Going after maintenance dodgers

first_img4 May 2006A Department of Justice initiative – dubbed Operation Isondlo – to improve South Africa’s maintenance system and bring maintenance defaulters to book is gaining momentum.Interventions so far include clamping down on maintenance defaulters, appointing maintenance investigators, paying out R80-million in unclaimed maintenance money, and educating the public on their rights regarding child support.On Wednesday, the department handed over its biggest maintenance payout yet – R95 400 – to a single beneficiary.The money, handed over to Ms Jane Johnson at the Union Buildings by Justice Minister Bridgette Mabandla, was obtained through an attachment order after a respondent failed to pay maintenance for five years.In February Ms Johnson received information that her former husband, with whom she has a child, had resigned from his job and was about to receive his benefits.He had been defaulting since 2001, the year they divorced.She approached maintenance investigating officer Mbulawa Skosana, who investigated and found that the money had already been deposited into the respondent’s bank account.When Skosana approached the bank to negotiate for the money to be frozen, it emerged that some of the money was invested offshore.An urgent court order was subsequently granted for the nullification of the transaction and an attachment order was put into operation, resulting in the bank issuing a cheque in March.Handing the cheque to Ms Johnson, Mabandla emphasised that Operation Isondlo and child maintenance were not only about money but also about the well-being of the child, stable family life, ubuntu, and the rule of law.“With stable communities where there is less crime,” Mabandla said, adding that the department would like to work with non-governmental and community organisations, priests, elderly people and traditional leaders “to strengthen this campaign for children’s rights.”The minister said that despite its successes, the programme faced a number of challenges, the biggest of which was the huge case backlog. She said her department was looking at ways of addressing this, including hiring more investigators.Receiving the money, Ms Johnson said that she would use some of it to buy winter clothing for her child, and “invest some of the money for education purposes.”Skosana expressed his excitement at being part of the achievement.“I am happy and honoured that I made a contribution to the effort,” he told BuaNews. “It is my personal mission to ensure that every child is being taken care of.”He added that he would work to ensure that by 2014 government social grants only went to “genuine recipients”.“You sometimes find people collecting social grants and maintenance money at the same time, and those who deserve do not receive these grants,” Skosana said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Africa open for investment: Zuma

first_img7 July 2010The 2010 Fifa World Cup has helped to market South Africa as a key player, President Jacob Zuma told about 80 international portfolio fund managers gathered in Cape Town on Tuesday, urging them to explore Africa’s numerous investment opportunities.“They have seen the warm friendly people of our country, they have seen the precision when it comes to planning and arrangements, and they have seen the efficiency when it comes to our security,” Zuma told the fund managers.“We have had a most successful and exciting time in the last three weeks. It really has been an emotional rollercoaster for all 32 teams competing.”South Africa has ‘come a long way’South Africa, he said, had come a long way since its first democratic elections in 1994.“A mere 20 years ago, nobody could want to come here. Apartheid seemed near impossible to overcome, but we did. We did not give up. We overcame,” he said.He said while the World Cup, like the Rugby World Cup in 1995, had the ability to unite South Africans and transform the country, it would also leave a lasting legacy on jobs, education and infrastructure.South Africa had made “good” returns from the World Cup, including R32-billion spent on transport and telecoms and 66 000 jobs created through the building of new stadiums.“I don’t think any would say no if we said, let us have the Olympics, because we have the facilities,” Zuma said.Explore African investmentHe urged the fund managers, from countries such as Finland, Singapore, Chile and the UK, to explore Africa’s many investment opportunities.“Africa is open for business, explore your opportunities and find new partners and find returns on your investment. It is a positive time,” said Zuma.He said the fact that Africa had performed better than most during the recent global economic crisis confirmed that the continent was “a very different place” to what it had historically been perceived as.South Africa was a central market between the emerging economies of South-east Asia and South America and was also centrally placed for southern African countries, through the Southern African Customs Union.New centres of growthZuma said the new global framework being drawn up by the G20, of which South Africa was a member, must create new opportunities for new centres of economic growth and allow new entrants into the mainstream.As such, he believed African countries should not be viewed simply as exporters of raw materials and aid beneficiaries.“We want to be seen as a development partner, as a partner to work with to transform international power relations,” said Zuma.He also called for a re-look at how heads of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund were elected, saying the process needed to be more “thorough and just” and not simply based on the nominee’s nationality.Historically, the IMF’s managing director has been European and the president of the World Bank has been from the US.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

