Matla Diamond Polishing Plant opened anew plant in the Eastern Cape that willboost South Africa’s diamond industry (Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zwelakhe Sisulu Matla Innovation Company +27 11 245 7900 RELATED ARTICLES • Kimberley goes for gold • Mercedes-Benz SA tops for quality • Business school to expand in Africa • Record price for SA diamondNosimilo Ramela South Africa will soon be able to process more of its own diamonds, thanks to the new Matla Diamond Polishing Plant in the Eastern Cape province.Speaking at the launch of the East London-based facility on 28 July 2010, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said: “As a department, we want value added to our raw materials, making sure that our people get jobs and contribute to the economic activity of the country.”The R102-million (US$13.9-million) project is a partnership between Matla Beneficiation Company, the East London Industrial Development Zone, the Industrial Development Corporation and Gold Eastern Holdings of China.The automated plant is equipped with technology worth R35-million ($4.7-million) from China, and is expected to be eight times more efficient than a similar-sized manual operation.It will produce a maximum of 20 000 carats a month – this translates to R100-million ($13.6-million) in monthly revenue, according to the current market environment, said Matla Group executive chairperson Zwelakhe Sisulu.In 2009 a US news channel msnbc reported that India spent R73 ($10) per carat in polishing and cutting diamonds, while China spent R124 ($17) and South Africa R438 ($60). The new plant hopes to spend between R183 and R292 ($25 and $40) per carat in the first year, and match China’s figures in the next five years.Employment opportunitiesMatla Group CEO Chia-Chao Wu said the company plans to train 150 to 200 South Africans to become cutters and polishers. At the moment there are 25 previously disadvantaged individuals from the Eastern Cape employed at the plant. A further 120 skilled job opportunities are expected to be created over the next two years and more than 500 in the next five years.Shabangu said government welcomed the initiative to source and train employees locally.“I’d like to see this process of training translated into professionalism – a professionalism where these young people will be able one day to open their own factories,” she said.The Matla Group has employed 25 Chinese nationals on a two-year contract to train local staff in diamond polishing.“We really are going with great gusto into what we see as the knowledge economy, because in the world now, if you want to be competitive you have to have knowledge, skill and discipline as the basis,” Sisulu said.Plant to make SA more competitiveOnly 2% of local diamonds are currently processed in South Africa, with the remainder mainly being sent to non-diamond producing countries in the East. Sisulu said this was unfortunate.Mcebisi Jonas, of the Eastern Cape’s Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs, agreed: “While South Africa remains a leading diamond producer, there is very little local polishing of rough stones. The bulk of these are exported for further polishing in countries such as India and China.”This joint venture, together with the latest technology, will go a long way in increasing the country’s competitiveness in the diamond-polishing industry, he said.
South Africans gathered for a Freedom Day celebration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Freedom Day, 27 April, marks the day in 1994 when the country held its first democratic elections. This year’s vote takes place on 7 May, in South Africa’s 20th year of freedom. (Image: The Presidency)• IEC National OfficeSpokesperson: Kate BapelaTel: 012 622 5700Fax: 012 622 5784Cell: 082 600 firstname.lastname@example.orgCall centre: 0800 11 8000• Physical addressElection HouseRiverside Office Park1303 Heuwel AvenueCenturion0157• Find the IEC onlineWebsiteFacebook TwitterYouTubeCompiled by Mary AlexanderWhy vote? Am I eligible to vote? Where do I vote? What are my rights as a voter? Read our plain English answers to these and many more questions about South Africa’s 2014 elections.Jump to:Before election dayOn election dayAfter election dayBefore election day1. Why vote in the elections?By voting you help make democracy work, and play a part in keeping South Africa’s democracy alive. You help make sure ordinary people have a say in the way the country is governed.By voting, you are using your right as a citizen to choose your government.Voting is your chance to pick the people – in both the national government and the government of your province – who you think will deliver the services you need, and protect your rights.You can vote for anyone you want – the party you supported in earlier elections, a different party, or a new party. Your vote is secret and nobody can tell you who to vote for.2. When are the elections?The elections are on Wednesday 7 May 2014. The day is likely to be proclaimed a public holiday, so everyone has a chance to vote.On Election Day, voting will take place from 07:00 to 21:00 (7 am to 9 pm). If you are still in the queue to vote at 9pm you must still be allowed to vote before the voting station