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Philanthropists honoured for their good work

first_img2015 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awardees pose with Inyathelo Executive Director, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge (center). Left to right: Tyrone Aaron, Paul Modjadji, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Shamillah Wilson, Judy Stuart, Nonkululeko Xulu. (Image: Inyathelo)The most deserving philanthropists in the country were honoured at the ninth annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, which celebrate and honour those people whose personal giving has contributed towards sustainable social change in our country.Initiated by Inyathelo The South African Institute for Advancement, the awards took place on 5 November at the V &A Waterfront in Cape Town. All of the awardees demonstrated initiative and leadership and had used their personal funds in a strategic way to make a difference, said Inyathelo executive director Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge.“Philanthropy is dependent on the interest, passion, commitment, generosity and foresight of individuals like those we have honoured today,” she said. “Our awards seek to inspire others to give by recognising the incredible role models that live and work amongst us.“We believe philanthropists play a critical role in effecting real systemic change as they are able to support more innovative and often unconventional solutions to our numerous social, environmental and economic challenges in South Africa.”LEADERS IN PHILANTHROPYIn the nine years of its existence, Inyathelo has honoured over 90 philanthropists from very different backgrounds, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; 10-year-old rhino campaigner Afeefah Patel; founder of the Hope Warriors Children’s Charity Patrick Mashanda; former vice-chancellor of Rhodes University Dr Saleem Badat; Paul Bruns, who set up a project to rehabilitate convicted offenders; co-founder of the Spread Luv Movement Kgomotso Mokoena; and Alice Wamundiya, a former car guard from Rwanda who established an organisation to provide tertiary education for refugees.According to Madlala‐Routledge, individual or private giving is now the second biggest source of income for civil society organisations and anchor institutions like universities.“I believe anyone can be a philanthropist. South Africa is a nation of givers. The spirit of ubuntu is ingrained in us all. It really doesn’t matter how much you give, it’s what you are able to achieve with what you share that really counts.“Growing philanthropy in support of our civil society and higher education institutions will help strengthen our democracy and realise its fruits for those who have been excluded and marginalised. We hope the passion, commitment, generosity and vision demonstrated by all our awardees will inspire others in South Africa to go out and make a difference.”WINNERSThis year’s winners are: Paul Modjadji, Tyrone Aaron, Judy Stuart, Nonkululeko Xulu, and Shamillah Wilson.Modjadji is an internationally acclaimed choreographer, dancer and director of Dare to Dream. He is the recipient of the 2015 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in the Arts.He established Dare to Dream five years ago in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, where he grew up, with the intention of empowering young people to follow their own dreams by offering free art, drama and leadership programmes to disadvantaged youngsters. Since then, he has reached over 10 000 young people across South Africa.A two-time world dance champion, in August US President Barak Obama presented Modjadji with the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship Young African Leaders Award at a ceremony in Washington DC. In the past two years, he was crowned top dancer globally by the New York-based Talent America Showcase and he made history by being crowned the first African dancer to win the European Star Dance Union World Championships.Modjadji’s next project is to raise funds to build dance academies in South Africa’s townships.Tyrone is a 13-year-old pianist and community activist. He is the recipient of the 2015 Inyathelo Award for Children in Philanthropy.With a father as a musician, his passion for the piano was ignited when he was just six. He started on the keyboards and within a few years he was composing his own songs.When Tyrone heard about the possible closure of an organisation that cared for people with intellectual disabilities just before his 10th birthday, he asked his mother to organise a concert to raise funds for the home. The concert raised R25 000.It was his first but not last effort for others. Since then, he has helped children who suffered during the xenophobia crisis as well as the Marikana mining strikes by providing them with warm clothing and shoes. He recently raised over R45 000 for the Sabi Sands Conservation Trust and Rhino SA after reading about the brutal killing of more rhinos by poachers in Mpumalanga.Tyrone is due to release a CD of original songs later this year, including a song about the rhinos which he hopes will help create awareness and raise funds for those working to stop the slaughter.Stuart is a Howick dairy farmer and the founder of the Future Farmers Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2015 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Economic Development. She initiated an informal farming apprentice placement programme in 2006 for disadvantaged learners from Zakhe Agricultural College in KwaZulu-Natal.In addition, Stuart organises for young people to serve apprenticeships on commercial farms. She also finds placements for the best students on globally competitive farms around the world. On their return to South Africa, she helps them to find jobs with local farmers.Xulu is an entrepreneur and founder of The X Foundation. She is the recipient of 2015 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Education.Her passion is to uplift and empower disadvantaged youngsters by providing them with bursaries and the necessary resources they need to support their studies. Like many South Africans, she believes education is one of the pathways out of poverty.The X Foundation was established in 2010 and targets schoolchildren in Umlazi, Durban.last_img read more

