Council to monitor finance charter

first_img7 October 2004Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has announced the establishment of a 21-member council that will review and monitor the implementation of the black economic empowerment (BEE) goals set out in the financial services charter.The council, made up of representatives of various organisations in the financial sector, was formed in September following behind-the-scenes horse-trading.The Financial Services Charter Council will consist of 21 representatives, six from industry associations, three from the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, and four each from the government, community associations, and labour.Two of the four government representatives in the council will be drawn from the National Treasury, while the Department of Trade and Industry and the Presidency will each have one representative.The announcement follows a meeting between the government and representatives from the different constituencies to resolve the council’s composition.The council is the first of its kind to be established since the government launched its BEE strategy, which encourages different economic sectors to voluntarily draw up their own charters to measure BEE targets.The financial services charter was launched in October last year, and the sector has since been grappling with the establishment of an independent body to oversee the charter’s implementation.Manuel said the council would meet four times a year, with its first session scheduled for 11 October.Manuel noted that though the council’s composition would not please everybody, its formation was “an achievement”. The formation of the council was in the best interest of the country, he said, and the process needed to be nurtured.Derek Muller of the Banking Council said the model was not ideal considering the large number of people involved in the industry. He added, however: “I don’t think you can experience an ideal model … I think all of us collectively agree this is a workable model, though there are concerns.”Kenny Bungane, representing the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, said the council was a starting point and would provide much-needed energy “to test ourselves on how the sector is transforming”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Orange Farm gets connected

first_img19 July 2005From a group of brick buildings surrounded by clusters of shacks, a number of community members are trying to take Orange Farm in Johannesburg from a low-tech informal settlement to a centre of modern technology.The Orange Farm ICT Hub is housed in the settlement’s library. Through it, 15 community members have already been trained to use computers for office and administrative purposes.The hub forms part of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector support programme in the City of Johannesburg’s department of economic development, marketing and tourism.Centre Manager Aubrey Cwathi has been at the hub since its inception. He had basic computer skills to begin with, which he has been able to expand through working at the centre.The hub is promoted mainly through leaflets distributed to community members, by posters and by word-of-mouth.“There are two three-hour classes daily, from Monday to Thursday,” Cwathi says.Computer literateMost of those who completed the six-month course have matriculated, but would like to become computer literate and increase their chances of finding employment.According to Kabelo Mphafi, operations manager for poverty alleviation in Johannesburg’s Region 11, the hub also secured a sponsorship from US firm Computer Science Corporation to assist with items like furniture, stationery, office equipment and projectors.“We want to create a professional environment within the Orange Farm ICT Hub, to make it totally different from what you will see outside the centre,” said Douglas Cohen, the programme’s consultant at the Council.James Sekhonyane, who has been a trainer at the hub since December 2004, says students are taught various skills, from a basic introduction to computers and using Microsoft Office, to using the internet and learning about desktop publishing.“We are also working towards getting accreditation from the Isett seta [information systems, electronics and telecommunications technologies sector training and education authority],” he said.Wireless Internet and VoIPIn a boost for the hub, one of the country’s major internet service providers, Internet Solutions, has decided to use it as a test bed for wireless internet and voice over internet protocol (VoIP).VoIP is a technology that allows voice to be sent using an internet connection rather than the telephony technology now being used. This could lead to cheaper calls.Internet Solutions has decided to erect a base station at the hub that will provide connectivity to centres located within a 15km radius.A company report states: “Initially five separate locations within Orange Farm will be connected back to the base station to provide internet connectivity and VoIP services to PCs and phones at these locations.”Those members of the community who help run the centre are excited about the prospects that such a development will bring.Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Emirates to fly ‘superjumbo’ to Joburg

first_imgThe airline’s financial results for 2010/11 show total passenger growth for South Africa having risen by 12% over the previous financial year, while overall revenue from the South African market also rose sharply by 34%. Emirates Airlines is to use its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft on a daily service between Dubai and Johannesburg from 1 October onwards, to cater for the increasing number of South African travellers flying with the airline. Emirates becomes the second airline to use the A380 “superjumbo” on flights to South Africa, following on Air France’s use of the plane between Paris and Johannesburg. “By launching the aircraft to Johannesburg, we are further underlining our commitment to serving South Africa and we anticipate very strong demand from leisure and business travellers keen to experience its unique features and unparalleled levels of comfort in the air.” “The very positive trends we have witnessed over the last 12 months will only be boosted by the arrival of our flagship A380 aircraft, which has set a new benchmark for air travel.” Emirates Airlines currently operates three daily flights to Johannesburg, a double-daily service to Cape Town and a daily service to Durban. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The 489-seat Emirates A380 offers 14 private first class suites, 76 lie-flat beds in business class and 399 seats in economy class. First class passengers have access to two onboard shower spas, while all premium passengers on the upper deck can socialise in the onboard lounge. 16 May 2011 “We have enjoyed a successful partnership with South Africa since launching services in 1995, and now connect our Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban gateways to our vast global network through 42 non-stop flights each week to Dubai,” Emirates Airline president Tim Clark said in a statement this week. “Our A380 demonstrates the future of aviation – both in terms of passenger experience and environmental sensitivity,” Clark said. ‘The future of aviation’ The A380 service will operate daily as EK 761, departing Dubai at 2.40pm (local time) and arriving at OR Tambo International Airport at 10.50am (local). The return flight, EK762, departs Johannesburg at 2.10pm (local) and arrives in Dubai at 12.10am (local) the following day.last_img read more

Westwood goes back-to-back at Sun City

first_img6 December 2011After a brilliant course record 10-under-par 62 in the third round, Lee Westwood played it safe, carding a final round one-over 73 on his way to a two-stroke victory in the 2011 Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, North West province on Sunday.With the win, he joined Seve Ballesteros (1983/84), David Frost (1989/90), Nick Price (1997/98), Ernie Els (1999,2000), and Jim Furyk (2005/06) as the only back-to-back winners in the 31-year history of the event.Interviewed on the 18th hole’s green after being presented with the winner’s trophy by South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Westwood said: “I’ve been coming here a long time, this is the ninth time, and it’s special every time I come.‘Probably the best round I’ve ever played’“I love playing this course, and yesterday was probably the best round I’ve ever played. It set me up to play conservatively today. It’s very satisfying.”Questioned about his journey from being one of the world’s top players to being an also-ran, and then returning to the top (he is currently world number three), Westwood said: “It’s all right when things go well and you are top of the rankings, but when you drop to 270 you find out more about the real person.“So to get invited back here and win back-to-back titles is a bit special.“Yesterday was very special,” Westwood added. “I drove well and made a few putts, which you’ve got to do round any course when you make 10-under.”Four rounds under 70Robert Karlsson was the only player who managed to break 70 in every round. He did it, just, with rounds of 69, 69, 69, and 68, the best round of the final day, to finish on 13-under-par 275, alone in second place. That left the big Swede with a cheque of $660 000 (approximately R5.32-million), not quite the territory of Westwood’s $1.25-million (approximately R10.07-million), but a serious Christmas present nonetheless.Jason Dufner, in his first appearance at the Nedbank Challenge, drove well, but struggled a little with a cold putter. Despite that, he finished in a share of third with Graeme McDowell, on 11-under-par 277.The Northern Irishman was up and down throughout the event, scoring some brilliant birdies, but also dropping plenty of shots along the way.Four successive rounds of 70KT Kim looked like he really enjoyed his first experience of the Gary Player Country Club course at Sun City. He was steady throughout, carding four successive rounds of 70 to finish alone in fifth, on eight-under-par 280.In contrast, Charl Schwartzel looked a little weary, and that was reflected in his play. He enjoyed good rounds of 68 in the first and third rounds, but a 74 in the second round and 72 on the last day meant he never challenged beyond the opening 18 holes.World number one Luke Donald never really managed to get going and failed to break into the sixties, carding rounds of 70, 71, 70, and 72.Poor final roundMartin Kaymer, along with Westwood and Donald, one of three men in the field to have reached the world number one ranking, was undone by a poor final round of four-over-par 76. That left him in eighth spot, on four-under 284.The bottom four – Simon Dyson, Anders Hansen, Francesco Molinari, and Darren Clarke – were all undone by at least one poor round: Dyson carded a 75 in the third round, Hansen closed with a 77, Molinari shot 77 in round two, and Clarke finished with rounds of 76 and 78.SeniorsAmerican Mark Calcavecchia claimed the seniors’ title, finishing on nine-under-par 207 after rounds of 71, 69, and 67.Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam shared second on 208, with David Frost and Nick Price tied for fourth, five shots further back, on three-under 213.They were followed by Tom Lehman (218), Jeff Sluman (218), and Mark O’Meara (221).Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cabinet meets to map out programme of action

