By Lakhram BhagairatFor 11-year-old Shakira Peters, of Linden, growing up is not as fun as it is supposed to be. For her every day is a struggle, a struggle to wake up, a struggle to smile, a struggle to move, a struggle to play. She has been diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia since she was two years old and has always been in and out of the hospital. Since being diagnosed, Shakira has suffered two major strokes and is now wheelchair bound. She is in constant pain and for the past two years, her mother, Nicola Peters, has been working tirelessly, pleading with corporate Guyana and private citizens to help get Shakira to India for an emergency bone marrow transplant.Shakira’s eldest sister has been identified as the donor and the trio would require approximately $10 million to travel to India to have the surgery conducted at the Artemis Health Institute. They are expected to stay there for approximately six to eight weeks.Peters told Guyana Times that she began raising money since June 2016 and thus far has been able to raise over $5.5 million inclusive of $3 million donated by the Public Health Ministry. The distressed woman said that after the surgery, her daughter would be able to walk again and to lead a normal life.She noted that her eldest daughter, the donor, was 14 years old and was a student of the Linden Special School since she has poor muscle strength. Peters said that she was unable to work since daycare centres refuse to take Shakira because of her fragility.Thus far, TravelSpan have donated three airline tickets for the trio to fly to New York and they would be required to pay US$3100 for a flight from New York to India.Peters explained that they were expected to leave for India by the end of the first week in March, but she was actively trying to raise the funds to pay for their tickets. The trio was scheduled to leave for India in August of last year, but the lack of finances prevented that.“I went into the interior and I worked a little and I had some donation boxes at various places. So far, we have been receiving some donations from companies and people and I have been trying to work and get too,” she related.Peters said Shakira did not leave for surgery this time around, she was afraid of what would happen. She explained that her child’s condition continued to worsen and she has moved from requiring blood once every two months to twice per month. The worried mother also indicated that her daughter required O+ blood, which was hard to source.The family would host regular blood drives so that they could source the requisite amount of blood for Shakira’s survival.Persons willing to make a donation can do so by making a deposit to Republic Bank account 7660129 or contact Nicola Peters on 444-8420 or 684-7683.
United Way Northern B.C. Days of Caring is an event where local companies, organizations or groups work with United Way Northern B.C. to complete hands-on projects. The Hudson’s Hope Playschool is an organization that relies on volunteers to help provide its programs for children aged 30 months to six years old, and President Karen Kehl says the support was much appreciated. “On behalf of the Hudson’s Hope Playschool I would like to thank B.C. Hydro and in particular the members of the GMS Leadership team for their hard work and support,” she writes in a letter. “A big thank you to United Way for facilitating these partnerships.” Niki Hedges of United Way Northern B.C. adds, “It is very important to help and support communities such as Hudson’s Hope as so often they work in isolation and they need valuable support and this one way United Way could have a positive impact.”- Advertisement –
South Africa’s universities and other academic and technical tertiary institutions are some of the best on the continent and in the world. South Africa began restructuring its higher education system in 2003 to widen access to tertiary education and reset the priorities of the old apartheid-based system. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporter At the cutting edge of research in various academic, technology, medicine, law and business spheres, the country’s public higher education institutions offer a range of study and research options for local and international students.South Africa began restructuring its higher education system in 2003 to widen access to tertiary education and reset the priorities of the old apartheid-based system. Smaller universities and technikons (polytechnics) were incorporated into larger institutions to form comprehensive universities.South African universities offer a combination of academic and vocational diplomas and degrees, while the country’s universities of technology focus on vocationally oriented education. Some also offer theoretically-oriented university degrees.While subsidised by the state and governed in terms of the Higher Education Act, South African universities remain autonomous, reporting to their own councils rather than to the government.Here’s a summary of each South African university and tertiary institution.Traditional universitiesRhodes University Situated in the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown, Rhodes University is over a century old. The university has over 7000 students (more than half living in residence), of which 1450 are international students from 57 different countries.Rhodes offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the faculties of humanities, science, commerce, pharmacy, law, and education.It boasts the highest academic staff to student ratio of any university