Fraser-Moleketi takes top UN job

first_imgFormer cabinet minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi opens a 2007 seminar oncombating cybercrime in the SADC region.(Image: Centre of Specialisation in PublicAdministration and Management) Fraser-Moleketi, left, with former presidentNelson Mandela and Tshwane mayor GwenRamokgopa, right, on the occasion ofMandela receiving the freedom of the cityof Tshwane.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)Janine ErasmusFormer South African Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi has been appointed to the top position of democratic governance director in the United Nations Development Programme’s Bureau for Development Policy.Fraser-Moleketi assumed her new duties on 2 January 2009 after serving her country for 14 years at the highest levels of government. She tendered her resignation as Minister of Public Service and Administration in September 2008 when the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ordered former president Thabo Mbeki to step down. Mbeki resigned from office on 21 September, the day after he received the ANC directive.Fraser-Moleketi was one of 14 resignations from Cabinet at the time. These included 11 ministers and three deputy ministers, one of whom was her husband, Deputy Minister of Finance Jabu Moleketi.The UNDP is the global development arm of the United Nations and is committed to enabling positive change and a better life for people by making knowledge, experience and resources available in developing nations. The organisation is active in 166 countries, working with them to find their own solutions to the challenges of the modern world.Fraser-Moleketi joins the global organisation at the level of assistant secretary-general. She said that she felt the need to step back and work on a global scale with the skills and competencies she had gained.“I am confident in the democratic processes in the country,” she said. “I will still contribute from wherever I am as a patriot.”A born leaderGeraldine Fraser-Moleketi was born in Cape Town and even at school she showed an aptitude for leadership roles, serving on the Students Representative Council.After matriculating she took up studies for a diploma in teaching at the University of the Western Cape, a period during which she also became active in community matters as a member of the active role in the Bellville Association for Community Action. She never completed the course, as she left South Africa in her second year of studying to go into exile in Zimbabwe as a member of the ANC.In exile Fraser-Moleketi joined Umkhonto we Sizwe, the ANC’s military wing, and received basic military training in Angola. She received specialised training in the former USSR and in Cuba and was for a time seconded to the Lutheran World Federation.Her return to South Africa came in July 1990 at the request of the South African Communist Party (SACP) after it was unbanned in February that year. Fraser-Moleketi helped set up the party’s first national office, holding the position of SACP national administrator and acting as personal assistant to Joe Slovo and Chris Hani, successive General Secretaries.Although she never completed her teacher’s diploma, Fraser-Moleketi went on to study at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government in 1994. Back home, she was admitted to Pretoria University in 2003 to study for a master’s degree on the basis of recognition of prior learning. She finished her studies in 2006, receiving her masters (cum laude) in Public Administration.She was appointed Minister of Welfare and Population Development in July 1996 and Minister for Public Service and Administration in June 1999. Fraser-Moleketi has used her influential position to fight for gender equality in government and society, and has led South African delegations to Commonwealth Women Minister’s meetings, as well as chairing the Pan African Conference on Women’s Development, Equality and Peace in Rwanda.In 1995 she was the deputy leader of the South African delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. She also led a study tour to Australia and Uganda, which subsequently played a big role in the establishment of the Office of the Status of Women in the Office of the Deputy President.Fraser-Moleketi has published a number of works on public administration, and has delivered numerous papers at both national and international conferences on social development, gender quality and transformation of public services.She serves in several other capacities, including Deputy Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration since 2006, and has been patron of the Free and Open Source Software for Africa, a cause she firmly believes in, since 2007. Other humanitarian roles have included chair of The President’s Award, which has as its patron-in-chief Nelson Mandela, sole patron of the National Eisteddfod Academy, trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and patron of DaimlerChrysler’s Toys for Africa Project.She was awarded an honorary professorship by Stellenbosch University and a fellowship to the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus on [email protected] articlesMbeki resigns as SA presidentAnti-abuse campaign hits SASA’s women power aheadCelebrating the power of womenSA judge UN Human Rights headUseful linksUnited Nations Development ProgrammeDepartment of Public Service and AdministrationGeraldine Fraser-Moleketilast_img read more

