TWO weeks before the biggest event on its calendar for 2015, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is in turmoil, as it faces not only external threat, but accusations of betrayal from its own athletes.Last week, British newspaper The Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WDR published a report saying that the IAAF did not act on thousands of suspicious doping tests from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships.This week, Olympic discus champion Robert Harting led several athletes in a video accusing the body of betrayal.The IAAF had already faced challenges to its credibility this year, given the exceptional season of the American, Justin Gatlin, who is the fastest man over 100m and 200m this season, coming back from two doping suspensions.Jamaican psychiatrist Dr Aggrey Irons, a member of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) Disciplinary Committee and a former member of the Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel, believes there is an attempt to damage the IAAF.”It is an attempt to damage the credibility of the IAAF. I don’t think it will work,” Irons said.Sports psychologist Dennis May agrees and said the turmoil may work in the IAAF’s favour.”Not this issue, because in a sense it has been dealt with already at the highest level. We have seen, too, many accusations in baseball and football. There was a lull, but it came back up. When fans see there is an effort to take out the unfair advantage, people will appreciate it. People love sport. What they want to know is that it is a level playing field,” he said.Opportunity for changeMay, who holds a master’s degree in advanced behavioural science from Antioch University in Seattle, said it is time for the IAAF to institute harsher penalties for cheating.”It’s an opportunity to say ‘here is a stake in the ground’. The sanctions going forward may be even harder.”The founder of Jamalco Track Club believes the tension will heighten interest in the World Championships, especially the men’s 100m, which will feature the tainted Gatlin and reigning world champion Usain Bolt.”It’s high drama,” he said. “It is almost like a soap opera and films you watch. Athletics is at a crux point. From the fans’ point of view, it’s the clean games versus the dirty games. It’s interesting. People say Gatlin tested positive and he has served his time and people will say it has happened with us too.”Upcoming electionMay added that the timing of the scandal was interesting, given that the IAAF will face an election just before the World Championships next week.The body will meet to decide its next president, with 1984 1500m Olympic champion Sebastian Coe facing Ukraine’s 1988 pole vault champion, Sergey Bubka.Irons also said it is in the athletes’ and specifically, Jamaican athletes’ best interest to remain focused.”Recently, there has been an attempt to make us run under a cloud and we have to try to run above that cloud. We have a vested interest in our sport staying clean,” said Irons.May said he is not sure Harting’s accusations are a popular opinion among athletes, which would have been noticed in this age of social media.”Has there been a ground swell? If (that was the case) there would have been a lot of responses and in today’s world with responses being so fast, if you haven’t seen that, I don’t think that will affect it,” he said.
Twenty-nine farmers recently travelled to Crabwood Creek, Berbice, where they interacted with farmers there on improving the quality of their produce.The initiative was organised by the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) with the aim of promoting linkages among farmers, buyers and service providers and to establish a social relationship among farmers within Guyana.Twenty-two farmers from Parika, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), three farmers from Mara on the East Bank of Berbice, and four farmers from Central Corentyne Berbice, travelled to Crabwood Creek on February 12 to participate in the farmers’ exchange visit.Regional Market Coordinator Milton Dookie talking to farmers who participated in the farmers’ exchange visit recently held in Crabwood Creek, Berbice, Region SixThe first of this initiative took place last October, where farmers from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) visited farms in Parika, Region Three.On this occasion, the visitors keenly observed the different practices undertaken by the Crabwood Creek farmers after which a general discussion was facilitated by Regional Marketing Coordinator of the GMC, Milton Dookie.According to Dookie, among the many other potential outcomes, the exchange visit will enhance the knowledge of farmers as it relates to best practices as they strive to improve the quality of their produce.“Farmers in Guyana would use various practices in order to improve quality and productivity. It is known that farmers value their colleague’s experience and knowledge,” Dookie said in a statement released by the GMC.During the interaction, the team shared information and ideas regarding production practices for various non-traditional produce in their specific geographic locations.“Farmers from Malali sideline, Crabwood Creek, have developed and adopted production practices (plant spacing, drain construction, planting method etc) that differ from that of farmers in Region Three, mainly due to their heavy dependence on rainfall for irrigation water,” said Devin Warner, Region Six’s Crop Extension Officer.Produce such as eddoes, cassava, sweet potato, plantain, pumpkin and watermelon are cultivated on a large scale in Crabwood Creek.According to the GMC, it was evident that the farmers have a good appreciation for the production of quality produce. Nevertheless, the group expressed the need for support in understanding proper post-harvest management practices which will ensure that the quality of their produce is maintained which, by extension, will ensure that safe and wholesome food is delivered to consumers.GMC said its officers assured farmers that requisite training in the area of post-harvest management will be done within months. “Being aware of the importance of good post-harvest management practices, GMC is determined to instil these values in farmers countrywide,” Warner reiterated. He said that visits of such nature will be used as a mechanism to promote the appreciation of good post-harvest management.The farmers from Parika said they were impressed with the way farming is done in Crabwood Creek, especially as it relates to the scale of production and utilisation of the large expanse of land for large scale production.General Manager, Ida Sealey-Adams affirmed that plans are in place to replicate these activities in other regions in 2019. She further stated that GMC has been utilising various mechanisms to increase the capacity of its farmers over the years.“Exchange visits have been tried and tested worldwide among farming communities. Oftentimes the learning process reflects the different stages in the adoption hierarchy, where the creation of awareness must be followed by an interest in the practice. This commonly leads to changes in the way of thinking and a subsequent translation of ideas into action thereafter adoption,” Adams explained.
Robert Sarver has upped his Rangers takeover bid to £20million and offered the crisis-hit club a £6.5m emergency loan to help keep it afloat in the meantime.The US financier had an £18m offer rejected on Tuesday despite the Ibrox board announcing it was dangerously short on cash.Now the owner of NBA side the Phoenix Suns says he is willing to provide cash to pay off loans already taken out in recent weeks if the club accepts his new revised offer.He also hinted he would be willing to continue working with former oldco director Dave King and the Three Bears – wealthy fans Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor – who have both bought significant stakes in the past week.In a statement given to the Stock Exchange, the 53-year-old Sarver said: “This revised proposal hopefully helps the board deal with its short-term cashflow crunch and also addresses my desire to see the club on a solid long-term financial footing.“It would also enable Rangers to repay the loans from Mike Ashley and Sandy Easdale, and free it of debt.“I know, of course, that there are various groups of prominent fans who have been working hard for a long time to bring change to the club and they can rest assured that, if my proposal is accepted, I am committed to building a strong partnership with fans and key stakeholders to do what is best for the club.“I look forward to receiving the response of the Rangers board.”
THE Government won’t consider any inquiry into clerical child sex abuse until church-run audits into 24 more dioceses are completed – sparking the anger of a Donegal TD.Deputy Charlie McConalogue says the decision of Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald not to order an inquiry into Raphoe and other dioceses now fails victims of abuse.Mrs Fitzgerald has not ruled out a state commission of inquiry in the future. But calling for a State commission now, Deputy McConalogue, the Fianna Fáil spokesman on Children said it was “critical that the voices of the victims, failed by church and State, should be heard to enable them bring closure.”He told the Minister in the Dail: “The public, members of the church and, in particular, victims are tired of the drip-feed of reports….we need a comprehensive way that will deal with it, for once and for all.”However Minister Fitzgerald said the Health Service Executive had been conducting a national audit of all dioceses and religious orders and is expected to give her a report “in the Spring” which she says she will publish.Decision on inquiries would take place then, she said. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com ANGRY DONEGAL TD DEMANDS INQUIRY FOR RAPHOE ABUSE VICTIMS was last modified: December 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deputy charlie mcconaloguedonegalDonegal Newsraphoe abuse report
