South Africa welcomes COP27 outcomes

PRETORIA, The South African government on Saturday welcomed the draft outcomes text to the 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27).


The COP27 was held in Egypt during Nov 6-18. The South African government said it captures many issues which were discussed including the urgency of climate change.


“The draft correctly frames the climate crisis and its solutions in terms of the sustainable development goals and just transitions, leaving no one left behind, and the need for broader financial sector reform to achieve these,” said Peter Mbelengwa, spokesperson of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.


Mbelengwa said South Africa expects the multilateral development banks and international financial institutions to take decisive action to scale-up climate finance in 2023 and make their institutional arrangements fit for the purpose.


South Africa believes further urgent action is required to meet developed countries’ obligations, Mbelengwa said.


Mbelengwa said the country welcomed the urgent new financing arrangements and a mechanism to address damage caused by climate change for developing countries.


Source: Nam News Network

Africa to replicate China’s experience in poverty reduction

BEIJING, China last week played host to the 2022 Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference in Beijing aimed at enhancing solidarity and focus of cooperation between the two sides.


The inaugural forum, that is part of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation framework, saw China and Africa unveil an alliance for poverty alleviation. The two sides believe the alliance is an important platform to promote cooperation in poverty reduction and development as well as share China’s experience in poverty reduction for African countries.


During the inaugural ceremony, participants discussed topics such as food security, employment and green development. The delegates unanimously noted that eliminating poverty and achieving sustainable development remains an important area to be explored in the Sino-Africa cooperation.


“The Africa-China Alliance for Poverty Alleviation is a platform, through which the AU can harness the Chinese experience as relevant practical experience to contribute to African poverty reduction,” said Rahamtalla M. Osman Elnor, permanent representative of the African Union to China


The United Nations Resident Coordinator in China Siddharth Chatterjee said China can remain a strong development partner for the Global South: to share its resources, expertise and knowledge with other countries, including those in Africa.


“The UN in China remains committed to supporting China’s international development cooperation efforts, to ensure alignment to recognized international norms and standards, and with a view to accelerate global progress on the SDGs,” he said


During the ceremony, the Vice Administrator of the National Rural Revitalization Administration of China, Xia Gengsheng, argued that while eradicating its own poverty, “China has always been an active advocate, a strong promoter and an important contributor to the international cause of poverty reduction and rural development.”


On his part, the Special representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs Liu Yuxi noted that China provides the international community with valuable experience in poverty reduction especially having lifted more than 700 million people out of absolute poverty, solving a historical problem that has plagued the nation for thousands of years, and.


“China is willing to share its thoughts, ideas and practices on poverty alleviation and contribute the country’s wisdom to the international cause of poverty reduction. It is also looking forward to strengthening exchanges with Africa and other countries to identify more cooperation opportunities to jointly promote modernization,” said Liu


Liu disclosed that China and Africa plan to set up 20 China-African model villages for agricultural development and poverty reduction in Africa, which have already been implemented in Kenya and Zambia.


“China always firmly support the revitalization of Africa. Hope the newly-founded Africa-China Alliance for Poverty Alleviation will advance Africa development,” Director General of African Affairs at Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wu Peng said


With the help of e-commerce and other forms of digital platforms, Chinese officials pledged to continue promoting the export of African agricultural products to China, and continue to expand the visibility and reputation of African products in the vast Chinese market.


The conference lauded cooperation strategy between China and Africa on poverty reduction in various fields including agriculture, health, education, human resource development cooperation, infrastructure construction and digital economy cooperation.


Source: Nam News Network

Body of unknown person washed ashore in Thornhill

SAPS Thornhill detectives are seeking the community’s assistance in identifying an unknown male whose body had washed ashore early this morning, 20 November 2022.

It is alleged that at about 07:20 an angler was fishing between the Gamtoos and the Van Staden’s river mouth when he noticed the body of a person on the shore.  Due to the decomposition of the body, the race and age could not be determined.

An inquest docket has been opened for investigation.

Police are appealing to anyone who can assist in identifying the body or may know of anyone who may have drowned or missing recently, to contact SAPS Thornhill D/W/O Heinrich Rheeder on 083 682 0386.




