Communities Urged to Gamble Responsibly and Legally

Government loses revenue due to illegal gambling. Therefore, it is important for communities to gamble responsibly and legally. This was said by the Director of Gambling Law and Policy at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Nkoatse Mashamaite. Mashamaite was speaking during the education and awareness campaign on the Liquor, National Gambling, Lotteries Amendment, National Credit, Consumer Protection, Copyright, Performers Protection, and Companies Acts that was held in Ga-Masemola village in Limpopo today.

Mashamaite, whose presentation unpacked the National Gambling Act, urged community members to treat gambling as entertainment and not a way to get rich quickly or to pay off debts but to gamble responsibly and legally. He cautioned the community against addiction from gambling, which he said would affect them negatively. According to Mashamaite, responsible gamblers know when to stop.

Mashamaite further outlined that any gambling activity not authorised in terms of the national and provincial legislation is illegal. This, he said, include betting on dog racing, online casino gambling, unlicensed casinos, cards, fafi and dice. He added that illegal gambling was associated with violence and anyone found to be gambling or providing gambling activities without being authorised in terms of the legislation in the country will be prosecuted criminally with possibility of a fine or imprisonment not exceeding R10 million or 10 years.

“Legal forms of gambling include casinos, limited payout machines, bingo, betting and lottery,” outlined Mashamaite.

The campaign, which will be rolled out across the country until February 2018, will proceed to Polokwane on Friday before it goes to KwaZulu-Natal next week.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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Foreign Secretary statement on the appointment of a new UN SRSG for Libya

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

I welcome the appointment of Ghassan Salamé to the role of Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) for Libya and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Mr Salamé brings a wealth of experience from three decades in public service and academia, specialising in international relations and conflict resolution.

I would like to thank Martin Kobler for his hard work and dedication in the role of SRSG since November 2015, working tirelessly towards a better future for all Libyans.

The UK is at the forefront of international efforts to help bring the peace, stability and security that all Libyans deserve, which can only be achieved through an inclusive political deal within the framework of the Libyan Political Agreement. Mr Salamé and his UN team will be central in achieving progress and I call on all Libyans and members of the international community to continue their full support for this important work.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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Secretary-General Appoints Ghassan Salamé Of Lebanon as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Mr. Ghassan Salamé will succeed Martin Kobler of Germany, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedication and service, as well as for his effective leadership of UNSMIL.

Mr. Ghassan Salamé brings to this position over three decades of experience in public service and academia. In 2003, he served as the Political Advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), where he played a crucial role in bringing together Iraqi factions. He was then appointed as Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General (2003-2007, 2012). In 2016, he joined the Commission on the Rakhine State (Myanmar) chaired by Mr. Kofi Annan. For most of his career, Mr. Salamé was professor of International Relations at Sciences-Po (Paris) and he is the founding Dean of its Paris School of International Affairs – PSIA.

Mr. Salamé received a B.A. and M.A. in Public Law from Saint-Joseph University in Lebanon, Ph.Ds. in Humanities from Paris III Sorbonne- Nouvelle University and in Political Science from the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Born in 1951, he is married and has two daughters.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Africa: Coordinator for Cyber Issues and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy To Participate in the U.S. – Kenya Cyber and Digital Economy Dialogue

Christopher Painter, the Secretary’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues, and Julie Zoller, Acting U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, will travel to Nairobi, Kenya from June 22-23 to discuss cyber and digital economy policy issues with government officials, the private sector, and civil society as part of the U.S.-Kenya Cyber and Digital Economy Dialogue.

During their visit to Nairobi, Coordinators Painter and Zoller will engage with senior Kenyan leaders to discuss policies related to cybersecurity, cybercrime, and legal cooperation as well as digital economy regulatory and commercial policies, cooperation at the International Telecommunication Union, and other cyber and internet policy issues.

To learn more about this trip or other cyber policy efforts at the Department of State, please follow us on Twitter @State_Cyber and @StateCIP.

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