first_img11 June 2014The first lekgotla (special meeting) of South Africa’s newly appointed Cabinet got under way in Pretoria on Tuesday, bringing together ministers, provincial premiers and other senior officials to map out the government’s programme of action for the year.The three-day meeting is being chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the absence of President Jacob Zuma, who was ordered by his doctors to take a few days’ rest following his hospitalisation for medical check-ups over the weekend.Zuma will outline the new administration’s programme for the year in his State of the Nation address to Parliament on Tuesday, 17 June.Speaking to reporters shortly before the start of Tuesday’s meeting, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said the main items on the agenda were the National Development Plan (NDP), the government’s medium-term strategic framework, and the ongoing mining strike on South Africa’s platinum belt.Radebe said the Cabinet ministers would look to the NDP as well as the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) election manifesto when drawing up the government’s programme of action.He added that the Cabinet would pay special attention to the issues of local government service delivery, unemployment, poverty and inequality“Our president is deeply concerned about the protests that have been happening around the country. We are going to make sure that we go into those areas with concrete responses.”Radebe said the long-running strike in South Africa’s platinum mining sector had had a debilitating effect on the economy.Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) downed tools on 23 January, demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500. So far, the industry and employees have lost billions of rands in earnings and forfeited wages.Two weeks ago, the government to set up a special task team to facilitate negotiations between the unions and mining companies. On Monday, however, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi pulled the team out of the negotiations, putting the onus on the companies and unions to find common ground.Radebe said the impact of the strike showed that the mining sector still played a major role in the country’s economy. “We need to ensure that we encourage the resolutions of the strike so that we can begin with the implementation of the NDP.”Regarding President Zuma’s health, Radebe said the Deputy President was in constant touch with Zuma.“The President is improving. The Deputy President has reported to us that he is resting to ensure that he is ready for the State of the Nation address next week.”Zuma’s office said he had met with all his new ministers and deputy ministers in May, to go over policy priorities and his expectations of them.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Kernals on the Cob (A Crop Tour Parody)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Get ready for this year’s I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour, presented by AgroLiquid, by checking out this crop tour parody song written by Matt Reese and Ty Higgins!Lyrics: Every year we hit the road to look at lots of crops Husking ears and counting pods At every single stop If there is mud caked on our boots It’s never quite as fun But rain or shine we’ll be just fine And work til the jobs done.Counting kernals on the cob How’d I get this crazy job? Hit the road just before dawn Spend the day in the hot sun Looking for insects and different kinds of Leaf disease. I’ll sample the corn, cause I have to pee.We stop for doughnuts and ice cream A few times along the way Swapping tall tales of short corn We saw throughout the day We crisscross the interstate Back roads are all we drive Sure hope Bart fixed those truck breaks So we make it back alive.Hours in the crop tour van Sitting by a sweaty man Beans and corn and corn and beans Are the only things I’ve seen Found some white mold and some nitrogen deficiency Hey I’ll check the corn, I have to pee No I mean it guys I do have to peelast_img read more

Ikalogic launches SP209 logic analyzers

first_img Continue Reading Previous LieberLieber: replacing documents with modelsNext Future Electronics: rapid development platform for thermal imaging and IR sensing Ikalogic launch a new series of test instruments: the SP209 is a 9 channel, 200MHz logic analyzer that fills many gaps with existing products on the market. SP209 series aims at making it easy to analyze CMOS logic signals and industrial buses alike. Indeed, SP209 integrates specialized receivers for most common industrial busses like RS485, RS232 or CAN.SP209 Logic Analyzers provide 200MHz sampling rate, but unlike many competitor’s solutions, SP209 allows the user to use all 9 channels at the maximum sampling rate. No more trade-offs between the number of active channels and the sampling rate. This is possible thanks to an embedded 2Gb memory that buffers the captured signals before sending them to the computer to be displayed.Another important advantage is the Trigger IN and Trigger OUT SMA connectors that allows a user to synchronize SP209 to other lab equipment, eventually building a highly sophisticated test setup. This latest series of logic analyzers offer state mode operation with an external clock up to 50MHz and comes with a state-of-the-art software that provides in-depth analysis and protocol decoding features. The SP209 series comes in two versions, a standard version and an industrial version.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Former Bahamian Senator in Police Custody one more night arraignment Friday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Former PLP Senator, Frank Smith will spend a second night in police custody after his day in court today was delayed to tomorrow. Smith was reportedly interrogated by Police and was today escorted into the courthouse, wearing a dark coloured suit, looking clean shaven but handcuffed at the back and with head upright for a late afternoon session but his file was not ready.This means it is one more night in a police jail cell and a return to court tomorrow for the former chairman of the Public Hospitals Authority.   Frank Smith’s attorney, Damian Gomez, QC expressed shock at the fact that the file on Smith was not ready and told one media house that it was a veiled attempt to prevent a bail application for Mr. Smith.Smith has been in custody since Wednesday at 11am, he is due to return to court where Joyann Ferguson-Pratt is Chief Magistrate, tomorrow at 11am and was accompanied at court by his wife, father in law Sir Franklyn Wilson and mother in law, former President of the Senate and judge herself, Sharon Wilson.   While there is speculation of the impending charges against Smith, in court tomorrow is where we will know for sure what his alleged crimes are.#MagneticMediaNews#FrankSmithincustody Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FrankSmithincustody, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Natural gas leak prompts road closures in Santee

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 1:30 PM Posted: September 18, 2018 Natural gas leak prompts road closures in Santee KUSI Newsroom, center_img September 18, 2018 SANTEE (KUSI) – A construction accident caused a natural gas leak that forced street closures at a busy East County intersection Tuesday, authorities reported.A worker with a private contractor inadvertently ruptured a 1-inch- diameter utility pipeline about 10 a.m. while digging in front of a home at Cottonwood Avenue and Mission Gorge Road in Santee, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.Deputies shut down traffic lanes at the road crossing, as well as along nearby Buena Vista Avenue and Cottonwood Avenue, sheriff’s Lt. Amber Baggs said.Officials evacuated a single home close to the broken line as utility personnel worked to get the leak under control, a process that took about an hour, SDG&E spokesman Joe Britton said.No injuries were reported.To prevent such mishaps, SDG&E officials urge anyone planning excavation work in the county to first notify the utility company, which sends personnel to mark the location of underground gas lines, Britton noted. Those wishing to take advantage of the free service are asked to call 811. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more