Chinese boost for South African auto manufacturing

first_img2 December 2015As fellow members of the BRICS association of emerging economies along with Brazil, Russia and India, the relationship between China and South Africa (and indeed, the rest of Africa) is an important one.The Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) is an institutional vehicle for political, economic and cultural interaction between China and Africa; the summit is expected to mark a qualitative shift in those relations.Held on 4 and 5 December with the theme “Africa-China progressive together: win-win co-operation for common development”, the summit will culminate in a meeting between South African President Jacob Zuma and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.Final countdown to the #FOCAC Summit. @UbuntuRadioZA @SAgovnews @ClaysonMonyela @NelsonKgwete @hectormbatha pic.twitter.com/gF6xTeZGiJ— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) December 1, 2015According to Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, trade between Africa and China has reached $220-billion(R3.2-trillion), 22 times higher than it was in 2000 when FOCAC was launched. He was speaking at the Lanting Forum in Johannesburg at the end of November 2015.There are over 3 000 Chinese enterprises operating in Africa, according to the minister. And with more than 3.6 million visits made between China and Africa, tourism is one of the growing industries that offer mutual benefits.Even with the slowdown in the Chinese economy, the potential and benefits for South Africa and the rest of the African continent are still very much apparent. Wang said that China planned to still import over $10-trillion in goods, invest more than $500-billion in overseas ventures, including in Africa, and encourage more than 500 million Chinese tourists to travel abroad over the next five years.In South Africa, China’s presence is slowly growing and beginning to be felt in various industries, including technology, mining and the automotive industry. Jobs are being created, products and commodities are being traded and new markets are being opened between South Africa and China. The Hebei Iron and Steel Group’s steel mill in Phalaborwa, opened in 2014, is just one of the many opportunities being created to herald the new shift. Another venture is the Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) factory in Springs.A media tour of the facility was arranged by the Industrial Development Corporation and Brand South Africa to give South African and Chinese media a closer look at how Chinese business style works in the South African context.Beijing Automotive WorksThe car maker is one of the many Chinese companies operating in South Africa. BAW South Africa is owned and operated by the Beijing Automotive Industry Company, China’s fifth-largest automotive manufacturer; it has partnered with the Industrial Development Corporation and China Africa Motors in the distribution of BAW minibus taxis across Africa. The vehicles are assembled at the company’s factory outside Springs, in Gauteng.Opened in 2012, the factory is the base of operations for BAW in the assembly and the promotion, sales and after-sales service of its vehicles. According to BAW chief executive James Chung, daily production at the factory is 25 to 30 vehicles. The company employs 160 people, the majority of whom work on the factory’s assembly line. Here the company’s flagship vehicle, the Sasuka minibus, is assembled from semi-knockdown kits imported from China.Baw Automotive – Manufacturing Taxis @UbuntuRadioZA @Brand_SA @the_dti @SAgovnews #FOCAC pic.twitter.com/7YiNP1Czt1— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) November 27, 2015Chung is happy with the relationship built between the company and its growing South African customer base, and hopes BAW South Africa can extend its product range over the next couple of years with light commercial vehicles, sport utility vehicles and passenger cars.While he has admiration for the processes involved in operating the business in South Africa, he does have concerns about the level of financial freedom, which is often dogged by red tape and over regulation. He thinks this is an obstacle many find daunting when trying to start a business in the country. Yet he hopes he can contribute to finding a way to alleviate the regulations and paperwork involved through discussions with the relevant parties in the government and the motoring industry.BAW in Springs-China Manufactured vehicles right here in SA –#MeetSouthAfrica journey to #FOCAC next week pic.twitter.com/yDyGsG0Bva— Hashtag South Africa (@hashtag_sa) November 27, 2015The BAW SasukaSimilar in shape and style to the ubiquitous Toyota Ses’fikile- the main player in the South African minibus taxi market – BAW offers a little extra included in the sale of the Sasuka to give it the edge in the competitive local market.Mr James Chung explaining how the call centre operates at Baw Automotive #FOCAC @Brand_SA @SAgovnews @the_dti pic.twitter.com/ntRKP9OWct— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) November 27, 2015In addition to air conditioning as standard in the Sasuka, the minibus also comes with satellite tracking operated by the company itself. The company runs a real-time tracking service for all vehicles sold, which monitors the performance and condition of the vehicle.The company will even alert owners when the Sasuka is due for its next service.The service plan, valid for two years or 200 000 kilometres, is included in the price of the vehicle. Servicing is free and taken care of in-house by BAW. It covers everything from the tyres, brakes, oil and parts replacement to the interiors and on-board technology. In addition, the Sasuka comes with on-board DVD system and GPS navigation as standard. The minibus has a rear-wheel drive 2.7 engine with a maximum speed of 156km/h and fuel consumption of 13.7 litres per 100 kilometres.#FOCAC media tour second leg is at the Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) in Springs @DIRCO_ZA @Brand_SA pic.twitter.com/G9rn8nEnxb— the dti (@the_dti) November 27, 2015SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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U.K. Judges Say Apple Is Getting Cute With Samsung Court Order

