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SA to act on workplace gender equity

first_img10 August 2010 President Jacob Zuma has called for action to address transformation in South Africa’s workplace, saying the country is not achieving the kind of gender parity required by its democratic rule. Addressing a packed Women’s Day event at East London’s Absa Stadium on Monday, Zuma pointed to a recent employment equity report, compiled by the Department of Labour, which found that transformation in the workplace, particularly in the private sector, was slow. Unless something was done urgently, he said, South Africa would struggle to achieve its set targets of workforce gender balance. “Some urgent action is required in the private sector to improve gender and race diversity at top management level,” he said, referring to the report’s finding that 63 percent of top management positions in South African companies were occupied by white men. He told the more than 5 000 people gathered to commemorate the women’s struggle in the country that legislative reforms would be put in place to deal with slow transformation. South Africa marks 9 August as national Women’s Day to honour the women who marched to the Union Buildings in protest against the apartheid government’s oppressive pass laws in 1956. Zuma heaped praise on the 20 000 women who, under the leadership of Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Sophie Williams, Amina Cachalia and Rahima Moosa, took on the might of the apartheid regime to say “enough was enough”. “They stated their resolve that they would never give up the fight until the dawn of freedom,” Zuma said. He singled out former president Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who had “kept hope alive inside the country, in the face of endless persecution by the apartheid security apparatus. Through her, we salute all women who lived in fear and persecution for years … because their husbands or family members were activists.”Women in the public sector While South Africa’s authorities admit that much that needs to be done to increase women’s representation in top management positions in the country, there has been progress made on legislative reforms since 1994 to facilitate gender equality and improved representation of women in decision-making positions. Women’s representation in Parliament jumped to 45 percent following the country’s recent elections, moving South Africa up to third place in the global women in parliament rankings behind Rwanda and Sweden, who have 56% and 47% women’s representation in their respective parliaments. The number of women ministers and deputy ministers increased from 18 percent in 1994 to 40 percent after last year’s poll. Women are also in charge of powerful portfolios in Defence, International Relations and Cooperation, Energy, Correctional Services and Home Affairs. Zuma said the country had also done well at provincial government level, with five women having emerged as Premiers, pushing the representation of women at this sphere of government to 55 percent. At the same time, he said, “a lot of work needs to be done to increase the representation of women at senior levels of the public service. At the moment, women make up an average 36 percent of senior management’. As the Labour Department survey shows, there is still under-representation of women as paid employees in general, and the challenge worsens at top management level of the private sector.Gender Equity Bill Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya wants to change these statistics with a new Gender Equity Bill which will enforce gender parity measures across all sectors. “Sixteen years into our democracy, we still have men holding 63 percent of top management positions in the private sector while African women are at less than three percent,” she said. “These are women who are faced with daily struggles of caring for their families while at the same time they compete in the labour market. They need to be competent workers while carrying the burden of unpaid, and mostly unrecognised, work within their household. “In most cases these are the women who constitute the majority of the unemployed, the poor and underdeveloped section of our society,” Mayende-Sibiya said. The minister said that if the current pace of transformation continued, it could take the country almost 40 years to attain 50-50 gender parity. “We cannot allow that,” she said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

IMS: Connecting Cars for Safer, Smarter Drivers

first_imgWouldn’t it be nice to have an objective record of drivers’ behavior? Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, Inc. (IMS) is leading the way in connected car data processing. The technology enables drivers to learn safer techniques, saving insurance companies time and money, and empowering businesses to increase efficiency in their fleet. Take a look inside IMS’s powerful system, which combines real-time monitoring with curated, accurate, up-to-the-minute big data analytics.Real-Time TrackingIMS, founded in 1999 and based in Waterloo, ON, Canada, built a connected car platform called DriveSync, which tracks a vehicle’s movements, speed, location, and more. Insurance companies use DriveSync to incentivize their customers to drive safely and prevent accidents, and drivers learn safe driving techniques that earn significant insurance discounts. The technology’s success hinges on accurate, reliable real-time data delivery.“Our system needs to perform at a very high level for us to be responsive to the customers and make their experience positive,” said Christopher Dell, director of product management. This dedication to power and scalability led IMS to build its network infrastructure on Intel technology, including HP Proliant servers powered by the Intel Xeon processor E5-2660 v2. This combination supports data spikes during morning and evening rush hours that deliver up to 10 times the normal amount of data.Big Data Analysis to Benefit CustomersA cornerstone of IMS’s business is delivering personalized, usable data to individual users. From specific fuel-efficiency recommendations to safety tips for city drivers, the team depends on their servers to power these big data-oriented tasks. Consistent connectivity is an absolute must for IMS technology to run smoothly. Reliability, despite heavy server demand, is key. “There is a fair amount of heavy lifting to transform that information and be able to derive those insights about driving behaviour that are coming from our core applications,” Dell explains.This data is additionally used for longer-term trend analysis that is invaluable to insurance clients as well as public utilities that manage roads and traffic. Businesses are also using DriveSync to manage their fleets, analyze needs, and increase efficiencies.IMS has recently grown rapidly, increasing its subscriber base five times over in the past year. With more growth on the horizon, Dell said he was relieved to have a server environment built on Intel to handle whatever comes next.For more information on IMS, check out the full Intel case study.Learn more about Intel Core processors, and find out how Intel can support your growing business. Continue the conversation on Twitter by following @IntelSmallBiz!last_img read more

India go down fighting 1-2 against Oman in 2018 World Cup qualifier

first_imgIndia went down 1-2 against Oman in a FIFA 2018 World Cup football qualifying match at the Kanteerava Stadium on Thursday.It was India’s first match of the second round of qualifiers. India and Oman are in Group D along with Iran, Guam and Turkmenistan for the preliminary league with top two finishers progressing to the next phase of the competition. As many as 46 Asian countries vie for the four spots in the 2018 World Cup finals to be held in Russia.India fell behind as soon as the match began after poor marking helped forward Qasim Said score with a stinging left-footed shot within 20 seconds.The goal put the home team right on the backfoot and they were constantly under pressure, being pinned back to their half and rarely able to muster meaningful attacks.Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul, the most occupied among the hosts, had to scamper to his left and right to keep India from conceding further.India, however, squared the contest against the run of play in the 26th minute. Striker Sunil Chhetri unleashed an excellent sudden left-footer on the turn from the edge of the penalty box to stun Oman, ranked forty rungs above India’s 141 spot.India grew in confidence after the strike but their defence again cracked under pressure. Debutant Dhanachandra Singh gave away a penalty bringing down midfielder Eid Mohammed, which was converted by striker Amad Al-Hosni.The momentum shifted towards the visitors as they went into the break with a 2-1 lead.The hosts put together an improved performance after the breather successfully keeping their stronger opponents at bay even putting the ball in the back of the net through Robin Singh in the 68th minute.advertisementBut his effort was deemed off-side. India pressed for the equaliser but never mustered to procure goal-scoring opportunities.last_img read more

Vijender Singh on turning pro: HC issues fresh notice to boxer

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday issued a fresh notice to boxer Vijender Singh on his joining professional boxing league. The notice, returnable on 20 August, was issued by the bench comprising justice SK Mittal and justice HS Sidhu.Taking cognizance of the news published in the media with regard to his decision to turn pro and join the Queensbury Promotions boxing league, the high court had earlier issued notices to the state of Haryana and Vijender for 24 July, terming the action of the pugilist as being against the sports policy.Earlier this month, Vijender had played down the objections raised by his employers, Haryana Police, after he turned pro and said the matter would be resolved amicably soon.During the resumed hearing of the matter, the additional advocate general, Haryana, appeared before the bench and sought three weeks time for filing a reply. As the notice earlier issued through the DGP, Haryana, to the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist boxer was not received back either served or unserved, the bench issued a fresh notice to him for August 20.Haryana police had recently warned of taking action against Vijender if he failed to seek permission from the state government for turning professional.The boxer was made DSP by Haryana government after winning bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Vijender is currently on probation and yet to complete his training. Being a government employee, Vijender cannot accept another employment and cannot accept remuneration from any other source without the government’s permission.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea midfielder Kovacic: Hazard asked me about Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Kovacic: Hazard asked me about Real Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is convinced by the commitment of Eden Hazard.Kovacic is on-loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid, which are being linked with Hazard.”For me, he is an incredible player,” said Kovacic.”I did not know he was that good and he can easily be one of the two or three best players in the world.”He asked me how it was there (at Real) but we are looking forward to having a great season together, to be fully concentrated on Chelsea.”He is focused a lot on doing great things with Chelsea.” last_img

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp wary facing Aubameyang today

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp wary facing Aubameyang todayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is wary facing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang today.Klopp managed Arsenal striker Aubameyang when the two men were at Borussia Dortmund.”He is outstanding, as a player and as a person,” said Klopp. “He has speed and finishing skills. It makes him an exceptional player.”Aubameyang is expected to start for the Gunners against the Reds today. last_img

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Brighton send Oliver Norwood to Sheffield Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Brighton send Oliver Norwood to Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton have loaned midfielder Oliver Norwood to Sheffield United until January, when a permanent transfer will be completed.Norwood has won promotion to the Premier League in each of the past two seasons with Brighton and then Fulham, where he played 41 games last term.The 27-year-old Northern Ireland international leaves Brighton after 37 appearances in all competitions.”This is a fantastic capture for us,” said Blades boss Chris Wilder.”Oli has great ability, is a great age and will make us stronger. He complements our squad and our transfer business over the course of the summer window.”Brighton manager Chris Hughton commented: “He is keen to play regular senior football.”He added: “Sheffield United provides him that opportunity. On behalf of everyone at the club I’d like to thank Ollie for his efforts.” last_img read more

11 days ago​Terry buys mansion near ex-Chelsea teammate Bridge

first_img​Terry buys mansion near ex-Chelsea teammate Bridgeby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea defender John Terry has bought a multi-million pound mansion a few yards away from ex-teammate Wayne Bridge.The two famously fell out when they were at Chelsea, as accusations emerged about Terry having an affair with Bridge’s ex-girlfriend.Terry is said to have engaged in a sexual relationship with Vanessa Perroncel in 2010, while she was seeing Bridge. The two never mended their relationship, but it appears they will be neighbours.Terry has invested £4.35million in a mansion that is in the same neighborhood as the one that Bridge owns with his partner.A source told The Sun: “It’s going to be pretty hard for them not to bump into each other. “They are literally just a few minutes walk apart. It could make an awkward meeting.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoChelsea boss Lampard dismisses comparison to Ajax academy: We’ve a long way to go

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard dismisses comparison to Ajax academy: We’ve a long way to goby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard says Chelsea are not on the same level at bringing young players into the first-team as their Champions League opponents AjaxThe likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori have all made an impression since breaking into the first-team this season.But Lampard says the club’s academy are some way off being mentioned in the same breath as Ajax.Asked if the two academies can be compared, Lampard said: “We’ve got a long way to go to claim the similarities, but I think pride in the short term, yes.”We shouldn’t get carried away with ourselves, it’s great we have a good feeling at the club in terms of the young players that have come through. “I think it’s long-deserved recognition for the academy itself and those players as well, but we are at a place here that is steeped in history of bringing young players through, creating great teams with groups of young players over the years.”We have a long way to go to do that. But in the short term, I’m certainly happy and we need to continue working so that they continue their development, the young players.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more