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Registration help for Zimbabweans

first_img1 October 2010 South Africa has taken a number of steps to help Zimbabweans living in the country to get their residence and other documents in order – including setting up a call centre, and a special monitoring team including NGOs and members of Zimbabwe’s MDC party.Special dispensation ends 31 December The South African government announced in August that, as of 31 December 2010, it would be ending a special dispensation allowing Zimbabweans to stay in the country without residence permits. The decision was taken following an agreement between Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and her Zimbabwean counterparts. Dlamini-Zuma said the original agreement between South Africa and Zimbabwe was that the special dispensation would be in place for 12 months, from April 2009 to April 2010. The government had decided to extend this period in order to give Zimbabweans time to apply for the travel documents, study or work permits they needed to ensure that their stay in South Africa was legal. A toll-free call centre has been put in place to help affected Zimbabweans: people wanting more information about the registration process can call 0800 864 488 or 0800 601 190. ‘No mass deportation’ Several non-governmental organisations have criticised the move, saying it would lead to massive deportation of vulnerable Zimbabweans. However, Dlamini-Zuma said that Pretoria and Harare will be working together to ensure that all undocumented Zimbabweans in South Africa were documented before the end of the year. From 1 January 2011, those who were unregistered would face being deported – but this did not mean that South African officials would be embarking on a mass deportation campaign. “We will not just be deporting people come 31 December,” Dlamini-Zuma said. “We are merely saying that all undocumented people must get their documents during this period to ensure that by January 1 next year their stay in South Africa is regularised. That is absolutely normal; every country does it.”Amnesty The government has also granted amnesty to Zimbabweans who obtained South African identification documents fraudulently, on condition that they returned these documents to the Home Affairs Department as soon as possible. Businesses or educational institutions who had undocumented Zimbabweans in their organizations would also not be punished. Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said this week that thousands of Zimbabweans had come forward since the registration process started on 20 September. However, there had been much confusion about which documents were needed in order to complete the process, which had led to many Zimbabweans being turned away after standing in long queues at Home Affairs offices.‘Bring correct supporting documents’ Apleni said that, while Home Affairs was issuing permits to qualifying Zimbabweans free of charge, the normal processes still applied, and Zimbabweans had to bring the correct supporting documents with them when came to apply. Apleni explained that according to the agreement between Pretoria and Harare, the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria and its consulates would assist with issuing valid travel documents to Zimbabweans living in South Africa. Zimbabweans then had to take these travel documents, together with their supporting documents, to any of Home Affairs’ 46 regional offices countrywide. There they would fill in an application form and have their fingerprints taken. Applicants would be informed via SMS of the status of their application. Explaining what ws meant by “supporting documents”, Apleni said: “If you’re a domestic worker, your employer must submit an affidavit [stating employment]. If you are doing business, you need to produce proof of your business operations.” He called on South African businesses and learning institutions to provide Zimbabwean employees and students with affidavits verifying their status. “In this regard, we wish to assure South African businesses and employers that no punitive measures will follow such declaration of their employees.” To help with the long queues, Home Affairs had deployed an additional 200 officials, both at headquarters and throughout the provinces, to facilitate the process. Apleni said the department would also implement a queue management system, in addition to the monitoring system that had already been set up to identify problems areas. center_img Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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World of sport pays tribute to Mandela

