SA Tech start-up to advance eHealth innovation & patient care

SAFE-ID-LogoCAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: In the 17 June 2014 State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma recognised the need to contribute to the reduction in mortality rates via the improvement of the quality of care in the public sector.

ETHICORE Political Consulting is therefore proud to announce the acquisition of SAFE ID as a new client to its portfolio in South Africa.

ETHICORE is a market leading strategic political affairs consultancy specialising in political lobbying, intelligence and communication.

SAFE ID (http://www.safe-id.co.za) is a niche and emerging South African technology innovation company that specialises in bridging the communication and information gap between injured as well as distressed citizens and the provision of critical healthcare.

SAFE ID aims to advance eHealth systems, improve and promote the accessibility of health information and services in South Africa. Its partnership with ETHICORE promises to be a fruitful realisation of its innovative mandate to develop health intelligence.

SAFE ID specialises in the provision of user centered informational tools that store and disseminate citizen health information, which is accessible timeously by first respondents during critical emergency situations.

According to SAFE ID Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zubayr Harneker: “We have an ambitious vision to be at the forefront of technological innovation for provision of time critical medical information that advances healthcare, wellbeing and safety in South Africa. We appreciate and recognise the need to work with Government to achieve public policy, legislative and regulatory outcomes that strengthens the contribution of citizen health information in advancing this cause. We have elected to work with ETHICORE because of their professional ethics, unrivalled expertise and experience.”

Improving the quality of care in the public sector necessitates the availability of appropriate and accurate health statistics, medical information and patient identification and treatment.

According to Mr. Abdul Waheed Patel, Managing Director of ETHICORE Political Consulting: “We are excited to be partnering with SAFE ID to inform Government thinking on leveraging life saving citizen emergency and health information. The timing hereof is both highly relevant and opportune as Government advances its plans for overhauling healthcare, improving safety, leveraging information and communication technology, and developing new (especially small and medium sized) innovative industries.”

SAFE ID ticks all of these boxes and is therefore uniquely placed in its niche to become a market leading company with a strong public purpose and impact.

SAFE ID hopes to work with Government to implement and develop the country’s eHealth Strategy in tandem with the objective of prioritizing healthcare.

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Biofuels a major recognition in 2014 State of the Nation Address

Screen_shot_2012-01-23_at_10.12.26_AMCAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: President Jacob Zuma’s recognition of South Africa’s emerging biofuels sector in the 2014 State of the Nation Address underscores the relevance of this new industry to the country’s economic growth plans.

 

President Zuma announced that: “Biofuels manufacturers have been selected and have started work.”

 

According to Mabele Fuels Joint Chief Executive Officer Mr. Zahir Williams: “This is a major recognition of the biofuels industry’s large scale agricultural job creation and rural development prospects. Mabele Fuels has indeed been hard at work to ensure that our construction, harvesting and production schedule is on track in order to meet the timeframe for mandatory blending of biofuels with petroleum to commence on 1 October 2015.”

 

Mabele Fuels also, has lauded the President’s commitment to implement the first phase of National Development Plan between 2014 – 2019.

 

Echoing President Zuma’s sentiments on the need to develop emerging black industrialists, agriculture as a key driver of jobs and entrepreneurship, as well as for social partners to work together in the interest of the economy, Williams emphasised that:

 

“As a new investor in the economy, we welcome this clarity and certainty on the macro planning and policy trajectory of the country. Being a majority black owned company pioneering the industrialisation of the biofuels industry, we are consistently collaborating with Government, farmers, funders and investors, to develop the biofuels industry for the benefit of the economy”.

 

The finalisation of the biofuels regulatory framework is therefore eagerly awaited by Mabele Fuels, to ensure the timely commencement of the company’s refinery engineering works, construction and grain sorghum harvesting program.

 

Mabele Fuels will make further announcements on the project’s progress and the finalisation of the regulatory process.

 

– ENDS –

 

 

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Mabele Fuels is a South African company owned by Black Economic Empowerment groupings, emerging farmers, local investment institutions and private investors. Its business is the manufacture of fuel-grade ethanol from grain sorghum for sale in the South African bio fuels market. Grain sorghum is cultivated in South Africa’s traditional summer grain areas, like the eastern Free State and eastern parts of the North West provinces, which receive summer rainfall. It is an ideal crop for bio fuels because it can withstand droughts and works well on fallow soil.

