“As of today, the UN political presence is limited to Kabul and Faizabad after the Taliban shut down four other UN political offices in Mazar-I-Sharif, Herat, Jalalabad and Kandahar in line with its May 20 deadline for their closure,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.The office of the UN Special Mission in Afghanistan will continue to operate in Kabul, while the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for the country, Francesc Vendrell, will also pursue the UN’s work there.Although the closure does not apply to the UN humanitarian presence in Afghanistan, the aid community is facing “increasing obstacles from the Taliban authorities in carrying out work,” Mr. Eckhard observed.Meanwhile, in neighbouring Pakistan, the World Food Programme (WFP) today started distributing food supplies to more than 70,000 Afghans refugees living in a squalid site called Jalozai near Peshawar. “We have been concerned about the destitute Afghans in Jalozai camp for some time now,” said WFP Regional Manager Mike Sackett. “This food distribution should ease their situation.”Since the beginning of this year, the agency has been providing food to over 65,700 Afghan refugees in the relatively more secure New Shamshatoo and Akora Khattak camps in Peshawar. In all, WFP plans to provide more than 12,000 tonnes of food to the poorest Afghan refugees in those camps at a cost over $4.8 million. However, WFP Programme Advisor Rahman Chowdhury predicted that “this commitment could increase if conditions permit in Jalozai camp.” Inside Afghanistan, WFP is distributing about 20,000 tonnes of food each month towards its overall goal of helping 3.8 million poor Afghans get their daily food requirements this year.
Montreal-based Major Wire Industries Limited has appointed ELB Equipment, a member of the ELB Group, as its new Authorised Dealer representing the complete line of screen media solutions for aggregate and mining operations. ELB Equipment has branches to serve all of the provinces in South Africa, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda and Uganda as well as affiliated dealers that cover other Sub-Saharan countries, including Angola, Botswana, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.ELB Equipment, based in Boksburg, near Johannesburg), is described as “one of a few South African companies that can offer a broad range of earthmoving, construction, mining and quarrying equipment from a single supplier. The company’s goal is to provide customers with specialised solutions to enhance their production and profitability, as well as provide service and product support after each sale. To provide for the screen media needs of their customers, ELB Equipment already has plans underway to have its own Major Wire Certified Finishing Facility by the end of March 2015. This facility will allow ELB Equipment to deliver orders for OptimumWire woven wire to the market with a very short lead-time.As an alternative to traditional woven wire and polyurethane and rubber panels, Major Wire offers Flex-Mat 3 High-Performance Screen Media which is available in both tensioned and modular versions. Flex-Mat 3’s independently vibrating wires increase throughput of in-specification product up to 40% over traditional woven wire or polyurethane and rubber panels by increasing both screening action and expanding each screen decks’ open area. Due to its superior wire wear life, additional production is also possible by reducing the wire diameter creating additional throughput. OptimumWire is manufactured with a high carbon and high manganese content, providing more resistance to abrasion and better performance for aggregate screening operations worldwide. Its high ductility, hardness and tensile strength make it less susceptible to breaking in high-impact conditions and with highly abrasive materials, so it lasts longer and minimises labour, maintenance and lost production costs. read more