Statement by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan

first_imgRead the full statement by Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s newly appointed Minister of Finance, delivered at a press conference on Monday 14 December.• Download the statementI return to a portfolio that was assigned to me for five years between 2009 and 2014. I have been associated with the Finance Family for almost two decades. I am relatively familiar with the terrain and its challenges.The facts about the developments that took place last week and the response of the financial markets are well-known. Our currency fell, the stock market dropped by 2.94 per cent and bond yields shot up by over 150 basis points.Our government is acutely aware of the financial impact this had on those who are invested in this economy. As President Zuma indicated when a decision triggers developments such as these, a democratic government has a duty to listen and respond appropriately. I am therefore, privileged to address you today.Our humble appeal to the nation is to work with us as we continue to build a resilient economy and a better life for all South Africans in the context of a challenging global, emerging markets and domestic economic environment.We understand that it is our duty to continuously earn the trust and confidence of the South African public, and we commit ourselves to doing just that.Our focus in the coming months will be to do the following diligently:1. We will stay the course of sound fiscal management. Our expenditure ceiling is sacrosanct. We can have extra expenditure only if we raise extra revenue. We will unreservedly continue our fiscal consolidation process and we will stabilise our debt in the medium term. If needs be, we will accelerate this by either cutting spending or making selective changes to tax policy. Similarly, any revenue raising opportunity will be considered very carefully to ensure that it does not damage growth or affect the poor negatively.2. I want to be very clear: we will not cut pro-poor programmes, growth inducing programmes and investment. Instead we will seek to increase investment in the 2017 Budget.3. We are going to redouble our efforts to ensure efficiency of expenditure across the public service. New measures are being put in place to contribute to reducing corruption and enhancing transparency and these will be complemented by stern enforcement.4. We have been clear that one of the risks to our fiscal framework is the financial state of State-Owned Companies. Let me emphasize that any support to these companies will be done in a fiscally sustainable manner. As President Zuma said “no state-owned entity will dictate to government how it should be assisted and nothing will be done that runs contrary to the fiscal prudence that our country is renowned for.” While many are in a strong financial position, the performance of others has weakened. Work has therefore, begun to develop a uniform legislative framework to regulate state-owned companies. We cannot avoid the necessity of wide-ranging reforms that will put them on a sustainable financial footing and where good governance is non-negotiable.5. Government is committed to strengthening the link between policy formulation, budgeting, and performance.6. Working with the Reserve Bank, we are going to intensify and accelerate the pace of financial sector reforms, which will be underpinned by the Financial Sector Regulation Bill. A stable financial sector is central to oiling the real sector of the economy. As a caring government we fully appreciate our duty to protect all those invested in our economy. We will always act to protect the pensions invested in our bonds, equities and other forms of stocks.One of the strengths of our country is a strong and modern private sector in whose hands rests around 80 per cent of our economy. We are going to intensify our cooperation and partnerships with the private sector to improve investment so that we can achieve higher rates of growth.South Africa has a solid history of sound macro-economic policy management. Since the dawn of democracy, our government has advanced policies that are meant to address inequality, reduce poverty and unemployment.We recognise that to do this, we need faster and more inclusive growth and job creation. A growing economy creates work opportunities, and 5.4 million South Africans need work. A growing economy delivers tax revenues which we need to finance various programmes of the State and to effect redistribution so that we can reduce inequality and poverty. The centrality of growth to achieve our policy objectives is paramount.We take account of the concerns of the rating agencies and investors and we shall endeavour to protect the investment grade rating of South Africa.Let me take this opportunity to sincerely thank my comrade and former colleague Mr Nhlanhla Nene for the great work he did in the past 18 months.Fellow South Africans, I know it is time to break for Christmas, but some of us have work to do to make sure that 2016 is better than 2015. Let us get down to business!Thank you very much. I look forward to working with you as Minister of Finance in the NewYear.Issued on behalf of the Ministry of FinanceDate: 14 December 2015last_img read more

