Three taken to hospital following early morning collision

first_imgThe accident occurred on the Mile 132 Road at the Alaska Highway as the logging truck was turning off the highway.The driver of the pick up was flown by helicopter to the Fort St. John Hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries. The two passengers meanwhile were also taken to the Fort St. John hospital, but by ambulance with non serious injuries.The driver of the logging truck was unharmed.- Advertisement -The accident itself did not hinder travel on the highway, however it did have to be closed temporarily while the helicopter landed at the scene.last_img read more

Posta’s Pamzo distraught with Matasi exit

first_img“Losing a player such as Matasi is a huge blow for me. He has been one of the core figures in the team and it is quite hurting to see him go. Of course we wish him the best because as a coach you have to accept that a player has to look for a new challenge,” Omollo told Capital Sport.“I know I can’t get such quality like his in this transfer window, but we will have to continue with the ones we have because they are also good keepers,” the coach opined.The goalkeeper’s absence was visible when he was out with the national team earlier this month and an even bigger testament of his influence was last Tuesday when they suffered a massive 5-0 loss at the hands of Gor Mahia in Kisumu.In that particular game, another pillar of the team Jockins Atudo suffered an early red card.Posta Rangers head coach Sammy Omollo stands pensive on the touchline during a past Kenyan Premier League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPosta have managed to acquire the services of former Muhoroni Youth, City Stars and Gor Mahia keeper Gradus Ochieng who will deputize Boniface Barasa. Martin Musalia has chosen to leave the club.Omollo has pointed out that it has been difficult to hold on to some of the best players due to the club’s weak financial muscle. They were destined to sign keeper David Okello, an almost similar replacement to Matasi, but the custodian preferred a move to Mathare.They were also set to sign Edwin Lavatsa from Tusker, but the striker preferred a move elsewhere, joining Wazito FC.“We had an agreement with both of them (Okello and Lavatsa) and I knew that we would be signing them. However, there is some financial issue that came up and it proved difficult when someone else stepped in and gave them what they wanted,”“But hopefully we get to sort out ourselves soon because football is about money. Without it, it is difficult to compete,” Omollo further added.Posta Rangers midfielder Jerry Santo vies for the ball with Kariobangi Sharks’ Eric Juma during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPosta will be at home against Zoo Kericho on Sunday at the Camp Toyoyo ground and without both Matasi and Atudo, Omollo hopes his charges can pick up from the ruins of two successive losses.“Zoo is a tough team and we need to be at our best and ensure we get a good result. We have not performed well over the past few games and our positioning on the log is also not good,” Omollo admitted.Only three points separate the two sides at 11th and 13th in the standings, Zoo keen to pick maximum points and drag themselves off the snare of relegation.Zoo won the first leg 1-0 away in Kericho and the mailmen will be thirsty for revenge when they play in the blazing Toyoyo turf.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Tusker FC goalkeeper Patrick Matasi enjoys a training session at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on June 29, 2018. PHOTO/Tusker FCNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 29- Approximately 350km away from the capital city, Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi was laughing and kicking the travel bugs away as his new employers Tusker FC trained at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu ahead of Saturday’s league assignment against Vihiga United in Mumias.Back at the city, Matasi’s former coach at Posta Rangers Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo is a man struggling to come to terms with the exit of the shot-stopper who has won the golden glove twice playing for the mailmen and has been a pillar of their performance.last_img read more

Liverpool transfer news: Klopp to sign World Cup winner and giant Italian defender?

