7 September 2012African’s most vulnerable people are unseen and unaccounted for because there is no official record of their existence, says President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at the 2nd Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Conference in Durban on Thursday, Zuma expressed concern over Africa’s scandal of invisibility – a situation where people are born and die without leaving a trace of their existence in any legal record.“It has meant that the most vulnerable people in Africa remain unseen and not counted. They practically do not exist.”It was important for the citizens of all of Africa’s 54 countries to be registered – something that could only achieved through efficient civil and registration systems, Zuma told the delegates.The social inclusion agendaOnce everyone in Africa was registered and accounted for, the continent could plan better for its people and its development.“Central to the advancement of Africa’s development is the social inclusion agenda, which we cannot successfully accomplish without proper and modern civil registration systems.”The conference was part of the exercise of Africa conducting its own affairs, part of which meant undoing the legacy of colonialism which had deprived Africans of identity and citizenship, Zuma said.“Africa cannot fulfil its development agenda unless we know who we are, where we live, work and play and what we need to better our living conditions on the continent. Births, marriages, divorces or deaths are all vital events that must be recorded in any country.”‘Not just about nationality’In the current age of globalisation and greater interdependence among countries, civil registration was much more than about just identifying a person’s nationality, Zuma added.“It is also a prerequisite for the successful implementation of African regional integration, as it facilitates the smooth movement of people among countries.“Furthermore, the benefits of good vital registration have a far reaching impact on broad developmental programmes such as the planning and monitoring of education, health, social security, unemployment.”This included countries’ abilities to measure health inequalities and priorities, monitor trends and evaluate development programmes.Civil registration and vital statistics were also important in the implementation of policies for community planning, monitoring inequalities and future planning and resource allocation, Zuma said.‘Critical for promotion of democracy’“More importantly, civil registration is a critical tool for the promotion of democracy, in the event of the compilation of voters’ rolls.”Africans found themselves promoting civil registration in day and age due to the history of the continent and respective countries.“For example, South Africa, like other countries in Africa, comes from a history of colonial and apartheid regimes where most of the citizens were denied their right to citizenship,” the President said.“As a result, a largely fragmented and selective civil registration system was used to perpetuate the discrimination and marginalisation of the majority of the population.”The colonial and apartheid regimes had successfully used this system to prevent the African masses from exercising their right to vote and choose their own governments, Zuma added.Since 1994, the South African government has worked hard to ensure that citizens reclaimed their birth right and that their dignity was restored.The country had recorded many successes with regards to its civil registration system and campaigns, Zuma noted.He assured delegates from the rest of the Africa that Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who headed South Africa’s civil registration campaign in recent years, would invest similar efforts into regional campaigns when she took up office as the African Union Commission chairperson.Source: SANews.gov.za
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s term as the head of the African Union has drawn to a close. No stranger to politics, she held the position for two terms. We look at her career highlights.Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the first woman to head the African Union. Her term runs until the end of January 2017. (Image: African Union, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterShe’s been a freedom fighter, a politician, a diplomat, a doctor and now her latest role as head of the African Union (AU) – the first woman to hold the position – has come to an end. As Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat takes the reins at the pan-African organisation, we look back at Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s career.On its website, the AU describes Dlamini-Zuma as “a lady of noble character; a visionary leader, with an incredible passion for the African continent, its developmental ambitions, and is a champion of the renewal of Africa”.She had shown depth and understanding about issues dealing with the African continent and had a great grasp of the dynamics of the AU, the organisation said.The strength of Africa lies in its unity and its Pan-Africanism.— Dr Dlamini Zuma (@DlaminiZuma) January 31, 2017Watch:Her early lifeDlamini-Zuma was born during apartheid, on 27 January 1949, in KwaZulu-Natal. But that did not hinder her academic ambitions. She went to the University of Zululand where she read zoology and botany. She graduated with a BSc degree and moved to the University of Natal to begin her medical degree. At the same time, she became involved in South Africa’s liberation struggle.In 1976, she became deputy president of the South African Students Organisation and went into exile. She still completed her medical degree, but at the University of Bristol in the UK.Dlamini-Zuma: the politicianAfter the first democratic elections in 1994, Dlamini-Zuma became South Africa’s minister of health in Nelson Mandela’s government.In that role, she:Successfully transformed a health system that was racially divided;Introduced anti-smoking legislation making public spaces and some private spaces such as schools, clinics, airports, hotels and offices largely smoke-free;Negotiated with pharmaceutical companies to provide generic, and often cheaper, medication to South Africa. “The successful settlement of the matter was hailed as a victory not only for South Africa, but also the poor around the world, particularly in the developing world,” reads her profile on the AU website, and;Initiated a pilot programme in which medical students and graduates participated in community