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Well-known radio host Ashraf Garda challenges South Africans to change their mindsets to become champions in everything they do. Read more about his initiative, Champion South Africa.Ashraf Garda, co-founder of Champion South Africa, says he wants to multiply the number of champions in the country to help turn South Africa into a champion nation. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanSouth Africa will become a champion nation when the government, business and civil society synchronise their efforts towards the goal of becoming individual and collective champions. This is according to Ashraf Garda, who is the co-founder of Champion South Africa.“Champion people build champion people and only champion people build champion nations,” he says.The movement, launched in November 2015, is currently asking: What are you doing to build your country?Several local leaders, such as Vusi Thembekayo, Khanyi Dhlomo and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, were chosen to be part of Champion South Africa, so they too can spread the message and urge more people to become champions.Brand South Africa sat down for a question and answer session with Garda about Champion South Africa.Watch Ashraf Garda motivate an audience to help build Champion South Africa:Melissa Javan: Tell us about the journey of Champion South Africa.Ashraf Garda: The Champion South Africa concept started after I had many conversations with people on the talk show I host on Radio SA FM. [We would] talk about their aspirations and moving the country to another level.I kept hearing “If you have an idea, just start with it.”My son, Zaahid, is in marketing and owns a start-up called Student Photography. We talked about my idea and worked together to start Champion South Africa. We are the founders.Zaahid GardaMJ: What is the aim of Champion South Africa?AG: Firstly, as Champion South Africa we want to change the mindset of South Africans. We currently have a mid-table mindset, but we want to change it to the “okay is not good enough” mindset.Collectively and individually everyone should be champions in whatever they are doing. This is so that the country will have more champions. The country needs us to become a champion nation. That’s why you need the change in the mindset of the people.Secondly, we have to change the mindset of the country. Champion is a noun; we want the world to think about a champion nation when people think about South Africa.There’s no world cup of nations – there is no competition like that. If there ever was one, then the vision would be that the United Nations secretary-general would in the future announce South Africa as a champion nation.To achieve this, we need to increase the number of champions we have in the country.Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is congratulated as 2017 Miss South Africa in March this year:This is @DemiLeighNP SA’s newest champion #MissSA2017 @Official_MissSA ! #ChampionSouthAfrica @MIssKunene pic.twitter.com/4swFibmAdD— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 26, 2017MJ: What is the aim of Champion South Africa’s Twitter campaign #BuildChampionSouthAfrica?AG: We decided we would have a campaign that would last a few weeks. With the #BuildChampionSouthAfrica campaign we ask: “What are you doing to build South Africa?”It’s a tactical campaign that talks about the personal actions of each individual South African. We want everyone to have the licence to say “My mission is to build a champion South Africa.”Well-known people such as social cohesion advocate Yusuf Abramjee talk about why they are building a champion South Africa:This how @Abramjee wants to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/Ocbhl19Q0C— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 25, 2017Hang on to this message to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica from @DrRidwanMia – Share this and send us your video about your nation building plans pic.twitter.com/5IY71RujRm— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 24, 2017Energized by human rights makes @Abeyphonogenic determined to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica @OgilvyCT @OgilvyJoburg @OgilvyCT pic.twitter.com/Wy4X2eAO8q— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 25, 2017MJ: In a recent radio interview you spoke about a 10-point plan, saying it speaks about the attitudes you should have as a nation. Can you elaborate?AG: We are busy drawing up a 10-point plan, still busy drafting it. We welcome the public’s feedback. You can give suggestions about what you think are the things that are going to make a shift [in the country].For example, what specific goals do you think we should have as a nation and secondly, as individuals?Champion South Africa recognises people, such as actress Connie Ferguson, who receive international acknowledgement for their hard work:[email protected]_Ferguson you living legend #AWA2016 #ChampionSouthAfrica #SABCNews pic.twitter.com/YcCljITO8s— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) December 6, 2016MJ: You also said mentorship was linked to nation-building. Why is mentorship important for Champion South Africa?AG: Mentorship is critically important. The one-on-one connection can impact on a person completely. There are many forms of mentorship. You can get mentorship through watching someone on television or YouTube.If someone is an 18-year-old, that person needs a Champion South African to mentor him.We’ve had requests from people who want to volunteer. If people are interested in being Champion South Africa volunteers, a form of mentorship can be done, such as talking at schools or to their community, spreading the message of being Champion South African. We school them on how to do it.Last year, we asked more than 20 people to be Champions South Africans. All of them said yes. They are people such as Khanyi Dhlomo, Kass Naidoo, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Snowy Khoza and Yusuf Abramjee.We’re going to have four tiers of Champion South Africa. We want to identify up to 40 people in each level.The first tier is the Champion South Africans. The second tier is called Future Champions. They are people who have a potential to become Champion South Africans. Thirdly, you’ll get the student champion, and the fourth tier will be the community champion.MJ: On Twitter you started the hashtag #TeamOfTheWeek in which you ask people to nominate people who had done great things. Tell us about #TeamOfTheWeek.AG: We choose a person for #TeamOfTheWeek because it was someone who had done something remarkable within of period of seven days.Just because you are in the #TeamOfTheWeek does not mean you are a Champion South African but it does mean your contribution will help to build a nation of champions. A Champion South African is someone who is formidable and is a globally known player.What can South Africans do if they want to be part of Champion South Africa?People such as Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada were Champion South Africans. We need to honour them by ultimately becoming champions like them. They passed on the baton to us.Our grandchildren will reflect on us. If we are not producing new champions, then we are not making a significant shift in the country. Remember, champion people build champion people. Champion people build a champion nation.Each one of us is on the field of play. You have to commit to be the best person for your country.You need to up your game to be in one of those tiers of Champion South Africa. If you change your mindset [to be a champion in everything you do], then you are already part of the Champion South Africa movement.The Champion South African listOn the first tier are the Champion South Africans:1. Felicia Mabuza-Suttle – well-known television host, businesswoman and motivational speaker.2. Snowy Khoza – CEO of Bigen Africa and the founding chair of Knowledge Management South Africa.3. Dr Thandeka Mazibuko – healthcare practitioner and businesswoman who specialises in the treatment of cancer. She also heads up Women of Magnitude.4. Janine Hills – CEO and founder of Vuma Reputation Management.5. Thebe Ikalafeng – global African branding and reputation architect, adviser and author.6. Douglas Kruger – professional speaker, business author and innovation strategist and the only speaker in Africa to have won the Southern African Championships for Public Speaking a record five times.7. Wendy Luhabe – social entrepreneur, mentor and author.8. Leanne Manas – host the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s News breakfast show, Morning Live.9. Abey Mokgwatsane – CEO of Ogilvy & Mather South Africa.10. Kass Naidoo – South Africa’s first female cricket commentator, sports anchor on Radio 2000 and founder of GSport for Girls.11. Imtiaz Sooliman – founder, director and chairman of Gift of the Givers, the largest disaster relief organisation of African origin in Africa.12. Themba Baloyi – founder and executive director of Discovery Insure, a short-term insurance company.13. Michael Jordaan – former CEO of First National Bank who now heads a private investment company, Montegray Capital.14. Farah Fortune – publicist and founder of African Star Communications.15.Carolyn Steyn – founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, executive producer of film Mandela’s Gun, Tongue in Cheek host on SABC3.16. Yvonne Chaka Chaka – internationally recognised South African singer, songwriter and entrepreneur.17. Gil Oved – an entrepreneur who is the co-founder and co-CEO of advertising agency The Creative Counsel.18. Vusi Thembekayo – South African based global business speaker, author, investor and serial entrepreneur.19. Jeremy Sampson – founder of the Interbrand Sampson Group.20. Khanyi Dhlomo – founder and CEO of Ndalo Media and Ndalo Luxury Ventures, as well as a TV host.21. Riaan Manser – pioneering explorer who was the first person to circumnavigate the coast of Africa by bicycle, a distance of 37,000km, through 34 countries over two years and two months.22. Yusuf Abramjee – consultant, social cohesion advocate and Play Your Part ambassador.23. Phuti Mahanyele – businesswoman, former CEO of Shanduka Group and executive chairperson of Sigma Capital.24. Dr Ridwaan Mia – leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon.25. Buyane Zwane – motivational and inspirational speaker, student and leadership development practitioner and business owner.26. Conrad Koch / Chester Missing – South Africa’s top ventriloquist and a double International Emmy nominated comedian, best known for his puppet character, Chester Missing.Stay up to date on Champion South Africa on Twitter:#ChampionSouthAfrica Tweets Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Wind turbines in Sheffield, VermontAnother protester, Rose Friedman of East Hardwick, said, “I’m opposed to the destruction of the ecosystem for pseudo-green profit. I’m worried that industrial wind will take over the whole state.” In a similar vein, Suzanna Jones of Walden said, “I object to the destruction of nature for profit, especially when it is greenwashed.” Kaitlin Irwin of Sheffield Heights expressed doubts that the turbines would produce as much energy as predicted. “Everyone I know who has a wind tower is taking it down, because it isn’t producing as much energy as they thought it would,” she said. Although Irwin doubts that Sheffield Heights is windy enough to generate useful energy, First Wind is confident of their projections. According to Josh Bagnato, First Wind’s environmental manager, on the eve of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the 16 turbines in Sheffield were operating at full capacity — in other words, feeding 40 megawatts of electricity into the grid. All of the electricity generated at the Sheffield facility is being purchased by consumer-owned utilities in Vermont. Max Aldrich, a member of the Sheffield Board of Selectmen, summed up the mood of many local residents who attended the opening-day festivities. Aldrich said, “Now the citizens of Sheffield can say, ‘We are doing our part to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.’ I’m proud to live in Sheffield.” Vermont’s largest wind energy development, the Sheffield Wind Project, is now fully online. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 26, 2011, Governor Peter Shumlin declared, “Climate change is the biggest threat to our children and grandchildren. We in Vermont must lead — and get off our addiction to oil. It’s essential for Vermont to achieve our goal of generating 90% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2050.” Shumlin predicted, “If we go forward with plans for more renewable energy projects in Vermont, we will be able to retire our aging, leaky nuclear power plant.” The project developer, First Wind, began construction at the Sheffield, Vermont site in September 2010. The project was completed ahead of schedule. Paul Gaynor, the CEO of First Wind, noted that construction was undertaken in an environmentally conscious manner. Narrow cranes were used to raise the turbines; all of the electrical cables between the turbines are buried; and as few trees as possible were cut — to the point where the developer was worried whether the subcontractor responsible for raising the turbines would find the small clearings acceptable. In the end, however, the project proceeded smoothly. Although First Wind is proud of the steps that workers took to protect the environment, many Vermonters remain upset by the project. A dozen protesters gathered at the entrance to the wind site, holding signs expressing opposition to mountaintop development. Among the protesters was David Zimmerman of Sheffield, who said, “This project is wrecking the mountains and wrecking the view. This will be terrible for the economy. The electricity will be much more costly than what we pay now. This is a tragic day.” For more information on the Sheffield wind project, see Utility-Scale Wind Turbines.
What features do you look for in a health app?How do you select and evaluate health apps:Blog by Robin Allen MSPH, RDN, LDNWhat a great webinar “Mobile Apps for RDNs in Patient Care: What Does the Evidence Say?” I learned about the many different features that make apps useful for Dietitians to use in their daily practice. If you missed this webinar you can still earn 1.0 CPEU by watching the recording and completing the evaluation located at the event page. We discovered according to the polls that most Dietitians choose apps based on recommendations from other dietitians. Below are apps suggested by our participants and other dietitians:Nutrition apps suggested by DietitiansFitbitMyfitness PalLose it!SparkPeopleSworkit: Personalized workout videos.Baritastic: Weight loss surgery app.Coach mobile: Top Beachbody coach tips.SupertrackerRecovery Record: eating disorder treatmentMap my walkMy SymptomsNike running app and iRunneriFitBG Star glucose monitoringPerformance triadMonash University FODMAPHealth Watch 360ALIVE-PD: online support for preventing diabetesCalorie Counter by Fat SecretSome helpful apps specific to diabetes are:Fooducate: healthy food and diet scanner with over 200,000 products in the databaseGlooko Logbook: quickly & accurately records blood glucose readings by syncing to your glucose meterDiabetic Audio Recipes Bite: healthy easy recipes; app reads direction to you so you can keep your hands free for cookingDiabetic Connect: biggest diabetes network on the web; support from your peersGlucose Buddy-Diabetes Helper: reminder to monitor blood glucose, tracts blood glucose levels, carb intake, medicine, A1C and moreDiabetes Buddy-Control Your Blood Sugar: reminder to monitor blood glucose, tracts blood glucose levels, carb intake, medicine, A1C and moreOn Track Diabetes: helps track blood glucose, food intake, medications, blood pressure, pulse, activity and weightGlucool Diabetes: helps customize your diabetes management planDiabetes Pilot: records blood glucose, medications, exercise, test results, weight and more; helps you make healthier food choices; calculate correct insulin dosage; charts blood glucose over timeWave Sense Diabetes ManagerBlood Glucose Star® Diabetes ManagerMy Net Diary: over 475,000 different foodsDlife Diabetes CompanionWorkout Trainer: features workouts led by personal trainers; does not require any equipmentWhat apps do you use in your health care practice?This was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.