R461m Afcon spending ‘cut to the bone’

first_img26 October 2012 The National Treasury has allocated an extra R461.1-million for South Africa’s hosting of the 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) football tournament, but no money will go towards “extravagances”, says Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Speaking at a media briefing in Cape Town on Thursday before Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan tabled his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament, Nene said he had ensured that spending on the tournament had been “cut to the bone”. Nene, who is the chairperson of the tournament’s finance committee, said the new soccer stadiums built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup had made it much easier to finance the tournament.Hosting Afcon ‘a boon for SA’ He said hosting the Afcon would be a boon to the country, particularly given the role sport played in bringing South Africans together. South Africa – which had only been scheduled to host the continental tournament in 2017 – had agreed to host the tournament in 2013 after the recent turmoil in Libya, the original 2013 host country. Of the R461.1-million to be spent on the tournament, R323-million will go to national departments to cover costs associated with hosting the tournament, including security, protocol and migration services. A further R15-million for health-related costs associated with hosting the tournament will be allocated to provinces, while R123.1-million will go to the host cities to cover various hosting costs.Other additional allocations for 2012/13 Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, Gordhan said the February budget provided for an appropriation of R969.4-billion for 2012/13, which would come to R967.5-billion taking into account changes proposed in the Adjustments Appropriation Bill. A total of R3-billion that will not be spent in 2012/13 has been declared as savings by national departments, while a further R1.5-billion of balances in 2011/12 will be ploughed back into the fiscus. The main adjustments that have had to be made this year are for higher-than-expected salary increases, which amounted to R1.4-billion in national departments and R4-billion in provinces. Other additional allocations made by the National Treasury for 2012/13 include: R450-million allocated to rehabilitate Mthatha airport in the Eastern Cape.R375-million for community development projects that support environmental management and conversation under the Expanded Public Works Programme.R187.7-million for VAT payments for the purchase of the new Antarctic research vessel, the SA Agulhas II.R118.3-million for contractual penalties incurred by Denel Saab Aerostructures related to the A400M aircraft contracts.R80.7-million for additional game rangers to combat rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park.R63-million to deploy vessels and resources in joint anti-piracy operations in the Mozambican Channel. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Reconciliation Day: Time to join hands in the spirit of Ubuntu

first_imgJeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and EvaluationReconciling and uniting people who lived as adversaries for many years was always going to be a painful and difficult task. Reconciliation affects every aspect of our life as a country. It is not a once-off event, but a process. It demands that we work together and look beyond our differences. This is the legacy our founding father and former president Nelson Mandela left us with.On 16 December this year we observed National Reconciliation Day without Madiba for the second time, but his legacy of a united and prosperous country lives on in each and every one of us. Tata was laid to rest on 15 December 2013 and we honoured his memory a day later with the unveiling of a nine-metre statue at the Union Buildings. He, along with other leaders, made enormous sacrifices for our country. Some paid with their lives so that we may be free and celebrate this day.Together they achieved the impossible by convincing those who did not see eye to eye prior to 1994 to find each other and work towards building a country based on the values of our Constitution. Our Constitution lays the foundation for an open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights and is regarded around the world as very progressive.December 16 is used to foster reconciliation and national unity in the true spirit of our late icon as he had envisaged at the start of our democracy. It also serves as a reminder of how far we have come in uniting the country and of the challenges that still lie ahead. This year’s commemoration under the theme: “Social Cohesion, Reconciliation and National Unity in the 20 years of Democracy” coincides with South Africa celebrating 20 Years of Freedom.As a nation, we have come a long way in healing the wounds of the past and in building an inclusive society. The government has over the last 20 years provided leadership in creating an enabling environment for achieving this. It successfully laid the foundation for the removal of obstacles that divided our people on the basis of race, culture, religion or language.As part of our reconciliation we began to ensure the equal spread of national resources. The government started to provide basic services such as water, sanitation, electricity, houses, health and education for those who were deprived prior to 1994.Reconciliation also required government to tackle the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. We have taken decisive steps to promote the economic growth through the implementation of the National Development Plan, the National Infrastructure Plan, the New Growth Path and the Industrial Policy Action Plan.But the task of reconciling a nation is not merely the duty of government alone but a societal responsibility. Through our collective effort and perseverance that we can achieve the social harmony former President Nelson Mandela spoke about and are able to advance national reconciliation. As citizens we need to reach out to each other and break down the barriers that still define us 20 years into our democracy.We need to ask ourselves whether we have done enough to confront and overcome the stereotypes and myths that were entrenched over years under colonisation and apartheid. We remain concerned over the racism-related incidents across the country. They are unacceptable and go against our goal of building a society based on the ethos of Ubuntu where everyone feels valued, respected and safe.Reconciliation requires of us to confront our past and educate fellow South Africans of the past wrongs committed against black people. A major step towards reconciliation is to acknowledge that apartheid was a crime against humanity.Addressing the National Council of Provinces in 1998, former President Nelson Mandela said: “What has been revealed in the TRC shows not only what human beings can do to other human beings, but has actually confirmed the condemnation by the international community that apartheid was a crime against humanity. To kill people without bringing them before a court of law; to bury them secretly, this is an illustration of how apartheid is an evil against humanity.”It is disheartening that the 2014 South African Reconciliation Barometer published by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, shows that 25% of South Africans believe apartheid was not a crime against humanity. We should take this survey as a call to action to do more in educating and raising awareness about the injustices and violence that were perpetrated by the apartheid regime against the majority of people. The youth, in particular, should know our history to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.last_img read more