service, often working in impoverished areas.From 1999 to 2009, Dlamini-Zuma was the minister of foreign affairs, during which time she actively worked towards peace, development and stability on the continent.In 2012, she was elected the chairperson of the AU, becoming the first women to hold the position.In a list http://www.trtworld.com/business/2016s-most-powerful-women-142718 of 2016’s most powerful women published by Turkey’s national public broadcaster, Dlamini-Zuma was number six.It was a list “not based on financial status, but rather skills, creativity and influence making a significant impact in various fields”, the article clarified.AU legacyWhen the AU marked its 50th anniversary in 2013, “Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want” was unveiled. Dlamini-Zuma was integral to its development.Agenda 2063 is the AU’s vision to build an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, and is viewed as a new phase in efforts by Africans to catalyse development of the continent and strengthen African integration and unity.“It is her biggest deliverable,” said the outgoing EU representative, ambassador Gary Quince. “For the first time, the AU has a blueprint and a vision.”I have no doubt that the in-coming Commission will continue to strengthen & build upon these foundations, just like the foundations we met.— Dr Dlamini Zuma (@DlaminiZuma) January 31, 2017She also focused on gender empowerment within the organisation, and for women in general.“For me and my fellow commissioners, wherever I shall be and in whatever capacity, I shall forever remain soldiers of the African cause,” she tweeted at the end of January.The new leadership of the AU comprises:Elected Leadership of the @_African Union Commission #28thAUSummit pic.twitter.com/nLOkNeQkmQ— African Union (@_AfricanUnion) February 1, 2017Source: African UnionWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
If you’re searching for your next career a great place to look is for a job in cyber security. Why? Because the demand for cyber security experts is going up, up, up.Keeping digital assets secure is a vital skillset.As our world grows ever more dependent on the Internet and digital technology — keeping digital assets and personal information secure becomes a vital skillset.Here are a a few reasons why getting into cyber security could be a great career move.Data Breaches and Cyber Attacks on the RiseAs we read the news — we see data breaches, identity theft, and other cyber attacks are on the rise. Identify theft alone claimed over 16 million victims in 2017 alone. Over 30 percent of American consumers learning of a data breach involving their personal information.The high monetary loss is bringing cyber security value to light.The monetary loss from identity theft runs into the the billions. There’s already a growing industry of identity protection services working to keep consumers safe. Entrepreneurs and contractors work with everyone both individuals and major corporations.This year, the United States government has allocated over a billion dollars to fighting the threat of cyber crime.Heavy Demand and High SalariesThe ever-increasing demand for cyber security experts has currently left a “skill-gap” in the IT work force. Every year, hundreds of thousands of postings for cyber security jobs go unfilled.There are not enough experts to go around.This demand means big salaries for security professionals — making cyber security one of the most lucrative careers in IT.This doesn’t come without a cost. Cyber security is a constantly-changing and highly demanding career. Staying ahead of the curve means more than just updating antivirus software every once in a while.A cyber security expert must expect to constantly work on keeping their skills relevant and up-to-date.Education is Beginning to Catching UpWhy are cyber security experts are in such high demand?Education — teaching cyber security hasn’t yet caught up. Fewer schools offer computer science courses now than in past years. There are only about 19 percent of highest level courses offered in education.This means a shortage of good personnel in the area of cyber security. This means overworked staff and out-of-date skills. These facts tell us the risk of cyber crime will be growing.Many universities are stepping up to the challenge.Colleges and universities have been exposed by the lack of good cyber security infrastructure. More and more universities are now offering courses in cyber security.Many corporations are making it a priority to safeguard user data and guard their customers against data breaches and identity theft. This takes a knowledgeable and trusted person to take the reins in your business.Starting a Career in Cyber SecuritySo where do you start if you’re interested in a career in cyber security? Cultivate an interest in IT.To get started with cyber security, you’ll need a broad knowledge of data networking, systems administration, and scripting languages like Python. An online course or self-education regimen can get you up to speed quickly.Realize the conditions that a company will require.Most companies will require at least a four-year degree in cyber security or an associated field.If you’re already working in an IT job — you may have an opportunity to focus on security in your workplace.Become the “security guy” at your work. Who has the expertise that others don’t? This can be you. Study, and learn the new techniques. Get better at your job, and stay ahead of the game.Think about an advanced degree.Even with a degree — you’re likely to benefit from getting advanced training and certifications. Think about investing in such as the Security+ certification or CISSP.ConclusionThere’s no one right path to a career in cyber security If you don’t have a strong background in IT or data — you might have a lot to learn.The challenges of a cyber security career can lead to big rewards in the current job marketplace. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Richard Parker Related Posts Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Richard Parker is senior writer at https://www.equities.com/user/Richard & https://www.theselfemployed.com/profile/richardparker/ . He covers industry-specific topics such as Entrepreneurship, Data/Security, Startups, Industrial, Growth Equity Community, Smart Cities, Connected Devices & Smart Homes. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#Is cyber security a good career How Data Analytics Can Save Lives
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