Emerging farmer breaks the mould

first_imgDetermined to become a farmer, he approached Tim Hedges, a former colleague at McCain, to act as his mentor and adviser. Mafuleka’s tractor is one that many car owners would envy. It has roof-top air conditioners, a car stereo and two small speakers. He doesn’t play house or kwaito music, but switches to a local radio station to get his daily dose of the news. Mafuleka, who has a B.Tech degree in crop production, joined McCain Foods South Africa in 2006 as a crop manager and was based at Leeuwfontein farm. His break came a few years later when he discovered that the farm was for sale. He also managed to secure funding, skills development and training support from local mining company SamQuarz and the local subsidiary of global food giant McCain. According to the farm’s current crop production plan, Mphiwe Siyalima is to produce peas and sweet corn for McCain, cabbage and spinach for the local market, baby marrows for sale at the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market, and maize for the South African Futures Exchange (Safex). SamQuarz, a silica mine located in the Delmas area, has committed to supporting Mafuleka by purchasing farming equipment and machinery to be used on the farm over a five-year period. McCain will also make its well-developed agricultural and personal development training programmes available to Gift and his employees. The department has also given Mafuleka an option to renew the lease for a further five years. Mafuleka was given a chance to manage his own farm when he was given a five-year lease on a portion of Leeuwfontein farm near Bronkhorstspruit. Skills training, entrepreneurial development and job opportunities will be a key focus of this project, and SamQuarz will provide Mphiwe Siyalima with training in project management, financial management, safety management and legal support to ensure the success of the project. At the entrance to the farm, a huge billboard with the words “Mphiwe Siyalima” greets visitors. Loosely translated, it means “using our given talents, we are farming together”. Mafuleka has employed 11 workers, all women. Five of them are earmarked to be employed permanently. He might be younger than his employees, their respect for each other is clear. Mavis Mahlangu, 36, said: “We enjoy working with him because he respects us and he always apologises when he is wrong.” While many young people move to the big city in pursuit fancy cars and designer wear, 29-year-old Gift Mafuleka is making the most of the opportunities afforded by public land reform initiatives and private sector support to breathe new life into a farm in Mpumalanga. The government acquired the farm in November 2009 as part of its Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy, which aims to accelerate the land redistribution process and ensure maximum productive use of the acquired land. Private sector support, skills development “This support will also enable Gift to build his confidence in managing the finances and other business aspects of the project, as well as establishing a good credit rating,” McCain said in a statement. ‘We are farming together’ The department has approved funding of over R1-million to be used to cover key production overhead expenses, most significantly the production and input costs of summer dry land crops.center_img It has committed to investing R1.3-million during the first year of the farming project, and has agreed to evaluate the capital requirements from year two to year five of the project, with the potential of investing a further R2-million in the project. “Look, I can plough, plant or harvest with a tractor,” said the young farmer, whose fancy toy seems to bring out the little boy in him. He’s driving to pick up a surplus of peas where he plans to plant sweet corn in the coming week. Government land reform strategy 22 October 2010 Mafuleka jumps off the tractor, wearing khakhi shorts, a casual light blue shirt, brown socks and boots. He introduces himself and greets those near him. “There is no time to sit in the office, we are always busy in the field. Jump onto the tractor so that we can talk while I continue with my work,” he gestures. When BuaNews visited Mafuleka, the farm workers were at a vegetable plot covered from head to toe in green overalls, seemingly oblivious to the sweltering heat as they watered cabbages and baby marrows. Leeuwfontein covers about 342 hectares and can be classified as a mixed-farming unit as it has the potential to support 60 hectares of irrigation, 70 hectares of arable land and a further seven hectares of intensive vegetable land, the remainder being grazing land. At that time, the farm was leased by McCain, so together with Hedges, Mafuleka developed a plan that finally saw him being granted a five-year lease by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. Her sentiments are echoed by Mamorena Serothola, a supervisor at the vegetable garden. “We don’t even pay attention to the fact that our boss is young because he treats us with much respect,” she said. Always busy in the field A tractor, haymaker, trailer, boom sprayer, fertilizer spreader, and disc harrow stood at the farm workshop waiting to be used later in the day. McCain has also helped facilitate the opening of an Absa production bank account for Mphiwe Siyalima, while Hedges and Stuart Wortley (representing McCain) will ensure that grants from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and other monies, are correctly allocated and administered according to the business plan. McCain has purchased and installed a 30-hectare pivot valued at about R450 000 for the project. The equipment will be paid off, interest free, by Mphiwe Siyalima through the income generated by the delivery of peas and sweet corn to McCain over the five years. A loud sound pierces through the farm; it’s a modern canopy tractor with four women sitting on top of a huge trailer. They are all wearing sun hats to cover their faces from the sun. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brand South Africa joins the Nelson Mandela Foundation and University of Fort Hare to host Nelson Mandela Centenary Dialogue

first_imgThe legacy of our late former President, Nelson Mandela lives on through the spirit of Ubuntu and robust dialogue around socio-economic issues.The year 2018 marks what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. To honour his centenary and the legacy he left the world – South Africans in particular – people are encouraged to engage with and reflect on the life and times of Mandela.In keeping up with the centenary celebrations of Madiba, Brand South Africa on Saturday 6 October, partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, as well as the University of Fort Hare to host a dialogue under the theme: The Life and Times of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Are we Living His Legacy?         Fort Hare alumnus, Mr. KC Mabelane officially opened the proceedings before handing over to Mr Yase Godlo, Manager: Mandela Day and Outreach at the Foundation, who shared the story of Nelson Mandela.Mr Godlo shared how the idea of Mandela Day was inspired and officially recognised: “We’ve taken on the custodian of Mandela Day after it was recognised by the UN in 2009. At the foundation, we ensure that it remains a programme that changes lives. The Mandela name is one we use when we seek to be more than ourselves.”Brand South Africa’s GM for Stakeholder Relations, Mpumi Mabuza, spoke about Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Programme that encourages active citizenship and social cohesion, and also lobbies ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things in their communities as Play Your Part ambassadors.         The Dialogue on the Life and Times of Nelson Mandela was facilitated by Prof. Lulama Makhubela, former Deputy Vice Chancellor: Postgraduate Studies, Research & Innovation at the Tshwane University of Technology; on the panel was Commissioner at Competition Commission, Tembinkosi Bonakele, SANParks Managing Executive for Conservation Services, Dr Luthando Dziba, Executive Director: Human Resources & Transformation at UJ, Ms Phindiwe Gida and Ms Unati Speirs, Group Chairman at AgriConsult Investment Holdings.Commissioner Bonakele said: “For our generation, the key is finding what the mission is, which I think we have done, but also accepting that we are agents of that mission. In our understanding of the trajectory of law, the human rights in SA, one cannot debate human rights today without material economic questions. So everything comes back to what we are going to do as a generation to make our society one that was envisioned by our forebearers, Nelson Mandela being the leader of such.”The discussion also touched on socio-economic conditions in South Africa, Security and Political Conditions since 1994 as well as issues relating to class, race, gender and disability and how living the Mandela Legacy can help us achieve greatness.         “As amazing as Madiba was, there is no way he could single-handedly change the fate of socio-economic issues in South Africa. So I look at him as a visionary”, Ms Phindiwe Gida concluded.Brand South is proud to have been a part of the dialogue that emboldens the legacy of Nelson Mandela and that helps us take accountability by playing our part.Images: Aphiwe Boycelast_img read more

Industry News You May Have Missed (July 2015)

first_imgThe Sony a7R II Is Shipping Next WeekThe Sony a7R II is going to be a turning point for Sony. Based on the specs, this camera is certainly something to get excited about. Features like internal 4K recording and 42 megapixel images make it an extremely powerful multipurpose camera. According to Andrew Reid of EOSHD, the a7R II is expected to begin shipping August 5th. The a7R II will retail for $3,198.Metabones Announces New Nikon/Canon to MFT Speed BoosterAbove Image from No Film SchoolMetabones has announced another line of adapters specifically designed to reduce crop factor and increase sharpness for MFT mount cameras. The new adapter is important for GH4 owners as it now gives users increased accuracy when using autofocus even at low f-stops. Users who have purchased Canon EF to Micro Four Third Speed Boosters in the past can download a free firmware upgrade to add autofocus to their older Speed Boosters. The new Canon EF Full Frame to MFT ULTRA Adapter will retail for $649 and the Nikon F to MFT ULTRA will retail for $479. Both are expected to ship October 7.Want to learn more about the news stories featured here? Check out a few of the following resources:Metabones Announces New Canon/Nikon to MFT Speed Booster ULTRA & Autofocus Support – NoFilmSchoolBlackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve 12 is Finally Here. Download the Public Beta Now – NoFilmSchoolThat’s It for Tip Jar as Vimeo Pulls the Plug on Video Donations – NoFilmSchoolSony A7R II shipping begins Wednesday, August 5th in Europe – EOSHD Have any thoughts to share about any of this recent news? Will the a7R II be revolutionary? Share your opinions in the comments below! DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta Is Ready for DownloadAfter its announcement at NAB 2015, DaVinci Resolve 12 has finally been released in beta form and it’s ready for download today. DaVinci Resolve has received more major updates over the last few years than any other editing software. The software has gone from strictly color grading to a fully functional NLE in a little over a year. Plus it’s free!Notable additions to DaVinci Resolve 12 are multi-cam editing, an updated interface, and the ability to nest timelines. If you’ve purchased a Blackmagic camera in the past you will also be able to upgrade your DaVinci Software to DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio for free.This awesome video from Mozhenko shows us all the new features built into Resolve 12. It’s been an exciting week in the world of filmmaking and gear. Here are a few news stories you may have missed.Summer is a surprisingly wonderful time of year for filmmakers. All the gear announced at NAB 2015 is slowly showing up on the market. Companies are releasing new products and software in time for the incredibly busy fall season. So if you’ve been on vacation, here are a few bits of industry news you might have missed.Vimeo Removes the Tip JarIf you haven’t made a lot of money with the Vimeo tip jar, you’re not alone. While Vimeo hasn’t specifically told us how much money artists are earning from having the feature on the site, it’s pretty clear that it simply isn’t working. Starting Wednesday July 29, Vimeo is removing the tip button permanently. If you still want to monetize your videos on Vimeo, they recommend using the Vimeo On Demand feature, which allows users to pay a fee to watch your content.last_img read more

Low-intensity blast in Darjeeling, no casualty

first_imgA low-intensity blast took place in Teesta Bazar area of Darjeeling this morning as the indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling Hills entered the 72nd day.Though there were no reports of any casualty or injury to any person, some shops were damaged.Darjeeling district officials said, the blast was triggered on a road near Teesta Bazar, close to the Teesta bridge.The police is investigation the matter.The blast comes just a day after twin blasts shook Darjeeling hills. In Thursday’s blast also, there was no report of any casualty or injury.Friday’s blast is the third such incident since the indefinite shutdown to press for a separate Gorkhaland state, began over two months ago.On last Saturday, twin blasts rocked Darjeeling hills in which one civic police volunteer was killed and two others were injured.The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) is all set to meet at Kalimpong today to discuss the issue of attending the August 29 talks convened by the state government in response to the GNLF’s letter requesting for a dialogue to restore normalcy in hills.The GMCC comprising members of all the hill parties, including GJM and GNLF, is headed by the GJM.The GJM on Thursday wrote a letter to the West Bengal government expressing its willingness to attend the August 29 talks to resolve the Darjeeling stalemate, abandoning its earlier stand.The letter, written by Binay Tamang, a leader of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said, .“No other alternative or modified step will do justice to our plight…other than creation of a separate Gorkhaland.”’ Mr. Tamang’s letter was preceded by a letter GJM chief Bimal Gurung wrote to the state government on Wednesday requesting for a “political dialogue” on the demand for a Gorkhaland.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Queensland Spirit

first_imgIn the twelfth edition of In The Spotlight, the Queensland Spirit’s Tyson Brough speaks about his team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?It’s an honour to be part of the first Elite Eight series. It’s a new challenge for everyone and should be interesting to see how it goes. I’m sure this new concept should produce a terrific standard of Touch Footy.How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?Our preparation hasn’t been too bad. We’ve had a few players pull out so we have been chopping and changing every week. We lost a key player in Ash Farrow which didn’t help but we should be sweet. It’s good because Brisbane and Sunny Coast play the same sort of style so when we combined we all seem to gel really well. What would you say are the strengths of your team?We have a good mixture of youth and experienced players. With the likes of Sebe Ray, Chris Farrow and Michael Baartz leading its helped the young guys a lot. In saying that, the young ones have brought a lot to the team and everyone seems to be pretty happy. We also have players who fly under the radar and might surprise some people. Dean Taylor is the man to watch as he runs so fast he now no longer has any hair. Also we all get on really well which is a major part for any teams success. Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?With the Elite Eight there are no easy games anymore so every one will be tough. You look through every team’s line up and they all have big game players. What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight series?It would be amazing to win the inaugural Elite Eight competition and be the first name on the trophy. It would make the after party a lot better too. Carn’ the Spirit…Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook  and Twitter by clicking on the following links:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

a month agoSouthampton smash four past fierce rivals Portsmouth

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southampton smash four past fierce rivals Portsmouthby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton thrashed fierce rivals Portsmouth 4-0 on Tuesday to seal their place in the Carabao Cup fourth-round.Danny Ings scored twice while there were also goals for Cedric Soares and Nathan Redmond.It was Saints’ first win at Fratton Park since 1984.”This is more than only reaching the next round,” said Hasenhuttl.”This is about reaching the hearts of the fans. I am very happy for them.”I knew it was massive game for them and I think we really didn’t start well in this game, but the players knew they had to fight for every inch.” last_img

HHI Aims to Reach USD 75 Bn of Sales in 2018

first_imgzoom South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has set its sights on reaching USD 7.52 billion in sales during 2018.According to the company’s stock exchange filing, the yearly target stands at KRW 7.99 trillion, significantly less than the 2017 goal of KRW 10 trillion in sales.HHI’s 2018 sales target represents a 60 percent decline from the one a decade ago. The lower aim was set on the back of a decline in order backlogs, which is expected to continue this year as well.In his speech for 2018, Hyundai Heavy President and CEO, Kang Hwan-goo, suggested that the shipbuilding sector could face difficulties never witnessed before, Yonhap News Agency informed.The crisis is expected to come amid dwindling order backlogs as building work for offshore plants could completely run out in a few months.In an effort to improve its financial structure, in late December the South Korean major unveiled its plans to raise KRW 1.3 trillion via a share issue.At the time, the company said it intends to sell a total of 12.5 million shares by March 2018. Some KRW 869 billion from the share sale would be used for operating funds.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Hard Rock Releases U2 TShirt For Charity

first_imgHard Rock is proud to launch its U2 Signature Series: Edition 30 T-shirt in support of human rights around the globe.Through a partnership between EDUN LIVE and Hard Rock, the limited-edition shirt will be available in stores and online, with 15% of the retail price benefitting Amnesty International in support of the organization’s human rights campaigning efforts worldwide.The world’s top artists and bands have collaborated with Hard Rock International for more than two decades as part of the brand’s acclaimed Signature Series program, helping to raise millions for a variety of worthy endeavors globally.“I hope this T-shirt generates loads of cash for Amnesty International and their tireless work towards the release of prisoners of conscience all around the world,” said The Edge of U2. “Plus there’s a guitar on it – so it’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned.”Hard Rock’s U2 Signature Series: Edition 30 T-shirt ($26) features an image of an electric guitar with angel wings, emblazoned with the words “JUSTICE,” “HUMANITY” and “EQUALITY.” A barbed wire is seen wrapped around the neck of the guitar. The back of the T-shirt bears the signatures of each member of U2, including singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.“We are thrilled that U2, Hard Rock and EDUN have generously offered to support Amnesty International in this high-profile way,” said Thomas Schultz-Jagow, Campaigns & Communications Director, Amnesty International. “We have a history of working with all three, and the combined power of us all coming together on this project will make a huge difference by raising awareness of our human rights work around the world.”“We are proud to support Amnesty International and aid in the fight for human rights worldwide through the Signature Series program,” said Annie Balliro, Senior Director of Brand Philanthropy, Hard Rock International. “Hard Rock is honored to have U2, legendary musicians and dedicated activists, join with us to raise funds and awareness for such an important organization.”The new T-shirt will be available online and at Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe locations in New York, London and Dublin on December 10, 2012 to coincide with International Human Rights Day. It will be available in Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos worldwide beginning in February 2013. The U2 Signature Series T-shirt is printed on a navy blue EDUN LIVE T-shirt made from 100% African cotton and is available in men’s sizes.Hard Rock’s Signature Series Lineup
Hard Rock developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands to create and donate imaginative designs more than 20 years ago. These unique designs are reproduced onto T-shirts and sold at Hard Rock properties worldwide, with a portion of the retail price benefitting the artist’s preferred charity. U2 joins a legendary roster of rock icons – from The Who, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton, to Jon Bon Jovi, Shakira, Ringo Starr and John Lennon – who have become part of Hard Rock’s Signature Series program, which has helped to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes worldwide.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Last season, the Arizona Cardinals spent Dec. 24 in Seattle taking on the Seahawks.The Cardinals won that game, and in the process created a nice Christmas memory.In 2017, it looks like they’ll get a chance to make winning on Christmas eve a new tradition, as reports are saying they will host the New York Giants this Dec. 24. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks to pass as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) rushes the passer during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories Francesa just announced the #Giants 2017 schedule on air. Here’s what it is, if he’s correct: pic.twitter.com/XJAEHUAXMj— Tom Hanslin (@tomhanslin) April 20, 2017The Cardinals will be facing the Giants for the first time since 2014, when they played each other at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and will be hosting them for the first time since 2011. While no one will know for sure what kind of game this year’s matchup will be, it does at least for now shape up as a pivotal NFC battle between a Giants team that earned a Wild Card bid in 2016 and the Cardinals, who missed the playoffs in 2016 after reaching the NFC Championship Game the prior season.Historically, the Cardinals are just 43-81-2 against the Giants, with many of their games occurring when each team held residence in the NFC East. But since 2002, when the Cardinals moved to the NFC West, the Cardinals have a 4-3 edge in the series. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

In the world of commodities no factor is more imp

first_imgIn the world of commodities, no factor is more important for investors than politics. The politics of a country or region can make or break an investment, so “World Events for $100” is something every resource investor needs to know. To that end, let’s take a look at the current state of affairs in Mexico. For the last 75 years, the country’s oil industry has been nationalized. But now Enrique Peña Nieto’s government has had a change of heart: On August 12, President Nieto presented a bill to Congress that would restructure Mexican state-owned petroleum company Pemex and allow foreign investments into its oil fields. This is a big deal: The bill has to pass Mexico’s Congress and the Constitution itself would have to be changed to allow this to happen. Still, it’s an important step in the right direction: Mexico’s oil and gas production has continuously decreased over the past few years—an alarming trend the country desperately needs to reverse. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Mexico—once one of the largest oil and gas exporters in the world—is already an importer of gas and will soon be an importer of oil if its production does not increase. Now, the Mexican government probably won’t cave and all of a sudden allow direct foreign investment—that’s just too big a change for a country whose oil industry has been nationalized since 1938. Instead, what we’ll likely see are “risk service contracts,” agreements allowing international oil companies to partner with Pemex in their operations. But just how will these deals be structured? It’s unlikely that it will become a free-for-all for the oil companies, as Mexico will keep ownership of all the reserves and look to share the profits, rather than the oil that’s produced. What we do see, however, is an ongoing struggle between the national oil companies (NOCs) such as Pemex and the international oil companies (IOCs) such as Exxon and Shell: IOCs are looking for new reserves and new production in order to please their shareholders. NOCs, on the other hand, have a lot of resources, but their aging infrastructure needs capital investment to be efficient—investment that IOCs can provide if the incentives are there. We think it’s a given that Mexico will become just another battleground between these two groups, as they haggle over how much of the profits each group is entitled to. It’s a fierce battle that’s playing out all over the world, especially in areas where the NOCs have a big say in the development of natural resources: Russia, China, and Nigeria are just some of the examples. But who wins in the end, and how can you make sure it will be you who profits, no matter what? We address that question in the current issue of Casey Energy Dividends. Sign up today for a risk-free 90-day trial with money-back guarantee. Additional Links and Reads Iran to Sign Nuclear Power Plant Deal with Russia (International Business Times) While Iran is still under economic sanctions, that has not stopped Russia from expanding its ever-growing nuclear empire. Iran is strategically important, because it is an OPEC member. Traditionally oil-rich countries are slowly embracing nuclear power as their reserves become more depleted. This is just one are of the energy sector where Russia may have more muscle power than is currently thought. Rail Oil Terminal Capacity Poised to Rival Keystone XL? (The Province) Both rail and pipelines have been receiving negative media attention as of late. However, we would not be surprised if oil producers in Canada will soon have access to both modes of transportation. This will definitely be a plus for oil producers, significantly decreasing transportation costs while giving them access to higher oil prices. Reliance-BP Joint Venture to Source Liquefied Natural Gas from Freeport Terminal in US (Economic Times) Reliance and BP are no strangers, each with ownership in the prolific D6 block off the shores of eastern India. The two are teaming up once again to take advantage of the abundant natural gas in the United States. India currently pays in excess of $14 per thousand British thermal units (mmbtu) for its natural gas, which is a far cry from the $3.31 per mmbtu for current US domestic prices. It is  therefore no surprise that many people are looking toward liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an investment. Is it worth it? We recently wrote about LNG in a two-part series and made several recommendations to take advantage of this hot sector. Marin Katusa Interview on Uranium and the Energy Sector’s Future (Prime Interest) In this interview, our chief energy investment strategist provides a concise overview of how the uranium spot market differs from most spot commodity markets, and how that affects consumers and investors. Although most of the interview focuses on the changing trends in uranium today, American energy independence and worldwide shifts—some of them quite surprising—in the sector are also discussed.last_img read more