Ingqayizivele’s pupils now have access to top science equipment. Siemens’ Emily Molefe urged the school to use the tools. The partnership is key in Ingqayizivele’s improvement, said principal Cass Sehloho. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sithembile Mokaeane Head: Corporate Affairs Siemens Southern Africa +27 11 652-2146 RELATED ARTICLES • Mvezo school a legacy of Mandela • Poor schools score textbooks • South Africa prioritises quality education • School to empower Malawian girlsBongani NkosiTheoretical chemistry tutorials are now a thing of the past at Ingqayizivele high school in Tembisa, east of Johannesburg, thanks to a donation of lab equipment that will enable pupils to grasp concepts through much-needed practical work.The R200 000 (US$29 000) worth of apparatus donated by Siemens will enhance learning for Ingqayizivele’s grade eight to 12 science pupils. The lab was officially opened on Mandela Day on 18 July 2011, as part of the celebrations for the former president’s birthday.Until recently Ingqayizivele, like many public schools in the country, relied solely on theory-based tutorials for chemistry and physics – subjects that are better taught through demonstrations and experiments.Youngsters from rural and township schools often only get exposed to practical science at tertiary level.“Science is based on practical work, so the equipment will make it easier for us as teachers,” said the school’s Paul Mokgabudi.“When I talk of potassium, the learners must know exactly what I’m talking about,” he added.The lab’s tools were manufactured by East Rand-based Africa Scientific Instrumentation. The company’s Reiney Mahadaven pointed out that they are not “micro-science toys”, but large demonstration apparatus tailor-made for advanced chemistry and physical science education.“Our main aim is to mould the learners to go into science and technology fields,” Mahadaven said.“Now that you have apparatus you’ll be able to do experiments. Your creativity is going to be enhanced,” principal Cass Sehloho told the science pupils.As part of its Generation 21 Programme, Siemens South Africa is aiming to improve learning and teaching of mathematics and science – “subjects which are critical to our country”, said the company’s corporate social responsibility manager Emily Molefe.The donation ties in with the government’s call for the private sector to partner with state schools to improve their quality of education.A beneficial relationship Since 2008 Siemens has invested more than R2-million ($287 000) in Ingqayizivele to help develop the school.An information technology room with 20 computers was their first project, and they also replaced old computers in the principal and administrators’ offices.The CCTV surveillance system installed by the company has improved the school’s security, said Sehloho.Pupils began performing far better after the private-public partnership kicked off. Sehloho attributes their latest achievements to Siemens’ investment.The school’s matric pass rate hit a historical high of 94.8% in 2010, a vast change from 2009’s 68.8%. It was the most improved school in the Gauteng Education Secondary School Improvement Programme, which is designed to boost poor-performing public schools. As many as 64 schools were targeted in 2010.Maths and science results in particular have improved drastically at Ingqayizivele. While 54% of the matriculants passed maths in 2009, the average shot up to 83% in 2010. The pass average for science grew from 51% to 83.3% in the same period.A 100% matric pass rate is now within sight, Sehloho said. “We are not sitting on our laurels.”Ingqayizivele has been recognised with a number of awards for its performance over the last two years. In addition to being the most improved school in the Secondary School Improvement Programme, it was rated as one of Ekurhuleni’s top township schools in 2010.Such achievements have given both pupils and the community trust in the school.“Students are now studying in an environment that gives them hope,” Sehloho said. “When you get support, your thoughts break all the bonds, you start to think differently.”Sehloho himself has been recognised for the school’s turnaround. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the provincial and national government in 2010.“It (the Siemens involvement) also gave me hope and I was able to achieve certain things on a personal level,” he said. “Our educators themselves have been scooping awards.”Sehloho believes the launch of the Bill of Responsibilities by the Department of Basic Education and Lead SA took place at Ingqayizivele in March 2011 in “recognition of the work that happens at this school”.
