News / Fomer DHL exec John Allan named as new Tesco chairman

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 19/02/2015 John Allan, the British logistics executive who oversaw the €5.5bn sale of Exel to DHL in 2006 and was subsequently named chief financial officer of DP-DHL, has been appointed as chairman of UK supermarket group Tesco.Currently the country’s largest grocery retailer, Tesco has been under fire for the best part of two years, culminating in last year’s accounting scandal which saw it mis-state its profits to the tune of some £263m, and which has resulted in an ongoing investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.The episode has led to an overhaul of the company’s senior management, with new chief executive Dave Lewis, unfortunately installed just days before the profits scandal was uncovered, last month announcing a company overhaul that could see as many as 10,000 jobs axed and scores of store closures.Mr Allan was most recently chairman of electronics retailer Dixons, from 2009, and was part of the management team that overhauled the business that resulted in its share price quadrupling and culminated in its merger with Carphone Warehouse.He was made deputy chairman of the combined company.In one of his most recent speeches however, delivered to the eft 3PL summit late last year in Amsterdam, Mr Allan argued that the grocery sector was facing even greater challenges in responding to the advance of the e-commerce sellers than high street retail sectors such as electronic goods and apparel as a result of changing consumer habits, which had left bricks and mortar grocers with crucial strategic decisions.“The mega-superstore has ceased to become relevant – they are too large and they are in the wrong locations – and there is nothing harder to shift than a bricks-and-mortar store. What do you do with it?“As a result, margins are almost certainly going to fall for supermarkets and the returns are going to come down with a bang – the question is: how they are going to respond?”Given that it was Tesco that pioneered the out-of-town megastore and continues to hold a substantial landbank, it will be intriguing to see how Mr Allan’s considerable corporate experience will be reflected in the ongoing restructure of the company.“I’m very pleased to be taking on this role at such a critical moment for the business and look forward to working with the new executive team and the Board,” he said in respect of his Tesco appointmentFollowing his appointment, he will step down from the boards of Dixons Carphone and Royal Mail, and has also resigned from his role as a senior advisor to Alix Partners. In addition, he will step down as chair of the DHL UK Foundation once a successor is found, which is anticipated to be within three months.Tesco revealed that Mr Allan will be paid a fee of £650,000 per annum, fixed for three years, “inclusive of all Board fees, in respect of his role as chairman of Tesco PLC”.last_img read more

UVM med school dean Rick Morin to step down

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine Frederick Morin, MD, announced today that next year, he will step down as dean of The Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine at The University of Vermont once a successor has been named. Morin became the College’s 17th dean 10 years ago, on August 25, 2007. “Rick Morin’s accomplishments at UVM are truly extraordinary,” said UVM President Tom Sullivan. “His creativity, persistence, and strong leadership have created a legacy for the Larner College of Medicine that will last for generations. I will be forever grateful for his remarkable leadership of the College and his many contributions across the University.”Among Morin’s many achievements over the past decade are his work in philanthropy, which resulted in an unprecedented commitment of $100 million in lifetime giving from late alumnus Robert Larner, M.D.’42 and his wife Helen, and related naming of the College in Dr. Larner’s honor. Morin’s service on the board of trustees of the UVM Medical Center, the board of the UVM Health Network, and the board of the UVM Health Network – Medical Group (the faculty practice plan) has strengthened ties with the College’s primary clinical teaching partner and facilitated expanded educational opportunities for our students across the region.“I want to thank Dean Morin for his leadership in our shared goal of educating health care professionals to the highest standards in patient care, education and research,” said John Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network and CEO of the UVM Medical Center.  “He has been an important and steadfast source of support throughout a period of enormous change in health care, and we will miss having the benefit of his guidance.”Morin also played a critical role in helping the College develop new clinical training sites to ensure medical students have exposure to greater diversity of patients, and most recently the College has been recognized nationally for its active learning initiatives. In addition, Morin oversaw growth in the College’s research enterprise from $65.9 million to $90 million between 2007 and 2016, and facilitated the revitalization of several College buildings, laboratories and medical education spaces, including the Larner Learning Commons, which opened in 2017.Nationally, Morin has played an active role in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Deans and has been an invited speaker to present on medical education and the training of primary care physicians, including a presentation to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Council on Graduate Medical Education.The group received a $90,000 grant from NEH. As part of its Challenge Grant program, the agency requires the partners to raise a matching amount. “I am proud of what this College has accomplished in the last ten years, across all of our missions,” said Morin. “It has been an honor to serve as Dean, and the capstone of my career.”A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Yale University School of Medicine, Morin began his career as a pediatrics resident at Stanford University and completed a research fellowship in neonatology at University of California San Francisco. Prior to joining UVM, he served on the faculty of the University of Rochester (N.Y.) and subsequently the University at Buffalo, where he rose to full professor and vice chairman of research. He was named chair of pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and also served as interim vice president for health affairs at University at Buffalo and interim dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.Information regarding the establishment of a committee for a national search for Morin’s successor is expected in the near future. Source: UVM 8.30.2017VBM vermontbiz.comlast_img read more

