Hytec recently commissioned the R10-million hydraulic systems it supplied for the new bulk handling equipment installed at Assmang’s Black Rock Mine Operations in the Northern Cape. Black Rock Mine Operations is being operated by Assmang Proprietary Limited which is jointly owned by African Rainbow Minerals Limited and Assore Limited. This bulk handling system includes two stackers, a bucket wheel reclaimer and a rapid load-out station – each automated using Hytec’s proportionally controlled hydraulic systems assembled from Bosch Rexroth technologies. “The proportional control achieved by the system delivers precise remote flexibility in adjusting, varying and optimising the load handling characteristics of the machinery to accommodate any changes in the nature of the material” explains Hytec System Sales Manager, Klaus Marggraff. The two stackers, manufactured by ELB Engineering Services, were equipped with 7.5 kW hydraulic systems that will control the stacking of manganese ore in the stockyard in various grades of material. The Sandvik (now FLSmidth) bucket wheel reclaimer was supplied with a 45 kW hydraulic system and includes dual luffing cylinders. At the load-out station, Hytec’s hydraulic systems extend from the control of the exit gates of the loading bin, across the weigh flask that divides the load into batches that are then transferred into the wagons below. Up to 600 ?/min of hydraulic flow is required at specific stages of the load-out station, which also needs to deliver precise distribution control within each wagon with strict tolerances. “The load-out station is also equipped with an emergency closure system, which, when activated in the event of a power failure or an emergency stop, will automatically close each gate and park the machine,” Marggraff explains. Turnkey hydraulic solutions for materials handling “Each component used on the system, from valves, cylinders and the filtration systems filtering the oil down to six . . .
African summers can be harsh. In South Africa over the past five years, we’ve reached record-breaking temperatures and levels of UV exposure. And as temperatures rise, so too do tempers. When the mercury is low we hanker for languid summer days, with visions of clinking cocktails and bronzed bodies. The reality, however, is that hot weather translates into heightened crankiness, increased anger and in fact, a recorded rise in violence. Even the little things become more difficult to manage. Fresh fruit reaches its sell-by-date before you’ve blinked. Fresh flowers don’t last more than a day or two, and your newly purchased couch begins to weather and fade in the harsh summer rays. Now we aren’t saying you should pack up and move to Reykjavík, but you may want to reconsider your home’s window treatments to better manage the temperature of your home, and protect its contents. “Whether you want to preserve your furniture, soften the harsh afternoon sunlight, keep your home cooler, or simply have a beautiful window treatment to match your interior décor – your needs are ultimately going to refine your search and take you one step closer to finding the ideal window covering,” says Anthony Mederer, Managing Director of Taylor Blinds & Shutters. He recommends blinds as a way to meet all these needs. “More than just a shield for light and a solution for privacy – blinds are also a stylish way to block out both heat and UV rays that can cause furnishings to fade and deteriorate over time. “Best of all they are available in different light filtering levels and a variety of styles to suit every setting.” Mederer elaborates on the various blinds and their light filtering levels available from the Taylor stable. Light Filtering Blinds Light Filtering Blinds let the maximum amount of light in, while blocking the majority of UV rays that accompany sunlight. This range is ideal for kitchens or lounges overlooking the ocean or with views of the countryside since . . .
It is crucial that national and provincial government consider the private sector as its ally in meeting growing educational needs, according to Canback Consulting, a member of The Economist Group (TEG). With the overall quality of South African education recently ranked by the World Economic Forum as 137th out of 139, Client Director at Canback, Nolene van Tonder, says it is time to stop playing the “blame game” and move towards creating workable public-private partnerships (PPPs) in education to fix a core sector required to drive future growth and employment in SA. “Education is one of many sectors that can benefit from PPPs, but this will require strategic planning, constructive engagement and an alignment of policy. For instance, Gauteng experiences an annual challenge to place all learners in schools. At the start of the 2018 academic year, more than 30 000 learners between Grade 1 and 8 had not been placed”, she says. Although some learners had applied on time, many were not placed, due to shortage of space in ‘high pressure’ areas. Canback says “it is not incomprehensible” for government to form partnerships with private education companies to better assist with infrastructure delivery. “After all, government often calls on the private sector and local communities to partner with them. Why should education be an exception? This model can truly combine efforts to achieve desired outcomes. Government has funds available and the private sector agility,” says Van Tonder. The success of new model PPPs are already bearing fruit in other emerging markets. The World Economic Forum has reported that when innovative education-driven PPPs were launched in Columbia, they began to show benefits from an early stage. These ranged from “major physical transformations of neighbourhoods”, a high demand for these well-maintained schools, lower dropout rates and a major turnaround in results, including maths and reading test results. A similar local investment . . .
