Businessman Underscores Sincerity, Honesty as Hallmarks to Success

first_imgPharaze Dekpah began his business with US$500.00 offered him by his mother when he could not find it easy to go to Monrovia after completing high school in his home county, Nimba.Starting with cotton goods imported from neighboring Guinea, he struggled along with others amidst security challenges during Liberia’s years of instability. He says that, by being focused, he has endeavored for years and is now known as one of Ganta’s successful business entrepreneurs. While being focused on what you wish to achieve may be a primary goal for anyone, Mr. Dekpah is of the belief that to succeed in business is to be sincere and honest, and hard working.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Ganta on Friday, July 10, he underscored that “There is no secret to success in making business but just to be sincere, honest and hard working.” Many a time, speculations go around about successful businesspeople that their success can be influenced by ritualistic or some demonic activities.This, Mr. Dekpah said “has no influence over the successes of businessmen including Prince Howard, Jeremiah Koung (now Nimba District 1 lawmaker) and me, or others you see here. It is all about being sincere and honest, waking up at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. to begin strategizing as to what you can do in the day to meet your goal.” “When a buyer pays excess money to you for a commodity without knowing, be honest and return the excess to him/her. Do not take it to be a profit. Be sincere with customers when you promise to deliver to them commodities they need, and let it be done on time. As such, they will respect you, build confidence in you and will always look up to you for their needs.“Every time people see someone growing in business they will connect him to blood money, but this is not the case with everyone. Some of us started low and because we worked hard and were sincere and honest in our deeds. We are who we are today and anyone can be the same as we are if he/she applies these moral values,” he noted.According to him, his business has grown up to the point that he now lends out goods on the Later Pay Assignment (LPA) basis, sells wholesale soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages, as well as many other commodities. “Beyond this, we now import motorbikes from the People’s Republic of China under the DEKTA brand name. Some containers have arrived into the country and we expect another container to arrive shortly,” Mr. Dekpah added.He also said besides Ganta where he began his establishment, he has a branch of the DEKTA Business in Tappita, Lower Nimba County.Mr. Depkah is among a few business tycoons in Ganta who have erected a storey building to host his business and family.He said he meant it to be a five-storey building but began with two in the main time to host the business and family while he fetches out for more money to continue the rest in due time.Mr. Pharaze Dekpah, like other Nimbaians who are successful in business, does not feel better making business in Ganta because it is his home county, but because the city is strategically located and business booms there.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘No money no wuk’: Cleaners threaten dirty schools for new term

first_img…Union wants 2013 Cabinet decisions implementedTeachers and students turning out for the new school term in September could be greeted with unkempt classrooms, as sweeper-cleaners have vowed not to clean schools if their demands are not met.Marching to chants of “No money no wuk, school gon dutty September!” close to 100 sweeper cleaners from schools in and around Georgetown protested in front of the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesday, demanding that they be paid their rightful salaries and be allowed their annual leave.Sweeper-cleaners on the protest line in front of the Office of the PresidentThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) is yet unable to determine who had made the call to cut the sweeper-cleaners’ salaries, but has vowed to dig deeper.For the July/August holiday period, many single parent women have received a salary of $9000 or less. According to them, the horror unfolded when they checked their bank accounts.“It is unfair to us that we are cleaning schools and we are not getting any proper salary. It unfair to us, we have children to go to school,” one protestor shouted over the raucous crowd.Another protestor, almost in tears, said, “How are we going to send our children to school when the Government didn’t put any money for us? What’s gonna happen? We are single parents, and we need to have money”. She contended that this happens every year around this time.“This month I draw $5000, and so you think it is fair? I have my daughter to go to a private school and it is $80,000. What can $5000 do?Another protestor declared, “It is really unfair that when we go for our salary and when we push in, it is just $5000.The protestors decried their situation, noting that, after many years, they have not been placed in the permanent bracket. This has rendered them ineligible to receive benefits other public servants are given.Another protestor told Guyana Times she has been working with the Government for some 21 years, and over those years she has never been granted leave. “I need leave! I need vacation leave with money! I need my money and my leave together!” she declared.The Guyana Public Service Union, representing the cleaners over the years, has said the current administration seemed to have taken a backseat approach to an issue it forcefully supported while in opposition.The conditions under which the cleaners work are unacceptable, and there is clearly no effort expended to improve them. GPSU’s first Vice President, Mortimer Livan, met with reporters following the protest. He said the situation is developing further into an economic disaster for the workers and their families, as they are, on many occasions, the only source of income.“These workers go to work every day, and perform exceptionally despite the economic challenges that they face… Our call today is to pay them what is deserving; that is, value for their unconditional service. This is an unfortunate development of unmentionable proportions being meted out to sweeper-cleaners in this country”, he said.Livan noted that the union condemns “this uncaring and unkind posture of the authorities, and demands that the conditions under which this category of workers toil be remedied forthwith”.He said neither of the two Governments has implemented some decisions made in Cabinet under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in 2013, which included that the wages of the sweeper-cleaners be set in accordance with the minimum wages’ order and timely payment.He said the matter was brought up again with President David Granger. However, even with his directives, nothing has been done.Guyana Times has been told that a meeting to discuss the matter was arranged between Union representatives and Government officials.last_img read more

