‘Social pact’ to turn SA economy around

first_img18 October 2012The government, business and labour, led by President Jacob Zuma, have announced an “action package” of measures to prevent the spread of strikes, improve confidence in the economy, and remove obstacles to sustainable job creation and development in the country.On Wednesday, Zuma met with senior government, business, labour and community leaders in Pretoria, following an initial meeting on Friday, to discuss the recent wave of unprotected strikes that have led to two successive downgrades of South Africa’s credit ratings.‘One voice, strong confidence’Addressing journalists after the meeting, Zuma said: “We have emerged today with one voice, one message and strong confidence in our capacity as a society to address the immediate challenges we face and to lay the basis for long-term growth and job creation.”Zuma called on workers engaged in unprotected strikes to return to work “as soon as possible”, and for violence and intimidation during industrial action to come to an end.At the same time, he announced an “action package” of interventions to address both workers’ legitimate grievances and the “underlying social pressures” behind the wave of strikes, and to build a social partnership for sustainable growth and job creation in the country.And, as a signal of commitment to building an equitable economy, the parties to Wednesday’s talks called on South Africa’s public and private sector CEOs and executive directors to agree to a 12-month freeze in salary increases and bonuses.Return to stability, production on mines“We are agreed that the industrial relations environment in the mining sector must be normalised as a matter of priority,” Zuma said, adding that South Africa’s collective bargaining system was broadly sound and that “the integrity of the system must be defended.“We call on workers who are engaged in unprotected strikes to return to work as soon as possible and for production in the mining industry to be normalised.”Zuma called for an end to violence and intimidation, saying that workers’ constitutionally protected rights to protest and strike “must be exercised peacefully”.“We will not compromise on this,” the President said, adding that the government, business and labour were in full support of lawful action by the authorities “to stabilise communities and normalise daily life across all communities”.Worker grievances, challengesAt the same time, Zuma assured workers “that we recognise the frustrations and challenges that have become clearer during the protests, and the legitimate grievances will be attended to.“These include addressing the housing needs of mining communities; the pressures on wages caused by high levels of personal debt; and the challenge of high income and wage disparities that create resentment and limit our social cohesion as South Africans.”The government and its social partners had developed an “action package” covering a number of interventions to address these issues, Zuma said, hastening to distinguish the package from the “many accords and social agreements” that had been reached in the past.“[W]e want this to be different in the speed and focus of our implementation. We will monitor implementation at the highest level, with ministers and social partner leaders meeting regularly and reporting to me.”Action package, new partnershipThe package includes measures to accelerate the country’s state-led infrastructure drive “to create jobs and provide the basis for social inclusion and growth”; to improve the living conditions of mining communities; to address the challenges faced by workers and companies affected by the global economic slowdown; and to curb the growth of reckless lending.A new partnership would be established to “urgently address the development of sustainable human settlements in key mining districts of South Africa,” including Rustenburg, Lephalale, Emalahleni, the West Rand, Welkom, Klerksdorp and Carletonville.The Presidency was setting up a task team to plan and co-ordinate this partnership, which would address blockages to such developments at municipal level, look to integrate local urban development initiatives with the national infrastructure drive, and harness “the considerable resources that mining companies have made available to meet their commitments under the Mining Charter”.Tackling income inequalityZuma said all parties to Wednesday’s talks had agreed “that steps need to be taken urgently to address the large income inequalities in South Africa, which are a primary risk to our future as a sustainable and successful society.“The parties make a call on CEOs and executive directors in the private sector and senior executives in the public sector to agree to a freeze in increases in salary and bonuses over the next 12 months, as a strong signal of a commitment to build an equitable economy.”At the same time, the parties called for “an informed national conversation on income inequalities and how best to address them”, and would be setting up a committee to consider the local and international context and to develop proposals within the next six months.“We will also work to conclude the youth employment accord, monitor the implementation of accords concluded last year and also continue the dialogue on social security and health reform,” Zuma said.The package was “a step towards a wider process to use social dialogue to build a common vision on jobs, growth, social equity and development.“I now call on all South Africans to join me, with the leadership of our business organisations, the trade union movement and community organisations, to work together to make this initiative a success,” Zuma said.“We have a responsibility to our country, our common future, to act as one.”The parties to Wednesday’s talks were led by the presidents of Business Unity South Africa and the Black Business Council; the leaders of trade unions Cosatu, Fedusa and Nactu and the overall convenor of the community constituency at Nedlac, and Cabinet ministers from the economic sector.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South African nation mourns the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 6 December 2013 – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa’s former President who dedicated his life to the country’s struggle for human rights, freedom and the fight for democracy, passed away last night at the age of 95.Brand South Africa Chairperson Chichi Maponya joins the nation, leaders from across the world and the broader international community, in expressing deep sorrow at the passing of former President Nelson Mandela saying, “Madiba embodied our hopes and the realisation of our dreams.”“We are in deep mourning following this loss of indescribable magnitude which is today reverberating across the world. During his imprisonment for 27 years, Madiba carried the aspirations of multitudes of our people who yearned for a free and democratic South Africa. He inspired South Africans and people around the world alike to fight for South Africa’s liberation despite the seeming impossibility of this vision.”“One of the greatest gifts he has bequeathed to this nation is the courage and strength to believe in a tomorrow that is better than today, a tomorrow in which our people live in dignity and prosperity.”“He lived these ideals and brought them to life during his leadership of the country. He has inspired thousands of people to make these same values a part of their lives even when he left public office.”“To many, Nelson Mandela will be remembered as the greatest statesman in the world. His voice and inspirational leadership has contributed enormously to the global fight for democracy and human rights and this has touched millions of people far beyond the borders of our country.”“It is now up to each of us to carry this work forward, to play our part to ensure his legacy endures and South Africa continues to inspire triumph over seemingly insurmountable challenges. As South Africa marks 20 years of democracy, we must continue the work of Madiba – the work of building a society in which all our people enjoy the best that South Africa has to offer, freedom from want, prosperity and development.”“We join the nation and the world in conveying our deepest condolences to the Mandela family. We also offer our immense gratitude and appreciation for sharing Tata with us. We join millions in praying that Madiba’s soul may rest in peace. Lala Ngoxolo Tata,” concluded Ms Maponya.Note to editorsText of President Zuma’s official statement on the passing of Former President Nelson Mandela: http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/index.htmOfficial dedicated Mandela website: http://www.mandela.gov.za/About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South [email protected]_SA (https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/[email protected]#DoBestFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Twitter Announces ‘Confidential’ IPO Filing … By Tweeting

