16 Jun

NSPCC and Whitewater in new legacy strategy

first_img  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The NSPCC has appointed DM specialist Whitewater to help develop its legacy fundraising.The NSPCC has put togerher a new strategic legacy directorate whch will work in partnership with Whitewater to create and drive a campaign across its supporters and to the wider market. Development driector for legacy fundraising Stephen George said: We want to apply our learning from Full Stop and give this special way of giving some new energy, commitment and creativity. Advertisement Tagged with: Individual giving NSPCC and Whitewater in new legacy strategy We are developing a fresh approach to legacies with a strong emphasis on the donor and to enable our staff and volunteers to have a natural and inspiring conversation with anyone about how a gift in their will can help children.Whitewater will work with the charity to develop an integrated approach across the whole of the NSPCC, an internal campaign with the NSPCC’s closest supporters and a wider marketing campaign in the new year. It will also involve a tribute fund element and will support the NSPCC’s newly developed common legacy approach.center_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 July 2007 | Newslast_img read more

8 May

Prep Sports Roundup: 3/20

first_imgBoys Soccer Brad James SALINA, Utah-Crayton Hollingshead and Ryker Albrecht each tripled as the Beaver Beavers dismantled North Sevier 16-9 Wednesday in non-region baseball action. Dray Martin added a pair of doubles for the Beavers while Hunter Hafen and Treyson Hunter added doubles for Beaver in the win. In defeat, Burke Mickelsen went yard and Stockton Andersen doubled for the Wolves. AMERICAN FORK, Utah-The Manti Templars routed Class 6-A American Fork 21-1 Wednesday in non-region softball action. Region 15 Written by March 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 3/20 Tags: sports Non-Region FILLMORE, Utah-Dillon Lund, Hayes Monroe and Jadden Cranney all doubled twice and the Millard Eagles downed South Summit 24-14 Wednesday in non-region baseball action. Monroe also earned the win on the moud for the Eagles. Dawson Broadbent tripled in defeat for the Wildcats.center_img Non-Region Non-Region JUNCTION, Utah-Marisa Franks went yard and doubled and the Richfield Wiildcats pounded Piute 14-1 in non-region softball action Wednesday. Kristen Morgan added a triple for the Wildcats while Allie Torgerson and Madisyn Christensen each doubled twice for Richfield. Madison Bogh earned the win in the circle for the Wildcats. CASTLE DALE, Utah-Mollee Hurst earned the win in the circle as the Emery Spartans edged North Sanpete 5-4 in Region 15 softball action Wednesday. Addelyn Brotherson, Kelby Henry and Nakiah Taylor all homered in the loss for the Hawks. Taylor and Graciee Christiansen added doubles for the Hawks in defeat. KAMAS, Utah-Kyler Kimball amassed four goals and the South Summit Wildcats routed North Sanpete 6-2 Wednesday in non-region boys soccer action. Thomas Kirkham and Willan Rodriguez also scored for the Wildcats in the win. Luis Alderate and Luis Rodriguez both scord in defeat for the Hawks. NEPHI, Utah-Brayden Lawton and Damon Davidson each homered and the Juab Wasps humbled North Sanpete 10-6 in non-region baseball action Wednesday. Preston Lunt and Trey Lund added doubles in the win for the Wasps. Softball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseballlast_img read more

