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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Tarzana The Kiwanis Club of Tarzana will hold a Disco Casino Night, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Disabled American Veterans Hall, 6543 Corbin Ave., Woodland Hills. Guests can dance to the music of the Soul Dogs, performing live. Cost is $40 in advance, $45 at the door, and includes dinner, dancing and casino games. Proceeds benefit the club and its community service projects. For tickets or information, call club President Anthony Rinaldi at 818-999-9003. Burbank The Muses will perform Celtic music, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Buena Vista Branch Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St. Admission is free. For more information, call 818-238-5610 or see www.burbanklibrary.com. Simi Valley Veterans and active-duty military will be admitted free today to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive. A ceremony honoring vets will be held at 11 a.m. Call 800-410-8354. Thousand Oaks Combat veterans from the “Greatest Generation” will talk about their World War II experiences, 4-6 p.m. today in the Lundring Events Center at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road. Call Richard Derderian, 805-493-3318. Newhall The deadline is Thursday for submitting wallet-sized photos of military personnel that will be laminated and hung on the Christmas tree at Veterans Historical Plaza, 24275 Walnut St., Newhall. A tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 30. Mail photos of your active-duty or retired service member – along with his or her name, branch of service, theater and service dates, if known – to: Prayer Angels for the Military, 21609 Oak Orchard Road, Newhall 91321; or Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons, Chapter 82, P.O. Box 220685, Newhall 91321. Digital photos and information can also be e-mailed to [email protected] For more information, call 661-799-8865 or 661-253-0811. Canoga Park Richard Tibbets, history instructor at Canoga Park High School, will talk about the community’s history when the Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The society meets at 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. For more information, call 818-346-5252. Sylmar Computer novices who speak Spanish can learn the basics – how to use a mouse, get a free e-mail account, type a resum and use the Internet – at the Sylmar Branch Library, 14561 Polk St. To schedule a free appointment, call Dana at 818-367-6102. Woodland Hills The Friends of the Platt Library will host the second in a series of L.A. Opera Talks, “La Boheme,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 20. No reservations are required for the free event, which will be held at the library, 23600 Victory Blvd. The series is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Opera. For information, call 818-340-9386 or see www.plattlibrary.org/events.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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How much do the Warriors view the Bucks as an Eastern Conference threat?

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors (10-1) play the Milwaukee Bucks (8-2) on Thursday at Oracle Arena. Below are more takeaways from the Warriors practice on Wednesday.Do the Warriors fear the deer?The Warriors maintain feeling pretty confident about their championship chances for obvious reasons. They won three out of the past four NBA titles. The Warriors have added a fifth All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins, who will eventually heal his left Achilles tendon and join Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson …last_img

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Eastern Cape’s truck making boom

first_img10 June 2008Passenger cars may be the big brother of the Eastern Cape automotive manufacturing industry, but behind the scenes a bustling heavy-duty truck and bus sector is poised to take its first big strides.The growing economy and a construction boom are only two of the driving forces pulling the commercial vehicles section out of its infancy and onto its own legs – in fact, a wrap of South Africa’s vehicle sales figures for 2007 show that commercial vehicles sales have continued to grow, while passenger vehicle sales have slumped. This is good news for Port Elizabeth-based General Motors (GMSA) and Volkswagen (VWSA) and Mercedes-Benz (MBSA) in East London, where the province’s hard-working commercial vehicles are assembled.Four decades of truck-buildingThe Eastern Cape’s oldest truck maker, Mercedes-Benz, for instance, achieved a record year, with its commercial vehicle divisions selling 8 622 units in 2007, representing an overall market share of 23.3%.All the truck models built at the German car giant’s East London plant, including the Mercedes-Benz Axor, Freightliner and Mitsubishi FUSO ranges, are reserved for the South African market.Mercedes-Benz spokesperson Shirle Greig says they have been assembling trucks in East London since 1962, although the company’s name has changed over the years, from Car Distributors Assembly to United Car and Diesel Distributors to Mercedes-Benz SA, and most recently to DaimlerChrysler SA.In March 2002, Ikhwezi TruckTech took over the assembly of Mercedes-Benz’s trucks.The first Mercedes-Benz truck built in South Africa in 1962 was the LP911, the first model in the enormously popular L-series, with its rounded lines and distinctive snub-nose.“The LP911 had a nine-ton gross vehicle mass (GVM) with a 4.5 tonne payload, a 110 horse-power indirect injection diesel engine and at the time it was revolutionary,” says Greig. “In those days, the Mercedes-Benz truck had one of the smallest slices of the commercial vehicle market share pie, and was seen more in farmyards than in cities.”‘Hard-working’ light commercial vehiclesThe truck industry in Port Elizabeth is somewhat younger than the four decade-old Mercedes-Benz, but already General Motors SA’s hard-working light commercial vehicle lines, like the Isuzu KB and the Corsa Utility bakkies, make up most of its output.GMSA spokesperson Denise van Huyssteen says that 74.6% of the vehicles produced by GMSA last year were light commercial vehicles while only 25.4% were passenger vehicles.The company was indeed hard-working in 2007 and acquired a 23% share of the light commercial vehicle market in South Africa – this after they re-entered the market over the past five years.“We launched the new Isuzu KB towards the end of 2007, and expect that in 2008 our sales of this popular car line will increase,” says Van Huyssteen.Overall their medium and heavy commercial vehicles controlled 8.4% of the South African market share in 2007.“We will be looking to grow this share in 2008. The trucks which we supply to this segment of the market are through our 50/50 joint venture company with Isuzu, called Isuzu Truck South Africa,” she says. “We import limited numbers of light commercial vehicles and these include the Lumina Utility and the Opel Vivaro.”The coming year spells more hard work, and GMSA will be launching six new passenger vehicles in South Africa as well as four commercial vehicles.Mzantsi Truck and BusUitenhage-based Volkswagen South Africa’s Mzantsi Truck and Bus manufacturer started operating in January 2006 at the VWSA commercial vehicles plant.Mzantsi is responsible for vehicle assembly, maintenance and warehouse management, while Volkswagen is responsible for quality assurance, logistics and information systems, product and process engineering and overseeing that Mzantsi performs to VW’s international standards.Mzantsi has to date employed more than 20 new recruits, mainly from an automotive school of excellence, the Uitenhage-Despatch Development Initiative training centre, a school of excellence that is a public-private partnership promoting economic activity in the two Eastern Cape towns.Mzantsi director and full-time production manager Vusikaya Mancapa finds his job challenging and exciting, saying the first 20 months proved to be a “quantum learning curve”.“The name Mzantsi came up spontaneously and soon gained popularity within the group. It is an authentic Nguni name for the South, which has acquired a street-wise connotation that refers to South Africa,” Mancapa says. “Since it was the first time that Volkswagen was building trucks and buses in Southern Africa, we found the name most appropriate for this exciting venture.”Responding to a question about the lucrativeness of their business, Mancapa said, “The expected return on our investment in Mzantsi is not lucrative in the short-to-medium term. Our hopes – as well as our profit plans – are pinned on sustained business growth in the medium to long term.”Three bus and five truck model ranges are currently assembled at the Mzantsi plant. In its first year (2006), the company built 122 buses and no trucks, but by last year 213 new Constellation trucks were assembled and 46 buses were built.Mzantsi Truck and Bus spokesperson Banoyolo Hlalukana says that while the manufacturing facility has remained the same in 2008, more units will be produced – approximately 600 units in total – a clear indication that their hard work to date is being rewarded by growth.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, winter 2008 edition. Republished here with kind permission.last_img read more

