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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Mobile ‘to drive internet in Africa’

first_img11 October 2012 Sub-Saharan African countries have seen a steady uptake of mobile communications and are poised for strong growth of mobile, broadband and internet services over the next four to five years, according to global researchers Frost & Sullivan. Broadband penetration levels in Sub-Saharana Africa are significantly low, in most cases less than 5%, which has limited the levels of internet usage in the region. However, new analysis released this week by Frost & Sullivan finds that there were 181.7-million mobile and fixed telephony subscribers and 29.8-million internet subscribers in the region in 2010, and estimates this to reach 266.1-million mobile and fixed telephony subscribers and 77.5-million internet subscribers in 2017. This expansion will be driven primarily by uptake of mobile voice and internet services. “The growth of voice and internet markets in Africa is expected to be driven by a decline in retail price for these services,” Frost & Sullivan’s information and communication technologies business unit leader for Africa, Chantel Lindeman, said in a statement on Tuesday. Operators benefit from infrastructure investment “Operators in the region are investing significantly in mobile infrastructure, including base stations and transmission networks. This is expected to result in the availability of higher network capacity at lower cost, with operators spurring growth by passing savings in network costs to the end users of services.” According to Frost & Sullivan’s research, African operators are investing in shared terrestrial fibre-optic infrastructure to increase transmission capacities and connect end users to undersea cables. They are also adopting infrastructure sharing at base stations to minimise the overall cost of delivering services to end users. Cost minimisation is likely to translate to lower retail prices of voice and internet services and push up demand and uptake levels.Low-income consumers the challenge The key challenge to growth and increased penetration of voice and internet markets in Africa is the low disposable income of a majority of consumers, the research finds, with the cost of devices required for the uptake of internet services generally seen as high. As a result, operators in the region are likely to experience significantly low levels of new subscription to voice and internet services in the short term, and are likely to look to models used in developing markets in the region. “Operators should learn from experiences in the uptake of mobile telephony services in African countries such as Kenya, that have experienced notable penetration levels,” Lindeman said. “They should engage governments to offer tax subsidies on mobile phones, laptops and smartphones that are required to access internet services. In addition, operators can extend their range of internet access packages to meet the budget capabilities of more consumers.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Capello says Messi is a genius Ronaldo is important

first_imgThe former England manager talked to the press on Monday and praised the work of the Argentinean footballer and the Portuguese superstar.Former England national team manager Fabio Capello spoke to the press on Monday as his ex-team Juventus is facing Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.But the manager focused on something else: Barcelona’s superstar Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.“Leo Messi is not a footballer, he is a genius and the only genius in world football,” Capello said according to Spanish media outlet Marca.“He has not won much silverware with Argentina but that is because he cannot do it all alone.”pic.twitter.com/CbgBz9Qdx3— Team Lionel Messi (@MessiTeamCo) February 17, 2019“Cristiano has woken up a lot of Juventus players,” he also said about Bianconeri superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.“Bringing him to the club has been a wake-up call for many players and he has made them improve.”“He is very important for Juventus because having someone as good as him at training every day and someone who takes care of himself in the way Ronaldo does, is hugely significant for a team that was coasting,” he explained.“It is obvious that he is desperate to win the Champions League with Juventus.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Capello was full of praise for many players, including Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.“He is excellent, very intelligent, has bags of quality and is very dangerous because as well as chipping in with lots of goals for his team, he is also very hard-working,” he said.“Atletico have done well to keep hold of him.”“I like managers like them who are open and willing to mix things up from time to time and not stick to one formation or game plan,” he said talking about Massimiliano Allegri and Diego Pablo Simeone.“They know their best starting eleven, they study their opponents in-depth and they are always aware of where the potential danger will come from and the areas where they feel they can exploit and take advantage of.”And before he signed off, he talked about Real Madrid’s young promise Vinicius Junior.“They told me three years ago that he was the next Brazilian talent to look out for,” he revealed.“He is quick, knows how to play and is very talented. He now just needs to add goals to his game.”Everyone. Everywhere. #GETREADY#AtletiJuve #UCL #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/yyuRKtMpMc— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 17, 2019last_img read more

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