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President Weah pays his real estate taxes using the servicePres. Weah Admonishes taxpayers as LRA Launches Mobile Tax Payment via Orange MoneyPresident George Manneh Weah has called on Liberians and foreigners to pay their taxes in compliance with the law for the development of the country.He made the plea on Thursday, April 12, when he served as the chief launcher at the ceremony of a new service that will allow Liberian taxpayers to pay their taxes via Orange Money.The mobile tax payment technology was launched by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) at the Monrovia City Hall.The newly-launched mobile tax payment technology allows taxpayers, mainly small and medium income earners, from US$500 down, to pay their taxes through the Orange Money Service.President Weah said, “Money must be paid to the Government of Liberia; money is in the country, but not paid in taxes to the government to meet its development agenda. The government will remain flexible to taxpayers and will allow them to pay their taxes quarterly if need be.”President Weah launched the service by becoming the first Liberian citizen to pay his taxes online in an undisclosed currency and amount, using the Orange Money service. “Our e-revenue strategy is to increase revenue collection efficiently through technology in order to be able to better redistribute collected money for our developmental pro-poor agenda,” he said.“This service helps to improve efficiency, helps achieve policy outcomes and contributes to economic policy objectives. It helps to build trust between the government and its people.”After going through the prompts on his mobile phone, the president announced: “Transaction successful!”The LRA is an autonomous agency established by an Act of the Legislature and began operations in 2014, to collect lawful revenue for the government. It works under the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, explaining the success of the venture, said it was through “Goal 4 of our strategy that is aimed at transforming tax administration and using Information Technology.”She attributed the success in the technological setup to the LRA technical team, Orange-Liberia, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Lonestar Cell MTN.She also commended USAID (United States Aid for International Development) for its technical and capacity building support to the LRA in meeting up with the drafting of its tax policies.Outlining the benefits of the new technology, Madam Tamba said, “Taxpayers could take days standing at windows of LRA, MFDP, the Freeport of Monrovia and other revenue generating entities to pay their taxes; some of which could even lead to closing shops and operating entities for small and medium-size businesses;but with this technology they can remain in the comfort of their homes or even while on the move to pay their taxes in less than five minutes.”She said the new method is meant to facilitate voluntary compliance in order to enhance domestic resource mobilization. The Commissioner-General said the new technology will minimize potential corruption by reducing cash tax payment to individuals at revenue generating points.She said modernizing tax administration is also to facilitate the government’s pro-poor agenda. “We need roads, water, electricity, housing and almost everything in this country, and when we travel we see that we are far behind,” Madam Tamba said.Mr. William Saamoi, Director for Legal, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs at Orange-Liberia, on behalf of the company’s CEO Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly, said: “Orange Liberia extends gratitude to the government through the LRA for opening this unique partnership between the government and Orange-Liberia for the creation of this platform for the payment of taxes via Orange Money.”He also thanked the UBA and USAID who had contributed to the process. “Today we are proud to say that with the collaboration of our partners, we are the first telecom operator who have been able to develop a tax payment system through our platform that is not only user friendly but also very convenient, flexible and highly efficient on capturing information on payments made by taxpayers,” Mr. Saamoi said.The Head of the United Bank of Africa Mr. Olalekan Balogun concurred with Madam Tamba, noting: “Today is a milestone for UBA because this will provide efficiency, convenience, and transparency in the way we collect taxes for LRA. It is a transformation because this will change the way people pay their taxes, and how LRA can ensure an enhanced and more robust collection process.”Available services covered by the technology for tax payment include Corporate Income tax, Withholding tax (The amount of an employee’s pay withheld by an employer and sent directly to the government as partial payment of income tax), Personal Income tax, Real Estate tax, Business tax (2% and 4%), Excise tax (A tax paid when purchases are made on a specific good) and Goods and Services Tax (GST).Other available services for non-tax payments are birth certificates, marriage certificates, travel certificates (otherwise known as passports) fire inspection fees and business registration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A legal Secretary/Receptionist is required for a leading solicitor’s practice based in Donegal Town. Previous experience in a solicitor’s practice is preferable.Essential Skills • Dictaphone Typing• Proficiency in Case Management Systems• Preparation of Legal Documents• Ability to manage and prioritise demands• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills• Strong customer service skills• Excellent people and telephone skills• Excellent organisational and administrative skillsPlease reply with your Curriculum Vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org and use the reference ‘Legal Secretary’Job Vacancy: Leading Solicitor’s practise requires legal secretary/receptionist was last modified: July 20th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Chelsea are interested in signing Uruguay international Álvaro Pereira from Porto, according to The People.Pereira, 26, is a left-sided player who can operate at full-back or further forward.It is claimed that Porto rate him at £23m and that Chelsea may offer £13m plus one of their young players.Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror say Chelsea are keeping tabs on Newcastle’s Danny Simpson after he rejected a new contract at St James’ Park.The People also suggest that QPR manager Mark Hughes is considering signing David Bentley on loan from Tottenham next season.Bentley, who has been out of favour at Spurs for some time, played under Hughes at Blackburn.The England international currently has a knee injury but has been tipped to be fit for the start of next term.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Fulham overcame a difficult start to open up a commanding lead at Craven Cottage.After surviving a host of Sheffield Wednesday chances, Ross McCormack fired in the opener with a well-struck free-kick before Shaun Hutchinson headed in a corner just before the break.A throng of away supporters thought their side had scored when Lewis McGugan’s free-kick missed by inches and hit the side netting, after both Chris Maguire and Tom Lees went close for the Owls.Stevie May also forced Marcus Bettenelli, returning from suspension as one of two changes along with Scott Parker, into a low diving save straight after McCormack curled in only his sixth goal of the season.Hutchinson, continuing in defence after an impressive display in last week’s win at Leeds, met Bryan Ruiz’ set piece at the near post on 45 minutes.Hugo Rodallega could also have put the Whites into an early lead when he wrong-footed his marker and fired a shot saved by Kieren Westwood at the far post.Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Grimmer, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Stafylidis; Parker, Christensen, Fofana; Ruiz, McCormack, RodallegaSubs: Kiraly, Zverotić, Roberts, Woodrow, Williams, Hyndman, Burn.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The climate park will go a long way tohelp animals such as this lion, resting in theshade in the Namaqua National Park, tocool down.(Image: South African National Parks)Khanyi MagubaneGlobal warming has become a hot topic in both environmental and political circles, and South Africa has not been left untouched. The country’s wildlife in particular stands to suffer from an increasingly warm and dry climate.A new addition to the Namaqua National Park in the Northern Cape province is expected to take some of the heat off its inhabitants. The newly acquired 63 000ha of land along South Africa’s west coast will allow animals to migrate to cooler parts of the park. The land will increase Namaqua’s size to 144 000ha, making it the fifth largest national park in the country.According to South African National Parks’ (SANParks) managing executive of park operations, Paul Daphne, the park’s extension from sea level to an elevation of around 1 700m will allow a greater chance of survival for both animal and plant species.“Our state-of-the-art park will be able to accommodate the inevitability of climate change,” he says. “There may be other national parks where this climate change accommodation could take place, but this is the first one consciously designed with that in mind.”From diamonds to gameThe new addition to the Namaqua Park is owned by diamond mining company De Beers and has been leased to the SANParks for 99 years. Once the lease expires, SANParks will have the option of extending the lease for a further 99 years.The land started its commercial life as a diamond mine, but is now home to sheep farmers.Over the next three years, SANParks will start the process of opening the land’s borders to the existing park’s grounds. An estimated R8.5-million (US$852 000) will be spent on converting the new land into a suitable game park.According to SANParks, 55 local workers will be hired to rehabilitate old roads, 4×4 tracks and historic mining sites. New hiking trails and other game park facilities will also be added to the extension.Of further global environmental interest is the area in the park known as a biodiversity hotspot – the Succulent Karoo biome, or ecosystem. According to SANParks.org, this biome has been identified as a priority for protected area development. The new land’s coastline will increase the sanctuary’s ability to protect animals and plants that thrive in similar climatic and geographic environments.“The Succulent Karoo biome has been identified as a priority biome by the department of environment affairs and tourism, largely because of the high number of endemic species. It is one of the biomes with the least percentage under conservation,” says Daphne.The Succulent Karoo biome is mostly characterised by low winter rainfall and extreme summer aridity. Rainfall in the area varies between 20 and 290mm per year while summer temperatures often peak at 40°C. Fog is common in coastal areas and mountain winds blow throughout the year.According to De Beer’s head of ecology, John Kruger, the conservation of the area will enhance the potential for “ecologically-friendly tourism, and therefore create new, sustainable employment opportunities”.Warm temperatures pose threatRising global temperatures are a cause for concern for environmentalists around the world.According to the South African Climate Action Network, the predicted effects of climate change in South Africa include higher temperatures, particularly in the arid areas; a reduction in rainfall in summer rainfall areas; increasing incidents of droughts and floods; and rising sea level threatening low-lying areas.Humans will not be spared. Climate changes will increase various health risks ranging from skin cancer to