PENSIONER TELLS PROTESTERS OF SHOCKING CUTS TO HER HOME HELP

first_imgAn 85 year old pensioner told a protest march this afternoon how her home help hours were being cut from five hours per week to just one and half hours.Heartbroken Martha Peoples was one of hundreds of people who took part in a rally in Letterkenny against the latest Government cuts.Mrs Peoples, from Churchill said she now cries when her home help leaves her home because it will be a week before she will see her again. She revealed she has had two knee operations and now suffers from serious arthritis of the spine.“I am depressed and angry at what this Government is doing. My hours have been cut by 70%.“Is this the way this Government now treats their elderly citizens?“They tell me I will be okay if I can get up out of bed and get back into bed at night. “But they don’t care if my house is bogging or that I cannot manage to wash myself properly. They have taken away my dignity,” she said.Mrs Peoples received huge applause from hundreds who marched through Letterkenny to protest at the town’s Market Square yesterday afternoon.A soup kitchen was set up for more than 300 protesters who carried placards and shouted slogans.Traffic came to a standstill as the marchers walked down the town’s Main Street.The protest was organised by local unions including SIPTU, the INMO and IMPACT. Many nurses in their hospital uniforms and home help assistants also turned up to support the march.Also present were local politicians including Deputies Joe McHugh (FG), Charlie McConalogue (FF), Padraig MacLochlainn (SF), Pearse Doherty (SF) and Senator Brian O’Domhnaill (FF).PENSIONER TELLS PROTESTERS OF SHOCKING CUTS TO HER HOME HELP was last modified: October 20th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Churchillhome help cutsletterkennyMartha Peoplesprotestlast_img read more

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MCNULTY EXPECTED TO RETURN AS HARPS HEAD TO GALWAY FOR PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

first_imgFinn Harps could welcome Damien McNulty back into their side for tonight’s pre-season friendly with Galway United at Terryland Park.McNulty had a superb season last year and was named Finn Harps Young Player-of-the-Year.The former Limavady United and Coleraine defender is regarded as one of the best players in the league and his return will be a welcome boost to Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan. McNulty had surgery on a shoulder problem at the end of last season and has been undergoing rehab since.It’s expected he’ll play some part tonight, with an appearance from the bench most likely.Tony McNamee will also return to the Harps XI after he missed Tuesday night’s friendly win over an Inishowen League Select side.The game will come too early for Harps centre-half Packie Mailey. He’s continuing his intense rehab programme with physio Michael McGlynn but is expected to be fit for the start off the season which kicks-off next month at Tolka Park.MCNULTY EXPECTED TO RETURN AS HARPS HEAD TO GALWAY FOR PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY was last modified: February 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Damien McNultyFinn Harps FCnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

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Kampf Repeats As Grand Blue Mile Women’s Champion; Noelle Wins Men’s Race

first_img Complete Results Photos Story Linkscenter_img DES MOINES, Iowa – Heather Kampf successfully defended her Grand Blue Mile title on Tuesday evening, winning the women’s 1-mile invitational race in 4:37.52. Chad Noelle, competing in his first race as a professional, took the men’s title in 4:12.11.”Any time you’re successful somewhere, when you come back and try it again, it breeds confidence,” Kampf said. “It was great to come back and have a good race. Knowing the course is great, it’s logical, I like the course and it’s easy to understand how to race it.”Kampf held off Nicole Sifuentes, who finished second in 4:37.95, while Nikki Hamblin was third in 4:38.78.Noelle narrowly edged the talented men’s field as Frezer Legesse finished just one one-hundreth of a second off the winning pace while Riley Masters was third in 4:12.34.”This was a good way to start my career as a pro and I’ll be back to race on the Blue Oval in the 800 meters,” Noelle said. “It’s a surprise to myself, it feels really good. All of those guys are studs.”The Grand Blue Mile is an annual one-mile fitness run/walk sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in partnership with Nationwide and the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, to engage individuals at all stages of fitness, encourage healthy habits and empower positive change. The Grand Blue Mile marks the competitive start of the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. More than 3,500 runners took part in the 7th annual race in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway.  Drake Relays competition continues on Wednesday with the start of the decathlon and heptathlon inside Drake Stadium. At 6 p.m., 10 of the top pole vaulters in the world are set to compete in the first Capital Square Vault, an elite pole vaulting competition held inside the Capital Square building in downtown Des Moines.2016 Grand Blue MileMen’s Invitational Results1. Chad Noelle, 4:12.112. Frezer Legesse, 4:12.133. Riley Masters, 4:12.344. Nate Brannen, 4:13.235. Robby Nierman, 4:13.586. Drew Windle, 4:14.35Women’s Invitational Results1. Heather Kampf, 4:37.522. Nicole Sifuentes, 4:37.953. Nikki Hamblin, 4:38.784. Rachel Schneider, 4:40.035. Amanda Eccleston, 4:44.416. Katy Moen, 4:50.047. Stephanie Jenks, 5:15.16Competitive and Recreational Division ResultsPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Corporate Games: Inaugural edition climaxes at Kyambogo

first_img Tags: Corporate GamesIan Rumanyikatop The participants warm up before the final outing at Kyambogo. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)The Corporate Games: Health & fitness in the workplace, teambuilding & networking are obvious key benefits, and of course exposure for the participantsThe corporate games 2019 season finally came to an end in style after nine months of fun and entertaining games with the introduction of two new games. Darts and Three-legged race made their introduction in the final day of the season.Corporate Games happen every first Sunday of the month at Mandela National Stadium unlike this time round it happened on 13th October 2019 (the second Sunday). Note that the games took place at Kyambogo University Cricket Oval after being invited by Kyambogo University to extend the experience of the games to the students.It has been a wonderful nine months for the Corporate Games since they kicked off on 3rd February 2019. From attaining the best media partners in the country to continuously getting more companies registering for the Games in almost every outing not forgetting the introduction of new fun and interesting games outing after another. “The biggest win was UMC Victoria Hospitals giving medical insurance to all the Corporates on the pitch, all employees play with comfort” noted the Chairman of the games Ian RumanyikaNext media – (Sanyuka TV, NBS TV) UBC TV, Kwese TV, Red Pepper and Node Group the PR agency that manages the PR and Marketing of the games) have been our Media Partners for the 2019 season and as you can see, the list contains some of the best media houses in the country and its not by chance that they partnered with us. It’s because of our core values and what we stand for. Ian Rumanyika added.And with no doubt, they provided the participating companies enough media mileage. Talking about continuous growth of the games, Corporate Games attracted the sponsorship of NEC Uzima water as the games’ official water partners in the 7th outing.All this is able to happen because of the uniqueness of the game’s leadership.Its also important to note that Corporate Games has the most entertaining unique games for corporate and here is a list of the games that companies took part in the 2019 season; Soccer, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Cycling, Woodball, Chess, Athletics, Tag of war, sack race, paint ball shooting, swimming, darts and the three legged race that was introduced in the 9th and final outing of the season.Some of the participants showcase their expertise during the sack race at Kyambogo.Fiduga Limited were the overall champions of the three-legged race beating SCD Darling and Uganda National Metrological Authority (UNMA) who came second and third respectively. Mandela National Stadium clinched the 4th position just above Joint medical Stores who were the fifth. Royal Vanzanteen came 7th just below new comers Rapid Advisory who managed to grab the 6th spot. Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Orion Transformers, Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) finished 8th, 9th and 10th respectively.In sack racing Ministry of Finance finished second above Mandela National Stadium who booked themselves the third spot in both the men and women’s sack race.One the games that has been played in all the outings is football. Some of the results of the soccer played in the last outing are,Minsitry of Finance 4-0 Mandela National StadiumUganda Industrial Research Institute 1-3 Mengo HospitalNext Media 0-3 Uganda National Bureau of StandardsSCD Darling 2-0 Royal VanzantenUMC Victoria University 1-1 Oryx EnergiesEfc Uganda Ltd 1-3 Ministry Of Science & TechnologyMandela National Stadium 0-0 Mengo HospitalMinistry Of Finance 0-0 Uganda National Bureau Of StandardsUganda Industrial Research Institute 1-1 Royal VanzantenNext Media 0-3 Uganda BaatiUmc Victoria Hospital 0-4 Orion TransformersEfc Uganda Ltd 3-5 Uganda National Meteorogical AuthorityMengo Hospital 2-2 Uganda National Bureau Of StandardsMandela 1-3 Royal VanzantenMinistry Of Finance 0-0 Uganda BaatiUganda Industrial Research Institute 0-1 Scd DarlingNext Media 0-1 Joint Medical StoresFiduga 0-0 Orion TransformersUganda Baati 2-2 Joint Medical StoresFiduga 0-1 Uganda National Meteorogical AuthorityMinistry Of Science & Tech 0-1 Orion TransformersOryx Energies 1-4 Uganda National Meteorogical AuthorityScd Darling 1-0 Joint Medical Stores.Some of the companies that were involved with the Corporate games in the 2019 season are… Oryx Energies, Red Pepper, Royal Van Zanteen, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Joint Medical Stores, Fiduga, UNSCT, Uganda National Meteorological Authority, NRMO, EFC MDI, Ministry of Science and Technology, Kwese free sports, SCD Darling, Uganda Parliamentary Press Association, Uganda Baati, Next Media(NBS and Sanyuka), UNBS, Orion Transformers, UMC Victoria Hospital, Rapid responses, Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic development, Mandela National Stadium, Cavendish University, UBC TV, Mengo Hospital, Uganda National council of science and Technology, Ashton events (Our events management partners), Baliks Ltd (photography partners)Sanyuka TV were one of the participants in the inaugural edition.The 2019 season will officially be wrapped up with an Awards Dinner on the 29th November 2019 at Royal suites Hotel(an invite only event) where different companies will be awarded for their excellent performance in different areas throughout the 2019 season.The CORPORATE GAMES 2020 season shall kick off on the 2nd February 2020 starting with the Corporate Run as a curtain raiser of the season, with an outing every first Sunday of each month. All games shall be played per the events calendar which shall be provided whereas soccer will be continuous through every outing.The outings provide an excellent platform for any company to showcase & promote their products and services to over 2,000 participating corporate staff in addition to the general public that access the facility at no cost.Comments last_img read more

