7 November 2012Co-operatives can be used as a business model to effectively empower South African communities by creating employment and helping to eradicate poverty, says the chief director of co-operatives development at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Jeffrey Ndumo.Ndumo spoke on Monday at the graduation ceremony of members of Soweto-based co-operatives who completed the enterprise development and empowerment training workshop offered by the DTI last month.“Co-operatives are established by members of the community with a common purpose after identifying a social, cultural or economic need that will assist them improve their lives,” he said at the Diepkloof Community Hall in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg.“Economically, co-operatives are a good and successful model to create employment and eliminate poverty. They are also one of the best ways and means of mobilising the marginalised sections of our society and bring them into the mainstream economy.”Creating a captive marketNdumo said while the contribution of co-operatives to the country’s Gross Domestic Product was minimal, “the future of employment creation in South Africa lies with co-operatives due to their ability to create a captive market”.The training was in line with the DTI’s mandate to promote entrepreneurship in the country and establish, support and grow co-operatives.The graduation ceremony was hosted by a member of Parliament’s portfolio committee on trade and industry, Xitlhangoma Mabasa.Mabasa said he decided to facilitate the training for members of co-operatives in his constituency in order to contribute in reducing the failure rate of small enterprises, including co-operatives.“I felt it was necessary to assist these entrepreneurs by equipping them with the basic skills and knowledge such as financial management, marketing, business management and human resource management,” he said.“In this way not many small enterprises will fail and they will be able to take their rightful place in the South African economy and contribute in creating more jobs.”One of the businesspeople who received a certificate, Ntebo Takalo, said the three-day training workshop was beneficial to all the five members of her co-operative, Gauta Ya Letlotlo La Taimane.“The skills and knowledge we acquired at the workshop has opened our eyes and minds to numerous things we would have not been exposed to had we not attended. These include tendering for projects, running the cooperative like a business, applying for finance, as well as financial and business planning,” she said.Source: SANews.gov.za
Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 107 | Prevent Plant, Dairy Month, and County FairsOhio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 107 | Prevent Plant, Dairy Month, and County Fairs
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 107th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, with hosts Matt Reese, Dale Minyo and Kolt Buchenroth Starts off with an update from Keith Summers of of Leist Mercantile on prevent plant. He also talks with Devin Cain to celebrate dairy month.Kolt Buchenroth talks with Representative Don Jones (R-Glenford) about House Bill 6 and how it relates to Ohio’s county fairs. Matt speaks with Tom Ramsey about barley that’s being grown in Ohio. Plus, the whole group’s analysis of the current weather conditions and trying to put a little positive spin on the depressing situation.
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Pietersen, in one of several controversial claims in his recently-published autobiography, accused England’s senior bowlers and wicketkeeper Matt Prior of aggressively demanding apologies from team-mates not in their clique for any mistakes they made while fielding.Retired off-spinner Graeme Swann, one of the bowlers singled out by Pietersen, said Wednesday there was ‘absolutely no bullying’ but Ponting, Australia’s captain from 2004-11 supported the claims of England’s all-time leading run-scorer. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for Jadeja‘We saw them doing it, (James) Anderson was always the same, and Swann,’ Ponting told the Sydney Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.‘The pointing of fingers and you’d hear a few expletives if there was a misfield or a dropped catch. ‘The guys who were doing it were the so-called leaders. That’s where the captain has got to come in, not wait and let little things turn into big things. That’s what it sounds like has happened in this England team.’Ponting was not involved in the two most recent Test series between the arch-rivals — England’s 2013 success and Australia’s 2013/14 5-0 whitewash triumph on home spoil after which Pietersen was effectively sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Mamata gives a week to party workers who want to jump shipMamata gives a week to party workers who want to jump ship
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has given a week’s time to her party workersand leaders who want to join other parties. “We do not want traitors. Those who want to join other parties are free to go and I give them seven days’ time. I will run my party with freshers,” she said, while addressing a meeting of the party workers at Kanchrapara on Friday afternoon. Without naming BJP leader Mukul Roy she said: “A traitor has joined BJP. It is my mistake. My party colleagues had told me about him but I did not listen to them and did not take any action on humanitarian ground. Those who want to leave the party are free to go. That will purify our party. Bring the unemployed youths into our fold and they will do the work seriously. Rest assured I will look after them,” she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe asked her party colleagues to face the situation bravely. “Do not get scared. I have asked police to take stern action against those who will try to create disturbance in the area,” Banerjee added. The Trinamool supremo urged party workers to unite against the onslaught of BJP. “BJP is trying to divide the society. They went to the Hindu areas and spoke against the Muslims and vice-versa. They went to the Christians and spoke against the Sikhs. They even divided the SCs and STs. They incited the Biharis against the Bengalis. I am not going to tolerate this. I urge all my party workers to foil this attempt to divide our society,” she added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee reiterated that the saffron party had rigged the election by manipulating Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and that they had been reprogrammed. “We will raise the issue at the party meeting on July 21,” she said and demanded the return of ballot papers. Banerjee alleged that BJP has spent Rs 27,000 crore to win the elections. “They have spent money to buy the voters. They have spent money to circulate lies on social media. We do not have money but we will fight it out,” she told her party workers. Coming down heavily on media, Banerjee said: “It has become a trend to criticise me on television. I do not mind. But on many occasions false news has been shown just to malign Bengal. This is most unfortunate,” she said.