The speakers at the recent summit were (front, from left) Bafana Mabale, Lefty Mogorosi, Refilwe Thlabanyane, Mojalefa Nale, (back, from left) Miller Matola, Leo Makgamathe and Jaco Viljoen.North West, one of the country’s agricultural and mining powerhouses, was the latest province to host a Brand South Africa stakeholder summit. The event, held on 28 November 2011, showcased local poultry operation Opti Chicks and its innovative business model.Taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Each event presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country and epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.Seizing opportunity Opti Chicks manager Jaco Viljoen spoke about his company’s contribution to growth and sustainability in the province.Having identified a gap in the market for day-old chicks over three years ago, Opti Chicks has become one of the leading suppliers in the province. It sells the birds to other poultry companies, which then rear the hatchlings for consumption.The North West is the biggest broiler-growing area in South Africa, and Opti Chicks is ideally placed to make the most of opportunities in such a niche segment of the production chain.What adds value to this company and sets it apart from competitors is the fact that it concentrates solely on producing top-quality day-old birds, whereas most other players in the industry are fully integrated.This means they focus on the entire growing cycle, from breeding chickens and processing their meat to distributing and marketing the end product.“Opti Chicks was started in 2008 by NWK, a 102-year-old agriculture-based business in the province with its head office in Lichtenburg. With an initial investment of R150-million (US$18.4-million), the original plan was to produce 350 000 day-old chicks per week,” says manager Jaco Viljoen.“But after we secured a supply agreement with one of the leading role-players in the industry, and they agreed to buy that number from us, we decided to go slightly bigger and produce 500 000 chicks per week. Other stakeholders in North West also needed day-old chicks, so we decided we could sell the difference to them.”Training and development key Opti Chicks produces day-old broilers for the local market. (Images: Nicky Rehbock) With the supply contract in place and the production capacity decided upon, Opti Chicks set about building up the business. They bought a 320ha farm between the towns of Ottosdal and Coligny in the province and began recruiting staff.Some 90% of staff were unskilled and knew little about the business when they started – one of the company’s biggest challenges, according to Viljoen.But thanks to rigorous ongoing training and development, Opti Chicks has rapidly amassed skills and boosted competency and efficiency. So far the company has created 182 jobs and plans to double that and its capacity by 2014.“In the beginning, through innovative thinking and planning, we realised that we were able to use our existing incubation equipment to further increase our capacity from 500 000 to 650 000 chicks per week, which amounts to about 34-million birds per year. Our operation now accounts for 3.3% of the total production in South Africa,” Viljoen adds.Hygiene is one of Opti Chicks’ top priorities, as the business is highly sensitive to poultry diseases.“We have a shower facility at the farm gate for all personnel entering the premises, and require them to wear protective clothing. We need to make sure there is absolutely no contamination from the outside.”Viljoen attributes the success of his operation to good management practices, thorough training, proper implementation of systems and not overcapitalising on staff and infrastructure.“Our contribution to North West includes job creation and economic stability and sustainability, meaning that no chicks have to be brought in from other provinces. All our inputs, such as maize for feed and bedding material, are also all sourced from North West, which means we help support other local businesses as well.”Growing its African footprintOpti Chicks is currently looking to buy another farm to accommodate expected capacity expansion.“We currently export fertilised eggs for broiler operations in Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and other states on the continent, and are planning to expand our footprint to the rest of Africa in the next 10 years – we’re now looking for strategic partners for that. We want to be prepared for any growth or new developments when they come our way.”Some 32kg of poultry was consumed per capita in the country in 2010, followed by 17.65kg of beef, 4.58kg of pork and 3.16kg of mutton and goat – indicating that chicken is the biggest protein source for South Africans.In comparison, the per capita poultry consumption in the US in 2010 was 43kg, meaning there’s potential for the local industry to expand by 40% to 50% in the coming years.The challenge here is to ensure that this growth comes from South Africa, as 16% of domestically consumed poultry is now imported – and 73% of this from Brazil.“Because of the strength of the rand and the cost of maize in South Africa, imports increased by 15% between 2009 and 2010. And from January to July 2011, 181 554 tons were imported – this is estimated to increase to 311 235 tons by the end of the year.“If half of that could be produced locally, the potential new jobs in the chicken and feed industry could amount to 10 000,” Viljoen says.
December 18, 2019
29 April 2013South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has identified 10 potential Special Economic Zones (SEZs) countrywide, and will soon be conducting feasibility studies to determine their viability, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Presenting the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Bill to Parliament’s portfolio committee on trade and industry in Cape Town on Friday, Davies also said his department was close to finalising Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape as a Special Economic Zones.Davies told the committee that Special Economic Zones aimed to promote economic growth and job creation, by setting up enabling environments for developing targeted industrial activities and attracting both domestic and foreign direct investment in manufacturing and tradeable services.Davies said that SEZs included free ports, free trade zones, industrial development zones (IDZs), and sector development zones.He said the country’s three existing IDZs – in Richards Bay, East London, and Coega outside Port Elizabeth – would fall under the Special Economic Zones programme.Davies told the committee that the IDZs were beginning to gain traction, citing the example of the East London IDZ, which grew its private sector investment from R600-million in 2009 to R4-billion in 2012.He said the Saldanha Bay IDZ would soon be designated, and was expected to create up to 4 500 direct and indirect jobs in its first year, increasing to 15 000 jobs in the its year.A feasibility study has also found that Saldanha Bay was an ideal location for the development of an oil and gas and marine repair hub, Davies said.A natural harbour located about 105 kilometres north-west of Cape Town, Saldanha Bay is competitively placed between the oil and gas developments on the west coast of Africa, as well as the recent gas finds on the east coast of Africa.SAinfo reporter
December 17, 2019
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Healthy water leads to healthy fish and increases the potential for healthy profits for fish farmers.On the other hand, poor water quality can lead to stressed fish, increasing the chance for the animals’ illness and death, and resulting in income losses for farmers, says Matthew Smith, an Ohio State University Extension aquaculture specialist.Water quality management for fish farmers is the subject of an Aug. 6 workshop Smith is holding at the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at The Ohio State University South Centersin Piketon. The workshop will focus on the importance of understanding water quality, water chemistry, and identifying water and weed problems applicable to fish farmers in Ohio, Smith said.“Water chemistry is an important aspect regarding culturing any aquatic animal, with poor water quality being one of the most prevalent reasons fish farmers lose fish,” he said. “We want to prevent that from happening.”Keeping fish less stressed“We’ll talk about considerations fish farmers need to address to manage water quality and why it’s important in keeping fish less stressed and happy so that they grow faster, healthier, bigger and allow fish famers to get to market with a high-quality, nutritious food product and increase their farm’s profitability.”Aquaculture includes the breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals in ponds, rivers, lakes and the ocean for food, sport, bait, ornamental fish, sea vegetables, fish eggs and algae. The industry is growing globally thanks to increasing demand from consumers looking for healthier food options, experts say.In Ohio, there are about 200 fish farmers registered statewide, according to a 2010 survey by Ohio State. And many of them say they’d like to gain additional training in innovative production techniques, according to the survey.“Aquaculture is growing in interest in Ohio,” Smith said, noting that the workshop is also designed to “provide education to increase the number of fish farmers across the state and help increase aquaculture profitability.”The workshop, which will be held at the OSU South Centers in the large auditorium, 1864 Shyville Road in Piketon, will feature aquaculture experts from OSU Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the South Centers and industry.Tours and lunch includedIn addition to Smith, speakers will include:* Brad Bergefurd, OSU Extension horticulture specialist.* Chris Smalley, Ohio State business development specialist.* Rafiq Islam, Ohio State soil, water and bioenergy program director.* D. Allen Pattillo, an Iowa State University Extension aquaculture specialist.Some of the topics to be discussed will include:* Understanding and interpreting water quality parameters necessary for fish production.* Understanding your water quality analysis report from the South Centers.* How does poor water quality affect your wallet?* Hands-on testing of key water quality parameters.* Fish water quality management in recirculating quaculture systems/aquaponics.* Plant water quality management in aquaponics.* Hands-on aquatic weed identification and treatment options.Registration is $45 per person and includes all materials, tours of the aquaculture research facility and aquaponic greenhouse, and lunch. To register, contact Sarah Strausbaugh at 740-289-2071, ext.112, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to register is July 29.
