Last season’s beaten Red Stripe Premier League finalists, Portmore United, will today continue their quest to go one step further when they play away to former champions Tivoli Gardens in their first-leg quarter-final matchup.Portmore almost achieved the improbable last season by moving straight from promotion to champions, but were stopped in the final by the most consistent team over the past four years, Montego Bay United. For coach Linval Dixon, last year’s shortfall has been a major motivator heading into this season.”Our intention is to do one better than last year. If this (play-off) is the route we have to go, then that is it,” said Dixon.”We are ready to go out there and fight for what we want. We know it will be a wet field, but we are equipped and ready to go,” he added.His team’s preparations, he said, were slightly affected by rain over the past few days, but should not be a major factor.’Things and our chances are looking good. The team is ready. We have no injury worries. The weather would have dampened our preparations heading into the weekend but that is nothing major.”In fact, our major challenge right now is to select the right starting eleven as they are all fighting for a starting position. In saying this, I am not trying to take anything away from Tivoli Gardens as they are a tough, hard-fighting team which cannot be taken for granted, but all our players are motivated and ready to go,” the former national player said.Among the players Dixon will have to choose from are Tramaine Stewart, Ricardo Morris, Ewan Grandison, Damono Solomon, Malique Foster and Michael Binns.Tivoli Gardens, on their hand, could possibly be without two of their biggest weapons. The competition’s leading goal scorer, Jermaine Johnson, has been nursing a hamstring injury and has been ruled out, according to manager Brian Rose, who added that fellow injured attacker Elton Thompson only has a 50 per cent chance of playing.TEDDY DEFINITELY OUT”Teddy will definitely be out with the hamstring injury. Elton has a 50 per cent chance of playing, so that is the situation we have now, but we are not worried,” Rose told the Sunday Gleaner.”His absence says a lot. He has scored 16 goals this season and this speaks volumes for our attacking force as Elton was our next leading scorer, so this cannot be downplayed. Add to that the fact that he is an inspiration for the team and a leader on the field,”What I can tell you, though, is the same thing I have said to them. If they come out with the same mindset and approach as they did for the Jackie Bell Knockout, then we are definitely in with a big chance,” explained Rose.One of the players who came up big for Tivoli Gardens in the Jackie Bell Knockout was the confident Junior McGregor, who had a double in their 3-0 win over Cavalier.”All the players know that they will have to step up. Not only are we facing tougher opposition, but at least one key player will be missing, so they will have to give more. Home advantage will be important and this is something that we have to capitalise on in order for us to go into the return leg with a lead,” a hopeful Rose said.Today’s game• 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Portmore United – Edward Seaga Complex
The Chairman of the former Bong Mining Company Employees Committee, J. Jaye Larblah, at the launch of the validation of names of the former workers as of August 31, 1990, has disclosed that the Committee has agreed to waive US$4.9m through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, November 27, last year.Mr. Larblah told the Daily Observer in exclusive interview over the weekend, that the waiver was done in close consultations with the former employees of BMC, and the pronouncement is intended to sensitize the public, that neither the Government ,or any concession companies, shall henceforth, in no way or form, be indebted to ex-BMC workers.The Larblah committee, as of today, is expected to publish the names of 1,804 former employees, and is requesting anyone, who has not seen their name published, to proceed to the “upper flat chamber of Oppong’s Store at Red-light with documents to justify their inclusion.” (See the names in the paper).“The validation of the names will end on Saturday and hopefully, before on by the 15th of January, payment of benefits for former BMC employees will begin,” Mr. Larblah said.He added: “About 90% of the former BMC employees had already taken their ID cards and we are informing those that did not, to go the upper dlat chamber of Oppong’s Store.”It may be recalled, the former BMC Workers claimed that the BMC Management owed them about US$17m, but the Government of Liberia agreed to pay US$13m. Legal representation by Cllr. Varney Sherman produced for the former BMC workers, US$4.1m, leaving a balance of US$8.9m.After over four years of silence, the former BMC workers began ending strike actions, when the multi- billion-concession company, China Union, which is operating the erstwhile BMC, began operations.Fortunately, given the efforts of Trustees, Inter-ministerial Committees and the media, the Government of Liberia finally agreed to listen to the workers; pleas; most of the almost 2,000 workers are now in their 50s.On Wednesday, November 7, at the Ninth Floor Conference Room of the Finance Ministry, the Government of Liberia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with former workers of the Bong Mining Company (BMC) agreeing to pay US$4 million to the workers in back wages.The money, according to Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh, is a lump sum payment to the former BMC workers to leave the old BMC facility and