Chatterpaul Singh, known as Kevin Singh, was on Friday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on two counts of fraud, both of which he has denied.It is alleged that on April 23, 2018, while in the vicinity of Georgetown, having received $240,000 for or on account of Richard Singh, Chatterpaul Singh fraudulently converted same to his own use and benefit.It is also alleged that on March 24, 2018, in Georgetown, having received $600,000 for or on account of Richard Singh, he fraudulently converted same to his own use and benefit.Singh’s attorney told the court that his client was employed with the virtual complainant for over nine months and never got paid.The Police prosecutor did not object to the accused being placed on bail, and the magistrate placed Chatterpaul Singh on bail in the sum of $100,000 on each count. The matter was adjourned to July 13, 2018.The father of two had been placed before the courts in July last on a charge of wounding Chatanand Persaud with intent to murder him.
President Jacob Zuma and President Ian Khama met in Gabarone, Botswana, to discuss political and economic relations between the two countries.(Image: GCIS) South Africa and Botswana signed a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and investment between the two countries.(Image: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mac Maharaj, The Presidency +27 79 879 3203 RELATED ARTICLES • National development plan unveiled • Zuma address: SA wants job focus • No stopping Africa’s growth: Zuma • Zuma talks partnerships, jobs and other thingsWilma den HartighSouth Africa and Botswana have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and investment between the two countries and create opportunities for industrialisation and the manufacturing sectors.The signing follows a two-day state visit by President Jacob Zuma to Gaborone with the purpose to strengthen political and economic relations with the neighbouring country.His visit was a follow-up to the October 2010 one by President Ian Khama to Pretoria, during which the two countries reviewed progress in various areas of bilateral cooperation. The MOU was signed by the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre and Trade and Investment South Africa, a unit of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), at the South Africa-Botswana Business Forum.A high level ministerial delegation from South Africa that included DTI Minister Rob Davies, and his Botswana counterpart, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, also participated in the proceedings. Also at the forum were also prominent business leaders from various sectors.Strengthening economiesThe signing also marks a significant move to strengthen existing economic ties between the two countries.“We are looking to promote deeper mutually beneficial economic relations between the two countries,” said Davies.South Africa and Botswana are already trading partners, with local companies having a major presence in various sectors of Botswana’s economy such as mining, housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services.Zuma’s spokeperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement investment in infrastructure was an important focus of the visit. This was especially the case if the two countries are to work together on large scale projects such as cross-border infrastructure as well as industrial and energy developments.According to Davies, the continent is the new growth frontier.“It is a place that investors can no longer ignore,” he said, adding that there is a need for the continent to move into more value added and economically diversified activities.“We need to industrialise the continent and re-industrialise South Africa’s economy because this sector has taken a lot of strain,” he added. “We have to create business opportunities for industrial development.”This was reiterated by Pumla Ncapayi, the DTI’s deputy director general, who said there is a need to move away from mineral-based economies only, towards manufacturing-driven sectors.Speaking on behalf of the Black Business Council, spokesperson Sandile Zungu said the two countries are in a good position to work together as they share common challenges.“We need to beneficiate, increase manufacturing capacity and forge better collaboration as regional economies,” he said.Makgato-Malesu took the opportunity to speak on Botswana’s status as a rising investment hub.“We are looking for the type of investment that will help us accelerate industrialisation and result in economic diversification of the economy of Botswana,” she said.Building on existing relationshipsIn his address, Zuma referred to the strong historical, economic, social, political and neighbourly relations that the two countries share, saying these were strengthened during South Africa’s liberation struggle.“Enhancing close economic cooperation between Botswana and South Africa is a priority,” he said. “We believe that the time for Africa has come to utilise its resources for the benefit of itself.”Following on Zuma’s encouraging message to the business communities of the two countries to take advantage of new opportunities, Zungu said:“The argument for cooperation between the two countries is sound, and together the two can achieve so much more.”He added that the role of business on the continent can extend beyond financial investment only.“The business approach of only being profit driven is a bygone era,” he said.“Business people must take cognisance of the fact that there is high unemployment in the region and they must think how their businesses can meet this need, but at the same time achieve accelerated growth.”
