Roche enters partnership with Jhpiego to improve cervical and breast cancer outcomes for women in resource-constrained countries

  • Roche and Jhpiego are supporting the implementation of sustainable cervical and breast cancer programs through a new partnership designed to meet the needs of underserved women and patients in low-resource settings, where the disease burden is highest.
  • The collaboration aims to increase access to quality screening, early detection, diagnostics and treatment in order to help prevent or reduce the morbidity and mortality of women facing breast or cervical cancer.
  • In collaboration with the Government of Ghana, the partnership will begin with an initiative in Ghana to foster an integrated, resource-stratified, women’s cancer care continuum in support of the Ghana National Strategy for Cancer Control.

ACCRA, Ghana, Sept. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Roche today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (Jhpiego) to improve cervical and breast cancer outcomes in resource-constrained countries.

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer and the cause of the most cancer-related deaths in women2. Similarly, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, with more than 600,000 women diagnosed with the disease in 2020. Preventable through early HPV screening, cervical cancer is the number one cause of female cancer-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.

“In resource-constrained countries, mortality rates are higher as women are often diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer at a more advanced stage, when a positive outcome is less likely,” said Dr. Stefan Seliger, Head Global Access & Policy at Roche Diagnostics. “This partnership will use the capabilities and expertise from both Roche and Jhpiego to identify and enhance ways to improve women’s health by removing barriers to early detection and treatment.”

In the new partnership, Roche and Jhpiego will prioritise low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia, where the burden of breast and cervical cancers is highest. The initiative will take a multi-pronged approach to increase access to diagnostics and treatment. This will include offering technical and clinical guidance to local providers, and sharing evidence with local decision makers to support policy adoption and financing for education, screening and patient care programs. The partnership will also support country programs to implement the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines for cervical screening, including the recommendation for an HPV DNA-based test as the preferred method4, and the WHO’s Global Breast Cancer Initiative to strengthen systems for detecting, diagnosing and treating breast cancer.

“We firmly believe that every woman should be empowered with the knowledge to understand the symptoms and risk of women’s cancers and have access to quality screening, detection, diagnosis and treatment. We are excited to partner with Roche and advance our complementary efforts towards reducing preventable deaths from women’s cancers,” said Dr. Leslie Mancuso, President and CEO of Jhpiego.

The first initiative supported by the partnership will begin in Ghana in close collaboration with the Government of Ghana and relevant stakeholders to foster an integrated, resource-stratified women’s cancer care continuum in support of the Ghana National Strategy for Cancer Control.

Cancer is one of the most significant public health challenges in Ghana, and of all cancers, breast cancer is the most pervasive, accounting for more than 32 percent of all new cancer cases in Ghanian women in 20207. Women in Ghana face multiple challenges to accessing quality breast and cervical health care during their patient journey, including health, mental, social and financial hurdles. Once symptomatic women encounter the health system, the disease is often already in an advanced stage. According to the Ghana National Strategy for Cancer Control 2012-2016, almost seven out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Ghana will die from their disease. Roche and Jhpiego plan to support the Ministry of Health’s efforts through an integrated and scalable model that improves access to screening, early detection and treatment of women’s cancers.

The partnership is also exploring additional collaborations in Asia, such as in India and the Philippines, where breast and cervical cancer are the most common cancers among women.8,9

About Roche
Founded in 1896 in Basel, Switzerland, as one of the first industrial manufacturers of branded medicines, Roche has grown into the world’s largest biotechnology company and the global leader in in-vitro diagnostics. The company pursues scientific excellence to discover and develop medicines and diagnostics for improving and saving the lives of people around the world. We are a pioneer in personalised healthcare and want to further transform how healthcare is delivered to have an even greater impact. To provide the best care for each person we partner with many stakeholders and combine our strengths in Diagnostics and Pharma with data insights from the clinical practice.

In recognising our endeavor to pursue a long-term perspective in all we do, Roche has been named one of the most sustainable companies in the pharmaceuticals industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the thirteenth consecutive year. This distinction also reflects our efforts to improve access to healthcare together with local partners in every country we work.

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Huawei Cloud Pledges to Build Global Startup Ecosystem, to Enable 10,000 High-Potential Startups in Three Years

SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, at the Huawei Cloud Global Startup Founders Summit held in Shenzhen, Huawei Cloud announced their commitment to building a global startup ecosystem and three key initiatives to accelerate startup growth: an innovative cloud platform, startup acceleration programs, and business resources. Joined by several veteran venture capitalists, they also announced the Huawei Cloud Accelerator, a program aiming at empowering startups at all stages of their lifecycles.

Mr. Zhang Ping'an announcing Huawei Cloud's global startup ecosystem strategy

In his speech at the summit, Mr. Zhang Ping’an, Huawei Senior Vice President and Huawei Cloud CEO, said that Huawei Cloud firmly believes in the power of startups to change the world, and that Huawei Cloud is ready to share with startups Huawei’s over 30 years of experience in technology and innovation, and to build a robust startup ecosystem powered by Huawei’s global cloud infrastructure and extensive Technology-as-a-Service offerings, with the purpose of empowering startups and accelerating their growth on the cloud.

Huawei Cloud stresses driving innovation with technology and accelerating startup growth with a strong global ecosystem. This is why they have announced plans to step up efforts in ecosystem building along with three key initiatives — an innovative cloud platform, startup acceleration programs, and business resources. Over the next three years, Huawei plans to help 10,000 high-potential startups worldwide to accelerate innovation and growth on the Huawei cloud platform and in the greater ecosystem.

