ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): World number one West Indies will face host nation India, along with Australia, in the warm-up round of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, which bowls off in March. The ICC recently unveiled the pre-tournament fixtures, showing the Windies matches – both to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The match against India will be on March 10, while the contest against the Aussies will be on March 13. No other official fixtures have been listed, leaving these matches key to the team’s preparation for the March 8 to April 3 tournament. West Indies have been drawn in Group One of the Super 10 stage of the T20 World Cup and will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. Group Two will comprise India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Australia and a qualifier advancing from the first round.
Charity shop and sustainable fashion fans will be happy to hear that the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) store in Ballyshannon is reopening.A new chapter begins for the fundraising shop as Natalie Quinn takes up the reins as Shop Manager from popular former Manager Naomi Brady.The store will be full of great quality second-hand items once more, with a treasure trove of shoes, household items, books and a large selection of bric-a-brac to discover. The NCBI is appealing for volunteers to get involved with stock and customer service.Grainne Whiteside, Area Manager said “reopening the Ballyshannon shop was a priority for NCBI as it is so embedded in the local community. We will continue to sell quality preloved clothing, accessories and bric a brac. We call on anyone interested in volunteering with the NCBI shop to contact us; even giving us as little as three hours a week would be of great assistance. Pop in and see our new selection of stock”.NCBI’s chain of 115 shops play a vital and integral part in the charity’s overall fundraising efforts, allowing the national sight loss agency to provide vital life changing services to over 6,000 people each year, many of whom live in Donegal.Also by supporting shops, customers not only generate funds for NCBI services but support the drive for more environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion and furniture. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Natalie Quinn, Shop Manager on 0858211128 or firstname.lastname@example.orgDelight for thrifty shoppers as NCBI store reopens in Ballyshannon was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyshannonncbishop
Sunderland had appeals for a penalty waved away in the first half of the Capital One Cup quarter-final at the Stadium of Light.The home fans wanted a spot-kick when Andrea Dossena’s cross struck the upper part of Cesar Azpilicueta’s arm, but referee Anthony Taylor was having none of it.Chelsea’s veteran keeper Mark Schwarzer, in for Petr Cech, was a virtual spectator for the opening 20 minutes as Jose Mourinho’s side passed the ball around at will and pressed their opponents effectively without managing to create a clear-cut chance.The in-form Andre Schurrle cut in from the left and fired straight at Black Cats keeper Vito Mannone before Blues skipper Frank Lampard sent a long-range shot over.Gus Poyet’s men then came into the game more but Chelsea still looked more likely to open the scoring and their best opportunity of the half came nine minutes before the interval.Having got himself into a great position, Schurrle should have shot but instead played the ball to Willian, who dragged an effort harmelessly wide.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; De Bruyne, Willian, Schurrle; Eto’oSubs: Blackman, Terry, Essien, Oscar, Hazard, Ba, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Inside South Africa’s Parliament duringPresident Jacob Zuma’s State of theNation Address on 11 February 2010.(Image: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vincent MagwenyaPresidential spokesperson+27 72 715 0024RELATED ARTICLES• Zuma welcomes world at Davos• Jacob Zuma on World Aids Day• Medium-term budget: full textThe full text of South African President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, delivered to Parliament on the evening of 11 February 2010:Honourable Speaker;Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces;Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP;Deputy President of the Republic, Honourable Kgalema Motlanthe;Honourable Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa and all esteemed members of the Judiciary;Isithwalandwe President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela;Former President FW de Klerk;Our father, Former President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia;Former Deputy Presidents;Distinguished Premiers and Speakers of our Provinces;Chairperson of SALGA and all local government leadership;Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders;Heads of Chapter 9 Institutions;The Governor of the Reserve Bank;Special international Guests especially the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr Jean Ping;Former political prisoners and veterans;Members of the diplomatic corps;South African and foreign media;Fellow South Africans,Dumelang, molweni, goeie naand, good evening, sanibonani nonke emakhaya!Siyavuya ukuba nani ngobubusuku bubaluleke kangaka.I stand before you this evening, 20 years since President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela walked out of prison.We have chosen this as the day to call this Joint Sitting of Parliament to deliver the State of the Nation Address, to celebrate a watershed moment that changed our country.The release of Madiba was brought about by the resolute struggles of the South African people.You will recall that the masses of this country, in their different formations, responded with determination to the call to make the country ungovernable and apartheid unworkable.We are celebrating this day with former political prisoners who we have specially invited to join us.We welcome in particular those who have travelled from abroad to be here, Helene Pastoors, Michael Dingake from Botswana, Mr Andimba Toivo ya Toivo of SWAPO in Namibia.We are pleased to be joined by members of the legal team in the Rivonia Treason trial – Lord Joel Joffe, who is now based in London and Judge Arthur Chaskalson.We also remember and pay tribute to Mr Harry Schwarz, who sadly passed away last week.He was amongst other things, a member of the Rivonia defence team.We extend our gratitude to our friends and comrades in the international community, for fighting side by side with us to