Broadcast coverage for General and Regional Elections

first_imgDear Editor,A general election would be neither free nor fair if a contesting party is unfairly denied access to the broadcast media in comparison with another or a particular party is favoured access to the broadcast media, whether publicly or privately owned.In the case where there is State-owned and operated broadcast media such as NCN in Guyana, it is a generally accepted international principle that the contesting parties represented in Parliament are allocated a fixed percentage of free election broadcasting time in accordance with their representation in Parliament and that newly contesting parties unrepresented in Parliament are given a reasonable amount of free broadcasting time by the nationally owned and operated broadcast media.Party political broadcast within an election period should be specifically regulated to ensure balance, access and fairness, preferably directed by the Elections Commission. Unfortunately, that is not now happening.Already, we have the case of the National Communications Network (NCN) using its facilities to provide totally biased coverage of the major rallies held by APNU/AFC and the PPP/C in favour of APNU/AFC and the Chairman of NCN, Mr Enrico Woolford, seeking to justify this by claiming that network streaming is not broadcasting.A letter in yesterday’s Stabroek News, January 13, 2020, from Tony Vieira quite properly points out the share hypocrisy of Mr Woolford’s position. Mr Woolford seeks to misinterpret the fact that telecommunications technology includes broadcasting and to take advantage of the challenge presented by the convergence of broadcast and telecommunications technology to regulators. Television and radio broadcast and voice telephony can now be transmitted over the internet but it is still broadcasting and, in this case, the issue is content and standard, not technical.Albeit the current Broadcasting Legislation governing the functions of our National Broadcasting Authority is wholly inadequate and ultimately provides for complete control of the Authority by the Minister responsible for broadcasting. If, however, the current Chairman of the Broadcasting Authority, Mr Leslie Sobers, is serious about his responsibility with regard to the conduct of a free and fair election, he should immediately put a stop to the unreserved bias in content coverage in favour of the governing party being exercised by NCN.I also urge that the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission take an immediate interest in addressing the critical matter of fair and balanced broadcasting coverage and content of these elections by both the nationally and privately owned licenced broadcast media.I am aware that the myriad of consultants readily provided by the American, British and Canadian Governments and Commonwealth to assist GECOM in ensuring free and fair elections are now in place. I encourage them to pay more than ordinary attention to the broadcast coverage of the elections. Needless to say, the political bias practised by the Guyana Chronicle, owned and operated by the Government, is beyond repair in spite of President Granger’s declared commitment to press freedom.With regards,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more

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Victims of Soesdyke/Linden Highway smash-up identified

first_imgThe two victims who succumbed to their injuries following a two-vehicle smash-up along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway on Saturday evening have been identified.Dead: Royston StewartThey are Royston Stewart, 44, of Sandville and Faye Williams of Bus Shed Street, both areas of the Kuru Kururu community on the Soesdyke/ Linden Highway. Williams reportedly died on the spot, after suffering severe injuries to her face which left her unrecognisable; while Stewart suffered a broken hip and died while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital hours after he was transferred from the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.However, Alliyah Munroe and Randy Stoby, both also of Kuru Kururu, remain hospitalised.Based on information received, an SUV registered PVV 535 was heading towards the Soesdyke/Linden Highway Junction while hire car HC 2554, being driven by Stewart, was travelling in the opposite direction. The SUV was reportedly in the process of overtaking another vehicle which was heading in the same direction when it came into the path of the taxi. The resultant head-on collision saw Stewart and his four passengers, as well as the driver of the other motorcar and a passenger, sustaining injuries; as did the driver of the SUV and a passenger therein.They were all rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where they were examined and treated. Williams, however, was pronounced dead on arrival there, while Royston Stewart, Randy Stoby and Alliyha Munroe were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they were admitted.Stoby suffered a fracture to his lower back, Munroe suffered injuries to her lungs, while Royston Stewart suffered a fractured right hip. Stewart died while receiving medical attention.Guyana Times understands that the occupants of the SUV were returning from a creek, and the driver might have been under the influence.The bodies of both victims are at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting post mortem, while the driver of the SUV is reportedly in Police custody, rendering assistance as Police continue their investigations into the accident.last_img read more