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Donegal entrepreneurs leading the way on ACORNS Programme

first_imgAn exciting six months lie ahead for the eight successful Donegal entrepreneurs who have earned a coveted place on the ACORNS initiative for women-led start-up businesses.The businesswomen all battled strong competition to gain a place on the peer-led support network for rural Ireland.Donegal has the highest number of female entrepreneurs on ACORNS this cycle, who will be benefiting from the expert support of Deirdre McGlone. Inishowen is well represented with two participants running their business from the peninsula. The places went to Avril McMonagle founder of Meantóir,  a specialist training and professional support service for early childhood education; and Carlene Lyttle of Sailespin a specialist business support service for companies looking to foster growth. The mantle for the south of the county is being carried by Joanne Butler of OURganic Gardens – a garden project combining education, tourism and community based in beautiful Gort a’Choirce and Meg O’Gara of Megnificent Creative based in Kilcar offering graphic design and creative illustration. Bundoran also features well with Nicola Gavigan from the unique experience Seclusion Spa at Ardfarna and Sinead Fox from the already award-winning Salty Fox Coffee Shop. Marie Hutchinson from the well-being focused Mojo Yoga and Wellness Studio in Donegal Town and Sue Glackin of Donegal Food Tours based in Letterkenny complete the Donegal posse of entrepreneurs embarking on this exciting opportunity. Built on a belief that entrepreneurs learn best from each other, the ACORNS initiative is facilitated by ‘Lead Entrepreneurs’; women who have started and grown successful businesses in rural Ireland. The Donegal Acorns group is led by successful businesswoman Deirdre McGlone, former ‘Donegal Person of the Year’ and President of the Donegal Women in Business Network. Over the next six months Deirdre will work with the eight women-led businesses to maximise their business through peer-support, mentoring, and networking. The businesses supported by the previous Acorns initiative recorded a 43% increase in turnover. Access to finance and marketing were the barriers to developing businesses in rural Ireland, as identified by the participants, which ACORNS aims to address over the next 6 months. ACORNS is funded under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. For more information, see www.acorns.ie.Donegal entrepreneurs leading the way on ACORNS Programme was last modified: October 17th, 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:ACORNSNational Women in Enterprise Daywomen in businesslast_img read more

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Ranieri declares Fulham are ‘alive’ after comeback

first_imgClaudio Ranier is confident Fulham will stay up.[Picture: Simon Matthews/PA Wire]Claudio Ranieri declared Fulham are “alive” again following the dramatic 4-2 win over Brighton.Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice as the Whites came from two goals down to breathe life into their relegation battle.Fulham, who had lost all four of their previous matches since the turn of the year, were staring down the barrel of another defeat after two first-half goals from Glenn Murray.But Calum Chambers pulled one back with his first Fulham goal before two trademark Mitrovic headers put the hosts in front, and Luciano Vietto opened his account with the fourth to wrap up the victory.“This three points means that we are alive, we can see a little light in front of us,” said manager Ranieri.“It is only a little step but we are alive. We showed very good fighting spirit.“It was a very strange match, we were 2-0 down after 17 minutes. At half-time, I gave confidence to my players and positivity. I told them we are in the match.“The goal from Chambers was very important, it gave the players the opportunity to say ‘we can do something good tonight’.“We deserved to win and we played very good football.”Murray had not scored in his previous nine Premier League matches but found Fulham’s defence as accommodating as usual – he had tucked away his sixth and seventh goals in his last five games against them.Yet somehow Fulham clawed themselves back into the contest two minutes after the interval, Chambers beating Mat Ryan from 20 yards before Mitrovic twice threw himself in where it hurts to turn the match on its head.A nervous final 10 minutes looked in prospect until Tom Cairney struck the crossbar and Vietto tucked the rebound away to complete the dramatic turnaround.Fulham remain second from bottom but are now two points behind Cardiff and five from safety.It is now three straight defeats for Brighton, and manager Chris Hughton said: “Of course I was angry afterwards. You don’t expect to concede four goals. That’s not like us.“I thought as good as we were in the first half we were as poor in the second half.“Mitrovic is a very good player but we conceded poor goals. If I’m looking at the first goal we allow a player to strike from the edge of the box and that gives them momentum.“Looking at the four goals we conceded they are four poor goals which is not like us, particularly in the form we have been in. We found it hard to cope in the second half and we didn’t work hard enough.”See also:Fulham pull off brilliant comeback to beat Brighton Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoHealth & Human Research7 Arthritis Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayHealth & Human ResearchUndoEasyvoyage[Photos] Top 30 of the most beautiful women in the worldEasyvoyageUndoCodigosi.com5 little everyday things to lose weightCodigosi.comUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndolast_img read more

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Raiders’ pre-camp offensive depth chart

first_imgBubble: Mike GlennonLong shot: Nathan PetermanAnalysis: Nothing to see here except plenty of Carr going into a season which will determine whether he remains … NAPA — The Raiders are younger, faster and more talented on offense. When they begin full-squad practices Saturday, we’ll begin to see if that translates into being much better than the unit that ranked No. 23 in the NFL last season.A look at the offensive depth chart (*projected starter):Quarterbacks (3)Lock: *Derek Carrlast_img read more

