first_imgEDWIN SEERAJIN the 140 years of Test cricket there have been 32 instances in which 23 players have distinguished themselves in recording a century and managing a five-wicket haul in the same game. Leading the way is the indomitable Ian Botham of England,who achieved the feat on a staggering five occasions between 1978 and 1984,followed by the great West Indian, Gary Sobers; the former Pakistani captain, Mustaq Mohammad; South Africa’s stalwart, Jacques Kallis; the Bangladeshi, Shakib-ul-Hassan; and India’s Ravichandra Ashwin who have each done the double twice.The player who established the ‘Century and Five-wicket Club’ was Jimmy Sinclair,who was involved in 25 Tests between 1896 and 1911;in the formative years of South Africa’s life as a Test-playing nation. In 1899 against England in Capetown,he cracked 106 and claimed six for 26 with his right-arm fast-medium stuff,to carry his team to an emphatic 210-run victory.Uniquely, New Zealand’s Bruce Taylor joined the elite list in his debut game against India in Kolkata in 1965;a record that is still intact more than 50 years after.Batting at number eight in the order, in the first of his eventual 30 Tests, he slammed 105,then returned with his right-arm swingers to bag five for 86 in the drawn encounter.The first of the four West Indians to perform the double was the Barbadian Dennis Atkinson,against the Australians in the fourth game of a five-Test series at the Kensington Oval, Barbados in 1955. The Aussies, led by Ian Johnson, was leading the series 2-0 at the time and Atkinson was under pressure as captain.On winning the toss, the visitors plundered a massive 668 with the all-rounders Keith Miller (137), Ray Lindwall (118) and Ron Archer (98) leading the way;in the face of a herculean effort from the Jamaican pacer, Tom Dewdney, who toiled manfully for figures of four for 125.The West Indies were soon stuttering at 147 for six with John Holt, Sobers, the feared ‘3 Ws’-Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott and Everton Weekes, and the talented Collie Smith,all back in the pavilion and still behind by a mammoth 521 runs.Atkinson, who had never compiled a Test century before, was joined by the wicketkeeper Clairmonte DePeiaza who was playing in only his second Test and had little credentials as a batsman;having never reached three-figures in a first-class game.However, the pair somehow managed to put together a huge, record-breaking seventh wicket partnership of 347 runs;still a Test record,and for over 50 years a first-class record as well.DePeiaza fashioned a remarkable 122 (16 fours) and Atkinson an incredible 219 (29 fours and a six),to take the West Indies to 510 all out,which kept the deficit to a manageable 158 and ensured the follow-on was avoided.The Aussies, exhausted by the West Indian fightback, were dismissed for 249 second time around,with Atkinson etching his name in the record books with five for 56 off 36.2 overs. Set 407 for victory, the regional side batted their way to 234 for six as the game ended in a draw.Incidentally, Pakistan’s Mustaq Muhammad is the only other player to hit a double-century and pouch a five-wicket haul in the same Test. His 201 and five for 49 was achieved against the New Zealanders at Dunedin in 1973.The second West Indian to enter the fray was the budding all-rounder O’Neil Gordon (Collie) Smith, against India in Delhi in 1958-59.Smith was a right-handed batting stylist and useful off-spinner who first came to prominence when he produced a stunning 169 for Jamaica against the visiting Aussies in 1955-a performance that won him a place in the team for the first Test at Sabina Park,where he eased to a debut hundred (104) in a losing cause.In the Delhi Test, India got to 415,on the heels of middle-order batsman Chandu Borde’s fine 109 as Wes Hall (4/66) and Smith (3/94),did most of the damage.The West Indies then went on the rampage, battering the Indians to the tune of 644 for eight declared with the opener John Holt scoring 123, Joe Solomon registering an unbeaten even century, and Smith dismissed for an exact hundred; batting at number five.Trailing by 229 runs, India were all out for 275 (Borde 96);but there was insufficient time left for the West Indies to start their second innings in pursuit of the 47 runs needed for victory.Speedster, Roy Gilchrist prized out three wickets for 62 runs but it was Smith who stole the headlines with five for 90 from a marathon 42 overs;thereby distinguishing himself in the process.Sadly, Smith played just three more Tests–all against Pakistan–before he tragically died in a car accident in England in September 1959.The legendary Sobers first hit the ‘jackpot’ in 1962 when the West Indies inflicted a 5-0 drubbing on the hapless Indians in the Caribbean.In the fifth and final Test in Jamaica, he came to the wicket with his team in a spot of bother at 64 for three, but carved out a responsible 104,spiced with 12 fours and three sixes,which took the hosts to 253.The visitors were then bundled out for 178 (Bapu Nadkarni 61) as fast bowler Lester King–on debut and playing on his home turf–ran riot,reducing the Indians to 40 for six,enroute to a haul of five for 46.In their second dig, West Indies got to 283 as Worrell found himself stranded on 98. Set 359 to win, India could only muster 235,and so went down by 123 runs. Sobers caused most of the carnage, claiming five for 63 off 32 overs.Sobers then repeated the dose four years later at Headingley, Leeds in England,when he had a phenomenal series both as captain and player.The West Indies took the 1966 Wisden Trophy 3-1,with Sobers winning the toss on all five occasions, hitting a record-breaking 722 runs at 103.14 per innings with three centuries, and garnering 20 wickets at 27.25 runs apiece in a truly magnificent performance.In the fourth Test at Leeds, the West Indies amassed 500 for nine declared as 174 of those runs blazed off the bat of Sobers (24 fours),and 137 from the blade of Seymour Nurse (14 fours, two sixes) in a stroke-filled 265-run fifth wicket stand.England then staggered to 83 for six before they were rescued by Basil D’Oliveira (88) and Ken Higgs (49), who featured in a face-saving 96-run seventh-wicket partnership that took them to 240 all out. Sobers,with his subtle pace and variations,gathered five for 41.Asked to follow-on, England were bundled out for just 205;to lose by an innings and 55 runs.The fourth and final West Indian to enter the record books is the recently-recruited middle-order batsman and off-spinner, Roston Chase, who did the ‘double’ against India at Sabina Park in the second Test of the four-Test ‘rubber’ in July-August this year.Having had a profitable West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League 2015-2016 season and some useful scores for representative West Indies sides against touring teams, Chase made his debut in the first Test of the series at North Sound in Antigua.It was an inauspicious start with scores of 23 and eight and figures of none for 102 in an innings and 92- run thrashing in four days.In the second Test in Jamaica, the West Indies batted on winning the toss and scraped to 196 after having been seven for three in the sixth over. Jermaine Blackwood, coming into the game with a ‘pair’ in the first Test, played superbly for 62 as Ravi Ashwin spun his way to five for 52.India then raced to 500 for nine declared (Lokesh Rahul 158, Ajinka Rahane 108 not out),and enjoyed the luxury of a 304-run lead. Chase twirled his fingers for 36.1 overs and was rewarded with a five-for……five for 121.The West Indies started the second innings disastrously and at the end of the fourth afternoon they were precariously placed at 48 for four with Kraig Braithwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo,and Marlon Samuels gone cheaply and everything pointing to a comprehensive win for India early on the fifth day.However, Jermaine Blackwood again played enterprisingly for 63,and with Chase,added 93 in a crucial fifth wicket stand.The wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, in tandem with Chase, then put together a fluent sixth-wicket effort worth 144 runs that not only took the sting out of the Indian attack but stole precious time from the day’s play.Dowrich eventually fell for a classy 74 but Chase, now partnered by his captain Jason Holder, batted exquisitely to the end, eventually reaching an undefeated 137,which carried the West Indies safely to a confidence-boosting draw.Chase’s feat was the first by a West Indian in 50 years. 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Jana Rosenstein, aka Fabu Carneiro, is Kotoko’s new physio

first_imgKotoko supporters yesterday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium gave Jana Rosenstein, a warm welcome when they spotted her on the team’s bench in the friendly match against Bechem United.Jana, a German physiotherapist, who is at the club for a volunteer work until November, was part of Kotoko’s medical team for the game. When the medics were called for the first time in the match by the referee to attend to a situation, Jana ran onto the pitch with Dr. Kwaku Boateng to hefty cheers and applause by the fans.The home fans were apparently wooed by the young lady’s sprints on the pitch, which they applauded anytime the medical team took to the field. Kotoko drew 1-1 with the Bechem lads and some of fans shared their views on the game with“It was a nice match because Kotoko played well. I saw a lot of decent passes, movements and organization. The fact the team the coach paraded wasn’t the first team gives me a lot of joy” said Michael Owusu from Asokwa.“Bechem United surprised me. They were good. I kept asking myself how they are at the bottom ranks of the league table if this how they have been playing” wondered Kwame Opoku another devout fan.Coach David Duncan fielded players who have not been active lately and for him, the exercise went well. He told that, the team would leave nothing to chance as they begin preparation on Monday for the August 30 MTN FA Cup final against Medeama in Sekondi. Jana is being likened to Chelsea’s Eva Carneiro (below).–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Glazers at Man Utd for the long term – Woodward

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP |  Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, will remain in control of the club for the “long term.”The Glazers completed their controversial takeover at Old Trafford in 2005, with their ownership the subject of intense focus ever since.Fans have planned a protest against the Glazers ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting against Liverpool with United languishing down in 12th in the table.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has been linked with making a takeover bid for the club. However, Woodward rebuffed talk of a takeover bid.“Based on what I see, they’re in it for the long term,” Woodward told the United We Stand fanzine of the Glazers.“With regards to offers or asking prices, my understanding is that there have been no discussions for a price for the club or anything like that.“Every conversation we have is based on the long-term.”Woodward also defended the Glazers record of leveraging huge debts upon the club. “The debt is a long-term, structured and similar to some other football clubs. It’s a fixed amount for a fixed period of time which results in it being fairly cheap to service,” he added.“It’s just under two per cent our annual revenue each year, so it doesn’t really have any impact on us.”Woodward has also been the subject of fierce criticism for his recruitment of players and managers in the six years since legendary former manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.United have not won a league title since Ferguson left and finished outside the top four in four of those six seasons.“I understand the scrutiny; it’s part of the job,” said Woodward.“We have to do everything that we possibly can to get back to winning the Premier League.“We are not successful until we do. Second is not success, we have to win the Premier League.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Missing SW Florida Boy Found Dead, Mother Uncooperative

first_imgThe search for a missing boy and his mother took a tragic turn late last week, when authorities found the child’s body in a lake in central Florida.However, the story doesn’t end there.Investigators are still trying to determine how the boy ended up in the water in the first place.They say the mother is being uncooperative.The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office says 5-year-old Chance Peterkin and his 29-year-old mother, Philletta Moransit, were reported missing on Thursday night. According to authorities, the two had not been seen since leaving their home on foot that morning.An search with deputies in boats and on ATVs, K9’s, a drone and a helicopter led officials to the discovery of Chance’s body in Lake Lelia just after midnight on Friday.Investigators also found Moransit on the campus of South Florida State College a few hours before they found her son’s body.Additionally, they came across some of her clothing near the lake.Jail records show Moransit is being held on charges of child neglect with great bodily harm and resisting an officer.last_img read more

Westport Winery Releases 2011 Swimmer’s Petit Sirah

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery is pleased to announce the release of their 2011 Swimmer’s Petit Sirah. This wine recently earned 91-points at the Ultimate Wine Challenge in New York with an “excellent rating, highly recommended.”This new varietal for the winery was crafted with grapes from Greg Jones Vineyards, in the Wahluke Slope AVA. The competition judge’s tasting notes stated, “Alluring nose filled with blackberry, white pepper, cedar and intriguing biscuit like aromas. In the mouth it is sumptuously smooth with velvety tannins and a delectable blackberry jam profile. The finish is smooth and lingers on the palate.”Each of Westport’s 33 different selections benefits a local charity. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center. The label for this wine features winemaker, Dana Roberts, as a young competitive swimmer. Westport has several other labels featuring the various family members and even a few of the family’s dogs.Westport Winery commissions local artists to create an outdoor sculpture commemorating each wine. Frank Ratte of Elma was selected this week to create the Swimmer sculpture which will be located adjacent to the water hazard in the winery’s new nine-hole, nine iron orchard golf course. Ratte has previously created a sculpture commemorating Night Watch and a Buddha for the Japanese Zen garden. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Waddock returns as Aldershot boss

first_imgGary Waddock has returned to Aldershot Town for a second spell as manager.The former QPR player and manager, from Kingsbury, has left his job as assistant first-team coach at Barnet to return to the National League club on a rolling contract.Waddock led the Shots into the Football League in 2008 with a then record points total of 101. He has since managed Wycombe and had short spells in charge at Oxford United and Portsmouth.His first managerial job was at Rangers, where he was a hugely popular player in the 1980s and also had a spell as youth coach.He succeeded Ian Holloway at Loftus Road in 2006 but was replaced by John Gregory later that year following a series of poor results and behind-the-scenes problems.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Local Roundup: Southern Trinity’s Clint Maybee named NCS Honor Coach for volleyball

first_imgEureka >> For his longtime coaching work at a school of less than three-dozen students, Southern Trinity High School head coach Clint Maybee was named the 2017 recipient of the North Coast Section’s Honor Coach award for volleyball.“To be awarded the NCS Honor Coach of the year is a big deal for our area,” Humboldt-Del Norte League commissioner Jack Lakin is reported to have said. “This is the first time a coach from our league has ever received this in the sport of volleyball. Coach Maybee …last_img read more

Ndebele car art in New York

first_imgEsther Mahlangu’s Ndebele BMW art car is one of an outstanding collection of cars adorned by other world-renowned artists. Here are some interesting things about BMW’s art cars.Esther Mahlangu’s BMW 252i, painted in 1991. Mahlangu first mapped out her designson a smaller version (of the car). (Image: BMW Blog)Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s Esther Mahlangu, the first African artist to participate in the BMW Art Car Programme, is again showing off her colourful creation to the world at an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The Global Africa Project runs until 15 May 2011.South Africa also celebrates afresh Mahlangu’s achievement in becoming the first woman and African artist to join the programme.Her Ndebele BMW art car is one of an outstanding collection of cars adorned by other world-renowned artists. In 1975 American artist and sculptor Alexander Calder, who also invented the mobile, painted the first art car, a BMW 3.0 CSL. Legendary pop artist Andy Warhol painted the fourth, a BMW M1, in 1979, two years after Warhol’s peer Roy Lichtenstein painted his BMW 320i.David Hockney, an English artist based in the United States, painted the 1995 BMW 850 CSI. Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. American contemporary artist Jeff Koons painted the 17th and most recent art car, an M3 GT2.Esther Mahlangu. (Image: Amanda Khoza, News24)Mahlangu says that painting the BMW has been one of the highlights of her career. When she was invited to decorate the car in 1991, the automotive canvas was new to her, and before she tackled an entire vehicle she familiarised herself with the style by first painting the door of another BMW. However, in one week, she turned a 5 Series saloon into an Ndebele work of art.“When I was first asked to do it, I could already see the design in my head. I just wanted to do it,” she says. Many people have seen South Africa’s brightly coloured Ndebele homes, but her idea was to connect the traditional decorative Ndebele art form with a modern vehicle.It should come as no surprise that Mahlangu’s art car is attracting so much attention. In an article that appeared in the Architectural Review, South African architect Peter Rich says that Ndebele art and architecture has “remarkable spatial, formal and decorative qualities”.According to the Kyle Kauffman Gallery in New York, one of the many venues which has hosted a Mahlangu exhibition, she is believed to be the most important Ndebele artist working today.She is also considered a pioneer in the area of Ndebele art as she was the first to transfer the traditional designs onto canvas. In the past, the multi-coloured geometric Ndebele painting was reserved for decorating the outer walls of domestic buildings.The BMW Art Car ProgrammeThe BMW art cars highlight the connections between auto technology and cultural trends of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.Hervé Poulain, a French auctioneer and motor racing fanatic, first came up with the idea of an art car when he was thinking of a way to combine motorsport with art. Poulain asked Alexander Calder to paint his 3.0 CSL, which became the first car to merge art and motorsport. The car generated so much interest that BMW decided to establish a formal art car collection.Since 1975, renowned artists have created excellent art on wheels, adding 17 vehicles to the collection. Many of the cars have been exhibited in famous museums such as the Louvre, the Guggenheim and the Shanghai Art Museum.Ndebele traditionsMahlangu, who lives in Weltevrede village in the KwaMahlanga district in Mpumalanga province, speaks with great enthusiasm about Ndebele art and her career. She says that the development of her artistic talent is largely thanks to the perseverance of her mother and grandmother.“When I was a young child, they already started teaching me to paint murals. I am so thankful that they did it. Art is in my blood and I just love it. Now I just have a memory bank full of designs and colours in my head,” she says.She says that besides loving art, she believes her calling is to educate people about her culture and art. “It is sad that many of our traditions are lost. We must continue to teach our children about their culture,” she says.To ensure that the Ndebele traditions are handed down from one generation to the next, Mahlangu runs classes to instruct young children in the art of traditional Ndebele design and painting. “Children have to know where they come from.”Mahlangu works in strict keeping with Ndebele tradition. She draws freehand without sketches and only paints with chicken feathers and bundled twigs as brushes, which is the “real Ndebele way.”She is positive about the future and preservation of Ndebele art. “I am encouraged that there seems to be a greater interest in Ndebele art these days. Traditionally, it always used to be a woman’s job to do the painting, but now that more women are working, men are also doing it,” she says.International and local recognitionMahlangu’s work is widely recognised and exhibited internationally. She first came into contact with the world of international art in 1989 when the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris invited her to participate in Les Magiciens de la Terre, a contemporary art exhibition.According to African Success, a database of prominent African personalities, her work has found a place in private, corporate and public galleries worldwide. Even in her own home village Mahlangu receives many visitors who want to find out more about her approach to wall decoration.She has also exhibited in Australia, America, Japan and in many European countries. Many of her well-known murals have been on display at the New Identities Exhibition in Germany’s Bocum Museum, at the Virgin Atlantic’s music store in Times Square, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC and at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg.Mahlangu has also received numerous awards such as the Mpumalanga Arts and Culture Award, an award from the French Ministry of Culture and the Radio Ndebele Award in 1988 and 2001.She remains well known for her iconic BMW art car, but says that she is also proud to have painted another car. The Kyle Kauffman Gallery notes that she is one of only two female artists to be included in the prestigious Jean Pigozzi Collection of Contemporary African Art. For this event she painted a new Fiat 500 for their Why Africa? exhibition in Turin. you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Opening Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Second South Africa Investment Conference

first_imgOpening Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Second South Africa Investment Conference6 November 2019, Sandton Convention Centre, JohannesburgProgramme Director,Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is my great privilege to warmly welcome you all to the 2019 South Africa Investment Conference.It is a particular privilege to welcome all our international guests to South Africa, the home of the champions of world rugby.Last year, we announced our objective to raise $100 million – or R1.2 trillion – in new investments over five years with a view to addressing low economic growth and reducing unemployment.It is now exactly a year since the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference, where local and international investors responded to our call and stood on this platform to make investment announcements totalling nearly R300 billion.Of the 31 projects announced last year eight projects have been realised and completed.Seventeen are in construction or at implementation stage.In total, this represents R238 billion of the investments that were announced last year.This is a phenomenal achievement by those who stood hereto announce those investments.It is gratifying to see the commitments that were made at this Conference last year materialising in the form of new factories, new production lines, new products, new services and new jobs.I have had occasion to be present at some of these factory and facility openings and have seen the optimism and commitment of the business owners, management teams and workers at all these establishments.I am pleased to see so many of you here from our own country, as well as from as many as 22 other countries outside the shores of South Africa.It is pleasing to see that investors continue to consider South Africa as a country with much to offer and a viable and profitable investment destination.Indeed we have a lot to offer, in the form of our people, in natural and mineral resources, with a young and able workforce, world class infrastructure, sophisticated telecommunications systems, and a well-regulated financial and banking sector.There is the rule of law in this country, our judiciary is independent and our legal framework is strong, especially around commerce, taxation, maritime issues, competition law, intellectual property, property rights and other basic human rights.We have a vibrant civil society, a progressive labour regime and an independent and robust media.Our democracy is strong, robust and wonderfully noisy and our institutions are durable, confirming the political stability of our body politic over the past 25 years and into the future.Yet, we are also a country with many challenges.We are also a country which carries the scars of a sad and horrible past, where the colour of one’s skin determined one’s livelihood and future.Despite significant progress over the last 25 years, the legacy of our divided past has left many of our people without skills, without assets and without jobs.All these factors have combined to exacerbate poverty and inequality.In navigating our way from the horrible past of apartheid misrule into a democratic future, we have made mistakes along the way.Over the last decade, our economy has barely grown, investment has dwindled and the rate of unemployment has increased.Today, we are still feeling the effects of several years of state capture and corruption, the erosion of important public institutions and the resultant policy malaise.But, even in the face of such great challenges, hope continues to spring eternal in the hearts of South Africans who are determined that they will not yield to despair.As a nation, we have determined that we will not be defeated by challenges we face.We will not falter on our path to improve the condition of our people.It is for this reason that, as a government, we reached out to our social partners to forge a new compact for growth and development.And it was through this collaboration that we identified several major issues we must address to achieve to the economic recovery that we all seek.We have determined that we will move forward, effect far-reaching reforms and undertake the detailed work required to turn our economy around.Working together, we have made much progress in implementing the policy reforms that I spoke about at last year’s Conference, creating policy certainty, consistency and predictability for investors and for citizens.We have acted decisively to end state capture and are rebuilding the capacity of the state. We have fostered greater policy coherence and are improving alignment across the different spheres and entities of government.We have been steadily working to create a business environment that is competitive and conducive to investment.As a government, and as a country, we are clear about what we need to do, and we are marshalling our every resource and our every capability to do it.We are on a path of removing impediments and constraints to inclusive growth.We have embarked on a path that is illuminated by policy consistency and regulatory certainty, fiscal responsibility, and decisive interventions to stimulate economic activity.Central to our efforts to ignite growth and create jobs is an ambitious execution oriented industrial strategy founded on partnerships between government, labour and industry.It prioritises growth in important sectors such as automotive, clothing and textiles, gas, chemicals and plastics, tourism, renewable energy, oceans economy, agriculture, mining and beneficiation, the digital economy and the high-tech industries.Master plans for each of these sectors will ensure that infrastructure, skills, incentives and other resources are directed towards where they have the greatest impact.Today we will witness the signing of master plans for the poultry and the clothing, textile and footwear industries. This will lead to the giant retailers in our economy increasing local procurement, investment and job creation. Labour is committed to improve productivity levels.We have identified special economic zones as platforms that can attract investors and enhance economic growth.To this end, we have established 10 special economic zones in strategic locations around the country where investors are able to produce and export value-added products.Investors are offered a preferential corporate tax regime, building support, employee tax incentives, favourable customs regulations and support for capital investment and training.Yesterday, I was privileged to attend the launch of a new automotive special economic zone in Tshwane.A partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry, Gauteng Provincial Government, the City of Tshwane and the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, this automotive SEZ underlines the value of strategic collaboration in the revival of our economy.As a major boost to manufacturing, localisation and job creation, nine companies have already confirmed their intention to set up factories by January 2021, with some coming on-stream well before this date.This will entail an investment of around R3.6 billion and the creation of 6,700 direct jobs, consolidating South Africa’s position as the auto-hub of the African continent.It is a sign of the enthusiasm for this opportunity that the first phase of the automotive SEZ was oversubscribed.A few weeks ago we launched the Mara mobile phone factory in the Dube Port special economic zone in KwaZulu-Natal following the commitment that the Mara company made here at last year’s conference.Rapid industrialisation is critical if we are to reap the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which entered its implementation phase in July this year.This is a historic development that promises to fundamentally reshape African economies.The Continental Free Trade Area will improve access to existing markets and lead to the creation of new ones.This treaty will unleash the manufacturing and industrial capability of the continent as companies seek to make products for the burgeoning African market, and thereby address the absurd situation that African countries do not trade with each other.Trade among countries in Africa is currently at 15%, compared to 47% in the Americas, 61% in Asia and 67% in Europe.As one of our Ministers often observes: “We consume what we do not make and we make what we do not consume.”The African Continental Free Trade Area will change all that.Another critical driver of growth is investment in infrastructure, which is