News News June 23, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New “security measures” tighten state’s grip on RTI RSF_en October 16, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’IvoireAfrica to go further Reports The Ivoirian government has tightened its grip on the nationalradio and television station Radiodiffusion télévision ivoirienne (RTI),following the announcement by Interim Communications Minister Hubert Oulaye,on 10 June 2004, of a series of new measures aimed at bringing the station’snews coverage in line with “government interests.” The Ivoirian government has tightened its grip on the nationalradio and television station Radiodiffusion télévision ivoirienne (RTI),following the announcement by Interim Communications Minister Hubert Oulaye,on 10 June 2004, of a series of new measures aimed at bringing the station’snews coverage in line with “government interests.””The authorities will now be able to exert complete control over RTI’s news.Clearly, this manoeuvre is intended to censor items which could be damagingto the government,” said Reporters Without Borders.”The role of RTI is to meet the population’s information needs and provide abalanced perspective of the entire political spectrum, not to serve as amouthpiece for one party or another. We urge the Ivoirian authorities toreconsider these measures, which effectively amount to censorship,” addedthe organisation.Oulaye, who recently replaced Patriotic Movement of Côte d’Ivoire (Mouvementpatriotique de la Côte d’Ivoire, MPCI) Secretary-General Guillaume Soro ascommunications minister, has been highly critical of RTI and its director,Kebe Yacouba, since taking over the office. He has accused them of”supporting the rebels,” prompting journalists at the station to expressfears that RTI’s independence could be threatened.On 10 June, following an attack on government positions by isolated rebelfactions at Gohitafla and Ity several days earlier, managers at RTI receiveda ministerial communiqué announcing that news items covering the event orany items dealing with defence and security issues would henceforth besubject to a “preview by cabinet” with a view to “protecting the interestsof the state”. The press review that closed the evening news broadcast eachnight was also cancelled, while two journalists have been assigned tooversee programming content and inform the minister of any items that might”endanger the security interests of (the state).” Receive email alerts October 29, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Help by sharing this information Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Organisation
Email Facebook Previous articleOvernight fire at Limerick Prison containedNext articleLingerie thief had designs on ladies underwear admin WhatsApp Advertisement by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A Limerick woman who threatened to blow a Garda’s head off with a imitation gun is now “in the last chance saloon”, a judge has warned.Judge Carroll Moran told 22-year-old Belinda O’Sullivan at Limerick Circuit Court that she had come to the end of the line and she was now in the last chance saloon in relation to her behaviour and pattern of regular offending.Ms O’Sullivan, with an address at the Travelodge Hotel, Coonagh, threatened to blow the head off a Garda with an imitation pistol after he seized a vehicle at the hotel on the Ennis Road.Garda Gavin Fisher told the court that he was impounding the vehicle when he was approached from behind by the defendant wielding the imitation weapon.Sticking the gun into the Garda’s back, O’Sullivan shouted “give me back my car or I’ll blow your f***ing head off.”A second Garda, who was with Garda Sisher, immediately disarmed the young woman and seized the weapon. Further examination revealed that it was a cigarette lighter made to look like a vintage pistol.The court heard of Ms O’Sullivan’s lengthy list of previous convictions that stemmed from a troubled background and upbringing.Defence Counsel Mark Nicholas said “it was a joke, and a pretty bad one at that”, but his client never intended to harm anyone.Garda Fisher didn’t take the same view and retorted that “it certainly wasn’t a joke” adding that “it was a very serious matter”.He told Judge Moran that the whole experience had been “very frightening and upsetting” for him.Although described as a drug addict with a number of issues, Judge Moran was told that Ms O’Sullivan was clean from drugs since she had been in custody.Imposing a total of three years in sentences, Judge Carroll Moran said that he would suspend the jail term on the warning that she had was now in “the last chance saloon.” NewsBreaking newsPistol prank lands woman in last chance saloonBy admin – December 27, 2013 1016 Print Twitter Linkedin
ABC News(SEATTLE) — An 18-year-old captured on video pushing her friend off a 60-foot bridge, leaving her with multiple injuries, pleaded not guilty in a packed courtroom Friday.Taylor Smith, 18, is charged with reckless endangerment in the incident involving 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson, who plunged off the bridge Aug. 7 over the Lewis River at Moulton Falls Regional Park near Vancouver, Washington.She fell the equivalent of three stories before belly-flopping into the water below.Holgerson suffered “significant injuries” including six broken ribs, a punctured lung and air bubbles in her chest, authorities said.“I accept the charges maturely and all I can do is hope for the best for Jordan and myself,” Smith told ABC News last month.Reckless endangerment in Washington state is a gross misdemeanor carrying a maximum time of 364 days in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000.Smith is on supervised release. She cannot leave the area and cannot have contact with Holgerson.She is set to return to court Dec. 4.Smith told “Good Morning America” last month that she immediately reached out to Holgerson after the incident and “apologized several times,” and even tried to visit her in the hospital but was “asked to leave.”Holgerson has since stopped communicating with her, Smith said.The two were “pretty close” friends for years, she added.“I love that girl,” Smith said in the interview. “I never intended to hurt her ever, nor would I intend to hurt anyone. I’m really sorry it turned out that way. I just pray that she heals and gets better.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Over the last few months, Saturday Night Live has been lampooning the Presidential election in their cold opens. With Kate McKinnon playing Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin playing Donald Trump, sketches have poked fun at both candidates and their campaigns.With Trump’s victory in the election last week, many fans tuned into SNL wondering what the show would do. Instead of making a joke, the show opened with McKinnon at the piano, dressed as Hillary Clinton, performing Leonard Cohen’s anthemic ballad, “Hallelujah.” With Cohen’s recent passing and Trump’s recent victory, the opening provided an emotional moment to open the episode. At the end of the song, McKinnon turned to the camera and said, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.” You can watch the performance in the video below.
Related Shows The Heidi Chronicles Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 View Comments The first Broadway revival of Wendy Wassterstein’s The Heidi Chronicles will play its final performance on May 3, according to The New York Times. The Pam MacKinnon-helmed production stars Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs and Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham. Performances were initially scheduled to run through August 9. At the time of its closing, the production will have played 80 performances at the Music Box Theatre.“We were very well reviewed, and the performances were remarkable, but people didn’t come to see it,” producer Jeffrey Richards told the Times. “Whether it was how crazy busy it was at this time of year or the consumer being asked to choose between so many shows, Heidi Chronicles was not at the top of their list.”The Heidi Chronicles won both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. This is the first revival since the original production shuttered in 1990. The show spans over 20 years, following Heidi Holland (Moss) from high school to her career as an art historian and how she copes with feminism, men, politics and motherhood.In addition to Moss, Biggs and Pinkham, the cast includes Tracee Chimo, Ali Ahn, Leighton Bryan, Elise Kibler and Andy Truschinski.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.
Two well-known groups are set to benefit from a charity cycle across Donegal this weekend.The launch of the annual Letterkenny Cycling Club Atlantic Way Charity Sportive took place recently.Majella McBride, chairperson of Letterkenny Cycling Club along with Tara Gallagher, Letterkenny Women’s Centre and Paddy Delap of the Letterkenny Youth and Community Club attended the launch. The event takes place on Sunday next July 7th and all riders are welcome.There will routes to suit all abilities this year with distancesof 50km, 100km and 130km starting at 9.00am sharp from LetterkennyCommunity Centre.People are asked to please support these two worthy charities if you can.There will be three refreshment stops along the route and tea,coffee and food afterwards at the community centre. You can register on the morning from 8.00am or at the link here: https://m.facebook.com/events/2157871687836907For the safety of the riders the route will be fully marshalled by static and motorcycle marshalls.Participants are asked to please obey the instructions of these marshalls at all times, otherwise normal Rules of the Road apply. If possible please wear some high viz clothing.Majella McBride,chairperson of Letterkenny Cycling Club with Tara Gallagher, Donegal Women’s Centre and Paddy Delap, Letterkenny Youth and Community Club at the launch of the LCC annual Atlantic Way Charity Sportive which takes place on Sunday July 7th. There will routes to suit all abilities this year with distances of 50km, 100km and 130km starting at 9.00 am sharp from Letterkenny Community Centre. Please support these two worthy charities if you can. There will be a refreshment stop along the route and tea, coffee and food afterwards at the community centre. Register on the morning or at the link here: https://m.facebook.com/events/2157871687836907Charity cycle takes place across Donegal this weekend was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 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)