At the summit, Mr. Zhang Ping’an, joined by several veteran venture capitalists, officially announced Huawei Cloud Accelerator. This program currently focuses on six key areas: enterprise services/SaaS, AI, biotech, fintech, smart energy/carbon neutrality, and industrial digitization, but will later be expanded to cover more industries and domains. It offers an Early-stage Startup Bootcamp and an Industry-themed Bootcamp to meet the needs of startups at different stages of their lifecycle.

Going forward, Huawei Cloud is committed to working with partners and customers to build an inclusive, vibrant startup ecosystem, which is expected to become a powerful engine for digital transformation.

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Madison Realty Capital Originates $85 Million Loan for Luxury Condominiums on Fisher Island in Miami, Florida

Loan Facilitates Acquisition of Last Remaining Development Site on Exclusive Island

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Realty Capital, a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm focused on debt and equity investment strategies, today announced that it has provided an $85 million loan to The Related Group (“Related”), BH Group, Teddy Sagi’s Globe Invest, and Wanxiang Group Corporation for the acquisition and pre-development of a 6.51-acre land parcel with approved plans for the development of a luxury condominium project on Fisher Island in Miami Beach, Florida.

The parcel is located at 6 Fisher Island Drive at the last remaining condo development site on the 216-acre private island, which is accessible only by ferry, boat, or helicopter and offers significant privacy for its 800 residents. The condominiums will rise ten stories and consist of 51 units across a mix of three- to five-bedroom residences, three villas and two penthouses with premium finishes and appliances. The property will include 450 feet of private oceanfront and valet parking for 169 spaces as well as 7 private two-car garages and 93 golf cart spaces. Residents will have access to premier amenities as well as membership to the Fisher Island Club, which offers beaches, seaside golfing, tennis courts and restaurants.

Josh Zegen, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Madison Realty Capital, said, “Fisher Island is one of the most exclusive residential locations in the country. Owing to the scarcity of land, limited supply of new residences, and significant development timeline, property values on Fisher Island have performed through market cycles. We are pleased to provide financing for the acquisition and predevelopment of such a rare development site and to complete our second transaction with Related and BH Group in such a short period of time.”

The loan is Madison Realty Capital’s second to Related and BH Group. In July, it provided the partners with a $76 million loan for the development of District 225, a 343-unit luxury condominium in Downtown Miami.

About Madison Realty Capital 

Madison Realty Capital is a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm that, as of August 31, 2022, manages approximately $9.5 billion in total assets on behalf of a global institutional investor base. Since 2004, Madison Realty Capital has completed approximately $21 billion in transactions providing borrowers with flexible and highly customized financing solutions, strong underwriting capabilities, and certainty of execution. Headquartered in New York City, with an office in Los Angeles, the firm has approximately 70 employees across all real estate investment, development, and property management disciplines. Madison Realty Capital has been frequently named to the Commercial Observer’s prestigious “Power 100” list of New York City real estate players and is consistently cited as a top construction lender, among other industry recognitions. To learn more, follow us on LinkedIn and visit

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Heart Aerospace unveils new airplane design, confirms Air Canada and Saab as new shareholders

Swedish electric airplane maker Heart Aerospace today unveiled significant design updates to its first electric aircraft and confirmed Air Canada, one of North America’s largest airlines and Saab, the Swedish aerospace and defense- company, as new minority shareholders.

Gothenburg, Sweden, Sept. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Swedish electric airplane maker Heart Aerospace today unveiled significant design updates to its first electric aircraft and confirmed Air Canada, one of North America’s largest airlines and Saab, the Swedish aerospace and defense- company, as new minority shareholders.

The new airplane design, called the ES-30, is a regional electric airplane with a capacity of 30 passengers and it replaces the company’s earlier 19-seat design, the ES-19. It is driven by electric motors powered by batteries, which allows the airplane to operate with zero emissions and low noise.

Air Canada and Saab have each invested USD 5 million in Heart Aerospace. In addition to its investment, Air Canada has also placed a purchase order for 30 ES-30 aircraft.

“We are thrilled to have two such strong partners as Saab and Air Canada join our mission to electrify regional air travel. Growing up in Sweden, Saab is synonymous with aerospace, and our partnership will not only support our programme, but help us to become a part of the proud Swedish aerospace heritage,” said Anders Forslund, founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace. “Air Canada is a strategically important partner with one of the world’s largest networks operated by regional turboprops, and as a progressive, future leaning company.”

“Air Canada is very pleased to partner with Heart Aerospace on the development of this revolutionary aircraft. We have been working hard with much success to reduce our footprint, but we know that meeting our net-zero emissions goals will require new technology such as the ES-30. We have every confidence that the team at Heart Aerospace has the expertise to deliver on the ES-30’s promise of a cleaner and greener aviation future,” said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.

The ES-30 has a comfortable three-abreast flat-floor cabin seating, and it features a galley and a lavatory. Cabin stowage and overhead bins will add to the large external baggage and cargo compartment and provide airlines with network flexibility.

The airplane will also include a reserve-hybrid configuration, consisting of two turbo generators powered by sustainable aviation fuel. The reserve-hybrid system is installed to secure reserve energy requirements without cannibalizing battery range, and it can also be used during cruise on longer flights to complement the electrical power provided by the batteries.

