Sevilla’s wardrobe is already excited about the return of Rakitic

first_imgThe Covid-19 crisis announces a market with very few movements and still less investment. TO Rakitic will hardly fit one year contract in Barcelona with an important chip. Sevilla’s challenge is to get him out of the Camp Nou for the least possible investment, since the footballer he is 32 years old, and content him with a contract that may be the last of his career. In addition, the Croatian will find in Nervión the best possible environment: a hobby that mostly wishes your return and a wardrobe that sees him from the beginning as a luxury reinforcement, even as a probable captain. Precisely the captain of the Sevilla squad Jesus Navas applaud the possible movement: “Ivan is a great friend of mine. I appreciate you very much. As a companion is also a excellent person. Socceristically little more can be said about him … he is a magnificent soccer player. I always I wish him well and take the opportunity to send him a big hug him and his family. He has the affection of all the sevillismo “, he affirmed in Nervion Pride. Rakitic and Los Palacios they coincided in the Sánchez Pizjuán locker room for two seasons and a half from January 2011 to June 2013, when Navas left for Manchester City. “Right now talk of transfers does not apply“he said these days the sports director Monchi, in another of the movements (this one forced) of the slow chess game that Sevilla will play for sign Ivan Rakitic. The Croatian himself He did not want to raise the hare a few days ago, when in a telematic interview For Movistar he affirmed, smiling, that nobody of the Nervión club I had still called him. “I don’t know if Monchi has lost my phone or blocked me,” he joked. But that is not entirely accurate: your communication with the sports director, if only because they are good friends, is usual. To serbian Nemanja Gudelj, who arrived last summer in Nervión, also would love to have a partner to the midfielder Croatian: “Ivan Rakitic is a great player. Everyone knows how good it is. With his experience, in addition, it could mean a lot for Sevilla again. He is an important footballer and from the references I have, I also know that he is a very good person and companion. Would a huge plus for Sevilla if they could finally come. “ LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 23, 2020last_img read more

Taylor cameo in vain as Storm lose in final

first_imgLONDON (CMC): West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor struck a cameo, but her efforts were in vain as Western Storm went down by seven wickets to Southern Vipers in the final of the Women’s Super League here on Sunday. Sent in at Chelmsford, Storm rallied to 140 for five off their 20 overs, with New Zealand opener Rachel Priest top-scoring with 57 from 55 deliveries and partner Taylor getting 35 from 28 balls. The pair featured in an opening stand of 74, with Priest slamming eight fours and a six and Taylor striking three fours and a six. Taylor seemed to be moving into high gear when she drove seamer Arran Brindle to mid-off in the 11th over and captain Heather Knight (6) added a further 28 for the second wicket with Priest before falling to Brindle in the 15th over, caught at deep backward square. Brindle finished with two for 15 from her four overs while medium pacer Suzie Bates picked up two for 37. In reply, a 78-run, first-wicket stand between Suzie Bates and captain Charlotte Edwards, virtually ended the game as a contest. Bates stroked 52 off 46 balls with seven fours, while Edwards weighed in with 24 from 18 deliveries with three fours and a six. By the time both fell in the space of 12 deliveries to leave Vipers on 84 for two in the 12th over, only 57 runs were required and Sara McGlashan’s unbeaten 21 from 19 deliveries put the result out of question. Taylor was ineffective from her four overs, finishing wicketless and conceding 24 runs. The right-handed Taylor had a successful tournament, scoring 289 runs at an average of 57 while claiming 11 wickets.last_img read more

