Help us build a better South Africa: Zuma

first_img22 March 2012 President Jacob Zuma, speaking during an event to mark the country’s Human Rights Day, called on South Africans to pause, reflect and roll up their sleeves to help the government build a better country for all its people. “Let us celebrate the right of being South Africans and of living in this wonderful country, whose people defeated colonial and racial oppression, to build a country that belongs to all,” Zuma said at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto on Wednesday.‘We must never take our rights for granted’ South Africa’s Human Rights Day remembers the Sharpeville Massacre, in which 69 people were killed during a peaceful protest again the pass laws. Wednesday marked 52 years since the massacre. Zuma said the day should also be used to celebrate the country’s Constitution and, in particular, the Bill of Rights. He urged people to familiarise themselves more with this supreme law of the land and appreciate its liberating features. “We must never take our freedom and human rights for granted,” he said.Progress made on socio-economic rights Zuma said the government would continue to make sure that every South African was able to enjoy their rights as enshrined in the Constitution. He said that, since 1994, the government’s national housing programme had delivered 2.8-million houses which provided shelter to 13.5-million people. By December 2011, 87% of rural households had been provided with water, and 75% with access to sanitation. A total of 15-million people, mainly vulnerable groups such as children, older persons and people with disabilities, now received social grants from the state, while eight-million children now received free education. “We have done well indeed in a short space of time,” Zuma said. ‘However, we are aware that, as more people gain access to these socio-economic rights, many more still live in hardship, due to decades of neglect.”‘Second phase’ of freedom Zuma said the government was serious about getting the country working, and it was for this reason that government had to grow the economy and improve the general standards of living in what he termed as the country’s “second phase” freedom, involving the transition towards a prosperous South Africa. “All of us have to roll up our sleeves and get down to some serious implementation work, to produce the platform for development, decent work and growth.” Zuma said the infrastructure project which he first announced in his State of the Nation address in February would lay the foundation for 20 or more years of growth, improved service delivery and jobs. He said the plan would drive back poverty, unemployment, inequality and under-development while responding to the basic needs of all South Africans. “The infrastructure plan recognises that black people are no longer temporary visitors in someone else’s city – they are city dwellers, they have rights. “Infrastructure for development is also about connecting rural communities to economic opportunities through building dams and irrigation systems. It will connect farms and villages to the energy grid and build schools and clinics in rural areas.” Zuma said that, through working with the people, and with the private sector, labour, education institutions, and all spheres of government, the country would be “working smarter” to make South Africa work for South Africans. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Bafana versus Morocco a sell-out

first_img11 October 2013Tickets for Friday evening’s friendly international between Bafana Bafana and Morocco at the new Agadir Stadium in Agadir City, Morocco, are sold out.The ground, which has been built for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, has a capacity of 45 480.South African coach Gordon Igesund, on his arrival in Agadir City, was very positive, telling the South African Football Association (Safa): “The spirit is high and the boys are raring to go. This is the beginning of a new era.”Five new capsThe match is certainly the beginning of a new era for the five new caps in the squad: goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, defender Kgosi Ntlhe, and midfielders Sibusiso Vilakazi, Ayanda Patosi and Keagan Dolly.In an interview with Safa on Thursday, Williams said that, whether he played or not, there were some things he wanted to take away from his time with the national team.“The experience is paramount obviously, just the feeling of being here, the mentality needed to stay here and to see how the guys do things,” Williams said. “It is not easy playing for the national team, because all the best players are here.”‘It is not going to be easy’Looking ahead to the game against Morocco, Williams added: “I have heard that they selected a strong squad with players from overseas, so it is not going to be an easy game. But I still believe we stand a good chance to return home victorious.”With few opportunities to see his players in action before the third African Nations Championship, which South Africa will be hosting from 11 January to 1 February, Igesund will be using the match to assess the performances of some players.The African Nations Championship finals features 16 teams, comprising players who play their football in their home countries.The Bafana Bafana line-up is far from watered-down for Friday’s clash, however. Part of the agreement to open the new Agadir Stadium was that South Africa would field its strongest possible team.‘Fired up’“The guys are fired up for the game,” Igesund told Safa on Thursday. “They all want to play and that’s always difficult for the coach because you can’t play everybody, but I have to find the right balance, mix the youngsters with the experienced players.“Most of the youngsters are looking very sharp and they could give us something tomorrow. I have my starting 11, but there are one or two I need to confirm.”Revealing something about his starting line-up, Igesund added: “I want to see the team stabilised in the first half, and you can expect to see players like Sibusiso Vilakazi, Daylon Claasen, and I am even thinking of giving Siyanda Xulu a chance at the back – so you could see about four youngsters in there.“We have to give them a chance and see them progress because these are the future stars.”Previous matchesWhile South Africa and Morocco have played only four times, their most recent meeting, at the Africa Cup of Nations in Durban in January, was a real humdinger. It ended 2-2 after an entertaining back-and-forth battle.After that result, Bafana Bafana progressed to the quarterfinals as the top finisher in Group A, while Morocco exited the tournament after drawing all three of their matches.Morocco will be keen to produce a winning start at the new venue, while Bafana Bafana, after a disappointing 2-1 loss by a home-based team to Zimbabwe in their last outing, will not want to lose successive matches.Kick-off is at 21:00 South African time. The match will be broadcast on SABC 1 and on DSTV on SuperSport 4.last_img read more

