Kevin Mirallas is happy at Everton, insists Roberto Martinez

first_imgRoberto Martinez has dismissed suggestions Everton forward Kevin Mirallas is unhappy at Goodison Park. The 28-year-old has not started a league game for the Toffees since the opening-weekend draw with Watford and reports this week hinted he could look elsewhere for more regular football in order to boost his quest to make Belgium’s Euro 2016 squad. Mirallas moved to Merseyside in 2012 and in the summer he signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2018 having scored 11 times last year. Martinez insists the forward remains an integral part of his plans and predicts he will have a big impact for Everton in the coming months. “It couldn’t be further from the truth,” Martinez said of the notion Mirallas was unhappy. “Kevin has been a very, very important player while I’ve been at the football club. The start of this season has been challenging for him because he had a couple of niggles then he had the sending-off so wasn’t available for three games. But the way that he’s been working in training has been very impressive. “He’s improved as a footballer and it’s important for us that Kevin is fresher now going into the second half of the season and we’ll get the benefit from that. “Kevin Mirallas is a very, very important player for Everton – he knows that. What he needs now is to get playing time because the start of the season has been frustrating for him.” Martinez also stressed that keeping Mirallas and his team-mates together will be his main mission when January comes around. The form of this weekend’s opponents West Ham, along with Leicester and Southampton, has made the race for Europe even more competitive but Martinez will avoid the temptation to make any major changes in the transfer window. “We’ve got such a strong squad – the focus for us is to see how good we can be with the squad we have now,” he added. Press Association “We have enough time in the summer to see if we can bring players into the football club. All we want is to be as good as we can with the players we have, that I’m delighted with. “It will be very important for us to make sure the window that is going to open in the winter is to just give a bit more normality, to make sure the squad gets reaffirmed, looking at the younger groups more than the first-team level to make sure that we get a clear 10-month competition out of this squad. “It will be the summer when we reassess where we are and where we should go. I wouldn’t look at the winter as a moment to make significant changes.” Martinez confirmed Bryan Oviedo’s bad luck with injury has continued, with a hamstring strain now set to keep him out for two to three weeks, but Leighton Baines is unlikely to slot in at left-back against the Hammers. The England defender is back in full training following his ankle injury and will feature in a behind-closed-doors friendly over the international break. last_img read more

Horse Racing Results

first_imgCaymanas Park Results for Dec 23, 2015Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. *ABOGADO WHenry 54.02. LAGUNA POINT OEdwards3 49.0 Head3. RED EAGLE RLunan 54.0 2L4. LAZZA OWalker 54.0 NeckLate scratch : #2 HOMECOMINGWIN: $93.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 22.2, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS out of FIRSTBORN by SECRET MANTrainer : MCDONALD,ANDREW A Owner : NICALBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQuinella : (6,7) $144.00 Exacta : (7-6) $270.00Trifecta : (7-6-4) $470.00STEWARDS’ CUPRace 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -COLTS & GELDINGS1. SIR RAJA BABA BebHarvey4 51.52. *LORD EQUUS OMullings 53.0 1/2L3. OK DUDE EMurray 53.0 2L4. GOLD MAKER CChow 55.0 3 1/2LWIN: $101.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:01.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, ,Winner : 2yo b colt – SORRENTINOTrainer : JAGHAI,HOWARD K Owner : W. B. RACINGBred by BAGWANDEEN, WILBERT LIVINGSTONENOTE: HORSE #2 LORD EQUUS FINISHED 1ST BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 2ND BEHIND HORSE #7 SIR RAJA BABAQuinella : (2,7) $77.00 Exacta : (7-2) $210.00D/E : (7-7) $412.00Superfecta : (7-2-5-3) $1,524.00SWEET RUCKUS TROPHYRace 3 1400 M (Purse $850,000) NB&IMP2-Y-O GRADED STAKES1. BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 57.02. *BUBBLING KITTEN WHenry 55.0 Head3. GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 52.5 3 1/2L4. GLYDER NBerger4 50.0 4 1/2LWIN: $117.00Final Time : 1:26.2 Splits : 24.0, 47.2, 1:12.0,Winner : 2yo b filly – SKY MESA out of DIXIELAND BULL byTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : MICDON RACINGBred by CAROLE & JOHN RIO, MIKE SIDO & DR. LAURA SUROVI SIVOQuinella : (1,2) $60.00 Exacta : (2-1) $137.00D/E : (7-2) $263.00Trifecta : (2-1-3) $48.00Rolling Triple : (7-7-2) $930.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. WICKED TUFF RLahoe 54.02. HE’S A DIAMOND RMitchell 57.0 5L3. DEPUTY HEADGIRL OMullings 51.0 3 1/2L4. *SMART TRAIN DaneNelson 55.0 3/4L5. IDON’TKNOW ADancel 54.0 HeadWIN: $468.00PLACE: $289.00, $100.00, $468.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.2, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – URBAN KING out of CONNELL TOWN by ARCHERS BAYTrainer : SMITH,GRESFORD A Owner : S & S CAMPBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (3,7) $2,128.00 Exacta : (7-3) $2,967.00D/E : (2-7) $981.00Trifecta : (7-3-1) $11,350.00Hi-5 : (7-3-1-12-11) $100,988.00Rolling Triple : (7-2-7) $3,724.00Race 5 1500 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. TRACKING DANIEL JAnderson 55.02. *WHO’S BOSSY BebHarvey3 51.0 1 1/4L 95.003. EAZY STEPPING PFrancis 52.0 2 1/2L 307.004. SEAL THE DEAL DaneNelson 54.0 2LWIN: $326.00PLACE: $162.00, $95.00, $307.00Final Time : 1:36.3 Splits : 24.2, 48.3, 1:15.0,Winner : 4yo ch colt – TRACKING out of A TASTE OF ORILEYS by LAW OF THE SEATrainer : RAMBALLY (JR),ARNOLD A Owner : ARNOLD A RAMBALLY JR.Bred by ERIC MARTINQuinella : (2,8) $717.00 Exacta : (2-8) $1,604.00D/E : (7-2) $2,139.00Superfecta carry-over : $108,677.40Rolling Triple : (2-7-2) $7,075.00Race 6 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUGUST 23(DIV.I)1. *MESSITHEGREAT ISpence 52.02. ARTHUR BebHarvey3 52.0 14 1/2L3. ROSY PARKS HPottinger4 50.0 4L4. KINGS OF JORDAN WHenry 52.0 1/2L5. CONNOR CBudhai 52.0 2 3/4L6. GOFORHOME JInnis4 48.0 1/2LLate scratch : #11 CRUISIN DANIELLEWIN: $70.00PLACE: $57.00, $105.00, $120.00Final Time : 1:14.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.2, ,Winner : 3yo colt – TRADITIONAL out of PRINCESS TERRI byTrainer : FEANNY,PHILIP M Owner : THE T’S STABLEBred by TERRENCE STRACHANQuinella : (1,5) $172.00 Exacta : (5-1) $196.00D/E : (2-5) $427.00 (2-11) $192.00Trifecta : (5-1-9) $179.00Hit-6 : (5-1-9-8-10-) $6,099.50Rolling Triple : (7-2-5) $5,369.00Pick-4 : (2-7-2-5) $10,752.00Super-6 : (7-7-2-7-2-5) $18,574.80Race 7 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUGUST 23(DIV.II)1. *CRUCIAL VALOR JPatterson4 52.0 *3/52. SLEW DI CLOCK MWard4 48.0 4/1 4L3. CHEXIMAKIT HLewis 51.0 33/1 5 1/2L4. YOUR EXCELLENCE ISpence 52.5 19/1 4L5. IMAGE EMPRESS JInnis4 48.5 6/1 1 3/4LWIN: $84.00PLACE: $69.00, $88.00, $163.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.0, 47.2, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – SILENT VALOR out of CRUCIAL CAT byTrainer : ANDERSON,CARL D Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella : (2,9) $238.00 Exacta : (2-9) $425.00D/E : (5-2) $85.00Trifecta : (2-9-8) $1,327.00Hi-5 : (2-9-8-12-4) $18,247.50Rolling Triple : (2-5-2) $768.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. *CHEERS BebHarvey3 52.02. GENUINE FRIEND SMuir 54.0 2 1/43. ROVING STAR JAnderson 51.5 2 3/44. PRINCESS SHEMIKA OEdwards3 51.0 Sh.Head5. BLACK BOY WHenry 56.0 1 1/45. KING NEBARUE AntThomas4 51.0 54/1 dead heatLate scratch : #5 TWO STEPS UPWIN: $102.00PLACE: $69.00, $105.00, $108.00Final Time : 1:15.2 Splits : 23.0, 47.2, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – YESBYJIMMINY out of ANGELA’S FAVORITE byTrainer : SOUTAR,WELSH M Owner : THE FAMILY CONNECTIONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (2,3) $329.00 Exacta : (3-2) $464.00D/E : (2-3) $138.00Trifecta : (3-2-11) $799.00Hi-5 : (3-2-11-12-7) $1,122.50 (3-2-11-12-8) $5,593.00Rolling Triple : (5-2-3) $163.00TITANIA TROPHYRace 9 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II-(FILLIES & MARES)Pos No. Horse Jockey Kgm Odds Lgths Win Place1. STIR IT UP VNajair 52.02. WELL BLESSED PFrancis 51.5 2 3/43. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 52.5 14. *FIRE ALARM OEdwards3 50.0 2 1/2WIN: $629.00PLACE: $119.00, $103.00, $97.00Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 22.4, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – HE’STHEREALTHING out of JUST A FLUTTER byTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDBred by ANTHEA E. GORE, BRUCE & NOEL LEVYQuinella : (7,9) $2,260.00 Exacta : (9-7) $4,160.00D/E : (3-9) $1,820.00Superfecta : (9-7-6-4) $12,524.00Rolling Triple : (2-3-9) $4,285.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUGUST 23, 20151. *WAR CHIP WHenry 53.02. RULES OF THE CAT JInnis4 48.5 1 3/4L3. TERRA MARIQUE JPatterson4 49.0 3L4. FASTANDFLASHY PFrancis 50.5 Sh.Head5. GIRL ON FIRE JAnderson 51.5 1 1/2LWIN: $122.00PLACE: $93.00, $132.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 22.4, 46.2, ,Winner : 5yo ch mare – WAR MARSHALL out of BLUE CHIP byTrainer : MATHIE,ROWAN R Owner : LLOYD L DAVISBred by JAGHAI O.D., J.P., HENRY WILLIAMQuinella : (1,16) $718.00 Exacta : (1-16) $637.00D/E : (9-1) $2,188.00Trifecta : (1-16-9) $642.00Hi-5 : (1-16-9-11-14) $36,182.00Rolling Triple : (3-9-1) $5,721.00Pick-4 : (2-3-9-1) $7,472.00Super-6 : (2-5-2-3-9-1) $25,020.70Pick-9 : (7-2-7-2-5-2-3-9-1) $1,693,538.50PlacePot 8 : (1,2-3,7-2,8-1,5-2,9-2,3-7,9-1,16) $5,979.00last_img read more

Bloomfield hopes to avoid injury at trials

first_imgA year ago, Kingston College’s Akeem Bloomfield had track and field fans talking for a long time after a superb performance at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, where he became the first schoolboy locally to go sub 45 seconds in the 400m.Bloomfield broke Davian Clarke’s long standing national junior record of 45.21 seconds with an excellent winning time of 44.93 seconds to take the Class 1 event.After winning the Under 20 one-lap event at the Carifta Games his season ended at the Penn Relays, where he had a leg injury, running the second leg of the 4×100 metres for his team.Since then he has not competed despite being listed to do so at several development meets this season. Come today, the lanky sprinter will make his first appearance as he is down to compete at the Carifta Trials as he aims to defend his regional 400m title.”Caution is my main concern when I compete as I just want to finish my event healthy,” said Bloomfield, who stated that he will be competing in the 400m and may possibly do the 200m.”The only thing I am worried about now is getting through the trials injury free and just to give a good performance,” he continued.Asked about his expectation for his first outing this season his reply was “I haven’t set any expectation for myself as I just want to complete my event healthy.””The trials at time tends to be hotter than the competition itself as all I can say there is good competition out there and I just have to bring out my best,” he added.last_img read more

As maravilhas da vida selvagem da África do Sul

first_imgDos pequenos aos de grande porte, dos carnivoros aos que comem formigas, dos primatas aos repteis… Os nossos animais (e aves) sao selvagens e formidaveis.As cidades cresceram, muita terra foi cedida a agricultura, a caça varreu manadas inteiras e os dias em que uma manada de springboks podia levar dias a atravessar uma cidade em Karoo ha muito desapareceram.E no entanto, graças a prevençao e cuidados dos nossos conservacionistas, passados e presentes, defensores do mundo natural, a África do Sul continua a a ser abençoada por uma fauna abundante.Os Grandes CincoOs grandes felinosA vida selvagem menos conhecidaMais de 200 especies de mamiferosMamiferos marinhos e peixeO crocodilo… e outros repteisO grande mundo dos passarosOs Grandes CincoOs mais conhecidos sao os mamiferos, e entre esses os Grandes Cinco sao de longe os mais afamados: o elefante, o leao, o rinoceronte, o leopardo e o bufalo. Nao e que a girafa, o hipopotamo ou a baleia sejam pequenos…As regioes de mato (bushveld) e de savana sul africanas continuam a ser o lar de inumeros mamiferos universalmente associados a África. So o Parque Nacional Kruger tem mais de 10.000 elefantes e 20.000 bufalos – em 1920 calculava-se que houvessem 120 elefantes em todo o pais.O rinoceronte branco tambem foi recuperado da quase completa extinçao e povoa actualmente tanto o Parque Nacional Kruger como o Parque Hluhluwe Umfolozi, em KwaZulu-Natal. Correntemente a atençao recai no rinoceronte negro.Tanto um parque como o outro sao a casa de qualquer um dos Grandes Cinco, como o sao outras grandes reservas na África do Sul – e o caso de Pilanesberg, na provincia Noroeste.Os grandes felinosAlem de ocuparem o cimo da piramide dos predadores, o leao supera em beleza e fascinio. Tem infelizmente um terrivel inimigo, que o expulsou de quase todo o pais e hoje em dia encontra-se quase que exclusivamente em areas preservadas.O belissimo leopardo sobrevive numa area mais vasta, incluindo grande parte da parte sul do Cabo e mais a norte do pais, apesar de em muito menor numero noutros locais.A chita e a campea da velocidade, capaz de correr quase a 100 quilometros a hora. A populaçao de chitas e comparativamente menor e confinada quase que exclusivamente a parte mais a norte (incluindo o Parque Nacional Kruger), o Parque Transfronteiriço Kgalagadi no Cabo Norte e nas reservas nas provincias de KwaZulu-Natal e Noroeste.A vida selvagem menos conhecidaOutros animais de grande porte intrinsecamente ligados a África sao o hipopotamo, a girafa, o kudu (um tipo de antilope africano), os famosos gnus ou wildebeest e a zebra, todos eles frequentemente observados nas reservas sul africanas.Mas o despertar das consciencias fez com que outros animais, os menos conhecidos, começassem tambem a suscitar interesse. Ver um tsessebe raro (um parente do gnu) pode provocar tanta excitaçao como ver um leao. E ao passo que e impossivel nao ver um elefante perto de nos, vislumbrar um pequeno e envergonhado suni (o chamado antilope de Livingstone) que vive na floresta e certamente motivo de auto congratulaçao.Numa escala mesmo muito pequena, podia-se tentar assinalar as sete especies de musaranho-elefante ou sengi da África do Sul – uma tarefa que nos levaria por todo o pais e certamente muitissimo morosa.Mais de 200 especies de mamiferosCom bem mais de 200 especies, tentar fazer uma pesquisa, por mais pequena que seja, dos mamiferos originarios da África do Sul e em si mesmo uma contradiçao. Alguns exemplos ajudarao.Em termos de atracçao, os primatas vem em primeiro lugar. No nosso pais incluem os bushbabies (ou macacos nocturnos), os macacos simango ou vervet (verdes ou de cara preta), os babuinos chacma, que – devido a uma alimentaçao irresponsavel e a pressao por causa da perda de habitat – se tornaram impopulares como agressores de casas privadas na Peninsula do Cabo.Os dassies (pequenos roedores herbivoros semelhantes as marmotas e que habitam em zonas rochosas) e os meerkats (ou suricatos, parecidos as fuinhas, conhecidos pela sua posiçao erecta de alerta) tem um enorme charme, embora os dassies possam ser um grande perigo para os agricultores.O aardvark nocturno e sigiloso, ou porco-da-terra ou porco-formigueiro (que se alimenta de formigas e e o unico membro da ordem Tubulidentata), e o aardwolf, tambem conhecido por lobo-da-terra ou protelo (que se alimenta de termites e e parente da hiena) sao outras duas cativantes criaturas, sendo possivel encontrar uma e outra literalmente em todo o pais.E para aqueles que apreciam os mamiferos terrestres humidos, temos a lontra-sem-garras ao longo de todo o Cabo, que nada tanto em agua doce como salgada. A lontra-de-pescoço-pintado tem um territorio mais limitado. Mas sao ambas raras e dificeis de observar.Um dos mamiferos de encanto recem-adquirido e o cao selvagem, cao-caçador-africano ou mabeco, uma das especies mais ameaçadas. Uma das especies erroneamente injuriadas como indiscriminados assassinos mas hoje em dia apreciados quer pelo seu valor ecologico quer pelo seu extraordinario comportamento carinhoso em familia, os bandos de caes selvagens requerem vastos territorios.Encontram-se em pequeno numero no Parque Nacional Kruger e cercanias, a norte de KwaZulu-Natal (incluindo o Parque Hluhluwe-Umfolozi), no Kalahari e na reserva Madikwe na provincia Noroeste.Os caninos carnivoros mais comuns sao a hiena, o chacal e a raposa de orelha de morcego (por causa das suas longas orelhas). Os felinos carnivoros – alem dos mencionados acima (leopardo, tigre, leao, jaguar) – incluindo o caracal, ou lince africano, com as suas tipicas orelhas em riste, o gato selvagem africano e o rarissimo gato-das-patas-negras. Outros animais carnivoros incluem o almiscar, o genet (pequeno mamifero da familia das fuinhas e civetes) e varios tipos de animais da familia das fuinhas.Os herbivoros estao bem representados por varias especies de antilopes, desde o pequeno duiker ate ao grande kudu e o soberbamente belo antilope negro, que se encontra em quase toda a regiao norte.Os mamiferos tambem se encontram no ar: A África do Sul esta bem provida de varias especies de morcegos.Mamiferos marinhos e peixeE agora o mar. O maior mamifero de todos – na África do Sul e no mundo inteiro – e a baleia azul, que pode chegar a ter 33 metros de comprimento.Mas das oito especies que se encontram habitualmente ao largo da costa sul africana (incluindo a terrivel baleia assassina preta e branca, que afinal e uma orca), a mais frequentemente vista pelo homem e a baleia franco astral. Esta criatura imponente aproxima-se das baias da costa para parir, permitindo uma soberba observaçao em terra.A baleia franco astral representa uma das historias de sucesso na preservaçao das especies. Considerada outrora como a baleia “certa’ para apanhar, a sua populaçao ficou tao reduzida que foi designada especie protegida. Com a enorme familiaridade provocada pelo seu regresso as baias costeiras, sao actualmente tao amadas como muitos dos golfinhos que alegram as nossas aguas.Os mares sul africanos sao ricos em varias especies de peixe. Talvez o mais temivel de todos seja o grande tubarao branco, mas esta e apenas uma das mais de 2.000 especies, que representam 16% do total mundial. Varios tipos de “peixe a linha”, ou peixe fresco, lagosta e os abalones (um tipo de molusco muito vulgar na costa sul africana) satisfazem particularmente o apetite dos gourmets, enquanto que peixe pelagico (sardinhas e outros do tipo arenque) e pescada tem um imenso valor comercial.O crocodilo… e outros repteisMuito menos favorecida com peixe de agua fresca – 112 especies conhecidas, uns meros 1,3% do total mundial – a África do Sul possui, no entanto, um habitante de rio tao famoso como os Grandes Cinco e tambem ele um simbolo de África. O crocodilo ainda governa alguns braços de rio e estuarios, lagos e lagoas, causando severa mortalidade entre humanos.Outros repteis aquaticos dignos de nota sao as tartarugas marinhas e as tartarugas de couro, centro de um esforço de preservaçao da especie de uma grande comunidade nas suas zonas de postura na costa norte de KwalaZulu-Natal.Entre os repteis terrestres temos as tartarugas de terra e os fascinantes camaleoes. Existem mais de 100 especies de serpentes. Metade destas, a piton incluida, nao sao venenosas, outras – como a Puff Adder, a mamba verde e a mamba negra, a boomslang e a rinkhals ou cobra cuspideira – sao mortalmente venenosas.A relativa secura do pais e responsavel pelo numero comparativamente pequeno de pequenos anfibios – 84 especies. No entanto, a titulo de compensaçao, a África do Sul tem mais de 77.000 especies de invertebrados.O grande mundo dos passarosOrnitofilos vem de todo o mundo para observarem a maior variedade de aves e passaros do pais, tipicamente africanos, aves migratorias e endemicas (as que pertencem apenas a África do Sul).Das mais de 850 especies que foram registadas na África do Sul, aproximadamente 725 sao residentes ou visitantes anuais e cerca de 50 sao endemicas ou quase-endemicas.Alem das aves residentes, a África do Sul acolhe um numero notavel de aves migratorias intra-africanas, como os cucos ou os pica-peixe, bem como aves do Ártico, Europa, Ásia Central, China e Antartica durante o ano.O mundo das aves e dos passaros da África do Sul vai desde a avestruz – criada em quintas no distrito de Outdshoorn no Cabo Ocidental, mas selvagens sobretudo no norte do pais – ate especies notaveis, como os hornbills ou passaros de crista, passando pelos omnipresentes LJB (Little Brown Jobs, parecidos com os pardais).Apenas numa pequena area, em torno da cidade de Vryheid, a norte de KwaZulu-Natal, se podem ver pantanos, savana, thornveld e tanto floresta montanhosa como ribeirinha e cerca de 380 especies foram registadas.Um observador de passaros nao precisa de sair de um jardim tipico de Joanesburgo para deparar com loeries cinzentos, poupas ou hoopoes, hadada ibis ou singanga, barbaças-de-colar-preto, barbaças-de-poupa, olho-branco-do-cabo, tordos-olivaceos… ou um cucal de Burchell a picar desatinadamente em volta de uma arvore. E isso nem de perto nem de longe completaria a lista.Entre os passaros mais espectaculres da África do Sul estao os grous ou garças, mais facilmente observadas nos pantanos – embora ver o grou de carunculas seja um verdadeiro achado porque e extremamente raro. O belissimo grou azul e o passaro nacional da África do Sul, enquanto que o grou coroado e provavelmente o mais espectacular da sua especie com a sua inconfundivel e proeminente crista.Entre as suas aves de maiorporte, a África do Sul tem ainda algumas aguias e abutres. Entre os mais coloridos temos os martins-pescadores ou pica-peixes, os abelharucos, as nectarinas, o lindissimo rolieiro de peito lilas e os loeries ou turacos de Knysna e de crista violeta.Fonte: Turismo Sul Africanolast_img read more