achieve freedom.We extend a special welcome to the Mandela family.They became a symbol of the sacrifices of many who bore the brunt of apartheid.We greet the leadership of the ruling party and Alliance partners, for whom this is an extra special occasion.Compatriots and friends,On this special day, we must also acknowledge the contribution of those within the leadership of the National Party, who eventually realised that apartheid had no future.Allow me to mention the role played by former President PW Botha.It was he who initiated the discussion about the possible release of political prisoners.President Botha worked with the former Minister of Justice, Mr Kobie Coetzee, who was in turn assisted by Dr Neil Barnard and Mr Mike Louw.They played a significant role in the process leading to the release of Madiba.Honourable Members,South Africa is yet to acknowledge in full, the critical role played by the former President of the ANC, Comrade Oliver Tambo, who laid the foundation for this country to become a shining example of freedom and democracy.It was his outstanding leadership, foresight and clarity of vision that led the ANC to intensify the pursuit of a negotiated settlement.His wisdom was also displayed in the Harare Declaration which he wrote and championed.It was this that laid the groundwork for the historic announcements by President FW de Klerk, 20 years ago.In this, President de Klerk demonstrated great courage and decisive leadership.On this great day, let me also acknowledge the role played by the late Ms Helen Suzman.She was for a long time, a lone voice in Parliament, calling for change.We also recognise the role of the leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who also called for Madiba’s release, as well as that of other prisoners and the return of exiles.We reiterate our heartfelt gratitude to the international community for its unwavering support to our struggle.These moments in our history demonstrate our ability to come together, even under the most difficult of circumstances, and to put the country’s interests first above all other interests.Deur saam te werk, kan ons meer bereik.Honourable members,During the course of this year, we will mark the centenary of the establishment of the Union of South Africa.This created a unitary state.Significantly, the exclusion of black people from this Union was one of the chief reasons for the formation of the African National Congress in 1912.As we mark this centenary later in the year, we should reflect on how far we have travelled as a country.Honourable Members,We recall the words of Madiba on his release, when he said:“I stand before you, not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people.Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today.I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”These words inspire us not to rest, until we achieve the ideals of a society free of poverty and deprivation.In the two decades since the release of Madiba, our country has changed fundamentally.President Mandela united this country behind the goal of a non-sexist, non-racial, democratic and prosperous South Africa.As we celebrate Madiba’s release today, let us recommit ourselves to building a better future for all South Africans, black and white.Let us pursue the ideal for which Madiba has fought his entire life – the ideal of a democratic and free society, in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.Honourable Members,We called a joint sitting in the evening so that the majority in our country, workers and school children, can be part of the occasion.We are impressed by the enthusiasm of the youth about the occasion.Two hundred and sixty six children from all provinces participated in the pre-State of the Nation debate on the role of the youth in the fight against poverty.We congratulate the overall winner, Charlotte Le Fleur of Worcester Secondary School and all the participants for the hard work.Compatriots and friends,We are meeting against the backdrop of a global economic crisis.Last year, we experienced our first recession in 17 years.The crisis cost our economy about 900 000 jobs.Many of those who lost their jobs were the breadwinners in poor families.In February last year, government, business, labour and community representatives agreed on a package of measures to reduce the scale and impact of the crisis.We have put many of these measures in place.We have implemented decisive anti-recession spending by government, especially on infrastructure.To ensure a safety cushion for the poor, we brought social grant increases forward, and extended the child support grant to children over 14 years of age.In the next three years, an additional two million children from poor households, aged 15 to 18 years, will benefit from the child support grant.The Industrial Development Corporation has put aside R6 billion to help companies in distress.Government introduced a “training lay-off scheme” to allow workers the option of a period of training instead of retrenchment.These efforts were enhanced by our public works programme.The nation will recall that during the 2009 State of the Nation Address, I announced that the Expanded Public Works Programme would create 500 000 work opportunities, by December 2009.Let me reiterate that these are not jobs in the mainstream economy.These are job opportunities created to provide unemployed people with an income, work experience, and training opportunities.Honourable Members, Fellow South Africans,We are pleased to announce that by the end of December, we had created more than 480 000 public works job opportunities, which is 97% of the target we had set.The jobs are in areas like construction, home and community based care, and environmental projects.We have identified some areas of improvement which we will effect going forward, including ensuring more labour intensive projects.We know that these and other measures cannot fully mitigate the effects of the recession.We are grateful for the spirit of family, community and voluntary work that inspires many people to help those most affected by the crisis, through these difficult times.Honourable Members,Economic indicators suggest that we are now turning the corner.Economic activity is rising in South Africa, and we expect growth going forward.The labour statistics released on Tuesday, show that the economy is now creating jobs rather than shedding them.It is too soon, though, to be certain of the pace of recovery.Government will therefore not withdraw its support measures.Now is the time to lay the groundwork for stronger growth going forward, and for growth that gives rise to more jobs.Our