The staff at South Africa’s Financial Intelligence Centre in Centurion outside Tshwane celebrate Football Friday with Bafana Bafana gear, vuvuzela blowing and diski dancing competitions, and some serious office Foosball action!The FIC’s undisputed vuvuzela champion blows her stuff. (Photo: Lesego Madumo, Brand South Africa)FIC staff members work their moves on the Foosball table. (Photo: Lesego Madumo, Brand South Africa) View the full FIC photoset on FlickrShare your own Football Friday thoughts, photos and videos Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 2 February 2010.
The Gender Based Violence Command Centre has expanded its services to make them accessible to people with disabilities. Blind and deaf people are now able to access counselling, thanks to technological advances.Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini launches the Disability Enhanced System on 2 December 2016 to make the Gender Based Violence Command Centre accessible to people with disabilities. (Image: Department of Social Development, Facebook)Brand South Africa Reporter Technology has helped to improve the Gender Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC). Women and children who are deaf or blind and are being abused now also have access to the system.The Department of Social Development has partnered with cellphone network Vodacom to enable the GBVCC to help disabled people.The centre was opened in 2014; it operates a call centre for people needing counselling, carried out by professional social workers.Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini launched the Disability Enhancement System on 2 December in Pretoria.Watch:“During this month of 16 Days of Activism we continue to hear the voices of women and children but the community of persons living with disabilities continues to be marginalised,” she said. “Initiatives like this aim to respond to that.“If we say we want to protect the rights of persons with disabilities we need to ask ourselves, what provisions have we made to allow persons with disabilities to live a fair life next to those without disabilities.”How it worksThe system uses Skype for people who are deaf, whereby they can communicate with the social workers using sign language.Blind people can use a panic button which has a siren light to contact the centre with a distress message. Police are also able to locate the person in need of help.Dlamini said the Disability Enhanced System had given the department an opportunity to help disabled people, especially deaf and blind women and children.“Gender-based violence among children and women with disabilities is also prevalent because they are part of South African society, which has a huge problem with the scourge of violence against women and children.”The department was committed to the National Development Plan, she said, which held that “we must be committed to sustainable development and end violence against women and girls”.“It remains our responsibility to ensure that women and children with disabilities are not trafficked and exposed to harmful practices,” the minister said.Source: South African Government News Agency read more
Jwala Gutta and Velliavetil Diju are aiming to make it to the top five in the mixed doubles world rankings ahead of the Japan Super Series badminton championships in Tokyo.The duo made it to the semi-finals of the China Masters last week, their best result at the Super Series events. The pair will start their campaign in Tokyo on Wednesday.Diju said he believes that he and Jwala belonged among the top combinations in the game.”The way we are playing now it is quite clear that we belong at the elite level. In the China Masters, we beat the world’s second and fifth-ranked pairs. That in itself is an achievement for us,” Diju told MAIL TODAY from the Japanese capital.”Right now our aim is to break into the top five. We are confident that if we can maintain this form, it is a matter of time that we can achieve that. It is more a case of us believing in ourselves more than anything else,” he said.Diju also felt that but for some unforced errors, they could have beaten the Korean pair of Yeong Yong San and Yan Jan in the semi-finals in China.”After winning the opening game 21-6, we relaxed. I am not trying to take any credit away from the Korean pair but the fact is that we were unable to capitalise on the chances which came our way. We will not make the same mistakes when we play them the next time,” he said. Jwala felt that after a long time, the two were at their best.advertisement”Our understanding was excellent and Diju was smashing at his best.”Saina seeded 4thSaina Nehwal is the fourth seed in the women’s section at the Japan Super Series. The Hyderabadi is drawn to play Thailand’s Incheonton Raparkal. Saina, who lost in the quarter-finals at the China Masters, will in all likelihood face another Thai Salakjit Polsana in the second round.In the men’s draw, Ajay Jayaram has been handed a tough draw as he is pitted against Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen in the opener. The Indian has regained fitness after an abdominal muscle tear at the China Masters.Periappali Kashyap has been drawn to play against Victor Axelsen of Denmark in the opener. read more