H.E, President Salva Kiir Mayardit meets from South Sudan Basketball Federation delegation

H.E, President Salva Kiir Mayardit meets from South Sudan Basketball Federation delegation

Source: South Sudan Presidential Unit
H.E, President Salva Kiir Mayardit met with a delegation from South Sudan Basketball Federation, headed by the President of the Federation Luol Aldo Ajou, at the State House on Friday.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, the Executive Director in the Office of the President James Deng Wal said, President Kiir discussed with the delegation their plans of improving basketball in South Sudan.

Meanwhile, the President of South Sudan Basketball Federation Luol Aldo Ajou said the federation would do its best to improve basketball in the country by training and forming women and under eighteen basketball teams.

Prequalification for Environmental Audit of Oilfields extended

Prequalification for Environmental Audit of Oilfields extended

JUBA, South Sudan, January 22, 2020/APO Group/ –On the 9th of January, 2020, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan announced a tender for a comprehensive environmental audit of all the country’s producing oilfields. The Ministry of Petroleum made prequalification documents available to interested companies from its Juba headquarters, and its website.

Due to the amount of interest, and requests from some companies to extend the deadline, the Ministry’s Environmental Tender Audit Committee has announced an extension to the deadline to submit documentation by seven (7) more days. The deadline is now 16h00, 27 January, 2020.

The Ministry is treating this process as both very importance and urgent. The Petroleum Act of 2012, which governs the oil sector in South Sudan, aims to improve management of the environmental impact of the sector after years of neglect prior to independence.

The civil war also prevented proper management of the environment.

President Salva Kiir has made it clear that the country needs to implement proper environmental standards and guidelines “to safeguard the exploration and exploitation in the extractive industry that has led to pollution in the oilfields and in the surrounding areas.”

The Ministry is treating this process as both very importance and urgent

The President states environmental policies, standards and guidelines need to be formulated and enforced.

The issue is just as important for the Minister of Petroleum, Hon. Awow Daniel Chuang, who believes that understanding the pollution damage will allow the country to put systems in place to prevent further damage as the country increases oil production.

An international independent organization will be appointed to conduct the audit, suggest best practices for new exploration, and propose methods to repair historical environmental damage in South Sudan.

Tender pre-qualification documents for conducting a Full Environmental Audit will be available during office hours at the Ministry of Petroleum’s headquarters in Juba, and from its website MOP-rss.org/env-audit. The documentation is available until 27 January 2020.

Completed documentation needs to be submitted by 16h00, 27 January, 2020 to:

1. Electronic Submissions:
wanyak@mopam.goss.org
audit@mopam.goss.org

2. Hardcopy Submissions to be delivered in a sealed envelope addressed to:
Environmental Audit Tender Committee Secretary
Ministry of Petroleum HQ
Ministries Road, Juba
Republic of South Sudan
PO Box 376

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of South Sudan Ministry of Petroleum.

South Sudan rivals agree to meet unity government deadline

South Sudan rivals agree to meet unity government deadline

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival leaders have agreed to form a coalition government by the February deadline, a South African special envoy says.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in their latest talks this week also agreed that key outstanding issues under the country’s 2018 peace deal would be arbitrated within 90 days of the new government’s formation, South African Deputy President David Mabuza said Thursday.

The United States and others have pressured South Sudan’s rival leaders to meet the Feb. 22 deadline after they failed to meet one in November. The country’s five-year civil war that erupted just two years after South Sudan won independence from Sudan killed nearly 400,000 people and displaced millions.

Key issues that remain include the number of states South Sudan should have. Mabuza said that question will be submitted to other signatories of the peace deal.

Certain security issues are also outstanding but there is progress, Mabuza said. Military generals from neighboring Uganda and Sudan are leading the process of training and screening the national army as it combines with thousands of formerly armed opposition members.

“Yes, we have not covered everything that should be covered, but there is commitment things are going to come right,” Mabuza said.

Five special envoys from Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and the East African regional body were part of the meetings.

Impressive South Sudan play Kenya morans in classic final day game

Impressive South Sudan play Kenya morans in classic final day game

The Kenyan morans played against South Sudan and the game ended 74-68 on the last day of the FIBA Afro basketball pre-qualifiers at the Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium.

Morans proceeded to FIBA Afrobasket 2021 qualifiers set in November after a pulsating clash that was marred by confusion before kick-off on Saturday.

The Kenyans were able to overcome the South Sudanese after improving on rebounds and denied their opponents chances to score three points which they seemed to have perfected in earlier matches.

