SA set for young ‘Pimps’

first_img17 August 2007In an effort to boost self-employment in the country, the Usobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) is assisting 250 youngsters with start-up capital to sell prepaid airtime vouchers and energy drinks, as well as to become “Pimps” – positively intelligently motivated persons.The 250 were chosen from various UYF databases.The government-endorsed youth organisation has entered into a partnership with local company Mojalife that will see Pimps around South Africa distributing prepaid airtime and PimpJuice, a non-carbonated energy drink created by US rapper Nelly.The St Louis-based musician, whose real name is Cornell Haynes junior, has also released a song named after the drink, which sells over 2-million cans a month in the US.“We have a very big year planned for Derrty ENT (Nelly’s record label), Apple Bottoms, and Pimp Juice,” Nelly explained on the official PimpJuice website earlier this year.“I am very excited about the new pimp juice flavour coming out this summer. I am continuously amazed by PimpJuice and hip hop’s success overseas, and am very excited about visiting South Africa for personal and promotional reasons,” Nelly said.PimpJuice will be distributed and licensed under Mojalife, a company headed by local businessman Matthews Phosa. It will be produced and manufactured in South Africa, with plans to supply Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Israel.“The person that sells the most PimpJuice at the end of 24 months will receive a BMW 116i vehicle and will have their entire loan paid back to UYF by Mojalife,” Phosa said in a statement earlier this month.“The person who comes second will receive a holiday valued at R25 000, while number three will receive an X-Box and games valued at R5 000.”There is also a retail distribution opportunity for youth-owned companies who want to start or expand their businesses. Distributors will also be given rights per area to supply retail chain stores, pubs, restaurant other prospective buyers.The partnership between the two organisations will provide youngsters with a unique opportunity of being part of an international brand and will help them establish business with large companies and other world brands.Pimp My RideThe relationship will also see Mojalife, using the branding of PimpJuice, venturing into television. The partners recently signed a deal with UK-based Screen Ventures and MTV Networks to shoot 52 episodes of the international television series “Pimp My Ride” in South Africa.The popular show sees young people writing in to have their old, damaged and sometimes written-off cars given a new lease on life by being re-vamped, customised and made better than new by a team of motor mechanics and customisers.“Pimp My Ride” is currently screened in the original US version and as “Pimp My Ride UK” and “Pimp My Ride International”, which focuses on Europe. Also mooted for local television audiences is a hip-hop reality show based on the “Idols” format.The winner could possibly receive a two-year recording contract with Nelly’s Derrty ENT record company.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa ‘will not nationalise mines’

first_img7 February 2012 South Africa will not nationalise its mines, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday, welcoming the report of an African National Congress (ANC) task team that reaffirmed that nationalisation was “not a viable policy” for the country. The Mining Indaba is regarded as the world’s largest mining investment conference and Africa’s biggest mining event. Shabangu said that in the midst of “this debate about nationalisation, we have consistently maintained that nationalisation is not the policy of the ANC or the government of South Africa.” She added that “when all is said and done, the ANC will adopt a policy position on this issue that is in the best interest of South Africa. “Furthermore, we have consistently maintained that were it not for the mining industry lagging behind in terms of implementing the provisions of the Mining Charter … this debate would not have been there in the first place.” She said the ANC task team report, which reinforced the party’s earlier decisions that nationalisation was “not a viable policy for South Africa”, came as no surprise. “It demonstrates the consistent but pragmatic policy that has guided the ANC over many decades, including the period of the adoption of the African Charter in 1955 and, even more recently, the period after 1994.”Minerals beneficiation ‘critical’ On a separate matter, Shabangu said that beneficiation of the country’s minerals was a critical component of the industrial and economic development framework. “It is the vehicle through which South Africa’s resource-based comparative advantage can be transformed into a national competitive advantage. To this end, a beneficiation strategy has been developed to maximise the returns from the exploitation of our mineral resources.” Shabangu said that the beneficiation policy identified five pilot mineral value chains which included iron ore and steel, energy and titanium. “It is not our intention to force mining companies into being manufacturers, but rather to address the challenges of the inaccessibility of our raw materials as an impediment to greater local beneficiation.” She indicated that she was happy with some of the initiatives taken by some companies to support the beneficiation strategy. “This work demonstrates their commitment to South Africa.”Mine health and safety On mine health and safety, Shabangu said the government remained “gravely concerned” about the continued loss of lives at the country’s mines. She said the latest figures showed that fatalities in the industry had dropped by 3 percent from 127 in 2010 to 123 in 2011. “Already this year, there have been 13 fatalities in the mining sector. The recent spate of fatalities is also a reflection of some CEOs’ refusal to make meaningful changes and take personal responsibility for health and safety issues. “Some of them value profits more than the lives of the people.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Crowd funding for a bit of Christmas cheer

