Local Charity honoured with award at the United Nations in Geneva.

The Family Africa, a local charity which focuses on HIV/ AIDS projects as well as working with orphans and underprivileged children has received an award for” Outstanding Contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at grassroots in Africa”.   The chairperson, Rachel Aird, was flown to Geneva where she also gave a speech at the UN on the work of Family Africa and how it contributes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Rachel, who works in Diepsloot, said “It was a great honour to not only give a speech about our work which was translated into all the major languages for the delegates present, but also an award recognising the contribution of The Family Africa. None of this would be possible without the entire Family Africa team made up of volunteers from around the world and our wonderful local staff who all work tirelessly to alleviate poverty and empower women and children through feeding schemes, literacy and health programs and teacher training workshops.”

The award was presented by Dr. Deisi Kusztra, President of the WFO (World Family Organisation), which was founded by the UN after the Second World War to assist with reuniting families and was part of the celebration of WFO’s 70th birthday at the United Nations.

Rachel continued, “It is my hope that The Family Africa will be able continue to extend its programs and help even more orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS and TB. We cannot do this alone and I would like to urge local companies through this newspaper to get on board in assisting us to offer to as many people as possible “real hope for the future”.

The Family Africa can be contacted on 011 8752085   www.familyafrica.com

AU refocuses on rural areas

The African Union (AU) has pledged to renew its focus on infrastructure development in rural and remote areas.

Member states recently gathered in Swakopmund, Namibia, for the 2017 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week. Delegates agreed that Africa should up its game in mobilising domestic resources to fund the complete implementation of the five selected projects and promote the maximal use of local content within the beneficiary countries and regions.

The five projects are the Central Corridor (Dar es Salaam to Chalinze Toll Road), Kinshasa-Brazzaville Road and Railway Bridge, Ethiopia-Sudan Power Interconnector, Zambia-Tanzania-Kenya Power Connection and the Batoka Hydropower Plant.

“We want to reach a point where our discussions are no longer focused on our shortage of funds, but rather on our collaboration and concrete accomplishments to leverage PIDA projects for the economic transformation of Africans, especially the youth.

“I call upon all member states to commit themselves to the development of PIDA projects on the ground and to renew their focus to infrastructure development in rural and remote areas,” the African Union Commission’s Infrastructure and Energy Director, Cheikh Bedda, said.

The week was held under the theme ‘The Regional Infrastructure Development for Job Creation and Economic Transformation’.

In their final communique, delegates called upon AU member states, as well as the Continental Business Network (CBN), to provide adequate resources for PIDA project preparation facilities and for the engagement of partner organisations.

They called for bilateral development partners to provide the necessary technical and financial support for the implementation of PIDA Priority Action Plan projects by 2020 and to continue consultations with the African Union Commission to mobilise domestic resources for the preparation of PIDA projects.

Delegates said there was a need for the continent to support the PIDA Model Law and expand it to address issues such as skills transfer, job creation and training. The model law seeks to harmonise cross-border rules, regulations, laws and policies governing transboundary infrastructure projects in Africa and to unlock investment opportunities for the continent.

Bitcoin 101

Bitcoin has steadily ascended in the world economy for 9 years. An intricate phenomenon, it is still misunderstood by many in South Africa and the rest of the world alike. It has granted users the ability to use Bitcoin for their day to day transactions rather than the rand.

Bitcoin is a decentralized crypto currency, it is a virtual currency. Bitcoin is owned by no government in any country which makes it useable in all countries that recongise it.

‘’Bitcoin is a growing phenomenon. It is the subject that people speak about all over and where ever they are, we are an education firm that teach people how to buy and sell Bitcoin, how to open a Bitcoin bank account and how to order a Bitcoin debit card, we teach them how to trade and exchange Bitcoin,’’ said Jeff Galbraith, CEO of Bitcoin 101.

“Since the inception of Bitcoin in 2008 its value has increased by over 50 000%, so if R1000 was invested into Bitcoin in 2008 there would be a return of R30million in 2017. In 2010 if R135 000 was invested the return would be about R2.7 billion from Bitcoin today.”

‘’Bitcoin is a registered Forex currency together with the Rand, Dollar, Pound and the Yen, but what most people struggle to understand is the decentralization part which means that Bitcoin is owned by every single person just like time share, so every single person owns a percentage of the Bitcoin network’’ he explained!

Bitcoin 101 prides itself on being a beacon of integrity. They pride themselves in educating people about Bitcoin and ensuring that people have a better understanding of the crypto-currency. Bitcoin101 also cautions people on the possibilities that Bitcoin could fail and as a result it is extremely high-risk investing.

Bitcoin 101 teach investors on how to invest in Bitcoin, the best choices to make when investing in Bitcoin, how to use their Bitcoin currency.

To get in touch with Bitcoin 101, they are on Facebook as bitcoin101sa, email one of their educators on lonwabo@bitcoin101.co.za or visit their Head Office Suit11A, first floor, Bryan Park shopping centre, Corner Grosvenor Road and Cumberland Avenue, Bryanston, Gauteng 2191.

Young African Leaders Initiative

Questions have risen as to the ability of Africans to invest in themselves and their youth, seeing as more than half the African population is under the age of 35. Yali has come together with current African leaders to empower these youths and mould them into leaders and forward thinkers. Who do not look at where they come from but where they are going.

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the present state of the African economy, nearly 1 in 3 Africans are youth, and more than half of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.

‘’YALI is a fellowship, an online community a regional Leadership training. Launched in 2014 the four Yali regional leadership centres in Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and Ghana train young Leaders in leadership Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership and Public Management.Yali  also provides a great place to network’’. Said Mustuf Makaudi, Founder and Chairperson of Lead works Foundation Community Knowledge Centre.

Who will empower and lead these young Africans? Who will shape the future of business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management? In order to answer these questions, YALI promotes three models designed to identify and empower young leaders: the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship, YALI Network, and now the establishment of Regional Leadership Centers across Africa.

‘’ Unisa School of Business Leadership in Midrand, South Africa for the English speaking participants. The same program will be replicated in Mozambique for Portuguese speaking participants as a way of reaching and opening access to the disadvantaged.’’ He explained.

This program is made for youth between the ages of 18-35, those who want to be a part of changing the narrative of the African child. Those who are committed to impacting Africa, their own countries and their communities. Those who are committed to the development agenda of the African continent. To provide the tools to empower dynamic young Africans to awaken their innate leadership potential for the benefit of Africa.  Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe can apply.

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