Govt launches community engagements

first_img13 March 2012 The government has launched a series of engagements with communities around South Africa in order to increase awareness of its programmes and foster a culture of active citizenship. On Friday, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti visited the Amajuba district near Utrecht in KwaZulu-Natal, and was welcomed by citizens in the area. Nkwinti held a community seminar at the Emadlangeni Town Hall – one of 30 such seminars that will take place across the country over the coming months. It follows a similar seminar recently conducted by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi in the Waterberg district in Limpopo province. “The sessions are intended to help citizens understand the decisions that are taken in government and how it will benefit their lives,” said Michael Currin of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS).Citizens offer solutions While the Amajuba seminar sought to communicate the government programmes following the State of the Nation address, guests took full advantage of the opportunity to raise issues, demand answers and even offer solutions to common problems. “Not only do I understand the State of the Nation address a little better, but having the minister come all the way to Utrecht to talk to us showed me that government really cares about us, even though we live in a rural area,” said Elizabeth Malinga, a beneficiary of a land claim. Ian de Jager, a farmer in the area, said he already had a good grasp of the State of the Nation address, but still felt that the seminar was useful in making Minister Nkwinti aware of issues pertaining to the area. “One of the more salient issues that was raised at the seminar is the fact that land reform needs to be done in such a manner that it gives people ownership with a sense of responsibility, and people must feel the full onus of that responsibility,” De Jager said. “It is very easy to transfer land, but if it is not managed properly, it is a waste. He continued: “There was also one gentleman from Newcastle who said he had a group that was willing to offer hands-on training in farming to individuals, in conjunction with the training being offered at a tertiary institution, but the minister explained that the vehicle to drive that programme forward was not entirely in place. “There are many stakeholders that are willing to participate … more needs to be done in a constructive manner, and funds need to be allocated appropriately.”‘Don’t always blame the government’ During the seminar, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs Meshack Radebe urged citizens not always to blame the government for their problems. “We will reap what we sow, and if you do not plant, you cannot grow,” he said, encouraging citizens to take responsibility for their own futures. Radebe said that while President Jacob Zuma had made 2011 the year for creating jobs, 2012 would be the year for infrastructure development. “People say there is a difference between the two, but it is actually one thing. “Infrastructure development creates the opportunity for people to invest,” Radebe said. “We have learnt from the Soccer World Cup, and we are now calling upon the public sector, the private sector and the parastatals to invest in infrastructure. This will generate huge opportunities for South African business.”Green paper on land reform Nkwinti touched on the green paper on land reform when he took to the podium, saying the aim of the document was to bring municipalities, communities, the police, farm workers and farm owners under one institution to solve problems either socially or legally. “It puts a measure of power both in the hands of the worker and in the hands of the farmer,” he said. “The reason we have giants and dwarfs in this country can be traced back to land. The giants have land,” Nkwinti said. “Eighteen years after democracy, people are still marching in the streets with fake machine guns, and it is not right. People don’t know how to respect property because they don’t have property.” After the seminar, guests said they wished they had more time in the discussion slot of the programme. Nkwinti is due to return to the Amajuba District on 22 March, when further discussions are expected to take place. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SA to celebrate 20 years of freedom

first_img17 April 2013 South Africa’s historic 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy next year promises to be nothing short of spectacular, with government expected to pull out all the stops, says Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile. Speaking to SAnews on Tuesday, Mashatile said government was planning a spectacular line-up of events in the build-up to the 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy in 2014. The planning will start after President Jacob Zuma’s address on Freedom Day later this month. Freedom Day is an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994 and since the dawn of democracy, the country has been commemorating Freedom Day on 27 April every year. This year, President Zuma will give the keynote address at the Freedom Day celebration to be held at the Union Buildings under the theme: “Mobilising society towards our democracy and freedom,” Mashatile said. “Of significance is that we will use this year’s Freedom Day celebrations to launch a year-long build-up programme leading up to the historic 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary of liberation, we hope to be joined by the people of the world, many of whom have made it possible for us to achieve our freedom and to sustain it for two decades. “This year during the Freedom Month, the President will [give us] an indication on how we are going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of freedom and that will be the beginning of planning for the major celebration next year,’ he said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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An invitation to do business

