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Powell spreads love to KPH

first_img “We started a relationship here with the hospital, and we’ve been searching for a few places that the foundation would want to take under our wings, and I think KPH is one now and it’s the start of a new relationship, and, hopefully, it can be a yearly thing,” Powell said. Powell was partly inspired by a personal experience to give back to KPH after his brother (Ricardo) received medical care there. “It’s not only about helping my brother because he is no longer here. I mean this is where all of Jamaica comes when they are sick, so I am trying to help Jamaica and trying to give back to Jamaica through this process,” he stressed. Ruel Rainford, deputy chief executive officer at KPH, said: “Well, Asafa wishes for it to be spent on linen. We are gonna have an initiative to purchase some well-needed linen and have them installed on our wards.” He added: “There is a great need for bed linen due to constant leakages in the system … . Any support in that area is always good and needed.” KPH will celebrate its 240th anniversary on December 14. Dr Natalie Whylie, senior medical officer, expressed gratitude to Powell on behalf of the administrative, medical, nursing, paramedics staff as well as patients, describing his gift as “timely”. START OF A RELATIONSHIP Sprinting superstar Asafa Powell took time to show his humanitarian side yesterday, donating $560,000 to help the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) purchase much-needed bed sheets. There has been a reported need for more than 6,000 sheets between the KPH and Victoria Jubilee Hospital, with officials from the institutions noting that more than 2,000 sets are in dire condition. The contribution was made through former 100m world record holder’s Asafa Powell Foundation (APF), with Powell himself handing over the $560,000 raised via an online #SpreadABed4KPH crowd-funding initiative. Funds were raised via Indiegogo, while Powell contributed part of his personal funds from his participation in the last Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “I am really happy for the opportunity to show my support and give back to my country. We started a Spread A Bed funding for the hospital and I said I would match whatever donations were made. Some came out of my pocket and some were donated from the public,” Powell told the media before adding that he would continue his efforts to raise funds for the KPH and other charitable causes. “The reception I got from people was really tremendous. I think we cut it off a bit early or else it would be even more,” he continued.last_img read more

‘Stop Undermining Senior Female Police Officers’

first_imgThe Chief of Gender Affairs at the Liberia National Police (LNP), Sadata Reeves, yesterday warned her colleagues, particularly female officers, to desist from undermining each other, in what she said had hindered their elevation to senior leadership positions.Reeves, who is also the Assistant Commissioner for police said, “If they (stop underming), it would encourage senior officers to advocate on their behalf at the leadership level.”“I have noticed that we are our own problem, and only we ourselves can identify our problems and work on them. It is now time for us to work with senior female officers to see how we can encourage them to advocate for us.  We don’t have to pull them down,” Assistant Commissioner Reeves said. She made the assertion yesterday at the opening of a two-day capacity building workshop, organized by the Liberia National Police Women’s Association (LNPWA).The training which begins today is intended to strengthen the LNPWA and to explore strategies that would ensure gender balance within the LNP.It is also part of the celebration of the International Women’s Day, under the theme: “Women Rising Beyond Ebola.”Narrating the history about the formation of the LNPWA, Commissioner Reeves said, it was established in 1994 with the specific objectives of advocating for women, improving their welfare and designing programs that would build their capacity and competency to meet the needs of the LNP.“Since then,” she said, “the organization has ceased to exist. And it is time for us to come together and strengthen women’s capacity and promote gender mainstreaming for the active participation of all police officers, especially females, in decision making positions.”In his interjection, acting Police Commissioner, William Mulbah said the LNP was making serious efforts to have 30 percent women representation within the LNP, warning, “We are going to recruit not just any kind of female officer because we want to get 30 percent representation. We are going to select and recruit qualified officers this time.”He challenged them by saying, “If you want to be on par with your male counterparts, you have to qualify yourself.”He disclosed that there is presently only 17 percent female representation within the LNP.According to him, with the help of the United Nations Women and the Ministry of Gender and Development, 150 females have been recruited throughout the country.“We have currently recruited 150 females and they are expected to enroll at the Liberia Police Training Academy by August of this year,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNDP Weights Health Workers’ Salaries in Ebola Affected Countries

first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the authorities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to coordinate payments for thousands of treatment centre staff, lab technicians, contacts tracers and burial teams who are at tremendous risk in combatting  the deadly Ebola virus.According to UNDP Administrator, Mrs. Helen Clark, paying the health workers’ salaries in a timely manner is crucial and will motivate them to go about saving more lives.“Paying them on time helps to sustain them and their families, and it ensures a steady inflow of personnel who can help stop this disease outbreak,” she said.Mrs. Clark also stated that, “Success in the response, down to the district level, depends on these women and men who are risking their lives every day to fight the disease.”In Liberia, the Government, in collaboration with UNDP and the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), conducted a one-day brainstorming session on the Ebola response processes relative to salary payments to health workers.UNDP Coordinator for Salary Payments for Ebola Response Workers (ERW), Stuart Kefford, said the initiative is to ensure that all Ebola response workers are paid on time.During the training held in Monrovia, Mr. Kefford said efforts are in response to the United Nations Secretary General’s request for UNDP to closely work with governments in the affected countries to identify ERWs and seek better payment modalities.The UNDP Coordinator said the Liberian Government has already established harmonized rates of payment identified by profession and put in place whereby individuals are paid basic salaries, allowances and hazard benefits.He stated that the meeting was necessary to further explain various payment processes that have been put into place by the government and discuss other modalities that will make the process effective and efficient. Recognizing the commitment of the respective national authorities leading this response, UNDP, working with the UNMEER, is tracking payments and improving existing systems through which payments are being delivered to the Ebola response workers.The objective is not only to support governments which handle payrolls and partners to continue paying  the workers’ salaries and incentives on time, but also to strengthen and develop systems that will expand access to affordable financial services after this medical emergency is over.Mrs. Clark also stated that reinforcing existing services can help expand the creation of markets, improve poverty reduction and resilience, boost economic growth and recovery, develop livelihoods of people with low incomes and empower women over time.Beyond the immediate response, she said, UNDP will also make welfare payments to vulnerable communities affected by the disease, focusing on survivors and families who lost relatives or are helping orphaned children, as well as groups who lost their livelihoods as a result of the crisis.The socio-economic impact of the Ebola medical emergency will be felt long after the crisis has ended. It is already affecting the means of making a living of millions of the poorest and most vulnerable people in these countries, as well as the ability of governments to provide basic services to their populations.As part of the broader UN family, UNDP is working to identify and trace people with Ebola; assisting with social mobilization and community engagement; strengthening security agency capacity to prevent further spread of the disease; assessing the socio-economic impact of the outbreak and working with governments on recovery plans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City Hall financial woes Deputy Mayor tears up over unpaid workers

first_imgCity Hall financial woes…gives up M in interest for .5M from errant taxpayer for salaries“Mayor and Town Clerk touring, workers starving!” was just one of the many placards outside City Hall on Monday as scores of workers took to the streets to demand their salaries for the month of October. Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran fought back tears as he called out the administration for not being able to constantly pay the workers their salaries.Workers protesting unpaid salariesThe workers from various departments within the municipality called for regular pay.“It has been brought to my attention that our staff have not been paid for last month (October). I have my secretary and many other people coming to my office telling me that they have to go take a loan and pay interest rates on this loan to get by. It is hard when you live paycheque to paycheque; those who know it feel it. My empathy goes out to each and every member of the staff. I saw them in front of City Hall this afternoon and my heart broke,” Jaikarran said while fighting tears during Monday’s statutory meeting.The Deputy Mayor chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Patricia Chase Green, who is currently on tour in China with Town Clerk Royston King and Finance Committee Chairman Oscar Clarke. The last time the trio took a trip together, Guyana got the highly flawed and controversial parking meter project.Some of the protesters outside City Hall on MondayThey are expected back today, and an Extraordinary Statutory Meeting is scheduled for this afternoon to discuss the financial crisis at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).Jaikarran said that through his office and with approval from Deputy Town Clerk Sharron Harry-Munroe, he solicited a sum of $7,511,130 for the payment of staffers for the month of October. However, that money came with a heavy price tag since City Hall had to waive $19 million in interest from the errant taxpayer.“It is my sincere hope Madame Town Clerk that as I hand you this cheque that the first order of business would be to see the staff remunerated,” he said.“We can’t pay our workers; we are not in the position to. When the opportunity presented itself, I called the Deputy Town Clerk and she said that we needed it.One of the disgruntled workersThere is a protest outside there and it is not right because if you commit to taking on someone to work for you, then you must honour your commitment,” Jaikarran said in an invited comment.Additionally, Councillor Heston Bostwick threatened to resign if cheques continued to bounce when he tried to cash them in.“I stand to report the fact that if it is that administration cannot respect elected officials and Councillors and treat them with the respect, I humbly and sincerely promise that if this continues, I will have no other choice than to tender my resignation. I do not believe that Councillors were elected to be rubber stamps as it appears,” he told Monday’s statutory meeting.Bostwick is owed $150,000 as a stipend for his participation in the parking meter negotiating committee, and Jaikarran said that he hoped that the money was sufficient to pay staffers as well as Bostwick.For quite a while now, the M&CC has been cash-strapped, and on multiple occasions, work around the city had to be halted, since the municipality was unable to pay workers. The city’s major garbage contractors, Cevons Waste Disposal and Puran Bros Disposal Service, were forced to withdraw their services after the administration was unable to pay them over $300 million that they are owed. This resulted in Cevons laying off a number of its employees and Central Government has since indicated that it would be considering bailing the cash-strapped municipality out.last_img read more

Yaya Toure beaten to African footballer of the year prize by Arsenal-linked star

first_img1 Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure missed out on a fifth successive African player of the year award as his reign was ended by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Confederation of African Football announced Ivory Coast international Toure was edged out by Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang, who polled 143 voting points to Toure’s 136 among national coaches.Aubameyang scored 41 goals and claimed 11 assists for his club and country during 2015, including a haul of 18 strikes in 17 Bundesliga games so far this season.The 26-year-old winner wrote on Instagram: “Thanks to my Father and Mother thanks to my son and his Mom thanks to my family to my friends to my teammates @bvb09 and from Gabon national team thanks to my fans and thanks God and everybody.”Toure, who won the African Nations Cup with his country last February, was sorry to miss out on extending his streak of personal accolades at the ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday night.He said, according to BBC Sport: “I’m quite disappointed, but I don’t want to complain too much.“I just want to give credit to Aubameyang – you’ve been doing brilliantly well this year.”Swansea and Ghana forward Andre Ayew finished third in the poll with 112 points. Andre Ayew, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Yaya Toure last_img read more

Chan opens facility at Santa Clarita Studios

first_imgActor Jackie Chan on Friday opened a branch of his management company, JC Culture USA, at Santa Clarita Studios. Chan made the official announcement during an afternoon news conference at a cavernous sound stage on the site. “Because of the sincere invitation from Santa Clarita city and its policy of encouraging the development of the movie industry, my new management company has chosen to be located at first in Santa Clarita Studios,” Chan said in Mandarin through an interpreter. The U.S. office of JC Culture USA will focus on projects including a Broadway show in Chinese and English based on Chan’s book, “I am Jackie Chan.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.David McKeon, executive vice president for operations at JC Culture USA, will be one of seven employees based at Santa Clarita Studios working on the Broadway show and other projects. “He wants people to know more about where he came from, what he has gone through, what his path was to get here,” McKeon said. “He grew up in an academy, which is like an orphanage.” Chan also wants to be a liaison for production companies filming in China. He wants to help movie industry officials recruit local bilingual crew members, find locations and apply for local permits. “I believe our service will be valuable,” Chan said through his interpreter. “Based on the resources we have, we are confident that we will offer the production companies, studios and individual producers the best service in China.” At that point, Chan’s interpreter fell off the dais, giving the actor the opportunity to show off his comic timing. “Stuntgirl,” Chan said as the young lady made it back to the stage unharmed. California elected officials – U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar – took the opportunity Friday to give Chan some awards and praise him for bringing jobs to the area and the state. “The industry will provide such an economic benefit to not only this area but to the state of California as a whole and provide badly needed jobs for so many people,” Smyth said. Santa Clarita is thrilled to have Chan’s business, Kellar said. He said Santa Clarita is one of California’s most-filmed cities and has nearly 10,000 residents working in the entertainment industry. The city is within the 30-mile zone including Hollywood studios and offers a reverse commute, Kellar said. The city has the lowest film permit fees in the Los Angeles area and is home to more than 10 movie ranches and more than 20 sound stages. “This is going to continue to show that Santa Clarita is a true leader in the filming industry in America,” Kellar said about Chan’s decision to locate in the city. McKeon said Chan chose Santa Clarita over places such as Hollywood and Santa Monica because of the city’s tax rebates and film-friendly atmosphere. “When we were looking at all the other options, financially, it makes sense to do business here,” McKeon said. (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe next outing in the Donegal Regatta season take place this Sunday on Dunlewey Lake. Hosted by Cloughaneely Rowing Club, Cumann na GCurach Ccf, this will be the first Skiff Regatta hosted by the club.Around 200 competitors are expected from the 10 clubs around the County. Racing will be extremely competitive as teams battle it out across 11 categories including U14, U16, U18, U21, Senior Ladies and Men as well as a Senior Mixed category.The location for the Regatta is the popular Ionad Cois Locha at Dunlewey making the Regatta a great Day out for all the Family.The Category Draws will take place at 12pm, with the first race off at 1pm.Skiff Racing has been on the increase over the past few years and now visits the Dunlewey area for the first time. So for a fun filled day with lots of thrills and hopefully no spills, Dunlewey lake is the place to be this Sunday.POPULAR REGATTA AT SCENIC DUNLEWEY LAKE THIS SUNDAY was last modified: June 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDunlewey LakeREAGATTAlast_img read more

Rural KZN charms urban skaters

first_imgDallas Oberholzer and his students Taking a break during skate camp(Image: Khanyi Magubane) Khanyi Magubane The soul of KwaZulu-Natal’s imposing Valley of a Thousand Hills is to be found in the majestic and extraordinarily green hills spread out as far as the eye can see. It’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the landscape, virtually untouched by urbanisation.It is against this backdrop that internationally renowned skater Dallas Oberholzer is living his dream life. When he first started building a skateboard park in the heart of the valley, many thought he had lost his mind. But six years down the line and after numerous consultations with the chiefs of the KwaXimba district, Oberholzer has secured land in Isithumba village to continue building and expanding what is now known as the Indigo Skate Park.The skateboard “headquarters” consists of a large household of eight tin-roofed rondavels, aptly painted green. These are used for various activities during week-long camps for young skaters. One or two of the huts are used as dormitories during camp; another has the amenities of a video lounge and the “Ancestors Rondavel” serves for lectures. It’s a typical Zulu compound with livestock – including ducks, roaming freely around. The skate camp is a community-run project and is shared with the locals in terms of the services provided.Life at the skate campIt’s just after 8am on a Sunday morning. The young skaters, ranging from ages nine to 18, have not yet emerged from their hut as they’ve been skating until three o’clock that morning. But Oberholzer, a tanned and dreadlocked skater, is up already, dressed in khaki shorts and ensuring that breakfast is ready for the young ones when they emerge. He stands out in the village, a young white man living comfortably in the community. Everyone knows him and he’s on a first-name basis with his neighbours.After about 15 minutes, the skaters slowly emerge from their hut with sleepy eyes and plonk themselves on the “icansi”, a traditional Zulu mat, where a medley of fruit and some juice is served. Breakfast is shortly interrupted by Oberholzer instructing the boys to head down to the skate park for the morning’s stretching session.A group of 12 campers from the North Beach Skate Park in Durban, including a 12-year-old street kid, are attending Summer Camp Two, one of five camps run throughout the year at Isithumba. Before arriving at the camp the children are advised what to expect. Most of the young campers have never been to a rural environment. The skate camp website reads “Our Camp and Skate Park are found within the property part of the Msomi family … Indigo Skate Camp is a community-based project. Over the past four years we have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Msomi household who had the foresight to allow us to build a skate park on their property.”Following a generous grant from the Sports Trust – an independent body funded by a range of major companies, as well as Element USA, an American firm selling skateboards, shoes and clothes, videos and photographs, Oberholzer will now be able to expand the existing park to build a uniquely African version. Currently, the skate park is located on the extensive grounds of the Msomi household. It has a 1.52m ramp joined adjacently to a 2.71m ramp and a 3.96 foot extension.Skate camp attracts Alaska nativeRoaming around the campsite is Chris Scanlon, a native of Haines, Alaska. He met Dallas Oberholzer on the Internet, through mutual skating interests. Scanlon says it had always been his wish to come to Africa. “I knew Dallas because he is a world famous skater. I’d always wanted to come here [to Africa] but I didn’t want to come here as a stupid white tourist. When Dallas told me about the work that he’s doing to uplift the community of Isithumba through the skating, I finally had a reason to come.”Scanlon’s desire to be part of the community project stems from his own passion of developing young people. “In Alaska, I work with kids too. I work with the Klinket people. They are like the Zulus of Alaska – poor but very cultured. Most of those kids come from dysfunctional families where a lot of their fathers are alcoholics and they grow up in abusive homes.”Scanlon took it upon himself to skate with the kids and also do graffiti with them as a form of anger management, giving them the means to vent their feelings about their family circumstances.Although Scanlon has only been in South Africa for a month now, he has become very close to the project. He spends hours with Oberholzer digging where the new expanded skate park is going to be and he is also very involved in the camps. The two men, with their common vision and desire to develop young people, have become quite close and Scanlon is like an “uncle” to the children.Meeting the pioneer urban ZuluThe man himself, Dallas Oberholzer, who was raised in Johannesburg, is very modest about his own achievements. He casually asks “Have you read the information on the website?” so that he need not repeat his long history with skateboarding. “Skating is too competitive. For me skating started as self-discovery and adventure. What I’m doing now is like coming full circle to that self-discovery and adventure. It’s fresh!” he says.Oberholzer is a world-famous skater who has performed with the likes of skating legend Tony Hawk. His journey of self-discovery in skating has taken him to over 40 countries throughout the world, participating in major contests including Slam City Jam in Vancouver, Canada.In 2000, he attended the European Downhill Championships where he won 1st place at the Hot Heels Downhill Festival, an achievement reported on CNN international news. In that same year in November, he skated in the Australian X-Games, where he walked away with fifth prize. His true fulfilment, though, came in discovering the Isithumba area after he had decided to implement his idea of starting a skate park in that area. Finally on 16 June 2005, which is also marked as Youth Day in South Africa, the skate park opened its doors.But the road has not been easy. His own white community shunned him at first, misinterpreting what he was doing in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. “I’ve always been viewed in a different light,” he says. “My parents had an issue with it at first, but they got over it. I used to get people asking me why I wanted to live there and the negatives of living here, but I didn’t believe in everyone, but rather in my own truth. The undercover racists would say ‘it’s good that you are helping the blacks’ but for me, this was yet another place to explore and have fun skating.”He says he received a warmer reception from the locals, who, although surprised at why he would decide to live in Isithumba, welcomed him as a brother.Future plans for skate campIn September next year, Oberholzer is planning to travel overseas to the United States to present a photographic exhibition of the work being done during the Indigo camps at the San Diego Skate Trade Show in San Diego, California. A German company is also planning a visit to the site in 2008 to help re-surface the ramps. But in the meantime, Oberholzer continues with life at Isithumba, where the pages of the history of the Valley of a Thousand Hills are being re-written, one ramp at a time.Useful linksIndigo Skate CampElements skateboarding Elements awareness programmeThe Sports TrustDo you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

SA, UK ‘commited to doubling trade’

first_imgThe United Kingdom also announced a £1.5-million Prosperity Fund to support projects in South Africa that are linked to low carbon growth, trade and prosperity. Following the 9th SA-UK Bilateral Forum last week, where the South African delegation was led by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, the two countries agreed to focus on building trade and investment in various sectors. 13 June 2011 He said ties between the two countries go much further, and include shared language and cultural links, similar systems of law and finance, and a shared passion for sport. Increasing regional trade South Africa and the United Kingdom have reaffirmed their target of doubling trade between the two countries by 2015. These include infrastructure and engineering, higher education and skills, energy, natural resources, ICT, financial services, and healthcare. “During interactions, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and her British counterpart William Hague committed both countries to work together to build strong, sustainable and inclusive economies that promote national economic stability, regional and international growth, and bilateral business links between South Africa and the United Kingdom,” International Relations’ spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement last week. It also committed £76-million between 2011 and 2015 to support the South African government in boosting growth and jobs, improving health, tackling climate change and reducing violence against women. ‘Dynamic new phase’ “Both countries also share a common interest in promoting trade and a rules-based international system.” Speaking in the opening of the forum in London last week, Nkoana-Mashabane emphasised the importance of increasing intra- and inter-regional trade in Africa for the benefit of the continent’s people. Monyela described the minister’s visit to the UK as successful and the relations between the two countries as having entered a dynamic new phase. Source: BuaNews To this end, the United Kingdom welcomed South Africa’s championing of the North-South Corridor’s infrastructure and committed to continuing the United Kingdom’s support of African efforts to build a Tripartite Africa Free Trade Area.last_img read more

