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Brand South Africa to discuss 20 years of achievements with South Africans based in Australia

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 13 March 2013 – Brand South Africa will host a series of engagements with South Africans based in Australia from 17 – 19 March aimed at discussing how far South Africa has come in 20 years and the country’s National Development Plan, commonly known as Vision 2030. The engagements will take place in Sydney and Melbourne.These engagements are in line with Brand South Africa’s proactive showcasing of South Africa’s achievement over the past 20 years and the work that is being done to address the country’s socio-economic challenges.  The implementation of the National Development Plan is critical to this endeavour.  It is also important for South Africans to know that they can be part of South Africa’s growth and development despite where they may now reside.  They are also invited to join 20 year commemorative events organised by the South African representatives in their countries of residence.The South African delegation, which will be led by Minister in the Presidency, Minister Collins Chabane, will interact with South Africans based in Australia, together with individuals or organisations that are interested in South Africa’s offering in areas of South Africa’s competitiveness. At both engagements, the Minister will do the keynote address focusing on “The Review of South Africa’s performance over the past 20 years.”The Chairperson of Brand South Africa Ms. Chichi Maponya and the CEO Miller Matola will also join Minister Chabane in Australia.The discussion can be followed on @Brand_SA using hashtag #SA_Aus2014. The programme in Australia:Global South Africans RoundtableIntercontinental, Melbourne 17 March and Intercontinental, Sydney 19 MarchSouth Africa’s 20 years of Achievements18:00RegistrationAll18:30OpeningMs Wendy Tlou, Director: Strategic Marketing and Communications, Brand South Africa18:35Welcome addressHE Ambassador Mqulwana, South African High Commissioner to Australia18:40Starters are servedAll18:55Introduction of Minster Collins  ChabaneMs Chichi Maponya, Chairman, Brand South Africa19:00Review of South Africa’s performance over the past 20 yearsMinister Collins  Chabane, Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation19:15Dinner is servedAll19:40Open discussionAll20:30ClosureMr Miller Matola, CEO, Brand South Africa20:40Dessert is served – networkingAll About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Join the conversation at:Follow Brand South Africa   @Brand_SAhttps://twitter.com/Brand_SATell us how you Play Your [email protected]tp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someoneFacebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BrandSouthAfrica For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0) 73 126 9128Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Solar Power Alone Won’t Solve Energy or Climate Needs