20 Dec

Clinton Announces More U.S. Aid for Central America, but Asks for Commitment

first_imgBy Dialogo June 24, 2011 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in Guatemala on 22 June that the United States has increased its crime-fighting cooperation in Central America to 300 million dollars this year, 40 million more than in 2010, but she also asked for greater commitment from the countries in the region. While you take up your responsibility, we will take up ours, the chief U.S. diplomat said in her speech at the conference organized by Central American countries to present a new security plan to cooperating nations and organizations. Faced with rising levels of crime and drug trafficking in Central America, “we will respond with almost 300 million dollars this year, backed up by an action plan that is focused on high-impact investments,” Clinton said. The new amount is an increase of 40 million dollars over the 260 million dollars that the United States had previously committed to the isthmus this year through the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), in what is the world’s most violent region outside of war zones, according to the UN. “We see this (aid) not just as an obligation, but as a mutual responsibility,” she said. Clinton affirmed that her country, the chief consumer of drugs and the source of trafficked arms that feed organized crime, understands that it should do its part, but the countries of the region, with weak institutions and low levels of tax collection, need to make a greater effort, she said. Political will is indispensable for rooting out corruption and ensuring effective and accountable institutions, Clinton said at the meeting, in which the seven Central American heads of government, the heads of government of Mexico and Colombia, the Spanish foreign minister, and several international organizations participated. U.S. resources will be dedicated chiefly to training and providing technology to police officers, training judges and prosecutors, programs to collaborate on fiscal reform, and protection of the most vulnerable populations, Clinton said. The United States will also support programs to “keep young people away from criminal activity” and hopes that the Central American private sector will collaborate with these initiatives, she emphasized. To demonstrate Washington’s commitment to the region, Clinton announced that her country will request observer status with the Central American Integration System (SICA).last_img read more

31 Aug

AUDIO: I’ve Proven My Critics Wrong – Boboye

first_imgTechnical Adviser of title-chasing Plateau United Kennedy Boboye says he has been able to prove his critics wrong following the impressive run of the ‘Peace Boys’ in the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.Boboye’s side are comfortably on top of the NPFL standings with 62 points from 34 matches, 6 points clear of second-placed MFM FC, with just four rounds of games left until the end of the current campaign.The former Sunshine Stars and Abia Warriors coach was heavily criticized at the beginning of the season for losing momentum at his previous sides during the second stanza of the season despite making a good start.But in an exclusive chat with www.busybuddiesng.com, the 43-year old was quick to explain that those criticisms were not factual.“People that are saying Boboye’s Sunshine (Stars) and Abia Warriors…… they don’t have their facts,” he said.“In Sunshine, I was with Sunshine until the last day we played our league match with Enyimba. We drew in that game and that was why we didn’t get the continental ticket. It wasn’t a bad season for Sunshine.”“It was only in Abia Warriors that I came and after some time, myself and the management, things weren’t working out fine the way I expected it to be, and I just simply resigned.”“So people should be talking with facts before they make statements.”Plateau United are aiming to win the NPFL title for the first time in their history and are just 10 points away from achieving the feat but Boboye insists there is still work to be done as his wards are not carried away.“We will just keep working hard; keep fighting because we are not there yet. Until the last day of the league (season), that is when we will know where we are.”“We are not big-headed; we are just keeping our heads cool to make sure we fight and get everything we intend getting in each game we go out to play.“We are not moved; we’ll still be working hard to get what we want,” he concluded.Aside from leading the standings, Plateau United have been outstanding statistically:18 – Highest number of wins this season.46 – Highest number of goals scored.21 – Least number of goals conceded (best defense).25 – Best goals difference.8 – Least number of losses.13 – Most number of away points (two wins and 7 draws on the road).Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Boboye-2-August-15.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Boboye-August-15.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Relatedlast_img read more

