9 May 2008Port Elizabeth-based Volkswagen South Africa has secured a contract to export the latest version of the Jetta sedan to countries that also use right-hand-drive vehicles, enabling the company to achieve record export volumes this year.In a statement this week, the company said that its South African operations would export in excess of 40 000 vehicles in 2008, a figure that includes the new export contract for 10 260 VW Jettas to countries including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Great Britain and Ireland.“The Volkswagen world-wide group posted record sales in 2007 which continued into the first quarter of 2008, placing the group’s world-wide production facilities under capacity pressure,” said VW South Africa MD David Powels. “As a result, Volkswagen of South Africa has been given the opportunity to build 5th generation Jettas for these key right hand drive markets.”The additional export order is above existing plans to export 21 000 5th generation Golfs and 8 800 5th generation Polos in 2008 to various countries in the Asia Pacific region, with the bulk of the vehicles going to Japan.Powels said the order provided the perfect opportunity for the local operation to demonstrate to both the Volkswagen Group and its customers around the world that South Africa was capable of producing world-class quality products.“This additional export contract is particularly welcomed during a period when volumes in the domestic market are under pressure from macro economic factors well-known to us all,” he said.“We plan to build around 100 000 vehicles in our plant in Uitenhage (in the Eastern Cape province) this year, of which 40% will be exported.”Volkswagen of South Africa will celebrate a number of export milestones in 2008 – by the end of April, 100 000 5th generation Golfs will have been exported into countries in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, by the end of June, Volkswagen of South Africa will have exported a total of 350 000 vehicles into various markets around the world.Motor Industry Development ProgrammePowels said that VW South Africa had embraced the principles of the Motor Industry Development Programme from its inception, which has enabled the company to embark on an aggressive export strategy that is optimised not only for fully built up vehicle exports, but also for engine and component export contracts.“In fact, the export business is at the core of our business strategy going into the future,” he said.“It is critical that the Government not only clarify the future of the Motor Industry Development Programme on an urgent basis, but also structure it in a way that continues to encourage the South African manufacturing industry to optimise production platforms and maximise production volumes to both domestic and export markets.”Powels said that the Volkswagen Group had been extremely supportive of VW South Africa’s export initiatives, and the latest contract to manufacture and export the newest generation of Jettas to key markets was a clear indication of the confidence that the group had in the local operations.“Together with the Volkswagen Group, we are developing an aggressive long-term export strategy for Volkswagen of South Africa, which will enable it to continue to import the premium segment Audi brand, and the entire Volkswagen commercial vehicle range,” he said.“We are confident regarding the longer-term prospects for Volkswagen of South Africa as a volume manufacturer of globally competitive vehicles.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The nationwide movement that is inspiring and empowering all South Africans into active citizenship, received another boost today. Brand South Africa, under the #PlayYourPart programme, in partnership with IQbusiness, launched the #FlyYourFlag initiative at the IQbusiness annual Growth Conference on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 which was attended by 300 business, government and civil leaders.“We are extremely proud to be part of the #FlyYourFlag initiative that IQbusiness has proposed. The inspiring display of patriotism leading up to and during the 2010 World Cup, where everyone identified with the flag and wanted to be seen displaying the flag, infused a level of social cohesion that the country had not seen before. As proud South Africans, we need to recapture the spirit and pride of our rainbow nation and #FlyYourFlag” says Thembi Kunene-Msimang, CEO of Brand South Africa.The IQbusiness Growth Conference features exceptional thought leaders who provide practical advice on how to drive collective responsibility and participation in our country’s future.In his closing address, Adam Craker – the IQbusiness CEO – challenged all companies to reignite their South African pride by committing to flying a South African flag outside of all their branches, offices and other premises. “We are challenging business, government and civil society to show their commitment to the future of this country by proudly flying a South African flag. If we are serious about changing the direction of the country, we must look as much at ourselves as our new leadership,” says IQbusiness CEO, Adam Craker.Brand South Africa and IQbusiness will be the driving force behind #FlyYourFlag to address some of the challenges the country is facing:1. Job creation: The South African flags, flag poles and installation will be manufactured locally as part of the IQbusiness Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) Programme.2. Flag ambassador: Flag ambassadors will be nominated, in each organisation, to be responsible for the flag; they will educate the community on its significance and how flags should be treated.3. Youth Empowerment: Roadshows will be conducted at all flag sites, on the importance of the South African flag and the etiquette accompanying it.
