Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Last Friday, the visitors included Japanese and Britons. They spent big amounts for taxi fares just to be with the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion who knocked out Mexican Israel Gonzalez in the 10th round in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 3.According to Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ trainer and manager, the foreigners brought along boxing gloves, shirts and other mementos for Ancajas to sign. They also posed for pictures with the southpaw being hailed as the next Filipino ring superstar after Manny Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAs a result of Ancajas’ fourth straight KO victory, Jimenez’s stock as trainer also rose, with Chinese and Australian boxers wanting to hone their skills at the makeshift gym.Jimenez said they are still waiting for matchmaker Sean Gibbons to finalize details of Ancajas’ next title fight against mandatory challenger Jonas Sultan. On Monday, Ancajas will start light training. —ROY LUARCA UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Arellano Eyes twin NCAA titles MOST READ View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson After an impressive initial foray in the United States, Jerwin Ancajas gained local following and international acclaim.Proof is a steady stream of media outfits and fans, including foreigners, trooping to his secluded Survival Camp in Barangay Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite province.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
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Levi Hernandez (left) of Che’Lu tries to drive past Go for Gold’s Paul Desiderio. —PBA IMAGESPaul Desiderio is never afraid to take the big shots with the game on the line.The standout from the University of the Philippines proved that again Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gab Banal, the Game 2 hero, chipped in 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Vince Tolentino added 19 for Go for Gold, which clawed its way back from a 46-62 hole.Stuck in a nine-point deficit, the Scratchers went on a 24-11 blast capped by Desiderio’s second triple to grab a 95-91 lead with 26.3 seconds left.Game 1 star Jeff Viernes countered with a quick two on the other end, and after a Jai Reyes split from the line, Chris Bitoon knotted the score with 14.7 ticks to play.Desiderio committed the foul that sent Bitoon to the line, but he recovered with the game’s biggest basket to seal the victory.“You have to give credit to the players, all the credit to the players. The only thing I told them at halftime is it’s a championship game,” Tiu said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Desiderio hit the game-winning layup with 3.4 seconds to play, allowing Go for Gold to escape with a nail-biting 98-96 victory over Che’Lu Bar and Grill and take a 2-1 lead in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The gutsy Fighting Maroon also drilled two clutch triples in the last 65 seconds of the match before sealing his heroics by driving past Levi Hernandez for the marginal basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I rode with Paul. I said, ‘Get the ball, do whatever you want, just take us home,’ and he did,” said coach Charles Tiu.Desiderio started waxing hot in the second half, nailing 22 of his 28 points there as the Scratchers moved to within a win of claiming the crown. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Powered by putting, Gialon gets in the middle of Carlos-Kim duel DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Go for Gold goes for the jugular on Game 4 on Tuesday.Viernes led Che’Lu with 23 points and six assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
Keisha Burke appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday slapped with several charges of assault and disorderly behaviour.The 20-year-old woman, who resides at Meadowbrook Gardens, Georgetown, stood before Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charges which stated that on May 13, 2019 at East La Penitence, Georgetown, she assaulted and unlawfully wounded Police Sergeant Odecia Johnson, who was acting in the execution of her duties. It is alleged that while the defendant was at the East La Penitence Police Station, she unlawfully assaulted Johnson. The second charge stated that on the same day and location, Burke behaved in a disorderly manner.The third charge stated that on the same day and at the same location, she used indecent language. It is also alleged Burke resisted arrest from Sergeant Johnson, during which time she unlawfully assaulted her causing actual bodily harm.She was also accused of damaging spectacles belonging to Johnson valued $40,000.The court heard that on May 13, Officer Johnson was carrying out her duties at East La Penitence Police Station when she noticed a female standing in the building. Johnson then called a male officer, who was sent to enquire why the woman was standing inside the station and to inform the defendant to stand outside. Burke then began to use indecent language while leaving the station.Johnson after seeing the commotion attempted to arrest the defendant, during which time she dealt the officer several punches to her face, breaking her spectacles.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail based on the seriousness of the offence.In a bail application on her own behalf, Burke told the court that she went to the station because she heard a friend was arrested. The defendant said she spoke to the officer at the station desk and they told her to wait outside. She continued by saying while walking outside the Virtual Complainant then approached her in an unpleasant manner and she got upset. She was released on $80,000 bail. The case will continue on May 29, 2019.
