Youth urged to get involved

first_imgYouth members from the President’s Award were involved in various service projects, including the refurbishment of desks at Meyerton High School, which is under-resourced.(Images: Romaana Naidoo) Lerato Funeka, an ex-pupil at Meyerton High School, was delighted to help restore the desks at his old school.MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122• Janine HansenOperations DirectorThe President’s Award+27 46 622 7273RELATED ARTICLES• Youth urged to build a better future• Implement NDP in everything you do• To SA youth: ‘make NDP yours’• Investing in African youthRomaana NaidooThe quality of questions and input coming from the young people at the Dialogue and Action Workshops have impressed all the partners, says Brand South Africa’s chief executive office, Miller Matola. “It shows that many of our youth are serious about understanding the NDP National Development Plan and becoming involved in its implementation. South Africa has recently improved in terms of innovation on the World Economic Forum Innovation Pillar. Young people are ideally placed to participate in a knowledge-based economy, which is the trajectory South Africa is pursuing.”Brand South Africa teamed up with the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment – which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary – to organise three Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops to acknowledge those youngsters who are playing their part in building a better South Africa. The most recent of the Brand South Africa Play Your Part – National Development Plan Outreach workshops was held at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, in Gauteng, on 14 September.It was the third in a series in which youth have interacted with representatives from the President’s Awards, the NDP and Brand South Africa. The first two were held in East London and Cape Town on 31 August and 7 September, respectively. Speaking at the third, Leo Makgamath, the programme manager for civil society at Brand South Africa, pointed out that the youth were not leaders of tomorrow but rather leaders of today.The purpose of the workshops was to expose President’s Award participants to The National Development Plan (NDP) which was presented to Parliament last year by the Minister in the Office of The President, Trevor Manuel. The aims of the NDP, its broad objectives, and practical ways that young people can be involved in the realisation of its Vision 2030 were a common theme at each of the workshops. Voluntary community serviceAt each, delegates were also involved in service projects, which included a literacy project, a second-hand clothing distribution project and refurbishing desks for an under-resourced school. Marius Gwebu, from Barberton Correctional Services, was on hand at the third workshop to help the youngsters work on the desks for Meyerton High School, and about 150 desks were refurbished by the participants and their parents. Gwebu belongs to an initiative in Barberton that restores desks at the correctional facility for schools in Mpumalanga.Makgamath, who worked on a few desks, took the opportunity to interact with the youngsters. He spoke to them about shaping their future today and not waiting for tomorrow. Lerato Funeka helped him with some of the desks and the 22-year-old spoke with pride about restoring old desks for Meyerton High School, which he attended. “I believe that I’ve been through a lot with that school and the projects that are being done through the President’s Award will not only help with desks but will also help with books in the library, among others,” he said.An Mpumalanga project had stood out for him, Makgamath added. It involved a group of 32 children and teachers, who planted food gardens in impoverished areas that were not only used for the schools, but for the community at large. Apart from their feeding schemes, the group also cared for the elderly in the community by clothing them, feeding them and cleaning their homes for them.Another standout project, he said, was a stationery drive run by two Tshwane residents. Charl and Ella van der Merwe run the Write Project, which involves collecting stationery and distributing this to disadvantaged youth. Makgamath said it was initiatives such as these that broke the boundaries between groups and encouraged social cohesion among different races and social classes. This, he said, was laying the foundation for a cohesive nation. The National Development PlanThe NDP offers a long-term strategy of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. South Africa can realise these goals, it says, by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment has over 15 000 active participants drawn from schools, community youth groups, residential youth facilities and correctional services. Its aim is to provide a holistic framework for purposeful self-development of young people between the ages of 14 and 24. These awards are affiliated with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association and the patron-in-chief is President Jacob Zuma.Through these awards, Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops have been running since 2008, encouraging participants from a broad diversity of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to engage with themes relevant to their lives as young South Africans. The chief executive officer of the President’s Award, Martin Scholtz, said the programme demanded young people take responsibility for their own development and the development of those around them.“Engaging young people in their role in the realisation of Vision 2030 is critical. The award programme is about action and we are excited to make the link between what award participants are already doing on the ground and the objectives of the NDP, through these Dialogue and Action Workshops. The NDP is not a government initiative – it’s a citizen’s initiative,” said Scholtz.last_img read more

