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January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,I write on behalf of several parents who are afraid to speak out and let their voices be heard because they fear that their children would be victimised. The issue is in relation to Leonora Primary School offering extra lessons to Grade 2 pupils. Yes, Grade 2. These children are on average six years old, have to attend school from 08:45hrs to about 15:00hrs, and are now being asked to attend extra lessons at the school. I should point out that this is being offered at a fee.After the lessons, these children, depending on where they live, get home very late. Once they are home, they have to complete homework which is due the next day. They are also required to study from the regular text books which have been made mandatory by the school/Ministry of Education if they are to cover the syllabus.By then these children are tired and worn out, and would have to retire to bed. My child has complained several times that this is too much for him to endure, and it is causing him to be sick.Editor, can you please tell me when would these children get time to play or to actually be children? Play time should be compulsory for every child; this is what happens in countries across the world. The question is: Why are these children made to go through this torture at such a young age? I should also ask what is preventing these teachers from finishing off the syllabus during regular school hours.Yes, we do understand that it is the level where children have to be prepared for the Grade 2 Assessment, but they should not be made to suffer. In fact, this is doing more harm to the children than good.It could be recalled that, sometime back, the Ministry of Education had implemented a policy to ban extra lessons and enforce teachers to work hard — which they are paid to do — to finish the syllabus on time, irrespective of the grade the child is in. If a teacher wants to give extra lessons, while the school may argue that these lessons are not compulsory, other children who are not attending will automatically feel that they are missing out on work that they should have been part of. It would also be of great disadvantage to the child if the teacher chooses these sessions to introduce new topics. One can only imagine the confusion this would generate.While I will not delve into detail on the additional financial burden this will place on parents, I should mention briefly that parents are already saddled with so many expenses in relation to ‘internet-based’ homework, transportation, meals, sanitation fees, money for text books, money for test papers, etc.On a separate note, in terms of the ‘internet-based’ home work, the Ministry of Education needs to relook at its approach to assignments in general. When concerns are raised with the teachers about the level of the assignments given out, the teachers would say it is the Ministry of Education that makes these decisions. Some of these ‘assignments’ could be done in groups in class with proper supervision from the teacher. What we are seeing now is that parents would have to refer to an internet café to get them done, as they ask for pictures. Also, in relation to the ‘projects’ given to do as ‘assignment’, because parents want the maximum marks for their children, some end up giving professionals to complete; like joiners, carpenters, workers at internet cafes etc. This is wrong, and unfair to other children who actually spend time to get their work done.In addition to being unfair, just imagine the cost for materials and labour etc that parents are burdened with. The point I am making is that because of the approach taken, the child is not allowed to explore his/ her creative abilities. Much of the work which should be done at school is being transferred to the home at a very high price.A number of parents are scared to speak out, but they are grumbling in small corners, and the general feeling is ‘that this is the system, and nothing can be done’.We do hope that the Ministry of Education will take note of the issues raised in this letter, and take action to ensure that some of these issues are addressed for the benefit of our children, not just for the Grade 2 level at Leonora Primary, but for others schools as well.Yours truly,Concerned parentName and addresswithheldlast_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img5 November 2009“South Africa is capable of hosting this World Cup; people must not underestimate us,” Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs football great Doctor Khumalo told Fifa.com after a recent visit to Argentina and Uruguay.“This is the reason why I am a 2010 ambassador,” Khumalo said. “I want to spread the message of the work that we are doing to the world.”Khumalo was in South America as a 2010 Fifa World Cup™ ambassador to update journalists, business leaders and politicians on South Africa’s preparations for the tournament.A man who has forever secured his place in South Africa’s history books for scoring the winning goal in his country’s first fully-fledged, completely representative international football match – against Cameroon in Durban in 1992 – Khumalo is also no stranger to Argentina. In 1995 he played for Buenos Aires football club Ferrocarril Oeste.On his return to the South American country this year, it was obvious to Khumalo that South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup has had a profound effect on how people now view the country.