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first_imgRussia Wi Sehtickets on saleTickets for Jamaica’s opening match in the 2018 World Cup Journey, Russia Wi Seh, go on sale today at outlets right across the island.Ticket prices are: Grandstand 1, $5,500; Grandstand 2, $6,500; and Bleachers, $1,200 per person. Of special note is the Early Boyz, Bleachers Special price, which is $1,000 up to midnight Wednesday, September 2, or until stocks last within that period.Match time next Friday, September 4, is 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.Members of the Reggae Boyz squad begin arriving into the island on Monday, August 31, for this crucial game. Their opponents, Nicaragua, are expected to arrive on Tuesday, September 1.Tickets outlets are as follows: Petcom (Portmore), Western Sports (Twin Gates and MoBay), York Pharmacy, Total petrol Station (Stanton Terrace, Liguanea, Dunrobin), The Jamaica Pegasus, Captains Bakery (all locations), Richie B’s Liquor Centre, Mary Brown’s Corner.Former Indian spinner on Americascoaching panelDUBAI, UAE (CMC):Former Indian spinner Venkatapathy Raju will be part of the coaching team for the ICC Americas Cricket Combine to be held in Indianapolis, United States, next month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.Raju joins a high-calibre coaching panel for the Combine, which also includes West Indies great Courtney Walsh and internationally renowned American fielding coach Mike Young.”I can’t wait to work with Courtney, Mike and the other coaches, to help the players improve their skills in what really is an exciting initiative for the development of the game,” said Raju.About 100 of the best players within the region will take part in the Combine, following which an ICC Americas representative team will be selected to play in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Nagico Super 50 tournament in January 2016.Australia beat Ireland by 23 runsBELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP):David Warner struck 84 in 80 balls to set Australia on their way to a 23-run win over Ireland using the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-curtailed one-day international yesterday.Warner put on 139 runs for the first wicket with Joe Burns (69 off 70 balls) as the Australians posted a total of 222-6 in 40.2 overs in Belfast.Ireland had a revised target of 181 off 24 overs, but couldn’t get there despite going along at 6.63 an over and seeing Ed Joyce (44) and Niall O’Brien (45) combine for an 86-run stand for the third wicket.Ireland were all out for 157 with two balls left, with Nathan Coulter-Nile taking 3-13 off 4.4 overs.Australia start their five-match ODI series against England next week.Tharanga to replace retired SangakkaraCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Sri Lanka has named left-handed Upul Tharanga to replace retired Kumar Sangakkara in the third series-deciding Test against India starting today.Sangakkara quit international cricket after playing the first two games of the series, which is level at 1-1.Captain Angelo Mathews said yesterday the management is still discussing other changes in the team, including whether to hand hard-hitter Kusal Perera a Test debut in place of Jehan Mubarak.Also, off-spin bowler Tharindu Kaushal is doubtful for the game at the Sinhalese Sports Club, having injured the thumb of his bowling hand during the second Test.In his absence, Dilruwan Perera will take the second spinner’s slot.India’s team director, Ravi Shastri, said his team would go all out for a series win after their comeback victory in the second Test.last_img read more

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first_imgParticipants posed with facilitators shortly after the ceremony.BRAC Liberia’s Agriculture, Food Security and Livelihood (AFSL) program has ended a successful implementation of the Pro-resilience Pro-Act 2015 project sponsored by the European Union (EU).The project was implemented in six food insecure counties out of 15 in Liberia; the project began in October 2016 and ended in September 2018.In 2017, BRAC-Liberia and the EU held an inception workshop and launched the project, coded, “Supporting the Poor and Food and Nutrition Insecure to React to Crises and Strengthen Resilience,” which ended in September 2018.The day-long Learning Sharing Workshop was organized in Monrovia on September 26 as a concluding event for the project that also organized six other similar Learning Sharing workshops in Margibi, Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Bong counties.The Pro-resilience Pro-ACT 2015 EU project focused on climate smart agriculture, poultry and livestock production, and comprehensive homestead development for strengthening value chain activities.The project also reached a significant number of community members through nutrition awareness, mother forum and resilient building campaign.As implementing partner, BRAC-Liberia works in close collaboration with authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) to support the Liberia Agricultural Transformation Agenda (LATA), which is one of the strongest pillars of the Weah Administration Pro-poor Agenda.At the occasion, BRAC-Liberia Acting Country Representative, Aisha Nansamba, lauded all parties that made the project successful.“When you do not acknowledge the lessons learned, you are bound to face daunting challenges,” Nansamba cautioned the farmers.She encouraged them to seek quality outcome and improve their own livelihood, adding: “As the program fizzles out, farmers need to leverage on the training as well as train volunteers to continue enhancing their livelihood.”Mrs. Nansamba said that BRAC, through working with local volunteers, farmers, community leaders, and the MoA, provided sustainability to the project both during the implementation phase and the phase out period.She also said that BRAC-Liberia Food Security and Livelihood Program envision reducing food insecurity and malnutrition in Liberia, catalyzing a shift from subsistence to commercial farming.She named capacity building; improved farming, livelihood and livestock rearing and nutrition awareness as some of the interventions made by the project which, according to her, achieved its overall program objectives.Mrs. Nansamba also highlighted other programs BRAC-Liberia is currently operating, including the Microfinance, Health, Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents, Agriculture and Livestock production, Education and Targeting the Ultra Poor (TUP)/Graduation program.Furthermore, she said that the entity has been operating since 2008 and over time expanded its operations to 10 counties.EU Representative David Palacios said that strengthening resilience is cardinal to building a sustainable society, especially through agriculture and health.Palacios highlighted community involvement in various development initiatives in the country as key to having maximum impact on vulnerable communities. The EU Representative praised BRAC Liberia for the successful implementation of the PRO ACT 2015 project.Agriculture Minister Mogana S. Flomo said he has observed that 60 percent of the country’s population live below the poverty line with no food — a trend, he said, needs to be changed. To address such a situation, he called on Liberians to go back to the soil, adding, “we have spent half of the time paying attention to the extractive industries, which never yielded any tangible results.”