SA, Nigeria sign accounting agreement

first_img22 January 2013 The South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Council for the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria to facilitate cooperation and allow members to work in both countries, the institute announced last week. The memorandum allows members of the one organisation to become members of the other, which will enable South African accountants to work in Nigeria and Nigerian accountants to practice in South Africa. “Nigeria’s business environment is in strong growth mode, and so offers the South African professional accountant a great new market in which to operate,” the institute’s chief executive officer, Shahied Daniels, said in a statement. “We look forward to working closely with our Nigerian colleagues to build a reliable standards framework that will support bilateral trade and business.” Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and has emerged as a key trading partner for South Africa. Nigeria has been recognised as one of the fastest growing economies in the world since 2001 and its gross domestic product is believed to average 6.8% until 2015, according to SAIPA. Trade volumes between the two countries also increased to US$30-million in 2012. “Africa is steadily building a business-friendly environment that is attractive to international investors and promotes intra-regional trade,” said chief executive of the Council for the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Terkaa Gemade. “This link between two leading professional accountancy bodies in Africa’s two most important economies is an important step in building that environment and offers potential to the members of both organisations.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Infographic: Mining in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, set to run from 9 to 12 February in Cape Town, is Africa’s – and the world’s – largest mining investment gathering, an annual professional conference dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests on the continent. To preview the event, we bring you facts and figures about the mining industry in South Africa.Click on the graphic to enlarge.last_img

The legacy of Albert Luthuli

first_imgANC president from 1952 to 1967, and winner of the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, Chief Albert Luthuli was the most respected African leader of his era. The Albert Luthuli Legacy Project keeps the story of Luthuli – and the millions of people he represented – alive for a generation of South Africans born into freedom.‘No true peace and progress can be secured in any country as long as there are others in that country denied full democratic rights and duties’ – Chief Albert John Luthuli (Photo: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa reporterPresident-General of the African National Congress from December 1952 until his death in 1967, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, Chief Albert John Luthuli was the most widely known and respected African leader of his era.Luthuli’s home in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal, a meeting place for people linked to South Africa’s freedom struggle during the years of Luthuli’s banishment, was proclaimed a museum in August 2004.The opening marked the completion of the government-driven Albert Luthuli Legacy Project, which included the launch of an annual memorial lecture, and the unveiling of a bronze statue of Luthuli at the KwaDukuza Municipal Chambers, and of a memorial at the Groutville Congregational Church where Luthuli’s grave is located.The house that is now the Chief Albert Luthuli Museum was under constant police surveillance when Luthuli lived there.Although Luthuli had been banished to his home by the apartheid government, many people travelled there to seek his counsel – among them United States attorney-general Senator Robert Kennedy, who arrived by helicopter for an unofficial visit in 1966.The Order of Luthuli is South Africa’s highest award for contributions to democracy, human rights, justice and peace. See: South Africa’s national orders.Luthuli and his guest held a private discussion on a wooden bench that is still positioned under a tree outside the museum. The two men discussed the ANC’s vision of a united South Africa, and before leaving Kennedy gave the ANC leader a portable record player and recordings of speeches made by his brother, former US president JF Kennedy.The ventilation shafts running beneath the floorboards were once used to conceal documents. According to the Arts and Culture Department, during restoration work on the building, workers uncovered a number of papers dating from that historic era.A latecomer to politicsAccording to SA History Online, Luthuli – who preferred his Zulu name Mvumbi (“Continuous Rain”) to his Christian names Albert John – was a latecomer to politics, nearly 50 when he first assumed national political office.Born near Bulawayo in what was then Rhodesia (and is now Zimbabwe) in 1898, Luthuli was sent back to his family’s home at Groutville mission station in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 1908.After completing a teaching course at Edendale near Pietermaritzburg, Luthuli took up the running of a small primary school in the Natal uplands. At around the same time, he was confirmed in the Methodist Church and became a lay preacher.The language of the Bible and Christian principles “profoundly affected his political style and beliefs for the rest of his life”, SA History Online states in its biography.In 1920 Luthuli studied further, then took up a teaching post, at Adams College. In 1935 he agreed to accept the chieftaincy of Groutville reserve, and returned home to become an administrator of local tribal affairs for the next 17 years.Luthuli’s public support for the 1952 Defiance Campaign finally brought him into direct conflict with the South African government, who demanded he resign from the ANC and dismissed him from his post as chief when he refused to do so.In response, Luthuli issued “The Road to Freedom is via the Cross”, in which he condemned apartheid as degrading to all who are party to it and expressed both his belief in non-violence and an optimism that whites would sooner or later accept a shared society.“The notoriety gained by his dismissal, his eloquence, his unimpeachable character, and his demonstrated loyalty to the ANC all made Luthuli a natural candidate to succeed ANC President James Moroka”, SA History Online states in its biography.Luthuli was elected ANC president-general by a large majority in December 1952, winning re-election in 1955 and 1958.“Bans imposed in early 1953 and renewed in the following year prevented him from giving direction to the day-to-day activities of Congress”, SA History Online states, “but as a country-bred ‘man of the people’, combining the most inspiring qualities of Christian and traditional leadership, he provided a powerful symbol for an organisation struggling to rally mass support.”Between the end of 1957 and May 1959, during a lapse in restrictions on his movements, Luthuli made a number of highly publicised addresses to whites and mixed audiences, his polished speeches and balanced appeals for reason in race relations earning him the praise of many white South Africans.Six days after the Sharpeville emergency in 1960, Luthuli sought to rally Africans to resistance by publicly burning his pass in Pretoria and calling for a national day of mourning. On 30 March he was detained and held until August, when he was tried and given a six-month suspended sentence.‘How easy it would have been to hate’Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, Luthuli was allowed to travel to Oslo to receive the award the following year.In his acceptance speech on 10 December 1961, Luthuli said: “It can only be on behalf of the people of South Africa, all the people of South Africa, especially the freedom-loving people, that I accept this award, that I acknowledge this honour. I accept it also as an honour not only to South Africa, but for the whole continent of Africa …“Quite long ago my forefathers extended a hand of friendship to people of Europe when they came to that continent. What has happened to the extension of that hand only history can say, and it is not time to speak about that here, but I would like to say, as I receive this prize of peace, that the hand of Africa was extended. It was a hand of friendship, if you read history.”In his Nobel lecture, delivered at the University of Oslo on the following day, Luthuli said: “How easy it would have been in South Africa for the natural feelings of resentment at white domination to have been turned into feelings of hatred and a desire for revenge against the white community.“Here, where every day, in every aspect of life every nonwhite comes up against the ubiquitous sign ‘Europeans Only’ and the equally ubiquitous policeman to enforce it – here it could well be expected that a racialism equal to that of their oppressors would flourish to counter the white arrogance toward blacks.“That it has not done so is no accident. It is because, deliberately and advisedly, African leadership for the past fifty years, with the inspiration of the African National Congress, which I had the honour to lead for the last decade or so until it was banned, had set itself steadfastly against racial vaingloriousness.“We know that in so doing we passed up opportunities for an easy demagogic appeal to the natural passions of a people denied freedom and liberty; we discarded the chance of an easy and expedient emotional appeal.“Our vision has always been that of a nonracial, democratic South Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens, with equal rights and responsibilities with all others. For the consummation of this ideal we have laboured unflinchingly. We shall continue to labour unflinchingly.”At the end of his lecture, after much applause, Luthuli sang the African anthem, Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika.On 21 July 1967, while taking a walk near his Natal home, Luthuli was killed, reportedly when he was struck by a train.Source: SA History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Why are there sheep floating in Boston Harbor?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two large sheep made from packing peanuts and coated with a white acrylic latex coating spent six weeks floating on a 12-by-12-foot chunk of artificial turf in Boston Harbor this fall.“My hope is that this floating sculptural installation sparks exploration, discussion, and interpretation of current issues,” wrote the artist behind the project, Hilary Zelson, on her website.The artwork is called “Who wears wool” and is meant to honor the area’s history of wool trade and point out the modern shift to using synthetic materials instead of natural wool. Zelson’s work can be found on her Instagram account.last_img

Your iTunes Music May Soon Sound A Whole Lot (24-Bit) Better

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Music aficionados know: there’s a trade-off that comes with the move to digital music. Sure, you can house your entire record collection on your computer. You can fit thousands of songs on your mobile phone. But if you’re downloading your mp3s from an online store like iTunes, you’re often getting a file with poorer sound quality.But a report from CNN suggests that Apple is working to improve the quality of its music downloads. Generally, studio recordings are captured in a 24-bit, high-fidelity format. But these are often downgraded to 16-bit files when pressed into CDs or distributed to digital retailers. From there, the files are compressed even further, so as to minimize the amount of time it takes for you to download the record or stream it over the Internet.But as digital music is quickly becoming the norm, efforts are underway to improve its sound quality – or at least give retailers some options of working from the higher grade 24-bit files. CNN reports that talks are underway between the music studios and Apple to do just that. It’s not the first time that Apple has made these efforts, as back in 2009, it doubled the bit-rate of its tracks.Of course, better quality, higher bit-rate files are just part of the solution here. Many devices don’t support 24-bit files. “Paul McCartney can master The Beatles albums all he wants, (but) when you play them through a Dell computer, it sounds like you’re playing them through a portable television,” says music executive Jimmy Iovine.The desire for a better quality music is evident in Radiohead’s release of its latest album, which allows fans to pay a little extra for uncompressed files. But as ReadWriteWeb editor Richard MacManus laments, that takes “so damn long to download!” audrey watters 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img Tags:#Apple#music#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts last_img read more

Geje Eustaquio bows to Adriano Moraes for 2nd time, surrenders ONE flyweight title

first_imgView comments Moraes got the nod of all three judges as he avenged his loss to Eustaquio in June 2018 when the Filipino became champion and evened their match up at 1-1.The Brazilian fighter, though, could not help but be impressed with Eustaquio’s grit, not giving up despite Moraes’ ridiculous submission attempt that had the Filipino fighter’s left leg bending in an awkward angle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTwo fighters showing respect after the match. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“I was very close to submission, but he didn’t tap out. Oh my god,” said Moraes, who thanked Manila for the warm response.Moraes called the absurd hold “the Mikinho back knee lock” in what he described as one submission technique that tapped everyone out at his stable American Top Team. More fireworks ensued in the fifth with the two exchanging big shots in their standup game before Moraes, once again, got the top position on the ground right up until the final bell rang.Team Lakay lost its second title in a week following Joshua Pacio’s split decision loss in his strawwweight title match last Saturday in Jakarta.Next title defense for the famed Baguio stable is Eduard Folayang’s lightweight rematch against Shinya Aoki in March.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img ONE: Team Lakay’s Honorio Banario absorbs TKO loss, fails to advance in Lightweight Grand Prix Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Adriano Moraes is back on top of the flyweight division. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It was a fitting end to ONE Championship’s first trilogy.Facing off for the final time, both fighters went at it tooth and nail but it was Adriano Moraes who managed to regain the ONE World flyweight title against rival Geje Eustaquio from Team Lakay in ONE: Hero’s Ascent Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more