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February 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCaymanas Park Results for Jan 01, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodNEW YEAR’S DAY TROPHYRace 1 1300 M (Purse $800,000) NB4-Y-O & RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)1. TARANIS DaneNelson 56.02. SOUTHERN CRUISE SEllis 54.0 1L3. SHINING LIGHT SMuir 51.5 6/1 1 3/4L*4. DRIPPING IN GOLD RHalledeen 53.0 4LWIN: $238.00PLACE: $88.00, $65.00, $78.00Final Time : 1:20.0 Splits: 23.1, 46.3, 1:12.3Winner : 4yo ch colt – ADORE THE GOLD – BEWARE BABYTrainer: RICHARD AZAN Owner : ALEXANDER HABER & VON WHITE & RICHARD AZANBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $344.00 Ex: $866.00Trifecta: $830.00Race 2 1400 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)THE OTB DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. LEGENDARY PLEASURE BebHarvey3 52.02. WARRIOR PRINCESS RHalledeen 53.0 Head3. EXPRESS TRUCK LSteadman3 53.0 6L4. ALEXANDER JAnderson 56.0 1 1/2LLate scratch : #9 SPEEDY PROCESSWIN: $206.00PLACE: $114.00, $136.00, $251.00Final Time : 1:28.3 Splits : 24.0, 47.2, 1:13.4Winner : 6yo ch horse – WAR MARSHALL – FIGHT FOR PLEASURETrainer: ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner: ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $412.00 Ex: $928.00D/E: $1,348.00 Special Double: $368.00Superfecta: $10,198.00Race 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACETHE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT PLAQUE*1. LAGUNA POINT OBennett 55.02. RICHIE’S PIK PParchment 53.5 3L3. DEMOLITION BOY CChow 56.0 1/2L4. IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST RHalledeen 53.0 3L5. LEILANI KPowell 51.0 2LWIN: $100.00PLACE: $67.00, $95.00, $76.00Final Time : 1:01.1 Splits : 23.0, 47.1, ,Winner : 4yo dk b/br filly – STORM CRAFT – YAHABIBITrainer : ALBERT CHONG Owner : DEE GEE RACINGBred by DAVID LEE SINQu: $699.00 Ex: $925.00D/E: $351.00Trifecta: $1,237.00Hi-5: $120,773.00Rolling Triple: $5,556.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)THE MARKETING/ HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. PRINCESS SHEMIKA DaneNelson 53.0*2. INFANTRY OFFICER AChatrie 55.0 Neck3. EUSEBIA RHalledeen 55.0 3/4L 70.004. NEVER GIVE UP JInnis4 49.0 Head5. VALLEY OF QUEENS CChow 55.0 3/4LWIN: $257.00PLACE: $83.00, $68.00, $70.00Final Time: 1:10.3 Splits: 23.2, 48.2,Winner : 6yo ch mare – TRADITIONAL – PRINCESS CHIONESOTrainer: STEVEN TODD Owner: ASTON L. CHINBred by TEDDY AGUSTUS LEVYQu: $407.00 Ex: $817.00D/E: $630.00Trifecta: $614.00Hi-5: $18,918.50Rolling Triple: $3,861.00CTL FAN APPRECIATION DAY TROPHYRace 5 1820 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE*1. ALL CORRECT OWalker 56.02. HOUDINI’S MAGIC SEllis 53.0 1/2L3. BRAWN AChatrie 55.0 Neck4. RUM PUNCH SMuir 52.5 8LWIN: 78.00PLACE: $51.00, $55.00, $58.00Final Time : 1:58.0 Splits : 27.3, 52.0, 1:16.2, 1:43.1Winner : 7yo b horse – STORM CRAFT – ROYAL PIZZAZTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : THE VELVET GLOVEBred by MARK & SUSAN WATESQu: $108.00 Exacta: $162.00D/E: $565.00Superfecta: $257.00Rolling Triple: $1,012.00Race 6 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACETHE RACING DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. ORPHEUS SEllis 55.0*2. LITTLE BIG HORN OWalker 54.0 5 1/2L3. MR. DOITBETTA WHenry 55.0 Neck4. MISTER BONES RWilson 55.0 1 1/4L5. COUNTER ATTACK CChow 54.0 Head6. NUCLEAR WARNING PFrancis 51.0 6LWIN: $117.00PLACE: $64.00, $68.00, $121.00Final Time : 1:27.3 Splits : 24.2, 47.2, 1:13.0Winner : 3yo ch colt – ADORE THE GOLD – LA REINATrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ELIAS HALOUTEBred by ELIAS HALOUTEQu: $94.00 Ex: $218.00D/E: $194.00Trifecta: $302.00Hit-6: $4,451.00Rolling Triple: $1,182.00Pick-4 : $2,688.00Super-6: $33,162.50MCKAY SECURITY LTD TROPHYRace 7 1820 M (Purse $750,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE 1/9&NB5YO&UP(MDN)(DIV.I)*1. GRAN CORAZON KPowell 54.02. THE REAL RHYTHM JAnderson 54.0 1L3. SERIOUS BUSINESS DDawkins4 52.0 9L4. VERONICA B ADancel 53.5 2 1/2LWIN: $193.00PLACE: $101.00, $111.00, $141.00Final Time: 2:03.0 Splits: 27.2, 52.3, 1:19.0, 1:47.3Winner : 6yo b mare – KEYED ENTRY – SOUFFLERTrainer : WILFRED CHIN Owner: WILFRED A CHINBred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITEDQu: $1,018.00 Ex: $1,324.00D/E: $493.00Superfecta: $153,438.00Rolling Triple: $868.00Race 8 1600 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4)THE ENGINEER/ TOTE DEPARTMENT PLAQUE*1. BOLD AVIATOR AChatrie 54.02. UNBREAKABLE CBudhai 52.0 8L3. FLYING MIRACLE RHalledeen 54.0 3 1/4L4. STAR NEW VISTA JPatterson4 50.0 Neck5. SIR SOUTH SMuir 54.0 1LWIN: $100.00PLACE: $76.00, $95.00, $162.00Final Time : 1:40.2 Splits : 23.4, 46.3, 1:12.2Winner : 5yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT – CLASSY CHANELTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : TEST PILOTSBred by REEVES, EVERDEEN MAXWELLQu: $372.00 Ex: $737.00D/E: $608.00Trifecta: $1,199.00Hi-5: $11,001.50Rolling Triple: $2,057.00MCKAY SECURITY LTD TROPHYRace 9 1820 M (Purse $750,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE 1/9&NB5YO&UP(MDN)(DIV.II)1. PERFECT FLYER SEllis 57.0*2. WATER WAVE WHenry 54.0 14L3. POWERFUL RED AntThomas4 55.0 6L4. SIRMANDI SMuir 56.0 9/5 HeadLate scratch : UNBRIDLED ROCK, GOFORTHEGLORYWIN: $124.00PLACE: $70.00, $65.00, $110.00Final Time : 2:02.1 Splits : 28.3, 54.0, 1:19.3, 1:47.2Winner : 8yo b horse – DAYTON FLYER – PERFECT STORMTrainer: DWIGHT CHEN Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $283.00 Ex: $435.00D/E: $280.00Superfecta: $2,651.00Rolling Triple: $1,939.00Race 10 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)THE PROPERTY/ GARAGE DEPARTMENT PLAQUE1. RAS EMANUEL DaneNelson 53.0*2. TROJAN RHalledeen 55.0 2L3. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 53.0 3/4L4. TWILIGHT CITIZEN JPatterson4 51.0 Neck5. SUPERTRONICS OFoster 53.0 NeckWIN: $302.00PLACE: $147.00, $90.00, $127.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 22.4, 46.4, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – BURNING MARQUE – PLEASANT PRINCESSTrainer: PETER MCMASTER Owner : MISS SUCKIEBred by ELAINE MCMASTERQu: $989.00 Ex: $1,428.00D/E: $787.00Trifecta: $2,498.00Hi-5: $48,842.50Rolling Triple: $1,795.00Pick-4: $9,656.00Super-6 : $7,184.10Pick-9: $513,431.50PlacePot 8: $1,080.00last_img read more