This gives the airplane a fully electric range of 200 kilometers, an extended range of 400 kilometers with 30 passengers, and flexibility to fly up to 800 kilometers with 25 passengers, all-inclusive of typical airline reserves.

“The ES-30 is an electric airplane that the industry can use. We have designed a cost-efficient airplane that allows airlines to deliver good service on a wide range of routes,” said Anders Forslund, founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace. “With the ES-30 we can start cutting emissions from air travel well before the end of this decade and the response from the market has been fantastic.”

“This underlines our commitment to innovative technology and solutions for sustainable aviation. Heart is a pioneer within commercial electric aviation and we look forward to contributing to the future of aviation with our experience of developing solutions at the forefront of technology,” says Micael Johansson, Saab’s President and CEO.

Previous orders for Heart Aerospace’s ES-19 electric airplane, placed by United Airlines and Mesa Air Group for a total of 200 electric aircraft with an option for an additional 100 planes, are reconfirmed for the updated ES-30 design.

“From the beginning Heart and United have been on the same page – with an acute focus on safety, reliability, and sustainability. Heart’s exciting new design – which includes expanded passenger capacity from 19 to 30 seats, and a state-of-the-art reserve-hybrid engine – is the type of revolutionary thinking that will bring true innovation to aviation,” said Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines.

In addition to those commitments, many of the ES-19 letters of intent (LOI) holders have already updated their respective letters to reflect the ES-30. These include the Nordic airlines Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA), Icelandair and SAS as well as New Zealand’s Sounds Air. Rockton, a Swedish-based lessor who has made it their mission to focus on sustainable solutions for the industry, has just signed an LOI with for up to 40 airplanes.

In total, Heart Aerospace has LOIs for 96 ES-30s.

The ES-30 is a cost efficient airplane that, on top of significant fuel savings, is cheaper to operate than a larger turboprop due to its electric propulsion. The airplane has also been designed to accommodate battery technology evolution, which will increase its fully electric range and make it even more cost efficient over time.

The ES-30 is expected to enter into service in 2028.

The Swedish electric airplane maker will establish the world’s first commercial electric aircraft industry at Säve airport, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Heart Aerospace will build sustainable state-of-the-art offices, production, and flight test facilities which, together, will form a new campus that will go by the name the Northern Runway.

“We have a plan and it’s not just to build a new electric airplane, but a whole new industry,” said Anders Forslund, founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace. “Sweden is the origin of flight shame, an anti-flying movement, but with the Northern Runway we will make electric air travel a reality and preserve flying for future generations.”

Heart Aerospace’s Northern Runway campus will form part of the Castellum owned development area Gateway Säve, where a unique site for sustainable logistics and electric mobility is being developed.

“Gothenburg has distinguished itself as a driving force within electrification, with world class research facilities like the Swedish electric transport laboratory, SEEL, Chalmers University of Technology and a large cluster of companies focused on battery and electric vehicle development,” said Sofia Graflund, chief operating officer at Heart Aerospace. “The ambition that Castellum and the City of Gothenburg have for Gateway Säve is truly unique and that is why we have decided to establish our new industry here.”

Heart Aerospace currently employs 130 people, but the company is growing rapidly and expects to employ around 500 people by 2025.

” We are extremely proud that Heart Aerospace has chosen Gothenburg for this step in their expansion, which we will give full support. The establishment will generate an additional 500 Swedish jobs by 2025 and even more when series production begins,” said Patrik Andersson, CEO of Business Region Göteborg.

The long-term recruitment base in Gothenburg is strong due to its proximity to Chalmers University of Technology, ranked among the top 100 in the world in terms of graduate employability.

A first phase in the establishment of Heart Aerospace’s Northern Runway is scheduled to be finalized by mid-2024, with test flights scheduled to start in 2026. Heart Aerospace expects to deliver its first ES-30 aircraft in 2028.

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Replies by Deputy President David Mabuza to oral questions in the National Assembly

