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Cake Hier, Founder and CEO Ms. Neethu Lutchman Recognised and Inducted as a Shining Point of Light by Banking on Africa’s Future Initiative

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Ms. Neethu Lutchman

Brian Kazungu, 02/05/2021

Ms. Neethu Lutchman, the Founder and CEO of Cake Hier Banking will be inducted in the Banking Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10,000 Points of Light community at a ceremony to be held at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on Press Freedom Day.

Through Cake Hier, a high-end confectionary business located in the Walkerville community of South Africa’s Gauteng Province, Mrs Lutchman is inspiring many people especially the youth to dream big and aim for the stars in life by demonstrating that everyone’s dream is within reach.

The induction ceremony, a collaborative initiative of BOAF, Connections2Communities (C2C) and the Africa Heritage Society will be held on the 3rd of May 2021 at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT located on No.2 Maude Street in Sandton, Johannesburg at 6pm in the evening.

BOAF is an initiative of the 1873 Network, a member-based not-for-profit organization established in South Africa, founded to provoke, inspire and ignite new and innovative ways of problem solving in Africa based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors.

On the sidelines of Ms. Lutchman’s recognition, Connections2Communities (C2C), Africa Heritage Society and Banking On Africa’s Future member, Ms. Janice Greaver said: “I am pleased to welcome her into this family of torch bearers not because she is a woman but because her works speak for herself.

Nothing comes from nothing. Because of her well known baking excellence, I also can’t even hesitate to have her do my cake on my forthcoming birthday which is on 18 May this year where I will also be inducted to the Hall of 10,000 forward leaning and light shining people in Africa.

The Africa I want to see is a place where excellence is celebrated. I believe that technology has opened new doors to spread the word that Africa is our business and when we choose to think and act in its name, the possibility of accelerating its rebranding becomes attainable.

I believe that we all have a duty to make it happen by showing up at such events in pursuit of building a diverse and inclusive Africa. I will certainly show up tomorrow to expand my circle and in doing so, there is no doubt that I will also leverage on this new family of doers.

BOAF is just a bridge and without people like Ms. Lutchman, nothing will help to inspire change and positive outcomes in Africa.

With people like her in our midst, Africa can no longer qualify to be a dark continent and so, by telling the story of her induction into the Hall of movers and shakers, there is no doubt that others will be ignited to step forward in the enterprise of value creation.” Janice explained. 

The 10 000 Points of Light Project Director, Mr. Jagjit Singh welcomed Neethu to the community of shining examples in society by saying: “I am pleased to welcome Ms. Lutchman to this Hall of 10,000 individuals who as human and corporate actors help to make Africa what it is.

“As members of the 1873 Network, we believe that an individual is the driver of change and that the earth’s greatest treasures acquire value through the agency of human beings.” He said.

Ms. Lutchman is a distinguished cake maker whose work has been enjoyed in various prestigious functions where people gather to celebrate various milestones in the journey of their personal and corporate lives.

Recently, she was saluted for an amazing cake that did on Jagjit Singh’s birthday and Appreciation Day where several people expressed that her craft exceeded their expectations.

“I can say that her work is authentic and excellent. The taste, decoration and EVERYTHING! She has earned the place to be my go to cake person. You can see that everyone is raving about this CAKE!!!  Her work creates perfect memorable moments!” Said one of the birthday attendees.

In accepting her recognition and induction into the 10 000 Points of Light community, Ms. Lutchman said: “I am humbled by the compliments especially coming from people that I look up to. I now feel very encouraged and inspired to do more in my craft.

Africa is too big and remote but each person counts and I see my business growing through this bridge. Through this family of light bearers that we are building, I will have 20,000 eyes to see Africa through the work that we do.

It is just remarkable to know that just by wholeheartedly committing to my craft, like making a cake brought so many people closer to me in a life changing way.

I have witnessed an expansion of my reach over the last month and I know that the sky is the limit now. It is not easy under these new social distancing limitations to be known for what you do but I have realized that some communities broadens your opportunities in life.