“There are no excuses that can be considered for failing to feed the population, because there are always opportunities that can be harnessed in improving the livelihoods of the people of Liberia, especially when the country is endowed with good weather, and soil to grow varieties of food,” Flomo said.He the encouraged the farmers to transfer their already acquired skills in the sector to people desirous of becoming professional farmers.He also commended BRAC-Liberia for helping the country in agriculture sector, but at the same time, called on Liberians be serious, “because agriculture is not a drama, and therefore, we will not become resilient as a country if we failed to change our mindset.”BRAC International Agriculture Program Manager, Habibur Rahman Khan, underscored the importance of the project’s objective to enhance the capacities of vulnerable groups; to improve food crisis, and sustainably produce and access food.He said the project activities were based on strengthening farmers through producer groups by selecting smallholder farmers for climate smart agriculture and vulnerable groups for poultry and livestock rearing, formed 300 producer groups comprising 20-25 members per group, one lead farmer selected from each group.According to Mr. Khan, 5,200 smallholder farmers were developed on Climate Smart Agriculture technologies and comprehensive homestead development, 1625 vulnerable households received training and support on livelihood and livestock rearing, raised awareness of 6825 community members on resilience building (agriculture and disaster), 390 most vulnerable households supported with Cash for Work opportunities and converted 213 acres of bush land into cultivable land.The project developed 260 Community Agriculture and Livestock Promoters to provide agriculture extension services to community residents, 27 entrepreneurs to support the value chain activities, strengthened 90 market actors to act as linking agents, reached 2,725 lactating, pregnant and child bearing mothers through mothers forum meetings, and also reached 5,260 households through nutrition awareness campaigns to promote diversified and nutritious food preparation, consumption and increased nutrition educationFurthermore, the project developed Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Assessment report, trained 40 community based organization leaders on disseminating available weather information on agriculture and nutrition, organized capacity building workshop for 50 government staffs, organized agricultural fair for disseminating modern technologies, and also established 300 demonstrations farm to disseminate the technology.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgBy Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC officials are confident they will win a university hearing on whether the school should grant wide receiver Jamere Holland a full release to transfer to Oregon, according to sources. Holland won the right to transfer to Oregon during a hearing last month, but he was not given permission to receive a scholarship by the Ducks. That means he would have to attend as a walk-on and pay out-of-state tuition costs. USC officials believe they have a strong case because if Holland wins, it might set a precedent for athletes to transfer within the Pacific-10 Conference without going through proper procedures. According to sources, USC believes Holland began contacting other schools before he actually received a release to begin communications with other schools. Holland could not be reached for comment. A university committee of non-athletic department personnel will determine if Holland is granted a full release. He needs to enroll at Oregon by Oct. 3 in order to attend classes in the fall and redshirt. McKnight frustrated A day after Carroll said he tried to bring freshman tailback Joe McKnight along too fast, McKnight admitted he is frustrated by his slow start. “I feel I’ve got a lot of stuff to prove,” McKnight said. “I’m being impatient with myself. The coaches told me to relax.” McKnight was told by offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian that it took Reggie Bush five or six games before he made a big impression as a freshman. “I don’t want to wait that long,” McKnight said. McKnight also blamed himself for his two fumbles this season. He also said his sprained knee is healed. Because of McKnight’s slow start, USC is trying to simplify his role with less plays as a slotback. “We’re going to play more of him at running back and less of that fringe stuff,” Sarkisian said. “He’s such a demanding kid. He expects himself to play great. I went back and looked at Reggie Bush’s first four games his freshman year and it wasn’t special. “There was not a lot going on.” USC injury updates Carroll said linebacker Brian Cushing (sprained ankle) will be a game-time decision because he did not practice as much as hoped Wednesday. “He’s not 100 percent, I don’t know how it will be,” Carroll said. Cushing insisted he will be ready for the Washington State game. Clay Matthews is playing, but wearing a cast on his left hand because he broke his thumb against Nebraska, so Thomas Williams took most of the snaps Wednesday. Michael Morgan is also practicing at the position. Sensational scout Quarterback Mitch Mustain starred on the scout team with a long touchdown pass to Brandon Carswell among several impressive passes during practice. “I’m trying to (make an impression),” Mustain said. Carroll also came away impressed. “I found out about the (scout) team,” he said. “Guys are battling.” Around the nation Hawaii: Quarterback Colt Brennan was sidelined by an injured right ankle for the second straight day of practice, but he’s hopeful of playing Saturday against Charleston Southern. Wearing a light brace and using crutches, Brennan watched from the sideline as backup Tyler Graunke worked out with the first-team offense. Brennan said he’s “dying to play,” but the ankle still needs to heal. An MRI revealed no serious damage, he said. Sul Ross State: Linebacker Mike Flynt, who is 59 years old, will have to wait another week to play in a college football game for the first time in 37 years. Flynt said that doctors have not cleared him to play Saturday in Sul Ross State’s home opener against East Texas Baptist. He’s now eyeing the game against Howard Payne in Brownwood a week from Saturday for his first game since he learned he had a year of eligibility left and returned to the university to live out his dream. The Associated Press contributed to this story 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_img Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com IF YOU GO The City Council will meet at 6:30 tonight at City Hall, 275 E. Olive Ave. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Los Angeles officials are seeking input through March 31 for a final environmental impact report on a 20-year blueprint for treatment plant expansions, added water recycling and new sewers. At a Burbank council meeting earlier this year, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes Toluca Lake, proposed the hybrid alternative to quell residents’ concerns. “We’re trying to do what’s best for all of us,” LaBonge said Monday. “I’ll await what they say. No one wants anything in their neighborhood; I understand that. We’re trying to balance that out.” The proposed line is part of a plan to handle future growth. Los Angeles is also under a court order to make $2 billion in sewer upgrades to avoid overflows, such as those that occurred during the 1998 El Nio storms. If the Los Angeles City Council approves a final environmental impact report this summer, work could begin on the project by 2010. BURBANK – A proposed compromise on construction of a Los Angeles sewer line through Burbank is expected to be rejected by the Burbank City Council tonight because of local residents’ concerns about noise, odor and traffic. Los Angeles officials have devised a “hybrid” alignment for the $150 million project that they said would travel underneath fewer homes, but the Burbank council is being advised by its staff to reject that plan. Instead, staff members want Los Angeles officials to stick with the south alignment for the project, which would go through a small corner of Burbank and would “completely stay away from Burbank residents,” said Rodney Andersen, Burbank’s principal civil engineer. The hybrid plan would snake under Forest Lawn Drive, a nonresidential area, and cut north under homes and businesses along the Burbank-Los Angeles border near Clybourn Avenue. last_img read more

