterprise customers across the globe.

This latest acquisition solidifies Expereo’s ambition to complement its managed network solutions with world-class advisory practice providing guidance to organizations on their global transformation to software-defined and internet-based networking. With the full support of majority investor Vitruvian Partners and minority investor Apax Partners SAS, Expereo intends to continue its acquisition strategy.

Breeze Networks is a managed service provider of cloud-based (SD-WAN) network connectivity and security solutions for enterprises and government agencies. An innovative and flexible network integrator, Breeze sources and manages the best SD-WAN networking and security solutions on the market.

As part of the acquisition, Expereo welcomes Matthew Lea, CTO of Breeze Networks as Technical Portfolio Lead. His expertise will be a great addition to the knowledge base of Expereo’s Technical team, led by CTO, Kristaps Petrovskis. Lea will drive Expereo’s expansion plans for its SD-WAN/SASE practice, solidifying the company’s presence in the UK market in his new role at Expereo.

“This acquisition comes at an exciting time, as we expand our SD-WAN services to address the growing need for agile, cost-effective cloud access and global network solutions in the market. With our shared vision to simplify global connectivity and provide world-class customer experience, the expertise of the team of professionals behind Breeze Networks will contribute great value as we join forces,” comments Irwin Fouwels, CEO of Expereo.

“Having recently worked with Expereo on a global deployment for one of our customers, we witnessed first-hand the shared values of both companies and commitment to providing excellence in delivery and customer service. We are excited about joining the Expereo family and are certain that the global reach and scale of Expereo will be a benefit to all of our stakeholders,” says George Cowan, Managing Director of Breeze Networks.

The rapid adoption of cloud-based applications and SD-WAN technologies puts Internet-based WANs at the center of multinational companies’ business models. Expereo is committed to simplifying the sourcing and management of such network solutions, whilst ensuring exceptional customer experience to cater to the needs of its MSP partners and multinational clients.

About Breeze Networks Ltd
Breeze Networks is a privately owned UK based supplier of SD-WAN based Network and Security Managed Services. Established in 2016 the company has designed and deployed a significant number of SD-WAN based global and regional networks to our customers in both the private sector and UK government agencies. The Breeze team have developed extensive knowledge and experience of best of breed SD-WAN/SASE products which allows us to help our customers on their Cloud transformation journeys.

About Expereo
Expereo is a leading global provider of managed network solutions including, Global Internet, SD-WAN/SASE, and Enhanced Internet. With an extensive global reach, Expereo is the trusted partner of 30% of Fortune 500 companies. It powers enterprise and government sites in more than 190 countries, helping customers improve productivity and empowering their networks and cloud services with the agility, flexibility and value of the Internet, with optimal network performance.

Expereo was acquired by Vitruvian Partners in April 2021. The international growth capital and buyout firm acquired a majority shareholding in Expereo from leading European private equity firm Apax Partners SAS.

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Expereo acquiert Breeze Networks, renforçant davantage ses activités et sa présence sur le marché britannique des technologies SD-WAN/SASE

AMSTERDAM, 15 août 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Expereo, fournisseur mondial de premier plan de solutions de réseau gérées, a annoncé l’acquisition de Breeze Networks, fournisseur de services gérés de technologies SD-WAN/SASE. Grâce à cette acquisition, Expereo poursuit ses perspectives de croissance en s’appuyant sur sa gamme croissante de services pour développer davantage les solutions SD-WAN/SASE […]

AMSTERDAM, 15 août 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Expereo, fournisseur mondial de premier plan de solutions de réseau gérées, a annoncé l’acquisition de Breeze Networks, fournisseur de services gérés de technologies SD-WAN/SASE. Grâce à cette acquisition, Expereo poursuit ses perspectives de croissance en s’appuyant sur sa gamme croissante de services pour développer davantage les solutions SD-WAN/SASE et les gérer à grande échelle afin de servir les partenaires et les entreprises multinationales du monde entier.

Cette dernière acquisition renforce l’ambition d’Expereo de compléter ses solutions de réseau gérées en offrant ses services de conseil de classe mondiale aux organisations qui ont besoin d’être guidées sur leur transformation globale vers les réseaux définis par logiciel et basés sur Internet. Bénéficiant du soutien plein et entier de l’investisseur majoritaire, Vitruvian Partners, et de l’investisseur minoritaire Apax Partners SAS, Expereo compte bien poursuivre sa stratégie d’acquisition.

