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PEDV Impact Felt at Pork Plants

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE PEDV Impact Felt at Pork Plants The tight supply of hogs was reflected in weekly slaughter estimates released Friday – with USDA estimating Friday’s hog slaughter at 360-thousand head – down 51-thousand head from a week ago. Estimated hog slaughter so far this year is down 3.5-percent from the same period a year ago. Swine specialists estimate at least four-million to five-million hogs have died of PEDV since it was identified in the U.S. in May of 2013. By Gary Truitt – Mar 17, 2014 center_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News PEDV Impact Felt at Pork Plants With pig supplies tightening as a result of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus – Reuters has reported Smithfield Foods is reducing slaughter hours at its pork plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. The slaughter schedule at the nation’s largest pork plant was cut from five days to four. Steve Meyer with Paragon Economics suggests that operating approach – cutting one day a week – could come to some Midwest plants in May. Sources in the cash hog market say plants owned by Hormel Foods, JBS Swift and Triumph Foods are among the Midwestern facilities that plan either to trim daily operations by a couple of hours, eliminate overtime or suspend Saturday slaughter. Previous articleCurrent Profitability of Ethanol ProductionNext articleSeed Company Growing in Indiana Gary Truittlast_img read more

Petrol, diesel & cigarettes all going up in next week’s Budget

first_img Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twittercenter_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleResidents at Moville Group Home very happy with careNext articleBritish Government called to clarify policy on Irish border News Highland Petrol, diesel and cigarettes are all going up in next week’s Budget.It comes as final negotiations take place ahead of October 9th.Finance Minister Paschal Donohue is understood to be looking at a carbon tax to help fund social welfare hikes and income tax cuts.It means the cost of home heating and motoring will rise next year.According to the Irish Independent a series of stealth taxes on workers and businesses is also being planned.While, Excise duty on cigarettes will also increase, and it’s expected there may be some change to to the 9 percent VAT rate for hotels and restaurants.Minister Donohue will give himself another 100 million to play with by reducing mortgage interest relief for 300 thousand homeowners and hiking education levies paid by businesses. By News Highland – October 2, 2018 Twitter Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Petrol, diesel & cigarettes all going up in next week’s Budget Google+last_img read more

