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first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)OSPINA,BELLERIN, KOSCIELNY, GABRIEL, MONREAL,ELNENEY, COQUELIN,IWOBI, OZIL, SANCHEZ,WELBECKDEENEY, IGHALO,BEHRAMI, CAPOUE, SUAREZ, JURADO,AKE, BRITOS, CATHCART, NYOM,GOMESWATFORD (4-4-2)Since beating Barclays League leaders Leicester City in mid-February, Arsenal have won just once in the league in four games, the 2-0 victory at Everton last time out.That poor run leaves the Gunners 11 points behind Leicester and six behind Tottenham Hotspur, who are second.Watford have kept only two clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League games but on March 13 they won 2-1 at the Emirates in the FA Cup quarter-finals to set up a Wembley semi-final against Crystal Palace.That was Watford’s first win at Arsenal since 1988, when they won 1-0 at Highbury in the old First Division.Since then, Arsenal have won five out of five in the league against the Hornets, most recently the 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road in October, with goals from Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey.Watford arrive on the back of three straight defeats, a run which has seen them drop to 14th in the Premier League and just 11 points clear of the relegation zone. One more victory should assure Watford of their Premier League place but they have won only five times away from home in the league, most recently at Crystal Palace in February.Arsenal are still without Santi Cazorla, Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere. There is a chance that goalkeeper Petr Cech can return after a five-match absence caused by a calf injury. Mathieu Flamini is another to have to go undergo a test.Watford, meanwhile, are still missing Joel Ekstrand, Rene Gilmartin and Tommy Hoban.last_img read more

first_imgA former General of the Armed forces of Liberia, Gen. John G. Teah, has won the National Patriotic Party (NPP) primary to contest for the Nimba seat in the upcoming Special Senatorial Elections.General Teah won the NPP primary on a white ballot in the presence of huge crowd that converged at the primary.There were 18 delegates representing the nine electoral districts in Nimba including the party’s provincial leaders.General Teah on 27th May 2014 declared his intention to contest the special senatorial election slated for October this year.In a well-attended meeting, General Teah told Nimbaians that he stood for the cause of the county just as some did and can boast of, and therefore he should be given the chance by voting him to occupy the senatorial seat in the upcoming election. “As one of those who fought for the safety of Nimba, I think, I should be given the chance and I need your support to contest the senatorial seat,” Teah stated at the gathering.He added that they all as liberators deserve the rights to represent the county and it was not incumbent upon one person.  He did not call a name of anyone in connection to the “one person” mentioned.“Nine years is enough for a person.  So this time, we need your support to go there, too,” he added.Making reference to late South African President and world icon Nelson Mandela, Gen. Teah, said when he (Mandela) was freed from jail and became president of South Africa, he served for a term.He added that Mandela did not contend that he was the liberator to over stay in power.General John G. Teah was among top generals who fought along with the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) led by convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor.He also served as AFL General during Taylor’s presidency and was among those who were demobilized from the AFL when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to power in 2006.He entered politics in 2011 and contested one of the Representative seats in Nimba, but lost to Garrison Yealue.His coming into the senatorial race might pose a serious threat to incumbent Senator Prince Johnson, who emerged from a military background and grabbed the seat in 2005 through his military popularity.Presently, the political field in Nimba is gradually getting crowded, with more Nimbaians including former Superintendent Edith Weh, Cllr. Yamein Quiqui Gbeisay, Dr. Joseph D. Z. Kotoe, Dr. Kardikeh Rex Dahn, and Peter Weatoe all gearing up to grab the single political seat.The Development Superintendent Teeko Yorlay, who appears to be the young people’s favorite, is also among those who have declared their intentions for the seat.Former General Teah like his contenders, said in his remarks before the primary that if elected, he would unite the citizens of Nimba.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCouple of years ago, an obscured Liberian health practitioner George Werner, saw and thrust himself into the orifice of Liberia politic as a low level civil servant at Liberia Civil Service Agency (CSA).Mr. Werner, like many Liberians, who left the shores of the once burgeoning Liberia when the nation was plunged into self-destruction, returned home after “pursuing successful careers” to contribute his quota to Liberia; a tiny West African nation emerging out of a blood pool of civil strife.Upon his descent on home soil, he was quickly swamped by the frustration of working in Liberia, the slow pace and “don’t care attitude”. The nation fraught with the ghost of the civil war had yet to dust itself up and embark on a whole new epoch of development and prosperity. The education sector like virtually every fabric of the society, which was downgraded by years of conflict, remained in tatters and was simmering in the abyss due to poor planning and poor policy decisions on the part of stakeholders.Despite the frustration, George