Breeze Networks est un fournisseur de services gérés de solutions de sécurité et de connectivité réseau (SD-WAN) basées sur le cloud à destination des entreprises et des agences gouvernementales. Intégrateur de réseau innovant et flexible, Breeze acquiert et gère les meilleures solutions de sécurité et de réseautage SD-WAN du marché.

Dans le cadre de cette acquisition, Matthew Lea, directeur technologique (CTO) de Breeze Networks, rejoint Expereo en tant que responsable du portefeuille technique. Son expertise enrichira les connaissances de l’équipe technique d’Expereo, dirigée par Kristaps Petrovskis, CTO. Dans le cadre de ses nouvelles fonctions chez Expereo, Matthew Lea dirigera les plans de croissance d’Expereo en matière de développement des solutions SD-WAN/SASE, de manière à consolider la présence de la société sur le marché britannique.

« Cette acquisition arrive à point nommé, alors que nous développons nos services SD-WAN pour répondre au besoin croissant d’un accès au cloud agile et rentable et de solutions de réseau mondiales sur le marché. Grâce à notre vision commune consistant à simplifier la connectivité mondiale et fournir une expérience client de classe mondiale, l’expertise des employés de Breeze Networks apportera une grande valeur ajoutée à notre équipe », a déclaré Irwin Fouwels, PDG d’Expereo.

« Ayant récemment travaillé avec Expereo sur un déploiement mondial pour l’un de nos clients, nous avons pu constater à cette occasion les valeurs communes partagées par les deux sociétés et notre engagement à fournir l’excellence dans la livraison et le service à la clientèle. Nous sommes ravis de rejoindre la famille Expereo et sommes convaincus que la portée et l’envergure mondiales d’Expereo seront un avantage pour toutes nos parties prenantes », a déclaré George Cowan, directeur général de Breeze Networks.

L’adoption rapide des applications basées sur le Cloud et des technologies SD-WAN place les WAN basés sur Internet au cœur des modèles d’affaires des sociétés multinationales. Expereo s’engage à simplifier l’approvisionnement et la gestion de ces solutions réseau, tout en assurant une expérience client exceptionnelle afin de répondre aux besoins de ses partenaires MSP et de ses clients multinationaux.

À propos de Breeze Networks Ltd
Basé au Royaume-Uni, Breeze Networks est un fournisseur privé de services gérés de sécurité et de réseau basés sur la technologie SD-WAN. Fondée en 2016, la société a développé et déployé un nombre important de réseaux mondiaux et régionaux basés sur la technologie SD-WAN, aussi bien pour des clients du secteur privé que des agences gouvernementales britanniques. L’équipe de Breeze a développé des connaissances et une expérience approfondies des produits SD-WAN/SASE de pointe, lui permettant d’aider ses clients tout au long de leurs parcours de transformation du Cloud.

À propos d’Expereo
Expereo est un fournisseur leader mondial de solutions de réseau gérées comprenant l’Internet mondial, la technologie SD-WAN/SASE, et l’Internet amélioré. Avec une vaste portée mondiale, Expereo est le partenaire de confiance de 30 % des entreprises figurant dans le palmarès Fortune 500. L’entreprise alimente les sites des entreprises et des gouvernements dans plus de 190 pays, aidant les clients à améliorer la productivité et à donner à leurs réseaux et services cloud l’agilité, la flexibilité et la valeur d’Internet, avec des performances réseau optimales.

Expereo a été acquise par Vitruvian Partners en avril 2021. La société internationale de capital de croissance et de rachat a acquis une participation majoritaire dans Expereo auprès du cabinet de capital-investissement européen de premier plan Apax Partners SAS.

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Expereo adquire Breeze Networks, aprimorando ainda mais sua prática e presença na SD-WAN/SASE no mercado do Reino Unido

AMSTERDÃ, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Expereo, principal provedora mundial de soluções de rede gerenciada, anunciou a aquisição da Breeze Networks, uma provedora de serviços gerenciados de tecnologias SD-WAN/SASE. A aquisição estimula a trajetória de crescimento da Expereo, aprimorando ainda mais sua prática de SD-WAN/SASE, com base na sua gama crescente de serviços […]

AMSTERDÃ, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Expereo, principal provedora mundial de soluções de rede gerenciada, anunciou a aquisição da Breeze Networks, uma provedora de serviços gerenciados de tecnologias SD-WAN/SASE. A aquisição estimula a trajetória de crescimento da Expereo, aprimorando ainda mais sua prática de SD-WAN/SASE, com base na sua gama crescente de serviços de gerenciamento de soluções SD-WAN em escala para parceiros e clientes corporativos multinacionais em todo o mundo.

