18 January 2016Rivonia Trialists and anti-apartheid activists Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg on Friday, 15 January received the Freedom of Sedibeng District Municipality. The trio will also receive the Freedom of the City of London on 27 January.Kathrada said that he was honoured and humbled to receive the accolade. “One recalls the Sedibeng region’s contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle in the Evaton Bus Boycotts in the 1950s‚ as well as the horrors of the violence that erupted in the Vaal Triangle‚ particularly Boipatong‚ closer to the advent of democracy,” he recollected.Sedibeng was home to events such as the Sharpeville Massacre, but was also where South Africa’s democratic Constitution was signed into law, Kathrada said.“It is therefore symbolic of how far we have come as a country – from racial oppression by the state‚ to the non-racial future that the Constitution promised‚ and still promises.”ANC veterans Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada&Dennis Goldberg receive Freedom of Sedibeng district municipality pic.twitter.com/jPUEmLnO5v— Ismail Vadi (@ismailvadi) January 15, 2016Goldberg #Kathrada Mlangeni receive #FreedomOfSedibeng .Trialists praise the many community iniatives in the region. pic.twitter.com/IZDQaifqOK— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) January 15, 2016It was during the Rivonia Trial that Mandela made his famous speech that ended with the words: “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”The Freedom of the City of LondonIt is believed the tradition of awarding people the Freedom of the City of London began in the 13th century.“The medieval term ‘freeman’ meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land,” states the city’s website. “Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term “freedom of the City’.“From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery to carry out their trade or craft in the square mile.”Watch this for more information:Today things have changed, but the tradition continues towards “people who have lived or worked in the City or have been proud to be admitted”.Source: Times Live and South Africa.info reporter
7 August 2014South Africa’s air cargo security systems have been given the thumbs-up by both the European Union and the United States’ Transport Security Administration.South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) director Poppy Khoza said this week that South Africa was the only country in Africa to receive this dual affirmation.“This essentially means that, following audits by the European Union and the United States, South Africa is acknowledged as one of the countries where the level of aviation security is regarded as robust and reliable,” Khoza said. “This will benefit air carriers operating between South Africa and the two regions.”In the case of the US, the Transport Security Administration (TSA) carries out yearly assessments of South Africa’s aviation security regime, with the last audit conducted in June.The results of the audit indicate that South Africa did not attract any findings or observation and in some instances, the standards were found to be higher than in previous years.“The TSA audit comes after almost a year since the CAA and the TSA concluded a recognition agreement on air cargo security programmes, thus acknowledging that South African systems are on par with the stringent requirements of the USA,” Khoza said.“This agreement also enhances air cargo security measures and initiatives between the two countries. Most significantly, the agreement enables quicker facilitation of goods between the two countries, and helps eradicate duplicative or redundant measures while still ensuring the highest levels of security that both the TSA and the CAA require.”The European Union (EU) recognition means that South Africa has been included in the list of countries where air carriers are exempted from the application of the ACC3 (Air cargo and mail carrier operation into the EU from a third-country airport) regime, the requirements of which are viewed as stringent to operators from countries outside the EU.In terms of the ACC3 process, carriers wishing to carry cargo into the EU have to request ACC3 status, which requires rigorous screening of air cargo or the existence of a properly functioning and secure air cargo system.As from July this year, cargo operators flying to the EU destinations must therefore either hold a valid EU validation report, proving that they have adequate security measures in place, or use the expensive services of EU validators to pronounce their cargo as secured.“This recognition by the EU is a significant milestone for the country and South African carriers, as this means that they can now benefit from an exemption from the ACC3 regime, provided that the level of risk remains similarly low, commensurate with a robust oversight system being in place,” Khoza said.She added that it was further acknowledgement that South Africa’s security measures are on a par with those applied in the EU.