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3-Day Conflict Resolution Seminar in Monrovia

first_imgA three-day conflict resolution seminar will begin on Wednesday, May 21 to 23, at a local hotel in Monrovia, with 20 participants.According to Netsai Mushonga, senior manager of Cape Town, South Africa-based Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), the participants are drawn from human rights organizations, ECOWAS and the Ministry of Defense.She said two representatives each from the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) and the Daily Observer newspaper, have been invited to attend the seminar.“The media’s role in conflict resolution is important and therefore we recognize their contribution,” she said.She stated subjects to be considered at the seminar will provide knowledgeable skills on conflict resolution management.Mushonga said the CCR is a pan African organization with the primary interest to build the capacity of those in conflict resolutions, particularly in a country like Liberia where due to its recent past; conflict resolution skills have become necessary.Providing additional information on the seminar, Ms. Antonia Porter, a staff of the Centre for Conflict Resolution, said the seminar would provide better understanding on how to manage conflicts in a given situation.Porter, project officer of the Centre for Conflict Resolution has written extensively on gender issues, including special consideration on how HIV/AIDS is experienced in Africa, including in societies suffering or recovering from conflict and it was published in the Cape Times newspaper of South Africa.The Centre for Conflict Resolution is located in Cape Town, South Africa with the primary objective to contribute towards a just and sustainable peace in Africa by promoting constructive, creative and co-operative approaches to the resolution of conflict through training, policy development, research and capacity building.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2018 JCI SADC Regional Leadership Academy

first_imgJohannesburg, 28 February 2018 – Brand South Africa has once again collaborated with the JCI African Academy to host the SADC Regional Leadership Conference which is targeted at young leaders who are creating positive changes in their communities.Annually, the conference unites at least 1000 young active citizen from more than 50 partner countries to participate in inspirational sessions, impactful workshops, official General Assembly meetings and fun-filled events to share best practices, exchange ideas and determine the future of the dynamic organisation. “Youth are an integral part in creating pathways for accelerated socio-economic development for our nation and our continent. As a big part of the population, young people are at the heart of our future, and it is for this reason, that we at Brand South Africa have partnered with the JCI African Academy to harness effective youth development practices. This platform affords us the opportunity to engage with the youth on how they can partake in social cohesion and active citizenship activities because we are confident that Africa’s destiny lies in the hands of our youth,” said Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela.  Brand South Africa invites media to join us for 2018 JCI SADC Regional Leadership Academy Date             :                  Thursday 01 – Saturday 03 March 2018 Time            :                  09h00 – 16h00 Venue          :                  Dynasty Hotel (19 Westbrooke Dr, Sandown, Johannesburg) RSVPs           :                  Tsabeng Nthite on tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.com                                      Mobile: 076 371 6810 Issued by Brand South AfricaHoughtonJohannesburglast_img read more

Gogo takes her friends on holidays

first_imgMembers of Gogo on Tour at the Kruger National Park. (Image: Khensani Matjokane)What started out as heartbreak and loss ended up bringing a dream to life that has gone on to benefit gogos – grandmothers – by helping them to do things they were not able to achieve in their younger years.Thoko Matjokane, the chairperson and founder of the non-profit organisation Gogo on Tour, lost her brother and sister before their planned vacation. But she had a dream in which her late brother advised her to carry on their plans.Matjokane took the trip to Durban and when she came back she devised a programme for senior citizens to actively experience the country for which they had sacrificed so much. She rallied six of her friends and they used their pensions to start the initiative.Gogo on Tour, established in 2012, has grown in leaps and bounds in its three years of existence. Already it has over 60 000 active members. There are no registration fees to join or travel costs to enjoy the trips.ENJOYING THEIR GOLDEN YEARSKhensani Matjokane, Matjokane’s daughter and the managing director of Gogo on Tour, explains: “I believe we need to take care of the elderly and let them experience simple things that are fulfilling that they never got to experience because of all their sacrifices for their families.“With the rise of HIV/Aids in our communities, children are orphaned and gogos must step in and assume the role of parent once again. They become the breadwinners on the grants they receive, and therefore their golden years become a myth or wishful thinking.”Khensani still does not know how they get to make things happen, but they are never without. “I’m glad I have a strong support system to make this initiative work,” she says. “My friends know I will call them and ask if they could just give me R2 000 so I can get a bus for a trip and they oblige.”The initiative requires funding to succeed, she adds. The money is used for travel insurance, transport, accommodation, on-tour health care, food and entertainment. They are also used for the daily running of the organisation’s office and website.Khensani’s face brightens when she speaks of how the fulfilment of seeing an old woman smiling from ear to ear while sitting in a Jacuzzi, and a pensioner’s amazement after her first massage. “Those reactions are the ones that will always make me feel good about doing this. Having them discover something nice in their golden years is so fulfilling to the soul.”The “one foot in the grave” mentality needs to be eradicated from the minds of senior citizens, she adds, and giving them an enjoyable holiday goes a long way in doing this.In 2013, the Department of Tourism signed a memorandum of understanding with Gogo on Tour. This along with an endorsement letter issued to the group includes a work plan that details the relationship between the two parties.What she loves about Gogo on Tour is that it is all inclusive, Khensani says. “I received a call from a lady in Kyalami asking if she could join the group and I was gobsmacked because I [wondered] why she would want to join this initiative. Then I realised that it was about being around your peers. And because she has had the opportunity to travel she could add to educating the other gogos about its pleasures.”AVID COMMUNITY MEMBERThe elder Matjokane has long been a community leader in her hometown of Soshanguve, in Gauteng. She is a former executive member of the South African National Civic Organisation; and she has sat on the board of trustees for the corporate social investment division of South African Breweries, facilitating the first Kick Start programme that helped young black business owners in the small, medium and micro enterprises sector find funding and mentoring.In addition, when the price of bread began rising, Matjokane founded a community bakery that sold fresh bread at a reasonable cost and provided bread for impoverished families. In 1995, she was elected to sit on the first black city council of Pretoria, known as the Northern Metropolitan Sub-structure, where she served her community until she retired in 2000.last_img read more