Companies to benefit from new Act

first_img21 April 2011The new Companies Act, signed into law by President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday, constitutes a major piece of reform that will significantly improve South Africa’s business environment, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Following Zuma’s signing, the Companies Amendment Act of 2010 will come into effect on 1 May 2011. The Companies Regulations and all other relevant documents will be published and also come into force on 1 May.According to Davies, business as a whole will reap the benefits of the Act, which “has a number of features to it [and] will certainly improve the environment for business operation in South Africa.Less red tape, business rescue scheme“There is a reduction, particularly on the regulatory burden on small, medium and micro enterprises,” Davies said.“The requirement for financial reporting for small companies has been reduced considerably, in that they do not have to produce audited financial statements, but will need to have financial reporting at an appropriate low level.”The major innovation is the introduction of a business rescue scheme, which means that instead of companies going into major judicial management as they do now – which is almost invariably a route to an eventual bankruptcy – a rescue process will be initiated.“Creditors can be held at bay while stakeholders work to rescue the company, which is a major and very important innovation,” Davies said.Close CorporationsThe new Act does not allow registration of Close Corporations (CCs), and therefore none will be registered when the Act comes into legal force. However, CCs that are already in the system will remain active indefinitely, unless they choose to convert into the new corporate regime of the Companies Act of 2008.“The Act does not apply retrospectively, and those registrants/people who have already applied for CCs before May 2011 will still receive their certificates,” Davies said.Companies CommissionThe signing of the Companies Amendment Act means that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), which was launched by the minister earlier this week, will be open for business on 1 May.The commission will ensure that the regulatory framework for enterprises promotes growth, employment, innovation, stability, good governance, confidence and international competitiveness.The Act also gives the commission powers to investigate companies and to ensure that they comply with the legislation. This includes seizing documents and addressing the burning issue of corporate identity hijacking.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Green light for Walmart deal

first_img1 June 2011 South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has given US retail giant Walmart the go-ahead for its R16.5-billion acquisition of a controlling stake in local retailer Massmart, with conditions.“Today the Competition Tribunal approved the merger between Walmart and Massmart subject to certain conditions,” the tribunal said in a statement on Tuesday.No further details were given. Full reasons for the tribunal’s decision will be made public within 20 working days.In January, shareholders voted to accept Walmart’s bid to acquire 51 percent of Massmart for R148 a share in a deal worth around R16.5-billion.The Competition Commission initially recommended the deal go ahead without conditions. However, it later changed its mind based on new evidence and recommended that Massmart reinstate 503 retrenched workers and the new merged entity be forced to honour existing agreements with trade unions for the next three years.Earlier in May, the tribunal held hearings in Pretoria during which trade unionists and government departments argued that jobs and local procurement in South Africa could be jeopardised by the deal.Unionists argued that Walmart was known to be anti-union and hard on labour.Unions and government wanted the tribunal to either decline permission for the deal to go ahead, or alternatively impose enforceable conditions on Walmart.However, Walmart argued that imposing conditions would violate numerous international trade agreements signed by the South African government. It would also give an unfair advantage to the merged entities’ competitors.Walmart said it was prepared to commit to no retrenchments for two years, and that the merged entity would honour all labour agreements to which Massmart was a party.Massmart and Walmart also vowed to spend R100-million to develop local South African suppliers over the next three years.Government said it was concerned about Walmart’s procurement policies. It argued if Walmart were a country, it would be China’s eighth largest trading partner.Walmart’s belief in low prices governed its procurement policies and that there was a substantial public interest in the deal and its effects, according to the government.The Massmart group includes Game, Dion Wired, Makro, Builders Warehouse and Masscash.Walmart operates around the world, including Canada, Brazil, China, Chile, Japan and Mexico. It wants to buy the stake in Massmart in order to get a stake in emerging African markets.Sapalast_img read more

