Renowned Liberian Businessman-turned politician Benoni Urey has urged commercial drivers and vehicle owners in the country to take Ebola serious and avoid taken sick people in their vehicle to various ETU.“We need to avoid this disease and join the government to fight against the deadly Ebola virus that is claiming the lives of our citizens, Mr. Urey asserted.Speaking last Friday at the official launch of an Ebola Taskforce of the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL), in Paynesville City, Mr. Urey said the fight against Ebola is a national cause that requires nationhood, not political loyalties.Mr. Urey, who is also expected to contest for the 2017 Presidential election, said the very essence of Liberia is at stake and therefore President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf needs to have an effective team. The problem is not about politics but how to fight the virus, he declared.”We need a leader that can control the situation above ministerial positions, inclusive of real medical and other key technocrats. We need patriots and not politicians to defeat Ebola” he told FRTUL leaders.The current situation in Liberia, according to Mr. Urey, is not about politicizing but about the country and therefore it should be the concern of everybody to play a role that will yield positive results and help win the war against Ebola.Hear Mr. Urey: Ebola is highly contagious and very deadly, “We must try to take all precautionary measures to protect ourselves from body contact.”The 2017 Presidential hopeful urged the public, especially commercial drivers, to lend their full cooperation in this all important health emergency, noting that commercial drivers also transport the virus from one destination to another.The Liberian businessman went on to say that when the Ebola outbreak started in Liberia, people said that “we were politicizing the whole issues but today here it is, it’s has gone beyond our limits, to the extent that we cannot even fight this battle alone.”The virus has cause tremendous and unbelievable loss of many innocent lives in Liberia, Mr. Urey lamented.He continued: “We suffered unnecessary setbacks from our failures to adhere to alarms raised by the media and suggestions made that Lofa should be given special attention when this Ebola outbreak was centered there.”“Don’t allow sick person get in your vehicle, and even if they enter, sprayed in the entire car, Urey admonished the drivers.He advised commercial drivers in the country to be careful how they go about taking passengers.For her part, Una Kumba Thompson, former Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, underscore the need for everyone to the join in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia.According to Mrs. Thompson, Ebola does not pick or choose and has no boundary. “Therefore, we as patriotic Liberians need to join the government to fight this global health crisis.”She told the FRTUL members that government cannot fight the virus alone but needs the collectively efforts of all Liberians, especially the commercial drivers who lives are at risk. So they, too, should join the fight and say that “Ebola is Real.”The former Deputy Minister said the Ebola is not the concern of the President alone, but all citizens of our beloved country.Earlier in his welcome remarks, William P. Flomo, president general and chairman of the Taskforce, said the initiative is designed to combat the dreadful Ebola virus within the transport sector.According to Mr. Flomo, the rationale behind the operation is to make it possible to minimize body contacts, which most times takes place in overloaded vehicles, especially buses, since the main mode of transmission of the Ebola virus is through coming into contact with body fluids of affected persons.Mr. Flomo said the battle against the Ebola virus disease is above all politics, tribe and other compatriot differences.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 12, 2020
A pensioner was on Tuesday afternoon crushed to death in his car after a sand truck being driven by a drunken man crashed into it on the Corentyne Highway.Dead is 71-year-old Narinedatt Lowhar, called “Uncle Balo”, of lot 23 Number 47 Village, Corentyne. At the time of the accident, he and his wife were in a motorcar bearing registration plate number PJJ 25 and were turning into their yard when the truck bearing registration plate number GPP 2369 slammed into the car sending it 30 meters away.Dead: Narinedatt LowharWelliama Lingen, 55, the dead man’s wife, said she was rendered unconscious by the impact and cannot remember much, but recalls residents having to remove her husband from the wreckage.“When ah catch myself they take me out from the car and my husband leave in and I tell them to go and see what happen to him,” the grieving widow said. She added that she saw persons wrenching open the car and then she lost consciousness the second time.Meanwhile, an eyewitness, Zoreen (only name given), who lives nearby said it took villagers several minutes to remove Lowhar from the wreckage. She said they were on their way home when they noticed the wrecked car on the road and screamed for help.The woman related that when she went to the rescue of Lingen, her husband got some men who were in the vicinity to wrench open the vehicle to get the injured man out.The damaged car in which the couple were travelling“When they get him out they put him to lie down on the ground and I check and his heart was beating,” she told this publication.Lowhar was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Skeldon Hospital and then transferred to the New Amsterdam where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Meanwhile, the Police said the accident occurred at about 18:40h.Reports are the truck driver told the Police that he was about to overtake the jeep, when Lowhar made a right turn a short distance in front of his lorry and in the process, the left front of the lorry collided with the right side of the jeep.The Police said a breathalyser test was conducted on the driver and his alcohol level was above the legal level. A close relative of the driver said the lorry driver was overtaking another sand truck being driven by his son when he collided with the car.Meanwhile, Rohan Singh, 45, on Number 52 Village was refused bail when he appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.Police Prosecutor, Inspector Orin Joseph told the court that the Police are preparing other charges for Singh and asked for bail to be refused.He was remanded to prison and the case will continue on June 9 when other charges are expected to be filed against him.