extended outbursts of cholera and malaria.Global warming also threatens South Africa’s already vulnerable water supply system. It could also lead to desertification, which would threaten food security and the country’s unique biodiversity.A June 2008 report released by the International Panel on Climate Change indicated that up to two-thirds of the animal species in the Kruger National Park face extinction if global temperatures increase at the current rate.According to the report, a temperature increase of between 2.5° C to 3°C could lead to the extinction of 24% to 59% of mammals, up to 40% of birds, and up to 70% of butterflies. Between 18% and 80% of other invertebrates could also be lost, and up to 45% of reptiles.Speaking at a conference on climate change in July this year, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk addressed the importance of avoiding what he termed the “unmanageable impacts” of climate change.He said global warming should be curtailed through a worldwide response focused on prevention rather than cure.“This represents a make-or-break challenge to world leaders. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, all countries need to carry their fair share of responsibility to limit a global temperature increase to below 2°C.“It will be a failure of this generation of leaders if any developed country shirks its responsibility for the problem.”According to Van Schalkwyk, South Africa needs to build a low-carbon economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and a climate-resilient society.It would not, he said, be economically, environmentally or politically sustainable for the country to continue without a carbon constraint programme.A 2002 report by the University of Cape Town on the economic effects of climate change in South Africa indicated that both commercial and subsistence farming stood to take a heavy blow.Although agricultural systems would not be nearly as badly affected as natural systems, the change in rainfall, temperature and CO2 levels would reduce crop yields.According to the report, a detailed biophysical study of maize, South Africa’s largest field crop, showed that the total value of production lost as a result of climate change was R681-million ($66-million), without the CO2 fertilisation effect. With the fertilisation effect, the loss stood at R46-million ($4.46-million).Because of the general positive effect of CO2, the impacts on crop production were found to be relatively minor in relation to the value of the sector as a whole.The report concluded that the greatest potential impact climate change would have on South Africa would be in the lucrative tourism sector, which makes up 3% of gross domestic product.It is, however, the non-market elements which stand to lose the most from rising global temperatures – loss of biodiversity and natural resources, and a grave impact on human health.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSaving the land with ecotourism Rallying around cleaner energy South Africa’s national parks Useful linksSouth African Climate Action NetworkClimate Change NewsAfrica GeographicUrban Green FileDepartment of Environmental Affairs and Tourism – Climate change researchSouth African Weather Service – Climate change: what, when and where?
4 November 2009South Africa’s First National Bank has started operating in Zambia, taking advantage of an investor-friendly environment with low political risk to expand in the southern African country.Since receiving its Zambian banking licence in November 2008, First National Bank (FNB) has opened three full-service branches, including a commercial branch, in Lusaka, and a branch in Zambia’s copper belt. A further two branches have already been planned for 2010.“Despite the current global economic climate, Zambia provides an investor-friendly environment and is a low political risk country,” FNB chief executive Michael Jordaan said in a statement last week, coinciding with the official opening of FNB’s first branch by Zambian President Rupiah Banda.“FNB believes that it can add value to the Zambian banking industry by bringing the best of our acquired skills and knowledge on the continent in terms of our innovative products, services and technology,” Jordaan said.“One of our key strategic focus areas is to deliver innovative banking services to all our customers in Africa by further expanding outside of South Africa. In line with this, FNB’s vision is to be the pre-eminent financial services group in South Africa and the rest of Africa.”FNB Zambia CEO Richard Hudson said the bank’s Zambian offerings included branches and ATMs, as well as electronic and cellphone banking. “To ensure efficient execution, our strategy is to roll out products, services and channels in a phased approach.“In addition, FNB has a multi-currency product offering that offers accounts in five different currencies,” Hudson said. “It is also the group’s first subsidiary to utilise full satellite technology.”Hudson said he believed that the Zambian personal and business banking environment was open and receptive to new market players.“FNB has industry leading innovations which have been successfully launched in other African countries, and now Zambia will reap the benefits of FNB’s innovative thinking,” he said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