Ohio Pork Council to host Pork-a-Palooza

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to host Pork-a-Palooza for the second year in a row. The event will be featuring bacon, BBQ and beer at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on May 18, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Throughout the event, attendees will have the opportunity to dine on pork-centric food items from Central Ohio’s finest restaurants and food trucks, listen to live music, and take part in numerous kids activities, giveaways and educational experiences.“Pork-a-Palooza is a wonderful opportunity for the Delaware community to learn more about pork and how it’s raised in Ohio while enjoying an afternoon outside with friends and family,” said Ken Garee, Delaware County resident and Ohio Pork Council’s Director at Large.Price of admission is $6 per person, while children 12 and under are granted free admission. Tickets can be purchased online at pork-a-palooza.com or on the day of the event. Those who purchase their tickets online will be presented with an exclusive Pork-a-Palooza punch card on the day of the event. Punch card holders can visit each vendor to purchase their $2 Pork-a-Palooza sampler item for a chance to win a whole hog, processed and freezer-ready. Punch cards will also be available for purchase at Pork-a-Palooza for $5.“Back by popular demand, the Ohio Pork Council is thrilled to host their second Pork-a-Palooza in the Delaware Community this May, with new and exciting features for attendees of all ages,” Garee said.For more information, visit pork-a-palooza.com or contact Melissa Bell at 614-882-5887 or [email protected]last_img read more

How Is Windows 8 Going To Do? Microsoft Doesn’t Want To Talk About It

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Microsoft 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… markhachman How well does Microsoft expect Windows 8 to do? Oddly enough, the company doesn’t want to talk about it. And while maybe the company just being careful, this is not an encouraging sign.On a conference call Thursday afternoon, Wall Street analysts pressed Microsoft executives for specifics about expectations for the forthcoming version of Windows. But Microsoft refused to make any predictions.Analysts have reason to be concerned. Windows 8 represents a radical overhaul of the company’s flagship operating system, one that that some fear may be so radical that it will turn customers off.“We’ll see how it goes,” Microsoft CFO Peter Klein said when pushed for specifics on how the company expects Windows 8, Windows RT or its Surface tablet to sell.Microsoft Needs Windows 8 To Be A HitMicrosoft needs a strong launch from Windows 8, given that the current state of the PC market is so weak. IDC and Gartner reported that unit sales fell more than 8% during the third quarter.Whether that is because of consumers moving to alternatives like tablets or just waiting for Windows 8 remains to be seen.Meanwhile, Microsoft is hurting. In the quarter that endeed in September sales and earnings both declined from from last year. Net income dropped 22% to $4.47 billion. Revenue dropped 7.83% to $16.01 billion from $17.37 billion last year.The official revenue figure did not include revenue of $1.36 billion that was deferred as a result of a program to offer a discounted upgrade to Windows 8 for those who purchased PCs early. But even factoring in the deferral, Microsoft’s revenue was essentially flat compared to a year ago.The results fell short of analyst expectations. Wall Street had been looking for earnings of 56 cents a share (versus the 53 cents per share that Microsoft reported) and revenue of $16.42 billion.Klein attributed Microsoft’s poor performance to a “challenging PC market,” a poor macroeconomic environment, as well as a “normal slowdown in advance of Windows 8.”Microsoft’s Windows division was particularly hard hit. The Windows & Windows Live business posted revenue of $3.24 billion, down a whopping 33% from last year.Even accounting for the impact of the Windows Upgrade Offer and pre-sales of Windows 8 to hardware makers prior to general availability, revenue fell by 9%. Microsoft said it expects to recognize $800 million from pre-sales of Windows 8 during the first quarter.The one bright spot? The company said Windows 8 pre-sale revenue was 40% higher than the comparable period for Windows 7. “We’re certainly very excited about Windows 8 and the capabilities that come from that,” Klein said, adding that he was “encouraged” from the Windows sell-in numbers.Hints From The Chip MakersWhat little we know about the expected success of Windows 8 comes from three sources so far: Microsoft itself, and Intel and AMD, who ship chips to PC and tablet makers. None has been particularly effusive.Intel reported that during the third quarter its PC processor business grew at about half the rate that the company expected. Worse still, Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said he expected that trend to continue into the fourth quarter, as OEMs bought half their usual amount of PC processors. That reflects weak demand for PCs, as well as a cautious approach to Microsoft’s Windows 8.Computer makers “are taking a cautious inventory approach in the face of market uncertainty and the timing of the Windows 8 launch,” Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said, according to a transcript of the call.He added, however, that Intel saw an uptick in sales late in the quarter, as its customers started building Windows 8 machines.AMD is struggling too. After reporting a $157 million loss and a 10% revenue decline, the company announced that it would lay off 15% of its employees as part of a restructuring. CEO Rory Read was not optimistic about the state of the PC market.“Broader macroeconomic issues are impacting consumer PC spend,” Read said in prepared remarks on Thursday. “OEMs are also taking a cautious approach to managing inventory in advance of the Windows 8 launch and tablets continue to grow as a consumer device of choice. As a result we faced a very challenging selling environment, especially in the lower-end of the consumer client space.”How Did Other Parts Of Microsoft Do?Microsoft’s other business-focused divisions, usually a reliable engine of growth, fared fairly well. Revenue at Microsoft’s Business Division fell 2%, although that also factored in deferred revenue that would have otherwise reported a 1% boost.The Online Services Division reported revenue of $697 million, a 9% increase, but the division lost money, again. The company’s Server and Tools division grew 8% to $4.55 billion. It was the only Microsoft business division to show an increase in profits.Many of Microsoft’s key Windows customers will be reporting earnings soon, allowing Wall Street analysts to grill executives on their fourth quarter outlooks.There are two ways to interpret Microsoft’s relative silence on Windows 8. Maybe the company is just being cautious. Or maybe Microsoft senses a disappointment – or something even worse – heading its way.Question mark image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

