A bunch of divorce lawyers came up with a list of ten questions they say every couple should talk about before they get married. 1. Are you a good fit for each other? Which is a broad question. But just think about it.2. Is your relationship grounded in friendship?3. Do you try to see the best in each other?4. Do you both have realistic expectations of each other?5. Do you generally want the same things in life? So, things like kids, or a nice house.6. Can you raise issues with each other, and talk them out?7. Do you keep things exciting?8. Are you both committed to working through tough times?9. Would you pull together in hard times? Which is kind of the same as the last one.10. Do you each have your own support group, so you don’t just rely on each other? If you don’t answer yes to all ten, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean you’re totally wrong for each other. But it might help you find things to work on. Here are the ten questions . . .
17 February 2011 South Africans living in rural areas will also get in on the Cricket World Cup action, with matches set to be broadcast at Village Viewing Areas that were established for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The equipment installed in Village Viewing Areas across South Africa – including giant-screen television sets, DSTV satellite receivers and other equipment – was donated to the communities after the World Cup. The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform said this week that it would be broadcasting Cricket World Cup matches as part of its efforts to ensure continued optimum use of the facilities – as well as to support the Proteas and the Magnificent Fridays campaign. Magnificent Fridays is a new campaign initiated by the government to get South Africans behind the cricket, netball and rugby national teams – all of which will do battle in their respective world cups in 2011. The campaign is built on the concept of Football Fridays, a highly successful drive led by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, that got South Africans rallying behind Bafana Bafana, the national football team, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Citizens are urged to wear official replica clothing of any of the national teams, but especially of the Springbok rugby team, the Proteas cricket squad and the netball team, also nicknamed the Proteas. The Cricket World Cup, taking place in Mumbai, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, kicks off on Saturday, with the Proteas playing their first match against the West Indies on 24 February. “Magnificent Fridays is about showing support for all our national teams,” Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said at the Johannesburg launch of the initiative two weeks ago. “The campaign will continue throughout the year.” Mpumalanga MEC for Culture, Sport and Recreation Sibongile Manana will officially launch the campaign in Mpumalanga this Friday. Source: BuaNews
10 October 2014The South African government is offering incentives to the private sector as a way of encouraging businesses to employ young people and reduce high levels of unemployment amongst the population group.Speaking at the International Monetary Fund-World Bank discussion sessions prior to the annual meetings taking place in Washington, D.C. in the US from 10 to 12 October, South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said South Africa faces the triple challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty and any structural reforms within the country have to take this into account.Nene was part of a panel of policy makers discussing “Challengers of Job-Rich and Inclusive Growth: Growth and Reform Challenges”. The panel included Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey, Indonesian Finance Minister Muhammad Chatib Basr and International Labour Organization’s Deputy Director-General for Policy Sandra Polaski.“But in the process you have to go through is a painful process. Some of the decisions you have to take are tough decisions that might actually have an impact. Without the pain you are unlikely to address these problems,’ said Nene.However, in making these structural reforms or transformations, Nene said South Africa is making sure the process does not have drastic effects on citizens. He said government is bringing on board the youth who are the actual victims of unemployment in the country.“Businesses will get credit for employing young people and at the same time we are creating an environment that is conducive for the business to employ young people. Our plan is simple: reduce the cost of doing business whilst reducing the cost of living of the poor.’The South African government implemented the employment tax incentive scheme in January 2014 aimed at encouraging businesses to employ young people. The incentive reduces employers’ cost of hiring as the government pays half the costs that the employer incurs in employing a young person.Nene said such schemes had to be implemented even though some quarters resisted them; they were part of the “painful decisions” the government had to make. Some unions were against the implementation of the employment tax incentive, fearing companies would fire older workers in favour of younger ones.There was consensus among the panelists that structural reforms such as improving education and having labour laws that were not too stringent, as well as developing infrastructure, were among the best ways to grow an economy. But they agreed that the one size fits all approach is not feasible.Okonjo-Iweala said structural reforms were country-specific and that implementing them took time — something citizens did not take kindly to. “We all need structural reform but the point is, you have to look at the country, and the sequence of the reform is very important.”Nigeria began by dealing with nonperforming state-owned enterprises that were costing the country money, according to Okonjo-Iweala. “At the time we looked at it, the state-owned enterprises were a big fiscal drag and therefore it was very clear that we had to act,” she said.SAinfo reporter