GM, Isuzu keep trucking in SA

first_img23 October 2006Japan’s Isuzu Motors and General Motors South Africa (GMSA) are to invest R80-million (R40-million each) in a new joint venture company that will take over the marketing, sales and support of all Isuzu trucks weighing over 3.5 tons in SA and its neighbouring countries.The investment comes on the back of booming vehicle sales and strong economic growth prospects for the country as a whole.South African new vehicle sales hit an all-time record of over 617 000 units in 2005 – up from 480 879 units in 2004 and 381 456 units in 2003 – making the country one of the best performing automobile markets internationally.The year’s sales were driven by in large part by trucks, with light commercial vehicle sales up by 25.9% over 2004, medium commercial sales up a massive 41.8%, and heavy commercial sales up 24.5%.“The South African market scale is likely to grow as big as the Australian market scale,” Isuzu said in a statement on Monday.To date, GMSA has been marketing and distributing Isuzu-make trucks and pickups in South Africa along with its own GM-brand passenger cars.Now, Isuzu and GMSA have agreed to establish Isuzu Truck South Africa (Pty) Limited as a joint venture company capitalised at R80-million – 50% held by Isuzu and 50% held by GMSA – to enable Isuzu to get more involved in the commercial vehicle business in southern Africa.While GMSA will continue to handle distribution of Isuzu’s 1-ton light commercial vehicle range, Isuzu Truck SA will handle the medium and heavy trucks, starting in January 2007 (subject to local competition authority approval).GMSA’s Malcolm Gould told Business Report on Friday that Isuzu Truck SA would spend R350-million over two years on upgrading the current Isuzu truck national retailer network and expanding GMSA’s Isuzu truck assembly capacity at its Kempston Road plant in Port Elizabeth.Isuzu said it plans to grow its market share for commercial vehicles in South Africa from 8% in 2005 (2 307 units) to 13% in 2007 (3 500 units) and 20% in 2010 (5 600 units).Gauld told Business Day that Isuzu Truck SA would operate as a separate entity with offices in Johannesburg and 48 members of staff, including 40 new positions as well as two senior secondments from Isuzu Motors Japan: Masatoshi Kobayashi (MD) and Hiroshi Iizuka (business co-ordination and special projects manager).SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Tourism month kicks off in SA

