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  •   Thirty African researchers graduated from the Afrobarometer University of Pretoria summer school Friday with a word of encouragement to use their new skills to contribute to Africa s development Data is like learning a language use it or lose it Afrobarometer CEO Joseph Asunka told the group Afrobarometer conducted the free three week training program in collaboration with the University of Pretoria s Faculty of Humanities and Future Africa a pan African research institute pioneering approaches to research and innovation on the continent and beyond Intended to equip African scholars with solid skills in data collection and analysis the curriculum focused on research design survey methodology analysis and use of social statistics in one of three areas democracy and public opinion elections and electoral systems and corruption and taxpayer compliance This English language session was preceded by a French language summer school at Universit Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar Senegal in August Initially designed for Afrobarometer staff and network partners the summer schools now welcome other participants as part of a broader effort to strengthen research capacity on the continent We believe that this will enable African researchers policy actors and civil society advocates to play more effective roles in African policy and development decision making Asunka said Prof Innocent Pikirayi Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria said As a Faculty we are delighted to be able co host this event We are particularly proud of the work all the participants produced We look forward to growing this partnership in the years to come The 30 participants 60 women and 56 youth under the age of 35 represented 15 African countries Algeria Angola Botswana Eswatini Ghana Kenya Lesotho Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Nigeria Sierra Leone South Africa Tunisia and Zimbabwe The summer school has been an amazing experience said Simangele Moyo Nyede principal researcher for Mass Public Opinion Institute MPOI of Zimbabwe The knowledge I have acquired is enormous and so incredibly relevant to the work that I do The tutorials came in handy in helping us apply the statistical methods learnt I gained new insights and fresh perspectives on democracy in the elective course
    ‘Data is like learning a language – use it or lose it,’ Afrobarometer Chief Executive Officer (CEO) tells next generation of African researchers
      Thirty African researchers graduated from the Afrobarometer University of Pretoria summer school Friday with a word of encouragement to use their new skills to contribute to Africa s development Data is like learning a language use it or lose it Afrobarometer CEO Joseph Asunka told the group Afrobarometer conducted the free three week training program in collaboration with the University of Pretoria s Faculty of Humanities and Future Africa a pan African research institute pioneering approaches to research and innovation on the continent and beyond Intended to equip African scholars with solid skills in data collection and analysis the curriculum focused on research design survey methodology analysis and use of social statistics in one of three areas democracy and public opinion elections and electoral systems and corruption and taxpayer compliance This English language session was preceded by a French language summer school at Universit Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar Senegal in August Initially designed for Afrobarometer staff and network partners the summer schools now welcome other participants as part of a broader effort to strengthen research capacity on the continent We believe that this will enable African researchers policy actors and civil society advocates to play more effective roles in African policy and development decision making Asunka said Prof Innocent Pikirayi Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria said As a Faculty we are delighted to be able co host this event We are particularly proud of the work all the participants produced We look forward to growing this partnership in the years to come The 30 participants 60 women and 56 youth under the age of 35 represented 15 African countries Algeria Angola Botswana Eswatini Ghana Kenya Lesotho Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Nigeria Sierra Leone South Africa Tunisia and Zimbabwe The summer school has been an amazing experience said Simangele Moyo Nyede principal researcher for Mass Public Opinion Institute MPOI of Zimbabwe The knowledge I have acquired is enormous and so incredibly relevant to the work that I do The tutorials came in handy in helping us apply the statistical methods learnt I gained new insights and fresh perspectives on democracy in the elective course
    ‘Data is like learning a language – use it or lose it,’ Afrobarometer Chief Executive Officer (CEO) tells next generation of African researchers
    Africa2 days ago

    ‘Data is like learning a language – use it or lose it,’ Afrobarometer Chief Executive Officer (CEO) tells next generation of African researchers

    Thirty African researchers graduated from the Afrobarometer/University of Pretoria summer school Friday with a word of encouragement to use their new skills to contribute to Africa’s development.

    “Data is like learning a language – use it or lose it,” Afrobarometer CEO Joseph Asunka told the group.

    Afrobarometer conducted the free, three-week training program in collaboration with the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Humanities and Future Africa, a pan-African research institute pioneering approaches to research and innovation on the continent and beyond.

    Intended to equip African scholars with solid skills in data collection and analysis, the curriculum focused on research design, survey methodology, analysis and use of social statistics in one of three areas – democracy and public opinion, elections and electoral systems, and corruption and taxpayer compliance.

    This English-language session was preceded by a French-language summer school at Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, in August.

    Initially designed for Afrobarometer staff and network partners, the summer schools now welcome other participants as part of a broader effort to strengthen research capacity on the continent.

    “We believe that this will enable African researchers, policy actors, and civil society advocates to play more effective roles in African policy and development decision making,” Asunka said.

    Prof Innocent Pikirayi, Deputy-Dean in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria said: “As a Faculty we are delighted to be able co-host this event.

    We are particularly proud of the work all the participants produced.

    We look forward to growing this partnership in the years to come.”The 30 participants – 60% women and 56% youth under the age of 35 – represented 15 African countries – Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe.

    “The summer school has been an amazing experience,” said Simangele Moyo-Nyede, principal researcher for Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) of Zimbabwe.

    “The knowledge I have acquired is enormous and so incredibly relevant to the work that I do.

    The tutorials came in handy in helping us apply the statistical methods learnt.

    I gained new insights and fresh perspectives on democracy in the elective course.”

  •   The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Sida has announced a three year 66 million Swedish Kronor grant approximately US 6 million in support of Afrobarometer s https www Afrobarometer org new 10 year strategy to extend its reach and illuminate the way forward for Africa s development The grant is Sweden s largest to Afrobarometer since the survey research network was launched in 1999 Sida analyst and Deputy Head of Section Niklas Wu Hansson announced the grant Friday on the sidelines of Afrobarometer s 2022 summer school co organised with the University of Pretoria in South Africa Sida has been a long standing partner to Afrobarometer since the very beginning We look forward to the expansion of Afrobarometer s regional coverage allowing it to continue to amplify the voice of ordinary Africans Wu Hansson said The grant will enable Afrobarometer to cover more African countries and pursue its mission to make citizen voice a key pillar of Africa policy and decision making Over the past two decades the pan African research network has redesigned Africa s data landscape by collecting analysing and disseminating African citizens aspirations and experiences on governance democracy gender the environment and other issues Afrobarometer and its national partners are currently rolling out Round 9 surveys in 39 African countries In welcoming the grant agreement Afrobarometer CEO Joseph Asunka said This partnership strengthens Afrobarometer s resolve to extend its presence and intellectual leadership on the continent We re truly grateful to Sida for the continued support and confidence in the work we do We remain committed to delivering on the mission of Afrobarometer and this partnership will allow us to do so and demonstrate the relevance and contribution of our work to Africa s advancement
    Afrobarometer receives major boost with million grant from Sweden
      The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Sida has announced a three year 66 million Swedish Kronor grant approximately US 6 million in support of Afrobarometer s https www Afrobarometer org new 10 year strategy to extend its reach and illuminate the way forward for Africa s development The grant is Sweden s largest to Afrobarometer since the survey research network was launched in 1999 Sida analyst and Deputy Head of Section Niklas Wu Hansson announced the grant Friday on the sidelines of Afrobarometer s 2022 summer school co organised with the University of Pretoria in South Africa Sida has been a long standing partner to Afrobarometer since the very beginning We look forward to the expansion of Afrobarometer s regional coverage allowing it to continue to amplify the voice of ordinary Africans Wu Hansson said The grant will enable Afrobarometer to cover more African countries and pursue its mission to make citizen voice a key pillar of Africa policy and decision making Over the past two decades the pan African research network has redesigned Africa s data landscape by collecting analysing and disseminating African citizens aspirations and experiences on governance democracy gender the environment and other issues Afrobarometer and its national partners are currently rolling out Round 9 surveys in 39 African countries In welcoming the grant agreement Afrobarometer CEO Joseph Asunka said This partnership strengthens Afrobarometer s resolve to extend its presence and intellectual leadership on the continent We re truly grateful to Sida for the continued support and confidence in the work we do We remain committed to delivering on the mission of Afrobarometer and this partnership will allow us to do so and demonstrate the relevance and contribution of our work to Africa s advancement
    Afrobarometer receives major boost with million grant from Sweden
    Africa3 days ago

    Afrobarometer receives major boost with $6 million grant from Sweden

    The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has announced a three-year, 66 million Swedish Kronor grant (approximately US $6 million) in support of Afrobarometer’s (https://www.Afrobarometer.org/) new 10-year strategy to extend its reach and illuminate the way forward for Africa’s development.

    The grant is Sweden’s largest to Afrobarometer since the survey research network was launched in 1999.

    Sida analyst and Deputy Head of Section Niklas Wu-Hansson announced the grant Friday on the sidelines of Afrobarometer’s 2022 summer school co-organised with the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

    "Sida has been a long-standing partner to Afrobarometer since the very beginning.

    We look forward to the expansion of Afrobarometer's regional coverage, allowing it to continue to amplify the voice of ordinary Africans," Wu-Hansson said.

    The grant will enable Afrobarometer to cover more African countries and pursue its mission to “make citizen voice a key pillar of Africa policy and decision-making.” Over the past two decades, the pan-African research network has redesigned Africa's data landscape by collecting, analysing, and disseminating African citizens' aspirations and experiences on governance, democracy, gender, the environment, and other issues.