long-term infrastructure programme will help us grow faster.Our education and skills programmes will increase our productivity and competitiveness.Our Industrial Policy Action Plan and our new focus on green jobs, will build stronger and more labour absorbing industries.Our rural development programme will improve rural productivity, and the lives of people living in rural areas.Underpinning our strategy for economic recovery and growth, is our capital investment programme.Over the next three years government will spend R846 billion on public infrastructure.On transport, we will maintain and expand our road network.We will ensure that our rail network is reliable, competitive and better integrated with our sea ports.To ensure reliable power supply, we have established an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Energy, to develop a 20 year integrated resource plan.Among other things, this will look at the participation of independent power producers, and protecting the poor from rising electricity prices.We will establish an independent system operator, separate from Eskom Holdings.Eskom will continue to build additional generation capacity and improve the maintenance of its power stations.To ensure the promotion of an inclusive economy, to aid growth and development, we have established the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council, chaired by the President.The most urgent focus of policy change must be interventions to create jobs for young people.Unemployment rates for young people are substantially higher than the average.Proposals will be tabled to subsidise the cost of hiring younger workers, to encourage firms to take on inexperienced staff.A further expansion of public employment programmes is also underway.This includes local infrastructure and literacy projects, home-based care, school maintenance and early childhood development initiatives.Last year we launched the National Youth Development Agency.We have directed the Agency to work faster to establish its structures, throughout the country, so that it can assist us to mainstream youth development programmes within government.Honourable Members,When this administration came into office last year, we undertook to work harder to build a strong developmental state.We said it would be a state that responds to the needs and aspirations of the people, and which performs better and faster.This year, 2010, shall be a year of action.The defining feature of this administration will be that it knows where people live, understands their needs, and responds faster.Government must work faster, harder and smarter.We will expect the executive and the public service to comply with this vision.We are building a performance-oriented state, by improving planning as well as performance monitoring and evaluation.We also need to integrate gender equity measures into the government’s programme of action.This action will ensure that women, children and persons with disabilities can access developmental opportunities.We are pleased to announce a new way of doing things in government.The work of Departments will be measured by outcomes, developed through our performance monitoring and evaluation system.The Ministers who are responsible for a particular outcome, will sign a detailed Delivery Agreement with the President.It will outline what is to be done, how, by whom, within what time period and using what measurements and resources.As you are aware, we are committed to five priorities:education, health, rural development and land reform, creating decent work, and fighting crime.In addition, we will work to improve the effectiveness of local government, infrastructure development and human settlements.We will undertake a number of key activities towards the achievement of these outcomes.We have placed education and skills development at the centre of this government’s policies.In our 2010 programme, we want to improve the ability of our children to read, write and count in the foundation years.Unless we do this, we will not improve the quality of education.Our education targets are simple but critical.We want learners and teachers to be in school, in class, on time, learning and teaching for seven hours a day.We will assist teachers by providing detailed daily lesson plans.To students we will provide easy-to-use workbooks in all 11 languages.From this year onwards, all grade 3, 6 and 9 students will write literacy and numeracy tests that are independently moderated.We aim to increase the pass rate for these tests from the current average of between 35 and 40% to at least 60% by 2014.Results will be sent to parents to track progress.In addition, each of our 27 000 schools will be assessed by officials from the Department of Basic Education.This will be recorded in an auditable written report.We aim to increase the number of matric students who are eligible for university admission to 175 000 a year by 2014.We urge parents to cooperate with us in making this a success.We welcome last month’s statement by the three teacher unions, Naptosa, Sadtu and Saou, reaffirming their commitment to the Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign from the beginning of 2010.Honourable Members,We need to invest in our youth to ensure a skilled and capable workforce to support growth and job creation.We therefore plan to increase the training of 16-25 year olds in further education and training facilities.This will enable us to provide a second chance at education, for those who do not qualify for university.We are working with higher education institutions to ensure that eligible students obtain financial assistance, through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.We have also set ambitious targets for skills development, to produce additional engineers and technicians, and to increase the number of qualified mathematics and science teachers.We must also increase the number of youth who enter learnerships in the private and public sectors.Honourable members,Another key outcome is to ensure a long and healthy life for all South Africans.We will continue to improve our health care system.This includes building and upgrading hospitals and clinics, and further improving the working conditions of health care workers.We have partnered with the Development Bank of Southern Africa to improve the functionality of public hospitals and their district offices.We are also collaborating with the DBSA and the Industrial Development Corporation, in a Public-Private Partnership programme to improve hospitals and provide finance for projects.Honourable Members,We must confront the fact that life expectancy