Brand South Africa congratulates all the Class of 2018 for successfully concluding their formal school careers. We wish the matriculants well as they pursue opportunities beyond schools, and urge them to play their part to positively contribute towards building our country.South Africa has produced sterling examples of how dynamic, tenacious and inspiring young people can play their part to fly our national flag beyond our shores including, amongst others, Phiwayinkosi Mhlongo from Bona Comprehensive School in Gauteng obtained the highest marks nationwide in Technical Mathematics, followed by Lungiswa Sibisi from Tetelo Comprehensive School, also in Gauteng. Mihlali Fipaza, from Bashee Senior Secondary School in the Western Cape, came in third.These young South Africans show us why it is critical that the National Development Plan (NDP) be implemented with haste, since all young people in our country must be empowered to achieve their full potential which will contribute to our country’s global competitiveness and reputation. The NDP has adopted a “youth lens” in preparing its proposals to ensure young people become active, contributing citizens and will see young people receiving quality education – particularly around maths and science programmes, skills transfer and training.South Africa’s matric class of 2018 achieved a total of 156,885 distinctions – a slight decline compared to the 161,081 distinctions obtained in 2017. The main provinces which contributed towards the distinctions obtained were KwaZulu-Natal with 41,734, Gauteng with 36,113, Western Cape with 24,822, Eastern Cape with 16,109 and Limpopo with 15,748. The three “rural” provinces – the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo – produced a combined total of 75,591 distinctions, equivalent to 46.9% of the total distinctions for the country.The number of distinctions attained specifically in the gateway subjects were:5,169 distinctions in Accounting, compared to 5,040 in 2017;5,828 distinctions in Mathematics, compared to 6 726 in 2017; and8,135 distinctions in Physical Science, compared to 7,861 in 2017.To the class of 2019, Brand South Africa encourages you to take up the challenge to improve upon the 2018 matric results and to grow our national skills base. We wish you luck in the year ahead and urge to seize all the opportunities this county has to offer.
The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation has sent a three-member team to Jaipur to inquire into an alleged unethical human clinical trial conducted by a pharma company at a private hospital in the Rajasthan capital, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) said on Saturday.State panel Rajasthan Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf also constituted a three-member panel to probe into the alleged incident. According to State officials, nearly two dozen people hailing from Rajasthan’s Churu and Bharatpur districts were allegedly subjected to the unethical human clinical trial for an osteo-ortho drug at the hospital. DCGI Dr. S. Eswara Reddy, in Delhi, said, “We have sent a team of three officials to Jaipur to inquire into the matter along with the State drug controller.” Mr. Saraf said a three-member panel, headed by an additional director-level officer has been constituted to probe the matter. “Action will be taken, if lapses are found, the Health Minister said. Hospital visitedThe panel on Saturday visited the hospital located in Vishwakarma Industrial Area to initiate the probe. “Principal investigator and patients enrolled in the clinical trial were not available at the site. We have asked the hospital staff to provide necessary documents related to the trial,” Dr. Ravi Prakash Sharma, the head of the three-member probe panel constituted by the State government, said.
Hours after five persons were bludgeoned to death in Dhule district by a mob that suspected them to be child-lifters, a family of five narrowly escaped a similar fate in Nashik district late on Sunday night.The police said a huge mob, fed on social media rumours about a child lifting gang, came looking for the victims in the Azad Nagar locality of Malegaon. The victims Gajanan Sahebrao Gire, his wife Sindhubai, their two-year-old child, Sindhubai’s sister Anusaya and another relative Yogesh — all hailing from Parbhani district — were apparently asking for money along Malegaon’s Ali Akbar Road area to pay for their return back home.“Around 11 p.m. , we got a call about some persons being assaulted by a mob on suspicion of being child lifters. The police rushed to the scene and managed to pacify the restive mob,” said Harssh Poddar, IGP, Nashik Range. However, when the police attempted to take some of them into custody, the crowd turned violent. The mob, which had swelled by then, began hurling stones on the security personnel. “One police vehicle was overturned and the windscreens of some vans were smashed. A reserve team was rushed to the spot and only then did we manage to quell the violence,” said Sub-Inspector Milind Navgire.He said the police took the family, which had taken shelter in a building along Ali Akbar road, safely to a nearby police station.Another official from the Malegaon police station said a case under sections 143, 147, 149 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been lodged against unidentified persons at the Azad Nagar police station. No arrests had yet been made.
