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Belo has to get over mental hump regarding injury — Reyes

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Most of Belo’s fellow members of the Cadet program, who are in the team playing here, have been tapped for the SEAG, and he could eventually be one of four Cadets playing in Lebanon, the others being Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon and RR Pogoy.“He is a big part of our plans, especially for the Fiba Asia,” Reyes said. “But we have to minimize our expectations. Hindi puedeng biglain (We can’t force him).”With less than three weeks before Gilas departs for Beirut, and with the final roster to be sent to Fiba no later than noon time this Tuesday, Reyes will have a lot of thinking to do on whether he takes Belo there.And Belo would have to hurdle that psychological hump to make the decision easier for Reyes, even in the last two games of the Jones Cup if he gets the chance.ADVERTISEMENT Tall, talented Lithuania too much to handle for Gilas Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes has an ace he just couldn’t pull out of his sleeves just yet.Not in the Jones Cup Invitational at least.Mac Belo has gotten very little exposure in this 10-team, nine-nation event, and with two games remaining in the Gilas Pilipinas schedule, the top pick in the last PBA Draft is patiently waiting for his time.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return But Reyes feels that the 6-foot-3 former Far Eastern ace is not yet “game ready” after coming off a knee injury that kept him out of play for months.“I think it’s here,” Reyes said, pointing to his temple when asked what’s bugging Belo. “It’s all psychological for him. We really have to take a look at his progress because he doesn’t seem to be game-ready.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Reyes put Belo’s name in the 24-man pool for the Fiba Asia Championship in Beirut from August 8-20 and said that he really had plans for Belo specifically for that tournament – which is a lot tougher than the other event a separate Gilas squad will be playing in, the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur from Aug. 19.It seems that Belo is playing with a hindrance in the way he moved on the floor when he played five minutes in a 91-80 loss to Lithuania on Friday, though the Blackwater forward said that he is 100% prior to coming over. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View commentslast_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: Ateneo wins 2nd straight, sends UE to 0-4 start

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jhoanna Maraguinot led Ateneo with 20 points while Madayag had 12.Shaya Adorador had 14 points to lead the Lady Warriors while Mary Ann Mendrez added 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo has started to gain stability after winning its second straight game at the expense of University of the East, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.After losing their first two assignments, the Lady Eagles have improved to 2-2 for the fourth spot while the Lady Warriors remained in search of their first victory and reeled to 0-4.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES The Lady Eagles used a 12-4 run in the fourth set that Ponggay Gaston finished with a down-the-line kill to give Ateneo a 16-8 lead and effectively fend off UE.Despite the win, captain Maddie Madayag said the first set was such of a disappointment for them that they forgot to play with happiness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“They were really tense inside the floor earlier and I don’t think they knew what to do,” said Madayag in Filipino. “They don’t have the focus to play and everybody was like ‘oh my God.’ They weren’t happy at all.”“They just have to enjoy the game because I know that if we’re happy we can beat anybody.” GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Switzerland’s Hoefflin skis to gold in women’s slopestyle Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

