South Africa’s largest water drive to be launched at Nelson Mandela Foundation

first_img(Image: Flickr: Anthony Roderman)Johannesburg, 28 January, 2016 – The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Operation Hydrate and Proudly South African are pleased to announce their decision to join forces to launch the country’s biggest “Water Drive” to date, in an effort to bring much needed and urgent relief to communities in drought stricken areas across the country.South Africa remains in the grip of its worst drought in over 100 years, with no immediate prospects of the situation abating. While 2015 has been recorded as the driest year on record, recent weeks have seen record breaking temperatures claim several lives. Dams and rivers continue to recede, taps are running dry and beleaguered communities continue to call for urgent help.“Operation Hydrate has already collected and distributed over three million litres of urgently needed drinking water to drought ravaged communities in various provinces, but it’s unfortunately not enough. While we work on long-term strategies for drought relief and water provision, we cannot ignore the immediate needs of South Africans who are dying of thirst,” said Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba.“We need to all continue to join hands to ensure that we get water to where it’s most needed,” he added.The organization, driven by community volunteers, will host a “Water Drive” with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Proudly South African fromFriday, 29 January to Sunday 31 January 2016. Water drop-off times will commence from 09h00am-17h00pm on all three days.“It gives us great pleasure as the Nelson Mandela Foundation to be associated with an initiative in which South Africans, in a moment of crisis, help vulnerable fellow citizens. This is precisely the call that Madiba made when he said ‘it is in your hands’. Operation Hydrate is a call for all of us to respond to keeping Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive. We know it’s a small gesture but every drop counts to help destitute communities whohave no drinking water,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Members of the public and corporate South Africa are invited to drop off sealed 5 litre bottles of drinking water during the three-day “Water Drive” at the Nelson Mandela Foundation at 107 Central Street, in Houghton, Johannesburg. Trucks will be on standby.“We are calling on South Africans to once again be of service to humanity and respond to the basic needs of our fellow South Africans. Let’s contribute and make every day a Mandela Day! We cannot, in good conscience, sit back and do nothing when people are dying of thirst,” said Proudly SA’s CEO, Adv. Leslie Sedibe.Due to health and safety regulations, no tap or borehole water can be accepted as drinking water.Operation Hydrate’s Yusuf Abramjee said: “A local water company, Thirsti, will also be selling bottles of water on site at cost price, for those who wish to visit the Foundation on the day and contribute to the humanitarian cause. A 5 litre bottle will be sold at R10 and a box will cost R40. Only cash will be accepted on site.”The Nelson Mandela Foundation, which houses Madiba’s former office, also has a permanent exhibition on Madiba’s life as well as a temporary photographic exhibition called “Between States of Emergency”. Madiba’s prison notebooks and the Nobel Peace Prize form part of the exhibition. The Foundation will be open to visitors during the Water Drive.“We appeal to the public, businesses, corporates and schools to participate in the Water Drive by visiting the Foundation and donating water or funds to the efforts. Those who are too far to travel to the Foundation can make financial contributions towards Operation Hydrate”, added Adv. Sedibe.Operation Hydrate volunteers have been out in full force over recent weeks to supply drinking water to communities where taps have run dry. Volunteers continued to distribute water to communities in the Free State, Eastern Cape and North West over recent days and over the weekend.Theba said: “We appreciate the support from the Nelson Mandela Foundation. We want to keep Madiba’s legacy alive. Please support Operation Hydrate.”Abramjee said: “We urge the public to come out in their thousands to the Centre, bringing water and/or cash to buy water for those in need. Let’s continue to quench the thirst of millions of fellow citizens…Let’s make every day a Mandela Day.”Details of the Water Drive are as follows:DATE: 29-31 January 2016VENUE: Nelson Mandela Foundation, Central Street, HoughtonMEDIA PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Speakers and representatives from various organizations will launch the Water Drive and address the media at 9amon Friday, 29 January 2016.last_img read more

Microsoft Completes Journey To Big Data Through Hadoop

first_imgThere’s no beating around this bush. Today Hortonworks announced a new beta version of its Hadoop Data Platform that will run on Microsoft Windows Server, a move that shows Microsoft’s own Big Data efforts will forever be connected to open source innovation. This is a highly significant – even expected – move in the big data sector, but also a very strange one.Hadoop, of course, is an open-source software architecture that supports distributed computation jobs on huge data sets – in other words, classic Big Data work. Hortonworks, meanwhile, is one of the bigger Hadoop vendors in the market, even if that’s more in terms of innovation than sales, where it trails Cloudera. Hortonworks founder and architect Arun Murthy is one of the original Hadoop coders who came out of Yahoo back in the day, and he also serves as the VP of the open source Apache Hadoop project at the Apache Software Foundation.Which all means that any major platform move like this is sure to impact the rest of Hadoop development and, by extension, the rapidly growing Hadoop ecosystem that’s driving much of the big data sector.Why Windows?Until today’s announcement, Hadoop of any flavor typically ran on a Linux-based machine (physical or virtual). This made a lot of sense, since one of the big advantages of Hadoop is the capability to expand its data warehousing over any number of clustered computers. When those clustered machines are running Linux, it’s all but frictionless to add more, both in in terms of licensing cost (which is free) and configuration (which is easy).But when the underlying operating system is Windows Server, licensing – i.e., explicitly not free – would seem likely to create a lot more friction when someone tries to build a Hadoop cluster. Wouldn’t using Windows Server as the OS for a Hadoop system be too expensive?David McJannet, VP of marketing at Hortonworks, doesn’t seem to think so. McJannet’s concern was that too many Windows-based shops out there were shying away from Hadoop because they didn’t want to deal with adding Linux clusters and the related hassle of managing them. So assuaging those concerns was one big reason Microsoft has been working with Hortonworks over the past 18 months.The sheer number of Windows installations was also a major issue. McJannet said that a “majority of servers” were running Windows in the enterprise now. In its press release, Hortonworks cited IDC data thusly: “According to IDC, Windows Server owned 73 percent of the market in 2012 (IDC, Worldwide and Regional Server 2012–2016 Forecast, Doc # 234339, May 2012).”It is not clear just what server class this 73 percent represents, since the report itself costs $4,500, and is thus a little hard to access. File servers? Application servers? It’s sure not web servers, where according to Web analytics from Netcraft, Microsoft currently has 16.93% of the marketshare, dwarfed by Apache’s 55.26% marketshare.McJannet also said Hadoop on Windows would make data exploration easier. Using SQL-based queries that can now directly integrate with the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), products like SQL Server and Excel can tap straight into Hadoop-stored data, enabling end-users to more easily navigate vast stores of data in Hadoop clusters.Embracing Open SourceThis is not Hortonworks’ first foray into Windows land. Late last year, it released the Windows Azure HDInsight product – essentially Hadoop for the Azure cloud platform.As odd as it may seem to see Hadoop on Windows Server, the move makes a lot of sense from Microsoft’s side. The company has needed a Big Data entry ever since it decided to drop its own Dryad data warehousing framework back in 2011. Some observers have expected this day ever since a year ago, when Microsoft announced it would build in tools within SQL Server to connect to Hadoop.McJannet emphasized that to date, Microsoft was playing well with others within the open source development model that Hadoop uses, so much of its innovation will cycle back to the rest of the Hadoop community.If so, you can expect to see more Hadoop vendors to announce their own connections to Windows in the near future.Image courtesy of Shutterstock 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#Hadoop#Microsoft center_img brian proffitt IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more