“There has been a major change in how people in Argentina see South Africa since I was there in 1995,” he said. “Before, they saw the country as a place of bush and animals with only rural areas, but now with South Africa hosting the World Cup, they see it as a first-class country capable of hosting major events.“When I showed them pictures of the stadiums, you could see they were amazed, and I could tell they now knew that South Africa will host a great World Cup.”Khumalo said he was surprised at the reaction to some of the preparations for 2010 – including the plans by the host cities to provide park-and-ride facilities to the stadiums.“People were not aware of what a park-and-ride is when I presented it to them. They do not have this in their country. I went to a match while I was in Argentina, and people were walking three or four kilometres to the stadium for the game.”Khumalo jokes that his presence in Argentina helped get the South American giants to next year’s World Cup.“When I first arrived they had not yet qualified. I joked with the journalists there that they were struggling to get into 2010, but now they had an African intervention of hope – me as a lucky charm – and that they would qualify. A few days later, they did.”Khumalo was lucky enough to attend the game between Peru and Argentina which Argentina clinched 2-1, giving them their lifeline in their World Cup campaign.Now that Argentina have secured their place in South Africa next year, Khumalo is certain that interest is peaking in the country.“Our embassy in Argentina is probably being bombarded with calls for more information since their qualification. I think many will come to watch their team and enjoy South Africa.“It was a very successful trip, and people were impressed with what I had to tell them about South Africa and how we plan to host the World Cup next year,” Khumalo said. “Now they know that South Africa … is ready to entertain the world.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img16 November 2015“Sport is a significant part of any nation’s culture, leisure time, health and education,” said Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula at the launch of the inaugural National Sports Week on 13 November.“When integrated into the broader framework of development, sport constitutes an important tool for advancing sustainable development in the different sectors of society.”National Sports Week will take place from today till 22 November. As part of South Africa’s National Development Plan, sport is recognised as a pillar to promoting social cohesion. It also acts as a catalyst for nation building.#NationalSportsWeek2015 logo: Discussion, Showcase, Engage, Honour pic.twitter.com/sk4XprWFTM— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) November 13, 2015Sport, said the minister, had gained the attention of countries as a key contributor to attaining government priorities, with global leaders recognising that sport touched every aspect of a nation’s ethos.“Over the past decade, United Nations agencies, international sports federations, international non-governmental organisations and grassroots organisations have been using sporting events as tools for social development and peace,” the minister said.The aim of National Sports Week is to boost the development of sports; drive business through sport; and to foster open communication as a way to overcome the challenges confronting the sporting fraternity.Minister @MbalulaFikile unpacking the itinerary of #NationalSportsWeek2015 pic.twitter.com/5Htbfmzgkk— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) November 13, 2015EventsAccording to the department, the following events will be taking place during National Sport Week:National Sport Business Exhibition: 14 to 17 NovemberInternational Sport Exchange Conference: 15 to 19 NovemberMinisterial Golf Day: 21 NovemberSouth African Sport Awards: 22 NovemberThe department will also provide sporting equipment to local sport clubs and various schools in Welkom, Hanover, Botshabelo, Kroonstad and Thaba Nchu.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSouth African poet laureate, political activist and academic Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile passed away on 3 January 2018 after a short illness. He was 79. Kgositsile became South Africa’s first poet laureate in 2006.Keorapetse Kgositsile intertwined politics, poetry and jazz to create a unique South African literary voice that will be remembered for generations to come. Kgositsile, South Africa’s first poet laureate, died on 3 January 2018, following a short illness. He was 79. (Image: YouTube)CD AndersonBorn in Johannesburg in 1938, Kgositsile fell in love with literature and poetry at a young age, discovering the works of American poet and novelist Langston Hughes, and English writers Charles Dickens and DH Lawrence while still at school.On completing his schooling, he worked as a journalist and poet at the influential independent