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Guyana Peace Council re-launched

first_imgThe Guyana Peace Council (GPC) founded in 974 by late President, Dr Cheddi Jagan was on Tuesday afternoon re-launched at Red House, High Street, Georgetown.Elected President of the Council is Member of Parliament Clement Rohee, with the Vice President being Juan Edghill. The Treasurer was named Mark Constantine along with Executive members Bhisram Kuppen, O Satyanard, Bibi Shadick, Andrew Bishop, Mitra Alli, Hydar Ali, Carvil Duncan and Badri Persaud.The Council began operations since August 17, 2016, but was officially re-launched on Wednesday.Under the theme “In pursuit of peace”, the objective of the Council is to encourage people from around the world to work together to contribute to peace, progress and development.According to Rohee, there are many issues that divide peace and solidarity around Guyana and around the world, which prompted the re-launch of the Council.“In our view, our preference is to find a harmonious blend of the national and international. After all, our mission in this peace movement is to educate and enlighten Guyanese about war and peace. We would be failing in our responsibility if we did not do so. It is a huge task but we must in the end fulfil our mandate. There is also the need to involve both young and old persons in the peace and solidarity movement,” Rohee explained.Rohee added that the GPC will work in solidarity with peace movements around the world advocating for the reduction of military budget, the freezing of armed sales and the conversion of military spending etc.February 20 is observed around the world as International World Day. Member of the Local Government Commission, Norman Whitaker, said the objective was the decision to re-launch the GPC.“The United Nations General Assembly named February 20 as the Annual World Day of Social Justice. The overriding objectives behind this decision were discussed and agreed on, that is among the representatives of the member states, and to make the conquest of poverty and full employment, as well as stable safe and just society, the overriding objectives and so also the need to put people at the centre of development plans” Whitaker said in his address.Member of the GPC and former President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar in his remarks reflected on the life of Dr Cheddi Jagan, “The re-launching of the peace council is something that Jagan gave a lot of his strength and energies toward promoting and throughout his life, he continued to fight not only for social justice in Guyana but for social justice for the world as a whole and he was a champion for world peace”.For the year, over 12 activities have already been planned by the Council that list of activities concluding with Human Rights Day to be observed in December.last_img read more

Everton to launch stunning £46million swoop for Napoli star

first_imgEverton are hoping to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to the signing of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly with an offer of £46m.The Senegal international is proving to be one of the most in-demand players this summer and clubs from around Europe are keen to snap him up.Both Arsenal and Chelsea have held talks with Napoli, while French champions Paris Saint-Germain are keeping tabs on the situation too.However, according to Sportitalia, Everton are ready to blow the competition out of the water with a bid of of £46m.The Toffees have money to spend this summer following the backing of billionaire investor Farhad Moshiri.A new centre-back is high on manager Ronald Koeman’s list of targets and he could get his wish after Everton submitted their latest offer for Koulibaly. Kalidou Koulibaly in action for Napoli 1last_img read more

McCONALOGUE DEMANDS HONESTY FROM GOVT ON MEDICAL CARDS

first_imgFianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government of misleading medical card holders about a deliberate decision to cull tens of thousands of discretionary cards this year.Charlie McConalogue TDHe has also said the Government continues to mislead medical card holders about the impact of dramatic cuts to next year, by falsely claiming that ‘everyone who deserves a medical card will have one’“People are sickened by the Government’s denial of its own decision to remove thousands of medical cards this year. How can the Taoiseach and his Fine Gael and Labour colleagues continue to trot out this line, when the figures clearly show that more than 1,000 people a month are losing their discretionary medical cards?” asked Deputy McConalogue. “In Donegal alone, I know so many cases of people with serious illnesses or disabilities who have inexplicably lost their medical card without notice or have had their cards pulled from them pending a ‘review’.“These stories are very real, and they are replicated right across the country. The HSE’s service plan for this year clearly stated that as a result of a policy decision made by this Government, there would be a reduction of 40,000 medical cards this year. The Government signed off on this plan in January.“On top of this year’s sneaky cuts, next year Fine Gael and Labour want to take 35,000 medical cards from the over 70s and slash a further 100,000 discretionary medical cards. It means that thousands of older people, sick children, people with long-term illnesses and people with disabilities in Co Donegal will lose their medical cards next year.“This is a shameful policy decision and it is even more shameful that the Government is trying to deny it and downplay its impact. I know of many people here in Donegal who ‘deserve’ a medical card, but who have lost their card in recent months because of Government cuts. “It’s high time we saw some honesty from the Government about what is going on here. It is disgraceful to expect medical card holders to pay for the Health Minister James Reilly’s mismanagement of his health budget, and to then attempt to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes.” McCONALOGUE DEMANDS HONESTY FROM GOVT ON MEDICAL CARDS was last modified: October 25th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Charlie McConaloguemedical cardslast_img read more