“Triglav 2864” GC14N3H GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 27, 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedExtreme Geocaching in Pictures (and Video)April 29, 2013In “Community”Started from the bottom, now we’re here. — Roof of the World (GC9A9E) — Geocache of the WeekMay 22, 2013In “Community””Para Emmy-n-Sapphie” GC19941 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 5, 2011December 5, 2011In “Community” Logging Triglav 2864Learning some quick Slovenian may smooth your long hike to reach this Geocache of the Week. The cache page for “Triglav 2864” (GC14N3H) shares a couple Slovenian phrases to offer other your fellow hikers as a courtesy. It reads, “When you meet or pass somebody say ‘dober dan’ (good day) or ‘zdravo or zivjo’ (hello).”Geocachers may also need the phrase, “How far to the top?” The  difficulty 1.5, terrain 4.5 geocache sits high atop a Mt. Triglav. The hike to the geocache and back can take two days.The peak of Mt. Triglav reaches 2864m (9390 ft) into the cool central European air. The mountain is highest in all of Slovenia and graces the country’s flag.Geocachers are advised to bring safety gear for the aggressive terrain and extra clothing to adapt to the shifting weather on the mountain. The cache page offers this warning, “Never underestimate the extremes of mountain weather. Check the weather forecast before you go and plan and equip accordingly.”View from near the cache locationHikers plan their trips  months in advance. The best time to climb begins in July. More than two hundred geocachers have taken the challenge to find “Triglav 2864” since TeMpL Team hide the traditional cache in 2007.Some geocachers say they overcame fears to find this cache, “So far the hardest cache. I am very glad that I finally decided to [go] up. I do not like heights too, so for me it was a really powerful experience. We had nice weather and it was a very nice view. Thanks for a nice, big cache.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Cache containerIf you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Geocaching.com and Geocaching App Downtime on Tuesday, April 8

first_img SharePrint RelatedEight features to know about on Geocaching.comSeptember 4, 2018In “Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 27, 2011April 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”New tools for your next trip into the great outdoors!January 17, 2017In “News” Geocaching.com and the Geocaching apps will be temporarily offline on April 8. We’re adding horsepower and beefing-up* Geocaching.com and our apps. They’ll both be much more stable after the upgrade. The site outage is expected to run about six hours starting at about 2pm PDT (convert to your local time here).Yeah, you read that right. Apologies, six hours is a little bit of time right? So, during that time you have a two-part assignment, if you choose to accept it. Step 1: Load up your Pocket Queries and offline lists so you can still go geocaching. Step 2: Use that time to get inspired to “make” an amazing geocache. Check out this blog post with all you need to know.*technical jargon Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Energy-Saving Clothes Dryers Hit U.S. Markets

