7 October 2013President Jacob Zuma joined Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffiths in handing over the newly built Ethridge Junior Secondary School in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.The new school, built at a cost of over R45-million, has 18 classrooms, a sports ground, a computer laboratory, a science laboratory and a library. It replaces the dilapidated old Ethridge School, and will cater for 1 000 pupils from Grade R to Grade 9.Speaking at the official hand-over on Saturday, Zuma said the government would continue to work with the mining sector to promote social development in mining towns and areas that provided labour for the mines.“Mining continues to be the cornerstone of our economy,” Zuma said, adding that the mining industry had “manifold benefits” for the country, and encouraging mining companies to invest more in communities.Griffiths said Amplats hope its contribution would help encourage learners to “be curious and continue to learn for a lifetime”.Amplats built Ethridge Junior Secondary as part of its compliance with the social and labour plan of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.Commissioned in November 2011, the project was fast-tracked in a bid to implement the Presidential Package for mining towns, which was among the commitments made by the government, business and labour during a high-level dialogue on the economy convened President Zuma in October last year.Source: SAnews.gov.za
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FLUSHING – The New York Mets beat the division-leading Washington Nationals again, this time coming back from a 2-0 deficit to score a run each in the 4th, 7th, and 8th innings, all three driven in by the red-hot Lucas Duda.It was a fitting way to welcome their newly-acquired slugger (from the Tigers, just minutes before the end of the July 31 trade deadline) Yoenis Cespedes. Though the power-hitting left fielder didn’t connect, he drew a walk in three at-bats.Manager Terry Collins inserted Cespedes in the #3 slot, ahead of Duda, who has eight home runs in his last seven games. Batting fifth is “cult hero” Wilmer Flores, whose publicly-shed tears upon hearing he’d been traded (ultimately, he wasn’t) won over the Citi Field crowd, and his heroics at the plate as of late (he drove in the winning run in extra innings in the series’ opener) have made him as popular a Met as any these days.Starter Jacob de Grom, after a shaky first inning in which he gave up two runs, found his groove and shut down the Nats for the next five innings, leaving after six giving up a total of six hits in the game. Hansel Robles got the win and Jeurys Familia recorded his 28th save.The Mets go for the sweep on August 2, with Noah Syndergard on the mound, who is coming off a 3-hit 8-inning performance against the Padres on July 28, when he was perfect through six innings. A win would give them a share of first place in the NL East with the Nats. The two teams close out the season in early October with another three-game series, also at Citi Field.TweetPinShare0 Shares