SOUTH AFRICA’S ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION TO BE ACCELERATED, SAYS ZUMA

January 10, 2016

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has given a strong hint that his government will accelerate the pace of economic transformation in the country.

Slow economic growth, high unemployment and poverty rates have been cited as major factors which can cost his ruling African National Congress (ANC) voter support at local government elections to be held this year.

Speaking ahead of the ANC’s 104th birthday celebrations at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium outside Rustenburg in North West Province, on Saturday, President Zuma said it was imperative that the ruling party accelerated the pace of economic empowerment.

“We do not accept the notion that we must make a choice between growth and redistribution. They must be pursued simultaneously; redistribution is a moral imperative.”

Zuma said the ANC had a major challenge of rooting out corruption and restoring the public trust in the party among South Africans.

He stressed the need for ANC leaders to espouse the values of selflessness and commitment to public service. “They must be informed by values of honesty, hard work, humility, service to the people. We must reject patronage and corruption and we must work together to defeat corruption.”

SOURCE: SABC

Les actionnaires d’APR Energy donnent leur aval à l’acquisition par un consortium et à la privatisation

January 8, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Floride, 8 janvier 2016 /PRNewswire/ — APR Energy plc (la « société ») (LSE : APR), un leader mondial pour les solutions d’électricité rapide, annonce aujourd’hui qu’une offre faite par un consortium d’investisseurs (le « Consortium ») visant l’acquisition de la société a été déclarée inconditionnellement aboutie le 5 janvier. Le Consortium réunit Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, ACON […]

APR Energy Shareholders Approve Consortium Acquisition, Privatization

January 8, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — APR Energy plc (the “Company”) (LSE: APR), a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announces today that an offer by a consortium of investors (the “Consortium”) to acquire the Company was declared unconditionally successful on 5 January. The Consortium comprises Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, ACON Equity Management and […]

Associa Colorado Hires Kyle Maring to Business Development Team

January 8, 2016

Colorado Association Services, an Associa company, is pleased to welcome Kyle Maring as its new business development manager. Maring will run all business development procedures for the Colorado region and oversee the company’s growth, expansion, and onboarding of new clients with a focus on customer retention, generating business, public relations, and marketing.

“We are excited to have Kyle as part of our Associa Colorado family. His background in community management gives him a perspective on how superior our systems are and will make him an excellent spokesperson for us,” says Colorado Association Services President James Bradley. “He brings a curiosity and energy to the process that is hard to find. Kyle will be instrumental in executing our business development objectives for 2016 and years to come.”

Maring comes to Colorado Association Services with more than two years of successful portfolio management experience. His background includes working with a diverse set of communities where his customer service skills allowed him to be proactive in his management approach. As a fully credentialed association business manager, Maring holds his CMCA®, AMS®, and CAM designations. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Business Management minor from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Building and managing successful communities for more than 35 years, Associa is the worldwide leader in community management with over 10,000 employees operating more than 180 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Based in Dallas, Texas, our industry expertise, financial strength, and innovation meet the unique needs of clients across the world with customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announces that the conflict within SPLM in South Sudan has now come to an end

January 8, 2016

Juba – South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the conflict within the ranks of the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) has now come to an end. This followed consultations between Deputy President Ramaphosa, President Salva Kiir and leaders of the SPLM (Former Detainees) and SPLM (In opposition) Taban Deng and Deng Alor held on Thursday 07 January 2016 in Juba South Sudan.

Deputy President Ramaphosa was in South Sudan representing President Jacob Zuma to the Extra-Ordinary National Convention of the SPLM held in Juba from Thursday-Friday 07-08 January 2016.

In his consultation with the leaders of the Opposition, who had taken a decision not that attend the Convention, Deputy President Ramaphosa persuaded them to attend the Extra-Ordinary Convention as part of confidence building measures aimed at the reunification of the SPLM. The two leaders did attend the Extra-Ordinary Convention, the decision that went well to foster unity and reunification of the SPLM.

Addressing the SPLM’s Extra-Ordinary National Convention, Deputy President Ramaphosa said that from discussions he held with the two leaders of the SPLM (Former Detainees) and SPLM (in opposition), “we can truly say that indeed the conflict that engulfed the SPLM has today come to an end and the guns of war have now been silenced. Taban Deng himself said there is no more going to war which means that there is a permanent ceasefire”.

Deputy President Ramaphosa attended and addressed the Extra-Ordinary National Convention alongside the representative of the Tanzania’s ruling party as co-guarantors of the Arusha Reunification Agreement.

The Extra-Ordinary National Convention was convened specifically to incorporate provisions of the Arusha Agreement, signed in January 2015, into the constitution of the SPLM. The Arusha Agreement was signed with a view to paving the way for the reunification of the SPLM.

During the visit to Juba, Deputy President also paid a courtesy call on South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. During his consultations Deputy President Ramaphosa was informed that substantial progress had been made in negotiations between the various factions of the SPLM and the government regarding the formation of the government of national unity. In this regard President Kiir is expected to announce the government of national unity by decree.

Deputy President Ramaphosa also held bilateral consultations on the margins of the SPLM’s Extra-Ordinary National Convention with Botswana former President Festus Mogae who the Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, established under the Compromise Agreement.

Official Provincial Funeral of the late Indries Naidoo, a Veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, Sunday 10 January 2016

Deputy President Ramaphosa is expected to return from Juba to South Africa later today ahead of his planned attendance of the official provincial funeral of the late Indries Naidoo, a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, scheduled for Sunday 10 January 2016 at

Enquiries: Ronnie Mamoepa on +27 82 990 4853

Issued by: The Presidency

Pretoria

SOURCE: THE PRESIDENCY REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

DDB Group Worldwide Appoints Joji Jacob to Drive Creative and Effectiveness Awards Across DDB Asia

January 7, 2016

NEW YORK, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire — DDB Group Worldwide (NYSE: OMC) has appointed Joji Jacob, Group Executive Creative Director, DDB Group Singapore as Head of DDB Asia’s Creative Council. In addition to his creative remit covering Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Korea, Joji will also take care of India working closely with Sonal Dabral, Chief […]

President Zuma mourns the passing of Chief Moiloa of Bahurutshe

January 7, 2016

President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his deepest condolences on the tragic passing of Kgosi Keobusitse Moiloa III of Bahurutshe ba ga Moiloa Boo Ramotshere in Dinokana village, near Zeerust in the North West Province.

Kgosi Moiloa tragically lost his life when he was reportedly knocked by a car on a local road.

“We mourn the sad and tragic departure of Kgosi Moiloa and wish to convey our deepest condolences to the family and Bahurutshe ba ga Moiloa as a whole. May his soul rest in peace,” said President Zuma.

Enquiries: Bongani Majola on 082 339 1993 or bonganim@presidency.gov.za

Issued by: The Presidency

Pretoria

SOURCE: THE PRESIDENCY REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA