The City's Fire and Rescue Services have once again invested in reinforcements for the expected increase in vegetation fires, especially between December and AprilCAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 24, 2021 / APO Group / -
The warmer months usually coincide with an increase in vegetation fires in particular. As is customary, the City has made additional resources available to increase the capacity of its Fire and Rescue Service.
As part of its holiday season and general preparation for the summer, the City Fire and Rescue Services have once again invested in reinforcements for the expected increase in vegetation fires particularly between December and April.
A total of approximately 900 professional firefighters could be called in for major incidents, working on a three-shift rotation system, where between 190 and 230 firefighters are on duty every 24 hours, 365 days a year. They are based in our 32 fire stations throughout the city.
In addition, the service has acquired air support in the form of two helicopters and one observation plane. In addition, he is supported by seasonal firefighters, as well as an additional 22 firefighters who recently graduated after completing their training.
On Thursday, December 23, 2021, Councilman JP Smith, a member of the Mayor's Committee for Safety, visited the Sir Lowry's Pass Fire Station and interacted with staff and seasonal firefighters at the facility.
“We have seen a decrease in the number of vegetation fires so far in December compared to previous years. This could very well be a result of the milder weather conditions we have experienced. That said, the summer weather seems to be with us now, and that, combined with Cape Town's notorious southeast wind, can make life very busy and challenging for our firefighters. I wish you all the best in the months to come and I encourage the public to do their bit. We have not seen a decline in residential fires, so the appeal to the public is to be extremely vigilant at all times and do your part to mitigate the risk of fires, "said Council Member JP Smith.
The City reminds residents of the following fire safety tips:Unplug all nonessential appliances when not in use. Do not overload multiple outlets or wall sockets. Do not leave open flames or kitchen appliances unattended. have you consumed alcohol
What's more:Have a fire extinguisher (and know how to use it) in the home; a 4.5 kg dry powder fire extinguisher is recommended. Install smoke detectors in your home, particularly in high-traffic areas like your kitchen and work areas. Residents on the urban edge: keep gutters clean of leaves and dust Check areas where leaves and vegetation accumulate and remove / keep them clean Remove any excess vegetation from garden areas near your living areas
May all Christians allow their love to flow and touch all their relationships with others.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 24, 2021 / APO Group / -
The Presiding Officers of Parliament, headed by the President of the National Assembly, Mrs. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the President of the National Council of Provinces, Mr. Amos Masondo, wish all Christians a warm, peaceful and blessed Christmas. Christmas is a period of spiritual reflection on the critical values and beliefs of the Christian faith. It is one of the key holidays in the Christian calendar, and believers commemorate the event with a time of collective worship, extending hands of kindness, caring for the less fortunate and of good will, among others, following God's purpose, as a way of marking the birth of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Board of Directors calls on all South Africans to take advantage of this time to emulate the love of Christ, that in everything we do, we demonstrate his eternal love. May all Christians allow His love to flow and touch all their relationships with others, the Board said. The Governing Board also calls on those who travel to different destinations to spend time with loved ones, be careful on the roads, exercise the necessary caution, be patient, and strictly comply with all traffic rules. We express words of appreciation to all who will be on call, providing essential services throughout the country. We wish you strength and courage as you continue to serve and save lives. Merry Christmas and Blessed Holidays, South Africa.
Thanks to all the South African and international leaders and friends who conveyed their good wishes during this period.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 20, 2021 / APO Group / -
President Cyril Ramaphosa has completed a week of self-isolation that followed his positive test for COVID-19 on December 12, 2021. The President thanks all South Africans, leaders and friends internationally who conveyed their good wishes during this period. In turn, the President wishes all those infected with COVID-19 a speedy and safe recovery. The President has returned to his duties and will preside over the final Cabinet meeting for 2021 on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. President Ramaphosa repeats his call for everyone in the country to stay safe by getting vaccinated, wearing face masks, washing or disinfecting hands frequently, maintaining a social distance and avoiding meetings.
Egypt's women's team have lost all their matches today, which were played against Algeria and Senegal.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 17, 2021 / APO Group / -
Today, December 17, has marked the start of the North Africa Rugby Qualification Tournament for men and women, which is currently being held at the stadiums of the Arab Academy of Scientific Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in Alexandria, from from December 17 to 18, 2021.
It is noteworthy that five countries are participating in this tournament, namely Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Senegal and Libya, of which only 4 teams compete in the men's tournament which are Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal and Libya. As for the women's tournament, Egypt, Senegal and Algeria will face each other.
In addition, this tournament serves as a qualifier for the African Rugby Championship, scheduled for April 2022, which will be organized to further qualify the winning teams for the Rugby Sevens World Cup, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 9 to 11. September 2022.
Regarding the first day of the North Africa Rugby Qualifying Tournament, today all the matches have come to an end, where the Egyptian men's team lost to Senegal and Tunisia, while they achieved a single victory against Libya. On the other hand, the Egyptian women's team has lost all its matches today, which were played against Algeria and Senegal.
Hereby, today's final scores for both genders:
Egypt 0-17 Senegal
Senegal 5-7 Tunisia
Libya 15-29 Egypt
Tunisia 38-0 Egypt
Libya 0 - 39 Tunisia
Senegal 41-0 Libya
Algeria 14 - 28 Egypt
Algeria 7 - 22 Senegal
Egypt 5-29 Senegal
As a result, today's scores from the North Africa rugby tournament resulted in the ranking of the teams from Tunisia and Senegal, belonging to the men's category. Meanwhile, in the women's category, the Senegalese team beat Egypt and Algeria, allowing Senegal to qualify for the African Rugby Championship.
Finally, tomorrow you will witness the announcement of the final winners of the North Africa Rugby Tournament, for both men and women.
The Merck Foundation has supported and empowered more than 1,000 childless women with small businesses to become independent and stronger.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 17, 2021 / APO Group / -
The senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, an African woman who served as the first executive director of the Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com). She is also a Senator in the Egyptian Senate, a strong advocate for transforming patient care in Africa and developing countries, passionate advocate for women's rights and girls' education, one of the most influential African women in 2019, 2020 and 2021. She is also a producer and director of various inspiring music videos, short films and TV shows to raise awareness of critical social health and social issues in Africa through fashion and art.
An inspiring woman with a significant impact:
Hailing from Egypt and based in Dubai, Dr. Rasha Kelej led the establishment of the Merck Foundation to continue its efforts in sustainable development through health care capacity development, supporting girls' education, the empowering women and youth in Africa and beyond, since 2012.
The creator of the movement "More than a mother":
For her efforts to create the movement 'More than a mother', which touched many hearts, Dr. Kelej was recognized as one of the 100 most influential African women (2019, 2020, 2021).
Member of the Egyptian Senate:
Rasha Kelej was appointed in October 2020 as a member of the Egyptian Senate (2020-2025), where she plays an important advisory role regarding African health, sustainable economic and social development, and opportunities for collaboration between Egypt and the rest of the Africa.
Mama Africa and pioneer of sustainable development:
Affectionately called 'Mama Africa', it has strong partnerships with 20 African First Ladies, ministries of health, gender, education, information and communication, academia, media and arts, which contributed significantly to the success of its programs.
Dr. Kelej is also an inspiring pioneer in the transformation of patient care in Africa. As of 2021, more than 1,200 physicians from 44 countries have benefited from Merck Foundation scholarships with a one- and two-year diploma and a master's degree in critical specialties.
Making history in Africa:
One of the most successful programs that Dr. Kelej has created and chaired is the landmark "Merck Foundation More Than a Mother" campaign and its innovative initiatives that aim to empower infertile and childless women through access to information, health, mentality change and economic empowerment.
She works closely with 20 African First Ladies as ambassadors for the "Merck More Than a Mother Foundation" in their countries, to break the stigma around infertility and empower infertile women.
The Merck Foundation has supported and empowered over 1,000 childless women with small businesses to become independent and stronger.
“This program is very close to my heart and will continue for the next five years. I cannot forget the happiness and pride in the eyes of those women after they experienced their success and realized their purpose in life and that they are heroines. “More than a mother” emphasizes Rasha Kelej.
In addition, more than 180 candidates are enrolled in clinical and practical training for fertility specialists and embryologists, while more than 170 physicians have enrolled in sexual and reproductive drugs, reproductive biotechnology and psychiatry, and assisted human embryology, of more than 39 countries.
She creates a legacy for the Merck Foundation in Africa:
Under his leadership, the Merck Foundation is making history in many African countries where they had never had fertility specialists or specialty fertility clinics before this program was involved, by training the first fertility specialists and embryologists. This will eventually help women and couples better access quality and equitable fertility care.
Dr Kelej added: “We are making history and a legacy in Africa, the first specialists in fertility, embryology, oncologist, diabetes, endocrinology, respiratory experts and more in many countries are trained by the Merck Foundation. I am very proud and want to invite all doctors to apply for our scholarships on our email firstname.lastname@example.org to fill the health gaps in their communities, we are covering more than 26 critical and neglected specialties for Africa and countries in developing ".
Promotion of girls' education for the empowerment of women:
“I strongly believe in girls' education. When girls are educated, their countries become more powerful, stronger and more prosperous. I realize that more support is needed as there are many bright girls who are struggling economically and socially to meet their educational needs. Therefore, we started “Educating Linda”, a pan-African program that is adapted to each country to contribute to the future of these girls as part of the “Merck Foundation More than a Mother”, explained the CEO of the Merck Foundation.
Dr. Rasha has been contributing to the futures of hundreds of girls in association with African First Ladies through scholarships. In addition, we annually provide 3,000 sets of essential school supplies for girls' schools in many countries.
With the Merck Foundation, the CEO's goal is to empower girls and women through various initiatives, including training female and young medical graduates and researchers, and supporting the education of top-performing female students in Africa.
Dr Kelej explained: “At the Merck Foundation, we strongly believe in education as an important factor in promoting economic well-being in Africa and as a strong strategy to stop child marriage, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation and disease. sexually transmitted. Girls' education is the best vaccine against HIV and is considered the best investment in the global economy. World reports estimate that for each additional year of primary school, a girl's future earnings increase by 10-20%. ”
Reaching out to children to create cultural change:
The Merck Foundation, in association with African First Ladies, also publishes and distributes children's storybooks to raise awareness of many sensitive and social issues among children and adolescents.
These stories emphasize the strong family values of love and respect from an early age that will reflect the removal of the stigma of infertility and the resulting domestic violence in the future. They also aim to support girls' education and stop child marriage and gender-based violence.
6 different storybooks have been located for each country to better connect with young readers. The inspiring storybooks published are:
• “Educating Linda” and “Ride into Future” to emphasize the importance of empowering girls through education,
• "David's Story": emphasizes strong family values of love and respect from an early age, reflecting the removal of the stigma of infertility and resulting domestic violence in the future.
• "Jackline's Rescue" focuses on the importance of girls' education and highlights immoral practices in society, including child marriage and the dowry system and
• “You are not who you are” to teach children to love and respect their future wives and to eliminate domestic violence.
“I hope these stories inspire all girls to fight for their right to education and encourage our communities to support that of their girls, so that they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams and make stronger families, communities and countries and healthy, ”Dr. Kelej emphasized.
Breaking the silence through fashion, art and music:
This versatile woman and style icon is a pioneer and influencer in changing the perception of how fashion, film, music and the media can be used to address sensitive health and social issues, such as breaking the stigma of infertility. and supporting girls' education in Africa. This has been exemplified by the launch of the "More Than A Mother" fashion, film, song and media awards, as she strongly believes in the critical role that art, media and fashion play in breaking the ground. silence and address sensitive health and social issues in our communities.
"I would like to invite all African fashion designers, musicians, filmmakers, singers and representatives of the media to apply for our awards and be our champions in their communities, email@example.com," he added.
He directed and produced 20 African songs:
In addition to awards, training and advocacy platforms, Dr. Kelej has raised awareness of infertility and the empowerment of women on the continent by using songs, movies, and media as a medium. He has released more than 20 songs with famous African singers.
Television program in process to sensitize our communities:
She has created a new television program that is still in the works to raise awareness about infertility, eliminate gender-based violence and child marriage, support girls' education and empower women. " It is the first of its kind, a fashion and art community with a purpose, made up of African experts, young fashion designers, musicians and artists and representatives of the media from all over Africa, stay tuned to find out more ”, he emphasizes.
CEO of the Merck Foundation, Rasha Kelej's actions have certainly had an impact; And the most significant is her importance as a role model for millions of women around the world.
Dr. Rasha's story is an example of how we should not allow our circumstances to define who we become. In a world where female role models are rare, Dr. Rasha's legacy is outstanding and inspiring.
To continue her journey toward accomplishing the Merck Foundation's mission and to empowering women and transforming patient care in Africa, visit: www.Merck-Foundation.com and www.Rasha-Kelej.com
Edited by Winnie Botha of 'For Africa' Media
The Senegalese women's team qualified for the African Nations ChampionshipCAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 18, 2021 / APO Group / -
The North Africa Rugby Qualifying Tournament, for men and women, has finally come to an end, as it was a two-day event filled with exciting matches and fascinating updates.
To begin with, the tournament took place in the stadiums of the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in Alexandria, from December 17 to 18, 2021.
It should be noted that five countries participated in this tournament, namely Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Senegal and Libya, of which only 4 countries competed in the men's category: Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal and Libya. Regarding the female category, the Egyptian, Senegalese and Algerian teams faced each other.
In addition, this tournament served as a qualifier for the African Rugby Championship, scheduled for April 2022, which will be organized to further qualify the winning teams for the Rugby Sevens World Cup, to be played in Cape Town, South Africa of the 9-11. September 2022.
In short, December 17 marked the start of the tournament, as already mentioned. Yesterday's results have stipulated the classification of the Tunisian and Senegalese teams for the African Rugby Championship, belonging to the men's category.
Meanwhile, in the women's category, the Senegalese team had defeated Egypt and Algeria, allowing Senegal to qualify for the same Championship.
When it comes to the second day; On December 18, he witnessed a host of events. To better explain, in the men's category, Tunisia were able to achieve victory over all other teams and in turn were crowned the winner of the tournament after defeating their Senegalese counterpart, who came in second place, as a result.
Moving on to the Pharaohs, the hosts of the tournament, the Egyptian national team has been able to place in third place after defeating Libya, who finished in fourth place.
In addition, and still in the men's category, Tunisia has also qualified for the final after beating Libya in a previous match today, while simultaneously Senegal has been able to beat the Egyptian team.
Regarding the final scores of the female category, the rankings were determined as follows; Senegal ranked first, followed by Egypt and Algeria as second and third, respectively.
In other words, yesterday the Senegalese women's team qualified for the African Nations Championship. However, the Senegalese team resumed their series of victories today, winning the North African Women's Rugby Tournament.
It is also worth mentioning that the fierce Senegalese team were able to defeat their Egyptian counterpart before beating Algeria. Finally, the Egyptians took 2nd place after beating Algeria, which came in 3rd and last place.
On another note, the closing ceremony of the tournament has also witnessed the tribute to various referees from Egypt, Ivory Coast and Senegal.
In addition, the leaders of the men's and women's teams were also honored, with special recognition to Maria Kobebari, of the Senegalese team, for having been selected as the top scorer of the tournament, in the women's category.
In the men's category, Ziad Belhaj, of the Tunisian national team, has also achieved the title of top scorer.
CAF recognized that the method used to determine the TAC was robust and subject to peer review by international experts.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 13, 2021 / APO Group / -
Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy accepted a set of recommendations from the Advisory Advisory Forum (CAF) appointed to advise on the West Coast rock lobster fishery.
The necessary regulatory processes will be followed to give expression to this decision. The report recommends raising the TAC for the 2021/22 season to 700 tonnes from the current 600 tonnes, given the dire socio-economic conditions of the fishermen who depend on the WCRL for their livelihoods.
The Forum, which was appointed in November, delivered its report to the Minister on 10 December 2021. The Minister appointed the Forum following concerns raised by fishing communities about the reduction of the total allowable catch (TAC) of lobster from West Coast rock for the current season based on challenges related to declining stocks.
In addition to recommending an increase in the TAC for the current fishing season, the Advisory Advisory Forum also recommended that the Department test a more participatory “co-management” approach to the fishery to improve stakeholder buy-in; Urgently develop and implement a poaching reduction strategy to maintain the population and ensure that fishing communities receive benefits throughout the entire value chain through capacity building and regulation of traders.
CAF recognized that the method used to determine the TAC was robust and subject to peer review by international experts. However, CAF recommended that the Department consider whether the relatively high variation in the data from the Fisheries Independent Monitoring Survey (FIMS) could be affecting the trend estimates and the implications of the non-surveyed population components, especially in deeper waters.
The CAF recommended that the DFFE consider introducing a coastal “reference fleet” to support closing data gaps and reviewing commercial catch per unit of effort (CPUE) data, specifically the trap landing stands, as some stakeholders raised concerns about trap landing bleachers that may incorrectly outperform the reporting trap effort. . The report emphasized the importance of improving understanding of population sizes less than 75 mm in carapace length (especially females).
It is recommended that the WCRL Scientific Working Group, small-scale fishers and industry observers agree on a more supported poaching estimate for the 2022/23 fishing season. The Forum agreed that addressing the different estimates of poaching through a collaborative approach by industry, small-scale fishers and non-governmental organizations could lead to better estimates and greater stakeholder confidence in the poaching. inputs and outputs of the fishing model.
CAF recommended that the poaching reduction strategy should include steps to improve estimates of illegal fishing and thus increase confidence in the inputs and outputs of the fishing model. The strategy should develop a process for the Department to approve industry marketers to close poaching loopholes, appoint independent catch monitors, and enhance inter-agency cooperation, with links to the Integrated Operation Execution Task Force. Phakisa. The drivers of poaching deserve consideration, including formal exclusion for lack of legal fishing rights.
In terms of proportional cuts, it is advised that the recommended TAC of 700 tonnes be implemented in such a way that the recreational fishing sector remains at the allocation level of 21.57 tonnes (based on a TAC of 600 tonnes), which which means a negligible decrease in its proportion. of the revised TAC. The “savings” should be split evenly between commercial (nearshore) and small-scale (nearshore) fishermen and Interim Aid. CAF also recognized a general lack of data and social and economic knowledge to effectively guide the management of this fishery. Therefore, it recommended that an integrated socioeconomic study be conducted in parallel with the poaching reduction strategy. This study can support future allocation and allocation decisions.
The report indicates that while 700 tonnes is sustainable and was one of the options recommended by the Scientific Working Group, it noted that the level would not allow immediate resource recovery. Instead, the CAF recommended that the recovery of resources take place over a longer period. The CAF recommended a three-year gradual reduction (700/550/400), which it said should be reevaluated every year. The recommended TACs will largely depend on the urgent implementation of a poaching reduction strategy that supports resource recovery.
The West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) fishery has faced the challenges of declining populations in recent years. In addition to the fact that the sector faces a growing demand from fishing communities and the general public for access to the resource, illegal fishing and the effects of climate change have also contributed to the vulnerability of the species.
In terms of co-management, the Forum recommends a cooperative approach consistent with the Small-scale Fisheries Policy. Addressing them can present opportunities to improve co-management and achieve improvements in investigation, monitoring, administration and compliance. In terms of compliance, the Forum recommends that the Department, together with small-scale fishers and stakeholders, jointly develop and implement the poaching reduction strategy.
The report noted that capacity challenges within the Fisheries branch as a whole were affecting the main components of the governance of this fishery, and urgent attention should be paid to strengthening the Department's capacity. Three areas of focus for capacity building were implementing effective Monitoring, Enforcement and Surveillance (MCS) to reduce the scale and impacts of illegal fishing in WCRL; strengthen the small-scale fisheries management unit so that the policy for small-scale fisheries can be implemented quickly and effectively, including greater involvement in co-management, and ensure that the department can develop strategic partnerships for research and more coordinated co-management to assess and mitigate the cumulative risks of this valuable resource.
The Constitution of South Africa is praised as one of the most progressive in the world, because it empowers and deeply upholds fundamental human rights and values.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 10, 2021 / APO Group / -
Today, as we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the signing of our Constitution, South Africans celebrate the democratic values and principles of human dignity, non-racism, non-sexism and the rule of law.
The Board of Parliament (OP), the President of the National Assembly, Mrs. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and the President of the National Council of Provinces, Mr. Amos Masondo, urge all South Africans, individually and collectively, to return to commit to the values and principles enshrined in the Constitution and to defend our constitutional democracy.
The Constitution was officially promulgated by former President Nelson Mandela in Sharpeville on December 10, 1996, but did not enter into force until February 4, 1997. It contains the essential rules of our political system, protects people's rights, and explains its concomitant obligations. The Constitution also defines South Africa's institutions and their powers, stipulates how they can be used, and establishes checks and balances to prevent abuse of power.
"Our Constitution reflects our unique history and our pursuit of freedom and democracy. Our country embodies the promise enshrined in the Freedom Charter that South Africa belongs to all who live in it. Given our difficult past, it is not surprising that our Constitution frequently emphasizes the need to create a society free from all evils, with justice, dignity and equality being the founding principles, ”said the Board of Directors.
"On this important day, let us join hands and engage in constructive discussions on the adoption of our constitutional democracy and the strengthening of all institutions for social cohesion in South Africa," they added. “To commemorate this important milestone, we must constantly ask ourselves in everything we do: do we preserve our democracy and advance or do we destroy our democratic institutions?
“Our Constitution is a foundation for collaboration between the three arms of the state. It is important that all government institutions work together to fulfill the aspirations of citizens for a better life in the eradication of all forms of corruption, poverty and unemployment, ”said the Board of Directors.
Since 1996, the Constitution has been amended 17 times, it is an important democratic process that allows generations of citizens to participate in the making of laws and have a say in how they are governed. "The amendments are an indication of a vibrant democracy, which give citizens the opportunity to have a voice on how they are governed, providing a mechanism for each generation of citizens to consent to the edicts of their Constitution," explained the Board of Directors.
South Africa's Constitution is lauded as one of the most progressive in the world, because it empowers and deeply upholds fundamental human rights and values.
“Together, united in our rich diversity, let us protect our democracy so that future generations inherit a better South Africa, free from all social ills and economic hardships, because the sustenance of our Constitution depends on people seeing and feeling a difference in the world. quality of life ”, concluded the Board of Directors.
The impression should never be created that the committee cannot monitor incidents of abuse.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 8, 2021 / APO Group / -
The Sports, Arts and Culture Portfolio Committee will no longer ignore the abuse and inappropriate rape of young athletes in South Africa.
As a result, the committee has decided to organize a workshop on abuse, especially sexual abuse, against athletes. The Committee also asked sports federations to review their policies on sexual abuse and ensure that they prioritize the well-being of their athletes.
The committee chair, Ms Beauty Dlulane, said that inappropriate rape of young athletes has been ignored for too long.
On Tuesday, the committee received a report from Swim South Africa on the prevalence of these issues. The committee was informed that a disciplinary matter was dropped because an athlete had chosen to initiate criminal proceedings.
“The time has come for the committee to raise awareness on the issue. Many athletes are not only financially violated by sponsors and federations. This abuse extends to inappropriate and highly unacceptable behavior by many coaches and coaches in sports codes. "
Ms. Dlulane says that "you should never create the impression that the committee could not monitor incidents of abuse."
