Bowler Dale Steyn has held the top spot intest rankings for several years. Steyn will mentor one cricket-mad childfor a day.(Image: Taryn Fritz PR)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jared StokesSenior account manager, Taryn Fritz PR+27 11 888 8548 or +27 379 2998Emily van RijswijckProteas cricketer and world number one test bowler Dale Steyn is the latest South African star to put his name to the Disney XD Aim High campaign.Steyn will spearhead the third phase of the campaign by spending a day with a lucky South African youngster, acting as mentor and sharing some of his cricketing skills.Aim High is an international campaign that motivates young people around the world by putting them in touch with their heroes in the fields of sport, music, media and entertainment and, in so doing, inspiring them to realise their own potential.Youngsters who have a dream to succeed in any of these fields stand to win the chance to spend time with their mentor and two so-called mini mentors, learning about the attitude that helped them to get to the top. Disney XD plans to offer this unique prize every three months.The programme kicked off in South Africa in July 2011, with Idols 6 winner Elvis Blue as the role model, and the second phase, launched towards the end of the same year, saw popular rugby prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira giving a glimpse into his life as a professional sports star.In the UK stars such as music sensation Jay Sean, Chelsea football ace Daniel Sturridge, England bowler Stuart Broad, and England and Leicester Tigers flyhalf Toby Flood were mentors in 2011.Right-arm fast bowler Steyn, who bowls at speeds in excess of 150 km an hour, was chosen by the Walt Disney Company as he is currently at the height of his career and a perfect role model for youngsters who aspire to enter the international cricket arena.Joining Elvis Blue and the BeastPhase one winner, 12-year-old Khethelo Hlongwa from Durban, spent his day writing and playing music with Elvis Blue.Young Khethelo flew to Johannesburg to be with his hero, and also won a front-row seat to see Blue open for UK superstar James Blunt, who was performing in South Africa at the time.The two mini mentors were award winning music video producer Kyle Lewis and drummer Justin Badenhorst of the jazz ensemble Prisoners of Strange.In phase two, 14-year-old rugby fanatic Ruben van Heerden travelled from Johannesburg to the Shark Tank in Durban to spend his mentorship day playing rugby with Tendai Mtawarira, former Springbok and prop for the Natal Sharks rugby franchise.Also taking part in the second phase of the campaign were photographer Herman Verwey and sports journalist Carlos Amato.According to Disney, the object of the campaign is to use world-class performers in various fields to inspire young people to do what they love and love what they do and to aim high in whatever field of endeavour they choose.Steyn says mentors played a huge role in his career. “I had many idols when I was growing up and through hard work and passion I managed to be able to play with them. Hopefully I can inspire someone to get to the dreams that they have set for themselves.”The bowler adds that he’s thrilled to be part of an initiative which inspires children to try new things and think about the numerous opportunities available to them.“You too can do it,” he promises youngsters.To enter, fans simply need to visit the Disney XD Aim High microsite or go to MXit > Tradepost > Entertainment > Disney > Disney XD before 28 April, answer a multiple choice question and then say why they should be selected for this life-changing opportunity.The Steyn RemoverSteyn started his cricket career in the small mining town of Phalaborwa in Mpumalanga, at the edge of the Kruger National Park, the jewel in the crown of South Africa’s wildlife reserves.He made his national debut in 2004 and today Cricket South Africa describes him as having the complete package – pace, speed and swing – that makes him a lethal force as leader of the Proteas’ attack.In 2008, after he had taken 80 wickets between October 2007 and August 2008, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named him Test Cricketer of the Year.This achievement also earned him the world number one ranking, a position he has held since then. He has also been selected as a member of the ICC Test Team of the Year for the past four years.With a wicket tally of more than 200, Steyn has the highest strike rate of any test bowler with similar figures.One of his best all-round performances to date was in the 2008 test match in Melbourne, Australia, where he showed his mettle not only with the ball but also with the bat. His match-winning score of 76 and partnership of 180 for the ninth wicket with JP Duminy was the cherry on the top of the 10 wickets he took during the match.When not playing for the Proteas he can be seen on the field for the Cape Cobras, based in Cape Town.