newspaper New Age; it closed in 1963 following its banning by the apartheid government. Kgositsile’s first original poems were lyrical and politically charged, attacking the apartheid government. While he was interested in writing long-form fiction, he felt poetry had an urgency and an anger that could inspire young people.The rhythms and structures of his poetry, particularly the scathing Dawn, were also influenced by African jazz tempos and the early American Beat Generation stream-of-consciousness aesthetic.A poet in exileA lifelong member of the ANC, Kgositsile’s political outspokenness in his poetry and activism drew the attention of the apartheid government and he was soon forced into exile, first to Tanzania and then to the United States. In the latter, he studied literature and creative writing at a number of prestigious universities, including Columbia University. Kgositsile published his first poetry collection, titled Spirits Unchained, in 1969.After graduating with a Master’s degree in fine arts, Kgositsile remained at Columbia where he began his teaching career. He also became a regular performer on New York’s spoken word circuit in the coffee shops and community centres of Greenwich Village and Harlem.While in New York, Kgositsile formed friendships with some of the leading jazz musicians and political activists of the era, including Nina Simone, Stokely Carmichael and Harry Belafonte. He considered the intertwining of jazz, politics and poetry an effective way to communicate the black experience, whether that be in Africa or the US, and as a way to escape the constrictions of a white-influenced cultural aesthetic.Elaborating on this idea in 1985, Kgositsile said: “There is nothing like art – in the oppressor’s sense of art. There is only movement. Force. Creative power. The walk of Sophiatown tsotsi or my Harlem brother on Lenox Avenue. Field Hollers. The Blues. A Trane riff. Marvin Gaye or mbaqanga. Anguished happiness. Creative power, in whatever form it is released, moves like the dancer’s muscles.”He also used theatre and performance as a way to inspire revolutionary thought and political debate. He was one of the founders of the Black Arts Theatre in Harlem in the early 1970s, which brought together African and African-American poets, writers and artists. It offered them a platform to collaborate and formulate a modern black culture movement.Return to AfricaIn 1975, Kgositsile returned to Africa, teaching writing and poetry at the University of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. He married fellow exile Baleka Mbete in 1978, and helped found the ANC-in-exile’s education and culture departments. Later, in a democratic South Africa, Mbete became the Speaker of the National Assembly and served as deputy president of the country for a short period.Kgositsile spent the 1980s teaching at schools and universities around Africa, including in Kenya and Botswana. In 1990, before returning to South Africa, he published his sixth collection of poetry, titled When the Clouds Clear. It was his first collection to be published in his country of birth.Returning to democratic South AfricaOn his return home, the poet became an outspoken cultural activist, particularly as the vice-president of the Congress of South African Writers. He helped to foster young creative minds through the  embracing of the black African voice. He was a fierce critic of the newly elected ANC government, which, he felt, had forgotten the important roles that art and artists played in the struggle against apartheid and their roles in voicing the hopes of a new, democratic country.During the 1990s, Kgositsile returned to the US as an honourary professor at a number of the universities where he had studied as a young man. He married for the third time, to respected US law professor Cheryl Harris. In 1994, they had a son (Kgositsile’s third child), Thebe Neruda Kgositsile. He went on to become an acclaimed hip-hop star known as Earl Sweatshirt. Kgositsile and Harris separated eight years later.thank yall for your thoughts and love pic.twitter.com/qhualj0fjL— thebe kgositsile (@earlxsweat) January 4, 2018In the last decade of his life, Kgositsile remained active as a connection between politics and the arts.In 2013, he was made director of the South African Department of Arts and Culture, and was a committee member of the South Africa / China People’s Friendship Association, which helped to form cultural relationships between the two countries.Kgositsile won the Herman Charles Bosman literary prize and the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize (Brooks was a former US poet laureate). He was also awarded the South African National Order of Ikhamanga Silver for achievements and contributions to South African literature. Kgositsile published more than ten collections of poetry and writings in his lifetime.In his final years, he became a prominent fixture on the South African literary festival circuit, mentoring a new generation of writers at events such as the Jozi Book Fair, Abantu Book Festival and the InZync Poetry festival. Kgositsile was working as a cultural adviser in the office of Gauteng ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile when he died.Reaction to the death of Keorapetse KgositsileFollowing his death, South Africans expressed their appreciation for Kgositsile’s life and work in contributing to South African culture.President Jacob Zuma called him a South African ambassador. In his statement, the president said: “Today our country mourns the sad passing of one of the giants of our liberation struggle, who was renowned for his accomplishment as well in the education, arts and culture sectors. Kgositsile was highly regarded even beyond the borders of our country and was a celebrated arts intellectual in the continent. We extend our deepest condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.”Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa called Kgositsile South Africa’s most influential and exceptional poet, one whose works would never be forgotten.Parliament also issued a statement, calling the poet a champion for freedom, whose legacy would inspire future generations to use culture to develop South Africa. “Professor Kgositsile… distinguished himself as an academic, a poet par excellence, and a champion for freedom and social justice throughout his life in South Africa [and] while in exile in many countries of the world and on his return home. Through his sharp and progressive pen, he contributed [to] cutting open the oppressive blanket of the apartheid system to keep the liberation spirit burning in the country and abroad.”Tweets about Keorapetse Kgositsile Kgositsile is survived by his wife, seven children and several grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.Source: News24, Wikipedia, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

December 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to Iowa State University Economist Dermot Hayes, U.S. pork producers have lost $2.2 billion on an annualized basis due to events leading up to and following China’s 25% punitive tariffs in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel.“U.S. pork has invested significantly to ramp production to capitalize on growth opportunities around the world, including China and other markets throughout the Asia-Pacific region,” said Jim Heimerl, a Johnstown, Ohio pig farmer and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “We applaud the administration for making the expansion of agriculture exports a cornerstone of the discussions with China. We hope the next round of trade talks with China results in improved market access to a critical export market for U.S. pork and other farm products.”The National Pork Producers is calling for a swift resolution of the United States-China trade dispute, paving the way for increased U.S. pork exports to the world’s largest pork-consuming nation.“Since March 1, when speculation about Chinese retaliation against U.S. pork began, hog futures have dropped by $18 per animal, translating to a $2.2 billion loss on an annualized basis,” Hayes said. “While not all of this lost value can be attributed to trade friction with China, it is certainly the main factor.”The market disruption caused by export market uncertainty comes at a time when U.S. pork is expanding production to record levels. Five new pork processing plants have recently opened or will soon begin operations, increasing U.S. pork production capacity by approximately 10% from 2015 levels by next year. Exports accounted for more than $53 of the average $149 value of a hog last year and support over 110,000 U.S. jobs. The United States has, on average, been the top global supplier of pork over the last ten years. “We produce the safest, highest-quality and most affordable pork in the world,” Heimerl said. “We are dependent on exports and are one of the few sectors of the U.S. economy that can immediately reduce the trade imbalance with China, where pork represents approximately ten percent of the consumer price index. Eliminating punitive tariffs and improving access to China by eliminating or reducing tariffs on frozen and chilled pork would result in an explosion of pork exports, contributing significantly to U.S. economic growth and reduction of the trade deficit.”last_img read more

December 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Pluto TVPluto TV is rapidly gaining momentum as a competitive player on the OTT block. It’s completely free to consumers and available on all major devices. Pluto TV delivers more than 100 TV channels and an on-demand library with thousands of free movies. It’s premised on the “lean back” TV experience and equipped with traditional TV features, including an online program guide and channel-surfing capabilities. Being free and full of premium programming, it’s easy to attract existing OTT fans and those new to the space.Pluto TV offsets the cost of the viewer experience by offering ad-supported commercials, similar to those executed by traditional cable and broadcast networks today. It includes established networks like NBC News, CBSN, Food TV, and Fox Sports, as well as popular internet channels including Cheddar, PopSugar, WPT, and People TV. The brand recently struck deals with major studios, including MGM and Warner Brothers, and has earned its place as a sought-after advertising outlet for marketers looking to reach cord cutters. Pluto TV has been called the “best cord-cutting app,” and Digital Trends said, “It doesn’t seem like Pluto TV will be going anywhere.” Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy HuluHulu is a paid subscription streaming service that offers both ad-supported and commercial-free subscription packages. It offers an extensive library of premium TV and film content, with options for live and on-demand channels and a slate of original series. Hulu secures some of the highest commercial pricing in the industry and is consistently sold out. A recent deal with The Walt Disney Company aims to give Hulu the flexibility afforded to its closest competitors, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Unlimited access to the Hulu streaming library is $7.99 per month; Hulu with Live TV costs $39.99 per month.Hulu has generated significant amounts of buzz with its original show “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which helped it earn critical acclaim, a dozen coveted Hollywood awards, and worldwide recognition for its original programming. In early 2018, Hulu reported that it had 17 million subscribers and, despite a revenue loss in 2017, was able to capture $1 billion in ad revenue — something that makes an irrefutable case for the shifting of advertising dollars toward OTT. RokuRoku has marked itself as a trailblazer in the world of OTT with its affordable hardware and easy-to-use interface. In addition to its devices, Roku offers a robust variety of ad-supported and subscription-based content channels. Roku’s streaming players connect directly to TVs, and the service can also be accessed by smart TVs with built-in Roku. The service offers access to more than half a million TV episodes and movies, as well as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Pluto TV, Google Play, Hulu, and the major four broadcast networks. Recently, Roku launched its own app called The Roku Channel, full of ad-supported movies and TV shows. While The Roku Channel itself is free, the streaming players start at a cost of $29.99 for the hardware.Roku went public in September 2017 after seeking an IPO valuation of $100 million. The bulk of the brand’s revenue comes from its Roku players, but it’s seen its customer lifetime value nearly double in a two-year span; it relies on a mix of streaming subscriptions, licensing partnerships, and advertising, all of which have led to brands migrating to Roku from traditional TV buys. The company has seen a number of competitors enter the player fray since its inception, but Fortune noted in 2017 that Roku “is doing better than Google and Apple,” thanks to its OS-agnostic device. This is just one of the many reasons advertising revenue is finding its way to Roku.Cutting the cord has earned its place in the mainstream, and brands are vying to influence the viewing habits of an ever-increasing OTT audience across the United States. These three OTT brands have all developed rich, intuitive platforms for CMOs to direct their ad spend and earn back their market share and sales. The numbers are in, and it’s evident that streaming stands to get a lot more lucrative — for both streaming companies and their advertisers. Tags:#advertising#ott#over the top Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. center_img CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Americans are getting serious about cutting the cord. By the end of 2017, more than 22 million people had dropped their cable or satellite TV providers; millions more have chosen not to sign up for cable or satellite TV services at all.A slew of recent industry reports have shown that Americans are actively in pursuit of new ways to consume entertainment. According to eMarketer, their reasons for cutting the cord are primarily based on factors related to price and convenience. eMarketer also projects that within the next three years, the number of people who have never subscribed to paid television services will equal the number of people who have abandoned it. All in all, a whopping one out of three Americans is expected to forgo cable or satellite as the primary source of content viewing by 2021.These trends present a challenge to brands and agencies. How do you reach the third of the audience no longer watching traditional TV?Don’t worry; it’s not all doom and gloom. Historically speaking, mediums have constantly been disrupted; with that disruption, they improve. More options means more fragmentation. And better technology means better data, better targeting, and, in turn, better performance. That’s not to mention the access to tools that allow for experimentation with creative that was once limited only to those with big budgets and third-party resources.Looking back at the transformation from radio to television, from the internet to mobile, from dot-coms to social media — and now from TV to OTT services — there’s clear evidence that industry evolution can prove to be exactly what a brand needs to take it to the next level.Looking forward, these are three established OTT companies, employing unique and distinctive business models, that are currently winning the battle for viewers’ attention while attracting advertisers’ dollars. 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of…last_img read more