For only R1000 per year, I have already recovered my entry fee to the Hall through active referrals and leads.” Ms. Lutchman said

Contact:  Project team at The Africa I Want

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Brian Kazungu is an Author, Poet, Journalist, and Technology Enthusiast whose writing covers issues to do with Business, Travelling, Motivation and Inspiration, Religion, Politics, and Communication among others. https://www.amazon.com/author/briankazungu https://muckrack.com/brian-kazungu http://www.modernghana.com/author/BrianKazungu kazungu.brian@gmail.com @BKazungu-Twitter He has written and published several books covering various aspects of human life including leadership, entrepreneurship, politics, personal development as well as poetry and travel. These books are found on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/author/briankazungu

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MINISTER LINDIWE SISULU TO LEAD THE STATE OF WORLD POPULATION REPORT LAUNCH

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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to lead the state of world population report launch focusing on the impact of unintended pregnancy in her capacity as the Acting Minister of the Department of Social Development, the Minister of Tourism – Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, will deliver a keynote address at the State of the World Population (SWOP) launch today, Thursday 23 June 2022, in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nearly half of all pregnancies, totalling 121 million each year throughout the world, are unintended. In Southern Africa, 65 percent of pregnancies between 2015 and 2019 were unintended and 36 percent resulted in abortion.

For the women and girls affected, the most life-altering reproductive choice – whether or not to become pregnant – is not a choice at all.

It is in this context that the Department of Social Development, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is launching the State of World Population 2022 report focusing on the unseen crisis of unintended pregnancies.

Titled: “Seeing the Unseen: The case for action in the neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy”, the State of World Population 2022 report highlights the 121 million unintended pregnancies every year as a global failure of basic human rights, and a neglected crisis.

It reveals the scope and impact of unplanned pregnancy on women, girls, households, societies, countries, and global development.

The launch will take a South Africa-led multi-country format, which entails a dialogue with senior government officials, to be followed by youth engagement activities facilitated by young people from youth networks in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

This engagement will be attended by SADC region dignitaries, and cabinet ministers from countries including Malawi, Zimbabwe, the DRC, and eSwatini. The Premier of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, Mr Sihle Zikalala, and the MEC of the Department of Social Development in the province, Ms Nonhlanhla Khoza, will also join the delegation.

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THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST THE UNITED NATIONS 6TH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR TECHNOLOGY IN PEACEKEEPING SYMPOSIUM

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The Republic of South Africa (RSA), as a Member State to the United Nations (UN) and a Troop and Police contributing country, has been nominated to host the 6th United Nations Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium. The Symposium will be held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre (ICC) in the City of Tshwane (Pretoria), Republic of South Africa from 21-24 June 2022. This is a key annual event in the provision of Technology to UN Peace Missions.

The Symposium is organized by the United Nations (UN), represented by the Department of Operational Support (DOS) and the United Nations Office of Information & Communications Technology (OICT) in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of South Africa (RSA). The RSA Defence Review 2014 militates for strategic shaping and influence through Defence Diplomacy

Attendees of the Symposium will include participants invited by the United Nations. These will comprise of Member States, Civil Society and Academia, UN Officials, International Consultants, Participants invited as observers by the United Nations and the Government of RSA including representatives from Inter-Governmental or Non-Governmental organizations or Institutions. It will bring together experts from Member States, Civil Society, the UN and its partners to explore innovative ways that can contribute to Peacekeeping using Technology as a catalyst. The symposium will also provide a forum to develop strategic partnership aimed at delivering tangible and sustainable outcomes.

The main purpose of the Symposium will be to align with key recommendations in the Strategy for Digital Transformation of United Nations Peacekeeping and to provide a communications platform that emphasizes cooperation as a key enabler of the organization.  Emphasis is put on tangible outcomes, optimization of Operational procedures and “know-how” transfer on the use of modern Technologies that are not yet included in the typical Peacekeeping Mission portfolio and will explore creative and collaborative opportunities to enhance Field Technology in the areas of;

•           Protecting Peacekeepers

•           Information-driven Peace Operations

•           Integrated Training and Capacity building

•           Eco-responsibility and;

•           Telemedicine.

South Africa will be the first African country to host the Partnership for Technology In Peacekeeping Symposium. Previous Symposiums were hosted by European and Asian countries. This is an important milestone for the African Continent. The symposium falls within the scope of the mandate of the General Assembly resolution(s) 46/48 of 9 December 1991, 48/42 of 10 December 1993 under which are Peacekeeping Training requirements and the use of Technology in Peacekeeping.

