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Incentives for exporters

first_imgThe government provides various incentives to South African firms to export their products internationally. Export Marketing and Investment Assistance The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme compensates exporters for the costs involved in developing export markets for South African products and services. Set up by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), EMIA aims to develop an export market in South Africa and to assist South African exporters gain access to this market. By encouraging individual manufacturers and exporters, the DTI hopes to recruit new foreign direct investment. The scheme is administered by Trade and Investment South Africa’s (TISA) export promotion unit. Under this scheme, the DIT offers exporters incentives and financial assistance with market research, trade missions, showcasing products and services at international exhibitions, among other things. Costs covered can include exhibition fees, stand construction, travel and daily allowances. Who qualifies for EMIA assistance?South African manufactures and exporters;South African export trading houses representing at least three SMMEs or businesses owned by Historical Disadvantaged Individuals (HDIs);South African commission agents representing at least three SMMEs or HDI- owned businesses; andSouth African exports councils, industry associations and joint action groups (JAGs) representing at least five South African entities. The Industrial Development Corporation The IDC makes financing available at reduced rates for selected expansion schemes that are expected to result in increased foreign exchange earnings. Financing of credit for exporters of capital goods is also available through the IDC or private sector merchant banks at reduced rates. The Export Credit Insurance Corporation The ECIC provides export credit and foreign investment insurance cover on behalf of the government. The ECIC, an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, aims to facilitate and encourage South African export trade by underwriting export credit loans and investments outside the country to enable South African contractors to win capital goods and services’ contracts in other countries. Website: sars.gov.za Website: www.ecic.co.za Website: www.idc.co.zaSee the official portal for South African government incentive schemes: www.investmentincentives.co.za Website: sars.gov.za See the DTI website for the latest information on EMIA Download the DTI’s Guide to Incentive Schemes 2011/12, [PDF]Contact the EMIA administrators:General enquiries: (012) 394 1014DTI Customer Contact Centre: 0861 843 384 Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation Offers exporters insurance covering domestic or international debtors, which means exporters are protected against non-payment. IDC is a shareholder of the company.Website: www.creditguarantee.co.za See the DTI website for the latest information on sector specific funding, including Project Funding For Emerging Exporters guidelinescenter_img See the DTI website for the latest information on CPFP, including guidelines and to download application forms Sector Specific Assistance Scheme The Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS) is a reimbursable 80:20 cost-sharing grant offering financial support to export councils, joint action groups and industry associations. The scheme has a subprogramme specially designed to assist emerging exporters. Eligible enterprises are non-profit business organisations in sectors and sub- sectors of the industry prioritised by the DTI. Customs and Excise duty refunds Provision is made in the Customs and Excise Act for general refunds, as well as a large number of specific drawbacks and refunds of customs and excise duties, to exporters. These concessions are available to manufacturers as well as to merchants who import goods for re-export. Assistance is divided between individual and group offerings; and each scheme has its own defined criteria. VAT Export Incentive Scheme Exporters may zero-rate VAT on exports regarded as a direct export. Applicable to exporters registered as VAT vendors in South Africa. You must be registered with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to export commercial goods from South Africa. Capital Projects Feasibility Programme The Capital Projects Feasibility Programme (CPFP) is a cost-sharing programme that contributes to the cost of feasibility studies likely to lead to projects outside South Africa that will increase local exports and stimulate the market for South African capital goods and services. All South African enterprises are eligible, as long as the study is undertaken by local companies. SA.info reporter Reviewed: 5 August 2012 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Lighting for Video: Color Temperature and Size