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South Africa’s growing political maturity

first_imgJustice MalalaOne of the great myths of the new South Africa is the belief that, with time, we will go the route of “all Africa”.This route, the myth goes, is the descent into dictatorship, the free-fall into hunger and poverty and the collapse of institutions such as an independent and vigorous judiciary, free press and civil society.“Surely even you have to admit,” I am often confronted by people, “that what is happening to us is pretty much what happened in Nigeria, Kenya, and so forth.”The volume about the impending implosion of South Africa has increased phenomenally since December 2007 when Jacob Zuma defeated Thabo Mbeki in Polokwane for the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC). With the arrival of Zuma and the new corps of ANC leaders, the myth has now taken on a bit of an all-encompassing truth. It is the easy answer to a far more complex question about where South Africa is headed.But let us look at these myths and test their veracity.In January, for example, Kenya became the great example of where South Africa might be headed. Kenya had held national elections in December and these had been blatantly stolen by the incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki.The people of Kenya, rightly, felt violated. They took to the streets in protest and the State – in typical dictatorial fashion – lashed back with violence. By the end of January some 1500 people had died, thousands injured and hundreds of thousands had been misplaced.Could South Africa go the same way as Kenya? The truth is that the people of Kenya have never known true democracy until last Christmas. Jomo Kenyatta, the first post-colonial president, was in power from 1963 to 1978. Such a long period in leadership breeds a certain culture: that people are to leadership born and the populace has no choices.Kenyatta’s successor, Daniel Arap Moi, stayed in power for 24 years! By the end of his tenure (he was pushed out screaming and shouting) the people of Kenya surely must have lost all sense of democratic instinct.Let’s look at another country. Zimbabwe to the north of us gained its independence in 1980. It has had only one president, Robert Mugabe, since then. It is my humble opinion that any country that is ruled with an iron fist by one individual for 28 years is likely to find itself facing the challenges Zimbabwe now faces.So then let us contrast this history with South Africa since 1994. Nelson Mandela came to power in April 1994 and stayed for a single five-year term. This is something unheard of on the continent: most liberators stayed on for longer and many had to be deposed. Surely Mandela’s decision is an example for the whole world?After Mandela, in 1999, came Thabo Mbeki. At the end of September 2008, with about nine months of his second term left, the African National Congress recalled Mbeki and replaced him with its deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.Now think about. In just less than fifteen years South Africa is into its third president! The recall of Mbeki was done without fuss, rancour or bloodshed. It was as smooth as when former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was recalled by his Labour Party and the reins handed over to the country’s current PM Gordon Brown.“The process shows the maturity of our democratic developmental state. We are an example to the rest of the continent and particularly the subcontinent, that a peaceful transition of power is possible.“People must not panic. There will be no chaos, political maturity will prevail,” said Khotso Khumalo, the ANC’s parliamentary spokesman, when Mbeki was recalled.The Financial Times, a newspaper regarded as the Bible of capitalism the world over, said after Mbeki’s recall that the ANC “should be commended for showing signs of democratic health – a rare sentiment in a former African liberation movement”.It is worth noting that the ANC is putting Zuma forward as its presidential candidate for the 2009 general elections. If the party wins these elections, then South Africa will be into its fourth president in just fifteen years. If another party – say the opposition Democratic Alliance – wins those elections instead, the same will be true.So, compared to many states all over the world, our turnover of heads of state is actually very healthy indeed. And we know what a change in head of state means: new energy in government, new Cabinet ministers keen to prove their abilities and the entrenchment of a philosophy that no person is born to perpetual leadership.It is very easy to fall back on stereotypes of where an African country such as ours is going. But the truth is far more complex and challenging to all our stereotypes. Sure, we have our challenges.But a stereotypical African basket case we are not. Indeed, democracy is entrenching itself in our beloved country. And that is good for all of us.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.last_img read more

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Free entry into SA national parks