Source: South African Police Service

SAPS management mourns the death of Presidential Protection Service (PPS) member

PRETORIA – The management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) are saddened by the death of one of its members due to a motor vehicle accident in Middleburg, Mpumalanga.

The SAPS confirms that at about 10:30 on Sunday, 20 November 2022, the Deputy President’s motorcade was travelling between Mpumalanga and Gauteng when one of the back-up vehicles’ tyre burst, causing the vehicle to roll over.

Three members who were in the vehicle sustained serious injuries. One of these members was declared dead at the scene while the other two were transported to a nearby hospital for urgent medical attention.

The SAPS Employee Health and Wellness (EHW) Unit has been dispatched to notify the families of the deceased member and the injured members.

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola has on behalf of the SAPS sent his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased member and also wished the injured members a speedy recovery.

A case of culpable homicide has been registered at the Middleburg Police Station.



Source: South African Police Service

L’exposition en ligne sur la coopération et les échanges culturels sino-africains « Wonderful Jinhua, Fascinating Africa » s’ouvre en Égypte

LE CAIRE, 19 novembre 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Le 17 novembre 2022, l’exposition en ligne sur la coopération et les échanges culturels entre la Chine et l’Afrique « Wonderful Jinhua, Fascinating Africa », qui est accueillie conjointement par le département provincial de la culture et du tourisme de Zhejiang et le gouvernement populaire municipal de Jinhua, et qui est organisée par le bureau de la culture, de la radio, de la télévision et du tourisme de Jinhua, a été inaugurée au Caire, en Égypte.

L’exposition cloud « Wonderful Jinhua, Fascinating Africa » déploie le panorama de Jinhua, Zhejiang en termes d’histoire, de paysages, d’art, de patrimoine culturel immatériel, de nourriture, etc. Jinhua est la ville mondiale des petits produits et la ville culturelle internationale du cinéma et de la télévision, qui se caractérise par « l’ouverture de la route de la soie ». Jinhua possède les célèbres sculptures en bois de Dongyang, le jambon de Jinhua, le thé du millénaire et le vin de riz, qui ont tous une grande influence mondiale.

M. Chen Guangsheng, secrétaire du parti du département de la culture et du tourisme de la province du Zhejiang, et M. Ruan Ganghui, vice-maire de la ville de Jinhua, ont tous deux prononcé des discours en ligne lors de la cérémonie d’ouverture. Ils espèrent que, grâce à l’exposition cloud, le Zhejiang pourra exploiter pleinement ses avantages en matière de coopération et d’échanges culturels avec l’Afrique, renforcer la réputation internationale de Jinhua et promouvoir le réchauffement continu des échanges culturels entre la Chine et l’Afrique.

Mr. Liao Liqiang  S.E. l’ambassadeur de l’Ambassade de Chine en Égypte, déclare que l’Égypte est le modèle des relations durables, saines et profondes entre la Chine et l’Afrique dans la nouvelle ère. L’amitié entre l’Égypte et la Chine est souhaitée par tous.

Fathi Abdel-Wahab, ancien président du Fonds de développement culturel d’Égypte, affirme que l’exposition en ligne contribuera à promouvoir l’amitié Chine-Afrique L’Égypte mettra tout en œuvre pour construire et maintenir les « échanges culturels et touristiques », qui constituent le pont de l’amitié sino-africaine.

Dans son discours, M. Amr El-Kady a déclaré que l’amitié Afrique-Chine est profonde. Il est très heureux de voir que l’exposition en ligne a trouvé un nouveau moyen d’échanges culturels et touristiques entre l’Afrique et la Chine, facilitant ainsi les contacts et les échanges entre les deux parties.

Lorsque la cérémonie d’ouverture aura lieu en Égypte, l’exposition en ligne « Wonderful Jinhua, Fascinating Africa » sera lancée en ligne simultanément en Tanzanie, au Zimbabwe, à Maurice, à Djibouti, en Éthiopie et dans d’autres pays africains. Les Africains peuvent profiter des beaux paysages et des coutumes culturelles de la ville de Jinhua, dans la province du Zhejiang en Chine, grâce à l’internet, et améliorer leur compréhension et leur connaissance de la ville de Jinhua, de la province du Zhejiang et même de la Chine.

Lien vers l’exposition en ligne « Wonderful Jinhua, Fascinating Africa » (en anglais)

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