Govt, business to promote HIV testing

first_imgMotsoaledi met with members of Busa in Johannesburg this week, giving them an overview on how HIV/Aids is affecting South Africans, and urged them to help the government with resources to fight it. He appealed to Busa members for help “in cash or kind” to raise awareness about HIV testing, and also to help with the distribution of condoms. ‘Breath of fresh air’ During his presentation, Motsoaledi focused on the HCT campaign, which was launched in April this year, and aims to test 15-million people by June 2011. He added that there were certain health care companies that have already embarked on assisting with resources to help with the HCT campaign. “The business sector found Motsoaledi’s passion for this issue a breath of fresh air and we are very supportive of him and need to find a consolidated approach to take this issue forward and consult amongst ourselves,” Vilakazi said. Source: BuaNews Raising testing awareness He added that in the coming months the department would be re-launching the campaign, where preliminary results on how many people had got tested since the launch of the campaign would be released. 17 August 2010 “Business could help with funding of gloves, needles and other equipment with an effective advertising campaign that will get the country recommitting to fight the HIV and Aids scourge, which is still on the rise in South Africa,” Motsoaledi said. Busa CEO Jerry Vilakazi commended Motsoaledi for getting SA business re-energised on the issue of HIV/Aids, adding that the minister was “a breath of fresh air” and that they were keen on the partnership. The Department of Health will be partnering with Business Unity South Africa (Busa) to help strengthen the government’s HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.last_img read more

Visitors flock to Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch

first_img23 February 2015The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town attracted more than one million visitors in 2014.“The milestone achieved by Kirstenbosch is a tribute to the hard work and vision of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI),” Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said 19 February, in announcing the visitor numbers.Attaining this historic milestone had secured Kirstenbosch’s status as one of the most important tourist attractions in South Africa. Hanekom said South Africa’s conservation and biodiversity assets depended on tourism for its survival.“The tourism footprint in conservation areas and botanical gardens generates the income to support the sustainability of these assets.”SANParks – South African National Parks – generated 85% of its operational costs through tourism revenue, while less than 1% of the Kruger National Park’s two million hectares was dedicated to tourism infrastructure.The income generated from tourism enabled SANParks, which manages the country’s wildlife reserves, to maintain its reputation as a world leader in the management of protected areas. “The success of tourism underpins the sustainability of our conservation efforts,” Hanekom said.Taleb Rifai, the secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization, a unit of the United Nations (UNWTO), said tourism could be one of the effective tools used for conservation by providing resources for environmental preservation and by raising awareness among millions of people every year of the immense value of the country’s natural heritage and the responsibility to protect it.SANBI chief executive Dr Tanya Abrahamse said Kirstenbosch was an example how tourism and biodiversity could build a beneficial partnership and contribute to a more sustainable economic model.“Kirstenbosch is well-known as a ‘must see’ destination when planning a trip to South Africa, so when international tourism experts visit the country it’s no surprise that they would like to visit this iconic spot.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Mesut Ozil shines as Arsenal crush PSG 5-1 in pre-season friendly

first_imgMesut Ozil returned to action after the World Cup for Arsenal as the North London club thrashed Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 in a pre-season friendly in Singapore.Ozil, who dramatically announced that he won’t play for Germany anymore citing “racism and disrespect” for his Turkish roots, scored the opening goal of the game for Arsenal. The German, who was supported and criticised alike for his announcement, looked calm and composed against a makeshift PSG side at the International Champions Cup.Arsenal fielded a relatively strong side with Ozil as their captain as coach Unai Emery looked to take control early against his former employers.Ozil did not need long to stamp his authority on the contest, side-footing past a stranded Gianluigi Buffon in the 13th minute after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had raced clear down the right and sent a pinpoint low cross into Ozil’s path.Welcome home, @MesutOzil1088It’s good to have you back with us #AFCTour2018 FC (@Arsenal) July 28, 2018The Gunners were utterly dominant and should have added to their tally, but Buffon showed the brilliance that earned him 176 caps for Italy, saving well to deny Alex Iwobi, Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan when they were all clean through on goal.The French champions offered little in a tepid first-half display, midfielder Azzedine Toufiqui twice curling shots wide of Bernd Leno’s right-hand post before the German keeper stood firm to block Timothy Weah’s powerful shot in the 34th minute.Christopher Nkunku produced PSG’s best moment of the half shortly before the break when the French midfielder jinked past three Arsenal defenders before sending a rising shot just over the Arsenal crossbar.advertisementPSG made a much stronger start to the second half and Nkunku soon tested replacement goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez with a stinging free kick from the edge of the penalty area that the Argentine parried clear with a diving punch.Nkunku was not to be denied from the penalty spot, however, sending Martinez the wrong way with a spot-kick awarded on the advice of the assistant referee after Weah had tumbled spectacularly following a clumsy Sead Kolasinac challenge.The 60th-minute strike was reward for PSG’s endeavour but they were only level for seven minutes as substitute Alexandre Lacazette scooped a sublime finish over Buffon from close range to re-establish Arsenal’s advantage.The Frenchman needed just three more minutes to double his personal tally when Buffon missed a punch as PSG scrambled to clear, leaving an unmarked Lacazette to make it 3-1 with a free header that bounced in off the post.Defender Rob Holding and striker Eddie Nketiah rounded out the scoring in the dying minutes as a rampant Arsenal more than made up for a disappointing penalty shootout defeat to Atletico Madrid in the tournament opener on Thursday.Great workout – that’s what it’s all aboutIt ends Arsenal 5-1 PSG #ICC2018 x #AFCTour2018 FC (@Arsenal) July 28, 2018PSG, who will welcome back a raft of World Cup players next week, take on the Spanish Europa League winners in the final match of the event on Monday(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

‘Bartomeu embarrassed over Seri farce’

first_imgTransfers Bartomeu embarrassed over Barca’s Seri farce – Nice president Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 06:29 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) JeanMichaelSeri-cropped Getty Images Transfers Nice Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División The midfielder’s €40million move fell apart in mysterious circumstances, with Nice pinning the blame squarely at the feet of the Catalans Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere revealed he received a phone call from Barcelona counterpart Josep Maria Bartomeu, who expressed his embarrassment after the La Liga giants pulled out of a deal for Jean-Michael Seri.Ivory coast international Seri appeared set for a €40million move to Camp Nou until the proposed transfer suddenly broke down.Blaugrana 11/10 to beat Espanyol -2 handicap Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Seri, 26, criticised the Ligue 1 side over the collapsed deal before the transfer window closed; Rivere, however, insisted it was Barca who pulled the plug.”Julien Fournier, the general manager of [Nice], called me early on Wednesday [August 23], at about 09:00 and said: ‘Jean-Pierre, I do not understand, I received a call from Barcelona and they told me to stop the Seri transfer’,” Rivere recalled on Canal+.”In the afternoon, Bartomeu called me, a little embarrassed, and said to me: ‘This is the first time that it has happened to us. Our staff have decided not to sign Seri, but it is not a financial issue’.”Rivere added: “I put myself in his [Seri’s] shoes; it was his dream to go to Barcelona and then it was broken. It was all up in the air.”last_img read more