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Erosion in quality of life, struggles of workers evident daily – Ali

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali is confident that his party will return to power and when it does, it will ensure that the hardships faced by many due to the actions of the APNU/AFC Administration are eliminated.He was at the time speaking at the Enmore Martyrs’ commemoration ceremony on Friday evening. Ali told the gathering that presently, thousands of workers are suffering tremendously due to the hardships meted out to them by the APNU/AFC Government. On this note, he referenced the thousands of sugar workers who were sent packing after Government closed the sugar estates.The PPP/C Presidential Candidate committed to the PPP/C easing the burdens of the populace when it is voted back into office at the upcoming General And Regional Elections in Guyana.“Every single day we are seeing the erosion in terms of the quality of life, the quality of Government and the quality of services that workers are afforded in our country. Today, as we come here to celebrate the life of these great martyrs more than 35,000 families would have seen the breadwinner from their family losing their jobs. More than 35,000 people today in our country, 35,000 workers, are without a job in the sugar industry itself, we have more than 7000 who are directly affected”, he added.Ali further stated that the struggles of the martyrs continue but in a different form – one with an independent country being managed by a dictatorial Government.Ali posited that the struggles of those martyrs still continue but it is the inspiration of the struggles of these martyrs that continues to inspire the movement of the PPP/C to never sway from representing the working people and interests of Guyanese.“We live in a time today when we see workers suffering, workers are paying difficult prices, as their democratic rights are eroded every day. Workers’ interest is not only about their jobs and their salaries, it is about the quality of life, the quality of service and the quality of Government that they are given.In addition to the more than 35,000 workers who are without a job today, we are seeing that all the important sectors of our country – forestry, bauxite, rice, agriculture, on the whole, all these sectors, the mining sector, these are all the sectors that are on decline.”A section of the crowd at the commemoration ceremony for the slain Enmore Martyrs on FridayHe also stated that the PPP/C is working on a strategy that it will implement when it returns to governance so as to return decent working conditions and better services to all Guyanese.“No Government can ever be successful; no Government can ever be successful if they believe that their only responsibility is for a few top supporters in the management structure of the party because let me assure you that the gains by this Government is not even felt by their supporters on the ground.So when we are returned very shortly in the Government, I want to assure you that we are going to return hope, development, progress, pride to every single community, every single home and the lives of every single Guyanese”.The Presidential candidate highlighted that the negativities brought upon the country at the hands of the APNU/AFC coalition Administration have had devastating effects in every region across the country and that once the PPP/C is re-elected to governance, it will rectify the situation.“The PPP/C very shortly will be returned to office and when we return to office, we will show this Government what is meant by governing for all the people in the interest in all the people.” …PPP/C commits to rectifying situations to alleviate pains and burdens of populacelast_img read more

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Payouts OK’d for school’s dust bowl

