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SA is ninth largest wine exporter

first_img17 January 2008South African winemakers exported more than R3-billion worth of wine in 2006, making the country the ninth largest exporter of the product, according to the International Trade Probe, a report compiled by the National Agricultural Marketing Association (NAMC).The report, released in November, aims to create general awareness of trade-related issues by reporting statistics and inviting viewpoints from people involved in trade.According to the report, wine was South Africa’s top exported agricultural product in 2006, with the value of exports amounting to some R3.565-billion and accounting for 11.3% of exports of produce.Business Report reported on Wednesday that the country’s wine exports amounted to just over US$530-million out of total global wine exports of $22.47-billion – leaving South Africa as the world’s ninth largest exporter of wine, just ahead of Argentina.According to the paper, the leading exporters of wine were France ($7.8-billion), Italy ($4-billion) and Australia ($2-billion).“The UK was by far the largest destination for local wines, with imports of $148.5-million, or 28% of overseas sales,” the publication reported.Earlier data from the SA Wine Industry and Information System (SAWIS) showed that South African wine exports were on the rise again, recording a 16% increase in volumes sold for the first 11 months of 2007, as compared to the same period in 2006.Commenting on the figures on Wines.co.za earlier this month, Wines of SA CEO Su Birch said the industry expected exports for the full year to exceed the 300-million litre mark, which would be a record for the country.Key to the increase in sales has been diversifying away from traditional markets like the UK and the Netherlands toward new consumers in countries like Sweden, Germany and even the United States.According to the International Trade Probe, other agricultural produce with significant export values included fresh and dried citrus fruit, earning R3.52-billion, and sugar, which earned R2.57-billion from exports.The report adds that South Africa has been a net exporter of agricultural produce since 1992, when imports were at their highest level, with the sector being an important earner of foreign currency.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Leaders ponder the future at Davos

first_img23 January 2013 The World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) annual meeting opened in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday evening under the theme “Resilient Dynamism”. Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairperson of the WEF, said in his welcoming address that he was expecting an outcome from this year’s meeting. “Going back being more dynamic, more optimistic, more resilient, having passion and understanding better what’s going on – that’s my wish for you,” he told delegates. The 2013 Davos forum brings together some 2 500 participants from more than 100 countries and 1 400 organisations. Among them, there are more than 1 600 business leaders and more than 45 heads of state or government, including South African President Jacob Zuma. Zuma will use the forum as a platform to call for the world’s top economies and business to invest in South Africa’s and Africa’s infrastructural projects for the long-term economic growth of the continent. According to the Presidency, he will invite international business to invest in government’s multi-billion rand infrastructure programme, which is set to change the country’s social and economic landscape. The African continent is currently a leading investment destination for good returns and sustainable socio-economic growth. “As the leading economy in Africa, South Africa remains the strategic platform to accessing one of the world’s fastest growing regions,” the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday. “South Africa supports growth in Africa through regional integration and direct investment.” In more than 250 sessions and workshops during the six-day meeting, participants will discuss questions including how the global economy can get back to robust growth, and how business models can adapt to generational and structural changes. Schwab said “resilient dynamism” was the combined attribute that would be needed from leaders in 2013. He said that if external shocks were now the norm in a hyper-connected and interdependent world, then leaders would need to be more resilient; while future growth in the new context of a prolonged global economic malaise required dynamism. “Either attribute, resilience or dynamism, alone is insufficient, as leadership in 2013 will require both,” he said. Source: SANews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more

The Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Initiative

first_imgBy Ntombi NtanziThe Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Initiative in collaboration with Brand South Africa will be bringing another chapter of this year’s Africa Youth Summit.The Breaking Down Borders Africa Initiative, is a Pan-African platform led by African youth for the benefit of African youth. The initiative is inspired by the vision of enabling African youth to connect and collaborate towards the prosperity of the continent.To this end, the initiative is invested in bringing all Africans together, to dissect the issues they are faced with and to find solutions that can be applied in resolving the challenges identified. Breaking Down Borders Africa, promotes arts education across the continent including Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya. DRC, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia and Lesotho.In March, the launch of the 2018 programme and theme was unveiled – “African youth, building our legacy” to media and stakeholders. The Youth summit will be from the 14th – 18th May 2018.Opening the session was Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager, Ms Toni Gumede, who gave insight on how Brand South Africa’s involvement was to support youth programmes that enrich and positively impact South African youth and the African youth as a whole.“This programme is doing exactly what we seek to do through the domestic mandate of Brand South Africa and the Play your part programme, we want to break down borders and build the continent together through active citizenship and encourage all South Africans to contribute to progressive change. We are proud to be part of this programme as it inspires our youth and all citizens to collaborate beyond the borders”; said Ms GumedeA keynote address by, Dr Edith Phaswana; further put things into perspective speaking on the legacy of Mandela and emphasized the need for young people to follow the path paved by struggle heroes for a better tomorrow.“Building a legacy is about having influence into the future…breaking down borders, is beyond the physical but also a mental transition. Through this type of this initiative, the youth is able to drive unity. How will you change the world beyond your departure?”, said Dr Phaswana“As a Play Your Part Ambassador and founder of the initiative, I want to create platforms that allow the African youth to collaborate and connect. Our objectives are to further bring Africans together, through a shared passion for music and dance. I encourage the youth to register and follow the conversation and definitely play their part”, said Founder Paul Modjadji.For more information go to: https://breakingdownbordersafrica.com/last_img read more

Many proven benefits have cover crops gaining interest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For thousands of years, farmers have used cover crops to help manage pests, reduce weeds, improve rainfall capture and enrich soil health. In addition to all of those benefits, today, there is renewed interest in using cover crops as a modern farming practice to help reduce carbon emissions.“Cover crops have been somewhat limited in adoption with about 3% of farmers utilizing them, but we are seeing a lot of interest these days,” said Mike Lohuis, Monsanto’s Director of Ag Environmental Strategy. “It’s not easy for a farmer to go from not using cover crops to full adoption so I think the practice is something that farmers want to try out on some of the more challenging acres of their farm.”Interest in cover crops are growing more rapidly in parts of Ohio and Indiana because of nutrient management issues, in Kentucky to mitigate soil erosion and in the Chesapeake Bay region where incentives were put in place to promote cover crop adoption. Lohuis says that getting started with the implementation of cover crops should utilize a crawl before you run mentality and he recommends using local knowledge and expertise, such as universities, government agencies and seed companies to find out what the correct cover crop to use for a particular situation and set long-term goals for using cover crops.Another reason for an uptick in cover crop interest today is their possible role in reducing carbon emissions.“A recent study by ICF International showed that cover crops have a very large potential with over 100 million metric tons of carbon emission reduction attainable across the U.S. agriculture system,” Lohuis said. “That could mean somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 kilograms to over a ton of greenhouse gas reduction per acre per year.”One way that Monsanto is hoping to expand the interest in cover crop use is with the Soil Health Partnership, which is a joint venture project with the National Corn Growers Association. The ultimate goal of the Soil Health Partnership is to measure and communicate the economic and environmental benefits of different soil management strategies, and provide a set of regionally specific, data‑driven recommendations that farmers can use to improve the productivity and sustainability of their farms.“This program is incredibly important to demonstrating the use of cover crops, reduced tillage or no-till on actual farms,” Lohuis said. “The participating farmers can see first-hand, the actual results with soil conditions, what happens to water quality and what happens to the bottom line.”That concept is being put into action in Northwest Ohio on the farm of Ryan Sanders in Edon, who has been using cover crops in one form or another for about eight years.“The Soil Health Partnership is a long-term commitment on our end as we will test cover crops and their impact on the soil versus no cover crops,” Sanders said. “We have those strip trials broken out into several different zones and plan to be a part of the project for five years and maybe longer.”The unique aspect of these cover crop trials being done inside of a real farm scenario makes it easier for nearby farmers who are curious about the practice to ask questions to their peers and get real results and data.“Everyday someone will ask me what I am getting out of the use of cover crops,” Sanders said. “My answer is that planting them does come at a cost and using cover crops has to be worth more than just the feel good aspect of bettering your soils, so at the end of the day it has to earn more bushels too.”One of the main reasons that Sanders got involved with the Soil Health Partnership is that it will turn all of his data into yield data on his strips and really show what the long-term impacts will be environmentally and economically.“The partnership allowed us to set up our trials the way that would work best for our farm and we took the simple is better approach,” Sanders said. “The program has created a really nice network of farmers and has also involved some heavy hitters that are looking deeper into the sustainability and soil health as a piece of the puzzle.”Being a part of the Soil Health Partnership also puts farmers like Sanders on the front line of the cover crop conversations as he shares how he does, why he does it and the results he is seeing from their use. It also gives him a platform to share his advice to farmers who are looking into starting a cover crop regimen.“The first piece of advice I would give is to have patience and flexibility,” Sanders said. “I don’t want to claim to be an expert because I am not. I have gained my knowledge by using cover crops on my own farm, by going to the same meetings as many other farmers to learn more about cover crops and by always visiting with those that are experts to glean more information every chance I get.”Figuring out how cover crops will work with everything from your herbicide programs to your fertility programs is key and Sanders says that the first thing farmers need before starting a cover crop program is an open mind.“You’re not going to be successful if you just put out 20 acres of radishes and don’t see any immediate results because we’re talking about building soils that have been farmed for decades,” Sanders said. “Farmers have always had a long-term vision and I think that is why a cover crop system will work for many of the folks ready to give them a shot.”last_img read more

Position Vacant – Game Development Officer (QLD)

first_imgThis position is based in Brisbane and involves working out of normal hours. The salary is $35,000 with superannuation paid on top of this and allowances are paid for petrol and travel.Please see the attached position description with applications closing on Monday, 25 August 2008. Please send a covering letter and your resume to Di Worters on email: [email protected] further information, please visit the Queensland Touch Association website – www.qldtouch.com.au Thanks to Di Worters for providing the article content.Related Filesgame_development_officer_qta_01-pdflast_img read more

Position Vacant – Sports Operations Manager (Victoria)

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry?  Touch Football Australia is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the key leadership position of Sport Operations Manager – Victoria, based in our Melbourne branch office.  Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm EST on Friday, 15 May 2015. To see the position description, please click on the attachment below. For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected] Related Filespd_sops_sport_ops_manager_updated_format_01-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more

9 months agoShearer: Man Utd matchwinner Rashford now great to watch

first_imgShearer: Man Utd matchwinner Rashford now great to watchby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer hailed the performance of Manchester United matchwinner Marcus Rashford for victory at Tottenham.Shearer wrote for The Sun: “Nobody has ever doubted his ability but he has finally been set free under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — and it is great to watch.”Rashford is the main man at Manchester United now and has every attribute in his locker to thrive as a striker going forward.”His movement is excellent and constantly improving, he has the pace to terrify any defence and his finishing has come on leaps and bounds.”It was a world-class pass from Paul Pogba to set him up and the strike from Rashford shows just how confident he is right now.”He is showing a calmness in front of goal now which we have not seen before, but that comes with experience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoBrighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out Serie A return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out Serie A returnby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out a return to Serie A.The 28 year-old had a year on-loan from Barcelona in Italy earlier in his career, though admits he didn’t do himself justice during his time at Inter Milan.Having spent his entire his senior career up until that 2015/16 campaign with Barca, Montoya admits the move to Inter was a culture shock and something he was unprepared for.However, despite his problems, which centred on the fullback managing only a handful of appearances with the Nerazzurri, the city of Milan and the country itself, left a lasting positive impression on the former Spain U21 international.He recalled to TMW, “I left Barcelona for the first time, I was just 24 years old and it was not easy to be far from home. In any case, I am really grateful to those who believed in me at Inter.”It went how it went, but it was a honour and a real pleasure to get to know a country and a championship as evocative as Italy and the Serie A closely.”Indeed, so much was that positive impression that Montoya won’t rule out anything in the future regarding a second shot at Serie A football. He added: “In football, you know, anything is possible. I’d go back to playing in Italy.”However, for now, the defender insists he’s happy on the south coast of England. Montoya was again in the starting line-up for the Seagulls’ thumping win over Tottenham on Saturday. And on Brighton, Montoya added: “I’m happy. The Premier is another great championship, very balanced and competitive. The goal for this season is to continue to enjoy this experience to the fullest, just as I have done since my arrival here last year.”- updated October 7 last_img read more

Three killed as wall collapses in Jodhpur

first_imgJodhpur: Three members of a family were killed while another was injured when the wall of an under-construction house collapsed following a dust storm here, officials said Tuesday. District Magistrate Prakash Rajpurohit said the three were sleeping on the terrace of their house when the incident occurred on Monday night. “The wall of the adjacent house, which was under construction, collapsed due to dust storm and the debris fell on the family,” said Rajpurohit. Those killed have been identified as Naini Devi (50), her son Vinod (23) and daughter-in-law Komal (25). Komal was pregnant. All succumbed to injuries at a hospital. Another family member was injured and has been admitted to a hospital.last_img read more