Rory Kavanagh is winning his fitness race for Donegal’s Ulster quarter-final against Derry.The midfielder was forced out of St Eunan’s All County League clash with Ardara last weekend after injuring an ankle.The Letterkenny teacher sustained partial tears to two ligaments on his left ankle and has been receiving intensive treatment in a bid to have him available to face the Oak Leaf. “He’s making good progress and we’re hopeful he’ll be available for the Derry game,” manager Jim McGuinness told The Irish Times.Kavanagh is due to meet a surgeon in Dublin on Thursday and it is hoped he will be back in training next Tuesday night – four days before Donegal face Derry.Kavanagh was joined in having a watching brief at training last week by Paddy McGrath. The corner-back has a quad injury, but should be fit for the game.David Walsh has a calf problem, but he too should be okay – as should Anthony Thompson who tweaked a hamstring last week. McGuinness was pleased to welcome team captain Michael Murphy back to training last week.He said: “Michael is back out on the field but it will take him some time to get back up to the level of the other players as he’s been out now for nine weeks.” KAVANAGH IS WINNING HIS BATTLE TO FACE DERRY was last modified: June 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DerryRory KavanaghUlster Championship
RORY AND PADDY AT LKRFCIRELAND’S rugby legends were in Co Donegal today – getting a warm welcome from players, staff and fans at Letterkenny Rugby Club.Above is Rory MacGinty playing at U12s in LKRFC from Gaelscoil Adhamhnain and the famous Paddy Johns Current Dungannon Head Coach and below is Finbar Rafferty from The Glebe Sports Partnership talking to Paddy Johns about the successful joint venture between the Letterkenny Gaels and the Letterkenny Rugby Club.Paul Wallace said they as visitors were so impressed with the joint venture that they want to come back next year to see the finished premises. Paul Wallace and Boyd Robinson also agreed to work together in the Coastal Cancer Challenge 2013 to raise funds for Cancer Charity. Paul would like to enter a team from C.R.O.S.S in aid of Cancer Research at St James Hospital.The stopover at the Glebe was attended by many well wishers including the Mayor of Letterkenny Dessie Larkin and Mayor of Donegal Frank McBrearty as well as the President of the Rugby Club Martin Moylan. RUGBY STARS GET DONEGAL WELCOME AT LETTERKENNY RFC was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
A judge has declared a Co Donegal man dead after an application by his family in court.Eamon Gallagher, who would be 87 on Christmas Eve if he was still alive, was from Roosky, Convoy.He was last seen alive in White Chapel, east London, in 1979. Mr Gallagher left Co Donegal in 1952 to work as a labourer on building sites in London.There had been just one other confirmed sighting of him – in 1962 – in south London by another man from Donegal who recognised him.When he was last seen in 1979 he was carrying a bottle of wine.His younger brother Charles, who lives in Putney in London, brought an application to have Eamon declared dead before Donegal Circuit Court.The application was supported by the only other surviving member of the family, May, who still lives in Roosky and who is now 90.Six other siblings are all deceased.Their barrister Desmond Murphy was also granted an application to have more than 18 hectares transferred to the name of Charles Gallagher.“They have exhausted every route,” said Mr Murphy.“It appears their brother has disappeared completely off the radar.”Searches conducted by Britain’s health and social welfare services had failed to locate Eamon Gallagher, he said.The Salvation Army’s specialist unit and the Irish ex-pat organisation Aishling had also failed to find him.Adverts in Irish newspapers in London hadn’t received any responses.Mr Murphy said his elderly clients wanted to settle their own affairs and wanted the land transferred to Charles Gallagher so that this could be done.Judge John O’Hagan granted the applications, saying the case was “very sad when people leave their home country and disappear without trace.”DONEGAL MAN LAST SEEN 35 YEARS AGO DECLARED DEAD BY COURT was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:declared deaddonegal circuit courtEamon Gallagher
The video above highlights the transformation Arena 7 has undergone since it’s inception back in 2004, nobody realized back then just how popular the venue would become.Arena 7 is now undoubtedly the North West’s No.1 entertainment complex.To watch this brilliant video simply click play and enjoy. So how did an old run down Chip Factory turn into one of the top Entertainment Complexes in the Northwest?Quite simply, one man’s vision.Arena 7 opened its doors on August 2004 offering 10 bowling lanes, arcade machines, a kids adventure centre, a fast food outlet, a bar and five snooker tables.Twenty-nine staff started off on that journey with Arena 7 and now ten years later there are over sixty employed. Enda Nicholls first came up with the idea after a conversation he had with Seamus Mc Ateer of County Seat where he once worked.The need for a place for families to be entertained in Letterkenny was realised.The venue at Ballyraine was chosen and so the wheels were set in motion to what has become a fantastic addition to Letterkenny.Since that first day in 2004 the complex has grown steady with The Brunswick Room added in 2005 complete with Private Bar and a capacity for 140 people.Kelly’s Corner was the next to be added in 2007 to cater for the growing demand of private functions with a capacity of 60. The snooker tables were replaced in 2007 with the arrival of the very popular Kids Go Karts and The snug bar arrived in 2011 and it has since doubled up as a Private Karaoke Bar when Arena 