plunged himself into a lecturing position at the Catholic-run Stella Maris Polythenic- molding minds for “Leadership and service” hence contributing his quota to the nation anemic education sector.Before his arrival on home, the Liberian bilateral scholarship was run by the Scholarship Department at the Ministry of Education. The system at the Education Ministry was replete with bribery and corruption. Even though there were exams for awarding scholarship, many reports had it that the biggest bidders were the ones arrogated the scholarships.This plagued the two branches of Government until President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf formed an Inter-Ministerial Scholarship Committee headed by Robtel Pailey, one of the world’s rising young foreign policy tsars, a Liberian clean slate; and author of the acclaimed novel —-Gbagba- to lead the new committee with George playing second fiddle to her.Following few months of occupying their new portfolios, the committee saw a revolution and overhauling of the scholarship scheme as they formulated new policies in awarding scholarship based on merit and increased allowance of Liberian students abroad.Prior to their appointment and even today, There are a lot of talks of President Sirleaf thrusting American Educated in government at the expense of locally educated Liberians, who go through rigorous humiliation for education in the rough terrain of Liberia -battered by endless protests by students at various campuses of higher education.However, while on a visit to Education Ministry, I engaged in discussions with the Ministry head of scholarship- as we hobbled on. He muttered: “The children from America know how to manipulate the system and get their way.” Just that -I think in this case Robtel and George manipulated the system for the better to cater to the welfare of Liberian students and land scholarship to deserving students. His dispensation- led me to think he is out of touch with reality and only corroborating what have been said of the fraud at the scholarship committee under the Ministry of Education.Fast forward, Robtel would later go on to Britain for further education hence thrusting George into the limelight.When I first met George at the time he was still a fiddle tactician to Robtel, as expected, with my awful pronunciation which used to send utter annoyance through the spine of Kenneth Y. Best (KYB)- I struggled to pronounce George’s surname (Werner).As he tortured me on how to rightly pronounce his surname name, he made the horrible mistake of telling me the origin of his surname. He remarked: “It is a German name”. That got me pissed because we are trying to find our place and identity in the galaxy. I felt it was troubling to hear a senior brother muttering such verbiage.Though I despise his utterance of Werner been German, George is certainly displaying an aura of German discipline, creativity and industry ever since taking over the Scholarship Committee and now as head of the Liberia Civil Service Agency (CSA), giving a bout of hope and inspiring many young Liberians.Where he has lacked the German character is the myth that German are humorless because anyone who met George will attest that though the Liberian German chap is of the Jesus belief, he enjoys our vulgar and permissive society of rude jokes and free expression and that might be one reason while he is being successful at his jobs.Recently, it was amazing to hear President Sirleaf has named George Werner Health Minister-designate to replace the anemic Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale. This is a tough position even more so when the country is experiencing the scourge of Ebola. George, who was recently christened the human Ebola has now been given the lead role to purge the lethal virus out of the country.As the Daily Observer noted in its editorial: “The New Minister’s Next Challenge Is to Develop a Master Plan for the Rebuilding of Liberia’s Entire Healthcare Delivery System.  This must ensure that modern hospitals are built in places where they do not yet exist, including Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, River Cess and Sinoe Counties. And where they do exist, the hospitals must be seriously revamped and modern equipment installed, including specialized equipment for radiology, dialyses, heart, dental surgery and ophthalmology procedures,  to list a few”.When he is confirmed by the Liberian Senate, George will also need to set up a robust Nutritional, Herbal and Alternative sector in the Health Delivery system. As someone who is battling ailment for ages now, I have taken affinity to novel herbal and alternative medicine which has given me a shriek of relief. Liberia is blessed with a raft of rain forest and great trees, flowers, which possess powerful medicinal properties that could be used to poach diseases.  I am not against conventional medicine but as we all know Pharmaceutical companies have been raiding nature ladders for years and it will be great were George to formulate a program to support and train young Liberians in the discipline of Alternative and herbal medicines.This will not only aid our health sector, it will provide income for Liberians and contribute to the country Ecosystem as more flowers, trees, and herbs will be grown.  Another area, The new Health Minister could concentrate on is to set up special scholarship scheme at the Ministry of Health pen agreements with most Scandinavian countries which have Free universal tertiary education that will ensure health workers and medical students get education in a whole host of areas in the medical field.This is a critical juncture in our nation’s history especially for the health sector- and with the outpouring of good will from friendly nations, we should not let this window of opportunity shut down without making the proper and perennial changes to our health care system.  