14-year-old boy vanishes after visiting friend

first_imgFourteen-year-old Christopher Basdeo, of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), disappeared on Wednesday after he reportedly left home to visit a friend’s house.Missing: Christopher BaldeoOn the day he disappeared, the teen who attends the Goed Fortuin Secondary School, returned home but left soon after claiming that he was going to visit a friend at his home.“Wednesday afternoon he came home from school and he said he going by a friend. And I haven’t seen him back up to now,” his mother, Debbie Basdeo related.According to the worried woman, her son would never stay away from home for such a long period. Basdeo is the youngest of four siblings.“He would always come home. Sometimes he would go by his sister around the corner and he would sleep there. Then he would come home in the morning and go to school,” she added.She said there was confirmation that her son did visit the said friend, but there were no clues what happened after he left that home.She is pleading for anyone with information that would help them to locate her son to come forward or contact the nearest Police Station.Guyana Times understands that a report was made to the Police and persons were taken into custody for questioning in relation to the teen’s disappearance. Efforts to contact officials from the Police Force for a comment on the situation proved futile.Last month, a 14-year-old girl, also of Parfaite Harmonie, had disappeared after she was last seen by her mother in the vicinity of the Vreed-en-Hoop Junction.According to the woman, the teen had just left school and as such, she journeyed to the Vreed-en-Hoop Junction to pick her up. The woman relayed that the missing teen called her on her cellphone and told her that she was going to cross the road at the junction to purchase something to drink.After parking, the woman exited her vehicle and walked back to the spot where she last saw her daughter but to her dismay, the young woman had disappeared. She later made contact with relatives.last_img read more

Under-pressure Loew insists he can handle the criticism

first_imgAfter his team lost 3-0 to the Netherlands on Saturday, Loew had seemed irritated and flustered as he refused to answer questions from German media about his future.That loss left Germany bottom of their Nations League group, fuelling questions about whether he should have retained his job after the humiliating early exit from the World Cup.“Of course, the defeat in the Netherlands has done a lot of damage, to the staff, the players and most of all the fans,” Loew said on Monday.“It’s not really surprising to me. After the World Cup, it is a process we have to manage. There will be setbacks or defeats. I am not too surprised about that.“It’s normal for me to be criticised, but I can handle criticism very well. I’ve spoken with the president (of the federation), it’s clear that we have to stick together.“Criticism from the outside does not bother me. It is important that I motivate my players against France. I can easily forget the criticism and remain 100 percent focused.”Loew has stayed loyal to players who won the 2014 World Cup even though the likes of Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels are in nowhere near the form they showed in Brazil.At 32, and after twice fracturing his foot last year, Manuel Neuer seems no longer a world-class goalkeeper.Against the Dutch, Boateng and Hummels often left gaps. At the other end, Germany have only scored 10 goals in the last twelve games.“For the first 30 minutes against the Netherlands we played well. In attack, we had a lot of goal attempts but we lacked the organisation we have had in the past. We have to change things tactically.”Defeat on Tuesday would leave Germany on the verge of relegation to the B division of the Nations League. It would also be a sixth in 2018, a German record in a calendar year.“We have nothing to lose against the world champions,” Loew said. “We are here to take the three points.”“We want to play boldly against the world champions. As for the players, of course, if you suffer a 3-0 defeat, you have to make changes. One thing I can tell you is that Neuer will be in goal… “0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Joachim Loew says he can handle the criticism that intensified after Germany lost in Amsterdam © AFP/File / Emmanuel DUNANDPARIS, France, Oct 15 – Two days after the latest humiliating defeat, Germany coach Joachim Loew seemed to have regained his poise as he faced the media Monday ahead of a match against France.“I can handle criticism very well,” Loew said at a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Nations League game against the world champions at the Stade de France.last_img read more


first_imgYesterday we revealed how All-Ireland champions Donegal face their stiffest challenge yet on Friday-week, November 23rd – when the Sam Maguire winners cross the sporting codes for a game with a difference!“The Battle of the Hills” sees the Donegal squad take on a Finn Harps select in what is sure to be a game of two halves – with one half seeing the teams play soccer and the other seeing them play Gaelic football. Proceeds from the game will be divided between the Donegal Senior Team Training Fund and the Kevin McHugh Testimonial Year.Keeping law and order on the game will be two well-known local referees, soccer official Stephen Toner and GAA referee Kieran McShea.The game is part of the testimonial year of Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh. The Killea man has scored a total of 161 goals in all competitions for Finn Harps in 334 appearances. He has scored 142 League goals and is second only to the great Brendan Bradley (241) when it comes to finding the net for Harps.In total, McHugh has scored 155 League goals in total – including 13 during his spell at Derry City – putting him in ninth position in the all-time League of Ireland list and is just seven goals away from a place in the top five. Kevin is delighted that Jim McGuinness’s All-Ireland winners have agreed to the game – and is looking forward to the challenge of pitting his wits against the Donegal stars, including his colleague in the Donegal County Council, Neil Gallagher.“I suppose it’s not a bad time to be playing in my first Gaelic football match – against the All-Ireland champions,” quipped McHugh.“The Donegal boys had an unreal year. The joy they brought to the county was something else and you had to admire the level of preparation and professionalism they had.“I’m delighted that the boys from the Donegal team have got in behind this occasion. It should be a great night and it’ll be a bit of craic for sure. Hopefully a big crowd will turn out because it’s a novel event.“I’m very grateful to Finn Harps FC for granting me a testimonial this year. I have spent my most enjoyable years in football at Harps and had some absolutely wonderful nights playing with the club.“I’ve played with some fantastic players too over the years. The club have been very generous in giving me a testimonial.” Donegal captain Michael Murphy will, for one half only, try his hand with the ball at his feet rather than in his hands – and the All-Star full-forward is looking forward to the occasion.“People like to see things like this, out of the norm events that can really take off. With us Gaelic footballers trying to play soccer and the soccer players trying to play Gaelic football, it’ll be quite the novelty,” Murphy said.Murphy has recognised McHugh’s contribution to sport in Donegal since making his debut for Harps in 1998.The Donegal skipper said: “It’s a fantastic occasion for Kevin. “I got to know him during the summer and met him on a couple of golf courses here and there.“Kevin has been a fantastic servant to Finn Harps down the years and a fantastic servant to soccer in Donegal, too. Whenever you’ve heard about Finn Harps over the last ten years and more, Kevin McHugh’s is always the name you associate with them. You just can’t underestimate what Kevin has been achieving and his record as a goalscorer is phenomenal.“He’s a fantastic sportsman and it’s fitting that we as All-Ireland champions can help him out in his testimonial year.”And Murphy believes that some of his team-mates could surprise the Harps men on the night: “Eamon McGee has been quite prolific with Gweedore Celtic there and big Neil Gallagher has quite a record with Kilmacrennan Celtic too!”Donegal goalkeepers Paul Durcan and Michael Boyle both spent some time on the books at Finn Park, while forward Patrick McBrearty and defender Frank McGlynn have turned out for Harps underage teams in the past.A limited edition souvenir Testimonial Programme has also been produced to mark the occasion. The 32 Page programme will be on sale at the game, priced at only €3 and is packed with content, including an exclusive in-depth interview with Kevin McHugh, contributions from former managers and team-mates and loads of images from Kevin’s Harps career.Tickets for the game go on sale this Friday, November 16th: Adult terrace tickets – €10; Children’s terrace tickets – €5. A list of outlets and ticketing arrangements will be confirmed later in the week, while the squad lists will also be finalised in the coming days.Please see for further details‘THE BATTLE OF THE HILLS’ OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED FOR SOCCER STAR MCHUGH was last modified: November 14th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Donegal GAA teamFinn ParkJim McGuinnessKevin McHughTESTIMONIALlast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING SPORTS NEWS: THE Ulster Council of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association has agreed to switch the venue of the Ulster final replay between Termon and Donaghmoyne.The Donegal champions were unlucky not to take the title in Clones last Sunday, the Monaghan champions equalising in seven minutes of injury time.It was announced after the game that the replay would go ahead this Saturday at the same venue, giving Donaghmoyne a second ‘home’ final. Termon Ladies appealed – and the decision has been reversed.The match will go ahead this Saturday in Trillick, Co Tyrone, with the Termon team hoping fans of ladies football throughout Donegal will go along and support them.Best of luck this Saturday ladies. Throw-in is at 2pm.   TERMON LADIES WIN VENUE SWITCH FOR ULSTER FINAL REPLAY was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:ClonesGaelic FootballLGFATermonTermon ladiesTrillicklast_img read more