Hashim Amla(left) and Moeen AliThe current Investec Test match series between India and England features a bearded cricketer of Pakistani descent. His name is Moeen Ali and he plays for England.Ali, who sports a long black beard along with a shaved head, resembles South African Test captain Hashim Amla closely. Ali, 23, recently scored a fighting hundred (108 not out) against the victorious Sri Lankan side and managed to cement his place in the English cricket team as a lower order batsman and off-spinner.The similarity, though, ends with the looks. Here are other vital statistics of the two Test cricketers.
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The Prime Minister noted that Marcus Garvey Drive, which runs through one of Jamaica’s major industrial zones, is a pivotal link to existing and potential factory, logistics and port facilities and developments. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is taking a strategic approach to improving Jamaica’s road network.He pointed out that due to budget constraints, the Government cannot undertake repair or upgrading of every road that needs such work at the same time.As such, he said, priority is being placed on roads that are in close proximity to the centres of industry and commerce and can create the level of connectivity to facilitate seamless commuting.“So persons have to appreciate and understand that the Government has to be strategic to address your needs. If we don’t fix your road this year, it doesn’t mean that it will never be fixed… but that we are putting a plan in place to ensure that we can fix your road… and we are serious about that,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at last week’s opening of the newly upgraded Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston.The US$20.5-million project, which was undertaken by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC), entailed significant upgrading of 2.44 kilometres of the roadway between East Avenue and Harbour Street.Key features include widening of the roadway from four to six lanes; construction of sidewalks and a median to separate the eastbound from westbound traffic; installation of traffic signals, street lights and the requisite signs and markings; and major drainage improvements.The project was executed under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) with funding support from the Government of the People’s Republic of China.The Prime Minister noted that Marcus Garvey Drive, which runs through one of Jamaica’s major industrial zones, is a pivotal link to existing and potential factory, logistics and port facilities and developments.“So, when we decided to fix this road that is carrying 40,000 motorists every day, which is near to the ports (and) near to where we can develop logistics, this illustrates how that connectivity will drive (economic growth),” the Prime Minister explained.Mr. Holness informed that several other roads are either being upgraded or earmarked for improvements under the MIDP.These, he said, include the US$64-million Mandela Highway project now under way, which entails widening of the road from four to six lanes, for which a US$68-million extension has been signed incorporating a section of Spanish Town Road.“When we are finished, you should be able to move (seamlessly) from Three Miles to the Old Harbour Road roundabout,” the Prime Minister said.He further highlighted the US$4.4-million Barbican Road improvement project, which commenced in August and is slated for completion in December. This project entails significant upgrading of 1.1 kilometres of the 3.75-kilometre roadway, which is expected to alleviate traffic congestion in that area.Earmarked projects include the widening of Hagley Park Road in Kingston, for which lands have been acquired; Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew for which plans have been developed and land acquisition is in progress; and the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project, the commencement of which is expected to be announced shortly.The Prime Minister also mentioned the Ferris to Mackfield Road in Westmoreland, for which the designs have been completed and negotiations for its implementation are in progress.He advised that the designs, road alignments and traffic study have been done for the Montego Bay bypass road. “We have to now finalise the costing and find a programme under which to accommodate (it),” he said. Story Highlights Key features include widening of the roadway from four to six lanes; construction of sidewalks and a median to separate the eastbound from westbound traffic; installation of traffic signals, street lights and the requisite signs and markings; and major drainage improvements. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is taking a strategic approach to improving Jamaica’s road network.