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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Global Business School

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Posted on 10 June 2012 by Gaurav Malik

Global Business School At CPUT

Professor Binza, Dean of the Business Faculty

At the helm, Professor Binza, Dean of the Business Faculty

“The Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Global Business School, based in Cape Town, South Africa, is an environment where you would want to complete your internationally recognised postgraduate studies and continue your professional development, reflect on current and best practices and open your mind to a world of opportunities and possibilities,” says Prof. Mzikayisa Binza, Dean of the Faculty of Business.

“Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 Driven by this statement, the Global Business School seeks to integrate best practice, with the focus on Development Leadership and Responsible Business Practice. We do this in a global context but from an African perspective. Built into all our qualifications is the awareness that we have a responsibility to society and a philosophy of ‘doing good to do well’. Our unique approach is to use an academic base to provide programmes and business expertise that are practical and achieve the difficult balance between theory and practice. We provide programmes that add value and are relevant to personal and professional life and underpin a management career.

The Business School has strong, mutually beneficial relationships with our international, public and private partners. We rely on these partners for work-integrated projects, funded research opportunities, postgraduate placements and trend-setting case studies testing future best practice. Added value lies in providing to partners and current and former participants, a stimulating forum for the exchange of ideas and excellent networking opportunities.

In the current international economic climate business, industry, government and education need to think critically, creatively and  innovatively about how best to integrate ‘responsible business practices’. To accommodate our partners and participants various blended learning delivery modes are available. These include full thesis research and course based block-release programmes with four one-week contact sessions per year and customised in-house management. In addition, leadership, coaching and mentorship qualifications and short courses are on offer, all supported by our e-learning student support system, incorporating latest technology.

Certain programmes offer community based experiential learning or semester study abroad opportunities. International students are welcomed as they lend an alternate world view, depth and new dimensions to discussion. As a result, this influences the social, political, cultural, educational and economic environments that have an impact on leadership, professional management, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Granger Bay

One of the delivery points of the Global Business School located near Cape Town’s Waterfront

Through its array of courses, the Business School offers today’s managers the know-how to motivate, mentor and inspire to achieve common goals, recognising that beyond management and leadership skills, managers also require emotional and cultural intelligence and innovative approaches.

The following qualifications are offered at the CPUT Business School:

  • BTech/MTechBusiness Administration
  • MTech Business Information Systems – a dual qualification in association with Hochschule Wismar and a SAP Corporate Masters
  • Honours and Masters in Responsible Business Leadership
  • Honours and Masters in Supply Chain Management
  • MSc Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) qualifications
  • International Event Management (MA)
  • Professional Property Practice Academy (PPP)

For more information email business@cput.ac.za

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Posted on 10 June 2012 by Gaurav Malik

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The power of knowing the enormous responsibility NamPower has in ensuring a secure, affordable and reliable supply of electricity in Namibia compels the company to remain focused on its mission “to provide for the energy needs of our customers, fulfill the aspirations of our staff and satisfy the expectations of our stakeholders.”

There is a distinct correlation between socio-economic growth in a country and the steady, reliable supply of electricity.  Since its establishment, NamPower has earned itself the solid reputation of reliably keeping the engine of the Namibian economy moving forward.

As the demand for electricity continues to grow, especially in the Central Namib where there has been significant economic growth, NamPower as the bulk supplier to mainly Regional Electricity Distributors (REDs), Mines, and Local Authorities (where REDs are not operational) has put short-, medium and long term transmission and generation energy projects in place to meet the power supply challenges.

Namibia’s current national peak demand is approximately 511 MW of which a significant portion is imported from the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).

Our Projects

Generation Projects:

  • The ANIXAS peaking Power Station with a capacity of 22.5 MW at Walvis Bay was officially inaugurated by His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba on 3 November 2011.  As it was the first power station to be built in more than 30 years after the Ruacana Hydropower Station on the Kunene River, the project became historic in the annals of NamPower and the country.


  • The Ruacana Hydro Power Station, Namibia’s main source of power generation, contributes approximately 62% towards the current demand for power in Namibia, but is dependent on the run of the river.  Work on the installation of a 4th Unit turbine at the power station has been completed and NamPower took over commercial operation at the end of March 2012.  The installed capacity of the 4th Unit turbine is 92 MW and the new combined installed capacity of the Ruacana Hydropower Station is now 332 MW.  The 4th Unit will be officially inaugurated during the second half of this year.


