People in Myanmar honk horns, bang on pots to protest coup

first_imgYANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Dozens of people in Myanmar’s largest city have honked car horns and banged on pots and pans in the first known public resistance to the coup by the country’s military. The noise extended to more than a quarter-hour in several neighborhoods of Yangon. Shouts could be heard wishing detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi good health and calling for freedom. A senior politician and close confidante of Suu Kyi also urged citizens to defy the military through civil disobedience. The takeover marked a shocking fall from power for Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate who had lived under house arrest for years and became the country’s de facto leader after her party won elections in 2015.last_img

USG senators preparing for transition

first_imgThough the official transition period does not begin until April, Undergraduate Student Government officials are already working to train their successors and ensure continuity when the torch is passed to the new administration.A recent amendment to the USG bylaws requires new senators to take a test on the responsibilities and processes required of their position. The test covers Senate meeting rules and bylaws.Other positions do not have this test, so Vice President Ashlie Chan said she encourages the incoming officers to ask a lot of questions to be sure they understand their duties.“For every other position, there are no tests or guidelines to measure if you’re ready to fulfill the position,” Chan said. “What they should do is that they should just ask questions so that they can have a smaller margin of error.”Chan said that this year’s administration is taking particular care to make sure the transition is seamless.“The main difference is that we’re trying to be as thorough as possible,” she said.Chan said she transitioned easily into the vice presidential role because she had worked with USG before. She noted, however, that the process will vary by job.“The responsibilities the vice president had were very familiar to me, so I think it was successful last year,” Chan said. “It depends on what position and what person you ask, but I think, overall we had that general consensus, and I just want to make sure that its very similar for this year, too.”Some senator-elects said that it is difficult to come into the job without any USG experience.Senator-elect Karen Tsai, a freshman, said although some newly elected senators have student government experience, many of them do not and can be confused about USG’s practices.“Experience is really key,” Tsai said. “I think it would be helpful for the future senators to have knowledge about how things work.”Sophomore William Wang, commuter senator-elect, agreed that the skills required for a senatorial position are learned with time. But he commended the current senate on its attitude about educating the new members.“They’re very sociable, very open-minded and approachable, which cultivates our interest in the job,” Wang said. “They’re really helping us develop. They’re definitely doing everything they can to educate the new senate.”The elected senators are currently attending Senate pre-meetings to find out more about their responsibilities. The current senators delegate their current business legislations and projects to the new senators so they will be able to continue those projects. The current senators are also working with Vice President-elect Nehi Ogbevoen to ensure that they understand his expectations.“The old administration teaches us the key points in terms of how to write a resolution and best allocate your time,” Tsai said.Residential Senator Tim Sae Koo said he thinks the transition process is going well, though he noted that a number of the new senators have been very shy.“They don’t know what to expect a lot of times, they’re really quiet,” he said. “But they’re ambitious at the same time. They have the ability and mind-set to tackle the problems, so we really want to clear things up and tell them what their job is, which is to focus on their constituents and their problems and relay them back to USG.”Another concern with the transition process is the continuation of in-progress projects. Though the current administration can make suggestions, the next administration usually tries to complete things that were listed on their platforms when they campaigned.“Ultimately, it’s Chris and Nehi’s decision to finish the projects that they want and to start new ones that they’ve created themselves,” Chan said. “The projects that are lost in the transition are ones that they don’t want to pursue or are not feasible anymore … ones that are lost probably didn’t have a lot of weight or progress on them anyway.”Some projects that Chan hopes the next administration will continue are improvements to the Lyon center, a new health center, security in the libraries, improvements for Campus Cruiser, heating lamps outside Trojan Grounds, making The Row a private street and extending Thanksgiving break, President-elect Chris Cheng said.Chan said, although the people they work with will differ because of different availability of various administrators,  she and President Holden Slusher have compiled a list of administrators they have worked closely with and intend to pass it on to the next administration.“I don’t think they are necessarily starting from scratch,” Chan said. “They are going to be able to go off of what USG has already established with its reputation.”On top of one-on-one training, the old administration is putting all the important documents of each branch on flash drives so that they can reduce the possibility of losing files.“The big focus that they have is to have a smooth transition,” Cheng said. “One thing that’s different is that they’re being a lot more sustainable — they’re digitizing everything. We were donated all these different thumb drives and everything is going on the thumb drives for the transition, instead of a transition folder or binder that can get lost.”last_img read more

