You may think North West’s only attraction is Sun City, our first casino resort. But the province, tucked under Botswana in the north of South Africa, also offers wildlife, majestic scenery, a literary little town, and rich African culture.Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris at Hartebeestpoort allows visitors to enjoy North West from the sky.Compiled by Mary AlexanderIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.In North West you can take a balloon ride over ripple mountains smashed out by the blast from one of the earth’s oldest volcanic eruptions. You can marvel at a myth of ancient Africa at the fabulous Lost City. At Groot Marico you can immerse yourself in the bushveld atmosphere that inspired the stories of Herman Charles Bosman. Or you can laze the day away on a boat on Hartebeespoort Dam.Hartebeestpoort Dam on the Vaal River is just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg. The mountains that loom over the dam were formed by the ancient eruption of a volcano hundreds of kilometres away. The circular remnant of that volcano is today the Pilanesberg National Park, a wildlife preserve near the Sun City casino resort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A cheetah – one of Africa’s most endangered animals – at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre in North West. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Palace of the Lost City hotel at Sun City models itself on a mix of myths and cultures from across Africa. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Inside the Sun City casino. Developed in the 1980s, Sun City is South Africa’s oldest casino resort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Crafts for sale at Chameleon Village in Hartebeestpoort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)African wild dogs at play in the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)French Village, Hartebeestpoort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Hartebeestpoort Dam wall. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The small town of Groot Marico in North West was the setting of a series of famous short stories by Herman Charles Bosman, one of South Africa’s greatest and most tragic writers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)An old still at Marico Mampoer in Groot Marico. Mampoer, or fruit brandy, is a powerful drink and a recurring theme in the Groot Marico stories of Herman Charles Bosman. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Get up close to Africa’s largest animal at the Elephant and Monkey Sanctuary in Hartebeestpoort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A raised walkway allows visitors to safely explore the Elephant and Monkey Sanctuary in Hartebeestpoort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Hartebeestpoort Cableway takes visitors from the dam to the top of the mountains. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Craftwork for sale at the visitor’s centre at the top of the Hartebeestpoort Cableway. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Jaci’s Lodges, Madikwe Game Reserve. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Jasmyn Farmer’s Market, Hartebeestpoort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A nighttime performance at Lesedi Cultural Village, which showcases a range of Southern African traditional cultures for tourists. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Mafikeng Museum in the historic city of Mahikeng, the capital of North West. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A rhino crosses the road in the Pilanesberg National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Valley of the Waves at Sun City. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A hot-air balloon ride view of North West farmlands. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Inside the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)
Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now I’m not suggesting that you can’t be demanding. I’m not even remotely suggesting that you shouldn’t have knock down, drag out productive disagreements. And, I’m not intimating that you should be a softie, a cupcake, a cream puff, or that you should let anyone walk all over you (ever).But there is a difference between being resolute and demanding, and just being mean, unpleasant, foul, or abusive.Here’s a couple observations I’ve made recently.People Know You Care About ThemWhere managers and leaders are mean, foul, or bully their people, they have the kind of serious cultural issues that prevent results. Where managers and leaders are nice to their people, they produce better results, they have higher engagement, and they have lower turnover.This doesn’t mean that nice managers and leaders are not demanding; they are. But it’s the manner in which they are demanding that makes the difference. They are pleasant, supportive, and they have the “servant leader” mindset.If people believe you care about them, they tend to work differently.Think back over your experiences. You’ve never seen a great leader treat people at lower levels of the organizational chart poorly.People Are EngagedThe last decade, with it’s two major recessions, may have been the most stressful period in a Century. Business changed dramatically.I used to believe that there are times when force is necessary to getting results. The more urgently you need some result, the more important it is that everyone do his or her part. But force causes resistance . . . and resentment.Persuasion and inclusion are more powerful. They create a sense of ownership, a sense of purpose and meaning, and a greater commitment. Consensus doesn’t mean that everyone has to agree; it means that everyone is considered. And it produces a higher level of engagement.What if people resist? What if they simply refuse do what is necessary? Part company, but be nice while doing so—you are being watched.People Follow Your LeadWant your people to be nice to your clients, vendors, each other? Want them to assume everyone has good intentions, that it’s not their lack of trying or stubbornness causing problems? Then be nice.As a leader, you set the tone. People are going to look for you to understand the boundaries of acceptable behavior in your organization. Being a leader doesn’t give you a license to set the boundaries differently for you (or the rest of your leadership team).People are watching. They aren’t going to do what you say; they’re going to do what you do.Being Nice Is FreeNice is free. It doesn’t cost a penny more, but it’s a tremendous, results-producing investment in your company and your team.Being nice doesn’t mean that you lack candor, that you can’t be demanding, and that you can’t engage in productive arguments and disagreements. It means that you cannot be mean, that you have to care about people, and that you have to be decent and treat people well.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held an emergency meeting with senior officials on Sunday to review the situation in Yamunanagar district, following the rise in water levels in Yamuna river after heavy rains. Mr. Khattar also conducted an aerial survey of the Hathnikund barrage located on Yamuna river in the district. The chief minister was informed by the officials of Panipat, Sonepat and Palwal district administration that though the river in these districts was flowing close to the danger mark, the situation, however, was under control and there were no reports of loss to life or damage to property. After holding a meeting with officials here, Khattar said that ‘special girdawari’ (revenue survey) would be conducted to assess the damage caused to crops by floods and rains. He said due compensation would be given to the affected farmers. Such affected farmers who have got their crops insured would be given compensation through the ‘Fasal Bima Yojana’ while those who had not opted for it, would be paid compensation by the government, an official statement quoting Khattar said. Others present at the meeting included Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management Department) Keshni Anand Arora, Principal Secretary (Irrigation and Water Resources Department) Anurag Rastogi and other senior officers. The district administration of Yamunanagar in Haryana had sounded a high alert on Saturday following the water level in Yamuna river crossing the five lakh cusecs mark. It also cautioned the Delhi administration about the rise in water level. Insisting that the situation was under control, the Yamunanagar administration, however, has said all the necessary arrangements have been made to tackle the flood-like situation. The water level rose in the wake of continuous rains in catchment areas in Himachal Pradesh. The administration has also issued warning to people living near Yamuna river. A team of state disaster management force has already been put on alert. A flood control room has already been set up at the district level for fast response to deal with any flood-like situation.
The deputy chief proctor of the South Campus of the Banaras Hindu University was allegedly made to resign and faces serious criminal charges after she removed an RSS flag from the varsity playground.The varsity on Thursday said it would request the RSS, whose local office-bearer filed a police complaint, to withdraw the FIR, and would also approach the district administration to settle the matter.“We will deal with it because our employee is at stake. We will protect her 100%,” Ramadevi Nimmanapalli, professor in-charge of the BHU South Campus, told The Hindu. She, however, noted that it was an internal matter of the varsity.The controversy took place on Tuesday morning when Kiran Damle, the deputy chief proctor of the Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, located in Mirzapur, uprooted the RSS flag from the grounds while a ‘shakha’ was on.Following protests by some students and local RSS leaders, who claimed she insulted the flag, Ms. Damle resigned from her post, which was accepted.However, the matter did not end there. On a complaint from the Mirzapur district in-charge of the RSS, Chandra Mohan, the FIR was registered against Ms. Damle at the Kotwali Dehat police station.She was charged under four clauses of the Indian Penal Code, including promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc and deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.DenialMs. Damle said she resigned as the “students wanted” her to do so. She claimed she was not aware that the saffron flag she uprooted was linked to the RSS. “If I knew, why would I do that [remove the flag],” she said.Early on Tuesday, she came across the flag in one corner of the playground, following which she inquired about it from the students, who were engaged in their drill and exercise. However, despite asking them and waving at them, no claimant came forward. She then removed it from the site and put it in her office “just to be on the safe side” as a precautionary measure given the sensitive climate over the Ayodhya verdict, she said.Ms. Damle claimed that she had directed her attendant to hand over the flag if anyone came and asked for it.Superintendent of Police Mirzapur Dharm Veer Singh said that during investigation, Ms. Damle admitted that she committed the act due to a “misconception.”Mr. Singh said the “sanghathan” (RSS) has been holding “shakhas” programme on the grounds every morning since the last seven years. The matter was being probed.Ms. Nimmanapalli said Ms. Damle was willing to issue a written apology to the RSS as she “did not do it intentionally.” “She did not know what importance the flag held for these persons. But she accepts that she made a mistake”.Ms. Nimmanapalli clarified that the varsity did not lodge a complaint against Ms. Damle but it was done externally. “It is not in my hand,” she said.Congress leader’s memorandumThe matter has taken a political turn with Congress’s UP vice-president and former MLA Lalitesh Pati Tripathi on Wednesday submitting a memorandum to the varsity condemning the criminal action taken against Ms. Damle.Taking to Twitter, Mr. Tripathi said Ms. Damle had expressed objection to the RSS’s attempts at “saffronising” the campus by holding “shakhas” on it.Ms. Nimmanapalli, however, said she had no objection to students participating in “shakhas” as long as peace on campus was not disturbed. The “shakhas” were making the students “disciplined,” no matter what their beliefs may be, she claimed.Chandra Mohan, zila karyavah, Mirzapur RSS, refused to believe Ms. Damle’s claim that she did not know the flag belonged to the RSS. “Even so, if a person comes across a saffron flag, he or she will bow before it, if they belong to the Hindu society, won’t they?”, he said. “Shakhas” were being held at the grounds for the past seven years and “not just the students, even professors participate in them and promote our work,” he said. Asked if the RSS would withdraw the police complaint, Mr. Mohan said he would follow instructions from his higher-ups. “When the matter comes up, we shall see it. It is not my personal matter. It is about our organisation. She has insulted the ‘bhagwa dwaj’ [saffron flag] of our organisation,” he added.
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Bong LozadaMen’s volleyball national team skipper John Vic De Guzman said Thursday the squad he’ll be leading in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games will be a different one from the 2015 team that failed to bring home a medal.“I can’t say where we are right now but we made sure that this team will be a different one from the 2015 one,” said De Guzman in Filipino in the athletes send-off for the SEA Games last Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Bodybuilder breaks neck after failed backflip attempt PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “What I can say is this SEA Games will be more exciting.”The men’s national volleyball team traveled to Korea for its training camp where the team would train for almost 16 hours with meals serving as the only rest for them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd even though De Guzman and his peers went through rigorous activities during their two-week stay in Korea, the captain did not make any concrete promises.“I am not saying that we’re confident we’ll bring home the gold, but what I can say is we’ll do our best, we’ll play to our extent and we’ll take it to heart everything we’ve been through in Korea,” said De Guzman. And one thing the team will definitely remember once they start playing in Malaysia is the injury to hitter Greg Dolor who suffered a broken pinky finger.De Guzman said the injury to one of their offensive weapons deeply hurt the team skills-wise, but it also bolstered the group in the attitude department.“That hurt but we all know now that we’re far more motivated going into the SEA Games and we’re braver now because we’ll be offering our games to Greg.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes MOST READ