San Jose Sharks can’t catch a break this year on video reviews

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks just can’t catch a break this season when it comes to official reviews.Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets, a review by the NHL’s Situation Room cost the Sharks the chance to take the lead in a game for the first time in a week.After Barclay Goodrow scored at the 3:18 mark of the second period to tie the game 1-1, the Sharks thought they had the go-ahead goal as Evander Kane chipped one past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck at the side of the net.But the Jets challenged …last_img read more

New website for rural community

first_imgFive schools in Magogong village will benefit from a new community website. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Kenneth Jampane created a website to improve information access in Magogong.(Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Kenneth Jampane Community Development Worker Local government and Traditional Affairs +27 72 5954 997 RELATED ARTICLES • Presidency talks to children • DVD scheme to help poor schools • Internet revolution for Africa • Google Street View gets into gearBongani NkosiKenneth Jampane, a government employee in South Africa’s North West province, is aiming to improve access to information through a new website he’s designed.The website publishes community development information for residents of Jampane’s home village of Magogong in the Greater Taung Local Municipality.“I want to share information with the community,” Jampane said in an interview. “People need to get important information about development services.”Jampane is a community development worker stationed at Magogong by the Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs. He said his concept came from a realisation that there was no publication to provide detailed information about services and other initiatives in Magogong.In the recent past he used to compile community newsletters that would be distributed in the village, which has about 10 000 residents. “I realised that a website would be effective,” he said.He came up with the idea of the website earlier in 2010 and by May it was up and running. The Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs officially launched it at the Magogong Clinic on 21 September.Jampane created the website through Webs, an international provider that enables communities to set up their own sites for free, and thus help spread information.Four other community workers, Tumelo Gaaname, Motswana Metsing, Dipuo Itumeleng and Maserame Keohitlhetse, work with Jampane to update the fully-fledged site.A recent campaign to issue identity documents through the home affairs department was one of the notifications put on the website. Community meetings and developmental news, such as upgrades of health facilities, are also published on the site.Jampane believes that a lack of access to information is to blame for strikes over government services not being delivered in communities.Schools to gain the mostAlthough many people in Magogong do not own computers, Jampane hopes they will use internet services at the local post office to access site.Magogong’s five schools stand to benefit the most from information offered by the site, Jampane said, adding that at least three of them already have operational computer centres.“My responsibility will be to go to the schools to show them how to use the website,” he said. “It will benefit both the schools and learners.”Many residents are already using mobile phones to log on to the internet, a trend that Jampane said would increase usage of the site.Jampane and his team also plan to establish a community computer centre to provide free basic computer training for residents.Working with other government projectsJampane has already discussed the potential of the website with communications officers at various other local government departments, whom the project will rely on for up-to-date information. “I hope they’ll be able to help in many ways,” he said.Ditshaba Makhate, a senior communications officer in Jampane’s department, sees potential for many other government entities to publicise their initiatives on the site.“We’ll give our support because the website will benefit the community at large,” said Makhate. “I think the initiative is very positive, and it should be encouraged.”last_img read more

India’s Suzlon enters SA power market

first_img“I am thrilled to be joining the company I believe is the leader in wind generation, and I am confident Suzlon will play a major role in helping to revolutionise South Africa’s electricity sector,” Zimu said. He added that he believed that wind had a very important place in South Africa’s energy portfolio, and that he was delighted to now have a platform with Suzlon Energy to make that a reality. India’s Suzlon Energy, the third-largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world in terms of market share, has announced that it is setting up an office in South Africa to explore local business opportunities. Suzlon Energy founder, chairman and MD Tulsi Tanti hailed the appointment, pointing out that with 19 years of experience in the South African power sector, Zimu’s experience was second to none, and that he also shared the company’s vision for a “greener tomorrow”. Embracing wind energy Suzlon, including its German-based REpower subsidiary, was ranked as the world’s third leading wind turbine supplier – its products range from components to complete wind turbines – in terms of market share in 2009, with operations extending across Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America. Suzlon Energy is currently in the tendering process for more than 800 MW of wind power generation. According to the company, the potential energy generated from wind power is estimated to be 184 terawatt hours, and the South African Wind Energy Association believes that 25% of the country’s energy could be delivered by wind by 2025.center_img According to a Business Day article this week, Suzlon Energy might consider manufacturing some components in South Africa, depending on the number of orders it is able to win. It has also announced the appointment of Silas Zimu as chief executive officer of its local office. Zimu is the MD of City Power, the power utility owned by the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, until the end of October. “My vision is clear: I want to see this great country of ours embracing wind for all the right reasons – closing the energy gap between what we generate currently and what we need, offering green electricity, creating many green jobs and enabling sustainability in the social, environmental and ecological spheres,” said Zimu. “This announcement underscores our belief that South Africa has huge wind potential, along with our intention to play a major role in bringing that to fruition,” Tanti said in a statement this week. “We believe that wind power can help South Africa deliver the power the country needs, along with energy security required, and create thousands of green jobs.” 7 October 2010 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Wheelchair star Sithole gears up for SA Open

first_img19 March 2014South African wheelchair tennis superstar Lucas Sithole is hard at work preparing for next month’s Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) Autumn tournament series to be hosted in Gauteng. The quad ace made history last year when he won the US Open.For the first time since his memorable memorable title win in New York, he will be playing at the highest level on home soil and is excited and optimistic about his chances.Sithole will be a major draw-card at the tournaments, and he is hoping South Africans will turn out in their numbers to support him and the other South Africans taking part.‘Good to play at home’“I am looking forward to the two tournaments,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “It is always good to play at home in our conditions and in front of our fans.“I believe my game has improved since last year’s tournament, and I hope to do better this year, and lift the title.”TournamentsThe first of the two tournaments is the Acsa Gauteng Open, to be played at the Gauteng East Tennis Centre at Benoni Lake from 23 to 27 April. It is a grade one event, and one of only 13 such tournaments in the world.Top international players are expected to participate in it, in preparation for the even more prestigious Acsa SA Open, which takes place at Ellis Park in Johannesburg from 20 to 23 April. The tournament has Super Series status and is one of only six such tournaments. The others are played in Australia, France, Japan, Britain and the United States.Loss of limbsWhen he was only 12 years of age, Sithole lost both legs and his right arm when he fell under a train. That setback would have overwhelmed most people, but he said going to school with other disabled children helped him to come to terms with what had happened to him.In 2005, he was invited to a wheelchair tennis camp, when the sport was launched in South Africa. Sithole took to the sport like a duck to water, and the following year he represented South Africa for the first time.World number twoAlthough he was badly beaten in his first outing, he has gone from strength to strength since then. He is currently ranked second in the world and has two Super Series titles and a Grand Slam title to his name.Earlier this year, he reached the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne, losing to arch rival and world number one, David Wagner.History makerSithole, who is known to his rivals as “Twister”, has made history in many ways, including becoming the first disabled sportsperson to be nominated as Sports Star of the Year at the SA Sports Awards last year.He wants to carry on making history, and he has his eyes set on a medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. However, his immediate aim is to claim the South African Open title.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more