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The city of Johannesburg was submerged by a black cloud. Poor governance, unethical behavior and corruption are the order of the day in the corridors of power.

During my listening tours, I have personally seen how corrupt practices destroy lives and livelihoods. For example, instead of putting in place proper sanitation infrastructure in Kliptown, Soweto, residents were unfairly forced to use portable chemical toilets at a high cost to taxpayers continuously for many years.

South Africa has passed the quarter-century mark since the end of apartheid and the start of its democracy in 1994, and thanks to the incompetence and corruption of the ANC government, the of services to citizens has become a mirage. As a result, service delivery protests have become a regular occurrence; people said enough is enough. People could no longer be deceived or subjected to a persistent violation of their basic human rights.

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Communities are raising their voices on issues such as access to electricity, housing, water and sanitation, health and social security – nothing out of the ordinary.

We must mend the shattered city and give what the people of Johannesburg deserve.

The city of Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, classified as a mega-city, and one of the 100 largest urban areas in the world. We can’t just drop it like that.

Imagine a city of gold that shines again; a city of opportunity; a smart city for the next smart generation. It is the most powerful commercial center on the African continent. It generates 16% of South Africa’s GDP and employs 12% of the national workforce.

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It should be led by knowledgeable, professional and experienced quality leaders with a proven track record, leaders such as the DA.

The DA is the only party to have a proven track record of integrity and honesty in government. Over the past decades, we know what has stood in the way of progress and economic inclusion.

There are long-standing inequalities that have their roots in apartheid and our colonial past, and which have been exacerbated by an incapable, captured and corrupt state.

The main drivers of inequality of opportunity in South Africa are well established. These include a failed deployment of state and cadres that the president admitted during his appearance before the Zondo commission. The deployment of executives brought on its train the sickening stench of tender entrepreneurs, those costumed thugs who are bleeding the city of Johannesburg.

South Africa’s best-run province, best-run metro and South Africa’s five best-run municipalities are all regulated by the DA, according to independent rating bodies.

This is of course not an opportunity to record the achievements of the municipalities led by the AD. However, we have to show why we deserve to lead this city.

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In no time, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, led by the DA, actively resolved the backlog of many years of incompetent neglect by the ANC. A turnaround would surely take more than three years? The mess and the rottenness were too ingrained. But we have started to change a lot.

In my portfolio alone, as a member of the municipal committee for health and social development, we have extended our service to 27 clinics; we reopened six clinics; we have established five drug treatment centers; We have deployed 10 mobile clinics in service areas that did not have facilities, to name just a few of our accomplishments.

We did simple things in three years that had been neglected in the previous 25 years.

A short walk from the city of Johannesburg is Midvaal, run by the DA, the only municipality in Gauteng where the DA rules with a full mandate. This is where you see the real difference, where citizens have enjoyed a decade of people-centered municipal delivery, where public money is spent on the public and not on corrupt officials and their cronies.

Midvaal has seven consecutive years of clean audits to prove. Investor confidence is at an all-time high. It’s a well-oiled machine.

And then you go back to Johannesburg and you wonder if you are still in the same province, the same country.

READ: Homeless people barely cope as Johannesburg winter bites and Covid-19 cases escalate

More than two decades of political freedom have not resulted in an adequate improvement in the socio-economic prospects of the majority of our people. The social stability and progress of our country depends on the urgent promotion of economic inclusion for the millions of people who remain excluded from the economy due to historical injustices committed on the basis of race.

The more elections there were, the more promises were made. There is nothing more painful than broken promises justified by authoritarian arrogance.

Mpho Phalatsé. Photo: Tebogo Letsie

The more things “changed” in the city of Johannesburg under the ruling party, the more they stayed the same. The days of gastric policy and food packages are over. The work ahead is colossal. Our people expect us to create jobs for them and not hand them food packages.

