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Jan
17

Ali has delivered on manifestos, policies

first_imgDear Editor,I am amazes and somewhat shocked to have read Mr Oscar Ramjeet’s comment in one of the daily newspapers harshly criticizing Irfan Ali’s candidacy and nomination for president of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.I take this opportunity to remind Mr Oscar Ramjeet and his friends in the diaspora that Mr. Irfan Ali did not drop from the sky; he has been actively involved in Guyana’s politics for over twenty years.Former Presidents, Donald Ramotar and Bharrat Jagdeo give him high praises in the competent manner in which he managed his ministry as Minister of Government and as a member of the PPP- Parliamentary Opposition since 2015.It is a fact that Mr Ali has delivered on the manifestos and policies of the PPP by completely transforming the housing land scape of this country and regularizing squatting areas with large housing schemes in various parts of Guyana.Further, under his leadership Guyanese living in Guyana or abroad; irrespective of race, political persuasion or creed were the recipients of over 50,000 affordable house lots and turn-key houses so that they can have the assurance, security and comfort of their own homes with portable, purified water, asphalt roads and electricity supply.This former, honorable minister of government has created many industrial zones so that thousands of skilled, semiskilled and ordinary workers can have employment. Moreover, this public servant has dedicated all his unwavering energy to the service of this country.I urge Mr Ramjeet to be reminded that Mr. Ali has gained wide support from the Central Executive of the PPP with approximately 70% of the votes cast on Saturday, January 19, 2019.I therefore question, how this learned gentleman has the gall to say that President Jagdeo was the cause for the PPP’s loss at the 2015 polls. I need to inform you that if President Jagdeo didn’t step in and make a late intervention the PPP would have lost by a far greater majority.Ramjeet, you must also understand that President Jagdeo is the lighting rod in the PPP, and the champion for the cause of the disenfranchised Guyanese people in the unending downward spiral spin whether you like it or not; Sir, I guarantee you he will be there for a long time to come.I am confident that Mr. Irfan Ali and the Central Executive Committee members of the PPP will deliver a victory for all Guyanese in the eagerly awaited upcoming general elections.Finally, I agree with Mr Ramjeet that his favored presidential candidate Mr Anil Nandallal is articulate and bright, but the Central Executive of the PPP has spoken and all the nominees have given their support to Mr Ali. The entire team is now united by his victory and this will be sold to the populace.Yours sincerely,Hanna Mohamedlast_img read more

Jan
14

Laffor Presents Medal to Chief Patron

first_imgAfter conquering the African continent in the soccer arena, South African based Liberian soccer star, Anthony Snoti Laffor has returned home with his honors (the medal and jersey he wore on that fateful day) and presented them to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for onward presentation to the Liberian people.He became the first Liberian player to win the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League after playing a key role in his South African side’s (Mamelodi Sundowns) achievement.Laffor, 31, upon meeting the President, lauded her for the audience and presented his championship medal along with his number ‘28’ Jersey to her in appreciation of, what he termed as, her support to the development of sports in Liberia.“Madam President, I would have been very ungrateful if I had not come to present these honors that I have achieved in a foreign country to you, as our mother, and the Liberian people. Therefore, I have come to give this to you and the Liberian people. Thanking you all for the support over the years,” Laffor said in the Cabinet Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The former national team—Lone Star—Captain was accompanied to the President for the ceremony by Minister of Youth and Sports, Charles Saah N’Tow, scores of sports journalists and a number of top government officials.“My country is always in my heart. And what makes me proud most when I am out there is when I am identified as a Liberian international football star. I’m so grateful to represent my country out there,” he told the President.Laffor, an important and dependable member of his Sundowns’ team, got the opener in the semi-final’s 2nd leg after Sundowns defeated Zambian side ZESCO 3-2 on aggregate.He subsequently scored that all important opener and provided an assist in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final when Sundowns defeated Zamalek 3-0 at home. This gave Laffor and his team an advantage that served them well moving into the 2nd leg of the final in Egypt. That championship victory gave Mamelodi Sundowns its first continental title, a after 3-1 on aggregate over Zamalek.President Sirleaf praised Anthony Laffor for his endeavor in putting Liberia on the soccer landscape of Africa adding: “If you were not competitive; if you were not strong, if you were not disciplined, you would never have risen to the place where you could be identified and then moved to where you have become the champion of Africa,” she observed.She urged Laffor to stay in touch with his country and he should keep being a symbol of hope and success for the younger generation. With Laffor’s permission, the President said that the medal and the historic #28 jersey will be placed in the national museum for generations to come to see.Laffor who is also the former Captain of the Liberian National Team, the Lone Star, promised President Sirleaf that Liberia will qualify for the next round of the African Cup of Nations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jan
10

