Ray Maota Songezo Baleni, a B-Tech studentfrom DUT, received a Merit Awardfor his wedding ring design in thestudent category. Baleni named his woven ring design,“Love knot to last a lifetime”.(Images: DUT)MEDIA CONTACTS• Samantha VincentDUT: Jewellery Design Lecturer+27 72 115 8532 / +27 31 373 6675RELATED ARTICLES• SA academic elected to top council• Ground-breaking find by SA researcher• DUT offers online registration• Young writer to publish 18th bookJewellery design students from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) have proven their creative worth by coming third in the PlatAfrica 2011 design competition.The competition, sponsored by Anglo Platinum (Amplats) in conjunction with Metal Concentrators and Johnson Matthey, culminated in an awards ceremony at Arena Royale in Fourways, Johannesburg, on 22 October 2011.The theme for this year’s event was “Platinum Romance” and the aspiring entrants had to romanticise platinum in their designs.The competition was open to professionals, students and design apprentices.Mary Jane Morifi, Amplats’ corporate affairs executive, said: “The PlatAfrica 2011 winners have all demonstrated that South Africa has some of the best platinum jewellery design talent in the world.“This year’s entries were of a very high calibre, and firmly reflected the platinum romance theme through an array of visually captivating and precisely crafted designs.”There were three parts to the competition: the professional category, which recognised the contributions of industry professionals; the student design category; and the student and professional collaboration category.The professional category was won by Noeline and Michael Angove, along with Kevin Palmer of Lazer Options; second was Wooshen Pillay from Woosh Designs Jewellery Studio; while Dorothea Annandale from Dorothea Annandale Studio was placed third.Wilma Greyling of Stellenbosch University took home the first prize in the student category, with Catherine Slade from the College of Cape Town coming second and Kieran Tinsley from Cape Peninsula University of Technology taking third place.The DUT designers came third in the student and professional collaboration category; Cape Peninsula University of Technology students led by professional designer Vassiliki Konstandakellis took honours; while the team from Mizane Jewellery, Ken Brandt and Donovan Johnston were runners-up.Team effortThe design team from DUT comprised Lungelo Dlamini, Sphelele Mbhatha, Jongani Mzukwa and Collin Ngiba. They were led by professional designer Vijay Shah of Vijay Shah Jewellers.Shah said: “After winning the professional category twice, I discovered I had a greater hunger to learn and share my knowledge. I have a long-standing relationship with the Department of Jewellery Design and I opted to mentor students and the outcome has been quite remarkable.”The jeweller won the designer category of the competition for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010.Shah holds a degree in Fine Art from the University of Durban-Westville and boasts 20 years of experience as an established designer.Samantha Vincent, DUT jewellery design lecturer, said: “We are extremely proud of our students’ performance. They have exhibited great skill and exceptional talent in their design and craftsmanship. Students worked on this competition for five weeks from conception to finished product.”The team won a cash prize of R8 000 (US$1 000) for being placed third, while Songezo Baleni, a BTech student at DUT, received a merit award for his woven wedding ring design in the student category.Baleni named his ring the Love knot to last a lifetime and said he hoped this was the first award of more to come for his woven jewellery.DUT has taken part in the competition since 2006, and in 2009 included it into its third-year Work Integrated Learning curriculum.Romanticising platinumThe DUT team’s design theme was “For richer, for poorer” which envisioned a marriage between a middle-class man and an upper-class woman.“Together we created five unique pieces as part of our range, ‘For Richer, for Poorer’. My professional input assisted students with their design concepts and technical construction of their pieces,” said Shah.Ngiba made cufflinks for the father of the bride and called them Sabiduría, which is Spanish for wisdom. Mbatha made the groom’s wedding ring, Dlamini created a brooch for the groom’s brother and called it Flor, which is Spanish for flower; while Mzukwa made the bride’s ring and named it Te Amo, Spanish for I love you.The students’ designs were complemented by a hair ornament for the bride’s mother from Shah. Shah called his design Diva.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Numerous agricultural organizations, after reviewing the text of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, expressed strong support for the TPP deal and called on the U.S. Congress to expeditiously pass the agreement.Initiated in late 2008, TPP is a regional trade deal that includes the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, which account for nearly 40% of global GDP.“Past U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs) have demonstrated the importance to our industry of opening international markets,” said Dr. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “TPP will provide benefits to our producers that dramatically exceed those of prior trade agreements. I assure you that pork producers across this great nation will do whatever it takes to get TPP passed by Congress and implemented.”Previous agreements have increased U.S. pork exports by 1,550% in value and almost 1,300% in volume since 1989 — the year the United States began using bilateral and regional trade agreements to open foreign markets — and now are valued at nearly $6.7 billion.