Our entrepreneurs expect us to create an environment conducive to the development of their businesses. The government can do this by simply cutting red tape and removing gatekeepers and other barriers to running businesses large and small.

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Meeting these challenges requires a holistic approach to society. It requires government, businesses, communities, families and individuals to work together to overcome them.

One of the most powerful ways for government to amplify its impact is to leverage private sector participation through procurement; that is, in the way it selects the companies with which it chooses to do business.

Where competing companies can provide goods or services at the same level of functionality and price, this policy would give due consideration to those companies which have the most positive socio-economic impact as measured by the Sustainable Development Goals.

No self-respecting nation can continue to allow the culture and history of patronage and kakistocracy to triumph over ethics and professional standards.

One of our priorities is for competence to be a priority where we operate. When it comes to procurement, we will be fair, transparent and deserving SMMEs will have the opportunity to operate.

We will do our due diligence to support companies that deliver projects on time and on budget, unlike the current standard where there is no delivery. There are many unfulfilled or poorly executed contracts, and they hurt our people who depend the most on government services.

Poverty is man-made and must be dismantled with all its might from its root canal. We will end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

The city of Johannesburg is not poor. It has a huge budget which, if well spent, can make a huge difference in people’s lives.

Let’s build a lean and capable state based on liberal democratic principles.

Phalatse is Johannesburg City Council Councilor and DA Mayoral Candidate


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African alarm – The Statesman https://bungeni.org/2021/09/25/african-alarm-the-statesman/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 18:52:58 +0000 https://bungeni.org/2021/09/25/african-alarm-the-statesman/

Is China’s African reach crumbling? The first signs are now visible that Beijing’s decision to attract African countries to its supply chain as part of its ambitious Belt and Road (BRI) initiative over the past decade is emerging. wade. There has been a wave of cancellations of major projects undertaken by China on the African continent, with governments citing the debt trap that accompanies Beijing’s billions of injections, the quality and transparency issues around megaprojects and the hegemonic and “exploitative” approach of the Chinese.

It all started with Ghana’s cancellation of Beijing Everyway Traffic and Lighting Tech Company’s contract to develop an intelligent traffic management system for the country. This was followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which announced a review of mining contracts signed with China dating back to 2008. DRC President Felix Tshisekedi reportedly said: “Those with whom our country has signed agreements. contracts get richer while remain poor. Chinese state-owned companies Sinohydro Corp and China Railway Group were to build roads, hospitals and bridges in the DRC in exchange for a 68% stake in the country’s Sicomines company. Lack of transparency around the deal reportedly led Congo to review China-led projects in the country, while Ghana canceled the traffic management system project citing substandard work. Last year, a Kenyan High Court ordered the annulment of a $ 3.2 billion contract between Kenya and China for the construction of the standard gauge railway, calling the project “illegal. “.

According to the China-Africa Research Initiative at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, China signed 1,141 loan commitments worth $ 153 billion with various African governments and state-owned enterprises between 2000 and 2019. Massive loans, as experts have warned for some time, are becoming increasingly difficult to insure for developing countries, dragging them headlong into the debt trap.

The fact that most of the Chinese projects under the scanner in Africa are part of the BRI which aims to connect Asia to Africa and Europe via land and sea trade networks, has sounded the alarm in Beijing. But the Chinese political establishment can rejoice in the fact that neither the US-led West nor aspiring regional powers such as India have the will ~ or, indeed, a comprehensive plan ~ to bridge the gap. strategic vacuum that these developments can create. For now, Beijing hopes its approach of reaching out to African governments ostensibly informed by humility but underpinned by implicit threats will be enough to overcome the crisis. The math is that most of the retreating countries are already too far advanced for any substantial policy to move away from China.

