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Life gets better for South Africans

first_img3 September 2009 South Africans’ living conditions are steadily improving, according to Statistics South Africa’s latest General Household Survey, which registered increases in school attendance, satisfaction with health services, and ownership of houses, televisions and – no surprises here – mobile phones. Access to electricity and proper sanitation has also improved, the survey found, although piped water services are lagging. Hunger levels remain low, while the number of South Africans receiving state social grants has more than tripled since 2002. The annual survey, which measured various aspects of the living circumstances of South African households for the year 2008, was released on Wednesday.Education The survey found that the percentage of South African children attending primary school had grown substantially since 2002 – although still not enough to meet the country’s early childhood development goals for 2010. At the other end of the spectrum, the percentage of secondary school students who completed grade 12 increased from 22.8% in 2002 to 24.6% in 2008, while the proportion of adults with no formal education decreased over the same period, from 10.3% to 8.8%. According to the survey, between 2002 and 2008:The percentage of children aged 5-9 who are attending school increased from 79.9% to 88.6%.The percentage of 5-year-olds attending school increased from 40.4% to 63.3%.The percentage of 6-year-olds attending school increased from 70.9% to 87.1%. Among children aged 7 years and above, lack of money for fees remained the most common reason given for not attending school.Health care Statistics South Africa’s survey recorded higher levels of satisfaction with public health services, up from 81.1% of people who used these services in 2002 to 91.2% in 2008. In the private sector, satisfaction levels increased slightly over the same period, from 92.8% to 95.6%. Medical aid coverage remained the lowest among black South Africans, with only 8.4% of people covered in 2008, compared to 68.5% of the white population.Housing and household assets According to the survey, the overall percentage of households living in informal dwellings increased marginally from 2002 to 2008, from 13.1% to 13.4%. However, this was an improvement on the 15.9% recorded in 2005. There was also continued growth in ownership among those occupying formal separate dwellings, from 62.6% in 2002 to 70.1% in 2008. And over the same period, television ownership increased from 59.3% to 72.4%, while ownership of mobile phones more than doubled, from 37.6% to 79.1%.Electricity, water, sanitation Of all the basic services, access to a connection to the mains electricity supply improved the most, the survey found, increasing from 77.4% of households in 2002 to 82.6% in 2008. However, the percentage of households receiving piped water supplies from their local municipalities decreased from 78.9% in 2004 to 74.8% in 2008. The percentage of households with no toilet facility, or having to use bucket toilets, declined from 12.5% in 2002 to 7.7% in 2008. At the same time, the percentage of households using municipal refuse disposal services increased steadily, from 58.8% to 60.5%.Hunger, social grants, child runaways Reported levels of hunger in 2008 were very close to those of 2006 and slightly up from those of 2007, the survey found. However, hunger levels remained low, at 2.4% for adults and 2.5% for children – compared to the 6.8% of households who said their children and adults suffered from hunger in 2002. According to the survey, the percentage of South Africans receiving welfare grants from the state more than tripled between 2002 and 2008, from 3.7% to 13.3%. At the same time, the 2008 survey recorded the highest level of children aged 5-17 who had left their homes and whose whereabouts were unknown, with 8.4% of households affected in 2008 compared to 4.5% in 2002. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Volunteers bring a smile to Ethembeni

