13 June 2007Investment in South Africa’s economy has risen steadily from 14.7% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2002 to 19.2% of GDP in the last quarter of 2006, President Thabo Mbeki told Parliament on Tuesday.In the last quarter of 2006, he said, investment grew at an annualised rate of 16%, well ahead of the 10% target of the government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).Delivering the Presidency’s budget vote in Cape Town, Mbeki said South Africa’s economic growth was breaking records, citing “independently published research from … academic experts, ratings agencies that advise investors, and market research organisations.“Check with all these experts and you will discover that they know what most South Africans know, that by September this year, the South African economy will have been growing for eight solid years, longer than ever before in the recorded economic history of our country.”SA’s current rate of growth “has remained at a steady high level for longer than ever before in our history,” the President said, with average real income per person rising at around 4% per year since 2004 and more than 500 000 new jobs being created annually since September 2004.“These facts are not contested among experts in the field, except for those who say that we may be undercounting some of these key numbers because the sample frames we use have not kept up with a changing economic structure,” Mbeki noted.“There are also some who assert that many of the jobs created are in cyclical sectors like retail and construction, where job security is tenuous. Others point out that a considerable number of the new jobs created are in the informal sector.”This was true, Mbeki said, but did not detract from the fact that “we are now creating jobs more rapidly than ever before in our history” and that, “unlike most developing economies, most of our jobs are created in the formal sector.”Mbeki said the country should “celebrate the fact that the overwhelming majority of South Africans believe, from their lived experience, that tomorrow is likely to be better than today, and that their own hard work will help make it happen.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
1 November 2012 South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology is to partner with Impala Platinum (Implats) to use and build local skills in the development of hydrogen and fuel cell products, the department announced on Wednesday. The collaboration with the world’s second-largest platinum producer is intended to attain some of the objectives of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development and Innovation Strategy (HySA Strategy), which was established in 2008. Implats will initially co-fund a niche project in the portfolio of HySA Systems to the value of R6-million, over a three-year cycle. The project involves using South African raw materials to explore novel on-board hydrogen storage devices to be used for utility vehicles such as forklifts that will be tested in the Implats environment.Stimulating job creation and economic growth Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said the department hoped its partnership with Implats would eventually lead to job creation and stimulate economic growth. With the necessary steps being taken to build up hydrogen and fuel cell infrastructure, it was essential to begin developing a supply chain of businesses which could generate jobs and growth in these new technologies, said lead investigator and Director of HySA Systems, Bruno Pollet. “Hydrogen-powered utility vehicles will help to create new working partnerships and bring about a sense of cohesion among those already working in the industry,” Pollet said. Implats chief executive officer Terence Goodlace said that long-term global growth could be sustained only on the foundations of resource availability and technological evolution, and that precious metals would be particularly valuable as growth patterns shifted. Implats recognised that beneficiation as a mechanism for generating additional value from a national resource would be increasingly important, Goodlace added.Penetrating the global fuel cell market The Department of Science and Technology has established three centres of competence under its HySA Strategy, which are hosted by some of the country’s leading universities and science councils. These centres of competence are hosted by the University of the Western Cape, co- hosted by the University of Cape Town and analytical chemistry laboratory Mintek, and co-hosted by North West University and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The HySA centres of competence have made progress in securing partnerships with the international and local private sectors, which will enable HySA to penetrate the global fuel cell market, the department said. HySA Systems, one of the centres of competence, is based at the University of the Western Cape, and is engaged in systems integration and technology validation. Source: SANews.gov.za
22 February 2016When astronomer Kevin Govender found out he that he had been named as a joint recipient of the 2016 Edinburgh Medal with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), his first thought was that it was a mistake. “It wasn’t supposed to be me,” he said. “I thought it could rather be my colleague, George Miley.”But mistakes like that don’t happen, and indeed he was the correct candidate. “The moment I convinced myself it was real, it was unbelievable,” the director of the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) said thoughtfully.Govender first heard about his win towards the end of 2015, when he received an email. He immediately dismissed it as spam. But following a call from Prof Ian Wall, who is on the Board of Directors of the Edinburgh Science Festival, during which the award ceremony will take place, things became real. Wall said the board had been keeping an eye on Govender’s work.It prompted the curious Govender to do further research. “I looked it up,” he explained.He learned that some of the previous individual recipients included prestigious names in the scientific community, such as Prof Jane Goodall (1991), Sir David Attenborough (1998) and Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1999). Four Nobel laureates have also been recipients: Prof Abdus Salam (1989), Prof Wangari Maathai (1993), Sir John Edward Sulston (2001) and Prof Peter Higgs (2013).The medal itself is made of sterling silver and features the original Edinburgh International Science Festival logo – a juggler performing with different symbols of science.Following the announcement, the influx of congratulatory messages came in droves. “I was swamped with well wishes.” He laughed when he said he still needed to respond to each of them. In order to satisfy the scrutiny, he took to his blog because “all the attention had left me rather speechless so far. I’ve barely managed to click ‘like’ on people’s comments to acknowledge their congratulatory nature”.In his post, he acknowledged his colleagues for their efforts in the OAD, he explained his hesitance in having the spotlight on him, and he thanked everyone for their support.