‘Game-changers’ for the Western Cape: 2015 State of the Province Address

first_imgIn her State of the Province Address delivered on Friday 20 February, Premier Helen Zille outlined the Western Cape government’s five strategic goals to build a highly skilled, innovation driven, resource efficient, connected and high opportunity society for all. Read the full speech here. The city of Cape Town. (Image: Media Club South Africa) Western Cape Premier Helen ZilleIt is my privilege today to launch the Provincial Strategic Plan (PSP): 2014-2019, as the law requires, setting out our vision and strategic priorities for our second term in office.An honest observer would accept that we made good progress during our first term towards achieving a society in which people are able to use their freedom to improve their lives, despite the many problems we face.We still have a long way to go to achieve our vision 2040 of a highly skilled, innovation driven, resource efficient, connected, and high opportunity society for all.I am not going to spend time telling “good news” stories from our previous term. Most speak for themselves. It is a pity that our opposition is only intent on searching for bad news. Let me assure them, we condemn racism every bit as much as they do. We are working day and night to build an inclusive society that eradicates the legacy of apartheid. They should not try to pretend otherwise.Instead I will focus on the years ahead, till our term ends in 2019: how we plan to create conditions for economic growth, provide better education, and deliver better health, safety and social services to our citizens. Our work is never done and the next administration will have to take up where we left off.Our new Provincial Strategic Plan (PSP) builds on the firm foundations we put in place during our first term in office. Since then our population has grown and our budgets, in real terms, are shrinking.That makes our core philosophy all the more relevant. We call it the “whole-of-society” approach, summarised in our well-known slogan, Better Together. It means that every organisation, institution, community, family and individual, has a responsibility and role to play in development. Of course, a capable state must provide the foundation and create the opportunities for them to do so. But I wish to emphasise that no government can substitute for committed, caring parents, who serve as role models for their children. This is the foundation stone of any functional society.Our PSP sets out our five strategic goals, each backed by a plan to maintain continuous improvement in the lives of citizens. These are:• Strategic goal one: Creating opportunities for growth and jobs;• Strategic goal two: Improving education outcomes and opportunities for youth development;• Strategic goal three: Increasing wellness, safety and tackling social ills;• Strategic goal four: Enabling a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment; and• Strategic goal five: Embedding good governance and integrated service delivery through partnerships and spatial alignment.But there is an important additional element to our approach during our second term. Through widespread consultation, we have selected several priority projects, that we call “game changers”, because they have the potential to be catalysts for substantial improvements in people’s lives.We are currently busy with the detailed design of these bold, focused interventions in eight key areas.These are:• Achieving energy security;• Rapid growth in three key economic sectors with the highest potential for new jobs;• Delivery of high-speed broadband across the province;• Testing effective E-Learning models in our schools;• Creating real after-school opportunities for young people to participate in sport, cultural and academic activities;• Tackling alcohol abuse;• Providing water and decent sanitation that exceeds the basic national minimum standard; and• Pioneering an integrated living model that can pave the way for restructuring the apartheid legacy of our cities and towns.Once the detailed action plans are completed — through an intensive process we call design laboratories – we will publicly release them, together with measurable outcomes and defined timelines.Economic growth and jobs remain our number one priority. This is the only way to fight poverty in a sustainable way.The province’s economy grew by 2.3% last year, outpacing national economic growth, during a year of bleak economic prospects.The Western Cape has the lowest broad unemployment rate in the country – 24,5% – which is a full 10.1% below the national broad unemployment rate.It also has the lowest number of discouraged work seekers, at 22 000 people compared to Kwa-Zulu Natal’s 616 000 discouraged work seekers, Limpopo’s 403 000 or Gauteng’s 379 000. The broad unemployment rate (which measures discouraged work-seekers) is the only reliable measure to use. The narrow definition hides the millions of people who have given up looking for work.The number of discouraged work seekers in our province has also gone down by 33% since 2009, despite the fact that the total population in the Western Cape has grown from 5.35 million to 6.1 million over the past five years.However, youth unemployment remains a particular challenge everywhere, including the Western Cape.Until now, the biggest blockage to economic lift-off has been policy uncertainty created by national government, and the countless job-crushing laws and regulations that are described as “red tape”.But even these have now been trumped by our current energy crisis. Simply put, if there is no energy, there is no economy. The disastrous management of electricity generation, transmission and reticulation by Eskom, a state owned enterprise, has left us with a chronically unpredictable electricity supply, which drives away investment and destroys jobs.When load-shedding hits it costs the Western Cape economy hundreds of millions of Rand’s in lost productivity and investment.President Zuma obviously is not serious about solving this crisis when he insists on maintaining Eskom’s monopoly and pursuing the unaffordable Russian nuclear deal that, even if it gets off the ground, cannot deliver any power for the next 15 years. We need viable alternatives now.That is why energy security has to be a game changer. Either we have an economy or we don’t.Last week, we hosted the first design lab to identify the most effective interventions to achieve energy security, involving almost every key strategic thinker on this important topic.Energy security is the platform we need for our second game-changer, called Project Khulisa — achieving significant growth in three economic sectors best placed to create jobs.They are:• Tourism including business and leisure tourism, as well as niche tourist markets;• Agri-processing to add value to a range of agricultural products; and• Servicing the growing oil and gas sector, particularly through mid-stream services such as rig-repair.Project Khulisa also focuses on ensuring that we have the right infrastructure, services and skills to support the growth of these (and other) sectors.We already know that tourism is a major contributor to job creation in the Western Cape, pumping R17 billion into the economy and underpinning 204 000 formal jobs.However, we believe the sector can contribute even more.Benchmarking ourselves against other regions that have undertaken similar, focused initiatives, tourism has the potential to increase its contribution to the economy by another 50%, adding almost 100,000 jobs by 2019.However, it will be impossible to grow our tourism sector at the rate required if our visa regulations chase visitors away. Until recently Home Affairs seemed intent on killing South Africa’s new tourism growth market (particularly China, India and Africa) through onerous visa regulations, seemingly designed to make travellers choose destinations other than South Africa.We are pleased that during his SONA address, President Zuma promised a review of these regulations in order to strike a balance between what he termed “national security “and tourism growth.We must also try to prevent the peaks and troughs in our tourism industry by growing niche markets during the winter months.The design laboratory for our tourism action plan will draw from best international practice. We can learn a lot from Africa. Kenya, for example, through smart policies and good marketing, has grown tourism to almost a quarter of GDP and created a million additional jobs in one year.Jordan is a good example of a country that has increased its number of visitors through cultural and heritage niche markets, resulting in a 30% increase in tourism employment in that country over five years.The second of our Khulisa economic game-changers is agri-processing.Currently, the sector contributes R12 billion in goods and services to our economy and accounts for 79 000 formal jobs in the province.Using regions that have revolutionised their agri-processing sectors, we have concluded it is possible for this sector’s economic contribution to grow over 100% by 2019, adding a further 100 000 jobs. This is essential given the rate of agricultural job losses that followed the violent disruptions in the farming sector two years ago.Again, we are dependent on externalities, like reliable energy and consistent, clean water, and the macro policy climate to attract investment. If the national government would just stick to its own National Development Plan, we would be assured of progress.This requires bringing down barriers to exports and entering into trade agreements with the BRICS and fellow African countries, our natural trading partners.Appropriate skills, and high-level research and development are also critical to the success of this sector.We have identified key opportunities to address these challenges, which we are in the process of evaluating. These include:Developing specialized agri-processing parks that provide world class infrastructure, tax and energy rebates, research and development support, skills development and shared services;Improving water management through new infrastructure development and water use efficiency;andPromoting and supporting of beneficiated agricultural products in both domestic and international markets with a particular focus on products produced by small and medium enterprises.Again, many lessons come from Africa.Morocco, for example, has made great progress in the development of agri-processing clusters called “Agropoles” that are located on sites with good road connections, near ports and airports. The clusters are also served by research and development and training institutions to address specific needs in the sector.Project Khulisa’s third priority arises out of the burgeoning oil and gas sector off the African coastline. The Western Cape is ideally positioned to service both the East-West cargo traffic that is too large for the Suez Canal, and the African offshore oil and gas vessels and rigs that are drilling off the Mozambique and Namibian coasts.That is why we are investing nearly R90 million into the development of the Saldanha Industrial Zone (IDZ) over the next three financial years, in co-operation with the national government.Currently, the