Kenya up two places in latest FIFA ranking

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastian Migne leads players in training. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, May 17- Harambee Stars have moved up two places in the latest FIFA ranking to 111th despite inactivity since the March friendly matches against Central Africa Republic and Comoros in Morocco.Stars lost 3-2 to the Central Africa Republic and drew 2-2 with Comoros, results that occasioned their dip to 113th but have now made a few steps in a bid to get back to the top 100 rankings. This comes even as new head coach Sebastien Migne continues to shape up his squad and will have five games beginning May 25 when he will walk the team to his first match in charge a friendly game against Swaziland.The tactician will also have a second friendly match three days later against Equatorial Guinea before proceeding to India where the team has been invited for the four nations Hero Intercontinental Cup.Meanwhile, there haven’t been major movements in the ranking which come after a period where most countries did not take part in FIFA friendly games. Uganda remains static at 74th spot and is the best ranked East African country.Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal and Argentina remain the best ranked countries occupying position one to five. Kuwait is the best mover having gone up 16 places to 160 while Palestine is the worst mover having dropped 13 places to 96th.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Dec
29

Shock as six An Post workers to be axed in Letterkenny region

first_imgPostal delivery drivers in the Letterkenny district say they were shocked when told at a union meeting that An Post intends to cut their numbers by as many as six positions with immediate effect.The union members gathered in the Mount Errigal Hotel at the weekend had expected to hear details of progress on their 2% salary increase, which they say was due to, have been paid in July.This latest jobs twist comes as talks between postmasters and An Post have broken down again and a national executive meeting is scheduled to discuss what is termed a deteriorating situation for employees of the company. A meeting of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) on Friday evening at the Mount Errigal Hotel heard of An Post’s plans without any formal contact with the drivers: according to sources.It is believed the Letterkenny area which extends to Dunfanaghy; Fanad Head: Kilmacrennan: Milford: Rathmullan and Downings has in the region of 60 drivers and the workers believe these cuts are the beginning of a rationalisation phase by the company to reduced manpower and leave many communities with much later services every day of the week.It is understood that six ‘casual’ posts in Letterkenny are being cut with immediate effect and the union members fear for their own positions in what they believe is only the beginning of a huge rationalisation programme within the service.In recent years the decline in letter post has between 5 and 10% each year, but in the most recent year An Post had performed well and kept the decline to 5%. However the increase of a postage stamp to €1 is seen as a step too far for most consumers. Meanwhile the resumed talks between the Union and An Post have broken down again. The IPU has steadfastly rejected An Post’s plan to operate a new ‘smartcard’ system. The postmasters fear loss of income and the move will effectively close hundreds of post office across Ireland.An Post sees the introduction of the Smart account is a key attempt to ensure the survival of the post office network.However the IPU Members are refusing to co-operate with the roll-out of the new product because they believe it reduces their earning capacity and poses a huge threat to many branches staying in business.The dispute continues amid fears that up to 500 post offices could be forced to close as they are losing money, with consumers increasingly using electronic forms of payment.The Smart account is aimed at offering an electronic payment option to the 1.7 million customers who use the post office network each week.But those receiving social welfare payments, such as child benefit, are increasingly having the money transferred straight to a bank account. Less than 10% of new pensioners are thought to be opting for cash payments through a post office.A letter from the Irish Postmasters’ Union to its members had already advised them not to co-operate with the rollout of the new Smart account.The letter, signed by IPU general secretary Ned O’Hara, says that the union has twice voted at its annual conference not to co-operate on the training of postmasters to operate the new account without an agreement on the future structure of the post office network.The IPU wants An Post to agree to recommendations made by businessman Bobby Kerr on a new contract, and is seeking extra funding for postmasters. “In the absence of any agreement on the future of the network, the national executive is advising and recommending to you that you do not engage in any training in relation to the An Post Smart card account, until final agreement is reached on outstanding issues,” said the Union advice to members.An Post, whose chief executive is David McRedmond, lost €15.6m last year. The new account, if agreed will be a direct challenge to AIB, Bank of Ireland, Ulster, Permanent TSB, and KBC.Account holders will get a debit card, which can be used across the MasterCard network.Customers will also be offered a reward scheme on a range of products and services but there is no cheque book or overdraft facility with the new product.A number of IPU members told the Tribune that An Post has now begun telephoning them in a in an attempt to convince them into operating the Smartcard service The National Executive is meeting to address the new crisis.In the meantime the IPU has advised their members that they are not in a position to give a response to An Post until they are in receipt of further instructions from the Union.And the Postmasters have also been advised to contact the IPU Executive if An Post persists with this practice, which could be seen as a form of bullying.Shock as six An Post workers to be axed in Letterkenny region was last modified: September 23rd, 2017 by StephenShare 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)Tags:An Postjob cutsletterkennylast_img read more