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first_imgUrris GAA News: MATCH “N” WIN : Congratulations to Jake Mullin, No 25 Gaddyduff, Clonmany, winner of our Match “N” Win Jackpot of €1,460 on Thursday night.Well Done Jake. Numbers drawn: 5, 8, 12 & 19. Jackpot this week €500. Thanks to all our Lotto sellers and to everyone who supports this weekly draw. CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is now due for 2015–Fees for the year: Adult Membership €25, Students (3rd level & in full time education with student ID card) €15 and Under-age €3. Anyone playing football for the club must have their membership paid up to be covered by insurance in case of injury. Club members will have also have first preference on Donegal Match tickets for the coming season. Fees must be paid in full by March 31st. Payable to John Friel, Edward Mc Laughlin, Nichola Donaghey or any Committee members. THE CLUBHOUSE WILL BE OPEN ON SATURDAY JANUARY 31st FROM 10AM TO 1PM FOR CLUB MEMBERSHIP (weather permitting)WELL DONE: Well Done to Kevin Mc Laughlin (Master) who received a Merit award at the Gaelic Life Ulster Club All Stars 2014 Awards in the Hilton Hotel, Belfast on Friday night. A good night was had by all.LADIES FOOTBALL: A meeting will take place on Saturday February 7th in the clubhouse at 3.00pm for all from U16 to Senior ladies interested in playing football for the club this year. New faces most welcome.U6 & 8 TRAINING: Training resumes for both U6 & U8 this Saturday and every Saturday at 11am in the Youth Club Clonmany. All children must be at school-no pre school children, thanks. U10 GIRLS: Training every Saturday at the Youth Club Clonmany from 12pm to 1pm.LAST MAN STANDING: Last Man Standing: Next round of Last Man Standing–competition starting on January 31st. Entry is €10 and all entries to be paid before the beginning of the competition. There will be one rule change, that if you haven’t used any buy in’s in the first or second week you will be able to carry 1 buy in through the third week. Please contact Donal Kelly to enter.GAA NEWS: URRIS PLAYER KEVIN MCLAUGHLIN AWARDED GAELIC LIFE ULSTER CLUB ALL-STAR AWARD was last modified: January 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

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first_imgWednesday 31st saw the final Open competition of August, sponsored by Valu Centre, Letterkenny, and proving good value for his win was Ronan Curran [21] who, with the help of a birdie at par three 5th [Inishowen], took the turn with 20pts and, despite a double bogey at Stackyard [14th], recorded a very credible 22pts on back nine for a conclusive 42pts and a two point winning margin over second placed Anthony Bonnar [17]who, playing steady, handicap golf with 21pts on back nine for a 40pt return, pipped third placed Darragh Heaney [9] whose 21pts also on back nine consisted of birdies at Hunters Home [13th], Barnhill [16th] and a double bogey at 17th [Aughaninshin] for a one over par 37 gross and 39pts overall.Gross prize was won by Seamus Patton [5] with 33 gross pts. Wednesday evening 9 hole competition result was; 1st; Christy Nee 21 pts. (BOT) 2nd; Joe Lambe 21 pts. 3rd; PJ Nee 20 pts.Saturday 3rd had Zeus Industrial Products sponsor the first competition of September and with a tremendous turnout of competitors it was Gabriel Mc Nulty who took top spot with 42pts.Having recorded 22pts on front nine, Gabriel’s ‘blanks’ at the two par three’s, 13th and 16th, were followed by a winning birdie at 17th to outpoint runner-up Paddy Doherty [23] whose birdies at Settlement [11th] and Barnhill [16th] had him well in contention before a disastrous double bogey on 18th had him awaiting the decision of B.O.T. with Kenny King [10] whose double bogey at Hall Door [1st] was followed by a birdie at Inishowen [5th] and a somewhat topsy-turvey back nine of double bogey at Cornagill [10th], Birdie at 16th and ‘blank’ at 18th relegating him to third. Pictured at the Arena 7 sponsored Open competition prizegiving at Letterkenny Golf Club are l-r; Henry Mc Cahey, Mark Doherty, Ivan Fuery [Captain], Stephen Walsh and Liam WisemanGross prizewinner was Kevin Hannigan [7] with 32pts gross.Sunday 4th Confined competition was won by Tom Mc Donagh [19] who followed his double bogey at 7th [The Isle] with a birdie at 8th for a 22pt outward nine and a steady 18pts on inward nine gave him a marginal lead over second placed Paul Mc Guckin [20] whose birdies at 11th and 14th had him well placed until that fatefull double bogey atStockade [18th] had him lose out by one point. In third place was the present favourite for this year’s Captain’s weekend outing, Liam Mac Suibhne [11], whose birdie at 18th gave him 38pts.Monday evening’s Cat 4 brigade were out in force once again, no doubt practicing for their annual J.J. Gallagher Memorial Trophy which takes place on 25th September and showing form at just the right time was Sean McGlinchey with19 pts and 2nd, Jack McGarrigle 18 pts. Cat 4 members are reminded that Monday next, 12th September, is the final Monday evening competition of the season and for those playing on Sunday 25th, the tee-box is booked from 12.30 -1.30pm. Anyone who needs to go out earlier, please book now online or in the golf shop. Congratulations to all of the club members who took part in and finished in the Bakers’ Dozen [Top 13] of the Mc Ginley sponsored Rosapenna Scratch Cup and also to winner Kyle Mc Carron from North West GC.The club wishes every success to the Kevin Kiely led ‘Seniors’ [over 50’s] club team who play their first leg of the final away to Portsalon GC on Friday 9th. As holders of this trophy, both team panel and club members will be supporting all of you for the ‘double’!Letterkenny Golf Club: Ronan proves good value for win! was last modified: September 7th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arena 7Golf notesletterkennylast_img read more