first_imgLifford bodybulider Jimmy Connolly has just missed out on the 6 place spot in the 2014 NABBA Worlds Bodybuilding Championships in the Waterfront Hall Belfast.Jimmy, 48, has been training in the sport for the past ten years. Jimmy revealed “I have been training 10 years on and off but the past three years I have been training hard an competing in shows. I have been training in Pro Gym in Derry with Dave Fox for ten years right up until the NABBA Northern Ireland 2014.”Jimmy has also been training in the Railway Gym in Lifford for the worlds championships.The Donegal man thanked his daughter Laura and son James who he says have been there for him “through thick and thin.”“I want to thank my brother Andy who also helped me all the way and also my friend Conor Gamble and Barney Crossan for all his knowledge an also last but not least many thanks to the Railway Gym for all their support.” Jimmy reveals he trains seven days a week coming up to a show which includes a high protein diet for 12 weeks in advance.The grandfather of one has competed in the Nabba Northern Ireland Bodybuilding Championships three times now and has placed two seconds and a fourth place.This time around he just missed out on making the final six in the competition.But Jimmy says his love of the sport will keep him going.“I love the sport very much so I will take a little time off and go back training in the future,” said dedicated Jimmy.Photos Paul Cullen Info MAN JIMMY PUTS HIS ‘BODY’ ON THE LINE FOR HIS PASSION was last modified: June 21st, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:bodybuilderdonegalJimmy ConnollyLiffordlast_img read more

Endometriosis: The painful condition affecting up to 1 in 10 Irish women

first_imgAs part of Endometriosis Awareness Month, the Endometriosis Association of Ireland is highlighting the symptoms of the condition as many women may not even be aware that they suffer from it.The Endometriosis Association of Ireland define the condition as the presence of an endometrial-like tissue outside the uterus, which triggers a chronic inflammatory reaction resulting in pain and adhesions.Hormone fluctuations during a woman’s menstrual cycle may cause the activity of the condition to vary, with symptoms intensifying at certain times of the month, particularly prior to and during the woman’s menstrual period. While some women with endometriosis experience severe pelvic pain, others have no symptoms at all or regard their symptoms as simply being ‘ordinary menstrual pain’.Kathleen King, Chairperson of the Endometriosis Association of Ireland lives in Donegal. She has lived with endometriosis for almost 30 years. Like many women in Ireland her diagnosis was not confirmed until 9 years after symptom onset.The condition affects up to 1 in 10 women in Ireland, and it is estimated that up to 50% of infertile women struggle with the condition. Do you recognise this woman?We all know someone who struggles with their periods – be it a sister, daughter, friend or colleague.You know that woman who goes through hell every month? She has mentioned severe pain in her pelvis and lower back and at times you have even heard her speak about being nauseous due to the pain.She is likely to have missed days at school/college/work around her period time and at times too during her mid-cycle you have seen her with a hot water bottle and pain meds at her side.Maybe she has confided in you about how it is impossible to beat this pain – over the counter pain medications are not working for her. She has tried the contraceptive pill and while it helped for a month or two, she is back at square one.You consoled her when she told you that despite sex being absolutely horrendous, she is still trying to conceive 2 years after beginning to “try”.She is comforted by the fact that she has support, but cannot get answers for why she is feeling so bad all the time. The pain is relentless, she was too embarrassed to mention the pain she experiences when she pees, and certainly cannot tell you about the bleeding and pain that she has noticed while passing bowel movements. Surely this is not normal?If you recognise this woman, she may have endometriosis.Not all women have all (or any) of the symptoms.Symptoms of endometriosis include: Severe pain (pelvis, lower back, thighs) which is worse around ovulation and menstruationPain during or after sexPain during or after emptying the bladder or bowelIBS like symptoms (diarrhoea, constipation)Blood in urine or stoolsNausea and VomitingFatigueInfertilityThe Endometriosis Association of Ireland is there for all affected by endometriosis, and they run an online education and support group.If you recognise these symptoms please visit or email for more information.Endometriosis: The painful condition affecting up to 1 in 10 Irish women was last modified: March 17th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)Tags:endometriosisIllnessmenstruationovulationlast_img read more

