Soweto gets Toyota dealership

first_img3 December 2007Toyota South Africa has joined forces with Barloworld Automotive and long-time Soweto entrepreneur Richard Maponya’s Maponya Group to establish the first Toyota dealership in the country’s largest township and take advantage of the rising disposable income of its residents.“We have long sought a franchise outlet in this important and burgeoning market,” Toyota South Africa chief executive Johan van Zyl said in a statement last week.“Soweto has been a long standing ‘open point’ in our dealer network. As the vehicle market has expanded in recent years, the urgency to fill this point with a viable dealership has grown.”Van Zyl said that it was necessary for his company to take its products closer to key markets, so that it could continue to maintain its position as the market leader in the country. The envisaged development will be a world-class fully-fledged Toyota dealership with the latest corporate identity.“We commend Toyota SA for taking the bold step and showing confidence in the market by awarding this opportunity in Soweto,” Maponya said.According to the statement, the Maponya Group, the largest independent employer in Soweto, is a successful black business organisation with interests in food retailing, fuel retailing, and property development.In September, the Maponya Group opened a R650-million shopping mall in Soweto with Pick ‘n Pay, Woolworths, and Edgars as anchor tenants. Future projects include a 100 000-square metre Motor City investment, of which the Toyota dealership forms the first stage.A study commissioned by the City of Johannesburg’s economic development unit in 2003 found that the township’s residents had disposable income of about R4.3-billion, of which R3.4-billion was spent outside the township.Toyota said it was therefore unfathomable that Soweto did not have a motor dealership while statistics indicated that the car population of Soweto was growing at an increasing rate.“This opportunity will again create jobs and bring investment into Soweto,” Maponya said. “More importantly, the people of Soweto will now be able to purchase vehicles and get quality after-sales service right at their doorstep.“This will undoubtedly add to the changing face of Soweto.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Gauteng improves maternal health

first_img10 February 2014The introduction of Kangaroo mother care – continued skin to skin contact between the mother and her newborn – to all hospitals in Gauteng that offer maternity services is one of the measures credited for the improvement of the child mortality rate, according to Hope Papo, Gauteng’s MEC for Health.Improved services for mothers and children has seen the mortality rate for children under the age of five drop 7.3 percentage points from 10.7% in 2006 to 3.4% in mid- 2013, Papo said in a statement issued to mark the start of Reproductive Health Month.Kangaroo mother care has been shown to prevent infections, promote breastfeeding, regulate the baby’s temperature, breathing, and brain activity, and encourages mother and baby bonding.Other measures to improve maternal and child care highlighted by Papo include the stepping up of school health services, training of health workers on integrated management of childhood illnesses, and a successful immunisation programme.Immunisation services are provided daily by all clinics and some hospitals in Gauteng, which is South Africa’s wealthiest province. The coverage of children under the age of five has “consistently been above the national target of 90% of all children in the age group”, Papo said.Maternal deathsThe rate of maternal deaths in Gauteng hospitals had also dropped, Papo said, attributing this to strategies implemented by the department to combat the HIV epidemic. The ratio of maternal deaths has decreased from 167.7 per 100 000 live births in between 2005 and 2007 to 145 per 100 000 live births for 2008 to 2010.Other contributing factors included the purchasing of 20 new dedicated obstetric ambulances, ongoing service training for doctors and midwives on essential steps in the management of obstetric emergency (ESMOE), and responding to recommendations of the “Saving Mothers” report.Improved services for mothers and children had also improved in the past two years, Papo said. Three out of every four new mothers are now visited at home within six days of delivery and approximately eight out of 10 pregnant women (80.5%) who are HIV-positive have been placed on long-term antiretroviral therapy.HIV-positive mothersPapo noted that although this is primarily intended to treat the mother, ARV therapy also prevents transmission of HIV to the baby.“In Gauteng, we have achieved 99% coverage of babies who are born of HIV positive mothers. In the year 2012/13, only 2.4% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers proved to be HIV infected when tested at the age of six weeks, a rate which is below the national target of 5%,” Papo said.He added that the department’s exclusive breastfeeding campaign was also assisting in increasing the number of healthy babies.Papo encouraged pregnant women to know their health status and that of their children: “The drive to encourage our people to know their health status will not only assist the department in its goal to reduce infant, child and maternal deaths but will also ensure that the mothers and their babies live a long and healthy life.”Women who think they might belast_img read more

