Bravo extends fine batting form in Big Bash T20

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo extended his fine batting form, upstaging both West Indies teammates Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, as he fired Melbourne Renegades to a handsome five-wicket win over Sydney Thunder yesterday.Chasing a challenging 174 at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Renegades swept to victory in the final over with Bravo hammering a stroke-filled 47 off 24 deliveries.He struck three fours and three sixes and put on 91 for the third wicket with captain Cameron White, who top-scored with 61 from 46 deliveries.Bravo, who also got a half-century at the weekend, looked en route to another when he moved into the 40s with two sixes off medium pacer Russell in the 18th over.However, he was deceived with the fourth ball, top-edging a slower delivery for Russell to snare the caught and bowled chance. Three balls later, Russell accounted for White to finish with two for 42 from his four overs.Gayle had earlier struck a breezy 28 off 20 deliveries as he put on 46 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Tom Cooper who got 25.He perished in the fifth over, caught at fine leg off seamer Clint McKay, looking for his sixth boundary of the innings.Opting to bat first, Thunder mustered 176 for five off their allotted 20 overs, with opener Usman Khawaja (62) and Shane Watson (62) both top-scoring.Khawaja helped add 61 for the first wicket with Jacques Kallis (13) and a further 57 for the second wicket with Watson.Russell, batting at number four, belted a four and a six in scoring 16 from nine balls, while Bravo picked up two for 26 from four overs of medium pace.last_img read more

Martinez would rather lose Moses for nothing than lower asking price

first_imgWigan manager Roberto Martinez insists his club would rather lose Victor Moses on a free transfer than reduce their asking price for the forward.The Latics want close to £10m for Moses, who could move for nothing when his contract expires next summer.“Victor has a year left on his contract and my chairman is always very clear,” said Martinez.“We would rather have Victor for a year than sell him under his value. We don’t have to sell players, so we will never undervalue players.“In football, and life in general, if you want something, you have to meet the valuation.”Click here for the Wigan v Chelsea quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa’s population grows by 7m

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma receiving the census 2011 report from statistician general Pali Lehohla. (Image: sanews.gov.za) Over the course of the census, fieldworkers knocked on 14.6-million doors across the country to collect information about every household in South Africa. (Image: Statistics South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sivuyile Mangxamba   Statistics South Africa  +27 82 886 3707 RELATED ARTICLES • Zuma: better local government • Nedbank invests in water project • Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goal • UJ Soweto university open for learning Wilma den HartighThe results from South Africa’s latest population census, conducted in October 2011, have been released. There are over seven million more people in the country, compared to the last census in 2001.Statistics South Africa revealed the third post-apartheid census – the results of which will provide the country’s policy makers with crucial information and inform social and economic development planning for the country. The population census is a total count of the country’s population and includes demographic, social and economic information about its citizens. Although a typical census is held every five years, Statistics South Africa, due to capacity issues, conducts the national census over 10 years. The numbersThe population has seen gradual growth since 1996, when it stood at 40.5-million, to 44.8-million in 2001, with the latest record stating that there were officially 51.7-million people living in South Africa in 2011.The country’s smallest province by area, Gauteng, has overtaken KwaZulu-Natal as the most populous, with 12.3-million people, while KwaZulu-Natal has 10.3-million. The Northern Cape, on the other hand is the largest province by area, but has the least inhabitants at 1.1-million. Gauteng is also the province with the fastest growing population, with the Western Cape coming in second place at a rate of 28.7%. Many improvementsAreas of development such as better access to basic services and higher enrolment and attendance figures at educational institutions are also highlighted in the census.Such improvements benefit citizens and show that living conditions, environmental and health standards are advancing. Access to running water, proper sanitation and electricity has improved for many South Africans over the past 15 years, while the number of households with flushing toilets connected to the sewerage system increased to 57% in 2011, from the 50% recorded in 2001. The controversial bucket system also saw a decrease in the number of users to 2.1% from 3.9% in 2001.The number of households with access to piped water was high in all but two of the nine provinces, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, which had the lowest proportions.Gauteng recorded the highest of this statistic, with 89.4% of households now enjoying the service, followed by the Free State at 89.1% and the Western Cape at 88.4%.The 2011 census results also noted a stable increase in the percentage of households living in formal dwellings. Figures in this category increased from 65.1% in 1996 and 68.5% in 2001 to 77.6% in 2011.  Formal dwellings are described by Statistics South Africa as a structure built according to approved plans, such as a house on a separate stand, a flat, apartment, townhouse or room in a backyard. The percentage of households living in informal dwellings decreased from 16.4% in 2001 to 13.6% in 2011.Higher enrolment statsOver the past 15 years schools have enrolled an increasing number of pupils between the ages of five and 15, which points to an improvement in access to basic education. The age group between five and seven years showed the most progress in enrolment rates between 1996 and 2011.Enrolment among five-year-olds was 22.5% in the 1996 census, 45.6% at Census 2001 and the latest results show that this figure increased to 81.2%.Another improvement was in the age group between six and seven years. There is a notable decrease in the percentage of people with no schooling, from 19% in 1996 to 8.7% in 2011. The number of people who completed high school level education or higher increased from 23.4% in 1996, to 40.5% in 2011.The proportion of individuals aged 20, who have no schooling, halved from 19.1% in 1996 to 8.6% in 2011.last_img read more