in South Africa (1:15) and is world-renowned for its journalism and media studies department that has graduated some of the best journalists currently working in South Africa and abroad, including Haru Mutasa from Al Jazeera and Anand Naidoo formerly of CNN, now at CCTV.For more information, see the university’s website: www.ru.ac.zaNorth-West UniversityNorth-West University was formed in 2004, with the merger of the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of North-West, formerly the University of Bophuthatswana. It is now one of South Africa’s biggest universities, with about 32 000 fulltime and distance students.It has three campuses in two provinces: the Mafikeng and Potchefstroom campuses are in the North West province, while the Vaal Triangle campus is in Gauteng. It upholds the promotion of multilingualism as a core practice, with key innovations in place to meet the needs of its diverse student body.For more information, see the university’s website: www.nwu.ac.zaUniversity of Cape Town South Africa’s oldest university, founded in 1829, UCT has one of the most picturesque campuses in the world, situated on the slopes of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak and overlooking Rondebosch in Cape Town.The university is regarded as the top research institution on the continent, with more “A” rated researchers than any other South African university. It is the highest ranked African university in both the QS World and the Times Higher Education world university rankings.The university is home to Groote Schuur Hospital, where the world’s first heart transplant took place in 1967, and lists five Nobel Laureates among its alumni.For more information, see the university’s website: www.uct.ac.zaUniversity of Fort Hare The University of Fort Hare, dating back to 1916, is the oldest historically black university in the country. It was the academic home of many of South Africa’s most prominent leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, and Mangosuthu Buthelezi.Fort Hare has two Eastern Cape campuses, in Alice and East London. It offers a range of degrees and diplomas in faculties of science and agriculture, social sciences and humanities, management and commerce, and at the Nelson R Mandela School of Law.For more information, see the university’s website: www.ufh.ac.zaUniversity of the Free State The University of the Free State, which was established in 1904, has its main campus as well as a second smaller campus in Bloemfontein. Its third campus is in Qwaqwa, in the Eastern Free State.With around 33 000 students, the university offers a full range of under- and post- graduate degrees and diplomas in the faculties of education, health sciences, including a medical school, the humanities, law, natural and agricultural sciences, theology, as well as economic and management sciences, which also houses the UFS business school. All classes are offered in Afrikaans and English.Under the leadership of its charismatic and erudite rector, Professor Jonathan Jansen, the university is committed to its vision of becoming an equitable multicultural and multilingual university.For more information, see the university’s website: https://www.ufs.ac.za//a>University of KwaZulu-Natal Incorporating the former Durban-Westville and Natal universities, the university covers four campuses in Durban and one in Pietermaritzburg. With around 42 000 students, it comprises four colleges: agriculture, engineering and science; health sciences, including schools of clinical medicine and nursing; humanities; and the college of law and management studies.For more information, see the university’s website: www.ukzn.ac.zaUniversity of Limpopo The University of Limpopo has two main campuses: one at Turfloop, to the east of Polokwane in Limpopo province; the other at Ga-Rankuwa, just north of Pretoria. The university represents a merger between the University of the North and the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa), which was incorporated as a full medical faculty.Its other faculties are humanities; science and agriculture; and management and law. The university focus is on finding solutions to meet the needs of African rural communities.For more information, see the university’s website: www.ul.ac.zaUniversity of Pretoria Established in 1930, the university is one of South Africa’s largest, offering around 1 800 academic programmes in English and Afrikaans. It has the highest research output in South Africa, a position it has held proudly since 1997.The university has nine faculties spread over seven campuses – economic and business sciences; education; engineering; built environment and information technology; health sciences; humanities; law; natural and agricultural sciences; theology; and a faculty of veterinary science at Onderstepoort, which is the only one of its kind in South Africa.Its business school, the Gordon Institute of Business Science, was established in Johannesburg in 2000. GIBS was ranked as the top MBA in Africa by the Financial Times in 2011.For more information, see the university’s website: web.up.ac.zaUniversity of Stellenbosch Situated in the wine-growing region of Stellenbosch, 60km from Cape Town, Stellenbosch University has four campuses: the main campus at Stellenbosch, which hosts the faculties of arts and social sciences, science, education, agrisciences, law, theology, economic and managements sciences, and engineering. The health sciences faculty is at Tygerberg Hospital, while the business school is in Bellville, and military sciences faculty in Saldanha.The