closes.The five-year term of the current parliament ends on 22 April 2014. According to law, elections for a new parliament and provincial governments have to be held within 90 days of this date.3. Who can vote in the elections?You can vote in the elections if:You are a citizen of South AfricaYou are 18 or olderYou have a green bar-coded ID bookYou are registered to vote in your voting district. This means your name and ID number are on the voters’ roll.You are a South African citizen living in another country who has filled out the necessary form at your nearest mission that makes notice of your intention to vote.4. How do I check if I am registered to vote in the 2014 elections?To check if you are registered to vote, and where your voting station is:Call 0800 11 8000 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (inside South Africa)Call +27 11 654 1000 (outside South Africa)Enter your ID number on the Electoral Commission’s My voter registration details web page 5. Can I vote if I’m a South African living abroad?Yes, South Africans living abroad are allowed to vote, but only for the national elections.In order to vote, they must have completed the required notification form at their nearest mission. The deadline for filling in this form closed on 12 March.Voting for South Africans living abroad takes place on 30 April 2014, during the office hours of their embassy or consulate.6. I’m in prison. Can I vote?Yes. In March 2004 South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled that even if people had committed a crime and were in prison, they still had the right as citizens of South Africa to vote for their government.The voter registration period for people in prison took place between 5 and 7 February 2014. Voting registration for prisoners is now closed.On 7 May, election day, prisoners will be allowed to vote in the normal way, when their prison is visited by a mobile voting station.The right of prisoners to vote is a sign of South Africa’s strong democracy. In the southern states of the USA, 13% of all black men are not allowed to vote because they have been convicted of felony offences.7. What if I’m not well enough to go to a voting station on election day?Special votes: If you will find it physically difficult to go to the voting station – if you are infirm, old, ill, living with a disability or pregnant – then you can apply for a special vote.If your application for a special vote is successful, an electoral officer will visit your home on either Monday 5 May or Tuesday 6 May, between 9am and 5pm, to let you cast your vote.Applications for special votes are open only at local IEC offices – not at national or provincial offices – from 7 to 17 April. Find your local IEC office on the commission’s contact page.8. What if I’ll be away from home on election day, and won’t be able to get to my voting station?Special votes: If you know you will unavoidably be away from home on election day – for example for a job interview, or on a planned visit to family, or for any other reason – then you can also apply for a special vote.If your application for a special vote is successful, you will be able to visit your election station on either Monday 5 May or Tuesday 6 May, between 9am and 5pm, to cast your vote.Applications for special votes are open only at local IEC offices – not at national or provincial offices – from 7 to 17 April. Find your local IEC office on the commission’s contact page.9. What will I be voting for?You have two votes:You vote once in the national elections for the party of your choice to be represented in the National Assembly in parliament.Your second vote is in the provincial elections for the party of your choice to be represented in the legislature of your province.10. What are my rights as a voter?You have 10 rights as a voter:The right to free and fair electionsThe right to voteThe right not to voteThe right to spoil your voteThe right to vote once in each electionThe right to your own free choiceThe right to a secret voteThe right to get help to voteThe right to vote safelyThe right to make a complaint On election day11. Where do I vote?You must vote at the voting station for the district in which you are registered.If you have voted in earlier elections, your voting station is probably at the same place you voted at before.If you registered to vote in November 2013 or February 2014, your voting station will be at the same place you registered.If you’re not sure where to vote, enter your ID number on the Electoral Commission’s My voter registration details web page. This will confirm whether you are registered to vote or not, and tell you where to vote.If you go to the wrong voting station, the voting officers there will tell you where your right voting station is.The IEC will issue the final list of voting stations on 10 April.12. What if my voting station is far away, and I don’t have transport?In a small number of voting districts, the Electoral Commission will send out mobile voting stations to reach voters in remote and sparsely populated areas. Even if you live far away from big cities, you still have the right to vote.You must vote in the voting district where you registered to vote.On 10 April the IEC will issue a list mobile