first_imgTwitter took to its own network to announce it has filed a “confidential” S-1, an SEC document companies use to register for an initial public offering.The company’s tweet announcing its IPO went out to more than 23 million followers, and certainly many, many more in retweets:The one thing we can say about Twitter based on this development comes from recently revised SEC rules that allow confidential filings. To qualify for confidential status, Twitter’s “total annual gross revenues” in its most recently completed fiscal year must have been less than $1 billion.Twitter declined to comment on when its most recent fiscal year ended. Tags:#IPO#social media#twitter readwrite Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts last_img read more

Tug that rammed another left unattended at full speed safety board

first_imgRICHMOND, B.C. – The Transportation Safety Board says a six-to-eight-second absence from the controls of a tug boat caused the sinking of another tug off the east coast of Vancouver Island.A safety board report says the captain of the C.T. Titan left the tug going while he moved from the upper bridge to the wheelhouse and by the time he reached the controls, the boat had veered towards the vessel Albern.The Titan’s master attempted to transfer propulsion control to the wheelhouse, but the report says he couldn’t do so in time and the 15-metre tug rammed the much smaller vessel in May 2016.The nine-metre Albern capsized and sank in the waters near Nanaimo, temporarily trapping its two crew members under the water until they could escape and swim to the surface.The report concludes the Titan veered to port because of misaligned rudders putting it on a collision course with the other tug and that the master couldn’t gain control in time to prevent the crash.The board says the Titan’s safety manual had no documented safe operating procedures for transferring of propulsion control and auto pilot operations even though that was done several times a day.“If unsafe work practices are preformed repeatedly by operators, and without operators experiencing any adverse consequences, then there is a risk that operators will have a reduced perception of the hazards involved in that practice and will continue to perform it,” the report issued Thursday concluded.Both tugs are owned by Jones Marine Group, which hired a consulting firm to conduct a safety management analysis. Its masters and deckhands have attended a training course on safe working practices.last_img read more

