When the sky is not the limit

first_imgRefilwe Ledwaba in one of the SAPS helicopters that she flies regularly as part of her unit’s operations. Ledwaba with pupils from Adams College in KwaZulu-Natal at the province’s Aviation Day celebrations in June.(Images: SAWIA)MEDIA CONTACTS• Refilwe Ledwaba Founder: SAWIAP.O Box 6931Greenstone1616JohannesburgRELATED ARTICLES• Aviation, maritime careers for youth • Air show gives wings to young dreams • Yvonne urges young women to aim high• More women engineers for South Africa• Siren of the South African skiesValencia TalaneSouthern African Women in Aviation and Aerospace Industry (SAWIA) was established in 2009 by Refilwe Ledwaba, to ensure that the aviation industry provides a platform for women to grow, to find mentorship and guidance and to fund the opportunities for young women who wish to join the sector in the future.Before taking this step, she had researched ways in which she could achieve her ambitions and become part of the aviation industry, but realised that information was not readily available and very few people could guide her in the right direction.“One of my biggest challenges was finances,” she says. “I simply did not have the money to pay for my training and I did not know where to go for scholarships or bursaries.”These experiences prompted Ledwaba to help transform the industry, she adds, inspired by the hope that someday the journey she has travelled will be easier for other women.Realising her dreamGrowing up in Lenyenye in Limpopo, Ledwaba was not exposed to a wide variety of career choices. Her family and people who grew up around her expected her to become a doctor. So her first move towards that career was to study for a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Cape Town. It was in her first academic year that Ledwaba’s interest in aviation was sparked, on a flight to campus from home.“It was my first flight to Cape Town, and the pilot was a lady.” Until then, she admits, she had been oblivious to the idea that women could become pilots.“I started considering a career in aviation while I continued with my studies,” she says.On completing her degree, she went on to work for a major airline as a cabin attendant, and grew even more certain that her future would involve aircraft.Although her family was sceptical about her career change, says Ledwaba, she knew they would come around eventually.“I understood where their feelings came from. Aviation was just as foreign a concept to them as it had been to me.”Rough startAlthough her first experience of a female pilot was on a commercial plane, it was helicopters that Ledwaba eventually fell in love with.“The first time I got into one, I knew that I wasn’t going to fly anything else.”Ledwaba joined the South African Police Service (SAPS) in 2004 as its only black female helicopter pilot. Over time the position would test her determination and focus, as she faced many trials right from the start.“In the beginning I encountered many challenges, from outright prejudice to simple issues like not having the correct uniform in my size,” she says in retrospect. “There was also a lack of mentorship or direction, so I had to carve my own path.”Most of her peers simply didn’t want her there, says Ledwaba, and they gave her a hard time.“Because I was determined and focused, my family and friends started noticing my potential and realised that I could actually make something out of this.”When free-to-air channel e.tv profiled Ledwaba in 2011 as part of their South African Heroes series, they spoke to her colleague at the SAPS, KZN air wing unit commander Sandra Nala, about her character.“She was the only female helicopter pilot in KZN, and she had to prove herself, and that made us very proud of her,” says Nala.Today Ledwaba takes part in various kinds of police operations, including crime investigation and search and rescue.“I look at it as a great responsibility, because flying a helicopter doesn’t just involve taking off and landing. There’s a thought process to it, not to mention planning.”Forming SAWIASAWIA is a non-profit organisation endorsed by the country’s aviation industry authority, the Civil Aviation Authority South Africa (CAA).According to Ledwaba, it has an informal database of about 1 000 members from all over the Southern African Development Community (SADC).“My experiences within the industry and my passion for the development of women are the reasons why I saw the need for such an organisation,” explains Ledwaba.Women who are already in the industry, as well as aviation students and potential students, can become members by applying in one of four categories: aviation students, individual professionals, corporate members and as part of the Girl Fly Programme in Africa.Girl Fly Programme in Africa is aimed specifically at high school pupils, from grade 10 to 12, and is designed to accommodate their school careers by only having four events per year in between school terms.The programme takes in 20 pupils annually, and provides them with resources to help them in their pursuit of careers in aviation or related science and technology disciplines, while also giving them information for support.The girls can be paired up with mentors who will help them focus on their individual targets.“We have partnered with different organisations and companies that support the programme, but we continue to seek even more support because we want to reach more girls,” says Ledwaba.For her work in women’s development, she received two awards in July – for the Aviation, Aerospace and Defence category of the South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards as well as a South African Youth Award in the Social Entrepreneurship category.The futureLedwaba says SAWIA’s short-term strategy is to be able to operate in all the provinces.“We started out as a mere forum, but we’ve evolved into a credible non-profit organisation that is making a difference in the country.”She adds that they were very fortunate to be endorsed by the industry authority, the CAA, because that gave them the credibility that the organisation needed.“Although we are non-profit at the moment, our aim is to grow to a point where we are self-sustainable and are able to create jobs not only locally, but throughout the SADC region,” says Ledwaba.last_img read more

University extends reach across Africa

first_img25 August 2014The University of Cape Town (UCT) has launched a suite of online postgraduate programmes as part of a strategic initiative that will enable students across Africa to study with high-touch interactive support.UCT’s Faculty of Commerce‚ in partnership with online education company GetSmarter‚ is now offering three postgraduate qualifications online‚ in “blended learning” mode, as part of the Across Africa initiative. Blended learning combines the use of a flexible and cutting-edge interactive online education platform with face-to-face learning.The Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Marketing and the Advanced Diploma in Business Project Management will start in February 2015, with applications currently exceeding 145 and 111 respectively. The UCT Board Course will also be available via online format.“With an interactive high-touch design, our Across Africa programmes encourage styles of learning and engagement that go well beyond what can be implemented in the traditional lecture hall,” Don Ross, dean of UCT’s Faculty of Commerce, said at the media launch of the Across Africa educational initiative last week.“Rich, real-time student communication with lecturers, tutors and one another during all stages of learning is now possible.”The Across Africa learning model combines the use of a cutting-edge interactive online platform with a high-touch support model, which provides learners with direct access not only to their fellow students, but also a dedicated course coach (an academic) and a course instructor (an industry expert).Across Africa MD Jacques Rousseau commented: “Having road-tested the Across Africa online education platform myself in teaching a class of 1 500 students, it is clear that students appreciate – and greatly benefit from – the opportunity to work on their own schedules, as well as to receive peer and instructor support virtually on-demand.”The launch of the programmes has the potential to exponentially increase access to education. Currently, UCT is limited by its face-to-face intake. Diploma programmes in the commerce faculty are currently limited to about 80 students, whereas in the Across Africa format there is scope for class sizes in the hundreds.The Centre for Higher Education Transformation, which lists South African public higher education key data, indicates that there are over 2.7-million school leavers who have not undertaken education or training, or who are unemployed.“The provision of online education in South Africa allows universities such as UCT to expand the access of high-quality education beyond campus borders in an attempt to lessen these figures and to provide continuing education for graduates,” the university said in a statement.“UCT moved swiftly since the government granted it the right to offer distance learning qualifications last year. This was partly thanks to the university’s preparation to move in that direction through the presentation of short courses in partnership with GetSmarter.”GetSmarter CEO Sam Paddock said the cutting-edge delivery mode of UCT’s industry-aligned programmes gave working professionals the opportunity to retain full-time employment and advance a career in their chosen field, while formalising their skills with a top-tier tertiary qualification.“It is a privilege to partner with such a forward-thinking university to deliver these esteemed postgraduate diploma programmes to learners across Africa,” Paddock said. “We look forward to opening the doors of opportunity for those seeking to advance their learning through part-time, distance education.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

OSU dairy judging team sweeps three national shows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is a new undisputed national championship team at The Ohio State University.The Agricultural Technical Institute dairy cattle judging team swept the three major national competitions this year with its Nov. 8 win at the North American International Livestock Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.Team members won by an impressive 67-point margin in Louisville, topping the 64-point margin by which they won the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sept. 28. Hannah Dye, a dairy science major from Beloit, Ohio, was first place overall with 710 points. Teammates Tanner Topp (dairy science, New Bremen, Ohio) and Kaleb Kliner (agronomy, West Salem, Ohio) were second and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the four-person team was John Paulin, a hydraulics and power equipment major from Nova, Ohio.The team’s first big win of the season was at the Pennsylvania-All American Contest in Harrisburg on Sept. 14.“I cannot remember any year where a team (at the two-year college level) participated in three judging contests and was first place in each contest and high in oral reasons,” said Royce Thornton, chair of the Agricultural and Engineering Technologies Division and coordinator of Ohio State ATI’s dairy programs.In dairy cattle judging, team members evaluate and rank animals based on how close the animals are to ideal dairy conformation — a collection of traits associated with high milk production and healthy longevity. After ranking the animals, team members must give “oral reasons,” justifying their placing to contest judges.Like all Ohio State ATI dairy students, the judging team members take classes in genetics and get firsthand experience in evaluating animals for breeding.“We select mate all of our cows and are continually working to improve our herd,” said Gary Crocker, Ohio State ATI dairy herd manager. “Students see how we pick bulls to try to get as sound an animal as possible. We teach them what we’re striving to achieve and how we get there. Every dairy farmer wants to breed cows that will make the most money.”Down the road, that’s a skill students can put to use in their careers in the dairy industry, Crocker said. And, Thornton adds, it’s part of the recipe for success for a championship dairy judging team.last_img read more