With December approaching faster than a Boeing, here are your top ten tips to ensure that you get the best bang for your buck this travel season. “With so many competitors in the market, and so much travel information available to us all in this digital age, I want to cut through the clutter and give you some really helpful information about bookings, ticket prices, and airports,” says Benediction Zubane, head of Marketing at Mango. Mango’s 10 tips are: 1. The more flexible you are the more likely you are to secure a rock-bottom airfare. Booking as far in advance will secure the best-priced seats for you and your family. This means if you can fly out first thing in the morning, or last flight out, there is probably a bargain waiting just for you. The extra money you save can be put toward spending on those little extras that we all tend to forget about in our holiday budget. You know, like the ice-cream you just have to have, to cool off after a hot day on the beach. 2. Normally, booking a package deal, which includes either a car hire or a hotel – or both, can work out cheaper than trying to book all three separately. We have negotiated awesome deals with Car hire companies, and hotel partners that we package for various budgets. We’re all different, so it means we all need different holiday options. 3. If you are wanting to travel outside our boarders, why not consider Zanzibar. This magnificent island off Tanzania is the perfect destination for a ‘baby-moon’, or a honeymoon, we don’t mind which comes first! Those azure beaches and perfect temperatures all year round make for a one-in-a-million vacation. Mango has great packages to Zanzibar, and if you can fly out of school holiday season, you can generally get a great rate. 4. For Zanzibar you need a passport, and these days you can get it at most banks. Now that’s the best tip you’ll get, because it means no more long queues at Home Affairs (HA)! But if you your bank does not have this . . .
The South African International Tattoo Convention returns to Cape Town for the 3rd annual show with an upscaled offering of tattooers, bands and an even bigger experience for visitors. 29-30-31 March 2019 at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront. What’s It All About? The South African Tattoo Convention invites a curated collection of 90 tattooers from over 15 different countries to present their personal style of tattooing. Each tattooer is inspired by over 15 genres of modern and traditional tattooing. SAITC has become a highly respected event among the international tattoo community and is recognized by international artists as one of the most highlighted events on the world tattoo convention calendar; the only one of its kind in Africa. What Makes It An Experience Not To Miss? There is something genuine and special about this global meeting place of world travelling artists. It offers a high quality tattooing experience in a professional environment where you will receive world class advice and have a wide selection of tattoo styles to choose from. The vibe always includes story telling between travelling tattooers and clients alike, meeting people from all walks of life and getting to hang out, browse or even tattooed. Whether you are collecting a small momento-type tattoo from an artist’s drawing sheet, looking for some fine art prints for your home or commiting to a full day tattoo by your favourite artist, there is an unexplainable magic that happens when so many people come together to share the stoke and get tattooed under one roof. What Happens Other Than Tattooing? The 3 day show has upscaled their offering by introducing 6 live bands, 3 food trucks, an improved market area with fashion and lifestyle vendors, chocolatiers, coffee roasters, a fully kitted beer garden and a picturesque ocean view deck bar. Everyone is welcome and children of all ages are now able to attend. (Please note, children under 5 will not be allowed inside the . . .
Story Bosso is a multilingual storytelling contest designed to provide aspiring storytellers with an opportunity to showcase their talent and to promote storytelling in all official South African languages. It’s an initiative of South Africa’s national-reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali. The theme for this year’s talent search was ‘South African Heroes’. By remembering and telling the stories of our heroes, the campaign aimed to inspire greatness in all South African children. Says Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali Managing Director, “Heroes guide us about how to live our lives; they give us hope and motivate us to overcome challenges. We were blown away by young Praises Banda from Ga-Kibi, Dankie Village, in Limpopo, as her story, skillfully told in her home language Sepedi, did exactly that.” Told with both sadness and passion, Banda’s story is about her personal hero, Kholofelo Sasebola, who put an end to the bullying she endured at school. “The sadness in Praises’ voice is palpable. You can tell the bullying was traumatic, but, at the same time, you can hear her passion for celebrating the deed of her hero. Her command of Sepedi is commendable. Though the story is told in simple sentences, Praises uses the language playfully, and the story is easy to understand,” comments Lorato Trok, Story Bosso judge and children’s story development expert. Storytelling is an important part of South African heritage and plays a key role in children’s literacy development by encouraging the use of imagination, curiosity, and empathy. More than 50 special storytelling events were held across the country throughout September to allow members of the public to practice and build their storytelling skills before entering the contest. Banda’s story was selected from over two thousand entries and, as this year’s Story Bosso, she will be receiving R5 000, a book hamper, and R500 worth of airtime. A further five prizes will be awarded to provincial winners. Thabiso . . .
Is Diversity Receiving Enough Attention in Corporate Training? By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute I’m proud to be the owner and CEO of the I Can Help Africa Foundation (ICHAF). We’ve been in the training business for over a decade, and I can look back on many challenges surmounted and successes achieved over the years. I always try to stay in touch with what our students and clients are saying and relate it to what I am doing. I pause to consider: Are ICHAF programmes making a difference and how big is that difference? Is it workplace-related or does it also lead to personal growth and the forging of good relationships in the context of diversity? Diversity is of critical concern to South African organisations. I wonder if even our entry-level qualifications make a difference in terms of diversity. Do ICHAF students feel their learning experiences are not only relevant to their jobs, but also offer some guidance on getting along with people who are different? Recently having co-authored a book about diversity and conducting diversity seminars as well as serving as a mediator in diversity-related conflict situations, diversity is constantly on my mind. I also recently had the opportunity to speak about immigration issues in the workplace – another important diversity variable in South Africa – on the etv Morning Show. So what have ICHAF students to say about the effect of our learning programmes on them? I was particularly interested in our entry-level programme, the NQF1 Business Practices course, which is a great way to get staff training started for just about any staff member. It is a year-long course, and there is a lot of focus therein on business skills like finance, computer use, customer care, etc. It is all very well having these skills, but if people can’t get along, we will never truly realise our goals, feel true fulfilment in our work, and make a difference in other people’s lives. I had to know what our students are . . .
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According to the Morningstar Fund Rating Agency’s statistics, the top three Shariah Compliant Unit Trust Funds in South Africa - with a combined market capitalization of more than R10bn- have performed relatively poorly over the last five years with average annualised returns of 3.9%, 4.7% and 7% respectively. Moreover, investing directly into these Unit Trusts does not offer investors any income tax breaks. About to change this, is the newly established Prudential Shariah 12J Investment Fund, a joint venture between fund managers Prudential Shariah and venture capital asset management firm, Futureneers. This is the first Shariah compliant Section 12J Venture Capital Company in South Africa. (The fund’s Shariah certification was issued by the firm Global Islamic Financial Services). “I am excited to have been involved in developing and launching such an innovative investment product into the South African Muslim investor community” says Mufti Ismail Desai who also serves on the fund’s board and investment committee where he will oversee the investment activities. “The fundamentals in the fund’s design are solid; it is managed by an experienced team with an exceptional track record, and the investment mandate is well defined. I am confident that investors will find the value proposition an attractive consideration and alternative.” Treasury enacted Section 12J of the Income Tax Act, incentivises South African taxpayers to invest into the local economy, by means of a 100% tax deduction on funds invested into a registered Section 12J Venture Capital Company. This equates to an immediate return of up to 45% on the full investment amount, assuming the investor is on a 45% income tax bracket. If an investor (an individual in the highest tax bracket) therefore invests R1 million into a Section 12J Venture Capital Company, the investor will receive a tax deduction of up to R450,000 at the end of the tax year. What this means is that the investor will receive a . . .
South Africa’s Internet namespace has surpassed 1.2 million name registrations across all the Second Level Domains (SLDs) registered and administered by the ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR), namely co.za, web.za, net.za and org.za. ZACR is the administrator of South Africa’s presence on the worldwide web. In addition to the above-mentioned SLDs, ZACR has also registered a total of three SA cities’ Geographic Top Level Domains (gTLDs): .joburg ('dotJoburg'), .capetown ('dotCapeTown') and .durban ('dotDurban'). The 30-year Registry Operator veteran has furthermore secured the prestigious .africa (‘dotAfrica’) gTLD. “South Africa‘s SLDs, with their impressive 1.2 million total registrations, have cemented .ZA‘s standing as one of the world’s most popular namespaces and successfully capped ZACR‘s third decade serving the South African and global Internet consumer,” says ZACR CEO, Lucky Masilela. The co.za SLD alone currently has over 1 117 000 registrations. South Africa, a country of 57 million people, is the leading domain name market on the continent with over 1.2 million registrations of domain names. By way of comparison, Nigeria, a country of 190 million people, has notched up 102 000 registrations within its .ng country code domain name. Mr Masilela puts the runaway success of co.za down to the globally proven “Triple R” model adopted in 2010 and to which the local domain name sector continues to adhere, with clearly obvious and positive results. The Triple R Model is based on the separation of functions and responsibilities by the Regulator the Registry Operator and the Registrar. “Our current model is the reason South Africa boasts the highest number of Africa’s domain name registrations coupled with our intention to keep the domain costs as low as possible on the continent,” explains Mr. Masilela. The ZACR as the Central Registry responsible for the technical wellbeing of South Africa’s presence on the worldwide web, the dozens of Registrars . . .