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Gone are the days when women worked from home or joined their family’s business. Women have now ventured into manufacturing, technology and other businesses. And Deepa Shah, chairperson of Business Women Committee of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry agrees, “During the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors summit 2011, 60 entrepreneurs expressed interest to set up business at the proposed Women Economic Zone (WEZ). These women mean business. From Shetal Shah, who heads a company that offers Geographic Information Services (GIS) to Meena Kaviya whose business had almost shut down and she had to rework the entire model. From Siddhi Shah who embarked on entrepreneurial journey to earn her pocket money to Sejal Shah who is supporting the local artisans throught her unique venture.Jewel queen She loved to mix and match and has been a creative person throughout. Shweta Pachauri, 30 studied fashion designing, then went on to study gems and jewellery and even taught at an institute. But realised her true calling lies in beads, stone and metals and started her own label, Kalash.Deciding factor: I started with diamond jewellery but then realised that there are a lot of people doing it already. So I ventured into stone jewellery.Metallic hues: I mix and match metals with stones. A combination of brass and stones in a pendant is much liked by my clients.Sports freak: I love to play badminton and have even represented Gujarat University at the state level.Travel bag: Uttarakhand is my all time favourite. I just love the picturesque hills and the thrilling adventure activitiadvertisementMapping Success Whoever said women can’t read maps should eat their words. Shetal Shah not only reads maps but prepares them which are used by different sectors like disaster management and transportation. While working at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Shah was introduced to statistics and GIS. There she started Geographis (India) Pvt. Ltd for the same group. And in 2006-2007, she embarked on a new journey with Spin Systems. Today, her company is one of the few in India that offers GIS services.Major projects: She has been involved with projects such as preparing master plan for Kolhapur City, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) of Ahmedabad, GIS based disaster preparedness tool for Gujarat.Biggest challenge: This sector is dominated by men and I am one of the few women in this field. Today hers is one of the few companies that provides professional services in remote sensing, analysing information.Fighting fit: I like classical dances and have learnt Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi. I spend one-and-a-half hours daily doing yoga.Big dream: I want to take GIS, mapping and remote sensing away from a jargon and technical environment to a level where it is used by the lay man. Also that GIS applications get widely used for urban planning, emergency management and other purposes.Light upSiddhi Shah’s mother once told her in a candid way to earn and then shop as much she wants to. This left her mind churning and she started designing dresses to begin with.Teething problems: I wanted to stand on my feet, without taking any finance from my parents. So the intial years were very tough.Differentiating factor: I customise for my clients so you won’t find a piece being repeated. Also, I have handpicked the artists who work for me.Book worm: I love reading Empires Of The Mind, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Stay Hungry Stay Foolish.Big dream: One day I want to come out with a book with my sketches of designer dresses.Business diaries Difficult circumstances forced Shilpa Panchal, 40 to step out of her comfort zone. “We were living a very comfortable life but then our family was facing financial problems. I decided to do something substantial to contribute my bit.” She started manufacturing plastic parts for energy meters with one machine set up at home. Her firm has grown rapidly and today she has a manufacturing unit at Odhav with eight machines.Guiding light: My father-inlaw, a practising engineer, told me that there was a need for precision plastic parts for various applications.Big challenge: Having invested in the machine and workforce, the first challenge was getting orders.My space: When I am alone I listen to old Hindi songs- Mukesh Kumar and Mohammad Rafi are my favourites.Play time: I have a son and daughter and they are a great source of joy. I love to play basketball, football, board games with my kids and their friends.Magic weave She loved doing it as her hobby but is now pursuing it for a living. Designing and embroidery were her passion which she turned into a small business 15 years ago. Encouraged by the response she got, Sejal Shah, 40 bought her own place, looked for good artisans and in no time was on a roll making ethnic wear and home linen by the name Gunthan.Number game: She has 70 artisans working for her on a contractual basis. In 2008-09, she was making 1,000-1,500 pieces in a year. Since then her business has grown by 250 percent.Recognition time: She won an award for the best women entrepreneur in the manufacturing business from Gujarat Chamber of Commerce in 2008.Support system: It would have been difficult to do it alone. My family has been very encouraging.Break free: I love dancing and I am a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. I love going to Thol Lake, the bird sanctuary near Ahmedabad.advertisementMen’s worldShe always wanted to start something of her own and when she zeroed on one, it was something unusual-manufacturing of men’s shirts. “My husband has been in the yarn business so I thought he could give me tips on the selection of quality fabrics as I didn’t want to compromise on quality,” says Meena Kaviya, 39.Initial hiccups: When one talks of women entrepreneurs in the garment sector, people only think of someone who is into womenwear or runs a boutique. So people did not take me seriously.Turning point: In 2006-2007, my main client closed down its shirts department and I had no work, which forced me to rework the business model. “I then started buying the yarn and got it woven myself to ensure quality, consistency and cost effectiveness.”Number game: Today her unit has about 100 machines with a monthly manufacturing capacity of 25,000 shirts.Great escape: Playing with my two kids, listening to songs, reading autobiographical and historic works and travelling.
England won the toss and elected to field first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the 5th Test between India and England from the Oval stadium in London.Scorecard | Day 1 England, leading the visitors by 237 runs, are firmly in the box seat. The Indian bowlers fought hard in the middle session but the Root-Buttler combine, blending caution with attack, undermined India’s effort and pushed England miles ahead. Another notable feature of the 80-run stand was the alert running between the wickets. Buttler fell in a soft fashion, limply flicking Ishant to Ashwin at short mid-wicket. The likes of Binny and Aaron found the outside edge more than a couple of times but did not find any joy. Root, essaying some classy puncy-drives further piled the agony on India. They are on the mat. Will they get up and put up a brave fight tomorrow? Or will England maintain their clinical efficiency? Joe root has been excellent throughout this test series! By far the best Batsman of this series! #IndvsEng dasrammohan (@dasrammohan) August 16, 2014That’ll be STUMPS on Day 2!!With Joe Root(92) and Chris Jordan(19) at the crease, England end Day 2 at 385/7 after 105 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Ravichandran Ashwin will bowl the FINAL OVER of Day 2!!ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!103.4 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root goes on the frontfoot and punches it straight down the ground for a boundary. A TREAT TO WATCH from Root!!101.2 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root leans forward and guides it past gully for a boundary.advertisement96.5 overs: FOUR!! Chris Jordan rocks back and pummels the pull towards deep square leg for a boundary.95.1 overs: FOUR!! Joe Root pulls it through square leg and steals three runs. That’s FIFTY for Root!!NINE RUNS off the over!!94.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Chris Woakes out caught by the wicket-keeper. Woakes was looking to steer it towards third man but gets a faint edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Chris Woakes departs for a golden duck. Another BLOW for England!!94.3 overs: SIX!! Joe Root goes for the hook and gets a top-edge over long leg for the maximum.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Ishant!!Chris Woakes comes to the crease for England.93.4 overs: OUT!! Ishant Sharma has got Jos Buttler out caught at short midwicket. Buttler picks the inswinger and flicks it straight into the hands of Ravichandran Ashwin who takes it comfortably. Jos Buttler departs after scoring 45 runs off 73 balls with nine boundaries. With Joe Root(38) and Jos Buttler(40) at the crease, England are currently at 303/5 after 91 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!90.2 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler goes on the frontfoot and drills it straight down the ground for a boundary. With Joe Root(38) and Jos Buttler(28) at the crease, England are currently at 291/5 after 89 overs.#IndvsEng if england declare now, with lead of about 150-175 , india can make sure this test is over in two days 🙂 Avadhut (@avoodi123) August 16, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!84.1 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler reaches out and slaps it past point for a boundary. With Joe Root(14) and Jos Buttler(13) at the crease, England are currently at 252/5 after 75 overs.Scenes of jubilation in the Indian women’s camp after winning the Test #indvseng #cricket pic.twitter.com/4S4yLxiPeM CricketHuddle (@CricketHuddle) August 16, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!Ravichandran Ashwin will bowl from the other end for India. With Joe Root(13) and Jos Buttler(12) at the crease, England are currently at 248/5 after 74 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Joe Root and Jos Buttler are out in the middle for England while Stuart Binny will start the proceedings for India.And, we’re back!! TEA: Finally, MS Dhoni’s men clinch a session against England. India pulled up their socks and gave a good account of themselves on the second afternoon. The fielding veered from sharp to shabby but the bowlers did not waver much from their rhythm. Aaron set the tone early on, interrogating the English skipper on and around the off-stump. Cook was lucky to be reprieved on 65 and 70 but finally fell to Aaron’s persistence. India