oil and gas sector accounts for 35 000 formal jobs in the province. Looking at similar initiatives elsewhere in the world, we estimate that we could more than double this number by 2019 under a high growth scenario where the Saldanha IDZ becomes the key logistics hub of Africa for the Oil and Gas Services Industry.However, in order to achieve this we need to overcome two major challenges.Firstly, the Saldanha Bay IDZ requires additional infrastructure to undertake rig repair at shore. Improved roads around the IDZ as well as increased energy and water provision are essential.Secondly, we lack the skills that the oil and gas sector requires. Currently there are 1700 artisans employed at the port and we will need 18 000 by 2019 to support accelerated growth in this sector.We are committed to doing what we can, within our limited budgets and competencies, to overcome these challenges in partnership with other spheres of government and the private sector.That is why we welcome the national government’s recently launched Operation Phakisa (accelerate). The first phase of the project is focused on unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans.Last month, as part of this project, the Transnet Ports Authority (TNPA) and Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone Licencing Company (SBIDZ) announced that tenders are being prepared for two major infrastructure projects valued at around R10 billion for the Saldanha IDZ.The deadline for the completion of these projects is January 2018. These construction projects will make a major contribution towards establishing a flagship oil and gas services hub at Saldanha Bay in the long term and we plan to working closely with the TNPA to ensure that deadlines are met.We have already introduced a number of interventions to increase rig-repair-specific skills in the province.The provincial department of Economic Development and Tourism has targeted 1000 unemployed youth to participate in an occupational readiness programmes (ORP), to bridge their enrolment into technical and vocational training colleges (TVET) to gain the necessary qualifications.We have funding from the national Department of Trade and Industry’s SEZ fund to place these students as assistants to artisans in the engineering and construction environment.We have also launched a “Recognition of Prior Learning” project in partnership with the South African Oil and Gas Alliance using funding from the Chemical SETA. The project provides training in trade skills such as welding, boiler-making, fitting and electrical skills, which lead to formal certification.Retired artisans are also being trained as trainers, to pass their knowledge and skills to younger artisans.However, we recognise that bolder interventions are required if we want to produce almost 16 000 additional skilled workers in the next five years.This will almost certainly have to include an increase in the number of visas granted to skilled foreign nationals – something that again depends on the national government. If we want our economy to grow, we simply have to create and attract the skills we need.Let’s follow the example of Brazil that increased their work permit approval rate by 30% between 2009 and 2010, attracting 5000 skilled expatriate workers in their oil and gas sector alone, resulting in growth that, in turn, created thousands more jobs for local residents.This is necessary while we build our internal skills base.We will host design laboratories over the next few months with the oil and gas industry and further education institutions to design a “rig repair-skills action plan” with clear targets and timelines that can be implemented over the next five years.It is important to note that the three prongs of Project Khulisa will not displace the many other sectors in our economy that contribute to increasing investment, jobs and growth.For example, the Business Process Outsourcing sector remains key to the province’s economy, employing over 40 000 people, mostly youth. There are still significant opportunities to grow our province’s market share in niche segments of BPO, such as Legal Process Outsourcing. We will continue working in partnership with Business Process Enabling South Africa (BpeSA), to continue their exceptional success in marketing our province as a leader in the global contact centre industry.Establishing the Western Cape as a hub of innovative businesses also remains a top priority.During the current financial year, we have spent just over R45 million through our Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development programmes to assist new business development, with procurement support and access to finance. R36.3 million has been allocated to this programme for the 2015/16 financial year.Our Red Tape Reduction unit will continue to resolve issues that negatively affect the establishment and growth of business. Since the launch of the red tape hotline in 2012, the unit has received 3 570 complaints with an 80% resolution rate.We have also implemented regulatory impact assessments in all provincial departments and almost every municipality, because we recognise that excessive regulation kills investment and job creation.Affordable broadband connectivity is essential for economic growth. Rapid internet access increases global competitiveness, supports new businesses, grows jobs and achieves social progress.That is why access to high speed broadband to all residents of the Western Cape is also a game-changer and is already well under-way.Our government will be providing broadband connectivity to approximately 2 000 Western Cape Government sites through our partnership with the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and Neotel.The number of provincial government sites that will be connected include 1,250 schools, 300 health facilities and 220 libraries by July 2016.To date, surveys at 460 sites have been completed.Neotel has also generously committed to installing WIFI hotspots at 384 Western Cape Government sites, across the province that have fibre connectivity.During the next financial year, the first 50 hotspots will go live and people within range will be able to surf the Internet for free up to a limit of 250MB per month. Once the free allocation is exhausted, users will be able to purchase additional data. Government websites will remain free for everyone.Last year, our government also partnered with non-profit organisations to deliver pilot WiFi hotspots in Delft, Robertson, Atlantis and the Garden Route. These pilots have shown an exponential increase in the number of people using them. There is a huge demand for this service, and we are determined to meet it.Fifty two hotspots have already been connected and over 51,000 unique users have been able to connect to the Internet over the past five months, with an average increase in users of 15% per month.We have also made progress in developing a Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn, an ICT incubator, in partnership with the Cape Information and Technology Initiative. It has already opened at Lookout Hill, with the official launch scheduled for the 18th of March.Finally, the first Interactive Community Access Network (ICAN) centre, is being piloted in Elsie’s River, which will be ready for launch by mid-year. The ICAN will offer a Study Zone for learners to do their homework and research projects, a Play Zone which will offer gaming, a Learn Zone that will provide free and paid-for training, as well as a Create Zone that will allow the community to experiment and hone their creative ICT talents.We are at last making significant strides in our broadband strategy despite a delay of nearly two years due to unnecessary national compliance requirements enforced through the State Information Technology Agency. However I must say that, over the past year, SITA has worked hard to add value to the project.More unnecessary national obstacles lie ahead, however. Every sensible South African was astounded to hear that the national government has awarded Telkom the monopoly for broadband roll-out nationally.This approach, announced by the President in his SONA address, and disguised in weasel words like “lead agency”, contradicts the government’s own strategy called “South Africa Connect”, which advocates open competition in the market of broadband infrastructure providers, so that users can get the most effective service at the best price.Our Constitution also requires that procurement must be done “in accordance with a system which is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.” To ignore these requirements and to institute a monopoly for a partially state-owned enterprise, is a very serious matter, and one that will cost consumers dearly.It is telling that Telkom tendered for the Western Cape broadband contract, and was beaten in open competition by several other providers. By shielding Telkom from open competition, President Zuma has removed all incentives to produce an effective and affordable service. If Telkom’s management of the ADSL lines is anything to go by (with over a million lines still unutilised), we are in for another Eskom and Sanral experience here. This will be economically disastrous for South Africa, but very lucrative for the ANC and a few connected cadres. If you are looking for an explanation for the inexplicable, just follow the money.If you track the Telkom share price over the past few months, you will notice that its shares have gone from R11.93 in May, 2013 to R76.50 this month which strongly suggests speculation by insiders based on the privileged information that Telkom would be designated as the lead Broadband agency. If this is true, it is both criminal and corrupt. As the revered struggle hero Frank Chikane once said: every project in government is designed to make someone in the ANC rich. We are determined not to let this corruption derail our broadband roll-out.What makes the success of our broadband strategy even more critical is that our fourth game-changer, the piloting of E-Learning in our schools, depends on it.This game-changer falls under Strategic goal two: Improving Education outcomes and opportunities for youth development. I will return to the game-changer once I have outlined the elements of this strategic goal as a whole.Its four main objectives are:Improving language and mathematics in our primary schools (particularly the foundation phase);• Improving the number and quality of passes in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams;• Reducing the number of under-performing schools; and• Increasing the learner retention rate in the province – without pursuing the disastrous policy of simply progressing children through the system when they cannot make the grade.The programmes to achieve these objectives are set out in some detail in our strategic plan.Let me focus on the E-learning game changer here, which is designed to make a major contribution towards improving the quality of teaching and learning in the province and entrench the skills people need to participate in our technology-driven economy.We have allocated nearly R730 million over the next three years to establish ICT infrastructure and e-learning in schools.On the spine of the Wide Area Network, the Western Cape Education Department is developing Local Area Networks to connect our schools and classrooms.We aim to install a LAN in 610 schools (including learners with special educational needs) over the next five years.The explosion of educational material and increasingly affordable hardware, is creating a new area of technology-rich smart classrooms, including innovations such as mobile trolleys with laptops, overhead projectors and other devices to assist teaching and learning.3,350 classrooms across 248 schools will benefit from our Smart Classroom Project over the next five financial years. R53 million will be spent during the current financial year, to convert 1,583 classrooms to smart classrooms.500 of our poorest schools will also receive refreshed computer labs over the next five financial years. 