10 months agoJuventus organise signing ceremony for Arsenal midfielder Ramsey next week

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus organise signing ceremony for Arsenal midfielder Ramsey next weekby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have organised a signing ceremony for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey for next week.Sky Italia says the Wales international will fly out after Juve have played Milan in the Italian Super Cup on January 16.Ramsey, off contract in June, has agreed terms with Juve worth €7.5m per season over five years.He will sign his pre-contract with Juve, but see out the season in London.Ramsey will start training with Juve in July. last_img read more

9 months agoArsenal legend Merson: Wenger prioritised himself over Ramsey & other free agents

first_imgArsenal legend Merson: Wenger prioritised himself over Ramsey & other free agentsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEx-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger prioritised extending his own contract over his players, according to Paul Merson.The club legend was expressing his rage at Arsenal’s decision to allow Aaron Ramsey to become a free agent this summer.And Merson thinks some of the blame must go to Wenger.The former Gunners star told Sky Sports: “It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down.”It’s yet another player after Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott. Players’ contracts come to an end then they all leave on frees.”In footballing terms, it’s criminal. It’s like buying an £80m house, waiting for the leasehold to run out and losing the house.”Arsene Wenger sorted out his contract every year but seemed to forget everyone else’s!”I wouldn’t mind if all these players were 35 years of age or older, but they are in the prime of their careers when they are playing their best football ever.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoCrouch: Arsenal blundered not signing N’Zonzi

first_imgCrouch: Arsenal blundered not signing N’Zonziby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Crouch says Arsenal blundered not signing former Stoke City teammate Steven N’Zonzi.N’Zonzi, who is currently on loan at Galatasaray from Roma, spent six seasons in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City before joining Sevilla in 2015.Crouch said, “I have wanted Arsenal to address the defensive balance of their side for years and never understood why they didn’t buy Steven N’Zonzi. “Steven played with me at Stoke and he would have been perfect to provide protection in midfield.”He ended up going to Sevilla for £7million and it was madness Arsenal allowed that to happen.”The best sides spot their deficiencies and address them to progress.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoEverton striker Hornby: Bolasie convinced me about KV Kortrijk

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton striker Hornby: Bolasie convinced me about KV Kortrijkby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton striker Fraser Hornby says a chat with Yannick Bolasie convinced him about a move to KV Kortrijk.Hornby was sent out on loan to Belgian side KV Kortrijk for the 2019/20 campaign.”I had never heard of Kortrijk before (but) I knew about the existence of the Jupiler Pro League,” Hornby told Knack Weekend.”When I learned of KV Kortrijk’s interest, I looked up things like the club’s past, who played here and after an enlightening conversation with trainer Yves Vanderhaeghe, who clearly explained his plans for the team and me, I thought it was a great opportunity to come here.”I also checked with Yannick Bolasie about the Jupiler Pro League and told me that I would be surprised about this competition. When he arrived at Anderlecht, he was also surprised about how intense this competition is.”After a few days of training at KVK, I immediately knew what he meant: the level here is high, the coach is demanding, I am now even more convinced that I have made a good choice, here I will be challenged again.” last_img read more