December 9, 2019
A Lack of Integrity: There is nothing faster or more effective at damaging relationships than a lack of integrity. Being dishonest will cost you relationships, which is why honesty is the best policy. You need to walk your talk.Ingratitude: Taking people for granted and being ungrateful will cause you to lose relationships. When you no longer appreciate people, those relationships are at risk.Complacency: Relationships require an investment of time and energy. When you quit feeding relationships, those relationships quit feeding you. Like everything important in life, you need to go first.Assuming Bad Intentions: Some people believe in their heart of hearts that everyone is out to hurt them. They question their motives, believing that they must always protect themselves, and thus, never make themselves vulnerable enough to have a real relationship.Being Self-Oriented: The very word relationship connotes two people both caring about the other. When you care more about getting what you need or extracting value from the relationship, that self-orientation makes it impossibly difficult for a real relationship to exist.Making People Feel Small: The biggest people you will ever meet work very hard to make other people bigger, and they put forth the effort to make people feel important. When you have to be the biggest person in the room, you work against the outcome of making others feel important, and you hurt relationships.Attacking People Personally: Big people focus on the issues. Small people focus on the person. You can very easily underestimate the damage you do when you attack someone personally. Personal attacks are designed to hurt the other person, and even though you may apologize, the damage may not be that easily repaired.Lack of Trust: For some reason, those who are not trustworthy tend not to trust others. You don’t have to make any accusation for someone to recognize a lack of trust. That lack of trust is an indication as to how you feel about another person, and when it is felt, relationships suffer.Lack of Caring: This is a binary choice. You care. Or you do not care. When you don’t care, you have no relationship. Caring is what trust is built on, and that makes caring the prerequisite for all relationships. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If you want to know how you lose important relationships, including critical client relationships, here are some of the reasons.
December 3, 2019
A court here on Saturday recalled the non-bailable warrants issued in a case against BJP MLA Sangeet Som, after he appeared before it. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Madhu Gupta withdrew the warrants issued against Som for allegedly violating prohibitory orders and blocking a road, after the BJP MLA furnished bonds of ₹40,000 in the court. The magistrate directed Som to appear in court on the next date of hearing. The court had issued the warrants against Som on July 31 after he failed to appear before it. It had earlier rejected the BJP MLA’s plea for exemption from personal appearance. Meanwhile, talking to reporters, Som said he had not changed his stand on Taj Mahal. The BJP MLA from Sardhana had last month said the Taj Mahal was built by an emperor who had imprisoned his own father and targeted many Hindus in his kingdom.
December 3, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—It’s springtime on Titan, Saturn’s giant and frigid moon, and the action on its hydrocarbon seas seems to be heating up. Near the moon’s north pole, there is growing evidence for waves on three different seas, scientists reported here today at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Researchers are also coming up with the first estimates for the volume and composition of the seas. The bodies appear to be made mostly of methane, and not mostly ethane as previously thought. And they are deep: Ligeia Mare, the second biggest sea with an area larger than Lake Superior, could contain 55 times Earth’s oil reserves.The evidence is coming from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which has being exploring the Saturn system since 2004. In 2009, the northern hemisphere of Titan passed its spring equinox, when it begins tilting toward the sun, and climate models predicted that the increased light would kick up winds as the moon approaches summer in 2017.That appears to be happening. In a handful of flybys of Titan in the past 6 months, Cassini scientists have seen signs of waves on three different seas: Kraken Mare, Ligeia Mare, and Punga Mare. Some of the evidence is based on radar reflections, which detect roughness at the sea surface. Particularly intriguing has been a feature on Ligeia Mare dubbed the Magic Island because it appeared, disappeared, and reappeared over the past 2 years. Jason Hofgartner, a planetary science graduate student at Cornell University, says that a likely explanation is transient episodes of waves. “It is neither magical nor an island. 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At Kraken Mare, however, Cassini researchers detected a wavelike feature with both the spacecraft’s radar and a mapping spectrometer. That double detection gives Alexander Hayes, a planetary scientist at Cornell, extra confidence. “It’s most likely waves,” Hayes says. He calculates that the waves are moving at about 0.7 meters per second and at heights of about 1.5 centimeters. “They’re not huge,” he says. Right now, Hayes says, the waves seem to be appearing only in scattered patches where islands or canyons could be funneling winds—a phenomenon that sailors call cat’s paws. In January, Cassini will make another flyby of Titan that will allow the spectrometer a chance to confirm a radar feature detected in Punga Mare.NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, who has spent much of her career studying Titan, calls the results a “vindication” for those who predicted seasonal change. “To me, it’s exciting,” she says. “It says that Titan is a dynamic place.” She says that Cassini scientists can now look for evidence that the waves, now or in the past, have eroded into the jagged, frozen shorelines and created long, straight beaches—features that have been mostly lacking in Cassini data.Other scientists at the meeting reported on using Cassini’s radar to assess the size and contents of the seas. The maximum depth of Kraken Mare appears to be 160 meters, and Ligeia Mare could be as much as 200 meters deep, reported Marco Mastrogiuseppe of Sapienza University of Rome. The fact that the radar signals could bounce off the sea bottom suggests that the seas were more transparent than expected and thus must contain mostly methane, not ethane. Hayes says his best estimate is about 90% methane. Essam Marouf, a planetary scientist at San José State University in California, reported on the first results from a separate radar experiment that sent radar reflections to Earth instead of back to the spacecraft. Those tests provide independent evidence that the seas are dominated by methane, Marouf says, and it implies that the lakes are kept filled by precipitating methane.Decades ago, planetary scientists such as David Stevenson of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena had predicted that the seas might be mostly ethane. “It certainly wasn’t obvious that they would be methane-dominated,” Stevenson says. Part of the reason for that presupposition is that light coverts methane in the atmosphere to ethane. Over billions of years, this process would deplete Titan’s surface stores of methane unless it was kept resupplied by a reservoir. Some scientists have proposed that erupting cryovolcanoes or deep underground aquifers of liquid methane occasionally recharge Titan with methane. “There is an unsolved question underlying this,” Stevenson says. “Where does all the methane come from?”*Correction, 17 December, 11 a.m.: This item originally used the phrase “bodies of water” to describe methane seas. We have struck the words “of water.”
November 28, 2019
US President Barack Obama.The United States will withdraw all 33,000 Americans troops from Afghanistan by the summer of 2012, beginning with an initial drawdown of 10,000 surge forces by this year-end, President Barack Obama said.”Starting next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge I announced at West Point (in December 2009),” Obama said in a nationally televised speech from the White House late on Wednesday night.”After this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan Security forces move into the lead. Our mission will change from combat to support. By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security,” he said.The US President said America was starting the drawdown from a position of strength, asserting that al-Qaeda was under “more pressure” than at any time since 9/11.”Together with the Pakistanis, we have taken out more than half of al-Qaeda’s leadership. And thanks to our intelligence professionals and Special Forces, we killed Osama bin Laden, the only leader that al-Qaeda had ever known,” he said. .Obama said nearly ten years ago, America suffered the “worst attack” on its shores since Pearl Harbour.”This mass murder was planned by Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan, and signaled a new threat to our security – one in which the targets were no longer soldiers on a battlefield, but innocent men, women and children going about their daily lives,” he said.advertisement”In the days that followed, our nation was united as we struck at al-Qaeda and routed the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then, our focus shifted. A second war was launched in Iraq, and we spent enormous blood and treasure to support a new government there. By the time I took office, the war in Afghanistan had entered its seventh year.”But al-Qaeda’s leaders had escaped into Pakistan and were plotting new attacks, while the Taliban had regrouped and gone on the offensive. Without a new strategy and decisive action, our military commanders warned that we could face a resurgent al-Qaeda, and a Taliban taking over large parts of Afghanistan,” the President said.For this reason, Obama said, “in one of the most difficult decisions that I’ve made as President, I ordered an additional 30,000 American troops into Afghanistan.”He said when he had announced this surge at West Point, US had set clear objectives — to refocus on al-Qaeda, reverse the Taliban’s momentum and train Afghan Security Forces to defend their own country.”I also made it clear that our commitment would not be open-ended, and that we would begin to drawdown our forces this July.”- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
November 27, 2019
Fletcher will be on leave before India’s home series against the West IndiesWith Ravi Shastri being appointed as the director of the Indian cricket team, the days of current chief coach Duncan Fletcher seems to be numbered as there is a question mark about his presence during the upcoming home series against the West Indies.”Duncan has no powers left whatsoever. Ravi will be calling the shots and Duncan knows it only too well. At this point of time, with no choice of support staff, Duncan will have to take a back seat. If Duncan wants to leave before the next home series against West Indies, the Board will not stop him,” a senior BCCI office-bearer said on condition of anonymity.When the official was asked if Fletcher has indicated about quitting, he said, “The BCCI has send him enough feelers that he is not required!””Ravi and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be involved in strategising. Sanjay (Bangar) has proven credentials and knows the younger members of the side. The current crop of fast bowlers have worked at NCA under Arun. So tell me what shall Duncan bring to the table? If he can read between the lines, then he can tender his resignation and it will be accepted,” the official added.Once the England series is over, the Indian team members will disperse to play in the Champions League T20 for those franchises which have qualified for the event.The home series against West Indies will kick off from October 8 with the ODIs and Fletcher will be on leave before that series.advertisement”There are still doubts as to whether he (Fletcher) will be present in the Indian dressing room during that series. In any case, India will be favourites at home and that is the time when the new team director and the new support staff will be able to know the players better before the tour of Australia,” the official said.Fletcher’s contract with the BCCI is till the end of the 2015 World Cup but there is an exit clause which will ensure his smooth removal from the top job.It is also learnt that Rahul Dravid’s name was also discussed but he was not too keen on a full-time role that requires extensive travelling leaving a young family behind.The official said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s name did not crop up when the BCCI’s executive functionaries discussed about the new support staff.”There have been no discussions as such about Dhoni’s future as of now,” he said.
November 26, 2019
Australian allrounder Shane Watson will bow out of international cricket after the World Twenty20 in India, cutting the team’s last link to their golden era in the early 2000s.The 34-year-old blond quit Tests last year after losing his battle against a spate of injuries that plagued his career, and has not featured in a one-day international since September.”One morning I woke up in Dharamsala, waking up to the beautiful view and I don’t know what it was exactly but I knew now was the right time,” Watson told reporters in Mohali where Australia take on Pakistan in their next Super 10 match on Friday.”I’ve really enjoyed my time being back in the Australian squad. But it is quite different, none of the other guys I played with growing up are here any more,” he added.Watson made his one-day debut against South Africa in 2002, three years before he broke into the Test team led by Ricky Ponting. Watson played along side the likes of Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist and also helped to rebuild the side after his seniors quit the game.Since his 2005 Test debut against Pakistan, regular hamstring and back injuries have taken a toll on Watson’s body, prompting him to end his Test career after 59 matches, scoring a total of 3731 runs to go with 75 wickets.Watson was part of Australia’s 2007 and 2015 World Cup winning teams. A World Twenty20 title continues to elude Australia but Watson was adjudged player of the tournament at the 2012 edition of the tournament in Sri Lanka.advertisementThe big-hitting allrounder will continue to play domestic Twenty20 tournaments including the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder, Cricket Australia said.