News UpdatesActs To Declare 5 IIITs, National Forensic Sciences University & Rashtriya Raksha University As Institutions Of National Importance Receive Presidential Assent [Read Notifications] Akshita Saxena29 Sep 2020 8:54 AMShare This – xThe Central Government on Monday notified three Acts for establishment of the following educational institutions as institutes of National Importance: Institutes of Information Technology, Surat Institutes of Information Technology, Bhopal Institutes of Information Technology, Bhagalpur Institutes of Information Technology, Agartala Institutes …Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Central Government on Monday notified three Acts for establishment of the following educational institutions as institutes of National Importance: Institutes of Information Technology, Surat Institutes of Information Technology, Bhopal Institutes of Information Technology, Bhagalpur Institutes of Information Technology, Agartala Institutes of Information Technology, Raichur National Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat (also having campus at Delhi) Rashtriya Raksha University, Gujarat IIIT Laws (Amendment) Act, 2020 The Act amends Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017. It seeks to declare the abovenamed five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), set up under the Public Private Partnership mode, as institutions of national importance. Up till now, these institutes were registered as Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and did not have the power to grant degrees or diplomas. However now, the five institutes shall have the power to grant degrees. The Act was cleared by the Parliament on September 22, 2020. National Forensic Sciences University Act, 2020 The Act seeks to merge the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar and the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi, and form an institute of national importance. The newly formed University will be known as the National Forensic Sciences University, with its campuses both in Delhi and Gujarat. It was passed by the Parliament on September 22, 2020. To Read more about the Act, Click Here. Rashtriya Raksha University Act, 2020 The Act seeks to establish the Raksha Shakti University, Gujarat (established under the Raksha Shakti University Act, 2009) as a University called the Rashtriya Raksha University in Gujarat. It shall have the status of an institution of national importance. It was passed by the Parliament on September 22, 2020. To Read more about the Act, Click Here. Click Here To Download Notification [IIITs] Click Here To Download Notification [National Forensic Sciences University] Click Here To Download Notification [Rashtriya Raksha University]Next Story
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c) West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Department ofMedicine seek General Internal Medicine physician qualified forappointment at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, orProfessor rank. The successful candidate will be expected topractice in Morgantown, WV.This position will focus primarily on outpatient internal medicinewith a small inpatient component. At WVU, you will work with a teamof over 30 outstanding and experienced internists. Allsubspecialties are present and available for consultation withinthe clinic and hospital. New clinic facilities offer state of theart practice space. You will be supported by a team of AdvancedPractice Providers and a dynamic nursing staff with embedded nursecase managers to help care for our sickest patients. In addition toa large primary care practice, we also have an excellent Transitionof Care clinic that provides continuum of care for patients afterdischarge from the hospital. We are a Level 3 NCQA certifiedPatient centered medical home. WVU Medicine facilities system-wideuse the Epic health information system enabling safer, morecoordinated patient care.In addition to providing excellent patient care, the successfulcandidate will also be actively involved in the teaching of medicalstudents and residents. For appointment at the Associate Professoror Professor rank, it is expected that candidates sustain anoutstanding, extramurally supported research program.Applicants must have an MD or DO degree or foreign equivalent andbe eligible to obtain an unrestricted West Virginia medicallicense. Candidates must have completed an accredited internalmedicine residency program at the time of appointment. Forappointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank, ademonstrated track-record of leadership, excellent communicationskills, and publications in high-impact journals are required. Allqualifications must be met by the time of appointment.WVU Medicine is West Virginia University’s affiliated healthsystem, West Virginia’s largest private employer, and a nationalleader in patient safety and quality. The WVU Health System iscomprised of eleven member hospitals and five hospitals undermanagement agreements, anchored by its flagship hospital, J.W RubyMemorial Hospital in Morgantown, a 700+ bed academic medical centerthat offers tertiary and