Four to tussle it out as Kampala Tennis League reaches climax

first_imgBashasha (second right) speaking to the Press at Lugogo (Photo by Agency)LUGOGO – On Saturday, the second edition of the Kampala Premier Tennis League will conclude at Lugogo Tennis Complex.Only Trademark Kinetic, Lugogo Boys, Trailblazers and defending champions Titans remain out of the six that started the season.Speaking to the press ahead of the final day of the tournament, Simon Bashasha, the Chairman of the Kampala Premier Tennis League highlighted the achievements.“This is the second edition of the tournament and we have seen increased activity in the Tennis and we are proud,” said Bashasha, who is also a player with Titans.“We have given opportunities to young players to compete and Lugogo Boys is such a team with a bunch of young players who have been able to develop,” he added.Trailblazers will battle Titans as underdogs Lugogo Boys will be looking to knock out Trademark Kinetic for a place in the finals.The league has attracted players from Kenya, Rwanda and Europe as well as renowned local players as David Oringa.Comments Tags: Kampala Tennis LeagueSimob Bashashalast_img read more

Photo library: Business and industry 14

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Uitenhage, Eastern Cape province: The Volkswagen South Africa plant in Uitenhage is the largest vehicle factory in Africa. Photo: Volkswagen South Africa » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Here baby peppers are prepared for pickling and bottling. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company basedin the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Hollowed-out pieces of fruit are filled with sorbet, and then packaged on theproduction line.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Hollowed-out pieces of fruit are filled with sorbet, and then packaged on theproduction line.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Baby peppers are prepared for pickling and bottling.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Baby peppers are prepared for pickling and bottling.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Hollowed-out pieces of fruit are filled with sorbet, and then packaged on the production line.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Island Way Sorbet, a food processing company based in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. Here a worker adjusts a machine that extrudes plastic and rubber components.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageBUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 14: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

BEE property fund lists on the JSE

first_img12 August 2011The JSE has gained a new property fund with the successful listing of Vunani Property Investment Fund (VPIF), previously a private joint venture between black economic empowerment group Vunani Capital and property company Hyprop.The fund listed in the “Real Estate – Real Estate Holdings and Development” sector on the main board of the exchange under the share code “VPF”, with an initial market capitalisation of R850-million.“The JSE is pleased to welcome Vunani Property Investment Fund to its Main Board,” JSE chief executive Russell Loubser said this week. “The listing reflects further opportunities presented to investors looking to gain exposure to the real estate holdings and development sector.”Focus on continued growthVPIF was formed in 2006 when Vunani (50.2%) and Hyprop (49.8%) pooled two portfolios of commercial properties into a property fund with the intention of growing the fund.“We are proud to be making our debut on the JSE . and welcome all new shareholders,” VPIF chief executive Rob Kane said in a statement this week. “The take-up exceeded our expectations and enables us to list the fund with almost zero debt.”The fund will be managed by Vunani Property Asset Management, a 60% black-controlled fund, while JHI are the outsourced property managers.“We can immediately start to selectively assess various value-enhancing opportunities,” said Kane. “Our focus post listing will be to continue growing the portfolio, whilst maintaining the quality of the properties and delivering superior shareholder returns.”Office dominated property portfolioVPIF represents the only office-dominated property portfolio listed on the JSE. The portfolio currently comprises 21 buildings with an aggregate value of R947.6-million.These properties are mainly in Gauteng and the Western Cape and are predominantly leased by national clients, including Standard Bank of South Africa, Vodacom and the government.Vacancies are low at 4.8%, which includes planned vacancies of 2% due to yield enhancing refurbishments under way.Divesting from non-core assetsIn line with Hyprop’s strategy to divest from non-core assets, it has, pursuant to the listing, reduced its existing interest in VPIF. Taking into account new institutional investment in VPIF on listing, Hyprop’s interest in the fund now stands at 11.5%.Going forward Hyprop intends exiting its remaining investment in VPIF entirely.“The investment in VPIF has served as a successful realisation of Hyprop’s enterprise development strategy, particularly in light of today’s listing,” said Hyprop. “We look forward to VPIF’s continued future growth and success.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Annual Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament calls for children’s ombudsman

first_img10 October 2014On 9 October, the annual Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament convened at Parliament’s Old Assembly Chamber in Cape Town, South Africa, under the theme: 20 Years of Democracy: Moving Madiba’s Legacy Forward.The contingent, 108 children aged 11 to 17, pulled no punches with Thomas Austin (17), a Western Cape representative, coming out swinging on violence against women and children.He said there was a need to bolster laws and regulations that dealt with protecting vulnerable children from being violated, so as to improve prosecution rates.“We expect government and the community to join hands with children and women and stand together to help us push for the appointment of an ombudsperson for children who will serve as a voice for children.His fellow child parliamentarians agreed enthusiastically, chanting “OC’. “We don’t want our leaders to be violated and broken down before they fulfil their purpose as future leaders,’ said Thomas.Improving educationNtombizodwa Sithole (16) said children should value the importance of education as it “lays the foundation for lifetime success’.She called on government to improve access to education by building more schools in rural areas to ensure that children walk no more than five kilometres to school, as “Education to children in rural areas will lead to reducing poverty and inequality. It is a stepping stone . that will lead to economic growth.’She also tackled the matric pass rate head on, saying, “We also feel that the current pass rate of 30% is not enough, and we recommend that the pass rate should be raised back to 50%.’Omolemo Matlosa also called for access to education to be improved, for mechanisms to monitor teachers’ training, and for protection for children from predatory teachers.“No decision should be taken about children without consulting children because it is about our future,’ he added.Further calls were made for children with disabilities to be treated with respect and as valuable members of society.The Nelson Mandela Children’s ParliamentThe Children’s Parliament is in line with the country’s Children’s Act (No.38 of 2005), “creates a platform for children’s participation in democracy and provides them an opportunity to influence policies . and strategies intended to realise their rights’.Bathabile Dlamini, minister at the Department of Social Development, said parliament would take the children’s concerns further.Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Limpopo mentor: ‘Share what you have’

first_imgRefiloe Thobejane of Mankweng in Limpopo believes you cannot change the environment around you without love. Give love – make people feel important when doing community work, she says.Refiloe Thobejane is the go-to person in Mankweng, Limpopo if you want help with planning an event or advice on doing community work. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanRefiloe Thobejane is a Play Your Part ambassador who is involved in most youth events in Mankweng, Limpopo, where she is the go-to person when there is planning to be done for events or projects concerning youngsters.The 37-year-old says she mentors many people from various initiatives, and helps to form partnerships between them. As a group, the “motto is to not do things alone. We involve everyone in the community when we are planning or hosting an event,” Thobejane says.Speaking about working in tandem with different organisations, she says: “We found that even though we don’t have the same vision, we still need each other. There is no way you can leave other organisations out.”With this attitude, functions and projects Thobejane helps to organise – such as sports events to fight drug abuse or collecting clothes for primary schools – include “everyone”. “We would collect old school uniforms, wash them and give them away,” she explains.Her historyThobejane has been active in her community since she was young. She was a drum majorette from the age of 10 and years later got involved in aerobics and Latin dancing. “I went on with aerobics at university. I now teach aerobics classes in my community.”A researcher in the Limpopo department of agriculture, she has an honours degree in biochemistry and physiology from the University of Limpopo, as well as a Masters in aquaculture, or fish farming, completed in Australia.Mankweng Youth VoiceMankweng Youth Voice was founded by young people in 2015, says Thobejane. “They invited me to help them. I started as a mentor.” Her skills include helping them define their needs in the community. “I had to shake them up and make them identify the challenges the community is facing daily.“There are so many disadvantages, so we looked at short-term objectives. Some of the challenges include teen pregnancies, children not going to school, and lack of information on HIV,” says Thobejane. “There are even people are not going for ARVs, because of lack of knowledge.”In 2016, they focused on educating people about the issues they had identified. “We found that if you do a programme, but people are not informed, it’s a challenge.”Information workshops included inviting organisations to talk about how to use money. They also introduced computer training programmes and drama workshops.Yonk’Into Social & Academic FoundationThobejane is a board member of Yonk’Into Social & Academic Foundation. “I managed to raise money for the organisation through my Australian networks,” she says.This led to helping Yonk’Into chairperson Perseverance Mojapelo to register at the University of Limpopo.Speaking about Mojapelo, she says. “He realised the importance of community work and that’s why he started the foundation. He wants to break the cycle of poverty.”Besides being a DJ and organising entertainment events such as beauty and dance contests, Mojapelo volunteers to teach matriculants in Mankweng subjects such as physics and mathematics.AdviceAsked for advice she would give to people wanting to start doing community work, Thobejane says: “You never change anything if you don’t give them love. Make them [the people you are working with] feel they are important – make them feel welcome. You cannot change anything if there is no love.”She also advises that people start with what they have. “You have to share what you have with other people. People who do not have love, share love with them; if they don’t have food, share food with them.“Share because you have an advantage. If you see disadvantaged people you reach out your hand.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Beck’s PFR Update – Planter Preparations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn planting season is right around the corner and we want to help you make sure your planters are in top running condition. Beck’s Practical Farm Research Innovation Lead, Jason Webster takes you through a few check lists to help make sure your planters are running correctly.last_img

All About Washing Machines

first_imgAbout 82% of U.S. homes have a clothes washer. Each of these appliances is used, on average, to wash about 300 loads of laundry per year. On an annual basis, residential clothes washers use more energy than dishwashers but less than refrigerators.In recent years, appliance manufacturers have developed washing machines that use less water than older models. The average full-sized front-loading Energy Star clothes washer uses about 15 gallons of water per load — and some models use less than 12 gallons — compared to about 23 gallons per load for a top-loading clothes washer without an Energy Star label.Although there are a few exceptions, most clothes washers fall into one of two categories: they are either traditional top-loading (vertical-axis) models or newer, European style front-loading (horizontal-axis) models.Front-loading machines cost more than top-loading machines, but (on average) they perform much better:[Credit for bar graph: ACEEE]Because of these many advantages, front-loading washers have acquired a dramatically increased share of the market for residential clothes washers in recent years.In 2007, after testing new energy-efficient clothes washers, Consumer Reports magazine reported that some washing machines performed poorly — in other words, they didn’t get clothes very clean.Fortunately, the magazine’s latest article on clothes washers (August 2012) reported good news: the performance problems with the first generation of energy saving washers have been solved. The authors noted that “good cleaning, high efficiency, and large capacities are common features of the newest washers.”If you have a clothes washer, you probably realize that doing a load of laundry involves the use of one, two, or three energy-using appliances:According to many writers, the most important step you can take to reduce the energy used to do a load of laundry is to switch from hot-water washing to cold-water washing. While following that advice will still… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

To hell with nets? Not really. Team India sweats it out in Perth

first_img“To hell with nets”, boomed Ravi Shastri after India went on to win to win the first of the ongoing four-Test series in Adelaide on Monday. In his imposing self, the head coach of the visiting team stressed the need for rest in the lead up to the second Test in Perth, starting Friday.With only a three-day turnaround available between the first and the second Tests of the series, Shastri said he would be offering his men the licence to “just come there, mark your attendance and get away to the hotel”.Shastri’s comments came after both the teams pushed themselves to the limits over five days in Adelaide wherein the temperatures were on the higher side.The fast bowlers from both the sides worked hard. Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bowled a total of 123.4 overs as the trio lived up to its reputation and troubled the Australian batsmen.India reached Perth on Tuesday and were expected to prefer rest over intense training sessions over the next few days. However, quite a few from the visiting camp turned up for an optional practice session on Wednesday.As it turns out, India trained at the iconic WACA Stadium, which has produced some of the fastest wickets in the past. Even as the second Test will be hosted at the new Perth Stadium and not at the WACA, the visiting team made use of the centre-wicket of what had been a graveyard for visiting teams in the past.Captain Kohli, who will be keen on making up for the not-so-impressive outings in Adelaide, was spotted at the nets at the WACA along with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and opener Murali Vijay.advertisementSo were the trio of Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel and Umesh Yadav which was benched for the first Test in Adelaide.Vijay, who failed in both the innings in Adelaide, was focussed on digging out a few yorkers bowled by bowling coach Bharat Arun at the nets.Like India, Australia players also made use of their training session as the focus was around Mitchell Starc, who has received the backing of his captain and teammates to hit peak form after an ordinary outing in Adelaide.Earlier in the week, Australian skipper Tim Paine had warned India of a “really fast” track at the Perth Stadium, which is gearing for its maiden Test.Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting even pointed out that a pace-rich wicket might just tilt the balance in favour of the hosts and that the Perth Test would be a good chance for the hosts to make a strong comeback.Also Read | KL Rahul trying to hit his way out of form: Sunil Gavaskar to India TodayAlso Read | India a formidable opposition in tough conditions. Australia beware in Perth!Also Read | Mohinder Amarnath says advantage India in tight Test series vs AustraliaAlso see:last_img read more