at birth, has dropped from 60 years in 1994 to just below 50 years today.We are therefore making interventions to lower maternal mortality rates, to reduce new HIV infections and to effectively treat HIV and tuberculosis.We will also reduce infant mortality through a massive immunisation programme.We will reinstate health programmes in schools.We will implement all the undertakings made on World Aids Day relating to new HIV prevention and treatment measures.Intensive work is underway to ensure that this work is on schedule.We will also continue preparations for the establishment of a national health insurance system.Fellow South Africans,We are working hard to ensure that everyone in South Africa feels safe and is safe.We will take further our work to reduce serious and violent crimes, and ensure that the justice system works efficiently.We are implementing plans to increase the number of police men and women by 10% over the next three years.We have identified the fight against hijacking, business and house robberies, as well as contact crimes such as murder, rape, and assault, as top priorities.We all have a role to play.Let us participate in community safety forums.Let us stop buying stolen goods.Let us always be ready to provide the police with information about criminal activity.Tshebedisano mmoho etla lwantsha botloko-tsebe.Compatriots and esteemed guests,Local government must work.Municipalities must improve the provision of housing, water, sanitation, electricity, waste management and roads.We held a meeting with mayors and municipal managers last year.This provided valuable insight into the challenges in local government.We also visited various communities and municipalities, including Balfour in Mpumalanga and Thembisa in Gauteng.After the Balfour visit, we sent a nine member Ministerial team to visit the area to address the issues that had been raised by the community.A number of issues have already received attention.I have directed the Ministers to attend to the outstanding matters.We reiterate, that there are no grievances that can justify violence and the destruction of property.We have directed law enforcement agencies to take a tougher stance on lawlessness in Balfour and other areas.In December 2009, Cabinet approved a turnaround strategy for local government.This will ensure that local government has the correct management, administrative and technical skills.During this year of action, let us work together to make local government everybody’s business.We are working to upgrade well-located informal settlements and provide proper service and land tenure to at least 500 000 households by 2014.We plan to set aside over 6 000 hectares of well-located public land for low income and affordable housing.A key new initiative will be to accommodate people whose salaries are too high to get government subsidies, but who earn too little to qualify for a normal bank mortgage.We will set up a guarantee fund of R1 billion to incentivise the private banking and housing sector, to develop new products to meet this housing demand.Bakwethu,Ngonyaka odlule sathi, abantu basemakhaya nabo banelungelo lokuba nogesi, amanzi, izindlu zangasese ezigijima amanzi nemigwaqo.Sathi kufanele babe nezindawo zezemidlalo kanye nezindawo zokuthenga ezinkulukazi eziphucuzekile njengasemadolobheni.In this regard, we launched the first pilot site of the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme in Giyani, Limpopo in August last year.Since then, 231 houses have been built.Progress has also been made in providing infrastructure to support agricultural development, and training for community members.Access to health and education facilities has improved.We are implementing similar programmes in seven sites across the country, benefiting 21 wards.By 2014, we aim to have sites in 160 wards.We want 60% of households in these sites to meet their food requirements from own production by 2014.Kancane kancane kuze kulunge, phela bakwethu, kuthiwa nempandla iqala ngenhlonhlo.We also need to better integrate land reform and agricultural support programmes.Our success in this area will be measured by the increase in the number of small scale farmers that become economically viable.Honourable Speaker and Chairperson of the NCOP,We are not a water rich country.Yet we still lose a lot of water through leaking pipes and inadequate infrastructure.We will be putting in place measures to reduce our water loss by half by 2014.Honourable Members,As part of our efforts to encourage greater economic growth, we are working to reduce the cost to communicate.The South African public can look forward to an even further reduction of broadband, cell phone, landline and public phone rates.We will work to increase broadband speed and ensure a high standard of internet service, in line with international norms.Fellow South Africans,This government will ensure that our environmental assets and natural resources are well protected, and are continually enhanced.Together with Brazil, India and China, and joined by the United States which represented the developed world, we made a significant contribution to the accord adopted at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December last year.Although it does not go as far as required, it is an important step forward as it commits all countries to respond to climate change.We will work hard with our international counterparts towards a legally binding treaty.As South Africa we have voluntarily committed ourselves to specific emission reduction targets, and will continue working on our long term climate change mitigation strategy.Honourable Members,We will intensify efforts to promote the interests of South Africa globally.We will support efforts to speed up the political and economic integration of the SADC region, and promote intra-regional trade and investment.South Africa continues to play a leading role in continental efforts to strengthen the African Union and its organs, and to work for unity.We will focus energy on revitalising the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, as a strategy for economic development on the continent.Fellow South Africans,The public service has to respond to the call to make this term one of faster action and improved State performance.We require excellence and hard work.We need public servants who are dedicated, capable and who care for the needs of citizens.Government is already working on the development and implementation of a public service development programme, which will set the norms and standards for public servants in all spheres.Honourable Members,We continue our efforts to eradicate corruption