being ramped up after years of decline.To generate the funding needed for our infrastructure build programme, we have set up an Infrastructure Fund, which is being incubated by the Development Bank of Southern Africa.With an initial investment from government of R100 billion over 10 years, the fund will leverage investments from financial institutions, multilateral development banks, asset managers and commercial banks.Infrastructure will also be a driver of our industrialisation policies and component manufacturers across the world will find this a useful place to set up their operations.Building on the success of our independent power producers programme in the field of renewable energy, we will be expanding opportunities for private sector involvement in other areas of infrastructure development.Through a newly-established Investment and Infrastructure Office to be headed by Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, the President will ensure effective coordination of all aspects of our investment and infrastructure drive, monitor progress and clear blockages.Steadily but surely, we are making South Africa a more competitive destination for investment by reducing the cost, and improving the ease, of doing business.We have set ourselves the ambition of being in the top 50 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index within the next three years. Through the expanding network of Invest SA’s One-Stop Shops we are working to remove bureaucratic and administrative hurdles to investment, providing new entrants with a single contact point for licensing and regulatory compliance.This week we launched an integrated online platform for the fast, efficient and inexpensive registration of company.Known as Biz Portal, this online portal promises to be a game-changer.Through collaboration among several government agencies and with the involvement of the four major banks, it is now possible for applicants to register their company at the same time as they register for tax, a domain name, a BEE certificate, the Compensation Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund, and open a business bank account.We are aiming for a registration process that can be completed in one day.Detailed work is underway between government and industry to improve the efficiency of various permitting process, including, for example, the issuing of water use licences.We have taken steps to provide greater policy certainty in areas such as mining, oil and gas and telecoms as part of efforts to create a stable environment for investment.We have initiated the release of the high-demand broadband spectrum, which will bring down data costs and encourage investment.A policy framework has been gazetted and the regulator has published its proposals.As part of attracting skilled professionals and growing tourism, we have prioritised immigration reform and changes to the visa regime.More countries have been added to the list of visa-free nations for inward tourism, the requirements on unabridged birth certificates for young tourists have been abolished, and we are piloting a new eVisa portal later this month.We are now working on a smart system for work permits, for scarce skills and to encourage companies to set up their African corporate headquarters in South Africa.As the Minister of Finance indicated in his medium-term budget policy statement last week, one of our central priorities is to return our country to a sustainable fiscal path.We are taking several measures to reduce public spending, eliminate wastage and direct resources to where they will have the greatest impact on long-term growth and poverty alleviation.We are committed to taking the necessary measures to stabilise the debt-to-GDP ratio over the coming decade.Our experience over the 25 years of democracy is that macroeconomic stability and fiscal prudence is essential for investment and growth.The security and sustainability of energy supply is critical for investment in our economy.We have embarked on urgent far-reaching measures to overhaul the energy sector to ensure that it meets the needs of our economy and our people into the future.These measures are set out In the Integrated Resource Plan released by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and the paper on Eskom released by the Minister of Public Enterprises.We have set out a clear process, with timelines, for the restructuring of the power utility, Eskom, into three separate entities for transmission, generation and distribution.An immediate priority is appointing a CEO and strengthening governance through revamping the board, which we will do in the next few days.The other key priority is to deal with Eskom’s debt as part of the restructuring process and taking urgent measures to significantly improve operations, cut costs, and increase revenue.Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,The South African investment book that we will present at this Conference illustrates just how much potential investment opportunities exist in every part of our country.Investors do indeed have much to choose from.There is Gauteng, the country’s industrial powerhouse and financial capital, and Mpumalanga, the source of much of the country’s energy brimming with opportunities in tourism and agriculture.There is Limpopo, with its diverse mineral deposits and fertile soil, and the Northern Cape wellendowed with mineral resources and home to the largest solar farm in the Southern Hemisphere.The North West with the world’s largest platinum reserves has great potential for a mining special economic zone, the Free State with its abundant maize, wheat and livestock production, and the Western Cape, a tourist mecca whose wines are renowned around the world.There is the Eastern Cape, a leader in automotive exports and a growing renewable energy industry, and KwaZulu-Natal, with the largest container port in sub-Saharan Africa, a thriving tourism industry and a maritime sector undergoing rapid growth.The South Africa we are presenting to you here today is not just the South Africa of the here and now. It is the South Africa of the future.It is a South Africa that is interconnected, technologically advanced and sustainable.Already, South Africa is riding the wave of scientific progress to meet the needs of citizens and overcome its developmental challenges.To support sustainable and climate smart agriculture, farmers are using mobile applications to track their finances and to sell their produce on the open markets.Drones are being used in crop management and pest control.Africa’s first solar powered airport is in the city of George in the Southern Cape.Right here in Gauteng, a BMW plant is being powered in part by biogas generated through agricultural feedlot emissions and food waste.South Africa is a land of many contrasts.On one hand, we face substantial developmental challenges, but on the other, we are pushing the frontiers of excellence and innovation.And we are reaching out to build partnerships within the continent and beyond.Today will see the signing of agreements to set up business councils with Japan, following my discussions with Prime Minister Abe a few months ago, and with the United States business community.There can be no better time to invest in this dynamic, growing economy than now.I look forward to several companies making pledges today to invest in South Africa, by setting up greenfield operations or expanding their existing businesses.In doing so, you will not just realise great returns. You will also be claiming a stake in the collective fortunes of an entire nation.The progress that has been made since we announced our investment drive in April last year owes much to the hard work of the four Presidential investment envoys I appointed to spearhead our efforts – Mr Jacko Maree, Ms Phumzile Langeni, Mr Trevor Manuel and Mr Mcebisi Jonas.I wish to express my profound gratitude to them for the dedication and determination with which they have undertaken this task.To strengthen this work, I have this week appointed additional special envoys to focus on specific investment areas. These are Mr Jeff Radebe, who will focus on oil and gas, and Mr Derek Hanekom and Ms Elizabeth Thabethe, who will both focus on tourism.Distinguished Guests,The remarkable achievement of the Springboks in Yokohama on Saturday has inspired our nation to reach for greatness, to reach beyond the limits of the present towards the boundless opportunities of the future.It has demonstrated the power of a shared vision and a common purpose.As we undertake the vital task of building a thriving and inclusive economy, we draw strength from the determination of the people of this country to confront even the greatest of challenges and to prevail.We also draw strength and encouragement from the many business people, investors and entrepreneurs who – like us – see incredible potential in this country.I therefore invite you all to join us to make South Africa a land of stability, progress and prosperity for all.I thank you.Issued by: The Presidency of the Republic of South read more

Forum highlights largest wind farm in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The general manager of the largest electricity-generating wind farm in Ohio will discuss the science of wind energy, wind turbines, and the myths associated with wind power at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF).The Blue Creek Wind Farm, a $600 million project of Avangrid Renewables, was completed in 2012 in Paulding and Van Wert counties, generating electricity to more than 76,000 homes.This forum is part of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership Pollution Prevention (P2) program, which utilizes the entire network of engineering resources, equipment manufacturers and suppliers at its disposal to provide complete and cost effective evaluations in power and lighting, water usage, utilities efficiency assessments, water and air discharge and sustainability.Arrive early, as breakfast and informal networking will start at 8 a.m., with the program to follow. The cost is just $10 per person when you RSVP in advance, or $12 per person at the door without RSVP (cash or check) which includes breakfast and networking opportunities.The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement.The AIF is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) in Bowling Green. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by visiting read more