The sale results come as no surprise to industry insiders including Mark Salkeld of the Calgary based Petroleum Services Association of Canada.In the P-SAC third update to its 2016 drilling activity forecast late last month he said, times are still tough and drilling seasons as we have come to know them are pretty much non-existent.He added there may be some activity, but nowhere near the industry levels experienced in 2013/14.He also noted the number of petroleum service companies that have, or are in danger of, closing their doors forever, is growing, and thousands of workers have lost their jobs and are looking at every industry, and every opportunity to find work.Advertisement We note again he concluded, “The ongoing and frustrating lack of progress on gaining access to tidewater for our oil and gas industry is hindering Canada’s economic growth, costing the country of billions of dollars in lost revenue, and negatively affecting our ability to attract capital investment”. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 22 of the 24 parcels offered this week covering eleven thousand 451 hectares were sold in the August sale of BC Crown Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights.So had it been eight years ago, when the price per hectare for drilling licenses and leases sold in the August sale was $4,359.19, it would have resulted in a bonus bids total of $49.9 million dollars.However, this is not 2008, and the average price per hectare of Wednesday’s sale was only $77.89.- Advertisement -Thus the total tender bonus was $950,000 and the year-to-date total is roughly 3.9$ million less than 0.2% of the 2008 August sale, when 131, of 139 parcels sold, generated $502 million in bonus bids.The 2016 seven month total is also less than one quarter of the 1982 full year bonus bids total of $16.7 million dollars, and that remains the lowest annual total on record at the Ministry of Natural Gas Development.For the current calendar year it works out to a monthly average of about $577,000, or roughly 40 percent of that record low total post, 34 years ago.Advertisement
Brendan Marley, Glenfin working GwenBY MARY GALLAGHER IN PETTIGO: Well Day 1 of The Irish National Sheepdog Trial 2012 has been completed at Glebe Farm, Pettigo in the grounds of Castle McGrath on a warm hazy day perfect for dog and handler.Fifty handlers put their dogs through their paces on Thursday and run number 3 in the morning set a very high score which proved to be unbeaten:- Michael Hastings from Mayo with his dog Ben.Two of the top 5 handlers today are from Donegal and go on to represent Ireland at the Internationl Trial in Cardiff, Wales next month. Trialling begins again today, Friday, at 8am. Martin Feeney, Sligo penning the sheep with JackWatching the masters at workSUN SHINES AS NATIONAL SHEEPDOG TRIALS COME TO DONEGAL was last modified: August 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SUN SHINES AS NATIONAL SHEEPDOG TRIALS COME TO DONEGAL
THE village of Ardara – Ireland’s best of course – is tonight hosting what is believed to be the county’s biggest ever hen party!The hen in question is school principal and St Eunan’s GAA stalwart Alma Kavanagh.And almost 60 friends have joined for a night out to remember before she ties the knot next month. Alma – sister of Donegal All-Ireland hero Rory Kavanagh – has promised friends a superb night out!Enjoy.IS ALMA HAVING DONEGAL’S BIGGEST EVER HEN PARTY? was last modified: November 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraIS ALMA HAVING DONEGAL’S BIGGEST EVER HEN PARTY?letterkennySt Eunans
Marina in full flow at Fairyhouse.A Donegal woman who hadn’t ridden in a horse race in 20 years almost pulled off the comeback of a lifetime.Former jockey Marina Hamilton rolled back the years at the weekend after deciding to get back into the saddle to fulfil the dream of a lifetime.St Johnston woman Marina led the field up the home straight at Fairyhouse on Saturday before being edged out into third. She was riding the Willie McCreary trained horse Monte Wildhorn in a charity race for MS.It was first time Marina, well-known as a local artist, had ridden on a professional track.She cut her teeth on the local horse racing circuit, retiring nearly 20 years ago.“To be honest I’m still on a high, said Marina”. “I got a dream spin on Monte I was hoping to finish in the top 6 but never expected to lead and then get popped into third by a short head”“The winner was an odds on shot and I was 16 to 1 so the crowd of supporters I had with me got rewarded for making the long journey”“There was a bus load from Radio Foyle where my husband works and they had a great day out.”As it turned out Marina was the oldest rider in the race and finished ahead of another Donegal jockey Thomas McGettigan.She picked up a trophy afterwards. “It was one of the best days of my life and it was great to be able to raise two thousand euro for such a worthy cause, MS”“My licence runs for 18 months so who knows I may get a chance to ride in another charity race,“I really want to thank all those who sponsored me and those who made it happen including Donal Diver and his boss Willie McCreary.”MARINA PROVES SHE STILL HAS PLENTY OF HORSE SENSE AFTER 20 YEARS! was last modified: February 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:artistdonegalhorse racingMarina HamiltonSt Johnston
Aidan at his deskThis week will see the end of an era in Donegal County Council with the retirement of one of the Councils most senior engineers Aidan O’Doherty after 40 years of loyal service.While Aidan is looking forward to spending more time with his family, there is also a hint of sadness at leaving the Council.“I am looking forward to the future but I do have mixed feelings about my retirement. I have loved working in Donegal County Council. I have made wonderful friends and I have had the opportunity to work on exciting projects that have had a positive impact on people’s lives. Aidan speaking at opening of dual carriageway“On the other hand I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and I am especially looking forward to the birth of my first grandchild in the next couple of weeks in San Francisco” says Aidan.Friends, colleagues and retired colleagues paid tribute to Aidan at his retirement function in the Courthouse Lifford on Thursday last.Described by his close friend and colleague, Eamon Canney as a man of vision, Aidan’s career spans almost 40 years and he has seen many changes during this time and it is safe to say that he has had a role in shaping many of these changes.Aidan, a native of Lifford but now living in Donegal Town has taken time out this week to talk to us about his career, the changes he has seen and his plans for the future. Carmel Gallagher, NRDO making a presentation to Aidan and his partner Anne Clydesdale at the recent retirement function held in the Courthouse Lifford.“I joined the Council in 1975 just five days after I graduated from what was then known as University College Galway. I always wanted to come back to Donegal and that was one of the reasons why I chose a career in engineering.“My father was an engineer in Donegal County Council and I knew from him that there were jobs for engineers in Donegal. I was very lucky to be coming out of university at a time when the Council was recruiting.”“My first job in the Council took me to Ballyshannon and it was here that I met my wife Margaret who was just qualifying as a teacher. We married in 1981 and that day was, without a doubt, the most important day of my life. Unfortunately Margaret passed away at the age of 48 in August 2002 after a short illness and this had a profound affect on me and on our four children.”Aidan’s retirement marks the end of 120 years of service for the O’Doherty family with the Council.Aidan’s father Terry worked as an engineer from 1946 to 1987 and at 90 years of age was one of the special guests at Aidan’s retirement function. His Uncle Gerry, who died two years ago, was also an engineer in the Council from 1945 to 1985. Aidan with his brother John, his father Terry and his son Terry at his recent retirement function in the Courthouse Lifford.Speaking about the highlights of his career, Aidan recalls three things.“Firstly the design and construction by direct labour of the Laghey / Ballintra bypass. This was a 10km stretch of road and was one of the first by-passes in the country at the time and remains an important part of the roads infrastructure in the county today.“The second highlight for me was in 1993 when Donegal County Council was approached by the National Roads Authority (NRA) and asked to set up a dedicated design team for the NRA in the Council. This was very exciting and meant that we were creating excellent engineering job opportunities in Donegal. This was happening at a time following a lengthy recruitment embargo. It allowed us to create jobs for young talented engineers and technicians with fresh ideas and new ways of working. Many of these people still work in the Council today.”“This led to the third highlight which was the setting up of the National Road Design Office or NRDO in Donegal Town. In 1998 the NRA approached the Council once more and asked to set up a dedicated office to work on NRA Projects. This has evolved in to the National Roads Office or NRO. It is one of ten such offices located throughout the country. Again we saw it as a great opportunity to create high quality jobs in Donegal. It meant that engineers and technicians that might otherwise have had to relocate to one of the main cities or overseas, had an opportunity to get a good job in Donegal”. The NRO designed and continues to design national roads infrastructure including projects such as the Ballyshannon / Bundoran By-pass, the Donegal Town Bypass, the Manorcunningham to Lifford Road, the Ballybofey to Lifford road, the Ballybofey/Stranorlar By-pass and much more.When asked about the biggest changes he has seen, Aidan talks about the changes in technology that has transformed the way engineers do their jobs.“The technology we used when I first started working was not all that different to what would have been using in the 1830s when the Country was being surveyed. The advancements in technology since then is phenomenal. Today we use things like digital satellites to provide survey information. This would have been unheard of when I started out in 1975”.“When I left university in 1975, we were living in country which was only a member of the EU for two years and we were still quite poor. Most young people left school at 14. Girls would get jobs in a local factory and boys would pick up casual work here and there and it was only the privileged few that went on to university. Today that has changed and most young people have an opportunity to go to third level education and I think that this is great. It is certainly a change for the better”.Aidan with former County Engineer Jimmy McShane and retired colleagues Tom Bradley and Henry Richie at his recent retirement function in the Courthouse Lifford.AIDAN ‘ENGINEERS’ HIS WAY TO RETIREMENT AFTER 40 YEARS – SPECIAL FEATURE was last modified: March 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aidan O’DohertydonegalDonegal County CouncilLiffordretirement
