Defining role of traditional leaders

first_img17 September 2003Acting Provincial and Local Government Minister Penuell Maduna has said the House of Traditional Leaders will be fundamentally transformed through the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Bill.Speaking during public hearings on the Bill in Parliament on Tuesday, Maduna said the Bill seeks to define the role of traditional leaders in municipalities, and also provides for the establishment of the Commission on Traditional Leadership, Disputes and Claims to help resolve disputes regarding the legitimacy of incumbent traditional leaders.The Bill was discussed and approved by Cabinet in June, paving the way for its tabling in Parliament.Maduna said the draft law opens a window of opportunity for municipalities and traditional councils to work together in the spirit of cooperative governance.“Government believes that the envisaged partnerships will go a long way in accelerating service delivery in rural areas,” he said, and added that the Bill seeks to set up national norms for the enactment of provincial legislation.The minister said the Bill further seeks to define the place and role of the House of Traditional Leaders within a democratic system.“For the first time in our country’s history, the institution will play a significant role in uplifting the standards of living of an estimated 14 million people in rural areas,” he said.The minister said District Houses of Traditional Leaders will be established to deepen the working relationship between municipalities and traditional leaders.“The Bill retains the existing national and provincial houses, with an emphasis on enabling members of the houses to perform their functions more effectively,” said Maduna.He said the Commission on Traditional Leadership, Disputes and Claims – which will operate nationally, with authority to decide on traditional leadership disputes and claims arising in any province – will be appointed by President Thabo Mbeki to investigate all disputes and claims dating from 1927, when the Native Administration Act was enacted.Members of the Provincial and Local Government Portfolio Committee are expected to vote on the Bill by 17 October, from where it will be forwarded to the National Council of Provinces for consideration.Source: BuaNewslast_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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With SteamOS, Valve Is Taking On The Xbox One And PlayStation 4

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#gaming#Open Source#STEAM#SteamOS#TV#Valve#video games 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Sony and Microsoft are betting big on their first console launches in seven and eight years, respectively. But it’s no longer just their show.Valve—the company behind Steam, the hit digital-games distribution service—has a wrench to toss into the living-room works. The company has just announced SteamOS, a wide-open operating system that helps PC games make the hop to the TV. Breaking Down BarriersGamers have been watching Steam for a while now in anticipation of the fabled Steam Box, a Valve-built console that’s still in the works. Before the hardware hits, though, we’re getting software: SteamOS, built with Linux, will extend Valve’s distribution service to the living room. Prior to the rise of Steam, PC gaming was idling in a dark age, largely in the hands of Microsoft. Steam is fiercely loved among its users for offering gamers an operating-system agnostic platform to connect with other gamers and manage a collection of games which are synced to Steam’s servers.Here’s what Steam wrote:As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. taylor hatmaker SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.Between SteamOS and the Ouya, an Android-based gaming console, the living room is more open than ever. Consumers have an infinite array of combinations for living room entertainment, and Valve will be getting involved in the hardware game soon too. SteamOS offers what it calls “in-home streaming” that lets users stream Steam games from a Windows or Mac machine to a system running SteamOS.See also: Ouya Is A Tiny Box Open To Many Game PossibilitiesThe remaining question: What system will run SteamOS? Presumably the Steam Box, which Valve may announce as soon as this week—though recent layoffs have caused some to call the project into question. (Valve head Gabe Newell’s dismisses that possibility.)Steam also says it’s working on bringing video and music to SteamOS boxes, though nothing’s been confirmed yet.Whether Valve makes the box that runs SteamOS or third-party manufacturers pick it up, the entry of Steam has made the console market more interesting.The Contenders, ComparedSteamOS: No hardware yet, free software that works with any Steam-compatible PCBuilt on Linux and other open-source softwareStreams gameplay from a Windows or Mac PC to the TVLibrary of over 2,000 games, both major and indie titles (Dota 2, Skyrim, Civilization V, to give a decent cross-section of the selection) Indie gamer and developer-friendly (Valve takes roughly a 30% cut)Games all digitally distributed (no discs)Enables mods and hacks not possible or more difficult on major consoles (like putting monocles on crabs in Skyrim—because why not?!)Free to join Steam, no subscription feesOuya:$99 online or through retail partners (Gamestop, Best Buy, etc.)Runs a modified version of Android, the mobile operating systemMod-friendly, easy-open hardware; all systems are built to work as developer’s kitsAll Ouya games must meet a “free to play” requirement (trial modes, free and premium tiers)Games all digitally distributed435 games available in the Ouya library—not impressive, but growingStreaming video and non-gaming apps can be side-loaded onto the Ouya, native apps not yet availableXbox One:Microsoft gaming console, will retail for $499 on November 22$60/year Xbox Live membership required for online play and multimedia like Netflix and Hulu PlusDigital game downloads available over the Xbox Live networkLaunch exclusives: Halo 5, Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Below and (many) morePlayStation 4:Sony’s gaming console, will retail for $399 on November 15$50/year PlayStation Plus subscription required for online gaming, but not for streaming media like Netflix and HuluDigital game downloads available over the PlayStation Plus networkLaunch exclusives: The Order: 1886; Infamous: Second Son; Knack and moreWhen it comes to flashy, big-name gaming titles, indie upstarts like the Ouya and Steam can’t compete—but that’s not really what they’re about, anyway. Once Steam’s living-room hardware gets up to speed, Valve’s gaming platform will likely remain complementary to the major consoles where big titles live. But for dedicated PC gamers looking for a fresh, big-screen experience, SteamOS might just open up a whole new world of gaming—once it finds a hardware home, that is.  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

