Daily Archives: March 13, 2019

Lions Sight First Eye Hospital Honored for Championing Global Health Work with Golisano Global Health Leadership Award

Honoree Announced at Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics honored Lions Sight First Eye Hospital for bringing essential health care services to the most marginalized people on earth, those with intellectual disabilities (ID).

2019 Golisano Global Health Leadership Award Honorees. Seated from left to right: Luc Marks, Ann Costello, Nyasha Derera, Kamal Bani-Hani, Ashok Dhoble. Standing from left to right: Adnon Villamayor, Ying Feng, Javier Vasquez, Manoj Shah, Jayna Shah, Peter Seidenberg, Renee Manfredi, Drew Boshell, Reena Kumar

The Golisano Global Health Leadership Award, named for philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano, was presented to seven recipients at a ceremony today in Abu Dhabi at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games.

The Golisano Global Health Leadership Award was established in 2017 to recognize the progress being made around the world to increase access to essential health care for people with ID. It is Special Olympics’ highest honor for health partners.

Lions Sight First Eye Hospital has made significant impact for follow-up care for Special Olympics Kenya athletes. In the past 5 years, the hospital has donated more than 1,000 eye glasses and conducted more than 15 surgeries free of charge for Special Olympics Kenya’s athletes.

“As we honor the 2019 Golisano Global Health Leadership Award honorees we recognize the impressive work health care professionals can achieve to care for a marginalized population,” shared Ann Costello, Executive Director of the Golisano Foundation. “We applaud these individuals and organizations and challenge others to make the same strides for people with ID.”

Special Olympics Health Lockup

The Golisano Foundation is making Special Olympics Health work possible globally and has invested $37 million to create and expand Special Olympics Healthy Communities throughout the world. Golisano’s gift is the largest received by Special Olympics, and is also the largest single gift ever given by Tom Golisano and his Foundation.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 6 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in more than 190 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including Bank of America, the Christmas Records Trust, The Coca-Cola Company, ESPN, Essilor Vision Foundation, the Golisano Foundation, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Lions Clubs International, Microsoft, Safilo Group, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, TOYOTA, United Airlines, and The Walt Disney Company.

Tom Golisano and Golisano Foundation

Tom Golisano — entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader — is the founder and chairman of the board of Paychex, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, NY, USA. With more than 12,000 employees and 100 office locations nationwide, Paychex is a leading national provider of payroll, human resource, and benefit outsourcing solutions for more than a half-million small and medium-sized businesses. Tom’s vision, perseverance and action have left an indelible mark on a broad spectrum of issues that touch our lives – in business, healthcare, education, voter policies, politics, and tax reform. A fierce advocate for dignity and inclusion, Tom Golisano applied his pioneering spirit to establish the Golisano Foundation to help make the world a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In addition to Tom’s personal philanthropic contributions to hospitals, educational institutions and other organizations exceeding $300 million, the Golisano Foundation is now one of the largest private foundations in the United States devoted exclusively to supporting programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1985, the Foundation is focused on “Imagining the Possibilities.” With more than $40 million in gross assets, it has awarded more than $24 million in grants, about $2 million annually, to non-profit organizations that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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South Africa reiterates support for new Zimbabwe

HARARE (ZIMBABWE), President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated South Africa’s commitment to work with Zimbabwe in addressing the socio-economic challenges experienced by the two neighbouring countries.

Ramaphosa made the commitment in his opening remarks of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Tuesday.

The President is in the country for the third session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe BNC with his counterpart, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The visit is part of efforts to strengthen mutual cooperation and deepen the implementation of 45 bilateral agreements during the Bi-National Commission (BNC).

The BNC is preceded by a ministerial session, which was held on Monday, to consider and adopt the draft agreed minutes and joint communique negotiated by senior officials on 7 and 8 March 2019.

During his address, Ramaphosa said he is encouraged that the two countries are both committed to adhering to the BNC agreement signed in April 2015, which stipulates that the two countries should meet annually.

Although our BNC is only just over three years old, our relations date several decades. Through steadfast servicing of this BNC, our two countries will be able to consolidate the bilateral cooperation existing between our countries and to explore other areas of cooperation, the President said.

He saluted the new administration for its efforts through the Programme of Action to take Zimbabwe out of its current difficulties and make it a viable partner for South Africa, the region and other development partners.

In support of your commendable efforts, in February of this year at the World Economic Forum, South Africa made a call to the international community to assist Zimbabwe and lift sanctions. We are pleased that the European Union heeded the call and in February 2019 decided to lift sanctions on the current members of your administration, he said.

Ramaphosa said this is the first of many steps needed to support Zimbabwe’s recovery.

South Africa stands ready to render support to Zimbabwe within our means in your quest for economic renewal. It is our wish that, using the BNC mechanism, we should at our level strive to provide the strategic impetus to drive the bilateral relations to a significantly higher level.

The President said South Africa and Zimbabwe should work together to explore a variety of issues to further deepen cooperation. This includes deepening the social ties between the two countries and the region through greater people-to-people cooperation.

The two countries already work together in many critical areas, such as economic cooperation and infrastructure development, energy production, mining, defence, health, transport, migration issues, and information and communication technology. This is through the signed 45 agreements that are being implemented by State departments.

I am encouraged by the participation of South African business in various sectors of the Zimbabwean economy such as engineering, construction, banking, retail, hospitality, mining exploration and services, among others. There are undoubtedly good prospects for both of our countries, but there is a need to ensure ease of doing business and elimination of trade barriers, President Ramaphosa said.

This should include, he added, the urgent conclusion of all outstanding work on the Beit Bridge One Stop Border Post for facilitation of free movement of persons, goods and services.

Source: Nam News Network

The South African Police Service welcomes 5000 recruits into basic training

The South African Police Service has welcomed 5000 police trainees into its ranks. This in a bid to increase the capacity of operational police officers at station level.

For the first time, the number of recruits has risen above 4000, this in response to policing demands in communities across South Africa.

The trainees, will be undergoing a 21-month Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP).

The South African Police Service embarked on a stringent recruitment process to ensure that the best candidates are selected to serve as police men and women.

A total of 5000 police trainees were selected from over 517 000 applicants. Of the 5000 trainees, 1580 are female and 3420 are male. They will all undergo training at five SAPS Academy’s nationwide being, SAPS Tshwane Academy in Gauteng, SAPS Bhisho Academy in Eastern Cape, SAPS Oudsthoorn Academy in Western Cape, SAPS Ulundi Academy in Kwa-Zulu Natal and SAPS Hammanskraal Academy in Gauteng.

The new recruits, will commence with orientation this week at the various academies where after they will be placed at a designated police station for one month. This serves as an induction phase to acquire practical on-the-job training and experience guided by an assigned mentor before they report at the SAPS training academies for the formal training programme. This process also mentally and emotionally orientates the new recruit before the commencement of the basic training on the practical side of policing. It also aims to bridge the gap between the mind-set of a civilian and police official

They will then proceed to a SAPS Academy for eight months where they are trained as police officials. This training is a combination of theory and practice which includes but is not limited to fire-arm training, legal principles and fitness assessments. Learning is enforced by continuous visits to police stations after practical sessions where the trainee is exposed to observation and practical sessions such as the registering of case dockets and the completion of official register

On successful completion of their training programme, they will be placed at different business units in the SAPS such as police stations and Public Order Police Units for a 12-month probation period, to gain further practical experience and in-service training.

About the recruitment selection process:

The successful candidates complied with the following basic enlistment requirements but not limited to the following:

Be a South African citizen by birth?

Between the ages of 18 and 30?

Be medically, mentally and physically fit to perform duties?

Be in possession of at least a senior certificate (Grade 12)?

Not have a criminal record or any criminal or departmental cases pending against him or her (all cases must be declared)?

Successful candidates underwent the following assessments in the following order:

Psychometric assessment:?

The Psychometric assessment aims to measure attributes such as intelligence, aptitude and personality to select the most suitable candidates

Physical assessment:?

Candidates were required to undertake a physical test to determine their ability to perform the physical demands inherent to operational policing.

Integrity assessment:?

For the first time, the SAPS introduced the Integrity test which is a personality test designed to assess an applicant’s tendency to be honest, trustworthy, and dependable.

Candidate Interview:?

Candidates were also interviewed by SAPS HR Officers.

Medical examinations:?

The candidates underwent medical examinations to certify their fitness to undertake strenuous exercise.

The Deputy National Commissioner for Human Resource Management in the SAPS, Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya has wished the new recruits well on their new journey.

Congratulations to our new recruits for getting through the rigorous recruitment process. With recent incidents of crime and violence involving young people both as victims and perpetrators of crime, yourselves as the youth of this country have a vital role to play to ensure that you play your part in contributing to a safe and secure South Africa for all, said Lt Gen Mgwenya.

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Khehla Sitole says the addition of more recruits is to respond to the policing demand in communities.

These new recruits are seen as a force multiplier to ensure that we strengthen frontline policing. Our hope is that these young people will assist us to realise the NDP (2030) vision which envisions that people living in South Africa feel safe at home, at school and at work, and enjoy a community life free of fear. Women should be able to walk freely in the street and children should be able to play safely outside.

All trainees are expected to pass all modules in the Basic Police Development Learning Programme to be declared fit to join the Service as a constable. Those that are found to be competent will graduate in a passing-out parade that will be held in December 2019 at the various SAPS Academies.

Source: South African Police Service

B-BBEE Commission to host annual conference

The Broad-Based Black Economic Commission (B-BBEE) will host its Annual Conference at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng tomorrow, 14 March 2019 from 09:00.

Delegates from government departments, state-owned entities, the private sector and industry, workers and civil society associations will attend the conference. The conference will be focusing on black-ownership as a priority element, with a specific emphasis on major B-BBEE transactions already registered with the B-BBEE Commission from June 2017.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies explains that the B-BBEE Commission will soon release its First Report on Major B-BBEE Transactions which will highlight amongst others, the extent of black ownership acquired, the method of financing in these deals, the extent to which they include the working class and whether or not real ownership is likely to rest in the hands of black people.

The conference will also serve as a platform to report back on the enforcement work of the B-BBEE Commission through case studies of finalised cases on the practice of fronting and the misrepresentation of B-BBEE status. Case studies of matters referred for criminal proceedings and those resolved through dispute resolution will also form part of the conference reportage, says Davies.

Davies adds that based on major B-BBEE transactions and investigations conducted to date, it was evident that a number of black ownership structures were not B-BBEE compliant and that fronting schemes remain a challenge that must be confronted.

This negatively impacts on the achievements of the objectives of the B-BBEE Act. Recent observations have also revealed that there are more Trusts and Broad-Based Schemes with no tangible black ownership that are used as vehicles for the acquisition of black ownership in transactions assessed. Not only is it important to say such schemes are unacceptable but we should take decisive action when these are not remedied by the entities following advice given, he says.

Source: Department of Trade and Industry