New marine fuel standards expected to hit prices for oilsands crude in

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s oilsands industry, hard hit by a price storm this year, could be sailing straight into a pricing typhoon stirred up by new fuel standards for the international shipping industry.The tighter pollution rules by the International Maritime Organization, dubbed IMO 2020, are set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020, resulting in the sulphur content limit of “bunker” fuel on ships dropping from 3.5 per cent to just 0.5 per cent.The switch is expected to wallop prices for heavy oil containing high levels of sulphur — exactly the kind of the raw bitumen that makes up about half of Canada’s 4.4 million barrels per day of crude oil production.“It’s bad news for any producers of heavy, sour crude oil,” said Martin Tallett, president of Massachusetts-based oil market research firm EnSys Energy.“The shock is going to go through the system and affect all products, all regions.”Canada’s energy industry faced a widening spread between Canadian heavy crude prices compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate earlier this year that many observers blamed on a shortage of capacity on export pipelines out of Canada.The coming marine shipping rules could double or even triple the discount on Canadian heavy, pushing it potentially much wider than the US$30 a barrel discount producers encountered earlier this year, Tallett said.The resulting decline in demand for bitumen compared with lighter crudes could result in higher discount prices that last until 2022, according to a report from RBC Dominion Securities researchers.The looming deadline is a concern at Calgary-based Cenovus Energy Inc., where about 360,000 barrels per day or 91 per cent of its overall production is bitumen, produced from its steam-driven oilsands wells in northern Alberta.The IMO 2020 rules, along with uncertainty about when pipeline bottlenecks will be cleared, and limits on the company’s ability to process its oil at the U.S. refineries it co-owns, are issues to consider before any moves are made to expand production, said downstream senior vice-president Keith Chiasson.“We are obviously watching that space,” he said on a recent conference call, adding, “Do we want to bring new production growth into that market if we start seeing (new pipelines) deferred and delayed as well as the IMO impact coming?”The US$30 discount paid for bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select versus WTI in the first quarter, up from its typical discount in the mid-teens, prompted Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to rein in bitumen production and led Husky Energy Inc. to buy more oil from others because it was cheaper than producing its own.Uncertainty continues to plague proposed new export pipelines including TransCanada’s Keystone XL project, the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (despite it being sold to the federal government) and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement as environmental opposition to the projects remains high.Environmental concerns have also prompted action in the marine shipping industry, which is considered a highly energy efficient way to move goods over long distances but still harmful due to emissions.Most bunker fuel burned on ships is derived from the “residue” that remains after all of the more valuable light fuels such as gasoline and diesel have been removed from crude oil in a refinery.Following combustion in the engine, the sulphur in the fuel becomes sulphur oxide, a pollutant that causes respiratory symptoms and lung disease as well as acid rain, which can harm crops, forests and aquatic species, and contributes to the acidification of the oceans.The IMO first began restricting emissions in 2005 and its limits on sulphur in bunker fuel have been progressively tightened. Four “emission control areas” in Europe and North America already have a 0.1 per cent limit.Bunker fuel prices are expected to rise as the IMO 2020 standards lead to expensive upgrades at refineries around the world — by up to US$60 billion per year if there’s full compliance with the new rules, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said in an April study.It estimates demand for bunker fuels will total about 5.3 million barrels per day in 2020, far exceeding the anticipated world supply of about 1.2 million bpd of ultra-low sulphur fuels from refineries.That means ships will have to either switch to alternative fuels, which could include marine gas oil, liquefied natural gas or biofuels, or install scrubbers to remove sulphur from exhaust gas.Tallett said not all oilsands output will suffer because of IMO 2020 — synthetic crude produced from upgraders at oilsands mining operations is considered a light oil and, as such, would still attract prices similar to WTI.Suncor CEO Steve Williams said in a conference call last month that he thinks the company will come out ahead.“We think net-net we will actually gain by the IMO 2020 and that’s to do with the diesel yields off of our average barrel across the company and the fact that we think demand and prices will be relatively strong,” he said.“So, overall, the impact for Suncor is a positive one.”Suncor produced 425,000 bpd of upgraded crude oil in the first quarter, representing about 77 per cent of its overall oilsands production. It also owns refineries that can buy and process its raw bitumen for further price protection.While most observers agree that IMO 2020 negatively affects the price outlook for Canadian bitumen producers, there are differences in opinion about how much.Researchers at Calgary-based GMP FirstEnergy Capital say the impact will be reduced by factors including new pipeline startups, increased U.S. demand for Canadian bitumen to replace declining imports of sour heavy oil from Mexico and Venezuela, and an erosion in the value of the Canadian dollar, which will improve the return for Canadian oil sold in American currency.“For now, we are treating it as a small negative for prices leading into 2020.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CVE, TSX:SU, TSX:CNQ, TSX:HSE)last_img read more

Driver who struck flagger after Canada Day fireworks suspected of being impaired

first_imgS/Sgt. Perret said that the RCMP’s investigation is ongoing. Police interviewed a number of witnesses at the scene but are asking anyone else with information or who may have witnessed this incident and not spoken to police, to contact the Fort St John RCMP at (250) 787-8100. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One man was arrested and is suspected of impaired driving after a traffic control person was struck following last Sunday’s Canada Day fireworks display.Staff Sergeant Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP said that shortly before midnight on July 1st, a traffic controller was directing traffic leaving Surerus Park after the fireworks display and attempted to stop a Toyota pickup travelling northbound on 86 Street when she was struck by the pickup. The woman was taken to the Fort St. John Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.The driver of the pickup, a 30-year-old Fort St John man, remained at the scene. He was believed to have been impaired by alcohol and was brought back to the local RCMP  detachment to provide breath samples. At this point, no charges have been laid, and the man’s identity has not been released.last_img read more