December 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgJustice MalalaWriting in the New York Times in late July this year, Howard W French told a truth often ignored.“As a matter of convention,” he wrote, “we constantly say and write things about Africa that would be unimaginable with any other continent.“An often thoughtless broad-brush treatment belies the fact of diversity on a continent of 53 countries (even this is not a settled number) and close to a billion inhabitants, a place of light and dark, rich and poor, increasingly well-governed and still appallingly ill­governed people.”These words came back to me a few days after they were published while I listened to the speeches at the Sunday Times Book Awards on 1 August. As the finalists and winners were announced to a room packed with government ministers, academics, authors, publishers, intellectuals and journalists, it occurred to me that perhaps here, in South Africa, we are beginning to show that indeed we are like the rest of the world.We are, in French’s words, “light and dark, rich and poor”. In so many of the works that nearly made it, and the two fiction and non-fiction titles that finally won, this world of light and dark is explored and expanded upon. It is more than light and dark: it is a multicoloured thing, complex and worthy of investigation.In politics, Africa conjures up certain images. People speak of the “dark continent” and easily draw the line towards the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin or the former Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko.And yet I know I have lived for five years under the most benign, democratic presidential term many anywhere in the world can ever have known. I lived from 1994 to 1999 under President Nelson Mandela. That image, that five years, and the 10 after it under Thabo Mbeki, is not the “dark continent”. It is another country. It is the shining light to the dark.I write two weekly columns for two different publications. Never once have I felt that I cannot write what I like; criticise as I like, offend as I feel. I live in a free country.As I write this the new president of our republic, Jacob Zuma, has just visited a township where over the past few weeks there have been service delivery riots. The people of Balfour complained about poor provision of water, electricity and corruption.Zuma arrived unannounced, walked and talked with the people of the township and then went to the mayor’s office. A worker tucking into her lunch was so shocked to see him there her plate fell out of her hands and smashed to the floor.The mayor was not around. Zuma told his officials he would sit in the mayor’s office until the man came to the office. Many have asked why the mayor was not at his desk. He could have been out seeing residents – like Zuma. In the dark light, in the broad brush, many rushed to say he was lazy and was caught out by the president.The man had been booked off sick. He roused himself out of bed and came to see Zuma. Sometimes, you see, things are grey. Not dark, not light. This is what Africa needs: the chance to be all shades, not just the “dark continent”.Over the past few years the eyes of the international community have increasingly been turning towards South Africa. With the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup in June, the Lions Tour and the Indian Premier League, billions of people across the world were glued to their television screens watching the various sports events unfold.At the end of each of these sports fests, not many would say that South Africa had not pulled off the organisation spectacularly well. I remember speaking to Hans Klaus, head of communications for Fifa, who told me that if anyone ever thought the 2010 World Cup could not be staged in South Africa then they had their answer: the Confederations Cup was an outstanding success.On the economic front, many across the world expected the Zuma administration to follow a leftist economic slant due to the ruling African National Congress’s closeness to its trade union allies. Talk of nationalization of mines was rife. Yet Zuma has dismissed this talk.The respected ratings agency Moody in July showed its faith in the new government’s economic policy probity by upgrading its foreign currency rating. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan welcomed the move, saying: “We welcome their understanding that President Zuma’s government … is committed to maintaining a very sound approach to fiscal policy, but at the same time ensuring that we remain agile and responsive to the many challenges that countries like South Africa face.”Dark continent? Hardly.So what favours can we be done as we hurtle inexorably to the 2010 World Cup? How can the world help us? No favours, really, except for the world’s eyes to be opened, for our “light and dark” to be seen in full splendour and not rolled into one “dark continent”. The world merely needs to start seeing Africa, and South Africa, as a place of many shades, of many contradictions, of many triumphs and many failures. Like Europe, like any other place on earth.It is the least the world can do for us. It is all we ask for. The rest, the proof (if any is needed) that we are special, is up to us.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMinister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile NkwintiWednesday, 28 October 2015 – Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, addressed the media at the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster meeting where he expanded on Jacob Zuma’s nine-point plan that is designed to increase economic growth and create jobs.Download the speechMinisters and Deputy MinistersDirectors-GeneralMembers of the MediaLadies and gentlemenGood morning and welcome to the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development (ESEID) Cluster media briefing.South Africa adopted the National Development Plan (NDP) and Vision 2030 to create a better life for all its citizens in an inclusive society. We are over a year into the implementation of the NDP; on a path to accelerate economic growth and resolve the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality.You will recall that President Jacob Zuma announced the Nine-Point Plan to ignite growth and create jobs in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on 11 February 2015. President Zuma further provided a progress report on the Nine-Point Plan in his Mid-Year SoNA implementation update to the media on 11 August 2015.The Nine-Point Plan, whose priority interventions are the main concern of the Economic Cluster, has been designed to accelerate economic growth and create jobs by, among other things, transforming the economy and increasing investments. The three types of interventions – job drivers, enablers and cost-cutting interventions – have been designed to work in collaboration to grow the economy.A key cross-cutting priority of the Nine-Point Plan is to build stronger and enduring partnerships with the private sector.This media briefing expands on the President’s progress report by providing more detailed information and providing an opportunity for engagement on the implementation of the nine priority interventions.Economic ContextThe global economy continues to face significant headwinds. The global economy grew by 3.4% in 2014. South Africa’s main trading partners have experienced divergent economic growth. The European Union grew by just 0.9% while Japan shrunk by 0.1%. However, Sub-Saharan Africa grew by 5% and the United States grew by a robust 2.4%. China’s economy continues to slow down with growth moderating to a still impressive 7.4%. Commodity prices of iron-ore, coal, platinum and oil are still