26 June 2013Women’s football in South Africa has received a huge boost, with Sasol signing a new four-year deal with the SA Football Association (Safa).The petroleum and chemical company will remain as the headline sponsor of the South African national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, and will continue its support of the Sasol League, the country’s leading women’s football league.The deal sees an established partnership further cemented and the continuation of the work that was started four years ago when Sasol came on board as the sponsor of Banyana Banyana.Amaglug-glugSasol and football have a history dating back to the days of Amaglug-glug (South Africa’s under-23 national soccer team), which got its nickname from the petroleum giant’s sponsorship. The company has been involved in the development of local football ever since.In the last four years, it has played a leading role in the development of women’s football and has also been a key enabler of women empowerment through football, which is in line with the company’s position of supporting the South African campaign for gender equity.Olympic GamesMost notably, with Sasol’s support, Banyana Banyana qualified for the Olympic Games in 2012. The women’s football event featured only 12 teams, four fewer than the Women’s World Cup, which South Africa has not yet qualified to attend. The team’s results included a goalless draw with reigning World Cup champions Japan.Banyana Banyana are currently ranked 51st in the world and fourth in Africa. They finished as runners-up in the 2012 African Women’s Championship.“We are very proud that Sasol, in partnership with Safa, is making a significant impact on developing women in sport from the ground up,” Nolitha Fakude, executive director at Sasol, said in a statement on Tuesday.“Our players have done Sasol and South Africa proud as they have continued to improve and showcase their talent on the global sporting stage.”Sasol LeagueThe Sasol League has 144 teams nationwide and with each province having 16 teams. It has afforded many players the opportunity to further their studies at top tertiary institutions while still playing football.“The Sasol sponsorship has played an integral role in what we have been trying to achieve with women’s football,” said Safa president Kirsten Nematandani. “It has allowed our ladies to participate in international competitions and that has helped develop the national team.“We are excited by the renewal of the sponsorship as this allows us to extend the development opportunities to more female footballers and to continue our work in women’s football,” Nematandani said.“Our challenge to other corporate companies is to emulate the nation building spirit of Sasol.”SAinfo reporter and South African Football Association
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For some, the perfect blend of livestock care, management, breeding savvy, and good old-fashioned hard work coordinated and peaking at just the right time for show ring success holds a powerful appeal. Marvin Larrick from Highland County caught the bug early and has built a life around it.His love for pigs runs deep. He grew up raising cattle, which eventually led to feeding hogs as an opportunity to feed out some corn. He showed Durocs growing up through 4-H, but as he got older and started his own herd, they began selling some club pigs and raised Hampshire purebred hogs that led to many show ring successes.Larrick and his family reside in Highland County where he works with his brother and retired father farming about 1,800 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat while also maintaining a sow operation. Having raised several county fair champions, Larrick decided to get into a larger show circuit and started showing and selling pigs nationally. In recent years, the Larrick herd sold a barrow named “Dakota” that brought home a champion banner from what he describes to be “the premier barrow show” held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as well as winning the Hampshire Boar competition at the Indiana State Fair.The family enjoys the show atmosphere, the challenges of facing different judges each time they enter the ring and the evolving expectations of the ideal animal.“What is great today may not be great tomorrow,” he said. “I would like to see us getting back into the middle of the road between lean and heavy muscle where the hog is still sound, still productive and still grows.”Over the years of showing, Larrick has seen many changes in the show world including converting from purebreds to crossbreds and the overall structure of the hog. As a breeder it can be a gamble to breed hogs that the judges prefer. Always looking for the next edge when it comes to feed rations, genetics and management, Larrick stays up to date on the next best thing for his herd.“I have seen the pendulum swing from the left to the right and then back to the left again. If you are continuing to chase it, you are never going to catch it,” he said. “If you were very smart, you would breed the hogs you like to raise yourself because if you do not satisfy yourself, you are not going to satisfy anyone else. Raise the hogs you like to raise and what you know. The ideal hog should be the ideal pork chop.”Beyond the barn and the show ring, the Larricks are very involved in the community, county fair and Highland County Pork Producers where Marvin served as president. From there he continued to serve at higher levels in the Ohio Pork Council.In 2001, he became the Ohio Pork Board President. Through his 10 years on the Board he saw many great things accomplished as well as the challenges and barriers for the pork industry in general. He also had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. and gain