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Serious concerns over speeding in Donegal villages

first_imgDangerous driving fears in the villages of Glen and Termon have led to calls for new ‘slow’ markings and a new speed zone.Cllr John O’Donnell has this month highlighted serious concerns over speeding in the two areas.  He is calling on the council to place slow markings on all roads approaching Glen village to alert drivers to the 50kph speed limit.He said that residents are concerned over the speed of traffic passing through. The council responded to say that markings would be considered for Glen and the Gardaí would be informed about the speeding issue. However, Cllr O’Donnell said that awareness should be a priority and increased Garda presence would be a ‘waste of time’.Elsewhere in Termon, Cllr O’Donnell called for a reduction in speed limits at the local school.He suggested that a 50kph zone should be placed on the busy section of road outside Scoil Cholmcille, the Craoibhin Community Centre and Naíonra.Cllr O’Donnell said that local residents are looking to get the speed reduced as motorists may not be aware there is a school on the busy section of road. “If we don’t do something shortly there is going to be a serious accident,” Cllr O’Donnell warned.The Letterkenny MD Roads Department responded to say that the 50kph zone outside Termon would be considered in any future review of speed limits. Serious concerns over speeding in Donegal villages was last modified: May 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr John O’DonnellglenLetterkenny Municipal DistrictROADSspeedingTermonlast_img read more

Itlhabolole: beauty from waste

first_img8 January 2010 A band of motivated women from Ikopeleng village in South Africa’s North West province are leading a groundbreaking project that turns bin-destined waste into stylish clothing and indoor designs. Itlhabolole Waste Management (Ithlabolole is Setswana for “develop yourself”) produces trendy ladies’ bags, traditional Tswana clothing, shoes, plastic wreaths, dustbins, peg holders, mats and placemats from plastic. “We collect dirty plastics to create beautiful artefacts,” says founding member Margaret Khambule. “The people we work with are very passionate about the project.” MediaClubSouthAfrica Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Itlhabolole was started in 2000 by a group of 21 people, mostly women. In 2005 the group received their biggest funding, to the tune of US$51 200 (R387 700), from the National Lotteries Board. Also in 2005, it was a recipient of a $2 640 (R20 000) donation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Khula Enterprise, which facilitates access to funding for small and medium businesses. The Small Enterprise Development Agency also gave Itlhabolole $6 600 (R50 000) in that year. “This is a project that shows that women are an economic power in rural areas and are determined to fight poverty,” said then DTI deputy minister Elizabeth Thabethe at the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network imbizo in 2005. The funds catapulted Itlhabolole to a prolific and stable organisation that is able to generate income for its members. Today the cooperative consists of 18 people, 14 of whom are women and two are youth. “We sell our products and we also do exhibitions across the country. We try to boost our families,” said Khambule. “The project is not exactly big; we are just trying to sustain it.” The DTI’s support for the group has been quite commendable, said Khambule. The National Development Agency (NDA), which is mandated by the government to fund community projects, has been funding Itlhabolole for the past two years. “The DTI and NDA are helping us a lot.”Growth and success Within just a year of its launch in 2000 the women were able to build their project’s headquarters in their village. The cooperative continues to enjoy its success and growth. Its impressive showing at Decorex Joburg, an expo that took place in the city in August, secured Itlhabolele a deal to showcase its products to Germany in an exhibition in 2010, and a chance to get its products into German markets. The annual Decorex event, a convergence of local and international designers, showcased chic indoor and outdoor designs. Itlhabolole received an overwhelming response at Decorex and its products were sold out within two days. The project took home a silver medal in the Best Product category. “This recognition is not only for the work that this organisation is doing, it also confirms for the women of Itlhabolole Waste Management that life is what you make of it,” said Potlako Ntlatleng, NDA North West provincial manager. “In a time when concern over the environment is gaining much attention, a small village in a corner of South Africa is creating wealth out of the waste that litters our streets,” Ntlatleng said. The group has established a strong client base in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley and Botswana. “We also trained groups of people on recycling in Kimberley and Botswana,” said Khambule.More than just a business Itlhabolole is more than just a business project; it is also an NGO. As part of its community work the group embarked on a cleaning campaign in Ikopeleng village in October 2009. Khambule said the campaign, which was also supported by their local municipality, was quite a success. She said they are on a drive to convince the government to lead clean-ups in villages. “We want to encourage the government to take part in these campaigns.” Khambule added that they were looking ahead to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when millions of visitors are expected to flock to South Africa. “The country must be beautiful,” she said.Environmental responsibility Teaching school-going youth about the necessity of a clean environment has also become the group’s work. They visit schools to drive a clean environment message. “It must ring in their heads that we need a clean environment,” said Khambule. Farming could also become Itlhabolole’s next major success. The group has recently received a piece of land in their village and plan to use it to grow their gardening business. At present, they sell their vegetables in surrounding villages in North West province. But the ultimate dream is to be able to supply major markets. “I dream about the farm becoming big, if we could just have a bigger market,” said Khambule. She said they continue to receive support from other government ministries, such as the Departments of Agriculture as well as Arts and Culture. The latter department recently provided art and administration learnerships for Itlhabolole.First published on 28 October 2009 by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Cape Town’s transport system lauded

