Africa, own your destiny: Zuma

first_img9 May 2013Africa’s attitude towards itself and how it interacts with the world has changed for the better, South African President Jacob Zuma said at the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa meeting in Cape Town on Thursday.Speaking at the event’s main opening plenary session, Zuma said that, 50 years after the setting up of the Organisation for Africa Unity (OAU) – now known as the African Union – the continent stood at a precipice.“If you take the 50 years since it was established, we are almost at a point of launching Africa into very great activities to achieve a prosperous continent,” he said.He said Africa had to get to the stage where it was self-sufficient and could use its own resources to fund its own development needs, while being able to trade with the world on equal terms.However, conflicts in Africa still stood in the way of development, and it was for this reason that South Africa and its fellow African states were working hard to rid the continent of conflict, he said.“I think African leaders are saying, for the first time, ‘Let us organise ourselves and let us talk to the kind of organisations that will respond positively and very effectively on what we think needs to be done to develop our continent’.”He said South Africa’s BRICS membership represented an important turning point for Africa’s connectivity to the globe.Referring to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit that took place in Durban in March, Zuma said: “I think the BRICS leadership found it very pleasing that Africa could say, ‘Here are specific projects that Africa is presenting to investors’.“Our belief is that the membership of South Africa to BRICS represents the one-billion people on the continent of Africa.”Zuma said the BRICS Development Bank would soon become a reality and that finance ministers from the five member countries were currently working on the technical details around setting up the South-South development bank.He said the two main issues that finance ministers were addressing was how BRICS members would capitalise the bank and secondly, where to base the development bank.Zuma called for the development bank to be based in Africa, where he said the greatest need for development funding lay.African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamimi Zuma, also addressing Thursday’s opening plenary, said that in the next 50 years, Africa should be described as a prosperous continent and one at peace with itself.Dlamini Zuma said the key to Africa’s growth would be to invest in its people by improving health, education, skills and innovation. Investing in agriculture would be key, as agriculture could help create jobs and feed those on the continent, she said.She pointed out that in promoting growth, the continent should opt for modern techniques, tools and infrastructure. The continent also needed more partnerships between businesses, citizens and governments.African Development Bank president Donald Kaberuka told the gathering that the continent had to continue developing infrastructure, pointing out that poor infrastructure added about 40% of the cost of doing business on the continentKaberuka said he had spoken with Zuma about mobilising African resources to fund infrastructure, rather than rely largely on foreign aid, as the African Development Bank currently does, to fund such projects.Source: read more

Mango extends its wings

first_img18 December 2013 South African Airways and its low-cost operator Mango have extended their code share agreement to include other coastal cities in South Africa as well as Bloemfontein, SAA spokesman Tlali Tlali said in a statement on Tuesday. The new routes have been effective since 13 December. SAA and Mango already have a code share agreement in place for flights between Cape Town and Durban, as well as on the route between Lanseria Airport outside Johannesburg and Cape Town. This will be extended to include the routes between Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and George. Other routes to be included are those between Cape Town and Bloemfontein, and Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Tlali said. Mango will continue to be the operating carrier with SAA placing its code “SA” on the above flights as the marketing carrier. SAA customers will travel on a ticket starting with “SA”, while Mango customers will travel on a ticket starting with a “JE” code. Voyager members will earn miles only if they book their flights on the SAA flight number, Tlali said. This is the case on the Mango flights between Durban and Cape Town, and between Lanseria and Cape Town. “The new agreement represents an expansion of an existing, successful code share partnership, in place since 2010 between Cape Town and Durban as well as from Lanseria to Cape Town,” said Kendy Phohleli, SAA’s acting general manager. “It is in line with strategic imperatives as indicated in Gaining Altitude, SAA’s long-term turnaround strategy, whereby focus is placed on intra-group operational efficiency and commercial impetus.” Nico Bezuidenhout, Mango’s chief executive, said the success of existing code-share activities boded well for further growth. “By adding greater network choice through collaboration, not only will SAA passengers benefit, but commercially it represents a giant leap forward for both brands.” Source: SA Airwayslast_img read more

USDA now accepting applications for the Conservation Activity Plan Initiative

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer technical and financial assistance to Ohio farmers, agricultural producers, and private forest landowners who want to better manage their agricultural and forest land resources. Having a plan is always the best place to start in any endeavor and the Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Initiative will help to develop a systematic plan that details the best approach to address natural resource concerns on farms and private forest/woodlands.With CAP Initiative funding, landowners contract with a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) to identify conservation practices needed to address their specific land use or natural resource need. A CAP could focus on a land use resource concern involving grazing land, forest land, or transitioning to an organic operation. A CAP could also address specific resource needs such as managing nutrients, on-farm energy improvements, or an air quality concern. For additional information on TSPs, visit the NRCS TSP website.Once a conservation activity plan is completed with a certified TSP, producers can then apply for NRCS financial assistance to implement the conservation practices identified in their CAP. All NRCS financial-assistance programs are offered in a continuous sign-up; however, to be considered for CAP funding in the first collection period for the 2018 fiscal year, applications must be received by Oct. 20, 2017.Applications for NRCS programs submitted by entities, such as agricultural producers applying as a corporation, must have a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number and an active SAM (System for Award Management) registration status when applying, a process that may take several weeks. Applications cannot be processed without this information. To learn more about technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or a local USDA Service Center.last_img read more

Layar Adds Foursquare, Beatlemania and Civic Projects to its AR Offerings

first_img4. Advertising and Inventory: In addition to obvious product finding and advertising-based layars, Masternaut created a layar that allows users to track vehicles and assets across cities. Meanwhile developer Bastian Voight created a real time ship tracker for Vesseltracker with a layar that displays the position of moored ships in the world’s largest ports. 5. Specialized Reference: Developer Pablo Garcia created the Elipse Golf layar where users can find the exact location of a golf hole and tee up for success. developer Patrick O’Reilly focused on transportation with both a Dublin bus location layar and a layar for Dublin’s public bicycle program. Other layars also exist to locate hospitals, apartments for rent and wireless hotspots. dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups Related Posts Augmented reality browser Layar recently launched it’s v3 publishing site chock full of developer tools. The launch signifies more than 1000 active developers being given the chance to showcase their 3rd party applications. By exposing this immersive platform to outsiders, the company is solidifying its title as a pioneer in the “future of augmented reality”. In a recent blog post Layar outlined 5 cases to demonstrate the power of the platform. In addition to some of the company’s earlier 3rd party releases, below are some of our favorite layars. 1. Civic Projects and Politics: A Netherlands-based Provast created a layar where users can see the final plans for the currently unfinished construction of the Markthal Rotterdam. Meanwhile developer Andree Toonk worked with on a slightly more political project. His layar gives information on all of the projects that receive funding from the Canadian government as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 2. History and Landmarks: Those visiting Liverpool and London can walk down music’s memory lane with a visual tour of Beatles-related points of interest. Layar developer created a layar where users can follow the exploits of the Fab Four. Meanwhile a number of developers have looked to historical landmarks as inspirations for their work. Similar to Junaio’s editable AR app, BuildAR lets you create your own points of interest and customize your layars to suit your needs. 3. Social: Dutch engineer Johannes la Poutré has a number of social applications for Layar. Similar to TwittARound, Tweeps Around queries Twitter for posts and marks the exact location that the post is given on an augmented reality layar. In his Foursquare application Poutré gives users access to the latest Foursquare venues and tips. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more