an understanding about what happens with legislators while working to advocate for farmers and livestock operations.While serving the Ohio Pork Board, he saw hog prices go to $8, the termination of the checkoff, the checkoff re-instated, and the establishment of a new voluntary checkoff. He was able to do some legislative work himself with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to brainstorm ideas in order to not lose the checkoff. He then took the idea to the national level.Larrick’s two years as board president overlapped a very critical time for the state and National Pork Producers Council and he worked to negotiate a new and vital funding mechanism with the National Pork Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Voted into action in 2002 by national producer delegates, the program was originally called the Producer Consent program and it was started to ensure that adequate funding would be available for critical programs focused on public policy, including legislative and regulatory issues management, as well as trade issues. Now called the Strategic Investment Program (SIP), the program provides funding for state organizations to support their members on local legislative and regulatory issues. SIP funds are used to strengthen the organization’s mission to enhance and defend opportunities for U.S. pork producers at home and abroad.Pork producers participate by voluntarily investing a percentage of the sales of each market hog sold. A portion of this investment is distributed as unrestricted funds to the state organizations, allowing them to respond to threats on a local basis including fighting for reasonable legislation and regulation, developing revenue and market opportunities and protecting the livelihood of pork producers.Larrick really championed the SIP program in Ohio and nationwide.“Marvin was able to carry the message to all producers, regardless of the size of the operation. As a result, Ohio was one of the first states in the country to ‘buy in’ and encourage a large percentage of pigs marketed in Ohio to enroll in the program,” said Bryan Black former Ohio Pork Council president.In addition, Larrick served as a delegate at the National Pork Producers Council annual meeting and served as chairman of the Ohio Pork Council’s Legislative Committee. He currently serves on the Ohio Pork Council Events Committee and is very involved at the local level in Highland County. He also serves as the lead coordinator for the annual Pork Congress PAC auction.Going forward, Larrick believes that environmental groups and animal care issues will be the greatest challenges the industry has to face.“Producers are taking the best care of their animals because it is their livelihood, everyone doesn’t always understand that, though,” Larrick said. “If you treat the sow right, she will take care of everything else and you will be successful.”As he continues his service to the pork industry, the Larrick herd is thriving and they are looking to continue to produce high quality county fair pigs far into the future. When not working on the farm or handling hogs, Marvin spends time serving as a husband and father of five children. Along with his wife, Christy, he thoroughly enjoys watching their children excel in sports as he also coaches softball and basketball, and stays busy with WW Cleaners — the dry cleaning business they own. Just recently, the Larrick family got into the rodeo scene as well with their youngest boy, Owen.The pork industry in Ohio is made up of many outstanding leaders and occasionally there are a few of those leaders that strive to go above and beyond the expectation and exert a passion to improve swine production as a whole. Though he may suggest otherwise, there is no question as to why the Ohio Pork Council selected Larrick as the 2017 Pork Industry Excellence Award winner. From the Larricks’ continued support and passion for the industry, it is evident that they truly care about pork production and watching others succeed in the end.“Being involved with Pork Congress for the last 20 years now with some of the great people that have gone through, I was honored to be put in that category,” he said. “I am not sure why I am worthy, but I was honored. I was not sure what I had done that had been that spectacular.”
Ravenshaw University Vice-Chancellor Ishan Kumar Patro and other officials, who were confined to a room by some students for nearly 13 hours, were freed by the police on Tuesday morning. The students had gheraoed them in protest against the cancellation of students’ union election.The university authorities had on Monday cancelled the election due to widespread unrest on the campus. Like last year, the authorities had decided to hold indirect election to the Students’ Council, which was opposed by some students.“While we were discussing the election issue, some students gheraoed us and did not allow anyone to come out of the room despite our repeated requests. They kept us confined to the room for about 13 hours and did not even allow the ladies to use the washroom,” the V-C said, adding that stringent action would be taken against the offenders.Expressing anguish over the conduct of the students, Prof. Patro indicated that students of the women’s hostel who stayed outside their hostel beyond 12 a.m. on Monday will be issued show-cause notices and their parents would also be intimated. “In the absence of a satisfactory reply, the hostel seats of the offenders will be cancelled,” Prof. Patro said“Although, these protesting students were creating a situation necessitating to declare sine die in the university, I am not going to upset the academic interests of 8,000 students”, the V-C said and added that a large section of the students was not interested in the election.