first_imgThrough crowd funding Angel Projects is now able collect many smaller donations from people all over the country and build towards being able to provide each child with a food hamper that will help balance their diets. (Image: Angel Projects)With the festive season nearly upon us, Angel Projects is making use of the crowd funding services offered by Start Some Good to ensure that the festive spirit reaches about 1 500 children throughout South Africa.The organisation would be joining the crowd funding trend to help raise the funds it needed to meet its goals, Angel Projects founder and chief executive Brenda Scheepers announced recently. She also called on South Africans to help it reach its target.Scheepers highlighted the need for a special project to make sure that underprivileged children were well-nourished over the festive periods. She felt programmes like Angel Projects’ holiday food package initiative would go a long way to meeting this need.“Township crèches across South Africa are responsible not only for looking after children during the day while their parents are at work, but they are also responsible for providing them with possibly the only balanced meal they will have per day,” she said.“Each December these crèches close and with that ends their support of these developing children’s most basic nutritional needs.”Through crowd funding Angel Projects is now able collect many smaller donations from people all over the country and build towards being able to provide each child with a food hamper that will help balance their diets.To make use of the Start Some Good crowd funding services, projects must be aimed at making a positive social impact. Start Some Good co-founder Alex Budak said the group’s ultimate goal was “to create a world where anyone could bring about a new future for their community”.“We look forward to connecting (with) more change-makers such as Brenda from Angel Projects around the world with the resources they need to make a difference.”Scheepers said her initiative was very excited to provide South Africans with a heart for change a real opportunity to do something meaningful this Christmas. “We know this campaign will be a great success.”If you want to help Angel Projects raise funds for this project visit the Start Some Good holiday food package page to make a donation or get in touch with Angel Projects either via email at or telephonically; phone Laura on 074 704 8126 or Jean-Michel on 074 613 6170.last_img read more

Women Fashion Fabric Lace Wide Stretch Headband Headwrap : person was pleased with this

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Five soldiers trapped under snow in Kashmir

first_imgFive soldiers swept away in heavy snowfall near the frontier posts in Kupwara and Bandipora remained untraced after more than 24 hours on Tuesday, while an Army porter’s body was recovered.“Two soldiers slipped down the slope in the Naugam sector of Kupwara. Three soldiers went missing from a forward post in the Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez in Bandipora,” a Srinagar-based Army spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, told The Hindu.An Army official said an 11-member patrol team of 36 Rashtriya Rifles was on an inter-post movement around 8.30 p.m. on Monday when three jawans slipped into a ravine. The posts are close to the Line of Control in the Bakhtor area, more than 200 km from here, of Gurez.“A specialist team from the High Altitude Warfare School reached the site and started rescue operations, which are still on,” the official said.Two soldiers of a patrol team of an officer and 10 troopers of 20 Dogra fell into a ravine at Naugam around 5 p.m. on Monday. The specialist team was unable to reach the site on Tuesday because of heavy snowfall, officials said. Preliminary reports suggest heavy snowfall, which started on Monday, caused these accidents. Over four feet of snow has accumulated in these areas. Ghulam Qadir Khan, an Army porter from Kilshey village of Tulail, fell to death during snowfall. The body has been recovered.Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, Sajjad Hussain on Tuesday asked people in the Gurez and Tulail areas not to venture out in avalanche-prone areas till the weather improved.Snow in the plainsThe plains of Kashmir Valley also witnessed the season’s first snow spell in the past 24 hours, badly affecting road connectivity. The national highways connecting Srinagar to Jammu, Leh and Poonch, besides the Mughal-Sinthan Top, Jammu-Doda and Arnas-Mahore highways are closed.“Men with machinery are busy clearing snow for vehicular movement,” said Colonel Awadhesh Singh, Director, Works, Project Beacon, Border Roads Organisation. Sonum Lotus, Director, Meteorological Department, said Kashmir would witness “a gradual improvement in the weather conditions from Wednesday”.last_img read more