*1. On the consistency of energy supply:*
Honourable Speaker
Government’s policy options and position have not reached a point where privatisation is seen as the answer to providing better solutions to current challenges facing Eskom. 
Our current choice is to make Eskom a more efficient and effective energy generation and transmission public entity with all the necessary capabilities to ensure the security and consistency of energy supply, in the interest of both the economy and human development in general.
It would be inaccurate to characterise the current organisational transformation processes at Eskom as privatization or implied intentions to facilitate it. That is not the case.
Instead, the utility is currently in an advanced stage of the process of unbundling, which will result in the transformation of the electricity sector in order to achieve long-term energy security for our country. On several occasions, we have addressed the specifics of this plan with this Parliament in our capacity as government. 
However, we do empathise with your sentiments given the on-going challenges of load shedding that the country is once again confronted with. We have stated previously that, in the main, unanticipated breakdowns of our ageing fleet of power plants contribute to load-shedding. Needless to say, we are focusing on improving maintenance and repairs to ensure increased energy availability.
The issues of plant performance and maintenance have nothing to do with privatisation or public ownership of the utility.
The unbundling or legal separation of Eskom into three subsidiary businesses, namely, Generation, Transmission, and Distribution, is designed to enable Eskom management to focus, improve efficiency, create greater transparency around performance, and provide greater protection against corruption and rent-seeking.
In order to realise the potential of an independent transmission system and market operator, the primary purpose of unbundling is to separate the generation and transmission of electricity from one another. Given this information, the creation of a new Transmission Entity is the most important step in Eskom’s unbundling process.
Eskom Holdings will have complete ownership of the new Transmission Entity when it is established. Its primary responsibilities will include acting as an independent broker in the electricity market, fostering capital investment within the industry, and catalysing energy efficiency and cost sustainability.
It is to be envisaged that the Transmission Entity will have Electricity Supply Agreements directly with consumers including Eskom Distribution, municipalities, the Southern African Power Pool, and Large Power Users.
The utility is on track to split its generation and distribution businesses by the end of 2022, as the President outlined in the national energy plan, in an effort to improve its operational and financial performance. This will also fulfil the needs of the national energy plan to drive the economy, stimulate reindustrialisation efforts, and ensure security of electricity supply to households.  
Therefore, privatising Eskom is not the answer. What we should continue to focus on is getting Eskom back to its optimal performance, by ensuring that the entity has sound governance structures in place, and that the required skills levels are met at the power plant level.
We take this opportunity to reassure every South African that we will continue to work hard to ensure that they have access to reliable electricity, to realise their needs and the developmental hopes and dreams that we have set for our country.
Thank you very much!
*2. On illegal mining and its effect on the economy and the environment:*
Honourable Speaker,
The problem of illegal mining has grown to the point where it is a major source of concern not only for the government, but also for the mining industry and the communities that are located close to illegal mining operations.
At its most recent Cabinet Lekgotla, which was held last week, the Executive was given an update by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster on the measures being implemented to combat acts of criminality and social ills in areas located in close proximity to illegal mining operations. 
At the Lekgotla, we agreed that illegal mining not only has a detrimental effect on the economy and the way people make a living, but it also puts the safety of the environment and the national security of the country in jeopardy.
On 11 August 2022, at a briefing by the Ministers of Police, Home Affairs, Mineral Resources and Energy, the NCOP was apprised that a Special Task Team was established by the South African Police Service in 2019 to tackle the phenomenon of illegal mining. To date, the Police have confirmed the arrest of 4 675 illegal miners in this regard. 
Furthermore, an existing multi-disciplinary Economic Infrastructure Task Team of various specialised units of the SAPS, in partnership with private security and business partners, is working tirelessly in preventing and combatting economic and critical infrastructure-related crimes, including illicit mining.                
A similar unit has been launched in KwaZulu-Natal on 13 June 2022, which will also contribute towards eliminating extortions at economic infrastructure sites.
The Justice, Crime Prevention, and Security Cluster has also developed a strategy that will focus on combating criminal activities in both formal and informal settlements. 
In addition to that, this strategy is built upon five pillars that include, amongst others: tighter intelligence gathering and co-ordination; intensification of police visibility mechanisms; tightened mechanisms aimed at disruption of organised and stubborn crime; enhanced prosecutorial-guided investigations, stepping up our crime prevention awareness  campaigns and  swiftly acting to crime prevention tips.
In the end, a communication effort is being implemented, which includes awareness campaigns and tips on how to prevent crime, in addition to requests for assistance in capturing wanted suspects.
All of these measures will be largely based on working together, wherein Members of Executive Councils for Community Safety in all provinces and the South African Police Service cooperate in the process of capacitating community forums. This will serve as the foundation for all of these measures.
In addition, the JCPS Cluster, in collaboration with the Government Communication and Information Services, will re-establish improved communication methods, as well as engagements with community structures in the form of Izimbizo and community meetings, in order to raise educational awareness regarding the fight against illegal mining.
Honourable Speaker
We are confident that the approach that has been outlined will ensure that all of us live in environments that are conducive to free and harmonious economic activity, which will ultimately result in a reduction in poverty, unemployment, and inequality.
In the Witwatersrand alone, 135 mining holes have been closed, and the process of closing the remaining 20 holes is currently under way. The process of closing decommissioned mines is an ongoing operation.
Investment in mining infrastructure projects that are impactful, resilient, and sustainable stands out as the most effective weapon to fight low economic growth. 
To ensure the continued health of our economy, it is essential that we take measures to preserve not only our mining infrastructure but also any other type of infrastructure.
Thank you very much!
*3. On indigent street hawkers in Gatesville, Athlone, Cape Flats:*
Honourable Speaker,
We share the Member’s concern that street vendors in Gatesville, Athlone, and other districts of Cape Town have been in constant conflict with law enforcement officials over their economic activities and efforts to make honest livelihoods for an extended period of time.
While municipalities are responsible for trading regulations, markets, street trading, and beach ordinances in their areas, it is important to ensure that these rules should always be administered with the highest regard for the dignity and human rights of everyone, including hawkers.
There is no doubt that the government as a whole has a responsibility to assist the informal sector, particularly the enterprises of hawkers in Athlone and elsewhere in the country.