January 11, 2020
The rivalry, he said, is between a set of a very old Pasadena Latino gang and a local set of the African-American gang known as Bloods. Although police said the crime cluster was definitely gang-related, they resisted labeling it a “race war.” “We don’t know exactly what’s causing this,” said police Chief Bernard Melekian. Information from sources on the street and inside prisons varies and is not necessarily accurate, he added. Melekian expressed his deep concern for the safety of Pasadenans and reiterated that the police department’s role is to “keep kids from killing each other.” It’s hard and dangerous duty enough, he noted, without society expecting public-safety officials to provide the social solutions to inter-racial problems. PASADENA – A former gang member and ex-felon from Northwest Pasadena says he has turned his life around and wants to reach out to area teens during what he terms the current gang-related race war. “City officials need to admit there’s a race war going on in Pasadena,” said Michael “Money Mike” Peterson, 38, who said he is an original member of the Raymond Avenue Crips, an African-American street gang. “I understand police and officials want to maintain Pasadena’s unblemished reputation and keep property values climbing,” he said, “but the public has a right to know what’s happening.” He said the first of four violent crimes on May 6 and 7 involved black against Latino gangs and spurred a wave of Latino-against-black retaliation attacks. The department’s Operation Safe Streets, an increased gang-enforcement effort begun in early February after several shooting deaths, had been scheduled to conclude May 9. But following a 30-day period with no deaths or shootings – before the two deaths May 7 – officials decided to prolong the operation, said Deputy Chief Chris Vicino. “We make no apologies for our efforts to stop loitering and loud parties and to give priority to all gang-related calls,” said Melekian. “Our objective is to keep citizens safe.” Melekian noted that several drive-by shootings had occurred after such parties in the city’s Northwest, and said that he is willing to take any criticism for an increased patrol presence on the streets if it protects people from violence. Peterson, a self-proclaimed authority on gang culture, is now a member of CURE, Common Unity Reaching Everybody, a Los Angeles-based anti-gang organization. As is often the case in gang culture, the basis for the fight is difficult to clearly define. Gang-related shootings occur over drug deals, retaliation or even for fun, Peterson said. “This is a race war,” Peterson said. “They’re sharing neighborhoods in Northwest Pasadena. The drug trade gets a little crowded. Some of the racial aspect entrenched in gang prison life spills out into the street. It’s about time to tell the truth.” On May 16, Jose David Elias, 20, of Pasadena; Eric Perez, 22, of Azusa; and Joseph Raymond Ruiz, 22, of Alhambra – all admitted gang members – were arrested and charged with two counts of murder for the daylight shooting deaths May 7 of Jamal Varcasia, 21, and Anthony Walker, 37, according to police. A woman – who may have been driving the get-away vehicle, according to Peterson – was also arrested. The two-day crime surge began at 11:30 p.m. May 6 when Christian Peralta, 19, was shot in the back at the Super Liquors store in the 100 block of East Orange Grove Boulevard. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
January 10, 2020