A psychologist points out the flaws in his field, including useless tropes that have utterly failed for decades.Dr. Thomas Scheff is ashamed of psychology for not understanding shame. Therein lies a conundrum. In his article for the UC Santa Barbara Current, “The Shame of Psychology,” Scheff vents his feelings about why “the inability to address emotion is holding back the field of psychology.”Scheff lists some examples of pop-psych failures that were accepted truths not long ago. In a recent paper in the Review of General Psychology, he identified “Three Scandals in Psychology” that morphed into tropes (common knowledge) in the public mind.Aggression catharsis: This is the idea that venting your anger is good for you. Wrong.Scheff recalled that venting was an accepted therapy for many years, despite its evident failure. Working as a marriage counselor decades ago, he was encouraged to use venting in his practice. “My teachers told me that the way to deal with angry people was to have them beat on a pillow with a tennis racquet and yell at the pillow,” he said. “It never worked. I never had one client who was helped by that.”Stigma: Psychologists are clueless about shame, Scheff says. Curiously, he points out that psychologists and the public have a “shame about shame” as if it is a bad thing, without even knowing what it is:Stigma, which has been studied extensively, is another area that most psychologists get wrong, according to Scheff. The problem, he explained, is that stigma usually is defined as a mark of disgrace as a result of some humiliation. However, he argued, stigma is a certain kind of shame that is actually an emotion — something science poorly understands. “Scholars are just as confused by emotions as the public,” he said. “They’re studying an emotion, but they don’t know it, because it’s hidden in modern societies.”Self-esteem: Another false trope is that self-esteem is good for you. Psychologists even have scales to measure it; how useful are they?Scheff has a harsh assessment of the study of self-esteem. He noted that over the past 50 years more than 20,000 studies have used some 200 self-esteem scales. Their failure, he said, is clear; the scales’ ability to predict behavior is less than 5 percent.Scheff points to the case of Tycho Brahe, who was extremely meticulous in his measurement of planetary positions, but never saw the big picture: that the planets orbit the sun. He was captive to the trope of his day that everything orbited the earth. Psychologists are committing the Brahe error today, he thinks, because they are similarly trapped in false pictures of human behavior. “[P]sychology and the public will progress only after the meaning and ramifications of emotions are addressed,” he advises. But with a track record as bad as what he just described, what confidence can anyone have that his suggestion is not a new false lead?As you can see, psychology joins cosmology and paleoanthropology as two of the most wrong-headed fields of human endeavor whitewashed by the good name of “science.” Remember how cosmologists were so wrong that they had to work hard at it? (6/20/15) Remember Tattersall’s lambasting of the “contingencies, false starts and diversity of opinions” in his field that are so unreliable, Science Magazine said that if they were to start over without any preconceptions, the field would look entirely different? (6/24/15).Now this UC Santa Barbara psychologist has exposed the wrongness in his field (not news; see past articles). Did you get this? 20,000 studies on self-esteem over five decades have all failed! They were utterly useless. Did you catch the fact that all of Scheff’s teachers all told him to get people to vent their anger, yell, and beat pillows with tennis racquets? Not a single person was helped by it! Not one! Why would anyone pay money to these charlatans? The field is wracked by scandals, too (5/22/14). The public needs to vent all right; vent against the phonies until they are ashamed and stigmatized out of business.“So take my advice and we’ll do better,” Scheff thinks. Look, Tom, thanks for the exposé, but why don’t you and all your fellow know-nothings quit while you’re behind and do something really useful for people. Preach the word. (Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A total of R1.4-billion is allocated to the Department of Communications in 2017/18, Minister Ayanda Dlodlo revealed in her Budget Vote Speech on 26 May.Ms. Ayanda Dlodlo, Minister of the Department of Communications. (Image: GovernmentZA, Twitter)The Budget Vote Speech by Ms. Ayanda Dlodlo, Minister of Communications on Friday 26 May 2017 at the National Assembly in Parliament.Honourable House Chairperson,Honourable Deputy Minister of Communications,Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers,Honourable members,Acting Chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and other councillors,South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Interim Board Chairperson and Board members,Brand South Africa Chairperson and Board members,Film and Publication Board (FPB) Chairperson and Board members,Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Chairperson and Board members,Acting Director-General (ADG) of the Department of Communications (DoC),ADG of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS),Executive members of the DoC entities,Distinguished guests,Members of the media,Ladies and gentlemen.Honourable House Chairperson,I stand here today in front of this august House as a woman, a mother, a sister and a friend. The mere fact of my gender communicates a message to some that I can be raped, maimed and killed.Notwithstanding many of the laws enacted such as the Domestic Violence Act of 1998, the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 2007 and the Protection from Harassment Act of 2011, many women in our country remain vulnerable and targeted.Many have died at the hands of people who professed to love them.Many women of our country continue to be harassed and some of our laws in many instances still treat perpetrators of these crimes leniently.Warsan Shire, a Kenyan-born Somali poet, when asked about how it feels to be a woman subjected to these forms of abuse, she wrote this poem and I quote:“Later that night, I held