first_img6 December 2013The global sporting community was united in expressing its respect and love for Nelson Mandela after his passing on Thursday, with sports administrators and personalities from Gary Player to Tiger Woods paying tribute to a man who was able to harness the power of sport to bring people together.Mandela’s love of sport was well known, and some of the most iconic images of the renowned stateman involved sport: Mandela presenting the Rugby World Cup to Francois Pienaar in the 1995 while wearing Pienaar’s number six jersey; Mandela smiling alongside Neil Tovey as Tovey raised the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 1996; Mandela raising the Fifa World Cup trophy in joy after South Africa won the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.‘A true icon’“Madiba was a true icon of inspiration and as much as South Africa owes so much to him, so does rugby,” South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins said in a statement on Friday. “Through his extraordinarily vision, he was able to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup as an instrument to help promote nation-building just one year after South Africa’s historic first democratic election.“Mr Mandela was also instrumental in retaining the Springbok as the emblem for our national team at a time when a chorus of voices advocated a change of the symbol, for various reasons,” Hoskins said. “It was an act of reconciliation and generosity of spirit which no one could have expected.”‘Catalyst’ for SA’s 2010 bidSouth African Football Association president Danny Jordaan said Mandela “was responsible for lifting the spirits of our football nation … to victory at the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations,” adding that he had “served as the catalyst in our bid for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Fifa president Sepp Blatter recalled: “When Mandela was honoured and cheered by the crowd at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium on 11 July 2010, it was as a man of the people, a man of their hearts, and it was one of the most moving moments I have ever experienced. For him, the World Cup in South Africa truly was ‘a dream come true’.“Nelson Mandela will stay in our hearts forever,” Blatter said. “The memories of his remarkable fight against oppression, his incredible charisma and his positive values will live on in us and with us.“As a mark of respect and mourning, the flags of the 209 member associations at the Home of Fifa will be flown at half-mast and there will be a minute’s silence before the next round of international matches.”‘Incredible impact’Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani said Mandela’s love for sport “and his appreciation of what it could do to unify the country is legendary. He was a keen amateur boxer in his youth, but he loved all sporting codes across the board, and in it he saw the foundations for a healthy future for all the youth of the country.”International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset said Mandela “was a truly remarkable man. I was honoured to be with him during the historic days of Rugby World Cup 1995 and saw his incredible impact on his nation and his people. His wisdom, intelligence and sheer presence was a wonder to behold.“I am so proud that the rugby family could play its small part in supporting Mr Mandela’s efforts to establish the new South Africa, and that our tournament came to symbolise the emergence of a new nation,” Lapasset said. “He changed the world, and we were privileged to witness and embrace his work.”‘Unwavering dedication’Former Proteas wicketkeeper and current CEO of the International Cricket Council, Dave Richardson, said Mandela “was celebrated for his unwavering dedication to human rights, equality and respect. He was and will forever remain a true hero.”South African golfing legend Gary Player wrote on Twitter: “Nelson Mandela’s courage, forgiveness, love & hope inspired people around the world. He made me want to be a better man. RIP Tata.”Golfer Tiger Woods tweeted: “Pop & I felt your aura when we met, I feel it today & I will feel it forever. You have done so much for humanity. You will always be in my heart Mr. Mandela.”Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson said: “Nelson Mandela was the embodiment of discipline, courage, love and forgiveness. There is no future without forgiveness”.‘Unwavering love’Lennox Lewis, also an undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion, stated: “He lived a life of example through his dedication, commitment and unwavering love, not only for his brothers and sisters in South Africa, but for the entire human race.“He will forever remain THE blueprint of strength, grace and dignity, in both, the face of oppression and the privilege of power. I have very rarely, if ever, witnessed strength and compassion on his level. His legacy will continue to help shape the world for many generations to come.”‘How you can help people’Serena Williams, a winner of 32 Grand Slam titles and the number one women’s tennis player in the world, commented: “Nelson Mandela led one if the most impactful lives of our time. Meeting him helped me to understand life is full of ups and downs. But how you recover from the downs and how you can help people no matter what race or background by your choices and decisions.“One life – Nelson Mandela’s life changed many. May his legacy live forever. Rev 21:4.”Former Springbok rugby captain John Smit shared: “A day we knew was coming but hoped never would, a man we didn’t have for long enough but left a lifelong legacy. Madiba we will never forget.”last_img read more