Paula Abdul To Host Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon

first_imgThe Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon will take place this Friday.Now in its 15th year, the Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon is a Beverly Hills tradition. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of fashion and fun, including an exciting silent auction with over 200 designer handbags, donated by top designers and celebrities, as well as an exclusive fashion show from Roberto Cavalli.The event will also feature lunch, a live auction, awards and more. Funds raised will support Lupus LA’s mission to find the causes of and cure for lupus, while providing support, services and hope to those affected by lupus. Preview the handbags and purchase tickets at www.LupusLA.org.The event will be hosted by Paula Abdul. Additional attendees include Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick; “Silicon Valley”), Lisa Ann Walter (The Parent Trap; Bruce Almighty), Kearran Giovanni (“Major Crimes”), Kate Von (“Cutthroat Kitchen”) and more to be announced.This year’s Women of Achievement Award Honorees are Cara Dellaverson (Senior Vice President, Drama Development, NBC) and Emily V. Gordon (Writer, Producer, The Big Sick).WHEN: Friday, November 17, 2017Red Carpet & Silent Auction: 11 AM – 12:30 PMLuncheon, Fashion Show, Live Auction, Awards: 12:30 – 2 PMWHERE: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210last_img read more

Shes a legend Im not Russell Peters jumped at chance to work

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Russell Peters only had one question when he was asked if he’d be interested in co-hosting a new variety show with TV legend Carol Burnett: when do we start?The Brampton, Ont.-native joins the 85-year-old Emmy winner in her new Netflix series A Little Help With Carol Burnett. On the show, Peters, who rocketed to fame thanks to a brand of comedy that pokes fun at racial stereotypes, banters with kids as they give advice to adult couples and celebrity guests.After selling out arenas across the globe, it’s a different gig than he’s used to. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Will meet Xi Putin in June says Trump

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump has said he expects to have a “very fruitful” meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next month in Japan, amid escalating trade conflict between the world’s two largest economies. Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, Trump also said he expects to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. “We are going to be meeting, as you know, at the G20 in Japan. And that will be, I think, probably a very fruitful meeting,” Trump said on the possibility of his meeting with Xi. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe President’s remarks came as trade war between the US and China escalated after Trump last Friday increased the import duty on Chinese products worth USD 200 billion from 10 per cent to 25 per cent. He has also started the process of a similar increase on the remaining Chinese imports of over USD 300 billion. “We are taking in, right now, hundreds of billions of dollars. We are taking in billions of dollars of tariffs…. We have never taken in 10 cents until I got elected. Now we are taking in billions and billions…. In addition to that we have another USD 325 billion that we can do, if we decided to do it,” Trump said. “So we are taking it in tens of billions of dollars. We have never done that before with China. We have never done that before with anybody, frankly, because we have been taken advantage of all of our trade deals,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe G-20 Summit would also be the first opportunity for a meeting between the Indian prime minister and Trump after the election results are declared in India on May 23. However, Trump, during his interaction with the media at his Oval Office, made no mention of any meeting other than that with Xi and Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit. Like the Trump-Xi summit in Argentina last November, all eyes will again be on the two leaders in Japan because of the ongoing trade tension. Ahead of the meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Putin on Tuesday, Trump said on Monday that it made sense for the US to get along with Russia. “I’ll be meeting with President Putin also. I think the message is that there has never been anybody that’s been so tough on Russia but, at the same time, we’re going to end up getting along with Russia. It makes sense to get along with Russia,” he told reporters at his Oval Office.last_img read more

