Finding jobs on the roadside

first_imgLooking for work – men on the side of theroad.(Image: Men on the Side of the Road) The organised Men on the Side of theRoad sites are easily recognised by theirbright yellow banners.(Image: Masixole Feni)Jennifer SternSouth Africa has an unemployment rate of 38.3%, including those who have given up any attempt to find jobs. For those who haven’t, the only recourse is often short-term or casual labour – standing on the side of the road waiting for odd jobs. It’s highly insecure, but better than nothing.Casual labour is a strong tradition in South Africa, with informally designated sites in cities across the country known by both employers and job seekers, where unemployed men gather in the mornings hoping to get a job for the day.But it’s also been fraught with problems. The sites would have no toilets or drinking water so residents and businesses would complain to the police. But others would react with kindness by handing out soup and bread to job seekers. While the gesture was appreciated, all the men really wanted was a job.  So in 2000 a church group running soup kitchens approached charity worker Charles Maisel – and that was the start of Men on the Side of the Road (MSR).MSR started off by supplying toilets and water to a couple of sites, and working on job creation.“We didn’t really know what we were doing,” Maisel says. “It was a pilot. We were trying to work out the model.”Unfortunately, the harassment of job seekers increased after the sites become more organised.“There had always been harassment,” he says “but when we came on board it started getting worse.“After a lot of trying to negotiate with the communities and the police, we got a High Court order so the police couldn’t harass the men anymore.”The court order stated that it was the duty of the municipality to assist job seekers, and that the police were not to harass job seekers in specified locations.“We didn’t have much money at the time,” Maisel says, “but this was a major victory. It was a big thing. It legitimised job seeking on the side of the road.”Some of the men couldn’t get work because they didn’t have tools, so the next part of the project was a campaign to get the public to donate second-hand tools.“That really got us on the map,” Maisel says. “We got about 50 000 tools over two years. People sent tools from Holland, the UK, all over.But the most important result of the campaign, says Maisel, is that it made people aware of the problem – and the solution.“What’s interesting is that now, when anyone in the media is looking for an image to portray unemployment, they use a picture of men on the side of the road,” he says. “It’s become a symbol. Our biggest success is making the so-called invisibles visible. They are not beggars, they are genuine job-seekers.”A challenge was determining how many casual workers were out there.“We didn’t know how big the problem was, and we didn’t know how many sites there were. So we linked up with the Human Sciences Researches Council and the University of South Africa. They said they’d do a census of how many sites exist countrywide.”The researchers found that there were roughly 1 000 sites across South Africa.“A thousand sites, with about 100 people per site, means about 100 000 people per day. But with different people every day it’s probably about 300 000 people in total that use the sites. The numbers have remained basically static over the years.”With the pilot programme complete and the size of the problem determined, it was time to move on to the next stage.“After the census we knew what we were talking about. We identified needs. We needed to do training – of males between 15 and 60. And from the training, we moved on to job placement. And then the sites needed to be organised with cards and registration.”To be registered, each job seeker needs to produce a photograph, some form of valid ID, and any references. Their skills and qualifications are noted, and they are given registration cards that identify them as bona fide work seekers. Each worker is put on the central database, available on MSR’s website.Peter Kratz, MSR’s director, explains how it works. “Because the database lists skills, qualifications and work history, we’ve taken away the anonymity of the individual, and created a track record that is available to potential employers.“So anyone wanting to employ someone can register on the website and peruse the database,  send a request for a worker through the site, in which case we’ll call them back, or they can call 0861 WORKER.“And then we arrange which site they can pick them up from.“Some employers will still simply arrive and pick people up but it’s so much more efficient if they pre-arrange it,” Katz continues. “We can put together a team quite effectively. We’ve got people with all kinds of skills, brick layers, carpenters, gardeners, fork lift drivers, welders, you name it.”With more than 10 000 workers registered on their database, MSR placed about 6 500 members in almost 120 000 work days in 2008. MSR is a registered non-profit organisation, and do not charge for the placement services. Employers pay the men directly, and they keep everything they earn.Some of those day placements have led to permanent employment.“There have been some great success stories,” says Katz. “One man, Vuyisile Dyolotana, started standing on the side of the road looking for work and then, though MSR, got training from Stodel’s Nursery. That resulted in a permanent job with a landscaping business and, before long, he’d branched out and started his own landscaping business.”So far, MSR have 14 organised sites in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Pretoria and George.  They’re easy to spot. They’re usually at major intersections, and they are marked by bright yellow banners.So the men do still stand on the side of the road, but now many of them are standing there waiting for a specific prearranged job, so it’s a far less stressful process.Useful linksMen of the Side of the Road Department of Labourlast_img read more