“So thank you, my dear friends from near and far for all the well-wishes and congratulatory messages,” he wrote. “I accept them humbly with much appreciation and respect, and with the hope that this opportunity will provide a strong boost for the work that we do on this global initiative.”Govender will attend the awards ceremony on 30 March and will give a talk as well. It takes place during the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival. Because he is a science enthusiast, he said, he was most excited to attend the festival. He had completed his term at South Africa’s national science festival, Scifest Africa, and was keen to see the Scottish event.Receiving the medal was very important for South Africa, Govender added. “The award being given to a South African shows the global position of the country as a leader in astronomy in the developing world.” Having the main office of the OAD in South Africa, with nine regional offices around the world, further solidified South Africa’s leadership role.Govender’s love for science came from his parents, whom he described as a “special combination”. His mother was a teacher and his father a motor mechanic. “I grew up with a love for reading and learning how things worked.”If something went wrong in the Govender household, they fixed it themselves. It formed the basis for science – learning how the world and the universe worked. “When I was in high school, I used to read the science text books of the standard above me because [they were] more interesting,” he revealed. “The teachers supported me.”He and his fellow science enthusiasts formed science clubs to help younger children think about science, which continued throughout university. At his first job at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), he became involved in science outreach projects and got sponsorship from the company.As yet, he has no idea where he will place the medal. “We’ll probably put it on display in the office,” he mused. “We have things on display from all our travels.“This medal gives a level of credibility to the work we do. And we have many affluent people passing through the office – they can then see the recognition.”Through his work, Govender has had to travel to many countries, so much so that his passport has run out of pages to be stamped. Highlights have been getting to know people all over the world and experiencing a wide range of cultures.But his ultimate highlight has been having two children with wife, Carolina Odman. “We’ve had two boys, one is two years old and the other four years old, and that has kept me sane. It gives perspective to the work we are doing.” Kevin Govender says his children help give him perspective. (Image: Supplied)Govender was appointed the OAD’s director in 2011. He was previously part of a tiny delegation that successfully lobbied the United Nations to declare 2009 the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009); he chaired the Developing Astronomy Globally Cornerstone Project in the same year.He was included in the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, and received the National Science and Technology Forum’s Science Communicator award in 2011.He reiterated that the field of astronomy gave us the perspective we needed to change the world. “It opens and broadens our minds, it makes us realise what is, and what isn’t important.”
By Carol ChurchIn our first installment on this topic, we went over the definition of a side hustle and their pros and cons. In our second installment, we discussed finding the right side job, and do’s and don’ts for success. Today, we present a list of side job possibilities that might work for military spouses–some of which you may not have heard of.Of course, each job will have its pros and cons, and all require further research. If they will be operating a business out of military housing, spouses need to get advice on what is and isn’t permitted. And don’t forget about taxes, which can be complicated for ventures such as these.20 Military Spouse Side HustlesDog walker/pet sitterIt’s easier than ever to get into this due to new websites such as Rover and DogVacay, although companies like this also will take a cut of earnings. Those interested will want to consider their own expertise and comfort with animals of all size and type.Blogger (especially on a niche subject)While some bloggers are enormously successful, this is typically a low-profit business. However, those with specialized knowledge or marketing and media experience may be able to make this work. Visit ProBlogger for job listings and career advice.Virtual assistantThose with a variety of proven, useful skills may be able to do well working as a virtual assistant. Sites like Zirtual are for more professional responsibilities that an assistant would handle, such as bookkeeping and travel scheduling. Fiverr offers the chance to do almost anything (legal) one can think of for a “fiver” or more. Taskrabbit is more about local, in-person tasks, such as cleaning or deliveries.Photospin/Tom Baker“Social selling” companies, such as LulaRoe, Pampered Chef, Jamberry, Avon, etc.While not everyone is a fan of these systems, which typically involve reselling products to friends and acquaintances through parties or online, they definitely can and do work for some. It’s best to sell something one personally uses and feels passionate about. Take the time to research the particular company of interest, and remember that some of these systems also ask workers to “recruit” others.Perform assorted small tasks for pay on Mechanical TurkMechanical Turk offers a variety of small, short tasks (such as transcription, photo labeling, or completing surveys) available to do online. While most pay very little, the flexibility and ease of entry is nice, and those who know how to locate the highest-paying tasks sometimes are able to make a decent wage.Work for Uber or LyftBecoming a driver for one of these 21st century taxi services requires a clean record, ability to drive safely (there is a screening) and a car that meets their standards. The company will keep a certain percentage; drivers get to keep any tips. Note that location is a factor; those in populated areas will get more jobs.Fitness instructor, Zumba teacher, yoga instructor, or personal trainerThis opportunity may require investment in training or studio rental, but for some