first_imgVolunteers and GEM facilitators also witnessed some of the day-to-day activities at the home as well as participated in the children’s play-time routine.Volunteers gathered at Ethembeni Children’s Home over the weekend of 30 and 31 January where they lent and hand doing maintenance and cleaning, and also spent some time with the children.The Going the Extra Mile campaign (GEM) visited the children’s home, in Doornfontein, on the eastern edge of Joburg’s inner city, along with a number of volunteers. The visitors took to cleaning the windows and corridors, which helped to ease some of the pressures of running the home.Play Your Part, a Brand South Africa programme that promotes active citizenship, has partnered with GEM in its events that uplift disadvantaged communities.Volunteers and GEM facilitators also witnessed some of the day-to-day activities at the home as well as participated in the children’s play-time routine.Lucia Ntombela, the site manager at Ethembeni, said that the help they received from the volunteers was key to the running of the home. “That’s why we make sure that the volunteers who come to Ethembeni feel at home, because we’re a family and we want them to feel like they are a part of that family,” she said.“It’s nice to know that there are people out there who are willing to take the time to come and help out here at the home. Nowadays people don’t have much time; people are busy. For them to take that hour or two hours to come and volunteer knowing that you won’t get paid. I really admire them.”Ethembeni means “place of hope” in isiXhosa, a fitting name for a place created to provide love and care for children living without their parents.ETHEMBENI CHILDREN’S HOMEThe Ethembeni Children’s Home in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, serves as a home for up to 60 children at any given time. Established by The Salvation Army in 1995, the home accommodates vulnerable children from birth to three years old who are either infected with or affected by HIV/Aids.Ethembeni means “place of hope” in isiXhosa, a fitting name for a place created to provide love and care for children living without their parents. “Being a part of the running of the home isn’t easy, but what makes it worthwhile is seeing the transformations in the children here,” Ntombela said.“Some of them arrive here and it’s difficult for them to smile. But as time goes by they slowly open up and start smiling again. It’s really beautiful to see, and we have a lot of people to thank for helping us.”GO THE EXTRA MILEGEM is a social development drive created to help mobilise people and develop a sense of ownership of the organisations and initiatives that have been established to make a difference in people’s lives.The GEM app rewards volunteers for their involvement in helping during special programmes or in the day-to-day activities of NGOs such as Ethembeni.One of Play Your Part’s key objectives is to encourage active citizenship among all people in South Africa. Through partnerships with GEM and other social change initiatives, the campaign has increased its reach and made it easier for citizens to take action and offer their help where it is needed.Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app’s database. Once the good deed is done, they receive a reward via the app, called a GEM. This reward can then be redeemed for a range of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity or movie tickets.For more information on how to get involved in your community and to keep track of the activities in and around your area, visit GEM’s website or download the application.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

First semi-professional competition for SA netball

first_img2 May 2014South Africa’s first semi-professional netball competition, the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup, will see 120 of the country’s best players in action in Pretoria from 10 May to 8 June.The Brutal Fruit Netball Cup, presented by Netball South Africa in association with Brutal Fruit, was unveiled earlier this month and is set to be a game changer for the sport in the country.‘There is so much expectation’“The excitement is building up and there is so much expectation from the netball followers and fans via social media,” Netball South Africa President Mimi Mthethwa said in a statement this week.“We at Netball South Africa are not at all surprised by the hype as this tournament has been a long while coming.“The teams were selected following rigorous trial processes held across the provinces, where the most talented players were selected. We can promise that the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup will be a spectacular showpiece the likes of which have not been seen on homes soil.”League formatThe new competition will feature 10 teams from the nine provinces, divided into two divisions: a Cup and Shield competition with a promotion/relegation league format.Division One includes the Golden Fireballs and Jaguars from Gauteng; Free State Crinums; Eastern Cape Aloes and North West Flames. Division Two will feature the Southern Stings from the Western Cape; Kingdom Stars from KwaZulu-Natal; Limpopo Baobabs; Mpumalanga Sunbirds and Northern Cape Diamonds.‘We are ecstatic’“As players, we are ecstatic,” Spar Proteas’ star Zanele Mdodana commented. “For every player, it’s an answered prayer and a beginning for great things to come for netball.“All the teams are strong and it’s going to come down to who wants it the most. We can promise that the action will be intense and we are going all out to win it,” the Eastern Cape Aloes’ star added.VenueFor 2014 edition of the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup, all matches will be played at the Rembrandt Hall Sport Centre at the University of Pretoria Sport Campus over consecutive weekends, starting with round one on 10 and 11 May.Most of the matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Bill unites BJP rivals, allies in NE

first_imgOpposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, has brought rivals and allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party on the same page in Assam ahead of the parliamentary polls.Election to the 14 Lok Sabha seats in the State would be held in three phases on April 11, 18 and 23.On Monday, the National People’s Party said it would contest all the Assam seats to stop the BJP’s attempt to push the Bill in future. The Bill seeks to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who have fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan till December 31, 2014.‘BJP to bring it back’The northeastern States had risen in unison to protest the Bill. Tempers were cooled after the BJP failed to get it passed in the Rajya Sabha in January, but party chief Amit Shah, during a pre-poll rally, promised to bring back the Bill if the BJP is re-elected.“We are committed to opposing the Bill. We hope to win as many seats in Assam to be in a position to do so,” NPP convener and former IPS officer Dilip K. Bora said.The NPP and BJP are otherwise ruling allies in three northeastern States – Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland.The Asom Gana Parishad, which has not spelled out its relationship with the BJP after walking out of the alliance government following differences over the Bill, has also lined up probable candidates for the 14 seats.Party president Atul Bora said that the AGP would make it difficult for the BJP, which won seven seats in 2014, to retain as many seats. “We are letting people know the BJP is bad news for their struggle to protect their culture and language,” he said.“We are better off without baggage. The AGP should learn from the panchayat polls (December last year) where it went alone and fared poorly,” BJP’s Assam president Ranjeet K. Dass said.ST statusThe Congress, keen on recovering ground lost to the BJP, has also made the Bill its major poll issue. “We will bin this Bill and grant ST status to six communities,” party’s Assam unit chief Ripun Bora said. The six communities – Adivasi (tea tribe), Chutia, Koch-Rajbongshi, Matak, Moran, and Tai-Ahom – have been demanding ST status for a long time.last_img read more

Ravena back right away for PH team in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA veteran of numerous international wars, Kiefer Ravena is set to lead Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup which starts on Friday in Chenzhou, China.Even coach Chot Reyes admitted he expects a lot from the 23-year-old guard, who is coming off a fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Teng brothers team up as part of Chooks Pilipinas LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next The former Ateneo Blue Eagle is no stranger to international competitions but he said that the continental club championship presents a different challenge not just for him but for the whole team.“This is my first time here and not discounting the SEA Games and the SEABA (Championship), in terms of Asian basketball, this is the highest level I’ve been in. Playing in 3-on-3 in the world is still different from the 5-on-5 game,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena also said that the leadership role won’t be solely on his shoulders, as he looks forward to linking up with prospective naturalization candidate Isaiah Austin, granting the lanky 7-foot-1 center gets his Chinese visa.“Isaiah is going to be big for us. Hopefully, his papers will go as smooth as possible. In terms of this tournament, he’s really an asset to the team. It’s not very often you see a 7-1 who can play the wing in Asia. We’re very lucky. Hopefully, he fixes it and helps the team,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “We expect to really give our hearts out. You’re already there, so why not go for the win and do everything you can? We’re in a group where we have a chance to advance to the next stage, so hopefully we can win as many games as we can,” he said.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is in Group A along with ONGC of India, Mono Vampire of Thailand, Petrochimi of Iran, and Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine.“Again, it’s a test of character, a test of our willingness to win. These are the games where every game will be a grind out game. You have no choice but to find a way to win and we will find it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Eden Gardens must host India-England match: Bedi

first_imgThe Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Former India spinner Bishen Singh Bedi on Friday said it was wrong on part of the organisers to deprive Kolkata the right to host the India-England World Cup match and the local authorities should be given some more time to complete the renovation work at the historic Eden Gardens.After an inspection, the International Cricket Council on Thursday decided to shift India’s group match against England, scheduled for February 27, from Eden Gardens, saying that the venue will not be ready in time to host the match.But Bedi said the kind of cricketing atmosphere the city of Kolkata has is unmatched and it should not be deprived from hosting the high-profile encounter.”It’s wrong whether ICC or BCCI (has done it) because the electrifying atmosphere, which is experienced in Kolkata is not seen anywhere in the world. I am not backing any cricket Association but it is an important game and Kolkata crowd deserves to watch it,” Bedi told PTI.”The other matches at Eden are insignificant (from the crowd point of view). Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore are the cities that have cricket culture and they should not be deprived of holding good matches,” he added.Apart from the India-England tie, Eden is slated to host Ireland’s two matches — against South Africa (March 15) and the Netherlands (March 18), followed by Kenya-Zimbabwe game on March 20.Bedi said if Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium can be given extra time to complete renovation work, Eden Gardens also deserve similar treatment.”It’s not time to settle political scores. How do you know, that they can’t complete the work? Let’s put the ball in their court and let them deliver,” he said.advertisement”They have awarded the semi-final to Mohali, a city which has no cricket culture. It’s agriculture there and not cricket culture.”In England during the World Cup, Northamptonshire or Cardiff were not given important matches. It’s Birmingham, Nottingham, Old Trafford that got important matches because of the culture,” Bedi added.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Embattled Bayern hunt Thiago replacement

