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  • Kosiyae Yussuf 2:04 pm on 15 Jun 2017 Permalink |
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    Call for Research or Academic Papers 

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    If you are a researcher, and you are seeking for publishing firm or organization, below is a list of publishing bodies for academic research papers. Uniqueness of some these journals is that, they have a room to accommodate, and publish articles submitted in any field of study.

    The chances your work will be published are higher, so long as it is of required quality. The work to be submitted is purely academics research articles. For more details visit the website to get to know what kind of work they wish to receive from writers. There are more benefits, not just getting published, you can get connected to a very helpful peer groups of writers, conferences, and monetary too.

    IJSBAR

    In full it international Journal of Science: Basic and Applied research. This is a multidisciplinary journal. They published research from any    field, be it science, social science, Languages or business. It is reviewed by peer a group, hosted and published by GSSRR, The Global Society of Science Research and Researchers. IJSBAR is open for submission of scientific articles, in any field for 2017 publication.

    This is scholarly journal and you are guaranteed that the editor decision within 21 days of submission. This is based on the peer review results. The papers submitted have to be complete, unpublished and not under review in others academic journals or conferences. For more about topics IJSBAR website as more but most important to know is that topics are not limited to on list one the website.

    ASRJETS

    It is an American Scientific Research Journal for Engineering, Technology, and Sciences. It is multidisciplinary Global Journals, and is seeking papers with significant theme, of research contribution in all fields. They accept submissions of manuscripts and published within 2-5 days upon receiving it. Rejection notification will take 2-21 days. They receive the manuscript from online submission only. ASRJETS receive a fee of $105. It’s publishing and processing is easy and faster, with lower cost.

    For more on to submit your paper visit ASRJETS websites for instruction and you also download one of their past volumes, to check whether your work meets the quality they want.

    IEEE GLOBALCOM

    The IEEE stands for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It is the largest technical professional society in the world. It has over 400,000 members in 150 countries.

     IEEE GLOBECOM 2017, in Singapore Global Hub to Connecting East and West, from 4-8 December 2017.

    IEEE is seeking submission for a symposium papers, work shop proposal and a tutorial proposal for authors, in technical program. For industrial program, authors to submit an executive forum proposal and industry panel proposal, and an industry presentations and demonstrations proposal. In case your missed submission this year, it is an annual event you can prepare to submit for 2018.For more on how to register, visit ieee globalcom website.

    Twelfth international conference on interdisciplinary social sciences

     From 26-28th July, 2017

    International conference center in Hiroshima, Japan

     This year special focus is on cross cultural and global research interdisciplinary, as a practice as per their website. They are inviting proposal for paper presentation, posters and exhibits, virtual lighting talk, colloquia and virtual posters, to address the following themes: educational studies, Communication, Global studies, Environmental studies, Organizational Studies, social and community studies, civic and political studies and cultural studies.

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  • Kosiyae Yussuf 1:29 pm on 8 May 2017 Permalink |  

    A call for artists worldwide to enter online exhibition 

    nature-art-wallpaper-1If you are an artist and you are looking for places to submit you creative work, The National Association of Women Artists and The Cube Art Project, are looking for you and your art, for consideration as well as exhibitions. Please apply before deadline. You can submit your work, or share this post with someone you know, who is an artist, and she or he is looking for audience to their art work.

     The National Association of Women Artists’ has announced a worldwide online exhibition for innovative crafts. Deadline is May 14, 2017. The show will run from June 1, 2017 through to August 1, 2017.

    People eligible for this art exhibition

    It is open to all The National Association of Women Artist members. Non-members women can also submit their work so long as they are 18 years and above. All applied arts will be considered. These will include: book arts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, tapestry, mosaics needle-point, metal work, quilting, wood work, origami, basket weaving and papier-mâché.

    Awards and benefits

    They only want one winner, who will be featured on http://www.nawaonlinegallery.org, and her own page. The page will include biography of artist’s statement. There will be several images of her works, plus links to her own website. http://www.thenawa.org. Links to exhibition on the home page will be shown.

    Pay entry fee

    Members of the National Associations of Women Artists’ will have to pay $35 entry fee. And non-members will have pay $45 for two entries. For every additional entry up to 5 entries, you will to pay $10.

    How to apply

    Application is only done online. Every participating artist is allowed to submit up to five artworks. It must be artist original work. All communication will be handled The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA).

    The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) is the oldest women’s fine art organization in USA, founded in 1889. It is a exciting community of professional women artists. It strives to support its members and women artists in general, through exhibitions and educational programs.  NAWA members represent all areas of the visual arts. It includes photography, painting, print-making, video art, installations, en-caustic, mixed media and sculpture.

    The Cube Art Project

    They are seeking, animations, video art, motion graphics, video-mapping and sound visualization projects for screening on their large three dimensional monitor the Cube. This screen is seen by a larger audience, hundreds of people in day. It could reach tens of thousands people in weeks. This submission is open to amateur and as well as professional artists worldwide. It is a curated competition of artwork.  It good for a public art audience, extensive latitude in genre and in style will be considered.  Consideration is given to artworks that are of a formal, and visual appeal.

    Awards to presented to winners
    1st prize = $500
    2nd prize = $250
    3rd prize = $10

    participants submitting special project are given a stipend up to $1600 to cover expenses.

    How to apply

    You apply online only. Just type of Google search “The Cube Art Project” and click on apply online link. $5 entry fee is payable.

     
  • Kosiyae Yussuf 5:45 pm on 21 Feb 2017 Permalink  

    8 World Class Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts 

    For authors of novels, science fiction, fantasy, and romance, publisher listed below are partners or imprint of the world well-known big five publishers worldwide. A deal with them is a boost in a life of an author or as a writer. The big 5 includes Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. You must have read a book by these great publishers, and you must feel the quality of the books, from content to paper quality.  It may seem you need an agent to deal them but not true.  Go to their website by typing name on to Google search, and then go to website read what they want and submit your work will be surprised to get a response from them.

    Dial Books for Young Readers

    They publish hardcover books for children of all ages. This includes books for young adults. Dial Books for Young Readers, is an imprint of Penguin. They accept unsolicited submissions and query letters from agent and authors as well, but do not respond to unsolicited submissions unless they are interested in the book, which tells you that they have enough slush pile submission.

    Wondering what is slush pile? Worry not here it is explained; In publishing industry, the slush pile is the set of unsolicited query letters or manuscripts sent either directly to the publisher or literary agent by authors, or to the publisher by an agent not known to the publisher

    In case you don’t hear from them, just understand that your piece hasn’t attracted their interest, and you try sending your manuscript somewhere else. Before you make a submission, read first their submission guidelines.

    Witness Impulse

    They are friendly to new author s. They accept online submission. The link is very easy for author to follow submitting their work.  It is a digital first imprint of Harper Collins. Publish mystery novels, including digital editions by most famous mystery writers of all time, for example, Author Agatha Christie. If you ever read her, then you know exactly what they publish. They also publish upcoming new authors. They publish both digital and print edition. They want a synopsis and the best seen first, and they publish a manuscript of about 10,000 to 75,000 words or above. For more read on the submission guidelines as well as their books on the website.

    Love swept and Flirt

    They are Random House’s digital-only imprints. It is only focused on romance and women’s fiction books. Most readers are reading eBooks   and they are seeking to partner with the most forward-thinking and up-and-coming authors, and to introduce them to an avid new audience of digital readers community.

    The receive queries online submission of 40,000 words or more, in contemporary romance, erotica, paranormal romance, historical romance, women’s fiction, and new adult, though  no strict word count limits for submissions. But work must be at least forty thousand words in length.

    They require no agent, they deal directly with authors. If your book does well as an eBook they will consider publishing a print version of it at a later date. The good thing about publishing digitally with Random House is that your book still gets the same serious consideration in terms of editing, marketing, distribution and design. For more visit their website and read their submission guideline.

    Forever Yours

    Forever is a romance imprint of Grand Central publishing, and, it is the imprint of the Hachette Book Group. It is the digital sister of Forever.  They focus on publishing established and upcoming authors, and they need no agent. Often publish authors not published before.

    They publish eBooks; they can also publish print on demand but the book has to be 50,000 words or more in length. The response in 6-8 weeks and give an offer of 25 percent royalties, and receive but  accepts romance submissions from all subgenres,  for example contemporary, romance, new adult,  romantic suspense, western, category romance stories,  inspirational, historical, erotica , paranormal, and  time-travel. They receive in queries through email, a detailed synopsis of novel and a complete manuscript formatted in to a RFT file. They publish novellas, and shortest work they publish is 12000 words and the long about 100,000 words.

    To submit to them, send them an email that includes a query letter, a detailed synopsis of your novel, and your completed manuscript formatted to be a RTF file. They accept novellas as well as novels. The shortest works they publish are 12,000 words; the longest are 100,000 according to their submission guidelines. For more read their submission guidelines. They have a larger chain of distributorship and market.

     Harlequin

    Harlequin has many divisions. Each division focuses on different subgenres in romance. It might take you sometimes to figure out what is the best fit for your manuscript.  These several division are open to different heat levels,  in the context of romance novels, heat level  is a scale that measures the amount of romantic or sexual details allowed in a  particular division  of  book.

    Submission process is generally user friendly. One has to create an account. That account can be used to submit your work to any of their divisions. Once you have created an account you fill out an online form and upload a synopsis, and a manuscript. In case your manuscript is rejected from one division you are always at liberty to submit it to another division, this is now where the heat level make sense.

    Avon Romance

    Avon Romance is an imprint of HarperCollins. It focuses on romance.   Avon Impulse digital is first imprint.  They publish new authors. If your book makes good digital sales, and it must be over 25,000 words in length, then it will receive a print run, and receive good marketing and   distribution. A book that receives a print run is officially published by Avon Romance for the print edition, and not Impulse. Avon Romance tries to publish   books every month.

    They are interested in publishing books that fall into the following categories: romantic suspense, super sexy, contemporaries, trilogies and historical Romance with hooks. They have well experienced editors and marketers, to help authors out.  They give a lot of personalized feedback and support. Avon Impulse really is publishing e-books that sell well, and they are advanced in terms of online marketing. They emphasize on promotion of books, and authors they have accepted to publish. They do not offer advances for most books, but royalties begin as low as 25 percent, up to 50 percent after a sale of about 10,000 copies are sold. Extremely generous!

    To submit your work, you have to use an online form. No specific editor to submit your work.  They just need a readable work, no specific format, and you have to be patient enough to wait a little longer for response because all submissions get response within six months.

    DAW

    This is an imprint of Penguin that is open to manuscript submissions from authors direct. No agent is needed. This is not normal with many publishers, but a great opportunity for authors to deal direct with publishers. DAW is the most respected publisher of Science Fiction, and Fantasy.

    They have published authors such as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny.  They have published many bestselling books. They have published Hugo award-winning books.  It is respected and popular.

    DAW novels vary in length.  They are rarely containing less than 80,000 words. Their response takes long time in case your book makes past the first reader.  For about DAW read the submission guidelines.

    HarperLengend

    It is a digital first imprint of HarperOne, which is an imprint of HarperCollins. They publish eBooks and if it does well then they publish a print edition. If the book is more than 25,000 words, it will be available as print-on-demand book as well.  HarperLegend is seeking to publish a very specific kind of book. If they accepted to publish your work, you will be assigned an editor who will be a person with an email address, phone number, Facebook account, LinkedIn account, and Twitter handle, with whom you can communicate with directly. Your editor will tackle all your needs for all things moving forward in the publication process. It is important to go through guideline before submitting your work.

     
  • Kosiyae Yussuf 3:13 pm on 12 Feb 2017 Permalink |  

    9 blogs and online magazines that pay writers well for contributing articles and essays 

    If you are a freelancer, and you want to make money from your writing, then bellow is a list of blogs and magazine that pays contributors for published articles and essays. What you need is only to type the name blog or magazine list below, on Google search, then click on the blog or magazine website for submission guidelines.

    Gothamist is a news and lifestyle blog, and it covers New York City. It is good for writers living around New York City. They pay original, heartbreaking, compelling, and enlightening stories that help readers better understand New York City, and the people living in it.

    This is according to their submission guidelines. Submit a well source article, up to 1 500 words. They publish true-life mysteries, and well explained stories. The story has to reveal how some aspects of New York City works. Your story should expose injustice and corruption.

    Unworthy Publishes original feature stories supporting their mission of “creating a better world.” It is a social-media driven website. It thrives on click-bait articles posted on websites like as Facebook. They pay up to $150 for each article they use plus $50 bonus. Currently they are accepting pitches from freelancers. For more go to their submission Guidelines.

    Dorkly: It seeks to publish articles on pop culture, on topic such as movies, television, anime and video games. They pay a minimum of $75 per published article they accept. Dorkly stories are generally short, up to 500 words, but open to ideas that will resonate with millions of their readers. Payment is based on rate with traffic and distribution bonuses. To learn more about Dorkly, visit their website for submission guidelines.

    Cosmopolitan Magazine publishes essays about memorable, hilarious and crazy experiences in colleges. They pay $100 per essay published on their website.They accepts essays of not more than 800 words. Learn more by going through read their submission guidelines.

    Modern Love is a regular column published and run by the New York Times. It publishes personal essays about relationships, marriages, parenting and dating. They pay up to $300 per essay. For more go through their submission guidelines.

    Paste Magazine publishes articles on music, TV, comedies, books, design, tech, drink, all things geeks, and video games. They pay up to $50 per article. They focus on popular culture.

    Extra Crispy is a lifestyle blog. It is owned and run by Time Inc. It publishes “opinion pieces, personal essays and reported stories, work of humor, narratives, profiles features, original recipes, and how-to articles. Payment is indicates as a rate of 50 cents per word. To learn more read their submission guidelines.

    Polygon publishes engaging stories about on video game artists, fans, and culture. They pay $0.25 per word; that means for a 500 word article you can be paid up to $125. Learn more from their submission guidelines.

    Dame accepts and publishes Stories of 800 and 2,000 words length. This depends on the subject matter and the story format. It is a women’s website, they publish a lot, for example essays, news and news analysis, relationships, sex, race, gender, politics, entertainment and arts, business, politics, Internet culture and health. Payment is negotiated upon acceptance. Learn more from their submission guidelines.

     
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  • Kosiyae Yussuf 2:34 pm on 29 Sep 2016 Permalink |  

    Explosion of Lifestyle Diseases 

    A lose of a family member, close friend, to lifestyle diseases is exploding. A survey by Broadway Bakery Limited indicates. This is part of its drive to change towards adopting a healthier lifestyle. Which is this healthier lifestyle, cutting on sugar consumption?
    I grew up knowing sugar taste sweetest ever, and if you had told me, sugar is dangerous to my healthy in my childhood, i could call you a big liar adult, now I have just learnt I have to reduce consumption of sugar, if I have to claim to live a healthy life. People who lived more than hundred years, their eating habits is more of eating fruits, vegetables and little or no much sugar, in my opinion. Consuming too much simple sugar can affect your immune system negatively for up to 5 hours after you eat it, according to AskDrSears.com
    Survey conducted in August, out of 241 Kenyans questioned, aged between 23 to 70 years, on the degree to which lifestyle diseases, had affected their family and close friends. The report showed that the death was more than 250 people in their close circles. This was an average of more than one death per respondent.
    Lifestyle diseases have moved to be the top killer in Kenya, in the last 10 years. Killing more than 100,000 Kenyans aged between 30 and 70 years every year. The age that is still productive to country economy. These diseases are responsible for almost 50 per cent of all hospital admissions and about 55 per cent of hospital deaths.
    30 per cent of Kenyans are now suffering from premature deaths. This is due to poor eating and exercise habits, a The World Health Organization report says. The impact of this swell is now being felt in every home in the country. The Broadway Bakery survey findings, that respondents knew in average, at least of 5 people suffering from lifestyle diseases in their inner circles, ranging from, cancer, diabetes, heart, high blood pressure, or kidney disease.
    The most common disease distressing Kenyan families is heart disease, responsible for close to half of the deaths reported in the survey with the respondents knowing an average of up to 2 people each who suffer from, and have died of, heart disease.
    The second most common condition within families and close friends is diabetes closely followed by cancer, both have been shown to be triggered, and aggravated by high sugar consumption.
    More shockingly, respondents gave the ages of those in their inner circles presently suffering from these conditions, and having died from them. It indicates surging levels of lifestyle conditions among Kenyan youth.
    Fifteen per cent of the male deaths reported from cancer were under 40 years of age. More than twenty per cent of the female deaths were for women between the ages of 30 and age of 40 years. The report further shows Of the reported diabetes sufferers; 41 per cent were under the age of 40 years, and 18 per cent were under the age of 30 years for men, while young women were more afflicted with 46 per cent of sufferers under the age of 40 years and 20 per cent under the age of 30 years. High blood pressure and heart disease remain confined to older age groups, usually over 40 years.
    “These findings support our real alarm at the impact of excessive sugar consumption on our younger generation,” said Mr. Bimal Shah, MD of. Broadway Bakery
    “The surge in lifestyle diseases has now become a crisis in Kenya and more worrying is the number of new cases being reported amongst younger people, often before they even reach their 30th birthdays, making for a lifetime of health care and often frequent hospitalization.” He added.
    The conditions the survey covered are all caused by unhealthy eating habits, and lack of physical exercise. In Broadway Bakery Be-Sugar-Smart drive is aimed at creating awareness across all generations on the prevalence of these diseases, and that too much sugar intake and physical idleness are ways of achieving an early death sentence.
    Broadway Bakery aim is to encourage food manufactures to produce healthy foods. Leading by example, Broadway Bakery has been, and continues to; manufacture healthy bread that is low in sugar but rich in nutrients. Diabetes, which is the most strongly related to high sugar consumption, is responsible for 13 per cent of the deaths of family, and friends reported by the survey’s respondents.
    These findings tie in with a newly published Kenya STEPwise survey that reported that more than 90 per cent of Kenyans consume less than five servings of fruits and vegetables on most days. And 28 per cent always add sugar to beverages.
    More than half of the adult Kenyan population has never had their blood pressure tested, yet one in four people have high blood pressure says the report. Diabetes testing is most neglected, despite its capacity to cause kidney failure, heart disease, amputations and comas. According to the report, only one in ten adults has ever been tested for diabetes.
    “The lack of testing is, of itself, a killer,” said Mr Bimal Shah, with Broadway Bakery now organizing a round of activities for World Diabetes Day on 14th November 2016 that it hopes will save further lives, in its drive to address Kenya’s extreme sugar related health issues.

     
  • Kosiyae Yussuf 8:50 am on 17 Aug 2016 Permalink |  

    Sweet Sugar Triggers Cancer: Broadways Bakery Survey Reveals 


     
     
    A Kenyan Bakery firm has revealed in a survey, that sugar causes cancer.  Broadway Bakery Ltd released a survey of scientific studies showing that sugar is causing cancer. Sugar in hot beverages is linked to increased incidences of colonic and rectal cancer. And sugar recently found to trigger, and accelerator for breast cancer. The company, Broadway Bakery, issued the survey at a time; Kenyans are among the highest consumers of sugar in the developing world. Cancer kills up to 28,000 Kenyans a year.
     “Kenyans are becoming more aware of the high risk of diabetes caused by extreme sugar consumption, but we believe that few have yet to realize that sugar is, itself, directly carcinogenic,” said Mr. Bimal Shah, Managing Director of Broadway Bakery.
     The firm launched its own privately funded public education campaign to raise awareness in an effort to slow the soaring death toll being caused by too much sugar consumption in Kenya. This claim is reinforced by a number of credible published research papers.
    Noble Laureate Otto Warburg first discovered that cancer cells do not need oxygen to survive like other cells do. He stated the cancer cells feed, and grow directly from pure, un-metabolized sugar. History tells us that human beings only absorbed metabolized sugar from fruits vegetables, and other natural sources. Takeoff in confectionary and added sugar leads to arrival of large amounts of un-metabolized sugar in consumers’ blood streams.
    How sugar accelerates the growth of cancer cells has since been known as the Warburg Effect. Doctors do advise cancer sufferers to immediately stop consuming sugar, with a 2011 review of Warburg’s work reporting that cancer cells use up to 10 times, much sugar to grow as ordinary cells. This means that the body requires extra sugar to fuel the growth of cancer.
    In 2013, scientists in Singapore and Denmark found that “immature sugar molecules aid in the growth properties of cancer cells.” In 2015, research published by the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) in the journal Cancer Research was one of many more studies again that reported that, their data provides strong evidence, that added sugar (sucrose) accelerates the development of breast cancer.
    Studies on sugar and cancer have delivered mounting evidence, that sugar does not only accelerate cancer growth, but also acts as a trigger in causing cancer.
    In 1993 study in Northern Italy, it found that people, who took sugar in their coffee, or hot beverages, were more likely to develop colon, and rectal cancer than those who did not.
    Catherina Steentoft, a scientist in the 2013 AACR study, commented that understanding the link with sugar might eventually help in developing better cancer treatment.
     “This is part of how we will proceed in the battle against cancer. When you know a certain process is important for the development of cancer you can start to consider ways to affect this process in a way that stops the cancer cell from taking advantage of it,” she said.
    Since, it has seen scientists turn to anti-sugar drugs as possible cures for cancer.
    Once such drug is metformin.
     Normally used to treat type 2 diabetes, by decreasing the amount of glucose released into the bloodstream. This age-old drug is now being tested as a viable treatment for cancer.
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is now sponsoring trials of the drug as a cancer treatment, as is the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the US.
    “With now high prevalence of cancer in Kenya at an estimated 39,000 new cases, and more than 28,000 deaths a year, Kenyans should be aware that there is a close link between high sugar consumption and the risk of developing certain types of cancer,” said Dr. Kirtida Acharya, chairperson of Diabetes Kenya.
    “We have seen sugar taxes introduced across the world to deter consumers from sugar and pay for the ballooning healthcare costs caused by lifestyle diseases that are the result of excessive sugar consumption. But we believe that consumers are not deliberately exposing themselves to cancer. They simply do not know Explosion of Lifestyle Diseases that cancer cells feed off un-metabolized sugar, which is why we are seeking to raise awareness and put people back in control of their health, especially as almost everyone is affected by cancer either directly or indirectly,” said Mr. Bimal Shah.
     
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  • Kosiyae Yussuf 2:17 pm on 2 Jul 2015 Permalink |  

    Telkom plays down vehicle shortage fears 

    Johannesburg – Telecommunications giant Telkom has played down fears that it is experiencing a vehicle shortage for its technicians.


    From July 1 2015, Telkom has signed on Bidvest as its sole supplier of fleet management services for the likes of technicians at the company.


    The agreement with Bidvest comes after Telkom cancelled its deal with fleet management company Debis Fleet Management (DFM).


    DFM provided a fleet of vehicles to Telkom since 2000. DFM, though, didn’t leave the deal quietly as earlier this year it challenged Telkom in the North Gauteng High Court in a bid to obtain “clarity regarding certain important topics relating to the expiry of the agreement”.


    However, DFM lost the court bid and it had to comply with lead out services of vehicles to Telkom until midnight of June 30.


    Since then, concerns have been raised that the changeover has resulted in some technicians not having cars, according to an angry customer, a Telkom technician, trade union Solidarity and another technology publication.


    Sandra Steyn, who runs a luxury guest house business in Hermanus, told Fin24 that a fault on her phone line has been unattended to since June 24 and that she was told by Telkom technicians this week that they currently don’t have cars to attend to customer complaints.


    A Telkom technical manager in the area declined to comment to Fin24.


    But Fin24, through phoning a Telkom technical call centre, understands that the vehicle shortage extends across the country. A Telkom technician on the phone call further said that the car shortage will occur for between two weeks to a month.


    Trade union Solidarity, which is embroiled in a dispute with Telkom over the company’s plan to retrench thousands of workers, also told Fin24 that it is aware of vehicle shortages at the company through its union members.


    “Telkom has assured us that they are taking care of the situation and that everything will be sorted by the end of July,” said Inge Strydom, Solidarity’s media relations officer.


    Meanwhile, technology publication TechCentral has reported that, according to a source, Bidvest is short of 3 000 vehicles out of a total of 5 000.


    Telkom turns to car rentals


    Meanwhile, Sinah Phochana, who is Telkom’s executive for PR corporate, has played down fears over the company’s fleet management contract changeover and said that Bidvest is using short-term rental cars in the meantime where required.


    “A changeover of service providers of this magnitude, requires significant operational changes, and requires a large number of new purpose built vehicles to be available from the manufacturers,” Phochana told Fin24 in an emailed statement.


    “As a consequence, Bidvest is utilising some short term rental vehicles for the month of July, whilst the remainder of the new vehicles are registered and delivered to Telkom. Most of the new vehicles have been delivered. By the end of July, the complete new fleet will be in operation.


    “Telkom and Bidvest are working closely together on this handover, and neither party expects there to be significant or material operational issues as a result of this handover,” said Phochana.


    Disruption to business


    Meanwhile, Telkom customer Sandra Steyn explained how she’s been hit by a lack of service.


    “It’s just embarrassing. I have international guests in the guest house; I’m going to have a full house over the weekend and we’re going to have to tell guests you can’t contact management over the switchboard; you’ll have to call the cellphone,” Steyn told Fin24.


    “We have one mobile phone that works, but fortunately our line is working and our ADSL line is working.


    Steyn further said that she’s even offered to collect technicians, who are based close to her business, and bring them to the guest house.


    “I’ve offered to pick him up. I’ve said: Can’t he walk not more than two three blocks away? But they’re not willing and they’ve just said ‘sorry, you’ll have to wait and it will probably be a month’”.


    Fin24

     
  • Kosiyae Yussuf 2:12 pm on 2 Jul 2015 Permalink |  

    SABC to tell truth ‘with balanced perspective’ – CEO 

    Cape Town – New SABC chief executive officer Frans Matlala said the public broadcaster going forward will tell the truth but will also be “balancing the perspective”.

    He further said that he will be spending the next three months talking to various people to find out what happened at the SABC in the past and what issues there are.

    Frans Matlala was announced as the new permanent SABC CEO on Wednesday at the broadcaster’s Auckland Park headquarters, a year and five months after Lulama Mokhobo quit just a few months into her five year contract.

    Matlala is a supporter and ally of the SABC’s controversial and famously matric-less chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

    Matlala was also an advisory consultant for the SABC for a year and he said there is room for improvement at the beleaguered SABC.

    The public broadcaster has been lurching constantly from crisis to crisis and scandal to scandal since 2009 when it came to the brink of financial collapse and got a R1bn bailout in the form of a government guaranteed loan from Nedbank.

    The SABC – fraught with ongoing insider politics, executive and SABC board room power struggles and growing perception concerns about news bias, maladministration and undue political interference – faces big internal challenges.

    There’s also the looming and expensive switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) which the SABC will now only start with five channels, one of which will be the rerun channel SABC Encore (DStv 156).

    “Over the next 100 days I’m going to spend time with the SABC executive team, and of course I’ll spend time with the SABC board and different people outside the organisation, including the minister of communications Faith Muthambi, parliament’s portfolio committee of communications and different stakeholders so that I can appraise myself of things that have happened in the past, current realities, as well as future issues that I need to be aware of,” said Matlala.

    “I think it’s important that we take advantage of the role and the opportunity we have to be able to serve the nation and Africa as a continent and lead that narrative. And it’s a narrative of telling the truth but at the same time balancing the perspective that we put on the table,” said Matlala.

    Political reaction: Another ‘flower pot’?

    Political parties in South Africa have reacted to the appointment of Frans Matlala.

    The ANC congratulated Frans Matlala. “The appointment of a CEO for the SABC is long overdue and therefore we congratulate him on his appointment and wish him well in his position particularly in terms of continuing to deepen the mandate of the SABC as a public broadcaster,” said the ANC.

    The Congress of the People (COPE) said it doesn’t support Frans Matlala’s appointment as SABC CEO.

    “He is a close ally of Hlaudi Motsoeneng. We don’t think that there will be any changes because Hlaudi Motsoeneng will still be in control. This man will only be a flower pot and Hlaudi Motsoeneng will still run the show,” said COPE.

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it tentatively welcomes the appointment of Frans Matlala, but cautioned that he will have to “put Hlaudi Motsoeneng in his place”.

    “The new SABC CEO is not Hlaudi Motsoeneng. This, in itself, is a positive development,” said Gavin Davis, DA MP.

    “Frans Matlala has an opportunity to learn from the experiences of his predecessor, Lulama Mokhobo, who resigned as CEO after just 11 months. The Public Protector found that her position was made untenable by Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s campaign to bully and undermine her.”

    “The key to Frans Matlala’s success in this new role is for him to quickly stamp his authority as the top administrator at the SABC. Already the signs are good that he will put Hlaudi Motsoeneng in his place.”

    “There are some question marks around the process to appoint Frans Matlala. With only  members, the SABC board is three short of the quorum it requires to make legally binding decisions such as the appointment of a new CEO,” said Gavin Davis.