give way for China Union to commence full operations in the area. The government also signed another MOU with squatters occupying the BMC facility in Bong Mines and the railroad to leave the area. According to the MOU, the Government will make the lump sum payments to the former BMC workers and the squatters beginning from December 15th to January 10th 2014.In the case of the squatters, the government agreed to pay US$500 to each of the 857 family heads between December 15th and January 10th 2014 as a one-time payment. This means that all of the squatters will receive a lump-sum payment of US$428,500, from the government. Speaking during the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Finance, Minister Amara Konneh thanked the former BMC workers and the squatters. He assured them that the monies were already allotted in the budget “and this MOU commits the government to disbursing them.” He said the signing of the MOU with the former BMC workers and the squatters marked the closure of a dark page in the economic history of Liberia. Konneh also assured the public that the concerned parties have made formal, legal commitments to evacuating the premises and no longer impede China Union’s operations. He pointed out that once the housing units in Bong Mines and the railroad are rehabilitated and taken care of, China Union plans to increase its iron ore production from 50,000 metric tons to 800,000 metric tons within a year, thereby injecting billions of dollars into the economy. “In the coming year or two,” he said ‘China Union will contribute about US$5 million a year in revenue to the government for development purposes.” According to Minister Konneh, China Union also plans on increasing its current employment of 232 Liberians to 459 Liberians in the span of one year.Earlier, the Chairman of the former BMC Employees Committee J. Jaye Larblah thanked the government of Liberia for agreeing to pay them off.Mr. Larblah, however, appealed to the government to press China Union to employ those former BMC workers that have the skills and are still strong enough to work. According to him, there is no need for the Chinese company to hire foreigners when Liberians are qualified for the job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…alleged mom “allows” men to have sex with them …medical staff refuse to conduct examinations because of lice in girls’ hairBy Kristen MacklingamTwo teenage sisters, who escaped the confines of their East Coast Demerara (ECD) home after their mother allegedly brought several men home to have sex with them, rushed into a Police station and told officers of their horrific life. The girls are now in the custody of the State.A source told this publication that the two teens, ages 13 and 14, ran out of the house where they lived with their mother, and sought help at a nearby Police station.When contacted on Saturday, Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) Director Ann Greene confirmed that the two girls are indeed in the custody of the State and are receiving the necessary care and medical treatment required.She explained that when she was notified about the matter on Friday evening, she immediately arranged transportation for the sisters to be taken from the Police station on the ECD to a safe house.According to Greene, she instructed that the Police needed to take the girls’ mother into custody while the children visited the hospital to undergo medical examinations.However, it was not smooth sailing for the girls since the doctors on duty could not attend to them immediately because of their physical state of neglect and their hair were filled with lice.“They said they are not touching the head and we (CCPA) had to go look after this. We had to bring them back to the office, the CCPA officers and myself had to find a barber, and we had to cut off all these girls’ hair. When we are done, my staff had to burn everything, the scissors used, even up to clothes, everything we had to burn because of the lice”.Greene stated that by the time the CCPA officers had finished and returned to the hospital with the teenagers, the medical services could not have been provided then, because working hours were over in that department of the hospital.“Today (Saturday), they have gone back because we got to get treatment for these girls, we have got to get them examined, all kinds of thing. We have got to get medicals for these children. It is gross neglect and if a mother allows men to come and have sex with them, it could be trafficking in persons. So we got to call in the trafficking team”.Guyana Times understands that the sisters were sent to school.The CCPA Director said that the official reports by the children could not be taken at the Police station when they rushed there for help because the first priority was getting the children into a safe place where they could be cared for and obtain medical treatment.However, the statements are expected to be lodged formally at the Police station soon.“We will carry them back Tuesday to the Police and they will give the statements what they have to give. But they could not do the statements on Friday with all that was happening…the doctors could not even look at them. We need a lot more support. We will get the children to tell the story but we first got to get to look after them first…I have got to get medical help for them immediately, get them safe”.Meanwhile, C Division Commander (East Coast Demerara) Senior Superintendent Calvin Brutus, when contacted by this newspaper on Saturday, stated that the mother of the two girls is presently in Police custody as investigations into the matter continue.
