View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 21-year-old Liu is entered in the 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle at the Asian Games. She was a bronze medalist in the backstroke at the 2015 world championships and had a previous best time of 27.40.Fu Yuanhui took silver in 27.68 in a 1-2 finish for China and Japan’s Natsumi Sakai, the 2017 world junior champion, took bronze in 27.91.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Fu won the 50 and 100 backstroke titles at the 2014 Asian Games, was world champion in the 50 backstroke in 2015 and picked an Olympic bronze in the 100 backstroke at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Women’s 50m backstroke gold medalist China’s Liu Xiang, centre, stands with silver medalist China’s Fu Yuanhui, left, and bronze medalist Japan’s Natsumi Sakai on the podium during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Liu Xiang of China swam a world-record time of 26.98 seconds to win the women’s 50-meter backstroke gold medal on Tuesday night at the Asian Games.Liu has become the first woman to swim under 27 seconds in the event, breaking the mark of 27.06 set by fellow Chinese swimmer Zhao Jing at the 2009 world championships in Rome.ADVERTISEMENT Hidilyn Diaz wins Philippines’ first gold medal in 2018 Asian Games Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The suspect had altered his appearance significantly,” Dyer said. “He shaved his head and also changed his clothing apparently in an attempt to avoid being recognized.”The Fresno County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased victim as a Brant Daniels, 19, who had moved from the Los Angeles area to attend Fresno State but was not a current student.Police identified the two wounded men as Fresno State student Roderick Buycks, 19, and Drew Pfeiff, 22, who is not enrolled at the university.Fresno State students were never in danger because police were in contact with the gunman and knew he was not on campus, Dyer said.Police were searching for evidence, including the gun, at six apartments at University Village Apartments. Police arrested college student Tuesday suspected of opening fire at an apartment during a dispute over a video game console, killing one man and wounding two others. Jonquel Brooks, 19, was taken into custody after a series of intense phone negotiations with police, his parents and an attorney, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.Police said the shooting across a street from the California State University, Fresno, stadium broke out during a confrontation with four men over a Playstation game console late Monday.Brooks, who was majoring in criminology at Fresno State, was arrested after police and federal agents launched a manhunt for him. Investigators initially believed he was still inside the apartment complex where the shooting occurred, but then expanded the search to other parts of Fresno.
getty Owen’s career at Newcastle was ravaged by persistent injury troubles 😞 “You had the impression he didn’t want to be at Newcastle!”Sam Allardyce managed @TheMichaelOwen at #NUFC and says Owen’s revelation that he couldn’t wait to retire years before he quit was evident during his time at St James’s Park ⚪️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/otRQ1wPf7K— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) August 28, 2018 2 Sam Allardyce with Owen during his eight-month reign at Newcastle Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he was not surprised by Michael Owen’s revelation that he ‘couldn’t wait to retire’ during the tail-end of his career.The former Newcastle United manager says it was obvious the striker did not want to be at the club during his spell in charge at St James’ Park. Owen stunned Magpies fans by admitting in a recent interview that he was so fearful of suffering another serious injury that he did not enjoy the latter years of his career.His frank admission drew criticism from Toon legends Alan Shearer – his former team-mate – and Micky Quinn – who said the England star did not prove value for money during his Newcastle career.Owen remains Newcastle’s record signing, following after his £16.5million move from Real Madrid in 2005.The former Liverpool star played under Allardyce during the manager’s short reign at St James’ Park, and Big Sam had admitted it was clear to see that the striker had no desire to be at the club.Asked if Owen’s comments surprised him, Allardyce said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “No.“I had the impression he didn’t want to be at Newcastle. “Michael Owen was an unbelievably fantastic player and I can get what he’s talking about, because he realised his own body couldn’t do what he did best, which was his pace and running the channels.“Unfortunately the injures took such a toll on him in the end and he was injured an awful lot at Newcastle when I saw there, which was maybe why he ended up not liking it as much as he possible should have done.“But I think he should have just kept that to himself.” GETTY 2
Josh McCown passed for a career-high 385 yards and two touchdowns and Neil Rackers kicked a career-best six field goals. But the sloppy play and one-sided result in a game between two of the NFL’s worst teams seemed secondary to the goodwill and international exposure of a foreign venture the league hopes to turn into an annual affair. @Roundup Score:At Falcons 30, Vikings 10 @Roundup Text:Michael Vick went down midway through the second quarter with a sprained right knee and watched the rest of the game from the sideline as backup Matt Schaub and the defense finished off Atlanta’s rout. Warrick Dunn rushed for 126 yards, including his 50th career touchdown on a 37-yard run, to lead a 274-yard performance on the ground. Vick ran for 58 yards and threw a touchdown pass before getting hurt. The Falcons’ defense made things miserable for Daunte Culpepper, who was sacked nine times, intercepted twice and lost a fumble for the Vikings (1-3). Coleman, Brady Smith and Demorrio Williams had two sacks apiece for the Falcons (3-1), who had their most sacks since a franchise-record 10 against New Orleans in 1997. @Roundup Score:Broncos 20, at Jaguars 7 @Roundup Text:Jake Plummer threw two touchdown passes to backup offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell, while Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell combined for 175 yards rushing. The Broncos (3-1) won their third in a row despite a short week that followed a Monday night victory against Kansas City and improved to 3-10 in Florida. They had been 0-2 in Jacksonville. Denver played well without star cornerback Champ Bailey, whose streak of 99 consecutive starts ended when he was inactive with a hamstring injury. Fred Taylor carried eight times for 14 yards, and the Jaguars (2-2) finished with a franchise-low 12 yards rushing. @Roundup Score:At Buccaneers 17, Lions 13 @Roundup Text:Joey Galloway scored on an 80-yard reception and Brian Griese threw for 302 yards as Tampa Bay got off to its first 4-0 start since 1997. Rookie Carnell Williams was slowed by a sore hamstring and held to 13 yards on 11 carries. He left the game late in the third quarter and did not return. He also has been slowed by a sprained foot. Detroit (1-2) thought it would escape with a victory when Joey Harrington found Marcus Pollard in the right corner of the end zone, but the tight end’s sliding catch was reversed by instant replay. @Roundup Score:At Saints 19, Bills 7 @Roundup Text:Aaron Brooks ran for a touchdown, John Carney kicked four field goals and the defense kept Buffalo’s floundering offense bottled up after the first quarter as New Orleans won in the Alamodome. The Saints also snapped a two-game losing streak in their temporary home after Hurricane Katrina forced them from the Superdome. Donte’ Stallworth had eight receptions for 129 yards and Deuce McAllister rushed for 130 yards for the Saints (2-2). J.P. Losman continued to struggle for Buffalo (1-3), going 7 of 15 for 75 yards with an interception and three sacks before he was replaced by Kelly Holcomb at the start of the fourth quarter. @Roundup Score:At Ravens 13, Jets 3 @Roundup Text:Jamal Lewis scored on a 1-yard run, Matt Stover kicked two field goals, and Baltimore won its first game of the year. The Ravens (1-2) held Curtis Martin to 30 yards on 13 carries, sacked third-string quarterback Brooks Bollinger five times and limited the Jets (1-3), to eight first downs and 152 yards. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The cavernous arena was packed to the rafters with a crowd that exceeded the league’s most optimistic projections two days ago. It proved the sport’s avid following in Mexico is second to none outside the United States. “The experience in Mexico City has been wonderful, and this capped it off,” said Rackers, who fell one short of the NFL record for field goals in a game. “It was wonderful. They’re great fans, really into the game, more knowledgeable than I thought they would be. It was probably the best crowd I’ve been around.” The Cardinals (1-3) agreed to give up a home game to make history, and the NFC West rivals played in front of 68,398 more fans than they drew for last season’s meeting at Sun Devil Stadium. The crowd topped the previous NFL record for a regular-season game, when 102,368 fans saw the Los Angeles Rams play the 49ers at the Coliseum on Nov. 10, 1957. Rackers loved the mountain air in a city 2,000 feet higher than Denver and connected from 40, 45, 48, 23, 43 and 24 yards, but the Cardinals decided not to kick one last, late field goal to tie the league record held by four players. “I’d rather be a gentleman and not kick a field goal against a team we’ve got to play again this season,” Rackers said. MEXICO CITY — The NFL threw a fiesta at Azteca Stadium, and the biggest regular-season crowd in league history turned up wearing vibrant colors and singing raucous cheers. Mexico’s 103,467 fans created a thrilling atmosphere at the league’s first regular-season game outside the United States — even though the Arizona Cardinals’ 31-14 victory over the San Francisco 49ers wasn’t exactly the most savory version of “futbol americano.”