Ugandan artist Benon Lutaaya’s colourful workspace at the Bag Factory studios in Fordsburg, in Johannesburg’s inner city. (Image: Benon Lutaaya)• Contact NameJob positionOrganisation+27 11 123 [email protected]• Jackson Hlungwani’s New Jerusalem comes to Joburg • Exhibition traces migrant workers’ journey• The art of weaponry • Ancient art keeps heroes alive • Art helps children paint a better futureGabrielle OzynskiTucked away in Fordsburg near the Oriental Plaza, in the west of the Johannesburg inner city, an unassuming warehouse has helped develop important South African artists for over two decades. Divided into 16 working studios, the Bag Factory continues to connect artists to the local and international art world with residency programmes and visiting foreign artists.The organisation was co-founded in 1991 by artist, teacher and curator David Koloane and British art collector and philanthropist Robert Loder, who saw the need for a permanent space where artists could be nurtured, sharing both space and ideas. Artists who took up residence included such present-day luminaries as William Kentridge, Penny Siopis, Wayne Barker, Ricky Burnett, Deborah Bell, Pat Mautloa and Sam Nhlengethwa.Mautloa and Nhlengethwa are still involved as members of the board, while Koloane is an honorary co-director. All three still work from their studios at the Bag Factory.Built on the idea of open access, the Bag Factory has expanded and developed as a facilitator, educator and opportunity for cultural exchange, for both local and international artists. With its studios, residencies, exhibitions, educational workshops, curator programme and training opportunities for artists, and including community groups and the general public, it plays a key role in nurturing and promoting South African artists.A former industrial warehouse, the Bag Factory has now been converted into 16 artists’ studios. (Image: Bag Factory)Sara Hallatt, who joined in 2011, is the director of the Bag Factory. Her deputy is James French, who has been with the organisation since 2001. French does everything from promoting and managing the artists in residence, to fundraising and answering the phone.“We do not have a top-down management style here,” he says. “Every artist is their own boss. We are there to support them, alerting them to funders and helping them to make contacts. Our focus is on communication and the creative flow.”Exposing artThe gallery is not commercial, French says. Instead, it is geared to exposing the artists’ work, although the work can also be sold directly to the public.“Our three-month residency programme, started in 1996, is our flagship programme, where 12 artists come from around the world through the year, to create works, interact with the local art community, have exhibitions, and make contacts in the art world and experience Joburg’s diverse cultural environment. Apart from producing their own work, visiting artists engage with the local artists resident at the Bag Factory. At the end of their period of residency, they hold open studios and a public exhibition.”The benefits, both here and abroad, are clear, “as international artists go back to their communities with a wealth of South African contacts and popularise South Africa’s art in their home countries”.“Untitled” by Benon Lutaaya. (Image: Benon Lutaaya)For artists who can pay their own way, an artists-in-residence self-funded programme provides self-catered accommodation and a studio for rent, along with support from the studio’s staff and artists. The Bag Factory also offers two awards. The Reinhold Cassirer Award funded by the late Nadine Gordimer and fine art auctioneers Strauss & Co, which offers an emerging artist under the age of 35, in the field of drawing or painting, the opportunity to spend about 10 weeks at the studios. The David Koloane Residency Award is an annual grant to an emerging South African visual artist, with preference given to artists from remote areas. The award winner receives an 11-week residency from January to March each year.Artist in residenceThe current Reinhold Cassirer Award holder is Thato Nhlapo, whose work focuses on his home township of Ratanda.Artists currently in residence demonstrate how the Bag Factory has given many unknown artists their big break. Benon Lutaaya from Uganda rents a studio and is now a successful artist in his own right. He is known for his powerful paper collage portraiture paintings – “recycling” his materials as a medium by creating giant collages out of pieces of paper on which he has previously mixed his paints – with themes that focus on isolation and the fragility of life.