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Evacuation alert cancelled for Electoral Area D

first_imgThe Peace River Regional District has cancelled an evacuation alert for issued for the communities of Gundy, Tupper, Tomslake, One Island Lake and Kelly Lake in Electoral Area “D”. It has also cancelled the State of Local Emergency for Electoral Area “E”.The alert had been issued last Thursday after Environment Canada had issued a rainfall warning for much of the Peace and the B.C. River Forecast Centre had issued a High Streamflow Advisory.- Advertisement -Some areas around the Peace had been expected to receive between 80 and 115 millimetres of rain.Regional District officials say the alert was cancelled since the area no longer requires immediate action to ensure residents’ health and safety or protection of property.The PRRD will continue to monitor conditions around the Peace and will post updates to its‘ website.last_img read more

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JOHN O’DONNELL COURT SENSATION: ‘I OWE €2MILLION AND LOST OUT TO FRANCOIS PONZI SCHEME’

first_imgCllr John O’Donnell as he appeared join the RTE Investigates programme.A COUNTY Councillor has told a court today that he is facing bankruptcy as a result of failed business dealings and doesn’t have any money to pay compensation to a woman he drove over 16 years ago.Cllr John O’Donnell’s finances were laid bare in a remarkable hearing at Letterkenny District Civil Court today in which the politician admitted having millions of euro of debts. The politician said he had judgements against him from ACC Bank and AIB – with two personal guarantees worth €1M each.Petra Kucklick, a German native from Mill Cottage, Rooskey, Creeslough, is suing O’Donnell for an outstanding €33,000 debt from a personal injury claim.The court heard today that the councillor had paid €7,600 in 2009 but then stopped making any payments despite a court order.The politician was at the centre of a scandal in December when he appeared on an RTE Investigates programme in which he appeared to ask for cash for political favours. He has denied the allegations.Ms Kucklick’s barrister Laura O’Reilly, representing the Legal Aid Board, said Ms Kucklick had been awarded personal injury compensation in 2008 and Mr O’Donnell had failed to pay any of the award.The 2008 judgement related to an incident in 2000 in which Mr O’Donnell had driven over the foot of Ms Kucklick at a building site in the county.Today’s court heard Cllr O’Donnell had still not handed over details of his bank accounts in this state and in Northern Ireland to Ms Kucklick.Judge Paul Kelly told Cllr O’Donnell to take the stand and over the course of almost an hour he was cross-examined on all his financial dealings.In his evidence Cllr O’Donnell said:He didn’t have any salary from his wool exporting business, other than the use of a company BMW X5He owed a personal guarantee of €1M to ACC BankHe owed a personal guarantee of €1M to AIB BankA plot of land at Horn Head, Dunfanaghy, had been re-possessed.A property investment with his brother in Kilmacrennan had been re-possessed.He had sued Etic Solutions – run by French crook Francois de Dietrich – for €53,000 but only got a fraction back and not enough to cover his legal costsHe had taken two flights to Alicante in 2014 but only because his then partner had a property thereHe didn’t own a luxury camper van called ‘Betsy’ in which he travelled the entire Wild Atlantic Way last year. He said it was a £480-per-week rental.Donations made to Termon Ladies gaelic team, Milford GAA club and Kilmacrennan Celtic had come from either a council fund or limited companies and not him personally.Bringing a CocaCola truck to Kilmacrennan 14 months ago was paid through a community groupA 2011 trip to China was paid for by the wool company.He didn’t own a lorry used in a St Patrick’s Day parade; the lorry was hired.He didn’t currently own a car but had been given a Volvo V40 free by McGinley Motors “He gave it to me as a goodwill gesture until I can buy one”.Bank statements from 2014 showed he had Sky, Netflix subscriptions and a rental income from properties of €2,000 per month.He didn’t own the Millbridge Inn and didn’t hold the liquor license for it. He was managing it free of charge or salary for family friends.He is surviving on €16,000-a-year county council salary plus expenses.He did spend almost €5,000 of his own money running in the council elections at a time when he had stopped paying Ms Kucklick.Ms O”Reilly told O’Donnell he had paid ‘scant’ regard to the court orders against him in this case.“I genuinely didn’t have the money to pay anything,” said the councillor.The politician said he had been caught up in the Etic Solutions Ponzi scheme but hadn’t got his money back, just enough to cover legal fees.Judge Paul Kelly described the Millbridge Inn situation as “shadowy to say the least”.He said the councillor had provided only a sketchy outline of all his business dealings and earnings.Earlier Cllr O’Donnell had sat at the back of the court room as his solicitor Kevin McElhinney told Judge Paul Kelly that his client had engaged with an insolvency practitioner.He said his client had “significant debts” and was now engaging in the insolvency process and had put a number of proposals to his creditors.Barrister Laura O’Reilly, for Ms Kucklick, told the judge that despite an order four weeks ago they had still not received a statement of means from the independent politician.She said the complainant wished to continue with the legal process, saying that whilst Ms Kucklick would be a preferential creditor, a veto from another creditor would stop the process.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until March 2 when Cllr O’Donnell must provide a proper up-to-date statement of means and all bank records north and south of the Border.JOHN O’DONNELL COURT SENSATION: ‘I OWE €2MILLION AND LOST OUT TO FRANCOIS PONZI SCHEME’ was last modified: February 4th, 2016 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:’OVERCROWDING CRISIS AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL’ – SENATORJohn O’Donnelllast_img read more

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France v Peru: Preview, confirmed line-ups and radio commentary

first_imgtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. ‘THEY FAILED’ 3 3 France prepare for their clash with Peru at the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg France can book their place in the 2018 World Cup’s last 16 when they take on Peru in their second Group C game.Didier Deschamps’ side needed a fortunate late own goal – and VAR – to beat Australia in their opening match and will be looking for a much improved performance in this one. UNITED German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit 3 The Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg Peru will be fighting for their lives, however, as they look to keep their knockout hopes alive following the 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their opening match.When is France vs Peru?The match will take place on Thursday, June 21 and will kick off at 4pm UK time.The match will be at the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg, which has a capacity of around 45,000. Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada Latest World Cup News World Cup 23 How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Who are the key players?N’Golo Kante was the star performer in a tepid French display against Australia. His energy and tenacity will be vital if Les Bleus are to get another win against Peru.Christian Cueva may have missed a penalty against Denmark but he had a good game overall. He needs to bounce back quickly if his nation are to have any chance of a win against France.What’s the team news?France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud.Subs: Mandanda, Kimpembe, Lemar, Dembele, Tolisso, Nzonzi, Rami, Fekir, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola.Peru: Gallese, Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco, Aquino, Yotun, Carrillo, Cueva, Flores, Guerrero.Subs: Caceda, Corzo, Santamaria, Araujo, Hurtado, Farfan, Ruidiaz, Tapia, Polo, Cartagena, Loyola, Carvallo.What does the Group C table look like ahead of the match? 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true Japan confirm Russia 2018 squad, including ex-Manchester United man last_img read more

