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first_imgAs part of its effort to promote Liberia’s investment opportunities, the National Investment Commission (NIC), has entered into an agreement with Liberty Finance, a Liberian micro finance institution. The Agreement called for the provision of financial opportunities to medium and small investors across the country.In a chat with journalists recently at his Mamba Point office in Monrovia, NIC Chairman Michael S. Wotorson said his entity wants to place a great deal of focus on Liberian Institutions and businesses.The exercise, according to Wotorson, is to promote Liberian businesses but also not to discriminate against foreign businesses.He said, it was important to provide more opportunities for Liberian businesses and institutions to strengthen the country’s financial capacity.“If you invest in medium and small businesses to expand and stand stronger, you will change economic growth for the better, because you are providing opportunities for many people at a lower level.”“What I try to do at the NIC is to place a great deal of focus on our interactions with Liberian institutions and businesses, not that I want to discriminate against foreign businesses. I think it is extremely important that we provide more financial spaces for Liberian institutions,” he added.At NIC, Mr. Wotorson said, there is something his administration formulated called the ‘special investment incentives.’  “This package is a basic idea that when a business comes to us, and before we even look at the owner’s application, we require you to go out and enter into a relationship with a technical vocational Educational institution, like the Liberia Opportunities Industrialization Center (LOIC) or the Monrovia Vocation Training Center (MVTC), and establish an agreement with them.”Thereafter, he said, the NIC had requested foreign investors to hire certain number of graduates from these training centers and subsequently promote those graduates to leadership and managerial positions in a way that will be monitored and quantified.“So we actually tell you that within a certain period of time that we want to see [certain] number of people you took from LOIC placed in these kind of positions, and we don’t let you agree verbally but we allow you sign an agreement with LOIC or MVTC and bring that agreement to us,” he indicated.He said the NIC also wants foreign investors set up agreements with businesses that are majority (at least 51%) owned by Liberians, to procure as many of their needed items as possible. “Lastly, we will require you to sign an agreement with us that says everything we require you to do, you will agree to do it. Once we have done all of those things, we will now look at your application and evaluate it and determine whether  or not you are eligible and you receive a special investment incentive, the NIC Chairman said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgLast night at approximately quarter to one, the Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a fire on Holly Road.It appears that electrical problems sparked a fire underneath a trailer, forcing a mother and two young children out of the home.- Advertisement -Fortunately, the family had done their homework and followed through a fire evacuation plan, resulting in no one being injured.Fire crews were able to hold damage to a minimum, but are still investigating what the definite cause of the fire was.last_img

6 01 20

first_imgFIFA on Wednesday accused Amnesty of being “misleading” and said the non-payments were not connected to the 2022 tournament.“We have no reason to believe the reported violations of workers’ rights are in fact linked to FIFA and the 2022 World Cup,” a FIFA spokesman told AFP.“We regret Amnesty chose to frame its statement in such a misleading manner.”– ‘Not tolerated’ –Amnesty said at least 78 employees from Nepal, India and the Philippines had not been paid since February 2016 and were owed an average of $2,000 (1,700 euros) — for some the equivalent of several months’ wages.In some cases this had “ruined lives”, said Amnesty, which urged the Doha government to pay the workers, some of whom took out huge loans to secure a job in the super-wealthy Gulf state.One worker, Ernesto, a piping foreman from the Philippines, told Amnesty he was in greater debt after working in Qatar for two years than before he arrived in the country.Other labourers from Nepal said they had to take their children out of school or sell land to cover debts incurred by working in Qatar.Amnesty claimed Mercury MENA “took advantage” of Qatar’s “kafala” system, which prevents workers from changing jobs or leaving the country without the permission of bosses.Unpaid workers eventually allowed to leave Qatar only did so at their own cost, said Amnesty.As well as helping build Lusail city, which is also the venue for the 2022 football tournament’s opening match, Mercury MENA helped build a showcase stadium that was an integral part of Qatar’s winning presentation to FIFA in December 2010.In November, Amnesty said the company’s chief executive had acknowledged “cashflow problems”.MENA Mercury has not commented on the latest report.Qatar’s labour ministry on Wednesday said Mercury MENA no longer operated in the country and legal action and an investigation were under way.“The concerns highlighted by Amnesty International are not tolerated by the state of Qatar,” the ministry said in a statement.The findings come at a time when the World Cup host is under intense scrutiny over labour rights.Earlier this month, Doha said it would abolish exit permits — a cornerstone of the kafala system likened to modern-day slavery — but has not given a date for when this will come into force.In April, the International Labour Organization opened an office in Doha, part of an agreement under which the United Nations agency will oversee wholesale labour reform in the emirate.There are around two million foreign workers in Qatar, many employed directly or indirectly on vast World Cup infrastructure projects.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Qatar is spending almost $500 million a week on World Cup infrastructure projectsLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 26 – Dozens of migrants working on Qatar’s 45 billion-dollar World Cup final city of Lusail have gone unpaid for months, Amnesty International said Wednesday, the latest rights accusation against the 2022 tournament host.Mercury MENA, a contractor, “failed to pay its workers thousands of dollars in wages and work benefits, leaving them stranded and penniless” in the country, according to the London-based rights group.last_img read more

28 12 19

first_imgWilliam Strier wasted little time Friday, launching a tirade as soon as he was wheeled into the courtroom on a hospital gurney, his left wrist cuffed to the bed’s railing. Convicted of attempted murder for the videotaped shooting of a lawyer outside the Van Nuys Courthouse in 2003, Strier blasted the judge, his attorney, jailhouse doctors and even his sister in the 20-minute diatribe. “My attorney never consults with me, she never advises me,” complained Strier, 66. “In the past six months, she’s only seen me twice, once because my sister ordered her to come and once because the court ordered her to come. “I am being beaten up, I am being tortured up there (in jail). I am not allowed to sleep during the daytime. They use sleep deprivation as a form of torture.” And Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rand Rubin rejected Strier’s motion Friday for a new trial, but allowed the defendant to make his 20-minute statement. In it, Strier blamed his attorney for failing to keep him informed during the trial and for not calling the appropriate witnesses. He blamed his sister for hiring the attorney, the judge for refusing to let him fire the attorney during the trial, the court’s equipment for making it difficult for him to hear during the trial, and the jail’s doctors for not giving him his proper medication. “Everything is a complaint,” Rubin told Strier. “We’ve done everything to help you out in this case. Everything is hindsight. Everything, there’s an excuse for.” Early in the hearing, Strier told the judge he wanted to fire his attorney, Arna Zlotnik, and make a statement. After a terse exchange with Rubin, he filled out the necessary paperwork to represent himself. But he withdrew the request after Rubin promised to allow him to make a statement before being sentenced. Zlotnik wasn’t disturbed by the near-firing. “Justice is not being served,” Zlotnik said. “My client has mental health issues. He did not know what he was doing at the time of the shooting. The jury was swayed by that videotape.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Strier’s outburst came during what was supposed to be his sentencing hearing for the attack on Gerald Curry, a probate attorney who represented the trustee overseeing Strier’s $98,000 medical trust. The shooting was captured by a CourtTV cameraman, who was at the courthouse covering actor Robert Blake’s murder trial, and broadcast around the world. A jury convicted Strier in January, dismissing the defense argument that Strier’s mind was clouded by a heavy dose of painkillers and that he suffered a psychotic breakdown while trying to deal with his medical trust. The sentencing was postponed until March 17 while the court awaits a report from the Department of Probation. Sheriff’s Department officials rejected Strier’s claim that he’s being mistreated at Twin Towers Correctional Facility. “That’s one of those things – people would like to think that, but that doesn’t happen,” Sgt. Harry Van said. “There’s none of this torture or sleep deprivation.” last_img read more

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first_img Tags: Ben Ocenerisa ssekisambujackson nundaKCCA FCMike MutebiPius Kaggwapolice fcUganda Premier League Jackson Nunda celebrates after scoring one of his two goals against Police FC on Saturday. (PHOTO/KCCA FC)Uganda Premier League KCCA FC 3-2 Proline FC StarTimes Stadium, LugogoSaturday, 09-11-2019LUGOGO – KCCA FC fought back from 1-2 down to defeat Police FC 3-2 in the Uganda Premier League on Saturday afternoon.Jackson Nunda equalized before substitute Erisa Ssekisambu sealed the victory with 13 minutes on the clock.Earlier, Nunda had struck for Mike Mutebi’s side to cancel out Ben Ocen’s opener but Pius Kaggwa scored Police’s second to ensure they head into the break ahead.Both sides had a chance from the spot to add onto their tally but missed.This is KCCA FC’s third victory on the trot and it sees them climb into 6th on the table.Missing upto six first team players who were away for National team duty, the Kasasiros started slowly and were made to pay as Ocen slotted home the opener.However, Nunda races onto a through-pass and restored purity for Mutebi’s side.With the game failing to settle down, Kaggwa lashed one into the top corner to see the Cops regain their lead.Kaggwa could have doubled the lead but was twice denied by Jamil Maliyamungu.Steven Sserwadda also came close to levelling matters but his effort was tipped over by Davis Mutebi.Two minutes into the second half, Ssekisambu replaced Mike Mutyaba and what a change that would later turn out to be.On 70 minutes, Ssekisambu assisted Nunda for the equalizer.Seven minutes later, the substitute raced onto a rebound after Mutebi had parried Nunda’s effort before slotting in the winner.The win sees KCCA FC move onto 16 points for the season having played 8 games.For Police who played without head coach Abdallah Mubiru, they remain second from bottom with just five points accumulated so far.In their next engagements, Police are at home to Tooro United FC while KCCA FC are away to Express FC.How both teams started KCCA FC Jamil Maliyamungu, Musa Ramathan, Herbert Achai, Hassan Musana, Samuel Kato, Gift Ali, Keziron Kizito, Jackson Nunda, Steven Sserwadda, Mike Mutyaba, John Odumegwu.Police FC Davis Mutebi, Denis Rukundo, Arafat Galiwango,Pius Kaggwa, Yusuf Ssozi, Ben Ocen, Samuel Kayongo, Henry Kayongo, Fahad Kizito, Sylvester Ssemakula, Hood Kaweesa.Other games played on Saturday -BUL FC 3-0 Mbarara City FC-Tooro United FC 1-1 Proline FC-Bright Stars FC 0-1 SC VillaComments last_img read more

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first_imgAnam Cara, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, will host an Information Evening on Tuesday 3rd of October in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town at 7pm.The free event is open to all mothers and fathers whose child or children have died, regardless of the age of the child, the circumstances of the death, or whether the death was recent or not.Anam Cara is a Donegal-based charity which has supported bereaved parents across all four provinces since 2008. They have ten active groups meeting monthly across the country, supporting some 1,800 bereaved parents annually. A group meets in Letterkenny on the second Thursday of each month, but this is the first time they have held an event in Donegal town.The Information Evening starts at 7pm and will begin with a talk by Brid Carroll, a professional with Donegal connections and extensive experience of supporting bereaved parents and their families. After the short talk there will be an opportunity to speak to other bereaved parents over a cup of tea or coffee, or to speak to the professional should you have any questions or concerns.One bereaved mother who attended a recent Anam Cara event said: “Both my husband and I felt it helped us in our grief to be in a place where we felt safe and comfortable to express the way we feel and think. I am good at talking but my husband is deep and I find for him the more interaction we have with other parents like ourselves then he gets the nerve to say something. It might be small but it’s a start.”Another bereaved parent said: “The Bereavement Information meeting gave me so much to think about around the process of grieving and put a lot of reality rather than text book reality into play for me. This was such a support and I am still grateful for it.”  Sharon Vard, CEO of Anam Cara and herself a bereaved parent, said: “At Anam Cara we know there is no ideal age or circumstances when a precious son or daughter dies. What is important is that parents can access information and support.“We would encourage bereaved parents of a child of any age – no matter whether the death happened recently or many years ago – to come along to this free event. Here you can find a level of support and understanding that – even with the best will in the world – it can be difficult for family and friends to offer.”The Bereavement Information Evening will be held from 7-9pm in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, on Tuesday 3rd October. Registration will start at 6.45pm.Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for this event, so if attending, or if you have any questions, please write to info@anamcara.ie before Monday 2nd October, text 085 2888 888 or call 01 404 5378. This event is funded by Túsla.Parent bereavement group to hold first event in South Donegal was last modified: September 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgFootball fans pack Loftus Versfeld Stadiumin Pretoria/Tshwane, one of the 10 venuesfor the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Images: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang EichlerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 471media-sa@fifa.org• Delia FischerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 0470media-sa@fifa.org• Jermaine CraigMedia Manager Local Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 0121jermaine.craig@2010oc.comThe third ticketing sales phase for South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup has seen the number of tickets applied for hit the 500 000 mark in the first 10 days. South Africans made 77% of the requests, or 386 300 ticket applications, and the rest of the world 114 237 applications.The US was the foreign country with the highest number of applications, with 22 942 tickets. It is followed by the UK (20 232 tickets), Mexico (7 981), Germany (7 697) , Australia (6 277) and Brazil (4 760).Applications from a total of 166 countries have been received, excluding the participating football associations’ allocated ticket sales.