an atlas in my lapRan my fingers across the whole worldAnd whisperedWhere does it hurt?It answeredEverywhere, everywhere, every where.”Honourable members,We meet at a time when the social fabric of our society is being severely tested. The recent spate of brutal attacks and murders of women and children has sent shockwaves throughout society.However, we need to do more than just be outraged, the hurt and pain that we all rightly feel should be channelled into action that will protect the most vulnerable amongst us, and instil a sense of heightened vigilance amongst women and civil society at large.We need to say enough is enough, and act so that no woman or child ever again falls victim to abuse, rape or murder.We must talk too about why our men and boys are so violent?Where does it hurt with them and what can we do together about that?It is in our hands to become the change we want to see, to be that country that not only theorises about our commitment to non-sexism.I am heartened that a united civil front is emerging to deal with the many complex issues that drive child and women abuse. Many men have said, Not in our Name, and we need to sustain that commitment.I can assure you that for its part, government will continue to lead the way but ultimately we need society to stand together to fight this scourge. My department and its various entities will be at the forefront of a campaign by Brand South Africa to rally South Africans to protect our nation’s women and children.Honourable Chairperson,The fundamentals of a budget are interlinked to the political economy, the bread and butter issues, the essence and nerve centre of service delivery. It impacts directly and indirectly to the quality of life of our society, our citizens and ultimately the ordinary women, men and our children. With this powerful instrument called the budget, we seek to allocate the most valuable and scarce resource of a country to the ever-increasing demands and needs of our people.The DoC plays a pivotal role in a sector that has asserted itself in modern days as a game changer that is fundamentally transforming human life. There cannot be a dispute that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has become a life-line service that changes lives of people.This is succinctly articulated by German engineer and economist Klaus Schwab when he said “this time is different” .. Klaus asserts that “simply put, major technological innovations are at the brink of fueling momentous change throughout the world – inevitably so. We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another. In its scale, scope and complexity what I consider the to be the fourth industrial revolution, is unlike anything human kind has experienced before.”South Africa as a country has a choice either to be a significant player in the global technological development or be the recipient and consumer who tails behind innovation. It might be too late to position ourselves as leaders, however there is scope to be a meaningful player. Not to assert ourselves in the innovation and development engine room will render us vulnerable to global economic and technological advances.Re tshwanetse go aga setshaba le mmuso o ikemetseng e bile o bontsha tsebo le bohlale ba tswelopele. Tlhabologo ya setshaba sa rona e mo matsogong a rona.Honourable House Chairperson,Yesterday we celebrated Africa Day under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”. Amongst many of OR’s achievements, we salute him as a freedom fighter, global fighter against racism and sexism, science teacher, choral music lover and a communicator par excellence, a global colossus as Madiba described him, who strode the globe so that we can be free, promoting African unity, deepening ties of solidarity between us and the world.Honourable Chairperson,Our continent is filled with promise, and in our relatively young and determined population we have abundant human capital to drive Africa’s future. I would like to acknowledge the presence of some of those determined young people who join us today in the gallery.They are Shirelle Daniels, Darren Morris, Renae Shishonga, Leyla Devar, Joshua Mabasa and Paballo Mabasa, who I had the pleasure of meeting at a recent Own Your Freedom dialogue with learners from various schools in Gauteng about what freedom means to them.Together with the energy of young people such as these and our guiding continental development goals in Agenda 2063, we can achieve an Africa with strong cultural identity, values and ethics. It is further underpinned by the African Union’s vision to build an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa that is a dynamic force in the international arena.Honourable members,Today marks 40 days since 1 500 Palestinian prisoners embarked on a hunger strike to demand for basic rights in Israeli jails. I was part of a group of South Africans who joined a solidarity hunger strike on 14 May to highlight the continued injustices on the people and children of Palestine. We should always remember that we were once beneficiaries of a global solidarity movement during our fight against apartheid.I call on all South Africans to make their voices heard. Now it is our turn to stand up for what is right.Honourable House Chairperson,It is a great honour to present the DoC’s 2017/18 Budget Vote. Since the establishment of the DoC in 2014, a number of developments have taken place and I will outline these later.I first want to highlight the vitally important subject of governance across the various entities under the Ministry of Communications. Good governance is absolutely essential and is non-negotiable.In