SA’s oil and gas operations hub

first_img5 November 2007German manufacturing company MAN Ferrostaal has launched South Africa’s first fabrication yard for oil and gas platforms at Saldanha Bay near Cape Town, positioning the country to take advantage of booming energy operations along Africa’s west coast.A company statement issued this week reveals that the investment is worth approximately €30-million (approximately R284-million) and forms part of a R1.7-billion investment pledged by the company into the South African oil and gas operations.This commitment is part of an offset deal brokered between the South African government and the company, which has built three new U-206 submarines for the SA Navy.At the official opening of the yard on Tuesday, MAN Ferrostaal chief executive Matthias Mitscherlich emphasised the great local added value in realising the project.“Three-quarters of all firms commissioned were South African companies and half of all expenditure went to companies which promote the interests of South Africa’s black population,” Mitscherlich said.Over 900 people from the Western Cape Region were involved in the nine-month construction period, with nearly all material used in the construction of the yard coming from South Africa.Saldanha Bay, situated about 60 nautical miles north-west of Cape Town, is the deepest and largest natural port in southern Africa, and it is intended that the platform fabrication yard will meet the increasing demand for production platforms triggered by the growing west African oil and gas industry.Complete offshore platforms, as well as components for offshore platforms such as bridges, outriggers, decks, mantles and submarine infrastructure, will be constructed at the 220 000 square metre complex.Until now, offshore oil and gas platforms used in west Africa have been manufactured solely in Europe, the Middle East, the US and south-east Asia, and capacity constraints meant lead times of up to seven years. The new production site at Saldanha Bay will reduce lead times and towing times for platforms to a fraction of the time currently required.MAN Ferrostaal believes that the sharp increase in oil prices will lead to increased demand for production platforms, and is currently in talks to construct a second site for the repair and maintenance of oil platforms in Cape Town.Both projects are of great social importance for South Africa, in addition to their economic significance, as they will lead to the creation of approximately 12 000 new jobs.“Due to the very positive feedback from the international oil industry, a capacity increase is already being planned for the complex in Saldanha Bay,” MAN Ferrostaal said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New unit to tackle corrupt officials

first_img2 December 2010 The South African government has launched a special unit to tackle corruption in the country’s public service by investigating suspected corrupt officials, improving lines for reporting wrong-doing, and protecting whistleblowers and witnesses. Launching the unit in Johannesburg last week, Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi said the unit would investigate officials with undisclosed business interests as well as official who did outside work without permission, who solicited bribes, or who received grants or benefits unlawfully. Baloyi said the unit would operate in collaboration with the police Special Investigative Unit, the Auditor-General, the Public Service Commission, and the National Treasury. Provincial anti-corruption units will also work hand-in-hand with the new unit, which is divided into three divisions to handle investigations, legal and disciplinary matters, and strategic information management. It will conduct, facilitate and coordinate the investigation of high-profile cases and, where necessary, refer investigation outcomes to the relevant authorities for further action. It will also oversee disciplinary proceedings in high-profile cases. “Our stance is zero tolerance on corruption,” Baloyi said, adding that rooting out corruption would lead in turn to a more efficient public service. Last month, the Public Service Commission recommended the establishment of an anti-corruption unit in the public service because non-compliance and a lack of coordination was hampering the fight against corruption in government departments. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA seminars for Japanese investors

first_img27 May 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is partnering with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi United Financial of Japan to host seminars in Yokohama this week to promote Japanese investment in South Africa. According to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, the seminars are a follow-up on a memorandum of understanding (MOUs) signed by the DTI and the bank in February. The DTI said in a statement on Monday that other MOUs would be signed with other institutions this week aimed at providing Japanese companies with market intelligence to help them to establish businesses in South Africa. “The business seminars will give a chance to South African businesses to have bilateral business interactions with their counterparts in Japan.” Davies said South Africa was looking to promote more value-added exports from South Africa so as to diversify the country’s trade away from traditional resource-related products. To this end, South Africa would be promoting manufactured goods in sectors such as agro-processing, automotives, clothing, leather and textiles, metals beneficiation, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He added that Japan was an important export destination for South Africa. “Japan is South Africa’s third-largest export destination, and an important traditional trading partner. “According to information from Japan External Trade Organisation, South Africa ranks either first, second or third as Japan’s source in the world for imports of preserved pears, preserved apricots, grapefruit, prepared peaches, ground nuts, motor cars of a capacity less than 1 500cc, cane sugar, oranges, rock lobster, macadamia nuts, apricots and juices.” The DTI will also participate in the African Fair 2013, the biggest business event related to Africa in Japan, taking place during the upcoming Tokyo International Conference on African Development Summit. “High-end items such as Rooibos espresso, Fairtrade wines and Wedgewood nougat will be showcased to appeal to the sharp Japanese palette,” Davies said. “Artwork from Ardmore Ceramics as well as Carrol Boyes design items, among others, will be exhibited during the Fair.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Vaya: based on three separate true stories

first_imgThree strangers, one journey – Vaya unpicks the stories of three characters who are travelling to Joburg. It explores their expectations – and the realities – of the big city.Zanele, played by Zimkitha Nyoka, hopes to change her life by moving to Jozi. (Image: Rififi Pictures)Sulaiman PhilipPeople have always been drawn to the big city, and this pull is at the heart of the new feature film from award-winning director Akin Omotoso.Vaya tells three separate stories of three passengers travelling from KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg. They are strangers on a train whose destinies are intertwined as they navigate the foreign and exotic world with which they are unprepared to deal.His film was about the challenge of not losing yourself in a new place, Omotoso told Variety. And it is based on the true stories of writers in the Homeless Writers Project, a writing workshop for people living on the streets of Johannesburg.Nhlanhla (Sihle Xaba) is drawn to Jozi by the promise of easy wealth. (Image: Riffifi Pictures)“Vaya is the story of travellers who arrive in Johannesburg with different hopes and plans, only to discover the hard realities of life when you’re not in control of your own destiny. I wanted to explore the feeling of arrival – with its built-in expectations and fears – in a way that’s true to a lot of places.”Sibusiso Msimang is Nkulu, the oldest son changed by the journey to collect his fathers remains. (Image: Riffifi Pictures)Nkulu, played by Sibusiso Msimang, is travelling to fetch his father’s remains so they can be buried in his rural home. Zanele (Zimkhitha Nyoka) is chaperoning a young girl on her way to meet her mother. For her, the trip is a chance to change her life and make her dreams come true. Sihle Xaba plays Nhlanhla, a young man attracted by the prospect of quick and easy money. Unable to pay his dowry, he accepts a job from his cousin that promises to solve his financial woes.Eight years in the making, Vaya premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and had a limited run to qualify for Oscar consideration. It opened in South Africa at the end of October. “Many filmmakers have utilised the network narrative to relay broad social commentary,” said Cameron Bailey, director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Omotoso, bolstered by brilliant performances and Kabelo Thathe’s sizzling camerawork, wisely focuses on tension, character and milieu, leaving the conclusions up to us.”Omotoso holds that his belief in story-telling, as opposed to action-driven moviemaking, makes Vaya a better film. It gives audiences, he says, a way to identify with characters who live lives very different from their own.“You’ve gotta find something in the stories that resonates with its people, and just the idea of what it’s like to not have your own urgency, what it’s like to be at the mercy of other people – that is the key element explored in Vaya.”The long creative process has resulted in a film of which Omotoso and his team are rightly proud. It gave the production team, and its first-time script writers, the opportunity to flesh out a story that has been described as “amazing”.“Having walked with this film for years, I felt a bit like a marathon runner, who prepares themselves for everything, including the emotional roller coaster to come. The shooting was not easy, as we shot in real locations with real challenges but the readiness and vision shared by everyone involved was there.”Akin Okomotso at the Vaya screening at the Berlinale in Germany. (Image: Berlinale)Vaya’s international success has shone a light on the quality of African film. Omotoso says new technologies and new platforms make this an exciting time to be an African filmmaker. The world, he argues, is ready for African filmmakers telling African stories.What is needed to build a sustainable film industry able to create high-quality content is easier access to funding, growing audiences, holding down costs by improving infrastructure, and improving distribution and marketing.“Sustainability in the long run means that multiple projects can be developed and given the utmost opportunity to be successful. And somebody has to fund your film, and hopefully you want to give that person their money back.  And the distributor has to put the film out and they too want to get their money back. How you get your content to the audience is still a compelling discussion. But it’s a very exciting time to be a filmmaker.”Okomotso says African filmmakers must continue to build on the foundations laid by pioneering African artists. A Nigerian, he has lived in South Africa for a decade. He points to his own multicultural life experience to explain the edge African filmmakers have.African artists must not “squander the opportunity to tell (African) stories”, he says. They must take advantage of the opportunities that are now available. “It’s important for the world that African cinema exists.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