first_img“The site was much bigger than their dust control and initial set-up for water and controlling dust,” said Bret Banks, management district operations manager. “Over time, we got them to add additional controls. Unfortunately, it’s right upwind of a nice residential neighborhood.” In addition, the high school district added its own water trucks for dust control, Banks said. But Banks noted that even with construction crews doing the best they can, windstorms like the ones that occurred on April 12 and the week before can still impact the neighborhood. Strong winds gusting as high as 100 mph blew through the Antelope Valley on April 12, uprooting trees, damaging roofs, knocking out power and forcing highway closures. Eastside High’s permanent campus at 35th Street East and Avenue J-8 is now under construction. Since early 2006, students have been attending classes in portable buildings on the campus. The lack of rain has contributed to the dust problem. Rainfall since July 1 has measured 0.65 inches in Palmdale and 1.4 inches in Lancaster, according to the National Weather Service. Normal for both cities for the same time period is more than 7 inches. “It’s been an abnormal year where there’s not a lot of water and some days much higher winds than normal,” Banks said. Neither Pickett nor Bishop received money in 2005 from the general contractor. They added that trash blowing from the school site also is a problem. “I never wanted to stop the school. I wanted them to watch out for the homeowners. It seems the homeowners are the ones not being treated the right way,” Bishop said. “We want the homeowners to be treated fairly and equitably.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We are at our wits’ end. We get dust throughout inside and outside,” resident Evelina Pickett said. “It blows through the windows. When we open up the windows it’s a good quarter inch of dirt. Every week I’m vacuuming the windowsills.” The $2,900 will go to people whose homes the district has identified as being directly downwind of the school construction site. Claim forms will be sent to those residents, offering $300 for homes with pools and $200 to those without, officials said. “Realizing the excessive winds that we’ve experienced, it’s impossible to control dust from the site. Our proposal to homeowners is to compensate them for the inconvenience they are having to suffer,” said Mat Havens, director of facility acquisition and development. In 2005, the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District fined the general contractor doing grading at the school site $3,750 for failing to control so-called fugitive dust and required the company to pay 16 homeowners $200 each and an additional $100 if they had a pool to cover costs related to dust cleanup. LANCASTER – For the second time since 2005, residents near the Eastside High School construction site will be paid to cover the costs of cleaning up dust that blew off the campus onto and into their homes. The Antelope Valley Union High School District last week authorized paying $2,900 to residents who live along 35th Street East whose houses were hit by dust churned up by high winds during the first two weeks of April. “I’m inundated with dust,” resident Linda Bishop said. “The dust blows right down the road and blows up right in front of my house. The street is dirty and blows into the front yard. My husband washed down the patio last week. Because of the blowing dust, my backyard is filthy again.” Residents of the upscale neighborhood with its large lots say the dust is almost as fine as baby powder and blows through windows and into their homes. Out on the street there’s six inches of dirt along the curbs. last_img read more

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Agenda 5/29

first_img Temple City Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Live Oak Park, 10144 Bogue St., Temple City. Call (626) 444-1482. Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet at 7:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 781-1111. The Winnetka Chamber of Commerce meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Canoga Park Bowl, Canoga Park. Call (818) 348-6908. The Toluca Lake Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of every month at Paty’s Restaurant, 10001 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake. – Compiled by Kim Armendariz Note: Some events may require reservations or fees. The Daily News welcomes items for Business Agenda. All items should be received at least two weeks before event. Send to Business Agenda, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEMINARS TUESDAY California State University, Northridge’s Tseng College of Extended Learning will offer a course in administrative law, 6-9:45 p.m. Tuesdays, May 30-July 25, at the CSUN campus, 18111 Nordhoff St. Call (818) 677-5635. SATURDAY AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Olympia West Mortgage Group will hold a free foreclosure workshop, 9 a.m. at 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Call (323) 653-3000, Ext. 245. California State University, Northridge’s Tseng College of Extended Learning will offer a course in public entrepreneurial management, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, June 3-July 8, at the CSUN campus, 18111 Nordhoff St. Call (818) 677-5635. CONTINUING EVENTS TODAY The Stargazer Oriental Restaurant & Bar will host a business networking mixer at 5 p.m. at 6501 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. Call (818) 704-6633. last_img read more

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DONEGAL SOCCER STAR REVEALS HE LEFT MAN UTD TO GET MORE FOOTBALL

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Donegal teenage goalkeeping star Joe Coll has revealed it was HIS decision to leave Manchester United – because he wasn’t getting enough football.The big Glenea man looked set to follow in the footsteps of Packie Bonner and Shay Given by becoming the next big goalkeeping sensation.But this week Joe made the brave decision to quit the Red Devils because he was not playing enough games. Joe signed to the Old Trafford side two years ago aged just 16 and still had a full year to go on his contract but has now decided to quit the club.However in an exclusive interview Joe told Donegaldaily how it was his decision to leave Man Utd and he did so on good terms but felt it was the best move for his career.“I asked to be released because I simply did not feel I was getting enough football,” he told us.“Manchester United are a big club and they have a lot of goalkeepers and people fighting for places. “I sat down and asked them if I was going to get more football and they said they couldn’t guarantee me anything.“I just decided there and then that I needed more football if my career was to develop,” he said.Joe revealed he still hasn’t found another club but that he is hopeful of continuing to play football.“I have nothing concrete but I’m sure I will be speaking to a number of people,” he  explained.“I have learned so much in the past two years at Manchester United and I couldn’t say a bad word about the people at the club. “I just thought I owed it to myself to try and fulfill the potential that I think I have.“I didn’t think I could do that if I wasn’t going to get football this season,” he said.DONEGAL SOCCER STAR REVEALS HE LEFT MAN UTD TO GET MORE FOOTBALL was last modified: July 4th, 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:GLENEAJoe CollMan Utdlast_img read more

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Defense responds to Cable

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “(Cable) is a part of this team, too, and he’s put his heart and soul into this as much as we have,” UCLA linebacker Justin London said. “Just because we don’t see him all the time doesn’t mean that he’s not there. He wanted to let us know that he coaches against us every day, and he knows we’re better than that.” Defensive coordinator Larry Kerr said he had no issues with Cable verbally undressing his unit. “It’s a team. That’s fine,” Kerr said. “It doesn’t matter to me how we get it done.” Punt fake muffed: A botched fake punt nearly cost the Bruins in the third quarter. Michael Norris, who lined up wide, didn’t have anyone blocking him, so punter Aaron Perez did what the coaches wanted, calling an audible and throwing to Norris rather than kicking. But Norris never turned to look for the ball, despite having no one within 20 yards of him. “(Norris) was focused on getting down (the field),” special teams coach Brian Schneider said. “Everyone knew but Mike. That’s just coaching.” PULLMAN, Wash. – The halftime undressing of UCLA’s defense came from its coordinator, just not the one everyone thought. After the Bruins’ defense stumbled over itself en route to a forgettable first half, offensive coordinator Tom Cable laced into the defense during halftime. “Coach Cable ripped us, but that’s what we needed,” UCLA linebacker Spencer Havner said. “He told us that we needed, basically, to step up.” After being run over for 28 points and 362 yards in the first half, the defense tightened to enable No. 12 UCLA to rally for a 44-41 overtime win Saturday at Martin Stadium. center_img Limiting Drew: The Cougars found a way to keep Bruins tailback Maurice Drew from making game-changing plays on special teams: They didn’t give him many chances. Coming into the game, Drew led the nation, averaging 33.8 yards per punt return, but only got one chance to return five Kyle Basler punts. And that was nullified by a UCLA penalty. Hill plays: Late in the week WSU coach Bill Doba termed receiver Jason Hill doubtful, but the junior started and impacted immediately. Hill had said he played “at 80 percent.” He had a game-high eight catches, including a 6-yard touchdown, in the first half. Improved security: Following UCLA safety Jarrad Page’s comments last week that he was the target of racial remarks during the Bruins’ visit in 2003, WSU officials increased the security presence near the Bruins’ locker room, which is a few hundred yards away from the field. Usually, the visiting teams walks among fans to get to their locker room after the game, but WSU fenced that portion off for 15 minutes following the game. Page said there were no racial taunts, but the fans got on him for the comments he made to the Daily News. “Just a lot of stuff from the article,” Page said. “It was fine.” Page missed the WSU’s overtime drive after getting kicked in the groin, but he said he was fine. Also: Bruins sophomore fullback Michael Pitre and junior defensive end Justin Hickman served as game captains. … Pitre sat out the fourth quarter and overtime with a shoulder stinger, but he didn’t think it would keep him out next week against Oregon State. … UCLA’s rotation continued on the defensive line as redshirt freshman Kenneth Lombard and true freshman Chase Moline started at defensive tackle. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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KCCA FC unveils 11 new players

first_imgThe new KCCA FC players in a group photo at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–With the departure of several key players that helped them win the league and cup double for the first time in their history last season KCCA FC had to make re-enforcements and that is exactly what they have done.Although the players that have signed for KCCA FC are not big names Mike Mutebi the man responsible for last season’s triumph is confident the new recruits will help his team win a third successive league title.Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Mutebi said: “Yes, the media will say the players I have signed are not big names but I can assure you, they will get the job done.”This off season, league top scorer Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Ivan Ntege, Brian Majjwega and influential midfielder Tom Matsiko have all left the Kasasiro Boys for greener pastures.“The biggest problem with Ugandan footballers is that they loose the hunger after winning a few trophies and it also happened to some of our senior players,” Mutebi said.“The new players I have brought on board are very hungry for success and I am confident they will replicate it on the field every chance they get,” he added.Asked about the void top scorer Sserunkuma’s exit has left, Mutebi said: “We have signed three FUFA Big League top scorers and I hope they can help curb the Geoffrey Sserunkuma void.”Veteran striker Sserunkuma scored 21 league goals last season but turned down a new contract offer from KCCA this off season to join Zambian Premier League team Buildcon FC.With only up to four days to the new season, the two time Uganda Premier League champions have signed 11 new players from the top three tiers of Ugandan football.Commentslast_img read more