well below their 2008 highs. The substantial drop in the international oil price has brought benefits for South Africa but will reduce growth in oil-producing African countries which are key destinations for South Africa’s manufactured exports.Overall, global outlook is still very uncertain with gross domestic product projections being revised downwards by the International Monitory Fund. South Africa cannot depend on global growth alone to catalyse domestic growth. The uncertain global economic outlook has depressed business and consumer confidence in the domestic economy.South Africa continues to face macroeconomic constraints. However, government is cautiously optimistic that the economy will return to growth largely on the back of a significantly improved electricity supply outlook and intense efforts by government to grow investment levels.Government is also pleased to note the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, which indicates that South Africa has risen seven places to rank 49th out of 140 countries in the Global Competitiveness Index.In August 2015, President Zuma received the Status of Women in the South African Economy report. The report identified the need for an explicit intervention to enhance the economic empowerment of women across the country, starting with the Nine-Point Plan and Operation Phakisa initiatives.The report serves as a baseline to promote socio-economic empowerment of women and gender equality, and to advance their human rights.Government has prioritised leveraging private-sector investment in the infrastructure build programme, the manufacturing sector and the Ocean Economy under the auspices of Operation Phakisa.Operation Phakisa is an innovative and pioneering approach to translate detailed plans into concrete results through dedicated delivery and collaboration. Through Operation Phakisa, government aims to implement priority programmes better, faster and more effectively.Update on progress on implementation of the nine-point planGovernment is working towards a reliable energy supply to ensure energy security for now and the future; an enabler for economic growth.On 30 August 2015, President Zuma officially opened one of six generating units at the Medupi Power Station in Lephalale in Limpopo, which contributes about 800 megawatts (MW) to the grid.Medupi Power Station will add 4 764 MW to Eskom’s grid once completed and will be the world’s largest coal-fired power station. This is also the fourth dry-cooled, baseload station to be built in 20 years by Eskom, after Kendal, Majuba and Matimba power stations.The R2 billion Kouga project that has been established will provide renewable energy that can power as many as 50 000 houses, adding to the large new energy capacity that solar and wind energy has brought to the grid. Electricity supplied by 37 approved Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) projects also continued to increase and supply just over 1 500 MW to the grid. In an effort to influence the increase in local content of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants under the REIPPP – as a first step towards this – the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has established a 100 kilowatt (kW) concentrated solar energy pilot facility with a unique design that uses smaller, smarter and modular heliostats (solar collectors) to overcome cost challenges.More recently, we completed work on the process to select the preferred bidders for the Small Projects Independent Power Producers Programme (1 – 5 MW), which aims to assist small developers to gain experience in project development and raise the necessary funding for similar projects.Recently, 21 284 households were connected to grid electricity and 2 761 connected to off-grid technology.The DST is finalising the bio-energy atlas that indicates the potential energy that may be generated using agricultural/forestry/sawmill residues and organic waste across the country. This policy and investment decision support tool seeks to improve energy security and increase levels of energy access, and will be launched before the end of the financial year. The atlas provides a sense of the proximity of bio-energy resources to energy infrastructure and areas that have limited energy access. It also gives an indication of employment-creation potentials in harvesting and converting biomass to energy.Construction of the two Integrated Energy Centres (IECs) in Bushbuckridge and Nkomazi in Mpumalanga are at a planning stage and will be completed in March 2016.On average, an IEC can employ up to 30 permanent staff members, complemented with temporary capacity. Temporary and permanent people employed during the building period will all have the opportunity to acquire training that makes them employable in the greater job market.Progress has been made in revitalising agriculture, the agro-processing value chain and land reform.The Agricultural Policy Action Plan has been reviewed to ensure that it becomes a job driver and promotes growth, employment, rural incomes, investment, output, export and African regional development.Work is continuing in the development of 44 Agri-Parks across the nine provinces. One Agri-Park is ready to be launched in North West. Production plans have been developed and are being implemented across the country to ensure increased production in the areas supporting the Agri-Parks. The DST is busy with a feasibility study on agro-innovation hubs that will support the development and dissemination of appropriate technologies to be implemented in Agri-Parks.A total of 12 221 smallholder producers were supported through advisory services, training, technical support and infrastructure from April to June 2015. In addition, 36 additional farms are being supported under the Recapitalisation and Development Programme.The DST is in the process of establishing a wheat-breeding platform to support the development and commercialisation of new breeding technologies for emerging and commercial farmers. Five new cultivars will be produced by 2020 to support increased productivity and food security. The DST also supports the Eucalyptus Genome Project, a local platform for tree genomics research in South Africa. This project focuses on the identification of desirable traits which speed up and allow for more accurate breeding. The project has the potential to increase industry competitiveness based on improved physical and chemical properties of wood and improved disease resistance to support the forest, pulp and paper industry, thus grow the economy and create employment opportunities.The Recommissioning Strategy for the Western Cape forestry exit areas has been approved to put about 22 000 hectares (ha) of state forestry land back into commercial forestry operation. The resultant benefits range from job creation, local economic development and future improvement in timber supply.According to the LHA study that was commissioned by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Independent Development Corporation, the recommissioning