Petrol price to rise, diesel unchanged

first_img5 September 2011 The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will drop by two cents a litre. The average Rand/US Dollar exchange rate, however, weakened when compared to the previous period. The price of diesel with a 0.05 percent sulphur content and the price of diesel with a 0.005 percent sulphur content will both remain unchanged. The single maximum national retail price for illuminating paraffin will decrease by three cents a litre. The retail price of all grades of petrol will increase by nine cents a litre on Wednesday, the Department of Energy said on Friday.center_img During the period 29 July 2011 to 1 September 2011, the average international product prices of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin decreased, the Department added. “The average Rand/US Dollar exchange rate for the period 29 July 2011 to 2 September 2011 was 7.0590 compared to 6.8353 during the previous period. “The deterioration of the rand against the US dollar increased the contribution to the basic fuel price by about 20 cents a litre,” the Department said. Sapalast_img read more

Brand South Africa calls on Global South Africans to support Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir as it stars in ‘Inala’ a Zulu ballet in London

first_imgGrammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir to star in ‘Inala’ a Zulu ballet which takes centre stage in London at The Peacock Theatre from 30 April to 18 May. Beautifully articulated on its website, ﷟HYPERLINK “”Inala, meaning abundance of goodwill in isiZulu, was conceived five years ago to mark 20 years of democracy in South Africa to  celebrate freedom, democracy and  diversity. The productions has now returned as the country celebrates 25 years of freedom. It embraces the cultures in South African live on stage.  Inala was created by Sisters Grimm, multi-award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE, and features Ladysmith Black Mambazo with current and former dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert.  Inala was nominated for a Grammy® Award in 2016 for its original score, recognising what The Independent described as “stunning, contemporary South African vocal music”. The show has since received favourable reviews from international audiences; “A dynamic marriage of contemporary dance and choral music.” – Judith Mackrell, The Guardian “A perfect example of what can be achieved in art when a great idea and some of the finest talent come together on a production.” – Antoinette Thirgood, The Mumble “A tingling magic that conjures up the hot sun over vast South African plains…” – Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard 2015 As the ballet returns to the international stage with the award winning Soweto Gospel Choir to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of South African Gospel music.  Brand South Africa commends the team for elevating the Nation brand image and reputation on the global stage, telling our stories for the world to see and enjoy.  Watch the trailer here: read more

South Africa’s largest maize crop in history

first_imgThe country’s largest maize crop is expected later this year, says the Department of Agriculture. We look at the positive effects of this on exports and food security.South Africa is expecting its largest maize crop in history in 2017, says the Department of Agriculture. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa could expect its largest maize crop in the country’s history, said the Crop Estimates Committee of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff).The yield of maize is expected to be just more than 15-million tons, 101% higher than the 2016 crop, despite the drought.“The three main maize producing areas, namely the Free State, Mpumalanga and North West provinces, are expected to produce 83% of the 2017 crop,” said the department.The bumper harvest is expected to have a knock-on effect on food prices, by bringing them down.Drought reliefDespite the recent drought in Southern African, caused by the El Niño climate phenomenon, there was more than double the average recorded rainfall in January and February, according to local weather services.In November 2016, Daff also received R212-million from the National Disaster Centre for drought relief efforts for farmers.Earlier this month, it provided an update on the money spent.“With the allocated funds, Daff has managed to assist 74,335 farmers. Currently, Daff has distributed 613,481 bags of animal feed and 3,790 tons of lucerne.” In total, the department had spent R210-million of the allocated funds.Effect on exports and food securitySurplus maize would most likely be exported, said Grain South Africa. “Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, those are three countries that have ordered a lot of maize from South Africa,” Grain South Africa CEO Jannie de Villiers told Reuters.South Africa’s domestic consumption of maize was approximately 10.5-million tons, he said. Anything over that could be exported, showing the resilience of the country’s agriculture sector.The increased harvest could also improve food security in South Africa.The World Health Organization (WHO) defines food security as a state in which all people in society have enough food always for an active and healthy life. “Food security as an umbrella term includes the availability of food that is nutritious and safe, and an assured ability to procure and acquire food of good quality in a socially acceptable way.”After a 10-year study, which started in 1999, the WHO concluded that food security in South Africa had increased. It cited government programmes such as feeding schemes in schools and social grants as positively contributing to people having more food.“Although the measures and programmes initiated by the South African government appear to be beneficial, they need to be run more effectively to further alleviate food insecurity,” the report read.Statistics South Africa found similar results in its 2016 General Household Survey. “The percentage of South African households with inadequate or severely inadequate access to food decreased from 23.9% in 2010 to 22.3% in 2016,” the organisation said.“The percentage of households that experienced hunger decreased from 23.8% to 11.8% while the percentage of individuals who experienced hunger decreased from 29.3% to 13.4% over the same period.”Other harvest grainsThe remaining grain forecast is largely unchanged, except for dry beans.Sunflower seeds remain unchanged at 853,470 tonsSoybeans remain unchanged at 1.2-million tonsGround nut crop remains unchanged at 86,600 tonsSorghum remains unchanged at 153,480 tonsDry beans increase by 1.94% to 68,450 tonsSources: Daff, World Health Organization, Stats SA Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Blazing the Path to Email Collaboration: Without all of the Buzz