Match fixing is life-threatening, says Rice

first_imgThe menace of match-fixing is life threatening and it’s time the ICC steps in and take stringent action to wipe out the menace for once and all, feels former South Africa captain Clive Rice.Match-fixing is so rife in international cricket these days that it’s only a matter of time before a player, coach or an umpire paid with their life, Rice said today.”These mafia betting syndicates do not stop at anything and they do not care who gets in their way,” Rice was quoted as saying in the “Courier Mail”.”People have been murdered because of it in the past and it could happen again unless the ICC do something about it.”To permanently eradicate the menace, Rice felt, the ICC should bring in reforms and enforce strict policing on players.”Players have to be told there will now be undercover officials trying to trap them,” Rice said from his Johannesburg home.”They won’t know whether they are dealing with a bookmaker or an undercover official.”Rice, 61, suspects the role of mafia betting syndicates in the mysterious deaths of Hansie Cronje and Bob Woolmer — both close friends of Rice.Cronje died in a plane crash in 2002, two years after being banned for his role in a match-fixing scandal, while late Pakistan coach Woolmer was found dead in a Jamaican hotel room, following his team’s shocking defeat to Ireland in the 2007 World Cup.Rice said the latest allegations of Pakistani players’ involvement in spot-fixing before the Lord’s Test did not surprise him.advertisement”My first response was: ‘What’s new?’ Once a player becomes involved with these bookmakers and the match-fixing, they can never escape. You’re in it for life. The ICC needs to take a stronger stand and let players know if you do this you’re out.”Rice also felt that if corruption in international cricket is not tackled, the sport will suffer in terms of credibility, sponsors and television coverage.last_img read more

NCAA committee proposes moving 3s to international line

first_img— Allowing coaches to call live-ball timeouts during the final two minutes of regulation or overtime.— Expanding replay reviews to include basket interference or goaltending calls in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime. View comments MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Roger Federer loses to Dominic Thiem in Madrid Open quarterfinals SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated FILE – In this April 4, 2019, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers questions at a news conference at the Final Four college basketball tournament in Minneapolis. College athletes are continuing to function at high levels in the classroom but their Academic Progress Rate scores appear to be hitting a peak. The most recent statistics, released Wednesday, May 8, 2019, show this year’s overall four-year score matched last year’s record-high of 983 and that the four-year scores in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball also matched last year’s marks. Baseball improved by one point to 976 while single-year scores at Historically Black Colleges declined slightly. “We are seeing some flattening of rates, which is not unusual given the large amount of data over a long period of time,” Emmert said in a statement. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee is proposing moving the 3-point line to the international distance and resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds following offensive rebounds.Both rules could take effect next season in Division I. College basketball’s other two divisions would wait until 2020-21 to move the 3-point line because of the cost.ADVERTISEMENT The Playing Rules Oversight Panel will vote on the recommendations June 5.Rules committee members made their proposals after receiving feedback from the coaches who competed in the NIT each of the past two years, which used the international line on an experimental basis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics The line moved out a foot to 20 feet, 9 inches before the 2008-09 season. The NCAA said the 3-point percentage dipped from 35.2% in 2007-08 to 34.4% in 2008-09 with that change, though it eventually climbed back to 35.2% in Division I by the 2017-18 season.The proposal for the shot-clock change was designed to improve the pace of the game, with the NCAA stating the committee believes the full 30-second clock isn’t needed when the offensive team securing the rebound already is in the front court.As with the current rule, the clock reset would take place only when a shot has hit the rim.The committee also proposed:— Assessing Flagrant 2 fouls, which include ejections, if derogatory epithets are used.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The international 3-point distance is 22 feet, 1.75 inches, a little more than a foot back from the current college line.“Freedom of movement in the game remains important, and we feel this will open up the game,” said Colorado coach Tad Boyle, the committee’s chairman. “We believe this will remove some of the congestion on the way to the basket.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

It is predominantly black with a sublimated chest

first_imgIt is predominantly black, with a sublimated chest panel that has the little vee pattern which runs throughout the 2018 Training Range.The vest is available in three colourways which co-ordinate with other items in the range.To find out more, call into the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium or click here.last_img