Men’s Soccer Set for Pair of Matches This Week

first_imgMACOMB, Ill. – The Drake University men’s soccer team visits Western Illinois on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match. Following the midweek road match, Drake (1-6-0) will host UMKC on Saturday at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game at the Cownie Soccer Complex will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Redshirt junior Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.) scored his first goal of the year in the Green Bay win. Freshman Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa), who scored a team-leading three goals in the preseason, recorded his first career goal in the loss to Valpo. His goal was impressive as he took a deflected Crusaders’ corner kick and went the distance of the field to score the match’s first goal. Enzugusi has tallied a team-high 11 shots this season. Junior Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.) had the Bulldogs’ other goal. Drake went 1-1 last week with its first win of the season coming at Green Bay by a score of 1-0 before new Missouri Valley Conference member Valparaiso rallied for a 3-2 road victory. Western Illinois (2-4-0) scored in the 78th minute to beat Drake, 2-1, last season at Cownie. The Bulldogs holds a 17-8-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Leathernecks. Drake and UMKC (2-1-3) have played each other every season since the 2001 campaign with the Bulldogs holding an 11-4-1 advantage during that time, including winning the previous seven meetings with the Kangaroos. Drake has dominated the all-time series with a commanding 21-6-2 advantage. Following this week, Drake returns to MVC play at Central Arkansas on Sept. 26 and at Bradley on Sept. 30. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

