DTI: first stop for exporters

first_imgThe DTI is positioned as the essential point of contact for anyone involved in trade and investment in South Africa.The export process is sector-specific, and sector strategies offer the framework within which exports are encouraged and incentivised. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe main government body tasked with assisting exporters is the Department of Trade and industry (DTI).As a crucial enabler of South Africa’s economic strategy in providing an environment that is conducive to investment, trade and enterprise development, the DTI enjoys direct access at the highest levels to South African business sectors and trading partners. The DTI is positioned as the essential point of contact for anyone involved in trade and investment in South Africa.The DTI works to build equitable and strong trade links with key economies, with a special focus on supporting African regional economic integration and co- operation. South Africa has trading relationships with more than 200 countries and territories.Visit the DTI’s website for the latest information on trade agreements: www.dti.gov.zaSector specificThe export process is sector-specific, and sector strategies offer the framework within which exports are encouraged and incentivised. The DTI focuses on promoting sectors of the economy that have shown the greatest growth potential and marketability.The DTI’s sector specialists have a clear understanding of, and access to, the various industries, and are able to provide advice on all current export processes and procedures.Enquiries are channelled through the DTI Customer Care Centre on:0861 843 384 (local callers)+27 (12) 394 9500 (international callers)OpportunitiesIn partnership with Provincial Investment Promotion Agencies (PIPAs), the DTI promotes investment and export activities in targeted markets. It has teams operating from regional offices around the world providing market intelligence and identifying opportunities for South African companies, as well as sector specialists offering advice on export processes and procedures.Visit the DTI’s website for the PIPA director as well as information on export opportunities: www.dti.gov.zaExport councilsExport-oriented companies have, in partnership with the DTI, organised themselves into so-called Export Councils, which target specific markets. These assist exporters in reaching their targets, and specifically enable small businesses in any sector to access DTI support structures.Read more: South African export councilsIncentivesThe DTI also provides incentives to exporters – with a special focus on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and black economic empowerment (BEE) exporters – through the Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme.Read more: Incentives for exportersExport adviceThe International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) is responsible for import and export controls and for the issuing of permits. It can also advise you on trade regulations.Website: www.itac.org.zaThe DTI’s website also carries information on learning to export, including how to do an export readiness assessment, export order case studies, and the the four-step export order process.To register as an exporter, you need to contact the South African Revenue Service. SARS also has up to date information on export tariffs.Website: www.sars.gov.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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New teams join African pools in Super Rugby