first_imgUnderstanding color temperature, light size and power draw is imperative for picking the right light for your video shoots!In the second part in our series on Lighting for Video we dig deeper into choosing the right light for your shoot. In this video tutorial we’ll discuss more lighting basics including color temperature, light size and power draw – essential knowledge for ensuring you’ve chosen the right light for your shot.The color temperature of lighting units is measured on the Kelvin scale. In this tutorial we’ll first cover the lighting temperature of different lighting units and where they fall on the Kelvin scale. By understanding this fundamental of lighting, you can achieve better results in mixed lighting environments and compensate for potential color casts. See the image below for a handy cheat sheet on color temperature from StreamingMediaProducer.Additionally, we’ll take a look at a few examples of how light size effects the look of a shot. The size of the light relative to the size of the subject dictates how hard or soft the shadows appear.Finally, we’ll make a few considerations for power usage when choosing lights for your shoot – which lights draw the most power and how to prevent circuit overload from these heavy hitters.Be sure to check out our previous video tutorial on light output for even more info on choosing the right light for your video shoot.Stay tuned, as we’ll be adding more videos in our Lighting for Video series!Image from Streaming Media Producerlast_img read more

Nocturnal animal Mayweather visits strip club

first_imgUSA Today reported that Mayweather was out at the strip club he owns in Las Vegas — Girl Collection — at 3:30am local time early Thursday after arriving in a white Rolls Royce. 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 shutoutQuoted by the newspaper, Mayweather insisted his nocturnal activities would not interfere with his preparations for Saturday’s fight against mixed martial star McGregor. The boxer, who retired from the sport in 2015 with a perfect 49-0 record, is the overwhelming favorite to defeat McGregor when the two men clash at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday.  MOST READ “Nobody can beat me,” Mayweather told the paper. USA Today said Mayweather greeted patrons at the club before retiring to a VIP section with four dancers. He told the paper he had decided to open a strip club when he was serving a two-month prison sentence in 2012 following a conviction for domestic abuse. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters 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 LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. APLas Vegas, United States — Floyd Mayweather has been taking an unorthodox approach to his pre-fight preparations to face Conor McGregor — with a late-night visit to his strip club. “When I was locked up and doing time, I drew the club up,” Mayweather said. “Women never go out of style.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Manu Ginobili returning for 16th season with Spurs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Anjali Bhagwat terms Santhi Soundarajan incident as ‘shameful’

first_imgAnjali Bhagwat termed the incident  where the 2006 Asian Games medallist Santhi Soundarajan was forced to work as a daily-wager in a brick kiln to earn her living as “shameful”.”It’s sad that such thing has happened in our society. It’s shameful. The athletes should be given at least a central or state government job for their financial stability, in lieu of what they have done for the country,” Bhagwat said on the sidelines of an event organised by ‘Youtube’ to launch an anthem for the Olympics.Soundarajan, who failed a gender test and was subsequently stripped of her silver medal in the 800m at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, saw herself working as a daily-wager in a brick kiln, slogging eight hours to earn Rs 200 every day.Meanwhile, Bhagwat said that the Indian shooters have a good chance at the London Olympics to bring medal glory to the nation.”Beijing Games gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra, world champion Gagan Narang and Rojan Sodhi are best bets,” she said.Asked about the other medal prospects, the former world number one shooter said, “Boxer M C Mary Kom, shuttler Saina Nehwal and archer Deepika Kumari are also good prospects.””China is our main opponent in shooting, while Germany and USA can also spring few surprises in some of the events,” she added.The Royal Artillery Barracks will host the shooting competition and Anjali felt that it would be difficult to control the shots during windy conditions in outdoor ranges.”Despite this, I am confident that our shooters will bring more than one medal in the discipline.”advertisementlast_img read more

