Olympic gold medal winner and world record holder in the 400m, South African Wayde van Niekerk, says he has a lot more to prove in the sport despite last year’s 43.03 run at the Olympic Games.Van Niekerk, who is set to return to the island for the June 10 Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix set for the National Stadium, also told the IAAF’s Inside Athletics that he wants to pay more attention to the 200m, which he described as his real love.”At the age of 24, achieving a record that’s been there forever, I feel like I still have so much more to prove,” said van Niekerk. “This is the beginning of so much more that I can do as an athlete, so why not believe?””The 200m is my favourite event. It’s why I do track and field, because I want to achieve so much in the 200, but due to circumstances and injuries, I didn’t get the opportunity to get into that door,” van Niekerk added.MORE OPPORTUNITY”But now that I achieved what I have in the 400m, it gives me more opportunity to focus on the 200m and even the 100m. I really enjoy doing both.”The 24 year-old, who also won 400m gold at the World Championships in 2015 has already been busy this season, running 10.10 in the 100m at a small meet in South Africa.”Where I come from, South Africa, you always think United States, Jamaica or Europe. That’s where you need to make it and where you can start breaking barriers,” said van Niekerk.”That’s become a kind of habit in South Africa, where once you finish with school, you go over to the USA.”I always had something deep inside of me telling me ‘you can do it right here in South Africa’ and inspire more South Africans to do it.”
Ramires returns to the Chelsea side in place of the suspended David Luiz. Fernando Torres and Juan Mata are also among those starting for Blues. Southampton are without the ill Dani Osvaldo, while Morgan Schneiderlin returns following a one-game suspension. Rickie Lambert is among the Saints subs. Southampton: K Davis, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Ramírez.Subs: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Lambert, Ward-Prowse, Hooiveld, Gallagher.Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Schurrle, Mata, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Essien, Oscar, Willian, Eto’o, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South Africa’s National Library Week, ending on 21 March, is being celebrated under the theme #libraries4lifelonglearning. Libraries play an integral role in societies, fostering a culture of learning. The City of Joburg is also pardoning people who have long overdue books, and users have till 31 March to have their fines revoked. With books and newspapers dating back to 1844,the Port Elizabeth Public Library remains vibrant and ready to face the challenges of education in the 21st century by providing opportunities for collaborative learning. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Mandela: a life in books• Mandela’s presidential years to get book treatment• Story of Madiba and Zelda set for the big screen• Ginwala helped shape South Africa’s history Priya PitamberNational Library Week is under way in South Africa and this year’s theme is #libraries4lifelonglearning. Ending on 21 March, observed as Human Rights Day in the country, the theme provides insight into the role of libraries in South African society.“It demonstrates how this fits into the objective of ensuring equitable access to quality information and to social advancement opportunities, thus realising the vision of an informed nation,” said the Department of Arts and Culture, which is in line with South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) of education and skills development.“Lifelong learning is a purposeful learning activity undertaken on an ongoing basis with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competencies that includes developing the ability to search for information and actively, and independently create knowledge,” said Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi.Watch these to find out more about National Library Week:Chris Marais, writing for South African Tourism, noted that libraries did more than provide reading materials and serve as information hubs.“South African libraries are custodians of South African knowledge, and (are) essential in preserving the history and identity of the nation. Discover rare collections of books from around the country, as well as periodicals, newspapers and Africana,” he wrote.You’re forgivenIn the spirit of National Library Week, the City of Joburg is also pardoning library users who have racked up fines by not returning books.Granting amnesty for fines linked to overdue books will last till 31 March.“There will be no fines paid and no questions asked,” said Nobuntu Mpendulo, the city’s director of library and information services. “And upon the return of your long-overdue books, your membership could also be reinstated at your request.”Johannesburg has a network of 187 libraries whose sole mandate is to develop an informed and educated nation because, as it says, a “reading nation is a winning nation”.“This is an amnesty for all Joburg residents who have ‘forgotten’ to return library books in time. The City is saying we should let bygones be bygones as we wipe the slate clean and start afresh. So all that needs to happen is for residents to bring back what belongs to the city and all will be forgiven,” said Mpendulo.The beauty of librariesTo commemorate the week, we take a look at some of South Africa’s libraries. The library in Port Elizabeth was officially unveiled in 1902. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) One of the libraries in South Africa’s North West province. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) East London’s library, in Eastern Cape. (mage: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The main library in the economic hub of Joburg. (Image: Brand South Africa Stock photos, GCIS) A smaller library in Cape Town. (Image: Brand South Africa Stock photos)Library Week was first celebrated in May 1998 by the South African Institute of Library and Information Services to promote the culture of reading. In 2003, it was moved to March.The South African Library Week (#SALW) is be observed from 14-21 March under the theme, #libraries4lifelonglearning. pic.twitter.com/19yheno1hz— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) March 15, 2016SA Library Week starts today! Find your nearest #library here: https://t.co/aZpWaVsLft #libraries4lifelonglearning pic.twitter.com/xLLk0LyvBa— Western Cape Gov (@WesternCapeGov) March 14, 2016
Give your team credit for the victories. Your team did the work. They did the heavy lifting. Take none of the credit, even when it was your idea and even when you worked harder than anyone. The victory belongs to your team.Take the blame for the mistakes, the missteps, and failures. Your team may have had their share of missteps, failures, and setbacks, but the responsibility is yours. Because you are their leader, you own the mistakes and failures. You take responsibility, and then you lead the team to better results.Invest as much time and energy as you possibly can in building relationships. If you want to get things done, invest your time in building relationships up and down your organization. Invest in building relationships with your clients and suppliers. You’ll need these relationships in the future, and you want strong relationships before you need strong relationships.Spend more time in informal meetings than required meetings. You will learn five times as much in informal meetings with the people who work for you than you will in formal meetings with the people for whom you work. If you want to understand where to find the roadblocks, obstacles, and bottlenecks that need your attention, directly meet with the people who don’t report to you directly.Your real shareholders are your employees and your clients. It is critical that you get things in the right order. The only real way to create shareholder value is to first take care of your employees and your customers. Get this right and the shareholders will have their returns. Get this wrong and they won’t.Create and protect a culture worth defending. Your people are going to be who you are. You create a culture worth defending by breathing purpose and values into everything you do and everything you say. You will have succeeded when the culture you create rejects anything and anyone that would destroy the purpose or values (not the people who will challenge how you realize that purpose).Say the same thing over and over again, especially when you believe you have said it too often. If you want people to believe, you have to say the same thing over and over again. You will feel like people are getting bored with what you say. You will feel like they want something new, like they need something new. They don’t. You just need to be more creative and find new ways of saying the same thing and new stories to tell.Build leaders. One of the main challenges you will face as a leader is identifying and building more leaders. Your role is necessarily to further the organization’s goals, and your legacy is going to be found in the people who can pick up and take the organization further than you did. Don’t worry about having a painting of you in the boardroom. Worry about all the portraits that come after yours. None of the faces that follow yours will be dependents; they’ll be leaders.Embrace the “new” new thing. If you want to doom your organization, the fastest way to do so is to resist change. A leader is a woman for the future. She sees around corners. She embraces and leads “what’s next.” You protect purpose and values; you embrace the new ideas, the new technologies, new trends, and new demands.Change when necessary, not because the calendar changed. You embrace the new and you change. But you do it when it is necessary, not just because the calendar flipped to a new year. You can’t whip your people from one new shiny object to the next. Much of the time, you will find that the reason your initiative failed isn’t because it wasn’t the right idea or stately but because it was poorly executed.