    Fin24

     
  • Kosiyae Yussuf 2:31 pm on 1 Jul 2015 Permalink |  

    WATCH: Skydiving granny still paying tax at 100 

    Cape Town – The 100-year-old granny who stole the hearts of millions when she went sky diving on her birthday has now added another crazy stunt to her bucket list: she paid her tax on Wednesday – the first day of tax filing season.

    Georgina Harwood might not be your average pensioner, but she told Fin24 that she was just an ordinary citizen and that paying tax was one of her duties.

    ‘Keep your integrity’

    July 1 was the official start of the tax season and Harwood was invited to cut the ribbon at 7:45 on Wednesday in Lower Long Street, Cape Town.

    The dare-devil granny made headlines on her 100th birthday on 10 March 2015, when she skydived over the skies of Cape Town. Six days later, Harwood went shark-cage diving to come face-to-face with the great white.

    “My message to the youth of South Africa is to keep their integrity in every way,” she told Fin24 after the tax doors opened to a group of 800 people queuing outside and millions more across the country.

    “Pay tax; look after yourselves [and] look after your families,” she said. “I think women should be more aware of their instincts as being carers. “Their families and their homes and their husbands [should be] their first care.”

    A life paying tax

    “I’ve been earning a salary since I was 25,” she said. “That’s a long time.

    “Then I got married, you see, and I didn’t pay any tax because my husband had to pay the tax. Don’t you realise that in the early days, we women didn’t pay any tax.

    “Any income I would earn would be added on to my husband’s income,” she said.

    She remembers being offered a part-time job for 20 pounds a month and the tax official said if she added that on to her husband’s salary, he would have to pay 200 pounds a year so “it wasn’t worth my while working”.

    My pension gets taxed now

    SARS now taxes her pension and recently the tax amount has gone up. “They suddenly started taking extra off and I had trouble finding out why,” she said.

    “I’ve been contributing to South Africa, in effect, all my life,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been working for South Africa all my life.

    “I am proud of being a South African,” she said. “My father came out here in 1901 and set up the health section of the government.”

    Harwood was one of six children and the greater family still lives in South Africa and contribute to the tax collection of the country, she explained. “What more do you want,” she asked.

    Being a civil servant’s wife, Harwood said they didn’t earn a vast amount of money and so never paid excessive tax. “I’ve had a reasonably comfortable life and I’ve done all the right things.”

    Fin24

     
  • Kosiyae Yussuf 2:29 pm on 1 Jul 2015 Permalink |  

    Frans Matlala appointed as new SABC CEO 

    Cape Town – Frans Matlala has been appointed as the SABC’s new chief executive officer, saying “I need to acknowledge the honour I’ve been given”.

    Frans Matlala, a consultant to the public broadcaster for project management and strategic advisory services, has been a keen supporter of the SABC’s controversial and famously matric-less chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng,

    The appointment comes almost a year and a half since Lulama Mokhobo abruptly quit in February 2014 after just 14 months into her five year contract without any explanation.

    That left Hlaudi Motsoeneng in charge as the next highest ranking SABC executive, himself embroiled in litigation over his appointment and fingered in a scathing report from the Public Protector, implicating him in maladministration, corruption and abuse of power at the SABC.

    Like Eskom, South African Airways (SAA) and the South African Post Office (Sapo), the SABC’s new CEO faces a daunting and herculean task to try and rescue the struggling broadcaster, which came to the brink of financial collapse in 2009.

    Frans Matlala also becomes the SABC’s 9th CEO – including those who were appointed in an acting capacity in the position for a period of time – to be in charge of the public broadcaster since 2009.

    Over the past six years, several SABC chief executives left before their terms ended, while others received golden handshakes when leaving and some even took legal action when their contracts were terminated.

    The appointment of a permanent CEO at the SABC is crucial to repair stability at the beleaguered public broadcaster.

    Serious concern has also been growing over the past two years regarding SABC news coverage; the SABC’s loss of several board members, and former chairperson Ellen Tshabalala stepping down in December 2014 after she was exposed for lying about fake tertiary qualifications she didn’t have.

    In April, an ongoing concern was further raised in parliament over the SABC’s audience share which is flat at 53%.

    The SABC also wasted R3.39bn on irregular spending in three years according to the Auditor General (AG) and the public broadcaster has so far received four consecutive annual qualified audits from the AG.

    Fin24

     
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