Russia considers taking in 15 000 white South African farmers

Thousands of farmers and supporters of the #BlackMonday Picket, 30 October 2017, protest against farm murders

A group of white farmers travelled to Russia recently to consider taking their money and escaping farm murders and land expropriation without compensation.

Russia, relatively underpopulated for its size, is allegedly considering taking the farmers in an effort to boost the country’s agriculture.

The country, currently host to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, said it will be welcoming first 30 families before the rest could follow. According to a Russian news channel, this will be done to allow the families to establish themselves.

The white farmers delegation arrived at Russia’s administrative centre, Stavropol with a proposal to open a migration channel.

Footage on the channel shows white farmers been warmly received. It was then reported that the farmers were from South Africa’s “Orange Free State” – a colonial name for what is now Free State.

Farmer Adi Siebus said that the move was a matter of life and death, with the ongoing killing of farmers and criminal attacks in the country. He further alleged that South African politicians have been instigating violence and hatred.

They said Stavropol has a great climate for farming and each family is said to be willing to bring at least R1.4 million ($100,000) with them to lease land in Russia and kickstart their farming efforts.

Source: The Citizen

President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting a BRICS stakeholders breakfast meeting

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting a BRICS stakeholders meeting today in Pretoria with South Africa’s business people.

The Presidency in a short statement said that the meeting will take place at Sefako Makhatho Presidential Guest House, Pretoria. The round table meeting will see discussions of preparations for the upcoming 10th BRICS Summit to be held in Johannesburg, Sandton. Discussions also include policy imperatives for the Summit, scheduled to take place from 25 – 27 July.

Spokesperson for the Presidency, Khusela Diko said in a statement: “The Round-table will enable deliberations on South Africa’s pursuits within the BRICS which are aimed at achieving developmental outcomes ensuring inclusive economic growth; promoting value added trade among BRICS countries, promoting investment into the productive sectors amongst others.”

The meeting follows the 8th BRICS ministers of Industry meeting, hosted by South African Minster of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies which had similar points of discussion.

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

South Africa signed a free trade agreement – what does it mean?

On Monday, 1 July South African president signed an agreement that will allow for the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Ramaphosa expressed excitement after ratification as the republic joined almost 50 African countries that have signed the agreement.

This free trade will “yield great benefits for all countries on the continent as well as big business, small companies and micro-traders” said Ramaphosa interview on Business insider South Africa.

An American financial services company and credit rating agency Moody’s predicted that, South Africa will be one of the biggest beneficiaries from the new African free trade area.

This free trade area is the biggest in the World due to the involved countries. Benefits of this agreement include that trade between members will flow with little or no trade tariffs.

It is believed that the AfCFTA will spark a trade merger in Africa and improve Africa’s credit profiles due to the stability that the inter- regional trade agreement offers members.

Source: Business Insider SA

Brazil to expand trade with China and Vietnam

Brazilian president, Michel Temer met with leaders of Asian nations to reinforce relations between the countries, that will expand the foreign trade of the country.

Temer met with the head of the Communist Party of China (CPC) delegation, Yang Xiaodu last week and was scheduled to meet Vietnam deputy prime minister Vuong Dinh Hue yesterday.

Temer said that China was their biggest trading partner and that Brazil has a very fertile political, economic and cultural relationship with the country.   

Despite the meeting with the Asian powerhouse, it is predicted that the trade-war between China and the U.S. could have a negative impact on Brazil’s trade outcome. “A trade war between the two largest economies in the world will have effects in all countries,” said the president of the Brazilian Foreign Trade Association (AEB), José Augusto de Castro.

It was anticipated that Temer will discuss trade and investment between the countries, technical cooperation and defense, as well as partnerships in agriculture and agribusiness in his meeting with the Vietnamese official. Brazil exports mainly crude product and residues of soy oil, corn, cotton, steel, leather and furs to Vietnam, while Vietnam exports electronic microparts, batteries and footwear.

Source: The Rio Times


Russia and China working collectively to build alternative internet


Russia is working to build an independent internet for itself and its associates, a report said on Monday. The Russian government seeks to generate systems of root name servers, which is basically a substitute internet for the country.

Russia Daily reported that Russia is in active cooperation with China on the quest. The report added that the country drew inspiration from, and were influenced by ideas of Fang Binxing – a Chinese promoter of “cybersovereignty” and computer scientist widely known as “Father of China’s Great Fire Wall”.

Moscow and Fang expressed their concerns about the control that the US have over the internet, with the belief that the U.S. can cut the country’s internet access if relations deteriorate.  

