The South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention BrigadeThe South African government has extended the mandate of its forces taking part in a UN peace keeping mission in DRC.The mandate of other SA soldiers in peace keeping missions in Sudan’s Darfur region and other Southern African Development Community countries will also be extended.The South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention Brigade, part of the U.N. MONUSCO peacekeeping operation in the Great Lakes country.The deployment of 1,388 troops in the DR Congo and 850 troops in Darfur Sudan has been extended by one year to March 31, 2016, according to a statement by the presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.The intervention brigade has been given a special mandate to take on armed groups who have terrorized and created instability for years in the poor but mineral-rich region.U.N. and Congolese troops launched strikes in January against the remnants of a Burundian rebel group based in the borderlands of Eastern Congo.However, MONUSCO in February paused its support for a campaign against another rebel group – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda – after Congo named to top posts two generals suspected of human rights violations.The operation is now going ahead without U.N. support.
Berbice Under-19 Captain and national junior cricketer Kevin Sinclair will be named Cricketer of the Year when Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS, hosts its 28th Annual Awards Ceremony at the St. Francis Training Centre today.His national Under-19 team mate Kevlon Anderson would receive the runner-up award in what would be the biggest sports award programme in Guyana.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster has said all plan are in place for a highly successful event, and has said the planning committee, consisting of himself, Vice President Mark Papannah and Asst Secretary Simon Naidu, is working very hard to make the event a success.VNet Communications CEO Safraz Sheriffudeen makes donation to RHTYSC Secretary/CEO Hilbert FosterPresident David Granger, Patron of the Club, would be unable to attend due to pressing national duties, but would be sending a representative. The President has also donated $1 million towards assisting the Club to fulfill its list of activities for 2018, especially its Patron’s Fund.Under the Patron’s Fund, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club assists less fortunate youths and clubs with financial grants. Vice President Mark Papannah disclosed that the Club would be honouring a total of 60 members, Police Officers, Teachers, Retired Educators and students, while donations would be made to dozens of schools, cricket clubs, and also to a young cricketer under the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club’s Dare to Dream programme.The Club last Thursday received several donations for the Awards Ceremony. Long time sponsor Kings Jewellery World handed over a West Indian Cricket Medallion towards the player who would receive the Benefit Year Award, while VNet Communication contributed a large amount of souvenir school bags for the club’s Say No/Say Yes Programme. Other donors included De Sinco Trading, Fitness Express, Dr. Phillip Da Silva, Paul Persaud, Jumbo Jet, Impressions, Gizmos & Gadgets, National Sports Commission, Ricky Deonarine of 4R Bearings, and ANSA McAL.Dr. Barton Scotland, Speaker of the National Assembly, has donated trophies for the top two awards and a large quantity of medals. Bakewell donated a quantity of souvenir clocks, while Mr. Patrick Sukhlall of Impressions contributed souvenir cups towards the hosting of the Club’s biggest ever sports awards programme.Foster has hailed the co-operation of corporate Guyana, and has said the membership of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club deserves to be honoured as they are the ones who worked tireless to make sure that the Club retains its status in Guyana.Among those to be honoured are Shemaine Campbelle, Jeremy Sandia, Jonathan Rampersaud, Mahendra Gopilall, Shabika Gajnabi, Erva Giddings and Mariam Samaroo.