of Western Cape plantations will employ 350 full-time workers for the five-year period. This number will increase to 1 500 when the plantations are in full production.In an effort to enhance the competitiveness of the agricultural sector through research, development and innovation, government – together with the private sector – have invested R104 058 468.78 million to implement innovation programmes for the fresh produce, aquaculture, wine, citrus and forestry sectors.To increase the amount of land under irrigation, a total of 74.6 ha were revitalised during the first quarter of the current financial year and five water-use authorisation licences were issued to previously disadvantaged individuals, amounting to 3.79 million m3 volume of water that will be used for irrigation. Some 15 resource-poor farmers were supported to access water for production.As at 30 June 2015 the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights had settled over 78 138 land claims, which benefitted more than 1,9 million individuals from 385 691 families have benefitted from an award of 3 231 787 hectares of land acquired at the cost of R18.7 billion.  Some beneficiaries opt for financial compensation, to date the Commission has paid over R9.1 billion. An additional R4.1 billion has been awarded to beneficiaries that have opted for land as development assistance.South Africa is advancing beneficiation and adding value to our mineral wealth; a job driver in the economy.Operation Phakisa in the mining industry is designed to unlock investment, enhance the nation’s productive capacity and encourage participation in key mineral value chains.Plans are in place to save jobs and to find alternatives to the threat of job losses in the mining sector. All key stakeholders signed a declaration on 31 August 2015 to save jobs and alleviate the impact of job losses in the industry.The Department of Trade and Industry provided support for a 100kW static fuel cell that runs on platinum and natural gas installed at the Chamber of Mines offices in Johannesburg.Engagements are underway with public and private sectors to promote market development, early adoption of the technology and manufacturing plants in South Africa.Through public-private partnerships, the DST facilitated the deployment of three 5kW hydrogen fuel cell units at three schools in the Cofimvaba district in the Eastern Cape and another 5kW hydrogen fuel cell unit at a clinic in Windsor East, Johannesburg, Gauteng. Apart from providing energy access in support of the provision of education and health services, the technology lays the foundation for the growth of a new industry based on South Africa’s platinum resource.We are moving towards more effective implementation of a higher-impact Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).The President announced during the Mid-Term SoNA implementation update to the media that progress was being made on implementing the IPAP, which is one of the job drivers in the economy.Government continues to create a conductive environment to attract both local and foreign investments. This is achieved through industrial financing that includes offering support to enterprises that can create and sustain jobs.Through the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme, government approved 161 enterprises for funding and leveraged investment of R5.8 billion with 28 212 jobs sustained.The Automotive Incentive Scheme approved 13 enterprises for funding and leveraged investment of R1.5 billion.Government is committed to transforming the economy by ensuring that previously marginalised groups participate meaningfully in the economy. This has led to the drafting of the Black Industrialists Policy Framework, which has been presented to the ESEID Cluster and the Cabinet Committee in July 2015.Significant progress is being made in terms of attracting investment into the Industrial Development Zones (IDZs). For example, in Coega IDZ, 12 new investors with an investment value of more than R8 billion were signed, five investors with an investment value of more than R140 million were signed in the East London IDZ and the Richards Bay IDZ signed five new investors with an investment value of more than R2.8 billion.Government is playing its part in moderating workplace conflictYou will be aware that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa leads the interface between business and labour to normalise labour relations.Consensus on a working definition of a National Minimum Wage was reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council.Other mechanisms to reduce workplace conflict include a Code of Conduct for strikes, lockouts and compulsory arbitration by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.South Africans are generally peace-loving and law-abiding citizens. We must stop all criminal and violent activities during industrial action and labour strikes.I would like to emphasise that peaceful negotiations are the best solution to deal with disputes and problems.Unlocking the potential of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), cooperatives, township and rural enterprises as job drivers in the economy.620 informal traders were trained in all nine were trained through the National Informal Business Upliftment pilot project in partnership with the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA). The training focused on entrepreneurship, marketing your business, customer-care, financial management, purchasing skills, regulatory and by-law compliance, hygiene and food safety, merchandising, and point of sale.489 enterprises and cooperatives were supported through the rural development, environment and tourism sectors’ initiatives. A fresh-produce market has been established in uThungulu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.To support the development of a vibrant bio-economy industrial sector, the Biomanufacturing Industrial Development Centre that was established at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research now supports 17 small and medium high-tech enterprises.To support the development of a competitive mobile innovation industry, a mobile solutions lab (mLab Southern Africa) was established at The Innovation Hub and now supports 11 small and five medium mobile innovation enterprises.As part of facilitating access to finance for SMMEs and cooperatives, the Department of Small Business Development’s Black Business Supplier Development Programme supported 376 enterprises to the tune of over R95 million (R95 821 711.23 million). This has supported 10 399 jobs.The Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) disbursed R344 million to 24 711 SMMEs. It also financed 5 305 youth-owned businesses, 22 296 black-owned,21 940 women-owned, 22 620 SMMEs and cooperatives in priority provinces. It is important to note that 43% of the allocations were in the priority sectors – such as construction, information and communications technology (ICT), mining, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism – as defined in