The National Development Plan: a vision for 2030

first_imgA key part of the National Development Plan is its “youth lens”, through which it makes specific proposals to improve the prospects of South Africa’s predominantly young, rapidly urbanising population. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Brand South Africa at the World Economic Forum 2015 • Four key issues on the agenda for WEF Davos 2015 • A plan to move South Africa forward • South Africa’s education system critical to competitiveness • South Africa to showcase its success at Davos Yvonne Fontyn and Mary AlexanderAs Team South Africa takes the story of South Africa’s successes and challenges to the World Economic Forum in Davos this month, we unpack a key part of the message they will bring to global leaders: the National Development Plan, and what it means for the country’s future.The NDP, has taken the raw material that is South Africa after decades of colonialism, apartheid and inequality, and mapped a way forward. By 2030, it says, we can have a country we can all proudly call home. But it will be an arduous road to travel, and every citizen will have to play their part in the journey.Origins of the planThe government concedes that though there has been significant progress made since the first democratic elections in 1994, there is a need for a much faster pace, more action and better implementation of national goals.According to the National Planning Commission in the Presidency, the NDP was initiated to significantly reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030 “through uniting South Africans, unleashing the energies of its citizens, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities and enhancing the capability of the state and leaders to work together to solve complex problems”.The NDP was formulated after extensive research and feedback from tens of thousands of South Africans.Watch “Planning for Thandi’s Future”, narrated by former Minister in the Presidency for Planning Trevor Manual:National Planning CommissionThe National Planning Commission was set up in May 2010 to draft the NDP. An advisory body made up of 26 people, the commission was drawn largely from outside the government, with members being selected for their expertise in key areas.The commission’s Diagnostic Report, released in June 2011, set out South Africa’s achievements and shortcomings since 1994. It identified a failure to implement policies and an absence of broad partnerships as the main reasons for slow progress. And it set out nine primary challenges:Too few people work.The quality of school education for black people is poor.Infrastructure is poorly located, inadequate and under-maintained.Spatial divides – a legacy of apartheid planning – hobble inclusive development.The economy is unsustainably resource-intensive.The public health system cannot meet demand or sustain quality.Public services are uneven and often of poor quality.Corruption levels are high.South Africa remains a divided society.DemographicsThe commission had to take into account the demographics of South Africa, including:The birth rate, which is at 1% now and is dropping, and is predicted to stand at 0.5% by 2030.About 60% of the population live in urban areas; by 2030 it is predicted to be 70%.The effects of immigration, which will add 0.1% to 0.2% to the population by 2030.The effects of HIV and Aids, which has stabilised at 10% of the population being HIV-positive.To maximise the benefits of this “demographic dividend”, says the commission, the country requires better nutrition and healthcare, improved educational standards, increased access to further and higher education, easier entry into the labour market and greater labour mobility, which is the ability to move to where jobs are on offer. All of these factors need to be taken into account in national planning.The youthThe commission stipulated that the NDP should specifically embrace issues affecting the country’s youth, “as South Africa has a young population which is rapidly urbanising”. Young people bear the brunt of unemployment, it says, which is why it has adopted a “youth lens” in preparing its proposals, which include:A nutrition intervention for pregnant women and young childrenUniversal access to two years of early childhood developmentImprove the school system, including increasing the number of students achieving above 50% in literacy and mathematics, increasing student retention rates to 90% and bolstering teacher trainingStrengthen youth service programmes and introducing new, community-based programmes to offer young people life skills training, entrepreneurship training and opportunities to take part in community development programmesStrengthen and expand the number of further education and training colleges to increase the participation rate to 25%Increase the graduation rate of FET colleges to 75%Provide full-funding assistance covering tuition, books, accommodation and living allowance to students from poor familiesDevelop community safety centres to prevent crime and include youth in these initiativesA tax incentive to employers to reduce the initial cost of hiring young labour-market entrantsA subsidy to the placement sector to identify, prepare and place matric graduates into work, to be paid upon successful placementExpand learnerships and make training vouchers directly available to job seekersA formalised graduate recruitment scheme for the public service to attract highly skilled peopleExpand the role of state-owned enterprises in training artisans and technical professionalsGlobal trendsThe commission noted that long-term shifts in global trade and investment were reshaping the world economy and international politics. Chief among these developments was the emergence of the rapidly growing economies of the Brics countries, and particularly China, India and Brazil, as well as the increased growth in Africa. Globalisation presented additional risk for emerging markets, while climate change was another factor affecting development in South Africa. The country stands to benefit significantly from regional cooperation.Goals of the NDPBy 2030:Eliminate income poverty – reduce the proportion of households with a monthly income of below R419 (US$42.2) a person (in 2009 prices) from 39% to 0%.Reduce inequality – the Gini coefficient should fall from 0.69 to 0.6.This will be achieved by:Increasing employment from 13-million in 2010 to 24-million in 2030Raising per capita income from R50 000 ($5 000) in 2010 to R120 000 ($12 100) by 2030Increasing the share of national income of the bottom 40% from 6% to 10%Establishing a competitive base of infrastructure, human resources and regulatory frameworksEnsuring that skilled, technical, professional and managerial posts better reflect the country’s racial, gender and disability makeupBroadening ownership of assets to historically disadvantaged groupsIncreasing the quality of education so that all children have at least two years of preschool education and all children in Grade 3 can read and writeProviding affordable access to quality health care while promoting health and well-beingEstablishing effective, safe and affordable public transportProducing sufficient energy to support industry at competitive prices, ensuring access for poor households, while reducing carbon emissions per unit of power by about one-thirdEnsuring that all South Africans have access to clean running water in their homesMaking high-speed broadband internet universally available at competitive pricesRealising a food trade surplus, with one-third produced by small-scale farmers or householdsEnsuring household food and nutrition securityEntrenching a social security system covering all working people, with social protection for the poor and other groups in need, such as children and people with disabilitiesRealising a developmental, capable and ethical state that treats citizens with dignityEnsuring that all people live safely, with an independent and fair criminal justice systemBroadening social cohesion and unity while redressing the inequities of the pastPlaying a leading role in continental development, economic integration and human rightsCritical actions to be taken:A social compact to reduce poverty and inequality, and raise employment and investmentA strategy to address poverty and its effects by broadening access to employment, strengthening the social wage, improving public transport and raising rural incomesSteps by the state to professionalise the public service, strengthen accountability, improve co-ordination and prosecute corruptionBoost private investment in labour-intensive areas, competitiveness and exports, with adjustments to lower the risk of hiring younger workersAn education accountability chain, with lines of responsibility from state to classroomPhase in national health insurance, with a focus on upgrading public health facilities, producing more health professionals and reducing the relative cost of private health carePublic infrastructure investment at 10% of GDP, financed through tariffs, public-private partnerships, taxes and loans, and focused on transport, energy and waterInterventions to ensure environmental sustainability and resilience to future shocksNew spatial norms and standards – densifying cities, improving transport, locating jobs where people live, upgrading informal settlements and fixing housing market gapsReduce crime by strengthening criminal justice and improving community environmentsAn important focus of the NDP is to unite South Africans around a common programme that will enhance the Constitution‘s vision of a united, prosperous, non-racial and non-sexist society. “Although progress has been made to improve the lives of women; discrimination, patriarchal attitudes and poor access to quality education persists. The plan deals with these factors holistically, recognising that key priorities such as education or rural development will have the biggest impact on poor women,” says the NDP document.In addition, citizens should be encouraged to be active in their own development. The document says that while the state “must actively support and incentivise citizen engagement”, citizens should:Actively seek opportunities for advancement, learning, experience and opportunityWork together with others in the community to advance development, resolve problems and raise the concerns of the voiceless and marginalisedHold the government, business and all leaders in society accountable for their actions“The country we seek to build by 2030 is just, fair, prosperous and equitable,” says the NDP document. “Most of all, it is a country that each and every South African can proudly call home. It is up to all South Africans to play a role in fixing the future.”Team South Africa at DavosFollow Team South Africa at WEF Davos on @Brand_SA #SAinDavos or @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more

