‘We can learn from Mandela’s life’

first_img19 July 2010President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to draw on the lessons of the life of former president Nelson Mandela and use this to better the lives of other people.Speaking at Mandela’s birthday celebrations in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, Zuma paid homage to a “true humanitarian” and called on fellow South Africans to take a leaf out of the 92-year-old Mandela’s book.One of the lessons Zuma outlined was the need for South Africans to continue working together to build the nation that Mandela envisaged.“The patriotism and unity that prevailed during the 2010 Fifa World Cup demonstrated to the world that this nation has a great future,” Zuma said.“We came very close if we did not fully achieve your dream, Tata, of one nation united in its diversity, celebrating its achievements and working together,” Zuma said.The “Madiba legacy” also encouraged African unity and solidarity, Zuma said, urging South Africans to continue in the spirit of African unity, love and friendship they had shown during the World Cup when they embraced African teams and their fans.“South Africa is an integral part of the African continent. Our future is intertwined with that of the African continent. Our government and people must, and will continue to work for the renewal and development of the continent,” he said.The President also encouraged South Africans to emulate Mandela by working hard to help people who are in need.Singling out Mandela’s vigorous charity work, even after he had retired from office, Zuma called on the government and citizens to follow suit by working together to speed up change in the country.Zuma urged South Africans to share Mandela’s concern for children by making a commitment to ensure that every child had an education and that the country was safer and a more loving place for them in live in.“Let us also join forces to make education a real apex priority for this nation. All our goals will be achieved in the long-term if we invest in education with all human and material resources.”Zuma called on South Africans to support the 1Goal Education for All Campaign by informing authorities about children in their neighbourhoods who were not attending school.The President said Mandela’s birthday was a wonderful occasion that united the world and South Africa in celebrating the life of a selfless leader“The 67 years of active contribution to a better South Africa has been recognised by the United Nations and is being celebrated as Mandela Day for the first time this year. We thank the world for never ceasing to recognise the successes of this nation.”Zuma also acknowledged those who had taken 67 minutes to do something positive for the country, the poor or the vulnerable.He paid tribute to the role Mandela played when he became president of the country in 1994. “Tata helped us to internalise that we are one nation, united in our diversity. He taught us to overcome hatred and embrace reconciliation.”Mandela had provided direction and laid down a solid legacy for all South Africans. “In honour of President Nelson Mandela, our actions going forward, should speak louder than any words of praise we may seek for ourselves.”Zuma wished Mandela a happy birthday on behalf of the whole of South Africa, thanking the former President for the supreme sacrifice he had made in his quest for freedom and justice.As part of the celebrations in the Eastern Cape, the President officially opened the Mvezo Multi-purpose Centre and revealed that renovations to the Mvevo Junior Secondary School were nearing completion.Celebrations for the Mandela’s birthday are expected to continue this week with members of Parliament and the Eastern Cape Provincial government visiting schools, embarking on environmental awareness campaign and an anti-child trafficking seminar; fencing of Heritage sites; and renovating the Mvezo dipping tank.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa’s football youngsters shine

first_imgAmajita pushed hard for an equaliser and after some narrow misses were rewarded eight minutes from time when Mthembu headed in a cross from Junior Sibande. Penalty shootout loss Taking lessons from each match, they showed progress from game to game as they ironed out chinks in their defence and found a cutting edge on attack. Semi-finalsAmajita faced a daunting challenge in the semi-finals, taking on five-time under-20 World Cup champions Brazil. However, the hosts were far from intimidated and produced an excellent performance. While Bafana Bafana struggled against lower-ranked Ethiopia, South Africa’s under-20 football team held their own against the world’s best in an eight-nation tournament which ended in Cape Town on the weekend. In their third game, coach Solly Luvhengo’s charges took on Nigeria, a country that South Africa has traditionally struggled against at all levels of the game. Brazil went on to lift the title, defeating Argentina 2-0 in the final after extra time. Amajita were certainly one of the most entertaining teams, if not the most entertaining team, in the tournament. Their passing and speed on attack were hallmarks of the side. After they had clinched third place with a win over Japan, coach