this regard I am pleased to say that the DOC, the GCIS and all other entities continue to adhere to the prescripts of the Public Finance and Management Act of 1999, and are on track to meet their performance indicators.Budgets are being spent wisely and we are working at ensuring financial stability across all entities, while capacity constraints are being addressed through the filling of vacant positions.On the matter of budget, I hereby present the total budget for the department as R4, 558 billion over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period, which is allocated as follows: R1, 425 billion in 2017/18, R1, 520 billion in 2018/19 and R1, 612 billion in 2019/20.In the current financial year, the DoC will be allocated R100 million; GCIS (R404 million); Brand South Africa (R194 million); FPB (R91 million); ICASA (R430 million); MDDA (R30 million) and the SABC (R173 million).This funding will be used to accelerate our mission to create an enabling environment for the provision of inclusive and universally accessible communication services to all South Africans in a manner that promotes socio-economic development and investment through broadcasting, new media, print media and other new technologies, and brand the country locally and internationally.Honourable Chairperson,The Ministry of Communications is mandated to implement Chapter 15 of the National Development Plan (NDP), which is translated to Outcome 14 on Nation-Building and Social Cohesion.Honourable Chairperson,With the NDP as our anchor, we have been working hard to ensure citizens have access to information, which is a crucial tool in ensuring they are able to claim their rights and move their lives forward, united by common goals and a sense of patriotism.Our cherished goal is to ensure that all South Africans are informed on what is going on around them. This was not always the case.The DoC, the GCIS and the various entities will continue to do more to increase access to government communications and services so that citizens are informed about our policies and programmes, and can access services in order to improve their lives.Honourable members,I am sure you would agree with me on the vital need of ensuring that our communication dividend benefits all South Africans.A firm foundation for the effective functioning of the department has been laid with the approval of the organisational structure and the 2015/16 to 2019/20 Strategic Plan.In its first year of operations, the DoC received a clean audit for the 2015/16 financial year. The department will ensure it strengthens its internal controls and compliance to the legislative prescripts during implementation of our strategic objectives and deliverables.Honourable House Chairperson,Since its inception, the DoC has hit the ground running. Broadcasting Digital Migration remains a flagship programme of the department as it has the potential to improve the lives of all South Africans. Among other things, it will ensure increased access to information and services, and create new job opportunities in content development, production and editing to accelerate economic growth.The roll-out of the programme further brings tangible benefits that will have a lasting impact across our society and economy. These include the revitalisation of the electronic manufacturing industry through the local manufacturing of set-top boxes (STBs), digital terrestrial television (DTT) aerials and satellite dish installations.This development would also see South Africa leading the continent in the manufacturing of Integrated Digital Television.I am happy to say that significant progress has been made in the implementation of DTT. To date we have switched off 18 analogue transmitters in the core towns of the SKA and we have registered 185000 qualifying households.My department will be working to promote media diversity and media transformation that advances our democracy by ensuring all South Africans are given a voice.Honourable House Chairperson,In the words of renowned American linguist, philosopher, historian, social critic and political activist, Noam Chomsky: “Public opinion can be influential, the media can be influential.”In the era of fake news and misleading narratives, these words ring true. Our interactions and discussions with the industry and key stakeholders will therefore further extend to the phenomena of fake news, and how it has the potential to harm democracy by driving false and misleading narratives. This must go hand in hand with discussions on racism and hate speech.According to an input by Abongile Vanqa at the Fake News Roundtable held on Wednesday this week, convened by SANEF in partnership with Media24: “The solution for fake news will not be found in a technology, rather it will be found through extensive engagement between the journalism profession, government and civil society on what are the parameters we wish to put in place when defining this phenomenon.”Once all social partners define the general applicable standards of what is news and what is fake it will be easier to communicate a South African perspective.Honourable Chairperson,Print and broadcast media organisations can learn from some of the best practices at the FPB who have publicly consulted on standards aimed at articulating what is Child Sexual Abuse material. These standards are universally applicable for any company wishing to distribute material within the Republic of South Africa.Honourable House Chairperson,As we finalise our Community Broadcasting Support Strategy after consultations with the affected stakeholders. We will continue to focus on regulatory policy