first_imgMunich, Nov 6 (AFP) Bayern Munich are struggling to fill the creative hole left by Thiago Alcantara’s injury as they host AEK in the Champions League on Wednesday trying to secure a last 16 berth with trouble brewing for head coach Niko Kovac. Bayern can reach the knockout stages if they beat the Greek champions AEK at Munich’s Allianz Arena and Benfica lose at Ajax in the other Group E match. However, Bayern have been struggling for creativity since Thiago tore ankle ligaments ten days ago and Joshua Kimmich, usually a right-back, has struggled to replace him in the central midfield role. Kimmich lost 14 of his 16 challenges for the ball and several passes went astray in Saturday’s lethargic 1-1 draw against Freiburg, which left Bayern third in the league table, four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. Kovac has other central midfield options to replace Thiago against AEK in James Rodriguez, Renato Sanches or Leon Goretzka. However, bigger problems are brewing off the pitch with pundits warning Kovac is in danger of losing his dressing room. “The coach is measured by results and not everyone is behind Niko Kovac,” ex-Bayern and Germany midfielder Lothar Matthaeus told Sky. “That is dangerous.” German magazine Kicker on Monday claim senior players Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are all unhappy with Kovac’s coachings style. The main problem seems to be rotating Bayern’s star-studded squad, leaving Mueller and Hummels discontented with their amount of playing time. Robben was left fuming after being taken off in Saturday’s draw against Freiburg, the eighth time he has been taken off in 13 matches this season.advertisement Bayern’s attack is failing to fire and Kovac seems to be at a loss for words how to fix the problem. “We lack the power to punch forward. We can’t break through at the moment as defences are closing us down,” he lamented. “Things also seem difficult in the middle. “It’s clear to me that from a playing perspective, this is not what we expected. “Everything is now being questioned (by the media) – which I can understand.” League defeats to Hertha Berlin and Borussia Monchengladbach have seen Bayern take just 20 points from the first 10 league games — their worst haul since the 2010/11 season, when Dortmund won the title. Kovac is clearly not the only senior figure feeling the heat. “Don’t ask me such stupid questions,” fumed director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic, who then stormed off when reporters asked if Kovac’s job will be safe if Bayern lose at Dortmund on Saturday. A win over AEK, with the bonus of a place in the last 16 would ease the pressure on Kovac before heading to Dortmund for Saturday’s showdown. (AFP) AHlast_img read more