Auditor states Hamlin has done nothing wrong except with healthcare payment withholdings

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Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 274 weeks ago Hopefully this puts an end to this whole debacle that has been going on down there and everyone can move forward. I agree, after reading just what was being said in the comments section here, Hamlin should receive an apology. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Mel · 274 weeks ago Why should the Board apologize to Hamlin? The auditor confirmed yesterday that $6,788 in US Federal Funds were spent on health Insurance for employee spouses of the Wheat Capitol Manor that was not authorized by WHA Board. Hamlin and her supporters consistently stated for the last 6 months that she did NOTHING WRONG and that the WHA Audit would find NO financial problems at the Wheat Capitol Manor. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 274 weeks ago I think Schalk is wrong. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the board at no time issued any sort of public statement, or comment, stating that Hamlin had done anything wrong. That was a result of the rumor mill, and the Jim Valentine side-show. At most, the board should issue a Press Release with the findings of the auditor, addressing how the issue related to the cost of insurance will be corrected. Nothing more is necessary in my opinion. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 274 weeks ago Public apology? I don’t think so. Almost a $7,000 “mistake”, questions concerning nepotism and whether or not a chairman of a board can sign a Housing Authority contract; the financial polices concerning Hamlin’s use of internet, K-Tags, cell phones and excessive mileage; and whether payroll taxes were properly withheld from a contract employee in 2012 and 2013. I believe these were issues the previous board was attempting to address when the residents of the manor were either purposely or inadvertently used to rally support for the Administrator. Most businesses will fire or discipline an employee for excessive mileage, unapproved internet use and company provided cell phone abuse. Are taxpayers providing a personal cell phone and a K-Tag? I hope the new Board Members are not reluctant to ask the hard questions in the future and change the suspect “policies” noted above after the treatment given to previous board members. It sounds to me like the previous board was just doing the job they were there to do. Also, I believe failure to withhold taxes is unlawful. None of this means that she needs to be fired, but it looks to me like the previous board was again, doing their job in questioning these issues. Maybe the previous board members who were attempting to do what they were asked to do (oversee) need to receive an apology? (The Manor is well-kept, the residents seem to be very happy with their administrator, it just appears policies need to be reviewed and updated. I am glad to see the air cleared on this subject so the Administrator and Staff can continue to perform their jobs and we can move on. And let us hope all the silly talk about lawsuits can stop right here. I don’t like it that a threat of a lawsuit can have board members removed for asking the hard questions.) Let’s move forward with improved policies and put this behind us. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Candy · 274 weeks ago Warren clearly stated it was NOT a violation on Federal Nepotism policies for Tim Nance the spouse of a Wheat Capitol Manor Employee to do contractual work at the Wheat Capitol Manor. I was at the meeting yesterday and I was shocked to learn what Hamlin authorized Mr Nance be paid to remove a bush and tear down a fence in 2014. It was still unethical to hire an employees spouse to do this contractual work at the Wheat Capital Manor even if it was not a violation of any Federal Policy. Report Reply 2 replies · active 274 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Candy · 274 weeks ago I understand that no Federal Policies were being violated by Hamlin for the following items paid for her by the Wheat Capitol Manor. I just challenge anyone to name any government employee that has government funds used to pay for their internet at home, pay for their Personal Cell Phone and pay for their Kansas Turnpike Fes to commute from home and back to work Report Reply 2 replies · active 274 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down tooooofunny · 274 weeks ago So where is Kelly McComb and her comments now? Bluesfield? Anyone want to talk about how “crooked” mileage is? Anyone want to throw Tim Nance, who happens to be the nicest man EVER, under the bus anymore? Come on maybe Gary wants to speak up about something? I personally believe that there needs to be an apology letter written to Hamlin, Tim Nance, the staff and the tenants for all the nonsense they were put through. Report Reply 3 replies · active 274 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down wheat · 274 weeks ago The only apology should be from council members Jim Valentine and Jan Korte to the WHA Board Members. The city council meeting and work session minutes confirm many comments by Korte and Valentine in the last 6 months in which they state an audit of Wheat capital Manor finances haved confirmed NOTHING is wrong with the finances at the Wheat Capitol Manor and it is just a personality conflict. I consider $7K Missing as wrong! Report Reply 1 reply · active 274 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Guest · 274 weeks ago Let the new board do their job and review and update the policies in question. Time to move on. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 274 weeks ago I thought for being a Wellington Housing Authority discussion, this was very civil. However, the there’s a hint of it digressing into something worse, so I’m going to shut off the discussion now. As always if you have something new to bring to the table or respond to something that was said above, e-mail me at [email protected] and I’ll put it on. Report Reply 0 replies · active 274 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In a special meeting held at the Wheat Capital Manor, an auditor told the Wellington Housing Authority board that administrator Melissa Hamlin has done nothing wrong except fail to withhold $6,766 from the 2014 health insurance premiums for the spouses of herself and a former employee.Cynthia Warren, a U.S. Housing and Urban Development auditor from Eufala, Okla., was on hand to answer a list of five questions submitted to her by the board during a special public meeting held at the Manor Thursday afternoon. Warren is currently in the process of doing the WHA’s annual audit and has been doing so for a number of years.Warren stated in 2014, after the authority switched insurance plans from Preferred/Coventry to a State of Kansas Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance policy, Hamlin failed to take out $282.33 a month for the health premiums of her and former maintenance supervisor Gary Irey’s spouses, who are on the WHA company plan. As a benefit since 2010, the authority pays for 100 percent of health insurance premiums of the four full-time employees working at the Manor, but does not do so for spouses or family members, who choose to be part of the company plan. Warren said Hamlin, who is in charge of payroll, should have taken out $3,338 in 2014 from the paychecks of herself and Irey. As a result, Warren said, the WHA has three options to rectify the mistake: 1) collect $3,338 in lost revenue from the two employees; 2) terminate Hamlin; 3) or retroactively approve back to Jan. 1, 2014 100 percent payment of health insurance premiums for the employees of the WHS and their spouses.Warren said whatever the board decides it must treat both employees equally, even though Irey no longer works at the Manor.Warren then said, the withholding issue has been rectified as of Jan. 1, 2015 and the withdrawal is now reflected in recent checks to Hamlin.In 2014, the WHA changed insurance companies from Coventry to Blue Cross after learning the Manor could save $50,000 a year.Hamlin said a misunderstanding occurred during the changeover between her and some members of the board. She thought during a work session, the housing authority told her it would pay 100 percent of the cost of health insurance premium in 2014 since it would still be financially ahead from money paid out in the old insurance plan.Hamlin said, however, part of the board, misinterpreted what she meant and thought the policy should have remained intact where 100 percent of the employees insurance would be paid but spouse insurance would be partially paid.“I would have done nothing on purpose,” Hamlin said.Aside from the health insurance premium issue, Warren said she could not find anything wrong with what Hamlin has done.The board submitted five questions to the board. Aside from the health insurance policy, Warren addressed questions concerning nepotism; whether or not a chairman of a board can sign a Housing Authority contract; the financial polices concerning Hamlin’s use of internet, K-Tags, cell phones and excessive mileage; and whether payroll taxes were properly withheld from a contract employee in 2012 and 2013.In all other cases, Warren said Hamlin operated within WHA and HUD policy guidelines and she could not find any violations.She did urge the board to revisit some of its current policies and perhaps update them in the future.Warren opened the meeting by reaffirming a report by HUD that gave WHA a very positive rating in its last assessment. The authority received a 98 out of a 100.“That is a very, very good score,” Warren said. “That means Wheat Capital Manor is well managed and you are doing a lot of things right. There are many housing authorities that I work with that are receiving scores in the 80s.”She defined the housing authority as a group that is doing things very well but has some kinks it needs to work out.WHA board member Larry Schalk said after the report was given that the board should draft a letter publicly apologizing to Hamlin for the controversial past few months.The WHA will be meeting later this month. No action was taken at Thursday’s meeting.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wet track no barrier for Tommy in Pattaya