voting stations, the routes they will follow, where they will stop and the estimated hours they will spend at each stop.13. How long will it take to vote?You should not spend too long in the queue as there are a fixed number of voters registered to vote at each voting station, and election day is likely to be made a public holiday.Try to vote during normal working hours. The busiest voting times are before working hours, over lunch hour and after working hours.If you are still in the queue at 21:00 (9 pm) at the end of election day, you must be allowed to vote before the voting station can close.14. How do I vote?You have to mark the ballot paper in a way that shows the party you want to vote for. You can do this by making a cross in the box next to the name of the party you support, or in another way that clearly indicates the party you are choosing.If you are unsure about how to vote, go to a voter education workshop run by one of the IEC-accredited voter-education organisations or by your political party.15. What are the steps in the voting process?You show your ID document.The voting officer checks and scans the bar code of your ID document.The voting officer checks to see if your name is on the section of the voters’ roll for your voting district.Your hands are checked to see if they have been marked with indelible ink – to make sure you haven’t voted already.Your name is crossed off the section of the voters’ roll for your voting district. In the 2014 elections, the full voters’ roll will also be available in electronic format on the bar-code scanner devices at each voting station in case there are disputes about the right of anyone to vote in that voting district, and to find people’s correct voting station.Your left thumb will be marked with indelible ink to make sure that you do not vote again in the 2014 elections.An official stamp is put on the back of your ballot papers.You have one ballot paper for the national elections and one ballot paper for the provincial elections.You go into the voting booth and make a cross for one party on each of the ballot papers. If you are not sure how to vote, you can ask for help from a voting officer.You fold the ballot papers and put the national one into the national ballot box and the provincial one into the provincial ballot box. A voting officer will check to see that the ballot papers have the official stamps on the back before they are put into the boxes.16. What if I am physically disabled?Bring along someone to help you. This person must be at least 18 years of age, and not a party agent or candidate on a party list.Ask the presiding officer or a voting officer for help.Apply for a special vote.17. What if I have difficulty reading?Ask the presiding officer or a voting officer for help. They will ask an accredited observer and two party agents, from different parties, to watch while they help you.Ask the voting officer for a universal ballot template, a voting aid designed to assist sight-impaired citizens with voting.Find out more about voting aid for voters with disabilities and special needs.18. What if I make a mistake on my ballot paper?If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, you can get a new one from a voting officer.You can only get a new ballot paper if you notice the mistake before you put your vote into the ballot box.If you get a new ballot paper, your old ballot paper will be cancelled. After election day19. After the election, how will the votes be counted?Counting will mostly happen at each voting station.Votes can be counted at a place other than at the voting station only with the approval of the IEC.Since the 2009 elections, there are improved controls over the record paper with the final results for a voting station. This has to be signed by the presiding officer and all political parties, and then scanned to create an immediate record and so more trust and openness in the process of compiling results.20. How will the election results be worked out and announced?The overall election results will be worked out using a computer system at centralised venues under the control of the IEC.There will also be accredited observers and party agents at these venues to check that everything is done correctly and fairly.You can object against anything that happens during the elections that can affect the election results.You must make an objection before 17:00 on the second day after voting.The IEC will investigate your objection and can ask you to give evidence about the objection.The IEC will decide what to do about the objection. The IEC must make a decision within three days after receiving your objection.If you are not happy with the IEC’s decision, you can appeal to the Electoral Court within three days of the IEC’s decision.After all objections are dealt with, the IEC must announce the final results within seven days of Election Day. In practice, the IEC has managed to announce election results on the third day after Voting Day.Source: Media Guide: National and Provincial Elections 2014
