National Volleyball League finals receive Shs10 million boost

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first_imgSamra Damani (left) speaking at the event this morning. Second left is Azaan damani and Patricia Ampumuza(right) who represented the UNF. Photo by Shaban Lubega.VOLLEYBALL–Bearly a month after the Aziz Damani family injected 50 million shillings into the National Vollyball league playoffs, the sport loving family has once again boosted the finals of the league with more cash.This time round it is not a figure close to the one that was first injected but judging by the fact that its 10 million for only the finals, it shades a bigger picture on how huge a contribution the Aziz Damani family has made.Announcing the package today morning at D’Mellos restaurant in Nakasero, Azaan Damani, son to Aziz, expressed joy that his family is working hand in hand with the Uganda Volleyball Federation to the betterment of the league and sport in general.“We are happy to associate with volley ball and like we said earlier, we look foward to a longer partnership with the volleyball fraternity,”Azaan Damani said.Patricia Ampumuza, the second vice president of the Uganda Volleyball Federation, commended the sport loving family who are also involved in other sport like Cricket and Football.“Unlike in the past playoffs, this time round we have the honour of handing out cash prizes to the different teams and individuals that have stood out and its all thanks to the Aziz Damani family,” said a delighted Patricia who was representing Hadijah Namanda the President of Uganda volleyball Federation.“The cash prize will hopefully spur on the teams and individuals to put up spirited performances and hence breath taking finals,” she said.It is not hard to see why Aziz Damani injecting more money into the playoffs after the initial rounds went on smooth and fair attracting more crowds by the day and looking at the level of competition which seems to be at another level.The finals serve off on Thursday November 30, as 2015 finalists Nemo Stars and Sport S renew their rivalry in the Mens Serie A while Vision Vollyball Club and Nkumba volleyballl Club tussle it out in the Ladies Serie A category.All the games in serie A will be played at the MTN Arena in Lugogo while those of the Serie B and C will be contested at Nsambya Sport S grounds starting on December 2nd.The teams in the finalsSerie A (Men): Nemo Stars VC and Sport S VCSerie A (Women): VVC and Nkumba VCSerie B: Police VC and MUST VCSerie C: Kampala University VC and Mulago VCCommentslast_img read more


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first_imgPlanting out young honeybush seedlings. (Image: Marina Joubert) The Cyclopia maculata honeybush speciesgrows naturally in the area around Genadendal. (Image: Marina Joubert) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina Joubert   Southern Science   +27 83 409 4254RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa develops rooibos flavour wheel • Research to boost rooibos exports • Rooibos yoghurt fights cancer • Emerging farmers on the rise • Online ad help for small businessWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s honeybush tea industry has been identified as an important growth sector in the country’s economy, according to a recent study.According to Stephen Hobson, an agricultural economist from Stellenbosch University who led the study, the industry has the potential to grow from an annual average of 150 tons of tea processed to 1 500 tons, thereby increasing its annual turnover from R10-million (US$$124 000) to R100-million ($12.4 million).The study was commissioned by the Coega Development Corporation, on behalf of the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs and the South African Honeybush Tea Association.“At present, the local and international demand for honeybush far outstrips the supply, so there is significant room for growth,” Hobson said in a statement.Competitive edgeThe honeybush industry, which is only 12 years old, is still in its infancy. In 2010 a total of 139 tons of honeybush tea was exported. The main buyers of honeybush are the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and US.However, this is only the beginning of what the industry can achieve. Honeybush has a unique selling point as it is indigenous to South Africa and grows only within the fynbos region.“We believe that honeybush should be marketed and positioned as a unique, niche product,” says Marlise Joubert, a researcher at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) Infruitec Nietvoorbij Research Institute in Stellenbosch.According to Tea & Coffee Asia, the Asia region’s quarterly journal for the tea and coffee businesses, Honeybush tea is fast becoming a mainstream product and a strong competitor for Rooibos tea, South Africa’s other highly successful herbal tea export.If the expected growth targets for the industry are achieved, honeybush cultivation could make a major contribution to job creation and poverty alleviation in the Western and Eastern Cape.With increased production and formalised cultivation practices, the industry can remain sustainable and contribute to much-needed economic developed in poor communities.Growing the industryIndustry statistics show that cultivated honeybush is harvested from fewer than 10 farmers who have established successful honeybush plantations.“Currently 70% of honeybush tea is wild-harvested, and only 30% cultivated – a situation that is not sustainable,” Hobson said, adding that the industry must reverse this ratio, and work towards cultivating the bulk of the honeybush crop by involving small and emerging farmers.Cultivating honeybush on a larger scale will help to supply the growing demand for honeybush and it will relieve the pressure on wild honeybush populations.Harnessing indigenous knowledgeA honeybush farming project in the town of Genadendal in the Western Cape is a good example of the industry’s efforts to establish the town’s small farmers as independent producers of the unique product.There are at least 20 different species of honeybush, but Cyclopia maculata is the species which grows naturally in the area around Genadendal.The goal of the project, which was launched last year, is to work with the people of Genadendal to grow honeybush commercially and sustainably.Researchers from the ARC are working closely with the Genadendal Small Farmers’ Association, led by local community leader Reverend Chris Wessels.The Genadendal community has a long history of harvesting and processing wild-growing honeybush. However, honeybush production can be challenging as farming practices vary depending on the species and area.Farmers also need access to seeds or seedlings, knowledge about soil preparation, plantation care, harvesting, processing and marketing.Good farming principlesTo help local farmers cultivate honeybush successfully, the industry is compiling a growers’ guide to honeybush farming.With step-by-step information and basic illustrations, the handbook will equip small-scale farmers with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to grow honeybush.“As a young industry poised for expansion, we have a huge responsibility to ensure that we adopt biodiversity-friendly farming practices,” Joubert says.The industry is teaming up with local authorities in the Western and Eastern Cape to control and protect wild honeybush, thereby ensuring sustainable harvesting.Market developmentProfessor Lizette Joubert, a researcher at the ARC Infruitec Nietvoorbij Research Institute in Stellenbosch, says that the specific type of honeybush that grows in the Genadendal area holds significant economic potential for the local community.She says it is important to produce a unique herbal tea that can compete in local and foreign herbal tea markets based on its quality, taste, flavour and health benefits.“That is why researchers will investigate and document the sensory characteristics and health-promoting properties of honeybush tea grown near Genadendal,” she adds.The project also aims to add value to locally produced honeybush by looking at the production of extracts that can be used in many applications in the food and cosmetics industries.Johan Kritzinger, director of Honeybush Natural Products, a processing company, was quoted in Tea & Coffee Asia, saying “the future for honeybush would appear to be extremely bright”.A variety of research initiatives undertaken by the scientific community has shown that honeybush has numerous marketable aspects, such as its health properties. It’s caffeine-free and has a high content of antioxidants, which are believed to have anti-cancer properties.Research has also found that honeybush can be blended with other herbs to create beverages with specific health benefits.Modern consumers want to buy healthy beverages and this is increasing the demand for products such as honeybush.last_img read more


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first_imgCulture is made up of what your company is on the inside. It is critical that what you are on the inside is different than what is outside.Outside: Outside, your people are bombarded daily with negative messages. The news and their social feeds are predominantly negative. Your people are continually barraged with news stories designed to create fear and angst and unrest. The talk of recessions persists years after a recession ended. Stories of loss open every newscast, regardless of medium.Inside: You have to have a message that inoculates the people you lead from negativity. Your message has to be optimistic and future-oriented. Inside has to be a place where people feel safer than they feel on the outside. Hope, promise, and possibility needs to live inside your four walls.Outside: Your people are told that they’re not good enough, that they are somehow broken. They are told that they can’t be more, do more, have more, or contribute more. They are messaged by marketers in ways that drive them to feel as if they are inadequate and incomplete.Inside: Inside, you must have a message to contradict and counteract these infections. A leader sees something in the individuals they lead that they don’t see in themselves, and makes it visible. They see something in a team that the team doesn’t see and brings it to light. A leader sees something in a company that the organization can’t yet see, not only making it visible, making it possible.It has to better inside your company than it is outside. You have to create greater certainty and greater psychological safety. You have to create a sense of community and belonging that no longer exists in neighborhoods. You have to help enable a sense of meaning and purpose that some of your people won’t bring with them, and many won’t find outside.No one knows if Drucker really said “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” If he didn’t, I believe he would support the statement—and its ramifications for leaders. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more