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Football Prepares for Drake-China Ambassadors Bowl

first_imgFirst ever D1 football practice on Chinese soil is in the books!#DUDogsInChina pic.twitter.com/HmAZ9UWmBK— Drake Football (@DrakeBulldogsFB) May 24, 2018 It was a great night to be a Bulldog. Three different groups represented @DrakeUniversity at the Residence of the Ambassador of China. Special things happen at Drake University. #DUDogsInChina pic.twitter.com/chB3OWH6Xf— Cole Neary (@cneary40) May 24, 2018 Had our 1st practice in China. A sentence I never thought I’d ever say #DUDogsInChina pic.twitter.com/nmSg0yBtt4— Willie Cashmore (@WillieCashmore) May 24, 2018 Our @DrakeBulldogsFB team invaded the Forbidden City this morning. Caused quite the stir. #DUDogsInChina pic.twitter.com/4lFXHtW4kO— Marty Martin (@drakepresident) May 25, 2018 DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University football team have put in the final preparations for the Drake-China Ambassadors Bowl as the Bulldogs will square off against a Chinese All-Star team on Saturday in Beijing. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m local time and 12 a.m. CDT.The team left Des Moines Tuesday morning and arrived in China on Wednesday afternoon. The Bulldogs began their first full day in China with a morning practice open to the public at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE).  The team was hosted by U.S. ambassador to China and Drake University Law School alumnus Terry Brandstad Thursday evening at the ambassador’s residence.Thank you Ambassador and Mrs. Branstad for hosting all our @DrakeUniversity Bulldogs in China! #DUDogsInChina pic.twitter.com/RQxLRStgzD— Marty Martin (@drakepresident) May 24, 2018center_img Not everyday you get a picture with the ambassador of China #DUdogsinChina pic.twitter.com/aKstCSrXrz— Jacob Mury (@JacobMury) May 24, 2018On Friday, the Bulldogs spent the morning with a tour of the Forbidden City. The team had their final walkthrough before Saturday’s game in the afternoon.The Forbidden City was fun #DUDogsInChina pic.twitter.com/ZBwEtgnlJN— Patrick (@patcarr154) May 25, 2018 Trip to the Forbidden City this morning #DUDogsInChina pic.twitter.com/nAGK10dGiR— Jordan (@JordanLew68) May 25, 2018 Final walkthrough before GAMEDAY!! #DUDogsInChina pic.twitter.com/NGz9xE3RS4— Drake Football (@DrakeBulldogsFB) May 25, 2018Fans can watch the Drake-China Ambassadors Bowl HERE and stay up to date on the team’s activities by searching the hashtag #DUDogsinChina on Twitter and Instagram.Print Friendly Version Someone once asked, “If it’s the Forbidden City, then how’d you get in?” The answer to this question may be a shock to you all.It’s the front door. #DUDogsinChina pic.twitter.com/QI3RhRTpFo— Drew Lauer (@DruLauer21) May 25, 2018last_img read more

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Hughes ‘lines up £4m bid for Wolves keeper’

first_imgMark Hughes has pencilled in a £4m bid to take Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to QPR, the Daily Star say.Manager Hughes is said to be planning to table an offer for the 25-year-old if Rangers stay up and Wolves are relegated.Hughes knows the Wales international well and is tipped to make a move for him as soon as the season ends.Meanwhile, Manchester City are reported to be planning to re-sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea in the summer.There has been speculation about Sturridge’s future for some time and the Manchester Evening News say City, who sold him to Chelsea three years ago, want to take him back to Eastlands.David Luiz has reportedly been ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona and is likely to miss the second leg too.The Chelsea defender was declared doubtful for this week’s game after being carried off with a hamstring injury during the FA Cup victory over Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.The Sun say Luiz will definitely miss Barca’s visit to Stamford Bridge as well as this weekend’s vital league game against Arsenal – and is unlikely to be fit in time for the Blues’ trip to the Nou Camp.And ex-Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has reiterated his desire to see Blues star Didier Drogba join him at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua along with former Paris St-Germain man Selim Benachour.The Sun quote Anelka as saying: “I hope Benachour and Drogba will quickly join us.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Kiwanis pancake breakfast set for Saturday

first_imgJB Stacy and Lisa Hansen get ready for the annual Red Bluff Kiwanis Round-Up pancake breakfast scheduled for 7-10 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Elks Lodge, 355 Gilmore Road. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door or from any Kiwanis member. Stop for breakfast of pancakes, ham, juice and coffee before heading downtown for the Round-Up Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. All proceeds go toward sending more than 100 local children to Kiwanis Camp this summer.last_img

