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South Africa, Botswana sign trade agreement

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma and President Ian Khama met in Gabarone, Botswana, to discuss political and economic relations between the two countries.(Image: GCIS) South Africa and Botswana signed a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and investment between the two countries.(Image: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mac Maharaj,  The Presidency  +27 79 879 3203 RELATED ARTICLES • National development plan unveiled • Zuma address: SA wants job focus • No stopping Africa’s growth: Zuma • Zuma talks partnerships, jobs and other thingsWilma den HartighSouth Africa and Botswana have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and investment between the two countries and create opportunities for industrialisation and the manufacturing sectors.The signing follows a two-day state visit by President Jacob Zuma to Gaborone with the purpose to strengthen political and economic relations with the neighbouring country.His visit was a follow-up to the October 2010 one by President Ian Khama to Pretoria, during which the two countries reviewed progress in various areas of bilateral cooperation.

The MOU was signed by the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre and Trade and Investment South Africa, a unit of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), at the South Africa-Botswana Business Forum.A high level ministerial delegation from South Africa that included DTI Minister Rob Davies, and his Botswana counterpart, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, also participated in the proceedings. Also at the forum were also prominent business leaders from various sectors.Strengthening economiesThe signing also marks a significant move to strengthen existing economic ties between the two countries.“We are looking to promote deeper mutually beneficial economic relations between the two countries,” said Davies.South Africa and Botswana are already trading partners, with local companies having a major presence in various sectors of Botswana’s economy such as mining, housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking and medical services.Zuma’s spokeperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement investment in infrastructure was an important focus of the visit. This was especially the case if the two countries are to work together on large scale projects such as cross-border infrastructure as well as industrial and energy developments.According to Davies, the continent is the new growth frontier.“It is a place that investors can no longer ignore,” he said, adding that there is a need for the continent to move into more value added and economically diversified activities.“We need to industrialise the continent and re-industrialise South Africa’s economy because this sector has taken a lot of strain,” he added. “We have to create business opportunities for industrial development.”This was reiterated by Pumla Ncapayi, the DTI’s deputy director general, who said there is a need to move away from mineral-based economies only, towards manufacturing-driven sectors.Speaking on behalf of the Black Business Council, spokesperson Sandile Zungu said the two countries are in a good position to work together as they share common challenges.“We need to beneficiate, increase manufacturing capacity and forge better collaboration as regional economies,” he said.Makgato-Malesu took the opportunity to speak on Botswana’s status as a rising investment hub.“We are looking for the type of investment that will help us accelerate industrialisation and result in economic diversification of the economy of Botswana,” she said.Building on existing relationshipsIn his address, Zuma referred to the strong historical, economic, social, political and neighbourly relations that the two countries share, saying these were strengthened during South Africa’s liberation struggle.“Enhancing close economic cooperation between Botswana and South Africa is a priority,” he said. “We believe that the time for Africa has come to utilise its resources for the benefit of itself.”Following on Zuma’s encouraging message to the business communities of the two countries to take advantage of new opportunities, Zungu said:“The argument for cooperation between the two countries is sound, and together the two can achieve so much more.”He added that the role of business on the continent can extend beyond financial investment only.“The business approach of only being profit driven is a bygone era,” he said.“Business people must take cognisance of the fact that there is high unemployment in the region and they must think how their businesses can meet this need, but at the same time achieve accelerated growth.”last_img read more

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Top award for SA wildlife photographer