first_imgThe iconic Table Mountain is a populartourist attraction. Tourism month aimsto encourage more South Africansto visit local destinations. September’s sunny skies and magnificent scenery don’t only mean springtime in South Africa – they also herald the start of a 30-day drive to boost domestic tourism in the country.Kicking off the campaign in Newtown, Johannesburg, on 27 August 2009, South Africa’s Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said, “By travelling at home, South Africans contribute meaningfully to the tourism industry and its competitiveness, as well as to local economic growth and job creation.“Domestic and regional tourism is the backbone of a sustainable and robust tourism industry,” he added.According to the minister, the industry is booming in South Africa. In 2008 there were 42.5-million tourists in the country, of which 32.9-million, or 77%, were local. This helped the industry contribute R25.8-billion (US$3.3-billion) to the national GDP, an increase of 29% from the R20-billion ($2.6-billion) generated in 2007.Tourism also constitutes about 7% of employment in South Africa, both directly and indirectly.Sho’t left around the countryAt the tourism month launch in Newtown Van Schalkwyk unveiled the Sho’t Left billboard campaign, which aims to creatively motivate South Africans to travel within their own country.Relaunched in August 2007 by the government-funded body SA Tourism, the Sho’t Left drive aims to promote a culture of local holiday travel, targeting ordinary South Africans and their families who have a desire to see more of the country but don’t know where to go.“Sho’t Left” is derived from everyday South African “taxi lingo”. A commuter wanting a ride to a destination close by will say “Sho’t left, driva” – meaning, I want to jump off just around the corner.The 10 billboards, worth more than R2-million ($258 712), have been strategically placed around Gauteng province – the economic powerhouse of South Africa identified as the greatest source of domestic tourists.“As you travel your own country, you learn more about its diversity and tourism offerings. You also help to improve service levels and the competitiveness of the industry as a whole. This in turn makes all of us better hosts for regional and foreign visitors,” Van Schalkwyk said.“We are less than 300 days away from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and now is the time for all of us to contribute in every way we can to make sure we offer the world an unmatched experience in our fantastic country.The minister announced that as part of the Sho’t Left campaign, SA Tourism has entered into a new deal with hotel groups, airlines and travel agencies to offer South Africans affordable rates when visiting local destinations.SA Tourism’s new partners include the Peermont Hotel group, Flight Centre travel agency and Computicket Travel booking centre.Celebrating diversitySouth Africa’s month-long drive will be wrapped on 27 September with the celebration of the annual World Tourism Day.For the past 30 years The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has used this day to raise global awareness about the important role that tourism can play, both socially and economically.This year’s theme for World Tourism Day is “Celebrating Diversity”, which explores cultural wealth and the importance of sustainable tourism in ensuring that local traditions thrive alongside those of other cultures.In South Africa, the Department of Tourism will put on celebrations in Kimberley in the Northern Cape province on 29 September.A fitting host for these celebrations, the Northern Cape is firmly committed to developing tourism.In 2008, in a bid to boost economic development, small tourism enterprise development, and job creation, the Northern Cape Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation commissioned a tourism resource audit to develop and promote tourism within the province.The project aims to use information generated through surveys as a guiding a process whereby tourism businesses and attractions are clustered together, creating attractive regionalised tourism spread out across the province.Kimberley is synonymous with diamond mining in South Africa, which took off in 1871 and lead to unprecedented growth within the province.The town is known for its “Big Hole” – a tourist attraction in its own right – which, ironically, began as a small hill rich in diamonds, known as Colesberg Koppie.From the late 1800s until 1914 miners tirelessly toiled to remove some 25-million tons of earth from the site, turning the hill into a crater.An observation platform erected close to the site nowadays provides a good view of the “Big Hole”, which is about 365m deep and covers an area close on 15,5 hectares. During its productive years it yielded about 14.5-million carats of diamonds.De Beers, the world’s largest diamond-mining firm with operations now spread across the world, was founded in Kimberley and still has a prominent base in the town.Jumping on the tourism bandwagonSmaller tourism bodies across the country have also lent their support to tourism month by planning a range of special events.In Grahamstown, a small town in the Eastern Cape province made famous by its annual National Arts Festival, the local tourism office, Makana Tourism, is working hard to offer a number of exciting activities during September.“People forget that apart from providing information to tourists and marketing the area to potential tourists, the best tourists are the locals,” said Makana tourism director Willem Makkink, speaking to the town’s online portal Grahamstown.“We are planning a series of tours that will showcase the area. We hope to teach the residents of Makana [the name of the greater municipality incorporating Grahamstown] about the myriad of attractions and activities that are to be found here. We are planning tours of the town, the surrounding villages and sites, and the game reserves,” he said.In keeping with the theme of diversity, Cape Town in the Western Cape province will promote its melting pot of cultures and breathtaking scenery during tourism month through its “My Cape Town” campaign.This will incorporate a series of mini-profile documentaries which will explore the lives of people who live in Cape Town, and why they love the city. Local station Cape Town TV will flight these profiles at various times during the month.The city is also offering a photo competition during September, whereby residents are encouraged to take snaps of the sites that best embody the phrase, “This is the Cape Town I want the world to see”. Budding photographers can submit their entries via www.capetown.travel/worldtourismmonth and stand a chance of winning a cash prize of R15 000 ($2 000).In addition to being tourism month, September also marks a celebration of South Africa’s rich and diverse heritage. While Heritage Day is officially observed every year on 24 September, various relevant activities take place throughout the month, in the form of music, dance, arts and crafts, and literature.This year celebrations take place under the theme “Celebrating South African craft, our heritage”. In keeping with this year’s theme, the fourth World Summit on Arts and Culture will take place in Johannesburg from 22 to 25 September 2009, and will see crafters from across the world gathering there to discuss issues pertinent to the industry.last_img read more

Feral hogs photographed in Central Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though ODNR has yet to confirm feral swine reside in Central Ohio, a Delaware County resident has photographic evidence that hogs reside on his livestock farm.According to ODNR, “feral swine are a combination of Eurasian wild boar and escaped or neglected domestic swine. Introduced to the United States in 1539, they are now present in at least 35 states. Feral swine cause significant damage directly to agricultural crops and property, as well as natural resources each year. “Though this particular invasive species may taste good, it is clear the damage feral swine cause far outweighs their deliciousness. Because of the destructive nature of feral hogs, most Ohio residents do not wish to see this form of wildlife on their property.This map reveals ODNR confirmed populations of feral swine. Map courtesy of ODNR.According to ODNR, “currently, known breeding populations of feral swine have been confirmed in Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties.”Despite the fact that ODNR has yet to verify their presence in Central Ohio, the Delaware County resident that photographed feral hogs on his property has noticed signs of feral hogs for the last several years.“The first indication that we had was some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2013 when we found some scat on the edge of the field,” he said. “We did an Internet search and the closest match that we could find was pig scat.  Now that my wife has a pet pig, I can definitely say that it was pig scat.”In addition to scat, this Delaware County farmer has seen further evidence of hogs on his property the last few years.“We have seen a bit of rooting evidence near the barn and some in the field,” he said. “It doesn’t appear that there are more than a couple of pigs on the property at this point.”According to ODNR,  “ridding Ohio of feral swine will take cooperation between wildlife managers, agricultural producers and hunters. Hunters can aid in removal of swine and are encouraged to do so as opportunities arise. There is no closed season on feral swine.”The feral hog in the photo with this blog was captured on a trail camera in February of 2015 in Delaware County, Ohio.Has anyone else seen evidence of feral hogs outside of the regions confirmed to be home to feral swine in Ohio? I hope the answer is no, but if you have be sure to report sightings by e-mail to the ODNR Division of Wildlife (wildinfo@dnr.state.oh.us).Also leave your comments below or send photos to ocjstaff@ocj.com about your experiences with the feral hog population that unfortunately seems to be spreading in Ohio.last_img read more