first_imgSeveral advantages over conventional modelsConventional dryers heat air inside a drum to drive moisture out of clothes. With most models, the moist, humid air is vented to the outside, which also takes some conditioned air from inside the house with it. So there’s a double energy penalty — high power consumption to run the dryer, and additional power to heat or cool inside air to replace what’s been lost.In Whirlpool’s heat pump clothes dryer, a refrigeration loop condenses the moisture picked up from the clothes and routes it to the same drain used by the clothes washer. Heat from the process is recirculated back to the drum. While the dryer has to be connected to a drain, it is not vented to the outside, so it can be installed in more places than a conventional dryer can.The design has won the EPA’s Emerging Technology Award, and earlier this month picked up an Innovation Award at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.According to Whirlpool, the dryer uses up to 73% less energy in its “Eco” mode when compared to a pre-2004 conventional dryer. The Super Efficient Dryer Initiative estimates that heat-pump clothes dryers are 50 percent to 60 percent more efficient than conventional models.The HybridCare has three speed settings — Eco, Balanced and Speed — with average drying times of about 60 minutes, according to the company. A 1,300-watt heating element kicks in when the Speed cycle is selected. The company also says the dryer operates at lower temperatures than a conventional dryer, so it’s not as tough on delicate fabrics.It’s not clear whether the LG dryer is vented to the outside or taps into the washer drain like the Whirlpool model does. Those details aren’t posted at the company’s web site, and the company didn’t respond to queries. Clothes dryers are the energy hogs of home appliances, accounting for 6 percent of total residential energy use and costing U.S. consumers $9 billion a year in power bills. Dryers use more electricity — an estimated 900 kilowatt hours a year — than either a refrigerator or a clothes washer.Homeowners in Europe have long had access to dryers that use heat-pump technology instead of electrical resistance elements or gas burners to dry clothes. And now two manufacturers, Whirlpool and LG, are rolling out heat-pump clothes dryers for U.S. buyers.Whirlpool’s 7.3-cubic-foot HybridCare clothes dryer is similar in size to conventional dryers on the U.S. market (although larger than most European models). The HybridCare comes with a suggested retail price of $1,799 in white, more than four times the cost of a base model Whirlpool available at Lowe’s.LG Electronics says that its Eco Hybrid heat-pump dryer, also with a 7.3-cubic foot capacity, was the first dryer in the U.S. to combine conventional vented drying with heat pump technology and uses about 50 percent less electricity than a conventional electric dryer. It sells for about $1,700.last_img read more

Clutch Fonacier shoots NLEX past San Miguel

first_imgFacing a four-point lead in the final minute, Alex Cabagnot didn’t want the game to slip away from San Miguel, banging a corner three in the last five seconds of the game.The window remained open for the Beermen after Alex Mallari muffed his freebies, but Fonacier and Fuller stifled Cabagnot’s last-second jumper to preserve the victory.Wendell McKines topped San Miguel with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists, while Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Arwind Santos all had 19 markers apiece in the loss.NLEX broke the game open early, 25-10, but San Miguel kept coming back before the Road Warriors finally took the driver’s seat late in the third quarter, 70-68, setting up the nip-and-tuck battle to the finish.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Larry is vintage from eight years ago. He’s playing well for us, not only the leadership but also the scoring,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.Fonacier unleashed eight of his 16 points in the fourth period as he went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, on top of four rebounds and three assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAaron Fuller led NLEX with 26 markers, 22 boards, two steals, and two blocks, while JR Quiñahan got 17 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist — that being the tip that led to Fonacier’s backbreaking three-pointer.“It’s so hard to believe that we beat San Miguel in a tight game. We are developing some maturity and composure in the end game and it’s a good sign for us,” he said. “The more important thing is we got our sixth win which, in our calculation, makes us clinch a spot the quarterfinals.” Yap, Rain or Shine finally beat Star NLEX 103 – Fuller 26, Quiñahan 17, Fonacier 16, Mallari 10, Tiongson 8, Alas 7, Soyud 7, Baguio 5, J. Villanueva 3, Lastimosa 2, Al-Hussaini 2, Taulava 0.SAN MIGUEL 100 – McKines 28, Lassiter 19, Santos 19, Cabagnot 19, Fajardo 6, Ross 4, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Espinas 2, Heruela 1, Tubid 0.Quarters: 25-24, 48-39, 68-70, 103-100.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Larry Fonacier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLarry Fonacier drilled the two clutch 3-pointers in the last two minutes to help NLEX escape Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, 103-100, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The veteran marksman drained the go-ahead triple with 1:46 to play and followed it up with another three from the top of the key to put the Road Warriors up, 101-97, with 23.9 left.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more