The Tipfuxeni Project was launched in Parktown in Johannesburg on Tuesday 24 September.The project, funded by the National Lottery Trust and a collaboration between government, the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) and South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) aims to provide South African non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with a “user-friendly “one-stop’ internet entry point to information on South African development funding issues’.The project allows funders to communicate with NGOs in South Africa and connects South African NGOs with each other to share “up-to-date information and capacity- building resources to enhance their fundraising efforts’.The project is in line with the government’s National Development Plan and has been developed with the National Broadband Advisory Council, established to ensure that government, the private sector, academia and civil society work together to reach the SA Connect broadband policy targets.The SA Connect policy aims to give every South African access to a broadband connection at a cost of 2.5% or less of the average monthly income.Speaking at the launch deputy minister for national planning, performance monitoring and evaluation, Buti Manamela, said the National Broadband Policy [South Africa Connect] seeks to move the country away from over-reliance on mobile broadband and to achieve 100% broadband penetration by 2020.“Minister Siyabonga Cwele [minister of telecommunications and postal services] has indicated that in the current financial year, R20-million has been allocated for the finalisation of the first phase of the Broadband Plan. In the medium term, government is looking to connect 580 clinics, 4 444 schools, 182 police stations, and 572 other government offices.’The Tipfuxeni ProjectThe first phase of the project is a web platform that allows NGOS to “share content, access funding opportunities, undertake online fundraising, profile their own work and share best practice models’.According to Manamela, “The Tipfuxeni Project recognises that information and communication technologies have a critical role to play in ensuring that NPOs embrace the vision outlined in the NDP’s Vision 2030.“The project is founded on the belief that access to ICT plays a crucial role in creating conditions for meaningful participation of people in society.’He said that the Xitsonga word Tipfuxeni, which means “do it for yourself’, is a critical underpinning of the national call to action: “Together We Move South Africa Forward’, and added that Tipfuxeni is being rolled out while government is focused on harnessing ICT more effectively to create an internationally competitive knowledge economy, improve productivity and expand access to new markets and social development. Manamela concluded saying that the Tipfuxeni Project would ultimately empower communities by strengthening NGOs.
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Sri Lanka exacted a sweet revenge on India with a crushing nine-wicket victory in the second ODI here on Tuesday, to draw the series level at 1-1.It was an absolutely contrasting performance by the Indian batsmen from their last match, as they were bundled out for a paltry 138 in only 33.3 overs.Chasing a target of 139, which isn’t good enough for even Twenty20 format, Sri Lankan openers Upul Tharanga (59 no, 60 balls) and Tillekaratne Dilshan (50, 49 balls, 5×4) added 119 runs as the islanders hardly broke sweat while racing to the target in only 19.5 overs.The win also means that India won’t get a shot at No 1 spot in ICC ODI rankings, for which they needed a 5-0 margin in the current series.Although the second ODI was played on a different strip, it was inexplicable as to how a team, which scored 314 a couple of days back, showed complete lack of application to get out inside the 34th over.Save opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a fighting 65 (96 balls, 4×4), the other batsmen paid heavy price for their indiscretion on a pitch that demanded judicious shot selection. Thisara Perera (3/14) and Angelo Mathews (3/19) ran through the Indian top-order.Although there was a greenish tinge, the pitch, which was primarily on the lower side, also produced the odd deliveries that reared up from the three quarter.India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and expectedly decided to bat despite windy conditions that aided swing bowlers.The visitors got off to a brisk start courtesy Virender Sehwag (15) as he blasted debutant Isuru Udana for a couple of boundaries as they raced to 31 in just three overs.After Udana went for 16 in his first over, Mahela Jayawardene had no option but to turn to Perera whose slower delivery did the trick after Sehwag committed to the shot early for the bowler to take a sharp reflex catch.Failure is a rarity for Virat Kohli (1) these days but today was different. He chased a delivery from Perera that was wide outside off-stump and the faint nick gave Kumar Sangakkara, first of his four catches.Rohit Sharma (0), who is lucky to be still persisted with — purely on the basis of potential rather than performance — once again flattered to deceive as he played on while going for an ambitious cut off a very wide delivery from Mathews.Suresh Raina (1) dragged one from Perera back onto his off-stump. Dhoni (11) hit a couple of fours but then went for a non-existent cut shot off a Mathews delivery. The ball reared up from short of good length and there was virtually no room to play the square cut and Sangakkara took the edge.With all the top-order batsmen save Gambhir back in the pavilion before completion of first 15 overs, the Delhi left-hander had an onerous task of saving his wicket as well as scoring some runs.Irfan Pathan (6) too didn’t stay long but Ravichandran Ashwin (21, 15 balls, 3×4) did throw his bat around during a 28-run eighth wicket partnership after which the burly Tamil Nadu offie was needlessly run-out.Gambhir, meanwhile, got to his 32nd half-century with No 10 batsmen Pragyan Ojha for company. He ultimately ran out of patience as he tried to steer a Lasith Malinga delivery, only for Sangakkara to effect a brilliant one-handed catch.Defending a small target was always going to be difficult irrespective of the conditions and India needed early breakthroughs. However, the pace trio of Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav presented the opening duo with a lot of width as they raced to 64 for no loss before break.When Ashwin finally got rid of Dilshan, the contest was as good as over. It was Dinesh Chandimal whose streaky shot through second slip helped Lanka reach the target with 181 balls remaining.advertisement
oxford tweetThe No. 25 Florida Gators are back in the AP Poll and will host the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels next weekend in an SEC showdown. In anticipation of the match-up, the Oxford Police Department trolled the Gainesville P.D. on Twitter this afternoon.Hey @GainesvillePD, welcome to the @AP Top 25. We’ll be saying bye to ya after Saturday.— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015Nothing too shocking about them doing that, but what was surprising was the type of joke that followed: one mocking former Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s decision to leave the Gators for health reasons in 2010 before resurfacing as the Ohio State head coach in 2012. The tweet has since been deleted but here is a screen-shot of it. oxford tweet Naturally, the Oxford P.D. got a ton of backlash from Ohio State fans, and quickly. We’d like to welcome the Ohio St fans to our timeline. #toosoon #WeMeanNoHarm— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015The two departments have since gone back and forth with each other and kept it good-natured, which is a good thing.
Fellow Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaica, One of the enduring traditions of Christmas is the coming together of families and friends. At Christmas the road from various continents leads back to Jamaica and families throughout our island eagerly await the arrival of their loved ones. Let me welcome home all those who have come to gladden the hearts of their families and friends and to be re-energized in this beautiful land of ours. I also welcome all our friends, many of whom are return visitors, and hope that this Christmas in Jamaica will be your best ever. It seems easier to extend the hand of love and friendship and to be good neighbours in the spirit of Christmas. I hope that Christmas still means togetherness for all of us. I hope that all across Jamaica families will come together; that broken relationships will be healed; that joy will radiate again in the hearts of people who have been saddened or embittered by the vagaries of life; that the hope for and assurance of better days ahead will spring anew and that peace will reign in our families and our nation. For most people, this is a time for celebration. Yet, even as we celebrate, we must be mindful of our brothers and sisters who dread this time of year for many reasons. For some, unhappy memories come to the fore; it is a time of loneliness, sadness and regret. There are those for whom Christmas is just another day trying to survive in the streets. We who are blessed in so many ways need to spread, by word and deed the Christmas message. Let this spill-over into the rest of the year and eventually become second nature to us. In these difficult times, you, who are in a position to help the poor, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable, should remain alert to the various ways in which you can help. I urge all who can, to give to religious and other charitable institutions and groups, who selflessly serve the needy. We can also spread the Christmas message of love by caring for our senior citizens, especially those housed in homes for the aged; visiting our at risk children in state homes and motivating them to believe in themselves; and protecting our children from all forms of abuse. Sometimes, just treating people – old and young – with respect and investing some of our time in them could be what makes the difference in their lives. The temptation is to think, that because these are tough times, we must build our own protective fortress. In that case, we would be like the innkeepers who barred their doors to Joseph and Mary, and like those who have lost hope! But we have reason to hope, despite the difficulties which confront us; we have: * that indomitable Jamaican spirit within each of us; * the resilience and the perseverance which will overcome obstacles; * the creativity, and the potential that lies within us to excel in our various fields of endeavour. We can have peace in our communities when we: 1. demonstrate respect for others and tolerance of their views; 2. opt to resolve our differences through dialogue, mediation or other non-violent path to conflict resolution. There will be peace in Jamaica when love transforms us into being our brother’s keeper, and when we can get together with one love, and one heart! Joy, hope, peace and love – these are the essence of the true Christmas message, and these should also be the foundation of our society in which we choose to live, work, raise our families and do business! Fellow Jamaicans, on behalf of Lady Allen and the rest of my family, I pray that you and your loved ones will experience a Christmas that is meaningful, enjoyable, and filled with good cheer. A Merry Christmas to all of you!