 

Mabele Fuels is at an advanced state of readiness to commence construction of a large-scale bio ethanol refinery (158 million litres per annum) in the Bothaville area of the Free State province. The project has enjoyed strong Government support and recognition. In 2012 the Department of Energy promulgated the mandatory blending of bio ethanol with petroleum. In September 2013 the Minister of Energy promulgated 1 October 2015 as the effective date for mandatory blending to commence in the country.

 

Mabele Fuels has been expecting imminent Government approval to enable immediate implementation of its refinery construction program, for completion before the 1 October 2015 effective date of the mandatory blending of bio fuels with petrol at a 2% blending ratio.

 

There has since been significant public discourse and debate about the matter, which is likely to continue into the future as the local bio fuels industry develops toward this vision. Mabele Fuels will continue to play a leading and proactive role in heightening and informing public education and awareness about biofuels in South Africa, in particular grain sorghum as a biofuels feedstock.

 

www.mabelefuels.com

 

 

Mabele Fuel has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about biofuels in South Africa. This is available for download in PDF at:

http://www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels/

 

 

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Issued on behalf of Mabele Fuels by ETHICORE Political Consulting

Ms Wisahl Jappie

Political and Communications Advisor

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M: +27 (0) 72 227 1144

Email: biofuels@ethicore.co.za AND wjappie@ethicore.co.za

www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels

Biofuels regulatory consultation a milestone says Mabele Fuels

Screen_shot_2012-01-23_at_10.12.26_AMCAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: The conclusion of the public consultative process on the South African Biofuels Regulatory Framework is a significant milestone for Mabele Fuels, a pioneering investor in the local biofuels industry.

 

The Department of Energy recently published the Biofuels Regulatory Framework for stakeholder and public comment by 10 February 2014.

 

According to Mabele Fuels Joint Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zahir Williams “We are excited that the period for public comment has closed and that the Department of Energy has publicly targeted end of February 2014 for completion of the biofuels regulatory process. We believe that significant progress has been achieved in finalizing a sound regulatory framework that will contribute to the establishment of a sustainable biofuels industry.”

 

The conclusion of the biofuels regulatory consultative process takes Mabele Fuels another step closer to its long held vision of constructing and operating a world-class biofuels refinery in South Africa. Mabele Fuels’ refinery is set to manufacture 158 million litres per annum of fuel grade bioethanol from grain sorghum by the 1 October 2015 timeframe for mandatory blending of biofuels with petroleum.

 

Job creation, industrialisation, rural transformation and agricultural development remain core priorities of government and for a developing nation such as ours, which will undoubtedly be reflected in this week’s State of the Nation address.

 

The biofuels sector as a whole presents enormous untapped job creation potential.

 

“Our project is positioned to deliver between 15 000 – 18 000 mainly agricultural jobs through our R2.5 billion investment into developing South Africa’s largest bioethanol refinery at Bothaville in rural Free State. Therefore, Mabele Fuels, is encouraged by this significant development of reaching closure of the regulatory consultative process which signals to us that government is committed to leveraging the biofuels industry as a contributor to large scale job creation and rural development” says Mr. Willliams.

 

Mabele Fuels will make further announcements on the project’s progress and the finalisation of the regulatory process.

 

– ENDS –

 

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Mabele Fuels is a South African company owned by Black Economic Empowerment groupings, emerging farmers, local investment institutions and private investors. Its business is the manufacture of fuel-grade ethanol from grain sorghum for sale in the South African bio fuels market. Grain sorghum is cultivated in South Africa’s traditional summer grain areas, like the eastern Free State and eastern parts of the North West provinces, which receive summer rainfall. It is an ideal crop for bio fuels because it can withstand droughts and works well on fallow soil.

 

Mabele Fuels is at an advanced state of readiness to commence construction of a large-scale bio ethanol refinery (158 million litres per annum) in the Bothaville area of the Free State province. The project has enjoyed strong Government support and recognition. In 2012 the Department of Energy promulgated the mandatory blending of bio ethanol with petroleum. In September 2013 the Minister of Energy promulgated 1 October 2015 as the effective date for mandatory blending to commence in the country.

 

Mabele Fuels has been expecting imminent Government approval to enable immediate implementation of its refinery construction program, for completion before the 1 October 2015 effective date of the mandatory blending of bio fuels with petrol at a 2% blending ratio.

 

There has since been significant public discourse and debate about the matter, which is likely to continue into the future as the local bio fuels industry develops toward this vision. Mabele Fuels will continue to play a leading and proactive role in heightening and informing public education and awareness about biofuels in South Africa, in particular grain sorghum as a biofuels feedstock.

