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Friday, August 17, 2018 - 15:04
Social engineering, also referred to as ‘hacking without code’, is one of the most personal cybercrimes that can be committed.

Here, professional hackers manipulate people into unwittingly giving out sensitive information – and even cold, hard cash – to these social engineers.

In fact, last year, Professor SH (Basie) von Solms, director of the Centre for Cyber Security in the Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Johannesburg, stated that local statistics around computer crimes and data breaches are difficult to obtain and that “it may actually be more than the two to three billion rand a year figure that is commonly quoted for South Africa[1].”

Speaking at the recent Securex South Africa 2018 exhibition, the 25th edition of the show which ran from 22 to 24 May at Gallagher Convention Centre, Jacob O’Brien, managing director of Strategix, advised that criminals use social engineering tactics, as it is generally easier to exploit a person’s natural inclination to trust than it is to try to hack their software. “For example, it’s easier to fool someone into giving their password away than it is to hack their password, unless exceptionally weak,” he explained.

“And it doesn’t matter how many security measures you have in place, if you trust someone and let them in without the proper verification, you are completely exposed to whatever risk they represent.”

O’Brien explained that social engineering occurs in three ways: phishing, baiting, and spoofing. “Phishing attempts look like an e-mail from a friend or associate, sometimes including a link that you just can’t resist clicking on. Phishing mails could also include an attachment – such as a photo, movie or document – that is embedded with malicious software. Once you click, your system is infected with malware, allowing the cybercriminal to take over your machine, collect your data, and access your e-mail account and your social media profiles. From here, the attack spreads to everyone you know, and on, and on.

“The most common phishing example is when the e-mail looks as though someone reputable, for example an employee at your bank, is requesting your username and password, or other details that they should actually have if the e-mail was genuine.”

When it comes to baiting, this is distinguished from other types of social engineering, with an offer that seems (and generally is) too good to be true. Victims are enticed with something free, or offered an appealing item. “Think of the ‘large inheritance’ e-mails that you have no doubt received at some point, or the miraculous lottery winner messages,” stated O’Brien.

Wikipedia describes spoofing as follows: “A very recent type of social engineering technique includes spoofing or hacking IDs of people having popular e-mail IDs such as Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail. Among the many motivations for deception are:

  • Phishing credit-card account numbers and their passwords.
  • Cracking private e-mails and chat histories, and manipulating them by using common editing techniques before using them to extort money and creating distrust among individuals.
  • Cracking websites of companies or organisations and destroying their reputation.
  • Computer virus hoaxes.
  • Convincing users to run malicious code within the web browser via self-XSS attack to allow access to their web account.”

O’Brien cited the example of a critical vulnerability that was found within PayPal, the global e-commerce business, that could potentially allow hackers to steal users’ login credentials and credit card details in an unencrypted format. Egypt-based researcher Ebrahim Hegazy found a Stored Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability within the PayPal Secure Payments domain, which could allow an attacker to set up a rogue online store or even to take over a legitimate shopping website.

“Another simple spoofing trick is where suppliers can be emotionally pressured into giving out sensitive information, such as e-mail addresses or resetting passwords when a caller with a (fake) crying baby makes you feel distressed.”

And while there’s no silver bullet for social engineering, O’Brien recommended several tips to help protect from attack.

“Step one is to slow down,” he said. “Spammers want you to act first and think later. Then, research the facts; be suspicious of any unsolicited messages. Delete any requests for financial information or passwords. If you’re asked to reply to a message with personal information, it’s definitely a scam.

“Finally, don’t let a link control where you land. In other words, make sure that you stay in control by using a search engine to find the website you’re looking for instead of following a link someone has sent you.”

O’Brien presented at Securex 2018’s brand-new Cyber Lab (powered by XGRC Software), set up to create an area where awareness of information security could be raised at the expo through an interactive approach.

Securex is Africa’s leading security and fire trade exhibition. The 2018 show was the largest to date, featuring almost 200 exhibiting companies, of which close to 50 were new on the show, and drawing in more than 7,000 attendees from 46 different countries.

Says Sven Smit, Portfolio Director at event organiser, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery: “The introduction of the new Cyber Lab and its cybersecurity-focused content at this year’s Securex, as well as addressing topics such as artificial intelligence, the importance of cyber and physical security convergence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill within the free-to-attend Securex seminar theatre, reflects the changing trends within the local security sector. It is critical that Securex, with its pivotal role within the industry, echoes these new dynamics.”

Co-located with A-OSH EXPO, Africa’s leading occupational safety and health trade exhibition, the 26th Securex show will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre once again, between 14 and 16 May next year.

For more information on the 2019 show, please visit www.securex.co.za.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 10:41
As the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) converge for the 10th annual BRICS summit in Johannesburg, PwC’s consulting arm Strategy& has found that the direct, indirect, and induced impact of tourism from BRICS countries on South Africa’s economy is likely to create nearly 30,000 jobs in the country’s tourism industry.

The main topics of discussion covered at the BRICS summit held in Johannesburg this year included pertinent subjects such as peacekeeping and partnerships to facilitate industry 4.0 and some specific plans such as the establishment of a vaccine research centre, a gender and women forum, and a BRICS Tourism Track of Cooperation.

The last of these initiatives pertains to the substantial tourism that these countries generate amongst each other. Overall, the tourism sector in South Africa is a crucial contributor to the economy, generating more than 9% of the country’s GDP and providing jobs to as many as 1.6 million people, in addition to being one of the most diverse sectors in the country.

Last year, South Africa was the destination for 10.3 million tourists from across the world, a figure that stood at 7 million nearly a decade ago in 2009. Growth in the sector resulted from targeted initiatives from the South Africa government under the National Tourism Sector Strategy 2010-2020.

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of the country since 2009 – around 5% – exceeds the targets set under the NTSS, which is aimed at making South Africa the largest tourist destination on the continent. According to the World Economic Forum, South Africa is currently ranked 53 out of 136 countries in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index.

In some areas, however, the country was well entrenched in the top 10% in the rankings. These include, brand strategy, hotel pricing, quality of air transport, general tourism infrastructure, aesthetic appeal of natural assets, and, perhaps less significantly for the most part of the year, the number of large sport stadiums.

The sector is also due to continue growing over the near future. According to Big Four accounting and advisory firm PwC, the number of tourists to South Africa will likely increase at a CAGR of nearly 4% over the next four years to reach a staggering 12.3 million by the year 2022.

Moreover, the firm attributes a significant portion of this growth to South Africa’s membership in BRICS, particularly given the country’s position as host this year. Collaborative efforts amongst BRICS countries have led to the relaxation of visa regulations between the countries, which has further prompted an increase in tourism.

BRICS nations accounted for over 275,500 tourists to South Africa last year, which represents a 6% increase from the previous year, and the group of nations is currently debating methods to drive these numbers even further up for all countries.

The 6% growth was driven primarily by Brazillian tourists in South Africa, who registered an increase in number of nearly 75% between 2016 and 2017 alone. Russia also saw a large increase of 51% in the number of tourists to South Africa during the same period, while the number from India increased by a relatively small 2.7%. China’s tourist arrivals actually fell by 17% between 2016 and 2017.

“The 10th BRICS summit will not only bring hundreds of visitors from the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations to South Africa but further stimulate the growth already seen in overall inbound tourism from these four partners,” said the report.

Source: consultancy.co.za

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 10:27
Tourism in a Nairobi slum is rising but many residents are angry at becoming an attraction for wealthy foreign visitors saying “we are not wildlife”.

Kibera, Kenya –  Sylestine Awino rests on her faded brown couch, covering herself with a striped green shuka, a traditional Maasai fabric.

It’s exactly past noon in a noisy neighbourhood at the heart of Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum, and the 34-year-old has just finished her daily chores.

Directly opposite Awino, her two daughters are busy studying for an upcoming math exam.

The family will not have lunch today.

“We don’t afford the luxury of having two consecutive meals,” says Awino, a mother of three. “We took breakfast, meaning we will skip lunch and see if we can afford dinner”.

