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Madiba through the eyes of children

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first_imgThe Children’s Mandela offers a uniqueperception of the former SouthAfrican president. Author Tyne Doyle and publisher IainBryant at the book launch.(Images: Future by Design) MEDIA CONTACTS • Iain Bryant  CE, Future by Design  +27 83 445 1111 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela quotations book published • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • Mandela’s old offices restored • Mandela message to spread • New Mandela book releasedShamin ChibbaChildren possess a perspective of the world that can be more profound than those of adults. This is certainly true in The Children’s Mandela, a glossy coffee-table book that collects children’s anecdotes about former president Nelson Mandela.According to Iain Bryant, CE of publishing company Future by Design, the idea of compiling children’s thoughts came about just before Mandela’s 80th birthday, 13 years ago.The author, Tyne Doyle, was conducting an advertising campaign during which she asked children a series of questions about a particular fuel company.Doyle was astonished by the answers and wondered what children would think of someone like Nelson Mandela.“She visited various schools asking children, aged between six and 12, 25 questions and got some amazing answers,” said Bryant.Doyle chose 1 300 of the best answers out of a possible 40 000. Accompanying the text are 250 pictures created by some of the pupils who were quoted in the book.The Childrens Mandela is Doyle’s first foray into writing. The Johannesburg-born copywriter has won numerous awards in the local and international advertising industry, and has also been a finalist at the London International Advertising Awards.The Children’s Mandela is available at all leading booksellers at R345 (US$48) each and to higher volume corporate buyers at R260 ($36).SA’s future leaders share their thoughtsBryant said that though the book has insights by children, it is targeted at the adult reader.He added the book will not only provide the reader with a unique perception of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate but also a glimpse into the minds of the future leaders of South Africa.“Children are conscious about a lot of things,” said Bryant. “Adults underestimate how much children know and take to heart. It is not just one child who knows about things but a whole lot of them. We should not treat them like children. They are like little adults.”He said the book subtly reveals the impact of the former president’s moral conviction on South Africans.Bryant further stated that instilling a strong moral foundation in children at home is not enough and instead everyone, including government and business, should contribute to a moral society.Children’s minds simple yet profoundSimple questions such as “What was Madiba like when he was your age?” “Why did he go to jail?” and “If he was an animal which one would he be?” conjured some of the most original and thoughtful replies.“When asked what politics was, the answers ranged from ‘People fighting a lot’ to ‘It means driving around in a Mercedes-Benz’ and even ‘I want to cry when I hear that word’,” said Bryant.Twelve-year-old Kate said politics is about “Fat people who wear expensive suits and argue all day and get paid for it”.For the question “What did Mandela do on Robben Island?” 11-year-old Bruce said: “He broke rocks but his spirit was never broken, never broken.”Themes that inadvertently surfaced in the answers were crime, striking, litter and child molestation; topics that Bryant said children should not be exposed to.“It makes me angry to think children are exposed to these things,” he said.Reaching bestseller statusIn its first month of publication in November 2010, the book sold almost 3 000 copies and it’s currently on its way to becoming a bestseller.With backing from financial provider Nedbank’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Future by Design was able to plan a print run of 7 500 copies for South African readers. However, Bryant believes the international market could demand much more.The marketers have taken to promoting the book on popular social media websites Facebook and Twitter, with one quote tweeted on the latter website each day.last_img read more

Transnet in Chinese rail funding pact

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first_img27 March 2013South African state-owned freight logistics company Transnet has signed a “ground-breaking” agreement with the China Development Bank that is expected to yield a loan in the region of US$5-billion (R45-billion) to help finance the country’s massive rail infrastructure upgrade programme.The agreement, signed during a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pretoria on Tuesday, would enable Transnet and the China Development Bank to “identify opportunities … for future collaboration in Transnet’s infrastructure upgrade programmes,” Transnet said in a statement.The cooperation agreed upon would include “the financing of the construction and upgrade of railway and port infrastructure and localisation of equipment manufacturing.“In addition, the two agreed on future collaboration on research and development initiatives, manufacturing, marketing and the construction of cross-border infrastructure throughout the continent,” Transnet said.Transnet Group chief executive Brian Molefe said the agreement, signed as the 5th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit got under way in Durban on Tuesday, was proof of the opportunities created by South Africa’s membership of the grouping.Transnet last year announced an unprecedented R300-billion capital investment programme to revamp and expand its ports, rail and pipelines infrastructure and equipment, saying it would create over half-a-million new jobs while making its freight rail division the fifth-largest in the world.The company plans to spend the lion’s share of this, R205-billion, on rail projects – R151-billion on freight rail – as it pushes to increase its freight rail volumes from about 200-million to 350-million tons by 2019, while increasing its market share of South African container traffic from around 79% to 92%.This increase would significantly reduce the cost of doing business in South Africa, Transnet said at the time, citing internal studies showing that rail in the country was on average 75% cheaper than road transport.The company said that about two-thirds of the required funding for the programme would be raised internally and the remainder in the international debt capital market.As part of this programme, Transnet has already awarded contracts to a number of manufacturers, including the United States’ General Electric, Finnish crane maker Kalmar, and China South Railways.In October, a consortium led by Chinese manufacturer CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive (CSR) was named as the winning bidder to supply Transnet with 95 electric locomotives.Transnet will pay R2.6-billion (about $300-million) for the 95 locomotives, the first 10 of which are being assembled in CSR’s factories in China, while the remainder will be made in South Africa.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Farm Credit Mid-America awards scholarships to college students from Ohio

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sixteen Ohio college students who are majoring in agriculture and business-related disciplines received scholarships from Farm Credit Mid-America. Scholarships of $1,000 or $1,500 were awarded based on academic record, leadership qualities, and community and school involvement. These awards are part of the organziation’s commitment to develop future leaders in agriculture.“Ushering in the next generation of agriculture is an important part of Farm Credit’s mission to secure the future of our industry, and rewarding standout students is one way of recognizing the achievements of Ohio youth,” said Tara Durbin, senior vice president, financial services. “As future leaders of rural communities and farming, we are eager to support students who strive to achieve success in education and who have a passion for agriculture.”In total, Farm Credit Mid-America awarded 62 college scholarships across its four-state territory of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Scholarships were awarded to customers’ children and grandchildren who are pursuing degrees related to agriculture. Farm Credit also offers scholarships at 16 universities across its four-state territory.Scholarship recipients from Ohio are listed below, along with each student’s hometown and college:• Anna-Marie Stiver of Homerville, University of Dayton• Grant Michael of Baltimore, Ohio State University – Newark• Kyle Daugherty of Fresno, Ohio State University ATI• Kristine Culler of Edgerton, Wilmington College• Katie Frost of Bloomingburg, The Ohio State University• Drew Lament of Lakeview, Eastern Michigan University• Sarah Ann Landis of Farmersville, The Ohio State University• Lindsey Campbell of Minerva, The Ohio State University• Philip Eberly of Wooster, The Ohio State University• Evan Smith of Canal Winchester, Ohio State University ATI• Monique Adam of Howard, University of Findlay• Isaac Inkrott of Leipsic, Ohio Northern University• Garrett Stanfield of Manchester, Redlands Community College in Oklahoma• Justin Haerr of Springfield, The Ohio State University• Erin Gaerke of Russia, The Ohio State University• Sydney Hoffa of Massillon, Auburn UniversityFor additional information on Farm Credit Mid-America’s community engagement efforts, visit e-farmcredit.com/community.last_img read more

High corn yields come with challenges

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The one word that DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Bradley Ott used to describe early corn yield results in his area of Ohio was “crazy”. After some early checks he knew high numbers were out there, but to see those numbers come true at the end of the season is something Ott was pleasantly surprised to see. Although a record corn crop will put smiles on many farmers’ faces this year, there are some things to consider after this bin buster is harvested. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – April 12, 2019

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jeremy KappellA line of showers with embedded rumbles of thunder move from west to east across the state this morning for most, but not reaching Eastern parts of the state until this afternoon.  While a few showers will be capable over some brief heavy downpours, overall rainfall looks to be fairly light on the order of 0.10 to 0.30″ for most.  Despite the clouds and showers temps look to remain mild with highs in the 60’s statewide and temps perhaps into the lower south into 70’s into Appalachian Country with breezy south to southwesterly winds on the order of 15-25 mph with higher gusts.Temps will cool only a bit behind a cold front as we slide into the weekend on a dry note with morning temps starting in the 40’s.  High pressure looks to bring some quiet conditions Saturday with highs reaching the upper 50’s northwest and middle 60’s southeast.Confidence continues to increase that another low will form across the Lower Mississippi River Valley by late Saturday driving up the potential for some heavy rainfall late Saturday night and into Sunday.  This system could bring some very generous rains to the area with an inch or two possible in most areas.Following a breezy, damp and cooler Monday with temps topping out in the 40’s, data suggests we’ll warm it up quickly into the middle of next week with highs returning to the 60’s and lower 70’s by Tuesday and Wednesday.  While there will be a chance of a shower on Wednesday.  That better chance for rain and maybe some thunderstorms will arrive on Thursday as models are hinting at another strong disturbanc during that time frame.We’ll continue with the chance for rain next Friday and data strongly suggests another cool down heading into next weekend.  Just how much of a cool down remains to be seen, but there have been a number of model runs pointing at the possibility of some very cold rain showers or even wet snow!  At this point, it’s unclear how long the cooler weather will last.last_img read more

R.K. Mathur sworn in as Ladakh Lt Governor

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first_imgFormer bureaucrat Radha Krishna Mathur was sworn-in on Thursday as the first Lieutenant Governor of the strategically located Union Territory of Ladakh, which came into existence after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.Mr. Mathur, who will turn 66 next month, was administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Gita Mittal, at a function held at the Sindhu Sanskriti auditorium here, which was attended by officials of the Leh and Kargil hill councils, Army and paramilitary forces, religious leaders and the general public.After the swearing-in, Mr. Mathur, who was given a guard of honour at the venue by the Ladakh Police, said a lot of development activities needed to be carried out in the border areas.  “Already the government is implementing several programmes in the region, priorities for Ladakh will be set in the new regime in consultation with the public and hill councils,” an official spokesperson quoted him as saying.Mr. Mathur, a 1977-batch IAS officer from Tripura, said his experience of working in the backward and border areas in the capacity of the chief secretary of Tripura and the defence secretary will be useful.A post-graduate in industrial engineering from the IIT, Mathur retired as the defence secretary in 2015 and was appointed as the chief information commissioner in December of the same year. He completed his tenure in November last year after attaining the age of 65 years.Ahead of the swearing-in, the Union Home Ministry revoked a notification of December last year imposing President’s rule in undivided Jammu and Kashmir.The Centre, on Wednesday night, appointed Umang Narula, a 1989-batch IAS officer, as an advisor to Mathur, besides posting S.S. Khandare, a 1995-batch IPS officer, as the “Head of Police” in Ladakh.With a population of nearly three lakh, Ladakh is strategically located as it shares borders with Pakistan as well as China. All about LadakhVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0003:0003:00  center_img Watch | All about Ladakhlast_img read more