13 Aug

From pain to pleasure: Djokovic’s rocky road to magnificent seven

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Novak DjokovicMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Twelve months after exiting the Australian Open with fitness, form and career doubts swirling, Novak Djokovic on Sunday struggled to keep his emotions from reducing him to tears.The Serb world number one had just lifted the Norman Brookes trophy for a record seventh time, after completing a Wimbledon, Flushing Meadows and Melbourne Park hat-trick that would have seemed scarcely possible this time last year.His 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 rout of Rafael Nadal saw him stretch his lead at the top of the world rankings, just a few months after he plummeted outside the top 20 for the first time in 12 years.“I’m just trying to contemplate on the journey in the last 12 months,” said an emotional Djokovic, pausing for breath to compose himself and not become tearful.“To be standing now here in front of you today and managing to win this title and three out of four Slams, this is amazing. I am speechless.”After missing the 2017 US Open with a bothersome elbow and losing in the last 16 at the Australian Open in January 2018, Djokovic underwent surgery to fix the nagging problem.His return was not smooth, his form tanked and when he lost in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2018 he slumped to 22nd in the rankings and even briefly threatened to pull out of Wimbledon.Now Djokovic heads to the next major, at Roland Garros, aiming to hold all four Grand Slam titles concurrently for a second time in his career — he first achieved it when winning the French Open in 2016 — despite only managing to be competitive for the second half of 2018.He opted to play on the grass after all and romped to a fourth Wimbledon crown, a 32nd Masters title in Cincinnati and then a third triumph at the US Open in September.Despite a 22-match winning streak ending with defeat to young tyro Karen Khachanov in Paris, followed by a loss to another NextGen force, Alexander Zverev, at the ATP Finals in London, he finished the year on top of the world.“Reflecting on what I’ve been through in the last year, it’s quite a phenomenal achievement,” said Djokovic after knocking Nadal from the top spot in November.“I’m very, very happy and proud about it. Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.” – Heart-breaking –Djokovic is now just two behind Nadal’s total of 17 Grand Slams and five shy of Roger Federer’s record of 20.Djokovic’s ability to thrive among the greats has never been in doubt, but the size of his heart often led to questions in his early days.At Wimbledon in 2007, he retired with a back injury in the third set of his semi-final against Nadal.He also quit at the 2006 and 2007 French Opens at the third round and quarter-final stages respectively, while at the 2009 Australian Open, where he was defending champion, he pulled out of his quarter-final with Andy Roddick citing heat exhaustion.But nobody could question his courage at the 2012 Australian Open, when he beat Nadal in the longest Grand Slam final of all time, a draining 5hr 53min epic.Djokovic captured the first of his majors in Melbourne in 2008, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but it was three years before he added his second.Two more Australian Opens followed in 2012 and 2013, although three heartbreaking final defeats kept the French Open frustratingly out of reach until 2016, when his breakthrough win at Roland Garros allowed him to complete a career and first calendar Slam.Off court, Djokovic married long-time girlfriend Jelena Ristic in July 2014.They have two children, a son Stefan and daughter Tara.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

12 Aug

Attorney for family of 2-year-old who fell from cruise ship denies grandfather dropped her

first_imgAn attorney representing the family of the 2-year-old who died after falling 11-stories from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship is reporting that the grandfather did not drop the child  as was initially reported by officials in Puerto Rico.On Monday Puerto Rican officials reported that the child fell several stories onto the ships dock after the grandfather “lifted her out of the open window and lost his grip.”The families attorney, Michael Winkleman is reporting, however, that the child actually fell through an open glass pane that should have been closed securely.Puerto Rico Ports Authority spokesman José Carmona says the grandfather, Salvatore Anello, sat the child on the edge of the window in the dining hall before she fell and that they are now investigating whether the window was already open when the incident occurred and who opened it.Officials also reported that they are still investigating the grandfather and that the family will remain in Puerto Rico until the investigation has concluded.Royal Caribbean Cruises called the incident a tragedy and is working with the family but a spokesperson for the cruise line is reporting that ship has since left Puerto Rico for St. Maarten on a new itinerary. No other comment was made available.last_img read more