Esta aquisição solidifica a ambição da Expereo de complementar suas soluções de rede gerenciada com práticas de consultoria internacional, fornecendo orientação às organizações sobre sua transformação global em redes definidas por software e baseadas na Internet. Com o apoio total do investidor majoritário, Vitruvian Partners, e do investidor minoritário, Apax Partners SAS, a Expereo pretende dar continuidade à sua estratégia de aquisições.

A Breeze Networks é provedora de serviços gerenciados de soluções de conectividade e de segurança de rede baseada em nuvem (SD-WAN) para empresas e agências governamentais. Integradora de rede inovadora e flexível, a Breeze fornece e gerencia as melhores soluções de rede e de segurança SD-WAN do mercado.

Como parte da aquisição, Matthew Lea, CTO da Breeze Networks, passará a ser o Líder Técnico de Portfólio da Expereo. A experiência dele será uma grande adição à base de conhecimento da equipe técnica da Expereo, liderada pelo CTO, Kristaps Petrovskis. Na sua nova função na Expereo, Matthew Lea impulsionará os planos de expansão da prática SD-WAN/SASE, solidificando a presença da empresa no mercado do Reino Unido.

“Esta aquisição ocorre em um momento emocionante de expansão dos nossos serviços SD-WAN para atender à crescente necessidade de soluções ágeis e econômicas de acesso à nuvem e de rede global no mercado. Com nossa visão compartilhada de simplificar a conectividade global e de proporcionar experiência de classe mundial ao cliente, a expertise da equipe de profissionais da Breeze Networks contribuirá com grande valor para a nossa união”, comentou Irwin Fouwels, CEO da Expereo.

“Durante o nosso trabalho conjunto com a Expereo em uma implantação global de um de nossos clientes, pudemos observar os valores compartilhados de ambas as empresas e o compromisso de fornecer excelência na entrega e atendimento ao cliente. Estamos entusiasmados em ingressar na família Expereo e temos certeza de que o alcance e a escala globais da Expereo serão um benefício para todos os interessados”, disse George Cowan, Diretor Administrativo da Breeze Networks.

A rápida adoção de aplicativos com base na nuvem e tecnologias SD-WAN coloca as WANs com base na Internet no centro dos modelos de negócios das empresas multinacionais. A Expereo está empenhada em simplificar o fornecimento e a gestão de tais soluções de rede, garantindo ao mesmo tempo uma experiência excepcional do cliente para atender às necessidades dos seus parceiros MSP e clientes multinacionais.

Sobre a Breeze Networks Ltd
A Breeze Networks é fornecedora privada de Serviços Gerenciados de Rede e Segurança SD-WAN do Reino Unido. Fundada em 2016, a empresa projetou e implantou um número significativo de redes globais e regionais SD-WAN para nossos clientes no setor privado e nas agências governamentais do Reino Unido. A equipe da Breeze desenvolveu amplo conhecimento e experiência dos melhores produtos SD-WAN/SASE, o que nos permite ajudar nossos clientes nas suas jornadas de transformação na nuvem.

Sobre a Expereo
A Expereo é a principal provedora de soluções de rede gerenciada, inclusive de conectividade de Internet Global, SD-WAN/SASE e Internet Aprimorada. Com um extenso alcance global, a Expereo é a parceira de confiança de 30% das empresas Fortune 500. Ele capacita sites empresariais e governamentais em mais de 190 países, ajudando os clientes a melhorar a produtividade e capacitar suas redes e serviços em nuvem com a agilidade, flexibilidade e valor da Internet, com desempenho de rede ideal.

A Expereo foi adquirida pela Vitruvian Partners em abril de 2021. A empresa internacional de capital de expansão e de aquisição adquiriu a participação majoritária da Expereo da Apax Partners SAS, empresa líder europeia em patrimônio privado.

