Procurement boost for manufacturers

first_img9 December 2011 South Africa has put the buying power of the state firmly behind local manufacturers, with a new law now in force that allows the government to name sectors and products that will have to have a minimum level of local content to qualify for state procurement. The amendments to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, which aim to boost local entrepreneurs while creating more jobs in the private sector, came into effect on Wednesday. Launching the new regulations in Durban, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the first wave of designations marked an important milestone in the government’s efforts to support the manufacturing sector and reverse industrial decline. The designated sectors for now are the manufacturers of buses, power pylons, rolling stock, TV set-top boxes, clothing, canned vegetables, footwear and leather products. Further designations will follow next year. “Each designation will stipulate a minimum level of local content for the relevant sector,” Davies said. “Wherever relevant, the designations also set out specific recommendations for ensuring competition among domestic producers and value for money for the state.” Davies said the regulations would also enable state entities to include as a specific tendering condition that only locally produced services, works and goods could be procured. The National Treasury has led workshops to make supply chain officials aware of the new regulations. “Supply chain practitioners are crucial implementation agents of government’s localization programme, given the quantum of capital expenditure budgets in the years ahead,” Davies added. The designation follows just weeks after the adoption by the government, business, labour and social partners of a Procurement Accord which commits the parties to work together to increase local procurement as part of South Africa’s plans to create five-million jobs over the next decade. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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‘Bike City’ benefits KwaZulu-Natal

first_img17 July 2013With thousands of mountain bike enthusiasts expected to converge on Pietermaritzburg’s Cascades MTB Park in a month’s time for the UCI MTB Masters World Championships and UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships, KwaZulu-Natal is set to benefit once more from a major cycling event.The province has completed detailed studies that show that cycling events have brought more than a R1-billion worth of value and economic spend to the region.With the province of KwaZulu-Natal having invested R24-million into hosting major international cycling events over the past three years, the latest research shows that this has triggered an economic injection of R79-million into the regional economy, while at the same time providing international marketing exposure for the city valued conservatively at R1.68-billion, exclusively from the global TV coverage of the events.Long term commitmentThis substantial return on investment has resulted in the province making a long term commitment to sustaining its support for hosting international cycling events and reinforcing Pietermaritzburg’s positioning as Africa’s “Bike City”.“We are passionate about our international destination marketing, and the positioning of Pietermaritzburg as the continent’s ‘Bike City’ is now well established,” Clive Coetzee, the general manager of infrastructure management and economic services at the KwaZulu-Natal provincial treasury, said this week.“For the two weeks of the Masters and Elite World Champs, almost every hotel and B&B in the city is fully booked out, and the visitors to the event will spend significantly on local products and services. Huge sums of money are generated through the hosting of these events,” Coetzee said.‘Something really good’“We got involved almost by default,” said Coetzee. “When the uMsundusi municipality went into financial difficulty, it landed up on my desk. After evaluating it from a lot of different angles we realised that we have something really good going on here.“At that stage there was serious talk about Durban putting in a serious bid for the Olympics, which also became a factor in the early stages,” Coetzee added.“It is clear that the UCI [International Cycling Federation] are very happy with us and the way we have hosted these events, because they are coming back to us asking us to host more. That’s very encouraging and it positions us in the top five cycling centres in the world.”“If we do decide to commit to hosting the Olympics, then this is one box that we have ticked.”Continental cycling hubPietermaritzburg’s status as a “Bike City” positions the city as one of three continental cycling hubs, along with Copenhagen for Europe and Melbourne for Australasia.“As we increased our exposure and we saw the benefits, it became easier to secure the funding to the point where these cycling events are now a base item in our budgets, which means that we can commit to supporting these events for the next five to seven years,” Coetzee said.“It is important for us that these big international events have some sort of spill- over effect,” he continued. “We want kids to get involved in cycling and staying active, and people of this region to use the fantastic facilities that are now available to them.Healthy outdoor lifestyle“Already if you go to these facilities on the weekends you can see the number of families that are out there riding. It’s creating a culture of fitness and a healthy outdoor lifestyle, which, while it is difficult to quantify, it is very important to us.”Pietermaritzburg now has an international standard BMX track, a legacy of hosting a round of the UCI BMX Supercross in 2011, as well as the multi-functional mountain bike facilities available at the Cascades MTB Park.Coetzee confirmed that the success of positioning Pietermaritzburg as a “Bike City” has led to a sweeping plan to position other sporting codes with cities and towns in the province, and to start developing facilities and ultimately trying to attract top level events to those centres.“Maritzburg and cycling has been a massive success, so we now don’t need to try and sell the potential impact of this strategy,” Coetzee said. “We have brilliant support from Cycling South Africa and the UCI, and we have an experienced pool of top class organisers.Future plans“We would like to work towards a stage where we have a full calendar of events spread spatially around KwaZulu-Natal that builds up to the hosting of various international championships, especially those codes that are Olympic sports.”He added: “I don’t think people understand just how big this World Championships is going to be for Pietermaritzburg. The city will be flooded with foreigners – riders, their families and lots of media – and I hope that the people come in their tens of thousands to support it.“There is acknowledged recognition globally that cities that successfully host top sporting events are premium cities. That gets people excited and proud of being part of KwaZulu-Natal and being South African, and hopefully it will get them outdoors and active as well.“The MTB World Champs will be a very important case study for us, and one that we hope to replicate in other regions of the province.”The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September 2013, and will be preceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Championships from 21 to 25 August.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Rockets beat Mavericks for 8th straight win

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) shoots as Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., bottom and forward Doug McDermott, left, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden scored 27 points, Chris Paul added 25 and the Houston Rockets easily handled the short-handed Dallas Mavericks to get a 104-97 win on Sunday night.The Rockets have won eight straight and 12 of 13.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next The Rockets led for most of the game, but the Mavericks kept it close until a couple of runs in the third quarter allowed Houston to pull away.They were up by 12 to start the fourth quarter and led 93-77 after four straight points by Nene early in the quarter. Yogi Ferrell had the next seven points, highlighted by a 3-pointer he made before crashing to the ground as he was fouled, to cut the lead to 93-84 with about eight minutes remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHouston scored the next five points, with a basket from Paul just before the shot clock expired followed by a 3 from Harden that spurred Dallas coach Rick Carlisle to call a timeout with about six minutes left.But the Mavericks, who were playing their first game this season without Dirk Nowitzki, didn’t threaten again and most of the Rockets’ starters were soon on the bench with the game in hand. Houston got back on track after that, using an 8-2 spurt to make it 84-73 with less than a minute left in the quarter. Eric Gordon got things going in that stretch with a 3-pointer, and Paul scored the last five points.Ferrell added a basket for Dallas after that, but Gordon capped the third quarter with another 3 to leave Houston up 87-75 entering the fourth.Houston led 57-55 at halftime.TIP-INSMavericks: Nowitzki stayed in Dallas because of a swollen left ankle. … Wesley Matthews didn’t make the trip because of tightness in his lower back.Rockets: Trevor Ariza missed his seventh straight game with a strained left hamstring. … Clint Capela added 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.UP NEXTMavericks: Host Sacramento on Tuesday.Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Tuesday. Paul had nine assists and eight rebounds and Harden had five assists and six rebounds.Ferrell scored 20 points for the Mavs, who have lost eight of 10. Dwight Powell had 18 points and 12 rebounds.The Rockets were up by two early in the third quarter when they used an 8-2 run to make it 68-60 with about 8½ minutes left in the quarter.Powell scored four points in a row later in the third to get Dallas within 5. Harden made two free throws after that before both teams went cold, with nobody scoring for the next 2½ minutes.Maximilian Kleber ended the drought with an alley-oop to cut the lead to 76-71 with about three minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Floorball Association kicked off PFL season 2017-2018 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City View commentslast_img read more

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BCCI lodges FIR against Lalit Modi

first_imgDays after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shut the door on Lalit Modi cutting all his ties with it, the board has now filed a formal police complaint against the former chief of Indian Premier League (IPL). BCCI president-elect N. Srinivasan on Wednesday filed a complaint against Modi at Chennai Police commissionerate. Speaking after filing the complaint Srinivasan said there were many charges against Modi on various decisions he took as the IPL commissioner. The decision to lodge a police complaint against Modi was taken at the recent BCCI annual general body meeting. Speaking about the SMS that went out to IPL franchisees, Srinivasan said a police complaint in this connection has already been filed. Meanwhile, Chennai Police commissioner T. Rajendran told Headlines Today that the complaint against Modi accuses him of criminal misappropriation of Rs 470 crore. Other main charges against him were related to media rights, security and free commercial time.last_img read more

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