Unisa opens branch in Ethiopia

first_img30 January 2007The University of South Africa (Unisa), the Pretoria-based university that offers distance education programmes to students across the country and the continent, opened a regional learning centre in Ethiopia on Sunday.The centre – Unisa’s first outside South Africa – will serve as a university registration point, and offer Ethiopian students academic support services such as career guidance, orientation skills development and tutorial classes.According to Unisa Vice-Chancellor Barney Pityana, the centre could eventually become the hub for all its programmes in the Horn of Africa and eastern Africa. “The centre might be used for future training for the southern Sudan region as a neighbouring state of Ethiopia,” he said.Pityana added that as the institution was not a private provider seeking to make a profit, it would need financial support for students in Ethiopia.“I have indicated to Education Minister Naledi Pandor that I shall seek the support of the council of the University of South Africa to provide a grant of R2-million financial support to needy students,” he said.Pityana challenged embassies from donor countries in Addis Ababa to match or better the expected grant.South African President Thabo Mbeki, who attended Sunday’s launch, praised Unisa’s initiative, saying it would help address capacity problems in African countries such as Rwanda, Ghana and Kenya. “I think indeed that it’s a very important initiative [which addresses] the issue of capacity building, and we will continue to support this initiative,” Mbeki said.Also present at the launch were Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Unisa Chancellor Judge Bernard Ngoepe, and Unisa council chairperson Mathews Phosa.The launch took place ahead of the African Union’s 8th summit of heads of state and government, which kicked off on Monday with the topic of science, technology and innovation in Africa high on the agenda.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

What is the Partnership?

first_imgOne of the biggest impacts from hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup will come from the phenomenal marketing and communication opportunity it will offer the country and continent. As world attention focuses on the first African World Cup this is an opportunity for Africans to tell their own stories.The 2010 National Communication Partnership is a joint effort of communicators across society and in the many creative and communication disciplines to take advantage of this communication opportunity of a lifetime to benefit our country and continent.The 2010 Tournament itself is FIFA’s event, made possible by sponsorship in return for exclusive marketing rights for the tournament itself. The Partnership respects absolutely these marketing rights.The Partnership’s communication is in a different sphere. Its communication objectives are to take advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime to express and further build unity and pride amongst South Africans; to inspire our youth; to market the country and continent to the world; to build African solidarity and to create a communication climate that helps use this chance to speed up development and expand opportunities.The Partnership is one of the ways people across sectors in South Africa and Africa are coming together to prepare for the greatest sporting event on earth.The Role of the PartnershipThe Partnership’s role is to promote coordinated local and international communication, so that the many communication agencies and role-players speak with one powerful voice to maximise the benefit of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the country and continent.The Partnership provides a strategic framework for communication – a point of reference – for communicators in the period leading up to and during 2010.Its function is to promote coherence of message and to provide forums for information sharing and coordination, mutual support for campaigns, strategy formation, and to jointly address issues as they arise.The Partnership is not a new communication agency. Its many member entities – SA Tourism, the International Marketing Council, Dept of Sports and Recreation, South African Airways, Government, Proudly South African, the Organising Committee, private sector and civil society – will embark on communication in the context of 2010 as per their respective mandates and roles.But communication will be more powerful because communicators are working together in partnership, sharing a common vision and common messages.last_img read more

Lion’s share of Budget for education

first_img26 February 2014 Education continues to receive the lion’s share of South Africa’s national Budget, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announcing on Wednesday that 20 percent of government expenditure for 2014/15 will go to education, amounting to R254-billion. Tabling his 2014 Budget in Parliament in Cape Town, Gordhan said the money would be used to increase access to schooling and improve infrastructure in the country’s schools, which serve nearly nine-million children. Gordhan added that 433 new schools would be built over the next three years, while a large chunk of the total education budget would go to provincial education departments to pay teachers’ salaries. Gordhan noted that access to free education in South Africa had increased sharply since the government introduced no-fee schools in 2007. Today, 60% of schools do not charge fees – up from 40% five years ago. According to the Budget Review, five-million children had access to free education in 2007. This year, the number increased to 8.8-million. In recent years, there has also been a sharp increase in the number of children who attend Grade R, while the national school nutrition programme now feeds 8.7-million children. The Department of Basic Education’s long-term plan to improve the quality of education focuses on literacy, numeracy as well as science and languages. The Funza Lushaka bursary scheme for students wanting to teach in public schools is intended to increase the number of qualified teachers. Last year, more than 3 000 graduates qualified for placement in schools in 2014. Post-school education and training accounts for about 21% of total education spend for 2014/15, with R21-billion set aside for university subsidies and R19-billion for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which provides students with bursaries and loans. Gordhan said the allocation to the NSFAS would increase from R5.1-billion last year, to R6.6-billion by 2016. This would enable the body to increase the number of further education and training (FET) bursaries to 292 000, while helping more than 236 000 students to attend university over the next three years. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Etail Innovations Blur Line Between Physical, Online Shopping