23 March 2015Following a state funeral, Collins Chabane was buried on Human Rights Day at the local cemetery near his ancestral village of Xikundu in Saselemani, Limpopo.The public service and administration minister died in a car crash on the N1 in Limpopo, on 15 March. Two of his bodyguards, Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, also died in the collision.Delivering his eulogy at the official funeral service, President Jacob Zuma said South Africans should be prompted by the deaths to reflect deeply on road safety.“The manner in which we lost him and the two police officers calls upon us to reflect deeply on road safety. Drivers should observe the rules of the road, whether they see traffic officers or not. It is up to all of us to drive safely and save lives. The carelessness on the roads cannot continue in this manner,” he said.“The human cost is enormous. [The] government cannot solve this problem alone; it requires the commitment and actions of all road users.”CondolencesZuma extended his condolences to the Chabane family and the families of Sekele and Lentsoane. “We also lost the lives of dedicated police officers, Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane. Their passing was sudden, tragic and shocking. We once again extend our deepest condolences to the Sekele and Lentsoane families, who are also laying their loved ones to rest this sad weekend.”Chabane was seen as a patriot who was admired and respected for his simplicity, humility and intellect. “We have seen the week-long celebration of the life of a man who dedicated his life to the struggle for freedom, justice and equality, and who has also served his country diligently since the dawn of freedom,” Zuma said.In 2014, when the country celebrated 20 years of freedom, Chabane led the development of the 20-year review, critically assessing the progress of the ANC government since 1994. In the new administration after elections later that year, he was appointed minister of public service and administration.The president urged public servants to follow Chabane’s vision and serve people with dignity and respect. “From our licensing departments’ staff to those responsible for applications for social grants and identity documents to nurses, police officers and those handling municipal enquiries, let us put our people first in memory of Minister Chabane.”Human Rights DayThe day of his burial – Human Rights Day – symbolised his unwavering commitment to the entrenchment of a human rights culture in the country. “As we bid farewell to Minister Chabane on Human Rights Day, we acknowledge the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for democracy and reaffirm our commitment to advance human rights as enshrined in the Constitution.”The official funeral service took place at the Salema Sports Ground in Malamulele, Limpopo. There was also a prayer service at the Xikundu Evangelical Presbyterian Church.Family member Ronald Chabane made the announcement of the death. “Mr President, your son who you’ve always trusted is no more. We announce it officially that he is no more. To all the Mhingas [Chabanes], your lovely son is gone. Collins is gone, we’ll never see him again,’ he said.The family had lost a man, a giant. “He had a tiny body but a big brain.”Tributes came from Chief Hosi Xikundu, Chabane’s son Matimba and his daughter Tsakani, and other family members, as well as from Cosatu and churches. A ceremonial guard of honour from the South African National Defence Force was in place as the cortege left for the cemetery.Chabane’s funeral was an official funeral category one; these are reserved for serving ministers, speaker of the National Assembly, Chief Justice, chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and premiers of provinces. His official memorial service was held on 19 March at the Tshwane Events Centre, where thousands of mourners came to pay their respects.Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa was appointed the acting minister of public service and administration.Source: SAnews.gov
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said students studying in universities who wished to complete Afzal Guru’s “incomplete job” of blasting Parliament should be ashamed of themselves. He was addressing students at the convocation ceremony of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya here.“Out of the 920 universities in the country, few are in the news for the wrong reasons. People there say — Afzal Guru aapne jo kaam adhura choda hai, hum usse poora karenge(Afzal Guru, we’ll complete the job you left incomplete). They should be ashamed of themselves. Guru tried to blast Parliament. Even I was there, but nothing happened to us,” he said.Although several private institutions had contributed to the sector, he said, higher education in the country still faced the challenges of access, equity, affordability and equality.“There was a time we gave knowledge to the world and now we do not figure even in the top 100 universities of the world,” he said. “Educational institutions should focus only on academic excellence. Then physical fitness, mental alertness and social consciousness. Students should not get into other things and controversies.”Stating that although everyone had the freedom to eat whatever they wanted, some people made an issue out of it, and added, “But then there are those who celebrate beef festival and anti-beef festival.”‘Why create tension?’“In some areas, they even celebrate kissing festival. It’s a different matter if it’s consensual between two people. But by celebrating it as a festival, why create tension in society? Therefore, I advise students to focus on education and raise its standards,” he said. Exhorting students to be physically fit, he said he played badminton, went for a walk and practised yoga every day. Yoga benefits “The Prime Minister was kind enough to promote yoga across 172 countries, where they have even opened institutes for it. But in our country, we doubt it. One child asked me once about the benefits of yoga. I told him — if you do yoga, you’ll be yogya (able).”“One child had an issue with doing Surya Namaskar, so I told him, do Chandra Namaskar instead,” he said. “Yoga is not political. It is not because of Modi, it is for your body.”As for welfare measures of the government, he said, “Programmes like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhaoshouldn’t just be reduced to government schemes. They should be made into people’s movements.” Mr. Naidu called upon students to follow the diet prescribed by their forefathers.