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Some 350 World Leaders From 157 Nations With Diplomatic Relations With North or South Korea Attended the August 11-15, Conference

International Leadership Summit Addresses Korean Reconciliation, Religious Freedom, and New Peace Alliances in Africa and the World Washington, DC, Aug. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UPF International Leadership Summit Addresses Korean Reconciliation, Religious Freedom, and New Peace Alliances in Africa and the World Condolences Expressed for late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe  International […]

International Leadership Summit Addresses Korean Reconciliation, Religious Freedom, and New Peace Alliances in Africa and the World

Washington, DC, Aug. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPF International Leadership Summit Addresses Korean Reconciliation, Religious Freedom, and

New Peace Alliances in Africa and the World

Condolences Expressed for late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

 International leaders at the Universal Peace Federation’s (UPF) Summit 2022 and Leadership Conference affirmed their support for global peacebuilding, especially on the Korean Peninsula. Sessions addressed the universal right to religious freedom and called for more education of youth in Africa.

Some 350 world leaders from the 157 nations with diplomatic relations with either North or South Korea attended the August 11-15, 2022, conference, either in person or virtually, at Jamsil Lotte Hotel in Seoul, to discuss “Toward Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Toward a World Culture of Peace.” In his welcoming remarks, UPF Chairman Thomas G. Walsh expressed hope that the focus and vision for peace on the Korean Peninsula could be taken to a broader level, and that “the divided world be reconciled into one humanity and one global culture of peace.”

In addition to calling for peace, the leaders expressed deep condolences for the loss of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. UPF offered a video and floral tribute.

“My grandfather said the one thing people cannot go without is peace,” said Sheikh Mansour Diouf of the Murid Brotherhood in Senegal. “We are supposed to be brothers…” This sentiment was echoed by many of the religious leaders.

Korean reconciliation was a major theme, due to the passion of UPF co-founders, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who were born in what is now North Korea. In 1991, anti-communist Rev. Moon went to Pyongyang to meet communist North Korea leader Kim Il-sung. The two men embraced as brothers and agreed to launch various projects together. That unity underscores the hope to bring peace to the 80 million people on the Korean Peninsula, despite decades of division, said Dr. Michael Jenkins, President, UPF International.

Along with the conference, UPF organized a Fact-Finding Delegation for Peace on the Korean Peninsula with US officials and South Korean leaders. Amb. Joseph DeTrani, Special Envoy to the Six-Party Talks with DPRK (2003-2006); Amb. Harry Harris, a US Navy admiral who served as US Ambassador to South Korea from 2018 to 2021; (Ret.) Gen. Walter Sharp, who led US forces, the UN Command, and ROK-US Combined Forces Command (2008-2011); and Dr. Alexandre Mansourov, Adjunct Professor at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Studies at Georgetown University, offered their assessments. (Full details will be available at UPF.org).

“Idealism must be rooted in realism,” said Amb. Harris. He praised South Korea President Suk-yeol Yoon for his intentions “to make the US-ROK Alliance the centerpiece of his foreign policy,” as that means outreach to Japan as well as military readiness.

Former US President Donald Trump, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Cambodia Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, Dr. Sok Siphana, head of Asian Vision Institute, and former Taiwan Vice President Lu Hsiu-lien offered remarks on the need to achieve peace.

Protecting religious freedom worldwide was another major theme. Religious freedom is “the most important single topic on the planet,” said US House Speaker Newt Gingrich (1995-1999). That is because it presupposes God’s existence and God’s bestowing rights to humanity, and this forms the basis of freedom, he explained.

Religious freedom is key to security concerns, added US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2018-2021), recalling that he always left his Bible open on his desk for inspiration. “Nations that threaten others, like China and Iran” also “have death holds” on religious freedoms, he noted.

From Japan, lawyer Norishige Kondo of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) talked about “a serious crisis of religious freedom in our country.” He spoke of the surreal situation of Japan’s media transferring blame for the brutal assassination of Prime Minister Abe from the shooter to FFWPU. He discussed human rights violations against 4,300 FFWPU members, while FFWPU member Toru Goto talked about his kidnapping, 12-year confinement, and lawsuits against perpetrators.

Hon. Jan Figel, Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion, European Union (2016-2019), noted that while 84% of the world population claims religious affiliation, 79% live in countries “with high or very high obstacles to religious freedom.” Religious prejudice generates three evils—”intolerance, discrimination, and persecution,” said Dr. Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of the Center for Studies on New Religions in Italy.

A third major highlight was about strengthening peace and prosperity in Africa

The growing power of Africa—where the average age is 20—brings opportunities for education, jobs, encouraging peace, and protecting the environment, especially desertification. “It is imperative for us: We must train our youth so that they can resolutely take charge of their destiny,” said H.E. Brigi Rafini, Executive Secretary of the Community of Sahel and Saharan States (CEN-SAD) and former Prime Minister of Niger.

