Everyday Hero: Miriam Cele

first_imgFounder: Gozololo Day Care CentreWhy is Miriam an Everyday Hero?Eleven years into her retirement and Miriam Cele shows no signs of putting her feet up. Why would she when she has 300 young children to feed and educate every day?Miriam Cele is one of those people who just can’t sit still when work needs to be done. When this work entails giving helpless children hope and a tummy full of food, it’s simply a job well done.In 1997, Miriam established the Gozololo Day Care Center in the KwaMashu township in KwaZulu-Natal to provide care and support to a growing number of traumatised and orphaned children as a result of HIV/Aids.Today, with the help of other “foster grannies”, Gozololo Day Care Centre has numerous satellite centres that now provide care to over 1 200 children in five different communities.In her own words.“It’s not a nice thing to see young children suffering. As a young girl my mother taught me to give. She used to cook a big pot of pap and fed all the children in the community.”Fast FactsGozololo means “stay a while, rest a while” or “halfway house”.The Gozololo model differs from the general institutional model in that a child is placed with a willing child minder at night and attends the care centre during the day.Miriam has 17 years’ experience as a community and development worker.In 2004, Miriam was awarded the Order of the Baobab by President Thabo Mbeki.How can I help?To find out how you can donate your time or money to the Gozololo Day Care Centre, visit their website.Contact the Gozololo Day Care CentreTel: 031 503 1032Fax: 031 503 2933Story published on SAinfo on 5 May 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Barclays shifting jobs back to SA

first_img10 May 2011A Barclays spokesman says the British bank is moving support staff for its African operations from Dubai to South Africa.Perry Jones said on Monday the move will be complete by year’s end and will better position the bank to exploit potential for growth in Africa.Barclays operates in 10 African countries and owns a majority stake in the Absa Group, a South African banking and financial services business.Jones says Barclays is “excited about the growth potential for us in Africa.”Jones says the move involves 120 people. The Africa unit has been based in Dubai since 2007, and before that was previously in South Africa.Sapalast_img read more

Yet Another Rant About Buildings and Food

first_imgI saw a commercial the other day for yet another new prepared food product, Marie Callender’s Home-Style Pasta Creations, sold in microwaveable plastic containers that heat the pasta and sauce separately, presumably making them taste more like something you make at home. I don’t know how they taste, but it sure looks like they will produce a lot of plastic waste if they are successful. I was never a big fan of eating packaged meals at work myself, but I do realize that they are relatively inexpensive, and while not as cheap (or as healthy) as homemade meals, they are definitely easy.Why do we need everything to be easy?I recognize that we live in a fast-paced world, driving frantically from place to place, trying to fit work, play, family, hobbies, and exercise into days that often seem too short. It does seem to me that this type of lifestyle is ultimately a self-destructive one that we should strive to change. Getting back to food, one problem we face is that very few people cook anymore. Whether it is an issue of time, will, ability, or a combination, a large portion of our meals are either eaten out; ordered in; or prepared in a store or factory, brought home, heated, and eaten. We do this because it is easy. It doesn’t necessarily taste better, it certainly isn’t healthier, and it doesn’t cost more than cooking it yourself.Not casting stonesWhile I enjoy cooking, and do so often, I will be the first to admit that I eat out more than I should. Although my fast-food habits lean toward burritos and pizza, and I almost never eat at chain burger or chicken places, I must admit that I am occasionally tempted by those advertisements for $2.99 value meals. Think about it: you can barely buy the raw ingredients for that price even if you wanted to cook it yourself. But then again, how bad will it taste and how much will it clog my arteries? These cheap meals are an indicator of our skewed priorities. We may not realize it, but food is pretty cheap, if not necessarily healthy or tasty. Food costs as a percentage of income have consistently fallen for several decades.As a society, we have become addicted to cheap things. Whether it is a meal, a TV, a computer, or even a house—we always look for the “best” deals, and are proud when we get them, myself included. But are those deals as good as they seem? Lots of cheap fast food can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other long-term health problems. I finally gave up on cheap Windows-based PCs that kept crapping out and paid real money for a Mac (which, incidentally, still cost about 80% less than my first computer). For too many years, people bought houses based on the best price per square foot, which, as my buddy Peter Pfeiffer points out, is like buying cars by the pound. I am hopeful that with the reset in real estate values, we will begin to see more value placed on quality and efficiency in our buildings, displacing some of the emphasis on quantity.Let’s get our priorities straightIt’s time to change how we value the things in our lives. We need to be willing to pay more for quality and stop trying to buy quantity at bargain basement prices. This goes for food, household products, and the houses we put them in. I am willing to spend more for high-quality food from locally owned businesses, live in a better, smaller home that is efficient and healthy, and purchase quality products that will last. I’m not all the way there yet; I still find it hard to pass up a bargain, but I am trying to make the change. If we give it a shot, we should end up healthier, happier, with a little less stuff in our smaller houses, and with fewer plastic lunch containers to throw out at the end of the day.last_img read more

Pak violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri, Poonch

first_imgPakistani troops violated the ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, an Army spokesman said on Saturday. Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in the Balakote sector of Poonch and Nowshera in Rajouri overnight, drawing befitting retaliation by the Indian Army, he said. The spokesman said Pakistan first violated the ceasefire in Nowshera sector from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday followed by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Balakote from 11.45 p.m. to 2 a.m. There was no report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing on the Indian side, he said. This year, according to officials, Pakistan violated the ceasefire over 2,050 times, leaving 21 Indians dead and scores of others injured. India has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC and the International Border.last_img read more

SHORE CLUB and LONG BAY make the cover of Travel Leisure Special

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#happeningnow, #magneticmedianews, #shoreclubongracebay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 -SHORE Club, is featured as a leading Caribbean vacation resort in the magazine, which is distributed worldwide.The February issue is on stands now and the reveal was made to developer Stan Hartling, CEO,  Hartling Group TODAY.  Hartling was surprised and thrilled at the accolade; dancing at the news which came in one of the penthouse suites at TCIs newest resort.#happeningnow#shoreclubongracebay#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Maroof at Stanbrooks Law

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – In our report yesterday on the bail denial of Kirshna Penn in connection with the Kevino Smith killing from 2015, we said that attorney, Laura Maroof was at F Chambers Law firm; we correct that she is actually at the new Stanbrook’s Law firm, we do apologize Ms Maroof.  She is the attorney representing Penn in the murder case which returns to court for a Sufficiency Hearing on April 7.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more