university, home to around 26 000 students, is committed to using and sustaining Afrikaans as an academic language in a multilingual context. So while predominantly Afrikaans, many courses are lectured bilingually, and students are allowed to write their assignments and exams in English. At postgraduate level, the language of tuition is determined by the composition of the class.For more information, see the university’s website: www.sun.ac.zaUniversity of the Western Cape Originally established in 1959 as an ethnic college for coloured students, the university now provides facilities for more than 12 000 students across 68 departments and 16 institutes, schools and research centres.Based in Tygerberg, just north of Cape Town, the university has faculties of arts, community and health sciences, dentistry, economic and management sciences, education, law, and natural sciences. UWC is dedicated to the research and development of free and open-source software. It is the only African member of the Open Courseware Consortium.For more information, see the university’s website: www.uwc.ac.zaUniversity of the Witwatersrand Based in Johannesburg, Wits University is one of the country’s leading research institutions, attracting students from across Africa. Wits has produced more than 120 000 graduates across a range of disciplines since being granted full university status in 1922.The university, with about 28 000 students, offers degrees in the faculties of engineering and the built environment; science; the humanities; health sciences; as well as commerce, law and management. The highly regarded Wits Business School is one of the oldest in South Africa.Wits is also home to one of the largest fossil collections in the southern hemisphere and its Institute for Human Evolution is dedicated to palaeoanthropological research.For more information, see the university’s website: www.wits.ac.zaComprehensive universitiesUniversity of Johannesburg Established in 2005, the University of Johannesburg incorporates the former Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand, and Vista University’s Johannesburg campuses. It offers both technical and academic programmes to around 50 000 students.There nine faculties spread over five different campuses: art, design and architecture; economic and financial sciences; education; engineering and the built environment; health sciences; humanities; law; management; and science.For more information, see the university’s website: www.uj.ac.zaNelson Mandela Metropolitan University The university, with its 25 000 students, has five campuses in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and one in George in the Southern Cape. It incorporates the former PE Technikon, University of Port Elizabeth, and Vista University’s Port Elizabeth campus.As a comprehensive university, it offers vocational and professional training across the faculties of arts; business and economic sciences; education; engineering, the built environment and information technology; health sciences; law; and science.For more information, see the university’s website: www.nmmu.ac.zaUniversity of South Africa Unisa is one of the largest open distance-learning institutions in the world and has more than 300 000 students in 130 countries. Its roots stretching back more than 130 years, a “new Unisa’ was formed in 2004 when it merged with Technikon SA and Vista University’s distance education division. Based in Pretoria, but with regional offices in all nine provinces, it offers distance education programmes – both academic and technical.For more information, see the university’s website: www.unisa.ac.zaUniversity of Venda Established in 1982, the University of Venda for Science and Technology is in Thohoyandou in Limpopo. It offers academic, professional and career-focused programmes in the fields of education; environmental sciences; agriculture; health sciences; human and social sciences; law; management sciences; as well as mathematical and natural sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: www.univen.ac.zaUniversity of ZululandThe University of Zululand is a rural-based comprehensive university, with its main campus in Kwadlangezwa, just south of Empangeni, a second campus in Richards Bay, as well as other off-campus centres. With just under 9 000 students, it offers career- focused programmes and courses that have been structured with potential employees and employers in mind. It has four faculties: arts; commerce, administration and law; education; and science and agriculture.For more information, see the university’s website: www.uzulu.ac.zaWalter Sisulu University Billing itself as a “developmental university’, Walter Sisulu University’s location in the Eastern Cape presents it with unique challenges and opportunities. Since its 2005 merger with the former Border and Eastern Cape technikons and the University of the Transkei, the university has around 20 000 students spread across its campuses in East London, Butterworth, Queenstown and Mthatha.It offers a range of degrees, certificates and diplomas in four faculties (science, engineering and technology; health sciences; business, management sciences and law; education). It hosts an MBChB programme in Mthatha.For more information, see the university’s website: www.wsu.ac.zaUniversities of technologyCape Peninsula University of Technology Incorporating the former Cape and Peninsula technikons, the university is the largest in the Western Cape, with more than 32 000 students on four campuses in and around Cape Town and a fifth in Wellington. CPUT