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Project to aid antenatal, new-born care

first_img12 September 2012 The Window of Opportunity project, which was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday, will provide improved health and development services to expectant mothers and new-borns in South Africa and Mozambique. It is envisaged that the R200-million project will support 750 000 expectant mothers. It is a five-year initiative led by global non-profit organisation PATH in partnership with South Africa’s Departments of Health, Social Development and Women, Children and People with Disabilities, and is supported by multinational mining company BHP Billiton. The project will focus on improving antenatal and new-born care, infant nutrition, child development practices and the quality of health services planning provision. Fostering community engagement It will also help foster community engagement and accountability for improved mother and child services in four South African provinces – Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape – as well as the Maputo province in Mozambique. BHP Billiton South Africa chairperson Xolani Mkhwanazi said the project would make a real difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. “One of our core values at BHP Billiton is sustainability, putting health and safety first, being environmentally responsible and supporting our communities,” Mkhwanazi said at Tuesday’s launch. Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana said social investment was a critical element of creating a sustainable economy and progressive social development. “There is no doubt in my mind that our struggle to change the lives of poor children for the better will be half won if more companies and organisations emulate this example. “As government, we regard private companies as very important potential partners, who are critical in delivering sustained development to the people of this country,” Xingwana said. She said the public-private partnership would have far -eaching positive outcomes through the consistent promotion of these basic services. Early childhood development top priority Xingwana stressed that early childhood development (ECD) was high on the list of priorities of the South African government. “The National Plan of Action for Children in South Africa, which we are currently reviewing, provides a comprehensive and detailed account of services that are critical to the development of children.” Chief Director of Children in the Social Development Department, Margot Davids, said the initiative came just at the right time in the history of ECD in South Africa. “ECD is seen as a primary programme for the care and protection in development of children. The early years have been recognised as the ideal phase for passing on values that are important for the building of a peaceful, prosperous and democratic society,” Davids said. “If there is an early and appropriate treatment and care, this can reverse the effect of deprivation and support the development of children in their potential.” Deputy Director General in the Health Department Yogan Pillay said the first years of a child’s life were critical for mobility and mortality, which is why they focused heavily on neonatal, infant and child health. “If we don’t do enough to support children in the first thousand days, any development glide that is the consequence of a lack of development in [that period] is not recoverable,” Pillay said. He also said the project could be used as a platform for government, civil society and the private sector to effectively partner to take care of families and ensure that no child was left behind. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

South Africa ‘to speed up economic transformation’

first_img21 February 2014 South Africa will enter a new “radical phase” of economic transformation over the next five years to address poverty, unemployment and inequality, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Thursday. Replying to the debate on the State of the Nation address in Parliament, Zuma said South Africa had achieved social transformation over the past 20 years, and the emphasis would now be on economic transformation to ensure that black people also owned the economy. It would be a phase “of focusing on economic transformation in particular,” Zuma said. “We have achieved political freedom, now we have to achieve economic freedom and ensure that the owner of the economy is deracialised.” He added that the New Growth Path, which promotes local manufacturing, the National Infrastructure Plan and the Industrial Policy Action Plan would continue to shape the government’s policy agenda. Zuma said work was underway to establish a BBBEE commission to regulate and oversee empowerment transactions related to South Africa’s black economic empowerment policies. Despite the country’s employment equity policies, equity reports indicated that the economy was still in the hands of the white minority. “We must therefore intensify the implementation of affirmative action policies in order to deepen reconciliation and social cohesion in our country. I think it is important to look at reality … to take those who were left outside and bring them into the economy.” Responding to opposition parties’ criticisms over job creation, Zuma said they failed to give credit where it was due. All the jobs that had been lost during the 2008-09 global economic crisis had been recovered over the past five years and the economy had in fact created additional new jobs. He said the Jobs Fund, which was created in 2011, had approved 66 projects and committed more than R3-billion to job-creating enterprises. To date, more than 8 000 new permanent jobs and 4 000 short-term jobs had been created through the fund, while more than 25 000 beneficiaries had received training. The country’s development finance institutions, meanwhile, had also been directed to invest in job creating projects, Zuma said. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had approved more than R50-billion in new industrial funding since 2009, in projects ranging from agro-processing, film-making, the auto sector, steel and engineering, clothing and textiles, mining, the green economy and tourism. And the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) had committed in excess of R38-billion to enhancing the productivity of the real economy through economic and social infrastructure, enterprise development and renewable energy. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