22 monuments for 22 years of freedom

first_img15 April 2016The country has a significant number of monuments to peace and freedom scattered across South Africa – not surprising given its long history of struggle against oppression. With April marking the 22nd anniversary of South Africa’s freedom, Media Club South Africa showcases 22 monuments that pay homage to those who made this country great.Read the full article hereThe 22 monuments#22 – The Apartheid Museum, JohannesburgThe Apartheid Museum in Joburg opened in 2001 and has become a must-see for locals and visitors. (Image: Brand South Africa)Read more about the Apartheid Museum #21 – The Unknown Miner, JohannesburgThe Unknown Miner is a casting of the original prototype of The Diamond Diggers sculptor Herman Wald created in the 1950s. This statue stands at Wits University in Johannesburg. (Image: more about the Unknown Miner#20 – The Gallows, Pretoria Central PrisonDescribed by The Saturday Star as South Africa’s ‘factory of death’, the gallows at Pretoria Central Prison saw more than 3 500 hangings. This exhibition at the Apartheid Museum of 131 nooses represents the number of anti-apartheid activists who were hanged there. (Image: Apartheid Museum)Read more about The Gallows at the Apartheid Museum#19 – Mahatma Gandhi statue, PietermaritzburgThe bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Pietermaritzburg was unveiled a century after he was thrown off a train in the town’s station. (Image: Guillaume Cingal, Flickr)Read more about the Mahatma Gandhi statue# 18 – Workers’ Library and Museum, JohannesburgWith the workmen’s quarters housing 396 men, there was no space for privacy. They slept in long rows of hard concrete ‘beds’ next to one another. A wooden platform above the concrete beds accommodated more men. (Image: City of Johannesburg)Read more about the Workers’ Library#17 – Constitution Hill, JohannesburgThe Constitutional Court has become a bastion of South African human rights and culture. (Image: Brand South Africa)Read more about Constitutional Hill #16 – Slavery Emancipation Monument, ElimThe small town in the Overberg was initially a refuge for the indigenous Khoi people until it was taken over by hundreds of slaves. Most its 1 400 residents living there today are descendants of the slaves. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Read more about the Slavery Emancipation Monument#15 – Solomon Mahlangu statue, MamelodiAnti-apartheid activist, Solomon Mahlangu, was just 23 years old when he was hanged in the gallows of Pretoria Central Prison. His remains were only moved to his birthplace of Mamelodi in 1993, after being buried in Atteridgeville for 24 years. (Image: Carnival & Solomon, Tshwane Municipality)Read more about the Solomon Mahlangu statue #14 – The Holocaust Centre, Cape TownThe Cape Town Holocaust Centre was the first of its kind to be opened in Africa. (Image: Robert Cutts)Read more about the Holocaust Centre Albert Luthuli’s memorial pays homage to one of Africa’s most respected leaders. His political activism was so important to the struggle that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960. (Image: KwaDukuza Municipality)#13 – Nkosi Albert Luthuli Statue, KwaDukuzaAlbert Luthuli’s memorial pays homage to one of Africa’s most respected leaders. His political activism was so important to the struggle that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960. (Image: KwaDukuza Municipality)Read more about the Nkosi Albert Luthuli Statue#12 – Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, JohannesburgThe Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum honours those children who lost their lives in 1976. (Image: Brand South Africa)Read more about the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum#11 – Steve Biko statue, East LondonThe Steve Biko statue in East London pays homage to the leader of the Black Consciousness Movement leader who was killed while incarcerated. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Read more about the Steve Biko statue #10 – Freedom Charter Monument, KliptownSouth Africa’s Constitution contains many of the tenets from the Freedom Charter, which was drawn up 60 years ago. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Read more about the Freedom Charter Monument#9 – Diggers Fountain, KimberleyA tribute to Kimberley’s diggers stands in the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Gardens. (Image: Kimberley City Portal)Read more about the Diggers Fountain#8 – Langa Memorial, UitenhageThe Langa Memorial, also known as Heroes Monument, in Uitenhage pays homage to the 20 marchers who were killed by police in 1985. (Image: Department of Arts and Culture)Read more about the Langa Memorial#7 – Bhisho Massacre Memorial, BhishoTwenty-eight marchers were shot and killed by the Ciskei Defence Force in what became known as the Bhisho Massacre. (Image: Buffalo City Tourism)Read more about the Bhisho Massacre Memorial#6 – Mandela House, Soweto, JohannesburgNelson Mandela’s humble first home has become a must-see spot when visiting South Africa. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Read more about the Mandela House#5 – Memorial to the Six Million, JohannesburgMemorial to the Six Million is one of Herman Wald’s many public sculptures that remain a part of South Africa’s cultural landscape. (Image: more about the Memorial to the Six Million #4 – Heroes Park, East LondonHeroes Park in East London incorporates three monuments that remembers our freedom fighters and celebrates the country’s freedom and cultural diversity. (Image: Supplied)Read more about Heroes Park#3 – Archbishop Desmond Tutu statue, East LondonThe statue of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in East London pays tribute to him as a healer. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Read more about the statue of Archbishop Desmond Tutu#2 – Robert Sobukwe Memorial, Graaff-ReinetPan Africanist Congress founder and leader Robert Sobukwe’s last day of freedom was on 21 March 1960. He spent the remaining 18 years of his life either in prison or in exile, always monitored by the apartheid government. He was buried in his hometown of Graaff Reinet in 1978. (Image: YouTube)Read more about the Robert Sobukwe Memorial#1 – Robben Island Museum, Cape TownRobben Island is best known for its prison which held several political activists including Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe. (Image: Brand South Africa)Read more about Robben Islandlast_img read more