Talking Horses: Native River and Clan Des Obeaux set for Newbury clash

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Topics “At Kempton he jumped out to the left. That’s twice he has been there, and he hasn’t been at ease,” said Tizzard. “He stayed on well at Kempton – that’s all we can take out of the race. I think he is almost unbeaten at Newbury, so this was always going to be our prep race. I think the King George winner is going there as well. But this is our prep race for the Gold Cup. “I think the course at Newbury will suit him better. He is a strong stayer and he has very good form round Newbury. We will see what the entries are like. If they have the forecast rain and it’s good to soft, he’ll be there.” Nicholls, of course, trained Denman – winner of the 2008 edition of this Grade Two event, and it has carried his name since 2012. Nicholls’ most recent success came a year later with Silviniaco Conti. Coneygree, winner of the Gold Cup in 2015, has been entered by Mark and Sara Bradstock. He picked up another minor injury when unseating in the King George. Leopardstown’s loss on Sunday could potentially be Newbury’s gain, with two who were supposed to run in the Irish Gold Cup but pulled out because of the ground now in the mix. Tony Martin’s Gold Cup third Anibale Fly and Gordon Elliott’s Noble Endeavor could make the journey over. Nicky Henderson has entered Beware The Bear, following his good win last time out, and Gold Present. Nigel Twiston-Davies’s Ballyhill, Tom Lacey’s Thomas Patrick and Harry Fry’s The Last Samuri complete the 10. Press AssociationMonday’s best bets, by Greg WoodThe worst of the wintry weather seems to have eased for the moment at least, and while Monday’s scheduled card at Carlisle was abandoned on Sunday morning, rain has washed away the snow at Taunton and a seven-race card will go ahead as planned after a 7.30am GMT inspection. It was “never in doubt”, according to the track’s Twitter feed at any rate.Three of the seven races currently have an odds-on favourite but there are some competitive contests elsewhere on the card including a handicap hurdle as the getting-out race which will set off “bad each-way” alerts across the betting industry if the current 16 runners all go to post. Silver Quay (4.45) might look a little short at around 9-4 given the numbers but there is not much depth to the contest and he was a convincing winner of a similar race over course and distance last time out. Having Bryony Frost on your side aboard her father Jimmy’s runner is also a big plus.Touch Kick (4.15) is another course winner, albeit over hurdles, and won his seasonal debut at Hereford in November off a mark just 2lb lower than here. He could find a little more improvement for this step up to three miles.A £19,000 conditions event is the feature event on the all-weather card at Wolverhampton and Oh This Is Us (5.55) could be up to giving away 3lb to his field. Richard Hannon’s runner has not been to the track since a sub-par run in Italy in October but he won after a similar break last February and Ryan Moore’s booking looks significant.Prerogative (6.25) and Hanakotoba (7.55) should both go well on the same card while Billyoakes (3.30) could be overpriced for the sprint handicap at Chelmsford. Pinterest Twitter Taunton1.45 Southfield Stone 2.15 Third Wind 2.45 Demon Fou 3.15 Midnight Chill 3.45 Presidente Line 4.15 Touch Kick 4.45 Silver Quay (nb) Chelmsford City2.00 Don’t Do It 2.30 Little Miss Kodi 3.00 Gold Club 3.30 Billyoakes 4.00 Foxy Boy 4.30 GantierWolverhampton 4.55 Dark Confidant 5.25 Secondo 5.55 Oh This Is Us  (nap) 6.25 Prerogative 6.55 Anif 7.25 Aigiarne  7.55 Hanakotoba 8.25 Marhaban Reuse this content Support The Guardian Apple’s Jade and Buveur D’Air set to top bill in Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Thank you for your feedback. Gold Cup hero Native River and King George winner Clan Des Obeaux are among 10 entries for Saturday’s Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury.Colin Tizzard’s Native River is looking for a third successive win in the race but has plenty of ground to make up on Paul Nicholls’ Clan Des Obeaux, who finished over 13 lengths in front of him when bursting on to the big-race scene at Kempton on Boxing Day. Horse racing Hide Show Share on Facebook Quick guide Greg Wood’s tips for Monday Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share via Email Horse racing tips Facebook Read more features Talking Horses Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Taunton races. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful?last_img read more

4 days agoWATCH: Liverpool ace Oxlade-Chamberlain clashes with angry Man Utd fans

first_imgWATCH: Liverpool ace Oxlade-Chamberlain clashes with angry Man Utd fansby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain clashed Manchester United fans after full-time at Old Trafford.The midfielder was clearly told to “F*** off” while talking to one fan, while another rejected his offer of a fist bump.It’s not clear why the 26-year-old went to the home fans after the end of the 1-1 draw.Some viewers on social media claimed that Ox had been getting some stick from that section of the crowd while warming up.Oxlade-Chamberlain involved in row with Man Utd fans as smiling star told to ‘f*** off’ and has fist bump rejected It is not clear why the smiling Ox went over to the fans. The incident took place after the 1-1 draw between Man Utd and Liverpool at Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/x6b86Lx20t— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) October 20, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more