Gallery: Eastern Cape, a place of natural wonders

first_imgCross the border into the Eastern Cape, whether along the N6 or N2, and an overwhelming calm takes over. Its green hills, dense forests and warm seas embrace the visitor, revealing all that is sacred and making you feel as if you have arrived home.The Eastern Cape’s landscape is varied and suits the taste of any tourist. You can ski the alpine slopes of Tiffindell, hike the forests of Tsitsikamma, lounge on any of its golden beaches and take in the savannah culture of the Karoo. (Images: Shamin Chibba, unless stated otherwise)Compiled by Shamin ChibbaIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.The Eastern Cape’s natural landscape is varied and caters for tourists of all kinds. One can ski the alpine slopes of Tiffindell, surf the Supertubes in Jeffrey’s Bay , hike the forest in Hogsback and explore the oddities in the savannah-like Karoo towns.The Eastern Cape is a storied part of South Africa, filled with people carving out a life in what is the country’s poorest province. Despite this, its people have a lot of heart and if you spend a little time with them, you will feel as if you have always belonged there.The East London beachfront hosts one of the country’s biggest New Years’ bashes each year. But between the parties, it is calm, with many East Londoners walking or running on the promenade at the end of the day.Kologha Forest in Stutterheim is the second largest natural forest in South Africa after the Knysna Forest. It can be explored by foot, mountain bike and even on horseback. For those looking to do a spot of fishing, the forest’s waterways are home to trout. Be on the lookout for the forest’s many inhabitants, which include bushpigs, bats, monkeys, duikers and numerous birds. (Image: SA-Venues.com)Built between 1860 and 1880, the Donkin Street terraced houses in Port Elizabeth are actually integrated as a single unit. The whole street was declared a national monument in 1967.Tiffindell Ski Resort, in the Southern Drakensberg, is South Africa’s only ski and snowboarding resort. Established in 1993, the resort has since become the country’s winter playground. It uses snow making and grooming machines to maintain the ski hill. (Image: Tiffindell Ski Resort)The Eco Shrine in the mystical village of Hogsback is a nod to the power of art, nature, science and the sacred. In the distance are the three ridges from which the Hogsback takes its name. Some speculate that Hogsback’s magical surrounds inspired JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Residents have run with the claim, with names like Camelot, Hobbiton, Rivendell, The Shire, Lothlorien and Middle Earth seen everywhere. When you visit, don’t forget to hike to the Madonna and Child waterfall. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)The Big Tree in Tsitsikamma is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old, stands 36.6 metres tall and has a trunk circumference of nine metres.Found in the town of Storms River, the Big Tree is a yellowwood. This species, South Africa’s national tree, is endangered. Before yellowwoods were cut and logged almost to extinction, they dominated country’s landscape, particularly in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. Today, there is just 10% of the yellowwood trees of 350 years ago.Hole in the Wall is a village south of Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast. In isiXhosa, the area is called esiKhaleni, which means ‘the place of sound’. Some say the name comes from the cracking sound made by waves slapping the rocks while others believe it comes from a legend about a young maiden who fell in love with one of the mythical ‘sea people’. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)Jeffrey’s Bay is South Africa’s number one surf spot, known as Supertubes. It attracts some of the best surfers in the world for the Billabong Surf Pro Championship, in July each year. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)The beachfront in East London is a great place for tourists to pick up arts and crafts.The N2 road runs along the Eastern Cape coast, linking Cape Town and Durban and beyond. It forms part of the Garden Route. The road cuts through some of the country’s diverse flora and fauna as well as picturesque Eastern Cape towns such as Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea.A man and his dog, a common sight at Nahoon Beach, East London.In Nieu Bethesda, The Owl House is a testament to the power of imagination. With its numerous sculptures of owls, bottle-skirted hostesses, mermaids, camels and pilgrims, The Owl House has become almost a required stop for visitors to the Karoo village. Depending on your outlook, the place is either weird or wonderful. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth’s city centre was declared a public space in perpetuity by Sir Rufane Donkin. It has a lighthouse and stone pyramid monument upon which an inscription was placed by Donkin in honour of his late wife, Elizabeth, after whom the city was named.The Paul Sauer Bridge, better known as Storms River Bridge, has become symbolic for travellers along the Garden Route. It was the highest concrete arch in Africa at 120 metres above the river until the Bloukrans Bridge was built in 1984. The latter stands at 216 metres above the river. Both bridges are on the N2. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)In times long past, the home of elephants and, more recently, woodcutters, the village of Storms River attracts the curious tourist with its charm and special ambiance. With little lighting, silence and few people, it is perfect for anyone in search of a bit of solitude.Whatever your taste, you can find pristine beaches void of people or touristy resorts along the long Eastern Cape coast.The East London Golf Club, one of the oldest and best courses in the country, has hosted the South African Championships six times and the Africa Open Golf Challenge. Overlooking Nahoon Beach and Nature Reserve, it is considered a must-play course by golfers.The dolerite columns of the Valley of Desolation, just 14 kilometres from Graaff-Reinet, rise 120 metres from the valley floor. The nearby Camdeboo National Park, seen in the background, is known for its biodiversity, with more than 220 species of birdlife, 336 plants and 43 mammals. (Image: South African Tourism)last_img read more