  • The substantial increase in power demand in the Central Namib due to development growth has required the investigation into the feasibility of a Coal-fired power station (base load capacity 150 – 450 MW in the Erongo Region).  From the initial screening process, four potential sites were chosen for the construction of the proposed Erongo Coal-Fired Power Station and based on theresults of the scoping process, the preferred site will then be taken forward into the Environmental and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (ESEIA) phase for detailed assessment.


  • The original concept of the Kudu-Gas-to-Power Project was changed from treating gas on-shore to the treatment of gas off-shore on a floating platform operation (FPO) enabling dry specification gas to be piped on-shore. The concept of developing an 800 MW CCGT Power Station north of Oranjemund situated 170 km from the offshore Kudu Gas Field has remained, and good progress has been made by the upstream parties and NamPower (as power station developer).


  • The Baynes Hydro Power Project, situated along the Kunene River, 200 km downstream of Ruacana emanates from studies conducted on the Epupa and Baynes sites along the Kunene downstream of Ruacana, which revealed that while the Epupa Site was technically preferable due to greater storage capacity, the Baynes site would be less disruptive to the life of the indigenous Himba community, and would have lesser environmental impact.

Both the Angolan and Namibian governments through the Permanent Joint Technical Commission on the Kunene River (PJTC) have agreed to study the Baynes option further.

A Techno-economic Feasibility Study and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment study conducted independently found that the project is technically and commercially feasible.

It is envisaged that the Baynes mid-merit/peaking power station’s capacity could be between 350-550 MW which will be shared equally between Namibia and Angola.

Renewable Energy Projects:

  • NamPower is currently negotiating Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with three prospective wind energy developers, one in Lüderitz and two in the Walvis Bay area.
  • The Tsumkwe Renewable Energy Project, one of the largest state-of-the art 200 kW solar diesel hybrid system in Africa was technically commissioned at Tsumkwe in August 2011. Businesses and some 700 residents in the growing town of Tsumkwe now have access to modern energy services. Almost 80 solar water heaters have been installed, over 80 electric stoves replaced with gas stoves, and incandescent lights were replaced with energy saving ones.  In addition pre-paid meters were installed for all electricity users.
  • Private developers have commenced with a biomass project utilizing invader bush to generate electricity.  The project known as C-Bend (Combating bush encroachment for Namibia’s development) is a pilot plant of 250 kW.  NamPower is supporting the project through a PPA it has signed with the developers.


  • A grant was obtained from KfW of Germany to conduct a biomass feasibility study into the utilization of large scale invader bush to fire a power station of 10 to 20 MW. 


Transmission Projects:

  • The historical Caprivi Link Interconnector Project, commissioned at Katima Mulilo on 12 November 2010 is reinforcing and stabilizing the electricity supply to Namibia.  The 951 km HVDC line linking the far north-east with central Namibia provides a second north-south interconnector within the Southern African Power Pool and forms part of the SAPP vision to interconnect the region.  Due to its nature of setting power flows, the Caprivi Link will add to the energy trading potential within the region, and improve the dynamic stability of the SAPP transmission network.


  • The West Coast Development Project involved extensive transmission infrastructure planning and development due to the rapid expansion of mining activities in the Erongo Region, with additional requests being received from Uranium Mine developers.


  • The Rössing-Walmund 220 kV line project has commenced to replace the entire line section with a twin circuit 220 kV line to cater for future load growth in the West Coast.  The EIA has been conducted and approval been obtained.


  • Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia (ZIZABONA) have in principle agreed to develop a multi-million power line that would allow an additional 600 MW to be transmitted around the region. Power utilities in these countries have signed an Inter-Utility Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the investment of new transmission infrastructure.

Continuous system improvements at transmission level are planned and implemented to facilitate a reliable and continuous supply to all customers.