5 September 2005Southern Africa’s standby peacekeeping force, the SADC Brigade, is ready to deploy troops anywhere in the region in a time of crisis, Defence Minister Mosioua Lekota told journalists in Pretoria on Monday.Lekota said the Brigade had finalised its structure, and that Southern African Development Community (SADC) states had pledged over 6 000 troops to the Brigade for crisis deployment.This means the burden of regional peacekeeping will be evenly spread across all southern African countries.The Brigade will be made up of troops from the 14 members of the regional body. South Africa became an SADC member in 1994. The 13 other members are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles and Zimbabwe.The Brigade is the regional chapter of the African Union’s stand-by peacekeeping force. The Brigade’s operational centre is in Gaborone, Botswana, the headquarters of the SADC.The troika of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security has the mandate to deploy the standby force where needed. However, the troika will first consult with the African Union (AU), the United Nations and the country in need of peacekeeping intervention.In June, 12 SADC defence forces held a joint military exercise in Botswana to test the readiness of the force.“The Brigade is important because now we have a force that is not South African but Southern African. When the African Union undertakes a mission, we are in a position to ask the SADC to deploy the force to the AU mission,” Lekota said.He said the operationalisation of the Brigade consolidated regional unity and reinforced the SADC mutual defence pact that united the forces of the region.Source: BuaNews
O.R. Tambo International AirportO.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) is named after Oliver Reginald Tambo, who was known as O.R. by his peers and is renowned for his significant contribution to the liberation of South Africa. The flagship South African airport, located in Jo’burg is the air transport hub of Southern Africa, with passenger capacity of 28-million. It hosts airlines from all five continents, and plays an important role in serving the air transport needs of Africa. From a facilities perspective, it offers business centres, retail centres, restaurants and bars, as well as a five-star hotel. With more than 18,000 people employed by various companies at the airport, O.R. Tambo plays a vital role in the city’s and Gauteng province’s economy. April 2010 saw the opening of its new central terminal building, which linked the domestic and international terminals, extended parking facilities as well as significantly renovated the entire efficiency experience of the airport.City of Joburg, GautengJohannesburg, also known as Jo’burg or referred to as ‘Jozi’ by locals, is South Africa’s largest city and is renowned for its fast paced, multi-cultural atmosphere. From business to arts and music, from fashion to food, the ‘city of gold’ is an eclectic mix of energy and experiences. It is considered to be a leading year-round global destination for business and leisure tourism, sporting, music, cultural and lifestyle events.With its 3.2 million citizens (sensus in 2001), Jo’burg is the economic hub of the country. One fifth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product is produced here, with not only the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and big business concentrated in the city, but the University of Johannesburg offers the next generations of South Africans a dynamic tertiary learning foundation across every sector.ComutaNetThis South African media owner has 20 years of experience in offering advertisers access to the country’s public transport commuters. Through outdoor advertising on billboards and taxis, to audio visual channels such as Rank TV, Comuta Radio and Star TV, and through the use of activations, Comutanet is South Africa’s largest commuter media owner.Rea VayaRea Vaya (meaning “we are going”), is the City of Jo’burg’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. It was launched just over a year ago and has since grown substantially in popularity. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Rea Vaya was one of the largest carriers of fans to and from matches. Based on the Brazilian Curitiba, which was the first BRT system developed in the world, Rea Vaya utilises specialised vehicles and dedicated bus lanes. It offers easy access stations and reliable scheduling. As at April 2010, approximately 20 000 Jo’burg residents were using the system to travel between home and work.Park StationRailways in Gauteng are operated by the parastatal, Wits Metrorail, which runs all services, including lines from Vereeniging in the south, Nigel in the east, Randfontein and Oberholzer in the west and Olifantsfontein in the north. Trains are not only the cheapest form of public transport in Johannesburg, but useful in getting to local regions outside Johannesburg, to the south, east and west. The city’s