    Afrobarometer and its national partners are currently rolling out Round 9 surveys in 39 African countries.

    In welcoming the grant agreement, Afrobarometer CEO Joseph Asunka said, “This partnership strengthens Afrobarometer’s resolve to extend its presence and intellectual leadership on the continent.

    We're truly grateful to Sida for the continued support and confidence in the work we do.

    We remain committed to delivering on the mission of Afrobarometer and this partnership will allow us to do so and demonstrate the relevance and contribution of our work to Africa’s advancement."

  •   VetEd Africa s inaugural conference titled Veterinary Clinical Skills Training and Assessment for OneHealth took place in Muldersdrift South Africa from 1 3 November 2022 Over the course of three days the event addressed three subthemes that were attended by over sixty eight academics researchers clinicians government officials civic society and veterinary institutions from across the world i Veterinary Critical Skills Training ii Veterinary Clinical Skills Assessment and iii OneHealth Education Access Book of Abstracts and Programme The conference was jointly held by African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments 2A2E V in collaboration with the Council on Veterinary Medical Education CIVME and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges AAVMC The Executive Committees of 2A2E V and AAVMC CIVME met on the 30th of November 2022 to share information in advance of the Symposium Participants shared their experiences with various forms of teamwork and explored ways to improve the effectiveness of existing online communities of practise CoP in the field of veterinary education As part of the gathering s educational activities attendees visited the Veterinary School at the University of Pretoria Through the Live2Africa Project sponsored by the European Union the African Union Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources helped establish the 2A2EV in 2018 and it has subsequently provided technical assistance for the 2A2EV s efforts to fulfill its purpose Listen to podcast on the Symposium by Dr Arouna Ngapanga Njayou de l Universit de Ngaound r du Cameroun Join the 2A2E V Online Community
    FlashBack – VedEd Africa: Institutions of Veterinary Higher Learning Discuss OneHealth Clinical Skills Assessment and Training
      VetEd Africa s inaugural conference titled Veterinary Clinical Skills Training and Assessment for OneHealth took place in Muldersdrift South Africa from 1 3 November 2022 Over the course of three days the event addressed three subthemes that were attended by over sixty eight academics researchers clinicians government officials civic society and veterinary institutions from across the world i Veterinary Critical Skills Training ii Veterinary Clinical Skills Assessment and iii OneHealth Education Access Book of Abstracts and Programme The conference was jointly held by African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments 2A2E V in collaboration with the Council on Veterinary Medical Education CIVME and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges AAVMC The Executive Committees of 2A2E V and AAVMC CIVME met on the 30th of November 2022 to share information in advance of the Symposium Participants shared their experiences with various forms of teamwork and explored ways to improve the effectiveness of existing online communities of practise CoP in the field of veterinary education As part of the gathering s educational activities attendees visited the Veterinary School at the University of Pretoria Through the Live2Africa Project sponsored by the European Union the African Union Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources helped establish the 2A2EV in 2018 and it has subsequently provided technical assistance for the 2A2EV s efforts to fulfill its purpose Listen to podcast on the Symposium by Dr Arouna Ngapanga Njayou de l Universit de Ngaound r du Cameroun Join the 2A2E V Online Community
    FlashBack – VedEd Africa: Institutions of Veterinary Higher Learning Discuss OneHealth Clinical Skills Assessment and Training
    Africa1 week ago

    FlashBack – VedEd Africa: Institutions of Veterinary Higher Learning Discuss OneHealth Clinical Skills Assessment and Training

    VetEd Africa's inaugural conference, titled "Veterinary Clinical Skills Training and Assessment for OneHealth," took place in Muldersdrift, South Africa from 1-3 November, 2022.

    Over the course of three days, the event addressed three subthemes that were attended by over sixty-eight academics, researchers, clinicians, government officials, civic society, and veterinary institutions from across the world: (i) Veterinary Critical Skills Training, (ii) Veterinary Clinical Skills Assessment, and (iii) OneHealth Education (Access Book of Abstracts and Programme.

    The conference was jointly held by African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V) in collaboration with the Council on Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

    The Executive Committees of 2A2E-V and AAVMC-CIVME met on the 30th of November, 2022, to share information in advance of the Symposium.

    Participants shared their experiences with various forms of teamwork and explored ways to improve the effectiveness of existing online communities of practise (CoP) in the field of veterinary education.

    As part of the gathering's educational activities, attendees visited the Veterinary School at the University of Pretoria.

    Through the Live2Africa Project, sponsored by the European Union, the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources helped establish the 2A2EV in 2018, and it has subsequently provided technical assistance for the 2A2EV's efforts to fulfill its purpose.

    Listen to podcast on the Symposium by Dr Arouna Ngapanga Njayou de l'Université de Ngaoundéré du Cameroun.

    Join the 2A2E-V Online Community

  •   President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Mr Imtiaz Fazel as Inspector General for Intelligence for a five year term from November 1 2022 following the approval by the National Assembly of Mr Fazel s nomination for the position The National Assembly s approval followed a public process in which 25 people applied for the position and 12 were interviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence The Intelligence Services Oversight Act requires the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence JSCI to recommend a candidate for approval by at least two thirds of the members of the National Assembly After approval by the National Assembly the name of the candidate is sent to the President for consideration for the appointment of Inspector General The President has appointed Mr Fazel pursuant to Section 210 b of the Constitution read in conjunction with Section 7 1 of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act of 1994 The Inspector General oversees and reviews intelligence services operations including the State Security Agency the Defense Intelligence Division of the South African National Defense Force and the Criminal Intelligence Division of the South African Police Service Mr Fazel s appointment is a continuation of President Ramaphosa s focus on strengthening the capacity of the state including the security sector Mr Fazel is a former Director of Operations at the Deputy Director General level in the Office of the Inspector General for Intelligence and a former Deputy Director General in the Office of the Director General of the State Security Agency From 2015 to 2020 he served as Deputy General Manager Governance Risk and Compliance in the Public Works Department after which he served as Acting General Manager in the Public Works and Infrastructure Department Mr Fazel obtained an MSc in Security Studies from the University of Pretoria and has a BA in Accounting from the University of South Africa He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of the Western Cape and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants among other achievements The President offers Mr Fazel his best wishes and support in his role as Inspector General for Intelligence which is a critical role that helps make the country and the world a safer place and promotes the national interest of the country
    South Africa: President Appoints Mr. Imtiaz Fazel as Inspector General for Intelligence
      President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Mr Imtiaz Fazel as Inspector General for Intelligence for a five year term from November 1 2022 following the approval by the National Assembly of Mr Fazel s nomination for the position The National Assembly s approval followed a public process in which 25 people applied for the position and 12 were interviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence The Intelligence Services Oversight Act requires the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence JSCI to recommend a candidate for approval by at least two thirds of the members of the National Assembly After approval by the National Assembly the name of the candidate is sent to the President for consideration for the appointment of Inspector General The President has appointed Mr Fazel pursuant to Section 210 b of the Constitution read in conjunction with Section 7 1 of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act of 1994 The Inspector General oversees and reviews intelligence services operations including the State Security Agency the Defense Intelligence Division of the South African National Defense Force and the Criminal Intelligence Division of the South African Police Service Mr Fazel s appointment is a continuation of President Ramaphosa s focus on strengthening the capacity of the state including the security sector Mr Fazel is a former Director of Operations at the Deputy Director General level in the Office of the Inspector General for Intelligence and a former Deputy Director General in the Office of the Director General of the State Security Agency From 2015 to 2020 he served as Deputy General Manager Governance Risk and Compliance in the Public Works Department after which he served as Acting General Manager in the Public Works and Infrastructure Department Mr Fazel obtained an MSc in Security Studies from the University of Pretoria and has a BA in Accounting from the University of South Africa He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of the Western Cape and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants among other achievements The President offers Mr Fazel his best wishes and support in his role as Inspector General for Intelligence which is a critical role that helps make the country and the world a safer place and promotes the national interest of the country
    South Africa: President Appoints Mr. Imtiaz Fazel as Inspector General for Intelligence
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    South Africa: President Appoints Mr. Imtiaz Fazel as Inspector General for Intelligence

    President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Mr. Imtiaz Fazel as Inspector General for Intelligence for a five-year term from November 1, 2022, following the approval by the National Assembly of Mr. Fazel's nomination for the position.

    The National Assembly's approval followed a public process in which 25 people applied for the position and 12 were interviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence.

    The Intelligence Services Oversight Act requires the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) to recommend a candidate for approval by at least two-thirds of the members of the National Assembly.

    After approval by the National Assembly, the name of the candidate is sent to the President for consideration for the appointment of Inspector General.

    The President has appointed Mr. Fazel pursuant to Section 210(b) of the Constitution, read in conjunction with Section 7(1) of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act of 1994.

    The Inspector General oversees and reviews intelligence services operations, including the State Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Division of the South African National Defense Force and the Criminal Intelligence Division of the South African Police Service.

    Mr. Fazel's appointment is a continuation of President Ramaphosa's focus on strengthening the capacity of the state, including the security sector.