LeBron James to sit out last 6 games of Lakers’ season

first_imgLos Angeles is 34-42 after beating Charlotte 129-115 on Friday night, with James scoring 27 points in what turned out to be his final appearance.The Lakers have won three of four since being eliminated from playoff contention last week with a loss to Brooklyn, their 10th in 11 games and their 28th in 42 games since Christmas.Los Angeles entered Saturday’s games with the NBA’s 10th-worst record. While a strong finish to the season could be a boost for the future, it could also damage the Lakers’ hopes of landing an elite talent in the draft.“We picked a hell of a time to have a great rhythm,” James said after the Lakers beat the Hornets. “We’re having fun. We’re playing the way we wanted to play all year, but obviously because of injuries, multiple lineup changes and things of that nature, that would affect it. But we’ve kind of known who’s going to be in the lineup over these last few games, and it’s allowed us to have our rotations down, and guys have been playing well.”Although James’ first season with Los Angeles was a failure, it showed promise before injuries changed everything.ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers were 20-14 and in fourth place in the Western Conference when James strained his groin during a stunning 26-point road victory over Golden State on Christmas. He sat out their next 17 games in the longest injury absence of his career.James returned to the lineup for good in early February, but the injury-plagued Lakers were unable to recover and make the playoffs.Along with James, the Lakers are finishing the season without three key players in their young core. Brandon Ingram has been out since March 2 due to a blood clotting issue, while Lonzo Ball hasn’t played since Jan. 19 because of an ankle injury, and Josh Hart was ruled out for the season this week with a knee injury.“I haven’t been a part of a season with this ton of injuries to all our key guys, to big, big key guys,” James said earlier this month. “It’s just the way the season has been. We’ve had guys step up … but for us, we prided ourselves on our depth to start the season, and obviously our depth has dwindled.”Earlier this season, the 34-year-old James expressed ambivalence about the possibility of shutting himself down early, saying such a decision would clash with his natural competitiveness. He also said he felt fresh after the least-busy season of his adult life.But Johnson and Pelinka apparently persuaded James of the wisdom of an early wrap to a lost year, followed by a fresh start in the fall.Overall, the Lakers went 28-27 with James in their lineup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director “After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season,” the statement said. “This decision will allow his groin to fully heal, and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers.”James is the NBA’s fifth-leading scorer at 27.4 points per game, and he averaged 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in his first season on the West Coast. He will accompany the Lakers on their upcoming trip to New Orleans and Oklahoma City, but the 16-year NBA veteran won’t play again in his first non-playoff season since 2005, his second year in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJames appeared in the past eight NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland, but he will finish this year playing in a career-low 55 games and a career-low 35.2 minutes per game for the Lakers. Despite James’ ballyhooed arrival along with Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee to lead the Lakers’ talented young core, Los Angeles failed to overcome several major injuries and a midseason crisis of team confidence when the Lakers attempted to land superstar Anthony Davis in a multi-player trade.“It’s challenging, but I kind of knew what I was getting myself into,” James said earlier this month. Explosive win from Yoon Chang Min kicks off ONE: New Era Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James laughs as he waits to check in to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half Friday, March 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 129-115. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James’ first season with the Los Angeles Lakers is over.James will sit out the final six games of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season, the team announced Saturday. In a statement, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka claimed the decision will provide James with a head start on offseason healing for a three-month-old groin strain, the first significant injury of his career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Continuous Training of Managers Vital for Company Development – Veira