central station is Park Station, located just north of the central business district, a destination for both local and mainline trains. Park Station is the largest railway station in Africa. To the east of Park Station are Doornfontein, Ellis Park and Jeppe stations. To the west are Braamfontein, Mayfair, Grosvenor and Langlaagte stations, whilst the south has Faraday, Westgate, Booysens, Crown and Village Main stations.NandosNandos is one of South Africa’s exciting brand success stories. What began in 1987 as an acquisition of a chicken restaurant in the south of Johannesburg, by two friends is now a worldwide restaurant company specialising in spicy Peri-Peri chicken products and sauces. Nandos has restaurants in 30 countries, with its largest distribution being in Australia-New Zealand, Southern Africa, South East Asia, the UK and the Middle East. This is one of South Africa’s most quirky and entertaining brands, yet it is simultaneously a symbol of the South African spirit of innovation.SasolSasol is an integrated energy and chemical company. Based in South Africa and operating worldwide, Sasol is listed on the New York (NYSE) and Johannesburg (JSE) stock exchanges. It is the leading provider of liquid fuels in South Africa and a major international producer of chemicals. Sasol uses unique, proprietary technologies for the commercial production of synthetic fuels and chemicals from low-grade coal and natural gas. It manufactures more than 200 fuel and chemical products that are sold worldwide. In South Africa the company also operates coal mines to provide feedstock for its synthetic fuels plants. Sasol operates the only inland crude oil refinery in South Africa. The Sasol group produces crude oil in offshore Gabon, supplies Mozambican natural gas to end-user customers and petrochemical plants in South Africa, and with partners is involved in gas-to-liquids fuel joint ventures in Qatar and Nigeria.City of DurbanDurban, also known as eThekwini, a Zulu word derived from ‘itheku’ which means ‘bay’ offers tourists and residents alike blissful beaches that accompany a stunning coastline, great shopping and entertainment, and an active business hub. The city of golden beaches has also been referred to as South Africa’s “Surf City”. The largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the third largest in South Africa, it is known for its port and for being a tourist magnet. Interestingly, Durban is the biggest city on the east coast of Africa. A recent infrastructural development within the city was the building of the King Shaka International Airport, which, after the Gautrain rapid rail link is the country’s second largest transport infrastructural project. Together with the newly built Moses Mabhida Stadium and the likes of the Durban Convention Centre, Durban boasts some of South Africa’s greatest infrastructure.The Durban PortThe Durban port is the largest of South Africa’s seven ports and the busiest on the African continent. It has a total of 59 effective berths, excluding those used by fishing vessels and ship repair. For the 2008/09 financial year, the port handled a total of 4,554 sea-going ships with a gross tonnage of 114,723,266 or about 38 percent of the ships calling at all South African ports. Cargo handled during the year amounted to 74,683,597 tonnes, which included oil and petroleum products and containers. Total tonnage handled by the port constituted 42,559,842t of imports, 23,516,461t of exports and 8,607,293t of transhipment cargo giving a total tonnage for the port of 74,683,597 tonnes. The Durban Car Terminal – the country’s largest import and export facility for the motor industry – handled 372,557 motor units, of which 184,511 were imports, 182,091 exports and 5,955 were transhipments.Moses Mabida StadiumThis new South African stadium, on which construction only began in October 2008 is proof of the country’s design innovation and is said to be the “crown jewel” of Durban’s King’s Park Sporting Precinct. Moses Mabhida Stadium takes its inspiration from the South African flag, with a grand arch coming together on the northern side to symbolise today’s South African unity. One of its exciting features is a cable car that allows visitors to ascend to 106m above the pitch, overlooking the 62 760 seater and Durban’s beachfront. What’s more is that visitors can take the walkway from the stadium directly to the beach – or try bungee jumping from the arch.Richards BayThe town of Richards Bay is located in KwaZulu-Natal, on a lagoon on the Mhlatuze River. Due to this, Richards Bay has one of South Africa’s largest harbours, making it a strategic hub for trade and tourist access to the country. The town is renowned for being a base for industrial and commodity focused businesses, which include two aluminum smelters and Richards Bay Minerals. Alongside Rustenberg, Richards Bay is South Africa’s fastest growing city. It is just a two hour drive from the City of Durban.Richard Bay MineralsRichards Bay Minerals (RBM) is a South African company that is equally owned by global mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. The group operates in the mining and processing of titanium-bearing ores to produce titanium dioxide feed stocks, associated materials and various co-products and by-products. Located just north of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, it has two operating companies: Tisand, which is responsible