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Adult Stem Cell Advances Continue

first_imgThe momentum for stem cell therapy is still on the side of adult stem cells (ASC), not embryonic stem cell (ESC) research.  Here are some recent findings:Blood vessel repair:  A press release from King’s College London says, “Scientists from King’s College London have uncovered the first genetic evidence that shows cells found on the surface of blood vessels can act as stem cells to assist in both organ growth and tissue repair.”  Leader of the study Paul Sharpe said, “This is the first time perivascular cells have been shown to differentiate into specialised cells during a natural tissue repair process.  In addition to the obvious significance for understanding the cellular mechanisms of tissue repair, it also has wider implications for areas of regenerative medicine/dentistry directed towards stimulating natural repair following tissue damage or disease.”Heart bypass aid:  Your own stem cells may stop heart damage.  “In a new research study under way at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, surgeons are adding a patient’s own stem cells to the heart during cardiac bypass surgery,” a press release from The Methodist Hospital System said.  “The goal of this research study is to determine whether the stem cell infusion will generate new blood vessels and improve heart function more than what is seen through bypass surgery alone.”Genetic defect correction:  At University of Wisconsin, scientists are learning that genes from a patient with genetic defects can be cultured, repaired, and induced into pluripotent stem cells that can be re-injected for tissue repair without risk of causing cancer.  The press release from Morgridge Institute for Research at the university said that the research “moved gene therapy one step closer to clinical reality by determining that the process of correcting a genetic defect does not substantially increase the number of potentially cancer-causing mutations in induced pluripotent stem cells.”Skin repair:  Another press release from King’s College London gives hope for burn victims.  Researchers have found that bone marrow stem cells “that can transform into skin cells to repair damaged skin tissue” during skin grafts.  “It was already known that bone marrow may play a role in skin wound healing, but until now it was not known which specific bone marrow cells this involves, how the process is triggered, and how the key cells are recruited to the affected skin area.”  They identified a marrow protein named HMGB1 “that can mobilise the cells from bone marrow and direct them to where they are needed.”  This story was featured in “News in a nutshell” on The Scientist.Plentiful supply:  The efficiency of reprogramming cells into stem cells just got better.  University of Pennsylvania posted a news report that describes how micro-RNAs (miRNA) can do the job without the usual reprogramming factors.  A team headed found that “a specific group of miRNAs can indeed reprogram mouse and human adult cells into an iPSC state by themselves, and can do so very rapidly and efficiently.”  A video clip showing by Dr. Edward E. Morrissey explaining how the new process is more efficient by two orders of magnitude.Stories about embryonic stem cells generating eyeballs are circulating on the net (see PhysOrg, Science Daily and New Scientist).  Actually, just a rudimentary eye cup has been observed to form from ES cells in mice.  These eye cups show differentiation in to several times of retinal tissues.  The work was published in Nature.1    Either way, the work at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan is not necessarily concerned with farming human ESCs for regenerative repair, but only learning how stem cells in an embryo form the body’s tissues in three dimensions.  Commenting on this research in the same issue,1 Ali and Sowden said in “Regenerative medicine: DIY eye” that this research “could offer the prospect of disease modelling and drug testing using induced pluripotent stem cells generated from patients’ tissues.”1.  Eiraku, Takata et al, “Self-organizing optic-cup morphogenesis in three-dimensional culture,” Nature 472, (07 April 2011), pp. 51�56, doi:10.1038/nature09941.2.  Robin R. Ali and Jane C. Sowden, “Regenerative medicine: DIY eye,” Nature 472 (07 April 2011), pp. 42�43, doi:10.1038/472042a.Does anyone see any need to tamper with human embryos?  The tangible results are coming from work with adult stem cells.  If scientists want to play with mouse embryos, fine; but where is the gold rush that was promised with ESCs?  What happened after all those tear-jerking commercials that disabled people were all going to die without embryonic stem cells, and warnings from scientific institutions that other countries would leave American science in the dust if we didn’t relax restrictions on ESC research?    Meanwhile, work with adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells, without the ethical issues, has been leaping forward with actual results.  The only applications for embryonic stem cell research so far have been fraud, greed, hype and quackery (QuackResearch.org).  Even leading scientific journals have been guilty (01/09/2006).  Let this be a lesson in political science.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Nelson Mandela State Funeral Update