first_img 4 Sidney Sam (Schalke) – The spritely winger narrowly missed out on a spot in Germany’s World Cup winning squad in 2014 but has seen his career go downhill since, with a switch to Schalke from Bayer Leverkusen not working out well. He’s made only two appearances for the club this season, both in the Europa League, and he and his club would welcome the interest from Liverpool, which has been reported by German publication Kicker. Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich) – There have already been reports this January Jurgen Klopp could be reunited. The German star has insisted it won’t happen in January but he has told his former boss at Borussia Dortmund he should pick up the phone if he wants to do a deal. Gotze told TZ: “I can rule out a move to Liverpool this winter – I don’t know where the rumours about Klopp and me are coming from. I have not heard anything. You should ask Klopp if he wants me at Liverpool. If he wants me, he should approach me.” 4 Alexandre Pato (On loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians) – Liverpool’s quest for a striker who can either hit the back of the net or remain fit could soon be at an end. An Italian journalist has claimed the Reds have agreed a deal worth around £11m for the Brazilian star, who has resurrected his career in his homeland. He’s sure to move on in January but his destination remains a puzzle. Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan) – Click the right arrow for more Liverpool transfer news… – With Liverpool’s defensive crisis forcing them to play Jose Enrique at centre-back against Exeter City in the FA Cup, it’s no surprise they’re linked with a new defender. The international star is a wanted man this January with Norwich City already moving for him, but reports in Italy suggest the Reds are opening talks as they attempt to snare the 27-year-old. 4 4 A dismal 2-2 draw with Exeter City in the FA Cup third round has again put pressure on Jurgen Klopp.The German was forced to play a hugely inexperienced XI against the Grecians, revealing just how bare his squad really is.With that in mind, transfers are almost certain this month for the Reds and a number of stars are being linked.Click the right arrow above to find out all the latest Liverpool transfer news…last_img read more

Anonymous $10 million donation will help ease construction shortfall at kids’ museum

first_imgAfter years of struggling to raise money, the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles has landed a $10 million donation that provides a key boost toward building the San Fernando Valley’s first major museum. The anonymous donation is the largest single contribution and means the museum board is closer to reaching a price tag that has soared to $53 million for construction and exhibits at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area facility. “This definitely gets us on track,” said Cecilia Aguilera Glassman, the museum’s chief executive officer who was brought in this year to spur fundraising. “We did this. But tomorrow we have to do it again. It’s going to take a community of people to make this happen.” The museum was proposed as a private-public partnership, but public dollars have covered nearly 70 percent of the cost so far. That has raised concerns among some city leaders about the financial viability of the museum in Lake View Terrace. In May, contractors threatened to walk off the job unless they were paid $3.3 million they were owed by the museum. At the urging of Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarc n, who represents the Northeast Valley, the City Council approved a rare $1.75 million emergency loan from the city’s reserve fund. The loan came with the condition that the museum match it in 30 days – which it did. Three months later, an audit by the City Controller’s Office noted that the museum has been bogged down by poor planning, little oversight and lack of donations – raising concern that local taxpayers might get stuck with the bill. The audit blamed the museum board and city officials for the project cost and noted, among other things, that the museum board spent more than $4.8 million on project designs that were later scrapped. And the audit questioned whether the museum board can find the money in time and warned that the city might have to step in again with more funds. But Alarcon said that is unlikely. “I made it very clear to the (museum’s) board of directors that their reliance on government funding is not acceptable to me,” Alarcon said Monday. “As a foundation, now, they are back on track.” The original Children’s Museum of Los Angeles in downtown was designed in 1979 by renowned architect Frank Gehry. But it closed in 2000 when plans were in the works to build sister facilities in Little Tokyo and at Hansen Dam. The Little Tokyo plan was scrapped because of a lack of funds. The Hansen Dam site became the focus, and museum directors chose a bold design for the 57,000-square-foot concrete building. The facility will include walls covered in environmentally friendly materials and interactive, hands-on exhibits for children. Alarcon hailed the donation Monday as a key step forward. “Whatever pessimism might have been out there should be squelched. We should have nothing but optimism. “I am so thankful to whoever the contributor is.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The museum had faced a $22 million shortfall in construction and exhibit costs, imperiling a March 2009 planned opening. The $10 million will be used for both construction and ongoing operating expenses, Glassman said. She could not specify how much will go to each category, but said the gift will serve as an anchor when the museum raises future funds. The donation comes after years of extolling the center’s virtue to local businesses and philanthropists and brings total fundraising efforts to $45 million. “As someone who’s been with it for the last four or five years, it’s been a real roller coaster,” said museum board co-chairman Mike Roos. “Things finally seem to be really coming together nicely. The temporary-occupancy certificate, the move in, this $10 million gift from someone anonymous in the Valley shows there are leaders in the Valley ready to step up to serve this vital … facility in the Valley.” last_img read more

Wildfire victims can get federal, state assistance

first_imgVictims of last month’s California wildfires still have time to apply for state and federal aid, but they should be aware of some upcoming deadlines. Individuals who lost wages because of the October wildfires in Malibu, Santa Clarita, San Bernardino and Orange County areas have until Monday to apply for the state’s disaster unemployment assistance. Workers who were unable to get to jobs during that time in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties can apply. It was unclear late Saturday what deadline would be set for residents affected by this weekend’s fires in Malibu. The agency has taken an average of five days to process disaster-loan applications. Homeowners looking to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed homes might be eligible for loans up to $200,000. Homeowners and renters might be eligible for other loans up to $40,000. Businesses and private nonprofit organizations can borrow up to $1.5million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed property, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. The SBA also lends additional money to homeowners and businesses to help pay for improvements to prevent or lessen such damage in the future. So far, 17,300 individuals have registered for state and federal disaster assistance, FEMA reports. Federal disaster payments totaling $8.2million have been distributed, according to the agency. The breakdown: $6.1million for housing assistance, as for repairing or replacing a home or for rental expenses, and $2.1million for personal-property losses and damage, vehicle repair or replacement, moving expenses and other disaster-related costs. More than 350,000 people evacuated their homes at the peak of the October fires, which scorched more than 500,000 acres and destroyed at least 2,648 homes. AID DEADLINES FEDERAL Dec. 24 – Deadline for SBA loans for property damage Individuals should register with FEMA first. Call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 for the hearing- and speech-impaired. Or register at online. FEMA phone lines are open from 5a.m. to 10p.m. daily. Small businesses can call the SBA directly at 800-659-2955. For more SBA information, call 800-659-2955 or go online to Hearing-impaired individuals can call 800-877-8339. STATE Monday – Deadline for disaster unemployment assistance Residents can apply online at or by calling 800-300-5616 for English, 800-326-8937 for Spanish or 800-815-9387 for hearing-impaired. BY THE NUMBERS 2,500: Californians who have visited Lowe’s building supply stores and met with FEMA outreach teams to get rebuilding and mitigation information. 7,200: Damaged or destroyed homes FEMA inspectors have reviewed from Ventura County to the Mexican border. 12,000: Individuals who have visited disaster assistance centers. 17,300: Individuals who have registered for state and federal disaster assistance online or by phone. $5 million: The amount in goods and services donated to fire victims, according to a federal government estimate. $30.4 million: SBA low-interest loans approved. Source: FEMA160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsMore than 6,120 workers affected by the October fires have filed for unemployment insurance benefits ranging from $144 to a maximum of $450 a week. Eligible individuals include those who have a legal right to work in the United States, are or have been self-employed, are unable to establish a valid regular unemployment insurance claim or have exhausted their unemployment benefits. Workers who couldn’t get to their jobs, had their jobs eliminated or couldn’t work because of a disaster-related injury might be eligible. The disaster unemployment assistance program, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and the California Employment Development Department. Individuals and business owners have until Dec.24 to apply for property-damage loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The deadline for economic-injury disaster loans is July24, 2008. Small businesses – regardless of whether they had any property damage – can apply. The SBA has approved $30.4million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by the wildfires. last_img read more


first_imgDivers HyundaiRelay for Life 5K 2014 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club 1 336 17.57 Jude O’Donnell M40 Individual2 424 18.09 Brian Ferry SM Letterkenny A C3 411 18.16 Damien Mc Bride SM Milford A C4 432 18.54 Niall Gildea SM Individual 5 448 19.23 Adrian Gill SM Individual6 429 19.35 Terence Boyle SM Individual7 438 19.46 John McFadden SM Individual8 412 19.48 Daniel Cullen SM Letterkenny A C9 427 19.51 Ollie Duffy SM Individual 10 466 19.52 Cathal Morrison M40 Individual11 437 19.57 Raymond Mc Bride SM Individual12 325 20.09 Cathal Harvey SM Individual13 321 20.19 Sammy Johnston SM 24/7 Triathlon 14 410 20.28 PJ Friel M50 Individual15 471 20.37 Gerard Callaghan M40 24/7 Triathlon16 355 21.04 Deirdre Diver SW Letterkenny A C17 370 21.06 Richard Raymond M50 Letterkenny A C18 470 21.09 Boyd Robinson M40 Individual19 455 21.10 Emma McGee SW Letterkenny A C20 425 21.21 Chris Nee SM Individual21 332 21.28 Noel Mc Cormick SM Individual22 454 21.29 Katherine McKinley SW Letterkenny A C23 323 21.58 Joseph Casey M40 Individual24 414 22.13 John Hughes M50 Individual25 316 22.13 Anthony Fox JM Individual26 445 22.20 James McBride M60 Individual27 428 22.51 Stephen McShane SM Individual28 352 22.53 Andrew Leighton M40 Individual29 322 23.00 Paul Gillan M40 Individual30 457 23.03 Allan Mailey SM Convoy31 369 23.04 Barry Carr SM Individual32 317 23.13 Martin Langan SM Convoy33 327 23.13 Karen Higgin SW Individual34 473 23.19 Ciaran Friel SM Individual35 330 23.20 Marie McAteer SW Individual36 329 23.26 Martin Carr SW Individual37 328 23.34 Thomas Friel SM Individual38 469 24.08 Mark Gildea SM Individual39 464 24.12 Danny McBride M40 Individual40 331 24.12 Claire McIntyer SW Individual41 361 24.16 Gretta Toye W40 Individual42 362 24.16 James Toye M40 Individual43 461 24.17 John Duffy M40 Individual44 486 24.18 Annette McCarron SW Individual45 413 24.24 Johnathon Wilson SM Individual46 485 24.25 Sarah McCarron SW Individual47 357 24.37 Paul McNally SM Individual48 463 24.43 David Oliver M50 Individual49 449 24.47 Sinead Kinnear SW Individual50 421 24.49 Declan Friel M40 Milford A C51 484 24.57 Liam Ferry SM Individual52 458 24.59 Ethna Fox W40 Letterkenny A C53 407 24.59 Irene McFadden SW Letterkenny A C54 420 25.00 Adam Friel JM Individual55 446 25.05 John Burke M40 Individual56 459 25.06 Eileen Morning W40 Individual57 468 25.13 Ruth McCrudden W40 Letterkenny A C58 433 25.31 Kevin Lynch M50 Individual59 426 25.32 Sean Bonner M50 Convoy60 349 25.42 Margaret Gallagher W50 Individual61 333 25.43 Amanda McGrath SW Individual62 456 25.44 Jason Peoples SM Convoy63 439 25.45 Goretti Sheridan W40 Individual64 351 25.48 Angela Doran W40 Individual65 309 25.55 Patrick Murray M40 Individual66 318 26.10 Anne Kelly W40 Individual67 306 26.17 Gareth O’ Donnell SM Individual68 368 26.22 Claire Anderson SW Individual69 367 26.22 Anthony Anderson SM Individual70 356 26.27 Noeleen Doogan W40 Individual71 373 26.29 Linda Clarke Walker Individual72 460 26.31 Margaret Bonner W40 Individual73 453 26.38 Jerry Burke M50 Inishowen A C74 305 26.38 Siobhan Mc Bride SW Individual75 338 26.48 Mary Bonner W50 Individual76 447 27.05 Annette Darcy W40 Individual77 324 27.07 Jimmy Gildea M40 Individual78 477 27.09 Ciaran Diver M40 Individual79 422 27.21 Avril Larkin SW Individual80 312 27.23 Louise Gallagher SW Individual81 441 27.27 Pamela McGranaghan W40 Individual82 442 27.27 Andy McGranaghan M50 Individual83 462 27.27 Denis Sheridan M50 Individual84 444 27.28 Edel Conway JW Individual85 434 27.32 Christine Chamber SW Individual86 465 27.33 Orla Redmond SW Individual87 406 27.47 John Fitzgerald – Individual88 435 27.57 Emma Gordon SW Individual89 302 28.06 Margo Mc Nally SW Individual90 452 28.06 Rosaleen Gallagher W40 Individual91 467 28.24 Maureen McBrearty W40 Individual92 319 28.25 Mary Gallagher SW Individual93 478 28.25 Stella McCole SW Individual94 430 29.01 Jane McGoohan SW Individual95 350 29.03 Mary McFettigan W40 Individual96 443 29.04 Rita Conway W50 Individual97 314 29.07 Martina Prunty SW Individual98 313 29.08 Collette Joyce SW Individual99 315 29.08 Martin Gallagher SM Individual100 481 29.18 Linda McGroarty SW Individual101 440 29.19 Donna Higgins SW Individual102 353 29.35 Donna McGettigan SW Individual103 354 29.35 Annette Olsen SW Individual104 363 29.39 Sophie Kelly W40 Individual105 482 29.42 Connor Lawless SM Individual106 431 29.53 Maria Mc Ginley SW Individual107 304 30.21 Louise Doherty SW Individual108 335 30.23 Denis Gallagher M50 Individual109 423 30.44 Geraldine McGinley W40 Individual110 483 31.05 Christopher Digimas SM Individual111 334 31.28 Madge Gallagher W50 Individual112 480 32.10 Julia Cannon W40 Individual113 301 32.20 Aine Mc Laughlin JW Individual114 348 33.32 Louise Gallagher Walker Individual115 346 33.32 Cathy Stewart SW Individual116 418 34.11 Grainne Cullen SW Individual117 419 34.11 Aisling Cullen JW Individual118 345 35.25 Sheena Stewert SW Individual119 344 35.25 Michelle Rankin SW Individual120 347 35.25 Eileen Gallagher Walker Individual121 359 35.46 Danielle Hamilton Walker Individual122 475 35.50 Jean McGlinchey W50 Individual123 474 35.51 Noreen Sharkey W50 Individual124 320 36.04 Charlotte Valentine SW Inishowen A C125 371 36.21 Ruth Mc Crossan Walker Individual126 472 37.32 Tina Lynch Walker Individual127 337 37.47 An Other Walker Individual128 436 38.45 Evelyn Cullen Walker Individual129 307 40.13 Eileen McElhinney SW Individual130 364 40.16 Mark Bradley Walker Individual131 303 40.35 Catherine Rodgers SW Individual132 326 41.25 Josie Gallagher Walker Individual133 358 41.25 Joanne Doherty Walker Individual134 476 42.22 Kelly Ford Walker Individual135 450 43.52 Allistair Jameson SM Individual136 451 43.52 Ellie Jameson JW Individual137 415 44.09 Jerry O’Donnell Walker Individual138 308 44.31 Ester McElhinney SW Individual139 408 45.44 Deirdre O’Donnell Walker Individual140 409 45.44 Eileen O’Donnell Walker Individual141 310 46.26 Anne-Marie Mc Cormick SW Individual142 311 46.27 Paula Crumlish SW Individual143 416 46.55 Janet Donnell Walker Individual144 417 46.55 Caroline Dillon Walker Individual145 372 54.38 Keelan Clarke JM IndividualTotal Runners: 145RESULTS OF THE DIVER’S RELAY FOR LIFE 5K was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RESULTS OF THE DIVER’S RELAY FOR LIFE 5Klast_img read more

Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair takes place next week

first_imgDonegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Fair takes place next week from 6-7 November in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.The Fair has a new and improved format which focuses exclusively on Donegal ETB’s own Further Education and Training provision.The Fair is also taking place at a new time of the year – having been held in January for the last fifteen years, it has moved to a new November date to cement a change of time for subsequent years. The number of school leavers choosing FET as their first preference is increasing steadily. With this in mind, the Fair session on Wednesday 6 November, from 7.00-9.00pm, is aimed at Leaving Certificate students and their parents/guardians, school guidance counsellors and Principals.ETB’s FET staff will provide information on Post Leaving Certificate (PLC), specific skills training courses, traineeships and apprenticeships and explain first-hand what the benefits of FET are.Whether young people need a stepping stone into third level education, want to earn while they learn or fast track their way into employment, with nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, Donegal ETB covers all those options.Speaking about the evening session on 6 November, Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley said, “It is important that students and parents consider Further Education and Training (FET) as a possible pathway for progression. Graduates from apprenticeships, FET courses and Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are rated highly by employers in areas such as team-working, commercial awareness and entrepreneurial skills. He said, “Many of the FET courses on offer now have increased participation in work placements and engaged learning opportunities. The modes of assessment used often have increased focus on student project work and problem-solving which is so relevant in the employment context.”A local parent has told how her son followed the earn and learn route by completing an apprenticeship and finished his qualification with €20,000 in savings after four years, while her daughter went to third level and finished her qualification costing €45,000.This Wednesday evening session is also aimed at those currently working and seeking to upskill. Information will be provided on an exciting new initiative for those who are currently working called Skills to Advance.Skills to Advance can provide those currently in work and looking to upskill with free or part-funded part-time training opportunities from Levels 4-6. Information will also be available on Skills for Work, another training initiative for those in work. This programme is particularly targeted at low skilled workers who, without the opportunity to participate in this training, may not have the confidence to embrace change in the workplace.On Thursday 7 November from 10.00am-2.00pm, the Fair is open to those who are currently unemployed or studying a course and want information on the wide range full and part-time education and training opportunities offered by Donegal ETB’s FET Service to help them get back into the workforce or progress to the next level. Donegal ETB tutors, advisers and current students will be available to talk through these opportunities and experiences. As the largest provider of FET in the county, the ETB offers a comprehensive range of opportunities with qualifications including QQI, City & Guilds and industry-specific certification that allow students to choose their next best step.Donegal ETB’s Director of FET, Cróna Gallagher, said, “People should take the time on 6 and 7 November to find out how our FET Service can help them to go further in developing their skills and to find out about the many education and training options available throughout the county.”Many of Donegal ETB’s programmes are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. In 2018, over 11,000 FET students completed courses in more than 120 venues, making Donegal ETB the largest FET provider in the county, offering opportunities to retrain, upskill, get on the job work experience and progress onto further and higher education.For more information please contact Donegal ETB’s Adult Guidance and Information Service on 0749178088 or email or visit them at 2nd Floor, McKendrick Place, Pearse Road, Letterkenny. Further updates on the 2019 FET Fair can be found on Donegal ETB’s website ( and Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts (@DonegalETB) between now and the Fair.Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair takes place next week was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South African agriculture

first_imgSouth Africa’s agriculture sector created 65 000 new jobs between 2009 and 2013, reversing a trend of farming job losses in the country that stretched back to the 1970s, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said.Agricultural activities range from intensive crop production and mixed farming in winter rainfall and high summer rainfall areas to cattle ranching in the bushveld and sheep farming in the arid regions. (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa has a dual agricultural economy, with both well-developed commercial farming and more subsistence-based production in the deep rural areas.Covering 1.2-million square kilometres of land, South Africa is one-eighth the size of the United States and has seven climatic regions, from Mediterranean to subtropical to semi-desert.This biodiversity, together with a coastline 3 000 kilometres long and served by eight commercial ports, favours the cultivation of a highly diverse range of marine and agricultural products, from deciduous, citrus and subtropical fruit to grain, wool, cut flowers, livestock and game.While 12% of South Africa’s land can be used for crop production, only 22% of this is high-potential arable land. The greatest limitation is the availability of water, with uneven and unreliable rainfall. Around 1.3-million hectares are under irrigation, and around 50% of South Africa’s water is used for agriculture.Agricultural activities range from intensive crop production and mixed farming in winter rainfall and high summer rainfall areas to cattle ranching in the bushveld and sheep farming in the arid regions. Maize is most widely grown, followed by wheat, sugar cane and sunflowers. Citrus and deciduous fruits are exported, as are locally produced wines and flowers.South Africa is not only self-sufficient in virtually all major agricultural products, but is also a net food exporter. It is also the leading exporter of protea cut flowers, which account for more than half of proteas sold on the world market.Other important export groups are wine, citrus, maize, grapes, sugar, apples, pears and quinces. Important export products include agroprocessing products, such as undermatured ethyl alcohol and hides and skins.Agriculture and the economyAgriculture as a percentage of GDP has decreased over past four decades, currently contributing around 2%. This implies that the economy is maturing, moving towards the secondary and tertiary sectors.However, farming remains vitally important to the economy with 638 000 people formally employed (Statistics SA, 2012 Q2) – although it’s estimated that around 8,5-million people are directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture for their employment and income.The sector’s significance is largely because of its potential to create jobs, and is a key focus of the New Growth Path, a plan by the government to create 5-million new jobs by 2020. Plans include programmes to promote commercially oriented small-scale farming. Support is also available to smallholders on land acquired through land reform.AgroprocessingWorld-class infrastructure, counter-seasonality to Europe, vast biodiversity and marine resources, and competitive input costs make South Africa a major player on the world’s markets.The agroprocessing industry spans the processing of freshwater aquaculture and mariculture, exotic and indigenous meats, nuts, herbs and fruit. It also involves the production and export of deciduous fruit; production of wines for the local and export market; confectionary manufacturing and export; and the processing of natural fibres from cotton, hemp, sisal, kenaf and pineapple.It contributed R280-million to the GDP in 2011, which is 20% of the total amount generated by the manufacturing sector. It is the third largest contributor to GDP within the sector, after chemicals and metals (Statistics SA, 2012).Agroprocessing has particularly strong linkages both up- and downstream: the sector links to agriculture across a wide variety of farming models and products; while downstream the sector’s products are marketed across wholesale and retail chains, as well as through restaurants, pubs, shebeens and fast-food franchises.According to the Industrial Policy Action Plan, the food-processing sector is the largest manufacturing sector in employment terms, with about 171 000 employees. This increases to more than a million jobs if agriculture is included.The government plans to exploit South Africa’s competitive advantages that – if fully exploited – would place South Africa among the top 10 export producers in high-value agricultural products.Excellent wines, indigenous rooibos and honeybush teas, and certain fruits are highly sought after in export markets.Aquaculture (fish farming) is regarded as priority sector, largely because of its potential for job creation as it scales up to meet increasing domestic demand. But, in general, greater focus is being paid to processed goods and domestic processing capabilities to help boost the value of exports.Financing is available from the Industrial Development Corporation to encourage development within the food, beverage and agro industries. There are also various projects in place to boost agroprocessing in rural areas, through providing finance and infrastructure.SourceSouth African YearbookReviewed: 3 December 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Vodacom in SA renewable energy drive

first_img6 March 2013South African mobile communications company Vodacom has joined the country’s renewable energy drive by unveiling the largest array of solar panels on a single building in Africa at its offices in Century City in Cape Town.The installation, unveiled on Tuesday, forms part of the firm’s mission to reduce its energy consumption and is expected to contribute up to 75% of the electricity required during peak production.“The electricity produced will feed into the two main distribution boards and a display panel, installed in the reception area of the building, and will display instantaneous power produced (yield), energy yield and carbon emission savings,” Vodacom said in a statement.Vodacom recently became a voluntary signatory to the energy efficiency leadership network, which aims to improve energy efficiency in South Africa. It is one of 58 members of the network from the mining and energy, commercial, industrial and manufacturing sectors, business associations and government departments.‘Stimulating the green economy’“This commitment complements our existing environmental and sustainability efforts to reduce carbon emissions within the organisation by 5% per annum until 2014,” said Vodacom’s chief officer of corporate affairs, Maya Makanjee.“Through this particular project Vodacom aims to demonstrate that business can take the lead in promoting renewable energy solutions, thereby stimulating the green economy.”Local small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) installed the panels as part of the company’s policy to improve socio-economic development.Skills transfer also formed part of the project and a German engineer involved in the project provided on-the-job training to local construction workers.The roof tiles that were removed to make way for the panels were also all donated to a community centre project in Delft.This latest project to improve energy efficiency follows others such as the retrofitting of base stations with free cooling and the construction of what is regarded as the greenest building in the country, its Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.The building was awarded six stars for its water, energy and emissions efficiency by the Green Building Council of South Africa in October 2011“Through this initiative and other energy saving projects, Vodacom intends taking the lead in trying to reduce dependency on conventional energy sources and it is our hope that other companies follow suit,” Makanjee said.“We also want our customers to learn from our example and to become more aware of their own carbon footprint.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more