    Mr. Fazel is a former Director of Operations, at the Deputy Director General level, in the Office of the Inspector General for Intelligence and a former Deputy Director General in the Office of the Director General of the State Security Agency.

    From 2015 to 2020, he served as Deputy General Manager: Governance, Risk and Compliance in the Public Works Department, after which he served as Acting General Manager in the Public Works and Infrastructure Department.

    Mr. Fazel obtained an MSc in Security Studies from the University of Pretoria and has a BA in Accounting from the University of South Africa.

    He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of the Western Cape and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, among other achievements.

    The President offers Mr. Fazel his best wishes and support in his role as Inspector General for Intelligence, which is a critical role that helps make the country and the world a safer place and promotes the national interest of the country.

  •   The Minister of Finance Mr Enoch Godongwana has appointed Prof Thabo Legwaila as Acting Tax Ombudsman pursuant to sections 14 3 and 14 4 of the Tax Administration Act 2011 Act No 28 of 2011 for a period of 3 months from October 6 2022 to January 5 2023 Prof Legwaila is currently the Executive Director of the Office of the Fiscal Ombudsman and will continue with these responsibilities The interim appointment follows the expiration of the term of the first and only Fiscal Ombudsman the Honorable Judge BM Ngoepe on September 30 2022 who served three terms from 2013 to 2022 for a total of 9 years The Minister is truly grateful for the excellent job he has done in establishing the Office of the Tax Ombudsman and running it for nine years From the inception of the Office the Honorable Justice BM Ngoepe spearheaded the Office s aim to help improve South Africa s tax administration system and provide a free and fair avenue for resolving taxpayer complaints against the South African Revenue Service SARS Among the accomplishments of his tenure Judge BM Ngoepe established an automated complaint management system enabled systemic investigations and full reporting when necessary e g alleged delay in reimbursement payments by SARS and published the first Compilation of Rights Entitlements and Obligations of Taxpayers to promote awareness of taxpayers rights in South Africa The incoming Tax Defender Prof Legwaila joined the Office of the Tax Defender as Managing Director in April 2020 Previously he served as Head of Tax Africa at Citi Bank from January 2022 to March 2020 During that time also joined the University of Johannesburg on a part time basis as Professor of Tax Law and held this position for eight years and nine months Prior to that he held the position of Director Business Tax within the Fiscal Policy and Financial Sector Division of the National Treasury from July 2006 to December 2010 Prof Legwaila has a B luris from Venda University a Bachelor of Laws LLB and Master of Laws LLM from the University of the Witwatersrand a Post Graduate Diploma in Tax Law PG Dip Tax and a Master of Laws from the University of Cape Town and Doctor of Laws LLD from the University of Pretoria Minister Godongwana is confident that Prof Legwaila will execute the responsibility of this position diligently The Minister of Finance is initiating the selection process for the appointment of the Tax Ombudsman under the terms of section 14 of the Tax Administration Act 2011
    South Africa: National Treasure on Appointment of Professor Thabo Legwaila as Acting Public Defender
      The Minister of Finance Mr Enoch Godongwana has appointed Prof Thabo Legwaila as Acting Tax Ombudsman pursuant to sections 14 3 and 14 4 of the Tax Administration Act 2011 Act No 28 of 2011 for a period of 3 months from October 6 2022 to January 5 2023 Prof Legwaila is currently the Executive Director of the Office of the Fiscal Ombudsman and will continue with these responsibilities The interim appointment follows the expiration of the term of the first and only Fiscal Ombudsman the Honorable Judge BM Ngoepe on September 30 2022 who served three terms from 2013 to 2022 for a total of 9 years The Minister is truly grateful for the excellent job he has done in establishing the Office of the Tax Ombudsman and running it for nine years From the inception of the Office the Honorable Justice BM Ngoepe spearheaded the Office s aim to help improve South Africa s tax administration system and provide a free and fair avenue for resolving taxpayer complaints against the South African Revenue Service SARS Among the accomplishments of his tenure Judge BM Ngoepe established an automated complaint management system enabled systemic investigations and full reporting when necessary e g alleged delay in reimbursement payments by SARS and published the first Compilation of Rights Entitlements and Obligations of Taxpayers to promote awareness of taxpayers rights in South Africa The incoming Tax Defender Prof Legwaila joined the Office of the Tax Defender as Managing Director in April 2020 Previously he served as Head of Tax Africa at Citi Bank from January 2022 to March 2020 During that time also joined the University of Johannesburg on a part time basis as Professor of Tax Law and held this position for eight years and nine months Prior to that he held the position of Director Business Tax within the Fiscal Policy and Financial Sector Division of the National Treasury from July 2006 to December 2010 Prof Legwaila has a B luris from Venda University a Bachelor of Laws LLB and Master of Laws LLM from the University of the Witwatersrand a Post Graduate Diploma in Tax Law PG Dip Tax and a Master of Laws from the University of Cape Town and Doctor of Laws LLD from the University of Pretoria Minister Godongwana is confident that Prof Legwaila will execute the responsibility of this position diligently The Minister of Finance is initiating the selection process for the appointment of the Tax Ombudsman under the terms of section 14 of the Tax Administration Act 2011
    South Africa: National Treasure on Appointment of Professor Thabo Legwaila as Acting Public Defender
    Africa2 months ago

    South Africa: National Treasure on Appointment of Professor Thabo Legwaila as Acting Public Defender

    The Minister of Finance, Mr. Enoch Godongwana, has appointed Prof. Thabo Legwaila as Acting Tax Ombudsman, pursuant to sections 14(3) and 14(4) of the Tax Administration Act 2011 (Act No. 28 of 2011), for a period of 3 months, from October 6, 2022 to January 5, 2023.

    Prof. Legwaila is currently the Executive Director of the Office of the Fiscal Ombudsman and will continue with these responsibilities.

    The interim appointment follows the expiration of the term of the first and only Fiscal Ombudsman, the Honorable Judge BM Ngoepe on September 30, 2022, who served three terms from 2013 to 2022, for a total of 9 years.

    The Minister is truly grateful for the excellent job he has done in establishing the Office of the Tax Ombudsman and running it for nine years.

    From the inception of the Office, the Honorable Justice BM Ngoepe spearheaded the Office's aim to help improve South Africa's tax administration system and provide a free and fair avenue for resolving taxpayer complaints against the South African Revenue Service.

    (SARS).

    Among the accomplishments of his tenure, Judge BM Ngoepe established an automated complaint management system, enabled systemic investigations and full reporting when necessary (e.g., alleged delay in reimbursement payments by SARS), and published the first Compilation of Rights, Entitlements and Obligations of Taxpayers to promote awareness of taxpayers' rights in South Africa.

    The incoming Tax Defender, Prof. Legwaila, joined the Office of the Tax Defender as Managing Director in April 2020.

    Previously, he served as Head of Tax – Africa at Citi Bank from January 2022 to March 2020.

    During that time , also joined the University of Johannesburg on a part-time basis as Professor of Tax Law and held this position for eight years and nine months.

    Prior to that, he held the position of Director: Business Tax within the Fiscal Policy and Financial Sector Division of the National Treasury from July 2006 to December 2010.

    Prof. Legwaila has a B luris from Venda University, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Post Graduate Diploma in Tax Law (PG Dip Tax) and a Master of Laws from the University of Cape Town and Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of Pretoria.

    Minister Godongwana is confident that Prof. Legwaila will execute the responsibility of this position diligently.

    The Minister of Finance is initiating the selection process for the appointment of the Tax Ombudsman under the terms of section 14 of the Tax Administration Act 2011.

