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In2IT bolsters education, addresses gender-based violence

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Saurabh Kumar, CEO at In2IT Technologies

Saurabh Kumar, CEO at In2IT Technologies

The upcoming Youth Day is a stark reminder of the importance and role that young South Africans play in our economy and future. However, a great concern is the increase in university and school violence, including stabbings, assaults and sexual assaults, as well as a youth unemployment rate at 55.2%. It is clear that more action must be taken from a social and educational perspective.

Consequently, In2IT Technologies SA, a leading ICT managed service provider, in conjunction with the Moving Ahead Development Agency (MADA), has invited 90 boys from its Boys2Men career path and mentoring initiative to participate in an annual one-week programme, from 17 to 21 June 2019.

“The learners have all come from impoverished and often destitute circumstances, without any male role models to guide and support them with their education and shape them to become well-rounded individuals. With the fourth industrial revolution upon us, this programme was created to provide boys who display a predisposition for technology and engineering with new skills, carrier guidance and opportunities,” says Saurabh Kumar, CEO at In2IT Technologies SA.

The focus during this week will be on maths, science and English revision for the Grade 12s, in addition to providing courses for the Grade 11 learners on electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanics and coding. However, this initiative will kick off with a dialogue on gender-based violence, as proposed by MADA Chairman, Tshepo Mokoena, who says it’s easier to develop young boys rather than fixing broken men.

Mokoena explains: “These boys will soon become young men, and to stop them from becoming perpetrators of violence, they need to be both educated on an academic level as well as a social level. After the loss of my niece due to gender-based violence and seeing many initiatives focusing on woman, I felt it was only appropriate to address this issue at a grassroots level to stop these incidents from happening in the first place. Moreover, the recent appointment of a task team to combat gender-based violence at colleges and universities makes this dialogue even more important, as the learners will soon be heading to these very tertiary institutions.”

The Boys2Men initiative was started in 2016 and the goal behind it has now come to fruition, as 45 of these young boys, who first joined the programme when they were in Grade 9, now prepare for their final matric examinations.

“We have given these boys a taste of what the future can hold for them with different technologically driven courses. However, many of the jobs they are preparing for don’t exist yet and that is why we provided them with much needed skills for the future workplace. In addition, it is also our pleasure to award these hard-working individuals, as we will be giving away two bursaries during the Grade 12 Gala Dinner that will be held on 21 June. We are honoured to be a part of this programme and are delighted to see the progress these young boys are making,” Kumar concludes.

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All Blacks prop swaps Highlanders for Hurricanes

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2019-06-17 12:14

Cape Town – Rising young New Zealand tighthead prop Tyrel Lomax has
signed a four-year contract with the Hurricanes through until at least
2023.

Lomax, who has strong ties to Wellington with extended
family living in Wainuiomata, will join the ‘Canes from the Highlanders
ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby competition.

After making his Super Rugby debut for the Melbourne Rebels in 2017,
the 23-year-old joined Tasman in the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup and quickly
established himself as first choice tighthead which earned selection in
the Highlanders Super Rugby squad in 2018.

He was selected in the All Blacks last November where he made his
debut against Japan after a number of strong performances in Super
Rugby.

Lomax also impressed for the Maori All Blacks when he represented the side on its end of year tour of Canada and France in 2017.

Head coach John Plumtree was naturally delighted to have secured Lomax on a long-term deal.

“His potential is obvious for everyone to see. He’s a very impressive
young man who is developing his game at a rapid rate. He is a powerful
player, has a strong skill set and we are really excited about working
with him,” he said.

“It’s great to be able to bring Tyrel back to the Wellington region
where we know he will receive a lot of support and quickly establish
himself in the Hurricanes club.”

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WRAP: U20 World Championship | Sport24

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Cape Town – Dates, kick-off times and results for the playoff and semi-finals of World Rugby U20 Championship.

MONDAY, JUNE 17

9th-place
Semi-final 1: Scotland v Italy – 15:30            

5th-place Semi-final 1: New Zealand v Wales – 15:30
           

9th-place Semi-final 2: Georgia v Fiji – 18:00           

Semi-final 1: Argentina v Australia – 18:00           

5th-place Semi-final 2: Ireland v England – 20:30            

Semi-final 2: South Africa v France – 20:30


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Phoenix mayor apologises after US police threaten to shoot black family

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The mayor of Phoenix has apologised over the video

The mayor of the US city of Phoenix has apologised after a video allegedly showing police threatening to shoot a black family went viral.

Officers were responding to an alleged shoplifting incident last month when the video was recorded.

The parents claim they did not notice that their four-year-old daughter had taken a doll from a Dollar Store.

Mayor Kate Gallego said the officers’ actions were “completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional”.

In the video, officers can be seen shouting at the family to get out of their vehicle before threatening to shoot them.

A woman, Iesha Harper, can then be seen emerging from the car with two young children. The children are handed to a bystander and Ms Harper is arrested.

The footage also shows another man, Dravon Ames, being kicked in the legs as he is handcuffed by an officer.

Ms Gallego said in a statement: “There is no situation in which this behaviour is ever close to acceptable. As a mother myself, seeing these children placed in such a terrifying situation is beyond upsetting.

“I am deeply sorry for what this family went through and I apologise to our community.”

She said that the city was speeding up the implementation of body-worn cameras. A community meeting about the incident will also be held on Tuesday.

Ms Harper, who is pregnant, told CNN: “I really thought he was going to shoot me in front of the kids.”

She said that she gave her two children to a bystander as she “didn’t trust the police”.

Phoenix police chief Jeri Williams said on local news that she was “sorry this incident happened” and that it was being investigated.

The officers involved have been assigned desk duty while the investigation takes place.

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