Govt approves AgriBEE charter

first_img31 March 2008The Department of Trade and Industry has approved the application for the AgriBEE (black economic empowerment) sector transformation charter, which is aimed at ensuring greater participation by black people in the country’s agricultural sector.The framework aims to eliminate racial discrimination in the agricultural sector through implementing initiatives that encourage more black citizens to take part in agricultural activity and enterprises along the entire sector value chain.The government believes the through the charter, it will be able to address the imbalances of the past with an integrated plan that is also aimed at generating equitable access to land and creating a profitable and sustainable agricultural sector for the previously disadvantaged.Agriculture and Land Affairs Minister Lulu Xingwana said in February this year that the land claims commission had settled more than 94% of the claims lodged on or before 31 December 1998.She said that while the performance of the commission had enabled the government to restore at least two million hectares of land, the challenges associated with the settlement of the outstanding claims should not be underestimated, as they were complex.These challenges included traditional leader conflict in terms of jurisdiction, boundaries and land ownership, claims still held at the Land Claims Court and family or community disputes, she said.Xingwana added that her department had introduced a proactive land acquisition strategy, through which the department identifies, purchases and distributes land in accordance with the prevailing needs.By February 2007, the government had made changes to the Expropriation Act, as well as set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that would acquire, hold, manage, develop and dispose of land for all reform purposes.Xingwana said back then that the SPV would ensure that the expropriated land would be maintained in a viable condition until new farmers were able to occupy them.She said then that while the government was still using the “willing buyer, willing seller” principle, it was only one of the instruments available to them to affect land reform. She however also pointed out that even though the government could use expropriation to acquire land, all exchanges would be fully negotiated.The charter is one method through which the government believes it can achieve its objective of ensuring that previously disadvantaged communities own at least 30% of the agricultural land in the country by the end of 2014.SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Preliminary World Cup squads revealed

first_imgThe holders, meanwhile, will rely on the players who led them back to the world stage, with Marcello Lippi resisting the temptation to recall Francesco Totti to an Italy squad that has Giuseppe Rossi as its only foreign-based player. In the closely-matched Group D, Germany surprised many by including Hamburg defender Dennis Aogo and Bayern Munich youngster Holger Badstuber, while Radomir Antic named seven England-based players in a formidable looking Serbia squad. Australia and Ghana, meanwhile, have backed two of their key players to recover from injury in time, with Harry Kewell and Michael Essien both included. Sadly, injuries forced the hands of many, with Charlie Davies failing to recover in time to take his place in a USA squad that instead included the comparatively inexperienced striking duo of Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez. BrazilThe task of choosing from Brazil’s embarrassment of riches fell to Dunga, who resisted a public clamour by staying true to the players who topped their qualifying group and won last year’s Fifa Confederations Cup. Group F rivals Portugal, meanwhile, have gambled on the fitness of Real Madrid centre-half Pepe, sidelined since December, while shock inclusions were conspicuous by their absence in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s star-studded Cote d’Ivoire squad. Finally, hosts South Africa sprung few surprises in their announcement, with prodigal son Benni McCarthy, as expected, completing his return from the international wilderness by making Carlos Alberto Parreira’s provisional list. Elsewhere in Group C, there was a place for Groningen’s in-form young striker Tim Matavz in Matjaz Kek’s Slovenia selection, while Algeria coach Rabah Sadaane sprung few surprises in a squad dominated by a strong Europe-based contingent. Fifa: provisional 30-man squads The Three Lions’ Italian coach, who failed to convince Paul Scholes to join Carragher in coming out of retirement, also included two as yet uncapped players: King’s central defensive partner, Michael Dawson, and the exciting Manchester City winger, Adam Johnson. 14 May 2010 Source: Fifa.comcenter_img A quartet of Arsenal players and a trio of Ligue 1-winning Marseille players were named in France coach’s Raymond Domenech’s 30, while Mexico have named just five recognised midfielders in a squad that will be without the talents of the injured Miguel Sabah. The inclusion of Wolfsburg striker Grafite raised a few eyebrows, however, while Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was rewarded for his fine form in the Londoners’ outstanding Premier League campaign with the third goalkeeping slot. Maradona unpredictableInevitably, Diego Maradona’s selection proved less predictable, with the Argentina coach picking the largely unknown trio of Ariel Garce, Sebastian Blanco and Juan Manuel Insaurralde among a nine-strong contingent of home-based players that also includes 36-year-old Martin Palermo. England surprisesThere were even more surprises for fans of the Americans’ opening match opponents, England, for whom Jamie Carragher and Ledley King – neither of whom have played under Fabio Capello – both received call-ups. As always with these preliminary squad announcements, surprise inclusions and notable, often controversial, omissions dominated the headlines, even if plenty of coaches remained faithful to the tried and tested stars who had excelled during qualifying. Another veteran striker who could be lining up against Maradona’s side in their South Africa 2010 opener is Kanu. The Portsmouth striker, who turns 34 in August, was named alongside club colleague John Utaka in Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback’s 30-man list. Competing at a Fifa World Cup is the highlight of any footballer’s career; this week it was revealed which players have moved a step closer to realising that dream. Title favouritesSpain, many observers’ favourites for the title, have named the injured trio of Andreas Iniesta, Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas along with outsiders such as Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez, Osasuna defender Cesar Azpilicueta and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez. The final 23-man squads will not be known until 1 June, but this week coaches from each of the participating nations named the 30 players from which that ultimate decision will be made.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar wants to dedicate ‘Sachin A Billion Dreams’ to father, brother