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Collaboration Happens: Did You Get my Email?By offering a cloud solution to deliver the files, YouSendIt was also able to track whether the recipient downloaded the file. The company currently has has about 5 million “file batches” sent per month with over 10 million downloads. On average, each file is being read by two persons on the other side and the sender is able to see which ones.This audibility provides YouSendIt users a way to close the loop and gain a deeper insight to the status of their communications. Imagine the sales person, who sends a brochure to the prospects, getting a report back for who opened it and who didn’t. It automatically separates out the interested from the others and gives an opportunity to target the next message.Email is a social application that has it’s own rules and nuances – Google reminded the world recently with the launch of Buzz that connecting email and social networks is harder than it looks. YouSendIt might be onto something. Instead of reinventing the entire social context of email, the company is focused on enhancing the existing email system as it works today. YouSendIt Adopts the EnterpriseMicrosoft Exchange has become the dominant email system in the enterprise. YouSendIt spent a lot of time working closely with Exchange and its client counterpart Outlook to bring its cloud-based attachments solution to the platform. This solution offers an approach to a gradual transition to cloud computing – one message at a time. Each message can be targeted to a person, a list of people, or an entire group of people.Individuals can respond to the message, ignore it, or mark it as Spam. It’s security and privacy model that starts as opt-out, rather than op-in. Meaning that if you get an account *anyone* can send you a message. Spammers are the single largest sender of email traffic.Email messages can include file attachments that offer a way to send a file from one computer to the user on another one.Improving the flow of attachments is part of email is that YouSendIt specializes in.Large Files Needed a HomeFor both user experience, technical infrastructure, and cost reasons many email systems cap the size of attachments they allow to pass through the gateway. Large files are routinely blocked, causing email users the challenge of figuring out another way to get them across the network. One way to think about it, is that large file attachments “real” home is not the inbox, but more rightfully the filesystem (aka My Documents). And, increasingly these files are being stored in the cloud rather than the filesystem. A diagram describing how it works shows how it creates a new channel for connecting the user to their file, while continuing to use email “as-is”. Change is in-the-air around collaboration and email. We wonder if the next generation of email going to evolve into the killer app for bringing social networking it into the enterprise. What do you think, will email ever fade away? Related Posts mike kirkwood A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Today, email is nearly as ubiquitous as the computer itself. It offers a simple process that “just works” for most users and it has become a defacto communication process for enterprises and individuals alike. YouSendIt found its place in the evolution of email by providing existing email users a solution to a common problem – sending large files. Along the way, the company has leveraged its position in cloud based solution to offer additional benefits to its users.What do we Know about EmailA few things about using email that define it as a communications tool. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Saina deserved the medal for her sheer commitment, says father

first_imgSaina Nehwal might have got lucky to win an Olympic bronze Saturday but she deserved the medal for her sheer commitment to the game, said her emotional father Harvir Singh Nehwal.”It is a God given gift for all the hard work she has put in. It was lucky the way she won but it was definitely deserving considering that she made badminton her life. She became stone-hearted to achieve her goal. She gave up studies,” said the agricultural scientist during a media interaction at his residence.A steady stream of media personnel started gathering at the Nehwal residence here in the afternoon as Saina took the court for the bronze medal play-off match against Chinese Xin Wang.The mood suddenly turned grim after Saina lost the first game 18-21, but it didn’t last long as the Chinese retired hurt in the second game when she was leading 1-0.Wang, a former World No.1 and current No.2, could not carry on with the right knee injury that she picked up after a heavy landing at the end of the first game.Harvir, however, believes that his daughter had a fair chance of making a comeback into the game.”The way the match was going, I think she had a fair chance of winning. The Chinese girl was also tiring,” he said.World No.5 Saina became the third Indian to win a medal from the 2012 London Games after shooters Gagan Narang and Vijay Kumar won bronze and silver, respectively.Harvir said her daughter was troubled after her loss to World No.1 Wang Yihan in the semi-final that shattered her dream of an Olympic gold.”Saina had called me at 11 p.m. last night. She sounded disturbed and was worried about her movement on the court. She asked me to come to London but I refused. I just wanted her to concentrate on the next match.”Saina had made quite a few adjustments in her game besides losing five kilograms in weight and adopting a strict diet chart. It paid dividends as she won back-to-back titles in Thailand and Indonesia in June.”Those two victories came as a result of the changes she made in her daily routine. She used to train two-three hours extra. She got four endorsements after that but we refused. An Olympic medal was the only thing on her mind,” Harvir added.advertisementlast_img read more