Gophers develop redshirt sophomore class

first_imgBerkholtz also finished seventh for the Gophers last year at the NCAA championships and competed for the team at the NCAA Midwest Regional and Big Ten championships.Dyson was an alternate for the three meets. “My class got to see two of their grade make it on to that next level,” Berkholtz said. “I could just see the fire in their eyes that they wanted that same thing too.”Aside from its top performers, there are still more runners in the class who haven’t asserted themselves yet, said Hopkins.“They have all the tools they need at this point,” Hopkins said. “Now the hardest part is seeing themselves as Big Ten-caliber, national-caliber athletes. And it’s really hard to see yourself that way if you haven’t done it yet.”For now, the class is learning what it can from the fifth-year seniors while they’re still around.Kaila Urick, a redshirt sophomore, said the seniors are really smart about working out and knowing when to push themselves. She said the senior class has also taught the athletes that they’re not always going to have a perfect day.Even with a talented, veteran senior class, redshirt sophomore Kate Bucknam said her class needs to start taking a more active leadership role on the team.“It’s easy to be overlooked right now just because [the seniors] are really good, but next year they are going to be gone,” she said. “It’s going to be us, so we really need to start mentally, physically and emotionally preparing for that.” Gophers develop redshirt sophomore classPhoto courtesy of Christopher Mitchell2012 Griak Cross Country Race Betsy HelfandSeptember 17, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA common saying among athletes is “take it one day at a time.”And while the Gophers women’s cross country squad is sticking with that adage and focusing on short-term success, it’s also taking steps to secure its future.The current senior class has 12 runners — including many of the team’s top finishers — and there are only six juniors on the roster.That has left the deep redshirt sophomore class aware of the need to step into a leadership role moving forward.“I told them it’s going to be up to them if this team continues to be a national-caliber team … or if we miss a beat,” head coach Sarah Hopkins said of the 13 runners in her redshirt sophomore class.Sophomore Becca Dyson was one of those runners.“That’s obviously the intimidation factor — the thing that’s hanging over us for next year [is] knowing that we’re losing a lot of people,” she said.Dyson said Hopkins encouraged the redshirt sophomores to consider themselves “future leaders-in-training.”Hopkins said three or four runners have already started to assert themselves in the top group.In the team’s first two meets of the season — the Intrasquad 5K Meet and the Oz Memorial — redshirt sophomores Liz Berkholtz and Dyson each posted a fourth- and fifth-place finish.last_img read more

Pete Rose still beloved in hometown despite scandals

first_imgIt’s also a reminder of something more: Even with the gambling scandal, a lifetime ban and the fact that he hasn’t lived in Cincinnati for a long time, this is still Pete’s place.Baseball’s hits king remains revered in his hometown, no matter how much evidence surfaces about how he violated the sport’s cardinal rule by betting on baseball. For a generation, he represented Reds baseball with his grit and hustle.Still does for many Cincinnatians, who will get another chance to cheer him during the All-Star Game at Great American next week.“When you play in your hometown and you’re a great player like Pete was, you’ve got to be loved,” said Hall of Famer Tony Perez, a teammate on the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. “The people appreciate what I did for the team and the great years I had here, which is why they love me, too. But it’s different. When it’s your home and you’re doing great, they love you more.”They’ve never stopped loving him, even though he’s been banned from the sport since 1989 for betting on baseball. The Reds have moved into a new ballpark since then, and Rose’s fingerprints are all over the place.Beyond the photo that was replaced by one of many All-Star Game banners throughout the stadium last week, the ballpark is located on Pete Rose Way, which was named before before his gambling scandal.Fans in Rose jerseys dot the stands at home games. The team’s adjacent Hall of Fame includes Rose prominently in the displays. A rose garden just outside the ballpark marks the spot where his record-breaking hit landed at old Riverfront Stadium in 1985.The 74-year-old hits king visits town a few times a year and attends games, sitting in the seats like any other fan. When he’s shown on the video screen, fans cheer and chant “Pete! Pete! Pete!”Those chants will fill Pete Rose Way again next week before the All-Star Game. Rose is being honored in Major League Baseball’s Franchise Four promotion — fans got to pick four top players from each team.Rose says Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin also were chosen to represent Cincinnati’s baseball tradition.How will everyone react when he makes a rare on-field appearance with baseball’s permission?“I don’t know what kind of reception (to expect),” Rose said recently. “When you’re walking out alongside Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, a pretty good reception, you would think.”Oh, he knows. It’ll be loud. And everybody knows what they’ll be yelling.Larkin is also a Cincinnati native who played for the Reds in the 1980s when Rose was the player/manager. He understands what Rose’s presence on the field will mean for the city.“It’s unfortunate the way it’s gone down over the last 25 years or whatever it’s been,” Larkin said. “I think Pete’s role can be very significant. I felt bad that some players didn’t have the opportunity that I had to just pick his brain and access all of the information that he has that he can provide.“His participation will be well-received by the players, and I know the city will be very excited as well,” Larkin said.Outside the city, it’s a different story. Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling said this week that he’s disappointed in how Rose’s situation gets so much attention.“I guess I’m a little tired of his story overselling, overplaying other things like the Hall of Fame weekend,” Schilling said in a conference call about the home run derby. “Every weekend at the Hall of Fame when guys are getting inducted, there’s always Pete Rose stories. I think we’re going to get the same thing at the All-Star Game. He’s going to be the story.”Fans back home loved his head-first dives, the way he went chin-to-chin against players from the big-market teams and made small-town Cincinnati a back-to-back World Series champion.They love his Charlie Hustle. Always have.“I remember 1960 my first year in Geneva, the way Pete played,” Perez said, during a recent visit to Cincinnati with the Marlins. “He wasn’t the player he was later, but he hustled. He only played half a year in Geneva, but he was the most popular player because of the way he played.”The betting scandal and lifetime ban tarnished his image around the country, but fans in his hometown have stood behind him, forgiving his transgressions.“They should just let it go and put him in the Hall of Fame,” said Curt Miller, 47, attending a recent Reds game. “Everybody deserves a second chance.”___Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay,It’s also a reminder of something more: Even with the gambling scandal, a lifetime ban and the fact that he hasn’t lived in Cincinnati for a long time, this is still Pete’s place.Baseball’s hits king remains revered in his hometown, no matter how much evidence surfaces about how he violated the sport’s cardinal rule by betting on baseball. For a generation, he represented Reds baseball with his grit and hustle.Still does for many Cincinnatians, who will get another chance to cheer him during the All-Star Game at Great American next week.“When you play in your hometown and you’re a great player like Pete was, you’ve got to be loved,” said Hall of Famer Tony Perez, a teammate on the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. “The people appreciate what I did for the team and the great years I had here, which is why they love me, too. But it’s different. When it’s your home and you’re doing great, they love you more.”They’ve never stopped loving him, even though he’s been banned from the sport since 1989 for betting on baseball. The Reds have moved into a new ballpark since then, and Rose’s fingerprints are all over the place.Beyond the photo that was replaced by one of many All-Star Game banners throughout the stadium last week, the ballpark is located on Pete Rose Way, which was named before before his gambling scandal.Fans in Rose jerseys dot the stands at home games. The team’s adjacent Hall of Fame includes Rose prominently in the displays. A rose garden just outside the ballpark marks the spot where his record-breaking hit landed at old Riverfront Stadium in 1985.The 74-year-old hits king visits town a few times a year and attends games, sitting in the seats like any other fan. When he’s shown on the video screen, fans cheer and chant “Pete! Pete! Pete!”Those chants will fill Pete Rose Way again next week before the All-Star Game. Rose is being honored in Major League Baseball’s Franchise Four promotion — fans got to pick four top players from each team.Rose says Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin also were chosen to represent Cincinnati’s baseball tradition.How will everyone react when he makes a rare on-field appearance with baseball’s permission?“I don’t know what kind of reception (to expect),” Rose said recently. “When you’re walking out alongside Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, a pretty good reception, you would think.”Oh, he knows. It’ll be loud. And everybody knows what they’ll be yelling.Larkin is also a Cincinnati native who played for the Reds in the 1980s when Rose was the player/manager. He understands what Rose’s presence on the field will mean for the city.“It’s unfortunate the way it’s gone down over the last 25 years or whatever it’s been,” Larkin said. “I think Pete’s role can be very significant. I felt bad that some players didn’t have the opportunity that I had to just pick his brain and access all of the information that he has that he can provide.“His participation will be well-received by the players, and I know the city will be very excited as well,” Larkin said.Outside the city, it’s a different story. Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling said this week that he’s disappointed in how Rose’s situation gets so much attention.“I guess I’m a little tired of his story overselling, overplaying other things like the Hall of Fame weekend,” Schilling said in a conference call about the home run derby. “Every weekend at the Hall of Fame when guys are getting inducted, there’s always Pete Rose stories. I think we’re going to get the same thing at the All-Star Game. He’s going to be the story.”Fans back home loved his head-first dives, the way he went chin-to-chin against players from the big-market teams and made small-town Cincinnati a back-to-back World Series champion.They love his Charlie Hustle. Always have.“I remember 1960 my first year in Geneva, the way Pete played,” Perez said, during a recent visit to Cincinnati with the Marlins. “He wasn’t the player he was later, but he hustled. He only played half a year in Geneva, but he was the most popular player because of the way he played.”The betting scandal and lifetime ban tarnished his image around the country, but fans in his hometown have stood behind him, forgiving his transgressions.“They should just let it go and put him in the Hall of Fame,” said Curt Miller, 47, attending a recent Reds game. “Everybody deserves a second chance.”___Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay Pete Rose pauses as he talks with the media before a Frontier League baseball game between the Washington Wild Things and the Lake Erie Crushers in Washington, Pa., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)CINCINNATI (AP) — A photograph of the bat and ball from Pete Rose’s record-setting 4,192nd hit has adorned the back of the enormous video board at Great American Ball Park for a dozen years, reminding everyone of one of the city’s biggest sports moments.last_img read more

Home school for the masses

first_imgBy Jessica Anstice With schools across the state closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, students in Cardinia are now engaged in online learning….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Poch hails I’m A Celeb winner Redknapp and jokes Spurs have finally won trophy

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has congratulated Harry Redknapp for being crowned King of the Jungle – and claimed his victory as silverware for Tottenham.Redknapp has become a nationwide hit after making a huge impact on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.2 Harry Redknapp was crowned King of the Jungle – a trophy Mauricio Pochettino claimed for TottenhamCredit: Rex FeaturesThe 71-year-old former Spurs manager won the ITV reality show on Sunday night on the back of his impressive showing in Australia.And though he knew little about what happened Down Under, Redknapp’s triumph was more than enough for Pochettino to claim the end of Tottenham’s decade-long wait for silverware.Spurs boss Pochettino said: “He won? Congratulations to Harry.”One trophy for us. At least.”2 Mauricio Pochettino says Redknapp winning I’m A Celeb can go down as a trophy for SpursCredit: AP:Associated PressPochettino’s failure to lead Spurs to any silverware during his time with the club has seen much scrutiny put on his players and his leadership.For all their impressive performances, nurturing a young squad on to become one of the best in England, there is nothing to show for it.The last time Tottenham tasted victory in a major competition came in 2008 when they won the League Cup.Pressure has been growing on the club to win something given the riches of talent they currently have in the squad.BRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordGREAT SCENERonnie Whelan celebrates with grandson as Liverpool lift Premier League trophyAnd only when they do manage to make that step will they be able to silence the critics who believe Spurs lack the killer instinct needed for success.But Pochettino can at least see the funny side of the situation – though clubs like West Ham and Portsmouth may also view Redknapp’s success as down to them.Harry Redknapp says his ‘scrubbed up’ I’m A Celebrity pal Emily Atack ‘looks very useful’ as he’s asked about her chances with son Jamie but when he saw her in the jungle he thought ‘you haven’t got a prayer!’last_img read more

Leicester 2-3 Liverpool: Reds stars rated and slated

first_img 14 14 Philippe Coutinho – 8 – A sublime free-kick helped fans remember the good times with their Brazilian playmaker. Also produced a wonderful cross for Salah to open the scoring. Alberto Moreno – 7 – The Spaniard, while accused of being defensively naïve, is always a threat going forward. Drew the foul for Coutinho’s free-kick and made a positive habit of finding space on his flank. Mohamed Salah – 8 – A superb finish from the tightest of angles gave Liverpool and early lead. A constant threat and looks to be one of the signings of the summer already. 14 14 Roberto Firmino – 6 – Linked up nicely with Coutinho at times and looked in his element alongside his compatriot. Not the most lively performance on a whole, however. Georginio Wijnaldum – 5 – So often anonymous away from home, Wijnaldum drifted through proceedings at the King Power Stadium. Kept possession ticking over but did little else of note. SUB – Daniel Sturridge – 7 – Helped change the game for Liverpool in the attacking third and showed his quality with an inch-perfect pass for Henderson to score. 14 14 Simon Mignolet – 5 – A penalty save masked what was a shaky performance by the Belgian. Missed a punch to gift Leicester an opening goal before teeing up Vardy with a weak save to his right. SUB – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A – Came on too late to make an impact. Joel Matip – 6 – To nobody’s surprise, Matip looked the calmer of Liverpool’s defensive pairing. Guilty of making a mess of a few simple clearances when there was little to no pressure. 14 Dejan Lovren – 5 – A nervous showing by the Croatian. Struggled to keep the offside line when given the task of dealing with the trickery and pace of Mahrez. 14 14 14 14 14 SUB – James Milner – 6 – His experience proved invaluable to securing all three points as Leicester piled on the pressure. 14 Jordan Henderson – 8 – An all-round impressive performance by the Reds captain. Started the move which led to Coutinho’s free-kick and got himself on the score-sheet with a well taken goal. Liverpool avenged their midweek Carabao Cup exit as the Reds edged past Leicester 3-2 at the King Power Stadium.Goals from Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson ensured the Reds put their most recent defeat behind them against Craig Shakespeare’s side.Jurgen Klopp’s men move level on points with fourth placed Tottenham thanks to their win as they looks to keep in touch with those at the top.But how did the Reds perform at the King Power Stadium?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Liverpool player ratings… Emre Can – 7 – It was the German midfielder’s searching pass which allowed Coutinho time and space to cross for Salah. Showed his leadership in the centre of the park. 14 Joe Gomez – 5 – Found it tough going to deal with the pace of Vardy and co. Too easily beaten on occasions and was unfortunate to get the touch to set up Okazaki for Leicester’s first goal. last_img read more

