SA, Russia to push investment

first_img19 July 2005South Africa and Russia are to push for increased business cooperation and investment by companies in the two countries, Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said after meeting with Russian Minister of Natural Resources Yuri Petrovich Trutnev in Pretoria on Friday.Trutnev was in SA for talks with Dlamini-Zuma and Minerals and Energy Minister Lindiwe Hendricks ahead of the fifth SA-Russia Intergovernmental Trade and Economic Committee (ITEC) meeting, to be held in Moscow in October.Trutnev said after the meeting that SA and Russia are expected to sign an agreement on the peaceful use of atomic energy in October – and that further agreements were in the pipeline in the fields of minerals and energy, health, agriculture, science and technology, and education.Dlamini-Zuma said there had been “a lot of progress” on business cooperation between the two countries.“Russian business people have invested in South Africa, which we are pleased to see, and we hope to attract more of them,” she said, adding that the two countries would now work on getting more South African businesses to invest in Russia.The two ministers co-chair the ITEC, which is regarded as the most important mechanism regulating political, trade and economic relations between SA and Russia. The fourth session of the ITEC took place in Pretoria in November 2004.SA and Russia already enjoy healthy trade relations. In 2003, the Russian Federation included South Africa in a list of developing countries that enjoy preferential tariffs and duties on exports to Russia.The value of SA’s exports to Russia increased from around R200-million in 2000 to nearly R600-million in 2004, while imports from Russia stood at R241-million in 2004.According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the bulk of SA’s exports to Russia are made up of vehicle engines (18.8% of exports), machines and mechanical appliances (14%), grapes (13.8%), flat-rolled products or iron (10%), pears (6.8%), and peaches (3.4%).Over 65% of SA’s imports from Russia are made up of unwrought nickel.Other potential markets in Russia include automotive parts and aftermarket parts, oil and gas equipment, agricultural equipment and wines.SA firms Anglo American, Standard Bank, De Beers, JCI, Gencor and EL Bateman have substantial interests in Russia. SABMiller has invested US$100-million (over R600-million) in setting up a brewery in the Russian region of Kaluga, and their product – Golden Barrel Beer – is highly successful in the local market.And in 2004, Russian company Norilsk Nickel – the world’s largest producer of the nickel and palladium group of metals – bought a 20% equity stake in SA gold producer Gold Fields for US$1.16-billion, in one of the largest single foreign investments by a Russian company.Russia honours Dlamini-ZumaLast Monday, Dlamini-Zuma became only the second person – after Russian President Vladimir Putin – to receive the Russian Federation’s highest honour, the Peter the Great Order, First Class.The award, presented in Moscow, was made for “outstanding achievements in [Dlamini-Zuma’s] endeavours to strengthen security, peace and friendship between Russia and South Africa”.Dlamini-Zuma met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during her visit, which aimed to consolidate Africa’s agenda by promoting North-South cooperation through interaction with G8 countries.Dlamini-Zuma also met French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy during her European trip before returning to SA for her meeting with Trutnev on Friday.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

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South African swims in Italy for local charity

first_imgCarina Bruwer of the pop group Sterling EQ recently raised R20 000 for a local charity that aims to help children with cancer. The organisation needs R600 000 to help feed 60 families in December and give the children Christmas gifts.In an attempt to make the holiday season bearable for critically ill children in South Africa, Carina Bruwer of instrumental pop group Sterling EQ recently raised R20 000 for a local charity during a visit to Italy.This fundraising is part of Swim For Hope. The initiative is run by Bruwer in collaboration with Little Fighters Cancer Trust. Little Fighters is an organisation that supports children with cancer and their families.Bruwer, a veteran marathon swimmer, started Swim For Hope in 2013 with a solo swim around Cape Point. She has done numerous swims for Little Fighters since then, and has raised over R300 000 over the past few years. For her swim in Italy on 11 October, Bruwer collected R20 000 for the project’s Christmas Elves Project.THE RACE IN ITALYBruwer took part in the annual SwimTheIsland race in Bergeggi, in Italy. This is one of Europe’s largest open water events, with over 2 000 swimmers competing in distances ranging from 800m to 6km.The musician and swimmer was invited as an international celebrity to endorse the race for the second year, according to the organisers. She aimed to complete 18km by swimming multiple laps of the race route, to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, they said.The crowd was delighted when she finished the 18km and then announced that she would swim another lap to raise additional funds. Despite multiple jellyfish stings, Bruwer completed a 21km swim in a time of 6h25’58.Sterling EQ’s two other members, Ariella Caira and Luca Hart, supported Carina from the beach. The Sama award-winning trio performed at the opening of the event on Saturday night on the piazza in Spotorno, to a capacity audience consisting of participants, supporters and members of the public.Bruwer and Sterling EQ are based in Cape Town.Carina Bruwer with Sterling EQ’s other two other members, Ariella Caira and Luca Hart, supported performed at the opening of the event on Saturday night on the piazza in Spotorno.Little Fighters Cancer Trust tweeted their gratitude:A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Carina Bruwer for braving the oceans for our #LittleFighters, over and over. The funds… https://t.co/LkaDurwb4S— LittleFightersTrust (@LFCancerTrust) October 20, 2015Yes, she is indeed a Fighter, refusing to give up in her efforts to raise funds and awareness for children… https://t.co/1UQFeHpQzs— LittleFightersTrust (@LFCancerTrust) October 20, 2015Bruwer also took to social media to speak about her achievement:Despite multiple jellyfish stings, Carina Bruwer completed a 21km swim instead of the 18km she was asked to do.CHRISTMAS ELVES PROJECTSwim For Hope aims to provide a Christmas gift to every patient in the paediatric oncology wards at 15 hospitals all over South Africa. There are approximately 2 000 children with cancer. Besides the Christmas gift, each child will also get a snack pack, a Santa hat and a cracker.Another goal is to give Christmas gifts to the siblings of the child who has cancer. The organisation also aims to make sure that 60 families get a full month’s groceries for December.HELP NEEDEDSwim For Hope needs R600 000 to make sure this project reaches its target. Anyone who would like to help is asked for:Toys for the children – to keep the presents fair, any donated toys should not cost more than R200 each;Snack packs – consisting of a packet of Lays crisps, a small boxed fruit juice, a packet of Maynards soft chewy sweets, a lollipop and a fizzer, packaged in a ziplock or zipseal bag;Christmas hats and Christmas crackers; Non-perishable food, cleaning materials and toiletries;or Money – for fresh produce such as meat, fruit, vegetables, dairy, eggs and milk to be bought for 60 families.last_img read more

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Movember surf’s up

first_imgNovember spells Movember, when Mo Bros grow their moustaches to promote awareness of men’s health issues and raise funds for research. It’s a light-hearted global campaign with a serious message.Established in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003 the campaign has since inspired more than 3 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to ‘stache it up across 21 countries worldwide. In 2012 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas joined the initiative, raising more than R1.2-billion.On November 16, Movember, with beachwear brand Quiksilver, will host the Off the Lip, Mo Retro Surf Jam on Casurina Beach in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal.November spells Movember, when Mo Bros grow their moustaches to promote awareness of men’s health issues and raise funds for research (Image: Movember)Kicking off at 10am, the event will have a 70s theme and feature surfing and fancy dress competitions. Surfers are encouraged to don 70s wear as well.The event will accept 60 first-come, first-served, surf competition entries, at R100 each, and surfers can expect to compete in the Larry Layback, Float the Boat and Wave Waster categories.All competitors’ surfboards have to be pre 1980’s single or twin fins. The event format will have 10 six-strong groups take to the water via the traditional beach start, with the top six surfers battling it out in the final heat at 2.30pm.There will also be prizes for the best male and female fancy dress.All funds raised will be donated to Movember’s men’s health partner, the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), a non-profit organisation that supports research and provides support to people affected by cancer.Shuttle services, leaving from Umhlanga Rocks, have been arranged. For more information visit the website.last_img read more

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Children of Wounded Warriors: Guidance for Caregivers

first_imgHave you recently received a call that your service member has become very seriously injured (VSI) or seriously injured (SI)? Do you have a child who will be affected by your wounded warrior’s injury? Are you struggling to prepare your child for the emotional impact that your wounded warrior’s injury may have on his or her life?If so, you can strive to overcome these challenges by preparing your child for what may occur during the first visit to your wounded warrior’s bedside. No one knows how your child will react when first seeing your wounded warrior; however, understanding your child’s emotional needs, planning ahead, and providing support to your child before, during, and after the initial visit may set the tone for how he or she will interact on future visits.Developmental approach to the emotional care of childrenSeeing a seriously injured service member can be emotionally distressing to children and teenagers. One aspect of preparing young people for the experience is knowing how to communicate with children of different ages.Infants, toddlers, and young school-age childrenAccording to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), young children are less likely to need to know the details about the injury that a teenager would require. Depending on your child’s age, use appropriate language that he or she will understand. Describe your wounded warrior’s injury from a child’s point of view. Younger children may find it helpful if you show where your wounded warrior is injured by using a doll, puppet, or other prop. Be aware of certain disclosures when talking to younger children about your wounded warrior’s condition. Do not provide details to a child who is not ready to hear them.School-age children, preteens, and teenagersSchool-age children, preteens, and teenagers are able to understand certain concepts and definitions, making it easier for you to explain certain medical terminology associated with your wounded warrior. Also, teenagers may feel as though they are being drawn back into their parents’ lives at a time when they are learning to become independent. Parents or guardians should not expect a teenager to take on the adult role in the family now that the service member is wounded.Regardless of your child’s age, provide reassurance that your wounded warrior is still the same person even though he or she may look different. Provide comfort by letting your child know that it is okay to be angry, frightened, or sad.Support for the first visit to your wounded warrior’s bedsideKnowing what actions to take before, during, and after your child’s first visit to your wounded warrior’s bedside will help all members of the family cope with the situation. Find out how you can prepare your child by going to: Children of Wounded Warriors: Guidance for Caregivers.last_img read more

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Pacquiao fights on: ‘I love this sport’

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Gilas shooting for crown Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ According to Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, the Fighting Senator “is enjoying some quality time with his family” and that a decision on his next fight will be announced next month.Meanwhile, Koncz also said Pacquiao and chief trainer Freddie Roach have agreed on a payment scheme (for the Horn bout) that involves Top Rank.“For the last five years, we have instructed our promoter to deduct said payment from our guaranteed purse and this is how our corner has been paid,” said Koncz.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines waves at his supporters after he lost against Jeff Horn of Australia, not shown, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sun. 2 July, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Manny Pacquiao will fight on and, chances are, he’ll seek vindication against Jeff Horn before the year ends.“I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country,” Pacquiao posted on his Twitter account Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Beaten by Horn in their “Battle of Brisbane” for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on July 2, Pacquiao has a rematch clause at his disposal.And Horn is ready to give Pacquiao a chance to regain the 147-pound title in Brisbane. Horn even told ringtv.com that he could possibly knock out Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I think I’ll do better the second time around,” Horn said Wednesday. “I think that occasion, just having that crowd and being up against someone like that gives me a lot of experience in one go, so I think I’ll be way better the next time I go out for sure; no Round 9 repeats.”Horn was referring to the round when Pacquiao nearly knocked him out. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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