Morans join Angola, Senegal, and Mozambique in the qualifiers where the top three will qualify for Africa’s top men’s tournament in 2021.

Questions emerged over Nyayo Stadium Gymnasium’s viability following crowd trouble before the pre-qualifier final showdown.

The clash which was scheduled to kick off at 6:30 pm local time had to be delayed for more than an hour after a significant number of fans stormed in the court as the teams warmed up.

The crowd, which seemed to increase in size flooded the gymnasium in minutes, forcing players from both teams to vacate the court.

FIBA officials had to clear the court for the match to resume.

South Sudan had maintained their unbeaten run in the tournament after brushing aside Burundi 100-59, before losing against aggressive Kenyans.

South Sudan says will host peace talks between Sudan and rebels

South Sudan says will host peace talks between Sudan and rebels

IN JUBA

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok will attend peace talks in the South Sudan capital Monday with rebel leaders from several Sudanese states, said official sources in Juba.

“Tomorrow’s meeting is to mark the launching of Sudan’s peace talks,” Ateny Wek Ateny, spokesman for South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, told AFP Sunday.


Hamdok, who was only appointed in August in a deal between the army and the opposition, will meet rebel leaders from the Sudanese states of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

President Kiir, who just a few weeks ago signed his own peace deal with rebel leader Riek Machar, offered to mediate between Sudan and the rebels back in November 2018.
This new set of talks follow a first round in September when both sides agreed on a road map for the negotiations.


This week’s meeting is intended to tackle the main issues, said Ateny.
Also attending will be Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who last week won the Nobel Peace Prize, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Their presence, said Ateny, was to give the talks more weight.

A senior Sudanese delegation arrived in Juba on Sunday.

The Sudanese delegation will meet Abdulaziz Al-Hilu, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), which is active in Bule Nile and South Kordofan states. Al-Hilu will lead the rebel delegation.

This new peace initiative comes after the fall of longtime Sudanese autocrat Omar Al-Bashir, who was toppled from power by the Sudanese military in April.

Prime Minister Hamdok has been tasked with leading Sudan back to civilian rule, but he has said he also wants to end the conflicts with the rebels.

Over the years, the rebels’ conflict with Khartoum have killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions to flee their homes.

Security Council Sanctions Committee Concerning South Sudan Meets with Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Security Council Sanctions Committee Concerning South Sudan Meets with Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Published on 11 Sep 2019 View Original

During its informal consultations on 21 August 2019, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan was briefed by Ms. Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Ms. Patten noted that despite the adoption of clear provisions in the revitalized peace agreement calling for an end to all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, such violence continued unabated in South Sudan and is widely used to humiliate both victims and their entire communities, with political and ethnic undertones, in a climate of near-total impunity. She recalled that 2018 had seen the highest number of recorded sexual violence incidents in recent years.

The Special Representative stated that her Office has continuously engaged with parties to the conflict, to call for the immediate cessation of the use of sexual violence. In this respect, she mentioned that the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) launched their Action Plan in March 2019 pursuant to the Joint Communiqué with her Office in 2014. This resulted in the formation of an SSPDF Implementation Oversight Committee and a nationwide roll-out of the Action Plan commencing with the training of SSPDF officers in over 20 locations on the prevention and response to sexual violence in conflict. She further informed the Committee that the Action Plan with the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) was finalized earlier this month and is pending endorsement. Moreover, she stated that UNMISS Senior Women Protection Adviser has engaged with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in-Opposition (RM) (SPLA-IO-(RM)) leadership to encourage accountability measures for those implicated in crimes, particularly in relation to the Western Equatoria operations conducted between April and August 2018, during which 43 cases of rape and gang rape were committed, and 505 women and 63 girls were abducted by members of the SPLA-IO RM. As a result of these engagements, the Chairperson of the SPLA-IO (RM), Dr. Riek Machar, issued a Command Order on 3 February 2019 to prohibit acts of sexual violence in conflict and issued another specific Command Order in July 2019 on the immediate release of the abducted women and girls. A joint verification committee has since been established to facilitate the release, which is due to commence this month. The Special Representative further informed the Committee about her Office’s engagement with the National Salvation Army (NAS), another non-State armed group implicated in the latest UNMISS report on Central Equatoria.

In their reactions, Committee members that took the floor thanked the Special Representative for her engagement, encouraged her to continue with her work and looked forward to receiving further information from her Office. Several members also expressed concern that, despite the decrease in political violence, sexual gender-based violence had risen and emphasized the importance of accountability for those responsible for sexual violence in conflict.

SC/13947 Source: Press Release of the Sanctions Committee