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Pacquiao makes time for son

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LAS VEGAS—Manny Pacquiao shifts from fight mode to fatherhood just as quickly as he throws combination punches.Originally set to fly back to Manila on Tuesday, his camp announced the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion may take a side trip to Hong Kong to watch his eldest son, Jimuel, compete in a basketball tournament for Brent International School Manila where the younger Pacquiao is in senior high school.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “The Palace is one with the entire Filipino people in celebrating Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s title defense over Adrien Broner,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Pacquiao’s victory is proof that “age is just a number and no goal is insurmountable if there is hard work.”Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. also invited Pacquiao, a colonel in the Army reserve force, to a celebration in Camp Aguinaldo. —WITH REPORTS FROM JEANNETTE ANDRADE, JULIE AURELIOADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img The 17-year-old Pacquiao is also fond of boxing, something that his father said “made me sad.”“We don’t have a single boxing equipment in the house but we have a basketball court,” said Pacquiao, whose son has all the tapes of his fights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I would catch him in his room shadow boxing,” said Pacquiao, 40. “But I don’t want him to become a boxer.”Meanwhile, Malacañang congratulated Pacquiao for defending his WBA title against Adrien Broner on Sunday. PSI gets full Fina backing Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View commentslast_img read more

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Minister Falconer Hails Jamaica’s No. 1 Press Rating

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Information in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer has hailed Jamaica’s number one standing in Press freedom in the Western Hemisphere as “a significant recognition of Jamaica’s democratic tradition and our sacred regard for Press freedom”. The Minister was reacting on Wednesday, January 30, to the just-published global report on Press freedom by the highly regarded Parish-based Reporters Without Borders, which showed that Jamaica has overtaken Canada as the country which boasts the highest level of Press freedom in the Western Hemisphere. Jamaica is ranked 13th in the 179-country ranking, ahead of the United States (32), Britain (29), Canada (20) Germany(17) and Switzerland (14). Minister Falconer said that legislation, such as the Access to Information Act, and the Broadcasting Commission and Radio Re-diffusion Act, as well as Government policy to open up and diversify the media landscape, has considerably strengthened the foundations of Press freedom in Jamaica. She reiterated the commitment of the Government to table in Parliament, before the end of this legislative year, a Bill which will eliminate criminal libel and increase freedom of speech.  The Minister said the Government is “resolutely committed” to the preservation and advancement of Press freedom in Jamaica, as it sees Press freedom as inextricably linked to democracy. “This Government will do nothing to impede the work of journalists in the exercise of their duties on behalf of the people and acting as watchdogs of our democracy,” she pledged. She pointed to the restructuring of what was the Cabinet Press briefing to what is now the Jamaica House Press briefing, where  journalists have wider access to public officials as well as Government Ministers. Senator Falconer added that there have been regularly scheduled meetings with Government communicators across all ministries, departments and agencies, “with my clear instruction that journalists must be given access to information and must be facilitated in their work of informing the Jamaican people.”  She said the robustness of the Jamaican press is one of the things which the entire country could be proud of, in a world where many people do not enjoy these rights. She noted that Jamaica’s ranking in the latest Reporters Without Borders survey is an improvement on the 2012 Freedom of the Press report by Freedom House, where Jamaica was ranked 22.last_img read more