Punjab rural polls: EC orders repolling in 53 booths

first_imgWhile the Punjab State Election Commission on Thursday ordered re-polling for the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samitis in 53 polling booths of eight districts across the State, the Shiromani Akali Dal termed the elections as “murder of democracy”, alleging that the government machinery functioned as extension counters of the ruling Congress party during the entire poll process.‘Murder of democracy’Veteran Akali leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the way the Zila Parishad and Panchayat polls held on September 19 were rigged in Punjab, it was “a daylight murder of democracy”.“September 19, 2018 will be remembered as one of the darkest days for democracy in Punjab when the state machinery functioned as extension counters of the Congress party during the entire poll process,” alleged Mr. Badal.According to the spokesperson of the State Election Commission, re-polling has been ordered in 36 polling booths of Muktsar Sahib, 8 polling booths in Amritsar, one booth each in Moga, Fazilka and Faridkot districts and two booths each in Patiala and Bathinda and Ludhiana districts. Repolling todayVoters can recast their votes on September 21 in these polling stations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Shiromani Akali Dal leaders Bikram Singh Majithia and Daljeet Cheema alleged that the State government had decided to register a case against party president Sukhbir Badal as part of the political vendetta drive unleashed by it against political opponents.“Mr. Sukhbir Badal would not file for anticipatory bail in the political vendetta case registered against him. We, on our part, will not be cowed down by such tactics and will continue to fight for peace and communal harmony in Punjab,” said Mr. Majithia.The police had registered a case against Mr. Sukhbir Badal and few party workers on Wednesday for allegedly thrashing a Congress worker at Killianwali village in Muktsar district during the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti polls. A case under Sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) under the IPC was registered.last_img read more

NCMC reviews preparedness for cyclone

first_imgThe National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country’s apex body to handle any emergency, on Saturday reviewed the preparedness to deal with cyclone ‘Bulbul’ that is likely to affect coastal districts of West Bengal and Odisha.The meeting of the NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, was informed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) that the cyclone has intensified and is likely to cross the West Bengal coast by Saturday evening.Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, accompanied by winds reaching upto 120 kmph and tidal waves up to one to two metres high are expected. The cyclone is expected to make a landfall on the West Bengal coast at around 2000 to 2200 hours on Saturday. Chief Secretaries of West Bengal and Odisha said that teams of the State Disaster Response Force and Fire Service teams have been positioned. Fishing operations have been suspended and people in low lying areas are being evacuated to shelter homes. As many as 16 teams of the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been positioned in West Bengal and additional teams are being deployed at the request of the States. Officials of the Defence Ministry said that requisite number of ships, aircraft and special teams of the Coast Guard, the Indian Navy, the Army and the Air Force are on standby.last_img read more