first_imgHowever, this did not slow down Tommy Marshall who handed in an excellent score card of 39 points which, from his handicap of #5 is 74 gross, a top class effort.The names we have seen a lot of recently, Lawrie McBride, Bill Copeland and Martin Patch all came in with 35 points on their cards, maintaining their solid form. Day done, time for a shower.PSC Links Golf SocietyMonday June 8StablefordGreenwood A+BIt’s been raining at Greenwood Golf Course and the fairways, although looking terrific, are very soft underfoot and the greens a little damp. The sign in the clubhouse showed ‘A’ course greens speed at 7.8 and 8.9 for ‘B’ course. Perhaps, because of the dampness, a little slower than that. Once again, we were given the okay to start when ready and, after rounding up Mike Firkin, our first group teed off about 20 minutes early and then, with almost no-one else on the course, made good time to complete the round in just under four hours.Promoted Contentbrainberries9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole MoviebrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!brainberriesbrainberriescenter_img Once again, the weather looked threatening and, again, there was the sound of far off thunder. Unlike our last visit here where one group was caught in the rain and needed to stop awhile, this time there were no stops and all finished nice and dry.Our price today was a sports day 600 baht but Greenwood also has some good pricing for other days of the week.Now is the rainy season, so a harder time of year for those who must use carts, as some, not all, courses will keep carts on the cart path only.Our 20 players today, once again, had an enjoyable day out at a fine golf course.Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madebrainberries8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthbrainberriesLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingbrainberriesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?brainberriesFake brand-name goods worth over 100 million baht seized in Bangkok – Patt…7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianbrainberriesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morebrainberries5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksbrainberriesMajestic Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden in Chiang Mai open FREE on Mother’s …7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldbrainberries6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanesbrainberries2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearbrainberriesAll quarantines in Thailand apply same rules for both Thai and foreign arr…This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalbrainberriesThe Untold Truth Of Sasha Obamabrainberrieslast_img read more

Mixx 96.1 Presents the O Bee Credit Union Egg Dash

first_imgSubmitted by Mixx 96.1With internet tales of greedy and aggressive parents spoiling egg hunts, kids and their well-mannered parents can be assured that such behavior shall not be tolerated at the O Bee Credit Union Egg Dash. Event organizers Mixx 96.1 KXXO promise to deliver a safe and well-controlled environment for kids 2-10 to “dash” for candy and prizes hidden in over 17,000 plastic eggs.Having a lot of volunteers is a key, said Toni C. Holm, Mixx 96.1 station manager and event coordinator. The support of the Thurston County Explorers, plus all our staff and a lot of community helpers, has allowed us to have a controlled and kid-focused event every year.  We have a LOT of eggs and the volunteers are ready to make sure every kid gets some!”The Egg Dash will start, rain or shine, at 11 A.M. sharp Saturday, March 30 at Dream Team Field (formerly Bucknell Field) on Marvin Road in Lacey. Parents should plan on arriving early to allow time for parking and prevent their children from being disappointed.Children ages 2-3 and any children needing special assistance will begin promptly at 11 A.M., with 4-5 year olds without adults, 6-7 year olds without adults, and 8-10 year olds without adults to follow in close succession. Bring a basket or something to hold eggs, and Mixx 96.1 will provide the rest! Every egg is stuffed with candy or a slip redeemable for a prize. In each age group one egg will contain a grand-prize slip for a new bike and helmet from The Bike Stand.O Bee Credit Union Egg Dash sponsors include TOGETHER! – a youth violence, drug, tobacco and alcohol prevention project, Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftways, Jumping Jacks,  Dream Team Field, The Bike Stand, Bonjour Cupcakes, O Bee Credit Union, and Mixx 96.1 KXXO radio.Contact Mixx 96.1 at 360-943-9937 or see www.mixx96.com for more information. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Innkeepers Soccer Club

first_imgThe Nelson Innkeepers remained at the top of the Leo’s Men’s Open Soccer League with a 2-0 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in the championship match at Lakeside Pitch. It’s the second straight league title for the Innkeepers and earns the club Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week. The team includes, back row, L-R, Jeff Hall, Greg Kinnear, Aaron Sedlbauer, Ed Canzian, Matt Tyler, Paul Saso, Iain Harvey, John Babineau and Tomas Gabriel. Front, Kevin Lewis, Derek Stefiuk, Chris Richards, Oriano DiRuscio, Mike Precious, Kerry Dyck and Paul Anderson.last_img

DDTV: LATE LATE SHOW AS MILFORD LIFT TITLE

first_imgMILFORD are the Mount Errigal Hotel Junior A Champions after a nerve-wrecking comeback win over Urris.As topsy-turvy games go, this had it all.The Inishowen side looked out of the game at O’Donnell Park as they trailed by seven points at one stage.They clawed their way back into the match – hitting eight scores on the bounce – to creep into a one point lead with less than ten minutes left. With Urris leading 2-06 to 2-05, Milford looked stunned.But they were stunned into action and hit four late points without reply through Pauric and David Curley,  Conor McNulty and Cathal McGettigan to take the Dr McCloskey Cup back to Milford.Final score Milford 2-09, Urris 2-06.DDTV: LATE LATE SHOW AS MILFORD LIFT TITLE was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA NEWS: LATE LATE SHOW AS MILFORD LIFT TITLElast_img read more

Proline host Dove FC as FUFA Big League continues

first_imgProline defeated Kireka 2-1 in their last gameFUFA Big league (Match Day 5):Thursday, 29th November 2018 Matches:Rwenzori Group:Proline Vs Dove – Star Times Stadium, LugogoKabale Sharp Vs Kiboga Young – Kabale Municipal StadiumKireka United Vs Kira United – Mandela National StadiumKitara Vs Bumate United – Kigaya Ground, HoimaElgon Group:Entebbe F.C Vs Doves All Stars – Mutesa II Wankulukuku StadiumKyetume Vs Bukedea Town Council – Mukono Bishops play groundNebbi Central Vs Amuka Bright Stars – Nebbi play groundKataka Vs UPDF – CRO Stadium, MbaleLight S.S Vs JMC Hippos – Amuria High School play groundLUGOGO – Proline FC will host Masindi based side, Dove FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo as the FUFA Big League resumes on Thursday afternoon.Shafick Bisaso’s side who are bidding to make an instant return to the Uganda Premier League after relegation last season, have been impressive so far, winning one and drawing the other of their first two games of the season. They defeated Kireka United 2-1 in their last game at Namboole.However, despite the good start, Bisaso is still concerned by the nature of opposition going into the game on Thursday but maintains his side will do all they can to defeat Dove.“The Big League one of the strongest around, said Bisaso in an interview before Thursday’s game.“Here, you head into the game with little knowledge about the opposition which makes it a whole lot complicated.“Us being Proline, other teams are informed about us but we are not and going up against Dove, it will be a learning process for us but most importantly, we will try to beat them.Proline go into the game minus up to six first team players. Ssaka Mpima, Emmanuel Asiku and Nassar Owomunda are yet to be cleared by the Federation to play the game. Egaku and Joshua Okir are both nursing injuries while Isaac Owori is currently suspended by the club for indiscipline issues.For the visitors, who head into the game also still unbeaten in their first four games after winning one and drawing the other three, they know they must give their best against one of the favourites in the Rwenzori group.“I expect a balanced game but we shall strive to win it, said Dove head coach Mark Twinamatisko.“Both clubs have good players but we are determined to give our best in the match.Other matches in the Rwenzori group will see Kabale Sharp host Kiboga Young at the Kabale Municipal Stadium. Kireka United entertains Kira United at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole and Kitara plays host to Bumate United at the Kigaya Ground in Hoima.In the Elgon Group, there are five games lined up on the day.AllanKabonge’s Entebbe F.C face Doves All Stars at Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium, Alex Isabirye’s Kyetume hosts Bukedea Town Council at Mukono Bishops playground and newly promoted Nebbi Central will face Amuka Bright Stars at their Nebbi play groundElsewhwer, Mbale based Kataka will host Steven Bogere’s UPDF at the CRO Stadium in Mbale. While in-form Light S.S host JMC Hippos at the Amuria High School playground.Wednesday Result in the Big League: Ntinda United 1-1 Water  Comments Tags: Dove FCfufa big leagueproline fctoplast_img read more