SA paddlers take on world’s longest canoe race

first_img “Sleep deprivation was the biggest one,” he said of the challenges he faced in 2007. “Obviously you have to be very fit. You start hallucinating, there is tendonitis in your wrists, sore bums from sitting down the whole time. “The river is quite dangerous,” he added. “You can’t go too close to the bank. Branches and massive trees fall out, so they are 30 metres into the river and you can’t see the branches and the river is flowing really fast, and you get hooked up in those. The water temperature is four or five degrees.”A bigger boat Due to the nature of the race, it is entirely possible that, apart from the start, they might not see any of their fellow competitors at all along the route. The vast distance and the tough requirements of the test that lies in weight means the Dung Beetles have to use a bigger boat than usual. “It’s a sea kayak,” Paul explained , “bigger than our kayaks because you’ve got a long list of mandatory things you have to take, like tents, sleeping bags, two stoves, three weeks of food, bear spray, flares. It has two hatches, so you are taking a lot of kit. “The boat will weight from 80 to 100 kilograms by the time we are packed up and ready to start. It’s an expedition.”Spot devices The duo will also carry two Spot devices with them, in case one of the tracking gadgets breaks down. The devices allow them to be tracked by satellite. Every day, they must stop paddling by 23:00, when it gets dark, and within 15 minutes they must press their device. The competitors are allowed to start paddling the next morning at 05:00, when it becomes light again. They must press the Spot device every six hours. In case of an emergency, the Spot devices contain a rescue mechanism, which would alert the Coast Guard on the United States side of the border and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada.Goal Paul and Boshoff have spent six months preparing for the Yukon 1 000, putting in training sessions of up to 100 kilometres a day. They’re planning to finish the distance in eight days, although seven days would be something they would be very pleased with, said Paul. The race record is six-and-a-half days. Keeping up their energy will be vital to achieving their goals and finishing the race, he added. Food “We both trained by going to a dietician. Our intake is all based on calories and what you are burning up every day, so we have balanced that out,” Paul said. “You can’t replace the calories as fast as you are burning them. We eat every half- hour, or at least every hour. A lot of that comes from energy drinks, probably 75 percent. You have to drink about half-a-litre every hour. You have to drink at least eight litres every day. That’s what we plan to do.” Paul’s and Boshoff’s progress can be tracked on their blog – The South African Dung Beetles Blog 17 July 2014 Only 12 teams have been brave enough to enter this year’s edition of the longest canoe race in the world, the Yukon 1 000 – meaning 1 000 miles (1 600 kilometres) – and they include the “South African Dung Beetles”, Duncan Paul and Donovan Boshoff of the Natal Canoe Club. The event starts in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, in Alaska, and concludes at the Alaska Pipeline/Dalton Highway after seven to 12 days of paddling for 18 hours a day. Clearly, it is not for the faint of heart.Unsupported As an unsupported race, the contestants have to look out for their own wellbeing and that means carrying three weeks of food supplies. “You have to take three weeks of food with you because if you have bad weather conditions or someone gets injured there is no way you can be helped out there,” Paul said at a send-off function in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he and Boshoff jetted off on their way to Canada for the start of the Yukon 1 000, which takes place from Monday, 21 July. Paul previously took part in the Yukon River Quest in 2007, completing the mammoth 740 kilometre journey with fellow Natal Canoe Club member Colin Burden in 50 hours, while taking only one seven-hour and one three-hour break along the way.Useful knowledge Thanks to that previous experience, Paul explained, he learned some useful things, like the kinds of trials he and Boshoff can expect to face in the even longer Yukon 1 000. last_img read more

Photo: The ACC Network Misidentified UNC Point Guard Joel Berry As N.C. State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

first_imgACC Network used NC State QB Jacoby Brissett's picture for Joel Berry.North Carolina is taking on Boston College on the road today, and Tar Heels freshman point guard Joel Berry is returning to the court after missing nearly a month with an injury.The ACC Network put up the following graphic to discuss Berry’s return, with one small problem. The player in the headshot isn’t Berry. Instead, it’s N.C. state quarterback Jacoby Brissett.Nope. That’s not @JoelBerryII. pic.twitter.com/L1l3A1KnXi— UNC Humor (@UNCMemes) February 7, 2015Now, Brissett and Berry share the same initials and both play in the state of North Carolina. And the point guard is the quarterback on the basketball court, right? So I guess it’s close enough.Actually no, it’s not. At all. But at least this graphic was in coherent English, as opposed to this one involving UNC.last_img read more

Mourinho has been believing in Baker since 2014

first_imgFollowing the announcement of Lewis Baker’s departure for Leeds United from Chelsea, which is his fifth loan deal, one might easily wonder if he is really that precious.Which he is, indeed – at least according to Mourinho. Back in 2014, he was looking to sign Baker at Stamford, while he was still a teenager, alongside the other English hopes Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke. In the process, throughout the duration of which his decisions were doubted on more than a few occasions, Mourinho has made some bold claims.“If, in a few years, Baker, Brown and Solanke are not national team players, I should blame myself,” Mourinho said, according to the official website of Leeds.“They are part of a process the club started without me, during that period before I came back.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“But now I have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure.”“I’m not saying we’re doing it just for English football, because it is also about us.”“Chelsea is seen as a ‘graveyard’ for young talent. But at the moment, officially in the first-team squad, we have Andreas Christiansen, Nathan Ake, probably Baker, because I want to have one more English player.”Four years later, even though things have not gone exactly as predicted by Mourinho, Solanke made his English debut this year and Brown and Baker are still owned by Chelsea, despite being loaned out quite a few times.last_img read more

BT presenter cancels show after contestant collapse

first_imgBT Sports presenter Mark Pougatch announced the cancellation of the results of Friday night’s sports score after Glenn Hoddle collapsed.The former England footballer was one of the contestants but suffered a shock heart attack which led to him being rushed to the hospital.“Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to bring you a programme this afternoon,” Pougatch said, according to the Daily Mail.“Earlier today, I’m sad to say, Glenn Hoddle was taken ill. He’s gone to hospital where he’s receiving the best possible care and attention. It goes without saying all of our thoughts, and I know all the best wishes of football fans around the world, are with Glenn and his family.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Before suffering the heart attack, one of the other contestants, Steve Sidwell posted a video of the match on Instagram on which he can be heard saying: “Look at this fella [Hoddle] here. You never lose it. You never lose it, Glenn.”Former Tottenham shot-stopper Ray Clemence urged Hoddle to ‘stay strong’ and Chris Waddle, another of Hoddle’s former teammate with England, said: “Get well soon, Glenn. Our thoughts are with you.”Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton also wrote on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers for Glenn Hoddle and his family after he was taken ill today.”last_img read more

Gracia I prefer to speak about the penalty

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia deflated talks on the controversial decisions that marred his side’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.The Hornets came from behind to secure a draw on the south coast, which saw Gracia’s side climb above Manchester United into seventh on goal difference in the Premier League.“I prefer to speak about the penalty,” the Spaniard disclosed to Sky. “It was first when there were more than 30 minutes left, it could be the second yellow card for that player, a penalty and after that, maybe the game could change.“I didn’t see it from my position, it’s impossible to know what happened.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“But after asking Chalobah he told me it was clear and maybe changed the game from that moment. But I prefer to support the referee’s decision, it’s difficult their job.”Gracia thought it was a fair result after his team rallied round for a point.“We have won a point,” he said. “It is true, we were improving and at the end of the game we created some chances to win. But I think a draw is fair and Southampton created some chances to score in the first half as well.“And we tried to compete and in the second half we showed character and ambition to get this point and it is important after the game we played today to go back home with one point.”last_img read more