then engineered a double blow, removing Ballance and Bell off successive overs while Ashwin snapped up Ali. The hosts though are ahead by 98 runs. Can they fatten their lead? Or will India wipe out the lower-order quickly to stay afloat at the Oval? Well done team #India ! Go for another good session and we are in the game. Come on #India dekhado ! #IndvsEng #2-2 Jadu Saikia (@jadu_saikia) August 16, 2014With Joe Root(11) and Jos Buttler(12) at the crease, England are currently at 246/5 after 73 overs.advertisementFIVE RUNS off the over!!72.6 overs: FOUR!! Jos BUttler gets forward and clips it off the pads for a boundary. With Joe Root(9) and Jos Buttler(8) at the crease, England are currently at 239/5 after 71 overs.Taking Root’s wicket is like taking 2 wickets! Brilliant player, need to get him out! #IndvsEng vamshiballikonda (@vamshi_b) August 16, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!70.5 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut behind point for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Buttler!! With Joe Root(8) and Jos Buttler(4) at the crease, England are currently at 234/5 after 70 overs.Wow.. @ashwinravi99 whaata a delivery..? Gotcha!!..??? #happy finally seeing Indian bowlers doing some damage. #Indvseng #EngvInd @devi0111 Kala Mani (@kalamani22) August 16, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!69.6 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler flays the short arm jab and sends it scurrying through midwicket for a boundary.THREE RUNS off the over!!Jos Buttler comes to the crease for England.Team India FINALLY ONTO SOMETHING here!!68.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Ravichandran Ashwin has bowled Moeen Ali on a flighted delivery. Ali was looking to leave it but was a tad too late in deciding as the ball kisses the bottom edge of the bat and crashes onto the off-stump. Moeen Ali departs after scoring 14 runs off 24 balls with two boundaries. Is a COLLAPSE ON CARDS for England here!!ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!64.2 overs: FOUR!! Moeen Ali flicks it again and sends it racing through square leg for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK BOUNDARIES for Ali!!64.1 overs: FOUR!! Moeen Ali leans forward and flicks it past midwicket for a boundary.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!Moeen Ali comes to the crease for England.Can India manage to PULL THINGS BACK here!!63.1 overs: OUT!! Ishant Sharma has got Ian Bell out caught by the wicket-keeper. Bell was looking to push it towards covers and gets an outside edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Ian Bell departs after scoring seven runs off 16 balls. Another BLOW for England!!That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Ashwin!!Joe Root comes to the crease for England.62.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Ravichandran Ashwin has got Gary Ballance out caught at silly point. Ballance leans forward to defend and sends it straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara who tales it comfortably. Gary Ballance departs after scoring 64 runs off 117 balls with 13 boundaries. BIG WICKET for India!! With Ian Bell(1) and Gary Ballance(64) at the crease, England are currently at 197/2 after 61 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!60.6 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance leans forward and flicks it through midwicket for a boundary. With Ian Bell(0) and Gary Ballance(60) at the crease, England are currently at 192/2 after 59 overs. #IndvsEng Even though India is performing dismally, lets keep pining all of our hopes on our team, just like we do every time. Go India! Shivanii (@dimaagka_raita) August 16, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!Ian Bell comes to the crease for England.57.4 overs: OUT!! Varun Aaron has got Alastair Cook out caught at first slip. Aaron lures Cook into the drive and forces an outside edge through Murali Vijay who takes a good diving catch. Alastair Cook departs after scoring 79 runs off 183 balls with nine boundaries. England skipper’s LUCK FINALLY RUNS OUT!!advertisement57.2 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook rocks back and clouts the pull towards deep square leg for a boundary. With Alastair Cook(75) and Gary Ballance(59) at the crease, England are currently at 187/1 after 57 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!56.4 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance unveils the blistering cover drive and sends it scurrying for a boundary. GREAT BALLANCE from Gary!! With Alastair Cook(74) and Gary Ballance(55) at the crease, England are currently at 182/1 after 56 overs.The England captain must think that Christmas has arrived too early in the year for him..