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Pardon, Your Worldview Is Showing

first_img(Visited 81 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The most dangerous ideology is the one that doesn’t acknowledge its worldview assumptions.Several articles from the science news were partly successful noting the risk of assumptions in scientific theories. Unfortunately, none of them recognized the fundamental assumption of naturalism.Time for one universe: Adam Frank, writing frankly for NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos & Culture blog, thinks physics may have gotten “something really important really wrong.” That something important is the idea of a multiverse, a concept that cosmologist Lee Smolin championed but is now abandoning in his new book with philosopher Roberto Unger, The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time. Frank makes this amazing statement that undermines the popular notion of science’s triumphal march of progress:When the path towards progress in a field becomes muddied, the best response may be to step away from all the technical specifics that make up day-to-day practice and begin pulling up the floorboards. In other words, rather than continuing to push on the science, it may be best to ask about the unspoken philosophies supporting that research effort.Based on a workshop he attended organized by Smolin and Unger, he feels more than ever that string theory and multiverse theory have led scientists astray. The bullet points from the conference: (1) There is only one universe (which should be intuitive from the definition of the word), (2) Time is real, and (3) Mathematics is selectively real. “Taken together, these three claims constitute a significant departure from mainstream ideas in physics,” Frank says. Smolin and Unger recognize the importance recognizing the philosophical underpinnings of science. The new book “constitutes just an outline — a beginning — for a new approach to physics,” but does it go far enough? Is philosophy itself derivable from matter and energy in time?Human exceptionalism: Could we upload a brain to a computer? asks Richard Jones (U of Sheffield) in The Conversation. And if we could, should we? Jones takes a historical look at transhumanism up through modern ideas and on through future trends. A brain is more than molecules, he says with logical finesse, even if it were possible to replicate its wiring diagram:This points us towards a deeper conceptual difficulty. Just because we can simulate some aspects of the way the brain works, that doesn’t necessarily mean we are completely emulating a real brain, or indeed a mind. No conceivable increase in computer power will allow us to simulate the brain at the level of individual molecules. So brain emulation would only be possible if we could abstract its digital, logical operations from the messy molecular level detail.It’s as hopeless as trying to deduce the logic of a computer by watching the electrons flowing. Smith does a good job debunking transhumanism, even to the point of calling it dangerous or at least a distortion of science’s priorities. But he also says, “But no-one designed a brain – it evolved – so there is no reason to expect any simple mapping of its operations to digital logic.” Pardon, your materialistic worldview is showing. And it is self-refuting. By Smith’s own statement, if his own brain evolved without design, there is no reason to expect it to be logical.Explaining right but not left: Simon Oxehham, writing for New Scientist, purports to explain “Brexit, Trump, and the rise of the far right.” As he points to immigration and other social movements, relying on explanations by sociologists, he depicts conservatives as driven by emotion, as if he stands on a dispassionate higher plane. Example: “Instead, people find ways to explain what is happening around them that lay the blame with someone else.” In this, he betrays a severe case of the Yoda Complex. Could not a conservative write a mirror-image piece (if New Scientist would print it) about the rise of the far left? How would a neutral observer determine who is left, and who is right?Car evolution: Two scientists mentioned by Science Daily used Darwinian evolutionary theory to analyze the evolution of automobiles (which everyone knows are intelligently designed). This is a turbo-charged case of Berra’s Blunder, explains Evolution News & Views. Readers may wish to consider whether natural selection is a case of circular reasoning, as Stephen Talbott argues for the Nature Institute. Talbott is neither creationist or intelligent design advocate, but he recognizes the problem that many evolutionary explanations amount to little more than storytelling and tautologies.What is matter? Never mind: A refreshing trend away from storytelling in scientific publishing is being undertaken by a new journal called simply, Matters. “Stories can wait. Science can’t” announces the explanation page, “Why Matters.” This journal promises to publish single observations from anyone who can show credible evidence subject to triple-blind peer review. An embedded video shows how traditional publishing stifles the lone scientist wishing to make public an important observation by forcing him or her to make up a story that fits the consensus. Unfortunately, the video misrepresents the Galileo Affair, portraying church fathers with “I love Jesus” tatts stomping on his neck. With that kind of misunderstanding of history, will Matters stifle a submission with a credible observation of design, like powered flight?To begin to unravel the stranglehold that materialism maintains on “science,” one needs to point out its worldview dependencies. This gets the materialist off his pedestal, so that real dialogue can begin. Then, one needs to proceed by showing how the materialistic worldview is self-defeating, because it relies on concepts that cannot be reduced to be particles. Those concepts, further, must be non-evolving, else they become unworthy of trust.Your job is to remove the Yoda Complex mask from the materialist. It acts like one of the new-fangled Virtual Reality headsets, creating universes the wearer can adapt with his own actions. Sooner or later, the wearer bumps into an object in the real world. When you see a scientist acting strangely with his Yoda headset on, a few well-placed obstacles can help bring him to his senses, forcing him to take the mask off by himself. Then, smile and talk to him about reality. Expect this to take a little time during the transition from Storyland, which just looked so real to him. It can be jolting.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa’s recipient of the Play Your Part award 2018 for SA Premier Business Awards; Clover Mama Afrika shares their journey