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first_img 1 Every man out there seeing Kyle Walker block that shot. #ENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/87ZiXwxBNz— FanDuel (@FanDuel) July 11, 2018 KYLE WALKER DIED AND WAS BORN AGAIN THERE.— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) July 11, 2018 The Manchester City defender stopped a goal bound effort from Ivan Rakitic with a rather tender part of his midriff with England on the ropes in their World Cup semi-final.Rather than let it slow him down, he rose majestically to head away a dangerous cross just moments later, before having a well-deserved break.Needless to say, fans loved it and were more than happy to broadcast it on social media.Check out the best reaction below! I’m sure all men will join me in saluting Kyle Walker there. Giving absolutely everything for his country🍆— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) July 11, 2018 Kyle Walker endured a rather painful moment in the World Cup semi-final center_img Getty Kyle walker unbelievable 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽— Yungen (@YungenPlayDirty) July 11, 2018 Over the years, England have had many heroes put their bodies on the line for the Three Lions.Images of Paul Ince and Terry Butcher bloodied and bruised for the sake of their country have elevated them to icon status.And Kyle Walker may have just put himself in the pantheon of those legends. If England reach the final they’ll owe a lot to Kyle Walker’s, er, midriff.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) July 11, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgTHE leader or the Orange Order today praised the Queen’s visit – saying it had helped build relationships on the island and helped Orange members in the Republic to be par of society.Thousands of members of the Orange Order were in Co Donegal today for their annual July gathering at Rossnowlagh.Lodges from counties Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen from the Six Counties, were among those taking part in the event. Grand Master of Grand Orange Lodge in January Edward Stevenson spoke about the British Queen’s recent visit to this State.“I seem to be spending quite a bit of my time in the Irish Republic – and I am thoroughly enjoying it,” he said.“Only a few weeks ago, along with other senior Orangemen, I attended the official visit of her Majesty the Queen to Dublin.“The visit was a triumph for everyone involved and in particular the people who live here in the Irish Republic and regard themselves as coming from the British culture. “Thanks to the tremendous and dignified welcome given to her Majesty the Queen, British people can hold their heads high in this community and be proud of their beliefs and their culture.“And that is what we are doing here today.“We are in the Irish Republic but we are celebrating our British culture and identity. And we are a threat to no-one. In fact the people here want to play their part in the civic society of this country.”Newspaper reports linking today’s parade with a visit by the President turned out not to be correct.ORANGEMEN WANT TO PLAY PART IN CIVIC SOCIETY, LEADER TELLS DONEGAL PARADE was last modified: July 9th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Edward Stevensonorange order paradeQueen ElizabethRossnowlaghlast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Federal authorities were processing a crime scene in a remote area of New Mexico, but Mangan did not release any details. Stolen were 150 pounds of C-4, 250 pounds of sheet explosives, 20,000 feet of detonator cord and 2,500 blasting caps. Investigators have said there was no evidence to suggest a link to terrorism. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Four men, including two brothers, were taken into custody Friday by federal authorities in connection with the theft of 400 pounds of explosives from a storage depot southwest of Albuquerque. The explosives were reported stolen Sunday from Cherry Engineering’s storage depot eight miles southwest of New Mexico’s largest city. Federal authorities have said it was enough to flatten a large building. The men, whose names were not immediately released, all face federal charges, including possession of stolen explosives. Three of the arrests were made in Bloomfield, in the northwest corner of the state, and the other was made in Ignacio, Colo., said Tom Mangan, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgA worker raises the South African flag outside the Houses of Parliament building in Cape Town in preparation for the 2014 State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma. (Image: GCIS)In bite-size, easily understood chunks, we bring you the full text of South African President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, delivered to a joint sitting of parliament in Cape Town on the evening of 13 February 2014.Read more:In pictures: State of the Nation Address 2014Video: State of the Nation Address 2014Full text: State of the Nation Address February 2014Behind the scenes: State of the Nation Address 2014State of the Nation Address by Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South AfricaGood evening, sanibonani, molweni, dumelang, riperile, ndimadekwana, goeienaandI wish to thank the Presiding Officers for this opportunity to speak to the people of South Africa, on this occasion of the last State of the Nation Address, of the fourth democratic administration.I would like to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of the late Honourable Mr Ben Skhosana, one of the longest serving and most senior members of this august house and our former Minister of Correctional Services.We are truly saddened by his sudden passing.Sidlulisa ukukhala kwethu emndenini wakhe, nakumholi we IFP uShenge, kanye namalunga onke e-IFP.Remembering Nelson MandelaThis is the first State of the Nation Address to take place in the absence of our founding President, His Excellency Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.His passing, on the eve of the 20th year of our freedom and democracy, caused untold pain to our people and beyond our borders.We find solace in the knowledge that Madiba will live forever be in our hearts, and that we have a duty to take his legacy forward.Celebrating South African heroesOur country has produced men and women of distinction, who have provided leadership during trying times.One such leader was Mr Moses Kotane, former treasurer-general of the ANC and former SACP general secretary.We are honoured to have his dear wife, Mama Rebecca Kotane, as our special guest this evening.Mama Kotane turned 102 years old yesterday, and we wish her all the best.At a lunch for special guests invited to attend the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma helps Rebecca Kotane, wife of late ANC leader Moses Kotane, cut the cake celebrating her 102nd birthday. (Image: GCIS)We also pay tribute to the former ANC President Mr Oliver Tambo, who kept the torch of freedom alive both at home and abroad during the most difficult times of our struggle.His son, Dali and his wife Rachel are sharing this occasion with us this evening.Rachel Tambo with her husband Dali Tambo, the son of late African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo. (Image: GCIS)We salute Solomon Mahlangu, a brave young man who went defiantly to the gallows in 1979 where he was executed at the age of 23. He said: “My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.”We are honoured to host his mother, Mama Martha Mahlangu, and her granddaughter Bathabile.The year 2014 also marks the 40th anniversary of the cowardly murder, through a parcel bomb, of student leader Abram Onkgopotse Tiro in 1974 in Botswana.We welcome his brother, Mogomotsi Tiro, to this occasion. We express the gratitude of the people for his brother’s selfless sacrifice.We remember those who died in state-sponsored violence of the 1980s and 1990s in our townships and villages.Ms Jabu Ndlovu, a former shopsteward of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, was gunned down in 1988 in Pietermaritzburg, together with her husband Jabulani, and their son.We welcome her daughter Luhle and son Sanele, and pay tribute to all families who lost their loved ones, across the political spectrum.Twenty years of freedomWe were able to overcome all that pain of the past and build a new society.We have built strong institutions of democracy.We buried the undemocratic, unrepresentative, oppressive and corrupt state that was serving a minority.We formed a unitary, nonracial, nonsexist democratic state, answerable to and representative of all South Africans.We created a thriving constitutional democracy, with well-functioning arms of the state – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.We have Chapter 9 institutions which support democracy and protect the rights of citizens.Liberation and democracy have also created space for an active civil society and a free media.Liberation also brought, for the first time, the promise of gender equality. The representation of women in public institutions has increased considerably since the dawn of freedom, and the extension of basic services also benefits women.All these attributes have made South Africa a much better place to live in now than it has ever been.Three challengesHowever, our country still faces the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment, which we continue to grapple with. Dealing with these challenges has become a central focus of all democratic administrations.We elected to focus on five priorities, education, health, the fight against crime and corruption, rural development and land reform as well as creating decent work.We also reorganised the State to improve performance.We created two key functions: long term planning, as well as monitoring and evaluation.We established the National Planning Commission which produced the landmark National Development Plan, the country’s socioeconomic blueprint and one of the major achievements of this fourth administration.The plan outlines what we should do to eradicate poverty, increase employment and reduce inequality by 2030.Our monitoring and evaluation indicates that many services continue to improve. For example, social grants and identity documents now take a shorter time to be processed. But many others still require further work.Five prioritiesI will report back on the five priorities, starting with the economy.On average, the economy has grown at 3,2 percent a year from 1994 to 2012 despite the global recession which claimed a million jobs.Working together as government, business, labour and the community sector, we nursed the economy to a recovery.The national wealth, measured in terms of GDP, has grown to more than R3.5-trillion.Jobs are now being created again. There are now 15 million people with jobs in the country, the highest ever in our history, and over 650 thousand jobs were created last year, according to Statistics South Africa.This is still not good enough. The unemployment rate still remains high. Youth unemployment in South Africa continues to be of concern, as it is throughout the world.We are taking a number of measures, including the Employment Tax Incentive Act which encourages employers to hire younger workers.Regulations will be passed to ensure that this does not affect unsubsidized or older workers adversely.Further measures are contained in the National Youth Accord that was signed in Soweto last April.The Expanded Public Works Programme and the Community Work Programme continue to be an effective cushion for the poor and the youth.We have created 3,7 million work opportunities over the past five years. Our people obtain an income and skills from the public works programme, which they use to seek formal employment.Cabinet has set a target of 6 million work opportunities from this year to 2019, targeting the youth.Our social assistance programme which now reaches about 16 million people, provides a safety for millions, especially vulnerable children.Imizi eminingi ithola ukusizakala ngenxa yezibonelelo zikahulumeni, imaliyezingane, impesheni yabadala neyabakhubazekile.Lezizibonelelo zizoqhubeka njalo ngoba imizi eminingi ithola ukusizakala ngoba amathuba emisebenzi ayivelakancane ngalesisikhathi somnotho ontengantengayo.Lamathuba atholakala kuhulumeni, enza sisho ngeqholo ukuthi, iNingizimuAfrika esiphila kuyo namhlanje, ingcono kakhulu ukunaleyo esasiphila kuyo ngaphambikuka- 1994.Coping with a period of turbulenceWe are still going through a difficult period.Developments in the United States economy have led to a rapid depreciation in the emerging market currencies, including the rand.During the course of 2013, the rand depreciated by 17.6 per cent against the US dollar.The weaker exchange rate poses a significant risk to inflation and will also make our infrastructure programme more expensive.However, export companies, particularly in the manufacturing sector, should take advantage of the weaker rand and the stronger global recovery.While we have these difficulties, we know that we can cope with this period of turbulence.We have done so before in the past five years.We will, in fact, emerge stronger if we do the right things.We have to work together as government, business and labour to grow our economy at rates that are above 5 per cent to be able to create the jobs we need.Fortunately this collaboration is already taking place.It is taking place at NEDLAC which is one of the key institutions of cooperation in our democracy, between government, business, labour and the community sector.It has taken place as well in engagements that we have been having with the business community.Last year I started engaging business on specific steps that government can take to make it easier to do business in our country.Reforms in the mining industryArising out of that process, we have now streamlined regulatory and licensing approvals for environmental impact assessments, water licenses and mining licenses.Parliament is finalizing amendments to the law to give effect to this very positive development, which will cut to under 300 days, the time it takes to start a mine, from application to final approvals.The Deputy President of the Republic continues to facilitate discussions between government, mining companies and labour.The purpose is to stabilise industrial relations in this very important sector of our economy. The process is yielding results.Strikes in the sector were fewer and shorter last year.And more importantly, industrial relations processes are taking place in a manner consistent with the law.We have intervened in mining because it is one of our key job drivers. We need a mining sector that works. Mining employs over half a million people.It is the biggest earner of foreign exchange in our country. It also contributes about 20 billion rand directly to the tax revenue.Mining also makes a far larger contribution as a buyer of goods and services, and a supplier of inputs to other sectors of our economy and other economies around the globe.We are exploring partnerships with stakeholders to address the issue of housing in mining towns.Let me also remind mining companies that 2014 is the deadline for them to improve housing and living conditions of mineworkers and to achieve a number of targets.Government continues to monitor and enforce compliance on both the company’s Social and Labour Plans and Mining Charter targets.Jobs and infrastructureOther than mining, we had identified five other job drivers in 2009.These are tourism, agriculture, the green economy, infrastructure development and manufacturing.The tourism industry has grown dramatically. In 1993, South Africa received a mere 3 million foreign visitors. By 2012, the figure had grown to 13 million visitors.We will continue to grow this industry, given its potential for job creation.In 2012 we unveiled the National Infrastructure Plan, led by the President through the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission.We have subsequently invested one trillion rand in public infrastructure over the past five years.Many of the projects are completed or are nearing completion.I will mention just a few.The Rea Vaya system in Joburg is now used by more than 100 000 Gauteng residents. Similar systems are being built in Cape Town, Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, eThekwini and Rustenburg.The country’s harbours and ports have been improved.We have built a 700 kilometre fuel pipeline from Durban to Gauteng to transport 4 billion cubic litres of petrol, diesel and jet fuel a year.Close to 1500 kilometres of new roads or lanes have been built.This progress in respect of roads reminds us of those who have served in this government before who wanted the best for the country, such as our former Transport Minister Mr Dullar Omar.His dear wife Farieda is one of our guests this evening.The construction of new rail lines has started in Mpumalanga, to ease the pressure off the roads.The Gautrain project is now fully functional and carries over 1,2 million passengers a month.The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will spend over 120 billion rand over the next 10 years to buy new trains.Transnet is implementing its massive 300 billion rand market demand strategy, building much needed transport infrastructure.To realise the economic potential of the Western Cape and the West Coast, we launched the Saldanha Industrial Development Zone and opened two new factories in Atlantis.To improve the water supply, two large new dams were completed, De Hoop in Limpopo and Spring Grove in KwaZulu-Natal, while phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is to be launched soon.Construction is continuing at the new power stations, Medupi in Limpopo, Kusile in Mpumalanga and Ingula near Ladysmith, employing more than 30 000 workers.We continue to explore other sources of energy, in line with the Integrated Resource Plan for Energy.The development of petroleum, especially shale gas will be a game-changer for the Karoo region and the South African economy.Having evaluated the risks and opportunities, the final regulations will be released soon and will be followed by the processing and granting of licenses.We expect to conclude the procurement of nine thousand six hundred megawatts of nuclear energy.Biofuels manufacturers have been selected and have started work.A country at work – and onlineOurs is indeed a country at work and is a much better place to live in. We must keep the momentum.More of our wealth is created through the internet or telecommunication.A 37 000 kilometres of fibre-optic cable has been laid by the private and public sectors in the past five years. This will be significantly expanded in the years ahead.We are proud of our successes in science and technology. The construction of the first telescope of the 64-dish forerunner to the Square Kilometre Array, the MeerKAT, will be completed in the first quarter of 2014.Supporting local manufacturingOur incentives to boost manufacturing have yielded returns.The Automotive Investment Scheme that was launched in 2009 has approved a total 3.8 billion rand worth of incentives for about 160 investment projects. These sustain more than 50 thousand jobs.The companies will be developing sedan cars, minibus taxis and buses.We have stabilised the clothing, textile, leather and footwear sector, which had been shedding jobs.Several industries have been designated for local content. These include buses, canned vegetables, clothing, textiles, leather and footwear and other goods.We have concrete examples of the success of the localisation programme.In the past two years alone, more than 20 000 minibus taxis and 330 buses were assembled locally, drawing investment and development to our cities.In the next five years, the state will procure at least 75% of its goods and services from South African producers.Boosting black-owned industryWe have to work more intensively to develop emerging or black industrialists.Many of the aspirant black industrialists complain about the difficulties they experience in obtaining industrial finance, supplier and retail markets, and technical production support.The National Empowerment Fund, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency will continue to provide finance to viable black-owned businesses to promote industrialisation.In addition, we encourage established businesses to support the development of black industrial businesses.Restoring rights to landAgriculture is a key job driver and a provider of opportunities for entrepreneurship.Our agricultural support programme, Fetsa Tlala, is producing brand new exporters.The first 88 smallholder farmers in this programme supplied the United Nations World Food Programme with 268 tons of maize and beans to send to Lesotho last month. We expect this number to increase.We will continue to promote our fisheries sector as well, which contributes an estimated 6billion rand to the economy and provides 27 000 jobs.We have made good progress in the land reform programme.Since 1994, nearly 5,000 farms, comprising 4.2 million hectares, have been transferred to black people, benefiting over 200,000 families.Nearly 80,000 land claims, totaling 3.4 million hectares, have been settled and 1.8 million people have benefited.The next administration will need to take forward a number of policy, legislative and practical interventions, to further redress the dispossession of our people of their land.These include matters relating to the establishment of the Office of the Valuer-General and thereby opening of the lodgement of claims.Progress in basic educationSouth Africa is indeed a much better place to live in.Let me now report on our social transformation programme.Education is a ladder out of poverty for millions of our people.We are happy therefore that there is a huge increase in the enrolment of children in school, from pre-primary to tertiary level.The number of children attending Grade R has more than doubled, moving from about 300 thousand to more than 700 thousand between 2003 and 2011.A Draft Policy Framework towards Universal Access to Grade R has been gazetted for public comment, with a view to making Grade R compulsory.Izingane ezingu 8 million azikhokhiesikoleni, kantiezingu 9 million ithola ukudla okunempilo ezikoleni okuphuma kuhulumeni, ukuze zifunde kahle zingabulawa indlala.The matric pass rate has gone up from around 61 percent in 2009 to 78 percent last year and the bachelor passes improve each year.Through the Annual National Assessments, we keep track of improvements and interventions needed, especially, in maths and science.To promote inclusivity and diversity, the South African Sign Language curriculum will be offered in schools from next year, 2015.We have increased our numbers of literate adults through the Kha Ri Gude programme from 2,2 million in 2008 to 3 million people.We have also been investing in teacher training and are re-opening teacher training colleges to meet the demand.To produce a decent learning environment, we have delivered 370 new schools replacing mud schools and other unsuitable structures around the country. The programme continues.More enrolled in higher educationWe have a good story to tell in higher education as well.Student enrolments at universities increased by 12% while further Education and Training college enrolments have increased by 90%.We have increased the budgets of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to R9-billion to meet the rising demand.Another major achievement of this term has been the establishment of two brand new universities, Sol Plaatje in the Northern Cape and the University of Mpumalanga.We will also build 12 new FET Colleges in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.The launch of the National Education Collaboration Framework last year was an important development for the country. We wish the team well in their national duty.‘South Africans are now living longer’We have a good story to tell in the improvement of health care too.Over the past five years, 300 new health facilities have been built, including 160 new clinics.Ten new hospitals have been builtor refurbished in Ladybrand, Germiston, Mamelodi, Natalspruit, eThekwini, Zola, Bojanala, Vryburg District, Swartruggens, Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain.The HIV and AIDS turnaround is one of the biggest achievements of this administration and we are used as a model country by the United Nations Aids Programmes.Mother to child transmission of HIV has declined sharply and we have doubled the number of people who are receiving anti-retroviral treatment, from one million to 2.4 million people in 2013.More than 20 million South Africans have taken the HIV test since the launch of the campaign in 2011 which indicates confidence in the health system.Life expectancy is now firmly on an upward trend. South Africans are now living longer.The target for the next administration is to ensure that at least 4.6 million people are enrolled in the anti-retroviral programme.We acknowledge the contribution of the South African National Aids Council for the hard work.While celebrating our success, we must not be complacent. The prevention work must still continue so that we can reach that goal of zero HIV infections sooner.At a broader level, we will enter a new phase in the implementation of the National Health Insurance programme which will extend quality healthcare to the poor.Tackling violence against the vulnerableThe overall crime rate has decreased by 21 percent since 2002 and work is ongoing to make communities safer.One of the key focus areas is to eradicate violence against women and children. We have introduced a number of measures to respond to this challenge.These include the reopening of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units as well as the Sexual Offences Courts.We thank the many NGOs that promote the rights of women and children who contribute positively to this important work.Fighting rhino poachingOur country continues to be the target of rhino poachers.Our law enforcement agencies are working hard to arrest this scourge. We have also reached agreements with China, Vietnam, Kenya, Mozambique and other SADC countries to work together to stop this crime.We thank the business community and all South Africans who participate in the campaign to save the rhino.Diversity in the justice systemThe independence of the judiciary has been further enhanced by the establishment of the Office of the Chief Justice as a separate institution from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. We have passed several pieces of legislation to support this new role of the Office of the Chief Justice.Progress is being made in the transformation of the judiciary to reflect the race and gender demographics of the country.The Chief Justice of the Republic continues to champion and lead this transformation.Black judges (African, Indian and Coloured) now constitute 61% of all judges.However, the acute under-representation of women on the bench remains of concern. Of the judicial establishment of 239 judges, only 76 are women.The challenge is to transform the legal profession broadly in order to nourish the pool from which female judges can be appointed.The finalisation of the Legal Practice Bill will assist to broaden the pool from which potential judicial officers could be selected.Public sector corruptionSouth Africans are united in wanting a corruption free society. Fighting corruption within the public service is yielding results.Since the launch of the National Anti-Corruption Hotline by the Public Service Commission, over 13 000 cases of corruption and maladministration have been referred to government departments for further handling and investigation.Government has recovered more than 320-million rand from perpetrators through the National Anti-Corruption Hotline.Some of the successes of the National Anti-Corruption Hotline include the following:1 542 officials were dismissed from the Public Service140 officials were fined their three month salary20 officials were demoted355 officials were given final written warnings204 officials were prosecutedTo prevent corruption in the supply chain system, government has decided to establish a central tender board to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government.This body will work with the chief procurement officer whose main function will be to check on pricing and adherence to procedures as well as fairness.The Special Investigating Unit is investigating maladministration or alleged corruption in a number of government departments and state entities, through 40 proclamations signed by the President during this administration. We will keep the public informed of the outcome of the investigations.In the first six months of last year, the Asset Forfeiture Unit paid a total of 149 million rand into the Criminal Assets Recovery Account and to the victims of crime.This is 170% above its target of 55 million rand and is higher than it has ever achieved in a full year.Last year, the competition authorities investigated large-scale price fixing in the construction industry and fined guilty companies 1.4 billion rand.Further steps against those involved are now underway.Water, sanitation and electricityI would now like to touch briefly on the provision of basic services to our people.Over the past 20 years, remarkable achievements have been made in increasing access to services such as water, sanitation and electricity.Government has begun an intensive programme to eliminate the bucket system as part of restoring the dignity of our people.Phase one of the programme will eradicate buckets in formalised townships of the Free State, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape.Phase two will eradicate buckets in informal settlements in all provinces.In housing, about 3 million housing units and more than 855 thousand serviced sites were delivered since 1994.Nearly 500 informal settlements have been replaced with quality housing and basic services over the past five years.The next administration will promote better located mixed income housing projects.Some communities still do not have these services especially in informal settlements and rural areas.We are therefore working with all spheres of government to ensure the provision of these services, especially in the 23 municipalities with the greatest number of backlogs.Protest, free speech and violenceIn last year’s State of the Nation Address, I raised my concern with the manifestation of violence in some of the protests taking place in our country.Violent protests have taken place again around the country in the past few weeks.Also worrying is what appears to be premeditated violence, as is the case with the use of petrol bombs and other weapons during protests.The democratic government supports the right of citizens to express themselves.The right to protest, peacefully and unarmed, is enshrined in the Constitution.However, when protests threaten lives and property and destroy valuable infrastructure intended to serve the community, they undermine the very democracy that upholds the right to protest.The dominant narrative in the case of the protests in South Africa has been to attribute them to alleged failures of government.However the protests are not simply the result of “failures” of government but also of the success in delivering basic services.When 95% of households have access to water, the 5% who still need to be provided for, feel they cannot wait a moment longer.Success is also the breeding ground of rising expectations.Let me also add Honourable Members, that any loss of life at the hands of the police in the course of dealing with the protests cannot be overlooked or condoned.Loss of life is not a small matter. We need to know what happened, why it happened. Any wrongdoing must be dealt with and corrective action must be taken. Police must act within the ambit of the law at all times.Having said this, we should also as a society be concerned that between 2005 and 2013, close to 800 police officers were killed.The police are protectors and are the buffer between a democratic society based on the rule of law, and anarchy. As we hold the police to account, we should be careful not to end up delegitimising them and glorify anarchy in our society.The culture of violence originated from the apartheid past. We need to conduct an introspection in our efforts to get rid of this scourge.As leaders from all walks of life, we must reflect on what we did or did not do, to systematically root out the violence that surfaced in protests during the early days of our democracy.We have a collective responsibility to build a society that respects the rule of law, respects one another and which respects life and property.We should work together to rebuild Ubuntu and a culture of responsibility in our society.Fixing local governmentA decision has been taken to improve functioning of local government.The amendment of the Municipal Systems Act is intended to improve the capacity of municipalities to deliver services.Qualified and experienced personnel must be deployed in municipalities.We also need to strengthen existing forums of people’s participation and enable our people to play a greater role in development.The fight against corruption must be intensified as well, especially given reports that some services are interrupted or stopped, so that certain people could provide those services at cost to the state.These matters are being prioritised for the next administration.South Africa’s place in the rest of the worldDemocratic South Africa’s foreign policy was shaped many decades ago during the fierce international campaign to isolate the apartheid state.ANC President Oliver Tambo played a key role in that regard, assisted by among others, the late Johnny Makatini, former head of international affairs.His wife, Mrs Valerie Makatini is one of our honoured guests this evening.Africa has remained at the centre of our foreign policy.We have worked hard to strengthen support for the African Union, SADC and all continental bodies whose purpose is to achieve peace and security.We have also prioritised the promotion of regional economic integration, infrastructure development, intra-African trade and sustainable development in the continent.This year we also submitted our third country report to the AU African Peer Review Mechanism which was well received.We continue to support peacemaking and conflict resolution.Progress is being made in negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan on outstanding issues following the secession.Following requests from Sri Lanka and South Sudan for assistance in bringing about peace and reconciliation, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, has been appointed as South Africa’s Special Envoy to the two countries.His expertise in conflict resolution and negotiations as well as our country’s experience in this regard, will greatly assist the two countries to resolve their problems.We will continue to strengthen relations with Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and countries in the South.Participation in international multilateral forums such as the G20 have been beneficial for the country.And joining the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) group in December 2010 counts as among the key achievements of the fourth administration.It was also a great honour to host the Fifth BRICS Summit on 27 March 2013 in Durban, which saw the participation of African leaders to discuss developmental cooperation with BRICS.We will continue to serve diligently in the United Nations in promotion of strong international governance.We will also continue promoting the reform of the UN Security Council and global financial institutions.As President of the COP17/CMP7 United Nations Climate Change conference which was hosted in Durban in 2011, South Africa successfully placed the world on an unassailable course, through the adoption of the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.Sport, culture and heritageOver the past 20 years we have hosted a number of international sporting and cultural visits, which has helped to boost social cohesion and unity.In the past five years, South Africa hosted the highly successful 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup and other key soccer, rugby and cricket tournament, which left a tangible feeling of pride and unity among all South Africans.As we celebrate 20 years of freedom, we will do so having done well in building a new heritage landscape for our country.A number of new museums and monuments were established, including the statue of Former President Mandela which has become a landmark in the Union Buildings.More than 2 000 geographical names have been changed in order to correct the ill-naming of places, as well as to give communities the right to determine the names of their areas.South African starsAllow me to acknowledge some of our compatriots who are making their mark in the world.We congratulate Ladysmith Black Mambazo on winning their fourth Grammy Award last month. We welcome the group leader, Mr Joseph Shabalala, one of our guests this evening.We also acknowledge Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka who is one of our guests this evening.She is doing a lot of good work as the United Nations Children’s Fund Goodwill Ambassador for Malaria in Africa and also the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Special Envoy for Africa.Ms Chaka Chaka was also honoured with the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos for her humanitarian work.We also recognise, in her absence, our Oscar Award-winning Hollywood star, Ms Charlize Theron.Ms Theron is also the UN Messenger for Peace. She also champions the fight against AIDS especially amongst the youth and young women.She was also honoured by the World Economic Forum with a Crystal Award.Looking back, looking forwardYou would have noticed that in this State of the Nation Address we have given a report of the past five years in particular and over the past 20 years in general.This is not an occasion to present the programme of action for this financial year. That programme will be presented by the new government after the elections.To prepare for that first State of the Nation Address by the incoming administration later in the year, we have over the past year, been working on a Medium Term Strategic Framework.The Framework has been designed as the first five year building block of the National Development Plan, from 2014 to 2019.It also incorporates key targets of the Industrial Policy Action Plan, the New Growth Path and Infrastructure Plan.The intention is to table the draft Framework to the first Cabinet Lekgotla after the elections.It will be refined by the new administration in line with its electoral mandate, so that work can start as soon as possible after the formation of a new government.It has been an honour for my administration and I to build on the foundation laid by the first three democratic administrations, to serve the people of South Africa.As a country we have scored many successes.South Africa is a much better place to live in now than it was before 1994.We continue to face challenges. But life will also continue to change for the better.Nkosi Sikelel’ i AfricaGod Bless Afrika.I thank you.Compiled and edited by Mary Alexanderlast_img read more

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