Arts and Culture and Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club to host Wellness Sport Day to promote 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in partnership with Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club will host the Wellness Sport Day on Thursday, 07 December 2017 at the TUT Campus Grounds in Pretoria. This event forms part of the department’s broader wellness program to promote healthy lifestyle through collaborative efforts comprising of social and sporting activities.

Significantly, the event will promote the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children under the theme: ‘Count me in, together moving a non–violent South Africa forward’. This is a campaign that takes place every year from 25 November to 10 December to raise awareness amongst South Africans about the negative impact of violence against women and children. South Africa adopted the campaign in 1998 as one of the intervention strategies towards creating a society free of violence.

The Department of Arts and Culture and Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club joined forces to highlight the impact that arts, culture and sports can have in nation building and social cohesion by embracing all genders. This partnership further places emphasis on the role of men in the fight against gender based violence.

The programme of the day also features Mamelodi Sundowns Legends vs. DAC soccer team. The line-up include legends such as, Themba Mnguni, Malombo Leshaba, Russell Molefe, Godfrey Sapula, Fire Masilela, David Notoane, Isaac Shai, Shakes Manqoba, Lovers Mohlala, Velly Hoogstander, Thokozani Mnguni, Japppie Motale, Koketso Mmotong, Mike Manzini, Colen Makhanya, Thomas Nare, Go Mabusela, Suprise Moriri and Esrom Nyandoro.

The following celebrities and entertainers will also grace the occasion: Dr Malinga, Nhlanhla Mdlalose of Sibaya, Phindile Noni “Gwala” and MacDonald “KK” Ndou of Muvhango, Millicent Mashile of One Gospel, Buhle “Nimrod” Maseko, Mlungisi “MK” Mathe, Pearl “Sonti” Maimela, and Patrick “Advocate” Bokaba (all from Skeem Saam).

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Venue: TUT Main Campus Stadium, Pretoria West
Date: 07 December 2017
Time: 08h00

RSVP: Madimetja Moleba 072 842 6594 or email:
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United States and Egypt Agree to Further Trade Cooperation

The United States and Egypt met on December 5 under the bilateral Trade and Investment Council. The Council, established under the 1999 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), discussed ways to further expand fair and reciprocal trade and investment between the two countries.

The United States used the meeting to update Egypt on the Administration’s priorities on trade, including opening markets and enforcing trade rules. The United States also underscored the importance the Administration places on deepening trade ties with countries in the Europe and Middle East region, including Egypt.

The Council acknowledged the importance of improving the overall private sector business climate facing U.S. and Egyptian companies. During the meeting, U.S. and Egyptian officials agreed to work together to address outstanding bilateral trade issues, including those related to market access, standards, labor, and intellectual property protection. They agreed to devise wherever possible new ways to promote trade between the two nations.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy – Cairo.

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Japan to support efforts targeting crop-destroying Fall armyworm in South Sudan

Efforts in South Sudan to fight Fall armyworm, an insect that destroys crops, have received a boost thanks to the Government of Japan’s decision to provide $3 million to support a project run by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) together with South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

The project seeks to train farmers to combat the spread of Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), strengthen food security and build the resilience of local communities in affected areas.

“Under the current situation where nearly half of South Sudan’s population is estimated to be food insecure, the spread of Fall armyworm must be addressed very urgently. We hope our support will contribute to efforts by the South Sudan Government, through FAO and WFP, against Fall armyworm,” said Shigeru Hamano, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Japan in South Sudan.

“With this funding, FAO is able to bring our global and regional expertise on pest management to South Sudan,” said Serge Tissot, FAO Country Representative in South Sudan. “Since Fall armyworm was first detected in Africa in early 2016, our world-renowned experts have developed integrated pest management strategies for affected countries and have trained experts in over 30 countries to enable response.”