and fraud in procurement and tender processes, and in applications for drivers’ licences, social grants, and identity documents, among others.We are pleased with the progress government is making in some areas.This week, we terminated 32 687 fraudulent social grants payments, valued at R180 million.Our Inter-Ministerial Committee on Corruption is looking at ways to decisively defeat corruption.Nga u shumisana rothe ringa bveledza zwinzhi.Compatriots,As you are aware, we introduced the Presidential Hotline to make government and the Presidency more accessible to the public, and to help unblock service delivery blockages.The Hotline represents our determination to do things differently in government.It has made a difference in the lives of many South Africans.We can mention Mrs Buziwe Ngaleka of Mount Frere, whose call about her late husband’s pension was the first we took on the first day of the service.She is with us here tonight.We also have among us Mr Nkululeko Cele, who was helped to obtain identity documents which allowed him to enroll at Tshwane University of Technology.These are just two among many success stories.From these and other examples, we identify weaknesses that should be rectified by various spheres of government.Through the Speaker, we have invited a multiparty delegation from Parliament to visit the call centre, so that MPs can get a first hand account of the work done.Compatriots and friends,I have outlined the main elements of our plans for 2010, our collective commitment as government to the people of South Africa.The State of the Nation Address provides a broad overview of our action plan.Ministers will provide the detail in their respective Budget Vote speeches.Honourable Members, Fellow South Africans,In November this year, we will mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa.It provides an opportunity to recognise the important contribution of the Indian community in the fields of labour, business, science, sports, religion, arts, culture and the achievement and consolidation of our democracy.Compatriots and friends,Let me take this opportunity to once again extend our heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Haiti on the monumental tragedy that has befallen them.We are pleased that our rescue teams were able to go and assist.I would like to especially recognise one South African who never fails to assist in times of disasters, and helps us to promote the vision of a caring society.We welcome Dr Imtiaz Sooliman of the Gift of the Givers in this House.Ladies and Gentlemen,Fellow South Africans,The hosting of the FIFA World Cup makes 2010 truly a year of action.We have spent many years planning for this World Cup.We only have three months to go.And we are determined to make a success of it.The infrastructure, security and logistics arrangements are in place to ensure a successful tournament.As a nation we owe a debt of gratitude to the 2010 Local Organising Committee for their sterling effort.We wish the LOC Chairperson Irvin Khoza, CEO Danny Jordaan and Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira all the best for the months ahead.President Mandela was central in assisting the country to win the rights to host this great event.We therefore have to make the World Cup a huge success in his honour.Compatriots, let us also stand behind the national team Bafana Bafana.Most importantly, ithikithi esandleni bakwethu!Let us all buy tickets timeously to be able to attend the games.Fellow South Africans,As we celebrate Madiba’s release today, we recommit ourselves to reconciliation, national unity, non-racialism and building a better future together as South Africans, black and white.We are guided by what Madiba said in the dock, that:“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people.I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society, in which all persons live together in harmony, and with equal opportunities.It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to achieve.But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”.Inspired by our icon Madiba, it is my honour to dedicate this 2010 State of the Nation Address, to all our heroes and heroines, sung and unsung, known and unknown.Let us work together to make this year of action a successful one for our country.I thank you.
Johanneburg, 3 November, 2015 – At the 2015 EY Strategic Growth Forum on Africa, South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said that if companies want to expand into Africa, they would need to understand that the continent is diverse and that growth strategies need to be tailored according to each country’s needs.South African deputy president, Cyril RamaphosaProgramme Director,EY Chief Executive Officer Ajen Sita,Ladies and Gentlemen,Thank you for inviting me to officially open the EY Strategic Growth Forum, a valuable platform for engagement on the challenges and opportunities in Africa.This Forum is an acknowledgement that Africa’s growth and development narrative is changing.It is an acknowledgment that while we appreciate many of the difficulties, we have not sufficiently explored the possibilities.The programme for this Forum seeks to look beyond conventional wisdom. You will most probably during the course of this conference be looking at what I regard as mega-trends that are unfolding and influencing a great deal of things that are happening in the world.The programme for this Forum is therefore quite exciting.It is a fresh approach that is reflective, evidence-based and forward-looking.It acknowledges that human progress depends on social interactions, better coordination of responses and shared responsibility.It is an approach that allows us all to take ownership of our common future.Ladies and Gentlemen,To do business well in Africa today requires more than traditional economic analysis.It requires an understanding that Africa is a very diverse continent, with a vast array of different social structures, political systems, economies, products and markets.For this reason, there is no single African growth story.And no business that seeks to operate across the continent can pursue a single African growth strategy.Africa is simply too large and too diverse.Yet, despite all this variety, most African economies share common features.Most are reliant on the extraction and export of raw materials.Most are constrained by inadequate infrastructure, low skills levels and limited industrial capacity.This exposes many African economies to fluctuations in commodity prices and depressed global demand.The lack of industrial capacity means that many African countries are unable to extract sufficient value from their natural resources.They are not able to realise the potential benefits for job creation, improved export earnings and inclusive growth.That is the part of the African story we know well.But the African story is changing.Africa’s future depends not so much on the rise of commodity prices but on the expansion and development of its human capital.A continent of over a billion people, Africa is said to have the fastest-growing middle class in the world.Opportunities that were not available a mere generation ago, are now within reach of millions more people.More Africans are educated, more are employed, more own assets.Africa has a young and rapidly expanding workforce.Over the next few decades, as many other countries grapple with the challenges of an ageing workforce, Africa has the potential to become the most vibrant, innovative and productive region in the world.But to achieve this potential, African countries – individually and collectively – need to pursue deliberate political, social and economic measures.Many of these measures are described in the African Union’s Agenda 2063.And many of them are being implemented.Even as many economies still rely on commodity exports, there is significant investment in other sectors.The growth in retail banking, telecommunications, information technology, niche and finished goods has been remarkable.African economies are becoming more diverse, more industrialised and more innovative.Today a large proportion of transfers in foreign currency are not carried out through the international banks, but through mobile money remittances from the African diaspora.Several African airlines, led by the likes of Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines, are becoming more commercial viable, investing in new aircraft, opening up new routes and increasing intra-Africa commerce and trade.In countries like Nigeria and Kenya, even with limited internet connectivity, innovative technological solutions are improving the lives of rural communities.Cellphone-based technologies are revolutionising the practice of medicine.Thanks to apps being developed on this continent, a health worker at a rural clinic can refer an issue for specialist diagnosis, in real time, by simply taking a cellphone photo of a patient’s eye.African economies have both the potential and ability to leapfrog advanced economies in developing technologies suitable for local conditions and needs.Economic change in Africa is taking place alongside political change.Governments are increasingly concerned with need for stability as a precondition for economic growth and social development.African countries are more united than ever before in promoting good governance, regional integration and multilateralism.Through our work in the African Union we are steadily establishing an integrated community that values accountability, good governance and transparency.Through a strong peer review mechanism we are seeing less conflict.With some notable exceptions, changes in government take place through the ballot box and not through the barrel of a gun.More than ever Africa is resolving its challenges through mediation, peace and dialogue.African countries are working hard to transform their economies.Governments are supporting programmes that promote manufacturing and competitiveness.They are encouraging new growth opportunities by investing in economic and social infrastructure.Importantly, African countries are collaborating on cross-border infrastructure projects that foster greater integration and trade.Many of these fall under the auspices of the Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative headed by President Jacob Zuma.This initiative is providing political leadership to projects such as the trans-Saharan highway between Algeria and Nigeria, the Grand Inga Dam in the DRC, and the North-South Corridor in Southern Africa.At a national level – in South Africa – we are undertaking a massive infrastructure investment programme overseen by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission.It is improving the capacity of our economy through better roads, ports, railways, electricity generation capacity and water infrastructure.It is improving people’s lives through new hospitals, clinics, schools and bus rapid transit systems.It is part of a broader economic strategy that seeks to grow the economy by increasing investment in productive economic sectors like manufacturing, agriculture.Central to the economic future of our country is the development of the skills of its people.Nowhere has the impact of apartheid been more keenly felt than in education.By depriving generations of black South Africans of a decent education, the apartheid government sought to deny them and their descendants a prosperous future.We have allocated R640 billion to basic education over the next three years. Much of this will go to improving school infrastructure, ensuring all learners receive suitable learning materials, and improving teacher training.We have significantly expanded access to higher education, and have increased the funding available to poor students through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).The amount disbursed annually by NSFAS has grown by approximately 270% since 2008, and is budgeted to grow even further in the next few years.But what has been made very clear by events over the last few weeks is that the funding of higher education remains a critical problem.We need to ensure that no-one is excluded from higher education because of an inability to pay.At the same time, we need to find funding mechanisms that are sustainable and ensure a high quality of education.We should therefore welcome the decision that the Presidential task team established to look at funding higher education will now be broadened to look at other issues of transformation in the sector.This is a matter of great urgency and great consequence.No country has managed to achieve what we are seeking to achieve without affordable, accessible, quality higher education.Through their actions, the students of South Africa have, quite correctly, underlined this critical imperative.As a country, we must now move with speed and purpose to address these fundamental issues of access, transformation and quality outcomes.Ladies and Gentlemen, there are many ways to describe Africa’s recent progress and the expectations that many have of its imminent economic and social emergence.During the course of this Forum we can expect that these descriptions will be scrutinised and enriched and enhanced.I would now like to turn to what I referred to in my opening remarks as