for dune mining and mineral separation operations, and Richards Bay Iron and Titanium, responsible for the smelting and beneficiation of the mined minerals. In 2008, the mining house announced a black economic empowerment plan that saw 24% of the company being transferred to a group comprising local communities and investors, and a further two percent being transferred to an employees’ trust.GautrainGautrain is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng. The rail connection currently has two links, one between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between O.R. Tambo International Airport and Sandton. Apart from the three anchor stations, seven other stations are linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail. This modern train offers international standards of public transport with high levels of safety, reliability, predictability and comfort. Travelling at maximum speeds of 160 to 180 kms/hr, it reaches Tshwane (also known as Pretoria) from Jo’burg in less than 40 minutes. This project is part of a longer-term vision, which involves a commitment from government towards creating and sustaining a new culture of public transport usage.Designing South AfricaDesigning South Africa is a collaborative exploration of how design, architecture and creativity affect cities and society. The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ exposed South Africans to a New Urbanism. For perhaps the first time, there was a common consideration for public space, infrastructure, transport and identity. Designing South Africa has turned that momentum into a movement, spearheaded by renowned South African creative and cultural commentator, Zahira Asmal. Through books, articles and exhibitions, Designing South Africa actively influences thinking and policy around future urbanism.Competition CommissionThe Competition Commission is one of three institutions mandated to enable South Africa to comply with the Competition Act, 1998 (Act No. 89 of 1998) .This Act requires the promotion and maintenance of competition in the country, to promote the efficiency, adaptability and development of the economy; provide consumers with competitive prices and product choices; promote employment and advance the social and economic welfare of South Africans; expand opportunities for South African participation in world markets and recognise the role of foreign competition; ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises have an equitable opportunity to participate in the economy; and promote a greater spread of ownership. It is the mandate of the Competition Commission to police and prosecute competition cases and investigate mergers. The two other institutions are the Competition Tribunal and Competition Appeal Court.Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)The JSE, Africa’s premier exchange is licensed as an exchange under the Securities Services Act, 2004. It has operated as a market place for the trading of financial products for nearly 120 years. In this time, the JSE has evolved from a traditional floor based equities trading market to a modern securities exchange providing fully electronic trading, clearing and settlement in equities, financial and agricultural derivatives and other associated instruments and has extensive surveillance capabilities. According to the the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2010-11, South Africa is ranked 1st out of 139 countries for its regulation of securities exchanges. The exchange is also one of the first stock exchanges worldwide to become a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UN PRI), which guides investors in taking environmental, social and corporate governance issues into account when investing.Apartheid MuseumThis extraordinarily powerful museum is considered to be one of Johannesburg’s most important tourist attractions, and an obligatory stop for tourists and residents alike. As you swing through the turnstile on your historical journey from the early peoples of South Africa to the birth of democracy in the country, cages greet you, and inside the cages are blown-up copies of early identity cards, identity books and the hated passbooks and racially tagged identity cards. The museum takes visitors on a graphic, hard hitting experience that highlights the perilous results of racial prejudice and how this, in the case of South Africa, nearly destroyed the country and in so doing destroyed people’s lives and caused enormous suffering, while simultaneously considering how the nation overcame the evil.SowetoThe metropolitan Soweto is home to a population of just under 900 000 South Africans and is a hive of business, music and dance, fashion, as well as continued political debate and opinion. Looking back in history, Soweto was often at the centre of the struggle for human rights, and monuments such as the Hector Pieterson memorial in Khumalo Street bear testimony to this. Pieterson, aged just 13 was one the first students killed during the 1976 Student Uprising. Today, Soweto comprises 32 townships, from which numerous high profile South Africans come, including Nelson Mandela, two-time Nobel peace prize laureate Desmond Tutu, beloved singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka and prominent journalist Aggrey Klaaste. It is also home to three football teams – Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows.SABFounded