first_imgStudents of the Southern African WildlifeCollege in Hoedspruit, Limpopo. It is hopedthat National Parks Week will encouragemore people to choose conservationas their career.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Reynold Thakhuli Sanparks GM: Media, Events andStakeholder Relations+27 12 426 5170 or +27 83 552 2020Janine ErasmusSouth Africans visiting the country’s national parks will get in for free during National Parks Week, which runs from 14 to 20 September 2009.The promotion will kick off with a ceremony in the Kruger Park’s Mopani camp.There are certain entry conditions during this time: presentation of a valid South African identity document is compulsory, although schoolchildren and other youth under 16 will be allowed in for free without proof of identity.However, free access will not be granted to commercial ventures like tour operations. In addition, the free access only applies during the week i.e. until 18 September.It’s also worth noting that Boulders in the Table Mountain National Park is not part of the free access scheme and normal tariffs will apply to all visitors. Boulders is the picturesque home of the famous Jackass penguin colony and is one of only three areas, along with Silvermine and the Cape of Good Hope, in the largely open-access Table Mountain park that asks for a conservation fee.Conserving natural heritageSouth African National Parks (Sanparks) oversees the annual week-long awareness drive, which was launched in 2006 with the ongoing theme of Know Your National Parks.The initiative aims to promote national parks as affordable holiday destinations for local and international visitors, particularly those with families.Sanparks CE David Mabunda said the National Parks Week campaign encourages South Africans, especially those in nearby communities, to visit their parks. This will help to develop a greater sense of national pride in this precious natural heritage, which will translate to more appreciation and conservation of the areas, ensuring their survival for future generations.“Through this project we also aim at building stronger constituencies and ambassadors of conservation and the environment,” commented Mabunda.Besides the free access, Sanparks has planned a host of activities in all parks – including exhibitions; tree-planting; clean-up and conservation drives; interaction with schools, pensioners and other community groups; and walks and talks with game rangers, among others.“The survival of the South African national parks system and our natural and cultural heritage lies in the people of South Africa and this year we are focusing on involving young people and communities,” said Mabunda.Sanparks says it will continue to promote National Parks Week in recognition of the natural treasure under its protection.“National parks provide recreational tourism experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge,” said the organisation in a statement. “Through this week’s celebration we want to positively influence and inculcate responsible behaviour towards national parks and the environment as a whole.”Saving ecosystemsSanparks was established in 1926 when the National Parks Bill was tabled in Parliament, replacing the previous game reserve system. The latter placed more emphasis on the protection of animals than the protection of ecosystems as a whole. Also in 1926 the Kruger National Park became the first in Sanparks’s stable and the inaugural Sanparks board was appointed.Today the organisation is responsible for the management of almost 4-million hectares of protected land in 22 national parks.These are West Coast, Table Mountain, Bontebok, Karoo and Agulhas, in the Western Cape province; Knysna, Wilderness, Tsitsikamma, Addo Elephant, Mountain Zebra and Camdeboo in the Eastern Cape; Namaqua, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld, Augrabies, Kgalagadi, Tankwa Karoo and Mokala in the Northern Cape; Golden Gate in the Free State; Marakele and Mapungubwe in Limpopo; Kruger in Mpumalanga; and Groenkloof in Gauteng.In recent years Sanparks has largely focused its efforts on making national parks more accessible to visitors to the country, so the tourist drawcards can continue contributing to the economy and help develop the rural areas surrounding them.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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Ramaphosa in South Sudan for mediation

first_img5 March 2014 Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), is in South Sudan to start mediation efforts aimed at finding a lasting political solution to the conflict in the war-torn country in northeastern Africa. Ramaphosa, who is also the deputy chairperson of South Africa’s National Planning Commission, was named the country’s special envoy to South Sudan during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address last month. He will also visit some countries belonging to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, an organisation of six eastern African countries focused on drought control and development initiatives. The grouping comprises Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. He is expected to be back in South Africa by next week Thursday. Ramaphosa’s appointment to the post came at the request of President Salva Kiir Mayardit for assistance in bringing about peace and reconciliation in South Sudan. Since fighting broke out in December between the forces of President Kiir and former Deputy President Riek Machar, thousands of people are believed to have been killed and some 870 000 others have fled their homes – 145 000 of them to neighbouring countries and 75 000 to United Nations bases within the country. South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, South Africa has been actively supporting the African Union’s (AU’s) post-conflict reconstruction and development projects in Sudan, under the umbrella of an AU ministerial committee which South Africa currently chairs. To date, South Africa has trained more than 1 600 officials from the government of South Sudan in areas such as policing, diplomacy, public service, justice, education, mineral affairs and correctional services. Last year, South Africa and Sudan signed an agreement establishing bilateral relations between the two countries. They have also upgraded their diplomatic missions to ambassadorial level. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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