first_imgWhy We Still Need to Discuss Grid DefectionRethinking the GridCan Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem? Utilities Grapple with Rooftop Solar and the New Energy LandscapeIs Nuclear Power Our Energy Future or a Dinosaur? For example, the energy produced from a large number of solar arrays combined as 1,000 megawatts (MW) installed capacity will deliver, on average, an energy equivalent of 10% to 12% of its capacity. In contrast, a nuclear plant delivers energy at 80% to 90% of its rated capacity.The current global installed capacity of solar facilities is 224,684 MW, providing an annual energy output of 253,593 GWh, equivalent to an annual capacity factor of 11%. Similarly, the installed capacity of solar facilities in Germany is 39,784 MW, with an annual energy output of 36,056 GWh at a capacity factor of 10.3%.So, for the same installed capacity, solar energy production is one-eighth or one-ninth of the production of a nuclear plant. If you want the same amount of energy, then you would need to install an equivalent solar capacity that is higher by as large a margin — eight to nine times the number of additional solar arrays. Jatin Nathwani is professor and Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. RELATED ARTICLES Less hype, more factThe point here is not to diminish the value and positive contribution that solar can make towards reducing our dependence on fossil fuels to help achieve a global energy transition towards a low carbon energy future.The hype needs to be tempered by a realistic assessment of the emerging energy demand at the global level and the effective capability of meeting growth in energy demand on a very large scale.You don’t want to get conscripted to the view that one energy option — solar — is the sole answer, and it also happens to be an option that does not deliver large volumes of energy from the installed base.Why is this relevant? The urgency for implementing effective low-carbon energy solutions is all but fully acknowledged and recognized by all the countries of the world (except the current U.S. administration).center_img Future of energy is diverse and distributedThe scope and scale of change required to meet climate change targets is anything but trivial. This suggests a complementary and reinforcing role for many different energy technologies with low-carbon attributes such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, nuclear and natural gas as an interim substitute for coal.The approach is complementary because each technology has characteristics that require attention to its limitations and to ensure it can function as part of an integrated energy system that delivers best value to the end user.The emerging energy system of this century will not look anything like the energy system of the past century dominated by central power-generating stations transmitting energy over long distances to cities, towns and villages.Distributed energy resources — best exemplified by solar as Exhibit A — combined with the power of information and communication technologies (ICT) will increasingly become relevant in our lives.Imagine a household becomes both an energy generator (solar on the roof) with an electric vehicle capable of storing energy (from wind and solar) and selling the energy back to the wires when it is profitable to do so. All of this could be managed seamlessly through a virtual power network enabled by ICT. Thus, a consumer has now become a producer and a consumer — a “prosumer.”Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company, Tesla, Inc., is working to make that vision a reality today with its electric cars, solar-cell roof tiles, home energy storage, and networked, grid-connected battery systems currently being installed in Australia. Decentralized power generationWill distributed energy become truly disruptive and completely undermine both the business model of the existing utilities and the investments in the large centralized infrastructure?In my view, distributed energy resources can be best recognized as a positive force that will help reinforce and increase the reliability and resilience of the “big grid.” They also bring an environmental emissions attribute that helps to amplify a positive trend towards a low carbon energy future.Why do we need large, centralized generating stations at all? The global energy demand to 2050 will either double or triple from current levels. This is primarily driven by demographics and income shifts.The world’s population is forecast to approach nine billion people in 2050 — with many to shift in income from extreme poverty to low- and middle income levels — which means an inexorable upward pressure on need for energy. A warming climate is another driver of growth in energy demand for cooling.Improved economic well-being combined with an irreversible shift towards intense urbanization creates a scenario that is difficult to deflect: We are faced with an emerging global context that is shaped by a critical dependence on high quality energy services to a growing, richer population that faces more thermal stress than ever before.The amounts of energy we need are large, not necessarily because we are energy hogs, but rather that we desire an improved quality of life. This will require a major fine-tuning of the existing energy system that can exploit the best features of all available energy sources in unison. Recent reports that solar capacity will soon exceed nuclear capacity reveal an important fact. It also hides a crucial distinction needed to understand the context of energy production, and the use and consequences of choices among supply options for the future.As executive director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and lead author of the Equinox Blueprint Energy 2030, a technological roadmap for a low-carbon electrified future, I have investigated energy options, alternatives and their utility. I have also found that people get confused with terminology.Capacity installed in kilowatts (kW) is not equal to energy produced in kilowatt hours (kWh) — and the energy services we demand and pay for (such as cooking, cooling, lighting, entertainment) is measured in kilowatt hours. For large-scale, industrial purposes, output is measured in megawatt hours (MWh) or gigawatt hours (GWh).The technical capacity of any energy technology to deliver useful energy is measured as energy output. Because of the efficiency of energy conversion, solar energy output tends to be low.last_img read more

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Grappler Sushil realises his Commonwealth

first_imgSushil Kumar has won laurels galore at international meets but there was an unfulfilled dream for the champion wrestler. The freestyle grappler won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a gold at the World Championships in Moscow last month. But winning a Commonwealth gold medal in front of his home crowd on Sunday gave him a unique satisfaction. “Medals at the Beijing Olympics and World Championships would always remain the most cherished achievements of mine but it is a different feeling altogether when you win a medal in front of your home crowd,” Sushil said on Monday.He defeated South African Heinrich Barnes in the 66kg freestyle to win his maiden Commonwealth Games gold. “These three medals that I have won in the last couple of years cannot be compared with each other because all of them have their own relevance.”I won this gold at the Commonwealth Games and to win a medal in front of the people who have supported me and backed me all these years gives me an altogether different feeling,” he added. Wrestling contributed 19 medals in the Indian kitty, including 10 gold, and Sushil is confident that the tally will only increase as he targets the London Olympics.”All our wrestlers are at their peak and hopefully we will maintain the same form in future as well. A gold at the London Olympics is what I am aiming now,” he said. For Narsingh Yadav, who was nowhere in the scene for a place in the squad a couple of months back, justified his selection with a gold in the 74kg category.advertisement”I was second at the selection trials and got an opportunity to play only after the wrestler, who was originally selected, flunked the dope test. It is very satisfying for me that I have justified my selection.”Now, I hope to win a medal at the Asian Games, and Olympics is something that everyone dreams of,” he said. Meanwhile, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president G.S. Mander confirmed that freestyle wrestling has been included in the next Commonwealth Games.He said all efforts are being made to ensure that all three categories (freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s) remain a part of the Glasgow Games. “As for now, freestyle wrestling will be there at the Glasgow Games. But we are trying to get the other two forms of wrestling included as well,” Mander said.last_img read more

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