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Alli & Lloris out of Spurs-Liverpool clash

first_imgDele Alli will miss Tottenham’s Premier League match against Liverpool with a hamstring injury as club captain Hugo Lloris also remains on the sidelines.According to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, Alli suffered the injury during the early stages of England’s Nations League clash with Spain but still played every minute of the 2-1 defeat.The 22-year-old midfielder could also be ruled out of next Tuesday’s Champions League opener away to Inter. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He’s a little but unlucky,” Pochettino told Sky Sports News. “He suffered a small injury after 20 minutes in the game against Spain at Wembley.”We are disappointed because we are going to miss him for this game and maybe against Inter in the Champions League.”The most important thing is it is not a big issue and we hope Dele can be available as soon as possible.”TEAM NEWS: @dele_official (hamstring) unavailable this weekend. Hugo Lloris (thigh) unavailable and expected to be out for several weeks. @JuanMFoyth (thigh) returned to training last week. @MoussaSissoko (hamstring) expected to return to training next week. pic.twitter.com/zUBDxf7hZe— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 13, 2018Goalkeeper Lloris sustained a thigh problem during last month’s 3-0 win at Manchester United, which meant he missed the subsequent 2-1 loss at Watford and France’s international commitments over the past week.Lloris, who was this week fined £50,000 and handed a 20-month ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving, had hoped to be fit to face Liverpool but a statement on Tottenham’s official website confirmed he is expected to be out for “several weeks”.”Now he is going to do another scan to try and see how much he is injured,” Pochettino added.”Hopefully everything is going well and he can be back as soon as possible, like Dele.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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10 months agoAlaba backing Bayern Munich move for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Alaba backing Bayern Munich move for Atletico Madrid defender Lucasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich wing-back David Alaba is backing their move for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Even though Alaba plays at left-back, a position where the France international could earn minutes, the Austrian would be keen to see him sign.”He is certainly a good player,” he told BILD.”If he wasn’t then Bayern wouldn’t be interested in him.”I am sure he would be capable of helping us.”Addressing the potential competition for left-back minutes that this signing could provoke, Alaba explained that he isn’t worried.”I know that left-back works for me, but at this time I wouldn’t be worried about changing to a midfield position,” he stated. last_img read more

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Taskforce to Aid in Growth of Animation Industry

