Zuma answers Ngobi community’s call

first_img10 February 2012Mmatsheko Pine from the Ngobi area in Hammanskraal will be pleased to know that President Jacob Zuma has answered her call and help is on the way to fix the water problem in her area.In his State of the Nation address to Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, Zuma made a commitment to send Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa to the area, which is under the Moretele Local Municipality, where the community has been without water for the past two years.Pine took advantage of Zuma’s invitation to citizens to write to him ahead of his State of the Nation address and share the challenges they are facing in their communities.In a letter sent via e-mail, Pine told Zuma that her community members were mostly aged and sick and facing a water shortage. They rely on rain to harvest water.“There are water pipes and machines installed but the problem is said to be pressure to pump water. Could your office kindly assist with the powers that be,” Pine asked Zuma in her letter.In his address to Parliament, Zuma promised to send Molewa to investigate the matter with a view to finding an urgent solution.Zuma acknowledged that water expansion had been delayed in some parts of the country due to a lack of infrastructure.“Government continues to extend access to basic water supply, however, clearly, water access is still a challenge in some areas.”He assured South Africans that this was being attended to as five new water augmentation schemes were on schedule.These include the Olifants River Water Resource in Steelpoort in Limpopo; the Vaal River Eastern Sub-System in Secunda in Mpumalanga; the Komati Water Augmentation Scheme in Nkangala in Mpumalanga; the raising of Hazelmere dam in KwaZulu-Natal; and the Clan William Dam in Clan William in the Western Cape.In addition, nine out of 25 dams have been rehabilitated.Following announcements made during the United Nations COP17 climate change conference, Zuma also said an amount of R248-million would be invested over next two years to deal with the issue of acid mine dDrainage in the Witwatersrand.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Habana SA’s rugby player of the year

first_imgVoting for the Player of the year was done by the South African rugby media and by the public, who were able to make their choice on the Springboks’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Springboks). The other nominees were Eben Etzebeth, Keegan Daniel, JP Pietersen and Keegan Daniel. SA Under-20 Player of the Year Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls) Springbok try scoring record Springbok Sevens Player of the Year Cecil Afrika Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year Winner: Hansie Graaff (Griffons) Finalists: JW Jonker (Ford Pumas), Rudi Mathee (Ford Pumas), Paul Perez (EP Kings), Luke Watson (EP Kings) The Bltzbokke’s outstanding playermaker, Cecil Afrika, won the Sevens Player of the Year award for a second year in succession. A new voting system saw the media contribute 50 percent of the vote and the public the other half. “We saw our Junior Boks win the IRB Junior World Championship on home soil, beating New Zealand for the title at Newlands. Western Province and the Sharks Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year Winner: Deon Fourie (DHL Western Province) Finalists: JC Janse van Rensburg (MTN Golden Lions), Elton Jantjies (MTN Golden Lions), Louis Ludik (The Sharks), Raymond Rhule (Toyota Free State Cheetahs) South African Rugby Union (Saru) president Oregan Hoskins congratulated the winners and applauded the achievements of local teams in 2012. Province flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis was named the Vodacom Cup Player of Year, while Province captain Dion Fourie picked up the Absa Currie Cup Player of the Season award. Absa Team of the Year Winner: The Sharks (Absa Currie Cup) Finalists: DHL Stormers (Vodacom Super Rugby), EP Kings (Absa Currie Cup First Division), Junior Boks (IRB Junior World Championship), The Sharks (Vodacom Super Rugby) Marriott Referee Award Jaco Peyer Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth, who turned 21 on 29 October, was named the Young Player of the Year. Under-20 Player of the Year During the course of the season, Habana extended his Springbok try-scoring record to 47. His feats included him scoring a hat-trick against Australia at Loftus Versfeld and finishing as the top try scorer in the Castle Rugby Championship. Habana previously won the award in 2005 and 2007. Only Naas Botha, with four Player of the Year awards, has been honoured more than him. “On the domestic front, the enlarged Absa Currie Cup First Division lifted the standard of play considerably and the six-team Absa Currie Cup Premier Division proved a massive success with every weekend delivering nail-biting action.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material SARU National Club Championship Player of the Tournament Nico Luus (Pretoria Police) Springbok winger Bryan Habana was named South African Rugby Player of the Year for the third time in a glittering ceremony at Cape Town International Airport on Thursday evening. 2 November 2012 “We had the DHL Stormers top the log of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition, which also had the Vodacom Blue Bulls and The Sharks in the top six, and then saw the latter reaching the final of the competition despite a very tough travelling schedule,” Hoskins said. The South African Rugby Players’ Association Players’ Player of the Year Award went to Springbok winger JP Pietersen, while Bryan Habana’s try against New Zealand in Dunedin was voted Supersport Try of the Year by the channel’s viewers. Sharks’ captain Keegan Daniel was voted the Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year by the six franchise coaches. Absa Coach of the Year Winner: John Plumtree (The Sharks) Finalists: Allister Coetzee (DHL Stormers and Western Province), Pote Human (GWK Griquas), Alan Solomons (EP Kings), Dawie Theron (SA Under-20) Saru Rugby Player of the Year Winner: Bryan Habana Finalists: Keegan Daniel, Eben Etzebeth, Pat Lambie, JP Pietersen Hard-running centre Jan Serfontein was named the SA under-20 Player of the Year, following on his winning the Player of the Tournament Award at the IRB Junior World Championship in June. Absa Young Player of the Year Winner: Eben Etzebeth Finalists: Marcell Coetzee, Johan Goosen, Elton Jantjies, Raymond Rhule. Junior world champions Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament Sergeal Petersen (Eastern Province) SAinfo reporter Vodacom Cup Player of the Year Winner: Demetri Catrakilis (DHL Western Province) Finalists: Marcel Brache (DHL Western Province), Jaco Kriel (MTN Golden Lions), Gouws Prinsloo (Sharks XV), Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls) SARPA Players’ Player of the Year JP Pietersen (The Sharks) Western Province and the Sharks contested the final of the Currie Cup. The Stormers and the Sharks were also the best of the South African teams in the Super Rugby competition and this dominance showed up in a number of awards. The Sharks, meanwhile, were named the Absa Team of the Year, while their coach, John Plumtree, was recognised as the Coach of the Year. Women’s Achiever of the Year Yolanda Meiring (Blue Bulls) WINNERS AND FINALISTS Supersport Try of the Year Winner: Bryan Habana (Springboks v All Blacks, The Rugby Championship) Finalists: Johan Goosen (Toyota Cheetahs v Crusaders, Vodacom Super Rugby); Joe Pietersen (DHL Stormers v Highlanders, Vodacom Super Rugby); Paul Jordaan (The Sharks v Reds, Vodacom Super Rugby); Jaco Taute (MTN Golden Lions v Vodacom Blue Bulls, Absa Currie Cup) Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year Winner: Keegan Daniel (The Sharks) Finalists: Marcell Coetzee (The Sharks), Bismarck du Plessis (The Sharks), Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), JP Pietersen (The Sharks) Sadly, Habana was injured early in the Absa Currie Cup final and will miss the Springboks’ end of year tour to the UK. Griffons’ utility back Hansie Graaff picked up the Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year award. The speedster also played a big role in helping the Stormers finish top of the log in the Super Rugby competition. last_img read more

Zuma to ‘outline SA govt goals, progress’

first_img14 February 2013When President Jacob Zuma takes to the podium to deliver this year’s State of the Nation Address, he is expected to tell South Africans how the proposed National Development Plan (NDP) will help the country facilitate economic growth and job creation.Zuma will deliver the annual address during a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament tonight at 7pm to allow more South Africans to access the live broadcast.The speech tonight is important as it gives South Africans an overview of what the government has done and plans to do to improve their lives.South Africa has had a busy year with labour strikes, most notably in the mining sector, as well as several service delivery protests.Zuma’s speech is likely to shed light on how government will be responding to the challenges in the mining industry, considered the backbone of South Africa’s economy.“He will share with us the focus of NDP beyond just what we can get from the plan but the practical steps that are being taken to implement and realise everything in it,” National Planning Commission Minister Trevor Manuel told SAnews.Manuel emphasised that the plan required strong leadership from government, the private sector as well as civil society.“We need everyone on board; we cannot do things on behalf of people but we can’t expect people to do things without our support,” he said.Apart from aiming to reduce unemployment from 25% to 6% by 2030, the NDP document proposes that the state expand public employment programmes to one million participants by 2015 and two-million by 2020.But with many in the private sector pinning their hopes on the planned infrastructure programme for the country, Zuma is also expected to herald details for the roll-out plan of government’s R1-trillion infrastructure projects, announced by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission last year.In what is believed to be the biggest ever infrastructure build programme undertaken by the government since 1994, authorities have identified 18 strategic integrated projects, covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions, ranging across rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and energy.The Cape Town city centre has been abuzz with activity preparing for the ceremony, with several streets leading Parliament expected to be closed to normal traffic this afternoon.Former Presidents, Judge Presidents, premiers, provincial speakers, members of the executive council, diplomats and former presiding officers of Parliament are expected to attend.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Agitation over milk prices called off in Maharashtra

first_imgThe Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) led by Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti announced the withdrawal of agitation by dairy farmers late on Thursday night. This followed the State government’s directive to cooperative and private milk societies to pay ₹25 per litre milk to producers from July 21.“Since the government has accepted our demand to give ₹25 per litre rate to dairy farmer, we have decided to withdraw the agitation,” Mr Shetti told The Hindu after a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Earlier in the evening Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar said in the Assembly, “The government has decided to not give any subsidy on packaged milk. For the rest of milk production, the government will give ₹5 per litre subsidy which will be given either to milk collection societies or to the ones which will process the milk.” This announcement followed a meeting attended by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Mr. Fadnavis, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, and leaders and representatives of milk suppliers federation. Following the decision, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called Mr. Shetti for a meeting to Nagpur.The farmers had been holding protests across the state since Monday, seeking a hike of ₹5 per litre in the procurement prices. The impact of the protest was felt in some cities, including Pune, where the supply of milk was partially affected.At a previous meeting on July 10, the government had announced ₹50 per kilogram subsidy on milk powder produced for export. To avail this benefit the societies will now have to pay ₹25 per litre to dairy farmers.last_img read more

Simmons’ late FTs gives 76ers win over Bulls

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) scores off a lob pass from Joel Embiid a Chicago Bulls’ David Nwaba (11) and Lauri Markkanen watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Chicago. The 76ers won 116-115. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — Ben Simmons couldn’t recall winning a game from the free throw line at any level before Thursday night.Still, the rookie stepped to the line with the confidence of a veteran.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Wizards hold off LeBron, new-look Cavaliers Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Simmons scored a career-high 32 points, making two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to complete Philadelphia’s rally from five points down in the final minute, and the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 116-115.“Stepping up to the line, I knew I was going to knock ’em down. You have to have that mentality,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoel Embiid had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Simmons added 11 assists and seven rebounds as Philadelphia won its sixth straight and snapped a four-game road losing streak.Bobby Portis had a career-high 38 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Bulls, who were 18 for 34 on 3-pointers. Philadelphia’s lead was down to 33-29 at the end of the quarter and the Bulls busted out for 40 points in the second to take a 69-67 halftime lead. Chicago was 9 of 12 on 3-pointers in the quarter, including 4 for 5 by Portis.The 76ers were up by five early in the fourth before Portis scored six straight points — on a 3-pointer and a three-point play — to put the Bulls on top 101-100. A few minutes later, Portis dunked over Embiid to stretch the lead to 111-106 with just over four minutes to play.LaVine hit a 3-pointer to make it 115-110 with 1:02 left.“We stole that win,” Embiid said. “We didn’t play well. Offensively, I thought, we were moving the ball when we needed, but defensively I thought we sucked.”TIP-INS76ers: C Embiid has nine straight double-doubles. … Simmons has six triple-doubles this season, which ties him with Wilt Chamberlain (three times) and Billy Cunningham for most in a season in team history.Bulls: To look at some younger players during the final 25 games, C Robin Lopez and G/F Justin Holiday were removed from the starting lineup. Both were inactive on Thursday as Cristiano Felicio and David Nwaba (21 points) started; Also, Cameron Payne — who played in his first game on Thursday — will replace Jerian Grant as the backup point guard.“It really is hard,” Hoiberg said. “It’s hard for Robin, it’s hard for Justin and it’s hard for Jerian, who’s probably making as big a sacrifice as anybody.”LOOKING BACKPhiladelphia is on the cusp of a playoff appearance this season, but the organization found itself in the same position as the Bulls the previous few years, playing mostly young players with the unspoken hope of improving draft position.“When I look in the rearview mirror, it’s not as painful as people make it out to be,” coach Brett Brown said. “Losing stinks and the pain of losing is real, but the things that went into growing young players was really enjoyable for me. The development of young guys, giving them opportunities, explaining life in the NBA, what it takes to stay in the NBA, the culture — stuff that nobody sees.”UP NEXT76ers: Host Orlando on Saturday. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Bulls: Visit Minnesota Saturday night. “He’s a guy that continues to grow and develop,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s been fun to see him shooting the ball without any hesitation.”Chicago had a 115-114 lead and the ball with 8 seconds to go before Embiid deflected an inbounds pass to create a turnover. Simmons came up with the ball near halfcourt and was fouled by Denzel Valentine. He made both free throws.“First of all, we needed a steal,” Simmons said. “I saw Joel get it and he kind of lobbed it to me.”Portis had a chance for a game winner, but his short attempt — with Embiid closing from the weak side — just missed.The 76ers raced to a 25-7 lead midway through the first quarter before Portis got hot and Chicago started making 3s.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Brighton & Hove Albion v Coventry City: match preview