Rolle, a member of the Drake track and field team, won the women’s triple jump at the Missouri Invitational with a mark of 40-8.25 that was just 1.25 inches off of her personal best, which ranks second all-time in the Drake record books. She was also eighth in the long jump at the same competition.She defeated competitors from Missouri, SIU Edwardsville and Western Illinois in addition to junior colleges to win the triple jump and her mark ranks as the best in the MVC this season by nearly a foot and in the top 50 nationally.Academically, Rolle holds a 3.76 grade point average as an entrepreneurship major at Drake. About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Version Rolle and the Drake track and field teams return to competition this weekend at the Jennette/Messersmith Invitational in Cedar Falls, Iowa, hosted by UNI Taryn Rolle, a junior from The Bahamas, has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs.
Former Donegal and Mayo senior footballer Martin Carney will perform the formal launch of the 42nd Donegal Sports Star Awards in the Mount Errigal Hotel tomorrow evening. Ballyshannon native Carney was the Gaelic Football category winner in 1977, in only the second year of the Sports Star Awards.He was a member of the Donegal senior football team at that time and had won two Ulster titles under the management of Brian McEniff. Martin went on to win four Connacht finals as a member of the Mayo senior football squad. In recent years Carney has become one of the country’s top GAA football analysts featuring regularly on RTE Sport at major championship games.The Donegal Sports Star Awards launch takes place tomorrow evening in the Mount Errigal Hotel at 6pm.Martin Carney to officially launch 2017 Donegal Sports Star Awards was last modified: January 8th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSMartin Carney
Carl Froch says his rematch with Hammersmith’s George Groves will be his biggest fight – as 60,000 tickets for the Wembley showdown are sold within a few hours of going on sale. Video courtesy of iFL TV. See also:Groves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’DeGale eyes world title after joining HearnFroch ‘mentally more switched on’ for rematch, says HearnGroves’ trainer Fitzpatrick convinced Froch wanted to avoid rematchGroves predicts ‘changing of the guard’ in rematch with FrochGroves: My left hook will finish FrochFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Justice Edwin Cameron addressing the PlenarySession at the 17th International AIDSConference, held in Mexico in August 2008.(Image: International Aids Society) A memorial to the late Aids activist GuguDlamini, killed for making her HIV-positivestatus public. Dlamini was the inspirationfor Cameron’s unveiling of his ownstatus. (Image: Avert)Janine ErasmusA decade after former president Thabo Mbeki blocked his appointment, Judge Edwin Cameron has taken his seat on the Bench of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa dealing with constitutional matters.President Kgalema Motlanthe announced on 31 December 2008 that Cameron would be the next Constitutional Court judge, taking over the position left by Justice Tholakele “Tholie” Madala, who retired at the end of 2008. Cameron moves into his chambers at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg in January 2009.Other top judges in the running for the position were Cape High Court Judge Shehnaz Meer, Johannesburg High Court Judge Nigel Willis and Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo.The appointment has also made headlines because Cameron, who turns 56 in February 2009, is openly gay and was the first high-profile public figure in South Africa to reveal that he is HIV-positive. He is well-known and respected as a long-standing activist for the rights of those living with HIV, and has worked tirelessly for many years to combat the discrimination and stigma associated with the disease.The Pretoria-born judge was moved to disclose his HIV status shortly after Aids activist Gugu Dlamini was stoned to death by a gang of boys in her neighbourhood of KwaMancinza, KwaZulu-Natal, for revealing on an isiZulu radio station that she was HIV positive. Her announcement came on 1 December, World Aids Day 1998, and she paid for it with her life. Dlamini had been a volunteer field worker for the National Association of People Living with HIV/Aids.Cameron had lived with the knowledge of his status for three years before disclosing it. In a 2005 interview with UK magazine Positive Nation he said, “I thought, I’m living with the professional and middle-class protections, surrounded by caring friends and family, and I’m not speaking, but this woman did. That’s what compelled me to speak.”For breaking his silence, Cameron in turn was praised by former president Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s new breed of heroes.In the same interview Cameron mentioned that he had suffered no negative repercussions whatsoever in his professional or personal life, and was overwhelmed by the love and praise that had poured in for him. He confessed to being puzzled that other public figures had not felt compelled to come out and speak themselves.A superb legal mindEdwin Cameron grew up in Pretoria and after matriculating from Pretoria Boys’ High School and took up studies at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. Here he completed a BA in Law followed by a BA Honours in Latin. Later he obtained his LLB through the University of South Africa.Not content with these qualifications, Cameron was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1976 to study at Keble College, Oxford, completing two first-class degrees, a BA Jurisprudence and Batchelor of Civil Law. In 2003 he was made an honorary Fellow of Keble College and in the same year was invited to be a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford.Cameron was admitted to the Johannesburg Bar in 1983 and three years later began to practise as a human rights lawyer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies. His practice included labour and employment law; the defence of African National Congress freedom fighters charged with treason; land tenure and forced removals; objection on conscientious and religious grounds; and gay and lesbian