In this tutorial, learn how you can work with natural light to enhance the ambient compositions in your next film or video project.Natural light can be a real asset for interviews and narrative films. With careful blocking and framing, filmmakers can pull off amazing shots with minimal lighting gear. However, just dropping your camera someplace without any lights may not give you the best results. In this filmmaking tutorial, we look closely at using ambient light and how to enhance it to look natural.No Light, No ModifiersA filmmaker must be strategic when using interior natural light. It’s all about how you position your talent in relation to window light. However, since there are limitations to where you place your talent, if you move far away from a window (like we are), natural light just may not be enough to pull off an amazing shot.Add KeylightIn the initial shot, there was not much separation between the talent, Julia, and the background. Also, the natural light was not wrapping on Julia’s face enough to make her stand out. Adding a key light that can complement ambient light will give you the style you’re looking for. Just be sure not make the shot look unnatural.Negative FillTo shape light even further, we can add a black flag to absorb light and prevent light from bouncing off of the wall and back into our talent’s face. This will make the left side of Julia’s face darker.Motivated Hair LightTo keep ambient light looking natural, we cannot add light that doesn’t have a clear source. By turing on a practical lamp in the background, we can enhance the image by adding a motivated hair light. Since the lamp is warm, we can create color contrast by making sure the hair light is warmer than the key light.Looking for more filmmaking tutorials? Check out these links.How To Create A Sub Mix In DaVinci Resolve 14 – Video TutorialCreate a Clean Corporate Logo Intro with After EffectsCapture Live Events Like a Pro with These Simple RulesAnimate Your Text With Handwriting Motion GraphicsSpeed Up Your Sequences with The Jump Cut
MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Beijing’s urban center will host indoor events such as ice hockey and figure skating, largely in venues left over from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. However, a lack of mountains and natural snow requires that ski events be held at sports clusters in Chongli as well as Beijing’s rural Yanqing county, both of which will be connected to the city center by a high-speed rail line. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this picture taken on August 22, 2017, people snowboard at the Wanda Harbin Ice and Snow Park in Harbin.At Dalian Wanda Group’s new Ice and Snow Park, chilly winds blew snowflakes around skiers zipping down the manmade slopes of the world’s largest indoor ski park, a potent symbol of China’s ambitions to turn itself into a winter sports powerhouse ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / TO GO WITH China-lifestyle-ski, FEATURE by Yanan WANGBEIJING — Beijing, host of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, has a snow problem: Hardly any of the white stuff falls on the Chinese capital despite freezing temperatures.Taking the matter in hand, the games organizing committee has formed a “snow affairs work team” and invited experts from Finland, Canada and other nations to help out, according to the official “2017 Beijing FactFile” produced by the city government.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The work team would “expedite research on key technologies for making and preserving snow, and start to formulate a work plan to ensure suitable snow resources,” the publication said.Also on Thursday, Beijing Vice Mayor Zhang Jiandong said all venues and transport links for the games would be completed by the end of 2019, allowing Beijing to begin staging test events the next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Progress on all these projects has been moving ahead smoothly,” Zhang said at a briefing on the sidelines of the twice-a-decade congress of China’s ruling Communist Party.Beijing was awarded the games in 2015, defeating Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the voting to become the first city to have been awarded both the Summer and Winter Olympics. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:31Ban on online gambling? ‘China can’t dictate on us’ — PH envoy01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kings see Game 4 as ‘do-or-die’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
Munger: Police have busted eight illegal mini gun factories in Bihar’s Munger district and arrested seven persons in this regard, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by Additional Superintendent of Police (Sadar) Hari Shankar Kumar raided several places and busted eight illegal mini gun factories on Tuesday night and arrested seven persons, Superintendent of Police, Gaurav Mangla said here. Police seized eight base machines, four pieces of partially made pistols, eight pieces of 9 mm cartridges, 20 other cartridges of different bores, five pistol barrels, and various equipment to manufacture arms along with ammunition from the illegal mini gun factories, the SP said. The raids were jointly conducted by Kasim Bazar, Jamalpur, Naya Ramnagar and Safiyasarai police stations, he said. An FIR was lodged at Naya Ramnagar police station under Arms Act in this regard, the SP added.