US TV debut for Trevor Noah

first_imgAward-winning local stand-up comedianTrevor Noah will be the first SouthAfrican and African to appear onThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno.(Image: yomzansi.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Trevor Noah Bookings+27 11 726 7611RELATED ARTICLES• SA film wins international award • Shaken and stirred in Cape Town • The boy who sees in pictures • Mandela quotations book published Wilma den HartighAward-winning local stand-up comedian Trevor Noah will be the first South African – and African – to appear on the popular late-night American talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.A chance to perform a comedy act on The Tonight Show, which is watched by millions of people every day, is a major career break for Noah and puts the spotlight on South Africa’s comedy talent.He got lucky when he was spotted by the show’s scouts who were searching for talented performers to appear on the show. After a tough audition process, he was selected as one of the comedians to perform on the show.In an interview on Talk Radio 702, Noah says it is a great honour to appear on a show that has such a huge following in many countries.“Having this appearance on my credentials will put me head and shoulders above many comedians. Many American comedians haven’t even been on the show,” he says.Noah is in illustrious company, as other famous comedians who have appeared on The Tonight Show include Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Steven Wright, Roseanne Barr and Joan Rivers.Telling the story of South AfricaNoah first made a name for himself performing for South African audiences and he has often been seen on stage with some of South Africa’s funniest people, such as Riaad Moosa, Darren Simpson, Marc Lottering and the ever-popular Barry Hilton.Recently Noah became closely associated with mobile services provider Cell C, as its “customer experience officer”, a personality developed as part of the company’s new brand identity. His job was to represent consumers, keep the company on its toes and assist them in understanding the needs of their subscribers.He has also received awards for his ability to get people laughing. At the South African Comedy Awards in 2008 he was the winner in the Best Breakthough Act category.For the past six months, he has been touring the US, entertaining American audiences with his signature brand of stand-up comedy.He says that most of what he talks about, even to American audiences, is about South Africa. His act for The Tonight Show will be no different.“I love telling the story of South Africa whenever I travel the world. We have such an amazing history and telling my story, which is a tiny part of South Africa’s history, is a great joy for me,” he says.In an interview with South African-born arts and entertainment journalist Nadia Neophytou, on her blog Miss Ntertainment, Noah says that he also hopes to use the opportunity to showcase South African comedy, which he believes is of a high standard.“The truth is, there is good and bad comedy everywhere in world. In South Africa we have international quality comedy,” he says.In preparation for his appearance on the show, he has been performing at comedy clubs and shows across the US to perfect his five-minute set.“I have bouts of nervousness, but it is a great opportunity to be on a show like this. I am as ready as I can be,” he says.Trevor Noah’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show will air in the US tonight, and be broadcast on CNBC Africa (DStv channel 410) on Tuesday 10 January at 21:00.last_img read more

Privacy Paranoia Fuels False News Reports

first_imgTags:#privacy#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The privacy freakout sparked by hacker group AntiSec’s leak of Apple user identification numbers last week turned out to be unwarranted. But the Anonymous offshoot taught us some things about the culture of paranoia that has become a feature of our digital lives.The group claimed that it had pilfered millions of iPhone/iPad user IDs from an FBI laptop. As it turns out, the database came from a digital publishing and development firm called BlueToad. The company ran tests internally based on a tip from an outside security researcher and confirmed that the data did indeed come from its own servers.Sure, the information may have ended up in the hands of the FBI before it was leaked by AntiSec, but it’s not likely. Moreover, the FBI and Apple have denied it. With yesterday’s BlueToad revelation, there remains little credible evidence to support the claim of FBI involvement.  Regardless of the hackers’ motives, the case illustrates something about the online news ecosystem. All AntiSec had to do was claim that it obtained the data from an FBI laptop and, before long, the narrative became “OMG, the FBI is spying on our iPads and iPhones.” It doesn’t help that reporting on and fact-checking Anonymous is problematic, due to the organization’s evenescent structure and spoofish culture. Things got clearer as time passed – though the story is still unfolding – but not before legions of readers gained a false impression that the FBI was up to something truly creepy.  We saw a similar hole in the online news cycle a few weeks back when a hoax about an asymmetric screw Apple was said to be developing turned into headline news. Like that story, the report that the FBI had collected million of UDIDs was plausible given recent headlines about government requests for data from mobile service providers and Internet companies. A new round of domestic spying by a U.S. intelligence agency fit into an existing historical narrative. The whole thing played into a growing paranoia about digital privacy. This fear seems to be an inevitable byproduct of online life. As more and more of our lives are lived in digital spaces, we are entrusting a massive amount of personal information to tech companies, which in turn each have different privacy policies and approaches to dealing with government requests. Just this year, we’ve seen Twitter spar with authorities over user data requests, mobile carriers hand over troves of information, and the U.S. government trying to address concerns over the tracking Web users. While some of the skittishness around privacy is overblown, plenty of legitimate issues are raised by technology that’s evolving faster than laws and social norms can.    While the hyper-rapid online news cycle allows for false or unconfirmed facts to turn into headlines, it’s worth noting that the Web is also remarkably good at self-correction. Often, it brings itself back into line more quickly than the old, top-down media system could. In this case, a more realistic picture of what happened emerged within a few days, thanks in large part to diligent homework by security researcher David Shuetz and an honest admission by BlueToad’s CEO on the company blog. Perhaps in the coming days, we’ll get a complete picture of what on Earth really happened last week. But the paranoia over privacy will remain. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts john paul titlow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Kevin Durant still out for Game 2 of NBA Finals

first_imgFILE – Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during their game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will miss Sunday’s second game of the NBA Finals with the strained right calf that has sidelined him for the past six games.Durant is the leading scorer in the playoffs for the Warriors, averaging 34.2 points with 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists a contest.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Green sees KD progressKerr said he doubted he would insert Durant on a limited basis, as he did with DeMarcus Cousins in game one after he had missed six weeks with a torn left quad.“Maybe it will be a minutes issue based on his conditioning for not having played in a month or whatever, but we’ll just have to wait and see,” Kerr said.“He has done well with his rehab the last couple of days. He’s continuing to ramp stuff up.”Warriors forward Draymond Green says he can see the progress as Durant works to return in time to help Golden State defeat Toronto.“You can see him inching closer back to the team,” Green said. “I think so much has been made of Kevin because of what lies ahead for him (free agency) he’s not with the team, he’s not around, he’s not a part of it.“You’re rehabbing. You’re on your own schedule. Now you see him around the team more. All of a sudden he’s on the bus to shootaround or practice. You start to see him, hear his voice more. You’re starting to hear him coming up with adjustments even before the game, giving his input.”– Iguodala ‘pretty good’ –Andre Iguodala, who has spent more time on the court in Durant’s absence, appears set to play in game two Sunday after suffering a left leg injury in game one and undergoing an MRI on Friday.“Seems to be doing well,” Kerr said of Iguodala, the NBA Finals MVP in Golden State’s 2015 title run. “I talked to him and he said he felt pretty good.” But the Warriors were 5-0 without him until losing 118-109 to Toronto in Thursday’s opening game of the best-of-seven championship series.“Kevin is not going to play Sunday,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday. “We’ve been sort of holding out hope, but I might as well just say it now. It’s near impossible for him to play on Sunday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 30-year-old superstar, Most Valuable Player of the past two NBA Finals, will become a free agent at the end of the playoffs but hopes to return and help Golden State to a third consecutive NBA crown before deciding his future.Kerr gave no indication of a timetable for Durant’s return. Game three will be Wednesday at Oakland with game four two days later on the Warriors’ California home court. “He’s still progressing,” Kerr said. “When he’s ready to play he will play. That’s our approach.”Kerr said Durant must rejoin the club for at least one practice before he will be reinstated to the lineup.“It’s not like this is a sore ankle or his knee is sore and you can play through it. This is a tricky one,” Kerr said. “If you re-injure the calf, then that’s it and then he’s done for the series. So when he’s ready to play, he’ll play.”Durant joined the Warriors for the trip to Toronto so he could be watched by trainers and medical personnel who also had to monitor his teammates.“Our training staff is here and we need him with our training staff and we also need our training staff for the rest of our players,” Kerr said. “Kevin also wanted to be with the guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Clippers fined $50k over Doc Rivers’ Leonard-Jordan comparison ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READlast_img read more

BCCI to get $405 million from ICC

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL India is getting USD 266 million more than England, which will take home USD 139 million. cricket View of Cricket Centre at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.   –  The Hindu COMMENTS Published on SHARE The BCCI will be getting USD 405 million as per the International Cricket Council’s revenue sharing model, which was agreed during the apex body’s annual conference in London.Originally, the ICC had agreed to give USD 293 million but, after hectic negotiations, its chairman Shashank Manohar agreed to increase it by USD 100 million. Finally, it was decided that USD 112 million more will be given to BCCI from the previously agreed amount.India is getting USD 266 million more than England, which will take home USD 139 million. Australia, Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are getting USD 128 million each. Zimbabwe will get USD 94 million.The revenue sharing model has been a bone of contention for BCCI as the world’s most influential cricket board had demanded USD 570 million, which was unacceptable to Manohar, himself a two-time former Board president.A Indian Cricket Board official told PTI that “the BCCI has agreed to the terms and conditions”. The BCCI, in fact, lost 1-13 when it was brought to vote at an earlier meeting. However, BCCI is still getting 22.8 per cent out of total revenue sharing of USD 1,536 million.The ECB gets 7.8 per cent while the other boards are getting 7.2 per cent. Zimbabwe is getting 5.3 per cent. While more than 86 per cent is given to Full Members, the remaining is shared between the ICC’s Associate Members.center_img View of Cricket Centre at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.   –  The Hindu COMMENT × June 22, 2017 ICC halves BCCI revenue share RELATED last_img read more