quaternary care.Morgantown, West Virginia is located just over an hour south ofPittsburgh, PA and three hours from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore,MD. Morgantown is consistently rated as one of the best smallmetropolitan areas in the country for both lifestyle and businessclimate. The area offers the cultural diversity and amenities of alarge city in a safe, family-friendly environment. There is also anexcellent school system and an abundance of beautiful homes andrecreational activities.Build your legacy as you serve, teach, learn and make a differencefrom day one. To learn more, visithttp://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/medicine/sections-of-medicine/general-internal-medicine/and apply online at http://wvumedicine.org/morgantowncareers/For additional questions, please contact Annette Belcher, PhysicianRecruiter, at [email protected] Virginia University & University Health Associates are anAA/EO employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – and WVU isthe recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.Notes To Applicants
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job? Lovely. Hilarious. Joyful. View Comments Cinderella How did you feel when you first got the job? Excited and scared. Employee Name: Santino Fontana Job You’re Leaving: Prince Topher in Cinderella Why are you leaving the job? I love playing characters and I felt it was time to play another one. I’m excited to start rehearsals at Lincoln Center in a few weeks to take on Act One with another great group of people. What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? Being able to stare pleasantly at your love interest for long periods of time. What will you miss most about the job? That’s easy. The people. I love this cast and am gonna miss playing make believe with them everyday. Laura, Rebecca, Vicki, Harriet, Ann, Marla, Peter, Greg, Puma, Jill, Kristine, Callan, Steph, Shonica, Kendal, Robert, Jess, Irion, Brandon, Nathan, Sam, Andy, Linder, Alessa, Jeff, Kirstin, Cody, Branch, Ira, Alexis, Zac, Justin, Scott, Einhorn, Matt, Greg, Tamiflu and Lauren. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Enjoy the ride. And stretch occasionally. Santino Fontana Related Shows What was the easiest thing about the job? Enjoying myself with that cast and telling that story. How do you feel now that you’re leaving the job? Excited and scared. And sad. What was the highlight of your time at the job? There are too many to count. I loved the preview process. I’ll never forget the great times I’ve spent with the cast onstage and off, laughing about silly mishaps, recording the album… So many highlights. In the corporate world, employees departing a job are asked to sit through an exhausting “exit interview” about their stint at the company. Although that model doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we think it’s fun to check in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Santino Fontana, whose royal engagement in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is coming to a close, looks back on his “lovely, hilarious and joyful” time with his co-star Laura Osnes (even during her moments of “erratic violence”). What was the hardest thing about the job? Having to deal with Laura’s erratic violence. Star Files
afana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund will not be bringing in any replacements for injured strikers Benni McCarthy and Dino Ndlovu for the international friendly match against Mozambique on Tuesday, 11 September 2012.Bafana Bafana will play in a double-header with the South African Under 20 Men’s National Team playing in the first match at 17h30 against Botswana in an international friendly clash.McCarthy and Ndlovu suffered a hamstring and a dislocated shoulder respectively in South Africa’s one nil (1-0) loss to Brazil on Friday, 7 September at the Estadio do Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paolo Brazil.The duo has since been released from the squad.“It is sad that we have lost the two players but it is part of the game there’s not much we can do but wish them a speedy recovery. We have only one training session on Monday (10 September) so it doesn’t help to bring in any replacements. The situation also gives me a chance to see and work with the players in the squad who did not get an opportunity against Brazil and I am confident they will raise their hands when given the opportunity,” said Igesund.England-based midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi has also been released to return to his club, leaving Igesund with 21 players to work with.Bafana Bafana has already arrived in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga to complete preparations ahead of the Mozambique encounter which will be played at the Mbombela Stadium.Kickoff is at 20h30.After flying for about nine hours from Sao Paolo to South Africa, and a further 40 minutes from Johannesburg to Nelspruit, the players had a regeneration session where they loosened their muscles in the swimming pool. They have been given the afternoon off and return to training on Monday at the Mbombela Stadium at 11h00.
Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Burkina Faso upset Ghana 2-1 Sunday as a shock-riddled weekend of 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying continued.Defending champions the Democratic Republic of Congo and the team they beat in the 2016 final, Mali, were dumped out of the competition for home-based footballers Saturday.Ghana, twice runners-up in the four previous editions, led twice in Burkina Faso last weekend before conceding a late goal and settling for a 2-2 first leg draw.Home advantage in Kumasi — home of famed club Asante Kotoko — was expected to ensure Ghana of success and a fourth Nations Championship appearance.But the hosts were rocked by Burkinabe goals from Mohammed Sylla and Herman Nikiema inside 30 minutes at the Baba Yaro Stadium.Felix Addo pulled one goal back for Ghana just before the hour, but the second goal they needed to force a penalty shootout eluded them.Burkina Faso qualified 4-3 on aggregate and will join 15 other countries at the biennial tournament, which Kenya host from January 12 to February 4. Namibia secured a place for the first time after a second-half brace from Muna Katupose earned a 2-0 victory over Comoros at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.The substitute struck after 54 and 80 minutes as the Namibians overturned a 2-1 first leg loss in the Indian Ocean island state.Kenya and Equatorial Guinea, who qualified after Gabon withdrew, will also be making maiden Nations Championship finals appearances.Football: African Nations Championship qualifiersQualifiers for 2018 African Nations Championship in Kenya between Jan 11 and Feb 4 (alphabetical order):Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya (hosts), Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Guinea/SenegalNote: Draw on date to be announced will divide 16 qualifiers into four groupsShare on: WhatsApp
by Ira PodellUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back from their home disappointment and dished out their fair share to the suddenly shocked New York Islanders.All it took was Sidney Crosby and a very powerful power play to do the trick.Chris Kunitz scored his second man-advantage goal of the game 8:44 into overtime, off the third assist of the day by Crosby, and the Penguins rode a slew of ups and downs Sunday en route to a 5-4 victory over the Islanders that gave top-seeded Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.The Islanders came in still enjoying the positive effects of their 4-3 comeback win on Friday in Pittsburgh that gave them a surprising split of the first two games of the Eastern Conference series.The Penguins will try to take a commanding 3-1 lead Tuesday on Long Island.Crosby, playing his second game after missing a month because of a broken jaw, drew the decisive penalty against Brian Strait, who held the Penguins captain as he drove the net 33 seconds before the winning goal.“He kind of wrapped me up,” Crosby said. “I pulled up looking for someone. I didn’t see anyone so I thought I would take it to the net.“We were hoping we could get it done quickly.”The Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play and yielded Kyle Okposo’s short-handed goal, but held New York scoreless on its three advantages.“We had our chances. They scored on the power plays and we didn’t,” said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, who declined to comment on the officiating. “You always talk about special teams being a big factor, and that was the difference.”When New York scored twice in the first 5:41 to go up 2-0 in Game 3, old Nassau Coliseum rocked as it did in the Stanley Cup-winning days of the early 1980s. However, this was the Islanders’ first home playoff game since 2007, and the fans were soaking it all in.Not so fast.The Penguins stormed back with a pair of power-play goals 19 seconds apart — first by Jarome Iginla on a 5-on-3 advantage, and then by Kunitz on the second half. When Pascal Dupuis gave Pittsburgh its first lead with 1 minute left in the opening period — capping the three-goal spurt in 5:42 — the early euphoria was gone in a flash.“You have to give them credit. They got up two and they showed no quit,” said Iginla, a key late-season trade pickup by the Penguins. “It meant a lot on the road to get those two back.“There is a lot of emotion, unpredictability in the playoffs. You have to learn to control that.”Douglas Murray pushed Pittsburgh’s lead to 4-2 in the second, and it appeared the Penguins would cruise. But it was a bumpy road back to regaining home-ice advantage against the upstart Islanders.It was tough enough for the Penguins to erase their own deficit, but squandering a two-goal lead in the third period is certainly out of character for one of the Stanley Cup favorites.Pittsburgh took the series opener 5-0 on Wednesday, but since then has been dealing with an inability to hang on. Allowing two goals in the third period led to a loss Friday. Pittsburgh led that one 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period.“There was a lot of emotion in this game. They really came after us,” Kunitz said. Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, second from left, assists Pascal Dupuis (9), right, in his goal past New York Islanders’ Lubomir Visnovsky, second from right, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series on May 5, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Symptoms can be divided into “mild”, “moderate” and “severe”. Mild symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, fever, muscular aches and pains, a general feeling of unwellness and coughing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says illnesses such as existing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer are considered risk factors for swine flu. Swine flu: ‘don’t over-react’ It is treatable with antiviral medication, which is available in South Africa but may only be used under a medical doctor’s direction. Transmission can be avoided by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or hanky; by washing one’s hands regularly; and by avoiding crowded areas, especially if people have symptoms of the flu. Source: BuaNews Severe symptoms include mild and moderate symptoms as well as signs of respiratory distress, blue lips and other parts of the body, and severe drowsiness and loss of consciousness. People who are suffering from the symptoms should see their doctor. “Asthma and other forms of respiratory disease have been consistently reported as underlying conditions associated with an augmented risk of severe pandemic disease in several countries,” the WHO said in a recent statement. However, people with chronic heart or lung disease, pregnant women, or people living with HIV/Aids, should seek medical care immediately if they develop even mild symptoms. Anyone with moderate or severe symptoms should also seek medical attention immediately. 19 August 2009 South Africa has set up a hotline, as well as a dedicated e-mail address, for public queries about H1N1 influenza, or swine flu.The hotline number is 0861 364 232 (or 0861 DOH CDC)The e-mail address is: [email protected] The hotline will be operated by trained personnel on communicable diseases, supported by experts from the Department of Health. As of 19 August 2009, South Africa had over 3 400 confirmed cases of swine flu, while the number of deaths in the country related to the pandemic stood at six. The provinces with the most infections were Gauteng, with over 1 800 cases, followed by the Western Cape with over 800 cases and KwaZulu-Natal with over 350 cases. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced last week that South Africa would be stepping up its response to the swine flu pandemic with the launch of major awareness campaigns countrywide.What is swine flu? According to the Department of Health, swine flu is an airborne disease that spreads in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing. It cannot be caught by eating pork. According to the WHO, recent reports suggest obesity may be another risk factor for severe H1N1 infection. Pregnant women also seem to be at higher risk of contracting the disease. Risk factors “The overwhelming majority of people have mild symptoms and will not need any specialised medical care, and we believe nothing should happen to them,” Health Minister Motsoaledi said last week. “Such symptoms should be treated as with other influenza-like symptoms.” Moderate symptoms include mild symptoms as well as shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent vomiting and diarrhoea and signs of dehydration.
1 February 2010 Hosting the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope in South Africa would boost the development of high-level skills and cutting-edge technology infrastructure, says President Jacob Zuma. Speaking at the African Union heads of state and government assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa on Sunday, Zuma said that if South Africa won the bid to host the radio telescope, other parts of Africa would also reap the benefits. “Hosting the Square Kilometre Array will underscore Africa’s capability in science and innovation,” he said, adding that investment in infrastructure would also contribute to economic growth in the region. “The requirement for ultra-high speed internet across Africa to operate the Square Kilometre Array will lead to improved ICT infrastructure and access for millions of people.” He said the high-tech facility, about 50 to 100 times more sensitive than any existing telescope, would “help us to answer fundamental questions in the fields of astronomy, physics and cosmology”. South Africa and Australia are competing to host the multi-billion rand telescope which will allow astronomers to “peer back in time” almost to the birth of the universe. The Karoo region of the Northern Cape Province has been chosen as the ideal location for the radio astronomy telescope because it is remote and sparsely populated, with a very dry climate. South Africa has developed partnerships with eight other African countries – Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia – to allow for an SKA station. The announcement of the choice of site is expected between 2011 and 2012, and construction is scheduled to start in 2013. Source: BuaNews
South African film Life, Above All hastaken the Cannes film festival by storm.(Image: OutNow) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stephen LanInternational press agent+49 172 200 6686 or +1 416 923 6327RELATED ARTICLES• South African film wins at Tribeca• New film tackles race with humour• Mandela Day now a global event• 2010 opportunities for SA filmJanine ErasmusSouth African production Life, Above All was the talk of the 2010 Cannes Festival after receiving a 10-minute standing ovation at its world premiere there on 18 May. The film delivers a power message about the country’s HIV/Aids burden from the perspective of a young girl whose family is deeply affected by it.The movie is competing in Cannes’s Un Certain Regard (translated as “a certain outlook”) section for world cinema. This has been a part of the festival’s official selection since 1978, and takes place at the Debussy Auditorium.Introduced two decades after the section’s inclusion in the festival, the top prize is the Prix Un Certain Regard, which rewards innovative young talent with invaluable exposure and financial assistance for distribution in France. The prize, worth €30 000 (R293 000), has never been won by a South African film.In fact, only three African films have ever taken honours in this section – Morocco’s A Thousand Months which took the Prix Le Premier Regard or First Glance Prize in 2003; Moolaadé from Senegal, which scooped the big prize in 2004; and Burkina Faso’s Delwende, which took the Prix de l’Espoir or Prize of Hope in 2005.Life, Above All is the only South African film showing as part of the official selection this year. It received its second and third screenings on 19 and 20 May. The trailer can be viewed on the Cannes website.With a lot of Cannes’ attention going to the forthcoming Winnie Mandela movie, unjustly in the opinion of some as it stars American actors, it is hoped that the increasingly popular local drama will wrench back some of the focus onto the real South African film industry.South African talentLife, Above All is based on best-selling Canadian author Allan Stratton’s young adult novel Chanda’s Secret, about a 16-year-old girl dealing with HIV/Aids and the accompanying stigma. The subject is particularly poignant in light of South Africa’s huge HIV/Aids burden, which has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands and left countless children orphaned.The screenplay was adapted by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Dennis Foon (The Longlight Legacy trilogy, Little Criminals). The film is marketed in France as Le Secret de Chanda.Stratton has since written a standalone sequel titled Chanda’s Wars, which focuses on the humanitarian issue of child soldiers in Africa.Life, Above All is a South Africa-German collaboration, directed by Cape Town-born Oliver Schmitz, the son of German immigrants. Schmitz is no stranger to Cannes, with two of his earlier films, Mapantsula (1988) and Hijack Stories (2000), making it to the prestigious competition. The former film was banned in South Africa at the time, but Cannes was eager to view it.Schmitz was humble about his achievement. “It is the fourth time I am in selection in Cannes but you don’t get blasé about it because it’s the cream of what’s happening every year in the film world,” he said.His previous works have featured the talents of well-known South African entertainers such as Rapulana Seiphemo, the late Dolly Rathebe, Darlington