MAN PUNCHED GIRL (16) AT PUB DISCO

first_imgA JUDGE has adjourned sentencing of a man who punched a 16-year-old girl at a disco.Eoin Friel, from Glenwood Park in Letterkenny, who is now 20, admitted the attack.Letterkenny District Court heard the attack took place outside the Lagoon Bar, Termon, in July 2012. Garda Inspector David Kelly told the court that the victim had reported the incident to Gardai.She had been attending an 18th birthday party at The Lagoon and said she had been assaulted. She said she was slightly intoxicated on the evening and had suffered slight bruising to her face.She also alleged that she had been pushed over a wall after being struck twice in the face.When questioned Friel had cooperated fully with Gardai, said the inspector.The accused had admitted grabbing the girl by the throat but he denied punching her.He said it was he who had been assaulted when the girl walked up to him on the dance floor and had punched him in the head; he said he had only pushed her outside when the row continued.In his statement Friel said: “I had a few pints taken and she (the girl) came shouting at me; she was pure drunk, she started slapping me around the face.”Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client Friel, a computers student, was 18 at the time of the incident.“There has been nothing further between the parties since this date; Mr Friel is a young man with a career ahead of him. It has been a very traumatic experience for him and his family,” said Mr Gallagher.“He deeply regrets reacting to what happened on the evening and although he had been physically assaulted himself, he decided not to make any complaint.Judge Paul Kelly said however: “It’s a serious matter to assault a young girl, especially one of 16 irrespective of the circumstances.”He adjourned the case until March 10.MAN PUNCHED GIRL (16) AT PUB DISCO was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:assaultLagoon BarLetterkenny Courtlast_img read more

THEFT VICTIM WARNS PEOPLE TO BE VIGILANT ON NIGHTS OUT

first_imgA victim of thieves on a night out in Donegal has warned others to be careful.Nicolle Toland had cash and a phone stolen whilst out celebrating her birthday in Letterkenny on Friday.The club later recovered her purse – but the cash and the phone with a combined value of €500 were taken. “I hadn’t even started drinking when this happened,” said Nicolle.“I worked hard for that money and for that phone and to have them stolen like this is just horrible.“I would just warn other people to be vigilant; I would hate for this to happen to somebody else.”Gardai are investigating the incident.  THEFT VICTIM WARNS PEOPLE TO BE VIGILANT ON NIGHTS OUT was last modified: December 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:cashletterkennyphonepursetheftthieveslast_img read more

