SA firm named Africa’s top SMME

first_img20 October 2003Cape Town-based Roth Medical Components was declared the top small business in Africa at the first Africa SMME Awards function held in Johannesburg this month.South Africa’s First Lady, Zanele Mbeki, presented the awards to the winners at a glittering ceremony interspersed with African dance items and attended by 240 people from all over the continent.The Africa SMME Awards, an initiative of the Africa Centre for Investment Analysis (ACIA) at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, is set to become an annual highlight on the Africa development calendar.The awards formed part of the Conference on Africa Development Finance, a well established event presented for the fifth time by the ACIA.The evening was in no way a predominantly South African event, as the best small, medium and micro enterprises from all corners of the continent showed their mettle.Other Africa SMME Award winners were Nineteen Twenties Safaris from Kenya (tourism sector and East African winner), Enda inter arabe (open category and North African winner), Groupement National de Nutrition (West African winner), Intermap (information and communications technology), Tropical Mushroom (agriculture), Peter Harley Construction (construction), and ABC Ulwazi (education, training and consulting).Barrie Terblanche, editor of BigNews for the Business Owner, a South African national newspaper for SMMEs, was chosen as the Africa SMME Journalist of the Year. The judges were impressed in particular by Terblanche’s objective and informed style of writing.“Judging by the entries we received from all over the continent, we certainly seem to have captured the imagination of African entrepreneurs,” said ACIA head Nicholas Biekpe. “This sector needs all the encouragement it can get,” he said, adding the awards “marked the start of a new level of inter-enterprise competition”.Businesses that enter the awards are expected to be well established, in good financial shape and enjoy a reputation for quality, integrity and service. Furthermore, they should operate in a socially responsible manner, support community development efforts, and create a work environment in which their employees can learn and grow.According to the judges, Roth Medical Components came out tops in the competition because of the high quality and reputation of its products produced for the medical industry. Furthermore, the business is built on solid business principles and has established itself as a world leader in orthopaedic niche products.The company exported its products for the first time in 1994, and has since grown its export market to more than 40 countries.The sponsors that made the Africa SMME Awards a reality were Xstrata, which sponsored the prize of the overall SMME winner, K-Rep Consulting from Kenya, Ashanti Goldfields from Ghana, Woolworths, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Western Cape Tourism Board, Barloworld, Educor, the University of Stellenbosch Business School, and the International Institute for Communication and Development.Source: University of Stellenbosch Business Schoollast_img read more

Infrastructure development key to unlocking Africa’s potential

first_img18 November 3014 President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane. (Image: GCIS)With an infrastructure funding gap of US$93-billion per annum, the establishment of a Global Infrastructure Hub by the G20 countries may come as a boon for African countries.The Global Infrastructure Hub, or GIH, is an initiative launched during the recent G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, Australia, that will complement “on-going efforts to reduce barriers to infrastructure development in most G20 countries’, according to South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday, 18 November, Nene said the GIH will be open to all member countries as well as to non-G20 members. “It is intended to also attract private sector financing, to complement efforts by the public sector. Further details on the operations of the hub will be finalised soon, and it will be ready to operate in the early parts of 2015,’ he said.“We are therefore happy that issues of accelerated infrastructure investment through designing appropriate funding instruments, carefully structured public private sector partnerships (PPPs), and project development facilities received a lot of attention at the Summit,’ Nene added.The GIH initiative on infrastructure will complement a number of other initiatives in which South Africa is involved, Nene said. These include the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA), a platform for brokering more financing for infrastructure projects and programmes in Africa, which was launched at the G8 summit in Gleneagles in 2005.The ICA aims to accelerate efforts to meet the urgent need for infrastructure development in Africa, according to Nene, and acts a conduit for economic growth and development on the continent. He said ICA addresses both national and regional constraints to infrastructure development, with a particular focus on regional infrastructure.Membership of the ICA comprises the G8 countries, the World Bank Group (WB), the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank (EIB), South Africa and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).“ICA is another important avenue through which South Africa seeks practical strategies to implement the commitments made in institutions like the G20 and BRICS, in pursuit of Africa’s infrastructure development objectives,’ said Nene.Adding, Nene said lack of a “pipeline of well-prepared, bankable projects’ is one of the key constraints to infrastructure development in Africa. “Although more than 52 Project Preparation Facilities operate in Africa, these facilities are not effectively unlocking infrastructure development across the continent. Project preparation and the financing thereof remain key stumbling blocks to Africa’s infrastructure development,’ he said.In addition to these initiatives, South Africa has set up a task team on look into private sector financing of infrastructure, made up of government, business and labour representatives. Nene said the task team has been able to narrow its focus to areas that will have the greatest impact, namely encouraging private sector financing and participation in infrastructure; and the steering of development finance institutions to focus more on “crowding in’ private sector investment.Because of the prominence of infrastructure development to South Africa (infrastructure development is a key priority in the National Development Plan), the country will host the 10th annual meeting of the ICA in Cape Town from 25 to 27 November 2014. The meeting will be held under the theme “Effective Project Preparation for Africa’s Infrastructure Development’, according to Nene.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

July Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

first_imgEach of July’s Featured Geocacher of the Month nominees has made their mark on the geocaching community. Though many other qualified candidates were nominated, Groundspeak Lackeys selected these three influential and inspiring nominees.Sniperchicken – June 2012 Geocacher of the MonthNow it’s your turn to help select one of them as July’s Featured Geocacher of the Month.Write a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocachers you feel should be crowned.Last month, SniperChicken was chosen as the June Featured Geocacher of the Month. SniperChicken was recognized for his kindness and creative ability to engage the geocaching community through his caches. As the Board President of the Mississippi Geocachers Association, he is known to go above and beyond to research every hiding location to provide fellow geocachers with a unique geocache and story.Here are your nominees for the July Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.daggydaggyNominated by Deermark, Lynn, a.k.a, daggy “has been the Chairman of the Indiana Fall Geocaching Picnic for 8 years. This event draws between 200 and 300 geocachers every fall. She helped found INKY (The Indiana-Kentucky Geocaching Group). This group meets once a month for a social and has drawn between 30 and 80 new geocachers every month since inception. Daggy has volunteered with Lincoln State Park in Indiana to help with the park’s annual geocaching event for the last 5 years. She was also instrumental in writing the proposal that brought Geowoodstock X to Indiana. Daggy has been caching since September 2001 and has almost 16,000 finds and 137 hides. Her traditional hides have 248 favorite points and 67 of them are still active. She has hosted 14 Event Caches and has found a cache in 50 states. She gives so much back to the geocaching community, not just locally, but nationally.” T&ADT&DAbigfish97 writes, “My name is Dustin and I am 14 years old. I have only been geocaching since February and now it is one of my favorite things to do. I was introduced to geocaching by my aunt and uncle, Troy and Amanda,” a.k.a. T&AD. “They showed me everything about geocaching such as Trackables, Geocoins, different types of caches, etc. They have been geocaching since January but have already found over 350 geocaches! I learned everything I know about geocaching from them. They still guide me through a lot of my finds, even from 300 miles away. I love to share my experiences with them because they are beginner geocachers that I can relate to. I am thankful that they introduced me to this great hobby and what I am asking is for you to choose them for the month of July because it would mean the world to me!” SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the June Featured Geocacher of the MonthJuly 10, 2012In “Community”June Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJuly 3, 2012In “Community”Announcing the June 2013 Geocacher of the MonthJuly 17, 2013In “Community” De WijngemachtigdeDe Wijngemachtigde“Every year a Geocoin race is organized in the Netherlands to encourage people to put their coins in circulation instead of keeping them at home,” says irisisleuk. “When the original organizer suddenly stopped organizing this race, Guus, a.k.a. De Wijngemachtigde stepped in and took over this race. But his actions didn’t just result in copying what was done before. He really wanted to take it to the next level. This year, Guus managed to get a record number of 250 participants in the race. And the coins didn’t just visit the 12 provinces, but all 415 municipalities of the Netherlands. He thought of the idea that photos of the coin with the city limit sign and city hall and/or coat of arms of the city where a coin is dropped/retrieved, should be rewarded with bonus points as well. So, he now checks every log, of each coin for photos to see whether this coin should get  bonus points. He does all this himself. The way Guus has organized everything has really got our geocaching community in the Netherlands closer, more involved and resulted in many, many fun coin logs to read. This race has given a whole other dimension to geocaching. It really spices things up and makes moving trackables so much more fun.” Featured Geocacher of the Month IconComment below to tell us who you think should be the featured July Geocacher of the Month. A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon, and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by two of the founders of We will be accepting comments for July’s award through July 31st.Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month. If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a Featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to [email protected] nomination must meet the following requirements:Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and a description (500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the August Geocacher of the Month must be received by August 10th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Medha Patkar ends hunger strike as M.P. agrees to review stand