“It is a blow losing any players for us. Kevin has come back and he’s trying to work hard and I think sometimes he tries too hard. He needs to realize once you come back to a high level, it takes time to adjust. I can’t really blame him because he is always giving 110 percent since he wants to come back stronger,” Gor head coach Dylan Kerr told Capital Sport.Guikan went for an aerial ball and had a mid-air collision with Tusker FC players, falling awkwardly on the ground with his tongue being trapped at the back of his mouth.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAWhile Omondi started in the match against Esperance in Machakos last Wednesday, Guikan was an unused substitute as he had just returned having rested for seven days following a concussion.However, the tactician will be pleased with the availability of midfielder Humphrey Mieno who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, coincidentally picked up against Esperance during the first leg.Gor Mahia are scheduled to depart Nairobi for Tunis via Doha Thursday midnight, and they were in high spirits as they had dinner together at the popular Ranalo Dishes in the city centre.Gor Mahia players having dinner. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I am amazed by the camaraderie and team spirit that these players have. We are here, laughing and smiling together, everyone talking of that big game,” Kerr noted.He added; “It is a tough match definitely because we are going away to a very good team. But I have told these players that they have a chance of making Kenya proud. We just got to roll our sleeves up, have some pride for yourselves and if we do it, we will get off the plane as heroes,” the tactician offered.-Kerr under pressure-Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr (Left) with Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno (Right). Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe tactician has admitted that he is under pressure to deliver a first group stage appearance for Gor since 1994 when they reached the quarter finals of the CAF Cup but remains rooted on the ground that his side will not crumble under pressure.They carry with them to Tunis a 0-0 draw from the first leg in Machakos and any kind of a scoring draw will take them through to the group stages on the away goal rule.Kerr’s first target heading into the tie on Sunday will be to avoid conceding.Gor Mahia talented winger George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo against Esperance’s Fosseny Coulibaly. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“We have to make sure we don’t concede early then we also ensure that we match their energy and enthusiasm at home. I have players who can score, but we have to be careful on how we manage the expectations. We have to keep our feet firmly on the ground and let the players do the job,” the tactician further stated.If Gor lose to Esperance in Tunisia, they will still have a shot at making it into the group stages of continental football, though this time in the second tier CAF Confederations Cup.They will be drawn into a home and away play-off with the top 16 teams from the Confederation Cup first round with the winners proceeding to the group stages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi in action against the Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea during their CAF Champions League first leg clash hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 11, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15- Gor Mahia will be without midfielder Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi and forward Ephraim Guikan for their CAF Champions League first round return leg tie against Esperance in Tunisia on Sunday with the two having been ruled out with injury.Guikan dislocated his shoulder during last weekend’s Kenyan Premier League 1-0 win over Nzoia Sugar while Omondi who skippered the team for that match stretched his hamstring in training.