SA set for massive infrastructure drive

first_img In Limpopo, Zuma said the improved infrastructure would help unlock the enormous mineral belt of coal, platinum, palladium, chrome and other minerals, in order to facilitate increased mining as well as stepped-up beneficiation of minerals. “Using the developments in Limpopo as a base, we will expand rail transport in Mpumalanga, connecting coalfields to power stations,” Zuma said. “This will enable us to decisively shift from road to rail in the transportation of coal, which has caused a deterioration of the roads in Mpumalanga.” He said the eastern parts of the North West would also benefit from the greater focus on infrastructure connected to mining and mineral beneficiation.Durban-Free State-Gauteng corridor Zuma said the development of the Durban-Free State-Gauteng logistics and industrial corridor would help connect the major economic centres of Gauteng and Durban and Pinetown, and connect these centres with improved export capacity through our sea-ports. “In this regard, I am pleased to announce the Market Demand Strategy of Transnet, which entails an investment, over the next seven years, of R300-billion rand in capital projects,” said Zuma, adding that R200-billion had been allocated to rail projects and the majority of the balance, to projects in the ports. He said among the list of planned projects, the expansion of the iron ore export channel from 60-million tons per annum to 82-million tons per annum. “It also includes various improvements to the Durban-Gauteng Rail corridor and the phased development of a new 16-million tons per annum manganese export channel through the Port of Ngqura in Nelson Mandela Bay,” he said. He said the Market Demand Strategy would result in the creation of more jobs in the SA economy, as well as increased localisation and black economic empowerment (BEE). “It will also position South Africa as a regional trans-shipment hub for Sub-Saharan Africa and deliver on Nepad’s regional integration agenda,” he said. He added that the government had also been looking at reducing port charges, as part of reducing the costs of doing business. “The issue of high port charges was one of those raised sharply by the automotive sector in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage during my performance monitoring visit to the sector last year,” he said. “In this regard, I am pleased to announce that the Port Regulator and Transnet have agreed to an arrangement which will result in exporters of manufactured goods, receiving a significant decrease in port charges, during the coming year, equal to about R1-billion in total.Eastern Cape, North West, West Coast Zuma said the development of the south-eastern node in industrial and agricultural development and export capacity of the Eastern Cape region and expand the province’s economic and logistics linkages with the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. “In the former Transkei part of the Eastern Cape, we are committed to building a dam using the Umzimvubu River as the source, in order to expand agricultural production,” he said. Added to this, he said the Mthatha revitalisation project, which is a presidential special project, is proceeding very well. “Work is at an advanced stage to improve water, sanitation, electricity, roads, human settlements, airport development and institutional and governance issues.” Zuma said the expansion infrastructure in the North West would include the upgrading of 10 priority roads. On the West Coast, the government would focus on expanding the iron-ore rail line between Sishen in Northern Cape and Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape, which he added would create large numbers of jobs in both provinces. “The iron-ore capacity on the transport-side will increase capacity to 100-million tons per annum,” he said, adding that this would help to feed the developing world’s demand for iron ore.Hospitals, universities The government had also identified infrastructure projects which would help to lay the basis for the National Health Insurance system such as the refurbishment of hospitals and nurses’ homes. Zuma said R300-million had been allocated for the preparatory work towards building new universities in Mpumalanga and Northern Cape. Another infrastructure project with great potential is South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope in partnership with eight other African countries. Zuma urged South Africans to support the country’s bid, with the winning bid expected to be announced next month. The country would also champion the North-South Road and Rail Corridor on the continent, which is part of the African Unions’s Nepad Presidential Infrastructure Championing initiative. “The massive investment in infrastructure must leave more than just power stations, rail-lines, dams and roads. It must industrialise the country, generate skills and boost much needed job creation,” said Zuma.Water, renewable energy Zuma said water infrastructure is also being attended to, with five new water augmentation schemes are on schedule. Zuma listed these as the Olifants River Water Resource in Steelpoort in Limpopo Province, the Vaal River Eastern Sub-System in Secunda in Mpumalanga, Komati Water Augmentation Scheme in Nkangala in Mpumalanga, the raising of Hazelmere dam in KwaZulu-Natal and the Clan William Dam in Clan William in the Western Cape. Added to this nine out of the country’s 25 dams have been rehabilitated. He said to boost energy capacity, the government would continue searching for renewable energy sources, especially solar electricity and biofuels as we implement the Green Economy Accord with economic stakeholders. The government wants to install one million solar geysers by the 2014 financial year, and had so far installed more than 220 000 solar geysers nationwide, said Zuma. “We have outlined a busy infrastructure implementation programme for now until 2014 and beyond,” Zuma said. “I would like to appeal to all our people to join hands as they always do, as we deal decisively with the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Nobody will do this for us, it is in our hands. And we are all equal to the task.” Source: BuaNews The development and integration of rail, road and water infrastructure in the Waterberg and Steelpoort in Limpopo.Improving the movement of goods and economic integration through a Durban-Free State-Gauteng logistics and industrial corridor.A new south-eastern node that will improve the industrial and agricultural development and export capacity of the Eastern Cape region, and links with the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.The expansion in the North West of the roll-out of water, road, rail and electricity infrastructure.The improvement of infrastructure, including rail, on the West Coast. 9 February 2012 South Africa will spend billions of rands on new infrastructure in the coming years, focusing on rail and road projects, economic links in five regions in the country, new universities and refurbished hospitals, President Jacob Zuma said in his 2012 State of the Nation address. Addressing Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening, Zuma announced that he would convene a presidential infrastructure summit to discuss the implementation of the government’s plan with potential investors and social partners. The government’s massive infrastructure plan would be driven and overseen by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission which was set up in September last year. The plan brings together ministers, premiers and mayors of the country’s metropolitan areas under the leadership of Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. “We will use the project management expertise gained during the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup to make this project a success,” he said, adding that the commission had identified and developed projects from state-owned enterprises as well as government departments. “These have been clustered, sequenced and prioritised into a pipeline of strategic integrated projects,” he said.Projects in five regions The projects in the five regions are:last_img read more