It is our hope the Legislature will rescind their earlier decision thus confirming George for the position.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNEW WESTMINISTER, B.C. – Fort St. John’s Sterling Middleton and the rest of team Tardi will try and repeat as 2017 B.C. Junior Curling Champions Sunday.Langley/Royal City Curling Club’s Team Tardi, with Cloverdale-based Tardi (skip) and his brother Jordan Tardi (second), Fort St. John’s Sterling Middleton (third) and Langley’s Nicholas Meister (lead), bested frontrunners Team McCrady on Saturday afternoon to clinch the bye to the final. Team Tardi were last year’s BC Junior Men’s Champions and won bronze nationally.They face Team Habkirk from Victoria Curling Centre in the 3 p.m. final tomorrow. The Habkirk rink of skip Kyle Habkirk from Coquitlam, third Duncan Silversides, second Ryan Cassidy and lead Alex Hovarth all hailing from the Victoria area beat Team McCrady in the semi-finals to earn the chance to win the title.- Advertisement -The final will take place at 3 p.m. pacific and can be streamed live here:  http://www.viasport.ca/2017bcjuniorslast_img read more

first_imgOver the past number of years Shop LK Vouchers have become a huge success at Christmas time.Not only are they creating much needed revenue for dozens of shops and businesses across Donegal’s largest town.But the truth is that they provide the perfect answer to the annual headache of what to get family and friends for the festive season. An LK voucher can be exchanged for goods and services for dozens of shops across Letterkenny including everything from hairdressers to butcher shops.Letterkenny Chamber have now extended the opening hours of their offices at Grand Central Complex, Canal Road (opposite Marks and Spencer).As well as opening for vouchers from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, the chamber will open this Saturday, December 17th from 11am to 3pm and also on Christmas Eve.The vouchers can also be purchased online at www.shoplk.ie So what are you waiting for?Use you head and take the headache out of Christmas shopping by buying an LK voucher. STILL TIME TO GET YOUR HANDS ON SHOP LK VOUCHERS was last modified: December 14th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:SHOP LK VOUCHERSlast_img read more

first_img“Richard, it’s Al Lewis calling.” How I dreaded those five words. I heard them often during my 13 months as news director of KPFK, the left-of-center Los Angeles radio station. “You oughta be ashamed of yourself,” Al would scold me in his nasal Brooklyn twang. “And you call yourself a journalist? Outrageous.” Coming from anybody else, Grandpa Munster’s caustic critiques would have prompted me to mouth an insincere “thank you” and hang up. But Al was different. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card For one thing, he was a frequent and generous donor to a listener-supported station that was always begging for money. More importantly, Al’s criticisms were usually on target. “Let’s have lunch,” he’d suggest. “I wanna tell you a story.” Al would meet me at the shabby KPFK studio in North Hollywood, and we’d dodge cars across Cahuenga Boulevard to Denny’s. Between bites of a Reuben sandwich, Al would sign autographs and pose for pictures alongside adoring fans of “The Munsters.” He’d recollect his early years of political activism: In the 1930s, Al protested prosecution of the Scottsboro Boys, a group of black teens accused of raping two white women. All but one of the youths were given death sentences, but each was eventually cleared. “I’ll always fight against hate,” Al once told me, in our corner booth at Denny’s. “And I’ll always get plenty of love,” he winked, as another delighted fan yelled “Grandpa!” and raced to our table. Al always picked up the tab for our lunches. Somehow he’d learned that my KPFK salary was $11,000 a year, barely enough to live on even during the Carter presidency. Al knew about poverty. He told me about fighting evictions while being raised by his mother, an immigrant sweatshop worker, during the 1920s. Al worked his way through Columbia University – taking odd jobs in vaudeville theaters and pool halls – before earning a Ph.D. in child psychology and becoming a teacher. Looking for a bigger audience, he told me how at age 45 he decided to become an actor, sharing classes and talking about civil rights with fellow novice Sidney Poitier. This was 16 years before Al’s mock-serious 1998 campaign as the Green Party candidate for New York governor, during which he went to court to make sure his name appeared as “Grandpa” Al Lewis on the ballot. I lost touch with Al when he returned to Manhattan, but it was obvious that he remained a pain in the butt. At a news conference, he suggested the best way to get PCB contaminants out of the Hudson River was to spoon-feed them to the top executives of General Electric. “You have to act a little crazy,” he reportedly said at the time, “to get the media to write about you.” This insight came from an irrepressible character who worked as a clown, trapeze artist, waiter and basketball scout before entering politics. Tired of fielding Al’s pesky phone calls, Pacifica Radio finally gave Grandpa his own weekly program on its New York station, WBAI. “Watcha starin’ at?” Al barked at a stranger the last time I saw him. He was smoking his trademark cigar outside a posh Tucson resort when our paths happened to cross in 2001. “Yeah, it’s Grandpa all right! They won’t let me smoke inside this dump, so I gotta come out here and put up