Nigerian firm in SA cement deal

first_img23 April 2008Local empowerment company Sephaku Holdings has sold a 45% stake in its cement operations to the Dangote Group, one of Nigeria’s leading industrial conglomerates, with the proceeds of the sale being used to establish a new R3-billion cement manufacturing facility.Sephaku Cement is a subsidiary of Sephaku Holdings, a black economic empowerment company active in exploration, development and investment in platinum group metals, chrome, limestone, gold, nickel and fluorspar.The strategic partnership would provide Sephaku Cement with the necessary funding and technical expertise to carry out the construction of their new cement plant without affecting their status as a black owned and controlled company, Sephaku Cement chairman Lelau Mohuba said in a company statement last week.The foreign investment will help Sephaku achieve its objective of being the first new entrant in the South African cement industry to erect a greenfields manufacturing facility in the country since 1934, the company said, adding that a number of existing local cement plants were inefficient and of uneconomical capacity, with some being in excess of 40 years old.Sephaku Cement CEO Pieter Fourie said that plans were on track to be in production by mid-2010, with the R3-billion cement plant having a production capacity of some 2.2-million tons per year.He added that it would be the “most modern cement plant in South Africa, and would set the benchmark for emissions as well as power and energy efficiencies.”For their part, Dangote Group president Aliko Dangote said that the partnership with Sephaku provided an early entry for the group into the “exciting” South African cement market, with a group of likeminded entrepreneurs.Working together would provide a win-win solution to delivering cost-effective products at world-class levels of energy efficiency and emissions, he added.The Dangote Group is a major Nigerian conglomerate, leading the country’s cement market. It recently commissioned two cement plants with a combined capacity of 8 million tons per year.Dangote Cement also has two import terminals located in Lagos and Port Harcourt, which have production lines to supply cement in 50kg and 1 500 kg bags as well as bulk tankers carrying 35 metric ton loads.Other Dangote industrial product lines include salt, sugar, flour and pasta.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Pupils benefit from couple’s calling

first_imgLeisure outings are part of the life-enriching experience brought by Theoand Angie Krynauw to Quayiya Secondary School. Current junior mayor of the municipalityof Overstrand, young Lungisa Qenduhopes to complete a civil engineeringdegree after school.(Images: Theo de Wet) MEDIA CONTACTS • Theo and Angie Krynauw  +27 82 654 4924 • Theo de Wet  Enlighten Education Trust  +27 28 313 0974RELATED ARTICLES • Creating chances for SA youngsters • Career guidance initiative launched • Primary schools get a helping hand • Denel helps maths, science pupils • SA businesses urged to adopt schoolsEmily van RijswijckRather than settle down to a sedate retirement, a couple from Hermanus in the Western Cape has pitched in to change the lives of pupils at a school in an informal settlement and, in so doing, has helped the school to double its matric pass rate in just one year.Last year, matriculants at Quayiya Secondary School in the informal settlement of Zwelihle, outside Hermanus, notched up a 66% pass rate – an impressive achievement , because just a year before the school had been classified by the Department of Basic Education as dysfunctional, with more than two-thirds of its pupils failing the all-important Grade 12.Zwelihle is an isiXhosa-speaking settlement of some 30 000 inhabitants, most of whom are unemployed.This remarkable success is largely the result of the dedicated investment of time and interest by Theo and Angie Krynauw, and the partnership they have built with Quayiya’s principal, Nkosilungile Lolwana.“It has been the most thrilling and fulfilling year of our lives,” says Theo Krynauw.Their work recently attracted sponsorship from insurance group MiWay, which supports the Krynauws’ outreach programme with a car and petrol and mobile costs.Getting involved in the communityWhen the Krynauws moved down to the coast from Pretoria in February 2011 they felt they had a calling, and had their hearts set on becoming involved in the broader community.The couple was touched by the plight of Quayiya, which had such a negative public image that nobody wanted to become involved with it.“It was as if people had given up on it and couldn’t be bothered any more,” says Krynauw.With a matric pass rate of 32% in 2010, the school had been classified as dysfunctional and seemed to be beyond saving. This was just the challenge the Krynauws were looking for.“We went up to the school and told them ‘we are here, we are available, how can we help’,” Krynauw recalls.At first they would speak to the pupils every Monday during assembly. The couple would arrive at the school with a borrowed public address system and talk to the 1 200 pupils about living a spiritual and motivated life.“Our focus is not on religion but rather on raising the values of the children in general,” says Krynauw. “If a person feels they have value, they start to do valuable things.”Out and aboutThe first few assembly meetings were soon followed by more practical exercises and now, each week a different group of ten pupils is taken on an excursion to expose the youngsters to something totally outside of their limited life experience.“We take them to art galleries, farms, radio stations, nature walks, and even crazy beach parties. Often experts in the field of interest accompany us.”Two pupils are chosen from the weekly group and are brought in to spend one night with the Krynauws at home.“This is where we really move beyond the surface and get to know the children. This is where we learn about their hopes and dreams and aspirations.”Ivy Ngoqi and Lungisa Qendu are two such pupils. Familiar with the hard knocks of life, they now believe they have a future.Life has been very difficult for Ivy since her mother died in December, says Theo Krynauw. But she dreams of becoming a paramedic and, with the couple’s help, is working hard towards that goal.An exceptionally pretty girl, Ivy could also very easily be a Face of Africa model, the Krynauws believe. To help get her modelling career off the ground, which could ultimately help her to achieve her dream of becoming a paramedic, the Krynauws will take her to Cape Town later this year to build a professional modelling portfolio.Lungisa is junior mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, where Hermanus is situated. Krynauw refers to him as a “remarkable boy” with leadership qualities that have helped him develop into one of the best junior mayors the area has ever produced, according to Theo de Wet, manager of the Overstrand junior council.De Wet was instrumental in launching the junior council eight years ago, and says that in its history Lungisa stands out as the best to date – quite an achievement considering that some junior mayors came from far more privileged and well-educated backgrounds.The junior council is racially representative with the 35 members selected from five schools in the area.“Some members, such as Lungisa, live in shacks while others come from rich families who travel overseas once a year,” says De Wet.Junior council members have to undertake at least eight community service delivery projects during their one year term.De Wet is also the founder of the Enlighten Education Trust which works with youngsters between the ages of 15 and 25 in the Overstrand area. A non-profit organisation which focuses on life skills, life enrichment and leadership, De Wet makes it clear that Enlighten is not an upliftment programme.“There are thousands of youth trapped in townships with limited life experience or with experiences only moulded by township life,” he says. “We look at those young people with potential and through our three interventions aim to expose them to other experiences and the bigger world outside.”Lungisa, who excels in maths, hopes to further his studies after matric. If all goes well, and with the help of the Krynauws, he will qualify for a R75 000 (US$9 700) bursary from engineering group Aurecon, to offset the costs of a civil engineering degree.Medical helpThe medical needs of the children are not ignored. The Krynauws have negotiated with general practitioners, dentists, optometrists and audiologists in the area to give their time and professional help in the case of emergencies.The real thrill they receive from their work is seeing the way the children are beginning to believe in themselves and how they start to visualise their own future, full of hope, says Theo Krynauw.“It is so rewarding to find children with such potential and then to somehow or other connect them with a source to meet their practical needs, be it medicine or bursary money for further studies.”He adds: “For as long as they want us to be involved we will be involved in this school.”last_img read more

