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9 February 2016With 70% of platinum being produced in South Africa, the government is working towards opening a new industry-based special economic zone in North West, to look into beneficiation.This is according to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, who participated in an investment dialogue held under the theme “Driving competitiveness and ensuring growth and stability”, hosted by Brand South Africa, at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town, yesterday.#Davies says a Platinum based Special Economic Zone will be declared before the end of 2016.— the dti (@the_dti) February 8, 2016The restructuring of the Chinese economy had led to its growth slowing down, which had resulted in a slump in the prices of commodity such as gold, platinum, iron ore and coal. This had affected many markets, including South Africa, a producer and exporter of minerals.After the slump, South Africa could no longer afford to see itself just as a producer and exporter of mineral resources, Davies said. The special economic zone board would soon make a recommendation on the exact location of the zone.Minister Davies assessing some of the mining products at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba. pic.twitter.com/zEZC0RnkNh— the dti (@the_dti) February 9, 2016“We are supporting quite a number of our projects. There is quite a lot of work that has been done in the country already. The Department of Science and Technology has been rolling out fuel cell-driven small generators to outlying areas to supply schools, clinics and all that.“The Chamber of Mines launched a fuel-cell driven generator in its own building in Johannesburg,” he said.“We will be, in the course of this year, supporting projects. We will be rolling out a special economic zone in North West that is dedicated to the platinum value chain with the expectation that fuel cell technology will come in.”While he could not say when commodity prices were expected to recover, the minister said instead of waiting for another commodity boom, South Africa needed to look at beneficiation to find new uses for platinum products.“I think it means that we shouldn’t put all our eggs in one basket. sitting around and waiting, hoping that there is a bounce back in mineral prices. If your existing customers are buying less of your product, and they are paying less for it, the smart thing to do, among other things, is to seek new uses for your product.”He had been engaging with the platinum industry, Davies said, and all stakeholders were in agreement that there was a need to support the beneficiation of platinum and to find more uses for the product and to create industries around it.The soon-to-be-established special economic zone would come with several benefits and investors would have the advantage of getting a tax rate of 15% as opposed to the 28% that was currently on offer. “So we are looking to establish an industry-based special economic zone there. There are actually some others in other provinces that are under consideration.“What we need to do is establish a set of industries that make use of that platinum, generate long-term uses of it and fuel cell industries are taking off around the world and we as South Africa are looking to get our niche in particular products of particular manufacturing industries off that and will assist in creating a new demand for this mineral and create more opportunities for us to make use of the resource.”Small businessMeanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry is supporting 15 small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the mining sector to show their products and services at the Investing in African Mining Indaba.The department said a national pavilion had been set up, in partnership with the Department of Mineral Resources and Brand South Africa, at the indaba. The SMMEs hail from different parts of the country and will be given opportunities to meet with prospective buyers and investors.Davies said the decision to collaborate with other government departments was motivated by the fact that the Mining Indaba was a global event that provided an international perspective on African mining. It was an opportunity for the government to help the private sector.“The Mining Indaba is a big marketing opportunity for South Africa to highlight the investment opportunities in this sector. Despite the current cyclical downturn in the mining industry, South Africa – by virtue of it being a leading country with reserves in a number of key commodities – remains an extremely attractive mining investment destination and has opportunities for the whole value chain.”The Mining Indaba ends on 11 February.Source: South African Government News Agency read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest You will not want to leave Indianapolis without taking part in these five thingsThe 89th National FFA Convention & Expo will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 19 to 22. The four-day convention is an unforgettable experience for students who attend. FFA members from across the nation come together once a year to celebrate their achievements and become motivated for what’s next. This year Indianapolis will be packed full of opportunities for attendees to engage in including general sessions, motivational keynote speakers, tours, concerts, service projects and more.Navigating the sea of blue corduroy jackets at convention can be a little overwhelming at times. Listed below are five “must-see” experiences you will want to do before leaving the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo.Download the National FFA Convention & Expo mobile appAvailable on iOS and Android, this brand new and engaging app is a must have for convention and is a free download. The app features a full and customizable schedule, general information, tour and shuttle information, safety features and more. It operates with limited to no Internet connection, making it convenient to use on the go.Visit the Career and College ExpoEach year several companies and organizations exhibit at the Career Expo and give FFA members who attend a chance to talk and network with industry professionals or possible future employers. The opportunity to engage with these companies and organizations helps prepare students for future career success — one of the three pillars that make up the National FFA Organization’s mission statement.In addition to visiting with industry professionals and businesses, students are able to talk with representatives from different colleges from across the country and learn about their educational programs — it’s not often that so many colleges are all in one location at the same time.