mega-trends that business needs to address and pay attention to.EY has produced a report setting out five mega trends, to which I have added my own five. The 10 trends are:1. Shared value;2. Regional integration;3. Infrastructure development;4. Entrepreneurship;5. Partnership;6. The level of consciousness of the people of the world is rising; people are becoming more discerning and are not prepared to accept shoddy service;7. Growth of the middle class, and on the African continent in particular;8. People’s demand for good governance;9. Innovation, particularly the grasp of technology in Africa10. Hope for the future: people are more hopeful about the future; (even) when they protest, they are doing so to secure a better future.I would like to conclude with what I consider to be one of the most compelling accounts of what we are witnessing in Africa today.It was written over a century ago by Pixley ka Isaka Seme.He said:“The brighter day is rising upon Africa. Already I seem to see her chains dissolved, her desert plains red with harvest, her Abyssinia and her Zululand the seats of science and religion, reflecting the glory of the rising sun from the spires of their churches and universities.“Her Congo and her Gambia whitened with commerce, her crowded cities sending forth the hum of business, and all her sons employed in advancing the victories of peace-greater and more abiding than the spoils of war.“Yes, the regeneration of Africa belongs to this new and powerful period!”I thank you.
Rhodes University students are getting involved in weekly community service, which is the practical component of the Intetho ZoBomi philosophy course.Community service, part of the Intetho ZoBomi course, has a positive effect on primary school students. (Image: Rhodes University)Chili KierRhodes University has broken new ground by being one of the first tertiary institutions to introduce a weekly community service into one of its courses.The Intetho ZoBomi philosophy course gets students to mentor children from underprivileged schools.Intetho ZoBomi, which means existential conversations in isiXhosa, prompts students to question the society they live in and form opinions on issues such as racism or patriarchy so that they are equipped to dismantle it.The course encourages discussions on current issues too, such as service delivery or sexual violence. ZoBomi became a formally recognised subject at Rhodes in 2016, before which it was only available as a semester course.For the communityZoBomi is unusual because of the way in which it is structured. It includes the usual daily lectures and weekly tutorials, but it also offers community service hours at underprivileged schools in the surrounding area.Through getting involved in the local community, the course promotes unity and team building. (Image: Rhodes University)The community service component falls under the mandate of Service-Learning, which is focused on the mutual learning experience. The aim of Service-Learning is to combine meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning and critical reflection.Students take on two roles when doing community service. The first is mentorship, guiding children up to the age of 15 on academics, goals and ambitions in life and how it can be achieved.The second is to tutor children to improve their English skills. It aims to build a solid foundation on which the children can continue to hone their English writing and speaking abilities. The focus is on English because it is the language of instruction in most institutions and workplaces.Students praise the subjectA mentorship programme is facilitated by university students for matriculants as part of the Intetho ZoBomi course. (Image: Rhodes University)Annuschka Silence, a first year ZoBomi student is delighted with the subject. “ZoBomi created a space for me to relieve the stress from other subjects, because helping people helps me to feel at peace,” she said.Rhodes student and ZoBomi ZoBomi tutor, Phumelele Nkomozake encourages students to take the course as it not only helps underprivileged students to grasp tricky concepts, but it “provides an opportunity for introspection and self-discovery”.Through this course, university students are encouraged to take a second look at themselves and see how they can uplift others who may not have the same access to the basic facilities and resources.Sources: Rhodes UniversityWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A violent lightening streak tore across the sky on a recent trip for a group of U.S. farmers to visit the Panama Canal.“When we were at one of the locks it was just clouding up and a crack of lighting came from nowhere. It is a much more intense lightening than we have here in Ohio and it startled a lot of people. The tour guide said that the lightening is a blessing because without that lightening there is no rain, and if there is no rain water, there is no canal,” said Jeff Magyar, a northeast Ohio soybean grower who was on the trip. “The canal is a giant freshwater lake. They lift you up 40 feet and they drop you down 40 feet on the coasts and you go through a giant lake in the middle. When they open the gates at either end, all of that freshwater runs out into the ocean. They cannot bring saltwater in because that would impact the environment. With the new lock they have big cement basins to catch a higher percentage of that water they get to re-use for the lake because they may not have enough rainwater in a dry year. The weather down there is like Florida where they get violent thunderstorms almost every day, but with much more magnitude in the storms. That is what keeps the environment going down there and that is what feeds water to the canal.”Magyar sits on the board of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) through his involvement with the Ohio Soybean Council. Because of the importance of the project to U.S. agriculture, the STC held its annual meeting in early December in Panama where around 100 U.S. soybean farmers (including Magyar) and staff members of soybean associations from around the country got a tour and received an update on the canal’s expansion from officials with the Panama Canal Authority. Along with the abundant rain, the U.S travelers definitely took note of the high temperatures and humidity.“I like the sun, but by noon or 1 in the afternoon there were not many people outside. It was like the hottest part of our warmest day in the summer at dawn down there and then it warms up for the rest of the day,” Magyar said. “It is all tropical rainforest around the canal. I never realized that they have such biodiversity there. It is amazing.”The Panama Canal recently celebrated a century in operation as a monumental achievement of mankind to add efficiency to world travel in a path cut through the wilderness.