December 29, 2019
December 24, 2019
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Drake University men’s golf team earned its best finish of the season as the Bulldogs finished in fourth place out of 24 teams at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate on Tuesday.Drake tallied its best round of the season, recording a 285, for a total of 868 (292-291-285). Penn State took home the team title with a score of 845, followed by Tennessee (850) and TCU (855), respectively.”I am really proud of the guys. We were focused all week and I think having a better score each day shows how well they stayed in the moment,” Drake head coach Matt Lewis said. “Awesome finish for Tommi and Drew. This should be great momentum for the team going forward.”Sophomore Drew Ison fired a career-low 66 (-4), tied for the lowest round of the day and finished in fourth place with a score of 210 (74-70-66). Ison’s fourth place finish was his first top-five finish of the season and second of his career. Freshman Tommi Avant wrapped up his strong performance with a career-low score of 213 (68-72-73), placing tied for seventh which was his first top-10 finish of his career. Fellow freshman Jack Kennedy shot a one-over par 71 to finish the 54-hole event with a 222 (74-77-71), while sophomore Matt Lavery finished just two shots behind Kennedy with a 224 (77-72-75). Senior Blake Huser rounded out the Bulldogs’ effort with a score of 233 (76-77-80).The Bulldogs return to action on April 2 when they travel to Bloomington, Ind. for the NYX Hoosier Invitational. Print Friendly Version
December 22, 2019
Kirinya JSS’ Charles Ayieko(second left) with some of his players at the press briefing ahead of today’s game against Proline FC. Photo by Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–Having won both their last two games at home, Proline FC will seek to make it three in the trot and first away from home when they face Kirinya JSS at Bugembe stadium.Proline who played back-to-back home games defeated Soana and Mbarara city easing the relegation fears that had already started oozing in the minds of the fans.However, the team will do without versatile defender Ivan Bukenya who still has not recovered from a hamstring injury he sustained in the win against Soana.Fellow defenders Ibrahim Ssendi and Sakka Mpima will not feature due to illness while midfielder Nuldin Bunjo is a long term absentee.Summer signing Alex Ewuchie Dichimma, a Nigerian, is expected to make his league debut after sorting his fitness and licencing issues.For Kirinya JSS, first choice goalkeeper Thomas Ikara returns to action following an injury he sustained in their previous game. Striker Bashir Mutanda who has also been out since the start of the season is also expected to feature in tonight’s game.Charles Ayieko, the Kirinya JSS coach, said his time aims at coming top of the table.“My players are in good spirits and we hope for the best of results,” Ayieko said.Mujibu Kasule, the Proline FC coach, hopes his team will replicate the form and results on the road.“Kirinya is not an easy team but I am confident we can get all three points,” he said.Comments
December 22, 2019
Gardaí in Letterkenny have tonight launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man’s body earlier this week.The man, understood to be a 36-year-old Polish national, was found with injuries at Sylvian Park.It was initially thought the man had fallen down some stairs and he was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital on Wednesday afternoon last, November 1st at around 4.49pm. The injured man died on Friday 2nd November 2017 as a result of injuries sustained.A post mortem was carried out by the State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy and this investigation has now been upgraded to murder.Speaking at Letterkenny Garda Station tonight Detective Inspector Pat O’ Donnell appealed to any person who may have information in relation to this investigation.He also appealed to any person who visited Sylyan Park between 8am and 6pm on Wednesday 1/11/17 to contact the incident room at Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 91 67100, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Breaking: Gardai launch murder investigation after man’s death in Letterkenny was last modified: November 6th, 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:Gardailetterkennymurderpost mortem
December 18, 2019
The Houses of Parliament in Cape Townwere completed in 1885. This is the seat of the legislature, although government resides in Pretoria. (Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Estelle RandallMedia specialist, Parliament+27 21 403 8195 or +27 76 027 2181 RELATED ARTICLES • Millions vote in record SA election • State of the Nation address • Zuma: SA’s most important year • Government in South AfricaJanine ErasmusOn 31 May 1910 four disparate territories were united under the Union of South Africa, sparking a gruelling, 84-year struggle among the land’s indigenous people, who became disenfranchised.Both the African National Congress (ANC) and apartheid rose out of unionisation, and led to a series of historic events which eventually resulted in the democratic South Africa we know today.The Union originally consisted of the provinces of Natal, the Cape, the Transvaal and the Orange Free State, and was later expanded to include administration of the territory of South West Africa.The Union shaped the political future of South Africa, notably in terms of the rise of the ANC, now in its 16th year of rule.In his State of the Nation speech delivered in February 2010, President Jacob Zuma called on all citizens to use the anniversary of the Union to reflect on South Africa’s many achievements, especially in recent years.