Part of our red-tape reduction efforts focuses on the elimination of onerous rules and artificial participation barriers, including ease of registration and access to permits.
For instance, here in Athlone, we are advised that informal traders are required to register on the internet portal platform, and obtain permit approvals, while the reality is that many of the poor traders have no access to internet and connectivity infrastructure.
Consequently, it takes time to allocate trading bays to hawkers, whilst these delays are not factored in when the municipality enforces its by-laws. 
We said in the NCOP earlier this month that the majority of our cities and towns struggle to deliver the key infrastructure and services required to maintain local businesses and attract the new investments necessary for inclusive economic development and job creation.
Therefore, expediting the application process for permits and licences and reducing prohibitions on informal business, including through changes to zoning and land use regulations, is not only a matter of convenience; it is a key intervention for stimulating development.
We are encouraged by the efforts of the Department of Small Business Development to improve the situation through consultations with various stakeholders in the sector towards finding innovative, inclusive and sustainable solutions that would make informal economy thrive.
We are advised that the Minister of Small Business Development held stakeholder engagements in the Western Cape on 20- 22 April 2022. With regard to the specific challenges experienced by street hawkers in Gatesville, we will ensure that the Department of Small Business Development convenes an engagement with the City of Cape Town to find lasting solutions to the plight of these street these hawkers. 
We believe that Honourable Members would agree with us that the informal economy continues to assist historically disadvantaged individuals and communities escape poverty, generate income, and establish their own businesses.
In this regard, we will always encourage municipalities to support policies that enable their residents to participate in efforts for sustainable local economic development. Our objective as a government is to create resilient, sustainable, and cohesive communities in which municipalities serve as thriving economic and cultural hubs.
Government, through the Department of Small Business Development, has been partnering with the South African Local Government Association and municipalities to normalise the deteriorating conditions of trading spaces in several metropolitan municipalities, including Cape Town.
In addition, we propose that educational dialogues be held between communities, street vendors, and law enforcement officials as an alternative to what has been seen as excessive force on the side of the authorities. We also urge development assistance, ongoing training and empowerment programmes, and, most critically, the protection and support of informal traders.
Even as such initiatives may not be exhaustive, but they do offer a glimmer of hope towards a workable social compact in responding to the concerns of this community.  
In conclusion, we do not condone any form of violence against law-abiding persons who work hard to provide for themselves and their families.
Thank you very much!
*4. On the outcomes of the Summit on Communal Land and Administration and Tenure Reform:*
Honourable Speaker
The highlights of the Summit must be understood in the context of the ongoing programme of Land Reform in South Africa whose aim is to ensure equitable access to land by all South African as stated in our Constitution, in particular Chapter 2 (25). 
We are all aware that the impact of land dispossession had negative effects on the tenure systems that were prevalent amongst the indigenous communities by introducing new notions of land ownership and tenure systems. Customary land tenure therefore did not evolve, nor was it codified. Land in these Communities was held by the state as the custodian. 
Economic and social development in these areas have been lagging behind as a result of financial institutions being hesitant to invest in these areas as they deem communal land to be insecure.
Tenure security has been addressed through a plethora of legislation which in itself has had limitations. In this regard, the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture following their investigation and analysis of what has been done since the advent of democracy, recommended that government must develop a land tenure system that recognises diverse tenure systems and rights. 
The Panel further recommended that certain principles must underpin this tenure reform that moves towards tenure rights and away from permits to occupy so that the right to land is legally enforceable. 
Furthermore, that tenure reform must build a unitary non-racial system of land rights for all South Africans, with a system of land registration, support, and administration which accommodates flexible and diverse systems of land rights within a unitary framework, among others.
The Land Administration and Tenure Summit held in May this year, therefore was the culmination of years of work by South Africans to resolve land tenure matters, with a specific focus on communal land under the jurisdiction of traditional leaders.
This summit was convened in accordance with the 2017 Traditional and Indigenous Leadership Indaba resolutions and the recommendations provided by the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform and Agriculture. 
The Summit centred on three thematic areas of focus. These were:
A.         Land Administration and Land Tenure Reform; 
B.         Spatial Planning and Land Use Management in Communal areas; and
C.         Khoi and San land-related matters.
The Summit outcomes highlighted a wide range of policy proposals and recommendations for implementation to improve communal land administration and tenure. 
Among many other key issues, the Summit highlighted the following:
•           Ensuring the development of land tenure legislation that will define the different types of tenure systems;
•           Transfer of ownership of communal land held in trust by the state to communities through recognised Traditional Councils, including the provision of critical development support;
•           Strengthening and capacitating land governance and administration structures;
•           Repositioning spatial planning legislation and processes to allow for meaningful participation of traditional leadership institutions at all levels; as well as
•           Addressing all the issues affecting the Khoi and San communities. 
The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform and Agriculture is currently in the process of developing responses and action plans to the Summit resolutions for presentation to Cabinet. 
The Inter-Ministerial Committee has also delegated the team of Deputy Ministers of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development; Traditional Affairs; Justice and Constitutional Development; Forestry, Fisheries and Environment; and Human Settlements to continue engaging with traditional leaders to work out modalities on taking the resolutions forward. 
Where consensus has not been fully reached, further consultations will continue to solicit additional inputs. This was done to get a deeper understanding of their perspectives on the issue.
As part of our broader land reform programme, we will continue to work in partnership with traditional leaders to ensure that land administration and tenure systems are consistent with culture, heritage and development aspirations of traditional communities. 
The formal recordal and administration of land rights for traditional communities is integral to effective land and tenure reforms. 
In order to guarantee communities’ continued ownership of their property, the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform and Agriculture has made the development of a legislative framework for the transfer of land held in trust by the state and its administration a high priority.
The provision of land rights, the transfer of ownership from the State to the rightful owners, agricultural and infrastructure development, improved and inclusive land use management, and targeted support to rural residents will continue to be our goals in order to achieve the development and sustainability of the rural communities.
Thank you very much!