Posted on January 20, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Action Research & Training for Health (ARTH), an Indian NGO with a mission to “help communities access and manage health care according to their needs and capacity, by using research and training initiatives,” was awarded a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The organization is planning to use the funding to promote maternal health in the Indian state of Rahasthan:ARTH will use the $350,000 (about Rs 1.58 crores) award to complete its field campus, purchase permanent office space and contribute to its endowment. The field campus, including three health centers and training school will be used for training “Bhil-Gameti” tribal girls of southern Rajasthan as auxiliary nurse-midwives (ANMs). Tribal girls tend to drop out of school; hence special efforts will be made to help some of them to cross secondary school, enroll as nursing-midwifery students and to complete the ANM course. It is expected that high quality midwifery training offered by ARTH will generate a demand for their services, and employment in the health sector will contribute to the health, educational and economic empowerment of the tribal community they represent.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say AC Milan reveal continuing losses for 2018/19by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are set to post a loss of €145.9 million (US$162.3 million ) for the 2018/19 season, according to their latest financial filings, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure makes for grim reading for the Serie A club, with losses approximately €20 million (US$22.3 million ) greater than the previous year.Revenue has also fallen 6.1 per cent to €241.1 million (US$268.8 million), according to the filing. This is despite an increase in revenue from broadcast rights, which rose from €113.8 million (US$126.9 million) to €113.8 million (US$22.3 million).The decline can partly be attributed to revenues from sponsorship income, which fell from €44.7 million (US$49.6 million) to €38 million (US$42.3 million), player management, down from €42 million (US$46.6 million) to €25.5 million (US$28.4 million) , and competition revenue, which dropped from €35.3 million (US$39.3 million ) to €34.1 million (US$37.8 million).Milan also saw business costs increase, jumping 5.1 per cent to €373 million (US$415 million).Personnel costs rose more than €34 million (US$37.7 million) to €184.8 million (US$205.5 million), with depreciation and amortisation increasing from €86.4 million (US$96.1 million) to €89.1 million (US$99.1 million).
zoom The seventh newbuilding product tanker has been delivered to the shipping firm Navig8 Product Tankers from Chinese shipbuilder Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited.Featuring 113,000 dwt, the LR2 tanker Navig8 Gladiator was ordered as part of a batch of eight ships from the former CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (Group) Company Limited, now GSI.With 128,000 cbm, the new ship is also the seventh one to be delivered under the sale and leaseback agreements entered into with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited (CSSC) on June 25, 2015.Following delivery from GSI, the Navig8 Gladiator was delivered to CSSC under the terms of the agreement and then delivered back to the company under bareboat charter.The 249-meter long and 44-meter wide tanker will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s Alpha8 commercial pool.Navig8 Product Tankers’ eight newbuilding, the Navig8 Gratitude, is scheduled for delivery in March 2017, the company’s data shows.