Up until five years ago, Awino made a living selling fresh food in Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city. There, she interacted with tourists who came to enjoy the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean.

But in 2013, she decided to move to Kibera, in the capital, Nairobi, aiming for new opportunities – only to meet camera-toting tourists again, this time eager to explore the crowded slum where many are unable to afford basic needs.

“This was strange. I used to see families from Europe and the United States flying to Mombasa to enjoy our oceans and beaches,” says Awino, who is now a housewife – her husband, a truck driver, provides for the family.

“Seeing the same tourists manoeuvring this dusty neighbourhood to see how we survive was shocking,” she adds.

Awino recalls one incident a few months ago when a group of tourists approached her, with one of them trying to take a picture of her.

“I felt like an object,” she says. “I wanted to yell at them, but I was afraid of the tour guides accompanying them”.

Some residents say tourism in Kibera is morally wrong, while others are taking advantage of the trend by becoming tour guides [Osman Mohamed Osman/Al Jazeera]

Kibera has seen a sudden rise of tourists over the past decade, with a number of companies offering guided tours showcasing how its residents live.

The slum faces high unemployment and poor sanitation, making living conditions dire for its residents.

According to Kenya’s 2009 census, Kibera is home to about 170,000 people. Other sources, however, estimate its population to be up to two million people.

Because of the high population, housing is inadequate. Many residents are living in tiny, 12ft by 12ft shack rooms, built in some cases with mud walls, a ridged roof and dirt floor. The small structures house up to eight people, with many sleeping on the floor.

Last week, thousands of families were left homeless after the government demolished homes, schools and churches to pave way for a road expansion.

Strolling through the dusty pathways sandwiched by the thin iron-sheet-walled houses, Musa Hussein is angry to see the growing popularity of the guided tours.

“Kibera is not a national park and we are not wildlife,” says the 67-year-old, who was born and raised here.

“The only reason why these tours exist is because [a] few people are making money out of it,” he adds.

The trade of showing a handful of wealthy people how the poor are living, Hussein argues, is morally wrong and tour companies should stop offering this service.

‘We created employment for ourselves’

Kibera Tours is one of the several companies that have been set up to meet the demand.

Established in 2008, the company has between 100 to 150 customers annually. Each client is charged around $30 for a three-hour tour, according to Frederick Otieno, the cofounder of Kibera Tours.

“The idea behind it was to simply show the positive side of Kibera and promote unique projects around the slums,” he says. “By doing this, we created employment for ourselves and the youth around us”.

The tour company employs 15 youths, working in shifts.

Willis Ouma is one of them.

Midmorning on a cloudy Saturday, the 21-year-old is wearing a bright red shirt. Accompanied by a colleague, he stands at one of the slum’s entrances, anxiously waiting to greet a group of four Danish tourists who have registered for the day’s tour.

“I have to impress them because tourists recommend to each other,” he says.

For three years, Ouma has been spending most of his weekends acting as a tour guide for hundreds of visitors.

“They enjoy seeing this place, which makes me want to do more. But some locals do not like it all,” he says, adding that he often has to calm down protesting residents.

Ouma earns $4 for every tour.

“This is my side hustle because it generates some extra cash for my survival,” he says. “I used my earnings to start a business of hawking boiled eggs”.

One of the Danish tourists is 46-year-old Lotte Rasmussen, a Nairobi resident who has toured Kibera more than 30 times, often with friends who visit from abroad.

“I bring friends to see how people live here. The people might not have money like us, but they are happy and that’s why I keep on coming,” she says, carefully bending down to take an image of a smiling Kibera toddler.

The tour includes stops at sites where visitors can buy locally-made craftwork, including ornaments and traditional clothing.

“We support local initiatives like children’s homes and women’s groups hence I do not see a problem with ethical issues,” says Rasmussen.

But Awino remains adamant.

She maintains that it is morally unfair that tourists keep on coming to the place she calls home.

“Think of the vice versa,” she says, “What would happen to an African like me in Europe or America, touring and taking photos of their poor citizens?”

Source: aljazeera.com

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 14:14
Kenya’s wildlife minister on Tuesday apologised for telling his critics to “go to hell” as he comes under mounting pressure over the death of ten rhinos during a botched transfer.

Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala had directed the comments to those calling for his resignation over the fiasco during a press conference on Monday.

“People need explanations about the rhinos… people are angry. I am also angry,” Balala told lawmakers Tuesday.

“I have emotions and I reacted. I feel let down by my system that did not act quickly to stop the death of the rhinos.”

Kenyans have been left stunned after 10 of 11 rhinos being transferred from Nairobi and Lake Nakuru national parks to Tsavo East died after the operation.

The 11th was attacked by lions and is recovering.

Balala has blamed Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) officials involved in the transfer for “negligence”, suspending six senior officials.

An initial enquiry indicated that the rhinos may have become dehydrated and died after drinking saline water in their new habitat.

The scandal intensified when the former chairman of the KWS board, the world-renowned anthropologist Richard Leakey, released a statement revealing that the board had on three prior occasions blocked the transfer.

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala supervises translocation of black rhinos from Nairobi National Park to Tsavo East National Park on June 26, 2018. Balala has blamed Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) officials involved in the transfer for “negligence”, suspending six senior officials.

He said this was due to “a deep concern about the lack of vegetation in the sanctuary that could sustain rhino, and also, the real issue of available and safe water.”

He also indicated that no new KWS board had been set up in the three months since the one he chaired expired, leaving the decision to carry out the translocation entirely up to Balala’s ministry.

Horns

As furious Kenyans on social media demanded to see the horns of the dead rhinos, KWS displayed the 20 horns to the media last week to allay suspicions.

In yet another blow to the country’s rhino population, the KWS said that a 12-year-old male had been killed by poachers for its horn in Nakuru National Park on Monday night.

Save the Rhinos estimates there are fewer than 5,500 black rhinos in the world, all of them in Africa, while Kenya’s black rhino population stands at 750, according to the Worldwide Fund for Nature.

Rhinos have few natural predators because of their size and thick skin but are targeted by poachers for their horns which are highly valued in parts of Asia where they are believed to have medicinal qualities.

Source: theeastafrican.co.ke

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 14:02
The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) embarked South African travel agents and tour operators on a discovery of the Seychelles islands as it hosted its annual roadshow.

Travelling to three main cities – Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town – the roadshow attracted over 85 agents in each city.

The events which were organized by the STB office in South Africa saw the participation of various trade partners from Seychelles.

STB was represented by the Regional Director for Africa and the Americas, David Germain; the Director for South Africa, Lena Hoareau and Marketing Executive, Melissa Samardzija.

The features of the island destination and its diverse products were showcased to the guests through round-robin sessions supported by live visual and vocal presentations.

The event was dubbed a success and offered much information as the agents were able to familiarize themselves with the destination and the various products.

It also presented opportunities for the partners to network during the breaks.

As part of efforts to showcase all aspects of the Seychelles culture, the workshop also featured for the first time, a culinary experience.

Seychellois chef, Marcus Freminot, delighted guests with a few local delicacies, such as the coconut “nougat”, local papaya jam, and creole cakes.

He also broadened the cultural scopes by talking about the local cuisine in general. The locally produced Takamaka Rum was also showcased.

The STB the Regional Director for Africa and the Americas, David Germain, described the workshop as professional and entertaining.

He expressed confidence that all attendees left with positive thoughts about Seychelles.

“They were well informed, updated and had that lasting good impression, which is what we had all hoped for,” said Mr Germain

The local partners who took part in the roadshow were Air Seychelles through their office in South Africa, Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association, Blue Safaris Seychelles, The H Resort Beau Vallon, Berjaya Resorts Seychelles, Mason’s Travel, 7 Degrees South and Summer Rain Tours.

The event also featured the South African Tour Operators Holiday Factory, Thompsons Holiday and Seyunique, cruise companies – Sunsail and The Moorings as well as representatives if Constance Hotels, Resorts and Spa in South Africa.

The STB Director for South Africa, Lena Hoareau said while her office organises various events throughout the year to train and inform agents of the various aspects of selling and recommending the destination to their clients, the annual roadshow remains the biggest event on the STB calendar in South Africa.