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Tales from bygone times

first_imgArth, experimentation with physical theatre, embedded into a periodical story was performed by students of Shri Ram Centre of Performing Arts on March 24 at Shri Ram Centre. The Hindi play leaves an imprint in Indian theatre with an innovative perspective to a periodical story.Written and directed by Niloy Roy, the play’s two consecutive shows challenged human limitations along with parameters of story-telling capability in an unconventional way.  It has hardly been seen in India that a periodical story is being told in this format where actors are more than real, yet maintaining a well directed aesthetic sense of performance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Their physical capability matched the rhythms of nagara and taal that was well assisted by well thought classical vocal ragas.  The breakup of scenes into elegant use of colours, choreographed movements and the usage of stage kept the audience spellbound. Though the language had been essentially Hindi in its pristine form, today’s generation as well as audience from this metro city, were captivated by the visual accomplishment. The story does not take us to any specific personality in the history, rather depicting the larger global issue of economic imbalance and political interference that can be easily equated with contemporary economical situation. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixArth, the substance or the financial value as it might be connoted, is a periodical play that is set in 320 BC. The play reveals intricacies of values in life and society, when even Mauryan empire falls prey to internal conflicts of a human being. Though non-specific to any particular historical character, Arth brings the essence of economical dominance marred by political lineages.Chanakya, Bindusara and their lives are catalysts to the changes in pages of history but the play revolves around the dilemmas of common man and their rebellious disposition to create their own liberated thought process, embalmed by the advent of political and religious change. The political conflict between Takshshila and Mauryan Empire is the symbolic expression of dominance and veiled manipulation of financial axis to control the livelihood and resources.last_img read more

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Senco announces Bangle Utsav 2019

first_imgSenco Gold & Diamonds, one of the largest jewellery retail chains of India and headquartered in Kolkata, announced the commencement of ‘Bangle Utsav 2019’ with more than 5000 exquisite designs to choose from for people on April 8, 2019.Apart from this, the jewellery chain also unveiled exciting offers and discounts on the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya. The prices of jewellery start from Rs 7000, and making charges range from 8% to 20%. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking at the occasion about the new range, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, said: “Bangle Utsav for us is a celebration of womanhood. It’s a tribute to the Indian women of today, who straddle multiple roles and play a critical role in shaping our society. Our endeavour is to adorn their beautiful hands with beautiful bangles since these are the hands that pamper, indulge, decide and believe.” Apart from the unique jewellery range, the retail chain also treats its customers with exciting offers from April 10 – May 10 – Win one lac worth rupees of Bangles everyday, Rs 120 off on every gram of gold jewellery, 10% discount on making charges of silver items, 10% discount on gemstones and a chance to meet the KKR team, to name a few. Founded in the year 1938 by Late MC Sen, it is one of the oldest jewellery organisations in India, having 89 stores spread across the country. Over the years, the retain chain, which is the largest jewellery retail chain from Eastern India has managed to offer an array of products and discounts for every occasion, with more than 10,000 new designs being developed every year.last_img read more

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Second annual nationwide survey puts spotlight on homebased agents

first_imgTags: Home Based Agents, Sphere Second annual nationwide survey puts spotlight on home-based agents Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, February 21, 2018 center_img Nine out of 10 home-based agents believe they have a better work life balance than when they worked in an agency. The statistic is just one of many new insights into home-based agents in the second annual independent nationwide survey of Canadian hosted travel agents, conducted over the month of January.The sampling this year tripled in response size to over 500, adding additional credibility to the findings. It is estimated that over 35% of travel agents in Canada are now independent, home based contractors.The Travel Agent Next Door funded the research that was conducted by an independent consulting firm, and is sharing the results with the industry.A startling 91.9% of agents who moved over to become home-based agents said they were happier than when they worked in an agency.The agents also reported a better quality of life, with various reasons cited, including more time to travel and more time with family, the ability to work from anywhere, plus the ability to ‘be my own boss’.The survey reveals that 52% of the home based agents who responded have only ever worked as a home based agent, which suggests that home-based agents have been around for longer than is commonly thought.However, the statistic also reflects the growing number of new people coming into the industry as hosted agents working from home after taking their training.The survey also reveals that 87.3% of agents who responded are over 40, and 28.5% are over 60, and most of this group worked for many years in an agency or call centre, which confirms that many home-based agents are highly experienced and are converting to home-based later in their careers.When asked what services are the most important in a host agency, agents cited customized websites, the ability to work with management, the level of support and the ability to network with other agents.Just over 45% of hosted agents said they are ‘very to extremely ‘happy with their host agency, however 12 % said they were ‘unhappy to very unhappy’.The Travel Agent Next Door will feature further findings from the survey in this space next month. Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more

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