#Oval #IndvsEng @StarSportsIndia wv raman (@wvraman) August 16, 2014THREE RUNS off the over!!MS Dhoni & co. are IN SHAMBLES here!! 54.1 overs: CATCH-DROPPED!! Ajinkya Rahane has dropped Alastair Cook at first slip. Cook was lured into the cut shot and gets an outside edge towards Rahane who drops it Ashwin’s dissent. Cook is LIVING DANGEROUSLY!! With Alastair Cook(67) and Gary Ballance(53) at the crease, England are currently at 173/1 after 51 overs.Too many slips by Indian slips. #IndvsEng 1/2 plate (@daalrice) August 16, 2014SIX RUNS off the over!!49.4 overs: CATCH-DROPPED!! Murali Vijay has dropped Alastair Cook at first slip. Cook was looking to defend but gets an outside edge towards Vijay who goes to his right and drops a dolly. POOR EFFORT from India!!49.2 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook rocks back and cuts it with disdain for a blazing boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Cook!! With Alastair Cook(60) and Gary Ballance(53) at the crease, England are currently at 165/1 after 48 overs.Harsha Bhogle analyses what is wrong with Indian cricket. Then he hypes them up after one win. Get mauled. Process repeats. #IndvsEng Sub Zero (@Gautham_TR) August 16, 2014EIGHT RUNS off the over!!47.6 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballances reaches out and flays the upper-cut for a boundary. That’s 3rd TEST FIFTY for Ballance!!47.2 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance waits for it and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. Bhuvi STRAYS OFF LINE!! Looks like they have given up already. No intent in body language, no one to inspire. #IndvsEng Abhash Makharia (@abhashm) August 16, 2014With Alastair Cook(60) and Gary Ballance(45) at the crease, England are currently at 157/1 after 47 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!46.3 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut behind point for a boundary. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Ballance!! Ravichandran Ashwin will bowl from the other end for India. With Alastair Cook(60) and Gary Ballance(40) at the crease, England are currently at 152/1 after 46 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!! 45.1 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook leans forward and clips it towards fine leg for a boundary. POOR-LINE from Bhuvi!!Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance are out in the middle for England while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for England.And, we’re back!! LUNCH: Another session thoroughly dominated by England. That’s four in a row in this match. India got the much needed early wicket they were striving for in the form of Sam Robson, but since then Ballance and Cook haven’t been in any trouble at all. Aaron was the pick of the bowlers, while both Ishant and Bhuvi hardly made the batsmen play, especially the former. The latter was disappointing, well down on pace and offering buffet balls on the pads which were helped away for runs by the batsmen. The sun is out and the Indians look certainly jaded. The body language isn’t great either, with no real spark or effort to gee up the bowlers. A long, hard, tiring toil awaits them in the field, unless they pick up wickets in a heap. Whether they change anything remains to be seen. Played a Test after 8 years & Won it! Indian Women have beat Eng Women by 6 wickets! #IndvsEng Liju Sukumar (@LijuSukumar) August 16, 2014With Alastair Cook(56) and Gary Ballance(40) at the crease, England are currently at 148/1 after 45 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!44.6 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance leans into the drive and sends it racing through extra cover for a boundary. That was CLASSY from Ballance!!Varun Aaron will bowl the FINAL OVER before lunch.43.1 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook leans forward and whips it through midwicket for a boundary.FOUR RUNS off the over!!40.2 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook hangs back and flays the cut past backward point for a boundary. That’s FIFTY for Cook!! With Alastair Cook(46) and Gary Ballance(35) at the crease, England are currently at 133/1 after 40 overs.36.2 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance was looking to defend and gets an outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary.34.6 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. FAB SHOT from Ballance!!33.5 overs: FOUR!! Alastair Cook rocks back and whacks it through square leg for a boundary.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!20.6 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance goes for the drive and gets an outside edge towards third man for a boundary.Gary Ballance comes to the crease for England.Varun Aaron STRIKES EARLY in the day for India!!20.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Varun Aaron has bowled Sam Robson on a pitched up delivery. Robson was beaten for pace and a tad too late in the shot as the ball rattles the stumps. Sam Robson departs after scoring 37 runs off 70 balls with six boundaries.20.3 overs: FOUR!! Sam Robson waits for it and steers it past gully for a boundary.Varun Aaron will bowl from the other end for India.Bhuvi starts off with a MAIDEN!!Alastair Cook and Sam Robson are out in the middle for England while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India.Toss: England won the toss and elected to field first against India.Changes: India have made two changes with Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny replacing Pankaj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. On the other hand, England have decided to play the same team from the last Test match.Teams(from):England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James AndersonIndia: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma