Jobs, construction boom at Coega

first_img19 June 2013 Building projects at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth have injected over R1.2-billion into South Africa’s Eastern Cape construction industry over the past two quarters, in the process creating over 2 500 jobs, the state-owned Coega Development Corporation (CDC) said last week. Six major construction projects are currently under way in the Coega IDZ, including Chinese auto maker First Automobile Works’ new R200-million plant, food service group Famous Brands Famous Brands’ new cold storage plant, DCD Group’s wind tower manufacturing plant, the addition of Coega Cheese onto the Coega Dairy outfit, Agni Steels’ R400-million smelter facility, and Rehau’s extension in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park. Industrial gas company Air Products South Africa is also about to begin construction of a R300-million state-of-the-art air separation unit in July, bringing the total number of projects being built to seven. “The global economic climate is still not stable, yet investment continues to flow into the Coega IDZ,” CDC spokesperson Ayanda Vilakazi said in a statement. “We currently have 20 operational investors, and once these seven construction projects are complete, we will be up to 27 operational investors by mid-2014.” Vilakazi said the Famous Brands project, which was nearest completion, was a prime example of the short conversion times between signing a lease to full operation at Coega. “The turnaround times are much quicker now than they were a couple of years ago, and we are able to construct buildings for investors relatively quickly, meaning that they move to operational phase within about a year of signing, depending on this size of the project.” Vilakazi said that FAW’s R200-million plant construction would create about 2 000 jobs over the year-long project, which was on track for completion in December. In its operational phase, the truck assembly plant would create a further 280 permanent jobs. According to Arnie van Jaarsveldt of WBHO Construction, the lead contractor on the FAW project, there was significant collaboration between the Chinese engineers and their South African counterparts working on the plant, representing “a coup for skills development and mentorship”. Vilakazi said that Agni Steels was also nearing completion of its R400-million steel plant in the industrial development zone. On completion, the high-tech smelting facility will produce mild steel billets from scrap metal. DCD Group, meanwhile, is in the early phases of its R300-million wind tower factory, which is expected to employ 168 workers and produce between 110 and 120 wind towers annually. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Mandela bikers take on gender issues

first_img12 July 2013 Bikers for Mandela Day, together with a number of key sponsors and contributors, will be supporting various initiatives this Mandela Month to drive awareness of gender-based violence issues as part of the broader movement to inspire change for Mandela Day. The Bikers for Mandela Day initiative sees groups of volunteer bikers and celebrities traversing parts of southern Africa each July, stopping along the way to engage in community awareness and upliftment activities aimed at spreading the Mandela day message. “The aim is to embrace Mr Mandela’s legacy of doing good and in so doing to inspire change in other’s lives, with the emphasis on educating and engaging communities to positively affect change,” Zelda la Grange, a convenor of Bikers for Mandela Day, said in a statement on Thursday. This year, after a number of other incidents put the spotlight on gender-based violence in South Africa, the bikers, with the backing of First for Women Insurance Trust, will be championing initiatives to change people’s mindsets around gender while supporting the victims of violence. “Levels of gender-based violence are still unacceptably high in South Africa,” said La Grange, who is also a patron of First for Women Insurance Trust. “The statistics speak for themselve,s and what is needed is a programme of prevention that drives awareness and education, together with the mobilisation and participation of civil society to address this challenge and change behaviour.” The bikers’ 2013 tour begins on Saturday, 13 July in Mafikeng in North-West province, one of the three cities in South Africa with the highest incidence of rape. The bikers will create a vegetable garden and children’s jungle gym for the Mafikeng Lifeline Crisis Centre, which provides a safe house for victims of abuse as well as counsellors for the Stop Gender Violence Helpline (0800 150 150). All bikers in the Mafikeng area are invited to take part, the entrance fee being a hard-cover story book that can be read by victims while they are sheltered at the centre (contact 018 381 0976). On Sunday, across the border, Bikers for Mandela will be joining the Botswana Biker Society in visiting Ramotswa, close to Gaborone, to offer support for a victim and survivor of physical abuse who has been ostracised by her community (contact Peter Moalafi +267 727 32099). On Monday, 15 July, the bikers will be painting the Makeba Centre for Girls in Midrand, Johannesburg, which provides a sanctuary for destitute and/or abused girls that have been removed from their circumstances through a court process. Bikers wishing to join in should bring any toiletries for girls (such deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body lotions, etc) as a “participation fee” (contact 011 805 1150). On Mandela Day, 18 July, Bikers for Mandela day in Bloemfontein will assist with a community street clean-up in Mangaung, Heidedal and Brandhof (bikers contact Stefan Boshoff 082 337 2876), after which they will participate in an initiaitive by the No Student Hungry campaign of the University of the Free State. The No Student Hungry Programme aims to raise funds to provide modest food bursaries for needy students, and give them daily access to a balanced meal at the university, under the leadership of Professor Jonathan Jansen and his wife, Grace Jansen. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Africa, mining industry ‘must grow together’

first_img3 February 2014A major shift in how mining companies operate in Africa is required for the industry to contribute effectively to the continent’s growth, South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday.“This should entail a shift from the exporting of largely raw material to ensuring that minerals serve as a catalyst for accelerated industrialisation through mineral value-addition,” Shabangu said in her opening address to the 2nd annual Mining Indaba Ministerial Symposium.“This will also require development corridors that are a subject of multi-purpose infrastructure development.”Shabangu pointed out that mineral resources generally occured in remote areas that were often characterised by high levels of poverty, the marginalisation of host indigenous communities, and a lack of of both physical and social infrastructure.She said that the financing of multi-purpose infrastructure development should not be the burden of one stakeholder at the expense of another, as had been the case in the past.“It requires clear goals and objectives to be outlined, infrastructure requirements delineated and costed, and partners in development to agree on a creative win-win formula for financing of such infrastructure that will deliver ‘Africa’s Promise’ and enable the emergence of a resilient African continent.”She further stressed the importance for African mining development to be integrated and interlinked with infrastructure development initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa that had been adopted by the African Union (AU).The programme, which is led by the AU and chaired by South African President Jacob Zuma, seeks to integrate regional and continental infrastructure networks and services in order to improve intra-African trade and promote socio-economic development on the continent.Shabangu also highlighted the need to establish enduring partnerships between Africa and mining development partners, based on their respective strengths, in order to achieve mutual development priorities.However, she said it was important that Africa’s “mining vision” be driven and led by Africans, who had to ensure that Africa’s mineral resources were exploited in an equitable and optimal manner that underpinned sustainable, inclusive growth and socio-economic development.At the same time, the exploitation of these resources “should be undertaken in a manner that addresses environmental concerns, especially on water and biodiversity and other related mining pollution”.Source: read more

Toni & Guy Jumbo Tong Hair Styler – Fully recommenended

first_imgThis is my third pair sad to say the swivel head usually looks to pop off not absolutely sure if its due to put on & tear due to the fact of the frequency i use it, but the mear point that i like these tings is why i generally swap them, my hair usually seems amazing & healthful soon after i employed these tongs.Toni&guy jumbo tong styler/straightener. Colour lock tourmaline coated styler. Weighty,cumbersome and a bit messy but will however do the task. Requires a handful of seconds to warmth up so very rapidly. Ok for long hair but also broad for short hair. The stand connected to the tongs will get sizzling and gets in the way. Individually i feel it seems to be a bit on the affordable facet. Fairly dissatisfied in it thought it would be greater excellent.I was expecting a little something a little bit greater from toni & guy. On the optimistic facet it has a attractive long twine (three metres), it heats up pretty quickly (about sixty seconds), it has a useful minimal stand, a 2-yr ensure and there is basic safety minimize-off. On the minus side it seems terrible, i did not like the plasticky glance of the take care of or the color, it is also a little bit on the large side. In addition to this, i wasn’t as well impressed at the quality of the curling. Possibly my hair is also thick but i was expecting better hold.Fully recommenendedNot too impressed.Does the trick for mei couldn’t get the desired result.Toni&Guy Jumbo Tong Styler/StraightenerGood, but minimal instructions and no style suggestions Superior, but small recommendations and no type suggestions. These tongs are extended which would match, maybe, a lot more hair variations. A single point, perhaps, that is against their length is that, as a end result, they’re also heavier. The cable is lengthy which is exceptionally beneficial. They’re fairly quick at heating up (about a minute) and not much too bad on cooling down (there is certainly a hinged stand to assist you in this). There are color-coded lights to convey to you if it really is on or not. There is certainly no have scenario, which is a disgrace. Instructions, like virtually something these times, are minimum so if you are new to what tongs can be used for in styling, you’ll have to lookup the net. I detest this angle by modern makers – we are clients rememberthey get the job done moderately nicely and, at the price on amazon, they’re quite affordable. They failed to, even so, blow my socks off’ even though, so four not 5 stars.A person for women with extended hair – and significant fingers, mainly because this is a beast of a tong. Definitely t&g’s designers could have arrive up with a little something that failed to need the hulk to use. In addition, whilst it could possibly be okay for someone else to use on you, hoping to curl hair on the back of your individual head necessitates immense dexterity. The top quality of this product is great – not amazing (and not really up to the toni & guy model of excellence). Curls stayed for a whilst, but provided the total of work needed with this about-sized item, it would have been awesome for them to previous for a longer time.Features of Toni & Guy Jumbo Tong Hair Styler38 mm jumbo barrel to achieve loose natural curlsDigital controlsReady to use in 60 secondsRubberised soft touch handle3 m cord lengthI couldn’t get the preferred result. . As other reviewers have stated,these tongs warmth up immediately and experience nice in the hand but no subject how i attempted,i couldn’t get them to give me the desired result i was soon after. I held blaming myself,leaving them for a couple of days and then attempting them again but was usually upset. Not tongs i could suggest,there are far superior other individuals on the current market. The cost position may well be good but if they don’t function for you,it’s not worth.Mrs d writes: good for deep tumbling curls, or for subtler waves, and some imagined has long gone into it, with a stand so that it can heat up and amazing down safely, a incredibly extended lead, and packaging that can survive hermes throwing it about my facet gate. The two year guarantee is a surely in addition stage, as most of my hair care electricals die in their thirteenth month. I can obtain virtually the exact outcome with my trim straighteners, but at just £16. 99 i feel it is properly truly worth owning the expert tool.Acquired as a current, it was pretty well obtained.Just the position – my daughter loves them.There are a number of things that manufactured me suspicious about this styler. The quite reduced selling price, is 1st. The obvious movie star endorsement on the low cost box is worthless, as it arrives from tony and men individual stylist. ‘professionally tested’ – one more meaningless assert, when you imagine about it. Is expense slicing automatically a negative factor however?. You do get a 2 12 months guaranttee, and there is is a saftey cut out, which some high priced stylers deficiency, so it isn’t really all negative. The styler is gradual to warm up, but we uncover it does its career welll adding volume and curiosity to lengthy hair. The controls are simple to work and the minimize out appears to be to work. The cable is a decent duration.Bought it for my daughter for christmas and she loves it, heats up quite brief and is straightforward to use, ?.Warmth up rapidly and fab for tousled search.These tongs did what was explained, they are larger than other tongs and suit for a longer time hair for that reason. They do give bounce as other folks have commented. My only reservation is that they do get pretty warm even at a low temperature (time will aid me get far better at this, no question) but i would surely agree that protecting goods will need to be utilized on your hair.Wonderful benefit and does the job. . This is a really efficient curling wand – it has a incredibly good sized barrel and a pretty very long cable. I have medium thick, coarse hair lower into a long bob and this supplies me with physique, good and easy to do curled underneath finishes, or if i use it to make curls – large waves. Our 12 yr old has a great deal thicker hair which is underneath her shoulders, and this styler produced massive loose curls, but that was with me styling her hair – this may well be harder to use on your own if you have lengthy, thick hair as it is really a significant little bit of package and as a result weighs very a lot – worn out arm alertotherwise – excellent value, minimal cost and does the job. This is a utilitarian software rather than a deluxe styler if you know what i necessarily mean – but there is absolutely nothing mistaken with that.I selected this item since i like my hair being curly as they are the natural way straight. It was the finest of the selections i experienced. Every thing in the product’s description was legitimate, specially that it heats up really speedily. The item achieved my anticipations to the fullest. It retains my hair in design and style and its straightforward to use. I reccoment this merchandise to all people, as it is a product that could make your life less difficult as well as make your hair appear fabulous.I haven’t employed curling tongs since the sixties when i applied them to make superb ringlets in my lifeless straight waist length hair. I imagined working with them would be like using a bike. . Never ever overlooked, so i was amazed that i discovered manipulating these on my now limited hair so tough. I did manage to get curls on the prime of my head and at the sides but could do very little with the back again. I also practically burnt my ears off. I feel my difficulty with these is that they are just as well significant for people with limited hair. If you are like me i suggest you get a smaller product.Plug in, transform on, depart for a moment. Then set a smaller quantity of your hair amongst the curved plate and the cylinder, reduced the plate, and then rotate the machine. Leave for about thirty seconds, then release the plate and your hair – cue curls. There is a temperature management as perfectly. You are proposed to start at five, and consider, ahead of doing the job up. Good hair really should get lower temperatures. I do like the final result from this, the curls do seem glamorous, whilst, becoming rather new to this, i did locate it a bit odd hoping to do the again of my hair, and at one particular place, accidentally turned the system off in the method. But this is a terrific way of receiving in on the model for significant curls, and i would really suggest these.last_img read more

Thoughts of Suicide – Having a Wingman Helps

first_imgDo you have a friend or loved one who you don’t know how to help and are worried about his or her emotional well-being?In a recent article from Military Pathways, Having a Wingman Improves Your Mental Health, the article discusses a new method to suicide prevention.The Wingman Project, an Air National Guard suicide intervention organization, uses the Wingman approach to providing care by emphasizing the importance of a buddy system to keep each other safe and aware of signs of suicide or depression.last_img

Win a Copy of Looks 2.0 Powerful Color Grading Suite

first_imgGive your video projects a pro color treatment with Looks 2.0! Enter to win a copy – a $399 value!UPDATE: THE CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED.  Thanks to all who entered.Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for info on future giveaways! teamed up with Red Giant Software, to give away a copy of Magic Bullet Looks 2.0, a full featured color correction suite!ABOUT MAGIC BULLET LOOKS 2.0Give your film or video project a unique style with Looks 2.0‘s powerful color correction and grading tools.  With an improved user interface and color correction features, Looks 2.0 offers grading tools above and beyond those in your current non-linear video editing application.  Choose from  over 100 unique color looks to add instant flair to your project or create a style that’s all your own Looks’ professional color correction tools like the 3-way color corrector, contrast ‘Pop’ and Ranged HSL (to fine tune a particular color in the frame).In addition, Red Giant Looks 2.0 includes a ‘Cosmo’ a tool for smoothing out skin tones and cleaning up blemishes – a quick trick for shedding years off your on-screen talent.Whether your project is SD or 4K+, Looks can process any resolution.  External monitor preview is now supported, so you can grade on a reference display.  The Looks 2.0 effects interface integrates with the majority of professional video editing applications:Adobe After Effects & Premiere ProApple Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro & MotionSony Vegas ProAvid Media ComposerWhether you’re just looking to clean up the color in a corporate interview or you’re grading an entire feature film, Looks 2.0 has got you covered.Check out Red Giant’s Plot Device, a film that uses multiple Looks 2.0 presets for color grading:ABOUT RED GIANT SOFTWAREFor the last 10 years, Red Giant has been on the forefront of effects for film, television and web video.  From broadcast design to color correction, their product line consists of over 60 professional effects prod cuts.  You’ve likely seen feature films that utilized Red Giant effects – The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Angels & Demons, among dozens of others.  Big thanks to Red Giant for sponsoring this giveaway!last_img read more