the New Growth Path and IPAP.It is encouraging that 98% of support is towards informal businesses. This is consistent with the Nine-Point Plan announced by the President during the 2015 SoNA. It is important to note that most of the SEFA’s loans are not supported by any form of collateral.The Small Enterprise Development Agency’s network of 48 incubators supports 2 236 clients. A total of 535 permanent jobs were created by incubated small enterprises, mostly in the agriculture and construction sectors.Progress has also been registered in cross-cutting areas to reform, boost and diversify the economy. They were designed to support the other nine priority interventions.TelecommunicationsThe Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has started the process of providing broadband connection services in eight districts in provinces where the National Health Insurance programme is being piloted, including the appointment of a network service provider to connect the facilities. Furthermore, the development of   the connectivity plan of schools in the eight selected districts is underway.380 schools have been connected through Universal Service Obligations imposed by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. The process will include classification of schools based on its proximity to existing network infrastructure. A total of 1 938 schools were equipped with facilities and computer rooms, and a further 131 rural communities provided with ICT equipment and services. The roll-out of broadband and ICTs will stimulate local economic development and promote economic opportunities for the youth.Water and sanitation27 200 households recently gained access to safe drinking water. Two water projects funded through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant were completed in Masilonyana Local Municipality in the Free State, and the construction of 15 bulk infrastructure schemes are at different phases.Phase 1 of the Mokolo Crocodile Water Augmentation Project has been completed and has met all short term water requirements in the Waterberg areas. This will contribute in meeting water requirements for the Medupi and Matimba power stations.3 978 households recently gained access to sanitation through the Rural Household Infrastructure Grant and 3 822 buckets in formally established areas have been replaced with proper sanitation services.Transport, rail and roadsTransport infrastructure supports all the other nine priority interventions and is an important enabler for economic growth.The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s Rolling Stock Fleet Renewal Programme is underway, with one of the trains being manufactured in Brazil ready for delivery on 30 November 2015.In an effort to maintain provincial roads, 19.24km have been surfaced, 62km resealed, 18km gravelled, 821km bladed and 227 628 m² potholes patched. The provincial road network is funded through the Provincial Roads Maintenance Grant (PRMG). A list of these roads is in Table B5 of the Division of Revenue Act: Provincial Roads Infrastructure projects list funded through the PRMG.Construction of three bridges is at different stages in Mbombela, Bushbuckridge and Nkomazi in Mpumalanga (reconstruction of flood-damaged bridges).The Bus Rapid Transport System continues to be operationalised in various cities of South Africa:– In Cape Town, MyCiTi is moving an average of 42 522 people against a target of 50 000 per weekday. – Rea Vaya in Johannesburg is moving an average of 33 670 people against a target of 40 000 per weekday. – In Pretoria, A Re Yeng is moving an average of 3 000 people against a target of 10 000 per weekday. – Go George is moving an average of 7 630 people against a target of 10 000 per weekday in George.The construction has continued to expand the coverage of the system in the abovementioned and other cities in accordance with roll-out requirements and available funding.The South African National Roads Agency Limited has begun preliminary designs and other preparatory work for the upgrade of Moloto Road.The feasibility study for the construction of the rail factory in Ekurhuleni has been approved. This factory will produce 580 coaches and generate approximately 33 000 direct and indirect jobs.The development of a cabotage policy to support the Oceans Economy programme of Operation Phakisa is nearing completion.A draft private sector participation framework for ports and railway sectors has been developed and is due for finalisation.The Nine-Point Plan interventions were designed to stimulate the economy in a phased manner over the long term. Each priority intervention does not work in isolation but is part of an integrated national effort. It is a national effort towards inclusive economic growth. The economic empowerment of women is critical in order for South Africa to achieve real economic development and growth. The Nine-Point Plan interventions will yield results over different time frames in the immediate, medium and long term.We are confident that these priority interventions will help to grow South Africa’s economy and address the challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality if we all work together. The economy is everyone’s responsibility.Together let’s move the country forward.I thank youlast_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMore than 50,000 Hippo Rollers have been distributed in more than 29 countries, changing the lives of millions of people, according to Play Your Part ambassador Darren Smith.The Hippo Roller is the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 African Rural Portable Water Solutions Product Leadership Award. (Images: The Hippo Roller Project)Melissa JavanIn a conversation with a teenage girl, Grant Gibbs, executive director of the Hippo Roller Project, realised that the basic human need for dignity could be easily overlooked. He describes the conversation with this girl as one of his highlights of the project.“In South Sudan, where I interviewed a teenage girl, I asked why she liked the Hippo Roller so much and she responded without hesitation: ‘Because now I can look like a city girl.’She explained that she could not braid her hair to look attractive when carrying heavy buckets of water on her head,” he says.Hippo Roller, a South African-made drum to transport water, allows users to transport five times as much water as a 20-litre bucket. Instead of carrying the standard 20-litre bucket on your head, the Hippo Roller is rolled on the ground. They have been distributed in more than 29 countries.The project was established in 1994 to tackle the lack of access to water, a challenge in rural communities in South Africa.Darren Smith, who handles the donor and media engagement for Hippo Roller, is a Play Your Part ambassador. Play Your Part is a national movement by Brand South Africa to encourage active citizenship and social cohesion.Darren Smith of the Hippo Roller Project says the initiative leverages its relationships with sponsors, corporate partners and NGOs to provide African communities