Daily Archives: April 13, 2018

Your inability cannot see my ability, punch-line of the fashion showcase by Nauman Arfeen at Fashion Pakistan Week – Spring Summer Edition 2018.

Karachi, March 12: Special children are precious and one of us! They can do wonders for our country as a nation. If only they are given a proper platform to exhibit their capabilities and talent.

This was the message in one of the showcase in the second and final day of the Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW) which displayed the creations of our nation’s noted fashion designer, Nauman Arfeen.

The gem of the day was the impressive walk of the special Olympians who walked for Nauman Arfeen, flaunting their medals and winning applause of the overwhelmed audience for these unsung heroes of Pakistan.

This brave display of courage and dedication stressed the need to give the required platform to the special Olympians at governmental level.

The show was made a big success due to the cooperation, leadership and dedication of Ronak Lakhani, chairperson Special Olympics Pakistan whose great role made it all possible and to highlight the achievements of our nation’s pride, the special child Olympians.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to athletes and Unified Sports partners in nearly 172 countries. Their headquarters in Karachi, Pakistan is chaired by Ms. Ronak Lakhani who is awarded with the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in recognition of her selfless services to differently-abled persons.

About Nauman Arfeen

Nauman Arfeen is a name famous for his fashion designing skills. He caters all genders and all ages. His exquisite, unique and intricate designs are not only recognized in Pakistan but also all across the globe. His turbans are traditionally hand wrapped and the crowning glory of his brand. A groom is incomplete without his sherwani. Women swear is blooming with time and his attires are to drool over. Even the kids are dressed to perfection by Nauman Arfeen.

Special Official Funeral for Zola Skweyiya

The late former Cabinet Minister and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Zola Skweyiya, will receive a Special Official Funeral.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by Deputy President David Mabuza, made the announcement at Skweyiya’s house in Tshwane when he went to pay his respects to the family of the late former Minister.

With Dr Skweyiya as well, we will be declaring a Special Official Funeral, not only because he was a past Minister but also because of his stature in our movement, in the struggle and in the contribution that he has made in the liberation and development of our people, said President Ramaphosa.

A Special Official Funeral entails elements of military ceremonial honours and is declared, in line with the Presidency’s State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy, for persons of extraordinary credentials specifically designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa.

Skweyiya passed away on Wednesday at the age of 75 after a period of hospitalisation. He passed away just three days shy of his 76th birthday on 14 April.

Skweyiya served as Minister of the Public Service and Administration from 1994 to 1999 and later as Minister of Social Development before retiring as a Member of Parliament in 2009.

In the same year, Dr Skweyiya was appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland – a position that acknowledged the long period Dr Skweyiya had spent in exile during the apartheid era.

The Presidency said details of memorial events will be communicated in due course.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Road Closures Effected from Midday in and Around Orlando Stadium for Mama Winnie’s Funeral

The preparations for the funeral of Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, are at an advanced stage and almost complete, Spokesperson for the Johannesburg Metro Mr Wayne Minaar has said.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela was a Member of Parliament at the time of her death, on the Easter Monday.

Mr Minaar said all roads leading to the Orlando Stadium, where the funeral service will be hosted, will be closed at Midday.

From the traffic and security services we are ready for both the funeral service, and the procession to Fourways cemetery park where Ms Madikizela will be laid to rest, Mr Minaar said.

At the stadium and around the stadium security forces were doing their dry runs and last moment preparations. The media also was taken around the venue and the details of how the funeral will unfold.

Mr Minaar said they had been made aware of a possible protest intended to disturb the procession, but that is under control.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela’s body will be taken to her house for the last time, from the Kopane Funeral Parlour, and will move along the Sofasonke Street where thousands of Soweto residents are expected to form the guard of honour.

We are ready, we will deal with any disturbance decisively, Mr Minaar said.

The funeral is happening tomorrow, and is expected to be attended by dignitaries, ambassadors and heads of state, from all over the world.