“The most impressive thing to me was that last year was 100 years in operation. The coast of that country is flatland and the middle of the country is mountains. They had to remove the mountain range 120 or so years ago. The magnitude of doing that 100 years ago was impressive. It is one thing to dig a ditch on the flatland. It is another to dig up a mountain range. Thousands of people died working on that project from malaria and yellow fever from the mosquitos,” Magyar said. “Today half of the money from the canal goes to keeping up the canal and the other half goes to the government. It is definitely a plus for American agriculture. It will also help South American agriculture but the U.S. is the No. 1 beneficiary. We were treated like royalty on the trip because American agriculture is still their top source of revenue for the canal.“I was shocked by the rates in the canal. I have read that the average fare through there is $80,000 to $100,000 but they were saying the average big, dry bulk shipment is more like $400,000. It takes 14 days to go around though.”The Panama Canal has proven to be a valuable shortcut for U.S. grain and soybean exports, connecting vessels loaded in the U.S. Gulf and at East Coast ports for destinations in Central America and Asia. The Panama Canal is wrapping up a $5.25 billion effort to expand its locks to meet current transit volumes, expand vessel transits supporting global trade growth, and to accommodate larger vessel sizes.Three out of every 10 bushels of grain and soybean exports from the U.S. go through the canal, accounting for more than half the exports through the Center Gulf, one-tenth of the Texas Gulf exports and nearly 30% of the Atlantic Coast exports. For soybeans specifically, the Panama Canal handles 44% of total U.S. exports — approximately 600 million bushels of U.S. soybeans annually.With the expansion, the canal will offer the potential for increased loading per vessel, larger vessel sizes to be used, decreased canal transit time, and lower transport costs overall. While in Panama, the group with the STC toured the current canal locks on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the country. In addition, participants were able to view the new expanded canal locks that are scheduled to be open for use in April.“It is incumbent upon farmers to not only be knowledgeable of and passionate about the supply and demand side of their industry. Farmers must also be knowledgeable of and passionate about the transportation system that allows supply to connect with demand,” said Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition. “The Panama Canal — both the current and future expanded canal — is an important artery that allows the U.S. soybean industry to be so competitive in the international marketplace. Farmers need to understand this key link in our logistics chain, which will hopefully serve to increase our resolve and motivation to demand that our nation appropriately invests in our own transportation system. If we fail to make these investments in our ports, inland waterways, railroads, and roads and bridges, the expanded Panama Canal will truly be a missed opportunity.”There particularly importance with the canal expansion for Magyar specifically, who grows food grade soybeans for export from his farm in Ashtabula County.“I grow all food grade beans, but we also have a storage facility where we take commercial beans. I work with Western Reserve and we have 750,000 bushels of storage. I use our old facility to keep the food grade beans segregated,” Magyar said. “This will potentially lower shipping costs, particularly on container shipments to the Asian markets and also possibly the Eastern European markets where they are very interested in non-GMO beans. The U.S is still the most reliable supply of soybeans and this will help us get our soybeans to the end user at a lower cost.”The Panama Canal is even more valuable to eastern U.S. agriculture due to the West Coast shipping slowdowns resulting from ongoing labor disputes between the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents companies that own West Coast ports, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents dock workers.“Ohio food grade soybeans are preferred in Asian markets, but our shipping costs have typically been the highest because they had to go by rail to the West Coast. But now, neither the customers nor the sellers want to deal with shipping through the West Coast because of all the issues they are having with labor out there. They are having so many problems shipping from the Pacific Northwest on the West Coast to Asia that more of our soybeans are going to be leaving from the Mississippi or the East Coast. They are saying that maybe the problems on the West Coast cannot be fixed,” Magyar said. “Now they are expanding the ports of Savannah and others and dredging them out to accommodate the new big ships that can go through the new Panama Canal. It is on the drawing board to get some of these ships that can utilize the new expanded canal into more American ports. There are half a dozen or so of these projects if the funding from Congress comes through. With the new canal for these big ships, we’ve got to be able to get them in our ports and nobody can rely on the West Coast ports right now because of the volatility there. Railroads have also been unreliable with the oil coming out of the Dakotas and that has been another issue with sending beans west.”In the end, the Panama Canal expansion will simply provide one more much-needed transportation advantage in the increasingly competitive world of agriculture, Steenhoek said.“With the expansion in the Panama Canal, we will be able to load ocean vessels that hold easily 500,000 more bushels of soybean per vessel. A typical ocean vessel today is loaded with 2.1 or 2.2 million bushels, so adding 500,000 bushels is substantial,” he said. “This is just shaving cents off the eventual delivered price at a time when agriculture is facing some headwinds from a strengthening U.S. dollar, a devaluation of the Brazilian Real, and a softening economy in China. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide benefits to U.S. agriculture by making our transportation system more efficient and making ourselves more competitive in the international marketplace.”For more on transportation and the Panama Canal, visit: soytransportation.org/issues.
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