7 teamed up with London based Karaoke Specialists “Lucky Voice”.The best way to start off a night on the town too I might add!!!!!!The VIP Private Bowling Room was a welcome addition in 2012 offering three lanes of bowling complete with stylish seating, private music system, a pool table, air hockey table as well as waiter service for those enjoying a drink from the bar.Laser Quest was the next to follow in 2013 with the new multi level maze a great addition to the growing number of reasons to visit Arena 7. The game, using state of the art equipment is played by both adults and kids and is used by quite a lot of teams and businesses as a team building exercise with Declan Bonners successful Donegal Minor team recent visitors.Never one to stand still in 2014 Mr Nicholls renovated the restaurant and renamed it The Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant so his customers can enjoy great food in stylish and comfortable surroundings.Shay Given, Ken Doherty, Jimmy White, Paul Mc Ginley, Aidan Mc Geady, Brendan O Carroll, Danny and Amanda O Carroll as well as Keith Duffy and the Irish Boxing legend Jack Mc Laughlin have all been visitors to the complex in the past 10 years.However it is the support of the local people that has made the business the success that it is.Enda and Claire would like to thank each and every customer who have chosen Arena 7 over the past 10 years and look forward to the future with great anticipation.Arena 7 will celebrate the past 10 years on the 5th of September with food and music by Cod Stewart (a Rod Stewart Tribute Act) and that man DJ Scoop.Everyone is welcome with food served at 9pm and music after.Here’s to the next decade.DDTV: ARENA 7 CELEBRATE TEN INCREDIBLE YEARS IN BUSINESS was last modified: August 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:10 years2004Arena 7BusinessEntertainmenthome-page featuresnews
Wilma den HartighThe Amatola Wild Trout Fishery providesthe community with an income, and brings visitors to the area.(Image: Amatola Wild Trout Fishery) Claire Reid with her garden on a reel. (Image: Reel Gardening) MEDIA CONTACTS • Constance HybsierSEED Awards programme manager+27 21 808 3374 or +27 83 709 6482 RELATED ARTICLES • Fog project boosts water supply • SA marks Year of Biodiversity • SA store shows new way to farm • Farming in the heart of Joburg• Tapping into ingenuitySix South African entrepreneurs and development organisations have received international recognition for their contribution to building a viable green economy.The SEED Initiative, a UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) project, has rewarded six South African businesses and development projects, that have proved they’re paying more than just lip service to sustainable development and social and economic upliftment, in its 2010 awards programme.The SEED Initiative is a global network that identifies projects and businesses that have innovative, entrepreneurial approaches to sustainable development.It was founded in 2002 by UNEP, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to realise the objectives of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals.The SEED Initiative will host an awards ceremony for all the winners, in their home countries. The programme does not offer a money prize, but gives each winner access to business services as well as the opportunity to network and build relationships with new partners. The international exposure and publicity is priceless.Winners also receive business support, based on the specific needs of each project. This includes access to technical expertise and knowledge, finding new sources of finance and the development of business plans.Visit the SEED website for a full list of the 2010 winners.Highlighting African innovationThis year, the organisation’s awards programme emphasised initiatives from South Africa, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal, as well as Sri Lanka, Colombia and China.This focus was part of a larger project connected to UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative and was funded mainly by the European Union.The 2010 Seed Awards received applications from about 60 countries, and overall, there were 30 global winners.The South African winners are: the IziWasha hand-held laundry device; the Zondi BuyBack Initiative; Amatola Wild Trout Fishery; Food & Trees for Africa; Claire Reid Reel Gardening; and Mooi River Waste Reclaiming.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said in a statement that the winners “exemplify the strong spirit of entrepreneurship in the developing world and its significance in creating a green economy”.The entries ranged from combined efforts of non-governmental organisations, women’s and youth groups, to labour organisations, public authorities, international agencies and academia.The majority of entries were in the agriculture and rural development sector. However, there was a strong focus on projects dealing with climate change and energy, the conservation of biodiversity, and waste management. A panel of independent international experts selected the winners.Pride of the country The South African winners were selected from a large variety of entrants, but what they all have in common are business models that prioritise improved livelihoods, address poverty and marginalisation, and focus on sustainable natural resources management.IziWashaThe IziWasha hand-held clothes washing device was developed by a South African engineer for people who live in low-income communities and are unable to afford automatic washing machines.“The IziWasha is filling a need that has been ignored and many companies have not seen this as a priority market,” says Rebecca Harrison, CEO of IziWasha Ltd.The device is made from plastic, is fully portable and doesn’t require any running water or electricity to work. Harrison says that the product can make a major difference to the lives of women who have large families and spend many hours washing clothes by hand.“It is physically demanding and time consuming to hand wash clothes. Women also often complain of backache,” she says.The IziWasha is also good for the environment, as a user will no longer have to wash their clothes in rivers. This will reduce water pollution and increase river water quality. The appliance comes with easy to understand operating instructions and guidelines to safely dispose of washing water.“We’ve done some market research in communities and the response to the product has been very positive. People see a lot of value in it,” says Harrison.IziWasha is planning to launch the product to the general market in the second quarter of 2011.Reel Gardening Claire Reid, the brain behind Reel Gardening, never thought that a school science project would turn into a viable business concept. “I realised that cultivating a vegetable garden is time consuming, and it is expensive to buy fertiliser and seed – just to find that the seeds don’t germinate,” Reid says.She developed pre-fertilised seed strips that contain seeds and all the other ingredients needed to plant vegetables. Besides watering, minimal input is needed. The strips carry all the instructions to grow vegetables successfully. The correct depth at which the seeds should be planted is indicated with a coloured line and the seeds are even placed at the correct distance apart from one another inside the strips. The fertiliser soaks up the water and forms a gel, ensuring that the seeds remain moist and germination is more successful, while the paper casing prevents birds from eating the seeds out of the soil. Once the biodegradable paper capsule has served its purpose, it will decompose and become compost for the soil.Each strip is also colour coded for easy identification of vegetables: for example, tomato is red and beetroot is purple. The paper strip is 3.5cm wide and is purchased in metre lengths.The seed strips come with instructions in English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, Sesotho, Sepedi, Setswana and isiXhosa. Visual instructions are also printed. The instructions are easy to understand and the product is suitable for any age, from young children to the elderly. “Children love it because the strips are so colourful,” she says.She hopes that the product will encourage more South Africans, including schools, clinics, community centres, churches and rural communities, to cultivate their own food gardens. In doing this, everyone will have a constant source of nutritious vegetables.“You also don’t need large areas of land – if you live in the city, a small patio garden or balcony is all you need,” she says.The manufacturing hub for the seed strips is based in Illovo in Johannesburg and Reid works with 12 previously unemployed moms, who hand package each seed strip. At the moment 10 vegetables are packaged, but in the future she wants to expand the product line to include flowers and herbs.Even before the SEED award, her invention attracted much attention. The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry nominated the reel gardening product for the South African Junior Water Prize as it reduces water wastage by 80%. Reid went on to win this prize, and also scooped the Woman of the Year Award in the Water for Scientific Research “below the age of 35” category. She was nominated for the Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year in Science and Technology, where she came in the top three.Amatola Wild Trout FisheryThe Amatola Wild Trout Fishery is South Africa’s first recreational fly fishery owned, managed and operated by a local community. It is also the only business in the Eastern Cape to receive a 2010 SEED Award.It didn’t take long for Amatola to get noticed. Members of the Cata Village, the Border Rural Committee (BRC) and experts from the Rhodes University Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (DIFS) started working on the project only about a year ago.Ashley Westaway, a BRC fieldworker, says that when the idea for the project first came about, recreational fishing and tourism were identified as two sectors with potential in the area. “The Northern Keiskammahoek area, where the project is located, has a good river and dam network,” Westaway says.The Rhodes University DIFS conducted feasibility studies and the findings were positive. Westaway says that the project’s sustainable model for eco-friendly community upliftment put it in the running for a SEED award. “It strikes a good balance between the environment, social and economic elements. The project is strong in all the components that the judges were