OXFORD, N.S. – The unpredictable sinkhole that has swallowed trees and picnic tables in a Nova Scotia park is continuing to grow — and has now inspired a song.The park in Oxford, N.S., remains roped off while geologists and emergency officials assess the area around the muddy hole, last measured at 34 metres by 29 metres.The Town of Oxford issued an update on Wednesday, saying cracks in a nearby lot are still growing, though there was little activity in the hole compared with previous days.Town spokeswoman Linda Cloney confirmed that the hole has started “undercutting” the pavement of a nearby Lions Club parking lot, but she said the town is not planning to evacuate local businesses any time soon.“We always keep that on the back burner, but it’s nowhere near that,” said Cloney.Security remains on site to keep curious onlookers out of the park.The Nova Scotia RCMP is asking visitors to “be extra cautious” while driving in the area, and to respect the boundaries set up by city officials.Cloney said there have been a few fender benders in the area, a result of increased traffic from people hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious natural phenomenon that has become a bit of a tourist attraction.A new Twitter account, @SinkholeOxford, is now offering observations from the perspective of the hungry sinkhole, musing about what it might consume next.Local musician Christopher Brown posted a video to Facebook showing him performing an original song called “Sinkhole at Exit 6.”The song raises questions about the fate of the Lions Club and where neighbourhood kids will play, after playground equipment was removed from the sinkhole’s possible path.—On the web: https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherBrownNS/videos/249303699252883/
Kenney has promised to fight Bill C-69 in court. He will also go to court to try to stop the federal government from imposing a carbon tax on Alberta once his UCP follows through next month on its promise to repeal the Alberta-made carbon levy.Kenney, a former federal cabinet minister under Stephen Harper, has said the mere existence of Trudeau in power threatens Alberta’s economic prospects and has said he will do whatever he can to see Trudeau defeated in the fall election.The fight is also personal. Almost a year ago, Kenney, in a newspaper interview, dismissed Trudeau as a dilettante and a lightweight.“I know Justin. He doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. This guy is an empty trust-fund millionaire who has the political depth of a finger bowl,” Kenney said at the time. Kenney said Wednesday that the plan, for now, is to be positive.“We will begin with the path of diplomacy and try to find common ground,” he said.“We hope that we don’t need to use more forceful measures to assert Alberta’s vital economic interests.”Kenney also won the election on a promise to be more forceful with other provinces, saying that Albertans feel its neighbours are happy to share in the bounty of Alberta’s oil wealth while opposing measures like pipelines to help it grow.In Quebec, Premier Francois Legault congratulated Kenney on his electoral victory Wednesday but said all parties in Quebec’s legislature still oppose any new oil pipelines.Kenney said he also wants to start on a positive note with Legault, but added: “We don’t think it’s reasonable for other provinces, like Quebec, to take our equalization money while opposing pipeline projects that can help us pay the bills.”Kenney has said that the first day of his government will see him proclaim into law a bill passed by Notley’s legislature allowing Alberta to reduce oil flows to B.C. if B.C. continues to thwart the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline to take more Alberta oil to the West Coast.He said he plans to recall the legislature in the third week of May. Kenney said he and Trudeau will try to meet shortly after Kenney and his new United Conservative government are sworn in on April 30.It was a much anticipated conversation, given that Kenney successfully leveraged voter dissatisfaction with Trudeau in Alberta’s election, painting NDP Premier Rachel Notley as a weak enabler of federal energy policies he says are undermining its oil and gas sector.On Tuesday, Kenney’s United Conservatives won a strong majority government over Notley’s NDP, reducing core NDP support to mainly the city of Edmonton.Kenney and Notley have attacked the federal Liberals on proposed legislation, including a tanker ban on the northern B.C. coast and Bill C-69.Bill C-69, now before the Senate, creates new approval rules for energy projects, which Kenney calls an unconstitutional power grab on areas of provincial authority.The Kenney-Trudeau nexus is expected to play a pivotal role as the UCP work to implement its core campaign promise to create more jobs and grow the oil and gas sector. EDMONTON, A.B. – Jason Kenney, Alberta’s incoming premier, said he cordially talked pipelines Wednesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau _ Kenney’s political nemesis and his election campaign pinata _ and said the plan is to meet soon for a one-on-one.“He called to offer his congratulations. We spoke for about 15 minutes,” Kenney said outside Alberta’s legislature building.“We had a respectful conversation about a number of issues, including the need to get Canadian energy to foreign markets.”
New Delhi: Continuing with its country-wide raids, the Income Tax department late on Tuesday night raided premises of sitting TDP MP Galla Jayadev’s accountant and auditor in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, officials said here on Wednesday.Gurappa Naidu is the auditor and accountant of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Galla Jayadev, who is the Managing Director of Amara Raja Group, the parent company of Hyderabad-based Amaron Batteries. Speaking to the Millennium Post, officials in the Central Board of Direct Taxes said that during the raids IT-officers recovered around Rs 45 lakh in cash. However, according to preliminary reports, IT sleuths are not sure whether the cash is unaccounted for or not. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sources here, however, said the raiding officers are fairly certain about the money being used for expenses related to electioneering in the constituency that is to go to polls on Thursday (April 11). Following the raids, Galla, who is contesting in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as well, organised a protest with fellow TDP workers at Pattabhipuram in Guntur and marched to the collector’s office. At the protest, the Guntur MP was quoted in the media as saying, “Our person has been detained & we don’t know his whereabouts, I am demanding an explanation. Why are we being targeted, why are raids being conducted only on TDP leaders.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, IT authorities categorically denied that the raids were related to any kind of political pressure. They said, “TDP candidate Galla Jayadev was not covered even remotely.” Galla was a parliamentarian who had moved the no-confidence motion against the PM-Modi led government last year and he has been a vocal critic of NDA over the issue of special status for Andhra Pradesh. In addition to Galla’s aide being raided, IT sleuths raided premises of Mydukur TDP candidate Putta Sudhakar Yadav on April 3. Two other TDP candidates namely Ugra Narasimha Reddy and Kovelamudi Ravindra were also put under the law enforcement agency’s scanner recently.