Video: South Africa’s Dreamfields Project

first_img8 April 2010“My name is Zukisa. My friends call me ‘The Wall’ – nothing can pass me, even Ronaldo” … a team of young footballers who call themselves the A-Stars feature in a commercial filmed by Justin Bonello of BBC TV programme “Cooked” in aid of the Dreamfields Project, which uses football for community development in South Africa.According to Bonello, he was driving back to Cape Town after filming in Somerset West one afternoon last year when something he saw provided a moment of inspiration.“There were these impromptu soccer matches taking place on the side of the N2,” Bonello writes on the Dreamfields Project blog. “I started thinking: ‘Would I want my son to play soccer here?’ And the answer was no.“We then started looking for a charity we could partner with.”Bonello got in touch with Dreamfields, shared his vision for a short film – and the crew from Cooked in Africa Films was soon headed for Nyanga township where, under the direction of Corne van Rooyen, they began filming the A-Stars boys.The result was stunning – and the judges of the M-Net Vuka! Awards agreed. The Vuka! Awards were set up to encourage film companies and ad agencies to make TV commercials for causes close to their hearts. The Dreamfields commercial made it through to the finals of the 2009 competition.“We decided to put together a positive story with real kids,” says Bonello. “We produced it in six hours, with no budget, and made the finals with some of the big boys. Brilliant!”The Dreamfields Project, brainchild of journalist John Perlman, is using the excitement generated by the 2010 Fifa World Cup to bring soccer fields and equipment – as well as business skills and new social partnerships – to disadvantaged communities across South Africa.The project, which has already attracted some heavyweight corporate backing, raises money to upgrade existing sports facilities in townships and rural areas, and to build new fields in at least 32 regional soccer centres by the end of 2010.The organisation also supplies communities with “Dream Bags”, each containing 11 footballs and 15 full sets of kit, and works with the government and other organisations to bring coaching and sports management skills programmes to communities.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Eskom secures R15bn DBSA loan

first_img4 November 2010 Baloyi added that the municipal sector currently constitutes 50% of the DBSA’s loan book. “Electricity is a major component of municipal revenue, and it is only logical for the Bank to contribute to the funding of projects that will help to ensure a secure supply of energy for South Africa,” he said. After a thorough environmental analysis, the bank’s environmental appraisal report concluded that fossil fuels would remain dominant in South Africa’s energy mix for some time, but technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are being developed globally and Eskom’s projects will use some of these technologies to reduce emissions. “Building a sustainable and secure energy supply is one of many priority areas that the DBSA will aggressively pursue to complement the government development agenda to address key development and socio- economic issues faced by the country,” Baloyi said. State power utility Eskom has secured a R15-billion loan from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to fund its capital expansion programme. The loan, which is a structured facility that will be drawn over five years, does not utilise guarantees from the South African government. Reducing environmental impact The projects include the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations as well as the Ingula Pump Storage scheme and associated transmission infrastructure. Like any other transaction, the Eskom loan was subjected to the DBSA’s environmental appraisal guidelines, which found that Eskom has the institutional capacity to address current and future climate change related risks. Securing future energy supply Eskom’s capacity expansion programme is expected to have large spin-off effects, creating 40 000 new jobs, stimulating the creation of new industries and new suppliers, and adding almost 1% a year to the economic growth rate.center_img It will also have a significant impact on the economies and communities of the towns in which the new power stations are located. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Eskom’s capacity expansion projects will add 12 300 megawatts of additional generating and transmission capacity to South Africa’s national grid by 2017, enabling it to keep up with growing demand. Supporting growth and development Eskom CEO Brian Dames welcomed the recognition by the DBSA of the critical role that Eskom and its capacity expansion programme have to play in supporting South Africa’s growth and development. “Our new build programme is essential to provide the security of supply that South Africa needs if it is to grow its economy and improve the quality of life for all of its people,” Dames said. “The loan is a vote of confidence by the DBSA in Eskom. “It will help us to provide South Africa with the power stations and transmission infrastructure it needs while ensuring that Eskom remains financially sustainable.” Speaking at the media briefing in Johannesburg this week, DBSA chief executive Paul Baloyi said: “This deal signifies a major step change aimed at ensuring that South Africa’s long term electricity supply meets demand to ensure the economy can thrive.”last_img read more