first_imgThe continuous training of managers, particularly middle managers, is vital for the development of the organizations they represent, and by extension Jamaica, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Valerie Veira, has emphasized. She explains that training plays a vital role in assisting managers to “make their mark, instead of leaving a scar” on the organizations to which they are aligned. Ms. Veira was speaking at the press launch of a Middle Managers’ Conference, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on Wednesday, April 3. The two-day conference, which will be held on April 22 and 23, seeks to address the need for proactive management by middle managers, in adding value to any organization. It will be hosted by Make Your Mark Consultants at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston under the theme: ‘The People at the Centre of Strategy’. Ms. Veira said that apart from training, the overall package of the individual manager is paramount to the company’s success. These, she said, include social etiquette, dress code, among others. “You have to remember that it is not only the intellect, but the total package which will decide the outcome,” she added. Commending the organizers for their foresight in staging such a conference, the Ms. Veira said it can only redound to the benefit of those who participate. She argued that the practical application that will be shared throughout the conference is fundamental in restructuring organizations and how they do business in the island. “I am very excited when I hear that there are programmes like this on the agenda, because it means there is hope for Jamaica,” Ms. Veira said, adding that individuals will garner added knowledge through their participation. Meanwhile, Managing Director of Make Your Mark Consultants, Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd, said efficient middle managers are critical to the development and productivity of any organisation, to give it the competitive edge in the market. She said the conference is known for its practicality, while giving participants “a push” when they are going back to their offices. Mrs. Coke-Lloyd pointed out that the conference has a 96 per cent satisfied/very satisfied rating, hosting local, regional and international presenters. Middle managers are persons in the middle tier of management, who head specific departments such as accounting, marketing, production or business units, or who serve as project managers.They are responsible for implementing the top management’s policies and plans, and typically have two management levels below them.Middle managers represent the largest management group in Jamaica, making them the hub of the organization. Studies have shown that this large group of potential leaders and entrepreneurs will determine a business’ success or failure.Some of the presenters for this year’s conference include: Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier; Managing Director of KITCH Consulting (UK/Barbados), Felicia Linch; President and CEO of the Jamaica Public Service Company, Kelly Tomblin; CEO of the Toll Authority, Joan Fletcher; and President of Money Masters Limited, Claudette Crooks.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Foreign relations to be enhanced between TCI Haiti Dominican Republic

first_img Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Recommended for you TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Related Items:british ambassador, dominican republic, haiti, peter beckingham, steven fisher, Tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Sept 2015 – A so called ‘Three Way Link’ between the TCI, Dominican Republic and Haiti is already being hailed as having the potential to deal with crime, border infringements and investment opportunties according to the Governor, His Excellency Peter Beckingham. The British Ambassador to the DR & Haiti and the UK’s Charge D’ Affaires on September 14-16 visited the Turks and Caicos to consider ways to enhance relations. It was explained by the Governor’s Office in a media release that a merge with these neighboring countries could bring about changes, which put an end to illegal fishing and people trafficking. It could also spawn on investments in agriculture and high-end tourism.Governor Peter Beckingham said after the visit: “I’m pleased that the senior members of our team in Santo Domingo and Port au Prince have now seen for themselves the importance of the relationships between our three countries. Commenting on his visit the Ambassador Mr Steven Fisher said: “There are understandable concerns in Turks and Caicos, which I heard very clearly, about illegal fishing, the maritime border dispute, and the exploitation of women; all matters will reportedly be brought up in London. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouselast_img read more

50 univ teachers condemn DU authorities for DUCSU polls rigging

first_imgStudents recover sacks filled with stamped ballot papers at the reading room of Bangladesh Kuwait-Maitree Hall before DUCSU polls voting began on 11 March. Photo: Dipu MalakarFifty teachers of different universities on Saturday criticised the Dhaka University (DU) authorities for failure to take actions against the teachers who committed or collaborated with anomalies in recent students’ union elections.In a statement, they condemned the DU provosts for their demand to punish eight teachers who observed the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) polls and pointed out various irregularities.“The nation will not forget in the next 50 years, the way they (the provosts) rigged polls and helped in rigging votes and thus damaged the image of the university,” the signatories of the statement observed.The signatories include professor Nehal Karim of sociology department at DU, Anu Muhammad of Jahangirnagar University (JU), Ali Riaz of University of Illinois, USA, former professor of international relations department at DU Akmal Hossain, Manosh Chowdhury of JU, Mirza Taslima Sultana of JU, Wakilur Rahman of Bangladesh Agriculture University, Rubayet Ferdous of DU, Kaberi Gain of DU and Mohammad Tanjimuddin Khan.Referring to the demand of the provosts’ committee to punish the eight teachers for unlawfully monitoring the polls and damaging the university’s reputation, the 50 teachers insisted that the teachers have the authority to apply proctorial authority in accordance with the Dhaka University Order 1973.They argued that the eight teachers had rather worked in favour of the university administration by pointing out the irregularities committed in the DUCSU elections.“Had the university administration taken the observations into cognizance, it would have benefitted and regained image slightly,” the signatories said.They regretted that the provosts’ committee, after a meeting on 18 March, spoke against those who divulged irregularities whereas they remained silent about the vote rigging.“They proved their personal interest and allegiance to party…. They proved their bankruptcy and lack of respect for dissent,” read the statement.The signatories mentioned that the incidents of rigging and ballot stuffing as well as obstruction to voters were already reported on the social media and in the media outlets.The DU authorities, while offering foods to the students who observed hunger strike, virtually admitted that the election had not been held in a completely fair atmosphere. All panels except ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League also pulled out of the electoral race on the voting day alleging massive irregularities, they added.In view of the truth and ethical standpoint of the eight teachers, the signatories demanded that the DU authorities would express regret for their moral failure.last_img read more