4 Aug

Pulitzer Winner Tony Horwitz Speaks At Brookdale

first_imgBy Linda StewartMIDDLETOWN – Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Horwitz, bestselling historian and author, was the featured speaker at the 8th Annual Jacob Needle Lecture, at Brookdale Com­munity Col­lege the evening of  April 11. The event, sponsored by the college’s history department,  generated an overflow audience, estimated as half Brookdale students and faculty, half  local citizenry, doubtless a reflection of   Horwitz’s  popularity as both author and speaker.The 8th Anniversary of  the Jacob Needle Lecture coincided with the publication of Horwitz’s most recent book Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War,  a re-telling of  John Brown’s epic raid on October 16, 1859 of the U.S. arsenal at Harper’s Ferry in Virginia. Speaking in the same comfortable style that characterizes his writing, Horwitz dismissed the widely accepted view of  Connecticut-born John Brown as a wild-eyed, semi-crazed, religious zeal­ot. Instead he painted a portrait of a devoted family man, a farmer, an anguished ideal­ist  who saw slavery as an offense against God and nationhood. In the name of abolition, Brown led his self-styled “army”  of 18 followers  in a misconceived military adventure to occupy the U.S. arsenal. His effort was swiftly put down by U.S. troops under the command of then-Colonel Robert E. Lee. Forty-seven days later, John Brown strangled to death at the end of a too-short hangman’s rope in an execution that continues to reverberate through our country’s history.Tony Horwitz, 54 years old is the author of  Blue Latitudes, an account of Captain Cook’s South Pacific voyages in the 18th century; Confederates in the Attic, an examination of the ongoing effects of the Civil War throughout the South; A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscov­ering the New World; and Baghdad Without a Map. He is married to Australian-born Geraldine Brooks, also a Pulitzer Prize winner. With their two young sons they live on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.last_img read more

18 Jan

On Basketball: LA will still be there for Paul George

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town Everyone knows that the lure of home is strong for George, a Los Angeles kid who took countless jumpers as a youngster while pretending to be Kobe Bryant and wearing purple and gold. And players tend to go home: Paul Pierce played in LA toward the end of his career, Dwyane Wade briefly played in Chicago, Chauncey Billups had stints in Denver.So while diving into the magnitude of the numbers in George’s soon-to-be-official deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder — four years at an average of $34 million a season, a contract that sure seems like it will help push the OKC payroll and luxury tax bills for next season alone to perhaps well over $200 million — there was one number that seems to have mattered most.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt is 28.His age. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees He’s still a young man, even by NBA standards. Consider this: George might not even be at his NBA peak yet. Barring an extension, which is possible, he could exercise his option to become a free agent again in the summer of 2021 — and even then he’ll just be 31. Los Angeles will still be there, calling, winking, tugging at his heartstrings the way it clearly has for years.That’s a sure thing.Another sure thing: That the Thunder, while not a Super Team per se, have super pieces.George shared the stage at a party in Oklahoma City on Saturday night with Russell Westbrook, which was fitting since they shared the basketball stage flawlessly in their first season together. All those questions — mostly variations of “how will this work?” — got answered when the Thunder went 40-22 in the final 62 games of the regular season, George got his numbers (nearly 22 points per game) and Westbrook got his again as well (averaging a triple-double).They speak with great respect for one another. They are not the same guy: Westbrook loves fashion and flash, George would rather go fishing. But it worked, on the court and off, and that bond is necessary if the Thunder are going to challenge Golden State and Houston for Western Conference supremacy anytime soon.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding It’s not just those two. The Thunder have a good big man in Steven Adams. They’re getting Andre Roberson back, probably in time to start next season after this past season ended prematurely because of a ruptured patellar tendon. They’re keeping Jerami Grant for $27 million over three years, which in this NBA seems like a bargain. They have a good coach in Billy Donovan and by all accounts, it’s a happy locker room.George kept dropping hints all spring. When asked about his future, he raved about how much he liked being in Oklahoma City. The more he said it, the more it seemed like he wasn’t just spewing the company line. It seemed real, and now, the realness has been proven.The Thunder have some issues, mainly what to do with Carmelo Anthony.Anthony doesn’t want to come off the bench, he’s going to cost the Thunder something like $70 million — the luxury tax is going to be incredibly punitive — if they keep him, and his best days are behind him. Having a high-priced deal isn’t Anthony’s fault; blame it on the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson, the ones who orchestrated that contract. But it’s now something that the Thunder will have to manage.That’s as close as it gets to bad news in OKC right now.George could have left, gone to the Lakers to join LeBron James, and no one would have complained. It would have been the easiest thing. Staying in OKC was the power move, though, both for George and Thunder general manager Sam Presti. George took the stage at that party, grabbed a microphone and delivered four words that shocked many.“I’m here to stay,” he said.Stay is a relative word in the NBA. Nothing is forever, except the lure of home.LA will still be there in three or four years, if he wants to still play there. George was smart enough to see that. And the Thunder were smart enough to not let him get away. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) drives against the Utah Jazz in the first half during an NBA basketball game. APPaul George can count.That’s what we forgot.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Wild: LeBron going to the Lakers only adds to West test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