in 1895, the South African Breweries Ltd (SAB) is the South African subsidiary and historical birthplace of SABMiller plc, one of the world’s largest brewers by volume with more than 200 brands and brewing interests and distribution agreements in 75 countries across six continents.SAB is South Africa’s leading producer and distributor of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and one of the nation’s largest manufacturing firms.The company operates seven breweries and 40 depots in South Africa with an annual brewing capacity of 3.1 billion litres. Its portfolio of beer brands meets the needs of a wide range of consumers and includes five of the country’s top six most popular beer brands – namely Carling Black Label, Hansa Pilsener, Castle Lager, Castle Lite and Castle Milk Stout. Its full brand portfolio includes ten beers and five flavoured alcoholic beverages.SAB’s soft drinks division is Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), one of the largest producers and distributors of Coca-Cola brands in the southern hemisphere. With five state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in South Africa, ABI accounts for approximately 60% of Coca-Cola’s sales in South Africa.As well as its beer and soft drink divisions, SAB also owns a hop production company, The South African Breweries Hop Farms (Pty) Ltd; a barley farming company, The South African Breweries Barley Farms (Pty) Ltd; a barley malting company, The South African Breweries Maltings (Pty) Ltd; and a 60% share of the metal crown manufacturer, Coleus Packaging (Pty) Ltd.SAB employs nearly 9,400 people, more than 75% of whom are from previously disadvantaged groups, and 58% of its workers are black. In addition SAB’s operations support an estimated 37,095 jobs at SAB’s first round suppliers. For each job offered by SAB and its first round suppliers, 6.7 additional jobs are supported in the rest of the South African economy. In all 355,000 full time jobs in South Africa can directly or indirectly be traced back to the production of SAB’s products.As South Africa’s leading brewer, SAB is committed to promoting responsible alcohol behaviour – both inside and outside the company. As a subsidiary of SABMiller plc, it subscribes to the Group’s Alcohol Framework and has a comprehensive Code of Commercial Communication in place. SAB also actively seeks to encourage collaboration across the areas of education, access to information, law enforcement and parental involvement to encourage responsible alcohol behaviour.SAB adopted its first equity strategy as early as 1971 and has been a leading agent for change in South Africa. In 2009, SAB tabled its ground-breaking broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, SAB Zenzele, valued at R7.3 billion.Through its various corporate social responsibility programmes, SAB actively invests in community partnerships, socio-economic and enterprise development initiatives to build a stronger South Africa.Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and SpaThe Fairlawns is a very unique, exclusive, up-market sanctuary for today’s traveler, be that business or leisure.Conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Fairlawns is an award-winning boutique hotel boasting a total of 40 highly individualised, world-class Suites. The conference centre, a large fully equipped gym, Balinese Spa and an excellent a la carte restaurant are available to ensure a full range of services are on offer. Once the private home of the current live-in owners, John and Anna Thacker, the property was originally bought from the Little Brenthurst Trust of Oppenheimer fame, and consisted of 10 acres with horses and stables and rolling green lawns. Portions of the property have been sold off, but it has retained its stately, park-like ambience with huge mature trees and prolific bird-life.This well-kept secret is the perfect balance between tranquility and proximity to the thriving business centres of Sandton, Woodmead, Sunninghill and Rivonia, between professionalism and the warm, welcoming ambience created by friendly and caring staff. Elegant enough to host European royalty, relaxed enough for one visitor to comment “a home away from home, only better”. The management and staff at Fairlawns strive to match the beauty of their surroundings with personalised service and a ‘can-do’ attitude.South African Sugar AssociationThe South African sugar industry is one of the world’s leading cost competitive producers of high quality sugar and makes an important contribution to employment, particularly in rural areas, to sustainable development and to the national economy.It is a diverse industry combining the agricultural activities of sugarcane cultivation with the manufacture of raw and refined sugar, syrups, specialised sugars and a range of by-products.The cane growing sector comprises approximately 35 300 registered sugarcane growers farming predominantly in KwaZulu-Natal, with a substantial investment in Mpumalanga and some farming operations in the Eastern Cape. Sugar is manufactured by six milling companies with 14 sugar mills operating in these cane growing regions.The industry produces an estimated average of 2.2 million tons of sugar per season. About 60% of this sugar is marketed in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). The remainder is exported to markets in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.