Young Tories face fresh condemnation after allegations

first_imgThe Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) has faced intensifed criticism, after the latest accusations of drunk and disorderly behaviour.Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, the Honorary President of the Association, has called for an investigation, telling Cherwell: “there is no excuse for this type of disgraceful behaviour”.Meanwhile, St. Giles’ Church, the venue for OUCA’s weekly Port and Policy event, has confirmed to Cherwell that it is investigating claims made about conduct on its premises.OUCA has confirmed that any information about potential incidents of sexual harassment has been passed to Oxford University authorities.Two members have left the Association after complaints about their conduct at a 3rd week Port and Policy event.One student was suspended by the society’s disciplinary committee after complaints of excessive drunkenness and disorderly conduct.Another student resigned his membership after the same complaint. A complaint of sexual harassment was also raised against the student by a purported witness, but the disciplinary committee received no evidence to corroborate this claim.According to an OUCA statement, both women in question submitted testimony “unequivocally denying” the complaint at a council meeting.One of the women alleged to have been assaulted told an assembled OUCA meeting on Thursday night that the claims were “entirely untrue”, and that she was not consulted before the complaint was submitted. “All allegations of misconduct are taken very seriously by the Association. No allegation received has been or will be ignored.”“I am determined that the Association be as welcoming an environment as possible.”Referring specifically to the 3rd week Port and Policy event, he noted: “A particular group of individuals is widely reported to have behaved in an offensive manner at the event and afterwards.“These individuals have not been regular attendees of Association events, and are not in any way representative of our Membership.“They are no longer members and will not be permitted to attend our events as guests.”A constitutional amendment to allow a vote of no-confdence in the president was also presented to the OUCA Council meeting last night.The motion seeks to amend the constitution so a vote of no confidence can be brought against any president, though Cherwell understands those pushing for the reform are doing so with the intention of ousting Doyle.Of this move, Doyle said: “I look forward to measured and constructive discussion in the proper manner of how to continue improving the Association’s procedures.”Oxford SU’s VP for Women, Katy Haigh, joined those who have condemned the Association, telling Cherwell she was “extremely saddened” by sexual harassment allegations.Haigh told Cherwell: “We want all students to treat people with dignity and respect at all times, any behaviour that does not meet those standards is unacceptable.”A spokesperson for Oxford University told Cherwell: “University disciplinary processes are entirely confidential and we do not confrm or deny whether specific allegations are being investigated.“However, we do not tolerate sexual harassment and will always investigate when a student brings forward a complaint of harassment at the University.“We also offer comprehensive welfare support to students who complain of being harassed and can give advice on how to make a complaint.“We can also advise student clubs and societies on their own disciplinary codes, which they should apply to ensure they conduct events in accordance with University’s Policies and Procedures on harassment.”The Conservative party did not reply to multiple requests for comment. On hearing of the continued reports of harassment and sexism, Jacob Rees-Mogg told Cherwell: “I would expect both the University and the Conservative party to investigate this and to apply appropriate sanctions to any university or Conservative party members who may have brought the Oxford University Conservative Association into disrepute.”Rees-Mogg, current frontrunner for the Conservative party leadership, is Honorary President of OUCA. His nephew William Rees-Mogg is the ex-president of the Association.The latest developments follow a statement regarding the society’s problem with sexual assault allegations, revealed by Cherwell last week.At a council meeting two weeks ago, eleven current and former OUCA officeholders highlighted “a problem with sexism” in the society, claiming that multiple allegations of groping and harassment were “not being dealt with”.The statement cited “numerous reports” that several attendees at 3rd week Port and Policy “groped, touched, kissed (or attempted to), or otherwise harassed female guests”. It also alleged that this has been a recurring issue.However, when these issues were raised to other senior officers, it is alleged they were “dismissed due to fears of bad PR.”The signatories claimed: “that senior members of the association have been ignoring sexism and misogyny, not because they are themselves sexist, but because they are worried about the public image of themselves and the association.”In a statement, OUCA President Timothy Doyle told Cherwell: “It was reported that attendees [at third week Port and Policy] had been unacceptably drunk, had subjected other attendees to verbal abuse, and most seriously that incidents of sexual harassment took place.“All these claims, especially the last, are deeply concerning, and describe behaviour fundamentally incompatible with the Association’s aims and values.last_img read more


first_imgCal Ripken Registration continues every Tuesday through October 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cal Ripken field located at 145 East 5th St. For information, email Mike at [email protected] Two of our Ripken stars are pictured here: Jakob Sanniola and Jose Angel Valverde showing some love on the field. ×last_img

This Week’s Picks! A New Brain, Amazing Grace & More

first_img View Comments Star Files Check out Jonathan Groff’s New BrainBegins June 24 at New York City CenterSummer is the perfect time to visit with old friends—and not just Seven-Beer Steve or No Pants Linda! Through June 27, A New Brain, William Finn’s 1998 semi-autobiographical musical is being staged as part of the Encores! Off-Center season. Jonathan Groff plays a struggling composer who, after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, must deal with his personal and professional life. Ana Gasteyer, Dan Fogler, and Aaron Lazar co-star. Click for tickets! Hey, you, waiting on line for the artisanal ice cream truck. You’ve been standing like a chump for hours and your boss is waiting for that spreadsheet. Besides you only have enough change for ice chips. It’s time to do something different, Broadway-style! Luckily, we have options. There’s Jonathan Groff at Encores!, the debut of Amazing Grace, and Shakespeare on the big screen. Get ready for this week’s picks! See a Ruthless Backstage StoryBegins June 25 at St. Luke’s TheatreLots of stuff is happening off-Broadway these days, but you can handle one more morsel of awesomeness, right? Good! An updated revival of Ruthless! The Musical starts previews today, so get reacquainted with malicious eight-year-old Tina Denmark (Tori Murray) as she does whatever it takes to get the lead in her school play. Keep your eyes on Murray. Britney Spears, Natalie Portman, and Laura Bell Bundy all got their start played Tina. Click for tickets! Party with the Pageant ContestantsJune 22 at 54 BelowWork parties typically suck: terrible eats, terrible banter, and a lame soundtrack to accompany your soul slowly dying. We have one you can safely attend. The “ladies” of the 2014 revival of Pageant are holding a launch concert to celebrate the original cast recording. Expect popular numbers such as “Natural Born Females” and “Something Extra” as well as performances from folks like Nick Cearley and John Bolton. Click for tickets! Find Yourself at Amazing GraceBegins June 25 at Nederlander TheatreIt’s time for the first new Broadway musical of the season! Amazing Grace tells the story of John Newton (Josh Young), a brave and musically talented young Englishman whose journey ignited a historic wave of change that led to the abolitionist movement. Don’t worry. The entire score isn’t just the beloved hymn played on a loop—we think. Erin Mackey and Chuck Cooper co-star. Click for tickets! Jonathan Groff Enjoy Some Cinematic ShakespeareJune 22, check movie listingsWe’d see Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Grounded) direct an elementary school production of Grease in a mall food court. Luckily, you don’t have to go to such extremes—just a nearby movie theater. For one night only, Taymor’s 2014 acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theatre For A New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, will play on the big screen in select locations nationwide. Click for tickets!last_img read more

All aboard the Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues Express!

first_imgAs Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues 2019 gets into full swing from tomorrow night (Thursday) this year buses will run from Letterkenny to the seaside village on the Friday and Sunday of the festival.Music fans can now enjoy a hassle-free trip there and back to the famous Jazz & Blues festival with a bus leaving Letterkenny on Friday evening at 7pm and returning at 2am.On Sunday they will run a  bus leaving Letterkenny at 2pm and returning at 11pm. Both journeys are just €10 return each and to book your place call Conor on 087 2677074.This year there is a stellar line-up and organisers are aiming to make the event more user friendly and accessible on these days as most event goers already have travel plans or accommodation arranged for the Saturday of the festival.Among this year’s acts are Shawn Jones, Crow Black Chicken, Mirenda Rosenberg and The Unholy Gospel Band and many, many, more.The official festival programme, detailing the 70+ free gigs of the festival, will be available all weekend in the bars and venues in the village priced just €2. All aboard the Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues Express! was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:busCultureDunfanaghy Jazz & Blues 2019festivalMUSIClast_img read more

Latest: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgEden Hazard’s coolly struck penalty gave Chelsea the lead against the run of play after a cagey opening 25 minutes of their Capital One Cup first-leg tie at Anfield.Hazard stroked home the penalty after he was fouled by Emre Can following some excellent approach play by Cesc Fabregas.The Blues, with John Mikel Obi preferred to Oscar in a more defensively minded midfield, had to withstand some steady Liverpool pressure early on.The hosts had the better of the possession and caused a couple of nervy moments but the only save the recalled Thibaut Courtois had to make was from a dipping Steven Gerrard strike.Gary Cahill also had to make a fine clearance, but with the Reds looking increasingly threatening, Hazard netted from the spot. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Aardklop 2003: ready to rock!

