E London IDZ lands first investors

first_img22 July 2005The East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) recently announced its first three investors, which are to pump a total of R188-million into the IDZ plant on the west bank of the Eastern Cape city.“It’s exciting times for us at the IDZ and Buffalo City,” says IDZ chief executive Simphiwe Kondlo. “Our strategy is to provide the infrastructure and support to enable companies in the East London IDZ to be globally competitive.”He said the three new investors had responded to the strategy and would now benefit from immediate access, hi-tech telecommunications and close proximity to the port.The East London IDZ, one of four liberalised duty-free areas in South Africa, is just two kilometres from the airport and five kilometres from the port.The zone is finalising the first phase of infrastructure development, but Kondlo says it is ready for investors.Glass manufacturing company Universal Safety Glass is to invest R156-million in the IDZ, a move expected to create 255 jobs over the next two years.General manager Pieter Hugo says his company has confidence in the Eastern Cape’s growing economy. “The East London IDZ is close to the harbour and the airport. This will improve our logistics chain tremendously. We also believe this investment will open up new markets for our business.”Abalone farming facility Wavelengths 150 is to invest R21-million in the zone’s agricultural cluster, and is expected to create 30 jobs for unskilled labour.According to Kondlo, there is a huge export market for many of the Eastern Cape’s agricultural products. “The East London IDZ’s custom control area is an ideal location for export-oriented industry as there are a number of benefits offered to these industries,” he said.Local transport and logistics company Miltrans will also invest R11-million in the zone.More incentivesBusiness Day reported in June that the East London IDZ wants government to consider allowing it to use state incentives, together with those it already offers, to attract investment to the area.Kondlo is quoted in the newspaper as saying the IDZ would offer more of an opportunity if it offered incentives such as those provided by the Motor Industry Development Programme.This programme provides preferential tariff rates for vehicle components being imported into SA based on the value of components exported from SA.The zone has commissioned auditing firm KPMG to carry out a study on whether motor industry incentives could be used in combination with its own incentives, Kondlo said.According to Business Day, the zone already offers businesses established there duty-free imports, no restrictions on foreign equity ownership or on profit repatriation, no currency restrictions and no value-added tax on components coming into the zone.Besides offering further incentives to investors, the zone wants Eastern Cape infrastructure to be upgraded. Kondlo said there was no direct rail link between East London and Port Elizabeth, which is about 300km away and has an IDZ of its own.He told Business Day that East London could not develop as an “island”, economically separate from Port Elizabeth and South Africa’s economic heartland in Gauteng.Source: Buffalo Citylast_img read more

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SA ‘must start taking teaching seriously’

first_img14 February 2013 The government is to establish a national task team to strengthen maths and science teaching in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said in his 2013 State of the Nation Address, adding that it was time for the country to take start taking teaching seriously. Addressing Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, Zuma also announced that he would establish a Presidential Remuneration Commission to investigate the appropriateness of the remuneration and conditions of service provided by the state to all its employees. “I have directed that the first priority should be teachers,” Zuma said.‘Elevating education to its rightful place’ “In elevating education to its rightful place, we want to see an improvement in the quality of learning and teaching and the management of schools. We want to see an improvement in attitudes, posture and outcomes. “Working with educators, parents, the community and various stakeholders, we will be able to turn our schools into centres of excellence,” he said. Noting that the country’s Grade 12 pass rate was now on an upward trend, Zuma said the Annual National Assessments (ANA) at schools hade become a powerful tool for assessing the health of the education system. “We welcome the improvement each year in the ANA results, but more must be done to improve maths, science and technology. “We urge the private sector to partner government through establishing, adopting or sponsoring maths and science academies or Saturday schools,” he added.What ‘essential service’ means The President said he wanted everyone in the country to realise that education was an essential service for the nation. “By saying education is an essential service, we are not taking away the constitutional rights of teachers as workers, such as the right to strike. “It means we want the education sector and society as a whole to take education more seriously than is happening currently.” Zuma said that 98 new schools will have been built in South Africa between March 2012 and March 2013. More than 40 of these will have replaced “mud schools” in the Eastern Cape. He added that construction of two new universities, one in the Northern Cape and one in Mpumalanga, was expected to commence in September. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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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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Thane Police seize three tonnes of meat, say lab test confirms its beef

first_imgThe Thane district police seized a stock of three tonnes of animal meat from a tempo with police claiming that it was beef. Police said that the vehicle was intercepted in the early hours of Wednesday within the limits of Padgha police station and two persons, the driver and cleaner of the tempo, had been arrested. The Station House Officer of Padgha police station said that the lab test of the meat had confirmed that it was beef. The official said that the tempo was coming from Nashik to Mumbai and the meat was concealed beneath scrap items loaded onto the tempo. Police said that the tip-off about the tempo allegedly transporting beef was received from Bajrang Dal activists and a trap was laid at Ajroli checkpost to intercept the vehicle. The meat was being transported from Sangamner to Govandi in Mumbai where it was to be delivered to a meat-seller, police said. The official said that cases under relevant sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act of 1995 and also the Indian Penal Code had been registered against the two arrested persons.last_img read more