19 Dec

IFAHR expands in South Africa

first_img7 September 2007The South African subsidiary of Kuwait-based IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFAHR) is further expanding its presence in the local hospitality sector, announcing this week that it has increased its stake in the Boschendal wine estate in Franschoek to 26.5%.Since IFAHR listed its 85%-owned subsidiary on the JSE in February 2006, the company has been busy investing in the development of premier leisure hotels and mixed-use resorts around the country.The Kuwaiti parent company has a market capitalisation of over US$1-biliion, while its South African subsidiary is worth over R1-billion.Announcing its maiden results in August 2006 following the listing, IFA SA stated that revenue had increased by 57% to $22.7-million (approximately R163.3-million) while profit after tax leapt by 209% to $5.9-million (approximately R42.4-million).“The strong performance of our assets has laid a solid foundation for growth,” IFA SA chief executive Talal Jassim Al-Bahar said at the time. “We expect this to be boosted by South Africa’s increasing popularity as a tourist destination and a hunting ground for international property investors.”ZimbaliThe company made its entrance into the South African tourism market by acquiring the Zimbali Lodge on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast, as well as a 50% stake in the Zimbali Coastal Resort, in 2003.Such has been its success with Zimbali that the company launched the Fairmont Zimbali in December 2006. The R1.8-billion development features a five-star hotel, a Gary Player signature golf course as well as freestanding villas for residential or investment purposes.Investors were offered a variety of ownership opportunities in the development, ranging from direct investment in a typical hotel condominium suite to the purchasing of an apartment or freestanding villas.The hotel suites will also be rented out, providing the owner with a return on investment as well as use of the property for a specified time each year. Investors who purchase an apartment of villa have the added advantage of having their properties serviced and maintained to the highest standards.The apartments and villas can also be included in a rental scheme, a concept that is very successful within Zimbali.“This exciting launch enables us to introduce a diverse portfolio of upmarket residential and leisure investment opportunities to the local and international market,” IFA Estates sales director Vaughn Reiche said.“The introduction of the Fairmont brand into Zimbali aligns us with an iconic world class operator, elevating Zimbali’s profile in the international luxury mixed-use resort market.”IFA SA also launched a fractional ownership property development in July this year, called the Fairmont Heritage Place, located within the Zimbali Coastal Resort, which it jointly owns with Moreland Development.Fractional owners are entitled to 14 days’ use of their own home and a further seven days’ use either within their own home or in a similar one each year.In addition, two of the three guaranteed weeks may be exchanged for time at another Fairmont Heritage Place community, while one week may be exchanged in order to stay at any one of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ properties worldwide.Boschendal EstateIn its first acquisition since listing on the JSE, IFA SA bought a 19.25% stake in the Boschendal Estate outside Franschoek in the Western Cape for approximately $10-million in June 2006.Commenting on the transaction at the time, Al-Bahar said the acquisition positioned IFA SA as an integral contributor to the mixed-use development on the 2 400-hectare estate.In addition, the purchase was in line with IFA SA’s strategy to deliver new premier resort and residential developments in South Africa, while also diversifying away from KwaZulu-Natal.“The intention is to use IFA SA as a platform for continued investment in Africa to expand the group’s global network of resorts, ensuring that we continue to deliver prime opportunities in tourism and real estate to our global investors,” IFAHR president Werner Burger said.Development plans for the Boschendal Estate, estimated at R2-billion, include an upmarket retirement village with 500 individual houses, a boutique hotel with upwards of 120 rooms, and a mixed-use development of a shopping centre, offices and apartments.In September 2007, IFA SA announced that it would purchase a further 7.3% in the estate, taking its total shareholding up to 26.5%. No details were given, however, on who the stake was purchased from or for how much.Legend LodgesToward the end of August 2007, IFA SA announced its entry into the South African wildlife hospitality market, by buying a 50% stake in a joint venture company that is to acquire Legend Golf & Safari Resort development.The Legend development, expected to cost approximately $411-million, forms part of the 22 000-hectare Big Five Entabeni Safari Conservancy that is located in the Limpopo province’s Waterberg range, a three-hour drive from the economic hub of Johannesburg.The residential estate features an 18-hole golf course, with each hole endorsed by the signature of one of the world’s top professional golfers, a world first. In addition, a state-of-the-art golf academy with a driving range will offer avid golfers various training programmes.In addition, the estate will include an internationally branded five-star hotel with a health spa and a wellness centre, as well as conference and recreational facilities for up to 2 500 delegates.Lying in the shadow of the Hanglip Mountain, the resort’s design and layout minimise impact on surrounding natural resources, preserving the bush environment, while enhancing privacy and tranquillity.As part of its commitment to social responsibility, the Legend Foundation will be established, enabling the local community to used the resort’s Fields of Legends complex for sports such as football, rugby, cricket, netball and hockey.“This acquisition is a continuation of our intention to invest in South Africa and Africa, a focus area of our set global expansion strategy,” Al-Bahar said. “Legend Golf & Safari Resort is one of a kind, and it will be a great destination for South African and international investors and tourists.“It is our aim to provide our clients with both superb and varied investment and recreational opportunities; this experience perfectly complements the Zimbali Coastal Resort and our other developments.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