BET Networks has announced that Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson, Karen Clarke Sheard and Wayne Brady are set to bring down the house at the Warner Theatre with a series of powerful and magnetic performances for BET Honors 2014.Honoring distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels, this year’s show will celebrate the achievements of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Motown Records founder and creator of the smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman, Ken Chenault, visual artist, Carrie Mae Weems and entertainment trailblazer, Ice Cube.Hosted by actor and comedian, Wayne Brady, “BET Honors” will premiere during Black History Month on Monday, February 24 in the USA and around the world on BET’s international network on February 28, 2014 at 9:00pm GMT (check local listings).Esteemed gentlemen, Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Morton, Ludacris and Mack Wilds are also scheduled to present at this year’s show. “BET Honors” has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African-Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean “Diddy” Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.Proceeds from “BET Honors” limited ticket sales will benefit the Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), an organization that helps restore hope as well as provides housing options and support for veterans and their families in need. WVI was created to address the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation’s 1.8 million woman veterans as they return to civilian life.Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Entertainment.For more information on “BET Honors,” visit www.bet.com/bethonors. Also, join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.Source:PR Newswire
Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario has admitted that he had expected better from Neymar following his struggles at the World CupThe Paris Saint-Germain forward was only able to find the back of the net twice for Brazil in the competition and was unable to make an impact as the Selecao were surprisingly knocked out by Belgium in the quarter-finals.In fact, Neymar received more recognition for his theatrics on the pitch while reacting to tackles and any physical alterations with opposition players with fans having even gone as far as creating a game called the “Neymar Challenge”.But Ronaldo, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in World Cup history, did suggest that Neymar’s foot injury, which ended his club season at PSG in February, may have been a possible reason as to why he failed to produce the level of performances that had been expected of him.Ronaldo told Sport: “We all expected more from him because he’s the star of the team,”“I don’t know if it was because of the operation he had on his foot or another problem but I saw him as quite limited on the pitch.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“To arrive at a World Cup following an operation and three months out is complicated. To play the first match as if nothing had happened is difficult.”The next World Cup in Qatar in four years time may be Neymar’s last chance to win the tournament due to the fact that he will be 30 years old come the start of the competition.But Ronaldo feels that the 26-year-old still has time on his side to make an impact.“He must learn from this World Cup because at 26 he is still a young boy,” he said.“Either way, he’s an extremely talented young man who carries a great deal of responsibility.”
Juventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado believes that there are still aspects of his own game that he must improveThe Colombia international started as a right wing-back for Juventus in Wednesday night’s Serie A game against Bologna.Goals from Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi inside the opening 16 minutes at Turin enabled Juventus to maintain their 100% winning start to the season after six games.“I am very happy with the team’s overall performance,” Cuadrado told the club website.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“When we play ball to feet, we’re effective and fun. I think we’ve made a great start to this season and we must keep up the good work.”But the 30-year-old, who gave Cristiano Ronaldo his no.7 jersey in the summer, feels there are aspects of his game that still need work.“As far as my own performance is concerned, I still have room for improvement and, when I attempt one-on-one moves, I must make the most of my characteristics, but I’m working every day to raise my game further.”Juventus will next face title rivals Napoli at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Saturday.
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben feels there are only “good or bad” things to being in his mid-thirties in professional footballThe 34 years old remains an integral member of the Bayern with three goals in 10 appearances this season.Therefore, Robben is refusing to read too much into his age and instead believes that both himself and fellow veteran winger Franck Ribery will remain imperative to Bayern.“Thirty-four is not too old, we have a personality and an opinion, there is not too old – there is only good or bad,” Robben told Kicker.The Dutchman also gave under-fire coach Niko Kovac his vote of confidence, despite Bayern’s recent struggles.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Bavarians have gone on a four-game winless run in all competitions, which has seen them slip from first to sixth place in the Bundesliga table.“He is ambitious and a winner, he is looking for ways to make us play better football again,” said Robben.“We do not have to change much.”Robben also gave his views on surprise German league leaders Borussia Dortmund’s title credentials.Bayern will travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga.
The inspector general of police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque said on Sunday there is no room for militant activities inside the Rohingya camps in disguise of relief.The police chief came up with remarks while addressing the briefing on law and order situation at the police headquarter with the chief of law enforcing agencies and the leaders of Puja and Ashura celebration committees, according to UNB.AKM Shahidul Hoque said “Our regular supervision and special monitoring is going on to check any militant activities inside the Rohinga camp. So it is not possible to conduct militancy activities.”He said “Police and their agents are kept alert to thwart any such attempt. No aid materials will be distributed without goes unchecked. The locals and Rohingyas are being made aware of it too for safety.””Some ill motivated efforts can be conducted to propagate militancy inside the helpless Rohinga. We will rule out all possibilities by our regular monitoring. We won’t allow Bangladesh’ soil to be used as a breeding ground for militants,” AKM Shahidul Hoque assured.IGP also said “Police have arrested over 200 Rohingya refugees from all across the country who will not be detained. Rather we will return them to their camps. We will conduct our drive everywhere to restrict their movement outside the camp for their better treatment.””If they spread in the country, they will become illegal immigrants. We will return them to their camp without arresting them on the humanitarian perspective. Registration will ensure their relief, accommodation, medicine and proper assistance,” he said.The country’s top policeman included that security measures will be enhanced to ensure a smooth and peaceful celebration of Durga Puja and Muharram as usual.