‘A Christmas Story’ Butter Sculpture at The Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Pink bunny pajamas, leg lamps and triple dog dares have become a part of many holiday traditions as families gather around to watch A Christmas Story every December. Now families that come together at the 2018 Ohio State Fair will be able to relive butter-sculpted scenes from the movie! The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

Have Chromecast, Will Travel … Er, Maybe Not

first_imgadriana lee Using a hotel Internet access point can sometimes be like stepping up to a bouncer at a fight club: You must give a password to gain access, agree to certain terms or even both. If there are entrance requirements you fail to meet, you’ll get bounced out before you can really get your hands dirty. This authentication goes beyond the initial WEP or WPA login, which is sometimes required when you first hop on a hotel Wi-Fi network. It may appear in a new browser window or standalone pop-up, asking for a passcode, payment or to click a button to accept the terms of service. On a mobile device or laptop, it’s easy to take care of that. But Chromecast doesn’t offer a Web browser of its own, and there’s no direct way to type in a code or click a button. So it connects to open networks just fine, but it’s just not designed for this kind of authentication. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#chromecast#connected TV#media#streaming#travel Even if that weren’t true, there’s still another issue. On the Google support page, the company clearly states that “Chromecast only works with networks which allow device to device communication.” This is crucial. The device uses your phone, tablet or laptop as the direct input mechanism that tells it what network to join and the password for that network. In other words, Chromecast fundamentally depends on the devices’ ability to connect directly to each other. See also: 10 Things You Need To Know About ChromecastHowever, most hotels and other public Wi-Fi networks—like those at schools, cafes and other hotspots—go out of their way to block that using “AP/Client isolation.” This essentially stops devices on a single network from communicating with each other to thwart hacking attempts or undue network congestion, but it also has the unintended effect of slamming the door closed on Chromecast sessions. Not that hotels would mind this. The hospitality industry has seen revenue decline from its pay-per-view channels for years, so it’s not likely shedding any tears over guests’ inability to stream content using their wireless network. Getting Hotel Wi-Fi To Fly On ChromecastSee also: What You Can Watch On Chromecast, And HowNot that it’s impossible to get streaming to your hotel TV using the Chromecast. But it does require some planning, possibly some extra expense and/or a little luck: •  Hardwired hotel Internet connections via ethernet are dying out, but some holdovers still offer them. If you’re fortunate enough to encounter one, you might be able to use your laptop and share that Internet connection, effectively turning it into a hotspot that your Chromecast can join. See also: How Google’s Chromecast Lets Down iPhone Users•  If you have a hard ethernet connection that doesn’t force a login, you might consider traveling with an AirPort Express Base Station or another travel router. In some cases, this may be able to broadcast a wireless signal that any of your mobile devices can share, including the Chromecast. •  Laptops with later versions of Windows (7+) can use Connectify, a program that allows computers to act as wireless routers—whether the initial connection comes via wireless or ethernet. (Paid users can also share 3G/4G.) In this scenario, the laptop joins the hotel’s Internet—somehow—and then creates its own wireless network that the Chromecast joins. The software doesn’t support Macs, however, which have their own built-in Internet Sharing feature. Unfortunately, it’s limited. They can share an ethernet connection over wireless, or Wi-Fi signal over Bluetooth, but they can’t share Wi-Fi back out over Wi-Fi to other devices. (Then again, you never know—perhaps Google will actually do something with that mysterious Bluetooth hardware in the Chromecast.)•  If you have a MiFi or mobile hotspot feature on your smartphone/tablet, you could forget the hotel’s network completely and use cellular instead. However, bear in mind that coverage can vary, and if you don’t get strong reception, the video quality can suffer. A lot. (Oh, and be sure to mind those data caps.) Of course, if none of these options work for you, there’s one more possibility: foregoing the Chromecast altogether. If you’re alone in the hotel room, streaming right onto the smaller screen of your phone, tablet or laptop would be the simplest solution. And if you’re not, actual physical cables could make easy work of playing content from your phone or tablet to the TV. I paired this one from Scosche and my previous 30-pin iPad for months, and it always worked flawlessly. See also: 5 Cool Chromecast Hacks And WorkaroundsThe upside is that you don’t have to be relegated to a pokey-slow hotel network and the insufferable buffering such connections cause. And although it’s not a sexy solution, it’s far more elegant than banging your head against that flimsy hotel drywall, trying to get the portable streaming dongle to actually do what it was born to do—function away from home. If there’s one piece of good news, it’s that the Chromecast is updateable over the air, so Google could address this issue in a future software patch. After all, it highly emphasized the go-anywhere nature of these streaming sticks, so hopefully it won’t be long before we get to take our shows on the road. Fingers crossed. Feature image of Excalibur Hotel courtesy of TravelVegas. Others courtesy of the NetVessel Inc., Aruba Networks, Amazon (Mediabridge Micro-HDMI to HDMI Cable).  How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts If the wee Chromecast seems tailor-made for stashing in a pocket or go-bag, that’s because it is. According to Google, the streaming device—which bears a striking resemblance to a travel-friendly thumbdrive—was “built with portability in mind.” And yet, the small device foists some big problems on the business or leisure traveler. It simply doesn’t work with the type of logins and settings that hotel networks tend to use. And that means, if you ordered one to use on your next family vacation, you could be in for a rude awakening. Public Hotspots: Big Trouble For A Little Donglelast_img read more