18 Dec

Zuma to respond to State of the Nation debate

first_img20 June 2014The second day of debate on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address saw heated exchanges between Members of Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, with presiding officer Thandi Modise, chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, frequently called upon to rule on objections to MPs’ statements.“It’s the nature of parliaments,” observed one international journalist who recorded the debate from the media gallery. “You go all over the world, parliaments are like this. It’s better here. In some countries, MPs even resort to physical fights.”Zuma, seated next to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, listened attentively throughout. The President will respond to the debate on Friday.As things got heated up, it was Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana who chose to steer away from politics and mud-slinging.“The National Development Plan requires that by 2030, at least 30 000 qualified artisans are produced per year. Our department is on a mission to champion artisanship as a career choice,” Manana said, adding that 2014 had been declared the Year of Artisans.Zuma said in his address on Tuesday that South Africa needed “engineers, electricians, plumbers, doctors, teachers and many other professionals to build our country’s economy.“Education therefore remains an apex priority for this government,” Zuma said, announcing that contractors would be moving on site in September to build South Africa’s two new universities, Sol Plaatie in the Northern Cape and the University of Mpumalanga in Nelspruit.“By January next year, the first intake of medical students will be enrolled at the new medical university in Limpopo,” he added. “In addition, 12 training and vocational education colleges will be built to expand the technical skills mix in the country.”On Thursday, Manana said the Department of Higher Education would be building skills centres in communities across the country to train people to help meet local economic needs.“We will also prioritise the areas of career guidance and dissemination of information to curb the skills mismatch that we find in the country,” he said.Deputy Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams used her debate slot to call on young people to help come up with solutions to the challenges the country was facing.“Today as we engage in the struggle to defeat unemployment, poverty and inequality, we count young people among the main contributors and those who stand to gain the most from this struggle,” she said.Ndabeni-Abrahams said work to professionalise the public service was continuing, with the recent introduction of the School of Government set to improve the capacity of public servants.“These interventions will assist us to forge a disciplined, people-centred, efficient and professional public service. They will help us to infuse within our public service the Batho Pele (people first) principles,” she said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more