with gawkers like you!” A minute later, Al had his arm around the startled tourist, and both were smiling for the camera. I stood for a moment, caught between the impulse to hug my loquacious pal and the fear that I’d endure a withering lecture if I said hello. In Al’s view, I’d sold out to the mainstream by switching from KPFK to National Public Radio. That had been an unpardonable sin in the eyes of this lifelong anarchist. “You oughta be arrested,” I could hear him fume, channeling Officer Leo Schnauzer from the only sitcom my father ever dropped his newspaper to watch, “Car 54, Where Are You?” I chickened out and kept walking toward the lobby, but not before another stranger took a double-take at the big guy with the piercing voice and familiar face. “You look like you just saw a Munster,” Grandpa prompted, with an impish grin. “I still got the stogie, too.” Landing the wacky 1964-66 role may have been the best thing that happened to Al Lewis, but there was a lot more to this endearing curmudgeon that the campy Dracula costume suggested. In an era of manipulated sameness, Grandpa was an unpredictable original. I’m going to miss him. Richard Mahler was news director of KPFK, 1979-1980, and TV critic of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” 1985-1989.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgA Letterkenny man has been told by a High Court judge that he will go to prison if he does not comply with orders surrounding a building known as The Kube.Noel Devine was part of the group which staged a sit-in at the building on the outskirts of Letterkenny. Local businessman Brendan Gildea, who was also a member of the protest group, owned the property before it was taken over by a receiver, appointed by Danske Bank to recover millions he owed the company.The Irish Times reports that receiver Martin Ferris obtained a High Court injunction against Mr Devine and Mr Gildea, who were among the group of some 20 people who entered the building on November 18th and told council staff to leave.The receiver alleged Mr Gildea had said he would only return the premises to the council if it signed a new lease with him.As a result of Mr Devine’s actions, including an alleged threat to get a skip and dump chemicals in the council offices, the receiver sought to have him brought to court by gardaí to explain why he should not be jailed for contempt of court orders. The receiver claimed Mr Devine appeared to be in Northern Ireland.Devine purged his contempt of a High Court order over the takeover of a county council offices at the building last month.At the High Court yesterday, Mr Justice Tony O’Connor was told Mr Devine had turned up in court voluntarily. Mr Devine said he did not wilfully disobey any court order and was “genuinely unaware” of it.He said he had difficulties reading and writing, but once someone said to him his name was on a court order attached to the Kube building, he left and did not return. He said he had got involved in the protest because he was a friend of Mr Gildea’s and “would always help a friend in difficulties”.He had a number of personal problems at the moment due to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, he added. Mr Devine said he had no fixed address at the moment as he was divorced and currently staying at a hotel.He said he had not received any court papers previously but was prepared to pick up from Letterkenny Post Office a statement of claim which the receiver would bring against him over this alleged interference. An email address for his partner was also provided as he did not use computers.Mr Justice O’Connor said he was satisfied with Mr Devine’s apology and undertaking to comply with the court’s orders and would release him from the application for his committal to prison.Any further breaches would result in serious consequences, he warned.Man warned he will be jailed if he does not comply with ‘Kube’ orders was last modified: December 18th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:BRENDAN GILDEAHIGH COURTKubeNOEL DEVINElast_img read more

first_imgDonegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has hit out at the Government’s failure to reverse outright the savage cuts in disability allowance for young people.Reacting to comments from the Taoiseach in the Dáil today, Senator Ó Domhnaill said it is not good enough to simply “review” these callous cuts, they must be reversed immediately.Earlier donegaldaily.com revealed that TD Joe McHugh had led a revolt against the cuts – forcing the review. And Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the proposed measures, which are now on hold, were included in the bailout deal signed by the last Government.“There are many unfair measures contained in Budget 2012 which discriminate against the more vulnerable groups in society. Few of these are more cruel than the huge and disproportionate cut to supports for 16 to 24 year olds with disabilities,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“A young adult aged 16-18 is today receiving €188 per week. Under the Fine Gael/Labour plan they will received approximately €71 per week.  Those aged 18-24 will see a cut of €88 weekly in their allowance, down to just €100 per week.“The Taoiseach today confirmed that he will set up a review group to look at the these cuts, and the cuts will be “on pause” in the meantime. This is not good enough.  We don’t need a review to tell us that these cuts single out one of the most vulnerable groups, people who are simply not in a position to work and are dependent on State support.  To slash their payments by €88 to €100 a week will have an enormous effect on their lives for very little savings to the exchequer. “Speaking on the radio this afternoon, the Minister for Social Protection has attempted to justify these cuts. I find this incredible, particularly coming from a Labour Party Minister who, just nine short months ago, campaigned on a platform of protecting the vulnerable.“This is not the time for reviews. Young people with disabilities cannot be left hanging on while their fate is decided. I am calling on the Government to do the right thing, and reverse this decision outright.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com“REVIEW” OF DISABILITY ALLOWANCE IS NOT ENOUGH – Ó DOMHNAILL was last modified: December 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:disability paymentsSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll lobbed compliment after compliment, and deservedly so, at Richard Sherman on Wednesday, ahead of the cornerback’s return to Seattle this week with the 49ers.Brilliant football player. Bright person. Great competitor. Extraordinary performer. Remarkable comeback.Carroll’s best praise, however, can be deciphered in a comparison of Sherman to former 49ers and Hall of Fame cornerback Jimmy Johnson. Or, actually, a comparison to how teams would shy away …last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Development Plan, launched in 2012, is a detailed blueprint for how the country can eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by the year 2030.•  Overview•  Document downloads•  Quality basic education•  Health care for all•  Safety & freedom from fear•  Economy & employment•  A skilled workforce•  Economic infrastructure•  Vibrant rural communities•  Sustainable human settlements•  Accountable local government•  Natural environment•  South Africa in the world•  Efficient public service•  Inclusive social protection•  Nation building, social cohesionResearched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderThe National Development Plan, or NDP, is a plan to unite South Africans, unleash the energies of its citizens, grow an inclusive economy, build capabilities, and enhance the capability of the state and leaders working together to solve complex problems.This is a summary of the NDP, which was launched in 2012. To read the full plan, visit the document downloads page.Problem statementThe NDP is the product of hundreds of interactions with South Africans, input from tens of thousands of people, extensive research and robust debate throughout the country.It begins with a problem statement:South Africa’s transition from apartheid to a democratic state has been a success.In the past 18 years, we have built democratic institutions, transformed the public service, extended basic services, stabilised the economy and taken our rightful place in the family of nations.Despite these successes, too many people are trapped in poverty and we remain a highly unequal society.Too few South Africans work, the quality of school education for the majority is of poor quality and our state lacks capacity in critical areas.There has been significant progress, but our country remains divided, with opportunity still shaped by the legacy of apartheid. In particular, young people and women are denied the opportunities to lead the lives that they desire.Our Constitution obliges all of us to tackle these challenges.The visionThe plan envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bounded to others; where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work.Realising such a society will require transformation of the economy and focused efforts to build the country’s capabilities. To eliminate poverty and reduce inequality, the economy must grow faster and in ways that benefit all South Africans.In particular, young people deserve better educational and economic opportunities, and focused efforts are needed to eliminate gender inequality. Promoting gender equality and greater opportunities for young people are integrated themes that run throughout the NDP.There is a burning need for faster progress, more action and better implementation. The future belongs to all of us. The NDP is a vision for every South African, requiring action, change and sacrifice from all sectors of society.Background to the National Development PlanIn May 2010 President Jacob Zuma appointed the National Planning Commission, an advisory body made up of 26 experts drawn largely from outside the government, to draft a vision and national development plan.The commission’s Diagnostic Report, released in June 2011, set out South Africa’s achievements and shortcomings since 1994. It identified a failure to implement policies and an absence of broad partnerships as the main reasons for slow progress, and set out nine primary challenges:1. Too few people work.2. The quality of school education for black people is poor.3. Infrastructure is poorly located, inadequate and under-maintained.4. Spatial divides hobble inclusive development.5. The economy is unsustainably resource-intensive.6. The public health system cannot meet demand or sustain quality.7. Public services are uneven and often of poor quality.8. Corruption levels are high.9. South Africa remains a divided society.South Africans from all walks of life welcomed the diagnostic as a frank, constructive assessment. This led to the development of the draft national plan, released in November 2011. Building on the diagnostic, the plan added four thematic areas: rural economy, social protection, regional and world affairs, and community safety.The commission consulted widely on the draft plan. Its public forums drew in thousands of people. The commissioners met with parliament, the judiciary, national departments, provincial governments, development finance institutions, state-owned entities and local