World Record at Berlin Marathon

first_imgBERLIN — Dennis Kimetto knocked 26 seconds off the world marathon record Sept. 28th as the sub-two hour mark moved a step closer.The 30-year-old Kenyan won the 41st edition of the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds, becoming the first man to complete a marathon in under 2 hours, 3 minutes.The previous record of 2:03:23 was set by another Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang, in Berlin last year.“I feel good today for today is a big day for me,” Kimetto said. “The fans made me confident and I thought I could do it.”Second-place Emmanuel Mutai also beat the previous record, finishing in 2:03:13, and he believes a two-hour marathon is possible.“From what I saw today, times are coming down and down. So if not today, then tomorrow,” the 29-year-old Kenyan said. “Maybe next time we’ll get 2:01.”During the race Mutai set a world record in running 30K in 1:27:37, just beating Patrick Makau’s previous best of 1:27.38 from 2011.Abera Kuma of Ethiopia was third in 2:05:56, ahead of Kenyans Geoffrey Kamworor and Eliud Kiptanui.Tirfi Tsegaye won the women’s race in 2:20:18, with fellow Ethiopian Feyse Tadese second in 2.20.27.American Shalane Flanagan was third in 2:21:14, missing out on her bid to beat the U.S. record of 2:19:36, yet achieving a personal best. “I think it’s all about perspective. This year I’ve dropped four minutes from my overall marathon time,” said Flanagan, who led by 18 seconds at the 20K mark.Ines Melchor of Peru set a South American record of 2:26:48 in finishing eighth, just behind Anna Hahner of Germany, who delighted home fans with a personal best of 2:26:44 for seventh.Some 40,004 runners from 130 nations were accepted for the race, which was run in perfectly clear conditions.Kimetto, whose previous personal best was the 2:03:45 he ran to win the Chicago Marathon last year, was part of a leading group including Mutai, Kuma, Kiptanui, Kamworor, Tsegaye Kebede, Levy Matebo and Franklin Chepkwony.They maintained a steady pace but lost a couple of seconds after the 12th kilometer, before picking it up again after 15K. Matebo and Kiptanui dropped back as the leaders crossed the halfway mark in 1:01:45 — inside world record pace.Pacemakers Wilfred Kirwa and Geoffrey Ronoh dropped out at 30K, which Mutai reached in a record 1:27:37.He was only accompanied by Kimetto and Kamworor, who dropped 10 seconds behind his compatriots by the 35th kilometer.Kimetto was running more smoothly but Mutai kept challenging, reminding the Chicago marathon champion that he was still there.Kimetto put a couple of seconds on his training partner with an injection of pace in the 39th kilometer, and he used it as the springboard for the seventh world record to be set on Berlin’s flat course, the 10th including women’s races.(CIARAN FAHEY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

A TRIBUTE TO THE HEART OF THE TEAM…

first_imgThe Eagles Mens 20’s have suffered enormously as a team in recent weeks. Their son, their friend, their brother, their team mate, Kieran Luland was killed in a tragic car accident in late January.Team mate Anthony Cowan was also involved in the accident, not long after he had attended the Australian Under 18’s camp and the accident sent shock waves around the Australian Touch community. The Eagles players, their team management, friends and family banded together, supporting their young men, as well as their mentor and assistant coach, Ricky Luland, Kieran’s father.On Monday night they honoured their lost team mate in the best way they could, with the 2006 National Touch League Mens 20’s title.Wearing leg bands with the words ‘Kieran Luland, 8, Kakadu’, the crowd who had stayed for the final were witness to a team intensely focused and committed to each other, a team with a desire to honour their friend and a team that performed in such a way it brought tears to the eyes of all.In honour of ‘Kakadu’ (Kieran’s nickname) and his number 8 jersey, the Eagles amazed the crowd with their silky smooth skills and incredible pace. With great support from family members and local viewers, the side capped their most difficult time together with an 8-5 title win.For those who stayed to watch the presentations and the celebrations, they were like no other gone before them.Anthony Cowan was named as Player of the Final, scoring two touchdowns and setting up several others, a remarkable feat considering the time he spent in hospital recovering from injuries sustained in the accident.He also spoke as team captain, explaining to all how Kieran was the heart of their team, how they had played for him, that they knew he was there watching. The depth of passion and respect these young men held for Kieran was made incredibly obvious. It was fantastic to see the family and friends supporting their side, the young children following them around like heroes, the cameras and videos well in hand.For the team, the meaning in each handshake and hug, the relief, the passion, the emotion as all let their guards down and hugged and cried together was an honour to witness.For Ricky Luland, the moment was understandably emotional, as he hugged and spoke privately with all of the players. It was the added emotion of caring deeply for the group of boys that have been playing and growing together for several years, seeing them develop as a team that can now call themselves national champions.For coach David Scholes, himself a quiet achiever, the win was a result of the hard work of his team, the way they had pulled together and stuck by each other through the most difficult of times.For the spectators, it was a privilege to see the hearts of these players, these coaches, these family and friends and it will never be forgotten. It was an honour to the team and most importantly, it was an honour to Kieran.last_img read more