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Financial Highlights for the year ended 30 June 2011

  • Revenue increased by 27.99% (2010 – 18.31%) to N$2.3 billion (2010 – N$1.8 billion). The Group revenue from sales of electricity increased by 19.6% (2010 – 18.1%) to N$ 2.1 billion from N$ 1.7 billion. Increase in revenue was driven by a combination of increases in sales volumes, contributions by customers and the 18% annual tariff increase granted for the financial period ended June 2011.
  • Units sold increased by 3.26% (2010 – 2.17%) to 3,543 GWh compared to prior year (3,431 GWh).
  • Maximum demand increased by 2.84% (2010 – 9.1%) to 580 MW (including Skorpion Mine demand) achieved in June 2011 against the previous peak demand of 564 MW achieved in 2010.
  • The Group revalued its property, plant and equipment during the year in line with its policies, resulting in the revaluation surplus of N$5,5 billion and impairment of N$120 million. The revaluation had an effect of significantly increasing the Group depreciation and amortisation cost to N$666 million from N$239 million (2010), an increase of 178,6 percent (2010 – 4,8 percent).
  • Group profit before tax, after accounting for interest, depreciation and amortisation, was however N$ 123 million, 66.9% lower than that achieved in the prior year of N$ 371 million. This is mainly attributable to the increase in depreciation expense, impairment loss on property, plant and equipment on revaluation charged to the income statement and the loss on fair value adjustments of firm commitments.
  • Capital expenditure for the Group amounted to N$ 909 million for the year under review (2010 – N$ 1.8 billion).


  • Total assets increased from N$ 14.5 billion in 2010 to N$ 20.5 billion in 2011.  The 39.3% of this increase is attributable to the revaluation of the core categories of property, plant and equipment discussed above. The Group also received a donation of transmission assets from a customer amounting to N$ 427 million (2010 – N$ 12.6 million).


Our success

NamPower’s success is built on a very strong foundation of business culture and good corporate citizenship, and in moving forward the company shall continue to invest in powering the nation, protecting our environment, uplifting marginalized communities, providing excellent customer service and meeting the aspirations of our staff now and for generations to come.



NamPower: Corporate Communications Section

Office of the Managing Director

P O Box 2864



Tel. +264 61 2054111

Fax. +26461 2052372





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H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda

Forging Local Economic Safety Nets: Uganda’s Road From Independence

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Posted on 17 May 2012 by Gaurav Malik

H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of UgandaFifty years after her independence in 1962, Uganda has braved significant governance and economic challenges making her population one of the most resilient people of our age. With a young and fragile democracy at the advent of Independence, a rudimentary economy that was heavily dependent on raw cash crop export, Uganda set out with a promise of hope to its citizens. Endowed with significant natural resources, including ample fertile land, regular rainfall, and mineral deposits, the economy of Uganda had great potential, and it appeared poised for rapid economic growth and development. However, previous political instability and erratic economic management produced a record of persistent economic decline that left Uganda among the world’s poorest and least-developed countries. Various economic policies have been adopted in a bid to provide maximum benefit to the citizens and in order to grow the country from subsistence to an industrial economy. From the hardnosed capitalism policy of the early to mid 60s, quasi socialism of the late 60s, economic stress and deprivation of the 70s and rebirth of the late 80s, Uganda’s economic path has been characterized by turbulence.

Hon Adolf Mwesige Minister of Local Government, UgandaThe 1990s were characterised by strong economic growth, partly driven by external and internal factors and shocks. The Government’s liberalisation and privatisation policies, implemented since 1992, were intended to improve efficiency in the allocation of resources, and the management of business – both of which were expected to maximise economic growth. The economic policies and measures Uganda implemented from 1992 led to a significant improvement in the performance of the economy. From 1992 to 2000 real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by nearly 7% per annum, on average. Growth in the agricultural sector was much slower than growth in industry or services, making it harder for people employed in this sector to move out of poverty. Major emphasis was put on infrastructure rehabilitation and inflation control, which was seen as the overarching condition for investment and, consequently, economic growth. Annual underlying inflation rates fell from 26% in 1992/93 to 5% in 1999/2000. In addition to controlling inflation and improving production price incentives through liberalisation, the Government created the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), which was to identify investment constraints, propose appropriate interventions to address the identified constraints, and be a one stop centre for foreign investors so as to quicken business start ups. The UIA put in place an investment code that was mainly geared to attracting foreign direct investment.

To further anchor the economic policies and increase their benefit to the poor, the Government embarked on major shifts in the country’s governance structures especially at sub-national level. In 1992 Uganda adopted Decentralisation as the main mode of governance. This was later to be buttressed in the Constitution (1995) and the Local Governments Act (1997). The policy devolved powers and functional responsibilities over decision-making and service delivery to popularly elected local governments.