More Lotto funds for social development

first_img23 July 2010 Public, beneficiary concerns As a result, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has directed that at least 50% of the funds available for distribution must go to priorities that include the expansion of home-based care services, development of facilities for disabled people, and substance rehabilitation and treatment services. Removing barriers to access According to a statement by the department this week, a number of concerns were raised by the public and beneficiaries of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund that the funds were not reaching its beneficiaries on time, and that there were no effective measures in place for expedient distribution of these funds. “These funds must benefit rural development and educational needs in a meaningful manner,” the department said. In order to minimise the risk that may arise with the removal of this requirement, the DTI’s deputy-director general for general, consumer and corporate regulation, Zodwa Ntuli, said that thorough checks would be done on applicants, including site visits and reference checks. They will also streamline the processing of applications by the National Lotteries board, all the way from application point to payment, in order to make the process more transparent and efficient. Priority funding areas It also includes sports and recreation for talent development, education designed for early childhood, adult literacy and vocational training. “Any misuse of funds intended for development of communities will not be tolerated,” she said. “We call upon the National Lotteries Board and the Distribution Agencies to deal severely with people found to be misusing funds, including referring them to the police for appropriate action to be taken.” Having considered the accessibility of the fund to smaller non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations, Davies has decided to do away with the compulsory requirement for first-time applicants to produce audited financial statements when applying for funds.center_img South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry has introduced new regulations that will see National Lottery resources being used increasingly for community and rural development, while also making it easier for first-time applicants to access funding. Thorough checks on applicants Organisations that received funding before from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund will still be required to produce such audited statements, as required in the Lotteries Act. The regulations, which fall under Section 60 of the Lotteries Act of 1997, seek to improve the efficiency and distribution of resources of the National Lottery Distribution Fund. “It is important that the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund be distributed in a manner that addresses developmental needs in rural, poor and under-privileged communities,” the department said. Over and above this, there were concerns that the funds were not being distributed to development of communities that really needed them. The new regulations come into effect on 30 July 2010. Specific attention would be given to organisations that have a history of failing to account for funds received from other donors and those whose members were previously involved in misusing donor funds. “This requirement was onerous and excluded a number of deserving beneficiaries,” the department said. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Opening remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa for meeting with the Black Business Council