first_img16 October 2013South African Greg du Toit has been named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 by a panel of international judges in a prestigious competition run annually by London’s Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.Du Toit’s image Essence of elephants, a mysterious and energetic portrait of African elephants in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana, beat almost 43 000 other entries from 96 countries to take the overall prize.His photograph will take centre stage at an exhibition of photos from this year’s competition that will run at the Natural History Museum from 18 October through 23 March 2014 before embarking on a UK and international tour.“The acclaimed show celebrates the rich array of life on our planet, reflecting its beauty and also highlighting its fragility,” the museum said in a statement on Tuesday following the announcement of the winners at a gala awards ceremony in London.“Greg spent 10 years on the quest for a perfect portrait of an elephant herd and preparation, passion and luck combined to help him secure this winning image.”According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the image was taken from a hide at ground level “using a slow shutter speed to create an atmosphere and show the giant animals in a ghostly way”.Du Toit told BBC Worldwide that his goal had been “to throw caution to the wind … to abandon conventional photographic practices in an attempt to capture a unique elephant portrait. This image hints at the special energy I feel when I am with elephants.”The chair of the judging panel, accomplished wildlife photographer Jim Brandenburg, said: “Greg’s image immediately catapults us to African plains. This image stood out for both its technical excellence and the unique moment it captures – it is truly a once in a lifetime shot.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The Western Lake Erie impaired waters saga continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio EPA has released its draft water quality report for 2018 and the report proposes to list the open waters of the Western Basin of Lake Erie as “impaired.” The road to this listing has been long and complicated.The controversy began in the fall of 2016, when Michigan and Ohio submitted their respective impaired waters lists to the U.S. EPA. Every two years, a regulation promulgated under the Clean Water Act requires states to turn in a list of their impaired waters. Michigan listed the waters of Lake Erie under its jurisdiction as impaired, while Ohio did not list the open waters in the Western Basin of Lake Erie as impaired. The waters described by Michigan as impaired and those not listed by Ohio are basically one in the same, hence the problem. The U.S. EPA approved Michigan’s list in early 2017, but made no decisions about Ohio’s list.As a result of the discrepancy over Lake Erie, environmental and other groups sued the U.S. EPA to make a decision about Ohio’s impaired waters list. On May 18, 2017, the U.S. EPA approved Ohio’s list. However, on Jan. 12, 2018, the U.S. EPA withdrew its earlier approval and asked Ohio to compile additional data for a new evaluation of the status of the Western Basin of Lake Erie.With all of this back and forth and litigation, it is now long past the due date for the 2016 impaired waters list. As a result, the draft water quality report submitted by the Ohio EPA on March 22 contains the 2018 list. Ohio EPA’s 2018 draft water quality reportIn its draft water quality report, the Ohio EPA outlines the general condition of Ohio’s waters and lists “impaired waters” that are not meeting federal or state water quality goals and waters that have improved to meet water quality standards. For the first time, the EPA includes the open waters in the Western Basin of Lake Erie on its impaired list. The impaired designation is for recreational uses “due to harmful algae” and for drinking water “due to occurrences of microcystin.” (Microcystin are harmful toxins created by blue-green algae. More information about these toxins is here.) Other new areas listed as impaired for drinking water due to harmful algae are Sims Run, parts of the Maumee River, the headwaters to Grand River and the headwaters of Cowan Creek in the Little Miami River watershed. Next steps and public commentsWhile an impaired listing may not create immediate change in the Western Basin, it will require Ohio to create total maximum daily loads, which are the amounts of different pollutants allowed to be discharged each day in the open waters. This could eventually mean increased regulation of certain pollutants in the area, which may include agricultural nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen. Only time will tell.The EPA is accepting written comments on its proposed list of impaired waters. Submit comments by May 4, 2018, to [email protected], or to Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, attn: 303(d) comments. Following public review and comments, the agency will submit a final report to the U.S. EPA. The agency published a news release on the draft water quality report and is hosting an upcoming webinar on the report on April 25, 2018.Read the EPA’s draft water quality report here.last_img read more

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Boston guard Marcus Smart $35K after DeAndre Bembry altercation

first_imgGALLERY: ONE: Hero’s Ascent press conference MOST READ js/iwdSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) is restrained by center Al Horford during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Monday after multiple attempts at rushing Atlanta’s DeAndre Bembry after being ejected from a Saturday road victory.Kiki VanDeWeghe, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations, said Smart was punished for aggressively pursuing an opponent in an attempt to escalate a physical altercation and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Smart and Bembry exchanged words as the players lined up for a jump ball in the third quarter and had to be separated by teammates and coaches.Smart broke free and rushed toward Bembry before being again restrained.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsA second technical foul in the game against Smart saw him ejected 4:25 into the third quarter of Boston’s 113-105 triumph. Bembry was also assessed a technical foul over the incident.The Celtics rank fifth in the Eastern Conference at 26-18, six games behind pace-setting Milwaukee, while the Hawks are 14-31, 7 1/2 games behind Charlotte for the eighth and final East playoff spot. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

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Spain’s Diego Costa not hampered by injury in training

first_imgDiego Costa is recovering from a right thigh muscle problemSpain striker Diego Costa did not appear to be slowed by injury in training on Monday as the defending World Cup champions prepared for their final international friendly before heading to Brazil.All 23 players took part in the training session ahead of Saturday’s match against El Salvador in Washington. Costa was put through a special stretching session with Cesc Fabregas afterward, the Spanish federation said.Costa has been hobbled for weeks by a right thigh muscle problem, but coach Vicente del Bosque is gambling that the Atletico Madrid forward will be fit to lead Spain’s attack at the World Cup ahead of Fabregas, Fernando Torres and David Villa.”I didn’t think they would let me train from the start but we did some tests and I’m well,” Costa told reporters. “I think I can be fit for the match against the Netherlands, even for the friendly in Washington.”Spain plays its Group B opener against the Netherlands on June 13 in Salvador before moving on to face Chile and Australia.Del Bosque is counting on Costa to spearhead Spain’s attack after opting for familiarity in Torres and Villa over Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente.Costa scored 36 goals in all competitions to help Atletico win its first Spanish league title in 18 years and reach the Champions League final for the first time since 1974.”I’ve had a very good year with my club and the idea is to keep it going here, to repay those who have faith in me,” Costa said. “I’m very motivated and the pressure won’t affect me, I’ve already played in a lot of high-pressure games so I know what to expect.”advertisementCosta was among seven players from Atletico and Real Madrid to join the rest of the 23-player squad before the team travels to the United States late Monday.last_img read more

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