“The United States now exports more pork to its 20 FTA partners than to the rest of the world combined,” Prestage said. “Free trade agreements work,” he stressed, “not just for pork producers and U.S. agriculture but for the entire U.S. economy. As a nation, we export almost as much to our FTA partners as we do to the rest of the world combined.”More than a quarter of total U.S. pork production now is exported, and those exports add more than $62 to the price pork producers receive for each hog marketed. Pork exports help generate an estimated 110,000 pork-related U.S. jobs.Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, who said a final TPP agreement would be “the most important commercial opportunity ever for U.S. pork producers,” estimates the TPP will exponentially increase U.S. pork exports and help create more than 10,000 U.S. jobs tied to those exports.“Without the TPP agreement, U.S. pork exports to the Pacific Rim region would be at a serious competitive disadvantage,” Prestage said. “Competitors such as the European Union, which are negotiating FTAs with countries in the region, will leap at the opportunity to fill the void that congressional delay would create. It is important that Congress act swiftly so that we don’t fall behind.”The TPP has the potential to provide even greater trade benefits if and when it is opened to additional countries, such as Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, all of which have expressed interest in joining the trade bloc.“NPPC deeply appreciates the efforts of U.S. trade officials in achieving an outcome from the TPP negotiations that will provide enormous new market opportunities for high-quality U.S. pork products,” Prestage said.Not everyone in agriculture, however, is as pleased with the TPP.“This agreement has been peddled to farmers and ranchers as a potential goldmine for farm exports. But as with other trade deals, these benefits are likely to be overshadowed by increased competition from abroad, paired with an uneven playing field that will not only reduce revenues for farmers and ranchers but will also speed the loss of U.S. jobs,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. “This agreement looks to be particularly bad for the nation’s ranchers. The beef export opportunities are very modest. Japan included a snapback provision that will allow them to fully reinstate the current high levels of tariffs if it deems that beef imports are hurting its domestic farmers. Japan’s protection, coupled with the very generous access the U.S. gave the rest of the world, will likely push down domestic prices.“While NFU will continue to analyze the text of the agreement, we already know TPP includes no enforceable language to address currency manipulation, an effective maneuver used by our competitors to immediately tilt the playing field in their favor, even after signing an agreement of this scope and magnitude, having the potential to completely wipe out any gains.”
Suspended Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader and former Lok Sabha member from Koraput, Jayaram Pangi, joined the BJP here on Tuesday.Mr. Pangi, who was suspended from BJD after the recent panchayat polls over “anti-party activities”, joined the BJP in the presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and others. Former Congress leader Giridhar Gamang, who had joined the BJP two nearly two years ago, was also present.While Mr. Pradhan said that Mr. Pangi joining the BJP will be a boost to the party in tribal-dominated areas, senior BJD leader from Koraput, Rabi Narayan Nand, said it will not make any difference to his party.Murder caseMr. Pangi’s name had figured in the case relating to the murder of primary school teacher Itishree Pradhan at Tikiri in Rayagada district in 2013. The BJD had denied a party ticket to the tribal leader in 2014 elections Meanwhile, a tweet by Baijayant Panda, BJD MP from Kendrapara, created a flutter in political circles during the day. “One gone yesterday, another today. Yet when I cautioned last week, was contradicted. Now large sections unrepresented, resentment everywhere,” he tweeted. He was referring to BJD leader Amar Nayak joining the BJP in Jajpur district on Monday and Mr. Pangi joining the saffron party on Tuesday.Reacting to Mr. Panda’s tweet, BJD spokesman Pratap Keshari Deb said the MP should have asked the BJP how they accepted Mr. Pangi, whom they had accused of having a role behind the killing of Itishree Pradhan. “The BJP was accusing the BJD of shielding Mr. Pangi in the murder case, but how did they accept him now,” he asked.
The West Indies women thrashed hosts India by nine wickets with 13.1 overs to spare in the first ODI at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s BKC ground in Mumbai on Monday.West Indies vice-captain and off spinner Anisa Mohammed grabbed four out of the top six Indian wickets to help skittle out the hosts for a paltry 161.The target was easily achieved by the visitors who rode on opener Stefanie Taylor’s unbeaten 85 in 122 balls.One- down Shanel Daley remained unconquered with 44 off 86 balls and also added 137 runs for the unfinished second wicket with Stefanie after the cheap dismissal of the other opener, Juliana Nero, who fell to Indian skipper Jhulan Goswami.Earlier, opting to bat first, the home team stumbled against Anisa and medium pacer Deandra Dottin to be reduced to 129 for 7 before the slog phase and could not post a good score which could have troubled the visitors.The second and third matches of the best-of-five series are to be held at Vadodara on January 13 and 15 followed by the last two ties at Rajkot on the 18th and 19th. The visitors are also slated to take on the home team in a best-of-three T20 series with all matches scheduled at Ahmedabad from 22nd to 24th January.Brief Scores: India 161 all out in 49.3 overs ( Poonam Raut 33, Harmanpreet Kaur 32; Anisa Mohammed 4 for 27) lost to West Indies 162 for 1 in 36.5 overs ( Stefanie Taylor not out 85, Shanel Daley not out 44)With PTI inputs