first_imgSri Lankan High Commissioner to South Africa, Shehan Ratnavale, is calling on South African entrepreneurs to invest in the island nation.(Image: Shamin Chibba) City of Johannesburg council speaker Conny Bapela, left, and Shehan Ratnavale, solidify the partnership between the City and the High Commission.(Image: City of Johannesburg)MEDIA CONTACTS • Shehan RatnavaleSri Lankan High Commissioner to South Africa+27 12 460 9812Shamin ChibbaWith its economic growth soaring and tourist numbers swelling by the year, there is no reason why South African businesses should not invest in Sri Lanka. And come November, potential investors will get a chance to see exactly what the island nation has to offer when the Commonwealth Business Forum is held in Colombo.Speaking at the introduction of the forum in Johannesburg’s Metropolitan Centre on Wednesday, 29 May, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to South Africa, Shehan Ratnavale, personally invited potential investors to the event and to do business with his country.The forum will take place alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which is being held in Asia for the first time in 22 years. It would be, Ratnavale said, a great opportunity for South African investors to network with high level business representatives from 54 Commonwealth nations. “The Commonwealth is made up of developed and developing countries, and diverse cultures and traditions. This creates fertile ground for exchange of technological know-how, skills and investments that will foster sustainable economic partnerships.”Ratnavale urged South African hospitality companies to take advantage of the island nation’s recent influx of tourists. During its civil war, which ended in 2009, visitor numbers languished around 400 000, but in 2012 more than a million tourists headed to Sri Lanka. By the end of 2016, the country expects that number to increase to 2.5 million. “One of the major problems is the shortfall of hotel rooms, so we are inviting hotel investors.”He said South African investors should also consider Sri Lanka’s textiles sector, which is worth US$3-billion (R29.1-billion); agriculture; information and communications technology; and infrastructure development industries.Already, there are a few South African companies looking to cash in on Sri Lanka’s growth. Later this year, a delegation of small-to-medium enterprises from South Africa’s handicraft industry – supported by the Department of Trade and Industry – will visit the country. Soon thereafter, the South African Property Owners Association will visit to explore opportunities for investment. “I emphasise the time is right to take South African and Sri Lankan commercial relations to a different level. And the business forum provides a wonderful opportunity to do so,” said Ratnavale. Bringing the forum to JohannesburgJohannesburg’s portfolio head of economic development, Willie van der Schyf, is looking to bring the business forum to the city in the near future. When he first met Ratnavale two months ago, the high commissioner happened to mention the forum was starting an African chapter – and Van der Schyf saw an opportunity for Johannesburg to host it.Van der Schyf was responsible for initiating ties with the Sri Lankan High Commission. The partnership is part of the City’s outreach programme, which builds relationships between local businesspeople and embassies in Johannesburg. The Brics nations are also part of the programme. “We will be hosting, in July, what we call a Buy, Sell and Invest Initiative, whereby we will be attracting foreign investment into Johannesburg. And Sri Lanka will definitely be a part of that.”City of Johannesburg council Speaker, Conny Bapela, urged local businesspeople to take up Ratnavale’s offer to invest in the island. “We would be highly privileged to count Sri Lanka as one of our major partners and look forward to cementing our relations and taking them to an advanced level.” Mid-point between Africa and AsiaSri Lanka is positioning itself as an important mid-point between Africa and Asia. In August last year, Seychelles president James Michel visited Sri Lanka to discuss trade, maritime links and safeguarding their interests from pirates that sailed the Indian Ocean.In the same month, King Mswati III of Swaziland also made his way to the island. His visit led to the Sri Lankan mini tractor manufacturer, Edna Engineering, opening a factory in Swaziland’s capital of Mbabane. Sri Lanka is also looking to establish 15 diplomatic missions in Africa and the president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, recently opened a new high commission in Uganda.Last month’s HSBC Global Research report, Bridging the Gap, stated that Sri Lanka was one of three economies – including China and Malaysia – that was taking off. This was because of the public sector’s stronger role in driving infrastructure. Commonwealth Business ForumThe Colombo forum comes at a time when developed economies are struggling to recover from recession and maintain open markets, and when emerging countries are enjoying greater prominence globally. In light of this, the three-day event will cover topics to do with building new partnerships for trade, wealth creation and social development; developing small- and medium-sized businesses; and increasing tourism without threatening local economies and the ecosystem.Centred on the theme of “Partnership for Wealth Creation and Social Development”, Ratnavale said the forum would look at private entrepreneurship, global linkages and strong institutional support as solutions to these challenges.last_img read more

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PRETTYSHOP Hairpiece Hair Rubber Scrunchie Scrunchy Updos, The best beauty purchase I have ever made

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16″, 20″, 22″, 26″ Medium Brown 04# 100 Strands Indian Premier Remy Loop Micro Ring 100% Human Hair Extensions AAA* UK Seller (22″) – Best seller on amazon!! Top rate customer service!!!