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Rockets beat Mavericks for 8th straight win

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) shoots as Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., bottom and forward Doug McDermott, left, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden scored 27 points, Chris Paul added 25 and the Houston Rockets easily handled the short-handed Dallas Mavericks to get a 104-97 win on Sunday night.The Rockets have won eight straight and 12 of 13.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next The Rockets led for most of the game, but the Mavericks kept it close until a couple of runs in the third quarter allowed Houston to pull away.They were up by 12 to start the fourth quarter and led 93-77 after four straight points by Nene early in the quarter. Yogi Ferrell had the next seven points, highlighted by a 3-pointer he made before crashing to the ground as he was fouled, to cut the lead to 93-84 with about eight minutes remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHouston scored the next five points, with a basket from Paul just before the shot clock expired followed by a 3 from Harden that spurred Dallas coach Rick Carlisle to call a timeout with about six minutes left.But the Mavericks, who were playing their first game this season without Dirk Nowitzki, didn’t threaten again and most of the Rockets’ starters were soon on the bench with the game in hand. Houston got back on track after that, using an 8-2 spurt to make it 84-73 with less than a minute left in the quarter. Eric Gordon got things going in that stretch with a 3-pointer, and Paul scored the last five points.Ferrell added a basket for Dallas after that, but Gordon capped the third quarter with another 3 to leave Houston up 87-75 entering the fourth.Houston led 57-55 at halftime.TIP-INSMavericks: Nowitzki stayed in Dallas because of a swollen left ankle. … Wesley Matthews didn’t make the trip because of tightness in his lower back.Rockets: Trevor Ariza missed his seventh straight game with a strained left hamstring. … Clint Capela added 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.UP NEXTMavericks: Host Sacramento on Tuesday.Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Tuesday. Paul had nine assists and eight rebounds and Harden had five assists and six rebounds.Ferrell scored 20 points for the Mavs, who have lost eight of 10. Dwight Powell had 18 points and 12 rebounds.The Rockets were up by two early in the third quarter when they used an 8-2 run to make it 68-60 with about 8½ minutes left in the quarter.Powell scored four points in a row later in the third to get Dallas within 5. Harden made two free throws after that before both teams went cold, with nobody scoring for the next 2½ minutes.Maximilian Kleber ended the drought with an alley-oop to cut the lead to 76-71 with about three minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Floorball Association kicked off PFL season 2017-2018 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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Dame Helen Mirren wins Glamour Icon award

first_imgDame Helen Mirren won the Icon award at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday night (03.06.14).The Oscar-winning actress, 68, was thrilled to be presented with the prize by Ryan Reynolds, with whom she is currently filming ‘The Woman In Gold,’ and used her moment on stage to urge young stars not to be afraid of getting older.She said: “There are a lot of really young women here who are very beautiful, incredibly talented, and I salute you and respect you all. I’m so proud to be a member of your sex.”Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is f**king awesome. I’m not quite there yet, but almost.”Dame Helen Mirren won the Icon award at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London.Davina McCall was named Glamour Hero for her gruelling 500-mile cycle, swim and running journey from Edinburgh to London in February, which raised 1 million pounds for Sports Relief, and ‘Orange Is The New Black’ actress Taylor Schilling, 29, won the Editor’s Special Award.Other big winners included ‘Grace of Monaco’ actress Nicole Kidman, who won the Outstanding Contribution award, and Taylor Swift, who was awarded Best International Solo Artist, but neither of them were able to attend the glittering ceremony.Supermodel Naomi Campbell, Little Mix, singer Paloma Faith, presenter Emma Willis, ‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland and ‘Godzilla’ actress Sally Hawkins also picked up prizes.’The Hunger Games’ star Sam Claflin – who plays Finnick Odair in the franchise – was named the Man of the Year at the ceremony, which was presented by Graham Norton in London’s Berkeley Square Gardens.last_img read more

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