18 Dec
2019

Global demand for rooibos increasing

first_imgThe South African Rooibos Council on Wednesday said there was an increased demand for the caffeine-free tea overseas which was bound to boost the industry. “The rooibos crop is consumed mostly locally and the balance of it goes into the export – that’s roughly about 50% – while a chunk of that goes into the Germany market, which accounted for about 40%,” he said. “Farmers have been in an over-supply situation for three years. But the cycle is now changing as a result of lower plantings, and also weather conditions. The prices are on the upward curve at the moment.” Smaller crops were planted and adverse weather conditions had a negative effect on production. De Villiers added that farmers were getting slightly for more for their crops. The council’s Dawie de Villiers said demand was now increasing internationally. Rooibos harvests declined over the past few years along the Cape’s West Coast. Sapa 8 September 2011last_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

Brics bank will change global economics: Zuma

first_img17 July 2014South African President Jacob Zuma has hailed the establishment of a Brics development bank as “an everlasting legacy that will change the face of global economics and the face of all the developing world for the better”.The leaders of the Brics emerging market bloc, at their meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil on Tuesday, nnounced the signing of an agreement that paves the way for the establishment of a New Development Bank, to be headquartered in Shanghai, China, as well as an African regional centre of the bank, to be located in South Africa.“Although we wanted to have the headquarters in our country, I think South Africa, on behalf of the continent of Africa, got a good deal out of the decision about the bank,” Zuma said on his return to South Africa on Thursday.He added that the decision had been reached through consensus, looking at the advantages and resource positions of the five Brics member states.The Brics grouping, he said, had added a refreshing and enlightening dimension to the management and direction of the affairs of the world for the benefit of developing countries.According to the Fortaleza Declaration, the Brics bank will have an initial authorised capital of US$100-billion, and its initial subscribed capital of $50-billion will be equally shared among the five founding members.The bank is aimed at mobilising resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in Brics and other emerging and developing economies that continue to face financing constraints to address infrastructure gaps and sustainable development needs.The bank, the declaration stated, is aimed at “mobilising resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in Brics and other emerging and developing economies”.“Based on sound banking principles, the New Development Bank will strengthen the cooperation among our countries and will supplement the efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions for global development, thus contributing to our collective commitments for achieving the goal of strong, sustainable and balanced growth.”The first chair of the bank’s board of governors will be from Russia, the first chair of its board of directors from Brazil, and the first president of the bank from India. The Brics finance ministers have been directed to work out the modalities for its operationalisation.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

Proteas go pink for World Cancer Day

first_imgWorld Cancer Day is on 4 February 2016, a global event that unites the world in the fight against cancer.(Image: Cricket South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe special day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness of and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. South Africa has a long tradition of giving its support to the fight against cancer. And in recent years South African cricket has become a strong supporter of the cause.Cricket South Africa (CSA) and PinkDrive have urged cricket fans to support the team during their traditional Pink One Day International (ODI) against England at Wanderers, Johannesburg on 12 February.It’s the third time the Proteas have donned the pink for a good cause, and according to CSA, previous events have raised almost half-a-million rand for local cancer awareness programmes and non-profit organisations. The money is used to buy mobile mammography and gynaecology testing centres.This year, CSA hopes to raise R1 000 000 and fans can contribute by sending an SMS with the keyword PINKDRIVE to 40158.“Our support for PinkDrive is one of our foremost social programmes and underlines the fact that cricket has a broader responsibility within society,” said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat at the PinkDrive launch on 26 January. “The Pink ODI (will) mobilise cricket fans and the CSA family in support of a most worthy cause.”CSA, Bidvest, the Gauteng Cricket Board and sponsors, including Momentum and Castle Lager, will all contribute to the pink theme of the day, as well as raise funds. In addition to the Pink Proteas, billboards and branding around the Wanderers stadium will be decked out in pink. Merchandise, including hats and T- shirts, will be on sale for the day.As is tradition for the PinkDrive match, sponsors have offered players game incentives to add to the contributions.Momentum will donate R10 000 for every six hit into its family area spectators’ zone, and R100 000 for every boundary that hits a giant inflatable M placed in the arena.Castle wants to donate R10 000 for every catch of the day, while R2.50 from every beer sold on the day will also be donated to PinkDrive.Venue sponsors Bidvest will donate R1 000 every time the ball hits the (pink, naturally) branded boundary rope.Highlights from previous PinkDrive gamesJason Holder and AB de Villiers on the future of #cricket: https://t.co/zrlCqTItDG pic.twitter.com/h9PB2B3SiB— ESPN Caribbean (@ESPN_Caribbean) January 16, 2016In 2015, South Africa played in pink against the West Indies at Wanderers. It seemed as if the colour came packed with luck as AB de Villiers, Riley Rossouw and Hashim Amla all scored centuries to give South Africa a total of 439, surpassing the highest score in one-day international cricket. The Proteas held the previous record of 438 in the legendary game against Australia in 2006.Captain De Villiers led from the front, scoring the fastest century in one-day international history.The history of cricket and pinkInternational cricket’s association with cancer awareness began in 2005, with the formation of the McGrath Foundation. That fundraising and awareness initiative was started by former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath and his wife, Jane.Following Jane McGrath’s initial diagnosis and successful treatment for breast cancer, the couple wanted to use their status in the cricketing world and Australian society to draw attention to the need for cancer technology research and awareness for women, particularly young women, to have regular cancer checks.Initially a standard fundraising operation, the foundation’s pink-themed cricket events boosted its popularity, first in Australian domestic competitions and later in official games by the national side.Now in its tenth year, the foundation holds regular annual pink events, including the Sydney Pink Test, an iconic centrepiece of the charity held during Australia’s home Test match in January every year. In February, around World Cancer Day, there is a number of charity matches played featuring pink stumps. On 31 January 2016, Australia also played a Pink T20 in Sydney against the touring Indian team.Supporting Jane McGrath Day at the Australia v India T20 Cricket #janemcgrathfoundation #artisgroup pic.twitter.com/C3f9OSvMlB— Chris Greatrex (@chrisgreatrex) January 31, 2016Jane McGrath died in 2008, but her memory lives on in the pink initiatives held by cricketing nations around the world on World Cancer Day, including in South Africa.Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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16 Dec
2019