government formations. They held talks with unions, business, religious leaders and non-profit organisations.South Africans broadly supported the draft plan, proposing modifications and making suggestions to implement it effectively. Their input informed the final National Development Plan.The Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019South Africa’s MTSF to 2019 is the first framework drawn up following the adoption of the National Development Plan in September 2012. It sets out actions the government and its partners will take to implement the NDP over the first five years of the plan, and provides a framework for the other plans of national, provincial and local government.The MTSF has identified 14 priorities of the NDP that need urgent attention. These are:OUTCOME 1Quality basic educationIn 2030, South Africans will be enriched by universal early childhood education, high-quality schooling, further education and training that allows them to fulfil their potential, and expanding higher education that accelerates the shift to a knowledge economy. READ MORE >OUTCOME 2A long and healthy life for all South AfricansIn 2030, South Africa’s health system works for everyone. It provides quality care to all, has raised life expectancy to at least 70 years, produced a young generation largely free of HIV infection, and has dramatically reduced infant mortality. READ MORE >OUTCOME 3All people in South Africa are and feel safeIn 2030, all people living in South Africa feel safe, have no fear of crime, are properly served by the police and courts, and know corruption no longer eats away at their livelihoods. READ MORE >OUTCOME 4Decent employment through inclusive economic growthIn 2030, South Africa’s economy is inclusive and dynamic. The fruits of growth are shared fairly. The economy has close to full employment, equips people with the skills they need, ensures the ownership of production is more diverse and able to grow rapidly, and provides resources to pay for investment in human and physical capital. READ MORE >OUTCOME 5A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth pathIn 2030, higher education and vocational training in South Africa produces highly skilled graduates, ready to meet both the present and future needs of economy and society. READ MORE >OUTCOME 6An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure networkIn 2030, South Africa’s network of robust infrastructure is the bedrock of growth and job creation. This infrastructure efficiently delivers electricity, water, sanitation, telecoms and transport services, powers the economy, and supports manufacturing, trade and exports. More than that, it gives citizens the means to improve their lives and boost their incomes. READ MORE >OUTCOME 7Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities contributing to food security for allIn 2030, South Africa’s rural communities are able to fully participate in the economic, social and political life of the country. They enjoy good-quality education, health care, transport and other basic services. Successful land reform, job creation and rising agricultural production have created an inclusive rural economy. READ MORE >OUTCOME 8Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household lifeIn 2030, the terrible spatial legacy of apartheid has finally been broken. South Africans have humane and environmentally sustainable living and working conditions. Their homes have all the basic services they need and are closer to their workplaces, to which they travel in safe public transport. READ MORE >OUTCOME 9A responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government systemIn 2030, local government in South Africa has the trust of the people, being committed to working with communities to find sustainable ways to meet their social, economic and material needs, and improve the quality of their lives. READ MORE >OUTCOME 10Protecting and enhancing our environmental assets and natural resourcesIn 2030, rural communities are thriving and prosperous, cities are compact and energy efficient, the public know the dangers of climate change and unconstrained consumption of natural resources is no more. Our priorities, instead, are on the protection and rehabilitation of South Africa’s natural assets. READ MORE >OUTCOME 11Create a better South Africa, contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better worldIn 2030, South Africa is a globally competitive economy and a leading member of the family of nations. The country contributes to sustainable development, democracy, the rule of law, human rights and security in a peaceful and prosperous Africa, and a fair and just world. READ MORE >OUTCOME 12An efficient, effective and development-oriented public serviceIn 2030, state institutions are well-run and effectively coordinated, run by professionals committed to the public good and capable of delivering consistently high-quality services, and working for economic growth and reduced poverty and inequality. READ MORE >OUTCOME 13An inclusive and responsive social protection systemIn 2030, South Africa is a working nation, individuals are engaged in meaningful activity, and vulnerable groups and citizens are protected from the worst effects of poverty. Everyone is able to live the life they wish to lead. READ MORE >OUTCOME 14A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identityIn 2030, South Africa will be a society where opportunity is not determined by race or birthright, and where citizens accept they have both rights and responsibilities. We will be a united, prosperous, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. READ MORE >Updated 23 July 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more