formulation, and funding for the sector through the MDDA, which is now 15 years in existence, and has the legal and legislative mandate to carry out such activities. Through this initiative we will pay particular focus that to ensure that the elimination of the digital divide in skills between disadvantaged and advantaged children and youth.The budget vote takes place within exciting times with digital convergence driven largely by innovation and creativity opening new possibilities and opportunities. On the policy front we have exciting plans to capitalise on new opportunities.The draft White Paper on Audio-Visual and Digital Content for South Africa will be submitted to Cabinet for approval to be gazetted for public comments, after consultation with relevant stakeholders and provinces. It is envisaged to be published in the Government Gazette by the end of July 2017. We will ensure that the white paper is aligned with Integrated ICT White Paper approved by Cabinet to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of policy within the ICT sector.Honourable members,Broadcasting is very important in the development of the African continent, where the majority of Africans still get their information, education and entertainment primarily from radio, and then television.In this regard, radio and television play an important role in our societies, compared to other forms of communication such as press which tends to have an urban bias and depends largely on literacy of its audience or readers.The SABC is by far the largest and most influential broadcaster in South Africa in terms of reach, size, overall audience figures, and share of the advertising market. Nearly 28 million radio listeners in South Africa tune into one of the SABC’s 18 radio stations and the SABC’s three free-to-air television channels attract more than 21 million adult viewers each day.In some areas in South Africa, the SABC is the only source of news and information-and in many others, the only media to accommodate communities’ home languages. As such it plays an important role in people’s lives.During 2017/18, we intend finalising our work around the Broadcasting Amendment Bill of 2015, in order to develop and implement a stable corporate governance model on the long-term stability and sustainability of the SABC. We are committed to a strong, independent and relevant public broadcaster, which is accountable and performs optimally.Honourable Chairperson,I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of the staff at the SABC. These are dedicated media professional who continue to work night and day to ensure that the SABC continues to educate, inform and entertain South Africans in all official languages.We will ensure that the SABC platforms continue to drive meaningful content that touches the lives of ordinary people daily and assist them to make informed decisions.Honourable members,In the coming year we will continue to support and build our community media sector. The importance of community media cannot be overstated. They are often the heartbeat of vibrant smaller communities.Since 1994 the footprint of community media has grown steadily and has begun to emerge as an alternative voice to the mainstream media.We must therefore ensure that community radio remains true to the purpose of informing, educating and entertaining the community.I view the community broadcasting sector as a channel to bring citizens and government closer and ensure community members are included into relevant government public participation processes.The MDDA is intensifying our support for the community media sector. We are pleased that in the current financial year, the MDDA will present the 10-year impact study which sought to assess the effectiveness of the impact made since the MDDA’s inception in 2002.The MDDA must continue supporting projects that promote the active role of people with disabilities into the sector and placing greater emphasis on correcting gender imbalances, both in terms of ownership and management of community media, and in the newsroom, as well as on how women are portrayed in the media.We also acknowledge the tremendous demand for MDDA support within communities and call on the private sector to also support community media as graduates from community radio and broadcasting sector often occupy newsrooms and studios of big mainstream print and broadcasting houses.Fellow South Africans,The FPB has a critical role to play in this regard, and the Films and Publications Amendment Bill of 2015 will provide a broader understanding and skilling of children, youth, parents and teachers to deal with the new digital environment.Deputy Minister Mahambehlala will expand on these developments.Honourable House Chairperson,Radio and TV will deliver public value broadcasting by supporting the five key priorities set by government, namely job creation; education; health; rural development; eradication of crime and combating corruption, including the Nine-Point Plan.Honourable members,The work of Brand South Africa remains crucial in bringing together our socially diverse nation, while striving to unite people through their love for our country.To manage the nation brand reputation, Brand South Africa conducts research and analysis of domestic and international perceptions of the Nation Brand. Through analysis of external indices, Brand South Africa is able to measure the performance of the Nation Brand. The outcomes of these analyses are shared with stakeholders for better understanding of the Nation Brand and to inform decision-making.Recently, South Africa took second place in the Africa Competitiveness