CANADAS SMARTEST PERSON REVEALS 30 NEW COMPETITORS FOR SEASON 3 PREMIERING NOVEMBER

first_imgEpisode 305 – airing Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Tristan Campus, registered nurse from Mississauga, ONMelissa DeCiantis, 25, arborist from Mississauga, ONDustin Herbison, 29, high school shop teacher from Kelowna, BCMichelle Salt, 31, Paralympian from Calmar, ABWali Shah, 21, rapper and spoken word poet from Mississauga, ONEric Yue, 39, commissioner recreational hockey league from Victoria, BC Episode 302 – airing Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Christine Cho, 36, makeup artist from Toronto, ONDonna Hartt, 46, psychic medium from Cranbrook, BCJennifer Martin, 33, copywriter from St. Phillip’s, NLChad “CJ” Studer, 38, physical education teacher from Miscouche, PEChris Williams, 54, innkeeper from Round Hill, NSJoshua Williams, 25, youth worker from Edmonton, ABEpisode 303 – airing Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Rebecca Bromwich, 39, lawyer from Calgary, ABFrankie Cena, 24, international speech and debate coach from Vancouver, BCRyan Coelho, 30, millennial consultant from Toronto, ONGwyneth Foster, 16, high school student from Uxbridge, ONMaria Samson, 33, professional rugby player from Calgary, ABVanessa Vakharia, 35, math tutor and entrepreneur from Toronto, ON Login/Register With: CBC’s hit competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON has narrowed down the field to 30 remarkable Canadians from coast to coast to coast who will put themselves to the test, squaring off each week for their latest chance to take home the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person.” From ages 16 to 62, and with diverse occupations including psychic medium, pro video gamer, neuroscientist, cancer researcher/fashion blogger, Paralympian, and law student/Miss Universe Canada, the competitors are ready to show the country what they’ve got as they tackle challenges that offer a new spin on what it truly means to be smart. CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON returns for Season 3 Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC.Each week, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guest judges, guides the competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which illuminates how Canadians are smart based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors go head-to-head in a series of fun and revealing challenges that test six areas of intelligence: linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical, with one winner advancing to the championship finale. Then, in the climactic season finale, five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers can join in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time on the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.Introducing this season’s CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON competitors: About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Episode 301 – airing Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Susan Forgues, 54, retired military helicopter pilot from Orleans, ONJonathan Gagnon, 31, engineer from Vancouver, BCStephanie Harvey, 30, pro video gamer from Québec City, QCVincent Law, 33, cancer researcher and fashion blogger from Calgary, ABRup Magon, 41, musician from Montréal, QCSteve Norn, 40, insurance broker from Yellowknife, NT Advertisement Episode 306 – airing Sunday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)The five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. Find CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON: Website: cbc.ca/smartestperson/ Twitter: @CanadasSmartest #SmartestPersonFacebook: facebook.com/canadassmartestperson Instagram: CanadasSmartest-30-About Media Headquarters Media Headquarters is a leading Canadian television and digital media production company founded by executive producer Robert Cohen. The company is recognized worldwide for producing popular and innovative original content. Media Headquarters’ productions have earned dozens of international awards and the company consistently makes the Realscreen ‘Global 100’ List celebrating the world’s best non-fiction producers. Media Headquarters specializes in the creation of unscripted series, formats, drama and children’s programming. For more information visit mediahqs.net/. Advertisement Episode 304 – airing Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)Brittain Bancroft, 30, mechanic from Minto, NBSiera Bearchell, 23, law student and Miss Universe Canada 2016 from Moose Jaw, SKDarryl Gidyk, 42, neuroscientist from Lethbridge, ABDevon Jones, 37, personal trainer from Winnipeg, MBBruce Tsuji, 62, university professor from Ottawa, ONMichelle Zakrison, 33, lawyer from Iqaluit, NU Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Slow start to election campaign in the Northwest Territories

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN’s Iman Kassam has a quick profile of the candidates of the Northwest Territories federal riding.Well, two of the main three, at least.One candidate wanted nothing to do with the story.last_img

I wanted this drawing simple and without malice Quebec cartoonist apologizes

first_imgCartoon by the Quebec artist Yannick Lemay – Posted on the @JdeMontreal Twitter accountAPTN NewsYannick Lemay, the artist whose cartoon has been widely condemned online says he wants “to apologize to anyone that I have offended.”The cartoon by the Quebec artist depicts former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson Raybould in a buckskin dress, feather in her hair, holding a tomahawk delivering a knock out punch to a battered Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Lemay, in an email to APTN News says he was, “surprised at the reaction to this caricature. The job of a caricaturist is to exaggerate situations.  Since we do no use words, we use visual codes to represent concepts,” he said.“Ms. Wilson-Raybould is a great representative of the aboriginal community who proudly defends herself, so I wanted to build her up.  I wanted this drawing simple and without malice.”On twitter, people referred to the cartoon as deeply offensive, stereotypical, racist, disgusting and despicable.Lemay said in the email, “I realize today that I used bad visual codes to elevate her Aboriginal ancestry.“I draw a great lesson.”This is the latest cartoon depicting Wilson Raybould to come under fire in the last week.Political cartoonist and author, Michael de Adder depicting Wilson Raybould in a boxing ring tied to a chair with tape over her mouth while former advisor Gerald Butts gives advice to Trudeau, also was lambasted.De Adder apologized and today responded to Lemay’s cartoon in a tweet.“Editorial cartoonists need to have a serious discussion about our craft and how we depict gender and race.“We need to try harder. Re: @ygreck,” he wrote.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more