equality.During this time he became active in human rights relating to HIV and Aids, co-founding the Aids Consortium, a national network of NGOs addressing the needs of those suffering with Aids, and founding the Aids Law Project, among other accomplishments. He also co-drafted the Charter of Rights on Aids and HIV, the founding document of the Aids Consortium.In 1994 President Mandela appointed him to the High Court on a temporary basis, where he chaired a commission into illegal arms deals, after which he took up a permanent position in 1995. Since 2000 Cameron has been a justice of the Supreme Court in Bloemfontein. Immediately prior to this appointment he served for a year as an Acting Justice in the Constitutional Court.Between 1998 and 2008 Cameron chaired the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand, the institution’s governing body. His long relationship with Wits includes a seat on numerous University committees as well as the Senate.Former Director of the Wits Centre for Applied Legal Studies, David Unterhalter, has referred to Cameron as ‘”one of the leading lawyers of his generation, possibly the leading lawyer”.Cameron is current General Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa. His other roles include patronages of several charitable organisations, among them the Guild Cottage Children’s Home, the Sparrow’s Nest Children’s Hospice, the Community AIDS Response, and the Soweto HIV/Aids Counsellors’ Alliance.Staunch Aids activistCameron has done stellar work in entrenching the rights of gay and lesbian people in the constitutional laws of the country, and fighting against the denial and discrimination associated with HIV and Aids. His outspoken opposition to Thabo Mbeki’s controversial stance of denial towards Aids, and reluctance to make anti-retroviral drugs available to all, earned him the disfavour of the former president. It is believed to have been a significant factor in his failure to gain an appointment to the Constitutional Court.Legal experts today believe that Cameron’s appointment, and that of the new Minister of Health Barbara Hogan, represent a break away from the denialist policies of the past.Cameron is the author of a number of legal books on that subject and others, such as Defiant Desire – Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa, and Honoré’s South African Law of Trusts. He has also written treatises on labour and industrial law. In 2005 he put his own experiences down in writing in the book Witness to Aids, which earned him the 2006 Alan Paton award for non-fiction, together with HIV-positive journalist Adam Levin.Among the many tokens of recognition Cameron has received from all over the world are the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 2000, a special award in 2002 from the Bar of England and Wales in recognition of his work in international jurisprudence and human rights, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation Excellence in Leadership Award in 2003.For the rights of the peopleThe 11 judges appointed to the Constitutional Court must be independent – they may not be members of Parliament or of any political party, nor may they serve in any governmental role. Candidates are interviewed and then proposed by the Judicial Service Commission, a body that advises the government on matters relating to the administration of justice.The successful candidates are selected by the president, in consultation with the Chief Justice and the National Assembly. Under normal circumstances, judges serve for a non-renewable term of 12 to 15 years, depending on the initial age of the judge when taking up his or her appointment.The first judges took to the Bench in 1994 and were appointed by then president Mandela. Senior counsel and veteran struggle lawyer Arthur Chaskalson was the first president of the Constitutional Court. He was followed by the first four judges, all drawn from the ranks of the Supreme Court – Laurie Ackermann, Richard Goldstone, Tholie Madala and Ismail Mohamed.The remaining six judges were Johann Kriegler, John Didcott, Pius Langa, Kate O’Regan, Yvonne Mokgoro, and Albie Sachs.The Constitutional Court was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in February 1995. “The last time I appeared in court,” said Mandela on that occasion, “was to hear whether or not I was going to be sentenced to death. Today I rise not as an accused, but on behalf of the people of South Africa, to inaugurate a court South Africa has never had, a court on which hinges the future of our democracy.”The Court’s first hearing involved the constitutionality of the death penalty, and after three days of hearings it delivered its judgement that the death penalty was indeed unconstitutional.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at email@example.com.Useful linksConstitutional CourtSupreme Court of AppealJohannesburg Bar SocietyCentre for Applied and Legal StudiesAids Law ProjectNational Association of People Living with Hiv/AidsWitness to AidsAids Consortium
Keeping airliner windshields clear today is a far cry from the early piston era when pans of alcohol mounted above the instrument panel were lit on fire to prevent windshield icing. Windshield wipers, still in use even on the Boeing 747, are highly effective at sweeping rain and snow away from aircraft windshields, but with the higher speeds of jets, other innovative methods were employed to maintain good pilot visibility during approaches and departures in bad weather. The biggest single advance was using heated high-pressure bleed air ducted from the aircraft’s engines to cover the windshield with a protective layer of hot air to prevent ice from building-up on the glass.Other methods for maintaining pilot visibility in bad weather include electrically-heated wires imbedded in the windshield, thin sheets of alcohol dispersed externally on the windshield, or a combination of trusty windshield wipers augmented by a rain-dispersing agent. Another factor in anti-icing and rain dispersal is the design of the windshield itself. The current Boeing 737 windshield, in use since 1954, has six perfectly flat panes of glass. Newer wide-body airliners have compound-curved windshields with entirely different airflow characteristics for mitigating ice accumulation and rain.
A satellite image of the deep-water Port of Ngqura, and the surrounding infrastructure of the Coega Industrial Development Zone. (Image: Google Earth) MEDIA CONTACTS • John Dludlu, spokesperson Transnet Limited + 27 11 308 2458 +27 83 676 1881 +27 83 277 4774 John.firstname.lastname@example.org • Nelis van Tonder, senior executive Sales & Marketing, Container & Automotive Transnet Freight Rail +27 21 940 2531 +27 83 452 6711 • Ntombentsha Yaya Coega Industrial Development Zone +27 41 403 0400 Ntombentsha.Yaya@coega.co.za • Transnet National Port Authority +27 11 351 9001 RELATED ARTICLES • Highest global quality fuel in SA • Infrastructure development in South Africa • Capital spending boosts economyWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s new deep-water harbour, the port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth, launched operations last week when its first commercial customer, the MSC Catania, docked at the port.The port is an integral part of the Coega Industrial Development Zone, a new initiative that aims to boost the regional economy of the Eastern Cape province.The 300-metre long and 13-metre deep ship was used to test vessel operators’ skills in offloading and handling containers. After months in training, two teams of operators – with a third on standby – succeeded at their first commercial offloading, using the port’s state-of-the-art Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes. The MSC Catania loaded and off-loaded 275 containers, with an average of 19 containers handled per hour.“We are pleased to report that it was all smooth sailing today in terms of portside operations at Ngqura,” Tau Morwe, chief executive of Transnet Port Terminals, said after the inauguration on 4 October.“This experimental start-up indicates we are ready to take the port to the next level.” Transnet Port Terminals is a division of Transnet, the parastatal company that runs South Africa’s national transport infrastructure.Alleviating container congestionThe Ngqura Port, which lies at the mouth of the Coega River in Algoa Bay, is the country’s eighth and latest commercial port development.It has an advantage over other ports in Africa in that it is a deep-water port with a depth of between 16 and 18 metres. This means it can accommodate new generation container vessels and will allow Transnet to increase capacity for container volumes.The improved infrastructure will relieve container congestion in the South African port system, while attracting additional transhipment cargo. Transnet says the new port is the solution to South Africa’s lack of container capacity that has been strained by a considerable growth in container traffic.A Transnet statement explained that the Ngqura container terminal will have the capacity to accommodate “Ultra-Mega” ships carrying 6 000 to 10 000 TEUs – 20-foot equivalent units, a measure used for capacity in container transport. It will be able to handle more than 100 container moves per ship working hour, with sufficient stack and berth capacity to cater for future growth up to 2-million TEUs. The terminal also boasts good inland connectivity for import and export traffic through road and rail. South Africa’s freight transport system. Sishen is a massive iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape, while City Deep in Johannesburg is the country’s only inland terminal. The port of Maputo is in the neighbouring country of Mozambique. (Image: Transnet) Transnet has to date invested more than R10 billion (US$1.36-billion) to develop the state-of-the-art port and associated infrastructure. This includes a world class two-berth container terminal (and a further two berths under construction), a two-berth multipurpose terminal and a one-berth liquid bulk terminal.The new port is also a safer alternative for ships wanting to avoid the Somalia coast, which has recently been plagued by pirates.It could also serve as a “feeder” or “loading centre” for other destinations. The container node would function as a hub where large freight ships could unload their cargo for further distribution by road, sea or rail to other destinations in Africa.Economic development and tradeThe port is considered the most modern harbour in Africa. Although sub-Saharan Africa has a number of smaller ports, these are only suitable for medium-sized ships. It will not only boost the economy of the Eastern Cape; it is also an important development for trade in South Africa and the rest of Africa as a whole.Building economist Dr Johan Snyman said the new harbour development is a rare construction project. Although the upgrading of some of South Africa’s other harbours is underway, Ngqura is the first new harbour development in many years.Rob Jeffrey, a director and senior economist at Econometrix, said that the promotion of industrial development at the Coega Industrial Development Zone would have a considerable impact on the underdeveloped Eastern Cape. It is likely to boost the gross regional product of the province and significantly increase growth in the Nelson Mandela Metro area, the broader municipality into which Port Elizabeth falls.“This is substantial for such a relatively underdeveloped area, which is currently heavily reliant on the motor industry,” Jeffrey said.He added that the development could also lead to a permanent increase in skills in the economy, particularly in local communities.“It would affect a substantial number of people faced with few alternatives in a province with an extremely high unemployment rate, which has been measured in excess of 25%. The unemployment rate in adjacent Greater Motherwell has been placed at over 30%.” Motherwell is a sprawling urban settlement outside Port Elizabeth that also forms part of the Nelson Mandela Metro.The port development will also directly create employment in the region. Transnet Port Terminals said in a statement that R4-billion (US$490-million) invested by 2002 created employment for 50 627 people – the equivalent of 12.6 jobs per R1-million (US$123 000) invested.For the R5.1-billion (US$625-million) spent by 2007, 66 213 jobs had been created, this time 12.9 jobs for each R1-million invested. To date, almost R9.8-billion (US$1.2-billion) has been invested in the Ngqura port.The port development also holds positive secondary benefits for other product groups such as agriculture, fishing, construction, transport (including storage), financial and business services, electricity and gas as well as wholesale and retail business.Jeffrey pointed out that Coega and its port is ideally located to kick-start local and regional economic development of the area. He explained that some of the planned projects within the Coega development are capital-intensive and technologically advanced. This will result in an inflow of skilled people to the province and substantial education, training, upgrading of skills and development of small businesses.“This will contribute to population growth and wealth generation, the benefits of which flows down into the less skilled population,” he said. The developments will also cause an increase in purchasing power, as the average remuneration per worker of such large projects is generally higher than the region’s average.He cites Richards Bay as an example of the Coega’s potential impact in the region in years to come. Richards Bay evolved over a period of 30 years from a small fishing village into one of South Africa’s premier industrial districts. Today, together with the nearby town of Empangeni, it has a total population exceeding 50 000. The area has over 5 000 businesses, is the third most important region in KwaZulu-Natal and has had an economic growth rate higher than the average for the country and the province.“This gives an indication of the type of expansion that can take place once the initial key industries are in place and act as a nucleus or a magnet, which can attract other upstream and downstream industries,” Jeffrey said.Power tugsTransnet has also announced that the deep-water port is expecting the delivery of one of its three new tugboats in mid-October this year. Currently, it is undergoing sea trials in the Port of Durban. An additional two new tugboats will also be delivered in April and May next year. Each tugboat has an approximate cost of R120-million, and capable of a 70-ton bollard pull. They are regarded as the most powerful harbour tugs in South Africa.Rail operationsRail operations at the new port have also received a stamp of approval. In September, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) ran a test train on the Ngqura main line, and was declared safe for operations.According to a statement from TFR, this is an important step in preparation for the planned commercial launch of the new port and its container terminal this month.TFR is still confident that all its operations are on target for the completion of the Ngqura rail terminal, marshalling yard, and main line construction to the hinterland. There are currently four operational lines in the marshalling yard and the remaining five should be available by March next year. The new marshalling yard infrastructure can accommodate up to six trains daily per direction, and the hinterland will have a design capacity of two trains per day. The hinterland capacity will be increased as volumes increase, depending on financial and business viability.The rail route will connect the new port to the City Deep rail terminal in Johannesburg in Gauteng province via Beaconsfield in the Northern Cape. Transnet has refurbished 400 container wagons and will utilise its 7E locomotive fleet for traffic on the line, which has a designed capacity of six trains per day, each with 50 wagons.