126 laboratories will be completed by the end of April.It is also important that schools have access to the latest digital education resources.That is why the provincial department has initiated an E-resources catalogue on its website. Developers of digital education resources have been invited to register their materials or services in the catalogue, which provides a portal to access learning and teaching material that is aligned to the curriculum and is of the required standard.Our E-learning game changer will focus particularly on a limited number of pilot interventions to test the efficacy of resources, in teaching, learning and administration, on a demand-driven basis. This will require the development of partnerships across the education sector, including corporates who devote so much of their resources to education, without necessarily testing their impact on learner outcomes. Far too much money is still spent in education, far too little impact achieved.In order to ensure that teachers can adapt to the changes technology will bring in the classroom, our in-service teacher training will focus primarily on the use of technology and good teaching methods to convey curriculum content. This is essential for Smart Classrooms to succeed.An area, which I believe needs special attention is the foundation phase — grades R to 3. This is where our high drop-out rate begins. An alarming proportion of our children, especially in poor communities, are not learning to read, write or calculate in the foundation phase, and are usually effectively lost to education from that point on.Our systemic literacy and numeracy (LITNUM) tests — which are internationally benchmarked, independently marked and unique to the Western Cape — reveal the severity of the challenge we face. The 2014 LITNUM results saw Grade 3 learners score only 42.4% in the language test, with slightly better Grade 3 mathematics results at 54%. Tragically, the maths results in particular drop precipitately as children move through the school system.It is pleasing to see that it is possible to bring about significant improvements.For example, Wallacedene Primary school drastically improved their LITNUM results between 2013 and 2014. While the school boasted an 11% improvement in their Grade 3 Language results, it is their Grade 6 results which have seen a truly remarkable increase.The school improved its mathematics results from 9.4% in 2013 to 46.4% (about a 35% increase) in 2014 and its language results from 4.4%% to an incredible 61.9%. Minister Schafer is studying this example closely, to draw the correct conclusions from it, to find solutions that are replicable across the system.It is our duty to ensure that every child across the system is able to read fluently, write properly and calculate at the required, internationally benchmarked level at the end of Grade 3. We will be testing our approaches this year with a view to turn this into a fully-fledged game changer from the beginning of 2016. It is a personal and systemic tragedy to progress learners through the system when these basics are not in place.Over the past five years our budgets have been strongly redistributive to poor schools, and when this is accompanied by good management and committed teachers, it starts to show results. Resources on their own make little difference.This progress is most noticeable in the Metro East district, which includes disadvantaged schools in Kuils River, Blue Downs, Mfuleni and Khayelitsha.Since 2009, the district’s pass rate has increased by an impressive 15.1%. The average pass rate in Khayelitsha schools has also gone up from 53.6% to 76.1% over the past five years.We must all congratulate the principals, educators, school governing bodies and education officials who provided the leadership that made this level of improvement possible.Then there are some schools that I would call “outliers” that produce remarkable results in the most unlikely circumstances. It is my pleasure to welcome here today Mrs. Ashra Norton from the Leadership Academy in Manenberg, a school that achieved an impressive 87.5% pass rate, almost double the average of 46.2% for other high schools in the greater Manenberg area. And the learners at the Leadership Academy raked in 30 of the 33 subject distinctions across all seven high schools in Manenberg. It is significant that the Leadership Academy is an independent school that charges no fees at all. It draws its learners from one of the poorest, most violence wracked communities in this province. It has far fewer resources than most of the other schools in the area, yet it produces far, far better results. We have learnt very important lessons from the success of the Leadership Academy and we intend to replicate these lessons through innovative education models that produce better learning outcomes for poor learners.Finally, I have also invited Mrs. Margot Kiewit, principal of De Duine Senior Primary School in Lotus River, to join us today.Mrs Kiewit has shown exceptional leadership in mobilising the community to end vandalism at the school. Last year, the schools received a newly-refurbished building.Mrs. Kiewit rallied the community to prevent vandals damaging the building by organising school watches and hosting night classes for illiterate parents, thus developing the community and deterring the vandals.Mrs Kiewit’s recipe can be applied in communities everywhere, if people take ownership of the facilities the government provides for them, using them and protecting them.Another major investment in young people is proper after-school programmes.Tragically, in schools where children most need to have productive after school activities to keep them off the streets and out of the clutches of the gangs, the fewest opportunities exist.That is why our fifth game-changer focuses on expanding after-school programmes to youth across the province. We call it the Youth-With-Hope game changer and it is our major initiative to increase youth development opportunities under Strategic goal two.We aim to do this by using our Mass Participation Opportunity and Development (MOD) programme to create after-school centres of excellence, building on our partnerships with the City, non-governmental organisations and the private sector in general.We have selected 16 pilot sites across the province, with a particular emphasis on gang hotspot areas.In addition, we are planning a ‘new path’ intervention in Manenberg, where a unique opportunity exists, to transform the large vacant spaces of school land, currently primarily used as a gang war zone, to develop a pioneering and safe “Youth Lifestyle Campus”.A “Youth Lifestyle Campus” is a safe place – incorporating a number of facilities – which together can become a hive of learning, health-care, sports, arts and recreation, where young people have opportunities to do their homework, have fun and improve their lives.Plans for the Lifestyle Campus will be in incorporated in the City’s spatial framework for Manenberg, which will be completed by mid-year, and we will start by calling for proposals for innovative designs. This new “Lifestyle Campus” concept will provide real opportunities in a safe environment for the young people of Manenberg. This is the kind of space capable of producing the likes of a Kenny Solomon, South Africa’s first Chess International Grand Master who we also warmly welcome here today.Our Youth with Hope game changer will be boosted by the excellent youth mentors recruited through our Year Beyond Programme. This week I had the privilege of meeting the first 70 Year Beyond volunteers. All of them matriculants and graduates, who will be tutoring primary and high school learners in MOD centres from the beginning of the second school term.They will also earn a leadership qualification from the Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Leadership Development at Stellenbosch University. The Year Beyond programme will be extended to more schools over the next few years.So will our youth cafes. Currently we have two such cafes in Rocklands and Athlone, which provide entrepreneurial skills development opportunities to young people. We will be opening three more this year in Atlantis, George and Nyanga Junction.I am excited to welcome Mr David Ndlovu, who has also joined us today. David is 22 years old and lives in Strandfontein. He is one of the hundreds of young people who have benefitted from our Youth Cafes.After being retrenched in 2013, he began visiting the Rocklands Youth Café, where he worked on a business idea. He subsequently launched his company called CIO Projects, an acronym for change, impact, opportunity, which organises events and provides life-skills training. We hope his business goes from strength to strength.Our third strategic goal is increasing wellness, and safety, and tackling social ills.This includes the provision of health care to 74% of citizens living in the province. This figure continues to grow as a result of in-migration. Our budget allocation through the equitable share formula, has not nearly kept pace, which has forced us to change our approach to meet an ever-growing demand with fewer resources. This has culminated in our Healthcare 2030 strategy, which signals an important shift from treating illness to maintaining wellness. Solely focusing on curative care is not sustainable or desirable. We have to prevent preventable diseases.This requires citizens to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. It requires safe sex, responsible drinking, healthy eating; regular exercise, and abstaining from smoking and drug abuse.One of the least spoken about scandals in our society is that at least 60% (and that is a very conservative estimate, some put the figure at closer to 80%) of our annual health budget is spent on preventable conditions while so many unpreventable diseases and disabilities remain untreated or neglected because there isn’t enough state funding.It is the health parallel to the unnecessary cost of fixing vandalised infrastructure when we could and should be spending the money on new facilities in areas where none currently exists. Smoking, unsafe sex, unhealthy eating and excessive drinking amount to vandalism of the body. This is not a private matter. It has huge social costs.In tackling our health challenges, public-private partnerships will also remain a top priority. Last year we launched the pilot Wellness Centres project at 16 pharmacies across the province. The Western Cape Department of Health provides free HIV kits to pharmacies in exchange for at least 10% of their operating hours being spent on providing free health screenings such as HIV testing, blood pressure and blood sugar tests, helping to relieve the pressure on state clinics.Our programme to deliver chronic medication to decentralised distribution centres was expanded last year. By the end of March we will have delivered 3.3 million medication parcels to clients, who no longer have to wait all day in clinic queues to get their medicines.We will also continue to spend our R3.3 billion health infrastructure budget on upgrading existing clinics and hospitals over the next five years.Increasing safety in our communities is another key priority under Strategic goal three.While we have no jurisdiction over the police, the provincial department of community safety is doing what it can, within its limited mandate, to improve safety in our communities through innovative partnerships.These interventions include:• Providing resources to the City of Cape Town Metro Police to train and equip 30 school resource officers and 90 Law Enforcement Auxiliary (LEA) officers that will be deployed in communities where there are spikes in gang violence, allowing the police to make arrests, investigate and ensure convictions.• Providing 40 safety kiosks, in addition to the existing 20 that have been deployed across the province. These Kiosks offer a visible node in high risk areas. Supported by crime monitoring technology, they allow for co-operation between private security companies, city improvement districts, local municipalities, Law Enforcement Auxiliaries and Chrysalis graduates, who if necessary, provide rapid escalation to higher order policing.• Formalising our youth safety partnership with Northlink College which has already provided more than 2000 study opportunities, through the college’s bursary programme, to youth at risk.• Expanding the Youth Safety and Religious Organisations Partnership (YSRP) for youth during school holidays. Over 17 000 young people participated in this programme during the December holidays.The provincial department will also continue with its successful “Watching Briefs” programme. It involves a team of legal experts and post-graduate law students, supervised by a senior advocate, who monitor court cases to identify any systemic lapses by the police, which result in failures to secure convictions. So far 71 cases of policing failure have been reported to provincial South African Police Service (SAPS) management, which has resulted in 44% of these cases being reinstated on the court roll. Twenty eight of these cases led to disciplinary action being instituted against police officers who allegedly failed in their duties.Advocate Vusi Pikoli has also begun his work as the Western Cape Police Ombudsman, a South African first, made possible through the Western Cape Community Safety Act.Advocate Pikoli’s office is legally mandated to independently investigate complaints from the public about police inefficiency and/or the breakdown in relationship between the police and the community. I would like to welcome him and wish him well in his new role. It is an exceptionally important one.Finally, we remain committed to working with SAPS to implement the recommendations made by the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry. SAPS is responsible for taking the lead when it comes to most of the recommendationsHowever, we are concerned that this implementation has been delayed for many months now, due to inexplicable delays in the national Minister’s office.Improving safety on our roads also remains one of our top priorities. Key to achieving this is behaviour change amongst drivers and pedestrians.Our Safely Home team has used spatial fatalities data to identify communities most in need of intervention. We focused on specific hotspots in Nyanga, Mfuleni, Makhaza and Delft. In the five month period since the launch of the campaign there has been a 41.6% reduction in youth pedestrian fatalities.We have also focused on drunk driving, combining targeted communication campaigns with on the ground 24/7 law enforcement.Alcohol abuse is the biggest single threat to achieving our goal of increasing wellness, safety and reducing social ills in the province. Alcohol abuse fuels violence, injuries and other criminal behaviour.This is why our game changer under strategic goal three is tackling alcohol abuse.Despite the fact that 60% of South Africans abstained from alcohol in the past 12 months, the 40% of drinkers over-compensated. We are classified as one of the top five countries with the riskiest drinking patterns in the world.One of the main reasons for the high levels of alcohol abuse is that alcohol is so easily available. Most households are within a five minute walk of a cheap alcohol outlet, due to the estimated 24 000 illegal liquor outlets operating in the provinceWe believe that a plan to reduce alcohol consumption and risky drinking behaviour must focus on the social and health impact and include the following components:A strategy to address the availability of cheap liquor in communities. We are, for example, investigating alternative uses for cheap wine, such as converting it into biofuel for tractors and generators;We need to involve the liquor industry in moving beyond responsible consumption campaigns to responsible production, distribution and marketing of their products;This must have community buy-in. Communities need to support any local strategies so that they help us combat alcohol abuse including illegal shebeens. We must seek opportunities for illegal shebeen owners to find alternative business opportunities.SAPS also have a crucial role to play because they alone have the legal authority to shut down illegal shebeens. Our alcohol abuse reduction strategy must be area specific to take the local risk profile into account.We will host design laboratories over the next few months to put together a detailed plan to tackle alcohol abuse, which we will pilot in a specific community such as Nyanga where alcohol is the main driver of high levels of inter personal violence and crime.Strategic goal four is enabling a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment in the province.We aim to do this by improving our climate change response, managing and maintaining our ecological and agricultural resource-base, creating sustainable and integrated urban and rural settlements; and ensuring better living conditions for low income and poor households.One of our key initiatives is our River Improvement Plan, which is showing substantial success, and involving surrounding communities and farmers.The project has resulted in a number of interventions such as monitoring water quality; clearing alien vegetation; and upgrading waste water treatment to ensure the river water is of acceptable quality and quantity for human consumption, farming and industrial use. If we fail to get this right we will lose our export fruit markets and hundreds of thousands of jobs.We aim to implement this plan around other river systems including the Olifants-Doorn and Breede RiversBuilding integrated sustainable human settlements remains one of our top priorities but also one of our biggest challenges.Which is why we have identified two game-changers under this strategic goal namely water and decent sanitation for all. We are also pioneering an integrated living model as a pilot for restructuring the apartheid legacy of our cities and towns.Budget constraints mean that we do not have the money to provide every person on our housing database with a formal finished house. This would cost an estimated R70 billion, which is almost double the annual budget of the entire Western Cape Government.National Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu has stated that government free housing projects are not sustainable, which is why there has been a national policy shift towards upgrading informal settlements and backyard dwellings through the provision of electricity, water and decent sanitation.Despite the Western Cape having the highest percentage of households with access to water and sanitation in the country, we recognise there is room for improvement, above the basic national norm. This game-changer will focus on achieving this outcome in consultation with communitiesI would like to introduce my last two special guests Mr. Trevor Masiy (Mussie) who is a community leader from the Langrug informal settlement near Franschoek and Mr. Addie Kumar from the Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC).Langrug is a great example of what is possible when upgrading informal settlements if we work together with a range of relevant role players.This upgrading project was led by the community in collaboration with the Stellenbosch municipality the CORC, the University of Cape Town, Shack Dwellers International and the Western Cape Government.With Masiy leading as community chairperson, residents determined their main needs and proposed solutions to problems. Many have been implemented by residents with assistance from the project partners, including opening access streets, building grey-water channels and upgrading ablution facilities.I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this ground-breaking project. It has demonstrated what can be done if communities organise to take the lead in development and welcome NGOs municipalities and the private sector as partners.Our final game changer is focused on improving spatial integration in Cape Town. Currently too many poorer families live furthest from employment opportunities and amenities. Growing urbanisation and an acute shortage of well-located and affordable housing closer to the central business district (CBD) makes this situation worse.Our game changer here will explore a new residentially-led integrated living model for human settlement. It will include not only affordable housing, but encompass a ‘live, work, play’ philosophy where residents have a range of services and opportunities close to where they live and easy access to public transport. We intend this game-changer will serve as a model to unlock other state property sites for integrated residential projects.Finally, strategic goal five seeks to embed good governance and integrated service delivery through partnerships and spatial alignment. None of our other plans can be realised without a capable state and strong partnerships with all stakeholders in our society. We have established a strong working relationship with the City of Cape Town and many local authorities in the provinces. And our philosophy of partnerships extend to every stakeholder in society.That then is the plan, in broad outline. Drill deeper, and there will be an enormous amount of detail in the plans we are crafting to turn vision into action and outcome.This would be impossible without the magnificent team, led by the Director General and many others who work day and night to make the promise of a better life for all, a lived reality for our people.We are working for the Western Cape to succeed, so that South Africa can succeed.Thank you.last_img read more