  •   Five finalists have been shortlisted for the nit Prize which awards up to 80 000 in support of African businesses that create or have the potential to create positive social impact for some of Africa s most marginalized people Finalists run projects in areas ranging from early childhood development to medical technology to renewable energy Finalists hail from Kenya Lesotho South Africa and Zimbabwe An outside panel of judges will make the final decision next week The winners will be announced live at a special ceremony co hosted by MRF CEO Judy Sikuza and Trek4Mandela Project Manager Sina Moyane on September 17 2022 at 18 30 SAST The public and press are invited to join the live broadcast https bit ly 3eCEYYs of the awards and hear from some of Africa s exceptional minds in an intimate question and answer session between the judges and the finalists The Mandela Rhodes Foundation launched the nit Prize in 2021 with the aim of enabling positive social impact in Africa We are tremendously proud to offer the nit Award in its second year Each of these ventures has the potential to make a difference to the lives of people left behind on our continent which is exactly the type of value driven venture we at MRF aim to support and develop said Sikuza Introducing the five finalists for the 2022 nit Award We are pleased to announce that voting for the new Audience Choice Award is now open The company with the most votes will win 1 000 1 Atherton Mutombwera Hutano Diagnostics Saving Lives with Better Faster Testing Technology Every year sepsis kills more than 3 5 million people in Africa Sepsis occurs when the body s immune system overreacts to an infection In many cases it is preventable if diagnosed early Hutano aims to change this perspective by improving tools for diagnosis particularly in low resource settings and developing countries through an innovative way of testing for sepsis If a person has sepsis the probability of death increases by 7 6 for every hour that passes if the patient does not receive antibiotic treatment Therefore early diagnosis is essential In low resource settings the diagnosis of sepsis is made by simple measurements such as temperature and heart and respiratory rates This can be misleading and result in inappropriate treatment Laboratory testing for sepsis can take up to 24 hours and is prone to false negatives Hutano Diagnostics is developing an innovative lateral flow device LFD to identify children with fever who are likely to develop sepsis The test works with a smartphone app putting the solution in the patient s hands Children with a fever have their blood added to the test after a finger prick and 15 minutes later the parent community health worker or nurse knows they need antibiotics as well as whether the fever will progress to results serious This reduces risk to children allows for earlier interventions and reduces cost and complications due to sepsis Atherton Mutombwera is the founder and CEO of Hutano Diagnostics He is from Zimbabwe and is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar in the class of 2014 2 Dr Jessica Ronaasen The Do More Foundation United to Help South Africa s Children Thrive Nearly three quarters of South Africa s children they miss out on a critical part of their development according to the 2022 Thrive by 5 Index Early Childhood Development ECD is a critical stage of growth that requires proper nutrition secure attachment and early stimulation To deal with this crisis the Do More Foundation has started a collective impact initiative called Everyone Gets To Play Bringing together stakeholders from the public private and nonprofit sectors Do More offers a basket of personalized services for impact This basket includes services that support maternal and child health food security and nutrition parent support child safety and protection early learning through play capacity development and infrastructure It is based on South Africa s world class Integrated National ECD Policy Every community is different so Everyone Gets to Play engages stakeholders to co create a vision for young children These stakeholders include national and local government departments and most importantly Young Children s Forums with everyone who works with or for young children in the community With the financial support of the nit prize the Foundation would support the basket of services by investing in five local communities The Do More Foundation anticipates a direct impact on thousands of young children across the country Dr Jessica Ronaasen is the director of national programs for the Do More Foundation She led the consolidation and documentation of the Everyone Gets to Play model Jessica is a 2013 Mandela Rhodes Scholar from South Africa 3 Koaile Monaheng Khant a Energy Lighting Up Lesotho s Future There are currently around 1 2 million Basotho living without electricity in Lesotho This hampers the country s ability to grow its economy and reduces the quality of life for its citizens About 80 of the rural population does not have access to electricity leaving many people behind Due to Lesotho s mountainous terrain rural access is likely to remain low Khant a Energy provides affordable and accessible renewable energy solutions for rural households Khant a started by installing solar systems in six health centers in remote districts and has expanded to homes and schools with 36 successful home installations to date Families can pay for their solar systems through the PayAsYouGo model making it affordable for households to own clean energy not just access it Expanding the Khant a solution will enable the people of Lesotho to overcome the need for grid electricity reducing reliance on imported energy generated from fossil fuels that contribute to climate change This is important as the climate crisis disproportionately threatens the lives and livelihoods of the Basotho people who rely heavily on rainfed agriculture Khant a Energy consults and learns from the community through the Basotho pitso a traditional meeting called by the Chief and his general assembly Khant a Energy is uniquely positioned to address Lesotho s energy poverty because its solutions are innovative community inclusive and powered by local indigenous knowledge Koaile Monaheng is a director of Khant a Energy She is a 2020 Mandela Rhodes Scholar from Lesotho and an associate at Power Shift Africa 4 Odwour Midigo Ndalo Heritage Trust Prioritizing the nutrition and well being of mothers and children Ndalo Heritage Trust is a grassroots organization in Kenya that addresses the sustainable development goals of zero hunger health and well being and climate action in communities marginalized Its mission is to work to alleviate hunger disease poverty and human suffering with special attention to the first 1 000 days of life Ndalo works with marginalized families through hands on training leveraging existing UN frameworks to integrate agriculture and nutrition education and the World Health Organization Nurturing Care frameworks to improve health outcomes and development human development The main vision of the Udongo Kwa Maisha Soil for Life program is to engage mothers caregivers households and communities in accessing more nutritious food aimed at improving the dietary requirements of the first 1000 days of life of an infant little boy The Maarifa Kwa Maisha Knowledge for Life program deals with the health and well being of children and their mothers particularly children with special needs The objective of this project is the early evaluation of development and follow ups to verify that development milestones are being reached Screens mothers for postpartum depression and provides relevant support It also provides training for parents and training for caregivers and educators on disability and inclusive design In addition it promotes mental and physical well being through sensory integration and play Ndalo s Green Legacy initiative has seen the planting of 100 000 trees in western Kenya in partnership with Equity Bank to combat the impacts of climate change Odwour Midigo is founder and director of the Ndalo Heritage Trust He is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria He is a Kenya Mandela Rhodes Scholar in the class of 2018 5 Shantel Marekera Little Dreamers Providing affordable education in low income communities Little Dreamers is a preschool in Budiriro Cabs Harare that provides access to quality education and affordable fundamental education for low income children between the ages of four and seven Students receive access to age appropriate equipment learning materials and infrastructure that would otherwise only be available in expensive private schools It has graduated four classes since 2019 Through its gender equality division Little Dreamers advocates for women s rights and spearheads core and programmatic support to advance women s economic empowerment To date Little Dreamers has supported the transition of more than 600 women from low income families to decent work and self employment using a community approach to skills development Women continue to receive support in financial education and product marketing Little Dreamers hopes to start a high school and expand their reach to other high density areas like Glen Norah Glenview and Highfield Shantel Marekera is the founder of Little Dreamers She is a 2019 Rhodes Scholar from Zimbabwe and a legal consultant to the World Bank Ella learn more about the finalists and vote for their ventures here https bit ly 3x6c9tQ
    Five young leaders in the race for k for socially impactful projects in Africa
      Five finalists have been shortlisted for the nit Prize which awards up to 80 000 in support of African businesses that create or have the potential to create positive social impact for some of Africa s most marginalized people Finalists run projects in areas ranging from early childhood development to medical technology to renewable energy Finalists hail from Kenya Lesotho South Africa and Zimbabwe An outside panel of judges will make the final decision next week The winners will be announced live at a special ceremony co hosted by MRF CEO Judy Sikuza and Trek4Mandela Project Manager Sina Moyane on September 17 2022 at 18 30 SAST The public and press are invited to join the live broadcast https bit ly 3eCEYYs of the awards and hear from some of Africa s exceptional minds in an intimate question and answer session between the judges and the finalists The Mandela Rhodes Foundation launched the nit Prize in 2021 with the aim of enabling positive social impact in Africa We are tremendously proud to offer the nit Award in its second year Each of these ventures has the potential to make a difference to the lives of people left behind on our continent which is exactly the type of value driven venture we at MRF aim to support and develop said Sikuza Introducing the five finalists for the 2022 nit Award We are pleased to announce that voting for the new Audience Choice Award is now open The company with the most votes will win 1 000 1 Atherton Mutombwera Hutano Diagnostics Saving Lives with Better Faster Testing Technology Every year sepsis kills more than 3 5 million people in Africa Sepsis occurs when the body s immune system overreacts to an infection In many cases it is preventable if diagnosed early Hutano aims to change this perspective by improving tools for diagnosis particularly in low resource settings and developing countries through an innovative way of testing for sepsis If a person has sepsis the probability of death increases by 7 6 for every hour that passes if the patient does not receive antibiotic treatment Therefore early diagnosis is essential In low resource settings the diagnosis of sepsis is made by simple measurements such as temperature and heart and respiratory rates This can be misleading and result in inappropriate treatment Laboratory testing for sepsis can take up to 24 hours and is prone to false negatives Hutano Diagnostics is developing an innovative lateral flow device LFD to identify children with fever who are likely to develop sepsis The test works with a smartphone app putting the solution in the patient s hands Children with a fever have their blood added to the test after a finger prick and 15 minutes later the parent community health worker or nurse knows they need antibiotics as well as whether the fever will progress to results serious This reduces risk to children allows for earlier interventions and reduces cost and complications due to sepsis Atherton Mutombwera is the founder and CEO of Hutano Diagnostics He is from Zimbabwe and is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar in the class of 2014 2 Dr Jessica Ronaasen The Do More Foundation United to Help South Africa s Children Thrive Nearly three quarters of South Africa s children they miss out on a critical part of their development according to the 2022 Thrive by 5 Index Early Childhood Development ECD is a critical stage of growth that requires proper nutrition secure attachment and early stimulation To deal with this crisis the Do More Foundation has started a collective impact initiative called Everyone Gets To Play Bringing together stakeholders from the public private and nonprofit sectors Do More offers a basket of personalized services for impact This basket includes services that support maternal and child health food security and nutrition parent support child safety and protection early learning through play capacity development and infrastructure It is based on South Africa s world class Integrated National ECD Policy Every community is different so Everyone Gets to Play engages stakeholders to co create a vision for young children These stakeholders include national and local government departments and most importantly Young Children s Forums with everyone who works with or for young children in the community With the financial support of the nit prize the Foundation would support the basket of services by investing in five local communities The Do More Foundation anticipates a direct impact on thousands of young children across the country Dr Jessica Ronaasen is the director of national programs for the Do More Foundation She led the consolidation and documentation of the Everyone Gets to Play model Jessica is a 2013 Mandela Rhodes Scholar from South Africa 3 Koaile Monaheng Khant a Energy Lighting Up Lesotho s Future There are currently around 1 2 million Basotho living without electricity in Lesotho This hampers the country s ability to grow its economy and reduces the quality of life for its citizens About 80 of the rural population does not have access to electricity leaving many people behind Due to Lesotho s mountainous terrain rural access is likely to remain low Khant a Energy provides affordable and accessible renewable energy solutions for rural households Khant a started by installing solar systems in six health centers in remote districts and has expanded to homes and schools with 36 successful home installations to date Families can pay for their solar systems through the PayAsYouGo model making it affordable for households to own clean energy not just access it Expanding the Khant a solution will enable the people of Lesotho to overcome the need for grid electricity reducing reliance on imported energy generated from fossil fuels that contribute to climate change This is important as the climate crisis disproportionately threatens the lives and livelihoods of the Basotho people who rely heavily on rainfed agriculture Khant a Energy consults and learns from the community through the Basotho pitso a traditional meeting called by the Chief and his general assembly Khant a Energy is uniquely positioned to address Lesotho s energy poverty because its solutions are innovative community inclusive and powered by local indigenous knowledge Koaile Monaheng is a director of Khant a Energy She is a 2020 Mandela Rhodes Scholar from Lesotho and an associate at Power Shift Africa 4 Odwour Midigo Ndalo Heritage Trust Prioritizing the nutrition and well being of mothers and children Ndalo Heritage Trust is a grassroots organization in Kenya that addresses the sustainable development goals of zero hunger health and well being and climate action in communities marginalized Its mission is to work to alleviate hunger disease poverty and human suffering with special attention to the first 1 000 days of life Ndalo works with marginalized families through hands on training leveraging existing UN frameworks to integrate agriculture and nutrition education and the World Health Organization Nurturing Care frameworks to improve health outcomes and development human development The main vision of the Udongo Kwa Maisha Soil for Life program is to engage mothers caregivers households and communities in accessing more nutritious food aimed at improving the dietary requirements of the first 1000 days of life of an infant little boy The Maarifa Kwa Maisha Knowledge for Life program deals with the health and well being of children and their mothers particularly children with special needs The objective of this project is the early evaluation of development and follow ups to verify that development milestones are being reached Screens mothers for postpartum depression and provides relevant support It also provides training for parents and training for caregivers and educators on disability and inclusive design In addition it promotes mental and physical well being through sensory integration and play Ndalo s Green Legacy initiative has seen the planting of 100 000 trees in western Kenya in partnership with Equity Bank to combat the impacts of climate change Odwour Midigo is founder and director of the Ndalo Heritage Trust He is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria He is a Kenya Mandela Rhodes Scholar in the class of 2018 5 Shantel Marekera Little Dreamers Providing affordable education in low income communities Little Dreamers is a preschool in Budiriro Cabs Harare that provides access to quality education and affordable fundamental education for low income children between the ages of four and seven Students receive access to age appropriate equipment learning materials and infrastructure that would otherwise only be available in expensive private schools It has graduated four classes since 2019 Through its gender equality division Little Dreamers advocates for women s rights and spearheads core and programmatic support to advance women s economic empowerment To date Little Dreamers has supported the transition of more than 600 women from low income families to decent work and self employment using a community approach to skills development Women continue to receive support in financial education and product marketing Little Dreamers hopes to start a high school and expand their reach to other high density areas like Glen Norah Glenview and Highfield Shantel Marekera is the founder of Little Dreamers She is a 2019 Rhodes Scholar from Zimbabwe and a legal consultant to the World Bank Ella learn more about the finalists and vote for their ventures here https bit ly 3x6c9tQ
    Five young leaders in the race for k for socially impactful projects in Africa
    Africa3 months ago