Release Date for Lightworks Mac Public Beta

first_imgLightworks has officially unveiled a date to release it’s public beta for Mac.If you aren’t very familiar with Lightworks you’re in good company. Lightworks is currently a Windows and Linux based video editing application, and while it’s not as popular as some other editing platforms such as Apple, Adobe, or Avid, it has a 20 year history.Big budget editors such as Tariq Anwar of The King’s Speech and Jill Bilcock of Road to Perdition have used Lightworks as their NLE of choice for years. With Red native format supporting, exporting in the background, multicam editing, and project sharing for editing in groups, Lightworks is aiming to be a contender against the other popular NLEs.Lightworks will boast the only tri-platform support (Windows, Mac, and Linux) but as of right now you can only use it on a Window’s and PC machine. That is all scheduled to change very soon. In an interview with RedSharkNews, Matt Sandford, the Global Product Manager for Lightworks stated:“The most common question we get asked is when will Lightworks be available on Mac? Well, we are pleased at last to say with confidence that the Mac Public Beta will begin on the 11th of June 2014.Before that though there will be a short Alpha program to a dedicated select team of users. These are users that have requested Alpha access in the past and are keen to help make sure that the Mac version is on track where it needs to be. This is the exact same process we did with the Linux version. The Mac version has been in existence for some time, so is already very stable, but because reliability is essential we are looking to test this intensively from Alpha through to Beta”The best part is Lightworks is free with an unlimited trial period. The only catch is if you want to export a file format larger than 720p you must pay for the “Pro” software which is available through a membership (7.99 a month or 79.99 a year) or outright purchase for 279.99 (which is much cheaper than any other major editing applications).You can download Lightworks from their website. Be on the lookout for the upcoming Mac release!Do you currently use Lightworks? Looking forward to the Mac release?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Tripura to set up AIIMS-like facility

first_imgThe Tripura government would establish a high-tech hospital on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Delhi. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday visited Bodhjungnagar at the outskirts of Agartala to check the availability of land and work out other modalities.The Vision Document of the BJP released ahead of the Assembly elections in Tripura in February had assured setting up of an adequate number of multi-speciality hospitals with trauma care and an AIIMS-like facility in the State.After his visit, Mr. Deb said the site, which has more than 250 acres of government land, seemed suitable for establishing such a facility. “This hospitalwould help patients from other places, specially from neighbouring Northeastern States,” he said, adding that once it is set up, people would not have to rush to Chennai and other major cities for critical treatment.last_img read more