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Posted by: | Posted on: January 14, 2020

The Killer Pothole

first_imgA few months ago, a popular doctor from Redemption hospital lost his only son, Michael, after he collided with a speeding vehicle trying to dodge one of the most deadly potholes in Caldwell. During 2016, four people lost their lives and many others were severely injured as a result of this pothole.Witnesses have confirmed that all of the accidents that occurred at the pothole were caused by drivers trying to dodge it. In Michael’s case, he died on the spot.“The driver even ran away, but was later apprehended after he turned himself in,” stated an LNP officer who asked not to be named.Community residents say that the surface of the road gradually grew worse due to activities they blamed on the Water and Sewer Corporation after the bridge was paved.“They dug a deep hole in the sidewalk and later in the street for the water to flow. They covered it back with dirt and broken cement but never repaved the place and just left it like that. During the rainy season, people died and got hurt. But after Michael’s death, we all said it has to stop. Let them come and fix this hole and pave the place back,” stated Pa John of New Georgia Junction.Also last year, a popular police veteran named Mamudu lost all feelings in his legs after colliding with an approaching vehicle as he tried to by-pass the pothole. Sadly, his passenger did not survive the ordeal that crushed Mamudu’s legs. The police veteran of seven years has not been able to walk or return to work as a result. A father of two, he finds it difficult to even provide food for his family and his children are at home, unable to further their education.“The government needs to do something fast. The presidents’ convoy during the opening ceremony for the Hydro was seen dodging the same road surface going into Caldwell, and when leaving. Madam President needs to know that this pothole has killed plenty people before,” Pa John added.The community dwellers have asked that the hole be repaired and the section of the road repaved in memory of the late Michael and all those that have lost their lives trying to by-pass the ‘killer pothole.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2019

Swallows edge SuperSport for MTN8 title

first_img25 September 2012Experience was the key, said coach Zeca Marques, as Moroka Swallows edged SuperSport United 2-1 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday to lift the MTN8 title for the first time since 1979.“You can’t change a winning formula and you can’t buy experience and this is what we got today,” he said at a post-match press conference.“We won it because of experience. Youth is great, but it’s got to be balanced.“Today we proved that with experience we can achieve things.”‘It’s a great feeling’Marques, who was an assistant coach to Gordon Igesund before Igesund was signed to coach Bafana Bafana, added: “This will go down in my memory forever. It’s a great feeling, a great moment for the team, for the club, for our supporters, for our sponsors.“I’m so happy for the supporters. They have suffered the last few years. I’m so happy for the players, they played like real fighters. They showed what they are made of.”Man of the match Georgi Nergadze produced an industrious performance for the Birds in the midfield and also struck their first goal with a real pearler of a shot from distance.On SuperSport’s side, their best attacking moments came through Sameehg Doutie, who showed off some insightful touches, but was quiet in the second half of the contest.Early chanceMidfielder Felix Obada had a good chance to fire Swallows into the lead in only the second minute when he latched onto a well-weighted through ball on the right hand side. He had plenty of time to shoot, but composure was missing from his effort, which flew wide of the right hand upright.The Soweto club looked to have settled the faster of the two teams as they made the better early impression, but after only five minutes they found themselves behind.Doutie set up Franklin Cale for the score with a superb defence-splitting ball across the top of the goal box, which took advantage of Swallows’ defence line being only slightly out of alignment. It was enough to put Cale five metres clear of the nearest defender, mere metres from the goal.GoalHe met the ball in stride with his left foot and steered it to the right of Swallows’ goalkeeper Greg Etafia, who tried to close down the angle, but was done in by the perfection of the pass.When SuperSport broke up a promising Swallows’ attack on the quarter-hour-mark, Sibusiso Zuma found Doutie in space on the right flank. He then picked out his Cale on the right with a floated pass across the top of the goal box. Cale met the ball on the volley, but his effort was disappointing and was sliced well wide of the goal.The Pretoria club looked good on the counter-attack, but they were caught out with a sucker-punch shortly after that.Swallows’ replySwallows attacked down the right and then brought the ball back inside to Lefa Tsutsulupa. As he made to shoot, the ball was knicked away from him, but it fell to Nergadze, right out in front on the top of the goal box.He pounced on the ball, striking a powerful shot high into the side of the netting to goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez’s right to level the scores at 1-1.Masatsantsa came close to retaking the lead when a free kick from Cale found Fransman in the Swallows’ box, but his header passed narrowly wide of the mark.With just over half-an-hour gone, SuperSport had an excellent opportunity to edge ahead, but it came to nought.One-twoA quick one-two between Doutie and Zuma put Doutie through with only Etafia to beat, but the Swallows’ netminder saved well to his left after he had cut down the angle.A short while later, Etafia dropped the ball from a corner kick, but SuperSport were unable to make him pay for his error.The teams turned with the scores level at 1-1.Cale tested Etafia with a free kick early in the second stanza, but the goalkeeper passed the test.Lerato Chabangu then had a chance to beat Fernandez with a free kick, but his shot passed over the top of the goal.Oh so closeJust before the hour-mark, Swallows came as close to scoring as one can get without actually scoring.They began with an attack down the right before a ball inside found Katlego Mashego in the middle. He attempted a shot, but it was blocked.The ball, however, fell to Nergadze, who found Tsutsulupa with a header on the left. The midfielder crossed, but Fernandez steered the ball away from the goal with a dive and a swat with his outstretched right hand.It fell to Chabangu, who met the ball on the volley and cracked a shot towards goal. Fernandez was unsighted, but somehow it didn’t cross the line as he and Mor Diouf combined to scramble it away.Shape and flowBoth teams created openings without being able to follow through with a finish as the game lost some of its shape and flow.Cale tried out Etafia again with a long-range effort, but the goalkeeper punched his speculative shot from distance away.Chenene was off-target for Swallows from a tight angle and Siyabonga Nomvethe, on as a substitute, then headed wide for the Birds.WinnerOnly three minutes remained when Bennett Chenene beat the offside trap to race onto a lobbed pass. Fernandez came out to challenge him, but Chenene made good use of the bounce of the high pass to direct the ball over the goalkeeper’s head and into the empty net.The Swallows’ players, bench and supporters erupted with joy, while SuperSport’s players’ shoulders slumped. Time was almost up and they knew it.Five minutes of additional time was played, but the score went unchanged and Swallows claimed their first MTN8 title in 33 years.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2019