with an immediate and winning water solution.Brand South Africa writer Melissa Javan talked to Smith and Gibbs about the Hippo Roller Project.Melissa Javan: Why did you get involved in this project?Grant Gibbs: I was employed as a technician and sales executive at Infotech from 1987 to 1998, and during that period I became a part-time distributor of the Hippo Roller.Infotech persuaded me to pursue this option with them, and together we formed Infotech’s reconstruction and development programme department in 1994. A little later the Hippo Water Roller Trust was formed. Though Infotech decided to close the department (and trust) in 1998, I chose to continue and have been managing the Hippo Roller in my personal capacity ever since.Darren Smith: I have followed Grant’s journey with the Hippo Roller almost since its inception more than 20 years ago. When the opportunity arose to join the team, I jumped at it. Personally and professionally the whole reason to be of the Hippo Roller energised me. “Simple ideas. Changing lives.” This is our “why”. This gets us up in the mornings.MJ: Who are the beneficiaries?DS: Millions of women and children struggle daily to collect water. It is for this group that the Hippo Roller has an immediate and profound impact. It significantly improves their ability to collect more water, more efficiently, and empowers them to spend more time on education and other important tasks in the home and community.Grant Gibbs is a Play Your Part ambassador.MJ: How old is the Hippo Roller?DS: The Hippo Roller itself was conceptualised in 1991 by Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker, two South Africans who grew up on farms and experienced the national water crisis first-hand. They saw people carrying heavy buckets of water on their heads for kilometres every day.With roots in these water-dependent, resource-poor environments, Petzer and Jonker were familiar with the struggle to access water that millions of Africans experience daily.Jonker noticed that workers on his father’s farm collected empty 20-litre plastic containers to use to fetch water. These containers are typically of poor quality and not very durable. He thought there had to be a better way.As co-inventor Petzer describes it, the original idea was based on a wheelbarrow including a moulded tank for a low centre of gravity. In trying to get their concept going, one of the first problems they encountered was the price of the wheel itself. It was the most expensive component.Petzer thought: “Let’s put the water inside the wheel!” And so, the Hippo Water Roller was born. Initially branded the Aqua Roller, it received its first design award in 1992.MJ: How does it work?DS: The Hippo Roller is made from UV stabilised linear low-density polyethylene and is designed to cope with the rough surfaces found in rural areas. The drum’s volume is 90 litres and it has a large opening (135mm) for easy filling and cleaning, yet it is also small enough to prevent toddlers from falling inside.MJ: How do you choose beneficiaries?DS: Our experience has been that it remains important for the community leaders and the community itself to be fully consulted and engaged in the process of introducing the Hippo Roller.There are seldom enough to go around in any given community, and so they are diligently allocated and distributed to the neediest first (women, child-headed homes, the elderly or frail) by the local community leaders.We have discovered too, that a Hippo Roller is never idle. Often it is shared widely, and works hard, each Hippo Roller potentially meeting the needs of dozens of people. In a recent project in Mozambique, for example, 30 Hippo Rollers are serving the needs of nearly 4,000 people.Residents in Malawi using the Hippo Roller.MJ: How do they benefit?DS: Time is our most precious resource. By addressing the difficulty of retrieving water, the Hippo Roller simply buys more time. In turn, that time can be put to more productive use for education, social development and local entrepreneurship.MJ: What do you mean when you call Hippo Roller “a social enterprise”?DS: As a social enterprise, the Hippo Roller is a for-profit business that seeks to be sustainable. It works closely with NGOs, corporate social investment sponsors, government departments and other donor organisations and individuals.And on that note – of sustainability – we expect Hippo Roller’s business model to scale by an order of magnitude in the coming years.MJ: What has been your highlight so far?GG: There is not one “most rewarding” experience. Literally each recipient of a Hippo Roller glows with pride on receiving it. The Hippo Rollers are jealously guarded and highly prized possessions, which change the lives of their owners.That said, they are shared widely within the communities too, and it would be fair to say that a Hippo Roller rarely sits idle. While we don’t often get to see the results first hand, stories from all over the world reach us, and it is always incredibly humbling.DS: There is no single highlight that springs to mind. Quite simply, every time we engage with people in communities struggling with access to water, I am moved to action.MJ: How can people get involved?DS: Many current community development initiatives around the world, with a completely different focus from water, can be more effective in the communities they serve just by improving access to water.Even NGOs that install wells and boreholes could serve a wider territory by including Hippo Rollers from the same borehole. Water is something that most of us just don’t think about. But for millions, it’s all they think about, every single day.A first step then, would be to visit HippoRoller.org. Even if you can’t donate, sharing the knowledge and spreading the word goes a long way to keeping the visibility of the water crisis high.MJ: How do you use social media to spread your message?DS: Historically, the need has found us. Over the years, people working closely with rural communities have contacted us. Corporate social investment (CSI) professionals have contacted us.We’ve put the two groups in touch with each other, operating as an innovation partner and providing a conduit for sponsored Hippo Rollers to reach communities in need.Since the advent of the web, and more recently the social era, we’ve actively promoted the Hippo Roller via its web presence, a community newsletter, social media platforms and at events across the globe.The Hippo Roller has been covered by all manner of print, digital, broadcast and social media influencers, all of which have helped keep our profile reasonably high.This visibility is primarily aimed at the NGOs, CSI professionals, government departments and other donor organisations and individuals with whom we engage, rather than the communities or recipients themselves.MJ: Why should all South Africans play their part in their communities and be brand ambassadors of South Africa?DS: While Play Your Part’s objective is to lift the spirit of the nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, it is primarily by becoming involved and starting “to do” that we can all make a difference. And just as it is with water, every drop counts.Play your part, and let’s keep on rolling.Get involved with Hippo Roller, via its:Website: www.hipporoller.orgEmail: support@hipporoller.orgOr on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin and TwitterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

