SA invests in aquaculture

first_img5 November 2007After being neglected for much of the past, South Africa is giving its small-scale fisheries industry a major boost by investing R100-million over the current financial year to establish aquaculture projects in all four of country’s coastal provinces.Addressing delegates at the National Summit on Subsistence and Small-Scale Fisheries in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the initiative was a new milestone in crafting policy and ensuring proper management of subsistence and small-scale fisheries.“We acknowledge that this sector of the fisheries has not received the attention it deserves, as we have in the past not had a dispensation for small-scale fishers,” Van Schalkwyk said. “I am proud of the partnership that has been developed between our department, communities and [non-governmental organisations].”He explained that the R100-million Marine Aquaculture project would consist of various developments in the four coastal provinces for 2008/09, including:An abalone farm in Gansbaai, Western Cape.A finfish farm for silver cob or yellow tail in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape.Abalone ranching in Port Nolloth, Northern Cape.A finfish farm in Qolorha, Eastern Cape.A finfish farm in Sokhulu, KwaZulu-Natal.The development of a state hatchery.The global demand for fish products, the minister said, had increased in recent years, while supply capture fisheries had been decreasing.“Following this trends, capture fisheries in our country are in decline, affecting some 28 000 direct jobs that are allocated in areas characterised by high unemployment,” he said.Van Schalkwyk also pointed out that South Africa imports more fish products than it exports, with studies showing that the country imported 200 000 tons of fish per year, valued at about R700-million, between 2000 and 2004.“In this context, aquaculture presents a good opportunity to diversify fish production to satisfy local demand, export opportunities, and the creation of new jobs.“Currently the marine aquaculture industry in South Africa contributes 0.005% to the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) and provides 1 200 direct jobs,” he said.“This is modest compared to countries like Chile, with a GDP contribution of 1.4% and 60 000 direct jobs, a GDP of 1% and 4 200 direct jobs in Norway, and a GDP of 0.06% and 670 000 jobs in Vietnam.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

No stopping Africa’s growth: Zuma

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma accompanied by North West Premier Thandi Modise, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davis opens the Exhibition Centre at the 4th Trade and Investment Conference and Exhibition 2012 held in Sun City. (Image: GCIS) President Jacob Zuma speaks at the opening of the 4th Trade and Investment Conference and Exhibition 2012 held at Sun City. (Image: GCIS) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zanele Mngadi The Presidency +27 82 330 1148 RELATED ARTICLES • Zuma talks partnerships, jobs and other things • Trade fair to boost SADC-China ties • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • Boost for food processing sector SAinfo reporterMajor shifts in governance, trade, infrastructure and demographics will turn Africa’s emergence over the past decade into a sustained economic lift-off, South African President Jacob Zuma said at the International Trade and Investment Conference in North West province on Wednesday.Addressing a high-profile gathering of local and international government and business representatives gathered at the Sun City resort for the two-day event, under the theme “The African Dialogue“, Zuma noted that six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies were now African, and that the continent had grown faster than East Asia in eight of the past 10 years.‘Some executives are still missing the signals’“But despite all the good news, companies have been slow to enter Africa,” Zuma said. “Some executives are still missing the signals. Others question whether Africa’s surge is just the result of a one-off lift by the global commodities boom, or whether it is really a sustained economic take-off.”Zuma said there would be no stopping the rise of Africa – particularly if Africans themselves accepted the fact that their continent was changing. “They must release themselves from the shackles of self-doubt and celebrate these new developments.”Zuma cited a 2010 report by the Mckinsey Global Institute, which found that natural resources explained only a part of the African success story, accounting for about a quarter of the continent’s GDP growth from 2000 through 2008, while other industries, particularly manufacturing and services, contributed the rest.Other, more recent developments in infrastructure and trade meant there would be no going back for Africa.Regional integration, intra-African trade“Firstly, the African Union (AU) has taken a conscious decision about integration and to promote intra-African trade,” Zuma said. Costly barriers were holding intra-African trade down at around 10% – less than half the level of other emerging market regions.“Creating larger regional markets will increase specialisation and competition and boost manufacturing,” Zuma said, noting that a continental free trade area is being established, while at a regional level, a free trade area, bringing together Comesa, the SADC and the East African Community would soon create a market of 26 countries, with a population of about 600-million people and a combined GDP of R7.9-trillion (US$1-trillion).At the same time, infrastructure developments currently under way would remove one of the main factors inhibiting continental trade, integration and economic development.“It has been calculated that if the continent continues to narrow its infrastructure gap, economic growth will receive a further large boost – perhaps by as much as 2 percentage points a year,” Zuma said.Continental infrastructure driveIn view of this, the AU had set up a continental committee of eight heads of state to champion infrastructure projects at the highest level.South Africa was also chair and champion of the North-South Road and Rail Corridor project, which will upgrade road, rail, power and port facilities, as well as simplify cross-border regulatory procedures, across eight countries in eastern and southern Africa.“The projects have already passed the feasibility studies phase and should be at the implementation phase by 2016,” Zuma said.Africa was now able to spend about R575-billion ($72-billion) a year on infrastructure, Zuma said, but there remained a R3.8-trillion ($480-billion) shortfall over the next decade to provide for water, power and transportation needs, “and there is much scope for private participation and investment in this area”.There were further factors supporting a sustainable long-term lift-off in Africa, Zuma said, including the continent’s demographic composition.World’s largest workforce by 2050“In 2010, 42% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population was younger than 14 years old. By 2050, the continent will be home to one in five of the planet’s young people and will have the world’s largest workforce of 1.2-billion.“While other regions rapidly age, Africa will enjoy a demographic competitive advantage of young, energetic and increasingly educated workers to power the continent’s services and manufacturing sectors.”The growth of information and communications technology (ICT) in Africa had also been phenomenal, and showed no signs of slowing, Zuma said.“The number of mobile phone users has multiplied 33 times to 316-million users since the year 2000. The internet is spreading around Africa at an even faster pace.”Africa was open for business, Zuma said. “What is left is for the business sector to grab the opportunity and reap the rewards of this growth, in a manner that promotes inclusive growth, and which creates decent work for the African people.”last_img read more

Energized: New Batteries Could Triple Drone Airtime

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web adam popescu Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting With the drone market projected to double to $1.2 billion by 2020, two recent innovations to extend battery life could significantly propel the drone ecosystem forward.Thanks to a Congressional bill passed earlier this year and a pair of innovations significantly extending battery life, drones are moving from the battlefields to the backyards and airspace of American cities. While the military use of targeted drone airstrikes is well-known, what’s not is their limitations: namely battery life for the small, handheld devices.One company working on fixing that problem is aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, which is tweaking the electric version of its Stalker drone, a 10-foot-wingspan drone that can fly as high as 15,000 feet. The Stalker normally stays in the air for about two hours, but Lockheed Martin has managed to extend its endurance by wirelessly recharging it via laser power, allowing the Stalker to stay in the air up to 48 hours. This could be a huge development, but the long-term potential has yet to be proven in outdoor flights – so far it’s only been demonstrated in indoor trials.Also in the development stage is Los Angeles-based Somatis Technologies, Inc., which is working on a kinetic energy composite that turns the interaction of wind pressure and vibrations into an an electrical power energy source and could more than triple battery life for handheld and gliding drones. These small drones – which have wings span of around five feet – have an endurance of only about 45 minutes when fully loaded with munitions, compared to larger drones, which have a battery life of about 14 hours when fully loaded. The company has created an energy harvesting formula that can extend the battery life of a handheld drone to about three hours, and even recharge it in flight. The key is piezoelectric composites, a material which helps convert mechanical energy into electrical energy.“This vibration is energy,” explained Dr. Baruch Pletner, Somatis’ chief executive. “It’s not a better battery in fact, but it’s something that will recharge your battery. Legalization, Grants and Public Safety Programs In February, Congress passed the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, requiring the FAA to ease restrictions and legalize unmanned aerial vehicles in U.S. airspace by 2015. A host of industries are poised to take advantage of this change, namely law enforcement, fire departments, surveillance, security, and even data collection and journalism. While Congress hashes out the details, the Department of Homeland Security has begun to prep for its Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety program. The DHS has begun testing drones, awarded grants to at least 13 police departments to buy small surveillance drones, and is working to accelerate use by inviting drone manufacturers to Ft. Sill, Okla. to conduct more intricate real-world testing scenarios this October. As drone producers like Lockheed Martin and Somatis move from prototype to production within the next few years, battery life will be a key component in making unmanned aerial vehicle use attractive to a range of industries. If and when they get it right, drones will likely become an inherent part of everyday life in the not-to-distant future. When that day comes, our biggest concern may be what detractors are saying now: is drone use a moral dilemma or justified?Last Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she hoped drones could one day see through thick jungle to locate international criminals, like warlord Joseph Kony. That wish may not be far off, as long as the drones have enough battery power to get there. Top photo by California National Guard. Bottom photo by US Army/D. Myles Cullen. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Children will be protected from child porn under Rep Iden bill

first_img19Apr Children will be protected from child porn under Rep. Iden bill Categories: Iden News,News Measure is part of House plan in response to Larry Nassar scandalState Rep. Brandt Iden this week testified to the House Law and Justice Committee on how children under the age of 12 will get increased protections from child pornography under his legislation.The bill is part of a bipartisan reform plan developed following the House’s inquiry into the recent Larry Nassar scandal.“Child pornography is terrible, especially with what it does to the young children victimized by it,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “What has been almost overlooked after the Nassar scandal was he possessed and tried to get rid of a significant amount of child pornography. This gives us another example of why we must continue to step up the fight against this filth.”Iden’s plan will bring enhanced penalties for producing, distributing or financing child pornography that includes over 100 images, involves sadomasochism or bestiality, or involves a child less than 12 years of age. Individuals who distribute the pornographic material face up to 15 years in prison and a $75,000 fine. Anyone found to produce or finance production of the illegal images may be imprisoned up to 25 years and pay a $125,000 fine.“This disgusting case has shown us what we need to do to better protect our children,” Iden said. “Together, we’re going to do everything we can to prevent another Nassar case from ever happening again here in Michigan.”House Bill 5794 remains under consideration by the committee.last_img read more