A Net-Zero Home for Farm Workers

first_imgFeatures fit for the farmFarm workers get dirty, and they’re likely to run into pesticides or herbicides in the course of a day — factors the student designers took into account. A second entryway to the home was designed as a cleansing zone where workers can shed shoes and clothing, use a shower and pull clean clothing from double-sided lockers before going inside.The design team originally planned to use straw-bale construction (some online articles still include this description), but later the plans were changed in favor of more conventional 2×6 construction and fiberglass batt insulation, said Claire DeCamp, a university representative on the project.Students are building the house on two refurbished house trailers on campus, and the intent of the design, DeCamp said, is that the components could be made as modular units in a factory and trucked to their destination for assembly.Other features of the house, taken from the UCDavis team website:Materials that contribute to high indoor air quality, such as air-purifying plants and linoleum flooring that doesn’t off-gas volatile organic compounds.Flexible indoor spaces that encourage groups to gather but also a master bedroom that provides some privacy.Radiant heating and cooling system using a rainwater reservoir. At night, water from the reservoir is sprayed into the air through a rooftop sprinkler. The chilled water is then filtered and pumped through the radiant slab during the day to cool the house. When needed, the same tubing can distribute heated water.A heat exchanger to pull energy from domestic gray water to preheat potable hot water.Solar tubes for indoor lightingOne of the group’s primary goals was to design a net-zero home that both public and private housing providers could afford, the website says. There’s more about the project in this YouTube video. A design team at the University of California, Davis, has focused its attention on the often unmet needs of farm laborers for its entry in this year’s Solar Decathlon.It’s the first time the school has participated in the competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.C. Davis entry, what its designers are calling the Aggie Sol home, is one of 16 university solar-powered houses that will be on display in Irvine, California, beginning on October 8.The house is specifically designed for farm workers on the West Coast, the team’s website says, and is intended as a model for affordable housing that can “replace the inefficient grid-dependent houses that currently dominate the market.”The U.C. Davis team hoped to develop a template for housing that would benefit a group of people who often make do with substandard housing.“In the United States, over one million people are working as farm laborers, and with 12% of all U.S. agricultural exports coming out of California, it is clear that many of these farm workers are here in our own backyard,” the team’s website says. “These workers are often living in deplorable conditions, with no plumbing, no temperature control, and extreme overcrowding due to their inability to afford anything better.”last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

J&K Governor heads to Delhi

first_imgAmid the ongoing crisis in the State, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Saturday went to New Delhi to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.Sources said Mr. Vohra will discuss the unrest and the ground situation with Mr. Singh and Mr. Doval. He is also likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra ModiIt is learnt that Mr. Vohra, who is also head of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, will also brief the central leadership about the security requirements this year for visitors, amid issues in south Kashmir.A new Governor?The Governor’s visit assumes significance in the wake of demands for Governor’s rule in the State by several parties. Besides, news of a possible meeting between Mr. Vohra and Mr. Modi has also fuelled speculation that the Centre was looking for a new Governor. Several names, including that of a Kashmiri pandit, are doing the rounds for the top position.Meanwhile, Amit Shah, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), arrived in Jammu for a two-day visit to meet party legislators so that he could get the sense of situation evolving in Kashmir an Jammu regions in the wake of series of developments, including low voter turnout and attacks on Muslims by gau rakshaks.Also, Farooq Abdullah, president of the Opposition National Congress (NC) on Saturday expressed concern over the Centre’s decision not to hold talks with separatists.“The Centre’s submission in the Supreme Court that it will not hold dialogue with separatists might prove disastrous for the future of Jammu and Kashmir. We express our concern and regret over the stand,” Mr. Abdullah said, addressing a meeting of party leaders and workers here.Terming talks as the “only way” for the resolution of the Kashmir issue and everlasting peace in the region, Mr. Abdullah urged for early resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan saying “bombs and bullets will not help“.BJP leader Ram Madhav had on Saturday had attacked separatist leaders in Kashmir, accusing them of playing politics of sentiment over dead bodies and said that the Centre had made it clear that it would not hold talks with them.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

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28 Nov
2019

Anoop Kumar to accompany MC Mary Kom at London Games

first_imgMC Mary Kom will not be alone when she begins her London Olympics campaign on Sunday.As reported by Mail Today earlier, Mary’s coach Charles Atkinson has not accompanied her to the Games, and that had raised doubts about the five-time world champion’s preparedness for her participation in the 51kg category.However, in a release issued on Thursday, India’s acting chef de mission and Indian Amateur Boxing Federation secretary general PK Muralidharan Raja stated that Mary will be accompanied by the chief coach of the national women’s team, Anoop Kumar, since she’s the only Indian woman to qualify.On the issue of Atkinson not being given accreditation, Raja said: “Mr Charles Atkinson, who has been coach with Mary Kom for the past six months, is a professional WBC coach and has trained Thai WBC boxers in Thailand. AIBA does not permit any boxing coach who does not have an AIBA 3-star certification to be coaches at Olympics.””As per rules, only those who are AIBA-approved and accredited are permitted to participate as coaches.”last_img read more

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