    Five young leaders in the race for $80k for socially impactful projects in Africa

    Five finalists have been shortlisted for the Äänit Prize, which awards up to $80,000 in support of African businesses that create or have the potential to create positive social impact for some of Africa's most marginalized people.

    Finalists run projects in areas ranging from early childhood development to medical technology to renewable energy.

    Finalists hail from Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

    An outside panel of judges will make the final decision next week.

    The winners will be announced live at a special ceremony co-hosted by MRF CEO Judy Sikuza and Trek4Mandela Project Manager Sina Moyane on September 17, 2022 at 18:30 SAST.

    The public and press are invited to join the live broadcast (https://bit.ly/3eCEYYs) of the awards and hear from some of Africa's exceptional minds in an intimate question and answer session between the judges and the finalists.

    The Mandela Rhodes Foundation launched the Äänit Prize in 2021 with the aim of enabling positive social impact in Africa.

    “We are tremendously proud to offer the Äänit Award in its second year.

    Each of these ventures has the potential to make a difference to the lives of people left behind on our continent, which is exactly the type of value-driven venture we at MRF aim to support and develop,” said Sikuza.

    Introducing the five finalists for the 2022 Äänit Award!

    We are pleased to announce that voting for the new Audience Choice Award is now open.

    The company with the most votes will win $1,000.

    1.

    Atherton Mutombwera: Hutano Diagnostics, "Saving Lives with Better, Faster Testing Technology" Every year, sepsis kills more than 3.5 million people in Africa.

    Sepsis occurs when the body's immune system overreacts to an infection.

    In many cases it is preventable if diagnosed early.

    Hutano aims to change this perspective by improving tools for diagnosis, particularly in low-resource settings and developing countries, through an innovative way of testing for sepsis.

    If a person has sepsis, the probability of death increases by 7.6% for every hour that passes if the patient does not receive antibiotic treatment.

    Therefore, early diagnosis is essential.

    In low-resource settings, the diagnosis of sepsis is made by simple measurements such as temperature and heart and respiratory rates.

    This can be misleading and result in inappropriate treatment.

    Laboratory testing for sepsis can take up to 24 hours and is prone to false negatives.

    Hutano Diagnostics is developing an innovative lateral flow device (LFD) to identify children with fever who are likely to develop sepsis.

    The test works with a smartphone app, putting the solution in the patient's hands.

    Children with a fever have their blood added to the test after a finger prick, and 15 minutes later the parent, community health worker, or nurse knows they need antibiotics, as well as whether the fever will progress to results.

    serious.

    This reduces risk to children, allows for earlier interventions, and reduces cost and complications due to sepsis.

    Atherton Mutombwera is the founder and CEO of Hutano Diagnostics.

    He is from Zimbabwe and is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar in the class of 2014.

    2.

    Dr. Jessica Ronaasen: The Do More Foundation, “United to Help South Africa's Children Thrive” Nearly three quarters of South Africa's children they miss out on a critical part of their development, according to the 2022 Thrive by 5 Index.

    Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a critical stage of growth that requires proper nutrition, secure attachment, and early stimulation.

    To deal with this crisis, the Do More Foundation has started a collective impact initiative called Everyone Gets To Play. Bringing together stakeholders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Do More offers a basket of personalized services for impact.

    This basket includes services that support maternal and child health; food security and nutrition; parent support; child safety and protection; early learning through play; capacity development and infrastructure.

    It is based on South Africa's world-class Integrated National ECD Policy.

    Every community is different, so Everyone Gets to Play engages stakeholders to co-create a vision for young children.

    These stakeholders include national and local government departments and, most importantly, Young Children's Forums with everyone who works with or for young children in the community.

    With the financial support of the Äänit prize, the Foundation would support the basket of services by investing in five local communities.

    The Do More Foundation anticipates a direct impact on thousands of young children across the country.

    Dr. Jessica Ronaasen is the director of national programs for the Do More Foundation.

    She led the consolidation and documentation of the Everyone Gets to Play model.

    Jessica is a 2013 Mandela Rhodes Scholar from South Africa.

    3.

    Koaile Monaheng: Khantša Energy, "Lighting Up Lesotho's Future" There are currently around 1.2 million Basotho living without electricity in Lesotho.

    This hampers the country's ability to grow its economy and reduces the quality of life for its citizens.

    About 80% of the rural population does not have access to electricity, leaving many people behind.

    Due to Lesotho's mountainous terrain, rural access is likely to remain low.

    Khantša Energy provides affordable and accessible renewable energy solutions for rural households.

    Khantša started by installing solar systems in six health centers in remote districts and has expanded to homes and schools, with 36 successful home installations to date.

    Families can pay for their solar systems through the PayAsYouGo model, making it affordable for households to own clean energy, not just access it.

    Expanding the Khantša solution will enable the people of Lesotho to overcome the need for grid electricity, reducing reliance on imported energy generated from fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.

    This is important as the climate crisis disproportionately threatens the lives and livelihoods of the Basotho people, who rely heavily on rainfed agriculture.

    Khantša Energy consults and learns from the community through the Basotho pitso, a traditional meeting called by the Chief and his general assembly.

    Khantša Energy is uniquely positioned to address Lesotho's energy poverty because its solutions are innovative, community inclusive and powered by local indigenous knowledge.

    Koaile Monaheng is a director of Khantša Energy.

    She is a 2020 Mandela Rhodes Scholar from Lesotho and an associate at Power Shift Africa.

    4.

    Odwour Midigo: Ndalo Heritage Trust, “Prioritizing the nutrition and well-being of mothers and children” Ndalo Heritage Trust is a grassroots organization in Kenya that addresses the sustainable development goals of zero hunger, health and well-being, and climate action in communities marginalized.

    Its mission is to work to alleviate hunger, disease, poverty and human suffering, with special attention to the first 1,000 days of life.