first_img The group comprises of stakeholders from the public and private sectors A high-level working group has been convened to aid in facilitating the growth and development of Jamaica’s animation industry.The group, which has been assembled by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, comprises of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, the animation industry, training institutions, business support services, and financial institutions.“The taskforce has already started to craft the policy framework required to support all aspects of the industry, through the provision of the most enabling environment,” the Minister informed on July 17, as he addressed an animation workshop at JAMPRO’s New Kingston offices.The establishment of the group is among initiatives by the Government to drive growth in the animation sector and position Jamaica as the animation hub of the entire Americas.Mr. Hylton said that through JAMPRO and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a finishing school will be developed to equip animators with the skills to compete on the world stage.He informed that the administration is already in discussion with the HEART Trust/NTA for the inclusion of an animation workforce training course, to be added to their curriculum, “to produce Jamaica’s first home grown batch of animators”.Currently valued at over US$200 billion, the global animation industry has been growing at a tremendous pace over the past four years, expanding by over $1 billion per year, which is equivalent to a 20 per cent yearly growth rate.Minister Hylton said that this presents tremendous economic opportunities for Jamaica and the Government is committed to ensuring that “we do not miss the animation boat”. He noted that the network of animators and animation outfits in Jamaica continues to grow, with four animation studios exporting their services globally.He said that Jamaica has many advantages in the sector including access to a large, skilled workforce, a near shore advantage and cultural affinity with the large animation markets of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition, Jamaica is the third largest English-speaking nation in the Western Hemisphere, with a strong reputation for creativity.“Outsourcing in the animation industry is lucrative, and makes for good business sense because gone are the days when any job is completed in one location. In 2012, global animation revenue in entertainment alone generated over US$100 billion, most of which was specific to the video game industry, and discrete elements of any video game are produced in several spaces.  The ship of outsourcing animation is sailing, and Jamaica needs to be on board,” he stated.The Minister further noted that animation can be integrated into pre-existing plans, such as the Logistics Hub Initiative, tourism and sports.“In exploring the possibilities for the growth of the animation industry, we need to factor in the linkages to other industries.  For example, animation is a tried and proven methodology for the creation of training videos in every discipline at every level. It will also undoubtedly play an important role in a wide range of communication and media related activity associated with the development of the Logistics Hub,” he said.Stating that a “platinum opportunity” awaits the country in the global animation industry, he said that Jamaica must prepare and position itself to take advantage of the opportunities, and use them as platforms for economic growth, and job and wealth creation.“Becoming a key player in the global animation industry will have a significant positive impact on the medium, small and micro enterprises (MSME) sector and will support the goals of the National Development Plan Vision 2030.The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce remains committed to that wider goal of economic development and in building the animation industry …Jamaica’s brand dominance exists in the areas of sports, music and aspects of culture. Let us now work towards carving out our niche and becoming a mega brand in global animation,” he stated.Chairman, JAMPRO, Milton Samuda, said being a labour intensive industry, animation provides employment opportunities for Jamaica’s inventive youth and more importantly, given the highly mobile attributes of the sector, it has a strong potential for the exports of services and the earning of well-needed foreign exchange for Jamaica.“JAMPRO has played a significant role to date in engaging our animators and establishing linkages with external stakeholders – both from a developmental and support point-of-view as well as in respect for demand for animation services,” he said.He said that through the workshop, the organisation is seeking to continue the critical work required to lay the foundation for building the Jamaican animation industry.Entitled: ‘SME Internalisation: Positioning the animation industry for investments and exports’, the workshop was put on by JAMPRO in collaboration with the IDB. Story Highlightscenter_img The organisation is seeking to continue the critical work required to lay the foundation for building the Jamaican animation industrylast_img read more

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Sturgeon Lake chief says sex assault allegations politically motivated

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the March of 2014, Sturgeon Lake RCMP received a complaint of a historical sexual assault alleged to have occurred in September 1974.Sturgeon Lake Chief Henry Felix was charged with sex assault five months later in August.The embattled chief is now breaking his silence and claims the allegations are politically motivated.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.last_img

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Samantha Prahalis named Big Ten Player of the Year

Ohio State women’s basketball senior guard Samantha Prahalis was one of four Buckeyes to receive Big Ten conference honors Monday when coaches and media named her the Big Ten Player of the Year Monday. The selection marks the eighth consecutive year a Buckeye has won the honor. “I’m just extremely thankful, appreciative that people recognize I had a good year so far,” Prahalis said in an interview with the Big Ten Network Monday. Prahalis was also unanimously selected to the first-team all-Big Ten team where she was joined by her teammate, junior guard Tayler Hill. Prahalis led the Big Ten in scoring and assists during the regular season averaging 22.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. On the Buckeyes’ senior night Thursday, Prahalis scored an OSU single-game record 42 points in the team’s 81-56 victory against Minnesota. She ranks fourth on OSU’s career scoring list with 1,967 points and is three assists away from tying the Big Ten’s career assist record. Prahalis is a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith awards, which recognize the top player in women’s college basketball. Some of Prahalis’s teammates received conference honors as well. Junior guard Amber Stokes was named the Big Ten defensive player of the year. Hill joined Stokes on the conference’s all-defensive team. Sophomore Ashley Adams was given an honorable mention by the media. The Buckeyes finished their regular season Sunday with a 71-57 loss to Nebraska and a 24-5 overall record. Their 11-5 conference record earned them the second seed in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. Their first game is Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Indianapolis where they will play the winner of a game between Michigan and Illinois. read more

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Baseball Lonsway and Cherry help lead to Ohio States 75 win against