“It is good to note that Seychelles is still a destination of high interest for the South Africans and the roadshow remains very popular amongst the trade here. The post-workshop work is also very important as the partners will now be following up on businesses and contacts achieved at the workshops,” she said.

Mrs Hoareau mentioned that the STB office will definitely carry on the extensive work to further promote the destination jointly with the trade partners.

Source: eturbonews.com

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 13:58
According to the group, the minimum fare charge for all UberX rides is being increased from R20 to R25. The change came into effect from 31 July.

However, it noted that the previous minimum fare of R20 will still apply to all trips starting in Soweto, while the Port Elizabeth uberGO minimum fare has also changed from R17 to R20.

“Even with this small increase, Uber remains one of the most affordable and efficient ways to get around your city. You will still enjoy the reliable service you have come to expect from us,” it said.

The price hikes come on the back of a small increase in the petrol price in South Africa. Even though both grades of petrol (93 and 95) only increased by a cent on Wednesday, it still marks the fifth consecutive month of increases – with more hikes expected.

Uber drivers went on strike in June 2018, protesting against the 25% service fee charged by Uber per ride.

Uber said it was looking to trial a ‘tiered service fee’ for drivers, where the more trips completed by a driver-partner and the higher their rating, the lower their weekly Uber service fee is.

“As more drivers look to Uber as an earning opportunity, this small increase will still make it possible for riders to access affordable transport whilst providing profitable earnings for driver-partners,” it said.

Source: businesstech.co.za

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 13:53
Cape Town has been dubbed the African City of Opportunity, according to a recent research report published by PwC.

Presenting PwC’s research findings this morning, in partnership with  Wesgro, Councillor Brett Herron (Mayoral Committee Member for Transport &  Urban Development for the City of Cape Town) said: “With an unemployment rate  13 percentage points lower than the national figure, and 10 points lower than  the average metro, Cape Town is a city of genuine opportunity for millions of  people.”

Overall, Cape Town ranked 24th out of all 31 cities, 6th out of the middle-income country cities (behind Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Shanghai and Mexico City) and 1st in Africa.

The report benchmarks Cape Town against 30 of the world’s leading cities across 66 indicators of urban success. The 30 cities identified are global centres of finance, commerce and culture and represent among them a sizeable proportion of the world economy.

The 66 indicators were grouped under 10 key variables including Intellectual capital and innovation; technology readiness; city gateway; transportation and infrastructure; health, safety and security; sustainability and the natural environment; demographics and livability; economic clout; ease of doing business and cost.

The Mother City’s strongest scores were in: cost; ease of doing business; transportation and infrastructure; and sustainability and the natural environment. Moderate scores were reported in intellectual capital and innovation; and health, safety and security. Areas for improvement include economic clout; technology readiness; city gateway; and demographics and liveability.

More often than not, the city’s areas of strength are those that it has been allowed more power to control, while its areas of development often come down to one of two factors: global competition and, most notably, inequality.

Explaining the reasons behind some of the shortcomings, Dominic  Boyle, PwC’s Senior Manager for Cities & Urbanisation explains, “Although  Cape town ranks top in technology readiness in Africa, it lags behind other cities on a global scale. For example, Amsterdam alone host 900 Tech events a year and  leading cities are continuously looking for ways to improve connectivity –  although Cape Town is making progress in these areas, it falls short when  benchmarked against other cities globally.”

Jon Williams, Head of Cities & Urbanisation, PwC Africa added:  “Cape Town is a city with strong fundamentals, aspiring talent and a palpable  excitement, set against a backdrop of inequality, which is borne out of the  country’s past but which will play a role in the city’s future.”