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Sixers: Top pick Markelle Fultz done for summer with ankle sprain

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Fultz appeared to roll his ankle in Saturday night’s game and was helped to the locker room by two teammates.He had just signed his contract earlier in the day and was taken for X-rays. The former Washington star had eight points in 15 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was the last thing the Sixers wanted to see just when they appeared ready to put years of misery behind them. They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year’s No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that team president Bryan Colangelo felt was the perfect piece to put with Simmons and Embiid.a Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (7) drives around Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game in Salt Lake City. Fultz needed to be helped off the court with an injury to his left ankle in the 76ers’ summer league game Saturday, July 8, against Golden State. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)LAS VEGAS — No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will miss the rest of the NBA summer league because of a sprained left ankle.The Philadelphia 76ers say Fultz is expected to return to basketball activities in one to two weeks. Fultz tweeted Sunday : “I’m ok, thank you for all who where worried!”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ $50 million boxing tournament announces quarterfinal matchups Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo inspires praise, and more goals, from Lionel Messi

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019: Historic windfoiling and fun-filled freedom Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service PLAY LIST 02:27Another ‘ninja cop’ dismissed from service02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Messi and Ronaldo dueled for nine years in the Spanish league before the Portugal forward opted to move to Juventus. Despite facing off directly in two league matches each season, they also met several times in other competitions and were constantly compared, week in, week out.With the Champions League now down to the final eight, they could be back on the same field soon. The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.The five-time Ballon d’Or winners have met five times in the Champions League. Ronaldo’s Manchester United edged Barcelona in the 2008 semifinals, but Messi got revenge a year later when he scored in a 2-0 victory over United in the final. They met again in 2011 semifinals, when Messi scored twice to help Barcelona eliminate Real Madrid.Both players have winning the continent’s elite tournament again as a priority. Messi has won it four times, Ronaldo five.Messi promised his fans he would do all he could to win another European Cup at the start of the season, while Ronaldo is surely eager to prove he was the reason Madrid won it for four of the past five years.Messi counts Juventus as one of the top candidates standing in his way, but it is not alone.“There are several very good teams,” Messi said. “(Manchester) City, Juventus… Ajax has shown that it has a great team of younger players who aren’t afraid of anyone. Liverpool has a lot of firepower like it showed against Bayern (Munich).“We’ll have to see who we are drawn with and prepare for what is to come, which will be the hardest part yet.” LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain— Now playing in different countries, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still find ways to inspire one another to new heights.Ronaldo captured the attention of the soccer world on Tuesday when he scored a hat trick to lead Juventus past Atletico Madrid and into the Champions League quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ Messi, in contrast, followed up his outstanding performance by praising Ronaldo.“What Cristiano and Juventus did was incredible,” Messi said after Wednesday’s win at Camp Nou. “I was surprised because I honestly thought Atletico would be stronger, but Juventus ran over them. Juventus is very powerful and besides that it has Cristiano, who had a magical night with his three goals.”Messi worked a bit of his usual magic as well.The Argentina forward gave his team the lead against Lyon with an early penalty. And just when the French team pulled a goal back for 2-1 and was pressing for a draw that would have sent them through, Messi took control by scoring a solo goal when he wrong-footed a pair of defenders. He then set up two more goals.“We did everything we could to stop (Messi), but when he is playing like this he is one of the best players of all time,” Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said. “He was like Ronaldo. He put the team on his shoulders.”ADVERTISEMENT Not to be outdone, Messi responded a day later by scoring twice and providing two assists to turn a balanced matchup against Lyon into a 5-1 blowout.But while the talent gap between them is almost imperceptible, their public displays remain unmistakably dissimilar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRonaldo used an obscene gesture, mimicking a similar one by Atletico coach Diego Simeone during the first leg, after the final whistle of the 3-0 win in Turin.When asked about his goals, Ronaldo said “that’s why Juventus signed me.” Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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UAAP men’s volleyball: Ateneo ends FEU’s unbeaten run, NU gets share of top seed

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo put a stop to Far Eastern University’s winning streak courtesy of a 31-29, 22-25, 25-23, 26-24 win in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Blue Eagles have now won two of their past three games and bumped their record to 5-3 while staying at the third seed of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBTC: NU Bullpups destroy another foe, this time by 64 points MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Ron Medalla lit up with 32 points to lead Ateneo while Antony Koyfman and Ishmael Rivera had 21 and 13 points, respectively.FEU, which started the season 7-0, absorbed its first loss despite Jude Garcia’s 19 point output.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the other game, National University took a share of the top spot after brushing off Adamson University, 25-18, 25-18, 25-19,Bryan Bagunas punished the Soaring Falcons with 26 points as the Bulldogs’ 6-1 record tied them with FEU for the no.1 spot in the standings. View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantslast_img read more

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