Tag: Lesotho

Lesotho Constitutional Court declares criminal defamation unconstitutional

Lesotho Constitutional Court declares criminal defamation unconstitutional

AFRICA
NEW YORK, United States of AmericaThe Committee to Protect Journalists has welcomed yesterday's ruling by Lesotho's Constitutional Court that criminal defamation is unconstitutional, calling it a significant step toward safeguarding press freedom in the country. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) supported an application by Lesotho Times owner and publisher Basildon Peta to have Section 104 of the penal code declared unconstitutional, the center said in a statement yesterday. Peta had been charged with criminal defamation on July 6, 2016, according to CPJ research. Yesterday's ruling by Lesotho's Constitutional Court is the latest victory in the fight to abolish criminal defamation throughout the African continent "Journalists should never face criminal charges
Rugby Africa Launches International Bronze Cup

Rugby Africa Launches International Bronze Cup

AFRICA, SPORTS
ACCRA, GhanaRugby Africa , the Africa Region of World Rugby, has launched the 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup between Ghana, Lesotho, Mauritius and Rwanda that is scheduled to take place at the Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina-Ghana on Wednesday 9 and Saturday 12 May 2018. Mrs Coralie van den Berg, Managing Director of Rugby Africa, said in a statement issued in Cape Town, South Africa that,  “We at Rugby Africa are delighted that Ghana is hosting the 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup. It kick starts the 2018 season of senior fifteen a side rugby.” Van den Berg continued to say, “Stakes are high, the Bronze Cup is after all the gateway to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. It is the first time that Ghana and Lesotho compete at this level and I can't wait to see their performance on the fi
South Africa’s President Ramaphosa mourns Mining disaster deaths

South Africa’s President Ramaphosa mourns Mining disaster deaths

AFRICA, BUSINESS
PRETORIA, South AfricaSouth Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sadness at the death of seven workers at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine near Carletonville on the West Rand. As government and South Africans at large, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased workers, among whom are workers from neighbouring states including Mozambi The death toll at the mine has risen to seven following initial reports that four workers had passed away. “As government and South Africans at large, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased workers, among whom are workers from neighboring states including Mozambique,” said President Ramaphosa. “We also offer our best wishes to workers who have been directly or indirectly affe
SA Committee emphasizes importance of gender issues in transformation at post-school Institutions

SA Committee emphasizes importance of gender issues in transformation at post-school Institutions

AFRICA, EDUCATION
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaThe Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has said that the issue of gender must be included in any future investigation into the transformation of universities and the post-school education and training (PSET) sector. The committee received an update briefing from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on the findings of its investigation into transformation at public universities. The committee welcomed the report and vowed to hold both the department and the entire PSET sector accountable on transformation and equity. The Chairperson of the portfolio committee, Ms Connie September, said Members of Parliament’s constitutional obligation to transform the sector will be carried out without fail in order to bring about equity at
Science and Technology committee completes briefings with Department and entities

Science and Technology committee completes briefings with Department and entities

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaSouth Africa's Academy of Science Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology has completed its round of briefings with the Department of Science and Technology and its entities. The Committee received presentations on the 2018/19 annual performance plans (APPS) and budgets from the Department of Science and Technology, the Academy of Science of South Africa, the Human Sciences Research Council, the National Research Foundation, the National Advisory Council on Innovation, the Technology Innovation Agency, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the South African National Space Agency. One of the mandates of the committee is to approve the APPs and monitor the performance of the department and its entities on a quarterly basis. The commi...
Skills Development is critical – Minister Davies

Skills Development is critical – Minister Davies

AFRICA, BUSINESS
PRETORIA, South Africa South Africa's Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies has urged the government to focus on skills development because its critical to the economy and is non negotiable. He said this will at the launch of Lesedi Skills Development Academy in Atlantis, Western Cape, that was established to address the need for skilled artisans and to close the skills gap in the nuclear and broader energy sector as well as associated industries. Minister Davies said it was increasingly evident that as a requirement to get any industrial job one needed to have skills. He said at all levels of employment one now requires to be skilled. Government is aware that skills development in the past was limited to the minority and the majority of the people had less access,...
South Africa strongly objects to the travel advisory issued by Australia

South Africa strongly objects to the travel advisory issued by Australia

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL
PRETORIA, South AfricaThe South African government takes strong exception to the Travel Advisory issued by the government of the Commonwealth of Australia, which contains misleading information about South Africa in general and, in particular, about the experiences of foreign tourists visiting South Africa. Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will raise the concerns of the South African Government relating to the advisory with her Australian counterpart, Minister Julie Bishop. South Africa remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and tourists in most instances have pleasant experiences of our country The travel advisory has the potential not only to deter Australians from visiting South Africa, but also to tarnish our country's image. Officials from the Dep...
Siemens and Anglo American Platinum collaborate on digital and automation skills development in Africa

Siemens and Anglo American Platinum collaborate on digital and automation skills development in Africa

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL
JOHANNESBURG, South AfricaCurrently, one of the most debated topics influencing innovation is digitization and its impact on the future of employment. It is met with equal parts excitement and trepidation. No matter how you look at it, digital transformation and a truly connected global economy is already upon us. Siemens has provided automation equipment and industrial networks to assist Anglo’s Engineering Skills Training Centre (ESTC). One of the pillars of Digitalization is industrial networks and security and it is crucial that these engineers understand the role of this technology in the future of mining. Siemens and Anglo American Platinum have been in partnership since 2010 and we have seen approximately 298 artisans successfully trained and qualified at this center