Notwithstanding the good economic performance from 1992 to 2000 that ought to have benefited all categories of people, including the chronically poor, and regardless of an elaborate institutional framework, sub-national development still faced a number of challenges. These were aggravated among other things by; over-reliance on public capital investments, a non-conducive environment for micro investments, poor access to financial services, high interest rates and a weak government-private sector interface for exploiting synergies.

A Joint Review of Decentralisation held in 2004 revealed serious departures between the obtaining economic policies and the benefits of the Decentralisation Policy itself. The major criticism at the time was the inability of the Government to exploit the comprehensive decentralized governance structures for more pro-poor economic development.

As a result of this policy interrogation, a new and sixth objective on Decentralization was agreed: “To Promote Local Economic Development in Order to Enhance People’s Incomes”.

“The purpose of local economic development (LED) is to build up the economic capacity of a local area to improve its economic future and the quality of life for all.  It is a process by which public, business and nongovernmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation”- World Bank. LED offers local government, the private and not-for-profit sectors, and local communities the opportunity to work together to improve the local economy.  It focuses on enhancing competitiveness, increasing sustainable growth and ensuring inclusiveness.  LED encompasses a range of disciplines including physical planning, economics and marketing.  It also incorporates many local government and private sector functions including environmental planning, business development, infrastructure provision and finance, among others. It is premised on the network principle which promotes “structures of interdependence involving multiple organizations or parts thereof, where one unit is not merely the formal subordinate of the others in some larger hierarchical arrangement” (O’Toole 1997). In Uganda, Local Governments are continuously building networks with a variety of public and private agencies to plan, budget and implement custom-designed policies and projects geared at increasing the economic well-being of the respective communities.

The practice of local economic development is being undertaken at different geographic scales – namely through a national context, at and within the Local Governments. At the national level, LED is the main flagship for the 5 Year National Development Plan (NDP) whose main theme is “Growth, Employment and Socio-Economic Transformation for Prosperity”. The NDP subscribes to the Millennium Development Goals with particular emphasis on MDG 1- “Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger”. A draft LED Policy and Draft Strategy provide an overarching framework for implementing LED.    Districts and Municipal Councils are pursuing the inclusion of LED strategies into the mainstream development plans that govern resource allocation within their respective jurisdictions. The Local Governments play a LED promotional role in terms of providing the right economic infrastructure, governance framework and through stimulating business development services. On the other hand, individual communities and areas within a given local government are also encouraged to adopt specific LED strategies to improve their economic competitiveness.  As such, communities will continually improve their investment climate and business enabling environment and ultimately improve individual and taxable household incomes.

A number of best practices are merging and they include:

  • Ensuring that the local investment climate is functional for local businesses;
  • Supporting small and medium sized enterprises and
  • Encouraging the formation of new enterprises and attracting external investment (nationally and internationally);
  • Investing in physical (hard) economic infrastructure;
  • Investing in soft infrastructure (educational and workforce development, institutional support systems and regulatory issues);
  • Supporting the growth of particular clusters of businesses;
  • Engaging in conscious regeneration or growth (areas based initiatives  programme especially for the urban centres;
  • Supporting informal and newly emerging businesses;
  • Targeting special interest and disadvantaged groups.

The Decentralisation Policy, therefore, offers great opportunity not only to tackle poverty at household level but also to widen the tax base of the Local Governments. This in turn enables them to finance service delivery hence being accountable to their constituents.

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Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

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Posted on 09 May 2012 by Gaurav Malik

The sign of quality…

As the largest residential higher education institution in the country, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) will provide you with skills, knowledge and opportunities to enable you to live your life to the full and to create your own destiny.

The seven faculties offer an large range of diploma and degree programmes for prospective students to choose from more of 70 per cent of which are also offered at a postgraduate level.


While we excel in both the cultural arena and the sport arena and have a vibrant student life, we remain a focused academic institution. New market-related courses are developed continuously with the help of members of trade and industry – ensuring that courses are affordable and that curricula have definite vocational and professional links.


