The Phillippi Village offers locals job opportunities and means residents will not have to travel long distances in search of work. (Image and Video: Future Cape Town)An old cement factory in Philippi has been turned into a thriving entrepreneurial complex where the region’s start-ups and growing businesses can build a future.Philippi is a predominantly low income township of more than 200 000 people on the outskirts of Cape Town. Only 62% of the labour force aged 15 to 64 is employed, and 78% of households have a monthly income of R3 200 or less. The area also has a very large percentage of young people, with 50% of residents aged 24 or younger.But Philippi Village brings hope to the area. The large entrepreneurial development provides a space where entrepreneurs and businesses can grow and where residents can develop skills and increase their employability.Its primary aim is to provide the infrastructure to house local businesses. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to cluster and collaborate to strengthen their businesses, stimulating local entrepreneurship and creating promising economic futures within Philippi, according to the village.It stands to reason that setting up businesses locally will bring local job opportunities, and mean residents will not have to travel long distances in search of work.The village consists of: The Hub, Village Square, The Container Walk and The Shed.The Hub is the centre of the village. It is a R120-million development that is designed as a creative and dynamic place that provides secure, accessible and affordable infrastructure where people can meet, host events collaborate and, importantly, locate their businesses locally.Watch how Philippi Village works:As its name suggests, the Village Square is an outdoors area designed as a place to spend leisure time, after hours or for small meetings during the day. It is open to recreation, art, music and there is a big screen.The Container Walk uses reclaimed shipping containers as business premises to help grow start-ups and small businesses. This way, it offers cost effective solutions with the added bonus of full business support and mentoring.Philippi Village has taken a phased approach and roll out. The entire project and its revenues are for community benefit and for re-investment into future phases of the development. If you are interested in partnering or becoming a social investor, contact the village.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
South African athlete Hannes Brits is the first amputee to compete at the highest level of the punishing Warrior Race extreme obstacle course running competition, to be held in Pretoria 19 and 20 November 2016. (Photo: Hannes Brits Facebook page)CD AndersonA South African athlete from Johannesburg is about to make history in the sport of extreme obstacle course racing, a gruelling variation of cross-country running that is inspired by military bootcamp training.Hannes Brits will become the first South African amputee to compete for a second time in the 17km long, 30-obstacle Black Ops Elite race, South Africa’s most gruelling race category of this extreme outdoor sport.The full competition event, gathering participants from all over the country, will be held on 19 and 20 November 2016, at Legends MX sport venue outside Pretoria.What warriors are made of! Highlights from today’s #Warrior7Photo credit: ZC Marketing Consulting (@ZCMCSocial) pic.twitter.com/w4o6MZUf4A— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) October 23, 2016Brits has already completed against able-bodied and other disabled athletes in the Commando and Commando Elite divisions over the past two years. He has been building up to competing in his second Black Ops Elite race, making him the only amputee to compete at this level in South Africa.Obstacle course racingObstacle course racing (OCR) is an extreme sport in which competitors – either as part of a team or individually – attempt to overcome various physical and environmental obstacle challenges over a long-distance, multi-terrain course.Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there. [Bo Jackson]#BeMore with @Jeep_SA Warrior Race powered by @reeboksa pic.twitter.com/alV6EgiSmX— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) November 7, 2016Obstacles include wall-climbing, carrying heavy objects over distance and negotiating water obstacles, all while enduring extreme environmental conditions such as mud, mountains and unpredictable weather.The sport, started in the late 1980s by cross-country runners in the United States, is largely inspired by the methods of military infantry training, used to test endurance, strength, speed and dexterity.A big fist pump to all our Warriors who pushed their limits at this past weekend’s @Jeep_SA #Warrior7 Meerendal @reeboksa #BeMore pic.twitter.com/HGoWWL3Bqs— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) October 25, 2016The sport also involves elements of long-distance running, as well as cross-country and road-running. Notable international OCR events include the Spartan, Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash, held in the United States and Europe. There are over a million competitors, both professional and amateur, around the world.The various race intensities of the sport mean that professionals and amateurs, men and women, young and old alike, can find races that best suit their fitness levels, and that offer opportunities for them to build up towards more challenging races.South Africa’s Warrior Races event includes Rookie, Commando and Black-Ops levels, as well as a special under-12 youth level, Bratz.Obstacle highlights from #BlackOpsElite at #Warrior7#BeMorePhoto credit: ZC Marketing Consulting (@zcmcsocial) pic.twitter.com/u1JsOQnZjA— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) October 23, 2016The Black Ops Elite event, the most advanced level on the local circuit, covers 17 kilometres and features 30 obstacles, six of which are water obstacles. The event is a solo event, testing each competitor’s personal resolve, wits and fitness.World according to BritsBrits competes in races on specially made sport crutches. His left leg was amputated in 2010 following a number of medical challenges that dogged him throughout his life. The loss of a leg, though, seemed to inspire him to challenge his own abilities in the most extreme way.