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Thu, 18 Apr 2019
KZN to benefit from bumper Easter

KwaZulu Natal’s provincial economy is projected to receive an estimated €63m cash injection over the Easter season as an estimated 250 000 domestic and 60 000 international visitors are expected to arrive.

Durban Tourism is projecting an influx of 100 000 visitors alone over the Easter weekend who are all expected to spend on entertainment, holiday accommodation, car rentals and restaurants. The Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) is also anticipating a late surge of bookings, with hotels in the province slowly filling up.

Charles Preece, East Coast Operational Manager of Fedhasa says: “Holidaymakers tend to book very late. Our hotels are not at 100% occupancy as yet, but we anticipate the last-minute bookings.”

Phindile Makwakwa, Acting CEO of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, says: “Going on the rate of bookings we have had for activities and accommodation already, KZN looks set for another bumper season. We’re proud to be part of what is a vibrant, creative and important economic sector for this region. It is encouraging that holidaymakers have chosen KZN for their next short break or holiday. Our tourism trade have displayed quality in their service and a variety of experiences that can be had here in the Zulu Kingdom.

“We can’t rest on our laurels – and it’s good to see our attractions and businesses looking at opportunities to develop and grow their businesses to meet customer expectations in this globally competitive industry,” adds Makwakwa

Source: http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/article/190896/KZN-to-benefit-from-bumper-Easter

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Mon, 01 Apr 2019
Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school

 

The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) has launched the continent’s first dredging school to develop and enhance the competences of new and already employed dredging personnel.

The Dredging School aims to train not only pipe operators, but project engineers, harbour masters, port engineers and technical engineers to achieve operational dredging competences in the field of process and project approach.

 

Its mission is to deliver a formal Dredging Education Course of moderate duration, accredited by government.

“The school will first upskill Transnet National PortsAuthority’s (TNPA’s) own dredging personnel. In future, the vision is to use this formal education route to train dredging personnel from other companies in South Africa and other African countries and in so doing, to become the leading dredging education institute south of the Sahara,” says Transnet chief human resources officer Nonkululeko Sishi

Based at the Transnet MSoE, the school is equipped with a high-tech trailing suction hopper dredging simulator to help train dredging personnel in this highly specialised field.

Sishi adds that, “the effect of training is enormous as it improves the effectiveness of the equipment being operated, providing a significant return on investment”.

The Dredging School is a result of the supplier development plan related to the acquisition of the new 5 500 m3 trailing suction hopper dredger, Ilembe, for TNPA.

The education programme comprises three different routes: Route 1 for new intakes, Route 2 for existing operators and Route 3 for project engineers and maritime crew.

Route 1: New Intake

This six-month programme consists of basic modules in mathematics, physical sciences and maritime English, and dredging-specific related modules, for example, dredging in general, hopper design and components, hydraulic processes, project approach, operational hopper simulator and survey.

A further three months is spent on internship aboard a dredger or within a dredging organisation.

Route 2: Existing Operators (Dredge Operator Competency System – DOCS)

Hopper DOCS is a pipe operator competence system for monitoring the operational competences of existing pipeoperators and dredge masters. It consists of three assessments, a logbook and a handbook for DOCS officers (for those who perform the assessments).

For the organisation and the operational personnel, the logbook is the central document. Used during the formal educational route for new and existing personnel and during employment, it monitors the progress made by each individual pipe operator or dredge master over a period of years.

The logbook is designed to support the structured on-the-job training received by new employees entering the company or existing personnel receiving training at the dredging school, who receive on-the-job training for an extensive period.

While the execution of the on-the-job training is the responsibility of the company, a special department at the MSoE helps manage this aspect, which is done with the cooperation of TNPA Dredging Services, TNPA, MSoE and the Training Institute for Dredging.

Before Hopper DOCS is used, a baseline assessment will be carried out. Every individual pipe operator in a group will be assessed, and individual and group scores will be recorded. Based on these scores, competence gaps and training goals will be set for a specific group of operators so special attention can be given during the simulator training at the dredging school and during the subsequent on-the-job training. This will also be used to monitor the progress of both the individual operators and the group.

Route 3: Alternative Route for Project Engineers and Maritime Crew

Project engineers and maritime crew will be trained on the operational aspects of hopper dredging. During periods when the simulator is not used for the educational route, there will be opportunities to train other functions in pipe operations. A special [...]