Debut cookbook for South Africa’s Sibalicious chef

first_img28 January 2016South African chef Sibahle Mtongana’s love for cooking has catapulted her on to the international stage with cooking shows, appearances, and various honours. Now Mtongana – who is best known simply as Siba – has whipped up another feat: her debut cookbook entitled My Table.Make no mistake, this is no ordinary cookbook merely containing recipes and pictures. Using technology, specifically Quick Response (QR) codes, readers are able to watch videos on their mobile devices of Mtongana cooking some of her recipes featured in the book. All the reader has to do is scan the code with their smartphone or tablet.According to her website, it’s a “first of its kind for cookbooks”, giving a more interactive touch to traditional recipe books.Watch how it works:Who’s started using QRcodes in my book to watch videos of me making the recipes? #MyTable #SibasCookbook #WithVids pic.twitter.com/qWOFFZvIFT— Sibahle Mtongana (@SibaMtongana) January 3, 2016Launched in December, Mtongana told the online publication, Media Update, that she was excited about her book, on which she had been working for months. “It’s one of those things I’ve always wanted to do but I wanted to do it right. Now everything has fallen perfectly into place.”She held a book signing on 26 January in Cape Town, to which Brand South Africa was invited. It was an intimate gathering, where Mtongana’s plans for 2016 were highlighted. The chef aims to launch the book internationally by March.According to her website, almost everyone, from busy professionals to couples, single parents and younger people will find something to cook in My Table. She is described as the “queen of convenience” and it shows readers “how to make dinner in no time; and provide the kind of tips that’ll make something you whipped up in under an hour look like you’ve been slaving over the stove all day”.“Her recipes reflect her local roots, international food trends and some of the exotic flavours and ideas she’s picked up on her travels around the world.”The section called “Local is Lekker” is Mtongana’s take on a variety of uniquely South African dishes.About MtonganaMtongana has been the food editor of Drum magazine, and her cooking show, Cooking with Siba, was a hit on DStv’s Mzansi Magic channel.Her most recent show, Siba’s Table, on the Food network has broken into the US market. Filmed in Cape Town, it has gained a viewership of 60 million. She is the first South African chef with a series in the US. It is also aired throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the UK.Last year, she represented South Africa at the annual Taste of Abu Dhabi and was invited to the Taste of Moscow in Russia. Mtongana has also won three Galliova awards for food journalism and involvement in the South African food arena.Reaction from readersHer fans have been vocal on social media, and have praised My [email protected] @brianmtongana Your book is world class.Thank you!The quality is [email protected]_SA @ProudlySA pic.twitter.com/Kynz31cxo5— Lungelo (@LungeloM_) December 16, 2015Can’t stop pouring over your book @SibaMtongana. Thanks for sharing your gift with the world. Proud of you and your work. Slay! Bless.— Thato (@Miss_Thato) December 23, 2015You’re an Incredible inspiration @SibaMtongana ♥ Thank you for modelling pure Greatness for every South African woman to aspire to #SibaLove— Sindiswa Siyothula (@SindiswaCo2la) December 29, 2015Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Video Tutorial: Multiple Range Selections in FCPX

first_imgLearn how to select multiple clips at the same time in the Final Cut Pro X event browser.  The ability to choose ‘persistent range selections’ was a recent addition to FCPX version 10.0.6.As we’ve covered in a previous post, the 10.0.6 update to Final Cut Pro X was the biggest since the app’s initial release.  One added feature in that update was the option to choose multiple clips in a single clip in the event browser.  This can result in faster clip selection, speeding up the editing process.Richard Taylor, creator of the great Final Cut Pro X resource site FCPX.tv, has created this short video tutorial to demonstrate how to create ‘persistent range selections in FCPX’, including a hiccup with the feature that you need to be aware of.To choose multiple selections from one clip hold down the COMMAND key while selecting ranges with the mouse.Richard also demonstrates how to choose multiple selections in FCPX with keyboard shortcuts (typically a faster way to work).  Lastly, you’ll learn how to make all the ranges Favorites (like subclips), so you can rename them and easily access them during your edit.If you’re a Final Cut Pro X video editor you’ll want to check out this quick tutorial on creating persistent range selections in FCPX:last_img read more

