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South Africa govt approves commercial flights for Air Peace

The South African Government has granted a request for Air Peace to begin commercial flights to Johannesburg, South Africa.

The confirmation was granted last Friday as part of the implementation of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement between Nigeria and South Africa at the meeting of the 9th session of the Nigeria/South Africa Bi-National Commission Summit in Pretoria, South Africa.

The MFA spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the proprietor of Air Peace Airlines, Chief Allen Onyema, had also confirmed that the airline would begin operation as soon as possible to promote air travel between Nigeria and South Africa.

It said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the South African Government has granted request for the Nigerian designated airline, Air Peace, to commence commercial flights to Johannesburg, South Africa.

“The confirmation was granted in the process of ascertaining the level of implementation of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement between Nigeria and South Africa at the Senior Officials Meeting of the 9th Session of the Nigeria/South Africa Bi-National Commission Summit in Pretoria, South Africa on September 27.”(Punch)


6 Nigerian students cancel trip for robotics competition in South Africa

Six Nigerian students who will represent the country at the Africa Robotics Challenge (ARC) in South Africa on September 28 have cancelled their trip to the country over safety concerns.

The students announced cancellation of their trip at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos.

They said the organisers had failed to guarantee their safety throughout the duration of the competition.

The students are: Tirenioluwa Shobande, 18, a 100-level Systems Engineering student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG); Ifeoluwa Aigbiniode, 15, of Yaba College of Technology Secondary School and Jeffrey Nwafor, 15, of S-TEE International School.

Others are: 19-year-old Kolawole Olatunji, a 100-level Computer Science Education student of Lagos State University (LASU); Toluwanimi Akinola, 15, of Dansol High School and Aromolaran Dominion, 14, of Supreme Education Foundation.

The National Coordinator Mrs Remi Willoughby said the organisers had informed her of their inability to provide tight security and guarantee the safety of the students while in South Africa.

Mrs Willoughby said the organisers hinted that while in South Africa, the Nigerian competitors would neither disclose their nationality nor be able to go out for sight-seeing for the duration of the competition.

According to her, the host said the event will not be given publicity and that no one else will be invited to witness the competition. (Thenation)


The Second batch of 319 Nigerians depart South Africa

The second batch of Nigerians have departed the O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, for the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

About 319 persons were evacuated by Air Peace at about 2:58p.m.

An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kimiebi Ebenfa, confirmed this to The Punch via a WhatsApp message on Wednesday.

Ebenfa said, “We wish to inform you that the second batch of about 319 willing Nigerian returnees from South Africa has departed O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa, today (Wednesday) at 14h:58 local time.

“The returnees, who were airlifted by Air Peace Airline, are expected to arrive Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, today at about 18h:58 local time.”

The first flight had brought back 187 Nigerians out of the 313 scheduled for the evacuation last Wednesday, following the xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa.

The Consul-General, Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, Godwin Adama, had disclosed that the number of registered Nigerians had risen to 1,004, adding that the technical issues faced during the first evacuation were being addressed.(Punch)


#Xenophobia: ASUU reveals reason why South Africa attack Nigerians

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Monday, said that the Nigerian government should take the blame rather than its South African counterpart over the attacks and looting of property of Nigerians in South Africa.

ASUU said that about 50 percent of top-notch scholars in South Africa were Nigerians, noting that Nigerians, who were seen as mere greener-pasture seekers would always be exposed to attacks by their host countries.

The Union stated this through its national president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, when addressed newsmen after the National Executive Council meeting of the association held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He explained that migration of Nigerians to South Africa had been informed by the poor economic situation in the country.

According to him, South Africans would only respect Nigerians residing in their country if the migration was mutually dependent. (Dailypost)


#Xenophobia: More than 400 Nigerians ready for evacuation from South Africa -Mission

The Nigerian Mission in South Africa has said that no fewer than 400 Nigerians have indicated interest and registered to be evacuated from South Africa following the recent xenophobic attacks.

Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, said this in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

Adama noted that Air Peace had offered to airlift those willing to return home sequel to the attacks on Nigerians and their businesses by South Africans.

According to him, the first batch of Nigerians who are willing to return home will be repatriated on Wednesday.

The Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, also said that Nigerians had responded positively in good numbers.

Bala said that the mission was equally responding to the needs of those willing to return, especially those who had issues with their documents.

President, Nigeria Citizens Association, South Africa,  Ben Okoli, said all efforts were geared towards the evacuation of those who were ready to come back home.

Okoli said the figure of those ready to come was in hundreds as many had lost their means of livelihood and had nothing to fall back on.

The association, he said, was still pushing ahead with the demand for compensation as there was sufficient evidence available to them that the attacks were premeditated and orchestrated.

He also noted that normalcy was gradually returning, stressing that there was no longer tension, or violence against any set of people.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort in sending a special envoy to South Africa.

Okoli said that the move was able to boost the morale of the Nigerian community to go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation or attacks.

“We have actually regained some strength knowing that our government is backing and supporting us, especially at this time.