    Ndalo works with marginalized families through hands-on training, leveraging existing UN frameworks to integrate agriculture and nutrition education, and the World Health Organization Nurturing Care frameworks to improve health outcomes and development.

    human development.

    The main vision of the Udongo Kwa Maisha (Soil for Life) program is to engage mothers, caregivers, households and communities in accessing more nutritious food aimed at improving the dietary requirements of the first 1000 days of life of an infant.

    little boy.

    The Maarifa Kwa Maisha (Knowledge for Life) program deals with the health and well-being of children and their mothers, particularly children with special needs.

    The objective of this project is the early evaluation of development and follow-ups to verify that development milestones are being reached.

    Screens mothers for postpartum depression and provides relevant support.

    It also provides training for parents and training for caregivers and educators on disability and inclusive design.

    In addition, it promotes mental and physical well-being through sensory integration and play.

    Ndalo's Green Legacy initiative has seen the planting of 100,000 trees in western Kenya in partnership with Equity Bank to combat the impacts of climate change.

    Odwour Midigo is founder and director of the Ndalo Heritage Trust.

    He is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

    He is a Kenya Mandela Rhodes Scholar in the class of 2018.

    5.

    Shantel Marekera: Little Dreamers, "Providing affordable education in low-income communities" Little Dreamers is a preschool in Budiriro Cabs, Harare that provides access to quality education and affordable.

    fundamental education for low-income children between the ages of four and seven.

    Students receive access to age-appropriate equipment, learning materials, and infrastructure that would otherwise only be available in expensive private schools.

    It has graduated four classes since 2019.

    Through its gender equality division, Little Dreamers advocates for women's rights and spearheads core and programmatic support to advance women's economic empowerment.

    To date, Little Dreamers has supported the transition of more than 600 women from low-income families to decent work and self-employment using a community approach to skills development.

    Women continue to receive support in financial education and product marketing.

    Little Dreamers hopes to start a high school and expand their reach to other high-density areas like Glen Norah, Glenview and Highfield.

    Shantel Marekera is the founder of Little Dreamers.

    She is a 2019 Rhodes Scholar from Zimbabwe and a legal consultant to the World Bank. Ella learn more about the finalists and vote for their ventures here (https://bit.ly/3x6c9tQ).

  •   The United States is seeking a true partnership with Africa and not trying to outdo other world powers in vying for influence on the continent US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday Blinken arrived in South Africa for an official visit on Sunday during a three nation African trip which follows hot on the heels of an extensive tour of the continent by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Speaking in the South African capital Pretoria on Monday Blinken said the United States did not see the region as the latest playing field in a competition between great powers That is fundamentally not how we see it It s not how we will advance our engagement here Blinken told a press briefing speaking alongside his local counterpart Naledi Pandor Our commitment to a stronger partnership with Africa is not about trying to outdo anyone else For his first stop the US top diplomat chose South Africa a leader in the developing world which has remained neutral in the Ukraine war Pretoria has refused to join Western calls to condemn Moscow which had opposed apartheid before the end of white minority rule in 1994 His comments came ahead of a policy announcement on the US government s new Africa strategy which Blinken is expected to lay out in a speech at the University of Pretoria later on Monday What we seek most of all is a true partnership between the United States and Africa We don t want an imbalanced or transactional relationship Blinken said Vulnerable countries in Africa and elsewhere in the world have been hard hit by the fallout from the Ukraine war that has sent prices of fuel and food soaring Powerhouse South Africa belongs to a group of emerging economies called BRICS In June Russian President Vladimir Putin urged BRICS countries Brazil Russia India China and South Africa to cooperate in the face of selfish actions from the West
    US not trying to ‘outdo’ world powers in Africa, says Blinken
      The United States is seeking a true partnership with Africa and not trying to outdo other world powers in vying for influence on the continent US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday Blinken arrived in South Africa for an official visit on Sunday during a three nation African trip which follows hot on the heels of an extensive tour of the continent by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Speaking in the South African capital Pretoria on Monday Blinken said the United States did not see the region as the latest playing field in a competition between great powers That is fundamentally not how we see it It s not how we will advance our engagement here Blinken told a press briefing speaking alongside his local counterpart Naledi Pandor Our commitment to a stronger partnership with Africa is not about trying to outdo anyone else For his first stop the US top diplomat chose South Africa a leader in the developing world which has remained neutral in the Ukraine war Pretoria has refused to join Western calls to condemn Moscow which had opposed apartheid before the end of white minority rule in 1994 His comments came ahead of a policy announcement on the US government s new Africa strategy which Blinken is expected to lay out in a speech at the University of Pretoria later on Monday What we seek most of all is a true partnership between the United States and Africa We don t want an imbalanced or transactional relationship Blinken said Vulnerable countries in Africa and elsewhere in the world have been hard hit by the fallout from the Ukraine war that has sent prices of fuel and food soaring Powerhouse South Africa belongs to a group of emerging economies called BRICS In June Russian President Vladimir Putin urged BRICS countries Brazil Russia India China and South Africa to cooperate in the face of selfish actions from the West
    US not trying to ‘outdo’ world powers in Africa, says Blinken
    Foreign4 months ago

    US not trying to ‘outdo’ world powers in Africa, says Blinken

    The United States is seeking a “true partnership” with Africa and not trying to “outdo” other world powers in vying for influence on the continent, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday.

    Blinken arrived in South Africa for an official visit on Sunday during a three-nation African trip which follows hot on the heels of an extensive tour of the continent by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    Speaking in the South African capital Pretoria on Monday, Blinken said the United States did not see the region as the “latest playing field in a competition between great powers”.

    “That is fundamentally not how we see it.

    It’s not how we will advance our engagement here,” Blinken told a press briefing, speaking alongside his local counterpart Naledi Pandor.

    “Our commitment to a stronger partnership with Africa is not about trying to outdo anyone else.

    ” For his first stop, the US top diplomat chose South Africa, a leader in the developing world which has remained neutral in the Ukraine war.

    Pretoria has refused to join Western calls to condemn Moscow, which had opposed apartheid before the end of white-minority rule in 1994.

    His comments came ahead of a policy announcement on the US government’s new Africa strategy, which Blinken is expected to lay out in a speech at the University of Pretoria later on Monday.

    “What we seek most of all is a true partnership between the United States and Africa.

    We don’t want an imbalanced or transactional relationship,” Blinken said.

    Vulnerable countries in Africa and elsewhere in the world have been hard hit by the fallout from the Ukraine war that has sent prices of fuel and food soaring.

    Powerhouse South Africa belongs to a group of emerging economies called BRICS.

    In June, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — to cooperate in the face of “selfish actions” from the West.

  •  UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres has appointed Prof Tshilidzi Marwala of South Africa as Rector of the United Nations University UNU in Tokyo The appointment was done following consultations with and and with concurrence of Audrey Azoulay the Director General UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary General Farhan Haq announced the appointment at a news conference at UN headquarters New York on Monday Haq said Marwala would be the seventh Rector of the UNU as of March 1 2023 and the decision to appoint him was taken after an extensive international search process According to him Marwala will succeed Prof David Malone of Canada who has served as UNU Rector since 2013 Prof Marwala is an accomplished scholar and thought leader with multi disciplinary research interests that include the theory and application of artificial intelligence to engineering computer science finance social science and medicine He has an extensive track record in human capacity development and is committed to leveraging technology and global connectedness towards the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals Currently Marwala is the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg Prior to this he was the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation 2013 2017 and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment 2009 2013 at the University of Johannesburg From 2003 to 2008 he progressively held the positions of Associate Professor Full Professor the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering as well as the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University University of California at Berkeley Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge and Nanjing Tech University Furthermore he has been a member of the International Consultative Council at the Silesian University of Technology Gliwice Poland International Visiting Committee at Case Western Reserve University and a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Marwala holds a doctorate specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Engineering from the University of Cambridge a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University He is a registered professional engineer a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences the Academy of Science of South Africa the African Academy of Sciences and the South African Academy of Engineering He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery He is fluent in English Venda and Afrikaans UNU is a global think tank with 13 institutes in 12 countries Through collaborative research and education UNU supports efforts to resolve the pressing global challenges of human development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States UNU works in close partnership with other United Nations System organisations and leading research institutions to ensure that evidence based research informs policymaking and generates solutions that improve the lives of people everywhere NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Secretary-General appoints South Africa’s Tshilidzi Marwala Rector UN University
     UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres has appointed Prof Tshilidzi Marwala of South Africa as Rector of the United Nations University UNU in Tokyo The appointment was done following consultations with and and with concurrence of Audrey Azoulay the Director General UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary General Farhan Haq announced the appointment at a news conference at UN headquarters New York on Monday Haq said Marwala would be the seventh Rector of the UNU as of March 1 2023 and the decision to appoint him was taken after an extensive international search process According to him Marwala will succeed Prof David Malone of Canada who has served as UNU Rector since 2013 Prof Marwala is an accomplished scholar and thought leader with multi disciplinary research interests that include the theory and application of artificial intelligence to engineering computer science finance social science and medicine He has an extensive track record in human capacity development and is committed to leveraging technology and global connectedness towards the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals Currently Marwala is the Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg Prior to this he was the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation 2013 2017 and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment 2009 2013 at the University of Johannesburg From 2003 to 2008 he progressively held the positions of Associate Professor Full Professor the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering as well as the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University University of California at Berkeley Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge and Nanjing Tech University Furthermore he has been a member of the International Consultative Council at the Silesian University of Technology Gliwice Poland International Visiting Committee at Case Western Reserve University and a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Marwala holds a doctorate specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Engineering from the University of Cambridge a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University He is a registered professional engineer a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences the Academy of Science of South Africa the African Academy of Sciences and the South African Academy of Engineering He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery He is fluent in English Venda and Afrikaans UNU is a global think tank with 13 institutes in 12 countries Through collaborative research and education UNU supports efforts to resolve the pressing global challenges of human development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States UNU works in close partnership with other United Nations System organisations and leading research institutions to ensure that evidence based research informs policymaking and generates solutions that improve the lives of people everywhere NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Secretary-General appoints South Africa’s Tshilidzi Marwala Rector UN University
    Foreign4 months ago

    Secretary-General appoints South Africa’s Tshilidzi Marwala Rector UN University

    UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has appointed Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala of South Africa as Rector of the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo.