“The experience and the journey along the Wild Atlantic Way from Mizen to Malin was absolutely amazing.” They are the thoughts of 26-year-old Buncrana woman Brínan Doherty who recently completed an 800km cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head along with her life-long friend Saoirse Pottie.Cycling 120km per day for over seven and half days, while staying in hostels and air bnbs along the route, saw the two friends cross the finish line last week. Doherty told Donegal Daily: “Our route involved going along the Wild Atlantic Way, which most people normally don’t do because most people take more of a direct route when going from Mizen to Malin.“But we decided to take more of a coastal route and it was really hard but I wouldn’t change it now that I have completed it.“The first couple of days was up through the Cork and Kerry mountains which were really tough because they were proper climbs, but the views were incredible.“It took us around seven and a half days to totally complete our cycle, which, as I explained before, isn’t usually how long it takes, but we decided to it that way and at around 120km per day before staying overnight and getting back at it the following morning. “Then from Galway to Donegal, we got absolutely hammered with wind and rain,” she laughed. “That wasn’t nice at the time because you know as soon as you get on the bike and start to cycle that you are going to be soaked and then you have to continue in those conditions for the rest of the day.“But the people around the country were very generous and kind, with people in shops and shopping centres getting us donations.“And along with the views of the Wild Atlantic Way made it an incredible experience.Doherty, who now lives and works in Dublin as an accountant, took on the challenge on behalf of Donegal Hospice in memory of her late grandmother Tassie Doherty, who received crucial care there in 2018.“My granny passed away in the hospice on July 30, last year after being in there for only ten days and the support that my family received was absolutely unbelievable. “My granny got the best care and she really got the support that she needed at that time, it was amazing and they were just so good.“That is why I wanted to provide that for someone else that comes in behind us because it is a charity that is close to my heart.”And after raising over €4,500 between them, Doherty recommended the experience and said she wouldn’t be put off cycling following the gruelling journey.“When we got to Malin Head, we took the scenic route which left us with about a final 100 metres up Banba’s Crown and I didn’t think we were going to make it but we got there in the end and we were delighted with our achievement. “I would do it again, I’m not sure I would do it for charity, but all in it was a brilliant experience and I just want to thank everybody that supported me and Saoirse with their donations.”Buncrana woman Brínan Doherty cycles 800km from Mizen to Malin for Donegal Hospice was last modified: June 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Green won 12 England caps during his international career which started in 2005 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade The veteran goalkeeper, 38, has joined the club on a one-year contract having left Huddersfield Town earlier this summer following the expiry of his contract.It’s claimed Green was not on a list of transfer targets approved by the club’s scouting department and goalkeeping coaches.Sarri, though, is not believed to be unhappy with the transfer, which was conducted by Blues director Marina Granovskaia, as he is not a dominant part of the process.The ex-Napoli boss is suggested to be relaxed about the situation but it appears his coaches and scouts aren’t quite as enamoured with the deal, as their recommendations were overlooked. Chelsea completed the shock signing of Rob Green as they looked to add an experienced third choice goalkeeper to their ranks to fill a spot in their homegrown quota. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Latest Premier League News smart causal possible xi REVEALED ALTERED Green’s signing adds to Chelsea’s homegrown quota, which will help them in the transfer market, and sees him replace outgoing shot-stoppers Eduardo and Jamal Blackman. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware gameday possible standings who plays? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? 2 Maurizio Sarri’s backroom staff have been left ‘bemused’ by Chelsea’s move to sign Rob Green, report The Times. Upon signing for the club, he said: “It has been a whirlwind 24 hours. You are thinking about your career and where you want to go and then you get a phone call like this, and it is a short conversation. It has been a pretty dramatic time for me and I can’t wait to get started.”