“The world I knew before I had my leg amputated was limited,” Brits said in a statement released by Warrior Race ahead of the Pretoria event. “I could never partake in any sports or outdoor activities in fear of the smallest injury to my leg, could send me to hospital.“(OCR) was a new world that had been opened up to me and today I am able to partake in physical activities. This whole experience has been a big wakeup call for me.”The athlete believes that you can never be too old to pursue dreams and hopes, and by his example he hopes to become a true sporting representative for physically disabled people. He also wants to encourage more amputee athletes to get into OCR so that they can also push their limits and inspire those around them.Brits wants to use his sporting success to motivate others. “I have a real passion for helping people,” he says. “I would love to speak to children in schools and orphanages to inspire them for their future success.”His ultimate message for a world unfamiliar with the sport is that the obstacles in the races are apt metaphors for overcoming any challenges life might throw at you: “No matter what obstacle may be in your way, there is always a will to make a way but one needs to still carve that way. If we look at a situation and think we can’t, then we won’t. But if we look at it as a challenge and we look for a solution, then we will find the solution and we will ultimately achieve success.”For more information about Hannes Brits, the sport and how you can show your support, visit Warrior Race.Source: Warrior Race SA
The exit polls for the 2019 Lok Sabha election have made the BJP-led NDA the frontrunner in the Northeast comprising 25 parliamentary seats across eight States.The agencies that conducted the polls have predicted an average 15 seats for the NDA with an upper limit of 17, while the prime challenger, the Congress, has been given a maximum of seven seats. The predictions indicate that the BJP would fare better than its eight seats — seven from Assam and one from Arunachal Pradesh — in 2014.The agencies have been consistent with Assam, ruled by a BJP-led alliance. They have given the NDA a maximum of eight out of a total of 14 seats. The BJP had contested 10 seats, leaving three to the Asom Gana Parishad and one to the Bodoland People’s Front.For instance, Republic-C voter has predicted 17 seats for the NDA and seven for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in the Northeast. It has forecast eight seats for BJP, five for Congress and one for others in Assam.The Republic-Jan Ki Baat has predicted 14-15 seats for the NDA and 10-11 seats for the UPA in the Northeast. The BJP is predicted to win 10-11 of these and the Congress seven.The News18-IPSOS survey for Assam is 8-10 for NDA, 2-4 for Congress and two for the All India United Democratic Front. Chanankya, on the other hand, has predicted 10 seats for BJP and allies, three for Congress and one for others. “The exit polls show the people have voted for nationalism, for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision, for development and against appeasement. If you transfer the Lok Sabha result to the Assembly segment, you will see that the BJP and its allies have done better than in the 2016 Assembly polls,” said Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam’s Health Minister and BJP’s chief strategist in the Northeast.‘Wait for results’ “We have seen such predictions going awfully wrong in the past. It is advisable to wait for the actual results on May 23,” former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.Former Congress MP Kirip Chaliha, however, said exit polls cannot be “all gossip” as “certain amount of science is behind it” and the credibility of the survey agencies is at stake. “The readings reveal there is a 30% gap between the winner and loser. So if you allow a correction of 10%, the exit polls seem to be more or less on target. Still, this is just prediction, not the actual thing,” he said.
Some of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell’s coins are pictured at his office in Sandy, Utah, September 17, 2013.REUTERS/Jim UrquhartReutersNearly 17,000 Indians have signed a petition challenging the central bank’s decision to end dealings with crypto-related accounts.A Change.org petition for “Mak[ing] India at the forefront of Blockchain Applications Revolution” was filed online on April 5 after the Reserve Bank of India banned all financial firms from dealing with or providing services to any individuals or business entities dealing with or settling virtual currencies.”This is clearly stifling innovation around blockchain. If a government does not facilitate adoption of new technology, the country stands to left behind,” the petition reads.According to the petition, the RBI’s decision – which tech investor Tim Draper had recently called “a huge mistake” – could lead to an increase of irregular cash trading of cryptocurrencies in India.It would also lead to a knee-jerk reaction in the prices of cryptocurrencies, resulting in millions of Indians losing their hard earned money.The price of bitcoin plummeted to a low of Rs 350,000 ($5,392) versus its international market price of $6,617, following the RBI announcement.The petition notes the inevitability of Blockchain development globally and calls on the Indian government to remain competitive with other countries on the issue so as to not be “left behind”.Crypto exchanges and blockchain companies have profitable business models and can give a massive share of revenue to the government who is welcoming. Not only that crypto exchanges and traders are extremely compliant with stringent KYC norms and have already complied mentioning all their trade details. the petition said.Many bitcoin exchanges, including Zebpay and Unocoin, are looking to move their headquarters to jurisdictions outside India following the central bank’s clamp down on cryptocurrencies.