    The appointment was done following consultations with and and with concurrence of Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq announced the appointment at a news conference at UN headquarters, New York on Monday.

    Haq said Marwala would be the seventh Rector of the UNU, as of March 1, 2023, and the decision to appoint him was taken after an extensive international search process.

    According to him, Marwala will succeed Prof. David Malone of Canada who has served as UNU Rector since 2013.

    “Prof. Marwala is an accomplished scholar and thought leader with multi-disciplinary research interests that include the theory and application of artificial intelligence to engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine.

    “He has an extensive track record in human capacity development and is committed to leveraging technology and global connectedness towards the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    “Currently, Marwala is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg.” Prior to this, he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation (2013-2017) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (2009-2013) at the University of Johannesburg.

    From 2003 to 2008, he progressively held the positions of Associate Professor, Full Professor, the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering as well as the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.

    He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge and Nanjing Tech University.

    Furthermore, he has been a member of the International Consultative Council at the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland, International Visiting Committee at Case Western Reserve University and a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

    Marwala holds a doctorate specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Engineering from the University of Cambridge, a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University.

    He is a registered professional engineer, a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Science of South Africa, the African Academy of Sciences and the South African Academy of Engineering.

    He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

    He is fluent in English, Venda and Afrikaans.

    UNU is a global think tank with 13 institutes in 12 countries.

    Through collaborative research and education, UNU supports efforts to resolve the pressing global challenges of human development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

    UNU works in close partnership with other United Nations System organisations and leading research institutions to ensure that evidence-based research informs policymaking and generates solutions that improve the lives of people everywhere.

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  •   By Mufutau OjoA new online magazine that reports on scientific research and issues of science policy across the African continent has been launched by Springer Nature A statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Abuja by Springer Nature a respected global publisher said Nature Africa would cover the highest impact research taking place across the continent The publication it added would communicate the research to scientists and decision makers in and outside Africa Alongside news stories and research highlights Nature Africa will also publish feature articles opinion pieces and commentaries The languages of publication are English and French Led by Chief Editor Akinlabi Kazeem Jimoh Nature Africa will draw attention to African research that drives growth and development across the continent As a vibrant destination for researchers of all career levels across disciplines Nature Africa will promote research discourse and enable the discussion of scientific achievements by providing a place where ideas can be celebrated challenged critiqued and built on A diverse range of articles will be written by journalists and researchers and topics relevant for Africa will be covered alongside broader issues the statement said It also said content in Nature Africa would be free to access at https www nature com natafrica due to the financial support of a consortium of partners which included University of Cape Town UCT University of Johannesburg University of Pretoria University of the Witwatersrand Stellenbosch University and University of KwaZulu Natal Our goal for Nature Africa is to shine a light on science in Africa and the scientists contributing to solving local and global problems whilst promoting scientific exchange across the continent We hope to tell and be part of the African growth story which often does not receive the attention it deserves the statement quoted Jimoh as saying NAN reports that Jimoh is a leader in promoting science and public health journalism in Nigeria and across the African continent He was also the first news editor for the World Federation of Science Journalists website and played key roles as a mentor and Anglophone coordinator 2009 2013 in the Science Journalism Cooperation SjCOOP Project A medical physiologist and health promotion specialist by training Jimoh started his journalism career in 1990 He became a health reporter with Nigeria s leading publication The Guardian where he expanded the health section to also cover areas in science and public health Jimoh was also involved in the conceptualisation of the revenue spinning CompuLife section at The Guardian focusing on emerging markets in technology in Nigeria in the 1990s Between 2013 and 2017 Jimoh provided professional expertise to the Nigeria Polio Eradication Programme as a communication specialist to shape media response to the polio programme at the United Nations Children s Fund A Knight Fellow at MIT in Science Journalism 1999 2000 and Bell Fellow in Population and Development Studies at Harvard School of Public Health 1995 96 he founded Development Communications DevComs Network a media development organisation in science and public health journalism based in Lagos He has been a consulting editor at Africa Science Technology and Innovation AfricaSTI News an online science publication The statement also quoted Magdalena Skipper Editor in Chief of Nature as saying that the publication would provide a valuable resource platform for researchers I am delighted that through the launch of Nature Africa we can help highlight and put into context the most important research from and relevant for the African continent We hope that this new platform will be a valuable resource for researchers in Africa and abroad and we welcome your feedback and suggestions for its improvement Skipper said The statement added that a virtual event to celebrate the launch of Nature Africa would take place on May 10 NAN NAN
    Nature Africa debuts, to showcase science globally
      By Mufutau OjoA new online magazine that reports on scientific research and issues of science policy across the African continent has been launched by Springer Nature A statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Abuja by Springer Nature a respected global publisher said Nature Africa would cover the highest impact research taking place across the continent The publication it added would communicate the research to scientists and decision makers in and outside Africa Alongside news stories and research highlights Nature Africa will also publish feature articles opinion pieces and commentaries The languages of publication are English and French Led by Chief Editor Akinlabi Kazeem Jimoh Nature Africa will draw attention to African research that drives growth and development across the continent As a vibrant destination for researchers of all career levels across disciplines Nature Africa will promote research discourse and enable the discussion of scientific achievements by providing a place where ideas can be celebrated challenged critiqued and built on A diverse range of articles will be written by journalists and researchers and topics relevant for Africa will be covered alongside broader issues the statement said It also said content in Nature Africa would be free to access at https www nature com natafrica due to the financial support of a consortium of partners which included University of Cape Town UCT University of Johannesburg University of Pretoria University of the Witwatersrand Stellenbosch University and University of KwaZulu Natal Our goal for Nature Africa is to shine a light on science in Africa and the scientists contributing to solving local and global problems whilst promoting scientific exchange across the continent We hope to tell and be part of the African growth story which often does not receive the attention it deserves the statement quoted Jimoh as saying NAN reports that Jimoh is a leader in promoting science and public health journalism in Nigeria and across the African continent He was also the first news editor for the World Federation of Science Journalists website and played key roles as a mentor and Anglophone coordinator 2009 2013 in the Science Journalism Cooperation SjCOOP Project A medical physiologist and health promotion specialist by training Jimoh started his journalism career in 1990 He became a health reporter with Nigeria s leading publication The Guardian where he expanded the health section to also cover areas in science and public health Jimoh was also involved in the conceptualisation of the revenue spinning CompuLife section at The Guardian focusing on emerging markets in technology in Nigeria in the 1990s Between 2013 and 2017 Jimoh provided professional expertise to the Nigeria Polio Eradication Programme as a communication specialist to shape media response to the polio programme at the United Nations Children s Fund A Knight Fellow at MIT in Science Journalism 1999 2000 and Bell Fellow in Population and Development Studies at Harvard School of Public Health 1995 96 he founded Development Communications DevComs Network a media development organisation in science and public health journalism based in Lagos He has been a consulting editor at Africa Science Technology and Innovation AfricaSTI News an online science publication The statement also quoted Magdalena Skipper Editor in Chief of Nature as saying that the publication would provide a valuable resource platform for researchers I am delighted that through the launch of Nature Africa we can help highlight and put into context the most important research from and relevant for the African continent We hope that this new platform will be a valuable resource for researchers in Africa and abroad and we welcome your feedback and suggestions for its improvement Skipper said The statement added that a virtual event to celebrate the launch of Nature Africa would take place on May 10 NAN NAN
    Nature Africa debuts, to showcase science globally
    General news2 years ago