The Drake University men’s basketball team returns to road this weekend to face Nevada as part of the MWC/MVC Challenge. Saturday’s tipoff against the Wolf Pack is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.Currently the Mountain West has a 4-3 lead over the Missouri Valley heading into this weekend’s game. However, Drake leads the all-time series with the Wolf Pack, 4-0. Saturday will be just the second meeting between the two programs since 1969.The Bulldogs are aiming to snap a two-game losing streak after falling at home to DePaul, 74-71, Wednesday evening. Sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) led the Bulldogs in that loss with a career-high 30 points on 7-of-11 shooting.The 30-point outing marked the fourth-time this season that Timmer has scored 20 or more points and the seventh time a Bulldog has done so this season. Last season, a Drake player scored 20 or more points just nine times all season.From the arc, the Bulldogs currently rank 16th nationally in three-point shooting at 41.7 percent. The Bulldogs have finished in the top 15 in the nation in three-point shooting each of the last three seasons. Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) ranks 18th nationally in three-point shooting accuracy at 50 percent. Nevada comes into Saturday’s game with a 6-3 record under first-year head coach Eric Musselman. The team has scored 80 or more points four times this season and ranks 42nd nationally in scoring at 83.0 points per game. In their last outing, the Wolf Pack throttled Fresno Pacific, 119-70. Nevada is led by Marqueze Coleman’s 17.4 points per game while AJ West nearly averages a double-double with 9.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game to help the Wolf Pack to a +7.9 advantage in rebounding this season.Following Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs will have a week off for finals before taking on Iowa in the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Dec. 19.Print Friendly Version
Preview Photo Gallery Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Story Links Box Score (PDF) at Evansville 1/12/2016 – 7:00 PM Box Score (HTML) Next Game: Full Schedule Roster CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI built up a 21-point halftime lead and shot 48.2 percent to extend that margin to a 77-44 final in defeating the Drake University men’s basketball team Saturday night at the McLeod Center.Drake (5-11, 0-4 MVC) was plagued by 35.6 percent shooting and 16 turnovers as the offense was unable to generate any traction in the loss. Sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) led the Bulldogs with 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds while Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) added seven points.”They [UNI] did an awesome job defensively and how efficient they run offensively,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “When you play really good teams, you have to take your execution up another step. We had some things maybe come easy early in the season where people got clean looks. All of a sudden you get hit in the face when you get in the league and people scout you. We only had six assists. That’s is not playing for each other and sharing the basketball.”UNI (10-7, 2-2 MVC) benefitted from Matt Bohannon’s 21 points on a 5-of-9 night from the three-point arc. Four other Panthers scored in double-digits including Bennett Koch with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting. As a team, the Panthers shot 7-of-21 from three-point range and 20-of-35 inside the arc.Bohannon scored 18 of his points in the first half on 4-of-7 shooting from the arc to give the Panthers the 41-20 lead at halftime. Eight of the Panthers’ points came off turnovers as Drake surrendered possession 11 times and managed just 17 shots in the period.The Bulldogs did not make a field goal until nearly five minutes had expired off the game clock, but managed to keep pace with the Panthers by scoring their first five points at the free-throw line until UNI used an 8-0 run to take an early lead. A 10-0 UNI run that started with 5:49 left in the period extended the Panther’s lead to 22 points, 37-15, with two minutes left in the half. Timmer scored six of his points in the opening half, four of them coming at the free-throw line. With 12:42 left in the second, UNI extended its lead to 29 points, 56-27, via a 7-0 spurt fueled by another Bohannon three-pointer. Drake would get no closer than 25 points for the remainder of the contest until UNI stretched its lead out to the 33-point final, the largest margin of victory for the Panthers in the series.”We’ve got to find a way to pick ourselves up,’ Giacoletti said. “They’re [the team] not beaten down and from now until the Evansville game, that needs to be what we search for.”The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Evansville. Tipoff at the Purple Aces’ Ford Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast via The Valley On ESPN3.Print Friendly Version