“Significantly, the exclusion of black people from this union was one of the chief reasons for the formation of the African National Congress in 1912,” said Zuma. “As we mark this centenary later in the year, we should reflect on how far we have travelled as a country.”While it is a solemn day for many, the date stands as a reminder of the seemingly insurmountable difficulties South Africa has overcome, and the tremendous strides it has made in all spheres – politically, economically, culturally, and socially.Despite many years of turmoil, South Africans today can look back and appreciate that, even with all its problems and ongoing dissension, in many ways the country today is still a better place than it has ever been.Turbulent historyThe Union was formed while the country was under British dominion. The British had colonised South Africa bit by bit since they landed in the Cape in 1795, seizing it after the Dutch settlers lost their grip on the region. The Dutch did manage to regain control for a few years in the early 19th century, but the British finally stamped their authority on the territory in 1806, and began to expand their dominance.The arrival of about 5 000 British immigrants in the eastern Cape region in 1820 entrenched the British presence, although it intensified tension between the Dutch-speaking Boers who had settled on the land and the English-speaking colonists. The last straw for the Boers was the British abolition of slavery in 1828.In the years that followed there were many bloody disputes between the British, the Boers, and the indigenous groups of people living here. A northerly migration of Boers in search of greater independence resulted in the establishment of a republic in today’s Free State province, although they encountered much resistance in the Zulu-controlled Natal territory.The Boers did manage to soundly defeat the Zulus in 1838 at the historic Battle of Blood River, and they proclaimed the newly won territory, Natalia. But, by 1843, the British moved in, forcing the Boers to pack up again and move further north. Here they founded the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) or South African Republic in 1852, with its capital at Pretoria.In 1900 the British struck again, annexing the ZAR and renaming it the Transvaal colony. It later became the Transvaal province under the Union of South Africa.The Oranje Vrij Staat, or Orange Free State, meanwhile, was pronounced by the Boers in 1837 after the defeat of the Matabele chief Mzilikazi and the capital was named Winburg. But it only became an official republic years later, with the signing of the Orange River Convention in 1854.Like elsewhere, Boer rule there was short-lived and the British annexed it in 1900. The young republic effectively lost its independent status through the Treaty of Vereeniging, which followed the Second Boer War in 1902.Britain had long wanted a united South Africa, and after this, matters seemed to be finally moving in that direction. However, peace was not guaranteed as the rights of the indigenous people were not recognised by the treaty. Discontent grew and eventually spilled over in the Bambatha Rebellion of 1906, which saw the Zulus in Natal rising up against British rule and taxation in that province.The incident is considered by many to be the forerunner of the future struggle against apartheid, which would culminate 88 years later in South Africa’s first democratic elections and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president.The British Parliament’s South Africa Act of 1909, which brought into legal effect the terms of government drawn up at a National Convention the year before, laid the foundation for the formation of the union. This legislative document served as the country’s constitution until its departure from the Commonwealth in 1961.Unity under the CrownWith the four colonies now united under one treaty and one flag, the British were concerned mainly about loyalty to the Crown, and promoting harmony among the different population groups – although it could be said that this only applied to the white settlers.After eight years of negotiation following the Vereeniging accord, the Union of South Africa was born. Of the four regions, only the Cape allowed coloured people to vote – provided they owned property.Unionisation enabled Afrikaner nationalists to eventually gain the upper hand. This would lead to the country’s biggest shame – the dawn of apartheid.Authorities were unable to agree on which city should be the capital of the Union. They finally decided that the administrative capital would be Pretoria, the judicial capital would be Bloemfontein, and the legislative capital would be Cape Town. This arrangement still stands today.At the end of the First World War in 1918 the Union took over the administration of the former German colony of South West Africa, under the terms of the newly established League of Nations. South West Africa became an unofficial fifth province, being administered in the same way as the other territories in South Africa.Another British colony, South Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe, had a chance to join the nion in 1922, but a referendum proved that most people there preferred to live under their own government rather than be absorbed into the neighbouring state.The Union of South Africa remained a dominion in the British Commonwealth until the enforcement of the Statute of Westminster in 1931 took away legislative power from British. This bestowed on South Africa a status equal to that of other Commonwealth territories, and did away with