At an afternoon International Youth Leaders Conference, leaders from Malawi, Nigeria, Eswatini, Cape Verde, Somalia, DR Congo, and Niger discussed the importance of vocational training and character education for African youth. This was followed by the signing of an agreement to raise “youth for peace.”

In a separate session, Imboni Dr. Uzwi-Lezwe Radebe, founder of the Revelation Spiritual Home in South Africa, joined Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria; Hon. Issaka Sourwema, Minister of Religious and Customary Affairs of Burkina Faso; H.E. Rev. Nevers Mumba, Founder of the National Christian Coalition in Zambia; and Dr. Nokuzola Mndende, National Chairperson of the Council of African Religion in South Africa, to discuss a resolution to protect religious freedom in Africa. This resolution was subsequently signed.

Other highlights:

—The 40th Anniversary of The Washington Times. Chairman Thomas P. McDevitt, President and Executive Editor Christopher Dolan, and Opinion Editor Charles Hurt spoke of The Times’ impact and its dedication to accurate news and the ideals of freedom, faith, and family.

—The 60th Anniversary of The Little Angels. The world-famous children’s folk ballet company founded by Rev. and Mrs. Moon gave a beautiful special performance to the delight of conference participants.

Visionary Sessions on Peace, Family, Science, Media, Higher Education, Youth, and Religion. The HJ Academic Foundation hosted more than 50 academicians for stimulating discussions on topics such as a Unity of Science movement, Character Education and the University in the Next 100 Years, the God Conference and Heavenly Parent’s Holy Community, the Women’s Movement and Family, and CEN-SAD Conference on Youth Education.

—Resolutions: Summit leaders signed the Resolution for a Universal Peace Charter; a Declaration on the Universal Value of Religious Freedom; a resolution to promote interfaith cooperation within Africa; and an agreement between the CEN-SAD, UPF, International Association of Youth and Students for Peace (IAYSP) and the Sunhak Educational Foundation to develop vocational training and character education for African youth.

—A special program to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the passing of the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon. North Korean Premier Kim Jong-un sent flowers and a personal message to Mrs. Moon, said UPF International Director-General Dr. Yun Young-ho.

— The 5th THINK TANK 2022 Forum. Experts gathered to discuss concrete ideas on how to achieve reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula. The forum will be broadcast at a future date.

Among the more than 100 distinguished speakers were: Senegal President Macky Sall; H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, President, Nigeria; Hon. Mike Pence, US Vice President (2017-2021); Hon. Dan Burton, US Member of Congress (1983-2013); Beeland Interests Chairman Jim Rogers; Pastor Paula White-Cain, City of Destiny Church; Bishop Don Meares, the Evangel Cathedral; Hee-Taek Chung, President of the Segye Ilbo newspaper; H.E. Boris Tadic, President (2004-2012), Serbia; H.E. Yves Leterme, Prime Minister (2008, 2009-2011), Belgium; H.E. Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister (2006-2009), Israel; Hon. Neziha Labidi, Minister of Women, Family & Children (2016-2020), Tunisia; Hon. German Blanco Alvarez, Senator, Colombia; Hon. Grigore Novac, Member of Parliament, Moldova; Hon. Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor, Nalanda University, India; Mme. Adi Koila Nailatikau, First Lady (2009-2015), Fiji; H.E. Johnson Toribiong, President (2009-2013), Palau; Hon. Patricia Terrazas Baca, Member of Parliament, Mexico; Dr. Ann Higgins, President, World Dance Congress, Bahamas; Hon. Dave Laksono, Member of Parliament, Indonesia; Hon. Ross Robertson, Member of Parliament (1987-2014), New Zealand; and H.E. Jose Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission, (2004-2014).


For media inquiries:

William P. Selig
Communications Director
Universal Peace Federation
Ph: 240-274-1744
Email: wselig@upf.org
www.UPF.org

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Nedbank slapped with R35m administrative sanction

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has imposed a R35 million administrative sanction on Nedbank Limited for failure to comply with certain administrative provisions of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA).The SARB on Friday also directed the…

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has imposed a R35 million administrative sanction on Nedbank Limited for failure to comply with certain administrative provisions of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA).

The SARB on Friday also directed the bank to take remedial action following an inspection conducted in 2019 in terms of FICA.

In a statement, the central bank said the administrative sanctions were imposed because of Nedbank’s failure to comply with some of the administrative provisions of FICA.