For her recently concluded record-setting week for the Ohio State women’s soccer program, senior forward Tiffany Cameron has been named the Big Ten Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week. Cameron posted a four-goal week in games against then-No. 17 Michigan and Michigan State, scoring two goals in each game. Two goals in a 3-1 upset win against the Wolverines on Thursday allowed Cameron to set the program’s single-season record. During her final regular season home game donning Scarlet and Gray, Cameron scored two more goals to extend her single-season scoring record to 16 and pull into a tie for most career goals with 35. Cameron, a Canadian international player, tied former Buckeyes Lara Dickenmann and Lisa Grubb for OSU’s career-goals record with her second tally in the 3-1 win against the Spartans. Cameron will have an opportunity to break the career-goals record in the Buckeyes’ final regular season game at Indiana, but will have her work cut out for her as the Hoosiers defense has posted six shutouts this season. The game against the Hoosiers (9-8-1, 4-6-0 Big Ten) kicks off Friday at 7 p.m in Bloomington, Ind.
OSU coach Urban Meyer looks out to the field before the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOn April 27, Ohio State will watch its top cornerbacks from the 2016 season, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, learn their NFL destinations in the first round of the NFL draft. But the task of replacing those corners was set in motion when the season ended.The team has lost its top pair of corners, but cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said the position has the most depth he’s seen since his arrival at OSU in 2012.“I’m extremely excited about the totality of the room,” Coombs said Wednesday.He added that he is not sure exactly who will play. Junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomores Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette are all in the mix, as are sophomore Rodjay Burns and freshmen Shaun Wade, Jeffrey Okudah, Marcus Williamson and Amir Riep.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said he is unsure of how the younger corners will perform, and that while the team knows what to expect from of Sheffield, Ward and Arnette, there is an element of mystery with some of the younger players.“There’s so many responses that we don’t know yet, because they haven’t been in that position with us,” Schiano said. “How will they respond when they get beat for a touchdown? How will they respond when they have an issue in class or an off-the-field issue that distracts them? Will they be able to come out here and block it out? Those are all things you learn about newcomers that we have to wait and see.”The perk of having such depth at the position is that there does not always have to be a bonafide set of starters downfield. Last season, though Lattimore and Conley were deemed the starters, Ward frequently rotated in with the pair and, in the end, received nearly the same number of snaps as the two future first-round corners. Arnette, though he participated in fewer snaps compared with the other three, also found himself in on the action for much of the season.The strategy of rotating the corners to keep all of them fresh for nearly the whole game proved successful. But Schiano said there is no guarantee the defense will use that same game plan next time, though he and the rest of the coaching staff would like to try it out.“I could see that happening again this year, but it really depends on the development of our corners and how they do,” Schiano said. “We’re very, very hopeful between our incoming guys, between our guys who were here, that we will be able to have that rotation at the corner spot.”One important piece to the cornerback puzzle will be the development of Sheffield, who was rated as the No. 1 junior college cornerback transfer by ESPN before landing at OSU, and was considered a five-star prospect before enrolling at Alabama and later Blinn Community College.Sheffield was highly sought after by OSU out of high school, Coombs said, and that once Sheffield decided he was going to transfer from community college, the coaching staff knew they were going to push hard to add him to the team.“As soon as I found out that he was becoming available again — I can’t remember exactly how, if it was internet or whatever – I reached out immediately,” Coombs said. “I began the process of recruiting him at Blinn right away really hard, and thankfully, he chose to become a Buckeye.”The oldest of the newcomers, Sheffield brings in an element of experience that many of the younger cornerbacks lack. As a junior college transfer, he had time playing in game situations, and Schiano said the key for him will just be to get the hang of things the more he participates.Freshmen might be counted on quite a bit in the defensive backfield in 2017 with no one player really standing above the rest of the pack.If those four incoming freshman are going to find success, they will not only need to familiarize themselves with OSU’s defensive style, but also work on making the transition from pure athletes to specialists at their respective positions.“In high school, you can get away with just being a great athlete. You can do it the way you’re coached, or maybe you can do it another way and still get away with it,” Schiano said. “Here, the people they’re going against are so good that if they don’t do it exactly the way they’re instructed, it’s hard to be successful.”