“So we are no longer afraid because we believe that so long we are doing the right thing, the lawful thing, we have nothing to fear. (NAN)


South Africa: We’re committed to strengthening ties with Nigeria - Bobby Moroe

The South African Acting High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Bobby Moroe, has said that his country remained committed to strengthening bilateral ties with Nigeria.

Moroe told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja that the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa would remain strong and on course.

The envoy said President Muhammadu Buhari and his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, were expected to meet in October to discuss modalities to address attacks on Nigerians living in that country.

Meanwhile, in a statement by Khusela Diko, spokesperson to the President, the South African Government said President Buhari’s state visit would reinforce the bond between both countries.

Diko stated that the visit, next month, would further strengthen their bond and jointly develop responses to challenges affecting people and businesses in South Africa and Nigeria.

According to him, President Cyril Ramaphosa held discussions, on September 6, with Nigeria’s Special Envoy, Amb. Ahmed Abubakar, on violence in South Africa and developments in Nigeria around South African businesses.

“The visit to Pretoria by the Special Envoy followed a recent meeting between Presidents Ramaphosa and Buhari in Yokohama, Japan, on sidelines of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

“In their discussion, the Special Envoy conveyed President Buhari’s concern at recent events in South Africa, in the context of the strong and cordial relations that characterise the interaction between the two countries.

“President Buhari conveyed his commitment to the values of prosperity and the advancement of Africa that are shared by South Africa and Nigeria.

“Nigeria stands ready to assist South Africa in establishing the root causes of and developing sustainable solutions to the challenges concerned.

“President Buhari has undertaken that where challenges emerge in Nigeria, the Nigerian government will act against lawlessness and the targeting of South African assets in Nigeria,” Diko stated.

According to him, President Ramaphosa also reaffirms South Africa-Nigeria relations to be firm.

Diko added that both partners remained resolute in a shared commitment to building Africa that is at peace with itself and others. (NAN)


#Xenophobia: Osinbajo announce what Buhari govt will do to stop killing of Nigerians in South Africa

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday declared that Nigerian government would ‘take up” the issue of attack on Nigerians with South African government.

Osinbajo explained that the measure was to ensure that such attack “does not repeat itself.”

He said this while addressing journalists in Kano State, as contained in a statement forwarded to Daily post by his media aide, Laolu Akande.

According to Osinbajo: “Let me say first that these recent attacks are condemnable. It is very sad and very unfortunate that the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians living in South Africa are once again being destroyed with such wantonness and with such carelessness and recklessness.

“It is unfortunate because Nigeria and Nigerians invested a great deal in the destruction and the pulling down of apartheid. Besides, these acts of bigotry are entirely contrary to the very ideals that all the great South African leaders including the present President fought for, and for which many gave their lives.

“Mr President has already spoken about this and obviously we are very concerned and certainly intend to take this up with the authorities in South Africa in order to ensure that this sort of thing does not repeat itself. This is absolutely unacceptable and unconscionable.”(Dailypost)


Xenophobic Attack: Nigerians, others lose over 50 shops In fresh South Africa

50 shops belonging to foreign nationals including Nigerians in South Africa were set ablaze in an overnight attack on foreigners by xenophobes in the country.

The attack, which occurred late on Sunday, saw a group of violent locals suspected to be Zulu hostel dwellers, besiege Jules Street in Malvern, Johannesburg and looting and burning businesses.

On Monday, President, Nigerian Union South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, in a statement confirming the attack, said that the mob also looted several shops that were around the vicinity suspected to be owned by foreign nationals before they were later dispersed by police.


Xenophobia: Lawan blows hot over killing of Nigerians, gives stern warning to South Africa

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, said that Nigeria would no longer tolerate the killing of its citizens in South Africa under any guise.

According to him, adequate measures must be taken to halt the incessant killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

Lawan’s stern warning came as the immediate-past Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, appeared before the Senate for screening and confirmation for reappointment as a minister.

The Senate President, who did not hide his disappointment over the continued killing of Nigerians in South Africa, said that he had written the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to furnish him with number of Nigerians so far killed in South Africa.

He said that he will also write the South African Government to ask what the country is doing to stop the killing of Nigerians in the former apartheid country.

Lawan said: “I personally met with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria. If we don’t get things in place, more Nigerians may be killed abroad. Even if Nigerians commit crimes, killing them should not be the first option. This has got to stop.

“I have written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I have asked them to furnish us with names of Nigerians killed in South Africa so far. We are going to write to the South African Government and we will put an end to these killings.”

Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, in his question, also highlighted the maltreatment of Nigerians by officials of American Embassy.

The Abia North senator insisted that something must be done to ensure that Nigerians get fair treatment without any harassment.

Onyeama in his response noted that some criminal elements in the Nigerian community in South Africa were a setback for them.

The nominee told the Senate that plans were underway to halt the killing.

According to him, a frame work has been formulated for Nigerian Presidents and South Africa President to meet regularly to talk about more bilateral agreements and about how to solve some of the problems.


South Africa denies Nigeria visa-free status, grants Ghana

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has added Ghana to a list of seven countries whose nationals will be permitted to enter South Africa visa-free.