“It is important to highlight that there was no evidence of Nedbank being involved in or facilitating transactions involving money laundering or the financing of terrorism.

“The administrative sanctions imposed in terms of section 45C(3) of the FIC Act include, inter alia, cautions, reprimands and a total financial penalty of R35 million, R15 million of which has been conditionally suspended.”

The SARB found that Nedbank failed to comply with its Risk Management and Compliance Programme obligations, in terms of sections 42(1), 42(2) and 42(2A) of the FIC Act, in that it failed to:

– apply a risk-based approach across its business clusters, in accordance with its Risk Management and Compliance Programme;

– apply enhanced due diligence controls;

– risk-rate its clients;

– provide evidence that it had developed and documented end-to-end procedures and working methods relating to its systems and processes used to onboard clients; and

– provide evidence that its controls and/or oversight measures were able to extract the correct data that would allow it to accurately risk-rate its clients.

The Prudential Authority (PA) imposed a caution, a reprimand and a financial penalty of R5 million, with R2 million of it being conditionally suspended for 12 months.

Nedbank failed to comply with its record-keeping obligations, in terms of sections 22, 23 and 24 of the FIC Act.

The PA imposed a reprimand and a financial penalty of R5 million, R3 million of which has been conditionally suspended for 24 months.

“Nedbank failed to comply with its cash threshold reporting obligations, in terms of section 28 of the FIC Act, in that it failed to report a significant number of cash transactions that exceeded the threshold of R24 999.99. The PA imposed a caution, a reprimand and a financial penalty of R25 million, of which R10 million has been conditionally suspended for 12 months,” the authority said.

The PA also found that Nedbank failed to comply with section 42(2)(o) of the FIC Act and the Financial Intelligence Centre Directive 5/201, in that it was unable to timeously determine when a transaction was reportable in terms of section 29 of the FIC Act.

In this regard, the PA imposed a caution, a reprimand and a directive to take remedial action.

The PA said Nedbank failed to comply with its anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism governance-related obligations in terms of sections 42A(1), 42A(2), 42A(3), 42(2)(b), 42(2)(d) and 42(2)(f) of the FIC Act, in that it was unable to evidence that senior management approval was obtained for its customer due diligence requirements prior to implementation.

The PA imposed a caution not to repeat the conduct which had led to the non-compliance.

The SARB said Nedbank is cooperating with the PA and continues to undertake the necessary remedial actions to address the identified compliance deficiencies and control weaknesses.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Promoting healing and providing socio-economic redress

As this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Marikana massacre, Sibanye-Stillwater in partnership with government, continues to honour the lives that were lost.The company continues to contribute to reparations for those who were and continue to be a…

As this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Marikana massacre, Sibanye-Stillwater in partnership with government, continues to honour the lives that were lost.

The company continues to contribute to reparations for those who were and continue to be affected by the tragic events of 2012.

Since acquiring Lonmin’s operations in 2019, Sibanye has been actively engaging with various stakeholders in Marikana and has set up the Marikana Renewal Programme which was launched in 2020 by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.

The Marikana Renewal Programme seeks to promote healing and provide socio-economic redress that will facilitate the sustainability of the local communities.

Sibanye-Stillwater benefits communities through mandated Social and Labour Plans (SLPs) and various corporate social responsibility projects.

As part of the SLPs, Sibanye has delivered 22 projects in the areas of education, 13 projects in health, 6 projects in welfare, 10 projects in economic development, four projects in social infrastructure and four projects in road infrastructure.

As part of the Letsema Process, which lies at the heart of the Marikana Renewal Programme, the patron has visited families in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho and key stakeholders in Marikana.

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) visited the areas of Marikana in July, to look at the projects by the company in partnership with government and stakeholders.

Some of the projects is the first phase of the Leokeng Secondary School, which was completed in late 2021, the newly extended Majakaneng Clinic and the Majakaneng Agricultural Project.

Speaking to SAnews, one of the teachers at the Leokeng Secondary School, Neo Booysen said the community has benefited immensely from the new school because learners do not have to walk long distances to access other schools that are far away.

On the challenges the school faces, Booysen told SAnews was that it was difficult when the school opened because there was a shortage of learning materials, basic needs like toilet paper, markers and there was a shortage of water.