first_imgChris Hughton has confirmed Jürgen Locadia is set to make his Brighton debut against Coventry and the striker will surely be looking to show off against the lowest-ranked side left in the FA Cup. Wingers Jordan Maguire-Drew and Kyel Reid are missing for Coventry and with their push for promotion taking a significant hit, after three successive league defeats, Brighton could be forgiven for being confident of smooth passage into the quarter-finals. Graham SearlesSaturday 3pmVenue Amex StadiumHead to head Brighton wins 22 Coventry wins 16 Draws 19Referee Craig PawsonOdds H 2-5 A 11-1 D 4-1BRIGHTONSubs from Ryan, Mäenpää, Hünemeier, Rosenior, Schelotto, Goldson, Suttner, Kayal, March, Murray, Baldock, Hemed, Ulloa, O’Hara, GyökeresDoubtful NoneInjured Brown (knee), Sidwell (back), Skalak (ankle, all unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y45 R0 (all competitions)Leading scorer Murray 10 (all competitions)COVENTRYSubs from O’Brien, Hyam, Beavon, Dion Kelly‑Evans, Devon Kelly-Evans, Hayness, Barrett, Maycock, Sayoud, Stevenson, Camwell, Finn, Ponticelli, Thompson, Doyle, DaviesDoubtful Doyle (knee), Grimmer (hamstring)Injured Jones (knee, May), Andreu (knee, unknown)Cup-tied ReidUnavailable Maguire-Drew (terms of loan)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y53 R1 (all competitions)Leading scorer McNulty 16 (all competitions) Topics Match previews Coventry City Share via Email FA Cup news Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Brighton & Hove Albion Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Andre Silva unsure if he will remain at Sevilla

first_imgSevilla loan star Andre Silva admits he still has no idea over whether he will remain at the club permanentlyFollowing a difficult debut campaign at AC Milan, Silva left for Sevilla on loan and has enjoyed a stunning start with eight goals in his opening 16 La Liga games.Club director Joaquin Caparros announced last month that they intend to trigger their buy option for Silva from Milan for a reported €30m.But it appears that Silva is none the wiser when it comes to his long-term future with the 23-year-old’s sole focus staying on the pitch.“The truth is that I don’t know what will happen in the future,” Silva told Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“What I am doing now is fighting for Sevilla, doing the best I can for Sevilla and myself. I’m happy, I’m very happy but nobody can predict the future.”“I’ve already said many times that I feel good here and that I am happy, but what happens outside the pitch no longer concerns me. I’m just thinking about training and games.”The Portugal international also gave his thoughts on a potential title bid from Sevilla this season.Pablo Machin’s side, who are third in La Liga, will next take on second-place Atletico Madrid on January 6.last_img read more

Poet Belal Chowdhury no more

first_imgPoet Belal Chowdhury. Photo: Khaled SarkarEkushey Padak winning poet Belal Chowdhury died at a city hospital on Tuesday. He was 79, reports UNB.The prominent poet breathed his last at 12:30pm at Anwar Khan Modern Hospital in Dhanmondi, Abdullah Pratik Chowdhury, eldest son of the poet, told UNB.The decision of his burying and funeral will be taken later after consulting with the family members, he added.The poet was admitted to Anwar Khan Modern Hospital in Dhanmondi on 27 August. Since then he was admitted at the hospital.The poet was suffering from diabetes and kidney problem for long.Chowdhury served Bharat Bichitra as its editor, published from Indian High Commission in Dhaka. He was also an editor of Shaptahik Sandwip and Krittibas, a Bengali poetry magazine edited by Sunil Gangopadhyay.Belal Chowdhury also has reputation as journalist, essayist and translator. He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2014 for his literary contribution. He also received Bangla Academy Literary Award.Belal Chowdhury was born on 12 November 1938 in Sharsdi village of Feni in the then Bengal Presidency under the British rule.last_img read more