Michaels, Robert Whitehead, and Tumisho Masha.However, this time it was young first-time actress Khomotso Manyaka who stole the show with her portrayal of Chanda. Manyaka’s performance has caused a sensation and has been described as “commanding” (ScreenDaily), “stellar” (Times Live), and “stunning” (film distributor Bavaria International).The cast is entirely South African and includes Lerato Mvelase (Chanda’s mother Lillian), Harriet Manamela (the neighbour Mrs Tafa), and Keaobaka Makanyane (Chanda’s friend Esther).Accompanying Schmitz to Cannes were South African Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana, National Film and Video Foundation CEO Eddie Mbalo, the film’s co-producer Grieg Buckle, and cast members Mvelase and Manamela, as well as young Manyaka.Renowned film critic Roger Ebert gave the film two thumbs up, noting in his Cannes blog that it was warmly received by the notoriously difficult Cannes audience, who are not known for holding back their favour – or displeasure. Ebert added that even the renowned Jean-Luc Godard, whose latest offering Film: Socialisme showed before Life, After All, managed only a trickle of applause.The lengthy ovation bestowed on Life, Above All is a sure sign of approval – “At Cannes, audience satisfaction can be measured by the length of ovations,” blogged LA Times journalist Steven Zeitchik.“The film is about deep human emotions, evoked with sympathy and love,” wrote Ebert in his glowing review.A modern South AfricaLife, Above All is set in the community of Elandsdoorn near Johannesburg. In the book the action takes place in the fictional town of Bonang, somewhere in Southern Africa. Lead actress Manyake is from the real town of Groblersdal, which is located in the Sekhukhune district of Limpopo province.The film’s central character, 12-year-old Chanda, is first seen as she makes preparations for the burial of her baby sister Sara, who has died. Her grief-stricken mother takes ill and her stepfather is drinking heavily, although nobody talks openly to Chanda about these problems. The child is left with no choice but to take over the care of her two younger siblings.Rumours begin to spread through the close-knit community that the baby died because her mother and father have HIV/Aids – which nobody wants to acknowledge – and the family is shunned. Chanda’s mother flees the village and the young girl looks for answers but finds none. She courageously decides to tackle the situation head-on, leaving her home and school to seek her mother, challenge the gossip, find healing in truth, and restore her family’s name.The film paints a tragic picture of the devastating effect that HIV/Aids has had on many families in South Africa, particularly because of the Thabo Mbeki government’s inexplicable denial of the link between HIV and Aids, and delay in rolling out antiretroviral treatment.Children, whose parents have died of HIV/Aids, are often left to look after the younger ones in the family, trying to survive through any means they can find. In the film Chanda’s best friend Esther, for instance, sells herself into prostitution to earn money for herself and her siblings, becoming infected in the process.However, with President Jacob Zuma’s new HIV /Aids action plan, announced on World Aids Day and brought into effect in April, the situation in South Africa is looking somewhat brighter. Patients will receive more extensive treatment, and all pregnant HIV-positive women will receive antiretrovirals at 14 weeks. Zuma also urged South Africans to get tested for HIV, and to live responsibly.
Its objectives include being a leading business advocate on sustainable development, participating in policy development to advance sustainable development, and promoting the business case for sustainable development. Eskom, one of only two African members of the WBCSD, said that it saw the nomination of Dames onto the council’s executive committee as an important step in the advancement of Africa’s climate change contribution. “Eskom has been a member of the WBCSD for a number of years, and I am delighted to be nominated onto the executive committee of this globally renowned organisation,” Dames said in a statement this month. South African Brian Dames, CEO of state power company Eskom, has been appointed to the executive committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The council provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development, share knowledge, experiences and best practices, and advocate business positions on these issues in a variety of forums, working with governments as well as non-governmental organisations. “The WBCSD has played an important role in shaping Eskom’s strategic direction and allows us to benchmark our performance, share best practice and access cutting-edge thinking in the sustainable development field.” Membership of the council is by invitation of its executive committee to companies committed to sustainable development and to promoting the role of eco-efficiency, innovation and corporate social responsibility. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 23 December 2010 Commitment to sustainable development