Leading South Africa’s youth out of poverty

first_imgZayrah believes in builidng a new generation of leaders who will lead development and be exemplary custodians of good governance. The team at Zayrah are united by a common goal – to lead young South Africans out of poverty.(Images: Zayrah) MEDIA CONTACTS • Amu Mayimele   Founder, Zayrah   +27 74 208 6904 RELATED ARTICLES • Education rights affirmed • Taking ballet to township kids • Inner city kids learn about film • Safeguarding our future leaders • New uniforms for needy pupilsCadine PillayYouth-led development agency Zayrah has taken the initiative in transforming young disadvantaged South Africans into educated, active citizens.The team at Zayrah, all united by their passion for post-conflict and young leadership development, have adopted a holistic approach to poverty problem solving. The five goals around which their projects revolve are human security, education, social cohesion, entrepreneurship and leadership.Zayrah, which derives from the Hebrew word ‘zera’, meaning ‘seed’, uses its advocacy for these goals to empower young people and alleviate poverty through y the projects.The organisation will participate in Rotary International Health Day in May 2013, where it will focus on the youth perspective of Health Day, as well as information, awareness, and a youth dialogue on health education.Zayrah is currently organising the African Youth Charter Summit, taking place in Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam from 3 to 7 July 2013. Young leaders from around Africa will discuss ways to take the continent to the next level and identify Africa’s future needs.Helping the community with health careZayrah was launched in March 2012 and since then, has gone on to running a healthcare support program that works with a home-based care centre called the Phadima Gape Community Organisation in Soshanguve, Pretoria.At the centre, there are a team of devoted women aged between 20 and 50 who are committed to caring for the elderly and ailing in their communities. These women pride themselves on service above self, providing care to patients undergoing treatment for HIV/Aids, TB, diabetes, high blood pressure and those who have suffered strokes or require wound care.These women of Phadima Gape assist the people under their care with taking their medication and accompanying them to the clinics to receive treatment. They cook for, do laundry for and clean the homes of patients who are unable to care for themselves, and they help the children of their patients with their homework and keep a watchful eye over the little ones.Phadima Gape also provides these communities with counselling and education on health issues. Zayrah seeks to facilitate relationships between businesses or other organisations and Phadima Gape, so that they may receive the necessary long-term funding to continue their work in the future.“We believe in people who are healthy, living in safe conditions, who are educated to make better decisions and inspired to be active citizens in society,” says Amu Mayimele, social entrepreneur and founder of Zayrah. “We moreover believe in a new generation of leaders who will lead development and are exemplary custodians of good governance.”The power of the youthMayimele, 27, graduated from Limpopo University with an accounting degree, but after a couple of years working for a corporate accountancy firm she realised that “there has to be more to life than just a career”.She had already been involved in various youth leadership projects and initiatives for more than a decade, including a stint as financial officer of the International Youth Council, a UN program that seeks to get young people involved in running programs in line with UN goals, and so it was decided that she would set out on her own development project, Zayrah.Soon afterwards, Mayimele was invited to be part of the Power of Youth summit that took place in June 2012 in Cape Town. This is an annual international event that brings together the top young social entrepreneurs from all over the world.“Most people think I am crazy and it can be a lonely journey at times,” she says, but insists that anybody who might doubt her vision for a different Africa only serves as her greatest motivation to make it all happen.Today Mayimele is a well-known and influential youth leader who has facilitated a few programmes including a dialogue on democracy for youth participation in the Fiji Islands.‘Help should come from within ‘“Every day we see people struggling to keep going. Families experience difficulties to put three meals on the table while others have no access to clean drinking water or hygienic toilet facilities,” says Nirvana Naidoo, one of the youth leaders of Zayrah.“They live in deteriorating housing conditions. These people fight against sickness and poverty to survive. They always live in the hope that one day they will get some help from the government – but Zayrah is here to say that help should start from within,” she says.This is why Mayimele and her team of young South Africans at Zayrah believe that overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, but that the right to dignity and a decent life is a fundamental human right.In its efforts to transform society, Zayrah provides people in townships with counselling and courses on dignity, so that they may live a life better than their circumstances. It also provides books for school libraries and empowers children with dignity courses in schools in South Africa.“Zayrah exists to transform society and to restore dignity,” Mayimele adds.The organisation is a great advocate of young people’s initiatives and constantly seeks to enhance and promote developmental solutions from the youth perspective through workshops and training, inspiring change and restoring dignity.Education for everyoneZayrah has recently taken its efforts abroad – in South Sudan the organisation is working with the International Youth Council of South Sudan to help establish a learning centre in that country, to bring down illiteracy levels and enable access to education for all.The project’s concept is to bring libraries, computers and internet services closer to the communities living in Magwi County. Its main aim is to provide access to learning materials and internet services to every person – children and adults, disabled students, teachers, university students and scholars, officials, community based organisations, migrants and returnees, internally displaced persons, the disabled and orphaned war children.last_img read more