Nigeria was not included despite the large volume of trade between the two countries.
South Africa announced in September 2018, that it was finalising a number of visa waiver agreements with other countries including Ghana to allow travellers to enter the country without a visa.

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According to the Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, citizens of the seven countries are able to enter South Africa without a visa.

“Tourism will soar if we relax visa requirements for entry into South Africa. We know that Tourism is very important for job creation,” he said today at a briefing in South Africa.

“Out of the 193 countries who are member states of the United Nations, the Department has granted visa-free status to 75 countries. Of these 16 are in our continent and are SADC members and 59 are from all over the world.” (NAN)

Family of Insurance Director murdered in South Africa demands justice

The family of insurance director, late Mrs. Uju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, who was killed in South African hotel, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the investigation of her death.

They are calling on President Buhari to empower the Nigeria Consulate in South Africa to intensify efforts by putting pressure on South African Police to conclude the investigation, which it started following her death.

She was killed on June 13 at the country’s luxurious hotel, Emperor Palace Hotel.
Mrs. Ndubuisi-Chukwu was the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN).

She was in Johannesburg, South Africa as a delegate of a conference, African Insurance Organisation (AIO) held from June 9-12.
She was found dead in her hotel room in the morning of June 13th, the day she was meant to travel back to Nigeria.

A report issued by the Port Health Services, South Africa stated that she died of “unnatural cause consistent with strangulation.”

Late Mrs. Ndubuisi-Chukwu’s elder brother, Dr. Chiedu Ndubuisi, in a telephone conversation with The Nation said the family is demanding justice for her after controversies surrounding her death. (The Nation)

Ramaphosa eyes Silicon Valley in South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa believes there are trillions of rand waiting for SA to “grab” if it can keep pace with the digital revolution and create its own version of Silicon Valley, the San Francisco home to the world’s largest high-tech firms, including Apple and Facebook, as well as thousands of start-up companies.

The digital revolution called on the state to be a risk taker and be entrepreneurial, he said during his keynote address at the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) digital economy summit in Johannesburg last week.

The 4IR is expected to merge exponential digital growth with the physical world and human biology.

Skills revolution
Ramaphosa said his administration had committed itself to a skills revolution that will give SA the human capital needed to succeed in the tech-dominated future.
“The digital revolution is an opportunity to build an entrepreneurial state, where government’s own appetite for risk and innovation inspires large-scale entrepreneurship and unlocks economic potential.”

He noted that successful global tech companies, such as Google, enjoyed what he described as robust state funding at various points in their lives.

“Therefore an entrepreneurial state should not only provide funding but should also have capacity to determine the strategic direction of entrepreneurship.”
Ramaphosa said an entrepreneurial state should have strong venture capital as one of its elements.

“With our eye on the future, we welcome the recent forecast by Accenture that digital technologies can generate R5-trillion in value for South African industry and society in the next decade,” he said.
“Accenture anticipates that this value will materialise particularly in agriculture, infrastructures, manufacturing and financial services, with R1.4-trillion created by 2026 alone.”

The president said SA wanted small, medium and macro enterprises to be able to find “fertile ground to succeed and unlock economic potential and create a Silicon Valley”.
Ramaphosa said the digital economy was valued at about R5-trillion, which he described as money that is “waiting for us to go out and grab in industries such as agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, and financial services”.

“Jack Ma, my friend, said the opportunities that everyone cannot see are the real opportunities,” he said to loud applause. Ma is the billionaire co-founder of the Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce businesses. He addressed the SA investment summit in 2018.

While many jobs will be lost as SA embraces the 4IR, many more will be created, said Ramaphosa, who was appointed as the co-chair of the International Labour Organisation’s Global Commission on the Future of Work.

“This 4IR can help us advance the priorities that we have set out for ourselves. We have in a short space of time and rapidly changing technology advanced from being a nation of late bloomers to one of early adopters. We need to focus on the new technologies that are going to revolutionise the world,” he said.

Kevin Tao, board director and senior vice-president of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, said the company has been assisting SA to become a digital economy hub in Africa. (Business Day SA)

13 feared dead as church collapses in South Africa

At least 13 people have died and many were injured when a wall collapsed in South Africa at the start of an Easter service at a Pentecostal church.

Emergency services said that 29 people were rushed to hospital after the collapse in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal.      


Local officials have blamed the tragedy on heavy rainfall in the area around eMpangeni on Thursday night.
Local reports said some people had been sleeping when the brick wall fell.
The wall at the front of the Pentecostal Holiness Church collapsed at the start of what had been planned as a weekend-long service to commemorate the Christian festival of Easter.

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On Friday, a special prayer service was held in a large tent in front of the church, reports the eNCA TV station.

President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the church last year and some of the congregants reportedly asked for his support to build a new church.
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is a member of the church and was planning to attend the Good Friday service there.

She has arrived at the scene and said: “Even at this difficult time, we still need to trust in God.”


Local official Lennox Mabaso told SABC news that the church “a solid structure”.
“It is an act of nature. It is an act of God. Not even a president could have been able to save this particular situation,” he said.

“It was a heavy storm that affected this area.” (BBC)
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