South African designers took centre stage at the South African Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 event which recently took place at the Rosebank Crowne Plaza in Johannesburg. The event was attended by international fashionistas including Ursula Stephens who is well know for her Motions Hair line and work with international stars such as Rihanna. In this video SA fashion Week’s Dion Chang, Miss SA Melinda Bam and South African style icon Somizi Mhlongo share their thoughts on how fashion week affects our economy. Click arrow to play video.
All the love and attention they got on Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July 2016, is evident on the faces of the children at Malaika Orphanage.In the heart of Hillbrow, a place of despair for many, the young children at Malaika Orphanage beamed on Nelson Mandela Day when they were offered the love and care many children take for granted.GEM (Going the Extra Mile), the mobile rewards platform for volunteers, along with Trace TV and The Sophie A Kanza Foundation, brought smiles to the children of Malaika Orphanage when they hosted them to a photo shoot, a mini concert and face painting.Among those at the orphanage on the day were rapper Emtee and singer Bucie Nqwiliso, who treated the children to a performance, and TV personality Maps Maponyane.Groceries and clothing were also donated to the orphanage on the day.GEM is in partnership with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part campaign as they work towards the same end.GEM’s relationship with Play Your Part started with a phone conversation between David Shields, co-founder of GEM, and Brand South Africa’s strategic relationship manager for business, Rodney Moloko. This led to the app’s first 10 activations, on Mandela Day last year.“Since then we have grown in leaps and bounds. I would like to think GEM and Play Your Part go hand-in-hand as GEM helps people physically play their part,” said Shields.The turnout varies from activation to activation as volunteers tend to go to places closer to them. “We choose the establishments to help whether or not they fit the GEM profile, which is quite stringent. The place has to be safe, warm and welcoming and some organisations don’t fit those criteria.”THE FOUNDATIONThe Sophie A Kanza Foundation is an NPO operating in the inner city of Johannesburg. It was founded by two sisters, Sophie and Louise Kanza, who were born in Democratic Republic of Congo but have lived in South Africa since they were toddlers.The foundation focuses on collecting and distributing food, clothes and toiletries and recruiting local and African youth as volunteers. This is to show unity in diversity, the sisters say. The foundation also runs the #25Dresses Campaign, which collects matric dance dresses for orphaned girls.“My sister and me grew up with nothing and lived out of the generosity of people until we could fend for ourselves,” said Sophie Kanza. “That has been our single motivation to do good for those in need.”They had decided to use charity as the means to bring people together because they felt it was important for youth to know they could make a difference, regardless of their nationality, race or financial status, she added.ONE NATIONUnity in diversity is the goal of the foundation – building friendships and learning from and about each other’s cultures.“Many ‘foreigners’ are accustomed to congregating among themselves to avoid victimisation,” Sophie Kanza said. “We work to take them out of these comfort zones. Once we work together towards making a difference we learn that we are all the same, brothers and sisters of Africa. Not enemies or threats.”There was a lack of platforms created for dialogue and genuine interaction between locals and immigrants, she added, saying South Africans needed to go into Africa to soak up the culture and experiences so that they could bring them home to share with others.“I believe Africans have an inherited entrepreneurial spirit. Even before paper money, banks, business schools etc. This inherited spirit needs to be nurtured and developed to bridge the gap. Many skills have become income generators, such as hairdressing, dress making etc, many of which are self-taught.”In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly officially declared 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, as Nelson Mandela International Day. The purpose of the declaration was to “honour the long history of Mandela’s leading role in the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa”.The day is celebrated with 67 minutes of doing something good and trying to make every day Mandela Day.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman announced that he will not seek reelection in January 2016 following 16 years at the helm of the nation’s largest, most influential general farm organization. Stallman, a cattle and rice producer from Columbus, Texas, is the 11th president during AFBF’s almost 97-year history.Bob Stallman“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the nation’s Farm Bureau members and represent agriculture and rural America,” Stallman said. “After 16 years as AFBF president, six as Texas Farm Bureau president and several more in other Farm Bureau roles, it is time to hand over the reins of leadership — a decision that is made easier by knowing the great leadership and foundation that exist to continue moving Farm Bureau forward. I am as optimistic as ever about the future of American agriculture and Farm Bureau.“On the wall of the AFBF office is a quote by President Thomas Jefferson: ‘Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.’ I couldn’t agree more, and I would add that a most rewarding pursuit is working for the men and women who make up American agriculture. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to do so.”AFBF has thrived under Stallman’s presidency. Farm Bureau membership nationwide has grown by more than 1 million member families. Programming has grown to include more efforts to build rural communities and economies and more leadership development programs to help farmers and ranchers become advocates for agriculture and citizen leaders in their communities. AFBF has grown organizationally, particularly with the acquisition of the IDEAg farm events and publications business in 2013. And AFBF has grown in its effectiveness as an advocate in the courts for farmers’ and ranchers’ freedom to operate, and it remains the most visible, influential voice in the nation’s capital for farmers and ranchers of all types, sizes and regions.“While the presidential gavel will change hands, what defines Farm Bureau will remain the same: our grassroots strength and our commitment to strengthening America’s agricultural and rural communities,” Stallman said.In addition to his Farm Bureau roles, Stallman has served on numerous boards and federal and state committees, including the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, the Farm Foundation board of trustees, the board and founding leadership of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, the board of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology and the House Agriculture Committee’s Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture.A new AFBF president will be elected to a two-year term at the 97th annual meeting of voting delegates, Jan. 12, 2016, as part of the AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Tradeshow, Jan. 10-13, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OSU Extension, Darke County will be hosting the 2017 Soybean College on Tuesday, February 7. This will be a rare opportunity where The Ohio State University will have all of its state specialists working with soybeans at one meeting focusing on soybean production. This workshop will feature Dr. Laura Lindsey, Soybean/Wheat Extension Specialist; Dr. Kelley Tilmon, Field Crop Extension Entomologist; Dr. Mark Loux, Research and Extension Weed Science; Greg Labarge, Agronomic Systems Field Specialist; Dr. John Fulton, Precision Agriculture Engineer; and Dr. Anne Dorrance, Field Crop Extension Pathologist.It will be held at the Andersons Marathon Ethanol, 5728 Sebring Warner Road, Greenville, Ohio. The meeting will run 8 am until 4 pm with a continental breakfast and lunch provided.Workshop sponsors include the Ohio Soybean Council, Seed Consultants, Crop Production Services and Otte Ag.What we’ll cover:• Market Outlook –Chad Strobel, The Anderson’s• Can You Budget a Profitable Soybean Crop – Sam Custer• Agronomic Practices that Optimize Profitability in Soybean Production-Perception vs. Reality – Dr. Laura Lindsey• Waterhemp and other Resistant Weeds in Darke County – Mark Loux• Nutrient Management for Soybeans and How do Cover Crops Fit in all of this? – Greg LaBarge• Darke County On-Farm Research Results – Sam Custer• Insect Pressure on Today’s Genetics and Future Control – Dr. Kelley Tilmon• Diseases We See and Predict to Deal With in the Future – Dr. Anne Dorrance• Decision Making with High Resolution Crop Imagery – Dr. John FultonIn addition to the great presentations throughout the day, participants will receive a soybean college notebook. The notebook will include the notes from all presentations from the day and the following publications: Control of Insect Pests of Field Crops; Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide; and Profitable Soybean Disease Management in Ohio.