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first_imgAmendments to the National Environmental Management and the Mineral and Petroleum Development Acts will soon see a smoother process to licensing in the mining sector, improving the climate for investment in the country.As the 20th African Mining Indaba comes to a close, strides are being made in opening up investment opportunities into the sector. With $2.5-trillion in proven mineral reserves, it is ripe for beneficiation and investment, and remains a significant contributor to the South African economy. Recent research indicates that platinum, coal and gold contribute 66% and 84% of revenue and employment respectively.And, according to delegates at the Investment Promotion Workshop, co-hosted by Brand South Africa and the departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology at the Indaba, South Africa is “an emerging market that matters”.In light of this, the government is set to implement the Integrated Mining Licensing System, which will cap the time taken to approve new projects to 180 days and a further 90 days for the appeals process, and eliminate duplicating some environmental requirements.Cutting out the red tapeThe new licensing regime will come into effect with the amendments to the National Environmental Management (NEMA) and the Mineral and Petroleum Development Acts, said Martha Mokonyane from the Department of Mineral Resources during a presentation at the workshop.Mokonyane says parliament voting on the changes to the laws is scheduled to be finalised well before the end of the year.Under the proposed changes, the environmental authorisation in respect of mining and prospecting will be regulated under a single system, prescribed by NEMA.In terms of NEMA, the Minister of Mineral Resources will be the “competent authority” responsible for putting in place an environmental system relating to mining and prospecting. The Minister of Environmental Affairs will take over the responsibility of appeals relating to environmental authorisation on mining matters.Another change under the proposed system will see licensing requirements – like a Water Use Licence – running parallel to the other approval processes. This way decisions will be taken simultaneously.Previously Water Affairs, Environmental Affairs and Mineral Resources each had their own somewhat duplicate licensing processes – leading to inevitable delays.Mokonyane said under the new system there would be regulatory certainty, making it easier to do business in South Africa, which would in turn improve the investment climate.The work done to date by the three departments to ease the licensing requirements has the approval of Jonny de Lange, parliament’s Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs. Late last year he praised the departments for their efforts and noted that “the optimal implementation of these legislative arrangements” would strengthen confidence in the system.Making a case for investmentThe South African economy, underpinned by prudent monetary and fiscal policy, has grown from being worth US$80-billion in 1994 to one worth US$400-billion. Research shows that it has diversified in the past 20 years with banking and real estate increasing their contributions to the economy – from 12.5% to 24%. This bodes well for the creation of a knowledge economy.International investors continue to see South Africa as a reliable investment destination with foreign direct investment projects in South Africa having grown at a compound rate of 22.4% between 2007 and 2012, making South Africa the leading destination for investment into Africa.And, at the workshop, delegates were assured that government and business are committed to implementing the National Development Plan (NDP), the vision of the nation South Africa strives to be by 2030, improving the country’s position as a leading investment destination.Key proposals from the NDP are being implemented, including:Making sustainable investments in competitive economic infrastructure;Increasing the pace of job creation, especially for young job seekers;Encouraging the expansion of businesses and development on new enterprises;Transforming human settlements and developing a functioning public transport system;Providing policy certainly to encourage long-term investment in mining and other sectors;Increasing economic integration within Sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as energy production; and finance, tourism, communications, infrastructure building and customs administration.Presenters at the workshop included Brand South Africa chief executive officer, Miller Matola; the Department of Trade and Industry’s Yunus Carrim; the Department of Science and Technology’s Imraan Patel; Martha Mokonyane of the Department of Mineral Resources; Mxolisi Kota of the Council of Geoscience; Matlou Mabokanon of the Technology Innovation Agency; Dr Declan Vogt of the CSIR; and Peter Craven of MINTEK.Presenting in their fields of expertise, they made a compelling business case for why prospective investors should consider South Africa as an investment destination.In the final analysis, Matola said, “South Africa is a sound destination for inward flows of investment and is an emerging market that matters.”The Mining Indaba concludes on Thursday 6 February 2014.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by: Agro-Culture Liquid FertilizersSee results from the I-71 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #2Delaware CountyCorn Summary: Our first corn field of Day #2 of The Ohio Crop Tour had good sized ears, but those ears had some good sized tip back. The waviness of this field show how water damage affected it. Disease and pest pressures were very light here and in this Good rated field our yield estimate is 204 bushels to the acre.Soybean Summary: There were some variable places in this field, but for the most part this field looked good with decent height and good pod numbers. Maturity is farther along here than anywhere we were yesterday. This was the first frog eye we have come across but this late in the season it will not make much of a difference. We rate this field in the Good category. Throughout the county we are seeing more variability as we make the drive to Franklin County.Delaware Co cornDelaware Co cornDelaware Co soybeansDelaware Co soybeansFranklin CountyCorn Summary: One of our scouts was in a really decent spot and the other got into a spot that wasn’t so hot. Water issues in the middle of the field will cause this yield to be lower than average, which should be representative of what this part of Ohio will see this year. Stalk Rot was taking hold here and is something that will need to be watched. Our guess is 146 bushels for this plot.Soybean Summary: Short beans here that are still struggling to reach canopy. The beans that were there looked good, but the pod count was low. We rate this field as Poor.Franklin Co cornStalk rot in Franklin CoFranklin Co soybeans Union CountyCorn Summary: This corn was very tall and healthy and ear fill was solid. This was a more mature field that what we have walked thus far. Disease pressure was low. Hail has damaged this corn and deer are feeding a little, but the overall health of this corn is above par. We are putting this field in the Good to Excellent range. Our yield estimate is 203.Soybean Summary: The canopy on this stand of beans is one of the best we’ve seen. Canopy height was 38 to 40 inches and it is uniform all the way through. The plants were well podded and there is potential for more. Grass hoppers and Japanese Beetles are feeding here and there is Frog Eye setting in here as well. We rate this field in the Excellent category.Union Co cornUnion Co cornUnion County soybeansUnion Co soybeans Madison CountyCorn Summary: We expected a higher yield here than what we got. This is a great stand with a planting date of May 8th and we are finding that to be a tough date from what we are hearing. The plant health and minimal disease and pest pressures have us thinking that we are going to be on the low end of the final results of this field. We rate this field Good to Excellent with a yield average of 186.Soybean Summary: Pretty decent field here. Quite a few pods per plant with some over 40 pods per plant. SDS was noted in this field. Canopy height was 32 inches and insects were few and far between. This field is rated Good.Madison Co cornMadison Co cornMadison Co soybeansMadison Co soybeansPickaway CountyCorn Summary: Another nice field of corn here. Ear placement was great on this healthy field. There were some disease pressures and minimal insects. These ears were the longest we have seen thus far. This field is rated Excellent and will yield 235 bushels, according to our estimates. This field was planted on May 5th. Soybean Summary: If moisture holds out, these beans will be phenomenal. The root system was remarkable and the pod fill was really good with quite a few 4-bean pods. We did spot some SDS and insect feeding, but if rains hit just right, this will be an Excellent field. This field was planted on May 11th. Pickaway Co cornPickaway Co soybeansPickaway Co soybeansPickaway Co soybeans Fairfield CountyCorn Summary: There was some variability in this corn field. Very much like yesterday, there are some great areas and some that aren’t so much. Our rating would be higher is it weren’t for disease pressures on the leaves and the stalk. Wet holes that you can’t see from the road will heavily affect this field. It will be interesting to see how this field is standing come harvest time. A Good rating for this field and a yield guess of 175 bushels.Soybean Summary: These 41 inch canopy soybeans are some of the highest we have been in to. It was boring to scout do to little pressures, but this will not be a boring field to harvest, for sure. We rate this field as Excellent .*Note: As we work our way to Ross County, variability is not a problem. These fields, one after another, look great.Fairfield Co cornFairfield Co cornFairfield Co cornFairfield Co soybeans Ross CountyCorn Summary: One of the best views we’ve had this week. Insanely high ear placement and the most dented corn we’ve come across. Stalk rot is taking place here and with the weight of the ear so high up, an early harvest of this field will be key. We found some random smut and a little disease pressure. This field gets a good rating and a yield average of 203 bushels.Soybean Summary: The soybeans are getting taller as we go and father along, as you’d expect as you go south. For how little branching was taking place, the pod fill was still there. Some frog eye was noticed, along with some SDS. Canopy height was 48 inches and some Japanese Beetles were feeding. We rate this field an easy Excellent.Ross Co cornRoss Co cornRoss Co soybeansRoss Co beans Highland CountyCorn Summary: Another healthy and uniform stand here. Corn was planted on May 4th in this newly tiled field. Looks great from the road, but you can see a lack of N inside the rows with some skips showing up as well. For the lower population we expected the ears to be bigger than they ended up being. Disease and insect pressures were low and we rate this field as Excellent and our yield estimate is 210.Soybean Summary: This field would rank high compared to the others we’ve seen over the past 2 days. These beans were drilled at 7.5 inches on May 6th and the pop was around 180+. Some SDS was noted. The pods have developed nicely and were