November 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRobinson takes blame for Lyceum’s first loss: ‘I made some bad decisions’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES The 21-year-old Team Lakay member bounced back from his loss to Hayato Suzuki back in August and Pacio knows his victory was a statement win in ONE’s strawweight division.“It’s up to ONE on who I’ll fight next but this win proves I’m still at the top of the division,” said Pacio, who once competed for the title but lost to Yoshitaka Naito in 2016.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 shutoutIn the women’s atomweight division, Pacio’s Team Lakay co-member Gina Iniong brought down Indonesia’s Priscilla Gaol.Iniong (6-2) held Gaol (0-2) in the crucifix position and proceeded to rain down right hands prompting the referee to stop to the contest with 2:12 in the second round. Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion This was Iniong’s third straight MMA win and her second straight in ONE.Chinese fighter Peng Xue Wen opened the night with a solid knockout victory over Cambodian Phat Soda in the strawweight division.Xue Wen (1-1) slammed Soda (0-2) with a German suplex and immediately transitioned to a rear naked choke but the referee called the knockout victory 2:17 into the first round.Xie Chao followed earned a technical knockout victory over Malaysian Kelvin Ong in the featherweight division.Ong (1-2) suffered a deep cut on his forehead that prompted the doctors to stop the fight awarding Xie (4-1) the victory 1:48 into the first round.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoshua Pacio returned to form and scored an impressive knockout victory over Philippine compatriot Roy Doliguez in ONE Championship’s Legends of the World card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Pacio (10-2) connected with a spinning back fist that landed square on Doliguez’ (7-5) jaw knocking out the former boxer 38 seconds into the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

November 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan RMSA, a government of India project, Assam has invited online applications for Graduate Teachers and Staff in Model schools located in 14 educationally backward blocks of Assam. The appointment shall be on contractual basis, initially for a period of 11 months, which may be renewed depending on the satisfactory performance.Vacancies:Post Name    No of Posts    Graduate Teacher (English)    28    Graduate Teachers (Science)    14    Graduate Teachers (Math)    14    Graduate Teachers (Arts)    14    Graduate Teachers (Assamese)    14    Graduate Teachers (Hindi)    14    Graduate Teachers (Bengali)    03    Computer Teachers    14    Music Teachers    14    Librarian    14    Lab Attendant    14    ELIGIBILITYGraduate Teachers (English): Candidates should have a B.A or B.Sc in the relevant subject along a BT/B.Ed degree from any recognised university. Candidates should be TET qualifiedLibrarian: Graduation with one year Diploma in Library Science from a recognised institution.Lab Attendant: 12th standard passed with science stream from a recognised university or board.PAY SCALEGraduate Teachers/Hindi Teacher/Computer Teacher: Rs 5200 to 20200 (PB-2) + Grade Pay Rs 3300 Music Teacher: Rs 5200/- to 20200 (PB-2) + Grade Pay Rs 2700 Librarian: Rs 5200 to 20200 (PB-2) + Grade Pay Rs 2500 Lab Attendant:  Rs 15000 Age Limit: 38 Years of age as on July 01, 2014 (Relaxation of age will be applicable for SC/ST Applicants up to 5 years as per norms)Selection Procedure:The criteria for selection of Teachers shall be as follows:a) 100 marks on percentage of marks in B.A/B.Com/B.Sc Examination; (In case of Major/Hons, the marks obtained in Major/Hons, shall be taken into consideration);b) 100 marks on percentage of marks in H.S. Final Examination;c) 100 marks on percentage of marks in H.S.L.C Examination;d) 100 marks on percentage of marks in B.T/B.Ed Examination;e) 20 marks for achievement in fine Arts and Cultural Activities/Sports representing the state officially at National Level/ NCC certificate/ participating in recognised sports at national level representing Assamf) Maximum 30 marks for teaching experience @ 2 marks per year of teaching experience in Higher Secondary School/High School having enrollment more than 100.j) 20 marks on Interview.advertisementFor viva-voice the candidate will be called in a ratio of 1:4Application Fee: Rs 200 at any branch of State Bank of India after second working day (48 hours) from the day of the application submit. Payment of application fee can be made at any branch of State Bank of India by cash only. System generated bank e-Challan is a must for depositing the fee. The last date for submission of application is 17/09/2014.How To Apply: Candidates need to apply online through official website Official website: www.rmsaassam.in from Important dates: Last date to apply is October 10, 2014last_img read more

November 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTheir loss against UP Yoddha meant that Jaipur Pink Panthers have now gone seven games with a win, a huge contrast from their form in the first nine games where they won seven times and lost just twice. Both, U Mumba and UP Yoddha, who trailed them in the standings, are now five points clear of Jaipur Pink Panthers and with just six games left in the season, they would be aiming to not leave it too late to catch up on the teams above them.Jaipur Pink Panthers’ drop in form has coincided with that of two of their stars this season, skipper Deepak Niwas Hooda and Left Corner Sandeep Dhull. After scoring 33 tackle points in his first nine appearances, Dhull has scored 24 in his last seven. While his average hasn’t seen a big dip, his tackle success rate has dropped from 58.18 per cent to 40 per cent. Hooda, too, has seen a drop in his average from 7.4 raid points per game to barely above six in the past seven matches. Jaipur Pink Panthers are heavily reliant on the performances of Hooda and Dhull in offence and defence respectively, and the sooner they find their form from earlier in the campaign, the better it bodes for the team’s chances.As we hit a century of #VIVOProKabaddi Season 7 matches tonight, we have a 🔥 clash to mark the occasion.Read more about #JAIvGUJ here: https://t.co/DW0G6yVanAAnd watch LIVE action:⏰: 7 PM onwards📺: Star Sports and Hotstar#IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/k2sqP5eduq— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) September 21, 2019 After losing just ten matches in their first 49 games in Pro Kabaddi, Gujarat Fortunegiants have already lost 10 out of their 16 