Ninety years of sheltering destitute and abandoned women

first_imgIn 1923 wealthy socialite Frida Hartley left London for Johannesburg to open a shelter for destitute women, a solid one-storey brick building in Bellevue. Today that building is still a refuge for the penniless and abandoned, while its sister Bethany Home helps victims of abuse.The Frida Hartley Shelter in Bellevue is a place where women can make a new beginning. (Image: Frida Hartley Shelter, Facebook)Lucille DavieIn 1923 wealthy socialite Frida Hartley gave up her comfortable life in London and headed to Johannesburg, where she opened a shelter for destitute women, a solid one-storey brick building in Bellevue.Ninety years later the Frida Hartley Shelter is still solid, standing in a quiet, jacaranda-lined street of modest houses and small blocks of flats. And its doors are still open to penniless and abandoned women, some of them pregnant, and their children.The home is specifically for destitute and homeless women; abused women and their children are taken in by its sister shelter, Bethany Home in nearby Bertrams.“She wanted to make a difference to women in Africa,” says Bridget Edwards, the manager of both shelters.“These are women abused in a different way,” says Edwards. “They are often just homeless, for circumstantial reasons.”The shelter can house up to 27 women and children, but currently has 12 women and 13 children. They are allowed to stay for up to six months, during which time they are expected to find jobs and alternative accommodation. Often, with Edwards’s intervention, they reunite with their families.They are also given transport money to help them look for jobs, as well as advice on compiling a CV and doing well in job interviews.As with many non-profit organisations, funding is always a problem. Edwards says they rely entirely on the private sector, getting generous donations from corporates and trusts, churches, Rotary, the Freemasons, and “wonderful Johannesburg individuals and families”.“I love Johannesburg. The people are the most amazing, generous people.”Love and prayerEdwards, a slim and sprightly 59-year-old, says two things make both shelters work: love, and prayer. The women often come from abusive homes, where there is no structure to their lives, and as a result have no self-esteem. “No one has ever told her she is loved.”They get plenty of love from the shelter staff, with affectionate names like “my baby”, “sweetheart” and “my darling” flowing naturally from Edwards. “With enough love, enough encouragement … love conquers all,” she says. And that love keeps her going too. “I absolutely love it to see the end product. To see them fly, is just most rewarding.”That “end product” is women who have new skills and jobs, some of them in their own businesses. One now has a stall at a local market, others are seamstresses, another has her own hairdressing salon, and one has her own upholstery business. Others are housekeepers and security managers. Edwards’s biggest success stories include two who are studying – one electrical engineering, and the other financial management at the University of Johannesburg.Sometimes, before women can begin to rebuild their lives they have to get the basics, such an ID book. This can take Edwards up to two years to obtain. Now she only takes in women who already have IDs. Others have to be taught to read and write. Then companies come to the party, sponsoring the women and teaching them a skill. “The women are amazingly stoic, beautiful people.”The children are put into private schools, as public schools are usually full.Bethany HomeEdwards spends most of her time at the larger Bethany Home for abused women, which can accommodate up to 54 women and their children, but currently has 26 women, and 25 children. There, she says, she experiences “so many miracles on a daily basis”.She recounts a time when the staff lost the keys to the craft cupboards. After searching fruitlessly they prayed in a circle, and shortly afterwards the keys were found. Another time, she says, she had a sick child but could not get hold of the doctor. Fifteen minutes after praying the phone rang – with the doctor on the other end. “God is so great,” she says. “Thousands and thousands of miracles happen. We pray for funding and it happens.”Edwards does intensive counselling with the women and children at Bethany Home, to help them recover from abuse. She says her job is hectic, full of “real highs, and real lows. It is the most incredible work.” Abuse and violence against women is on the increase, she believes. “The family value system has broken down.” Sometimes, when women fall pregnant their male partners throw them out.She tells of a 22-year-old whose boyfriend, when she fell pregnant, abandoned her to go overseas. Her mother was dead, and she had fallen out with the rest of her family. After Edwards’s intervention she now lives with her aunt, who will support her when she has the baby.Edwards has been working at the Frida Hartley Shelter for eight years, and at Bethany Home, which opened in 1989, since 1999. Before that she ran a preschool, and then did private counselling from home.“The wounds heal,” she says of the abused women who come to Bethany. “Once the emotional healing is accomplished, we give them training, and help to find them jobs and a place to stay.” According to Edwards it takes 12 to 14 months to rehabilitate the women.Bethany Home is clearly a place of healing, bustling with positive energy. Two women are in the sewing room making quality picnic blankets and aprons. A craft room produces jewellery. An upstairs balcony is now a hairdressing salon. Other women cook and sell their food to companies in the area. Others sell disposable nappies, or hairpieces.“Our craft is becoming well known in the community, and we have been invited to sell to many organisations, churches and schools over the past year,” says Edwards.“It’s a humming business,” she adds. It’s also a happy place, where women smile and laugh a lot.Success storiesOne of her success stories is 36-year-old Izzy Moabi. Escaping an abusive relationship several years ago, she came to Bethany with her child and stayed for a year. “I received healing before I started afresh,” she says.Moabi has worked as a house mother at the Frida Hartley Shelter since 2009. “I love working here. There was a time when I was destitute. That prepared me to understand what it was like to be destitute.”She had a job but couldn’t find a place to stay, and her life just spiralled downward. But in six months she recovered. “I managed to forgive myself, him and everybody,” she says. “We blame ourselves, and say to ourselves: ‘I did something wrong, I should have respected him more’. We look for excuses for them and say, ‘I deserve it, I was not behaving properly.’”Moabi says the hardest part of her job is when residents don’t keep to the rules of the house, and in dealing with women who are in denial. But the best part is “when people who are emotional and free to talk to us and have faith and hope to go out and make it again, and get back on their feet”.Another former resident, who declines to be named, is now working as an administrator and part-time nail technician at a beauty salon. In the Bethany Home pamphlet she writes: “Thank you for the person that I’ve become, I learn to depend on myself and not let anyone bring me down.” She spent a year at Bethany Shelter, then got a waitressing job and soon moved on to store manager, before working in beauty salons. “I’m going strong and nothing is going to clip my wings and it’s all thanks to Bethany.”In 2013, 23 women have been rehabilitated at Bethany, and with jobs and homes can now fend for themselves and their children. One is a receptionist, three have done a hospitality course, another is an administrator, two are cleaners, one is a bookkeeper for a doctor, another a preschool teacher and another a cook at the preschool. Two more are working at an upholstery factory, learning the craft.Edwards says former residents often call by to say hello, and one calls her at least twice a week to chat.She’ll stay in her job, she says, until she drops. Or “until the passion goes”.“This job requires a lot of energy, and passion from God,” she says. “It takes an incredible amount of compassion and understanding. The biggest thing is unconditional love, a lot of patience and a love for people.”She does have disappointments, but when they happen, she “gives them to God”, and moves on. She says there is no room for baggage, because the women she sees have plenty of baggage which needs to be unpacked.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2019