Solly Luvhengo told a press conference: “When you work so hard, you always deserve to get something from your hard work. You saw us celebrating on the pitch. But we were not celebrating third position, we were celebrating the results of hard work.” “Amajita” finished third after a string of impressive results against very strong opposition, including some of the game’s traditional powerhouses, who have won 11 under-20 World Cup titles between them. With bronze medals up for grabs, Maselaelo Seango put South Africa ahead in the 23rd minute, but Japan scored a goal against the run of play 20 minutes from time to make the final score in the playoff match one-all. South Africa dictated play for most of the contest, but after missing a number of opportunities had to wait until five minutes from time to score the decisive goal. Jerry Mxabo struck the winner, volleying a cross into the back of the Nigerian net to ensure a South African victory and a place in the semi-finals. South Africa gave as good as they got in a back-and-forth clash, but Argentina finished better to take the victory. Thabani Mthembu, on as a substitute, netted the home team’s goal. Top goal scorerStriker Thabani Mthembu scored five times in five matches to lift the Top Goal-Scorer award, while midfielder Snethemba Ngidi was one of three nominees for Player of the Tournament, which ultimately went to Brazil’s Misael Bueno. “Sometimes you work hard and you don’t get anything. But I’ll take the bronze medal and build from that.” Ghana, the winner of the World Cup in 2009, were South Africa’s next opponents. “It was disappointing not to, but I told the players ahead of the play-off against Japan – go and reward yourselves for your hard work [by picking up a medal]. Amajita dominated the first half and were rewarded with a two-goal lead. Thembu headed in his second goal of the tournament and Junior Sibande scored after a goalmouth scramble. Although there were no further goals, South Africa continued to impress in the second stanza. “If we get more time together, these actions will start synchronising themselves and we will get much, much better.” Argentina, the winner of five of those World Cups, offered a very difficult challenge to South Africa in the host’s first game. The South Americans recorded a 3-1 win, but their coach Marcelo Trobbiani admitted the score-line had flattered his charges. The game went straight to penalties and after a tense shootout the hosts emerged victors by seven goals to six. Third place playoffBrazil and Argentina were left to contest an all-South American final after the Argentina edged Japan 1-0, leaving Amajita to tackle the Japanese in the playoff for third and fourth places. South Africa took the game to the Brazilians and forced them onto the defensive. The South Americans, though, scored against the run of play to take the lead. Impressive winPlaying an exciting brand of football once again, Amajita recorded an impressive 2-0 victory over a team that had opened their account with a superb 3-2 win over traditional continental powerhouse Nigeria. The home team had missed out on the final in a penalty shootout against eventual champions Brazil. “I felt we deserved to have been in the final,” Luvhengo said. The home team put Brazil under heavy pressure as they sought a winner, but the match went into extra time. South Africa had the better of the chances in extra time, but the game was left to be settled by penalties. Unfortunately for South Africa, they went down four-three from the spot. Mthembu levelled for South Africa only four minutes after the hosts had conceded, but 10 minutes later a defensive error gifted Brazil a second goal. Assessing the overall performance of his charges, Luvhengo said: “I’m very happy with the work ethic. I’m very happy with the team spirit. I’m very happy with the chances we are creating. 6 June 2012 Finishing“I’m not happy with the finishing, we must work on that,” he added. “Maybe at some moments we switch off a little bit. That’s expected at youth level, but as a coach you need to keep your players on their toes and keep reminding them. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Rock Chalk’s 2019 geocaching goals

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”5 Tricks of the Trade for Geocaching with KidsApril 29, 2014In “Community”The Geocaching Vlogger — InterviewSeptember 20, 2018In “Community” Chris (Rock Chalk) has worked at Geocaching HQ since 2014. He loves climbing and paddling for geocaches, and has gone caching in 14 countries and every U.S. state.One of the best things about geocaching is there are so many ways to play the game. It’s the same with geocaching goal setting. Goals can vary widely depending on your experience level, specific interests, and other factors. Like many geocachers, when I first began playing, I was attracted to the Fizzy Grid and 365-Day Challenge, as well as the Jasmer. Those challenges kept me motivated (and busy) for quite awhile. But if you play the game for a long time, you may find yourself searching for new goals to help direct your caching.Here are a few of the things that keep geocaching fun, fresh, and exciting for me:Challenge cachesA challenge cache requires seekers to find an associated physical cache, and