“In comparison with the previous editions of the Fifa World Cups, the latest ticket applications figures are impressive,” said Horst R. Schmidt, chair of the football body’s ticketing committee.Applications for individual match tickets or team-specific series can be made at www.FIFA.com/2010. South Africans can also apply for tickets at First National Bank branches across the country. The current third ticket sales phase, which opened on 5 December, will run until 22 January 2010.About 1-million tickets for the tournament’s 64 matches are available in the third sales phase, including a limited number for the opening match and the final.According to Fifa, all applications in this phase will be treated equally. If matches or price categories are oversubscribed, there will be an electronic random selection draw on 1 February 2010.The prices for group matches range from US$20 to $160 (opening match $70 to $450, final $150 to $900) or, in South African rands, R140 to R1 120 (opening match R490 to R3 150, final R1 050 to R6 300). Category 4 tickets, the most affordable, have been reserved for South African residents.In addition, all 32 participating member associations have started to sell their allocated team-specific tickets, which make up 12 % of all purchasable tickets in the stadiums for the three group games of the respective team. These tickets will be available on the federations’ websites until 13 January 2010. For more detailed information, go to https://pmatickets.fifa.com.“The number of domestic applications have increased significantly,” said Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa. “By buying a ticket, South Africans buy not only a seat to watch a match, but also their spot in South African history.”last_img read more

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first_imgInfraco is tasked to improve broadband connectivity across South Africa. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) David Smith, Infraco’s CEO, said they want to become a top broadband wholesaler. (Image: Broadband Infraco) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fahim Mohamed Company Secretary Broadband Infraco +27 11 235 1760 RELATED ARTICLES • Main One boosts Africa’s broadband • Eassy to go live soon • Broadband boost as Eassy hits SA • Wacs cable gets the green light Bongani NkosiBroadband Infraco, the state-owned ICT enterprise formed in 2006, will introduce its long-awaited internet services to the South African market in November 2010.“We’re launching our broadband capacity network,” said Infraco’s account manager Charmaine Fredericks in an interview on the sidelines of the My Broadband conference in Midrand on 20 October.The parastatal will now have access to an approximately 12 125km fibre-optic cable and other telecommunications infrastructure, which have been used exclusively by Neotel over the past four years.The infrastructure is owned by the government due to it being laid by state-owned enterprises Eskom and Transtel. It has since been transferred to Infraco, but Infraco couldn’t use it as Neotel was the sole licensee.“We’ve had the network for the last four years, but we couldn’t operate on it. We got our operational licence last year from Icasa,” said Fredericks.“Neotel’s role as the network’s sole custodian comes to an end soon and that’s why we’re launching. We can now go commercial and bring customers on board,” she added.Infraco has been improving the network’s infrastructure over the last four years, while Neotel has maintained the existing system, according to Fredericks.The infrastructure initially offered 2.5 gigabits per second bandwidth speed, but it’s been upgraded to offer 10 gigabits per second.The network’s services now also cover the border areas of South Africa. “The network is quite a lot bigger than what we had when Neotel started,” said Fredericks.A new connection ring has been included, meaning “when one ring fails, we connect to another so that traffic is not disturbed”.“There’s a lot that we’ve done in the past five years to prepare us for our day of launch,” Fredericks added.The Department of Public Enterprises owns 74% of the national broadband utility, while the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) owns the other 26%. The IDC is also a state entity.Open-access wholesalerAs a broadband wholesaler, Infraco will not offer services directly to end-user customers, but rather to internet service providers. “Our aim is to be the wholesale provider of choice to our customers,” CEO David Smith said at the My Broadband conference.It’s an open-access service provider which will enable the government to offer nation-wide connectivity at a lower cost and lead to investments in building the country’s long-distance fibre-optic networks.Infraco’s primary mandate is to get providers to cover areas in South Africa that are currently not served or underserved. “We want to become a carrier of carriers,” said Fredericks.It has set up a number of broadband Points of Presence (POPs) across the country, which are now connected to the national network. The POPs include various small towns and rural areas like Ermelo, Mahamba Border, Beit Bridge, Newcastle, Onseepkans and Zimbane.According to Fredericks, the government has identified 37 such places where connectivity must be fast-tracked. “We will provide connectivity from the closest POP in that underserved area.“Then we’ll be looking for partnerships with internet service providers, like Internet Solutions or iBurst, to service the areas,” Fredericks said.“We are trying to get as many providers as possible into the network, so that connectivity prices can come down,” she added.West African cable systemBroadband Infraco’s network services will receive a major boost when the West Africa Cable System (WACS) it has invested in comes on stream.WACS will land in Yzerfontein along the Western Cape coast and is expected to go live by July 2011.The much-anticipated marine cable will connect South Africa directly with the UK, and will have landing stations in Portugal and along the coastlines of various West African countries.“WACS will be massive. Major operators like MTN and Vodacom have also invested in WACS,” Fredericks said.last_img read more