In June 2014, the Department of Peacekeeping Operation (DPKO) and the Department of Field Support (DFS) of the UN commissioned a “Panel of Experts in Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping” to recommend ways in which the organisation could leverage Technology and Innovation to enhance its Operational effectiveness.

In the advent of the 4IR Industrial Revolution, the partnership for Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping aims to extend involvement in Peacekeeping from the International Community through a comprehensive framework that can support collaboration and the introduction of modern technologies and concepts in Field Missions. The Symposium is designed to explore ways to support the UN Peacekeeping and the Field Operations community by leveraging cutting edge technologies to enable Military, Police and Civilian personnel in the face of critical challenges.

By hosting this Symposium, South Africa hopes to;

•           Promote locally developed Technology products,

•           Increase awareness of what RSA has to offer to the UN Missions and Member States Technology-wise,

•           Enhance the indigenous Defence Industries Capabilities at a United Nations-led platform that has Global reach.

Furthermore, this endeavour is also focused on generating interest for collaboration efforts in Technology Development with Strategic Countries in line with the Presidential campaign of attracting Foreign Direct Investment into the country.

The 6th United Nations Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium local organisers and participants include, the State Security Agency (SSA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Home Affairs (DHA), South African Police Service (SAPS), National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) and other participants.

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Ramaphosa officially opens SADC Extraordinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Heads of State and Government

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The Extraordinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plus SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) Personnel Contributing Countries (PCCs) and the Republic of Mozambique, was held virtually on 12th April, 2022.

The summit was officially opened and chaired by His Excellency Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

The summit was attended by SADC Heads of State and Government, their representatives and members of the Troika of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO), Ministers from the SAMIM Personnel Contributing Countries, the SADC Executive Secretary and Head of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM).

The progress of SAMIM was noted by the summit, as presented by the Head of the SADC Mission in Mozambique, and commended SAMIM leadership, including men and women on the ground for their sacrifices and commitment to the fight against terrorists acts in some parts of Cabo Delgado Province.

The transition of SAMIM from Scenario 6, (Rapid Deployment Capability) to Scenario 5 (Multidimensional Force), with a robust mandate was approved and the summit commended SAMIM Personnel Contributing Countries for their continued support by pledging capabilities and personnel to enhance the effectiveness of SAMIM operations, and urged Member States to continue supporting the mission.

The summit expressed its appreciation to the African Union (AU) and the International Cooperating Partners (ICP’s) for the support towards stabilization of the security situation as well as the socio-economic recovery and development of Cabo Delgado Province.

Expressing solidarity with the Republics of Botswana, South Africa, Kingdom of Lesotho and the United Republic of Tanzania for the demise of soldiers serving the Mission, the summit expressed words of comfort for those wounded in action.

The Republics of Zimbabwe and Malawi were commended by the summit for the spirit of solidarity expressed through delivery of the pledged donation of foodstuff in 3 support of Humanitarian assistance to the affected population of Cabo Delgado.

The Head of Mission was directed to coordinate with the Republic of Mozambique on the implementation of the comprehensive Integrated Reconstruction and Development Plan of Cabo Delgado.

The summit acknowledged the expression of gratitude by His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique for SADC’s continued support, collaboration and cooperation towards attainment of sustainable peace and security in the Cabo Delgado Province.

His Excellency Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and the Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, was commended for his leadership in steering the work of the Organ in pursuit of lasting peace, security and stability in the SADC region.

Mr. Tinashe Mpasiri and President Cyril Ramaphosa

Speaking after the summit, Mr. Tinashe Mpasiri, a member of Justice Under Rule of Law (JUROL), an initiative of the Banking On Africa’s Future (BOAF), said, “Peace is not simply about the absence of violence. It is defined by the presence of fundamental liberties and the prevalence of economic opportunities. Justice under rule of law is a step towards prevalence of economic opportunities. Absent the rule of law economic development is a mirage and it is the duty of the citizens to ensure that public office bearers who have taken an oath to uphold, promote and defend the constitution of the republic, are held accountable for their conduct.”

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