it is very lucrative.Start a house cleaning businessThis is a pretty easy business to start up (not a lot of costs) and run out of a home. Those interested can use their network by starting off offering services for people they know, then getting them to submit testimonials and make recommendations. Consider becoming bonded and insured.Tutoring studentsObviously, this is especially suited for those with a background in education, but others with solid knowledge in a subject and good people skills may be able to make this work as well. This business typically takes places at odd hours and may require a lot of travel time and gas money. Startup costs are low.Start a catering business, or work for an established catererMany caterers need servers, bartenders and assistants for short-term work, and the pay can be fairly good. Night and evening work is the norm, however.Starting a catering business is certainly more complex and requires knowledge of and possibly certification in food safety, but those with a knack for cooking and economical food purchasing can do well.Start a gardening or yard work businessThis is another one where people may be able to start off working for those they know and parlay that into a business through referrals and recommendations. The startup costs here are high, since workers typically will need mowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, and even a trailer.Selling baked goods, jam, or other prepared foods at farmers’ markets or other eventsIt’s possible to make a good profit selling prepared foods at events, local businesses, or through the Internet. There are food safety and “cottage industry” laws that affect this business, so those interested need to do their homework ahead of time.Making and selling jewelry, soaps, bath items, candles, or other crafts and selling on Etsy or at local marketsPhotospin/Mykola LunovA wealth of articles cover the pros and cons of this business idea. Marketing is generally key, as is creating an attractive and well-priced product. Workers need to be careful not to undersell their time with this option.Bartending freelance for eventsThose who are willing to go to bartending school can market themselves as qualified for this and earn money at private events. Personal safety may be a factor here.Babysit or start an in-home child care servicePart-time babysitting for friends and acquaintances is another low-startup business that can pay well. One can also consider working for a site like SitterCity. If the interest is more serious, workers can consider starting a business in their home, which will require vetting for safety and purchasing materials. All caregivers should be certified in CPR and first aid, and those with an in-home business may need state certification.On-site photo booth operatorThough there is a substantial investment, this business can be profitable in the right market and does not require a high degree of technical skill once one has learned the ropes. On the downside, work is typically on nights and weekends.PhotographyThough there’s a lot of competition in the market for family and wedding photographers and/or freelance photography, some will may be able to make it if they market well.Short-term positions from the “gigs” section of CraigslistThere are typically many scams in this section, so workers need to beware. However, some report being able to put together multiple part-time legitimate gigs.Sign up with a temp agencyTemping can be an easy and low-commitment way to earn money, though employees have to remember that the agency gets a substantial cut. New online temp marketplaces like Wonolo are an interesting option.Reselling antiques, used clothes, used books, etc. on eBayThose who are great shoppers or thrifters with an eye for a deal may succeed here. Photography skills and the ability write a detailed description are important, as is the ability to monitor auctions.This is really just the tip of the iceberg for unconventional “side hustles,” but it’s a starting place. What’s really important is knowing that there are many ways to get around the limitations of the military lifestyle and to contribute to family financial security.
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The killing of the Arunachal Pradesh legislator and 10 others allegedly by members of the NSCN(IM) has put a question mark on the yet to be concluded Naga peace deal.Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said “politicians and important people” were primarily responsible for the situation “as at times they take the help of insurgents.” The Naga peace accord has been hanging fire since the Centre, represented by interlocutor R.N. Ravi, signed a framework agreement with the NSCN-IM in 2015, the largest group representing the Nagas then. Progressively, the Centre also signed a preamble in November 2017 with six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) to further hold discussions to find a solution to the issue lingering on for decades.The NSCN (IM) has been fighting for a ‘Greater Nagaland’, or Nagalim. It wants to extend Nagaland’s borders by including Naga-dominated areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, to unite 1.2 million Nagas.A senior government official said the killings were a result of rivalry between two factions of the NSCN(IM).Last year, a parliamentary panel quoted the Home Ministry that in Nagaland, the insurgent groups have been indulging in extortion and collecting taxes from many sources including government departments and the NSCN(IM) has had the largest extortion network spanning almost all of the villages of Nagaland. The report also said that the group had emerged as the biggest supplier of arms in the northeast. “Arms were smuggled from China, through Bangladesh, and sold to insurgent outfits across the region,” the report tabled in Rajya Sabha on July 19 last year said.Mr. Rijiju, also a member of Parliament from Arunachal, posted on Facebook that involvement of local community members in insurgency-related activities affected the security operations in the region.“Even if few members of local community are involved in insurgency activities then it affects the security operations because of their family links etc which results in collateral damages and (it) become (a) human right issue… Some people will only question and blame the security forces but never condemn acts of insurgents. They only talk against AFSPA which is actually brought for better security operation and to protect the citizens,” Mr. Rijiju said. In an order on April 2 last year, the Home Ministry had announced the partial withdrawal of AFSPA from the State, 32 years after it was imposed.He said a “massive military operation” has been launched by the security forces in eastern Arunachal Pradesh.
India’s five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (48kg) clinched her first gold medal of the year by finishing on top in the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournament in Haikou, China.Mary Kom beat Kim Myong Sim of North Korea 4-3 in the final of the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournament.The mother-of-two from Manipur claimed the gold after beating Asian champion Kim Myong Sim of North Korea 4-3 in the final.Playing her first tournament since her bronze medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, Mary Kom had made a place in the last two of her weight division after drubbing Kate Appari of Philippines.In the title clash she had to work hard as her North Korean opponent put up a stiff challenge.In the end though, it was the skill and agility of the world champion that came through as she went on to clinch the yellow metal, the Indian Boxing Federation said in a statement.However, he other Indian in fray, Pavitra (57kg) had to face defeat in the finals as she lost 6-11 to Tossamalee Thonalan of Thailand.Earlier in the tournament Neetu (60kg), Kavita Goyat (75kg), Laxmi Padiya (81kg) and Kavita Chahal (+81kg) earned bronze medals for their performance.With PTI inputs
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd interest in Juventus winger Costa dates since Ferguson eraby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are being linked with Juventus winger Douglas Costa.The Red Devils are hoping to sign a winger in January or the summer who can play on the right side of the team.United have no specialist right winger, with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata often filling in.And the Manchester Evening News reports that United’s interest in Costa goes all the way back to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.Even though United have an interim boss in Ole Solskjaer, the club will chase after long term targets if they become available in January.The 28-year-old Costa has only started three Serie A games season, netting 0 goals and 0 assists.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Willian: Chelsea must be sharper with our finishingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian says Chelsea must be sharper with their finishing after victory over Brighton.The midfielder struck in the 2-0 win.It was his first goal of the season, and his first since March when he netted in the Europa League against Dynamo Kiev.”We needed it,” he told chelseafc.com”We have been working hard every day, every game and this time we finally got the result, got the three points at home and we have to carry on,” he added. “We have to continue in the same way.”The game could have been 3-0 or 4-0. In the first half we created a lot of chances and I think we have to be more clinical. We cannot miss chances like this and we have to now think about the next game.”
The British Heart Foundation has launched an exclusive online auction of luxury items and experiences as part of their glamorous ‘Roll out the Red’ Ball taking place on Tuesday 10th February at the Park Lane Hotel, London.The auction runs until 11.30pm on Tuesday 10 February and includes a variety of money can’t buy prizes donated by a host of famous faces.Prizes include a host of experiences and luxury items including:• VIP backstage passes to the Graham Norton Show • The opportunity to win an afternoon being styled by fashionista and Roll out the Red Ball host The Saturdays’ Mollie King • VIP tour of the Red Arrows training base • Private tour of Art15 including lunch at the fair’s Food 4 Art restaurant, curated by food critic Fay Maschler • An eight week Body Transformation with celebrity personal trainer, Andy Elliott • A custom-made BHF red Swifty Scooter • Ambassador Pippa Middleton’s red LK Bennett dress • A bottle of House of Commons whisky signed by: Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan and Edward Heath • Monica Vinader jewellery • An MCM backpack • A case of Sir James Cuvée Brut from wine sponsor, HardysCheck out the full list of prizes up for auction.The Roll out the Red ball is now sold out but you can still support BHF by bidding in the auction.“I’m honoured to be hosting the Roll out the Red Ball in aid of the British Heart Foundation,” said The Saturdays’ Mollie King. “It is such a fantastic charity which is very close to my heart. My grandfather sadly died of heart disease.“The BHF has already made vital discoveries in the prevention and treatment of heart and circulatory conditions but there is still so much work to be done.“Guests attending the ball will be raising funds which will go directly into life saving heart research. The evening promises to be one to remember!”All the proceeds from the online auction will help fund groundbreaking research to fight coronary heart disease – the UK’s single biggest killer.