Dec
29

HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN – ALMOST 200 BIKERS TURN UP FOR UNIQUE MASS

first_imgUp to 200 bikers answered the call of Donegal Fr Gerard Sweeney after he organised a special mass for bikers yesterday.The well-known Burt curate has been a motorbike enthusiast for almost seventeen years.And yesterday he chose the right road after holding a mass for dozens of motorcyclists and even blessing their machines afterwards. The motorbike-mad cleric, who drives a powerful Suzuki motorbike, held the mass at St Aengus’s Church in Burt on the Inishowen Peninsula.According to Fr Gerard, the aim of the mass was to pray for the safety of all bikers across Donegal as they take to the roads.The interdenominational service focused on remembering bikers who have died on the roads in the past 12 months – a message which was reflected in the prayers of the faithful.“We have all heard about people dying on our roads and motorcyclists are no exception. “Many of my friends have been on to me for a long time now about holding such a mass and I am delighted we did. It was a very touching occasion.“I know first-hand how dangerous it can be for motorcyclists on the road and I wanted to highlight that. The old advert – think once, think twice, think bike’ is very true. People should remember that,” he said.He admits he does get the odd strange look when he takes off his helmet and motorbike leathers and people realize he has a priest’s collar on!Fr Sweeney, who has been a curate in the Donegal parish for just a year, revealed he first got into motorbikes seventeen years ago when a fellow priest bought him six motorbike lessons as a Christmas present.“I have been hooked ever since and I just love going out onto the open road. I have met a lot of good friends through biking,” he said. As well as blessing and remembrance service, the bikers also held a collection for the RLNI before heading off on a ride around Buncrana and Ned’s Point.PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF NEWSPIXIRL.EndsHIGHWAY TO HEAVEN – ALMOST 200 BIKERS TURN UP FOR UNIQUE MASS was last modified: August 21st, 2011 by StephenShare 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)Tags:bikers massBURTFR GERARD SWEENEYlast_img read more

Dec
25

OUTRAGE AFTER TOURISTS SAVAGED BY STRAY DOGS IN MALIN HEAD

first_imgDOG owners have been warned today that they face prosecution after TWO separate attacks on tourists.The latest incident happened at the weekend when a terrified and bloodied Spanish tourist managed to make his way to the Coast Guard station at Malin Head to seek help.He had suffered several serious cuts to his arms and legs. Staff there called in a doctor and the victim was rushed to hospital by ambulance for treatment.Donegal Daily has learned that this is the second savage dog attack on a tourist in Malin Head recently.Three weeks ago a distraught Belgian tourist sought help in Malin Town after driving there in his camper van after suffering multiple bites to both legs in an attack by a dog.Today Inishowen councillor Jack Murray told us: “I am very concerned about these incidents. It must have been horrific for tourists coming to see one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland. “I will be talking to the council about what action can be taken and I would urge all dog owners to behave responsibly so that both local people and tourists alike can enjoy visits to Malin Head without this happening.” OUTRAGE AFTER TOURISTS SAVAGED BY STRAY DOGS IN MALIN HEAD was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:coast guarddog attacksMalin HeadMalin Townlast_img read more

Dec
22

Wakiso Giants seek maiden victory as Big League heads into match day 3

first_imgWakiso have drawn their first two games in the FUFA Big League (Photo by Wakiso Giants media)FUFA Big League 2018Wakiso Giants vs Kataka FCBugembe Stadium, JinjaThursday, 15-11-2018BUGEMBE – Money Bags-Wakiso Giants will be on the hunt for a first win in the FUFA Big League on Thursday afternoon at home to Kataka FC in Bugembe.Ibrahim Kirya’s side find themselves without a victory going into match day three having drawn both of their first two games.It is however no crises at the club as per now having attained the draws away to Amuka Bright stars and JMC.However, the visit of Kataka being their first home game, the side will be expected to register their first three points and match up the table, something the Kirya agrees with.“It’s high time we won a game, said Kirya ahead of the game.“It will be a tough game against a good side but we want maximum points.The Purple Sharks will miss the services of left back-Sulaiman Jjingo who sustained an injury in their 1-1 draw away to JMC. They will also be without Steven Bengo who for some unknown reason, has been left out of the match-day squad.However, Augustine Walusimbi has been included in the team and is expected to replace Jjingo at left-back.For Kataka, they will be starting life minus head coach Sam Kawalya who decided to throw in the towel siting unfavorable coaching conditions.The other Matchday 3 Fixtures in the FUFA Big league:-UPDF Vs Amuka Bright Stars – Bombo Barracks Grounds-Light SS Vs Dove All Stars – Amuria SS Grounds-Nebbi Central Vs Entebbe FC – Nebbi SS Grounds-Kitara FC Vs Kira United – Kigaya Grounds-Kabale Sharp Vs Water FC – Kabale Municipal Grounds.-Ntinda United Vs Dove FC – Muteesa II Stadium Wankulukuku-Kansai Plascon Vs Bumate United – Bishops Grounds Mukono-Kireka United Vs Proline FC – Mandela National StadiumComments Tags: fufa big leaguetopWakiso Giantslast_img read more

Dec
22

On-the-run businessman Ferry lodges complaint over waste rival

first_imgOn the run Donegal businessman Jim Ferry has lodged a formal complaint with Donegal County Council over a fellow waste collector.Ferry, who is being sought by the High Court after he absconded from court, sent an email to the council as well as local media outlets including Donegal Daily with his complaint.Ferry claims the other businessman is behind a development on which there is allegedly no planning permission. The other business has declined to comment on the allegations being made by Ferry and has never been accused of any wrongdoing.In his letter to county manager Seamus Neely, Ferry demands “I am requesting that this unauthorised development be stopped.”Ferry has been spotted at a number of locations and most recently in the Rosgier area of Lifford.On-the-run businessman Ferry lodges complaint over waste rival was last modified: November 19th, 2017 by StephenShare 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) Tags:complaintdumpingferry’s refusejim ferrylast_img read more

Dec
19

Dead Sea Drying Up

first_imgThe Dead Sea water level is dropping 3.3 feet per year and may be gone in 50 years, reports World Net Daily.  Israel and Jordan are working on ways to save the world’s lowest-elevation lake, a landmark of Biblical fame.California has a dry lake, Owens Lake, that became a huge source of toxic pollution when the water was diverted.  Wind now blows toxic dust over large areas of the west.  A similar thing could happen with the Dead Sea unless the governments succeed in limiting their diversion of waters from the Jordan River valley.  This will be a hard call in a thirsty land.  It would be a shame to lose this remarkable body of water.  For more on the geology of the Dead Sea area, see 05/03/2004 headline.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dec
18

South Africa’s national symbols

first_imgA country’s symbols – seal, motto, flag, anthem, coat of arms and natural symbols – tell its story and play a crucial role in building pride and a sense of belonging. South Africa’s national symbols are rich in heritage, and tell the stories of the country’s abundant natural and cultural diversity.South Africa’s national symbols are rich in heritage. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe Department of Arts and Culture is the custodian of all our national symbols and is tasked with educating all South Africans in their meaning and history, especially during the annual national Heritage Month, held during September.|Decoding the coat of armsA coat of arms of any country is the highest visual symbol of that country, and is part of the great seal, which confers absolute authority on all documents bearing it. South Africa’s new coat of arms was launched on Freedom Day, 27 April 2000, during former president Thabo Mbeki’s administration. It was created by designer Iaan Bekker and replaced the former coat of arms which had been in use since 1932.South Africa’s motto, !ke e: /xarra //ke, in the Khoisan language of the /Xam people is included on the coat of arms. It means “diverse people unite”. (Image: Wikipedia)The coat of arms is elegant and contemporary in design and distinctly egg-shaped. In the lower portion, known as the oval shape of foundation, the first element is the motto in a green curve, which is completed by two symmetrically placed pairs of elephant tusks pointing upwards. Within the oval shape formed by the tusks are two symmetrical ears of wheat symbolising fertility, which in turn frame a centrally placed gold shield, reminiscent of a drum.The shield contains two human figures from the famous Linton panel of Khoisan rock art, facing one another in greeting and in unity. The Linton panel resides in the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town.Above the shield are a spear and a knobkierie, crossed in a single unit, but lying down in a gesture of peace. These elements are arranged harmoniously to give focus to the shield and complete the lower oval shape of foundation.Above the foundation is a stylised protea, whose petals are rendered in a triangular pattern often found in African crafts, and in popular colours associated with the continent – green, gold, red and black.A secretary bird hovers above the protea and the flower forms its lower body and chest – this part also looks like a diamond, one of the South African success stories. The secretary bird, known for its ability fight off its enemies, usually snakes, stands with its wings regally uplifted, while its distinctive head feathers crown a strong and vigilant head. Its legs are formed by the spear and knobkierie below.The sun rising above the horizon is placed between the wings of the secretary bird and completes the oval shape of ascendance.South Africa’s motto is !ke e: /xarra //ke, written in the Khoisan language of the /Xam people. Literally translated it means “diverse people unite” and replaces the former Ex unitate vires, Latin for “unity is strength”.Pronunciation of !ke e: /xarra //ke:!: Place the tip of the tongue against the gum root in the middle of the mouth and click hard. This is similar to the q sound in Zulu, for example in iqanda (egg).k: Not pronounced and followed by a short ê sound, as in nest.e: A very long ê which is pronounced with a dip in the voice, like a sheep bleating; similar to ê-hê-hê-hê/: Place the tongue softly against the root of the teeth in the middle front of the mouth. Then click with the middle of the tongue. The sound is similar to the c sound in Zulu, for example in ucingo (telephone).x: Similar to a prolonged gggg sound in Afrikaans, leading to gggarra.//: Another click, this time with the side of the tongue against the palate, similar to the x sound in the word Xhosa. The k is not pronounced.|National flagThe new national flag of the Republic of South Africa was designed by former state herald Fred Brownell. It was adopted on Freedom Day, 27 April 1994, and first flown on 10 May 1994 – the day of former president Nelson Mandela’s inauguration. It’s the only six-coloured flag in the world.The central design of the flag, beginning at the flag-pole in a V form and flowing into a single horizontal band to the outer edge of the fly, can be interpreted as the convergence of diverse elements within South African society, taking the road ahead in unity.When the flag is displayed vertically against a wall, the red band should be on the viewer’s left, with the hoist or the cord seam at the top. When it is displayed horizontally, the hoist should be on the viewer’s left and the red band at the top. When the flag is displayed next to or behind the speaker at a meeting, it must be placed to the speaker’s right. When it is placed elsewhere in the meeting place, it should be to the right of the audience.National anthemThe current national anthem is a combination of two well-known pieces of music – Enoch Sontonga’s Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, and The Call of South Africa (Die Stem van Suid Afrika), written in 1918 by author and poet CJ Langenhoven.The music to The Call, which had been South Africa’s official national anthem since 1952 (and the Afrikaans version since 1957), was composed by Rev ML de Villiers in 1921.Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was composed by Sontonga, a Methodist mission schoolteacher, in 1897. The words of the first stanza were originally written in isiXhosa as a hymn. Seven additional stanzas in isiXhosa were later added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi. It became a symbol of African freedom and defiance during the years of apartheid, and has been translated into most of South Africa’s official languages.This is the official version of the national anthem, with a translation in English given in brackets:Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika(God Bless Africa)Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,(Raise high Her glory)Yizwa imithandazo yethu,(Hear our Prayers)Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo(God bless us, we her children)isiXhosa and isiZuluMorena boloka setjhaba sa heso,(God protect our nation)O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,(End all wars and tribulations)O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,(Protect us, protect our nation)Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.(Our nation South Africa – South Africa)SesothoUit die blou van onse hemel,(Ringing out from our blue heavens)Uit die diepte van ons see,(From the depth of our seas)Oor ons ewige gebergtes,(Over our everlasting mountains)Waar die kranse antwoord gee,(Where the echoing crags resound)AfrikaansSounds the call to come together,And united we shall stand,Let us live and strive for freedom,In South Africa our land.EnglishDownload the sheet music (PDF, 175KB)Watch the Soweto Gospel Choir singing the national anthem:National OrdersNational orders are the highest awards that a country, through its president, bestows on its citizens and eminent foreign nationals. The president is assisted by the director-general in the Presidency, who is the chancellor of national orders.South Africa’s current national orders were issued for the first time in 2002. They feature indigenous designs and reflect hanged to reflect a country that is committed to human rights, non-racism and non-sexism.Who can receive National Orders?Anyone is eligible for nomination, and nominees don’t have to be famous, but must have performed an act of bravery or rendered exceptional service to the country.Nominations are considered by the National Orders Advisory Council, which recommends qualifying candidates, and from there successful nominees are notified and invited to attend an awards ceremony.You can obtain a copy of the nomination form from, or return completed nominations to:The Chancery of OrdersPrivate Bag X1000Pretoria, 0001The form may also be downloaded from the website of the Presidency.The Order of Mapungubwe is awarded to South African citizens for achievements that have impacted internationally and served the interests of the Republic of South Africa.The Order of the Baobab is awarded for distinguished service in business and the economy; science, medicine, technological innovation; and community service. The service recignised goes well above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo is awarded in three categories to eminent foreign nationals and other foreign dignitaries for friendship shown to South Africa. It is therefore concerned primarily with matters of peace, co-operation, international solidarity and support and is integral to the execution of South Africa’s international and multilateral relations.The Order of Luthuli is awarded to South Africans who have made a meaningful contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice and peace, and conflict resolution.The Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport. This award is made in three categories. For exceptional achievement the Order is awarded in gold It is awarded in sliver for excellent achievement, and in bronze for outstanding achievement.The Order of the Mendi Decoration for Bravery is awarded to South African citizens who have performed an extraordinary act of bravery that placed their lives in great danger, or who lost their own lives including in trying to save the life of another person, or by saving property, in or outside the Republic of South Africa.National animalThe springbok stands 75cm high and weighs about 40kg and is South Africa’s national animal. (Image: Wikipedia)The country’s national animal is the springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis), which gets its common name from its characteristic pronking or leaping display – from the Afrikaans word pronk. The beloved animal has lent its name to the South African national rugby team, fondly known as “the Boks” or “die Bokke”.The springbok stands 75cm high and weighs about 40kg. It has adapted to dry, barren areas and open grass plains and is thus found especially in the Free State, North West province and in the Karoo up to the west coast. Springbok move in small herds during winter, but often crowd together in bigger herds in summer. They breed throughout the year and lambs are born after a six-month gestation period.Both sexes have horns, but those of the ram are thicker and rougher.National birdThe blue crane can emit a distinctive high-pitched and rattling croak. It is South Africa’s national bird. (Image: Wikipedia)The national bird of South Africa is the blue crane (Anthropoides paradisia), the distribution of which is almost entirely restricted to the country. Standing about a metre tall, the bird is a light blue-grey, with a long neck supporting a rather bulbous head, long legs and elegant wing plumes which sweep to the ground.Blue cranes lay their eggs in the bare veld, often close to water. They are common in the Karoo, but are also seen in the grasslands of KwaZulu-Natal and the highveld, usually in pairs or small family parties. They eat seeds, insects and reptiles.Although usually quiet, the blue crane can emit a distinctive high-pitched and rattling croak which can be heard from some distance.With only some 25 000 individuals left in the country, the blue crane is listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.National flowerSouth Africa’s national flower is the largest of the proteas. (Image: Winfried Bruenken, CC BY-SA 2.5, Wikipedia)The giant or king protea (Protea cynaroides) is found in the south-western and southern areas of the Western Cape, from the Cedarberg up to just east of Grahamstown. The artichoke-like appearance of the flower heads of the king protea leads to the specific name cynaroides, which means “like cynara” (the artichoke). A number of varieties in colour and leaf shapes are found, but the pink flower is the most striking and well-known.South Africa’s national flower is the largest of the proteas, which make up an important part of the Cape Floral Region, a major global biodiversity hotspot and a Unesco World Heritage site. The proteas also give their name to South Africa’s national cricket team.National fishThe galjoen is unique to South Africa’s coastline, extending to Namibia. (Image: Wikipedia)South Africa’s national fish is the galjoen (Dichistius capensis) or black bream. The galjoen is found along the South African coast from Namibia in the west to Durban in the east, and in no other area on earth. It keeps to mostly shallow water and is often found in rough surf, sometimes right next to the shore. The galjoen is a familiar sight to every keen angler. The diet of the galjoen consists mainly of red bait (ascidians), small mussels and barnacles.The record size is over 55cm and 7kg, however the average is much smaller.National treeThe real yellowwood, the national tree, is found across the country. (Image: Wikipedia)The real yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius), a member of an ancient family of trees, is found all across South Africa, from Table Mountain, along the southern and eastern Cape coast, in the ravines of the Drakensberg up to the Soutpansberg and the Blouberg in Limpopo. The bark of the real yellowwood is khaki-coloured to grey when it is old, deeply split and peels off in strips. The crown is relatively small in relation to its height and is often covered with grey lichen. Male and female cones resemble pine cones and are white, light green or pink.Source: Department of Arts and Culture, South African Government OnlineReviewed 14 September 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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