*5. On addressing concerns raised by Military Veterans:*
Honourable Speaker
Since the establishment of the Presidential Task Team on Military Veterans by the President, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, in 2020, we have met with all military veteran’s associations that are registered with the Department of Military Veterans. 
We have also met with a contingent of military veterans that marched to the Union Buildings in November 2020, under the banner of the Liberation Struggle War Veterans.
Flowing from the in-depth discussions that we held, it became apparent that, in order for the Presidential Task Team to get to the bottom of the nature and extent of the various challenges that confronts military veterans on an ongoing basis, it would need to conduct further engagements with military veterans at a provincial level, and to focus on mitigating specific and localised challenges that military veterans face, in their respective localities.
To this end, the Presidential Task Team has already visited and engaged with military veterans in six provinces, namely, in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Free State, Mpumalanga, and North West. 
We have also requested the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, to schedule and prepare for the Presidential Task Team to hold engagements with the remaining provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Northern Cape, as a matter of urgency.  
Honourable Speaker,
The establishment of the Presidential Task Team is just but one step towards reinvigorating the rendering of services to military veterans. In order to succeed with this effort, we will need a well-established and sufficiently supportive legislative framework and a properly funded department, that is staffed with committed and capable employees. 
It is also imperative that the Provincial and Local spheres of Ggovernment are encouraged to participate in this effort, so that the military veterans that we seek to emancipate are in fact, residents in the precincts of the various Provinces and Local authorities.
In setting-forth the roadmap for all the parties involved in this process, it is our view that it will be necessary to enhance existing institutions, and to locate the coordination and support to military veteran’s programmes, in the Offices of the Premier.
However, this should not be read to imply that provinces will be expected to assume the responsibility of servicing military veterans on their own, as this remains the statutory obligation of the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans.
The important axis that we seek to emphasise as we engage with provincial stakeholders, is the role that effective coordination, located closer to the Provincial Executive, could play towards hastening the delivery of services to military veterans, most of whom are in dire straits. 
It is this axis that will enable the Department of Military Veterans to timeously and effectively communicate, and engage with the military veterans community in the Provinces. 
It will further ensure that appropriate services are promptly dispensed to military veterans, without the necessity for military veterans from across the country to travel long distances to seek support in Tshwane. 
Additionally, we have also added in this axis, the role that should be played by the various Government departments, including the Ddepartments of Transport, Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development, among others, in facilitating the inclusion of military veterans in programmes and projects where military veterans will be able to add value.
With the right level of commitment, it should be possible for our government, to ensure that these coordinating mechanisms that are required to facilitate the alleviation of the plight of people who gave their very lives, for the attainment of the freedom that we all enjoy today.
Honourable Speaker
During our provincial visits, we were able to engage provincial stakeholders about the purpose of the seven workstreams that the Presidential Task Team has established; namely, the 
 A.        Legislative Review Workstream
B.         Pension and Benefits Workstream 
C.         Database Verification, Cleansing and Enhancement Workstream
D.         Heritage, Memorialisation and Burial Support Workstream
E.         Socio-Economic Support Workstream
F.         Organisational Redesign Workstream
G.         Communication Workstream 
Whilst the roles of these workstreams may be easy to deduce from their labeling, and whilst progress of their activities is ongoing, we are happy to report that as of July 2022, the Database Verification, Cleansing and Enhancement Workstream had Registered 4016 applications, a portion of which are still being reviewed.
In addition to this, the Presidential Task Team has directed the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans to consider the establishment of an Appeals Board for the Database Verification, Cleansing and Enhancement Workstream, which will serve as a crucial mechanism to ensure that applicants who may not agree with the outcome of a verdict by the Verification team, are afforded an avenue for appeal. 
The establishment of the proposed appeals board remains necessary to foster overall perceptions of a fair verification process. It is therefore necessary to request the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans to expedite the establishment of this critical board.
Honourable Speaker,
Members of this House will remember that in an earlier response on the 31st of March 2022, we provided an update on envisaged changes to the Military Veterans Act, 18 of 2011. The Legislative Review Workstream has proposed a number of revisions for the consideration of Cabinet and Parliament. In addition, and as part of our provincial engagements, we have invited military veterans to comment about areas of the Act which in their opinion, may need to be relooked. 
Honourable Speaker,
September is Heritage Month. This year, we would like to recognise especially the liberation war veterans, whose selfless service has immensely contributed in the defeat of apartheid and colonialism. 
In this respect, the Heritage, Memorialisation, and Burial Support Workstream has taken the lead in tracking and locating the remains of those military veterans that fell in exile, for possible memorialisation or repatriation.
Furthermore, we are also working in cooperation with partners within the Southern African Development Community partners on a project to exhume and repatriate the remains of the fallen.
In the final analysis Speaker, there is no room for us to fail in our responsibility to support military veterans and their dependents.
We must continue to ensure that conducive conditions for the fulfilment of our commitment to military veterans, exists. We must continue to insist and to ensure that all stakeholders and Government entities, participate in the enhancement of the lives of military veterans.
Thank you very much!
*6. On Members of the Executive being accountable to the National Assembly:*
Honourable Speaker,
As the Leader of Government Business in Parliament, we have previously affirmed the centrality of this institution in ensuring that accountability of the Executive is upheld at all times. 
In this regard, we have always encouraged Members of the Executive to prioritise the implementation of findings and recommendations of Judicial Commissions of Enquiry, and those of state institutions supporting constitutional democracy. 
Furthermore, Section 92 (2) and (3) of the Constitution stipulates that Members of Cabinet are accountable collectively and individually to Parliament for the exercise of their powers and the performance of their functions. 
Therefore, Members of the Executive have a constitutional obligation to avail themselves to assist the National Assembly in its work of processing the findings of the Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture.
With regard to enforcing sanctions imposed by the National Assembly on Members of the Executive, the Deputy President does not have constitutional powers to impose any sanction to Members of the Executive, but the President does. 
Notwithstanding this, the National Assembly can be assured of the full commitment of the Executive under the leadership of the President in the processing of the findings of the State Capture Commission. 
Thank you very much!