DowDupont announces new name for ag-focused company

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Agriculture Division of DowDuPont announced the name of the intended company once it is spun-off, which is expected to happen by June 1, 2019. The intended Agriculture company will become Corteva Agriscience, which is derived from a combination of words meaning “heart” and “nature.”“This is the start of an exciting journey,” said James C. Collins, Jr., chief operating officer, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. “Corteva Agriscience is bringing together three businesses with deep connections and dedication to generations of farmers. Our new name acknowledges our history while looking forward to our commitment to enhancing farmer productivity as well as the health and well-being of the consumers they serve. With the most balanced portfolio of products in the industry, nearly a century of agronomic expertise and an unparalleled innovation engine, Corteva Agriscience will become a leading Agriculture company, focused on working together with the entire food system to produce a secure supply of healthy food.”Corteva Agriscience brings together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a market-shaping, standalone agriculture company with leading positions in Seed Technologies, Crop Protection and Digital Agriculture.The intended company has developed some of the best talent, technology, innovation and R&D capabilities that will uniquely position it to transform our food system by helping farmers grow better, abundant and healthier crops while using fewer natural resources.“We will continue to invest in some of the most recognized and premium brands in agriculture: Pioneer, Mycogen, and the newly launched Brevant seed brands, as well as our award-winning Crop Protection products, such as Aproach Prima fungicide and Quelex herbicide with Arylex active, while bringing new products to market through our solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies,” Collins said.In addition to announcing the corporate name, the intended Agriculture company unveiled the Corteva Agriscience brand identity and logo today (www.corteva.com) at Commodity Classic, the largest farmer-led convention and trade show in the United States.The corporate headquarters for the intended company will be located in Wilmington, Delaware, and will include key corporate support functions. Sites in Johnston, Iowa, and Indianapolis, Indiana, will serve as Global Business Centers, with leadership of business lines, business support functions, R&D, global supply chain, and sales and marketing capabilities concentrated in the two Midwest locations.DowDuPont will support the new brand name through a series of recognition events between now and the time the division becomes an independent company.last_img read more

Ranjit Singh panel submits full report

first_imgThe Justice (retd) Ranjit Singh Commission, set up in April 2017 by the Congress government to investigate the various incidents of sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib and other religious texts, submitted its full report to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday. It had submitted the first part of the report on June 30.“The complete set of reports, along with action taken report, will be tabled in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha,” an official spokesperson said.The government had decided to constitute the panel after rejecting as ‘inconclusive’ the findings of the Zora Singh Commission, set up by the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government.Terms of refernceThe terms of reference of the Commission were to conduct an inquiry into the cases of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, Bhagwad Gita and the Koran, inquire into the detailed facts and circumstance and chronology of events and to identify the role played by various persons. The Commission was also mandated to inquire into the firing in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan village, Faridkot, in which two persons were killed.last_img read more

Dilshan to lead Sri Lanka during England tour

first_imgTillakaratne Dilshan was on Monday appointed as Sri Lanka’s captain for all three formats for next month’s tour of England, following Kumar Sangakkara’s resignation after the World Cup.T Dilshan has been appointed Sri Lanka captain for next month’s England tour. AP”Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is proud to announce the appointment of of TM Dilshan as the national captain in all three formats of the game for Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May 2011,” a Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) statement said.The selectors, however, have not named a vice-captain for the tour because “the prospective candidates are nursing injuries, and their availability for the forthcoming tour is still in question.”Sangakkara had resigned from the post of Sri Lanka captain a few days after his team’s loss to India in the final of the World Cup, their second successive loss in the title clash of the quadrennial extravaganza.A day later, vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene and all the national selectors also resigned from their respective posts.The 34-year-old Dilshan, currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Royal Challengers Bangalore, had previously led Sri Lanka in two Twenty2O internationals in 2008 and 2009, and also during a five-match ODI series in Zimbabwe in 2010.The big-hitting opener’s appointment to the top post ended the speculation over whether he, or the 23-year-old all-rounder Angelo Mathews, would be named as Sangakkara’s immediate successor.With exactly 500 runs under his belt, Dilshan was also the highest run-scorer in the 2011 World Cup, surpassing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, player-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh and Sangakkara.advertisementDilshan has till date represented Sri Lanka in 66 Tests and scored 3990 runs at an average of 42.44 with 11 centuries and 16 half fifties to his credit.In 203 ODIs, Dilshan has accumulated 5456 runs at an average of 36.61 with 160 being his highest score. He has also played 32 Twenty20 Internationals for Sri Lanka.- With PTI inputslast_img read more