10 months agoEric Garcia: Man City debut justifies Barcelona exit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eric Garcia: Man City debut justifies Barcelona exitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEric Garcia says making his Manchester City debut justifies his decision to quit Barcelona last year.Just 17, the defender shone for City’s Carabao Cup shootout win over Leicester City this week.”I’m really proud of my decision,” Garcia said. “It’s difficult because you leave your friends, your family and your old team-mates, but at the end I need to think about my career and I’m really happy for this.”On his debut, he continued: “First I wasn’t expecting even to be in the squad then Pep told me I was starting, so I was really happy. “I wasn’t expecting this because last week I played my first full 90 minutes [post injury] against Hoffenheim so I was focused on the Youth Cup.” last_img read more

9 months agoAtletico Madrid defender Godin agrees Inter Milan terms

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid defender Godin agrees Inter Milan termsby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has assured Inter Milan he’ll join them in the summer, it has been revealed.Off contract in June, El Larguero says Godin has assured Inter he’ll make the move in June.He has agreed terms over a two-year deal worth €5.5m-a-season with the option for a third.Godin has made the decision after Atletico refused to offer more than a 12-month deal for the veteran to renew.The captain had been seeking a two-year contract and is disappointed by Atletico’s unwillingness to meet his demands. last_img read more

a month agoEvra: Man Utd must rediscover arrogance

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Evra: Man Utd must rediscover arroganceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Patrice Evra has called for them to get their “arrogance” back. United face West Ham – two of the Frenchman’s former clubs – this weekend.Evra told United’s official website: “West Ham is a good club and I think Manuel Pellegrini is doing a great job.”They will go for it. I remember I was still playing for West Ham and they played against United. “During the week, actually all the players were so focused in training and not one of them was thinking they were going to lose against United.”They were like we are going to beat them and win against United. I was a West Ham player but a United fan and I was a little bit hurt to say: “Wow, my club is getting really down”, if they don’t think even one per cent they are going to lose that game. “The problem is they won that game 3-1, West Ham, so I was happy but really upset. Wow, we need to fix my club and it’s why we are Manchester United.”We played against Leicester and many people said it was going to be a tough game because they’re in form but it’s what I’m talking about. “Where is the respect for Manchester United? I want people to fear us again and people have to go out and play better and win the games.” last_img read more

Ohio State Football Players, Coaches Go Crazy After Stanford Beats Notre Dame

first_imgTaylor Decker tweets about God being a Buckeye.No. 9 Stanford just beat No. 6 Notre Dame 38-36 on a 45-yard field goal as time expired. The win by the Cardinal eliminated Notre Dame from College Football Playoff contention, and kept Ohio State’s hopes alive after the Buckeyes thrashed Michigan today to finish the regular season 11-1. Naturally, Ohio State’s players and coaching staff were very happy with the outcome, and celebrated it on Twitter. If he makes this….God is a buckeye— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) November 29, 2015 Let’s gooo— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 29, 2015 Go Cardinal!!!!— Zach S❌ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 29, 2015 Man man man— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) November 29, 2015 With Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan State, Alabama and Clemson all winning this weekend, Ohio State needs some chaos next week to sneak into the CFP. But today proved the Buckeyes can be a dangerous team if they get there.last_img read more