“We condemn these in the strongest possible terms, as the impact is such that young athletes bear the scars forever. The sexual abuse and rape of young athletes by those who train them should attract the necessary attention and condemnation from society ”.
Ms. Dlulane added that when it comes to sexual abuse there should never be any alternative arrangements or options; people must be punished and referred for criminal prosecution.
Committee members unanimously supported the decision to organize the workshop.
2021 has been a record year of numerous milestones for us in our expansion into Africa, from market entry to establishing critical scale in key key markets.CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 8, 2021 / APO Group / -
Radisson Hotel Group (https://bit.ly/3ozC7Sl), one of the world's leading hotel groups, is looking optimistically towards 2022 as the year ends positively with numerous milestones achieved in Africa over the past twelve months.The Group set a record on the continent this year with 14 signings to date, adding more than 2,500 theaters to its African portfolio. These hotel firms include several milestones such as: An additional ten hotels in one of Africa's key countries, Morocco, including entry to new territories within the country such as Al Hoceima, Taghazout and Saidia. The introduction of two new brands in the country with the signing of Radisson Hotel Casablanca Gauthier La Citadelle and Lincoln Casablanca, to the Radisson Collection, which has also increased the range of brands in Africa. Numerous new market entries, such as the Group's debut in Djibouti with Radisson Hotel Djibouti and the introduction of the Radisson Individuals brand in Africa with Earl Heights Suite Hotel, a member of Radisson Individuals in Accra, Ghana, as well as the entry in Victoria Falls. with Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-Oa-Tunya Livingstone Hotel conversions have accounted for more than 70% of these firms, providing the Group with a strong portfolio of projects, but also exemplifying the success of Radisson Hotel Group in providing customized solutions for existing hotels seeking operational improvement. It has also opened five hotels to date this year, including Africa's second Radisson RED in South Africa and the brand's debut in Johannesburg, as well as four Radisson Blu resort offerings in Morocco, further demonstrating growth in demand. leisure activities and the Group's ability to respond to that trend. Serviced apartments have continued to show resilience during the pandemic and Radisson Hotel Group has also grown this segment with two self-contained serviced apartments added to the portfolio across Africa.
The Group's aggressive expansion places them firmly on the right track to boost the current African portfolio of nearly 100 hotels currently in operation and under development to its ambition of 150 hotels by 2025.
Ramsay Rankoussi, Vice President of Development, Africa and Turkey, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “2021 has been a record year of numerous milestones for us in our expansion in Africa, from market entry to establishing a critical scale in markets. key focus. We have led market share this year in terms of new industry signings and those achievements demonstrate our continued focus and clear execution of our established strategy. In 2022, we aim to build on this momentum with the same priorities within our identified key markets, such as Egypt and Morocco in North Africa; several countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal within West and Central Africa but also reinforcing our presence in South Africa and its neighboring countries. Our strategy for the next twelve months includes expanding our African resort offering and continuing the trend in conversions, while remaining supportive and responsive within our community of owners as we look toward the recovery of our industry. "
Tim Cordon, senior vice president of Middle East and Africa for Radisson Hotel Group, said: “I could not be more proud of our teams in all departments and properties for these remarkable milestones that would not be possible without them. In Africa, this year, we opened five impressive hotels in wish-list destinations, and by 2022, we are on track to open at least 11 hotels, starting with the portfolio of three hotels in Madagascar within the first two weeks of the year. Continuing the unpredictability of 2020, this year has been a roller coaster ride with tightening and tightening restrictions and opening and closing borders. Africa in general has had a good commercial performance, given the situation and in comparison with other international markets, which shows its resilience and constant dynamism. Our commitment to the continent not only remains, but we seek to deploy more resources as our Group reaches new heights and where our ambitions for growth are only representative of the potential of the region.
Building on the success of the Group's five-year expansion and transformation plan, Radisson Hotel Group is poised for the travel rebound and remains firmly committed to becoming the brand of choice for owners, partners and guests.