Delhi: Kicked in stomach, tenant miscarries

first_imgA woman suffered a miscarriage after she was thrashed by her landlady and the landlady’s brothers at her residence in Mandawli on Sunday evening because of a dispute over her rented apartment.Anjum, 27, who was pregnant with her first child, had to be rushed to the Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital after being kicked in the stomach by Pushpa Devi’s brother.Zia Ul Haq, the victim’s brother said: “Pushpa Devi (the landlady) has been harassing us. She came to the house with her brothers and started throwing out our belongings. When Anjum protested, they kicked her in the stomach which caused the miscarriage.”Dr Veer Singh, medical superintendent of the hospital, said: “She had to undergo an abortion and there are no external injuries. Her condition is stable.” Haq also said Pushpa had been trying to forcibly throw them out of the house despite them having paid Rs 2 lakh as rent for the next two years on May 13.”My sister’s husband paid Rs 2 lakh as rent to the landlord. But the landlady put her husband away at a rehab centre claiming he was mentally unstable. We showed the agreement proof to the police,” he added.Meena, the victim’s sister said, “Those men also thrashed me. Anjum’s husband was not at home so they took full advantage of that and beat us. They threatened to pour acid and burn our faces.”The police have registered a case under section 452 (housetrespass after preparation for hurt, assault and wrongful restraint) and 316 (causing death of quick unborn child by act amounting to culpable homicide).advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Vasyl Lomachenko stops Crolla in 4th, defends lightweight belts

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Crolla couldn’t escape Lomachenko’s combinations on the ropes late in the third round, but made it to the bell at Reiss’ discretion. Nothing got better in the fourth, and Lomachenko hurt Crolla before finishing him in dramatic fashion.“I’ve been doing this for well over 50 years, and I’ve never seen anything like that guy,” said Bob Arum, Lomachenko’s Hall of Fame promoter. “He’s almost breathtaking.”Lomachenko headlined at Staples Center for the first time in his brief professional career. The Ukrainian has developed a significant fan base in the boxing-savvy Los Angeles area, where he lives and trains.“I feel at home here,” Lomachenko said. “I feel like I’m in Ukraine here.”Lomachenko’s profile has grown exponentially in recent years as he headlined at Madison Square Garden, in Macau and other Los Angeles-area venues before his step up to Staples. Lomachenko’s next fight is likely to be even bigger, whether as a unification bout or a showdown with one of the other lightweight greats of this era.“I want Mikey Garcia, (but) I want to unify titles,” Lomachenko said. “That’s my goal. I want historic fights.”In the co-main event, longtime super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez remained unbeaten when his light heavyweight debut against Tommy Karpency was stopped by Karpency’s corner before the fifth round.Karpency got in the ring with a black eye, and his nose was damaged early by Ramírez, the rangy puncher who had just one previous stoppage victory since 2014. Ramírez appears determined to make a career at 175 pounds instead of returning to 168, where he has dominated most of his competition for a few years.LA celebrities in attendance included Don Cheadle, Rosie Perez, director Peter Berg and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay. Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, from Ukraine, hits Anthony Crolla, from Britain, during a WBA and WBO lightweight title boxing bout Friday, April 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES— Vasyl Lomachenko wanted a bigger challenge and a more prominent opponent than Anthony Crolla for this Hollywood showcase.When he couldn’t get one, the lightweight kingpin took it out on his overmatched foe.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Lomachenko defended his WBA and WBO 135-pound belts with a violent fourth-round stoppage of Britain’s Crolla on Friday night, demonstrating his pound-for-pound excellence with another virtuosic display.“For me it was very comfortable, because I worked with two hands,” Lomachenko said. “By the second round, I knew it was going to be good for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) brutalized the mandatory challenger for his WBA belt throughout their brief fight, and the Ukrainian nearly ended it late in the third round when he knocked Crolla into the ropes.Lomachenko started to celebrate by leaping on the ropes, but referee Jack Reiss allowed the fight to continue to the bell. Lomachenko shook it off and finished crisply after the break, ending it with a right hand that dropped Crolla face-first onto the canvas with an apparently broken nose. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Fresh off loss at Golden State, Clippers return for playoffs “I thought it will be very hard for me, because his style is always in defense,” said Lomachenko, still smiling despite a cut near his left eye from a fourth-round head butt. “I always need to find a key for his defense. After the second round, I understand him, and it is what it is.”Even when Lomachenko can’t get an ideal opponent, he still puts on a show — and the raucous crowd of 10,101 at Staples Center enjoyed it.While he waits for the promotional stars to align for a big-money showdown with Mikey Garcia, Lomachenko had hoped to take on Richard Commey in a three-belt unification fight in this matchup. Commey’s injured hand forced Lomachenko’s promoters to make this fight with Crolla, rather than surrender his WBA belt.Lomachenko then showed why it was a bad idea for Crolla (34-7-3), whose toughness wasn’t enough.Although Crolla retreated and dodged Lomachenko’s attacks from the opening minute onward, Lomachenko picked apart Crolla’s defense with his peerless combination of athleticism and technique, working the body and head with equal aplomb.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View commentslast_img read more