Indaba wants more women in management

first_imgTourism Minister Tokozile Xasa aims to get 30% female representation in management in the tourism sector over the next five years. WiT 30in5 was launched at Africa’s Travel Indaba in Durban this week.Durban will host Africa’s Travel Indaba for the next five years, it is announced at the 2017 convention, running from 16-18 May in the coastal city. (Image: South African Tourism, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterA campaign to increase the proportion of women in tourism management positions to 30% in the next five years was launched by Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa at Africa’s Travel Indaba, or simply Indaba as it is better known.Called WiT 30in5, the campaign will be chaired by Judi Nwokedi, Tourvest’s chief operating officer, in a collaboration with the private sector and the national Department of Tourism, the Indaba’s newsletter confirmed.Xasa launched WiT 30in5 at the fourth annual Women in Tourism event on Wednesday evening, 17 May 2017, held at the three-day Indaba. This campaign will target 30% female representation in executive management and board directorship positions by 2022, and is in line with the goals set out in the Tourism Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment scorecard.Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa attends the Travel Indaba, held in Durban from 16-18 May 2017. (Image: Melissa Javan)Durban to stay host cityRadio station Power FM 987 reported that 7,000 delegates from 17 African countries were showcasing their products and ideas at this year’s Indaba, held at the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban International Convention Centre).Discussions at the convention included new ways of growing the sector. It was said that tourism contributed 9.3% to South Africa’s gross domestic product last year, and one in every 22 employed people in the country worked in the sector.It was also announced that Durban would host the annual tourism indaba for the next five years.Watch eThekwini Executive Mayor Zandile Gumede share her excitement at the news that the Indaba will be held in the city for the next five years:“We Do Tourism” campaign launchedThe We Do Tourism campaign was also launched at the Indaba.Debbie Damant, the South African Tourism country manager for Southern Africa, said on Power FM 987 that We Do Tourism aimed to make all South Africans understand that tourism was everybody’s business. “We want to rally the entire country and the entire tourism industry to demonstrate just how far the impact of the whole value chain (of tourism) goes.“The vendors on the pavement… the taxi drivers … all of the South Africans have such an important and critical role in the whole tourism value chain,” she said. “We want to show South Africans it’s really not just for international tourism.”Explaining the name, We Do Tourism, Damant said: “It’s actually ‘I do tourism’, ‘you do tourism’ and we all do tourism together.”The campaign was slightly different from the Sho’t Left campaign, which encouraged locals to take part in domestic tourism, Damant said. “We Do Tourism is owned by everybody.”The organisation was talking to partners in the tourism industry to allow South Africans to “lay buy” travel, she said. “Locals are saying they can’t afford it (domestic travel), but we are saying it can be paid off. We need to make domestic travel affordable but also accessible.“We want South Africans to know it is possible to travel in your own country.”The more South Africans travelled in their country, the stronger the tourism industry was. “This means we have a stronger domestic industry and international business will be more of a bonus.”“We want South Africans to be tourism ambassadors. We would like domestic tourism to be big.” #INDABA2017 pic.twitter.com/NHpLr4o9u1— SATravelTrade (@SATravelTrade) May 16, 2017Other highlightsThe Indaba’s exhibitor’s day was held on 15 May, a day before the conference. At this, a seminar focused on issues such as trends in tourism, and South African Tourism globally.The day was set aside for exhibitors to meet potential buyers, of which there were 306, the same number that attended in 2016. This figure was announced on the webinar Engage with SA Tourism on Indaba, held on 20 April. It also announced that there were 770 exhibitors this year, down from 886 last year.There were three speed marketing sessions over the three days of the Indaba.Discussion points were shared on Twitter:“we need to integrate the traditional and contemporary, including rural, tourism packages” #DurbanIndaba @indaba2017 @TOMSA98— TBCSA (@TBCZA) May 18, 2017#TBCSA CEO “we need to grow the cake. We need to also create new entrepreneurs and be more innovative in selling KZN” #CNBC #DurbanIndaba— TBCSA (@TBCZA) May 18, 2017So many stories, course and smiles#INDABA2017 #KhulumaLocal pic.twitter.com/gTAuByed8Y— The Roaming Giraffe (@DiBrown5) May 17, 2017#DurbanIndaba #INDABA2017 discussion of direct flights travelling abroad to and from Durban— Londiwe G. (@Londiwe_GGumede) May 18, 2017The Hidden Gems programmeThe Hidden Gems project was undertaken by South African Tourism and the Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association. Ten small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) were chosen from each province to take part in a training programme before exhibiting at the Indaba.Training included mastering the ability to be ready to talk to a buyer. Sisa Ntshona, chief executive officer of South African Tourism, said at the webinar that the focus was on how to get these hidden gems to graduate to mainstream tourism. “It’s about inclusive growth. We want to bring in new players.”He encouraged other SMMEs to contact their provincial tourism authority if they wanted to stand a chance to benefit from Hidden Gems.Entrepreneur shares his storyLebo Malepa, one of the entrepreneurs who took part in the project, said that being unique would help to get you recognised and exposed.Malepa started Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers in 1998 by selling crafts in the street. “Eventually I went to my parents and asked them, can I use my room to accommodate people (tourists), one room at a time, then the whole house eventually.”Now he has three guesthouses in Soweto. He uses some of his neighbours’ houses for accommodation too. He also involved his neighbours in other things relating to his tourism business. For example, if tourists needed their washing done, he asked the women in the street to do the washing by hand.He also encouraged his neighbours to cook for tourists; because there were different cultures on his street, they cooked diverse meals.Watch Lebo Malepa talk about his tourism business in Soweto:Sources: Indaba, Indaba Daily News, Department: Tourism and Power FM 987, Soundcloud.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more