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Donegal native elected to Dublin City Council

first_imgBruckless native Danny Byrne has been elected to the Dublin City Council for Ringsend area of Dublin City. The south Donegal man was elected for Fine Gael following the fifth count on Sunday evening.Mr Byrne was previously an estate agent and had been living in the Dublin area since 2005. Part of the Lost at Sea Tragedies Organisation, Byrne lost his father and brother in a tragic accident in 1981 at sea.In 2018, the Byrne family who had secured the Ombudsman’s support for State compensation over exclusion from a Government scheme has finally been sent a cheque for a six-figure sum.The Bruckless residents received an ex-gratia payment from Minister for Marine Michael Creed, after a 14-year battle over her exclusion from the “Lost at Sea scheme” to support families whose vessels had sunk. Francis Byrne and 16-year-old Jimmy Byrne, and three other crew died when their fishing vessel Skifjord sank 38 years ago. Donegal native elected to Dublin City Council was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sasol gets women – and water – wise

first_imgThrough the Women Empowerment Strategy, Sasol’s Nolitha Fakude aims to create a safe and fulfilling work environment for women in the company. (Image: oecd.org) • Jacqui O’Sullivan Vice President: Group Corporate Branding and Communication Dusi Canoe Marathon +27 82 883 9697 [email protected] • Celebrating 60 years of the Women’s Charter • Female refugees face particular problems • Mandela: a champion for women’s rights • South African research funding fourth-highest in the world • Top female chefs dice it out for Mzansi honours Shamin ChibbaIt is difficult to speak of mining alongside women’s rights and environmental sustainability. Mining is an adversary to both causes as it is a major pollutant and an unforgiving environment for women. But when Nolitha Fakude became Sasol’s executive vice president for sustainability and human resources in 2005, environmental and women’s issues became a major concern for the petroleum company.When Fakude first took up her post, she set out to clean up Sasol’s water use. It was under her eye that Sasol launched Water Sense, an initiative that aims to implement the company’s water sustainability policies across all its operations around the world.Under her leadership, Sasol had decreased water use from 151-million cubic metres in 2011 to 148-million cubic metres in 2012. It also recycled nearly 143-million cubic metres of water in 2012 compared to 128-million cubic metres in 2011. And according to Fakude, the company will further improve the way it uses water.Sasol had also teamed up with Emfuleni Municipality and sustainable development services company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit on a project that saved 1-million cubic metres of water and created about 80 plumbing, water conservation and learner technician jobs created in the local community.The 49-year-old’s goal is not only to make Sasol an environmentally sustainable company, but also a company that promotes gender equality within the workplace. Nolitha Fakude, CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Woman in Business and Government for 2014. (Image: GCIS) Fakude has been involved in implementing three initiatives that aim to create a safe and fulfilling work environment for women in the company. The Sasol Women’s Network runs a number of mentoring programmes that provide women with the appropriate skills to excel in the company. Additionally, Sasol’s Women Empowerment Strategy has also helped women in the company to reach their full potential. The Women in Mining Development Programme is an ongoing attraction, growth and retention plan which focuses on the development of women across all levels of the business. As a result, women already occupy 22.6% of all management positions at Sasol Mining.Fakude’s involvement in bettering women’s standing in the mining industry earned her the top honour in the Mining and Petrochemical Sector category at the CEO Magazine Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards in July 2014.Despite the changes she has made at the petrochemical company, Fakude believes that there is still more work that needs to be done to ensure women are fully accepted in the workplace across all sectors. Speaking from the World Economic Forum summit in Davos in 2011, Fakude said that an economy cannot be run without women. She added that although South Africa has legislation that enables equality in the workplace, the results are not what the country had hoped for. “As we moved forward with Black Economic Empowerment the focus was more on black and less on women. Women and gender issues are very much linked to black issues. You cannot talk about black without talking about black women.”last_img read more