Six South African entrepreneurs on 2015 Forbes list

first_imgSix South Africans have made the 2015 Forbes list of the 30 most promising African entrepreneurs under 30.(Image: Forbes Magazine)Brand South Africa reporterMonths of research have whittled down Forbes shortlist of 150 entrepreneurs nominated by readers and editorial team to a list of just 30.  The final 30 were decided by a panel of judges from across the continent.“We worked for weeks, verifying and investigating, to whittle it down,” said a statement from Forbes Africa. “We favoured entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and took into account their business size, location, struggles and determination.”Forbes Africa called the list “thought-provoking and forward-looking”. The list applauds successful companies across a number of sectors, but there is a strong technology influence – 17 of the companies headed by these entrepreneurs are either tech-based or have technology as their base, such as through apps or online platforms.One of the most intelligent young brains in the universe and on Forbes 30 Under 30 list, Ludwick Marishane. (Image: Youth Village)Besides the six South Africans, there are five from Kenya, five from Nigeria, three from Uganda, two each from Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Ghana, and one each from Mali, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Rwanda.South Africans on the list are:Bheki Kunene, 27, founder of Mind Trix Media: Mind Trix Media is a creative design company based in Gugulethu, Cape Town. He created eight jobs and a profit with his website-building company. According to Forbes, Kunene had a difficult start. He was falsely accused of murder and suffered a skull fracture in a car accident. Kunene survived to prosper, a lesson to entrepreneurs that if it did not kill you, or imprison you, it made you stronger, said Forbes Africa. That he managed to overcome these odds and build a powerful company earned him a place on the list.Doug Hoernle, 25, founder of Rethink Education: Rethink Education was established in an effort to make current technology more useful in the schooling system. “We saw the gap in the market where you find people paying R100 000 a year in school fees and yet they still struggle with fractions,” Hoernle said.Rethink’s platforms give pupils access to high school mathematics and science content in a chat-styled interface via mobile phones and the web. To date, Rethink Education has distributed maths and science content to more than 500 000 South Africans and is launching in Nigeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe.Julie Alexander Fourie, 28, founder of iFix: Fourie started iFix in 2006 from his residence room at Stellenbosch University. The company repairs broken and faulty Apple products and Samsung smartphones, and employs 40 people across the country. iFix services more than 4 000 clients a month through its branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.Fourie started the company in 2006 in his University of Stellenbosch dorm room, helping colleagues and friends repair broken and faulty iPods and computers. (Image: Speakerpedia)Ludwick Marishane, 25, founder of Headboy Industries: While still in high school, Marishane developed DryBath, “a gel that does all the work of a bath without water”. After school, he founded Headboy Industries, through which he released the product.The idea for DryBath was inspired by a friend of Marishane’s who was too lazy to bath. “Why doesn’t someone invent something that you can put on your skin and then you don’t have to bathe?” asked the friend. Marishane, born in Limpopo, was voted the best student entrepreneur in the world by the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation and Google named him as one of the most intelligent young brains in the universe.Max Hussmann, 29, founder, Elegance Group: Hussmann’s aviation business, Elegance Group, includes Elegance Air, sport consulting and aviation consulting. He was born in Accra and grew up in Germany, but now lives in South Africa.Elegance offers “the hour package flying principle” with chartered airlines, where companies are able to buy bulk hours of 25 to 50 hours and use them when it suits them. Hussman is also a 2016 swimming Olympic hopeful.Rupert Bryant, 29, co-founder of Web Africa: At just 14, Bryant dropped out of school and started running his own web development company. Two years later he became the co-founder of Web Africa, one of South Africa’s biggest internet service providers.Web Africa, today an $11-million (R133.5-million) a year business, was started with no money. In 2014, Bryant relaunched Accommodation Direct, an online tourism business that specialises in short-term accommodation rentals.Young Africans to watchThe other top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs, in alphabetical order, are:Abiola Olaniran, 26, Nigeria, founder, GamsoleAffiong Williams, 29, Nigeria, founder, ReelfruitAlain Nteff, 22, Cameroon, founder, Gifted MomAli-shah Jivraj, 27, Uganda, chief executive, Royal ElectronicsArthur Zang, 27, Cameroon, founder, CardiopadZangBankole Cardoso, 26, Nigeria, co-founder, Easy Taxi NigeriaBest Ayiorworth, 23, Uganda, founder, GipmoCatherine Mahugu, 27, Kenya, co-founder, SokoClarisse Iribagiza, 26, Rwanda, founder and chief executive, HeHe LabsClinton Mutambo, 25, Zimbabwe, founder, Esaja.ComEllen Chilemba, 21, Malawi, founder, TiwaleEmeka Akano, 28, Nigeria, co-founder, Founder2BeIssam Chleuh, 28, Mali, founder and chief executive, Africa Impact GroupJoel Mwale, 22, Kenya, founder, Skydrop EnterprisesKennedy Kitheka, 25, Kenya, founder, FundaMubarak Muyika, 20, Kenya, founder of Zagace LimitedOla Orekunrin, 29, Nigeria, medical doctor and founder, The Flying DoctorsRaindolf Owusu, 24, Ghana, founder, Oasis WebsoftRonak Shah, 27, Kenya, founder, Kronex Chemicals LimitedSangu Delle, 28, Ghana, founder, Golden Palm InvestmentsSenai Wolderufael, 28, Ethiopia, founder of Feed Green Ethiopia Exports CompanyStephen Sembuya, 28, Uganda, co-founder, Pink Food IndustriesTakunda Chingonzoh, 22, Zimbabwe, co-founder, Neolab TechnologyVerone Mankou, 28, Republic of Congo, tech entrepreneur, founder and chief executive, VMKSource: Forbes Magazine Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Marital Adjustment After Deployment

first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDMilitary members can face a number of challenges when reintegrating back into the family after deployment. Some challenges may include changes in previous roles and responsibilities in their marriage, finding their place among friends and family, and civilian activities that evoke wartime memories. Due to the stressful events, such as exposure to combat during deployment, reintegration can be more difficult for some. Foran, Wright, and Woods (2013) sought to learn more about how combat exposure impacts marital relationships among military members who recently returned from deployment.Martial Adjustment [Flickr, 4th BCT Deployment by Fort Bragg, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The researchers examined how combat exposure, mental health symptoms, and aggression impacted service personnel’s intent to divorce or separate within nine months post-deployment. Participants included 194 married active duty personnel who had returned from a 15-month deployment to Iraq in 2007-2008. Participants took a survey on base four months post-deployment, and again nine months post-deployment. The survey contained measures for combat experiences, depressive symptoms, PTSD symptoms, intent to divorce or separate, relationship psychological aggression, general aggression, and marital distress. The researchers found that at four months post-deployment over one-third (37%) of service members reported marital problems. During the same time period, the researchers also found that over 43% of participants reported psychological aggression against their partner within the last month. Marital distress, relationship aggression, combat exposure, and PTSD symptoms related to re-experiencing events were all associated with higher intent to divorce or separate. Participants who reported high levels of marital distress and also experienced high levels of combat exposure were much more likely to report intent to divorce or separate nine months post-deployment than those who only had high levels of marital distress, or just combat exposure. This held true even when controlling for PTSD symptoms.Martial Adjustment 2 [Flickr, 130922-Z-OU450-266 by North Carolina National Guard, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Practitioners who work with service members and their families should be aware that service members who have experienced high levels of combat are at particularly high risk for divorce or separation if they are already experiencing marital distress. This could be due to symptoms and behaviors that the service member is showing to the spouse, as well as their own challenges in handling stress. Because they are particularly vulnerable, it is recommended that married military service members who have experienced deployment participate in couple-based programs to reduce depressive symptoms and marital distress, and also to focus on education to reduce the stigma of seeking treatment when needed. For more information about military couples cans be found in the below blogs previously published by MFLN Family Development:Military Couples, Infidelity, and Marriage Education ProgramsCouple Separations: Strengthening & ResilienceInfidelity and Military Couples: Risks & EffectsMilitary Couples vs. Civilian CouplesResource Discovery: Military Family Lifestyle Survey ReportRelationship Stability: What Helps and HindersResearch on Military Enrichment Programs References[1] Foran, H., Wright, K., & Wood, M. (2013). Do combat exposure and post-deployment mental health influence intent to divorce? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32(9), p. 917 – 938. doi: 10.1521/jscp.2013.32.9.917This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

