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CFC Scaffolding sponsorship to help Zip Zap cause

“At CFC Scaffolding we endeavor to help make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves; those who have, through circumstances, not been able to see their full potential,” operations director David Poole highlights.

The Zip Zap Circus School shares this philosophy, not only breaking down cultural barriers through the free training offered to the community, but also through their welfare programme and two outreach programmes, Ibhongolwethu & A Second Chance. It is through these initiatives that Zip Zap is able to give new hope to children living with HIV and youth at risk.

“When Zip Zap contacted us at CFC, asking for assistance with the sponsorship of scaffolding for an upcoming event, we felt an immediate synchronicity between the ethos of Zip Zap and that of CFC. CFC Scaffolding is proud to be associated with Zip Zap and its outreach programmes,” Poole explains.

New N2 highway fast-tracked

Johannesburg – A new road between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape would shorten the distance between East London and Durban by up to 85km and could lead to thousands of job opportunities in the two provinces.

Construction of the N2 highway could begin as soon as this year, following government’s decision that the road will no longer be a toll road.

The construction of the road has been on the back burner since 2002, as government wanted to erect additional toll gates in KwaZulu-Natal – specifically between Durban and Amanzimtoti – to fund construction in the Eastern Cape.

This proposal met powerful opposition, particularly from KwaZulu-Natal.

Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele this week told Sake24 that the project had now become a priority. He also confirmed that the road would no longer be a toll road.

When Ndebele was sounded out about where the money to build the new road would come from, he mentioned Treasury.

He said discussions were being held with Treasury – which was acutely aware of the need for such projects.

The new road would be constructed under the banner of the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) and would be built alongside large parts of the ecologically sensitive Wild Coast.

But Ndebele said that environmental aspects regarding the road’s construction would be fully considered and taken into account.

Sanral spokesperson Priya Pillay said the process had been delayed for that very reason because of objections to the construction lodged with the Department of Environmental Affairs in September 2010.

Ndebele was however not too concerned about further delays caused by environmental issues.

He said the final feasibility studies were currently being finished, after which construction could proceed. He said the road would greatly benefit both provinces.

Large amounts of material such as bitumen would have to be purchased in the provinces and the construction work would itself lead to thousands of jobs.

– Sake24

James-Brent Styan

Huge untapped potential for investment between India, South Africa: Anand Sharma

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has said huge untapped potential exists in the area of investment and bilateral trade between India and South Africa

Addressing the India Business Forum, in Johannesburg last evening, Sharma said that for Indian businessmen, Africa is an untested but potential huge trade and investment market for the future. South Africa could provide the key to unlocking this market.

He further said that India has become an important destination for investment and we are inviting foreign capital to fulfill our development requirements, at the same time many of our companies are expanding across the world and have earned a name for themselves as global challengers.

. “There is also a need to move into other sectors. Besides the business areas mentioned above, South Africa also offers enormous opportunities for Indian firms, especially in sectors like construction and engineering, mining, renewable energy and space science”, he added.

Sharma also said that Indian investment in South Africa has been substantially rising, at the same time there is a growing trend of South African investments in India.

“India’s involvement with Africa is and has been focused on helping African countries develop their own potential for human resource development. This has been an evolving process and India has, over the years, extended cooperation not just in IT, but also in agriculture, SMEs, transportation, infrastructure, health and education”, he added.

During his visit, Sharma participated in the commemorative celebrations of 150 years of arrival of Indians in South Africa.

In his meeting with the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, Sharma congratulated President Zuma on South Africa joining BRIC.

He also conveyed India’s desire to work together with South Africa in BRIC even as both the countries continue to deepen their partnership in the IBSA framework.

India is South Africa’s largest trading partner in South and South-East Asia and one of South Africa’s top-ten trading partners globally.

India’s exports to South Africa comprises mineral fuels, automobiles, iron and steel, machinery and instruments, organic and inorganic chemicals, drugs and pharmaceuticals, cotton yarn and fabrics and rice and other cereals. India’s imports from South Africa were gold, aluminum, phosphoric acid, coal, pulp and waste paper, precious stones including diamonds. (ANI)