looking for.”He anticipates that the fishery will become a well-known tourism destination for recreational fly-fisherman. “The trout we have here is wild and for fisherman, this is very attractive as it gives them more credit in fishing circles,” he says. The area is home to both brown and rainbow trout, which is also a drawcard for fisherman.Qurban Rouhani, DIFS programme manager, says rainbow and brown trout were not indigenous to South Africa, but both species were successfully introduced to the Cata area in the early 1900s. The area has major fishing potential, but it was never developed after the area was expropriated for inclusion in the former Ciskei homeland.The project will run a strict “catch-and-release” system, instead of restocking fish from time to time. Although trout in this area have well-established breeding populations, this policy will help protect indigenous fish species such as the endangered border barb.“The area has so much to offer and the terrain is absolutely magnificent with indigenous forests and a variety of bird life,” Westaway says.Onsite accommodation chalets are also available and have been operational since 2008. As more people visit the area, marginalised communities in the Keiskammahoek area can benefit from much-needed skills training and job creation. “We hope that the market will respond, as there are many perceptions out there about safety in former homeland areas,” he says.He says the fishery project has also invested in human capacity building and training. The fishery has created many jobs for people in the community to clear invasive alien vegetation on the banks of the Mnyameni Dam and Cata River.Other local winnersFood & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is making a positive difference by placing issues such as climate change, greening of urban areas, sustainable resource management and food security under the spotlight. FTFA has, with the support of funders and the endorsement of the government, established many thriving projects such as skills training in natural resource management and the development of organic permaculture gardens for impoverished communities.FTFA has also developed South Africa’s first carbon calculator. The organisation hopes that this tool will help individuals and companies calculate their carbon footprint, and be more aware of their impact on the environment.The Resentse Sinqobile Trust, trading as the Zondi BuyBack Initiative, established a successful buyback centre, which recycles and repurposes household waste such as cans and plastic into products that can be sold. This initiative has helped to reduce litter, provide more employment opportunities and run an educational program.The Mooi River Waste Reclaiming project in the Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal provides an opportunity for previously unemployed people to work as waste pickers and earn an income from recycling waste.Co-founder Eddie Griffiths says the surrounding communities have rallied to support the project. Farmers in the area, who in the past always buried their waste products, now support the project by delivering their waste for recycling to the landfill site where the project is based.
Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world.Brand South Africa volunteers its time at the YMCA Centre in Soweto on Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2017. (Image supplied)Ntombifuthi Ntanzi In the words of Nelson Mandela; “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. Eight years later since the launch of Mandela day, it has gained momentum, with worldwide support from citizens of all races and ages, playing their part by giving 67 minutes of their time to the less fortunate and taking #ActionAgainstPoverty.The Nelson Mandela Foundation last month adopted the theme #ActionAgainstPoverty as a firm call to take action towards eradicating poverty and making a meaningful contribution to the lives of those facing poverty and inequality in society. It all begins with small steps from each and every stakeholder.This was evident at the YMCA Centre on Tuesday the 18th, it was abuzz with young and old coming to contribute to the Mandela Day activities.Brand South Africa volunteered their time and hands to paint the premises. Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager: Government, Ms Toni Gumede said, “Brand South Africa is pleased to be reiterating the words of Nelson Mandela through action and our involvement to the Mandela Day does not just end here, we encourage everyone to play their part.”Absa also pledged a mentorship programme, renovated the computer centre, donated 30 computers and stocked the library.Speaking to the community, David Hodnett, Deputy Chief Executive of Barclays Africa and Chief Executive of the group’s South African banking operations said, “The success of today really lies in there being so many partners who have come together.”“The YMCA is a very historical place for our country’s liberation story and the work that is done by the YMCA organisation for the young children is inspirational. We are so happy to give back to a location that is so very important to our history”, said Nelson Mandela Foundation spokesperson Lunga Nene.See more below:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.