to find an additional set of geocaches as defined by the challenge owner. As of this month, there are nearly 25,000 challenge caches in the world waiting to be found! I keep a lengthy list of the many challenges I’m working on, as well as bookmark lists of caches that will help me qualify for those challenges. This helps me decide which caches to attempt both in my home area and when traveling. Tools such as GSAK and Project-GC are invaluable for keeping track of progress on challenge caches.Visiting new regionsYou know how they say geocaching takes you to places you may never have visited? It’s really true when you start “collecting” countries, provinces, states, counties, and other regions. Here’s an example: while driving through California, I realized I had not found a cache in a county “near” our driving route. By “near,” I mean we only had to detour for an hour, and then hike for 20 minutes to find the cache along a desolate creek! I certainly never would have seen that place without geocaching. You will probably have similar moments if you experiment with finding caches in new regions.Achievements I’ve dreamed up for myselfDon’t let yourself be constrained by the “usual” geocaching goals. What may seem crazy to someone else might be tons of fun for you. For example, when I was working on completing my Fizzy Grid, I met someone who had completed the Fizzy Grid more than 50 times. That is, he had found at least 50 caches for all 81 fizzy grid squares. I thought that was sheer madness. Who could be so crazy to do such a thing? Well, after I completed the Fizzy Grid, I decided to keep going and try to find at least 2 caches for each grid square. Then 3. And then it just got out of hand. Today, I’m four caches away from completing the grid 50 times. Madness? Maybe. But it’s a lot of fun for me because I enjoy the Fizzy Grid. There are so many aspects of geocaching that your imagination is the only limitation to creating a goal that is especially meaningful to you!And now that you’ve learned what will motivate me in 2019, I’d love to hear about the goals that direct your geocaching!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

We have a data problem, and it’s delaying the future

first_imgThe promise of continued innovation hangs on our ability to make data freely accessible to the people and teams who are driving towards the future. Companies everywhere are disrupting their own industries with mobile, agile, DevOps, and of course the cloud. But this is the Information Age and the Digital Economy and those same people, processes, and technologies are bumping into a new problem: access to data.See also: How AI will transform devops and operationsWhether it be new advancements in machine learning or the ever increasing pressure for faster software innovation, the demand from data consumers (ex: developers, quality assurance teams, and B/I analysts) for fresh, production data has never been higher. At the same time data operators (the people tasked with the supply side of data, like DBAs and security professionals) are facing industry trends like mobile and IoT that are pushing exponentially more data into enterprises. On top of that, new industry and geographic regulations demand increased consumer protections, because though having data everywhere can be great, it can also result in enormous vulnerabilities.These competing pressures result in a new, painful problem: data friction.One on hand, it’s no secret that data is growing in size and complexity: IDC predicts that, by 2025, global data will grow to be ten times that of today. Enterprise data is expected to grow even faster, increasing nearly 25 fold in ten years to represent the lion’s share of all data created worldwide. Because of the physical limits of bandwidth, this kind of growth presents daily challenges. But even more sinister is the sneaking complexity of data that quietly crept intoBut even more sinister is the sneaking complexity of data that quietly crept into enterprise architecture. The confluence of open source, cloud, and the disrupt-or-die market reality, has led enterprises to empower developers to use the best databases for each purpose. As a result, data is stored in a variety of formats across many data centers and clouds, making it exceedingly difficult to get a full picture of your customers and your business.On the other hand, we are in a post-Snowden era. Consumers are aware of the need to secure their data: data breaches have become a way of life and we’re seeing an alarming uptick in the amount of personal customer data that is compromised every day. Industries and governments are responding by putting in place a range of protections and regulations, such as GDPR in the EU. Enterprises that fail to secure their data will see their customers lose confidence in them.This challenge is left to Chief Information Security Officers and InfoSec professionals to solve, and too often the solution is to simply deny access to data. It’s no wonder there is great opposition to unchecked, free access to enterprise data.This dynamic causes data friction, slowing innovation to a halt, when businesses have never needed to move faster. Data friction costs time, and therefore also can cost businesses their competitive