SA to set up mines, labour task force

first_img20 August 2012 A task force will be set up to look into labour issues in South Africa’s platinum industry after last week’s violent clashes near the Lonmin mine in Marikana, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on the weekend. The task force will consist of representatives from the mining industry, unions, government and traditional leadership. Forty-four people, including two police officers and 34 mine workers, were killed and scores injured in violent clashes in the mining town of Marikana outside Rustenburg, North West province last week. Shabangu and Labour Minister Mildred Olifant met with the Chamber of Mines, business and organised labour in Johannesburg on Saturday to discuss and agree on an action plan to address the violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine and share practices applied by other mining companies. The management of Lonmin, the Chamber of Mines and other mining executives gave an account of what challenges they faced relating to engaging with labour organisations and employees generally. Both ministers then met with organised labour to get their account and what they perceived as the source of the conflict. Olifant reminded all parties of the legal processes pertaining to labour organisations and how they needed to operate as required by the law. Shabangu also put to all stakeholders the need to agree on how the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) would be engaged going forward, as long as their operations were within the confines of the law. Shabangu reiterated the need for all role players to uphold the spirit of tripartism as the image of the country’s mining industry was being tarnished after the sector, working with the government, had gone out to the world saying that the South African mining sector was open for business and encouraging investors to invest in the sector. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 gets a new-look logo

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Development Plan has a new brand identity and logo designed to inspire all citizens to work towards the vision of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by the year 2030.The new look for the country’s blueprint for a more prosperous future was launched by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe in Pretoria on Sunday.At the launch, Radebe called on South Africans to play their part in reaching the goals of the NDP by taking part in the new brand identity’s roll-out campaigns.“As South Africans, let us use this NDP brand identity to build a truly democratic, united, non-sexist, non-racial and prosperous South Africa,” he said.The NDP, adopted in 2012, is the product of hundreds of interactions with South Africans, input from tens of thousands of people, extensive research and robust debate throughout the country.It is a plan to unite South Africans, unleash the energies of its citizens, grow an inclusive economy, build capabilities, and enhance the capability of the state and leaders working together to solve complex problems.Radebe said the new NDP communication strategy will be rolled out in phases to showcase how the NDP – popularly known as Vision 2030 – can change people’s lives.Watch:He said different sectors of society – artists, business, labour, people living in rural areas, the media and more – have a role to play to ensure the goals of the NDP are met by 2030.“We welcome existing initiatives by people who are playing their part,” he said. “The Eziko Production Group, for example, has developed an edu-play on the NDP and its key critical areas. This edu-play is exemplary of a socially cohesive society that strives for a common national identity.“There are also young entrepreneurs from Cape Town who have developed a business idea called Eza Sekasi Fridays. This demonstrates the creation of decent employment in the townships to champion the NDP.“This initiative is a stimulus for the statement made by young people, who adopted the National Youth Policy and declared that they do not want a hand-out – but a hand up,” Radebe said.He said he realised the NDP was alive when, during Youth Month in June, a young man from Mthatha told him about his success story of forming a vegetable growers’ association to ensure food security, economic viability and creation of jobs in his community.“Government welcomes the partnership with business and labour to rally around the NDP in ensuring that there is a collective effort in workplace conflict reduction and improved cooperation between government, organised business and organised labour,” Radebe said.He thanked business and labour for having thrown their weight behind the NDP and for partnering with the government to ensure that they work towards the targets identified in the plan.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more