Who Will You Be This Week?

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now It’s a brand new week. Who will you be this week?Will you be the person that you promise yourself you’ll be? Or will you be the person who breaks those promises?Will you be the person who keeps the promise to block the time they need to prospect, to open relationships, and acquire new opportunities? Or will you distract yourself with work that makes you feel busy—even though at end of the week your greatest priorities will be left undone?Will you be the person that religiously follows up on every client commitment they made in the prior week? Or will you leave too many of those commitments unkept, failing even to renegotiate them.Will you be the hustler that you know you should be, creating more and greater value for your clients? Or will you be complacent, putting your most important client relationships at risk through your neglect or an unwillingness to create new value?Will you be the salesperson who asks for the commitments she needs from her clients and dream clients this week? Or will you be the person that allows her clients to struggle to find their own way through their buying cycle and adding another stalled deal to her pipeline?Will you help your clients make the necessary investments in the results they need, justifying your price and providing evidence they can use to build the case internally? Or will you choose the easy path of discounting, putting your client’s outcomes at risk, losing the margin you need to succeed, and jeopardizing your business model?This week, will you express your gratitude to your clients for trusting you with their business and your teammates for keeping the promises you make? Or will you allow another week pass without saying thank you to your clients or acknowledging the work your teammates do on your behalf?It’s a brand new week. Who will you decide to be?QuestionsHow much of the results you produce this week are in your control?What promises are you going to make to yourself?How do you avoid being reactive and instead work towards your biggest priorities?Who gets to decide who you will be this week?last_img read more