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Mon, 01 Apr 2019
5 things you need to know in SA business today .

 

Tito Mboweni has lashed out at Sanral, criticising the agency’s decision to suspend summonses to recover e-toll debt.

“They [the board] must reverse the decision. It has implications for the bond market, it has implications for the fiscus. It has implications for their own credit rating and the credit rating of the country,” Mboweni said.

 

The repo rate remained unchanged yesterday, with the Reserve Bank worried about growth given loadshedding and weak business confidence. But it also expects that inflation will tick higher over the medium term due to the large Eskom tariff hikes and higher petrol prices. Trevor Manuel has threatened to sue the EFFif the organisation doesn’t retract a “racist” and “libellous” statement over his supposed connections to the new CEO of SARS, Edward Kieswetter. Manuel headed the selection panel. The EFF alleged that Manuel was related to Kieswetter and that they have close business ties. The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors has struck a former KPMG partner off its rolls. Jacques Wessels audited a number of Gupta companies, and has been accused of dishonesty and negligence. Capitec announced its results yesterday: headline earnings grew almost 20% to R5.3 billion. Capitec now has more than eleven million active bank clients – which grew by 1.5 milllion over the past year.

 

Source : https://www.businessinsider.co.za/uk-is-like-an-emerging-market-thanks-to-brexit-says-mark-mobius-2019-3

 

 

 

 

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Mon, 01 Apr 2019
There will be affordable inner-city housing in Cape Town, but only when the...
Inner-city affordable housing is on the cards for Cape Town if the provincial Department of Human Settlements has its way. On Tuesday, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela revealed plans to build housing in the Cape Town inner city — but could not provide specific timelines for when construction would begin in areas his department has identified. However, the civil society group Ndifuna Ukwazi is cautious of promises made close to an election.

There are plans for affordable housing in Cape Town’s inner-city areas — the CBD, Bo-Kaap and the wealthier suburbs of Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof — which will provide 10,000 housing opportunities, but Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela says the developments cannot begin until planning phases are completed by his department.

“Various pockets of land of approximately 8.4 hectares have been identified and secured,” said Madikizela on Tuesday morning, during his department’s budget speech in the Western Cape provincial parliament in Cape Town.

Madikizela, the Western Cape DA provincial leader, delivered his department’s budget speech amid interjections and interruptions from ANC MPLs.

“In 10 years no social housing in the CBD,” ANC MPL Cameron Dugmore shouted at the Human Settlements MEC.

In spite of the noise from opposition MPLs, Madikizela proceeded to set out plans for the department for the 2019-20 financial year, with its budget of just under R2.6-billion.

The announcement of the planned implementation of social and affordable housing in some Cape Town inner-city areas went relatively unnoticed by opposition MPLs.

Daily Maverick asked Madikizela if there was a timeline for this housing construction in areas such as Bo-Kaap and Oranjezicht.

“Where we are now, we have embarked on a process where we identified pieces of land we could use,” the MEC replied. “We will keep you updated.”

Madikizela said the department had researched who owned each piece of land and how the province could acquire it, but said timelines for these properties could be done only once the department concluded its planning phase.

Affordable and social housing has been an issue housing activist groups such as Reclaim the City and Ndifuna Ukwazi have been advocating for.

Earlier in March 2019, Ndifuna Ukwazi released a report titled City Leases: Cape Town’s Failure to Redistribute Land where it argued for 24 areas owned by the City of Cape Town that could be redistributed into mixed and social housing.

Nick Budlender, a researcher for the report, told Daily Maverick:

“Well located affordable housing is crucial to the social, environmental and financial stability to Cape Town.”

Budlender pointed out provincially owned sites such as Tafelberg, the Government Garage and top yard, as well as Moray Place in Oranjezicht that could be used if the province wanted to roll out social housing immediately.

Although Budlender said affordable housing was a step towards redressing apartheid spatial planning — both in the past and in the present — he cautioned against this being a promise made during an election cycle.

“However, promises made by politicians during election season should always be approached with caution. It is too early to celebrate.

“We note that the province has repeatedly argued that our calls for affordable housing on smaller parcels [...]