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Rural Vermont Outsulation

first_imgMy grandmother grew up in a sod house in South Dakota, and she often used to tell me about one of the chores she performed every fall: banking the home’s walls with horse manure to help keep the family warm. In rural Vermont, the usual method of banking houses involves hay bales — in some cases supplemented with polyethylene or blue tarps.When I moved to Vermont in 1975, I could get mulch hay for free. Now farmers sell hay for $3 a bale — even spoiled hay that’s only fit for mulch. As hay gets more expensive, rural residents are turning to more modern materials to bank their walls.Robert Riversong sent GBA this photo he took in Granville, Vermont. He labeled the photo, “Vermont GreenNeck outsulation.” Thanks, Robert.The second photo was taken by the author in Sheffield, Vermont.last_img read more

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How To Watch Apple’s WWDC 2014 Keynote Online

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement selena larson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#2014#Apple#iPhone#Live Stream#Worldwide Developer Conference#WWDC If you didn’t get an invite to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Calif. next week, here’s some good news for you: Apple has announced—a full week early, no less—a way for you to watch the WWDC 2014 keynote address on June 2.Here’s how: Make sure you have an approved Apple or Windows device. The live stream requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later; or QuickTime 7 for Windows devices. If you’re streaming from a second- or third-generation Apple TV, you’ll need software 5.0.2 or later.Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. PT on June 2. Click here. ReadWrite will have all hands on deck for the Apple keynote, so be sure to check back at readwrite.com for our breaking coverage. We’ll also be live-tweeting the keynote at @RWW on Twitter. Image courtesy of Apple The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Archers, Tams go at it anew

first_imgMOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStung by tough defeats at the end of the first round, defending champion La Salle and Far Eastern U seek to get their campaigns back on track when they mix it up on Wednesday in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Beaten by fierce rival Ateneo, 75-76, on Sunday, the Green Archers hope to turn their fortunes around against the Tamaraws in the 4 p.m. clash that could serve as a preview of the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img University of the Philippines faces winless University of Santo Tomas at 2 p.m. Will group seeking reforms get worthwhile results? Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Archers have looked vulnerable for most of the first round despite dominant performances from Ben Mbala, who has averaged 30 points in his first five games of the season.La Salle forward Ricci Rivero feels its about time the rest of the Archers step up to ease the burden on Mbala.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We don’t have to rely on Ben every time, that’s why we have to play as a team because with our lineup, we have players who are capable of doing everything,” said Rivero.Aljun Melecio is expected to return to the lineup after missing the last three games due to dengue fever. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Dhoni may face one Test ban for slow over-rate

first_imgIndia cricket captain MS. Dhoni may end up warming the benches when India take on England during the second Test match from July 29 at Nottingham.According to UK daily, the Daily Express, India recorded an over-rate of 13 per hour instead of the required 15 during England’s first innings. And if that is not covered during this innings, Dhoni may have to serve a ban in accordance with the ICC rules.The International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct states that the captain of any team which is found guilty of bowling slow over-rates on three occasions in a 12-month period will face a one-match suspension.Dhoni has already been booked twice by the ICC in this regard after India failed to reach the required over-rate during January’s third Test against South Africa and the recent match against the West Indies in Barbados.Keeping the ICC rule in consideration, even if the India skipper manages to escape punishment on this occasion, the threat is likely to remain throughout the series.last_img read more

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It’s unfair to compare Dhoni’s captaincy with Misbah: Shoaib Malik

first_imgBoth Dhoni and Misbah are under pressure following their team’s preformance recentlyPakistan’s former captain Shoaib Malik has said that it was absolutely unfair to make any comparisons between the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.The seasoned batsman was asked what he thought about the pressure being exerted by critics and some former players to replace Misbah in Pakistan and Dhoni in India following their team’s defeats to Sri Lanka and England respectively.”Every captain has a bad series but I would not compare these two at all. There is no comparison because Dhoni has won every major ICC title which Misbah has not done, he said during a talk-show on Geo super channel.Malik said Misbah was a good captain and had performed well as a batsman but the Pakistan Cricket Board is needed to take a final decision on the captaincy for the World Cup 2015.”They need to identify from now who should lead the team in the World Cup including Misbah. Because a decision has to be taken now and this will also give the chosen captain a lot of confidence and boost,” he said.Malik, who has been sidelined by selectors after the World T20 in Bangladesh but emerged as a top player in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League for eventual champions Barbados, said the same principle should apply for the players.Asked if he was disappointed at not being part of the selector’s plans for the World Cup, Malik said obviously he wanted to play in the premier event.advertisement”What I say is whoever the selectors have in mind for the World Cup they should decide now and form a combination from now because they need to prepare now for this mega event which is not going to be easy,” he said.We need to have consistency in the team selection leading up to the World Cup because that is how we will be able to form a strong combination, Malik said.The former captain who also helped Hobart win the Big Bash T20 title in Australia said he had already “committed to playing for the Australian side” in the Champions League in India next month.”Malik said Pakistan had lost the Test series in Sri Lanka because they didn’t try to change their strategy against the bowlers.I think the same approach cost India in England. The Pakistani batsman failed to devise a proper strategy to play Rangana Herath in the test series, Malik said.”After failing against him in the first Test they should have changed their approach and played him more positively in the second Test.”Malik said perhaps the reason for his success as a batsman in the Caribbean Premier League was because he knew in advance which position he would be batting on. I am not blaming anyone but perhaps I think when I play for Pakistan my batting position or role in the team is not made clear to me, he said.last_img read more

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