first_img29 September 2015The Lions will be the first team to play a Super Rugby match in Japan when the new-era, 18-team competition kicks off in February 2016.They will face the Tokyo franchise at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium on Saturday, 27 February as confirmed by the draw, which was issued by Sanzar yesterday. Sanzar (South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby) is the body charged with running two of the world’s pre-eminent Rugby Union competitions – Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship.The Cheetahs will similarly become the first team to play the new entrant from Argentina, when they host the Buenos Aires-based team in Bloemfontein on the competition’s opening evening, Friday, 26 February.The Kings return to the competition with a derby against the Sharks, while the opening round is completed for a game at Newlands, where the Stormers will host the Bulls.The six South African teams are grouped into two African pools along with the new entrants from Japan and Argentina. The existing 10 Australasian teams will be divided into New Zealand and Australian pools.The winners of each pool will earn automatic entry into the knockout Vodacom Super Rugby Finals Series. The next highest-ranked team from the African conference will also be placed in the Finals Series along with the three next highest- ranked teams from the Australasian conference.Unbridled excitementSanzar interim chief executive officer Brendan Morris said fans could look forward to the upcoming season with a great deal of optimism and enthusiasm. “We are in the envious position to be delivering our great brand of rugby to new cities and international markets, unlocking a host of commercial opportunities and delivering the unbridled excitement of Super Rugby to a legion of new and existing fans,” he said.“As successful as our competition has been in the past, we cannot rest on our laurels. We want to grow our fan base and ensure existing fans stay loving our game. We will be working hard alongside our national unions, teams, broadcasters and venues to keep finding new and innovative ways to ensure Super Rugby continues to be the best provincial rugby competition in the world both on and off the field,” Morris said.The African pools play home and away against the other teams in their pool; they also play either home or away against the teams in the other African pool and their programme is completed by matches against all the teams from either the Australian or New Zealand conference.Africa Conference 1, which will play against the Australian conference in 2016, is made up of the Bulls, Cheetahs, Stormers and the Japanese team.Africa Conference 2, which will play against the New Zealand conference in 2016, features the Kings, Lions, Sharks and the Argentinian team.To lessen the travel burden on the South African teams, three of the Japanese entrant’s matches against South African teams will be played in Singapore. The Cheetahs will add another first to the list by appearing at the Singapore National Stadium in round three, followed by the Bulls (round five) and Stormers (round 12).New trophyThe new-look competition will also be contested for a new trophy, made by Blue Sky Design. The chrome and gold-plated piece is intended to capture the prestige, grandeur and resilience of one of the world’s toughest sporting competitions.The 360-degree design features eight blade legs, representing the eight teams that will qualify for the Finals Series, arranged to provide an iconic representation of a rugby ball and evoke visual nostalgic links to the former trophy. It is now eternal property of the Highlanders.The 13.5kg prize has a flat base catering for engraving and seamless expansion as more teams etch their name into Super Rugby history as champions in the coming years.About Super RugbyAccording to Sanzar, in 1986, the Australian teams of New South Wales and Queensland played against Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington from New Zealand, as well as a composite Fiji side.“For five years the tournament was played, a South Pacific Championship or Super Six, which led to ‘expansion’ when South Africa re-entered the rugby world and it was reborn into the Super 10 in 1993, where it ran until 1995, prior to the game becoming professional.“In 1996, as Sanzar was formed, the Super 12 was created, a professional competition and the first official ‘international domestic’ tournament featuring the strongest teams – which would become franchises – across New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.”In 2011, Super Rugby expanded to 15 teams, with the Melbourne Rebels the new franchise, and split into three conferences, each with five teams and based in one of the three nations.Rugby World CupThere are eight Sharks players, seven Stormers, three Cheetahs and six Bulls players who are representing South Africa’s Springboks in the Rugby World Cup in England this month. South Africa is in Pool B. Although the Springboks lost in their first match against Japan on 19 September, they beat Samoa 46-6 on 26 September, putting them second on the log of Pool B. Scotland is number 1. The Springboks will fly the flag high against Scotland on 3 October at St James Park in Newcastle.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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Create Animated Icons for Explainer Videos in After Effects

first_imgLearn how to design and create animated icons for your corporate explainer videos — without ever having to leave After Effects.Whether you are a video producer or motion graphic designer, if you work directly with clients, it may be necessary to display information like statistics or other forms of data. Animated icons can help spruce up your video and help limit the amount of words you may need to use to explain an idea. If used correctly, animated icons can be great for visual corporate storytelling.This After Effects tutorial will cover the basics of conceptualizing icon design, how to create icons with shape layers inside of After Effects, and how to use shape layer parameters to animate an icon.Image: PureSolution’s Set Web Icons Business Finance Communication pack, available on ShutterStock.com.Here’s what you’ll take away from this exciting Animated Icon After Effects tutorial:How to conceptualize an icon design for your projectDesign an icon using shape layersAnimate Icons with shape layer parametersBe sure to do your research to ensure your icon design and animation makes sense for the type of work you are doing.Download the Free AssetsDownload the free project file used in this tutorial by simply clicking on the button below. This project file is free for you to use, but please do not distribute without permission.DOWNLOAD FREE ANIMATED ICON TEMPLATE FOR AFTER EFFECTSTime-Saving Advice for Design IconsThere are a multitude of designs for every type of icon you can think of. For example, if you are looking to design a cellphone icon, you could design it hundreds of different ways. So how do you focus your efforts?It’s best to search for the type of icon you want to create before you get to work. Find an icon you already like (instead of creating something you may not like), take note of what works about the design, and put your own unique creative touch on it.Places like Shutterstock.com can be a great place to get ideas when looking for icon designs for your videos. The ShutterStock icon library contains endless examples of icon designs. If you are dealing with time constraints, purchasing vector icons can be a huge time saver. Having a vector icon pack in your personal library will allow you to skip the icon design step. With a little bit of Adobe Illustrator knowledge, you can copy the vector paths inside of Illustrator and paste them directly into shape layer paths in After Effects. We will post that workflow in a future video.How do you approach animated icon design? Share your tips in the comments below!last_img read more