    Nature Africa debuts, to showcase science globally

    By Mufutau Ojo
    A new online magazine that reports on scientific research and issues of science policy across the African continent has been launched by Springer Nature.
    A statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja by Springer Nature, a respected global publisher, said Nature Africa would cover the highest impact research taking place across the continent.
    The publication, it added, would communicate the research to scientists and decision-makers in and outside Africa.
    “Alongside news stories and research highlights, Nature Africa will also publish feature articles, opinion pieces and commentaries.
    “The languages of publication are English and French.
    “Led by Chief Editor, Akinlabi Kazeem Jimoh, Nature Africa will draw attention to African research that drives growth and development across the continent.
    “As a vibrant destination for researchers of all career levels across disciplines, Nature Africa will promote research discourse and enable the discussion of scientific achievements by providing a place where ideas can be celebrated, challenged, critiqued and built on.
    “A diverse range of articles will be written by journalists and researchers, and topics relevant for Africa will be covered alongside broader issues,” the statement said.
    It also said content in Nature Africa would be free to access at https://www.nature.com/natafrica due to the financial support of a consortium of partners which included University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University and University of KwaZulu-Natal.
    “Our goal for Nature Africa is to shine a light on science in Africa and the scientists contributing to solving local and global problems whilst promoting scientific exchange across the continent.
    “We hope to tell and be part of the African growth story which often does not receive the attention it deserves,” the statement quoted Jimoh as saying.
    NAN reports that Jimoh is a leader in promoting science and public health journalism in Nigeria and across the African continent.
    He was also the first news editor for the World Federation of Science Journalists’ website and played key roles as a mentor and Anglophone coordinator (2009 -2013) in the Science Journalism Cooperation (SjCOOP) Project.
    A medical physiologist and health promotion specialist by training, Jimoh started his journalism career in 1990.
    He became a health reporter with Nigeria’s leading publication, The Guardian, where he expanded the health section to also cover areas in science and public health.
    Jimoh was also involved in the conceptualisation of the “revenue spinning” CompuLife section at The Guardian, focusing on emerging markets in technology in Nigeria in the 1990s.
    Between 2013 and 2017, Jimoh provided professional expertise to the Nigeria Polio Eradication Programme as a communication specialist to shape media response to the polio programme at the United Nations Children’s Fund.
    A Knight Fellow at MIT in Science Journalism (1999/2000) and Bell Fellow in Population and Development Studies at Harvard School of Public Health (1995/96), he founded Development Communications (DevComs) Network, a media development organisation in science and public health journalism based in Lagos.
    He has been a consulting editor at Africa Science Technology and Innovation (AfricaSTI) News, an online science publication.
    The statement also quoted Magdalena Skipper, Editor-in-Chief of Nature, as saying that the publication would provide a valuable resource platform for researchers.
    “I am delighted that through the launch of Nature Africa, we can help highlight, and put into context, the most important research from and relevant for the African continent.
    “We hope that this new platform will be a valuable resource for researchers in Africa and abroad, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions for its improvement,” Skipper said.
    The statement added that a virtual event to celebrate the launch of Nature Africa would take place on May 10.(NAN)

    (NAN)

  •   By Ijeoma Okigbo Stephanie Onusiriuka a 10 year old gold medalist in gymnastics appealed for support to help her realize her dream of competing in the Olympics The gymnast who represented Anambra at the National Sports Festival NSF in Benin won a gold medal in aerobics a silver medal in each of the floor and best all round categories and a bronze medal in the Beam exercise Onusiriuka who is also participating in the National Sports Festival for the first time told the Nigeria News Agency NAN in Benin on Wednesday that she was excited about the victory I am very happy because this is my first national sports festival Even though I was scared of the other opponents at one point because they were doing double back double Arabian and fall Over the next 10 years I see myself at the Olympics but I ask the government to give us better equipment so that I can do my double back on my own she said Amaka Onusiriuka Stephanie s mother who has been present with her daughter for over a week at the event has appealed for financial support to help the gymnast achieve her dreams I feel so happy and proud because I have been supporting her all this time taking her to the gym and helping her develop her talent The Anambra state government is doing its best for the sports festival but Stephanie actually needs more support so that she can carry out her training tours out of the country This support that Anambra state gives is just for the National Sports Festival and that s where it ends so everything else comes from his parents I see St phanie winning medals at the Olympics before or in the next 10 years But I would need people to sponsor her trips and competitions because she won a gold medal when she went to South Africa two years ago at just eight and it was all out of my pocket no support from anyone I think if anyone is willing to support her and make her dream come true we would really appreciate her She has four countries to visit starting in June Seychelles South Africa US Dubai UAE and it also has other competitions If anyone sees the talents she has and is ready to support her we will appreciate her she said For his part her trainer Tony Asuquo promised that any investment in the gymnast would not be wasted We are going to Seychelles and we are going to South Africa for a training tour at the University of Pretoria We have a competition in Boston and another in Dubai if the pandemic allows it but all we need for Stephanie to support it Anyone who is ready to support her any Nigerian sports fan who can invest in this girl Stephanie your money will not be wasted I promise you She is only 10 years old and she is already performing standard Olympic technique in this class Stephanie s parents are not that rich to sponsor her here and there but I believe we have Nigerians who can do it for us Asuquo said NOPE NAN
    NSF: I have an Olympic dream, I need support – Gold medalist appeals
      By Ijeoma Okigbo Stephanie Onusiriuka a 10 year old gold medalist in gymnastics appealed for support to help her realize her dream of competing in the Olympics The gymnast who represented Anambra at the National Sports Festival NSF in Benin won a gold medal in aerobics a silver medal in each of the floor and best all round categories and a bronze medal in the Beam exercise Onusiriuka who is also participating in the National Sports Festival for the first time told the Nigeria News Agency NAN in Benin on Wednesday that she was excited about the victory I am very happy because this is my first national sports festival Even though I was scared of the other opponents at one point because they were doing double back double Arabian and fall Over the next 10 years I see myself at the Olympics but I ask the government to give us better equipment so that I can do my double back on my own she said Amaka Onusiriuka Stephanie s mother who has been present with her daughter for over a week at the event has appealed for financial support to help the gymnast achieve her dreams I feel so happy and proud because I have been supporting her all this time taking her to the gym and helping her develop her talent The Anambra state government is doing its best for the sports festival but Stephanie actually needs more support so that she can carry out her training tours out of the country This support that Anambra state gives is just for the National Sports Festival and that s where it ends so everything else comes from his parents I see St phanie winning medals at the Olympics before or in the next 10 years But I would need people to sponsor her trips and competitions because she won a gold medal when she went to South Africa two years ago at just eight and it was all out of my pocket no support from anyone I think if anyone is willing to support her and make her dream come true we would really appreciate her She has four countries to visit starting in June Seychelles South Africa US Dubai UAE and it also has other competitions If anyone sees the talents she has and is ready to support her we will appreciate her she said For his part her trainer Tony Asuquo promised that any investment in the gymnast would not be wasted We are going to Seychelles and we are going to South Africa for a training tour at the University of Pretoria We have a competition in Boston and another in Dubai if the pandemic allows it but all we need for Stephanie to support it Anyone who is ready to support her any Nigerian sports fan who can invest in this girl Stephanie your money will not be wasted I promise you She is only 10 years old and she is already performing standard Olympic technique in this class Stephanie s parents are not that rich to sponsor her here and there but I believe we have Nigerians who can do it for us Asuquo said NOPE NAN
    NSF: I have an Olympic dream, I need support – Gold medalist appeals
    General news2 years ago

    NSF: I have an Olympic dream, I need support – Gold medalist appeals

    By Ijeoma Okigbo

    Stephanie Onusiriuka, a 10-year-old gold medalist in gymnastics, appealed for support to help her realize her dream of competing in the Olympics.

    The gymnast, who represented Anambra at the National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin, won a gold medal in aerobics, a silver medal in each of the floor and best all-round categories and a bronze medal in the 'Beam exercise.

    Onusiriuka, who is also participating in the National Sports Festival for the first time, told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Benin on Wednesday that she was excited about the victory.

    “I am very happy because this is my first national sports festival.

    “Even though I was scared of the other opponents at one point because they were doing 'double back', 'double Arabian' and 'fall'.

    “Over the next 10 years I see myself at the Olympics, but I ask the government to give us better equipment so that I can do my 'double back' on my own,” she said.

    Amaka Onusiriuka, Stephanie's mother who has been present with her daughter for over a week at the event, has appealed for financial support to help the gymnast achieve her dreams.

    “I feel so happy and proud, because I have been supporting her all this time, taking her to the gym and helping her develop her talent.

    “The Anambra state government is doing its best for the sports festival, but Stephanie actually needs more support so that she can carry out her training tours out of the country.

    “This support that Anambra state gives is just for the National Sports Festival and that's where it ends, so everything else comes from his parents.

    “I see Stéphanie winning medals at the Olympics before or in the next 10 years.

    "But I would need people to sponsor her trips and competitions because she won a gold medal when she went to South Africa two years ago at just eight and it was all out of my pocket , no support from anyone.

    “I think if anyone is willing to support her and make her dream come true, we would really appreciate her.

    “She has four countries to visit starting in June; Seychelles, South Africa, US Dubai (UAE) and it also has other competitions.

    “If anyone sees the talents she has and is ready to support her, we will appreciate her,” she said.

    For his part, her trainer Tony Asuquo promised that any investment in the gymnast would not be wasted.

    “We are going to Seychelles and we are going to South Africa for a training tour at the University of Pretoria.

    “We have a competition in Boston and another in Dubai, if the pandemic allows it but all we need for Stephanie to support it.

    “Anyone who is ready to support her, any Nigerian sports fan who can invest in this girl (Stephanie), your money will not be wasted, I promise you.

    “She is only 10 years old and she is already performing standard Olympic technique in this class.

    “Stephanie's parents are not that rich to sponsor her here and there, but I believe we have Nigerians who can do it for us,” Asuquo said. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

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