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Burial of Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize: images as South Africa put the late Deputy Minister to rest https://bungeni.org/2021/09/25/burial-of-professor-hlengiwe-mkhize-images-as-south-africa-put-the-late-deputy-minister-to-rest/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:20:04 +0000 https://bungeni.org/2021/09/25/burial-of-professor-hlengiwe-mkhize-images-as-south-africa-put-the-late-deputy-minister-to-rest/

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The farewell service to the family of the late Deputy President of the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, traveled to South Africa on Saturday.

Di happun private funeral ceremony for Bryanston Methodist Church, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Hlengiwe Mkhize bin is Deputy Minister in the South African Presidency for Women, Youth and People with Disabilities.

The South African press conference says Professor Mkhize passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the age of 69.

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a eulogy for the official funeral of the late Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize, described as pesin wey serve di kontri wen dem call am.

“Hlengiwe Mkhize is one of a kind and will be sorely missed,” said Oga Ramaphosa.

See some photos as a family and gada friend to say goodbye to the South African political legend.

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Di rest of Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize arrives for church in Johannesburg

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President Cyril Ramaphosa pays last tribute to the late Deputy Minister

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke to praise late South African politician

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President Cyril Ramaphosa at the funeral of Hlengiwe Mkhize

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Family and friends gather for Bryanston Methodist Church, Bryanston, Johannesburg

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Reading the Bible during the funeral of the late Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize

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South Africa remembers Hlengiwe Mkhize as a women’s rights activist and fighter

Professor Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize bin is the former Minister of Higher Education and Training of the Republic of South Africa from October 17, 2017 to February 26, 2018.

Professor Mkhize is one of the founding members and administrator of the Children and Violence Trust, she has not been a director of the di Malibongwe Business Trust since 2005.

She has not been chair of the South African Women’s Peace Commission in Dialogue since 2004.

Mkhize is general treasurer of the Women’s League of the African National Congress (ANC) (ANCWL).

And she has not been a member of the ANCWL National Executive Committee since 2008.

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10 South African innovations and inventions we can be proud of https://bungeni.org/2021/09/25/10-south-african-innovations-and-inventions-we-can-be-proud-of/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 07:35:55 +0000 https://bungeni.org/2021/09/25/10-south-african-innovations-and-inventions-we-can-be-proud-of/

When we think of the origin of inventions and innovations, the first country that comes to mind is not necessarily our beautiful country. We all know that Dr Chris Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant, but there are a number of inventions that we South Africans can be proud of. Of course, South Africans didn’t invent the first car or the first phone, but there were inventions and innovations that made life easier, helped save lives, and brought South Africa to life. on the map.

Sasol

Sasol is the world’s first oil-to-gas company and was founded on the coast of South Africa. It is also the largest fuel producer in the country. It is based on processes that were first developed by German chemists and engineers.

Q20

A Mr. Robertson, originally from Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, invented Q20 lubricant as a necessary solution to common household problems such as moisture wicking. Q20 is an all-purpose lubricant spray owned by Triton-Leo Group (Pty) Ltd. You might have questions about his name, right? Well, according to Robertson, Q20 “has 20 answers to 20 questions”.

The CT scan

Axial computed tomography (CT scan), better known as computed tomography, was invented by Allan MacLeod Cormack. He shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with his associate Godfrey Hounsfield for his work on X-ray computed tomography.

Smartlock Safety Syringe

Still in the medical field, a team from Vaal University of Technology invented the smartlock safety syringe. This is a three-part, single-use syringe that will then be used to reduce HIV infection rates in South Africa.

Retinal cryosurgery

South Africans truly revolutionized the medical field when Dr Selig Percy Amoils unveiled the Amoils Cryo pencil at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. The Cryo Amoils Crayon is the world’s first surgical tool that uses nitrous oxide to destroy unwanted tissue and has been used to treat the eyes of Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela.

Dolos

The dolos is one of the most underrated yet crucial inventions. The dolos is a concrete block weighing up to 20 tonnes with a complex geometric shape. It is used to protect the harbor walls from the force of ocean waves.

Pratley’s putty

South African engineer George Montague Pratley, with the help of chemist Frank Robinson, invented Pratley’s putty to hold electrical box components together. It was then transported aboard the Apollo 11 Eagle landing craft.

Computer ticket

Percy Tucker from Benoni in Gauteng founded our favorite place for ticket needs. Computicket is the world’s first computerized ticketing system.

Speed ​​gun

A speed gun is a device that measures the speed of cricket balls and was invented by Henri Johnson of Somerset West. It was used at the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Johnson also invented the Speedball which measured the speed and angle of objects.

The shark shield

Inventor Lindsay Lyon and former world surfing champion Tom Carroll invented the shark shield. This portable electronic device emits an electromagnetic field and is used in scuba diving, spearfishing, sea kayaking fishing and surfing, to repel sharks.

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Rwanda hits target in Covid vaccination campaign, outside EU red list https://bungeni.org/2021/09/25/rwanda-hits-target-in-covid-vaccination-campaign-outside-eu-red-list/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 03:33:54 +0000 https://bungeni.org/2021/09/25/rwanda-hits-target-in-covid-vaccination-campaign-outside-eu-red-list/

By BOB KARASHANI

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A JOINT REPORT

East Africa

Rwanda has reached the global September target of fully vaccinating 10% of its 12.9 million inhabitants against Covid-19 and is one of the countries recommended by the European Union to have unlimited access for non-essential travel on his territory.

The country has vaccinated 2,029,038 people with the first vaccine and 1,466,966 are fully immunized as of September 24. In August, Rwanda launched a vaccination campaign targeting Kigali residents over the age of 18.

Rwanda has so far received 3.4 million doses of vaccines, according to the World Health Organization. Of these, it administered 3.3 million doses and fully immunized 10 percent of its population.

The African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in the latest weekly briefing on Thursday that African countries have so far acquired 181.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The agency said about 4.06 percent of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated. Some 136.3 million of the 181.2 million total doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered to date. Five countries – Morocco, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia – have acquired and administered the most doses to their populations, according to the agency.

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Morocco has so far administered 39.5 million doses, or about 48.63 percent of the country’s total population. So far, at least 70,739,842 Covid-19 tests have been carried out on the continent. These numbers are set to rise as Tanzania pledges to officially release Covid-19 statistics as part of the conditions for access to the $ 567.25 million loan from the International Monetary Fund, disbursed earlier this month. to mitigate the effects of the global pandemic.

Finance Minister Mwigulu Nchemba, in an official letter dated August 20 to the Fund, pledged; “We commit to begin, by the end of September 2021, to regularly and transparently report and disseminate critical information about the pandemic to the WHO and to the public at least once a week,” Nchemba said. Tanzania stopped the official release of Covid-19 data in April last year, with just 509 cases and 21 deaths reported at the time.

The IMF says on its website that the approval and disbursement of the loan meets Tanzania’s need for “urgent financial assistance” to implement its Covid-19 response plan.

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Presidential Minister Mondli Gungubele mourns the death of his son https://bungeni.org/2021/09/24/presidential-minister-mondli-gungubele-mourns-the-death-of-his-son/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:57:47 +0000 https://bungeni.org/2021/09/24/presidential-minister-mondli-gungubele-mourns-the-death-of-his-son/

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Cape Town – Presidential Minister Mondli Gungubele was saddened after losing his son, Karabo, to a brief illness.

The presidency announced on Friday that Karabo, 32, died today and worked for a financial institution.

Gungubele was appointed minister to the presidency in early August during a cabinet reshuffle of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

He chaired the Social Development Portfolio Committee prior to his move to Pretoria.

He was also Deputy Minister of Finance a few years ago.

He also worked in the Gauteng provincial government for the past several years before moving to the national legislature.

The presidency said more details would be released on the funeral arrangements for Karabo.

“The presidency sends its deepest condolences to the Gungubele family at this time of need,” he said.

