No fees announcement was due in SONA2017

The story in the Sunday Times newspaper reporting that President Jacob Zuma was planning to announce free education in the State of the Nation Address in February this year and was stopped by the National Treasury is a fabrication.

The President never planned to make such an announcement. The thrust of SONA2017 was radical economic transformation flowing from the governing party, the ANC’s January 8 statement and the Cabinet and governing party Makgotla.

The President had appointed a commission of inquiry into higher education funding headed by Judge John Heher. The President waited for the Commission to conclude its business. At no stage did he plan to make any announcements that would undermine the work of the Commission.

The President has tasked the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Higher Education Funding headed by Minister Jeff Radebe and the Presidential Fiscal Committee to process the Heher Commission report and advise him on how to respond to the content thereof.

Any action going forward will result from careful consideration by relevant structures in government.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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No fees announcement was due in SONA2017

The story in the Sunday Times newspaper reporting that President Jacob Zuma was planning to announce free education in the State of the Nation Address in February this year and was stopped by the National Treasury is a fabrication.

The President never planned to make such an announcement. The thrust of SONA2017 was radical economic transformation flowing from the governing party, the ANC’s January 8 statement and the Cabinet and governing party Makgotla.

The President had appointed a commission of inquiry into higher education funding headed by Judge John Heher. The President waited for the Commission to conclude its business. At no stage did he plan to make any announcements that would undermine the work of the Commission.

The President has tasked the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Higher Education Funding headed by Minister Jeff Radebe and the Presidential Fiscal Committee to process the Heher Commission report and advise him on how to respond to the content thereof.

Any action going forward will result from careful consideration by relevant structures in government.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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Ford Announces Ambitious Middle East Electrification Plan with Four New Hybrids in Four Years

  • Ford’s (www.Ford.com) ambitious product plans for the next four years includes rapid growth of electrified vehicles with four models planned for the Middle East by 2021.
  • The Middle East will focus on utilities, offering customers the power of choice and accessibility to the more popular, larger vehicles.
  • Ford F-150 Hybrid is the first to be confirmed for launch in the Middle East.

Ford today announced it will accelerate its electrified vehicle plan in the Middle East by launching four new hybrid vehicles over the next four years, building on its global promise to provide customers with affordable and capable electrified vehicles.

“These are incredibly exciting times for Ford in the Middle East with our aggressive product plan coming together, and a full range of electrified vehicles planned for the near term,” said Jacques Brent, president, Ford Middle East and Africa.

The Middle East is one of the world’s most receptive new energy vehicle markets, due to strong government support around the region and growing customer acceptance. Ford’s Middle East electrified vehicle plan will focus on hybrids in the utility segment – one of Ford’s core strengths.

The Ford F-150 Hybrid is the first vehicle to be confirmed for launch in the Middle East as part of those plans, joining the Fusion Hybrid currently available in some Middle East markets. The F-150 Hybrid will offer powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator.

Ford’s global utility line-up will feature the company’s first hybrid models powered by EcoBoost® rather than naturally aspirated engines, further improving performance and fuel economy.

Leading in electrification is fundamental to Ford’s transformation to becoming the most trusted mobility company, designing smart vehicles for a smart world. The company recently announced a dedicated electrification team, focused exclusively on creating an ecosystem of products and services for electric vehicles and the unique opportunities they provide. This builds on Ford’s earlier commitment to invest $4.5 billion to deliver 13 new electric vehicles in the next five years, including the Ford F-150 Hybrid and a hybrid autonomous vehicle designed for commercial operations in mobility services, starting in North America.

Ford will be showcasing its new products and technologies during the Dubai International Motor Show on November 14 to 18 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Hall 1. For more information please visit http://DIMS2017.FordPressKits.com.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ford.

Contacts:
Sue Nigoghossian
MENA Communications
Ford Middle East & Africa
971-4-356-6368
SNigogho@Ford.com

Rasha Ghanem
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller
971-4-4507600
Rasha.Ghanem@BM.com

About Ford Motor Company:
Ford Motor Company (www.Ford.com) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 203,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.Corporate.Ford.com.

Ford’s history in the Middle East goes back more than 60 years. The company’s local importer-dealers operate more than 155 facilities in the region and directly employ more than 7,000 people, the majority of whom are Arab Nationals. For more information on Ford Middle East, please visit www.ME.Ford.com

Ford Middle East is also a responsible corporate citizen with currently various CSR initiatives running in the region including the Ford Motor Company Conservation & Environmental Grants, Ford Warriors in Pink® breast cancer awareness campaign, Ford Driving Skills for Life for young drivers and the Henry Ford Entrepreneur Academy, education initiative for young entrepreneurs.

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In Tripoli, Libyan Civil Society Organizations Receive Training on Conflict Resolution, Transitional Justice and Reconciliation

With the aim of enhancing civil society organizations (CSOs)’ capacities to engage in reconciliation efforts in Libya, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, organized a two-day training from 07 to 08 November in Tripoli, to equip CSOs with practical tools of conflict resolution, reconciliation and transitional justice.

Participants come from diverse backgrounds – human rights, peacebuilding, women, youth and justice – from across Libya including Tripoli, Benghazi, Sabha, Ubari, Zuwara, Misrata, Bani Walid, Nafusa Mountains, as well as Tebu and Tuareg tribes.

The training focused on strengthening civil society-led efforts, including inter-community dialogue, documentation and reporting on human rights violations, as well as inspiring community participation in reconciliation initiatives. The training’s sessions touched upon conflict analysis, conflict resolution, understandings and approaches to reconciliation, the role of civil society in developing bottom-up transitional justice, and on CSO’s role in supporting reconciliation in Libya more generally.

“It was a very useful training, which gave me a better understanding of reconciliation and the role that civil society could play in support of reconciliation, especially in the current situation in Libya,” Khadija Baba, a Tuareg participant working for a women’s rights NGO, said.

During this two-day training, which is one of many events the United Nations is intending to conduct inside Libya, the participants had the chance to understand how CSOs can effectively contribute to reconciliation, taking into consideration national processes as well as local dynamics.

Ms. Baba explained, “Civil society organizations face many challenges in Libya. We don’t have a strong technical capacity and security is always an issue for us.”

Participants hailed the training taking place in Libya as it allows more people to participate while giving more legitimacy and local ownership over reconciliation efforts.

Note to correspondents
The training was organized as part of the project “Towards National Reconciliation in Libya,” jointly implemented by UNSMIL and UNDP and funded by UN Peacebuilding Fund. The project aims at assisting Libyan national and local authorities, civil society and other partners in their effort to promote an inclusive vision for national reconciliation, while supporting local-level dialogue and reconciliation initiatives throughout Libya.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

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