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Classroom scene of terror

first_img“We got down, tried to get on the ground,” Perkins, a mechanical engineering student from Yorktown, Va., said. “There were a couple of screams, but for the most part it was eerily silent, other than the gunfire.” Derek O’Dell, a 20-year-old biology student who was in the classroom, told The Roanoke Times: “He was very quick in reloading, so he looked like he’d been trained.” Then, for reasons that are still unclear, Cho suddenly stopped firing and left the room. Perkins said that, at the time, he was fearful that Cho was still nearby and might return if he thought anyone in the classroom remained alive. “I told people that were still up and conscious, `Just be quiet because we don’t want him to think there are people in here because he’ll come back in,”‘ he said. Then, with gunshots ringing down the hall, O’Dell, who had been shot in the arm, and another student shut the classroom door and pushed themselves against it to prevent the gunman from getting back in. Gunman returns A few minutes later, the gunman tried to force his way back inside the classroom, where Perkins was using his jacket and sweat shirt to stanch the wounds of bleeding students. Cho managed to open the door a crack, but the students managed to push back hard enough to prevent him from entering. “He got the door open maybe an inch or two and then we were able to shut it again,” recalled O’Dell, who had to tie a belt around his arm to stop the bleeding. Perkins said he was struck at how O’Dell managed to hold back the gunman, given his injury. “It was just amazing to me that he was still up and leaning against the door,” he said. “Derek was able to hold him off while I was helping other people.” Unaware he was shot In an interview at his home in Roanoke, O’Dell’s father, Roger, said his son had initially been unaware he was shot until he noticed the blood dripping down his arm. He said he was grateful that his son did not suffer more serious injuries. But at least two students were apparently wounded when the gunman returned and fired at the door. One was Kevin Sterne, a fifth-year senior at Virginia Tech. An artery was pierced when he was struck twice in the right thigh, according to doctors and his mother. Sterne, an Eagle Scout, had the sense to grab an electrical cord and fashion a tourniquet to stem the bleeding until help arrived, they said. The other was Katelyn Carney, a junior from Sterling, Va., majoring in international business, who was shot in the left hand as she helped barricade the door when Cho tried to force his way in by shooting at the door knob, sending a bullet through Carney’s left hand. “For me, she’s my hero,” said her boyfriend, Paul Geiger on his way into the hospital Tuesday morning. Eventually, Cho left. He was later found dead, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, in another classroom in Norris Hall, alongside the bodies of some of his other victims. Looking back, Perkins said he could not get over how methodical Cho had been. “He was just disgusting, he just had no facial expression, showed no signs of emotion or anything,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At one point, the gunman left inexplicably, only to return, with students wedging themselves against the door to block his entry. “The guy tried to come back in, and we were able to hold him off,” Perkins said. Before the initial attack, the class of roughly 20 students had been gathered for about an hour as the professor, Jamie Bishop, delivered a lesson on the rudiments of German, witnesses said. At that point, there was nothing out of the ordinary, except for when someone opened the door and began peeking into the room. The class assumed that it was a lost student looking for a classroom. But about 10 minutes later, the door swung open, the shooter entered and took direct aim at Bishop, a popular professor known for riding his bicycle around the campus. Cho then quickly turned on the horrified students – who hit the ground and pushed over desks to shield themselves, starting with those seated in the front rows of the classroom, the witnesses said. BLACKSBURG, Va. – “He never said a word the whole time. I’ve never seen a straighter face.” That is how Trey Perkins, a senior at Virginia Tech, recalled the gunman who burst into his German class here Monday, pointed a handgun at each student and pulled the trigger. In the end, Perkins, who crouched behind desks in the back of the classroom, managed to escape uninjured. But he was one of the few. The classroom on the second floor of Norris Hall appears to be where the gunman, a 23-year-old South Korean student identified as Cho Seung-Hui, exacted his greatest toll – as many as a dozen people. It was a scene of utter terror and panic inside Room 207, with students trying to escape out windows or cowering under desks, as the gunman, dressed in a black leather jacket and a wearing a maroon baseball cap, fired, reloaded and then fired again. last_img
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Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, May 3

first_imgLeicester City are the Barclays Premier League champions after Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea, plus a preview of the Madrid Masters tennis and IPL cricket. Here’s the latest from Tom Macleod and the team on Tuesday, May 3.last_img