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

International Day of Democracy: Joint Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Vice-President Dubravka Šuica

The events we have been witnessing over the past year are a stark reminder of the threats that democracy faces across the globe, including on our European continent. They have however also unequivocally proven our citizens’ strong conviction to the values and ideals that underpin democratic societies.

By launching a brutal war against Ukraine, President Putin unleashed an unjustified aggression against a free and sovereign democratic European country, and a violent attack on the international rules-based order. The EU has reacted firmly against Russia´s aggression, demonstrating our unambiguous commitment to defend democracy, in the European Union and beyond. We are offering Ukraine comprehensive support: humanitarian, financial, political and military. Ukraine’s European perspective and its determination to carry out the necessary reforms will also help to win the peace. We imposed on Russia the largest sanctions packages in the EU’s history.

Globally, we are working with our partners around the world to defend more assertively democratic values and human rights. We stand with all the courageous people around the world who fight for their civil liberties on a daily basis, for human rights, for the rule of law, for free and independent media, often at great personal risk. Within the EU, we need to shield ourselves from malign interference.

The Conference on the Future of Europe concluded its deliberations in May 2022. It was a unique exercise in deliberative democracy, held on a scale never seen before, which provided the opportunity to European citizens to make their voice heard and make a lasting impact on policy-making in the European Union. In response to the Conference on the Future of Europe, President von der Leyen stated in her State of the Union address, that European Citizen Panels will now become a regular feature of our democratic life. Citizens are not an object of democracy. They are primarily participants, across all generations.

2022 is also the European Year of Youth. The present and future of democracy is in the hands of young people. The EU is committed to empower them and to enable them to have this important space to make a difference, to inspire positive change and to shape and steer the future of democracy, everywhere.

Democracy itself evolves constantly. We too must evolve with it. Each year on the International Day of Democracy it is useful to take stock of how far we have come in building an ecosystem of democratic innovation and where we want to go. Together, we can build a democracy fit for the future.

Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Rwanda

Unfreedom Monitor report: Tanzania

Democracy is on the retreat in Tanzania. While constitutionally a multiparty country, Tanzania is displaying the patterns of a de facto one-party state. As with most authoritarian governments, anything that provides access to public discourse is portrayed as a “threat to national security.” At the same time, digital technologies have revolutionised how politics happen in Tanzania, from actual campaigns and rallies to online Twitter spaces and the use of video platforms such as YouTube and Facebook Live to address voters. These avenues provided space when the government banned political rallies, allowing the opposition to criticise the government and seek transparency.

When President Magufuli came to power in 2015, the live streaming of parliamentary sessions was banned, ostensibly because they were costly expenses for the government to incur. Banning the live streaming of parliamentary sessions was a massive step toward keeping citizens in the dark when oppressive legislation was tabled and passed into law without citizens hearing about it. Many have questioned the manner in which the laws were passed, noting that the time frame was not long enough and public consultation was not representative. Among the laws passed were the amendments to the Statics Act, and the Electronic and Postal Regulations.

Tanzania has exercised authority on digital avenues in three main vital ways:

Surveillance: Data governance in Tanzania has been one area that has had fewer restrictions as there are still laws that adequately speak to things such as data protection and privacy. However, laws such as the Cybercrime Act provide government agencies with leeway to access certain things when it suits them.

Internet censorship: Tanzania’s first internet shutdown happened in 2020 and did not come as a surprise, as the country had already shown red flags in terms of internet censorship. The control and regulation of who and what content is allowed online have prompted many to believe that Tanzania is on the verge of building a replica of China’s Great Firewall that will keep the space regulated and stirred by the government’s agenda.

Legislating restrictions: This is used to constrain freedom of expression and curb speech. Press freedom has been stifled through laws, citizen journalism has been taxed, and free speech has been tagged as sedition or misinformation. It is clearing the path for the government to have the upper hand in controlling narratives and polarising opinions.

Digital authoritarianism in Tanzania has paralysed the media and created a climate of fear, suspicion and tension in the broader society. When citizens complain of the government’s shortcomings, patriotism and nationalism are routinely offered as a reason for citizens not to share on social media the bad and the ugly of public life in Tanzania.

Source: Global Voices

South Sudan’s men basketball team on the cusp of FIBA World Cup history

Africa’s youngest country, the Republic of South Sudan, could soon make basketball history. Competing for qualification to the FIBA World Cup to be held from August to September 2023 in the Asian tri-nations of Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines, the ‘Bright Stars’ are one game away from joining four other African representatives in the tournament.

Under the stewardship of former NBA star Luol Deng, South Sudan’s Bright Stars have defied skeptics by winning all but one of the nine qualifying games in the Africa FIBA Basketball qualifiers.

Known for having the tallest people in Africa, South Sudan has a rich history in the game of basketball. The second player of African origin and joint tallest player in the NBA league, the late Manute Bol drafted in 1985, had roots here. His feats in the mid-1980s and early 1990s saw many young Sudanese develop an interest in basketball. Upon his retirement, he returned home and was actively involved in the liberation war of South Sudan from the greater Sudan. He opened the way for many other players of Sudanese origin, including the current South Sudan Basketball Federation President Luol Deng.