How LogiNext uses logistical data to build a better connected city

first_imgThe most important aspects of the logistics industry are safety and efficiency. At the end of May, LogiNext, a Mumbai-based SaaS company, unveiled its most advanced location-tracking SDK to help more logistics companies and e-commerce platforms gain necessary insights on traffic data so that they can provide a better customer experience. LogiNext users just need to install the location tracking SDK into their smartphones to discover their real-time location, movement, surrounding traffic conditions, and estimated time of arrival. Don’t miss your chance to attend our IoT Revolution SymposiumLogistics companies, especially small, private ones, can offer more accurate and efficient services with LogiNext’s tracing software — feedback traffic data from the tracking software plays a key role in the companies’ performance development and market expansion. Due to limited technologies and prime costs, small logistics companies usually lack systematic management modes for data operation. See also: 3 counterintuitive trends to consider with smart citiesJoining a large “mother” company seems like an ideal solution, but under such a corporation, the smaller sub-company is limited by the technology authorized by its mother company. A small Chinese logistics sub-company recently told us that because of its role as a sub-company, it can’t be as efficient as a large company at service quality and delivery speed. The only advantage it has over its larger competitors is its lower price, but this lower price does not allow them to ensure the quality of the service. With the help of LogiNext, these smaller logistics companies could make data collection and location tracking possible in the near future, saving delivery time. Constant feedback information makes regional data collection and analysis more convenient, which allows these smaller companies to distribute their resources in different regions with the best solution; customers will have a better experience if such technology is applied to these logistics companies. Besides its positive influence on the current logistics industry, LogiNext’s advanced location tracking SDK will also become a crucial part of smart and connected cities in the future. We all know that support from big data is essential when building a connected world. Logistics offers the easiest way to collect updated data on transportation and locations — the most important data sets for smart cities. UK-based Starship Technologies and China-based JD.com both launched self-driving distribution cars, which illustrated the practical uses of self-driving cars. The launches reflected the importance of collecting cities’ big data via logistic info. Dhruvil Sanghvi, the CEO of LogiNext, agreed. “Tracking is knowledge [and] would be the gateway leading to a more connected and interlinked future,” he said. There can be issues, thoughPotential problems abound in collecting data via logistics to build connected cities. One of the most obvious problems is privacy. We are all familiar with breaches of customers’ private data conducted by big firms, but logistics data and information are actually more sensitive and private — they involve people’s shopping histories, addresses, and even payment information. To protect users’ privacy, logistics companies and e-commerce platforms are beginning to use digital bills instead of hard copies and will encrypt and monitor the distribution of data through the entire process. LogiNext’s location tracking software can also help companies supervise the whole delivery process, from big-picture performance to the position of an individual delivery car; this will be very useful in ensuring data safety for logistics companies, as well as for their customers. Because the software itself is just a tool, LogiNext and other logistics companies need to set more regulations on the software so that people and companies will use it properly. LogiNext’s location tracking service will only get better and more competitive within the big data market, and companies will choose to use its services to provide a more seamless and friendly user experience for their customers.If you like the insights you’ve read above, please come join us at our IoT Revolution Symposium on July 11.  Tags:#connected city#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Fei Zhaolast_img read more

Officers and a godwoman: Radhe Maa lands Delhi Police in trouble

first_imgRadhe Maa with SHO Sanjay Sharma at Vivek Vihar police station in east Delhi.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement In a major embarrassment to the Delhi police, visuals showing controversial self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa sitting on a Station House Officer’s chair at a police station and swaying with policemen at a Ram Lila function in different parts of Shahdara district have surfaced on social media.Both the instances allegedly happened in a span of a few hours on the intervening nights of September 28 and 29.Two suspendedSo far two police officers, including the Station House Officer who allegedly offered his designated seat to Radhe Maa to sit, have been suspended while four others have been sent to district lines even as top police officers themselves conceded that this kind of conduct was “unacceptable” and “unprofessional”.  The police station concerned is Vivek Vihar where she went first around 12.30 a.m. and the image that has surfaced shows the in-charge Sanjay Sharma and two other policemen standing next to the chair occupied by the godwoman.Not just this, it is also seen that Mr. Sharma has his hands folded and is also wearing a red-coloured chunni, which her disciples are known to wear.In his defence, the officer said that she wanted to use the toilet of the police station as she had come to attend a Ram Lila function but could not explain the gesture of folding hands.last_img read more