South Africa’s “Oasis (Reach for Your Dreams)” Receives Recognition from UNAOC-BMW Group’s Intercultural Innovation Hub

BERLIN, GERMANY / ACCESSWIRE / May 25, 2023 / South African organization “Oasis: `Reach For Your Dreams`” is one of ten global grassroots recognized by the prestigious Intercultural Innovation Hub, a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, implemented with the support of Accenture, during a ceremony held in Berlin, Germany.

Selected for their project “Community Street Football/Netball”, the organization leverages the role of sport to help youth who have fallen through the gaps within society, and have either dropped out of school or have become involved in gang-related activities, by supporting their reintegration into society and empowering them to lead positive and self-sufficient lives. The programme engages participants in street football events, while uplifting young people by instilling them with life skills based on the values inherent to sports, such as team spirit, fair play, respect, and conflict management.

“We are honored to receive the support of the Intercultural Innovation Hub in addressing the challenges of the youth in our communities, and providing alternative solutions for their positive growth,” said Clifford Martinus, Founder of “Oasis `Reach For Your Dreams`”.

Every year, the Intercultural Innovation Hub supports grassroots initiatives that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, thereby contributing to peace, cultural diversity, and more inclusive societies. This year, the Ceremony was chaired by Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the High Representative for UNAOC, and Ms. Ilka Horstmeier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG People and Real Estate, Labour Relations Director.

Through the Intercultural Innovation Hub, Oasis `Reach For Your Dreams` will receive a financial grant, as well as one year of capacity-building and mentorship support from UNAOC, the BMW Group, and Accenture to help strengthen the “Community Street Football/Netball” project and its contribution towards a more inclusive society. This model of collaboration between the United Nations and the private sector creates a more profound impact, as partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each supported project.

Learn more about the project:

https://interculturalinnovation.org/oasis-reach-for-your-dreams-community-street-football-netball/

Media Inquiries:

Milena Pighi, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, BMW Group, Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de
Alessandro Girola, Programming Coordinator, UNAOC, alessandrog@unops.org

SOURCE: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

SARB hikes Repo Rate by 50 basis points to 8.25%

The South African Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has hiked the repurchase rate (repo rate) by 50 basis points to 8.25%.

The increase means that the repo rate will now be 8.25% per year from 26 May 2023, with prime now at 11.75%.

This was announced by South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago during a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.

“At the current repurchase rate level, policy is restrictive, consistent with elevated inflation and risks. The policy stance aims to anchor inflation expectations more firmly around the mid-point of the target band and to increase confidence of attaining the inflation target sustainably over time.

“Guiding inflation back towards the mid-point of the target band can reduce the economic costs of high inflation and achieve lower interest rates in the future. Reaching a prudent public debt level, increasing the supply of energy, moderating administered price inflation and keeping wage growth in line with productivity gains would enhance the effectiveness of monetary policy and its transmission to the broader economy,” Kganyago said.

The SARB has raised the repo rate at least ten times since November 2021.

He said that the economic and financial conditions are expected to remain more volatile for the foreseeable future.

“In this uncertain environment, monetary policy decisions will continue to be data dependent and sensitive to the balance of risks to the outlook. The MPC will seek to look through temporary price shocks and focus on potential second round effects and the risks of de-anchoring inflation expectations. The Bank will continue to closely monitor funding markets for stress,” he said.

The Governor said that economic growth has been volatile for some time and prospects for growth remain uncertain.

He announced that the GDP growth forecast for 2024 and 2025 remains unchanged from the previous meeting, at 1.0% and 1.1%, respectively.

The SARB’s forecast for global growth in 2023 and 2024 is revised higher to 2.4% (from 2.0%), and to 2.7% (from 2.5%), respectively.

Meanwhile, the April World Economic Outlook of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts global growth at 2.8% and 3.0% for 2023 and 2024.

“For 2023, the Bank’s forecast for GDP growth is slightly higher than in March, at 0.3%. Energy and logistical constraints remain binding on South Africa’s growth outlook, limiting economic activity and increase costs. We estimate loadshedding alone to deduct 2 percentage points from growth this year,” he said.

Kganyago emphasised that an improvement in logistics and a sustained reduction in load-shedding, or increased energy supply from alternative sources, would significantly raise growth. – SAnews.gov.za

Source: South African Government News Agency

Minister Gwede Mantashe opens and hands over a medical centre and an early childhood development centre in Rustenburg, 26 May

The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe (MP), will tomorrow, 26 May 2023, officially open and handover the Freedom Park Clinic and an Early Childhood Development Centre to the Departments of Health and Education in the North West Province.

The construction of the clinic and the childhood development centre were funded by Impala Rustenburg as part of its Social and Labour Plan (SLP). SLPs are a provision in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) aimed at enhancing the quality of life in mining and labour sending communities.

The clinic will be received by the MEC of Health in the North West, Mr Madoda Sambatha, whereas the early childhood development centre will be received by the MEC of Education, Ms Viola Motsumi.

The Premier of the North West Province, Mr Bushy Maape is also expected to attend and address the handover ceremony. Impala delegation will be led by its Chief Executive for the Rustenburg operations, Mr Mark Munroe.