“We would like for government to step in and help in addressing the challenges we are faced with. They should come frequently to check how the school is doing and help where they can. We need equipment and material. Sibanye has done well in building the school but it will take everyone to come to the party and assist in providing teaching and learning materials,” she said.

For the staff and regular patients at the Majakaneng Clinic, the renovations of the health facility brought to an end the days of poor service delivery due to inadequate facilities and equipment.

The clinic that was built in the early 1990s used to have only two rooms that functioned as multipurpose rooms.

Patients had previously had to wait for long hours to receive assistance, resulting in many having to travel far to access medical attention elsewhere.

With the help of a R9.3 million investment from Sibanye-Stillwater, the clinic, which services the community of Majakaneng, was renovated in 2020.

Speaking to SAnews Malebo Mototoba, a Professional Nurse at Majakaneng clinic, said the facility is now bigger than it used to be and has made a difference in the community.

“Sibanye has helped us by extending the clinic. It was too small and that resulted in congestion. We now have more consulting rooms and the wellness clinic is big. This makes me happy because we now work in a conducive environment and are able to treat about 400 patients a day,” she said.

Memorial Park

Given the COVID-19 lockdown regulations in the country, implemented on 27 March 2020, delays were experienced in completing some projects in accordance with the 2020 implementation plan.

Some of the projects currently in the pipeline include the upgrading of roads in Wonderkop and Nkaneng and a Memorial Site at the koppie where the 34 miners lost their lives.

The Marikana Renewal Programme held its first pitso – a traditional Sotho gathering – in May, which brought forward the importance of honouring the lives of the fallen.

Speaking to SAnews on the site where the violence erupted ten years ago, Tshepo Kgasago – Head of Community Engagement and Development for PMG Region South Africa said the Pitso was attended by 94 family members of the deceased.

He said the families were engaged in a bid to help co-create a path towards constructing a memorial park.

Kgasago said the memorial park that is still in the conceptual stages will be situated in between the two koppies where the majority of the deaths took place on 16 August 2012.

“We have been engaging with the widows on the memorial site. It will not be a project that we are going to develop by ourselves without the inputs of everybody else. We are busy with the concept for the memorial site,” he said.

The families have requested that a task team be put together so they can contribute to the planning in as far as the memorial park is concerned.

“Following the request, we were able to convene the 44 families and they have elected nine representatives to form part of that task team. The families are being engaged on an ongoing basis,” he said.

In 2014, 23 widows and 21 family members accepted offers of employment from Lonmin, most of whom Sibanye-Stillwater continues to employ to date.

Sibanye continues to offer closure counselling to the widows and their beneficiaries.

“Sibanye-Stillwater also offers legal support for the widows. We are assisting those widows/families who have not received any compensation from the State to engage with the relevant authorities with a view to pursuing compensation,” Kgasago said.

Sibanye also continues to support the 1608 Memorial Trust, which was originally founded in September 2012 by Lonmin and its partner Phembani Group (formerly Shanduka Resources) to fund the educational needs of the dependent children of the employees who died in the tragedy.

The Trust currently supports 139 beneficiaries, ranging in age from nine to 41 years old, coming from all over South Africa as well as Lesotho and Swaziland.

The fund has provided for the education of three postgraduate students, one of whom recently acquired a PhD – as well as 14 tertiary graduates.

“Through the 1608 Memorial Trust, we continue to support the dependents by providing educational assistance in the form of schooling and registration fees; stationery, textbooks and uniforms; tertiary tuition fees; transportation and meal allowances; as well as extramural activities such as sports and school excursions for educational purposes,” Kgasago said.

Sibanye has previously committed to building houses for the 16 widows that were not supplied with homes by the AMCU Trust.

Programme Manager for Housing at Sibanye, Riaan Barnard, said that eight houses have been finalised and another eight is being built in locations that were selected by widow.

The locations include the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West Province (Mahikeng), Northern Cape (Kimberley) and Lesotho.

Living conditions in Marikana

Speaking about housing in the Marikana area, Barnard said the partnership with government in providing further housing has started and is well underway.

Barnard said Lonmin initially donated 50 hectares of serviced land to the Rustenburg Local Municipality, valued at the time at R80 million, proclaimed as Marikana Extension 2.

“This enabled the construction of 2 658 accommodation units by government for employees and local community members. Phase 1 of the project has been completed, with 544 houses having been finalised – 292 for employees and 252 community residential units,” he said.

In 2019, Lonmin formed a partnership with the Housing Development Agency (HDA) to jointly implement defined housing initiatives in the Marikana and surrounding areas in full alignment with the local municipalities and the province.

