Ray Maota Mamokete Mokoena Mncube, principalof Duzenendlela Primary School; Joshua Pule, Nedbank’s portfolio manager for CSR; Mlamleli Belot of the City of Joburg; and Antoinette Nicolaai, district director of Johannesburg South at the Department of Education, handing over essential school items to a pupil. Pule said that Nedbank strives tocontribute towards a strong, flourishing, knowledge based economy in South Africa, hence its involvement in education and the community. Schoolchildren performed a gumboot dance at the handover ceremony. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lesiba Sethoga Nedbank: Communications +27 11 294 2997 RELATED ARTICLES • Needy pupils kitted out for school • Career guidance initiative launched • Nedbank invests in water project • Nedbank branch runs on wind powerThe challenges in education and of poverty in South Africa are being tackled by Nedbank through its Back-to-School campaign, which is making sure pupils have all the resources needed to succeed at school.On 8 March 2012, Nedbank, the Department of Education and representatives from the City of Joburg met pupils and teachers at Duzenendlela Primary School, in Sweet Waters, in the south of Johannesburg. They were there to hand over essential school items such as uniforms, shoes, stationery, books, bags and sports kits to the underprivileged pupils.In return, the pupils sang, recited poems and danced for their visitors. The school choir sang the national anthem, a pupil recited Gift Mzingwa’s poem, The Black Badge, and some boys performed a gumboot dance.Duzenendlela, a no-fee-paying school, was one of four schools that received these essentials. The others were Inkululeko Yesizwe Primary, Itemoheng Primary and Govan Mbeki Primary. All are situated in and around Sweet Waters, a poor settlement on the southern outskirts of Johannesburg.More than 200 pupils are benefitting from the campaign.Kone Gugushe, Nedbank’s divisional executive for corporate social responsibility, said: “Education is one of our key corporate social responsibility focus areas and we are delighted to partner with government to ensure that all learners are able to focus on their studies rather than on school resources.“The Back-to-School campaign seeks to ensure that even those learners from disadvantaged backgrounds have an equal chance at being the best student they can be.”This year’s campaign was launched in January in Limpopo and has been rolled out in KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga provinces. Nedbank is investing R2-million (US$251 000) in its 2012 campaign. Some 1 800 pupils across the country will benefit from the initiative.Antoinette Nicolaai, the Department of Education’s district director in Johannesburg South, said: “Just as President Jacob Zuma outlined in the State of the Nation Address [on February 9], education is vital for people to take their rightful place in society.”The school close to the roadDuzenendlela means “close to the road”, which is literally where the school is situated. The school is on the Golden Highway, the busy main road leading to Sweet Waters.It offers underprivileged children from the nearby informal settlements of Sweet Waters unpaid schooling with a nutrition programme and transport scheme to fetch and drop them off before and after school.Mamokete Mokoena Mncube, the principal, said: “The school appreciates what Nedbank has done for us. Our pupils are from poverty-stricken areas where the unemployment rate is high and these resources provided by Nedbank will go a long way in offering them a quality educational experience.”The vegetable tunnel donated by Nedbank would also help with the nutrition programme as vegetables would be used for the soup kitchen. They would also be sold, so helping the school with fund raising.Nedbank’s contribution in GautengThe bank, one of South Africa’s big four, has invested nearly R22-million ($3-million) in Gauteng over the past five years in education, health, community and socio-economic development programmes.It approaches education in a holistic manner, taking into consideration strong leadership, quality teaching, resourced learners, adequate infrastructure, community involvement and proper academic support. Nedbank has supported various educational programmes in Gauteng.These include: financial support to the tune of R7-million ($928 000) for orphaned and vulnerable children studying at Dominican Convent; funding extra tutorials in maths, science and English for R1.4-million ($186 000) through the Tomorrow Trust and Leap Maths and Science Schools; R700 000 ($93 000) for leadership development of high school pupils through Heartlines; teaching 9 000 pupils at 65 schools in grades 6 and 7 to play chess; as well supplying mobile laboratories and classrooms.Joshua Pule, Nedbank’s portfolio manager for corporate social responsibility, said: “We at Nedbank are passionate about contributing towards education and building closer relationships with our communities.“This we do to ensure that we enable access and opportunities for learners and improve educational facilities throughout South Africa to build a strong, flourishing, knowledge-based economy.”
The Opposition parties on Tuesday agreed to keep their alliance on track for the Assembly polls due later this year, despite the drubbing it received by the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra. “We reflected on the Lok Sabha poll results and discussed the Assembly polls. We, in general, agreed to come together. We are yet to discuss things in detail and take final decision,” Maharashtra Congress committee president Ashok Chavan told reporters after the meeting.The Congress leader, who lost from Nanded, blamed the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) formed by Prakash Ambedkar and AIMIM for the defeat of the opposition alliance. He said the situation would have been better had the VBA joined the anti-BJP parties.Asked whether opposition would approach the VBA for an alliance, Mr. Chavan said, “The main issue is whether they are willing to be part of the grand alliance. We had tried last time, but they did not come together.” He however added that there was no discussion on aligning with Raj Thackeray-led MNS for the Assembly polls.He also said that the BJP was trying to poach Congress and NCP legislators, but would not succeed. Asked whether senior party leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil is joining the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said, “Technically, he (Vikhe Patil) is still a member of the Congress. It is likely he may join the ruling party. I don’t think our MLAs will join the BJP. The BJP is trying to poach Congress or NCP MLAs. But I don’t think it will happen, we are being alert,” he added.Meanwhile, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetti, who also attended the meeting, said he met Mr. Thackeray earlier in the day.“We shared our views. He had addressed a rally for me during the Lok Sabha polls. Hence, I met him after coming here,” said Mr. Shetti, who lost from Hatkanangale. The meeting was also attended by NCP leaders Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar and Dhananjay Munde, CPI leader Prakash Reddy, Ashok Dhawale of the CPI(M) and the Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi.
FIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pairby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina has sent a message to Roma icon Francesco Totti.The Italian great is currently out of football since quitting a desk job with the Giallorossi at the end of last season.Gravina told Le Repubblica: “Totti? I spoke with him three times. My intention is to include him in the training of young people. “But he must study to be a director.”Gravina also stated two Juventus players were in his plans.He added: “I heard from (Gigi) Buffon, I see him as a great coach in the future. And then I think of (Giorgio) Chiellini.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sunday night, the 2015 NCAA Tournament field was revealed, and unsurprisingly, Kentucky was named the overall No. 1 seed. The Wildcats are also the odds-on favorite to win this year’s national title, per Bovada. In fact, Kentucky is almost at even money to take home the trophy – they’re currently listed at 6:5 to win it all.Arizona, the 2-seed in the West Region, actually has the second-highest odds. Wisconsin checks in third, with Duke fourth. Villanova and Virginia come in at 10:1.Here’s a list of all 68 tournament teams, along with their odds to win the championship. You could make a lot of money betting on a 16-seed to win it all, but we wouldn’t advise it. No 16-seed has ever even won an NCAA Tournament game, much less a title.Who are you betting on?