first_img16 September 2003Some of South Africa’s top musicians will be in action at the Castle Loud Oppiaarde Rock Festival from 23 to 27 September at the Potchefstroom University Rag Farm.It’s an opportunity for music lovers to take in a wide variety of styles, incorporating not only Afrikaans performers, but top South African musicians, as well as a guest act from overseas.The festival will, in an exciting addition, also feature a number of collaborations between artists, with some unusual combinations and interesting musical results.One of the headline acts will be the eclectic group BOO!, who have returned to South Africa for a break from touring. They have been in Europe, where they have played in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, England and the Czech Republic to promote their new album “TNTLC’.The French connectionAlso making the journey from Europe is the jazz collective ARFI, who will be presenting “Stories of the Uncanny’, which is sponsored by the Alliance Françoise, the French Institute and the Goethe Institute.“Stories of the Uncanny’ is a thriller filmed in 1919 which was lost for a number of decades before it was rediscovered by the Cinematheque de Paris and restored by the Kirch Group.ARFI will be performing the live sound track to the movie, which features five short stories: In the first, “Horrible Nights’, a man and a young woman visit a hotel and the next morning, when he wakes up, she has vanished without a trace. In the second story, “The Black Cat’, a drunken man murders his wife and buries her in the wall of his basement with her living cat.In the third story, “The Hand’, a man who murders his enemy is strangled by the ghost of the dead man, while in the fourth story, “The Suicide Club’, a police inspector visits a club where every night a member who draws the ace card must die. The final story presents a lighter side to things, when a marriage that is failing is revived after a stranger shows interest in a man’s wife.Bigger and betterAardklop 2003 will be even bigger than 2002’s successful production, and the programme has been expanded beyond last year’s. It was decided to include an international act for the first time, the aforementioned ARFI, while artists one would not normally associate with Aardklop, such as Mandoza and Zef Sketse, will also be performing.Adding an exciting component to the festival was a request by the organisers for certain artists to work on collaborative projects. This has resulted in combinations such as Not my Dog (winners of the South African Music Association’s best rock album) playing with Mister Fat from Brasse van die Kaap; Albert Frost teaming up with exciting new Blues’ talent Dan Patlansky; and the Brixton Moord en Roof Orkes joining forces with Karla du Plessis.The complete list of artists for OppiAarde 2003 is as follows:Albert Frost and Dan PatlanskyAlta JoubertAnika and ElrineARFI – Stories of the Uncanny (France)Arno Carstens’ New PornBOO!Brasse van die KaapBrixton Moord en Roof Orkes with Karla du PlessisddisselblomMandozaMax NormalNot my Dog with Mister FatThe NarrowValiant SwartZef SketseTickets for the Castle Lager OppiAarde concert are available at Computicket at R55 each.For more information, phone 083 258 2595 or visit the Aardklop 2003 website, which has details on the full programme and the artists.Source: Aardklop 2003last_img read more

SA firms score for innovation

first_img16 April 2007More than half of South Africa’s companies engaged in innovative activities in the form of the development of new products and processes between 2002 and 2004, according to the first official South African Innovation Survey.The survey, conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, found that South Africa compares favourably with countries like Sweden (where 50% of enterprises are innovative), the United Kingdom (43%) and Portugal (41%).Modelled on the innovation survey used in all European Union countries in 2005/06, the survey provides internationally comparable data on innovation in SA’s mining, manufacturing, wholesale, retail and services sectors, while giving an overall indication of innovative behaviour among companies.Announcing the results of the survey at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange last week, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said South African businessess “are not being complacent and are responding to changes in their environment by producing new or significantly changed goods, services and processes.“Our rate of innovation is well above that of the European average of 42% for 2004.”According to the survey, SA companies spent in the region of R27.8-billion on innovative activities in 2004, representing about 2.4% of the total turnover of all business covered in the industrial and service sectors.While the bulk of this expenditure was devoted to the acquisition of new machinery, equipment and software, in-house research and development (R&D) expenditure accounted for about 20% of total innovation expenditure.“Bearing in mind that the innovation survey is a random sample of business enterprises and is not focused on R&D or technology-orientated firms, this result serves to confirm the importance of R&D for the competitiveness of business in the country,” Hanekom said.“It is particularly gratifying to note that apart from the expected large R&D performers in South Africa, there appear to be many diverse businesses undertaking small amounts of R&D,” the deputy minister added.The survey indicated that about 10% of successful innovators – businesses whose innovations were responsible for part of their turnover – had received public funding for activities.South African government R&D support schemes include the Technology for Human Resources in Industry Programme, the Innovation Fund, the agency grants of the National Research Foundation, and the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation.Hanekom said it was important for the government to extend its support and encourage such enterprises to persevere and grow their R&D expenditures.Innovation, he said, was “widely recognised as one of the most important mechanisms through which technology can be leveraged to create wealth, leap-frog developmental backlogs and contribute towards a better quality of life for all.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A taste of your experiences in SA

first_imgO.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.last_img read more

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