first_imgDedicated bus lanes have improved thecommuting experience of Cape Townresidents.(Image: City of Cape Town)MEDIA CONTACTS • Councillor Brett HerronMayoral Committee Member+27 21 400 1298Emily van RijswijckCape Town was one of four cities short-listed for the prestigious 2012 Sustainable Transport Awards held in Washington recently, with its non-motorised transport (NMT) and bus rapid transit network MyCiti receiving an honourable mention.One of 16 other cities nominated, Cape Town made it into the finals along with Argentina’s Buenos Aires, San Francisco in the US and Medellin in Colombia. Medellin and San Francisco were chosen as eventual overall winners.The awards were hosted by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, an organisation which helps cities to implement transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty and improve the quality of urban life.Longest continuous cycling laneCape Town received the recognition for its 16km bicycle lane, the longest continuous such lane in Africa.It runs parallel to one of the MyCiti lanes, both forming part of the city’s plans to provide a quality integrated transport system to its inhabitants.The two dedicated lanes run along the R27, better known as the West Coast Road. This arrangement has cut travelling time by half for commuters as the rapidly expanding West Coast area of Cape Town has no rail services, the other popular form of public transport for the more than 3-million Capetonians.The judging panel noted that the bus and bicycle lanes in this area are particularly important as no mass transport facilities were previously available.Mayoral committee member for transport, roads and stormwater Brett Herron accepted the award on behalf of the city. He said that while Cape Town is still in its infancy in providing a safe and efficient quality public transport service to everybody, city management remains committed to the process.“This award, which sees us on stage with some of the world’s greatest cities, is a massive vote of confidence in our pursuit of this objective and is enormously encouraging.”The other city nominees were Jaipur, Fazilka and Bihar in India; Singapore; Antalya in Turkey; Cuenca in Ecuador; Chicago and Minneapolis in the US; Lviv in Ukraine; South Korea’s Seoul and Chnagwon; Jerusalem in Israel; and Seville in Spain.Integrating all The MyCiti and cycle/pedestrian lanes form part of Cape Town’s approved integrated rapid transit network (IRT), a business plan for all public transport measures and upgrades.It aims to bring about a more sustainable and balanced integrated transport system, especially linking the poorer, outlying areas of Cape Town to economic and social nodes in the city.Now six years in the making, the first phase of the IRT started in 2007, focussing on the inner city basin and the Blaauwberg-Atlantis corridor first because of the extreme congestion experienced in these areas during peak traffic periods.A MyCiti bus service was also introduced between the Cape Town Civic Centre and the Cape Town International Airport and for the duration of the hugely successful 2010 Fifa World Cup, the city offered a dedicated MyCiti service to spectators and tourists.Included in the IRT portfolio are the metro rail network, the MyCiti network, conventional bus and minibus operations, metered taxis, and bicycle and pedestrian lanes, all of which will eventually be connected to make an integrated whole, says Herron.“Ultimately we want a citywide network, with priority given to projects which links homes with key transport nodes.”During the second phase MyCiTi will expand to the outlying suburbs of Atlantis and Dunoon in the coming months, linking them to the retail, commercial and industrial centres of the city.The network will also be extended to the metro’s south-eastern areas including the poorer Cape Flats suburbs of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. In this way the city will support the economic and social inclusion of these residents.“The City’s objective is to make all these modes work as a seamless and integrated package of options for the travelling public,” confirms Herron.Bike, walk or skateboardAn important part of MyCiti is the network of cycling paths and upgraded pedestrian walkways connected to these bus routes. One of the first, the NMT lane from Table View in the northern suburbs to the city centre is already a favourite with cyclists and pedestrians.“Cape Town is very committed to the non-motorised network. The City is known to be a cycle-friendly city. We want to build on this image and increase the cycle model share across the city.”Cape Town plays host to the Cape Argus Cycle Tour every year, a gruelling 110km race with the spectacular Cape Peninsula as backdrop. Since 1978 it’s been recognised as the world’s largest individually timed cycle race and attracts over 35 000 cyclists from around the world ever year.Cape Town has budgeted for 19 bicycle and pedestrian projects at a cost of R50-million (US$6.5-million) for this year, with the projects in various phases of development, from design to actual construction.As part of the network, secure bicycle storage facilities will be provided at major MyCiti and railway stations. Meanwhile, bicycles may be taken on the buses except during peak periods.The NMT upgrades include street furniture, signage and landscaping, and are creating jobs through the government’s Expanded Public Works Programme which provides poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed.“Our future vision for transport in Cape Town is a cycle- and pedestrian-friendly city with a well-connected network of NMT infrastructure providing the opportunity to walk or cycle or skateboard as far as you like on safe, dedicated lanes.”The entire IRT network is expected to take about 20 years to complete.last_img read more