Former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman has told a Serbian newspaper that Lazar Markovic should think twice about a move to Stamford Bridge.The Blues have shown some interest in the teenage midfielder and were this week reported to be close to a deal to sign him from Partizan Belgrade.But Kezman believes Markovic ought to take note of other highly-rated youngsters failing to establish themselves after signing for Chelsea.“I hope that the quality and talent Markovic will be proved, but I’m afraid there are common examples of players who have ‘disappeared’, such as Romelu Lukaku,” Kezman told Sportski Zurna.“I had, at one time, an offer from AC Milan. However, I decided to go to PSV. For a young player, the Dutch or Spanish league is the best choice.”Click here for Tuesday’s Chelsea quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
25 May 2011Lonrho, a conglomerate that operates in 17 sub-Saharan African countries, has secured a secondary listing on the JSE’s AltX, a parallel market focused on quality, high-growth companies.Lonrho has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, and has business dealings in agribusiness, infrastructure, transportation, hotels, and support services.The company has a long history of operating on the African continent and believes these sectors offer significant opportunities for growth and unique exposure to economic development across sub-Saharan Africa.It was previously listed on the Venture Capital Market of the JSE.“Lonrho welcomes the move to the AltX market of the JSE as a natural reflection of progress as the company continues to grow,” Lonrho executive chairman David Lenigas said in a statement last week.“We remain focused on achieving further significant growth going forward as we continue developing our key divisions and expanding our presence across sub-Saharan Africa.”According to the statement, the board of Lonrho considers the transfer of the secondary listing from the JSE Venture Capital Market to AltX as a natural reflection of the ongoing development of the company, and sees the AltX as a stronger exchange on which Lonrho shares can be traded in South Africa.“We are delighted to welcome Lonrho to AltX because they provide investors with an opportunity to invest in a diversified African company,” said JSE head of marketing and business development Noah Greenhill. “We are confident that Lonrho will have a successful listing on AltX.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
In a statment by the cabinet summarising its recent meeting, ministers discussed the state of South Africa’s economy and funding for universities. It indicated that dealing with these challenges appropriately can bring great opportunities for the country.STATEMENT ON THE SPECIAL CABINET MEETING OF 13 JANUARY 20161. Economy1.1. Cabinet met to deliberate on the state of the economy and budget related matters. Cabinet noted a number of factors impacting on the economy of the country.The global outlook has deteriorated in recent months. Slower global growth reflects, in particular, weaker performance and higher risks in several important developing countries, including China.The welcomed recovery expected in the USA is likely to result in rising global interest rates. Depressed trade volumes and turbulence in global capital markets underscore the need for nations to build resilience and act cautiously in the period ahead.Cabinet further noted that there were some benefits from the low price of crude oil. As a major commodity exporter, South Africa is concerned about the continued weakness in commodity prices.Government continues to build on the country’s diverse economic structure, and export earnings continue to depend to a great extent on metals and semi processed raw materials.The fall in commodity prices is unlikely to reverse speedily. This will have sustained consequences for the South African economy and many of our partners on the African continent.The depreciation of the Rand over the last few years offers much better prospects for export growth and, combined with a lower global oil price, has helped to relieve pressure on the current account. However, weaker growth in South Africa’s major trading partners has meant subdued demand for South African products abroad.The global environment is regarded as particularly challenging for emerging markets, with lower commodity prices and tightening of monetary policy in the USA putting pressure on capital flows and growth expectations. This has translated into significant volatility in capital markets.The South African Rand, which is amongst the most traded