“Karabo passed away today, Friday September 24, 2021, at the age of 32 from a short illness,” he said.

He worked as a quality analyst at a leading financial institution.

He had a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences.

Karabo’s death comes as the presidency still mourned the death of Deputy Minister for the Presidency for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Hlengiwe Mkhize.

Mkhize, 69, died this week and will be buried on Saturday in Fourways, north of Johannesburg.

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Matongo still had a lot to offer Johannesburg residents https://bungeni.org/2021/09/24/matongo-still-had-a-lot-to-offer-johannesburg-residents/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:40:59 +0000 https://bungeni.org/2021/09/24/matongo-still-had-a-lot-to-offer-johannesburg-residents/ Gauteng’s Prime Minister was speaking at the funeral of the late Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo on Friday.

The new mayor of Joburg, Jolidlee Matongo. Photo: @ CityofJoburgZA / Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura paid tribute to Jolidee Matongo, saying he made a difference in the city of Johannesburg even though he was mayor only for a very short time.

Makhura was speaking at Matongo’s funeral in Finetown on Friday.

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Matongo was killed in a car crash last week on the Golden Highway after a day on the ANC’s election campaign in Soweto.

He had only been mayor of Johannesburg for just over a month when he died.

However, Makhura said that by then he was able to tell the difference.

“Mayor Matongo’s life has enriched many of us. His life was short but very memorable.

Makhura said Matongo still has a lot to offer Johannesburg and the country.

Matongo’s death comes at a difficult time for the ANC as the country prepares for local elections and it is not yet clear who will be the party’s next mayoral candidate for Johannesburg’s key metro.

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West owes Africa $ 100 billion (at least) for climate recovery https://bungeni.org/2021/09/24/west-owes-africa-100-billion-at-least-for-climate-recovery/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:25:00 +0000 https://bungeni.org/2021/09/24/west-owes-africa-100-billion-at-least-for-climate-recovery/

This week, as 100 world leaders gather to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, a call on rich countries to urgently step up aid to help Africa recover. the double challenge of the climate catastrophe and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic is required. .

With the widely successful vaccination campaign in most rich countries and the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan, the need to help Africa cope with the effects of Covid-19 and embark on a path of recovery a green and climate-resilient economy could take a back seat. the global leadership program.

Recently, due to the unprecedented flooding in Western countries including Spain, Germany and the United States, rich countries are beginning to realize the devastating effects of climate change and the need to take action. emergency response to the loss and damage caused by climate change in their territories.

However, Africa, small island states and many poor countries around the world have long lived with the debilitating effects of climate change. Ironically, most of these effects have not been fully appreciated by rich countries, which themselves are largely responsible for climate change.

Dangerously epic proportions

Climate change in Africa has exceeded dangerously epic proportions. Nigeria, for example, has been the scene of intense and unprecedented flooding over the past five years. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reports that in September of last year alone, torrential rains, river flooding and flash floods affected 192,594 people in 22 states in Nigeria (including 826 injured, 155 deaths and 24,134 displacements). Little, if any, of this information was reported by international news agencies.

It is estimated that 27 to 53 million people in Nigeria may have to relocate with a 50cm rise in sea level. Rising sea levels also threaten other low lying countries in Africa, research suggests that cities like Abidjan, Cape Town and Dar es Salaam will be totally submerged by an overall sea level rise of one meter. At the same time, the oil and diamond infrastructure of African coastal countries, worth several billion dollars, is highly sensitive to sea level rise and coastal erosion.

Climate change is also causing a decrease in the productivity of many staple food crops in Africa. About 86% of the continent’s agriculture is rainfed, implying that even moderate variations in precipitation, temperature and rainfall patterns could have an immediate effect on agricultural production. Analysts determine that climate change will reduce crop productivity by 20 to 50 percent over the next two to three decades. Again, the anticipated loss amounts to billions of dollars and the situation is sure to exacerbate food insecurity and other dimensions of insecurity in Africa.

According to recent preliminary estimates, the full economic effects of climate change, which have been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic, could cost Africa $ 200 billion a year by 2070. The real figure may well be beyond. For example, a study by the UK Department for International Development indicated that climate change alone could cost Nigeria $ 460 billion by 2050.

Climate change and Covid-19

The effects of climate change in Africa have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the case fatality rates from Covid-19 have not been as high as originally feared, the social and economic impact of the pandemic in Africa has been devastating and potentially long lasting. African economies were growing around 3% of GDP before Covid-19, but are now expected to drop to between 2% and 8% due to the pandemic.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) indicates that the continent’s economy will contract between 173.1 and 236.7 billion dollars in 2020/2021. The region is also expected to experience inflation of up to 5%, alongside a dramatic drop in remittances and foreign direct investment in 2021 and beyond. The same AfDB sources indicate that up to 30 million jobs could be lost and that between 28 and 49 million people could fall into extreme poverty.

The climate and Covid-19 have indeed placed Africa at the center of a storm and many governments have no idea how to recover from the worst recession that has hit them in more than a half. century. Many African countries have been pushed to the limit in terms of financial and socio-economic resilience. The debt profile of many countries on the continent has increased dramatically and, in some cases, to levels that are widely considered unsustainable. Seen in this light, we can see that climate change and Covid-19 have put future African generations in debt to rich countries.

Rich countries must take responsibility

African citizens and governments are harmed by being forced to endure the disproportionate effects of Covid-19 and climate change, neither of which they caused. In less than three days, the average American citizen emits as much carbon as the average citizen of Chad or Niger in a year. This is the enormous asymmetry in accountability for climate change. Yet the West has grown accustomed to offering warm words and promises, as our continent is strangled by climate change.

At the same time, the global transition to a green economy could also worsen Africa’s situation, with several million jobs lost and trillions of oil and gas reserves that will have to be left in the ground for respond to global reductions in carbon emissions.

Given the role of rich countries in imposing the risk of climate change and Covid-19 on Africa, there is an argument to be made that 50% of the projected $ 200 billion cost of climate change for the Africa should be supported by the rich countries. This would imply that rich countries owe Africa at least $ 100 billion for climate-related loss and damage and several billion to help jumpstart recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

At a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in 1967, Maltese and Swedish diplomat Arvid Pardo helped lay the groundwork for international cooperation and management of the world’s seas today; in his historic speech, he urged delegates to consider the resources of the oceans beyond national jurisdictions as “the common heritage of humanity”.

This week Africa needs another “Arvid Pardo moment” at the UN General Assembly. Assembly delegates are expected to rise to reaffirm that climate change is a common concern of humanity and that Africa deserves, not handouts, but generous compensation and significant investments to help it cope. the effects of climate change imposed on it by rich countries.

At the same time, the UN should commit to ensuring that the voices of those disproportionately suffering from the effects of climate change are not marginalized during the upcoming UN COP26 climate talks in November. There are already strong indications that unequal access to vaccines, rising travel and accommodation costs, as well as high rates of Covid-19 infection could limit the participation of African countries, among others, in global climate talks.

Africa is already showing climate ambition

Of course, Africa does not sit back and wait for the rest of the world to bail it out. Across the continent, there are many signs that African governments are ready to take strong action on climate change. Nigeria recently submitted its revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which promise a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Several other countries, including The Gambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Namibia and Liberia also submitted NDC revisions.

Nigeria has raised over $ 60 million in green bonds; The country has also strengthened its emissions targets for 2030, with a focus on reducing emissions from the waste sectors and increasing conditional contributions. Malawi and South Africa have developed a fund to finance green growth projects, and Rwanda has created an $ 11 billion 10-year climate plan, among others.

However, Africa has received very limited financial support for its climate recovery efforts beyond warm words; this is particularly infuriating when African countries are asked to sacrifice their development aspirations to help meet global carbon goals.

A new green deal for Africa worth billions is needed to encourage its countries to leave their oil in the ground and embrace green agriculture, renewables and green transport, all of which can deliver solid benefits economic to the continent. There have been far too many warm words: the UN General Assembly is set to mark a key moment for action, with substantial commitments made by rich countries to deliver investments that will foster a green and resilient recovery to change climate for Africa.

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UAE regulator approves trading of crypto assets in free zone https://bungeni.org/2021/09/24/uae-regulator-approves-trading-of-crypto-assets-in-free-zone/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:46:18 +0000 https://bungeni.org/2021/09/24/uae-regulator-approves-trading-of-crypto-assets-in-free-zone/ The UAE’s financial regulator has approved a regulatory framework for trading crypto assets in one of Dubai’s free zones.

The Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) and the Dubai World Trade Center Authority (DWTCA) have agreed on rules to support the trading, issuance, listing and offering of crypto assets and associated financial activities that fall under the jurisdiction of the DWTCA.
While the SCA will be responsible for regulatory oversight, the DWTCA will issue the relevant approvals and licenses.
“Our agreement with the Securities and Commodities Authority will allow DWTCA to expand its regulatory, licensing and service capabilities, in addition to extending centralized oversight of the crypto market to our free zone,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of DWTCA.
“With the rise of new technologies such as non-fungible tokens expected to play an important role in the future of commerce, and building on the Future Blockchain Summit, DWTCA is also looking for ways to provide a sustainable home to this ecosystem, in order to stay ready for the future, ”he added.
The move is yet another sign of growing demand for crypto-related assets and the UAE’s ambition to establish itself as a regional hub for the asset class.
In recent months, Dubai has seen Canadian digital asset manager 3iQ list its Bitcoin fund on Nasdaq Dubai, while digital asset hedge fund Nickel Digital Asset Management has announced plans to launch a Mena subsidiary in Dubai.
There could also be competition between different free zones in Dubai to attract crypto and blockchain related businesses. In May, the Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC) launched the DMCC Crypto Center, in the wake of the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority which received regulatory approval to trade crypto assets earlier this year.

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Watch live: the late Mayor of Jobourg, Jolidee Matongo, buried https://bungeni.org/2021/09/24/watch-live-the-late-mayor-of-jobourg-jolidee-matongo-buried/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 07:08:31 +0000 https://bungeni.org/2021/09/24/watch-live-the-late-mayor-of-jobourg-jolidee-matongo-buried/

The funeral of the late Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Jolidee Matongo, takes place at Finetown Hall, Johannesburg.

The service began at his home from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Family and religious leaders then proceed to Finetown Hall for the funeral which will begin after 9 a.m.

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Matongo died last weekend from a car accident. Before his death, he had spent an entire day in Soweto with President Cyril Ramaphosa on an election campaign.

Matongo was elected unopposed last month, following the death of his predecessor, Geoff Makhubo.

Ramaphosa visited Matongo’s family on Thursday to pay his last respects.

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He said: “I have just arrived from KwaZulu-Natal. Thought I should come here to send my condolences before going to Limpopo. What happened to us is very painful because I was with him all day on Saturday so it is painful for me because we worked together side by side all day and later when they called me , my heart broke.

“I’m sure the pain is worse for you who went to church with him. Be comforted. I was with his mother, his wife and his child, it is very difficult. I also told them to be comforted. What happened is a bad thing, but it is the will of God. That’s the way God works, we don’t know His program. Let us welcome all that God does because he is the one who knows.

Ramaphosa added that the ANC and its members should remain committed to the path Matongo is leading the party to.

“He’s been a great mayor of Johannesburg, even for a short time… we’re going to follow in his footsteps, move forward and do exactly what he planned to do with our city. [Johanneburg]. “

The president said the late mayor would have liked them to campaign “very strongly” so that the ANC could win the local elections.

Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele

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