Highlighting opportunities for improvement, the report contains a number  of recommendations aimed primarily at the city and provincial government, but  they also apply to national government, business and civil society, all of whom  have an interest in the success of Cape Town, these include:

  • Make education and safety top priorities, even though they are complex.
  • The city should continue to embrace technology and innovation and not be afraid to experiment.
  • As the city embraces ‘water resilience’ in the long-term, it should also be aware of and ready to react to financial, economic and social shocks.
  • In an ever-more connected world, Cape Town should learn from the best cities that are implementing innovative solutions.
  • The city must build on the success of its tourism.
  • Collaboration between government, business and citizens will unlock latent potential.
  • A city-centric government is a win-win.
  • The city should make use of big data to help solve important problems.
  • City leaders should actively drive data-led delivery.
  • In order to realise these opportunities, the City of  Cape Town must attract and retain the best people.
  • The city should also continue to build on its foundations of urban finance and infrastructure that have given it the strong platform it enjoys today.

In a final comment, Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, commented: “It’s a real credit to Cape Town that we’re even on this list. Taking a closer look at middle-income cities used as benchmarks in the report, 9 of the 13 cities are more than double the size of Cape Town. With the exception of Rio, every other city on the list is either the largest city in their country or their capital city. We are all ambassadors for the place we live in and love – it is up to all of us to promote this little city on the tip of  Africa that punches well above its weight.”

For the full report, please visit the PwC website.

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:48
The dates for the 2019 National Arts Festival have been announced as 27 June to 7 July and proposals for the main programme have been extended.

Established and emerging artists are invited to submit proposals to be reviewed by the Artistic Committee for possible inclusion in next year’s Main Programme.

The original closing date of 15 August has now been extended till 31 August at 17h00 to allow artists more time to complete their applications.

“The core of our Main Programme is the result of works selected from this open call for submissions by the lead curators for the various disciplines,” explains Executive Producer Ashraf Johaardien. “This is then followed by a lengthy process of deliberation and consultation,” he adds.

The other key component of the Festival is the Fringe; an open-access platform of unsolicited works that do not go through a curation process The call for proposals for the 2019 Fringe will open in September 2018.

There is no prescribed theme for the Main Programme in 2019. Instead, a collective interrogation of the cross-genre shortlist identified by the curatorial team will guide the Artistic Committee in deciding on a thematic framework which will be announced when the programme is unveiled.

Artists and producers interested in applying for consideration for the Main Programme should visit https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/2019-festival/naf19-call-for-proposals/.

Image: A scene from BLACK PRIVILEGE by National Arts Festival Featured Artist for 2018, Mamela Nyamza – photo credit Chris de Beer – download it here

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:31
Gearhouse recently announced the latest addition to the group, Showcom, which started trading from its new home at Lang Street in Johannesburg.

The Gearhouse Group’s collection of companies, branches and divisions service the conferencing, exhibition and event industries holistically. The Group is constantly evolving to meet changing needs, and while each company operates individually, they also fit neatly together to provide the widest range of technical services currently available in South Africa.

Gearhouse recently announced the latest addition to the group, Showcom, which started trading from its new home at 18 Lang Street, Bezuidenhout Valley, Johannesburg on 1 June. Headed up by Nickolas Chapman, Showcom (Pty) Ltd specialises in seamless communication solutions for any size event, offering a range of the latest technology in wireless, wired or two-way radio communication systems for user-friendly, reliable and secure communication. The company’s high-quality intercom communication solutions optimise workflow in situations that demand precise, dependable collaboration. While Showcom is headquartered in Johannesburg, the services are available countrywide.

“Showcom specialises in managing your communication systems onsite to ensure that your event happens seamlessly. We offer a range of the latest technology in wireless, wired or two-way radio communication systems for user-friendly, reliable and secure communication,” Chapman explains.

“Intercom Communication solutions rounds off our range of services quite well.  Through Gearhouse you can now access: Lighting, Audio, Audio Visual, Structures/Staging, Rigging, Power, Set Construction, LED Screen, Intercom Communication Systems, Portable Event Venues, Venue Technical Management, Grandstand seating, Theatre equipment rental and Systems Integration for permanent installation.”

The official launch of Showcom was celebrated on 1 August.

For more information, please visit  www.showcom.co.za.

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Friday, August 10, 2018 - 15:18
The Western Cape Province, the City of Cape Town, Wesgro and other supporting partners have officially announced the launch of the inaugural Africa Halal Week  2018, scheduled to take place between 15 to 17 October.