emerging market currencies, has been particularly hard-hit in recent weeks.In this difficult global context, in which all economies face difficult challenges, Cabinet reaffirmed the need for government to intervene strategically and more decisively to restore the momentum of economic growth.1.2. The National Development Plan provides for these interventions. Government will reach out to social partners, particularly business and organised labour, to build consensus on the collective actions required to stabilise the economy, build confidence, raise the level of investment and return South Africa to a path of inclusive economic growth. The State of the Nation Address on 11 February will take account of this work.1.3. Cabinet endorsed stronger measures to restore a sustainable fiscal path, taking account of the weakened outlook for the global economy and its domestic consequences. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will unveil the measures when he presents the national budget on 24 February 2016.2. Higher Education fundingCabinet approved amendments to national budget allocations that would shift resources to fund universities without breaching previously announced spending limits.President Jacob Zuma and Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande recently indicated that these allocations would cover the zero-fee increment agreed for the current academic year, clear accumulated debt owed by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) students and prevent the accumulation of such debt over the medium term.These intervention measures are a response to a number of consultations which started in October 2015 and are still continuing. The Minister of Higher Education and training with his management team has held a number of meetings with SASCO leadership, all Student Representative Councils, University South Africa Forum , South African Union of Students, the CEO’s of SETA’s , Higher Education Transformation Network and the Parliamentary committee responsible for higher education.The President also met with the leadership of the students and has announced the setting up of the Commission to look into the issues raised in Higher Education. These engagements are still continuing as we believe as government we do want to work towards finding a lasting solution. The demands of the students are in line with the objectives of the programme of government in respect of education.2.1.1. As an immediate measure, R2.33 billion has been allocated to resolve the shortfall in operational funding for universities as a result of the agreement on a 0% fee increment for 2016.2.1.2. In the 2016/17 financial year, government has reprioritized R2.543 billion of State funding to be allocated to NSFAS to provide loans to assist 71 753 identified students who qualified for NSFAS funding but were either partially or not funded at all over the past three academic years. This means that these deserving students will not be prevented from continuing with their studies for owing universities outstanding fees.2.1.3. A further R2.039 billion will be allocated to NSFAS in the 2016/17 financial year to support unfunded or under-funded students still in the university system in 2016 to complete their qualifications.These funds are additional to the R10 billion that NSFAS will administer in the 2016 academic year.Government is committed to providing post-school education for all academically deserving students that is free at the point of delivery for the poor and the working class, within fiscally sustainable limits. Cabinet calls on students, workers, academics and university administrators to work together with government to achieve this goal. Actions that disrupt learning or create unreasonable and practically unachievable expectations are counterproductive. Violence and intimidation are not acceptable.2.2. Cabinet calls on all South Africans to recognize that there are challenging circumstances in the period ahead. Global economic conditions have weakened. The impact of lower commodity prices is already being felt in South Africa. Domestic constraints such as insufficient electricity supply are still with us. The severe drought is causing hardships in several provinces.Cabinet is confident that South Africans remain as a resilient nation that knows the value of working together in peace and harmony. The recent exposure of individuals with racist’s beliefs has strengthen our collective commitment to build a nonracial, nonsexist and prosperous society.3. AppointmentsCabinet approved the following appointments:3.1. Mr Shonisani Mathews Munzhedzi as Deputy Director-General (DDG): Biodiversity and Conservation in the Department of Environmental Affairs.3.2. Ms Siphokazi Ndudane as DDG: Fisheries Management in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.