The FA Cup match between Arsenal and Manchester United will be played with only 8.7% of Manchester United fans, instead of the normal 15%.One of the most magical moments in the FA Cup is the requirement that at least 15% of the tickets will be allocated to away fans.But Arsenal has asked to only sell half of these tickets to Manchester United fans, citing “safety reasons,” something which of course has angered the Red Devils’ supporters.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“What makes the FA Cup special is the larger away allocations than you get in league games. This creates the unique stadium atmosphere? so beloved of the FA’s premier cup competition,” a spokesman for Manchester United Supporters’ Trust said to The Manchester Evening News.“For Arsenal to offer little over half the proper allocation is a joke. And to say away fans cannot be in an upper tier, where they are at many league grounds, is ridiculous.”“We need to keep the FA Cup special, and that means making Arsenal stick to the full away fan allocation,” he added.
In response to media criticism, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor insists an independent review of the organisation will take place soon.Back in November 2018, Taylor wrote to members of the PFA, forming them he and the board would be recommending a QC-led independent review into the “structure and operation of the organisation”.Reports are rife the announcement of the review was preceded criticism aimed at Taylor, who has been in the role 38 years, over his annual salary and management issues.A statement from the PFA chief disclosed via Sky: “In the light of recent media interest I wish to clarify the situation with regard to the proposed Independent Review of the PFA.“A decision has been made by the Trustees and the Management Committee to appoint Sport Resolutions as the appropriate body to conduct the review. Sport Resolutions are in the process of constituting the panel that will conduct the review and will finalise the Terms of Reference and scope of the review.“The independent review will look into the (i) governance; (ii) management; and (iii) policies, procedures and operations of the PFA, with the aim of ensuring the PFA operates effectively, in accordance with the highest standards and in the best interests of its members.English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…“Mindful of the PFA’s role to protect, improve and negotiate the conditions, rights, and status of all professional football players by collective bargaining agreements, the Independent Review’s objectives will be to make recommendations on any changes necessary to implement best practice.Remarkable power vacuum at top of British sport; CEO vacancies at UK Sport, BOA & UK Athletics. But especially in football where Prem League, FA & EFL all need new CEOs. Interesting to see if PFA supremo Gordon Taylor bucks trend & continues to cling to power after 2018 revolt pic.twitter.com/co6gs96juY— Dan Roan (@danroan) February 20, 2019“The Panel will aim to submit its findings to the Trustees and Management Committee of the PFA as soon as reasonably practicable (whilst ensuring that it comprehensively delivers on the agreed scope).“In the spirit of accountability and transparency, the Key Findings and Recommendations will be published by the PFA as soon as practicable after its completion (whilst ensuring that any necessary confidentiality is maintained).”
Juventus reportedly study various ways to lure Paul Pogba back to Turin, probably in the next summer transfer windowThe 25-year-old star has spent five years at the Allianz Stadium where he established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.Still, the tall Frenchman has decided to return to Manchester United where he started his football career. During his 3-year spell at Old Trafford, Pogba became a cornerstone of Red Devils’ midfield along with Nemanja Matic.However, a recent argument with Jose Mourinho seems to have made a negative impact on the France international.Ever since Mourinho has announced he won’t be handing the captain’s armband to his headline performer, Pogba’s displays have dropped notably.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Currently unhappy with his life in the Premier League and nostalgic about his time in Serie A, Pogba allegedly thinks of making another switch.According to the Italian publication, Calciomercato, Juventus Sporting Director Fabio Paratici hopes to capitalize on current Pogba’s situation to bring him back to Italy.The EPL giants have already expressed their interest in two Bianconeri players, with both Alex Sandro and Medhi Benatia ending up in Mourinho’s crosshairs.Therefore, Paratici plans to offer both defenders to Manchester United, hoping it could soft Red Devils to renounce Pogba’s services to resolve their defensive problems.Although no timeline for a potential deal was mentioned, it seems most likely that the transfer would be completed in the summer unless the reigning Serie A champions find a reason to push for a deal in January.