Video: Ohio State Strength Team Dresses As Santa And Elves, Surprises Urban Meyer With Gift

first_imgSanta surprises Urban Meyer at the OSU facility.santa surprises urban meyerLast year, Ohio State’s strength and conditioning team dressed up as Santa and his elves to greet head coach Urban Meyer as he made his way to the locker room a few days before Christmas. Apparently, it’s now a tradition. Monday morning, Meyer was surprised by a similar scene, and was even given a present. No word on what was in the box.Ohio State is currently preparing for the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. But there’s still apparently time for a little Christmas cheer.last_img

Sebastien Haller completes record West Ham move

first_imgManuel Pellegrini’s side had been tipped to sign Maxi Gomez before turning their attentions to Haller after the Celta Vigo forward moved to Valencia.”I will always give 100 per cent and respect the club,” Haller added.”I think this is a normal thing and that I can guarantee. I know it’s a big transfer and there is a lot of expectation around me, and I just want to make people proud of this transfer and I will give everything I have.” West Ham have completed the club-record signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for a reported fee of £45million. The 25-year-old has now signed a five-year deal with the Hammers, with the option of a further 12 months.The striker becomes the most expensive signing in the club’s history, eclipsing the reported £36m paid to Lazio for Felipe Anderson last year.MORE: Joey Barton charged with actual bodily harm after Barnsley incident”I feel really great,” Haller told West Ham’s website. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to be here.”It means a lot [to be the record signing]. It proves that the club [has] really wanted me for a long time. I felt this desire to sign me and I’m really happy to sign, also. It is an ambitious club, a nice club, a nice city and nice fans too.”24 – Sebastien Haller was directly involved in 24 goals in the Bundesliga last season (15 goals, 9 assists); the only striker with more in 2018-19 was Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (29). Nailed. OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 17, 2019Haller scored 20 goals in all competitions in 2018-19, including five in Eintracht’s run to the semi-finals of the Europa League.He will be tasked with spearheading the West Ham attacking following Marko Arnautovic’s move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.center_img The Premier League side agreed a deal on Tuesday with Frankfurt, who granted Haller permission to travel to London for a medical.last_img read more

Dont Be Confused If This Starfish Makes Your Mouth Water

first_imgIf this starfish is making your mouth water, you’re not alone. When a photo of Plinthaster dentatus went viral on Twitter last week, pasta-lovers did a double take — the sea star looked just like a piece of ravioli. starfish out here lookin like a snack Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo — XD (@radfag_) July 11, 2019  Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  The photo of the starfish, captured on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s recent expedition to the deep Atlantic Ocean, propelled the tasty looking echinoderm to fame. But until now, the “ravioli” star (also called the cookie star) was a bit of a nobody. Even though scientists have known of the ravioli star for some time, only recently did the creature get a common (non-Latin) name, Christopher Mah, an invertebrate biologist at the Smithsonian Museum at Natural History, told Live Science. Instead, the starfish was known only by its formal scientific name, P. dentatus. [Photos: See the World’s Cutest Sea Creatures] That’s because until now, people rarely had the chance to observe the starfish in its natural habitat. Most of what scientists know about the ravioli star comes from specimens that were already dead, Mah said. Now, with the advent of remotely operated vehicles like NOAA’s Deep Discoverer, which captured rare footage of ravioli stars, everyone has virtual access to these creatures. It was sometime in the last year that Mah began hearing the names “cookie star” and “ravioli star” bouncing around the internet. “It’s just kind of amusing to me,” Mah said, “[The name] just took off so quickly.” The starfish isn’t new or unusual — it has existed at the depths of the ocean for much longer than its moniker. But the way Twitter is interacting with the ravioli star and other marine wonders is completely novel, Mah said. Just the fact that the internet has bred a new name for these creatures is evidence of a new kind of citizen science, he added. That’s a good thing. “Any kind of connection that I think the public has with natural history, with nature is important,” Mah said. As for the ravioli star, its moment in the spotlight is only just beginning. This is an exciting moment for deep-sea creatures like the pasta doppelganger, Mah said. For the first time, scientists have the chance to study how they interact with their environment — what they eat, how they reproduce and how they navigate their underwater world. On the Deep Discoverer’s most recent dive, for instance, the ROV captured another image of a group of ravioli stars ganging up on a sea sponge (a sea creature with no skeleton and a soft, porous body). Until now, scientists knew virtually nothing about this sea star’s biology. This is the Deep Discoverers seventh dive on an expedition called Windows to the Deep. Originally published on Live Science. In Photos: The Wonders of the Deep Seacenter_img In Photos: The Stunning Sea Life ‘Stars’ of ‘Big Pacific’ Marine Marvels: Spectacular Photos of Sea Creatureslast_img read more

Krishak Bandhu Mamata announces sops for farmers

first_imgPublished on COMMENTS COMMENT Mamata Banerjee Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjeeannounced sops to woo the farm sector.Dubbed as ‘Krishak Bandhu’, the scheme bears similarity to the Telengana government’s flagship ‘Rythu Bandhu’ in terms of providing financial assistance to farmers and landless labourers. Against the Telegana government’s promised ₹8,000 an acre, the West Bengal government will give an annual financial assistance (cash dole) of ₹5,000 per acre in two instalments – one during kharif and another during rabi – for a single crop. Farmers can take the financial assistance at one go too. The West Bengal government’s scheme has gone a step further, and announced a life insurance cover of ₹ 2,00,000 in case of death, irrespective of the cause, of an earning family member (farmer) aged between 18 and 60 years. Farmers need not pay any premium for availing this life insurance cover. The ‘Krishak Bandhu’ scheme may be extended to 72 lakh farmers and share-cropper families in the State. “The registration of farmers and share-croppers under this scheme will start February onwards. Benefits will accrue from January 1, 2019,” said the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat on Monday.However, for a State deep in debt, the ‘Krishak Bandhu’ scheme leads to further burden on the exchequer. By Banerjee’s own admission “the scheme will lead to additional financial burden”.For instance, the average land holding per cultivator in Bengal is pegged at around 0.5 hectares (or 1.2 acres). Now the farmer gets an assistance of ₹5,000 per acre. So the payout is pegged at around ₹6,000. At this rate, a payout to even 50 lakh farmers means an annual burden of ₹3,000 crore on the exchequer.“We will manage (the finances),” said the Chief Minister.The decision is seen as a political move, with the Chief Minister looking to negate the politics surrounding farm loan waivers. “Banerjee knows farm distress is one space that the BJP-led government at the Centre is trying to contain. Farm loan waivers have become a political weapon now and are reaping benefits. If she can provide an alternative, she not just gains popularity, it also negates the politics centred-around farm loan waiver,” a political analyst told BusinessLine. politics agricultural policycenter_img West Bengal December 31, 2018 policy SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

PM Modi ka junoon Indian economy and the 5trillion dollar question

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