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018
30 BEST RESTAURANTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The nominated restaurants were determined by the scores of a panel of anonymous judges, convened by chef Margot Janse, who dined around the country. “A fantastic field of nominees has come out of this year’s judging, with some newcomers and old favourites making up a list that truly represents the best of the best in South African dining today,” said Janse. “As always, these nominees have been nominated for their achievements in excellent dining, innovative menus, ambience and service excellence.” The top 10 restaurants will be revealed on Sunday 18 November 2018 at an awards ceremony at GrandWest in Cape Town.

The nominees, in alphabetical order, are: Camphors at Vergelegen, Somerset West The Chefs’ Table, Umhlanga Chefs Warehouse & Canteen, Cape Town Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia Chefs Warehouse at Maison, Franschhoek DW Eleven-13, Dunkeld West Fermier Restaurant, Pretoria Foliage, Franschhoek Foxcroft, Constantia Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort, Constantia Indochine, Stellenbosch Jardine Restaurant, Stellenbosch Jordan Restaurant, Stellenbosch La Colombe, Constantia Le Coin Français, Franschhoek La Mouette, Sea Point La Petite Colombe, Constantia La Tête, Cape Town Marble, Rosebank Nobu at One&Only, Cape Town Overture, Stellenbosch The Pot Luck Club, Woodstock The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Somerset West Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Elandsfontein The Shortmarket Club, Cape Town Springfontein Eats, Stanford The Test Kitchen, Woodstock Thali The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal, Franschhoek Wolfgat, Paternoster.

Source: https://businesstech.co.za/news/lifestyle/279153/these-are-the-30-best-restaurants-in-south-africa-2/

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Tue, 13 Nov 2018
DURBAN’S NEW TAXI INITIATIVE GOES LIVE

The face of Durban’s public transport changed this week with the launch 150 branded minibus taxis in the city centre that will offer commuter an enhanced service as part of the city’s ambitious GO!Durban project.

The eThekwini Municipality’s mini-bus taxi incentive programme, called “Moja Cruise” kicked off on Monday after months of behind the scenes collaboration between the Ethekwini Metro Taxi Council (EMTC) – the leadership body of the mini-bus taxi industry – and the city.

The roll-out of the 150 taxis part of an innovative pilot programme to “test the waters” for improved public transport system. The programme branded “Moja Cruise” was launched in October 2017, and the various stakeholders have been planning and preparing for the “go live” date this month.

Essentially the pilot programme includes 500 mini-bus taxis that will be branded as “Moja Cruise” taxis, with 150 taxis already enrolled in the programme. These taxis will adhere to certain criteria to offer a clean, safe, efficient, customer-oriented service to the public. The vehicles will be monitored to ensure that these criteria are met in order to qualify for the financial incentive. As part of the transformation of public transport, the municipality started the construction of road infrastructure in its efforts to integrate public transport into a network of eight bus rapid transit lanes and a rail route across the City in its GO!Durban programme.

As part of this programme, and prior to beginning construction in 2013, the city leadership, since 2009, has been engaging with the leadership of the mini-bus taxi and bus industry in an endeavour to bring these current public transport operators into a cohesive operation to provide safe, efficient and reliable transport for all.

The aim has always been to ensure that they continue to have a stake in public transport into its transformation.

Speaking at the “go live” launch, which was attended by the leadership of the eThekwini Metro Taxi Council and participants of the programme, the executive committee member and chairperson for the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee, Mondli Mthembu said that the aim of the programme was to proactively empower the mini-bus taxi industry at all levels, to progress their businesses, and to support the development of the industry towards a more formal and scheduled service structure aimed at providing better levels of services and safety to commuters and improving overall public transport in the city.

Commenting on the EMTC’s collaboration with the city, the chairperson of the eThekwini Metro Taxi Council, B M Nzuza said: “Being experienced public transport operators, we understand and acknowledge the need for a more customer-orientated service that meets the needs of the commuters. By working in collaboration with the eThekwini Municipality, we have been able to offer our expertise and understanding in a consultative and collaborative process, to find positive and workable solutions to the challenges that we face as businesses and they as government. We all look forward to seeing the programme work, and to an improved service and business model for our constituents.”

Giving a keynote address, eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede [...]

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