Members of the media are invited to cover the handover ceremony scheduled as follows:

Date: Friday, 26 May 2023

Time: 09h30

Venue: Freedom Park Clinic, Rustenburg, North West Province

To RSVP, contact:

Mr Johannes Mokobane on Johannes.Mokobane@dmre.gov.za(link sends e-mail) / 082 766 3674

Mr Ernest Mulibana, Ernest.Mulibana@dmre.gov.za(link sends e-mail) / 082 263 7372

Enquiries: mediadesk@dmre.gov.za(link sends e-mail)

Mr Natie Shabangu

E-mail: natie.shabangu@dmre.gov.za(link sends e-mail)

Cell: 073 852 1922

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi and Deputy Minister Pam Tshwete launch Lufhereng social housing projects in Soweto, 26 May

The Minister of Human Settlements, Mmamoloko Kubayi, and Deputy Minister Pam Tshwete accompanied by Gauteng MEC of Human Settlements and Infrastructure Development, and the City of Johannesburg MMC for Housing Cllr Anthea Leitch, will tomorrow the 26th of May 2023 launch the Lufhereng Social Housing Project in Soweto, Gauteng Province.

The social housing programme is aimed at integrating mixed-income groups to curb the housing backlog; bring people including backyard and informal settlement dwellers closer to economic opportunities and disrupt the pre-1994/apartheid spatial configuration amongst others. The Lufhereng Social Housing Project consists of 407 units of rental stock targeting beneficiaries from Soweto Region D and surrounding areas.

In her recent 2023/2024 Budget Vote Speech, Minister Kubayi emphasized that social housing remains an important housing programme in terms of meeting the housing needs of the gap market, crowding in private sector investments, and building cohesive and integrated communities.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: 26 May 2023

Time: 10:30

Venue: Erf 2136 Lufhereng Ext 1, Motswiri Street

RSVP, Contact Matome Dikgale on 072 528 3543 or matome.dikgale@dhs.gov.za(link sends e-mail) OR Sthembiso Mkhize on 079 494 8094 sthembiso.mkhize@gauteng.gov.za(link sends e-mail) OR Nthabiseng Mphela on 072 584 4562 or nthabisengm@joscho.co.za

Source: Government of South Africa

Communication key to access information: Motaung

Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Nomasonto Motaung, says the communication sector is an important element through which people on the continent can have access to information and are empowered to make decisions on Africa’s development.

“Communicators are called to provide platforms at every possible opportunity for ordinary citizens to make their voices heard,” Motaung said.

Speaking at the Africa Communications Week event held at the Freedom Park in Pretoria as part of activities planned to commemorate Africa Day, Motaung called on communicators to support the national objectives by helping to understand each other’s past, appreciate uniqueness and recognise similarities.

Freedom Park in partnership with Africa-Silencing the Guns with Drums celebrated Africa Day under the theme: Opportunities in Challenging Times.

She said the continent’s progress is often hamstrung by nations operating in silos rather than through a common front.

This year’s theme for Africa Communications Week was informed by the 2023 theme for Africa Day from the African Union.

The annual commemoration of Africa Day marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963.

Throughout the week, various events were hosted by academia, business, government and civil society organisations to foster greater collaboration for growth on the continent.

“Our efforts for this week and in the near future should be therefore viewed as a direct contribution towards the achievement of the AU theme for 2023.

“Today we need to double our efforts to make communicators voice’s heard on how we can use the science of communication to contribute the advancement of our country and the continent.

“Over the past few days, we have had enlightening and enriching discussions that have pushed us closer to the dream of a united Africa,” Motaung said.

Motaung said it is also important to reflect and clarify what the African Continental Free Trade Area is.

“This is a trade agreement to create a single market for goods and services of almost 1.3 billion people across Africa and also attempts to deepen the economic integration of Africa.

“Those who know our history, especially during the period known as the ‘Scramble for Africa’ between 1833 and 1914 will remember that, at one stage the entire Africa, except Ethopia and Liberia who were only two countries that were not colonialised by Europeans, was once colonialised.

“We however did not despair against Colonialism and never gave up for our freedom hence Africa is the continent of resilient people,” Motaung said.

Motaung said by harnessing the strengths of all 55 nations through the common trade area, African nations can take their rightful place in the world and help uplift up to 100 million people out of poverty by 2035.

“To be relevant and contribute towards the AU theme for 2023 it is probably vital that we must reflect on the role of Communication in Economic Development,” Motaung said.

Motaung said with the help of communication, many eyes have been opened to the resources that were lying fallow.

Africa Communications Week is observed annually during Africa Month, and it is a global campaign targeting and open to all communications professionals with African interests.

Discussions during the Africa Communications Week for communication professionals and thought leaders looked at impacting the current narratives in Africa, accelerating communications through innovation, Africa Free Trade Area agreement communications and effective media platforms.

Africa Day is intended to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of the Organisation of African Unity from its creation on 25 May 1963, in the fight against colonialism and apartheid.

This also includes fighting for progress that Africa has made while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent faces in a global environment.

Various organizations were represented during the discussions which took place during the week.

Among the attendees was Dr Sello Galane and Freedom Park Chief Executive Officer, Jane Mufamadi.

Arts and craft stalls from various representatives of the African continent countries showcased their merchandise. – SAnews.gov.za

Source: South African Government News Agency

Handball – Elite Championship -(Final 4) :C.Africain first finalist

Club Africain qualified for the final of the elite handball championship after beating CS Sakiet Ezzit 22-21 in the first semi-final at Monastir’s Salle Mzali on Thursday.

The other semi-final will see defending champions Esperance de Tunis take on Etoile du Sahel, starting at 6pm.

Friday May 26th

Semi-finals :

Club Africain – CS Sakiet Ezzit 22-21

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

African Beach Games 2023: Number of participating countries up to 52

The number of the participating countries in the 2nd African Beach Games (JAP 2023) has risen to 52 following the confirmation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the JAP 2023 organising committee.

The latter has projected the participation of 52 delegations out of the 54 African National Olympic Committees, members of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA).

The 1st edition organised in Cape Verde, saw the participation of 42 African countries.

The accreditation operation is ending today, May 25.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse