SA group to run African railways

first_img18 October 2005A consortium led by South African company Sheltam has won the concession to operate the railways of Kenya and Uganda. The Rift Valley Railway Consortium (RVRC) beat the last of its rivals, an Indian-led consortium, in its bid to operate the ailing Kenyan-Uganda railway system for the next 25 years.The 104-year-old railway is called the “Lunatic Express” by locals.The 25-year deal was signed in Nairobi on Friday. The seven year-long bidding process was overseen by the World Bank.Under the terms of the deal, the RVRC will pay an initial US$5-million fee and 11.1% of annual gross revenue per year thereafter.Sheltam bid $1-million for the passenger business, although the countries were ready to accept a negative bid, implying that they would subsidise the winner.“(The) winning proposal includes a turnaround and development programme for the two railway systems, expected to lead to a significant increase in freight traffic volumes within the first five years,” the selection commitee said in a statement.The consortium has committed itself to increasing traffic on the railway by 75% in the first five years.RVRC’s lead investor, the Sheltam Group of Companies, has a 61% share. Two other South african companies, Comazar Limited and the CDIO Institute for Africa Development Trust, together hold 14% of the consortium.Sheltam is a Port Elizabeth-based company with operations in South Africa, Zambia, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Kenya’s deputy transport minister, Andrew Ligale, was quoted in Uganda’s Sunday Vison as saying the lease would provide significant financial relief to his government, which has been subsidising the railway for several decades and in the past three years has spent the equivalent of $40.6-million keeping it alive.A final agreement with the two governments is expected to be signed in November, with the consortium taking operational control of the railways by the end of March 2006.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Beef 510 Program to be held in March

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beef 510 is a one-day program designed for those who have participated in Beef 509, but is open to all cattlemen. The program will continue the traditional beef sensory sessions and BQA presentations, but will also present information designed to help producers better prepare their operations and their cattle to meet challenges of the future. All who attend will be certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) at the end of the course. Beef 510 is a joint program coordinated by the Ohio Beef Council, the Department of Animal Sciences — OSU, and OSU Extension. The speakers are as follows:Justin Nelson, Director of Animal Procurement specializing in cattle for Tyson Foods, Inc. and located at the corporate office in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. He will discuss today’s marketing environment and Tyson’s approach to market access programs. The presentation will also discuss the decision from Wendy’s restaurants to purchase cattle beginning in 2019 only from those suppliers who can verify the producers providing the cattle are beef quality assurance certified.Mandy Carr Johnson, Sr. Executive Director for the Science, Culinary and Outreach team at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) oversees programs focusing on human nutrition research. In addition, she has oversights on influencer outreach, product quality, sustainability, and beef safety research, as well as the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner Culinary Center. She will discuss how the beef checkoff program is working to assure consumers that beef is a sustainable and nutritious food so consumers don’t feel pressured to explore other products perceived to be more sustainable or healthier. The presentation will also include a sneak peek into the checkoff’s new raising beef responsibly campaign and touch on the “Rethink the Ranch” consumer campaign focused on sharing stories of the people behind the product.Glen Arnold, is an Associate Professor with Ohio State University Extension and Field Specialist in Manure Nutrient Management Application. His on-farm research focuses on the use of livestock manure as a spring top-dress fertilizer on wheat and as a side dress fertilizer for corn. His research goal is to move livestock producers toward applying manure during the crop growing season instead of late fall application window. With the growing number of those who want to place the blame on livestock producers for Ohio’s water quality challenges, this session is not one to miss.Additional presenters include professors from the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University: Steve Boyles, OSU Extension Beef Specialist; Lyda Garcia, Assistant Professor of Meat Science/Meat Extension Specialist; and Eric England, Assistant Professor of Meat Science. The Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will also provide program updates.The Beef 510 program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. Lunch will be provided by the 2018 OSU Meats Judging Team. The registration form can be found at ohiocattle.org and should be returned to the OCA office by Feb. 16, 2018. Register early, as the program will fill up and space is limited.For more information contact, Emily Henes at the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736 or [email protected]last_img read more

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Delhi United win DSA league

first_imgThe burden of expectations can make the best falter, but not when it is a professional outfit like Delhi United.Going into the final of the DLF-Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) Annual Senior Division Football League against Shahdara FC on Tuesday, United – last year’s runners-up – had everything to lose as they were being challenged by first- time finalists Shahdara.But they once again proved that experience holds the key in pressure- cooker situations as they kept their composure to come from one goal down to beat Shahdara 3-2 when the referee blew the final whistle at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex.Having started off in attacking mode, United were in for a rude shock when Shahdara scored against the run of play in the 17th minute.Capitalising on a pin-point long pass from Baljit Singh and some careless defending inside the box, Ifeani headed in much, to the delight of the vociferous crowd, who weren’t really supporting either of the teams but were out to enjoy a good game of football.But that was just the beginning of the pressure United applied on the Shahdara backline.They kept them on their toes before finally equalising in the 47th.With goalkeeper Rakeev Kumar failing to clear an Obed Kamei shot, Francis took advantage of the goal- mouth melee to head in.United weren’t in the mood to breathe easy. They went for further attacking moves and scored their second goal in the 59th minute when Kamei took advantage of a defensive error to volley over Rakeev and put United ahead.advertisementCalling the shots all over the pitch, United went two goals ahead in the 67th when skipper Rishi Kapur – a household name in Delhi football – scored with a scorcher of a free-kick that Rakeev could only watch in disbelief.Shahdara did make it 2-3 in the 70th minute when Ifeani scored his second goal of the match, but it was too little, too late as the United defenders tightened the screws and didn’t let Shahdara equalise.Delhi United won a cash prize of Rs 1,50,000 while runnersup Shahdara FC collected a cheque of Rs 75,000. Semifinalists Tarun Sangha and Garhwal Heroes took home Rs 40,000 each.last_img read more

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