WordPress.com Can Now Send Updates to Twitter

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Users who run their own WordPress installations were already able to ping Twitter whenever they posted an update thanks to plugins like Twitter Tools or Twitter Updater. For WordPress.com, this is an important update, as it brings it up to par with light blogging services like Posterous, which have made autoposting to Twitter and other microblogging services a core feature of their products. More WordPress Updates: New Theme Viewer and PicApps PartnershipThe WordPress team has been quite busy lately, besides launching Publicize, WordPress also unveiled a new version of its theme viewer last week and two days ago, WordPress also announced a partnership with PicApp that allows WordPress users to embed premium images into their blogs. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Tags:#Blogging#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market WordPress.com just announced that its users can now use the service’s Publicize feature to automatically send out a tweet whenever they post a new story. WordPress’s Publicize feature, which was only unveiled one week ago, already supported sending updates to Yahoo profiles via the Yahoo Updates service. WordPress uses Twitter’s OAuth mechanism to connect to Twitter. The Twitter updates can be customized and will use WordPress’ wp.me URL shortener. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 15, 2019

Understanding App.net: It’s Microblogging As a Service

first_imgApp.net has so far raised nearly $800,000 in membership fees with the promise that it will be a non-commercial, user and developer-friendly version of Twitter. It’s off to a good start, with early adopters enthusiastically kicking the tires of App.net’s alpha service and (perhaps more importantly) its API. But there is still a lot of confusion about what App.net is exactly. The key is not to view App.net as a Twitter clone, but as a service like Dropbox or Evernote.That description of App.net as a service is based on something Dalton Caldwell told me, when I asked him why App.net isn’t open source. Caldwell, who is CEO of App.net parent company Mixed Media Labs, responded that App.net is a “services company,” just like Dropbox.What Twitter Could Have Been (Disclaimer: We’re Not Twitter)The confusion about what App.net is was brought on by Caldwell himself. The inspiration for App.net came from a blog post he wrote at the beginning of July. In it, he lambasted Twitter for being too focused on advertising and not focused enough on users. App.net launched with the goal of becoming “what Twitter could have been” (the title of Caldwell’s post). That’s how App.net raised $800,000 and counting.But App.net is not a serious threat to Twitter. Twitter is too big and established as a microblogging service. Just look at the usage of Twitter by Usain Bolt and millions of others during the Olympics. The purpose of App.net isn’t to displace Twitter, it’s to become “a new infrastructure for social web applications” – as entrepreneur/developer Orian Marx described it.The current alpha service, which does resemble a basic version of Twitter, is just one of potentially hundreds of applications that will use the App.net infrastructure. We’re already seeing third party applications built on this platform, such as a mobile-optimized site called shrtmsg and a Chrome browser extension called Succynct. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The Open Source QuestionWhich brings us back to the open source question. I asked Caldwell about open source because of a comment that Christian Scholz, a developer from Germany, left on ReadWriteWeb last night:“I don’t get why I should back a project which then is not open source. What’s the point in that? What if they don’t take off and the thing dies. Not even the source might be available then? What if they choose to change their business model? As long as it’s not open source and distributed it’s the same lock in to me.”That’s a legitimate concern for developers, especially if they are going to build a commercial application on App.net’s platform. It’s also a valid concern for users, because they’ll be paying to use the service.Dalton Caldwell’s response was that developers and users alike should treat App.net as a service similar to Dropbox, the online file storage company. People pay from $9.99 per month to have more than the basic storage plan on Dropbox. App.net, Caldwell is saying, is a service just like that. The risks of developing on or using App.net are the same as developing on or using Dropbox – if it fails, then it’s game over. Although Caldwell is also hedging his bets – “to be clear we are *not* saying that we will not open source things, we are just trying to not over-promise at this point in time.”Why App.net Is a ServiceDave Winer, one of the inventors of RSS, suggests that an alternative to App.net would be “a microblogging server that’s a simple install on EC2 or Rackspace or any other easy cloud-based server.” In this approach, you’re not relying on one company (Mixed Media Labs) to serve all of your needs. Winer’s alternative is a decentralized approach, which spreads the risk.But ultimately, App.net has picked a business model that suits this era of the Web. Increasingly, your content and digital life is online. Specialist “services companies” have emerged to take care of particular online needs – Dropbox for file storage, Evernote for notes, GitHub for code hosting, iTunes Match for music sync, and so on. Yes it is more of a risk, because these are centralized services that could eventually fail. On the other hand, these companies are specialists and their reputations rely on being the best at what they do. It’s no different to buying a car from Volkswagen because you trust that brand.So what is App.net? It’s a self-described “social feed” service – a.k.a. a microblogging service. It’s unclear at this point if this is a service many consumers will actually want. App.net is more likely to find success as an infrastructure service for third party developers who need microblogging functionality in their apps. But who knows, perhaps consumers will see the value in an ad-free premium microblogging service.Whatever happens, App.net is a fascinating company to watch. It reminds me a lot of RSS circa 2003 and Twitter in its very early days. Tags:#social networks#web richard macmanus Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 28, 2019

Govt trying to pass CWG buck on Kalmadi, says Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha