Bongekile Radebe tells us why representation matters

first_imgBongekile Radebe tells us why it’s important to have positive role models to inspire young South Africans to pursue their dreams.Bongekile Radebe is a social entrepreneur and founder of Her Destiny. Her leadership potential has been recognised through her inclusion in the One Day Leader programme. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Bongekile RadebeFor a young, black, woman like myself, raised in a township, representation has not only mattered but has also been my saving grace in believing and achieving my dreams.Representation has allowed me to believe, with no permission needed, that my place is anywhere in the world I want it to be. When spaces of leadership are not gender sensitive, gender inclusive, and gender deliberate, it perpetuates a silent discouraging message that “women don’t matter”. One thing though that representation has also taught me is that gender and merit are not mutually exclusive; at least not for me.Growing up, I found myself fascinated by smart and successful women. I remember seeing this beautiful woman who would appear in every issue of my mother’s favourite magazine, True Love. Perhaps as a little girl I loved her beauty more than I could make sense of her words, but I guess I just admired her a lot.Khanyi Dhlomo was an inspiration to many of us and I wasn’t the only one who considered her as a role model. Perhaps, because back then you could literally count the number of popular black business women. She made us want to work in media and advertising spaces.For some reason, this aspirational outlook on life never left me; I saw it with my friends and other women I would interact with.No matter our age, we had people we looked up to who gave us hope for our own journeys, that we too could be significant in the world and definitely succeed at it.Representation also played its role in my own unique destiny. From losing my dad as I was about to become a teenager, to painfully experiencing how his death would impact my family and our lives, and involuntarily fighting throughout life and its hardships. If it wasn’t for representation, I wouldn’t have known why the fight is worth it.Our Constitution, from the rights and issues it defends on education, gender equality, health, religion, justice and all the way to trade has not only afforded me the ability to live out my dreams globally, but it has inspired me to be brave enough in this life that still demands us to fight, to master our own destinies. To create, to build, to believe, to serve and most importantly to love.I love who I am, I love what I do, and I love that I can give and share it with you!My clan name was right about me, as a Radebe: ngiwuBhungane oyenza ngakuningi! uMthi wami uMkhulu ngempela, meaning, “I am Bhungane and prepare everything in abundance. My majestic tree towers over all those around.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

SA women win series vs Bangladesh

first_img“If we knew that the result would be 3-0 at the start of the series, we would have taken it,” Momentum Proteas Women’s coach Hilton Moreeng said after his side had secured victory. 17 September 2013 Bangladesh were well set to reach the target at 79 without loss in the 14th over, but two run outs and a stumping in the space of three overs brought the home team back into contention. The teams move on to a three-match ODI series, which starts at Sahara Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Friday. SAinfo reporter Bangladesh put in their most consistent performance with the ball to date, and had South Africa under pressure in the opening overs. The Proteas posted 109 for four in their 20 overs, which owed much to a half- century by player of the match and captain, Mignon du Preez. Du Preez (52) and Kapp (24 not out) shared an important 55-run stand for the third wicket, after the loss of openers Trisha Chetty (0) and Lizelle Lee (11) early on. ProudMoreeng said he was proud of the way his players withstood the pressure, and said it had given him an understanding of the character and temperament at his disposal in his squad. South Africa’s national women’s cricket team held their nerve to edge out Bangladesh by three runs in the third and final T20 international at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday to complete a 3-0 series victory. Bangladesh needed 12 runs off the final over, with seven wickets in hand, but fell short due to a composed and effective final over from the Proteas’ Marizanne Kapp. ‘They put us under pressure’“I must give credit to Bangladesh,” Moreeng said. “They put us under pressure very early. The first two overs were maidens and we were a wicket down. “The partnership between Kapp and the captain put us back where we wanted to be and we had to settle for 109, which required us to go out there and bowl well.” ‘Building a team’“We are building as a team and it was important for us to start this home series well, especially by playing good cricket and learning from every game that we play.”last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau marks 100 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau is gearing up for its 100th anniversary in a major way and the yearlong celebration will include lots of ways to join in the fun.The centennial celebration features a member only concert by country artist Chase Bryant, barn paintings throughout the state, releases of centennial beer and wine, collector edition rifles, a commemorative book, limited edition artwork and lots of collectables including vintage T-shirts, pint glasses, hats and metal signs.Ohio Farm Bureau was founded on Jan. 27, 1919. The centennial celebration officially kicks off at the 2018 annual meeting Dec. 6 – 7 in Columbus.“100 years ago, Ohio farmers decided they could do more for themselves, their families and their communities by banding together. That idea is as valid, and as effective today as it was back then,” said Ohio Farm Bureau president and dairy farmer Frank Burkett III. “This is a great opportunity to remember and celebrate a century of great accomplishments by our members.”The Chase Bryant concert will be Dec. 7 at 8:30 p.m. in the Columbus Convention Center. This is a private, members only event held at the conclusion of OFBF’s annual meeting. Bryant is a Texas native and was named one of the “Best Things We Saw” at CMA Music Fest 2014‚ by Rolling Stone. The singer/songwriter/guitarist lists influences ranging from Merle Haggard to Tom Petty. Farm Bureau members can visit ofbf.org/centennial for soon to be released concert ticket information.The concert is free, thanks to exclusive sponsor Nationwide. Nationwide was founded by Ohio Farm Bureau in 1926 as Farm Bureau Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and remains Ohio Farm Bureau’s closest and most important partner.The celebration includes a raffle for a Henry Big Boy 44 magnum, a Henry Golden Boy 22 long rifle and a Ruger rifle–American Farmer Edition. Raffle tickets go on sale in September and the drawing will be held at annual meeting. An additional Henry rifle will be sold at auction during the annual meeting.North High Brewing will issue a centennial beer and The Winery at Wolf Creek will offer a limited release centennial wine. A historical marker will be dedicated on the campus of Ohio State University to commemorate Farm Bureau’s founding at the university. Details will soon be released on the location and timing of the barn paintings.Farm Bureau members can get updates on all aspects of the yearlong activity by visiting ofbf.org/centennial.last_img read more

Sulia Joins Forces with Twitter to Give Publishers More Relevant Twitter Streams

first_imgTags:#twitter#web Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos audrey watters Sulia’s channels are built by analyzing the tens of millions of Twitter lists in order to identify the best-regarded sources. This is a real-time process and works across thousands of topics. Sulia then combines machine learning and human curation to help remove off-topic content. The result: “high-quality real-time Channels that are always on-topic, readable, and relevant.”Better Real-Time Content for Publishers“Publishers want to include smart real-time content on their sites,” says Sulia CEO Jonathan Glick. “The great thing about Sulia Channels is that partners not only get the best tweets from the best sources, but our customization services allow each partner to modify each Channel so that it reflects their unique editorial voice.” In other words, partners get to customize their channels by adding filters, featuring its own content contributors, adding or removing sources, and so on. Flipboard, for example, uses Sulia’s news and event-based channels in its Weekly Picks section. Sulia works with publishers like Fliipboard in exchange for a fee, and some of this revenue goes back into Twitter’s pockets. It isn’t simply that monetization route that makes this a good partnership deal. Curation is becoming increasingly important, and as Twitter builds out its own advertising and promoted Tweet efforts, it too may want to make sure it is targeting the right ads at the right people watching the right Twitter streams. Sulia a startup dedicated to helping people find relevant content and users on Twitter, has just announced that it is working with Twitter in order to deliver “premium streams” of Twitter content. Distribution partners so far include Flipboard, The Washington Post, TweetDeck, and The Wall Street Journal.Despite all the recent hoopla about the Twitter ecosystem becoming unfriendly to third-party developers and startups, as Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson points out, Sulia may be just “the kind of partner Twitter doesn’t want to kill.”That’s because Sulia offers an important service built on top of Twitter that seems to be beneficial to all parties involved – users, publishers and Twitter.Relevance and CurationThe startup tackles one of the major challenges of Twitter: as its usage increases, it can be more and more difficult to find relevant and important content. Spammers have managed to infiltrate hashtags and keywords, for example, and it’s not always easy, particularly for those who aren’t experts in a particular topic, to locate those who are. If you’re trying to search or follow an event or subject – say recent events in Egypt – then the “channels” that Sulia curates can be far more valuable. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Modi’s counsel slams BCCI reply to Parliamentary Committee

first_imgLalit Modi’s legal counsel on Thursday slammed top Cricket Board officials for squarely blaming the sacked IPL Commissioner for all IPL-related queries at a meeting with a Parliamentary Committee members by terming their stand as “irresponsible and unsustainable”.”The response to the queries by certain senior BCCI officials are irresponsible and unbecoming of their positions.The stand taken by the BCCI officials that Lalit Modi took them for a ride is too simplistic, sweeping and unsustainable to reason and logic,” said Modi’s counsel Mehmood Abdi in a statement on Thursday.Under fire over allegations of foreign exchange violations in IPL, BCCI’s top officials had blamed sacked commissioner Modi for “mistakes” as they told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance yesterday that they had given approvals at his behest in “good faith”.BCCI president Shashank Manohar, secretary N Srinivasan and IPL chairman Chirayu Amin were quizzed by the Parliamentary Committee for about two-and-a-half hours about the alleged FEMA violations.”All these persons are adult individuals who ought to possess common prudence to be hoodwinked by Lalit Modi. Their conduct puts a question mark on their worthiness to hold such high office,” Abdi said.”The role and powers of office bearers (of BCCI) are well defined and at no point in time Lalit Modi was vested with any power to conduct financial functions. It was BCCI’s secretary and treasurer who had sanctioned the expenditure, settled payments and signed financial instruments like checks etc,” he said. (More) PTI SSR VKV SSCAbdi further added that the statements by the BCCI officials that acts were “mistakes” which were done in “good faith” were self defeating.advertisement”Mistakes do not necessarily entail deliberate intention.Therefore, on the one hand they wish leniency and kid glove treatment for them but brand Lalit Modi as culprit for the mistakes,” he said.Abdi felt the case for an independent disciplinary panel to probe BCCI’s charges against Modi has strengthened following the stand taken yesterday by the Board officials as one of them (Amin) was on BCCI’s disciplinary committee.”The attitude of BCCI officials (who) deposed before the parliamentary committee, one of whom is a member of the disciplinary committee probing charges against Modi, makes our case for an independent panel of inquiry stronger,” he said.”We have lost faith in their fairness as the member goes public levelling blame at Lalit Modi. If he is convinced of the guilt of Modi before inquiry what is left for him to probe into,” Abdi wondered.He also added that his reaction was entirely based on media reports of the parliamentary committee proceedings.Yesterday, the BCCI was asked about the funding pattern of the highly popular IPL and the methods adopted for payment to foreign and Indian players.The Parliamentary Committee also sought details of the expenses incurred on the conduct of the second edition of the Twenty20 tournament in South Africa in 2009.The IPL was held in the African nation in 2009 due to a clash of dates with the general elections in India.- With PTI inputslast_img read more