Contributing to Economic Development

Sibanye-Stillwater employs 84 981 people (including contractors) at its South African and United States operations. Of these, 24 444 employees and contractors are employed at the Marikana operation.

Kgasago said that a R3.9 billion capital investment in the Marikana K4 project will sustain jobs for the next 50 years.

The Marikana K4 project and other operational requirements has directly/indirectly contributed to about 1 563 job opportunities for locals since July 2021.

Several SLP projects approved for this year

At Western Platinum (WPL), these include the second phase construction at Leokeng Secondary School and the Marikana Community Health Centre (CHC).

Sibanye said additional support will be given towards the erection of the Marikana high mast lights, the support of agri business, implementation of storm water management, the refurbishment of road infrastructure and the support to small scale sheep farmers.

At Eastern Platinum (EPL), the projects include shearing sheds, the new Sonop Secondary School, installing of high mast lights in six wards, upgrading of Bapong and Wonderkop CHC sewage system and Rhode school upgrade.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Condolences for renowned musician Tokollo Tshabalala

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has paid tribute to musical icon, Tokollo Tshabalala, affectionately known as “Magesh,” for his contribution to the sector.According to reports, Tshabalala passed away on Monday, due to an epileptic …

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has paid tribute to musical icon, Tokollo Tshabalala, affectionately known as “Magesh,” for his contribution to the sector.

According to reports, Tshabalala passed away on Monday, due to an epileptic seizure.

The Minister said Tshabalala was a renowned musician who was famously known for his immense contribution towards the development of South African arts and culture.

He is well known for his work through the ground-breaking Kwaito musical group, TKZEE, formed in the 90’s with Kabelo Mabelane and Zwai Bala, a group that shot to fame with hit song’s ‘Phalafala’ and ‘Shibobo’.

“Magesh will forever be remembered as a musical and cultural pioneer who used his artistry as a weapon to uplift and develop the youth of post-apartheid South Africa. His contribution to the arts will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in peace,” Mthethwa said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Communication research key to SA’s pandemic management

Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Director-General, Phumla Williams, says robust communication research was crucial to South Africa’s successful efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus.“Communications during COVID-19 demanded tha…

Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Director-General, Phumla Williams, says robust communication research was crucial to South Africa’s successful efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

“Communications during COVID-19 demanded that we quickly adapt or face life and death consequences. We were responsible for empowering citizens with information that enabled them to take individual responsibility in the fight against the onslaught of COVID-19,” Williams said on Monday.

Delivering the opening remarks during a webinar on the latest findings of the COVID-19 Communications Impact Research, the DG said research findings offered guidance in understanding the social and public health implications of the pandemic, and in turn, allowed government to respond to the information needs of the public.

The webinar also highlighted the impact of government communication efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19, and encouraging public uptake of the vaccine programme.

Williams said government’s research findings allowed them to adjust their communication to the needs of citizens.

“We fused the intelligence from our Government Segmentation Model with communications research to ensure that we not only provided South Africans with relevant information on the pandemic but that we also guided them on life decisions, such as complying with preventative measures and accessing much needed government support to cushion the effect of the devastation caused by COVID-19,” she said.

Williams praised the strong team of women at the helm of communications research in the GCIS, saying they rose to the challenge of COVID-19.

She said their work has ensured that government communications is always informed by evidence-based research that ensures a connection with citizens.

Williams said at the beginning of the pandemic, the GCIS had worked with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the Department of Health (DOH) on the repatriation of South Africans from Wuhan, China.

“Communication was critical in every step of the complex operation to manage fears, expectations, emotions and opportunistic false news.”

She commended the country’s resilience, which saw citizens coming together to fight for survival.

“From business, to labour and civil society, we all converged under the patronage of the National Communication Partnership to implement the COVID-19 national communications campaign.

“We would like to thank all our partners who widened the reach of the communication campaign which served as a baobab tree providing hope and positivity, shielding many from the harsh and unsympathetic realities unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

Williams said the findings of the AskAfrica research, in partnership with the GCIS, is an analysis of conversations with South Africans across the country about the pandemic and public views on government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the vaccine rollout plan.

“As South Africans, many of these [findings] should not come as a surprise to us, as we form part of the collective of the country that fought well against the pandemic.

“These insights serve as a knowledge deposit and take the country forward as we implement the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan,” she said. –

Source: South African Government News Agency