first_imgNarmada Bachao Andolan’s (NBA) Medha Patkar ended her hunger strike on the ninth day on Monday, after the Madhya Pradesh government agreed to reconsider its response to 30 demands that the NBA had made earlier relating to rehabilitation of those affected by the Sardar Sarovar project. As regards closing the dam sluices leading to the submersion of villages in the backwaters of the Narmada river, Chief Minister Kamal Nath reassured her in a letter that “Madhya Pradesh will make efforts to ensure the dam gates are opened and the filling up of the reservoir is postponed.”As per the schedule of the Narmada Control Authority, the reservoir is to be filled for the first time to its full level of 138.68 metres by October 15. The Gujarat government has contended that since the construction of the dam — the world’s second-largest concrete dam — was not monolithic and included both horizontal and vertical joints, it was necessary to test the structure’s integrity by filling it up to the brim. On Monday evening, the M.P. government’s representative, former Chief Secretary S.C. Behar, met Ms. Patkar in Chota Barda village of Barwani district, where six other activists have accompanied her on an indefinite fast along the river, and handed her the letter. “There is a need to rethink on several issues,” Mr. Behar said. “The previous government had adopted a certain attitude, which needs to be changed, along with some policy measures.”Mr. Behar said the State government had admitted that the number of villages facing submersion was more than estimated earlier. “We have an experience of managing dams, and we can tell what often appears to be the case is actually something else,” he said. The NBA has been demanding that by opening the dam sluices, the water level should be reduced and rehabilitation of 32,000 project-affected families should be completed first. Only then should the dam be filled up to its full level.Breaking her fast by having lemon juice, Ms. Patkar said, “The letter has a lot of trustworthy points. If rehabilitation of the affected is completed according to the law, only then they could be saved. We have asked Mr. Nath to write to the Centre and the NCA, representing the situation in Madhya Pradesh. They should present correct figures and make an appeal to them to not fill water in the reservoir to the full level.”On September 9, government officials will meet representatives of the NBA in Bhopal and go over the demands again. “Madhya Pradesh government should raise its voice at every level,” Ms. Patkar said. “If the discussions fail, we’ll continue our satyagraha there,” she added. Even the government had admitted that a greater number of villages than surveyed were in the submergence area, she said. “They said ‘not 174 but 178 villages’ would be affected.” In his letter to the activist, Mr. Nath asserted that “Sardar Sarovar is an inter-State project and no one State can take a unilateral decision in this case.”The government had instructed Collectors to give rehabilitation-related benefits to those who were previously declared ineligible for rehabilitation, he wrote. “The present government has considered 115 new families eligible for ₹60 lakh compensation and the amount has been sought from the Gujarat government. However, it has not given it so far.”Moreover, Mr. Nath alleged that the NCA was not functioning in an independent manner. “The government is opposing the filling up of the dam this year for which the Chief Secretary had written to the authority requesting a meeting over the reconsideration of the water filling schedule. However, the NCA didn’t take it seriously. It scheduled a meeting but later cancelled it,” he wrote. Assuring Ms. Patkar that the Madhya Pradesh government was committed to the rehabilitation of the affected persons, he said, “Their claims and issues will be dealt with at camps that will be organised in every village.”last_img read more


first_imgSouth Africa Touch are here with four teams and they’re improving continually and dramatically. It was a privilege to be at the Opening Ceremony where the South Africans march and singing was not only emotional but the highlight of the ceremony for me. So I sat down yesterday and chatted with Richard Mullins (Under 20 Mens Coach) and Labeeb Levy (Under 18 Mens Coach) about the state of Touch in their Nation and where it’s heading. Back in 1995 Touch was virtually non-existent in South Africa, and what little interest there was focused on the one-touch game. (Similar to the traditional six touch game but with one Touch before a turnover rather than six.) Arriving at the 1995 World Cup in Hawaii was a shock introduction for the South African Touchies, confronted with a completely different set of rules and style of play. It is estimated that in 1996 South Africa had about 600-700 players and just three leagues, one each in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. By 1999 South Africa had developed to a level where they brought together three National sides; Mens, Womens and Mixed for the 1999 World Cup and results began to pick up. In 2001 they sent a Womens 20’s side to the first Youth World Cup and in 2003 they sent, Mens, Womens, Mixed and Mens 35’s to the World Cup in Japan. Today there are about 60 teams in 12 leagues, with between 6000-7000 players. There are many social and economic factors that are helping and hindering the sport of Touch in South Africa. The growth of Touch in schools has been vital to the development of the young Touchies we’re seeing this week on the Sunshine Coast. In the last 2 years they have helped three school leagues develop, bringing many talented kids through their Touch programmes. Visits and tours from groups such as the Australian Masters sides is also helping to develop Touch, as they make South Africans more aware of the sport and it’s positive aspects. “One opportunity for us is that it’s a new sport that doesn’t require anything more than an open field and a football, we can play it on the street and it’s not as rough as Rugby,” said Richard. “But on the other side it does cost a lot of money to attend tournaments like this and we have a number of players that can afford it and a number that simply can’t.” “Many of our kids spent much time selling raffles and fundraising in order to make this trip,” said Labeeb. “Also if this trip had been just three days later than we would have saved $600 per person in travel and visa costs because of the change of travel season,” he added. As they grow in depth they are discovering an increasing number of incredibly talented players in some of the small towns scattered around their Nation. “Unfortunately no money goes into developing sport in our country,” said Labeeb. “We need so much development and money for our housing and other social areas, so unfortunately sport suffers a little, there is so much talent in these areas and we need to tap into that and develop it,” he said. Both Richard and Labeeb have no doubt that there kids have the talent and the potential to be world leaders in Touch Football. “We love it just as much as you guys,” said Richard. “We just have to continue to work with the social and economic problems confronting our nation and then keep developing our coaches, referees and administrators so we can develop our players and competitions,” he said. The experience of International competition such as this is no doubt invaluable for the South African sides. “We want to not only become more competitive every time we play, but to create our own brand and style of Touch Football,” said Labeeb. “You have the Australian style and the New Zealand style, we want to create the South African style.” And if anyone wants any more evidence pf the South African commitment to being here and playing Touch, then look no further than the South African Mens 18’s player who addressed his team mates at half time in a match against New Zealand: “We could be walking down the streets of Johannesburg and get shot and die, but here let us die for our country.” By Rachel Moyle, [email protected] LINKS: Stories will be on the homepage, as well as archived under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. For other Youth World Cup stories check out the Federation of International Touch site using the following link: FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL TOUCH For all the latest results check out the SportingPulse site using the following link:SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGElast_img

a month agoNew Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League clubby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Nice owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe remains interested in buying a Premier League club.It’s understood he looked at Newcastle and Chelsea this year – and he may return to buy a top flight club at a later date, says the Mirror.Those close to the man, who started life in a council house in Greater Manchester, insist they haven’t ruled out Ratcliffe ­making a Premier League impact one day.A business confidante said: “Jim was genuinely interested in buying a leading Premier League club. At the same time he wants value for money and after ­considering the cost involved and the ­necessary investment he chose Nice ahead of Premier League clubs he was in negotiations with.” last_img read more

5 days agoMourinho adamant about Man Utd striker Rashford: He’s not a target man

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mourinho adamant about Man Utd striker Rashford: He’s not a target manby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is adamant Marcus Rashford is not a target man.Mourinho was speaking after Rashford scored in United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.”When we beat Liverpool a couple of years ago, we played with Rashford and Romelu Lukaku up front. He is not a target man, he is a man of movement,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.”I do not think he is a pure nine. If Ole is going to play him as he did today then I think he is the perfect player for him.”He’s young but he is experienced. With 21 years he probably has more matches than some players who are 24, 25. For me he is potentially a very good player, in some models and in some positions.”As a number nine I don’t think he has the 30 goals a season in him. I don’t think he can get better as a target man. To be better as a target man is difficult for him.” last_img read more

‘Jamaica Moves’ to be Introduced in High Schools

The ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme will be introduced in high schools this fiscal year as the Government ramps up its initiative to encourage Jamaicans to lead healthier lifestyles. This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5). The ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme will be introduced in high schools this fiscal year as the Government ramps up its initiative to encourage Jamaicans to lead healthier lifestyles.This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5).Dr. Tufton noted that the programme will be introduced in the high-school system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to expand its reach.This introduction is to be guided by a nutrition policy, a physical activity regime, as well as public education on health and wellness programmes.In addition, the Government also intends to develop a health and wellness programme for the workplace.“This will involve going into the workplaces, speaking to employers and helping them to develop health and wellness programmes within their entities,” he said.In the meantime, the Health Minister said other initiatives that were started under the programme over the last year will be continued.This includes parish and community tours around health centres, in conjunction with community-based organisations.Dr. Tufton informed that under the Jamaica Moves programme last year, more than 5,000 Jamaicans got health checks through parish tours, more than 4,000 persons participated in workout sessions, and 800,000 were reached through mainstream and social media with health and wellness messages.Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, sickle cell, mental health disorders and chronic renal failure.The campaign also focuses on community-level interventions to facilitate increased physical activity among the population. Dr. Tufton noted that the programme will be introduced in the high-school system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to expand its reach. Story Highlights read more

Winnipeg schools get into orange Tshirt day

first_imgAPTN National NewsSeptember 30th may be the last day of the month, but it’s also the day that dictates what colour of clothing you wear.At least if you’re at any number of Winnipeg schools.The day has been chosen as orange T-shirt day.It’s when students remember residential school survivors.APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports.last_img