In recognition of his efforts, Deng was in July awarded the Order of the British Empire for his involvement and efforts in basketball — having dual citizenship of English and South Sudanese origin. This cements his efforts in building the game beyond his club playing and national boundaries.

The Sudanese former basketball players formed the South Sudan Basketball Federation in 2011 and became part of FIBA in December 2013. Because of the lack of infrastructure in Juba and other towns, most of the players plied their trade abroad. The Federation has been working on developing a competitive league for both men and women players. 

Road to the World Cup

In January 2020, the Bright Stars lost to Kenya in the FIBA Afrobasket qualifiers, but they quickly bounced back to become frontrunners in the World Cup tournament. Prior to the loss, the team had won four of its previous games. In November 2020, an opportunity arose to qualify for the Afrobasket tournament after Algeria withdrew because of COVID-19 fears. The African Basketball Invitational featured Cape Verde, Chad, and South Sudan, which won to qualify for the Afrobasket in 2021.

Deng took up the responsibility of assembling the young players, many of whom played abroad to develop a competitive team. Using the FastScout Pro tool, the team has been growing strong, becoming major contenders to play in the World Cup. The FastScout Pro tool is a platform developed to track the performance of players during their games, providing managers and the technical bench with data to use in deciding on plays, and how to approach different games.  

Going into the next window of qualifiers expected to be played in November this year, the South Sudanese team ranks first in Africa in FIBA Power Rankings. Some players on the national team also play for the South Sudanese basketball league team, Cobra Sport. The team took part in the 2022 Basketball Africa League — a collaboration of FIBA and NBA to develop homegrown talent from the African continent and showcase this to the world. The team includes talented players such as Padiet Wang, who plays as a guard, coming off the bench to make an impact on the court, Deng Ring playing for Newfound Rangers in Canada and Nuni Omot playing the game in Puerto Rico after briefly playing for the Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Summer League.

A Hero’s Welcome

Coming home from the Window 4 World Cup qualifiers, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, hosted the team to a hero’s welcome on its return. The qualifiers are the fourth round of games for teams from Africa looking to qualify for the World Cup. The final round will have Window 5 qualifiers in November.

The international Basketball Federation (FIBA) via their Twitter handle, declared the Bright Stars as standing on the cusp of glory;

Activities at the Juba International Airport almost came to a standstill as family, friends, and fans of their beloved basketball team landed. Padiet Wang, a player on the team, captured and posted the jubilant celebrations on his Instagram page.

As the final Window 5 comes up from February 24 to 26, 2023, the Bright Stars will look to qualify for the World Cup for the first time as the youngest democratic republic in the world.

Source: Global Voices

NewGlobe methods transforming African and Indian education as world leaders gather to address learning crisis at global summit.

RwandaEQUIP school

A RwandaEQUIP school

LAGOS, Nigeria, Sept. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — An innovative teaching methodology delivering “learning gains among the largest ever measured” is being taken-up by more and more African and Indian governments – ahead of the global education summit to tackle what’s being called the greatest learning crisis for 100 years.

Rwanda’s Government is the latest to launch a national education transformation program – RwandaEQUIP – with the aim of making the country’s entire basic education system globally competitive.

Global leaders are gathering in New York for the UN Transforming Education Summit – convened in response to the crisis in global education. A ‘Solutions Day’ will focus on the few replicable programs – like RwandaEQUIP – already delivering transformation at scale.

“Educational transformation is a core priority for the Government of Rwanda and bold investments have been made to this effect,” said Gaspard Twagirayezu, Minister of State in Charge of Primary and Secondary Education.

RwandaEQUIP is supported by NewGlobe’s innovative methodology, confirmed in a landmark study to deliver learning gains easily in the top 1% of those ever rigorously studied at scale in emerging markets.

The study, led by Professor Michael Kremer, 2019 Nobel Prize winner, suggests children living in underserved communities receive over 53% more learning in NewGlobe supported schools compared to students in other schools.

The results are an affirmation of NewGlobe’s integrated learning system, used by the Government of Rwanda and others across Africa and India to support a million students today and growing year-on-year.

The study is based on a randomized control trial of more than 10,000 students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in Kenya.

  • After two years, primary students taught using NewGlobe’s methods are nearly a whole additional year of learning ahead of students in other schools.
  • For pre-primary students, two years’ teaching using NewGlobe’s methods puts them a year-and-a-half of additional learning ahead of other students.

Learning gains in NewGlobe-supported schools

NewGlobe’s Africa Director Clement Uwajenza said: “Despite enormous global investment, the 2030 SDG4 education targets will be missed, failing another generation of children. Now, is the time to identify and scale effective local solutions already being implemented by governments in the Global South. We all know the scale of the crisis, now we need practical action to solve it. The international community must unite and commit to implementing solutions already proven to work if we’re to have any prospect of delivering on the promise of quality education for all. We must all hope that this Summit seizes the chance for change.”

The groundbreaking education study also finds children taught using New Globe’s methods are three times more likely to be able to read at age seven. The World Bank estimates 90% of 10 year olds in Africa can’t read a single sentence.

World Bank Education Director Jaime Saavedra says the level of learning poverty in low and middle income countries is “the most serious education crisis of the last 100 years.”

The latest UNESCO estimates suggest that SDG4 – the target to ensure quality education for all by 2030 – will be missed, with 300 million children still not reaching basic standards in literacy and numeracy.

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