matches so far this season and find themselves in a spot of bother in the league table. They are 13 points off a Playoff spot and, with just six matches left in the campaign, there’s no room for error for coach Manpreet Singh and his men.Their elite Cover duo of skipper Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal has struggled to replicate their form from Season 6, that saw them both finish in the top 5 tackle point scorers of the campaign. Bhainswal, especially, has endured a difficult campaign and is currently averaging just above two tackle points per game. The raiding department hasn’t fared much better either. Rohit Gulia leads the team in scoring with 89 raid points in 16 matches while their top scorer from the past two campaigns, raider Sachin Tanwar has scored just 78 raid points in 14 appearances. The compounded lack of form from both units have resulted in Gujarat Fortunegiants languishing in the 10th spot in the standings, and if they hope to salvage their playoff hopes, they need a victory over Jaipur Pink Panthers to get back their confidence.last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgArnautovic agent: West Ham should accept lucky China offerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic wants to move to China.That is according to his agent and brother, Danijel.West Ham have received a £35million bid from an unnamed Chinese Super League club for the Austrian. And Danijel says the club should accept after paying 20m to sign his brother from Stoke City in the summer of 2017.He said: “West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market.”They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that. He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players’ award.”Now West Ham have a fantastic offer. It is close to double what they paid for him.”He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles. This is what he wants. It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China.”He knows the West Ham fans love him and he has a special connection with them, but things move on, this is the world of sport, and he hopes they can understand.”Marko is professional and is preparing himself for the Arsenal game. He will give 100 per cent for West Ham. That is Marko. He will never change.”Until he is no longer a West Ham player, he will give everything to the club. He hopes the fans can respect his wishes.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgArsenal scrape past Vitoria thanks to Nicolas Pepe late heroicsby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal winger Nicolas Pepe has announced himself at Arsenal after scoring two goals to clinch a 3-2 win over Vitoria in the Europa League on Thursday.Unai Emery threw Pepe on with fifteen minutes remaining with his side behind 2-1 in North London.Gabriel Martinelli cancelled out former Spurs’ winger Marcus Edwards’ opening goal, but Bruno Duarte restored the visitors lead before the half-time whistle.After losing to Sheffield United on Monday night, banners reading ‘Emery Out’ could be seen around the Emirates.An equally maligned Pepe, who became the club’s record-signing in the summer, was called up to replace Alexandre Lacazette.He delivered for his manager, scoring two breathtaking free-kicks to win Arsenal the game.Speaking after the game, Emery lauded his side’s fighting spirit.”Our aim in this competition is to top the group. Each match is a chance to use different players and grow experience and little by little get better. We didn’t play like we wanted but we showed good spirit. It’s a good victory.”We have more information for the away game and for different players it was good to play tonight.”Some players need experience and playing sometimes under pressure at this level and the first half we didn’t play or control the match as we wanted and we were losing so with the substitutions we wanted to take control and impose more. We didn’t play offensively like we wanted but again the players showed good spirit to come back after the first half.”On match-winner Pepe, Emery added: “It’s important for Pepe. He can gain confidence from tonight. When he scores it’s good for him and the team. He’s getting better and he helped us tonight to win this match.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAll full-time female faculty members at the University of Guelph will be getting a raise after a salary review found they were being paid less than their male colleagues.Charlotte Yates, the provost at the Ontario university, said the decision comes after crunching the numbers gathered through the review launched last year.The university will give a $2,050 raise to each faculty member who identifies as female or non-male, she said. That represents more than 300 tenured, tenure-track and contract faculty.“It’s important for me that people who are doing the same job should be compensated equitably,” Yates said. “I’m excited and happy to be able to make the correction.”The raises began on June 1, she said, but faculty were notified of the change on Tuesday.Yates said the school performed a robust statistical analysis taking into account a wide variety of factors including gender, age, experience, hiring date and some performance data. The results showed female faculty were being underpaid compared to their male colleagues.“Even if the dollar amount is not large, it’s a recognition of the importance and commitment we have to equity,” Yates said of the raise, adding that the university also needs to offer competitive salaries to recruit and retain talent, something that’s harder to do if inequities exist.The school’s review, Yates said, is indicative of larger inequity issues between the sexes.“It reminds us that a lot of inequities are deeply systemic,” she said.“It’s not necessarily done intentionally, but it creeps in and is cumulative over time. It’s important we take stock, which is what we were doing with this salary review, so we take stock and then make the correction as suggested.”This isn’t the first university where Yates has had a hand in raising the spectre of pay inequity. In 2015, as a faculty member at McMaster University in Hamilton, she released a report that showed discrepancies between the sexes. The school responded by giving all women faculty a $3,515 raise.In 2016, the University of Waterloo gave a $2,905 salary increase to all female faculty and in 2013 the University of British Columbia gave female faculty a two per cent raise across the board.The University of Guelph will continue to monitor salaries going forward to ensure inequities don’t creep back in, Yates said. The school also plans to promote proportional representation of women in senior leadership roles and to ensure equity and diversity are built into decisions on awarding prestigious awards to faculty.Yates said she also hopes to address inequities based on race and disability, but many surveys sent out to faculty came back blank on those categories, making statistical comparisons difficult. Yates said she’s working to deal with that issue.last_img read more