first_imgThe whole nation knows how important his father Ramesh Tendulkar and brother Ajith Tendulkar are for legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.It is now learned that the Master Blaster wants to dedicate ‘ Sachin A Billion Dreams’ to his father and brother.Tendulkar’s father used to tell him in his childhood that no matter if he has chosen cricket in his life, what would matter in the end is how virtuous he was as a person.Whereas Tendulkar’s brother Ajit played an integral part in his life as he was the person who introduced him to cricket, who introduced the former Indian batsman to his coach Ramkant Achrekar and encouraged him always during his cricketing journey.The 44-year-old still remembers all the guidance and lessons his father and brother has given to him and those lessons have made Sachin the man he is today.He has been an inspiration for millions not only as a cricketer, but also as a person for his humble nature, humility and down to earth nature.’Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ traces the journey of the Indian cricket legend and will bring the unknown story of his struggle on celluloid.All the content pieces of the film, which has been released, have created immense buzz and a lot of anticipation for the film.Produced by Ravi Bhagchandka of 200 Not Out and Shrikant Bhasi of Carnival Motion Pictures, and helmed by Emmy-nominated James Erskine, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is all set to release on 26th May 2017.last_img read more

Manitoba First Nation has 865K in unsupported ineligible spending

first_imgJohn MurrayAPTN National News A Rolling River First Nation official took home nearly $200,000 in ‘unsupported or ineligible’ payments for travel, sundry, and ‘admin fees’ according to an audit obtained by APTN National News.In early May Ernst & Young completed a forensic audit of Rolling River First Nation (RRFN) for the period from Apr. 1, 2009 until Dec. 31, 2014.The audit found $865,627 in possibly unsupported or ineligible payments for the audit period.The audit found that RRFN’s financial administration “lacked appropriate oversight, financial controls, policies and procedures.”According to the document, Ernst & Young found signatories on cheques were sometimes also payees, a single bank account was used for all revenue, and some salaries, holiday pay, and bonuses were overpaid or undocumented.Money earmarked for post-secondary education was also targeted, with almost $25,000 in ineligible or unsupported payments.Many payments made in the category of ‘admin fees’ did not have any accompanying approvals.One individual took over $122,000 in admin fees.Because of the single bank account, auditors in some instances, had difficulty determining whether funds were sourced from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada or from the band.Many expenditures that may be ineligible were called Band Support Funding (BSF).Ernst & Young wrote “due to co-mingling of INAC and band source funds, we were unable to determine which funds were used to cover deficits in BSF as such INAC funds earmarked for other programs may have been used to cover them.”In another document obtained by APTN National News, Rolling River First Nation seems to have established laws around financial administration including stringent requirements on bank accounts and payments.The document was signed by council on October 9, 2014, well ahead of the audits release.APTN National News reached out to Rolling River First Nation officials but did not receive a response before [email protected]last_img read more