Janine ErasmusThe City of Johannesburg – South Africa’s largest city, located in the smallest province – took top honours in the Metropolitan Municipality category at the 2007 Vuna Awards ceremony. Runners up were eThekwini, the municipality that includes Durban, and the City of Cape Town.The Vuna Awards, an initiative of the national Department of Provincial and Local Government (DPLG), rewards top-performing municipalities for good governance and brings these achievements to the attention of a wider audience.The question of municipal service delivery continues to make news headlines, with disgruntled communities demonstrating their displeasure and dissatisfaction at the often-poor standard of service delivery through protests and even violence. However there are many municipalities that strive to render the best service possible to their constituents. This is where the Vuna Awards comes into play.The 2007 Vuna Awards, held in early December, saw representatives of municipalities from every part of the country converging on Gallagher Estate in Midrand – 141 entries were received in total from all over South Africa.Smaller municipalities were also praised for the quality of their service delivery. In the Local Municipalities category, Swartland in the Western Cape scooped the award, followed by Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, encompassing Middelburg and located in the larger Nkangala District Municipality in Mpumalanga, and Umngeni in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. In the District Municipality category, Bophirima, the westernmost of the four districts of North West Province, came out tops, followed by the West Rand in western Gauteng and Ugu, one of the 11 districts of KwaZulu-Natal, which tied for second position.Key performance awards were handed to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape, which encompasses the city of Port Elizabeth on the shore of Algoa Bay; the award was given for service delivery and infrastructure. Nelson Mandela Bay also tied with eThekwini for the Local Economic Development (LED) award, while the latter made off with the Financial Viability award.Johannesburg took the Institutional Development and Municipal Transformation award as well as the award for Good Governance and Public Participation. Other winners were the Umngeni Local Municipality, Maruleng in the Kruger Park region of Limpopo, Overstrand in the Western Cape, which includes the whale-watching capital of the world, Hermanus, and Emalahleni in western Mpumalanga, which includes Witbank.Among district municipalities the top achiever was West Rand, with Sedibeng in southern Gauteng and Bophirima jointly taking the award for Service Delivery, and Bophirima taking the Good Governance and Public Participation award as well. In addition, Mpumalanga province’s Nkangala District Municipality and the West Rand District Municipality took the LED and Financial Viability awards respectively. The Steve Tshwete Local Municipality was the most improved Project Consolidate Municipality. The national Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Department of Minerals and Energy, and Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism were recognised for supporting local government.Established in 2003 and held annually since then, the Vuna Awards (“Vuna” is an Nguni word which means “reaping”) is a partnership between the DPLG, the South African Local Government Association (Salga), the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the National Productivity Institute (NPI).The objectives of the Vuna Awards, as stated by the DPLG, are to recognise and reward excellence in service delivery and raise the standard of service from municipalities by encouraging creativity and innovation in service delivery, and to promote good local governance. The benefits, says the DPLG, will be seen in media coverage for the winners, opportunities to exchange their experiences with other municipalities on various aspects of municipal service delivery and governance, and technical assistance in critical areas such as economic development and projects management.Speaking at the 2007 ceremony, Minister of Provincial and Local Government Sydney Mufamadi lauded those municipalities who have given their best service to their communities, saying that “These are 141 municipalities who correctly believe that the benchmarks set by previous participants are open to betterment in 2007 and beyond.”Mufamadi went on to quote figures provided by Statistics South Africa, revealing that the number of South African households with access to clean water has increased from 59% in 1994 to 88% in 2007, the number of households with access to sanitation has increased from 48% in 1999 to 78% in 2007, and that from 2004 till the present the number of households with access to electricity has increased from a paltry 30% to today’s count of 59% for heating, 67% for cooking and 80% for lighting.”The accomplishment of, and the due recognition we give to the municipalities, as well as to the best helpful provincial and national government departments represent our attempt to show, in the most enduring way possible, that we have no intention to lose our developmental sensibilities. We are determined to stay on course on the road to a better and worthy future,” concluded the minister.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksDepartment of Provincial and Local GovernmentStatistics South Africa
Touch Football Australia launched it’s new publication The Hard Wrap at the National Touch League in March. Participants & spectators at the event each received a copy and affilates will receive complementary copies of the magazine in the coming weeks.Free electronic versions of the magazine are also available, please contact [email protected] to obtain your copy.
TagsEnglish ChampionshipPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say FA hit Birmingham with fine after Aston Villa skipper Grealish attackedby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirmingham City have been fined £42,500 after a Blues fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An independent regulatory commission has also warned Blues about its future conduct, having been found to fail to ensure the supporter conducted himself in an orderly fashion.
Ghaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested five persons, including two women, in connection with the murder case of a BJP leader which happened in Dasna area of Ghaziabad on Saturday night. Cops said that the murder was committed in order to take revenge.50-years-old BJP’s zonal head Dr Balbir Singh Tomar, who ran a nursing home in Dasna area, was shot dead by four assailants when he was returning home. Police have earlier arrested two persons Shahrukh (22) and Tehseem, both natives of Dasna area after a gun battle on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. Both the accused carried a reward of Rs 25, 000 each on their head. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCops said that among the five arrested persons identified as Abdul Rahman, Aabid, Samman, natives of Masuri area in Ghaziabad have been arrested for providing a shelter to the accused when they were trying to evade arrest. Two other accused identified as Sultana and Ruksana, were found to have been involved in plotting the crime. “During sustained interrogations, it came to light that the murder was planned after the deceased supported the boy along with whom a girl from accused’s family went missing on July 4. Girl’s father Harun, who is in jail had come on parole, a few days before incident and the family together plotted conspiracy to murder Tomar,” a senior police officer said. “Harun had directed his son Aman to commit the crime in order to take revenge. Aman involved his cousin Salman and two other friends to do a recee before committing the crime. The four accused murdered Tomar while he was going home after closing his nursing home on Saturday night” the police officer said. Meanwhile, police are yet to arrest the main accused persons Aman and Salman in the incident.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center is proud to announce that two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner will be honored at the Center’s 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on November 7 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.Fonda will receive the award from the incomparable Lily Tomlin, her co-star in the hit show Grace and Frankie. Nyswaner’s award will be presented by Frances McDormand.Additional participants and attendees will be announced in the coming weeks. One of the nation’s premier LGBT charity events, the Center’s Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards will bring together more than 1,200 LGBT people and their allies to enjoy cocktails, dinner, and entertainment, while celebrating inspirational honorees who exemplify courage, compassion, and a relentless tenacity for creating positive change in the world. The evening also features an extensive silent auction that includes high-end items, packages, and experiences.“This honor means a lot to me. The work that the Center does for the LGBT community, its children, and extended families is profound and essential,” said Fonda, who will soon appear in director Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.Fonda became a friend and ally to the LGBT community at a time when celebrities advocating for LGBT rights was almost unthinkable. She campaigned with Harvey Milk against California’s anti-LGBT Briggs Initiative, fought Anita Bryant – the notorious activist who demonized LGBT with a campaign to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance in Florida – and has been a lifelong supporter of the LGBT community and champion for human rights.“Since long before I worked with Jane, I was in awe of her energy, activism, and generosity,” said Tomlin. “Three decades later, I am still in awe of her and feel truly privileged to bestow this well-deserved honor. She has earned this over and over and over in her lifetime.”Nyswaner is an openly gay writer, producer, documentary filmmaker, activist and pioneer in LGBT-related films. He’s the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Philadelphia, the first major studio film to address homophobia and AIDS, and is the winner of a Peabody Award for his film Soldier’s Girl, which tells the true-life story of transgender heroine Calpernia Addams. More recently he wrote Freeheld—starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page—the groundbreaking story of a woman’s struggle to win her lesbian partner’s pension benefits after she’s diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is also the co-creator of the Nyswaner/Salzman Film Archive, the fourth largest LGBT film archive in the United States.Please visit www.lgbtvanguardawards.org for additional information including details on how to purchase tickets.Sponsors of the Center’s Anniversary Vanguard Awards include Diamond Sponsor: Wells Fargo; Platinum Sponsors: AT&T DirecTV and The Palette Fund; Gold Sponsors: Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, American Airlines, Comcast NBCUniversal, Nordstrom, Bloomberg Philanthropies, General Motors, U.S. Bank, Van Fletcher & Skip Paul, Southern California Gas Company, Barry McCabe, PacFed, Greg Fullmer/Danny Hawkins/Douglas Dyakon, Curt Shepard & Alan Hergott, and Lionsgate; Silver Sponsors: The Huntington, Ralphs/Food4Less, Union Bank, Target, [email protected], The David Bohnett Foundation, Johnson Controls, The Hyatt Regency Century City Plaza, LabCorp, Rose Greene, Nihon Kohden, UTA Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.; In-Kind Sponsors: Pride.com & The Advocate, LA Pride, Stoli, Pasquini Coffee, and Lesbian News; and Official Wine Sponsor: Kobler Estate Winery
Redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen (8) sets the ball to redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous (4) during a match against Ball State Feb. 26 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Kathleen Martini / Oller reporterA five-game homestand ended on a sour note for the Ohio State Buckeyes.After sweeping a pair of matches against Grand Canyon over the weekend, OSU could not keep the momentum going, losing to No. 14 Ball State 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24) Wednesday at St. John Arena.The loss puts the Buckeyes back at .500 for the season at 7-7, with a 4-3 record in the Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference.OSU started strong, taking the match early with a score of 25-20 in the first set.“We started off strong and looked good and promising from there, I don’t know if we get complacent but we definitely allowed them some life and let them get back into the match,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said.Coach Pete Hanson said the team is going to take a look at its game as a whole as it prepares for its next match, next Wednesday at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.“We have to keep working on all phases of the game, we don’t have one phase that is consistent in what we need to have happen. We will continue to work on our offense and defense, I think we need some overall improvements, we have been working hard, we just need to stay at it and get better,” Hanson said.The Buckeye offense came off strong in the beginning, but started lacking when the Cardinals turned it up defensively, Hanson said.“Early on, it was our offense that was on,” he said. “Ball State is a team that blocks well and our offense started to get pretty predictable which prevented us from gaining those points.”Three Buckeyes led the team with double digit kills. Freshman outside hitter Miles Johnson had tallied a career-high 16, while redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous and Henchy contributed 12 kills each.Johnson said the team needs to work on its unity.“We need to have a stronger team, instead of strong individuals. Tonight, there was too many holes in our core group of guys,” Johnson said.Match time between the Buckeyes and IPFW is set for 7 p.m.
Liverpool have ‘overall agreed’ a deal to sign Roma star having been on the lookout for a new goalkeeper this summer as Brazilian ace Alisson Becker has been high on their top priority target.The 25-year-old stopper have also been linked heavily with Real Madrid and reports have claimed this week that they are leading the race to sign him too, according to Daily Star.But now Italian outlet TMW says Liverpool are not giving up on his signature and they claim that Alisson ‘has overall agreed” a move’ to Anfield and the Reds are ‘working harder and harder’ to get their deal done.Speculations also suggest Jurgen Klopp’s side are in talks with Roma over a £57m transfer this summer as TMW add that Alisson is likely to wait until after the World Cup before he makes his final decision on his future.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…While Liverpool, Real and Paris St-Germain are interested, the keeper could opt to stay put at Roma.Alisson looks set to start as Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Rostov on Sunday. They then take on Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.Alisson recently spoke out about the rumours surrounding his future and expressed his desire to get everything sorted before Brazil’s World Cup gets underway.
West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed that Jack Wilshere’s latest injury setback is taking longer than expected to recover fromThe former Arsenal midfielder’s start to life at West Ham continues to be put on hold after sustaining another ankle injury this month.Wilshere had undergone surgery on his left ankle in September and made his return for West Ham in a five-minute cameo in their 3-0 win over Newcastle at the beginning of this month.But now Wilshere is struggling with a problem in his right ankle and will be sidelined for West Ham’s trip to Fulham on Saturday in the Premier League.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Is it more serious than first thought?” Maybe, because when he felt the pain it was in his ‘good’ ankle – it was not the ankle where he had the surgery,” said Pellegrini, according to Daily Mirror.“We hoped it was just a pain and that he could adjust for two or three days but for different things it has been longer than we expected.“It is very difficult to know. Maybe the doctor can answer better than me – on Wednesday he did a medical examination and when we get the results we will know.”Wilshere has made just five appearances for West Ham this season after arriving on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer.
The Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper debuted for his team, but his club ended up losing in penalty kicks against Werder Bremen.Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen drew 3-3 yesterday after extra time in DFB-Pokal Third Round action.But in the penalty kicks stage, Bremen ended up winning 4-2, eliminating the hopes and dreams of BVB.On that match, goalkeeper Eric Oelschlagel debuted with his new team, and he’s bittersweet after debuting on a very complicated match that ended up in a defeat.“It was an emotional day for me. It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Oelschlagel told the club’s official website.“It’s still fresh in my mind. For me, it’s a dream come true.”“The outcome of the match is very annoying, there’s obviously a sense of frustration there,” he explained.“It was only this morning that the goalkeeping coach told me I’d play.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I had a few good moments, but the team made it easy for me too. Ultimately, for me personally, I’m able to draw a positive conclusion,” the goalkeeper concluded.Eric Oelschlagel debuted professionally with Werder Bremen II in 2014, in 2016 he moved to the senior squad for two years.Then he was transferred to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 and had played only with the second squad until yesterday.“It was no surprise that it was going to be a difficult match against Werder Bremen,” coach Lucien Favre added.“After Bremen took an early lead, we controlled the game. They played very compactly. It was difficult to find the gaps.”“We played with patience and the equalizer at 1-1 before the break was deserved,” he continued.“Bremen were always dangerous. The goal we conceded at 3-3 was a little unnecessary but that’s all part of the sport – as are illnesses for our players in February.”
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