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‘A Christmas Carol’ times 2

first_img “This show gives a much-needed break from the conventional view of ‘A Christmas Carol,”‘ said Ovington Michael Owston, The REP’s co-producing artistic director. “It’s a great show for the whole family.” “The Farndale … Christmas Carol” is directed by Jymn Magon. Supporting cast members include Erin Rivlin-Sakata as accident-prone Mercedes; Andrea Evers as the ingenue, Felicity; and Daniel Lench as Gordon. Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays this Friday through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. For reservations, call the REP at (661) 288-0000. ,160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Santa Clarita’s two community theaters both will present versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” this holiday season, with the Canyon Theatre Guild offering the classic version and the Repertory East Playhouse offering a comedic twist on the holiday favorite. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his change of heart in “A Christmas Carol,” will be presented by the Theatre Guild from Nov. 25 through Dec. 22. Under the direction of Greg and Patti Finley, with assistance from Jim Robinson, the cast of “A Christmas Carol” will feature Michael Davies as Scrooge. The three ghostly spirits who visit him are Jeannie Jones Johnson as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Randy Aronson as the Ghost of Christmas Present; and Carol Rock as the Ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Come. Jason Endicott and Jill Kocalis Pappas play Bob Cratchit and wife, and Liam Johnson plays Tiny Tim. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “A Christmas Carol” will be presented at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 at the guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. There will be additional weeknight performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 20, 21 and 22. Ticket prices are $13 to $17 for adults and $10 to $13 for students and seniors. For reservations, call the guild box office at (661) 799-2702. The Repertory East Playhouse will stage “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘A Christmas Carol.”‘ This version of “A Christmas Carol,” written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr., is a comedic retelling of the well-known story. In a festive mood, the F.A.H.E.T.G.D.S. ladies decide to mount yet another assault on the classics with their stage version of “A Christmas Carol,” organized under the battling leadership of Thelma, played by Christina Rideout, and Mrs. Reece, played by Barbara Huntington. last_img read more

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DDTV: UNIQUE TV DOCUMENTARY TO REVEAL REALITY OF LIFE ON DONEGAL ISLAND

first_imgA fly-on-the wall television documentary of the life and times of Arranmore Islanders is to be broadcast on TV3.Islanders is an emotional series following the lives of native islanders across an entire year.Filmed in 2014, this observational documentary is the biggest in-house production undertaken by TV3 Productions. From Arranmore, Co. Donegal via Inishturk in Co. Mayo to Whiddy in Co.Cork, this four part series captures a way-of-life rapidly disappearing.Set within breath-taking landscapes, the islanders’ stories are emotive, uplifting and told with honesty and frankness.Narrated by Irish actor Andrew Bennett (‘Angela’s Ashes’, ‘Garage’, ‘The Stag’), this is a landmark series for TV3 Productions and the BAI.In Donegal, we meet Dr Shirley Gallagher (40s) – a typical Arranmore Islander, born off the island in London whilst her island parents were working there, the family were reared on Arranmore. Shirley is well-travelled, well-educated and well able to speak her mind. Also a resident of Arranmore is mild-mannered fisherman Neilie Kavanagh (40s). Although preparing for the busy season ahead, Neilie is heartbroken over the decline of the inshore fishing industry in Arranmore. He is the custodian of his father’s boat – the St. Anthony, built by his father on Arranmore over 40 years ago. Neilie has never worked or lived off Arranmore.With many twists and turns along the way, Islanders will follow the lives and stories of these characters to learn what threatens their survival, to discover a different way of life, and to share in what it means to be an islander.Simply click on the video above to play.   DDTV: UNIQUE TV DOCUMENTARY TO REVEAL REALITY OF LIFE ON DONEGAL ISLAND was last modified: March 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Latest: Chelsea 1 Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 – Willian spares Hazard’s blushes

first_imgWillian’s fortuitous free-kick gave Chelsea a deserved lead in their Champions League opener.The Brazilian appeared to overhit his delivery which evaded Gary Cahill’s outstretched boot but it still found its way past Maccabi keeper Predrag Rajkovic.The goal spared the blushes of Eden Hazard, who had missed a fifth-minute penalty.Willian was again the instigator, as he raced on to a through ball and poked it beyond Rajkovic, who brought him down.The only punishment was a yellow card, however, as Hazard blazed the spot-kick well over the bar.The much-changed Blues, who left out captain John Terry, Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic, dominated the opening stages, with Maccabi looking anxious in defence and in possession.However Chelsea’s own lack of confidence showed up at times, with Hazard and Cesc Fabregas both caught dwelling on the ball.Abdul Baba Rahman has looked good on his debut, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek marked his first Champions League start with a first-minute booking.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill (c), Baba Rahman; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires, Matic, Traore, Diego Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Art, entrepreneurs and puppets in 2010