Political economist Siya Biniza emphasises the need for big business to act as mentors for young entrepreneurs.Political economist Siya Biniza believes South Africa’s youth possess great ideas that, with enough entrepreneurial verve, can be turned into thriving businesses. However, the only thing preventing them from chasing their dreams is the lack of support from big business.Speaking at a South African Competitiveness Forum research reference group held at Brand South Africa offices on Saturday, 18 August, Biniza said there is little support for young entrepreneurs in terms of finance and knowledge.Biniza, chief financial officer at Rethink Africa, a youth-led non-profit company that looks for alternative solutions to the continent’s economic challenges, said young entrepreneurs without prior business experience are not easily supported because funders are afraid of taking risks on them.Another factor impeding the growth of young businesspeople is intellectual property. Biniza said old entrants’ ideas are readily patented whereas new and young entrants are hardly considered because of the amount of money backers are risking. This occurs even though most business people know that one of the drivers of economic growth is innovation, he added. Fedusa secretary-general Dennis George says that if youth become active citizens, South Africa’s global competitiveness can be boosted. Despite Trevor Manuel’s efforts in getting youth involved with the National Development Plan (NDP), Biniza believes young men and women have not engaged with it as much as they could. “The youth need to take control of the NDP and make it ours by making leaders accountable.”Guest speaker Dennis George, secretary general of the neutral Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa), said if youth become active citizens, South Africa’s global competiveness would be boosted.According to the 2014 World Competitiveness Yearbook published by Switzerland’s Institute of Management Development, South Africa’s competitiveness rose slightly in the last year, an indication that its productivity has increased. Its ranking improved from 53rd in 2013 to 52nd this year based on its economic growth.Despite increasing productivity, George said the number of jobs that have been lost in recent years has not been made up.Experience vs youthful enterpriseBiniza said successful entrepreneurs gain experience through making mistakes and learning from them. However, he said experience can hold young entrepreneurs back. “In as much as experience is important, it also inhibits creativity because the more you repeat a task, the more you get used to certain ways of doing things.”The advantage young people have, he added, is they are not “set in a way of conducting business” and have room to be creative; “We do whatever creative thing comes first.”But, he argued, entrepreneurs cannot be innovating all the time; there has to be a point where an idea becomes sustainable. This is when young entrepreneurs need experienced business people and even large corporations to be supportive.“If we are going to start talking about South Africa in 2030, it’s got to be about young people. It does not mean we are cutting big business out. Big business is very important in creating the development capacity of young entrepreneurs through their mentorship and making sure they procure from young businesses.”Biniza said big businesses may generate the most income, but they only employ 10% of the country’s population. Small- to medium-sized businesses, he said, are the backbone of the country’s economy, employing up to 90% of South Africans. In such a situation, small businesses need to access corporate funds for a cooperative form of monetary redistribution to occur.“We can measure the impact of the money you are sending off to smaller businesses,” said Biniza. “And this money can earn you returns if you create infrastructure such as social impact bonds, seed funding and venture capital frameworks. It’s about tapping into that money and having a collaborative approach to redistribution.”
Former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday sought 15 days from the CBI to appear for questioning in a case related to alleged corruption in giving the contract for running two IRCTC hotels to a private firm in 2006, sources said.Mr. Yadav, who was summoned to appear on Tuesday, sent his counsel who submitted the request seeking time to appear before the investigation team, sources in the agency said. The contracts were given in 2006 when his father Lalu Prasad was the Union railway minister.The case pertains to allegations that Mr. Lalu Prasad, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two hotels run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, in Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company.The FIR alleged that the RJD leader, as the railway minister, abused his official position for extending undue favours to the Mr. Kochhar and acquired a “high value premium land” through a benami firm Delight Marketing Company. As a quid pro quo, he “dishonestly and fraudulently” managed award of leasing of the two hotels.After the tender was awarded to Sujata Hotel, the ownership of Delight Marketing also changed hands from Sarla Gupta to Rabri Devi and Mr. Yadav between 2010 and 2014. By this time, Mr. Lalu Prasad had resigned as railway minister.The CBI has registered the case against Mr. Lalu Prasad, his wife Ms. Rabri Devi, a former Bihar chief minister, son Mr. Yadav, who was deputy CM until a few months ago, and Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former union minister.Others named as accused in the FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owner of Chanakya Hotel, Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, and then IRCTC managing director P K Goel.