emphasises in-service training, which often comes in the form of a six-month internship.For more information, see the university’s website: www.cput.ac.zaCentral University of Technology Incorporating the former Technikon Free State and Vista University’s Welkom campus, the university is based in Bloemfontein. It has a regional learning centres in Welkom and Kimberly in the Northern Cape. Almost 50 programmes are offered in three faculties: management sciences; engineering, information and communication technology; and health and environmental sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: www.cut.ac.zaDurban University of Technology Incorporating the former ML Sultan and Natal technikons, the university has major campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg as well as satellite campuses in Umlazi. As a university of technology, DUT focuses on applied research as well as on technological innovation.It operates on five different campuses in Durban, and two in Pietermaritzburg, offering tuition through its six faculties of accounting and informatics; applied sciences; arts and design; engineering and the built environment; health sciences; and management sciences. It also has a Business Studies Unit.For more information, see the university’s website: www.dut.ac.zaMangosuthu University of Technology Mangosuthu University of Technology was established as a technikon in 1979 by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, then the chief minister of KwaZulu, a “homeland’ created under apartheid. It is based in Umlazi, 25km from Durban. Now a university of technology, it has 10 000 students studying in three different faculties: management sciences, engineering, and natural sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: www.mut.ac.zaTshwane University of Technology Incorporating the former Northern Gauteng, North West and Pretoria technikons, Tshwane University of Technology offers masters and doctoral programmes in addition to degrees, certificates and diplomas. It has campuses in four of South Africa’s northern provinces and annual student enrolment is around 60 000 students. There are seven faculties: engineering and the built environment; science; humanities; management sciences; information and communication technology; arts; as well as economics and finance.For more information, see the university’s website: www.tut.ac.zaVaal University of Technology The university has around 21 000 students spread across its main campus in Vanderbijlpark, 60km south-west of Johannesburg, and four satellite campuses, which include the Sebokeng campus of the former Vista University. It has four faculties: engineering and technology; applied and computer science; human sciences; and management sciences.For more information, see the university’s website: www.vut.ac.zaOriginally published: January 2005Reviewed: October 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Shah Rukh Khan was in his trademark witty mood on Friday at the announcement of his new television show Got Talent World Stage Live in Mumbai and the butt of his cocky humour was rival Aamir Khan.When hostess of the evening Mini Mathur asked SRK if he had any talent hidden under his belt, SRK quipped, ” Now it’s getting vulgar… show the world what you have under the belt.SRK is back on television with Got Talent.Wait, mujhe lagaa PK poster ki baat kar rahe hain hum ( I thought we were talking about the poster of PK).” The poster of Aamir Khan’s upcoming film PK- that was released on Thursday night- featured the actor standing nude on a rail track in the desert with just a stereo covering his privates.Got Talent World Stage Live promises to be a first of its kind reality show on Indian television.The upcoming show, which will be hosted by SRK, is about contestants showing off various talents.Aamir Khan has bared it all in poster of PK.The show is an on- ground extension of the globally popular Got Talent franchise and will feature 10 Indian and 10 international talents.” We have been talking about this show for the past oneand- half to two years and I am glad it has happened.We have enough talent here [ India] to show to the world and [ on this show] we will also get to see the best talent from all over the world. It is a great platform, an opportunity for people to showcase their talent besides in music, dance,” SRK said at the event.advertisementSRK’s tip for the starry- eyed was simple, “The day you feel you are talented and have done everything, it is the end. One should remain ordinary. I still get nervous doing my first scene for every film.” When asked about his colleague Salman Khan, the actor said he was bored of questions on his equation with Salman.” It’s an old question now and we have hugged each other and we are friends. It’s been too many years now… you all are asking me the same question… I am bored now,” said SRK. The actor also used the platform to thanks his fans. ” We work for name, fame, money, award, reward and also to make people smile and laugh through our work. I have been given a lot more than I deserve. I owe this to everyone. I want to keep working and entertain people,” he said.The reality show will also be a live ticketed event and tickets will go on sale next week. The show that will be telecast on Colors will be first filmed at Mumbai’s Andheri Sports Complex on December 6. The format of the show is created and owned by popular English reality judge Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment. The buzz is Cowell might even join SRK on the show, although nothing has been confirmed yet.