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In cold, poor South Korean mountains, Winter Olympics begin

first_imgThe isolated, rugged mountain town of Pyeongchang, one of the poorest, coldest and most disgruntled parts of an otherwise prosperous South Korea, will be a global player for two weeks of winter sports, Olympic spectacle and, just maybe, a bit of inter-Korean reconciliation.There will be plenty of sporting drama for both die-hard snow and ice junkies and the once-every-four-years enthusiast.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWill the Russians who aren’t Russians — the 168 who have been invited as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” competing in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag — bring home gold? Will Patrick Chan of Canada hit his quad jumps and claim figure skating glory?Can reigning men’s gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan overcome injury and defend his title against Chan? Will the past and present star of American skiing, Lindsey Vonn, be surpassed by the likely future of the sport, Mikaela Shiffrin? 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting But the athletic aspect of these games has been overshadowed in the buildup to the opening ceremony by a frenzied, increasingly momentous fire-hose spray of political developments. The rival Koreas, flirting with war just weeks ago, are suddenly making overtures toward the no-longer-quite-so-absurd notion of cooperation.North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister, making an unprecedented visit to South Korean soil, will now likely attend the same opening ceremony as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who’s vowing toughest-ever sanctions on the North. Could they meet? That and other theories have engulfed South Korean media.Pyeongchang was not supposed to share the spotlight with Pyongyang. This was not supposed to be, as some in Seoul grumble, the “Pyongyang Games,” a play on the North Korean capital’s phonetic similarity to Pyeongchang.After two failed Olympic bids that emphasized the high-sounding notion that the games could help make peace with North Korea, Pyeongchang finally sold its successful try in 2011 on the decidedly capitalistic goal of boosting winter sports tourism in Asia.But North Korea has a habit of not letting itself be ignored when it comes to its southern rival.ADVERTISEMENT Its agents blew up a South Korean airliner ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics in an attempt to dissuade visitors; then it boycotted its rival’s Olympic debut on the world stage. A few years later, the discovery of the huge progress Pyongyang had been surreptitiously making on its nuclear programs plunged the Korean Peninsula into crisis. It has only deepened over the years as the North closes in on the ability to field an arsenal of nukes that can hit U.S. cities.And so, with a little help from a liberal South Korean president eager to engage Pyongyang, the 2018 Pyeongchang Games open.They do so with as much focus on the North, which has zero real medal contenders, as the South, which in the three decades since its last Olympics has built a solid winter program as it went from economic backwater and military dictatorship to Asia’s fourth-biggest economy and a bulwark of liberal democracy.Could Pyeongchang’s initial pitch — that it could contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula — actually become reality? The opening ceremony will offer at least some hints about that, and maybe more. What’s certain is that these Games, more so than any in recent memory, are about far more than sports. 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After two failed bids, hundreds of millions of dollars and a nagging national debate about whether it’s all even worth it, the Olympics will finally open Friday, Feb. 9, in a ceremony meant to showcase South Korea’s rise from dictatorship, poverty and war to one of Asia’s leading powers. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The world starts watching now. At least, when it comes to sports.After two failed bids, billions of dollars in preparation and a nagging national debate about whether it’s all worth it, the Winter Olympics open Friday in Pyeongchang with a gala ceremony meant to showcase South Korea’s rise from poverty and war into one of Asia’s most modern nations.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Video: Urban Meyer Announces That Running Back Mike Weber Has Earned Removal Of Black Stripe

first_imgMike Weber celebrating with his Ohio State football teammatesCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Mike Weber #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)One by one, members of Ohio State’s freshman class are earning the removal of their black stripe and officially becoming true Buckeyes. Offensive lineman Isaiah prince was the first freshman to earn the honor, and after today’s practice, Urban Meyer announced that Mike Weber has done the same.Mike Weber was a work today at practice and earned the removal of his black stripe. Welcome to the Buckeyes 20. #ScarletAndGrey #GoBuckA video posted by The Ohio State Football (@theohiostatefootball) on Aug 15, 2015 at 3:26pm PDT That has to be a pretty special feeling for an Ohio State freshman. Weber, a Detroit native, caught a bit of heat during the winter when he was photographed wearing Michigan gear. It is safe to say that he’s put that Ohio State faux pas behind him, as he becomes the second 2015 freshman to prove himself to the rest of the team.last_img read more