first_imgThe 6th SA Premier Business Awards preparations are underway and the call for entry is open till the 22nd February 2019.Brand South Africa’s recipient of the Play Your Part award 2018 was Clover Mama Afrika whose emphasis was on the spirit of Ubuntu, reflects on the journey since winning the award.The story of Clover Mama Afrika;The Clover Mama Afrika project was founded on the ancient wisdom of Ubuntu. A uniquely African school of thought, where there is a clear understanding that the true meaning of life lies in the community ties that bind us: “I am because you are.” But Ubuntu is more than that; it is the sharing of natural resources, built on the principle of equity between generations. It is empathy and compassion for others and a mutual respect for human dignity. It is knowing that we belong to a greater whole, creating an interconnected world of mutual support.By uplifting our Clover Mama Afrikas through skills development training, they share their knowledge with their communities, and we are proud to be a part of this transformation.Brand South Africa recently spoke to Prof Elain Vlok, Manager: Corporate Services for Clover Mama Afrika.Q: How has business been since winning the Play your Part award at the SA Premier Business Awards?A: The recognition that we get when winning a prestigious award is always a good feeling. It inspires us to do more and it benefits all concerned, in our case the Clover Mamas that we support. The award also gave us more exposure which has led to individuals wanting to get more involved with the project.Q: What has been the biggest highlight for the company?A: We appointed a new Clover Mama Afrika in the latter part of 2018. Mama Gail Koeberg in Magaliesburg who has already been given a fully equipped bakery and has received the necessary training.Q: How has Clover Mama continued playing its part?A: Clover Mama Afrika continues to grow from strength to strength. Each Clover Mama Afrika is dedicated in efforts to alleviate poverty within her respective communitiesQ: What plans are in line for the year ahead?A: We have a full calendar for 2019 with no less than 23 skills training sessions, from sewing to cooking, baking, quilting and mosaic courses. We will also be doing on-site training.Q: What’s your advice to  other  organisations out there in  helping to make things better for South AfricaA: No company should turn a blind eye to helping those in need – we are definitely not saying that you need to keep handing out without expecting anything in return. Companies must teach each other to stand on their own two feet. No need for free handouts. Our Clover Mama Afrikas have become a strong voice in teaching people that they can do it for themselves. They stand united in being the change they want to see for our beautiful country.Brand South Africa commends active citizens such as Clover Mama Afrika for playing their part and encourages every South African citizen to take a stand and reinforce the spirit of ubuntu.For more information on the South African Premier Business Awards, rules and entry forms, go to  www.sapremierbusinessawards.co.za or call 0861 843 384. Hand delivered entries will close at 15:30pm on Friday, 22 February 2019 and Online Entries will close at midnight on Friday, 22 February 2019, no late entries will be accepted.last_img read more

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