Russia is reportedly prepared to share its internet with BRICS countries -Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.  The initial report regarding Russia’s own system of root name servers appeared in 2017.


President Ramaphosa announces new panel review on states security agency

Pretoria – President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a high-level review panel to assess the mandate, capacity and organisational integrity of the State Security Agency (SSA).

The appointment of the panel follows the President’s statement in the National Assembly on 08 May 2018 of his intention to set up a review panel to assess the structure of the SSA relative to its mandate and enquire into its systems and capacity.

The panel, which is expected to undertake and conclude its work within three months, is composed of:

• Dr Sydney Mufamadi as Chairperson
• Mr Barry Gilder
• Mr Anthoni Van Nieuwkerk
• Prof Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo
• Mr Murray Michell
• Ms Basetsana Molebatsi
• Ms Siphokazi Magadla
• Mr Andre Pruis
• Prof Jane Duncan
• Mr Silumko Sokupa

President Ramaphosa has further appointed former Minister of Defence, Mr Charles Nqakula, as his National Security Adviser.

President Ramaphosa has said that the panel must seek to identify all material factors that allowed for some of the current challenges within the Agency so that appropriate measures are instituted to prevent a recurrence. The main objective of the review panel is to assist in ensuring a responsible and accountable national intelligence capability for the country in line with the Constitution and relevant legislation.

Press Release Issued by: The Presidency

Putin’s New Bill to Counters US Sanctions

After the lower house passed the new bill in May, Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed off on new measures, designed to protect Russia from United State and its allies, Impeding on Russian interest, security and sovereignty. Coming into immediate effect upon signing, this new bill aims to negate USA unwarranted actions and preserving Russia territorial integrity, political and economic stability.

In April, Washington launched new political and economic sanctions against Russia, its citizens and its businesses. American sanctions targeted, lawmakers, senior government official, business owners and private to state owned companies. This new round of sanction threatens US-Russia bilateral relation and is harmful to thousands of Russian citizens. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated that Russia has every right to respond in kind and to look into renegotiation of trade deals.


Russian Shopping Mall death toll rises to 64

A shopping centre mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo (Russia) caught a massive fire that left at least 64 shoppers dead and several injured.

Images from Russian news channel showed thick black smoke coming out of the Winter Cherry Shopping Centre, which also houses a sauna, a bowling alley and a multiplex cinema and was packed with people on Sunday afternoon.
The mall was extinguished in the morning after burning throughout the night.

According to BBC, the exact cause of the fire is not yet known but authorities have launched a criminal investigation.
Russian emergency ministry, Alexandre Eremeyev said in a statement that several floors were packed with people mid-day Sunday.

“No one knows exactly how many people there were inside when the fire broke out.”

“Where to look for people? How many are there? That has greatly complicated the work of the firefighters,” he said, adding that the thick smoke was also hindering their task.

Source : AFP

Indian Prime Minister Modi launches the country’s longest bridge

The 9.15 km long Dhola-Sadiya bridge launched today by India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,  will shorten the distance between Rupai on NH- 37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM and reduce travel time from between the two places from six hours to just one hour.
At the launch of India’s longest bridge, Modi said Dhola-Sadiya bridge opens the door for economic development in the eastern and north-eastern parts of the country.
He said the enhanced connectivity between the North-East and other parts of the country continues to be a priority for his government and good connectivity in the North-East would also link the region with the economy of South-East Asia.
The bridge has been named after renowned Indian musician and poet Bhupen Hazarika who died in 2011.
Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari revealed there were also highways and inland waterways projects currently being implemented in the North Eastern states.
He said there were major highway of about 3000 kms projects  in the eight North Eastern states under construction.
The occasion also marked three year anniversary of Modi’s rule in the country.


SA’s plan to boost investment in underdeveloped regions

South African Government wants to accelerate economic development in the country's underdeveloped areas by attracting investors to these regions.
The R42 million Babelegi Industrial Park project expected to be launched in Hammanskraal next week is one of the projects under the Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme which is aimed at attracting investment.

The Babelegi Industrial Park boasts about 261 units available for leasing and 188 occupied by firms operating in textiles, engineering, construction, light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

The Department of Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the objective of the programme was to also create jobs in manufacturing and related sectors, the Citizen newspaper reported.

“The dti has forged strategic partnerships for the implementation of the programme on a national scale working with the provinces, their agencies as well as municipalities,” Davies was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

“In the case of Babelegi, the department is working with the North West Development Corporation, who are also the owners of the park. The City of Tshwane has also played a strategic role in ensuring the smooth implementation of the programme,” he said.