Rural Sheriffs Express Safety And Security Concerns Over The HighSpeed Rail Project

first_img 00:00 /00:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Texans Against High-Speed Rail Screenshot Former Grimes County Judge Ben Leman is Chairman of Texans Against High-Speed Rail. He spoke along with rural sheriffs at the Grimes County Courthouse.Sheriffs from eight different counties gathered on the steps of the Grimes County Courthouse Thursday to share their concerns over plans for the bullet train. Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said what worries him is that they haven’t had any discussions with Texas Central Railway on a public safety plan.“It is entirely unacceptable to not properly coordinate with local officials for the public safety aspects of the Draft Environmental Impact Study or the project as a whole,” said Sowell.Sowell wants to know if any local roads would be impacted by the train and how that would affect first responders. He added he’s also gotten lots of complaints from residents about agents for the railroad who’ve wanted to come onto their property.Texas Central issued a response to the sheriffs’ comments:“Texas Central’s commitment to public safety is absolute and unwavering. The bullet train will bring the safest mode of transportation available and we look forward to working cooperatively with county judges, sheriffs and other local officials to develop world-class public safety, system security, and emergency preparedness plans of which all Texans can be proud.”“The DEIS states that Texas Central ‘would coordinate with TxDOT or the appropriate local jurisdiction and any potentially affected emergency responders during final design to avoid any appreciable negative impact to emergency response times.’ This outreach has already begun and there are requirements and guidelines at the Federal and State level that will ensure it continues.”Texas Central wants to build a privately-funded high-speed train between Houston and Dallas with a travel time of about 90 minutes. It’s also planning a stop near College Station. But at a series of public meetings held by the Federal Railroad Administration, dozens of landowners spoke out against the project. They said they don’t want to sell their property and they also worry how the train would affect their rural quality-of-life.The FRA is having another public meeting in Houston this Monday evening on its Draft Environmental Impact Study. Sharelast_img read more

Republican Michael Cloud Sworn In As Texas Newest US Congressman

first_img Share Abby Livingston / The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep.-elect Michael Cloud (right) participated in a mock swearing in with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Cloud’s family on July 10, 2018. Moments later, Cloud was officially sworn in on the House floor.With an oath on the U.S. House floor to uphold the U.S. Constitution — and friends and family watching from above — Republican Michael Cloud officially became the newest member of Texas’ U.S. congressional delegation Tuesday evening.The swearing-in ceremony took place just before Cloud cast his first vote as the representative for Texas’ 27th congressional district, which stretches along the Gulf Coast and up toward Austin.After being introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, Cloud took to the podium with his three children to address the chamber.“I pray that we have the courage and the strength to do what’s right and to serve the people of this nation well,” he said to his new colleagues.Cloud assumed the seat after winning a special election last month to finish out the term of Republican former congressman Blake Farenthold, who resigned in April after revelations that he used $84,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual harassment claim.Cloud beat Democratic candidate Eric Holguin for the seat, 55 percent to 32 percent, surpassing the 50 percent threshold he needed to avoid a runoff. Seven other candidates also ran, though none received more than 5 percent of the vote.Cloud, who formerly chaired the Victoria County GOP, arrived in Washington on Sunday and quickly got to work assembling a staff and learning the ropes on Capitol Hill. Now that he has been sworn in, he can move into Farenthold’s former office, and he will find out his committee assignments this week. Cloud is also opening district offices in Victoria and Corpus Christi.Cloud will face another election — and Holguin, his Democratic opponent — in November, this time to determine who will win a full two-year term in Congress. Libertarian Daniel Tinus and independent James Duerr are also on the ballot.Congratulations to Michael Cloud being sworn in as a new member of Congress for the 27th District in Texas. ⁦@MichaelJCloud⁩ ⁦@TexasGOP⁩ #txlege https://t.co/G1oX2Fv1D6— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 9, 2018last_img read more