Tips for Rewriting Your Screenplay Without Starting Completely Over

first_imgThinking about burning that old screenplay? Consider the following steps for fixing your screenplay without scrapping it completely.Writing a screenplay is hard work. Not only is it time-consuming and labor-intensive, it’s also emotionally draining — pouring your heart and soul into a project will really take it out of you. And, the sad fact remains that the vast majority of screenplays never see the light of day. So to be successful, you’ll probably need to write many scripts in your lifetime.However, while it might be a daunting task, that doesn’t mean you should abandon all hope when you hit your first roadblock. Good screenwriting is actually just good revising. Here are some tips to revise and rewrite your screenplay — without starting over entirely.Recognize Your Strongest MomentsYour first step is to find your light. Evaluate your script to find your strongest, best, and brightest moments. If you can identify the best parts, you can pull those out and find ways to give them more life, elevating the rest of your script to their level.This also helps you recognize which moments aren’t as strong and may need to be tweaked — or changed completely. Find your light, then work to direct your energy on making it better. The rest of your script will follow.Tweak Your Lead Character(s)Image via Dallasetta.Many screenwriters start with their main character well before they put pen to paper (or keystrokes to computer). This is helpful in the ideation phase, but once you’re knee-deep in a project, you’ll need to train yourself to let some idealized versions of your characters go, thus letting the narrative take over.Just because you originally wrote your lead characters one way doesn’t mean they can’t change. Ask yourself If my lead changed, how would that affect the story? And what doors might that open up?Introduce a New Element EarlyA fun writing exercise for any script is to try throwing in new elements — early and often. Whether they’re ideas you’ve been tinkering with or just something you grab out of thin air, try throwing in some new wrenches to your narrative — early — to see what might fit.Does your lead character have a new flaw? Is there another relationship between characters that wasn’t there before? Is there another surprise conflict to overcome at the beginning? Try some things out; see what your characters can handle.Find Ways to Raise the StakesImage via Mark Poprocki.A good three-act screenplay should constantly be finding ways to raise the stakes throughout the structure. Yes, we all know to raise the stakes in the final moments of the third act, but strong motive and audience interest hinges on raising the stakes at every crossroad.If your screenplay seems to drag early on, it might just be that the motivation isn’t there — that there’s no push for resolution. Ask yourself How high the stakes are on the first page? And how much higher can they can go on every page after that?The Power of Voice and ToneFrom the outside, at least compared to other forms of writing and literature, the screenplay appears to be less artistic. It’s more straightforward in its direction and style. Your character does this, says that, looks this way, etc. However, for your project to really find life, you need to find the right voice and tone to tell your story.Yes, a script is a guideline for the actual production, but it also contains the lifeblood of the narrative. If it feels bland and lifeless, it very well could feel that way during (and after) production. Find your tone, your power, and your voice. If you can make your screenplay fun to write and read, you’ll be able to push through any rewrites (or revisions) to create the best script possible.Cover image by VGstockstudio.Looking for more on screenwriting? Check out these articles.5 Important Tools Every Screenwriter Should HaveHow to Overcome the 5 Biggest Obstacles to Writing Your ScreenplayAustin Film Festival Interview: Insights for Turning Your Script into a 90-Second PitchHow to Break a Script Down Into a Shot List6 Free Scriptwriting Resources for Your Next Screenplaylast_img read more

Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I am still studying, but I learned how to manage my time with the help of my coaches and senior teammates,” the Team Lakay member said. “I love this sport, I love to compete because this is my passion.”Kingad (5-0) is in his second year of his Physical Education major and he had to lessen the units he takes per semester so he can properly juggle his time training and studying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd in the process of finishing his degree, the 22-year-old plans to disprove the stereotype that professional fighters don’t put a premium on education.“I am giving everything I have in training for this fight and bringing home the belt will be a testament that pursuing your passion is not a hindrance in securing your future through education,” said Kingad. MOST READ Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPThere are two things that Filipino mixed martial artist Danny Kingad wants, the ONE Flyweight title and his college diploma from University of the Cordilleras.Kingad is set to face ONE Flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena and as he hits the bags at night preparing for the fight, he does the same thing on his books in the morning.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It is also a way of breaking the stigma that fighters have in our society.”Kingad is aware that being a professional fighter is not a lifetime job and having a college degree will open avenues for him in the future.“Education is very important because my career as a fighter will not last for long time,” said Kingad who had his first professional fight in 2014. “By the time I reach 38 or 40-years-old, I need to retire and have another job to support my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Google dedicates doodle to 2012 London Olympics

first_imgThe latest Google doodle celebrates the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza, the Olympics.The Olympics open in London on Friday.The doodle highlights football, swimming, athletics, javelin throw, fencing and basketball.The 2012 Summer Olympics will see 81 Indian athletes taking part in 13 disciplines in the Games that will be held from July 27 to Aug 12.last_img

SPONSORSHIP WITH TFA

first_imgTouch Football Australia have recently updated their Sponsorship section of the website.This section can be accessed by holding your mouse over the ‘Sponsors’ tab on the left hand side of the homepage and then clicking on each of the 3 pages.Or you can view all of the information on our current sponsors, how to become a sponsor and the sponsorship opportunities, by using these links:TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA (TFA) SPONSORSHOW TO BE A SPONSORSPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIESlast_img

Video: Miami Fans Followed The Rock “For Miles” Until He Would Give Them An Autograph

first_imgThe Rock and the crazy Miami fan throwing up the U.Instagram/therockDwayne “The Rock” Johnson became famous for his time in the WWE, and later on, his hit movies, but first he played football at Miami. The Rock continues to be a big Hurricanes supporter. Miami gets knocked for its fan support at times, but the ‘Canes definite have their diehards, and today, The Rock proved it with a pretty crazy Instagram video. According to his caption, a pair of ‘Canes fans followed The Rock for miles, and got out of their car in heavy traffic to have him autograph a poster. Oh, and to throw up “The U.”Luckily for them, The Rock is an awesome guy, so he complied. We’re not sure all legendary former athletes would be so gracious.last_img read more