On Upselling

first_imgYou must upsell your clients.Upselling your clients isn’t about producing more revenue for you and your company, although it will certainly produce that outcome.Upselling your clients isn’t about improving your profit margins, even though it will absolutely make you and your company more profitable.Upselling isn’t about moving your clients upstream into a high priced solution as part of your sales strategy, even though it’s sometimes the right strategy and it often works.It isn’t about your commission check.Upselling is about creating the maximum amount of value for your clients.Let’s say you walk into your dream client’s office for a meeting. They know what they need and share those needs with you. You have just the solution. It’s what they need and will get them the right outcome. All you have to do is help them buy it. It’s an easy sale. But that doesn’t make it the right sale.What if there is something more your client needs? What if there is a larger, more strategic outcome you could deliver? Selling your client what they need isn’t the same as creating the maximum value that you can create. Stopping short of maximum value creation makes you transactional.So why don’t you upsell your clients? First, it’s easier just take the deal in front of you. Some salespeople just take the easy sale and move on. But the second reason some salespeople don’t upsell their dream clients is because they’re afraid that by increasing the size and scope of the deal they lower their chances of winning it. They also believe that increasing the value created also means lengthening the sales cycle (and it might).Not upselling means not creating the maximum value for your client. It means choosing to be transactional instead of strategic. Not upselling also means increasing the likelihood that one of your competitors (one who isn’t afraid of losing and isn’t afraid of a little longer sales cycle) will win their business—and their mindshare, their wallet share, and their loyalty.Your job is to create the maximum value for your client in every deal. That doesn’t mean selling them more than they need (that’s about you). But it also doesn’t mean selling them less than they need (that’s about you, too). Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Stores make push in scan and go tech hope shoppers adopt it

In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo Tony D’Angelo walks away from the scan check out lane after completing his purchase using the BJ’s Express Scan app on his cell phone while shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. Like other automation technologies, scan-and-go shifts more of the work to shoppers while freeing up employees for higher-value tasks. That’s especially critical as stores look for ways to make their workers more efficient as they wrestle with rising wages. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) Stores declined to say whether their ultimate goal was to replicate Amazon’s Go technology, saying the plan is to keep investing in the latest technology and improve customers’ experience.”We’re trying to make our trips more convenient,” said Chris Baldwin, CEO of BJ’s.And for shoppers who find it most convenient to go the traditional route with a cashier scanning their purchases? “Our goal is to provide members with a variety of options so they can check out however they prefer,” said Carrie McKnight, a Sam’s Club spokeswoman. For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler to keep track of spending. For stores, the big expansion of this technology coming this year costs less than installing more self-checkouts.Like many changes in retail, the expansion of scan-and-go comes from retailers trying to make store shopping more convenient and hang on to customers used to Amazon, which just opened a cashier-less store in Seattle. And like other automation technologies, it shifts more of the work to shoppers while freeing up employees for higher-value tasks. That’s especially critical as stores look for ways to make their workers more efficient as they wrestle with rising wages.The convenience of scanning while she shops is what Kari Malinak likes. She just started using the technology at a Walmart in Fort Worth, Texas.”I’m a persnickety shopper,” Malinak said. “I can’t stand it when they bag my produce. It gets all bruised. I like to have control. And I like the quick and easy aspect.” She says she also likes the idea of having a running total of spending as she shops. In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo Tony D’Angelo holds up his phone, which displays an option to remove an item from his shopping cart on his BJ’s Express Scan app, while shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. The technology allows shoppers to scan UPC codes on items as they shop. It can be used for lots of products beyond just groceries, and people change their minds about something, they can delete items and change quantities before they check out. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo Tony D’Angelo carries a case of water to his shopping cart while shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. BJ’s Wholesale Club plans to add it to 100 clubs this year. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo Tony D’Angelo uses the BJ’s Express Scan app on his cell phone to check out after completing his shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo Tony D’Angelo leaves the store after using the BJ’s Express Scan app on his cell phone to complete his shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. the expansion of scan-and-go comes from retailers trying to make store shopping more convenient and hang on to customers used to Amazon. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo, just before checking out, Tony D’Angelo uses the BJ’s Express Scan app to scan in a propane tank he is purchasing at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler to keep track of spending. For stores, the big expansion of this technology coming this year costs less than installing more self-checkouts. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) Explore further The technology, while slightly different from chain to chain, allows shoppers at stores like Kroger and B.J.’s Wholesale Club to scan UPC codes on items as they shop. It can be used for lots of products beyond just groceries, and people change their minds about something, they can delete items and change quantities before they check out.Some stores allow payment directly from the phone, with a greeter then checking over the digital receipt, while others require shoppers to go to a self-checkout lane or a kiosk to finalize their purchases.A big push is coming this year from big chains: Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional grocery chain, is adding the scan-and-go technology to 400 stores. Walmart is testing the service in 120 stores, while all its Sam’s Club stores, which number around 600, have it. B.J.’s Wholesale Club has launched the service in a handful of stores and plans to add it to about 100 clubs this year.One reason is that stores are investing less in their self-checkout lanes and opting for scan-and-go technology that’s less expensive because it doesn’t need as much special hardware—just an app or the scanners, says Jason Goldberg, senior vice president of commerce and content practice at consulting group SapientRazorfish. In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo Tony D’Angelo uses the BJ’s Express Scan app on his cell phone to scan a case of bottled water he is purchasing while shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 photo after downing load the BJ’s Express Scan app Tony D’Angelo scans his BJ’s membership card into his cell phone before beginning his shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) “It’s a huge barrier for most retailers to get a consumer to download their app,” says Goldberg. He said stores also need to work on letting shoppers pay with their phones, so customers don’t have to go to a kiosk to finalize their purchases.Most executives wouldn’t say what percent of their transactions come from the service. But Dusty Lutz of retail technology company NCR Corp., which works with major grocery clients, says scan-and-go mobile shopping accounts for 5 to 15 percent of customer transactions, based on an analysis of 40 retailers.Walmart—which tested scan-and-go in a few stores in 2013 but ended the trial because shoppers found the technology too clunky—says the improved service is now the most preferred checkout method among those who tested it. Sam’s Club says 80 percent of its members who use it use it again within 90 days and its scan & go transactions have doubled this year. Walmart tests app that lets shoppers skip checkout lines But while some customers feel comfortable scanning while shopping, plenty of others don’t. In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 photo Tony D’Angelo logs into the stores Wi-Fi to download the BJ’s Express Scan app on his cell phone before beginning his shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler to keep track of spending. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo, just before checking out, Tony D’Angelo uses the BJ’s Express Scan app to scan in a propane tank he is purchasing at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. For customers, scanning as they go can be faster and make it simpler to keep track of spending. For stores, the big expansion of this technology coming this year costs less than installing more self-checkouts. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) Some stores are enticing shoppers to spend more by pinging them with coupons while they shop with the phone. Executives from B.J.’s and NCR say shoppers are actually throwing more in their cart with this new technology.Still, not everything can be scanned. At BJ’s clubs, jewelry and gift cards can’t be scanned but can be purchased at a pay station. Stores also have to be careful about theft. At Walmart, there’s an honor code when shoppers scan the barcode on the produce and enter in the weight. But the company says some purchases are randomly checked on their way through the express lane.And the technology the big chains are using isn’t as effortless as the sensors and automatic payment at Amazon’s cashier-less stores. There, shoppers enter by scanning their phones. The store technology itself keeps track of what they pick up and charges them after they leave. It uses computer vision, machine learning algorithms and sensors to analyze what people are grabbing.Amazon’s store isn’t without employees—there are workers making food, stocking shelves and helping customers. And grocery executives say the scan-and-go services won’t eliminate cashier jobs—rather, some cashiers will move to other parts of the store, like new online pickup stations. Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they’re done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles. Citation: Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it (2018, February 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-scan-tech-shoppers.html In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo Tony D’Angelo leaves the store after using the BJ’s Express Scan app on his cell phone to complete his shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. the expansion of scan-and-go comes from retailers trying to make store shopping more convenient and hang on to customers used to Amazon. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) This document is subject to copyright. 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