The Zulu Kingdom has already provided four cows to the family for the funeral.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Government identifies land for previously disadvantaged

The Department of Environmental Affairs and stakeholder within the environmental sector are identifying 10 million hectares of suitable land for previously disadvantaged individuals and communities to participate as owners of sustainable wildlife-based business ventures.

Support programmes such as infrastructural development (game fence, ecotourism facilities etc), game donation/loaning, skills development and training, access to markets and funding will be facilitated to ensure sustainable businesses, the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thompson, said.

She said the environmental sector is ideally placed to increase the ownership percentage of black women, youth and communities in the country’s economy. The Deputy Minister was addressing the launch of the Mayibuye Game Reserve Wildlife Economy Pilot Project in the Umkhambathini Local Municipality on Thursday.

To give you some perspective of the enormous potential of the South African wildlife sector, I have been informed that the sector currently employs approximately 100 000 people across the value chain, Deputy Minister Thompson said.

The sector’s value chain is centred on game and wildlife farming/ranching activities that relate to the stocking, trading, breeding and hunting of game, and all the services and goods required to support this value chain.

The key drivers of this value chain include domestic hunters, international hunters and a growing retail market demand for wildlife products.

It is believed that the domestic hunting market was approximately R6.4 billion, while the international hunting market was approximately R1.4 billion in 2013. In addition to hunting, game farmers can generate income from the sale of game meat, wildlife products and live game, she said.

The retail and export game meat market was estimated at R230 million in 2013.

Deputy Minister Thompson said the sector also has little domestic and international market multiplier effect and the job creation characteristics of the tourism industry, making it a sector with large economic transformation potential.

Unfortunately, the structural inequalities characterising our economy has placed several barriers, including insufficient access, ownership and inefficient utilisation of land and lack of infrastructure development support for entrepreneurs on black South Africans.

In particular, the high capital costs for acquiring land, fencing and game species are major barriers to entry and transformation. Overcoming these barriers to entry or challenges requires coordinated efforts from the government, private sector and communities, she said.

Mayibuye Game Reserve received R10 million funding from the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Deputy Minister Thompson said the game reserve has made significant progress since the R10 million funding, as a 35-kilometre wildlife fence has been erected, a gate house and offices are being built, two houses have been refurbished, 15 field rangers have been trained and employed while a commercial Business for Good site has been refurbished and wildlife introductions (zebra and wildebeest) have been initiated.

In terms of employment, 76 temporary Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) jobs have been created through erection of the fence. This has unlocked a further R100 million private investment for the development of the eco-estate, she said.

The local community, the Ximba people, were awarded a land restitution claim in terms of a settlement agreement in April 2007.

The Mayibuye Community Trust formed by the community entered into a 99-year lease with the developer and the strategic development partner, whereby the land would be developed into a game reserve with a component of residential property, commercial sites and hotels.

Source: South African Government News Agency

People of Soweto Line the Streets Ahead of Winnie’s Last Trip Home

People in Soweto have come out to line the streets in anticipation of Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s body coming home for the last time. Thousands have lined up Mtipha Street where Winnie remained a resident until the last minute.

Michael Kekana, from nearby Diepkloof (DK), said it was a sad moment for Soweto and for South Africa. I came for three things. Mama was a resident of DK. This is a prominent leader and I will not be at the funeral tomorrow, Mr Kekana said.

Dr Buyi Majola, ANC Women’s League Chair: Greater Johannesburg, said she came to accept Mama’s body. As much as we are here to pay our last respects, but also Mama’s last moment is to be accorded the dignity that she accorded people, Dr Majola said.

She said when one led people respectfully, it is fitting that they must be with you until the last moment.

Dignitaries, Cabinet Ministers, politicians and diplomats have all been seen entering Ms Madikizela-Mandela’s home. The body will later be ushered into the house and there will be a prayer. A night vigil will be held at the Orlando Stadium.

The service starts at 09h00 on Saturday, and she will be buried at Fourways Memorial Park.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa