Community Builder: Mirriam Zwane

first_imgFounder: Babuyile Why is Mirriam a Community Builder?Instead of complaining about crime in South Africa, Mirriam Zwane founded rehabilitation project Babuyile – meaning “they have come back” – to help ex-prisoners fit back into their communities in positive ways.The Babuyile programme facilitates rehabilitation, counselling and skills training in different fields to enable offenders to become contributing, income-generating members of the community. This helps prevent repeat offending, thereby breaking the cycle of crime and punishment.Miriam maintains that the pay-off of the project is not only in the financial independence of ex-prisoners, but in restoring people’s faith in themselves and their abilities, and seeing families changed by the project.In her own words …“When I started this project I noticed that people were losing hope, there were no jobs, there were no skill centres for them to get training from, and I thought Babuyile is just the right type of place for people to start getting those types of skills and also to get that hope.”Fast FactsMirriam Zwane was finalist for the 2007 IT Web IT Personality of the Year award.She is a co-founder and a director of Praxis Computing.In 2003, she was awarded the African ICT Achiever prize for her exceptional contribution to ICT.How can I help?If you have any skills which you can transfer, why not volunteer to be a trainer at Babuyile? Contact Mirriam on [email protected] published on SAinfo on 27 June 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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J&K police decides to recruit only “permanent residents” to women constables post

first_imgThe Jammu & Kashmir police, in a fresh notification issued on Monday, has decided to recruit only “permanent residents” to 1,350 post of women constables, despite the State Subject law, Article 35-A, ceasing to be in vogue after the August 5 presidential order diluting it.A police spokesman said the recruitment for two women battalions, one each from Jammu and Kashmir regions, will entertain only “permanent residents” and “any candidate furnishing wrong information shall attract legal action”.On the directions of Director-General of Police Dilbagh Singh, the dates for submitting the forms have been extended to October 23, in the wake of non-availability of the Internet. The police spokesman said forms for the posts would be made available at the district level from September 23 and the candidates can now file forms physically at the police’s district headquarters. Earlier, the forms were only online.The vacancies were announced by the Home Ministry in March. It will see 60% of the recruitments from the border districts of Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri and Poonch and 40% from other districts.This comes at a time when the fate of the Permanent Resident Certificate is not clear.last_img read more

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Warriors Bring Down Knicks, 106-92

first_imgNEW YORK — Steve Kerr didn’t paint a pretty picture of his Madison Square Garden coaching debut. “That was tough to watch,” he said.“It was a really bad show,” he added later.Luckily for him, it’s only one night. Had he chosen the Knicks job, it would be his season.Draymond Green had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors beat New York 106-92 on Feb. 7 to give Kerr a win in his first game coaching in the arena he nearly called home.Stephen Curry scored 22 points and Klay Thompson had 16 on a night neither shot well. But the Warriors have plenty of weapons even when their All-Stars struggle, one of the many reasons Kerr never needs question the decision he made last summer when he chose between two job openings.He picked the Warriors over the Knicks, and the difference is 30 victories as the teams near the All-Star break.Langston Galloway scored 15 points for the Knicks, who gave Carmelo Anthony a night off and lost their third straight. The All-Star forward who has dealt with a sore left knee much of the season rested on the second night of back-to-back games.The Knicks trailed by as much as 26 without him, but cut it to five in the fourth quarter before Curry made a couple of 3-pointers down the stretch.“We feel like we could play better. We were a little fatigued and it kind of showed but that shouldn’t be an excuse for how we executed on both ends of the floor,” Curry said. “Just wasn’t our greatest of games but we found a way to win down the stretch.”Kerr was considered the leading candidate to coach the Knicks from nearly the moment Phil Jackson was hired as team president in March.They continued talking about the job into the spring, and Jackson said Kerr verbally committed to it before telling him he wanted to pursue the Warriors job instead after they fired Mark Jackson.That allowed him to stay close to his family, not to mention inherit a playoff team, but Kerr said breaking the news to his former coach was tough.“It was difficult because I’m very, very close with him and I feel like I’m indebted to him for much of what’s transpired in my career,” Kerr said. The difficult choice was the correct one.Golden State improved to 40-9, tops in the Western Conference, while the Knicks fell to 10-41.The Warriors, coming off a 124-116 loss at NBA-leading Atlanta on Feb. 6, led 32-19 after one even though Curry and Thompson missed 10 of their 12 shots. It seemed like an easy night when Thompson’s jumper made it 89-63 with 3:08 left in the third.But the lead was down to 95-90 after Shane Larkin’s steal and layup with a little more than 4 minutes remaining. The Warriors then scored six straight, with Curry’s 3-pointer making it 101-90 with 2:52 to play.“We were horrible but last three minutes we decided to guard and we shut them down and we avoided disaster,” Kerr said.Curry had a career-best 54 points here two years ago and a triple-double last year, but had no assists and couldn’t get the crowd buzzing much Saturday. Nor could fellow All-Star Thompson, who shot 5-for-22.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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