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tesco’s experiment puts the virtual stores where potential customers will be and may have time on their hands for some fast shopping: public waiting areas. The pilot has already paid off in South Korea: Tesco’s subsidiary there reported a 130% rise in online grocery sales.Billboards and screen displays of products fall into a fast-rising category of sales known as etailing, which is a blend of what works best in the online and brick-and-mortar worlds. The concept of a 24/7 store window happens to be the most popular because it’s the easiest to implement: display a product with some kind of barcode and you immediately can get customers buying, as eBay and designer Jonathan Adler are trying in New York and Proctor & Gamble is doing with virtual drugstores in the Czech Republic.It’s not just public screens. Ebay’s “Watch with eBay” app lets users specify the TV channel they are watching and displays items currently on sale that relate to the show. Think sports memorabilia or fan gear. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… brian proffitt Related Posts Meanwhile, e-commerce sites are extending their reach into the physical world. Amazon is now formally launching its Amazon Lockers program that will have the mega-retailer ship customers’ items to secure lockers located in convenience stores and pharmacies for later pickup. The program was first trialed in Seattle last year, and it’s been enough of a success to deploy across the nation. The lockers offer customers more security in product delivery, particularly in urban areas where theft from doorsteps can be a problem.Now that Amazon is giving in to collecting sales taxes even in U.S. states where it doesn’t already have a physical presence, it’s also reportedly establishing regional distribution centers that could enable hyperlocal, same-day delivery. Or at least next-day delivery for many items.Whether or note they make it to the U.S. market, all of these developments play into etailing’s key trend: reducing the friction between seeing an item and buying it.center_img The barrier between consumer and product is growing ever smaller, as retail stores both physical and online extend their sales into realms beyond their original spheres of influence. UK grocer Tesco’s interactive virtual grocery stores in London’s Gatwick airport is only the latest example.The Gatwick stores follow on the heels of last year’s pilot program in South Korea that sold items via billboards displaying photos of products in subway stations and bus stops. Using smartphones to scan QR codes next to the products’ images on the wall, shoppers of Tesco division Home Plus would have their groceries selected, bought and delivered to their homes.At Gatwick, though, instead of static photos of products on the wall or display stands, departing passengers will use an Android or iOS app to scan products displayed on one of four interactive “fridges” within the virtual store.Putting the virtual store into the Gatwick airport takes advantage of the travel habits of Britons as they depart the UK on their annual holiday (or “vacation”) and may want to have groceries delivered to their homes when they get back, saving them the inevitable re-stocking trip at the supermarket when they return. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Amazon#e-commerce#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

CAC Secures Millions for Customers

first_img The CAC is the national agency responsible for consumer advocacy. For further information, persons can call 876-906-5425 or email info@cac.gov.jm. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is reporting that it secured $14.9 million on behalf of aggrieved consumers since the beginning of the financial year. Mrs Allen told JIS News that the resolution rate for the complaints filed was at 66.8 per cent. She also urged consumers to protect their interests by doing proper research before conducting transactions. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is reporting that it secured $14.9 million on behalf of aggrieved consumers since the beginning of the financial year.Chief Executive Officer of the CAC, Dolsie Allen made the disclosure while addressing a JIS Think Tank held on November 30.She informed that a total of 1087 complaints were handled by the Agency between April and October.“Our data indicate a nine per cent increase in complaints filed about electrical equipment and appliances, with 269 or 33.42 per cent of complaints related to those items,” she stated.An analysis of the categories for which complaints were filed with the CAC showed other services accounting for 14.04 per cent; cable services, 11.30 per cent; utilities, 10.19 per cent; and motor vehicle and parts, 9.07 per cent.Mrs Allen told JIS News that the resolution rate for the complaints filed was at 66.8 per cent. She also urged consumers to protect their interests by doing proper research before conducting transactions.“We are warning consumers to exercise due diligence when purchasing items during the Christmas period. So read all labels, test appliances before leaving stores, learn about the merchant’s warranty and return policy and secure a detailed receipt,” she explained.Meanwhile, Communications Specialist at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, also urged citizens to avoid making impulse purchases during the festive period.“Buyer’s remorse is one of the areas that contribute significantly to the number of complaints that we get especially after the busy seasons of shopping, such as back to school and Christmas,” Ms. Campbell said.“Consumers need to be aware that when they purchase items, once they step through the door with that item, they can’t simply change their minds as then it is up to the discretion of the vendor,” she added.The CAC is the national agency responsible for consumer advocacy. For further information, persons can call 876-906-5425 or email info@cac.gov.jm. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Public Hearings for Police Chief David Nisleit

first_img February 12, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Live at City Hall previewing hearing on selection for new Police Chief pic.twitter.com/tPr7XmVUWJ— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) February 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 12, 2018 Ed Lenderman Updated: 10:49 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe public hearings are scheduled for Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.Residents will be able to offer feedback on the appointment of David Nisleit as the city’s next top cop during two City Council meetings later this month, council President Myrtle Cole announced Friday.Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Thursday named Nisleit, a current assistant San Diego police chief, as the successor to Chief Shelley Zimmerman following a nationwide search.Nisleit’s appointment must be confirmed by a majority council vote.feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 202 C St. However, on Friday Faulconer sent Cole a memo requesting the Feb. 12 meeting be moved to 6 p.m. On Twitter, the mayor’s office said he asked for the change “so more San Diegans can attend and have their voices heard.”The council will take a vote on the matter on Feb. 26. KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has the details. Public Hearings for Police Chief David Nisleitlast_img read more

Ferry services resume after 7 hrs

first_imgFerry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma river resumed after six and half an hours of disruption caused by dense fog early Monday, according to UNB.Assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Aricha Nasir Mohammad Chowdhury said the ferry services were disrupted from 2:30am to 9:00am on Monday due to poor visibility caused by thick fog.Fourteen ferries at both Paturia and Daulatdia ghats remained stranded while over six hundreds vehicles, including passenger buses, were waiting at both the ghats to cross the river, he added.Besides, two ferries got stuck in the middle of the river.Later, ferry services resumed around 9:00am as fog disappeared.last_img