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Roger Daltrey To Be Honored With Music Industry Trusts Award

first_imgRoger Daltrey CBE, founding member of The Who and multi-generational cultural icon, is to be honoured with the 25th Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS).This prestigious annual music award is presented to Roger in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the music and entertainment industry and many charitable causes. The Award will be presented on Monday 7 November at a gala ceremony in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.“We are absolutely thrilled that in our 25th year we will be honouring Roger Daltrey with the Music Industry Trusts Award for 2016,” said David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee. “Roger Daltrey embodies the ethos of the MITS Award and is a deserving honouree in this milestone year. We are proud to recognise not only Roger’s musical output, both as a solo performer and as part of The Who, but also his tireless dedication for charitable causes and in particular the Teenage Cancer Trust which has helped thousands of young people throughout the UK and worldwide. Roger Daltrey is an inspiration when it comes to personal devotion to charities and is a worthy recipient in this historic year.”The Music Industry Trusts Award, celebrating 25 years this year, has raised over £5.5 million for Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust. It has earned its respected place in the entertainment industry due to the great names that have held this honour, they include: Sir George Martin, Ahmet Ertegun, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue OBE, Jools Holland OBE, Gary Barlow OBE, Annie Lennox OBE, Michael Eavis CBE and Simon Cowell. The Award was founded to recognise outstanding achievement in the UK music industry as well as to benefit the charitable work of Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.Roger Daltrey, was born in the West London suburb of Shepherd’s Bush on March 1, 1944, he first assembled the group that would become The Who in 1959 while at Acton County School. The band went on to become one of the most important and influential groups in music history responsible for multi-platinum albums such as ‘My Generation’, ‘Tommy’, ‘Quadrophenia’ and ‘Who Are You’. Renowned for his sense of showmanship Roger is one of rock’s most iconic vocalists. He has also carved a successful acting career, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Tommy in the movie adaptation of The Who’s rock opera, other film credits include Ken Russell’s Lizstomania, the title role in McVicar, Lightning Jack with Paul Hogan, and numerous roles in TV dramas. Roger has also cultivated a singing career outside of The Who, with solo albums including Daltrey, Ride A Rock Horse, One Of The Boys and After The Fire. Roger has appeared on stage away from The Who on many occasions, including his 1994 solo concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the fastest selling event in the venue’s history.As well as being one of the original supporters of Nordoff Robbins Roger Daltrey (and The Who) has raised many millions for a multitude of charities throughout their career. Since 2000 Roger has been a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that builds specialised wards for teenagers with cancer in the UK. Roger shows no signs of slowing down and is as passionate as ever about his music and his charity work.“It’s great to be honoured by my friends and colleagues in the music industry in this way in the 25th year of the Music Industry Trusts Award,” said Roger. “Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT trust are wonderful charities. The Who were there at the beginning and I am proud to join the honourees that have received this award before me and themselves done so much not only for these charities but also for many others.”The Music Industry Trusts Award is sponsored by Spotify, PPL, Ingenious Media and SJM. The Award is unique because it recognises the contribution that an individual has made to the industry across a range of activities: record producer, film music composer, broadcaster, artist, music executive, songwriter and concert impresario. The Award evening has become renowned for its magic moments, with unique live performances that have a special resonance for the recipient.Tickets are available from: [email protected] info can be found here.last_img read more

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Allegri Ronaldo deserves Ballon dOr

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri believes that Cristiano Ronaldo should win the Ballon d’Or and also backed the Portuguese to open his scoring on Sunday against Sassuolo.Allegri is backing 5 time Ballon d’Or winner to take the award yet again this year after his performances for European Champions Real Madrid last season.And since arriving from Real Madrid this summer, Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to find the net, but Allegri is confident he will break the ice on Sunday when Juventus host Sassuolo.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Cristiano worked well and I think tomorrow he will break his duck,” Allegri said at a press conference.“I expect nothing more or less than what he did in the first three games, but I believe tomorrow he’ll find the back of the net and break the ice.“With no offence to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it.”last_img read more

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