first_imgSTATEMENT BY MINISTER COLLINS CHABANE ON BEHALF OF THE INTER-MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE FOR THE STATE FUNERAL Fellow South AfricansLadies and gentlemen of the mediaWelcome to this latest update on the preparations for the State Funeral for our beloved President.We are pleased to have with us: The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; The Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters; The Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Mr Parks Tau,  and representatives of the City of Tshwane.These leaders are here to provide closer details of some of the logistics in and around the two cities, as well as South Africa’s hosting of the large number of international dignitaries who have begun to arrive.We will in this briefing provide more information on some of the arrangements on which we reported yesterday.But we do again want to start by thanking people around the country and the world for their warm and generous responses in the wake of the passing of our beloved President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.These demonstrations of love and affection will go a long way to entrenching our memories of Madiba and in shaping the way we live and work with one another as human beings in this country and beyond.What we have seen over the past few days reflects the true spirit of South Africa as a place where people of all backgrounds are working together to create a non-racial, non-sexist, prosperous society. These efforts are creating the hope that we will achieve even greater things than we have during the first 20 Years of Freedom.I now want to turn to the update on the programme over the next few hours and days.1. DAY OF PRAYER AND REFLECTION: TODAY, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 2013  Government has been heartened by the positive response of various communities of faith and other civil society formations to President Jacob Zuma’s call for today to be observed as a day of prayer and reflection.We are aware that a large number of events are being held in South Africa and abroad today, giving people an opportunity to come together in fellowship and reflection.We hope these events will bring comfort and healing to congregants and participants, and that it will inspire all of humanity to ensure that Madiba’s values live on in our hearts and in our actions.As these events take place, government agencies will be hard at work making preparations for the rest of the week’s official programme. 2. INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS From today we will see the arrival of a large contingent of Heads of State and Government and a broad range of eminent persons, including royalty.The fact that international leaders are making their way to South Africa at such short notice, reflects the special place President Mandela holds in the hearts of people around the globe.We are touched by the fact that many countries have declared periods of mourning, ordered that flags be flown at half-mast and draped or lit landmarks in the colours of the South African flag. We truly appreciate these gestures.We appreciate the willingness showed by a broad range of eminent persons to come to South Africa to join us personally at this time of mourning, reflection and celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.To date, 13 African states have confirmed attendance, in addition to 15 from outside the continent.International and regional organisations from the United Nations and European Commission to the African Union, for example, have also confirmed attendance.Eleven (11) Eminent Persons will also be in South Africa during this period.From the United States, President and Mrs Obama will be accompanied by three former Presidents – Carter, Bush (George W), Clinton and their spouses, and 26 Congressmen.The Brazilian President, Ms Dilma Rousseff, will be accompanied by four former Heads of State: Presidents Sarney, Melo, Cardoso and Lula da Silva.We expect more confirmations, and we wish to reiterate that our international guests are most welcome as they join us at this difficult time.3. OFFICIAL MEMORIAL SERVICE: FNB STADIUM, JOHANNESBURGThe Official Memorial Service at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, on Tuesday, December 10. The event will begin formally at 11am. Gates will open at 6am.This is an international event that will be attended by members of the public alongside national and international leaders.The President of the Republic of South Africa will address the official memorial service.The programme will also include tributes by Heads of State from the various regions of the globe, the continent and representatives of international and regional organisations. Eminent persons will also address the gathering.As we invite people to participate in this event, we must make the additional point that the body of President Mandela will not be in position at the Official Memorial Service. President Mandela will lie in state at the Union Buildings only from Wednesday, December 11 to 13 December 2013.Our advice is that people outside Gauteng come together in their own provinces to ensure that this is a truly nationwide event, and that people take advantage of the fact that all key events are being broadcast live.Provincial and local authorities have been requested to arrange transport for mourners from various parts of the country to FNB Stadium and the overflow venues at Ellis Park Stadium, Orlando Stadium and Dobsonville Stadium.Big screens will be installed at the overflow venues to allow members of the public to follow proceedings at FNB Stadium in the company of compatriots.While these venues offer extensive seating, people must accept that at some stage this capacity will be filled and police and other authorities will turn people away.We call on people to cooperate and demonstrate patience and dignity if they were to be turned away.Government is doing all it can to allow as many people as possible to be part of these official events, but there are limits to how many people we can reasonably accommodate.Members of the public who want to attend the National Memorial Service at FNB or other stadiums must plan their trips carefully, leave early and use public transport. No cars will be allowed in the vicinity of FNB Stadium. ROAD CLOSURES, PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND PARK AND RIDEThere will be road closures around FNB Stadium and no cars will be allowed at the stadium. Some of the road closures have already been listed on various government websites, including www.mandela.gov.za. There will also be road closures on Tuesday morning around Orlando, Ellis Park and Dobsonville stadiums.Mourners to FNB Stadium can travel by Metrorail from all major stations in Gauteng.They will also be able to travel by Gautrain to Park Station and transfer to Metrorail to FNB Stadium. People will also be able to walk from the surrounding areas to the stadium, andA special Rea Vaya service will also be in operation. The City of Joburg has a number of Park and Ride sites for FNB Stadium, Ellis Park and Orlando Stadium. Members of the public must watch the media, visit websites and follow broadcast media for details.The City of Joburg has also established Mourning Sites at various locations but the City will provide more details in its own briefing here shortly.4.PUBLIC VIEWING AREAS FOR REGIONAL MEMORIAL EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRYWe must emphasise that also on Tuesday, provincial authorities will be hosting various events around the country where people are invited to come together to view the national event at FNB Stadium on big screens.These public viewing areas, which are normally activated during national events such as the State of the Nation Address, will be similar to the “fan parks” that were in place during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Around 90 big screens will be set up by Government Communications (GCIS) and partners in all provinces.We expect this number will increase as provincial plans are consolidated later this afternoon.Some of the big screens will be live from Tuesday 10 December to Monday 16 December, which is Day of Reconciliation.On the Day of Reconciliation, we will unveil a statue of President Mandela at the Union Buildings and observe the 100th anniversary of the Union Buildings as the seat of government.Throughout this period, people will also be able to express their emotions and reflections in books of condolence that have been posted at various government offices around the country and our diplomatic missions abroad.Details of the sites where books of condolence have been opened have been posted on the government memorial website, www.mandela.gov.za.Details of the public viewing areas for Tuesday’s provincial events will be posted on government websites and social media later today, Sunday. 5. LYING IN STATE: WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 TO 13, 2013The procession will leave 1 Military Hospital at 7am daily and President Mandela’s body will be on view from 8am.On Wednesday December 11, the Mandela family and VVIPs will view the body from 10am.Members of the public will file past the body from 12h00 to 17h30.On Thursday and Friday December 12 and 13, the public will have access to casket from 8am to 5.30pm.We also appeal to people to work with the various agencies of government who will manage this route so that this daily event will be dignified and secure.Two sites in Pretoria will be used as points from which mourners will be shuttled to the Union Buildings and back. No other access will be possible. Mourners are also advised that cellphones will need to be off and out of sight as mourners file past the body.Government reiterates its appeal for members of the public to line the memorial route each morning to form a public guard of honour. The public guard of honour will not apply in the evening.STATE FUNERAL, QUNU More information will be released in the coming days about arrangements for the laying to rest of President Mandela at Qunu in the Eastern Cape.However, it is worth noting that South African Airways will operate a special air transport service to ferry mourners who will attend the funeral of world icon and former president Nelson Mandela in the Eastern Cape.This special service – for which travellers will pay – will cater for mourners who will attend the funeral and the service will also be available on the return leg of their travel.The special service does not replace and will not disrupt SAA’s existing daily operations to the Eastern Cape – except that airspace will be restricted around Mthatha.Information about the readiness of the Airports Company of South Africa to manage passengers and aircraft during this period has been compiled into a factsheet. This factsheet is available on the official government memorial website, www.mandela.gov.za.   INFORMATION RESOURCES In addition to regular press conferences, government is also posting information regularly on the following online platforms:www.mandela.gov.zawww.gcis.gov.zawww.gcis.gov.zaSocial media:www.facebook.com/GovernmentZA www.twitter.com/GCIS_Mediawww.twitter.com/SAgovnewswww.facebook.com/sanewsgovzaGovernment also advises people to check the websites and social media accounts of provincial and municipal government for intermittent updates.  Enquiries: Phumla WilliamsActing Cabinet Spokesperson083 5010 139  Issued by the Government Communication and Information System Republic of South Africalast_img read more

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