Britain’s right to pass laws on its behalf. The significance of this was that the South African Parliament gained greater freedom in dealing with the contentious “native question”.Power rested in the governor-general and the prime minister. The first prime minister was former Boer general Louis Botha, while the first governor-general was the Honourable Herbert Gladstone.But trouble was brewing. By allowing just two groups, the British and the Afrikaners, to have a say in the running of the territory, the British government had planted the seeds of apartheid. The Land Act of 1913 and the Urban Areas Act of 1923 were further omens of what was to come – complete segregation of the population.In some quarters, disapproval led to far-reaching action. The ANC was founded in 1912 following a protest gathering of Zulu chiefs convened by lawyer Pixley ka Isaka Seme, who is credited as the founder of the organisation.Sol Plaatje was named secretary and the first president was the Rev John L Dube. The organisation, known then as the South African Native National Congress, aimed to unite indigenous people and give them a platform to stand up for their rights.Nationalism on the riseThe establishment of the Union in 1910 also led to the birth of the National Party in Bloemfontein four years later. The party, which first rose to power in 1924, wasted no time in boosting the numbers of white voters, notably by allowing white women to vote for the first time in 1930. This instantly halved the power of the coloured franchise in the Cape.The more liberal United Party, a merger between the South African Party and most of the National Party, governed from 1934 to 1948. A small faction of Nationalists abstained from the merger. Calling themselves the Purified National Party, they rejoined the parent party when it came to power in 1948, to show solidarity with the strong Afrikaner opposition to South Africa’s obligatory participation in the Second World War.The new ruling party immediately put the wheels of apartheid into motion, passing laws such as the Group Areas Act of 1950, and the Bantu Self-Government Act of 1959, which created the so-called homelands. This meant that the greater part of South Africa was under the control of white people.The coloured people of the Cape lost their vote in 1968, and the government even tried to incorporate the administrative territory of South West Africa into South Africa as the fifth province, because it was felt that the Afrikaans and German citizens there would add strength to the Nationalist cause. But this move was not condoned and never officially recognised by the rest of the world.The Union of South Africa became a republic on 31 May 1961 – but not before the National Party’s apartheid policies had earned the world’s wrath. On attaining independence, South Africa’s racial policies were criticised and condemned by other Commonwealth members, and the country left the association under a cloud.http://www.sahistory.org.za/pages/governence-projects/blood_river/index.htm
December 18, 2019
4 December 2013 Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane outlined South Africa’s competitive advantages for Emirati businesspeople and investors at a roundtable at the JW Marriot Marquis Hotel in Dubai on Wednesday. Addressing the roundtable, organised by Brand South Africa, were Brand South Africa chairperson Chichi Maponya, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola and Transnet Freightrail CEO Siyabongo Gama. “With South Africa about to enter our third generation of democracy, we are focusing on diversifying our traditional economic partner base with developing countries in order to deliver on our 2030 vision,” Matola said afterwards. South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) – also known as Vision 2030 – is a policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in the country by 2030. Among other things, it identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances. Increased foreign investment, as well as increased export of value-added products, were crucial to achieving the NDP’s objectives, Matola said. “The UAE is key to this strategy, and as the country begins its preparations for Expo 2020, this is the ideal time to showcase South Africa’s value proposition and expertise in key areas such as infrastructure and healthcare. South Africa is also keen to support the UAE’s developmental agenda in the years to come.” South Africans have contributed to the development of the United Arab Emirates in the construction, health and financial industries, Brand South Africa said ahead of this week’s engagement, noting that the landmark Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai had been build by South African company Murray & Roberts. According to the agency, the UAE is the 24th largest investor in South Africa and its largest trading partner in the Gulf region, with South African exports growing from Dh3.011-billion in 2009 to Dh3.055-billion in 2010, while non-oil exports from the UAE jumped from Dh1.26-billion to Dh2.41-billion. There is also a growing community of South African nationals in the UAE, stimulated in part by a growing demand for South African skills, and in part by the more than 135 South African companies that have a presence in the country. The South African delegation was due to interact with members of this community on Thursday before concluding their two-day visit. “South Africa’s competitiveness and reputation must be driven by what we do rather than what we say,” Matola said in a statement on Tuesday. “Each citizen in the country and outside therefore has a role to play in improving our country’s reputation.” SAinfo reporter