“Back in Uganda, life was a struggle,” he says. “After attending university, I started collecting newspapers to make collages. I had no access to any kind of art or art materials.” His life changed after he heard about the Bag Factory, and he applied for the Reinhold Cassirer Award in 2011. He started to paint and sold his first work for R500. Three years later, Lutaaya commands R40 000 for a painting, and his work has been shown at a number of local and international exhibitions.Benon Lutaaya’s studio at the Bag Factory. (Image: Gabrielle Ozynski)“Being at the Bag Factory has given me the space to learn and develop. The residence has helped me to get where I am today. And my success has allowed me to give back to those in need and to the Bag Factory.” He has donated over R200 000 to children’s NGOs and has started a trust for underprivileged children in Uganda.Award winnerAsanda Kupa, an artist from Molteno in Eastern Cape, won the Reinhold Cassirer Award in 2013 and now rents a studio. “You are under one roof with experienced artists,” Kupa says of the Bag Factory. “You realise you are on the map and are taken seriously and encouraged.”Asanda Kupa. (Image: Gabrielle Ozynski)Diana Hyslop, who originally worked at the Johannesburg Art Foundation, has rented a studio at the Bag Factory for 10 years. “I have gone on some amazing residencies through the Bag Factory, to Uruguay, to France on the Camac residency programme,” she says. “And in 2012, there was an exchange programme between French and South African artists.”Hyslop’s latest paintings are of food. “I wanted to focus on the food crisis in the world, and in contrast the obsession with dieting and being thin, and how the body looks, and the health fads that come and go.”Diana Hyslop. (Image: Gabrielle Ozynski)Thupelo workshopsPat Mautloa, who was originally involved in the Thupelo Workshops and is a member of the Bag Factory board, says that art was the unifying medium that brought artists who lived in separate worlds under apartheid to work together at Thupelo. “It was noble but temporary as the workshops were only two weeks long. Then everyone would return to the suburbs and the townships and stop painting.”Pat Mautloa. (Image: Gabrielle Ozynski)The Thupelo Workshops – “thupelo” is a Setswana/Sesotho word meaning “teach by example” – were founded in 1985, during the apartheid era, to allow black and white artists from around the country to work together in a venue outside the city. The workshops aimed to encourage artists to experiment with different materials and techniques, and to exchange ideas. They also encouraged a move away from the stereotypical “township art” style of painting.“Then Robert Loder bought the building and a permanent studio was opened to artists of all races,” say Mautloa. “Now our artists in residence are ambassadors for South Africa, and they come from all over the globe.“Studio artists are able to attend residencies overseas, such as in India, Cuba and the rest of Africa. They’ve been invited to exhibit at international biennales. Young artists who have won the Reinhold Cassirer Award and the David Koloane Mentorship, their careers have really taken off. The Bag Factory is sustaining the culture of the country.”Mautola likes to work with found objects. “I’ve always worked with found objects. I like to recycle things.” One example is a sculpture in his studio made out of an old spade, a pickaxe and a wheelbarrow, which have been electroplated. Another is a mask made out of a plastic canister, its spout becoming a mouth.He is currently working a series of paintings on the different views from the Bag Factory studios, showing the mosque and Fordsburg’s old shops. “I am documenting Joburg. It’s a forever changing city; but these paintings [of its views] will last forever.”Blessing NgobeniBlessing Ngobeni applied for and won the Reinhold Cassirer Award in 2012 and now rents a studio at the complex. His career has blossomed since winning the award and he feels that this experience has benefitted him both “artistically and personally”. “My works are now being recognised around the world. Art collectors know my work. All the media recognition I’ve got has stemmed from winning this award. I now have an upcoming residency in San Francisco.”Blessing Ngobeni. (Image: Gabrielle Ozynski)Ngobeni is working on a series called Dialogue with the Masters for an exhibition to be held from 22 to 24 August at the Sandton Convention Centre. Ten contemporary artists have been invited to engage with influential works of South African masters to celebrate 20 years of democracy. Artist Dumile Feni, who went into exile in the United States, where he died in 1991, is Ngobeni’s choice.“Dumile Feni was free as an artist even though he was oppressed. To engage visually with Feni, I looked at how he was neglected, how he was isolated and ended up a damaged person. He was in exile and then he died. But now he is alive again through this work.”Artist Gail Behrmann studied fine art under Bill Ainslie at the Johannesburg Art Foundation in the 1970s. An artist and filmmaker, Behrmann has rented a studio at the complex for three years. “The Bag Factory allows for interaction between artists, sharing techniques and help when needed. Having individual studios also allows for the necessary privacy to create. The office administration is excellent, which leaves artists to do what they do best – make art,” she says. Her abstract images “explore positive and negative space”.Thonton Kabeya, from Democratic Republic of the Congo, uses burnt walnut shells made into a paste as his medium. About his painting Made in China, which features rows of shoes coated in acrylic paint and coloured with the walnut paste, he says: “I am interested in what life in Africa will be like 100 years from now and how the cheap influx of goods from China affects our continent.”Thornton Kabeya with his work “Made in China”. (Image: Gabrielle Ozynski)Programmes on offer“Apart from our residency programmes, we offer professional skills workshops to our artists as well the public, such as video art, animation and performance art, which are not generally taught in art schools,” French says. “When there is funding, we offer an audience development programme, for example where a school is bussed in from a township to visit the studios and interact with the artists. It is often the first time children [from these disadvantaged areas] have been to a gallery or come into contact with art in their life.“We also offer a curator programme for young people to learn curating skills, taught and guided by experienced curators.”Apart from these programmes, the Bag Factory’s artists take part in the annual Johannesburg Art Fair and had works on show at the Turbine Art Fair in July, in the Newtown Precinct in Johannesburg. But to keep this up, the search for funds is an ongoing challenge. French notes that since the economic crisis has hit, funding has been affected, with far less donor cash available. To survive in today’s art world, the Bag Factory has had to be creative in bringing in money.Says French: “We are headhunting artists we like and looking for funding for them; also we are encouraging artists to find their own funding.”A successful event is its annual Picnic Blanket fundraiser, held this year at Johannesburg’s beautiful Shepstone Gardens. For R450, people were treated to a picnic basket, a bottle of wine, some good jazz, an art auction, and a raffle. There was also an area for entertaining children.A wine tasting and art evening, and a jazz evening are some of the other events that have been held to raise funds. To apply for a residency at the Bag Factory, make a donation or for any other information, check the website, phone +27 11 834 9181 or email [email protected]
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the recent meeting with President of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump; and several Caribbean leaders provided a direct opportunity for the strengthening of bilateral and regional relationships.On Friday, March 22, 2019, the leaders of five Caribbean countries – The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia – met with President Trump, in Florida. The meeting was initiated by the United States.Speaking in the House of Representatives on April 30, the Prime Minister said the meeting provided an opportunity for a different dialogue with leaders of the region and the President to explore ways of strengthening the bilateral and regional relationships and express and reaffirm the goodwill between the United States (US) and the region.The Prime Minister was replying to questions about the trip posed by Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lisa Hanna.Mr. Holness said the context of the meeting was the wider Caribbean and not specific to CARICOM, adding that the invitation was extended on a bilateral basis; nevertheless, the meeting provided an opportunity to address issues relevant to CARICOM member states.The Prime Minister said the meeting with President Trump focused more on high-level discussions.“The President wanted to hear the leaders’ perspectives on a range of issues, including the current economic outlook from each country in attendance and for the region generally; areas in which the US could offer greater support; the situation in Venezuela; and the respective perspectives of the leaders who attended, on Cuba,” he said.Mr. Holness said specific concerns were raised by Caribbean leaders about the importance of tourism to the region and the extremely dampening effects that travel advisories and warnings had on visitor arrivals from the North American market.“The President took a particular interest in this matter and asked that it be looked into,” he said.He said a greater role for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in the region was also discussed as a way to increase investment and support for strategic development imperatives of the region, particularly in energy and infrastructure.Mr. Holness pointed out that Jamaica is already working on a cooperation programme with the United States through the Treasury Department in this regard.He said all leaders present expressed concern over the situation in Venezuela and support for a peaceful and sustainable solution to return the country to a stable and democratic country.The Prime Minister informed that before the meeting with President Trump, the invited leaders had a working meeting with the US National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton.He said detailed discussions were had on a range of subjects, including national security and protecting the maritime space of the region through greater support with assets and information sharing, disaster management and resilience building within the context of increased frequency and intensity of weather events, and an increased role in the region for the redefined OPIC.Also discussed were blacklisting, derisking and potential loss of correspondent banking services in Caribbean countries; extension of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI); the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, which allows continued one-way duty-free access for Caribbean goods into the US market beyond 2019; energy security and stronger economic cooperation; and the situation in Venezuela.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said Jamaica has not given any commitment to the USA that it will be a party to any activity to change the current government in Venezuela.He said on receiving the invitation, the Government reviewed the context of the proposed meeting and the invitation and concluded that the meeting was in keeping with the country’s policy objective to ensure Jamaica remains a relevant leader and influential voice in the region; and the meeting provided an opportunity for Jamaica to discuss its security and economic interest with its largest trading partner and security partner.“There was strong sentiment among regional leaders that the US had not been paying enough attention to the Caribbean as the third border of the United States,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the recent meeting with President of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump; and several Caribbean leaders provided a direct opportunity for the strengthening of bilateral and regional relationships. On Friday, March 22, 2019, the leaders of five Caribbean countries – The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia – met with President Trump, in Florida. The meeting was initiated by the United States. Speaking in the House of Representatives on April 30, the Prime Minister said the meeting provided an opportunity for a different dialogue with leaders of the region and the President to explore ways of strengthening the bilateral and regional relationships and express and reaffirm the goodwill between the United States (US) and the region. Story Highlights
Kolkata: Yangon Aerodrome Company Ltd organised a one-day roadshow in Kolkata on Friday to attract more tourists from India and Bengal to Myanmar.In recent times, the inflow of tourists from India to neighbouring Myanmar is on the rise with the Myanmar government granting visas-on-arrival to Indian passport holders. “This roadshow is an important occasion for us to collaborate with our Indian counterparts and partners to develop more air routes so that more people can experience what Myanmar has to offer and vice-versa,” said Jose Angeja chief operating officer at Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataYangon Aerodrome Company Ltd. According to May Myat Mon Win, chairperson of Myanmar Tourism Federation in the year 2018, altogether 40,000 tourists from India went to Myanmar and in the first five months of 2019 there has been an increase of more than 6 percent in the footfall of India tourists. “We feel that the time is ripe to promote Myanmar. We are beginning with a roadshow in Kolkata and will be holding a rally to promote tourism in the month of November. We will be holding a roadshow in Mumbai in 2020,” said Mon Win. About 58,000 tourists from Myanmar visited India in 2018. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateApart from classical destinations such as Yangoon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake, Myanmar Tourism Federation is also promoting nine new destinations that will enable tourists to delve deep into its hidden corners. The new destinations are Mrauk U, Lokkaw, Putao, Hsipaw, Mt. Victoria, Mergui Archipelago, Mogok, Hpaan and Kyaing Tong. The participants attending the event agreed to work jointly to promote air connectivity. The only Indian airline operating at Yangon International Airport is Air India, which operates three scheduled flight per week to and from New Delhi. Air India is planning to increase its frequency of flights from India to Myanmar. It will start twice a week operation from Mumbai to Myanmar. Yangon International Airport handled a total of 6.035 million passengers in 2018.