Doig River orphan well project honoured with an Award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Environmental Managers Association of B.C. (EMA of BC) presented the Doig River First Nation (DRFN) with an Indigenous Project Award.Saturday, June 13th, 2019 at an Awards Gala, the Indigenous Project Award was to recognize an innovative orphan well restoration pilot project. As part of the recognition, DRFN received $2,000 in funding from the EMA of BC that will go toward training a member of the community in environmental practices and fieldwork. “We would like to thank the EMA of BC for this opportunity to achieve our vision to be a leader in the area of environmental restoration of orphan wells,” said Chief Makadahay. The pilot project creates meaningful engagement with key players that include DRFN, BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) and industry contractors who work together toward the long-term goal of restoring hundreds of orphan well sites on DRFN traditional territories in northeast B.C. The budget for each orphan well reclamation project varies greatly depending on its size and scope. Provincial funds have been established to help pay for the growing problem of abandoned well sites in Western Canada. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that energy companies must fulfil their environmental obligations before paying back creditors in the case of insolvency or bankruptcy.“Doig River has experienced a lot of activity in its territory over the last 40 years and we would like to be part of the solution to reclaim and restore the land,” said DRFN Chief Trevor Makadahay. “This is important to our community, so we can exercise our treaty rights on a landscape that is healthy and back to its natural state.” Full remediation and reclamation of an orphan well site start with a full assessment of the contamination level of soil and/or groundwater. Depending on the size and scope of the work, contaminated material may be removed and transported to a landfill and/or Treatment, Recovery and Disposal (TRD) facility or treated onsite. Any issues with the wellbore integrity need to be resolved and the wellhead or pumpjack is dismantled and transported to a metals recycling facility. Once the equipment and contaminated material is safely and responsibly dealt with, the site is ready for the reclamation phase. Activities in this phase include may include replacing topsoil, recontouring the land, reseeding and ongoing maintenance such as regular soil and groundwater sampling.last_img read more

Ronaldo returns to Portugal squad since June

first_imgOeiras (Portugal): Juventus star and Portuguese national football hero Cristiano Ronaldo returned home to wear the western Iberian nation’s team jersey for the first time since the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Although it was Portugal and Juventus’ defender Joao Cancelo, not Ronaldo, who attended the press conference held prior to the training on Tuesday, reports Efe news. “Having a player like him on the team makes everything easier,” Cancelo said, discussing Ronaldo’s play in Italy’s Serie A Juve, where Cancelo also plays. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The media asked Cancelo about Ronaldo’s return to the national stage, wanting to know why it took Ronaldo so long before being capped again. While Cancelo did not directly answer the press’ questions on this point, he did reply that, “Cristiano adds quality to any team he goes to, we are privileged.” Ronaldo is Portugal’s favourite son; he is so popular that most Portuguese bars and restaurants have two TV screens on during league play; one screen shows every Juventus match and the other screen shows the other matches from the Portuguese league. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later The Portugal national team, which started its preparation Monday at the national federation’s sports city in Oeiras (located in the outskirts of nation’s capital Lisbon), is set to host Ukraine and Serbia in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers on March 22 and 25, respectively. The 2016-Euro-Champion Portugal drew to the B-Group of the Euro qualifiers, which also includes Lithuania and Luxembourg, along with Ukraine and Serbia. During Tuesday’s practice, all cameras followed Ronaldo. The team coach, Fernando Santos, agreed to give the famed striker a rest following allegations that hit the press in 2018 that Ronaldo had raped a woman in the US, in 2009. Although the Portuguese team could play other strikers besides Ronaldo, having the star set to play gives a moral boost to the squad and more optimism to the fans who believe that CR7 (Ronaldo’s acronyms) always wins. Thought by many to be the best player in the world and one of most-gifted scorers of all time, Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or awards and is the first player ever to win four European Golden Shoes.last_img read more