first_imgTags:#Apple#infringement#Samsung dan rowinski More than a few people were eager to see how Apple would comply with a British appellate-court order this summer to state publicly  that tablet competitor Samsung had not copied its iPad design. Well, it’s done so, and at least three people — the appellate judges — are unhappy with Apple’s effort. Here’s the statement on apple.com.Look at Apple’s statement below.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Apple, which had charged in the U.K. that Samsung infringed on its registered designs, but the original judge disagreed and took the unsusual step of ordering Apple to publicly state that it’s accusation was false.According to The Guardian, the three-judge panel said that Apple’s statement does not comply and is erroneous. It has ordered Apple to publish a notice on its home page within 48 hours pointing to a corrected statement in, “not less than 11-point font,” according to the Guardian. Apple said that it could not comply in less than 14 days, which at least one judge found incredible. Specifically, the judges took issue with how Apple its acknowledgement included statements from the original judge, Colin Birss;  information about other, German, infringement actions; and the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial in California, which Apple won this summer. According to Bloomberg, Apple lawyer Michael Beloff said of the court order and his firm’s response, “the only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty,” and that it was not “designed to punish, it is not designed to make us grovel.”I think that the way Apple has fought the U.K. ruling and now how it has acted on its court-ordered obligations shows a company that thinks it is above the law. It is easy to imagine a boardroom full of Apple executives turning purple over the British court order. So, the best way to avoid looking bad is to fuzz the situation to make itself look good rather than give Samsung (and the U.K. court) an inch. I think sometimes the high road is the one that holds the most honor, gains the most respect. Apple had an opportunity to both dispel commercial uncertaintly and regain honor and respect. It failed.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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As Internet Growth Slows, Tablets And Mobile Data Are The Industry’s Best Hope

first_imgowen thomas Related Posts Tags:#Internet#Internet usage#Kleiner Perkins#Mary Meeker#mobile#mobile revolution Growth in Internet usage on the whole is slowing, technology investor and analyst Mary Meeker warned in her latest Internet Trends report, an annual exercise in looking at the state of the industry that she’s done since her days as an analyst at Morgan Stanley and has continued at Kleiner Perkins, the venture-capital firm where she’s now a partner.While Meeker spent most of the report, which she published online and delivered at the Code Conference in Los Angeles Wednesday morning, looking at the Internet’s opportunities, the first line of the report should give people pause:• Internet Users<10% Y/Y growth & slowingfastest growth in more difficult to monetize developing markets like India / Indonesia / Nigeria  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai... Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting • Smartphone Subscribers +20% strong growth though slowingfastest growth in underpenetrated markets like China / India / Brazil / Indonesia Tablets are surging, with unit shipments growing at a 52 percent annualized rate; tablets have now surpassed both desktop and laptop PCs in sales. And mobile data usage is growing even faster, at 81 percent.Yet if overall Internet usage isn’t growing, especially in the developed markets where it’s easiest to make money off of users, that suggests that tech companies are, to a large extent, just reshuffling deck chairs, shifting share around as consumer habits change.Or they’re looking to make more money off the users they have. Meeker pointed out that Google makes six times as much money per user as Facebook does, and twelve times as much money as Twitter.One area where Meeker sees growth is the continuing shift of video usage from linear television to on-demand, online video.See also: Goodbye, TV Channels—And Hello, TV AppsMeeker’s complete report is available on Slideshare:KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic... 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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AAP MLA Som Dutt convicted in assault case

first_imgA Delhi court has convicted AAP MLA Som Dutt for beating and assaulting a man during the 2015 Assembly election campaign. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal held Mr. Dutt, a legislator from the Sadar Bazar constituency here, guilty under Section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt without provocation), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (rioting) and Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.“There is no doubt that on January 10, 2015, around 8 p.m., Som Dutt, along with his 50 supporters, went to flat no. 13 where the complainant was present. The complainant was beaten and assaulted by the accused and his associates due to which he suffered grievous injury,” the court said. Grievous injury The maximum punishment for causing grievous injury is seven years. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on July 4.The court, however, said the offence of wrongful restraint (Section 341 IPC) is not made out in this case as the complainant was not going anywhere and he was not restrained from proceeding in any direction. “Further, Section 147 of the IPC, which punishes the offence of rioting, is also not made out considering that the intention of the accused was only to beat the complainant and no further. “It is not clear how many persons, apart from the accused, had assaulted the complainant and what was their common object, if any,” the court said.An FIR was lodged against Mr. Dutt in 2015 at the Gulabi Bagh police station in North Delhi on the allegation that the MLA and around 50 of his supporters, while campaigning in the locality, had come to the house of complainant Sanjeev Rana.The prosecutor had alleged that when the complainant objected, the MLA allegedly hit him on his legs with a baseball bat and his supporters dragged him out on the road and started beating him, causing grievous injury.Mr. Dutt’s counsel had refuted the arguments, saying the MLA and his supporters were peacefully campaigning in the society and it was the complainant who started quarrelling with Mr. Dutt in an inebriated state, on which a cross FIR was also registered by the legislator.last_img read more

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Delhi Police constable arrested on rape charges

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi Police constable has been arrested under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for allegedly raping a minor girl. Police said that the incident happened on Thursday following which the victim’s family approached the New Usmanpur Police Station here. The girl’s family members, along with the local residents had gathered outside the police station and surrounded it to press for the accused constable’s arrest. Senior police officers have taken steps to dismiss the constable from service. The police, however, did not provide any additional information related to the case.last_img read more

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