thick. We rate this field as Excellent.Highland Co cornHighland Co cornHighland Co soybeansHighland Co soybeansFayette CountyCorn Summary: This was obviously a wet field at some point but there were some good spots as you got into the field a little bit. Tip back on the ears was good so populations were pretty spot on here. Although they received a lot of rain early, they are in need of some again soon as the ground is cracking. We rate this field as Good and our bushel guess is 178.Soybean Summary: Water laid in some spots that will make this field variable. The plants were clean of disease and some beetles were feeding. The stalks were heavily podded and if the rains come at the right times, this field will be A-OK. We rate it Good.Fayette Co cornFayette Co cornFayette Co soybeans Clinton CountyCorn Summary: The field here was a high population and the plant health and look of the stalk was impressive. The yield didn’t quite match up with the look of the field. Some grey leaf spot was seen. The is a Good field in our rating system and our yield guess is 179.Soybean Summary: This field was surprising as the weed issues were noticeable going in. The plants were tall and very well podded. It looked like they sprayed some Cobra on this field which made the leaf like a little brown but not from SDS. Canopy height was 42 to 44 inches and its a Good rating for this field.Clinton Co cornClinton Co cornClinton Co soybeansClinton Co soybeanslast_img read more

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—St. Clare-Virtuality took the lustre out of Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde, 92-78, in the PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.Joshua Fontanilla took charge for the Saints in the fourth quarter scoring 15 of his total 27 points in the period spearheading their 18-5 run to take an 88-74 lead with a couple of minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT St. Clare head coach Jinno Manansala admired Fontanilla’s attitude in showing utmost positivity despite being the target of his scolding.“He has a strong heart and that even though I’m hard on him he’ll still lead the team no matter what,” said Manansala in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJunjie Hallare pitched in 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals for St. Clare while Ray Rubio added 11 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.Justin Gutang led the Scratchers with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals, while shooting at a 5-of-13 clip. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town No. 1 Duke, Zion Williamson figuring out what’s next after knee injury LATEST STORIES MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCroatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said he knew his side’s first game since the World Cup final would not be their prettiest after a 1-1 draw with Portugal, but demands more against Spain.Dalic’s men led the European champions after 18 minutes at Estadio Algarve, courtesy of Ivan Perisic’s clinical finish, but Pepe headed Portugal’s equaliser shortly after the half-hour mark in a game the home side dominated.Portugal attempted 19 shots to Croatia’s five across the duration of the friendly but Dalic defended his side’s somewhat cagey approach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I did not even expect beautiful football from our side,” Dalic told reporters. “We played as well as we could. “It was not easy this first game after everything. I knew it would be so.”We made six changes, and Portugal is a very good, fast team.”But that’s the preparation for the European Championship. Selection and training. Let’s see where we are, what individual players can do.”Croatia were criticised at times during their World Cup campaign for playing drab, negative football and Dalic admitted his players did little to threaten Portugal’s defence.He demanded more from his side ahead of his team’s Nations League opener in Spain on Tuesday, saying: “We were not aggressive enough.”In the second half we stood firmly, but we were completely harmless in attack.”Against Spain, however, we have to be better.”Dalic’s opposite number Fernando Santos, whose side will play Italy at home on Monday in the first of their Nations League games, said: “We gave a successful performance that met my expectations.”We ended up dominating the game and in the first half the most fair thing was to end up winning for the opportunities that we managed to create.”It was a good game for a friendly, and we played well against a powerful team.”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School’s Lamplighters’ Drama Guild is ready to entertain you with its production of “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy!”You have three opportunities to catch this family-friendly show. ‘The Addams Family” will run on Friday, May 18 at 7pm; Saturday, May 19 at 1pm; and Saturday, May 19 at 7pm in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Tickets to this popular musical costs $10 for students & senior citizens and $15 for adults. Tickets are available online at http://www.WilmingtonCATS.org and will be sold at the door. Reserved seating only.The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s normal boyfriend and his parents.(NOTE: The above press release is from Wilmington High School CATS.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCast For Wilmington High School’s Spring Musical AnnouncedIn “Education”MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Next Year’s Wilmington High School Plays AnnouncedIn “Education”WHS Lamplighters Drama Guild Presents ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ On May 17-18In “Education”last_img read more