Ohio State redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway (11) throws a pitch in the Buckeyes’ game against Hawaii on March 23. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorSeth Lonsway had begun a trend through his first five starts of the season. In each of his odd-numbered outings, the redshirt freshman had allowed one run, striking out 25 in 16.1 innings of work. However, in his second and fourth start of the year, control became the issue, walking eight and allowing 10 earned runs in six innings pitched. But coming out for his sixth start of the year, the odd-numbered mentality continued, as Lonsway helped Ohio State (13-10) to its fifth straight win, a 7-5 victory against Hawaii (9-14) on Saturday. Lonsway recorded his second straight start of at least six innings of work, allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks. The redshirt freshman struck out nine, his most in a game since March 1. “His breaking ball’s nasty, when he is able to utilize it, he’s going to be tough because the fastball has a little life,” Beals said.For Lonsway, he said his approach is to not overthink things on the mound, using his three-pitch arsenal to get hitters out in a consistent fashion. “I try and be as consistent as possible,” Lonsway said. “We are figuring some things out and trying to be better than the previous start, not trying to do too much on the mound, but trying to command all three pitches and establishing first-pitch strikes.” Despite facing Hawaii redshirt junior pitcher Dylan Thomas, the former first-team All-Big West member as a closer, Ohio State’s offense, which has scored 12 runs and 19 hits in the previous two games against the Rainbow Warriors, continued its hot streak. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry gave the Buckeyes their first run of the game in the fourth, hitting a first-pitch fastball well over the center field wall for his sixth home run of the season. Cherry recorded two hits in three at bats for the Buckeyes, recording his 20th and 21st RBIs of the season. However, his first at bat did not go as planned. Watching four or five sliders, he struck out. But he knew what Thomas would use in his second at bat, taking advantage on the home run to center. “Wasn’t really sitting on it, but it looked really good and put a good swing on it,” Cherry said.  The Buckeyes continued their rally, with junior first baseman Conner Pohl and sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler each recording a single, advancing to second and third, respectively, after a throwing error by Hawaii redshirt sophomore left fielder Daylen Calicdan. Ohio State freshman center fielder Nolan Clegg drove both in, hitting a single to left field, extending the Buckeyes’ lead to 3-0. Despite allowing two runs in the top of the inning, the Ohio State offense was not done, recording four runs on five hits and an error before recording an out in the fifth, chasing Thomas from the game. Thomas allowed seven runs, five earned, in four-plus innings of work, giving up 11 hits and striking out six in his third loss of the season. “I thought it was big for us to beat [Thomas],” Beals said. “They feel like this is the way to use them and we were able to beat their best guy, bodes well for us heading into tomorrow’s game.”  Hawaii began to chip away at its deficit in the sixth inning, adding one run on a single by junior second baseman Jack Kennelly. But Lonsway forced a flyout to shortstop, stranding runners on second and third. In the fifth inning, Rainbow Warriors shortstop Maaki Yamazaki reached after Lonsway overthrew Pohl at first base, advancing to third and scoring the first run of the game on a ground out by junior second baseman Jack Kennelly. After Hawaii freshman center fielder Scotty Scott hit a double and Calicidan added a single, the Rainbow Warriors cut its deficit to one after a wild pitch by Lonsway, scoring Scott from third. In relief of Lonsway, junior pitcher Joe Gahm allowed two runs in the seventh inning on a walk and two singles in the seventh inning. For Cherry, the offensive consistencies for Ohio State is more than just putting up as many runs on the board as the team can. It’s about making the Buckeyes’ pitching staff more comfortable on the mound, allowing them to pitch with the lead. “Pitching with a lead is a lot easier than pitching in a tie game or a close game,” Cherry said. “If we can put runs on the board and play good defense, it should give pitchers a lot more confidence to go out there and throw strikes, stay relaxed and enjoy themselves too.” Ohio State will end its four-game series against Hawaii at Bill Davis Stadium Sunday at 1:05 p.m. read more

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Guardiola rules out De Bruyne comeback for tonight

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola announced Kevin De Bruyne will not return to action for tonight’s game at WatfordThe Belgium international has been sidelined twice already this season with long-term injuries with just five appearances having been made for City.Currently, De Bruyne is recovering from another knee injury which was sustained in City’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Fulham last month.Other doubts are striker Sergio Aguero, who missed last weekend’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth due to a muscle injury, and midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was elbowed in the nose by team-mate Fernandinho in the same game.“I don’t know (if they can play),” Guardiola told reporters on the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have training this afternoon, so I can’t tell you the answer now. Kevin De Bruyne is not ready. The other two I don’t know right now.”However, with a testing winter schedule ahead of City, Guardiola plans to listen to his players’ thoughts before making any decisions.“I trust the players,” he said.“There are a lot of games. Whatever we do, we do in the right moments. Every situation is different.”City will be hoping to beat Watford tonight at 21:00 (CET) to extend their lead in the Premier League to five points.last_img read more

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