edge, delaying innovations of the future from becoming reality.The future? DataOps.But fear not. Just as DevOps introduced people, processes, and technologies to rise to the challenge of increasing operational demands, I believe a new movement is emerging: DataOps. The first step is recognizing that the reactive, ticket-based IT model of the past simply won’t scale to meet the demands of data consumers. Instead, data operators must flip the model on its head and build a proactive enterprise data platform that gives data consumers self-service access to exactly the data they need and are approved for.Doing so will require commitment by everyone involved to fundamentally rethink their existing processes and workflows. It will also require some amount of technologies as well: How will data be continuously pulled down from production? How will sensitive data get reliably secured before distribution? What happens to the underlying infrastructure if dozens or hundreds of people want their own personal copies of the data to develop against or run experiments on? Those that can tackle the people, process, and technology problems will be the ones that break through today’s innovation barriers.Data is the most valuable asset for an organization today. I joined Delphix because as a product manager I’ve felt the pain of data friction and I’ve see the what can happen when data flows freely, letting me make data-driven decisions. Delphix is a founding member of this new DataOps movement and works with some of the most important brands in the world to help them define the future.From autonomous cars and smart cities to AI breakthroughs in cancer research, new technologies will require access to massive amounts of data. Data that needs to be securely and continuously delivered. These visions of the future are incredibly exciting, but without the enterprises behind them making smart, data-driven decisions, the future won’t come fast enough. 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Turnout at Hooda’s rallies sets alarm bells ringing for BJP

first_imgThe large turnouts at the public meetings of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during the second leg of his Jan Kranti Yatra in Panipat, covering around 60 villages across four Assembly constituencies of the district in three days this past week, seem to suggest that the mood in the State is palpable for a political change ahead of the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections next year.This has set the alarm bells ringing for the State’s BJP leadership, as three of the four Assembly constituencies in the district are held by the party and none by the Congress.Major promisesHaving mustered a simple majority for the first time in the State, riding mainly on the “Modi wave”, the BJP seems to have squandered the opportunity, failing to deliver on its major promises of employment generation, implementation of Swaminathan Commission report and crackdown on corruption, besides inept handling of Jat reservation agitation and Ram Rahim conviction aftermath.Despite its “Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek” slogan, the party has been accused of creating a rift between the Jats and other groups for political gains.Also, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Cabinet colleagues, BJP MLAs and party’s Gurugram MP and Union Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) Rao Inderjit Singh have publicly cast doubts over his leadership, not helping the party’s cause.Summing up the mood in the region, Satpal, a tea stall owner off National Highway 709 near Ishrana, said: “The people in Haryana voted for (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi with much hope, but his team in the State has failed him. Disappointed, the people are now turning back to Hooda.”Though the Aam Aadmi Party and the Indian National Lok Dal in an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party are vying to cash in on the resentment against the ruling party, Mr. Hooda seems ahead of his rivals with a huge mass appeal among the farmers, Dalits and the support of dominant Jat community in the stretch dominated by Deswali Jats that includes Rohtak, Panipat, Kaithal and Jind.Despite facing allegations of corruption in land deals, Mr. Hooda has emerged as an undisputed leader of the farmers in the State after former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal because of his pro-farmer decisions, such as waiving off electricity bills and farm loans worth ₹1,600 crore, increased compensation for land acquisition and hike in Minimum Support Price during his 10-year rule.Though Mr. Hooda maintains in his speeches that all sections are disillusioned with the present State government, his emphasis remains on the plight of the farmers and the Dalits in Haryana.New leadership Political analysts believe that Mr. Hooda’s charisma could lead the Congress to victory in the State if he is made the face of his party. However, infighting, delay in deciding on the new leadership and disarrayed organisational set-up in the State could mar the party’s prospects. If the Congress fails to seize the opportunity, it could be advantage INLD and BSP with the Jats turning to them to keep the BJP out.last_img read more