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Trust to boost education partnerships

first_img17 July 2013Government, business, labour and civil society collaboration to improve the quality of education in South Africa entered a new phase on Tuesday with the launch of the National Education Collaboration Framework Trust (NECT).The trust is a civil society partnership aimed at strengthening cooperation among business, labour and civil society formations to improve education outcomes in the country.Speaking at the launch of the trust in Pretoria on Tuesday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said the initiative would multiply opportunities for collaborations that enabled government and education stakeholders to bring about improvements in a co-ordinated fashion.“Like you, we believe that both the government and the non-governmental groupings have a common goal of improving the quality of education, but do not as yet share a common understanding of the roles that they expect of each other or have to play towards achieving this common goal.”Motlanthe noted that interventions by the private sector had demonstrated that even learners that attended poorly resourced schools could achieve excellent results if provided with the required support.According to the Department of Basic Education, the trust will not replace current civil society and business projects in education. Rather, it will galvanise the many civil society and government commitments that already exist, applying lessons from the past and seizing existing opportunities to improve education.The trust’s objectives will include improving the quality of schooling, overseeing the implementation of national education collaboration programmes, and ensuring that such programmes are suited to their context.Also speaking at Tuesday’s launch, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga commended the trust’s members for working tirelessly for the formation of the initiative, which has the thumbs-up from all stakeholders.The NECT’s founding trustee include FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana; Business Leadership SA’s Mark Lamberti; Deloitte executive chair Futhi Mtoba; Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga; Basic Education Director-General Bobby Soobrayan; National Professional Teachers’ Association of SA president Basil Manuel; SA Democratic Teachers Union deputy secretary-general Nkosana Dolopi; and Brian Figaji, former vice-chancellor of Peninsula Technikon.The NECT’s patrons include businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Business Leadership SA president Bobby Godsell, and James Motlatsi, former president of the National Union of Mineworkers.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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2014 will be momentous, says Zuma

first_img6 January 2014The year ahead will be a momentous year for South Africa as the country marks its 20 years of freedom and democracy, President Jacob Zuma said in his New Year message.Zuma said that the year ahead would give South Africans an opportunity to reflect on how the country had achieved its freedom and democracy – and on the progress it had made in the last two decades.“We will also reflect on how we will continue to work together as a nation as we implement our vision 2030 as outlined in the National Development Plan,” Zuma said in a statement last week.InspiredSouth Africa was a much better place than it was in 1994, he said, and life had changed for millions of South Africans. But “our work is not yet completed. We must continue working together in 2014 to build a South Africa of our dreams . we must continue to build a South Africa which inspires people to achieve greater things for themselves and their country”.Zuma said a prosperous South Africa would be achieved when there was work for everyone, when it became a society where everyone could make a meaningful contribution to the development of the country.‘Unity must be the rock’He said that as South Africans came to terms with their loss of former president Nelson Mandela, they needed to emulate his values and continue to build on his legacy.“In his memory, we must continue to reconcile and to unite our rainbow nation to deepen non-racialism. More importantly unity must be the rock upon which our nation is built, to borrow from Mandela’s own words.”Zuma called on South Africans to unite beyond barriers of race, creed, and gender or class so that the country could succeed in confronting the challenges it faces. South Africans needed to work harder to build a caring society which loved, protected and developed its children, he said.“We should also build stronger relations with the world, building on Madiba’s achievements as a citizen of the world and a global icon who opened up our country to many new friend and development partners.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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