SA, Botswana grow business ties

first_img30 August 2012 A strong South African business delegation attended the Botswana-South Africa business seminar in Gaborone on Wednesday as President Jacob Zuma began a two-day state visit geared to boosting trade and investment between the two countries. Over 100 business people representing South Africa’s agri-processing, mining, construction, energy, ICT/telecoms, infrastructure and financial services sectors met with their Batswana counterparts at the Gaborone International Conference Centre. The delegates were led by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, together with other government departments and Brand South Africa. “We are looking forward to visiting Botswana with a large delegation of business people who are keen to identify and pursue trade and investment opportunities that exist between the various sectors in our two countries,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said ahead of Wednesday’s seminar. Strong economic ties already exist between the two countries, and South Africa remains Botswana’s major trading partner. South African companies have a huge presence in Botswana and are involved in various sectors, including mining, housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services.Zuma to push co-operation on infrastructure Zuma’s state visit, following the successful state visit of President Ian Khama to South Africa in October 2010, was expected to focus on trade and investment, energy, transport, science and technology, environment and security issues. It was also expected to emphasize the need to invest in infrastructure development, especially the need for the two countries to work together on large-scale projects such as cross-border infrastructure, industrial and energy developments. “South Africa and Botswana enjoy very strong historical, economic, social, political and neighbourly relations, which were deepened during South Africa’s struggle for liberation,” the Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday. Agreements scheduled to be signed during Zuma’s visit include one that paves the way for a bi-national commission at a Presidential level, under which relations between the two countries will be structured going forward. Zuma is being accompanied by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, Transport Minister Ben Martins, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, and Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. SAinfo reporter and SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Youth the key to competitiveness and growth in Africa

first_img6 May 2016Brand South Africa presented an overview of the organisation and its efforts to encourage competitiveness in Africa at the 2016 Junior Chamber International (JCI) Africa and Middle East Conference, held in Johannesburg from 4 to 7 May 2016. The organisation presented during the conference’s Active Citizenship Workshop on 5 May 2016.Brand SA talking vision 2013 and active citizenship at the JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference. #JCIAMEC pic.twitter.com/LkZ9cnFiqt— Tshepo Thlaku (@Thlaku) May 5, 2016CEO Kingsley Makhubela also gave a keynote address on nation branding and the power of the youth in strengthening the nation brand.The Active Citizenship Workshop, presented by members of JCI Africa, focused on encouraging young people to become partners in progress for socioeconomic development. The aim of the workshop, and the conference itself, was to harness effective youth development practices to engage young people in the active roles they can take to build social cohesion.Delegates included JCI president Paschal Dike of Nigeria, and Tshepo Thlaku, chairman of the 2016 JIC event and president of JCI South Africa.The BSA presentation highlighted the many strides the country has made in building its reputation in Africa and the world. It also looked at the social and economic advancement of the country through active citizenship and a strong focus on trade and industrial competitiveness.The presentation aimed, in the words of the Brand South Africa slogan, to inspire new ways to motivate other African countries to become storytellers for the continent.#LatestIssue: @Brand_SA CEO Kingsley Makhubela on branding SA positively despite issues: https://t.co/ftCdU7EL4D pic.twitter.com/7L9WUSlGq9— Destiny Man (@Destiny_Man) March 31, 2016In his keynote address, Makhubela spoke about how young people have the ability and passion to continuously change the world. He used the examples of both the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto student uprisings and last year’s #FeesMustFall demonstrations.“South African youth demonstrated how they could come together and collectively fight for a cause that would change the conditions for millions of young people in our country,” Makhubela said. “Education is a critical enabler for development and equally for national competitiveness. The youth of South Africa did more than just fight for no increases and additional funds, they are fighting for the country’s very development.”Turning to global issues, particularly those affecting Africa and the Middle East, Makhubela said youth power was key to spreading democracy and reducing inequality. “Young people are playing a critical role in raising levels of awareness about the unsustainability of current frameworks and paradigms,” he said.Concluding, Makhubela emphasised that young people must understand that with every right comes a responsibility to change the world without destroying it. He quoted the African Union’s Agenda 2063 for long term growth and development on the continent, which states: “Present generations are confident that the destiny of Africa is in their hands, and that we must act now to shape the future we want.”Annually, the JCI conference brings together over 1 000 young active citizens, representing more than 50 partner countries from Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The attendees participate in a host of inspirational sessions, practical workshops, meetings with important political and economic players, as well as fun social events. These all encourage emerging young talent to share best practices, exchange ideas and determine the future of the organisation and the young people in the regions it represents.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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After good show in China, Sania moves up 15 places to 129

first_imgSania Mirza today gained 15 places in the WTA singles rankings to be 129th and jumped 20 positions in the doubles to 67th after a good show at the Guangzhou International Open in China.Sania reached the quarter-finals of the singles event and won the doubles title along with Romania’s Edina Gallovits in China, last week.However, India’s men’s singles star Somdev Devvarman slid to 117, a loss of four places.Rohan Bopanna though marginally improved his singles ranking by reaching 473rd, a gain of six slots. He was static on 19th in the doubles list.Leander Paes (9) and Mahesh Bhupathi (13) also had their doubles rankings unchanged.India’s Davis Cup team yesterday pulled off a dramatic 3-2 win over Brazil in the play-off to retain its place on the elite World Group.last_img read more

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There Are No Easy Matches In Womens Tennis Anymore

WIMBLEDON, England — No one has any idea which of the four semifinalists will win the women’s singles title at Wimbledon on Saturday. But there is one prediction you can make with confidence: The remaining matches will be close, hard-fought contests that could easily last three sets.Women’s tennis matches keep getting longer and more grueling. Since the 2014 Australian Open, the four Grand Slams — including this year’s Wimbledon, which is not yet complete — have averaged 40.9 three-set women’s matches per tournament. That’s up from an average of 36.8 between 1988 and 2013. Last month’s French Open saw 46 women’s matches go the distance, which was the most ever at Roland Garros and tied for the fourth-highest tally at any Slam since 1988, according to the WTA. So far this Wimbledon, there have been 43 three-setters, with three matches left to play. One more would put this year’s competition in a three-way tie for the most three-set matches at Wimbledon since 1988 — the 2011 and 2008 tournaments each saw 44. Tennis’s current crop of women are, as a group, extremely talented but frequently flawed players, which means anyone can win almost any match. This is especially true while Serena Williams, the sport’s most dominant player, is off the circuit during her pregnancy. For evidence that anyone can win, look no further than last month’s French Open, where an unseeded 20-year-old — Jelena Ostapenko, who at the time was ranked 47th in the world — took home the trophy. Five of her seven matches there lasted three sets, including the semifinal and final. In the final, Ostapenko trailed by a set and 3-0 before charging to victory.Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded 9th at Wimbledon, saved two match points in the second round and beat Christina McHale, an unseeded American, in three sets. She needed three sets in the next round too, against Timea Bacsinszky, seeded 19th. Radwanska, who became a professional in 2005, said that today’s tennis is far more tense than it was in the past.“A couple of years ago, those first two rounds when you didn’t play against seeded players, it was easy,” Radwanska said. “You don’t have to play 100 percent and you’re gonna win. Obviously it’s not gonna happen anymore in tennis right now. You can play … those players that you really don’t want to play in the first round, and that’s why I think we can also see a lot of upsets in early rounds.”In men’s tennis, the late rounds of many tournaments remain compelling — it’s hard to be bored when greats like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are duking it out — but in early rounds, the excitement has fizzled. The men’s side rarely sees any early upsets, and players are more likely to retire in the middle of matches; nine men bowed out during the first three rounds at Wimbledon this year, compared to only two women. We don’t yet know if the women will have any 30-something superstars in the final this year, but the women’s matches are competitive and entertaining from the first round to the last. CoCo Vandeweghe, an American currently ranked 25th, described the men’s field as “top-heavy” compared to the women’s side.“In the women’s game, as you’ll see, there is more upsets along the way with the seeded players, because I think there is more depth in the 20s to 30s to 40s,” she said. “I think there is some very solid depth of players that can make an impact against a top player. I mean, I’m an example of that myself.”British star Johanna Konta says that anything can happen and happen quickly. She has won three three-set matches so far, including one that required 18 games in the third set. She said she worries about everyone she faces.“I don’t underestimate any opponents,” she said. “I respect each and every opponent that I’m playing because I’m fully aware of the challenges that they will bring.”Of course, no one will underestimate Konta’s next opponent. She plays five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the semifinals on Thursday. read more

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Governor Introduces the new National Security Council NSC

first_img More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:governor peter beckingham, james smith, larry covington, national security council DR wants consulate office in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Oct 2015 – Governor His Excellency Peter Beckingham, Commissioner of Police James Smith and Security Advisor to Overseas Territories, Larry Covington briefed the media on the first meeting of the National Security Council at a press conference today. Gov. Beckingham informed that the NSC, which he co-chairs with the Premier, will meet once a month. His Excellency also shared that falling under the NSC will be the, the National Security Advisory Board, a 20 member group to include a cross section of Community leaders. Commissioner James Smith explained that his role will be key; providing members with strategic assessments of the criminality issues in the TCI and setting the guidelines for the NSC. Commissioner Smith admitted that his officers need more training, that the force needs enhanced technical capabilities and recommended a more efficient road traffic department to register vehicles and drivers. As for visiting specialist, Larry Covington, he spoke about his experience, security within the region, sharing of resources, training for officers and increasing the productivity of the force. Covington is Law Enforcement Advisor with the FCO based in Miami, Florida. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootingslast_img read more

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Pink Weekend in Provo rain or shine says Organizers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 17, 2017 – Providenciales – All PINK weekend set for Providenciales, Turks and Caicos in a delayed celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month.    In the Pink will happen rain or shine at the Palms Resort on Grace Bay, Saturday, November 18th and it will be an amazing night, promised Karen Whitt who today furnished the evenings events.So here’s the rundown… 7:00 pm General Admission and Shopping… also at 7:00 pm Pink Poker tournament in the Ballroom… 9:00 pm PINK after-party in the courtyard and all night long, Silent auction and raffle draws.    This year, In the Pink is delayed from its usual October time due to the hit of the hurricanes.  Funds raised will go to Cancer and Hurricane Relief.#MagneticMediaNews#allpinkweekendPhoto credit: Paradise Photographylast_img read more

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