Report and the country’s global ranking for 2016/17, improved with nine places from 56 in the 2014/15 report to 47 out of 138 countries worldwide, according to Brand South Africa.This work is vitally important and we all have a role to play in building our nation. Now is the time for a new spirit of patriotism and optimism. Now is the time for all South Africans to play their role as conscious Brand Ambassadors. All too often outside investors only get to hear the negative stories about our great nation. It is up to us to highlight the many positive things about our nation and our people.Brand South Africa will lead this charge by using various multimedia campaigns (national TV and radio) and internationally (CNN, CNBC) to better profile the image of South Africa locally, in our continent and abroad.This message will be further amplified by Brand South Africa in collaboration with National Treasury and departments in the economic cluster to position South Africa as open for business at international platforms such as the WEF.Honourable House Chairperson,ICASA is currently working to increase competition in the broadcasting sector with an investigation into the South Africa’s pay-TV industry. It is also working to promote choice and diversity in the Free-to-Air TV broadcasting sector in South Africa.A Notice of Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services has been published. While an invitation to apply for Commercial Free to Air Television Broadcasting Service and Multiplex 3 spectrum licences have been published.The new local content regulations published in 2016 for effective and impactful broadcasting will be effective in September 2017 and for TV broadcasting services in March 2018.The implementation of the local content quotas for the current regulations shows that sound and TV broadcasting services are already generally compliant with the quotas.During the 2017/18 financial year, ICASA will facilitate investment and access to broadband infrastructure for sustainable socio-economic development. It will also promote competition and facilitate access to a broad range of communications services at an affordable cost.This now brings me to the work of the GCIS, which remains an integral part of the DoC and to citizens having access to information.Next year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the GCIS, and this milestone offers us a great opportunity to evaluate its impact and effectiveness of against its founding principles.We profoundly thank many architects of the system and hope that they will celebrate this great milestone with us next year. We salute great compatriots such as Mr Joel Netshitenzhe, Dr Essop Pahad and Mr Tony Trew.As a Ministry we have a responsibility to narrow the gap between government and the people by ensuring access to government information and constantly communicating the work of government.Our work is to inspire hope and empower citizens with tools to meaningfully change their lives and that of their communities.Over the 2017/18 MTEF period, the GCIS will continue focusing on providing strategic communications and facilitating active citizen participation through our conventional forms of communication as well as new cutting-edge products.Over the medium term, the department plans to directly engage with communities through 10 458 outreach programmes. During these programmes, we will be taking government to the people in the villages and communities where they live.There is no doubt that our government works and continues to change lives. Many South Africans who reside in the most far-flung parts of our country will attest to this.We will continue to reach out and be part of the changes aimed at bringing a better life for all in villages, at taxi ranks, in shopping malls and throughout the length and breadth of our country.Honourable members,To help government communicators to better convey government’s message to citizens, we will hold 14 strategic engagements with them during this financial year. It will help improve the coherence and alignment of government messages.We applaud many of the government communicators who continue to improve their competencies and in this instance acknowledge the Government Communicators Programme, which is now accredited at National Qualifications Framework 8. This programme has been running for more than a decade and requires more support from all spheres of government.Honourable members,Having outlined our plans and programmes allow me to briefly touch on some highlights that the GCIS achieved in the past financial year.Honourable House Chairperson,The Government Communication Policy has been finalised and will soon be taken to Cabinet for approval. This policy seeks to establish norms and standards to professionalise and strengthen the government communication system to ensure that it is well-integrated, better coordinated and professional, and allows for citizens to interact with government.The GCIS has given support to the community radio sector through the placement of adverts and conducting radio talk shows on community radio. Over the financial year, the GCIS has conducted 61 radio talk shows which were simulcast to 65 community radio stations, enabling direct two-way engagement with millions of people and also assisting the sector with content.A fortnight ago, we were celebrating the success of Eden FM in George in the southern Cape, which has been operating for 14 years servicing communities in the Karoo, Hessequa, Kannaland, Knysna/Plett and Uniondale.The GCIS has continued to conduct media placement on behalf of government departments and their agencies.Honourable