first_imgPresident of the Black Business Council, Mr Sandile Zungu,CEO of the Black Business Council, Mr Kganki Matabane,Leaders from business and IndustryLadies and Gentlemen,Allow me to begin by thanking the Black Business Council for initiating this meeting.We are all keenly aware of the challenging economic climate and the urgency with which we have to improve the business and investment climate, create jobs and improve the living conditions of South Africans.It is therefore encouraging that the business sector, particularly black business, is keen to engage with government.Our success as a country depends on bringing all social partners together, and on using all available platforms for engagement.The Black Business Council is an influential voice in articulating the position of the business community around key national economic issues.You are to be commended for your enduring commitment to be partners in driving economic transformation and national development.We have just concluded the second South Africa Investment Conference, which resulted in R363 billion in investment commitments.As we look set to reach our goal of securing R1.2 trillion in investment over five years, what was most encouraging was that domestic investment in our economy is on the rise.At the inaugural Investment Conference in 2018, local companies committed in the region of R157 billion.This year, they committed just over R262 billion.What this says to us is that local business confidence is slowly but surely returning.Of course we welcome foreign direct investment, but it is our local businesses and industries that we really want to see ploughing capital back into our economy.Local business must be at the forefront of our national investment drive.When you reinvest in our economy, it gives confidence to foreign investors that this is a good place to bring their money. What this trend signals is that our economic reform agenda is gaining traction.It suggests that there is less reticence in the local business community to commit capital to new operations or to expand existing operations.Since taking office at the beginning of last year, we have worked consistently to address the concerns of business.We have worked to improve policy certainty and the ease of doing business, remove regulatory impediments, maintain macroeconomic stability, reduce public debt and fix our state-owned enterprises.Policy reform has taken place in key areas like mining, oil and gas, telecoms, energy and immigration.Measures to reduce the cost of doing business are being implemented, including reductions in rail and port tariffs.Guided by the recommendations of the Presidential Panel on Land Reform, we are working on the implementation of our accelerated land reform programme.We have a new enhanced industrial strategy founded on partnerships between government, industry and labour.       We recently concluded master plans in the poultry and clothing and textiles sectors.Master plans are in development for other industries with high-growth potential such as automotives; gas, chemicals and plastics; metals; renewable energy; agricultural and agro-processing; and high-tech ICT industries.An Investment and Infrastructure Office is being established in the Presidency to coordinate the country’s investment strategy and infrastructure drive.We are in the process of setting up the Infrastructure Fund to leverage investments from financial institutions, multilateral development banks, asset managers and commercial banks.Measures to stimulate the economy must be matched by prudent fiscal policies and sound macroeconomic management.The newly-appointed Presidential Economic Advisory Council will contribute to greater coherence and consistency in the implementation of economic policy, and will advise on policies to spur inclusive growth.          Strengthening governance at our state-owned enterprises and restoring their finances to health is vital if we are to rein in public debt.Energy security is critical if local industries are to flourish.The Eskom board, working with government, continues to pursue a turnaround plan to address its huge debt, its liquidity problems and its operational challenges.The appointment of a new permanent Group Chief Executive at Eskom is an important step towards restoring stability and forging a sustainable path at this strategic entity.We are undertaking these measures in support of the overriding effort to address the unemployment crisis.In my monthly meetings with leaders of government, business, labour and communities to track commitments made at last year’s Jobs Summit, we are focused on the practical work needed to protect existing jobs and create new ones.As the Presidency, we have been working with stakeholders inside and outside government on a package of interventions to create pathways for young people into economic activity.Ours is a singular determination to improve the business climate and to implement the reform that is necessary to attract more investment and create more jobs.Ultimately, however it is the private sector that will create the bulk of the jobs that our country needs.That is why engagements such as this one are critical.We need you to work with us to remove the impediments that exist in the business environment so that business is able to take the lead in creating jobs and opportunities for our people.We need you to work with us to fundamentally transform the economy.As representatives of black business, you have a central role to play in the national effort to change the structure of our economy to ensure that it is representative, inclusive and benefits all our people.Your experiences at the rock face of business transformation must serve as a guide as we seek to build on our achievements and address our shortcomings.Your insights are particularly important as we work to strengthen the implementation of our broad-based black economic empowerment policies, ensuring that they achieve far-reaching and sustainable empowerment.To fulfil its purpose, it is essential that broad-based BEE contributes to inclusive economic growth and job creation.We should all be concerned about the slow pace of transformation in the workplace, particularly in the private sector.This necessitates some serious introspection by business and clear strategies to promote employment equity.We know that black businesses who do work for the State have a myriad of challenges, especially around payment for services.Despite the introduction of a 30 day payment stipulation, we know that it is not being uniformly adhered to, and we are therefore working hard to fix the problems in this regard.The Black Business Council has always maintained that business does not only have a responsibility to shareholders.Business has an equally important role to play in building a more inclusive economy and society.Businesses can and must be drivers of development and play a role in resolving our key national challenges of poverty and inequality.We are reassured by the faith that black business has in this country and in its government.We value your input on what more can be done to unlock the economy, which sectors should still be tapped to grow our economy and what strategies can have the greatest effect.With these words I thank you once again for initiating this engagement, and I look forward to the discussions that will follow.I thank you.last_img read more