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Amplats, Zuma hand over new school

first_img7 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.zalast_img read more


Speed to Results Matter. Change Now.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now I am fortunate enough to get to speak to a lot of different sales organizations. In workshops, the people who work for these companies often tell me what they are doing now. They want to share with me the things that they believe they should be doing to produce the results that they need. But that isn’t what is most interesting. What is interesting is what they are not doing. Mostly, they know what these things are.If what you were doing was producing the results that you need, you wouldn’t need to change anything. But when you are not getting the results you need, then it is necessary to do something different. It may mean that you have to stop doing something. It might also means that you might have to start doing something that you presently are not.This means change, and change isn’t easy. It requires that you change your mindset, and maybe long-held beliefs. It also means you need to do something new, to take some new action—potentially one you have avoided because it makes you uncomfortable.What also strikes me most is that the majority of the people who need to do something different are aware of that fact. They also have very good ideas about what they need to change, and they’ve typically known what they needed to do for a very long time. Mostly, they have lacked the confidence and the mechanics to do what they really need to do, and they are looking for help with both.This is likely true for you. Right now, there is some area of your life where you need a different result. You know you need to change how you think about the outcome you need, and you know you are going to have to do something that you have heretofore avoided doing. You don’t have to wait to attend a workshop to discover the mechanics or develop the confidence. You can search the web for answers, and you’ll almost certainly find something that addresses your need. You can also find someone to help you with the mechanics, even if that is thing you need help with is as simple as rehearsing with you.If you need to change, there is no reason to wait. You are here to do purposeful, meaningful work, and speed to results matters.last_img read more


Amazin’ Mets Beat Nats, 3-2

first_imgFLUSHING – 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 Shareslast_img read more