first_img13 November 2009The 2010 Fifa World Cup™ offers the perfect opportunity for South Africans to showcase their talent, while tapping the business potential of football’s showpiece global event.One South African is doing just this, with a unique brand of puppetry which is set to wow the crowds with more than just the action on the pitch.Daniel Popper, a young artist working and teaching in Cape Town, began manufacturing his massive artworks after graduating from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2006.Over the space of two years, working through trial and error, and a few hints from the internet, he slowly began a process that would lead to the enormous puppets he has now perfected.“When I made my first puppet it was for fun, an experiment,” says Popper. “Since then I’ve taken various puppets to festivals and gatherings, where people kept saying how lots of these would look amazing together on a field, at an event, so I came up with this idea to make giant soccer players for the World Cup.”Popper’s massive puppets stand at over five metres tall – almost big enough to look through a second floor window. The necessarily lightweight frame is manufactured out of a number of materials, ranging from fabric and bamboo to aluminium and foam.Each of these giant structures is operated by a single puppeteer who is strapped into a harness below the puppet.Included in the puppets’ intricate design is a lighting system, which allows the giant art forms to shine at night, changing their appearance and making their incredible presence even more commanding.Popper believes the puppets offer something special to the audience watching them. “The attraction is that they are giant; it is always eye catching to see something this big,” he says.“While a lot of entertainment today is static, these puppets move, they dance, and because of this they really capture people’s imagination. They take people out of their environment for a moment, and they start to relax because the puppet reminds them that they are out to have fun.”Since last year, Popper’s aspirations for the tournament have grown, and he has been encouraged by the response to his prototypes.“It would be amazing if they could be all over the place,” he said, excited about an expected World Cup influx of around 450 000 visitors, many of whom will get to witness his puppets in action on the streets of Cape Town and other cities around South Africa.Now running his own business, Popper credits the arrival of the 2010 World Cup for playing a big part in inspiring him to become an entrepreneur.“I think that there are opportunities for everybody, but for creative people especially. For a lot of the artists in the country, now is a chance for them to put their work out there for the rest of the world to see. This is history, and we as artists can record that.”Popper’s advice for other people looking to start up their own businesses ahead of the tournament next year? “Just go for it, don’t be afraid to do it. It is tough, but the opportunities are there; just be properly prepared.”The giant football puppets will be performing for the first time at the friendly match between South Africa and Japan at the newly completed World Cup stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay, in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 November.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Windows 7 goes African

first_imgMicrosoft’s Windows 7 computer operatingsystem is to be made avalable in 10African languages.(Image: Gregory Szarkiewicz)MEDIA CONTACTS • Adrian WainwrightMicrosoft SA communications manager+27 11 361 7629RELATED ARTICLES• Boost for software development• New African languages for PCs• Taking the internet to townships• South Africa onlineJanine ErasmusSoftware giant Microsoft’s latest version of its operating system for personal computers, Windows 7, will be made available in 10 African languages, five of them official South African languages.The successor to Windows Vista was released to general retail in October 2009. This comes less than three years after the launch of Vista, which took some time to gain acceptance and was widely criticised at first because of its initial high cost, heavy system requirements, and a few other issues.Translation into the 10 African languages is expected to be complete by the end of 2011. The move is part of Microsoft’s plan to make the operating system available in no less than 59 languages by the end of 2011.Also scheduled for translation is the latest version of the company’s productivity suite, Office 2010, which is currently in its first beta.Microsoft South Africa’s head of citizenship, Vis Naidoo, explained that the translation work is to be tackled by teams from South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya.Work has already begun, he said, and by the end of next year users will be able to navigate through the programmes in the local languages of Sesotho sa Leboa (northern Sotho), Setswana, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Afrikaans.In addition to the five South African languages, versions will also be available in Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, kiSwahili and Amharic, enabling users across West, Central and East Africa to become as familiar with the operating system as their southern counterparts.The company’s 2003 and 2007 suites and other popular applications are already available in some 100 languages, among them Uzbek, Quechua, Tatar, Bosnian, Punjabi, Macedonian, and Kyrgyz. Translations are applied through language packs, which can be downloaded for free and installed in Microsoft applications.South African localisation and translation company Web-Lingo played an important role in the release of Microsoft language packs in Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Sesotho sa Leboa for the 2007 office suite and Windows Vista.Web-Lingo MD Sonette Hill said that 4-million words commonly used in these software products were translated by a team of 40 linguists and two project managers.Unlimited potentialNaidoo is responsible for Microsoft South Africa’s programme of uplifting communities by bringing the benefits of technology to them. This is done through private and public partnerships under the Microsoft Unlimited Potential initiative. The long-term goal is to improve the lives of South Africans as well as create sustainable business growth for the software company.Lack of access to computer technology is a major stumbling block to progress, said Naidoo, and is estimated to affect more than half of all South Africans. The problem is exacerbated by people not being able to understand the language of the user interface.Naidoo was speaking at Microsoft’s Local Language Programme Africa Summit, held in Johannesburg from 16 to 18 November 2009. The gathering brought together teams from Microsoft, the company’s partners within South Africa and government representatives. The Local Language initiative is just one component of Unlimited Potential.Access to computer technology in their own languages, he said, will give millions of South Africans new possibilities for education and employment. Naidoo quoted a 2006 UN study which showed that learning and development is possible only through familiar languages, as people learn better in their mother tongue.Bridging the digital divide in emerging markets, by providing software in languages that are meaningful to the local population, is crucial to unlocking this growth potential.Translation and localisationLionbridge Technologies announced at the start of the summit that it would help the global software company with localisation across 35 languages, including the 10 African languages. Massachusetts-based Lionbridge specialises in translation, interpretation and localisation.“Emerging economies such as those in Africa are becoming the next computing frontier with strong demand for productivity and mobility technologies. Language plays a critical role in bringing sustainable technology adoption to these markets,” said Lionbridge CEO Rory Cowan.Microsoft is working closely with government and academia, as well as relevant bodies such as the Pan South African Language Board (Pansalb), in the development of its South African language packs.Experts are needed because it is important to maintain the style and culture of a given language, but also to accurately translate new terms, like “broadband”, which have never before been available in that language.According to Pansalb chair Sihawukele Ngubane, localisation must make it appear as though the application was originally developed in the local culture.The KwaDukuza Resource Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, an educational initiative for the local community, is one facility that has seen the benefits of localisation and translation after installing the isiZulu language pack.People who are literate in isiZulu but not in English can now receive computer literacy training, and the availability of programmes in their own language has encouraged people to enrol in greater numbers.last_img read more

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Automotive sector key to growth: Zuma

first_img29 September 2011The government is committed to boosting the country’s manufacturing sector and in particular the automotive sector in its drive to create more jobs for South Africans, says President Jacob Zuma.Speaking during an automotive industry job creation meeting in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, Zuma said the automotive sector was a key growth sector in the economy, and the government would play its part by providing whatever incentives it could to boost the industry.“Amongst other support measures, the IDC [Industrial Development Corporation] has announced a massive increase in the level of industrial funding. It will make R102-billion available over the next five years,” he said.Zuma also called on the industry to play its part by increasing localisation and contributing to skills development and training, in partnership with local academic and training institutions.Taking advantage of strong industriesThe government’s approach was to take advantage of industries that had a strong competitive edge in the world, as was the case with the automotive sector, Zuma said.“We have exceptional production facilities, good communication facilities and readily available raw materials among many advantages, which we have over the years been utilising very optimally. We also have good access to markets in Africa and the southern hemisphere.”It was because of all these factors that in recent years South Africa had become one of the best performing motor vehicle markets in the world.South Africa’s vehicle exports were high enough to allow it to export to more than 70 countries – evidence of the country’s achievements in this sector, Zuma noted.Automotive Production and Development ProgrammeThe Motor Industry Development Programme, implemented by the government in 1995, had paid dividends, he said. Through the programme, vehicle production increased from 388 442 units in 1995 to 534 490 units in 2007. Exports rose from 4% in 1995 to 32% in 2007.The programme will be replaced by the Automotive Production and Development Programme from January 2013.“The intention with the new programme … is to expand the automotive vehicle production to 1.2-million vehicles per annum by 2020. The programme includes the Automotive Investment Scheme, which we expect should raise the number of jobs created,” he said.The new programme was developed in consultation with National Association of Automotive Manufacturers, the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and other industry interest groups.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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