The Year Ron Hunt Got Hit By 50 Pitches

In 1964, Ron Hunt was a young second baseman just starting to make his bones in the big leagues. He played for the Mets, a terrible team still years away from transforming into Amazin’ glory. On May 9 of that year, they were playing the mighty Cardinals, a loaded team that would go on to win the World Series. The man on the mound that day was Bob Gibson, one of the best and most terrifying fireballers in baseball history.Gibson had staked the Cards to a big lead, and he now needed just two more outs to bag a complete-game win. Hunt was due up next, and he knew all about Gibson’s blazing fastball, his tendency to come inside with it, and his neverending quest to intimidate batters into submission.“I started messing with my shoelaces,” said Hunt 51 years later, speaking in short, hard-edged bursts from his farm in Wentzville, Missouri.At the time, he figured that fiddling with his laces and stalling for time would do one of two things: Break Gibson’s concentration, piss the big right-hander off, or both. A warning rang out from the dugout: “ ‘Gibson is gonna drill you!’ Sure enough, he hits me.”Shaking off the impact of the pitch, Hunt spotted the ball coming to rest near his feet. He picked it up, turned toward Gibson … and flipped it back to him. Trotting down to first base, Hunt was greeted by first baseman Bill White, who wanted to know if Hunt was OK after getting drilled by the one fastball that caused more nightmares than any other of his generation.“Yeah, I’m all right,” Hunt replied indignantly. “Now tell that fucker to go warm up!” 5Jason Kendall199831 2Don Baylor198635 1Ron Hunt197150 6Steve Evans191031 Flipping balls back to pitchers wasn’t something Hunt reserved for titans of the game like Gibson. He did it nearly every time after getting plunked by a pitch. And nobody in baseball’s modern era has been hit more times in one season than Hunt. He retired in 1974 with 243 hit-by-pitches (HBPs)1Don Baylor broke that post-Dead Ball Era record in 1987, and Craig Biggio subsequently passed Baylor in 2005. Hughie Jennings remains the all-time leader with 287, but he played most of his career in the 19th century., but his record-breaking season came when he was playing for the Montreal Expos in 1971. That year, he got plunked 50 times, still the highest total for anyone after 1900.2Jennings did get hit 51 times in 1896. But when you consider that spitballs were legal (and incredibly hard to control) in the 19th century (thus causing more wayward balls to hit batters), and that the overall level of play in those days was much more uneven due to a lack of talent, Hunt’s total of 50 is more impressive.It’s one thing to be a record-holder. It’s quite another to absolutely obliterate the field in one statistical category. Check out how far ahead of the pack Hunt’s 50 HBPs look compared to all other post-1900 totals. PLAYERYEARHBP 3Craig Biggio199734 7Craig Wilson200430 9Craig Biggio200128 8Fernando Vina200028 4Jason Kendall199731 That’s a 43 percent spread between Hunt’s 50 and Baylor’s runner-up effort. Pick your most unbreakable record, and Hunt’s dominance dwarfs it. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak? Pete Rose came closer to Joe D at 44 than Baylor did to Hunt.3We’re not counting Willie Keeler’s 45-game hitting streak, from 1896 to 1897, to stay consistent on post-1900 numbers. Cy Young’s 511 wins? Walter Johnson’s 417 Ws came closer. Barry Bonds’s 73 homers in 2001? Nope. Hack Wilson’s 191 RBIs in 1930? Nope. You could argue that in modern baseball history, no player ever crushed all others in any one facet of the game the way Hunt did with his plunk-fest in 1971.When we assemble every player since 1900 who’s ever logged 502 or more plate appearances in a season,4The minimum required to qualify for a batting title. Hunt’s lonely spot way over on the right side of that chart is 13 standard deviations above average for hit-by-pitches in a season. If you’re not a math expert, think about that number this way: There’s ostensibly nothing in our everyday lives that could ever be anywhere close to 13 standard deviations above the norm — not a man who’s 8 feet tall, or 700 pounds, or blessed with a 200 IQ.When you’re 13 standard deviations ahead of any other season, it suggests somebody didn’t just get lucky — he got really, really good.“His hitting style was that he crowded the plate,” said Bill Stoneman, Hunt’s teammate for three seasons in Montreal, including his record-breaking campaign. “Back when we played, pitchers pitched inside a little more than they do now. When that pitch came inside, he didn’t budge. He just let the thing hit him.”“First I would blouse the uniform — this big, wool uniform, I would make sure it was nice and loose,” Hunt said. “Then I’d choke way up on the bat, and stand right on top of the plate. That way, I could still reach the outside pitch. That was the Gil Hodges philosophy on hitting: The two inches on the outside corner were the pitcher’s, the rest was his. I thought, ‘If I can take away those two inches, and he’s not perfect, I can put the ball in play and get some hits. And if he comes inside, I can get on base that way, too.’ ”This, to Hunt, was gamesmanship, a way for a power-deficient hitter to gain an edge on the pitcher both physically and mentally. It was also, if we’re applying the letter of baseball law, illegal. A right-handed batter, Hunt would set up with his left arm hanging over the plate. Major League Baseball’s Rule 6.08(b) stipulates that the batter must make an “attempt to avoid being touched by the ball” to be awarded first base after getting hit by a pitch. Hunt made no such attempt.“The ball would be headed toward his elbow or his ribcage,” said Dave Van Horne, who called Expos games on TV and radio for the first 32 years of the franchise’s existence. “He would turn his back away from the pitcher and deflect the ball with that spin move, so that he avoided those direct hits. To the average person, it would look like he was trying to get out of the way of the pitch, when, in fact, he just wanted to stand in there and take it.”“Did the umpires know what he was doing?” Van Horne asked rhetorically. “Sure. But I don’t think they wanted to get into many arguments with him!”At 6 feet tall, 186 pounds, Hunt wasn’t the biggest guy, even if he was strong for his size. But it was his fearlessness, as well as his quick and nasty temper, that earned him respect within the game. No other player, then or now, had the courage to flip baseballs back to pitchers after getting hit. Most players don’t want to piss off the guy who could hold your life in his hands, and really don’t want to do it when that guy is Bob Gibson.Never was Hunt’s win-at-all costs approach better on display than in 1971. His HBP pace started relatively slowly that season, with Hunt getting hit seven times in his first 33 games. Then on May 26, he put on a clinic, reaching base four times in five trips to the plate, via a walk, a trademark slap single, and two plunks in an 11-1 over the Braves. On June 6, Padres lefty Dave Roberts fired a nine-hit shutout against the Expos … and Hunt still found a way to get hit twice. On June 25, he absorbed three blows in a single day, with one HBP in the first game of a doubleheader, and two more in the nightcap; that first one came against Nolan Ryan, whose fastball could bore a hole into Fort Knox. Finally, on Aug. 7, Hunt led off the game against Reds right-hander Jim McGlothlin … and got nailed for the 32nd time that season, breaking the 20th-century record held by long-ago Cardinals outfielder Bobby Evans.But he still had 18 bruises and one major brawl to go. Ten days later, Hunt led off the top of the third against Padres righty Steve Arlin. He took a fastball in the ribs, winced, then watched the ball come to a dead stop right next to him. Keeping with tradition, Hunt picked the ball up and gently tossed it back to Arlin. His next at-bat came in the fifth, with a runner on first and nobody out. Again Arlin tried to come inside with a fastball. Again he whacked Hunt with the pitch, this time on the arm. The ball bounded a few feet up the first-base line. Hunt walked toward it, ready to scoop the ball up and lob it back. Padres catcher Bob Barton, widely regarded as a nice guy, had had enough of Hunt’s act. Barton scurried to the ball, and grabbed it before Hunt could get it. Hunt turned toward Barton, ripped his mask off with two hands, and punched him right in the jaw. A fight ensued, the benches emptied, and in the end Hunt was the only player ejected. He returned to the lineup the next day and got drilled by Padres lefty Fred Norman.Hunt took all of that beating with pride. He was keenly aware of his limited talent and reveled in beating his opponents with guile, and a mean streak.All that abuse took its toll over the years. Now 73 years old, Hunt can reel off his 15 surgeries, 12 of them from baseball: one on the left shoulder, four on the right, both knees, a steel rod in his back, you name it. And none of that counts the injuries he’d shake off to play the next day.5Hunt’s manager in Montreal, the equally scrappy Gene Mauch, knew that his second baseman frequently played hurt, so he’d occasionally lead off with Hunt on the road, then pull him in for a pinch-runner if he reached base to start the game. Don Drysdale once threw a fastball so hard, it left a baseball-shaped imprint on Hunt’s shoulder blade for weeks.Hunt eventually gave in, donning a protective rubber sleeve around his ribs that was so tight, it was painful to watch him pull it on. That one provision aside, Hunt’s body was fair game, with none of the modern armor that helped next-generation HBP leaders like Biggio trot to first base again and again.Jacques Doucet, a sportswriter for La Presse in Montreal for the Expos’ first three seasons and the French-language TV voice of the team for their final 33 years, was one of Hunt’s closest friends. They’d go on fishing trips together, with Hunt airing his grievances against half the league and Doucet sitting and listening. They remain close to this day, with Hunt offering little nuggets of baseball wisdom that never fail to make Doucet smile.“Ronnie always used to say one thing to me in jest,” Doucet said. “ ‘A lot of people give their body to science. I gave mine to baseball.’ ” read more