SA, Russia set up business council

first_img4 October 2005The Trade and Industry Chamber of South Africa and the Russian Chamber of Commerce have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two countries establishing a business council to boost trade relations.The agreement was signed in Moscow on Monday ahead of a three-day meeting of the fifth session of the Inter-governmental Committee on Trade and Economic Co-operation (ITEC) between South Africa and the Russian Federation.Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Russian Minister of Natural Resources Yuri Petrovich Trutnev are co-chairing the ITEC meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.Dlamini-Zuma leads a South African government delegation that includes senior Cabinet ministers. A business delegation comprising representatives from over 30 South African companies is taking part in a business summit coinciding with the ITEC meeting.Potential for growthSpeaking at the signing ceremony at the Russian Chamber of Commerce building on Monday, Russian Natural Resources Department Deputy Minister Valentin Stepankov said a Russian company had recently invested over US$1-billion in South Africa, and he hoped the trade would grow.Stepankov was referring to the Kalahari Manganese Project, launched in February 2005, in which Russian mining company Renova is partnering with South African firm Setshaba Holdings for exploration, mining and processing of manganese ore in the Kalahari Basin.“Our task is to increase the volume of co-operation,” Stepankov said. “Our economic relations have vast potential to increase. In order to expand, we need to increase the number of contracts between our countries.”South African Minerals and Energy Director-General Sandile Nogxina said that while the two countries had conducted fruitful business in the past, this had been done in an unstructured manner.Nogxina said a number of South African companies, such as brewer SABMiller, diamond producer De Beers and Mvela Holdings, were already operating in Russia. However, he urged businesses from both countries to seize the opportunities provided by the ITEC.“The Russian companies operating in our country have been taking full advantage of changes meant to attract more direct investment, especially in mining, trade and industry and in the agricultural sector,” Nogxina said.Overcoming distanceA member of a South African business delegation accompanying the government delegation on the trip, former ambassador to Russia Gerrit Olivier, said both countries were at the stage of “opening doors to each other”.“South Africa regards Russia as being far away,” Olivier said. “One thing that could be done is to remove visa restrictions,” he said, adding that both countries needed direct flights to avoid the over eight-hour wait for reconnecting flights in Dubai.South Africa’s ambassador to Eastern Europe, Delarey Van Tonder, said trade relations between the two countries remained essentially underdeveloped due to Russia’s profound economic transformation.“South Africa’s multi-nationals remain active in Moscow with substantive investment in the minerals, mining, banking, alcohol beverage and hospitality sectors,” Van Tonder said.He added that since the ITEC’s inception in 1999 – during the official visit of former President Nelson Mandela to Moscow – four sessions had been held and progress had been made on minerals and energy.Export potential had also been identified in the automotive, ostrich, wine, fruit and canning industries, he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Nicholas Hlobo: art as dialogue

first_img10 November 2008Nicholas Hlobo, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts 2009, is gaining an international reputation for his experimental use of materials to “create conversations” around issues of masculinity, gender, race and ethnicity.Hlobo is showcased on the Michael Stevenson Gallery website, where he explains his relationship with the material he uses: “I always find that the material tends to dominate the entire process. My ideas evolve in unexpected ways as the material helps me discover new things.“The start usually seems like trying to roll a rock as large as a double-decker bus, and by the completion of the work I go, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I went through that and came back sane’.”In 2007 Hlobo exhibited Umdodo at the Aardklop National Arts Festival in Potchefstroom. During the same year he took Umakadenethwa engenadyasi to the Galeria Extraspazio in Rome and idiom[s] to the Savannah College of Art Design in Georgia, USA.In 2008, he exhibited at the Boston ICA as part of the Momentum Series, and his work is included in the third Guangzhou Triennial in China, which runs until 9 November. His exhibition Flow was on at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and Home Lands – Land Marks was on at Haunch of Venison in London. Kwatsityw’iziko was also on at the Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town.Hlobo has also exhibited with various other artists, some of his more recent group exhibitions being Skin-to-skin at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg and .za: giovane arte dal Sudafrica at the Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena, Italy.In 2006 he won the Tollman Award for Visual Art.Hlobo chooses his material strategically, and often challenges stereotypes of sexual identity through his work.In an interview with Sue Williamson, he explained: “Through my works I attempt to create conversations that explore certain issues within my culture as a South African.“The conversations become a way of questioning people’s perceptions around issues of masculinity, gender, race and ethnicity.”The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstownlast_img read more

Shop Talk with Fennig Equipment | Cover Crops Prep

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Germany takes over at top of FIFA rankings from Brazil

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