DD Property: A stunning slice of Donegal life in the hills of Carndonagh

first_imgSet on two acres of land with sea views in the hills of Carndonagh, Willow House is a stunning slice of rural life.The property is a unique detached property standing in peace and tranquillity in a two-acre hillside meadow, with its own stream and spinney of trees, just a short walk from the beautiful Kinnagoe Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Designed by the award-winning architect, Mary Kerrigan, every window in this two-bedroomed house has been carefully positioned and angled to allow the passage of natural light to flow into the space, with wall colours designed to capture the sun’s warmth.The huge open-plan living space with its high vaulted ceiling of un-planed wood, corner windows and tall glass doorways creates a wonderful spaciousness and freedom of movement.The state of the art glazing, solar panel for hot water, geo-thermal sourced under-floor heating throughout and wood-burning stoves, keep the house cosily warm with high efficiency and very low running costs all year round.The centre-piece of the house is a 9.6m-long, 4.5m wide, Sitting-room/Kitchen reminiscent of a medieval hall with its 5.8m-high wooden ceiling and three deep angled openings to the south-facing, glass-walled dining room which acts as a heat sink, soaking up passive solar energy.The East end, the kitchen, is clad in a beautiful combination of the same solid oak as the floor, above a long-range of glass-fronted cabinets and oak-panelled cupboards. The large island kitchen counter is made from a heat-proof natural stone compound, which provides a huge, and sociable, area for food preparation. There is ample storage space in the many cupboards, drawers, pull out larder and the built-in fridge/freezer, and the kitchen comes complete with a double sink and highly-efficient, easy-clean, induction hob cooker. The glass door and corner windows at the West end of the Sitting-Room look out onto the patio and meadow (and the Glen and Slieve mountains beyond) and create a perfect place to sit and enjoy the long summer evenings watching the Swifts dart amongst the trees and tracking the sun as it sets behind the hills opposite only to reappear rising out of the sea some four hours later.There is a state-of-the-art Swedish wood-burning stove with the polished stainless-steel stove pipe rising through the room to disappear through the ceiling in a modernist statement that also provides maximum heat. There is also a grand piano, which can be included in the sale (for €5,000) if desired and the acoustics of the room are particularly pleasing and resonant for piano, stringed instruments and singing.Beyond the Dining Room, in which every bit of the external wall above ground is high-insulation glass, resulting in a fun sloping window-sill and always wonderful views of the meadow, is the Library / 2nd Bedroom, measuring 4m by 6.75m. As in the main room, the Library is open to a 5.8m high vaulted ceiling but with two of the walls lined with solid Ash shelving, fitted so carefully to the room by the carpenter that there is not a single nail or screw in their fixing.Another wood-burning stove, plus TV and wifi sockets, make it easy to turn this room into a cosy den but it is still spacious in feel with a wide corner window giving views of the sea and high windows in the other two walls providing both pools of sunlight and unexpected views of the field. Both the Library and the Sitting Room have fluorescent uplighters running the entire length of the top of the walls and filling the room with a warm daylight effect as the light reflects off the ceilings.Up two shallow steps the oak flooring continues into the hallway which ends in more highly-insulated glass doors opening onto a second patio, facing East so that it is perfect for having breakfast and coffee outside. This also means that, whichever way the wind decides to blow, up or down the valley, there is always a sheltered spot to sit outside and enjoy the many, long (if sometimes interrupted!) hours of sunshine. The first door off the hall leads through a lobby flanked by a hot press on one side and clothes-hanging space on the other to a beautiful, peaceful bathroom (2.7m x 2.3m) with a view of the garden and suffused with North-Western light reflected off the tall mirror-fronted cabinets lining one wall. This bathroom complements the Wet Room (2m x 1.8m) in the far South-Western corner of the house which provides users of its “deluge” shower with spectacular views through its large corner window.Both bathrooms have a white low-level WC, with the tank concealed, and pleasingly plain white sinks let into stone-compound counter-tops with classic taps. On the other side of the main lobby from the Wet Room is a Utility Room (4.5m X 1.8m) housing the controls for the geo-thermal heating, washing machine and laundry facilities and a Belfast sink. There are oak-fronted and topped cupboards and shelves aplenty for storing tools and wood for the stoves, small windows framing a view of the garden and a full-length window providing another view of the sea and Scottish islands.The Master Bedroom is flanked on one side by a walk-in wardrobe, and has large windows angled to greet the rising sun, with views to the sea and onto the East patio sheltered by the hill and fuchsia hedge framing the meadow. A well-insulated loft space is above for more long-term storage needs, and is easily accessed by its own pull-down ladder.Willow House is set in two acres of land rising gently up to what is officially known as a County Road, but is actually a tractor track to a single farm. It is named after the many willow trees, new and old that thrive on the wet conditions, as do the distinctive wild fuchsias and foxgloves of Donegal, the common Irish orchid, buttercups, “grannies’ bonnets”, violets, blackberries, wild angelica and clovers. There is abundant wild-life in the field, including hares, toads and a family of foxes, which have made their own clear trails and occasionally come out to greet you on a quiet evening. Bird-life includes Goldfinches and a resident Robin, many Swifts all through the Summer and occasional Sparrow-Hawks, Jays and Buzzards. I haven’t yet seen or heard a Corn-Crake, although they are supposed to be about and we also have a Merlin in the Glen. We have no shortage of water in Donegal and this is collected in a stream pouring down a deep ravine to one side of the field and a shuck to the other – channelled there by drains dug diagonally down the field. There is a very efficient Klargester sewage system and percolation area which has never yet either smelled, or needed emptying. The house is on the Three Glens Mains Water scheme (free, having been installed when the house was built) and it also has a well, supplied by a spring. Willow House is also supplied by mains electricity, an Eircom telephone landline and a good broadband internet connection. Unusually, for this part of Ireland, there is no shortage of trees, with a large spinney of mature trees in the bottom South West corner of the field providing a natural buffer to the prevailing wind and a rich hedge of fuchsia, ash, willow, gorse and elder growing on the far side of the stream.It is a short walk to the beautiful wide golden sands of Kinnagoe Bay, framed by jagged rocks which nowadays look picturesque but which caused the wreck of one of Spanish Armada ships. Despite being on the Inishowen 100 and the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinnagoe is often entirely deserted with occasional walkers, swimmers and fishermen enjoying its natural beauty and utter peace. There is a seal that keeps returning to the bay and occasionally porpoises and even dolphins. The wider area has been used for filming both Game of Thrones and the next Star Wars movie. (Spoiler alert: Luke Skywalker was eventually tracked down to the West Coast of Ireland!)Features:Geothermal under-floor heating, solar panel and wood-burning stovesIn 2 acres of land by Kinnagoe BayDesigned by Award-winning Architect, Mary KerriganLarge spacious rooms with high vaulted ceilings and huge windowsOak flooring and cladding, stone-compound work surfacesFacilities:ParkingAlarmWheelchair AccessDaft Property Shortcode:http://www.daft.ie/11521410DD Property: A stunning slice of Donegal life in the hills of Carndonagh was last modified: September 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare 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:CarndonaghdonegalpropertySALEWillow Houselast_img read more

Minister Bruton visits Donegal for historic cross-border education alliance

first_imgThe Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. is in Letterkenny today to endorse a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ulster University, North West Regional College and Donegal ETB.The new agreement is a commitment to establishing a strategic alliance between the education providers, with a view to increasing collaboration north and south of the border.Today’s announcement is of particular importance in the context of Brexit and is said to be of great significance to the region. The MoU builds on previous work undertaken between the education and training providers in the area of student mobility and commits to working closely together to consolidate the existing collaboration and further support regional growth, achieve better education, training, innovation and R&D outcomes for the region North West region.Later today, Minister Bruton will open a new school building for Letterkenny Educate Together National School. The new 24 classroom building will cater for over 200 students in the area. Minister Bruton visits Donegal for historic cross-border education alliance was last modified: February 23rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ETBLYITMinister Richard Brutonnorth west regional collegeUlster Universitylast_img read more

Magheroarty Rescue: Heroic cousins praised for saving lives

first_imgUpdated: 2.30pmThree local men are being hailed as heroes for saving the lives of 11 students during the rescue at Magheroarty Beach.Cousins Daniel Ferry, Eugene Ferry and Christopher Mc Garrigle rushed to help after 15 Gaeltacht students and staff were swept out by a riptide on Tuesday evening. A tragedy was avoided thanks to the young fishermen, who used a surfboard to save 11 of the students from the water.Christopher, who was home from Canada for the week, and his cousin Donal went out on a boat when the emergency signal came from Malin Head Coast Guard. Meanwhile, Eugene sped to the students’ aid on a surf boat.Daniel Ferry, Eugene Ferry and Christopher Mc Garrigle pictured at Machaire Rabhartaigh following the rescue on Tuesday 13th August. Photo: Anna Ni FhearraighThe swimmers had been in the water for some time as emergency services and the Rescue 118 helicopter scrambled to the scene.“The quick actions of these local men undoubtedly saved lives,” said Anna Ni Fhearraigh, who was at Magheroarty after the emergency. “Rescue services arrived on the scene very quickly after being contacted and did a fantastic job of transporting those rescued to Letterkenny for medical assessment.”The students were all discharged from hospital on Tuesday night, while college principal Rory MacManus was kept in overnight for treatment for water ingestion. Mr MacManus was not part of the swimming group, but he had entered the water to help when the alarm was raised. He returned to work the following day.Antoine Ó Coileáin, Chief Executive of Gael Linn, which runs the summer college, also paid tribute to the local heroes of the day.Ó Coileáin visited the college in Machaire Rabhartaigh on Wednesday, where all students are back in class.“I would like to pay tribute to the local boat men and surfers who successfully took the swimmers from the water. The assistance of the Irish Coastguard  and Rescue 118 is gratefully acknowledged. The college staff responded magnificently to the alarm and took the greatest care of students,” Mr Ó Coileáin said. “The local community, particularly the mná tí, have given massive support to everyone affected by the dramatic rescue.“We thank God that everything worked out so well,” Mr Ó Coileáin said.This near-tragedy has sparked widespread calls for a lifeguard to be stationed at Magheroarty.Daniel Ferry said: “There’s an urgent need for a lifeguard during the summer months. “Thankfully a tragedy was avoided here, however it doesn’t deflect from the matter that a lifeguard is needed.”Magheroarty Beach is not a life-guarded area as it is not a Blue Flag beach. However its popularity, particularly during Gaeltacht summer courses, has led members of the community to say that a lifeguard is vital.“Does the colour of the flag suggest the importance of the people in the water?” Daniel said.Magheroarty PierCllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has raised the matter with Donegal County Council.He said: “I believe that such a busy beach like Machaire Rabhartaigh, with all the students and all those that swim, should have a full-time lifeguard. The community has asked for this.”Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig is also raising questions over the emergency response on Tuesday. He is calling for an investigation into why the Mulroy Coast Guard was tasked to the scene instead of the local crew at Bunbeg.“We know that minutes, if not seconds is a matter of life and death. To my understanding, the Bunbeg response time from launch would have been 15 minutes, from Mulroy it is half an hour. There is concern about why Bunbeg wasn’t called and I have asked for an investigation into why,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said.Magheroarty Rescue: Heroic cousins praised for saving lives was last modified: August 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:GAELTACHTMagheroartyWest Donegallast_img read more

SA delegation attends Africa-Arab summit

first_img19 November 2013 Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane is leading a South African delegation at the third Africa-Arab summit which got under way in Kuwait City on Tuesday. Over 60 leaders are attending the two-day summit organised by the African Union Commission and the League of Arab States. Aiming at strengthening co-operation between the two regions, the summit will focus on trade and investment, infrastructure development, transport, energy, agriculture and food security, and private sector development and co-operation. Other issues on the agenda are increasing the role of women in development, migration, and the need for peace and stability in the two regions. International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Monday that South Africa’s participation in the summit was aimed at strengthening the continent’s participation in global issues as an equal partner, as well as gaining support for Africa’s development priorities. “South Africa believes that the summit comes at an opportune time when the African continent is seized with redefining her destiny and role in the globalised world,” Monyela said in a statement. The leaders are taking a mid-term review on the joint action plan, which covers a five-year period from 2011 to 2016, adopted at the previous summit in 2010. The Kuwait Declaration will be adopted at the end of the summit. South Africa’s relationship with Arab states remains cordial, with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates being the country’s biggest trading partners. South African companies such as Sasol and MTN have large investments in the Middle East, including in some countries belonging to the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC). According to 2011 statistics, trade between the GCC and seven sub-Saharan African countries amounted to approximately US$16.7-billion. GCC-Africa two-way trade increased from about $2.7-billion in 1990 to about $6.8-billion in 2008. Accompanying Chabane at the summit are senior officials from the Department of International Relations and the Department of Trade and Industry. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Centre of excellence to guide growth in South African mining

first_imgKumba Iron Ore’s massive Sishen mining operations in the Northern Cape. One of Cimera’s eight focus areas will be on the “superlative mineral resources” found in Northern Cape iron and Kalahari manganese (Image: Brand South Africa)• Prof Nic BeukesDirectorCIMERA+27 11 559 4701Ray MaotaA new National Research Foundation centre of excellence, launched in late April, is set to give fresh direction to South Africa’s minerals and mining industry by guiding policy decisions, bringing more black people into high-level mining jobs and ensuring smarter exploitation of the country’s “cornucopia” of underground resources.Based at the University of Johannesburg’s Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, the Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis, or Cimera, draws on the expertise of two world-class economic geology research units: UJ’s Paleoproterozoic Mineralization Research Centre, and the Economic Geology Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand.At the launch of the centre on 25 April its director, Nic Beukes, said Cimera’s main focus would be to train skilled economic geologists through postgraduate research studies on mineral and energy resources, with a particular, although not exclusive, focus on Africa.According to Beukes, research at Cimera is especially relevant to South Africa, as the country is one of the most valuable pieces of mineral real estate in the world, ranking top in resource concentrations of gold, chromium, manganese, fluorite, aluminosilicates, vanadium, zirconium, and the platinum-group elements, as well as enjoying world-class deposits of iron, diamonds and coal.“However, it is also highly relevant to Africa as a whole,” he said, “because the continent is moving into a new era where the demand for utilisation of its large resources of bulk commodities like iron, manganese and bauxite are rapidly rising, but sufficient knowledge to ensure long-term economic viability of extraction is lacking.”Cimera is a Department of Science and Technology initiative, via its National Research Foundation. In addition to UJ and Wits, it has collaborating partners in the universities of Rhodes, Stellenbosch, Fort Hare, Pretoria and Venda. ‘An industry that exploits black workers’Speaking at the launch, DST deputy minister Michael Masutha said mining has always been one of South Africa’s dominant economic activities, given the country’s mineral riches. “While diamond and gold production may be well down from their peak production years, the country remains a cornucopia of mineral resources,” he said.“The centre of excellence will not only help expand research and training of high-quality economic geologists, but will also serve to expand collaboration with private mining and energy companies in South Africa.“I challenge Cimera to lead by example in this regard. This is particularly important because the mining industry has for so long been seen as an industry that exploits black workers. In fact, most of the backbreaking jobs on the mines are still done by black men, and most of the mid- and top-level jobs are held by white men. Encouraging black people and women to enter research careers in this area would be a good start towards a more equitable situation.”Cimera is the fifth National Research Foundation centre of excellence launched this year, bringing the total number of centres to 14. The other four new centres deal with food security, scientometrics and science, technology and innovation policy, mathematical and statistical sciences, and human development.“The launch of this centre, as with the previous ones, highlights important features of the centres of excellence programme, which is its responsiveness to the needs of the country, its people and ultimately humanity,” Albert van Jaarsveld, CEO of the National Research Foundation, said at the launch. “As the managing agency of the centres of excellence programme we would like to congratulate the University of Johannesburg and we look forward to seeing the work that will emerge from this important centre.” Focus areasCimera’s eight focus areas will be on the metallogenesis of early earth mineral resource systems in South Africa; the country’s three superlative mineral resources (Witwatersrand gold-uranium, Northern Cape iron and manganese, Bushveld platinum and coal); fossil energy resources such as coal, methane and uranium; small-scale mining opportunities; critical metals of the future; new bulk mineral resource developments in Africa; environmental and medical geology; and public awareness and education.It will also ensure a supply of highly trained mineral and energy resource analysts to ensure the sustained development of the scientific and economic sectors of the mineral and energy resource industries in South Africa, and Africa as a whole.In its essential role as an information broker, Cimera will make important information on mineral and energy resources available to policy makers and the community in general.This would include information about mineral and fossil fuel deposits that policy makers could use to define future strategies, and help them make informed decisions on awarding mineral rights and planning infrastructure development.It will also publish information on mineral and fossil fuel deposits with the potential to attract foreign investment.Moreover, it will look into mineral deposits and fossil fuel reserves that are too small for large mining houses to be interested in, but would be ideal for local communities to set up small mining operations. This will help develop South Africa’s small-scale mining sector.last_img read more