 

www.mabelefuels.com

 

 

Mabele Fuel has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about biofuels in South Africa. This is available for download in PDF at:

http://www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels/

 

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

 

Issued on behalf of Mabele Fuels by ETHICORE Political Consulting

Ms Wisahl Jappie

Political and Communications Advisor

T: +27 (0) 21 424 1443 / 3125

M: +27 (0) 72 227 1144

Email: biofuels@ethicore.co.za AND wjappie@ethicore.co.za

www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels

South Africa 2014 General Elections date announced (7 May 2014)

logoIXSAETHICORE Political Consulting has noted today, Friday 7 February 2014 the statement by the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma announcing the much anticipated date of South Africa’s fifth General Elections since the advent of democracy in 1994.

Below is the statement released by The Presidency and downloadable here as a PDF.
Source: The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

 

 

Statement by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma announcing the date for the fifth General Elections in South Africa

07 February 2014

Fellow South Africans,

The electoral term of the present government will come to an end on the 22nd of April.

We are very proud of the manner in which we adhere to constitutional and democratic processes in our country.

We hold national general elections without fail every five years, which demonstrates the maturing of our democracy.

The time has come for us to work together again, to prepare for the fifth national general elections.

I have met with the Independent Electoral Commission to discuss preparations, and also with the Premiers. We deliberated on this very important right of our people to elect a government of their choice, for which thousands of South Africans laid down their lives.

I am satisfied that the IEC preparations are at an advanced stage.

After consulting with the IEC, I would like to inform the South African people locally and abroad, that the fifth national general elections in the Republic of South Africa will be held on the 7th of May 2014, throughout the country.

These are historic elections as they take place during the 20th anniversary of our freedom from apartheid bondage.

They provide an opportunity for us to further consolidate the democracy and freedom that we worked so hard to achieve, and for which esteemed South Africans such as former President Nelson Mandela sacrificed life’s comforts for.

Our country is a much better place to live in now than before 1994, because of the participation and contribution of South Africans

We must continue participating in building our country.

I therefore remind all our people to go out in their thousands to register to vote this weekend, on the 8 and 9th of February. This is the last registration period for this election, and nobody must miss this opportunity.

We congratulate all first time voters, the 18 year olds. They are coming of age this year. They will be deciding the future of their beautiful country.

We also invite our youth to register to vote in the cities and towns where they are studying and wherever they will be in May this year.

We rely on the youth to take the benefits of this freedom forward, and to build this country further. South Africa is their inheritance.

Most importantly, I urge all our people to promote peace, tolerance and peaceful coexistence as we move towards the elections and during the elections.

We have worked hard to build a peaceful and stable South Africa from the ruins of apartheid violence, divisions and hatred.

Let us make this a vibrant, robust, exciting, peaceful and most successful election, and maintain our track record of successful elections.

I thank you.

Task team to look into affordable housing

imagesOn Monday, 3 February 2014 ETHICORE Political Consulting client – the Banking Association South Africa held bilateral consultations with the South African Minister of Human Settlements – Ms Connie September, on housing delivery and finance. Below are the statements released by Government following these consultations.

Statement by the Government Communications and Information System, 4 February 2014
Source: Issued by South African Government News Agency

Johannesburg – Human Settlements Minister Connie September says she has formed a task team to look at ways in which her department can work with banks to deliver one million homes over the next five years.

Briefing journalists after a meeting with representatives from all South African banks in Sandton late on Monday, September said she vested the task team with the responsibility to forge a formal partnership to speed up the delivery of houses in the country.

This comes as the department, which has provided low-cost housing to millions of South Africans in the past 20 years, recently moved to help the working class who fall within a “gap market” that cannot afford a housing bond from any bank.

September said there was a need to define the department’s relationship with all banks.

“In order for us to do that, we have agreed that one of the things we should do to assist us moving forward in making sure that we can have a million housing opportunities in this country, is how do we structure a continuous relationship with the banking industry that can assist us to achieve that objective.

“We have therefore agreed that we put together a group of people that will make sure that there is practical implementation of those areas that we have agreed amongst ourselves to implement that task,” she said.

While the task team gets to work, September said there will be continuous interactions between her department and the banks to find ways to get in more people into the affordable housing market to reduce the high number of people who have been left out of the housing market.

“We will look into the things that we can do in the interim, whether they are legislative, or are just looking at the different packages that are there and in the long term, the National Development Plan calls upon us to do a range of things … It gives us an opportunity to look at what do we [need to] do differently, and how do we make sure that we can have a very positive outcome of realising our goal.” – SAnews.gov.za