The Africa Halal Week will foster business linkages and conversations as well as highlight opportunities spanning across sectors including Tourism, Trade, Investment, Islamic Banking, Fashion, and Film and  Media Promotion, Fashion, Cuisine, Investment and Trade opportunities in SA and  Africa.

The key events taking place include:

  1. Halal Products and Services Trade Exhibition  & Business-2-Business Matchmaking;
  2. Over 100 Western Cape Halal Businesses  showcasing their halal certified agri-processed products;
  3. Export Market Access Seminars unlocking the  secrets to accessing foreign markets;
  4. Modest Fashion Forum Market unpacking the modest  fashion industry and providing insights into accessing the global fashion and  design markets;
  5. 1-Day Investment Conference focusing on Islamic Banking, Sharia Finance and Project Funding;
  6. The role of Islamic finance in growing the  Western Cape Halal industry;
  7. Tourism Conference focusing on understanding the  trends and opportunities that exist within the global halal tourism industry as  well as insights on successfully hosting the Muslim traveller;
  8. The Western Cape as a Muslim-friendly Film and Media  Destination.

To date, 40 international buyers, CEOs and key opinion leaders operating in the global halal industry will be participating in the  Africa Halal Week.

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, addressed the media about the conceptualisation of Project Khulisa – which set out to create new jobs in the tourism and agri-processing sectors. Since 2015, a key initiative under the project has been to grow the Western Cape’s share of the  Halal market from less than 1% to 2%.

Minister Winde commented: “We’ve grown the Halal Market by over R900 million since 2015. Under Project Khulisa, the Western Cape alone is responsible for exporting over R10 billion in Halal products. We look forward  to nurturing this already lucrative market to see it expand even further within  the province, creating much-needed jobs and boosting the Cape’s economy.”

Expanding on the importance of creating a week dedicated to  growing the Halal industry in the province Rashid Toefy, Deputy Director  General of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) ,  commented: “The role of Africa Halal Week is to put Cape Town and the Western  Cape on the map as a preferred Halal trading partner. The province is perfectly  positioned, with frequent and direct flights into the rest of Africa, to become  a hub for Halal on the continent, and a launch pad for international partners  to access the African markets.”

Growing double the rate of the non-Muslim world, it is predicted that the global Muslim population will equate to 31% of the world’s total population by 2060. Honing in on how the Halal market is so much more  than food products containing a Halal verification stamp, Professor Ebrahim  Arnold – Chairperson of the Interim Halal Co-ordinating Committee  said:

“Africa Halal Week is an opportunity for every one of all persuasions to visit the Western Cape and be encapsulated by the more than 300  years history of the impact of Halal living. With the ever-growing population of Muslims globally, the opportunities for the industry abound. Cape Town  boasts the first Halal certification process in the industry and is supported  by Halal certifiers who are seriously striving towards maintaining Global  Standards for Halal processes.”

Wesgro’s International Trade Unit and DEDAT have been working closely with stakeholders such as the Halal Co-Ordinating Committee,  Halal Certification Bodies, Export Councils and the private sector to make the event a reality.

Highlighting the importance of Halal in other sectors –  Wesgro CEO Tim Harris, referenced the  Mastercard Halal Trip Muslim Millennial Travel  Report 2017 research, that projects that the total expenditure from Muslim  millennial travellers alone will surpass US$100 billion by 2025, while the  overall Muslim travel segment is estimated to reach US$300 billion by 2026.

“Our province is rich in history, across a multitude of religions, ethnic groups and cultures. Halal is one of the threads that reveals the tolerance of our city as well as our capabilities in delivering on the requirements of this sector. We are perfectly positioned at the Southern tip of  Africa to tap into this growing consumer base and increase our capacity in the  Halal supply chain, with the goal of growing the Cape’s Halal Market share,”  concluded Harris.

The long-term aim of this project is to position the Western  Cape and SA as an important trading hub for Africa. To this end, it is hoped that the Africa Halal Week will grow and become a key trade platform on the international calendar.

For more information on Africa Halal Week 2018, please visit  https://www.capehalal.com/events/africa-halal-week-2018

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