“Colleges and Universities from across the country are looking for FFA members to enroll in their programs,” said Amy Jo Baughman, Program Coordinator in the Office of Prospective Student Services at The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “If FFA has sparked a passion for leadership and learning then make it a point to stop by the collegiate booths at the Career Expo to begin planning your future after high school.”Convention WorkshopsStudents are able to register and attend various workshops throughout convention with topics such as service and decision-making. By participating in workshops, students are able to build relationships with FFA members from different states while developing their personal leadership skills.Living to ServeAnother must-see while walking around the convention expo is National FFA’s Living to Serve Boot Camp booth. Located in Expo Booth 1, the booth simulates a “boot camp” feel while inviting students to learn how to identify a community need and plan a service project to address that need.“After students attend our booth they will leave with a plan for a service project they can implement in their communities,” said Daniel Zimmerman, Living to Serve Program Manager at the National FFA Organization. “They can take their plan and meet with their advisor, officer team or other members of their chapter to expand their plan and actually put it into action.”The Living to Serve team is offering an FFA Week Grant to support the implementation of these service projects during FFA Week in mid-February next year. Information about the grant can be found on National FFA’s Living to Serve website: www.ffa.org/livingtoserve. Applications are due on November 16, 2016.Sydney Snider’s retiring address from National FFA OfficeConvention marks the end of an experience-filled year of service with the National FFA Organization for 2015-2016 Eastern Region Vice President, Sydney Snider.Snider will deliver her Retiring Address on October 20, 2016 (Thursday evening) during the Third General Session at approximately 9 p.m. in the Indianapolis Convention Center.FFA members, advisors, parents and business leaders alike will be inspired and awed at one young person’s representation of what leadership development looks like in an organization such as the FFA. Snider was elected to the 2015-2016 National FFA Officer team at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo. She previously served as the 2013-2014 Ohio FFA State Secretary and 2014-2015 Ohio FFA State President. Her FFA career began as a member of the Felicity-Franklin FFA chapter where her advisor is Mrs. Holly Jennings. read more
Builders in New York State are now eligible for incentive grants of as much as $8,000 for building net-zero energy houses, according to an announcement by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).There are three tiers of cash awards, ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 per building, depending on how well the building performs and how much energy it can potentially save. For example, Tier 1 payouts of $2,000 are for houses that meet requirements of Energy Star version 3.0, while Tier 3 houses must have certain HERS ratings, depending on size of the building, and be able to hit net-zero energy performance.Builders must meet a number of other requirements as well. There are maximum air-leakage requirements, for example, and a long list of specs for heating and cooling equipment.Incentives are for low-rise buildings, up to three stories tall, said project manager Patrick Fitzgerald. Both new construction and gut-rehabs qualify, but commercial project such as nursing homes do not.Fitzgerald said 25,000 homes have qualified for payouts since the program was launched about a dozen years ago. The net-zero tier is new this year.Money to support the program is collected from ratepayers by six investor-owned utilities. read more
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force, Ministry of Home Affairs, Madhya Pradesh has invited applications from male Indian citizens for recruitment at the post of head constables. The interested and eligible candidates can apply latest by October 24.Post details:Total posts: 229 postsPost name: Head ConstablesEligibility criteria:Educational qualifications:The candidates applying for this post should have passed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics having acquired an aggregate of 45 percent marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; or the candidates should have passed Class 10th from a recognized Board with two years of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) certificate in Electronics/ Electrical/ Computer from recognized Institute; or the candidates should have passed class 10th with Science (PCM). The candidates should possess three years diploma in Electronics or Communication or Instrumentation or Computer Science or Information Technology.Age limit:The candidates applying for this post should age between 18 and 25 years.Selection process:The candidates will be short listed on the basis of three phases:Phase I: Height Bar, Race, Physical Standard Test (PST), Biometric IdentificationPhase II: OMR based written test (100 marks)Phase III: Verification of original documents, detailed medical examHow to apply:In order to apply, the candidates are required to send their duly filled applications to “The Inspector General (Central) Frontier HQ, ITB Police, Plot No. 163-164 (E-8), Trilochan Nagar, PO-Trilanga Nagar, Near Shahpura, Bhopal (MP), PIN Code-462039”.Application fee:The candidates are required to pay an application fee of Rs 50 by means of Central Recruitment Fee Stamps (CRFS) only. read more
A three day desert car rally in Rajasthan’s Bikaner is currently the talk of the town. The rally began on December 3, will end on December 5. More than 150 Indian and International renowned racers are participating in the desert car rally being held in Rajasthan’s Bikaner.The event has been named Adventuristan – ultimate desert off road. The event is being organized by Rajasthan tourism and Dune adventure sports in a bid to promote tourism in the state.Car racers from various parts, including from Mumbai, Kolkatta, Delhi, Chandigarh have been in Bikaner to participate in the event.”Everyone, across categories and age, awaits this desert car rally, which attracts the youth segment.”, mentioned Shakti Singh, the organizer, of the event. The stunts performed during the event have left people spellbound. read more
Lincoln Military Housing gives Christmas trees to military families Posted: December 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom December 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Lincoln Military Housing hosted its 10th annual Christmas Tree Giveaway to show appreciation for our military families. Lincoln partnered with Pinery Christmas Trees, the business discounted the trees and delivered them for free.As families waited in their car, Lincoln treated them to food, drinks, and entertainment, and even a holiday gift for the children.Volunteers assisted the families with choosing their tree and securing it on their vehicles. read more