SA a stable democracy: Motlanthe

first_img5 March 2012 South Africa is politically and economically stable and investors should not be put off by debate about the country’s policies, which is natural in a fledgling democracy, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Addressing the Ernst and Young Strategic Growth Forum Africa at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town on Friday, Motlanthe said it was “normal in a fledgling democracy that you will have a plethora of views, but we think we are doing very well in terms of national cohesion”. The country has been alive with debates on nationalisation, land reform and labour policies in recent months.Making space for opposing views “We come from a [past] where views were not tolerated, views were suppressed, so we have to open up space for people to ventilate their views in public,” Motlanthe said. “The trick is knowing which views influence policy processes and how policy is adopted,” he told business leaders and government officials from across the continent. South Africa is a constitutional democracy owing its allegiance to the Constitution. “Certainly as the executive we know we have to work in a co-operative fashion with the other two arms of the state [the judiciary and and legislature] and that we are held accountable to the Constitution,” Motlanthe said.Predictable investment environment South Africa remains an attractive investment destination – it has a predictable investment environment, is politically stable, has a stable banking system and offers many investment opportunities, the Deputy President said. The country also enjoys goodwill with neighbouring countries, which bodes well for investors looking to expand across Africa. Motlanthe said the country’s response to the 2008-09 global financial crisis – which brought the government, labour, civil society and business together in a national dialogue – was even adopted as a model by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).Cabinet ‘to consider amendments to labour laws’ Earlier last week, Motlanthe said the Cabinet would be considering amendments to the country’s Labour Relations Act over the coming months, as part of a range of measures to ensure that more jobs are created. Responding to a question in Parliament from leader of the opposition Lindiwe Mazibuko on Wednesday, Motlanthe added, however, that South Africa’s current labour legislation was flexible enough to allow for competition in the labour market. He said the improvement of the country’s tertiary colleges and training institutions, mooted in the recently released Green Paper on Post-School Further Education and Training, would accelerate efforts to build a capable labour force. Turning to what was being done to ensure that economic growth was being led by the private sector, Motlanthe said the private sector played a major role, but that there would also be a role for government to create an enabling environment for growth. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

2018 off to a good start (mostly) Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dan Uetrecht, Warren Co.Things are going really well. The crop looks really good. I think we are one inch of rain away from having a perfect spring. We are a little dry and if we could just get a good soaker it would be perfect. Hopefully we’ll get it. We are supposed to heat up today. The weather has been really nice with some 70- and 80-degree days with low humidity. Now we’re supposed to get hot and humid and that should kick up some thunderstorms.For emergence it has been perfect. We didn’t have any beating rains. Everyone down this way said that this year was as good for getting the crop out of the ground without any issues as they have ever seen. The crop looks healthy.Around Wilmington and up towards Court House they have been getting some rains and things are really going. We could use some rain but we are still doing well.I think we’ll be running wheat in two or three weeks. We put fungicide down to protect it. I did find a little head scab in our wheat but not much. I think it will be a good crop but not a great crop. Two months ago I said there was no way we’d be running wheat in June. Now I think we will be. We hope to get second cutting hay done before we start baling straw.I plant about 50 acres of cover crops after wheat and the rest of the wheat acres will go to double-crop beans. The last couple years, double-crop beans have been phenomenal down here. We need late rains and a late frost for a good double-crop situation.This corn has gotten so big. I went out today and the corn is pushing waist high. We got done sidedressing last week and we just finished post- spraying all of our soybeans. We had to come back on all of our beans because we had problems with grass. We got a good burndown on the broadleaves.The markets have taken a little hit and this is the timeframe where you can get one more spike up or it could be on the downward spiral and it will be interesting to see what prices do in the next couple weeks.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

Create and Animate the UI of Instagram with Adobe After Effects

first_imgLearn how to break down the UI of popular social media sites and animate them to your liking.Understanding how to break down the UI of a specific site can be a helpful skill. You may have a client that wants to show how their business operates with a social platform or with a specific website. Being able to break down that UI will allow you to create an engaging animation.When breaking down a UI, you have to study the layout, research the typefaces, determine how the site operates, and grasp all other elements. In this Adobe After Effects tutorial, we will create the Instagram UI. This social media platform has a simple layout and, for the most part, a simple design. In the tutorial, we take a close look at font choice and careful positing to match the layout.The benefit of being able to recreate the Instagram UI is that it allows us to highlight specific elements that may be important to viewers. Editors typically record a screen video of a website when they need to include it in an edit. After watching our tutorial, you will no longer need to screen capture websites.DOWNLOAD FREE AE INSTAGRAM PROJECTWhat To Take Away from This After Effects TutorialWhether you are new to After Effects or have been using it for some time, there are several great takeaways from this tutorial:Breakdown the Instagram UI.Gather elements necessary for the layout.Use typography to replicate Instagram’s design.Create a variety of animations for every element of the UI.Understand the value of placeholders.Enjoy the tutorial and good luck!last_img read more