Most courses also have an experiential learning component to ensure that you can apply the knowledge


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University Of Johannesburg

University of Johannesburg

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Posted on 09 May 2012 by Gaurav Malik

University Of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg is a premier African city university, committed to delivering outstanding higher education to students of exceptional calibre and potential. Known for its excellence in teaching, research and community outreach, UJ stands poised to address the challenges of our national transformation agenda, by combining the best of university and vocation-oriented education inherited from the years of experience of its constituting institutions.

International students UJ welcomes various categories of international students

  • Full-time undergraduate applicants who need a post-school qualification that is equivalent to a South African matric and postgraduate applicants who need a relevant first degree.
  • Study Abroad students in various categories

Come and experience:

• Academic excellence in a world class city

• An awesome student life

• Diversity that adds spice to student life

• An outstanding academic and social encounter

• Support on non-academic matters for the duration of your study

UJ offers international students the opportunity to experience an academic and social encounter of outstanding cultural, political and historical significance.

We offer programmes in 9 faculties; Art Design & Architecture, Education, Economics and Financial Sciences, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Management and Science

Contact the University of Johannesburg

at www.uj.ac.za or visit the UJ Facebook

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The University of the Western Cape (UWC)

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Posted on 08 May 2012 by Gaurav Malik

Vision and Mission
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a national university, alert to its African and international context. It is committed to excellence in teaching and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa and to responding to the needs of a society in transition. Drawing on its proud experience in the liberation struggle, the University is aware of its academic role in helping build an equitable and dynamic society.

Message from the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Brian O’Connell
UWC is an engaged university, remaining responsive to the social and economic development imperatives of the country. The University is one of South Africa’s leading higher education institutions, and is ranked in the top five in the country in the research areas of Development Studies, History, Physics, Biology and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Molecular Biology and Genetics. As an historically disadvantaged university, UWC is committed to supporting Africa’s development through research and to providing teaching and learning opportunities that are contextually responsive to the challenges of globalisation and which enhance the students’
capacities as change agents. In doing so, it has one of the lowest fee structures in South Africa.

Undergraduate programmes
• Community & Health Sciences promotes primary health care and its School of Public Health is a designated World Health Organisation.
• Arts offers high quality education which enables graduates to pursue careers in many fields.
• The Law Faculty offers legal training and carries out legal research within all branches of the legal profession.
• Dentistry, one of five dental schools in South Africa, produces 47% of all the country’s dentists.
• Natural Sciences offers programmes such as Water Studies, Herbal Sciences, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Population Studies, Materials Science, Marine culture, Reproductive Physiology and Environmental Science.
• Economic & Management Sciences offers programmes in accounting, economics, business management, finance, politics, industrial psychology (human resource management), information systems, development studies and public administration.
• The Education Faculty covers fields such as pre- and in-service teacher education, language education, science and mathematics education, curriculum studies, adult education, further education, higher education, policy studies, special needs education, the history, sociology and philosophy of education, as well as
educational leadership and management.
Postgraduate programmes and Research The Arts faculty hosts the Centre for Humanities Research, recognised as the leading centre of its kind in South Africa. Cutting-edge research by the Institute for
Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies and by academics in the Community Law Centre in human rights law and children’s rights continue to impact on policy formulation and development at national and international levels. The African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy works towards the development of a more inclusive citizenship in the region and the African Continent.

The UNESCO Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education in Africa, under the UNESCO Chair, has championed research capacity development in these areas. UWC has been awarded 11 South African Research Chairs – in Poverty & Agrarian Studies; Astrophysics; Bioinformatics & Human Health; Mathematics Education; Nano-Electrochemistry and Sensor Technology; Microbial Genomics; Earth observation applications for water resources assessment and management; Multi-Level Government, law and development; Nuclear Science; and Health Systems, complexity and social change.

The South African National Bioinformatics Initiative is one of 18 comparable centres worldwide, hosting a dedicated super Cray Computer for research. The University hosts a National Centre of Excellence, the
DST/MinTek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) Biolabels Unit as well as a Biosensors Lab, and the Department of Science and Technology has recently established a Nanoscience Centre at UWC to develop South Africa’s human capital needs in this area.

The International Centre for Indigenous Phototherapy Studies (TICIPS) is a major UWC/University of Missouri (USA) project on indigenous knowledge systems within the South African Herbal Science and Medicine Institute. The University has major research programmes in Biotechnology and hydrogen fuel cells (instead of fossil fuel) as energy resource and hosts a DST (Department of Science and Technology) National Centre of Competence in hydrogen fuel cell technology.

In 1963, UWC capped 23 students with undergraduate degrees. In 2011, the University capped over 4000 graduates – 74 of whom where PhDs.

UWC is a metaphor for South Africa – a place of hope to action through
knowledge. Partner with us in our continent’s journey!

Join UWC in its pledge to find solutions for the challenges facing Africa and the world.
• For International Relations, contact Mr Leolyn Jackson at ljackson@uwc.ac.za
• For all Research-related queries and programmes, contact Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Prof Ramesh Bharuthram at rbharuthram@uwc.ac.za
• For all Funding Partnership Projects, contact Pro Vice-Chancellor, Ms Patricia Lawrence at plawrence.uwc.ac.za


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Manzini Market

Manzini Pictures

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Posted on 07 December 2011 by Gaurav Malik

Town Clerk E.N. Wamukoya

Town Clerk E.N. Wamukoya

Municipal Council Manzini logo

Municipal Council Manzini logo

Manzini Market

Manzini Market

One of the residential apartments in Manzini

One of the residential apartments in Manzini

Manzini Civic Centre

Manzini Civic Centre

Bird's eye view of Manzini City

Bird's eye view of Manzini City

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Welcome to Mbombela

Welcome to Mbombela

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Posted on 07 December 2011 by Gaurav Malik

Cllr Cathy Dlamini

Cllr Cathy Dlamini The Hon Executive Mayor

Mbombela (Nelspruit) is situated in the Eastern part of South Africa and is the capital of Mpumalanga Province. The city serves as a gateway to some of the best eco- and adventure activities in Southern Africa and with its moderate climate, it becomes the preferred tourist destination all year round. Our sub-tropical fruits (like mangos, avocados, oranges, lemons, litchis and bananas) is a huge drawing card for visitors and during spring-time the blossoms of orange trees can be smelt for kilometres. For shopping enthusiasts the city offers world class shopping malls, casinos and entertainment venues with air conditioning systems. This creates excellent opportunities for prospective investors and businesses to establish themselves in the area.

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Tlokwe Local Municipality

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Posted on 07 December 2011 by Gaurav Malik

Tlokwe Local Municipality (before February 2007, Potchefstroom Local Municipality) is a local municipality in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District MunicipalityNorth West ProvinceSouth Africa. The seat of the local municipality is Potchefstroom.

The most widely accepted theory on the origin of the name Potchefstroom is that the name is composed of three words: Potgieter, chef and stroom. The first syllable is that of Potgieter, the second from the fact that he was a “chef” or a leader of the emigrants, and the third signifying the Mooi River. The complete name “Potgieter” was gradually shortened to “Pot”.[3]

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Welcome to the City of Tshwane

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Posted on 07 December 2011 by Gaurav Malik

City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa revealed to environment experts and potential investors attending the COP17 Conference in Durban how the Municipality will be promoting green investments and what its strategies were.He was hosting a Green Investment Breakfast Meeting in Umhlanga Rocks on Monday (5 December) which was attended by among others representatives from the Industrial Development Corporation, World Bank, Department of Trade and Industry and the United Nations Environment Programme.

The City Manager Jason Ngobeni (photo), Speaker and Chief Whip of Council, Cllrs Morakane Mosupyoe and Jabu Mabona, Members of the Mayoral Committee and the senior management team of the Municipality also attended.

“Tshwane will become the only Municipality in the whole country that will be able to account significantly for the contribution of agriculture to its GDP within the next five years,” Ramokgopa said.

He added that Tshwane was setting targets to employ green services in its future maintenance and infrastructure development work, to be announced soon.

“If the burden is legislatively placed on South African cities to institute carbon taxes, the City of Tshwane is in favour of employing this income for further green development.”

Ramokgopa said some of the major green projects that the City of Tshwane will unveil in the near future included the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system that will be partly powered by CMG technology and the construction of a 20 megawatt solar energy power station in Rooiwal.

He added that in order for local government to be capacitated to create and attract the skills that would enable it to employ the benefits of green technology, the IDC’s collaboration in this regard was invaluable.

Ramokgopa said the Municipality will be releasing its Tshwane Green Economy Policy Statement by February 2012.


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