first_img10 March 2010 “Cornerstones of the programme are the creation of efficient systems, the provision of more skilled people, the promotion of good governance and the driving of effective communication in local government,” he said. The Municipal Skills Development Programme – a joint initiative by the South African Local Government Association (Salga), the Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LG-Seta), the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and Microsoft South Africa – will help local governments to use technology more effectively and efficiently. Microsoft South Africa MD Mteto Nyati said that over the next few years, they would help the government to use technology to enhance service delivery. “We’ll do this by placing top graduates in local municipalities, training municipal employees and providing specialised seminars for municipal managers,” said Nyati. Enhancing service delivery Based on the successes and lessons learned from this phase, a further two phases will be planned and implemented during the 2010/11 and 2011/12 financial years. LG-Seta head Sidwell Mofokeng said the placement of clued-up IT graduates would ensure the maintenance of current computer systems and correct upgrades when needed, while at the same time helping staff to utilise the equipment to full capacity. Salga chief executive Xolile George said unemployed information technology graduates would be placed in key government departments. The project will be piloted by the partners in the Eastern and Western Cape in April. “The demands of the information-based global economy mean that governments today require an advanced set of administrative tools,” said DBSA chief executive Paul Baloyi. The DBSA, as specialist large infrastructure funder for government expansion, has a unit dedicated to supporting local government development. Source: BuaNews A public-private partnership has been launched to help reduce South Africa’s service delivery backlog by placing skilled graduates and high-level training initiatives directly into municipalities around the country.last_img read more

first_imgThe long-term water supply projects in Rajasthan will be completed on time to ensure the availability of water in the geographically difficult areas. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has given instructions for speeding up implementation of water supply schemes for both drinking and irrigation.Mr. Gehlot said at a review meeting here after the appointment of committees for the Rajiv Gandhi Jal Sanchay Yojana that the long-term projects would permanently resolve the issue of paucity of water caused by scanty and erratic rainfall in the State. “The projects should be formulated to meet the local needs and regularly monitored,” he said.The progress of projects financed by institutions such as the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency and New Development Bank as well as the dam, canal and small irrigation projects was reviewed on the occasion.The committees appointed at the district, block and village panchayat levels for the Yojana will coordinate the activities of various departments and monitor the progress of work for water conservation.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A middle-aged man committed suicide by jumping in front of a Dum Dum-bound rake at Rabindra Sarovar Metro station on Saturday afternoon leading to the disruption of services in both Up and Down line for some time. The incident occurred at around 12.09 pm. The victim whose identity is yet to be ascertained was found anxiously waiting at Rabindra Sarovar Metro station. When a Dum Dum-bound train was entering the platform, he jumped in front of the speeding train. The motorman tried to stop the rake by applying the emergency brakes but the victim, aged around 50, had already gone beneath the rake. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Metro officials disconnected the power supply into the third rail immediately. The Railway Protection Force and Metro officials reached the spot and started the rescue operation. It took around 45 minutes to recover the victim’s body from the railway track. He was taken to MR Bangur Hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. Metro services were disrupted for almost an hour after the incident. Truncated services between Maidan and Noapara stations in the Up line were available. Normalcy was restored after 1.30 pm.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement SOCAN member Netsena, from Fort Nelson, BC, received the award – which included a $10,000 cash prize, and airfare and accommodations to attend the award ceremonies in Winnipeg – from Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director of SOCAN Foundation, and Tim Laronde, Regional Manager of Indigenous Banking at TD.“I feel honoured to be selected for this award, and very grateful to everyone who worked to make this happen,” said Netsena. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement WINNIPEG, May 22, 2018 /CNW/ – The SOCAN Foundation, part of the SOCAN Group of organizations, in partnership with TD Bank Group, presented its very first Indigenous Songwriter Award to Jasmine Netsena at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards. Twitter “This new award recognizes artistic excellence in songwriting achieved by an Indigenous music creator in Canada, and we’re proud to be able to partner with TD and the Indigenous Music Awards to celebrate Jasmine Netsena,” said Wall-Andrews. “It’s part of our ongoing, mutual effort with TD to foster, promote and diversify opportunities for music creators of Indigenous descent. We’re aiming to build inclusive grant and awards programming as diverse as the communities in which we live.”The Jury encompassed SOCAN Members: ShoShona Kish (Ontario), Alan Greyeyes (Manitoba), Celina Kalluk (Nunavut), and Moe Clark (Québec). The jury reviewed nearly 200 submissions.Applications to the 2019 TD Indigenous Songwriter Awards will open in the late fall of 2018; visit www.socanfoundation.ca for more information about programs and awards.About Jasmine NetsenaMusic is Jasmine Netsena’s first language. From the age of five, the award-winning singer-songwriter, of the Dene and Tahltan Nations, learned to sing from her grandmothers in their Indigenous languages. Classical voice training only strengthened that bedrock, and Jasmine has been honing her songwriting and guitar skills for close to 15 years now. Jasmine released her debut album, Take You with Me, in 2014. For her second record, she uses her voice to uncover long-buried issues. The daughter of a residential school survivor, Jasmine wants to use music to add to the dialogue of inter-generational healing. Jasmine has charmed audiences in New York City, Nashville and across Canada. In 2014, she won Best Folk/Acoustic Album in the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and was nominated for Indigenous Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. She’s been featured on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) show Rising Stars, and has performed at the Grand Ole Northern Opry with Grammy Award winner Laurie Lewis. www.jasminenetsena.comAbout The SOCAN FoundationFounded in 1992, the SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society. The organization is a part of the SOCAN Group of organizations and guided by a Board of Directors, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, and reflects concert music and popular music genres, as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada. To learn more about the SOCAN Foundation and SOCAN, visit www.socanfoundation.ca and www.socan.com.About TD Community GivingTD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2017, TD donated more than $107 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. For further information, visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibilitylast_img read more