||Issue No. 378 -- 24 July 2006
Letters to the Editor
Quote/s of the Week
Ad Hoc Article/s of the Week
The Legal Beagle
Where are they now?
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Well once again I need to apologize for being late in publishing the Newsletter.
That’s the price to pay for constant power cuts and being called out very frequently to fly patients in the Medi-Vac aircraft, principally to hospitals inSouth Africa, where they can get more advanced treatment or procedures.
Accessing my e-mail still has it’s challenges, so should yours not be published,please send me a reminder. Eventually I will get to it.
In the South African news there have been some positive reports buried amongst all the woes of the world. The trick is to dig out the positive ones and that is my challenge. You should all know by now that only ‘bad news ‘ travels fast.
In my travels, I’ve got to hear about 2 proposed hospitals desperately requiringfunding in order to complete them. The one is a 90% complete 30-bed hospital to serve the dire needs of Ndola-Zambia and the other is situated in Harare-Zimbabwe, which has most of the heavy equipment on hand in storage but lacks final funding.
So this is a appeal to Readers to rally around with support. Any suggestions ?
‘Till next week.
|Letters to the Editor
From: "Dig That Stitch Custom Embroidery"
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: South Africa Festival in Canada
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2006 11:04 PM
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Deeds, not words shall speak me.
-- John Fletcher
You can make those promises with just as much passion the second time around. Such is the regenerative power of the human heart.
-- Marion Wink, O Magazine, 2003
In terms of being late or not starting at all, then it's never too late.
-- Alison Headley, Digital Preservation and Blogs, SXSW 2006
It’s like your batteries get low, and you need to charge them on someone else’s story.
-- Margaret Cho, Margaret Cho's weblog, 04-11-2006
Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.
The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.
-- Allard Lowenstein, O Magazine, September 2002
If I was more complacent and I let things slide, my life would be easier, but you all wouldn't be as entertained. My misery is your pleasure.
-- Kanye West, Rolling Stone, 2006
|Ad Hoc Article/s of the Week
Wine awards give top 12 wines a plug
July 23, 2006 By Ronnie Morris
Cape Town - Mvelaphanda Group's decision to sponsor a new wine award was an indication of the shared values of true transformation of all sectors of the local economy held by the majority of its shareholders, chief operating officer Jackie Mphafudi said this week.
Mphafudi, who is also chairman of Novare, an investment consulting firm in which Mvela holds a 50 percent stake and which sponsored the awards, spoke at South Africa's first terroir wine awards. Twelve wines originating from eight different wine-growing areas in the Cape winelands received national certificates.
Terroir is the international wine term for a specific wine-growing region and encompasses the soil, the microclimate and the location of the vineyard and its exposure to the wind and moisture.
Only a certified wine of origin made from grapes from a specific ward (a smaller area within a district), estate or single vineyard qualified for the competition.
Bloemendal, the wine estate in Durbanville outside Cape Town, received the highest rating for its Sauvignon Blanc. Other winners were Meerendal for its 2004 Pinotage, Hartenberg for its 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Koelfontein's 2004 Chardonnay, Hamilton Russel Pinot Noir 2004, Hildenbrand Chenin Blanc 2005, Bergsig Touriga Nacional 2005, Steenberg Merlot 2004, Bon Courage Shiraz Inkara 2004 and The Steenberg's Catharina 2003. Bon Courage won an award for its White Muscadel 2005 and the Lord NeethlingWeisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest.
Wind energy blowing slow in SA
July 23, 20 By Ingrid Salgado
Cape Town - South Africa is starting to build an investment climate for wind energy, which is growing faster than any other form of renewable energy globally, although most proponents of wind farms believe the country has lost ground by not moving fast enough.
As European companies look to export the technology they have developed in years, north African economies are becoming increasingly wind-powered. Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia have a combined 229 megawatts of wind energy in place.
It is a fraction of the 18 420MW of wind energy installed by Germany, but from a zero base, the north African statistics are significant.
By comparison, South Africa has almost nothing, apart from the three demonstration wind turbines installed by Eskom at Klipheuwel in Western Cape, as the utility investigates whether to make a business case for wind energy.
Critics of the Eskom project claim it has been situated in an area known to have limited wind, thus setting the stage for claims that South Africa is not suitable for large-scale wind energy electricity generation.
However, the project developers of a privately owned wind farm at Darling, which has been given the green light after six years of uncertainty, are hoping to sign contracts for turbines later this year.
Koeberg back on its feet
July 25, 2006
Johannesburg - The Koeberg nuclear power plant in Cape Town will be generating at full power this week after months of running at half-pace, Eskom said on Monday.
It said Koeberg's second unit was synchronised to the national grid at 10.33am on Monday and was expected to be generating at full power by the end of the week."The power level will be gradually increased over the next few days," Eskom said in a statement.
On December 25, Koeberg Unit 1 encountered generator problems caused by a loose bolt that damaged the rotor and the stator - the stationary part of the motor. This resulted in outages in the Western Cape.
In February, there were further blackouts due to high pollution levels, misty conditions and multiple line faults.
Eskom said the return to full power was a gradual process.
"Various tests and inspections are being undertaken, for which all parameters must be within specification values before the power output can be increased to the next stage."
Pilot wave energy investment likely
July 25, 2006 By Ingrid Salgado
Cape Town - The developers of a proposed R7 billion wave power generation scheme off South Africa's coast believe there is a "good chance" that a pilot project will kick off by the end of the year at Mossel Bay, Saldanha or Port Elizabeth.
The pilot project will initially produce 5 megawatts of electricity, growing to 30MW, and will require an investment of between R180 million and R190 million. It could be financed in part by an unnamed local bank and a local development institution, which are due to conduct due diligence investigations.
The project developers are led by Ocean Power Delivery, a private Edinburgh-based company, which initiated the world's first commercial wave project this year in Portugal. Ocean's shareholders include Swiss-based Sustainable Asset Management and General Electric. Ocean's South African partner is Genesis Eco-Energy, which is involved in a wind energy project in the Eastern Cape.
Ocean business development manager Vinni Bellini said yesterday there had been "very positive interest" from a number of local and international institutions in funding the project, but it was too early to name them.
Davin Chown, the head of operations at Genesis, said the department of minerals and energy had been briefed on the plans and further discussions would take place once the financing partners were finalised. Initial interest had come from two local institutions, a local independent power producer and an international utility company.
Chown said the unnamed local bank had recently travelled abroad to investigate Ocean's wave energy conversion technology, dubbed Pelamis.
Ocean has spent £17 million (R223 million) developing Pelamis over six years, testing it in rough waters of the North Sea and, most recently, installing three wave energy conversion modules at the world's first commercial wave energy farm off the coast of Portugal.
The technology harnesses wave power via semisubmerged modules, which resemble Japan's bullet train, each of which can currently generate about 750 kilowatts. The power from several modules is transferred to shore via a single seabed cable. Each module is 120m long and weighs 750 tons.
Joh’burg airport staff trained for 2010
Mon, 24 Jul 2006
Staff at Johannesburg International Airport are to receive skills training to improve customer service levels in preparation for the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup, the South African Government news agency, BuaNews reported on Monday. The Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) has already made R3.5-billion available for infrastructure investment in preparation of South Africa's hosting of the World Cup. This will go towards the upgrading of the Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban international airports.
Smaller airports will spend R80m
Mon, 24 Jul 2006
Four smaller SA airports will need a R80-million expansion and refurbishment programme in order to be ready for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, according to Transport Minister Jeff Radebe on Monday.
According to Radebe, the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) reviewed the infrastructure and service requirements for smaller airports and is now satisfied that these airports will be prepared.
Radebe was replying to a question from the Democratic Alliance's Mpowele Swathe. Radebe said, "A R30-million expansion and refurbishment at George Airport, as well as the R18-million remodelling project at Bloemfontein Airport has commenced. Expansion projects are also in final planning stage for East London and Upington."
KZN leisure gets R30m boost
Mon, 24 Jul 2006
Thuo Gaming KwaZulu-Natal has been awarded a KZN limited payout machine route operator licence, which will see the company pumping more than R30-million into the province.
Thuo's investment will include the refurbishment of some 225 small business leisure industry outlets and direct employment of 27 or more people in KZN.
In addition, Thuo will contribute 0.1 percent of its gross gaming revenue to the National Responsible Gambling Programme (NRGP), and up to 5.0 percent of pre-tax profits to a corporate social investment programme, the company said at the weekend.
Zim exodus 'overwhelming' SA
Mon, 24 Jul 2006
South Africa is battling to contain a flood of Zimbabwean immigrants as more people flee across the border to escape economic hardship in its northern neighbour, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
South Africa deported more than 51 000 illegal Zimbabwean immigrants between January and June this year as "floods of people fled economic collapse," the Johannesburg-based Sunday Times said.
Nobody requested assistance that I'm aware of.
As far as I'm aware nobody requested help.
As far as I'm aware, nobody is looking for anyone.
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This social event is Free! all you need do is turn up...
When: Thursday - July 27th, 2006
Place: 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant & Pub
Time: 5.30pm - until the last person leaves
Dress: California Casual
Complimentary Buffet and Happy Hour
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How to find the event:
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, 8885 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92123
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After shopping at a busy store, two women happened to leave
at the same time, only to be faced with the daunting task of
finding their cars in the crowded expanse of the parking lot.
Just then one of the women's car horn beeped, and she was
able to locate her vehicle easily.
"Wow," the other woman said. "I sure could use a gadget like
that to help me find my car."
"Actually," the first women replied, "that's my husband
behind the wheel."
Sorry no Internet connection to search the news with.This is from Zimbabwe with it's constant power outages !
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