“This very timely contribution allows FAO and WFP to combine forces with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to combat Fall armyworm and build resilience to shocks,” said WFP Country Director Adnan Khan. “In addition, families whose crops suffered will receive vital food support at this difficult time.”

FAO and WFP will work together to give local authorities and farmers in affected areas training to address Fall armyworm.

WFP will capitalize on its extensive field presence and access to communities to protect their assets such as crops and enhance capacities to manage Fall armyworm infestation. FAO will coordinate and lead the implementation of its global Fall armyworm strategy in South Sudan, where farmer education and community action are critical elements to manage insect populations sustainably and cost effectively. Beyond promoting specific immediate, easy to implement and simple control practices, the purpose is to enable farmers to manage the Fall Armyworm using appropriate control techniques that help secure their harvests on the longer term.

Japan’s strong support for FAO and WFP in South Sudan comes at a time when needs in the country are rising and donor resources are stretched by crises across the world.

Earlier this year parts of South Sudan experienced famine and while conditions have eased, some 4.8 million people across the country are experiencing severe food insecurity – 1.4 million more than at the same time last year.

The latest contribution brings the total amount of funding from the Government of Japan to WFP in South Sudan so far this year to $11.9 million – up from previous funding levels in 2015 and 2016.

With the support of donors such as Japan, WFP last month fed a total of 2.9 million people across South Sudan as part of an emergency response to the threat of famine due to widespread conflict, economic collapse and record numbers of people going hungry.

With this pledge, Japan has joined FAO and its other donors in the fight against hunger in South Sudan. As part of its multi-donor emergency and resilience response programme, FAO has reached over 4 million people with the provision of fishing, crop- and vegetable-growing kits and vaccinated more than 7 million livestock to save lives through the strengthening of livelihoods. Also, smallholder farmers, fisherfolk and pastoralists are supported to prevent and address threats to the food chain through various capacity building interventions.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Exchange of Notes concerning Grant Aids to Madagascar

1. On December 5, following the Japan-Madagascar Summit Meeting held in Tokyo, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mr. Henry Rabary-Njaka, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Madagascar, exchanged notes concerning two grant aid projects (670 million yen in total), in the presence of Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and H.E. Mr. Rakotoarimanana Hery Martial Rajaonarimanpianina, President of Madagascar.

2. The overview of the projects is as follows:

(1) Support for food security in Madagascar (“Food Assistance” grant aid; grant amount of 470 million yen)
Madagascar faced a rainfall shortage due to unseasonable weather from late 2016 to early 2017, and it also suffered flood damage from a major cyclone this March, resulting in a decline in the size of its rice harvest. Furthermore, the country’s southern region constantly faces droughts caused by El Nino, and as a result around 2.1 million citizens are suffering from food shortages. With this grant aid, the Government of Japan will implement food assistance by providing 7,000 to 8,000 tons of rice to Madagascar, for the purpose of enhancing the country’s food security and improving the state of nutrition (PDF).

Japan pledged to promote food security in Africa at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), which was held in August 2016, and this grant aid will contribute to realizing that pledge.

(2) Support for improving access to safe water in Madagascar (“The Economic and Social Development Programme” grant aid; grant amount of 200 million yen).
In Madagascar, around half the country’s citizens utilize uncontrolled sources of water such as rivers, lakes and marshes. Access to safe water is limited, and waterborne diseases caused by unsanitary water are rampant. With this grant aid, Japan will contribute water purification systems to Madagascar’s Ministry of Water, Energy and Hydrocarbon, for the purpose of improving access to safe water in Madagascar.

Japan pledged to improve access to safe water and hygiene for 10 million people (PDF) at TICAD V, which was held in June 2013, and this grant aid will contribute to realizing that pledge.

[Reference] Japan-Madagascar Relations (Basic Data)
Madagascar’s total land area is approximately 590,000 square kilometers (approximately 1.6 times that of Japan), its population is approximately 24.89 million people (2016, World Bank) and its Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is 400 US dollars (2016, World Bank).

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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