members,Through this budget, the Ministry seeks to, among others, improve universal access to broadcasting services; ensure equitable allocation of spectrum to public, private and community players; broaden access to information by all citizens; support the growth and development of the creative industries; manage digital broadcasting migration, and market the country locally, regionally and internationally.The business sector also plays the most crucial role from the perspective of innovation, technology advancement, growing the economy, creating jobs and making South Africa internationally competitive.The Ministry of Communication will at all times support and work with all private-sector players. We will support theirdevelopment, growth and competitiveness. However, we wish to warn against oligopoly; prohibitive cost and un-competitive behavior.During this past year we have accelerated our work of ensuring that our people derive benefits from the communication dividend. There is every reason to be confident in our future prospects and working together we can ensure that more South Africans derive benefits from the communication space at accessible and reasonable cost.In the coming months and years we will continue to support the work of government, while also proactively driving campaigns and implementing policies to move South Africa forward.I would like to extend many thanks to the following for their support now and into the future of the Ministry:Deputy Minister Mahambehlala for the hard work, support and teamwork.Boards of the entities under the Ministry for their support and good team work.The Chairperson and members of the Portfolio Committee on Communications for their oversight on our work to endure that we improve delivery and accelerate transformation in the Media industryActing Directors-General in the DoC and GCIS for their hard work and support to the Ministry of Communications.Family and friends for their support and encouragements to serve our people.The officials and staff at the departments and institutions under the executive authority of the Ministry of Communications.My heartfelt appreciation to His Excellency, the Honourable President Jacob Zuma, my colleagues at the Cabinet and the African National Congress for their direction, guidance and support in our work to improve the quality and standard of life of all South Africans,Honourable House Chairperson,I hereby request that the House approve the Budget Vote 3 of the Ministry of Communications.I thank you.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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FeaturesThere is a laundry list of features. First, the system is capable of supporting cameras and tripod head mounts from 75mm, 100mm, 150mm, and even Mitchell Mounts. This system can support anything from an A7S II up to a fully rigged Alexa package. Simply put, this versatility is what makes it so usable.Because the wheels can swivel, you can rig it with a curved track — something you can’t do with a slider. As a result, this provides unique camera movements to help make your shots more dynamic. Overall, the Dana Dolly is a versatile piece of filmmaking equipment that many filmmakers choose to use when creating their content. If you’re looking for smooth, cinematic camera movements, this system is just what you’re looking for. Cover image via Dana Dolly.Looking for more on working with a dolly? Check out these articles.6 Affordable Ways to Capture Great Dolly ShotsThe Cinematic Power of Hitchcock’s Dolly Zoom TechniqueVideo Tutorial: How to Use a Vehicle as a Dolly SystemDIY Filmmaking: How to Build Your Own Dolly for $507 DIY Filmmaking Uses of the Versatile Wheelchair Dolly Let’s take a look at what makes the Dana Dolly such a great piece of equipment — and why you might find it on the set of your next production.The Dana Dolly has quickly become one of those quintessential pieces of film production equipment. It’s reliable, affordable, and it yields high-quality, cinematic results. For its price point, this is a rarity. Since its introduction to the filmmaking market, this dolly has made its way onto the rental trucks of Hollywood features, and even into the trunks of Honda Civics — for filmmakers and content creators of all stripes.Image via Dana Dolly.What Is a Dana Dolly?The Dana Dolly is a heavy-duty camera slider and dolly system. It helps you capture smooth, cinematic camera movement. In a very simplified sense, the system’s construction and appearance hearkens back to a skateboard on a rail system — although there are some key differences. The Dana Dolly conveniently and efficiently achieves its cinematic movements by sliding on its custom wheels using a piece of metal piping known as a speed rail. The combination of these materials helps to achieve cinematic dolly movements and shots.Dana Dolly vs. SliderA Dana Dolly is much larger than a slider. If you’re in extremely tight quarters, a slider may make more sense. However, there are many advantages compared to a traditional slider. For example, this system can hold and secure much larger, heavier camera systems. The amount of support and strong construction also provides much smoother camera movements.A Dana Dolly can also run much longer track lengths. This allows you to get much longer dolly pushes. Essentially, you can dolly a shot as far as you have the track to support it.Now, an advantage that a slider has over a Dana Dolly is that it’s much more compact and far more travel-friendly. While you can make a Dana Dolly somewhat compact and travel friendly, you’ll always find that a slider is much more mobile.