FRTUL Debunks Duncan’s Statements

first_imgThe administration of the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) has refuted claims by Crayton Duncan, former office assistant to former Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Governor J. Mills Jones, that he (Crayton) controlled various organizations, including FRTUL, to ensure their inclusion in the former Governor’s business financial aid schemes.According to a statement issued by FRTUL, Mr. Duncan did not control or influence the transport union through its connection with Dr. Jones.“We at FRTUL wish to make it clear with emphasis that Mr. Duncan has held no control or influence, and will never have control of FRTUL,” the statement read.It may be recalled that a fortnight ago Mr. Duncan, who served as office assistant to Dr. Jones for several years, came out to disassociate himself from the former Governor and pledged support to Vice President Joseph Boakai’s presidential bid.Among his many allegations on radio in Monrovia, Duncan claimed he controlled and made it possible for most business organizations, including the FRTUL, to be financially empowered through the CBL microcredit loans.Mr. Duncan has no followers or supporters in FRTUL as he claimed and never would, said the statement read by the organization’s Secretary General, Joe S. Wollie in Monrovia yesterday.It added that FRTUL has a structure with the President-General as its head.The statement noted that FRTUL has a National Executive Council, which is not only the highest decision making body, but is also clothed with the authority to make policy decisions and provide strategic direction for the organization.The FRTUL position statement quoted Mr. Duncan as saying that FRTUL was in political discussions with him (Duncan), something the organization said never happened.According to the organization, the warm reception its members gave Dr. Jones in various counties was to show their deepest appreciation for the “invaluable contributions” Dr. Jones made to transform the lives of ordinary Liberians, including FRTUL members.FRTUL said it was predicated upon Dr. Jones’s contributions to them that the administration and members conferred on him the title of “Chief Driver of the Union”.This, according to FRTUL, was not done through the influence of Mr. Duncan, but was instead done from conviction and belief in Dr. Jones’s work, which they claimed is making a significant impact on their lives as ordinary Liberians.FRTUL further denied having any political discussion with Duncan as he claimed. They said their members were able to freely talk to Dr. Jones because he allows all irrespective of status to interact with him.The umbrella organization for FRTUL and other organizations is the Grand Coalition of Liberian Organizations (GRANDCOALIO).As a member of GRANDCOALIO, FRTUL’s administration noted that Duncan has also never been a member or a part of GRANDCOALIO, clarifying that the current leadership of GRANDCOALIO came into existence through a democratic mandate during a 2013 meeting in Monrovia.FRTUL’s leadership said it is revealing the information to correct and dispel what it refers to as “falsehoods” spread by Mr. Duncan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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IFC, Chamber of Commerce in Confab Today: Address Women’s Absence in Formal Biz

first_img– Advertisement – A one-day women entrepreneurs conference intended to raise awareness on the benefits of having a diverse board and supporting the need for targeting more women to become actively involved in business, will be held today by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in partnership with the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC).The conference will bring together women entrepreneurs, executive leaders, experts, as well as government officials to discuss the challenges faced by women in accessing boards and more formal business spaces. The conference will also consider strategies for proactive progress in diverse board agenda.Mrs. Motimah M. Neufville, program officer at the LCC, who spoke to our Business Desk yesterday via phone, said diversity and inclusion is a major issue in businesses in Liberia and within the Liberian Chamber of Commerce.According to her, there is strong evidence globally that the inclusion of women in decision-making has a demonstrable effect in improving the performance of organizations (companies); and in doing so, it positively impacts on the sector and general national economic growth.Quoting the IFC report, Madam Neufville said women in the country are much more likely than men to be self-employed (69 percent of women compared to 56 percent of men). However, the majority of female entrepreneurs in Liberia continue to work informally and in low-productivity sectors, “mainly in small retail and trade.”Among entrepreneurs, she said women are more likely than men to own completely informal enterprises (60 percent of women compared to 45 percent of men). She said wholesale and retail trade, the second-most important sector for overall employment in Liberia after agriculture, employs around 35 percent of the female workforce (compared to just 15 percent of employed men).“The Liberia Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to being the most representative business association and a trusted voice of the private sector in Liberia. Since the establishment of the Chamber in 1951 (66 years ago), there has not been a female president, although there have been two female vice chairs. At the recent election of its new corps of officers in March, not one female was nominated nor elected to the Executive Council, which includes past presidents (all males),” she said.Madam Neufville further disclosed that close to 300 top companies and business associations form the chamber’s membership.“However, less than 5 percent of our members are female-owned. This lack of diversity and inclusion with business member organizations and boards of companies is not unique to the LCC, it applies across the board in Liberia,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man accused of stabbing his 9-year-old cousin

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BELLFLOWER – A young man was in custody today on suspicion of repeatedly stabbing his 9-year-old cousin, killing the girl during during a family gathering in Bellflower, authorities said. The stabbing occurred at 7:47 p.m. yesterday in the 10400 block of Lowemont Street near McNab Avenue, said Deputy Hugo Macias of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The girl was with her family as they visited the home of a relative, sheriff’s Lt. Dan Rosenberg told an On Scene Video camera crew at the site of the tragedy. Her cousin, a man in his 20s, got into some kind of confrontation with her and stabbed her multiple times, he said. The girl was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where she died, Rosenberg said. The suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of homicide and being held without bail. Neither his name nor the name of the victim were immediately released.last_img read more

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Duke scientists map `silenced’ genes

first_imgThe Duke map verified those 40 and identified 156 more. Researchers fed DNA sequences into a computer program that decoded patterns pointing to the presence of imprinted genes instead of active ones. Many of the newly found imprinted genes are in regions of chromosomes already linked to the development of obesity, diabetes, cancer and some other major diseases, the researchers reported. One, for example, appears to prevent bladder cancer. A second appears to play a role in causing various cancers and may affect epilepsy and bipolar disorder. Scientists had thought imprinted genes would account for about 1 percent of the human genome. While scientists must double-check that the newly identified ones are truly silenced, the new map matches that tally. “It’s a fascinating paper,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Volkow praised the new mapping method for speeding the slow discovery of these genes. She said finding which genes are imprinted is important for a bigger question: How do behavioral or environmental factors tip the balance for someone who is genetically predisposed to a health problem? Previous work by Jirtle and others shows the environment can reprogram how some genes operate, making them speed up or slow down or work at the wrong time. In a groundbreaking 2003 experiment, Jirtle fed pregnant mice different nutrients to alter the coat color of their babies. The feed affected chemical signals that control how hard a certain gene worked, determining when the babies had yellow coats like Mom or brown ones. “It’s not just about the sequence of your genes, but how that sequence is turned on and off by environmental exposures that is likely to determine whether you will be healthy,” Volkow said. Imprinted genes “are likely to be particularly susceptible to environmental factors.” Sometimes imprinting goes awry before birth, leaving a normally silenced gene “on” or silencing one that should not be. Faulty gene imprinting leads to some devastating developmental disorders, such as Angelman syndrome, which causes mental retardation. Now a question is how imprinting may be changed to reactivate an imprinted gene after birth.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Remember biology class where you learned that children inherit one copy of a gene from Mom and a second from Dad? There’s a twist: Some of those genes arrive switched off, so there is no backup if the other copy goes bad, making you more vulnerable to disorders from obesity to cancer. Duke University scientists now have identified these “silenced genes,” creating the first map of this unique group of about 200 genes believed to play a profound role in people’s health. More intriguing, the work marks an important step in studying how our environment – food, stress, pollution – interacts with genes to help determine why some people get sick and others do not. “What we have is a bag of gold nuggets,” lead researcher Dr. Randy Jirtle said about the collection of “imprinted” genes. The team’s findings were published online today by the journal Genome Research. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsNext comes work to prove exactly what role these genes play. “Some will be real gold and some will be fool’s gold,” Jirtle added. Usually, people inherit a copy of each gene from each parent and both copies are active, programmed to do their jobs whenever needed. If one copy of a gene becomes mutated and quits working properly, often the other copy can compensate. Genetic imprinting knocks out that backup. It means that for some genes, people inherit an active copy only from the mother or only from the father. Molecular signals tell, or “imprint,” the copy from the other parent to be silent. Jirtle compared it to flying a two-engine airplane with one engine cut off. If the other engine quits, the plane crashes. In genetic terms, if one tumor-suppressing gene is silenced and the active one breaks down, a person is more susceptible to cancer. Only animals that have live births have imprinted genes. It was not until 1991 that it was proved that humans had them. Until now, only about 40 human imprinted genes had been identified. last_img read more

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Sol Campbell ‘did nothing wrong’ and should be invited to White Hart Lane party

first_imgFootball agent Sky Andrew believes former Tottenham captain Sol Campbell should have been invited to attend the club’s last home fixture at White Hart Lane.The retired defender has been overlooked by the north London club ahead of their final match at their current White Hart Lane stadium on May 14.Campbell became a hate figure among fans following his decision to quit Spurs and join their deadly north London rivals Arsenal in 2001.But Andrew believes Campbell’s decision to leave for Arsenal was for purely football reasons and should not come in the way of him attending the landmark occasion.“I would like to see him invited. Spurs are a fantastic club – they’re doing great – they’ve probably got the best [starting] 11 in the world,” Andrew told Drivetime.“It would be great for him to be there for the last game at the Lane and for everybody to finish on a good note.”Campbell infamously left Tottenham for Arsenal on a free transfer before enjoying a trophy laden spell with their north London rivals.But Andrew insists his client fulfilled his duties with his former club and that a lack of silverware was the major motive in his decision to leave.  “Sol Campbell did absolutely nothing wrong,” Andrew said.“You cannot castigate a player for honouring his contract. I know people say things like: Sol Campbell did it on purpose.“How can he do it on purpose? How could a player with two or three years left on his contract think: I’m going to see my contract out.“Too many things happen – you break your leg, you lose form – I just want to make it clear that Sol Campbell did absolutely nothing wrong.“It was his responsibility to play football and it was the club’s responsibility to offer players contracts, and to offer them the right contract at the right time.“He wasn’t offered a contract early, but I have a lot of respect for the people who were in control of the club at the time.“I’ve got a lot of respect for Alan Sugar – and I know a lot fans criticise him – but Alan Sugar is a very straight person, who tries to do things straight.“But all that happened – and this happens at a lot of clubs – you’ve got a player that absolutely fulfils his potential at a club. And then there’s a problem if the club isn’t fulfilling its potential as well.“But I can tell you, it was such a difficult decision for Sol. He refused to speak to any club. We were in January, February, March – he refused to speak to any club.“No club in Europe can say that Sol Campbell agreed to speak to them, because he wanted to sort out the situation with Spurs.“At that time, he was only thinking about staying with Spurs. In the end, he maybe saw his aspirations elsewhere, but I’m telling you now – that was very late in the day.”The club have invited 80 former players and managers to the match with Manchester United on May 14.last_img read more

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FORMER HARPS BOSS MCGOWAN GETS COURT DATE FOR BATTLE WITH FAI BOSS DELANEY

first_imgA date has been set for a courtroom battle between FAI boss John Delaney and a former Finn Harps manager Patsy McGowan.Ballybofey man McGowan is suing the FAI boss over claims that he has been prevented from making a living as a sports pundit.The case is to be heard at the High Court in Dublin on November 27 and 28th. Among those set to give evidence in the case is former FAI boss Brendan Menton – John Delaney’s predecessor.Other witnesses including Irish soccer managers Roddy Collins and Dermot Keely may also be called as witnesses.McGowan, who led Finn Harps to FAI Cup glory, claims that Mr Delaney and the FAI threatened to sue two newspapers which Mr McGowan was writing for in previous years.In court papers the former manager says that he was prevented from earning a living because of the threats by Mr Delaney and the FAI.He is now seeking compensation and an apology from Mr Delaney and the FAI.FORMER HARPS BOSS MCGOWAN GETS COURT DATE FOR BATTLE WITH FAI BOSS DELANEY was last modified: October 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtFAIfinn harpsJohn DelaneyPatsy McGowanlast_img read more

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The World Cup’s greatest kits in every tournament from 1966 to 1994

first_imgWEST GERMANY 1974Netherlands“The classic Oranje jersey is beloved around the world, but this version is even more unique. A Puma-endorsed Johann Cruyff refused to wear adidas’ three striped national team jersey and a compromise was made allowing the master to play in his very own bespoke two-striped shirts, socks and shorts, with no adi logo!”Zaire“Zaire will forever be remembered for this infamous entry, worn home and away with a huge flocked encircled Leopard emblem centrally on their chest.”West Germany“West Germany had worn pure white shirts and black kit before but somehow, in their home country, when winning the World Cup with the black round neck collar it looked its most striking.”ARGENTINA 1978Peru“Peru had worn their respected and loved ‘sash’ shirt in 1970 but somehow, with better TV coverage, it was the 1978 version which left us all in such awe.”Scotland“Forever associated with Archie Gemmill chipping keepers. Umbro made up for past rule regulation with this kit and splashed their diamond logo on ‘taping’ all down the arms and along the top of the glorious red socks, too.”Mexico“Aesthetically speaking, there is nothing special about my third entry. But for a nerd and fashionista like me, the fact Levis made the shirt for Mexico at this World Cup makes it near the top of my Holy Grail of football shirts.” Tossing a coin before kick-off of one of the great World Cup shocksItaly 0 North Korea 1Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough1966#Boro #WorldCup #Middlesbrough #Teesside pic.twitter.com/paYLByQMTt— BoroThenandNow (@BoroHistory) March 4, 2018 Retro kits Leonardo CUELLAR & Hugo SANCHEZ (Mexico 1978) with Levi’s Jersey pic.twitter.com/5u4ovpoLGK— Old School Panini (@OldSchoolPanini) January 18, 2018 Retro shirts The greatest ever England World Cup kits, as chosen by the aficionados The most stylish goalkeeper tops in World Cup history Soviet Union“CCCP make their mark again, but this time with their pure red jerseys still emblazoned with CCCP.” Every away kit in the 2018 World Cup ranked MEXICO 1970Brazil and England (both home)“Still in the innocent and pure days when no sponsors were visible and plain pattern classicism ruled; the epitomy being the most famous shirt swap of all time. Pele and Bobby Moore exchanged their tops on the pitch and the rest of the world never forgot them.”center_img The ultimate World Cup kit guide part II, including Croatia’s stunning design #WC1966: #NorthKorea pic.twitter.com/ay8oLamytp— OldFootballPhotos (@OldFootball11) April 22, 2018 Soviet Union kit from the 1970 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/QUDVcZ8dhh— John Devlin (@TrueColoursKits) May 5, 2017 SPAIN 1982England“Never shy of controversy, Admiral produced a shirt which was controversial at the time, as it was the first time the colours of the Union flag had been added to an England World Cup shirt. However, it paid off and this one proved to be very popular with the fans.”Belgium“Admrial stuck again, but unfortunately for a proud Welshman, who’s side wore the same classic ‘Tramline’ Admiral logo taping, it was Belgium who wore this jersey on the big stage. You often see a shot of around six Belgians clad in this shirt closing in on a certain Maradona.”France“Pure beauty this shirt, from a national side who have a great canon of great shirts. Simple pinstripes with huge embroiedered cockerel a symphony of beauty in home blue or away white, finished with the iconic adidas trefoil logo. Swoon.”MEXICO 1986Denmark“Boy did Hummel make a splash. Who can forget the excitement and daring of the young Danish side, who gained equal acclaim for their now iconic ‘split’ pinstripe jerseys, beautiful and striking in both home and away? It’s often found in the top five favourite jerseys of all kit officianados.”Argentina“Argentina had worn beautiful and classic sky blue and white striped shirts before, notably in 1978, but the fact this one was topped off with an enhancing flocked Le Coq Sportif logo whislt Maradona danced his way into World Cup folklore makes it special.”Brazil“Again, Brazil had worn their iconic golden yellow jerseys to acclaim over the years, but for a nerd like me, the fact it was made by Brazilian brand Topper with their special T logo and worn by the likes of Zico and Socrates,makes it even better for me.”ITALY 1990West Germany“Year zero in terms of World Cup shirt design to kit collectors, especially those of a more youthful bent. The World Cup where kit graphic design truly showed its face. Most famously it was with West Germany, the eventual winners wearing their zig zag graphic shirt to glory and opening the box for some later kit horrors to come.”Colombia“One of my favourite shirts of all time was worn by Carlos Valderrama et al. Beautiful in home yellow and away red, adidas once again played with graphics, this time on the arm, finished with the team’s logo. It just works beyond belief.”Cameroon“Cameroon dazzled in shadow pinstripes, obscure bright green and white details, all fused with Roger Milla dancing around a corner flag to make me go weak at the knees when I think back to my first visit to a World Cup – at Italia ’90.”USA 1994USA (away)“Trust the Americans to rip up the rule book when it comes to shirt design. The home was far out, based on the stripes of the National flag, but the away was one step further, with the fluttering stars of the flag but this time over a Faux Denim finish, superb.”Romania“A great side who played with verve clad in excellent home and away kits utilising the new(ish) adidas Equipment style logo markings to great effect.”Nigeria (away)“I really think kit suppliers should utilise national clothing patterns more and adidas took the opportunity to do just that at the 1994 World Cup with their shirts for the Nigeria national team, utilising traditional patterns of the national dress. The away version is forever associated with Daniel Amokachi clad in it whilst grabbing the back of the net.” Perusing the 2018 World Cup kits, talkSPORT.com’s mind drifted back in time to previous editions and offerings.So what did we do? We asked football kit aficionado Neal Heard to talk us through his three favourite kits at each World Cup from 1966 to USA ’94. Why did we ask Neal’s advice? Just have a look at The Football Shirts Book he wrote and, if that isn’t enough, he is also taking his Art of the Football Shirt exhibition global. Follow him on Twitter @nealheardauthor for details.ENGLAND 1966“The Umbro World Cup when it comes to jerseys, as 10 of the 16 qualifiers wore the illustrious English brand, alas for them, it was an era when logos were banned from external visibility. Times have changed, eh?”England (away)“Some shirts become famous more become of circumstance, and England’s away version is the best case in point. It’s forever etched into collective consciences with people running on the pitch and toothless dancers!”Soviet Goalkeeper“The Soviet Union shirt was an early example of political literation, with CCCP literally stitched across the shirt – the best of all was the pure black of ace goalie [Lev] Yashin.”North Korea“The plucky underdogs stole the nation’s heart, particularly of those in Middlesbrough where they were based, after putting out the mighty Italians. Both their home and away shirts featured the country’s flag boldly on the chest and, against Chile, it featured a black band in honour of earthquake victims in the country a few years before; ‘special shirts’ before special shirts existed, eh?!” CLASSIC KITS Every single 2018 World Cup kit revealed PICTURE SPECIAL last_img read more

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‘We’re going to the playoffs this year’: Khris Davis’ walk-off walk against Rangers instills confidence in Athletics clubhouse

first_imgKhris Davis chooses his words wisely. And it was with brief conviction following his walk-off walk that secured the A’s (60-47) 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers that he made a bold declaration.“I like where we’re at,” he said “We’re going to the playoffs this year.”The statement fit the sentiment that settled on the home team’s clubhouse. The win split the series 2-2, the two-win streak indicative of how this A’s team battles back. Sunday’s finale, too.“That whole game felt like a fist fight,” …last_img

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Tackling the social causes of crime

first_img12 October 2006The South African Police Service (SAPS) is to work more closely with communities and government departments to address the social causes of violent crimes in the country – which in the great majority of cases involve perpetrators who are known to their victims.Such socially determined crimes, or “social crimes,” were difficult to investigate “because of the relationships between the victims and the perpetrators, where levels of intimidation and family pressure are very high,” Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula told journalists in Pretoria recently.“Many of the cases, consequently, are withdrawn and do not reach court.”RelationshipsAccording to Nqakula, recent analysis of 9 623 police dockets on violent crimes indicated that the perpetrators were known to their victims in 81.5% of murders – and were relatives, friends or acquaintances of the victims in 46% of murders.In the case of serious and violent assaults, the research indicated that the perpetrators and their victims knew each other in 89.1% of cases – and were friends, relatives or acquaintances in 72.9% of cases.In more than three quarters of rape cases (75.9%), the perpetrators and their victims knew each other, with more than half (57%) of the cases involving family, friends or acquaintances.“At the core of this problem is the matter of alcohol and substance abuse,” Nqakula said. “We have determined that many of these crimes happen over weekends.”Nqakula’s comments were echoed by Chris de Kock, the head of the police’s Crime Information Analysis Centre, commenting in September on the release of the SA Police Service’s annual report and crime statistics for 2005/06.“The only way to prevent social crime is through socio-economic development, and to change the living conditions of people in this country,” De Kock said. “We need investment and development.”Urbanisation, unemployment, poverty, growing material needs and substance abuse were among the conditions cited by De Kock as contributing to socially determined crimes.Mobilising peopleThe government’s strategy for tackling social crime, Nqakula said, was to “work much more closely with our communities … We have established partnerships, including with the South African Council of Churches, to mobilise our people as anti-crime resources for our country.”He said working with communities would also help the police to gather intelligence and stop crimes before they happened.Other government departments, including the departments of Justice, Correctional Services, Social Development, Health and Housing, as well as local government structures, would also co-operate with the police on addressing the social causes of crime.For example, the SAPS is working closely with local authorities and the Department of Housing to ensure that public safety features are incorporated in the design of new residential areas in the country, to allow police and emergency services to reach crisis situations quickly.In older informal settlements in South Africa, emergency services’ access is hampered by poor or non-existent roads and the high density of dwellings.Other government-police initiatives against social crime in the country include a liquor control strategy, a domestic violence programme, a victim empowerment programme, an anti-rape strategy, and programmes for homeless children.Nqakula said the Cabinet had endorsed a recommendation to commission a study on the violent nature of crime in South Africa.In terms of law enforcement, sector policing would be instituted over the next six months in 169 policing precincts identified as having especially high incidences of “contact crimes”, or crimes directed at physically harming people.This visible policing would enable faster responses to “cries for help”, Nqakula said.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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SA public transport enters new phase

first_img16 October 2013 Johannesburg has commissioned the second phase of its multi-billion rand bus rapid transit system – part of a 13-city integrated public transport system rollout that is creating tens of thousands of jobs and driving the localisation of bus manufacturing in South Africa. The system, featuring dedicated bus lanes, easy access stations, reliable scheduling and routes designed both to integrate with other transport modes and connect previously underserved urban areas, promises to transform public transport in South Africa’s major centres. Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems are currently being constructed in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Rustenburg and Port Elizabeth, and the the government plans to extend it to seven more cities – Nelspruit, Bloemfontein, East London, Polokwane, Msunduzi, Ekurhuleni and George – over the next five years.Opening up South Africa’s cities Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, speaking at the opening of the east-west link of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya BRT system on Monday, said the system aimed “to bring many of the benefits of car ownership to the public transport system: namely flexibility, speed and wide access”. Patel noted that the spatial geography of apartheid had separated economic hubs from residential areas, both countrywide and in the cities, where large townships such as Soweto served as “dormitory settlements from which workers were transported daily to the industrial and commercial areas and affluent suburbs”. The new integrated public transport system for South Africa’s cities sought to address this by connecting work and residence in a more integrated way. “Modern cities work on a combination of transport modes,” he added. “Our challenge has been to connect these seamlessly so that workers can use these in combination to reach their destinations.” Patel said that Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya system had so far created 21 925 jobs in its construction phase, and that Johannesburg and Cape Town would be spending R624-million between them this year on 220 locally assembled BRT buses. As the BRT system is rolled out in other cities, “they too will specify locally manufactured buses for public entities to purchase, creating we hope the economies of scale and market size that will see a dynamic, competitive local bus assembly industry”.Infrastructure for inclusive growth Patel noted that the BRT system was part of a wider, R4.3-trillion infrastructure programme that would fundamentally reshape South African economy and society. “The national infrastructure plan announced in 2012 is the biggest intervention by government to lay the physical platform for inclusive growth and social development in more than 40 years.” The plan comprises 18 strategic integrated projects (SIPs), including plans to build a new seaport and inland ports, along with new roads, power stations, windfarms, dams, hospitals, universities, and railway lines to the country’s untapped mineral reserves. “All these programmes are intended to make the life of citizens better through creating new economic opportunities and creating jobs, and by making our cities and rural areas better places to live,” Patel said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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