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first_img29 November 2011International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has called on delegates attending the UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa to retain the trust that was built in Cancun, Mexico last year.“The trust that was rekindled in Cancun is still very fragile, and we call on all parties to retain the gains of the Mexico conference,” Nkoana-Mashabane said after being elected COP 17 president on Monday morning.She described the two-week talks, which began at the city’s International Convention Centre on Monday, as signalling the “end of the line” for many pressing issues that were agreed on at COP 16 in Cancun in December last year.The UN has confirmed that 192 parties from 191 countries have arrived in Durban for the the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with the total delegation put at just over 15 000.“This conference needs to be aware that time is against us, a lot of people are looking at us to find solutions to the climate problems and we dare not fail them,” she said.As president of the Conference of the Parties (COP), Nkoana-Mashabane faces the tough task of having to bring the parties together in finding common agreements over the future of the Kyoto Protocol and how to finance adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.The first commitment period of the 1997 treaty is coming to an end next year and developing countries are pushing for a second commitment period, but major economies, that include the United States and Japan, have so far refused to come to the table.The European Union said it would commit to the new commitment to the Kyoto Protocol but had placed conditions on this, including the demand for a change in the framework of the convention.The green light on both the Kyoto Protocol and the Green Climate Fund – Countries last year agreed to a start-up funding of US$100-million towards mitigation and adaptation programmes – is expected when ministers and heads of state arrive at the conference.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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first_imgCaring4Girls is a programme under the Imbumba Foundation. Richard Mabaso is the founder of Imbumba. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)There was great excitement when the 27 climbers of the Trek4Mandela campaign got together yesterday to start their journey to climb Africa’s highest mountain.Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie were among those at the send-off event in Johannesburg earlier today.Mbalula said that he planned to join the climbers in summiting Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5 895m above sea level, in 2016. He also pledged R100 000 to the campaign this year.Trek4Mandela, an initiative for Nelson Mandela International Day, is in its fourth year. It benefits Caring4Girls, a programme to provide sanitary towels and menstrual hygiene information to underprivileged girls in rural communities. Since it was established in 2012, Trek4Mandela has attracted massive interest from the government, the private sector and NGOs locally and internationally.It has generated support for over 50 000 beneficiaries, mainly in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.Many of the climbers – as well as those sending them off – made known their enthusiasm on social media:Take action. Inspire change, make everyday a #MandelaDay. Kicking off the @Trek4Mandela climb with @flysaa pic.twitter.com/5bB4aRDahZ— Liesl Laurie (@LieslLaurie) July 13, 2015Equality for our children must be a reality. #MyHeroes #Trek4Mandela https://t.co/2rrjnmZJWe— Greg Maloka (@GregMaloka) July 13, 2015#Trek4Mandela climbers leaving their footprints as they ready for their symbolic Long Walk to Freedom #Caring4Girls pic.twitter.com/2AM4pSL2tx— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 13, 2015The #Trek4Mandela team as they ready to leave South Africa for their summit of Mt Kilimanjaro #GirlChild #Dignity pic.twitter.com/YlxUXC6qol— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 13, 2015Good luck to the #Trek4Mandela team. That is a real #MotivationMonday ahead of #MandelaDay. Long live the legacy of #NelsonMandela— Real Steven Taylor (@StevenTaylorSA) July 13, 2015These are @GerriLiive ‘s blinged out hiking shoes for #Trek4Mandela . What do you think? #180OnFridays pic.twitter.com/WdxJSeRoep— 180 with Bob (@180withBOB) July 10, 2015Why the climb?The climb is led by Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to summit Mount Everest, and the founder of the Imbumba Foundation, Richard Mabaso. It celebrates Madiba’s legacy through supporting the education of South African girls who cannot afford sanitary towels.Yase Godlo, the manager of Mandela Day and Outreach at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said to the South African Broadcasting Corporation that the objective of the climb was to help 270 000 girls across the country, or “30 000 girls per province”.It has been reported that girls miss up to 50 days of school a year each because they cannot afford sanitary towels.The climbers expect to summit Kilimanjaro by 18 July, Madiba’s birthday and Nelson Mandela International Day. There are 27 climbers in the group, one for each year that Mandela was in prison. They include hip-hop artist Proverb and television news presenter Leanne Manas. Each climber aims to raise at least R1.5-million for Caring4Girls.They will return to South Africa on 20 July. For more information on how you can contribute, visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation site. You can also sms the word “girlchild” to 42513 to pledge R30.last_img read more